Category Archives: Budapest Xmas Open 2012

Budapest Xmas Open 2012 Rd7

Here is a tense game in the topical Najdorf from the Xmas Open last year.

Mester,Attila(2128)-Medve,Mark(1972)
Sicilian Najdorf English Attack 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3[B90]
IV. Karacsonyi Open Budapest, Hungary(7.4),30.12.2012

Position 1
Mutual attacks have begun. White looks to be further along with the g-file to work with and the bishop pair. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play

23.Qg2
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Budapest Xmas Open 2012 Rd7 Pics

Here are more pics all taken by Thomas Heyl(Thanks!).

                 Koltai, Dora(l)-Ronyai, Imre(r)            
 Kelemen, Lajos Dr.- Revesz, Hunor(r)
Victor Csabai(l) playing Gubics(r)

Marosi, Levente(l) playing Kiss,Peter(r)
Game was eventually drawn

 Csurgo, Jozsef (l) playing  Bolyai, Istvan(r)        

Szurkos, Andras(l) vs Lakat,G(r) concentrating hard

Budapest Xmas Open 2012

Final Standings
Mihalka, Zsolt took clear first as the top seeds dominated. I had the worst tournament of the year since January but managed to win both games on the last day to finish with 4/7.
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No. Name Score Rating TPR W-We
1 Mihalka, Zsolt 6 2183 2349 1.27
2 Dombai, Istvan 5.5 2183 2248 0.59
Bodi, Tibor 5.5 2046 2179 1.25
Gubics, Peter 5.5 2127 2160 0.43
5 Mester, Attila 5 2128 2150 0.33
Nemeth, Miklos 5 2095 2118 0.38
7 Marosi, Levente 4.5 2033 2070 0.51
Medve, Mark 4.5 1972 2059 0.99
Bodrogi, Laszlo 4.5 2059 2049 0.07
Csabai, Viktor 4.5 2024 1984 -0.07
Bartuszek, Andras 4.5 1887 1996 1.16
Czibulka, Zoltan Dr. 4.5 2053 1944 -0.65
Krstulovic, Alex 4.5 1845 1944 1.07
14 Balogh, Lajos 4 1989 1973 0
Kiss, Peter 4 2020 1962 -0.39
Szurkos, Andras 4 1805 1770 -0.23
Lakat, Gyula 4 1885 1832 -0.27
Yip, Michael 4 2074 1812 -1.92
Toth, Laszlo 4 1631 1799 1.23
Krizsany, Laszlo Sr. 4 1863 1873 0.27
Kovacs, Miklos 4 1527 2457 2.23
22 Palla, Akos Botond 3.5 1966 1906 -0.44
Szlenka, Attila 3.5 1785 1824 0.24
Karacsonyi, Gellert 3.5 1514 1806 2.31
Banhidi, Ferenc 3.5 1783 1776 -0.21
Bolyai, Istvan 3.5 2018 1811 -1.64
Csurgo, Jozsef 3.5 1750 1747 0.01
Koltai, Daniel 3.5 1503 1750 2.02
29 Szendeff, Miklos 3 1770 1846 0.36
Abraham, Lajos 3 1827 1612 -1.62
Kelemen, Lajos Dr. 3 1439 1591 1.11
Toth, Antal 3 1578 1731 0.76
Budai, Istvan 3 1683 1568 -0.82
Nemes Nagy, Peter 3 1515 1566 0.26
35 Papp, Laszlo 2.5 1815 1561 -1.86
Czimer, Jozsef 2.5 1745 1722 -0.36
Viola, Gellert 2.5 0 1724 1724
Kalman, Tamas 2.5 1575 1457 -1.01
Kovacsy, Barnabas 2.5 1538 1510 -0.27
Revesz, Mariusz 2.5 1623 1367 -2.03
Bella, Zsolt 2.5 1401 1529 0.82
42 Zsatkovics, Endre 2 1727 1504 -2.13
Wallis, Janos 2 0 1321 1321
Viola, Arpad Dr. 2 0 1527 1527
Horvath, Zoltan 2 1519 1519 -0.18
Revesz, Hunor 2 1386 1261 -1.01
47 Ronyai, Imre 1.5 1640 1479 -1.16
Koltai, Dora 1.5 0 1219 1219
49 Karacsonyi, Kata 1 1263 1299 0.08
50 Bayer, Jozsef Dr. 0 1700 782 -1.48

Here is my tough Rd7 win against Szendeff,M where I eventually won on time.

Yip(standing) checking out the game beside
Yip(standing) checking out the position as Szendeff,M is thinking in rd7
Photos Thomas Heyl(Thanks!)

Szendeff,M(1770)-Yip,M(2075)
Philidor Queenless Game[B07]
Xmas Open (7), 30.12.2012

Position 1
Black has won a pawn but it’s doubled and is attacking another(a4). White has the bishop pair and no obvious threats. What should black do now?
-19…N(either)xa4
-19…Nbd7 and occupy e5 immediately
-Something else

Black to Play

19.h5

Position 2
The game is going roughly as planned with black fighting for key dark squares, especially e5. How should black continue?

Black to Play

31.Rg6

Budapest Xmas Open 2012 Rd5 Pics

Here are some pics of rd5 taken by Thomas Heyl(Thanks!). Athough the games are taken seriously, the atmosphere is very friendly. Most of the players are regulars who I have played over and over for the last few years so everyone knows everyone.

There are a few keen players with laptops doing serious preparations between games. Now players are starting to catch onto the blog too.

