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FSFMA July 2013-FM Resika,N(USA)

TWIC 976
FM Resika Nathan A(USA) completely dominated the field with 9.5/10.

Americans in Budapest, 

FM Resika, Nathan(right) and Wu, Christopher(left)


Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts.
1 FM Resika Nathan 2186 USA * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 9.5
2 Kertesz Zsolt 2084 HUN 0 * 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 7
3 Juracsik Jozsef 2136 HUN 0 0 * 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 6
4 Andersen Soren 2115 DEN 0 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 6
5 FM Juhasz Bela 2222 HUN 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 5.5
6 Farkas Richard 2198 HUN 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 5
7 Laza Szabolcs 1968 HUN 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 4
8 FM Mayer Istvan 2050 HUN 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * 0 ½ 1 3.5
9 Zhou Hao 0 CHN ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 3.5
10 Darazs Zoltan 2161 HUN 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ 3.5
11 Steer Jozsef 1937 HUN 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 ½ * 1.5


Game 1
Resika,N (2186) – Juracsik,J (2136)
English Symmetrical[A39]
FSFMA July 2013 

Budapest HUN (1.5), 06.07.2013

Position 1
White is on the verge of breaking through on the queenside so black is now rushing to generate something on the kingside. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

25…Ng5

Game 2
Farkas,R (2198) – Resika,N (2186)
King’s Indian Saemisch[E81]
FSFMA July 2013 

Budapest HUN (2.3), 07.07.2013

Position 1
White’s position is tactically suspicious. The unprotected Ra1 is begging to be exploited. What do you recommend for Black?

Black to Play

22.Nd1

Coming to Budapest for Chess?

First Saturday Prices / FS Contact 
These are the most expensive tournaments in the city by far and offer no prizes. The target market is foreign tourists. Local players get an unadvertised discount fee which is a well guarded little secret.

The standard Hungarian player fee for FM groups is 12,000 HUF(40EUR/ 54USD; 54CAN). Foreigners see website list. Note that everything is negotiable and there are no prizes.

This is the price range for FS-FMA RRs.
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Rating HUF EUR USD CAN
Low High
Unrated 59,220 200 264.92 272.84
1800 1900 53,298 180 238.43 245.56
1901 2000 47,376 160 211.94 218.28
2001 2100 41,454 140 185.45 190.99
2101 2200 35,532 120 158.95 163.71
2200 2250 29,610 100 132.46 136.42



Foreign players(for example FIDE 2000) are charged approximately QUADRUPLE the local player rates. 

Other Tournaments
Hidden from tourists are some real bargains. Budapest is the home of affordable tournaments. Many cheap tournaments are available, all with prizes and modest entry fees. 

Some diligent digging is required to find these events. Check the Hungarian Federation event listing for events.

For more information:
Hungarian Chess Federation Tournament Listing(Hungarian Language)
Budapest Entry Fees 2012(Scroll down to bottom of blog too)

Other RRs
I usually play 4-5 RRs per year for very modest entry fees. These events are harder to find and advertised only in Hungarian. Here is a nice example of an alternative Budapest RR event.

Frech Karolyi Final StandingsGroup A
This tournament is one example of the hidden little gems Budapest has to offer. I played this event in June for the bargain price of 3,900HUF (14EUR/ 18USD/18CAN). This was net of the Budapest Tournament Card holder 10% discount.

Rank Name Score Rating TPR
1 Koczo, Kristof 7.5 2269 2355
2 Nagy, Aron 5.5 2140 2176
3 FM Juhasz, Bela 5.5 2222 2167
4 Kormos, Adam 5 2211 2131
5 Bodrogi, Mihaly 5 2109 2143
6 Stern, Tibor 4.5 2025 2109
7 Varga, Attila 4 2012 2067
8 Yip, Michael 3.5 2007 2031
9 Bodrogi, Laszlo 2.5 2036 1942
10 Zoldy, Robert 2 1975 1895

Entry Fee Range for 1 Game/Day RRs
Here is the entry fee range in Budapest for a FIDE 2000 player(as an example). This summary shows how far out of line with the overall market First Saturday is(approx 8X the average).

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Round Robin Rds Prizes HUF EUR USD CAN 2013
Amator Cup 9 Yes 5,000 17.8 23 23 November
Torokves A RR 9 Yes 5,500 19.4 25 25 April
Frech Karolyi 9 Yes 4,000 14 18 18 June
Torokves A RR 9 Yes 5,500 19.4 25 25 Sept
First Saturday(FS-FMA) 9-11 No 40,800 140 180 181 Monthly
FS Price for Hungarians No 12,000 41 53 53 Monthly
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TWIC 974(HUN) INDEX July 9 2013

Introduction
TWIC is the work of Mark Crowther.

