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Tournament: 51st Hastings 1975/76 • 120 games plus 45 from the Challengers, etcuploaded Thursday, 8 October, 2020 0:48 AM
Venue: White Rock Pavilion, Hastings • Date: 29 December 1975 - 15 January 1976 • Download PGN

51st Hastings Premier, 29 December 1975 to 15 January 1976

1975/76 Hastings Premier Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Total
1 Bronstein,David I 2590
&;
½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 10
2 Hort,Vlastimil 2600 ½
&;
½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 10
3 Uhlmann,Wolfgang 2535 ½ ½
&;
½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 10
4 Korchnoi,Viktor 2665 0 ½ ½
&;
½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 9
5 Taimanov,Mark 2580 ½ ½ ½ ½
&;
½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8
6 Sigurjonsson,Gudmundur 2475 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½
&;
½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 8
7 Sosonko,Gennadi 2470 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½
&;
1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 8
8 Jansa,Vlastimil 2540 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0
&;
½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½
9 Miles,Anthony J 2435 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½
&;
0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1
10 Kaplan,Julio 2445 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1
&;
½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
11 Stean,Michael 2370 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½
&;
½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 7
12 Nunn,John DM 2375 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½
&;
½ 1 ½ ½ 6
13 Keene,Raymond Dennis 2505 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½
&;
½ ½ ½ 6
14 Bisguier,Arthur 2445 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½
&;
½ ½
15 Hartston,William Roland 2475 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
&;
1
16 Bellin,Robert 2375 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0
&;
Average Elo: 2492 Cat: 10 gm = 10.05 m = 7.05

A Quiet Hastings [CHESS, January 1976, p101]

Hastings was rescued by £5000 from Pools tycoon Paul Zetter, who dropped in from the Canaries en route to a safari in Africa to attend the final banquet. Without anybody being able to say why, a general feeling of optimism seemed to have replaced last year’s despair, as evidenced by the announcement that dates for the next Congress would be exactly the same, December 29-January 15th.

Entries totalled 262, not a record though an unprecedented 69 came from West Germany.

The play was, on the whole, too quiet. Exactly two-thirds of the games (80 out of 120) were drawn, 49 of them in fewer than 30 moves. Taimanov and Stean each drew 14 games out of 15, Sigurjonsson 12.

Kaplan provided vicarious interest by running desperately short of time in almost every game. When he had reached 25 moves of the 40 he was supposed to make in 2½ hours, his clock rarely showed more than 2 or 3 minutes to go. He would then start to play pretty well and with a desperate concentration that seemed to make some of his opponents wilt.

Hort, Uhlmann, Taimanov went through unbeaten. Miles had the G.M. title almost in his sights but slipped; was, as last year, the best of the home contingent who, however, occupied the traditional low places. The make-up of Hastings Premiers ensures that only when somebody upsets the form book can we expect anything better.

Sosonko and Nunn played off their last round game, drawing it, on the second rest day January 7, so that Sosonko could go on to take part in the Hoogoven tournament starting January 15th.

