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Hastings 1952/53 Tournament

Daniel Abraham Yanofsky5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Antonio Angel Medina Garcia5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Harry Golombek5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Jonathan Penrose5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
William Albert Fairhurst5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Max Blau4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Theodore Tylor4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Robert Graham Wade3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Edward Lasker3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Jakob Adolf Seitz2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Hastings 1952/53

The 28th Hastings Christmas Chess Congress featured the following players:

Max Blau, William Albert Fairhurst, Harry Golombek, Edward Lasker, Antonio Angel Medina Garcia, Jonathan Penrose, Jakob Adolf Seitz, Theodore Tylor, Robert Graham Wade, Daniel Abraham Yanofsky.

The British contingent was a split between the older (Fairhurst, Golombek, Tylor) and younger (Penrose, Wade) generations. Of the foreigners, Yanofsky and Medina Garcia were younger players, Lasker and Seitz sentimental older choices, and Blau kind of in the middle.

This was a balanced entry with no clear favorite, and promised a close fight for first place. By the finish, no player had avoided defeat and only three points separated first from last.

Round 1

Fairhurst 0 Penrose; Lasker 1/2 Yanofsky; Seitz 0 Medina Garcia; Tylor 0 Blau; Wade 0 Golombek

1.0: Blau, Golombek, Medina Garcia, Penrose; <0.5>: Lasker, Yanofsky; <0.0>: Fairhurst, Seitz, Tylor, Wade

Edge to the younger players so far. Perhaps the most interesting game was Medina Garcia's slow win as Black in the Spanish Exchange Variation.

Round 2

Blau 1/2 Fairhurst; Golombek 1/2 Tylor; Medina Garcia 1 Lasker; Penrose 1 Seitz; Yanofsky 1/2 Wade

2.0: Medina Garcia, Penrose; <1.5>: Blau, Golombek; <1.0>: Yanofsky; <0.5>: Fairhurst, Lasker, Tylor, Wade; <0.0>: Seitz

Fairhurst let a simple win slip away. Lasker got into a cramped position, and succumbed to the usual Nf5 sacrifice in the Ruy Lopez. Penrose joined Medina at the top with some incisive play against Seitz's awkward development.

Round 3

Fairhurst 1/2 Golombek; Lasker 1/2 Wade; Medina Garcia 1/2 Penrose; Seitz 1/2 Blau; Tylor 1/2 Yanofsky

2.5: Medina Garcia, Penrose; <2.0>: Blau, Golombek; <1.5>: Yanofsky; <1.0>: Fairhurst, Lasker, Tylor, Wade; <0.5>: Seitz

Very quiet result-wise, and of course there was no change in the leaders. Lasker and Wade had a real slugfest. The battle between the leaders was about as quiet a game as can come out of the Four Pawn Attack in the Alekhine. Yanofsky, hungry for a win, continued an eventful game with Tylor for about 20 moves longer than necessary.

Round 4

Blau 1 Medina Garcia; Golombek 1 Seitz; Penrose 1 Lasker; Wade 1/2 Tylor; Yanofsky 0 Fairhurst

3.5: Penrose; <3.0>: Blau, Golombek; <2.5>: Medina Garcia; <2.0>: Fairhurst; <1.5>: Tylor, Wade, Yanofsky; <1.0>: Lasker; <0.5>: Seitz

On the other hand, this round's results did result in a few changes up top! Blau's two knights wound up snatching a couple of pawns from Medina's bishop pair. Golombek upheld the honor of the bishop pair, winding up three pawns ahead. The encounter between the 19-year-old Penrose and the 67-year-old Lasker saw the younger man grind out a victory with endgame technique. And Yanofsky, one of the favorites coming in, was sent below 50% by Fairhurst's patient play.

Round 5

Fairhurst 1/2 Wade; Lasker 1 Tylor; Medina Garcia 1 Golombek; Penrose 1 Blau; Seitz 0 Yanofsky

4.5: Penrose; <3.5>: Medina Garcia; <3.0>: Blau, Golombek; <2.5>: Fairhurst, Yanofsky; <2.0>: Lasker, Wade; <1.5>: Tylor; <0.5>: Seitz

Penrose soared into a full-point lead, taking out one of his closest pursuers by outclassing Blau while Golombek was falling to strong attacking play from Medina. Yanofsky, who had been averaging over 50 moves a game, upped that with a 74-mover against Seitz to finally score his first win.

Round 6

Blau 0 Lasker; Golombek 1 Penrose; Tylor 1/2 Fairhurst; Wade 1/2 Seitz; Yanofsky 1/2 Medina Garcia

4.5: Penrose; <4.0>: Golombek, Medina Garcia; <3.0>: Blau, Fairhurst, Lasker, Yanofsky; <2.5>: Wade; <2.0>: Tylor; <1.0>: Seitz

Obviously someone had to slow Penrose down, and Golombek took that little chore on himself by chipping away at a slightly weaker pawn formation. Yanofsky, for the 6th round in a row, played his longest game of the tournament so far, but Medina's knight and passed pawn held the draw against Yanofsky's rook (or was it the other way around?). Lasker got his second win in textbook fashion.

