Saturday, June 15

Budapest tournament, Round 8: Tartakower, Forgacs join idle Spielmann in lead with victories

Dr. Saviely Tartakower and Leo Forgacs scored victories in the eighth round of the Austro-Hungarian Championship tourney in Budapest to move into a triple tie for first place with the idle Rudolf Spielmann, who found himself without an opponent owing to the earlier withdrawal of Jeno Szekely.  Tartakower dispatched Richard Reti in only 22 moves, while Forgacs took the full point from Zoltan von Balla.  Each of the three leaders now stands on 5 points, followed closely by Gyula Breyer and Lajos Asztalos with 4 1/2, the former having drawn his game with Miklos Brody and the latter having achieved the same result against Georg Marco.  In the day's other game, Milan Vidmar defeated Karoly Sterk.  Zsigmond Barasz had the bye.    

Spielmann might still be reckoned the tourney favorite, as he now holds a game in hand over his co-leaders and nearest pursuers, each of whom will sit idle during one of the remaining five rounds of the tourney.  Still, the close proximity of so many players to the lead means that even a single setback for the Viennese Master could well alter the picture and bring another competitor to the fore.

Scores after 8 rounds:  Spielmann, Tartakower*, Forgacs* 5; Breyer*, Asztalos* 4 1/2; v. Balla* 4; Marco*. Vidmar** 3 1/2; Brody* 2 1/2; Reti 1 1/2; Sterk*, Barasz 1.      *The number of asterisks following a surname indicates the number of rounds each player will sit idle during the remainder of the tourney.  Spielmann, for example, will play in each of the remaining 5 rounds, Tartakower in 4, Vidmar in 3.

We have received via today's cable the opening moves of the Breyer-Brody encounter and the complete score of the Tartakower-Reti game.  The former contest, a Sicilian Defense, began as follows: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7 7.0-0 Bb4 8.Qd3 d6 9.Bd2 Bc5 10.b4 Bb6 11.Nf3 Nc6 12.Rab1 0-0, and was eventually drawn.  The Tartakower-Reti clash is given below.  Dr. Tartakower scored a rather easy victory after Reti at his 17th turn essayed a Knight sacrifice that must have been based on a miscalculation, as only a handful of moves thereafter the young Master, still a piece to the bad and facing the threat of imminent checkmate, already found himself compelled to resign.


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