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🏆 Hastings 1961/62

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Mikhail Botvinnik, Leonard William Barden, Salomon Flohr, Svetozar Gligoric, Arthur Bisguier, Karl Robatsch, Jonathan Penrose, John Eric Littlewood, Manuel Aaron, Robert Wade Chess Event Description
Hastings 1961/62
The 37th Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held 27 December 1961 - 5 January 1962. Ten grandmasters and masters were invited to compete in a round robin format at the premier event. The notable participants of this edition included the world champion Mikhail Botvinnik, four-time Hastings champion Svetozar Gligoric, and Salomon Flohr. Botvinnik became the first reigning world champion to win at Hastings, finishing undefeated with +7 at the final. It was the first of two Hastings titles for the patriarch of the Soviet chess school. The final standings were as follows:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Botvinnik * = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 2 Gligoric = * 1 0 = 0 1 1 1 1 6.0 3 Flohr = 0 * = = = = 1 1 1 5.5 4 Bisguier 0 1 = * = 0 1 = = 1 5.0 5 Penrose 0 = = = * = 1 1 0 1 5.0 6 Littlewood 0 1 = 1 = * 0 0 1 0 4.0 7 Robatsch 0 0 = 0 0 1 * = 1 1 4.0 8 Wade 0 0 0 = 0 1 = * = 1 3.5 9 Barden 0 0 0 = 1 0 0 = * 1 3.0 10 Aaron 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 1.0

Hastings (1960/61) and Hastings (1962/63) were the 36th and 38th Christmas festivals.

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1961/62, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Aaron vs Flohr 0-1401961Hastings 1961/62D22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. J Penrose vs Robatsch  1-0381961Hastings 1961/62B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. J Littlewood vs Gligoric 1-0481961Hastings 1961/62C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. Botvinnik vs Wade 1-0391961Hastings 1961/62C77 Ruy Lopez
5. L Barden vs Bisguier  ½-½261961Hastings 1961/62E52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
6. Flohr vs L Barden  1-0401961Hastings 1961/62E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
7. Bisguier vs J Penrose  ½-½451961Hastings 1961/62B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
8. Gligoric vs Robatsch 1-0411961Hastings 1961/62B08 Pirc, Classical
9. Wade vs M Aaron  1-0731961Hastings 1961/62A15 English
10. J Littlewood vs Botvinnik 0-1281961Hastings 1961/62B75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Botvinnik vs Gligoric ½-½1041961Hastings 1961/62A36 English
12. J Penrose vs Flohr  ½-½171961Hastings 1961/62B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
13. Robatsch vs Bisguier 0-1381961Hastings 1961/62C78 Ruy Lopez
14. M Aaron vs J Littlewood  1-0421961Hastings 1961/62D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. L Barden vs Wade  ½-½401961Hastings 1961/62C03 French, Tarrasch
16. Wade vs J Penrose  0-1241961Hastings 1961/62E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
17. Flohr vs Robatsch  ½-½501961Hastings 1961/62A04 Reti Opening
18. J Littlewood vs L Barden 1-0391961Hastings 1961/62B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
19. Botvinnik vs M Aaron 1-0411961Hastings 1961/62A00 Uncommon Opening
20. Gligoric vs Bisguier 0-1351961Hastings 1961/62D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
21. M Aaron vs Gligoric 0-1411961Hastings 1961/62A53 Old Indian
22. J Penrose vs J Littlewood  ½-½461961Hastings 1961/62B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
23. Robatsch vs Wade  ½-½411961Hastings 1961/62B32 Sicilian
24. L Barden vs Botvinnik 0-1411961Hastings 1961/62C02 French, Advance
25. Bisguier vs Flohr  ½-½111961Hastings 1961/62D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-07-15  A.T PhoneHome: One of last tournament victories for "Iron Mike" before surrendering the World Championship against another man made of iron! But even after losing the title, Botvinnik's level of play didn't drop by much; he was able to play strong chess up to late 60's.

This was a great performance by Botvinnik!

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