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Hastings Congress 2009-10

Round 1

Leader of Hastings Borough Council Jeremy Birch opening the Congress with Chairman Paul Smith (left) and Deputy Mayor Alan Roberts

The Deputy Mayor making the opening move for German fm Jurgen Kaufeld

The Council Leader making the opening reply for local favourite and third seed GM David Howell of Seaford.

Top seeded Grandmaster Romain Edouard from France

Vladislav Sergienko, FIDE rated 2133 from Ukraine

2nd seeded Romanian Grandmaster Andrei YIstratescu playing "be lucky" Chinmay Kulkarni from India

Boards 13 - 15 in the first round. Playing White are Ian Snape, Bhuvanesh Ramnath and Gunnar Berg Hanssen. Playing Black are Alan Grant and Upadhyaya Anwesh.
Round 2

International Master Rao Prasanna from India

German fm Jurgen Kaufeld and Yao Yao Zhu from China


Women's International Master Yemi Jelsen from Indonesia

Richard Almond, joint Hastings club champion, alongside Tristan Clayton and WFM Rasa Norinkeviciute, a fellow member of the Hastings chess club.

Oksana Neverova playing in the Christmas Afternoon tournament, the wife of three time winner of the Masters GM Valerij Neverov

GM Chris Ward providing the daily commentary
The Pairs Tournament at the Pig in Paradise

Local Hastings club plyers Francis Rayner and Jude Lenier playing white in the Pairs 

Jurgen Brustkern and Martin Lichte

GM Mark Hebden and Steve Rush

Local players Steve Blewitt and Omer Namouk

IM Thomas Rendle and Lateefah Messam-Sparks who won the tournament
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Hannah Dale and John Sargent
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Last year's winners Amy Hoare and IM Jack Rudd
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Tournament controllers Chris Howell and Marc Bryant
Christmas Morning Prizewinners
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Niloy Charaborty (India) joint winner Christmas Morning "D" (3.5 / 4)
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Geoffrey Naldrett (Insurance) also joint winner Christmas Morning "D" (3.5 / 4)
Weekend Tournament
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Adam Taylor about to start his game in the Weekend Tournament. He won both his sections in the Xmas AM and PM events.
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Congress treasurer Ann Penfold collects entry fees for the Weekend Tournament.
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Stuart Conquest plays James Essinger in the final round of the Weekend tournament
ECF President CJ de Moii pays  visit on Sunday
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ECF President CJ de Moii presents an outdoor set to Claire Power of IN2PLAY, a local children's organisation
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ECF President CJ de Moii talking to the players at the start of round 6
Future stars playing in the junior congress
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73 juniors played in the Sussex Junior Chess U11 and U18 events as part of the congress at a nearby school
Weekend Tournament prizewinners
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U-120 winner Yang-Jian Zhou South Croydon
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Minor winner Phil Foley (Rainham)
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Jurgen Brustkern (GER) 2= Open
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GM Stuart Conquest Open Winner
Masters Round 9
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GM Deep Sengupta
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IM Arghyadip Das
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IM Rao Prasanna
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GM Andrei Istratescu (ROU)

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- Thanks to Con Power / Pam Thomas

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