2nd unofficial Chess Olympiad

The second unofficial Chess Olympiad was a team chess tournament held in Budapest from June 26 to July 15, 1926, during the third FIDE Congress.[1] Six teams applied to contest the team tournament but Austria and Czechoslovakia withdrew before the start. Hungary won the tournament ahead of Yugoslavia, Romania and Germany.

Several individual tournaments which also featured international participation were held at the Congress. Ernst Grünfeld of Austria and Mario Monticelli of Italy won the strongest individual event, a sixteen-player round robin sometimes referred to as the first "FIDE Masters" tournament. Another sixteen players of mixed local and international backgrounds competed in a second round robin, won by Max Walter of Czechoslovakia. Edith Holloway of the UK won the women's tournament, and Sandor Zinner won an open tournament contested by the local Hungarians.[2]

Results edit

The final results were as follows:

Team Tournament edit

# Team Players Points
1   Hungary E. Steiner, Vajda, Sterk, Négyesy, Bakonyi, S. Zinner 9
2   Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes Kostić, Asztalos, Ćirić, György 8
3   Romania Balogh, Bródy, Tyroler, Mendelssohn, Proca 5
4   Germany Moritz, Schönmann, Machate, Rüster 2

First FIDE Masters edit

# Player Points Berger
1   Ernst Grünfeld (AUT) 68.00
  Mario Monticelli (ITA) 65.25
3   Hans Kmoch (AUT) 9 67.00
  Sándor Takács (HUN) 9 63.50
  Akiba Rubinstein (POL) 9 63.25
6   Géza Nagy (HUN)
7   Richard Réti (TCH) 8 56.75
8   Edgard Colle (BEL) 8 54.50
9   Hermanis Matisons (LAT) 59.25
10   Savielly Tartakower (POL) 56.75
11   Árpád Vajda (HUN)
12   Frederick Yates (ENG) 6 44.00
13   Endre Steiner (HUN) 6 42.75
14   Kornél Havasi (HUN) 6 41.75
15   Ladislav Prokeš (TCH)
16   Eugène Znosko-Borovsky (FRA)

Mixed tournament edit

Max Walter of Bratislava won this sixteen-player round robin with a score of 11½ out of 15. Balázs Sárközy of Budapest finished in second place with a score of 10½, and Anatoly Chepurnov of Vyborg scored 9½ to finish third.[3]

Women's tournament edit

Eight women from London, Vienna and Budapest competed in a round robin. Edith Holloway of London won the tournament scoring 6½ out of 7, while Paula Wolf-Kalmar and Gisela Harum of Vienna both scored 5½ to tie for second and third places.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ Stanisław Gawlikowski Olimpiady szachowe 1924 - 1974 Wyd. Sport i Turystyka, Warszawa 1978
  2. ^ OlimpBase :: Budapest 1926 Chess Summit: Team Tournament - Tournament Review
  3. ^ a b "Der Budapester Kongreß des Weltschachbundes". Wiener Schachzeitung (in German). 4 (15): 225–229. August 1926. Retrieved 1 December 2020.