Vienna Open: 22 players lead with 3.0/3

by Johannes Fischer
8/19/2016 – The Vienna Open takes place from 16th to 23rd August and more than 500 players from over 50 countries start in the nine round swiss, among them 15 grandmasters. Elo-favorite is Markus Ragger, Austria's number one. But there are also a number of talents who want to shine. One of them is ten-year old Jarovir Sindarov from Uzbekistan who has an Elo of 2374. Ragger and Sindarov both had a perfect start and with 3.0/3 they share the lead with 20 other players.

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Chess is not the only reason to visit Vienna

With a rating of 2686 Markus Ragger is Austria's number one and rating favorite in Vienna. According to the tournament website "Ragger has an evident aim: 'Nine rounds in only eight days is an outstanding challenge. Certainly, my target is to capture my first victory in Vienna!'"

But the tournament site also names other favorites: "His strongest competitor is Rainer Buhmann, German Olympia-teamplayer who lives in Austria and is also an important training partner of him. Experts are excitingly looking forward to the play of the most talented German trainee, Vincent Keymer. The 11-year-old may encounter the Austrian Dominik Horvath, who caused a sensation in 2013 by winning the B-tournament. Horvath, born in 2003, is already a FIDE-Master. The 10-year-old Javokhir Sindarov is also participating: the Usbek holds the record for the highest U-10-Rating ever, with 2374 Elo. Tournament director, Johann Pöcksteiner: “The question is whether a well-established Grandmaster or a young talent will win in Vienna.”

In the first three rounds things went smoothly for Ragger and he won all this games without too much trouble. Here's his win against Christina Foisor from round three:


Things were more difficult for Rainer Buhmann. He started with two wins but then drew in round three against German FM Tobias Voege - and had his young opponent shown a bit more courage Buhmann could have easily lost:


The 11-year old German talent Vincent Keymer also started with 2.5/3. The ten-year old Javokhir Sindarov, however, did not even concede a draw. Here is his game from the first in which his opponent collapsed surprising quickly.


Top standings after three rounds

  Snr   Name Country Elo Pts.
1 55 FM Sandhoefner Florian AUT 2290 3,0
2 12 GM Berescu Alin-Mile ROU 2458 3,0
3 3 GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios GRE 2603 3,0
4 5 GM Shengelia David AUT 2572 3,0
5 4 GM Vorobiov Evgeny RUS 2586 3,0
6 10 GM Hertneck Gerald GER 2469 3,0
7 15 IM Fröwis Georg AUT 2449 3,0
8 14 IM Rathnakaran Kantholi IND 2452 3,0
9 20 IM Gajek Radoslaw POL 2434 3,0
10 25   Yankelevich Lev GER 2414 3,0
11 29 CM Sindarov Javokhir UZB 2374 3,0
12 35 FM Kokol Peter SLO 2360 3,0
13 6 GM Burmakin Vladimir RUS 2553 3,0
14 18 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta POL 2439 3,0
15 1 GM Ragger Markus AUT 2686 3,0
16 31 FM Schwabeneder Florian AUT 2369 3,0
17 33 IM Pirrot Dieter GER 2367 3,0
18 7 IM Ponizil Cyril CZE 2510 3,0
19 26 IM Kilgus Georg AUT 2413 3,0
20 16 IM Schreiner Peter AUT 2445 3,0
21 23 IM Baldauf Marco GER 2423 3,0
22 19 IM Vetoshko Volodymyr UKR 2438 3,0
23 2 GM Buhmann Rainer GER 2641 2,5
24 11 GM Arkell Keith ENG 2464 2,5
  56 IM Barle Janez Dr. SLO 2289 2,5



Games rounds 1 to 3



 Schönbrunn castle

Summer in Vienna...

... and this is the famous Vienna schnitzel!

Markus Ragger (right, with White) on board one, Rainer Buhmann plays with black on board two


Photos: Tournament page


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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".


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