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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 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 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 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 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 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]
Alexei Gavrilov1/4(+1 -3 =0)[games]
Toms Kantans0/1(+0 -1 =0)[games]
Alexei Fedorov1.5/4(+1 -2 =1)[games]
* (101 players total; 69 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 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 162  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Armbrust vs Shirov 1-0442014Riga Technical University OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
2. Rapport vs K Kretainis 1-0722014Riga Technical University OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
3. N Veinberg vs H Melkumyan 0-1422014Riga Technical University OpenD85 Grunfeld
4. Iturrizaga Bonelli vs V Minko  1-0272014Riga Technical University OpenA09 Reti Opening
5. L Sandler vs Kovalenko  0-1272014Riga Technical University OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. Fridman vs M Persson  1-0532014Riga Technical University OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. D Le Goff vs V Erdos  1-0552014Riga Technical University OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. Shankland vs J Houska ½-½512014Riga Technical University OpenD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
9. J Narva vs A Goganov  0-1572014Riga Technical University OpenB40 Sicilian
10. B Savchenko vs A Saveliev  1-0622014Riga Technical University OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
11. S Elistratov vs A Aleksandrov  0-1412014Riga Technical University OpenC67 Ruy Lopez
12. P Prohaszka vs R Ramondino  ½-½602014Riga Technical University OpenE77 King's Indian
13. B Beeke vs B Bok 0-1642014Riga Technical University OpenA04 Reti Opening
14. Naroditsky vs M Manakova 1-0492014Riga Technical University OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
15. M Jeanne vs T Banusz  0-1322014Riga Technical University OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. I Rausis vs V Tarasova 1-0732014Riga Technical University OpenA06 Reti Opening
17. L Esposito vs V Golod  0-1412014Riga Technical University OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. V Yemelin vs C Brookes 1-0222014Riga Technical University OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. S Soors vs Rapport 0-1392014Riga Technical University OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
20. H Melkumyan vs A Bonafede  1-0342014Riga Technical University OpenA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
21. R Berzinsh vs Iturrizaga Bonelli  0-1402014Riga Technical University OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Kovalenko vs Ladva  1-0792014Riga Technical University OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
23. A Bruehl vs Fridman  0-1632014Riga Technical University OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. A Goganov vs J Carstensen  1-0612014Riga Technical University OpenA04 Reti Opening
25. M Ekdyshman vs B Savchenko  ½-½262014Riga Technical University OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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  Chessgames Bookie: Round 5 markets are now up:

Riga rd 5: PICK THREE
Riga rd 5: ArgandoƱa-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?
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: He heard that Russia was about to annex Latvia.
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  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...
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!

Aug-23-14  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.
Aug-25-14  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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