V4 Int Open ch-SVK 2013

GM Banusz(front right)


Overall Standings
GM Banusz(HUN),IM Nagy(HUN),IM Bokros(HUN), IM Krnan(CAN) are amongst a large group with 3/3.

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Rk. Name FED FIDE Pts.
1 GM Banusz Tamas HUN 2588 3
2 GM Michalik Peter SVK 2579 3
3 GM Markos Jan SVK 2580 3
4 IM Nagy Gabor HUN 2449 3
5 WGM Kocetkova Julia SVK 2328 3
6 IM Bokros Albert HUN 2439 3
7 IM Krnan Tomas CAN 2411 3
8 GM Manik Mikulas SVK 2412 3
9 IM Pinter Erik SVK 2364 3
10 GM Likavsky Tomas SVK 2458 3
11 IM Macak Stefan SVK 2374 3
12 Dzikowski Michal POL 1904 3

Hungarian Results

Rk. Name FED FIDE Pts.
1 GM Banusz Tamas HUN 2588 3
4 IM Nagy Gabor HUN 2449 3
6 IM Bokros Albert HUN 2439 3
15 FM Korpa Bence HUN 2308 2.5
27 Nemeth Denes HUN 2257 2
35 IM Aczel Gergely HUN 2451 2
42 GM Fodor Tamas Jr. HUN 2455 2
45 FM Gledura Benjamin HUN 2421 2
80 WIM Horvath Julia HUN 2183 1.5
106 FM Pesztericz Laszlo HUN 2132 1
115 Rabovszky Gyorgy HUN 1923 1
137 Pal Csanad HUN 1878 1
143 Lovas Miklos HUN 1975 1



Bornholm WIM RR 2013
Toth,Lily 5.5/9

WIM  Dr. Toth,Lili

Klaudia Wisniowska

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Player ELO Total
1 WIM Ioana-Smaranda Padurariu 2208 6.0
2 WIM Anna Gasik 2205 6.0
3 WIM Ilena Krasenkova 2115 5.5
4 WIM Lili Dr. Toth 2161 5.5
5 Maria Demidowicz 2096 4.5
6 Klaudia Wisniowska 2178 3.5
7 WF Kanwal K Bhatia 2034 3.5
8 WF Esmat Susanne Guindy 2051 3.5
9 WIM Oksana Vovk 2151 3.5
10 WF Sandra de Blecourt Dalsberg 2106 3.5

TCh-GRE 2013
Rapport 4/6

EY Boys Teams 2013
Tesik C 2/2
Bagi M 1.5/2
Horvath D 0.5/2
Amstadt A 1/2

EY Girls Teams 2013
Juhasz Ba 2/2
Varga M 1.5/2

Here is GM Banusz’s rd2 Victory in the V4 Int Open ch-SVK.

Banusz,T (2588) – Repka,C (2361)
English Opening[A20]
V4 Int Open ch-SVK 2013
Banska Stiavnica SVK (2.1), 07.07.2013

Position 1
White is more active and better placed in the mutual passed pawn battle. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

35…Kf8

Hungarian National Open 2013 Zalakaros Rd8-IM Nagy,G(HUN); Czebe,A(HUN)

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TWIC 969
Nagy really wanted to attack and did so in style.

Nagy,Ga (2439) – Czebe,A (2490)
English[A32]
Hungarian National Open 2013 Zalakaros HUN (8), 29.05.2013

Position 1
White started things off with 10.Nd5!?

White to Play 
9…Nf6

Position 2
No hints. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play
17…Bxb4

BCC Open 2013 Rd8-GM Horvath Ad(HUN)

Rd8

GM Horvath avoided the Hedgehog with 7..Ne4 but GM Gustafsson countered with sharp play and eventually won a nice game.

Gustafsson,J (2621) – Horvath,Ad (2509)
English 1…c5[A30]
13th BCC Open 2013 Pattaya THA (8.3), 20.04.2013


Position 1
White has an extra doubled pawn but the queenside pawns are broken and are coming under pressure. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play
17…Re8


13th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2013 Rd9-GM Czebe(HUN)

TWIC 963
GM Czebe played an exiting (and unexplainable) game against GM Short.

