Hungary and Slovenia lead in Mitropacup 2009

5/15/2009 – It is larger than Hamburg and richer than Bill Gates. The Adriatic country that is now Slovenia was at various times part of a dozen empires and states. Today it is a fully integrated European country. And the gracious host of the Mitropacup invitational team championship 2009, where the Hungarian men are in the lead, and both Slovenian teams dominating the women's section. 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.

Results after six rounds – men

After four rounds Hungary is in the sole lead, by half a point. Italy has overtaken Croatia – but the three leaders are just half a point apart. Note that in this event the total score on all boards is critical, not the match points (teams winning individual matches). Note also who is chiefly responsible for Italy's ranking – 16-year-old Fabiano Caruana, who has scored 4.5/6 and with that the best result on board one. The best result on any board is by Jan Krejci of the Czech Republic on board four: 5.0/6 points = 83%.

No.

Team/Name

Rating

Score

MP

TB

1.

Hungary

2532.3

15.5

9

65.5

1.1

Erdos, Viktor

2581

3.0/6

 

-0.18

1.2

Papp, Gabor

2524

4.0/6

 

0.76

1.3

Berczes, David

2513

4.0/5

 

1.25

1.4

Prohaszka, Peter

2511

3.0/5

 

0.15

1.5

Rapport, Richard

2371

1.5/2

 

0.34

2.

Italy

2526.5

15

8

63.0

2.1

Caruana, Fabiano

2649

4.5/6

 

0.36

2.2

Godena, Michele

2538

3.5/5

 

0.55

2.3

Brunello, Sabino

2477

3.5/6

 

0.02

2.4

Rombaldoni, Denis

2442

2.5/4

 

0.10

2.5

Mogranzini, Roberto

2422

1.0/3

 

-0.65

3.

Croatia

2516.5

14.5

9

81.0

3.1

Bosiocic, Marin

2571

3.5/6

 

0.50

3.2

Jovanovic, Zoran

2525

4.0/6

 

1.06

3.3

Saric, Ante

2502

2.0/5

 

-0.45

3.4

Doric, Darko

2468

3.0/4

 

1.08

3.5

Martinovic, Sasa

2483

2.0/3

 

0.35

4.

Germany

2572.8

13.5

7

69.5

4.1

Gustafsson, Jan

2631

3.5/6

 

-0.16

4.2

Braun, Arik

2564

2.0/6

 

-1.54

4.3

Prusikin, Michael

2549

3.0/4

 

0.64

4.4

Baramidze, David

2547

4.0/6

 

-0.02

4.5

Boensch, Uwe

2523

1.0/2

 

-0.38

5.

Czech Republic

2450.5

13

7

73.5

5.1

Petr, Martin

2460

1.0/5

 

-0.90

5.2

Kanovsky, David

2473

3.0/6

 

0.24

5.3

Cernousek, Lukas

2439

3.5/6

 

0.80

5.4

Krejci, Jan

2430

5.0/6

 

2.18

5.5

Konopka, Michal

2450

0.5/1

 

0.03

6.

Slovenia

2558.3

13

7

70.0

6.1

Pavasovic, Dusko

2607

3.5/6

 

-0.04

6.2

Borisek, Jure

2581

3.5/6

 

-0.22

6.3

Lenic, Luka

2574

3.0/6

 

-1.02

6.4

Skoberne, Jure

2471

3.0/6

 

-0.24

6.5

Mohr, Georg

2496

0.0/0

 

 

7.

Austria

2430.0

11

5

70.5

7.1

Ragger, Markus

2544

3.0/6

 

0.06

7.2

Neubauer, Martin

2414

2.5/4

 

0.70

7.3

Kreisl, Robert

2389

3.0/6

 

0.54

7.4

Pilaj, Herwig

2373

1.0/4

 

-0.40

7.5

Schachinger, Mario

2350

1.5/4

 

-0.30

8.

Slovakia

2464.5

11

4

69.5

8.1

Vavrak, Peter

2487

2.0/6

 

-0.46

8.2

Macak, Stefan

2494

3.0/6

 

-0.12

8.3

Jurcik, Marian

2468

2.5/6

 

-0.68

8.4

Michalik, Peter

2409

3.5/6

 

0.62

8.5

Plachetka, Jan

2389

0.0/0

 

 

9.

