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German Championship 1938
Compiled by Tabanus
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The 5th championship of Nazi Germany was a 16-player round robin held at the Kurhaus in Bad Oeynhausen, a town not far from Bielefeld and Hannover, with daily rounds from 24 July to 7 August 1938. The field consisted of the top seven players from the German Championship (1937) (Kieninger (the defending champion), Richter, Rellstab, Michel, Kranki, Schmitt, Reinhardt), six players from three regional "Zonen" tournaments (Kohler, Eisinger, Engels, Herrmann, Koch, Nowarra), and three masters from the recently annexed "Ostmark" (Austria) (Eliskases, Becker, Weil). Weil apparently being a late replacement for Ernst Gruenfeld. Time control: 2 hours for the first 36 moves, and then 1 more hour for every 18 moves. Games were played from 9 am - 1 pm and 3-7 pm.

Erich Eliskases won with 12.5/15.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts 1 Eliskases * 1 1 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 12˝ 2 Kieninger 0 * ˝ 1 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 10 Michel 0 ˝ * 0 1 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 1 1 10 4 Engels 0 0 1 * 0 ˝ 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1 9 5 Becker ˝ 1 0 1 * 1 0 0 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 8˝ Richter ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 * 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 8˝ Koch 0 ˝ 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 8˝ 8 Rellstab ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 0 1 * 0 ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 8 Kohler 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 ˝ 1 8 10 Herrmann 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 * 1 ˝ 0 1 1 0 7 11 Reinhardt 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 6˝ 12 Kranki ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 ˝ 1 1 0 ˝ 0 * ˝ 0 1 0 5˝ Schmitt 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 0 1 0 ˝ * 1 0 1 5˝ Eisinger ˝ 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 5˝ 15 Weil 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 1 0 * ˝ 3˝ Nowarra 0 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 1 0 1 0 0 ˝ * 3˝

The tournament book by Lachaga states that the 13th round game Kranki vs Reinhardt was won by Reinhardt, but the game score is missing. The newspapers have that this game was adjourned on 5 August and finished on Saturday 6 August.

Sources

Wikipedia article: German Chess Championship

TeleSchach: https://www.teleschach.de/historie/...

Roger Paige's chess site #2010 (https://web.archive.org/web/2014051...)

Völkischer Beobachter, 7 August 1938, p. 6 (http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a...)

Innsbrucker Nachrichten (Neueste Zeitung), 20 July 1938, p. 4 (http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a...)

Neues Wiener Tagblatt (Abend-Ausgabe), 1 August 1938, p. 5 (http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a...)

Neues Wiener Tagblatt (Abend-Ausgabe), 8 August 1938, p. 3 (http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a...)

Kurt Richter. A Chess Biography with 499 Games, by Alan McGowan. McFarland, Jefferson 2018, pp. 183-187 (https://books.google.no/books?id=cu...)

Tournament books

Die Schachmeisterschaft von Deutschland in Bad Oeynhausen 1938, by Alfred Brinckmann. Schachverlag Hans Hedewigs Nachf. Curt Ronniger, Leipzig 1938. 80 pp.

Bad Oeynhausen 1938. Sammlung aller Partien, ed. by Milciades Angel Lachaga. Buenos Aires 1972. 64 pp.

Original collections: Game Collection: 5th German Championship - Bad Oeynhausen 1938 by User: Pawn and Two (who collected the games) and Game Collection: German Championship 1938 by User: Tabanus. Thanks to User: chesshistoryinterest and User: Telemus for helpful comments.

Round 1, Sunday, July 24
E Eliskases vs A Becker, 1938
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Kohler vs Rellstab, 1938
(B10) Caro-Kann, 37 moves, 1-0

Kieninger vs W Weil, 1938
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

P Michel vs B Koch, 1938
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

K Richter vs H Kranki, 1938
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Reinhardt vs H Herrmann, 1938
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 36 moves, 0-1

H Nowarra vs L Schmitt, 1938
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 0-1

M Eisinger vs L Engels, 1938
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 64 moves, 0-1

Round 2, Monday, July 25
W Weil vs A Becker, 1938
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Kohler vs E Eliskases, 1938
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 36 moves, 0-1

Rellstab vs P Michel, 1938
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Kranki vs Kieninger, 1938
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Koch vs E Reinhardt, 1938
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

L Schmitt vs K Richter, 1938
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Herrmann vs M Eisinger, 1938
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

L Engels vs H Nowarra, 1938
(C11) French, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 3, Tuesday, July 26
A Becker vs H Kranki, 1938
(E51) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 28 moves, 1-0

P Michel vs A Kohler, 1938
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Eliskases vs W Weil, 1938
(A13) English, 35 moves, 1-0

E Reinhardt vs Rellstab, 1938
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 39 moves, 0-1

Kieninger vs L Schmitt, 1938
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 82 moves, 1-0

M Eisinger vs B Koch, 1938
(C11) French, 20 moves, 1-0

K Richter vs L Engels, 1938 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Nowarra vs H Herrmann, 1938
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Wednesday, July 27
L Schmitt vs A Becker, 1938
(A25) English, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Kohler vs E Reinhardt, 1938
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 51 moves, 0-1

H Kranki vs W Weil, 1938
(A12) English with b3, 48 moves, 1-0

P Michel vs E Eliskases, 1938
(C14) French, Classical, 34 moves, 0-1

Rellstab vs M Eisinger, 1938
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 46 moves, 1-0

L Engels vs Kieninger, 1938
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 50 moves, 0-1

B Koch vs H Nowarra, 1938 
(C02) French, Advance, 24 moves, 1-0

H Herrmann vs K Richter, 1938
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Thursday, July 28
A Becker vs L Engels, 1938
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 53 moves, 1-0

