Two continental champions at First Saturday Budapest Print
Saturday, 18 February 2017 07:26

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Thanks to the generous management of the Hotel Berlin Budapest, a new tournament hall was waiting for the participants of the First Saturday February events. The playing hall is large and bright connected with a noise proof hall for analysis. Playing chess at high level needs silence and finally this traditional tournament series found a place it deserves.

The GM group and also the IM with the participation of two young Continental Champions indeed brought up high level this month. It has been the second time for the winner Torma Robert (HUN) to miss the GM norm with just half a point.

Torma
IM TORMA, Robert (HUN)

Three U20 Hungarian candidates achieved IM norms. They were all members of the silver medalist U20 National Team at the European Youth Team Ch. last year. Havasi Gergo has already been awarded with the IM title and he just made another huge step to reach the 2400 rating requirement.

Havasi
HAVASI Gergő (HUN)

Kaczur Florian first achieved IM norm at the U20 World Youth Individual Championship in 2015. He was close to GM norm but was careless in a completely winning position against an experienced GM.

Kasczur
KACZUR, Flórián (HUN)

Juhasz Armin who holds the current U18 National Champion title reached his third norm so he does not have to wait long for the IM title since the next FIDE PB takes place in the end of March.

Armin
FM JUHASZ Ármin /HUN/

The greatest sportsman of the event was IM Rodriguez Lopez (ESP). He was never thinking of finding excuses for his lost games and not he ever wished to quit after losing five or six.
After his seventh loss he stated: “I am contented with the tournament and also with my games.
I was close to winning at least twice and to draw at least three times. I am happy to play against so strong opponents!” After losing all, he firmly believes to make it better next time!
We are sure he will!

First Saturday GM 04-14th February 2017 Final Ranking

Rk.



Name

FED

Rtg

RtgI

Pts.

 TB1 

Rp

n

w

we

w-we

K

rtg+/-

1

IM

Torma Robert

HUN

2492

2492

6,5

26,50

2564

9

6,5

5,62

0,88

10

8,8

2



Havasi Gergo

HUN

2353

2353

5,5

22,25

2494

9

5,5

3,76

1,74

20

34,8

3



Kaczur Florian

HUN

2431

2431

5,5

21,50

2485

9

5,5

4,83

0,67

10

6,7

4

GM

Czebe Attila

HUN

2484

2484

5,5

20,50

2479

9

5,5

5,53

-0,03

10

-0,3

5

FM

Juhasz Armin

HUN

2390

2390

5,0

20,00

2453

9

5

4,25

0,75

10

7,5

6

IM

Cawdery Daniel

RSA

2413

2413

5,0

18,00

2450

9

5

4,55

0,45

10

4,5

7

GM

Pacher Milan

SVK

2466

2466

5,0

17,50

2444

9

5

5,26

-0,26

10

-2,6

8

GM

Kosic Dragan

MNE

2486

2486

4,5

15,75

2399

9

4,5

5,54

-1,04

10

-10,4

9

FM

Chovan Milan

SVK

2284

2284

2,5

8,50

2255

9

2,5

2,87

-0,37

20

-7,4

10

IM

Rodriguez Lopez Rafael

ESP

2277

2277

0,0

0,00

1622

9

0

2,79

-2,79

10

-27,9


Zlatko
IGM ILINCIC, Zlatko (SRB)

Participation of the U18 Champion of Africa Van Zyl-Rudd Jack (RSA) and former U10 European Champion Krstulovic Alex (HUN) made this group particularly interesting. Their clash was played in a separate noise-free room and the Hungarian boy could win after a very tough battle. We could see that the young African Champion lacks tournament practice since he lost some promising positions and missed an easily winning situation in time pressure. Potentially he is not at all behind his European contemporaries. They seemed to create a harmonic unit with his accompanying coach IM Cawdery Daniel (RSA) who played also well in the GM section. Bronze medalist Farkas Richard (HUN) was closest to IM norm. He may need a little more physical fitness for greater achievements.
The two ambitious young Chinese boys played far better of their current ratings that made the rating changes a little unreal this time.

First Saturday IM 04-14th February 2017 Final Ranking

Rk.





Name

sex

FED

RtgI

Pts.

 TB1 

Rp

n

w

we

w-we

K

rtg+/-

1



GM

Ilincic Zlatko



SRB

2390

6,5

26,75

2392

9

6,5

6,33

0,17

10

1,7

2



IM

Frolov Artur



UKR

2389

6,0

27,50

2352

9

6

6,32

-0,32

10

-3,2

3





Farkas Richard



HUN

2310

6,0

24,25

2360

9

6

5,35

0,65

20

13,0

4



FM

Krstulovic Alex



HUN

2294

5,5

20,00

2317

9

5,5

5,15

0,35

20

7,0

5





Cai Chaoruo



CHN

2100

5,0

19,25

2302

9

5

2,71

2,29

40

91,6

6





Wu Yang



CHN

2159

5,0

16,25

2295

9

5

3,41

1,59

40

63,6

7



IM

Nemeth Zoltan



HUN

2281

4,0

13,50

2196

9

4

4,98

-0,98

10

-9,8

8



WIM

Havanecz Bianka

w

HUN

2220

3,5

11,75

2165

9

3,5

4,20

-0,70

20

-14,0

9



FM

Lyell Mark



ENG

2244

2,0

11,75

2023

9

2

4,50

-2,50

20

-50,0

10



FM

Van Zyl-Rudd Jack



RSA

2041

1,5

5,00

1992

9

1,5

2,05

-0,55

40

-22,0


Group
The traditional group photo in 2017 February

Hotel Berlin
Hotel Berlin – Budapest, the new tournament hall – 2017 February

Iman
Ms Iman Akbar Mohammed Mandala (IRQ) tried to reach her first ELO rating, She likes the new First Saturday T-shirt…

There was a Development group too just for FIDE ratings and the usual rapid event took place one day before the main events started.
Results of all groups can be found either through the official First Saturday website or at the chess results link.

The forthcoming First Saturday tournaments are scheduled at:
4-14th March 2017 with the Hotel Berlin in Budapest Rapid Open on 3rd March. (Friday)

More info of all groups with all the games, photos and archive can be found at:  www.firstsaturday.hu

The next First Saturday events are shortly followed by the Budapest Spring Festival 18-26th March, organized in the frame of a great Cultural Festival.
Find info with list of registered players at: http://chess-results.com/Tnr252949.aspx?lan=1
The Spring Festival is a perfect opportunity for all those seeking for GM or IM norms since over twenty GM-s and about 30 IM-s are already registered.
Contact Nagy Laszlo IO if you wish to reserve optimal accommodation.

Venue of the First Saturday events: Hotel Berlin
Address: 1117 Budapest, Hunyadi János út 2.
Easily accessible from the center by133E public bus ride.

Contact: Nagy Laszlo IO E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
www.firstsaturday.hu
Photos by: Somogyi Kristof
Written by: IM Orso Miklos Chief Arbiter

 
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