Hastings Chess Champion

If you haven’t heard by now, I’m pleased to say that Gawain won the Hastings Masters outright with 7.5/10. 8 other players followed in 2= with 7/10 which shows how important converting points are at the top. Gawain’s decisive result was in the penultimate round against the Spanish GM Daniel Alsina Leal where he ground down Daniel in a Rook+2 vs Rook and 1 endgame, he told me afterwards he was trying to remember the Dvortskey theory afterwards as all other moves draw! If you haven’t seen the game try and do the puzzle below.

White to move and win

White to move and win

My tournament went very well and I’m gaining exactly the same amount I lost in the e2e4 Brighton 17.7 rating points to be precise and closer for me to reach my goal of 2100! :) I beat Paul Tasma (2229) in round 7 after I blundered the exchange but had a very strong knight and I outplayed CM Felix Kwiatowski (2232) the next round in a Breyer.

When I last wrote, I mentioned an illness which I now suspect to be norovirus which was rampant through the chess hall. To think about the hygiene of those pieces isn’t something I like to often think about but now that we have had it, hopefully it won’t come again. A lot of people pulled out and it did put a dampen on the tournament especially as Gawain had it in Round 4 against Glenn Flear but he got through the rest event in true soviet style with 5 wins and 5 draws.

Gawain in Round10 against GM Sumets

Gawain in Round10 against GM Sumets

 

IM Rui Gao who got his final GM norm here.

IM Rui Gao who got his final GM norm here.

You can see Francis Rayner who scored his 1st IM norm, he beat me earlier in the tournament so I think he's my first person I've "helped" for a norm.

You can see Francis Rayner who scored his 1st IM norm, he beat me earlier in the tournament so I think he’s my first person I’ve “helped” for a norm.

Matthew Wandsworth up and coming junior gaining 35 points!

Matthew Wandsworth up and coming junior gaining 35 points!

Vivian Gu won won the Brillancy prize for her 1st round win against IM Vladimir Hamitevici

Vivian Gu won won the Brillancy prize for her 1st round win against IM Vladimir Hamitevici

Players placed 2=, Rui Gao, Hjovar Gretarsson,Daniele Vocaturo, Sarunas Sulskis,Andrey Vovk and Andrey Sumets. Missing is IM Jonathan Hawkins and GM Kaido Kulaots.

Players placed 2=, Rui Gao, Hjovar Gretarsson,Daniele Vocaturo, Sarunas Sulskis,Andrey Vovk and Andrey Sumets. Missing is IM Jonathan Hawkins and GM Kaido Kulaots.

Gawain with MP Amber Ross and Mayor of Hastings Allan Roberts.

Gawain with MP Amber Rudd and Mayor of Hastings Alan Roberts.

Gawain with his Golombek trophy!

Gawain with his Golombek trophy!

Final Standings Hastings

 

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2 Responses to “Hastings Chess Champion”

  1. Andrew Howe
    January 9, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Great performance and excellent fighting chess (both of you!)

    In the game quoted I was surprised by 33 Kd2, expecting Ra8 with the idea of mating (immediately) on b7, or at least winning the exchange with an ongoing attack. I was only analysing this while following the game online and don’t have engines, so risk egg on my face.

    Well done again!

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