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Gawain Jones Wins Hastings Masters

  • SonofPearl
  • on 07-01-13 10:24.


The 88th edition of the Hastings International Congress took place from 28 Dec 2012 - 5 Jan 2013.

The historic town of Hastings on the southern coast of England has hosted chess tournaments for over a century, most famously the 1895 Hastings tournament which is regarded as one of the strongest tournaments ever held.

The main 'Masters' competition was a 10-round Swiss event and Gawain Jones of England finished in first place with an undefeated 7½/10, with eight players just half a point behind.

Jones' crucial victory came in the penultimate round in a hard-fought endgame struggle.

The top finishers in the 2012/13 Hastings Masters

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2644
2 Sumets, Andrey UKR 2638 7
3 Kulaots, Kaido EST 2581 7
4 Vovk, Andrey UKR 2567 7
5 Sulskis, Sarunas LTU 2550 7
6 Vocaturo, Daniele ITA 2521 7
7 Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2516 7
8 Hawkins, Jonathan ENG 2507 7
9 Gao, Rui CHN 2450 7
10 Alsina Leal, Daniel ESP 2511
11 Hamitevici, Vladimir MDA 2440
12 Zhou, Yang-Fan ENG 2419
13 Ashton, Adam G ENG 2366
14 Burns-Mannion, Stephen R SCO 2351
15 Knott, Simon J B ENG 2325


Hastings 2012/12 Masters Champion Gawain Jones

Gawain Jones Hastings 2012.jpg






Photo by John Upham at the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 15 maanden geleden


    (born Sep-08-1994) United Kingdom
    He became a FIDE master in 2009 and an IM in 2011.
  • 16 maanden geleden


    Congratulations to: (I think he is only 16)

    12 Zhou, Yang-Fan ENG 2419


  • 16 maanden geleden


    Congrats Gwain and yes Hastings 2013 aint exactly Hastings 1895 (neither are most other tnmts) but at least there is still a Hastings Tnmt taking place and there's always the chance (or hope) it will get stronger and not weaker in future years - not to mention the hope that it will still be played in future years to come!

  • 16 maanden geleden


    The final shown game (from round 9) looks like Gawain showed fine endgame technique (including in the Q+R+R vs. Q+R+R game starting on move 34), but black leaves the impressions of having made multiple mistakes throughout.  A stronger defender for black may have saved this.

  • 16 maanden geleden


    Me too. 

  • 16 maanden geleden


    I agree with the teapot.

  • 16 maanden geleden


    I am not knocking GJ, but it is sad to see a great tournament decline like that.

  • 16 maanden geleden


    No crazy queen sacrifices this time? Anyway, congratulations for your fabulous performance Gawain, your games are classy!

  • 16 maanden geleden


    Well Played Gwain. Nice dragon and cool controlled white play!!

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