Another Forgotten Tournament. Hanover 1926.

Another Forgotten Tournament. Hanover 1926.


Afternoon Everyone. Have a day off, so added one more - very quickly - to this little meander through the forgotten tournaments of chess history.

As a collector of tournament books and bulletins - back in the days pre-internet when getting hold of all the games of players was not so easy - I accumulated lots of them. One in my collection is this one.

A nice little tournament, put together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Hanover Chess Club, with the indefatigable Bernhard Kagan publishing it.

Nimzowitch and - particularly the great Akiva Rubinstein - played a huge amount of chess in the years 1925-1926, and this was one of the event where they met up. 

Courtesy of the young Fritz Saemisch

holding Rubinstein to a draw, Nimzowitsch came out on top by half a point.

Putting this together in under 4 hours, so no mass of pictures or game notes today! This one came into my head because my friend @kamalakanta  recently mentioned in conversations both Rubinstein and Nimzowitch's book 'Chess Praxis' - more accurately 'My System in Practice' and doing it today while I have a little time. You will find a number of Nimzowitch's games from the event in 'Praxis' . If you don't have a copy, then go get one. Wonderful book!!

So, let's go look at some chess games. First up, two games shared the Brilliancy Prize, and I will give them first.

Mieses shared the brilliancy prize by doing what had been doing for well over 30 years by that time. Just a typical Mieses game.

Let's give 2 games from the first round. First up the two 'senior' players played a really dull opening, but then produced a fascinating game! It is not so often that you see both players in a game taking their King's for a walk in the middle game.

Hannover 1926 Tournament Book.

And one of my favourite Nimzowitch games.


Oliver Schopf

Was unlucky enough to get the Black pieces against both Nimzowitch and Rubinstein. That said, in both games he didn't really adapt to the 'Hypermodern' stuff so well. He went into gambit mode against Rubinstein, and it just didn't work.

Saemisch played the - at the time - modern idea - the Scheveningen Sicilian - against one of the old school, and won a very pretty game.

Meanwhile Rubinstein was playing some pretty decent chess! Despite being past his best and having personal problems - it is interesting to see that the tournament book lists him as being a representative of Berlin at the time - he was still a magnificent player.

And one last game of the tournament winner - you can find it in Chess Praxis, in the chapter on 'alternation', if I recall rightly.

From the tournament book. From the Berlin Tournament of 1926.