Czech Republic wins Mitropa Cup

by Johannes Fischer
6/29/2016 – This year's Mitropa Cup was played in Prague, from 19th to 27th June. The Mitropa Cup is a round-robin team event, in which ten Middle European nations take part, each nation ideally starting with a team in the open event and a team in the women's event. This year the Czechs won in the open section while Germany succeeded in the women's event.

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In the open section the Germans had won won the direct encounter against the Czech Republic 2.5-1.5 but lost points against other teams. This allowed the Czechs to catch the Germans in the ninth and last round. Here, the Czechs won 3-1 against Slovenia while Germany drew 2-2 against Hungary and this was not enough - the Czech and the German team had the same number of team points but the Czechs had more board points and therefore won the tournament. Place three went to Italy.

Marin Petr and Katerina Smajzrova from the organising team

Poland started only in the women's event. To have a ten-team field the Czech Republic therefore played with two teams in the open section.

The two Czech sopranos Irina Rurac and Veronika Eichlerová
showed their skills at the opening ceremony.

But did Irina Rurick really make a good catch?

Veronika Eichlerová at the chess board

Top scorer in Czech Team A was Peter Michalik who finished with 6.5/8 and an Elo-performance of 2730. In the following game from the crucial ninth and last round he showed good nerves, good opening preparation and a remarkable feeling for the initiative.

 

The best players in the women's event were Elisabeth Pähtz and Judit Fuchs from Germany. Elisabeth Pähtz finished with 3.5/4 and had the best Elo-performance (2645), while Judith Fuchs was top-scorer with 6.5/8 and had an Elo-performance of 2462.

The team of the Czech Republic A, with Hracek and Babula at the top boards

Final standings Open

Rg. Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Wtg1   Wtg2   Wtg3   Wtg4 
1 Czech Republic A  *  2 2 2 3 3 3 13 23,5 0 105,75
2 Germany  *  2 2 3 2 13 22,5 0 118,25
3 Italy 2 ½  *  1 2 3 3 3 12 19,5 0 101,00
4 Austria 2  *  3 3 2 2 11 20,0 0 91,25
5 Croatia ½ ½ 3 1  *  2 1 3 9 17,0 0 73,25
6 Switzerland ½ 2 1 2  *  1 8 16,5 0 73,25
7 Hungary 2 2 1 2  *  2 2 3 7 17,0 0 61,50
8 Slovenia 1 2 3 ½ 2  *  2 2 6 15,5 1 51,00
9 Czech Republic B 1 1 1 1 3 2 2  *  3 6 15,5 1 45,75
10 Slovakia 1 2 1 2 ½ 1 2 1  *  5 13,0 0 45,50

Games Open

 

 

Final standings Women

Rg. Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Wtg1   Wtg2   Wtg3   Wtg4 
1 Germany  *  1 1 1 2 2 2 15 13,5 0 59,25
2 Italy 1  *  1 2 1 1 2 14 12,5 0 57,75
3 Hungary 1 1  *  1 1 2 ½ 12 11,0 1 51,50
4 Slovakia 1 ½ 1  *  ½ 2 12 11,0 1 47,25
5 Czech Republic ½ 0 ½ ½  *  1 2 1 8 8,5 0 26,50
6 Switzerland ½ 1 ½ ½ 1  *  2 1 0 7 8,0 0 26,50
7 Austria 0 1 1 ½ ½ 0  *  1 7 7,0 2 27,25
8 Croatia 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½  *  7 7,0 0 26,50
9 Poland 0 ½ 0 0 1 2 1 ½  *  1 5 6,0 0 18,50
10 Slovenia ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1  *  3 5,5 0 14,00

Games Women

 

 

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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Misantrop Misantrop 7/1/2016 05:14
Because Bulgaria is not Middle European nation.
Derek McGill Derek McGill 6/30/2016 02:37
Why did Bulgaria not send a team ?
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