Category Archives: 3rd HD Bank Cup 2013

3rd HD Bank Cup 2013 Rd8-GM Berkes(HUN)

GM Berkes made good use of his mobile queenside majority and ultimately prevaied in a sharp contest against Tran Tuan Minh.

Berkes,F (2702) – Tran Tuan Minh (2310)
Bogo-Indian 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.g3 Nc6 6.Nc3 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 Ne4 [E11]
3rd HD Bank Cup 2013 Ho Chi Minh City VIE (8.4), 23.03.2013

Position 1
White is up a pawn in a sharp position. Now 20..Bf5 attacks the queen. How should white respond?

White to Play


3rd HD Bank Cup 2013 Rd3-GM Berkes(HUN)

GM Berkes ground out a subtle positional win on the black side of the Caro-Kann by seemingly doing nothing. Eventually black’s attention turned to the d4 square and eventually Berkes won this square and then the game.

Sukandar,I (2367) – Berkes,F (2702)
Caro-Kann 4…Nd7 5.Ng5 Ngf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.Qe2 Bd6 8.N1f3 h6 9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 Qc7 [B17]
3rd HD Bank Cup 2013 Ho Chi Minh City VIE (3.11), 20.03.2013

Position 1
Black has been fighting for the d4 outpost for most of the game, which white has just secured d4 with 29.Rd3. What do you recommend for black now?

Black to Play 


3rd HD Bank Cup 2013-GM Papp,Ga(HUN)

TWIC 959

‘Le Quang Liem of Vietnam has held Berkes Ferenc of Hungary to a draw, winning the trophy of the HDBank International Chess Championships in HCM City. 

With one point more than the followers, Liem entered the decisive game on March 24 with the Hungarian GM with confidence, forcing the No.2 seed to draw after 30 moves.

The Vietnamese player got a total of 7.5 points after 6 wins and 3 draws, and received a cash prize worth US$10,000. 

 GM Berkes,Ferenc(R) and GM Liem(l) 

In the previous two HDBank tournaments, Liem was selected No1 seed, but lost out to his Chinese rivals.

This year he delivered a brilliant performance, including a victory over Zhou Jianchao of China in round 7.

Meanwhile, other Vietnamese hopefuls such as Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy, Le Tuan Minh, and Nguyen Duc Hoa were ousted from the top ten due to losses in the decisive games.

Lu Shanglei of China came in second with 7 points, followed by Zhou Jianchao of China, Paragua Mark of the Philippines, and Berkes Ferenc of Hungary, who all got 6.5 points.’ 

Feature Game

GM Papp,Ga won a nice attacking game in the 3rd HD Bank Cup on the way to scoring 5.5/9.

GM Papp,Gabor
Photo Chess-db

Here is the feature game.

Papp,Ga (2582) – Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (2271) 
Sicilian 2.c3 g6[B22]
3rd HD Bank Cup 2013 Ho Chi Minh City VIE (1.7), 19.03.2013

Position 1
Black has been caught in the center. How should white continue?
White to Play