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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Podebrady Tournament

Salomon Flohr13/17(+10 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Alekhine12.5/17(+8 -0 =9)[games]
Jan Foltys11/17(+8 -3 =6)[games]
Gideon Stahlberg10.5/17(+7 -3 =7)[games]
Vasja Pirc10.5/17(+6 -2 =9)[games]
Erich Eliskases9.5/17(+6 -4 =7)[games]
Paulino Frydman9.5/17(+7 -5 =5)[games]
Kurt Richter9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Jiri Pelikan9/17(+7 -6 =4)[games]
Vladimir Petrov8.5/17(+5 -5 =7)[games]
Lajos Steiner8.5/17(+6 -6 =5)[games]
Karel Opocensky8/17(+4 -5 =8)[games]
Vera Menchik7/17(+6 -9 =2)[games]
Emil Zinner6.5/17(+5 -9 =3)[games]
Karel Treybal6/17(+3 -8 =6)[games]
Karel Skalicka6/17(+4 -9 =4)[games]
Stefan Fazekas4/17(+3 -12 =2)[games]
George Alan Thomas4/17(+1 -10 =6)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Podebrady (1936)

The 14th Czechoslovak Championship was held at Podebrady (also Podebrad or Bad Podebrad) from July 5-26, 1936. It was organized as an international event with the title going to the top Czech finisher. The 18 combatants included:

Alexander Alekhine, Erich Eliskases, Stefan Fazekas, Salomon Flohr, Jan Foltys, Paulino Frydman, Vera Menchik, Karel Opocensky, Jiri Pelikan, Vladimir Petrov, Vasja Pirc, Kurt Richter, Karel Skalicka, Gideon Stahlberg, Lajos Steiner, George Alan Thomas, Karel Treybal, Emil Zinner.

Resignation Trap has tracked down several photos of the action, and was also able to fill in some of the historical gaps.

Class photo: https://praguechess.cz/foto_galerie....
Vasja Pirc, from the round 7 game K Skalicka vs Pirc, 1936 with Bedrich Thelen observing: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Flohr and Alekhine, the two world championship candidates, started a bit slowly by drawing each other in round 1 and not setting a torrid pace thereafter. Alekhine did remain undefeated, but Flohr lost to Eliskases in round 6 and spent most ot the tournament making up ground. However, after round 9 they had pulled ahead of the field, Alekhine having 7 points and Flohr 6.

The problem was that they still weren't in the lead. Paulin (not yet Paulino) Frydman had scored 8 points, with the help of a six-game winning streak in rounds 2-7.

Unfortunately for Frydman, this is where the tough part of his schedule began; he would not win another game for the rest of the event. The trouble started when he lost to Alekhine in round 10. A short draw with Stahlberg was followed by bad losses to Menchik and Petrov. That set up the round 14 game with Flohr, which reached this position with Black (Frydman) to play:


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Frydman was still only one point behind co-leaders Alekhine and Flohr, but 22...Qg5 was a losing error in an inferior, but defensible position, met by 23.Ne4, when Frydman resigned. There have been some tales that he suffered a nervous breakdown after the game with Alekhine, but Edward Winter has debunked that (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...). In any case, such collapses are not unusual once a player's momentum is broken.

Round 14 was nearly disastrous for Alekhine as well, playing Black against Treybal (to play)


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Now 61.Be4! would win for White, the main line being 61...Qa7 62.f6+ Bg6 63.Bxg6+ Kxg6 64.f7+ Kh5 65.Qxh6+! Kxf6 66.f8Q+, and White will be able to protect his king and win with the extra piece. Instead, Treybal played the disastrous <61.f6??>, and was forced to resign after <61...Bg6+>.

This left Alekhine and Flohr still tied at 10.5, their nearest competitor being Pirc at 9.5. Round 15 saw Flohr take his first lead by defeating Pelikan, while Alekhine and Stahlberg had a short draw. Alekhine got back on track the next round by defeating Menchik, but Flohr stayed ahead by ending any faint chances Pirc might have had.

In the final round, Flohr played it safe with a 17-move draw. Alekhine played it dangerously, but was unable to get anything substantial against Petrov and narrowly avoided losing in the end.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Flohr * ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 13.0 2 Alekhine ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 12.5 3 Foltys ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 11.0 4 Stahlberg ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 10.5 5 Pirc 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 10.5 6 Eliskases 1 0 0 1 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ 9.5 7 Frydman 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 9.5 8 Richter ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 1 1 9.0 9 Pelikan 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 9.0 10 Petrov 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 8.5 11 Steiner 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 * 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 8.5 12 Opocensky ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 * 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 8.0 13 Menchik ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 1 0 1 7.0 14 Zinner 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 * 0 0 0 1 6.5 15 Treybal 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ 6.0 16 Skalicka 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 0 1 ½ * 1 ½ 6.0 17 Fazekas 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 0 * 0 4.0 18 Thomas 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * 4.0

