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London Tournament

Alexander Alekhine9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Salomon Flohr8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Isaac Kashdan7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Mir Sultan Khan7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Geza Maroczy6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Savielly Tartakower6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Georges Koltanowski5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Vera Menchik4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
George Alan Thomas3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Philip Stuart Milner-Barry3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Victor Berger3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]
William Winter2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
London (1932)
This tournament was "planned under the auspices of the Sunday Referee", featuring what the British Chess Magazine referred to as a "select company of masters".1 World champion Alexander Alekhine faced a diverse group, including women's world champion Vera Menchik, and rising young stars such as the Czechoslovakian Salo Flohr, the American Isaac Kashdan, and the Indian Sultan Khan. Veterans Geza Maroczy and Savielly Tartakower were to have been joined by Edgar Colle, who canceled at a late date due to illness. He was replaced by George Koltanowski, who was promoted from the Premier Reserves tournament.2

The first four rounds were held in the Central Hall, Westminster, and the remaining five rounds in the Empire Social Club, Bayswater.3

Alekhine was undefeated, drawing his games with Flohr, Kashdan, Sultan Khan, and Sir George Thomas. Alekhine won £50, Flohr £30, and Kashdan and Sultan Khan £15 each.<4> The world champion also received the brilliancy prize of £10 for Alekhine vs Koltanowski, 1932. 2 Vera Menchik topped all British masters in the table, finishing ahead of Philip Stuart Milner-Barry, Sir George Thomas, Victor Berger and William Winter.

London, England, 1-12 February 1932

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts 1 Alekhine * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 9.0 2 Flohr ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 8.0 3 Kashdan ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 7.5 4 Sultan Khan 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7.5 5 Maroczy ½ 0 1 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.0 6 Tartakower 0 1 ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 7 Koltanowski 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5.0 8 Menchik 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 4.5 9 Thomas ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 * ½ ½ ½ 3.5 10 Milner-Barry 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 3.5 11 Berger 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 3.0 12 Winter 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 2.5

Notes

1 Peter Lahde, "Isaac Kashdan, American Grandmaster" (McFarland 2000), p. 14.

2 Leonard Skinner and Robert Verhoeven, "Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946" (McFarland 1998), p. 410.

3 "The Times", 1 Feb. 1932, p. 10; 2 Feb. 1932, p. 10.

4 "Wiener Schachzeitung", March 1932, p. 67.

Original collection: Game Collection: London International Chess Congress, 1932, by User: Resignation Trap.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs Sultan Khan 1-0801932LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
2. Kashdan vs Milner-Barry 1-0651932LondonC78 Ruy Lopez
3. Maroczy vs Menchik ½-½331932LondonC13 French
4. Tartakower vs W Winter 1-0251932LondonA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Flohr vs G A Thomas 1-0431932LondonD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. V Berger vs Koltanowski ½-½411932LondonE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
7. Sultan Khan vs Flohr  ½-½681932LondonB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. Menchik vs Alekhine 0-1401932LondonE14 Queen's Indian
9. W Winter vs Maroczy  ½-½351932LondonD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. Milner-Barry vs Tartakower 1-0411932LondonB10 Caro-Kann
11. Koltanowski vs G A Thomas  1-0511932LondonC14 French, Classical
12. V Berger vs Kashdan  0-1591932LondonD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. Kashdan vs Koltanowski 1-0201932LondonC41 Philidor Defense
14. Maroczy vs Milner-Barry ½-½411932LondonC42 Petrov Defense
15. G A Thomas vs Sultan Khan  0-1301932LondonC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Alekhine vs W Winter 1-0371932LondonB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
17. Flohr vs Menchik  1-0611932LondonA34 English, Symmetrical
18. Tartakower vs V Berger 1-0371932LondonD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. V Berger vs Maroczy  ½-½331932LondonD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
20. W Winter vs Flohr  0-1671932LondonD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Kashdan vs Tartakower ½-½621932LondonC17 French, Winawer, Advance
22. Menchik vs G A Thomas 1-0241932LondonE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
23. Milner-Barry vs Alekhine  0-1291932LondonC28 Vienna Game
24. Koltanowski vs Sultan Khan ½-½551932LondonD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Sultan Khan vs Menchik  1-0531932LondonC01 French, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Fifty pounds for first prize doesn't sound like a great deal of cash. The London (1922) tournament ten years earlier paid better prizes but I suppose the Depression might have had something to do with it.
Oct-25-14  Karpova: Prizes (in £): Alekhine 50, Flohr 30, Kashdan 15, Sultan Khan 15.

Source: Wiener Schachzeitung, March 1932, p. 67

Oct-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project:

Courtesy of User: Tabanus:

London 1932 - from The Times' daily reports:
"Games start at the Cental Hall, Westminster today. The opening ceremony is fixed for 4 p.m., play in all sections beginning at 5 p.m." (1 Feb p. 10)

"Central Hall, Westminster, yesterday afternoon, when the players were welcomed by Mr. I. Ostrer. Play began at 5 p.m." (2 Feb p. 10)

"These adjourned games will be played this morning at the Empire Social Club, Bayswater, where the remaining five rounds of the Festival will be held." (8 Feb p. 7) (and they were)

In addition quite detailed report of the games, and mention of simuls, two by Alekhine (before and during the tournament) and one by Kashdan (before).

Oct-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: The first prize would only be about £3,000 in 2014 using the Retail Price Index (RPI).
Oct-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Twas a time that London was still full of Londoners. Now it's full of foreigners.
Oct-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: New York is now a third world city, too, unless you can afford to live on the island of Manhattan.
Oct-25-14
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  MissScarlett: London (1927): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmF...
Oct-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: <London 1932>
"The Book of the London International Chess Tournament, 1932....Mr. Frank Hollings, T, Great Turnstile, Holborn. W.C.I. has published the above book (price 6s.), containing the sixty-six games in the Masters’ section, all of which are annotated Dr. Alekhine.".

Grantham Journal - Saturday 6th August 1932, p.3.

The tournament book was published as "66 Master Games Played in the London, International Chess Tournament, 1932". It is still in print, (Hardinge Simpole Publishing - ISBN-13: 978-1843820659).

Oct-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project:

<Chessical>

Thanks for tracking down the tournament book.

It appears to be unavailable at the moment on Amazon, where I buy almost all my chess books: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Master-Play...

Oct-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WCC Editing Project:

Aha! It is indeed available: http://www.amazon.com/Sixty-Six-Int...

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