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Tournament: 5th Hastings Congress 1924/25 Go to: Previous YearNext Year • 59/59 Premier games + 3 from subsidiary sections
Venue: Hastings Town Hall • Dates: 27 December 1924 - 3 January 1925 • Download PGN • last updated: Wednesday March 9, 2022 4:26 PM

5th Hastings Congress, 27 December 1924 - 3 January 1925, Hastings Town Hall

1924/25 Hastings Premier Section 1 (27 December 1924 - 2 January 1925)

1924/25 Hastings Premier Section 1 Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Total 
 1  Maroczy,Geza HUN
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1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1
2 Yates,Fred Dewhirst ENG 0
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1 ½ 1 1 1 1
3 Seitz,Jakob Adolf SUI ½ 0
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½ 1 1 1 1 5
4 Michell,Reginald Pryce ENG 0 ½ ½
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½ 1 1 1
5 Bolland,Percivale David ENG 0 0 0 ½
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0 1 1
6 Price,Hubert Ernest ENG 0 0 0 0 1
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0 1 2
7 Steiner,Lajos HUN 0 0 0 0 0 1
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1 2
8 Dewing,Leslie Charles Gwyn ENG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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0

1924/25 Hastings Premier Section 2 (27 December 1924 - 2 January 1925)

1924/25 Hastings Premier Section 2 Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Total 
 1  Steiner,Endre (Andreas) HUN
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1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 5
2 Przepiorka,Dawid POL 0
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½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 5
3 Tartakower,Saviely FRA ½ ½
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0 1 1 1 1 5
4 Sergeant,Edward Guthlac ENG ½ 0 1
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½ ½ 1 1
5 Saunders,Harold ENG 1 0 0 ½
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0 0 1
6 Colle,Edgar BEL 0 0 0 ½ 1
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1 0
7 Norman,George Marshall ENG 0 ½ 0 0 1 0
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1
8 Mackenzie,Arthur John ENG 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
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1

Hastings Premier, Final Round, 3 January 1925 [Play-Off involving top three finishers of the two sections]

1924/25 Hastings Premier Play-Off  
G Maroczy ½-½ S Tartakower Alekhine's Defence, 23 moves
E Steiner 0-1 F Yates Zukertort's, 20 moves
D Przepiorka 1-0 J A Seitz QGD, 26 moves

1924/25 Hastings Premier Reserves

1924/25 Hastings Premier Reserves Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Total 
 1  Karel Opocensky CZE
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½ 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 John Arthur James Drewitt ENG ½
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1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 4
3 Edmund Tom Jesty ENG 0 0
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0 1 1 1 1 4
4 John MacAlister ENG 0 ½ 1
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0 ½ 1 1 4
5 Dr Vickerman Henzell Rutherford ENG 0 ½ 0 1
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½ 1 ½
6 Patrick Charles Littlejohn ENG 0 ½ 0 ½ ½
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0 1
7 Richard Edward Lean ENG 0 0 0 0 0 1
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1 2
8 George Wright ENG 0 1 0 0 ½ 0 0
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1924/25 Hastings First Class Section 1

1924/25 Hastings First Class Section 1 Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Total 
 1  George Frederick Harold Packer ENG
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1 1 1 0 1 1 1 6
2 Edith Charlotte Price ENG 0
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0 1 1 1 1 1 5
3 Sydney Gerard Howell-Smith ENG 0 1
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½ 1 0 1 1
4 Henry Wickham Hore ENG 0 0 ½
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½ 1 1 1 4
5 Francis Albert Joyce ENG 1 0 0 ½
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½ 0 1 3
6 Frederick Wilkinson ENG 0 0 1 0 ½
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½ 1 3
7 W Arthur Winser ENG 0 0 0 0 1 ½
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½ 2
8 E J Scrimgeour ENG 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½
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½

1924/25 Hastings First Class Section 2

1924/25 Hastings First Class Section 2 Nat'y 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Total 
 1  Lachlan McLean ENG
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½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 6
2 Vera Menchik CZE ½
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1 ½ 0 1 1 1 5
3 W H King ENG ½ 0
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0 1 ½ 1 1 4
4 Alfred Dudley Barlow ENG 0 ½ 1
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0 1 1 0
5 Commander Robert Douglas Graham ENG 0 1 0 1
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0 1 0 3
6 R H Brown ENG 0 0 ½ 0 1
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0 1
7 Major E M Jones ENG 0 0 0 0 0 1
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1 2
8 Agnes Bradley Stevenson (née Lawson) ENG 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
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2

In the play-off between the two First Class sections on Saturday, Packer beat McLean, Miss Price and Miss Menchik drew, and Howell-Smith and King drew.