Hastings Challengers

1975/76 Hastings Challengers
Nat
Elo
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Total
1 David E Rumens
ENG
=63
+59
+12
+28
+2
+14
+17
+11
=6
=5
2 Shimon Kagan
ISR
2420m
+41
+70
+21
=4
–1
+43
+12
+3
+14
+7
3 Jacques Macles
FRA
2360
+35
=48
+16
+19
=4
=13
+7
–2
+17
+11
4 Wolfgang Andre
BRD
+61
+57
+11
=2
=3
–17
+48
–14
+35
+12
7
5 Brian J Denman
SCO
2205
+71
–11
=6
+31
+56
=48
+57
=17
+23
=1
7
6 Mark C Diesen
USA
2295
=26
=8
=5
=38
=15
+65
+43
+13
=1
+14
7
7 Andrew P Law
ENG
+32
+53
=28
=14
+62
=11
–3
+48
+9
–2
8 Peter J Lee
ENG
=31
=6
+20
–17
+60
+62
=24
=21
=16
+27
9 Krzysztof Pytel
POL
2420
=33
+45
=64
=10
=19
=37
+58
+15
–7
+26
10 Miroslav Radojcic
YUG
=68
+31
=22
=9
+51
=16
–14
+52
=27
+21
11 Milan Bajovic
YUG
+39
+5
–4
+65
+24
=7
+13
–1
=12
–3
6
12 R.H. Burns jnr.
USA
+42
=19
–1
+49
+18
+28
–2
+24
=11
–4
6
13 Michael J Franklin
ENG
2325
+24
=51
+27
+25
=14
=3
–11
–6
+42
=16
6
14 Martin Goldschmidt
ENG
+67
+62
+17
=7
=13
–1
+10
+4
–2
–6
6
15 Jonathan Kinlay
ENG
+52
=27
–37
=16
=6
+22
+18
–9
+24
=17
6
16 Victor W Knox
ENG
2320
+55
=21
–3
=15
+64
=10
+37
=26
=8
=13
6
17 Glenn EJ Lambert
ENG
+50
+58
–14
+8
+37
+4
–1
=5
–3
=15
6
18 Michael Macdonald-Ross
ENG
–27
=38
+66
+45
–12
+64
–15
=40
+57
+43
6
19 Eugene B Meyer
USA
2340
+34
=12
+51
–3
=9
–57
–22
+62
+48
32
6
20 Charles W Pickard
ENG
=45
=65
–8
=44
=70
=50
+63
+41
=40
+34
6
21 Michael J Conroy
ENG
+23
=16
–2
=27
+71
=36
+38
=8
=26
–10
22 Zahiruddin D Farooqui
PAK
2350
=43
+41
=10
–24
=65
–15
+19
=28
=36
+50
23 Wolfgang Huisl
BRD
–21
+44
=40
–36
+49
=47
+45
+34
–5
=37
24 Gisbert Jacoby
BRD
–13
+39
+53
+22
–11
+42
=8
–12
–15
+47
23 Siegfried Kalbitzer
BRD
=70
+30
+49
–13
–43
=40
–34
+45
+33
=28
26 John C Pigott
ENG
=6
=36
=40
=60
=34
+56
+28
=16
=21
–9
27 Thomas Pioch
POL
2300
+18
=15
–13
=21
=38
=32
+36
+57
=10
–8
28 Dimo Werner
BRD
+56
+29
=7
–1
+32
–12
–26
=22
+52
=25
29 Ronald Blow
GCI
+47
–28
=36
–43
–58
=44
–59
+66
+60
+56
5
30 Anthony James Booth
ENG
=36
–25
+35
–32
–63
–49
+72d
+59
+58
=40
5
31 Gerhard Bosbach
BRD
=8
–10
+63
–5
+44
=34
=41
=33
=55
=36
5
32 Richard Britton
ENG
–7
+72
=34
+30
–28
=27
=40
+58
=43
–19
5
33 R. Bruning
BRD
=9
+60
–48
=34
–42
+61
=62
=31
–25
+57
5
34 Colin S Crouch
ENG
2285
–19
+52
=32
=33
=26
=31
+25
–23
+56
–20
5
35 Neil Davey
ENG
–3
=46
–30
+69
–47
+66
+49
+38
–4
=39
5
