MP Presents Prize at Hastings International Chess Congress

The 88th Hastings International Chess Congress ended on Sunday 6th January 2013.  The ten day event took place at Horntye Park Sports Complex in Hastings.

The closing reception and prize-giving ceremony, hosted by the Trustees of Horntye Park, was attended by Amber Rudd MP who presented the Golombek Trophy.

Amber Rudd commented:

“Another great success, it was a pleasure to join the International Chess Congress on the final evening and to present the prize to the winner, Gawain Jones.”

The internationally renowned Chess Congress was attended by players from over 20 countries from Indonesia to Iceland.  Moldova was represented for the first time at Hastings.  China was once again represented following last year’s win by Yue Wang.  Local players also feature in the winners lists and Hastings resident IM Francis Rayner put in a remarkable performance which gives him a FIDE IM norm and qualifying place in the British Championships 2013.

The Masters Tournament was won outright by the current British Champion, grandmaster Gawain Jones (ENG) with 7.5 points.  He holds the Golombek Trophy for one year and won first prize of £2,000.  Gawain was also awarded the Glenroy Trophy plus £100 as Southern Counties Chess Union (SCCU) Individual Champion.

Amber is pictured with the winner, Gawain Jones, and the Mayor of Hastings Cllr Alan Roberts.

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