Cheparinov wins Politiken Cup; Timman and Portisch also played
Ivan Cheparinov won the Politiken Cup in Helsingør, Denmark on Sunday. The Bulgarian grandmaster edged out GMs Ivan Sokolov and Jonny Hector on tie-break after all three scored 8 out of 10. Chess legends Jan Timman and Lajos Portisch participated as well.
Ivan Cheparinov | Photos by Sigfred Haubro © Politiken Cup
The Politiken Cup, the main event of the Copenhagen Chess Festival 2012, took place 28 July - 5 August in Helsingør, Denmark. Helsingør is often written in English-speaking countries as Elsinore, because this is how William Shakespeare himself wrote it! Although he never set foot on Denmark himself, Shakespeare did use Kronborg castle as the location for Hamlet.
Like every year the Politiken Cup, a 10-round Swiss, was one of the many strong open tournaments this summer. Vladimir Malakhov (RUS, 2712), Ivan Cheparinov (BUL, 2677), Aleksey Dreev (RUS, 2677), Ivan Sokolov (NED, 2676), Ivan Salgado Lopez (ESP, 2635), Evgeny Romanov (RUS, 2623) and Erwin l'Ami (NED, 2615) were the 2600+ participants but also chess legends Jan Timman (NED, 2575) and Lajos Portisch (HUN, 2520) played.
The Danish hopes in the Politiken Cup were linked to the national team, consisting of GM Sune Berg Hansen, GM Lars Schandorff, GM Jacob Aagaard, GM Allan Stig Rasmussen and and IM Jakob Vang Glud, who will participate in the Istanbul Olympiad.
Ivan Cheparinov, Politiken Cup winner on tie-break
We hadn't heard much from Ivan Cheparinov lately (although he did play e.g. in the Reykjavik Open in March) but in Helsingør he showed his strength once again, finishing first on tiebreak. Ivan Sokolov has had a pretty good year thus far, so his shared first place wasn't a big surprise either. Jonny Hector's 8/10, however, was an excellent result for the 16th seeded Swedish GM.
Jan Timman scored slightly below his rating (2527 performance), mainly due to a loss in round 4 against German IM Erik Zude when both were on 3/3. (The 60-year-old Dutchman remained unbeaten in the remaining rounds.)
Lajos Portisch did worse. The 75-year-old Hungarian's 6.5/10 seems reasonable but due to weak opposition this resulted in a 2216 TPR.
Rasmus Svane from Germany and Jacob Carstensen from Denmark both scored an IM-norm.
Selection of games
Politiken Cup 2012 | Final standings (top 30)
|2||GM||Sokolov Ivan||NED||2676||S.V. Sissa||8.0||55.0||51.50|
|5||GM||Popovic Dusan||SRB||2579||Novosadski SK DDOR||7.5||55.5||49.25|
|7-8||GM||L'ami Erwin||NED||2615||Hilversum S.G||7.5||54.5||48.75|
|9||GM||Markus Robert||SRB||2599||Novosadski SK||7.5||54.5||48.00|
|11-12||GM||Hansen Sune Berg||DEN||2577||Helsingør||7.5||53.0||47.75|
|11-12||GM||Timman Jan H||NED||2575||S.V. Wageningen||7.5||53.0||47.75|
|13-14||IM||Bulski Krzysztof||POL||2554||HetMan Katowice Szopienice||7.5||52.5||46.50|
|18||GM||Romanov Evgeny||RUS||2623||Club MI Chigorin||7.5||49.5||44.50|
|19||IM||Glud Jakob Vang||DEN||2500||Philidor||7.0||53.5||43.25|
|20||GM||Salgado Lopez Ivan||ESP||2635||7.0||52.5||43.75|
|21||GM||Hillarp Persson Tiger||SWE||2575||Brønshøj||7.0||52.5||43.25|
|22||GM||Rasmussen Allan Stig||DEN||2496||Jetsmark||7.0||52.5||42.25|
|25||IM||Zude Erik Dr||GER||2384||SV 1920 Hofheim||7.0||50.5||40.00|
|30||Kramer Julian||GER||2048||Hamburger SK||7.0||48.0||38.50|
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