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Budapest 1928
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In the aftermath of Kecskemet (1927) good forces came together for another international event, this time at the famous Siesta Sanatorium in Budapest. Prize monies were 200 dollars (1st prize, from the New York publisher G. Wells), 800 Pengö (2nd prize, from the City of Budapest), 500, 300, 200 and 100 Pengö. Ten masters were invited, of which Milan Vidmar withdrew in the last moment (causing new schedule and pairings) and was replaced by Zoltan von Balla of Budapest. The former (1921-1927) World Champion Capablanca showed his class with 5 wins and 4 draws.

The tournament was led by Geza Maroczy and chess editor László Tóth. It was followed up next year with Budapest (1929).

A short summary in Wiener Schach-Zeitung Nr. 17/18 (Sept. 1928) p. 284 can be found online at http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a... (in German). Issue no. 19 (Oct. 1928) pp. 294-298 has three games of Capablanca annotated by Albert Becker (one with wrong round number).

Final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Capablanca * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 1 1 7 2 Marshall ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 1 6 =3 Spielmann ˝ ˝ * ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 0 ˝ 5 =3 Kmoch ˝ 0 ˝ * ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 1 5 =5 Vajda ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ * 1 0 ˝ ˝ 1 4˝ =5 E Steiner 0 1 ˝ 1 0 * 1 0 ˝ ˝ 4˝ =7 H Steiner 0 ˝ ˝ 0 1 0 * ˝ 1 ˝ 4 =7 Havasi 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ * ˝ 1 4 9 von Balla 0 0 1 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ * ˝ 3 10 Merenyi 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ * 2

Tournament book: A Siesta-Szanatórium Nemzetközi Sakkversenye by Géza Maróczy, Ferenc Chalupetzky and László Tóth (Magyar Sakkvilág, Kecskemét 1929. 71 pp.) (with an introduction by Capablanca). English version: The Siesta Tournament: Budapest, 1928 by Walter Arpad Foldeak (Chess Player, Nottingham 2001. 43 pp.)

Round numbers and dates are here mainly based on reports in the newspapers Boston Herald (Associated Press), Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Hermann Helms, schedule for last 3 rounds) and New York Evening Post (Horace Ransom Bigelow). However, the tournament book's subtitle has October 1 as end date.

Capablanca vs K Havasi, 1928 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

Z von Balla vs Spielmann, 1928
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 57 moves, 1-0

E Steiner vs L Merenyi, 1928
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Vajda vs Kmoch, 1928
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Steiner vs Marshall, 1928
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kmoch vs Capablanca, 1928 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs A Vajda, 1928
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Merenyi vs H Steiner, 1928
(C49) Four Knights, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spielmann vs E Steiner, 1928 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Havasi vs Z von Balla, 1928
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Marshall, 1928 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Steiner vs Spielmann, 1928
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Z von Balla vs E Steiner, 1928
(B40) Sicilian, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Vajda vs L Merenyi, 1928
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 46 moves, 1-0

K Havasi vs Kmoch, 1928
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Merenyi vs Capablanca, 1928 
(B27) Sicilian, 38 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs K Havasi, 1928
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

Spielmann vs A Vajda, 1928 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 26 moves, 1-0

E Steiner vs H Steiner, 1928 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 20 moves, 1-0

Kmoch vs Z von Balla, 1928
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Spielmann, 1928 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Vajda vs E Steiner, 1928
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 49 moves, 1-0

K Havasi vs L Merenyi, 1928
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 49 moves, 1-0

Kmoch vs Marshall, 1928
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 0-1

Z von Balla vs H Steiner, 1928
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 71 moves, 0-1

E Steiner vs Capablanca, 1928 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 67 moves, 0-1

Spielmann vs K Havasi, 1928 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1-0

H Steiner vs A Vajda, 1928
(A48) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

L Merenyi vs Kmoch, 1928 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 80 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Z von Balla, 1928 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs H Steiner, 1928 
(D67) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 37 moves, 1-0

K Havasi vs E Steiner, 1928
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

Kmoch vs Spielmann, 1928
(C13) French, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs L Merenyi, 1928 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

Z von Balla vs A Vajda, 1928
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Z von Balla, 1928 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 38 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs E Steiner, 1928
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 0-1

K Havasi vs A Vajda, 1928
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kmoch vs H Steiner, 1928
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

L Merenyi vs Spielmann, 1928
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Vajda vs Capablanca, 1928 
(C49) Four Knights, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spielmann vs Marshall, 1928
(C42) Petrov Defense, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Steiner vs Kmoch, 1928
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 55 moves, 1-0

H Steiner vs K Havasi, 1928
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Merenyi vs Z von Balla, 1928
(C48) Four Knights, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

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