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Hastings Congress 2007-08

 The Mayor (Cllr. Maureen Charlesworth) and Hastings MP (Michael Foster) make the opening move for Vladimir Georgiev against Florian Dinger.

Grandmaster Vadim Malakhatko representing Belgium playing German master Sebastian Bogner of Germany on board 1

 Stewart Reuben making the announcements at the Opening Ceremony

David Welsh making the announcements at the Opening Ceremony

Grandmaster Stuart Conquest and International Master Yochanan Afex from Israel

Ukranian Master Petr Marusenko

 Hebden and Malakhatko starting their game.

 The Pairs Tournament at the Pig in Paradise. Joint winners IM Thomas Rendle and ex-professional snooker player Steve Rush.

On Wednesday 2nd January the annual chess quiz was held at the Pig in Paradise. Publicity Officer, Pam Thomas, presents the winning pair (James Mansson and Petr Marusenko) with their prize.

 The start of Steve Rush's snooker exhibition. Here he is ready to take on the challenge of Grandmaster Gawain Jones (Steve is an ex-snooker professional and a regular player at the Congress and has been giving these exhibitions for some years)

 Gawain Jones lines up a red.

Mark Hebden lines up a shot.

 Danny Gormally sets the balls up for a new game.

Simon Williams - Vadim Malakhatko 

Mark Hebden- Nidjat Mamedov

Hastings Club member Rasa Norinkeviciute (Federation: Lithuania) waiting to play Rhys Cumming of Crowborough Chess Club

Jovanka Houska

Mamedov - Chatalbashev in Round 9 of the Masters

Start of the Weekend Congress on Saturday 5th January

The playing hall pictured from the balcony

Malakhatko - Pavlovic

All quiet in the hall - The lull ....

before the storm

Final Round 10   Mamedov v Malakhatko 

Gawain Jones receiving =4th prize from Hastings & Rye MP Michael Foster

Alan Hustwayte presenting prize for performance against rating to

M.Bryant (Hastings) receiving prize for New Year "C" from Gerry Walsh Chairman ECF

Glenn Flear receiving = 4th prize from MP Hastings & Rye Michael Foster 

Cllr.P.Smith Chairman Hastings International Chess Congress presenting prize to J.Brustkern winner Christmas AM "A"

Glenn Flear giving speech on behalf of players + S.Reuben, G.Walsh

Cllr Maureen Charlesworth Mayor of Hastings presenting Golombek Trophy winners  V.Malakhatko (Bel)   N.Mamedev (Aze) V.Neverov(Ukr)

Simon Williams achieved GM title subject to FIDE ratification v. Vadim Malakhatko

The playing hall pictured from the balcony

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