CG Hastings brackets

Here is a list of all the Hastings tournaments that can be found in <CG>’s <Tournament Index>. The tournament titles are taken directly from the <CG> tournament page for each. The table lists N_players, N_games, tid, EventDate and the two “Bracket” dates.  The brackets are taken from the start and finish of the alphanumerically sorted list of Dates of all the games belonging to each tournament.

# Summer Congresses
79221       22    231    1895.08.05    1895.08.05    1895.09.02     Hastings (1895)
79959       12     57    1919.08.11    1919.08.11    1919.08.22     Hastings (1919)
79281        6     30    1922.09.10    1922.09.10    1922.09.21     Hastings (1922)

# First <CG> Christmas Congress / Premier; 1920/21 and 1922/23 are missing. 
83417       10     45    1923.12.27    1923.12.27    1924.01.04     Hastings (1923/24)
79203       10     27    1925.12.28    1925.12.28    1926.01.05     Hastings (1925/26)
79948       10     45    1926.12.28    1926.12.28    1927.01.06     Hastings (1926/27)
79955       10     25    1927.12.28    1927.12.28    1928.01.06     Hastings (1927/28)
79960       10     45    1928.12.27    1928.12.27    1929.01.05     Hastings (1928/29)
79961       10     25    1929.12.27    1929.12.27    1930.01.04     Hastings (1929/30)
79971       10     32    1930.12.29    1930.12.29    1931.01.07     Hastings (1930/31)
79479       10     44    1933.12.27    1933.12.27    1934.01.05     Hastings (1933/34)
79240       10     45    1934.12.27    1934.12.27    1935.01.05     Hastings (1934/35)
79480       10     45    1936.12.28    1936.12.28    1937.01.06     Hastings (1936/37)
79632       10     45    1937.12.28    1937.12.28    1938.01.06     Hastings (1937/38)
79956       10     45    1938.12.28    1938.12.28    1939.01.06     Hastings (1938/39)
79968        7      7    1939.12.28    1939.12.28    1940.01.03     Hastings (1939/40)
81961       12     66    1945.12.28    1945.12.28    1946.01.09     Hastings (1945/46)
79982       10     45    1946.12.30    1946.12.30    1947.01.08     Hastings (1946/47)
84881       10     45    1948.01.02    1948.01.02    1949.01.08     Hastings (1948/49)
80935       10     45    1951.12.27    1951.12.27    1952.01.05     Hastings (1951/52)
79989       10     45    1952.12.30    1952.12.30    1953.01.08     Hastings (1952/53)
83418       10     45    1953.12.30    1953.12.30    1954.01.08     Hastings (1953/54)
79983       10     45    1954.12.29    1954.12.29    1955.01.07     Hastings (1954/55)
81914       10     45    1955.12.28    1955.12.28    1956.01.06     Hastings (1955/56)
79990       10     45    1956.12.27    1956.12.27    1957.01.05     Hastings (1956/57)
79957       10     45    1957.12.28    1957.12.28    1958.01.06     Hastings (1957/58)
79992        9     13    1958.12.29    1958.12.29    1959.01.06     Hastings (1958/59)
83482       10     45    1959.12.30    1959.12.30    1960.12.31     Hastings (1959/60)
80945       10     45    1960.12.28    1960.12.28    1961.01.06     Hastings (1960/61)
80933       10     45    1961.12.27    1961.12.27    1962.01.05     Hastings (1961/62)
83132       10     45    1962.12.27    1962.12.27    1963.01.05     Hastings (1962/63)
80934       10     45    1963.12.30    1963.12.30    1964.01.08     Hastings (1963/64)
83481       10     45    1966.12.28    1966.12.28    1967.01.06     Hastings (1966/67)
80928       10     45    1967.12.27    1967.12.27    1968.01.05     Hastings (1967/68)
80931       12     66    1968.12.28    1968.12.28    1969.01.08     Hastings (1968/69)
83609       10     45    1969.??.??    1969.01.05    1970.01.07     Hastings (1969/70)
80932       10     45    1970.12.29    1970.12.29    1971.01.07     Hastings (1970/71)
79508       16    120    1971.12.29    1971.12.29    1972.01.15     Hastings (1971/72)
80936       16    120    1973.12.27    1973.12.27    1974.01.13     Hastings (1973/74)
81036       15    105    1977.12.28    1977.12.28    1978.01.14     Hastings (1977/78)
84538       16    120    1980.01.05    1980.01.05    1981.??.??     Hastings (1980/81) (1980)
80033       10     45    1997.12.29    1997.12.29    1998.01.07     Hastings (1997/98)
80041       10     45    1998.12.29    1998.12.29    1999.01.07     Hastings (1998/99)
79455       10     45    2000.12.28    2000.12.28    2001.01.05     Hastings (2000/01)
39513       10     45    2002.12.28    2002.12.28    2003.01.05     Hastings (2002/03)
40153       10     43    2003.12.28    2003.12.28    2004.01.05     Hastings (2003/04)
50445       98    339    2005.12.28    2005.12.28    2006.01.06     Hastings Chess Congress (2006)
55419      100    432    2006.12.28    2006.12.01    2007.01.05     Hastings Chess Congress (2007)
63556      103    499    2007.12.28    2007.12.28    2008.01.06     83rd Hastings Chess Congress (2008)
66936      105    444    2008.12.28    2008.12.28    2009.01.05     Hastings Chess Congress (2009)
70411      108    456    2009.12.28    2009.12.28    2010.01.05     Hastings Chess Congress (2010)
76324      117    499    2011.12.28    2011.12.28    2012.01.05     Hastings Congress (2011/12)
79998       88    402    2012.12.28    2012.12.28    2013.01.06     Hastings Chess Congress (2012)
82806       98    402    2013.12.28    2013.12.28    2014.01.05     Hastings Chess Congress (2013)
85094      105    438    2014.12.29    2014.12.29    2015.01.06     Hastings Chess Congress (2014)