[BCM, February 1925, ppn 49-64]

HASTINGS CHRISTMAS CHESS FESTIVAL.

The fifth annual gathering of chessplayers at Hastings, under the auspices of the Hastings Borough Council and the Hastings Chess Club combined, met in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall on the evening of Saturday, December 27th, and daily from Monday, December 29th, to Friday, January 2nd. No less than ninety-two players participated in the tournaments, nine of them being masters or strong amateurs from the Continent. As Mr. H. E. Dobell, president of the club, remarked at the preliminary assembly, the large number of entries received this year had enabled the organisers to make a considerable enlargement of their original plans. But for this, of course, larger funds were required, the prize fund of £175 being by no means the only item. The loan of the Council Chamber, however, and a liberal contribution from the Council are two of the things that put Hastings in a position to carry on so successfully this annual affair.

Alderman W. J. Fellows, the Mayor, having welcomed the visitors to Hastings on behalf of the Town and Corporation, the actual work began just after 6 p.m. on December 27th. All the competitors in the two Premier sections put in their appearance, except that Price was a victim of holiday railway derangements (as also was Joyce in first Class, Section I). The Premier Reserves were even stronger than was originally announced, Opocenski (Czecho-Slovakia) sending in a late entry, and Drewitt consenting to fill a vacancy. A few vacancies in lower sections were filled up by Monday, so the number for which the programme allowed—ninety-two—was complete.

We give below a record, round by round, of the two Premier ournaments, some account of the Premier Reserves, and very brief descriptions of the other tournaments.

As a matter of fact, the round-by-round record does not represent the exciting nature of the finish in both sections, as it gives the results on which they did not occur! The exact position at 5-30 p.m. on Friday [2 January] was:—

Section I—Maroczy first, with 6½; Seitz, finished, 5; Yates, 4½ with a game to finish with Dewing; Michell, 3, with games to finish with Dewing and Bolland.

Section II.—Tartakover and Przepiorka, 4½ each, still playing another; Sergeant, finished, 4½; A. Steiner, 4, finishing a game with Colle. But five minutes after the half-hour Steiner had beaten Colle, so that if Tartakover and Przepiorka agreed to draw, they would both only tie with him.

In Section I Michell disposed of Dewing, but could only draw with Bolland. Yates, taking on Dewing after the latter had played Michell, at the third sitting brought about a book-ending Rook and Pawn v. Rook, in which the superior forces win. Thus he gained second place in the section with a score of 5½, Seitz being third with 5.

As has already been said, Tartakover and Przepiorka could only draw, which produced a triple tie in Section II. There was no time to play the tie off, and the players being willing to leave the arrangement of the pairing to the Committee (the financial aspect of the prize distribution being duly attended to), the Committee settled the pairs for the next day. Where one player had had four Blacks during the week he was given White ; where both had, the decision was by lot.

Final Round, January 3rd [1925]

1924/25 Hastings Premier Play-Off  
G Maroczy ½-½ S Tartakower Alekhine's Defence, 23 moves
E Steiner 0-1 F Yates Zukertort's, 20 moves
D Przepiorka 1-0 J A Seitz QGD, 26 moves

The first game was of a conventional character and presented no particular points of interest. The other two, on the contrary, were fine efforts on the part of Yates and Przepiorka, and showed that neither of these players had been exhausted by a week’s hard chess.

Premier Reserves.

In the first round Opocenski and Drewitt met, and after they had drawn it was hoped that there might be a good race for first prize between these two. As a matter of fact, however, there was no such race. Opocenski won his remaining six games, whereas Drewitt dropped half in the third round, another half in the fifth, and a whole point in the sixth, when Jesty passed into second place. It then looked as if, while Opocenski must be first, Jesty would be second and either Drewitt or Macalister third—Jesty being 4, Drewitt 3½, and Macalister 2½, with an adjourned game. But Macalister drew his adjourned game and beat Jesty in the final round, Drewitt halved the points in his last game, and so there came about a triple tie for second and third prizes. As time was so short, a division of the prizes was agreed to.

