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) 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.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
=1 Keres ** 1½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 1½ 1½ ½½ 8½
=1 Fine 0½ ** 1½ 11 10 10 ½½ 1½ 8½
3 Botvinnik ½½ 0½ ** 1½ ½0 1½ ½1 ½½ 7½
=4 Alekhine ½½ 00 0½ ** 1½ ½½ ½1 ½1 7
=4 Euwe ½½ 01 ½1 0½ ** 0½ 01 1½ 7
=4 Reshevsky 0½ 01 0½ ½½ 1½ ** ½½ 1½ 7
7 Capablanca 0½ ½½ ½0 ½0 10 ½½ ** 1½ 6
8 Flohr ½½ 0½ ½½ ½0 0½ 0½ 0½ ** 4½
Original collection: Game Collection: AVRO 1938, by User: Benzol.
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|1. Euwe vs Keres
||½-½||40||1938||AVRO||E00 Queen's Pawn Game|
|2. Flohr vs Capablanca
||½-½||41||1938||AVRO||D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch|
|3. Alekhine vs Reshevsky
|4. Capablanca vs Alekhine
||½-½||48||1938||AVRO||E17 Queen's Indian|
|5. Keres vs Botvinnik
||½-½||26||1938||AVRO||E17 Queen's Indian|
|6. Flohr vs Keres
|| ||½-½||23||1938||AVRO||E12 Queen's Indian|
|7. Fine vs Capablanca
||½-½||44||1938||AVRO||C17 French, Winawer, Advance|
|8. Flohr vs Alekhine
|| ||½-½||23||1938||AVRO||E15 Queen's Indian|
|9. Capablanca vs Botvinnik
||½-½||26||1938||AVRO||D93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3|
|10. Reshevsky vs Capablanca
||½-½||56||1938||AVRO||E37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical|
|11. Alekhine vs Keres
||½-½||42||1938||AVRO||E58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3|
|12. Botvinnik vs Euwe
|13. Flohr vs Botvinnik
||½-½||42||1938||AVRO||D84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted|
|14. Reshevsky vs Alekhine
|15. Botvinnik vs Fine
||½-½||19||1938||AVRO||C48 Four Knights|
|16. Keres vs Euwe
|| ||½-½||38||1938||AVRO||A12 English with b3|
|17. Flohr vs Euwe
|| ||½-½||29||1938||AVRO||E02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4|
|18. Botvinnik vs Keres
|| ||½-½||41||1938||AVRO||E29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch|
|19. Euwe vs Alekhine
||½-½||41||1938||AVRO||E15 Queen's Indian|
|20. Reshevsky vs Botvinnik
|21. Capablanca vs Fine
||½-½||42||1938||AVRO||E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation|
|22. Keres vs Flohr
|23. Reshevsky vs Keres
||½-½||47||1938||AVRO||E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3|
|24. Flohr vs Fine
|| ||½-½||19||1938||AVRO||E02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4|
|25. Capablanca vs Reshevsky
||½-½||42||1938||AVRO||D83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit|
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< Earlier Kibitzing · PAGE 9 OF 9 ·
|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|| ||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|| ||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
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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||whiteshark: |
<AVRO> - your game.
<AVRO> - You see this name, you think dirty.
There's a bit of <AVRO> in all of us.
|Sep-01-15|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||offramp: Het Aamsteldamiske Vereenigingen Rijksmuseeum Oranjeboom.|
|Mar-29-16|| ||perfidious: You don't mess around with The Big Oranje, lemme tell ya.|
|Mar-29-16|| ||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.
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|| ||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|| ||Phony Benoni: Case in point: Las Palmas (1996) with either 67% or 83%, depending on if y ou count Topalov.|
|Apr-04-16|| ||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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