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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 Suetin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Predrag Ostojic5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Julio Kaplan4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Andrew Jonathan Whiteley3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Raymond Keene3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]
William Hartston3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Michael John 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 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Hartston vs M Basman  1-0671967Hastings 1967/68B07 Pirc
2. Keene vs Hort  ½-½201967Hastings 1967/68A04 Reti Opening
3. P Ostojic vs Suetin  ½-½841967Hastings 1967/68B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. A J Whiteley vs J Kaplan  ½-½861967Hastings 1967/68A56 Benoni Defense
5. Gheorghiu vs Stein  ½-½181967Hastings 1967/68E71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
6. Stein vs P Ostojic  ½-½581967Hastings 1967/68B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
7. Hort vs A J Whiteley  1-0321967Hastings 1967/68D48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
8. J Kaplan vs Gheorghiu  0-1291967Hastings 1967/68B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
9. M Basman vs Suetin  0-1411967Hastings 1967/68A40 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Hartston vs Keene  ½-½121967Hastings 1967/68B06 Robatsch
11. A J Whiteley vs Hartston  ½-½211967Hastings 1967/68D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
12. Gheorghiu vs Hort  ½-½141967Hastings 1967/68D42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
13. Suetin vs Stein  ½-½211967Hastings 1967/68E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
14. Keene vs M Basman  ½-½341967Hastings 1967/68A07 King's Indian Attack
15. P Ostojic vs J Kaplan  ½-½251967Hastings 1967/68B32 Sicilian
16. J Kaplan vs Suetin  ½-½401967Hastings 1967/68B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. Hort vs P Ostojic  1-0361967Hastings 1967/68A07 King's Indian Attack
18. Hartston vs Gheorghiu  ½-½321967Hastings 1967/68B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
19. Keene vs A J Whiteley  ½-½261967Hastings 1967/68A07 King's Indian Attack
20. M Basman vs Stein  0-1431967Hastings 1967/68B56 Sicilian
21. A J Whiteley vs M Basman  ½-½211967Hastings 1967/68D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Suetin vs Hort  ½-½221967Hastings 1967/68A37 English, Symmetrical
23. Gheorghiu vs Keene 1-0271967Hastings 1967/68A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
24. P Ostojic vs Hartston 1-0501967Hastings 1967/68B89 Sicilian
25. Stein vs J Kaplan  ½-½271967Hastings 1967/68A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
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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.

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