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Semmering/Baden Tournament

Paul Keres9/14(+6 -2 =6)[view games]
Reuben Fine8/14(+2 -0 =12)[view games]
Jose Raul Capablanca7.5/14(+2 -1 =11)[view games]
Samuel Reshevsky7.5/14(+4 -3 =7)[view games]
Salomon Flohr7/14(+2 -2 =10)[view games]
Erich Eliskases6/14(+3 -5 =6)[view games]
Viacheslav Ragozin6/14(+2 -4 =8)[view games]
Vladimir Petrov5/14(+2 -6 =6)[view games]
* Chess Event Description
Semmering/Baden (1937)

Austria was host to a grandmaster contest in 1937 sponsored by its casinos. Eight chess masters, including the former world champion Jose Capablanca, participated in the double round robin from September 8th until the 27th. The first four rounds were conducted at the Semmering, and then moved to the Hotel Grüner Baum in Baden bei Wien for the duration of the tournament. World champion Max Euwe served as chief arbiter for the first half of games and then was relieved by Rudolf Spielmann for the second half. Young Paul Keres won the event a full point over second place Reuben Fine.

The final standings and crosstable:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 1 Keres ** ˝˝ ˝˝ 10 ˝1 10 ˝1 11 9 2 Fine ˝˝ ** ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 1˝ 1˝ 8 =3 Capablanca ˝˝ ˝˝ ** ˝˝ 1˝ ˝0 ˝1 ˝˝ 7˝ =3 Reshevsky 01 ˝˝ ˝˝ ** ˝˝ 11 ˝0 10 7˝ 5 Flohr ˝0 ˝˝ 0˝ ˝˝ ** 1˝ ˝˝ 1˝ 7 =6 Eliskases 01 ˝˝ ˝1 00 0˝ ** ˝1 0˝ 6 =6 Ragozin ˝0 0˝ ˝0 ˝1 ˝˝ ˝0 ** 1˝ 6 8 Petrov 00 0˝ ˝˝ 01 0˝ 1˝ 0˝ ** 5

Picture of participants:

Thanks to <Benzol> for putting the finishing touches on this game collection.

Original collection: Game Collection: Semmering/Baden 1937, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Flohr vs Keres  ½-½57 1937 Semmering/BadenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Capablanca vs Fine ½-½74 1937 Semmering/BadenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
3. Reshevsky vs V Petrov 1-055 1937 Semmering/BadenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
4. E Eliskases vs Ragozin  ½-½38 1937 Semmering/BadenD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Fine vs Flohr  ½-½25 1937 Semmering/BadenD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
6. E Eliskases vs Reshevsky 0-141 1937 Semmering/BadenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
7. Ragozin vs Keres  ½-½40 1937 Semmering/BadenA28 English
8. V Petrov vs Capablanca  ½-½24 1937 Semmering/BadenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Flohr vs V Petrov  1-054 1937 Semmering/BadenA28 English
10. Keres vs Fine  ½-½41 1937 Semmering/BadenA09 Reti Opening
11. Reshevsky vs Ragozin ½-½62 1937 Semmering/BadenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. Capablanca vs E Eliskases  ½-½49 1937 Semmering/BadenD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. V Petrov vs Keres  0-149 1937 Semmering/BadenD80 Grunfeld
14. Reshevsky vs Capablanca ½-½20 1937 Semmering/BadenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Ragozin vs Fine 0-138 1937 Semmering/BadenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. E Eliskases vs Flohr 0-157 1937 Semmering/BadenD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
17. Keres vs E Eliskases 1-033 1937 Semmering/BadenB50 Sicilian
18. Flohr vs Reshevsky ½-½115 1937 Semmering/BadenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
19. Capablanca vs Ragozin ½-½40 1937 Semmering/BadenD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
20. Fine vs V Petrov 1-034 1937 Semmering/BadenA50 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Reshevsky vs Keres 0-157 1937 Semmering/BadenE16 Queen's Indian
22. Capablanca vs Flohr 1-033 1937 Semmering/BadenD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
23. Ragozin vs V Petrov  1-057 1937 Semmering/BadenA28 English
24. E Eliskases vs Fine  ½-½75 1937 Semmering/BadenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Keres vs Capablanca ½-½56 1937 Semmering/BadenB54 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Vladimirs Petrovs> last place finish here was a bitter disappointment, given that just a few months earlier he had finished shared 1st at Kemeri (1937), ahead of both <Alekhine> and <Keres>.

Earlier in 1937 <Petrovs> had been called up for his one year obligatory military service. He had been given official leave to play in Kemeri.

Subsequently, he was diagnosed with active tuberculosis by a military doctor in August 1937, and was decommissioned early for this medical reason.

This was a rather serious case, with a mass of tubercular material in the apex of his left lung. His doctor prescribed rest and above all to quit smoking, neither of which <Petrovs> managed to do before the start of <Semmering-Baden>.

Due to his illness, on August 23, 1937 he wrote his wife <Galina> and told her he wouldn't come back to Riga before the tournament started because he was afraid of infecting her and their daughter with tuberculosis. He worried frantically that they might already be infected.

However, after a horrendous start at <Semmering-Baden> <Petrovs> wrote another letter to his wife imploring her to come to the tournament to lend him emotional and moral support.

-Galina Mathis-Petrovs <"Petrovs: Star Extinguished Before its Time"> Riga 2008

Dec-01-13  Bob Loblaw: So is it Petrovs not Petrov?

Thanks for the informative comment JFQ. This period of chess history fascinates me. This is probably because I read all all of Rueben Fine's works on chess as a kid back the 1960s and was fascinated by, and learned so much from Paul Keres' "Grandmaster of Chess" translated and edited by Harry Golombek (in descriptive notation, of course).

Keres' annotations are as lucid and instructive as any I've read to this day. Lately, I've been rereading book with an engine at my side. It's remarkable that Stockfish seldom takes exception to the comments and analyses of the great Estonian GM.

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  perfidious: <Bob Loblaw>: Janis Klovans and Andrejs Petersons are further instances of Latvian players who are typically known, respectively, as Klovan and Peterson in English texts.
Dec-02-13  Bob Loblaw: Thx Perfidious. So is the s pronounced in Latvian?
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