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Tournament: Margate Premier • 45 games plus 11 from subsidiary eventsuploaded Sunday, 18 October, 2020 1:23 AM
Venue: Norfolk Hotel, Cliftonville, Margate • Date: 12-21 April 1939 • Download PGN

Margate Premier, 12-21 April 1939

Margate Premier 1939 Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
1 Keres,Paul EST
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½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
2 Capablanca,José Raúl CUB ½
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½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1
3 Flohr,Salo CZE ½ ½
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0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
4 Thomas,George Alan ENG 0 0 1
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½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5
5 Milner-Barry,Philip Stuart ENG ½ ½ ½ ½
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0 1 ½ ½ ½
6 Najdorf,Miguel POL 0 ½ 0 0 1
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0 1 ½ 1 4
7 Golombek,Harry ENG 0 0 0 ½ 0 1
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½ ½ 1
8 Sergeant,Edward Guthlac ENG 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½
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1 0 3
9 Menchik,Vera ENG 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
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½
10 Wheatcroft,George Shorrock A ENG 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½
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2

1939 Margate Premier Reserves A

1939 Margate Premier Reserves A Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
1 Theo D van Scheltinga NED
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½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 8
2 Imre König HUN ½
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0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1
3 Salo Landau NED ½ 1
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½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1
4 Ilmar Raud EST 0 0 ½
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½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1
5 Alexander Koblents LAT 0 0 ½ ½
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½ 1 1 0 1 ½ ½
6 Frank Parr ENG ½ ½ 0 ½ ½
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½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½
7 Henryk Pogoriely POL ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½
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½ 0 ½ 1 1
8 Baruch H Wood ENG ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0 ½
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1 ½ ½ 1
9 Lodewijk Prins NED ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 1 0
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0 ½ 0
10 Andrew Rowland B Thomas ENG 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1
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1 ½
11 William Leonard Brierley ENG 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0
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1 3
12 Francis Ernest A Kitto ENG 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0
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1939 Margate Premier Reserves B

1939 Margate Premier Reserves B Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
1 Friedrich Sämisch GER
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½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
2 Baldur Hönlinger AUT ½
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½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1
3 Gerrit R D van Doesburgh NED ½ ½
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0 1 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 1
4 Stefan Fazekas (Dr) ENG 0 ½ 1
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0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1
5 Karel Opocensky CZE 0 ½ 0 1
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1 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1
6 Paul M List (Dr) RUS 0 ½ 0 0 0
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1 1 1 1 1 1
7 Emile A J M Mulder NED ½ 0 1 0 0 0
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0 1 1 1 1
8 Ignas Zalys LIT 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 1
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½ 0 1 1 5
9 Gerald Abrahams ENG 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 ½
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1 1 0
10 Leslie Charles G Dewing ENG 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 0
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½ 1 4
11 A John Peters ENG 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½
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1 3
12 D Bernard Schultz [Scott] ENG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
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1

1939 Margate Premier Reserves C

1939 Margate Premier Reserves C Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
1 Jacques Mieses ENG
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1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 David Podhorzer AUT 0
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½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
3 Eugene Znosko-Borovsky FRA ½ ½
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½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 9
4 Willem A T Schelfhout NED ½ 0 ½
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1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 7
5 Sonja Graf GER 0 0 0 0
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1 1 0 1 1 1 1 6
6 Hans Georg Schenk ENG ½ ½ 0 ½ 0
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½ 0 1 1 1 1 6
7 M Blum [Martin Blaine] ENG 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½
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1 ½ 1 1 1
8 Maurice Ellinger ENG 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
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½ ½ ½ 1
9 Leo Schächter [photo] ENG 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½
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½ 1 1 4
10 C Solomon ENG 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½
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1 1
11 Harold John Snowden ENG 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0
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1 2
12 Ronald Lee-Johnson ENG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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0

Other Sections

Major A: H. A. Melvin 8, Miss [Fenny] Heemskerk 7, Sydney Hugh Brocklesby 6½, Charles Stanley Hunter 6, H. van Hofwegen 5, John Hull Dunkle, Frederick William Flear 4½, Edith Mary Ann Michell, C. W. Roberts 4, A. Beamish 3, A. C. Hopkinson 2½.

