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20th Vidmar Memorial Tournament

Andrei Volokitin7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Arkadij Naiditsch6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Ivan Ivanisevic5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Luka Lenic4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Alexander Beliavsky4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Matej Sebenik3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]
Jure Skoberne3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Zdenko Kozul3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Jure Borisek2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
20th Vidmar Memorial (2016)

Played in Bled, Slovenia 24 June - 3 July 2016. Official site: Crosstable: Report by Peter Doggers (with photos):

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Ivanisevic vs A Volokitin 0-158201620th Vidmar MemorialE60 King's Indian Defense
2. Naiditsch vs J Skoberne  1-033201620th Vidmar MemorialC11 French
3. Nisipeanu vs M Sebenik  ½-½29201620th Vidmar MemorialE60 King's Indian Defense
4. L Lenic vs Beliavsky  ½-½32201620th Vidmar MemorialD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. J Borisek vs Z Kozul  ½-½111201620th Vidmar MemorialB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. M Sebenik vs L Lenic  ½-½43201620th Vidmar MemorialE10 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Beliavsky vs J Borisek 1-033201620th Vidmar MemorialD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
8. Z Kozul vs I Ivanisevic  0-139201620th Vidmar MemorialD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. J Skoberne vs A Volokitin  0-135201620th Vidmar MemorialD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Naiditsch vs Nisipeanu 0-126201620th Vidmar MemorialC11 French
11. A Volokitin vs Z Kozul 1-033201620th Vidmar MemorialB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. I Ivanisevic vs Beliavsky  ½-½27201620th Vidmar MemorialD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. J Borisek vs M Sebenik  ½-½25201620th Vidmar MemorialB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. L Lenic vs Naiditsch  ½-½40201620th Vidmar MemorialE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. Nisipeanu vs J Skoberne  ½-½82201620th Vidmar MemorialA16 English
16. Nisipeanu vs L Lenic  ½-½36201620th Vidmar MemorialE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
17. Naiditsch vs J Borisek  1-068201620th Vidmar MemorialC78 Ruy Lopez
18. M Sebenik vs I Ivanisevic  ½-½42201620th Vidmar MemorialD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Beliavsky vs A Volokitin  0-141201620th Vidmar MemorialD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
20. J Skoberne vs Z Kozul  0-174201620th Vidmar MemorialA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Z Kozul vs Beliavsky  0-181201620th Vidmar MemorialD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. A Volokitin vs M Sebenik  ½-½70201620th Vidmar MemorialB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. I Ivanisevic vs Naiditsch  ½-½36201620th Vidmar MemorialE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. J Borisek vs Nisipeanu  ½-½93201620th Vidmar MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. L Lenic vs J Skoberne  1-037201620th Vidmar MemorialE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
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  diagonal: Many thanks for integrating the games from the XX jubilee editon of the Vidmar Memorial 2016, played in Bled: (Official Website)

The series in honour of dr. Milan Vidmar is relaunched!

This tournament has been held mostly in a biannual rhythm in several Slovenian cities: Ljubljana and / or Portorož, sometimes also in Rogaška Slatina, Bled, or Ptuj.

The first edition held at Ljubljana in 1969, saw one of the biggest sensations ever in the history of major international chess tournaments, Albin Planinc (later Planinec), the darkest of dark horses: Vidmar Memorial (1969).

Prominent tournament (co-)winners include amongst others Portisch (twice), Karpov, Larsen, Timman, Miles, and later Alexander Beliavsky, who is a record five time winner (four international editions, plus one pure national championship).

From 2007 (17th edition, ten players from Slovenia) to 2011 (19th edition), the Vidmar Memorial claim was occasionally, but not regularly used for the National Chess Championship of Slovenia.

In 2016, the jubilee Vidmar Memorial is organised again as an international invitation tournament.

In an old style mix, players from the hosting nation (including leading Slovenian grandmasters Lenic and Beliavsky) battling international guest stars: top-seeded are Nisipeanu (ex-Romania, now Germany) and Naiditsch (ex-Germany, now Azerbaijan), followed by Ivan Ivanisevic (Serbia), who is a twice (co-)winner in 2006 and 2010 at the Kostic Memorial in Vrsac (latest edition in 2012).

