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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 S Suetin6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Predrag Ostojic5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Julio Kaplan4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Andrew Whiteley3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Raymond Keene3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]
William R Hartston3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Michael 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 1; 5 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Basman vs Suetin  0-1411967Hastings 1967/68A40 Queen's Pawn Game
2. J Kaplan vs Gheorghiu  0-1291967Hastings 1967/68B61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
3. M Basman vs Stein  0-1431967Hastings 1967/68B56 Sicilian
4. Hartston vs Suetin  0-1721968Hastings 1967/68B89 Sicilian
5. Keene vs Stein 0-1331968Hastings 1967/68A15 English
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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.

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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