Boris Grachev Wins Basel Chess Festival
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The 2012 Basel Chess Festival took place from 1-5 January 2013 in northwest Switzerland.
The main event was a 7 round Swiss Open with a strong field of 89 players competing. The 26 year-old Russian Boris Grachev claimed victory by a superior tie-break score after four players finished tied for first with 5½/7 points. Levente Vajda of Romania took second place and Robin van Kampen of the Netherlands came third.
Boris Grachev started with 4 straight wins and drew his last 3 games for the overall victory. He is currently ranked #14 in Russia and #63 in the world.
Top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave could only finish in fifth place.
The medalists (left to right): Levente Vajda, Boris Grachev, Robin Van Kampen
The top finishers in the 2012 Basel Masters Open
|3||Van Kampen, Robin||NED||2581||4||0||3||5½||23|
|9||Ghaem Maghami, Ehs||IRI||2572||3||0||4||5||20½|
Swiss #2 Yannick Pelletier finished in 10th place
The playing area at the Basel Hilton
No tournament is complete without a chess bookstall!