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Hastings 1981/82 Tournament

Viktor Kupreichik9/13(+6 -1 =6)[games]
Vasily Smyslov8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Jonathan Speelman8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Ulf Andersson7.5/13(+2 -0 =11)[games]
Andrew Jonathan Mestel7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Nigel Short7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Manuel Rivas Pastor7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Anatoly Lein7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Shaun M Taulbut6.5/13(+2 -2 =9)[games]
Paul E Littlewood6/13(+4 -5 =4)[games]
Murray Chandler5/13(+2 -5 =6)[games]
Larry Mark Christiansen4.5/13(+1 -5 =7)[games]
Hans Ree4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
Laszlo Szabo4/13(+2 -7 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Hastings 1981/82

The 57th Hastings International Congress 1 took place at the White Rock Pavilion ( between 28th December 1981 and 12th January 1982. The tournament was won outright by the 32-year-old Viktor Kupreichik, who remained in first place from Round 1. Half of Kupreichik's games in this tournament were decisive. He started with 5/6 and lost only one game (Short vs Kupreichik, 1982) after an uncharacteristic blunder in the penultimate round. His first prize brought him 1,200 (approximately 4,000/$6,700 in 2014 values).

The participants

The tournament had fourteen participants, comprised of eight grandmasters and six masters. It was a Category 11 tournament with the GM norm at 8.5 points and the IM norm at 6. The average Elo rating was 2511.

There was an increasing tension between the Soviet bloc and the West over the recent imposition of martial law in Poland (13 December 1981). Although a dispute with the organizers the previous year had resulted in no Soviet player being accepted to play in Hastings (1980/81), the Soviet Chess Federation was now represented by an ex-world champion (Vasily Smyslov) and a new grandmaster who was riding a notable upwards trajectory (Viktor Kupreichik).

The British players did better than expected. Jonathan Speelman, who had been awarded the GM title in 1980, lost only one game and came equal second with Smyslov. Jonathan Mestel was only one point short of a grandmaster norm, and he continued to play strongly, qualifying for the Las Palmas Interzonal (1982), where he shared 8th-10th place. The British Champion Paul Littlewood won his first four games, but then losses set in, as he encountered players who were to come in the top half of the table. For the 23-year-old Shaun Taulbut, this tournament was his best individual performance with a 2604 TPR result. He had been European Junior Champion in 1977-78, but within a year he was to give up professional chess. However, as one promising British player left the fields of battle, another announced his presence. This was 16-year-old Nigel Short's best result to date (TPR 2624), and can now be seen as the beginning of his rise into the world's top five by the end of the decade. 21-year-old Manuel Rivas Pastor had qualified from the previous year's Challengers Tournament. He had been awarded the IM title in 1980 and was Spanish Champion in 1978, 1979 and 1981 (and would be again in 1991). The early 1980's were to be his best period, and he achieved a better result than most previous Challengers' winners. He had realistic hopes of a GM norm until Round 11, and he showed he could also defend (see L Christiansen vs M Rivas Pastor, 1982).

The three grandmasters at the bottom of the table were completely out of form. The 64 years old Laszlo Szabo had won Hastings (1938/39), Hastings (1947/48) and Hastings (1949/50), and Hastings (1973/74) (jointly). Now his play showed only sparks of former strength. He lost to Kupreichik in only 18 moves (Kupreichik vs Szabo, 1981), but kept on fighting, and defeated Short and Larry Christiansen in sharp games. Christiansen had come second behind Karpov at the strong Linares (1981) tournament and had then qualified at the US Championship (1981) at South Bend (which a zonal tournament) for the Moscow Interzonal (1982). He could only win one game and that against fellow tail-ender Hans Ree. Ree, who had been awarded the GM title in 1980, gave no indication of the form which he displayed in winning the Dutch championship (1982). He suffered five successive losses between Rounds 4 and 8 and never recovered.

Hastings, England, 28 December 1981 - 12 January 1982

Elo* 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Points Kupreichik 2580 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.0/13 Smyslov 2580 * 1 1 1 8.0/13 Speelman 2520 0 * 1 1 1 1 8.0/13 Andersson 2600 * 1 1 7.5/13 Mestel 2475 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 7.5/13 Short 2440 1 0 * 1 0 1 1 0 7.0/13 Rivas Pastor 2470 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 7.0/13 Lein 2510 0 0 * 1 1 1 7.0/13 Taulbut 2420 0 1 * 0 1 6.5/13 Littlewood 2435 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 6.0/13 Chandler 2530 0 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 5.0/13 Christiansen 2575 0 0 0 0 * 1 0 4.5/13 Ree 2510 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 4.0/13 Szabo 2510 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 4.0/13

*FIDE Rating List July 1981 (

The prizewinners

First prize 1,200, second 850, and third 600. Sponsored by a British computer company ICL, the first prize was 20% greater than the previous year's, and the tournament was stronger at Category 11 as compared to Category 10.

