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Tournament: BCF Bournemouth Premier • 66 games plus 27 from other sectionsuploaded Saturday, 17 October, 2020 7:19 PM
Venue: Bournemouth • Date: 14-25 August 1939 • Download PGN

Bournemouth Premier – 32nd BCF* Congress, Bournemouth, 14-25 August 1939

1939 Bournemouth Premier Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
1 Euwe,Max Amsterdam
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½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 9
2 Klein,Ernst Ludwig London ½
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½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1
3 Flohr,Salo Moscow ½ ½
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0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
4 Landau,Salo Amsterdam ½ 0 1
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½ 1 1 ½ 0 0 1 1
5 König,Imre London 0 ½ ½ ½
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0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1
6 García Conde,Adrián ‡ London ½ ½ 0 0 1
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0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 6
7 Wallis,Philip Norman London 0 0 0 0 ½ 1
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½ 1 0 1 1 5
8 Aitken,James Macrae Lochgelly 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½
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0 1 1 1 5
9 Thomas,Andrew Rowland B Tiverton 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 0 1
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0 1 1
10 Mieses,Jacques London 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1
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½ 0
11 Kitto,Francis Ernest A Cambridge 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½
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1 2
12 Abrahams,Gerald Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
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1

* note - though part of the 32nd BCF (British Chess Federation) Congress, the above tournament was not for the British Championship, which had been postponed until the autumn – it was scheduled to start at the National Chess Centre in London on Monday 6 November, with possible entries including Australians CJS Purdy and G Koshnitsky. However, it was not ultimately played because of the outbreak of war. William Winter was due to play at Bournemouth but "did not put in an appearance" (BCM, September 1939, p399) and was replaced by PN Wallis.
Adrián García Conde: I have changed the PGN file and the crosstable to reflect the correct presentation of his name to accord with the Hispanic standard – [forename] [paternal surname] [maternal surname]. Note that many contemporary English language references to this player gave his name as 'A. G. Conde' but that is not standard Hispanic usage.

[BCM, October 1939, p428] "What might have been an exciting finish to the tournament was ruined by the world catastrophe. A good fight had been anticipated between Landau and Euwe; but, like the remaining Dutch players at the Congress, they had both left for Holland. It is understood that they had played a game on the previous evening, ending in a draw, but the public saw nothing of this. Euwe’s score thus became 9; and Flohr, with 8, had a chance of tying with him if he could beat König. But König was a possible sharer in the fourth prize, and had no intention of letting Flohr win easily. As a matter of fact, there was a draw in 60 moves, during which both players had difficulties with their clocks. Klein finished strongly, beating Kitto in 26 moves only, and so making his score equal to Flohr’s. Conde, who might have taken fourth prize by winning his last game, played disappointingly and was thus placed below both König and Landau."

1939 British Ladies Championship

1939 British Ladies Championship Resid. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
1 Miss Elaine Saunders Princes Risborough
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1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 10
2 Mrs Edith Mary Ann Michell Kingston 0
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1 1 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 8
3 Miss Mary Henniker-Heaton London 0 0
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0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
4 Miss Margaret E Lander Shaftesbury 0 0 1
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1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½
5 Miss Audrey Bourne Poupard Wanstead 0 0 ½ 0
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½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1
6 Miss Agnes Margaret Crum Edinburgh 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
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0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 5
7 Miss Rowena Mary Dew Plymouth 0 0 0 ½ 0 1
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1 1 0 ½ 1 5
8 Mrs Esme Hewetson Budge Kilmacolm ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0
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½ ½ 1 ½
9 Miss Minnie Musgrave Hastings ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½
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0 1 1
10 Miss K Austin London 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
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0 0 4
11 Mrs Ena Florence Winser Hastings 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 1
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1 4
12 Miss Mary Louisa Harrison ‡ Eastbourne 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 1 0
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3

n.b. unlike the Premier, the above tournament does count as an official British Championship  ‡ this is a tentative identification of Miss M L Harrison's full name based on finding someone fitting the description in the 1939 census.

[BCM, October 1939, p426] "The result of this event might almost be called “prodigious,” for the title fell—needless to say for the first time—to a child of thirteen, who went through the tournament without a loss, and with only two drawn games. Miss Elaine Saunders throughout the fortnight kept her head, and this, apart from her great natural talent and excellent tuition, is the secret of her success. She had lost games against Miss Musgrave, last year’s champion, and Miss M. E. Lander, but she drew the first and won the second, by which she assured herself of first place before the final round was played."

