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Hastings 1945/46
Compiled by Tabanus
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In the wake of the World War, the chess club at Hastings reorganized their year-end congress to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Hastings (1895). The master section was also intended as a warm-up for London A (1946) and London B (1946), and the russians had been invited (but did not turn up). The World Champion Alexander Alekhine was not invited (due to alleged Nazi sympathies), while the Czechoslovak champion Karel Opocensky arrived two days late.

The tournament was played December 28, 1945 to January 9, 1946. There was no play on Sundays, and no double rounds. Euwe-Sergeant was played on Sunday Jan. 6, as Euwe during rounds 6 and 7 went to see his sister who was coming home after four years as a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp in Java. Controller of play was Arthur John Mackenzie.

The unknown Swede Ekström made an outstanding run with 9/11, but the loss to Tartakower in round 5 was decisive. Some reporters thought that Tartakower now had captured the world crown, but this picture soon changed.

Final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Tartakower * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 9½ 2 Ekström 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 =3 Euwe 1 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 7 =3 Denker 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 =3 Steiner 0 1 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 7 6 Aitken 0 0 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 6 7 Prins 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ 1 0 5 8 Thomas 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 * 0 1 ½ 1 4 9 Christoffel 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 1 * 0 0 1 3½ 10 Mieses 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 3 =11 Sergeant 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * ½ 2½ =11 Devos ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ * 2½

Tournament book: Weerzien der schaakmeesters. De wedstrijd te Hastings 1945-46 by Hans Kmoch & Lodewijk Prins (Amsterdam 1946. 95 pp.)

Picture of Mieses-Tartakower (round 1): http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Original collections: Game Collection: Hastings 1945/46 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Hastings 1945/46 by User: Tabanus.

J Aitken vs Euwe, 1945 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 30 moves, 0-1

M Christoffel vs G A Thomas, 1945
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 43 moves, 1-0

Denker vs F Ekstrom, 1945 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 0-1

J Mieses vs Tartakower, 1945 
(C26) Vienna, 32 moves, 0-1

Prins vs E G Sergeant, 1945
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 1-0

H Steiner vs P Devos, 1945 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 16 moves, 1-0

M Christoffel vs Prins, 1945
(A16) English, 34 moves, 0-1

P Devos vs J Aitken, 1945
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 0-1

F Ekstrom vs H Steiner, 1945
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

Euwe vs J Mieses, 1945 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

E G Sergeant vs Denker, 1945
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 47 moves, 0-1

G A Thomas vs Tartakower, 1945 
(C10) French, 33 moves, 0-1

J Aitken vs F Ekstrom, 1945
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 60 moves, 0-1

Denker vs M Christoffel, 1945
(A15) English, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Mieses vs P Devos, 1945
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Steiner vs E G Sergeant, 1945
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs Euwe, 1945 
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 45 moves, 0-1

G A Thomas vs Prins, 1945 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 0-1

M Christoffel vs H Steiner, 1946 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 45 moves, 1-0

P Devos vs Tartakower, 1946
(A47) Queen's Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Ekstrom vs J Mieses, 1946
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 28 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs G A Thomas, 1946 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 0-1

Prins vs Denker, 1946 
(B54) Sicilian, 47 moves, 0-1

E G Sergeant vs J Aitken, 1946
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 64 moves, 0-1

J Aitken vs M Christoffel, 1946
(C02) French, Advance, 36 moves, 1-0

Denker vs G A Thomas, 1946
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs P Devos, 1946
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

J Mieses vs E G Sergeant, 1946 
(C45) Scotch Game, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Steiner vs Prins, 1946
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs F Ekstrom, 1946 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

M Christoffel vs J Mieses, 1946 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 0-1

Denker vs H Steiner, 1946
(A13) English, 37 moves, 1-0

F Ekstrom vs Euwe, 1946 
(C47) Four Knights, 80 moves, 1-0

Prins vs J Aitken, 1946
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

E G Sergeant vs Tartakower, 1946 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

G A Thomas vs P Devos, 1946
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

J Aitken vs Denker, 1946
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Devos vs F Ekstrom, 1946
(A06) Reti Opening, 29 moves, 0-1

Euwe vs E G Sergeant, 1946 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 51 moves, 1-0

J Mieses vs Prins, 1946 
(B20) Sicilian, 108 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tartakower vs M Christoffel, 1946 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 53 moves, 1-0

G A Thomas vs H Steiner, 1946 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

M Christoffel vs Euwe, 1946 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 24 moves, 0-1

Denker vs J Mieses, 1946 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 17 moves, 1-0

F Ekstrom vs G A Thomas, 1946 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Prins vs Tartakower, 1946 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

E G Sergeant vs P Devos, 1946
(B83) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

H Steiner vs J Aitken, 1946
(D64) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

J Aitken vs G A Thomas, 1946 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1-0

P Devos vs M Christoffel, 1946
(A04) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

F Ekstrom vs E G Sergeant, 1946
(A08) King's Indian Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Prins, 1946
(A16) English, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Mieses vs H Steiner, 1946
(C57) Two Knights, 38 moves, 0-1

Tartakower vs Denker, 1946 
(B58) Sicilian, 62 moves, 1-0

J Aitken vs J Mieses, 1946
(B01) Scandinavian, 52 moves, 1-0

M Christoffel vs F Ekstrom, 1946
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 32 moves, 0-1

Denker vs Euwe, 1946
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Prins vs P Devos, 1946
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

H Steiner vs Tartakower, 1946 
(C13) French, 27 moves, 0-1

G A Thomas vs E G Sergeant, 1946
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Devos vs Denker, 1946
(A16) English, 50 moves, 0-1

F Ekstrom vs Prins, 1946 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 36 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs H Steiner, 1946 
(D69) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical, 13.de, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Mieses vs G A Thomas, 1946
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

E G Sergeant vs M Christoffel, 1946
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 50 moves, 1-0

Tartakower vs J Aitken, 1946
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 1-0

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