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Hastings 2014/15 Tournament

Zhao Jun8/9(+7 -0 =2)[games]
Aleksander Mista7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Alexandr Fier7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Gudmundur Kjartansson7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Maxime Lagarde6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Jonathan Hawkins6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Jahongir Vakhidov6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Keith Arkell6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Romain Edouard6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Sebastian Bogner6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Deep Sengupta6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Glenn C Flear6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Benjamin Gledura6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alexander Longson6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Wahbi Kheit6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
John Anderson6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Mark Hebden5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Miklos Galyas5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
James P Jackson5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Robert Bellin5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[games]
Nino Maisuradze5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Tereza Rodshtein5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Peter Constantinou5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Petr Marusenko5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Jake Z Liang5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Adam Hunt5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Adam G Ashton5/9(+5 -4 =0)[games]
Peter John Sowray5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Richard A Bates5/8(+3 -1 =4)[games]
Ezra Kirk5/9(+5 -4 =0)[games]
Alan M Byron5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
* (106 players total; 74 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Hastings 2014/15

Played in Hastings, England 29 December 2014 - 6 February 2015. Crosstable: http://chess-results.com/tnr156909....

Previous: Hastings Chess Congress (2013). Next: Hastings Chess Congress (2015/16).

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 437  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A C Taylor vs O Willson  1-0392014Hastings 2014/15A60 Benoni Defense
2. A Mista vs P Constantinou  1-0352014Hastings 2014/15B06 Robatsch
3. R Eames vs Sengupta 0-1312014Hastings 2014/15C18 French, Winawer
4. L Webb vs Fier  0-1452014Hastings 2014/15B40 Sicilian
5. D Kiefer vs Zhao Jun 0-1352014Hastings 2014/15B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. S Bogner vs V Prosviriakov  1-0402014Hastings 2014/15B41 Sicilian, Kan
7. J Fraser vs M Wadsworth  0-1512014Hastings 2014/15C03 French, Tarrasch
8. M Rodshtein vs E Kirk  1-0242014Hastings 2014/15E90 King's Indian
9. T Rodshtein vs R Edouard  0-1482014Hastings 2014/15A46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A Hunt vs P Talsma 1-0242014Hastings 2014/15C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. A Froewis vs J Higgs  0-1912014Hastings 2014/15C78 Ruy Lopez
12. J Shepley vs J Mann 0-1302014Hastings 2014/15B23 Sicilian, Closed
13. R Bates vs O Hackner  1-0582014Hastings 2014/15E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. T Slade vs R A Barton  1-0632014Hastings 2014/15B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. F Rayner vs J Jackson 0-1372014Hastings 2014/15A15 English
16. C Haussernot vs Gledura  0-1282014Hastings 2014/15C45 Scotch Game
17. M Waddington vs M Young 1-0382014Hastings 2014/15A57 Benko Gambit
18. J N Sugden vs A Longson  0-1462014Hastings 2014/15D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. R Bellin vs B Cafferty  ½-½322014Hastings 2014/15C12 French, McCutcheon
20. J Hawkins vs J Brustkern 1-0192014Hastings 2014/15A83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
21. G Kjartansson vs A Byron  1-0622014Hastings 2014/15A38 English, Symmetrical
22. M Rolvag vs Flear  0-1402014Hastings 2014/15A10 English
23. P J Sowray vs I Snape  ½-½1142014Hastings 2014/15A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
24. Arkell vs P Marusenko 1-0422014Hastings 2014/15A86 Dutch
25. J Wallner vs M Burrows  1-0242014Hastings 2014/15A04 Reti Opening
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Jan-03-15  Strongest Force: Yes, HSOL, I am waiting for list of players for group-b/challengers
Jan-03-15  kellmano: That chess arena coverage in <penguiincw>'s link is really nice.

Zhao goes to an excellent 6/6

Jan-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: And Zhao Jun is stopped by Mark Hebden.

Hebden vs Zhao Jun, 2015

Still has a 1 point lead.

Jan-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Hebden has an Oriental cast about him. I've never heard anyone else mention it, but that's the British these days, always pretending not to be interested in people's origins.
Jan-04-15  kellmano: <MissScarlett> Erm, that's you, always interested in people's origins. I don't see how the 'pretending' in your post is remotely justified. Do you walk around the street saying 'You're Black', 'You look Asian' to people?

If not, why do you expect others to?

Jan-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: black's breakthrough here is certainly interesting

<J S Macrae vs D Fryer, 2014>

Jan-05-15  Severin: <One of the Chinese will win:)>

r u a profit?

Jan-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Severin: <One of the Chinese will win:)>

r u a profit?>

No, but maybe he will look to turn one.

Jan-05-15  Kanatahodets: <MissScarlett: Hebden has an Oriental cast about him. I've never heard anyone else mention it, but that's the British these days, always pretending not to be interested in people's origins.> Don't listen hypocrites; genes are important. Statistics doesn't lie. Say if father is Jewish and mother is Armenian, one can expect a very good chess player:)
Jan-05-15  Kanatahodets: nice win by Zhao vs Vakhidov. From the move 10 - increasing his advantage step by step. No mistakes, machine. who is this guy?
Jan-05-15  DLev: When a comment notes a player plays like a machine with no mistakes, is that a compliment or an accusation of cheating?
Jan-05-15  Severin: <Kanatahodets: Statistics doesn't lie.>

No, but they can be falsified and most statistical arguments fall apart after further examination. Not that they don't have a place in intelligent discourse, but they're misused more often than not.

