Wednesday, July 30

Mannheim tournament, Round 6: Spielmann regains sole lead as Alekhine falls to Janowski

(Editor's note: The cable reporting the results and game scores of the sixth round of the Mannheim tournament, played on July 27th, arrived after considerable delay, doubtless owing to an increased volume of cable traffic occasioned by the worsening situation in Europe, with Austria-Hungary having now declared war on Serbia and the other great powers of the continent seemingly on the verge of a general conflagration. We will continue to share with our readers such news from Mannheim as comes to hand in as timely a manner as possible.)

Rudolf Spielmann reclaimed sole leadership of the Mannheim international Masters' tournament by drawing his sixth-round contest vs. Richard Reti while erstwhile tourney co-leader Alexander Alekhine suffered defeat at the hands of David Janowski. Alekhine thereby fell into a tie for 2nd-3rd places with Dr. Milan Vidmar, who played to a draw vs. U.S. Champion Frank J. Marshall. In other games Efim Bogoljubow scored his third successive victory, defeating Carl Carls in only 20 moves, while Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch topped Ehrhardt Post and Gyula Breyer bested Alexander Flamberg. In the day's remaining encounters Hans Fahrni recorded his first victory of the event at the expense of Oldrich Duras, Walter John defeated Dr. Saviely Tartakower, and Jacques Mieses and Paul Krüger played to a draw.


Reti-Spielmann ½-½
Janpwski-Alekhine 1-0
Vidmar-Marshall ½-½
Bogoljubow-Carls 1-0
Tarrasch-Post 1-0
Flamberg-Breyer 0-1
Fahrni-Duras 1-0
Tartakower-John 0-1
Mieses-Krüger ½-½

Scores after 6 rounds: Spielmann 5; Alekhine, Vidmar 4 1/2; Bogoljubow, Reti 4; Janowski, Marshall, Tarrasch 3 1/2; Breyer, Duras, Joihn 3; Krüger 2 1/2; Carls, Mieses, Tartakower 2; Fahrni, Post 1 1/2; Flamberg 1.

The score of the Reti-Spielmann game having not been transmitted along with the others, we begin with the victory by Janowski over Alekhine, a Queen's Pawn Game won by the veteran Master in his happiest style.

Vidmar won a pawn vs. Marshall, but was not allowed even to begin to attempt to turn this to his advantage, as the clever American with 20...Bxa2! introduced a combination leading to a draw.

Carls paid insufficient attention to his f7-square and suffered a quick defeat at the hands of Bogoljubow.

Tarrasch likewise recorded an easy victory as Post's 12th move led to the loss of a pawn and an overwhelming position for White.

Breyer, on the Black side of a French Defense, won a powerful game vs. Flamberg. The Hungarian Master's King-side attack, begun at an early stage, continued with undiminished force even after the exchange of Queens and persisted well into the endgame.

Fahrni at last showed his strength with a victory over Duras, although the Swiss ace might have concluded matters rather earlier.

Tartakower, who is having a difficult time of things to date, lost a pawn at the 28th move and went down to defeat in a Bishop endgame vs. John.

Mieses won a pawn vs. Krüger but proved unable to score the full point in the endgame; a draw was the result.


Sunday, July 27

Match by telegraph between Los Angeles and San Francisco clubs is drawn, 5-5

A match by telegraph played over ten boards on July 4th between the Los Angeles Chess and Checker Club and the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club of San Francisco ended with a drawn result at 5-5. While our report from California did not provide the individual results from all boards, we are informed that in the aggregate each side won four games, with two contests drawn. The Mechanics' Institute Club thus improved on its showing from a similar match held on Decoration Day last year, and we are most pleased to see that our hope expressed at that time - namely, that the 1913 match would prove to be the first in an ongoing series - has so far been fulfilled.

We have two games from the match to share with our readers. In the first, played on top board, E.J. Clarke of San Francisco survives a powerful attack by Los Angeles' C.H. Whipple and scores the game to his credit with the help of the saving 29...Qxe5!, taking immediate advantage of a newly-created pin on the White d-pawn.

In this third-board encounter E.R. Perry of Los Angeles gains a growing advantage after A.J. Fink of the San Francisco team castles on the Quuen-side. White wins the exchange at the 25th move and displays first-rate technique to claim victory in the endgame.


