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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; 19 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G A Thomas vs G Norman 1-0321934Hastings 1934/35A07 King's Indian Attack
2. R P Michell vs Milner-Barry 1-0301934Hastings 1934/35C42 Petrov Defense
3. G A Thomas vs Botvinnik 1-0601934Hastings 1934/35B40 Sicilian
4. Milner-Barry vs G Norman 1-0281934Hastings 1934/35B24 Sicilian, Closed
5. Lilienthal vs R P Michell 1-0391934Hastings 1934/35E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
6. Botvinnik vs Menchik 1-0251934Hastings 1934/35D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Capablanca vs Milner-Barry 1-0511934Hastings 1934/35E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. Euwe vs G A Thomas 1-0261934Hastings 1934/35D69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
9. R P Michell vs G Norman  1-0211935Hastings 1934/35D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Lilienthal vs Capablanca 1-0261935Hastings 1934/35E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. Capablanca vs R P Michell 1-0351935Hastings 1934/35D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Flohr vs G Norman 1-0271935Hastings 1934/35A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
13. Euwe vs Milner-Barry 1-0341935Hastings 1934/35A27 English, Three Knights System
14. G A Thomas vs Menchik 1-0461935Hastings 1934/35A56 Benoni Defense
15. Botvinnik vs G Norman 1-0201935Hastings 1934/35E72 King's Indian
16. Euwe vs R P Michell 1-0261935Hastings 1934/35D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Menchik vs Milner-Barry 1-0251935Hastings 1934/35D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. G A Thomas vs Lilienthal 1-0401935Hastings 1934/35C01 French, Exchange
19. R P Michell vs G A Thomas  1-0581935Hastings 1934/35D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
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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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