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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Hastings 1936/37 Tournament

Alexander Alekhine8/9(+7 -0 =2)[games]
Reuben Fine7.5/9(+7 -1 =1)[games]
Erich Eliskases5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Milan Vidmar4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Movsa Feigin4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Theodore Tylor3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
William Winter3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Georges Koltanowski3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Vera Menchik2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
George Alan Thomas2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Hastings 1936/37
For the 17th renewal of hostilities at Hastings from December 28, 1936 to January 6, 1937, the organizers brought in a former world champion and a top contender for the crown to lead this group of contestants:

Alexander Alekhine, Erich Eliskases, Movsa Feigin, Reuben Fine, Georges Koltanowski, Vera Menchik, George Alan Thomas, Theodore Tylor, Milan Vidmar, William Winter.

Alekhine was set on proving he was not a spent force, and got off to a great start. After seven rounds, he had 6.5 points and was three points clear of the field--except for Fine, who had won all seven. Their eighth round game was a nerve-wracker, and the more experienced Alekhine was the survivor. He then hung on to his lead when both players drew in the last round despite having good losing chances.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Alekhine * 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 8.0 2 Fine 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 7.5 3 Eliskases ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 5.5 4 Vidmar 0 ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4.5 5 Feigin 0 0 ½ 1 * 0 1 1 ½ ½ 4.5 6 Tylor 0 0 0 ½ 1 * ½ 0 ½ 1 3.5 7 Winter 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 ½ 3.5 8 Koltanowski ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 * ½ ½ 3.0 9 Menchik 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 0 2.5 10 Thomas 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * 2.5

Hastings (1937/38) was the 18th Christmas festival.

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1936/37, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Eliskases vs Fine 0-1351936Hastings 1936/37E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
2. Feigin vs Alekhine 0-1951936Hastings 1936/37E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Menchik vs G A Thomas  0-1341936Hastings 1936/37D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Vidmar vs Koltanowski  1-0461936Hastings 1936/37D82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
5. W Winter vs Tylor  ½-½321936Hastings 1936/37A13 English
6. Tylor vs Menchik  ½-½301936Hastings 1936/37C13 French
7. Koltanowski vs E Eliskases  ½-½311936Hastings 1936/37A47 Queen's Indian
8. Fine vs W Winter 1-0511936Hastings 1936/37D40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. Feigin vs G A Thomas  ½-½521936Hastings 1936/37D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Alekhine vs Vidmar 1-0711936Hastings 1936/37D65 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line
11. W Winter vs Koltanowski 1-0261936Hastings 1936/37E72 King's Indian
12. Vidmar vs Feigin  0-1331936Hastings 1936/37D68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
13. G A Thomas vs Tylor  0-1411936Hastings 1936/37D64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
14. Menchik vs Fine  0-1351936Hastings 1936/37D02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. E Eliskases vs Alekhine ½-½301936Hastings 1936/37A81 Dutch
16. Vidmar vs E Eliskases  ½-½341936Hastings 1936/37E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
17. Tylor vs Feigin 1-0621936Hastings 1936/37B40 Sicilian
18. Koltanowski vs Menchik  ½-½431936Hastings 1936/37D04 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Fine vs G A Thomas  1-0331936Hastings 1936/37D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Alekhine vs W Winter  1-0311936Hastings 1936/37B15 Caro-Kann
21. Feigin vs E Eliskases  ½-½411937Hastings 1936/37E37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. W Winter vs Vidmar  ½-½231937Hastings 1936/37A13 English
23. Tylor vs Fine  0-1281937Hastings 1936/37D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
24. G A Thomas vs Koltanowski  ½-½231937Hastings 1936/37C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. Menchik vs Alekhine  0-1351937Hastings 1936/37D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-10-13  JimNorCal: I believe that Sir G A Thomas won the previous year (3 way tie for first) but came in last this year.
Apr-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <JimNorCal> That was two years previously: Hastings 1934/35 (1934). Of course, the field wasn't all that strong.
Apr-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <JimNorCal>: Thomas actually finished first equal two years before:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Ge...

Apr-10-13  JimNorCal: <Phony Benoni> and <perfidious>: Thanks for the correction. However...in terms of the strength of the field in the 34/35 Hastings, the wikipedia link says this: "[Thomas] shared first prize at the 1934/5 Hastings International Chess Congress with the next world chess champion Max Euwe and leading Czechoslovak player Salo Flohr, ahead of past and future world champions José Raúl Capablanca and Mikhail Botvinnik, whom he defeated in their individual games."

Yike! Euwe, Botvinnik, Capablanca...sounds strong to me!

Apr-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <JimNorCal> Glad you read the Wiki entry after I edited it, as Flohr had been listed as a Soviet national-which he did not become till after the German invasion, several years on.
Apr-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <JimNorCal> I probably should have warned you that my sense of humor often tends toward understatement.
Apr-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: Boy, that's an understatement.
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