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New York 1915 (Masters' Tournament)
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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The <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> for April 15, 1915 gave some details four days before game time. The original list of players included Jose Raul Capablanca, Frank James Marshall, Albert Hodges, Jackson Whipps Showalter, Edward Lasker, Oscar Chajes, Abraham Kupchik, and Dr. G. E. Adair. Showalter, however, did not show up, nor did Adair play; they were replaced by Jacob Bernstein and Einar Michelsen.

A place had been reserved for Newell William Banks of Detroit, but he dropped out at the last minute due to business pressure. Kupchik, who had refused an earlier invitation due to his own business affairs but had been able to make arrangements after all, replaced him.

Hours of play were to be 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday; adjournments would be played off on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The time limit was fifteen moves an hour; this becomes important.

Schedule:

1 April 19 Manhattan Chess Club
2 April 20 Hotel Grenoble
3 April 22 Hotel Grenoble
4 April 23 Manhattan Chess Club
5 April 25 Manhattan Chess Club
6 April 26 The S.I. Club
7 April 27 Hotel Grenoble
8 April 29 Hotel Grenoble
9 April 30 Hotel Grenoble
10 May 2 Manhattan Chess Club
11 May 3 Hotel Grenoble
12 May 4 Brooklyn Chess Club
13 May 6 Hotel Grenoble
14 May 7 Manhattan Chess Club

Picture from Round 1; thanks to User: Tabanus for pointing this out:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Front row of players: Capablanca v. Edward Lasker, Jacob Bernstein v. Frank James Marshall. Back row of players: Abraham Kupchik (almost obscured, as usual) v. Oscar Chajes, Albert Hodges v. Einar Michelsen.

From the beginning it turned into a race between Capablanca and Marshall, with none of the other players able to score over 50%. Capa was totally ruthless against anybody not named Marshall, and won by a point.

Probably the most famous incident from the tournament occurred when Capablanca didn't show for his round 8 game with Lasker. After about 50 minutes, the desperate Lasker (who really <was> the kind of guy who didn't want to win a game like that) called Capablanca's hotel room to warn him, Capablanca replying rather testily that he was on his way and that Lasker should not have called since that wasted a minute. See Capablanca vs Ed. Lasker, 1915 for further details.

On a more tragic note, Abraham Kupchik finished the tournament even after receiving word of his father's death during his second round game with Hodges. That game was adjourned, and Kuphchik left the tournament for several days. His first game back was E Michelsen vs Kupchik, 1915, which is not a Typical Kupchik Game. You have to wonder what was going through his mind.

Round 1 (Monday, April 19)

1 Lasker 0 Capablanca
2 Marshall 1 Bernstein
3 Kupchik 1 Chajes
4 Hodges 0 Michelsen

1.0: Capablanca, Kupchik, Marshall, Michelsen <0.0>: Bernstein, Chajes, Hodges, Lasker

Round 2 (Tuesday, April 20)

5 Capablanca 1/2 Marshall
6 Chajes 1/2 Lasker
7 Hodges 0 Kupchik
8 Bernstein 1 Michelsen*

2.0: Kupchik
<1.5>: Capablanca, Marshall <1.0>: Bernstein, Michelsen <0.5>: Chajes, Lasker <0.0>: Hodges

Round 3 (Thursday, April 22)

9 Bernstein 0 Capablanca
10 Marshall 1 Chajes
11 Michelsen 0 Kupchik
12 Lasker 1/2 Hodges*

3.0: Kupchik
<2.5>: Capablanca, Marshall <1.0>: Bernstein, Lasker, Michelsen <0,5>: Chajes, Hodges

Round 4 (Friday, April 23)

13 Capablanca 1 Michelsen*
14 Hodges 0 Marshall
15 Chajes 1 Bernstein
16 Kupchik 0 Lasker*

3.5: Capablanca, Marshall <3.0>: Kupchik
<2.0>: Lasker
<1.5>: Chajes
<1.0>: Bernstein, Michelsen <0.5>: Hodges

Round 5 (Sunday, April 25)

17 Capablanca 1 Chajes
18 Marshall 1 Kupchik
19 Bernsteiin 1 Hodges*
20 Michelsen 1/2 Lasker

4.5: Capablanca, Lasker <3.0>: Kupchik
<2.5>: Lasker
<2.0>: Bernstein <1.5>: Chajes, Michelsen <0.5>: Hodges

Round 6 (Monday, April 26)

