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Vocaturo leads at the 88th Hastings Masters

1/2/2013 – This famous turn-of-the-year tournament is held in the seaside town on the south coast of England. This year it includes 13 GMs and players from 22 countries, as far afield as New Zealand, Indonesia, Iceland and the USA. At the half-way mark the Italian GM Daniele Vocaturo leads, with 4.5/5 points. We bring you results and games, and some remarkable player portraits by John Upham.
 

The 88th Hastings Masters is under way, lasting from December 28, 2012 to January 6th, 2013. Games start at 2:15 p.m. GMT each day, and there is live coverage on the official web site and Playchess.com. The participants of the Masters Tournament include 13 grandmasters and players from 22 countries, as far afield as New Zealand and Indonesia, Iceland and the USA. Local and regional players are also well represented. There are tournaments for all playing strengths, and for spectators (entry free!) there is daily commentary on the Masters Tournament given by the English grandmaster Chris Ward. This Congress provides an entertaining feast of chess, but in addition Hastings also provides a wide variety of galleries, museums and quirky shops to interest non-chess playing accompanying family or friends. The Chess Congress is sponsored by Hastings Borough Council.


Hastings, in East Sussex on the south coast of England [View Larger Map]

Top ranking after round 5 (Wednesday, 02 January 2013)

Rank Name
Score
Fed.
Rating
TPR
W-We
1 GM Vocaturo, Daniele
4.5
ITA
2521
2630
+0.48
2 GM Jones, Gawain C B
4.0
ENG
2644
2664
+0.12
3 GM Sumets, Andrey
4.0
UKR
2638
2598
-0.13
4 GM Sulskis, Sarunas
4.0
LTU
2550
2612
+0.44
5 GM Alsina Leal, Daniel
4.0
ESP
2511
2572
+0.39
6 IM Gao, Rui
4.0
CHN
2450
2668
+1.43
7 IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur
4.0
ISL
2404
2728
+2.06
8 GM Pert, Nicholas
3.5
ENG
2557
2481
-0.40
9 IM Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn
3.5
ISL
2516
2533
+0.11
10 IM Hawkins, Jonathan
3.5
ENG
2507
2475
-0.09
11 IM Hamitevici, Vladimir
3.5
MDA
2440
2311
-0.65
12 IM Panjwani, Raja
3.5
CAN
2402
2500
+0.51
13 IM Farid, Firman Syah
3.5
INA
2338
2414
+0.42
14 IM Knott, Simon J B
3.5
ENG
2325
2206
-0.57
15 IM Rudd, Jack
3.5
ENG
2288
2441
+0.98
16 WIM Sihite, Chelsie Monica
3.5
INA
2277
2386
+0.55
17 Kirk, Ezra
3.5
ENG
2254
2411
+1.02
18 Duff, Rufus
3.5
ENG
2114
2371
+1.60
19 McKenna, Jason P
3.5
ENG
2102
2410
+1.95

Pictures from Hastings 2013 by John Upham


The Horntye Park Sports Complex in Hastings, where the event is being held


In the lead: GM Daniele Vocaturo, ITA, 2521, 4.5/5 points, TPR 2630


In second place: GM Gawain Jones, 2644, ENG, 4.0/5, TPR 2664


Fourth: GM Sarunas Sulskis, 2550, LTU, 4.0/5, TPR 2612


Fifth: GM Daniel Alsina Leal, 2511, ESP, 4.0/5, TPR 2572


IM Rui Gao, 2450, CHN 4.0/5, TPR 2668


Seventh: IM Gudmundur Kjartansson, 2404, ISL, 4.0/5, TPR 2728


Eighth: GM Nicholas Pert, 2557, ENG 3.5/5, TPR 2481


Ninth: IM Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson, 2516, ISL, 3.5/5, TPR 2533


Tenth: IM Jonathan Hawkins, 2507, ENG, 3.5/4, TPR 2475


12th: IM Raja Panjwani, 2402, CAN, 3.5 /5, TPR 2500


14th: IM Simon Knott, 2325, ENG, 3.5/5, TPR 2206


17th: Ezra Kirk, 2254, ENG, 3.5/5, TPR 2411


18th: Rufus Duff, 2114, ENG, 3.5/5, TPR 2371


20th: GM Kaido Kulaots, 2581, EST, 3.0/5, TPR 2494


32nd: FM Alisa Melekhina, 2221, USA, 3.0/5, TPR 2183


50th: WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni, 2169, LUX, 2.0/5, TPR 2058


55th: Chino Atako, 2117, ENG, 2.0/5, TPR 2144


69th: Brian Tarhon, 1844 ENG, 2.0/5, TPR 1962


BCM photographer John Upham, who specialises in chess, table tennis and motor sport...


... and wields a Nikon D700 with Nikkor 28-70/2.8 and 80-200/2.8. John generally works
without a flash and produces wonderful bokeh. You can see more of his work here.

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