Bodrogi,L(left) playing Medve,Mark(right)

Bodrogi,L(left) playing Medve,Mark(right)

The hard working Chief Arbiter Tamás Gyömbér
 and Kata Karacsonyi

Victor Csabai(left) playing Karacsonyi,Gellert(right)

Victor Csabai(left) playing Karacsonyi, Gellert(right)
Lakat,Gyula(left) playing Czimer,Josef(right)

Budapest Xmas Open 2012 Rd5

Here’s my rd5 game. I was winning for a large part of the game and then received a shock on the last move of the game.

Reader’s comments
You should at least say that 63. … cxb4 ?? is the Blunder. The answer 64.Qf7 would have been more striking…And your comment “wins the trapped bishop” is funny. Why on earth shall someone win this useless bishop?’-Thomas Heyl

Toth,A(1578)-Yip,M(2075)
Philidor[C41]
Xmas Open (5), 29.12.2012

Position 1
Black has a great positon. White is playing without Ba2 and has a completely static pawn structure. How should black continue?

Black to Play

51.Ne3

Position 2
Things look bleak for white. Black threatens …Qa3# and is a pawn up with a fantastic knight. What should white do?

White to Play

69…Ke5

(3am-Dec 30 2012: Analysis of late stages updated.)

Budapest Xmas Open 2012 Rd4

Here’s my round 4 game.

Karacsonyi,G(1514)-Yip,M(2075)
Philidor Ending[B07]
Xmas Open(4),29.12.2012

Final Position
Black is in check and facing the loss of a piece, politely resigned. During the post-mortem analysis, someone suggested that I should have played on. And they were right! Apparently I resigned in a winning position(or at least a non-resignable position).

Black to Play

32.Nd5+

Budapest Xmas Open 2012 Rd2

More scenes from the tournament hall.

Photos-Thomas Heyl(Thanks!)

Here is my Rd2 game against Mark Medve.

Position 1
Black has some activity now and I have to make a critical decision. What am I playing for? and what do I play?

White to Play

30..Qe3

Budapest Xmas Open 2012 Rd3

I lost my morning game with white against Mark Medve(1974) in a long game. Rd2 saw some upsets and at least I was not the only one. Medve is another rising Hungarian junior.

Here is my rd3 draw played in the afternoon. Both sides had chances in a tense and sloppy game.

Xmas Open Playing Hall
Left Corner board 1 in play
Yip,M(l) playing Lakat,G(r) in Rd3

Yip,M(l) playing Lakat,G(r) in Rd3
Photos Thomas Heyl-Thanks!

Yip,M(2075)-Lakat,G(1885)
Nimzo-Indian/Queen’s Indian Double Fianchetto[A50]
Budapest Xmas Open(3),28.12.2012

Position 1
Black’s back rank and dark squares look suspicious and Na6 is out of play. How to exploit this though? What should white play?

White to Play

30…Qd5

Xmas Open(BP) Rd1

50 players are in this 7-round 90/game open. The field is limited to U2200s but is very strong. There will be pictures later I am promised.

Rd1 Standings

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Place PNo. Name Score FIDE TPR
1 1 Dombai, Istvan 1 2183 2518
2 Mihalka, Zsolt 1 2183 2518
3 Mester, Attila 1 2128 2485
5 Nemeth, Miklos 1 2095 2462
6 Yip, Michael 1 2074 2418
7 Bodrogi, Laszlo 1 2059 2394
8 Czibulka, Zoltan Dr. 1 2053 2388
9 Bodi, Tibor 1 2046 2381
10 Marosi, Levente 1 2033 2368
11 Csabai, Viktor 1 2024 2359
12 Kiss, Peter 1 2020 2355
13 Bolyai, Istvan 1 2018 2353
14 Balogh, Lajos 1 1989 2324
15 Medve, Mark 1 1972 2307
16 Palla, Akos Botond 1 1966 2301
17 Bartuszek, Andras 1 1887 2222
18 Lakat, Gyula 1 1885 2220
19 Krizsany, Laszlo Sr. 1 1863 2198
20 Krstulovic, Alex 1 1845 2180
21 Abraham, Lajos 1 1827
22 Papp, Laszlo 1 1815
23 Szurkos, Andras 1 1805
24 Szlenka, Attila 1 1785
24 4 Gubics, Peter 0.5 2127 1745
28 Czimer, Jozsef 0.5 1745 2127
26 25 Banhidi, Ferenc 0 1783 1448
26 Szendeff, Miklos 0 1770 1435
27 Csurgo, Jozsef 0 1750 1393
29 Zsatkovics, Endre 0 1727 1360
30 Bayer, Jozsef Dr. 0 1700
31 Budai, Istvan 0 1683 1339
32 Ronyai, Imre 0 1640 1305
33 Toth, Laszlo 0 1631 1296
34 Revesz, Mariusz 0 1623 1288
35 Toth, Antal 0 1578 1243
36 Kalman, Tamas 0 1575 1240
37 Kovacsy, Barnabas 0 1538 1203
38 Kovacs, Miklos 0 1527
39 Horvath, Zoltan 0 1519 1184
40 Nemes Nagy, Peter 0 1515 1180
41 Karacsonyi, Gellert 0 1514 1179
42 Koltai, Daniel 0 1503 1168
43 Kelemen, Lajos Dr. 0 1439 1104
44 Bella, Zsolt 0 1401 1066
45 Revesz, Hunor 0 1386 1051
46 Karacsonyi, Kata 0 1263 928
47 Koltai, Dora 0 0 1092
48 Viola, Arpad Dr. 0 0 1080
49 Viola, Gellert 0 0 1070
50 Wallis, Janos 0 0 1050

Here’s my rd1 effort

I had a very strong game early and won a clear exchange for nothing. Then I fell asleep and made problems for myself.

Budai,I(1683)-Yip,M(2075)
Philidor 4.d5[B07]
Xmas Open (1), 27.12.2012

Position 1
White has compensation for the exchange. But now what?

White to Play

47…Kd7