Veteran English GM Mark Hebden is one of three players who share the lead in the 2016/17 Hastings International. A win over Danish FM Mads Hansen, moved him to 3.5/4, along with GM Murali Karthikeyan (IND) and GM Allan Rasmussen (DEN).
The two Australian hopefuls, Justin Tan and Bobby Cheng had a mixed day, with Tan drawing with IM Miklos Galyas (HUN) while Cheng lost a tactical game against GM Alexandr Fier (BRA).
Both players had a slightly better end to the evening, finishing tied for second in a not that serious Chess 960 New Years Eve tournament at the White Rock Hotel.
Running alongside the Masters are a number of other side events, including a FIDE rated weekender, plus smaller events broken up into rating sections. All the results from these tournaments can be found via the tournament home page http://www.hastingschess.com/