Jan-Krzysztof Duda wins Lake Sevan 2015

by Sagar Shah
7/31/2015 – The annual “Lake Sevan 2015” tournament was held in Martuni, Armenia. The ten player round-robin event had an average Elo of 2617, with most of the players very young and still in their developing phase. It was won a 17-year-old Polish GM with a score of 6.0/9 and a 2736 performance. We bring you an extensive multi-part report with indepth analysis of some very exciting games..

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Editorial note: the Lake Sevan tournament was not one of the elite tournaments by any stretch of imagination. But when half of the field is 20 years or less, you realise that a future star must be competing out there. After the tournament we got in touch with the second highest rated player Vidit Gujrathi, who was already preparing for his next event: the upcoming Asian Continental.

Despite an intense training schedule Vidit found time to discuss the entire Lake Sevan tournament in great detail with us. This is the first of a two-part series, based on Vidit's description. The second part will provide his own personal experience and indepth annotations of his games.

Jan-Krzysztof Duda wins Lake Sevan 2015

The Chess Academy of Armenia, under the auspices of Armenian Chess Federation, organized the annual “Lake Sevan 2015” International Chess Tournament from 11 to 21 July, 2015, in Martuni, Armenia. It was a FIDE category 15 ten player round-robin event with an average Elo of 2617. The Elo of the participants did not reflect their true playing strength, as all the players are still in their developing phase and will gain many rating points in the time to come. No wonder the event was dubbed “Tournament of future stars”. The games started every day at 3 p.m. local time. Tournament director was GM Smbat Lputian, Chief Arbiter IA Norayr Kalantaryan, time control Fisher Time.

Martuni is a town located on the southern shore of Lake Sevan in Armenia

The participants of Lake Sevan 2015: Jan-Krzysztof Duda, David Anton Guijarro, Vladislav Artemiev, Robert Hovhannisyan, Vidit Gujrathi, Salem Saleh, Samuel Sevian, Tigran Petrosian, Hovhannes Gabuzyan and Samvel Ter-Sahakyan.

The tournament was bloody and brutal. Thanks to the young and uncompromising participants there were many decisive results. No player could remain unbeaten! Jan-Krzysztof turned out to be the brightest star.

The 17-year-old Polish number three Jan-Krzysztof Duda
won the event with a score of 6.0/9 and a performance of 2736

Duda’s technical strength was truly impressive. Whenever he got a slightly better position he never let it go, which was really quite remarkable. In those games he was not only playing very well but also pretty fast. This clearly indicated that playing these technical positions was something that came very naturally to him.

In the game A.R. Saleh Salem (above) vs Jan-Krzysztof Duda, the Arab player came up with this interesting idea of 15.Qf3 followed by 16.Qxa8 which he just assessed as better for White. But Duda played quickly with great confidence and converted his advantage like a machine. Salem’s every try at creating counterplay towards the end was thwarted by quick and accurate calculations by Duda.

