Held in Glarus, Switzerland, 03 December – 7th
By Norman Andrews
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On Thursday 3rd December, ten members of the B.C.A
gathered at Birmingham airport for the flight to Switzerland and the six nations tournament. After a short flight we were in Zurich and glad of the
warm clothes which we had been advised to take. A train journey by the side
of Lake Zurich took us to Glarus, where the
tournament was to be played.
Glarus is a small, attractive town and is the capital of the canton of the
same name. Though it is an ancient town, many of the buildings are
comparatively modern owing to a devastating fire in the mid nineteenth
century. Our hotel was conveniently close to the station and it proved to
be warm and comfortable with friendly and helpful staff. The food was good
and we were offered second helpings after every meal.
On Saturday afternoon, a coach took us into the mountains to visit a Hydro
-Electric plant, which was actually built inside a mountain. On the way
back to the hotel we stopped at a small wayside cafe where we had coffee
and large plates of Christmas cookies. The proprietress sang several songs
and it was a very pleasant little interlude.
On the chess front the British team got off to a
bad start, but they improved enough to make a match of it with the all
conquering German team in the last round, at one stage looking as if they
may win. Playing conditions were good with lots of space.,
though at times, particularly toward the end of matches there was rather a
lot of noise.
Monday came all too soon and we set off for home.
On the train, Hans Cohn, one of the UK players, told us the story
of William Tell and the apple which was very interesting. The flight to Birmingham was
uneventful. we were given coffee and an almost
inedible cheese sandwich which did not represent the quality of Swiss food
in any respect. At Birmingham
we went our separate ways, I, for one reflecting on what a pleasant
experience it had been.
UK 0.5 - 3.5 Netherlands
Germany 4 - 0 Austria
Belgium 2 - 2 Switzerland
UK 3 - 1 Belgium
Germany 4 - 0 Switzerland
Austria 2.5 - 1.5 Netherlands
UK 0.5 - 3.5 Austria
Germany 3 - 1 Belgium
Netherlands 4 - 0 Switzerland
UK 4 - 0 Switzerland
Germany 3.5 - 0.5 Netherlands
Austria 2.5 - 1.5 Belgium
Germany 2.5 – 1.5 UK
Netherlands 2.5 – 1.5 Belgium
Austria 3 – 1 Switzerland