Ortisei: strong chess in idyllic surroundings

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6/20/2016 – Ortisei is a small village in the Italian Dolomites. At the beginning of June the idyllic village was host to the 3rd Ortisei Open, which attracted 140 participants, among them several strong grandmasters. After nine rounds GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu first with 7.0/9. Dutch GM Jan Werle also had 7.0/9 but Nisipeanu had the better tie-break.

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International Chess Festival "ad Gredine" – Ortisei Open

By Dutch GM Jan Werle

The third edition of the Ortisei Open took place from 4th to 11th of June 2016 in the Dolomites. It was a great event, perfect for chess fanatics who wanted to play serious chess but also perfect for the chess fans who like to hike and who like to combine chess and holidays.

Just before the start of the Ortisei Open when I was preparing for the tournament, I happened to check my Facebook account and saw strangely familiar pictures which some of my ‘Facebook-friends’ had posted. When I went to the balcony of my room – chess variations still occupying my thoughts – my memory came back and I realized that the green meadows of the Alps, the mountains, the ‘Milka-cows’ and the cable cars as well the picturesque and stylish village of Ortisei were views which I could relish the upcoming week while playing in a strong chess tournament.

Idyllic Ortisei (Photo: Gerhard Bertagnolli)

The Dolomites (Photo: Gerhard Bertagnolli)

There was a limited number of places in the tournament as the organization was striving for quality instead of quantity and in the end 140 players had the pleasure to fight each other on the chessboard.

The playing hall (Photo: Gerhard Bertagnolli)

The top three players were GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, GM Tamir Nabaty and GM Robert Markus and they didn’t drop any points during the first round of the tournament. Nisipeanu and Markus won their games easily, but the opponent of Nabaty, Henrik Bolding Pedersen, managed to make life difficult for the Israeli Grandmaster.

Serbian GM Robert Markus (Photo: Gerhard Bertagnolli)


Among the 2500-GMs Stefan Kindermann and the author himself slipped at an early stage. Organizer Ruben Bernardi achieved a well-deserved draw against Kindermann, while I lost against local hero Corvi, a creative player who is not afraid to play against higher rated opponents.

GM Kindermann (left) and organizer Ruben Bernardi (right)
sitting side-by-side (Photo: Gerhard Bertagnolli)


In round 4 Nabaty and Neverov faced each other. In a Queen’s Indian Defense Neverov, who played with White, seized the initiative, but on the edge of the abyss Nabaty could disentangle himself and in Neverov’s severe time-trouble Nabaty could even win.


In round 4 Swiss GM Bogner was posing GM Nisipeanu problems in the Kings Indian. The day before a double round was scheduled and when looking at his position Nisipeanu perhaps thought that he was hallucinating – and seeing two pawns instead of one.


IM Jan Sprenger from Germany and IM Arthur Pijpers from the Netherlands came from the Salento Open near Gallipoli in South Italy to the north in the Dolomites. Jan Sprenger plays non-conventional, creative and aggressive chess and is - just as Pijpers - very close to becoming a GM. He finished the tournament with 6.5/9 and had he not drawn his last round game against IM Ledger from England he would have won a medal. However, when Sprenger had to play against the Serbian number 1, Robert Markus, the doctor wasn’t as well prepared as his opponent. In a razor sharp opening battle, Sprenger finally had to give in.


Arthur Pijpers finished with 6.0/9. He is an International Master and a dangerous opponent, even for strong Grandmasters. He is an excellent theoretician and tactician, and in many lines he is able to reel off the first 25 moves instantly. A good example is this intriguing game in which he beat GM Neverov.


Jonas Bjerre showed splendid endgame technique (Photo: Gerhard Bertagnolli)

Jonas Bjerre is only 12 years old but already boast of a 2400+ rating. However, in Ortisei things did not go so well for him and he finished with 4.5/9. But his game against Krühlich was impressive. After extinguishing the attacking potential of his opponent, the young talent set his sights on the weak c3-pawn, and then converted his extra pawn with splendid endgame technique.


