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Tournament: 1st World Junior (U20) Championship • 98 of the 99 games
Venue: Coventry (Rds 1-2), Birmingham (Rds 3-11) • Dates: 11-22 June 1951 • Download PGN • Last Edited: Friday 28 February, 2020 6:41 PM

1st World Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship, Birmingham/Coventry, 11-22 June 1951

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total
1 Ivkov,Borislav ◊ 1/8 ♦ 1/11 ◊ 1/2 ♦ 1/12 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 1/10 ♦ 1/6 ◊ 1/5 ♦ ½/3 ♦ 1/9 ♦ ½/4
2 Barker,Malcolm Neil ◊ 1/17 ♦ 1/9 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/6 ◊ 1/4 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 1/12 ♦ ½/3 ♦ 1/5 ◊ ½/8 ♦ ½/11 8
3 Cruz,Raul Ceferino ♦ 1/5 ◊ 0/7 ♦ ½/14 ◊ ½/16 ♦ ½/6 ◊ 1/13 ♦ 1/4 ◊ ½/2 ◊ ½/1 ♦ 1/11 ♦ ½/8 7
4 Nyren,Bo Emil ♦ 1/6 ◊ ½/10 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 1/5 ♦ 0/2 ♦ ½/12 ◊ 0/3 ◊ 1/14 ♦ ½/15 ♦ 1/16 ◊ ½/1
5 Harris,Peter A ◊ 0/3 ♦ 1/14 ◊ 1/11 ♦ 0/4 ◊ ½/12 ♦ 1/9 ◊ 1/7 ♦ 0/1 ◊ 0/2 ♦ 1/17 ♦ 1/18
6 Larsen,Bent ◊ 0/4 ♦ 1/17 ◊ 1/9 ♦ 0/2 ◊ ½/3 ♦ 1/15 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 0/11 ◊ 1/13 ♦ 1/18 ◊ 1/14
7 Burstein,Sylvain ◊ ½/12 ♦ 1/3 ◊ ½/4 ♦ 1/8 ◊ ½/1 ◊ ½/2 ♦ 0/5 ♦ ½/9 ◊ ½/11 ♦ ½/10 ◊ ½/15 6
8 Bhend,Edwin ♦ 0/1 ◊ 1/13 ♦ ½/16 ◊ 0/7 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 1/18 ◊ 1/15 ♦ 1/12 ◊ ½/9 ♦ ½/2 ◊ ½/3 6
9 Selzer,Edgar ♦ 1/16 ◊ 0/2 ♦ 0/6 ◊ 1/18 ♦ 1/11 ◊ 0/5 ♦ 1/14 ◊ ½/7 ♦ ½/8 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 1/17 6
10 Rosen,Willy ◊ 1/15 ♦ ½/4 ◊ 0/12 ♦ ½/13 ◊ 1/8 ♦ 0/1 ◊ ½/11 ♦ 0/17 ◊ 1/18 ◊ ½/7 ♦ 1/16 6
11 Olafsson,Fridrik ♦ 1/13 ◊ 0/1 ♦ 0/5 ◊ 1/14 ◊ 0/9 ♦ 1/16 ♦ ½/10 ◊ 1/6 ♦ ½/7 ◊ 0/3 ◊ ½/2
12 Berriman,Grant ♦ ½/7 ◊ 1/18 ♦ 1/10 ◊ 0/1 ♦ ½/5 ◊ ½/4 ♦ 0/2 ◊ 0/8 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 1/15 ♦ ½/13
13 Joyner,Lionel Berry ◊ 0/11 ♦ 0/8 ◊ 1/17 ◊ ½/10 ♦ 1/16 ♦ 0/3 ◊ 1/18 ♦ ½/15 ♦ 0/6 ♦ ½/14 ◊ ½/12 5
14 Eikrem,Arnold ♦ ½/18 ◊ 0/5 ◊ ½/3 ♦ 0/11 ♦ ½/15 ◊ 1/17 ◊ 0/9 ♦ 0/4 ♦ ½/16 ◊ ½/13 ♦ 0/6
15 Walsh,James J ♦ 0/10 ◊ 0/16 ♦ ½/18 ♦ 1/17 ◊ ½/14 ◊ 0/6 ♦ 0/8 ◊ ½/13 ◊ ½/4 ◊ 0/12 ♦ ½/7
16 Jackson,John Alexander ◊ 0/9 ♦ 1/15 ◊ ½/8 ♦ ½/3 ◊ 0/13 ◊ 0/11 ♦ ½/17 ♦ 0/18 ◊ ½/14 ◊ 0/4 ◊ 0/10 3
17 Asker,Sven ♦ 0/2 ◊ 0/6 ♦ 0/13 ◊ 0/15 ♦ ½/18 ♦ 0/14 ◊ ½/16 ◊ 1/10 ♦ ½/12 ◊ 0/5 ◊ 0/9
18 Coosemans,Billy ◊ ½/14 ♦ 0/12 ◊ ½/15 ♦ 0/9 ◊ ½/17 ♦ 0/8 ♦ 0/13 ◊ 1/16 ♦ 0/10 ◊ 0/6 ◊ 0/5

Eagle-eyed readers will spot that the Scottish representative John Jackson finished with three consecutive whites (not that it did him much good). And that the winner had 4 whites and 7 blacks. This is not a mistake, Tony Gillam assures us in the booklet. He adds, "apparently Larsen believed that the pairings were made in a way that favoured the British contestants. It seems that he objected to the pairings on several occasions and succeeded in getting some changed. These were relatively early days for the Swiss System and the rules on pairings had not evolved to anywhere near the levels they are today."

Gillam's booklet, which contains many annotations and much background material, is highly recommended.


File updated

Date Notes
28 Feb 2020 Initial upload. Games taken from the tournament booklet "First International Junior 1950 / First World Junior Championship, Birmingham 1951" edited by Tony Gillam and first published in 2014. My thanks to Tony Gillam for sending me the booklet. There is one missing game (Berriman-Asker, Rd 9), one clearly incomplete/inaccurate score (Rosen-Bhend, Rd 5), and one or two other scores with possible problems. The booklet says the game scores were collected by three of the participants, Larsen, Eikrem and Bhend. Some of Gillam's scores do not tally with those published by ChessBase, and I have made a note of occasions where this happens.