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Hastings 1958/59 Tournament

Wolfgang Uhlmann5/5(+5 -0 =0)[view games]
Klaus Viktor Darga2/4(+2 -2 =0)[view games]
Erno Gereben2/3(+2 -1 =0)[view games]
Andreas Dueckstein2/3(+2 -1 =0)[view games]
Robert Wade1/3(+1 -2 =0)[view games]
Lajos Portisch1/1(+1 -0 =0)[view games]
Miroslav Radojcic0/2(+0 -2 =0)[view games]
Peter Hugh Clarke0/3(+0 -3 =0)[view games]
Leonard William Barden0/2(+0 -2 =0)[view games]

Chessgames.com Historical Chess Event
Hastings 1958/59
The 34th Hastings Chess Congress was held from Monday, December 29, 1958 through Wednesday, January 7, 1959. It has the distinction of being the last of the "lost" congresses, with only 13 of the 45 games available. Afterwards, much to the relief of collectors everywhere, all the games have been preserved.

With no Soviet players participating, the list of players probably looks stronger today than it did at the time:

Leonard William Barden, Peter Hugh Clarke, Klaus Viktor Darga, Andreas Dueckstein, Geza Fuster, Erno Gereben, Lajos Portisch, Miroslav Radojcic, Wolfgang Uhlmann, Robert Wade

Portisch and Uhlmann went on to become Candidates-level grandmasters, and Darga also achieved the GM title in 1964. At the time, however, they were merely promising young masters in their early 20s, though this would be one result that would presage the future.

It was the veteran player IM Erno Gereben, at age 51, who took the early lead when Uhlmann and Portisch drew in the first round. He managed to stay on top with Uhlmann for a while, as Portisch took a couple of early draws and Darga couldn't build any momentum. However, in rounds 5 and 6 Gereben lost to both Portisch and Uhlmann, which took care of his chances.

Portisch was finally in a winning groove, but was stuck a point behind Uhlmann who stayed ahead in the simplest way possible--winning seven games in a row from rounds 2-8. There's not much else to say after a performance like that.

Since the game list is incomplete, here is a complete rundown of round-by-round results, with games in the database indicated by an asterisk (*). A nice game is Uhlmann vs K Darga, 1959 from round 7.

Round 1 (Monday, December 29, 1958): Barden 0 Gereben; Clarke 1/2 Dueckstein; Fuster 0 Darga; Portisch 1/2 Uhlmann; Radojcic 1/2 Wade

Round 2 (Tuesday, December 30, 1958): Barden 1/2 Fuster; Darga 0 Portisch*; Dueckstein 1 Radojcic*; Gereben 1/2 Wade; Uhlmann 1 Clarke*

Round 3 (Wednesday, December 31, 1958): Clarke 0 Darga*; Fuster 0 Gereben; Portisch 1/2 Barden; Radojcic 0 Uhlmann; Wade 0 Dueckstein*

Round 4 (Thursday, January 1, 1959): Barden 0 Clarke; Darga 1 Radojcic*; Fuster 1/2 Portisch; Gereben 1 Dueckstein*; Uhlmann 1 Wade*

Round 5 (Saturday, January 3, 1959): Clarke 1 Fuster; Dueckstein 0 Uhlmann; Portisch 1 Gereben; Radojcic 1 Barden; Wade 1 Darga

Round 6 (Sunday, January 4, 1959): Barden 0 Wade*; Darga 1 Dueckstein; Fuster 1 Radojcic; Gereben 0 Uhlmann*; Portisch 1 Clarke

Round 7 (Monday, January 5, 1959): Clarke 0 Gereben*; Dueckstein 1 Barden; Radojcic 0 Portisch; Uhlmann 1 Darga*; Wade 1/2 Fuster

Round 8 (Tuesday, January 6, 1959): Barden 0 Uhlmann*; Clarke 1 Radojcic; Fuster 0 Dueckstein; Gereben 1/2 Darga; Portisch 1 Wade;

Round 9 (Wednesday, January 7, 1959): Darga 1 Barden; Dueckstein 1/2 Portisch; Radojcic 0 Gereben; Uhlmann 1/2 Fuster; Wade 1/2 Clarke

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Uhlmann * = 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 8.0 2 Portisch = * 1 1 = 1 1 = 1 = 7.0 3 Gereben 0 0 * = 1 = 1 1 1 1 6.0 4 Darga 0 0 = * 1 0 1 1 1 1 5.5 5 Dueckstein 0 = 0 0 * 1 = 1 1 1 5.0 6 Wade 0 0 = 1 0 * = = = 1 4.0 7 Clarke 0 0 0 0 = = * 1 1 1 4.0 8 Fuster = = 0 0 0 = 0 * 1 = 3.0 9 Radojcic 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 * 1 1.5 10 Barden 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 * 1.0

<ROUND-BY-ROUND SCORES>

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 Uhlmann 0.5 1.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 7.5 8.0 2 Portisch 0.5 1.5 2.0 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.5 6.5 7.0 3 Gereben 1.0 1.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 4.5 5.0 6.0 4 Darga 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 4.5 5.5 5 Dueckstein 0.5 1.2 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 4.5 5.0 6 Wade 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.5 3.5 4.0 7 Clarke 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.2 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 4.0 8 Fuster 0.0 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.5 2.5 3.0 9 Radojcic 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 10 Barden 0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

Hastings (1957/58) was the 33rd Christmas festival in the series.

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1958/59, by User: Phony Benoni

 page 1 of 1; 13 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Darga vs Portisch  0-126 1958 Hastings 1958/59B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
2. Uhlmann vs P Clarke  1-065 1958 Hastings 1958/59E59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
3. A Dueckstein vs M Radojcic  1-037 1958 Hastings 1958/59C44 King's Pawn Game
4. Wade vs A Dueckstein  0-129 1958 Hastings 1958/59C15 French, Winawer
5. P Clarke vs K Darga  0-127 1958 Hastings 1958/59B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. K Darga vs M Radojcic  1-026 1959 Hastings 1958/59A99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
7. E Gereben vs A Dueckstein  1-042 1959 Hastings 1958/59D22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. Uhlmann vs Wade 1-016 1959 Hastings 1958/59D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. L Barden vs Wade  0-123 1959 Hastings 1958/59C05 French, Tarrasch
10. E Gereben vs Uhlmann 0-145 1959 Hastings 1958/59E61 King's Indian
11. Uhlmann vs K Darga 1-030 1959 Hastings 1958/59E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
12. P Clarke vs E Gereben  0-140 1959 Hastings 1958/59E88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
13. L Barden vs Uhlmann 0-131 1959 Hastings 1958/59C05 French, Tarrasch
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