Hastings Chess Congress Final

Hastings Chess Congress: GM Zhao Jun (CHN) becomes this year’s Hastings outright winner on 8.5 points out of 9.
Final ranking.

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A view of the city near the shoreline

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Mista was awarded with the Best Game of the tournament prize for his win over GM Edouard

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He eventually finished his jaw dropping performance with two draws towards the end, taking clear first place by miles

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Brazilian GM Alexander Fier scored 7.0/9 as well, tying for second place

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IM Gudmundur Kjartansson of Iceland also scored an impressive 7.0/9 and was the only non-grandmaster in the top ten. However, he missed his GM norm by a whisker.

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WIM Tereza Olsarova played sparkling chess throughout the event to score 5.5/9 to register her WGM norm

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Mr. 17.Ndxe4

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Bernard Cafferty moved to Hastings in 1981 has since then been a regular feature of this legendary tournament. To readers who know his name but cannot really recall where they heard it, Cafferty was the translator of many important Soviet chess books, the most notable being Alexander Kotov’s ‘Think like a Grandmaster’, which to this date has proved to be a blessing for many chess players. IM Malcolm Pein paid a a glowing tribute to his contribution to chess in the Telegraph.

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Jonathan Hawkins finished seventh with 6.5/9. He is Britain’s newly minted grandmaster and the current British Chess Champion.

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French GM Romain Edouard finished tenth after a last round loss to GM Aleksander Mista

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Veteran GM Mark Hebden played a fine tournament until the final two rounds where he lost steam

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Hastings Chess Congress: GM Zhao Jun (CHN) becomes this year’s Hastings outright winner on 8.5 points out of 9.| Brendan O’Gorman

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A nice win for 15-year-old IM Benjamin Gledura. 9/6 4 győzelem 4 döntetlen és 1 vereség 2580-as teljesítmény – mindössze fél ponton múlott csak a GM norma. | Brendan O’Gorman

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Jahongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan.| Brendan O’Gorman

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The top seed: 25-year-old Maxim Rodshtein of Israel.| Brendan O’Gorman

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