France

2450.3

9

4

78.5

9.1

Cossin, Sebastien

2471

3.0/6

 

0.72

9.2

Terrieux, Kevin

2449

2.0/6

 

-0.52

9.3

Philippe, Christophe

2435

2.0/6

 

-0.64

9.4

Vitoux, Colomban

2446

2.0/6

 

-1.06

10.

Switzerland

2402.8

4.5

0

79.0

10.1

Jenni, Florian

2516

2.5/6

 

0.04

10.2

Ekstroem, Roland

2481

1.0/3

 

-0.20

10.3

Huss, Andreas

2340

0.0/5

 

-1.50

10.4

Schiendorfer, Emanuel

2274

0.5/5

 

-0.85

10.5

Gaehwiler, Gabriel

2226

0.5/5

 

-0.65

Results after five rounds – women

In the women's section the two local Slovenian teams still lead, with Italy in hot pursuit. The best player is Ksenija Novak on board two for Slovenia 2, with 4.0/5 points. Note that in this section there are only seven rounds (in the men's it is nine), so that the final encounters will take place on Friday and Saturday (May 15 and 16).

No.

Team/Name

Rating

Score

MP

TB

1.

Slovenia 1

2302.5

7

9

23.0

1.1

Krivec, Jana

2322

3.5/5

0.10

1.2

Srebrnic, Ana

2283

3.5/5

0.10

2.

Slovenia 2

2211.5

6.5

8

23.0

2.1

Rozic, Vesna

2249

2.5/5

-0.20

2.2

Novak, Ksenija

2174

4.0/5

1.55

3.

Italy

2340.5

6

6

20.5

3.1

Sedina, Elena

2351

2.0/4

-1.04

3.2

Zimina, Olga

2330

2.5/3

0.55

3.3

Brunello, Marina

2166

1.5/3

-0.36

4.

Germany

2240.0

5

5

28.0

4.1

Ohme, Melanie

2242

3.0/5

0.65

4.2

Fuchs, Judith

2238

2.0/5

-0.55

5.

France

2169.5

4.5

4

24.0

5.1

Flear, Christine

2172

2.0/5

0.00

5.2

Nicoara, Malina

2167

2.5/5

0.05

6.

Hungary

2140.5

4.5

3

29.0

6.1

Papp, Petra

2141

2.0/4

0.72

6.2

Dudas, Eszter

2140

2.5/4

0.86

6.3

Erdos, Boglarka

2129

0.0/2

-0.72

7.

Croatia

2247.5

4

3

24.5

7.1

Franciskovic, Borka

2262

2.0/5

-0.75

7.2

Solic, Kristina

2233

2.0/5

-1.05

7.3

Macek, Vlasta

2234

0.0/0

8.

Austria

2086.0

2.5

2

28.0

8.1

Novkovic, Julia

2143

0.5/4

-0.90

8.2

Schink, Barbara

2029

1.5/4

0.66

8.3

Bauer, Marie-Christine

1871

0.5/2

0.20

Picture gallery by GM Uwe Bönsch


A map of "Slovenija" on the the wall of the hotel


Sash and mustache: remnants of Slovenia's Austria-Hungarian past

The Central Europen country that is now Slovenia was at various times part of the Roman Empire, the Republic of Venice, the principality Carantania, the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Austria-Hungarian Empire, the State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs, the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (later the Kingdom of Yugoslavia); the Kingdom of Italy: occupied by Germany, Italy, Hungary and the Independent State of Croatia (1941–1945), and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1945.

Slovenia gained independence in 1991 and today is a member of the European Union, the Eurozone, the Schengen area, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Council of Europe and NATO. Not bad for a country with a population that is a bit more than Hamburg, Germany (two million) and a GDP that is a bit larger than Bill Gate's net worth ($59 billion vs. close to $50 billion for Gates).


The playing hall, with a round under way


Peter Prohaszka, Hungary, gets a glare from David Baramidze, Germany, after playing 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 in round four on their board four game.


The women's section match between... oh, just read the signs on the table, will you?


Our photographer GM Uwe Bönsch (right) at dinner with team members Judith Fuchs,
Michael Prusikin and Melanie Ohme


Jan Gustafsson, Germany, and Markus Ragger, Austria, catching a breath of fresh air


"Gusti" actually doing something for his health in the fitness room of the hotel


Melanie Ohme lasting longer on the treadmill than Jan on his exercise bicycle


The Germans (Judith Fuchs, Arik Braun) working up a sweat

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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