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Mannheim 1914 and the Interned Russians
Titel: Mannheim 1914 and the Interned Russians
Auteur: Gillam A.
Uitgever: The Chess Player
Jaartal: 2014
Taal: Engels
Aantal pagina's:   525
Verkoopprijs:   € 60.00
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94 games (the other 5 are lost) from the Masters’ Tournament at Mannheim which was broken off when World War 1 began, with extensive notes. Alekhine won ahead of Vidmar, Spielmann, Breyer, Marshall, Reti, Janowski, Bogoljubow, Tarrasch, Duras, John, Tartakower, Fahrni, Post, Carls, Krüger, Flamberg and Mieses.

90 games from the lower sections (all that are known), many never published before, many with notes.

103 games from the tournaments played by the interned players in Baden Baden and Triberg, plus other games played in consultation, in matches and by correspondence. All the available games (about 143), many with notes.

Almost half the book, more than 250 pages, tells the full story of what happened when the tournament was broken off - a story never told before of the arrests, internments, the ones that got away. The author has attempted to follow all 40 Russians who were at Mannheim playing, reporting and spectating and to tell their stories. Magazine and newspaper articles are quoted from the USA, Britain, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, France, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Australia and more. Alekhine’s story has some surprises!

The book contains (approximately) 373 games and 1 problem, 232 diagrams and 130 illustrations (photographs, maps, documents).

In early August 1914 there were 12 Russians left in Mannheim facing internment and by mid-1918 just 4 were left in Germany and only 2 were ‘free’ and still playing chess. The book explains how and why.

This is one of the strangest stories in modern chess and it is has now been researched and recounted for the first time.


Many years ago, Jan Kalendovsky of Brno sent me his collection of games from the lesser tournaments at Mannheim. For years I have been collecting games played by the interned players. I was contacted, several years ago, by Andrew McMillan of Toronto, who was working on a biography of Bohatyrchuk. He told me about Maljutin s six articles in Rech and the interview that Alekhine gave when he got back to St. Petersburg/Petrograd. I was aware that the story of the internees was unknown to most chess players. The answer to my puzzle of wh at to do with the Mannheim, Baden Baden and Triberg games therefore seemed to be, to publish the entire collection of games along with as much of the story as I could unearth. Little did I realise just how much there was to find. So here it is, tirned to coincide with the centenary of the Mannheim tournament. It isnt the last word as lrn sure that more details will crop up. The biggest unexplored source of new material is likely to be in the archives of the Russian government, if they still exist for this period. I know that there . are more documents in Canada which originated with Bohatyrchuk. I have been unable to find details of Alekhines brief stay in Paris or how Saburov travelled back to Russia, to mention only a couple of subjects. There may be more about Alekhine s stay in Genoa in the newspaper reports on his simul there in 1933. There is an archive of telegrams in Stockholm which may contain information about the messages Alekhine se nt from there to St. Petersburg. I have made no attempt to find information on all the players at Mannheim. The recently published book, in German, by Stefan Haas, Der XIX. Kongress des Deutschen Schachbundes zu Mannheim 1914, has many short biographies of Hauptturnier players. My objective is somewhat different. I have tried to give information on as many of the Russian players and visitors to Mannheim as possible, in order to try to explain why some of them were interned but others weren 't. My attempts to discover something about every one of them has produced some interesting stories - see Olenius, Szapiro, Walfisz and the reason why Chaim Janowski is buried in Tokyo. There is some sort of biography here on all the competitors in the Master Tournament. For those less well-known, I have included a standard, if brief, biography. For the better known players, I have focussed on events around Mannheim and the war and not repeated well-known information. For the non-Russians in the lower sections, biographies have been included where they were important to the story or, simply, where information was available. The chess world lacks a great deal of biographical information about manyof its players, even ones of international standard. Stefan Haas book on Mannheim 1914 has brief biographies of rnost of the German players - more than you will find here.


008 Introduction

009 My Thanks Go To

010 Di Felice and Mannheim 1914

Chapter 1:

013 Master Tournament

021 Mannheim 1914; games 1-99

027 Walter John

038 Erhardt Post

043 Gyula Breyer

055 Rudolf Spielmann

063 Carl Carls

073 Oldrich Duras

083 Siegbert Tarrasch

094 Jacques Mieses

102 Paul Krüger

111 Richard Reti

120 Milan Vidmar

125 Cross table

126 From the Sea

Chapter 2:

