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London Tournament

Alexander Alekhine9/11(+7 -0 =4)[games]
Salomon Flohr8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Isaac Kashdan7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Mir Sultan Khan7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Geza Maroczy6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Savielly Tartakower6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Georges Koltanowski5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Vera Menchik4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
George Alan Thomas3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Philip Stuart Milner-Barry3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Victor Buerger3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]
William Winter2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
London (1932)

This tournament was "planned under the auspices of the Sunday Referee", featuring what the British Chess Magazine referred to as a "select company of masters". (1) World champion Alexander Alekhine faced a diverse group, including women's world champion Vera Menchik, and rising young stars such as the Czechoslovakian Salo Flohr, the American Isaac Kashdan, and the Indian Sultan Khan. Veterans Geza Maroczy and Savielly Tartakower were to have been joined by Edgar Colle, who canceled at a late date due to illness. He was replaced by George Koltanowski, who was promoted from the Premier Reserves tournament. (2)

The first six rounds were held in the Central Hall, Westminster, and the remaining five rounds in the Empire Social Club, Bayswater. (3)

Alekhine was undefeated, drawing his games with Flohr, Kashdan, Maroczy and Sir George Thomas. Alekhine won £50, Flohr £30, and Kashdan and Sultan Khan £15 each. (4) The world champion also received the brilliancy prize of £10 for Alekhine vs Koltanowski, 1932. 2 Vera Menchik topped all British masters in the table, finishing ahead of Philip Stuart Milner-Barry, Sir George Thomas, Victor Berger and William Winter.

London, England, 1-12 February 1932

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts 1 Alekhine * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 9.0 2 Flohr ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 8.0 3 Kashdan ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 7.5 4 Sultan Khan 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7.5 5 Maroczy ½ 0 1 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.0 6 Tartakower 0 1 ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 7 Koltanowski 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5.0 8 Menchik 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 4.5 9 Thomas ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 * ½ ½ ½ 3.5 10 Milner-Barry 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 3.5 11 Buerger 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 3.0 12 Winter 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 2.5


(1) Peter Lahde, Isaac Kashdan, American Grandmaster (McFarland 2000), p. 14.
(2) Leonard Skinner and Robert Verhoeven, Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games 1902-1946 (McFarland 1998), p. 410.
(3) The Times, 1 Feb. 1932, p. 10; 2 Feb. 1932, p. 10.
(4) Wiener Schachzeitung, March 1932, p. 67.

Original collection: Game Collection: London International Chess Congress, 1932, by User: Resignation Trap.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs Sultan Khan 1-0801932LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
2. Tartakower vs W Winter 1-0251932LondonA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Maroczy vs Menchik ½-½331932LondonC13 French
4. Kashdan vs Milner-Barry 1-0651932LondonC78 Ruy Lopez
5. Flohr vs G A Thomas 1-0431932LondonD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. V Buerger vs Koltanowski ½-½411932LondonE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
7. Menchik vs Alekhine 0-1401932LondonE14 Queen's Indian
8. W Winter vs Maroczy  ½-½351932LondonD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. Milner-Barry vs Tartakower 1-0411932LondonB10 Caro-Kann
10. V Buerger vs Kashdan  0-1591932LondonD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. Koltanowski vs G A Thomas  1-0511932LondonC14 French, Classical
12. Sultan Khan vs Flohr  ½-½681932LondonB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. Maroczy vs Milner-Barry ½-½411932LondonC42 Petrov Defense
14. Alekhine vs W Winter 1-0371932LondonB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
15. Flohr vs Menchik  1-0611932LondonA34 English, Symmetrical
16. Tartakower vs V Buerger 1-0371932LondonD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. G A Thomas vs Sultan Khan  0-1301932LondonC78 Ruy Lopez
18. Kashdan vs Koltanowski 1-0201932LondonC41 Philidor Defense
19. Milner-Barry vs Alekhine 0-1291932LondonC28 Vienna Game
20. Koltanowski vs Sultan Khan ½-½551932LondonD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. V Buerger vs Maroczy  ½-½331932LondonD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
22. W Winter vs Flohr  0-1671932LondonD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. Kashdan vs Tartakower ½-½621932LondonC17 French, Winawer, Advance
24. Menchik vs G A Thomas 1-0241932LondonE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
25. Sultan Khan vs Menchik  1-0531932LondonC01 French, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: Fifty pounds for first prize doesn't sound like a great deal of cash. The London (1922) tournament ten years earlier paid better prizes but I suppose the Depression might have had something to do with it.
Oct-25-14  Karpova: Prizes (in £): Alekhine 50, Flohr 30, Kashdan 15, Sultan Khan 15.

