Vocaturo leads at the 88th Hastings Masters
02.01.2013 – 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.
- Princeton University – ‘World Series’ of college chess brings top players to Princeton (justapawninthisworld.wordpress.com)
- Gawain Jones has strong British tradition on his side at Hastings (guardian.co.uk)