Hungary and Croatia lead in Mitropacup 2009

5/13/2009 – This popular team championship is being held from May 10–17 in the idyllic – and very healthy – Slovenian town of Rogaska Slatina. The men's section has four players per team, the women's two. Time controls are 90/40 + 30/rest with 30s increment per move. After four rounds the Hungarian and Croatian men lead, while in the women's section it is all about Slovenia 1 and 2. Illustrated report.

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MITROPACUP 2009

The Chess Federation of Slovenia is the organiser of the MITROPACUP 2009, a team tournament which is being held from 9 May 2009 (arrival) until 17 May (last round, closing ceremony) in Hotel Sava, Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia. Each team is composed of four players plus one reserve (in the men's section) and two players plus one reserve (in the women's section). Time controls are 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment after each move starting from move one.


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Rogaška Slatina, which the Germans call Rohitsch-Sauerbrunn, is a health resort famous for its curative mineral water, spa and crystal glass. For centuries the thermal springs, curative mineral water rich in magnesium, as well as the picturesque countryside and hospitable people, has attracted visitors from all over Europe. Here are some impressions of the location, sent to us by the German team captain GM Uwe Bönsch:


This final picture is of Hotel Sava, the venue of the Mitropacup 2009


Board one for Germany: GM Jan Gustafsson, rated 2631 – four p.m. is really very early to start a chess game!


But then "Gusti" starts his game against Peter Vavrak of Slovakia with 1.d4


Friends – all in similar polo shirts: clockwise from left Slovenia 1, with Jana Krivec and Ana Srebrnic, vs Slovenia 2, with Ksnija Novak and Vesna Rozic


Jan Plachekta, captain of the Slovak team


The special scoresheets for the Mitropa Cup


Board one for Germany: WIM Melanie Ohme, 19, rated 2242


Board two for the German women's team: Judith Fuchs, 19, 2238


Judith checks the pairings for the next round


Board four for Germany: GM David Baramidze, rated 2547


Top board one scorer: Fabiano Caruana, Italy, 2.5/4


Top scorer on board one of the women's team: Jana Krivec, Slovenia 1, 3.0/4

Results after four rounds – men

After four rounds Hungary and Croatia lead, with six match points and ten board points. Germany and the Czech Republic follow, each with a match and board point less than the leaders.

No.

Team/Name

Rating

Score

MP

TB

1.

Hungary

2532.3

10

6

35.0

1.1

Erdos, Viktor

2581

2.0/4

 

0.04

1.2

Papp, Gabor

2524

2.5/4

 

0.46

1.3

Berczes, David

2513

2.5/3

 

1.12

1.4

Prohaszka, Peter

2511

2.5/4

 

0.26

1.5

Rapport, Richard

2371

0.5/1

 

-0.03

2.

Croatia

2516.5

10

6

35.0

2.1

Bosiocic, Marin

2571

2.5/4

 

0.50

2.2

Jovanovic, Zoran

2525

2.5/4

 

0.54

2.3

Saric, Ante

2502

1.5/3

 

0.03

2.4

Doric, Darko

2468

2.0/3

 

0.47

2.5

Martinovic, Sasa

2483

1.5/2

 

0.46

3.

Germany

2572.8

9

5

34.0

3.1

Gustafsson, Jan

2631

2.0/4

 

-0.40

3.2

Braun, Arik

2564

1.5/4

 

-0.86

3.3

Prusikin, Michael

2549

1.0/2

 

-0.02

3.4

Baramidze, David

2547

3.5/4

 

1.02

3.5

Boensch, Uwe

2523

1.0/2

 

-0.38

4.

Czech Republic

2450.5

9

5

33.0

4.1

Petr, Martin

2460

0.5/4

 

-1.02

4.2

Kanovsky, David

2473

2.0/4

 

0.16

4.3

Cernousek, Lukas

2439

3.0/4

 

1.16

4.4

Krejci, Jan

2430

3.5/4

 

1.58

4.5

Konopka, Michal

2450

0.0/0

 

 

5.

Italy

2526.5

8.5

4

28.5

5.1

Caruana, Fabiano

2649

2.5/4

 

-0.26

5.2

Godena, Michele

2538

2.0/3

 

0.26

5.3

Brunello, Sabino

2477

2.0/4

 

-0.32

5.4

Rombaldoni, Denis

2442

1.0/2

 

-0.24

5.5

Mogranzini, Roberto

2422

1.0/3

 

-0.65

6.

