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Normunds Miezis first in 2013 Swiss Championship, Kosteniuk takes national title

The 2013 Swiss National Chess Championship was held on 11th-19th July in Grächen, district of Visp in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

Latvian GM Normunds Miezis finished first after obtaining 7 points in the 9 rounds played. He edged the early leader and first seed GM Christian Bauer.

Bauer arrived to the last round as the sole leader, but could not defeat former women’s world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk with white.

Meanwhile, Miezis defeated German FM Ralf-Axel Simon to catch the French Grandmaster and eventually get first place on tiebreaks.

Six players finished half a point behind the winners. French GM Andrei Sokolov got the best tiebreak score among them to take home the third prize. Standings below.

For the first time in the 113-years long history of Swiss Championship a woman won the absolute national title. Former world champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (who holds dual citizenship) defeated IM Ralph Buss 2-0 in the playoff to claim the honors.

Tournament website

Miezis Normunds

GM Normunds Miezis

Final Standings:

1 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2548 7
2 GM Bauer Christian FRA 2637 7
3 GM Sokolov Andrei FRA 2563 6.5
4 GM Stojanovic Mihajlo SRB 2564 6.5
5 GM Raetsky Alexander RUS 2412 6.5
6 IM Buss Ralph SUI 2395 6.5
7 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra SUI 2521 6.5
8 GM Gallagher Joseph SUI 2526 6.5
9 IM Huss Andreas SUI 2365 6
10 GM Cebalo Miso CRO 2438 6
11 FM Simon Ralf-Axel GER 2203 6
12 IM Gerber Richard SUI 2449 6
13 IM Klauser Markus SUI 2382 5.5
14 FM Friedrich Norbert SUI 2315 5.5
15 FM Lötscher Roland SUI 2406 5.5
16 IM Carron Julien SUI 2376 5.5
17 IM Känel Hans-Jürg SUI 2331 5.5
18 IM Habibi Ali GER 2265 5.5
19   Schneuwly Achim SUI 2070 5.5
20   Urban Lars GER 2145 5.5
21   Sprenger Raphael SUI 2086 5.5
22 FM Hugentobler Patrik SUI 2238 5
23   Meylan André SUI 2183 5
24   Levrand Roland SUI 2162 5
25   Saikrishnan Sai SUI 1979 5
26 FM Burnier David SUI 2358 5
27   Pomini Aurélien SUI 2165 5
28 FM Grandadam Nicolas SUI 2344 5
29   Wirz Heinz SUI 2155 5
30 IM Lombard André SUI 2364 5
31   Arcuti Davide SUI 2081 5
32   Salzgeber Frank SUI 2209 5
33   Michaelis Nico GER 2130 5
34   Angst Robin SUI 2112 5
35   Turkmani Julian SUI 2071 5
36 WFM Stoeri Laura SUI 2186 4.5
37   Bluhm Sonja GER 2043 4.5
38 WGM Hund Barbara SUI 2195 4.5
39   Zahn Alina GER 1968 4.5
40   Sprotte Norbert GER 2144 4.5
41   Räber Markus SUI 2245 4.5
42   Leutwyler Martin SUI 2225 4.5
43   Staechelin Ruedi SUI 2096 4.5
44   Allgaier Erik GER 2034 4.5
45   Züst Leonard SUI 2037 4.5
46   Jenal Jürg SUI 2127 4.5
47   Sierra Robin SUI 1904 4.5
48   Schweizer Samuel SUI 1925 4.5
49   Marro Christian SUI 1995 4.5
50   Paladini Jean-Michel SUI 2106 4.5
51   Schweizer Simon SUI 2154 4.5
52   Künzli Simon SUI 2037 4
53   Bischofberger Dario SUI 1973 4
54   Vifian Heinz SUI 1950 4
55   Arquint Andri SUI 2023 4
56   Dietiker Manuel SUI 1954 4
57   Catsiapis Yiannis SUI 1939 4
58   Wyss Peter A. SUI 2045 4
59   Bohrer Ruth SUI 1902 4
60   Felder Thomas SUI 1922 4
61   Noyer Olivier SUI 2016 4
62   Thürig Catherine SUI 2019 4
63   Nazarenus Olaf GER 2139 4
64   Schröter Michael SUI 2044 4
65   Deubelbeiss René SUI 2081 3.5
66   Zaza Ludovic SUI 2039 3.5
67   Zindel Ernst SUI 1967 3.5
68   Graf Silvio SUI 1952 3.5
69   Hund Sarah SUI 1895 3.5
70   Haas Adrian SUI 1907 3.5
71   Doenni Alfred SUI 1992 3.5
72   Li Jingle SUI 2123 3.5
73   Eschle Hubert GER 1929 3.5
74   Wyss Ewald SUI 1938 3.5
75   Toenz Arthur FRA 1865 3.5
76   Nguyen Nam-Khang SUI 1869 3.5
77   Schafer Ezio SUI 2008 3
78   Meier Anton SUI 1918 3
79   Grillon Cédric SUI 1890 3
80   Schwander Lukas SUI 1997 3
81   Germann Martin SUI 1861 3
82   Wolfensberger Matthias SUI 1931 2.5
83   Bühler Ueli SUI 1836 2.5
84   Limacher Armin SUI 1909 2.5
85   Todeschini Gabriele SUI 1966 2
86   Hubacher Fabian SUI 1858 2
87   Künzi Mark SUI 1900 2
           

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