Viktor Laznicka Dominating at György Marx Memorial

Six-player double round robin on 5th-16th August in Paks, Hungary

The György Marx Memorial 2010 took place on 5th-16th August in Paks, Hungary. Main events were two six-player double round robins – Men tournament with average rating of 2629 and Women section with the legendary GM Nona Gaprindashvili leading the field.

Czech Grandmaster Viktor Laznicka maintained the top position that he held after the first half of the tournament, and even increased the distance to win the tournament with convincing 8.0 points from ten games, two and a half points ahead of the rest of the field.

Hungary Laznicka

Viktor Laznicka

Top-seeded Zoltan Almasi lost in the last round to the famous veteran Jan Timman and allowed his compatriot Ferenc Berkes to catch him on the shared second place. The third Hungarian player, GM Peter Acs, landed clear fourth with 4.5 points. Timman is fifth, while the youngest US Grandmaster Ray Robson finished on the last place with 3.0 points. Nevertheless, playing against such a strong field was valuable experience for the future star.

Final standings:

1. Viktor Laznicka (CZE 2638) – 8.0

2-3. Zoltan Almasi (HUN 2717) and Ferenc Berkes (HUN 2670) – 5.5

4. Peter Acs (HUN 2602) – 4.5

5. Jan Timman (NED 2586) – 3.5

6. Ray Robson (USA 2562) – 3.0

Hungary Robson

Ray Robson

Jan Timman

Jan Timman

In the women section the top rated IM Ildikó Mádl dropped the advantage as IM Tatiana Kononenko and GM Nona Gaprindashvili stormed in the furious finish, to jointly cut the ribbon by collecting 6.5 points each. Madl remained third, full point behind the winners.

Final standings:

1-2. IM Tatiana Kononenko (UKR 2374) and GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO 2348) – 6.5

3. IM Ildikó Mádl (HUN 2401) – 5.5

4-5. WGM Lilit Galojan (ARM 2384) and IM Szidónia Vajda (HUN 2338) – 4.5

6. WIM Lili Tóth (HUN 2235) – 2.5

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Hungary Nona

Nona Gaprindashvili

Ildikó Mádl

Ildikó Mádl

Hungary Toth - Galojan

WIM Lili Tóth – WGM Lilit Galojan