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🏆 83rd Hastings Chess Congress (2008)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Gawain Jones, Vadim Malakhatko, Nidjat Mamedov, Boris Chatalbashev, Falko Bindrich, Sebastian Bogner, Stuart C Conquest, Deep Sengupta, Milos Pavlovic, Vladimir Georgiev, Bogdan Lalic, Mark Hebden, Daniel Gormally, Nicholas Pert, Valery Neverov, Stewart Haslinger, Simon Kim Williams, Farhad Tahirov, Glenn Flear, Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury, Sam E Collins, James R Adair, Yang-Fan Zhou, Swayangsu Satyapragyan, Andrew Greet, Jovanka Houska, Shakil Abu Sufian, Thomas E Rendle, Edward W Formanek, Richard A Bates, Raymond S Kaufman, Florian Dinger, Simon J B Knott, Kh Aminul Islam, Vladimir Prosviriakov, Jack Rudd, Anna Zozulia, Yochanan Afek, Jovica Radovanovic, Petr Marusenko, Samuel G A Franklin, Mehdi Hasan, Peter S Poobalasingam, Robert Eames, Ian D Thompson, Mark Lyell, David Ledger, Bernard Cafferty, Boris Furman, Daniel Andersen, Ian Snape, George E O'Toole, Francis Rayner, Gavin R Lock, Akash Jain, Felix J Kwiatkowski, John N Sugden, Christopher Briscoe, Oliver Jackson, Mark Huizer, Alan G Grant, Jack Lee, Erkin Gurbanzade, Vincent Heinis, Andrew McClement, Arne Hagesaether, Martyn Goodger, Rhys Cumming, James C Mansson, George Dickson, Sabine Fruteau, David Oates, Chino C Atako, Stewart Reuben, George P W Salimbeni, Anthony C P Milnes, Nigel P Donovan, Evangelos Kakkanas, Jude A Lenier, Rasa Norinkeviciute, Jens Henrichsen, Dominic Foord, David Fryer, Alexandra Wilson, Adrian O Pickersgill, Timothy Spanton, Michael Raddatz, David Ian Calvert, John Garnett, Antoine Canonne, Christopher A Gibson, Rodrigo Ringor, Melvin J Young, Elliott Auckland, John Rety, Thomas Kreiter, Ronnie Cohen, Xi-Yang Guo, Joseph R Quinn, Manuel Jesus Conde Chijeb, James S Macrae, Tom C O'Neill, Enyi Uche

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Ringor vs I Thompson  0-142200783rd Hastings Chess CongressC05 French, Tarrasch
2. M Goodger vs S Franklin  1-024200783rd Hastings Chess CongressB50 Sicilian
3. J Lee vs Y Zhou 0-152200783rd Hastings Chess CongressE92 King's Indian
4. A Pickersgill vs M Young  0-146200783rd Hastings Chess CongressB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. J Rety vs J N Sugden  0-149200783rd Hastings Chess CongressE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. N Donovan vs R Cohen  1-026200783rd Hastings Chess CongressB10 Caro-Kann
7. J Henrichsen vs A Milnes  1-051200783rd Hastings Chess CongressA81 Dutch
8. C Atako vs T Spanton  1-038200783rd Hastings Chess CongressB27 Sicilian
9. G O'Toole vs A Hagesaether  0-132200783rd Hastings Chess CongressB10 Caro-Kann
10. P Poobalasingam vs A Jain 1-015200783rd Hastings Chess CongressB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. D Foord vs G Dickson 0-159200783rd Hastings Chess CongressA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
12. S Reuben vs E Gurbanzade  0-127200783rd Hastings Chess CongressA26 English
13. R Norinkeviciute vs E Auckland  0-172200783rd Hastings Chess CongressA16 English
14. X Guo vs E Kakkanas  0-163200783rd Hastings Chess CongressB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. B Cafferty vs E Uche  ½-½30200783rd Hastings Chess CongressA15 English
16. J Radovanovic vs B Lalic  ½-½32200783rd Hastings Chess CongressE01 Catalan, Closed
17. T C O'Neill vs C A Gibson  0-141200783rd Hastings Chess CongressB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. J Garnett vs A McClement  ½-½43200783rd Hastings Chess CongressA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. T Kreiter vs M Raddatz  0-136200783rd Hastings Chess CongressA04 Reti Opening
20. J R Adair vs J Quinn  1-031200783rd Hastings Chess CongressC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
21. J S Macrae vs G Salimbeni  0-155200783rd Hastings Chess CongressA48 King's Indian
22. D I Calvert vs M Conde 1-039200783rd Hastings Chess CongressA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
23. J Lenier vs A Canonne  ½-½43200783rd Hastings Chess CongressB40 Sicilian
24. A Wilson vs R Cumming  0-149200783rd Hastings Chess CongressC88 Ruy Lopez
25. J Mansson vs D Andersen 1-012200783rd Hastings Chess CongressA15 English
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  acirce: <There's times I've felt that way acirce but I take the spirit of the game to move 40 anyway.> That's your right. I'm not telling you what to do - so don't tell others what they should do either.
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  roberts partner: Williams has the norms for the GM title but not yet the 2500 rating. His current 01.08 rating is 2482. He is gaining rating points at Hastings, but has a history of blowing up in late rounds of an event. These circumstances make it absolute practical sense for him against his 2569 No 2 seeded opponent to take a half point whicb puts him nearer his 2500 rating goal and keeps him at worst in shared second place with two rounds to go. As for Malakhatko, it's a quick half point as Black and keeps him well placed.
Jan-04-08  protean: <If you check they have some good and recent comments on the topic.>

I agree they are "recent".

