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Moscow 1936
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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Following the enormous successes, and Soviet victories, of international tournaments in Moscow in 1925 and 1935, Nikolai Krylenko again sought to stun the chess world and The Soviet Union with a third international event between Soviet masters and their foreign counterparts. This time, however, he conceived of a more rigorous format, with the ten players (five Soviets and five foreigners) in a double round robin competition. The line up was impressive, with Capablanca and Lasker being asked back a third time to compete in Moscow, in addition to last year's winners Botvinnik and Flohr. The tournament was held in Moscow's famous Hall of Columns from May 14th to June 8th. Capablanca's near flawless accuracy and superiority in the endgame proved to be instrumental in winning the grand prize a full point over the future world champion Botvinnik. Lasker, who normally kept pace and often beat his successor to the crown at such events, started out strong, but at 68 years of age he became fatigued more easily and his performance suffered during the second cycle of games. The tournament brought immense excitement and interest, both to the citizens of the Soviet Union and to the greater world at large. Capablanca's first place was to be one of the last successes against the Soviet Chess School before Fischer's triumph 36 years later. It was also the last hurrah of Krylenko, the founder and organizer of the Moscow tournament. He was arrested in 1937 and died (some say "purged") the following year.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Capablanca 13/18 ** 1 1 1 1 1 1 11

2nd Botvinnik 12/18 0 ** 1 1 1 1 11 1

3rd Flohr 9/18 0 ** 1 0 1 0 11 0 1

4th Lilienthal 9/18 0 0 0 ** 1 1 1

5th Ragozin 8/18 0 0 1 ** 1 1 0 0

6th Lasker 8/18 0 0 0 0 0 ** 1 1 1

=7th Levenfish 7/18 1 0 0 0 ** 10 0

=7th Eliskases 7/18 0 00 1 0 01 **

=7th Kan 7/18 0 00 1 0 1 ** 0

=7th Riumin 7/18 00 0 0 0 1 1 **

Round One
Capablanca vs Kan, 1936 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lasker vs Botvinnik, 1936 
(C01) French, Exchange, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs Riumin, 1936
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Levenfish vs Lilienthal, 1936
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ragozin vs E Eliskases, 1936 
(A14) English, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two
Flohr vs Capablanca, 1936 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Riumin vs Botvinnik, 1936 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lilienthal vs Lasker, 1936 
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kan vs Ragozin, 1936 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 58 moves, 1-0

E Eliskases vs Levenfish, 1936 
(A28) English, 65 moves, 0-1

Round Three
Capablanca vs Riumin, 1936 
(A53) Old Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Lilienthal, 1936 
(A15) English, 44 moves, 1-0

Ragozin vs Flohr, 1936 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 35 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs E Eliskases, 1936 
(C14) French, Classical, 44 moves, 1-0

Levenfish vs Kan, 1936
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four
Capablanca vs Ragozin, 1936 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 63 moves, 1-0

E Eliskases vs Botvinnik, 1936
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs Levenfish, 1936 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Riumin vs Lilienthal, 1936
(A06) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kan vs Lasker, 1936
(D66) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
Levenfish vs Capablanca, 1936 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Kan, 1936
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 40 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Flohr, 1936 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lilienthal vs E Eliskases, 1936
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ragozin vs Riumin, 1936 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six
Capablanca vs Lasker, 1936 
(D69) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 13.de, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1936 
(E13) Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kan vs Lilienthal, 1936
(C14) French, Classical, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ragozin vs Levenfish, 1936
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

Riumin vs E Eliskases, 1936
(C14) French, Classical, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven
Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1936 
(A14) English, 49 moves, 0-1

Lilienthal vs Flohr, 1936
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lasker vs Ragozin, 1936 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 58 moves, 0-1

Levenfish vs Riumin, 1936 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Eliskases vs Kan, 1936
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight
Capablanca vs Lilienthal, 1936 
(A12) English with b3, 54 moves, 1-0

Ragozin vs Botvinnik, 1936
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs E Eliskases, 1936
(E12) Queen's Indian, 51 moves, 1-0

Levenfish vs Lasker, 1936 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Riumin vs Kan, 1936
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

Round Nine
E Eliskases vs Capablanca, 1936
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Levenfish, 1936 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kan vs Flohr, 1936
(B32) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1936
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lasker vs Riumin, 1936 
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 73 moves, 1-0

Round Ten
Kan vs Capablanca, 1936 
(C25) Vienna, 56 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Lasker, 1936 
(E07) Catalan, Closed, 21 moves, 1-0

Riumin vs Flohr, 1936 
(B32) Sicilian, 31 moves, 0-1

Lilienthal vs Levenfish, 1936 
(C18) French, Winawer, 46 moves, 1-0

E Eliskases vs Ragozin, 1936
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 57 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven
Capablanca vs Flohr, 1936 
(A06) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Riumin, 1936 
(A04) Reti Opening, 63 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Lilienthal, 1936 
(C14) French, Classical, 57 moves, 0-1

Ragozin vs Kan, 1936 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Levenfish vs E Eliskases, 1936 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve
Riumin vs Capablanca, 1936 
(A09) Reti Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1936 
(C15) French, Winawer, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs Ragozin, 1936 
(A15) English, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Eliskases vs Lasker, 1936 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kan vs Levenfish, 1936
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen
Ragozin vs Capablanca, 1936 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs E Eliskases, 1936
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Levenfish vs Flohr, 1936 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Lilienthal vs Riumin, 1936 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lasker vs Kan, 1936 
(C15) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen
Capablanca vs Levenfish, 1936
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kan vs Botvinnik, 1936 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 48 moves, 0-1

Flohr vs Lasker, 1936 
(A06) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

E Eliskases vs Lilienthal, 1936 
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Riumin vs Ragozin, 1936
(D95) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1936 
(B58) Sicilian, 54 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Flohr, 1936 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 57 moves, 1-0

Lilienthal vs Kan, 1936 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 64 moves, 1-0

Levenfish vs Ragozin, 1936
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

E Eliskases vs Riumin, 1936
(A81) Dutch, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Sixteen
Capablanca vs Botvinnik, 1936 
(A95) Dutch, Stonewall, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs Lilienthal, 1936 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 34 moves, 1-0

Ragozin vs Lasker, 1936
(A13) English, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Riumin vs Levenfish, 1936 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 35 moves, 1-0

Kan vs E Eliskases, 1936
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seventeen
Lilienthal vs Capablanca, 1936 
(C49) Four Knights, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Ragozin, 1936 
(A15) English, 37 moves, 1-0

E Eliskases vs Flohr, 1936
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs Levenfish, 1936 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 37 moves, 1-0

Kan vs Riumin, 1936
(D80) Grunfeld, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eighteen
Capablanca vs E Eliskases, 1936 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 54 moves, 1-0

Levenfish vs Botvinnik, 1936 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs Kan, 1936
(C01) French, Exchange, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ragozin vs Lilienthal, 1936
(E17) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Riumin vs Lasker, 1936 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

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