Open Tournaments Around Christmas And New Year

Open Tournaments Around Christmas And New Year

PeterDoggers
PeterDoggers
Jan 7, 2016, 8:19 AM |
6 | Chess Event Coverage

Lots of chess events always take place during the Christmas and New Year holidays. This report sums up the major ones.

Naiditsch Repeats Swiss Double

In December 2014 he did it with a German flag at his board, and last month he repeated his success as a player representing Azerbaijan. Arkadij Naiditsch won the open tournaments in both Zurich and Basel, just like last year.

In Zurich, Naiditsch won the traditional Christmas Open, held December 26-30, with a score of 6.0/7. That was enough for clear first. 

Naiditsch played two quick draws with Vitaly Kunin and Christian Bauer (who finished second and third), and won the other five convincingly.

In the penultimate round, Naiditsch started quietly with a Four Knights, but then went for an early g2-g4. It wasn't a new move though!

 
Arkadij Naiditsch again won both tournaments in Switzerland.
Photo Georg Kradolfer courtesy of the Christmas Open.

Christmas Open (Zurich) 2015 | Final Standings (Top 20)

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij AZE 2698 6 33,5 211,5 24,5
2 6 GM Kunin Vitaly GER 2572 5,5 32,5 211 23,5
3 3 GM Bauer Christian FRA 2624 5,5 32,5 202 24
4 10 GM Gonda Laszlo HUN 2544 5,5 29,5 193,5 21
5 13 GM Gundavaa B. MGL 2506 5,5 29 196,5 20,5
6 2 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2627 5,5 29 192,5 21,5
7 8 GM Burmakin Vladimir RUS 2556 5 32 194 23
8 5 GM Vorobiov Evgeny RUS 2574 5 31,5 198 23
9 11 GM Sebenik Matej SLO 2523 5 30 196,5 22
10 32   Kheit Wahbi ISR 2306 5 30 185 23,5
11 9 GM Bogner Sebastian SUI 2546 5 27,5 191 19
12 15 IM Georgiadis Nico SUI 2485 5 27 195 19,5
13 36 FM Gantner Matthias SUI 2274 5 26,5 189,5 19,5
14 20 FM Habu Yoshiharu JAP 2398 5 26,5 186,5 19
15 19 IM Studer Noël SUI 2404 4,5 30,5 192,5 21,5
16 34 FM Wyss Jonas SUI 2289 4,5 29,5 184 21
17 7 GM Pelletier Yannick SUI 2571 4,5 29,5 181 21,5
18 14 GM Cvitan Ognjen CRO 2499 4,5 28,5 189,5 20
19 4 GM Bindrich Falko GER 2583 4,5 28,5 177 20,5
20 25 FM Dragnev Valentin AUT 2356 4,5 28 189,5 21

(Full final standings here.)

 

He won his last tournament in 2015, and after celebrating the new year Naiditsch also won his first in 2016. That was another Swiss event in Switzerland: the Basel Chess Festival, which was held January 1-5.

There Naiditsch started with two wins. In the second round he defeated Yoshiharu Habu, who also played in Zurich. 

Habu is not well known as a chess player but “world famous” in Japan, where he is a true Shogi legend. Every now and then Habu travels to Europe and plays some chess there — a bit like Vassily Ivanchuk playing draughts these days.

 

The legendary Yoshiharu Habu. | Photo Georg Kradolfer courtesy of the Christmas Open.

You can see that Habu definitely has talent for chess as well (you shouldn't miss this game if you don't know it yet) in his game with Naiditsch, where he's still alive and kicking around the time control.


But then it suddenly went wrong for Naiditsch: he lost to Dutch IM Arthur Pijpers in a very messy game.

But Naiditsch continued with three wins, then drew with Mihaj Stojanovic and saw everyone on 4.5 points finish his tournament with a draw as well. His 5.0/7 was again enough for clear first.

Can you find how he forced resignation in round four?

Basel Chess Festival 2016 | Final Standings (Top 20)

# Name Title Elo Land W D L Pts TB1 TB2
1 Naiditsch,Arkadij GM 2696 AZE 5 1 1 5.5 22.5 32
2 Demuth,Adrien GM 2535 FRA 4 2 1 5 24 32.5
3 Bellahcene,Bilel IM 2465 FRA 3 4 0 5 23 31
4 Pijpers,Arthur IM 2463 NED 4 2 1 5 21.5 30
4 Sprenger,JM IM 2496 GER 3 4 0 5 21.5 30
6 Heimann, Andreas IM 2552 GER 4 2 1 5 20.5 29.5
6 Shvayger,Yuliya WIM 2381 ISR 4 2 1 5 20.5 29.5
8 Stremavicius,Titas IM 2468 LTU 3 4 0 5 20.5 27.5
9 Stojanovic,Mihajlo GM 2507 SRB 4 2 1 5 19.5 26.5
10 Riff,Jean-Noel GM 2512 FRA 3 3 1 4.5 21.5 30.5
11 Hort,Vlastimil GM 2430 GER 3 3 1 4.5 20 28
12 Ghaem Maghami, E GM 2594 IRI 4 1 2 4.5 19 27.5
13 Filipovic,Branko IM 2369 CRO 4 1 2 4.5 18.5 27
14 Derakhshani,Borna CM 2178 IRI 3 3 1 4.5 17.5 25
15 Kopylov,Michael IM 2406 UKR 4 1 2 4.5 17 23
16 Starostits,Ilmars GM 2422 LAT 2 4 1 4 19.5 30
17 Minko,Vladimir FM 2361 RUS 3 2 2 4 18.5 29.5
18 Habu,Yoshiharu FM 2398 JPN 3 2 2 4 16.5 28
19 Derakhshani,Dorsa WIM 2315 IRI 3 2 2 4 16.5 25
20 Metz, Hartmut FM 2323 GER 2 4 1 4 16 25.5

(Full final standings here.)

