The historically interesting Hastings international Chess Congress was staged from December 29, 2014 to January 6, 2015 by the city of Hastings in England. For the event (9 rounds Swiss Tournament System) 113 players from 27 countries gathered, half of which (63 players) came from England. Sadly, only two Brits made it to the Top 10.
Players of different playing strengths (ELO-ratings between 1574 and 2676 points) made the tournament diverse and suspenseful. An especially outstanding performance was delivered by Chinese player and winner of the 2,000 British Pounds prize money – Zhao Jun.
The 28 year-old holds a current ELO of 2585 points and ranks 11th in the list of Chinese top-players. He dominated the first six rounds without exception. After the final 9th round, he had secured 8 points and achieved an incredible rating-performance of 2852.
Top 20 Rankings
|9||GM||Arkell Keith C||2489||ENG||6.5|
|13||GM||Flear Glenn C||2460||ENG||6.0|
|18||GM||Hebden Mark L||2523||ENG||5.5|
|20||FM||Jackson James P||2356||ENG||5.5|
The award for best duel during the tournament was given to the Pole Aleksander Mista for his victory over Edourard.
Detailed game reports, pictures, and results of the individual rounds can be viewed on the tournament page: http://www.hastingschess.com/
written by Sarah, translated by Birthe