[Event "Lake Sevan 2015"] [Site "Martuni ARM"] [Date "2015.07.17"] [Round "6.4"] [White "Salem, A.R. Saleh"] [Black "Duda, Jan-Krzysztof"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E17"] [WhiteElo "2615"] [BlackElo "2632"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2015.07.12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. Nc3 Ne4 7. Bd2 Bf6 8. O-O O-O 9. Ne5 Nxc3 10. Bxc3 Bxg2 11. Kxg2 c5 12. dxc5 bxc5 13. Qd6 Be7 (13... Qb6 {is the more common move in this position.}) 14. Qd3 f6 (14... Qc7 {was played against Miton by Markowski. The game continued} 15. Qf3 Nc6 (15... f6 $5 {was the best and would have transposed to the game.}) 16. Nxc6 Qxc6 17. Qxc6 dxc6 18. Rfd1 $16 {White has a clear advantage not only due to his pawn structure but also thanks to the control of the d8-square from a5. But the game later ended in a draw.}) 15. Qf3 Qc7 16. Qxa8 (16. Nd3 $14 {was better, but when you see a rook hanging in the corner, it is to tempting to refuse.}) 16... Nc6 17. Qxf8+ (17. Nxc6 Rxa8 18. Nxe7+ Kf7 $17) 17... Bxf8 18. Nxc6 Qxc6+ 19. f3 { Salem assessed this position in his favour. The truth is that it is unclear and both sides have to play accurately to maintain the balance. From here on Duda starts to play like a machine. Great accuracy.} Qa6 $1 {Forcing b3 before breaking with d5.} 20. b3 d5 $1 21. e3 {preventing d4.} (21. cxd5 $6 Qxe2+ 22. Rf2 Qe3 $1 (22... Qd3 $6 23. Be1 exd5 24. Rd2 Qf5 25. Rad1 d4 26. b4 $1 $132 { with counterplay.}) 23. Bd2 Qd4 24. Rc1 exd5 $17) 21... dxc4 22. Kf2 Qa3 23. Rfb1 Bd6 $1 {At some point the bishop could go to b6 when it will be very nicely defending the queenside pawns and c5-c4 would always be in the air.} 24. Ke1 h5 (24... Be5 $5 25. Bxe5 fxe5 26. Ke2 c3 $17) 25. Kd2 Qa6 26. Rd1 Bc7 27. Kc2 cxb3+ 28. axb3 Qe2+ 29. Rd2 Qxf3 30. Rxa7 Qe4+ 31. Rd3 (31. Kb2 Qc6 $15 { keeps control.}) 31... c4 $1 {Great accuracy shown by Duda.} 32. bxc4 Bb6 33. Rad7 Qxc4 {Materially White is not doing so badly, but the exposed position of his king and also the combination of the bishop on the queen gives Black a nearly decisive advantage.} 34. Kd1 e5 35. Bd2 Kh7 36. Ke1 Qe4 37. Kd1 Bd4 $1 { A final interference tactic to end the game.} 38. R7xd4 exd4 39. Rxd4 Qf3+ 40. Kc2 Qe2 0-1

A few days after the tournament ended, we were able to get a small interview with Jan Krzysztof Duda.

ChessBase: Jan-Krzysztof, how does feel to win tournament? Is it the strongest that you have won in your chess career?

Jan Krzysztof Duda: Yes, I think it’s the strongest tournament I have ever won. I am very pleased I managed to win it as it wasn’t so sure till the last round. Fortunately for me, Vidit beat Anton Guijarro in the final round and I triumphed after all! I would like to thank the organizers who invited me here, and my Polish team Aleksander and Kamil for their support.

CB: After drawing of lots when you came to know about the colours you will have against each of your opponents, did you formulate a strategy that specific players have to be beaten or you took one game at a time?

JKD: I didn’t have any strategy with regards to who had to be beaten or not. I simply played chess. But the key part of my success is my own great performance with the black pieces – 3.5/4.

CB: Psychologically who was the toughest opponent for you to face?

JKD: I think it may be Sevian as I hadn’t played (nor seen) him before. He was the youngest and most unpredictable guy. Also many of my chess friends overestimate Americans, so I had to win to show them that Polish are not worse!

CB: Which was your favourite game from the tournament?

JKD: I have two good games in this tournament: against Sevian and Vidit. Both of them were very interesting, long and fighting. But in the game against Sevian I made far less mistakes, and so I value it higher.

