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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: Alexey S Suetin

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Ostojic vs Suetin  ½-½841967Hastings 1967/68B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. M Basman vs Suetin  0-1411967Hastings 1967/68A40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Suetin vs Stein  ½-½211967Hastings 1967/68E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
4. J Kaplan vs Suetin  ½-½401967Hastings 1967/68B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. Suetin vs Hort  ½-½221967Hastings 1967/68A37 English, Symmetrical
6. Hartston vs Suetin  0-1721968Hastings 1967/68B89 Sicilian
7. Suetin vs Keene 1-0621968Hastings 1967/68B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
8. A Whiteley vs Suetin  ½-½221968Hastings 1967/68E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
9. Suetin vs Gheorghiu  ½-½241968Hastings 1967/68B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
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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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