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🏆 Hastings 2003/04

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Peter Heine Nielsen, Vladimir Viktorovich Epishin, Vasilios Kotronias, Stuart C Conquest, Jonathan Rowson, Mark Hebden, Daniel Gormally, Abhijit Kunte, Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno, Alexander Sergeyevich Cherniaev

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 43  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Epishin vs Lagno 1-0592003Hastings 2003/04E17 Queen's Indian
2. A Kunte vs Hebden  0-1722003Hastings 2003/04C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. S Conquest vs Kotronias  ½-½512003Hastings 2003/04A48 King's Indian
4. D Gormally vs Cherniaev 0-1452003Hastings 2003/04C67 Ruy Lopez
5. P H Nielsen vs J Rowson  ½-½682003Hastings 2003/04D71 Neo-Grunfeld
6. Hebden vs S Conquest 1-0302003Hastings 2003/04D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Epishin vs P H Nielsen  ½-½202003Hastings 2003/04E22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
8. J Rowson vs A Kunte  ½-½202003Hastings 2003/04E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
9. Kotronias vs D Gormally 1-0292003Hastings 2003/04C67 Ruy Lopez
10. S Conquest vs J Rowson  ½-½472003Hastings 2003/04B50 Sicilian
11. Cherniaev vs Kotronias 0-1382003Hastings 2003/04B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. D Gormally vs Hebden 1-0422003Hastings 2003/04C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. A Kunte vs Epishin  ½-½182003Hastings 2003/04D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. P H Nielsen vs Lagno  1-0462003Hastings 2003/04A17 English
15. Hebden vs Cherniaev  ½-½312003Hastings 2003/04A80 Dutch
16. Epishin vs S Conquest  1-0362003Hastings 2003/04E91 King's Indian
17. P H Nielsen vs A Kunte  0-1602003Hastings 2003/04E01 Catalan, Closed
18. J Rowson vs D Gormally 1-0522003Hastings 2003/04C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
19. Kotronias vs Hebden ½-½522004Hastings 2003/04C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Cherniaev vs J Rowson  ½-½352004Hastings 2003/04B22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. D Gormally vs Epishin ½-½262004Hastings 2003/04D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. S Conquest vs P H Nielsen  ½-½452004Hastings 2003/04A06 Reti Opening
23. A Kunte vs Lagno  ½-½192004Hastings 2003/04A13 English
24. Lagno vs Hebden 1-0472004Hastings 2003/04C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. J Rowson vs Kotronias  ½-½242004Hastings 2003/04E81 King's Indian, Samisch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-07-04  AdrianP: Rowson and Kotronias won with 6 out of 9. I went down and watched a bit last Sunday.

Two particularly interesting games were:

Hebden vs Conquest, 2003
(a classic example of exploiting an IQP)


Peter Nielsen vs Kotronias, 2004
(a really sharp win for Black with the KID) (quite a few KID's were played).

The 14-year-old Kateryna Lahno acquitted herself quite well. She's also going to be playing in the 2nd group at Wijk an Zee.

Jan-07-04  MoonlitKnight: No, she's actually going to play in the C group. The dutch players are being favoured, so that for instance young study champion Daniel Stellwagen will play in group B.
Jan-07-04  AdrianP: <MoonlitKnight> You're right, thanks for the correction.
Jan-07-04  refutor: stellwagen did quite well in the b group last year if memory serves...moonlitknight, you make it sound like the only reason he's there is because he's dutch. maybe that was the case last year but he acquitted himself quite well
Jan-07-04  MoonlitKnight: I'm not saying that's the one and only reason, but Lahno is actually rated 4 points higher than Stellwagen. She is also two years younger, so the likelihood that she will perform just as well as - or even better than - Stellwagen is quite high.

In the C group, there are three players with higher rating than Jan Timman, who is in the A group.

All I'm saying is that the Dutch players are favoured, but I think that's fair, as I posted on the Morozevich page.

Jan-08-04  evertoexcel: In the past, wasn't Hastings the site of many famous tourney's featuring the elite of chess? If this is the same Hastings, what is the reason for the decline in the level of competition/prestige? I ask this question out of nothing more than curiosity.
Jan-08-04  bilikidder: As far as I know, Hastings is the longest running tournament around. Here's a link: 1895 Hastings is supposed to be the greatest tournament ever. Maybe the decline had something to do with the changing level of interest in chess in Great Britain.

My favorite quote from the article: <..The Normans introduced chess to Hastings William the Conqueror was a chess player and once broke a chess board over the head of his nephew, Louis the Fat, having accused him of cheating<.>.>

Jan-08-04  Drstrangelove: <In the C group, there are three players with higher rating than Jan Timman, who is in the A group.> Wow! Your right, I didn't realize that. I wonder why this is: In group C there are 8 people rated higher then the lowest rated in group B. And in group B there are 7 people rated higher then the lowest rated (Timman) in group A.
Jan-08-04  MoonlitKnight: The Dutch players are obviously placed higher, and it probably helps if you have a famous name, but I think an important point is that the lower rated players wish to have the possibility to make a GM norm. In that case you need of course three GMs.
Jan-17-04  guarch: When I was in my country (Cuba) I used to play with an old German lots of chess. He had the ability to create wonderful positions for himself, while drinking his favourite rum, and smoking cuban cigarretes, wich are very strong.
Good person and father that put in my mind the names of Boris Spassky, Emanuel Lasker, Jose Raul Capablanca, et al. Then I bought the set of books by the great Argentinian master of chess Roberto Grau... Now I have been living in New York
(45 years already), and still playing
hours of daily chess.
I can say that young people are
happy to find good persons that helps
them to do something exciting, has chess.
Now I am 75 years of age, playing like crazy my beloved chess game, and winning and loosing in all kind of servers, from USCF to remote little nests of players in parks, clubs, etc. I love chess, and I own a collection of chess books (hundreds) that I have read almost in daily basis. I don't play much in tournaments and I have 1600 rating in Mail Chess, and a new rating of
2067 in a Canadian server.
And still, loosing a game against
any one agravate me so much that I go contantly to my books and studies. Viva el Chess!
Oct-20-04  The Saint: I love chess just like any other pawn addict, and playing the game with friends or strangers or just anybody who comes along has been my preoccupation since retirement. At my age, as a mid-septuagenarian, passing the time pushing pawns has become a pleasant way of exercising what would otherwise be a dormant mind. Thanks to CHESSGAMES.COM.
Dec-04-04  refutor: <Hastings>

why do none of the top names come here to play? if i was a GM I would go to hastings just to go to the site of the tournament where pillsbury reigned supreme in 1895 and the home of Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895

what was particularly despicable was the lack of the top 10 in the 1995 version. i believe the organizers really dropped the ball

Jul-22-05  Knight13: Hastings has been a very strong tournament through out the century and has lasted for very long time. I wonder why, too, thoes Top GMs aren't here to play the Hastings.

Good tournament. I wish I could play in the Hastings tournament one day.

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