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Hastings 1934/35 Tournament

Max Euwe6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
George Alan Thomas6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Salomon Flohr6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Jose Raul Capablanca5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Andre Lilienthal5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Mikhail Botvinnik5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Reginald Pryce Michell4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Vera Menchik3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
George Marshall Norman1.5/9(+0 -6 =3)[games]
Philip Stuart Milner-Barry1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Hastings 1934/35

Of all the memorable Hastings tournaments, this one must rank near the top for suspense and unexpected twists. (1) The list of players was one of the most impressive in Hastings history, with former World Champion Capablanca, future champions Euwe and Botvinnik, championship contender Flohr, and the brilliant young Hungarian, Lilienthal.

But with all the firepower at the top, here were the standings going into the last round:

George Alan Thomas 6.5 Max Euwe 6.0 Salomon Flohr 5.5 Jose Raul Capablanca 5.0 Mikhail Botvinnik 4.5 Andre Lilienthal 4.5 Reginald Pryce Michell 3.0 Vera Menchik 2.5 Philip Stuart Milner-Barry 1.5 George Marshall Norman 1.0

The tournament had gotten off to a slow start, with only Thomas able to win in the first round. Then things picked up a bit, as Thomas proceded to outplay Capablanca and Botvinnik in rounds 2 and 3.

Euwe put a temporary halt to the foolishness by beating Thomas in round 4 to tie for the lead, and kept up the good work by following with three points from his next four games. However, this only sufficed for second place, since Thomas scored 3½, including a win over Lilienthal and a draw with Flohr.

So that set up the last round. Not only was Thomas having the tournament of his life, his last round opponent was fellow countryman Michell. In almost any other country, at any other time, the result would have been foreordained: a friendly draw, and Thomas finishes no worse than a tie for first. Indeed, many players had to be rooting for the universally beloved Thomas to win and come in sole first.

But that's not how Sir George Thomas played chess. The game was hard-fought, and Michell emerged victorious. But there was a happy ending; Max Euwe, in a better position against tail-ender Norman, made a sporting gesture of his own by offering a draw and settling for a first-place tie with Thomas and Flohr, who had been hanging around in the background the whole time.

Hastings, England, 27 December 1934 - 5 January 1935

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Euwe * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.5 2 Thomas 0 * ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 6.5 3 Flohr ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 6.5 4 Capablanca ½ 0 ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 5.5 5 Lilienthal ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 5.0 6 Botvinnik 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 1 5.0 7 Michell 0 1 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 4.0 8 Menchik ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 3.0 9 Norman ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ * 0 1.5 10 Milner Barry 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 * 1.5

Hastings (1933/34) was the previous annual event of this city.

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1934/35, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Flohr vs G Norman 1-0271935Hastings 1934/35A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
27. G A Thomas vs Menchik 1-0461935Hastings 1934/35A56 Benoni Defense
28. Botvinnik vs Lilienthal  ½-½351935Hastings 1934/35E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
29. Euwe vs Milner-Barry 1-0341935Hastings 1934/35A27 English, Three Knights System
30. Capablanca vs R P Michell 1-0351935Hastings 1934/35D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
31. G Norman vs Capablanca 0-1351935Hastings 1934/35E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
32. R P Michell vs Botvinnik ½-½441935Hastings 1934/35B83 Sicilian
33. Lilienthal vs Euwe ½-½281935Hastings 1934/35D94 Grunfeld
34. Milner-Barry vs G A Thomas 0-1441935Hastings 1934/35B24 Sicilian, Closed
35. Menchik vs Flohr 0-1351935Hastings 1934/35E15 Queen's Indian
36. Botvinnik vs G Norman 1-0201935Hastings 1934/35E72 King's Indian
37. G A Thomas vs Lilienthal 1-0401935Hastings 1934/35C01 French, Exchange
38. Euwe vs R P Michell 1-0261935Hastings 1934/35D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
39. Menchik vs Milner-Barry 1-0251935Hastings 1934/35D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
40. Capablanca vs Flohr ½-½321935Hastings 1934/35D85 Grunfeld
41. Lilienthal vs Menchik  ½-½381935Hastings 1934/35D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
42. G Norman vs Euwe ½-½421935Hastings 1934/35D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
43. Capablanca vs Botvinnik ½-½401935Hastings 1934/35A91 Dutch Defense
44. R P Michell vs G A Thomas  1-0581935Hastings 1934/35D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
45. Milner-Barry vs Flohr 0-1311935Hastings 1934/35B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  kingscrusher: Thomas finished ahead of capablanca and botvinnik ?! He was a champion of London ?! Oh my word ....
Jun-14-18  posoo: Dis is NUT. WHO SAYS dat Oovuh shoulda taken da draugh to be SPORTING?

Ridicolus. CHESSE IS FOR FUN and for SMASHING

HOW may times must i SAY IT?

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