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Hastings Christmas Congress (Tournament Index)
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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Since 1920/21, the Hastings Christmas Congress has been the bane of PGN coders everywhere who can never agree on which year to use in the date field. Though rarely one of the strongest or most prestiguous tournaments, its longetivity and tradition made it into a treasured fixture.

From 1920/21 through 2003/04, it was run in several sections. The highest (usually called the Premier) was an all-play-all (round robin) event in which several non-British masters mixed it up with the home contingent. The most important of the subsidiary events was the Premier Reserves, whose winner generally qualified for the next year's Premier.

In 2004/05, the top section was run on a knock-out basis; since then, it has been a large Swiss known as the Hastings Masters.

Generally, this index will link to game collections or tournament pages from the Premier Section of the Christmas Congress. Thanks to those collectors who have already started the good work of building the history of this event, particulary <suenteus po 147>,

Here are the Hastings collections built so far. As others come into existence, they will be added to this index.

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1st: December 30, 1920 - January 5, 1921

Tournament page: Collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1920/21 (Phony Benoni); revision of an earlier collection by suenteur po 147) Notes: No game dates. 2 games are unavilable: table[ Round 2: Griffith 1/2 Takins Round 5: Atkins 0 Griffith

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2nd: December 26, 1921 - January 1, 1922

Tournament page: none Game collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1921/22 (suenteus po 147) Notes: No dates. 12 games are unavailable: Round 1: Mackenzie 1/2 Norman; Sergeant 1/2 O'Hanlon Round 2: Kostic 1 Sergeant; O'Hanlon 0 Mackenzie Round 3: Price 1 Norman; Yates 1 O'Hanlan Round 4: O'Hanlon 0 Price; Sergeant 1 Mackenzie Round 5: Mackenzie 1/2 Scott Round 6: Scott 1 O'Hanlon Round 7: Norman 0 Sergeant; Price 0 Mackenzie

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3rd: December 27, 1922 - January 4, 1923

Tounament page: none Game collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1922/23 (suenteus po 147) Notes: No game dates. 16 games unavilable: Round 1: Drewitt 1/2 Norman Round 2: E Sergeant 1/2 Yates Round 3: Yates 1/2 Siegheim Round 4: P. Sergeant 1/2 Blake, Siegheim 1 E, Sergeant Round 5: Blake 1/2 Reti, E. Sergeant 1/2 Drewitt Round 6: E. Sergeant 1/2 Norman, P. Sergeant 0 Siegheim Round 7: Norman 1/2 P. Sergeant, Rubinstein 1/2 E. Sergeant Round 8: Conde 0 Siegheim, Drewitt 0 Yates, P. Sergeant 1/2 E. Sergeant Round 9: Blake 1/2 E. Sergeant, Yates 1/2 Rubinstein

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4th December 27, 1923 - January 4, 1924:

Tournament page: Hastings (1923/24) Game collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1923/24 (suenteus po 147)

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5th: December 27, 1924 - January 2, 1925

Tournament page: none Game collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1924/25 (suenteus po 147) Notes: No game dates. Playoff needs to be clarified, and possiby moved to another collection

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6th: December 28, 1925 - January 5, 1926

Tournament page: Hastings (1925/26) Game collection:Game Collection: Hastings 1925/26 (suenteus po 147) Notes: 18 games unavailable: Round 1: Sergeant 1 Wahltuch Round 2: Janowski 1/2 Seitz, Michell 1 Colle, Vidmar 1 Sergeant, Yates 0 Norman Rounc 3: Yates 1/2 Sergeant Round 4: Colle 0 Seitz, Michell 1 NOrman, Round 5: Norman 0 Colle, Sergeant 0 Michell, Wahltuch 1/2 Janowski Round 6: Colle 1 Sergeant, Seitz 1 Norman Round 7: Sergeant 1/2 Seitz, Wahltuch 0 Collem Yates 1/2 Janowski Round 8: Michell 0 Yates, Norman 1 Sergeant, Colle 1/2 Sergeant

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7th December 28, 1926 - January 6, 1927

Tournament page: Hastings (1926/27) Collection:; Game Collection: Hastings 1926/27 (suenteus po 147)

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8th: December 28, 1927 - January 6, 1928

