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Ray Robson wins Masters in 2023

30 Jun 2023

All tournaments this year were tense until the last moves. In the Masters, two players Deac and Robson pairing took the lead after nine rounds played. Both players met in a tiebreak, in which Ray Robson showed stronger nerves and became the winner of the main event. The bronze went to the defending champion Pentala Harikrishna.

Decisive tiebreak in the Masters

RK Name ELO FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PTS DE SB
1.   GM DEAC Bogdan-Daniel 2693 ROU   1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5,5 1 24,25
2.   GM ROBSON Ray 2689 USA 0   ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5,5 0 23,00
3.   GM HARIKRISHNA Pentala 2704 IND ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 0 22,00
4.   GM NAVARA David 2689 CZE ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4,5 1,5 20,25
5.   GM SHANKLAND Sam 2711 USA ½ ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4,5 1,5 20,25
6.   GM MARTIROSYAN Haik M. 2685 ARM ½ ½ ½ ½ ½   ½ 0 ½ 1 4,5 1,5 20,00
7.   GM KEYMER Vincent 2690 GER ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½   1 ½ ½ 4,5 1,5 19,50
8.   GM WANG Hao 2722 CHN ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0   1 ½ 4 0 17,00
9.   GM GELFAND Boris 2668 ISR ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0   ½ 3,5 0,5 16,00
10.   GM NGUYEN Thai Dai Van 2653 CZE 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½   3,5 0,5 15,75

* The winner of the tournament was decided by a tiebreak in which Ray Robson won 1.5:0.5.

(from left) the tournament director Petr Boleslav, GM Bogdan Deac, the winer of the Masters tournament Ray Robson, Penatala Harikrishna and prezident of Novy Bor Chess club Roman Mužík

In the Challengers competition, the last round spoke even more significantly to the final standings. Alexander Motylev was looking for first place with his victory, but Mateusz Bartel also managed to outplay his opponent and celebrate the individual tournament victory. The Polish Grandmaster can look forward to an invitation to the 2024 Masters. Jan Vykouk was the best of the Czech trio, leapfrogging three Grandmaster title holders in the standings.

The always smiling Mateusz Bartel

RK Name ELO FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 PTS DE SB
1.   GM BARTEL Mateusz 2609 POL   ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 6,5 0 26,25
2.   GM MOTYLEV Alexander 2597 ROU ½   ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 6 0 25,25
3.   GM PULTINEVICIUS Paulius 2530 LTU 0 ½   1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 5 1,5 20,25
4.   GM GLEDURA Benjamin 2645 HUN ½ 0 0   1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 1 21,00
5.   IM VYKOUK Jan 2467 CZE ½ ½ ½ 0   1 ½ 1 0 1 5 0,5 21,25
6.   GM L'AMI Erwin 2645 NED ½ ½ 1 0 0   ½ 0 1 1 4,5 0 18,75
7.   GM PECHAC Jergus 2611 SVK ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½   0 1 ½ 4 0 17,75
8.   FM FINEK Vaclav 2409 CZE 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 1   0 1 3,5 0 13,50
9.   IM STALMACH Richard 2436 CZE 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 1   0 3 0 13,50
10.   GM AKASH G 2483 IND 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1   2,5 0 10,50

Patryk Cieslak confirmed his well-deserved first place among the Futures, the Polish youngster managed the last duel perfectly and imitated his compatriot Bartel with a solo victory. Jiri Bouska, who also did not know the bitterness of defeat in the tournament, took silver with his victory in the last round.

The Futures Tournament podium

RK Name ELO FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 PTS DE SB
1.   FM CIESLAK Patryk 2280 POL   ½ 1 ½ 1 1 4 0 8,00
2.   BOUSKA Jiri 2189 CZE ½   ½ 1 ½ 1 3,5 0 7,25
3.   FM WARCHOL Kamil 2082 POL 0 ½   1 0 1 2,5 1 4,75
4.   FM BALINT Peter 2233 AUT ½ 0 0   1 1 2,5 0 4,50
5.   BROZKA Karel 2180 CZE 0 ½ 1 0   ½ 2 0 4,50
6.   JUHANAK Daniel 2137 CZE 0 0 0 0 ½   0,5 0 1,00

The Karel Janeček Open tournament was also at least equal to the main tournaments in terms of combativeness. Until the last round, everything was open and the fight for the first place and a seat in Challengers was changing every move. Vojtech Plat made a significant impact by winning the second table and his 7.5 points were enough. The first four places were divided between players from the Czech Republic and Polish. Detailed results can be viewed here.

Rk. SNo  Title Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1 TB2
1 1 GM Plat, Vojtech CZE 2516 7,5 52 56
2 13 IM Fus, Jakub POL 2426 7,5 49,5 53,5
3 3 GM Polak, Tomas CZE 2503 7,5 49 54
4 16   Psyk, Radoslaw POL 2417 7,5 49 53,5
5 32 IM Ozenir, Ekin Baris TUR 2374 7 51,5 55

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