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Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

Post by Gerard Killoran » Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:08 pm

Olimpbase has details of four tours by the club in 1903, 1905, 1907 and 1923 with the results of the matches played. However it has nothing about this one:

THE BRITISH CHESS MAGAZINE. 1911 p.240

The Hastings Chess Club is arranging for its biennial chess tour, a visit to Switzerland, with matches at Neuchatel, Berne, Davoz, Zurich and Paris. Players of other clubs wishing to join the tour, which starts on August 3rd or 4th, should write for further particulars to Mr. J. Chandler, Kingston Road, Lewes.

From http://www.crebarchive.be/ARCHIVES/CAHIERS/TOME04.pdf (also p.240)

La Stratégie, n°8, août 1911

"La délégation du Chess Club d'Hastings, de retour de sa brillante tournée en Suisse, a joué le 17 août un match contre l'Union Amicale des Amateurs de la Régence.

En l'absence des membres du comité de l'U.A.A.R. puis croyons-nous, à l'instigation de M Constant-Bernard, c'est notre ami et collaborateur M. Alphonse Goetz qui a été chargé de l'organisation de cette petite rencontre, et vu la saison des vacances nous ne pouvons que le féliciter d'avoir pu réunir une équipe aussi forte que celle qu'il a présentée à nos visiteurs anglais. Ceux-ci possèdent également un certain nombre de joueurs très forts et leurs succès nous surprennent moins, maintenant que nous les avons vus à l'oeuvre. Nous ne croyons pas qu'un autre club de la province anglaise puisse présenter une pareille équipe.

Le résultat a été un match nul dont voici le tableau :

Chess Club d'Hastings Union Amicale de la Régence
J. Chandler 1 Dr Raymond G 0
H.G. Cole 1/2 H. Weinstein 1/2
W.J.L. O'Connel 1 E. Chatard 0
J.J. O'Hanlon 0 A. Gibaud 1
H.J.F.S. Stephenson 0 A. Goetz 1
G.E. Wainwright 1 B. Soldatenkoff 0
W.D. Wight 0 M. Lee 1
3,5 3,5

La rencontre a été intéressante et agréable à tous points; elle s'est terminée par un toast à l'entente cordiale".

Translation via Google Translate

"The Delegation of the Hastings Chess Club, returning from their successful tour in Switzerland, played a match on August 17 against the Union Amicale des Amateurs de la Regence.

In the absence of members of the committee of the U.A.A.R. and we believe, at the instigation of Mr. Constant Bernard, it was our friend and colleague, Mr. Alphonse Goetz who was responsible for the organisation of this little meeting, and given the holiday season we can congratulate him on being able to gather a team as strong as the one he presented to our English visitors. They also have a number of strong players and their success surprises us less now that we have seen them at work. We do not believe that another club of the English provinces can produce such a team.

The meeting was interesting and enjoyable in every way; it ended with a toast to the 'entente cordiale'."

Perhaps less cordial if they knew how many of the team were 'ringers'. Are there any other records of the 1911 tour out there?
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Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

Post by Gordon Cadden » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:32 am

The Hastings Club did invite members from other clubs, to participate in their European Tour. Surprised to see the Irish Champion, JJ O'Hanlon, in the team; he may have travelled from Dublin. The Hampstead Chess Club also arranged European Tours in the 1920's, but the team was selected from the club membership.

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Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

Post by Tim Harding » Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:42 pm

Gordon Cadden wrote:The Hastings Club did invite members from other clubs, to participate in their European Tour. Surprised to see the Irish Champion, JJ O'Hanlon, in the team; he may have travelled from Dublin.
O'Hanlon did not move to Dublin until some time after the First World War. He was originally from Portadown in Ulster and I think still lived there in 1911.

David McAlister says he often travelled to England to get stronger practice than was available at home. See his page:

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Post by Gerard Killoran » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:58 pm

There seems to be an Irish connection as Cole was living and working in Ireland in the five years up to 1909 and played for the same team as O'Hanlon.

http://www.rct26.dial.pipex.com/timetra ... hgcole.htm

W.J.L. O'Connel (sic) appears to be the civil engineer William Joseph Leo O'Connell of Cork. Born: 1892/93 Died: 1966

http://www.dia.ie/architects/view/4108/ ... MJOSEPHLEO

W.J.L. O'Connell is also recorded as representing Ireland at Bridge. Ironically - if he is the same person - because he also designed and built bridges.

Chandler, Stephenson and Wight were the only locals in the team.

