Czech Open 2017 - Festival News Print
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 08:41
Czech Open 2017
28th international chess and games festival
13.7. – 30.7. 2017, Pardubice, Tipsport arena

PARDUBICE – Many chess tournaments took place in Pardubice during the last week. One of the most important and star-studded was rapid chess tournament, in which also very strong chess players took part. “This is one of the strongest rapid tournament and we are really happy about the interest for taking part in it. Especially we are very glad to have GM Movsesian in start list almost every year,” said director of Czech Open Jan Mazuch. The winner of this tournament was IM Roven Vogel from Germany. „It was big surprise for everyone here. Roven is only 17 years old but his performance in rapid tournament was brilliant. Fantastic tournament had also two young players from India. Sayantan Das (born in 1997) finished third and one of the world's greatest talents – Sarin Nihal (born in 2004) was on 10th place,“ said the festival chess expert, IM Petr Pisk.

Final standing of rapid chess tournament:
1. IM Roven Vogel (Germany)
2. GM Sergei Movsesian (Armenia)
3. IM Sayantan Das (India)

This rapid tournament was played also as open Czech Championship. The best Czech player was IM Vojtech Plat.

Final standing of Czech Championship:
1. IM Vojtech Plat
2. IM Pavel Zpevak
3. FM Jan Vykouk

The main Grand master tournament Pardubice Open has also started on Friday, July 21. The total of 335 players registered, including those from South Korea, Israel, United States of America, South Africa, India and many European countries. “In this tournament, we have many players, who are really great and we are glad that many people abroad are interested in our festival. Especially from India from where came 27 chess players” said Jan Mazuch, the director of Czech Open. On the main event of festival also play 46 GMs, 3 WGMs, 62 IMs, 4 WIMs, 74 FMs and 9 WFMs. “The starting list is very strong, like every year for that matter," summed up Mazuch.

Number one seed for this year is GM Viktor Laznicka (2669) from Czech Republic. Number two in starting list is GM Abhijeet Gupta (2625) and number three is Czech GM Jiri Stocek (2590).

In the first three rounds there were 8 players who won all their games, among them GM Gopal (India), GM Gupta (India) or IM David Paravyan (Russia). Every year came to Pardubice a lot of foreign players, who no one knows, and they made a lot of surprises in tournament just like this year. “The strength of this tournament in Pardubice is the relatively easy way of attaining the grandmaster title, as there are so many grandmasters here that you play them almost all the time, even if you are a weaker player,” explained IM Petr Pisk.

The results of all tournaments and games are available at

Jakub Burian
Czech Open 2017
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