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 four 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 Berger 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
|1. Alekhine vs Sultan Khan
||1-0||80||1932||London||E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5|
|2. Kashdan vs Milner-Barry
||1-0||65||1932||London||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|3. Maroczy vs Menchik
|4. Tartakower vs W Winter
||1-0||25||1932||London||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|5. Flohr vs G A Thomas
||1-0||43||1932||London||D51 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|6. V Berger vs Koltanowski
||½-½||41||1932||London||E94 King's Indian, Orthodox|
|7. Sultan Khan vs Flohr
|| ||½-½||68||1932||London||B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange|
|8. Menchik vs Alekhine
||0-1||40||1932||London||E14 Queen's Indian|
|9. W Winter vs Maroczy
|| ||½-½||35||1932||London||D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|10. Milner-Barry vs Tartakower
|11. Koltanowski vs G A Thomas
|| ||1-0||51||1932||London||C14 French, Classical|
|12. V Berger vs Kashdan
|| ||0-1||59||1932||London||D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense|
|13. Kashdan vs Koltanowski
||1-0||20||1932||London||C41 Philidor Defense|
|14. Maroczy vs Milner-Barry
||½-½||41||1932||London||C42 Petrov Defense|
|15. G A Thomas vs Sultan Khan
|| ||0-1||30||1932||London||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|16. Alekhine vs W Winter
||1-0||37||1932||London||B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange|
|17. Flohr vs Menchik
|| ||1-0||61||1932||London||A34 English, Symmetrical|
|18. Tartakower vs V Berger
||1-0||37||1932||London||D37 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|19. V Berger vs Maroczy
|| ||½-½||33||1932||London||D67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line|
|20. W Winter vs Flohr
|| ||0-1||67||1932||London||D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|21. Kashdan vs Tartakower
||½-½||62||1932||London||C17 French, Winawer, Advance|
|22. Menchik vs G A Thomas
||1-0||24||1932||London||E85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation|
|23. Milner-Barry vs Alekhine
||0-1||29||1932||London||C28 Vienna Game|
|24. Koltanowski vs Sultan Khan
||½-½||55||1932||London||D50 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|25. Sultan Khan vs Menchik
|| ||1-0||53||1932||London||C01 French, Exchange|
| page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66
|Oct-24-14|| ||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
|Oct-25-14|| ||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).
|Oct-25-14|| ||Chessical: The first prize would only be about £3,000 in 2014 using the Retail Price Index (RPI).|
|Oct-25-14|| ||MissScarlett: Twas a time that London was still full of Londoners. Now it's full of foreigners.|
|Oct-25-14|| ||HeMateMe: New York is now a third world city, too, unless you can afford to live on the island of Manhattan.|
|Oct-25-14|| ||MissScarlett: London (1927): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmF...|
|Oct-27-14|| ||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).
|Oct-28-14|| ||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: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Master-Play...
|Oct-28-14|| ||WCC Editing Project: |
Aha! It is indeed available: http://www.amazon.com/Sixty-Six-Int...
|Oct-08-18|| ||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?|
|Oct-08-18|| ||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: http://skingolstadt.de/index.php/en... )
+ it says he felt during WW2.
|Oct-09-18|| ||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.|
|Mar-16-19|| ||MissScarlett: Well spotted - corrected.|
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