Alexei Shirov Clinches Cup In Riga

Alexei Shirov Clinches Cup In Riga

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Aug 18, 2015, 12:12 PM |
14 | Chess Event Coverage

On Sunday, GM Alexei Shirov won the fifth edition of the Riga Technical University Open in Latvia. The Latvian grandmaster edged out Robert Hovhannisyan of Armenia on tiebreak after both finished on 7.5/9.

Photo by Evgeny Solozhenkin

Officially called “Riga Technical University Open,” this reasonably strong open took place August 10-16 in the Exhibition Centre Kipsala. It is located in Kipsala, an island on the left bank of the Daugava river, connected to Riga city center and Pārdaugava by the Shroud Bridge.

For the fifth edition the format was slightly changed so that it would fit in a full week. The prize fund for the top group was €15,500 (U.S. $17,000). Besides the chess, a wide entertainment and cultural program was organized, including excursions, competitions and a dinner reception.

The tournament started with a surprise: after four rounds, 19-year-old Russian IM Maksim Chigaev was the only player on four points! His big scalp was Riga-born GM Daniel Fridman of Germany, whom he beat as Black on board two:

 

The playing hall — lots of space for the participants.

After drawing with Hrant Melkumyan, the winner of last year, Chigaev finally lost his first game. It can happen against someone whose name is...Alexei Shirov.

Notice how the Latvian star plays the endgame, putting two of his pawns on the square of the opponent's bishop, restricting the enemy's pieces.

 

Alexei Shirov in Riga, deeply concentrated.

With one round to go it was GM Robert Hovhannisyan who was in clear first place with seven points. He had played a remarkably short game with GM Tal Baron, the winner of the last Titled Tuesday. The Israeli GM must have miscalculated completely:

The same Baron faced Shirov in the last round, and that didn't go well either:

  

2015 Riga Technical University Open | Final Standings (Top 30)

Rk. Title Name Rtg FED Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 GM Shirov Alexei 2702 LAT 7,5 41,5 52 2788
2 GM Hovhannisyan Robert 2612 ARM 7,5 41 52,5 2772
3 GM Jumabayev Rinat 2600 KAZ 7 38 47 2644
4 GM Kovalenko Igor 2702 LAT 7 36,5 47,5 2642
5 GM Melkumyan Hrant 2633 ARM 6,5 41 53 2616
6   Aryan Chopra 2402 IND 6,5 39,5 49 2634
7 GM Swiercz Dariusz 2617 POL 6,5 39 49 2560
8 IM Schroeder Jan-Christian 2473 GER 6,5 37,5 47,5 2602
9 GM Kovalev Vladislav 2540 BLR 6,5 37 48 2576
10 GM Skoberne Jure 2547 SLO 6,5 32,5 41 2510
11 IM Lugovskoy Maxim 2431 RUS 6 41 51 2622
12 GM Socko Bartosz 2622 POL 6 40,5 51,5 2562
13 GM Naroditsky Daniel 2631 USA 6 40 52,5 2566
14 GM Baron Tal 2524 ISR 6 40 52 2611
15 IM Chigaev Maksim 2519 RUS 6 40 51,5 2611
16 IM Ziska Helgi Dam 2515 FAI 6 39 50,5 2577
17 GM Dragun Kamil 2572 POL 6 38,5 50,5 2555
18 FM Krupenski Juri 2356 EST 6 38,5 47 2547
19 GM Oleksiyenko Mykhaylo 2638 UKR 6 38 49 2528
20 GM Kulaots Kaido 2573 EST 6 38 48,5 2500
21 GM Neiksans Arturs 2596 LAT 6 37,5 47,5 2543
22 GM Troff Kayden W 2532 USA 6 36,5 46,5 2485
23 GM Ankit R. Rajpara 2460 IND 6 36,5 46 2483
24 IM Georgiadis Nico 2485 SUI 6 36 47,5 2463
25 GM Burmakin Vladimir 2558 RUS 6 36 47 2501
26 IM Wan Yunguo 2472 CHN 6 36 46 2506
27 GM Bartel Mateusz 2631 POL 6 35,5 46 2482
28 IM Krivonosov Oleg 2462 LAT 6 35,5 45,5 2451
29 GM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn 2567 ISL 6 34,5 44 2493
30 IM Meskovs Nikita 2494 LAT 6 34,5 44 2457

(Full final standings here.)

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