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Margate Tournament

Alexander Alekhine7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Rudolf Spielmann6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Vladimir Petrov5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Eero Einar Book5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Philip Stuart Milner-Barry5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Harry Golombek4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Edward Guthlac Sergeant3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Vera Menchik3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
George Alan Thomas1.5/9(+0 -6 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Margate (1938)

The 1938 Premier Tournament of the traditional Margate Easter Congress featured a respectable international presence, most notably that of world champion Alexander Alekhine. He faced off against fellow invaders Rudolf Spielmann, Vladimir Petrov, and the perennial Finnish Champion Eero Einar Böök. The local English contingent was led by Philip Stuart Milner-Barry, who managed shared 4th, followed by Harry Golombek, Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, Edward G Sergeant, and women's world champion Vera Menchik, who scored two victories to finish above tail-ender George Alan Thomas. The British Chess Magazine lauded the Champion, reporting that "Dr. Alekhine won the tournament fairly comfortably, though he lost one game (to Petrov). Yet on the whole his play was of a very high standard, notably so against Böök where he played a game worthy to be classed amongst the best examples of Alekhine's genius. In short, he is now playing as well as he ever did." Alekhine also co-wrote the tournament book with Milcíades A. Lachaga.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Alekhine * ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 7 2 Spielmann ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 6 3 Petrov 1 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 5½ =4 Böök 0 ½ 1 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 5 =4 Milner-Barry 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 5 6 Golombek 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 ½ 4½ 7 Alexander ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 4 8 Sergeant 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 3½ 9 Menchik 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 3 10 Thomas 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1½

Margate (1937) and Margate (1939) were the previous and subsequent congresses in this series, respectively.

Source: Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games, 1902-1946, by Leonard Skinner and Robert Verhoeven. McFarland 1998, p. 262.

Original collection: Game Collection: Margate 1938, by User: sneaky pete.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs Milner-Barry 1-0521938MargateA13 English
2. E E Book vs C H Alexander  1-0471938MargateC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
3. E G Sergeant vs G A Thomas  ½-½531938MargateB54 Sicilian
4. Spielmann vs Menchik 1-0201938MargateC11 French
5. Petrov vs Golombek 1-0421938MargateC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Petrov vs Menchik  ½-½561938MargateA15 English
7. G A Thomas vs Alekhine 0-1501938MargateC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
8. Golombek vs E G Sergeant  ½-½351938MargateD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
9. Milner-Barry vs E E Book  ½-½661938MargateC16 French, Winawer
10. C H Alexander vs Spielmann 0-1521938MargateC11 French
11. Spielmann vs Milner-Barry  ½-½241938MargateC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
12. E G Sergeant vs Petrov  0-1291938MargateB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. Menchik vs C H Alexander  ½-½411938MargateD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. E E Book vs G A Thomas  1-0341938MargateA22 English
15. Alekhine vs Golombek 1-0311938MargateE20 Nimzo-Indian
16. Milner-Barry vs Menchik 1-0331938MargateC13 French
17. C H Alexander vs Petrov  1-0601938MargateB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. Golombek vs E E Book  ½-½351938MargateD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. G A Thomas vs Spielmann  ½-½431938MargateC14 French, Classical
20. E G Sergeant vs Alekhine 0-1281938MargateC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
21. Spielmann vs Golombek  ½-½471938MargateB50 Sicilian
22. Menchik vs G A Thomas  1-0421938MargateD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
23. C H Alexander vs Milner-Barry  ½-½351938MargateC42 Petrov Defense
24. E E Book vs E G Sergeant  ½-½341938MargateD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Petrov vs Alekhine 1-0341938MargateE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-26-16  hemy: 1938 Margate chess Congress included 4 tournaments of 10 players in each one: Premier Tournament, Reserves A, B and C.

Reserves A
Ernest Ludwig Klein (Austria) 7
Moishe Mendel Najdorf (Poland) 6.5
Gerald Abrahams (England) 6
Nicolas Rossolimo (France) 6
Paul List (Lithuania) 4.5
Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas (England) 4
Adrian Garcia Conde (England) 3.5
Frits van Seters (Holland) 3.5
Baruch Harold Wood (England) 2.5
Henry Holwell Cole 1.5

Reserves B
S. Landau 7.5
G. Koltanovski 7
L. Prins 6.5
K. Opočenský 6
J. König 5
V. A. Vinser 4
F. G. T. Collins 3.5
L. C. G. Dewing 2.5
A. Eva 1.5
L. Illingworth 1.5

Reserves C
G. Meyer 6.5
G van Doesburgh 6.5
V. A. T. Schelfhout 5.5
Sonja Graf 5
C. B. Heath 5
B. Reilly 5
Z. Solmanis 4.5
V. Skillicorn 3
F. N. Jatneson 2.5
H. J. Snowden 1.5

Information about the Reserves tournament was collected by me from the newspapers in Estonian and German languages:

Postimees / 25 Apr 1938, Page 6
Postimees / 08 May 1938, Page 6
Päewaleht / 04 May 1938, Page 5
Hamburger Nachrichten / 22 Apr 1938, Page 4
Hamburger Nachrichten / 23 Apr 1938, Page 3

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A notable game from this tournament in which <Vladimirs Petrovs> hands world champion <Alexander Alekhine> his only defeat in the event:

V Petrov vs Alekhine, 1938

Mar-05-16  KlingonBorgTatar: I'm an Alekhine fan and like to collect books written or co- authored by him. Is there a reprint of the tournament book co-authored by the winner? If there's none an e- copy might do. Thanks in advance.
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<KlingonBorgTatar> I've never seen a copy of the tournament book anywhere, but if someone on earth has the power to get it, it's <Tony Peterson>. He has secured several rare chess books for me in the past. He's very friendly and returns emails promptly. Twice he didn't have the book I wanted, but each time he was able to find a copy for me. He has close contact with other excellent European booksellers, such as <Dr. Fiala>, another great resource for rare chess books.

You can contact <Mr. Peterson> from his website here:

His email:

Jan-22-18  offramp: Sponsored by the British aircraft manufacturer founded by Alliott Verdon Roe called Avro,, and sometimes known as Avro 1938.
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<offramp> known to whom? If you think <AVRO 1938>, at least nowadays, you think of this tournament here:

Jul-26-18  zanzibar: I think it a bit of a misnomer to cite Alekhine as co-author of the tournament book:

LSAK attributes only Lachaga, though some of the games were annotated by Alekhine (and others by other participants).

Jul-26-18  zanzibar: ~ Keres was originally slated to participate, but withdrew to engage in a match with Stahlberg instead. Spielmann and Schmidt (who didn't play) were reported as new additions.

<Chess Review (1938) p78>

Aug-19-21  offramp: Najdorf did well in the Reserves A but it seems that only one of his games survives: A R B Thomas vs Najdorf, 1938.
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  GrahamClayton: Despite being an active international player for nearly 4 decades, this was the first and only time that Rudolf Spielmann played in a tournament in England.

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