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Hastings 1951/52 Tournament

Svetozar Gligoric7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Daniel Abraham Yanofsky6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Lothar Schmid5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Leonard William Barden4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Jan Hein Donner4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Stephan A Popel4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
David Vincent Hooper3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Gerald Abrahams3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Harry Golombek3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Hastings 1951/52
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:

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

Hastings (1952/53) was the 28th Christmas festival.

Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1951/52, by User: suenteus po 147.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J H Donner vs Yanofsky  ½-½441951Hastings 1951/52D72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
2. Golombek vs L Barden  ½-½201951Hastings 1951/52E10 Queen's Pawn Game
3. S Popel vs G Abrahams  ½-½341951Hastings 1951/52A06 Reti Opening
4. L Schmid vs D Hooper 1-0351951Hastings 1951/52C56 Two Knights
5. A R B Thomas vs Gligoric  0-1231951Hastings 1951/52B20 Sicilian
6. Yanofsky vs Golombek 1-01021951Hastings 1951/52B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. D Hooper vs J H Donner 1-0271951Hastings 1951/52E45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
8. Gligoric vs L Schmid ½-½521951Hastings 1951/52C05 French, Tarrasch
9. L Barden vs S Popel 0-1651951Hastings 1951/52E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
10. G Abrahams vs A R B Thomas  0-1371951Hastings 1951/52A09 Reti Opening
11. A R B Thomas vs L Schmid 0-1141951Hastings 1951/52B20 Sicilian
12. S Popel vs Yanofsky  ½-½621951Hastings 1951/52A07 King's Indian Attack
13. Golombek vs D Hooper 1-0341951Hastings 1951/52A06 Reti Opening
14. J H Donner vs Gligoric  0-1431951Hastings 1951/52D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
15. G Abrahams vs L Barden  ½-½491951Hastings 1951/52A54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
16. L Barden vs A R B Thomas  ½-½541951Hastings 1951/52C49 Four Knights
17. Gligoric vs Golombek  1-0471951Hastings 1951/52E56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
18. D Hooper vs S Popel 1-0291951Hastings 1951/52A52 Budapest Gambit
19. L Schmid vs J H Donner  ½-½211951Hastings 1951/52D85 Grunfeld
20. Yanofsky vs G Abrahams  1-0441951Hastings 1951/52C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
21. A R B Thomas vs J H Donner 1-0251952Hastings 1951/52B23 Sicilian, Closed
22. S Popel vs Gligoric 0-1511952Hastings 1951/52A07 King's Indian Attack
23. Golombek vs L Schmid  ½-½171952Hastings 1951/52A14 English
24. L Barden vs Yanofsky  ½-½181952Hastings 1951/52D87 Grunfeld, Exchange
25. G Abrahams vs D Hooper  1-0351952Hastings 1951/52E56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  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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