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Hastings Chess 2011 – 2012, round 1 report

The 87th Hastings International Chess Congress will take place from 28th December 2011 to 28th January 2012 at Horntye Park Sports Complex Leading the field in the Masters Tournament is Chinese grandmaster Wang Yue. Aged 24, Wang is the highest rated player from China to date. He reached No 11 in world rankings at his peak but is currently ranked 49th in the world. English grandmaster, David Howell, is the second highest rated entry, and he played in the prestigious London Classic at Olympia which ended last week.

India is again strongly represented with a men’s team and women’s team taking part. Last year’s event was jointly won by Indian grandmasters Sengupta Deep and A.Das. Appropriately for a Hastings event, a team from Normandy is also taking part though, on this occasion, we are very much looking forward to their arrival!

As well as the Masters Tournament there are Christmas and New Year events for more casual players running concurrently and a Weekend Tournament midway through the Congress. It is not to late to enter and entries can be taken on the first day of play.

Cllr. Jeremy Birch – Leader, Hastings Borough Council opened the event and made the first move in the Masters Tournament on 28th December.

Round 1 report by Stewart Reuben

Yue Wang (CHN) 2697 is the first Chinese player to have taken part in Hastings for some years. He is also the highest rated player ever to have participated in the Masters. In Britain we don’t believe in absurd first round clashes with a difference of over 400 rating points. But with such a high rated player as Yue Wang it is impossible to avoid very nearly such a difference in rating. There are other reasons for using Accelerated Pairings: it is more likely players will be able to achieve a GM norm; the disconcerting and unfair bouncing effect for players jut below the top of the second half is reduced. It is quite likely that mismatches will occur later in the event. But by then, the lower rated players will have earned their right to a place in the sun, and their higher rated opponents won’t be doing so well and will welcome the chance to recharge their batteries.

That the congress starts as soon after Christmas as possible enables many people to take part using their holiday time efficiently. Ambitious players, who travel from a long distance, should arrive at least two days in advance. But travelling in England on 26 December is a nightmare. Thus many arrive on the 27th. You can expect an unusual number of upsets in the first round.

That was written before the first round and thus without the benefit of hindsight. The real upset was only on board 5 where Michael Massoni beat the older Vovk brother Yuri. Both Yue Wang and Andrei Istratescu put in very smooth performances with the Black pieces, David Haydon played well to gain an advantage against GM Nicholas Pert, but then copped out and agreed a draw against Nick while he still stood better in a murky position. Later in the evening Nick told me about a very special ambitious rapidplay/training weekend he is running on a weekend in 2012. Only 10 of the GMs won their first round games. Two drew and of course one lost. Would you have preferred to see more blood spilt in the first round or more competitive chess? It is a matter of taste. Round 2 will see GM Arkell against GM Edouard. There are 22 players left with 1/1 from the top fraction and 19 due to be chopped down by the acceleration.

