2018 GTCL Cup – Toronto Rapid Team Chess Championship – June 18

Thank you

Thanks to all who attended. We had a great turnout with 19 teams taking part.

Winners

2015 winners, bested by Nikolay Noritsyn’s Starks in 2016, and by Sasha Starr’s Chess Stars in 2017, it’s Hart House again in 2018. Meanwhile, Hart House also takes the U1800 prize with their C team. Congratulations, Hart House and Hart House C!

Results

Full board results are now posted on the Chess-results server.

Final Team Cross-table

Rk. Team 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd TB1 TB2
1 Hart House A 15b4 4w3 5b4 2w3 6b3 10 17
2 Chess Stars 7w4 3b2½ 8w2½ 1b1 4w2½ 8 12.5
3 Pinoy CC 13w4 2w1½ 6b3½ 8b2 9w3 7 14
4 Dads and Kids 12w4 1b1 10w4 7b4 2b1½ 6 14.5
5 London Fire 18w4 16b4 1w0 6w1½ 11b2½ 6 12
6 Hart House Legacy 17w4 9b3½ 3w½ 5b2½ 1w1 6 11.5
7 Hart House C 2b0 17w3 18b4 4w0 16w4 6 11
8 Aurora CC 14b4 11w4 2b1½ 3w2 0w0 5 11.5
9 Willowdale CC 19b4 6w½ 13b4 11w2 3b1 5 11.5
10 Annex Old Players 11b½ 14w4 4b0 19w4 12b2 5 10.5
11 Annex A 10w3½ 8b0 12w3 9b2 5w1½ 5 10
12 Hart House Chillies 4b0 15w3 11b1 13w2½ 10w2 5 8.5
13 Running Pawns 3b0 19w4 9w0 12b1½ 15b2½ 4 8
14 Cool Cats 8w0 10b0 17b2½ 15w1 18b3½ 4 7
15 Ryerson CC 1w0 12b1 16w2 14b3 13w1½ 3 7.5
16 Pancer’s Patzers –0 5w0 15b2 18w3 7b0 3 5
17 Team Maddy 6b0 7b1 14w1½ –0 19b3½ 2 6
18 CCYC A 5b0 –0 7w0 16b1 14w½ 0 1.5
19 CCYC B 9w0 13b0 –0 10b0 17w½ 0 0.5

