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Fr Bernsdorfer vs Wolfgang Hasenfuss
Pan-European corr (1937) (correspondence), Correspondence
Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40)  ·  0-1



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May-11-11  myschkin: . . .

Im Bereich des Fernschachspiels konnten die Nationalsozialisten die Verwirklichung des Arierparagraphen nicht durchsetzen, weil es keine nationale Fernschachorganisation gab, sondern nur den IFSB mit seinem Sitz in Deutschland. Juden konnten dort noch lange nach der Einführung des Arierparagraphen ihrem Hobby nachgehen. Doch war auch dies nicht ganz ungefährlich. Wie L. Steinkohl berichtete, spielte beim Pan-Europa-Turnier ein Wiener Spieler [*] gegen den Letten <Dr.Hasenfuß> eine Fernschachpartie. Aufgrund des jüdisch klingenden Namen seines Gegners erschien wenig später die Gestapo bei dem Wiener Fernschachspieler. Während des Krieges wurde den Fernschachspielern verboten Partien mit dem Ausland zu führen oder fortzusetzen. Bestimmte Turniere erhielten jedoch eine Sondergenehmigung. Die Verwendung des Rutberg-Systems, einem Zahlencode für Fernschachturniere, welches die unterschiedlichen Schreibweisen egalisierte, war indes verboten. Man befürchtete, so könnten Informationen codiert ins Ausland gelangen.

(vgl. L.Steinkohl, Faszination Fernschach, 1984, S.229)

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A google translation of the fascinating text posted above by <myschkin>:

<In the field of correspondence chess, the National Socialists could not enforce the Aryan paragraph because there was no national correspondence chess organization, but only the IFSB with its headquarters in Germany. Jews could pursue their hobby there long after the introduction of the Aryan paragraph. But this was also not entirely harmless. As <<<L. Steinkohl>>> reported, a Viennese player [*] played a correspondence chess game against the Latvian <<<Dr.Hasenfuß>>> at the Pan-Europa tournament. Due to the Jewish-sounding name of his opponent, the Gestapo appeared with the Viennese correspondence chess player a little later. During the war, correspondence chess players were prohibited from playing or continuing games abroad. However, certain tournaments were given a special permit. However, the use of the Rutberg system, a numerical code for correspondence chess tournaments, which equalized the different spellings, was prohibited. It was feared that coded information could go abroad.>

<Wolfgang R Hasenfuss> also played another Viennese contestant the Pan Europa Correspondence tournament:

[Event "Pan-European corr - final"]
[Site "Correspondence"]
[Date "1938.??.??"]
[White "Kemp (VIENNA)"]
[Black "Wolfgang R Hasenfuss (LAT)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Source "Krustamikla.Sahs.Bridzs Nr.34 (20.08.1938)"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 e6 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Ndb5 O-O 8. Bxf6 Bxf6 9. Nd6 Qa5 10. Qd2 Bd4 11. Bd3 a6 12. O-O Qb4 13. Nc4 b5 14. a3 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Qc5 16. Ne3 Ne5 17. Kh1 Bb7 18. f4 Nxd3 19. cxd3 Rac8 20. Rfc1 f5 21. e5 g5 22. d4 Qe7 23. Rf1 Kh8 24. a4 Rg8 25. axb5 axb5 26. Ra7 Be4 27. Kg1 gxf4 28. Rxf4 Qg5 29. Rxe4 fxe4 30. Rxd7 Rcf8 31. Qe2 Rf3 32. Nf1 Rgf8 0-1


In addition, the journalist <Ludwig Steinkohl> mentioned in <myschkin's> post was also a contestant at the Pan Europa Correspondence tournament:

[Event "Pan-European corr - final"]
[Site "Correspondence"]
[Date "1938.??.??"]
[White "Ludwig Steinkohl (GER)"]
[Black "Povilas Berkavicius (LTU)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Source "chessbase"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be2 a6 7. a4 Qc7 8. O-O Be7 9. Be3 b6 10. f4 Bb7 11. Bf3 Nbd7 12. Qe1 O-O 13. Rd1 Rfd8 14. Bc1 Nc5 15. e5 dxe5 16. fxe5 Bxf3 17. Rxf3 Ng4 18. Bf4 Nd7 19. Qg3 Ndxe5 20. Qxg4 Rxd4 21. Rxd4 Bc5 22. Ne2 Nxg4 23. Bxc7 e5 24. b4 Bxd4+ 25. Nxd4 exd4 26. Bxb6 Ne5 27. Rf5 Nc6 28. b5 axb5 29. axb5 Nb4 30. Bxd4 Nxc2 31. Bc5 Na3 32. b6 g6 33. Rf3 Nc4 34. Rc3 Ra1+ 35. Kf2 Na5 36. Bd4 Ra2+ 37. Kf3 f5 38. b7 Nxb7 39. Rc8+ 1-0


More games from the Pan Europa tournament here: Game Collection: Pan European corr- final

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  Telemus: Many <more games from the Pan Europa tournament> can also be found in Harding's UltraCorr.
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<Telemus> Thank you! It looks like the 2020 version of <Tim Harding's> UltraCorr 2020 will go on general sale in the near future:

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