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🏆 AVRO (1938)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Samuel Reshevsky, Jose Raul Capablanca, Reuben Fine, Alexander Alekhine, Max Euwe, Paul Keres, Mikhail Botvinnik, Salomon Flohr

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AVRO (1938)

In November 1938, a Dutch radio company AVRO (1) organized and sponsored what was up to that time the strongest tournament (2) ever held. AVRO (Algemeene Vereeniging voor Radio Omroep - literally the General Association for Radio Broadcasting) brought together the World Champion and every one of his major challengers. It ran from the 6th to the 27th of November 1938 with the players based in Amsterdam and each successive round played in a different Dutch town.

This tournament schedule proved rigorous for the older competitors and Capablanca and Alekhine did not fare as well as might have been expected. In the end, Keres and Fine finished in joint first place with Keres declared the winner as a result of a better tie-break score.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 =1 Keres ** 1 1 1 8 =1 Fine 0 ** 1 11 10 10 1 8 3 Botvinnik 0 ** 1 0 1 1 7 =4 Alekhine 00 0 ** 1 1 1 7 =4 Euwe 01 1 0 ** 0 01 1 7 =4 Reshevsky 0 01 0 1 ** 1 7 7 Capablanca 0 0 0 10 ** 1 6 8 Flohr 0 0 0 0 0 ** 4

(1) http://www.avro.nl/, (2) Wikipedia article: AVRO 1938 chess tournament. The main source for this collection was A.V.R.O. 1938 Chess Tournament, 'B.C.M.' Classic Reprint No. 12. ISBN 900846 10 0.

Original collection: Game Collection: AVRO 1938, by User: Benzol.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs Reshevsky ½-½601938AVROE20 Nimzo-Indian
2. Flohr vs Capablanca ½-½411938AVROD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
3. Fine vs Botvinnik 1-0311938AVROC17 French, Winawer, Advance
4. Euwe vs Keres ½-½401938AVROE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Capablanca vs Alekhine ½-½481938AVROE17 Queen's Indian
6. Reshevsky vs Fine 0-1371938AVROE10 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Keres vs Botvinnik ½-½261938AVROE17 Queen's Indian
8. Euwe vs Flohr 1-0321938AVROE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. Alekhine vs Euwe 1-0411938AVROD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
10. Flohr vs Keres  ½-½231938AVROE12 Queen's Indian
11. Botvinnik vs Reshevsky 1-0371938AVROA25 English
12. Fine vs Capablanca ½-½441938AVROC17 French, Winawer, Advance
13. Keres vs Reshevsky 1-0441938AVROC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
14. Capablanca vs Botvinnik ½-½261938AVROD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
15. Flohr vs Alekhine  ½-½231938AVROE15 Queen's Indian
16. Euwe vs Fine 0-1441938AVROD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Botvinnik vs Euwe ½-½411938AVROA13 English
18. Fine vs Flohr 1-0281938AVROC17 French, Winawer, Advance
19. Reshevsky vs Capablanca ½-½561938AVROE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. Alekhine vs Keres ½-½421938AVROE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
21. Euwe vs Reshevsky 0-1561938AVROD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
22. Keres vs Capablanca 1-0381938AVROC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
23. Flohr vs Botvinnik ½-½421938AVROD84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted
24. Alekhine vs Fine 0-1681938AVROC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. Capablanca vs Euwe 1-0401938AVROE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-26-15  Everett: Petrosianic: <The best aged tournament performance has got to be a 55 year old Lasker winning by a substantial margin over a field containing Capablanca and Alekhine at New York 1924> <Possibly, although two other candidates leap to mind:

1) Smyslov making it to the Candidates Final at age 63.

2) Lasker going undefeated at Moscow 1935, at age 66.>

Says <tournament> performance, quite clearly. Not match.

