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Ian Nepomniachtchi GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship
GM Ian Nepomniachtchi – ORDIX-Opensieger 2008
31.7.-2. August 2009, 18:30 Uhr, Rheingoldhalle Mainz

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16. ORDIX Open
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It’s a beautiful day for Mamedyarov

02.08.2009 - Finally he made it! He has tried six times to win one of the Opens in Mainz, but this year the Azeri grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the ORDIX Open with a fantastic score. After 11 incredibly tough rounds he scored a record-breaking 10 points. Never before has a winner scored 10 points in the ORDIX in Mainz. Vugar Gasimov, Vladimir Akopian and Arkadij Naiditsch scored 9,5 points.

Immediately after the last game against Akopian, Mamedyarov spoke about the Chess Classic to the press officers Harry Schaack and Eric van Reem. A few statements from the 24-year old, who won the world junior chess championship in 2003:

Mamedyarov Interview
Interview with the ORDIX Open Winner: Press officers Harry Schaack
and Eric van Reem talk to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (mid)

“I am very happy that I finally won one of the Open tournaments here in Mainz. I have played in six tournaments and I always had a very good start. I often won the first five or six games in a row, but when I lost one game, things went from bad to worse. It is a probably a psychological problem, because the same thing also happened in other tournaments. I can remember that I played the Tal Memorial blitz tournament and started with with 8/8. I won every game, against Anand, Polgar, you name it. Then I lost a game against Karpov, although I had a completely winning position. After that game I lost track and lost 16 games in a row! Incredible, but I am working on it. Therefore, this victory is very important for me.”

“I like to play Chess960. I enjoy the FiNet Open in which I can play Chess960. This year Grischuk was unbeatable in Chess960. It is a pity that I can only play it once a year on top level here in Mainz. I get bored from playing openings like the Slav over and over again. I think that in about 15 or 20 years we will only be playing Chess960.”

“My best game was against Evgeniy Najer and in the fourth round I played a good game against Stanislav Novikov as well. The crucial game against Nakamura was a normal game for me. Well, maybe not a good game, but still very interesting. I had a lost position in my game against Sargissian, but somehow I even managed to win the game. You need a little luck to win an Open like this. I think that you can afford to lose one game in the Open, but not more than one.”

For your pleasure, we show you the beautiful game of the winner against Najer from the 7th round:

Mamedyarov,S. - Najer,E.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.g4 h6 8.h3 e5 9.Bd2 0–0 10.0–0–0 Re8 11.g5 hxg5 12.Nxg5 exd4 13.exd4 Nf8 14.Rg1 b5 15.c5 Bc7 16.Bd3 a5 17.Rg2 b4 18.Ne2 Ba6 19.Rdg1 Bxd3


20.Nxf7 Ne6 21.Nh6+ Kh8 22.Nf7+ Kg8 23.Nxd8 Bxc2 24.Nxe6 Rxe6 25.Rxg7+ Kh8 26.Rxc7 Rxe2


27.Rxc6 Rxf2 28.Kxc2 Rg8 29.Rxg8+ Kxg8 30.Kd3 Ne4 31.Bc1 Rf1 32.Be3 Kf7 33.Rh6 Rd1+ 34.Kc2 Re1 35.Bf4 Re2+ 36.Kb3 a4+ 37.Kxb4 Rxb2+ 38.Ka3 Rb5 39.Rb6 Nc3


 40.Bd2 Nb1+ 41.Kxa4 Rxb6 42.cxb6 Nxd2 43.b7 1–0

The ORDIX Open on Sunday

It is not a secret that most chess players are notorious long sleepers. Getting up on a Sunday morning to play six rounds in the tough ORDIX Open is not the idea of a perfect start of the day for everybody. To cheer up the players on this rainy Sunday morning, the Queen song “It’s a Beautiful Day” was played, minutes before the start of the 6th round: “It's a beautiful day- The sun is shining- I feel good - And no one's gonna stop me now, oh yeah”. Naiditsch must have a good night sleep, because he was the only player with a perfect score on Saturday, who could win his first Sunday game against Landa. This is remarkable, because the German number one had to play the GRENKELEASING rapid world championship in the evening session as well. Naiditsch played 32 rapid games in three days! The other favourites, who had a 100% score on Saturday started with a draw.  

After eight rounds in the ORDIX Open, three players were on top with 7,5 points. Arkadij Naiditsch won against Landa and Ivan Sokolov and drew against Grischuk. Mamedyarov started on Sunday with a draw, but won two games against Sargissian and a really beautiful attacking game against Najer. The newly crowned Chess960 champ Hikaru Nakamura won three games on Sunday morning against Andrei Sokolov, Gyimesi and Sasikiran. The Indian grandmaster had a completely winning position against the American but lost on time. A tragic loss.

Not so happy after his loss against Nakamura. Krishnan Sasikirian lost on time

As always, the ORDIX Open was decided in the last three rounds. In the 9th round, Naiditsch lost a crucial game against Nakamura. The American played the Scandinavian defence, which is not seen very often on grandmaster level. Mamedyarov won against Malakhov and Alexander Grischuk had to give up his goal of winning the FiNet and ORDIX in one year. He lost against Boris Grachev. Akopian, Bacrot and Gashimov won their games and waited for a mistake of the leaders after 9 rounds, Nakamura and Mamedyarov. Both players had 8,5 points. In the penultimate round the leaders had to play a crucial game against each other. A very original game developed, not correct but interesting. The American seemed to have the upper hand, but Mamedyarov had enough counterplay to win one of the most important games in his career. In the final round a draw against Akopian was enough to secure first place with an incredible score: 10 points out of 11 games! In the Chess Classic history only German GM Eric Lobron scored 10/11 games, but that was back in 1996 in Frankfurt in a field with 263 players.

In Mainz, 9,5 points used to be enough to secure first place, and this year three players scored 9,5 points: Arkadij Naiditsch, Vladimir Akopian and Vugar Gashimov. It was not enough to surpass the proud winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. A beautiful day for the Azeri, and a beautiful ORDIX Open ended.

In the ORDIX, Kateryna Lahno won the women section with 8 points, Marie Sebag and Victorija Cmilyte landed on the winner’s podium as well. In the senior section, IM Rigo won with 7,5 points, just before Vlastimil Hort and IM Donchenko. Mamedyarov won the combined FiNet/ORDIX event with 18,5 points, Naiditsch scored 18 points, Grischuk 17.5.

Winner women section: Kateryna Lahno

Best senior: Janos Rigo

Game of the week

To end the coverage of the ORDIX Open 2009, we like to present the most spectacular game of the week. A textbook example of a king hunt, played in the 7th round of the ORDIX.

Game of the week
Best Game of the week: Gabriel Sargissian

Sargissian,G. (5.5) - Meier,G. (5.5)

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0–0 6.a3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.e3 Nc6 9.Qc2 Qa5 10.0–0–0 Be7 11.h4 a6 12.Be2 dxc4 13.Ng5 h6 14.g4 Rd8


15.Nxf7 Kxf7 16.g5 Rxd1+ 17.Rxd1 Qf5 18.Qxf5 exf5 19.Bxc4+ Kg6 20.gxf6 Bxf6 21.h5+


21…Kxh5 22.Bf7+ Kg4 23.Rg1+ Kf3 24.Bd5+ Kxf2 25.Rg2+ Kf1


26.Nb1 1–0

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Happy smiling after the final game: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Unhappy: Hikaru Nakamura scored 8.5 pts and became 8th

Hikaru Nakamura against Arkadij Naiditsch

ORDIX Open Winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Mamedyarov in the ORDIX Open

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