The Czecho-Slovakian master had an easy run; but we cannot help feeling that Drewitt could have pressed him much more closely, had he had a mind to. It was, perhaps, unfortunate that they met in the first round. Jesty and Macalister played some good chess, as also did Dr. Rutherford.

First Class.

In Section I Packer walked right away from the start and dropped nothing until the last round, when Joyce defeated him—the first prize then being safely his. Miss Price and Howell-Smith had a good race for second place, the lady champion gaining it by half a point.

In Section II MacLean, as might have been expected of the old Cambridge University player, rather outclassed the rest. He had however, a narrow escape against Miss Menchik in the second round ; and in the last round he was content to draw with King. The last-named won his first three games, but scored nothing further till the 6th round. Miss Menchik, who, though inconsistent, played some very good chess, passed King in the 5th round and secured second Pnze.

In the play-off between the two sections on Saturday, Packer beat McLean, Miss Price and Miss Menchik drew, and Howell-Smith and King drew.


First Class Reserves, Section I.—S. P. Lees and H. Ward, 5½ each; Mrs. Sollas and J. H. Wise, 4 each; E. Atkinson, 3; W. D Wyght, 2½; Miss Abraham, 2; T. Moody, 1½. Section II.—Dr. E. H- Smith, 5½; L. Toth, 5; Captain A. E. Dickinson and W. G. Watson, 4 each; Mrs. R. P. Michell, 3½; H. M. Paulet, 2½; Hon. F. G. Hamilton-Russell, 2; F. A. Riley, 1½. In the play-off Dr. Smith beat Ward, Toth (a Hungarian amateur) beat Lees, Watson beat Mrs. Sollas.

Second Class, Section I.—R. D. Gillon-Fergusson, 5½; W. Stevens, 5; A. S. Kidney and A. H. Reeve, 4½ each; Professor R. W. Genese, 3½; A. H. Hart, 3; W. E. Leffler, 2; H. J. Ewart, 0. Section II.—P. A. Ursell, 6; R. H. Blomfield and Miss Musgrave, 4½ each; Captain H. G. McMullon, 3½; A. Mortlock, 3; A. Kirby and P. L. Jones, 2½ each; W. J. Baumgartner, 1½. In the play-off Gillon-Ferguson beat Ursell, Miss Musgrave beat Stevens, Reeve drew with Blomfield.

Third Class, Section I.—V. Coates, 8; Mrs. Chase and J. E. Coleman, 6½ each; H. S. Shelton, 6; W. A. Boutcher, 5; Rev. W. Harvey, 4; A. E. Grey, 3½; Mrs. Ayris, 3; D. R. Mitchell, 1½; Miss Jennings, 1. Section II.—H. N. Collins, 8; L. S. Hanson-Powter, 7; L. G. Norman, 6½; W. F. Freeman, 6; A. Deitz, 5; Miss Rogers 4½; G. Shoesmith, 4; W. Harvey, 2½; D. W. Riley, 1½; Miss Watson, 0. There was no play-off for the prizes in these sections.


The prize-distribution took place in the Council Chamber at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 3rd, the Mayor of Hastings presiding, and Lady Margaret Hamilton-Russell making the presentations to the fortunate winners.

There were only two extra events during the week. On Monday afternoon there was a lightning tournament of 28 players, in which the four prizes were won by Tartakover, Przepiorka, Opocenski and A. Steiner respectively. On Friday night Tartakover gave a simultaneous exhibition against 19 opponents, defeating 18 and drawing with one.

On Wednesday morning, December 31st, play was interrupted for a few moments, in order that Mr. Dobell should make a presentation to Mr. Burn of an album containing the signatures of the town officials, the committee, the players, and the visitors, and conveying the heartiest congratulations to the great English master on his attainment of his 76th birthday. The very warm applause showed that Mr. Dobell’s words in presenting the album were echoed by all.

Once more we must congratulate Hastings and the Congress sub-committee—on this occasion, Messrs. Dobell, Wickham Hore, Jackson, Kirkpatrick, Lewcock, Packer and Norman (hon. secretary) —on a splendidly managed chess festival.


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(some years ago) Original upload as separate files
9 March 2022 Now brought together into one file covering both sections of the Premier; added full dates, crosstables, results of other sections, etc.