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Rodshtein Wins Univé Open in Hoogeveen

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 2013.10.26. 13:38.

By the skin of his teeth (surviving a mate in two!), Maxim Rodshtein held his black game against Stewart Haslinger to a draw in the final round of the Univé Open. This way the grandmaster from Israel maintained his half point lead to clinch the € 3000 first prize in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands. In the Crown Group both games of the last round ended in draws.

Photos © Lennart Ootes courtesy of the tournament website

With the tournament victory already in the pocket, Wesley So's main goal must have been to leave Hoogeveen unbeaten. The Pinoy GM drew his game with Adams, a Nimzo-Indian, rather quickly, repeating moves as soon as it was clear that the Englishman had equalized.

Loek van Wely couldn't manage to win a game in Hoogeveen this year. In a Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange Variation Robin van Kampen was fine out of the opening and confidently exchanged queens. Putting all the pawns on white squares was a good strategy and if anyone was better it was Black. Van Wely tried one more pawn break but on move 42 the players repeated moves.

Univé 2013 | Crown Group | Final standings

# Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 Pts SB
1 So,Wesley 2706 phpfCo1l0.png ½½ 11 4.5/6
2 Adams,Michael 2753 ½½ phpfCo1l0.png ½1 3.0/6 8.25
3 Van Kampen,Robin 2607 phpfCo1l0.png ½½ 3.0/6 8.25
4 Van Wely,Loek 2693 0 ½0 ½½ phpfCo1l0.png 1.5/6

In the open group Maxim Rodshtein of Israel was defending a half point lead over Viktor Moskalenko. The latter drew quickly with FM Etienne Goudriaan, who scored his third IM-norm and will be awarded the title at the next FIDE Congress. 

On board one, Rodshtein got under huge pressure in a line that Haslinger might have copied from one of Michael Adams' games - at 20 the English GM beat Alexei Suetin with it in Hastings! Around the time control, Rodshtein made a big mistake and even allowed a mate in two, but Haslinger didn't see and and then, instead of going for a queen ending, the English GM chose a rook ending with two extra pawns, but it wasn't winning.

Erwin l'Ami joined Moskalenko in second place with a good last-round victory against his compatriot Sipke Ernst, whose Trompowsky completely backfired.

Univé 2013 | Open Group | Final standings (top 30)

Rank Name Score Fed. Rating TPR W-We BH SB
1 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 7.5 ISR 2664 2740 +0.92 52.5 42.25
2 GM Moskalenko, Viktor 7.0 ESP 2520 2673 +1.80 51.0 38.0
3 GM L'Ami, Erwin 7.0 NED 2645 2657 +0.33 49.5 37.5
4 GM Haslinger, Stewart 6.5 ENG 2543 2562 +0.50 52.0 35.75
5 FM Goudriaan, Etienne 6.5 NED 2410 2528 +1.51 48.5 31.75
6 FM Van Kooten, Luuk 6.5 NED 2375 2451 +0.98 41.5 28.25
7 GM Levin, Felix 6.0 GER 2480 2524 +0.69 54.0 34.25
8 GM Krasenkow, Michal 6.0 POL 2640 2554 -0.70 49.5 28.5
9 CM Lopez, Jasel 6.0 ARU 2130 2415 +3.27 41.5 26.0
10 FM Van Wessel, Rudy 6.0 NED 2388 2345 -0.36 38.0 24.5
11 GM Ernst, Sipke 5.5 NED 2573 2465 -0.97 49.5 27.75
12 FM Pel, Bonno 5.5 NED 2291 2445 +1.84 49.0 26.25
13 IM Tania, Sachdev 5.5 IND 2438 2428 -0.04 47.5 26.25
14 FM Schroeder, Jan-Christian 5.5 GER 2370 2353 -0.12 45.0 24.75
15 Brookes, Christopher 5.5 NED 2136 2392 +2.85 44.5 25.25
16 IM Pancevski, Filip 5.5 MKD 2493 2335 -1.51 44.0 25.0
17 Van Foreest, Jorden 5.5 NED 2310 2312 +0.06 44.0 24.5
18 IM Donchenko, Alexander 5.5 GER 2479 2346 -1.25 44.0 24.25
19 FM Hopman, Pieter 5.5 NED 2338 2432 +1.12 44.0 21.75
20 WIM Zepeda, Lorena 5.5 ESA 2156 2374 +2.54 43.5 25.5
21 IM Wagner, Dennis 5.5 GER 2481 2350 -1.33 43.0 25.0
22 FM Okkes, Menno 5.5 NED 2351 2372 +0.40 42.5 23.5
23 IM Hendriks, Willy 5.5 NED 2407 2276 -1.36 40.0 22.5
24 IM Berkovich, Mark 5.5 ISR 2372 2224 -1.50 37.5 20.75
25 Kerigan, Demre 5.0 TUR 2288 2403 +1.32 50.0 25.25
26 IM Piasetski, Leon 5.0 CAN 2295 2233 -0.71 46.0 24.0
27 Beerdsen, Thomas 5.0 NED 2106 2297 +2.17 42.0 21.5
28 FM Rooze, Jan 5.0 BEL 2355 2257 -1.14 41.5 20.25
29 Vereggen, Lars 5.0 NED 2121 2240 +1.24 39.0 21.25
30 FM Clemens, Adrian 5.0 NED 2206 2122 -1.01 33.5 17.25

Maxim Rodshtein receives the first prize form chief arbiter Koos Stolk

 

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  • 10 hónap ezelőtt

    Abhishek2

    Good job Maxim! That was close, it isn't so often a GM misses a mate in 2!

  • 10 hónap ezelőtt

    Kadur778

    Great to see Maxim progress

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    Vingore

    Great job Maxim!  Great games!

  • 10 hónap ezelőtt

    albatrosses

    Typical of GM So to go for short draws in final round. He is the exact opposite of super GM Carlsen who plays for the win, at all costs at all times.

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