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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
London B Tournament

Max Euwe9.5/11(+9 -1 =1)[games]
Martin Christoffel8/11(+8 -3 =0)[games]
Arnold Denker7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
George Alan Thomas6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Gerald Abrahams6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Imre Koenig6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Richard Hilary Newman4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
Antonio Angel Medina Garcia4.5/11(+4 -6 =1)[games]
Paul Devos3.5/11(+3 -7 =1)[games]
William Winter3.5/11(+3 -7 =1)[games]
Gabriel Wood3.5/11(+3 -7 =1)[games]
Francisco Lupi2.5/11(+1 -7 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
London B (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 Soviets (incl. Mikhail Botvinnik) would not turn up. Moreover, the participation of the World Champion Alexander Alekhine was protested against by Euwe and the Dutch Chess Federation, and by 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. Group B consisted of Euwe - Dutch champion and former World Champion (1935-1937), Denker - United States champion, Christoffel - the Swiss champion, Thomas - former British champion (1923, 1934) and now 64 years old, Abrahams - a strong British amateur and author of chess books, König - strong Hungarian amateur and UK immigrant (1938), Medina - the Spanish champion, Lupi - strong Portuguese player and a friend of Alekhine, Devos - the Belgian champion, Winter - former British champion (1935, 1936), Wood - the London champion, and Newman - the British Army champion.

On Saturday 26th, after the adjourned games were finished, Euwe could lift one of the two silver cups given by newspaper giant Gomer Berry (Wikipedia article: Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley).

London, England, 14-25 January 1945

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Euwe * 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1 1 0 1 1 1 9˝ 2 Christoffel 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 3 Denker 0 1 * ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 7 =4 Thomas 0 0 ˝ * 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 ˝ 0 6˝ =4 Abrahams 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 ˝ 6˝ =4 König ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 * ˝ 1 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 6˝ =7 Newman 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ * ˝ 0 1 1 1 4˝ =7 Medina 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ * 1 1 1 1 4˝ =9 Devos 1 0 0 0 0 ˝ 1 0 * 0 0 1 3˝ =9 Winter 0 0 ˝ 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 3˝ =9 Wood 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 1 3˝ 12 Lupi 0 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 * 2˝

For the A-group, see London A (1946).

Tournament book: Book of the "Sunday Chronicle" Chess Tournament, by Walter Hatton-Ward. Chess SC, Sutton Coldfield 1946. 106 pp.

Original collection: Game Collection: London B 1946 by User: Tabanus.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Medina Garcia vs W Winter 1-0271946London BB72 Sicilian, Dragon
2. G A Thomas vs Denker  ½-½401946London BA07 King's Indian Attack
3. R H Newman vs G Wood  1-0301946London BE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
4. P Devos vs I Koenig  ½-½441946London BA14 English
5. G Abrahams vs M Christoffel  0-1741946London BE16 Queen's Indian
6. Euwe vs F Lupi  1-0521946London BD72 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line
7. F Lupi vs G Wood 0-1421946London BC55 Two Knights Defense
8. Euwe vs G Abrahams 1-0171946London BA50 Queen's Pawn Game
9. W Winter vs P Devos  1-0311946London BD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. I Koenig vs R H Newman  ½-½431946London BA12 English with b3
11. Denker vs A Medina Garcia  1-0381946London BA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. M Christoffel vs G A Thomas 1-0301946London BC25 Vienna
13. A Medina Garcia vs M Christoffel  0-1271946London BB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. F Lupi vs G Abrahams  ½-½601946London BB72 Sicilian, Dragon
15. P Devos vs Denker  0-1501946London BA14 English
16. G A Thomas vs Euwe  0-1471946London BB24 Sicilian, Closed
17. R H Newman vs W Winter  1-0431946London BD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
18. G Wood vs I Koenig  0-1391946London BE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. Euwe vs A Medina Garcia  1-0441946London BD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. G Abrahams vs G A Thomas  0-1421946London BE01 Catalan, Closed
21. M Christoffel vs P Devos  1-0311946London BB58 Sicilian
22. Denker vs R H Newman  ½-½361946London BA47 Queen's Indian
23. I Koenig vs F Lupi  ½-½281946London BA04 Reti Opening
24. W Winter vs G Wood 0-1151946London BC51 Evans Gambit
25. R H Newman vs M Christoffel  0-1451946London BC13 French
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-21-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: After that famous Sunday Chronicle Victory Tournament (divided into two equal strong round robin groups: section A was won by Herman Steiner, ahead of Bernstein, followed by Tartakower, section B was won by Max Euwe, ahead of Christoffel, followed by Denker) in 1946, London was mostly a desert for international chess tournaments up to the mid-1970s!
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