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Hastings 1933/34
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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The 14th renewal of the Hastings Chess Congress was held from December 27,1 933 through January 5, 1934, and featured the World Champion as part of this group of combatants:

Alexander Alekhine, Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, Erich Eliskases, Salomon Flohr, Andre Lilienthal, Vera Menchik, Reginald Pryce Michell, Philip Stuart Milner-Barry, George Alan Thomas, Theodore Tylor.

Despite Alekhine's presence, Flohr proved a bit more adept at beating the next tier of players. After round 7 he was 1/2-point ahead of Lilienthal and a full point up on Alekhine, then clinched his third striaght clear tournament victory with draws against them.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Flohr * = = 1 1 = = 1 1 1 7.0 2 Alekhine = * 1 = = = = 1 1 1 6.5 3 Lilienthal = 0 * = = 1 1 1 1 1 6.5 4 Eliskases 0 = = * = = 1 1 = = 5.0 5 Alexander 0 = = = * = 1 0 1 1 5.0 6 Thomas = = 0 = = * 0 1 = 1 4.5 7 Tylor = = 0 0 0 1 * 0 0 1 3.0 8 Menchik 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * = = 3.0 9 Michell 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 = * 0 2.5 10 Milner Barry 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 = 1 * 2.0

The full score is not available for the game Michell - Menchik (Round 7, Game #33). However, we do have a fragment:


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With Black to play, the game ocntinued <33...e3 34.Rc1 Kd8 35.d7 Ke7 36.Rd1 Bd3>, setting a couple of nice traps.


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Now, if 37.Rxd3?? Ra1+ forces mate, and the game continuation <37.Nxd3 e2 38.Re1 Rxd3> led only to a draw. However, 37.d8Q+! Kxd8 38.Rxd3+ wins for White. Details, details.

Round 1 (Wednesday, December 27)
E Eliskases vs C H Alexander, 1933
(C42) Petrov Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (Wednesday, December 27)
Flohr vs G A Thomas, 1933 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (Wednesday, December 27)
Menchik vs Milner-Barry, 1933
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (Wednesday, December 27)
R P Michell vs Lilienthal, 1933 
(E23) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann, 47 moves, 0-1

Round 1 (Wednesday, December 27)
Tylor vs Alekhine, 1933
(C46) Three Knights, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 (Thursday, December 28)
C H Alexander vs Flohr, 1933 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 67 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Thursday, December 28)
Lilienthal vs Tylor, 1933 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Thursday, December 28)
Menchik vs Alekhine, 1933
(A43) Old Benoni, 27 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Thursday, December 28)
Milner-Barry vs E Eliskases, 1933
(B20) Sicilian, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 (Thursday, December 28)
G A Thomas vs R P Michell, 1933
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Friday, December 29)
Alekhine vs Lilienthal, 1933 
(A22) English, 56 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Friday, December 29)
E Eliskases vs Menchik, 1933
(A02) Bird's Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Friday, December 29)
Flohr vs Milner-Barry, 1933
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Friday, December 29)
R P Michell vs C H Alexander, 1933
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 49 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Friday, December 29)
Tylor vs G A Thomas, 1933
(E15) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Saturday, December 30)
C H Alexander vs Tylor, 1933 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Saturday, December 30)
E Eliskases vs Flohr, 1933
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 34 moves, 0-1

Round 4 (Saturday, December 30)
Lilienthal vs Menchik, 1933 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Saturday, December 30)
Milner-Barry vs R P Michell, 1933
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 47 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Saturday, December 30)
G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1933
(C41) Philidor Defense, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Monday, January 1)
Alekhine vs C H Alexander, 1934 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Monday, January 1)
Lilienthal vs G A Thomas, 1934 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Monday, January 1)
Menchik vs Flohr, 1934 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 5 (Monday, January 1)
R P Michell vs E Eliskases, 1934
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Monday, January 1)
Tylor vs Milner-Barry, 1934 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Tuesday, January 2)
C H Alexander vs Lilienthal, 1934
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 (Tuesday, January 2)
E Eliskases vs Tylor, 1934
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 59 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Tuesday, January 2)
Flohr vs R P Michell, 1934
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Tuesday, January 2)
Menchik vs G A Thomas, 1934
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

Round 6 (Tuesday, January 2)
Milner-Barry vs Alekhine, 1934 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 58 moves, 0-1

Round 7 (Wednesday, January 3)
Alekhine vs E Eliskases, 1934 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Wednesday, January 3)
Lilienthal vs Milner-Barry, 1934 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Wednesday, January 3)
G A Thomas vs C H Alexander, 1934
(A16) English, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Wednesday, January 3)
Tylor vs Flohr, 1934
(C11) French, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 (Thursday, January 4)
C H Alexander vs Menchik, 1934
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 49 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Thursday, January 4)
E Eliskases vs Lilienthal, 1934
(A15) English, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 (Thursday, January 4)
Flohr vs Alekhine, 1934
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 (Thursday, January 4)
R P Michell vs Tylor, 1934
(E61) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Thursday, January 4)
Milner-Barry vs G A Thomas, 1934 
(C25) Vienna, 48 moves, 0-1

Round 9 (Friday, January 5)
Alekhine vs R P Michell, 1934
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 86 moves, 1-0

Round 9 (Friday, January 5)
C H Alexander vs Milner-Barry, 1934 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 63 moves, 1-0

Round 9 (Friday, January 5)
Lilienthal vs Flohr, 1934 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Friday, January 5)
G A Thomas vs E Eliskases, 1934
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Friday, January 5)
Tylor vs Menchik, 1934 
(C01) French, Exchange, 52 moves, 0-1

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