The 27th Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held at the end of the year 1951. Once more ten chess masters from England and the European continent were invited to participate in the premier event. The notable participants of this edition included Jan Hein Donner, Svetozar Gligoric, Lothar Schmid, and Daniel Yanofsky. Gligoric finished undefeated with +6 at the final.|
The final standings and crosstable:
Hastings (1952/53) was the 28th Christmas festival.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts
1 Gligoric * = = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 7.5
2 Yanofsky = * = = = = 1 = 1 1 6.0
3 Schmid = = * = = = 1 1 = = 5.5
4 Barden = = = * = 0 = 1 = = 4.5
5 Donner 0 = = = * 1 0 0 1 1 4.5
6 Popel 0 = = 1 0 * 1 0 = 1 4.5
7 Thomas 0 0 0 = 1 0 * = 1 = 3.5
8 Hooper 0 = 0 0 1 1 = * 0 0 3.0
9 Abrahams 0 0 = = 0 = 0 1 * = 3.0
10 Golombek 0 0 = = 0 0 = 1 = * 3.0
Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1951/52, by User: suenteus po 147.
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45
|1. J H Donner vs Yanofsky
|| ||½-½||44||1951||Hastings 1951/52||D72 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line|
|2. Golombek vs L Barden
|| ||½-½||20||1951||Hastings 1951/52||E10 Queen's Pawn Game|
|3. S Popel vs G Abrahams
|| ||½-½||34||1951||Hastings 1951/52||A06 Reti Opening|
|4. L Schmid vs D Hooper
||1-0||35||1951||Hastings 1951/52||C56 Two Knights|
|5. A R B Thomas vs Gligoric
|| ||0-1||23||1951||Hastings 1951/52||B20 Sicilian|
|6. Yanofsky vs Golombek
||1-0||102||1951||Hastings 1951/52||B18 Caro-Kann, Classical|
|7. D Hooper vs J H Donner
||1-0||27||1951||Hastings 1951/52||E45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation|
|8. Gligoric vs L Schmid
||½-½||52||1951||Hastings 1951/52||C05 French, Tarrasch|
|9. L Barden vs S Popel
||0-1||65||1951||Hastings 1951/52||E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1|
|10. G Abrahams vs A R B Thomas
|| ||0-1||37||1951||Hastings 1951/52||A09 Reti Opening|
|11. A R B Thomas vs L Schmid
||0-1||14||1951||Hastings 1951/52||B20 Sicilian|
|12. S Popel vs Yanofsky
|| ||½-½||62||1951||Hastings 1951/52||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|13. Golombek vs D Hooper
||1-0||34||1951||Hastings 1951/52||A06 Reti Opening|
|14. J H Donner vs Gligoric
|| ||0-1||43||1951||Hastings 1951/52||D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation|
|15. G Abrahams vs L Barden
|| ||½-½||49||1951||Hastings 1951/52||A54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3|
|16. L Barden vs A R B Thomas
|| ||½-½||54||1951||Hastings 1951/52||C49 Four Knights|
|17. Gligoric vs Golombek
|| ||1-0||47||1951||Hastings 1951/52||E56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6|
|18. D Hooper vs S Popel
||1-0||29||1951||Hastings 1951/52||A52 Budapest Gambit|
|19. L Schmid vs J H Donner
|| ||½-½||21||1951||Hastings 1951/52||D85 Grunfeld|
|20. Yanofsky vs G Abrahams
|| ||1-0||44||1951||Hastings 1951/52||C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin|
|21. A R B Thomas vs J H Donner
||1-0||25||1952||Hastings 1951/52||B23 Sicilian, Closed|
|22. S Popel vs Gligoric
||0-1||51||1952||Hastings 1951/52||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|23. Golombek vs L Schmid
|| ||½-½||17||1952||Hastings 1951/52||A14 English|
|24. L Barden vs Yanofsky
|| ||½-½||18||1952||Hastings 1951/52||D87 Grunfeld, Exchange|
|25. G Abrahams vs D Hooper
|| ||1-0||35||1952||Hastings 1951/52||E56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6|
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45
|Jun-26-15|| ||Chessical: Hasting's organizers were struggling to raise the finance necessary to secure the participation of top foreign players. This was raised by Mr. P. J. Morrenin a speech at Hasting's 27th Easter Congress. |
Welcoming the Mayor and Mayoress. Mr. Morren said: "I must say that are a little disappointed with the Corporation. It used to cost about £4OO to run the Christmas International Congress, when the pound was worth twenty shillings. The grant with which we have been favoured has not been raised to meet our growing expenses. Fortunately, last year we got not only a promise of a grant from the Corporation, but also an extra £lOO if expenses exceeded certain sum. which, course, they did. We have now heard that owing to the increased economy the Corporation, we shall have to run the International Congress on the amount on which we failed run it last year. We are faced with very serious problem, and it looks as though we shall not be able invite some of the more famous Continental players.”
The Mayor (Councillor Chambers), replying, said: “When the Finance Committee suggested that the rate should be raised to 19s. 4d. in the £ and the Council decided on 19s. We were left to find from another source the amount which a 4d. rate represents which is about £12,000, and at the moment we do not know where we shall find the money".
"With regard to the subsidy for the Chess Congress, the president and members of the club have not put their case properly. As a member of the Corporation. I feel that anybody wants to get any money out of the town it up to them to come and put their case clearly and fairly, to show the ratepayers where the money going. In any case, the best way of running any event today is on a voluntary system".>
Source: Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 3rd May 1952, p.1.
Pre 1971 the pound was divided into twenty shillings (s) or 240 pennies (d). 1 shilling = 12 pence (12d).
19 shillings is 95p (in post 1971 decimal pennies). 19 shillings and 4d = approx. 96p.
£12,000 in 1952 = approx £308,000 in 2015.
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