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: Leonid Stein
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|1. Gheorghiu vs Stein
|| ||½-½||18||1967||Hastings 1967/68||E71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)|
|2. Stein vs P Ostojic
|| ||½-½||58||1967||Hastings 1967/68||B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4|
|3. Suetin vs Stein
|| ||½-½||21||1967||Hastings 1967/68||E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1|
|4. M Basman vs Stein
|| ||0-1||43||1967||Hastings 1967/68||B56 Sicilian|
|5. Stein vs J Kaplan
|| ||½-½||27||1967||Hastings 1967/68||A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4|
|6. Hort vs Stein
|| ||½-½||14||1968||Hastings 1967/68||D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line|
|7. Stein vs Hartston
|| ||1-0||35||1968||Hastings 1967/68||A34 English, Symmetrical|
|8. Keene vs Stein
||0-1||33||1968||Hastings 1967/68||A15 English|
|9. Stein vs A Whiteley
|| ||½-½||26||1968||Hastings 1967/68||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|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|| ||MissScarlett: I read about this in one of Baruch Wood's columns. I'll try and dig it up.|
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