The tournament's winner Kupreichik had been awarded the GM title in 1980, but he was relatively unknown outside of the Soviet Union. Running up to Hastings, he strung several successful results together. In the USSR Championship (1979), he was fifth through seventh of eighteen players (see Game Collection: USSR Championship 1979) having been last in three previous championships. He had taken first prizes at Medina del Campo (1980) and Reykjavik (1980), and in the Rubinstein Memorial (1981) he was second out of fourteen. Smyslov had won Hastings (1954/55) (with Paul Keres) and Hastings (1968/69). The early 1980's were a swan song period for Smyslov after a long but gradual period of decline in the 1970's. In July 1982 at the age of 61, he was to come second at the Las Palmas Interzonal (1982), and from there he reached the Kasparov - Smyslov Candidates Final (1984), defeating Robert Huebner and Zoltan Ribli on the way. In this tournament he played cautiously, winning three games and drawing the remaining ten.

It could have been Ulf Andersson 's fourth consecutive victory at the Hastings Premier. Andersson drew all but two of his games and often in very short order. After two wins, he was content to draw eight times in succession. He explained, "I do not believe in straining for these things, I take each game as it comes. This is a much stronger tournament than the others". 2

Notable games

Kupreichik vs L Christiansen, 1981 - White breaks through to Black's king
Szabo vs Short, 1981 - Black's king flees but cannot escape
A Lein vs Short, 1983 - Attack and counter-attack
A Lein vs Kupreichik, 1981 - Black sacs the exchange for an attack
P Littlewood vs Chandler, 1981 - White gives up two pawns for a king hunt
Szabo vs L Christiansen, 1981 - Violent Benoni


1. Introductory material and round details based on information from: Chess Magazine, vol. 46, nos 869-70, pp. 307-334, January 1982.
2. Quote from Chess Magazine, vol. 46, nos 869-870, pp. 298-299, January 1982.

Previous edition: Hastings (1980/81).

This text by User: Chessical. Thanks to User: OhioChessFan and User: Paint My Dragon for suggesting improvements to the text.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Short vs A Lein  ½-½411981Hastings 1981/82B40 Sicilian
2. P Littlewood vs Szabo  1-0381981Hastings 1981/82E14 Queen's Indian
3. Ulf Andersson vs S Taulbut  1-0371981Hastings 1981/82A15 English
4. Kupreichik vs L Christiansen 1-0341981Hastings 1981/82B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
5. Smyslov vs Chandler  ½-½381981Hastings 1981/82B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
6. M Rivas Pastor vs H Ree  ½-½591981Hastings 1981/82D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Speelman vs A J Mestel 1-0261981Hastings 1981/82A57 Benko Gambit
8. Speelman vs M Rivas Pastor  ½-½161981Hastings 1981/82A12 English with b3
9. H Ree vs Smyslov  ½-½261981Hastings 1981/82E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Chandler vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½251981Hastings 1981/82A07 King's Indian Attack
11. A J Mestel vs L Christiansen  ½-½351981Hastings 1981/82B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
12. S Taulbut vs P Littlewood  0-1391981Hastings 1981/82A48 King's Indian
13. Szabo vs Short 1-0271981Hastings 1981/82A06 Reti Opening
14. A Lein vs Kupreichik 0-1281981Hastings 1981/82C44 King's Pawn Game
15. Short vs S Taulbut  0-1361981Hastings 1981/82A46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. P Littlewood vs Chandler  1-0371981Hastings 1981/82D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Kupreichik vs Szabo 1-0181981Hastings 1981/82C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Ulf Andersson vs H Ree  ½-½301981Hastings 1981/82A20 English
19. M Rivas Pastor vs A J Mestel  1-0411981Hastings 1981/82A56 Benoni Defense
20. Smyslov vs Speelman 1-0581981Hastings 1981/82B58 Sicilian
21. L Christiansen vs A Lein  ½-½171981Hastings 1981/82A27 English, Three Knights System
22. A J Mestel vs A Lein  ½-½321981Hastings 1981/82B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
23. Chandler vs Short  0-1411981Hastings 1981/82B07 Pirc
24. M Rivas Pastor vs Smyslov  ½-½211981Hastings 1981/82D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
25. H Ree vs P Littlewood  0-1201981Hastings 1981/82D29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
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