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🏆 Kemeri (1937)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Savielly Tartakower, Reuben Fine, Samuel Reshevsky, Alexander Alekhine, Paul Keres, Wolfgang R Hasenfuss, Fricis Apsenieks, Vladas Mikenas, Movsa Feigin, Salo Landau, Karlis Alexander Ozols, Endre Steiner, Vladimir Petrov, Salomon Flohr, Eero Einar Book, Gideon Stahlberg, Ludwig Rellstab, Teodors Bergs

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Kemeri (1937)

Kemeri 1937 was Alexander Alekhine's penultimate tune up for his impending rematch with World Champion Max Euwe. In a result that augured poorly for his prospects in the rematch, Alekhine finished only equal 4th with Paul Keres. His misfortunes began as early as Round 4, in which he lost with the white pieces against Vladas Mikenas. This frustrated him so badly that, according to Mikenas, Alekhine would not speak to him for the next three days. As it turned out, this lost point made the difference between clear first and a share of fourth place.

In the end, however this tournament was most notable for the career-best performance of Latvian home town favorite Vladimir Petrov, who shared first with Samuel Reshevsky and Salomon Flohr. An understandably buoyant Petrov, who was awarded the Latvian Grandmaster title on the strength of his achievement, shared his post-event thoughts in an interview with the chess journal Sacha Maksla, July 24, 1937:

"Of course I am very happy about my result. I did a lot of preparations for the tournament... I studied the <e4> openings because I knew that playing the Queens Gambit against such positional players as Flohr and Fine is pretty useless. For the middle game and endgame I feel... that even the top players cannot take me lightly, particularly in the strategic phases of the game. Alekhine did not impress me in this tournament. His play displayed a lot of nervousness about the forthcoming Second World Championship Match between him and Dr. Max Euwe."

Photograph of Alekhine vs V Mikenas, 1937 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Fn1Q2Xx7B.... Photograph of the Tournament Book: http://www.chesspro.ru/_images/mate...

Kemeri, Latvia, 16 June - 8 July 1937

R P F A K S T F S M R B A B F L H O 1 Reshevsky X 1 = 0 1 1 = 1 = 1 0 0 1 = 1 1 1 1 12.0 2 Petrov 0 X = = = = = 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 12.0 3 Flohr = = X = = = = = = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 4 Alekhine 1 = = X = 1 = 1 = 0 = = = = 1 1 1 1 11.5 5 Keres 0 = = = X 1 = = 0 1 1 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 11.5 6 Steiner 0 = = 0 0 X 1 1 0 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 11.0 7 Tartakower = = = = = 0 X 1 = 0 1 1 1 = = 1 = 1 10.5 8 Fine 0 0 = 0 = 0 0 X = = = 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 9.0 9 Stahlberg = 0 = = 1 1 = = X 0 0 1 = = 0 1 = = 8.5 10 Mikenas 0 1 = 1 0 0 1 = 1 X 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 8.0 11 Rellstab 1 0 0 = 0 = 0 = 1 1 X 0 = 1 0 0 1 = 7.5 12 Bk 1 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 X = 1 1 0 1 = 7.5 13 Apsenieks 0 0 = = = 0 0 0 = 1 = = X 0 1 1 = 1 7.5 14 Bergs = 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 = 1 0 0 1 X 0 1 1 = 6.5 15 Feigin 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 X 0 = 1 5.5 16 Landau 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 X 1 1 5.5 17 Hazenfuss 0 0 0 0 0 = = 0 = 1 0 0 = 0 = 0 X 0 3.5 18 Ozols 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = = 0 = 0 0 1 X 3.5

Source: Vladimirs Petrovs: a Chessplayer's Story From Greatness to the Gulags, by Andris Fride. Caissa editions 2004, pp. 14-15.

Original collection: Game Collection: Kemeri 1937 International Tournament, by User: Resignation Trap; Introduction written and sourced by User: WCC Editing Project.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tartakower vs E E Book  1-0411937KemeriD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Feigin vs W Hasenfuss  ½-½411937KemeriA43 Old Benoni
3. Alekhine vs E Steiner 1-0461937KemeriA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. S Landau vs Fine  ½-½521937KemeriD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. V Mikenas vs T Bergs  0-1321937KemeriA06 Reti Opening
6. Flohr vs Keres ½-½1041937KemeriA90 Dutch
7. K Ozols vs Stahlberg  ½-½391937KemeriA13 English
8. Reshevsky vs V Petrov 1-0391937KemeriD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
9. F Apsenieks vs Rellstab  ½-½491937KemeriA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. E E Book vs K Ozols  ½-½291937KemeriC02 French, Advance
11. Rellstab vs Stahlberg 1-0211937KemeriC14 French, Classical
12. V Petrov vs Tartakower  ½-½321937KemeriE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
13. Fine vs Feigin  1-0471937KemeriD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Keres vs Reshevsky 0-1401937KemeriD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. W Hasenfuss vs Flohr 0-1261937KemeriB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
16. E Steiner vs V Mikenas 1-0431937KemeriB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. T Bergs vs S Landau  1-0251937KemeriD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. F Apsenieks vs Alekhine ½-½331937KemeriA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. K Ozols vs V Petrov  ½-½401937KemeriD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Feigin vs T Bergs  1-0571937KemeriD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Tartakower vs Keres ½-½311937KemeriA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Flohr vs Fine  ½-½241937KemeriE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
23. Alekhine vs Rellstab  ½-½501937KemeriA15 English
24. V Mikenas vs F Apsenieks 0-1711937KemeriD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Stahlberg vs E E Book  1-0501937KemeriD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-06-12
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  Chessdreamer: the correct result of the game V Mikenas vs S Landau, 1937 is 1-0. time-loss for Black. Mikenas scored 8/17, Landau 5.5/17.
Dec-06-12
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  Phony Benoni: <Chessdreamer> I've sent in a correction slip. When the change is made, the charts above will be updated accordingly.
Dec-10-12  USSR Championships: <Chessdreamer> wonderful catch!

The crosstable from Andris Fride's biography of Petrovs confirms your correction as well.

-<Vladimirs Petrovs: A chessplayer's story from Greatness to the Gulag> Andris Fride. Caissa Editions 2004, p14.

<Phony Benoni> thanks, fast work on sending in the slip. Let's keep track to make sure they make the correction.

Dec-10-12  USSR Championships: Excerpt from the memoirs of <Galina Petrovs>, <Vladimirs Petrovs'> wife:

"The tournament directors only had one prize to give because they had expected <Alekhine> to win. Since there were three winners, <Flohr> suggested to <Reshevsky> "Sammy, let's let <Petrov> take the rap for us." In this way, <Petrovs> was awarded the victory prize. He also won a silver cup for the "Most Brilliant Game by a Latvian against a Foreigner" for his match against <Rellstab>: Rellstab vs V Petrov, 1937

-"Refugee: Centenary of Salo Flohr" by Vladimir Moshchenko (in Russian) http://www.chesspro.ru/_events/2009...

Sep-29-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: On the basis of his performance in this tournament, Petrov was given an invitation to the Semmering/Baden (1937) tournament.
Mar-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: According to Golombek, Book intended to become a chess professional, but his relative failure in this event persuaded him otherwise.
Feb-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: Some info in Latvian:

https://lv.wikipedia.org/wiki/1._%C...

Feb-05-17  JimNorCal: What happened to Reuben Fine?
Disappointing result
Feb-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: < JimNorCal: What happened to Reuben Fine?>

Eventually, he got psyched out of chess...

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