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Tournament: 40th Hastings Premier 1964/65 • go to Previous Year • Next Year • updated December 26, 2023 1:32 PM
Venue: Sun Lounge • Dates: 28 December 1964 - 6 January 1965 • Download PGN (all Premier games, 33 games from other sections)

1964/65 Hastings Premier, 28 December 1964 - 6 January 1965, Sun Lounge, Hastings Pier

1964/65 Hastings
Premier
Title Fed Residence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Total 
1 Paul Keres GM USSR Estonia
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½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 8
2 Florin Gheorghiu IM ROU Roumania ½
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0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1
3 Svetozar Gligoric GM YUG Yugoslavia 0 1
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½ 1 0 1 1 1 1
4 Helmut Pfleger   FRG Germany 0 0 ½
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1 ½ 1 1 1 1 6
5 Nona Gaprindashvili   USSR Georgia ½ 0 0 0
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1 ½ 1 1 1 5
6 Owen M Hindle   ENG Norwich 0 ½ 1 ½ 0
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½ 1 ½ ½
7 Antonio C Rocha   BRA Brazil 0 0 0 0 ½ ½
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½ 1 1
8 Peter N Lee   ENG London / Oxford Univ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½
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½ ½ 2
9 Norman Littlewood   ENG Sheffield 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½
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1 2
10 Denis V Mardle   ENG Cheltenham 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0
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1

1964/65 Hastings Challengers

1964/65 Hastings
Challengers
Fed Residence 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Total 
1 Werner Nicolai FRG Germany
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½ 1 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1
2 Yuri Razuvaev USSR Russia ½
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½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1
3 Adrian S Hollis ENG St Andrews 0 ½
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0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1
4 Andrew R B Thomas ENG Tiverton 0 ½ 1
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½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
5 Dr. Manfred Christoph FRG Germany 0 ½ 0 ½
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1 1 1 0 1 5
6 Dr. Stefan Fazekas ENG Buckhurst Hill 1 0 ½ ½ 0
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0 ½ 1 ½ 4
7 Michael J Basman ENG Leeds University ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1
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½ 0 1
8 William R Hartston ENG Enfield ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½
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½ ½
9 Andrew P Sombor ENG Croydon 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 ½
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0 3
10 Baruch H Wood ENG Sutton Coldfield 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1
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2

Owen Hindle v Paul Keres
Owen Hindle (left) playing Paul Keres, Hastings Premier 1964/65, round 5, 1 January 1965.
Photo by Peter Keen, Illustrated London News, 9 January 1965. Colorised by John Saunders

Nona Gaprindashvili and Floring Gheorghiu
Nona Gaprindashvili watching Florin Gheorghiu, Hastings Premier 1964/65, round 5, 1 January 1965.
Photo by Peter Keen, Illustrated London News, 9 January 1965.

Florin Gheorghiu
Florin Gheorghiu (playing Norman Littlewood), Hastings Premier 1964/65, round 5, 1 January 1965.
Photo by Peter Keen, Illustrated London News, 9 January 1965.

Hastings Challengers 1964/65, round 5, 1 January 1965
Hastings Challengers 1964/65, round 5, 1 January 1965. The five players to the right have the white pieces: from the front they are BH Wood (only forehead and fingers visible) playing Andrew P Sombor; then Yuri Razuvaev playing William Hartston; then Andrew R B Thomas (hands over face) playing Werner Nicolai (absent from the board); then Dr. Stefan Fazekas playing Dr. M Christoph; finally, furthest from camera, Adrian S Hollis playing Michael Basman (obscured).
Photo by Peter Keen, Illustrated London News, 9 January 1965.

George Arthur Peck, aged 96, Hastings Main B 1964/65, 1 January 1965
George Arthur Peck, aged 96, Hastings Main B 1964/65, round 5, 1 January 1965. Born 1 July 1868, died 9 January 1966.
Photo by Peter Keen, Illustrated London News, 9 January 1965.

