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Monday, January 3, 2011

Hastings Chess Congress R6: Edouard, Howell, Shyam, Prasanna tie for lead

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

Hastings - A tradition in chess

Hi Everybody,

The chess fun at the Hastings Chess Congress just got exciting with a four-way tie for the lead with one French, one British and two Indians! GM Edouard Romain, GM David Howell, IM Shyam Sundar and 16-year-old Prasanna Rao are leading with five points each after six rounds.

You can check the official website here. Just don't miss FM Steve Giddins' absolutely heart-warming reports!

Ranking after six rounds
1GM EDOUARD, Romain5.0FRA26362659+0.24
2GM HOWELL, David W L5.0ENG26112717+0.76
3IM SHYAM, Sundar M5.0IND24392633+1.39
4IM PRASANNA, Rao5.0IND24002690+2.15
5GM ISTRATESCU, Andrei4.5ROU26162595-0.12
6GM KOTRONIAS, Vasilios4.5GRE25912494-0.53
7GM GORMALLY, Daniel W4.5ENG24702536+0.52
8IM RENDLE, Thomas E4.5ENG24002544+1.22
9GM HEBDEN, Mark L4.0ENG25602408-0.89
10GM SENGUPTA, Deep4.0IND25582407-0.94
11GM NEVEROV, Valeriy4.0UKR25222481-0.24
12IM DAS Arghyadip4.0IND24762344-0.81
13ANWESH, Upadhyaya4.0IND24262366-0.33
14IM WOHL, Aleksandar H4.0AUS24242509+0.71
15IM BATES, Richard A4.0ENG23702512+1.14
16IM BELLIN, Robert4.0ENG23672378+0.20
17FM ASHTON, Adam G4.0ENG23302377+0.43
18FM EGGLESTON, David J4.0ENG23072533+1.79
19FM RADOVANOVIC, Jovica4.0SRB22762336+0.43
20GRIFFITHS, Ryan Rhys4.0IRL22672385+0.72
21HANSSEN, Gunnar Berg4.0NOR22182390+1.17
22SERGIENKO, Vladislav4.0UKR21332369+1.84
Here is a great game from Round 5. You can run the moves in flash below or check in pgnplayer!

PGN: 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qc8 8.Nd2 e6 9.Ngf3 Be7 10.O-O O-O 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Nd7 13.Qc2 g6 14.h3 Bf5 15.Bxf5 gxf5 16.Nf3 Kh8 17.Ng5 Qc4 18.Qd2 Nc5 19.Rad1 Rac8 20.b3 Qa6 21.c4 dxc4 22.Qe2 Bxg5 23.Bxg5 Ne4 24.Qh5 Rg8 25.Bh4 Rg6 26.f3 Qxa2 7.g4 Nc3 28.Rf2 Qxb3 29.Rd7 Rf8 30.Be7 Qb5 31.Rfd2 fxg4 32.Bxf8 gxf3+ 33.Kh2 Qb6 34.R7d4 Ne2 35.Qxf3 Nxd4 36.Qe3 Nf3+ 0-1

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