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Hastings 1929/30 Tournament

Jose Raul Capablanca6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Milan Vidmar4/6(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Edward G Sergeant3/6(+3 -3 =0)[games]
George Alan Thomas2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[games]
Vera Menchik2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[games]
Sandor Takacs2/5(+1 -2 =2)[games]
Fred Dewhirst Yates2/4(+1 -1 =2)[games]
William Winter1.5/5(+1 -3 =1)[games]
Geza Maroczy1/2(+0 -0 =2)[games]
Hubert Ernest Price0/3(+0 -3 =0)[games] Chess Event Description
Hastings 1929/30

The tenth Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held December 27, 1929 to January 4, 1930. Once again ten chess masters from England, the European continent, and the Americas were invited to participate in the round robin event, notably former World Champion Jose Capablanca, Geza Maróczy, and Milan Vidmar. Capablanca won in fine fashion, finishing undefeated with 4 wins and 5 draws.

Hastings, England, 27 December 1929 - 4 January 1930

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Capablanca * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6.5 2 Vidmar ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5.5 3 Yates ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 5.0 4 Maroczy ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5 5 Sergeant 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 0 1 ½ 1 4.5 6 Takacs ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 4.5 7 Thomas 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * 1 0 ½ 4.5 8 Winter ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 4.0 9 Menchik 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 0 * 0 3.5 10 Price 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 * 2.5

20 incomplete or lost games are not included in the database. These include:

Round 1: Menchik 0 Price, Sergeant 1/2 Yates Round 2: Maroczy 1/2 Menchik, Vidmar 1/2 Takacs, Yates 1/2 Winter Round 3: Maroczy 1/2 Sergeant, Vidmar 1/2 Price Round 4: Price 1/2 Maroczy, Thomas 1/2 Yates Round 5: Maroczy 1/2 Vidmar, Takacs 1/2 Winter Round 6: Thomas 1/2 Takacs, Yates 1 Price Round 7: Maroczy 1/2 Yates, Price 0 Winter Round 8: Takacs 1 Menchik, Thomas 1/2 Price, Winter 1/2 Maroczy Round 9: Maroczy 1/2 Thomas, Menchik 1/2 Sergeant

Previous edition: Hastings (1928/29). Next: Hastings (1930/31).

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1929/30, by User: suenteus po 147.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Winter vs Capablanca  ½-½361929Hastings 1929/30E23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
2. G A Thomas vs Vidmar  ½-½411929Hastings 1929/30D69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
3. S Takacs vs Maroczy ½-½191929Hastings 1929/30A13 English
4. E G Sergeant vs H E Price 1-0441929Hastings 1929/30B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. Capablanca vs G A Thomas 1-0511929Hastings 1929/30E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. W Winter vs G A Thomas 0-1131929Hastings 1929/30D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Yates vs S Takacs 1-0511929Hastings 1929/30B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. Capablanca vs Menchik 1-0641929Hastings 1929/30A14 English
9. Menchik vs Vidmar  ½-½401929Hastings 1929/30D68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
10. S Takacs vs Capablanca  ½-½201929Hastings 1929/30A15 English
11. W Winter vs E G Sergeant  0-1281929Hastings 1929/30D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
12. H E Price vs Capablanca 0-1381929Hastings 1929/30E16 Queen's Indian
13. Menchik vs Yates 1-0691929Hastings 1929/30D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. E G Sergeant vs G A Thomas  0-1651929Hastings 1929/30C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
15. E G Sergeant vs Vidmar  0-1491930Hastings 1929/30C77 Ruy Lopez
16. Capablanca vs Maroczy  ½-½181930Hastings 1929/30D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. W Winter vs Menchik 1-0341930Hastings 1929/30E00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. S Takacs vs E G Sergeant  0-1301930Hastings 1929/30A06 Reti Opening
19. Vidmar vs Capablanca  ½-½211930Hastings 1929/30D67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
20. Menchik vs G A Thomas 1-0301930Hastings 1929/30E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. Capablanca vs E G Sergeant 1-0381930Hastings 1929/30D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
22. Yates vs Vidmar  ½-½321930Hastings 1929/30C78 Ruy Lopez
23. Vidmar vs W Winter 1-0171930Hastings 1929/30D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Capablanca vs Yates ½-½261930Hastings 1929/30D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. H E Price vs S Takacs 0-1241930Hastings 1929/30E15 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Phony Benoni: Here is a list of the 20 missing games. Exact colors are uncertain.

