Yuri Vovk wins 25th Cappelle-la-Grande

3/12/2009 – The nine-round open went from Saturday, February 28th to Saturday, March 07. Once again the organisers experimented with a new time contol, the “Decreasingly Accelerated System”. A total of 611 players took part, amongst them 102 GMs and 78 IMs, from 60 different countries – a good opportunity to shoot interesting portraits. Giant pictorial report by Dominique Primel.

25th Cappelle-la-Grande

The tournament was organised by the Echiquier Cappellois Chess Club and took place at the Palais des Arts et des Loisirs in the town of Cappelle-la-Grande, which is located near Dunkerque and Belgium. It was a nine-round open that went from Saturday, February 28th to Saturday, March 07, with 611 players (102 GMs and 78 IMs) from 60 different countries.


Cappelle-la-Grande is located near Dunkerque at the northernmost tip of France


The playing hall in Cappelle

New time control

The organisers of Cappelle once again experimented with a new rate of play, the “Decreasingly Accelerated System”, for their tournament. The logic behind the system is as follows: electronic clocks are now available and adjournments have fallen into disuse, leaving organisers with two options:

  • a “mechanical” rate of play in which each player is allotted a maximum period of time. The chief advantage is that the organisers can predict when the round will end and the playing venue be vacated. The disadvantages are the stress resulting from time scrambles (and any reconstructions of the moves of the game) or players exceeding the time limit, as well as the possibility that draw claims under Article 10.2 will force the arbiter into an area which is, ethically speaking, outside his competence.

  • an ”electronic” rate of play in which players receive an initial amount of time which is increased by a fixed amount after each move. This reverses the advantages and disadvantages. Most players and arbiters prefer this system as it seems more just. But it can give the arbiters problems when one or more games is extended indefinitely (going on one or two hours, or even longer, than the other games).

Starting with an “electronic” rate of play, one must therefore find a way to ensure that after a certain duration the longest games will not continue more than a few more minutes. The Cappelle solution is to reduce drastically the additional time added after a certain number of moves (fewer than one game in a hundred will be affected). The rate of play chose was as follows:

  • 100 minutes plus 30 additional seconds per move for the first forty moves and then
  • 30 minutes plus 30 additional seconds per move for the next forty moves and then
  • 10 additional seconds per move from move 81
  • Players must keep score for the first 80 moves.

The above means that a 40 move game cannot last longer than (100 + 20) x 2 = 240 minutes or four hours. For an 80 move game one must add (30 + 20) x 2 = 100 minutes (one hour 40 minutes) with a total duration of five hours 40 minutes, which would be increased by 20 seconds for each additional move. It would need a 140 move game to exceed six hours of play. This retains the advantages of both types of rate of play without leading to any obvious disadvantages.

Cappelle la Grande 2009 – final standings (6.5/9 or higher)

# Player Titl. Nat. Rtng
Pts.
Perf
1 Vovk, Yuri GM UKR 2545
7.5
2814
2 Zakhartsov, Viacheslav GM RUS 2529
7.0
2714
3 Dzhumaev, Marat GM UZB 2529
7.0
2700
4 Jaracz, Pawel GM POL 2518
7.0
2652
5 Jojua, Davit IM GEO 2484
6.5
2717
6 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij GM UKR 2667
6.5
2688
7 Gelashvili, Tamaz GM GEO 2622
6.5
2686
8 Hammer, Jon ludvig IM NOR 2532
6.5
2676
9 Dvoirys, Semen GM RUS 2547
6.5
2670
10 Mamedov, Nidjat GM AZE 2607
6.5
2659
11 Balogh, Csaba GM HUN 2604
6.5
2647
12 Olszewski, Michal IM POL 2518
6.5
2645
13 Rozentalis, Eduardas GM LTU 2590
6.5
2639
14 Sveshnikov, Evgeny GM LAT 2535
6.5
2623
15 Rychagov, Andrey GM RUS 2514
6.5
2612
16 Bobras, Piotr GM POL 2554
6.5
2607
17 Geetha Narayana, Gopal GM IND 2555
6.5
2607
18 Zubarev, Alexander GM UKR 2566
6.5
2606
19 Solodovnichenko, Yuri GM UKR 2571
6.5
2598
20 Sumets, Andrey GM UKR 2546
6.5
2597
21 Gordon, Stephen IM ENG 2524
6.5
2592
22 Sokolov, Andrei GM FRA 2552
6.5
2578
23 Leon Hoyos, Manuel GM MEX 2542
6.5
2577
24 Brodsky, Michail GM UKR 2517
6.5
2571
25 Corrales Jimene, Fidel GM CUB 2586
6.5
2540
26 Baramidze, David GM GER 2548
6.5
2539
27 Apicella, Manuel GM FRA 2517
6.5
2537
28 Shneider, Aleksandr GM UKR 2539
6.5
2534
29 Kharitonov, Alexandr GM RUS 2537
6.5
2533
30 Sanchez, Joseph IM PHI 2461
6.5
2519

Click for table with 6.0/9 and higher (77 of 611 players) or for the full cross table.


Player portraits by Dominique Primel


The surprising winner with 7.5/9: GM Yuri Vovk, Elo 2545, perf. 2814


Third: GM Marat Dzhumaev, UZB, 2529


Place five and a GM norm for IM Davit Jojua from Georgia, 2484


Place seven for GM Tamaz Gelashvili from Georgia, 2622


Place eight and a GM norm for IM Jon Ludwig Hammer, NOR, 2532


Tenth: GM Nijdat Mamedov from Azerbaijan, 2607


13th: GM Eduardas Rozentalis, LTU, 2590


18th: GM Alexander Zubarev, UKR, 2566


Place 19 for GM Yuri Solodovnichenko, UKR, 2571


23rd: GM Manuel Leon Hoyos, MEX, 2542


25th: GM Fidel Corrales Jimene, CUB, 2586


29th: GM Alexandr Kharitonov, RUS, 2537


33rd: Alexander Graf, GER, 2644


49th: GM Todor Todorov, BUL, 2507


50th: GM Vladimir Baklan, UKR, 2627


52nd: IM Amon Simutowe, ZAM, 2485


66th: GM Stanislas Savchenko, UKR, 2571


81st: IM Malkhaz Sulashvili, GEO, 2444


84th: GM Mikhail Ulibin, RUS, 2511


99th: GM Vasile Sanduleac, MDA, 2432


100th: GM Jan Plachetka, SVK, 2406


104th: IM Oleg Spirin, RUS, 2438


110th: IM David Housieaux, FRA, 2419


111th: GM Mark Hebden, ENG, 2522


112th: IM Kruttika Nadig, IND, 2367


115th: WIM Veronika Schneider, HUN, 2304


135th: WIM Vita Chulivska, UKR, 2335


145th: WGM Katerina Matseyko, UKR, 2268


155th: GM Igor Naumkin, RUS, 2501


183rd: IM Lyubka Genova, BUL, 2231


201st: GM Heikki Westerinen, FIN, 2362


215th: WGM Myroslava Hrabinska, UKR, 2277


232nd: FM Margarida Coimbra, POR, 2096


259th: Klaudia Kulon POL, 2251 (with IM norm)


277th: WIM Angela Dragomirescu, ROU, 2220


278th: WGM Alyona Goreskul, UKR, 2270

Links

The most important games were broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download the free PGN reader ChessBase Light, which gives you immediate access. You can also use the program to read, replay and analyse the PGN games.


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