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Hastings 1955/56
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 31st Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held at the end of the year 1955. Ten grandmasters and masters were invited to participate in the round robin format of the premier event, including grandmasters Viktor Korchnoi and Mark Taimanov from the Soviet Union, West German champion Klaus Darga, Spanish champion Jesus Diez del Corral, Yugoslavian grandmaster Borislav Ivkov, Icelandic master Fridrik Olafsson, Swiss master Raphael Persitz, British correspondence champion John Fuller, and previous Hastings winners Harry Golombek and Jonathan Penrose. Olafsson gained international recognition by tying Korchnoi for first place in the final. Both players finished undefeated with +5, while Ivkov trailed by half a point for clear third.

The final standings and crosstable:

=1st Korchnoi 7/9 * 1 1 1 1 1

=1st Olafsson 7/9 * 1 1 1 1 1

3rd Ivkov 6/9 0 * 1 1 1 1 1

4th Taimanov 6/9 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 1

5th Darga 4/9 0 0 0 * 1 1 1

=6th Fuller 3/9 0 0 * 0 1

=6th Persitz 3/9 0 0 0 0 * 1 1

8th Diez del Corral 3/9 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1

9th Penrose 2/9 0 0 0 0 0 * 1

10th Golombek 1/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 *

Round One, December 28th
J Diez del Corral vs Korchnoi, 1955
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 51 moves, 0-1

J Fuller vs R Persitz, 1955
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Golombek vs Ivkov, 1955
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs Taimanov, 1955 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 34 moves, 1-0

J Penrose vs K Darga, 1955 
(B58) Sicilian, 68 moves, 0-1

Round Two, December 29th
K Darga vs F Olafsson, 1955
(E14) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Diez del Corral vs J Penrose, 1955
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivkov vs J Fuller, 1955
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi vs R Persitz, 1955
(E31) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Golombek, 1955
(A16) English, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three, December 30th
J Fuller vs Taimanov, 1955
(B58) Sicilian, 54 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs K Darga, 1955
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 58 moves, 0-1

F Olafsson vs J Diez del Corral, 1955
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 39 moves, 1-0

J Penrose vs Korchnoi, 1955
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

R Persitz vs Ivkov, 1955 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 24 moves, 0-1

Round Four, December 31st
K Darga vs J Fuller, 1955
(A61) Benoni, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Diez del Corral vs Golombek, 1955
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Ivkov, 1955 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 36 moves, 1-0

J Penrose vs F Olafsson, 1955
(A73) Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs R Persitz, 1955 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Round Five, January 2nd
J Fuller vs J Diez del Corral, 1956
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 35 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs J Penrose, 1956
(A22) English, 35 moves, 0-1

Ivkov vs Taimanov, 1956 
(B56) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

F Olafsson vs Korchnoi, 1956
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Persitz vs K Darga, 1956
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 51 moves, 0-1

Round Six, January 3rd
K Darga vs Ivkov, 1956
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 0-1

J Diez del Corral vs R Persitz, 1956 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 80 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs Taimanov, 1956 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

F Olafsson vs Golombek, 1956
(A16) English, 59 moves, 1-0

J Penrose vs J Fuller, 1956
(B58) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven, January 4th
J Fuller vs F Olafsson, 1956
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 57 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs Korchnoi, 1956 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

Ivkov vs J Diez del Corral, 1956
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 30 moves, 1-0

R Persitz vs J Penrose, 1956 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs K Darga, 1956
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 27 moves, 1-0

Round Eight, January 5th
J Diez del Corral vs Taimanov, 1956
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

Golombek vs J Fuller, 1956
(E85) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation, 43 moves, 0-1

Korchnoi vs K Darga, 1956 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 38 moves, 1-0

F Olafsson vs R Persitz, 1956
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

J Penrose vs Ivkov, 1956
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 44 moves, 0-1

Round Nine, January 6th
K Darga vs J Diez del Corral, 1956
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Fuller vs Korchnoi, 1956 
(B83) Sicilian, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ivkov vs F Olafsson, 1956
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

R Persitz vs Golombek, 1956
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs J Penrose, 1956
(A22) English, 41 moves, 1-0

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