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Semmering/Baden Tournament

Paul Keres9/14(+6 -2 =6)[games]
Reuben Fine8/14(+2 -0 =12)[games]
Jose Raul Capablanca7.5/14(+2 -1 =11)[games]
Samuel Reshevsky7.5/14(+4 -3 =7)[games]
Salomon Flohr7/14(+2 -2 =10)[games]
Erich Eliskases6/14(+3 -5 =6)[games]
Viacheslav Ragozin6/14(+2 -4 =8)[games]
Vladimir Petrov5/14(+2 -6 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Semmering/Baden (1937)

Austria was host to a grandmaster contest in 1937 sponsored by its casinos. Eight chess masters, including former world champion Jose Capablanca, participated in the double round robin from September 8th until the 27th. The first four rounds were conducted at Semmering, and then moved to the Hotel Grüner Baum in Baden bei Wien for the duration of the tournament. World champion Max Euwe served as chief arbiter for the first half of games and then was relieved by Rudolf Spielmann for the second half. Young Paul Keres won the event a full point over second place Reuben Fine.


The final standings and crosstable:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 1 Keres ** ½½ ½½ 10 ½1 10 ½1 11 9 2 Fine ½½ ** ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 1½ 1½ 8 =3 Capablanca ½½ ½½ ** ½½ 1½ ½0 ½1 ½½ 7½ =3 Reshevsky 01 ½½ ½½ ** ½½ 11 ½0 10 7½ 5 Flohr ½0 ½½ 0½ ½½ ** 1½ ½½ 1½ 7 =6 Eliskases 01 ½½ ½1 00 0½ ** ½1 0½ 6 =6 Ragozin ½0 0½ ½0 ½1 ½½ ½0 ** 1½ 6 8 Petrov 00 0½ ½½ 01 0½ 1½ 0½ ** 5

Thanks to <Benzol> for putting the finishing touches on this game collection.

Original collection: Game Collection: Semmering/Baden 1937, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Eliskases vs Ragozin  ½-½381937Semmering/BadenD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Reshevsky vs Petrov 1-0551937Semmering/BadenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
3. Capablanca vs Fine ½-½741937Semmering/BadenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
4. Flohr vs Keres  ½-½571937Semmering/BadenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Ragozin vs Keres ½-½401937Semmering/BadenA28 English
6. Eliskases vs Reshevsky 0-1411937Semmering/BadenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
7. Fine vs Flohr  ½-½251937Semmering/BadenD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
8. Petrov vs Capablanca  ½-½241937Semmering/BadenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Reshevsky vs Ragozin ½-½621937Semmering/BadenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
10. Keres vs Fine  ½-½411937Semmering/BadenA09 Reti Opening
11. Capablanca vs Eliskases  ½-½491937Semmering/BadenD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Flohr vs Petrov 1-0541937Semmering/BadenA28 English
13. Eliskases vs Flohr 0-1571937Semmering/BadenD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
14. Petrov vs Keres 0-1491937Semmering/BadenD80 Grunfeld
15. Ragozin vs Fine 0-1381937Semmering/BadenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Reshevsky vs Capablanca ½-½201937Semmering/BadenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Flohr vs Reshevsky ½-½1151937Semmering/BadenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
18. Keres vs Eliskases 1-0331937Semmering/BadenB50 Sicilian
19. Fine vs Petrov 1-0341937Semmering/BadenA50 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Capablanca vs Ragozin ½-½401937Semmering/BadenD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
21. Reshevsky vs Keres 0-1571937Semmering/BadenE16 Queen's Indian
22. Ragozin vs Petrov  1-0571937Semmering/BadenA28 English
23. Capablanca vs Flohr 1-0331937Semmering/BadenD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
24. Eliskases vs Fine  ½-½751937Semmering/BadenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Fine vs Reshevsky ½-½841937Semmering/BadenC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Vladimirs Petrovs> last place finish here was a bitter disappointment, given that just a few months earlier he had finished shared 1st at Kemeri (1937), ahead of both <Alekhine> and <Keres>.

Earlier in 1937 <Petrovs> had been called up for his one year obligatory military service. He had been given official leave to play in Kemeri.

Subsequently, he was diagnosed with active tuberculosis by a military doctor in August 1937, and was decommissioned early for this medical reason.

This was a rather serious case, with a mass of tubercular material in the apex of his left lung. His doctor prescribed rest and above all to quit smoking, neither of which <Petrovs> managed to do before the start of <Semmering-Baden>.

Due to his illness, on August 23, 1937 he wrote his wife <Galina> and told her he wouldn't come back to Riga before the tournament started because he was afraid of infecting her and their daughter with tuberculosis. He worried frantically that they might already be infected.

However, after a horrendous start at <Semmering-Baden> <Petrovs> wrote another letter to his wife imploring her to come to the tournament to lend him emotional and moral support.

-Galina Mathis-Petrovs <"Petrovs: Star Extinguished Before its Time"> Riga 2008

Dec-01-13  Bob Loblaw: So is it Petrovs not Petrov?

Thanks for the informative comment JFQ. This period of chess history fascinates me. This is probably because I read all all of Rueben Fine's works on chess as a kid back the 1960s and was fascinated by, and learned so much from Paul Keres' "Grandmaster of Chess" translated and edited by Harry Golombek (in descriptive notation, of course).

Keres' annotations are as lucid and instructive as any I've read to this day. Lately, I've been rereading book with an engine at my side. It's remarkable that Stockfish seldom takes exception to the comments and analyses of the great Estonian GM.

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  perfidious: <Bob Loblaw>: Janis Klovans and Andrejs Petersons are further instances of Latvian players who are typically known, respectively, as Klovan and Peterson in English texts.
Dec-02-13  Bob Loblaw: Thx Perfidious. So is the s pronounced in Latvian?
Mar-16-17  nummerzwei: Dress rehearsal for AVRO.
Dec-20-17  faulty: Bob> of course, 's' IS pronounced in Latvian; in Latvian, you pronounce essentially anything you write :) The pronunciation of 'Petrovs' in English would be approximately PAT-ruovs (a is like 'a' in 'cat'; uo is a diphthong here, like 'o' in 'one')
Feb-21-18  RookFile: Very strong tournament.
Jan-17-22  sudoplatov: Spielmann won the previous biggie at Semmering. Semmering (1926)

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