Markus Ragger wins Vienna Open

by Johannes Fischer
8/23/2016 – 310 players started in the A-group of the Vienna Open, top seed was Austria's number one, GM Markus Ragger. But in a tournament with 310 players there is not much room for error if you want to finish first. However, Ragger was more than up to the task. He started with 5.0/5 and then played a short pragmatic draw against second seed Rainer Buhmann in round six. In rounds seven and eight he won again. In the ninth and last round he then only needed a draw to finish clear first with 8.0/9.

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With a rating-performance of 2775 Ragger won 10.9 Elo-points and is now very close to 2700. Half-a-point behind Ragger followed two players with 7.5/9: IM Volodymyr Vetoshko from Ukraine (born in 1998) and 11-year old German Vincent Keymer who had a rating performance of 2586, made an IM-norm, narrowly missed a GM-norm and won no less than 54.0 Elo-points.

Vincent Keymer (Photo: Bernd Vökler, Archive)

In the last round Keymer won a convincing attacking game with Black against German GM Gerald Hertneck, in the 1990s one of Germany's strongest players.

 

However, Keymer's win of 54.0 rating-points was topped by another player: Emre Emin Dedebas from Turkey. The 15-year old untitled player finished with 6.5/9 and had a rating-performance of 2468, which brought him a plus of no less than 110.4 Elo-points.

The best woman in the field was WIM Josefine Heinemann from Germany who also finished with 6.5/9.

WIM Josefine Heinemann (Photo: ZMDI Dresden)

Final standings after 9 rounds

Rk SNo   Name FED Elo Pts.  TB1  Rp rtg+/-
1 1 GM Ragger Markus AUT 2686 8,0 44,5 2775 10,9
2 19 IM Vetoshko Volodymyr UKR 2438 7,5 42,0 2622 20,8
3 38   Keymer Vincent GER 2348 7,5 39,0 2586 54,0
4 2 GM Buhmann Rainer GER 2641 7,0 44,0 2592 -0,9
5 5 GM Shengelia David AUT 2572 7,0 43,5 2561 1,1
6 16 IM Schreiner Peter AUT 2445 7,0 43,0 2573 15,5
7 27 IM Koop Thorben GER 2412 7,0 42,5 2543 15,9
8 4 GM Vorobiov Evgeny RUS 2586 7,0 42,0 2597 4,1
9 14 IM Rathnakaran Kantholi IND 2452 7,0 41,5 2571 14,1
10 28 IM Nitin Senthilvel IND 2398 7,0 41,0 2546 17,7
11 7 IM Ponizil Cyril CZE 2510 7,0 40,5 2543 5,0
12 34 FM Dauth Benjamin GER 2367 7,0 34,0 2374 5,2
13 3 GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios GRE 2603 6,5 43,5 2546 -2,2
14 20 IM Gajek Radoslaw POL 2434 6,5 42,0 2462 5,1
15 23 IM Baldauf Marco GER 2423 6,5 41,0 2475 8,0
16 10 GM Hertneck Gerald GER 2469 6,5 40,5 2512 7,0
17 17 GM Williams Simon ENG 2443 6,5 40,5 2436 1,1
18 9 IM Leenhouts Koen NED 2491 6,5 38,5 2447 -1,5
19 71   Dedebas Emre Emin TUR 2248 6,5 38,0 2468 110,4
20 78 WIM Heinemann Josefine GER 2231 6,5 37,5 2399 42,8
21 84 FM Sadilek Peter AUT 2201 6,5 37,0 2412 46,6
22 69 FM Tomov Georgi BUL 2248 6,5 36,5 2353 27,8
23 65 FM Gstach Jakob AUT 2267 6,5 36,0 2361 24,2
24 56 IM Barle Janez Dr. SLO 2289 6,5 36,0 2391 13,7
25 15 IM Fröwis Georg AUT 2449 6,0 43,5 2481 5,3
26 29 CM Sindarov Javokhir UZB 2374 6,0 40,5 2408 10,2
27 11 GM Arkell Keith ENG 2464 6,0 39,0 2412 -4,5
28 25   Yankelevich Lev GER 2414 6,0 39,0 2399 -0,2
29 6 GM Burmakin Vladimir RUS 2553 6,0 39,0 2446 -9,3
30 24 FM Carow Johannes GER 2423 6,0 38,5 2351 -7,0
31 12 GM Berescu Alin-Mile ROU 2458 6,0 38,5 2387 -6,5
32 13 GM Stanec Nikolaus AUT 2457 6,0 38,0 2353 -9,6
33 8 GM Manolache Marius ROU 2492 6,0 37,5 2392 -8,8
34 59   Fuchs Florian GER 2274 6,0 37,5 2335 15,4
35 64 NM Ivanov Mike CAN 2269 6,0 37,5 2325 16,0
36 74 IM Praveen Kumar Chandrasekar IND 2242 6,0 37,0 2404 19,8
37 39 FM Voege Tobias GER 2346 6,0 36,5 2341 -0,4
38 43 FM Wallner Joachim AUT 2333 6,0 36,0 2305 -2,3
39 111   Binder Moriz AUT 2143 6,0 35,5 2333 45,0
40 73   Larmuseau Maarten BEL 2245 6,0 35,0 2322 20,6
41 53   Mertens Heiko GER 2297 6,0 34,5 2360 15,8
42 49 FM Bisby Daniel ENG 2311 6,0 34,5 2298 -0,4
43 46   Powierski Emil GER 2323 6,0 34,0 2290 -6,2
44 72 FM Horvath Dominik AUT 2247 6,0 34,0 2333 22,0
45 61 FM Blohberger Felix AUT 2271 6,0 34,0 2233 -5,8
46 52 FM Zamengo Fulvio ITA 2298 6,0 33,5 2225 -15,6
47 58   Rubil Marko CRO 2279 6,0 33,0 2289 3,8
48 54 IM Vasilescu Lucian-Mihail Dr. ROU 2290 6,0 32,5 2247 -3,8
49 41 IM Trkulja Goran BIH 2335 6,0 32,5 2299 -3,4
50 97   Batyte Daiva LTU 2173 6,0 32,0 2238 15,8

...310 players

Source: chess-results.com

Games rounds 1 to 9

 

 

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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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Thomas Richter Thomas Richter 8/26/2016 11:31
Keymer's TPR would be just sufficient for a GM norm - for norm calculation purposes, the rating of the weakest (first-round) opponent is raised to 2200 ("rating floor") giving him a TPR of 2600+. But another rule interferes: you need to face a rating average of at least 2380 - with adjusted ratings for one opponent, Keymer faced 2333, Vetoshko 2366, both GM norms are thus invalid.
Former Prodigy Former Prodigy 8/25/2016 11:24
The point of the sacrifice 22.Bd2 Bxf2+! from the game Hertneck - Keymer lies in 23.Rxf2 Qc5 24.Be1 Rxf2! 25.Bxf2 Qc4! 26.Qxc4 Rxd1+ and 27...Nxc4, a sequence which is easy to miss. I like the article in general, but think that this line should have been mentioned, as it is pretty and relevant.
Offramp Offramp 8/24/2016 12:22
Marcus was on a ragger tip.
excalibur2 excalibur2 8/24/2016 02:26
It's unfortunate Keymer missed the GM norm by a couple of PR points. Definitely one to watch out for!
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