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Hastings 1934/35 Tournament

Max Euwe6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
George Alan Thomas6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Salomon Flohr6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Jose Raul Capablanca5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Andre Lilienthal5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Mikhail Botvinnik5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Reginald Pryce Michell4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Vera Menchik3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
George Marshall Norman1.5/9(+0 -6 =3)[games]
Philip Stuart Milner-Barry1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Hastings 1934/35

Of all the memorable Hastings tournaments, this one must rank near the top for suspense and unexpected twists. (1) The list of players was one of the most impressive in Hastings history, with former World Champion Capablanca, future champions Euwe and Botvinnik, championship contender Flohr, and the brilliant young Hungarian, Lilienthal.

But with all the firepower at the top, here were the standings going into the last round:

George Alan Thomas 6.5 Max Euwe 6.0 Salomon Flohr 5.5 Jose Raul Capablanca 5.0 Mikhail Botvinnik 4.5 Andre Lilienthal 4.5 Reginald Pryce Michell 3.0 Vera Menchik 2.5 Philip Stuart Milner-Barry 1.5 George Marshall Norman 1.0

The tournament had gotten off to a slow start, with only Thomas able to win in the first round. Then things picked up a bit, as Thomas proceded to outplay Capablanca and Botvinnik in rounds 2 and 3.

Euwe put a temporary halt to the foolishness by beating Thomas in round 4 to tie for the lead, and kept up the good work by following with three points from his next four games. However, this only sufficed for second place, since Thomas scored 3, including a win over Lilienthal and a draw with Flohr.

So that set up the last round. Not only was Thomas having the tournament of his life, his last round opponent was fellow countryman Michell. In almost any other country, at any other time, the result would have been foreordained: a friendly draw, and Thomas finishes no worse than a tie for first. Indeed, many players had to be rooting for the universally beloved Thomas to win and come in sole first.

But that's not how Sir George Thomas played chess. The game was hard-fought, and Michell emerged victorious. But there was a happy ending; Max Euwe, in a better position against tail-ender Norman, made a sporting gesture of his own by offering a draw and settling for a first-place tie with Thomas and Flohr, who had been hanging around in the background the whole time.

Hastings, England, 27 December 1934 - 5 January 1935

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Euwe * 1 1 1 1 6.5 2 Thomas 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 6.5 3 Flohr * 1 1 1 1 6.5 4 Capablanca 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 5.5 5 Lilienthal 0 1 * 1 5.0 6 Botvinnik 0 0 * 1 1 1 5.0 7 Michell 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 4.0 8 Menchik 0 0 0 0 * 1 3.0 9 Norman 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 1.5 10 Milner Barry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1.5

Hastings (1933/34) was the previous annual event of this city.

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1934/35, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 1; 9 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Botvinnik vs Euwe 0-1561934Hastings 1934/35B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. Capablanca vs G A Thomas 0-1531934Hastings 1934/35D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Menchik vs Capablanca 0-1551934Hastings 1934/35E16 Queen's Indian
4. R P Michell vs Flohr 0-1241934Hastings 1934/35E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
5. Milner-Barry vs Botvinnik 0-1541935Hastings 1934/35C19 French, Winawer, Advance
6. Menchik vs Flohr 0-1351935Hastings 1934/35E15 Queen's Indian
7. G Norman vs Capablanca 0-1351935Hastings 1934/35E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Milner-Barry vs G A Thomas 0-1441935Hastings 1934/35A07 King's Indian Attack
9. Milner-Barry vs Flohr 0-1311935Hastings 1934/35B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  kingscrusher: Thomas finished ahead of capablanca and botvinnik ?! He was a champion of London ?! Oh my word ....
Jun-14-18  posoo: Dis is NUT. WHO SAYS dat Oovuh shoulda taken da draugh to be SPORTING?


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