Leopold Trebitsch Memorial Tournament

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Leopold Trebitsch Memorial Tournament was a chess competition organized by the family of Austrian silk manufacturer Leopold Trebitsch. Twenty tournaments were played in Vienna between 1907 and 1938.[1]

Wealthy industrialist Leopold Trebitsch (1842–1906) was a lover of chess and a patron of chess competitions. His family advanced the considerable sum of 100,000 kronen to the Vienna Chess Club (Wiener Schachklub) to organize a series of tournaments. Since Trebitsch died one month before the start of the first tournament, the competitions were named in his memory. Six of the first nine events (1907–18) were won by Carl Schlechter, but his death in December 1918, along with the loss of the Club's Trebitsch fund in the aftermath of Austria's debacle in World War I, put a temporary halt to the tournament. In 1926, Leopold Trebitsch's son, Oskar, made more funds available, enabling eleven additional competitions to be held until 1938, when Germany's annexation of Austria ended the event.


# Year Winner
1 1907  Jacques Mieses (German Empire) /  Saxony
2 1909/10  Richard Réti (Austria-Hungary) /  Slovakia
3 1910/11  Carl Schlechter (Austria-Hungary) /  Austria
4 1911/12  Carl Schlechter (Austria-Hungary) /  Austria
5 1913  Carl Schlechter (Austria-Hungary) /  Austria
6 1914  Carl Schlechter (Austria-Hungary) /  Austria
7 1915  Carl Schlechter (Austria-Hungary) /  Austria
8 1916/17  Carl Schlechter (Austria-Hungary) /  Austria
9 1917/18  Milan Vidmar (Austria-Hungary) /  Slovenia
10 1926  Rudolf Spielmann (Austria)
11 1927  Ernst Grünfeld (Austria)
12 1928  Ernst Grünfeld (Austria)
 Sándor Takács (Hungary)
13 1929/30  Rudolf Spielmann (Austria)
 Hans Kmoch (Austria)
14 1931  Albert Becker (Austria)
15 1932  Albert Becker (Austria)
16 1933  Ernst Grünfeld (Austria)
 Hans Müller (Austria)
17 1934/35  Albert Becker (Austria)
18 1935  Erich Eliskases (Austria)
 Lajos Steiner (Hungary)
19 1936  Henryk Friedman (Poland)
20 1937/38  Lajos Steiner (Hungary)


  1. ^ History of the Leopold Trebitsch Memorial Tournament (including the list of winners)