|London A (1946)|
In January 1946, less than one week after Hastings (1945/46), the newspaper Sunday Chronicle sponsored a Victory Tournament in Farringdon-street Memorial Hall, London, with Walter Hatton-Ward as director. The idea was to celebrate the end of the war, with attendance of masters from all over the world. Things had been lined up for the biggest of events, but eventually it became clear that the Russians (incl. Mikhail Botvinnik) would not turn up. Moreover, the participation of the World Champion Alexander Alekhine was protested against by Max Euwe and the Dutch Chess Federation, and by Arnold Denker and the USCF, because of alleged Nazi sympathies. In November 1945, Hatton-Ward wrote to Alekhine and cancelled the invitation.
The players were divided into two supposedly equally strong groups, A and B. The A-group consisted of Steiner - California champion (1945) and US Open winner (1942), Bernstein - who had "quit" chess in 1907, Tartakower - nearly 60 years old and recent Hastings winner, Opocensky - the Czechoslovak champion, Prins - winner of Dutch tournaments before the war, List - UK immigrant from Russia and also almost 60, Pomar - child prodigy from Spain and a pupil of Alekhine, Fairhurst - British (1937) and Scottish champion, Broadbent - the UK Northern Counties champion, Golombek - soon to become British champion, and Stone of Britain and Friedmann of Czechoslovakia. On Saturday 26th, Steiner won the A Group, and garnered one of the two silver cups given by (James) Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsely. (1) The second cup went to London B (1946) winner Max Euwe.
The participation of 14-year-old Pomar attracted public attention, especially when he was pitted against older players. The following picture, which is from London 1946 (but not this tournament), shows him playing against Bernstein: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
London, England, 14-26 January 1946
According to The Sunday Post, January 27, 1946, the game between Broadbent and Fairhurst had been completed on Friday 25th and a draw had been agreed upon. Fairhurst, while travelling to Glasgow overnight, re-studied the position with his pocket set and saw he could force a win. He telephoned Broadbent from Scotland on Saturday and Broadbent agreed the game was a win. This was accepted by the organizers.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1 Steiner * 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9
2 Bernstein 1 * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 8
3 Tartakower 0 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 7½
4 Opocensky ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 7
5 Golombek 0 ½ ½ 0 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 6
=6 Prins 0 0 0 ½ 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 0 5½
=6 Pomar 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 0 5½
=8 List ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 0 * 0 ½ 1 1 4½
=8 Broadbent 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 * ½ 1 1 4½
10 Fairhurst 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 4
11 Stone 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 2½
12 Friedmann 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 * 2
Tournament book: Book of the "Sunday Chronicle" Chess Tournament, by Walter Hatton-Ward. Chess SC, Sutton Coldfield 1946. 106 pp.
(1) Wikipedia article: Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley
Original collection: Game Collection: London A 1946 by User: Tabanus.
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|1. R Broadbent vs Prins
|| ||0-1||54||1946||London A||C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense|
|2. A Pomar Salamanca vs Tartakower
||0-1||50||1946||London A||D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower|
|3. O Bernstein vs O Friedmann
|| ||1-0||48||1946||London A||B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical|
|4. Golombek vs P List
|| ||0-1||60||1946||London A||E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3|
|5. Opocensky vs H Steiner
|| ||½-½||37||1946||London A||E01 Catalan, Closed|
|6. J Stone vs W Fairhurst
|| ||0-1||22||1946||London A||D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|7. J Stone vs Opocensky
|| ||½-½||61||1946||London A||A90 Dutch|
|8. W Fairhurst vs Prins
|| ||0-1||53||1946||London A||E60 King's Indian Defense|
|9. O Friedmann vs Golombek
|| ||0-1||36||1946||London A||A16 English|
|10. P List vs R Broadbent
|| ||0-1||41||1946||London A||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|11. H Steiner vs A Pomar Salamanca
|| ||1-0||33||1946||London A||D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense|
|12. Tartakower vs O Bernstein
|| ||0-1||46||1946||London A||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|13. Prins vs P List
|| ||1-0||56||1946||London A||C05 French, Tarrasch|
|14. Golombek vs Tartakower
|| ||½-½||25||1946||London A||D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense|
|15. A Pomar Salamanca vs J Stone
|| ||1-0||39||1946||London A||E17 Queen's Indian|
|16. O Bernstein vs H Steiner
|| ||1-0||78||1946||London A||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|17. R Broadbent vs O Friedmann
||1-0||30||1946||London A||B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical|
|18. W Fairhurst vs Opocensky
|| ||1-0||74||1946||London A||E12 Queen's Indian|
|19. O Friedmann vs Prins
|| ||1-0||36||1946||London A||D90 Grunfeld|
|20. P List vs W Fairhurst
|| ||½-½||61||1946||London A||D42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3|
|21. H Steiner vs Golombek
|| ||1-0||47||1946||London A||B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical|
|22. J Stone vs O Bernstein
|| ||0-1||69||1946||London A||D50 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|23. Opocensky vs A Pomar Salamanca
|| ||1-0||44||1946||London A||D30 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|24. Tartakower vs R Broadbent
||1-0||30||1946||London A||B20 Sicilian|
|25. Prins vs Tartakower
||0-1||31||1946||London A||C03 French, Tarrasch|
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