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Budapest 1940
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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Former world champion Max Euwe was invited to join five Hungarian chess masters for a round robin tournament in Budapest in 1940. The list of players, including both legends of Hungarian chess and emerging talents, included Milan Vidmar, Laszlo Szabo, Gedeon Barcza, Zoltan von Balla, and Pal Rethy. Euwe dominated, finishing undefeated with +4, winning 80% of his games.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Euwe 4½/5 * ½ 1 1 1 1

2nd Vidmar 3½/5 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1

3rd Barcza 3/5 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1

4th von Balla 1½/5 0 0 0 * 1 ½

5th Szabo 1½/5 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½

6th Rethy 1/5 0 0 0 ½ ½ *

Round One
Z von Balla vs G Barcza, 1940
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 62 moves, 0-1

P Rethy vs Euwe, 1940 
(A06) Reti Opening, 62 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs Szabo, 1940
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two
G Barcza vs P Rethy, 1940
(A04) Reti Opening, 53 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs Euwe, 1940 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 39 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs Z von Balla, 1940
(E91) King's Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Round Three
Z von Balla vs Szabo, 1940
(B10) Caro-Kann, 49 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs G Barcza, 1940 
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 35 moves, 1-0

P Rethy vs Vidmar, 1940
(A06) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Round Four
Z von Balla vs P Rethy, 1940
(B56) Sicilian, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs G Barcza, 1940
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs Euwe, 1940
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
G Barcza vs Vidmar, 1940
(D73) Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs Z von Balla, 1940 
(E91) King's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

P Rethy vs Szabo, 1940
(A04) Reti Opening, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

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