<Williams has the norms for the GM title but not yet the 2500 rating.>

Yeah, I was just about to write about that - not that he needs to justify it anyway.

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  acirce: Not only that, they are also "comments".
Jan-04-08  Nepa Pugna: Peace be with you acirce.
Jan-04-08  unsound: <don't tell others what they should do either> So it's OK to tell people what not to do, as in this case? Quite a conundrum.
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  Stonehenge: Wow, Mamedov-Chatalbashev draw in 8 moves, just as I had predicted. Not kidding.
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  roberts partner: It's now offficial that Williams's 12-move draw with Malakhatko gave him a 2500 rating and the GM title.
Jan-05-08  Phil Holden: <So it's OK to tell people what not to do, as in this case? Quite a conundrum.> Lovely reply.
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  ahmadov: <Stonehenge: Wow, Mamedov-Chatalbashev draw in 8 moves, just as I had predicted.> I just heard on TV that Mamedov is leading in this tournament but that short draw is not pleasant at all...
Jan-06-08  jamesmaskell: Chessbase is reporting Simon K Williams now has his GM norm. Well done ol' chap, another English GM!
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  brankat: Mamedov - Malakhatko = a draw in 9 moves :-) I sure hope some of the other players catch up to them.
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  brankat: B.Lalic -Flear = a draw in 8 moves. What a disgrace.

At least G.Jones vs N.Pert resembles a game of Chess.

Jan-06-08  malthrope: <brankat: B.Lalic -Flear = a draw in 8 moves. What a disgrace. At least G.Jones vs N.Pert resembles a game of Chess.> Yes <brankat> it's sometimes very difficult to fathom the demeanor of last rounds... Sometimes they are filled with fight and sometimes they are filled will only fright! (self descriptive). ;)
Jan-06-08  esticles: Um <cg>, your tourney result is wrong. Malakhov did not win "by an entire point" -- he tied with Mamedov and Neverov at 7.5 followed by 6 others at 7. The crosstable is the second chart at <; ; the first is NOT in order of finish.
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  Stonehenge: <esticles> You'd better post that at chessforum
Jan-06-08  pawnofdoom: Haha Malakhato did all that work to get first place with 7.5/10 and his performance is only 2400. Does that earn him a rating gain anyway? Or will his rating go down from this tournament?
Jan-07-08  Illogic: <Some days you don't feel like playing, it's as simple as that.>

I wonder, did the players give back a portion of their appearance fee for the days they didn't feel like playing?

Jan-07-08  Shams: <I wonder, did the players give back a portion of their appearance fee for the days they didn't feel like playing?>

you can't run hard on every play. do you expect athletes to give back their salaries too? tournaments are marathons, not sprints.

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  Eric Schiller: The analogy is wrong. A chess tournament isn't a marathon, it is like a boxing match. Sometimes boxers take rounds off, losing points, to regain their strength. The crowd doesn't like it, but experienced fans and commentators understand the need. No one says a fight is less great because a round or two was used for rest.
Jan-07-08  drik: <No one says a fight is less great because a round or two was used for rest>

The analogy is wrong - the boxers save their strength for a final effort to win ... the chess players refuse to make a final effort to win. In the final rounds of this tournament Mamedov drew in 9!! & 14!! moves - what was he regaining his strength for ... the journey home?

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  acirce: Mamedov drew so that he would be guaranteed shared first in the tournament, i.e. the very opposite of your accusation that they <refuse to make a final effort to win>.
Jan-07-08  Illogic: <you can't run hard on every play. do you expect athletes to give back their salaries too? tournaments are marathons, not sprints.>

If an athlete didn't 'run hard' for 20% of a full game (the equivalent of what Mamedov did, taking off two out of the ten rounds), then yes, I would absolutely expect him to lose some salary (presumably getting fined), or to get benched.

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  Robin01: I can understand why some players do not like the short draw. However, I can also understand taking a draw to finish in the money, because most chess players I know are not rich and most need the extra cash. So although I do not like such short draws myself, I understand them and understand they are just part of the game.
Jan-09-08  pawnofdoom: <on the short draw discussion>

I myself never accept short draws. I don't think I've ever gotten a tournament draw in less than 50 moves before, except for this one occasion, where my opponent was scared he would lose. If we drew, then we would be guaranteed at least both of us tying for second, with a chance of both of us tying for first. But in the end, we both tied for 2nd and got like 500 dollars. However, the thing weird about that game was that he actually had a +2 advantage according to Fritz after 18 moves, but he was too scared to play on and offered the draw just for the money.

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