Player Results

1. Hart House A (RtgAvg:2301, TB1: 10 / TB2: 17)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Ivanov Mike 2357 CAN 1 1 1 1 1 5
2 Zhao Jim 2262 CAN 1 1 1 1 1 5
3 Bellissimo Joseph 2280 CAN 1 0 1 0 ½ 2.5
4 Nasir Zehn 2306 CAN 1 1 1 1 ½ 4.5
2. Chess Stars (RtgAvg:2308, TB1: 8 / TB2: 12,5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Rabinovich Alex 2439 CAN 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 3
2 Vettese Nicholas 2330 CAN 1 1 0 0 0 2
3 Barron Michael 2318 CAN 1 0 1 1 1 4
4 Starr Sasha 2146 CAN 1 ½ 1 0 1 3.5
3. Pinoy CC (RtgAvg:2118, TB1: 7 / TB2: 14)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Teodoro IV Eduardo D. 2334 CAN 1 0 1 0 1 3
2 Franco Ryan 2272 CAN 1 0 1 1 1 4
3 Calvelo Jelvis 1927 CAN 1 1 0 1 3
4 Nazareno Merlin 1938 CAN 1 ½ ½ 1 0 3
5 Orozco Joey 1750 CAN 1 1
4. Dads and Kids (RtgAvg:2129, TB1: 6 / TB2: 14,5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Plotkin Victor 2393 CAN 1 0 1 1 ½ 3.5
2 Plotkin Mark 2327 CAN 1 0 1 1 1 4
3 Rusonik Max 1999 CAN 1 1 1 1 0 4
4 Rusonik Greg 1796 CAN 1 0 1 1 0 3
5. London Fire (RtgAvg:1836, TB1: 6 / TB2: 12)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Bao Tony Bohan 1984 CAN 1 1 0 1 1 4
2 Adamo Brendan 1821 CAN 1 1 0 ½ 1 3.5
3 Blake Matthew 1817 CAN 1 1 0 0 0 2
4 Huang Tony 1722 CAN 1 1 0 0 ½ 2.5
6. Hart House Legacy (RtgAvg:2239, TB1: 6 / TB2: 11,5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Li William 2204 CAN 1 1 0 0 0 2
2 Yu Jonathan 2225 CAN 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 2
3 Agbabishvili Lali 2296 CAN 1 1 2
4 Perelman Leon 2230 CAN 1 1 2
5 Ferreira Alex T. 2090 CAN ½ 1 ½ 2
6 Ng Kit-Sun 2206 CAN 0 1 ½ 1.5
7. Hart House C (RtgAvg:1425, TB1: 6 / TB2: 11)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1741 CAN 0 1 1 0 1 3
2 Bakiskan Atakan 0 CAN 0 1 1 0 1 3
3 Moore Jonathan 1495 CAN 0 1 0 1 2
4 Venkataramanan Vikram 1099 CAN 0 1 1 0 1 3
5 Chen John 1363 CAN 0 0
8. Aurora CC (RtgAvg:2205, TB1: 5 / TB2: 11,5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Cummings David 2406 CAN 1 1 ½ 1 3.5
2 Dougherty Michael 2238 CAN 1 1 1 0 3
3 Zeromskis Egidijus 2153 CAN 1 1 0 1 3
4 Macleod David 2021 CAN 1 1 0 0 2
9. Willowdale CC (RtgAvg:2140, TB1: 5 / TB2: 11,5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Kimelman Michael 2244 CAN 1 0 1 0 0 2
2 Chernik Dmitry 2111 CAN 1 ½ 1 0 0 2.5
3 Tonakanian Stephan 2090 CAN 1 0 1 1 0 3
4 Ryadnov Denis 2114 CAN 1 0 1 1 1 4
