Schachgesellschaft Zürich’s Jubilee-Open

Alexander Areshchenko and Boris Avrukh sharing the first place

Zurich Open

The Schachgesellschaft Zürich’s Jubilee-Open was held from 9th to 15th August at the Zürich Kongresshaus. A total of 272 players took participation in the main tournament with CHF 75’000 prize fund provided by the Alois Nagler Foundation. Appearance of Alexander Morozevich, one of the world’s most spectacular fighters, certainly increased interest for this prestigious tournament.

Morozevich played confidently throughout the tournament and ranked among the leading pack while heading into the final round. But there he met in-form Boris Avrukh, who was already fatal for Moro before – namely in the last round of the Turin 2006 Olympiad. Avrukh defended with Queen’s Gambit Accepted and after weathering the storm that raged around his King, he launched a counterattack leaving white lamenting over the weak light squares and poor coordination.

This win propelled Avrukh to the top on the scoreboard, but it was the young Ukrainian Alexander Areshchenko who claimed the first place on better tiebreak. Areshchenko also scored with black pieces, and in convincing manner, in a clash with his compatriot Yuriy Kuzubov (replay bellow).

Alexey Dreev, who probably stunned his opponent with some mysterious moves, like Qc1, only to force him to resignation a few moves later, and tireless voyager Victor Mikhalevsky, who punished Malaniuk’s over-ambitious h-pawn push, shared 3rd place with 7.0 points each. There follows a group of 19 players with 6.5 points, with Yifan Hou, Christian Bauer and Robert Hess among them.

Round 9 top results:

GM Morozevich Alexander 0 – 1 GM Avrukh Boris

GM Kuzubov Yuriy 0 – 1 GM Areshchenko Alexander

GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij ½ – ½ GM Sandipan Chanda

GM Sutovsky Emil ½ – ½ GM Hess Robert

GM Dreev Alexey 1 – 0 GM Shchekachev Andrei

GM Malaniuk Vladimir 0 – 1 GM Mikhalevski Victor

GM Pelletier Yannick ½ – ½ GM Ivanisevic Ivan

GM Bischoff Klaus ½ – ½ GM Golod Vitali

GM Fridman Daniel 1 – 0 IM Vernay Clovis

GM Meier Georg 1 – 0 IM Alsina Leal Daniel

GM Roiz Michael ½ – ½ GM Giri Anish

IM Bromberger Stefan 1 – 0 GM Fedorchuk Sergey

IM Heimann Andreas 0 – 1 GM Gharamian Tigran

GM Bauer Christian 1 – 0 GM Gonzales Garcia Jose

GM Hou Yifan 1 – 0 IM Reinaldo Castineira Roi

GM Andersson Ulf ½ – ½ GM Vera Gonzales-Quevedo Reynaldo

IM Riff Jean-Noël 0 – 1 GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal

GM Jussupow Artur ½ – ½ IM Gozzoli Yannick

IM Hirneise Tobias 1 – 0 GM Malakhatko Vadim

Final standings:

1-2. GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2651 and GM Avrukh Boris ISR 2641 – 7.5

3-4. GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2660 and GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2631 – 7.0

5-23. GM Morozevich Alexander RUS 2751, GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2635, GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2675, GM Golod Vitali ISR 2599, GM Meier Georg GER 2658, GM Pelletier Yannick SUI 2574, GM Hess Robert USA 2560, GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2585, GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal IND 2575, GM Bosiocic Marin CRO 2551, GM Gharamian Tigran FRA 2615, GM Fridman Daniel GER 2665, GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2696, GM Hou Yifan CHN 2584, GM Bischoff Klaus GER 2551, GM Bauer Christian FRA 2602, IM Bromberger Stefan GER 2510, IM Hirneise Tobias GER 2429 and GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2629 – 6.5 etc

More information on the official website. Next weekend, a simultaneous exhibition and rapid tournament with world chess champions will take place.

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