Hammer & Rodshtein Break 2700 At Rilton Cup

An even more traditional tournament around this time of year is the Rilton Cup. This year the tournament took place December 27-January 5 in Stockholm.

It is named after Tore Rilton (1904-1983), a doctor and a chess lover. After his death, from his assets 8 million Swedish krona (more than 5 million after tax) were put in the Rilton Foundation, from which the tournament is supported every year.

 

It was Michal Krasenkow who seemed to be running away with the tournament again. The Polish grandmaster won four times before in Stockholm, and he was the only one to start with 5.0/5.

But then he went down against Norway's number two Jon Ludvig Hammer, who played a truly excellent game.



However, Hammer dropped half-points against GMs Alexander Donchenko (Germany) and Sam Sevian (USA), and his last-round win against IM Martin Zumsande wasn't enough: GM Maxim Rodshtein of Israel came first with the splendid score of 8.0/9.

In the last round GM Hans Tikkanen got slowly outplayed in a double rook endgame:

 

Both Hammer and Rodshtein broke the 2700 barrier and as a result their names can be found on 2700.com now!

2015-16 Rilton Cup | Final Standings (Top 20)

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2
1 2 GM Rodshtein Maxim ISR 2678 8 48 53
2 1 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2695 7,5 51 55,5
3 17 GM Blomqvist Erik SWE 2493 7 45,5 50,5
4 12 GM Hillarp-Persson Tiger SWE 2521 6,5 47 51
5 8 GM Sevian Samuel USA 2578 6,5 46 50,5
6 22 GM Socko Monika POL 2437 6,5 36 39
7-8 4 GM Krasenkow Michal POL 2610 6 49 53,5
7-8 6 GM Donchenko Alexander GER 2588 6 49 53,5
9 13 GM Tikkanen Hans SWE 2515 6 44,5 47,5
10 20 IM Zumsande Martin Dr. GER 2442 6 42,5 45,5
11 5 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2597 6 41,5 44
12 15 IM Poetsch Hagen GER 2509 6 40 44
13 10 IM Tari Aryan NOR 2556 6 40 42
14 14 IM Nikita Meskovs LAT 2511 6 39,5 40
15 7 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2587 5,5 48 51,5
16 3 GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2642 5,5 46 50,5
17 19 IM Andersen Mads DEN 2474 5,5 45 48,5
18 37 FM Sagit Rauan SWE 2375 5,5 44,5 48
19 23 GM Semcesen Daniel SWE 2431 5,5 43,5 47,5
20 30 IM Sjödahl Pontus SWE 2404 5,5 43,5 46,5

(Full final standings here.)

Hastings Chess Congress

The Hastings Chess Congress has known better times, but maybe things are improving. This year, for the first time, the tournament was sponsored by Tradewise, the company that also supports the Gibraltar Chess Festival.

At the oldest still running tournament, 11 of the classical chess world champions once played. This year only 11 grandmasters played in Hastings, and just two of them were rated above 2600: Ferenc Berkes (Hungary, 2650) and Igor Khenkin (Germany, 2605). Neither of them managed to win the tournament.

The first prize was shared between two players: little-known GM Jahongir Vakhidov, who is the number three of Uzbekistan behind Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Anton Filippov, and GM Aleksander Mista, the number 15 of Poland. 

It was Vakhidov who won their mutual game in round five:

 

Mista caught the Uzbek in the final round as Glenn Flear stumbled in time trouble:

 

2015-16 Hastings Chess Congress | Final Standings (Top 20)

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg TB1 TB2 TB3
1 5 GM Vakhidov Jahongir UZB 2546 7 42,25 2792
2 3 GM Mista Aleksander POL 2567 7 40 2762
3 6 GM Sulskis Sarunas LTU 2535 6,5 38,25 2693
4 2 GM Khenkin Igor GER 2605 6,5 36,75 2659
5 8 GM Fodor Tamas Jr. HUN 2492 6,5 36,25 2675
6 1 GM Berkes Ferenc HUN 2650 6,5 36 2677
7 15 IM Sarkar Justin USA 2407 6,5 32,75 2605
8 13 IM Bagi Mate HUN 2440 6 32,25 2603
9 12 GM Flear Glenn C ENG 2459 6 30 2485
10 18 IM Krishna C R G IND 2367 6 29 2533
11 23 FM Batchelor Peter J ENG 2307 6 26,25 2420
12 17 IM Eggleston David J ENG 2396 6 26 2438
13 4 GM Pap Gyula HUN 2551 5,5 30,25 2526
14 11 GM Romanishin Oleg M UKR 2462 5,5 29 2531
15 10 GM Hebden Mark L ENG 2469 5,5 27,5 2439
16 16 IM Nagy Gabor HUN 2403 5,5 27,25 2482
17 14 GM Williams Simon K ENG 2439 5,5 27 2437
18 7 GM Gormally Daniel W ENG 2506 5,5 26,5 2417
19 9 GM Arkell Keith C ENG 2490 5,5 25,75 2406
20 19 IM Bates Richard A ENG 2331 5,5 24,5 2350

(Full final standings here.)

 

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