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Monday, December 26, 2011

87th Hastings International Chess Congress begins December 28

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The world’s first ever FIDE-rated Blitz 
chess tournament will take place at the White Rock Hotel, 
Hastings on Monday 2nd January. 

Hello everyone,

The 87th Hastings International Chess Congress - one of the most popular traditional chess events of all time - will take place from December 28 to January 5. Top seed in the Masters Tournament is Chinese grandmaster Wang Yue. Aged 24, Wang is the highest rated player from China to date. He reached No 11 in world rankings at his peak but is currently ranked 49th in the world. English grandmaster, David Howell, is the second highest rated entry, and he played in the prestigious London Classic at Olympia which ended last week.

Along with the Masters Tournament, there are Christmas and New Year events for more casual players running concurrently and a Weekend Tournament midway through the Congress. It is not to late to enter and entries can be taken on the first day of play.

English grandmaster, Chris Ward, will be giving a daily commentary on the leading Masters games which will also be broadcast on the congress website.
As in previous years, evening events are a part of the Congress programme. This year there will be a new addition when the World’s first FIDE-rated Blitz takes place at the White Rock Hotel on Monday 2nd January. The familiar Pairs Competition at the Pig in Paradise is on 29th December.

The organisers thank Hastings Borough Council for their continuing generous support. Thanks also to the White Rock Hotel, the Lansdowne Hotel, Deutsch, KC Computers, Orion Energy and the Pig in Paradise. You can find more details at the official website.

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