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Hastings 1920/21 Tournament

Fred Dewhirst Yates4/6(+2 -0 =4)[games]
Roland Henry Vaughan Scott3.5/6(+2 -1 =3)[games]
Henry Ernest Atkins1.5/4(+0 -1 =3)[games]
Richard Clewin Griffith1/4(+0 -2 =2)[games] Chess Event Description
Hastings 1920/21

The chief (Premier) event of the 1st Hastings Christmas and New Year Chess Festival was a 4-player double round-robin held in the Hastings Chess Club, England, from 30 December 1920 to 5 January 1921. It was reserved for the holder (Scott) and three past holders (Atkins, Griffith, Yates) of the British Championship title. Rate of play: 2 hours for the first 40 moves and 1 hour for 20 moves thereafter. Hours of play: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm (games) and 8-11 pm (adjourned games). Fred Dewhirst Yates won with 4/6.

01 02 03 04 ——————————————————————————— 1 Yates •• 1½ ½½ ½1 4 2 Scott 0½ •• ½1 1½ 3½ 3 Atkins ½½ ½0 •• ½1 3 4 Griffith ½0 0½ ½0 •• 1½ ———————————————————————————

The 4-player Invitation tournament (2:30 to 6:30 pm) was won by Fred Brown, Harold Godfrey Cole and Arthur John Mackenzie (3.5/6), ahead of George Marshall Norman (1.5/6). The 6-player First Class tournament was won by Henry Pinkerton (4.5/5).

Game dates

The games between Atkins and Griffith are missing.

Round 1: Thursday 30 December
Round 2: Friday 31 December
Round 3: Saturday 1 January 1921
Round 4: Monday 3 January
Round 5: Tuesday 4 January
Round 6: Wednesday 5 January


British newspapers at https://www.britishnewspaperarchive...

Previous: none (not counting the tournaments in Hastings 1919, 1904 and 1895). Next: Hastings (1921)

 page 1 of 1; 10 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R H Scott vs H E Atkins  ½-½421920Hastings 1920/21D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Yates vs R C Griffith  ½-½371920Hastings 1920/21C49 Four Knights
3. Yates vs R H Scott 1-0281920Hastings 1920/21B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
4. H E Atkins vs Yates  ½-½371921Hastings 1920/21C79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
5. R H Scott vs R C Griffith  1-0311921Hastings 1920/21D02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. H E Atkins vs R H Scott  0-1471921Hastings 1920/21C42 Petrov Defense
7. R C Griffith vs Yates 0-1521921Hastings 1920/21D05 Queen's Pawn Game
8. R H Scott vs Yates  ½-½431921Hastings 1920/21D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
9. R C Griffith vs R H Scott  ½-½391921Hastings 1920/21C12 French, McCutcheon
10. Yates vs H E Atkins  ½-½281921Hastings 1920/21C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-25-21  Nosnibor: Why is Yates rating above that of Atkins? Prior to this event Yates had got a score of +1 =1 -7 against Atkins. Also Atkins international record although limited was better.15wins out of 15 games in Amsterdam 1899 and 3rd in the very strong Hanover 1902 event. Apart from this Yates could not match his British Championship results. Atkins would always finish above when they were both competing. Not all is correct with Sonas.
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  MissScarlett: What you on about now? I don't see no ratings.
Mar-25-21  Z4all: Looks like a RR2, so are two games missing from <CG> or just from this "pseudo(?)"-tournament page? Should have 12-games (maybe there were byes/forfeits/what??).

Britbase gives the final standings and xtab:

1920/21 Hastings Champions' Tournament, 30 December 1920 - 5 January 1921

[xtab omitted, here's the gist <~Yates 4/6, Scott 3.5, Atkins 3, Griffith 1.5> ]

Time control: 40 moves in 2 hours and 20 moves in 1 hour subsequently
(at the request of HE Atkins)

Unusual scoring system, i.e. divide by 2, wonder why?

Also - Atkins apparently merited special treatment for the tc.

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Britbase states that both Atkins-Griffith games are missing.
Mar-25-21  Z4all: Rub-a-dub-dub there's need for a stub (or two).
Mar-25-21  Nosnibor: It states highest achieved ratings under the list of participants. This does not refer to the rating performance from this tournament. It must therefore refer to ratings(grades) from prior events. Stop discounting what I put forward and think about it.
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I've thought about it and don't see the problem. The software needs some criterion by which to sort and list competitors. Peak rankings, however imperfect, strikes me as better than, say, alphabetically. Or do you have a superior alternative?

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