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Hastings 1935/36 Tournament

Reuben Fine7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Salomon Flohr6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Savielly Tartakower6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Georges Koltanowski5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Harry Golombek3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
George Alan Thomas3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Theodore Tylor3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Reginald Pryce Michell3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
William Winter2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Hastings 1935/36

The 16th Hastings Christmas Congress, held from December 27, 1935 to January 4, 1936, provided a convincing victory for the young American, Reuben Fine.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Fine * 1 = = = 1 1 1 1 1 7.5 2 Flohr 0 * = 1 1 1 1 = 1 = 6.5 3 Tartakower = = * = 1 = = = 1 1 6.0 4 Koltanowski = 0 = * 1 = = 1 1 = 5.5 5 Alexander = 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 = 1 4.0 6 Golombek 0 0 = = 1 * = 0 = = 3.5 7 Thomas 0 0 = = 0 = * 1 = = 3.5 8 Tylor 0 = = 0 0 1 0 * = = 3.0 9 Michell 0 0 0 0 = = = = * 1 3.0 10 Winter 0 = 0 = 0 = = = 0 * 2.5

A London newspaper noted that "... the Premier was perhaps not so strong as last year's." (1) This seems a reasonable assessment, since Hastings (1934/35) featured Capablanca, Botvinnik, Euwe, Flohr and Lilienthal. However, the foreign contingent was still strong enough to finish ahead of all the British players, losing only a couple of games in the process.

One of those losses was the first-round encounter between the two top finishers. Flohr launched a sacrificial attack which should have won, but lost his way in the complications. Buoyed by this, Fine sprinted to a 6/7 start and coasted home.

There was an anomaly in the order of rounds. The original program called for a rest day on Sunday, December 29, followed by rounds 3 and 4 on Monday, December 30. However, the players decided to play their fourth round games in advance on the rest day, meaning that Round 4 was actually played before "Round 3". (2, 3)

References

(1) The Observer, December 29, 1935.
(2) The Manchester Guardian, December 31, 1935, p.3, mentions the players' decision to play Round 4 early.
(3) Boston Globe, December 30, 1935, p.6. This is an AP report, dated December 29, describing the games played "today", and listing the games from what is known as Round 4.

Sources

American Chess Bulletin, January 1936, pp. 1-6.
Britbase, https://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/ha..., has a PGN file of the games.
Chess Review, February 1936, pp. 32-34.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tartakower vs Koltanowski  ½-½311935Hastings 1935/36A45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Tylor vs W Winter  ½-½301935Hastings 1935/36E16 Queen's Indian
3. Golombek vs G A Thomas  ½-½341935Hastings 1935/36A13 English
4. C H Alexander vs R P Michell  ½-½261935Hastings 1935/36A28 English
5. Flohr vs Fine 0-1311935Hastings 1935/36D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
6. R P Michell vs Flohr 0-1521935Hastings 1935/36B03 Alekhine's Defense
7. Tylor vs Fine  0-1431935Hastings 1935/36B50 Sicilian
8. W Winter vs Golombek ½-½311935Hastings 1935/36E23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
9. Koltanowski vs C H Alexander 1-0181935Hastings 1935/36D95 Grunfeld
10. G A Thomas vs Tartakower  ½-½361935Hastings 1935/36B03 Alekhine's Defense
11. W Winter vs C H Alexander 0-1371935Hastings 1935/36E22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
12. G A Thomas vs Flohr 0-1611935Hastings 1935/36B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
13. R P Michell vs Tylor  ½-½341935Hastings 1935/36C42 Petrov Defense
14. Golombek vs Tartakower ½-½471935Hastings 1935/36A35 English, Symmetrical
15. Koltanowski vs Fine ½-½521935Hastings 1935/36A46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Golombek vs Tylor  0-1391935Hastings 1935/36A14 English
17. C H Alexander vs G A Thomas  1-0591935Hastings 1935/36A14 English
18. Flohr vs Koltanowski 1-0321935Hastings 1935/36E61 King's Indian
19. Fine vs R P Michell 1-0391935Hastings 1935/36E23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
20. Tartakower vs W Winter 1-0271935Hastings 1935/36B20 Sicilian
21. Fine vs G A Thomas 1-0281935Hastings 1935/36D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
22. Tylor vs Tartakower  ½-½251935Hastings 1935/36B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. R P Michell vs Koltanowski 0-1511935Hastings 1935/36E91 King's Indian
24. Flohr vs W Winter  ½-½531935Hastings 1935/36D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. C H Alexander vs Golombek 0-1321935Hastings 1935/36B02 Alekhine's Defense
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