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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Hastings 1945/46 Tournament

Savielly Tartakower9.5/11(+9 -1 =1)[games]
Nils Johan Folke Ekstrom9/11(+9 -2 =0)[games]
Max Euwe7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Arnold Denker7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Herman Steiner7/11(+6 -3 =2)[games]
James Macrae Aitken6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Lodewijk Prins5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
George Alan Thomas4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Martin Christoffel3.5/11(+3 -7 =1)[games]
Jacques Mieses3/11(+1 -6 =4)[games]
Edward G Sergeant2.5/11(+1 -7 =3)[games]
Paul Devos2.5/11(+1 -7 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Hastings 1945/46
In the wake of the World War, the chess club at Hastings reorganized their year-end congress to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Hastings (1895). The master section was also intended as a warm-up for London A (1946) and London B (1946). The Russians had been invited, but did not turn up. The World Champion Alexander Alekhine was not invited (due to alleged Nazi sympathies), while the Czechoslovak champion Karel Opocensky arrived two days late.

There was no play scheduled on Sundays, and no double rounds. Euwe-Sergeant was played on Sunday, January 6, as Euwe during rounds 6 and 7 went to see his sister who was coming home after four years as a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp in Java. Controller of play was Arthur John Mackenzie.

The unknown Swede Ekström made an outstanding run with 9/11, but the loss to Tartakower in round 5 was decisive. Some reporters thought that Tartakower now had captured the world crown, but this picture soon changed.

Hastings, England, 28 December 1945 - 9 January 1946

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts 1 Tartakower * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 9½ 2 Ekström 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 =3 Euwe 1 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 7 =3 Denker 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 =3 Steiner 0 1 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 7 6 Aitken 0 0 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 6 7 Prins 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ 1 0 5 8 Thomas 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 * 0 1 ½ 1 4 9 Christoffel 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 1 * 0 0 1 3½ 10 Mieses 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 3 =11 Sergeant 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ 2½ =11 Devos ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ * 2½

Tournament book: Weerzien der schaakmeesters. De wedstrijd te Hastings 1945-46 by Hans Kmoch & Lodewijk Prins (Amsterdam 1946. 95 pp.)

Picture of Mieses-Tartakower (round 1): http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Hastings (1939/40) and Hastings (1946/47) were the city's 20th and 22nd Christmas festivals.

Original collections: Game Collection: Hastings 1945/46 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Hastings 1945/46 by User: Tabanus.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Aitken vs Euwe 0-1301945Hastings 1945/46C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Denker vs N Folke Ekstrom 0-1341945Hastings 1945/46D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. M Christoffel vs G A Thomas  1-0431945Hastings 1945/46C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
4. H Steiner vs P Devos 1-0161945Hastings 1945/46D17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. J Mieses vs Tartakower 0-1321945Hastings 1945/46C26 Vienna
6. Prins vs E G Sergeant  1-0591945Hastings 1945/46C71 Ruy Lopez
7. M Christoffel vs Prins  0-1341945Hastings 1945/46A16 English
8. Euwe vs J Mieses ½-½351945Hastings 1945/46E60 King's Indian Defense
9. P Devos vs Aitken  0-1341945Hastings 1945/46A46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. N Folke Ekstrom vs H Steiner  0-1341945Hastings 1945/46A04 Reti Opening
11. E G Sergeant vs Denker  0-1471945Hastings 1945/46B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
12. G A Thomas vs Tartakower 0-1331945Hastings 1945/46C10 French
13. Tartakower vs Euwe 0-1451945Hastings 1945/46D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
14. Denker vs M Christoffel  ½-½391945Hastings 1945/46A15 English
15. J Mieses vs P Devos  ½-½261945Hastings 1945/46A07 King's Indian Attack
16. G A Thomas vs Prins 0-1311945Hastings 1945/46C77 Ruy Lopez
17. H Steiner vs E G Sergeant  1-0381945Hastings 1945/46D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
18. Aitken vs N Folke Ekstrom  0-1601945Hastings 1945/46B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. N Folke Ekstrom vs J Mieses  1-0281946Hastings 1945/46D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
20. P Devos vs Tartakower  ½-½601946Hastings 1945/46A47 Queen's Indian
21. E G Sergeant vs Aitken  0-1641946Hastings 1945/46C79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
22. M Christoffel vs H Steiner 1-0451946Hastings 1945/46C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
23. Prins vs Denker 0-1471946Hastings 1945/46B54 Sicilian
24. Euwe vs G A Thomas 0-1351946Hastings 1945/46D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. H Steiner vs Prins  ½-½461946Hastings 1945/46C55 Two Knights Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-03-14  Wyatt Gwyon: Not bad at all for a guy pushing 60.
Dec-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <the Czechoslovak champion Karel Opocensky arrived two days late>

Damn it! If only he had played in the Hastings Christmas Congress, one of his games could have been captioned <A Christmas Karel>.

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