German Grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch continued to impress in the mini-Swiss tour as he won a second trophy, this time at the Basel Chess Festival. Last week Naiditsch won another very strong tournament – the Zurich Christmas Open.
Naiditsch repeated the feat achieved by Polish GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek last year.
The Basel Chess Festival 2015 was held on 1-5th January 2014 at Hilton Hotel in Basel, Switzerland. The Festival was organized by Der Verein Schachfestival Basel.
The Master Section was a 7-round Swiss event with 80 participants. Arkadij Naiditsch, Alexander Donchenko, Matthias Dann (all Germany), Eduardo Iturrizaga (Venezuela) and Milos Pavlovic (Serbia) shared the first place with 5,5 points each. Naiditsch took the trophy on best tie-break score.
The Amateur Tournament had 122 participants. Natalia Vorotnikova (Russia) and Evtim Stefanov (Bulgaria) shared the first place with 6,0/7 points each.
Master Section final standings:
1-5. Naiditsch Arkadij GM 2731 GER, Donchenko Alexander IM 2523 GER, Iturrizaga Eduardo GM 2654 VEN, Dann Matthias IM 2457 GER and Pavlovic Milos GM 2472 SRB – 5,5
6-10. Svane Rasmus IM 2507 GER, Bok Benjamin GM 2572 NED, Pelletier Yannick GM 2588 SUI, Graf Felix IM 2472 GER and Hort Vlastimil GM 2432 GER – 5,0
11-18. Van Foreest Jorden IM 2467 NED, Rapport Richard GM 2716 HUN, Toth Bela IM 2346 ITA, Dourerassou Jonathan IM 2469 FRA, Fedorovsky Michael IM 2443 GER, Loetscher Roland IM 2447 SUI, Delchev Aleksander GM 2627 BUL and Guttulsrud Odd Martin CM 2180 NOR – 4,5 etc