Round 1: Yates 1/2 Sergeant, Menchik 0 Price

Round 2: Winter 1/2 Yates

Round 3: Maroczy 1/2 Sergeant, Vidmar 1/2 Price

Round 4: Yates 1/2 Thomas, Maroczy 1/2 Price

Round 6: Thomas 1/2 Takacs, Yates 1 Price

Round 7: Winter 1 Price, Yates 1/2 Maroczy

Round 8: Thomas 1/2 Price

Round 9: Sergeant 1/2 Menchik, Maroczy 1/2 Thomas

Exact rounds could not be determined for these games. They were played in rounds 2, 5, 8:

Vidmar 1/2 Takacs
Vidmar 1/2 Maroczy
Maroczy 1/2 Menchik
Maroczy 1/2 Takacs
Maroczy 1/2 Winter
Takacs 1/2 Winter

Mar-31-14  zanzibar: <Phony> Have you used BritBase's Hastings-1 zip file?

I have a complete crosstable for the tournament - with summary scores agreeing with your x-table (xtab).

(If you ordered ties alphabetically I could check your xtab more completely)

Anyways - here's the link to the BritBase PGN where you can find your "missing" games:

BritBase is a pretty reliable source afaict. If you find contradictions from primary sources there is a corrections page you can post to:

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  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> This collection--and many of the other Hastings--were compiled by <suenteus po 147>, and I'm not sure of his methods.

However, the first thing I did when working on Hasiings was to download everything from BritBase. Unfortunately, when starting clean-up work yesterday I forgot they had round numbers for all the games, not just the complete ones. Could have saved myself a lot of trouble., so I'll go back and recheck this.

The problem with BritBase, of course, are the fragments. These were probably complied from contemporaryreports that provided the name of the opening, but not the entire score They are useful for BritBase's purposes, but are not appropriate for ours.

Crosstables. Again, I don't know <suenteus po 147>'s' practice, but I use ChessBase to produce these automatically when all the game information is present. This breaks ties by Sonnenborg-Berger. Producing an alphabetic sort would be a manual step for me, though I do have a Primitive Excel Spreadsheet that would help. (The PES is about the limit of my technical ability.)

(Of course, if you ordered ties by S-B, you could check my xtab more completely.)

Sorry, I couldn't resist. But now I'm curious to see how quickly I can do an alphabetic crosstable.

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  Phony Benoni: There you go. Ten minutes is probably an eternity for somebody who knows what they're doing around computers, but it's what I can do.

Still, I'm going to stick to my ChessBase xtabs until a Prime Directive tells me otherwise. And that doesn't come easy for me. You know what they say:

<"Librarians do it by the book ... and in alphabetical order.">

Mar-31-14  zanzibar: Hi <Phony>.

Yes, now that I think about it, I have CBase Light 2009, and could do the xtab with SB too. Meet you 1/2 = way? (Pun intended).

SCID is free and available to all, so I do think it might be a good ref/standard. I need to double-check how it does tiebreaks - now that I'm paying attention.

We talked about this before - briefly. Since SB isn't always used in practice, it would be nice if software allowed a row to be dragged to a new position and recalculate.

For instance, a play-off might decide placement - entirely outside the xtab data.

BTW- I wasn't aware that BritBase had a lot of fragment games. I know that there are missing games prominently displayed on one of the BritBase pages.

For the two tournaments I posted on I'll look at #moves and see if BritBase had fragments on either.


Mar-31-14  zanzibar: Update - thanks for opening my eyes on that. Indeed, BritBase has a complete xtab but only game fragments for 20 of the games, just like you said.

Thanks for the explanation.

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  Sally Simpson: For playing in this event Capablanca asked for and apparently received, an appearance fee of £100, £20 travelling expenses and free hotel accommodation.

(page 29 'Battles of Hastings' by Reg Cload.)

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  keypusher: <Sally Simpson: For playing in this event Capablanca asked for and apparently received, an appearance fee of £100, £20 travelling expenses and free hotel accommodation.>

I'll bet the organizers were thrilled with his battles against Takacs, Maroczy, Vidmar, and Yates.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi K.P.

The book also continues they had a meeting to decide who should play in the Hastings (1930/31) event.

Alekhine or Capablanca. That was the time when one would not play if the other was there.

They voted for Alekhine, whose appearance conditions were roughly the same as Capa's. But Alekhine declined and Capa again played there.

Jul-10-17  morfishine: Whats fairly remarkable is notwithstanding the fact that Capa won, which was an almost foregone conclusion, but that Vidmar and Menchik finished so well

Its also wonderful to see Sergeant make such a grand showing finishing ahead of such stalwarts as Moroczy, Yates, Thomas and Winter


Jul-10-17  Boomie: -}

<morfishine: Whats fairly remarkable is notwithstanding the fact that Capa won, which was an almost foregone conclusion, but that Vidmar and Menchik finished so well>

There are quite a few games missing from the DB. Notice the cross table in the notes, which shows the real standings. Menchik played her rating. Vidmar was the second strongest player in the tourney as Maroczy was well beyond his prime. Vidmar was a top ten player according to Chessmetrics.

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