Chess Festival in Basel – Grachev wins on tiebreak

1/6/2013 – The 89-player Open in Switzerland finished with four players tied for first on 5.5/7 points. With a performance of 2729 it was the Russian GM Boris Grachev who took Gold, with GMs Vajda Levente of Romania and Robin van Kampen, Holland, getting Silver and Bronze. In our final report we bring you games, results and once again, as a special service, some tactical highlights for you to enjoy.

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The Basel Chess Festival took place from January 1st to 5th as a seven-round Swiss tournament, with top seeds Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Boris Grachev, Edouard Romain and a host of strong GMs in a field totalling 89 players (197 in all groups).

Four players tied for first in the main group, with 5.5/7 points, with Boris Grachev (above) winning on tiebreak points. The Russian GM won his first four games and was then able to take tournament victory with draws in the last three. Top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave conceded too many draws and landed on place five with 5.0/7 points.

Final standing (after seven rounds)

#
Player
Titel
Rtng
Nat.
+
=
Pts
PtsSu
Buchh
1.
Grachev,Boris
GM
2688
RUS
4
3
0
5.5
25.0
34.0
2.
Vajda,Levente
GM
2603
ROU
5
1
1
5.5
23.5
31.0
3.
Van Kampen,Robin
GM
2581
NED
4
3
0
5.5
23.0
30.0
4.
Istratescu,Andrej
GM
2654
FRA
4
3
0
5.5
22.5
31.0
5.
Vachier-Lagrave,M
GM
2711
FRA
3
4
0
5.0
22.5
31.0
6.
Fier,Alexandr
GM
2573
BRA
3
4
0
5.0
22.0
32.0
7.
Melkumyan,Hrant
GM
2656
ARM
4
2
1
5.0
21.0
31.0
8.
Edouard,Romain
GM
2686
FRA
3
4
0
5.0
21.0
30.0
9.
Ghaem Maghami,Ehs
GM
2572
IRI
3
4
0
5.0
20.5
28.0
10.
Pelletier,Yannick
GM
2604
SUI
3
4
0
5.0
20.0
28.5
11.
Vorotnikov,Vladis
GM
2464
RUS
4
2
1
5.0
20.0
27.5
12.
Bartel,Mateusz
GM
2629
POL
4
2
1
5.0
19.5
29.5
13.
Turov,Maxim
GM
2630
RUS
3
3
1
4.5
21.0
31.0
14.
Mladenov,Svetlin
2407
BUL
4
1
2
4.5
20.5
27.5
15.
Hansen,Eric
IM
2568
CAN
4
1
2
4.5
20.0
29.0
16.
Heimann,Andreas
IM
2489
GER
3
3
1
4.5
19.5
30.0
17.
Milosevic,Goran
IM
2328
SUI
3
3
1
4.5
19.5
29.0
18.
Lekic,Dusan
IM
2411
MNE
4
1
2
4.5
19.5
27.0
19.
Georgiadis,Nico
FM
2369
SUI
4
1
2
4.5
18.5
26.0
20.
Toth,Bela
IM
2352
ITA
3
3
1
4.5
18.5
25.5
21.
Maier,Christian
IM
2354
GER
3
3
1
4.5
18.0
26.0
22.
Dann,Matthias
FM
2432
GER
4
1
2
4.5
18.0
25.0
23.
Maisuradze,Nino
WGM
2306
FRA
3
3
1
4.5
17.5
27.5
24.
Faibisovich,Vadim
IM
2349
RUS
4
1
2
4.5
17.0
23.0


The winners: Levente Vajda, Boris Grachev, Robin van Kampen


In sixth place: GM Alexandr Fier from Brazil, 2573, 5.0/7


Eighth: GM Romain Edouard, France, 2686, with 5.0/7


The winners of the Amateur section: Thomas Goldie (second with 6.0 points),
Hans Grob, (6.5 points, first place) and Ouah Benoughidene (6.0 points, third)

And here again are some fun tactical shots from the tournament. Click on the diagram in the notation to jump to the critical position. Note that you can download the PGN file our Javascript player is showing and load it with Fritz (or Rybka, or Houdini) and analyse the positions marked as diagrams. It is quite a lot of fun, really, and we urge you to try it.


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