Strong Rapid Tournament Takes Off in Riga

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 3/28/14, 8:00 AM.

This weekend a (very) strong rapid tournament will be held in Riga, Latvia: the Latvian Railway Open. Besides the leading Latvian grandmasters (including co-organizer Alexey Shirov!), a number of big names from abroad will be present such as Vasilly Ivanchuk, Vladimir Malakhov, Sergei Zhigalko, Viktor Bologan and Loek van Wely.

The Latvian Railway Open takes place 28-30 March, 2014 at the Latvian Railway History Museum in Riga, Latvia. As one of the strongest open rapid tournaments of the world, the tournament is another example of the "chess in museums" trend!

According to Wikipedia the Latvian Railway Museum was established on August 30, 1994 and contains more than a thousand items, documents and photographs related to railway communications and signalling equipment, tools and instruments, uniforms and badges. It is located in the center of the Latvian capital.

The tournament will be held in three groups A, B and C. Tournament A is a 14-round Swiss with the time control 15 minutes for each player plus 6 seconds increment per move. The first round is on Friday, March 28th at 17.30 hours; the last round on Sunday the 30th at 15.00 hours. The total prize fund is 11,150 Euros with 1400 Euros going to the winner of th A tournament. 

The current list of participants, as given on Chess-Results, has the following top 30:

No. Title Name FED Rtg
1 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2777
2 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2742
3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2722
4 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2704
5 GM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2681
6 GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2680
7 GM Van Wely Loek NED 2679
8 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2675
9 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2653
10 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2649
11 GM Navara David CZE 2648
12 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2646
13 GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2635
14 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2616
15 GM Ehlvest Jaan USA 2612
16 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2582
17 GM Sumets Andrey UKR 2577
18 GM Shariyazdanov Andrey RUS 2570
19 GM Sulskis Sarunas LTU 2562
20 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny LAT 2554
21 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2547
22 GM Fedorov Alexei BLR 2547
23 GM Gleizerov Evgeny RUS 2545
24 GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2545
25 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2544
26 GM Stupak Kirill BLR 2537
27 GM Ulibin Mikhail RUS 2515
28 GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2505
29 IM Krivonosov Oleg LAT 2490
30 GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2488

You can watch the games live here.

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  • 3 years ago


    Ivanchuk should someday be put out to stud! Good gracious, ...13 points/14, played with no losses (rapid or not)! Belated Happy 45th Birthday Vassili! A "Chess Rapid 2800" rating, ...will be a deserved BD gift, when it eventually happens, ...this event being the impetus. The finest Blue-Grass in Kentucky can wait (meant in loving jest)! Botvinnik, Korchnoi, ...move aside! I pray you're only getting your second wind Vassili, with this frankly, simply unreal, stud-like performance (and a 3059 TPR)! You are a timeless chess treasure, my man. May you remain healthy & brilliant, so that the finest of your prodigious & remarkable chess legacy lay ahead & not behind you, ...for decades to come!

    Hows that for chess dominance? Stunning!

  • 3 years ago


    Ivanchuk wins with 13/14. Insanity. 

  • 3 years ago


    The huge Google map is just what we need in this article...

  • 3 years ago


    WOW! Look at Ivanchuk!

    9 out of 9 so far with a rating performance of 3424!

    How cool is that?   Cool

  • 3 years ago

    IM chesskingdreamer

    on fide.

  • 3 years ago


    how to find an official rating lists for bullet, blitz and rapid ?

  • 3 years ago


    No, that's rapid rating. There is a classical rating, and then there's blitz and rapid.

  • 3 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    malakhov's fide is 2700, and shirov is at 2702.  i suppose a national rating...

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