Zurich Christmas Chess Open: GM Levente Vajda Wins Clear First
The General Tournament (U2050) with 218 participants was also held over 7 rounds of Swiss system. Serbian junior Maksimilijan Boskovic from Kraljevo emerged sole winner with 6,5/7 points to take the top prize of CHF 1000.
Master Tournament final standings:
2-8. Bartel Mateusz GM 2629 POL, Melkumyan Hrant GM 2649 ARM, Bauer Christian GM 2627 FRA, Shirov Alexei GM 2708 LAT, Bindrich Falko GM 2545 GER, Pelletier Yannick GM 2604 SUI and Kurnosov Igor GM 2645 RUS – 5.5
9-21. Grachev Boris GM 2688 RUS, Ghaem Maghami Ehsan GM 2572 IRI, Istratescu Andrei GM 2654 FRA, Cvitan Ognjen GM 2535 CRO, Sanikidze Tornike GM 2567 GEO, Bogner Sebastian GM 2562 GER, Fier Alexandr GM 2567 BRA, Pikula Dejan GM 2485 SRB, Lekic Dusan IM 2405 MNE, Arribas López Angel IM 2477 ESP, Anton Guijarro David IM 2558 ESP, Zude Arno IM 2467 GER and Pavlovic Milos GM 2513 SRB – 5.0 etc.
The total prize money of both tournaments exceeded CHF 30,000.
The 29th Genève International Chess Open was held concurrently with the Zurich Open. The next tournament in Switzerland is Hilton Basel Chess Festival which started on 1st January 2013 in Basel.
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