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Riga Technical University Open Tournament

Hrant Melkumyan7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Richard Rapport7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Daniel Naroditsky7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Boris Savchenko7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Tamas Banusz7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Chithambaram V R Aravindh7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Benjamin Bok6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Mackenzie Molner6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Avital Boruchovsky6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Alexey Goganov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Jan Werle3.5/6(+2 -1 =3)[games]
Alexandre Danin3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Nitzan Steinberg2.5/4(+2 -1 =1)[games]
Tal Baron1/1(+1 -0 =0)[games]
Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Aloyzas Kveinys3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Vasily Yemelin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Arturs Neiksans5/8(+4 -2 =2)[games]
Alexey Sarana1/2(+1 -1 =0)[games]
Mikhail Antipov1/2(+0 -0 =2)[games]
Mishra Swayams0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[games]
Oleg Valeryevich Krivonosov0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[games]
Ido Ben Artzi0.5/3(+0 -2 =1)[games]
Maksim Vavulin0/2(+0 -2 =0)[games]
Robert Ris1.5/3(+1 -1 =1)[games]
* (101 players total; 72 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Riga Technical University Open (2014)

Played in Riga, Latvia 16-24 August 2014. Crosstable:

 page 2 of 7; games 26-50 of 162  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. C Wallis vs Fedorov  1-0352014Riga Technical University OpenE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
27. Kulaots vs R Nanjo  1-0592014Riga Technical University OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
28. J Lamorelle vs A Neiksans  0-1812014Riga Technical University OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
29. A G Aleksandrov vs J F Jolly  1-0292014Riga Technical University OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
30. M Ekdyshman vs B Savchenko  ½-½262014Riga Technical University OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
31. S Soors vs R Rapport  0-1392014Riga Technical University OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
32. H Melkumyan vs A Bonafede  1-0342014Riga Technical University OpenA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
33. R Berzinsh vs E Iturrizaga  0-1402014Riga Technical University OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
34. I V Kovalenko vs O Ladva  1-0792014Riga Technical University OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
35. A Bruehl vs D G Fridman  0-1632014Riga Technical University OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
36. A Goganov vs J Carstensen  1-0612014Riga Technical University OpenA04 Reti Opening
37. A Neiksans vs I Ben Artzi  1-0292014Riga Technical University OpenD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
38. A Gavrilov vs S Fidrilakis  1-0342014Riga Technical University OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
39. V Yemelin vs S Fruebing  1-0342014Riga Technical University OpenE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
40. E Iturrizaga vs C Aravindh  1-0762014Riga Technical University OpenA28 English
41. R Biolek Jr vs A Goganov  ½-½662014Riga Technical University OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
42. I Argandona Riveiro vs A G Aleksandrov 1-0602014Riga Technical University OpenC44 King's Pawn Game
43. A Jerez vs T Banusz  0-1632014Riga Technical University OpenB40 Sicilian
44. M Percivaldi vs J Werle  ½-½592014Riga Technical University OpenE15 Queen's Indian
45. C Wallis vs Kulaots  0-1502014Riga Technical University OpenE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
46. D Naroditsky vs Nikita Petrov  1-0552014Riga Technical University OpenA05 Reti Opening
47. E Khatoev vs V M Golod  ½-½552014Riga Technical University OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
48. N Steinberg vs B Bok  0-1322014Riga Technical University OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
49. R Rapport vs A Boruchovsky 1-0312014Riga Technical University OpenA03 Bird's Opening
50. N Meskovs vs I V Kovalenko  0-1282014Riga Technical University OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
 page 2 of 7; games 26-50 of 162  PGN Download
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  Chessgames Bookie: Round 5 markets are now up:

Riga rd 5: PICK THREE
Riga rd 5: Argandoņa-Melkumyan
Riga rd 5: Iturrizaga-Kovalenko
Riga rd 5: Rapport-Golod
Riga rd 5: Werle-Naroditsky
Riga rd 5: Shirov-Bailet
Riga rd 5: Sirosh-Boruchovsky: BLACK WIN

Good luck!

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  Check It Out: Why did Shank withdraw?
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  HeMateMe: He heard that Russia was about to annex Latvia.
Aug-20-14  Everett: <Aug-20-14
member Check It Out: Why did Shank withdraw?

member HeMateMe: He heard that Russia was about to annex Latvia.>

He heard that Murka was growing so stupid that his intelligence was needed back home.

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  whiteshark: <CIO: Why did Shank withdraw?>

Kinda <postolympic stress disorder> I'd guess: He drew a 2200 in the 1st round and lost against another 2200 in the 2nd round...

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  Chessgames Bookie: Betting on round 6 is now open:

Riga rd 6: Melkumyan-Iturrizaga
Riga rd 6: Kovalenko-Rapport
Riga rd 6: Kovalenko-Rapport: DRAW NO BET
Riga rd 6: Shirov-Kveinys
Riga rd 6: Shirov-Kveinys: OVER/UNDER
Riga rd 6: PICK THREE

Good luck!

