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Igor Kovalenko and Laura Rogule are 2013 Latvian champions

The 2013 edition of the Latvian Championships for men and women were held on 13th-20th April at the Mikhail Tal Chess Club in Riga.

GM Igor Kovalenko maintained the lead he had after 7 rounds and, despite losing his last round game against lower-rated FM Nikita Meskovs, took first place in the national event.

GM Arturs Neiksans could have taken advantage of Kovalenko’s final loss but only achieved a draw against Sergejs Klimakovs. With this result, he arrived second after edging Kristaps Kretainis in the tiebreak score.

The women’s tournament had a more dramatic finish as three players tied on 7/9 points. WGM Laura Rogule and WIM Katrina Skinke, who was leading after 7 rounds, tied on the first two tiebreak criteria, but Rogule had a higher rating performance, which was the third tiebreaker. WGM Ilze Berzine finished third.

Final standings below.

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Igor Kovalenko

Laura Rogule

Photos by Matīss Sīlis

Final Standings – Open Tournament:

1 GM Kovalenko Igor 2596 7.0
2 GM Neiksans Arturs 2539 6.5
3 NM Kretainis Kristaps 2228 6.5
4 FM Meskovs Nikita 2328 6.0
5 NM Putka Verners 2321 6.0
6 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny 2534 5.5
7 NM Klimakovs Sergejs 2248 5.5
8 IM Antoms Guntars 2376 5.5
9 MK Stepins Edgars 2102 5.5
10 IM Sveshnikov Vladimir 2434 5.0
11 FM Lavendelis Egons 2337 5.0
12 MK Bernotas Arturs 2268 5.0
13 MK Osis Renars 2143 5.0
14 IM Berzinsh Roland 2411 5.0
15 MK Starcevs Dmitrijs 2123 4.5
16 MK Kalnins Kristaps 2280 4.5
17 MK Tokranovs Dmitrijs 2110 4.0
18 MK Dunaveckis Deniss 2043 4.0
19 MK Rasa Gints 2085 4.0
20 FM Krustkalns Kristaps 2244 4.0
21 FM Kantans Toms 2356 3.5
22 MK Vins Aleksis 1915 3.5
23 MK Visockis Janis 2144 3.5
24 NM Daudzvardis Janis 2185 3.0
25 MK Mierins Eriks 2105 3.0
26 MK Krilovs Nikolaijs 2013 2.5
27 MK Indricans Olgerts 2120 2.0
28 MK Shumskis Aleksandrs 1853 2.0
29 GM Miezis Normunds 2556 1.0

Final Standings – Women’s Tournament:

1 WGM Rogule Laura 2306 7.0
2 WIM Skinke Katrina 2207 7.0
3 WGM Berzina Ilze 2292 7.0
4 I Golubeva Marija 1787 5.5
5 I Djogteva Jekaterina 1789 5.5
6 I Parhomenko Margarita 1641 5.0
7 MK Otikova Elina 1926 5.0
8 WFM Ungure Liga 2043 5.0
9 I Dombrovska Stefanija 1543 5.0
10 I Ziljaeva Veronika 1633 5.0
11 MK Matisone Dana 1719 4.5
12 MK Rogule Agnija 2099 4.5
13 I Kane Marta 1839 3.5
14 I Migunova Aleksandra 1601 3.0
15 I Jablonskaja Anastasija 1261 2.5
16 I Dernova Arina 1810 2.5
17 I Cernavska Olga 1806 2.0
18 I Kannina Krista 1833 1.5

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