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Hastings 1963/64 Tournament

Mikhail Tal7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Svetozar Gligoric6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Levente Lengyel6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Abram Khasin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Norman Littlewood5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Bjorn Brinck-Claussen4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
John Eric Littlewood3.5/9(+3 -5 =1)[games]
Owen M Hindle2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
Miklos Bely2/9(+0 -5 =4)[games]
Michael J Franklin1.5/9(+1 -7 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Hastings 1963/64

The 39th Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held at the end of the year 1963. Ten grandmasters and masters were invited to compete in a round robin format at the premier event. The notable participants of this edition included 5-time Hastings winner Svetozar Gligoric and former world champion Mikhail Tal. Continuing a tradition recently renewed by Mikhail Botvinnik, Tal joined the league of former and future world champions to take clear first at the event, finishing undefeated with +5 at the final. Gligoric followed closely with +4 for clear second place.

Hastings, England, 30 December 1963 - 8 January 1964

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts 1 Tal * = = = 1 1 1 1 = 1 7.0 2 Gligoric = * = = 1 1 1 = = 1 6.5 3 Lengyel = = * 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 6.0 4 Khasin = = 0 * = = 1 1 1 1 6.0 5 Littlewood, N 0 0 1 = * 1 0 1 1 1 5.5 6 Brinck-Claussen 0 0 1 = 0 * = = 1 1 4.5 7 Littlewood, J 0 0 0 0 1 = * 0 1 1 3.5 8 Hindle 0 = 0 0 0 = 1 * = 0 2.5 9 Bely = = 0 0 0 0 0 = * = 2.0 10 Franklin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 = * 1.5

Crosstable is from Shakhmatni Bulletin, 1964, p. 123. In Di Felice, Chess Results 1964-1967, p. 2. Rounds and game dates are from Alexander Khalifman (ed.), Mikhail Tal Games II (Chess Stars 1995), pp. 44-48.

Previous edition: Hastings (1962/63).

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1963/64, by User: suenteus po 147.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Khasin vs J Littlewood  1-0401963Hastings 1963/64C87 Ruy Lopez
2. N Littlewood vs B Brinck-Claussen  1-0351963Hastings 1963/64A03 Bird's Opening
3. M Bely vs M J Franklin  ½-½541963Hastings 1963/64B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
4. L Lengyel vs Gligoric  ½-½171963Hastings 1963/64D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
5. O M Hindle vs Tal 0-1521963Hastings 1963/64B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. Tal vs Gligoric  ½-½351963Hastings 1963/64C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. O M Hindle vs M Bely  ½-½301963Hastings 1963/64C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. J Littlewood vs N Littlewood  1-0771963Hastings 1963/64A55 Old Indian, Main line
9. B Brinck-Claussen vs L Lengyel  1-0431963Hastings 1963/64A30 English, Symmetrical
10. M J Franklin vs A Khasin  0-1541963Hastings 1963/64A46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. M Bely vs Tal  ½-½301964Hastings 1963/64B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
12. A Khasin vs O M Hindle  1-0291964Hastings 1963/64E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. N Littlewood vs M J Franklin  1-0271964Hastings 1963/64B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. L Lengyel vs J Littlewood  1-0391964Hastings 1963/64E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
15. Gligoric vs B Brinck-Claussen 1-0281964Hastings 1963/64B33 Sicilian
16. M J Franklin vs L Lengyel  0-1351964Hastings 1963/64A22 English
17. O M Hindle vs N Littlewood 0-1411964Hastings 1963/64C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
18. M Bely vs A Khasin  0-1371964Hastings 1963/64B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
19. J Littlewood vs Gligoric 0-1301964Hastings 1963/64B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
20. Tal vs B Brinck-Claussen  1-0321964Hastings 1963/64C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
21. A Khasin vs Tal  ½-½301964Hastings 1963/64E90 King's Indian
22. N Littlewood vs M Bely  1-0391964Hastings 1963/64C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. L Lengyel vs O M Hindle  1-0541964Hastings 1963/64A04 Reti Opening
24. B Brinck-Claussen vs J Littlewood  ½-½321964Hastings 1963/64E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
25. Gligoric vs M J Franklin  1-0331964Hastings 1963/64E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  GrahamClayton: Khasin makes his international tournament debut at the age of 40. I wonder how and why he received an invitaiton to play at Hastings?
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  perfidious: It was typical of the Soviet federation to send two top-notch GMs from their stable to play at Hastings.

While Khasin had already appeared in four Soviet finals, neither was he one of the elite GMs from that country. My guess is that someone else was invited, but had to stand down, so Khasin filled his spot.

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