Evgeniy Najer and Ian Nepomniachtchi lead Maccabiah International Chess Festival 2009

Maccabiah Games 2009 and Richard Riordan Chess Festival

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The Maccabiah International Chess Festival 2009, part of the 18th Maccabiah Games, has started. The main event is the Richard Riordan Chess Festival – a rapid super-tournament including 13 grandmasters. Initially the participants were 12, but the organizers added GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, which caused a player to get a bye each round.

Richard Riordan Chess tournament is a round robin event with time control 15 minutes for the whole game plus an increment of 5 seconds. The final ranking of the tournament is determined by the number of points scored. If there is a tie, it shall be broken according to the following priorities (a) The result(s) between the players involved, (b) Number of wins, (c) Sonneborn-Berger system and (d) Sudden death game where White has 5 minutes, Black – 4 minutes, and a draw shall count as a win for Black.

Evgeniy Najer had a kick start and in round 2 defeated convincingly the rating favorite Boris Gelfand with black. Adding to that the first round victory against Alexander Beliavsky and the 3rd round victory against Judith Polgar, gave Najer a solid lead after 3 rounds. In the final round of the day he drew with GM Vitali Golod and secured 3,5/4.

GM Ian Nepomnichtchi proved that he is a valuable last minute addition to the tournament. Three wins and a draw gave the talented Russian a shared first after day 1.

Here are all the standings and results from the day, stay tuned for more details on Chessdom.com!

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1 Evgeniy Najer GM Russia 2663 3.5

2 Jan Nepomniachi GM Russia 2632 3.5

3 Pavel Eljanov GM Ukraine 2716 3.0

4 Michael Roiz GM Israel 2658 2.5

5 Maxim Rodshtein GM Israel 2623 2.0

6 Boris Gelfand GM Israel 2755 1.5

7 Judit Polgar GM Hungary 2687 1.5 (one game less)

8 Daniel Fridman GM Germany 2665 1.5

9 Alexander Beliavsky GM Slovenia 2662 1.5

10 Ilia Smirin GM Israel 2650 1.5 (one game less)

11 Vitali Golod GM Israel 2599 1.0 (one game less)

12 Emil Sutovsky GM Israel 2675 0.5

13 Boris Avrukh GM Israel 2641 0.5 (one game less)

Round 1

1 GM Pavel Eljanov 2716 1 – 0 GM Maxim Rodshtein 2623

2 GM Evgeniy Najer 2663 1 – 0 GM Alexander Beliavsky 2662

3 GM Michael Roiz 2658 1 – 0 GM Boris Avrukh 2641

4 GM Vitali Golod 2599 1/2 – 1/2 GM Boris Gelfand 2755

5 GM Jan Nepomniachi 2632 1 – 0 GM Ilia Smirin 2650

6 GM Daniel Fridman 2665 1/2 – 1/2 GM Emil Sutovsky 2675

Round 2

1 GM Judit Polgar 2687 1 – 0 GM Vitali Golod 2599

2 GM Boris Gelfand 2755 0 – 1 GM Evgeniy Najer 2663

3 GM Alexander Beliavsky 2662 1 – 0 GM Daniel Fridman 2665

4 GM Emil Sutovsky 2675 0 – 1 GM Pavel Eljanov 2716

5 GM Maxim Rodshtein 2623 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jan Nepomniachi 2632

6 GM Ilia Smirin 2650 1 – 0 GM Michael Roiz 2658

Round 3

1 GM Evgeniy Najer 2663 1 – 0 GM Judit Polgar 2687

2 GM Daniel Fridman 2665 1/2 – 1/2 GM Boris Gelfand 2755

3 GM Pavel Eljanov 2716 1/2 – 1/2 GM Alexander Beliavsky 2662

4 GM Jan Nepomniachi 2632 1 – 0 GM Emil Sutovsky 2675

5 GM Michael Roiz 2658 1/2 – 1/2 GM Maxim Rodshtein 2623

6 GM Boris Avrukh 2641 1/2 – 1/2 GM Ilia Smirin 2650

Round 4

1 GM Judit Polgar 2687 1/2 – 1/2 GM Daniel Fridman 2665

2 GM Maxim Rodshtein 2623 1 – 0 GM Boris Avrukh 2641

3 GM Boris Gelfand 2755 1/2 – 1/2 GM Pavel Eljanov 2716

4 GM Vitali Golod 2599 1/2 – 1/2 GM Evgeniy Najer 2663

5 GM Emil Sutovsky 2675 0 – 1 GM Michael Roiz 2658

6 GM Alexander Beliavsky 2662 0 – 1 GM Jan Nepomniachi 2632

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