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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: Akiba Rubinstein

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rubinstein vs Alapin ½-½451912Bad PistyanD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Leonhardt vs Rubinstein 0-1501912Bad PistyanC54 Giuoco Piano
3. Rubinstein vs Hromadka 1-0341912Bad PistyanD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. Schlechter vs Rubinstein  ½-½181912Bad PistyanC01 French, Exchange
5. Rubinstein vs K Sterk 1-0351912Bad PistyanC10 French
6. Rubinstein vs Spielmann 0-1321912Bad PistyanA43 Old Benoni
7. Salwe vs Rubinstein 0-11151912Bad PistyanC01 French, Exchange
8. Rubinstein vs Breyer 1-0431912Bad PistyanA14 English
9. M Lowcki vs Rubinstein 0-1581912Bad PistyanB40 Sicilian
10. Rubinstein vs Yates 1-0331912Bad PistyanD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. Teichmann vs Rubinstein 0-1231912Bad PistyanC10 French
12. Rubinstein vs Duras 1-0571912Bad PistyanA38 English, Symmetrical
13. Z Barasz vs Rubinstein 0-1561912Bad PistyanC01 French, Exchange
14. Rubinstein vs E Cohn 1-0241912Bad PistyanA28 English
15. P F Johner vs Rubinstein 0-1271912Bad PistyanC10 French
16. Rubinstein vs Marshall  ½-½111912Bad PistyanD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Z von Balla vs Rubinstein  ½-½201912Bad PistyanC01 French, Exchange
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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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