21 Hodges 0 Capablanca*
22 Lasker 1/2 Marshall
23 Kupchik 1 Bernstein*
24 Chajes 1 Michelsen

5.5: Capablanca <5.0>: Marshall <4.0>: Kupchik
<3.0>: Lasker
<2.5>: Chajes
<2.0>: Bernstein <1.5>: Michelsen <0.5>: Hodges

Round 7 (Tuesday, April 27)

25 Bernstein 1/2 Lasker*
26 Capablanca 1 Kupchik
27 Chajes 1 Hodges
28 Michelsen 0 Marshall

6.5: Capablanca <6.0>: Marshall <4.0>: Kupchik
<3.5>: Chajes, Lasker <2.5>: Bernstein <1.5>: Michelsen <0.5>: Hodges

Round 8 (Thursday, April 29)

29 Capablanca 1 Lasker
30 Bernstein 0 Marshall
31 Chajes 1 Kupchik
32 Michelsen 0 Hodges

7.5: Capablanca <7.0>: Marshall <4.5>: Chajes
<4.0>: Kupchik
<3.5>: Lasker
<2.5>: Bernstein <1.5>: Hodges, Michelsen

Round 9 (Friday, April 30)

33 Marshall 1/2 Capablanca
34 Kupchik 1 Hodges*
35 Michelsen 1/2 Bernstein
36 Lasker 1 Chajes

8.0: Capablanca <7.5>: Marshall <5.0>: Kupchik
<4.5>: Chajes, Lasker <3.0>: Bernstein <2.0>: Michelsen <1.5>: Hodges

Round 10 (Sunday, May 2)

37 Capablanca 1 Bernstein
38 Chajes 1/2 Marshall
39 Hodges 1/2 Lasker*
40 Kupchik 1 Michelsen*

9.0: Capablanca <8.0>: Marshall <6.0>: Kupchik
<5.0>: Chajes, Lasker <3.0>: Bernstein <2.0>: Hodges, Michelsen

Round 11 (Monday, May 3)

41 Michelsen 0 Capablanca*
42 Marshall 1 Hodges
43 Bernstein 1 Chajes
44 Lasker 0 Kupchik*

10.0: Capablanca <9.0>: Marshall <7.0>: Kupchik
<5.0>: Chajes, Lasker <4.0>: Bernstein <2.0>: Hodges, Michelsen

Round 12 (Tuesday, May 4)

45 Kupchik 0 Marshall
46 Hodges 0 Bernstein*
47 Chajes 0 Capablanca
48 Lasker 1 Michelsen*

11.0: Capablanca <10.0>: Marshall <7.0>: Kupchik
<6.0>: Lasker
<5.0> Bernstein, Chajes <2.0>: Hodges, Michelsen

Round 13 (Thursday, May 6)

49 Marshall 1 Lasker
50 Capablanca 1 Hodges
51 Bernstein 1 Kupchik*
52 Michelsen 0 Chajes

12.0: Capablanca <11.0>: Marshall <7.0>: Kupchik
<6.0>: Bernstein, Chajes, Lasker <2.0>: Hodges, Michelsen

Round 14 (Friday, May 7)

53 Marshall 1 Michelsen
54 Kupchik 0 Capablanca*
55 Lasker 1/2 Bernstein*
56 Hodges 0 Chajes

1 Capablanca ** == 11 11 11 11 11 11 13.0 2 Marshall == ** 1= 11 =1 11 11 11 12.0 3 Chajes 00 0= ** 01 =0 10 11 11 7.0 4 Kupchik 00 00 10 ** 01 10 11 11 7.0 5 Lasker 00 =0 =1 10 ** == =1 == 6.5 6 Bernstein 00 00 01 01 == ** 1= 11 6.5 7 Michelsen 00 00 00 00 =0 0= ** 10 2.0 8 Hodges 00 00 00 00 == 00 01 ** 2.0

Round 1 (Monday, April 19)
Ed. Lasker vs Capablanca, 1915 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 1 (Monday, April 19)
Marshall vs J Bernstein, 1915 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 1 (Monday, April 19)
Kupchik vs O Chajes, 1915
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 1-0

Round 1 (Monday, April 19)
A Hodges vs E Michelsen, 1915
(C42) Petrov Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Tuesday, April 20)
Capablanca vs Marshall, 1915
(C42) Petrov Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 (Tuesday, April 20)
O Chajes vs Ed. Lasker, 1915 
(C49) Four Knights, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 (Tuesday, April 20)
A Hodges vs Kupchik, 1915 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Tuesday, April 20)
J Bernstein vs E Michelsen, 1915
(A84) Dutch, 48 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Thursday, April 22)
J Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1915 
(C48) Four Knights, 89 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Thursday, April 22)
Marshall vs O Chajes, 1915
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Postponed to Saturday, April 24)
E Michelsen vs Kupchik, 1915 
(C59) Two Knights, 37 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Thursday, April 22)
Ed. Lasker vs A Hodges, 1915 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Friday, April 23)
Capablanca vs E Michelsen, 1915
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Friday, April 23)
A Hodges vs Marshall, 1915 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 31 moves, 0-1

