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🏆 Zandvoort (1936) Chess Event Description
In the summer of 1936, between the events at Moscow and Nottingham, an international tournament was organized in Zandvoort, The Netherlands from July 18th to August 1st. Twelve chess masters from various countries, including the world champion, gathered to compete in the round robin format. The tournament was a strong event in a year of strong international competitions due to the fact that, in addition to Max Euwe's presence, two former challengers for the world championship were also participating, Efim B ... [more]

Player: Albert Becker

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keres vs A Becker  1-0401936ZandvoortE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
2. A Becker vs Prins  ½-½381936ZandvoortD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Euwe vs A Becker  ½-½371936ZandvoortD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. A Becker vs G van Doesburgh  1-0421936ZandvoortC13 French
5. Gruenfeld vs A Becker  ½-½301936ZandvoortD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
6. A Becker vs Maroczy  0-1361936ZandvoortD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
7. Fine vs A Becker 1-0421936ZandvoortE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
8. A Becker vs Spielmann  ½-½731936ZandvoortC11 French
9. S Landau vs A Becker  1-0421936ZandvoortD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. A Becker vs Tartakower 0-1381936ZandvoortB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
11. Bogoljubov vs A Becker  1-0311936ZandvoortD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  offramp: Voort is a fort which is a castle. Zandvoort means Sandcastle.
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  Stonehenge: "Zandvoort is known to exist in 1100, called Sandevoerde (a combination of "sand" and "voorde", meaning ford)."

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  whiteshark: Playing venue: <Grand Hotel Wust>; photo:

Organiser: Zandvoortse Schaakclub

Photo of the participants:

Cover tournament book:

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  offramp: <whiteshark: Playing venue: <Grand Hotel Wust...>>

An English translation of voort or ford could be wyke or wyche or wich.

Wust is Frisian for sausage.

So Hotel Wust, Zandvoort means 'Hotel Sausage Sandwich.'

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  keypusher: <Reuben Fine who, through his "somersault" style (as Dr. Tartakower put it)>

Care to elaborate, Dr. Tartakower?

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  whiteshark: Here's a fine gallery with old photos from the Zandvoort 'Boulevard':

For <Grand Hotel Wüst> scroll halfway down.

Sep-19-16  ughaibu: "former challengers for the world championship [ ] Geza Maroczy"

Was that a forgotten FIDE weekend in a casino event?

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  Retireborn: <ughaibu> According to Hooper & Whyld, Lasker and Maroczy did sign an agreement in April 1906 to play a World championship match six months later; the match fell through for various reasons.

Maroczy's tournament results between 1899-1908 certainly made him a worthy challenger, although I'm not sure he would have worried Lasker any more than Marshall, Janowski, and Tarrasch.

Sep-19-16  ughaibu: <the match fell through for various reasons>

So, to be nit-pickingly precise, Maroczy wasn't a challenger, was he?

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  perfidious: <Retireborn> It still seems a loose usage of the term 'challenger' to thus style a man who never actually got to play a match for the title.
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  Retireborn: <perfidious> Certainly bracketing him with Bogoljubow could well give a misleading impression. The writer wants to emphasize the strength of the tournament, but that seems clear enough without mentioning that Maroczy had been one of the best players in the world 30 years earlier.

I have a soft spot for Maroczy, who was apparently a nice guy, at least by the standards of chess players(!)

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