Major B: Arnold C Lynch 9; Paul Blackett Botcherby, George Arthur Peck 8½; Ernest Montgomery Jellie 8; R. F. G. Wright 6½; Francis Harry Senneck 6; Edith Martha Holloway, Olga Menchik-Rubery 5; Jan van den Zanden (NED) 4½; Hugh Windsor Heneage, Francis Avery Sisley 4.

Short Major: Christopher Barclay Heath, J. H. Parr 4; J. R. Greenop, Frederick Winter Markwick 2; R. F. B. Jones, W. Jones 1½;

First Class A (10 players): H. J. Thoms (Dundee) 8; J. Flatto, Edward B Puckridge 7, W. Henderson 6. A. Jones 5½, J. G. Hayes, P. A. Turley 2; S. Hunt and W. G. Jackson 1½; Miss Emily Eliza Abraham 1.

First Class B (10 players): T. M. Warburton 6½; G. Booth, N. S. Heath, Dennis Morton Horne, Capt. J. Mackenzie, Clement John Stapley 5½; Rev . E. G. Bevan 4, John Spedan Lewis 3, Miss Dorothy Mary Dibley (AUS) 2½, Miss M. Strachey 1½.

Short First Class A: Mary Henniker-Heaton 4; Stanley Charles Love, D. Pritchard* 3½; Miss Elaine Saunders 2½; I. W. Gallant 1½; A. W. Gunstone 0. [* very likely that this is Elaine Saunders's future husband David Brine Pritchard]

Short First Class B: David Eric Winks 3½; John E H Creed 2½; F. W. Daniel 2; G. de N. Clark 1½; Ashley Cyril Vernieux ½.

Second Class A: Frank Percival Pounce (Wolverhampton) 8½; J. Butterworth 6; J. T. Waters 5½; W. H. Batten, W. J. Barnett 5; H. Dugmore Bell 4; Miss P. W. van Schaik 3½, Capt. C. H. Plant, Mrs Helen Muriel Cobbold 3; J. Francis 1½.

Second Class B (10 players): Rev. Henry Charles de Barathy 8½; W. M. Bussell 7; Eileen B Tranmer 6½; S. R. Tomkinson, H. O. Bogor 6, Rev. H. W. Burnell 5½, Mrs Melita ida Elizabeth Seyd 4½; Miss A. M. van Schaik 3½; Frank Miles Argrave 2½, Mrs A. M. van Schaik-Huisman 2.

Short Second Class A: R(ichard?) Asch, William S Laremore, G. H. White 4; E. F. Briscoe 1½; Miss K. Austin 1; F. Miller ½.

Short Second Class B: A. C. Evans, Charles Gerald Verey 3½; A. Pelissier 3; P. Koelner 2½; N. S. Brooke 1½; J. E. Holt 1.

Third Class: A. Trimnell 8, Miss A. M. Bishop 7½, Lt.-Col. F. P. (Francis Pius) Lauder 6; J. T. Wosterholme 4, P. Cooper 3½; Edouard [Edward] Carre Suren 1.

Short Third Class: Rev. Frederick Mabor Hodgess-Roper, Rev. F. M. Jackson 4; G. H. Robins 3, Rev. D. R. Mitchell 2, J. Ellison 1, F. G. Horne 0.

Junior Tournaments

Under 18: P. J. C. Turner 8½; S. Simon 7; M. Cohen 5; D. E. Harris 4½, P. Beveridge, B. Harman, D. J. W. Young 2, J. C. Goldsmith 0.

Under 15:

Section A: K. M. Fleming 7½; W. Cervante 5; H. P. Dodd, L. Herbst 4½; A. Riordan, R. Bland 4; J. Leonard 3½; R. Cooper 2; W. J. Millett 1.

Section B: K. Morris 7½; J. Sinclair 7; P. D. Murton, R. Hughes, J. Marks 4; B. G. Ellender, G. Pritcher 3½; N. W. Rickwood 1½;
E. Sidebotham 1.