10. Annex Old Players (RtgAvg:1492, TB1: 5 / TB2: 10,5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1545 CAN 0 1 0 1 0 2
2 Diemer Ulli 1611 CAN 0 1 0 1 1 3
3 Radpey Abdolreza 1305 CAN ½ 1 0 1 0 2.5
4 Kwan Toy Chack 1505 CAN 0 1 0 1 1 3
11. Annex A (RtgAvg:1746, TB1: 5 / TB2: 10)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Malakhovets Sergey 2122 CAN 1 0 1 1 0 3
2 Mcsherry Peter 1832 CAN 1 0 0 1 0 2
3 Ali Shafkat 1667 CAN ½ 0 1 0 1 2.5
4 Dong Yiwei 1364 CAN 1 0 1 0 ½ 2.5
12. Hart House Chillies (RtgAvg:1425, TB1: 5 / TB2: 8,5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Rajendran Vignesh Kumar 1482 CAN 0 0 0 1 1 2
2 Aliaj Jurgen 1521 CAN 0 1 1 0 2
3 Karunaratne Sahan Wickramarac 1337 CAN 0 0 0 1 1
4 Yakobovits Dylan 1005 CAN 0 1 0 0 1
5 Bandara Ranmal 1360 CAN 1 1 ½ 2.5
13. Running Pawns (RtgAvg:1510, TB1: 4 / TB2: 8)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Tavana Joseph 1739 CAN 0 1 0 0 ½ 1.5
2 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1689 CAN 0 1 0 0 1 2
3 Belanger Colton 1281 CAN 0 1 0 ½ 0 1.5
4 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1329 CAN 0 1 0 1 1 3
14. Cool Cats (RtgAvg:1137, TB1: 4 / TB2: 7)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Liang Yunpeng 1548 CAN 0 0 1 1 1 3
2 Shah Rahul 0 CAN 0 0 ½ 0 1 1.5
3 Shah Raj 0 CAN 0 0 1 0 ½ 1.5
4 Panchal Pratik 0 CAN 0 0 0 0 1 1
15. Ryerson CC (RtgAvg:1335, TB1: 3 / TB2: 7,5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Saltat Michael 1626 CAN 0 1 0 0 ½ 1.5
2 Tran Dennis 1483 CAN 0 0 1 1 0 2
3 Grisar Charlie 1232 CAN 0 0 1 1 1 3
4 Wadhwa Rymn 902 CAN 0 0 0 1 0 1
16. Pancer’s Patzers (RtgAvg:1176, TB1: 3 / TB2: 5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Jevtic Dragan 1630 CAN 0 1 1 0 2
2 Ugodnikov Jennifer 1031 CAN 0 0 0 0 0
3 Souchko Larissa 963 CAN 0 0 1 0 1
4 Pancer Jeff 1041 CAN 0 1 1 0 2
17. Team Maddy (RtgAvg:1270, TB1: 2 / TB2: 6)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Schwartz Lorne 1542 CAN 0 0 0 1 1
2 Pell Richard 1414 CAN 0 0 ½ ½ 1
3 Liang Thomas Mingen 0 CAN 0 1 0 1 2
4 Shogilev Sandon 1125 CAN 0 0 1 1 2
18. CCYC A (RtgAvg:939, TB1: 0 / TB2: 1,5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Li Eric 0 CAN 0 0 0 0 0
2 Zhang Shuhan 228 CAN 0 0 1 0 1
3 Huang Justin 756 CAN 0 0 0 ½ 0.5
4 Feng Carina 200 CAN 0 0 0 0 0
19. CCYC B (RtgAvg:1000, TB1: 0 / TB2: 0,5)
Bo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
1 Lee Owen 0 CAN 0 0 0 0 0
2 Zhuang Jeffrey 323 CAN 0 0 0 ½ 0.5
3 Guan Marie 485 CAN 0 0 0 0 0
4 Kur Javpivit 0 CAN 0 0 0 0 0

