Buenos Aires 1941, Montevideo 1941
60 Seiten, Broschüre, The Chess Player, 1. Auflage 2008
Aus der Reihe »Rare and Unpublished Tournaments«
Buenos Aires (Bodas de Plata) 1941
1. Stahlberg 11.0 / 14
2. Najdorf 11.0 / 14
3. Frydman 8.0 / 14
4. Michel 7.5 / 14
5. Guimard 6.0 / 14
6. Pilnik 5.5 / 14
7. Czerniak 5.0 / 14
8. Puiggros 2.0 / 14
1. Eliskases 9.5 / 11
2. Luckis 8.0 / 11
3. Engels 7.0 / 11
4. Balparda 5.5 / 11
5. Roux Cabral 5.5 / 11
6. Rossetto 5.5 / 11
7. Isain 5.5 / 11
8. Canepa 4.5 / 11
9. Liebstein 4.5 / 11
10. Olivera 4.0 / 11
11. Ledesma 4.0 / 11
12. Pons 2.5 / 11
At the outbreak of World War 2, the Chess Olympiad was taking place in Buenos Aires and when that event was completed, many of the players decided to remain in Argentina rather than to return home to Europe. This was partly because the journey might be dangerous but also because many of them were Jews who could not expect a pleasant welcome. Even after the war many of these players didn't go home; some continued to live in Argentina, but others settled elsewhere.
For the duration of the war, Argentina benefited from the presence of a large number of international standard players and chess life in the country blossomed. Many events were organised to take advantage of this influx, chess magazines sprang into life and, for a few years, Argentina was the most active place in the world for international chess.
The annual tournaments at Mar del Plata are well-known and were published at the time. Other tournaments were published in the Argentine chess magazines or occasionally in book form, but some important events are now almost entirely forgotten. The most significant of these is Cordoba, October 1942, the cross table of which has only recently been rediscovered and from which not a single game is currently known.
The two tournaments in this book were published in Argentine chess magazines of the period:
Buenos Aires 1941 appeared in Ajedrez Americano 1941 and 1942 and also in Enroque!! number 7. The notes given here by Czerniak are from Ajedrez Americano.
Montevideo 1941 also appeared in Enroque!! number 8.
There are several other complete tournaments available from Argentina in this period and it is my intention to publish them soon.
Tony Gillam, May 2008