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🏆 Bad Pistyan (1912)

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The victory at Pistyan, a small resort northeast of Bratislava, was one of Rubinstein's greatest triumphs and stands out even in his magical year of 1912. Despite making two quick draws at the end, he was still first by 2.5 points. The venue was Grand Hotel Royal in Pistyan, then part of Austria-Hungary, known today as Piestany in Slovakia. Photos: ... [more]

Player: Semion Alapin

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rubinstein vs Alapin ½-½451912Bad PistyanD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Alapin vs Spielmann  ½-½471912Bad PistyanC77 Ruy Lopez
3. Salwe vs Alapin  ½-½441912Bad PistyanD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Alapin vs Breyer  1-0611912Bad PistyanD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. M Lowcki vs Alapin  ½-½571912Bad PistyanD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Alapin vs Yates 1-0361912Bad PistyanC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Teichmann vs Alapin  ½-½341912Bad PistyanC01 French, Exchange
8. Alapin vs Duras  ½-½341912Bad PistyanC77 Ruy Lopez
9. Z Barasz vs Alapin  0-1691912Bad PistyanC14 French, Classical
10. Alapin vs E Cohn 1-0501912Bad PistyanC77 Ruy Lopez
11. P F Johner vs Alapin  ½-½391912Bad PistyanD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Alapin vs Marshall  0-1471912Bad PistyanD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. Z von Balla vs Alapin 1-0511912Bad PistyanC14 French, Classical
14. K Sterk vs Alapin 0-1321912Bad PistyanC11 French
15. Alapin vs Leonhardt 0-1481912Bad PistyanC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Hromadka vs Alapin 1-0481912Bad PistyanA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Alapin vs Schlechter  ½-½221912Bad PistyanD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-05-14  Karpova: The 'Pester Lloyd', 1912.05.19, page 10, has a news item of Saturday, May 18th, with the following information:

Arrival in Pistyan on May 18: Geza Maroczy (Hungary), Rubinstein (Russia), Schlechter (Vienna), Marschall (America) and Duras (Bohemia).

Arrival in Pistyan on May 19, morning: Alapin and Salwe (both Russia), Jades (Berlin; ? perhaps Yates is meant), Paul Johnson (America; ? perhaps Johner is meant), Prowka (Bohemia; ? perhaps Hromadka is meant), Leonhardt (Hamburg), Janowski (France), Lowozki (Leipzig) and 4 Hungarian participants: Balla, Barasz, Brejer and Forgacs.

Arrival in Pistyan on May 19, evening/night: Teichmann

The tournament directors are Arthur Havasi and Edmund Molnar of Budapest. The drawing of lots starts immediately after the opening of the tournament. Play from 0900-1200 and 1500-1600, except on Saturdays and Sundays. Twelve prizes will be awarded, from 3000 (1st) to 100 (last) <Kronen>.

It's interesting that Maroczy was announced but didn't participate, while Cohn is missing from the list. It seems likely that Cohn substituted Maroczy. But when did Maroczy dropout and why?

Mar-05-14  Karpova: Indeed, Dr. Emanuel Lasker (Berlin, May 23rd, 1912):

<Die Schachfreunde sind betrübt, daß Maroczy keinen Anteil nimmt. Man möchte gar zu gerne wieder Partien von ihm sehen, und man fragt sich erstaunt, was ihn veranlaßt, seine feine Klinge in der Scheide zu lassen. Es steht dringend zu hoffen, daß dies nicht für immer ist.>

(The chess friends are saddend by Maroczy not taking part. One would really want to see games by him again, and one asks oneself wonderingly, what induced him to keep his fine blade in the sheath. It's hoped for exigently that this won't be forever.)

Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1912.05.26, page 12

Feb-07-16  TheFocus: "Maroczy's professional duties prevented his taking part in the tournament. Artur Havasi was the director of play. Dr. Fodor Koloman, M.P., presided at the preliminary meeting and delivered the address of welcome. Dr. Eduardo Weiss, Herr Havasi and the Messrs. Winter, of the Hotel Royal, were also speakers. The congress was held under the auspices of the Budapest Chess Club.

The twelve prizes announced in the official programme, issued by Geza Maroczy, manager of the Congress, comprised 3,000, 2,000, 1,400, 1,000, 750, 550, 400, 300, 250, 200, 150, and 100 crowns, respectively" - <American Chess Bulletin>, July 1912, pg. 148.

Jul-23-20
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  offramp: <Karpova: ...Arrival in Pistyan on May 19: ..., Janowski (France)...>

Janowsky went all the way there but didn't play.

He must have been a very <Bad Pissed Jan>.

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