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Hastings 2012/13 Tournament

Gawain Jones7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Daniele Vocaturo7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Jonathan Hawkins7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Andrey Sumets7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Kaido Kulaots7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Sarunas Sulskis7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Vladimir Hamitevici6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Andrey Vovk6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Adam G Ashton6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Simon J B Knott6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Yang-Fan Zhou6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Daniel Alsina Leal6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Gu Xiaobing6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Gudmundur Kjartansson6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Rui Gao6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Stephen Richard Burns-Mannion6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
John Anderson6/11(+4 -3 =4)[games]
Francis Rayner6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Glenn C Flear6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Vladimir Prosviriakov6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Farid Firman Syah5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Mark Hebden5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[games]
Jack Rudd5.5/10(+5 -4 =1)[games]
Chelsie Monica Sihite5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Clement Sreeves5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[games]
Ali Reza Jaunooby5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[games]
Keith Arkell5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
Thomas E Rendle5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
(88 players total; 59 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Hastings 2012/13

Previous edition: Hastings (2011/12). Next: Hastings (2013/14).

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 402  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Maroroa vs H Shierlaw  1-0232012Hastings 2012/13C41 Philidor Defense
2. S R Burns-Mannion vs J Anderson  1-0432012Hastings 2012/13C05 French, Tarrasch
3. T Spanton vs J Kvisla  0-1272012Hastings 2012/13A13 English
4. M Ternault vs C E Murphy  ½-½452012Hastings 2012/13D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. A C Taylor vs V Rumsey  1-0482012Hastings 2012/13E20 Nimzo-Indian
6. A G Hagen vs T H Stonehouse 1-0132012Hastings 2012/13E61 King's Indian
7. D Flynn vs C Atako  0-1362012Hastings 2012/13B03 Alekhine's Defense
8. M Waddington vs N Dennis  1-0412012Hastings 2012/13A00 Uncommon Opening
9. N Hutchinson vs T Clayton  1-0332012Hastings 2012/13B10 Caro-Kann
10. M Cekulis vs B Cafferty  0-1472012Hastings 2012/13A62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
11. J P McKenna vs D C Gibbs  1-0592012Hastings 2012/13B06 Robatsch
12. J Higgs vs W E Jones  0-1432012Hastings 2012/13B22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. S Gregory vs M J Gunn  1-0672012Hastings 2012/13A07 King's Indian Attack
14. J S Macrae vs R A Barton  0-1742012Hastings 2012/13A40 Queen's Pawn Game
15. H Ramstad vs M Pooley  1-0332012Hastings 2012/13D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. R S Mitchell vs M Wadsworth  0-1302012Hastings 2012/13D04 Queen's Pawn Game
17. A Safarian vs O Willson  1-0382012Hastings 2012/13A60 Benoni Defense
18. P Kent vs M J Armstrong  0-1432012Hastings 2012/13D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. A G Grant vs A G Ashton  0-1482012Hastings 2012/13A13 English
20. T Rendle vs F Rayner  1-0452012Hastings 2012/13B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
21. S Reuben vs R Haria  1-01042012Hastings 2012/13A34 English, Symmetrical
22. Hebden vs E Kirk  ½-½512012Hastings 2012/13A48 King's Indian
23. R Eames vs S Sulskis  ½-½612012Hastings 2012/13A52 Budapest Gambit
24. N Pert vs N Stewart  1-0232012Hastings 2012/13D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. D J Ledger vs A Pickersgill  1-0282012Hastings 2012/13B07 Pirc
 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 402  PGN Download
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Dec-30-12  Kikoman: First!
Dec-30-12  Kikoman: Official site:
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  kingscrusher: I find the new Hastings chess site a bit of a major disappointment - in terms of historical legacy.

The historical legacy of the tournament is absolutely amazing and it isn't reflected on the website.

I think a simple prominent link to the following Wiki page would help at the top:

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  kingscrusher: I am currently researching a classic encounter between Mir Sulthan Khan and Capablanca which took place at the Hastings December/January congress:

Game Collection: Hastings 1930/31

And it is fantastic that this member has created these Hastings collections - these collection links should also be at the new Hastings website as well.

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  kingscrusher: Also this old Hastings website has some good historical pages e.g.

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  kingscrusher: A player called "Duff" is currently on 3.5 / 4 but not reflected yet on :

I think this is because only two of his games are here.

