Euwe, van Scheltinga, Alexander & Prins in Maastricht 1946
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Euwe, van Scheltinga, Alexander & Prins in Maastricht 1946

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During 20 - 29 of April 1946 a chess tournament was organized by Maastricht Chess Club ~ MSV [Maastrichtse Schaak Vereniging]. It was for the 25-year anniversary of the club. Names as Max Euwe, Theo Daniel van Scheltinga, Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander & Lodewijk Prins were included among the participants. Rubinstein was also invited but didn't make it [Limburgsch dagblad of 23.03.1946].

According to the official blog of the club, it had been a misfortune that this anniversary was postponed for a year and additionally that in 1946 the big Groningen tournament had also taken place. The Maastricth International Chess Tournament 1946 was considered a success concerning the organization and the games but not financially! It was held in Hotel De Gouwe Poort on the Vrijthof square [tournament announcement in Limburgsch dagblad of 12.04.1946].

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The master tournament was won by Euwe with 7.5/9...

Maastricht International Chess Tournament 1946 [20-29.04]
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 total
01. Euwe // 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1
02. v.Scheltinga 0 // 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½
03. Devos 0 0 // ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1
04. Alexander 0 1 ½ // 1 1 0 ½ 1 0 5
05. Vinken ½ ½ ½ 0 // 0 1 ½ 1 1 5
06. Prins 1 0 0 0 1 // 0 1 1 1 5
07.Soultanbeieff 0 0 0 1 0 1 // ½ 1 1
08. Dörner 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ // 0 ½
09. Vlagsma 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 // 1
10. Wolthuis 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 // 2

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Some beautiful games and positions were played...

#1 game~puzzle

A 23-move miniature between van Scheltinga and Alexander on round 2. Solve this tactic. The black's move has been always in the two first engine choices...

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Theo Daniel van Scheltinga, 1947, in nationaal archief~public domain

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#2 game

2nd brilliancy prize and comments by Fred Reinfeld in Great Brilliancy Prize Games of the Chess Masters, p. 206.

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Max Euwe, 1945, in nationaal archief~public domain

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In round 5 a surprise took place Prins won Euwe and became headline in Dutch press [Leeuwarder koerier of 25.04.1946].

#3 game~puzzle

In round 7 Euwe won Alexander against an Evans gambit. And van Scheltinga won Prins in a beautiful ending. Solve the tactic.

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Lodewijk Prins, 1965, in nationaal archief~public domain

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#4 game~puzzle

In the last round Alexander had a great middle game performance against Prins

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Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander ca 1940~public domain// check these links about him, besides his chess career one thing that he should be remembered for is his involvement in the Alan Turing team on decoding the German crypto-messages in WW2 (1) & (2)

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The only moment of the tournament play I've found [in official blog of the club {~permission for non-commercial use in https://schaakclubmaastricht.wordpress.com/disclaimer/ but maybe public domain}, also found in http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/rekius/cem.htm]. One similar is published in Limburgsch dagblad of 30.04.1946. It's from Euwe vs Vinken ½-½.

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