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Hastings 1956/57
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 32nd Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held at the end of the year 1956. Ten grandmasters and masters from England, and Western and Eastern Europe were invited to compete in the premier event. The notable participants of this edition included previous Hastings winners Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, Svetozar Gligoric, Fridrik Olafsson, Dr. Jonathan Penrose, and Laszlo Szabo. Additionally, 21 year old grandmaster Bent Larsen from Denmark made his Hastings debut, going on to share first place with Gligoric at the final. It was Gligoric's second Hastings title, and he finished here undefeated with +4.

The final standings and crosstable:

=1st Gligoric 6/9 * 1 1 1 1

=1st Larsen 6/9 * 0 1 1 1 1 1

=3rd Olafsson 6/9 0 1 * 1 1 1

=3rd O'Kelly de Galway 6/9 0 * 1 1 1 1

=5th Clarke 4/9 0 * 1

=5th Szabo 4/9 0 * 1

7th Toran Albero 3/9 0 0 0 * 1

8th Horseman 3/9 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1

9th Penrose 2/9 0 0 0 0 *

10th Alexander 2/9 0 0 0 0 0 *

Round One
C H Alexander vs Gligoric, 1956
(C47) Four Knights, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

O'Kelly vs P Clarke, 1956
(A24) English, Bremen System with ...g6, 36 moves, 1-0

F Olafsson vs J Penrose, 1956 
(E50) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5, 27 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs D Horseman, 1956
(A17) English, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Toran Albero vs Larsen, 1956 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 55 moves, 0-1

Round Two
P Clarke vs R Toran Albero, 1956 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 22 moves, 1-0

D Horseman vs Gligoric, 1956
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 40 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs F Olafsson, 1956
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 0-1

J Penrose vs C H Alexander, 1956
(C42) Petrov Defense, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs O'Kelly, 1956
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three
C H Alexander vs Larsen, 1956 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs J Penrose, 1956
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

O'Kelly vs D Horseman, 1956
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

F Olafsson vs P Clarke, 1956
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Toran Albero vs Szabo, 1956
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four
P Clarke vs C H Alexander, 1956
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

D Horseman vs J Penrose, 1956 
(A26) English, 57 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Gligoric, 1956
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

O'Kelly vs R Toran Albero, 1956
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 42 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs F Olafsson, 1956
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
C H Alexander vs Szabo, 1957
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 54 moves, 0-1

Gligoric vs P Clarke, 1957
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs O'Kelly, 1957
(A15) English, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Penrose vs Larsen, 1957 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 21 moves, 0-1

R Toran Albero vs D Horseman, 1957
(A21) English, 59 moves, 1-0

Round Six
P Clarke vs J Penrose, 1957
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

D Horseman vs Larsen, 1957 
(A68) Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

O'Kelly vs C H Alexander, 1957
(A26) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs Gligoric, 1957
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Toran Albero vs F Olafsson, 1957
(A16) English, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven
C H Alexander vs R Toran Albero, 1957
(B32) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs O'Kelly, 1957
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 41 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs P Clarke, 1957
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs D Horseman, 1957
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 39 moves, 1-0

J Penrose vs Szabo, 1957
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight
D Horseman vs P Clarke, 1957
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

O'Kelly vs J Penrose, 1957
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs C H Alexander, 1957 
(A28) English, 32 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs Larsen, 1957 
(B53) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

R Toran Albero vs Gligoric, 1957
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine
C H Alexander vs D Horseman, 1957 
(C02) French, Advance, 38 moves, 0-1

P Clarke vs Szabo, 1957
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs F Olafsson, 1957 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs O'Kelly, 1957
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Penrose vs R Toran Albero, 1957
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

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