M Eisinger vs A Kohler, 1938
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 35 moves, 0-1

W Weil vs L Schmitt, 1938
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

E Reinhardt vs P Michel, 1938
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

E Eliskases vs H Kranki, 1938
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Nowarra vs Rellstab, 1938
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kieninger vs H Herrmann, 1938
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Richter vs B Koch, 1938
(C13) French, 36 moves, 0-1

Round 6, Friday, July 29
H Herrmann vs A Becker, 1938
(A09) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Kohler vs H Nowarra, 1938
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 62 moves, 1-0

L Engels vs W Weil, 1938
(C11) French, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Michel vs M Eisinger, 1938
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 52 moves, 1-0

L Schmitt vs H Kranki, 1938
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Reinhardt vs E Eliskases, 1938
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 20 moves, 0-1

Rellstab vs K Richter, 1938
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 0-1

B Koch vs Kieninger, 1938
(C28) Vienna Game, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Saturday, July 30
A Becker vs B Koch, 1938
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 42 moves, 0-1

K Richter vs A Kohler, 1938
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Weil vs H Herrmann, 1938
(E92) King's Indian, 32 moves, 0-1

H Nowarra vs P Michel, 1938
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 0-1

H Kranki vs L Engels, 1938
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 0-1

M Eisinger vs E Reinhardt, 1938
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 70 moves, 0-1

E Eliskases vs L Schmitt, 1938 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 51 moves, 1-0

Kieninger vs Rellstab, 1938
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Sunday, July 31
Rellstab vs A Becker, 1938
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 1-0

A Kohler vs Kieninger, 1938
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

B Koch vs W Weil, 1938
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

P Michel vs K Richter, 1938 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Herrmann vs H Kranki, 1938
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Reinhardt vs H Nowarra, 1938
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 45 moves, 1-0

L Engels vs L Schmitt, 1938
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 45 moves, 1-0

M Eisinger vs E Eliskases, 1938
(B10) Caro-Kann, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Monday, August 1
A Becker vs A Kohler, 1938
(E72) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

W Weil vs Rellstab, 1938
(E16) Queen's Indian, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kieninger vs P Michel, 1938
(C42) Petrov Defense, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Kranki vs B Koch, 1938
(E16) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

K Richter vs E Reinhardt, 1938
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Schmitt vs H Herrmann, 1938
(A28) English, 35 moves, 1-0

H Nowarra vs M Eisinger, 1938
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 52 moves, 0-1

E Eliskases vs L Engels, 1938 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

Round 10, Tuesday, August 2
P Michel vs A Becker, 1938
(B40) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1-0

A Kohler vs W Weil, 1938
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rellstab vs H Kranki, 1938
(E16) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 0-1

E Reinhardt vs Kieninger, 1938
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 52 moves, 0-1

B Koch vs L Schmitt, 1938
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

M Eisinger vs K Richter, 1938
(B01) Scandinavian, 75 moves, 0-1

H Herrmann vs L Engels, 1938
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

H Nowarra vs E Eliskases, 1938 
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 52 moves, 0-1

Round 11, Wednesday, August 3
A Becker vs E Reinhardt, 1938
(E17) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

H Kranki vs A Kohler, 1938
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 70 moves, 0-1

W Weil vs P Michel, 1938
(A06) Reti Opening, 78 moves, 0-1

L Schmitt vs Rellstab, 1938
(A25) English, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kieninger vs M Eisinger, 1938
(D94) Grunfeld, 54 moves, 1-0

L Engels vs B Koch, 1938
(C11) French, 70 moves, 1-0

K Richter vs H Nowarra, 1938
(C00) French Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

E Eliskases vs H Herrmann, 1938
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 12, Thursday, August 4
M Eisinger vs A Becker, 1938
(C13) French, 33 moves, 1-0

A Kohler vs L Schmitt, 1938
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 27 moves, 1-0

E Reinhardt vs W Weil, 1938
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

P Michel vs H Kranki, 1938
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 70 moves, 1-0

Rellstab vs L Engels, 1938
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 91 moves, 1-0

H Nowarra vs Kieninger, 1938
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 55 moves, 0-1

B Koch vs H Herrmann, 1938
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

K Richter vs E Eliskases, 1938
(C01) French, Exchange, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, Friday, August 5
A Becker vs H Nowarra, 1938
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Engels vs A Kohler, 1938
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 38 moves, 1-0

W Weil vs M Eisinger, 1938
(A04) Reti Opening, 78 moves, 0-1

L Schmitt vs P Michel, 1938 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Herrmann vs Rellstab, 1938
(A09) Reti Opening, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kieninger vs K Richter, 1938
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Eliskases vs B Koch, 1938
(A14) English, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 14, Saturday, August 6
K Richter vs A Becker, 1938
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 52 moves, 0-1

A Kohler vs H Herrmann, 1938
(B40) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

H Nowarra vs W Weil, 1938
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Michel vs L Engels, 1938
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

M Eisinger vs H Kranki, 1938
(B50) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

E Reinhardt vs L Schmitt, 1938
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Rellstab vs B Koch, 1938
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 53 moves, 1-0

Kieninger vs E Eliskases, 1938
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 80 moves, 0-1

Round 15, Sunday, August 7
A Becker vs Kieninger, 1938
(A53) Old Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

B Koch vs A Kohler, 1938
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

W Weil vs K Richter, 1938
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 0-1

H Herrmann vs P Michel, 1938
(A06) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Kranki vs H Nowarra, 1938
(A14) English, 33 moves, 0-1

L Engels vs E Reinhardt, 1938
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 53 moves, 1-0

L Schmitt vs M Eisinger, 1938 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 48 moves, 1-0

E Eliskases vs Rellstab, 1938
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

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