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🏆 Hastings 1967/68

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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, St ... [more]

Player: Raymond Keene

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keene vs Hort  ½-½201967Hastings 1967/68A04 Reti Opening
2. Hartston vs Keene  ½-½121967Hastings 1967/68B06 Robatsch
3. Keene vs M Basman  ½-½341967Hastings 1967/68A07 King's Indian Attack
4. Keene vs A Whiteley  ½-½261967Hastings 1967/68A07 King's Indian Attack
5. Gheorghiu vs Keene 1-0271967Hastings 1967/68A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
6. Keene vs P Ostojic  ½-½291968Hastings 1967/68E12 Queen's Indian
7. Suetin vs Keene 1-0621968Hastings 1967/68B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
8. Keene vs Stein 0-1331968Hastings 1967/68A15 English
9. J Kaplan vs Keene  ½-½241968Hastings 1967/68D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
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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.

Apr-06-18
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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