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Carl Gorka
30-12-2009, 09:36 PM
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

1. d4 e6 2. c4 b6 3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Bxd2+ 6. Nxd2 Nc6 7. Ngf3 Qf6 8.
e5 Qf4 9. g3 Qh6 10. O-O g5 11. Ne4 g4 12. Nh4 f5 13. exf6 Nxf6 14. Nxf6+ Qxf6
15. Be4 O-O-O 16. Bxc6 dxc6 17. Qxg4 Rxd4 18. Qf3 Qg7 19. Qc3 c5 20. Nf3 Rf8
21. Nxd4 cxd4 22. Qa3 Rf3 23. Qxa7 Qg4 24. Qa4 Kd8 25. Qd1 Qe4 26. Qd2 Kc8 27.
h4 h6 28. b4 e5 29. a4 Qc6 30. b5 Qxc4 31. Qxh6 Qd5 32. Qh8+ Kd7 33. Qg7+ Kd6
34. Qg6+ Kc5 35. Kh2 Rd3 36. Rg1 Qf3 37. Qe6 Qxf2+ 38. Kh3 Rc3 39. Rab1 Qf8 40.
Qxe5+ Kc4 41. Qxc7+ Qc5 42. Qxc5+ bxc5 43. Rbc1 d3 44. Rxc3+ Kxc3 45. h5 1-0

Garvinator
30-12-2009, 09:38 PM
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 ;) :whistle:

Carl Gorka
30-12-2009, 09:39 PM
Did you mean this to imply how it could be implied... suspect GM's ;) :whistle:

Most chess players are suspect, so take it whichever way you want:D

Adamski
31-12-2009, 08:51 AM
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.)

Carl Gorka
01-01-2010, 11:08 PM
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

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Nxe5 7. Rxe5+ Be7
8. Nc3 Nxb5 9. Nd5 O-O 10. Nxe7+ Kh8 11. Qh5 g6 12. Qh6 Re8 13. Rh5 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
01-01-2010, 11:43 PM
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

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Nxe5 7. Rxe5+ Be7
8. Nc3 Nxb5 9. Nd5 O-O 10. Nxe7+ Kh8 11. Qh5 g6 12. Qh6 Re8 13. Rh5 1-0
8... Nxb5 falls into an ancient trap, which Lasker pointed out IIRC.

Carl Gorka
02-01-2010, 10:43 PM
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

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 Be7 8.
O-O-O O-O 9. f4 h6 10. Bh4 e5 11. Nf5 Bxf5 12. exf5 exf4 13. Kb1 d5 14. Bxf6
Bxf6 15. Nxd5 Be5 16. Bc4 b5 17. Bb3 a5 18. c3 a4 19. Bc2 a3 20. Qd3 axb2 21.
f6 g6 22. Qxb5 Qa5 23. Qxa5 Nxa5 24. Rhe1 Rfb8 25. h4 Nc4 26. Bb3 Ne3 27. Rxe3
$2 (27. Nxe3 Bxc3 (27... fxe3 28. Rxe3 Bxf6 29. Rd7 $16) 28. Rd7 Bxe1 29. Bxf7+
Kh8 30. Bxg6 fxe3 31. Rh7+ Kg8 32. Rg7+ Kf8 33. Rh7 Kg8 34. Rg7+ Kf8 35. Rh7)
27... fxe3 28. Kxb2 Re8 29. Nxe3 Bxf6 30. Ng4 Re2+ 31. Kb1 Bxc3 32. Rd7 Rxg2
33. Nxh6+ Kg7 34. Nxf7 Kf6 35. Rd6+ Ke7 36. Rc6 Bd4 37. Re6+ Kf8 38. Rd6 Rb2+
39. Kc1 Rc8+ 40. Kd1 Be3 0-1

IM Jack Rudd
03-01-2010, 05:19 AM
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.

Carl Gorka
03-01-2010, 09:55 AM
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?

Oepty
04-01-2010, 05:58 AM
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
Scott

IM Jack Rudd
05-01-2010, 03:48 AM
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.

pax
15-02-2010, 04:08 PM
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..

pax
15-02-2010, 05:16 PM
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).

Bereaved
16-02-2010, 12:41 AM
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/best-game-prize-hastings/#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

Take care and God Bless, Macavity