Fifth György Marx Memorial in Paks, Hungary

8/8/2007 – This tournament, which lasts from August 4 to 15, 2007, is intended to give the most talented young grandmasters of the country an opportunity to gain experience, at the hands strong foreign players. They range from Viktor Korchnoi, aged 76, Elo 2610, to Hou Yifan, 13, 2523 (Viktor beat Hou with the black pieces in round one). Report after round three.

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This tournament is being held in commemoration of the famous physicist György Marx, and is intended to give the most talented young local grandmasters an opportunity to gain experience. The main patron of the tournament is József Kovács, the director-general of Nuclear Power Plant Ltd. Paks. The venue is College of Paks, Dózsa György str. 95, Paks.

There are two tournaments: the main GM event is a double round robin event with six players, the GM B tournament is a ten player round robin. Time controls are 100 minutes for 40 moves + 50 minutes for 20 moves + 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds move increment from the first move. The "Sophia rule" is in effect: players can offer a draw in the first 40 moves only with arbiter's permission and in special cases.

Participants GM Group

Title Name
Rating
Country
GM Harikrishna, Pentala
2664
IND
GM Korchnoi, Viktor
2610
SUI
GM Berkes, Ferenc
2597
HUN
GM Balogh, Csaba
2568
HUN
GM Ács, Péter
2530
HUN
WGM Hou, Yifan
2523
CHN
Average rating : 2582 Category : 14

Participants GM B Group

Title Name
Rating
Country
GM Yu, Shaoteng
2524
CHN
GM Nevednichy, Vladislav
2523
ROU
GM Grószpéter, Attila
2522
HUN
IM Flumbort, András
2509
HUN
IM Szabó, Krisztián
2482
HUN
IM Papp, Gábor
2474
HUN
IM Grunberg, Mihai
2472
ROU
IM Smerdon, David
2461
AUS
WGM Tania, Sachdev
2393
IND
  Pataki, Gyozo
2382
HUN
Average rating : 2474 Category : 9

Schedule

Date Time GM GM B
04th August 19:00 Opening Opening
05th August 15:00 Round I. Round I.
06th August 15:00 Round II. Round II.
07th August 15:00 Round III. Round III.
08th August 15:00 Round IV. Round IV.
09th August 15:00 Round V. Round V.
10th August 15:00 Rest day Round VI.
11th August 15:00 Round VI. Round VII.
12th August 15:00 Round VII. Round VIII.
13th August 15:00 Round VIII. Round IX.
14th August 15:00 Round IX.  
15th August 11:00 Round X.  
  19:00 Closing  

There are also an Open and a Rapid event being held in Paks.

Round three report


They are 63 years apart in age and 87 points on the Elo scale: Viktor Korchnoi,
76, 2610, and Hou Yifan, 13, 2523. The more experienced player won with black.


Pentala Harikrishna vs Peter Acs in round one (Acs won)


Internal affairs: Peter Acs facing Ferenc Berkes in round two (Berkes won)


Start of Hou Yifan vs Hungarian GM Csaba Balogh (Hou won)


Indian WGM Tania Sachdev, 21, 2393, playing in the GM B tournament


Petra Korchnoi (and a young spectator) watching the action


A view of the playing area with the main GM group under way

Photos by Gyula Molnár

Standings after three rounds

Astonishing the drawing average so far: only 22% of the games were without decision, White won 67% and Black 11%. In the Grandmaster B tournament IM Gábor Papp and GM Attila Grószpéter are in the lead.

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