Two identical games

In round five a peculiar situation arose. The Italian Corvi played against Paulet and after a few moves had a position on the board that was identical to the game between Nisipeanu and Vocaturo that was shown on the big screen in the tournament hall displaying the live games. So Corvi waited for Nisipeanu to play his move and then copied it immediately. However, on move 13 his opponent Paulet deviated from the Nisipeanu game – but in both games Black lost eventually. Nisipeanu found an ingenious set-up with Rac1 and h3 which proved to be very effective and helped Nisipeanu to win. With this set-up White wants to defend the pawn c4 against attacks with …Be6 and …Nd7. After the Corvi claimed that he would have found this idea easily.


An interesting case. In my opinion it cannot be compared to games, in which one player copies moves from a book or an engine phone, but nevertheless Corvi was copying moves from another player and did not play himself. Maybe one should stop broadcasting games live in the tournament hall? Which would definitely be a loss for the audience.

In round 7 Italian star GM Vocaturo defeated top seed Markus convincingly. However, Markus gave up hope too fast.


Before the last round the standing was as follows. Nisipeanu and Nabaty were leading with 6.5/8, Vocaturo, Markus, Sprenger, the Indian IM Prasanna and Werle followed with 6.0/8. On board one Nisipeanu and Markus made a draw and now the players with 6.0/8 had to win to catch Nisipeanu. But Vocaturo and Prasanna still played a quick draw while Sprenger was trying in vain to break the English defenses of IM Ledger for 87 moves. But your author managed to win against Nabaty, despite an inaccuracy in the pawn ending.


After the game Nisipeanu told me that he wanted to ‘kill’ me when he saw me playing 38.Ke3. But as I am still alive he obviously didn’t let deeds follow his words. After Nabaty played 38..h5? I didn’t refrain from the second opportunity to play a4-a5.

Final standings

Rg. Snr   Name Land Elo Pkt.  Wtg1 
1 1 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter GER 2668 7,0 48,5
2 5 GM Werle Jan NED 2563 7,0 45,0
3 4 GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2576 6,5 50,0
4 2 GM Markus Robert SRB 2662 6,5 49,5
5 6 GM Bogner Sebastian SUI 2527 6,5 48,0
6 3 GM Nabaty Tamir ISR 2610 6,5 48,0
7 9 IM Sprenger Jan Michael Dr. GER 2506 6,5 45,0
8 12 IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao IND 2466 6,5 43,5
9 13 IM Codenotti Marco ITA 2451 6,5 40,0
10 11 IM Pijpers Arthur NED 2471 6,0 44,0
11 28 FM Corvi Marco ITA 2305 6,0 42,5
12 19 FM Gaehwiler Gabriel SUI 2363 6,0 42,0
13 15 IM Ledger Andrew J ENG 2380 6,0 40,0
14 7 GM Kindermann Stefan AUT 2515 6,0 40,0
15 17 IM Bertagnolli Alexander ITA 2376 6,0 36,5
16 51 WGM Paulet Iozefina NED 2187 5,5 42,5
17 53   Addison Bret C ENG 2180 5,5 37,0
18 31 FM De Santis Alessio ITA 2275 5,5 36,5
19 18 FM Kristensen Kaare Hove DEN 2367 5,0 48,0
20 8 GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2507 5,0 47,5
21 10 IM Castellanos Rodriguez Renier ESP 2484 5,0 46,0
22 16 FM Lodici Lorenzo ITA 2379 5,0 43,0
23 30   Dappiano Andrea ITA 2288 5,0 40,5
24 68   Olivetti Davide ITA 2063 5,0 40,0
25 20 FM Herzog Adolf AUT 2358 5,0 39,0

The winners and organiser Ruben Bernardi: Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (centre) won gold,
Jan Werle (right) won silver and Daniele Vocaturo (left) won bronze.

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chessstudent007 chessstudent007 6/23/2016 04:25
So.... the point being broadcasting game on big screen TV is bad idea? Well ... whats next? Stop players from looking at other boards? Perhaps we could ban opening book and opening theory.... Or perhaps change game to CHESS360 variant?
raven raven 6/21/2016 07:49

[Event "Wch U14"]
[Site "Oropesa del Mar"]
[Date "1998.??.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Drozdovskij, Yuri"]
[Black "Jatautis, Donatas"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E62"]
[WhiteElo "2295"]
[PlyCount "53"]
[EventDate "1998.10.25"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "ESP"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1999.11.16"]

So... now seems clear to me that i played Drozdovskjj idea...

