During World War II, Nazi Germany organized several chess tournaments played in German and occupied cities, such as Munich and Prague. The strongest and most famous of these tournaments was played in Salzburg, Austria in the summer of 1942. The original line up of players included reigning world champion Alexander Alekhine, former world champion Max Euwe, potential challenger Paul Keres, former challenger Efim Bogoljubov, German champion Paul Felix Schmidt, and Gosta Stoltz, winner of the Munich tournament in 1941. It was the strongest line up of players possible from Germany and the occupied territories, but it was not to be realized as Euwe declined to attend, citing poor health. Alfred Ehrhardt Post, the main organizer of the event, replaced him with eighteen year old Klaus Junge, the winner of the silver medal during the previous year's German championship. The tournament was held at Mirabell Palace, situated near Berchtsgaden, which was Hitler's summer residence. Games were played from June 9th to the 18th and started promptly at 9 am each day. Players had two hours to play the first thirty-two moves followed by an hour for every sixteen moves. Despite a first half lead of the field, Bogoljubov fell apart after his loss to Alekhine in round six and proceeded to lose all his remaining games. Alekhine emerged triumphant with a score of seven and a half points out of ten, a full point and a half ahead of second place Keres.
Salzburg, Austria, 9-18 June 1942
Thanks to <Benzol> for his help putting the finishing touches on this game collection.
01 02 03 04 05 06
1 Alekhine ** 11 01 11 01 ½1 7½
2 Keres 00 ** 1½ ½½ ½1 11 6
=3 Junge 10 0½ ** ½½ 01 ½1 5
=3 Schmidt 00 ½½ ½½ ** 01 11 5
5 Bogoljubov 10 ½0 10 10 ** 00 3½
6 Stoltz ½0 00 ½0 00 11 ** 3
Original collection: Game Collection: Salzburg 1942, by User: suenteus po 147.
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