Indjic wins major Open in Portugal

by André Schulz
2/16/2018 – Portugal is rarely hosting large international tournaments, but at the beginning of February Lisbon hosted a well-publicized international open. Baadur Jobava led the seedling list, but came up a half point short and finished fourth. The tournament winner was Serbian GM Alexandar Indjic. | Photo:

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Portugal Open

From February 3rd to 9th, Lisbon hosted one of the strongest chess tournaments ever played on Portuguese soil. About 260 players from 42 countries took part in the "Portugal Open". The ranking list was led by Baadur Jobava, but nearly 50 other grandmasters and international masters took up the fight for the prize money, including a first prize of 2,200 euros.

After nine rounds in this Swiss system open Alexandar Indijic, Anton Demchenko and Nikita Petrov, were tied, but Indijic was declared the tournament on best tiebreak score (Buchholz).

After the sixth round, Anton Demchenko had taken the lead, but he lost in the eighth round the eventual winner. Tournament favorite Jobava stumbled in the fifth round over the Indian GM Anurag Mhamal. 


With 31.Qa3 followed by 32.Nc6, Black is forced to exchange on c6 and White got a dangerous passed pawn.

Alexandar Indjic (third from left) with his trophy | Photo:

Irina Bulmaga

Irina Bulmaga was the best female scorer | Photo:

Former World Championship candidate Kevin Spraggett has lived in Portugal for many years | Photo:

Final standings (top 25)

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Indjic Aleksandar 7,5 0,0
2 Demchenko Anton 7,5 0,0
3 Petrov Nikita 7,5 0,0
4 Jobava Baadur 7,0 0,0
5 Diermair Andreas 7,0 0,0
6 Nagy Gabor 7,0 0,0
7 Repka Christopher 7,0 0,0
8 Venkatesh M.R. 7,0 0,0
9 Korneev Oleg 7,0 0,0
10 Santos Latasa Jaime 7,0 0,0
11 Sevian Samuel 7,0 0,0
12 Damaso Rui 7,0 0,0
13 Ghamarian Tigran 6,5 0,0
14 Nayhebaver Martin 6,5 0,0
15 Gabrielian Artur 6,5 0,0
16 Kaczur Florian 6,5 0,0
17 Kerigan Demre 6,5 0,0
18 Bulmaga Irina 6,5 0,0
19 Nevednichy Vladislav 6,5 0,0
20 Froewis Georg 6,5 0,0
21 Sandalakis Angelos 6,5 0,0
22 To Nhat Minh 6,0 0,0
23 Anurag Mhamal 6,0 0,0
24 Warakomski Tomasz 6,0 0,0
25 Sanal Vahap 6,0 0,0

... 260 players

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Translation from German: Macauley Peterson


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kbala kbala 2/18/2018 03:07

It is a biased article. A well known fact is that there is a closed pool of players that are untouchable, and play only against each other. Half of them just play for a draw (Giri) and keep the ELOs. Every strong tournament consists of the same players! And pity is that it's all about sponsors. There are lots of talented and interesting players without a strong sponsor who can not play against untouchables. Sometimes, on Olympiad or world-cup they get a chance and remove the rich scalp. Last time Anton Kovalyov was banned after beating Anand because of ... short pants!?
MMaks MMaks 2/18/2018 10:52
MMaks Just now
Where is the Photo of the Winner GM Indjic? You need to go fish through other participants in order to see who GM Indjic is. An opening paragraph is the photo of GM Baadur playing someone who is not GM Indjic? After continuing to read it comes even more about GM Baadur. Even the game shown is from GM Baadur not the GM Indjic. This whole article on Portugal Open looks really biased. What gives??