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Hastings 2016/17 Tournament

Deep Sengupta7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Miklos Galyas6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Bogdan Lalic6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Arghyadip Das6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Ravi Haria6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Benjamin Gledura6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Murali Karthikeyan6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Allan Stig Rasmussen6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Justin Tan6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Daniel Gormally5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Mark Hebden5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Gudmundur Kjartansson5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Mads Hansen5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Bobby Cheng5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Glenn C Flear5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Jesper Sondergaard Thybo5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Richard A Bates5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Edmund C Player5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Nino Maisuradze5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Petr Vladimirovich Marusenko5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Mark Lyell5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Claudio Boino5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Pere Garriga Cazorla5/9(+5 -4 =0)[games]
Andrew Ledger5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Siva Mahadevan5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Robert Bellin5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
* (99 players total; 70 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Hastings 2016/17

The Hastings Masters was a 9-round Swiss open taking place from December 28, 2016 to January 4, 2017 in Hastings, England. Players received 100 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. (1) Official site: Crosstable:

Previous edition: Hastings (2015/16). Next: Hastings (2017/18).

(1) chess24: Hastings Masters

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 405  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Dennis vs C Boino 0-1422016Hastings 2016/17C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
2. Stuart A White vs C Marzano  0-1342016Hastings 2016/17D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. D Miller vs C Flear  ½-½292016Hastings 2016/17B42 Sicilian, Kan
4. R Britton vs Dirk Sikkel  1-0302016Hastings 2016/17B06 Robatsch
5. P A Batchelor vs W Foo 0-1382016Hastings 2016/17D02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A Byron vs F Vangsgaard  ½-½262016Hastings 2016/17B12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. Andreas Larsen vs J Anderson ½-½812016Hastings 2016/17C38 King's Gambit Accepted
8. V Gaudeau vs T Spanton  ½-½262016Hastings 2016/17D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. J Boardman vs A Kalaiyalahan  1-0302016Hastings 2016/17B23 Sicilian, Closed
10. R Thogersen vs A Pickersgill  ½-½432016Hastings 2016/17B07 Pirc
11. M Dean vs C Rice  0-1712016Hastings 2016/17B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. S Dilleigh vs H Witt 1-0282016Hastings 2016/17D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. J S Macrae vs M Raddatz  0-1202016Hastings 2016/17A02 Bird's Opening
14. Brendan J Ruane vs J Trevelyan  0-1772016Hastings 2016/17C41 Philidor Defense
15. W Reher vs F Rayner  0-1232016Hastings 2016/17A02 Bird's Opening
16. C Norton vs M J Gunn  1-0262016Hastings 2016/17B08 Pirc, Classical
17. J N Sugden vs Harry Press  ½-½322016Hastings 2016/17B25 Sicilian, Closed
18. M Burrows vs M Young  1-0372016Hastings 2016/17B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. O Willson vs Matthew Forster  ½-½292016Hastings 2016/17D21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. M R Wilson vs H P Roggensack  1-0482016Hastings 2016/17B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. Alan K Punnett vs R Kearsley  1-0232016Hastings 2016/17D09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
22. Klaus Warnke vs N Krueger  ½-½372016Hastings 2016/17D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Koby Kalavannan vs R Bellin  ½-½162016Hastings 2016/17A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
24. S Mahadevan vs M W Healey 1-0392016Hastings 2016/17C55 Two Knights Defense
25. E Player vs M Galyas 0-1482016Hastings 2016/17B07 Pirc
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Jan-03-17  zanzibar: <WPE> oh lordy, I just blindly copied the position in the diagram, focusing on the attack. But I screwed up.

Did you happen to notice that Black has three rooks in my mis-copied version?

That little old pawn promoted and got back to a8 faster than you can say Libby Scooter!

My bad, sorry for that.

* * * * *

(Now the position is sharp, and 1...Qf6 is the 2nd candidate move, giving White the advantage.

Black has to play 17...Nf3 to win, gaining a Q+3P vs. BNN advantage.

I guess Siva played on. How long? )

Jan-03-17  WorstPlayerEver: <zz>

Lol, I think you are on to something 99 Extra Rook on d1/9. Castle very long Kb1/b9, Rc1/c9 when the d-Rook has moved from the first/ninth rank.

Certainly becomes more attacking then.

NB there are Rooks on light and dark squares. Otherwise the Rook on a1/a9 and the Rook on i1/i9 would have the same color. Makes sense!

