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Monday, 21 Jun 2021 19:13
Sam Shankland wins Prague Chess Festival Masters

Prague International Chess Festival 2021, a big chess forum that included Masters, Open and Futures tournaments, concluded last Sunday in the capital of the Czech Republic.

American GM Sam Shankland emerged as the winner of the most prestigious Masters event scoring an impressive 5.5 out of 7 and picked 18 rating points. Thanks to this excellent performance Sam is returning to a prestigious 2700+ club.

On his way to the victory, Shankland defeated the rating favourite Jan-Krzysztof Duda in their second-round encounter and earned the Award of Grandmaster Lubomir Kaválek for the best game of the festival which was awarded for the first time.

Jan-Krzysztof  Duda (Poland) finished just a half-point behind the champion; another Polish GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek came in third.

Final standings Masters

1

GM

Shankland, Sam

USA

2691

2

GM

Duda, Jan-Krzysztof

POL

2729

5

3

GM

Wojtaszek, Radoslaw

POL

2687

4

4

GM

Nguyen, Thai Dai Van

CZE

2577

5

GM

Abasov, Nijat

AZE

2665

6

GM

Grandelius, Nils

SWE

2670

7

GM

Van Foreest, Jorden

NED

2701

8

GM

Navara, David

CZE

2697


In the other round-robin - Futures tournament - Jakub Vojta took the title whereas the narrowest possible victory (number of black pieces being the last tiebreak) in Open Swiss tournament goes to Polish GM Marcin Krzyzanowski.

Chief arbiter IA Pavel Votruba, tournament director Petr Boleslav, silver Kamil Warchol, victorious Jakub Vojta, bronze Matouš Hlavina, Futures tournament manager Petr Pisk

Final standings Open:

1

Krzyzanowski, Marcin

POL

2503

7

2

Blohberger, Felix

AUT

2475

7

3

Nasuta, Grzegorz

POL

2512

4

Petr, Martin

CZE

2489

5

Greenfeld, Alon

ISR

2507

6

Plat, Vojtech

CZE

2521

7

Kraus, Tomas

CZE

2466

6

8

Sorm, Daniel

CZE

2345

6

9

Neuman, Petr

CZE

2394

6

10

Pavlidis, Anastasios

GRE

2333

6


Futures tournament manager Petr Pisk, chief arbiter IA Pavel Votruba, tournament director Petr Boleslav, silver Felix Blohberger, winner of the Open Marcin Krzyzanowski, bronze Grzegorz Nasuta, Open tournament manager Jiří Petružálek

Photo: official website

Official website: praguechessfestival.com