Results round 1

1 IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur ISL 2326  - GM Wang, Yue CHN 2697 0-1
2 GM Howell, David W L ENG 2633  - FM Griffiths, Ryan Rhys IRL 2310 1-0
3 Krishna, C.r.g. IND 2305  - GM Istratescu, Andrei FRA 2627 0-1
4 GM Edouard, Romain FRA 2621  - FM Stewart, Neil GER 2299 1-0
5 FM Massoni, Michael FRA 2304  - GM Vovk, Yuri UKR 2571 1-0
6 GM Pert, Nicholas ENG 2563  - FM Haydon, David L ENG 2296 1/2-1/2
7 IM Rudd, Jack ENG 2290  - GM Sengupta, Deep IND 2562 0-1
8 GM Vovk, Andrey UKR 2551  - Longson, Alexander ENG 2281 1-0
9 FM Furman, Boris RUS 2280  - GM Hebden, Mark L ENG 2515 0-1
10 GM Williams, Simon K ENG 2513  - IM Prosviriakov, Vladimir USA 2274 1-0
11 Sreeves, Clement SCO 2247  - GM Holzke, Frank GER 2506 0-1
12 IM Lalith, Babu M.R. IND 2484  - Talsma, Paul NED 2246 1-0
13 FM Eames, Robert S ENG 2241  - IM Shyam, Nikil P. IND 2482 1/2-1/2
14 GM Flear, Glenn C ENG 2472  - Repplinger, Marc GER 2241 1/2-1/2
15 WIM Olsarova, Tereza CZE 2232  - IM Das, Arghyadip IND 2470 0-1
16 IM Shyam, Sundar M. IND 2462  - Snape, Ian L ENG 2231 0-1
17 FM Ledger, Dave J ENG 2228  - IM Pert, Richard G ENG 2455 1/2-1/2
18 IM Simacek, Pavel CZE 2448  - Kewes, Gerd i GER 2222 1-0
19 CM Briscoe, Chris ENG 2220  - IM Demuth, Adrien FRA 2442 0-1
20 FM Radovanovic, Jovica SRB 2309  - FM Britton, Richard L ENG 2219 1/2-1/2
21 MacQueen, Calum SCO 2219  - GM Arkell, Keith C ENG 2418 0-1
22 IM Houska, Jovanka ENG 2415  - Surendran, N. IND 2207 1-0
23 Anderson, John ENG 2202  - IM Anwesh, Upadhyaya IND 2413 0-1
24 IM Roy Chowdhury, Saptarshi IND 2411  - Rolvag, Mikael NOR 2201 1/2-1/2
25 WGM Padmini, Rout IND 2392  - IM Marusenko, Petr UKR 2198 Did not play
26 IM Rendle, Thomas E ENG 2389  - Waddington, Mike P i ENG 2114 1-0
27 Bremner, Adam SCO 2195  - FM Eggleston, David J ENG 2367 1/2-1/2
28 IM Vuilleumier, Alexandre SUI 2356  - O`Toole, George E ENG 2189 1-0
29 Grant, Alan G SCO 2186  - IM Godard, Maxence FRA 2333 0-1
30 IM Knott, Simon J B ENG 2332  - Maciol, Ryszard POL 2185 1/2-1/2
31 Sugden, John N ENG 2180  - Haria, Ravi ENG 2045 1/2-1/2
32 Canonne, Antoine FRA 2023  - Franklin, Samuel G A ENG 2179 1/2-1/2
33 WIM Olsarova, Karolina CZE 2167  - Armstrong, Malcolm J ENG 2016 1-0
34 Fletcher, Michael ENG 2008 *  - Lock, Gavin R ENG 2157 0-1
35 Karthikeyan, Murali IND 2154  - Wallis, Ian J ENG 2003 1/2-1/2
36 Pickersgill, Adrian O ENG 1990  - Hagesaether, Arne NOR 2152 1-0
37 Green, Andrew D SCO 2145  - Flynn, David ENG 1978 1-0
38 Spanton, Tim R ENG 1978  - Martinsen, Stig K NOR 2145 0-1
39 Jaunooby, Ali R ENG 2144  - Olson, Hamish SCO 1965 1-0
40 Calvert, D Ian ENG 1947  - Burnett, Jim ENG 2137 1/2-1/2
41 Helbig, Paul D ENG 2128  - Van Veen, Wout NED 1944 1/2-1/2
42 Arias Castanedo, Jacinto ESP 1941  - FM Cafferty, Bernard ENG 2127 1/2-1/2
43 Gregory, Stephen J ENG 2124  - Hoare, Amy B ENG 1930 1/2-1/2
44 Bourached, Anthony IRL 1895  - FM Lasinskas, Povilas LTU 2122 0-1
45 Almond, Richard J ENG 2115  - O’Grady, Gary P. i IRL 1880 1-0
46 Young, Mel J ENG 1889  - Luaces Rubio, Alfredo i ESP 2020 0-1
47 WIM Lakshmi, Sahiti P. i IND 2110  - Obsieger, Hendrik GER 1869 * 1-0
48 Lewicki. Pawel ENG 1850 *  - McKenna, Jason P ENG 2110 0-1
49 WFM Bharathi, R. IND 2094  - Murchadha, Oissine IRL 1846 0-1
50 Kalairajah, Shyam ENG 1830  - WFM Pon, NKrithika IND 2091 0-1
51 De Andres Gonalons, Fernan ESP 2091  - Edwards, Jonathan SCO 1825 * 1-0
52 Clayton, Tristan ENG 1812  - Duff, Rufus ENG 2088 1/2-1/2
53 Roubaud, Alexandre FRA 2086  - Taylor, Adam C ENG 1772 1-0
54 Macrae, James S SCO 1740  - Barton, R Alan ENG 2073 0-1
55 WFM Saranya, J IND 2069  - Willson, Ollie ENG 1664 * 1-0
56 Pooley, Mark ENG 1608 *  - Drogou, Gerard FRA 2063 0-1
57 Kurka, Dieter GER 2058  - Rajesh, Gorak ENG 1401 1-0

