Three European Champions at First Saturday

2/18/2013 – ‘First Saturday’ is a very popular training and norm event that has been staged over 300 times over the last 25 years. Players like Caruana, Hou Yifan, Rapport, Radjabov, Nakamura and Carlsen played in them. The participation of three former European Youth Champions made the event particularly interesting this month. IM Miklos Orso reports.

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Three European Champions at First Saturday

Budapest: 02-11th February tournaments

The participation of three former European Youth Champions made the event particularly interesting this month. Two of them, the U10 European Champion (2009 in Fermo), FM Benjamin Gledura and the U16 European Team Champion (2009 Pardubice) IM Oliver Mihok , both from Hungary and playing in the GM group, caused a lot of trouble for their more experienced opponents. The U8 European Champion (2011 Albena) FM Alex Krstulovic did the same in the FM-A section.


Hungarian European champions: Gledura, Krstulovic, Mihok

The GM section brought success for IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy (VIE), who achieved his first GM norm. He won his last four games of which the hardest one was against Gledura Benjamin in round last but one when the youngest player still had good chance to achieve his second IM norm.


IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy (VIE)

All the games are available either at First Saturday or at FIDE website (links below).

Final Ranking of First Saturday GM Feb 2013

# Name Pts Fed.
Rating
TPR
W-We
SB
1 IM Nguyen, Huynh Minh Huy 6.5 VIE
2439
2610
+2.05
26.0
2 GM Gonda, Laszlo 6.0 HUN
2536
2558
+0.24
25.0
3 GM Czebe, Attila 5.5 HUN
2488
2518
+0.39
20.5
4 GM Stefansson, Hannes 5.0 ISL
2496
2480
-0.23
24.5
5 IM Mihok, Oliver 4.5 HUN
2442
2443
+0.03
20.0
6 FM Hujbert, Florian 4.5 HUN
2427
2445
+0.23
19.0
7 IM Lizak, Peter 3.5 HUN
2428
2365
-0.79
15.0
8 IM Saric, Sinisa 3.5 SRB
2418
2366
-0.65
13.75
9 FM Gledura, Benjamin 3.5 HUN
2393
2369
-0.32
13.0
10 FM Rindlisbacher, Lars 2.5 SUI
2366
2286
-0.95
11.25


FM Florian Hujbert – almost scored an IM-norm…

 
IM Sinisa Saric from Novi Sad, for the first time in Budapest

 

FM Lyell Mark (ENG), living in Hungary as a teacher, won the IM section playing in sharp style. He is a usual participant in First Saturday events and usually Chairman of the Appeals Committee. It was his second IM norm here since he also made an outstanding performance in 2009.

Japanese Olympiad player FM Kojima Shinya almost hit a second IM norm within the three month he spent in Hungary, but failed doing it in the last round against Kristof Koczo (HUN), who was fighting hard to avoid being last.


Zhou Guijue (CHN), the only female player of the group, also
failed in the last round when her WIM norm was so close

Final Ranking

# Name Pts Fed.
Rating
TPR
W-We
SB
1 FM Lyell, Mark 7.0 ENG
2200
2487
+3.31
26.5
2 FM Kojima, Shinya 6.0 JPN
2368
2373
+0.04
27.5
3 IM Kislik, Erik Andrew 5.5 USA
2359
2329
-0.33
24.5
4 IM Szeberenyi, Adam 4.5 HUN
2328
2252
-0.93
19.75
5 IM Szalanczy, Emil 4.5 HUN
2234
2263
+0.34
17.75
6 FM Keschitz, Gyorgy 4.5 HUN
2214
2265
+0.63
15.75
7 Zhou, Guijue 3.5 CHN
2178
2189
+0.10
14.25
8 Balint, Vilmos 3.5 HUN
2254
2181
-0.94
14.0
9 Koczo, Kristof 3.0 HUN
2236
2138
-1.16
14.5
10 Farkas, Lajos Dr. 3.0 HUN
2228
2138
-1.06
12.0

Lajos Borda (HUN), an experienced antique books trader in Budapest, won the FM-A group. He is on the right way to achieve his dream in chess that is once to become a FIDE-Master.

Yao Lan (CHN), a quiet and fragile lovely little girl, had a tough test fighting against strong male opponents. She will get her first FIDE rating published on the 1st March list.

Final Ranking of FM-A Feb 2013

# Name Pts Fed.
Rating
TPR
W-We
SB
1 Borda, Lajos 7.5 HUN
2115
2265
+1.30
31.5
2 Darazs, Zoltan 6.0 HUN
2109
2098
-0.02
25.25
3 Farkas, Richard 5.5 HUN
2132
2044
-0.75
23.25
4 Juracsik, Jozsef 5.5 HUN
2141
2096
-0.33
21.25
5 Yao, Lan 5.0 CHN
0
2058
+0.50
17.0
6 Schenkerik, Csaba 3.5 HUN
2111
1960
-1.52
17.0
7 FM Mayer, Istvan 3.5 HUN
2038
1969
-0.71
13.25
8 FM Krstulovic, Alex 3.5 HUN
1887
1944
+0.42
12.75
9 Gruz, Janos 3.0 HUN
1827
1951
+1.01
12.0
10 Nemeth, Otto 2.0 HUN
1771
1873
+0.60
9.25

There was an FM-B group too and on Friday 1st February 2013, one day prior to the standard chess competitions, there was the first FIDE Rated Rapid First Saturday event successfully held. It is going to be rated for the FIDE Rapid Rating list in every month this year.


Group photo of the 2013 February First Saturday participants

Text and images provided by IM Miklos Orso International Arbiter

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