Reports | February 19, 2013 8:00

Wojtaszek wins Petrov Memorial as Ivanchuk misses easy win

Radek Wojtaszek

Radoslaw Wojtaszek won the 2nd Vladimir Petrov Memorial, another strong rapid event which took place this weekend in Jurmala, Latvia. The Polish grandmaster edged out Vladimir Malakhov of Russia on tie-break after both players finished on 10.5/14. Third came Vassily Ivanchuk with half a point less. The Ukrainian dramatically lost in the last round, spoiling a winning position.

Radek Wojtaszek, first on tie-break in Jurmala | Photos © Matīss Sīlis courtesy of the Petrov Memorial

The Vladimir Petrov Memorial was organized for the second time in Jurmala. It was held over the weekend, 15-17 February, 2013 at the Jurmala City Museum, which must have added to the creative atmosphere even more, besides the presence of players like Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexei Shirov!

In fact it was one of several tournaments organized by Shirov (together with the Latvian Chess Federation), who has been very active in the Latvian chess community ever since he returned there and switched back federations from Spain.

The playing hall in Jurmala

Last year Alexander Morozevich won ahead of Shirov and Igor Kovalenko, but the Muscovite didn't travel to Jurmala to defend his this year. It was Radek Wojtaszek of Poland who finished first this year, having a better tie-break than Vladimir Malakhov. The tournament winner won quickly against the co-organizer in round 4:

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Vassily Ivanchuk missed out on a clear win in Jurmala in the final round. He finished half a point behind Wojtaszek and Malakhnov beause he lost his game against Chanda Sandipan in the final round, instead of winning it:

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Vassily Ivanchuk realizes what he has done...

...and not long afterwards Chanda Sandipan puts the kings on d4 and e5 to fix the score for the online broadcast

You can download all games in PGN here (via TWIC).

Vladimir Petrov  was a Latvian chess master who lived in the first half of the 20th century. He shouldn't be confused with Alexander Petrov, the Russian player of the mid-19th century whose name is connected to the opening moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6.

The 'Latvian Petrov' was quite a strong player; for example he tied for first with Samuel Reshevsky and Salo Flohr at Kemeri in 1937, ahead of Alexander Alekhine, Paul Keres, Endre Steiner, Saviely Tartakower, Reuben Fine, Gideon Stahlberg and others. He died tragically in a Soviet camp during the Second World War. Petrov's granddaughter was present at the opening ceremony of the tournament.

2nd Vladimir Petrov Memorial | Final standings (top 40)

Rk. Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2710 10.5 108.5 126.0 2795
2 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2730 10.5 107.0 124.5 2765
3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2714 10.0 110.5 127.0 2729
4 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2590 10.0 103.5 120.0 2678
5 GM Ehlvest Jaan USA 2541 9.5 107.0 121.0 2719
6 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2656 9.5 106.5 123.0 2726
7 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2601 9.5 102.5 119.5 2694
8 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2691 9.5 99.0 115.0 2671
9 GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2672 9.5 97.0 113.0 2616
10 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2728 9.0 105.5 123.0 2669
11 GM Kovalenko Igor UKR 2635 9.0 105.5 123.0 2657
12 GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2575 9.0 102.0 118.5 2602
13 GM Gleizerov Evgeny RUS 2570 9.0 102.0 118.0 2681
14 GM Krasenkow Michal POL 2642 9.0 100.0 115.5 2621
15 IM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2523 9.0 99.0 113.0 2583
16 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2628 9.0 95.5 113.0 2588
17 GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2603 9.0 88.5 103.0 2474
18 IM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2455 8.5 98.5 115.0 2560
19 GM Khalifman Alexander RUS 2615 8.5 98.0 111.5 2585
20 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2475 8.5 96.5 112.0 2571
21 NM Bernotas Arturs LAT 2323 8.5 96.5 109.5 2565
22 GM Sulskis Sarunas LTU 2572 8.5 94.0 109.5 2512
23 GM Yevseev Denis RUS 2528 8.5 91.0 105.5 2518
24 FM Kantans Toms LAT 2360 8.5 88.5 104.5 2459
25 IM Chigaev Maksim RUS 2417 8.5 88.5 101.5 2538
26 GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2785 8.0 101.0 117.0 2594
27 GM Agrest Evgenij SWE 2599 8.0 97.5 113.0 2475
28 IM Dragun Kamil POL 2484 8.0 97.5 112.5 2557
29 GM Peralta Fernando ARG 2632 8.0 97.0 111.5 2509
30 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2679 8.0 92.0 108.0 2493
31 FM Lavendelis Egons LAT 2301 8.0 91.5 105.5 2497
32 GM Kryakvin Dmitry RUS 2460 8.0 91.0 106.5 2481
33 IM Shkapenko Pavel RUS 2384 8.0 89.5 104.0 2509
34 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny LAT 2566 8.0 88.0 103.5 2469
35 GM Lanka Zigurds LAT 2430 8.0 86.0 100.0 2509
36 GM Luther Thomas GER 2540 8.0 85.0 99.5 2413
37 GM Neiksans Arturs LAT 2571 7.5 98.5 115.0 2539
38 GM Maiorov Nikita BLR 2539 7.5 97.0 112.0 2535
39 GM Nyback Tomi FIN 2631 7.5 94.0 109.5 2475
40 IM Sveshnikov Vladimir LAT 2425 7.5 91.5 107.0 2417

(Full final standings here)

At the opening ceremony GM Dmitry Kryakvin presented his new book on Vladimir Petrov

The tournament was held in the Jurmala City Museum...

...and, unlike Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand at the Tretyakov Gallery back in May 2012,
here the players were indeed playing right under the pieces of art!

Alexey Dreev

Zigurds Lanka

Vassily Ivanchuk vs Sergei Zhigalko

Vladimir Fedoseev

Organizer Alexei Shirov, with his wife WIM Olga Dolgova observing closely

Tournament winner Radek Wojtaszek

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Comments

Ash's picture

Poor Ivanchuk....Even GM's blunder so badly...That's the beauty of Chess...

ShockeR's picture

That was a rapid tournament right ?

Well anyways.. GZ to Wojtaszek ! finally some win !

Jocky's picture

Oh Chuky why do you torture your fans, from 1st to 4th in an instan!t..............but thats why we love you I guess, still the greatest player currently playing chess though.

Aditya's picture

I think Chucky is making sure he gets all his low points before the Candidates :). I hope the law of averages will catch up with him by Mid March.

Yuri's picture

Jocky please do not be foolish. Everybody knows greatest player alive today is Magnus his long line of tournament wins against best players in world prove it over and over again. Everybody love Chucky but Magnus is clearly best win world.

Amos's picture

Magnus is by far the best among currently active players. But "greatest player alive", please! Karpov, Kasparov and Spassky are still here.

Anonymous's picture

Anand on his second working with Carlsen: "two-timing"

Sergio Henrique Riedel's picture

Will Ivanchuk play in the Candidates?

fen's picture

Yes, he is scheduled to play. Check the website:
http://worldchess.com/candidates/london.html

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