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Margate Tournament

Paul Keres7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Jose Raul Capablanca6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Salomon Flohr6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
George Alan Thomas5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Philip Stuart Milner-Barry4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Miguel Najdorf4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Harry Golombek3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Edward Guthlac Sergeant3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Vera Menchik2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
George Wheatcroft2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games] Chess Event Description
Margate (1939)

The last of five consecutive international events organized at the seaside resort of Margate, England was held in the spring of 1939. Former world champion Jose Capablanca made the last of three appearances at this round robin tournament. He was joined by Salomon Flohr, who had won this event in 1936, as well as Paul Keres, who had shared first in 1937. Miguel Najdorf, an up and coming master, journeyed from Poland. The remaining six seats went to masters from the United Kingdom, including Harry Golombek, women's world champion Vera Menchik, Philip Stuart Milner-Barry, Edward G Sergeant, George Alan Thomas, and George Wheatcroft. Capablanca's penultimate event in international chess play saw him play with his usual excellence, but unfortunately for the former champion of the world he had declined and was no longer capable of keeping up with the masters of the new generation. Keres scored wins against over half the participants and finished a full point ahead of Capablanca and Flohr. Najdorf, meanwhile making his English debut, performed less well, but he was on the rise and would soon attain regard as a potential challenger for the world crown. The outbreak of World War II would put an end to these events for many years, but the opportunity for young and old chess masters to mingle and play against one another as well as including local British masters was a boon to those involved, as well as to those of us who have their games to play over today.

Margate, England, 12-21 April 1939

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Keres * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7½ =2 Capablanca ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6½ =2 Flohr ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 6½ 4 Thomas 0 0 1 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5 5 Milner-Barry ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 4½ 6 Najdorf 0 ½ 0 0 1 * 0 1 ½ 1 4 7 Golombek 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 1 3½ 8 Sergeant 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 0 3 9 Menchik 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 2½ 10 Wheatcroft 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ * 2

Margate (1938) was the preceding congress in this series.

Original collection: Game Collection: Margate 1939, by User: suenteus po 147.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G A Thomas vs Flohr 1-0681939MargateC78 Ruy Lopez
2. Golombek vs E G Sergeant  ½-½221939MargateD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Milner-Barry vs Keres  ½-½351939MargateC23 Bishop's Opening
4. Capablanca vs G Wheatcroft 1-0201939MargateB20 Sicilian
5. Menchik vs Najdorf  ½-½241939MargateE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. E G Sergeant vs Menchik  1-0451939MargateE61 King's Indian
7. Golombek vs Flohr 0-1451939MargateE60 King's Indian Defense
8. Najdorf vs Milner-Barry  1-0291939MargateD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. G Wheatcroft vs G A Thomas 0-1371939MargateB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
10. Keres vs Capablanca ½-½251939MargateC88 Ruy Lopez
11. Capablanca vs Najdorf ½-½461939MargateE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
12. G A Thomas vs Keres 0-1431939MargateC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Milner-Barry vs E G Sergeant ½-½351939MargateC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
14. Menchik vs Golombek  ½-½411939MargateD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. Flohr vs G Wheatcroft 1-0251939MargateE01 Catalan, Closed
16. Menchik vs Milner-Barry ½-½191939MargateD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. E G Sergeant vs Capablanca ½-½301939MargateC77 Ruy Lopez
18. Keres vs Flohr  ½-½261939MargateD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
19. Najdorf vs G A Thomas  0-1541939MargateD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. G Wheatcroft vs Golombek  0-1351939MargateB50 Sicilian
21. Capablanca vs Menchik 1-0471939MargateD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Golombek vs Milner-Barry  0-1471939MargateE00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. G Wheatcroft vs Keres 0-1351939MargateC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
24. G A Thomas vs E G Sergeant  ½-½261939MargateC14 French, Classical
25. Flohr vs Najdorf 1-0371939MargateD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-01-17  offramp: Between the wars, chess tournaments in Europe seemed to be located at central European spa towns or at English or Dutch coastal towns. Off-season, of course.

I visualize a ramshackle group of scruffy, wet chessmasters boarding a rickety train carriage in Noordwijk for a long slow journey over to Margate. They arrive silently and in pouring rain. The sea-front is deserted. They check into the same hotels that they used the previous year, then hang their coats up above the bath and lie down, staring at the same crack in the ceiling that was there last year while smoking a Strand cigarette.

And then, 10 days later, they all shake hands at the closing ceremony and then, outside, lashed by wind and rain, say to each other, "See you in a week at Ramsgate."

Jul-01-17  Retireborn: The weather probably wasn't that bad. Oh to be in England, now that April's here....
Jul-01-17  Big Pawn: I like that description, <offramp>.
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