[Event "Lake Sevan 2015"] [Site "Martuni ARM"] [Date "2015.07.12"] [Round "1.5"] [White "Duda, Jan-Krzysztof"] [Black "Sevian, Samuel"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C78"] [WhiteElo "2632"] [BlackElo "2578"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "139"] [EventDate "2015.07.12"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. a4 Rb8 8. axb5 axb5 9. Nxe5 Nxe5 10. d4 Bxd4 11. Qxd4 d6 12. f4 Nc6 13. Qd3 O-O 14. Nc3 Re8 15. e5 {Dvoirys-Lagno is the only game to have reached this position. This is a very interesting pawn sacrifice.} dxe5 $5 16. Qxd8 Nxd8 (16... Rxd8 17. fxe5 Nxe5 18. Bf4 Nfd7 (18... Re8 19. Rae1 Nfd7 $2 (19... Nc4 20. Nxb5 $1 Rxb5 21. Bxc4 $16) 20. Bxe5 Rxe5 (20... Nxe5 21. Bxf7+ $18) 21. Rxe5 Nxe5 22. Re1 $18) 19. Rae1 b4 20. Nd5 Ba6 21. Bxe5 Nxe5 22. Rxe5 Bxf1 23. Kxf1 $16) 17. fxe5 Rxe5 18. Bf4 Rc5 (18... Re7 $6 19. Nxb5 $1 Rxb5 20. Ra8 $14) 19. Be3 Rf5 (19... Re5 20. Ba7 $1 Rb7 21. Bd4 Re8 22. Bxf6 gxf6 23. Nd5 $16) 20. Rxf5 Bxf5 21. Nxb5 $1 Rxb5 22. Ra8 {White recovers his piece and has the two bishops, but because of the sparse material on the board there are good drawing chances.} h6 23. Rxd8+ Kh7 24. Rd4 (24. Bxf7 $6 Rxb2 $15) 24... Ra5 25. Rd1 Rb5 26. Rc1 c5 $6 (26... Be6 $11) 27. Bxf7 $1 Ng4 (27... Rxb2 28. Bb3 $1 c4 29. Bd4 $1 $16 {could be what Samuel missed.}) 28. Bf4 Rxb2 29. h3 $1 Nf6 30. Bb3 $1 Nd7 (30... c4 31. Be5 $16) 31. g4 (31. Bd2 $16 {with the idea of Bc3 would have been stronger.}) 31... c4 $1 {Samuel is aware of the dangers and tries to be as active as possible.} (31... Be4 32. Bd2 $16) 32. Bxc4 Bg6 (32... Rb4 $1 33. Be2 Rxf4 34. gxf5 Kg8 {and Black has excellent drawing chances.}) 33. Rd1 $1 Nf6 34. c3 Be4 35. Rd4 Rg2+ 36. Kf1 Rc2 37. Bd2 Bg6 38. Ke2 {White is just a pawn up and has the double bishops. Black's defensive task is not at all easy.} Ne4 39. Rd8 Rb2 40. Bg8+ Kh8 41. Be6+ Kh7 42. Ke3 Nf6 43. Kf4 Rb6 44. Bc4 Rc6 45. Bb5 Re6 46. Be3 h5 47. g5 Ne4 48. Bd4 $18 {With some flawless technique White has maximised his position and now stands clearly better.} Nd6 49. Bc6 Nf7 50. Rc8 Re1 51. Rc7 Rf1+ 52. Bf3 $2 {A bad tactical mistake and you can see how the young Sevian is very alert for it.} (52. Kg3 $1 Nxg5 53. Rxg7+ Kh6 54. Re7 $18) 52... Be4 $1 {White has to win the position all over again.} 53. Kxe4 Nxg5+ 54. Kd5 Rxf3 $14 {White is still better thanks to his superior minor piece and outside passer, but Black has minimised the damage.} 55. Rxg7+ Kh6 56. Re7 Nxh3 57. c4 Nf4+ $2 (57... Rf5+ 58. Ke4 Rf4+ 59. Ke5 Rf1 60. Be3+ Kg6 61. c5 Ng5 62. c6 Nf7+ 63. Ke4 Nd6+ $11 {with excellent drawing chances.}) 58. Ke4 Ng6 59. Ra7 {The threat of Be3 forces Black to give up an exchange after which it is quite easy.} Rf4+ 60. Kd3 Kg5 61. Be3 Kg4 62. Bxf4 Kxf4 63. Rh7 h4 64. c5 Kg5 65. Ke4 Nf8 66. Rh8 Ng6 67. Rg8 h3 68. Kf3 Kf5 69. Rxg6 Kxg6 70. c6 1-0

CB: You won three important games against Vidit, Robert and Samuel in the endgame. Did you devote special attention to this phase of the game before the tournament?

