Austria was host to a grandmaster contest in 1937 sponsored by its casinos. Eight chess masters, including former world champion Jose Capablanca, participated in the double round robin from September 8th until the 27th. The first four rounds were conducted at Semmering, and then moved to the Hotel Grüner Baum in Baden bei Wien for the duration of the tournament. World champion Max Euwe served as chief arbiter for the first half of games and then was relieved by Rudolf Spielmann for the second half. Young Paul Keres won the event a full point over second place Reuben Fine.
The final standings and crosstable:
Thanks to <Benzol> for putting the finishing touches on this game collection.
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
1 Keres ** ½½ ½½ 10 ½1 10 ½1 11 9
2 Fine ½½ ** ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ 1½ 1½ 8
=3 Capablanca ½½ ½½ ** ½½ 1½ ½0 ½1 ½½ 7½
=3 Reshevsky 01 ½½ ½½ ** ½½ 11 ½0 10 7½
5 Flohr ½0 ½½ 0½ ½½ ** 1½ ½½ 1½ 7
=6 Eliskases 01 ½½ ½1 00 0½ ** ½1 0½ 6
=6 Ragozin ½0 0½ ½0 ½1 ½½ ½0 ** 1½ 6
8 Petrov 00 0½ ½½ 01 0½ 1½ 0½ ** 5
Original collection: Game Collection: Semmering/Baden 1937, by User: suenteus po 147.
| page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56
|1. Eliskases vs Ragozin
|| ||½-½||38||1937||Semmering/Baden||D55 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|2. Reshevsky vs Petrov
||1-0||55||1937||Semmering/Baden||D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|3. Capablanca vs Fine
||½-½||74||1937||Semmering/Baden||D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch|
|4. Flohr vs Keres
|| ||½-½||57||1937||Semmering/Baden||D51 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|5. Ragozin vs Keres
|6. Eliskases vs Reshevsky
||0-1||41||1937||Semmering/Baden||D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|7. Fine vs Flohr
|| ||½-½||25||1937||Semmering/Baden||D81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation|
|8. Petrov vs Capablanca
|| ||½-½||24||1937||Semmering/Baden||D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|9. Reshevsky vs Ragozin
||½-½||62||1937||Semmering/Baden||D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation|
|10. Keres vs Fine
|| ||½-½||41||1937||Semmering/Baden||A09 Reti Opening|
|11. Capablanca vs Eliskases
|| ||½-½||49||1937||Semmering/Baden||D55 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|12. Flohr vs Petrov
|13. Eliskases vs Flohr
||0-1||57||1937||Semmering/Baden||D93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3|
|14. Petrov vs Keres
|15. Ragozin vs Fine
||0-1||38||1937||Semmering/Baden||D51 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|16. Reshevsky vs Capablanca
||½-½||20||1937||Semmering/Baden||D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|17. Flohr vs Reshevsky
||½-½||115||1937||Semmering/Baden||D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch|
|18. Keres vs Eliskases
|19. Fine vs Petrov
||1-0||34||1937||Semmering/Baden||A50 Queen's Pawn Game|
|20. Capablanca vs Ragozin
||½-½||40||1937||Semmering/Baden||D64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack|
|21. Reshevsky vs Keres
||0-1||57||1937||Semmering/Baden||E16 Queen's Indian|
|22. Ragozin vs Petrov
|| ||1-0||57||1937||Semmering/Baden||A28 English|
|23. Capablanca vs Flohr
||1-0||33||1937||Semmering/Baden||D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation|
|24. Eliskases vs Fine
|| ||½-½||75||1937||Semmering/Baden||D51 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|25. Fine vs Reshevsky
||½-½||84||1937||Semmering/Baden||C79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred|
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|Jan-08-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Vladimirs Petrovs> last place finish here was a bitter disappointment, given that just a few months earlier he had finished shared 1st at Kemeri (1937), ahead of both <Alekhine> and <Keres>.|
Earlier in 1937 <Petrovs> had been called up for his one year obligatory military service. He had been given official leave to play in Kemeri.
Subsequently, he was diagnosed with active tuberculosis by a military doctor in August 1937, and was decommissioned early for this medical reason.
This was a rather serious case, with a mass of tubercular material in the apex of his left lung. His doctor prescribed rest and above all to quit smoking, neither of which <Petrovs> managed to do before the start of <Semmering-Baden>.
Due to his illness, on August 23, 1937 he wrote his wife <Galina> and told her he wouldn't come back to Riga before the tournament started because he was afraid of infecting her and their daughter with tuberculosis. He worried frantically that they might already be infected.
However, after a horrendous start at <Semmering-Baden> <Petrovs> wrote another letter to his wife imploring her to come to the tournament to lend him emotional and moral support.
-Galina Mathis-Petrovs <"Petrovs: Star Extinguished Before its Time"> Riga 2008
|Dec-01-13|| ||Bob Loblaw: So is it Petrovs not Petrov?
Thanks for the informative comment JFQ. This period of chess history fascinates me. This is probably because I read all all of Rueben Fine's works on chess as a kid back the 1960s and was fascinated by, and learned so much from Paul Keres' "Grandmaster of Chess" translated and edited by Harry Golombek (in descriptive notation, of course).
Keres' annotations are as lucid and instructive as any I've read to this day. Lately, I've been rereading book with an engine at my side. It's remarkable that Stockfish seldom takes exception to the comments and analyses of the great Estonian GM.
|Dec-01-13|| ||perfidious: <Bob Loblaw>: Janis Klovans and Andrejs Petersons are further instances of Latvian players who are typically known, respectively, as Klovan and Peterson in English texts.|
|Dec-02-13|| ||Bob Loblaw: Thx Perfidious. So is the s pronounced in Latvian?|
|Mar-16-17|| ||nummerzwei: Dress rehearsal for AVRO.|
|Dec-20-17|| ||faulty: Bob> of course, 's' IS pronounced in Latvian; in Latvian, you pronounce essentially anything you write :) The pronunciation of 'Petrovs' in English would be approximately PAT-ruovs (a is like 'a' in 'cat'; uo is a diphthong here, like 'o' in 'one')|
|Feb-21-18|| ||RookFile: Very strong tournament.|
|Jan-17-22|| ||sudoplatov: Spielmann won the previous biggie at Semmering.
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