Jorden van Foreest and Meri Arabidze win at Chess Festival in Bydgoszcz

by André Schulz
7/4/2023 – As part of the chess festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, two tournaments with an interesting format were played: six players took part in a round robin and competed in classical, rapid and blitz chess. Jorden van Foreest (pictured) won the open tournament, Meri Arabidze was first in the women's tournament. | Photos: Official site

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The chess festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, took place from 24 June to 2 July. The main tournaments were a GM tournament with six participants and a women's GM tournament with six players showing their skills in classical, rapid and blitz chess. In the end the results of the three tournaments were added up, but with different scores for the tournaments: a win in classical chess 4-0 (draw 2-2), a win in rapid chess 2-0 (draw 1-1) and a win in blitz 1-0.

The time control for the classical games was 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus a 30 second increment from the first move. The rapid games were played with 15 minutes + 10 seconds and the blitz games with 3 minutes + 2 seconds.

In addition, four Opens were offered. There were 72 players in the A-Open.

With a current Elo of 2695 Dutch Grandmaster Jorden van Foreest was top seed in the open GM tournament, followed by David Anton (2691) from Spain. Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Bartosz Socko started for Poland, Vasyl Ivanchuk (Ukraine) and Nils Grandelius (Sweden) completed the field.

Nils Grandelius

Ivanchuk is kibitzing

After five rounds, Ivanchuk, Anton and van Foreest shared first place in the classical tournament with 12 points each. Wojtaszek and Grandelius followed with 10 points while Socko finished sixth with 4 points.

The rapid chess tournament was won by Jorden van Foreest with 7 points ahead of Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Bartosz Socko (6 points).

In the blitz tournament, Polish top player and former Anand second Wojtaszek beat van Foreest by half a point. Wojtaszek won with 6.5 points. Van Foreest finished with 6 points.

But the overall victory went to Jorden van Foreest with 25.5 points.

A parallel women's tournament was held in the same mode. Teodora Injac of Serbia and Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria won the classical event with 12 points each. Meri Arabidze won the rapid chess tournament with 9 points.

The best players in Blitz were Alina Kashlinskaya from Poland and Meri Arabidze (Georgia), both with 7.5 points.

Meri Arabidze

The overall winner of the women's tournament was Meri Arabidze.

Szymon Gumularz won the A-Open on tiebreak, ahead of Valeriy Kazakovskiy (both had 7 points).

GM Tournament - Open

Final standings Classical

* All tables show classical scores.


Final standings Rapid


Finals standings Blitz


GM Tournament - Women

Final standings Classical


Final standings Rapid


Final standings Blitz


Final standings Open A

1. Gumularz, Szymon 2591 +11 7.0
2. Kazakovskiy, Valeriy 2538 +12 7.0
3. Teclaf, Paweł 2576 +5 6.5
4. Parligras, Mircea-Emilian 2556 -2 6.0
5. Azarov, Sergei 2589 -7 6.0
6. Klimkowski, Jan 2474 +5 6.0
7. Moranda, Wojciech 2589 -13 6.0
8. Sieciechowicz, Marcin 2387 +5 6.0
9. Janik, Igor 2548 -10 6.0
10. Licznerski, Łukasz 2460 -4 6.0
11. Czarnota, Paweł 2502 -11 6.0
12. Nasuta, Grzegorz 2555 -8 5.5

72 players

Games Open A


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