Paul Keres cartoon
Paul Keres cartoon by MAC - CHESS, End-January 1965, p155

Gligoric cartoon by MAC
Paul Keres cartoon by MAC - CHESS, End-January 1965, p155

Helmut Pfleger cartoon by MAC
"Helmet" Pfleger cartoon by MAC (Was the misspelling deliberate?) CHESS, End-January 1965, p155

1965 Owen Hindle cartoon by MAC
Owen Hindle cartoon by MAC - CHESS, End-January 1965, p155


General Congress (BCM, February 1965, ppn 42-43)

Challengers’ Reserves (Pelton Section): (1) Andrew J Whiteley (Oxford) 7/9; (2) Raymond D Keene (London) 6½; (3-5) David Edward Lloyd, Henk J van Donk, Robert A Fertoszegi 5; (6) Pank A Hoogendoorn (Netherlands) 4½; (7-8) Lewis Johnstone Mills (Bromborough), James Joseph Walsh (Dublin, Ireland) 3½; (9) Philip Lawrence Roe (Bedford) 3; (10) Harry Gethin Thorp Matchett (Bexhill) 2. "Fine performance here by Whiteley and Keene, two promising young players."

Challengers’ Reserves (Rider Section): (1) Milan Bajovic (Yugoslavia) 7/9; (2) Julian I P Simpole 6½; (3) Heinrich Jühe (West Germany) 6; (4) Walter James E Yeeles 5½; (5) David Lees (Bury) 5; (6-7) (William) Arthur Winser, Peter W Hempson 4½; (8) Svend Ove van Seelen 3; (9) B Neudel 2½; (10) E Faber ½.

Main A: (1-2) Percy Baldwin Cook (London), Geoffrey Alan Hollis (Oxford University) 7/9; (3) Peter Charles Griffiths (Birmingham) 6½; (4) Victor W Knox (Wallasey) 6; (5) Otto H Hardy (Loughborough) 5; (6) Barry N Green (Oxford University) 4½; (7) Michael P Cook (Woodbridge) 4; (8) Keith R Ingram (Birmingham) 2½; (9) Frank A Rhoden (Hastings) 1½; (10) A Dickens (London) 1.

Main B: (1) Roger Leslie Paige (Exeter) 7½/9; (2) Charles Ambrose Scott Damant (Hastings) 7; (3-4) Robert P Ross (Hull), T Nyhof (Netherlands) 5; (5-6) Philip Edward Collier (Leicester), John A Flood (Exeter) 4½; (7) James B Adams (London) 3½; (8) S T Lambert (Solihull) 3; (9) Alfred Dempster H Whyte (Hastings), Lawrence Alfred John Glyde (Ilford) 2½.

Main C: (1) David Ellis (Isles of Scilly) 7½; (2-3) Ronald Herbert W Polley (Alford, Lincs), Peter R Hindley (Oxford University) 5; (4) Richard H K Mann (Wareham) 4½; (5-8) Robert Howard Williams (Eastbourne), John M Ripley (Liverpool), Alan John Dilworth (Wigan), Graham Russell Mitchell (Woking) 4; (9-10) P J Smith (Mayfield), Dr. B J in den Bosch (Amsterdam, Netherlands) 3½.

Main D: (1-2) R Wittman (West Germany), Alan Edgar Nield (Hastings) 7½/9; (3) William Bainbridge (Wilmslow) 5; (4-6) Wilfred Evans (Chorleywood), Michael Goll (Spilsby), W F Boyd (Birkenhead) 4½; (7) Thomas H Stonehouse (Rainham) 3½; (8-9) Brian A M Piggott (Farnborough), J Johnson (Liverpool) 3; (10) Roger L Baker (Bakewell) 2.

Main E: (1) Alfred Milner (Manchester) 7½/9; (2) J Gordon Lloyd (Ramsgate) 6½; (3-4) R M Hughes (Manchester), G J Bradley (Bebington, Wirral) 6; (5) D Oakes (Wilmslow) 5½; (6) G F Morrish 5; (7) James Heneage McKenzie Finch (Canterbury) 4; (8) Arthur T Watson (Worthing) 2; (9) P Griffiths 1½; (10) Thomas Eagle Lovell Chataway (Stourbridge) 1.

