Five players share first in Munich

by André Schulz
6/7/2024 – After nine rounds no less than five players finished first with 7.0/9 each at the Chess Festival in Munich: Vladimir Fedoseev, Giga Quparadze, Dmitrij Kollars, Pavel Eljanov and Frederik Svane. Fedoseev, who started the tournament as the number one seed, had the best tiebreak. | Photo: Fedoseev (left, with White) against Kollars | Photo: Katharina Reinecke/German Chess Federation

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The centrepiece of the 2nd Munich Chess Festival (24 May to 2 June) was a well-attended A-Open with 132 participants. A number of strong grandmasters took part, top seed was Vladimir Fedoseev.

Among the players most likely to challenge the grandmaster, who now plays for Slovenia, were Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov, seeded second, and the German grandmasters Dmitrij Kollars and Frederik Svane.

Vladimir Fedoseev took the lead from the very beginning, but was unable to shake off a few other players, including Pavel Eljanov and the less well-known Giga Quparadze from Georgia.

Pavel Eljanov

In the seventh round, the Georgian even managed to beat Fedoseev and took the sole lead with 6.0/7.

In the last two rounds, however, Quparadze did not manage to score more than two draws against Frederik Svane and the young German IM Alex Dac-Vuong Nguyen, and was caught up by the chasers.

The best woman in the field was Evgeniya Doluhanova, who finished 11th with 6.0/9.

The Ukrainian had an Elo-performance of more than 2400 and managed to beat two grandmasters during the tournament.

Final standings

Rk. Name Pts.  Tb1 
1 Fedoseev, Vladimir 7 2466
2 Quparadze, Giga 7 2458
3 Kollars, Dmitrij 7 2446
4 Eljanov, Pavel 7 2439
5 Svane, Frederik 7 2399
6 Nguyen, Alex Dac-Vuong 6,5 2297
7 Kjartansson, Gudmundur 6,5 2283
8 Yelisieiev, Yevhenii 6,5 2257
9 Fedorovsky, Michael 6 2377
10 Baldauf, Marco 6 2371
11 Doluhanova, Evgeniya 6 2338
12 Bromberger, Stefan 6 2311
13 Weihrauch, Jakob 6 2257
14 Kundianok, Vladislav 6 2245
15 Kolb, Tobias 6 2192
16 Sun, Fanghui 6 2188
17 Ubilava, Elizbar 5,5 2377
18 Pacher, Milan 5,5 2305
19 Dobrosmyslov, Artem 5,5 2279
20 Baenziger, Fabian 5,5 2275

...132 players



André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.
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