The annual Hastings International Chess Congress finished last Thursday. Local entrants Ed Player and Adam Taylor enjoyed varying degrees of success.
The entrants included 11 GMs and 12 IMs, so Ed Player's score of 5½/9 and joint 13th place was an excellent performance. He lost in the first round to the eventual runner-up (Ed says he should have won that game), but then remained unbeaten for the rest of the event (three wins and five draws). He drew with both GM Keith Arkell and GM Mark Kebden. Ed will gain 20 rating points from his performance, taking his 'live' rating to 2259.
Adam finished on 4½ points and will gain 11 rating points. He was unlucky to be drawn against former Suffolk player Justin Tan (who scored 6 points and finished joint seventh) in Round 8. Adam's best result was a draw against GM Danny Gormally.
Ed has annotated some of his games and they will appear on this website later this week.