Cappelle-La-Grande: Young IM Ipatov and GM Jankovic lead

3/4/2011 – The traditional International Open at Cappelle-La-Grande is at its 27th edition and attracted a strong field including over 50 grandmasters. This in turn has attracted numerous players including young talents seeking experience, norms, and success. 17-year-old Spanish IM Ipatov leads with GM Jankovic with 6.0/7. There is a video with interviews and a gallery of pictures by Dominique Primel.

27th International Open of Cappelle La Grande is currently underway from February 26 to March 5, 2011. It is a nine-round swiss open, played at 40 moves in 90 minutes with 30 seconds added per move, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with a 30-second increment per move.


Cappelle-la-Grande is located near Dunkerque at the northernmost tip of France

The traditional open is favored by a strong field including over 50 grandmasters and as expected many players including aspiring juniors come hoping for a norm. The top Elo is Indian GM Krishnan Saskiran with 2690, however the surprise interim leader is 17-year-old Spanish IM Alexander Ipatov (2512) who is on 6.0/7 with a 2774 performance and headed straight for a GM norm. Croatian GM Alojzije Jankovic is also on 6.0/7, and a 2806 performance, only behind by tiebreak by a fraction.

Ipatov,A ESP (2512) - Zhigalko,S (2671) [E15]
27th Open Cappelle la Grande FRA (5), 01.03.2011

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qb3 c6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Nc3 h6 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.e4 d6 10.e5 dxe5 11.dxe5 Be7 12.Ne4 0-0 13.Qc3 Nd7 14.0-0-0 Qc7 15.Bd3 Rfd8 16.Bb1 Nf8








17.Rdg1!? Best or not, the young Ipatov certainly deserves extra marks for ambition. 17...b5 18.g4 bxc4 19.g5 hxg5 20.Nfxg5 Rd5








21.Qf3. White misses a chance with 21.Nxf7!! Kxf7 22.Nd6+ Bxd6 (22...Kg8 23.Rxg7+ Kxg7 24.Rg1+ Kh6 25.Qh3+) 23.exd6 Qxd6 24.Rxg7+ Ke8 25.Qf6 21...Bxg5+ 22.Rxg5 Ng6 23.Rhg1 Rxe5








24.Nf6+!! Kf8 25.Rxg6! fxg6 26.Nd5+ Qf7 27.Qa3+! c5. 27...Ke8 28.Bxg6; 27...Kg8 28.Ne7+ Kf8 (28...Kh7 29.Qh3+ Rh5 30.Qxh5#) 29.Nxc6+ 28.Qxc5+ Kg8 29.Ne7+ Kh8 30.Qxe5 Qxe7 31.Bxg6 Qh4 32.Rg5 1-0. [Click to replay]

 
Several videos are also available at the official site. This one includes interviews of young talents such as 15-year-old
David Naroditsky and 14-year-old Ilya Nyzhnyk.

Dominique Primel has sent some portraits of the players there.

Gallery


WGM Nino Batsiashvili from Georgia


Croatian GM Alojzije Jankovic has had a remarkable event but
needs to keep it together for the last two rounds.


Brazilian GM Alexandre Fier hasn't had the best of events, but then again has been
playing almost non-stop since the Moscow Open.


WGM Tatiana Kostiuk


GM Azer Mirzoev


Top-seed Krishnan Saskiran (2690) is a regular at these opens

Current standings after seven rounds

Rk.
Tit
Name
Rtg
Fed
Pts
Perf.
TB
1
m
IPATOV Alexander
2512
ESP
6
2774
32,5
2
g
JANKOVIC Alojzije
2564
CRO
6
2806
32,5
3
g
LEON HOYOS Manuel
2565
MEX
5,5
2706
34,5
4
g
HARIKRISHNA Pentala
2667
IND
5,5
2712
33
5
g
SHNEIDER Aleksandr
2518
UKR
5,5
2664
32
6
g
SPRAGGETT Kevin
2575
CAN
5,5
2694
30,5
7
g
TIKKANEN Hans
2550
SWE
5,5
2629
31,5
8
g
PROHASZKA Peter
2542
HUN
5,5
2637
31
9
g
MASTROVASILIS Athanasios
2547
GRE
5,5
2618
30
10
g
GAJEWSKI Grzegorz
2569
POL
5,5
2644
29
11
g
BRODSKY Michail
2554
UKR
5,5
2579
28
12
m
KUZMICZ Krystian
2406
POL
5
2665
33
13
g
KANEP Meelis
2531
EST
5
2616
33
14
g
PANTSULAIA Levan
2610
GEO
5
2662
33
15
g
SHARAPOV Evgeny
2468
UKR
5
2626
31
16
g
PETROV Marijan
2535
BUL
5
2581
32,5
17
g
CORNETTE Matthieu
2544
FRA
5
2573
32,5
18
m
HARIKA Dronavalli
2520
IND
5
2544
32,5
19
g
GUREVICH Mikhail
2613
TUR
5
2635
31,5
20
g
VOVK Yuri
2539
UKR
5
2575
32

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