Hastings chess congress draws to a close

Grandmaster Jahongir Vakhidov (Uzbekistan) and Alexander Mista (Poland)
Grandmaster Jahongir Vakhidov (Uzbekistan) and Alexander Mista (Poland)

Hastings International Chess Congress came to an end on Tuesday (January 5) with Grandmaster Jahongir Vakhidov (Uzbekistan) and Alexander Mista (Poland) being crowned joint winners.

Entries from more than 20 countries around the world were represented in the annual event at Horntye Park Sports Complex.

Grandmaster Chris Ward entertained visitors with his live commentary on Masters games throughout.

Pam Thomas, spokesman for the congress, said: “The commentary went well and attracted a good audience which reached 1,200 on one day. As well as thanks to Chris, the excellent commentator, we should also thank Chess 24 and Chess-results.com which have been relaying the games.

“The commentary room was well-attended every day and the games online were keenly watched.

“The White Rock Hotel hosted a Games Evening on New Year’s Eve, which proved a great success with visitors to the congress and other hotel guests who hope can be repeated next congress.

“We hope the addition on this welcome new sponsorship from Tradewise Insurance Services will bring about a regeneration of the Hastings Chess Congress in future years.

“The staff at Horntye Park Sports Complex must also be thanked for their hard work and warm welcome which is much appreciated by players each year. Last and most importantly, thanks to the players for their endurance of the monsoon conditions and travel problems. We hope they will be back next year.

Hastings Borough Council continued to support the congress this year as joint sponsor, with additional support from The White Rock Hotel, The Lansdowne Hotel and KC Computers.

Grandmaster Jahongir Vakhidov and Alexander Mista hold the Golombek Trophy for one year.

Results in full:

1= gm Aleksander Mista (POL) 7/9 £1,600 jointly hold Golombek Trophy for 1 yr.

gm Jahongir Vakhidov (UZB) £1,600

3= gm Ferenc Berkes (HUN) £ 410

gm Igor Khenkin (GER) £ 410

gm Sarunas Sulskis (LTU) £ 410

gm Tamas Jr.Fodor (HUN) £ 410

im Justin Sarkar (USA) £ 410

IM Norm achieved by FM Peter Batchelor £50

Highest placed female player

WFM Rasa Norinkeviciute (LTU) £200

Best relative FIDE rating performance U-22, Freddie Hand £200

Best relative FIDE rating performance U-18, James Golding £200

Best performance against rating, Freddie Hand, Alan Hustwayte Trophy

Maureen Charlesworth Tropohy for best local performance, Paul Kelly

Horntye Park “Best Game” prize, Dr Marcus ter Steeg £100 + trophy

NEW YEAR TOURNAMENT “A”

1st Tomas Tamosiunas (LTU) 3.5 / 4 £120

2nd Ian Heppell (Morden) 3 £75

3rd= Maurice Lawson (Reading) 2.5 £10

Helge Hjort (Hastings & St Leonards) 2.5 £10

Julian Shepley (Guildford) 2.5 £10

David Fowler (Hamble/Gosport 2.5 £10

Paul Kelly (Hastings & St Leonards) 2.5 £10

NEW YEAR “B”

1st = Richard Bedwell 3.5 /4 £97.50

Joe Everett 3.5 £97.50

3rd= Anthony Roberts 3 £25

Oliver Howell 3 + GP £30

Jeremy Hudson Grading Prize £25

NEW YEAR “C”

1st =Robert Mitchell (NZL) 3 /4 £81.67

Neil Lang (Chislehurst) 3 £81.67

Alan Fraser (Beckenham) 3 £81.67

Caroline Robson (Barnet) 2.5 £30 Grading Prize

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