The 35th Hastings Christmas Congress was held December 30, 1959 - January 8, 1960 in Hastings, England.
Gligoric Triumphs at Hastings. By W. Ritson Morry
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts
1 Gligoric X = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 = 7.5
2 Averbakh = X = = 1 1 = = 1 1 6.5
3 Uhlmann 0 = X 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 6.5
4 Bobotsov 0 = 0 X 1 0 1 1 1 1 5.5
5 Golombek 0 0 1 0 X = = 1 = 1 4.5
6 Kottnauer = 0 0 1 = X 1 0 = 1 4.5
7 Pomar 0 = 0 0 = 0 X 1 1 1 4.0
8 Heemsoth 0 = 0 0 0 1 0 X = 1 3.0
9 Burger 0 0 0 0 = = 0 = X 1 2.5
10 Winser = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 0.5
Russian victories have become so much the normal course of events in recent years that it is quite a story when one of their grandmasters has to take second place. This, however, was the feature of the thirty-fifth Hastings Congress which opened on December 29th, in the familiar surroundings of the Sun Lounge. From start to finish it was all Gligoric, who played with all the poise and assurances and, let us be quite honest, the smattering of good fortune which all go into the make-up of the complete tournament winner.
The difficulties over last-minute withdrawals did not upset the smooth schedule, as they did last year, and only two absentees in the whole programme of 136 players must be a record not only for Hastings but for most congresses. As a result of this fine assembly of obvious enthusiasts the Committee had to set about the agreeable task of making up an additional One-week Section of eight players to cater for those who had come along in the hope of finding vacancies to fill. Thus the total entry mounted to 144, beating last year's number by four.
Although the Russians might have justifiably felt unable to send a competitor in view of the likely staleness of their representatives in the Candidates' Tournament and the hard struggle for their own national championship soon to commence, they were able to nominate Y. Averbakh, a former Soviet Champion, who had never visited this country before. With last year's winner, W. Uhlmann, the tournament promised to be an attractive one even if not quite as powerful as in such vintage years as 1934 (Sir George Thomas, Flohr, Euwe, Capablanca, Botvinnik).
There was a slight disappointment at the opening ceremony when it was announced that Mr. Malik had been forced to cancel his visit owing to his having to return to Russia, but his place was taken by Mr. D.F. Safonov, a Counsellor at the Soviet Embassy, who carried the good wishes of his principal and made the first move of the congress to give an excellent start to the grim battles to come. (1)
(1) British Chess Magazine, February 1960, pp. 33-39.
Hastings (1958/59) and Hastings (1960/61) were their previous and next annual Christmas tournaments.
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45
|1. Gligoric vs Uhlmann
||1-0||23||1959||Hastings 1959/60||D94 Grunfeld|
|2. Averbakh vs Golombek
|| ||1-0||32||1959||Hastings 1959/60||A16 English|
|3. M Bobotsov vs C Kottnauer
|| ||0-1||28||1959||Hastings 1959/60||A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System|
|4. A Pomar Salamanca vs H Heemsoth
|| ||1-0||37||1959||Hastings 1959/60||D85 Grunfeld|
|5. K Burger vs W A Winser
||1-0||41||1959||Hastings 1959/60||E44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2|
|6. Uhlmann vs M Bobotsov
|| ||1-0||41||1959||Hastings 1959/60||E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto|
|7. Averbakh vs K Burger
|| ||1-0||36||1959||Hastings 1959/60||A34 English, Symmetrical|
|8. H Heemsoth vs Gligoric
||0-1||44||1959||Hastings 1959/60||A62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation|
|9. Golombek vs C Kottnauer
|| ||½-½||33||1959||Hastings 1959/60||A26 English|
|10. W A Winser vs A Pomar Salamanca
|| ||0-1||39||1959||Hastings 1959/60||D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|11. C Kottnauer vs Uhlmann
|| ||0-1||44||1960||Hastings 1959/60||A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4|
|12. A Pomar Salamanca vs Averbakh
||½-½||37||1960||Hastings 1959/60||D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch|
|13. Gligoric vs W A Winser
||½-½||48||1960||Hastings 1959/60||B18 Caro-Kann, Classical|
|14. M Bobotsov vs H Heemsoth
|| ||1-0||42||1960||Hastings 1959/60||A22 English|
|15. K Burger vs Golombek
|| ||½-½||43||1960||Hastings 1959/60||E42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)|
|16. Golombek vs Uhlmann
|| ||1-0||48||1960||Hastings 1959/60||A16 English|
|17. H Heemsoth vs C Kottnauer
|| ||1-0||61||1960||Hastings 1959/60||D37 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|18. W A Winser vs M Bobotsov
|| ||0-1||34||1960||Hastings 1959/60||A48 King's Indian|
|19. K Burger vs A Pomar Salamanca
|| ||0-1||28||1960||Hastings 1959/60||D49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran|
|20. Averbakh vs Gligoric
|| ||½-½||35||1960||Hastings 1959/60||D95 Grunfeld|
|21. A Pomar Salamanca vs Golombek
|| ||½-½||52||1960||Hastings 1959/60||E17 Queen's Indian|
|22. Uhlmann vs H Heemsoth
|| ||1-0||44||1960||Hastings 1959/60||E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line|
|23. Gligoric vs K Burger
|| ||1-0||39||1960||Hastings 1959/60||E58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3|
|24. M Bobotsov vs Averbakh
|| ||½-½||21||1960||Hastings 1959/60||A36 English|
|25. C Kottnauer vs W A Winser
|| ||1-0||42||1960||Hastings 1959/60||B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4|
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45
|Jan-03-17|| ||me to play: It is interesting that the last place finisher W A Winser was able to score his only 1/2 point against the clear tournament winner Gligoric.|
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