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Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

Post by David McAlister » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:04 pm

"The following game was won by the Ulster champion in the match against Berne during the recent French and Swiss tour of the Hastings Chess Club" (Northern Whig, 2nd November 1911).



The game can be found at the ICU database: http://www.icu.ie/games/display.php?id=13523. As I submitted it to that database, I reckon that entitles me to post it here too :)

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Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

Post by David McAlister » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:20 pm

Mrs Rowland's chess column in the Weekly Irish Times for 7th October 1911 (page 24) makes use of the La Strategie article, the original of which may have been longer, because she gives the results from the Swiss part of the tour:

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5th August  Berne  2.0 - 6.0 Hastings CC 
7th August  Berne  3.5 - 4.5 Hastings CC 
11th August Davos  2.5 - 6.5 Hastings CC 
15th August Zurich 7.0 - 2.0 Hastings CC 
The article goes on to cover the match against l'Union Amicale des Amateurs de la Régence and Mrs Rowland alluded to the "ringer" issue: "Irish readers will be rather surprised at reading the names in the above Hastings Chess Club team. They are familiar enough to our clubs. Mr. H.G. Cole, long resident in Ireland, is a native of Kent, and a distinguished member of the City of London Chess Club. Mr. W.J.L. O'Connell is a resident of Cork, and tied with Mr. Archer in last season's contest for the Plunkett Trophy and Championship of Cork. Mr. J.J. O'Hanlon is a resident of Portadown, and Champion of Ulster. Mr. Wainwright belongs to the City of London C.C."

O'Connell had also supplied Mrs Rowland with some further details: "...the order of players in above score is merely alphabetical. Messrs. Cole and Wainwright played alternately on the two top boards. Messrs. O'Hanlon and Stephenson (last year's Hastings champion) came Nos. 3 and 4. Mr O'Connell, once 4, but usually 5 or 6, so that he did not play above Mr. O'Hanlon. Mr. Wainwright played extremely well. His draw at Zurich was against the Swiss champion, Naegeli."

The article goes on to tabulate the individual scores of the team on the tour, presumably supplied by O'Connell, but the table (too difficult for me to reproduce here) does not tally with the results as given in La Strategie. According to this version, there were 5 matches:

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Berne  2.0 - 6.0 Hastings CC 
Davos  2.5 - 6.5 Hastings CC 
Zurich 7.0 - 2.0 Hastings CC 
Paris  3.5 - 3.5 Hastings CC
Rouen  0.0 - 8-0 Hastings CC
The individual scores were:

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1. Cole       +1 =4 -0
2. Wainwright +4 =1 -0
3. O'Hanlon   +2 =0 -3
4. Stephenson +3 =1 -1
5. O'Connell  +3 =1 -1
6. Chandler   +3 =1 -1
7. Wight      +3 =0 -2
8. May        +1 =2 -1
9. Mann       +1 +0 -1

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Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

Post by Paul Buswell » Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:23 pm

I'll try to check the Club's Minute Books in the next few days and see what's recorded.

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Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

Post by Paul Buswell » Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:36 pm

The only reference I can find in the 1911 Minutes of the Hastings Club (28 April 1911) describes it as the 'biennial tour', to be organised by Mr Chandler, five matches in France/Switzerland, duration a fortnight, estimated cost £15 or £16, and Chandler was authorised to advertise in BCM for players.

Nothing at all in later Minutes in 1911, nor in the local press report of the Club's AGM in September. A leading member of the Club, Mr Womersley, was murdered in September 1911 (see Edward Winter's article) and I speculate that this may have distracted from accurate or complete minuting.

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Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

Post by Gerard Killoran » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:59 pm

Here's another report of one of the Hastings Club's tour matches not listed on Olimpbase. The translation is mainly Google Translate plus guesswork. Apologies to any Dutch readers.

http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collec ... /1923/0526

Utrechts Nieuwsblad (26-05-1923), pag. 3 van 14

SCHAKEN.

Utrecht-Hastings.

De Engelsche schaakspelers met hun dames en aanhangers van de Hastings and St. Leonards Chess club, die een rondreis maken door Nederland en Belgie, zijn de gasten geweest van de schaakclub Utrecht. Begunstigd door fraai weder, werd in den namiddag een groote autotocht met de gasten gemaakt en werden hun de fraaiste gedeelten van de provincie Utrecht getoond. Dat het dorpje Doorn en speciaal het landgoed van den ex-keiser het toppunt van aller belangstelling was, behoeft wel geen betoog.

