14-15th June in Luxembourg with a record turnout of 310 players
The 15th Open Echternach was held on 14-15th June in the “Hall of Mirrors” and the cloister of the ancient abbey in Luxembourg. Nine rounds of the Swiss pairing system were played, and the time rate was “rapid” – 45 minutes for the entire game.
Turkish champion and recent World Chess Championship candidate, GM Mikhail Gurevich, crowned a vigorous performance with seven wins and two draws, which was sufficient for the sole first place among a record 310 participants. Gurevich goes home with 1000 Euros in his pocket. Top placed woman was WGM Elvira Berend, member of the local team Dudelange.
Mikhail Gurevich (photo: www.tsf.org.tr)
1. GM Mikhail Gurevich 2611 – 8.0
2-7. GM Konstantin Landa 2633, GM Daniel Fridman 2640, GM Namig Guliyev 2542, GM Alexander Berelovich 2596, GM Philipp Schlosser 2563 and GM Andrei Istratescu 2617 – 7.5
8-16. GM Vladimir Gurevich 2447, IM Gergely Szabo 2516, GM Vladimir Epishin 2566, IM Thomas Henrichs 2481, IM Klaus Klundt 2378, IM Nicolas Brunner 2404, IM Michael Wiedenkeller 2423, Jean-Marie Weber 2229 and Martin van Gils 2001 – 7.0 etc
Inside the playing hall