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Prague Chess Festival (Challengers) Tournament

Jorden van Foreest6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Nijat Abasov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Andrey Esipenko5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Kacper Piorun5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Mateusz Bartel5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Hannes Hlifar Stefansson5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Thai Dai Van Nguyen4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Lukas Cernousek3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Tadeas Kriebel2.5/9(+1 -5 =3)[games]
Jan Krejci2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Prague Chess Festival (Challengers) (2020)

The Challengers section of the 2nd Prague International Chess Festival took place from 12-21 February 2020 in the 4-star Don Giovanni Hotel Prague, Czech Republic. Rest day: 17 February. The 10-player round robin was headed by Abasov, Van Foreest and Esipenko. Rating average: 2586 (Category XIV). The players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move 1. No draw offers were allowed before move 30. In case of a tie for first place, there was to be a playoff (2 games of 5 3 blitz + Armageddon if necessary) between the top two players, as determined by the tied players' 1) Mutual result(s), 2) S-B scores, 3) Number of games with Black, and 4) Drawing of lots. Tournament director: Petr Boleslav. Chief arbiter: Pavel Votruba.

Jorden van Foreest won with 6/9 and qualified for the 2021 Prague Masters.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Van Foreest 2667 * 1 1 1 6 2 Abasov 2670 * 1 1 0 1 5 3 Esipenko 2654 0 * 1 1 1 5 4 Piorun 2611 0 0 * 1 1 1 5 5 Bartel 2639 1 0 * 1 5 6 Stefansson 2529 0 0 * 1 1 1 5 7 Nguyen 2560 0 * 1 4 8 Cernousek 2442 0 0 0 * 1 3 9 Kriebel 2524 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 2 10 Krejci 2559 0 0 0 0 * 2

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Previous: Prague Chess Festival (Challengers) (2019). See also Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2020)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Bartel vs A Esipenko  ½-½312020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C77 Ruy Lopez
2. J Krejci vs L Cernousek  ½-½462020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C01 French, Exchange
3. Thai Dai Van Nguyen vs N Abasov  ½-½462020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)A37 English, Symmetrical
4. K Piorun vs J van Foreest  ½-½522020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
5. Stefansson vs T Kriebel  1-0482020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
6. Thai Dai Van Nguyen vs J Krejci  ½-½452020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)A14 English
7. T Kriebel vs K Piorun 0-1532020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)E91 King's Indian
8. L Cernousek vs M Bartel  ½-½492020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C47 Four Knights
9. N Abasov vs J van Foreest  ½-½302020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. A Esipenko vs Stefansson  ½-½302020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)E20 Nimzo-Indian
11. J van Foreest vs T Kriebel  ½-½412020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. J Krejci vs N Abasov  ½-½342020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
13. Stefansson vs L Cernousek  1-0512020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C11 French
14. M Bartel vs Thai Dai Van Nguyen  ½-½462020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. K Piorun vs A Esipenko  0-1642020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C78 Ruy Lopez
16. Thai Dai Van Nguyen vs Stefansson  ½-½462020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
17. L Cernousek vs K Piorun  ½-½752020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)B40 Sicilian
18. A Esipenko vs J van Foreest  ½-½302020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)D26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. J Krejci vs M Bartel  0-1432020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. N Abasov vs T Kriebel  1-0372020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
21. T Kriebel vs A Esipenko  0-1352020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. J van Foreest vs L Cernousek  ½-½392020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C11 French
23. M Bartel vs N Abasov  1-0362020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)E01 Catalan, Closed
24. K Piorun vs Thai Dai Van Nguyen  ½-½222020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C67 Ruy Lopez
25. Stefansson vs J Krejci  1-0332020Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Penguincw: Back-to-back wins for van Foreest, and he's just half a point behind Stefansson. Those 2 will face off in the last round.
Feb-21-20  paavoh: Four players at 5/8 before the last round: Esipenko, Piorun, Van Foreest and Stefansson with decreasing S-B order.

Round 9: VF has an edge over Stefansson, Esipenko a slight pull, and Piorun seems on the verge of losing.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: van Foreest has won a huge last round game. Piorun still on the verge of losing. Esipenko needs a win against a guy in last place to tie van Foreest for first.

In terms of tiebreaks, it'll come down to SB score.

Feb-21-20  paavoh: It is settled. Van Foreest wins, Esipenko could not find a way to convert.

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