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Hastings 1977/78
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 53rd Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held at the end of the year 1977. Fifteen grandmasters and masters were invited to compete in a round robin format at the premier event. The participants were (in order of ELO): Tigran Petrosian (2645), Vlastimil Hort (2620), Gyula Sax (2565), Roman Dzindzichashvili (2535), Evgeni Sveshnikov (2520), James Tarjan (2495), Leonid Shamkovich (2485), John Fedorowicz (2440), Shimon Kagan (2440), Simon Webb (2430), Jonathan Mestal (2420), John Nunn (2410), Jonathan Speelman (2395), Jonathan Tisdall (2375), and George Botterill (2350). The average of the combined ratings of the assembled players qualified the tournament as a category X event. Dzindzichashvili beat out the former world champion Petrosian as well as former three time Hasting winner Hort to take clear first place with +7 at the final. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

01 Dzindzichashvili 10.5/14 * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

02 Petrosian 9.5/14 * 1 1 1 1 1

03 Sax 9.5/14 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1

04 Hort 9/14 * 1 1 1 1

05 Mestel 8.5/14 * 0 1 1 1 1 0 1

06 Tarjan 8/14 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1

07 Sveshnikov 7.5/14 0 * 1 1 0 1 0 1

08 Speelman 7/14 0 * 1

09 Nunn 6.5/14 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 0

10 Shamkovich 6.5/14 0 0 1 0 0 * 0 1 1 1

11 Fedorowicz 5.5/14 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0

12 Webb 5.5/14 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 1

13 Tisdall 4.5/14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1

14 Kagan 3.5/14 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 * 0

15 Botterill 3.5/14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 *


Round One, Game #1
G Botterill vs S Kagan, 1977
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #2
Hort vs Fedorowicz, 1977 
(A59) Benko Gambit, 46 moves, 1-0

Round One, Game #3
A J Mestel vs Sax, 1977
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #4
Nunn vs Dzindzichashvili, 1977
(B10) Caro-Kann, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #5
L Shamkovich vs Speelman, 1977
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round One, Game #6
Sveshnikov vs S Webb, 1977 
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 0-1

Round One, Game #7
J D Tisdall vs Petrosian, 1977
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #8
Dzindzichashvili vs A J Mestel, 1977
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #9
Fedorowicz vs Nunn, 1977 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 0-1

Round Two, Game #10
Petrosian vs Sveshnikov, 1977 
(A13) English, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #11
Sax vs L Shamkovich, 1977
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 35 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #12
Speelman vs J D Tisdall, 1977
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 25 moves, 1-0

Round Two, Game #13
Tarjan vs Hort, 1977
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two, Game #14
S Webb vs G Botterill, 1977
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #15
G Botterill vs Petrosian, 1977 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game #16
S Kagan vs S Webb, 1977 
(B40) Sicilian, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #17
A J Mestel vs Fedorowicz, 1977 
(B33) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

Round Three, Game #18
Nunn vs Tarjan, 1977 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 56 moves, 0-1

Round Three, Game #19
L Shamkovich vs Dzindzichashvili, 1977
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #20
Sveshnikov vs Speelman, 1977
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, Game #21
J D Tisdall vs Sax, 1977 
(D90) Grunfeld, 29 moves, 0-1

Round Four, Game #22
Dzindzichashvili vs J D Tisdall, 1977
(A06) Reti Opening, 29 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #23
Fedorowicz vs L Shamkovich, 1977
(A37) English, Symmetrical, 61 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #24
Hort vs Nunn, 1977
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #25
Petrosian vs S Kagan, 1977
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #26
Sax vs Sveshnikov, 1977 
(B30) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Round Four, Game #27
Speelman vs G Botterill, 1977 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four, Game #28
Tarjan vs A J Mestel, 1977
(B06) Robatsch, 67 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #29
G Botterill vs Sax, 1978
(B40) Sicilian, 32 moves, 0-1

Round Five, Game #30
S Kagan vs Speelman, 1978
(B56) Sicilian, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #31
A J Mestel vs Hort, 1978
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #32
L Shamkovich vs Tarjan, 1978
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 63 moves, 1-0

Round Five, Game #33
Sveshnikov vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #34
J D Tisdall vs Fedorowicz, 1978
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five, Game #35
S Webb vs Petrosian, 1978
(A15) English, 26 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #36
Dzindzichashvili vs G Botterill, 1978
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #37
Fedorowicz vs Sveshnikov, 1978
(A13) English, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #38
Hort vs L Shamkovich, 1978
(A12) English with b3, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #39
Nunn vs A J Mestel, 1978 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 31 moves, 0-1