Main F: (1) Mike J Conroy (Burnley) 8/9; (2) M A Phillips (Cambridge University) 6½; (3) J H Gardner (Southampton) 6; (4-5) J W Daniels (Liverpool), Rev. R A Pugh (St Leaonards) 5½; (6) Truman V Parrott (Barnstaple) 4½; (7-8) A K Henderson (Canterbury), T Midgley (Knowle) 3½; (9) G O Worrall 1½; (10) Geoffrey George Homan (Rochester) ½.

Main G: (1) John B Sellens (Tunbridge Wells) 7½/9; (2) David J Webb (Eastbourne) 6; (3) Gregory Owen John Melitus (London) 5½; (4-6) Ronald A Summersell (Petworth), Miss Olive Richards, John D Williams (Stourbridge) 5; (7-8) William Edward Busbridge (St Leonards), J Kilner (Hastings) 3; (9-10) Harold C Passam (Midhurst), T W Baxter (Leytonstone) 2½.

Main Afternoon A: (1) John Myles Gorton (Hastings) 7½/9; (2-3) Peter Tillson (Guildford), John A Felton 6; (4-5) G F Pelling (London), Richard Charles Winter (Hastings) 5½; (6) James A Tomlinson (Leamington, Oxford University) 5; (7-8) Albert Victor Lightfoot (London), Leslie Edward Vine (Eastleigh) 3½; (9) J Mundy (London) 2½; (10) E Taylor Smith (Bexhill) 0.

Main Afternoon B: (1) Louis de Veauce (Windlesham) 6½/8; (2) Kenneth F Champion (Gravesend) 6; (3) Nicholas Charles Pyper (Cambridge University) 4½; (4) Peter C Wood (London) 4; (5-6) Ernest George Exell (Chelmsford), Rev. Henry Middleton Blackett (Hastings) 3½; (7) A Soames (Compton, Berkshire) 3; (8-9) H Cohen (London), George Arthur Peck (Rugby) 2½ (Nine players only.)

Open, Morning: (1) J Primich 8; (2) Miss Margaret Eleanor Lander (Gillingham, Dorset) 7; (3) S R Quaye 6; (4-5) D W Foster (Talybont-on-Usk) , E Chambers 5½; (6) J Weston (Colchester) 5; (7) Miss Marcia Syme (Wallasey) 4½; (8) C Berry 2; (9) Mrs Laura Ethel Amelia Start (née Whitehouse) (London) 1; (10) R Youdale (Tonbridge) 5.

Open, Afternoon: (1) J C Dooley (Hastings) 8/9; (2) Mrs S Thomson 6½; (3) Claud Vernal Warter Lucas (St Leonards) 5½; (4) G Burnett (Worcester) 4; (5-6) Mrs Jane Sadler Rees (née Davidson, Northampton), Miss M [M] Elliott (Stockbridge) 3; (7-9) Miss E Whyte, Lady Gwendolyn/Gwendolen Harriet Herbert (née Quilter) (London), Miss Elsie Grace Coulson (Folkestone) 2. (Nine players only: the player who dropped out was Emyr Jones, of Caernarvon. Lady Herbert celebrated her golden wedding anniversary on 31 December 1964, for which she travelled back to London to be with her husband, Sir Alan (A. P.) Herbert. She returned to Hastings the next day and won her game. Source: Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette - Thursday 07 January 1965)

New Year Special A: (1) John Dudley Taylor (Sheffield) 4½/5; (2-3) (Derek) George Ellison (Bolton), Robert Hans Pinner (Twickenham) 3; (4) Alan Forrest Stobo (Altrincham) 2½; (5) Ronald F A Harman (London) 1½; (6) M J McBain ½.

New Year Special B: (1) Geoffrey F Steele (Whitstable) 4/5; (2) Dr. Peter Merrett 3½; (3-5) J Eyre, A P K MacKintosh (Oxford University), J Thornley (Chadderton) 2; (6) G Stevenson 1.