Gesterkt door do frissche lucht en een geanimeerden gemeenschappelijken maaltijd begon 's avonds prompt om 8 uur de wedstrijd, waar de voorzitter der schaakclub Utrecht de Engelsche vrienden op de meest hartelijke wijze het welkom toeriep.

De opstelling en uitslag was als volgt:

"Hastings'. "Utrecht".

1. F. D. Yates - Dr. A. G. Olland 1/2X1/2
2. R. H. V. Scott - C. H. Piccardt 0-1
3. R. B. Griffith - J. H. Goud 1/2-1/2
4. H. E. Price - G. H. B. Hogewind 1-0
5. H. E. Dobell - G. de Bie 1/2-1/2
6. J. A. Watt - G. Ch. Smeekes 1-0
7. W. H. Whicker - J. Robijns 1/2-1/2
8. E. G. Taylor - A. Boer 0-1
9. W. D. Wight - A. H. v. Wijngaarden 0-1
10. E. E. Willett - C. Oudegeest 1/2X1/2
11. J. Chandler - H. L. Weurman 1/2X1/2

5-6

Utrecht had aan de oneven borden wit. De met een kruis gemerkte partijen die 's nachts om half een nog niet beeindigd waren, werden remise verklaard Vermoedelijk had dr. Olland op den duur wel kunnen winnen, omdat Yates in het midden een paar minder sterke pionnen had, doch de winstvoortzetting lag niet direct voor de hand. Daar de captain der Utrechtsche club wit had, koos hij natuurlijk de Spaansche variant, die hij zonder twijfel meesterlijk beheerscht. Het geheele spel door hield hij de leiding en bij het afbreken kon Zwart weinig anders doen dan met zijn kasteelen en raadsheeren heen en weer schuiven.

Ook de partij Willett—Oudegeest stond in het voordeel van Utrecht. Verlies van een pion kon de Engelschman niet meer voorkomen.

Een zeer interessante partij speelden de heeren Scott en Piccardt aan het tweede bord. Scott opende koninginne-gambiet en ontwikkelde een geweldigen aanval, die echter door Piccardt kranig werd weerlegd. De partij trok een groot aantal toeschouwers, want men was algemeen van oordeel, dat de Hollander zou worden verpletterd. Doch telkens als nieuwe strijdkrachten aanrukten, wist Piccardt weer een zet te vinden, die de plannen van den Engelschman verijdelde en zoo moest ten slotte Scott het bij den 34sten zet opgeven. Vermelding verdient daarbij, dat hij eerst op den 32sten zet rokkeerde. Waarschijnlijk een unicum.

Aan het derde bord speelden Goud en Griffith een Russische partij. Reeds na den 14den zet moest de Engelschman naar goede zetten zoeken, want hij kon bijna geen vin verroeren. Goud wilde echter te spoedig de winst forceeren, begon daarom een onstuimigen aanval, die feitelijk al te gewaagd bleek, zoodat de Engelschman ten slotte los wist te komen. Remise was het resultaat.

De bekende Price speelde, zoo besluit de N. R. Ct., aan het vierde bord tegen den Utrechtschen veteraan Hogewind de Rubinstein-variant van het koninginne-gambiet. Zwart was in dit gambiet minder goed thuis en verloor.

CHESS.

Utrecht Hastings.

The English chess players with their ladies and supporters of the Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club, making a tour through the Netherlands and Belgium, have been the guests of the Utrecht chess club. Favoured by fine weather, in the afternoon was a great excursion by car with their guests and they were shown the most beautiful parts of the province of Utrecht. There no disputing that the most interesting sights were the village of Doorn and especially the estate of the former Kaiser.

Bolstered by fresh air and an animated? (geanimeerden) communal? (gemeenschappelijken) meal, the match began that evening promptly at 8 pm, where the president of the Utrecht chess club welcomed our English friends in the most cordial manner.

The setup and results were as follows:

"Hastings'. "Utrecht".

1. F. D. Yates - Dr. A. G. Olland 1/2X1/2
2. R. H. V. Scott - C. H. Piccardt 0-1
3. R. B. Griffith - J. H. Goud 1/2-1/2
4. H. E. Price - G. H. B. Hogewind 1-0
5. H. E. Dobell - G. de Bie 1/2-1/2
6. J. A. Watt - G. Ch. Smeekes 1-0
7. W. H. Whicker - J. Robijns 1/2-1/2
8. E. G. Taylor - A. Boer 0-1
9. W. D. Wight - A. H. v. Wijngaarden 0-1
10. E. E. Willett - C. Oudegeest 1/2X1/2
11. J. Chandler - H. L. Weurman 1/2X1/2

5-6

Utrecht had white on the odd boards. The crosses mark games that were not yet finished at half past one and were thus declared a draw. Presumably Dr. Olland would eventually be able to win because Yates had some weak pawns in the centre, but the winning continuation was not immediately obvious. As the captain of the Utrecht club had white, of course he chose the Spanish opening, which he masterfully undoubtedly dominated the whole game through and he held the lead at the break. Black could do little else than slide his rooks and bishops back and forth.

