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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 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gheorghiu vs Stein  ½-½181967Hastings 1967/68E71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
2. Keene vs Hort  ½-½201967Hastings 1967/68A04 Reti Opening
3. P Ostojic vs Suetin  ½-½841967Hastings 1967/68B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
4. A Whiteley vs J Kaplan  ½-½861967Hastings 1967/68A56 Benoni Defense
5. Hartston vs Keene  ½-½121967Hastings 1967/68B06 Robatsch
6. Stein vs P Ostojic  ½-½581967Hastings 1967/68B35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
7. Keene vs M Basman  ½-½341967Hastings 1967/68A07 King's Indian Attack
8. Suetin vs Stein  ½-½211967Hastings 1967/68E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
9. P Ostojic vs J Kaplan  ½-½251967Hastings 1967/68B32 Sicilian
10. Gheorghiu vs Hort  ½-½141967Hastings 1967/68D42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
11. A Whiteley vs Hartston  ½-½211967Hastings 1967/68D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
12. Keene vs A Whiteley  ½-½261967Hastings 1967/68A07 King's Indian Attack
13. J Kaplan vs Suetin  ½-½401967Hastings 1967/68B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. Hartston vs Gheorghiu  ½-½321967Hastings 1967/68B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. A Whiteley vs M Basman  ½-½211967Hastings 1967/68D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Suetin vs Hort  ½-½221967Hastings 1967/68A37 English, Symmetrical
17. Stein vs J Kaplan  ½-½271967Hastings 1967/68A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
18. Hort vs Stein  ½-½141968Hastings 1967/68D79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
19. M Basman vs J Kaplan  ½-½431968Hastings 1967/68B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. Keene vs P Ostojic  ½-½291968Hastings 1967/68E12 Queen's Indian
21. A Whiteley vs Gheorghiu  ½-½571968Hastings 1967/68A53 Old Indian
22. J Kaplan vs Hort  ½-½181968Hastings 1967/68B08 Pirc, Classical
23. M Basman vs Hort  ½-½371968Hastings 1967/68B12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. Hartston vs J Kaplan  ½-½431968Hastings 1967/68C82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. Gheorghiu vs P Ostojic  ½-½141968Hastings 1967/68D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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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.

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  MissScarlett: I read about this in one of Baruch Wood's columns. I'll try and dig it up.

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