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Nikola Sedlak winner of Villach Open

The 4th International Villach Open was played over 9 rounds of Swiss system from 11th to 18th February at the Volkshaus Völkendorf, Neubaugasse 9, 9500 Villach, Austria.

Chess Evolution author and Chessdom commentator GM Nikola Sedlak and reigning World Senior Champion GM Vladimir Okhotnik shared the first place with 7.5 points each. Sedlak emerged the winner on better tie-break criteria.

Hungarian GM Jozsef Horvath was the sole leader prior to the final round but a sudden defeat with white pieces against IM Siegfried Baumegger took him down in the final ranking.

Nikola Sedlak

GM Nikola Sedlak

The tournament was organized by the ESV ASKÖ Admira Villach and incorporated the 31st Open Championship of Villach. 99 players competed.

The tournament was themed as “Chess at the meeting point of three cultures” – Austria, Italy and Slovenia.

Villach (Slovenian: Beljak, Italian: Villaco, Friulian: Vilac) is the second largest city in the Carinthia state in the southern Austria, at the Drava River and represents an important traffic junction for Austria and the whole Alpe-Adria region.

Final standings:
1 GM Sedlak Nikola SRB 2587 – 7.5
2 GM Okhotnik Vladimir FRA 2467 – 7.5
3 GM Horvath Jozsef HUN 2531 – 7
4 FM Hartl Daniel AUT 2288 – 7
5 IM Baumegger Siegfried AUT 2427 – 7
6 FM Gledura Benjamin HUN 2234 – 6.5
7 Cabarkapa Novak SRB 2299 – 6
8 Leitner Gerald DI. AUT 2234 – 6
9 FM Juhasz Kristof HUN 2377 – 6
10 IM Mencinger Vojko SLO 2377 – 6
11 Juhasz Armin HUN 2157 – 6
12 FM Ceschia Ivano ITA 2319 – 6
13 Wertjanz David AUT 2235 – 6
14 FM Praznik Niko SLO 2331 – 6
15 IM Borsos Bogdan UKR 2292 – 6
16 MK Muellneritsch Anton AUT 2150 – 6
17 Kropik Martin AUT 2075 – 6
18 Mesaros Florian AUT 1981 – 6
19 Frank Emanuel AUT 2024 – 6
20 Pregl Walter AUT 2126 – 6
21 Hafner Robert AUT 2091 – 5.5
22 Knaller Christoph AUT 2013 – 5.5
23 CM Capaliku Aleks ITA 2078 – 5.5
24 Hatzl Johannes AUT 2103 – 5.5
25 MK Fauland Peter AUT 2229 – 5
26 Higatsberger Michael DDr. AUT 2126 – 5
27 Moik Franz AUT 2046 – 5
28 Frey Armin AUT 1990 – 5
29 MK Sereinig Eduard AUT 2143 – 5
30 Bartl Ulf DI. GER 2019 – 5
31 Castellano Alfonso ITA 1954 – 5
32 Peierl Walter AUT 1846 – 5
33 Diotallevi Maurizio ITA 2044 – 5
34 MK Groiss Werner AUT 2047 – 5
35 Oberberger Guenther AUT 1871 – 5
36 Filzmaier Bruno Doz. AUT 1928 – 5
37 Pajcin Jovan NED 1835 – 5
38 Wochein Marco AUT 2010 – 5
39 Eder Robert AUT 1578 – 5
40 FM Praznik Anton SLO 2185 – 4.5
41 Mostoegl Konrad AUT 1861 – 4.5
42 Portenschlager Peter AUT 2107 – 4.5
43 Veigl Wilhelm AUT 2007 – 4.5
44 Hierreich Gerhard AUT 1953 – 4.5
45 Mesaros Sebastian AUT 1829 – 4.5
46 Turian Hans AUT 2025 – 4.5
47 Kassel Walter Dr. AUT 1947 – 4.5
48 Mulaj Jakup AUT 1803 – 4.5
49 Jonach Reinhard AUT 1743 – 4.5
50 Taupe Richard AUT 1742 – 4.5
51 Oberbichler Robert AUT 1968 – 4
52 Rieger Robert AUT 2156 – 4
53 Veigl Thomas AUT 1889 – 4
54 Orsario Wolfgang AUT 1856 – 4
55 Dangl Christian AUT 1875 – 4
56 Saxer Bernhard AUT 1946 – 4
57 Hirzer Jürgen DI AUT 1680 – 4
58 Weiler Georg AUT 1739 – 4
59 Jernej Raphael AUT 1639 – 4
60 Bodner Alfred AUT 1993 – 4
61 Hasberger Walter AUT 1833 – 4
62 Zefi Xhon ALB 1803 – 4
63 Goelles Walter AUT 1809 – 4
64 Lach Johann AUT 1691 – 4
65 Maderner Arnulf Mag. AUT 1614 – 4
66 Tscharnuter Hannes AUT 2043 – 4
67 Bresch Manfred AUT 1927 – 4
68 Koefeler Christian AUT 2028 – 3.5
69 Ressmann Walter AUT 1870 – 3.5
70 Saringer Hubert AUT 1795 – 3.5
71 Graier Hubert AUT 1604 – 3.5
72 Sternig Helmut AUT 1611 – 3.5
73 Ravnjak Marco AUT 1827 – 3.5
74 Regatschnig Horst AUT 1857 – 3.5
75 Reif Gottfried AUT 1710 – 3.5
76 Jaeger Manfred AUT 1816 – 3.5
77 Kuss Erich AUT 1661 – 3.5
78 Loescher Helmut AUT 1697 – 3.5
79 Guzikowski Pawel POL 1641 – 3.5
80 Graier Ernst AUT 1591 – 3.5
81 Pirkowitsch Franz AUT 1713 – 3.5
82 Loescher Leon AUT 1447 – 3.5
83 Cerusico Carlo ITA 1398 – 3.5
84 Napetschnig Martin AUT 1843 – 3
85 Scholvin Erich GER 2127 – 3
86 Zauchner Markus AUT 1749 – 3
87 Steiner Guenther AUT 2178 – 3
88 Zeber Karl AUT 1770 – 3
89 Kain Peter Maximilian AUT 1742 – 3
90 Melcher Jakob AUT 1841 – 3
91 Gombats Ilja RUS 0 – 3
92 Hoeffernig Leon AUT 1244 – 3
93 Frieser Gerhard AUT 1583 – 3
94 Bricori Bekim AUT 1725 – 2.5
95 Di Cicco Daniela ITA 1503 – 2.5
96 Ruppitsch Heinz AUT 0 – 2
97 Stage Harry AUT 1200 – 2
98 Mandl Peter AUT 1296 – 2
99 Tscharnuter Noah AUT 1110 – 1

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