Round 4 (Friday, April 23)
O Chajes vs J Bernstein, 1915
(C49) Four Knights, 58 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Friday, April 23)
Kupchik vs Ed. Lasker, 1915 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 5 (Sunday, April 25)
Capablanca vs O Chajes, 1915  
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 48 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Sunday, April 25)
Marshall vs Kupchik, 1915 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 21 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Sunday, April 25)
J Bernstein vs A Hodges, 1915
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 75 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Sunday, April 25)
E Michelsen vs Ed. Lasker, 1915
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 (Monday, April 26)
A Hodges vs Capablanca, 1915 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Round 6 (Monday, April 26)
Ed. Lasker vs Marshall, 1915 
(B40) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 (Monday, April 26)
Kupchik vs J Bernstein, 1915 
(A28) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Monday, April 26)
O Chajes vs E Michelsen, 1915 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Tuesday, April 27)
J Bernstein vs Ed. Lasker, 1915
(C49) Four Knights, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Tuesday, April 27)
Capablanca vs Kupchik, 1915 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 45 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Tuesday, April 27)
O Chajes vs A Hodges, 1915
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Tuesday, April 27)
E Michelsen vs Marshall, 1915 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Thursday, April 29)
Capablanca vs Ed. Lasker, 1915 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 68 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Thursday, April 29)
J Bernstein vs Marshall, 1915 
(C49) Four Knights, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Thursday, April 29)
O Chajes vs Kupchik, 1915
(C48) Four Knights, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Thursday, April 29)
E Michelsen vs A Hodges, 1915
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 21 moves, 0-1

Round 9 (Friday, April 30)
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1915 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Friday, April 30)
Kupchik vs A Hodges, 1915
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 67 moves, 1-0

Round 9 (Friday, April 30)
E Michelsen vs J Bernstein, 1915 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Friday, April 30)
Ed. Lasker vs O Chajes, 1915
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 60 moves, 1-0

Round 10 (Sunday, May 2)
Capablanca vs J Bernstein, 1915 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 53 moves, 1-0

Round 10 (Sunday, May 2)
O Chajes vs Marshall, 1915
(C49) Four Knights, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 (Sunday, May 2)
A Hodges vs Ed. Lasker, 1915
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 (Sunday, May 2)
Kupchik vs E Michelsen, 1915
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 11 (Monday, May 3)
E Michelsen vs Capablanca, 1915 
(B01) Scandinavian, 46 moves, 0-1

Round 11 (Monday, May 3)
Marshall vs A Hodges, 1915
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

Round 11 (Monday, May 3)
J Bernstein vs O Chajes, 1915
(C48) Four Knights, 70 moves, 1-0

Round 11 (Monday, May 3)
Ed. Lasker vs Kupchik, 1915
(C41) Philidor Defense, 55 moves, 0-1

Round 12 (Tuesday, May 4)
Kupchik vs Marshall, 1915
(C42) Petrov Defense, 69 moves, 0-1

Round 12 (Tuesday, May 4)
A Hodges vs J Bernstein, 1915
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 0-1

Round 12 (Tuesday, May 4)
O Chajes vs Capablanca, 1915 
(B01) Scandinavian, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 12 (Tuesday, May 4)
Ed. Lasker vs E Michelsen, 1915
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 13 (Thursday, May 6)
Marshall vs Ed. Lasker, 1915 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1-0

Round 13 (thursday, May 6)
Capablanca vs A Hodges, 1915 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 13 (Thursday, May 6)
J Bernstein vs Kupchik, 1915 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 75 moves, 1-0

Round 13 (Thursday, May 6)
E Michelsen vs O Chajes, 1915 
(C58) Two Knights, 31 moves, 0-1

Round 14 (Friday, May 7)
Marshall vs E Michelsen, 1915
(A80) Dutch, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 14 (Friday, May 7)
Kupchik vs Capablanca, 1915 
(C01) French, Exchange, 50 moves, 0-1

Round 14 (Friday, May 7)
Ed. Lasker vs J Bernstein, 1915
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14 (Friday, May 7)
A Hodges vs O Chajes, 1915
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 75 moves, 0-1

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