The 33rd Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held from December 27, 1957 to January 6, 1958. Ten grandmasters and masters were invited to compete a round robin format at the premier event. The notable participants of this edition included previous Hastings winners Svetozar Gligoric, Paul Keres, and Dr. Jonathan Penrose. Keres was clear first at the finish with +6, winning his second Hastings tournament.
The final standings and crosstable:
Hastings (1956/57) and Hastings (1958/59) were the 32nd and 34th Christmas festivals at this city.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1 Keres * 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7½
2 Gligoric 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6½
3 Filip ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6
4 Barden 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 5
=5 Kluger 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 4½
=5 Sterner 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 4½
7 Penrose 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 4
8 Clarke 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 3½
9 Blau 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 * 1 2
10 Fazekas 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1½
Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1957/58, by User: suenteus po 147.
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|1. Keres vs L Barden
|| ||1-0||36||1957||Hastings 1957/58||A15 English|
|2. J Penrose vs Blau
||1-0||20||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C44 King's Pawn Game|
|3. Blau vs Fazekas
||1-0||38||1957||Hastings 1957/58||B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation|
|4. P Clarke vs Blau
||1-0||51||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer|
|5. Filip vs G Kluger
|| ||1-0||37||1957||Hastings 1957/58||A05 Reti Opening|
|6. Gligoric vs Fazekas
|| ||1-0||40||1957||Hastings 1957/58||E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation|
|7. L Barden vs Blau
||1-0||32||1957||Hastings 1957/58||E78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3|
|8. Keres vs J Penrose
||1-0||47||1957||Hastings 1957/58||C41 Philidor Defense|
|9. Keres vs P Clarke
|| ||1-0||31||1958||Hastings 1957/58||C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation|
|10. Filip vs Fazekas
|| ||1-0||40||1958||Hastings 1957/58||A10 English|
|11. Gligoric vs Blau
|| ||1-0||56||1958||Hastings 1957/58||E75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line|
|12. L Barden vs O Sterner
|| ||1-0||30||1958||Hastings 1957/58||C18 French, Winawer|
|13. G Kluger vs J Penrose
|| ||1-0||61||1958||Hastings 1957/58||E14 Queen's Indian|
|14. J Penrose vs L Barden
||1-0||39||1958||Hastings 1957/58||B56 Sicilian|
|15. G Kluger vs P Clarke
|| ||1-0||32||1958||Hastings 1957/58||A54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3|
|16. Keres vs O Sterner
|| ||1-0||44||1958||Hastings 1957/58||C07 French, Tarrasch|
|17. Gligoric vs Keres
||1-0||57||1958||Hastings 1957/58||D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense|
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|Jan-10-16|| ||pazzed paun: This would have been a very different tournament if Bobby Fischer had played as he originally planned instead of the USA championship|
|Apr-08-16|| ||mathlover: yes but y did bobby withdrew?|
|Apr-09-16|| ||pazzed paun: There was no real explanation given but it looks like playing in the USA championship was a better career move for Fischer|
|Apr-09-16|| ||Howard: But, at the age of 14, was Fischer ready to compete in a tournament with the likes of Keres and Gligoric ?|
Yes, yes, he won his first U.S. championship at that age, but Hastings was certainly a tougher event.
Didn't know he'd considered playing at Hastings though.
|Oct-18-16|| ||Absentee: <Howard: But, at the age of 14, was Fischer ready to compete in a tournament with the likes of Keres and Gligoric?>|
I'd say he was. He played them in Zürich the following year and finished tied for third with Keres (whom he beat) and half a point behind Gligoric (who beat him), and again in the Candidates where he drew both (all games vs Keres were black wins, curiously).
|Oct-18-16|| ||Retireborn: In those days (and for years afterwards) the playing conditions at Hastings were rather poor, unfortunately. Had Fischer played he might not have completed the tournament.|
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