Reports | January 01, 2012 17:29

Christmas Opens

There are various ways to spend the days between Christmas and New Year's Eve – instead of or after present-giving and family gatherings. Winter sports is one option, others like Levon Aronian prefer holidays in the tropics. But those who would rather play chess can choose between plenty of Swiss Opens – this report provides a quick overview of three events.

The North American Open in Las Vegas attracted players with a quite substantial prize fund – at least for first and second place – and maybe the opportunity to win (or lose) a few dollars between the rounds also played a role? Spanish top seed Francisco 'Paco' Vallejo secured clear first prize which turned out to be 9261$. Key games were holding a difficult position with white against Ivan Sokolov and then dismantling Shabalov's Sicilian; a rather straightforward last-round draw against second seed Akobian was enough to keep his lead. Other GMs were probably less satisfied: Shabalov missed a bigger chunk of the prize fund because he couldn't beat 19-year old untitled Roman Yankofsky (USCF rating 2500, Elo 2397) in the final round. Macedonian GM Mitkov lost against fellow Europeans Vallejo and Sokolov in the last two rounds, and fell back to 11th place but still got 363$ (minus the 150$ entry fee).

PGN file

Final standings (top 20)

# Name Rtng St Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Tot Prize
1 GM Francisco Vallejo Pons 2778 ESP W29 W18 W7 D3 W5 W11 D2 6.0 $9261.00
2 GM Varuzhan Akobian 2698 CA W16 D8 W22 W12 D3 W7 D1 5.5 $2633.34
3 GM Ivan Sokolov 2676 NED W21 W15 W4 D1 D2 D9 W11 5.5 $2633.34
4 Roman Yankovsky 2500 CA W43 W19 L3 W24 W22 W6 D5 5.5 $2633.34
5 GM Alexander Shabalov 2600 PA X57 D23 W13 W8 L1 W16 D4 5.0 $658.25
6 IM Marc Tyler Arnold 2566 NY D32 W44 D10 W19 W15 L4 W18 5.0 $658.25
7 IM Adam Hunt 2558 ENG W42 W26 L1 W29 W10 L2 W20 5.0 $658.25
8 IM Enrico Sevillano 2509 CA W37 D2 W23 L5 W25 W13 D9 5.0 $658.25
9 IM Mackenzie Molner 2499 NJ W39 D38 W25 D35 W20 D3 D8 5.0 $1680.00
10 IM Jake Kleiman 2450 TN W40 D28 D6 W27 L7 W36 W15 5.0 $1680.00
11 GM Nikola Mitkov 2576 MKD W36 D14 W28 W17 W35 L1 L3 4.5 $363.00
12 GM Mikheil Kekelidze 2545 NY W34 D25 W14 L2 L16 W33 D17 4.0 $40.34
13 IM Ricardo De Guzman 2495 CA D44 W32 L5 W41 D23 L8 W34 4.0 $40.34
14 IM Justin Sarkar 2458 NY W20 D11 L12 W37 D17 L18 W38 4.0 $40.34
15 FM John Daniel Bryant 2454 MO X58 L3 W31 W26 L6 W23 L10 4.0 $40.34
16 IM Vladimir Mezentsev 2439 CA L2 D47 W44 W38 W12 L5 D19 4.0 $40.34
17 FM Robby Adamson 2390 AZ W48 W45 D35 L11 D14 D19 D12 4.0 $40.34
18 FM Teddy Coleman 2374 NY W46 L1 L41 W39 W29 W14 L6 4.0 $40.34
19 Alexander Chua 2339 TX X60 L4 W45 L6 W30 D17 D16 4.0 $40.34
20 FM Viswes Kameswaran 2306 IND L14 B— W51 W47 L9 W22 L7 4.0 $40.34

Two Swiss Swisses in Zurich and Geneva had similarities and differences. In both events, two players were half a point clear of the field before drawing each other in the last round, but the final outcome was different. In both cases, most favorites finished at or near the top, but only in Zurich it was a relatively smooth ride. The "Zürcher Weihnachtsopen" was nominally stronger, but the "Open International de Genève" turned out to be more exciting.

In Zurich, top seed Grachev and fifth seed Kurnosov shared first place. As already mentioned, they drew their game in the final round but all four games in the chasing group were also drawn – which meant that others could catch up and 14 players shared third place. Also in earlier rounds, many games on the top boards were drawn – impossible to find out how much fight was involved because there was no live transmission and the pgn file provided on the tournament homepage only includes decisive games!

