The 1938 Premier Tournament of the traditional Margate Easter Congress featured a respectable international presence, most notably that of world champion Alexander Alekhine. He faced off against fellow invaders Rudolf Spielmann, Vladimir Petrov, and the perennial Finnish Champion Eero Einar Böök. The local English contingent was led by Philip Stuart Milner-Barry, who managed shared 4th, followed by Harry Golombek, Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, Edward G Sergeant, and women's world champion Vera Menchik, who scored two victories to finish above tail-ender George Alan Thomas. The British Chess Magazine lauded the Champion, reporting that "Dr. Alekhine won the tournament fairly comfortably, though he lost one game (to Petrov). Yet on the whole his play was of a very high standard, notably so against Böök where he played a game worthy to be classed amongst the best examples of Alekhine's genius. In short, he is now playing as well as he ever did." Alekhine also co-wrote the tournament book with Milcíades A. Lachaga.
Margate (1937) and Margate (1939) were the previous and subsequent congresses in this series, respectively.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1 Alekhine * ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 7
2 Spielmann ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 6
3 Petrov 1 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 5½
=4 Böök 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 5
=4 Milner-Barry 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 5
6 Golombek 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 ½ 4½
7 Alexander ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 4
8 Sergeant 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 3½
9 Menchik 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 3
10 Thomas 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1½
Source: Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games, 1902-1946, by Leonard Skinner and Robert Verhoeven. McFarland 1998, p. 262.
Original collection: Game Collection: Margate 1938, by User: sneaky pete.
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|1. Spielmann vs Menchik
|2. E E Book vs C H Alexander
|| ||1-0||47||1938||Margate||C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack|
|3. Alekhine vs Milner-Barry
|| ||1-0||52||1938||Margate||A13 English|
|4. E G Sergeant vs G A Thomas
|| ||½-½||53||1938||Margate||B54 Sicilian|
|5. Vladimir Petrov vs Golombek
||1-0||42||1938||Margate||C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|6. Milner-Barry vs E E Book
|| ||½-½||66||1938||Margate||C16 French, Winawer|
|7. C H Alexander vs Spielmann
|| ||0-1||52||1938||Margate||C11 French|
|8. Vladimir Petrov vs Menchik
|| ||½-½||56||1938||Margate||A15 English|
|9. Golombek vs E G Sergeant
|| ||½-½||35||1938||Margate||D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense|
|10. G A Thomas vs Alekhine
|| ||0-1||50||1938||Margate||C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack|
|11. Menchik vs C H Alexander
|| ||½-½||41||1938||Margate||D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|12. Spielmann vs Milner-Barry
|| ||½-½||24||1938||Margate||C36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense|
|13. Alekhine vs Golombek
|14. E E Book vs G A Thomas
|| ||1-0||34||1938||Margate||A22 English|
|15. E G Sergeant vs Vladimir Petrov
|| ||0-1||29||1938||Margate||B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|16. Golombek vs E E Book
|| ||½-½||35||1938||Margate||D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|17. Milner-Barry vs Menchik
|18. C H Alexander vs Vladimir Petrov
|| ||1-0||60||1938||Margate||B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|19. G A Thomas vs Spielmann
|| ||½-½||43||1938||Margate||C14 French, Classical|
|20. E G Sergeant vs Alekhine
||0-1||28||1938||Margate||C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O|
|21. E E Book vs E G Sergeant
|| ||½-½||34||1938||Margate||D53 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|22. Spielmann vs Golombek
|| ||½-½||47||1938||Margate||B50 Sicilian|
|23. Vladimir Petrov vs Alekhine
||1-0||34||1938||Margate||E02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4|
|24. C H Alexander vs Milner-Barry
|| ||½-½||35||1938||Margate||C42 Petrov Defense|
|25. Menchik vs G A Thomas
|| ||1-0||42||1938||Margate||D74 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O|
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|Feb-26-16|| ||hemy: 1938 Margate chess Congress included 4 tournaments of 10 players in each one:
Premier Tournament, Reserves A, B and C.
Ernest Ludwig Klein (Austria) 7
Moishe Mendel Najdorf (Poland) 6.5
Gerald Abrahams (England) 6
Nicolas Rossolimo (France) 6
Paul List (Lithuania) 4.5
Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas (England) 4
Adrian Garcia Conde (England) 3.5
Frits van Seters (Holland) 3.5
Baruch Harold Wood (England) 2.5
Henry Holwell Cole 1.5
S. Landau 7.5
G. Koltanovski 7
L. Prins 6.5
K. Opočenský 6
J. König 5
V. A. Vinser 4
F. G. T. Collins 3.5
L. C. G. Dewing 2.5
A. Eva 1.5
L. Illingworth 1.5
G. Meyer 6.5
G van Doesburgh 6.5
V. A. T. Schelfhout 5.5
Sonja Graf 5
C. B. Heath 5
B. Reilly 5
Z. Solmanis 4.5
V. Skillicorn 3
F. N. Jatneson 2.5
H. J. Snowden 1.5
Information about the Reserves tournament was collected by me from the newspapers in Estonian and German languages:
Postimees / 25 Apr 1938, Page 6
Postimees / 08 May 1938, Page 6
Päewaleht / 04 May 1938, Page 5
Hamburger Nachrichten / 22 Apr 1938, Page 4
Hamburger Nachrichten / 23 Apr 1938, Page 3
|Mar-05-16|| ||jessicafischerqueen: |
A notable game from this tournament in which <Vladimirs Petrovs> hands world champion <Alexander Alekhine> his only defeat in the event:
V Petrov vs Alekhine, 1938
|Mar-05-16|| ||KlingonBorgTatar: I'm an Alekhine fan and like to collect books written or co- authored by him. Is there a reprint of the tournament book co-authored by the winner? If there's none an e- copy might do. Thanks in advance.|
|Mar-07-16|| ||jessicafischerqueen: |
<KlingonBorgTatar> I've never seen a copy of the tournament book anywhere, but if someone on earth has the power to get it, it's <Tony Peterson>. He has secured several rare chess books for me in the past. He's very friendly and returns emails promptly. Twice he didn't have the book I wanted, but each time he was able to find a copy for me. He has close contact with other excellent European booksellers, such as <Dr. Fiala>, another great resource for rare chess books.
You can contact <Mr. Peterson> from his website here:
|Jan-22-18|| ||offramp: Sponsored by the British aircraft manufacturer founded by Alliott Verdon Roe called Avro,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro, and sometimes known as Avro 1938.|
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