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  kingscrusher: Duff did well to beat GM Hebden:

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  OhioChessFan: Jones has got to appreciate a level of competition not quite as high as his last tournament.
Jan-01-13  waustad: Duff is doing well so far but then perhaps the proof is in the pudding.
Jan-05-13  wallytherhino: Jonathan Hawkins (NOT A GM) is leading with 6.5/9 (+5 -1 =3).

I am excited to see how the final rankings shift out since there are a lot of players with 8 games or less counted.

With 92 players I am very surprised a strong player is not running the table (going 9 wins in 9 games)

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  Domdaniel: There used to be a car dealer in Dublin called Duff Motors. They shut down. Not surprising, I guess.

Jonathan Hawkins has had a couple of good results at recent British championships, but I don't think he has much international experience. I agree with <wallytherhino>, though - I expected Sulskis or Jones to power away from the pack, but everyone has dropped at least 2.5 points.

In the 70s and 80s - when there was a GM all-play-all event plus a swiss challengers, some of the challengers tournaments could be as strong as this.

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  HeMateMe: Dom, have you played anyone in the tournament bracket here? You seem to have had some strong opponents.
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  PhilFeeley: Several people seemed to have dropped out, including Nick Pert and Canadian Raja Panjwani. Neither has played since round 8 and there's no explanation on the official website. Did they all get the flu?

Panjwani was doing well, too.

Jan-06-13  GlennOliver: Could anyone shed light on how the

From the Hastings site -

4th Jan
Rui Gao needs point from 2 games and a 2600 player in round 9 or 1/2 v 2231

Jonathan Hawkins needs 2/2 and a 2287 in round 9

5th Jan
Rui Gao (CHI) achieved his final GM norm

Surely Jonathan Hawkins record at the tournament so far is at least as good as that of Rui Gao?

Yet, in Round 9, Rui Gao achieved his final GM norm with a 10-move agreed draw non-event, while Jonathan Hawkins apparently still hasn't with a convincing win.

Jan-06-13  kevinatcausa: There are a bunch of requirements (see for a full list), but what it essentially boils down to here is that you need a 2600 performance rating.

While Hawkins and Gao are both at 6.5/9, Hawkins faced much lower rated opposition (in part because of an early loss, in part because he got paired against a 2148 player punching well above his weight in round 9). So right now Hawkins is performing at 2526 compared with Gao's 2623.

Jan-06-13  GlennOliver: Thank you, Kevin.

Since Jonathan Hawkins last game is against Rui Gao, I'm guessing that counts as a game against Gao's pre-Hastings rating 2452 and not his 2623 rating at Hastings?

I.e. now no chance of Hawkins making his GM norm here?

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  Peligroso Patzer: As has been pointed out at G Jones vs D Leal, 2013, has the result of that game wrong.

The above-linked game was 1-0 (NOT 1/2-1/2, as currently recorded by CG). After 9 rounds, Gawain Jones was sole leader on 7.0/9.

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  Peligroso Patzer: ... and after his draw today, Gawain Jones finished 7.5/10 (<NOT> 7.0/10, as currently reflected in the standings table).
Jan-06-13  wallytherhino: Timothy Spantan 5.5/10 (+5 -4 =1)

This is a strong result considering the pre tournament rating was 2017 (according to chess games)

Jan-07-13  Troller: <Peligroso Patzer: ... and after his draw today, Gawain Jones finished 7.5/10 (<NOT> 7.0/10, as currently reflected in the standings table).>

The tagline in the "New Games" does say

<88th Hastings Chess Congress
Hastings, UK
Dec 28-Jan 6
Top seed Gawain Jones finished in first place alone on 7.5/10.>

So it is mainly the score of the Jones-Leal game that needs to be corrected, that should probably also correct the table.

Congrats to Gawain! Hastings is not what it used to be, but still a nice title to have under your belt. I believe every world champ until Fischer played it (Karpov also won it, but Kasparov never played there).

Jan-07-13  Tomlinsky: Not a bad outing for Glenn Flear either as he approaches his 54th birthday.
Jan-07-13  Kikoman: Congratulations GM Gawain Jones! :D
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  PhilFeeley: The official page results keep fluctuating. I tried to look at them today and only got to round 9. Perhaps there's a problem with their page. So we cannot even confirm the Jones win. Perhaps tomorrow?
Jan-07-13  GBKnight: Jones definitely won with 7.5/10, followed by 8 players on 7/10 - see this link to the final table. This topped a good year for Jones, who also won the British Championship in August, and played in the London Classic in December.

I answer to an earlier question about players dropping out, often for a couple of rounds, there were reports of a bad stomach bug affecting quite a few players, as well as the usual flu at this time of year.

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated some of Gawain Jones's key games:

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