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79th Hastings International

December 28 2003 - January 5, 2004
Play over Jonathan Rowson's games from Hastings

GM Jonathan Rowson won the Hastings Premier with one of the best ever individual performances by a Scot. Jonathan, seeded 6th, was unbeaten with a 6/9 score and tied first with Vasilios Kotronias of Cyprus.

The prizes were presented by Cllr. Phil Scott the Mayor of Hastings following a reception given by the Chairman and Trustees of Horntye Park. Jonathan is pictured holding the trophy, Mayor Scott on left and Vasilios Kotronias on right.

PREMIER final standings:

1= Jonathan Rowson (Scotland) 6/9, Vasilios Kotronias (Cyprus); 3. Vladimir Epishin (Russia) 5.5/9; 4. Abhijit Kunte (India) 5/9; 5. Peter Heine Nielsen (Denmark) 4.5/9; 6= Mark Hebden (England) 4/9; Kateryna Lahno (Ukraine); 8= Alexander Cherniaev (Russia) 3.5/9; Stuart Conquest (England); 10. Danny Gormally (England) 3/9.

First Prize winners shared the first and second prizes each receiving £1025. Third prize was £500.

 

Premier players plus arbiter Stewart Reuben line up to present a cake to 14-year-old Kateryna Lahno of Ukraine. The Horntye Sports Complex which hosts the Congress. Jonathan Rowson in serious mood before the start of round 5.

Rowson,J (2541) - Epishin,V (2658) [E36]
Premier Hastings ENG (9), 05.01.2004

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 d5 5 a3 Be7 6 Nf3 Nbd7 7 Bf4 c6 8 e3 Nh5 9 Be5 0-0 10 h3 Nxe5 11 dxe5 g6 12 0-0-0 b5 13 cxb5 cxb5 14 Bxb5 Bb7 15 Nd4 Rc8 16 Qa4 Rc5 17 g4 Ng7 18 Kb1 a6 19 Be2 Qc7 20 f4 Rb8 21 Na2 Bc8 22 Rc1 Qb7 23 Nb4 a5 24 Rxc5 Bxc5 25 Qxa5 Bb6 26 Qa4 g5 27 Qd1 gxf4 28 exf4 Bd7 29 Qd2 Ba5 30 Rc1 h6 31 Rc5 Bxb4 32 axb4 Qxb4 33 Qc3 Qxc3 34 Rxc3 Rb4 35 Rd3 Bb5 36 Nxb5 Rxb5 37 Rd4 Rb8 38 b4 Ne8 39 Kb2 Kf8 40 b5 Ke7 41 Ra4 Nc7 42 h4 Rb7 43 g5 h5 44 Ra5 d4 45 Bc4 Ne8 46 Kb3 Ng7 47 Bd3 Nf5 48 Bxf5 exf5 49 Kc4 Rd7 50 Kd3 Rd5 51 Ra7+ Ke6 52 Kc4 Rd8 53 Ra6+ Ke7 54 Rd6 Rc8+ 55 Kb4 Rc1 56 Rxd4 Rh1 57 b6 1-0

The crucial last round game v top seed Epishin.

Premier line up: EPISHIN, Vladimir gm 2658 Russia; KOTRONIAS, Vasilios gm 2626 Cyprus; NEILSEN, Peter Heine gm 2626 Denmark; HEBDEN, Mark gm 2560 England; CONQUEST, Stuart gm 2545 England; ROWSON, Jonathan gm 2541 Scotland; KUNTE, Abhijit gm 2535 India; LAHNO, Kateryna im Ukraine; CHERNIAEV, Alexander im 2476 Russia; GORMALLY, Daniel im 2471 England.

Much interest focused on 8th seed Kateryna Lahno from Ukraine who celebrated her 14th birthday on December 27. Lahno is rated 2486 (equivalent to a no.3 ranking in Scotland!). Follow all the games live at Hastingschess.org.uk

Several Scots competed in the subsidiary Challengers event: SHAW John im 2465; McNAB Colin gm 2379; MANNION Stephen im 2348; MUIR Andrew im 2294; GOURLAY Iain 2275; GRANT Alan 2258; FLOCKHART Hugh; MACGILCHRIST Siegrun; MACRAE James.

CHALLENGERS top standings were: 1. Zahar Efimenko(Ukraine) 7.5/9; 2= Bogdan Lalic(England); Colin McNab (Scotland), Bartosz Socko (Poland) 7/9.

 

 


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