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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 (who had won the last three Hastings tournaments), 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 3½, 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 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.5 2 Thomas 0 * ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 6.5 3 Flohr ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 6.5 4 Capablanca ½ 0 ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 5.5 5 Lilienthal ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 5.0 6 Botvinnik 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 1 5.0 7 Michell 0 1 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 4.0 8 Menchik ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 3.0 9 Norman ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ * 0 1.5 10 Milner Barry 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 * 1.5

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

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Milner-Barry vs Lilienthal  ½-½431934Hastings 1934/35C07 French, Tarrasch
2. G A Thomas vs G Norman 1-0321934Hastings 1934/35A07 King's Indian Attack
3. Flohr vs Botvinnik  ½-½421934Hastings 1934/35E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
4. Euwe vs Capablanca ½-½381934Hastings 1934/35D64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
5. Menchik vs R P Michell  ½-½411934Hastings 1934/35A12 English with b3
6. Botvinnik vs Euwe 0-1561934Hastings 1934/35B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. Capablanca vs G A Thomas 0-1531934Hastings 1934/35D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Flohr vs Lilienthal  ½-½391934Hastings 1934/35D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
9. R P Michell vs Milner-Barry 1-0301934Hastings 1934/35C42 Petrov Defense
10. G Norman vs Menchik  ½-½481934Hastings 1934/35D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Milner-Barry vs G Norman 1-0281934Hastings 1934/35B24 Sicilian, Closed
12. Menchik vs Capablanca 0-1551934Hastings 1934/35E16 Queen's Indian
13. Euwe vs Flohr  ½-½271934Hastings 1934/35D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
14. Lilienthal vs R P Michell 1-0391934Hastings 1934/35E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
15. G A Thomas vs Botvinnik 1-0601934Hastings 1934/35B40 Sicilian
16. Capablanca vs Milner-Barry 1-0511934Hastings 1934/35E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. Botvinnik vs Menchik 1-0251934Hastings 1934/35D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. R P Michell vs Flohr 0-1241934Hastings 1934/35E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
19. G Norman vs Lilienthal ½-½821934Hastings 1934/35D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Euwe vs G A Thomas 1-0261934Hastings 1934/35D69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
21. R P Michell vs G Norman  1-0211935Hastings 1934/35D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Menchik vs Euwe ½-½551935Hastings 1934/35D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Flohr vs G A Thomas  ½-½721935Hastings 1934/35D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Lilienthal vs Capablanca 1-0261935Hastings 1934/35E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
25. Milner-Barry vs Botvinnik 0-1541935Hastings 1934/35C19 French, Winawer, Advance
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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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