Reports | January 09, 2012 20:58

Groningen, Hastings, Stockholm

Groningen, Hastings, Stockholm

Three open tournaments with a long tradition have recently finished: events in Groningen, Hastings and Stockholm. Alexander Kovchan en Robert Hess finished shared first in the north-east of The Netherlands, already before the end of 2011. In Hastings, the longest running tournament in the world, Wang Yue ended clear first while Aleksandr Shimanov was the strongest in the Swedish capital.

Groningen

The 48th Groningen Chess Festival was held December 21-30 in hotel Hampshire Plaza in Groningen, The Netherlands. As always, lots of different tournaments were held before and after Christmas: a 9-round Swiss played over three different groups as well as shorter tournaments. There were also two short matches which started after Christmas, between 12-year-old talent Jorden van Foreest & GM Hans Ree, and between 11-year-old talent Anna-Maja Kazarian & Martine Middelveld.

The main group was won by Alexander Kovchan (Ukraine) who edged out Robert Hess (USA) on tie-break. Both players finished on 7/9, half a point clear of Sergei Tiviakov and Yaroslav Zherebukh.

Selection of games

PGN file

Final standings (top 30)

Rk Name Ti FED Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts TPR
1 Kovchan, Alexander GM UKR 2573 = 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 7.0 2760
2 Hess, Robert L GM USA 2625 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 7.0 2702
3 Tiviakov, Sergei GM NED 2650 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 6.5 2675
4 Zherebukh, Yaroslav GM UKR 2594 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6.5 2653
5 Rapport, Richard GM HUN 2534 1 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 6.0 2603
6 Ruck, Robert GM HUN 2579 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 6.0 2574
7 Romanov, Evgeny GM RUS 2627 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 0 1 ½ 6.0 2553
8 Durarbeyli, Vasif GM AZE 2539 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.0 2471
9 Ernst, Sipke GM NED 2593 1 = ½ 1 1 0 0 1 ½ 5.5 2530
10 Poetsch, Hagen IM GER 2408 1 1 1 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 5.5 2505
11 Michalik, Peter GM SVK 2509 1 1 0 ½ 1 0 1 0 1 5.5 2453
12 Michiels, Bart IM BEL 2492 0 1 1 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 5.5 2503
13 Klein, David FM NED 2378 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 5.5 2443
14 Naroditsky, Daniel IM USA 2472 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 5.5 2468
15 Plat, Vojtech IM CZE 2425 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 5.5 2464
16 Bok, Benjamin IM NED 2513 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 0 5.5 2437
17 Hoffmann, Michael GM GER 2499 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 5.5 2428
18 Brandenburg, Daan GM NED 2519 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.5 2363
19 Pijpers, Arthur   NED 2332 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 5.0 2377
20 Thesing, Matthias IM GER 2409 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 5.0 2342
21 Georgiadis, Nico FM SUI 2316 1 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 5.0 2323
22 Assendelft van, Floris FM NED 2357 1 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 0 1 5.0 2347
23 Ypma, Peter   NED 2105 ½ 1 1 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 4.5 2398
24 Kuipers, Stefan FM NED 2396 1 0 1 ½ 1 0 0 1 0 4.5 2400
25 Overdam van, Julian   NED 2244 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.5 2332
26 Jong de, Migchiel IM NED 2367 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 4.5 2307
27 Galoyan, Levon FM ARM 2231 0 1 0 1 1 0 ½ 0 1 4.5 2302
28 Thakur, Akash   IND 2324 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 4.5 2304
29 Firat, Burak IM TUR 2393 0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 4.5 2284
30 Nuri, Kambez FM SUI 2256 0 1 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 0 4.5 2306

Hastings

The 87th Hastings Chess Congress took place December 28, 2011 - January 5, 2012 at the Horntye Park Sports Complex in Hastings, England. Like in Groningen, there was a main group that played a 9-round Swiss but there were side events as well, such as Christmas Morning Tournaments, Christmas Afternoon Tournaments, Weekend Tournaments and New Year Tournaments.

Leading the field in the Masters Tournament was Chinese grandmaster Wang Yue. He reached No 11 in world rankings at his peak but is currently ranked 49th in the world. Still, he confirmed to be the strongest in Hastings, winning the event with 7.5/9, half a point clear of GM Andrei Istratescu (France) and IMs Babu Lalith & Sundar Shyam (both India).

Winner of the Hastings Masters Wang Yue, centre, with Amber Rudd MP and Cllr. Maureen Charlesworth

Selection of games

PGN file

Final standings (top 30)

