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Hastings 1967/68 Tournament

Vlastimil Hort6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Florin Gheorghiu6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Leonid Stein6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Alexey S Suetin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Predrag Ostojic5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Julio Kaplan4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Andrew Whiteley3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Raymond Keene3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]
William R Hartston3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Michael Basman2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Hastings 1967/68

The 43rd Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held at the end of the year 1967. Ten grandmasters and masters were invited to compete in a round robin format at the premier event. The notable participants of this edition included Soviet grandmasters Leonid Stein and Alexey Suetin, World Junior Champion Julio Kaplan, Czechoslovakian grandmaster Vlastimil Hort, Romanian grandmaster Florin Gheorghiu, and British junior master Raymond Keene. The final saw a four way tie for first place among Hort, Gheorghiu, Stein, and Suetin. They each finished undefeated with +3, a full point ahead of Yugoslavian master Predrag Ostojic.

Hastings, England, 27 December 1967 - 5 January 1968

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 =1 Hort * 1 1 1 6 =1 Gheorghiu * 1 1 1 6 =1 Stein * 1 1 1 6 =1 Suetin * 1 1 1 6 5 Ostojic 0 * 1 1 5 6 Kaplan 0 * 4 7 Whiteley 0 0 * 3 =8 Keene 0 0 0 * 3 =8 Hartston 0 0 0 0 * 1 3 10 Basman 0 0 0 0 * 2


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Original collection: Game Collection: Hastings 1967/68, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Keene vs P Ostojic  ½-½291968Hastings 1967/68E12 Queen's Indian
27. A Whiteley vs Gheorghiu  ½-½571968Hastings 1967/68A53 Old Indian
28. M Basman vs J Kaplan  ½-½431968Hastings 1967/68B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
29. Hartston vs Suetin  0-1721968Hastings 1967/68B89 Sicilian
30. Hort vs Stein  ½-½141968Hastings 1967/68D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
31. Suetin vs Keene 1-0621968Hastings 1967/68B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
32. P Ostojic vs A Whiteley  1-0371968Hastings 1967/68C05 French, Tarrasch
33. J Kaplan vs Hort  ½-½181968Hastings 1967/68B08 Pirc, Classical
34. Stein vs Hartston  1-0351968Hastings 1967/68A34 English, Symmetrical
35. Gheorghiu vs M Basman 1-0241968Hastings 1967/68B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
36. Gheorghiu vs P Ostojic  ½-½141968Hastings 1967/68D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
37. A Whiteley vs Suetin  ½-½221968Hastings 1967/68E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
38. Hartston vs J Kaplan  ½-½431968Hastings 1967/68C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
39. M Basman vs Hort  ½-½371968Hastings 1967/68B12 Caro-Kann Defense
40. Keene vs Stein 0-1331968Hastings 1967/68A15 English
41. Suetin vs Gheorghiu  ½-½241968Hastings 1967/68B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
42. Hort vs Hartston  1-0391968Hastings 1967/68D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
43. P Ostojic vs M Basman  ½-½231968Hastings 1967/68B32 Sicilian
44. J Kaplan vs Keene  ½-½241968Hastings 1967/68D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
45. Stein vs A Whiteley  ½-½261968Hastings 1967/68A07 King's Indian Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-06-18  Cibator: One of the more notorious Hastings tournaments. The four-way tie for first place was deliberately engineered so as to share the prize-money equally among the grandmasters.

The root of the trouble was a prize fund that was on the thin side to begin with, and too skewed in its distribution, as the table below makes clear:

1st - UKP250
2nd - UKP100
3rd - UKP50
4th - UKP25

(These sums seem derisory nowadays, but weren't quite that bad in 1968, when UKP25 was a goodish week's salary.)

CHESS magazine hit the nail on the head with its comment: "Far too steep a descent. We can recall no other tournament where fourth prize was only one-tenth of first." They went on to remark that the grandmasters weren't going to allow the indignity of one their number going home with only UKP25. Hence the "obviously contrived" final result.

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I read about this in one of Baruch Wood's columns. I'll try and dig it up.

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