Round Six, Game #40
Sax vs S Kagan, 1978
(B30) Sicilian, 59 moves, 1-0

Round Six, Game #41
Speelman vs S Webb, 1978
(D54) Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six, Game #42
Tarjan vs J D Tisdall, 1978
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #43
G Botterill vs Fedorowicz, 1978
(A71) Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Seven, Game #44
S Kagan vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978 
(B56) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #45
Petrosian vs Speelman, 1978
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #46
L Shamkovich vs Nunn, 1978
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #47
Sveshnikov vs Tarjan, 1978
(C45) Scotch Game, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, Game #48
J D Tisdall vs Hort, 1978
(B57) Sicilian, 48 moves, 0-1

Round Seven, Game #49
S Webb vs Sax, 1978 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 42 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #50
Dzindzichashvili vs S Webb, 1978
(A05) Reti Opening, 71 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #51
Fedorowicz vs S Kagan, 1978
(A10) English, 45 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #52
Hort vs Sveshnikov, 1978
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #53
A J Mestel vs L Shamkovich, 1978 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 44 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, Game #54
Nunn vs J D Tisdall, 1978
(B33) Sicilian, 57 moves, 0-1

Round Eight, Game #55
Sax vs Petrosian, 1978
(C02) French, Advance, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight, Game #56
Tarjan vs G Botterill, 1978
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #57
G Botterill vs Hort, 1978
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 39 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #58
S Kagan vs Tarjan, 1978 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #59
Petrosian vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #60
Speelman vs Sax, 1978
(A10) English, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine, Game #61
Sveshnikov vs Nunn, 1978
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

Round Nine, Game #62
J D Tisdall vs A J Mestel, 1978
(E70) King's Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, Game #63
S Webb vs Fedorowicz, 1978
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #64
Dzindzichashvili vs Speelman, 1978
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #65
Fedorowicz vs Petrosian, 1978 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #66
Hort vs S Kagan, 1978
(B06) Robatsch, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Ten, Game #67
A J Mestel vs Sveshnikov, 1978
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #68
Nunn vs G Botterill, 1978
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 46 moves, 0-1

Round Ten, Game #69
L Shamkovich vs J D Tisdall, 1978
(B33) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Ten, Game #70
Tarjan vs S Webb, 1978
(A59) Benko Gambit, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #71
G Botterill vs A J Mestel, 1978
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 51 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game #72
S Kagan vs Nunn, 1978
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 36 moves, 0-1

Round Eleven, Game #73
Petrosian vs Tarjan, 1978 
(A15) English, 45 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #74
Sax vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978 
(B53) Sicilian, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #75
Speelman vs Fedorowicz, 1978 
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eleven, Game #76
Sveshnikov vs L Shamkovich, 1978
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven, Game #77
S Webb vs Hort, 1978
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #78
Fedorowicz vs Sax, 1978
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #79
Hort vs Petrosian, 1978
(C01) French, Exchange, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #80
A J Mestel vs S Kagan, 1978
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 52 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve, Game #81
Nunn vs S Webb, 1978
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 44 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #82
L Shamkovich vs G Botterill, 1978 
(B06) Robatsch, 29 moves, 1-0

Round Twelve, Game #83
Tarjan vs Speelman, 1978
(E14) Queen's Indian, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve, Game #84
J D Tisdall vs Sveshnikov, 1978
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 0-1

Round Thirteen, Game #85
G Botterill vs J D Tisdall, 1978
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

Round Thirteen, Game #86
Dzindzichashvili vs Fedorowicz, 1978 
(A04) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #87
S Kagan vs L Shamkovich, 1978 
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Thirteen, Game #88
Petrosian vs Nunn, 1978 
(A61) Benoni, 35 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen, Game #89
Sax vs Tarjan, 1978
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #90
Speelman vs Hort, 1978
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen, Game #91
S Webb vs A J Mestel, 1978
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #92
Hort vs Sax, 1978
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #93
A J Mestel vs Petrosian, 1978
(C01) French, Exchange, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #94
Nunn vs Speelman, 1978
(B57) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen, Game #95
L Shamkovich vs S Webb, 1978
(A16) English, 54 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen, Game #96
Sveshnikov vs G Botterill, 1978
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen, Game #97
Tarjan vs Dzindzichashvili, 1978 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 47 moves, 0-1

Round Fourteen, Game #98
J D Tisdall vs S Kagan, 1978 
(A04) Reti Opening, 82 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #99
Dzindzichashvili vs Hort, 1978
(D90) Grunfeld, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #100
Fedorowicz vs Tarjan, 1978
(A28) English, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #101
S Kagan vs Sveshnikov, 1978
(A04) Reti Opening, 75 moves, 1-0

Round Fifteen, Game #102
Petrosian vs L Shamkovich, 1978
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #103
Sax vs Nunn, 1978 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 58 moves, 0-1

Round Fifteen, Game #104
Speelman vs A J Mestel, 1978
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen, Game #105
S Webb vs J D Tisdall, 1978
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1-0

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