Polish Championships in Poznan

by André Schulz
4/5/2016 – This year the Polish Championships offer particularly attractive prizes: the winners of the men's and the women's championships both receive 4,700 Euros, and the top two in each tournament earn a spot on the national teams that will play in the Olympiad in Baku later this year. No wonder both tournaments attracted the best players of the country.

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Host of the championships is the University of Poznan. Both the men's championship and the women's championship are round-robin tournaments with ten players each, and almost all the best Polish players decided that it's worth a try to visit university (again).

Press conference at the start of the tournament

Jan Duda (left) playing an exhibition game

Lotto Men's Championship

After six rounds in the men's tournament three players share the lead with 4.0/6 each: Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Kasper Piorun and Jan Krzysztof Duda. With 2.0/6 top player Grzegorz Gajewski who helped Vishy Anand as a second during the Candidates in Moscow is still looking for his form.

Radoslaw Wojtaszek

Jan Duda

Kamil Dragun

Grzegorz Gajewski (left) before his game against Mateusz Bartel

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Results of round six

Br. Tit Name Coun ELO Ergebnis Titel Name Coun ELO
1 IM Marcel Kanarek
2533 ½ - ½ GM Jan Krzysztof Duda
2 IM Maciej Klekowski
2439 ½ - ½ GM Grzegorz Gajewski
3 GM Kacper Piorun
2651 ½ - ½ GM Mateusz Bartel
4 GM Jacek Tomczak
2587 0 - 1 GM Dariusz Swiercz
5 GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek
2727 1 - 0 GM Kamil Dragun

Jacek Tomczak and Dariusz Swiercz played a long and interesting game in round six. After the opening Black gave an exchange for which he never seemed to get enough compensation. However, then White blundered a piece which ultimately led to an endgame in which Black had to prove that he knew how to mate with king, bishop and knight against king.

Dariusz Swiercz


Rounds 1 to 6


Standings after six rounds

Budimex Women's Championship

The field in the women's championship offers a mix of experienced players who have played in many international events and young players such as Mariolo Wozniak, Oliwia Kiolbasa and Ewa Harazinska, who are all younger than twenty. However, clear favorite is still veteran player and long time Polish number one Monika Socko who leads with 4.5/6.

Monika Socko

Iweta Rajlich

Karina Szczepkowska

Results of round six

Br. Tit Name Coun ELO Ergebnis Titel Name Coun ELO
1 WIM Mariola Wozniak
2154 1 - 0 WIM Anna Kantane
2 WGM Karina Szczepkowska
2400 1 - 0 WGM Jolanta Zawadzka
3 WFM Oliwia Kiolbasa
2318 ½ - ½ WGM Klaudia Kulon
4 WGM Joanna Majdan
2380 0 - 1 WFM Ewa Harazinska
5 IM Iweta Rajlich
2389 1 - 0 GM Monika Socko

Rounds 1 to 6


Standings after six rounds

Pictures: Polish Chess Federation

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


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