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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

86th Hastings International Chess Congress begins today

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Hello Everyone,

The 2010-11 Hastings International Chess Congress - 86th edition - will take place from December 28, 2010 to  January 5, 2011.

This historic annual event is once again being sponsored by the Hastings Borough Council with support by the The White Rock Hotel, Deutsch Limited, KC Computers, Gwalia Resources, KC Computers and the Pig in Paradise Horntye Park Sports Complex will again provide the excellent venue giving spectators the chance to enjoy a feast of chess including the entertaining live commentary given by grandmaster Chris Ward. Admission is free for spectators

As in other years, the event will comprise several tournaments providing something for all levels of player. The 9-round Masters Tournament will include a line-up of invited international grandmasters and masters. The Christmas Morning and Christmas Afternoon are both 4-round tournaments. The 28th Hastings Weekend Congress will be a 5-round event taking place on 1st and 2nd January. This will be followed by a five-round New Year Tournament.

Keep track of all the action at the official website here. The list of this year's Congress is here including 
  • EDOUARD Romain, FRA, gm, 2636
  • ISTRATESCU Andrei, ROU, gm, 2616
  • HOWELL David, ENG, gm, 2611
  • KOTRONIAS Vasilios, GRE, gm, 2591
  • HEBDEN Mark, ENG, gm, 2560
  • SENGUPTA Deep, IND, gm, 2558
  • NEVEROV Valeriy, UKR, gm, 2522
  • WILLIAMS Simon, ENG, gm, 2493
  • DAS Arghyadip, IND, im, 2476
  • GORMALLY Daniel, ENG, gm, 2470

A nice article about the significance to the congress of the Hastings Pier written by Stewart Reuben is here.

A photo of the pier with a poster advertising the 72nd 
Congress that started in December 1996 in the foreground.

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  • At December 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Chess in the terrible cold of England sure does keep us warm. I love the Hastings and have been following it for at least the last six years! Super tourney. Of course nice to have the London Chess Classic added to my year-end calendar also.


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