 

 

Pairings round 2

1 GM Wang, Yue CHN 2697  - IM Simacek, Pavel CZE 2448
2 IM Demuth, Adrien FRA 2442  - GM Howell, David W L ENG 2633
3 GM Istratescu, Andrei FRA 2627  - IM Houska, Jovanka ENG 2415
4 GM Arkell, Keith C ENG 2418  - GM Edouard, Romain FRA 2621
5 GM Sengupta, Deep IND 2562  - IM Rendle, Thomas E ENG 2389
6 IM Anwesh, Upadhyaya IND 2413  - GM Vovk, Andrey UKR 2551
7 GM Hebden, Mark L ENG 2515  - IM Vuilleumier, Alexandre SUI 2356
8 IM Godard, Maxence FRA 2333  - GM Williams, Simon K ENG 2513
9 GM Holzke, Frank GER 2506  - FM Massoni, Michael FRA 2304
10 Snape, Ian L ENG 2231  - IM Lalith, Babu M.R. IND 2484
11 IM Das, Arghyadip IND 2470  - IM Marusenko, Petr UKR 2198
12 GM Vovk, Yuri UKR 2571  - WIM Olsarova, Karolina CZE 2167
13 Lock, Gavin R ENG 2157  - GM Pert, Nicholas ENG 2563
14 IM Shyam, Nikil P. IND 2482  - Green, Andrew D SCO 2145
15 Martinsen, Stig K NOR 2145  - GM Flear, Glenn C ENG 2472
16 IM Pert, Richard G ENG 2455  - Jaunooby, Ali R ENG 2144
17 FM Lasinskas, Povilas LTU 2122  - IM Shyam, Sundar M. IND 2462
18 WGM Padmini, Rout IND 2392  - Almond, Richard J ENG 2115
19 FM Eggleston, David J ENG 2367  - WIM Lakshmi, Sahiti P. i IND 2110
20 McKenna, Jason P ENG 2110  - IM Roy Chowdhury, Saptarshi IND 2411
21 WFM Pon, NKrithika IND 2091  - IM Knott, Simon J B ENG 2332
22 FM Griffiths, Ryan Rhys IRL 2310  - De Andres Gonalons, Fernan ESP 2091
23 FM Stewart, Neil GER 2299  - Roubaud, Alexandre FRA 2086
24 Barton, R Alan ENG 2073  - FM Radovanovic, Jovica SRB 2309
25 FM Haydon, David L ENG 2296  - WFM Saranya, J IND 2069
26 Drogou, Gerard FRA 2063  - FM Eames, Robert S ENG 2241
27 Repplinger, Marc GER 2241  - Kurka, Dieter GER 2058
28 Luaces Rubio, Alfredo i ESP 2020  - FM Ledger, Dave J ENG 2228
29 FM Britton, Richard L ENG 2219  - Pickersgill, Adrian O ENG 1990
30 Murchadha, Oissine IRL 1846  - Bremner, Adam SCO 2195
31 Rolvag, Mikael NOR 2201  - Maciol, Ryszard POL 2185
32 IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur ISL 2326  - Sugden, John N ENG 2180
33 Franklin, Samuel G A ENG 2179  - Krishna, C.r.g. IND 2305
34 Longson, Alexander ENG 2281  - Karthikeyan, Murali IND 2154
35 Burnett, Jim ENG 2137  - IM Rudd, Jack ENG 2290
36 IM Prosviriakov, Vladimir USA 2274  - Helbig, Paul D ENG 2128
37 FM Cafferty, Bernard ENG 2127  - FM Furman, Boris RUS 2280
38 Talsma, Paul NED 2246  - Gregory, Stephen J ENG 2124