JKD: Before tournament I was far more concerned with openings. Generally I’m studying endgame with theoretical value, and I didn’t have any of them in Lake Sevan 2015.

CB:From the pictures at the official website I saw that almost all the players indulged in table tennis and billiards in order to unwind, but I couldn’t see you in any picture. In what way did you relax during the tournament?

JKD: Probably you didn’t see the closing ceremony video! From time to time I was playing those sports too. On the other hand I was in Armenia with two other Poles, so I played knucklebones and other random games!

CB: What are the next tournaments that you will be playing in?

JKD: I will play in Word Championship under-20 in Khanty Mansysk and also in the European Team Championship in Reykjavik.

CB: Your live rating now is 2645. You will be Polish number three behind Gajewski and Wojtaszek. What are your future plans and aims in chess?

JKD: To be Polish number one, of course!

David Anton Guijarro (above) might well have won him the event if a few results had gone his way. He had some very interesting opening ideas up his sleeve and almost never got a dull position in his games. Here is one example of his imaginative play.

[Event "Lake Sevan 2015"] [Site "Martuni ARM"] [Date "2015.07.13"] [Round "2.3"] [White "Anton Guijarro, David"] [Black "Salem, A.R. Saleh"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A34"] [WhiteElo "2626"] [BlackElo "2615"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2015.07.12"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e3 e6 6. Nxd5 exd5 {[#]Vidit Gujrathi: "I couldn’t hide a slight grin of amusement when I saw White’s next move!"} 7. b4 $1 c4 {Salem is not a player who will quietly acquiesce with his opponent's intentions and he tries to complicate matters.} (7... cxb4 8. Bb2 $44 {gives White sufficient compensation as the bishop on f8 cannot really develop and the d4 square is a nice outpost for the f3-knight.}) 8. Bb2 $1 Bxb4 9. Bxg7 Rg8 10. Bb2 Nc6 11. Qc2 Rg6 12. Be2 Qe7 (12... Rxg2 13. Qxh7 $16) 13. g3 Bh3 {Preventing 0-0.} 14. Nh4 O-O-O $1 {What a fantastic move. Taking the rook on g6 will only help Black to improve his structure. In this position a minor piece is in no way inferior to the rook.} 15. a3 Ba5 16. Nxg6 fxg6 17. Bc3 Bb6 18. d4 cxd3 19. Bxd3 Kb8 {A very logical decision tucking away the king.} (19... d4 $5 {straight away could have been interesting.} 20. Bb4 Qf6 21. e4 Bg2 22. Rg1 Bxe4 $1 $15 23. Bxe4 $2 d3 $19) 20. O-O-O $5 {The king had to be evacuated from the center, though on c1 it cannot ever dream of a safe future!} Rf8 $6 (20... d4 $1 21. exd4 Bxd4 $1 $15 {Black is simply better.}) 21. Rd2 Qxa3+ 22. Qb2 Qe7 23. Kb1 Bc5 24. Ka1 Be6 25. Rb1 {White has somehow managed to co-ordinate his forces.} Rc8 26. Bf6 Qd7 27. Bb5 Bf5 28. Rc1 Qd6 29. Rc3 Ka8 30. Rd1 Bb4 31. Rb3 Qc5 32. Bd3 (32. Bxc6 Rxc6 $1 33. Rxb4 Ra6+ $19) 32... Be6 33. Bd4 Qa5+ 34. Kb1 Rc7 35. Rc1 $16 {White is clearly better now.} Bd6 36. f4 Re7 37. Bf6 Rd7 38. Be5 Nxe5 39. Rc8+ Bb8 40. Qxe5 Qe1+ 41. Kb2 {Mate cannot be averted. That is what you call a highly exciting game between two youngsters who are ready for a full blooded fight.} 1-0

Anton was playing the Dutch, some complicated lines of French and he even managed to win a complex battle in Petroff with black! Persevering in every game right up to the end, he showcased some great fighting chess. Mainly Anton was creating the perfect situations for his opponents to go wrong. More often than not he converted his advantage, but with a costly miss in the penultimate round against Samvel Ter-Sahakyan. Who knows what would have happened to the final standings had he won this game!