With one round to go, Volokitin leads the Vidmar Memorial unbeaten with 6.5/8 points, well done, Andrei!

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  Sokrates: Thanks, <diagonal>

Vidmar is an interesting figure in the history of chess. Amateur at a high level, never close to becoming a world champion but always a strong, erudite opponent in the elite section. Quite pragmatic, sometimes slightly arrogant, in his comments - opposite to Nimzowitsch, who loved speculative metaphors. He is a hero in Slovenian chess, I suppose, explaining why a memorial in his name still lives. I think it's a great cause to honour the icons of the past.

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  ChemMac: I think Volokitin was outplayed and dead lost against Kozul, but the latter blundered at the last moment with 32....Rd2? and resigned after 33. Qe3. Instead; 32..Bd3 33.Qe3 QXc2+ or 33.Ne2 BXf2+ Ka1 BXe4. One move may have determined the tournament.

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Jul-03-16  posoo: WHY do too players have ten games????
Jul-03-16  latvalatvian: I go door to door now looking for people to play chess with but everyone that I talk to say that are too busy memorizing Stockfish 6 varations and Komoto (?) variations. I ask them how long it will take them. They say about 25 years. They also want to be able to think like a computer. I ask them how long this will take. They say 5o years. So I go out in the woods and play CHESS by myself. What a degenerate age we live in, no real chess players just computer chess worshippers.
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  Sokrates: <latvalatvian> What you are saying is funny and sad at the same time. Funny, because I recognize myself in your assessment; sad because I too realise that the battle of excluding computers from chess has been lost right from their introduction.

When I waa young I played a lot of correspondance chess (besides playing in a club). Partly because I was curious to learn about players elsewhere in the world, partly because you were forced to dig deep into every position and very carefully think about every single move. You only had a few books on openings as a support, but basically you were on your own. But there was a very satisfactory feeling of ownership, personal attachment, to the games you played. If you won you could be proud as it was you and no-one else who could claim the strength of your moves and plans. Likewise when you lost - a case to learn from!

If I was into playing actively today, I would not have that satisfaction. I wouldn't be happy beating an opponent with a memorized series of computer moves - perhaps because I love the game more than I love winning at all costs. I know, of course, that professional chessplayers today have to memorize countless moves to be able to compete, but I see light at the end of the tunnel, because the world champ himself seems to favour his own ways in chess than repeat mindlessly what a computer has told him. I may be slightly gullible here, but I'd rather be a sentimentalist than a puppet for algorithms.

Jul-04-16  Mr. V: It's been years since I saw Volokitin at the top of a tournament like this.
Jul-05-16  john barleycorn: <posoo: WHY do too players have ten games????>

Because this is Chessgames and counting is a difficult thing beyond 0 and 1.

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  diagonal: <<Sokrates>: It's a great cause to honour the icons of the past>, well said!

Nice tournament report by renowned Peter Doggers, published today:

Andrei Volokitin clear first, Naiditsch sole second, Nisipeanu sole third. Slovenian stars Lenic and Beliavsky moderate, Kozul luckless.

<<Mr. V>: It's been years since I saw Volokitin at the top of a tournament like this>: Andrei Volokitin

Jul-07-16  Pedro Fernandez: <Sokrates>, some games vs Alekhine were memorables.

Ref. A. Alekhine, My Best Games.

Jul-10-16  latvalatvian: Some call chess computers tools. They say, "I analyse a position as best I can and then I compare of my analyses with the computer's." As soon as you do this you diminish your confidence and are probably losing brain cells. Besides this, the computer doesn't give you the reason for its move. And so unless the move is a direct tactical shot or leads to mate, your seeing the move isn't going to help you in the least. You can make up reasons for its move choices, but there is no difference between this and believing in fairies.
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  PhilFeeley: <latvalatvian> Go to one of the online sites: chess24 or Plenty of folks to play there.
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