Bartel, Rajlich win the Polish championship 2012

3/2/2012 – For GM Mateusz Bartel it was a hat-trick: the third title in a row, won in a very close contest in play-off games, and IM Iweta Rajlich won her title after drawing both play-off games on a better tiebreak score. So there was plenty of action and excitement right to the end. We bring you a big report with annotations by Iweta Rajlich and a beautiful pictorial by Sylwia Rudolf.

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Mateusz Bartel and Iweta Rajlich Polish champions 2012!

The final round of the 69th Enea Polish Championships and 64th Budimex Polish Women's Championship brought a lot of excitement. In both tournaments play-offs were needed to determine the winners. Mateusz Bartel defeated Bartlomiej Maciej and won a hat-trick: the third title in a row. But before this could happen, the two leading players (with 6.0/8 points) both won their final round games in style, most impressively Matthew Bartel with dashing sacrifices of material for the attack.

Final Standings - after nine rounds

Pl. Sd Ti. Name
Rtng
Pts
MBch.
Bch.
Wins
1 2 GM Bartel, Mateusz
2658
7.0
37.50
48.00
6
2 5 GM Macieja, Bartlomiej
2617
7.0
36.50
46.50
5
3 4 GM Miton, Kamil
2623
6.5
33.50
42.50
4
4 1 GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw
2706
6.0
36.50
47.50
4
5 11 GM Moranda, Wojciech
2568
5.5
31.50
42.00
5
6 3 GM Socko, Bartosz
2636
5.0
36.50
47.00
3
7 15 IM Bulski, Krzysztof
2523
5.0
36.00
47.00
3
8 8 GM Kempinski, Robert
2610
5.0
34.00
43.00
3
9 19 IM Kuzmicz, Krystian
2451
5.0
32.00
41.00
2
10 10 GM Swiercz, Dariusz
2583
5.0
31.00
41.50
4
11 7 GM Markowski, Tomasz
2612
4.5
33.00
43.50
2
12 22 IM Hnydiuk, Aleksander
2409
4.5
28.00
36.50
4
13 21 IM Dragun, Kamil
2420
4.5
26.50
33.50
3
14 6 GM Gajewski, Grzegorz
2616
4.0
34.50
43.50
3
15 9 GM Mista, Aleksander
2587
4.0
33.50
43.50
2
16 13 GM Jaracz, Pawel
2542
4.0
30.50
38.50
3
17 24 FM Duda, Jan-Krzysztof
2380
4.0
28.50
37.00
2
18 23 FM Strzemiecki, Zbigniew
2402
4.0
26.00
33.50
2
19 12 GM Tomczak, Jacek
2543
3.5
28.50
36.50
2
20 18 IM Leniart, Arkadiusz
2455
3.5
28.00
35.50
2
21 14 GM Olszewski, Michal
2539
3.5
27.00
36.00
2
22 17 IM Sieciechowicz, Marcin
2459
3.0
25.50
34.50
1
23 20 IM Kolosowski, Mateusz
2439
2.0
30.00
38.50
2
24 16 IM Piorun, Kacper
2520
2.0
27.00
35.50
1


Gold medal for Mateusz Bartel, silver for Bartlomiej Macieja, bronze for Kamil Miton


The Bartel support team: girlfriend, friend, grandmother, brother

Iweta Rajlich played two tiebreak games against Joanna Majdan-Gajewska, drew both, winning the title of Polish Women's Champion on a better tiebreak score.

Joanna Majdan-Gajewska defeated newcomer Malvina Chrzaszcz (don't try to pronounce it – apparently it translates to "beetle", probably the buzzing kind), while Iweta Rajlich, wife of the Rybka programmer Vasik, pinned her hopes on an attack in a rook ending a pawn down. She seemed unable to convert it to a win when her opponent made a fairly innocuous mistake which Iweta ruthlessly punished.


Gold for Iweta Rajlich, silver for Joanna Majdan-Gajewska, bronze for Jolanta Zawadzka

The three key games mentioned above can be replayed in our Javascript player:


Picture gallery by Sylwia Rudolf


The winner: GM Mateusz Bartel, rated 2658, with 7.0/9 points


Second place for GM Bartlomiej Macieja, 2617, 7.0/9 points


GM Kamil Miton, rated 2623, finished third with 6.5/9 points


Fourth place for Anand-second Radoslaw Wojtaszek, 2706,
who won an award for the most interesting set of games


The winner on tiebreaks: IM Iweta Rajlich, rated 2428


In second place: WGM Joanna Majdan-Gajewska, rated 2387


Third place: WGM Jolanta Zawadzka, rated 2358


Fourth place: WGM Barbara Jaracz, rated 2281


WGM Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska, rated 2377


WIM Joanna Worek, rated 2234


16-year-old WFM Anna Iwanow, rated 2180


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the Polish championship
"for the first time in history", the tournament bulletin says


An informal game in front of a gallery of great Polish players


Iweta Rajlich sent us annotations of the following two games:


Links

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