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London 1927
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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In the fall of 1927, the British Empire Club organized an international Masters tournament to be held in London, England from October 10th to the 24th. The twelve chess masters invited to compete at the event were first served a banquet dinner at the Empire Club in London on October 9th. There the time control for the tournament was announced at 30 moves in two hours followed by 15 moves every hour. The participants were among the strongest assembled at the time. Frank James Marshall, a former contender for the world crown, journeyed from the United States. The great hypermodernists Aron Nimzowitsch, Richard Réti, and Savielly Tartakower were also in attendance. Milan Vidmar and Efim Bogoljubov who were two of the very best chess masters living in Europe were also present. The field was rounded out by the very strong British players and British tournament regulars Edgar Colle, William Winter, George Alan Thomas, Victor Berger, Fredrick D. Yates, and William Fairhurst. The only two noticeable absences from the event were the world champion Jose Raul Capablanca and his rival Alexander Alekhine, both of whom were in Argentina at the time contesting the world crown. Nimzowitsch and Tartakower took joint first after a race that started with Tartakower in the lead with Nimzowitsch catching up in the latter half leaving everyone else by the way side. The best game prize for the tournament went to Nimzowitsch for his win over Yates in the tenth round.

The final standings and crosstable:

=1st Nimzowitsch 8/11 * 1 0 ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 1 1 1 1

=1st Tartakower 8/11 0 * ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1

3rd Marshall 7˝/11 1 ˝ * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ ˝

4th Vidmar 7/11 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 1 0 0 1 ˝ 1 1 1

5th Bogoljubov 6˝/11 0 0 ˝ 0 * 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1

=6th Winter 5˝/11 1 0 ˝ 1 0 * 0 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 0

=6th Réti 5˝/11 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 0 1 * ˝ 0 1 ˝ ˝

8th Colle 4˝/11 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ * 0 ˝ 1 1

=9th Thomas 3˝/11 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 0

=9th Berger 3˝/11 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ 1 * 0 1

=9th Yates 3˝/11 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 0 1 * 1

12th Fairhurst 3/11 0 0 ˝ 0 0 1 ˝ 0 1 0 0 *

Round One
V Berger vs Bogoljubov, 1927
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Colle vs Yates, 1927 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 92 moves, 1-0

W Fairhurst vs W Winter, 1927
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(A04) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

G A Thomas vs Marshall, 1927 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 30 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs Tartakower, 1927 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two
Bogoljubov vs G A Thomas, 1927
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 31 moves, 1-0

Colle vs Reti, 1927
(A47) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nimzowitsch vs Vidmar, 1927
(C49) Four Knights, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs W Fairhurst, 1927
(A15) English, 40 moves, 1-0

W Winter vs V Berger, 1927
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 49 moves, 1-0

Yates vs Marshall, 1927
(C42) Petrov Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three
V Berger vs Tartakower, 1927
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Fairhurst vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Bogoljubov, 1927
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reti vs Yates, 1927
(D75) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

G A Thomas vs W Winter, 1927 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 17 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs Colle, 1927 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1-0

Round Four
Colle vs W Fairhurst, 1927 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs V Berger, 1927 
(A16) English, 61 moves, 1-0

Reti vs Vidmar, 1927 
(A13) English, 56 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs G A Thomas, 1927
(A15) English, 68 moves, 1-0

W Winter vs Marshall, 1927
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yates vs Bogoljubov, 1927
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 81 moves, 0-1

Round Five
Bogoljubov vs W Winter, 1927
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 27 moves, 1-0

V Berger vs Colle, 1927 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Fairhurst vs Reti, 1927
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Marshall vs Tartakower, 1927
(E12) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

G A Thomas vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

Vidmar vs Yates, 1927 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 53 moves, 1-0

Round Six
Colle vs G A Thomas, 1927
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 49 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1927 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 30 moves, 0-1

Reti vs V Berger, 1927
(A15) English, 32 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Bogoljubov, 1927 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs W Fairhurst, 1927
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 1-0

Yates vs W Winter, 1927
(C01) French, Exchange, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven
Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch, 1927  
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 30 moves, 0-1

V Berger vs Vidmar, 1927
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 0-1

W Fairhurst vs Yates, 1927
(E16) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Colle, 1927 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 46 moves, 1-0

G A Thomas vs Reti, 1927
(E15) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

W Winter vs Tartakower, 1927 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 0-1

Round Eight
Colle vs Bogoljubov, 1927
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Fairhurst vs V Berger, 1927
(E16) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

Nimzowitsch vs W Winter, 1927 
(A01) Nimzovich-Larsen Attack, 45 moves, 0-1

Reti vs Marshall, 1927 
(A06) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vidmar vs G A Thomas, 1927
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yates vs Tartakower, 1927
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 46 moves, 0-1

Round Nine
Bogoljubov vs Reti, 1927 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

V Berger vs Yates, 1927
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Vidmar, 1927
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 0-1

G A Thomas vs W Fairhurst, 1927
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 39 moves, 0-1

W Winter vs Colle, 1927 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten
V Berger vs G A Thomas, 1927
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

Colle vs Tartakower, 1927
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Fairhurst vs Marshall, 1927
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reti vs W Winter, 1927 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 1-0

Vidmar vs Bogoljubov, 1927 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

Yates vs Nimzowitsch, 1927 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven
Bogoljubov vs W Fairhurst, 1927 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs V Berger, 1927 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Nimzowitsch vs Colle, 1927 
(E16) Queen's Indian, 78 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Reti, 1927 
(A48) King's Indian, 31 moves, 1-0

G A Thomas vs Yates, 1927 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 33 moves, 1-0

W Winter vs Vidmar, 1927 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 44 moves, 1-0

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