Bachmann leads with 6.5/7 in Iasi

by Alina l'Ami
5/17/2014 – Axel Bachmann Schiavo, 24, is a South American GM (of German-Italian extraction) who who studied in Texas and was named Sports Person of the year in Paraguay in 2007. At the Iai Open Axel started with a clean 6.0/6 points, until he was stopped by a draw against – a Hollywood superstar?! The second report from Romania by WGM Alina l'Ami is full of great portraits of the participants.

International Chess Festival Iași Open

By Alina l'Ami

The first edition of the Iasi Open is being held from May 10 – 18, 2014, in the Sports Hall of Iasi.The Open A, played at a rate of 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min for the rest with 30 sec increment for each move, is for all players and lasts nine rounds. Players are not allowed to agree to draws before 30th move. There is also an Open B for juniors under 12 years old (born after 01.01.2001), and an Open C, which is a blitz competition open to any player, regardless of age. The total prize fund is 25,000 Euros, guaranteed no metter the number of players and their distribution.

Report after round seven

The hero of the event is Axel Bachmann, who started with 6.0/6 points – and then drew against GM Dmitry Svetushkin in round seven.

Axel came well prepared for the Romanian summers – strangely enough, it has been rather cold lately, for our standards at least. The players have been a bit unlucky so far, as it rained with cats and dogs (in Romanian we say it pours buckets) every single day!

Held Bachman to a 59-move draw in round seven: GM Russell Crowe of Gladiator and Noah fame.
No, hang on, our mistake: that's Moldavian GM Dmitry Svetushkin who stopped Bachman's run.

Turkish WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre celebrating her birthday

Standings after seven rounds

Rk. SNo Ti. Name FED RtgI Pts.  TB1   TB2 
1 8 GM Bachmann Axel PAR 2589 6.5 25.5 35.5
2 4 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2647 6.0 24.5 33.5
3 16 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2544 6.0 24.0 33.5
4 1 GM Lysyj Igor RUS 2661 6.0 24.0 33.5
5 11 GM Prohaszka Peter HUN 2575 6.0 23.5 33.0
6 13 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2559 6.0 23.0 32.0
7 22 IM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2506 5.5 23.0 31.5
8 9 GM Jianu Vlad-Cristian ROU 2579 5.5 22.5 32.5
9 12 GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2571 5.5 22.0 30.5
10 14 GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2558 5.5 22.0 30.0
11 15 GM Nevednichy Vladislav ROU 2546 5.5 22.0 30.0
12 7 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2594 5.5 21.0 29.5
13 30 FM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2439 5.5 21.0 29.0
14 10 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2575 5.5 20.0 27.5
15 5 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2611 5.5 19.5 26.5
16 20 GM Can Emre TUR 2513 5.0 25.0 34.5
17 24 IM Georgescu Tiberiu-Marian ROU 2492 5.0 24.5 33.5
18 40 IM Baratosi Daniel ROU 2390 5.0 23.5 32.5
19 21 GM Manolache Marius ROU 2510 5.0 23.5 32.0
20 2 GM L'ami Erwin NED 2651 5.0 23.5 32.0
21 59 IM Bargan Sergei MDA 2235 5.0 23.0 31.5
22 26 IM Pavlidis Antonios GRE 2474 5.0 22.5 33.0
23 3 GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2649 5.0 22.5 31.5
24 17 GM Nanu Costica-Ciprian ROU 2533 5.0 22.5 31.5
25 38   Sandalakis Angelos GRE 2399 5.0 22.0 30.5
26 19 IM Miron Lucian-Costin ROU 2524 5.0 21.0 30.0
27 18 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2530 5.0 20.5 29.0
28 23 IM Ardelean George-Catalin ROU 2496 5.0 20.0 28.5
29 65 NM Ciobanu Aurelian ROU 2210 5.0 18.5 27.5
30 53 NM Bonte Andrei-Mihai ROU 2282 5.0 18.5 25.5
31 67   Chircu Vadim MDA 2201 5.0 16.5 24.5

The tournament venue in the Sports Hall of Iasi

Top seed: GM Igor Lysyj from Russia, rated 2661

Second seed: GM Erwin l'Ami from Holland, ten points lower at 2651

Third seed and number one in Romania: GM Constantin Lupulescu, two points lower (2649)

GM from Elista: Sanan Sjugirov, two points below Lupulescu

Dutch GM Benjamin Bok, rated 2605, only faced ladies in the first three rounds

Brazilian GM Alexandr Fier, rated 2575

Romanian IM Tiberiu Georgescu, 2492, getting inspiration from Rafael Nadal's biography

The legendary Romainan GM Mihai Suba, 66, currently rated 2399

14-year-old FM Aravindh Chithambaram of India, rated 2439 (!)

Came all the way from India to look after her son: Deivanai Chithambaram

Top seed amongst women: IM Corina-Isabela Peptan, Romania, rated 2438

Just three points lower: IM Ekaterina Atalik, Turkey, rated 2435

Always great to see IM Irina Vasilevich of Russia, rated 2345

IM Irina Bulmaga, Romania, rated 2365

WGM Betul Cemre Yildiz, Turkey, TUR 2328, chess player and lawyer

Good old memories: my main rival from the past, NM Camelia Ciobanu, 2210

WCM Georgiana-Steluta Morea, Romania, 1898, chess player and model

They are the future


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