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William Hartston vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
Hastings (1972/73), Hastings ENG, rd 14, Jan-11
French Defense: Winawer. Positional Variation (C19)  ·  0-1

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Feb-17-06  DanRoss53: William Hartston turned down a draw offer in this game. The draw would have secured him a GM title, and (more importantly?) a £5000 prize for becoming the first British-born GM. Anthony Miles ended up beating him to the punch and took home the loot.
Feb-17-06
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  ray keene: not strictly accurate-hartston wd not have had the title only a norm-he might well have gone on to become the first gm of the uk but this game certainly wdnt have made him a gm under any circumstances. in fact miles didnt beat hartston to it since hartston never got the title. however in my opinion his results-which include two olympiad individual gold medals-two british championships-some scattered later gm norms and first prizes in international tournaments as well as wins v gligoric larsen portisch andersson miles and many others surely entitled him along with golombek and penrose to award of the fide gm title emeritus.
Jan-05-08  utrarapido: In any case, Bill Hartston should have drawn with Larsen in the last round. Larsen did not play very aggressively in the opening and I think the pressure simply got to Hartston. 28..cxb4 (in the Larsen game) looks much better than 28..Rc8, but by this stage I imagine it must have been very hard to analyse anything. I'm not sure what value GM Emeritus has. Bill Hartston has had a varied and interesting life and career - I would think he moved on from this game long ago.
Jan-31-10  Cibator: <utrarapido>: I saw a comment somewhere, not long after his death, that Bob Wade turned down the offer of a GME title because he believed the IM one that he'd earned the hard way had more value.
Mar-30-11  Dionysius: At what move was the draw offer made please?
May-20-11  gilbav: I like the story about the draw offer and the GM norm. However, this page http://streathambrixtonchess.blogsp... , which includes an interview with Hartston, has convinced me that the story is'nt true.
Jun-01-11  gilbav: However, the story does make the pun "Grandmaster flash" inevitable. See also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4o8...
Jun-01-11  Poulsen: <utrarapido><In any case, Bill Hartston should have drawn with Larsen in the last round. Larsen did not play very aggressively in the opening and I think the pressure simply got to Hartston. 28..cxb4 (in the Larsen game) looks much better than 28..Rc8, but by this stage I imagine it must have been very hard to analyse anything.> I think Larsen would disagree om that - check Larsen vs Hartston, 1972
Aug-04-12
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  wordfunph: from Chess Monthly August 2012, Bill Hartston as interviewed by Stephen Moss..

<Hartston never quite became a grandmaster – the UK had yet to have a grandmaster when he was in his prime – but says the much-told story that he turned down a draw against Wolfgang Uhlmann at Hastings in 1972/73 which would have given him his final GM norm is apocryphal. No draw was offered in a game he eventually lost, and in any case even if he had made a norm it would only have been his first. "I was leading the tournament with two rounds to go," he recalls, "and I had Uhlmann and Larsen to play. I wasn’t interested in making a grandmaster. My objective wasn’t to get a grandmaster
norm. It was to win the tournament.">

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