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Hastings 1939/40 Tournament

William Ritson-Morry3/3(+3 -0 =0)[games]
Frank Parr2/2(+2 -0 =0)[games]
Harry Golombek1.5/3(+1 -1 =1)[games]
Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[games]
Hans Georg Schenk0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]
Wilfred Hugh Miller Kirk0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]
Arthur John Mackenzie0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games] Chess Event Description
Hastings 1939/40
The 20th Hastings Chess Congress was held from December 28, 1939 to January 4, 1940, and those dates tell most of the story. With World War II having begun a few months before and many of the best European players stranded in Buenos Aires after the Olympiad or otherwise occupied, the Congress turned into a strictly national event missing even most of the strongest British players. Here is the line-up:

Harry Golombek, Wilfred Hugh Miller Kirk, Arthur John Mackenzie, Frank Parr, William Ritson-Morry, Holger S Schenk, Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas, William Arthur Winser.

Essentially, the issue was decided in the first three rounds. Parr beat Ritson-Morry in round 1, and finished 1/2-point ahead of him. Ritson-Morry defeated Golombek in round 3, and finished 1/2-point ahead of him. Everyone else was nowhere.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts 1 Parr * 1 = = 1 1 1 1 6.0 2 Ritson-Morry 0 * 1 = 1 1 1 1 5.5 3 Golombek = 0 * 1 = 1 1 1 5.0 4 Kirk = = 0 * = 0 1 = 3.0 5 Thomas 0 0 = = * 1 = = 3.0 6 Winser 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 2.0 7 Schenk 0 0 0 0 = 1 * = 2.0 8 Mackenzie 0 0 0 = = 0 = * 1.5

In keeping with the lackluster circumstances, most of the games have not been preserved. In the following list, "#" indicates a missing game.

Round 1
Golombek 1 Kirk; Ritson-Morry 0 Parr#; Thomas 1/2 Schenk#; Winser 1 Mackenzie#

Round 2
Kirk 0 Winser#; Ritson-Morry 1 Thomas; Parr 1 Mackenzie; Schenk 0 Golombek#

Round 3
Golombek 0 Ritson-Morry; Mackenzie 1/2 Kirk#; Parr 1 Thomas#; Winser 0 Schenk#

Part of the <Parr vs. Thomas> game is available, with White to make his 22nd move:

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22.Kg2 Ned3 23.Bxc5 Nxc5 24.Raf1 Qe8 25.Nhg3 Bc8 26.Nd4 a4 27.a3 Raa7 28.Rf3 Bg7 29.Rhf1 Rab7 30.Kf2 h5 31.Nxh5 Qxe4 32.Qxe4 Nxe4+ 33.Ke1 Rf8 34.Re3 Re8! 35.Bf3 f5

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Now White played <36.Nxg7>, eventually winning in 60 moves. The British Chess Magazine, Feb. 1940, p. 46, recommends 36.gxf5.

Round 4
Kirk 1/2 Parr#; Ritson-Morry 1 Winser#; Schenk 1/2 Mackenzie#; Thomas 1/2 Golombek

Round 5
Golombek 1/2 Parr#; Kirk 1 Schenk#; Mackenzie 0 Ritson-Morry; Winser 0 Thomas#

Round 6
Golomber 1 Winser#; Ritson-Morry 1/2 Kirk#; Parr 1 Schenk; Thomas 1/2 Mackenzie#

Round 7
Kirk 1/2 Thomas#; Mackzenie 0 Golombek#; Schenk 0 Ritson-Morry#; Winser 0 Parr#

Yuk. You really hate it when all the last-round games are missing.

Hastings (1938/39) and Hastings (1945/46) were the city's 19th and 21st Christmas festivals.

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1939/40, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 1; 7 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Golombek vs W H Kirk  1-0361939Hastings 1939/40A23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
2. Ritson-Morry vs A R B Thomas 1-0271939Hastings 1939/40D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. F Parr vs A J Mackenzie  1-0331939Hastings 1939/40D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
4. Golombek vs Ritson-Morry  0-1271939Hastings 1939/40A12 English with b3
5. A R B Thomas vs Golombek  ½-½351940Hastings 1939/40B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
6. A J Mackenzie vs Ritson-Morry  0-1441940Hastings 1939/40D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. F Parr vs H G Schenk  1-0311940Hastings 1939/40D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-01-14  zanzibar: <Phony> I assume the "Yuk" refers to the fact that all the games are missing, and not to the fact that White didn't score a single win?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> Yup.
Nov-27-14  Paarhufer: Two more games of this tournament:

[Event "Hastings congress"]
[Site "Hastings"]
[Date "1940.01.01"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Kirk, W.H.M."]
[Black "Parr, F."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B73"]
[PlyCount "54"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. O-O Nc6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Qc1 Qc7 11. Bh6 Rb8 12. Bxg7 Kxg7 13. Bf3 Rd8 14. Rd1 e5 15. b3 Be6 16. Qe3 d5 17. Qe1 d4 18. Ne2 c5 19. Ng3 Bd7 20. Be2 Rf8 21. f3 Ne8 22. Bd3 Nd6 23. Qd2 f5 24. exf5 Nxf5 25. Bxf5 Bxf5 26. Nh5+ Kh8 27. Qh6 gxh5 1/2-1/2

Source: The Times 1940-01-02. There is a problem at the end: the notation is in fact "25 .. QxB", and after Black's 27th move the game is said to be drawn by perpetual check, but there seems to be something missing.

[Event "Hastings congress"]
[Site "Hastings"]
[Date "1940.01.01"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Ritson-Morry, W."]
[Black "Winser, W.A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E24"]
[PlyCount "89"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 d6 6. Qc2 e5 7. e4 Qe7 8. f3 c5 9. d5 O-O 10. Bd3 Ne8 11. Ne2 g6 12. Ng3 Qh4 13. Be3 f5 14. exf5 Bxf5 15. O-O Bxd3 16. Qxd3 Nf6 17. Bf2 Qf4 18. Rae1 Nbd7 19. Be3 Qh4 20. Bf2 Qh6 21. Qb1 Nb6 22. Qb3 Rf7 23. a4 Raf8 24. Ne4 Nxe4 25. Rxe4 Qg5 26. Be3 Qf5 27. Re1 Nd7 28. Bh6 Rb8 29. Rg4 Nf6 30. Rg5 Qd3 31. Rd1 Qe2 32. Qb1 e4 33. Re1 Qxc4 34. fxe4 Nd7 35. Qc2 Re8 36. h4 Rfe7 37. h5 Rxe4 38. Rxe4 Rxe4 39. Qf2 Rg4 40. Qe3 Re4 41. Qg3 Ne5 42. hxg6 Rg4 43. Rxe5 hxg6 44. Re8+ Kh7 45. Qe3 1-0

Source: The Times 1940-01-03.

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