Gjakova: No player with a 100 percent score

by Marco Baldauf
5/17/2016 – Five rounds are played at the European Championship in Gjakova and no player can boast of a clean score. Ernesto Inarkiev (photo) and Radoslaw Wojtaszek both started with 4.0/4 but drew an entertaining game while Baadur Jobava - who also started with 4.0/4 - played a less entertaining draw. After five rounds five players lead with 4.5/5. Results, games, highlights...

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The top encounter of round five was the game between Ernesto Inarkiev and Radoslaw Wojtaszek. A promising match because these two top grandmasters have never before played a game with classical time control against each other. On top of that Wojtaszek is considered as one of the biggest Najdorf experts and in round four Inarkiev showed against Andriasian that he also knows a thing or two about this line but prefers to play it with White.

 

Ernesto Inarkiev (Photo: Amruta Mokal)

Mr. Najdorf himself: Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Photo: Baku World Cup 2015)

Results of rounds five

Bo.     Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg  
1
 
GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2686 4 ½ - ½ 4 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2722
 
2
 
GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2721 ½ - ½ 4 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2661
 
3
 
GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2647 0 - 1 GM Navara David CZE 2735
 
4
 
GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2693 ½ - ½ GM Berkes Ferenc HUN 2636
 
5
 
GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2562 0 - 1 GM Saric Ivan CRO 2650
 
6
 
GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2692 3 1 - 0 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2644
 
7
 
GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2609 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Ponomariov Ruslan UKR 2715
 
8
 
GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2603 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2700
 
9
 
GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2602 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Ragger Markus AUT 2696
 
10
 
GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2685 3 1 - 0 3 GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2613
 
11
 
GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2600 3 1 - 0 3 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2681
 
12
 
GM Korobov Anton UKR 2674 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Saric Ante CRO 2594
 
13
 
GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2599 3 1 - 0 3 GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 2668
 
14
 
GM Sturua Zurab GEO 2548 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof POL 2666
 
15
 
GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2581 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Swiercz Dariusz POL 2656
 
16
 
GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2653 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Zubov Alexander UKR 2612
 
17
 
GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2649 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Prohaszka Peter HUN 2593
 
18
 
GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2648 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2575
 
19
 
GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2644 3 1 - 0 3 GM Brkic Ante CRO 2584
 
20
 
GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2641 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Donchenko Alexander GER 2569
 
21
 
GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2632 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2569
 
22
 
FM Moroni Luca Jr ITA 2443 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2628
 
23
 
GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2620 3 ½ - ½ 3 GM Stocek Jiri CZE 2534
 
24
 
GM Nabaty Tamir ISR 2619 3 1 - 0 3 GM Andersen Mads DEN 2505
 
25
 
GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2618 3 ½ - ½ 3 IM Petrosyan Manuel ARM 2480
 
26
 
GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2616 3 ½ - ½ 3 IM Atakisi Umut TUR 2330
 
27
 
GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2691 ½ - ½ GM Steingrimsson Hedinn ISL 2574
 
28
 
GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2574 1 - 0 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2689
 
29
 
GM Brunello Sabino ITA 2573 0 - 1 GM Piorun Kacper POL 2681
 
30
 
GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2566 ½ - ½ GM Howell David W L ENG 2671
 
31
 
GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter GER 2669 ½ - ½ GM Boruchovsky Avital ISR 2542
 
32
 
GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2667 ½ - ½ GM Dvirnyy Danyyil ITA 2552
 
33
 
GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2663 ½ - ½ GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios GRE 2542
 
34
 
GM Antal Gergely HUN 2539 ½ - ½ GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2662
 
35
 
GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2657 ½ - ½ GM Stupak Kirill BLR 2535
 
36
 
GM Tari Aryan NOR 2558 ½ - ½ GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2646
 
37
 
GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2646 1 - 0 GM Sivuk Vitaly UKR 2532
 
38
 
GM Sanikidze Tornike GEO 2537 ½ - ½ GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2642
 
39
 
GM Blomqvist Erik SWE 2526 0 - 1 GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2641
 
40
 
GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2640 ½ - ½ IM Svane Rasmus GER 2526
 
41
 
GM Beliavsky Alexander G SLO 2624 0 - 1 IM Erdogdu Mert TUR 2439
 

At board two Nikita Vitiugov and Baadur Jobava drew without much of a fight and this allowed David Navara and Ivan Saric to join the group of players with 4.5/5.

