9th Ordix Open
25 Min. / Game
11 rounds on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th.
498 chess players found their way to the Rheingoldhalle despite
the lovely sunny weather. That is a new record! 47 GM, 31 IM, 36 FM,
3 WGM and 2 WIM: 119 players have an international title ! Five rounds
will be played on Saturday. Saturday
Round 1: One major upset in round 1: GM Georgiev (Elo 2660) blundered
a rook in his game against Marc Klügner (Elo 2124). On board 1 Peter
Svidler won against local hero Ferdi Niebling, champion of organising
club Frankfurt-West. In February Niebling played against Svidler in
a simul in Frankfurt and almost won.
Round 2: In an equal pawn ending Alexander Graf managed to lose
his game against Jorn Bade. Vadim Milov, who played very well in the
Chess960 Open has difficulties with the classical starting position:
he lost against FM Grunzmann. A fine result for KARL-editor Harry Schaack:
he scored a draw against GM Kazhgaleyev.
Round 3: A lot of losses for the grandmasters: Vaganian, Krasenkov
and Sasikiran lost their games. GM Thomas Pähtz, fahter of "Grace" Elisabeth,
lost a sensational game. GM Epishin, Kahrlov, Portisch and Lalic had
to be happy with a draw.
Round 4: Two Germans on stage: Eric Lobron did not have a chance
against Peter Svidler, and Rober Rabiega from Berlin lost his game against
Motylev. Living legend Lajos Portisch lost against IM Christian Troyke
Round 5: After six wins on Friday in the Chess960 Open and four
wins in the Ordix Open, Peter Svidler lost in 23 moves against Igor
Glek. Sunday: 6th round starts at 10.00 AM.
Round 6: Victor Bologan and Normunds Miezes keep on winning their
games, they still have 100% ! Peter Svidler starts a new series of victories
by beating GM Mladen Muse. The best woman in the Open, Natalia Kiseleva,
won a good game against the editor of the German Chess Magazine "Schach",
Round 7: A real slugfest in the Rheingoldhalle! No draws on the
first 15 boards. On board 1 Bologan won with the black pieces against
Miezis. Bologan now has 7 points! There is a group of 3 players with
6,5 points: GM Daniel Fridman, GM Igor Glek and G; Rustem Dautov. Krishnan
Sisikiran, the only player who writes down his games, showed some excellent
endgame technique in his games against Bogdan Grabarczyk. "Nothing special",
was the comment of the young Indian player. After the game he chatted
with Vishy Anand about his games. Maybe it will help him in the rest
of the tournament!
Round 8: After a winning streak of 7 games, Victor Bologan, the
second of world champion Ruslan Ponomariov, lost his first game against
Rustem Dautov, the new sole leader after 8 rounds with 7,5 points. On
board 2 Fridman and Glek played a draw in only 6 moves! They probably
needed an extra break, but unfortunately these ugly short draws happen
when an lot of money is involved. However, it was a bit annoying for
the players that they sat on stage where everybody could watch this
non-game. More fighting spirit on the other top boards: Saskiran´s chat
with Vishy seemed to have inspired him: he won again, with the black
pieces against Klaus Bischoff. Svilder won an important game against
Kazhgaleyev, and do not forget Kiril Georgiev: he won his 7th game in
Round 9: On the top board Dautov and Svidler scored a draw. Bologan,
the man from Moldovia, picked up the pace again and won against Georgiev,
the man who won seven games in a row as well. After his extra free round
in the previous round Igor Glek won against heavyweight Epishin, Karpov´s
second in the nineties. Vaganjan, Pigusov and Agrest won their games
as well and have good chances to grab some serious Euros!
Round 10: In the penultimate round Sasikiran loses his nerves
and loses quickly against Evgeni Agrest. On board 1 on stage, Bologan
and Glek do not really want to fight and agree to a draw. Next to them,
Rustem Dautov and Rafael Vaganjan on board 2 do really fight for a win.
Vaganjan wins after an exciting fight and joins the group that has 8,5
points. Svidler wins again. Sad news for Daniel Fridman fans: in a very
good position with a pawn up he ran out of time against Georgiev. Another
time scramble could be observed in the game between the heavyweights
Epishin and Karpatchev. Epishin played a good game and eventually won.
Round 11: After 16 moves the game between the top seeds
Svidler and Vaganjan was over: the game ended in a draw. After 20 moves
the other top game between Glek and Agrest ended in a draw as well.
But there was another player with 8 points: Bologan showed fighting
spirit in his game with black against Epishin. I a roughly equal position
the Moldovian grandmaster offered a draw, but Epishin declined. Bologan
did not know the results of the other games when he made his offer.
But Epishin made a mistake, Bologan could win a pawn and in time trouble
Epishin even blundered a knight. Bologan won the Ordix Open with the
fantastic score of 9,5 points. Congratulaions! He told us afterwards
that he was very tired after four days of non-stop chess. My best games
was the one against Georgiev. It was a good defensive game. It does
not happen too often that one can beat such a strong grandmaster with
Some reactions of the players after the last round:
Before Krishnan Sasikiran arrived in Mainz, he played the Czech
Open and the British Open. "I am also a bit tired after the 960 Open
and this Ordix Open. I am not too happy with the result. Tomorrow
I will have time to relax and on Tuesday I will fly back to India.
In October I will play in the World Cup in Hyderabad, after that I
will be in Europe again for the Olympiad in Bled. It is a pity that
Vishy is not playing, we would definitely one of the top teams with
Mayor Jens Beutel was not too happy with the result: "I only
scored 5 points. I do not play chess that often. My main problem are
the openings with black. I think that this tournament was very successful
and I am convinced that we will play in this beautiful Rheingoldhalle
next year as well. I do prefer to play in August again, rather than
in June. The tournament was good promotion for chess and for Mainz".
The player with the most games in this Chess Classic (25 games) was
Professor Freise: He played in the simul against Ponomariov,
he played two games against Svidler in the handicap matches, he played
the 960 Open and the Ordix Open. "I am exhausted, it played a bit
too much chess this week. In the last 4 rounds of the Ordix Open I
blundered a piece in every game".
Artur Yusupov told us something interesting: "After the 960
Open, it was a problem to play classical chess in the Ordix Open:
the opening position is extremely dull. I had much more fun playing
Chess 960 than normal chess" Hans-Walter Schmitt will be happy to
hear that !
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