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London B 1946
Compiled by Tabanus
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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 Euwe and the Dutch Chess Federation and by 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 B-group consisted of Euwe - Dutch champion and former World Champion (1935-1937), Denker - the United States champion, Christoffel - the Swiss champion, Thomas - former British champion (1923, 1934) and now 64 years old, Abrahams - strong British amateur and author of chess books, König - strong Hungarian amateur and UK immigrant (1938), Medina - the Spanish champion, Lupi - strong Portuguese player and a friend of Alekhine, Devos - the Belgian champion, Winter - former British champion (1935, 1936), Wood - the London champion, and Newman - the British Army champion.

On Saturday 26th, after the adjourned games were finished, Euwe could lift one of the two silver cups given by newspaper giant Gomer Berry (Wikipedia article: Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley).

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

Group B final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Euwe * 1 1 1 1 ˝ 1 1 0 1 1 1 9˝ 2 Christoffel 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 3 Denker 0 1 * ˝ 0 1 ˝ 1 1 ˝ 1 ˝ 7 =4 Thomas 0 0 ˝ * 1 ˝ 1 1 1 1 ˝ 0 6˝ =4 Abrahams 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 ˝ 6˝ =4 König ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 * ˝ 1 ˝ 0 1 ˝ 6˝ =7 Newman 0 0 ˝ 0 0 ˝ * ˝ 0 1 1 1 4˝ =7 Medina 0 0 0 0 0 0 ˝ * 1 1 1 1 4˝ =9 Devos 1 0 0 0 0 ˝ 1 0 * 0 0 1 3˝ =9 Winter 0 0 ˝ 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 3˝ =9 Wood 0 0 0 ˝ 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 1 3˝ 12 Lupi 0 0 ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 0 0 0 0 0 * 2˝

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

G Abrahams vs M Christoffel, 1946
(E16) Queen's Indian, 74 moves, 0-1

P Devos vs I Koenig, 1946
(A14) English, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs F Lupi, 1946
(D72) Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line, 52 moves, 1-0

A Medina Garcia vs W Winter, 1946 
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 27 moves, 1-0

R H Newman vs G Wood, 1946
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 1-0

G A Thomas vs Denker, 1946
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Christoffel vs G A Thomas, 1946 
(C25) Vienna, 30 moves, 1-0

Denker vs A Medina Garcia, 1946
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs G Abrahams, 1946 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 1-0

I Koenig vs R H Newman, 1946
(A12) English with b3, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Lupi vs G Wood, 1946 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

W Winter vs P Devos, 1946
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

P Devos vs Denker, 1946
(A14) English, 50 moves, 0-1

F Lupi vs G Abrahams, 1946
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Medina Garcia vs M Christoffel, 1946
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 0-1

R H Newman vs W Winter, 1946
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

G A Thomas vs Euwe, 1946
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 47 moves, 0-1

G Wood vs I Koenig, 1946
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 39 moves, 0-1

G Abrahams vs G A Thomas, 1946
(E01) Catalan, Closed, 42 moves, 0-1

M Christoffel vs P Devos, 1946
(B58) Sicilian, 31 moves, 1-0

Denker vs R H Newman, 1946
(A47) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs A Medina Garcia, 1946
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

I Koenig vs F Lupi, 1946
(A04) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Winter vs G Wood, 1946 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 15 moves, 0-1

P Devos vs Euwe, 1946 
(A12) English with b3, 40 moves, 1-0

I Koenig vs W Winter, 1946
(A15) English, 55 moves, 0-1

A Medina Garcia vs G Abrahams, 1946
(B56) Sicilian, 41 moves, 0-1

R H Newman vs M Christoffel, 1946
(C13) French, 45 moves, 0-1

G A Thomas vs F Lupi, 1946
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

G Wood vs Denker, 1946
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 38 moves, 0-1

G Abrahams vs P Devos, 1946
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

M Christoffel vs G Wood, 1946
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

Denker vs I Koenig, 1946
(A47) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs R H Newman, 1946 
(D69) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 13.de, 58 moves, 1-0

F Lupi vs W Winter, 1946
(A12) English with b3, 28 moves, 0-1

G A Thomas vs A Medina Garcia, 1946
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 1-0

P Devos vs G A Thomas, 1946
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 50 moves, 0-1

I Koenig vs M Christoffel, 1946
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 41 moves, 1-0

F Lupi vs A Medina Garcia, 1946
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 43 moves, 0-1

R H Newman vs G Abrahams, 1946
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 52 moves, 0-1

W Winter vs Denker, 1946
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Wood vs Euwe, 1946 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 0-1

G Abrahams vs G Wood, 1946
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 41 moves, 1-0

M Christoffel vs W Winter, 1946
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 1-0

Denker vs F Lupi, 1946
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs I Koenig, 1946 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Medina Garcia vs P Devos, 1946
(B58) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1-0

G A Thomas vs R H Newman, 1946
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Denker vs M Christoffel, 1946
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 1-0

P Devos vs F Lupi, 1946
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 53 moves, 1-0

I Koenig vs G Abrahams, 1946
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 51 moves, 1-0

R H Newman vs A Medina Garcia, 1946
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Winter vs Euwe, 1946 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 30 moves, 0-1

G Wood vs G A Thomas, 1946
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Abrahams vs W Winter, 1946 
(B20) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

P Devos vs R H Newman, 1946
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 27 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Denker, 1946 
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 45 moves, 1-0

F Lupi vs M Christoffel, 1946
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 0-1

A Medina Garcia vs G Wood, 1946
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 69 moves, 1-0

G A Thomas vs I Koenig, 1946
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Christoffel vs Euwe, 1946 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 0-1

Denker vs G Abrahams, 1946 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

I Koenig vs A Medina Garcia, 1946
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

R H Newman vs F Lupi, 1946
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 35 moves, 1-0

W Winter vs G A Thomas, 1946
(B01) Scandinavian, 33 moves, 0-1

G Wood vs P Devos, 1946
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 57 moves, 1-0

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