Apr-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: My favourite tournament performance is Kasparov's at Linares (1999).
Apr-27-15  A.T PhoneHome: Kasparov was, by his own admission, at his peak in 1999. 10.5/14 is a very strong feat against the field he was facing!
Apr-27-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Am I alone in thinking that Kasparov is a better politician than he is a chess player?
Apr-27-15  A.T PhoneHome: I don't affiliate myself with politics so can't really say. Anyways, what makes you conclude such (not saying you're dead-wrong, just interested)?

I guess his attitude as a player is one thing.

May-20-15  Everett: <Apr-27-15
premium
member offramp: Am I alone in thinking that Kasparov is a better politician than he is a chess player?>

You are indeed alone! ;-)

May-20-15
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  RookFile: Lasker going 16 out of 20 at New York 1924. Forget about it, nothing else by a senior equals that in tournament play.
Sep-01-15
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  offramp: Whenever I hear the name AVRO I think of the English AVRO, the aeroplane company, and not the Dutch AVRO. It's a pity that AVRO the English company didn't sponsor Margate (1938). That would have been excellent!!
Sep-01-15
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  whiteshark:

<AVRO> - your game.
<AVRO> - You see this name, you think dirty. There's a bit of <AVRO> in all of us.

tbc...

Sep-01-15
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  AylerKupp: <<offramp> Am I alone in thinking that Kasparov is a better politician than he is a chess player?>

You probably aren't. But you and others who share the same opinion should consider that if Kasparov was a better politician than he is a chess player he would be the President of Russia.

Sep-01-15
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  keypusher: <AylerKupp: <<offramp> Am I alone in thinking that Kasparov is a better politician than he is a chess player?> You probably aren't. >

Don't encourage him!

<offramp> Hell yes.

Sep-18-15  The Kings Domain: Considering the results a changing of the guard really, a passing of the torch.
Feb-27-16  rgr459: If I could go back in time to see any tournament in history, it would be this one.
Feb-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Hastings 1895 for me. August on the English coast.
Feb-28-16  rgr459: 4 world champions - just think how much chess history was in that tournament. From Capablanca to Keres, players in this tournament were at the top of world chess from the 1900's-70's.
Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Het Aamsteldamiske Vereenigingen Rijksmuseeum Oranjeboom.

That's AVRO.

Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: You don't mess around with The Big Oranje, lemme tell ya.
Mar-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <offramp: Am I alone in thinking that Kasparov is a better politician than he is a chess player?>

What would make you think that?
He's been the World Champion as one, and unemployed as the other.

<unemployed>
Maybe that is a "better" politician! :)

Apr-04-16  ughaibu: 50% world champions here, as at St. Petersburg (1895/96). 60% in the final at St Petersburg (1914), but, how about the 50th World Champions Jubilee Tournament (2003)?
Apr-04-16
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  Phony Benoni: 60% also at FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948).

There must be some over-the-board tournaments, especially in more recent times with more active world champions around, that can beat 60%.

Apr-04-16
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  Phony Benoni: Case in point: Las Palmas (1996) with either 67% or 83%, depending on if y ou count Topalov.
Apr-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Pity there isn't a page for the 1966 Soviet Team Championship. IIRC Botvinnik, Petrosian, Smyslov, Tal and Spassky all played in that one.
Apr-04-16  ughaibu: Phony Benoni: Yes, I can't imagine how I forgot about the 1948 championship tournament, and 67% is pretty good without any jokes about Topalov.

Benzol, I guess I take your meaning but wouldn't that require us to ignore all but the first board players?

Jun-25-16  backrank: >> AylerKupp: <<offramp> Am I alone in thinking that Kasparov is a better politician than he is a chess player?> You probably aren't. But you and others who share the same opinion should consider that if Kasparov was a better politician than he is a chess player he would be the President of Russia.<<

No, he would be President of the Universe.

Jun-25-16  Absentee: <AylerKupp: <<offramp> Am I alone in thinking that Kasparov is a better politician than he is a chess player?>

You probably aren't. But you and others who share the same opinion should consider that if Kasparov was a better politician than he is a chess player he would be the President of Russia.>

No, let's put it this other way: if he were equally good at both, he'd be drooling over the chessboard trying to understand how the horsie thing moves.

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