BERLIN 1897

The event celebrated seventy years of Berliner Schachgesellschaft. Although it was the only master tournament of that year, several strong players did not take part. A group of twenty men started. They played in the Architektenhaus from 13 ix until 4 x 1897. Von Bardeleben had to withdraw after a short draw. Englisch left halfway. Eventually the event became a race between Charousek and Walbrodt. Charousek triumphed against Chigorin in the last round and boasted about his wonderful play. The youngsters had prevailed at the end of the tiring event. Charousek and Walbrodt won 2000 and 1500 Mark. Unfortunately, they would die within a few years. 

 

pgn-file of Berlin 1897, 1918 and 1928     zip-file of CBase-files of tourmaments

 

Fourth row: Schlechter, Heyde

Third row: Unknown, Burn, Marco, von Popiel, Heinrichsen, Blijkmans, Dimer

Standing on second row: Charousek, Janowsky, Thalheim, Zinkl, Harmonist, Winawer, W. Cohn, Teichmann, Albin

Sitting on first row: Ranneforth, Caro, Metger, Alapin, Süchting, Chigorin, Schiffers, Bierbach


BERLIN 1918

Bernhard Kagan organised several chess contests in Berlin at the end of the Great War. His booklets about the occasions were read by German soldiers in the trenches and lazarets. Four grandmasters participated in the strongest event. It took place in the Kerkau-Palast from 28 ix until 11 x 1918.

Emanuel Lasker wrote the tournament book. He had stayed healthy during the war. Akiba Rubinstein travelled to Berlin in the spring of 1918 and had regained his strength. Carl Schlechter looked thin and would die of malnutrition two months later. Siegbert Tarrasch had lost three sons. The times were hard. 

Lasker’s great result in the second cycle led to the overall victory. He enjoyed the extra prize of 1000 cigarettes. Tarrasch and Schlechter collapsed at the end of the tournament. 

 

Lasker, Rubinstein, organiser Kagan, Schlechter and Tarrasch

 

             1  2  3  4

1 Lasker     ** ˝˝ ˝1 11  4˝ 1200 M

2 Rubinstein ˝˝ ** 1˝ ˝1  4  1000 M

3 Schlechter ˝0 0˝ ** ˝˝  2   900 M

4 Tarrasch   00 ˝0 ˝˝ **  1˝  700 M

 


BERLIN 1928

 

The ‘Elite Turnier’ Berlin 1928 was played in Café König from 11 x until 29 x. Mieses organised the event for his newspaper Berliner Tageblatt. He brought together a strong field despite the budget of 10,000 Marks. Tarrasch had to retreat due to illness after three rounds. Unfortunately, the local hero Sämisch could not take his place. Gilliam collected the contemporary comments. 

 

Capablanca and Spielmann are surrounded by

Tartakower, Réti, Marshall, Rubinstein and Nimzowitsch

 

Berlin 1928 also stands for the Centenary of the Berliner Schachgesellschaft from 4 until 20 ii and the tournament of the Ehrenpreis der Stadt Berlin from 22 ix until 6 x. The 'Elite Turnier' was the biggest event.  

 

              1  2  3  4  5  6  7       Marks

1 Capablanca  ** ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 1˝ 11 11  8˝   2000  I

2 Nimzowitsch ˝˝ ** ˝0 ˝˝ 01 11 1˝  7    1400  II

3 Spielmann   ˝˝ ˝1 ** ˝0 11 ˝0 ˝˝  6˝   1000  III

4 Tartakower  ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝1 ** 00 ˝0 1˝  5˝    800  IV

5 Rubinstein  0˝ 10 00 11 ** 01 0˝  5     600

6 Réti        00 00 ˝1 ˝1 10 ** ˝˝  5     500

7 Marshall    00 0˝ ˝˝ 0˝ 1˝ ˝˝ **  4˝    450

Capablanca played a superior tournament. His games with Rubinstein were heroic. Spielmann competed with him but was thrown back to the third place by two losses. Nimzowitsch won two wonderful endings and became second. He published Die Praxis meines Systems in 1928. Rubinstein was plagued by depressions, sat motionless in a corner and overstepped the time limit against Marshall. Tartakower showed some strange opening moves, Réti would die during the next summer and Marshall was losing strength. Tarrasch had played his last official games and got 200 Marks. 

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