Entry Form and Tournament Details

GTCL Cup Team entry form – 2018

Hart House wins the 2015 GTCL Cup!
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2018 Toronto Blitz Chess Championship – June 10

The 2018 Toronto Blitz Championship is Sunday June 10, 1:00 to 5:00 pm – part of Harbourfront Centre Chessfest

Round 6 games on the top boards (photo: John Upper)

This Year’s Winner

Artiom Samsonkin is 2018 Toronto Blitz Champion (photo: John Upper)

Photos

See the tournament album by John Upper.

Flyer

A promotional flyer (PDF) is available to download here.

Details

Style: 7 double-round Swiss, FIDE and CFC-rated
Time Control: 3 minutes each, plus 2 seconds per move
Registration: https://guestli.st/563637 – late entry tickets are still available, or register on site.
Entry Fees: $50 before June 4 / $60 after or on site
Junior/Senior: Less $10 for 18 & under or 60+ (as of June 1)
Membership: Up-to-date CFC membership required
Chief Arbiter: Alex Ferreira

Final Standings

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.
1 3 Samsonkin Artiom CAN 2553 ON 12
2 2 Noritsyn Nikolay CAN 2604 ON 10.5
  5 Vavrak Peter SVK 2484 FO 10.5
  7 Tayar Jonathan CAN 2462 ON 10.5
5 14 Plotkin Mark CAN 2327 ON 10
6 6 Yang Kaiqi CAN 2467 ON 10
7 1 Preotu Razvan CAN 2623 ON 10
8 18 Dougherty Michael CAN 2238 ON 10
9 9 Plotkin Victor CAN 2393 ON 9.5
10 8 Cummings David CAN 2406 ON 9
  11 Rek Viatcheslav (slava) CAN 2344 ON 9
12 4 Krnan Tomas CAN 2503 ON 8.5
  13 Vettese Nicholas CAN 2330 ON 8.5
  26 Asadov Jabrayll AZE 1994   8.5
15 28 Rivera Pimentel Francisco MEX 1981   8.5
16 16 Barron Michael CAN 2318 ON 8
  22 Munro Allan TTO 2169   8
  23 Tonakanian Stephan CAN 2090 ON 8
  25 England Max CAN 2061 ON 8
  30 Huang Youhe CAN 1942 ON 8
  34 Calvelo Jelvis PHI 1927 ON 8
  50 Nguyen John CAN 1388 ON 8
23 17 Dukic Zachary CAN 2258 ON 8
24 27 Atanasov Anthony CAN 1982 ON 8
25 12 Milicevic Goran CAN 2340 ON 7.5
  20 Upper John CAN 2206 ON 7.5
  21 Birarov Vladimir CAN 2182 ON 7.5
  32 Nazareno Merlin CAN 1938 ON 7.5
29 15 Puri Vinny CAN 2320 ON 7
  39 Li Yun Hong (kevin) CAN 1741 ON 7
31 36 Nitu Vlad CAN 1778 ON 7
32 33 Khachaturov Vadim CAN 1932 ON 6.5
  38 Gao Raymond CAN 1762 ON 6.5
34 42 Liu Harry CAN 1651 ON 6.5
35 35 Zhao Jeffrey R. CAN 1833 ON 6
  37 Manchester Justin CAN 1771 ON 6
  40 Ali Shafkat CAN 1667 ON 6
  43 Odorcic Zelko CAN 1603 ON 6
  46 Mao Fengxi CAN 1523 ON 6
  54 Verma Bhavuk IND 1206   6
41 10 Sapozhnikov Roman CAN 2366 ON 6
42 41 Belcadi Salim CAN 1653 ON 5.5
  45 Sarker Koushik CAN 1535 ON 5.5
  59 Fatemi Amir CAN 0   5.5
45 24 Fiedler Brian CAN 2078 ON 5.5
46 29 Streegan Michael CAN 1968 ON 5
  31 Malmsten Erik CAN 1938 ON 5
  44 Schwartz Lorne CAN 1542 ON 5
  55 Hu Alex CAN 1423 ON 5
50 49 Cater Brendan CAN 1469 ON 5
51 53 Dong Yiwei CAN 1345 ON 4.5
  56 Jeyakumar Bhavatharshan CAN 1509   4.5
53 61 Puri Dylan CAN 0 ON 4.5
54 47 Terra Arthur Schneider BRA 1518   4.5
55 60 Liang Thomas Mingen CAN 0 ON 4
56 51 Lim Carl CAN 1387 ON 4
57 52 Terra Enzo Schneider BRA 1350   2.5
58 48 Ai Amy CAN 1477 ON 2

See full results on Chess-Results.

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ACC Smash Crash Swiss

As summer comes to Toronto, we have fond memories of summer street chess from the past. The spot in the 1970s and 80s used to be beside Sam the Record Man on Yonge, and one of the celebrities from those days was Josef Smolij. His favourite opening was the “Smash-Crash Gambit.” So our current club tournament is named Smash Crash in his honour.

ACC Smash Crash Swiss is a five-round CFC-rated tournament in two sections, Top and U1400. (We usually have three sections, but many of our top players are currently participating in the concurrent Toronto Closed Chess Championship.) Time control is 90 min/side with a 30-s increment. The round starts at 7:30 pm on Monday nights April 30 to Jun 4. Register on site each round by 7 pm. Email registration or bye requests before 6pm.

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Round One – April 30

Round One players include a four-player contingent from Ryerson Chess Club, and Ryerson’s Tony Yueh (1390) scores an upset victory over Bharath Ramesh (1638) to join the U1800 lead group at 1.0/1.