David Anton Guijarro-Samvel Ter-Sahakyan

White had innumerable winning positions throughout the game.
But this is his last chance. Give it a thought: do you think 52.d7 wins?

[Event "Lake Sevan 2015"] [Site "Martuni ARM"] [Date "2015.07.19"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Anton Guijarro, David"] [Black "Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2626"] [BlackElo "2593"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "127"] [EventDate "2015.07.12"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Nc3 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. g4 Bg6 8. Ne5 Nbd7 9. Nxg6 hxg6 10. g5 Ng8 11. h4 Ne7 12. Bd2 Nf5 13. Qg4 Bd6 14. O-O-O Rh5 15. cxd5 cxd5 16. Kb1 Nb6 17. Bd3 Rc8 18. Nxd5 Nxd5 19. e4 Nde7 20. exf5 exf5 21. Qf3 Qb6 22. Be2 Rh8 23. Bc3 Bb4 24. Bxb4 Qxb4 25. d5 Qd6 26. Qb3 Rc7 27. Qa4+ Kd8 28. Qxa7 Re8 29. Qd4 Nc8 30. Bf3 Nb6 31. Qxg7 (31. h5 $1 gxh5 32. Qxg7 $18) 31... Nc4 32. Qf6+ $6 (32. h5 $1 $18) 32... Qxf6 33. gxf6 Nd6 34. h5 g5 $6 35. h6 Rh8 36. Rd4 Rh7 37. Be2 Ne4 38. a4 Nxf2 39. Rf1 Ne4 40. Rxf5 Ng3 41. Rxg5 Nxe2 42. Re4 $6 (42. Rh4 $1 Rd7 43. Rg7 Rh8 44. h7 Kc7 45. a5 $1 {Look at the beautiful zugzwang. Black has absolutely no moves at his disposal.} (45. Rg8 Rd8) 45... Rxd5 (45... Kd6 46. Rg8 Rd8 47. Rxd8+ Rxd8 48. h8=Q $18) 46. Rxf7+ Rd7 47. Rg7 $1 Kc6 48. f7 $18) 42... Rc1+ 43. Ka2 Rxh6 44. Rg8+ Kc7 45. Rxe2 Rxf6 46. Re7+ Kb6 47. Ra8 Rc5 48. Ka3 Rf3+ 49. b3 Rf6 50. Rd8 Ka7 51. d6 Rc6 52. Rdd7 $2 (52. d7 $1 {was the right move but you need to calculate with some accuracy.} Rfd6 {The only move to be in the game as next move you are threatening Rc7.} 53. Rf8 $1 Rc7 $1 54. Rfxf7 $1 {The threat now is d8=Q.} (54. d8=Q $2 Rxd8 $11) 54... Rc3 55. d8=Q Rxd8 56. Rxb7+ Ka8 (56... Ka6 57. Ra7+ Kb6 58. a5+ Kc5 59. Rac7+ Kd4 60. Rcd7+ Rxd7 61. Rxd7+ Ke5 62. a6 $18) 57. Ra7+ Kb8 58. Rfb7+ Kc8 59. Ra8+ Kxb7 60. Rxd8 $18 {With a technically winning position.} ) 52... Rb6 53. a5 Rb5 54. Rxf7 (54. Ka4 Ka6 $1 55. Rxf7 Rg6 56. Rg7 Rh6 57. Rh7 Rg6 $11) (54. b4 Rf4 $1 55. Rxf7 Rfxb4 $11) 54... Rxf7 55. Rxf7 Rxa5+ 56. Kb4 Rd5 57. Rf6 Kb6 58. Kc4 Rd1 59. b4 Kc6 60. d7+ Kxd7 61. Kc5 Kc7 62. Rf7+ Kb8 63. b5 Rd8 64. Re7 1/2-1/2

Much more was expected from Vladislav Artemiev who finished fifth

Just a few days before the Lake Sevan Vladislav Artemiev had already won the Russian Higher League, which was a very strong event. From the games in that tournament and also the “Nutcracker” it was clear that he is a confident player, likes tactical positions, is not loathe to taking risks and plays right until the end. But watching his games in Lake Sevan, it turns out that he is also a classical and orthodox player with a grinding style of play. In the first round he was able to outplay Ter-Sahakyan in a very Soviet style of chess. Maneuvering, controlling important squares and squeezing the life out of him.