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  Check It Out: <whiteshark> Shank shanked.
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  Chessgames Bookie: Richard Rapport has opened his first three White games with 1.Nc3, 1.f4 and 1.b3 respectively. Will he keep using unusual opening moves, or will he switch to something more normal now he's facing his strongest opponent yet in tournament leader Hrant Melkumyan? Place your bets:

Riga rd 7: Rapport-Melkumyan: FIRST MOVE
Riga rd 7: Rapport-Melkumyan
Riga rd 7: Goganov-Oparin
Riga rd 7: Molner-Shirov
Riga rd 7: Iturrizaga-Naroditsky

Good luck, and have fun!

Aug-22-14  Ed Frank: Rapport played 1.e3 against Melkumayan.

Funny guy.

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  Chessgames Bookie: Betting on round 8 is now open:

Riga rd 8: Melkumyan-Savchenko
Riga rd 8: Bok-Rapport
Riga rd 8: Bok-Rapport: DRAW NO BET
Riga rd 8: Shirov-Boruchovsky
Riga rd 8: Shirov-Boruchovsky: OVER/UNDER
Riga rd 8: PICK THREE

Good luck!

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  Zhbugnoimt: Ha! I won the bet with Rapport winning.
Aug-23-14  Zerebuh: Rapport played the Philidor today and mated Benjamin Bok on move 26! He shares the lead with Melkumyan at 7/8 with a round to go.
Aug-23-14  fgh: <>, these <A Aleksandrov vs A Kveinys> duplicates need to go.
Aug-23-14  Zerebuh: What does Alexey Aleksandrov do at the top of the standings?
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  tamar: Somebody will have to look into his 4 15 move draws against Kveinys...
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  perfidious: <tamar> All prearranged, of course.....
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  Chessgames Bookie: Betting on the last round is now open:

Riga Technical University Open: WINNING SCORE: IN-PLAY
Riga rd 9: Savchenko-Rapport
Riga rd 9: Savchenko-Rapport: OPENING MOVES
Riga rd 9: Banusz-Melkumyan
Riga rd 9: Banusz-Melkumyan: HOW MANY MOVES?
Riga rd 9: Kveinys-Iturrizaga
Riga rd 9: Aravindh-Shirov

Note that the last round will begin at 11:00 local time (04:00 US/Eastern), a full 5 hours earlier than the first eight rounds. Good luck, and have fun!

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  PhilFeeley: Perhaps <> should stop generating results tables for tournaments like this. For many others, all they publish is a list of competitors names. It's impossible to tell from the table above who's winning or who's even leading.
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  Penguincw: Rapport and Melkumyan both are tied with 7.5/9. Who wins? I looked at the tiebreaks below:

< Tie Break1: Buchholz Tie-Breaks (variabel with parameter) >

< Tie Break2: Buchholz Tie-Breaks (variabel with parameter) >

< Tie Break3: Performance (variable with parameter) >

I tried doing the math, and it looks like Melkumyan edged Rapport has 37.5-36.5. There is 1 game to go (Bonafede-Golod), but I don't think it matters.

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  Penguincw: Official results:

1. Melkumyan 7.5
2. Rapport 7.5
3. Iturrizaga 7
4. Naroditsky 7
5. Savchenko 7
6. Banusz 7
7. Fridman 7
8. Aravindh 7

The first tiebreaks was tied at 43.0 each, but the second one (whatever it is) was decisive, as Melkumyan edged Rapport by the narrowest of margins: 55.5-55.0.


Other 2600+ players

12. Goganov 6.5
18. Kovalenko 6
33. Erdos 6
40. Shirov 5.5
212. Shankland 0.5 (withdrew after 2 rounds)

Full standings:

Aug-24-14  Strelets: Melkumian might have one won the tournament by half of a point on the second tiebreaker but the play of Rapport seems to leave a stronger impression. Going +3 -0 =1 with White (not to mention a neat win with the black pieces in the Philidor) while using such openings as the van Geet (1.Nc3), Bird's (1.f4), the Nimzo-Larsen (1.b3), and the van 't Kruijs (1.e3) is a pretty unique feat in modern day chess.
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  Mating Net: Does this tournament confirm that Shirov is absolutely finished as a top notch contender? He couldn't even crack the top half of this tourney with not exactly elite level competition.
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  perfidious: Don't really see that this event is any more confirmation that Shirov is spent as a force at top level than that Carlsen's relatively poor form is a sign of his imminent decline. Shirov's overall pattern of results in recent years do more to buttress any such belief than this, subpar though it may be.
Aug-26-14  notyetagm: B Bok vs R Rapport, 2014

<wordfunph: simply impressive.>

Yes, a 2587-rated player (Bok) completely missed the elegant <MATE IN 3> beginning with 24 ♗c5x♖f8? ♕f5-h3+!!.

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  perfidious: Good of you to spam that position throughout the site and call attention to a near-2600 GM's blunder.
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