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Hastings 1954/55
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 30th Hastings Christmas Chess Festival was held at the end of the year 1954. Ten grandmasters and masters were invited to participant in the round robin format of the premier event, including world vice-champion Vasily Smyslov and world champion candidate Paul Keres from the Soviet Union, two-time Hastings winner and returning champion Conel Hugh Alexander, three time Hastings winner Laszlo Szabo from Hungary, previous Hastings winner Wolgang Unzicker from West Germany, Czechoslovakian champion Ludek Pachman, Dutch champion Jan Hein Donner, former Yugoslavian champion Andrija Fuderer, British champion Alan Phillips, and Scottish international master William Fairhurst. Smyslov and Keres easily dominated the field, flexing the might of the Soviet chess machine with greater superiority than seen previously in last year's Hastings. The two world class players finished with +5, a point and a half ahead of the shared thirds.

The final standings and crosstable:

=1st Smyslov 7/9 * 1 1 1 1 1

=1st Keres 7/9 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1

=3rd Fuderer 5/9 0 1 * 1 0 1 1

=3rd Pachman 5/9 0 * 1 1 1

=3rd Szabo 5/9 0 0 1 * 1 1 1

6th Unzicker 5/9 0 0 * 1 1 1

7th Alexander 4/9 0 0 * 1 1

8th Donner 2/9 0 0 0 0 0 * 1

9th Fairhurst 1/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1

10th Phillips 1/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 *

Round One
J H Donner vs Szabo, 1954
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 56 moves, 0-1

W Fairhurst vs A Fuderer, 1954
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs Smyslov, 1955 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Pachman vs C H Alexander, 1954 
(A81) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

A Phillips vs Unzicker, 1954
(A05) Reti Opening, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Two
C H Alexander vs A Phillips, 1954
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 49 moves, 1-0

W Fairhurst vs J H Donner, 1954
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 67 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs A Fuderer, 1954 
(A21) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs Pachman, 1954
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Unzicker vs Keres, 1955 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 44 moves, 0-1

Round Three
J H Donner vs Smyslov, 1954
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Fuderer vs Unzicker, 1954
(A04) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs C H Alexander, 1954 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Pachman vs A Phillips, 1954
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs W Fairhurst, 1954
(B10) Caro-Kann, 46 moves, 1-0

Round Four
C H Alexander vs A Fuderer, 1955
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Fairhurst vs Pachman, 1955 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 35 moves, 0-1

A Phillips vs Keres, 1955 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Szabo, 1955 
(D74) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O, 43 moves, 1-0

Unzicker vs J H Donner, 1955
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 30 moves, 1-0

Round Five
J H Donner vs C H Alexander, 1955
(A81) Dutch, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

W Fairhurst vs Smyslov, 1955 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

A Fuderer vs A Phillips, 1955 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 1-0

Pachman vs Keres, 1955
(E14) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Szabo vs Unzicker, 1955
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Six
C H Alexander vs Szabo, 1955
(B91) Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Keres vs A Fuderer, 1955 
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 49 moves, 0-1

A Phillips vs J H Donner, 1955
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Smyslov vs Pachman, 1955
(A09) Reti Opening, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Unzicker vs W Fairhurst, 1955
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 1-0

Round Seven
J H Donner vs Keres, 1955
(A63) Benoni, Fianchetto, 9...Nbd7, 34 moves, 0-1

W Fairhurst vs C H Alexander, 1955
(A81) Dutch, 61 moves, 0-1

Pachman vs A Fuderer, 1955
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 61 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs Unzicker, 1955 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 26 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs A Phillips, 1955
(A53) Old Indian, 54 moves, 1-0

Round Eight
C H Alexander vs Smyslov, 1955
(C47) Four Knights, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Fuderer vs J H Donner, 1955
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Szabo, 1955 
(A15) English, 28 moves, 1-0

A Phillips vs W Fairhurst, 1955
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 48 moves, 0-1

Unzicker vs Pachman, 1955
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Nine
J H Donner vs Pachman, 1955
(A63) Benoni, Fianchetto, 9...Nbd7, 36 moves, 0-1

W Fairhurst vs Keres, 1955 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Smyslov vs A Phillips, 1955
(A47) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Szabo vs A Fuderer, 1955
(B56) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1-0

Unzicker vs C H Alexander, 1955
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

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