Vladislav Artemiev-Samvel Ter-Sahakyan

How should White continue?

[Event "Lake Sevan 2015"] [Site "Martuni ARM"] [Date "2015.07.12"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Artemiev, Vladislav"] [Black "Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D12"] [WhiteElo "2660"] [BlackElo "2593"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "87"] [EventDate "2015.07.12"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Be2 Nbd7 8. O-O Bd6 9. g3 O-O 10. Nxg6 hxg6 11. Qc2 Qe7 12. Rd1 Rfd8 13. Bd2 dxc4 14. Bxc4 Rac8 15. Be1 c5 16. dxc5 Nxc5 {It seems as if Black has equalised out of the opening. But with the next move, Artemiev shows that Black is far from equalising.} 17. Bf1 $1 {Rerouting the bishop on the strong h1-a8 diagonal. In such symmetrical positions, having the bishop pair is a huge asset.} a6 18. Bg2 b5 19. Rac1 Na4 20. Qb1 Bb4 $6 (20... Nxb2 $1 21. Qxb2 Ba3 22. Qb1 Bxc1 23. Rxc1 b4 24. Ne4 Rxc1 25. Qxc1 a5 $11 {Black has decent chances to hold the position.}) 21. Nxa4 Bxe1 22. Rxe1 bxa4 23. a3 Rb8 24. Red1 Rd6 25. Qc2 Qd7 26. Rxd6 Qxd6 27. Rd1 Qb6 28. Rd2 Qa5 {White is just better, but there is no real way to make progress. When that is the case it is always a good idea to improve the placement of your king.} 29. Bf3 $1 {With the idea of Kg2. You might not be impressed by this, but I think these are the kind of moves which are often missed by us. We always want to do something, to threaten something, and we forget to improve our pieces.} g5 30. h3 g6 31. Kg2 Kg7 32. Rd4 Rb3 33. Bc6 (33. Rxa4 $1 Qxa4 34. Bc6 $1 (34. Bd1 Rxa3 35. Qxa4 Rxa4 36. Bxa4 $11) 34... Qa5 35. Qxb3 $16) 33... Qb6 34. Rd2 Qa5 35. Rd3 Rxd3 36. Qxd3 Nd5 37. Qd4+ Kg8 38. Qxa4 {Winning a pawn. The rest is straight forward technique.} Qd2 39. Qd4 Qxd4 40. exd4 Nc7 41. Kf3 Kf8 42. Ke3 Ke7 43. Kd3 Kd6 44. Bb7 {It's not for no reason that people are comparing Artemiev to Capablanca or Kramnik.} 1-0

Against David Anton Guijarro Vladislav Artemiev was slightly worse after the opening, but he declined the offer to repeat the position, and slowly outplayed him. He tried his best right until the end of that game. Even though he couldn’t break through, this just showed what a fighter he really was.

