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Hastings 1961/62
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 37th Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held at the end of the year 1961. Ten grandmasters and masters were invited to compete in a round robin format at the premier event. The notable participants of this edition included the world champion Mikhail Botvinnik, 4-time Hastings champion Svetozar Gligoric, and Salomon Flohr. Botvinnik became the first reigning world champion to win at Hastings, finishing undefeated with +7 at the final. It was the first of what would be two Hastings title for the patriarch of the Soviet chess school. The final standings are as follows:

1st Botvinnik 8 points (+7, -0, =2);

2nd Gligoric 6 points (+5, -2, =2);

3rd Flohr 5.5 points (+3, -1, =5);

=4th Penrose 5 points (+3, -2, =4);

=4th Bisguier 5 points (+3, -2, =4);

=6th Littlewood 4 points (+3, -4, =2);

=6th Robatsch 4 points (+3, -4, =2);

8th Wade 3.5 points (+2, -4, =3);

9th Barden 3 points (+2, -5, =2);

10th Aaron 1 point (+1, -8, =0).

Round One
M Aaron vs Flohr, 1961 
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 40 moves, 0-1

L Barden vs Bisguier, 1961
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Wade, 1961 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 39 moves, 1-0

J Littlewood vs Gligoric, 1961 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 48 moves, 1-0

J Penrose vs Robatsch, 1961
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Two
Bisguier vs J Penrose, 1961
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs L Barden, 1961
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 40 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Robatsch, 1961 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

J Littlewood vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 28 moves, 0-1

Wade vs M Aaron, 1961
(A15) English, 73 moves, 1-0

Round Three
M Aaron vs J Littlewood, 1961
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1-0

L Barden vs Wade, 1961
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Gligoric, 1961 
(A36) English, 104 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Penrose vs Flohr, 1961
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Robatsch vs Bisguier, 1961 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Four
Botvinnik vs M Aaron, 1961 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Robatsch, 1961
(A04) Reti Opening, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gligoric vs Bisguier, 1961 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

J Littlewood vs L Barden, 1961 
(B68) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7, 39 moves, 1-0

Wade vs J Penrose, 1961
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 24 moves, 0-1

Round Five
M Aaron vs Gligoric, 1961 
(A53) Old Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

L Barden vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

Bisguier vs Flohr, 1961
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Penrose vs J Littlewood, 1961
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Robatsch vs Wade, 1961
(B32) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six
M Aaron vs L Barden, 1962
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 43 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs J Penrose, 1962 
(E89) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line, 57 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Flohr, 1962
(D22) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

J Littlewood vs Robatsch, 1962
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 32 moves, 0-1

Wade vs Bisguier, 1962
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven
L Barden vs Gligoric, 1962
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

Bisguier vs J Littlewood, 1962 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

Flohr vs Wade, 1962
(A48) King's Indian, 58 moves, 1-0

J Penrose vs M Aaron, 1962
(B83) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Robatsch vs Botvinnik, 1962  
(C18) French, Winawer, 45 moves, 0-1

Round Eight
M Aaron vs Robatsch, 1962 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 58 moves, 0-1

L Barden vs J Penrose, 1962
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 52 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Bisguier, 1962 
(A12) English with b3, 44 moves, 1-0

Gligoric vs Wade, 1962
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 42 moves, 1-0

J Littlewood vs Flohr, 1962
(B10) Caro-Kann, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine
Bisguier vs M Aaron, 1962
(E70) King's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1962 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Penrose vs Gligoric, 1962
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Robatsch vs L Barden, 1962 
(E89) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line, 42 moves, 1-0

Wade vs J Littlewood, 1962
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

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