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Georg Marco vs Carl Schlechter
3-Player Match Tt (1894), Vienna AUH, rd 9, May-21
Queen's Gambit Declined: Neo-Orthodox Variation (D54)  ·  0-1



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Nov-27-14  Karpova: This game is from a match between Marco and Schlechter in the Vienna Chess Club. The result was +4 -4 =3. This game won the Brilliancy prize. The match took place at the same time as two other matches: Schlechter-Zinkl (see A Zinkl vs Schlechter, 1894) and Marco-Zinkl (+5 -2 =1).

With 15.g3, White initiates a kingside attack, which takes longer preparation according to the annotator. Meanwhile, Black attacks on the queenside.

18.Qd2: The annotator suggests <18.e4 dxe4 19.Qxe4 Re8 20.Qxc6 Rxe2 21.Rxc4 Rxb2>. However, Black may play 19...Bb7 first, and only then ...Re8.


28.Nh3 was not annotated, but maybe 28.Nge6 was better (on 27.Kf1, the annotator noted that <27.Nge6> was no better than the text move).




Source: 'Österreichische Schachrundschau', August 1922, issue 6/7, p. 49

Nov-27-14  TheFocus: According to Crain's book on Schlechter, this was a 3 person match-tournament, and not individual matches.
Nov-28-14  Karpova: Since the 'Österreichische Schachrundschau' is a bit vague about the event, here is a bit more detailed information:

It is called a <Dreikampf Marco-Schlechter-Zinkl im "Neuen Wiener Schachklub".> (a "triathlon" in the New Vienna Chess Club) and took place in spring (<Frühjahr>) 1894. The "triathlon" was played as matches and Marco won 1st prize.

Source: Adolf Julius Zinkl, 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung', December 1923, p. 328

The final table was not given, but Marco was the only one to win a match. Overall, it would look like this:

1. Marco (+9 -6 =4)
2. Schlechter (+8 -8 =6)
3. Zinkl (+6 -9 =4)

Marco beat Zinkl +5 -2 =1 and drew Schlechter +4 -4 =3. Schlechter drew Zinkl +4 -4 =3.

Nov-28-14  TheFocus: No matter what you say, it was a match tournament, not individual matches.

Rest assured, you are not the first to make this mistake.

Kaufman drew his first nine games and withdrew!

Nov-28-14  Karpova: I was reporting what the 'Österreichische Schachrundschau' wrote (it was pretty vague as to the nature of the event) and Adolf Julius Zinkl, who calls it a <Dreikampf> and was one of the participants.

Zinkl made it clear that it was one event, not individual events. And the designation <Wettkampf> (<In Form von Wettkämpfen>) was used by Zinkl.

In English you can certainly call the event a match tournament, not an unusual format by the way. However I like to report as closely as possible what the sources write (and I mention them, too). Actually, I think that my second post makes it pretty clear that this event was what could be called a match tournament, and not unconnected individual matches.

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