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Arkadij Naiditsch wins 38th Zurich Christmas Open

ZurichThe 38th Zurich Christmas Open was held on 26-30th December, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza Zürich in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Master Tournament was a 7-round of Swiss event, open to all players rated above 2000.

German Olympic leader GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2731) emerged a clear winner with 6.5/7 points and took the first prize in the amount of CHF 3.000.

Naiditsch drew only against GM Christian Bauer and defeated all the other rivals, including his last-round opponent, Bulgarian champion GM Kiril Georgiev.

GM Laszlo Gonda finished on second place with 6/7, leaving the nearest followers half a point behind.

IM Ringdal Torbjørn Hansen, GM Georg Meier and GM Richard Rapport tied for the third with 5.5 points each, but Hansen prevailed on a superior tie-break score and took the bronze. You can see the full standings and replay the games below.

Enjoy the photo report, kindly provided by Georg Kradolfer!

Official website/ Games with analysis

From left to right: GM Laszlo Gonda, GM Arkadij Naiditsch and Tournament Director Georg Kradolfer

From left to right: GM Laszlo Gonda, GM Arkadij Naiditsch and Tournament Director Georg Kradolfer

GM Christian Bauer

GM Christian Bauer (France)

WIM Judith Fuchs

WIM Judith Fuchs (Germany)

FM Ralf-Axel Simon (Berlin)

FM Ralf-Axel Simon (Berlin)

Eva Goldie (Zurich)

Eva Goldie (Zurich)

Final standings:

GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2731 Dortmund 6,5
2 GM Gonda Laszlo HUN 2542 Ungarn 6
3 IM Hansen Torbjørn Ringdal NOR 2470 Oslo 5,5
4 GM Meier Georg GER 2640 Deutschland 5,5
5 GM Rapport Richard HUN 2716 Ungarn 5,5
6 GM Bauer Christian FRA 2647 Montpellier 5
7 GM Stojanovic Mihajlo SRB 2547 Basel 5
8 IM Kurmann Oliver SUI 2426 Luzern 5
9 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2628 Sofia 5
10 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2654 Venezuela 5
11 FM Corvi Marco ITA 2222 Roma 5
12 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2499 Lettland 5
13 FM Moroni Luca Jr ITA 2321 Bovisio-Masciago 5
14 Kaczmarczyk Dennis GER 2408 Konstanz 5
15 GM Pikula Dejan SRB 2457 Arandjelovac 5
16 IM Lekic Dusan MNE 2439 Banja Luka 5
17 FM Misiano Franco ITA 2269 Milano 4,5
18 FM Rambaldi Francesco ITA 2476 Grenoble 4,5
19 GM Turner Matthew J SCO 2485 Glastonbury, Somerset 4,5
20 Formento Paolo ITA 2135 Imperia 4,5
21 IM Klauser Markus SUI 2386 Belp 4,5
22 FM Nuri Kambez SUI 2317 Richterswil 4,5
23 FM Friedrich Norbert GER 2327 Zürich 4,5
24 GM Pelletier Yannick SUI 2588 Montpellier 4,5
25 WGM Vojinovic Jovana SRB 2301 Serbien 4,5
26 Kessler Luca AUT 2333 Dornbirn 4,5
27 IM Barle Janez SLO 2353 Ljubljana 4,5
28 GM Milov Leonid GER 2492 Mainz 4,5
29 Hasenohr Benedict SUI 2291 Pfungen 4
30 IM Studer Noël SUI 2406 Muri b. Bern 4
31 FM Goldstern Filip SUI 2298 Schaffhausen 4
32 Balint Vilmos HUN 2181 Budapest 4
33 FM Rindlisbacher Lars SUI 2289 Worb 4
34 FM Hugentobler Patrik SUI 2206 Volketswil 4
35 FM Riff Vincent FRA 2362 Frankreich 4
36 FM Knoedler Dieter GER 2349 Konstanz 4
37 FM Wyss Thomas SUI 2232 Zürich 4
38 Antognini Francesco SUI 2240 Zürich 4
39 GM Jenni Florian SUI 2485 Oberengstringen 4
40 Curien Nicolas SUI 2190 Bern 4
41 FM Kamber Bruno SUI 2258 Olten 4
42 IM Moor Olivier SUI 2366 Thalwil 4
43 IM Weindl Alfred GER 2338 Konstanz 4
44 FM Bucher Michael SUI 2227 Wetzikon ZH 4
45 WIM Shvayger Yuliya ISR 2323 Israel 4
46 Ludwig Peter GER 2189 Köln 4
47 FM Gantner Matthias SUI 2229 Leeds 4
48 Wüthrich Lorenz SUI 2124 Zürich 4
49 IM Ballmann Martin SUI 2398 Winterthur 4
50 FM Kappeler Kaspar SUI 2280 Zürich 4
51 Schmid Michael GER 2161 Konstanz 3,5
52 Schärer Julian SUI 2241 Frauenfeld 3,5
53 WIM Fuchs Judith GER 2278 Leipzig 3,5
54 FM Wyss Jonas SUI 2292 Zürich 3,5
55 Pomini Aurélien SUI 2216 La Tour-de-Peilz 3,5
56 Fischer Andre GER 2249 Meckenbeuren 3,5
57 Lochte Thomas GER 2079 Feldafing 3,5
58 Todorovic Nenad SRB 2122 Nis 3,5
59 Mittelberger Peter AUT 2197 Hohenweiler 3,5
60 Uhlmann David GER 2034 Kloten 3,5
61 Seitz Benjamin SUI 2215 Reinach BL 3,5
62 Kriste Vincent SUI 2169 Münchenstein 3,5
63 Schwander Lukas SUI 2089 Luzern 3,5
64 Levrand Roland SUI 2119 Dübendorf 3,5
65 Haas Carmi SUI 2187 Zürich 3,5
66 Marentini Marcel SUI 2103 Bottighofen 3,5
67 Jovanovic Sladian SUI 2146 Oberuzwil 3,5
68 Aeschbach Werner SUI 2079 Neustadt 3,5
69 Milosevic Gligor SUI 2132 Zürich 3,5
70 Gretz Denis GER 2048 Königsbrunn 3,5
71 Turci Stefano ITA 2241 Reggio Emilia (RE) 3
72 Karrer Damian SUI 2169 Zollikon 3
73 Ciolek Andreas GER 2035 Rielasingen-Worblingen 3
74 Salzgeber Frank SUI 2175 Naters 3
75 Meylan André SUI 2161 Pully 3
76 WIM Agrest Inna SWE 2179 Schweden 3
77 WIM Jicman Ligia-Letitia ROU 2137 Timisoara 3
78 Aeschbach Philipp SUI 2091 Wettswil 3
79 Berset Alan SUI 2037 Zürich 3
80 Norgauer Michael GER 1992 Konstanz 3
81 Adamantidis Panagiotis SUI 2095 Rupperswil 3
82 Cantoro Daniele ITA 2113 Genua 3
83 Goldie Thomas SUI 1991 Zürich 3
84 FM Borner Daniel SUI 2159 Männedorf 3
85 Sommerhalder Eric SUI 2109 Basel 3
86 Wettengel Alexander GER 2113 Stuttgart 3
87 Künzli Thomas SUI 2042 Winterthur 3
88 Agushi Agim SUI 2143 Zürich 2,5
89 Hess Max GER 2188 Lauben 2,5
90 Pinchetti Andrea SUI 2016 Lodrino 2,5
91 Mülli Thomas SUI 2048 Wetzikon ZH 2,5
92 Arbinger Roland GER 2066 Linden 2,5
93 Mäder Christian SUI 2022 Pfäffikon 2,5
94 Fessler Stephan SUI 2057 Ermatingen 2,5
95 Cavaletto Massimo SUI 2107 Rüschlikon 2,5
96 Lang Fabian SUI 2057 Gossau ZH 2,5
97 Engesser Jonas GER 1999 Engen 2,5
98 Catsiapis Yiannis SUI 1937 Genève 2,5
99 Pahud Cédric SUI 2148 Noville 2,5
100 Saikrishnan Sai SUI 1993 Ehrendingen 2,5
101 Meier Rodrigo SUI 2023 Zürich 2,5
102 Georgescu Lena SUI 1992 Moosseedorf 2,5
103 FM Simon Ralf-Axel GER 2157 Berlin 2
104 Walser Severin SUI 2013 Zürich 2
105 WFM Toth Sarolta HUN 2177 Ungarn 2
106 Johne Florian GER 2028 Zürich 2
107 Riedener Toni SUI 2020 Ennetbürgen 2
108 Berger Stefan SUI 1981 Zürich 2
109 Schmid Christoph SUI 1982 Zürich 2
110 Bellmann Rambert SUI 2087 Luzern 2
111 Bischofberger Dario SUI 2032 Trimmis 2
112 Schweighoffer Martin SUI 2038 Uster 2
113 Duong Yisam SUI 1988 Suberg 1,5
114 Illi Hans-Joerg SUI 2119 Rapperswil 1,5
115 Cordey Loïc SUI 1891 Chesaux 1,5
116 Bous Florian GER 2012 Schlieren 1,5
117 Eidinger Helmut SUI 2064 Wettingen 1,5

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