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Margate Tournament

Samuel Reshevsky7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Jose Raul Capablanca7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
George Alan Thomas5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Ernst Ludwig Klein4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Edward Guthlac Sergeant4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Brian Patrick Reilly4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
William Albert Fairhurst4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Philip Stuart Milner-Barry3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Vera Menchik2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games]
Jacques Mieses2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Margate (1935)

The chess club at Margate, a seaside resort in England, held the first of five consecutive international tournaments in the spring of 1935. Former world champion Jose Capablanca was invited to participate; he was agreeable considering his success at Hastings and other British tournaments. Samuel Reshevsky, just 23, participated on behalf of the United States. Hungary's Andre Lilienthal was invited, but illness meant his replacement by Ernst Klein, who traveled from Austria. The remaining seven seats in the tournament went to the following chess masters from the United Kingdom: William Albert Fairhurst, women's world champion Vera Menchik, Jacques Mieses, Philip Stuart Milner-Barry, Brian Patrick Reilly, Edward G Sergeant, and George Alan Thomas. The tournament proceeded in a surprising fashion, largely due to the aggressive and often brilliant play of young Reshevsky. Conventional wisdom had Capablanca as the sure bet going into the competition, and he took an early lead following his win in the third round against 70 year old Mieses. But the turning point came in the fourth round when Reshevsky beat the former world champion in Reshevsky vs Capablanca, 1935.

That gave Reshevsky the lead, which he never relinquished. Although Reshevsky and Capablanca each won six games, the young American master's win over the former world title holder gave him the extra half point to finish sole first at an impressive 7½/9. The victory here was the first of a string for Reshevsky in the 1930s that would herald his arrival as one of the world's best players.

Three drawn games are omitted from this collection due to their scores being incomplete. These include the third-round game between Milner-Barry and Reilly, the seventh-round game between Fairhurst and Sergeant, and the eighth-round game between Reilly and Mieses.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Reshevsky * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 7½ 2 Capablanca 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 7 3 Thomas ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 =4 Klein ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ 4½ =4 Sergeant 0 0 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 4½ =6 Reilly 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * 1 ½ 0 ½ 4 =6 Fairhurst 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 4 8 Milner-Barry ½ 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 3½ =9 Menchik 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 2½ =9 Mieses 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 * 2½

Margate (1936) was the subsequent congress of this series.

Original collection: Game Collection: Margate 1935, by User: suenteus po 147.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs W Fairhurst ½-½321935MargateE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
2. E Klein vs Menchik 1-0491935MargateA48 King's Indian
3. Milner-Barry vs J Mieses 1-0211935MargateB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. E G Sergeant vs Reshevsky 0-1401935MargateC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
5. G A Thomas vs B P Reilly  ½-½501935MargateB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. Menchik vs Capablanca 0-1351935MargateA00 Uncommon Opening
7. J Mieses vs E Klein  ½-½301935MargateC01 French, Exchange
8. B P Reilly vs E G Sergeant  ½-½301935MargateD04 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Reshevsky vs Milner-Barry  ½-½611935MargateE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. G A Thomas vs W Fairhurst  ½-½311935MargateC42 Petrov Defense
11. Capablanca vs J Mieses 1-0351935MargateD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. E G Sergeant vs G A Thomas 0-1341935MargateB32 Sicilian
13. E Klein vs Reshevsky  ½-½991935MargateD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. W Fairhurst vs Menchik 1-0321935MargateE60 King's Indian Defense
15. Menchik vs G A Thomas ½-½681935MargateA09 Reti Opening
16. J Mieses vs W Fairhurst  0-1321935MargateB15 Caro-Kann
17. B P Reilly vs E Klein 1-0491935MargateD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Reshevsky vs Capablanca 1-0561935MargateD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. E G Sergeant vs Milner-Barry  1-0451935MargateC78 Ruy Lopez
20. G A Thomas vs Milner-Barry 1-0331935MargateD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Menchik vs J Mieses  0-1281935MargateD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. E Klein vs E G Sergeant  ½-½341935MargateD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Capablanca vs B P Reilly 1-0351935MargateD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
24. W Fairhurst vs Reshevsky 0-1281935MargateD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Milner-Barry vs E Klein 1-0421935MargateB15 Caro-Kann
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-09-14  ughaibu: What was "the surprising behavior of Klein"?
Jan-09-14  sneaky pete: Maybe it's related to the curious behaviour of the dog in the night time. It's certainly surprising that all Klein games from this tournament remain unkibitzed. The trained observer can draw his conclusions.
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  perfidious: <sneaky pete....It's certainly surprising that all Klein games from this tournament remain unkibitzed. The trained observer can draw his conclusions.>


Jan-09-14  john barleycorn: <sneaky pete: ... It's certainly surprising that all Klein games from this tournament remain unkibitzed. ...>

Is kibitzing disabled ??

Jan-09-14  RedShield: Eine Kleine Nichtkibitzen.
Jan-10-14  RedShield: <The tournament was also marred by the surprising behavior of Klein, who the other players grouped against and later published their complaints about following the tournament's conclusion.>

I expect there's a simple mix-up between this event and the 1937 congress, where Klein didn't participate in the main tournament (Margate (1937)) but was presumably in attendance as player, journalist, spectator, or some combination thereof.

Ernst Ludwig Klein gives chapter and verse of his contentious, not to say disputatious nature.

Jan-11-14  offramp: Down to Margate, don’t forget your buckets and spades and cossies and all. We’ll have a pile of jellied eels at the cockle stall. We’ll go on the pier and we’ll have a beer beside the sea. You can keep the Costa Brava and todos las palabras, we are going no farther, me I’d rather have a day down Margate with all my family!
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  MissScarlett: <The tournament was also marred by the surprising behavior of Klein, who the other players grouped against and later published their complaints about following the tournament's conclusion.>

I'll remove the offending item.

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