<Cumulative Scores>

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 1 Flohr 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 4.5 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 8.5 9.5 10.5 11.5 12.5 13.0 2 Alekhine 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.0 4.0 4.5 5.5 6.5 7.0 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 10.5 11.0 12.0 12.5 3 Foltys 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.0 5.5 6.5 7.0 7.5 8.5 9.0 9.0 10.0 11.0 4 Stahlberg 1.0 1.5 1.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 4.0 5.0 5.5 6.5 7.0 8.0 8.5 9.0 9.5 9.5 10.5 5 Pirc 1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.5 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.5 7.5 8.0 8.5 9.5 10.0 10.0 10.5 6 Eliskases 0.5 0.5 1.5 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 8.0 9.0 9.5 7 Frydman 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 7.0 8.0 8.0 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 9.0 9.0 9.5 8 Richter 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 8.5 9.0 9 Pelikan 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 4.5 5.0 6.0 6.5 6.5 7.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 9.0 10 Petrov 0.0 1.0 1.5 1.5 1.5 2.5 3.0 4.0 4.5 5.5 6.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 7.5 8.0 8.5 11 Steiner 0.5 1.5 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.0 7.0 7.5 7.5 8.5 12 Opocensky 0.5 1.0 1.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 6.0 6.5 7.0 7.0 7.5 8.0 13 Menchik 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 14 Zinner 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 5.0 5.0 6.0 6.5 15 Treybal 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.5 5.5 6.0 16 Skalicka 0.5 1.5 1.5 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.0 6.0 17 Fazekas 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 18 Thomas 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.5 1.5 2.0 2.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.0 4.0 4.0

If you're looking for an interesting game from this tournament that you probably haven't seen before, try Opocensky vs K Skalicka, 1936 from round 8.

Original collection: Game Collection: Podebrady 1936, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Flohr vs Alekhine  ½-½351936PodebradyA92 Dutch
2. Menchik vs K Treybal 1-0521936PodebradyD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. E Zinner vs Pirc  0-1421936PodebradyD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Eliskases vs Opocensky ½-½351936PodebradyB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
5. Fazekas vs Foltys  0-1321936PodebradyC11 French
6. L Steiner vs P Frydman  ½-½311936PodebradyB40 Sicilian
7. K Richter vs Pelikan  0-1781936PodebradyB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
8. Petrov vs Stahlberg  0-1621936PodebradyD04 Queen's Pawn Game
9. G A Thomas vs K Skalicka  ½-½511936PodebradyA13 English
10. Alekhine vs Eliskases 1-0251936PodebradyC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. K Treybal vs Foltys 0-191936PodebradyC02 French, Advance
12. Menchik vs Petrov 0-1321936PodebradyD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
13. Pelikan vs L Steiner 0-1451936PodebradyA06 Reti Opening
14. K Skalicka vs Fazekas  1-0331936PodebradyA04 Reti Opening
15. Stahlberg vs Flohr  ½-½231936PodebradyD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. P Frydman vs G A Thomas  1-0701936PodebradyD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Opocensky vs E Zinner ½-½561936PodebradyA09 Reti Opening
18. Pirc vs K Richter  ½-½251936PodebradyE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. E Zinner vs Alekhine 0-1451936PodebradyD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. Flohr vs Menchik  ½-½521936PodebradyD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Petrov vs K Treybal  ½-½441936PodebradyD05 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Eliskases vs Stahlberg 1-0331936PodebradyC14 French, Classical
23. Fazekas vs P Frydman  0-1361936PodebradyB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Foltys vs K Skalicka  1-0661936PodebradyB32 Sicilian
25. K Richter vs Opocensky ½-½581936PodebradyA45 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Vasja Pirc @ Podebrady 1936: http://soloscacchi.altervista.org/w...
Sep-27-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: I replaced the "Class photo" picture here (the old link was dead).
Nov-03-17  JimNorCal: A number of new inductees to the "Vera Menchik Club", she won six games.
Aug-13-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: < The 18 combatants included:

Alexander Alekhine, Erich Eliskases, Stefan Fazekas, Salomon Flohr, Jan Foltys, Paulino Frydman, Vera Menchik, Karel Opocensky, Jiri Pelikan, Vladimir Petrov, Vasja Pirc, Kurt Paul Otto Joseph Richter, Karel Skalicka, Gideon Stahlberg, Lajos Steiner, George Alan Thomas, Karel Treybal, Emil Zinner.>

The Podebrady Bunch!

Aug-13-18  JimNorCal: <tga>: The Podebrady Bunch!

THAT's funny!

Aug-13-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Thanks, <JNC>
May-07-21  login:

Poděbrady 1936

https://jmss.chess.cz/data/jmss_doc...

from JMSS, South Moravian Chess Association
(in Czech)


The document contains e.g. annotations by famous Czech chess writer Jiri Vesely .

May-08-21  unferth: according to the kibitzing on the game page, the above anecdote about Flohr v. Frydman is apocryphal. Flohr's actual move was 23 Nxe5, not Bxe5, making Frydman's resignation perfectly appropriate:

Flohr vs P Frydman, 1936

May-08-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <unferth>, it appears the same error was in the PGN once, but has been corrected due to the efforts of <Retireborn>.

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