Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 2015

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by Sean Hewitt » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:36 pm

Alex McFarlane wrote:
John Moore wrote:Round 4 - Flear v Flear on Board 12 is a rather unfortunate pairing.
Agreed but it would have disadvantaged another player to have broken the pairing which would not have been fair, especially so close to the top of the tournament.
Indeed. It could also have invalidated any norms achieved at the event.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by John Moore » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:26 pm

Sean Hewitt wrote:
Alex McFarlane wrote:
John Moore wrote:Round 4 - Flear v Flear on Board 12 is a rather unfortunate pairing.
Agreed but it would have disadvantaged another player to have broken the pairing which would not have been fair, especially so close to the top of the tournament.
Indeed. It could also have invalidated any norms achieved at the event.
I certainly didn't intend any criticism of the controllers. These sort of pairings are occasionally unavoidable.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by John Moore » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:36 pm

Where's John Anderson this afternoon - or is that live board not working.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by John Moore » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:59 pm

Bob Eames will be a bit fed up with his choice of opening against Mark Hebden, I guess. 6 Qe2 is breathing new life into the venerable Staunton gambit against the Dutch. Maybe you have to go 8 .. gf6.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:01 pm

I was just about to say that! Potentially bad news for Leningrad Dutch players, who have no option than to play ...f5 on move one.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by Barry Sandercock » Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:30 pm

Flear v. Flear Draw, quite understandable.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Thu Jan 01, 2015 4:30 pm

suppose so, since G Flear had the result of his life while on honeymoon!

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by benedgell » Thu Jan 01, 2015 5:51 pm

Terrific result for Theo.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by Ronnie Burton » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:10 pm

Excellent end game play by Robert Bellin. Worth looking at.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by Barry Sandercock » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:22 pm

Yes. Neat rook move at the end.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by Barry Sandercock » Thu Jan 01, 2015 8:25 pm

Sorry. Looking at the wrong game !

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by Chris Rice » Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:27 am

After four rounds we have a sole leader in Chinese player Jun Zhao on 4/4. Can't say he's ever come up on my radar before but he looks a powerful player. Some atrractive games in round 5 coming up. The Board 2 clash between Jon Hawkins and Romain Edouard stands out. Then there is Adam Ashton on board 4, Ezra Kirk on board 6, the usual suspects Hebden, Gormally & Arkell on 7, 8 & 9 plus further English interest with Bellin on 7, Constantinou on 9 and Jake Liang on 11.

1 GM Sengupta, Deep 3.5 IND 2566 GM Zhao, Jun 4.0 CHN 2585
2 GM Hawkins, Jonathan 3.5 ENG 2552 GM Edouard, Romain 3.5 FRA 2659
3 IM Galyas, Miklos 3.5 HUN 2428 GM Fier, Alexandr 3.5 BRA 2592
4 GM Mista, Aleksander 3.0 POL 2614 FM Ashton, Adam G 3.0 ENG 2398
5 GM Bogner, Sebastian 3.0 SUI 2586 IM Mannion, Stephen R 3.0 SCO 2345
6 GM Lagarde, Maxime 3.0 FRA 2576 FM Kirk, Ezra 3.0 ENG 2308
7 IM Bellin, Robert 3.0 ENG 2338 GM Hebden, Mark L 3.0 ENG 2523
8 WIM Olsarova, Tereza w 3.0 CZE 2302 GM Gormally, Daniel W 3.0 ENG 2499
9 GM Arkell, Keith C 3.0 ENG 2489 FM Constantinou, Peter 3.0 ENG 2276
10 IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur 3.0 ISL 2451 IM Prosviriakov, Vladimir 3.0 USA 2271
11 Liang, Jake Z 3.0 ENG 1953 IM Gledura, Benjamin 3.0 HUN 2450

Round 5 live games link http://www.hastingschess.com/live-games-1415-v/

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by John Moore » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:52 pm

Big chance for Jonathan Hawkins today. I don't recall him ever beating someone as strong as Edouard (2659) before - although I am sure that someone will point it out if he has done.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by Barry Sandercock » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:17 pm

I'm sure you are right, although he has had plenty of draws with them.

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Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Post by Barry Sandercock » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:59 pm

Hawkins game getting interesting, although he is not winning at the moment (move 23 )

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