127 Other Tournaments

127 Hauptturnier A: games 1-27

127 Josef Hrdina (1 game)

138 Hans Duhm

139 Willem Schelfhout

145 Ahues (photo)

146 Cross table

146 B. Hallequa

147 Hauptturnier B: games 28-87

148 Pairings Chart

148 Group B1 : games 28-40

149 Bernhard Richter

150 Erik Olson in 1926

151 Anton Olson

152 Kurt Lüdecke

155 Cross Table

155 Group B2: no games

155 Adolf Kramer

156 Cross table

156 Group B3: games 41-47

157 Julius Brach (2 games)

162 Cross table

162 Group B4: games 48-59

164 Klaas Geus

166 Alfred Suren

168 Cross table

168 Group B5: games 60-68

172 George Fontein

172 Cross table

172 Final A: games 69-75

175 Gerrit van Gelder

177 Cross table

177 Final B: games 76-87

180 Methodej Gargulak (1 game)

181 Albert Hallgarten

185 Cross table

185 Neben Tournaments: gS88-90

185 Isidore Weltevreede

185 Ado Krämer

187 OUo von Diegenbroick-Grueter

188 Neben cross tables

189 Results of Neben finals

Chapter 3:

190 The Russian Story

194 The Russians at Mannheim

195 Simon Alapin

197 Dawid Przepiorka

201 Nikolai Kholodkovsky

201 Peter Potemkin (5 games)

204 Ivan Alekseevsky

204 Simon Rotenstein (2 games)

207 Chaim Janowski (1 game)

208 Julius Sosnitsky

210 Peter Yordansky (4 games)

212 Leo Ginsberg and others

212 Sh. Rosenbaum (1 game)

214 Arnold Walfisz (1 game)

215 Nikolai Rudnev (1 game)

218 Chaim Asch

219 Salomon Szapiro (2 games)

221 Traunstein Camp

223 Hans Agthe (1 game)

225 Oiva Olenius

226 Solomon Khvilivitsky (2 games)

229 Savielly Tartakower

230 Jozef Dominik (5 games)

234 Emil Hartewig

234 B.A.Hartvig

234 Nikolai Hartvig

235 Gunnar Gundersen

Other Stories:

241 Richard Teichmann

241 Emanuel Lasker

242 Paul Leonhardt

242 Edward Lasker (3 games)

245 Georg Schories (3 games)

246 Adolf Brodsky (2 games)

248 Internment - the Background

249 The Story in England

250 The Story in Germany

250 Richard Swinne

252 Official Notifications

256 Events in Mannheim

259 Schelfhout' s Article

266 Talk Afterwards in Mannheim

268 La Strategie Article

270 Maljutins Reply

271 Article in Oe Telegraaf - Krüger

274 Louis Raemaekers

276 Problem by Gudehus

276 Bohatyrchuk Biography: Part 1

280 Two Years in Germany 1a

282 Heine Poem

284 Frank Marshall (2 games)

290 Leo Nardus

292 Moisei Eljashov (2 games)

300 Dawid Janowski (4 games)

Two Years in Germany 1 b:

306 Mannheim to Rastatt

310 Games at Rastatt (6 games)

313 Bohatyrchuk Biography: Part 2

316 Badeblatt cuttings

317 Two Years in Germany 2

323 Bohatyrch u k- Romanovsky(2gs)

324 Romanovsky-Rabinovich (1 g)

324 Bogoljubow-Rabinovich(5 gs)

327 Weinstein-Brauns (1 game)

327 The Baden Baden Tournament

328 Bohatyrchuk Biography: Part 3

333 Bohatyrchuk Interview

335 Feodor Bohatyrchuk (4 games)

340 Peter Saburov

343 Naum Kopelman

343 Alekhines Story

349 Voronezh Telegraf articles

355 Alekhine in Stockholm (2 gs)

358 Interview with Alekhine

362 Later Recollection of Alekhine

362 Romanovsky memoir

363 An Alekhine Calendar

368 The Move to Triberg

372 History of Triberg

375 The Chess Players in Triberg

375 Weinstein-Romanovsky (1 g)

377 Other Games (2 games)

379 Two Years in Germany 3

382 Peter Romanovsky

387 Two Years in Germany 4

392 Vienna Consultation (6 games)

399 Other Games (4 games)

403 Alexander Flamberg

405 Two Years in Germany 5

412 Selesniev-Fahrni (1 game)

414 Hans Fahrni

418 Boris Maljutin

419 Reports on Expenditure

422 Two Years in Germany 6

426 Last Four in Triberg (4 games)

428 Samuel Weinstein

429 Bogoljubow-Selesniev (4 gs)

430 lIya Rabinovich

432 Weinstein and Rabinovich

435 Selesniev-Bogoljubow (1 g)

436 Alexey Selesniev

438 Efim Bogoljubow

Chapter 4:

445 The Interned Tournaments

445 Baden Baden 1914: gs 1-19

457 Cross table

458 Triberg 1914/15: gs 20-31

464 Cross table

464 Triberg March 1915: gs 32-38

469 Cross table

469 Triberg Apr/May 1915: gs39-59

483 Cross table

484 Triberg August 1915: gs 60-74

497 Cross table

498 Triberg 1915/16: gs 75-83

503 Cross table

504 Triberg 1916: gs 84-99

516 Cross table

516 Triberg 1917: gs 100-103

517 Cross table

518 Index of Illustrations

520 Index of Openings

522 Index of Games

525 Abbreviations

(St. Petersburg, photographs)

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