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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hastings Chess Congress: David Howell leads after four rounds

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2011

Hello Everyone,

Grandmaster David Howell leads at the Hastings International Chess Congress after four rounds. You can find some real delightful reports at the official website here.

Sample these headlines:

  • Fried chickens and impossible missions - Round 1
  • Clueless - Round 2
  • Sex, Lies and Audio Chess Tape - Round 3
  • Film 2011 - Round 4
You can also read the history of this amazing Chess Congress that is now in its 86th year here.

Standings after four rounds

1GM HOWELL, David W L4.0ENG26113142+1.00
2IM RENDLE, Thomas E3.5ENG24002706+1.36
3GM EDOUARD, Romain3.0FRA26362516-0.44
4GM ISTRATESCU, Andrei3.0ROU26162572-0.17
5GM HEBDEN, Mark L3.0ENG25602402-0.55
6GM SENGUPTA, Deep3.0IND25582453-0.37
7GM NEVEROV, Valeriy3.0UKR25222584+0.34
8GM GORMALLY, Daniel W3.0ENG24702489+0.09
9IM PERT, Richard G3.0ENG24642500+0.18
10IM SHYAM, Sundar M3.0IND24392550+0.56
11GM SUMMERSCALE, Aaron3.0ENG24342405-0.11
12ANWESH, Upadhyaya3.0IND24262349-0.30
13IM WOHL, Aleksandar H3.0AUS24242565+0.75
14IM SWAPNIL, S Dhopade3.0IND24092454+0.33
15IM PRASANNA, Rao3.0IND24002586+0.98
16IM BATES, Richard A3.0ENG23702558+0.97
17IM BELLIN, Robert3.0ENG23672403+0.28
18FM EGGLESTON, David J3.0ENG23072582+1.44
19FM RAMONDINO, Renzo3.0ITA22572474+0.82
20ROYSET, Paal3.0NOR21712301+0.55
Some young ladies at the Hastings Congress!

Yao Yao Zhu

Yemi Jelsen

Hannah Dale

And, a nice game. You can run the moves through our pgnplayer or watch in flash below.

PGN: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e6 7.g4 b5 8.Bg2 Bb7 9.O-O Be7?? 10.e5! Bxg2 11.exf6 Bxf1 12.fxe7 Qxe7 13.Qxf1 O-O 14.b3 Rc8 15.Bb2 Nc6 16.Qd3 Ne5 17.Qe3 Ng6 18.Rd1 Qa7 19.Rd2 Rc7 20.Qg3 b4 21.Nd1 Qc5 22.Nf3 Rac8 23.Ne3 Rd7 24.h4 Ne7 25.h5 Qa5 26.h6 f6 27.Rxd6 Qc7 28.Rxd7 Qxd7 29.hxg7 e5 30.g5 1-0

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