Section C: E. Garmon 7; D. D’eath, R. Manton 4; C. L. Pinkham 3½; C. Hall 3; G. E. Watling 2; R. Hoddinott 1.

Section D: R. Baker 6; J. Keegan 4½; D. Hamlyn, K. Dawes 3; E. F. Saunders 2½; W. F. Birch 2.


THE MARGATE CHESS CONGRESS
INTEREST IN PREMIER TOURNAMENT

from our chess correspondent [The Times, 12 April 1939]

" The first round of the annual Margate Chess Congress will be played this morning at the Norfolk Hotel, Cliftonville, beginning at 9.30 a.m. As last year there is an entry of over 200, and such is the number of distinguished foreign players that it is proposed to divide the Premier Reserves into four sections. It is to be feared, however, that owing to the disturbed international situation there will be a number of withdrawals, and the constitution of the various sections will not be decided until the last moment.

"The Premier tournament, including as it does P. Keres, of Estonia, S. Flohr, and Señor J. R. Capablanca, should be of exceptional interest. No doubt one of these three will be the winner, and there is little if anything to choose between them. Keres relapsed badly in the Russian tournament, but there is no reason to attribute this temporary loss of form to anything but fatigue and reaction after the nervous strain of the Avro competition. Flohr completely rehabilitated himself in Russia as a potential challenger for the world's championship. Capablanca made an indifferent score in Holland; an apparent lack of the will to win several times allowed his opponents to escape from inferior positions.

"The English players, in the absence of their champion, C. H. O. D. Alexander, did not give a good account of themselves at Hastings, and unfortunately Alexander has again had to decline an invitation to play. He and Sir George Thomas are the only two Englishmen who sometimes beat the foreign masters instead of merely making them work hard and scraping a draw here and there. Playing against Capablanca and Flohr is certainly rather like attacking a brick wall. I hope that Keres will not feel it necessary to emulate their style, as he did with such notable success in Holland. If he lets himself go a little we shall have plenty of fun, and we might even have the illusory sensation that he was going to overreach himself. There is never that feeling with the other two.

"The congress appears likely to open in an atmosphere even less propitious than that of the Plymouth tournament last September. One of the principal beauties of chess, however, is that it is extremely difficult to think of anything else while one is actually playing—for which relief chess players may be duly grateful."

LACK OF IMAGINATION AT MARGATE [The Times, 24 April 1939]
FROM OUR CHESS CORRESPONDENT

"The Margate congress could never be anything but delightful, and the weather surpassed all that the inhabitants claimed for it. The only flaw, in fact, was the chess. There was a remarkable dearth of memorable, and even of presentable, games. Capablanca’s win against Thomas and Thomas’s against Flohr were exceptions. Keres made a fine score, and nobody could win with more charm, but there was hardly a spark of imagination about his play. His points were gained by sheer hard work and subtle end-game technique. The same applies to Capablanca and Flohr. Capablanca was far from convincing in several games, but his game against Thomas satisfied his own exacting standards.

"Thomas has had a good season—he is almost certain of winning the City of London Championship—and he played some games in this tournament extremely well. Milner-Barry was steadier than usual, but his games were almost unbelievably dull. Only against Capablanca did he obtain the kind of position that he likes, and then he muddled it. Najdorf provided most of the brighter moments in the tournament. He plays chess for fun and enjoys it, laying no claim to master strength.

"The score of the other players fairly represented their performance. Sergeant held his own well with Capablanca, and Wheatcroft shook Keres to the core, though he lost in the end. On the whole the Englishmen did better than usual against the foreigners, and that, from a patriotic point of view, was the most encouraging feature of the tournament."


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Date Notes
16 November 2003 Uploaded as a zipped file.
12 October 2020 Now complete with round numbers and dates, plus crosstables and results, plus 3 games from the Reserves sections.
17 October 2020 A further 11 games from subsidiary events added, thanks to some research by Ron de Haas, using the excellent Dutch online newspaper archive delpher.nl (which I highly recommend). I've used this website to source some games myself. Thanks to Ron, also to Brian Denman for contributing some games from British sources.