New Year Special C: (1) Sydney Ross Capsey 4/5; (2) C M Bryan 3½; (3) E Peck 3; (4) Eric Wilfred Knapp 2½; (5) Victor Norman Rains (Cambridge) 1½; (6) Robert Littler (Chester) ½.

New Year Special D: (1-2) David A Tame (Maidstone), Peter R C Vargas (Ilford) 3½/5; (3) A Finney (Stoke-on-Trent) 3; (4) C J Wood (London) 2½; (5) W C Davies (Wrexham) 1½; (6) David A R Vallat (Bromley) 1.

New Year Special E: (1) Nigel W Dennis (Henley) 5/5; (2) J B Ansermoz (Zurich) 4; (3) A J Thurgood1 (Chobham) 2½; (4) Raymond Victor Mackley (Loughborough) 2; (5) M Cooper (Mayfield) 1; (6) J Mulvaney (Mayfield, Sx) ½. (1 one source gives the name as Thurford but is probably a misprint/typo)

New Year Special F: (1-2) Rupert S Tipples (aged 15, Staplehurst), A Towner (St Leonards) 4½/5; (3) Hugh Anderson (aged 16, Ramsgate) 3; (4) S Selignam 2; (5) J Franks 1; (6) R Schonhut 0.

New Year, Afternoon A: (1) Ronald F A Harman (London) 4½/5; (2) Miss Eileen Betsy Tranmer (London) 4; (3) Jack A Speigel (Essex) 2½; (4-5) Major Eric Howard Flear, Ronald E Rushbrook (London) 1½; (6) Robert Littler (Chester) 1.

New Year, Afternoon B: (1) G W Maskell (London) 4/5; (2-3) Lucien Mouillaux (France), Fred C Manning (London) 3½; (4-5) Sydney Gothard (Burton-on-Trent), Mrs E Faber 1; (6) N Grimswade (Sissinghurst) ½.

New Year Late Extra: (1-2) Timothy J Gluckman (aged 15, Bramhall), Christopher W Johns (Bedford) 3½; (3-4) A E Harris, T Stonehouse 3; (5) I R E Clark 2; (6) T E Smith 0.


BCM, February 1965, ppn 33-34

The 1964-5 Hastings Congress

By OWEN HINDLE

THE Fortieth Hastings Annual Chess Congress was opened on Monday, December 28th, at 3.45 p.m., by the Yugoslav Ambassador, Mr. Srdja Prica, at the Sun Lounge, St. Leonards. This world-renowned congress shows no signs of diminishing in popularity with this year a total of 201 players from twelve countries competing in the various sections.

Mr. Frank Rhoden, the Congress Director, can always be relied upon to provide an attractive line-up for the Premier and this year he fully maintained the high standard. Of course, the Russians always catch the limelight and this was even more than usually justified this time for their representatives were Paul Keres and Miss Nona Gaprindashvili.

For thirty years Keres, now aged forty-eight, and still retaining his famous youthful features, has remained at the top of the international chess ladder. Of modern players, only Botvinnik has a comparable record. Keres was a clear favourite to repeat the outright win he achieved in the 1957 Hastings Premier.

Nona Gaprindashvili, twenty-three, the Women’s World Champion, earned her right to play in the Premier by winning last year’s Challengers’ Tournament. As the first woman to play in the Premier since Vera Menchik took part in 1936, her performance would be watched with special interest.

Svetozar Gligoric, forty-one, the Yugoslav grandmaster, for so long one of the very best players outside the U.S.S.R., always produces his formidable best at Hastings. An outright winner three times in the past, he was sure to run Keres close.

To my mind, Frank Rhoden achieved a noteworthy coup in persuading Gheorghiu and Pfleger to play. Omitting Fischer, of course, there are no more outstanding young players in the world than these two budding grandmasters. Florin Gheorghiu, aged twenty-two, is the present Junior World Champion and has already proved his worth in top-rank international tournaments. Unquestionably the "find" of the Tel Aviv Olympiad, the West German Helmut Pfleger is only twenty-one. He won the prize for the best performance on Board 4 ahead of, amongst others, Keres, and his play throughout was of the highest quality.

