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Salzburg 1942
Compiled by JoseTigranTalFischer
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During World War II, Nazi Germany organized several chess tournaments played in German and occupied cities, such as Munich and Prague. The strongest and most famous of these Nazi organized tournaments was played in Salzburg, Austria in the summer of 1942. The original line up of players for the tournament included then-current world champion Alexander Alekhine, former world champion Max Euwe, potential challenger Paul Keres, former challenger Efim Bogoljubov, German champion Paul Felix Schmidt, and Gosta Stoltz, winner of the Munich tournament in 1941. It was the strongest line up of players possible from Germany and the occupied territories, but it was not to be realized as Max Euwe declined to attend, citing poor health. Erhardt Post, the main organizer of the event, replaced Euwe with eighteen year old Klaus Junge, the winner of the silver medal during the previous year's German championship. The tournament was held at Mirabell Palace, situated near Berchtsgaden, which was Hitler's summer residence. Games were played from June 9th to the 18th and started promptly at 9am each day. Players had two hours to play the first thirty-two moves followed by an hour for every sixteen moves. Despite a first half lead of the field, Bogoljubov fell apart after his loss to Alekhine in round six and proceeded to lose all his remaining games. Alekhine emerged triumphant with an impressive score of seven and a half points out of ten, a full point and a half ahead of second place Keres.

The final standings and crosstable:

1st Alekhine 7/10 ** 11 01 11 01 1

2nd Keres 6/10 00 ** 1 1 11

=3rd Junge 5/10 10 0 ** 01 1

=3rd Schmidt 5/10 00 ** 01 11

5th Bogoljubov 3/10 10 0 10 10 ** 00

6th Stoltz 3/10 0 00 0 00 11 **

*Thanks to <Benzol> for his help putting the finishing touches on this game collection.

Round One, June 9th
Stoltz vs K Junge, 1942 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs P F Schmidt, 1942 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1942 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Two, June 10th
P F Schmidt vs Alekhine, 1942 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 0-1

Stoltz vs Bogoljubov, 1942 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 67 moves, 1-0

K Junge vs Keres, 1942 
(E02) Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4, 32 moves, 0-1

Round Three, June 11th
Keres vs Stoltz, 1942
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubov vs P F Schmidt, 1942
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs K Junge, 1942 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 69 moves, 0-1

Round Four, June 12th
Keres vs Bogoljubov, 1942 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Stoltz vs Alekhine, 1942
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Junge vs P F Schmidt, 1942 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, June 12th
Bogoljubov vs K Junge, 1942
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

P F Schmidt vs Stoltz, 1942
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Alekhine vs Keres, 1942 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 56 moves, 1-0

Round Six, June 14th
Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1942 
(C01) French, Exchange, 64 moves, 1-0

P F Schmidt vs Keres, 1942 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Junge vs Stoltz, 1942 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 70 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, June 15th
Keres vs K Junge, 1942 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Bogoljubov vs Stoltz, 1942
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 47 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs P F Schmidt, 1942 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 33 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, June 16th
Stoltz vs Keres, 1942
(A48) King's Indian, 48 moves, 0-1

K Junge vs Alekhine, 1942 
(A09) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 0-1

P F Schmidt vs Bogoljubov, 1942
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, June 17th
Alekhine vs Stoltz, 1942  
(B54) Sicilian, 80 moves, 1-0

Bogoljubov vs Keres, 1942 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 74 moves, 0-1

P F Schmidt vs K Junge, 1942
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, June 18th
Keres vs Alekhine, 1942 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 51 moves, 0-1

Stoltz vs P F Schmidt, 1942
(E15) Queen's Indian, 61 moves, 0-1

K Junge vs Bogoljubov, 1942 
(A96) Dutch, Classical Variation, 73 moves, 1-0

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