Sadler does it again, wins Oslo Open with 8/9

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(UPDATED) Matthew Sadler won the Oslo Open most convincingly on Sunday, finishing clear first with 8/9. The English grandmaster, who retired from professional chess over a decade ago, also won a strong open tournament in Barcelona in August. In Oslo he finished 1.5 points ahead of the rest of the field.

Matthew Sadler in Oslo | Photo © Tarjei J. Svensen for the official website

EventOslo Open  | PGN via TWIC
DatesOctober 2nd-9th, 2011
LocationOslo, Norway
System9-round Swiss
PlayersSergei Tiviakov, Matthew Sadler, Sergei Volkov, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Kaido Kualots, Vladimir Burmakin, Sipke Ernst, Eduardas Rozentalis and others
Time control2 hours for the first 40 moves and then 1 hour to finish the game


He did it again! Matthew Sadler was in a class of his own at the Oslo Open, scoring an impressive 8/9 in not such a weak field. 'Open tournament tiger' and former super-grandmaster Sergei Tiviakov was first seed, there were two more 2600-players (Sergei Volkov and Jon Ludvig Hammer) and experienced GMs like Vladimir Burmakin, Eduardas Rozentalis and Viktor Mikhalevski were also present.

Still, the English grandmaster only dropped two half points, against IM Danny Raznikov in the second round, and against Tiviakov in the 7th round. Besides weaker players, Sadler beat GMs Sipke Ernst, Viktor Mikhalevski and Sergei Volkov. Here are his nine games, which resulted in a 2860 performance rating:

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Dutch GM Sipke Ernst played an excellent tournament too, finishing on sole second place with 6.5/9 and a 2649 performance. The third prize was shared between GMs Tiviakov, Mikhalevski, Burmakin and Rozentalis and IM Frode Elsness, who scored a GM norm.

After playing only in the Dutch league for years, Sadler now finished four serious tournaments. He won two weekenders in Haarlem in 2010 and 2011, he won a 10-round Swiss in August in Barcelona and now this one in Oslo. Maybe the organizers of the Tata Steel tournament should try to get him to Wijk aan Zee next January?

Update: apparently Matthew Sadler had already been invited to Wijk aan Zee in July, for the Grandmaster Group C, and accepted. In an article on Schaaksite.nl tournament director Jeroen van den Berg says he's (pleasantly) surprised about Sadler's recent results, and admits that he belongs in the B group. Since that group is already full, he'll 'have a chat' with Sadler about the situation.

 

Oslo Open 2011 | Round 9 (Final) Standings (top 40)
 

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