This is the End | Capablanca vs Alekhine | St. Petersburg (1914)

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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Alexander Alekhine
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 10, May-22
French Defense: Classical Variation. Alekhine’s Folly (C11)

1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 h6 5. Bf6 Qf6 6. ed5 Bb4 7. Bb5 c6 8. dc6 Nc6 9. Ne2 O-O 10. O-O Rd8 11. Ne4 Qh4 12. Bc6 bc6 13. f4 Ba6 14. c3 Bf8 15. Qe1 Qh5 16. Rf2 c5 17. Nc5 Bc5 18. dc5 Qc5 19. Nd4 Rd5 20. h3 Rad8 21. Qe3 e5 22. fe5 Re5 23. Qf3 Qe7 24. Nc6 Re1 25. Re1 Qe1 26. Kh2 Rd7 27. Nd4 Bd3 28. Qg3 Qb1 29. Qb8 Kh7 30. Qe8 Rb7 31. Ne6 Bb5 32. Qc8 Re7 33. Nf8 Kg8 34. Nd7 Kh7 35. Qc5 Qe1 36. Qf5 Kg8 37. Qb5 Rd7 38. Re2 Qd1 39. Re8 Kh7 40. Qf5 g6 41. Qe5 f6 42. Qf6 Qd6 43. Qd6 Rd6 44. Re7 Kg8 45. Ra7

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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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