BCF Major Open - Section A

1939 BCF Major Open A Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
1 David Podhorzer AUT
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1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 Eugene Znosko-Borovsky FRA 0
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1 1* 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7
3 Friedrich Sämisch GER ½ 0
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½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 0 1
4 Abraham Speijer NED ½ 0* ½
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½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 0*
5 Stefan Fazekas (Dr) ENG 0 1 0 ½
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½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1
6 Paul M List (Dr) ENG ½ ½ 1 ½ ½
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1 0 0 0 1 1 6
7 Alfred Joseph Butcher ENG 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0
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1 0 ½ 1 1
8 (Francis) Percival Wenman ENG 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0
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½ 1 ½ 1
9 Ronald Mackay Bruce ENG 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½
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1 ½ 0 4
10 A N Booth ENG 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 0
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0 1 4
11 Hans Georg Schenk (Dr) GER 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1
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½
12 John Bertram Goodman ENG 0 0 0 1* 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½
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2½‡
* = by default - Speijer left for his home in Maastricht two rounds before the end  ‡ = shown as 1½ in BCM but there is an error in the magazine's crosstable

[BCM, October 1939, p429] "Section A of the Major Open Tournament was spoilt by the shadow of war. Podhorzer was perhaps a certain winner early in the fray, but the veteran Speijer, who was favourite for second place, left for Holland a day in advance of his compatriots and forfeited two points, letting in Znosko-Borovsky as second. He nevertheless succeeded in sharing the third prize with Fazekas and Sämisch. Section B of the Major was a much weaker event, and the only misfortune here was the withdrawal of one of the competitors without playing a game, so that there was a bye each round. It is notable that Hoad, who won first prize, entered originally for the First Class, and was only a late promotion to the Major Open."

BCF Major Open - Section B

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total
1 Philip C Hoad ENG
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0 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7
2 Alfred Eva ENG 1
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1 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½
3 Dennis Morton Horne ENG 0 0
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½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 1
4 A Aird Thomson SCO 1 1 ½
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½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 1
5 Arthur John Morrell ENG 0 0 0 ½
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½ ½ 1 1 1 1
6 Isaac Reginald Vesselo ENG 0 ½ 1 1 ½
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0 0 ½ ½ 1 5
7 A G Burnett ENG 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1
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1 ½ ½ 0
8 John D Solomon ENG ½ 1 0 0 0 1 0
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0 1 1
9 Maurice Ellinger ENG 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1
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1 ½
10 John Edward Richardson ENG ½ 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ 0 0
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1
11 F A Damen NED 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 0
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2
n.b. a news report (Birmingham Daily Post, 29 August 1939) states that FA Damen left for his home in Rotterdam a round or two before the end, so more than one of his losses may have been defaults.

Other Sections (from The Times, 28 August 1939 – BCM seem not to have published subsidiary section results)

First Class, Section AGert Budowski (Boulogne, aged 14) 9; I Jack Good 8; J. S. Giles, A. L. Homer (Stourbridge) 7; L. Mullen 6½; E. J. Randall, R. C. Woodthorpe 5; C. J. Barry, Charles Stanley Hunter 4½; I. A. Harris (Bournemouth) 3½; Geoffrey Harber Diggle, G. A. Peck (Nottingham) 3.

First Class, Section B—W. J. E. Yeeles 8½; Robin Humphries Rushton 8; G. Booth (Westcliff) 7½; the Rev. W. R. Greenhalgh (Shrewsbury), the Rev. E. C. Mortimer, P. Sullivan 6½; A. L. Davies (Dudley), Captain H. W. Heneage, T. M. Warburton 4½; J. Butterworth 3½; John Spedan Lewis 3; F. A. Joyce 2½.

First Class, Section C—W. H. Hooper (Birmingham) 9; N. Clissold 8½; J. G. Hayes 7; A. N. Reed 5½; S. C. Love, the Rev. A. P. Lacy Hulbert (Ludlow), F. P. Pounce, Colonel Stuart Prince 5; the Rev. H. C. de Barathy 4½; G. F. Hawkins, A. T. Watson (Brighton) 4; C. H. Taylor 3½.

Second Class—E. Breckon-Chapman (Leicester) 9; S. J. Leigh 7½; Colonel T. G. C. Bliss (Parkstone), Mrs. M. Dew (Plymouth) 7; H. L. Gardiner (Bournemouth) 6½; E. Behrndt 6; W. M. Batten, Miss A. M. van Schaik 5½; S. C. Hilliam 4½; W. A. Aston (Wolverhampton), Mrs. Seyd (London) 3½; Miss E. Abraham ½.

Third Class—W. N. Boydon (Wolverhampton) 9; A. Trimnell, J. Reiss 8½; J. B. Critchison, J. P. Kirby 7; Captain J. B. Morgan 6; J. Francis 5½; D. E. Budge 4½; J. E. Coleman, —Flitch 4; W. Smithard 2; Miss E. Goodacre 0.


There was of course no BCF Congress in 1940. The venue where it would have been played was Sutton Coldfield, as decided at BCF meetings in 1939.


File Updated
Date Notes
19 March 2002 Uploaded here as a zipped file.
14 October 2020 Now complete with 26 games from other sections, dates, plus crosstables and more detailed names.
17 October 2020 Brian Denman sent me a further game, Pounce-Watson, from First Class C. Thanks, Brian.