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Artem Omelja wins Slovakia Open Piestany 2022, Isha Sharma scores maiden IM and WGM-norm

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/07/2022

Six players scored 6.5/9. GM Artem Omelja (UKR) won Slovakia Open Piestany 2022 due to better tie-breaks. FM Bartlomiej Niedbala (POL) and GM Anton Demchenko were placed second and third respectively. IM Raahil Mullick was the highest finisher among Indians. He scored 5.5/9 and gained 52 Elo rating points. WIM Savitha Shri B was the best finisher among female participants. She also scored the same points and gained same Elo rating too. Karnataka's first and only WIM so far, Isha Sharma earned her maiden IM and WGM-norm by scoring 5/9 with a performance of 2453. Her live rating is now 2295.2. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Raahil Mullick is the top Indian finisher

IM Raahil Mullick had a relatively slow winless start 1.5/4. He scored 4/5 in the later half of the tournament to finish with 5.5/9 and secure 13th place. 12-year-old IM Ihor Samunenkov (UKR) is the youngest top 10 finisher. He scored 6/9 to secure seventh place. The total prize fund of the tournament was €7000 combining Category A and B. Top three prizes in the Category A were €1500, €800 and €600 each respectively.

Champion - GM Artem Omelja 6.5/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd GM Anton Demchenko, 1st GM Artem Omelja (UKR) and 2nd FM Bartlomiej Niedbala (POL) | Photo: Rupali Mullick
"It took guts to play like this!" - WIM Isha Sharma after her epic sacrifice against Krasenkow | Video: ChessBase India

WIM Isha Sharma with both of her IM and WGM-norm certificates | Photo: Rupali Mullick

WIM Isha Sharma scored 5/9 with a performance of 2453 and gained 48.8 Elo rating points

Isha - Vignir, Round 6

Position after 31.c3

The pawn ending looks equal and it should be a draw. However, Black played 31...a4 which created a winning opportunity for White. 32.c4+ would have been winning for White as there is no way to save the game for Black after the break. Here Black could have played 31...b4, c4+ or Kc6 which would have been enough to get a draw. White missed her chance and played 32.Ke3 and the game was drawn in another four moves.

WIM Isha Sharma had a good opportunity to beat IM Vignir Vatnar Stefansson (ISL) | Photo: Rupali Mullick
These chess clocks are going to change how chess is being played | FM IA Tomas Danada | Video: ChessBase India

Luca - Moksh, Round 8

Position after 18...Nd4

18...Nd4 is a thematic move in these setups. White responded incorrectly, 19.Qb2 Nxe2+ 20.Qxe2 e4 21.Bxf6 Qxf6 22.dxe4 Bxe4 23.f3 Rxd1 24.Qxd1 Bc6 and things turned completely in Black's favor. The lack of harmony in white's pieces and a lot of weak pawns created easy targets for Black. 19.Bxd4 cxd4 20.e4 Bg6 is one of the many ways White could have proceeded.

IM Moksh Amit Doshi scored a clinical victory over GM Luca Moroni Jr. (ITA) | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Raahil Mullick flanked by GM Michal Krasenkow (POL) and GM Anton Demchenko | Photo: Rupali Mullick
The life story of Poland's legendary GM FST Michal Krasenkow | Video: ChessBase India

Women (L to R) - 2nd WIM Isha Sharma, 1st WIM Savitha Shri B and 3rd WFM Viktoria Nadzamova (SVK) | Photo: Rupali Mullick
Women 1st prize winner - WIM Savitha Shri B | Video: ChessBase India

For more Round 5 , 6, 7, 8, 9 and Prize Distribution Ceremony photos, please click at the respective links.

 

A total of 64 players including 7 GMs, 10 IMs and 3 WIMs took part from 13 countries across the world in the Category A (>2100) this eight-day nine round Swiss League Classical Rating tournament. The event was organized by SK Modra and JAVES in Piestany from 11th to 18th July 2022. The time control of the event was 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment.

Replay Round 5-9 games

Round 9 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
12
GMDonchenko Alexander26406½ - ½6Kozak Antoni2475
8
220
FMNiedbala Bartlomiej23816½ - ½6IMSchitco Ivan2490
6
312
FMHaring Filip2451½ - ½6GMOmelja Artem2478
7
415
IMMoksh Amit Doshi24090 - 1GMDemchenko Anton2653
1
54
GMKrasenkow Michal25695½ - ½IMNeugebauer Martin2528
5
69
GMGretarsson Helgi Ass247250 - 15IMSahidi Samir2462
10
718
IMLewtak Damian239750 - 15FMSamunenkov Ihor2448
13
831
WIMSavitha Shri B22785½ - ½5GMPacher Milan2399
17
911
IMStefansson Vignir Vatnar2461½ - ½5FMCzerw Dawid2391
19
1032
FMHrbek Stepan22720 - 1GMMoroni Luca Jr2584
3

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Krtg+/-
17
GMOmelja ArtemUKR24786,548,0243251014,9
220
FMNiedbala BartlomiejU23POL23816,547,5245741029,1
31
GMDemchenko AntonFID26536,546,52430510-4,5
48
Kozak AntoniU23POL24756,546,0247741020,3
52
GMDonchenko AlexanderGER26406,545,52411510-5,1
66
IMSchitco IvanU23MDA24906,545,0240641010,0
713
FMSamunenkov IhorU23UKR24486,044,023715106,2
85
IMNeugebauer MartinSVK25286,041,52379510-0,3
910
IMSahidi SamirU23SVK24626,041,023494101,5
1012
FMHaring FilipU23SVK24516,040,02302410-2,3
1119
FMCzerw DawidPOL23915,545,0240641012,0
123
GMMoroni Luca JrU23ITA25845,544,02399410-10,4
1336
IMMullick RaahilU23IND22375,539,5237832052,0
1417
GMPacher MilanSVK23995,539,52303410-0,8
1515
IMMoksh Amit DoshiU23IND24095,539,023404102,0
1631
WIMSavitha Shri BU23wIND22785,538,0229634052,0
174
GMKrasenkow MichalPOL25695,538,02266310-19,1
1818
IMLewtak DamianPOL23975,045,523763103,6
199
GMGretarsson Helgi AssISL24725,043,02356310-8,4
2021
FMFavaloro AndreaITA23615,042,523313202,4

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