[Event "Lake Sevan 2015"] [Site "Martuni ARM"] [Date "2015.07.14"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Artemiev, Vladislav"] [Black "Anton Guijarro, David"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A04"] [WhiteElo "2660"] [BlackElo "2626"] [PlyCount "253"] [EventDate "2015.07.12"] 1. Nf3 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. b3 Bg7 5. Bb2 O-O 6. O-O e6 7. d4 b6 8. Nfd2 d5 9. c4 Bb7 10. Nc3 Nbd7 11. Rc1 c5 12. cxd5 exd5 13. dxc5 Nxc5 14. Nb5 Qd7 15. a4 a6 16. Nd4 Rfc8 17. N2f3 Nfe4 18. Rc2 b5 19. a5 Rc7 20. Bc1 Rcc8 21. Bb2 Rc7 22. Qa1 Rac8 23. Qa3 Bf8 24. Qa2 b4 25. Qa1 Qe8 26. Qe1 Ba8 27. h4 Ne6 28. Rxc7 Rxc7 29. e3 Nc3 30. Qd2 Nxd4 31. Nxd4 Qc8 32. Kh2 Ne4 33. Qd3 Bg7 34. Kg1 Bb7 35. Bf3 Rc5 36. Ra1 Nc3 37. Kg2 Rc7 38. Rc1 Kf7 39. h5 Bf6 40. Rh1 Kg7 41. hxg6 hxg6 42. Qd2 Kg8 43. Rc1 Kf7 44. Qe1 Kg7 45. Qh1 Qe8 46. Qh2 Kg8 47. Rh1 Re7 48. Qh6 Qf7 49. Rc1 Rc7 50. Qf4 Qe7 51. Qh6 Qh7 52. Qxh7+ Kxh7 53. Ne6 Rc8 54. Rh1+ Kg8 55. Rh6 Kf7 56. Rh7+ Kxe6 57. Rxb7 Rc6 58. Rxb4 Na2 59. Ra4 Bxb2 60. Rxa2 Bc3 61. Be2 Rc5 62. Bxa6 Rxa5 63. Rc2 Rc5 64. Rc1 Ke5 65. Rd1 Rc7 66. Bb5 Ke6 67. Kf3 Be5 68. Rd2 Rc3 69. b4 d4 70. Bd3 dxe3 71. Kxe3 Kf6 72. Ra2 Rc6 73. b5 Rd6 74. Ra4 g5 75. f4 gxf4+ 76. gxf4 Bc3 77. Ra8 Bd4+ 78. Kd2 Rd5 79. Rf8+ Kg6 80. Rc8 Kh5 81. Rg8 Kh4 82. Rg6 Bc5 83. b6 Rd7 84. Rc6 Bxb6 85. Rxb6 Kg3 86. Rb4 Kf3 87. Rc4 Rd8 88. Kc3 Rh8 89. Bxf5 Rf8 90. Be4+ Kxf4 91. Kd4 Re8 92. Bd5 Re1 93. Rc8 Rd1+ 94. Kc5 Rc1+ 95. Bc4 Ke5 96. Re8+ Kf6 97. Kd4 Rd1+ 98. Bd3 Ra1 99. Re2 Rd1 100. Rg2 Kf7 101. Rg3 Rc1 102. Be4 Ke7 103. Ke5 Rc5+ 104. Bd5 Rc7 105. Rg8 Rd7 106. Bc6 Rc7 107. Rg6 Kd8 108. Rg8+ Ke7 109. Kd5 Kf6 110. Kd6 Rg7 111. Rh8 Kg5 112. Rf8 Rg6+ 113. Kc5 Rf6 114. Re8 Kf4 115. Bd5 Ra6 116. Kd4 Rf6 117. Be6 Kg3 118. Ke5 Rf2 119. Bf5 Rd2 120. Rg8+ Kf2 121. Kf4 Rd4+ 122. Be4 Rd2 123. Rh8 Re2 124. Rh3 Rd2 125. Bd3 Ke1 126. Ke3 Re2+ 127. Bxe2 1/2-1/2


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excalibur2 excalibur2 7/31/2015 09:45
@Semprun. Precisely my thoughts. This was arguably one of the most exciting tournaments this year.
Offramp Offramp 7/31/2015 08:45
I missed the first 6 of these tournaments.
semprun semprun 7/31/2015 03:24
This tournament has received little attention and it's a shame, since it finished a while ago. Your editorial note is a bit perplexing, since you comment on much lesser tournaments when you feel there is some interest in the event. While it was being played, a few reports were present of minor tournaments.

A tournament where last position is occupied by a 2615 cannot be bad AT ALL. Thx for the coverage