Prague – 1st UJCS Congress (1905) – Haupturnier — Working Notes


Z-base PGN download: Prague – 1st UJCS Congress (1905).pgn 


Let’s begin by quoting a post (google translated) from a Slovak discussion board – which recounts a little of the history:

Re: Sub-Commission on the history of chess in Slovakia

To sendby LuboChess Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:18 pm

So Batumi, 10 years after …. (as the decade of explosion Slovak meteor soon celebrate December 8, 2009) I have long since announced sach for modern, contemporary material collected on just about podoplnat of eyewitness testimony (gradually email form) and then to sfinisovat (with respect to the frequency of the two-month magazine this is based on c. 1/2010).

Recently, the two figures to continue worked in the Czechoslovak chess articles M. Holubčík the regime and fatal Vestby (it was engaging read that intrigued and nešachistov)Czechs celebrated in the year. 2005 centenary of organized chess in the Czech lands (RATA from 8. 9, 1905, when it was founded ÚJČŠ – Central Union of Czech / Czechoslovak later / chess players, the legal predecessor of Chess Federation of the Czech Republic).

Who in addition to his celebrations went and book publications B. Blue / J. Veselý: 100 years of organized chess in the Czech lands, Šachinfo, Prague, 2005 or V. Fiala First Congress of the Central Unity of Czech chess players, Prague, 1905, ed. Caissa-90, Olomouc, 2005 or perhaps the centenary of the Prague tournament by J. Kalendovského, Z. Racing: The first international chess tournament in Prague, 1908, ed. Brno 2008, or smaller brochure Czech Coal Carlsbad Chess Tournament 2007 – 100 years International Chess Tournament in the Czech lands – from 1907 to 2007 by P. and J. MATOCHA Kalendovsky occasion arrangements tournament in Karlovy Vary with the participation of sulfuric Korčného, Timman, Ponomariova , cook, Movsesina, Lazníčky, Akopian. building on the international tournament in 1907 where he played Rubinstein, Nimzowitsch, Cigorin, Maróczy, Duras etc.What I just suggest that, as the Czech Republic counts of organized chess date from provisions ÚJČŠ, Slovakia  we could count on “date of organized chess in Slovakia from 29. 7. 1924 , prechvílou we missed the 85-anniversary, which was Trenčnianskych Teplice-based constituent meeting at ÚJČŠ Slovak county.

This is also the theme topic within the broader topic being raised M. Huba.Among other themes could be IX. Congress ÚJČŠ (16-29. 8. 1925 ) 1X held on the territory of Slovakia bratislava in the Mirror Hall of the Primate’s Palace, where in addition to congress / conference took place as a masterpiece and side tournaments, including the master Czechoslovakia, which won just Richard Réti, ie the year we have 85-year anniversary.

in addition, during the tournament Open CK Pressburg Piestany i mentioned that in 1912 there was held the then within Austria-Hungary’s first international chess tournament in what is now Slovakia, and r. 1922 – the first international chess tournament in the newly formed Czechoslovak Republic decorated participation Alechin and other masters of that time. Three years have centenary (+ 90 ročnica) so it would be appropriate to take this opportunity not only to hold the strongest tournament
in the modern history of Slovakia, but also issue a congress / and the tournament book of these Piešťany Tournament + of chess in Slovakia as such (like the Czechs on Karlovy Vary).

Not to mention that the English (or Czech) no book came out, not counting the Bernhard Kagan published in Berlin, 1923 (the Pieštany 1922) publication in German under the title: II. Internationales Julius Breyer Memorial Schachturnier. (Catalog Bibliotheca van der Linde – Niemeijeriana under no. 5349).

Similarly, they were on the Czechs to the aforementioned Karlovy Vara / Karlsbad, 1907, when there was previously only tournament book in German: Marco G., C. Schlechter Das interntionale Schachmeisterturnier, Wien, 1908 and 1 in English reprint supplemented by analysis of fishes a hundred years (r. 2007 Yorklyn, Caiisa Editions).Only whether the public interest in chess, chess books (not normally let alone historical) except perhaps made in Kasparov will not buy.

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A little involved, but it sets the table. Accordingly, I’ve incorporated the organizers –  ÚJČŠ = Central Union of Czech (this was before the post-WW1 Czechoslovakian Republic’s founding):
Prague – 1st UJCS Congress (1905)
For those interested in a visual representation of the history, here are a couple of interesting maps I found:
The tournament book is available in both Czech:
and in English:
A group photograph from the tb is available, and shown here:
(Click on image to enlarge)
Given the existence of a tournament book, one would expect the games to be widely available – but <CG>, <MillBase>, and <365chess> all only have about half the games. Luckily the other games can be found without undue extra effort (and even less effort is required for you, dear reader (see link at top of page)).
Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have access to the tb, and therefore got most of my information about the tournament from EDO and DSZ.
Results
Crosstable scores
Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games   
Důras, Oldřich 2549 (33) 5.5 / 6
Taussig, L. 2372 (57) 3.5 / 6
Treybal, Karel 2316 (52) 3 / 6
Dušek, A. 2192 (77) 3 / 6
Prokeš, Ladislav 2370 (47) 2.5 / 6
Nachtikal, Fr. 2037 (52) 2 / 6
Sika, Tomáš 2153 (51) 1.5 / 6