Tournament page: Hastings (1927/28) Game collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1927/28 (suenteus po 147) Notes: 20 games are unavailable: Round 1: Berger 1 Steiner, Kmoch 1/2 Colle, Sergeant 1/2 Michell Round 2: Thomas 0 Colle Round 3: Kmoch 1/2 Berger, Michell 1/2 Yates Round 4: Colle 1/2 Sergeant, Kmoch 1/2 Thomas, Tartakower 1/2 Michell Round 5: Berger 0 Thomas, Norman 0 Kmoch Round 6: Steiner 1 Michell Round 7: Michell 1 Kmoch, Norman 0 Berger, Yates 1/2 Steiner Round 8: Norman 0 Sergeant, Thomas 0 Michell Round 9: Michell 1 Norman, Sergeant 1/2 Berger, Tartakower 1/2 Kmoch

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9th: December 27, 1928 - January 5, 1929

Tournament page: Hastings (1928/29) Game collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1928/29 (suenteus po 147)

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10th; December 27, 1929 - January 4, 1930

Tournament page: Hastings (1929/30) Game collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1929/30 (suenteus po 147) = Hastings (1929/30) Notes: 20 games missing: Round 1: Menchik 0 Price, Sergeant 1/2 Yates Round 2: Maroczy 1/2 Menchik, Vidmar 1/2 Takacs, yates 1/2 Winter Round 3: Maroczy 1/2 Sergeant, Vidmar 1/2 Price Round 4: Price 1/2 Maroczy, Thomas 1/2 Yates Round 5: Maroczy 1/2 Vidmar, Takacs 1/2 Winter Round 6: Thomas 1/2 Takacs, yates 1 Price Round 7: Maroczy 1/2 Yates, Price 0 Winter Round 8: Takacs 1 Menchik, Thomas 1/2 Price, Winter 1/2 Maroczy Round 9: Maroczy 1/2 Thomas, Menchik 1/2 Sergeant

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11th: December 29, 1930 - January 7, 1931

Touurnament page:Hastings (1930/31) Game collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1930/31 (suenteus po 147) Notes: 13 games unavilable: Round 1: Menchik 1/2 Yates Round 2: Michell 1 Thomas, Tylor 1/2 Winter Round 3: Menchik 1/2 Tylor, Thomas 1 Colle, Winter 1/2 Michell Round 4: Colle 1/2 Winter, Michell 1 Menchik Round 5: Menchik 0 Colle Round 6: Colle 1/2 Yates Round 7: Yates 1/2 Sultan Khan Round 8: Colle 1/2 Tylor, Winter 1 Menchik

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12th: December 28, 1931 - January 6, 1932)

Tournament page: none Game collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1931/32 (Phony Benoni) No notes. The following 11 games are missing (colors uncertain)L

Round 1: Michell 1/2 Jackson, Thomas 1 Yates Round 4: Menchik 1/2 Jackson Round 5: Sultan Khan 1/2 Kashdan Round 6: Thomas 0 Michell, Yates 1/2 Stoltz Round 8: Thomas 1/2 Stoltz, Yates 1 Sultan Khan Round 9: Menchik 1/2 Thomas, Michell 0 Sultan Khan, Stoltz 1/2 Kashdan

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13th (1932/33): Game Collection: Hastings 1932/33 (Phony Benoni)

14th (1933/34): Game Collection: Hastings 1933/34 (Phony Benoni) = Hastings (1933/34)

15th (1934/35): Game Collection: Hastings 1934/35 (Phony Benoni) = Hastings (1934/35)

16th (1935/36): Game Collection: Hastings 1935/36 (Phony Benoni)

17th (1936/37): Game Collection: Hastings 1936/37 (Phony Benoni) = Hastings (1936/37)

18th (1937/38): Game Collection: Hastings 1937/38 (sneaky pete) = Hastings (1937/38)

19th (1938/39): Game Collection: Hastings 1938/39 (sneaky pete) = Hastings (1938/39)

20th (1939/40): Game Collection: Hastings 1939/40 (Phony Benoni) = Hastings (1939/40)

21st (1945/46): Game Collection: Hastings 1945/46 (suenteus po 147)

22nd (1946/47): Game Collection: Hastings 1946/47 (Phony Benoni) = Hastings (1946/47)

23rd (1947/48): Game Collection: Hastings 1947/48 (Phony Benoni)

24th (1948/49): Game Collection: Hastings 1948/49 (suenteus po 147)

25th (1949/50): Game Collection: Hastings 1949/50 (suenteus po 147)

