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Monday, February 28, 2011

Pretty lady getting massage next to your chess board: Is that distracting?

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Hi everyone,

Before we give you this news update, here's a serious question: Would a pretty lady getting a massage next to your chess board distract you? Think about it. Till we tell you the news first.

Jolanta Zawadzka (2371) has won the Polish Chess Championship for women. The men’s segment was won by Mateusz Bartel (2617). Both the winners came clear first, scoring 7/9. GM Bartel won the tournament for the second time in a succession and showed a respectable 2789 performance.

The Championship was held in Warsaw from February 12-20, 2011. Though the women’s section was a round robin with nine rounds, the men played Swiss format with 22 participants. (Right: Jolanta Zawadzka)

GM Mateusz Bartel won the men’s section convincingly (7.0/9), finishing a full point ahead of the field and suffering not a single loss. The next players, GMs Pawel Jaracz (2543) and Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2726) scored 6/9, whereas the second prize went to Jaracz based on Buchholz tie-break points. In the women’s section, the victor WGM Jolanta Zawadzka (2371) scored 7.0/9 with not a single loss. She left behind GM Monika Socko (2489), who scored 6.5/9 and WGM Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska (2254), who scored 5.5/9.

Prize winners Pawel Jaracz (left), Mateusz Bartel (left of centre) and Radoslaw Wojtaszek (right) with Dorota Rzepecka, the Tournament Director.

You can find more details at the official website here.

And, now back to the question: Would a pretty lady getting a massage next to your chessboard distract you? We think GM Robert Kempinski would answer that best. Wink.

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