In U1400 action, father-son team Valery Stroganov and Victor Stroganov are both victorious, joining the 5-way tie for first with 1.0/1.

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Round Two – May 7

The leader group in the Top section is down to four players as Arkadiy Ugodnikov, Dragan Jevtic, Salim Belcadi, and Erdem Daldal all win their games.

In U1400, only two players are still perfect. Dennis Tran and Valery Stroganov have 2.0/2.

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Round Three – May 14

In the Top section, just two players are perfect through 3 rounds, Salim Belcadi and Dragan Jevtic.

In U1400, Dennis Tran wins the playoff on Board 1 to take sole possession of the lead at 3.0/3. Six players trail him at 2.0/3.

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Off week – May 21

The tournament is taking a break for the Victoria Day long weekend – but don’t miss the 2018 Ontario Open.

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Round Four – May 28

As the U1400 leader takes the night off, Alex Moiseev climbs to a share of first place with 3.0/4.

Meanwhile, in the Top section show-down, it’s the “young up-and-coming player,” Dragan Jevtic over Salim Belcadi to take sole first at 4.0/4.

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Round Five – June 4

In the final round, Dragan Jevtic loses his game, but he still finishes with 4.0/5, and with the best tie-break, to take the tournament. Congratulations, Dragan! In U1400, it’s Alex Moiseev with the win, to take clear first with 4.0/5. Congratulations, Alex!

See full results below.


Ranking cross-tables after Round 5

ACC Smash Crash Swiss – Top section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Jevtic Dragan 1442 CAN 13b1 14w1 4b1 3w1 2b0 4
2 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1720 CAN 27b1 11w1 3b0 17w1 1w1 4
3 Belcadi Salim 1388 CAN 15b1 20w1 2w1 1b0 9w1 4
4 Daldal Erdem 1764 CAN -1 10b1 1w0 5b+ 8b1 4
5 Liao Run Ming 1671 CAN -1 21b1 4w- 10w1 3.5
6 Ramesh Bharath 1638 CAN 25b0 7w1 8b0 11w1 14b1 3
7 Kalmanson Evgeny 1368 CAN 21w0 6b0 24w1 22b1 13b1 3
8 Belanger Colton 1113 CAN 10w0 24b1 6w1 21b1 4w0 3
9 Bitton Michael 0 CAN 14b1 13w1 3b0 3
10 Kwan Toy Chack 1556 CAN 8b1 4w0 11b½ 20w1 5b0 2.5
11 Wagner Robert 1544 CAN 24w1 2b0 10w½ 6b0 23w1 2.5
12 Stefanovich-Thomson Alexis 1285 CAN 14b0 15w½ 23b½ 21w1 2.5
13 Saltat Michael 1656 CAN 1w0 27b1 23w1 9b0 7w0 2
14 Schwartz Lorne 1564 CAN 12w1 1b0 9w0 15b1 6w0 2
15 Armstrong Robert J. 1605 CAN 3w0 12b½ 14w0 20b1 2
16 McSherry Peter 1831 CAN 22b1 0 0 2
17 Hanratty Brian 1683 CAN 27w1 2b0 0 2
18 Li Yun Hong (kevin) 1730 CAN 0 0 24w1 2
19 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1670 CAN 0 0 26w1 2
20 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1598 CAN 3b0 22w1 10b0 15w0 1.5
21 Guo Haotong Hazel 1569 CAN 7b1 5w0 8w0 12b0 1.5
22 Stroganov Victor 1319 CAN 16w0 20b0 7w0 27b1 1.5
23 Supol George 1343 CAN 13b0 12w½ 11b0 1.5
24 Chen Sihao 1597 CAN 11b0 8w0 7b0 27w1 18b0 1
25 Yueh Tony 1390 CAN 6w1 0 0 0 0 1
26 Lambert Peter 1160 CAN 0 0 19b0 1
27 Dixon Javier 1517 CAN 2w0 13w0 17b0 24b0 22w0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