The game between Willett and Oudegeest went in favour of Utrecht, the Englishman could not avoid the loss of a pawn.

A very interesting game was played by Messrs. Scott and Piccardt on the second board. Scott opened with the Queen's Gambit and developed a violent attack, which, however, was refuted by the plucky Piccardt The game drew a crowd, as it was generally considered that the Dutchman would be crushed. But with each attack Piccardt found a move that foiled the plans of the Englishman, and so Scott had to finally resign on the 34th move. It should be mentioned that he castled on the 32nd move. Probably unique.

On the third board Goud and Griffith played the Russian game. Already after the 14th move was the Englishman in desperate straits, for he could hardly move. Goud, however, wanted to quickly press the advantage, and began an impetuous attack, which actually turned out to be too risky, so the Englishman finally managed to escape. Draw was the result.

The fourth board saw the famous Price decide on N. R. Ct. (?) and the Utrecht veteran Hogewind replied with the Rubinstein Variation of the Queen's Gambit. Black was less at home in this gambit and lost.

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Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

Post by Gordon Cadden » Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:35 am

Gerard Killoran wrote:Here's another report of one of the Hastings Club's tour matches not listed on Olimpbase. The translation is mainly Google Translate plus guesswork. Apologies to any Dutch readers.

http://www.hetutrechtsarchief.nl/collec ... /1923/0526

Utrechts Nieuwsblad (26-05-1923), pag. 3 van 14

SCHAKEN.

Utrecht-Hastings.

De Engelsche schaakspelers met hun dames en aanhangers van de Hastings and St. Leonards Chess club, die een rondreis maken door Nederland en Belgie, zijn de gasten geweest van de schaakclub Utrecht. Begunstigd door fraai weder, werd in den namiddag een groote autotocht met de gasten gemaakt en werden hun de fraaiste gedeelten van de provincie Utrecht getoond. Dat het dorpje Doorn en speciaal het landgoed van den ex-keiser het toppunt van aller belangstelling was, behoeft wel geen betoog.
Gesterkt door do frissche lucht en een geanimeerden gemeenschappelijken maaltijd begon 's avonds prompt om 8 uur de wedstrijd, waar de voorzitter der schaakclub Utrecht de Engelsche vrienden op de meest hartelijke wijze het welkom toeriep.

De opstelling en uitslag was als volgt:

"Hastings'. "Utrecht".

1. F. D. Yates - Dr. A. G. Olland 1/2X1/2
2. R. H. V. Scott - C. H. Piccardt 0-1
3. R. B. Griffith - J. H. Goud 1/2-1/2
4. H. E. Price - G. H. B. Hogewind 1-0
5. H. E. Dobell - G. de Bie 1/2-1/2
6. J. A. Watt - G. Ch. Smeekes 1-0
7. W. H. Whicker - J. Robijns 1/2-1/2
8. E. G. Taylor - A. Boer 0-1
9. W. D. Wight - A. H. v. Wijngaarden 0-1
10. E. E. Willett - C. Oudegeest 1/2X1/2
11. J. Chandler - H. L. Weurman 1/2X1/2

5-6

Utrecht had aan de oneven borden wit. De met een kruis gemerkte partijen die 's nachts om half een nog niet beeindigd waren, werden remise verklaard Vermoedelijk had dr. Olland op den duur wel kunnen winnen, omdat Yates in het midden een paar minder sterke pionnen had, doch de winstvoortzetting lag niet direct voor de hand. Daar de captain der Utrechtsche club wit had, koos hij natuurlijk de Spaansche variant, die hij zonder twijfel meesterlijk beheerscht. Het geheele spel door hield hij de leiding en bij het afbreken kon Zwart weinig anders doen dan met zijn kasteelen en raadsheeren heen en weer schuiven.

Ook de partij Willett—Oudegeest stond in het voordeel van Utrecht. Verlies van een pion kon de Engelschman niet meer voorkomen.

