Reports | September 20, 2012 9:13

Cheparinov wins Black Sea tournament

Ivan Cheparinov won the € 2750 first prize at the Black Sea Countries tournament in Burgas, Bulgaria. With a score of 7/10 the Bulgarian grandmaster finished a point ahead Vladimir Malakhov (Russia) and Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (Romania). 

Ivan Cheparinov vs Suat Atalik (round 6) | All photos thanks to Chief Arbiter Vladimir Sakotic, more here

Event Black Sea Countries | PGN via TWIC
Dates September 12-19, 2012
Location Burgas, Bulgaria
System 6-player double round robin
Players Baadur Jobava, Alexander Areshchenko, Vladimir Malakhov, Ivan Cheparinov, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Suat Atalik
Rate of play

90 minutes for the whole game + 30 seconds per move

Extra No draw offers before move 40

He was leading the Black Seas Countries tournament by half a point when we posted our first report, and he won it by a full point: Ivan Cheparinov. The 25-year-old Bulgarian grandmaster continued with another White win in round 7. In a Grünfeld, he played an exchange sacrifice probably cooked up at home:

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Baadur Jobava had to skip the Olympiad for health reasons, and earlier we wrote that he seems to have recovered. Well, chess-wise things didn't go too well for Georgia's number one grandmaster. He finished on 3.5/10 and his loss with White in round 7 was way below his usual standards:

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One player had an even worse tournament, probably one of the worst of his career. Suat Atalik only scored 2/10 and especially his round 8 game against Nisipeanu must have been terribly disappointing. We suspect fatigue, as a result of the fact that the players had to play both rounds 7 and 8 on Monday.

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The 9th round saw three draws, and in the final round there was only this decisive game:

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Black Seas Countries 2012 | Final standings


The "Black Sea Countries tournament" took place at the Grand Hotel & SPA Primoretz in Burgas, Bulgaria. The rate of play was 90 minutes for the whole game and 30 additional seconds for every move. Draw offers before move 40 were not allowed. Cheparinov won € 2750 while Malakhov and Nisipeanu won € 2250 each. Areshchenko took home € 2000 and Jobava €1500.

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hugh Jass's picture

Atalik got what he deserved last place, a horrible individual, no time for him, well done to Chep...

Anonymous's picture

keep your offensive unmotivated comments for yourself, thank you very much

dave's picture

please stop making the same (!) rude comment over and over again. find something else, something related to chess!

JMason's picture

Congratulations to Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu for an excellent tournament !

Septimus's picture

Cheparinov, very exciting player! ...Be6 is almost forced.

Thomas's picture

"One player [Atalik] had an even worse tournament, probably one of the worst of his career."
TPR-wise it was a bad result, clearly worse than his performances in opens and team events - but that's mostly against much weaker opposition. As far as round robins go, one has to go quite far back in time to find roughly comparable events ... with comparable results:
Corus B 2007 4.5/13 (Elo -17 as in the Black Sea event)
Rubinstein Memorial 2006 3/9 (Elo -23).

I certainly don't share hugh Jass's hatred, but objectively spoken it may have been a 'normal' result for Atalik against stronger players - not a terribly and exceptionally bad result.

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