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: Florin Gheorghiu
| page 1 of 1; 9 games
|1. Gheorghiu vs Stein
|| ||½-½||18||1967||Hastings 1967/68||E71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)|
|2. J Kaplan vs Gheorghiu
|| ||0-1||29||1967||Hastings 1967/68||B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2|
|3. Gheorghiu vs Hort
|| ||½-½||14||1967||Hastings 1967/68||D42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3|
|4. Hartston vs Gheorghiu
|| ||½-½||32||1967||Hastings 1967/68||B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern|
|5. Gheorghiu vs Keene
||1-0||27||1967||Hastings 1967/68||A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto|
|6. A Whiteley vs Gheorghiu
|| ||½-½||57||1968||Hastings 1967/68||A53 Old Indian|
|7. Gheorghiu vs M Basman
||1-0||24||1968||Hastings 1967/68||B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack|
|8. Gheorghiu vs P Ostojic
|| ||½-½||14||1968||Hastings 1967/68||D37 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|9. Suetin vs Gheorghiu
|| ||½-½||24||1968||Hastings 1967/68||B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2|
|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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