Een zeer interessante partij speelden de heeren Scott en Piccardt aan het tweede bord. Scott opende koninginne-gambiet en ontwikkelde een geweldigen aanval, die echter door Piccardt kranig werd weerlegd. De partij trok een groot aantal toeschouwers, want men was algemeen van oordeel, dat de Hollander zou worden verpletterd. Doch telkens als nieuwe strijdkrachten aanrukten, wist Piccardt weer een zet te vinden, die de plannen van den Engelschman verijdelde en zoo moest ten slotte Scott het bij den 34sten zet opgeven. Vermelding verdient daarbij, dat hij eerst op den 32sten zet rokkeerde. Waarschijnlijk een unicum.

Aan het derde bord speelden Goud en Griffith een Russische partij. Reeds na den 14den zet moest de Engelschman naar goede zetten zoeken, want hij kon bijna geen vin verroeren. Goud wilde echter te spoedig de winst forceeren, begon daarom een onstuimigen aanval, die feitelijk al te gewaagd bleek, zoodat de Engelschman ten slotte los wist te komen. Remise was het resultaat.

De bekende Price speelde, zoo besluit de N. R. Ct., aan het vierde bord tegen den Utrechtschen veteraan Hogewind de Rubinstein-variant van het koninginne-gambiet. Zwart was in dit gambiet minder goed thuis en verloor.

CHESS.

Utrecht Hastings.

The English chess players with their ladies and supporters of the Hastings and St Leonards Chess Club, making a tour through the Netherlands and Belgium, have been the guests of the Utrecht chess club. Favoured by fine weather, in the afternoon was a great excursion by car with their guests and they were shown the most beautiful parts of the province of Utrecht. There no disputing that the most interesting sights were the village of Doorn and especially the estate of the former Kaiser.

Bolstered by fresh air and an animated? (geanimeerden) communal? (gemeenschappelijken) meal, the match began that evening promptly at 8 pm, where the president of the Utrecht chess club welcomed our English friends in the most cordial manner.

The setup and results were as follows:

"Hastings'. "Utrecht".

1. F. D. Yates - Dr. A. G. Olland 1/2X1/2
2. R. H. V. Scott - C. H. Piccardt 0-1
3. R. B. Griffith - J. H. Goud 1/2-1/2
4. H. E. Price - G. H. B. Hogewind 1-0
5. H. E. Dobell - G. de Bie 1/2-1/2
6. J. A. Watt - G. Ch. Smeekes 1-0
7. W. H. Whicker - J. Robijns 1/2-1/2
8. E. G. Taylor - A. Boer 0-1
9. W. D. Wight - A. H. v. Wijngaarden 0-1
10. E. E. Willett - C. Oudegeest 1/2X1/2
11. J. Chandler - H. L. Weurman 1/2X1/2

5-6

Utrecht had white on the odd boards. The crosses mark games that were not yet finished at half past one and were thus declared a draw. Presumably Dr. Olland would eventually be able to win because Yates had some weak pawns in the centre, but the winning continuation was not immediately obvious. As the captain of the Utrecht club had white, of course he chose the Spanish opening, which he masterfully undoubtedly dominated the whole game through and he held the lead at the break. Black could do little else than slide his rooks and bishops back and forth.

The game between Willett and Oudegeest went in favour of Utrecht, the Englishman could not avoid the loss of a pawn.

A very interesting game was played by Messrs. Scott and Piccardt on the second board. Scott opened with the Queen's Gambit and developed a violent attack, which, however, was refuted by the plucky Piccardt The game drew a crowd, as it was generally considered that the Dutchman would be crushed. But with each attack Piccardt found a move that foiled the plans of the Englishman, and so Scott had to finally resign on the 34th move. It should be mentioned that he castled on the 32nd move. Probably unique.

On the third board Goud and Griffith played the Russian game. Already after the 14th move was the Englishman in desperate straits, for he could hardly move. Goud, however, wanted to quickly press the advantage, and began an impetuous attack, which actually turned out to be too risky, so the Englishman finally managed to escape. Draw was the result.

The fourth board saw the famous Price decide on N. R. Ct. (?) and the Utrecht veteran Hogewind replied with the Rubinstein Variation of the Queen's Gambit. Black was less at home in this gambit and lost.
Two members of the Hampstead Chess Club were representing Hastings CC, R.H.V. Scott, and that should read R.C. Griffith.

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Re: Hastings Chess Club European Tour 1911

Post by Gerard Killoran » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:02 am

I meant to say the full match score was not on Olimpbase - they have the result of the match and top two boards only.

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