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Buenos Aires 1939
Compiled by Tabanus
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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, the main chess club in the city, at Bartolomé Mitre 670, with rounds starting as late as 8:30 pm. Najdorf and Keres tied for first place.

Círculo de Ajedrez, 2-19 October 1939,
final standings and crosstable:

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.


Round 1 1939.10.02
Stahlberg vs Guimard, 1939
(A14) English, 39 moves, 1-0

Keres vs J Gerschman, 1939
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Najdorf vs M Luckis, 1939
(B58) Sicilian, 63 moves, 0-1

R Grau vs P Frydman, 1939
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Palau vs F Benko, 1939
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Graf-Stevenson vs M Czerniak, 1939
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 50 moves, 0-1

Round 2 1939.10.03
P Frydman vs Najdorf, 1939
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Benko vs Keres, 1939 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 44 moves, 0-1

M Luckis vs Stahlberg, 1939
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Guimard vs L Palau, 1939
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 1-0

M Czerniak vs J Gerschman, 1939
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 37 moves, 1-0

Graf-Stevenson vs R Grau, 1939
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 1939.10.05
Keres vs Guimard, 1939
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

Stahlberg vs P Frydman, 1939
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 16 moves, 1-0

R Grau vs M Czerniak, 1939
(A56) Benoni Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs Graf-Stevenson, 1939 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 1-0

L Palau vs M Luckis, 1939
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Gerschman vs F Benko, 1939
(C11) French, 29 moves, 0-1

Round 4 1939.10.06
M Luckis vs Keres, 1939 
(C58) Two Knights, 24 moves, 0-1

R Grau vs Najdorf, 1939 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 30 moves, 0-1

M Czerniak vs F Benko, 1939
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

P Frydman vs L Palau, 1939
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Graf-Stevenson vs Stahlberg, 1939
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Guimard vs J Gerschman, 1939
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 5 1939.10.07
Najdorf vs M Czerniak, 1939 
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 79 moves, 1-0

Keres vs P Frydman, 1939
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stahlberg vs R Grau, 1939
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Gerschman vs M Luckis, 1939
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 60 moves, 1-0

F Benko vs Guimard, 1939
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 63 moves, 0-1

L Palau vs Graf-Stevenson, 1939
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 43 moves, 0-1

Round 6 1939.10.10
Najdorf vs Stahlberg, 1939
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Czerniak vs Guimard, 1939
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 74 moves, 1-0

Graf-Stevenson vs Keres, 1939
(D90) Grunfeld, 22 moves, 0-1

R Grau vs L Palau, 1939
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 71 moves, 1-0

P Frydman vs J Gerschman, 1939
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

M Luckis vs F Benko, 1939
(A90) Dutch, 46 moves, 1-0

Round 7 1939.10.11
Keres vs R Grau, 1939 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stahlberg vs M Czerniak, 1939
(A09) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 0-1

Guimard vs M Luckis, 1939
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 88 moves, 1-0

F Benko vs P Frydman, 1939
(B83) Sicilian, 24 moves, 0-1

L Palau vs Najdorf, 1939 
(B24) Sicilian, Closed, 12 moves, 0-1

J Gerschman vs Graf-Stevenson, 1939
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 8 1939.10.13
Najdorf vs Keres, 1939 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 26 moves, 1-0

P Frydman vs Guimard, 1939
(A92) Dutch, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stahlberg vs L Palau, 1939 
(A13) English, 40 moves, 1-0

M Czerniak vs M Luckis, 1939
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

R Grau vs J Gerschman, 1939
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Graf-Stevenson vs F Benko, 1939
(A52) Budapest Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 9 1939.10.14
Keres vs Stahlberg, 1939
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Luckis vs P Frydman, 1939
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 79 moves, 1-0

F Benko vs R Grau, 1939
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

L Palau vs M Czerniak, 1939
(A48) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

J Gerschman vs Najdorf, 1939
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

Guimard vs Graf-Stevenson, 1939
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

Round 10 1939.10.17
M Czerniak vs P Frydman, 1939
(A13) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Grau vs Guimard, 1939
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

L Palau vs Keres, 1939
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 0-1

Stahlberg vs J Gerschman, 1939
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Najdorf vs F Benko, 1939
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 48 moves, 1-0

Graf-Stevenson vs M Luckis, 1939
(A47) Queen's Indian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 1939.10.19
Keres vs M Czerniak, 1939 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 41 moves, 1-0

Guimard vs Najdorf, 1939
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Luckis vs R Grau, 1939
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Frydman vs Graf-Stevenson, 1939
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

F Benko vs Stahlberg, 1939 
(C13) French, 61 moves, 0-1

J Gerschman vs L Palau, 1939
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 34 moves, 1-0

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