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Margate Tournament

Samuel Reshevsky7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Jose Raul Capablanca7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
George Alan Thomas5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Ernst Ludwig Klein4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Edward G Sergeant4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Brian Patrick Reilly4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
William Albert Fairhurst4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Philip Stuart Milner-Barry3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Vera Menchik2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games]
Jacques Mieses2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Margate (1935)

The chess club at Margate, a seaside resort in England, held the first of five consecutive international tournaments in the spring of 1935. Former world champion Jose Capablanca was invited to participate and he was amicable considering his success at numerous British tournaments such as Hastings. Samuel Reshevsky participated on behalf of the United States. Hungary's Andre Lilienthal was invited, but illness meant his replacement by Ernst Klein, who traveled from Austria. The remaining seven seats in the tournament went to the following chess masters from the United Kingdom: William Albert Fairhurst, women's world champion Vera Menchik, Jacques Mieses, Philip Stuart Milner-Barry, Brian Patrick Reilly, Edward G Sergeant, and George Alan Thomas. The tournament proceeded in a surprising fashion, largely due to the aggressive and often brilliant play of young Reshevsky. Conventional wisdom had Capablanca as the sure bet going into the competition, and he took an early lead following his win in the third round against 70 year old Mieses. But the turning point came in the fourth round when Reshevsky (who was only 23) defeated the former champion of the world in this game: Reshevsky vs Capablanca, 1935.

From that point on Reshevsky took the lead and never gave it up. Three games are omitted from this collection due to their scores being incomplete. These include a draw in the third round between Milner-Barry and Reilly, a draw between Fairhurst and Sergeant in the seventh round, and an eighth round draw between Reilly and Mieses. In spite of the absence of these games, the results remain and are included in the score tables.

Although Reshevsky and Capablanca both finished with 6 wins each, the young American master's win over the former world title holder gave him the extra half point to finish sole first at an impressive 7/9. The victory here was the first of a string for Reshevsky in the 1930s that would herald his rise as one of the best players in the world.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Reshevsky * 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 2 Capablanca 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 3 Thomas 0 * 1 1 5 =4 Klein * 0 1 0 1 4 =4 Sergeant 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 4 =6 Reilly 0 0 1 * 1 0 4 =6 Fairhurst 0 0 0 * 1 1 4 8 Milner-Barry 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 3 =9 Menchik 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 2 =9 Mieses 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 2

Margate (1936) was the subsequent congress of this series.

Original collection: Game Collection: Margate 1935, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 2 of 2; games 26-42 of 42  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. B P Reilly vs W Fairhurst 1-0511935MargateE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
27. Reshevsky vs Menchik 1-0351935MargateD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
28. E G Sergeant vs Capablanca 0-1371935MargateC01 French, Exchange
29. G A Thomas vs J Mieses  ½-½511935MargateA25 English
30. J Mieses vs Reshevsky 0-1401935MargateB15 Caro-Kann
31. Menchik vs B P Reilly 1-0221935MargateD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
32. E Klein vs G A Thomas  ½-½351935MargateD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
33. Capablanca vs Milner-Barry 1-0181935MargateC78 Ruy Lopez
34. E G Sergeant vs Menchik 1-0511935MargateE61 King's Indian
35. Reshevsky vs G A Thomas  ½-½301935MargateD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
36. Milner-Barry vs W Fairhurst ½-½451935MargateB15 Caro-Kann
37. E Klein vs Capablanca ½-½341935MargateD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
38. Capablanca vs G A Thomas 1-0341935MargateE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
39. W Fairhurst vs E Klein  0-1421935MargateA84 Dutch
40. Menchik vs Milner-Barry  1-0351935MargateA15 English
41. J Mieses vs E G Sergeant 0-1261935MargateC45 Scotch Game
42. Reshevsky vs B P Reilly 1-0451935MargateD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-09-14  ughaibu: What was "the surprising behavior of Klein"?
Jan-09-14  sneaky pete: Maybe it's related to the curious behaviour of the dog in the night time. It's certainly surprising that all Klein games from this tournament remain unkibitzed. The trained observer can draw his conclusions.
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  perfidious: <sneaky pete....It's certainly surprising that all Klein games from this tournament remain unkibitzed. The trained observer can draw his conclusions.>


Jan-09-14  john barleycorn: <sneaky pete: ... It's certainly surprising that all Klein games from this tournament remain unkibitzed. ...>

Is kibitzing disabled ??

Jan-09-14  RedShield: Eine Kleine Nichtkibitzen.
Jan-10-14  RedShield: <The tournament was also marred by the surprising behavior of Klein, who the other players grouped against and later published their complaints about following the tournament's conclusion.>

I expect there's a simple mix-up between this event and the 1937 congress, where Klein didn't participate in the main tournament (Margate (1937)) but was presumably in attendance as player, journalist, spectator, or some combination thereof.

Ernst Ludwig Klein gives chapter and verse of his contentious, not to say disputatious nature.

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  offramp: Down to Margate, dont forget your buckets and spades and cossies and all. Well have a pile of jellied eels at the cockle stall. Well go on the pier and well have a beer beside the sea. You can keep the Costa Brava and todos las palabras, we are going no farther, me Id rather have a day down Margate with all my family!
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  MissScarlett: <The tournament was also marred by the surprising behavior of Klein, who the other players grouped against and later published their complaints about following the tournament's conclusion.>

I'll remove the offending item.

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