May 29, 2013 11:12

Rapport wins 21st Sigeman & Co on tiebreak

Rapport wins 21st Sigeman & Co on tiebreak

Richard Rapport won the 21st Sigeman & Co tournament in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday. The 17-year-old Hungarian grandmaster tied for first place with Nils Grandelius and Nigel Short, but won on tiebreak: direct encounter (the results of the players in the same point group). In the last round Rapport defeated Jonny Hector, Grandelius beat Ivan Sokolov and Short drew with Hans Tikkanen.

Richard Rapport | Photos courtesy of Sigeman & Co

With two rounds to go, Nigel Short and Ivan Sokolov were topping the standings of the sparkling Sigeman & Co tournament. Loek van Wely and Nils Grandelius were trailing by half a point, and Richard Rapport had half a point less. Who would have thought that the Hungarian would eventually take the title?

In round 6, on Monday, Rapport reacted well to an interesting positional sacrifice by the ever-creative Emanuel Berg.

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Nils Grandelius held Loek van Wely to a draw in a Fianchetto Grünfeld and the top encounter between Ivan Sokolov and Nigel Short saw the same result. Sokolov had the better chances and even won a pawn, but it wasn't enough to win the game.

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And so Short and Sokolov were still tied for first, but now, with one round to go, Grandelius, Rapport and Van Wely were half a point behind.

On Tuesday everything was decided. Richard Rapport first defeated Jonny Hector with Black in a Velimirovic Attack, with remarkable ease we may add.

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Ivan Sokolov then lost his game to Nils Grandelius, and with it the fight for first place. Grandelius, on his turn, joined Rapport in virtual lead!

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Nigel Short could still win the tournament alone, if he managed to beat Hans Tikkan with White. The Swede, however, played solidly and held a slightly worse ending.

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This way even Van Wely could finish among the leaders, but for this he needed to beat Emanuel Berg with Black. The Dutchman managed to get a slight edge in a rook ending, but then his opponent showed how one should defend such positions: just give up your weak pawn immediately and place your rook and king as actively as possible!

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Dutch GMs Loek van Wely and Ivan Sokolov in the last round

Of the three winners, Richard Rapport had the best tiebreak: direct encounter.
The Hungarian scored 1.5/2 against Grandelius and Short. | Photo Calle Erlandsson

Sigeman & Co 2013 | Final standings


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Anonymous's picture

Congratulations to the kid ! i hope to see him in Tata Steel next year, playing with the best players

Anony's picture

You are putting Jacky on this guy? I think he may be a European like you. That is why?

Anonymous's picture

European or not, i just watched his games in 2011 and 2012, you should the same instead of looking for something that doesn't exist. Rapport is clearly a fantastic player. He would be from Mars i would say the same.

Anonymous's picture

Rapport was tie first last Tata Steel ( Group B ). He's been playing very very well in 2012/ 2013, we all hope to see him confronting the players of Group A in 2014. What EUROPEAN has to do here , NOTHING !

Anonymous's picture

Excellent, it only took 2 posts to bring up racism in this discussion.

Anyway, congratulations to Rapport.

Anonymous's picture

what 's wrong with being European Anony ??? What's your problem ???

Anon's picture

There is no sign of racism yet in this thread, just stupidity.

Håkan's picture

Under the picture of Rapport: Should be "1.5/2"

Merlinovich's picture

Showing that Direct Encounter often correlates with Berger in RR
For places, but not for last places.
Score Berger Direct Encounter
1. A 2800 * 1 1 1 1 0 4 10 1
2. B 2700 0 * 1 1 1 1 4 7 0
3. C 2600 0 0 * 1 1 1 3 4 0
4. D 2500 0 0 0 * 1 1 2 2 0
5. E 2400 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1
6. F 2300 1 0 0 0 0 * 1 4 0

The tournament should be easy to understand. All players from A to F are
scoring a win against their lower rated opponents, and lose against their
higher rated opponents. One exception: F is winning against the tournament
winner A. What is the result? There are two ties, between A and B, and
between E and F. According to Direct Encounter, A wins against B, which is
equivalent to the Berger tiebreak (A gets 10 when B gets 7). However, comparing
E and F, direct encounter has E as winner, while Berger has F as winner since
it is more important that he wins against the tournament winner A, than that
he loses against E.
It it is clear example of a Round Robin tournament where Sonneborn-Berger
tiebreak makes more sense than the Direct Encounter tiebreak.

In Siegeman 2013, Nigel Short would have been the more sensible winner than Rapport, because of the better Berger score. Evaluating mini-matches (1½/2) instead of all results makes less sense to me. Another option would be a Blitz playoff between the three tied players in first place.

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