Rk Name Ti FED Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts TPR
1 Wang, Yue GM CHN 2697 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 7.5 2774
2 Istratescu, Andrei GM FRA 2627 1 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 7.0 2672
3 Lalith, Babu M.R. IM IND 2484 1 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 7.0 2657
4 Shyam, Sundar M. IM IND 2462 0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 7.0 2604
5 Vovk, Yuri GM UKR 2571 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 6.5 2511
6 Sengupta, Deep GM IND 2562 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 6.5 2616
7 Das, Arghyadip IM IND 2470 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ 1 6.5 2568
8 Howell, David W L GM ENG 2633 1 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 6.0 2547
9 Edouard, Romain GM FRA 2621 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 6.0 2528
10 Pert, Nicholas GM ENG 2563 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ 6.0 2518
11 Hebden, Mark L GM ENG 2515 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 6.0 2490
12 Williams, Simon K GM ENG 2513 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 6.0 2516
13 Holzke, Frank GM GER 2506 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 6.0 2514
14 Shyam, Nikil P. IM IND 2482 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6.0 2412
15 Flear, Glenn C GM ENG 2472 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 6.0 2372
16 Simacek, Pavel IM CZE 2448 1 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 6.0 2445
17 Anwesh, Upadhyaya IM IND 2413 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.0 2394
18 Roy Chowdhury, Saptarshi IM IND 2411 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6.0 2360
19 Padmini, Rout WGM IND 2392 = ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 6.0 2356
20 Kjartansson, Gudmundur IM ISL 2326 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 6.0 2499
21 Vovk, Andrey GM UKR 2551 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 5.5 2455
22 Demuth, Adrien IM FRA 2442 1 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 5.5 2309
23 Vuilleumier, Alexandre IM SUI 2356 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 5.5 2364
24 Godard, Maxence IM FRA 2333 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ 5.5 2454
25 Knott, Simon J B IM ENG 2332 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 5.5 2366
26 Haydon, David L FM ENG 2296 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 1 0 5.5 2421
27 MacQueen, Calum   SCO 2219 0 ½ 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 5.5 2312
28 Olsarova, Karolina WIM CZE 2167 1 0 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 5.5 2437
29 Karthikeyan, Murali   IND 2154 ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 5.5 2359
30 Houska, Jovanka IM ENG 2415 1 0 1 1 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 5.0 2336

Stockholm

The 41st Rilton Cup, held December 27, 2011 - January 5, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden was be played in three groups: the Rilton Cup (Elo 2200 and/or national rating 2200), the Rilton Elo and the Rilton Open (only for nordic players with a national rating lower than 1800). The Rilton Cup and the Rilton Elo were 9 round  Swisses.

The top players in the main group were Bartosz Socko, Dragan Solak, Sergey Volkov, Grzegorz Gajewski and Erwin L'Ami. The event was won by Aleksandr Shimanov (Russia) who finished on 7.5/9, a point clear of Slavko Cicak, Dragan Solak, Eduardas Rozentalis, Sergey Ivanov and Bartosz Socko. Alina l'Ami, the wife of Erwin, scored her third (regular) IM norm and only needs to get her rating over 2400 to get the title.

Selection of games

PGN file

Final standings (top 30)

# Title Name Fed Rating Pts TB1 TB2 TPR
1 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2549 7.5 40.5 0.0 2793
2 GM Cicak Slavko SWE 2566 6.5 36.5 0.0 2669
3 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2629 6.5 34.0 0.0 2647
4 GM Rozentalis Eduardas LTU 2586 6.5 34.0 0.0 2589
5 GM Ivanov Sergey RUS 2537 6.5 34.0 0.0 2591
6 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2635 6.5 32.5 0.0 2591
7 GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2616 6.0 33.0 0.0 2582
8 GM Tikkanen Hans SWE 2586 6.0 32.5 0.0 2576
9 GM Brynell Stellan SWE 2486 6.0 32.0 0.0 2574
10 GM L'Ami Erwin NED 2594 6.0 31.5 0.0 2552
11 GM Bakre Tejas IND 2509 6.0 31.0 0.0 2536
12 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2626 6.0 30.5 0.0 2511
13 FM Sipilä Vilka FIN 2316 6.0 30.0 0.0 2505
14 IM Nithander Victor SWE 2423 6.0 29.0 0.0 2483
15 GM Karlsson Lars SWE 2485 6.0 28.0 0.0 2471
16 IM Smith Axel SWE 2480 5.5 31.5 0.0 2531
17 IM Lindberg Bengt SWE 2415 5.5 30.0 0.0 2427
18 GM Socko Monica POL 2479 5.5 27.0 0.0 2403
19 WGM L'Ami Alina ROU 2364 5.5 26.0 0.0 2459
20 IM Nielsen Fries Jens Ove DEN 2387 5.5 25.5 0.0 2357
21 GM Berczes David HUN 2555 5.0 29.0 0.0 2414
22 GM Bellon Juan ESP 2419 5.0 28.5 0.0 2385
23   Denisov Ivan RUS 2348 2348 28.0 0.0 2461
24   Johansson Linus SWE 2197 2197 28.0 0.0 2473
25 GM Åkesson Ralf SWE 2421 5.0 27.5 0.0 2371
26 IM Semcesen Daniel SWE 2490 5.0 27.5 0.0 2376
27 FM Sagit Rauan SWE 2368 5.0 26.0 0.0 2409
28 IM Furhoff Johan SWE 2370 5.0 22.5 0.0 2310
29 FM Codenotti Marco ITA 2293 5.0 21.5 0.0 2276
30 GM Rasmussen Allan Stig DEN 2541 5.0 21.0 0.0 2294

 

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Comments

sadtruth's picture

Rozentalis scored 6.5 points in rilton.

Peter Doggers's picture

Indeed, the table was wrong. Thanks, corrected.

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