Final standings (top 20)

 

Nr. Name Title Ro Niv W We n Rp Rn Diff.(K1
1. Kurnosov Igor GM 2648 2507 5.5 4.83 7 2737 2655 + 6.70
2. Grachev Boris GM 2693 2534 5.5 4.97 7 2764 2698 + 5.30
3. Alekseev Evgeny GM 2670 2490 5.0 5.18 7 2648 2668 - 1.80
4. Prohaszka Peter GM 2564 2426 5.0 4.83 7 2584 2566 + 1.70
5. Vorobiov Evgeny GM 2589 2469 5.0 4.62 7 2627 2593 + 3.80
6. Turov Maxim GM 2645 2486 5.0 4.97 7 2644 2645 + 0.30
7. Baramidze David GM 2597 2473 5.0 4.69 7 2631 2600 + 3.10
8. David Alberto GM 2597 2480 5.0 4.62 7 2638 2601 + 3.80
9. Sanikidze Tornike GM 2531 2450 5.0 4.27 7 2608 2538 + 7.30
10. Bartel Mateusz GM 2653 2432 5.0 5.46 7 2590 2648 - 4.60
11. Halkias Stelios GM 2593 2397 5.0 5.25 7 2555 2591 - 2.50
12. Pelletier Yannick GM 2581 2427 5.0 4.97 7 2585 2581 + 0.30
13. Héra Imre GM 2542 2373 5.0 5.04 7 2531 2542 - 0.40
14. Miezis Normunds GM 2547 2413 5.0 4.76 7 2571 2549 + 2.40
15. Ghaem Maghami Ehsan GM 2580 2418 5.0 4.97 7 2576 2580 + 0.30
16. Heimann Andreas IM 2459 2335 5.0 4.69 7 2493 2462 + 3.10
17. Fridman Daniel GM 2661 2466 4.5 5.25 7 2568 2654 - 7.50
18. Malakhatko Vadim GM 2539 2415 4.5 4.69 7 2517 2537 - 1.90
19. Stojanovic Mihajlo GM 2591 2352 4.5 5.60 7 2454 2580 -11.00
20. Papa Severin IM 2392 2316 4.5 4.20 7 2418 2395 + 3.00

 

In Geneva, Campora and Khenkin were leading before the last round and drew their game when an unbalanced Trompovsky suddenly ended with a move repetition. Here all games in the chasing group were decisive. This allowed three others – Guliyev, Ivanisevic and Fier – to share first place. Rather uniquely, Swiss IM Gerber finished in sole(!) sixth place with 5/7. The "bumpy ride" of the favorites had started as early as round 2 when four of the eventual winners couldn't beat opponents who were roughly 300 points lower-rated: Campora drew against Campora (that's right, Argentinian GM Daniel H. Campora met his Spanish namesake Daniel Campora Perez, Elo 2169), Khenkin against FM Colmenares, Ivanisevic against IM/WGM Sedina, and Fier lost against FM Preissman – not a rising star but a senior born in 1950. Unfortunately, not all of these games are available.

PGN file

Final standings (top 20)

Rk.   Name Fed Rtg Club/Location Pts. TB1 TB2
1 GM Campora Daniel H ARG 2493   5.5 27.5 2533
2 GM Guliyev Namig AZE 2549   5.5 25.5 2580
3 GM Khenkin Igor GER 2630   5.5 25.5 2549
4 GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2636   5.5 24.5 2538
5 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2573   5.5 24.0 2529
6 IM Gerber Richard SUI 2400   5.0 26.5 2453
7 GM Cherniaev Alexander RUS 2469 Genève Bois-Gentil 4.5 30.0 2515
8 GM Sokolov Andrei FRA 2571   4.5 27.5 2434
9 GM Suba Mihai ROU 2458   4.5 27.0 2349
10 FM Colmenares Aurelio SUI 2269   4.5 26.5 2318
11 IM Sedina Elena ITA 2343   4.5 26.0 2323
12 WIM Bjerke Silje NOR 2219   4.5 25.0 2342
13   Petrov Nikita RUS 2166   4.5 24.5 2307
14   Gurtner Daniel SUI 2148   4.5 22.5 2255
15   Steenhuis Jan SUI 2139   4.5 20.5 2189
16 GM Godena Michele ITA 2548   4.0 28.0 2409
17 GM Raetsky Alexander RUS 2460   4.0 27.0 2360
18 IM Bae Torstein NOR 2419   4.0 27.0 2351
19 FM Preissmann Emmanuel SUI 2266   4.0 26.0 2312
20   Sevenyuk Alexey BLR 1916   4.0 22.5 2094

 

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Author: Thomas Richter
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Comments

prugno's picture

Good reports, but concerning Geneva I believe Daniel Campora Perez is GM Campora's son, which would explain the quick draw.

Thomas Richter's picture

Thanks, in this case I wonder if the pairings in round 2 couldn't have been changed ... . I had noticed that Daniel is about 30 years older than Daniel, but considered it unlikely that they are father and son because they represent different countries.

BTW, GM Campora is now given as unrated on the latest FIDE list, just like for example GM Felgaer - which probably means that Argentina didn't pay some FIDE fees (it happened before to other countries).

de lillo's picture

GM Campora lives in Spain,where his son was born...

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