Event data
Name: Czech Chess Association Congress – Hauptturnier
Place: Prague
Start date: 7 Sep. 1905
End date: 12 Sep. 1905
References
Books
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1901-1920, page 60
   Gaige, Chess Tournament Crosstables II, page 232
Of course EDO is a priceless resource, but it tends to use secondary sources, i.e. Gaige and Di Felice, whereas I prefer contemporaneous sources, if available. Therefore, I was happy that a trip over to Chess Archeology yielded the following resource:
The usual butchered google translation follows:

From Prague. On September 8, the establishment of the “Czech Chess Federation” (Ustfedni jednota Ceskych Šachistu) was held here, connected to a national chess Congress. To the Board were elected: Before sitting Dr. A. Kvićala (Prague), Vice Chairman Dr. K. Bauer (Pilsen) and Prof. Dr. V. Nessel (Prague), General Manager CK Zmatlik (Prague) and St. Tréala (Brno), Treasurer V. Kautsky (Prague). Joining the new chess league have been registered: 1 patron, five founding members and six clubs with over 200 members. – At the main tournament 7 players participated. The result illustrates the following table:

The first prize and the German Cup so won O. Duras (Prague), the II. Price won L. Tausig, the III. and IV. prize was shared K. Treybal and A. Dušek. In addition to the tournament (10 participants) won the first prize St. Sery from Prague (7 winnings counter), the II. Prague won J. Baroch from Prague (6), the III. and IV. V. Price divided Kautský (Prague) and J. Hostan with 5 ‘), profit counters, the V. Price divided Hacar B. and J. Dobiáš (5 each). – Next year’s congress will be held in Brno.
As a side note – Stanislav Sery’s win in the Nebenturnier promoted him into the higher class of players in the next cycle (?).
Lacking the tournament book, no exact dates for the tournament games can be given, nor round numbers assigned properly. Still, EDO chess provides the bracket dates: 1905.09.07 – 1905.09.12. Given that this was a 7-player RR-1 we would assume an eight day schedule (one player having a bye each day) – so one might look into the EDO dates a little more in the future.
Here are two RR tables from the PGN, using SCID (look for updates later – when I update the biographical data to properly reflect all the players ages):
Sorted by score:
Prague - 1st UJCS Congress (1905)
Prague CZE, 1905.09
                          Ti Age Nat    Score     D T T D P N S
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Duras, Oldrich        gm  22 CSR   5.5 /  6   X 1 1 1 1 = 1  (+5 -0 =1)
 2: Taussig, Lev                       3.5 /  6   0 X = 1 = = 1  (+2 -1 =3)
 3: Treybal, Karel            20 CSR   3.0 /  6   0 = X 1 0 1 =  (+2 -2 =2)
 4: Dusek, Adolf                       3.0 /  6   0 0 0 X 1 1 1  (+3 -3 =0)
 5: Prokes, Ladislav          21 CSR   2.5 /  6   0 = 1 0 X 0 1  (+2 -3 =1)
 6: Nachtikal, Frantisek               2.0 /  6   = = 0 0 1 X 0  (+1 -3 =2)
 7: Sika, Tomas                        1.5 /  6   0 0 = 0 0 1 X  (+1 -4 =1)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
21 games: +6 =5 -10
 Sorted by name:
Prague - 1st UJCS Congress (1905)
Prague CZE, 1905.09
                          Ti Age Nat    Score     D D N P S T T
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1: Duras, Oldrich        gm  22 CSR   5.5 /  6   X 1 = 1 1 1 1  (+5 -0 =1)
 2: Dusek, Adolf                       3.0 /  6   0 X 1 1 1 0 0  (+3 -3 =0)
 3: Nachtikal, Frantisek               2.0 /  6   = 0 X 1 0 = 0  (+1 -3 =2)
 4: Prokes, Ladislav          21 CSR   2.5 /  6   0 0 0 X 1 = 1  (+2 -3 =1)
 5: Sika, Tomas                        1.5 /  6   0 0 1 0 X 0 =  (+1 -4 =1)
 6: Taussig, Lev                       3.5 /  6   0 1 = = 1 X =  (+2 -1 =3)
 7: Treybal, Karel            20 CSR   3.0 /  6   0 1 1 0 = = X  (+2 -2 =2)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
21 games: +6 =5 -10

 The research involved in properly identifying various of the players (e.g. Sery, Dusek, and Nachtikal) has been documented by various comments I’ve left on player pages on <CG>.
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