Source: Wiener Schachzeitung, March 1932, p. 67

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  WCC Editing Project:

Courtesy of User: Tabanus:

London 1932 - from The Times' daily reports:
"Games start at the Cental Hall, Westminster today. The opening ceremony is fixed for 4 p.m., play in all sections beginning at 5 p.m." (1 Feb p. 10)

"Central Hall, Westminster, yesterday afternoon, when the players were welcomed by Mr. I. Ostrer. Play began at 5 p.m." (2 Feb p. 10)

"These adjourned games will be played this morning at the Empire Social Club, Bayswater, where the remaining five rounds of the Festival will be held." (8 Feb p. 7) (and they were)

In addition quite detailed report of the games, and mention of simuls, two by Alekhine (before and during the tournament) and one by Kashdan (before).

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  Chessical: The first prize would only be about £3,000 in 2014 using the Retail Price Index (RPI).
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  MissScarlett: Twas a time that London was still full of Londoners. Now it's full of foreigners.
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  HeMateMe: New York is now a third world city, too, unless you can afford to live on the island of Manhattan.
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  MissScarlett: London (1927):
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  Chessical: <London 1932>
"The Book of the London International Chess Tournament, 1932....Mr. Frank Hollings, T, Great Turnstile, Holborn. W.C.I. has published the above book (price 6s.), containing the sixty-six games in the Masters’ section, all of which are annotated Dr. Alekhine.".

Grantham Journal - Saturday 6th August 1932, p.3.

The tournament book was published as "66 Master Games Played in the London, International Chess Tournament, 1932". It is still in print, (Hardinge Simpole Publishing - ISBN-13: 978-1843820659).

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  WCC Editing Project:


Thanks for tracking down the tournament book.

It appears to be unavailable at the moment on Amazon, where I buy almost all my chess books:

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  WCC Editing Project:

Aha! It is indeed available:

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  MissScarlett: The Premier Reserves was jointly won by Adrian Garcia Conde and <R Schadle>, described in the <Linlithgowshire Gazette> as 'a brilliant young German.' A few weeks earlier, he'd won the London Boys' Championship. In between, he even turned out for Kent in a match vs. Essex. Then he promptly disappears. I assume he returned to Germany - any sign of him back there?
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  Tabanus: Richard Schädle, Augsburg?

Oct-08-18  whiteshark: <Tabanus: <Richard Schädle, Augsburg?>> Very likely, as the details fits.

Chessbase Megabase has 36 hits,
whereof 7 games w/ full score
2 games w/ fragments only and
27 w/ results only

all played in 4 tournaments between 1932 and 1937. During this time he played for the chess club <SK Ingolstadt> (which is ~ 80km away from Augsburg). He gave a Farewell-Simul there in 1937.[moving to Augsburg?]

The SK Ingolstadt history page also has a picture where he wears a uniform* ( page 16, left photo, middle of the back row: ) + it says he felt during WW2.

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  Tabanus: Germann address books for Augsburg 1950-1955 has "Richard Schädle Eis-Café Kaiserstr. 35". Same name and address is listed as Cafätier and Kondit. in Augsburg 1937-1949.
Mar-16-19  Russian Patzer: There is an error in annotation: Alekhine did not draw his game with Sultan Khan.
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  MissScarlett: Well spotted - corrected.
May-13-23  ChessMarginalia: There is a brief biography of Richard Schädle in Prager Tagblatt (18 Nov. 1934). He was born 18 Januar 1914 in Konstanz am Bodensee. After his stay in England he moved back to Augsburg where his parents lived. In August 1934 he won the Bavarian championship.

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