Wojtaszek wins György Marx Memorial with 2893 performance

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Wojtaszek wins György Marx Memorial with 2882 performanceA performance rating over 2800 is usually not saying that much, but when it's close to 2900, and based on ten games, maybe it is. Radoslaw Wojtaszek yesterday won the 9th György Marx Memorial in Paks, Hungary most convincingly, scoring a stunning 8/10 and a 2893 performance rating. His opponents were Ferenc Berkes, Ilya Smirin, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Viktor Bologan and Peter Acs.

The 9th György Marx Memorial was held June 16-27 in the Erzsébet Grand Hotel in Paks, Hungary. György Marx was a famous Hungarian physicist, known for his work on nuclear power and atomic theory. The tournament has become a traditional summer event, giving Hungarian players the opportunity to meet strong foreign grandmasters.

This year in a six-player double round robin local heros Ferenc Berkes and Peter Acs played with Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland), Ilya Smirin (Israel), Ivan Salgado Lopez (Spain) and Viktor Bologan (Moldavia). The rate of play was 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, and 30 seconds per move from the first move. There was an anti-quick-draw rule in effect: the players could only offer a draw before move 40 with the arbiter’s permission in particular cases.

Wojtaszek started strongly and defeated Salgado Lopez, Berkes and Acs in the first three rounds, and then drew quickly with Smirin. He finished the first half with a win against Bologan, leading the pack with 4.5/5, half a point more than Smirin.

In the second half, with colours reversed, Wojtaszek drew his black games against Salgado Lopez and Berkes before beating Acs for the second time. He then also defeated Bologan for the second time, and ended his tournament with another draw against Smirin, who finished shared second with Berkes.

Alongside the tournament there was also a women's group with Anna Rudolf, Anna Sharevich, Lilit Mkrtchian, Ildiko Madl, Alina Kashlinshkaya and Esther Dudasz, won by Kashlinshkaya with 6.5/10. On top of that there were an open tournament and rapid and blitz events.

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György Marx Memorial 2011 | Results

György Marx Memorial 2011 | Final Standings


The playing hall in the Erzsébet Grand Hotel in Paks, Hungary


Peter Acs (HUN, 2606) - last with a 2434 performance


Viktor Bologan (MDA, 2678) - shared 4th-5th with a 2553 performance


Ivan Salgado Lopez (ESP, 2623) - shared 4th-5th with a 2564 performance


Ferenc Berkes (HUN, 2693) - shared 2nd-3rd with a 2765 performance


Ilia Smirin (ISR, 2661) - shared 2nd-3rd with a 2772 performance


Radek Wojtaszek (POL, 2721) - 1st with a 2893 performance


Ladies first: L-R winner Alina Kashlinskaya, Lilit Mkrtchian, Anna Sharevich, Ildiko Madl, Anna Rudolf and Esther Dudasz

Photos © György Marx Memorial, more here


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