Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Suffolk players at Hastings Chess Congress

Hastings and chess have a long history going all the way back to the famous Hastings 1895 chess tournament. The 2018/2019 Hastings Chess Congress featured Ipswich's Graham Moore and Manningtree's Adam Taylor, who both played in the 10 round Masters section. The final standings (extract below) are available from the chess results website.

Hastings Masters Final Crosstable

Graham (scoring 5½/10) and Adam (scoring 6½/10) performed excellently, both gaining ELO points which should help improve their national rankings in the next FIDE rating list. In fact Graham really scored 5½/9 as like many other participants he opted for a zero point bye in the final round. Adam managed to get himself up to board 2 in the final round where a win would have seen him end up in joint first place. Still, a draw with Black against former British Champion, Jonathan Hawkins, isn't bad going! The eventual six winners represented six different countries: Spain, Lithuania, England, Bulgaria, Russia and Ireland.

Also, on New Year's Day Adam won the Hastings FIDE-rated Blitz. Congratulations Adam!

Games from the Masters tournament are available from the chessbomb.com website.