All good tournaments have their "dark horse" and at Hastings it was Antonio Rocha, twenty, the Brazilian Champion. He was very much an unknown quantity since Brazil were one of the few South American countries not to send a team to Tel Aviv. It was rumoured that he had beaten Rossetto twice and the programme notes added to the interest by posing the question: "Will he repeat the success of that other New-worlder, Harry Nelson Pillsbury, on his European debut?"

Of the English players, would Norman Littlewood, thirty-one, repeat his brilliant success at last year’s Hastings? Would Peter Lee, twenty, maintain the outstanding form he displayed in recent Junior international tournaments? And would Denis Mardle, thirty-five, recapture the touch that brought him his great win at Bognor Regis?

Apart from the prestige attached to a good performance in the Hastings Premier, this year there was an added financial incentive to do well. Mr. A. S. Cussons had presented the congress with an 800-guinea, 18-carat gold trophy engraved in English, Russian, and French (cf. photograph on page 33). The winner's name was to be engraved on it and he would receive a fifty-guinea replica. Mr. Cussons also contributed £50 cash to be added to the first prize and as this was matched by the Hastings Corporation the prizes now stood at: First, £150; Second, £60; Third, £40; and Fourth £25.

BCM, February 1965, ppn 41-42

As it should be, the best player won in the end. When it really mattered, Keres produced just that little extra class that he so undoubtedly possesses. The prolonged, spontaneous applause when his victory was assured showed him to be a most popular winner. Keres has as good a chance as any of winning the next Candidates’ Tournament for the World Championship.

Florin Gheorghiu, a small, very lively young man, has an attractive style and seems equally at home in any type of position. He was lucky against Pfleger but his equal second place was well deserved and confirms his high world ranking.

Gligoric and Pfleger ended the tournament in disappointing fashion, both losing their last two games. By way of compensation Gligoric won some of the finest games of the tournament. Pfleger had a good result simply because he is a talented player who could not really have failed had he tried to do so. He did not reproduce his Tel Aviv form.

Anybody who was foolish enough to think that Nona would be outclassed in a masculine tournament was soon disillusioned. I fear she may have a low opinion of English players for she beat us all. British readers will, of course, know that we were just being gallant!

Antonio Rocha unluckily had to play the crack foreigners in the early rounds and therefore found the going tough at first. However, he recovered well by scoring 3 points from his last four games when playing the English contingent.

Norman Littlewood is going through a bad patch at present, for apart from this result he lost his last four games at Tel Aviv and was also below form at a tournament in Rome immediately afterwards. But he is such an extraordinarily gifted player that I am sure he will soon be producing his brilliancies again. Lee and Mardle never really got going. This was their first Hastings Premier and they will do better next time.

Finally, I must praise W. Ritson Morry for the quiet efficiency of his controlling. His daily games demonstrations always attracted an attentive audience.

The Challengers

Whenever the spectators’ interest flagged in the Premier games they could always find exciting, good quality chess played in the Challengers’ Tournament. The main interest this year was in the participation of the U.S.S.R. Junior Champion, Juri Rasuvaev [Yuri Razuvaev]. I watched him play several five minute games with Premier players and he gave a most favourable impression. On the whole, I suspect he did not display his best form in the tournament proper. Although he shared first place with Nicolai, it was the latter who gained the place in next year’s Premier by virtue of a superior Sonneborn-Berger score.

Werner Nicolai, a frequent and popular visitor to English tournaments was a surprise winner. In the past he had often won the impressive individual game but never before had he maintained his best form throughout a tournament.

His win against Hollis was a splendid effort, not so much because of the pretty finish leading to a smothered mate, but rather the ingenious moves that went before it, e.g. 17...Ne4!; 18...e5; and 20...g5!

Hollis, it should be noted, played as a last-minute substitute for Shaligram, of India. His final tournament placing, therefore, without preparation, was creditable.

Basman and Hartston, two of our very best young players were disappointing. Both can, and I am sure will, do much better in the future.

