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Margate Tournament

Reuben Fine7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Paul Keres7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Alexander Alekhine6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Jan Foltys5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Philip Stuart Milner-Barry5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Vera Menchik4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
George Alan Thomas3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Victor Berger2/9(+2 -7 =0)[games]
Theodore Tylor0.5/9(+0 -8 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
Margate (1937)

In 1937 (31 March - 9 April), ten chess masters, including the world champion, were invited to participate in a round robin tournament at the seaside resort of Margate, England. Continuing their hot streak through the year, Reuben Fine and Paul Keres shared first place, both having gone undefeated. Alexander Alekhine displayed his familiar aggressive style, taking no draws, but only taking third place as a result of losses to the tournament co-winners Fine and Keres, as well as to Victor Berger.

Picture of participants:

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 =1 Fine * 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 =1 Keres * 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 3 Alekhine 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 6 4 Foltys 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 5 5 Milner-Barry 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 5 =6 Alexander 0 0 0 * 1 1 4 =6 Menchik 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 4 8 Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 3 9 Berger 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 2 10 Tylor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 *

Margate (1936) and Margate (1938) were previous and subsequent congresses in this series, respectively.

Original collection: Game Collection: Margate 1937, by User: suenteus po 147.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fine vs Tylor 1-0231937MargateE72 King's Indian
2. Alekhine vs C H Alexander 1-0421937MargateC47 Four Knights
3. Keres vs Menchik 1-0451937MargateA15 English
4. Foltys vs Milner-Barry  1-0401937MargateD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. G A Thomas vs V Berger  1-0341937MargateB57 Sicilian
6. Fine vs Menchik 1-0301937MargateD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Tylor vs G A Thomas 0-1161937MargateD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. C H Alexander vs Foltys  ½-½431937MargateC11 French
9. Milner-Barry vs Keres ½-½371937MargateC30 King's Gambit Declined
10. V Berger vs Alekhine 1-0541937MargateE10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. G A Thomas vs Fine  ½-½351937MargateC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
12. Menchik vs Milner-Barry  ½-½431937MargateA06 Reti Opening
13. Keres vs C H Alexander 1-0221937MargateE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
14. Foltys vs V Berger  1-0461937MargateB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. Alekhine vs Tylor 1-0441937MargateC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
16. Milner-Barry vs Fine 0-1361937MargateB72 Sicilian, Dragon
17. Tylor vs Foltys  ½-½261937MargateB58 Sicilian
18. C H Alexander vs Menchik ½-½481937MargateC14 French, Classical
19. V Berger vs Keres 0-1331937MargateA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. G A Thomas vs Alekhine 0-1331937MargateC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Menchik vs V Berger 1-0481937MargateA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Milner-Barry vs C H Alexander  1-0531937MargateC30 King's Gambit Declined
23. Keres vs Tylor 1-0251937MargateC88 Ruy Lopez
24. Foltys vs G A Thomas  1-0251937MargateD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Fine vs Alekhine 1-0601937MargateA90 Dutch
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: <... but suffering three losses to the three Victors and earning third place.>

When I first saw this I thought it needed editing until I finally woke up. Someone's sense of humour might be a bit warped.


Jan-10-14  Karpova: There were three Main Tournaments (called <Internationale B-Turniere> or <Premier-Reserve-Tournaments>) also.

The winners were <Klein> with 7.5, <Golombek> and <Landau> shared with 7.0, and <Mieses> with 7.5 (>80% of the possible points, at the age of 72, ahead of players like Sacconi, van Seters, van Doesburgh, and others.)

Source: Pages 101-102 of the April 1937 'Wiener Schach-Zeitung'

Jan-17-17  ughaibu: Alekhine wasn't world champion, again, until December.
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  MissScarlett: Capablanca was set to play in this event, but a few days beforehand, it was announced that he was being replaced by Alekhine. My first thought, naturally, was that Alekhine had engineered Capa's disinvitation, but the <Dover Express and East Kent News> of March 26th, p.9, explains Capa's withdrawal being due to 'diplomatic duties'.

Miguel Sanchez's book speculates that Capa's health 'probably weighed' in his decision to withdraw from Margate - he cites a January 1937 letter from Havana in which Capa requests a leave of absence from his diplomatic work in Europe due to medical treatment that prohibited his travelling. But he also notes that Capa was well enough to travel to Miami to play a simul on March 29th (two days before Margate began), and inaugurate a municipal chess tournament, back in Havana on April 1st, where, on April 17th, he even conducted a 70-board consultation simul against 350 opponents.

Jul-23-17  JimNorCal: Berger's score is interesting: he lost all his games except to tail ender Tylor and to Alekhine.

As noted, Alekhine lost to victors Fine and Keres, and to Victor Berger

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  harrylime: It's a massive shame and loss for chess that Capa didn't meet and play the likes of Keres or Botvinnik more often ..

The passing of epochs and generations I guess ..

Still no doubt whatsoever with me that a young fit fired up Capa would lay waste to the present day chess scene ..

Just give the young Capa a laptop and access to all of Bobby's games ...

and watch this space ...

KABOOOOOM ! lol lol lol

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  FSR: <Alexander Alekhine displayed his familiar aggressive style, taking no draws, but suffering three losses to the three Victors and earning third place.>

"The three Victors" - cute.

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  FSR: Berger beat Tippecanoe (Alekhine) and Tylor too.
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  Dionysius1: Nah - it's a misplaced sense of humour. Very funny, but I don't think it should be used in the factual account. Keep it to the kibitzing is my view.
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