Vienna Open: Markus Ragger leads with 6.5/7

by Johannes Fischer
8/22/2016 – After seven of nine rounds top seed GM Markus Ragger from Austria leads the A-group of the Vienna Open. 310 players started in the top group and with 6.5/7 Ragger is sole leader. Half-a-point behind follow seven players with 6.0/7, among them second seed GM Rainer Buhmann from Germany and 11-year old Vincent Keymer, the only untitled player at the top.

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St. Stephen's Cathedral

Markus Ragger is Austria's number one and of course he wants to play well in Austria's capital Vienna. And in the first seven rounds of the Vienna Open he fully lived up to his role of rating favorite. Except for a short and pragmatic draw in round six against Rainer Buhmann Ragger won all his games, showing a mix of good preparation, smooth positional play and fine tactical skills.

Second seed Rainer Buhmann almost stumbled in round three against the much-lower rated Tobias Vöge but then found his stride and after seven rounds shares places two to eight. In round five he won a nice attacking game with Black.

 

11-year old Vincent Keymer from Germany, whose talent even impressed Garry Kasparov, also has 6.0/7 and is half-a-point behind Ragger.

Vincent Keymer during a training session with Garry Kasparov

In round seven Keymer won with Black against GM Keith Arkell from England who missed a big chance to decide the game in his favor.

 

Top standings after seven rounds

Rank Snr     Name Country Elo Pts.  TB  Rp
1 1
 
GM Ragger Markus AUT 2686 6,5 24,5 2819
2 14
 
IM Rathnakaran Kantholi IND 2452 6,0 24,5 2623
3 5
 
GM Shengelia David AUT 2572 6,0 23,5 2641
4 2
 
GM Buhmann Rainer GER 2641 6,0 23,5 2665
5 16
 
IM Schreiner Peter AUT 2445 6,0 23,0 2631
6 19
 
IM Vetoshko Volodymyr UKR 2438 6,0 22,5 2602
7 27
 
IM Koop Thorben GER 2412 6,0 22,0 2569
8 38
 
  Keymer Vincent GER 2348 6,0 21,5 2563
9 4
 
GM Vorobiov Evgeny RUS 2586 5,5 25,5 2546
10 10
 
GM Hertneck Gerald GER 2469 5,5 23,0 2546
11 20
 
IM Gajek Radoslaw POL 2434 5,5 22,5 2496
12 6
 
GM Burmakin Vladimir RUS 2553 5,5 22,5 2528
13 7
 
IM Ponizil Cyril CZE 2510 5,5 22,5 2519
14 28
 
IM Nitin Senthilvel IND 2398 5,5 22,0 2502
15 9
 
IM Leenhouts Koen NED 2491 5,5 20,0 2460
16 3
 
GM Mastrovasilis Dimitrios GRE 2603 5,0 26,0 2534
17 15
 
IM Fröwis Georg AUT 2449 5,0 25,0 2509
18 17
 
GM Williams Simon ENG 2443 5,0 24,5 2434
19 33
 
IM Pirrot Dieter GER 2367 5,0 23,5 2460
20 26
 
IM Kilgus Georg AUT 2413 5,0 23,5 2472
21 23
 
IM Baldauf Marco GER 2423 5,0 23,0 2431
22 11
 
GM Arkell Keith ENG 2464 5,0 23,0 2432
23 24
 
FM Carow Johannes GER 2423 5,0 23,0 2371
24 35
 
FM Kokol Peter SLO 2360 5,0 22,0 2414
25 36
 
WGM Foisor Cristina ROU 2351 5,0 21,5 2420
26 21
 
IM Fauland Alexander AUT 2431 5,0 21,5 2323
27 25
 
  Yankelevich Lev GER 2414 5,0 21,0 2447
28 71
 
  Dedebas Emre Emin TUR 2248 5,0 21,0 2439
29 8
 
GM Manolache Marius ROU 2492 5,0 21,0 2403
30 84
 
FM Sadilek Peter AUT 2201 5,0 20,5 2359
31 74
 
IM Praveen Kumar Chandrasekar IND 2242 5,0 20,5 2412
32 87
 
WFM Exler Veronika AUT 2194 5,0 20,0 2389
33 13
 
GM Stanec Nikolaus AUT 2457 5,0 19,5 2361
34 51
 
FM Formento Paolo ITA 2298 5,0 19,5 2343
35 65
 
FM Gstach Jakob AUT 2267 5,0 19,5 2290
36 47
 
CM Lewicki Miroslaw POL 2319 5,0 19,5 2355
37 64
 
NM Ivanov Mike CAN 2269 5,0 19,0 2291
38 49
 
FM Bisby Daniel ENG 2311 5,0 19,0 2301
39 53
 
  Mertens Heiko GER 2297 5,0 18,5 2333
40 34
 
FM Dauth Benjamin GER 2367 5,0 18,5 2251
41 62
 
FM Santagati Alessandro ITA 2271 5,0 18,0 2268
42 104
 
  Pisu Robert-Daniel ROU 2165 4,5 24,0 2379

...310 players

Source: chess-results.com

Games rounds 1 to 7

 

 

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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