29th Cappelle-La-Grande Open: the tradition continues

3/1/2013 –  With the demise of the Aeroflot Open as a classical games event, the circuit of super opens lost one of its prized members. However, aficionados need not fear, with events such as the Cappelle-La-Grande Open in France, now in its 29th edition. The stalwart tournament also attracted no fewer than 563 players and more grandmasters and masters than ever. An event full of expectations and surprises.

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The 29th edition of the Cappelle-La-Grande Open is underway from February 23 to March 2, 2013 at the Palais des Arts et Loisirs (Palace of Arts and Leisure) in Cappelle-La-Grande, France. It is a nine-round Swiss open played at the rate of 40 moves in 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move, followed by 30 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for the rest of the game. The tournament has a 30 thousand Euro prize fund, with 1st - 3000 Euros, 2nd - 2000 Euros, 3rd - 1500 Euros, etc. and many prizes by category and age.

29th Cappelle-La-Grande Open: the tradition continues

With the demise of the Aeroflot Open as a classical games event, the circuit of super opens lost one of its prized members, however aficionados need not fear as the rear guard is held by such as the Cappelle-La-Grande International Open, now in its 29th edition. The stalwart event also brings in a strong brigade of no fewer than 563 players and more grandmasters and masters than ever. The tournament is only four rounds deep out of nine, and not one player has been able to maintain a perfect score so far, though ten players share the top honors with 3.5/4. The best among equals is 17-year-old Serbian IM Aleksandar Indjic with a 2823 performance. The young master has been on quite the roll these past couple of years, having earned over 350 Elo since July 2010 to reach his current 2502. Here is one of his wins:

[Event "29th Open"] [Site "Cappelle la Grande FRA"] [Date "2013.02.24"] [Round "2.9"] [White "Vorobiov, Evgeny E"] [Black "Indjic, Aleksandar"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A68"] [WhiteElo "2584"] [BlackElo "2502"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2013.02.23"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. f4 Bg7 8. Nf3 O-O 9. Be2 Bg4 10. O-O Nbd7 11. a4 Re8 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 a6 14. g4 h6 15. h4 c4 16. g5 hxg5 17. hxg5 Nh7 18. Be3 Nc5 19. Bxc5 dxc5 {White has built a huge space advantage, however it has not come at no cost: the monarch has no clothes.} 20. e5 {In spite of the next move, one cannot criticize this as there is little choice. The game is now all or nothing.} Nxg5 $1 {The obvious choice, but White cannot take back.} 21. Kg2 {Trying to refuse the 'gift'} (21. fxg5 $2 {leads to disaster.} Qxg5+ 22. Bg2 Rxe5 23. Rf2 Qh4 $17) 21... Bxe5 $1 {I must insist.} 22. fxe5 Rxe5 23. Bg4 f5 24. Bf3 Qd7 $1 {The most precise.} 25. Re1 $2 {Under pressure and sensing the tide had changed, Vorobiov buckles.} f4 $1 26. Rh1 Re3 27. d6 Nxf3 28. Qd5+ Kg7 29. Kf2 Rae8 30. Qxc5 Qg4 31. Qc7+ R8e7 32. Qxe7+ Rxe7 33. dxe7 Qg3+ 34. Kf1 Nd2+ 35. Ke2 Qd3+ 36. Ke1 Nf3+ 37. Kf2 Qe3+ 38. Kg2 Nd2 39. Rhe1 Qg3+ 40. Kh1 Nf3 0-1
 


Venezuelan GM Eduardo Iturrizaga (2646)


Indian GM Parimarjan Negi (2638)


American IM Kamran Shirazi who has resided in France for many years


Russian GM Artyom Timofeev

Standings after four rounds

Rk
Tit
Nom
Elo
Fed
Pts
Perf
TB
1
m
INDJIC Aleksandar
2502
SRB
3.5
2823
10.5
2
g
KOVACEVIC Aleksandar
2563
SRB
3.5
2781
10.5
3
g
GUREVICH Mikhail
2581
TUR
3.5
2781
10.5
4
g
RODSHTEIN Maxim
2616
ISR
3.5
2816
10.5
5
g
FEDOROV Alexei
2576
BLR
3.5
2792
8
6
g
VOVK Yuri
2594
UKR
3.5
2749
9
7
g
VAZQUEZ IGARZA Renier
2565
ESP
3.5
2741
9
8
g
TER-SAHAKYAN Samvel
2563
ARM
3.5
2731
8.5
9
g
HANSEN Eric
2557
CAN
3.5
2676
9.5
10
g
FLORES RIOS Mauricio
2481
CHI
3.5
2637
9.5
11
g
KHARITONOV Alexandr
2536
RUS
3
2678
10.5
12
g
JIANU Vlad-Cristian
2500
ROU
3
2588
11
13
g
VOROBIOV Evgeny
2584
RUS
3
2575
10.5
14
g
GHARAMIAN Tigran
2661
FRA
3
2696
11
15
g
DANIELIAN Elina
2466
ARM
3
2676
10.5
16
g
SJUGIROV Sanan
2646
RUS
3
2668
10.5
17
g
POGORELOV Ruslan
2403
UKR
3
2650
10.5
18
g
PETKOV Vladimir
2559
BUL
3
2648
11
19
g
EINGORN Vereslav
2547
UKR
3
2645
10.5
20
g
DJUKIC Nikola
2538
MNE
3
2625
10
21
g
PAPIN Vasily
2562
RUS
3
2616
10
22
g
BOROVIKOV Vladislav
2557
UKR
3
2602
10.5
23
m
BARYSHPOLETS Andrey
2526
UKR
3
2587
10
24
m
RAZNIKOV Danny
2463
ISR
3
2686
10
25
g
TIMOFEEV Artyom
2613
RUS
3
2676
9
26
g
AZAROV Sergei
2627
BLR
3
2666
10.5
27
g
ZHIGALKO Andrey
2588
BLR
3
2646
10.5
28
g
DANIN Alexandre
2578
RUS
3
2646
9
29
g
NEGI Parimarjan
2638
IND
3
2644
10
30
m
BLOMQVIST Erik
2465
SWE
3
2613
10

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Pictures by Georges Leruste


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