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Hastings 1920/21
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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After the summer congresses held in 1895 and 1919, the chess club at Hastings devised an annual event, a chess festival held around the Christmas holiday, which began with its inaugural tournament held from December 30, 1920 to January 5, 1921. The British Champions section featured former title-holders Henry Ernest Atkins (1895, 1897, 1900, 1905-1911), Fred Dewhirst Yates (1913-1914), Richard Clewin Griffith (1912) and current champion Roland Henry Vaughan Scott in a double round robin event. The all British format would soon give way to being an international event with a longevity that spans over 90 years.

The games Griffith 1/2 Atkins (Queen's Gambit) from round 2 and Atkins 1 Gritfith (Petroff) from round 5, are not available; only the opening names are known.

Yates won the first Christmas festival, going undefeated through the event.

1 2 3 4 1 Yates ** 1 1 4.0 2 Scott 0 ** 1 1 3.5 3 Atkins 0 ** 1 3.0 4 Griffith 0 0 0 ** 1.5

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1920/21, by User: suenteus po 147. Revised by User: Phony Benoni

Round 1
R Scott vs H E Atkins, 1920
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1
Yates vs R C Griffith, 1920
(C49) Four Knights, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2
Yates vs R Scott, 1920 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

Round 3
H E Atkins vs Yates, 1921
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3
R Scott vs R C Griffith, 1921
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 4
H E Atkins vs R Scott, 1921
(C42) Petrov Defense, 47 moves, 0-1

Round 4
R C Griffith vs Yates, 1921 
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 5
R Scott vs Yates, 1921
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6
Yates vs H E Atkins, 1921
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6
R C Griffith vs R Scott, 1921
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

February 8
Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910  
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 71 moves, 1-0

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