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Margate 1939
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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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 participated and won this event back in 1936, as well as Paul Keres, who had participated and shared first in this event back in 1937. Miguel Najdorf, an upcoming master, journeyed from Poland. The remaining six seats when to chess 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 younger, hungrier chess masters of the new generation. Keres managed to score wins against over half the participants and finish 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.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Keres 7/9 * 1 1 1 1 1 1

=2nd Capablanca 6/9 * 1 1 1 1

=2nd Flohr 6/9 * 0 1 1 1 1 1

4th Thomas 5/9 0 0 1 * 1 1

5th Milner-Barry 4/9 * 0 1

6th Najdorf 4/9 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1

7th Golombek 3/9 0 0 0 0 1 * 1

8th Sergeant 3/9 0 0 0 * 1 0

9th Menchik 2/9 0 0 0 0 *

10th Wheatcroft 2/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 *

Round One, April 12th
Capablanca vs G Wheatcroft, 1939 
(B20) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

Golombek vs E G Sergeant, 1939
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Menchik vs Najdorf, 1939
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Milner-Barry vs Keres, 1939
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

G A Thomas vs Flohr, 1939 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 68 moves, 1-0

Round Two, April 13th
Golombek vs Flohr, 1939 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 45 moves, 0-1

Keres vs Capablanca, 1939 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs Milner-Barry, 1939
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

E G Sergeant vs Menchik, 1939
(E61) King's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

G Wheatcroft vs G A Thomas, 1939 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

Round Three, April 14th
Capablanca vs Najdorf, 1939 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs G Wheatcroft, 1939 
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 25 moves, 1-0

Menchik vs Golombek, 1939
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Milner-Barry vs E G Sergeant, 1939 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

G A Thomas vs Keres, 1939
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Four, April 15th
Keres vs Flohr, 1939
(D13) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Menchik vs Milner-Barry, 1939 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs G A Thomas, 1939
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 0-1

E G Sergeant vs Capablanca, 1939
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Wheatcroft vs Golombek, 1939
(B50) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Five, April 16th
Capablanca vs Menchik, 1939 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 47 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Najdorf, 1939 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1-0

Golombek vs Milner-Barry, 1939
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 0-1

G A Thomas vs E G Sergeant, 1939
(C14) French, Classical, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Wheatcroft vs Keres, 1939 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Six, April 17th
Golombek vs Keres, 1939 
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 71 moves, 0-1

Menchik vs G A Thomas, 1939
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Milner-Barry vs Capablanca, 1939 
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs G Wheatcroft, 1939
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

E G Sergeant vs Flohr, 1939
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, April 19th
Capablanca vs Golombek, 1939 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Menchik, 1939 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Najdorf, 1939 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

G A Thomas vs Milner-Barry, 1939
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Wheatcroft vs E G Sergeant, 1939 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 18 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, April 20th
Capablanca vs G A Thomas, 1939 
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 39 moves, 1-0

Menchik vs G Wheatcroft, 1939
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Milner-Barry vs Flohr, 1939
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs Golombek, 1939 
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 53 moves, 0-1

E G Sergeant vs Keres, 1939 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 72 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, April 21st
Flohr vs Capablanca, 1939 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Menchik, 1939
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1-0

Najdorf vs E G Sergeant, 1939 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

G A Thomas vs Golombek, 1939
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Wheatcroft vs Milner-Barry, 1939
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

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