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Hastings 1946/47 Tournament

Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander7.5/9(+7 -1 =1)[games]
Savielly Tartakower6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Gudmundur S Gudmundsson6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Daniel Abraham Yanofsky5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Gerald Abrahams4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Harry Golombek4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Maurice Raizman3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
James Macrae Aitken3/9(+3 -6 =0)[games]
Gabriel Wood2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
Lodewijk Prins2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Hastings 1946/47

The 22nd Hastings Christmas Congress, held December 30, 1946 through January 8, 1947 marked a return to the traditional 10-player tournament of about half British players and half foreign masters. This year's contingent included:

Gerald Abrahams, James Macrae Aitken, Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, Harry Golombek, Gudmundur S Gudmundsson, Lodewijk Prins, Maurice Raizman, Savielly Tartakower, Gabriel Wood, Daniel Abraham Yanofsky.

What wasn't traditional was that a British player won, as Alexander blew away the opposition and clinched first place before a last round loss to Tartakower. Admittedly this was hardly a powerful contingent, but Alexander proved capable of more than holding his own in several stronger Hastings Congresses.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Alexander * 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 7.5 2 Tartakower 1 * = = 1 = 0 1 1 1 6.5 3 Gudmundsson 0 = * = = 1 1 1 = 1 6.0 4 Yanofsky 0 = = * = 1 1 1 = = 5.5 5 Abrahams 0 0 = = * = 1 1 0 1 4.5 6 Golombek = = 0 0 = * = 1 1 0 4.0 7 Raizman 0 1 0 0 0 = * 0 = 1 3.0 8 Aitken 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 3.0 9 Wood 0 0 = = 1 0 = 0 * 0 2.5 10 Prins 0 0 0 = 0 1 0 0 1 * 2.5

Hastings (1945/46) was the previous annual event of this city.

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1946/47, by User: Phony Benoni.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Yanofsky vs Tartakower  ½-½671946Hastings 1946/47B56 Sicilian
2. M Raizman vs G S Gudmundsson  0-1531946Hastings 1946/47D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
3. Prins vs Aitken  0-1341946Hastings 1946/47B54 Sicilian
4. C H Alexander vs G Wood  1-0301946Hastings 1946/47A07 King's Indian Attack
5. G Abrahams vs Golombek  ½-½401946Hastings 1946/47A15 English
6. Aitken vs C H Alexander  0-1631946Hastings 1946/47C53 Giuoco Piano
7. G Wood vs Yanofsky ½-½291946Hastings 1946/47D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. G S Gudmundsson vs Prins 1-0501946Hastings 1946/47A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
9. Golombek vs M Raizman  ½-½401946Hastings 1946/47A34 English, Symmetrical
10. G Abrahams vs Tartakower 0-1301946Hastings 1946/47D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Prins vs Golombek  1-0751947Hastings 1946/47B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. C H Alexander vs G S Gudmundsson  1-0271947Hastings 1946/47C13 French
13. M Raizman vs G Abrahams  0-1511947Hastings 1946/47E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
14. Yanofsky vs Aitken 1-0301947Hastings 1946/47B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
15. Tartakower vs G Wood 1-0311947Hastings 1946/47C45 Scotch Game
16. G Wood vs G Abrahams  1-0401947Hastings 1946/47D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. M Raizman vs Prins  1-0401947Hastings 1946/47A16 English
18. G S Gudmundsson vs Yanofsky  ½-½381947Hastings 1946/47D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
19. Golombek vs C H Alexander  ½-½341947Hastings 1946/47D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Aitken vs Tartakower  0-1351947Hastings 1946/47B50 Sicilian
21. Yanofsky vs Golombek  1-0601947Hastings 1946/47B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
22. G Wood vs Aitken  0-1281947Hastings 1946/47D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Tartakower vs G S Gudmundsson  ½-½391947Hastings 1946/47C07 French, Tarrasch
24. C H Alexander vs M Raizman  1-0461947Hastings 1946/47B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
25. G Abrahams vs Prins  1-0521947Hastings 1946/47D93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  sachistu: The player listed as G H Gudmundsson is actually Gudmunder S. Gudmundsson. See BCM 1947, p.37. I will submit a correction slip.
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  MissScarlett: Birmingham Gazette, December 30th 1947, p.3:

<He made a wrong move

A chess player who asked for a fee of 50 to enter the Hastings international congress not only did not get the money, but did not have his invitation to compete renewed this year. This was disclosed to a reporter by an official at the opening of the 23rd congress yesterday.

"We shall take the same course with any other players who want to turn chess into a money-making racket," he said, and declared that steps had also been taken to discourage mere prize-hunters.>

Which suggests one of the above players, from the previous year's event, was the offending party. Alexander, Abrahams, Golombek and Raizman played in 47/48, and as I doubt any other British player would have the sheer brass neck to request appearance money, I suspect it comes down to Gudmundsson, Yanofsky or Prins. I'm leaning toward the latter.

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