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New York Masters Tournament

Jose Raul Capablanca13/14(+12 -0 =2)[games]
Frank Marshall12/14(+10 -0 =4)[games]
Oscar Chajes7/14(+6 -6 =2)[games]
Abraham Kupchik7/14(+7 -7 =0)[games]
Edward Lasker6.5/14(+3 -4 =7)[games]
Jacob Bernstein6.5/14(+5 -6 =3)[games]
Einar Michelsen2/14(+1 -11 =2)[games]
Albert Hodges2/14(+1 -11 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
New York Masters (1915)

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for April 15, 1915 gave some details four days before game time. The original list of players included Jose Raul Capablanca, Frank James Marshall, Albert Hodges, Jackson Whipps Showalter, Edward Lasker, Oscar Chajes, Abraham Kupchik, and Dr. George F Adair. Showalter, however, did not show up, nor did Adair play; they were replaced by Jacob Bernstein and Einar Michelsen.

A place had been reserved for Newell Williams Banks of Detroit, but he dropped out at the last minute due to business pressure. Kupchik, who had refused an earlier invitation due to his own business affairs but had been able to make arrangements after all, replaced him.

Hours of play were to be 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday; adjournments would be played off on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Picture from Round 1, available at Edward Winter's Chess Notes site, item #5742:

Front row of players: Capablanca v. Edward Lasker, Jacob Bernstein v. Frank James Marshall. Back row of players: Abraham Kupchik (almost obscured, as usual) v. Oscar Chajes, Albert Hodges v. Einar Michelsen.

From the beginning it turned into a race between Capablanca and Marshall, with none of the other players able to score over 50%. Capa was totally ruthless against anybody not named Marshall, and won by a point.

Probably the most famous incident from the tournament occurred when Capablanca didn't show for his round 8 game with Lasker. After about 50 minutes, the desperate Lasker (who really was the kind of guy who didn't want to win a game like that) called Capablanca's hotel room to warn him, Capablanca replying rather testily that he was on his way and that Lasker should not have called since that wasted a minute. See Capablanca vs Ed. Lasker, 1915 for further details.

On a more tragic note, Abraham Kupchik finished the tournament even after receiving word of his father's death during his second round game with Hodges. That game was adjourned, and Kupchik left the tournament for several days. His first game back was E Michelsen vs Kupchik, 1915, which is not a typical Kupchik game. You have to wonder what was going through his mind.

Details of round-by-round summaries and leaders can be found in the original collection, Game Collection: New York 1915 (Masters' Tournament).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Capablanca ** == 11 11 11 11 11 11 13.0 2 Marshall == ** 1= 11 =1 11 11 11 12.0 3 Chajes 00 0= ** 01 =0 10 11 11 7.0 4 Kupchik 00 00 10 ** 01 10 11 11 7.0 5 Lasker 00 =0 =1 10 ** == =1 == 6.5 6 Bernstein 00 00 01 01 == ** 1= 11 6.5 7 Michelsen 00 00 00 00 =0 0= ** 10 2.0 8 Hodges 00 00 00 00 == 00 01 ** 2.0

Original collection: Game Collection: New York 1915 (Masters' Tournament), by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Hodges vs E Michelsen  0-1301915New York MastersC42 Petrov Defense
2. Marshall vs J Bernstein 1-0311915New York MastersD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. Kupchik vs O Chajes  1-0531915New York MastersC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Ed. Lasker vs Capablanca 0-1401915New York MastersD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Capablanca vs Marshall ½-½301915New York MastersC42 Petrov Defense
6. J Bernstein vs E Michelsen 1-0481915New York MastersA84 Dutch
7. A Hodges vs Kupchik 0-1301915New York MastersD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. O Chajes vs Ed. Lasker ½-½301915New York MastersC49 Four Knights
9. Marshall vs O Chajes  1-0571915New York MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Ed. Lasker vs A Hodges ½-½251915New York MastersD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. J Bernstein vs Capablanca 0-1891915New York MastersC48 Four Knights
12. O Chajes vs J Bernstein  1-0581915New York MastersC49 Four Knights
13. Capablanca vs E Michelsen 1-0291915New York MastersC42 Petrov Defense
14. A Hodges vs Marshall 0-1311915New York MastersB23 Sicilian, Closed
15. E Michelsen vs Kupchik 0-1371915New York MastersC59 Two Knights
16. Marshall vs Kupchik 1-0211915New York MastersD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. E Michelsen vs Ed. Lasker  ½-½541915New York MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
18. J Bernstein vs A Hodges  1-0751915New York MastersC66 Ruy Lopez
19. Capablanca vs O Chajes 1-0481915New York MastersC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. Ed. Lasker vs Marshall ½-½221915New York MastersB40 Sicilian
21. Kupchik vs J Bernstein 1-0411915New York MastersA28 English
22. A Hodges vs Capablanca 0-1431915New York MastersD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. O Chajes vs E Michelsen 1-0271915New York MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. O Chajes vs A Hodges  1-0321915New York MastersD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. J Bernstein vs Ed. Lasker  ½-½171915New York MastersC49 Four Knights
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May-27-17  zanzibar: If one wants to bypass Winter to get a view of the tournament photograph, CPL has it here:


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