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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Buenos Aires Tournament

Miguel Najdorf8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Paul Keres8.5/11(+7 -1 =3)[games]
Gideon Stahlberg7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Moshe Czerniak7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
Paulino Frydman6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Carlos Enrique Guimard6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Roberto Grau5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Marcos Luckis5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Francisco Benko3.5/11(+3 -7 =1)[games]
Jose Gerschman3.5/11(+3 -7 =1)[games]
Sonja Graf-Stevenson2.5/11(+1 -7 =3)[games]
Luis Argentino Palau2/11(+1 -8 =2)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Buenos Aires (1939)
The Torneo Internacional del Círculo de Ajedrez was held in Buenos Aires, soon after the 8th Chess Olympiad, which was held from August 21 to September 19, 1939. All participants except Keres had decided to stay in Argentina due to the outbreak of World War II, and it was the opinion that chess would benefit from the realization of contests for them. After Rosario (1939), this was the second of these contests, where especially appealing was the great master Paul Keres. Play took place at the Círculo de Ajedrez, one of the main chess clubs in the city, at Bartolomé Mitre 670, with rounds starting as late as 8:30 pm. Najdorf and Keres tied for first place.

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2-19 October 1939

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 =1 Najdorf * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 8½ =1 Keres 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 8½ =3 Czerniak 0 0 * 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 0 7 =3 Ståhlberg ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 7 =5 Frydman ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 6½ =5 Guimard ½ 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 6½ 7 Grau 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 5½ 8 Luckis 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ * 1 0 ½ ½ 5 =9 Benkö 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 ½ 3½ =9 Gerschman 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 3½ 11 Graf 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 * 1 2½ 12 Palau 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 * 2

Tournament books: Torneo Internacional del Circulo de Ajedrez Octubre 1939 by Miguel Czerniak (Buenos Aires 1946, 87 pp.); Rosario 1939 and Circulo de Ajedrez Buenos Aires 1939 ed. by Juan Sebastian Morgado and Tony Gillam (Chess Player, Nottingham 2008. 76 pp.).

Original collection: Game Collection: Buenos Aires 1939 by User: Tabanus.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keres vs J Gerschman  1-0361939Buenos AiresD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Graf-Stevenson vs M Czerniak  0-1501939Buenos AiresA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
3. R Grau vs P Frydman  ½-½411939Buenos AiresD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. L Palau vs F Benko  ½-½381939Buenos AiresD05 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Stahlberg vs Guimard  1-0391939Buenos AiresA14 English
6. Najdorf vs M Luckis  0-1631939Buenos AiresB58 Sicilian
7. Guimard vs L Palau  1-0321939Buenos AiresD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. M Luckis vs Stahlberg  ½-½341939Buenos AiresD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. M Czerniak vs J Gerschman  1-0371939Buenos AiresC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
10. F Benko vs Keres 0-1441939Buenos AiresC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Graf-Stevenson vs R Grau  ½-½421939Buenos AiresD00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. P Frydman vs Najdorf  ½-½371939Buenos AiresE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. R Grau vs M Czerniak  ½-½411939Buenos AiresA56 Benoni Defense
14. Najdorf vs Graf-Stevenson 1-0411939Buenos AiresC53 Giuoco Piano
15. J Gerschman vs F Benko  0-1291939Buenos AiresC11 French
16. L Palau vs M Luckis  ½-½371939Buenos AiresE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
17. Stahlberg vs P Frydman  1-0161939Buenos AiresE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
18. Keres vs Guimard  1-0381939Buenos AiresD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Graf-Stevenson vs Stahlberg  ½-½781939Buenos AiresD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Guimard vs J Gerschman  1-0371939Buenos AiresA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. P Frydman vs L Palau  1-0431939Buenos AiresD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
22. M Czerniak vs F Benko  1-0481939Buenos AiresA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. M Luckis vs Keres 0-1241939Buenos AiresC58 Two Knights
24. R Grau vs Najdorf 0-1301939Buenos AiresE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Keres vs P Frydman  ½-½411939Buenos AiresD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: http://www.ara.org.ar/chs/ajedrez/p...

Wonder set of photographs from this tournament.

Jun-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Actually, the above link, while still wonderful, is for the 1939 Olympiads, also held in Buenos Aires.

Of course many of the same players participated in both.

Jan-09-15  jerseybob: zanzibar: Great photos!(Harry Golombek with hair - who knew?)
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