Friday, July 25

Mannheim tournament, Round 5: Alekhine, with victory, claims share of lead as Spielmann, Vidmar play to draw

Alexander Alekhine defeated Carl Carls to claim a share of the lead after five rounds of the Mannheim international Masters' tournament. Alekhine, with 4 1/2 points from 5 games, shares top position with Rudolf Spielmann, who saw his string of four consecutive victories come to an end with a draw vs. Dr. Milan Vidmar, the day's only peaceful result. Vidmar stands alone in third place with 4 points, one half-point ahead of Richard Reti, who bested Walter John. In other contests some of the veteran Masters began to assert themselves, as Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch defeated Paul Krüger, David Janowski topped Dr. Saviely Tartakower, and U.S. Champion Frank J. Marshall took the full point from Hans Fahrni. Oldrich Duras and Efim Bogoljubow moved into the top half of the score table with wins over Jacques Mieses and Gyula Breyer, respectively, while Ehrhardt Post scored his first victory of the tourney, sacrificing his Queen to force checkmate vs. Alexander Flamberg.

For the first time the Black pieces carried the day, scoring 5 wins to White's 3.


Carls-Alekhine 0-1
Spielmann-Vidmar ½-½
John-Reti 0-1
Breyer-Bogoljubow 0-1
Duras-Mieses 1-0
Krüger-Tarrasch 0-1
Tartakower-Janowski 0-1
Marshall-Fahrni 1-0
Post-Flamberg 1-0

Scores after 5 rounds: Alekhine, Spielmann 4 1/2; Dr. Vidmar 4; Reti 3 1/2; Bogoljubow, Duras, Marshall 3; Dr. Tarrasch, Janowski 2 1/2; Dr. Tartakower, Breyer, Carls, John, Krüger 2; Mieses, Post 1 1/2; Flamberg 1; Fahrni 1/2.

The game scores are appended.

Alekhine, as Black against Cartls' 1.c4, gradually built up an attack against the White King-side and concluded matters with a clever Bishop maneuver on the other wing.

Spielmann and Vidmar contested a Four Knights' Game in which, with the center closed, White probed unsuccessfully to establish an advantage. Black later carried out an advance on the Queen-side and gained a pair of connected passed pawns in the center, but Spielmann's attacking threats served to keep the game in balance and Vidmar was forced to content himself with a draw by perpetual check.

Reti, as Black in a Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation vs. John, gave a vivid demonstration of the power of the pair of Bishops on an open board.

Bogoljubow gained an easy victory at the expense of Breyer, once again - as in the previous round vs. Post - benefiting from an oversight on the part of his opponent to score the full point.

Duras gained a pawn vs. Mieses at the 26th move and converted his advantage to victory in a Queen endgame. The pawn endgame at the close is worthy of notice.

Dr. Tarrasch, on the Black side of a Giuoco Piano, defeated Krüger when the latter first weakened his King-side and then allowed his e-pawn to fall.

Janowski won a fine game from Tartakower, rebuffing his opponent's efforts to mount an attack, slowly taking command of the center of the board, and gaining two pawns before concluding matters by winning the Queen.

Fahrni weakened his Queen-side, residence of his castled King, and allowed Marshall to mount a massive assault. The Swiss Master was fortunate to reach the endgame, at which point he immediately resigned, as Marshall had gathered four extra pawns along the way.

Post scored his first win, the victim being Flamberg, who missed a fighting chance in 17...Qe6 and went down to defeat in 26 moves, the game concluding with a Queen sacrifice to force checkmate.


Thursday, July 24

Mannheim tournament, Round 4: Spielmann wins again, leads with 4-0; Alekhine, Vidmar, Reti keep pace with victories

Rudolf Spielmann maintained his leading position at the Mannheim international Masters' tournament with a fourth-round victory over Hans Fahrni. Spielmann, who sports a perfect 4-0 score, stands one half-point ahead of Alexander Alekhine and Dr. Milan Vidmar, likewise winners on the day, Alekhine over Gyula Breyer and Vidmar vs. Walter John. In fourth place with 2 1/2 points comes Richard Reti, who bested Dr. Saviely Tartakower. The leading quartet of Spielmann, Alekhine, Vidmar, and Reti are at present the only players in the 18-man field who can boast of a positive score, and have as a group accounted for 12 of the 22 wins recorded to date.

