Malakhatko wins 8th Open of Balagne

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Malakhatko wins 8th Open Internaziunale di BalaguaGrandmaster Vadim Malakhatko of Belgium won the 8th edition of the Balagna Open in Corsica, France with 7.5 out of 9. He finished half a point ahead of Hicham Hamdouchi (France), Christian Bauer (France), Robin van Kampen (the Netherlands) and Tejas Bakre (India). A report by WIM Arlette van Weersel, who played as well.

By WIM Arlette van Weersel

The 8th Calvi International Open took place from the 26th of April until the 1st of May 2011 in the beautiful city of Calvi, Corsica. Twenty titleholders from ten different countries competed to win a total price fund of 15,000 euro.

The tournament took place inside the boxing hall of Calvi. This setting inspired the players to fight for every point. And since offering a draw was prohibited, only 8 per cent of the games ended in draws.

The playing hall with the boxing ball on the right side

The playing hall with the boxing ball on the right side



Although there were only fights over the board the reporter did wonder when the first frustrated player would punch the boxing ball hanging from the ceiling. But luckily everybody could control their anger!

The beautiful landscape (snow covered mountain peaks and sunny beaches all at the same time) plus the fact that the players could watch live football matches and visit a nearby wine yard also helped them relax.

The view from the playing hall; players could enjoy a live football match

The view from the playing hall; players could enjoy a live football match



Finding the playing hall was, despite the easy walk, for some players quite difficult. On the day of arrival, the organization had told the players who were staying in the hotel and camping site that it was possible to take a short-cut, by walking a few meters up the hill.

Robin van Kampen, trusting the reporter's female intuition, tried to find this short-cut, but after walking half an hour up the hill we still hadn’t reached the playing hall! The only thing we could do is run down the hill again and take the normal route. Twenty five minutes late (only 5 minutes before we would be forfeited) we arrived at the playing hall. During the tournament we also heard that Romain Edouard had difficulties finding the short-cut. But luckily nobody got seriously lost. :-)

After seven rounds, four players (Malakhatko, Hamdouchi, Bauer, Van Kampen) were leading with 6 points. But in round eight Malakhatko took the lead by winning against Sebastien Midoux , while Hamdouchi, Bauer and Van Kampen all drew. In round 9, although the Sofia rules applied, all four top games ended in a draw by repetition with Malakhatko winning the tournament.

Robin van Kampen (16), who already has two GM norms, is still in the running to become the youngest Dutch grandmaster ever. In Balagua he scored an impressive GM-norm performance, but was a bit unlucky with the pairings. Since there were only nine French titleholders he had to play against a minimum of 4 different nationalities. However, due to the fact that there were some opponents who recently changed their FIDE country he lacked the amount of foreign opponents...

IM Robin van Kampen scored a 2600+ performance but just missed out on his final GM norm due to small print in the FIDE regulations

IM Robin van Kampen scored a 2600+ performance but just missed out on his final GM norm due to small print in the FIDE regulations



8th Open Internaziunale di Balagua 2011 | Final Standings (top 40)
# Title Name Elo Pts TB1 TB2 Perf
1 g MALAKHATKO Vadim 2546 44½ 53 2674
2 g HAMDOUCHI Hicham 2593 7 46 56 2649
3 g BAUER Christian 2633 7 45½ 54½ 2649
4 m VAN KAMPEN Robin 2456 7 45½ 54½ 2601
5 g BAKRE Tejas 2530 7 42 51 2553
6 g EDOUARD Romain 2600 45½ 55 2578
7 m VENKATESH M.r. 2455 44 53 2500
8 m RICHTER Michael 2486 42½ 52 2473
9 g MIRZOEV Azer 2571 42 51 2479
10 m DEMUTH Adrien 2375 41½ 50 2366
11 m PRAVEEN KUMAR C. 2352 35½ 43½ 2218
12 m ADRIAN Claude 2258 6 42½ 51½ 2304
13 m TERRIEUX Kevin 2422 6 42 50½ 2365
14 HUMEAU Cyril 2230 6 41 49 2296
15 f GACHET Sebastien 2279 6 40½ 49 2236
16 gf HAMDOUCHI Adina-Maria 2268 6 40½ 47½ 2259
17 mf VAN WEERSEL Arlette 2234 6 39½ 47½ 2261
18 GERTOSIO Franck 2166 6 39 47 2236
19 SHAMIEH Mahmoud 2195 6 38½ 48½ 2266
20 MARIE Maxime 2209 6 38½ 45½ 2206
21 f MIDOUX Sebastien 2303 45 54½ 2375
22 CRISTOFARI Antoine 2144 38½ 46 2182
23 m LJUBISAVLJEVIC Zivojin Z 2211 38 45½ 2220
24 STEINHAUSER Thomas 2091 36 42½ 2066
25 KWOSSEK Georg 2060 36 42 1972
26 RICTER Jean-Paul 2118 35 42½ 2051
27 m BATTAGLINI Gabriel 2413 5 43½ 52½ 2366
28 BRESSAC Stephane 2241 5 41 49 2282
29 f MASSONI Michael 2338 5 38½ 47 2166
30 HOFFMANN Roger 2055 5 37½ 45 2037
31 SEGERBERG Tomas 1966 5 37½ 44½ 2038
32 DELSENY Serge 2017 5 37½ 44½ 2033
33 PINCHON Henri 1915 5 36 42 1948
34 ANTON Jose 1879 5 36 39½ 1939
35 OBRINGER Jean-Marc 2046 5 35½ 42½ 2004
36 ATTAL Maxence 1977 5 35½ 41½ 2037
37 FRANCESCHINI Francois-Marie 1714 5 35½ 41½ 1916
38 CALLIER Christophe 2011 5 35½ 41 2014
39 BATTESTI Marc-Andria 1983 5 35 41 2000
40 HAVE Didier 1920 5 34 40 1887



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All chess players together

All chess players together



The winner: Vadim Malakhatko of Belgium

The winner: Vadim Malakhatko of Belgium

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