Austria

2430.0

8.5

4

28.5

6.1

Ragger, Markus

2544

2.5/4

 

0.54

6.2

Neubauer, Martin

2414

1.5/2

 

0.44

6.3

Kreisl, Robert

2389

2.0/4

 

0.32

6.4

Pilaj, Herwig

2373

1.0/3

 

0.01

6.5

Schachinger, Mario

2350

1.5/3

 

0.09

7.

Slovakia

2464.5

8

3

27.5

7.1

Vavrak, Peter

2487

1.5/4

 

-0.30

7.2

Macak, Stefan

2494

2.5/4

 

0.30

7.3

Jurcik, Marian

2468

1.5/4

 

-0.74

7.4

Michalik, Peter

2409

2.5/4

 

0.50

7.5

Plachetka, Jan

2389

0.0/0

 

 

8.

Slovenia

2558.3

7.5

4

32.0

8.1

Pavasovic, Dusko

2607

2.5/4

 

0.34

8.2

Borisek, Jure

2581

2.0/4

 

-0.32

8.3

Lenic, Luka

2574

1.5/4

 

-1.14

8.4

Skoberne, Jure

2471

1.5/4

 

-0.70

8.5

Mohr, Georg

2496

0.0/0

 

 

9.

France

2450.3

6.5

3

34.0

9.1

Cossin, Sebastien

2471

2.0/4

 

0.36

9.2

Terrieux, Kevin

2449

1.5/4

 

-0.34

9.3

Philippe, Christophe

2435

1.5/4

 

-0.46

9.4

Vitoux, Colomban

2446

1.5/4

 

-0.70

10.

Switzerland

2402.8

3

0

32.5

10.1

Jenni, Florian

2516

2.0/4

 

0.32

10.2

Ekstroem, Roland

2481

0.5/1

 

0.14

10.3

Huss, Andreas

2340

0.0/3

 

-0.99

10.4

Schiendorfer, Emanuel

2274

0.5/4

 

-0.50

10.5

Gaehwiler, Gabriel

2226

0.0/4

 

-1.04

Results after four rounds – women

Both the Slovenian teams lead, with 7 and 6 match points and 5.5 and 5.0 board points. France, Germany and Italy are in third place, with two match point less than Slovenia 2.

No.

Team/Name

Rating

Score

MP

TB

1.

Slovenia 1

2302.5

5.5

7

15.5

1.1

Krivec, Jana

2322

3.0/4

 

0.36

1.2

Srebrnic, Ana

2283

2.5/4

 

-0.22

2.

Slovenia 2

2211.5

5

6

16.5

2.1

Rozic, Vesna

2249

2.0/4

 

-0.04

2.2

Novak, Ksenija

2174

3.0/4

 

1.28

3.

France

2169.5

4.5

4

14.5

3.1

Flear, Christine

2172

2.0/4

 

0.24

3.2

Nicoara, Malina

2167

2.5/4

 

0.30

4.

Germany

2240.0

4

4

18.5

4.1

Ohme, Melanie

2242

2.5/4

 

0.62

4.2

Fuchs, Judith

2238

1.5/4

 

-0.54

5.

Italy

2340.5

4

4

13.0

5.1

Sedina, Elena

2351

1.0/3

 

-1.31

5.2

Zimina, Olga

2330

1.5/2

 

0.28

5.3

Brunello, Marina

2166

1.5/3

 

-0.36

6.

Hungary

2140.5

4

3

17.5

6.1

Papp, Petra

2141

1.5/3

 

0.48

6.2

Dudas, Eszter

2140

2.5/4

 

0.86

6.3

Erdos, Boglarka

2129

0.0/1

 

-0.44

7.

Croatia

2247.5

3

2

15.5

7.1

Franciskovic, Borka

2262

1.5/4

 

-0.70

7.2

Solic, Kristina

2233

1.5/4

 

-1.06

7.3

Macek, Vlasta

2234

0.0/0

 

 

8.

Austria

2086.0

2

2

17.0

8.1

Novkovic, Julia

2143

0.0/3

 

-1.05

8.2

Schink, Barbara

2029

1.5/3

 

0.96

8.3

Bauer, Marie-Christine

1871

0.5/2

 

0.20

Follow the games on Playchess

Most of the games of the Mitropa Cup are being broadcast live on Playchess, courtesy of the organisers. You can watch them there and discuss them with other chess fans. Note that you can sort the list of games being broadcast by clicking on any of the column headers, e.g. Tournament, Round, Result, etc.

Naturally the games are also being broadcast on the official web site, where two webcams are also installed to give you an impression of the action in Rogaska Slatina.

Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and a selection 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 to the Mitropa games, free of charge. You can also use the program to read, replay and analyse the PGN games.



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