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Nisipeanu & Vajda Win Doeberl, Ly Surprises in Sydney

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 4/29/14, 7:09 AM.

The two traditional spring tournaments in Australia, the Doeberl Cup and the Sydney International, were held earlier this month. In Canberra there was a tie for first place between Romanian grandmasters Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Levente Vajda. In Sydney a talented local player was successful: Moulthun Ly.

The 52nd (!) Doeberl Cup was held between April 17th and 21st at the Woden Tradies in Canberra, Australia. It was a 9-round Swiss open tournament with two games per day. 

Dutch GM Loek van Wely was the only player to start with 4.0/4, but in round 5 he went down against Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, who recently switched federations to Germany:

After that Van Wely had quite a bad second half of his tournament, scoring three draws and a loss against four 2300 players. The Dutchman dropped 22 Elo points (and another 9 in Sydney).

Where there had been some short draws earlier in the tournament, the last round was just full of fighting chess. You don't see decisive games on the first six boards in the final round in many open tournaments!

Both on 6.5/8, Nisipeanu and Vadja ended up winning the tournament together as they beat Ikeda and Zhao respectively.


One notable guest at the Doeberl Cup this year was Garry Kasparov, whose FIDE Presidential campaign tour hit Down Under in April. There was a book signing event, and he joined commentator GM Ian Rogers for a while.

Photos courtesy of the Doeberl Cup on Facebook where you can find many more!

Doeberl Cup 2014 | Final Standings (Top 30)

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 1 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2686 7,5 40,5 53 43
2 4 GM Vajda Levente ROU 2597 7,5 39 48,5 38,5
3 3 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2633 7 43,5 55 41,75
4 22 Mu Ke CHN 2325 7 38,5 49,5 36,75
5 14 IM Solomon Stephen J. AUS 2369 6,5 37,5 47,5 32
6 8 IM Ly Moulthun AUS 2440 6,5 35 45,5 31,5
7 26 IM Brown Andrew AUS 2252 6,5 35 44,5 29,75
8 5 GM Zhao Zong-Yuan AUS 2573 6 43,5 55,5 33,5
9 9 IM Cheng Bobby AUS 2438 6 39,5 50,5 30,5
10 13 IM Morris James AUS 2377 6 39 49 29,5
11 19 FM Ikeda Junta AUS 2338 6 37,5 48,5 29,25
12 15 IM Lane Gary W. AUS 2362 6 35 45 29
13 42 Morris Michael AUS 2156 6 32,5 39,5 23,5
14 2 GM Van Wely Loek NED 2685 5,5 41 53,5 30,5
15 20 FM Li Zuhao Luke NZL 2326 5,5 40,5 51 28,75
16 7 IM Illingworth Max AUS 2447 5,5 39 51 29
17 18 FM Smirnov Anton AUS 2344 5,5 38 48 26,25
18 21 FM Van Ruitenburg Joost NED 2326 5,5 37,5 46,5 25,75
19 11 GM Johansen Darryl K. AUS 2400 5,5 36,5 46 27
20 27 WIM Zhai Mo CHN 2243 5,5 35 46 24,25
21 50 Mcnamara Gary AUS 2108 5,5 34 43,5 26
22 34 WFM Otgonjargal Sengeravdan MGL 2196 5,5 33,5 44 24,5
23 29 FM Dragicevic Domagoj AUS 2221 5,5 33,5 41,5 22,75
24 23 FM Ambrus Endre AUS 2312 5,5 32,5 41 21,5
25 33 Matheson Laurence AUS 2205 5,5 31,5 40 21
26 12 FM Izzat Kanan AZE 2383 5 37 48 23
27 25 FM Boyd Tristan AUS 2267 5 36 46 23
28 10 IM Tao Trevor AUS 2430 5 36 45 23,75
29 38 FM Stojic Dusan AUS 2173 5 35 46,5 23,5
30 37 Zulfic Fedja AUS 2192 5 35 45 23,25

(Full final standings here)

Right after (as in: the next day) the Sydney International started. It was held between April 22nd and 27st at the Town Hall in Parramatta, a business district in Sydney. It had a similar format: 9 rounds, Swiss, and also more than one game per day. A pretty tough schedule especially for players who played in both events, and there were quite a few!