36 H. Geistenberger
BRD
=30
=26
=29
+23
=48
=21
–27
=56
=22
=31
5
37 Manfred Keller
BRD
=40
+69
+15
=48
–17
=9
–16
–42
+59
=23
5
38 Gerhard Kiefer
BRD
–57
=18
+67
=6
=27
+51
–21
–35
+62
=41
5
39 (Hugh) Dugald Macpherson
ENG
–11
–24
–72
–41
=69
+bye
+70
+63
+54
=35
5
40 David P Mooney
ENG
=37
=43
=26
+59
–57
=25
=32
=18
=20
=30
5
41 P. Muhlbach
BRD
–2
–22
–42
+39
+67
+60
=31
–20
+51
=38
5
42 R. C. Newman
ENG
–12
–71
+41
+55
+33
–24
=53
+37
–13
=44
5
43 Nigel E Povah
ENG
=22
=40
=23
+29
+25
–2
–6
+53
=32
–18
5
44 Daniel Shuttleworth
ENG
–53
–23
+52
=20
–31
=29
=54
+68
+61
=42
45 Herbert Braunlin jnr.
SUI
=20
–9
+69
–18
=68
+59
–23
–25
=64
+61
46 David A Curnow
ENG
–48
=35
–60
=61
–53
+67
=68
–54
+63
+62
47 H. Kemperman
NLD
–29
=61
–56
+54
+35
=23
–52
=51
+53
–24
48 Matthias Kierzek
BRD
+46
=3
+33
=37
=36
=5
–4
–7
–19
=49
49 Peter G Large
ENG
=59
+63
–25
–12
–23
+30
–35
=64
+55
=48
50 T. Ricke
BRD
–17
=54
+61
–56
=59
=20
=51
+60
=31
–22
51 John N Sugden
ENG
+66
=13
–19
+70
–10
–38
=50
=47
–41
+64
52 N. Werner
BRD
–15
–34
–44
+66
+55
+70d
+47
–10
–28
=58
53 Peter Hertzog
BRD
+44
–7
–24
–57
+46
+68
=42
–43
–47
=54
4
54 R. Hilbert
–58
=50
–59
–47
=66
+72
=44
+46
–39
=53
4
55 Pank A Hoogendoorn
NLD
–16
=67
=68
–42
–52
+69
–60
+70d
–49
+65
4
56 J Precker
–28
=66
+47
+50
–5
–26
+65
=36
–34
–29
4
57 John M Ripley
ENG
+38
–4
–70
+53
+40
+19
–5
–27
–18
–33
4
58 Claus Seyfried
BRD
+54
–17
–62
=68
+29
+63
–9
–32
–30
=26
4
59 J. H. van Donk
NLD
=49
–1
+54
–40
=50
–45
+29
–30
–37
+69
4
60 S. Vincent
=64
–33
+46
=26
–8
–41
+55
–50
–29
+66
4
61 Paul F Habershon
ENG
–4
=47
–50
=46
+72
–33
=64
+65
–44
–45
62 Ronald F Harman
ENG
+72
–14
+58
+64
–7
–8
=33
–19
–38
–46
63 T. Kiefer
BRD
=1
–49
–31
+67
+30
–58
–20
–39
–46
+bye
64 V. Schlick
=60
+68
=9
–62
–16
–18
=61
=49
=45
–51
65 H. Ernst
BRD
=69
=20
+71
–11
=22
–6
–56
–61
=68
–55
3
66 D. Gierse
–51
=56
–18
–52
=54
–35
+69
–29
+67
–60
3
67 S. Hasan
–14
=55
–38
–63
–41
–46
+bye
=69
–66
+68
3
68 Peter J Sharp
ENG
=10
–64
=55
=58
=45
–53
=46
–44
=65
–67
3
69 Susan L Caldwell
ENG
2050
=65
–37
–45
–35
=39
–55
–66
=67
+bye
–59
70 Leslie SF Blackstock
SCO
2345
=25
–2
+57
–51
=20
–52d
–39
–55d
2/8
71 B Mikic
–5
+42
–65
+72
–21
2/5
72 M Daood
–62
–32
+39
–71
–61
–54
–30d
1/7
5th £40, 6th £20, 7th £10. D.E.Rumens qualified for a place in the 1976/77 Premier on Sonneborn-Berger.