<Kanatahodets: Say if father is Jewish and mother is Armenian, one can expect a very good chess player:)>

From what I understand, there are historical reasons for the heightened intelligence of the Ashkenazi jews, and I think we can agree that there is some correlation between intelligence and chess proficiency, but the tendency for Armenians to be good chess players can be better explained culturally by their place in the former SU and such. In any case, I'm sure the majority of Jewish-Armenian people aren't incredible chess players. I bet most of them don't even play the game.

Not that any of this really matters, but if we're going to make pointless comments, we should at least have more of a dedication to accuracy.

<MissScarlett: Hebden has an Oriental cast about him. I've never heard anyone else mention it, but that's the British these days, always pretending not to be interested in people's origins.>

Errm, well, why would anybody mention it? Just looking at a couple pictures of him, he's clearly Asian. Not much to discuss.

Jan-05-15  Kanatahodets: <DLev: When a comment notes a player plays like a machine with no mistakes, is that a compliment or an accusation of cheating?> at this age, this is the utmost compliment. accept it, we became a second order material:)
Jan-05-15  Kanatahodets: <Severin: <Kanatahodets: Statistics doesn't lie.> No, but they can be falsified and most statistical arguments fall apart after further examination. Not that they don't have a place in intelligent discourse, but they're misused more often than not.

<Kanatahodets: Say if father is Jewish and mother is Armenian, one can expect a very good chess player:)>

From what I understand, there are historical reasons for the heightened intelligence of the Ashkenazi jews, and I think we can agree that there is some correlation between intelligence and chess proficiency, but the tendency for Armenians to be good chess players can be better explained culturally by their place in the former SU and such. In any case, I'm sure the majority of Jewish-Armenian people aren't incredible chess players. I bet most of them don't even play the game.

Not that any of this really matters, but if we're going to make pointless comments, we should at least have more of a dedication to accuracy.> severin, - how many people with Armenian father and mother do you know? there are not many for the same cultural reasons. I don't want to read a lecture to you. This is pointless. And don't touch statistics, it doesn't lie for a simple reason: it is a part of mathematics. and finally didn't you see :)? should i explain to you what does it mean? I feel so bored...

Jan-05-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: With one round to go, Zhao Jun has a one point lead over Fier, and that's what the last round matchup is: Fier vs. Zhao Jun, those colours exact. With that in mind, it's actually an armaggedon game (with the same time on each clock); winner wins the tournament*, while if it's a draw, the player with black, Zhao Jun, wins.

* I'm not sure what the tiebreaker is, but catching the red hot Zhao Jun should be considered a reward itself.

Jan-06-15  greed and death: <Kanatahodets><how many people with Armenian father and mother do you know?>

Well, there are almost all of the people living in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Not that I actually <know> all of them, but still...

Jan-06-15  offramp: Hebden look like son of Jackies Chan & Onassis.
Jan-06-15  Kanatahodets: <greed and death: <Kanatahodets><how many people with Armenian father and mother do you know?> Well, there are almost all of the people living in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Not that I actually <know> all of them, but still...> he-he, clearly I meant Armenian mother and Jewish father. But who reads the discussion nowadays?
Jan-06-15  Kanatahodets: <offramp: Hebden look like son of Jackies Chan & Onassis.> hmm, technically it would be impossible: he is almost the same age as Chan. But he could be the son of Jackie O. and Bruce Lee:) But they are not Jackies, I suspect there's some hidden aspect in it. Another aspect is that mixed with Europeans Asians produce fine chess players: Kaspy, Levon, Giri, Vlad, Peter, and of course Naka:)
Jan-06-15  latvalatvian: Did Bruce Lee understand the king's gambit?
Jan-06-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Congrats to Zhao Jun for finishing in first with a dominant performance.

Also congrats to <Strongest Force> for correctly predicting the winner of this tournament: Hastings Chess Congress (2014). :)

Jan-07-15  Kanatahodets: By the way, Takeda Fier has also Japanese genes. Recipe - if you want your child become a good chess player - marry a Japanese:)
Jan-07-15  rczcarvalho: Congrat to Fier! Well done
Jan-17-15  policarpo: the runner-up in this tournament was the Brazilian player Fier by calculating the SB
Mar-02-15  offramp: Very disconcerting!

<<<HASTINGS CONGRESS FACES FUNDING CUT>

[from http://www.hastingschess.com/ ]

The Hastings International Chess Congress organisers have been advised by Hastings Borough Council that they propose cutting the funding by 50% to £10,000 for the next event and cutting funding completely for the following year. This was announced in the Hastings Observer of 16th January 2015.

The Congress has been aware of the likelihood of cuts for some time bearing in mind the draconian cuts faced by the Borough Council. The Congress AGM will take place on 21st March 2015 and the main topic will undoubtedly be the future of the event.>>

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