Here now a number of highlights from round five:

Polish GM Dariusz Swiercz found an interesting perpetual:

 

Dariusz Swiercz (Photo: Polish Chess Federation)

The Russian GM Evgeny Romanov played an energetic attacking game:

 

Ivan Cheparinov showed why Benoni is considered to be risky for Black:

 

French GM Laurent Fressinet found a strong piece sacrifice in the opening.

 

 

Games of rounds 1 to 5:

 

 

Standings after five rounds

Rk.     Name Rtg Pts.  TB1 
1
 
GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2722 4,5
2
 
GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2661 4,5
3
 
GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2686 4,5
4
 
GM Saric Ivan CRO 2650 4,5
5
 
GM Navara David CZE 2735 4,5
6
 
GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2721 4,0
7
 
GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2693 4,0
8
 
GM Berkes Ferenc HUN 2636 4,0
9
 
GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2692 4,0
10
 
GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2685 4,0
11
 
GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2599 4,0
12
 
GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2600 4,0
13
 
GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2644 4,0
14
 
GM Nabaty Tamir ISR 2619 4,0
15
 
GM Kovalev Vladislav BLR 2562 3,5
16
 
GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2602 3,5
17
 
GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2648 3,5
18
 
GM Zubov Alexander UKR 2612 3,5
 
 
GM Stocek Jiri CZE 2534 3,5
20
 
GM Sturua Zurab GEO 2548 3,5
21
 
GM Ponomariov Ruslan UKR 2715 3,5
 
 
GM Ragger Markus AUT 2696 3,5
23
 
GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2700 3,5
24
 
IM Petrosyan Manuel ARM 2480 3,5
25
 
GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2644 3,5
26
 
GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2647 3,5
 
 
GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2620 3,5
 
 
GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2609 3,5
29
 
GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2618 3,5
30
 
GM Kunin Vitaly GER 2595 3,5
31
 
GM Korobov Anton UKR 2674 3,5
 
 
GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2649 3,5
 
 
GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2641 3,5
 
 
GM Onischuk Vladimir UKR 2628 3,5
 
 
GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2569 3,5
36
 
GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof POL 2666 3,5
37
 
GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2574 3,5
38
 
GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2632 3,5
39
 
IM Atakisi Umut TUR 2330 3,5
40
 
GM Piorun Kacper POL 2681 3,5
41
 
GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2575 3,5
42
 
GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2603 3,5
43
 
GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2641 3,5
 
 
GM Saric Ante CRO 2594 3,5
45
 
GM Prohaszka Peter HUN 2593 3,5
46
 
GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2601 3,5
47
 
GM Donchenko Alexander GER 2569 3,5
48
 
GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2581 3,5
49
 
GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2653 3,5
 
 
GM Anton Guijarro David ESP 2616 3,5

... 245 players

Schedule

Day

Date

Hour

Program

Wednesday

11.05.2016

 

Arrivals of participants

Wednesday

11.05.2016

20:00

Opening ceremony

Thursday

11.05.2016

22:00

Technical meeting

Thursday

12.05.2016

15:30

Round I

Friday

13.05.2016

15:30

Round II

Saturday

14.05.2016

15:30

Round III

Sunday

15.05.2016

15:30

Round IV

Monday

16.05.2016

15:30

Round V

Tuesday

17.05.2016

15:30

Round VI

Wednesday

18.05.2016

 

Rest day

Thursday

19.05.2016

15:30

Round VII

Friday

20.05.2016

15:30

Round VIII

Saturday

21.05.2016

15:30

Round IX

Sunday

22.05.2016

15:30

Round X

Monday

23.05.2016

11:00

Round XI

Monday

23.05.2016

20:00

Closing ceremony

Tuesday

24.05.2016

 

Departure

Photos: Tournament page

All results at Chess-Results.com



Marco Baldauf, born 1990, has been playing since he was eight. In 2000 and 2002 he became German Junior Champion, in 2014 he became International Master. He plays for SF Berlin in the Bundesliga.
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