[BCM, March 1976, p111] "The Challengers' tournament contained its usual combination of strong British players, including some of the best juniors, and a number of foreign experts, among whom were S.Kagan, an international master from Israel, and M.Diesen (USA) and K.Pytel (PL) both of whom have played in the Premier.

"With the moving of the Premier tournament to the White Rock Pavilion much more room was available at the Falaise Hall for the Challengers’ and other sections to be played and the conditions should have been excellent. Unfortunately very little attempt seemed to be made to prevent half of the playing room being used for skittles or analysis during the adjourned session in the evening and the result was a quite appalling level of noise. One can appreciate the problems of the organizers in trying to deal with this matter, but something will have to be done in future if the Challengers' is to be taken seriously.

"As far as the play is concerned, the two winners, Kagan and D.E.Rumens, set a very hot pace, with Rumens winning seven games in a row in the middle of the tournament. It is rare for two players to score so heavily and inevitably the rest of the field were left far behind. Rumens played in his usual ultra-sharp style and was rewarded by winning the place in next year’s Premier, beating Kagan on the Sonneborn-Berger tie-breaking system. Of the other contenders, Diesen was a little disappointing, being unable to get into his stride until the second half of the event; the same applies in some degree to Pytel. Apart from Rumens, Denman was the most successful British player, achieving one of his best results, while Law and Lee also performed creditably to reach the prize-list."


[CHESS, January 1976, p102] "David Rumens, 36, Old Coulsdon, won the Challengers’ Tournament with points from the 10 games. He raced away with a stream of wins ... as rather often of late but, shedding a sad habit of dropping valuable points in the closing rounds, coasted happily in with solid draws. Often in the chess news in the early 1960’s as the leading “Cedars” actor (the right word?) he dropped right out of chess for a decade but with this success completes a great come-back.

"Kagan Israel turned up nearly two hours late for his second round game versus Blackstock; was adjudged to have defaulted, appealed. The appeals committee told Blackstock to play Kagan on the first rest day which he did; lost and walked out of the tournament [but see next para - JS]. Kagan eventually tied first with Rumens losing only on Sonneborn-Berger count. (More about the Challengers, next CHESS).

[CHESS, February 1976, p144] "... We cannot provide the detailed review of the play (often more interesting than the Premier) so common in the past, because the game scores have gone to Leonard Barden. Hastings this year drew 69 entrants from Western Germany alone. R. G. Wade asks us to correct a possible implication last CHESS that L. Blackstock withdrew through pique over the decision that he should play Kagan after the latter had forfeited their game under the rules by arriving more than an hour fate. Mr. Blackstock played more games, he tells us for one of which he arrived more than an hour late and was declared loser by forfeit!"


Other Sections

Main A: P. G. Moore, A. T. Richardson 6; R. E. Evans, S. Finlayson, R. P. Ross, G. N. Stokes, M. C. Truran, R. A. Walker 5½; R. J. Gamble, P. Konig, P. J. Patience, 5; J. A. Gorman, P. Gronau, J, Hollstein, M. A. Lee 4½; C. D. Carr, Dr. R. Cherubim 4; W. Wagner M. Lichte, H. Mattes, L. J. Mills 3; F. Penzel 2½; V. J. A. Russ 2/4; M. J. Coward 1/2.

Main B: P. Gruen 7½; R. Laven 7; K. Eisenbeiser, K. A. Howel, G. Klein 6; C. L. Ridley, B. Schmidt 5½; K. Bender, U. Christoffel, P. B. Cook, L. A. Trangmar, K. Wegener 5; R. G. Clark, A. Gray, L. Mouillaux, M. Muller, M. Schwickert, P. L. Zwetsloot 4½; K. S. Ashman, J, A. Felton 4; R. N. Coles, P. L. Cook, G. Drygas, B. Naujokas 3½; J. Ady 3; J. Parker 2½; K. Larem 2; W. Krebs 1/7.

Main C: G. Wagner 8; J. P. Scragg, Miss N. Tagnon 6½; J. R. Keen, R. E. Rushbrook, M. Schrewentigges, P. Urbain, R. Viktor 5½; W. R. Rayner, M. Schunk, H. Tassell 5; W. Bainbridge, J. Bycroft, Mrs. O. Chataway, R. G. Shilling 4½; J. R. Cotterell, D. T. Fairbank, B. Greis, E. W. Knapp, B. Morris 4; R. L. Baker, J. L. Bertinchamp 3½; K. Lucas 3½/8; S. R. Capsey, K. Kopke, T. V. Parrott, C. Santoy 3; E. Chambers 2.

