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London A 1946
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In January 1946, less than two weeks after Hastings 1945/46 (1945), the newspaper Sunday Chronicle sponsored a Victory Tournament in Farringdon-street Memorial Hall, London, with Walter Hatton-Ward as director. The idea was to celebrate the end of the war, with attendance of masters from all over the world. Things had been lined up for the biggest of events, but eventually it became clear that the russians (incl. Mikhail Botvinnik) would not turn up. Moreover, the participation of the invited World Champion Alexander Alekhine had been protested against by Max Euwe and the Dutch Chess Federation and by Arnold Denker and the USCF because of alleged Nazi sympathies. In November 1945, Hatton-Ward wrote to Alekhine and cancelled the invitation.

The players were divided into two supposedly equally strong groups, A and B. The A-group consisted of Steiner - California champion (1945) and US Open winner (1942), Bernstein - who had "quit" chess in 1907, Tartakower - now nearly 60 years old and recent Hastings winner, Opocensky - the Czechoslovak champion, Prins - winner of Dutch tournaments before the war, List - UK immigrant from Russia and also almost 60, Pomar - child prodigy from Spain and a pupil of Alekhine, Fairhurst - British (1937) and Scottish champion, Broadbent - the UK Northern Counties champion, Golombek - soon to become British champion, and Stone of Britain and Friedmann of Czechoslovakia. On Saturday 26th, Steiner could lift one of the two silver cups given by Gomer Berry (Wikipedia article: Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley).

The participation of 14-year-old Pomar attracted public attention, especially when he was pitched against older players. The following picture, which is from London 1946 (but not the tournament game), shows him play against Bernstein: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

For the B-group, see London B (1946).

Group A final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Steiner * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 2 Bernstein 1 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 8 3 Tartakower 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 7 4 Opocensky 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 7 5 Golombek 0 0 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 6 =6 Prins 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 0 5 =6 Pomar 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 0 5 =8 List 0 0 1 0 0 * 0 1 1 4 =8 Broadbent 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 4 10 Fairhurst 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 4 11 Stone 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 2 12 Friedmann 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 * 2

According to The Sunday Post, January 27, 1946, the game between Broadbent and Fairhurst had been completed on Friday 25th and a draw had been agreed upon. Fairhurst, while travelling to Glasgow overnight, re-studied the position with his pocket set and saw he could force a win. He telephoned Broadbent from Scotland on Saturday and Broadbent agreed the game was a win. This was accepted by the organizers.

Tournament book: Book of the "Sunday Chronicle" Chess Tournament by Walter Hatton-Ward (Chess SC, Sutton Coldfield 1946. 106 pp.)

O Bernstein vs O Friedmann, 1946
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

R Broadbent vs Prins, 1946
(C61) Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense, 54 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs P List, 1946
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 60 moves, 0-1

Opocensky vs H Steiner, 1946
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs Tartakower, 1946 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 50 moves, 0-1

J Stone vs W Fairhurst, 1946
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 22 moves, 0-1

W Fairhurst vs Prins, 1946
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

O Friedmann vs Golombek, 1946
(A16) English, 36 moves, 0-1

P List vs R Broadbent, 1946
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 0-1

H Steiner vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1946
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

J Stone vs Opocensky, 1946
(A90) Dutch, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs O Bernstein, 1946
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 0-1

O Bernstein vs H Steiner, 1946
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 78 moves, 1-0

R Broadbent vs O Friedmann, 1946 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 30 moves, 1-0

W Fairhurst vs Opocensky, 1946
(E12) Queen's Indian, 74 moves, 1-0

Golombek vs Tartakower, 1946
(D57) Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs J Stone, 1946
(E17) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Prins vs P List, 1946
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 56 moves, 1-0

O Friedmann vs Prins, 1946
(D90) Grunfeld, 36 moves, 1-0

P List vs W Fairhurst, 1946
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Opocensky vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1946
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

H Steiner vs Golombek, 1946
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 47 moves, 1-0

J Stone vs O Bernstein, 1946
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 69 moves, 0-1

Tartakower vs R Broadbent, 1946 
(B20) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

O Bernstein vs Opocensky, 1946
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Broadbent vs H Steiner, 1946
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 43 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs J Stone, 1946
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

P List vs O Friedmann, 1946
(A17) English, 34 moves, 1-0

A Pomar Salamanca vs W Fairhurst, 1946
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 85 moves, 1-0

Prins vs Tartakower, 1946 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 0-1

W Fairhurst vs O Friedmann, 1946
(E12) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Opocensky vs Golombek, 1946
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 39 moves, 1-0

A Pomar Salamanca vs O Bernstein, 1946
(D57) Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Steiner vs Prins, 1946
(D95) Grunfeld, 57 moves, 1-0

J Stone vs R Broadbent, 1946
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 74 moves, 0-1

Tartakower vs P List, 1946
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 25 moves, 1-0

R Broadbent vs Opocensky, 1946
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 48 moves, 0-1

W Fairhurst vs O Bernstein, 1946
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

O Friedmann vs Tartakower, 1946
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1946
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 89 moves, 1-0

P List vs H Steiner, 1946
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

Prins vs J Stone, 1946
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 70 moves, 1-0

O Bernstein vs Golombek, 1946
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Opocensky vs Prins, 1946
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 82 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Pomar Salamanca vs R Broadbent, 1946
(D57) Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense, 37 moves, 1-0

H Steiner vs O Friedmann, 1946
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 1-0

J Stone vs P List, 1946
(A22) English, 36 moves, 0-1

Tartakower vs W Fairhurst, 1946
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 46 moves, 1-0

R Broadbent vs O Bernstein, 1946
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 55 moves, 1-0

O Friedmann vs J Stone, 1946
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 37 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs W Fairhurst, 1946
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 56 moves, 1-0

P List vs Opocensky, 1946
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

Prins vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1946 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 35 moves, 0-1

Tartakower vs H Steiner, 1946
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 61 moves, 0-1

O Bernstein vs Prins, 1946 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 1-0

W Fairhurst vs H Steiner, 1946
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs R Broadbent, 1946
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Opocensky vs O Friedmann, 1946
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 1-0

A Pomar Salamanca vs P List, 1946
(E90) King's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

J Stone vs Tartakower, 1946
(A47) Queen's Indian, 62 moves, 1-0

R Broadbent vs W Fairhurst, 1946 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

O Friedmann vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1946
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

P List vs O Bernstein, 1946 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

Prins vs Golombek, 1946
(B54) Sicilian, 61 moves, 1-0

H Steiner vs J Stone, 1946
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 49 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Opocensky, 1946 
(B50) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

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