Jan-03-17  WorstPlayerEver: Or:

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Jan-03-17  WorstPlayerEver: The GM norm is 7/9, performance >2600, average opponent > 2380

Most unlikely Pragnna will live up to that norm. Or he has to beat 2 >2500 players in a row. 2 of these guys:

GM SP Sethuraman IND 2649
GM Alex Fier BRA 2614
GM Ben Gledura HUN 2585
GM Deep Sengupta IND 2570
GM Murali Karthiekeyan IND 2530
GM Allan Stig Rasmussen DEN 2502

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  PhilFeeley: Indians dominating this event. I bet the British wish they had the same kind of sponsorship program.
Jan-05-17  WorstPlayerEver: Long ago Hastings was like the Wimbledon of chess.
Jan-05-17  Howard: That goes back at least 40 years!
Jan-05-17  WorstPlayerEver: 40 years? That means 5 elo points inflation a year!
Jan-05-17  Howard: Not to sound picky, but Elo-inflation didn't really start setting in until roughly the mid-80's, by my estimation.
Jan-05-17  Thirups: Fantastic finishing by 11 year old praggna..!
Jan-05-17  Shams: <Thirups> For sure, +4 is unreal. Did he get a norm, do you know?
Jan-05-17  Thirups: Sorry I dnt know..But I thnk he ll get soon..
Jan-05-17  WorstPlayerEver: He won 4 times. So I guess he'll be about 2480/90 now. I think Rasmussen had a win the last game. He missed the crusher and then it became equal. Complicated position. Time pressure caused a real blunderfest. Praggna ended a piece up. And then made no more mistakes.
Jan-05-17  WorstPlayerEver: Any way, Karjakin hit the 2480 mark about 4 months later.

Jan-06-17  Pedro Fernandez: << Richard Taylor>: I beat Bobby Cheng once. He was only 10 but still pretty strong. Also another game was a draw. He then moved to Australia from NZ. He beat me in Rapid games. I remember the simul when Short said he and Harry Ruan were very strong for their age...they both lasted a long time. Short only lost one game I think to FM Bruce Watson. Benzol ( a member here) obtained a draw...> What a nice anecdote, my dear Richard. Perhaps Bobby needs a good advisor to improve his chess but it seems to me he has some talent. Just my opinion. Greetings.
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  Richard Taylor: <<Pedro Fernandez> Well, that was some years ago. He was then in the A Grade and now he is an IM. He will have a coach. I would be very unlikely to beat him nowadays. I might get lucky! He is certainly talented.

I just looked at the Benoni he played. I used to play the Benoni and still do sometimes. It is a double-edged opening and he lost in the complexities but it is one of those things perhaps you have to try from time to time.

But I also nearly beat Rassmussen in 2015, or shall we say, I played in such a way (in the NZ Open) that in the complexities, I got a strong positional advantage and he got into severe time trouble. Very severe. Scary it was...It was the first time I had played a GM in a standard game. Then I made an impulsive move, not the move I had planned really, and let him off the hook. What made me nervous was watching his time: right down to 15 seconds sometimes. It was below one minute for about 12 moves...!! But it was an interesting experience.>>

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  Richard Taylor: I think the lesson is that if you play a GM, say in an Open, to not play passively, keep as many pieces on as you can and try to attack or complicate if possible. As the game simplified I lost the thread especially as I knew how good GMs are in endings etc...

But even there, there is a lesson, as my mistake wasn't losing, I should have "changed gear" and searched for chances. I tried to but I was a bit knocked back by the change in food for thought.

Chess I mostly find too difficult though.

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  Richard Taylor: I had trouble with the Catalan in a game last year so thought I would look at this game, but it was a bit short to learn much!

A S Rasmussen vs D Sengupta, 2017

[Event "Hastings Masters (2016/17)"]
[Site "Hastings ENG"]
[Date "2017.01.04"]
[EventDate "2016.12.28"]
[Round "8.2"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Allan Stig Rasmussen"]
[Black "Deep Sengupta"]
[ECO "E04"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "25"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 c5 6. Qa4+ Bd7 7. Qxc4 Bc6 8. dxc5 Nbd7 9. Be3 Bd5 10. Qa4 Bc6 11. Qc4 Bd5 12. Qa4 Bc6 13. Qc4 1/2-1/2

Jan-06-17  zanzibar: <WPE>, and others following Praggna[...], might be interesting in this article from the Guardian:

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  Richard Taylor: He's a good player for his age for sure!
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  Sokrates: Hastings has most certainly become an international event. Hardly any Brits to spot on the list. Love names like Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier, though. There also seems to be a Scandinavian group present. How wonderful!
Jan-07-17  Mr. V: God Tata Steel please come soon
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  Dionysius1: <Mr. V> It's on the way The good bit starts on 13th Jan
Jan-17-17  Onsey Seyon: Just remember that Tasty Hasty is Hasty Puddin', & another reminder that 'just open the door & pop it in'--soon will come out something yum-yummy--hope it can all be stomached as in formere times so in ladder! There you are.
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  Tabanus: Standings list updated for all players. On the visible list, Bellin has 8 games + 1 unplayed draw. Two missing games found: Lalla - Norinkeviciute 0-1 (rd. 1) and Gunn - Lalla 0-1 (rd. 4). One duplicate player found (Dyrgaard), and two wrong game results: C Rice vs P Marusenko, 2016 (0-1) and M W Healey vs R Cunningham, 2017 (0-1). And one duplicate game. Slips sent.
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