The Sixteen Years Old Outplayed Adults

Время публикации: 22.12.2014 01:29 | Последнее обновление: 25.12.2014 07:56

Jan-Krzysztof Duda and other Wroclaw heroes (PHOTO)

European rapid chess championship has ended in Wroclaw. The 11-round open Swiss in memory of Adolf Anderssen (the great player of the past had been born in Wroclaw) gathered a huge number of 752 players. The tournament lasted 2 days, with the first 7 rounds played on the starting day.

Before the last round, Grzegorz Gajewski and Andrei Volokitin were the leaders with 9 points, while Vladislav Kovalev, Alexander Moiseenko, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, David Navara and Igor Kovalenko stayed half-a-point behind.

The crucial battle of round 11 was the game between 16-years old Polish grandmaster Duda and Navara who had already become the European blitz champion in the same city two days ago.

Despite being Black, Navara was looking for winning chances throughout the game which ended in a horrible endgame blunder in a position where draw could be forced immediately. Thus, the young Polish player managed to outrun Gajewski and Volokitin (who drew their game) and got the first prize.

Duda was only 69-th in the starting list

The awarding ceremony of the blitz championship also took place after the finish of the rapid event.

Let us remind you that a few days ago Wroclaw has hosted female round robin tournament surprisingly won by the lowest rated player Klaudia Kulon (2332) from Poland. She scored 6 points and was followed by her compatriot Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska (5.5).

Monika Socko took the first women's prize in the rapid championship but it looks like she is still unhappy about her 5th place in the round robin (photos:


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