Short,N (2697) – Czebe,A (2479)
English 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 [A22]
13th BCC Open 2013 Pattaya THA (9.8), 21.04.2013

Position 1
White’s king has been caught in the center. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play
12.ef

Position 2
White’s king is out in the open and exposed. What do you recommend for black?
  • 32..Qxg7(win the pawn and grind out the P+ with no risk)
  • 32..Qg4+(go for the kill right away)
  • 32..Qc4+(go for the kill)
  • 32..Qf6(go for the kill with …Qf3+)
  • 32..Qd8(go for the kill)
  • 32…b5(stretch the defence using the b-pawn to create a second front)
  • 32…h5(give the king an escape hole first before going to the attack)

Black to Play
 32.Be3

Sydney International Open 2013 Rd3-Czebe, A(HUN)

TWIC 961
Czebe, Varga,Z and Horvath continued their tour of Australia with a stop in the Sydney International Open. GM Czebe beat a GM with a close to 2700 rating(again) and does not win the tournament. 

GM Van Wely could not overcome the burden of an inferior structure and eventually collapses.

More on Van Wely


Here is the feature game.


Czebe,A (2479) – Van Wely,L (2684) 
English 1…e5-5.Rb1 a5[A25]
Sydney International Open 2013 Sydney AUS (3.2), 04.04.2013


Position 1

The position is tense and requires precision handling. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play

31.Rc1

Doeberl Cup Premier 2013 Rd5-GM Czebe(HUN)

TWIC 960
GM Czebe,A beat the top seed and eventual tournament winner, GM Li,Chao with strong P+ conversion technique, but had a harder time against the other players.

Here is the feature game against Li, Chao.


Czebe,A (2492) – Li Chao (2686) 
English Anti-Grunfeld[A16]
O2C Doeberl Cup Premier 2013 Canberra AUS (5.2), 30.03.2013

Position 1

White has an extra doubled pawn but black has an outside passed pawn. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play

19…h5

Bundesliga 2012-13 Rd12-GM Erdos,V(HUN)

TWIC 958
GM Erdos played a strong and consistent strategic game beginning with 6.Bxf6!?, saddling black with doubled pawns for the strong bishop. The real prize was the hole on d5 which Erdos exploited in textbook style.

5….g6



GM Viktor Erdos
Photo Wikimedia


Here is the feature game.
Erdos,V (2637) – Khenkin,I (2655) 
English Symmetrical Double Fianchetto[A30]
Bundesliga 2012–13 Baden Baden GER (12), 17.03.2013


Position 1
White has the better structure and the b6/d5 outposts for the knight. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

27…Re7

Peczely,S(HUN 2072) Beats GM at Karpos Open 2013

TWIC 957
Hungarian junior Sebastian Peczely collected a GM scalp at the Karpos Open in rd1. GM Malakhatko,V took some liberties in the opening and was punished in style. However, Peczely had to win the game twice after letting the GM off the hook.

More on Peczely

Sebastian Peczely at the EU Junior Ch
Video From the World U12 Ch




Malakhatko,V (2571) – Peczely,S (2072) 
English Symmetrical 5.a3 e6 6.Rb1 Nge7 [A36] 

Karpos Open 2013 Skopje MKD (1.23), 09.03.2013


Position 1
White’s king has been caught in the center. What do you suggest for black now?

Black to Play

19.Nd1

Positon 2
Finish white off.

Black to Play

33.Rc5

Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd7-GM Ruck R(HUN)

TWIC 955
GM Ruck played a nice good N vs B middlegame and then ground out a tough R vs. B ending in the Hungarian Team Ch rd7. There were many interesting facets to this game.

Lenic,L (2640) – Ruck,R (2567)
4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 [A28]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Nagykanizsa HUN (7), 17.02.2013

Position 1
Black has more space and the more active pieces but there is no real target to attack. What do you suggest for black?

  • 27…a6(make a tidying up move first)
  • 27…R8d7(reinforce the 7th rank as preparation for action)
  • 27…Kg8(get the king off the b1-h7 diagonal just in case. There is no need to rush as white has no counterplay)
  • Something else
Black to Play


27.Red1



Position 2
Black has the exchange for a pawn. What should black do now?

Black to Play

46.Kh2


Position 3
Black has reached a tough endgame but white’s position has no weaknesses. What should black do now?

  • Shuffle the rook up and down the e-file(following the ‘do not rush’ guideline) 
  • Get the rook to d5 and then activate the king 
  • Something else 

Black to Play

63.Bc3