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🏆 Savorin Cup (1913)

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Alexander Alekhine, Jose Raul Capablanca, Eugene Znosko-Borovsky, Fyodor Duz-Khotimirsky Chess Event Description
Savorin Cup (1913)
In 1913, Jose Raul Capablanca visited Russia to play a series of exhibition knock-out matches against his three adversaries. The conditions to win the gold cup presented by Monsieur Savorin were that Capablanca would win it if he did not lose any game of a match against each of the three others. Otherwise, the trophy would be awarded to the opponent with the best score against him. Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky was declared the winner after he tied his match 1-1 and also won the stakes' side-pot. (1)

The matches lasted between December 12th-23rd, but it doesn't seem to be certain in the stipulations whether any of the matches may have been extended past 2-0, should Capablanca have won each game that would been preceded by Christmas. Perhaps the stakes may have increased if the cup-winner or winner of the side-stakes did have to be decided beyond 6 games, but there does not seem to be any indication of how long the rounds of the cup might hae been scheduled for.

References: (1) User: TheFocus offered further details in the explanation to his collection summary for this cup-tournament, but presented it as a series of 3 mini-matches against the separate players in 3 different collections.

 page 1 of 1; 2 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs Alekhine 1-0351913Savorin CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Capablanca vs F Duz-Khotimirsky 1-0471913Savorin CupC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

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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