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    85th Hastings Congress

    A nice line up, with a bunch of 2600+ players, a bunch of usual supect GM's from the UK and some decnt players to keep them honest There's even an Aussie, Aleks Safarian.

    A fairly mad game was Hawkins-Williams from the second round and probably the biggest upset yet.



    Event: Hastings Masters
    Site: Hastings/Great Britain
    Date: 2009.12.29
    Round: 2.5
    White: Hawkins, Jonathan
    Black: Williams, Simon K
    Result: 1-0
    ECO: A40
    WhiteElo: 2383
    BlackElo: 2550
    PlyCount: 89
    EventDate: 2009.??.??
    SourceDate: 2009.12.29

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireeater
    a bunch of usual suspect GM's from the UK and some decnt players to keep them honest
    Did you mean this to imply how it could be implied... suspect GM's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garvinator
    Did you mean this to imply how it could be implied... suspect GM's
    Most chess players are suspect, so take it whichever way you want
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    Web site with progress results

    See http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/2010/SMWSite/index.html. Quite glad to see FM Laurence Webb, who pulled out very late of Aus Champs, has only 1 out of 3. Maybe he couldn't compute his dates. It's hard to play in Australia from 2 Jan when you are playing in England until 5 Jan! (Except of course by internet, but we are not permitting that here.)
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    Simon Williams is having a bit of a shocker.

    And this miniature had a nice finish....

    Event: Hastings Masters
    Site: ?
    Date: 2009.12.30
    Round: 3.16
    White: Collins, Sam E
    Black: Spanton, Tim R
    Result: 1-0
    ECO: C67
    WhiteElo: 2431
    BlackElo: 2026
    PlyCount: 25
    EventDate: 2009.??.??
    SourceDate: 2009.12.30

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireeater
    Simon Williams is having a bit of a shocker.

    And this miniature had a nice finish....

    Event: Hastings Masters
    Site: ?
    Date: 2009.12.30
    Round: 3.16
    White: Collins, Sam E
    Black: Spanton, Tim R
    Result: 1-0
    ECO: C67
    WhiteElo: 2431
    BlackElo: 2026
    PlyCount: 25
    EventDate: 2009.??.??
    SourceDate: 2009.12.30

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    8... Nxb5 falls into an ancient trap, which Lasker pointed out IIRC.
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    Istracescu is the sole leader after 5 rounds, while the top Brit Howell stumbled int he last round. Keith Arkell seems to be getting back to some of his best form. I read an interview with him last year where he suggested he was coming back to chess full time and thought that he could push for a high rating. He is a fanatstic endgame player, and a master grinder....check out his win against Bob Eames from earlier in the tournament. Irish Master Sam Collins was involved in another interesting game this round, but lost out to Boris Furman who is playing some pretty solid chess.

    Event: Hastings Masters
    Site: ?
    Date: 2010.01.01
    Round: 5.10
    White: Collins, Sam E
    Black: Furman, Boris
    Result: 0-1
    ECO: B64
    WhiteElo: 2431
    BlackElo: 2223
    PlyCount: 80
    EventDate: 2010.01.01
    SourceDate: 2010.01.01

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    Hawkins is a player who suddenly emerged onto the international scene in Britain during the last few years - won the 2006 Major Open at the British Championships as an unrated player (and got his rating in the process), and then played in both the 2008 and 2009 championships, getting IM norms in both. He's a player whose improvement hadn't been noticed because he hadn't been playing outside the North-East, but he's been probably around 2500 strength for a couple of years now. The big question here is whether he can push on to make a GM norm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IM Jack Rudd
    Hawkins is a player who suddenly emerged onto the international scene in Britain during the last few years - won the 2006 Major Open at the British Championships as an unrated player (and got his rating in the process), and then played in both the 2008 and 2009 championships, getting IM norms in both. He's a player whose improvement hadn't been noticed because he hadn't been playing outside the North-East, but he's been probably around 2500 strength for a couple of years now. The big question here is whether he can push on to make a GM norm.
    Hi, and welcome to the board. I left England early 2005 so its no wonder I hadn't come across him. Then again, I seem to remember a distinct under-rating of players in the North East of England. How old is Hawkins roughly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireeater
    Hi, and welcome to the board. I left England early 2005 so its no wonder I hadn't come across him. Then again, I seem to remember a distinct under-rating of players in the North East of England. How old is Hawkins roughly?
    26 years old
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireeater
    Hi, and welcome to the board. I left England early 2005 so its no wonder I hadn't come across him. Then again, I seem to remember a distinct under-rating of players in the North East of England. How old is Hawkins roughly?
    26, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IM Jack Rudd
    26, I think.
    Good to see a familiar face lurking on the Aussie boards. I think we played bridge together a few times when I was doing my PhD in Cambridge (Jon Paxman, not an IM). I partnered Konrad Scheffler, whom I think you might remember..

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    Quote Originally Posted by IM Jack Rudd
    Hawkins is a player who suddenly emerged onto the international scene in Britain during the last few years - won the 2006 Major Open at the British Championships as an unrated player (and got his rating in the process), and then played in both the 2008 and 2009 championships, getting IM norms in both. He's a player whose improvement hadn't been noticed because he hadn't been playing outside the North-East, but he's been probably around 2500 strength for a couple of years now. The big question here is whether he can push on to make a GM norm.
    Hawkins is a player obviously hamstrung by having a FIDE rating that is way out of date (he had no rated games in at least six years and possibly longer). Usually it goes the other way, with desperately rusty players hanging onto ratings several hundred points too high. Here it will be interesting to see how long it takes for his rating to catch up with his ability.

    When he played the British Championships in 2009, he still had a K of 25, meaning less than 30 rated games altogether. 15 of those games were from the 2008 Champs and 2007 Blackpool Open, with nothing before that since at least 2001. There's a pretty strong case here for "provisional" ratings to expire after a reasonable length of time (say 5 years).

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    Hi everyone

    Interesting post script to the event from Simon Williams, mentioned in the first post. He went on to win the brilliancy prize with his last round game, which is at

    http://www.gingergm.com/2010/01/11/b...ngs/#more-1802

    In the form of a self-narrated and lightly commented, but very entertaining game through video replay.

    http://www.gingergm.com is the link to the main page of his chess blog

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