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Hastings 1935/36
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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The 16th Hastings Christmas Congresses, held from December 27, 1935 to January 4, 1936, provided a convincing victory for the young American, Reuben Fine.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Fine * 1 = = = 1 1 1 1 1 7.5 2 Flohr 0 * = 1 1 1 1 = 1 = 6.5 3 Tartakower = = * = 1 = = = 1 1 6.0 4 Koltanowski = 0 = * 1 = = 1 1 = 5.5 5 Alexander = 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 = 1 4.0 6 Golombek 0 0 = = 1 * = 0 = = 3.5 7 Thomas 0 0 = = 0 = * 1 = = 3.5 8 Tylor 0 = = 0 0 1 0 * = = 3.0 9 Michell 0 0 0 0 = = = = * 1 3.0 10 Winter 0 = 0 = 0 = = = 0 * 2.5

A London newspaper noted that "...the Premier was perhas no so strong as last year's." <(1)>. This seems a reasonable assessment, since the 1934/35 tournament had featured Capablanca, Botvinnik, Euwe, Flohr and Lilienthal. However, this foreign contingent was still strong enough to finish ahead of al the British players, losing only a couple of games in the process.

One of those losses was the first-round encounter between the two top finishers. Flohr launched a sacrificial attack which should have won, but lost his way in the complications. Buoyed by this, Fine sprinted to a 6/7 start and coasted home.

There was an anomaly in the order of rounds The original program called for a rest day on Sunday, December 29, followed by rounds 3 and 4 on Monday, December 30. However, the players decided to play their fourth round games in advance on the rest day., meaning that "Round 4" was actually played before ""Round 3". <(2,3)>

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References

(1) Observor, December 29, 1935.

(2) "(London) Guardian", December 30, 1935, mentions the player's decision to play play round 4 early.

(3) }Boston Globe", December 30, 1935, p. 6. This is an AP reort, dated December 29, describing the games player "today", and listing the games from what is known as round 4.

Sources

<American Chess Bulletin?, January 1936, p. 1-6.

Britbase, https://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/ha..., has a PGN file of the games

Chess Review, February 1936, p. 32-34.

Round 1 (Friday, December 27)
C H Alexander vs R P Michell, 1935
(A28) English, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (Friday, December 27)
Flohr vs Fine, 1935 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

Round 1 (Friday, December 27)
Golombek vs G A Thomas, 1935
(A13) English, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (Friday, December 27)
Tartakower vs Koltanowski, 1935
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (Friday, December 27)
T Tylor vs W Winter, 1935
(E16) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 (Saturday, December 28)
Koltanowski vs C H Alexander, 1935 
(D95) Grunfeld, 18 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Saturday, December 28)
R P Michell vs Flohr, 1935 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 52 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Saturday, December 28)
G A Thomas vs Tartakower, 1935
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 (Saturday, December 28)
T Tylor vs Fine, 1935
(B50) Sicilian, 43 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Saturday, December 28)
W Winter vs Golombek, 1935 
(E23) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Sunday, December 29)
Golombek vs Tartakower, 1935 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Sunday, December 29)
Koltanowski vs Fine, 1935 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Sunday, December 29)
R P Michell vs T Tylor, 1935
(C42) Petrov Defense, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 (Sunday, December 29)
G A Thomas vs Flohr, 1935 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 61 moves, 0-1

Round 4 (Sunday, December 29)
W Winter vs C H Alexander, 1935 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Monday) Decemer 30)
C H Alexander vs G A Thomas, 1935
(A14) English, 59 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Monday) Decemer 30)
Fine vs R P Michell, 1935 
(E23) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Monday) Decemer 30)
Flohr vs Koltanowski, 1935 
(E61) King's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Monday) Decemer 30)
Golombek vs T Tylor, 1935
(A14) English, 39 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Monday) Decemer 30)
Tartakower vs W Winter, 1935 
(B20) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Tuesday, December 31)
C H Alexander vs Golombek, 1935 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 0-1

Round 5 (Tuesday, December 31)
Fine vs G A Thomas, 1935 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Tuesday, December 31)
Flohr vs W Winter, 1935
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Tuesday, December 31)
R P Michell vs Koltanowski, 1935 
(E91) King's Indian, 51 moves, 0-1

Round 5 (Tuesday, December 31)
T Tylor vs Tartakower, 1935
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 (Wednesday, January 1)
Golombek vs Flohr, 1936 
(A28) English, 18 moves, 0-1

Round 6 (Wednesday, January 1)
Tartakower vs C H Alexander, 1936 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Wednesday, January 1)
G A Thomas vs R P Michell, 1936
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 (Wednesday, January 1)
T Tylor vs Koltanowski, 1936
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

Round 6 (Wednesday, January 1)
W Winter vs Fine, 1936 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

Round 7 (Thursday, January 2)
C H Alexander vs T Tylor, 1936
(C52) Evans Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Thursday, January 2)
Fine vs Golombek, 1936 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Thursday, January 2)
Flohr vs Tartakower, 1936
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Thursday, January 2)
Koltanowski vs G A Thomas, 1936
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 (Thursday, January 2)
R P Michell vs W Winter, 1936
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Friday, January 3)
C H Alexander vs Flohr, 1936
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Friday, January 3)
Golombek vs R P Michell, 1936
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 (Friday, January 3)
Tartakower vs Fine, 1936
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 (Friday, January 3)
G A Thomas vs T Tylor, 1936
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 25 moves, 1-0

Round 8 (Friday, January 3)
W Winter vs Koltanowski, 1936
(A22) English, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Saturday, January 4)
Fine vs C H Alexander, 1936
(C42) Petrov Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Saturday, January 4)
Flohr vs T Tylor, 1936
(D80) Grunfeld, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Saturday, January 4)
Koltanowski vs Golombek, 1936 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 (Saturday, January 4)
R P Michell vs Tartakower, 1936
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 0-1

Round 9 (Saturday, January 4)
G A Thomas vs W Winter, 1936
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

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