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Hastings 1939/40 Tournament

William Ritson-Morry3/3(+3 -0 =0)[view games]
Frank Parr2/2(+2 -0 =0)[view games]
Harry Golombek1.5/3(+1 -1 =1)[view games]
Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[view games]
Wilfred Hugh Miller Kirk0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Holger S Schenk0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Arthur John Mackenzie0/2(+0 -2 =0)[view games]

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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 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) was the 19th Christmas festival.

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

 page 1 of 1; 7 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Golombek vs W H Kirk  1-036 1939 Hastings 1939/40A23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
2. Ritson-Morry vs A Thomas 1-027 1939 Hastings 1939/40D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. F Parr vs A J Mackenzie  1-033 1939 Hastings 1939/40D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
4. Golombek vs Ritson-Morry  0-127 1939 Hastings 1939/40A12 English with b3
5. A Thomas vs Golombek  ½-½35 1940 Hastings 1939/40B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
6. A J Mackenzie vs Ritson-Morry  0-144 1940 Hastings 1939/40D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. F Parr vs H Schenk  1-031 1940 Hastings 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?
Apr-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <zanzibar> Yup.
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