Round 7

Blau 1 Golombek; Lasker 0 Fairhurst; Medina Garcia 1 Wade; Penrose 0 Yanofsky; Seitz 1/2 Tylor

5.0: Medina Garcia; <4.5>: Penrose; <4.0>: Blau, Fairhurst, Golombek, Yanofsky; <3.0>: Lasker; <2.5>: Tylor, Wade; <1.5>: Seitz

Penrose's momentum was completely gone by now. After six rounds of increasingly longer games, Yanofsky switched gears and blew away the leader in just 27 moves with Black. But Golombek was unable to take advantage, as the given-up-for-dead Blau outplayed him and finished nicely. Medina thus vaulted into the lead with another strong game. Lasker was doing well against Fairhurst, but weakened as the game went on.

In the last two rounds, Medina had Fairhurst and Tylor to play, not a demanding schedule. Penrose had an easier time with Tylor and Wade, but was staggering. The four-pointers probably had only a theoretical chance to catch up.

Round 8

Fairhurst 1/2 Seitz; Golombek 1 Lasker; Tylor 1 Medina Garcia; Wade 1/2 Penrose; Yanofsky 1 Blau

5.0: Golombek, Medina Garcia, Penrose, Yanofsky; <4.5>: Fairhurst; <4.0>: Blau; <3.5>: Tylor; <3.0>: Lasker, Wade; <2.0>: Seitz

Parity comes to Hastings! Tylor picked a fine time to get his first win, knocking off the leader in a B vs. N ending. Golombek hit Lasker with a few fancy dazzlers and cruised in the ending. Penrose recovered his equilibrium in a hard fight with Wade, while Yanofsky continued the return trip from nowhere after an obvious move from Blau turned into a mistake. Fairhurst had his chance to join the leaders, but could never get going against tail-ender Seitz's Budapest Defense.

For the last round, co-leaders Yanofsky and Golombek would play, Medina took on Fairhurst, while young Penrose would contend with Tylor. Would they play safely or sharply?

Round 9

Blau 1/2 Wade; Golombek 1/2 Yanofsky; Lasker 1/2 Seitz; Medina Garcia 1/2 Fairhurst; Penrose 1/2 Tylor

Dullsville, perhaps. But given the adventures of the previous rounds, it was more a case of discretion. The leaders played 11, 12, and 29 moves, and never strayed far from equality. The two oldest players put on the longest fight, Lasker and Seitz battling for 51 moves.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Yanofsky * = = 1 0 1 = = = 1 5.5 2 Medina Garcia = * 1 = = 0 0 1 1 1 5.5 3 Golombek = 0 * 1 = 0 = 1 1 1 5.5 4 Penrose 0 = 0 * 1 1 = = 1 1 5.5 5 Fairhurst 1 = = 0 * = = = 1 = 5.0 6 Blau 0 1 1 0 = * 1 = 0 = 4.5 7 Tylor = 1 = = = 0 * = 0 = 4.0 8 Wade = 0 0 = = = = * = = 3.5 9 Lasker = 0 0 0 0 1 1 = * = 3.5 10 Seitz 0 0 0 0 = = = = = * 2.5

Hastings (1951/52) was the 27th Christmas festival and Hastings (1953/54) was the next annual event.

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1952/53, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Fairhurst vs J Penrose  0-1341952Hastings 1952/53C87 Ruy Lopez
2. Ed. Lasker vs Yanofsky  ½-½321952Hastings 1952/53E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
3. J A Seitz vs A Medina Garcia  0-1521952Hastings 1952/53C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. T Tylor vs Blau  0-1351952Hastings 1952/53E01 Catalan, Closed
5. R G Wade vs Golombek  0-1341952Hastings 1952/53A07 King's Indian Attack
6. Yanofsky vs R G Wade  ½-½481952Hastings 1952/53B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. Blau vs W Fairhurst  ½-½521952Hastings 1952/53A08 King's Indian Attack
8. Golombek vs T Tylor  ½-½301952Hastings 1952/53D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. A Medina Garcia vs Ed. Lasker  1-0351952Hastings 1952/53C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
10. J Penrose vs J A Seitz  1-0401952Hastings 1952/53B29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
11. T Tylor vs Yanofsky  ½-½631953Hastings 1952/53A04 Reti Opening
12. J A Seitz vs Blau  ½-½481953Hastings 1952/53D02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Medina Garcia vs J Penrose  ½-½351953Hastings 1952/53B03 Alekhine's Defense
14. Ed. Lasker vs R G Wade  ½-½431953Hastings 1952/53B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
15. W Fairhurst vs Golombek  ½-½431953Hastings 1952/53B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
16. Yanofsky vs W Fairhurst  0-1731953Hastings 1952/53C66 Ruy Lopez
17. J Penrose vs Ed. Lasker  1-0571953Hastings 1952/53D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. R G Wade vs T Tylor  ½-½231953Hastings 1952/53C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Golombek vs J A Seitz  1-0361953Hastings 1952/53D02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Blau vs A Medina Garcia 1-0651953Hastings 1952/53C50 Giuoco Piano
21. J A Seitz vs Yanofsky  0-1741953Hastings 1952/53A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. A Medina Garcia vs Golombek  1-0441953Hastings 1952/53B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
23. J Penrose vs Blau  1-0391953Hastings 1952/53C78 Ruy Lopez
24. Ed. Lasker vs T Tylor  1-0511953Hastings 1952/53A16 English
25. W Fairhurst vs R G Wade  ½-½351953Hastings 1952/53C15 French, Winawer
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