European Women Rapid Champion
Finet Open at Chess Classic began today. A large number of Grandmasters and International masters like Kamsky, Ivantuck, Shirov, Akopian, Grischuk, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Petrosian, Yussupov, Bologan, Saisikiran, Harikrishna, and the youngest GM Parimarjan are among the long list totalling a stagering 280 participants.
Standing after 5 Rounds:
1-3 S. Mamedyarov , Gata Kamsky and Zoltan Almasi with 5 points each
4-12 Vugar Gashimov, Andrei Volokitin, Alexei Shirov, G. Sargissian, Igor Lysyi, K. Sasikiran, Etienne Bacrot, Alexander Grischuk, Victor Bologan, all on 4.5 points (total 280 players).
Exclusive report by our correspondent in Mainz, Vijay Kumar.
Mainz 16th August 2007 Mamedyarov, Kamsky, and Almasi remained unbeaten on the first day the FiNet Open which began on Wednesday at Rhinegoldhalle, Germany.
The two day tournament will have 11 rounds and the winner will get a place in next years Chess960 World Rapid Championsh.
A large number of Grandmasters, 55 to be precise, including some of the top names in the world of chess are competeting for the title. India has strong presence with Krishnan Sasikiran (seeded Number 11), Pentala Harikrishna, fresh from his grand victory at Paks in Hungary, youngest GM Parimarjan Negi, etc. Among the women we will see former World Women Chess Champion Jhu Chen, European Champion Viktoria Cmilyte, Naitlia Zhuvkova, Elisabeth Paehtz, Annie Sebag, Inno Goponenko,
The top rank players on the top boards playing with bottom ranked players could win their opening games with ease. However, top seed Vassily Ivanchuck lost to German Grandmaster Arkadij Naidtsch in the fourth round, thus remaining behind in the standings (17th with 4 point).
Parimarjan Negi is playing this format for the first time. He won the first two games, but lost the third and drew the last two to finish with three points. After the games Parimarjan Negi told Chessdom’s correspondent Vijay Kumar, “This is a new format for me. In the beginning I took a lot of time for my orientation. I won two games, but lost the 3rd as I committed a mistake thinking I am playing a normal Rapid game. I will not repeat it in tomorrow’s rounds.”
Mamedyarov – Jen Beutal and Hans Walter Schmitt, Mayor of Mainz
India’s second best Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran
Pentala Harikrishna fresh from his victory in PAKS