Some games from Hastings 1937/38

Some games from Hastings 1937/38

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During 28.12.1937 - 06.01.1938 the 18th established Hastings Christmas Tournament took place. Samuel Reshevsky won at the end with the slight difference of ½ of a point. While a particularity of this tournament was that the first five of the final rating were all tied in the between games. And Vladas Mikenas had not a single draw!

Hastings Christmas Tournament 1937/38
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
1. Reshevsky // ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7
2. Alexander ½ // ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1
3. Keres ½ ½ // ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1
4. Fine ½ ½ ½ // ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 6
5. Flohr ½ ½ ½ ½ // 0 1 1 1 1 6
6. Mikenas 0 0 0 0 1 // 1 1 1 1 5
7. G.A.Thomas 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 // ½ ½ 1 3
8. Tylor 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ // 1 ½ 3
9. Fairhurst 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 // ½ 1
10.A.R.B.Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ // 1

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"Dr. Alekhine was present at the Hastings Tournament as a spectator and not as a player (man bites dog!)... he brought along an enormous cake with the final position of the 25th game of the recent Championship Match modeled on the icing... sounds like an attractive position for post-adjournment analysis!"happy.png

In Chess Review 1938, p. 29

Photo in De Maasbode of 01.01.1938

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However, the cake wasn't that big!!

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#1 game

Firstly a jewel by Vladas Mikenas in round 7. An early king's activity. Comments by Euwe, maybe long but deserve a try... in any case just check it on autopilot.

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Vladas Mikenas, 1931 ca Salomon Flohr, in De Telegraaf of 05.01.1938

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#2 game~puzzle

In the same round 7  Theodore Tylor  faced Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander. Alexander won in a beautiful game. Although in an endgame position he missed a mate in 6, with all white's desperate moves. Can you find it?

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... and the game with comments again by Euwe, really shorter this time.

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Theodore Tylor  and

Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander.

Detail of the tournament photograph of Nottingham 1936, found in Chess Review 1936, p. 231

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#3 game~puzzle

In round 5 Reshevsky won sir G. A. Thomas in a 31-move miniature. Here's a nice tactic of the game towards the end. Black has just played 25... Bxg2

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Samuel Reshevsky in De Tijd of 09.01.1938

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#4 game~puzzle

Black's move is always on the 2-3 first engine choices. Mikenas' not, just trying to counter attack..

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Salo Landau

Salo Landau [in wiki], then current Dutch champion, participated in Hastings first reserves group and won.

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Published in De Telegraaf of 07.01.1938, also found in here

Published in Bataviaasch nieuwsblad of 08.01.1938

Here're one game and one position as they were appeared in the Dutch press...

#5 game~puzzle

in De Noord-Ooster of 15.01.1938

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#6 position~puzzle

in Soerabaijasch handelsblad of 22.01.1938

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