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🏆 Savorin Cup (1913) Chess Event Description
In 1913, ... [more]

Player: Alexander Alekhine

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs Alekhine 1-0351913Savorin CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Alekhine vs Capablanca 0-1421913Savorin CupC88 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-14-14  visayanbraindoctor: Capablanca rampages through the mini matches with a 5/6 score, and yet does not get the winner's trophy? Nor the <stakes' side-pot>?

I hope the sponsor Monsieur Savorin gave him some kind of appearance fee.

In any case, even if he did not receive much monetary compensation, I am sure Capablanca would have been satisfied with the event.

At an era when top level tournaments were infrequent, masters often played one on one matches with each other. In this case, Capa probably needed a way to prove to the chess world that he was a deserving Challenger to Lasker. Lasker himself was probably chosen by Steinitz as a Challenger partly on the strength of his winning match performances against the leading masters of the early 1890s. If Capa's true intention was to prove himself to the chess world, then getting paid or not would have been less of a priority to him.

The following year in 1914, Capa was to play more mini matches against the strongest European masters.

These games were played under classical time controls. Even a brief perusal shows that Capablanca demonstrated some of the best chess of his life in these games, and that he and his opponents, the top masters of Europe, gave these games their best efforts.

Dec-08-15  andrewjsacks: I am ashamed to admit that I just found out about this interesting event today, some many decades after I began to be interested in chess history.
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  MissScarlett: Having read the tournament description, I'm still none the wiser.
Aug-20-18  Murky: I suspect 'Savorin Cup' could actually be 'Suvorin Cup'. Suvorin was a famous Russian publisher who died in 1912, was resident of St. Petersburg, and was an avid chess enthusiast. There are many Suvorin's in Russia, but very few Savorins. There are some Italian Savorins. Murky history. 1/2 hour researching this on the Russian web, but still without historical clarification.
Aug-21-18  Straclonoor: < 'Savorin Cup' could actually be 'Suvorin Cup'> Definitely!
Jan-11-22  sudoplatov: Like a handicap game in bowling or golf.

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