26th (1950/51): Game Collection: Hastings 1950/51 (suenteus po 147)

27th (1951/52): Game Collection: Hastings 1951/52 (suenteus po 147)

28th (1952/53): Game Collection: Hastings 1952/53 (Phony Benoni) = Hastings (1952/53)

29th (1953/54): Game Collection: Hastings 1953/54 (suenteus po 147)

30th (1954/55): Game Collection: Hastings 1954/55 (suenteus po 147) = Hastings (1954/55)

31st (1955/56): Game Collection: Hastings 1955/56 (suenteus po 147)

32nd (1956/57): Game Collection: Hastings 1956/57 (suenteus po 147) = Hastings (1956/57)

33rd (1957/58): Game Collection: Hastings 1957/58 (suenteus po 147) = Hastings (1957/58)

34th (1958/59): Game Collection: Hastings 1958/59 (Phony Benoni) = Hastings (1958/59)

35th (1959/60): Game Collection: Hastings 1959/60 (suenteus po 147)

36th (1960/61): Game Collection: Hastings 1960/61 (Phony Benoni)

37th (1961/62): Game Collection: Hastings 1961/62 (suenteus po 147)

38th (1962/63): Game Collection: Hastings 1962/63 (suenteus po 147)

39th (1963/64): Game Collection: Hastings 1963/64 (suenteus po 147)

40th (1964/65):

41st (1965/66):

42nd (1966/67): Game Collection: Hastings 1966/67 (suenteus po 147)

43rd (1967/68): Game Collection: Hastings 1967/68 (suenteus po 147)

44th (1968/69): Game Collection: Hastings 1968/69 (suenteus po 147)

45th (1969/70): Game Collection: Hastings 1969/70 (1970) (Chessical; waiting for one game)

46th (1970/71): Game Collection: Hastings 1970/71 (suenteus po 147)

47th (1971/72): Game Collection: Hastings 1971/72 (suenteus po 147) = Hastings (1971/72)

48th (1972/73):

49th (1973/74): Game Collection: Hastings 1973/74 (suenteus po 147)

50th (1974/75):

51st (1975/76):

52nd (1976/77):

53rd (1977/78): Game Collection: Hastings 1977/78 (suenteus po 147)

54th (1978/79):

55th (1979/80):

56th (1980/81):

57th (1981/82):

58th (1982/83):

59th (1983/84):

60th (1984/85):

61st (1985/86):

62nd (1986/87):

63rd (1987/88):

64th (1988/89):

65th (1989/90):

66th (1990/91):

67th (1991/92):

68th (1992/93): Game Collection: Hastings 1992/93 (suenteus po 147)

69th (1993/94):

70th (1994/95):

71st (1995/96):

72nd (1996/97):

73rd (1997/98): Game Collection: Hastings Premier 1997/8 (protean) = Hastings (1997/98)

74th (1998/99): Game Collection: Hastings Premier 1998/9 (protean) = Hastings (1998/99)

75th (1999/2000):

76th (2000/01): Game Collection: Hastings 2000/01 (Phony Benoni) = Hastings (2000/01)

77th (2001/02): Game Collection: Hastings Premier 2001/2 (protean)

78th (2002/03): Hastings (2002/03)

79th (2003/04): Hastings (2003/04))

80th (2004/05):

81st (2005/06): Hastings Chess Congress (2006)

82nd (2006/07): Hastings Chess Congress (2007)

83rd (2007/08): 83rd Hastings Chess Congress (2008)

84th (2008/09): Hastings Chess Congress (2009)

85th (2009/10): Hastings Chess Congress (2010)

86th (2010/11):

87th (2011/12): Hastings Congress (2011/12)

88th (2012/13): Hastings Chess Congress (2012)

Finally, here are several major events held in Hastings which are generally known as "Summer Congresses":

1895: Game Collection: Hastings 1895 (Benzol) = Hastings (1895)

1919: Game Collection: Hastings 1919 (Phony Benoni) = Hastings (1919)

1922: Game Collection: Hastings 1922 (suenteus po 147) = Hastings (1922)

R Scott vs H E Atkins, 1920
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

D Mardle vs N Gaprindashvili, 1965 
(B44) Sicilian, 14 moves, 0-1

V Neverov vs I Kurnosov, 2009
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

G H Gudmundsson vs Prins, 1946 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 50 moves, 1-0

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