Czech Pardubice Festival won by Kononenko and Navara...

8/14/2011 – ...and many others. The traditional games festival held in Pardubice is a bonanza of games and chess events, ranging from the classic Grandmaster Open, won by Kononenko, to the top Active Chess event (of three) won by Navara, to bughouse events, Fischer Random, team events, a blitz marathon, not to mention other games such as Go, Scrabble, Magic, and more. Illustrated report.

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The International chess and games festival CZECH OPEN 2011 took place in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Festival CZECH OPEN is a part of series of international chess festivals CZECH TOUR 2011/2012.


A giant hall for a giant field

This year already marked the 22nd year of the festival, and there were 1193 players from no fewer than 40 countries including 60 GMs and WGMs, and 81 IMs and WIMs. Participants of the festival could choose from almost 30 different types of chess tournaments, such as the Polgar Superstar Chess World Championship and the Fischer Random tournament which included top Czech player GM Navara in the lineup.

On July 20th and 21st the strongest event of the festival took place: the Vlastimil Loucek Open, The Czech Republic Active Chess Championship with the participation of two Czech top players GM David Navara (2722) and GM Viktor Laznicka (2681). There were 132 players from 18 countries (29 GM, 2 WGM, 19 IM,4 WIM) at the start. GM Laznicka started with a perfect 6.0/6, but finished in third place after a last-round loss against GM Navara. GM David Navara won the tournament, while second place went to Ukrainian IM Andrey Baryshpolets to Ukraine.


The climax game of the event between Laznicka and Navara

Final standings of Vlastimil Loucek Open (active chess)

Rk.
Tit.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
1
GM
Navara David
CZE
2722
7.5
2
IM
Baryshpolets Andrey
UKR
2474
7.5
3
GM
Laznicka Viktor
CZE
2681
7.0
4
GM
Kononenko Dmitry
UKR
2593
7.0
5
GM
Levin Evgeny
RUS
2465
7.0
6
GM
Kravtsiv Martyn
UKR
2571
7.0
7
FM
Gorovets Andrei
BLR
2417
6.5
8
GM
Zakhartsov Viacheslav
RUS
2578
6.5
9
GM
Hracek Zbynek
CZE
2624
6.5
10
GM
Stupak Kirill
BLR
2530
6.5


GM Pardibice Open winner Dimitry Kononenko (center), with second place Konstantine
Shanava (left) and third place Viacheslov Zakhartsov (right).

The main chess tournaments of the festival started right after, the most important undoubtedly being the Grandmaster Pardubice Open which is a part of the ACP World Series. There were 279 players from 31 countries (50 GM, 5 WGM, 58 IM, 11 WIM). The top three seeded players GM Philipp Schlosser (GER, 2599), GM Jiri Stocek (CZE, 2596) and GM Dmitry Kononenko (UKR, 2593) had their work cut out for them with 32 players rated 2500 or more in the lineup, not to mention the many underrated young players on the rise. After the dust had settled, Dimitry Kononenko lived up to his favoritism status with an impeccable tournament, scoring 7.5/9 and conceding only three draws. Here is an example of the fine play that brought him the title.

[Event "Czech Open 2011 "] [Site "Pardubice (CZE)"] [Date "2011.07.26"] [Round "5.8"] [White "Kononenko, Dmitry"] [Black "Velicka, Petr"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C67"] [WhiteElo "2593"] [BlackElo "2461"] [PlyCount "91"] [EventDate "2011.07.22"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Nc3 Bd7 10. h3 h6 11. b3 Kc8 12. Bb2 Be7 13. Rad1 a5 14. a4 b6 15. Rd3 Re8 16. Rfd1 Be6 17. Ne2 c5 18. c4 Kb7 19. Nf4 Rad8 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. g4 Nh4 22. Nxh4 Bxh4 23. Bc1 Kc8 24. Kg2 Rf8 25. Be3 Rxd3 26. Rxd3 Rd8 27. Rxd8+ Kxd8 28. g5 $3 {A very fine move after which Black is in big trouble.} hxg5 ({The pawn endgame is lost after} 28... Bxg5 $4 29. Bxg5+ hxg5 30. Kf3 Ke7 31. Kg4) (28... h5 $2 29. g6 {The e5 and g6 pawns prevent the Black king from approaching while White positions himself to mobilize his pawn majority.} Ke7 30. Kf3 Ke8 31. Ke4 Ke7 32. f4 $1 Kf8 33. f5 Ke7 34. Bf4 exf5+ 35. Kxf5 Kf8 ( 35... Kd7 36. Bh6 $3) 36. Ke6 $18) 29. Kf3 Ke8 30. Kg4 g6 31. f3 Be1 32. Bxg5 c6 33. Bf6 Bd2 34. f4 b5 35. cxb5 $1 {It looks like White is falling into Black's plans, but he has seen further and more precisely.} cxb5 36. axb5 c4 37. bxc4 a4 38. b6 $1 {The b-pawn arrives first and with check.} Kd7 39. Be7 $1 {Black cannot do it all, and if he takes the bishop, White's pawn will promote well before.} Be3 (39... Kxe7 40. b7 a3 41. b8=Q a2 42. Qa7+) 40. b7 Kc7 41. Kg5 Kxb7 42. Kxg6 Kc6 43. f5 exf5 44. e6 Bf2 45. Ba3 Bh4 46. Kxf5 1-0

Final standings of Grandmaster Pardubice Open

Rk.
Tit
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
1
GM
Kononenko Dmitry
UKR
2593
7.5
2
GM
Shanava Konstantine
GEO
2535
7.0
3
GM
Zakhartsov Viacheslav V
RUS
2578
7.0
4
GM
Stefansson Hannes
ISL
2546
7.0
5
GM
Jovanovic Zoran
CRO
2577
7.0
6
GM
Panchanathan Magesh Chandran
IND
2556
6.5
7
GM
Teske Henrik
GER
2529
6.5
8
GM
Maslak Konstantin
RUS
2561
6.5
9
GM
Arutinian David
GEO
2562
6.5
10
IM
Rozum Ivan
RUS
2464
6.5
11
GM
Danin Alexandre
RUS
2538
6.5
12
GM
Stupak Kirill
BLR
2530
6.5
13
GM
Stocek Jiri
CZE
2596
6.5
14
GM
Sengupta Deep
IND
2563
6.5
15
GM
Kovalev Andrei
BLR
2531
6.5
16
GM
Lalic Bogdan
CRO
2470
6.5
17
GM
Dzhakaev Dzhakay
RUS
2478
6.0
18
GM
Grigoriants Sergey
RUS
2566
6.0
19
GM
Cvek Robert
CZE
2506
6.0
20
GM
Vorobiov Evgeny E
RUS
2574
6.0

The other main events were the Open rating tournament with FIDE rating (tournaments B,C), and the European Amateurs Championships with FIDE Elo < 2000 (D) and FIDE Elo < 1800 (E).

More information about the festival and results of all tournaments can be found here.


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