By Nick Murphy
Since it's inception in 1920, Hastings has become one of the most famous tournaments in the world, and has played host to some of the greatest names in chess history. Every World Champion up to and including Anatoly Karpov (except Bobby Fischer) played at Hastings at some point.
This year Deep Sengupta entered his name into the illustrious list of Hastings winners. He scored 7.0/9 and lost only to IM Bobby Cheng of Australia and beat players such Mark Hebden (UK) and Alexandr Fier (Brazil).
Tournament winner Deep Sengupta
||GM||RASMUSSEN Allan Stig||DEN||2502||6,0|
||GM||GORMALLY Daniel W||ENG||2493||5,5|
||GM||HEBDEN Mark L||ENG||2492||5,5|
||GM||FLEAR Glenn C||ENG||2428||5,5|
||FM||THYBO Jesper Sondergaard||DEN||2352||5,5|
||IM||BATES Richard A||ENG||2347||5,5|
||PLAYER Edmund C||ENG||2239||5,5|
||FM||GARRIGA CAZORLA Pere||ESP||2386||5,0|
||IM||LEDGER Andrew J||ENG||2377||5,0|
||FM||TEH Eu Wen Aron||MAS||2279||5,0|
||SCOTT Gordon W||ENG||2198||5,0|
||RAMSDAL Jens Albert||DEN||2190||5,0|
||FM||EAMES Robert S||ENG||2187||5,0|
||HEALEY Michael W||ENG||2173||5,0|
||FOO William J||ENG||2145||5,0|
||GM||ARKELL Keith C||ENG||2447||4,5|
... 99 players
English FM Ravi Haria also had a good tournament. He scored 6.5/9 which brought him his second IM norm . Here's his win against Grandmaster Danny Gormally.
But star of the tournament was undoubtedly 11-year old Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu of India, the world's youngest International Master. He did not lose a single game and finished with 6.5/9 to share second place. The following wild game against Danish Grandmaster Allan Stig Rasmussen shows his potential.
Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu, born August 10, 2005, the youngest International Master of all time.
He became an IM when he was 10 years, 10 months and 19 days old.
This year's congress was held in memory of Con Power, director of the Hastings Chess Congress from about 1980 to 2014. He passed away with his family by his side on Friday 6th May 2016.
Photos: Brendan O'Gorman