Main D: P. Tobczewski 7½; P. J. Dyson, H. Friedrich 6½; M. Mueller 6; S. Brown, Y. Lamorelle, A. Milner 5½; E. Mitchell, E. Paschetag, K. H. Timpe 5; R. Bondikowski, A. S. M. Dickins, Mrs. Macles 4½; P. A. Baldwin, W. E. Busbridge, C. N. A. Caldicott, Mrs. L. F. Morris, X. Souane, P. Torres 4; R. Wedlich 3½; W. G. Oliver, V. Schakenberg 3; Miss E. Coulson 1½.

First Week Special A (out of 6): O. Hardy, D. James, D. Lees 4½; M. P. Cook, J. J. Essinger, J. T. Farrand 4; G. Frost, M. Goll, R. C. Lynn 3½; P. Carey, P. W. Hempson, T. W. Pelling, R. A. Wagstaff 3; R. A. Parry, B. Richards, R. J. Roberts, T. F. Thynne, J. C. Wiseman 2½; S. Blewitt, L. A. J. Glyde , M. H. Micklethwaite 2; K. J. Norbury 1½; Rev. S. Cunnane 0/2; A. Carter 0/3.

First Week Special B: R. J. Dixon, E. Houghton 5; E. J. Smith 4½; N. W. Dennis, R. J. Kearsley 4; C. W. Bryan, R. S. Thornton 3½; P. M. Morgan, J. E. Pattle, R. Quaye, A. Somerville, D. Stevenson 3; H. G. Crews, S. C. Riodan, W. Schwab 2½; B. Rathenew 2; R. M. Hedley, T. R. F. Jenkins, B. Kilgariff, R. D. Pearce 1½.

First Week Special C: R. W. Hepenstal 5½; T. Farrand, K. Griggs, T. Hare, R. W. Johnson, L. Michaelis, T. Towner 4; I. P. Strachan 3½; J. Gaster, I. R. Humphries, H. Manner, A. J. Thurgool 3; J. M. Bancroft , F. N. Copping, N. Gray, A. Norbury 2½; T. Bancroft, J. Fletcher 2; Miss M. Daniel 1; R. G. Kent 0.

New Year Special A: B. J. Little 5; H. Lamb, M. J. Lightfoot 4½; D. J. Casiot, C. A. S. Damant, A. J. Girling, V. Homolka, D. Lees 3½; D. Hess, R. C. Rusha, R. Schonfisch, P. C. Wood 3; H. J. Kruger, K. J. Thurlow 2½; R. Bosbach, D. Gleave, M. H. Micklethwaite 1½; D. Towers 1.

New Year Special B: C. Baader, J. A. Speigel 5; C. H. Evill, G. W. Naldrett 4½; J. T. Hopkins, V. Litvin 4; J. Hobden 3½; Mrs. P. Jackson, G. Murray, S. Wavell 3; P. A. Bond, Mrs. E. Crowe, F. H. Hill, J. F. S. Learner, H. F. Long 2½; G. Burnett, Mrs. F. Enns, J. W. Hatton 2; E. Newham 1.

Third Week Special A: K. S. Ashman 5; P. H. Newing, J. A. Speigel, G. P. Taylor 4; C. A. S. Damant, M. H. Micklethwaite 3½; K. R. M. Claudius, M. J. Darlow, J. A. Felton, N. McNaughton, J. D. H. Nicholas, B. H. Turner , Mrs. D. Wright 3; B. A. Fewell 2½; P. Nolan 1.

Third Week Special B: R. E. Rushbrook 5; W. E. Busbridge, E. Chambers, R. G. Harmer 4; E. Mitchell, D. Read, Rev. J. G. Whitehead 3½; W. D. Brown, G. Burnett, F. F. Jacquier 3; C. Hann, A. J. L. Wade, E. Wheeler 2½; Mrs. D. E. Thomas 2; R. Wise 1.

 


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Previously Uploaded as part of the Hastings collection some time ago.
24 September 2020 Now complete with round numbers and dates, plus crosstable and some results and games from the Challengers.
25 September 2020 Brian Denman has kindly contributed a further 11 games, ten from the Challengers and one from the Third Week Special B section.