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🏆 Margate (1937) Chess Event Description
In 1937 (31 March - 9 April), ten chess masters, including the world champion, were invited to participate in a round robin tournament at the seaside resort of Margate, England. Continuing their hot streak through the year, Reuben Fine and Paul Keres shared first place, both having gone undefeated. Alexander Alekhine displayed his familiar aggressive style, taking no draws, but suffering three losses to the three Victors and earning third place. ... [more]

Player: Victor Berger

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G A Thomas vs V Berger  1-0341937MargateB57 Sicilian
2. V Berger vs Alekhine 1-0541937MargateE10 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Foltys vs V Berger  1-0461937MargateB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
4. V Berger vs Keres  0-1331937MargateA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Menchik vs V Berger 1-0481937MargateA07 King's Indian Attack
6. V Berger vs Milner-Barry  0-1321937MargateD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. C H Alexander vs V Berger  1-0281937MargateC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. V Berger vs Fine 0-1201937MargateD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
9. V Berger vs Tylor 1-0231937MargateB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: <... but suffering three losses to the three Victors and earning third place.>

When I first saw this I thought it needed editing until I finally woke up. Someone's sense of humour might be a bit warped.


Jan-10-14  Karpova: There were three Main Tournaments (called <Internationale B-Turniere> or <Premier-Reserve-Tournaments>) also.

The winners were <Klein> with 7.5, <Golombek> and <Landau> shared with 7.0, and <Mieses> with 7.5 (>80% of the possible points, at the age of 72, ahead of players like Sacconi, van Seters, van Doesburgh, and others.)

Source: Pages 101-102 of the April 1937 'Wiener Schach-Zeitung'

Jan-17-17  ughaibu: Alekhine wasn't world champion, again, until December.
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  MissScarlett: Capablanca was set to play in this event, but a few days beforehand, it was announced that he was being replaced by Alekhine. My first thought, naturally, was that Alekhine had engineered Capa's disinvitation, but the <Dover Express and East Kent News> of March 26th, p.9, explains Capa's withdrawal being due to 'diplomatic duties'.

Miguel Sanchez's book speculates that Capa's health 'probably weighed' in his decision to withdraw from Margate - he cites a January 1937 letter from Havana in which Capa requests a leave of absence from his diplomatic work in Europe due to medical treatment that prohibited his travelling. But he also notes that Capa was well enough to travel to Miami to play a simul on March 29th (two days before Margate began), and inaugurate a municipal chess tournament, back in Havana on April 1st, where, on April 17th, he even conducted a 70-board consultation simul against 350 opponents.

Jul-23-17  JimNorCal: Berger's score is interesting: he lost all his games except to tail ender Tylor and to Alekhine.

As noted, Alekhine lost to victors Fine and Keres, and to Victor Berger

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  harrylime: It's a massive shame and loss for chess that Capa didn't meet and play the likes of Keres or Botvinnik more often ..

The passing of epochs and generations I guess ..

Still no doubt whatsoever with me that a young fit fired up Capa would lay waste to the present day chess scene ..

Just give the young Capa a laptop and access to all of Bobby's games ...

and watch this space ...

KABOOOOOM ! lol lol lol

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