King’s Gambit! | Gunsberg vs Capablanca | St. Petersburg (1914)

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Isidor Gunsberg vs Jose Raul Capablanca
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 10, May-05
King’s Gambit: Accepted. Bishop’s Gambit Bogoljubow Variation (C33)

1. e4 e5 2. f4 ef4 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. e5 d5 6. Bb3 Ne4 7. Nf3 c6 8. Qe2 Bc3 9. dc3 g5 10. Nd2 Bf5 11. Ne4 Be4 12. Bd2 Nd7 13. c4 Qe7 14. cd5 cd5 15. Bc3 O-O-O 16. e6 Nf6 17. ef7 Qf7 18. O-O-O Rhe8 19. h4 h6 20. hg5 hg5 21. Rh6 Re6 22. Bf6 Rf6 23. Qg4 Rf5 24. Rdh1 f3 25. Rh7 fg2 26. R1h6 g1Q

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The St Petersburg Tournament of 1914 featured the joint winners of the 1914 All Russian Championship and players who had won at least one major tournament. There were the veterans Blackburne and Gunsberg, established masters such as Tarrasch, Bernstein, Janowski, Nimzowitsch, Alekhine and Marshall as well as the World Champion Lasker and his two most prominent rivals, Rubinstein and Capablanca.

The tournament was divided into two sections. The first stage from the 21st April to the 6th of May was an all-play-all event with the first five finishers proceeding into the second stage which ran from the 10th to the 22nd of May. This second stage was a double round all-play-all with the scores from the preliminaries being carried over to the final.

Prizes amounted to 1200, 800, 500, 300 and 200 Rubles. Each non-prizewinner received 20 Rubles for every game won and 10 Rubles for every drawn game.
A brilliancy prize was being considered for Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 after the 5th round’s finish, but more than 2 rounds later, it was awarded a 2nd brilliancy prize as the runner-up to the Capablanca vs O Bernstein, 1914 coup.

The main source for this collection was the St. Petersburg 1914 International Chess Tournament book by Dr Siegbert Tarrasch. ISBN 0-939433-17-6.



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