Drozdovskjj - Jatautis Wch u14 Oropesa del Mar 1998
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 O-O 5. g3 d6 6. Bg2 Nc6 7. O-O e5 8. dxe5
Nxe5 9. Nxe5 dxe5 10. Qxd8 Rxd8 11. Bg5 Rd7 12. h3 c6 13. Rac1 Rc7 14. Rfd1 Be6
15. b3 h6 16. Be3 Bf8 17. c5 Rd7 18. Rxd7 Nxd7 19. Na4 f5 20. f4 e4 21. Bd4 Bg7
22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. e3 Kf7 24. Bf1 Rd8 25. Rd1 Ke7 26. Kf2 b5 27. cxb6 1/2-1/2
raven raven 6/21/2016 06:00
10 minutes ago
Really interesting Mr Werle... So why you don't show the two identical games? No problem, I'll do it for you...

Corvi - Paulet
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O e5 7. d4 Nbd7 8. dxe5 Nxe5 9. Nxe5 dxe5 10. Qxd8 Rxd8 11. Bg5 Rd7 12. h3 c6 13. Rac1 h6 14. Be3 Nh5 15. b4 f5 16. b5 Rc7 17. Bxa7 e4 18. Bb6 Rf7 19. Rfd1 Bxc3 20. Rxc3 Rxa2 21. bxc6 bxc6 22. Rd6 Rf6 23. Rd8+ Rf8 24. Rxf8+ Kxf8 25. Be3 g5 26. Rb3 Ke8 27. g4 Nf4 28. Bxf4 gxf4 29. Rb8 Kd8 30. gxf5 Kc7 31. f6 Be6 32. Re8 Kd7 33. Re7+ Kd6 34. c5+ Kd5 35. Bxe4+ Kxe4 36. Rxe6+ Kd5 37. f7 1-0

And Now Vocaturo's game:
Nisipeanu - Vocaturo
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. O-O Nc6 7. Nc3 e5 8. dxe5 Nxe5 9. Nxe5 dxe5 10. Qxd8 Rxd8 11. Bg5 Rd7 12. h3 c6 13. Rac1 Ne8 14. b4 Rd4 15. b5 Rxc4 16. bxc6 bxc6 17. Nd5 Rxc1 18. Ne7+ Kf8 19. Rxc1 Bf6 20. Nxc8 Bxg5 21. Rxc6 Rb8 22. e3 Bd8 23. Bf1 a5 24. a4 Bc7 25. Na7 Ke7 26. Rxc7+ 1-0

As we can see our game was different for the first 8 move.
But at move 8 Paulet can take in e5 with the pawn (the most played move) but she was see the game Nisipeanu - Vocaturo and take with the knight entered in the Vocaturo's position... So when she was at move 11 she waited for Vocaturo move. 11... Rd7 is clearly a Vocaturo's idea. When i saw this move at the board seem to me like a mistake. But it's the same move Vocaturo played... clearly a Vocaturo's preparation. Normal is Rd4 or Re8 as you exactly know.. So at the move 13 she played c6 and go fastly at the arbiter table for ask to remove the projection of the game Nisipeanu Vocaturo. But unfortunately for Paulet Nisipeanu played very quicly 13.Rac1.
So Paulet played 14. ... Nh5...
And lost in the ending...
So our game is the same of Nisipeanu - Vocaturo for 5 move... Yes!
So 11. ... Rd7 is difficult move for black, and Rc1 is a difficult move for me.
What i can do? Rd1 and change the wonderfull black rook in d7 ?

All can see the game and can judge where white won the game, in the opening in the middlegame or in the endgame.
My personal opinion is that black lose because played Rd7... and don't know why!

But perhaps you have not seen the games Mr Werle...
But i understand Mr Werle... Paulet is a dear friend for you...

And After our match, and my king walking I can understand that you are not entirely objective about me ...

See you soon!
Marco Corvi +39 3282733517
brabo_hf brabo_hf 6/21/2016 09:29
It seems it is not necessary anymore to study the classics to become grandmaster. Otherwise Jan Werle surely should know the Argentinian Tragedy where 3 games run parallel for a longtime with the same moves.
Paul Keres - Miguel Najdorf 1955
Efim Geller - Oscar Panno 1955
Boris Spassky - Herman Pilnik 1955

I am sure there are many other examples but this is the most famous one as it was played in the 14th round of an Interzonal. Anyway it definitely has nothing to do with broadcasting as in that time it didn't exist.