It seems incredible that A. R. B. Thomas has been playing at Hastings for over forty years. His style is as lively as ever, particularly in his pet lines against the Sicilian. Play through this game [Thomas-Basman], you will enjoy it!


CHESS, End-January 1965, Vol.30/474-5, ppn 140A-140B

R. G. Wade surveys The Hastings Premier—game by game.

The fortieth Hastings Christmas Premier Tournament quickly resolved itself into a close struggle between the two competing grandmasters Paul Keres and Svetozar Gligoric. The final score-table does not do this aspect justice. Both won their first two rounds. In round three Keres was held to the worse of a draw by the junior world champion Florin Gheorghiu while Gligoric was satisfied, next round, to draw with the young West German star Helmut Pfleger. After six rounds Gligoric and Keres had 5½ points. The surprising fact was that both Gheorghiu and Pfleger were only half a point behind with 5.

Round seven was eventful. Keres was disappointed to see Gheorghiu go rapidly downhill and lose to Gligoric. In the meantime Keres, opposed by his compatriot the women’s world champion, Nona Gaprindashvili from Tbilisi (Tiflis, in Georgia) was firmly held to a draw. After this effort Nona was pleased with her own achievement but unhappy to see her country’s representative fall behind.

If Gligoric and Keres had been equal the spectators had been forecasting a tame draw. now Gligoric had white against Keres in round eight. Keres was not too hopeful beforehand. If Gligoric played safe and (more to the point) made no mistakes, Keres could not hope to win. But this Hastings will be memorable because Keres won a wonderful game with elegant tactical points emerging from simplified positions.

Round nine was something of an anticlimax. Gligoric failed to find the best defence and was well beaten by Owen Hindle while Keres, presented with a pawn and winning position early by Pfleger, ran into troubles but still managed to win the ending.

While Pfleger did not produce quite the form that gave him a superior board score to Keres in the Olympiad at Tel-Aviv, his aggressive style was a pleasing aspect of the Premier. Gheorghiu also exhibited some signs of staleness having come directly from winning the Rumanian championship but his mature technique and great knowledge were in full evidence.

There is a new variant of the old question "Who was the better player, Morphy or Alekhine?" in the interesting question as to who was the stronger woman player, Vera Menchik or Nona Gaprindashvili. C. H. O’D. Alexander, who has been able to observe both, tends to come down in favour of Miss Menchik (Mrs. Stevenson). Styles are radically different which makes comparison difficult. Personally I think Nona is already better. Certainly her Hastings performance this time was much surer than last year’s shaky win of the Challengers’. She beat all four British contestants.

Half a point more would have given Owen Hindle the norm for the international master title. (Two such norms in three years in ten-player tourneys are required). His play was up to the standard. Only Nona of the foreign guests found him easy. Keres had a hard battle to beat him while Gheorghiu and Pfleger were content to draw with him. And all this pales before his forceful victory in the last round over Gligoric—the third Briton to achieve this—and many have tried.

Antonio Rocha, a student from South Brazil and national champion, had a tough European debut. In the first round he managed to draw a lost game with Nona and then had Gheorghiu, Gligoric, Keres and Pfleger in succession, losing to all of them. There were those who criticised beforehand his inclusion in the Premier. His general play, knowledge and fighting spiritand come-back justified Frank Rhoden’s decision.

The other three British representatives had an unhappy tournament. Peter Lee hit the headlines once—he played well and hard in the first round against Keres. My hope is that the Hastings committee will continue to experiment by giving other young players their opportunity. I would have thought that Peter will have learnt a valuable lesson. Perhaps the next British championship and world student teams will show the benefit. Norman Littlewood lacked a lot of his usual energy and physical zest, probably from having played in too many tournaments within a five months period (five!). Denis Mardle, quite unlike his play at Bognor last Easter, was blunder-prone.

In prizes the Hastings Premier at least keeps pace with the best available in West Europe—the first prize this year went up from £100 to £150, while the three others now are £60, £40 and £25—though still remaining a shadow of major events elsewhere. This year the winner had the opportunity of holding for a few moments the beautiful 18 carat gold knight presented by Alex Cussons the soap manufacturer and worth 800 guineas and of taking home a fifty guinea replica. Yet somehow when I think about the desperate shortage of money, in British chess I question whether Mr. Cusson’s generosity has been best applied by the Hastings Corporation. Expenses for all the British players, fuller expenses for visiting grandmasters all have higher priorities to my way of thinking.

