The Lodz Tourney

By Lajos Stkiner This tournament had hardly any "outsiders." At the beginning of the struggle, when people were calculating what score would be needed to win first prize, they agreed that 10 points—or at most 10y2—would suffice. Yet Vasya Pirc attained 11 y2 without difficulty. It was his tournament; one saw that before the eighth round had been reached. He played with care —and yet with ease! His success (his greatest thus far) was fully earned. His chess was sound in every phase. An excellent theoretician, he is fully acquainted with what others have accomplished in the realm of the openings, and supplements it with his own investigations. His combinations are far-sighted and worked out exhaustively, though lie prefers to avoid complications if this can be done without disadvantage. His endings are exact right down to the minutest detail.

Such an achievement has long been overdue; only the fact that his health is so delicate has accounted for the fluctuations in Pi re's tournament play.

Tartakover had no such easy time winning the second prize, for he had to overcome obstacles in the form of inferior positions in quite a few of his games. In the last round, his position against Stahlberg was so poor that very few masters could have held the game. Tartakover lost a Pawn right after the opening, but a series of veritable problem moves enabled him to draw in the ending.

A new talent has manifested itself in the person of Gerstenfeld, This 22-year-old Polish player gave a splendid account of himself.

As far as I am concerned, I am still unable to eliminate one fundamental fault, which so often turns all my previous efforts to naught.

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