The 25th Budapest Spring Festival
Monday, 30 March 2009 09:41
The 25th BUDAPEST SPRING FESTIVAL,
2009 March 20-28, Swiss system Open Chess Tournament
In this time already 25 times we organized this famous chess tournament. Regularly the event was in the second part of the March in Budapest. The Hungarian Chess Federation provided us this year with venue beside the Parliament in the Falk Miksa street.
From the occasion 90 chess players got together from 16 countries. The countries: HUN, BRA, IRI, CAN, ESP, ISR, RUS, USA, HKG, ENG, SCO, SLO, GER, BAN, ITA, AUT - a real international cavalcade.
Amongst the 90 players four International Masters, a Woman Grandmaster Anya Corke (Hong Kong), 8 FIDE Master were playing, the players more, than 90 percents had FIDE ELO rating. It was a good opportunity to increase the ELO for the participants.
The winner of the competition is Miklos Galyas, a Hungarian International Master, deservedly, with 8.0 points out of 9 games.
The special prize winners: Senior - FM Istvan Somogyi (HUN) the best under 20 years was Kristof Juhasz (HUN), the best under 14 year - Aron Amstadt (HUN), the best woman player was Anya Corke (HKG).
Anna Styazhkina was an interesting person of the event. She is 11 year old Woman FIDE Master from St.Petersburg and the World Champion of her age group. Anna reached 5.0 points.
Her father accompanied her as a trainer and the girl obtained 48 ELO points with a good performance.
This event was a good chance for young Hungarian chessplayers for the bulge, than for example for Bea Boglarka - 70 ELO points increasing, for Richard Farkas (11 year old) - 30 ELO, or for Zsuzsanna Kabai - 60 points plus.
The organizer of the First Saturday monthly Budapest chess events was Laszlo Nagy, the main arbiter was Erno Kovacs, International Arbiter.