39 Duff, Rufus ENG 2088  - Sreeves, Clement SCO 2247
40 Haria, Ravi ENG 2045  - WIM Olsarova, Tereza CZE 2232
41 Kewes, Gerd i GER 2222  - Canonne, Antoine FRA 2023
42 Wallis, Ian J ENG 2003  - CM Briscoe, Chris ENG 2220
43 Surendran, N. IND 2207  - Calvert, D Ian ENG 1947
44 Van Veen, Wout NED 1944  - MacQueen, Calum SCO 2219
45 Anderson, John ENG 2202  - Arias Castanedo, Jacinto ESP 1941
46 Hoare, Amy B ENG 1930  - Grant, Alan G SCO 2186
47 O`Toole, George E ENG 2189  - Clayton, Tristan ENG 1812
48 Hagesaether, Arne NOR 2152  - Obsieger, Hendrik GER 1869 *
49 Waddington, Mike P i ENG 2114  - Lewicki. Pawel ENG 1850 *
50 Edwards, Jonathan SCO 1825 *  - WFM Bharathi, R. IND 2094
51 Armstrong, Malcolm J ENG 2016  - Kalairajah, Shyam ENG 1830
52 Taylor, Adam C ENG 1772  - Fletcher, Michael ENG 2008 *
53 Flynn, David ENG 1978  - Macrae, James S SCO 1740
54 Willson, Ollie ENG 1664 *  - Spanton, Tim R ENG 1978
55 Olson, Hamish SCO 1965  - Pooley, Mark ENG 1608 *
56 Rajesh, Gorak ENG 1401  - Bourached, Anthony IRL 1895
57 O’Grady, Gary P. i IRL 1880  - To be arranged 0

Official website: http://www.hastingschess.com

 

FIDE frirst blitz ratings for Hastings

The world’s first ever FIDE-rated Blitz tournament will take place at the White Rock Hotel, Hastings on Monday 2nd January.

FIDE are starting to collect rating information from blitz and rapidplay games starting 1 January 2012. The two new lists will be published 1 July 2012. The standardplay ratings will not be affected by the blitz or rapidplay results. The ratings of players who are already FIDE-rated will be used initially.

Depending on the number of entries, the tournaments will be sections of 10 with not more than 6 unrated players in each section. This means that each unrated player will be able to get a FIDE Blitz Rating on the night.

There will be no FIDE charge for rating blitz or rapidplay tournaments throughout 2012. The decision about charges for 2013, if any, will be made at the FIDE Congress in Turkey.

The K factor for all players will be 20. If a rated player plays more than 35 games in a period, then his new rating will be his Tournament Rating Performance for that period.

Entry fee: £2.00 if FIDE-rated, £5.00 if not FIDE-rated
Prizes: All entry fees will be returned as prizes
Rate of play: All the moves in 3 minutes, add on 2 seconds per move from the first

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