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Double Swiss Success for Wojtaszek

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 07-01-14 01:19.

He was victorious at the Zurich Christmas Open, and he also won the very next open tournament in Basel, Switzerland: Radek Wojtaszek. The Polish grandmaster scored an even more impressive 6.5/7 and moved up 15 places in the live ratings list.

It was  a conventient duo of tournaments for many players: a Christmas open just before the end of the year in Zurich, and then a very similar one 85 km northwest, in Basel, at the start of the new year. The Schachfestival Basel was held 1-5 January at the Hilton Hotel in Basel with one game on New Year's Day, two on Thursday the 2nd, one on Friday the 3rd, two on Saturday the 4th and a last round on Sunday morning the 5th.

Just like in Zurich, the tournament in Basel as a 7-round Swiss. The rate of play was 100 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with a 30-second increment from the first start.

Already in the third round the eventual winner faced a grandmaster: S.P. Sethuraman of India. A positional pawn sacrifice on e4 worked out well.


In the same round Sethuraman's friend Deep Sengupta won a tough fight against Maxim Rodshtein of Israel.

Just like in Zurich, Wojtaszek managed to win his last-round game:

And so Wojtaszek scored a half point more than in Zurich and won the first prize of CHF 2500 (€2025 / $2760). Together with his other prize, making €6075 in a long week is not bad at all! He'll also be happy with his 22.5 point gain in the live list as he's now one place shy of the world's top 20.

Radek Wojtaszek | Photo © Uwe Zinke

On tiebreak Ivan Popov of Russia came second and Robin van Kampen third. The Dutch GM won a model game in round 4: trading the dark-squared bishop, reaching a better ending and then a nice positional piece sac.

Robin van Kampen | Photo © Uwe Zinke


Basel Chess Festival 2014 | Master's Group | Final standings (Top 30)

Rk. Name Title FED Rtg + - = Pts TB1 TB2
1 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw GM POL 2711 6 0 1 6.5 26.0 33.0
2 Popov, Ivan GM RUS 2644 4 0 3 5.5 25.0 31.0
3 Van Kampen, Robin GM NED 2601 5 1 1 5.5 24.5 33.5
4 Fier, Alexandr GM BRA 2572 4 0 3 5.5 24.0 33.5
5 Popilski, Gil GM ISR 2490 5 1 1 5.5 23.5 31.0
6 Grachev, Boris GM RUS 2669 4 0 3 5.5 22.5 30.5
7 Sethuraman, S P GM IND 2553 5 1 1 5.5 22.0 30.5
8 Kovalenko, Igor GM LAT 2643 3 0 4 5.0 22.5 32.0
9 Rodshtein, Maxim GM ISR 2683 5 2 0 5.0 22.0 30.0
10 Bartel, Mateusz GM POL 2649 4 1 2 5.0 21.5 33.5
11 Istratescu, Andre GM FR 2670 3 0 4 5.0 21.5 31.5
12 Heimann, Andreas IM GER 2511 4 1 2 5.0 21.5 30.5
13 Mareco, Sandro GM ARG 2581 4 1 2 5.0 21.5 29.5
14 El Debs, Felipe de GM BRA 2520 4 1 2 5.0 21.0 28.0
15 Mozharov, Mikhail IM RUS 2535 4 1 2 5.0 21.0 27.0
16 Loetscher, Roland FM SUI 2412 4 1 2 5.0 20.5 26.5
17 Degtiarev, Evgeny IM GER 2436 4 1 2 5.0 20.0 27.5
18 Hort, Vlastimil GM GER 2439 4 1 2 5.0 19.5 26.0
19 Ben Artzi, Ido ISR 2341 5 2 0 5.0 18.0 27.0
20 Sengupta, Deep GM IND 2570 4 2 1 4.5 22.0 32.5
21 Dann, Matthias IM GER 2443 3 1 3 4.5 21.0 30.5
22 Pelletier, Yannick GM SUI 2576 3 1 3 4.5 20.0 30.5
23 Brunner, Nicolas IM FRA 2441 4 2 1 4.5 19.5 31.5
24 Maier, Christian IM GER 2366 3 1 3 4.5 18.5 25.0
25 Zude, Erik IM GER 2363 4 2 1 4.5 18.0 25.5
26 Yankelevich, Lev GER 2250 4 2 1 4.5 17.5 26.5
27 Faibisovich, Vadim IM RUS 2337 4 2 1 4.5 17.0 26.0
28 Stets, Dmitry IM UKR 2410 4 2 1 4.5 15.5 26.0
29 Kopylov, Michael IM UKR 2455 4 3 0 4.0 19.0 30.5
30 Braeunlin, Klaus GER 2132 3 2 2 4.0 19.0 30.5

(Full final standings here)

Czech chess legend Vlastimil Hort finished on a respectable 5.0/7. The official website notes that he was the player who made the most moves of all. “Often the playing hall was almost empty, but Vlasti was still there...”

Vlastimil Hort | Photo © Uwe Zinke

In the Amateur Group, 10-year-old Daniel Kopylov of Germany started with 6.0/6 and then lost in the final round, but he won the tournament anyway. A remarkable result indeed.


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  • 11 maanden geleden

    Guten7

    Congratulations Radek !

  • 11 maanden geleden

    Crazychessplaya

    Not bad, considering he was the highest ranked player.

  • 11 maanden geleden

    MMalmberg

    I cannot seem to find the win prize for the tournament in Basel. It was 5,000 euros for the one in Zürich - hardly enough to cover two months of expenses, when you count in taxation.

  • 11 maanden geleden

    ferdinandplebie

    a tough GM Wojtaszek...a great feeling to see GM Hort...

  • 11 maanden geleden

    Spinaczek

    Applause for Radek!!!

  • 11 maanden geleden

    shotdown

    Great performance on both tournaments !!

  • 11 maanden geleden

    LaughingCoffin

    Superb work by Wojtaszek !

    Maybe now he will be more recognized, and they'll start to invite him into super tournaments(instead of inviting same players over and over again..), which he deserves.. (he should at least get a shot at it).

    Go go go !

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