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KARLSBAD 1911

 

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The second Karlsbad event was opened in the Kurhaus on 20 viii 1911. Twenty-six participants played from 21 viii til 24 ix. It became a confrontation between the settled stars Teichmann, Rubinstein and Schlechter versus the young Rotlewi and Alekhine. 

Teichmann won the event before Rubinstein, Schlechter and Rotlewi. Usually, Teichmann played many draws and became fifth in tournaments. This time a small inheritance from his mother gave him more freedom, and he managed to keep on fighting in a lengthy event, despite a frail health. He branded his mark by defeating the numbers two until four. 


KARLSBAD 1923

 

The third Karlsbad master tournament was played in the Helenenhof Imperial Hotel from 27 iv until 22 v 1923. Alekhine showed great fighting chess and took the lead. But tailender Spielmann defeated him in the penultimate round and Maróczy caught up. Bogoljubow joined the lead in the last round (11˝/17). Réti and Grünfeld followed by one point (10˝). Nimzowitsch and Treybal scored ten points. 

 

Richard Teichmann

Sprudelkolonnade Karlsbad


SEMMERING 1926

 

The southern road from Wien leads to the Semmering Pass. Grand Hotel Panhans was built at the Semmering in 1888. This facility was used for a tournament of eighteen masters from 7 until 29 iii 1926. Spielmann’s name stood not on the first list of Bernstein. Later he was invited. Nimzowitsch and Tartakower led at first. Spielmann and Alekhine competed for the first prize later on. Rudolf won. 

 

Grand Hotel Panhans at the Semmering

Casino of Baden bei Wien in modern times

 


BAD KISSINGEN 1928

 

Capablanca had lost the world championship in 1927. He returned to tournament chess during the next year. His successor Alekhine avoided him. The other chess stars took part in Bad Kissingen from 12 until 25 ix 1928. They played in the Regentenbau. 

Bogoljubow won the tournament by playing well and capturing blundered pieces. Capablanca became second after a poor start. The amateur world champion Euwe competed with the best players at an equal level. Rubinstein had a great finish. 

 

                1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2

1 Bogoljubow   * 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 ˝  8

2 Capablanca   1 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1  7

3 Euwe         ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ 1 0 1 0 ˝ ˝ 1  6˝

4 Rubinstein   0 ˝ 0 * 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1  6˝

5 Nimzowitsch  ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 * ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 1 1 1  6

6 Réti         0 ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 ˝  5˝

7 Tartakower   ˝ 0 1 0 ˝ 0 * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝  5

8 Marshall     0 ˝ 0 0 1 ˝ 0 * 1 1 ˝ ˝  5

9 Yates        0 0 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 * ˝ ˝ 1  5

10 Spielmann   0 1 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ * ˝ ˝  4˝

11 Tarrasch    0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝  4

12 Mieses      ˝ 0 0 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ *  3

 

Euwe, Yates, Tartakower, Spielmann, Réti, Mieses, Bogoljubow

Nimzowitsch, Capablanca, Tarrasch, Marshall

(Rubinstein is missing)

Kurhaus in Bad Kissingen

 

 


            BAD SLIAC 1932

An international chess tournament was played in Bad Sliac from 10 until 28 June 1932. Fourteen masters participated. A race between Vidmar and Flohr developed. The event occurred in the Slovensko Hotel. 'Kupele Sliac' was renovated in 1931 and served as a health resort.
Flohr and Vidmar triumphed (9˝/13), before Pirc (8˝), Canal, Maróczy, Spielmann (8), Treybal (7), Bogoljubow (6˝), Pokorny 5˝), Opocensky, Walter (5), Rohacek (4), May (3˝) and Engel (3).

SEMMERING/BADEN 1937

Casinos had to spend a part of their income on cultural aims. Than a chess tournament is relatively cheap and deluxe promotion. That was the base for many chess events in casinos. When Austrian casinos organised a grandmaster contest in 1937, chaos ruled. Some men got phony invitations at first. Only Capablanca was treated with respect. Matters were sorted out, before the tournament was played from 8 until 27 ix 1937. Eight excellent masters carried out double rounds. World champion Euwe was chief arbiter. When he left, Spielmann replaced him. Four rounds were played at the Semmering. The players stayed in the Hotel Grüner Baum at Baden bei Wien for the rest of the event. Young Keres won the tournament. 

 

              1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

1 Keres      ** ˝˝ ˝˝ 10 ˝1 10 ˝1 11  9

2 Fine       ˝˝ ** ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 1˝ 1˝  8

3 Capablanca ˝˝ ˝˝ ** ˝˝ 1˝ ˝0 ˝1 ˝˝  7˝

4 Reshevsky  01 ˝˝ ˝˝ ** ˝˝ 11 ˝0 10  7˝

5 Flohr      ˝0 ˝˝ 0˝ ˝˝ ** 1˝ ˝˝ 1˝  7

6 Eliskases  01 ˝˝ ˝1 00 0˝ ** ˝1 0˝  6

7 Ragozin    ˝0 0˝ ˝0 ˝1 ˝˝ ˝0 ** 1˝  6

8 Petrovs    00 0˝ ˝˝ 01 0˝ 1˝ 0˝ **  5

 

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