ACC Smash Crash Swiss – U1400 section

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd Pts.
1 Moiseev Alex 1119 CAN 5b½ 12w1 7b½ 3w1 9b1 4
2 Tran Dennis 1265 CAN 14b1 10w1 6b1 0 0 3
3 Tuchow Ryan 1168 CAN 7w0 14b1 5w1 1b0 13w1 3
4 Lambert Peter 1160 CAN 13b1 0 -1 3
5 Souchko Larissa 954 CAN 1w½ 6b0 3b0 8w1 7w1 2.5
6 Stroganov Valery 1064 CAN 8b1 5w1 2w0 0 2.5
7 Noritsyn Ivan 955 CAN 3b1 1w½ 5b0 2.5
8 Kalniev Stefan 1166 CAN 6w0 9b0 14w1 5b0 15b1 2
9 Kamnitzer Benjamin 965 CAN 11b0 8w1 10b0 14w1 1w0 2
10 Bar-Natan Itai 1285 CAN 15w1 2b0 9w1 0 0 2
11 Stroganov Victor 1319 CAN 9w1 0 0 0 0 1
12 Spahic Matthew 1296 CAN 1b0 0 0 1
13 Patton Mark A. 1228 CAN 4w0 0 3b0 1
14 Wadhwa Rymn 1040 CAN 2w0 3w0 8b0 9b0 0 0
15 Pancer Jeff 1062 CAN 10b0 0 0 0 8w0 0

Updated results are also available on the Chess-Results server.

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The feature image is from a photograph of Joe “Kill as you Go!” Smolij by Norman A Bolduc. Click the link to see the original and more of his work.

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Representing ACC in Germany

Daniel Wiebe is in Germany, representing ACC in the Grenke Chess Open.

Here’s his report:

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March 29-30 – Rounds 1-3

It’s been an insanely busy schedule. This is probably the most impressive tournament I’ve ever played in. There’s almost 1500 players in total and over 700 in my section (the top section) alone.

I had a rough start, losing to an FM from a winning position in a time scramble, then I slept right through the second round. But things are looking up. I managed to draw a lost position against a player elo 2160.

Looking forward to tomorrow when Magnus, Caruana, Anand, Hou Yifan, Aronian, MVL and the rest will be joining us. I believe Caruana plays Carlsen Tomorrow which will be an interesting prelude to their world championship match.

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March 31 – Rounds 4-5

Hi guys!

So far, between watching the chess elite up close and getting to browse an insane amount of chess books, this tournament is a chess player’s playground. Now if only I could remember how to play….

I battled two players with FIDE ratings of just over 2100 today, drawing the first and losing to the second. Unfortunately I made one-move blunders in both games, which I’m blaming on sleep deprivation. Hopefully after a good night’s rest I’ll start finding more interesting ways to blunder.

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April 1-2 – Rounds 6-9

Hi guys! Here’s the finish to the tournament.

Days 4 and 5 were interesting. I finally managed to win an extremely messy game in round 6 against a player rated around 1860. I then lost in round 7. On day 5 I managed a solid win against Cristiano Quaranta rated around 2160 FIDE. It was probably my most consistent game of the tournament and I’ve posted it here. Because of the win I was in the running for the U2000 prize but lost the critical last round game.

Other then that, I couldn’t help but buy a few books from the fantastic selection they had. I had a cool experience just standing in the store area browsing through a book for a little while before looking up to see Levon Aronian (World number 4 for those unfamiliar) standing next to me doing the same thing. Shows that chess books are still very relevant in the digital age.

Overall it was a very busy, but still very inpiring tournament experience that I recommend highly for any Europe travellers. But do give yourselves at least a few extra days to fully recover from jet lag first.

I hope you all enjoyed the posts and I look forward to reporting on any future international tournaments!

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