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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hastings Chess Congress 2009-10:round 2

The traditional  Hastings Chess Congress  is taking place in Hastings, England from   December 28, 2009 until January 5, 2010. The congress has  a number of tournaments, the main one being the Hastings Masters Tournament. This year's tournament has attracted the following top-rate players:

DROZDOVSKIJ Yuri, UKR, gm, 2625
HRACEK Zbrynek, CZE, gm, 2624
EDOUARD Romain, FRA, gm, 2620
ISTRATESCU Andrei, ROU, gm, 2624
HOWELL David, ENG, gm, 2597
WILLIAMS Simon, ENG, gm, 2550
HEBDEN Mark, ENG, gm, 2522
ARKELL Keith, ENG, gm 2464
SHALNEV Nikolai, GER, gm, 2450
COLLINS Sam, IRL, im, 2431
PHILIPPE Christophe, FRA, im, 2430
BREDER Dennis, GER, im, 2427
GREET Andrew, ENG, im, 2423
MARTIN Andrew, ENG, im, 2423
ZDEBSKAJA Natalia, UKR, wgm, 2408


source: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/news_view.asp?ID=265


Here are the standings after 2 rounds of play:

Ranking after round 2 (Tuesday, 29 December 2009)

Rank
Name
Flags
Score
Fed.
M/F
Rating
TPR
W-We
1
2
1
GM Istratescu, Andrei

2.0
ROU
M
2624
3064
+0.31
1
1
2
GM Edouard, Romain

2.0
FRA
M
2620
3095
+0.38
1
1
3
GM Howell, David W L

2.0
ENG
M
2597
3043
+0.31
1
1
4
GM Hebden, Mark L

2.0
ENG
M
2522
2976
+0.33
1
1
5
GM Arkell, Keith C

2.0
ENG
M
2464
3022
+0.54
1
1
6
FM Hawkins, Jonathan

2.0
ENG
M
2383
3101
+0.96
1
1
7
Mitchell, Martin

2.0
SCO
M
2195
3144
+1.55
1
1
8
Williams, Peter A

2.0
ENG
M
2012
2913
+1.43
1
1
9
GM Drozdovskij, Yuri

1.5
UKR
M
2625
2555
-0.14
1
½
10
GM Hracek, Zbynek

1.5
CZE
M
2624
2468
-0.28
½
1
11
GM Gormally, Daniel W

1.5
ENG
M
2479
2432
-0.07
1
½
12
IM Philippe, Christophe

1.5
FRA
M
2430
2385
-0.09
½
1
13
IM Breder, Dennis

1.5
GER
M
2427
2619
+0.50
1
½
14
IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur

1.5
ISL
M
2391
2356
-0.07
½
1
15
IM Ansell, Simon T

1.5
ENG
M
2387
2361
-0.05
½
1
16
FM Eggleston, David J

1.5
ENG
M
2367
2336
-0.07
½
1
17
IM Kolbus, Dietmar

1.5
GER
M
2355
2311
-0.09
½
1
18
IM Knott, Simon J B

1.5
ENG
M
2348
2518
+0.45
1
½
19
FM Lorscheid, Gerhard

1.5
GER
M
2348
2319
-0.06
½
1
20
IM Prosviriakov, Vladimir

1.5
USA
M
2311
2354
+0.11
½
1
21
FM Eames, Robert S

1.5
ENG
M
2276
2519
+0.58
½
1
22
CM Kwiatkowski, Feliks J

1.5
ENG
M
2248
2361
+0.31
½
1
23
Franklin, Samuel G A

1.5
ENG
M
2139
2391
+0.63
1
½
24
Straub, Peter

1.5
GER
M
2122
2387
+0.64
1
½
25
Demac, Elias

1.5
NOR
M
2084
2300
+0.54
1
½
26
Jackson, James P

1.5
ENG
M
2067
2183
+0.33
½
1
27
Spanton, Tim R

1.5
ENG
M
2026
2149
+0.38
1
½
28
Grant, David J

1.5
ENG
M
2020
2223
+0.26
+
½
29
Doran, Chris

1.5
ENG
M
1963
2363
+1.02
½
1
30
Niloy, Chakraborty

1.5
IND
M
1800 *
2338
0
1
½

The official tournament website is at: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/

Live games can be followed by clicking on the following link: http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/live.htm

Best wishes to all the players in this year's tournament!

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