Naiditsch superb at Neckar Open, tough weekend for Bacrot

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Naiditsch superb at Neckar Open, tough weekend for BacrotThe 15th Neckar Open was won by Arkadij Naiditsch. The German grandmaster scored a very convincing 8.5/9 in Deizisau, Germany. This year the tournament might well have been the biggest open in the world, with 753 participants. One of them, French top GM Etienne Bacrot, managed to lose 19 rating points in five days.

The 15th Neckar Open took place April 21st till 25th, 2011 in the Public Hall and the Gymnasium of Deizisau (Stuttgart Region), Germany. As always, the tournament was held during the long Easter weekend and to keep open the possibility of scoring norms, nine rounds were held in just five days. There were three independent tournaments (A/B/C-Open), all with the time control of 2 hours 40 moves + half an hour to finish the game. The prize fund for the A group was 11,600 Euro.

Tournament logo

This year the Deizisau story was the story of one man: Arkadij Naiditsch. The Dortmund resident won the largest open chess tournament in Germany with the outstanding score of 8.5 out of 9. He started with 7/7, including victories against GMs Arik Braun and Alon Greenfeld. Only then did he play a quick draw to blow off some steam, against David Baramidze.

In the last round, the German number one faced Falko Bindrich. A draw was enough to win the tournament outright, but Naiditsch continued press from a slightly better position. Eventually he won a rook ending and the winner's check of 3000 Euro.

Arkadij Naiditsch

Top seed Etienne Bacrot from France didn't go so well. After winning three games, the French top grandmaster was just outplayed by Dutch IM Twan Burg (2432). Bacrot then repaired the damage somewhat with two White wins, only to lose yet again with the black pieces against an IM: Oleg Spirin of Russia. The story got even worse for Bacrot when he drew with FM Christian Schramm in round 8 and then finished with another draw against Dutch FM Raoul van Ketel. A tough schedule led to the loss of 19 valuable rating points in one (long) weekend for the French top player, if we may believe this chart. Ouch.

Etienne Bacrot

On the other hand, with this strong performance, Naiditsch got his rating over 2700 Elo, proving once again that he is the best player in Germany. The other places on the podium were taken by two other local grandmasters: Arik Braun and David Baramidze, who both scored 7.5 points.

The ladies prize was won by Joanna Majdan-Gajewska. Before the last round, the Polish lady was half a point behind three competitors. These players all lost, while Majdan-Gajewska could defeat her opponent. Her reward for a good performance in Deizisau was 500 Euro.

Joanna-Majdan-Gajewski

The 15th edition of the Neckar Open had 753 participants playing in Deizisau, which was a new record. It's certainly one of the biggest opens in the world, if not the biggest.

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A number of videos were made during the tournament. Here's one that gives a good idea about the atmosphere in Deizisau.

15th Neckar Open 2011 | A group | Final Standings (top 40)
# Player Ti Rtg Fed W D L Pts Buchh
1. Naiditsch,Arkadij GM 2684 GER 8 1 0 8.5 56.0
2. Braun,Arik GM 2542 GER 7 1 1 7.5 57.5
3. Baramidze,David GM 2554 GER 6 3 0 7.5 56.5
4. Huschenbeth,Niclas IM 2465 GER 6 2 1 7.0 54.5
5. Erdös,Viktor GM 2597 HUN 6 2 1 7.0 54.0
6. Greenfeld,Alon GM 2571 ISR 6 2 1 7.0 53.5
6. Gajewski,Grzegorz GM 2567 POL 6 2 1 7.0 53.5
8. Shytaj,Luca IM 2475 ITA 6 2 1 7.0 52.0
9. Schneider,Ilja IM 2511 GER 5 4 0 7.0 51.0
10. Epishin,Vladimir GM 2567 RUS 5 4 0 7.0 50.5
10. Prohaszka,Peter GM 2545 HUN 5 4 0 7.0 50.5
12. Piorun,Kacper IM 2521 POL 6 2 1 7.0 50.0
13. Svetushkin,Dmitri GM 2543 MDA 6 2 1 7.0 48.5
14. Heimann,Andreas IM 2491 GER 5 4 0 7.0 47.5
15. Bindrich,Falko GM 2523 GER 5 3 1 6.5 54.0
16. Burg,Twan IM 2432 NED 6 1 2 6.5 52.5
17. Spirin,Oleg IM 2474 RUS 5 3 1 6.5 51.0
18. Yemelin,Vasily GM 2575 RUS 6 1 2 6.5 50.5
18. Grimberg,Boris FM 2333 GER 6 1 2 6.5 50.5
20. Moor,Roger IM 2395 SUI 5 3 1 6.5 50.0
21. Rombaldoni,Axel IM 2449 ITA 5 3 1 6.5 49.5
21. Hirneise,Tobias IM 2431 GER 5 3 1 6.5 49.5
23. Raykhman,Alexander FM 2372 GER 6 1 2 6.5 49.0
24. Skembris,Spyridon GM 2461 GRE 5 3 1 6.5 48.5
25. Kotainy,Jens 2370 GER 5 3 1 6.5 48.0
26. Lobzhanidze,Davit IM 2489 GEO 5 3 1 6.5 47.5
27. Bogner,Sebastian GM 2541 GER 4 5 0 6.5 47.5
28. Petr,Martin IM 2499 CZE 6 1 2 6.5 47.0
29. Fedorovsky,Michael IM 2411 GER 5 3 1 6.5 46.5
30. Blübaum,Matthias 2246 GER 5 3 1 6.5 45.5
31. Rietze,Clemens 2226 GER 6 1 2 6.5 45.0
32. Van Ketel,Raoul FM 2285 NED 6 1 2 6.5 44.5
33. Banusz,Tamas GM 2563 HUN 6 1 2 6.5 41.5
34. Dausch,Rene FM 2371 GER 6 0 3 6.0 54.0
35. Abel,Dennes 2411 GER 4 4 1 6.0 54.0
36. Renner,Christoph IM 2431 GER 5 2 2 6.0 53.5
37. Lubbe,Nikolas 2396 GER 5 2 2 6.0 53.0
38. Majdan-Gajewska,Joanna WGM 2325 POL 4 4 1 6.0 51.5
39. Bacrot,Etienne GM 2718 FRA 5 2 2 6.0 51.0
40. Trella,Thomas FM 2400 GER 4 4 1 6.0 51.0



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