In other contests Efim Bogoljubow and Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch each registered his first victory of the event, the former vs. Ehrhardt Post and the latter at the expense of Oldrich Duras. The games Janowski-Carls, Flamberg-Krüger, and Mieses-Marshall were drawn.

The White pieces again heavily outscored the Black by five victories to one, and now lead the race between the colors by 17 wins to 5.


Fahrni-Spielmann 0-1
Alekhine-Breyer 1-0
Vidmar-John 1-0
Reti-Tartakower 1-0
Bogoljubow-Post 1-0
Tarrasch-Duras 1-0
Janowski-Carls ½-½
Flamberg-Krüger ½-½
Mieses-Marshall  ½-½

Scores after 4 founds: Spielmann 4; Alekhine, Dr. Vidmar 3 1/2; Reti 2 1/2; Breyer, Bogoljubow, John, Carls, Duras, Marshall, Tartakower, Krüger 2; Tarrasch, Janowski,  Mieses 1 1/2; Fahrni, Post 1/2.

Today's dispatch from Mannheim contained the scores of all nine games played, and we present them below, beginning with the victories by the leaders.

Spielmann chose Bird's Defense 3...Nd4 vs. the Ruy Lopez of Fahrni. The Swiss Master held his own against the tournament leader until the 34th move, when he opted for the tempting but incorrect Knight sacrifice 34.Nxd4?, overlooking Black's clever counter 34...Qxd4 35.Re1 Nc4!, which enabled Spielmann to maintain his extra piece. White resigned at the 44th move.

Alekhine and Breyer, the tourney's youngest participants, engaged in a most lively, if uneven, struggle. The Russian ace, directing his fire as usual against the enemy King, uncharacteristically missed a relatively simple win with 23.g7+, after which Breyer appeared to have consolidated his position. But then Alekhine with 30.Rxf4 and 32.Nxb5 rekindled the attack at the cost of a full Rook, emerging from the head-spinning complications ten moves later with an extra pawn and a winning endgame. Whether White's play is capable of fully withstanding analytical scrutiny is a question we leave to others; in play over the board, the difficulties for the defense proved insurmountable.

Vidmar and John exchanged blows in a Queen's Gambit Declined in which the latter employed the 2...c6, or Slav, Defense. Over time White's blows  proved the heavier, and Vidmar succeeded in gaining two pawns while continuing to pose threats to the opposing King. Shortly before the denouement, an imprecision by Vidmar presented John with an excellent opportunity to muddy the waters via 46...Nf3+, a resource, however, of which the Swiss player did not avail himself. On the following move Black erred, allowing Vidmar to initiate a winning attack with 48.Nc6+. All in all a full-bodied struggle.


Reti developed a strong attack against Tartakower's Sicilian Defense, shattering the Black King's position with 22.Bxf6 and winning a full piece by the 29th move. One might have expected the battle to end soon thereafter, but Tartakower fought on doggedly, offering stern resistance in an endgame of Queen vs. Queen and Bishop. Reti, though, was not to be denied, and scored the game to his credit at the 66th move, delivering checkmate in a finish worthy of a composed study.


Bogoljubow took advantage of a blunder by Post at the 20th move to score his first win.

Dr. Tarrasch likewise recorded his first victory, displaying first-rate technique to defeat Duras in a Rook endgame.

Janowski vs. Carls, a Caro-Kann Defense, reached a double Rook endgame at the 27th move and was drawn two dozen moves later, with neither side ever seeming likely to win.

Krüger as Black in a Queen's Gambit Declined gained the advantage vs. Flamberg with some enterprising play, and might have enjoyed winning chances had he continued in the same vein at the 35th move with 35...fxe6 36.fxg6 Qc5 37.gxh7+ Kh8; as played, the game ended in a draw after White's 38th turn.

Mieses and Marshall, both aficionados of open, lively chess, played a bright little game that ended in a draw by perpetual check at the 24th move with Black the exchange and a pawn in arrears.