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1/7/2017 – The Hastings International Chess Congress is an annual chess festival with a long and rich tradition. The top event was the Hastings Masters, which took place 29th December to 5th January 2017. Deep Sengupta of India took clear first with 7.0/9, half a point clear of five players with 6.5/9 each. Among them was the world's youngest International Master, Indian talent Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu.
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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

Final standings after 9 rounds

Rk. SNo     Name FED RtgI Pts.
1 4
 
GM SENGUPTA Deep IND 2575 7,0
2 9
 
IM GALYAS Miklos HUN 2473 6,5
  11
 
IM PRAGGNANANDHAA R IND 2452 6,5
  16
 
GM LALIC Bogdan CRO 2443 6,5
  18
 
IM DAS Arghyadip IND 2399 6,5
  20
 
FM HARIA Ravi ENG 2382 6,5
7 1
 
GM SETHURAMAN S.P. IND 2647 6,0
  2
 
GM FIER Alexandr BRA 2590 6,0
  3
 
GM GLEDURA Benjamin HUN 2584 6,0
  5
 
GM KARTHIKEYAN Murali IND 2530 6,0
  6
 
GM RASMUSSEN Allan Stig DEN 2502 6,0
  13
 
IM TAN Justin AUS 2451 6,0
13 7
 
GM GORMALLY Daniel W ENG 2493 5,5
  8
 
GM HEBDEN Mark L ENG 2492 5,5
  10
 
IM KJARTANSSON Gudmundur ISL 2468 5,5
  12
 
FM HANSEN Mads DEN 2452 5,5
  15
 
IM CHENG Bobby AUS 2446 5,5
  17
 
GM FLEAR Glenn C ENG 2428 5,5
  25
 
FM THYBO Jesper Sondergaard DEN 2352 5,5
  27
 
IM BATES Richard A ENG 2347 5,5
  33
 
  PLAYER Edmund C ENG 2239 5,5
  36
 
WGM MAISURADZE Nino FRA 2231 5,5
  38
 
IM MARUSENKO Petr UKR 2214 5,5
  41
 
FM LYELL Mark ENG 2203 5,5
  63
 
  BOINO Claudio POR 2066 5,5
26 19
 
FM GARRIGA CAZORLA Pere ESP 2386 5,0
  21
 
IM LEDGER Andrew J ENG 2377 5,0
  23
 
IM SIVA Mahadevan IND 2360 5,0
  24
 
IM BELLIN Robert ENG 2353 5,0
  30
 
FM TEH Eu Wen Aron MAS 2279 5,0
  32
 
WIM VAISHALI R IND 2254 5,0
  35
 
IM PROSVIRIAKOV Vladimir USA 2236 5,0
  42
 
  SCOTT Gordon W ENG 2198 5,0
  44
 
  RAMSDAL Jens Albert DEN 2190 5,0
  45
 
FM EAMES Robert S ENG 2187 5,0
  49
 
  HEALEY Michael W ENG 2173 5,0
  54
 
  FOO William J ENG 2145 5,0
38 14
 
GM ARKELL Keith C ENG 2447 4,5

... 99 players

Source: chess-results.com

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.

 

Ravi Haria

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.

Games

 

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

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sepuraman sepuraman 1/7/2017 10:36
Wasn't the first Hastings tournament in 1896? I remember playing at what was billed the centenary congress in 1996.
Kenneth Thomas Kenneth Thomas 1/8/2017 02:19
Actually, the first Hastings tournament was in 1895 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hastings_1895_chess_tournament). Perhaps you played in a 1995-96 event, which would be the centenary. I am not sure when Hastings went to its current format playing over New Year's.
benedictralph benedictralph 1/9/2017 08:06
I'm sorry, but this kid's parents are not going to allow him to excel at chess. He will eventually be "advised" to become a doctor, lawyer or engineer so he can earn a good salary and raise a family. Most Asians have this mindset (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).
austin_guy austin_guy 1/9/2017 06:21
LOL @benedictralph. Do you know the family or are you just another wacko internet chess troll? lmao
benedictralph benedictralph 1/10/2017 12:30
@austin_guy:

I know some Indians and their culture. Of course, you're probably just another SJW who likely refuses to admit there are any differences AT ALL between people. Hitler is long dead; stop worrying.
melomaniak melomaniak 1/10/2017 09:58
I\m sorry but why are computers allowed to compete against humans. We saw what happened with Deep Fritz, Deep Junior, Deep Blue, now Deep Sengupta, do we know what hardware he was running on?
Reshuaggarwal Reshuaggarwal 1/11/2017 01:28
@benedictralph actually I agree with @austin_guy do you know the family? if the family has supported this kid for so long and he is doing so well, why would they stop him...? you comment is more of a criticism on Indian culture, stick to chess in this forum.. your limited understanding and few friends does not make you an authority on Indian culture...
ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 1/11/2017 08:15
prodigious performance by praggnanda!
benedictralph benedictralph 1/11/2017 12:00
@Reshuaggarwal

Another SJW. The Internet these days is full of them.

"you comment is more of a criticism on Indian culture..."

Really? This is what I said:

"Most Asians have this mindset (which isn't necessarily a bad thing)".
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