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:
James Macrae Aitken,
Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander,
Gudmundur S Gudmundsson,
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.
Hastings (1945/46) was the previous annual event of this city.
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
Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1946/47, by User: Phony Benoni.
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45
|1. Yanofsky vs Tartakower
|| ||½-½||67||1946||Hastings 1946/47||B56 Sicilian|
|2. M Raizman vs G S Gudmundsson
|| ||0-1||53||1946||Hastings 1946/47||D01 Richter-Veresov Attack|
|3. Prins vs Aitken
|| ||0-1||34||1946||Hastings 1946/47||B54 Sicilian|
|4. C H Alexander vs G Wood
|| ||1-0||30||1946||Hastings 1946/47||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|5. G Abrahams vs Golombek
|| ||½-½||40||1946||Hastings 1946/47||A15 English|
|6. Aitken vs C H Alexander
|| ||0-1||63||1946||Hastings 1946/47||C53 Giuoco Piano|
|7. G Wood vs Yanofsky
||½-½||29||1946||Hastings 1946/47||D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch|
|8. G S Gudmundsson vs Prins
||1-0||50||1946||Hastings 1946/47||A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4|
|9. Golombek vs M Raizman
|| ||½-½||40||1946||Hastings 1946/47||A34 English, Symmetrical|
|10. G Abrahams vs Tartakower
||0-1||30||1946||Hastings 1946/47||D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|11. Prins vs Golombek
|| ||1-0||75||1947||Hastings 1946/47||B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange|
|12. C H Alexander vs G S Gudmundsson
|| ||1-0||27||1947||Hastings 1946/47||C13 French|
|13. M Raizman vs G Abrahams
|| ||0-1||51||1947||Hastings 1946/47||E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3|
|14. Yanofsky vs Aitken
||1-0||30||1947||Hastings 1946/47||B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical|
|15. Tartakower vs G Wood
||1-0||31||1947||Hastings 1946/47||C45 Scotch Game|
|16. G Wood vs G Abrahams
|| ||1-0||40||1947||Hastings 1946/47||D31 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|17. M Raizman vs Prins
|| ||1-0||40||1947||Hastings 1946/47||A16 English|
|18. G S Gudmundsson vs Yanofsky
|| ||½-½||38||1947||Hastings 1946/47||D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch|
|19. Golombek vs C H Alexander
|| ||½-½||34||1947||Hastings 1946/47||D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|20. Aitken vs Tartakower
|| ||0-1||35||1947||Hastings 1946/47||B50 Sicilian|
|21. Yanofsky vs Golombek
|| ||1-0||60||1947||Hastings 1946/47||B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange|
|22. G Wood vs Aitken
|| ||0-1||28||1947||Hastings 1946/47||D55 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|23. Tartakower vs G S Gudmundsson
|| ||½-½||39||1947||Hastings 1946/47||C07 French, Tarrasch|
|24. C H Alexander vs M Raizman
|| ||1-0||46||1947||Hastings 1946/47||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|25. G Abrahams vs Prins
|| ||1-0||52||1947||Hastings 1946/47||D93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3|
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|May-21-16|| ||sachistu: The player listed as G H Gudmundsson is actually Gudmunder S. Gudmundsson. See BCM 1947, p.37. I will submit a correction slip.|
|Mar-09-19|| ||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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