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“Semi Swiss Gambit” by Kiril Georgiev, Wins Karpos Open

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 4/6/14, 1:14 AM.

Kiril Georgiev of Bulgaria won the strong Karpos Open in Skopje, Macedonia on Saturday. The 48-year-old Bulgarian grandmaster was the only player to finish on 7.5 points; after a somewhat slow start he won his last four games to pass by all his rivals. 

Photos courtesy of Opstina Karpos on Facebook

The Karpos Open was held March 29th-April 5th at the five-star hotel Aleksandar Palace in Skopje, Macedonia. It was organized by the municipality Karpos (one of the municipalities in Macedonia's capital) in collaboration with Chess Club Gambit Asseco SEE.

It was a 9-round Swiss with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from the start. There was a 25,000 Euro prize fund, and a 5,000 Euro first prize.

For the prize distribution the Hort system was applied: every player gets 50% of his specific prize money, and 50% of the shared money. This system was invented by the Czech grandmaster Vlastimil Hort.

The tournament was pretty strong: the list of top entries included 17 players above 2600. The two players above 2650 were the favorites for tournament victory: Ferenc Berkes (2687, Hungary) and Julio Granda Zuniga (2680, Peru).

The playing hall

However, open tournaments have their own rules. Ratings don't say too much; it's more about finding your form and being a bit lucky. And... making sure you finish well. Because that's how Kiril Georgiev managed to finish in clear first place! His compatriot, Dejan Bojkov of Bulgaria, described Georgiev's victory in Skopje as follows:

So what was this about? Well, Georgiev dropped half a point as early as the first round, with the white pieces, to Fjodor Zugaj rated 2194. Then, after beating an 1800-player, he drew again, with Cemil Can Ali Marandi (2380). And then, after another black win (against Sasho Nikolov, 2358), he drew yet another game as White, against Muhammad Batuhan Dastan (2416).

With four rounds to go, Georgiev was in shared 27th place - not a great start for a 2625 player. But then the Bulgarian machine started rolling, and he finished with a perfect 4.0/4 score. The following game was pretty spectactuar:


Before the last round Ukrainian grandmaster Andrey Vovk was the sole leader with 7.0 points. He was followed by Ivan Salgado Lopez (2605, Spain), David Anton Guijarro (2559, Spain), Robert Markus (2608, Serbia) and Georgiev, who beat the leader after a tough fight. He almost spoilt a winning advantage, but Vovk completely collapsed at the very end.

Salgado Lopez and Markus drew their game on board 2 after 95 moves (!), and so they finished half a point behind Georgiev together with five other players.


Kiril Georgiev receiving a beautiful trophy, and 5,000 Euro in his pocket

Karpos Open 2014 | Final Standings (Top 30)

Rk. SNo Title Name Fed Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 rtg+/-
1 8 GM GEORGIEV Kiril BUL 2625 7,5 44 2652 34,5 8,5
2 14 GM SALGADO LOPEZ Ivan ESP 2605 7 50 2725 40 14,7
3 3 GM ITURRIZAGA BONELLI Eduardo VEN 2645 7 49 2675 34,5 4
4 12 GM MARKUS Robert SRB 2608 7 48 2705 37 9,7
5 15 GM VOVK Andrey UKR 2605 7 48 2660 37,5 7,2
6 21 GM KOZUL Zdenko CRO 2586 7 47,5 2677 36,5 11,5
7 29 GM KULJASEVIC Davorin CRO 2567 7 46 2642 35 10,6
8 26 GM GRIGORIANTS Sergey RUS 2574 7 43,5 2586 32,5 2,9
9 31 GM ANTON GUIJARRO David ESP 2559 6,5 50 2643 39 13,1
10 4 GM SMIRIN Ilia ISR 2644 6,5 48 2662 35,5 3,6
11 24 IM BOK Benjamin NED 2575 6,5 48 2636 36 9,7
12 9 GM ROZENTALIS Eduardas LTU 2623 6,5 48 2633 35 3
13 27 GM GOLOD Vitali ISR 2573 6,5 47 2640 36 10,7
14 13 GM PREDOJEVIC Borki BIH 2607 6,5 47 2638 36,5 5,2
15 48 IM GEORGESCU Tiberiu-Marian ROU 2468 6,5 46,5 2601 34 18,2
16 20 GM ROIZ Michael ISR 2591 6,5 46 2623 35 5,7
17 22 GM JUMABAYEV Rinat KAZ 2580 6,5 45 2591 34 3
18 6 GM ROMANOV Evgeny RUS 2636 6,5 44,5 2581 32,5 -4,3
19 33 GM DJUKIC Nikola MNE 2551 6,5 44 2528 32,5 0,1
20 37 GM BARON Tal ISR 2513 6,5 43 2510 31,5 2
21 32 GM SALEM A.R. Saleh UAE 2558 6,5 42 2569 33 4,5
22 2 GM GRANDA ZUNIGA Julio E PER 2680 6,5 41,5 2544 30,5 -10
23 58 IM SMIRNOV Artem RUS 2445 6 49 2576 32,5 18,4
24 30 GM DAMLJANOVIC Branko SRB 2566 6 48 2585 34,5 4,9
25 17 GM GRANDELIUS Nils SWE 2600 6 48 2558 35 -3,2
26 70 GM DRAZIC Sinisa SRB 2415 6 47 2560 33 22,9
27 52 GM ANTIC Dejan SRB 2462 6 47 2541 31,5 11,4
28 65 IM DASTAN Muhammed Batuhan TUR 2416 6 47 2479 32 11,8
29 50 IM DONCHENKO Alexander GER 2463 6 46 2553 33 12,8
30 5 GM DELCHEV Aleksander BUL 2638 6 45,5 2526 32 -9,1

(Full final standings here)

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  • 6 months ago

    gregdocot

    Is there a saddle? Congrats and nice trophy, GK! It inspire me to put-up a group with the name "The Gathering of the Knights." 

  • 6 months ago

    melvinbluestone

    Nice article, great trophy, and a terrific shirt on Georgiev!

    Silly me...... I got excited when I saw "Swiss Gambit" in the title. I thought maybe Georgiev played a game with 1.f4 f5!

  • 6 months ago

    ChessMN16

    I wish these great GMs would have gotten an even bigger prize fund!

    Brilliant trophy, very nice tournament. 

  • 6 months ago

    sco-ish

    That is one NICE trophy

  • 6 months ago

    -_KNiGHt_-

    Pretty cool trophy!

     

    =)

  • 6 months ago

    ErwinSachs

    Would be just enough for me to be able to travel the world and watch these great tourneys.

    Cheers for the report............

  • 6 months ago

    thaskaiser

    I dream of having more vacation and travelling the world and play chess Cool

    It's amazing how €25 000 can get you such a strong field.

    What other sport can copy that ?

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