The local International Master Moulthun Ly became the surprising winner this year in Sydney, who took clear first place with 7.0/9. The winners in Canberra ended half a point behind, together with FM Ikeda, GM Van Wely and Mu Ke.

Ly clinched 4,000 Australian dollars (about 2680 Euros or US $3700) and scored his first GM norm. 

After two wins, Ly held Nisipeanu to a draw - or should we say, Nisipeanu held Ly to a draw?

With the following win Ly moved to 5.5/6.

Draws with Ikeda, Melkumyan and Vajda were enough for Ly to finish in clear first place. One player he could thank afterward was Dutchman Lars Ootes, who held both Van Wely and Nisipeanu to a draw in the final rounds! Here's his last round:

Sydney International 2014 | Final Standings (Top 30)

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 6 IM Ly Moulthun AUS 2440 7 42 52,5 39,75
2 1 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2686 6,5 43 55,5 39,5
3 4 GM Vajda Levente ROU 2597 6,5 38,5 49,5 34,75
4 16 FM Ikeda Junta AUS 2338 6,5 38,5 48 32,25
5 2 GM Van Wely Loek NED 2685 6,5 38 49 34,5
6 18 Mu Ke CHN 2325 6,5 33,5 43 28
7 3 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2633 6 43,5 55 35,25
8 7 GM Johansen Darryl K. AUS 2400 6 38,5 48,5 30,5
9 5 GM Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi IND 2491 6 37 48,5 29,75
10 12 Ootes Lars NED 2361 6 37 47 30
11 8 FM Izzat Kanan AZE 2383 6 36 45 29
12 15 FM Smirnov Anton AUS 2344 6 32 42 25
13 23 WIM Zhai Mo CHN 2243 5,5 40 50,5 29
14 27 Bao Qilin CHN 2213 5,5 39,5 49 28
15 17 FM Li Zuhao Luke NZL 2326 5,5 38 48,5 28,25
16 10 IM Solomon Stephen J. AUS 2369 5,5 37 47,5 25,75
17 11 IM Lane Gary W. AUS 2362 5,5 35,5 45,5 25,25
18 20 FM Canfell Gregory AUS 2304 5,5 35,5 45 24,5
19 35 Kargosha Bahman IRI 2132 5,5 34,5 42 21,5
20 25 Mungunkhuu Mijgee MGL 2215 5,5 33,5 43,5 24
21 13 IM Dive Russell John NZL 2357 5,5 31 39,5 23,25
22 24 Hu Xi CHN 2229 5,5 27,5 35,5 20,5
23 19 IM Dale Ari AUS 2310 5 39 49,5 24,25
24 21 FM Boyd Tristan AUS 2267 5 35 45 24
25 59 Dutta Rishi AUS 1885 5 34 43 22,5
26 14 IM Bjelobrk Igor AUS 2355 5 33,5 43,5 22,75
27 32 WIM Zepeda Lorena ESA 2162 5 32,5 40,5 19,5
28 33 WIM Richards Heather S AUS 2148 5 32 39,5 17
29 36 Castor David AUS 2126 5 31,5 41 18,75
30 9 IM Morris James AUS 2377 4,5 37 48 22

(Full final standings here)

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  • 8 months ago

    mischa84

    Also note GM Darryl Johansen in Sydney - only one point from the winner and level with Armenian GM Melkumyan Hrant.

  • 8 months ago

    mischa84

    IM Stephen Solomon (AUS) scored well in both events.

  • 8 months ago

    baldemorski

    Its sad that no player from the Philippines participated. Chess is dead in the PHL.

  • 8 months ago

    AkshitaGorti

    Great job to all players!

  • 8 months ago

    KingsRaider

    @Ohanessian Omg you're right! That's weird...

  • 8 months ago

    Ohanessian

    Ypu are not going to be very proud he is now german...

  • 8 months ago

    KingsRaider

     Nisipeanu is making me proud to be romanian. The only elite romanian chess player!

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