Paul Keres’s success was achieved in spite of a continuously painful gland and liver complaint which compelled him to cancel two simultaneous displays before his departure for the U.S.S.R. where he expected to have to undergo an early operation.


CHESS, End-February 1965, Vol.30/477, p189- GM Simuls after Hastings, January 1965

THE “CRACKS” TRIP AROUND

After Hastings, the leading visitors went on tour. Gligoric mixed with aspiring London players in five-minute chess at the En Passant Rooms in the Strand. Other engagements reported to us were:

PAUL KERES

at Liverpool on January 8th: P 24 W 20 D 4 (with Brian R Ewart [corrected from B. E. Ewart], Victor W Knox, F. J. Nance and J. H. McLardy).

against, mainly, juniors at Wolverhampton on January 9th: P 30 W 23 D 2 (with P. G. Jackson and P. C. Griffiths) L 5 (to P. J. Gregory, J. Carleton, B. R. Dean, R. Keely and M. A. Stevenson).

SVETOZAR GLIGORIC

against selected Middlesex players at Lyons in London on January 8th : P 20 W 15 D 3 (with A. W. Bowen, P. F. Timson and S. G. Hill) L 2 (to A. B. Pepper and C. R. Orchard). In 3½ hours.

... at the Athenaeum Chess Club on January 11, against 31 members of Athenaeum and West London Clubs. W 25 D6 (with Lady Herbert, A. J. Markin, F. N. Copping, J. M. Sheppee, M. H. Hawley and R. Hughes-Hallett).

...against Buckinghamshire players at Gerrards Cross on January 16th: P 27 W 22 D 4 (with W. F. Coles, R. C. Hopton, E. O. Seymour and W. G. Whitaker) L 1 (to B. W. Atkinson).

. . . against an obviously formidable team of 40 players at Bristol, with play limited to less than four hours: W 17 D 17 L 6. His losses were to J. Leeson, D. Wise, M. Wood, H. J. Draisey, Dr. R. M. Norman and W. Oddy. To us, it seems unfair to confront a grandmaster with 40 opponents and allocate him less than six minutes per game. Gligoric conceded draws and losses in unfinished games which, played out, he might well have won.

... against a team of 30 adults and juniors under the auspices of Whitchurch Grammar School: W 19 D 7 (with R. Taylor, W. Gough and C. Dawkins of Cardiff C.C.; G. Brangham of Welsh C.A.T.; A. J. Hughes and J. M. Evans of Cardiff H.S. and V. Davies of Llanelly G.S.) L 4 (to G. A. Jones of Cardiff C.C.; B. Heath of Pontypridd C.C.; F. Waite (North Cardiff C.C.) and G. Barnard of Crown C.C.).

NONA GAPRINDASHVILI

... against Dorsetshire players at A.E.E., Winfrith on January 10th: P 28 W 20 D5 (with J. Anderson, R. H. K. Mann, Dr. P. Merrett, S. J. Leigh and A. Pike) L 3 (to F. J. Samuel, M. J. Roth and John Graham).


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Date Notes
1997 45 Premier games previously uploaded as part of a collection of Hastings games in zipped PGN format.
17 December 2023 Now added 29 games from other sections, crosstables, results and photos. Many thanks to Brian Denman for the games from his collection.
19 December 2023 Four more games added: (1) W.Nicolai 1-0 A.Sombor (Challengers, rd 8); (2) L.Glyde 0-1 R.Paige (Main B, rd 2); (3) R.Paige 1-0 P.Collier (Main B, rd 3); (4) S.Lambert 0-1 R.Paige (Main B, rd 6). Many thanks to Andy Ansel for submitting the games.
26 December 2023 Amendments made to the dates and round numbers of RH Williams's games in Main C. Many thanks to Brian Denman for working these out.