As can be seen there are some inconsistencies with the naming convention on <CG>.

The actual info about the tournaments can be found on Wiki:

History

 

The first Christmas Congress in 1920/1 was a four player double round-robin of British Champions, won by Frederick Yates 4/6 ahead of Roland Henry Vaughn Scott 3.5, Henry Ernest Atkins 3, and Richard Griffith 1.5.[3]

In 1921/2, the second Congress, the field was still almost entirely British. The lone foreign entrant, Borislav Kostić (Yugoslavia), won with a perfect 7/7 score.[3]

The third Congress in 1922/3, began the event as a truly international competition with four foreign participants in the field of ten. Max Euwe (Netherlands) won with 7.5/9. Except for 1924/5 and during World War II, the tournaments would continue as ten-player events with the field half British, half foreign. In 1968 the field was increased to twelve, and in 1971 it was increased again to sixteen.[3]

The Congress was held in the Hastings Town Hall from 1921 to 1929. In 1930 it was held in the Waverly Hotel; from 1931 to 1953 at the White Rock Pavilion; from 1954 to 1965 at the Sun Lounge, St. Leonards-on-Sea; and in 1966 Falaise Hall, White Rock Gardens.[6]

The complete list of winners of the Premier Section can be found here:

http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/premier%20winners.htm

The Summer Congresses are few enough to list explicitly here (1895,1919,1922,1995) – all other years must then be a Christmas Congress, by default:

Summer Congresses

 1895 Pillsbury 1922 Alekhine
 1919 Capablanca 1995 Atalik

Some of the resident members of <CG> also offer some insights on the Bistro (slightly edited):

Jun-13-15 Retireborn: Re: Hastings, the Christmas GM tournament often gets called the Premier, while the big swiss event gets called the Challengers.The Christmas tournaments are always split-year with only one recent exception in 1999-2000 where the subsidiary tournaments were played on the usual timetable, but the Premier didn’t start until around Jan 5th (Jan 4th according to Chessbase.)According to Chessbase the first split-year tournament was 1920/21, although that was not an international tournament since only four English masters played in it.Other tournaments (eg the occasional British championship) have been held at Hastings, but not at Christmas. The 1919 event won by Capa and the 1922 Six Master won by Alekhine were not part of the Christmas series.
Jun-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
Paint My Dragon: <Retireborn>
Thanks for that. I’d forgotten about the 1999/2000 edition having the delayed start for the top category event.<Z>The Premier, according to Di Felice, started with the 2nd Christmas Tourney 1921/22, the previous edition being branded ‘The British Champions Tournament’ (comprised of 4 previous winners, as Retireborn pointed out).It remained the Premier until the mid-2000s as far as I recall, eventually becoming known as ‘The Masters’ for a while. And when money was tight, the format also switched to a single Swiss tournament (one year a knockout).I believe ‘The Challengers’ only started in 1960/61; previously the second string event was variously titled Major, Major Open, Premier Reserves and variations thereon.The 1924/25 Premier event looks quite complicated; two groups (A&B) of 8 players in an all-play-all, the top 3 of each section then paired off for one game – 1A vs 3B, 2A vs 2B, 3A vs 1B – and the resulting playoff scores were added back to the original group score to get the final standings! You can’t say they didn’t have fun in those days.
Jun-13-15 Retireborn: <PmD> I gather you’re a fellow Brit; Roger de Coverley on the ECF site was my source for the info about 1999/2000. […]

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