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Mateusz Bartel impressive at Banícky Kahanec

Bartel wins by large 2,5 points margin ahead of the second placed


The 31st closed chess tournament “Banícky Kahanec” was held on 2-12th May at Šachový klub Prievidza, Slovakia. The tournament format was double round robin and the average rating of the players 2570. Banícky Kahanec was the strongest chess tournament played in Slovakia since 1922, when a closed tournament in Piešťany was won by Bogoljubov and Alekhine.

Chessdom’s contributor GM Mateusz Bartel eclipsed the rest of the field and finished the tournament with a monumental score of 8,0 points out of 10 games, full 2,5 points ahead of the second placed GM Vlastimil Babula.

“Winning with such margin against a very balanced opposition is a big honour for me.” – Mateusz Bartel shared with – “I am kind of an unpredictable player, and the most important thing is to make a good start at the tournament. Then, as it already occurred in some tournaments before, I can make a good performance. It happened exactly in Banicky Kahanec – I started 2,5 out of 3, winning both games with black pieces.”

He continued – “Effortless loss in round 4 to Tomas Polak, of course, made me upset, but I quickly recovered with nice win versus Babula in round 5. After the first half of the event I was in sole lead and I felt that I can win the race. The final five rounds went pretty well, and I secured the first place even before the last game.”
“Still, 8 of 10, and particularly 4,5 in the last 5 games, was very surprising result for me. This is probably my best performance ever.” – Mateusz said in conclusion.

The winner has kindly provided Chessdom readers with extensive analysis of his win against GM Ftacnik (replay bellow or download pgn file).

Bartel Slovakia

Mateusz Bartel

Final standings:

1. GM Mateusz Bartel POL 2601 – 8,0
2. GM Vlastimil Babula CZE 2584 – 5,5
3. GM Kamil Miton POL 2596 – 5,0
4. GM Tomáš Polák CZE 2508 – 4,5
5. GM Ľubomír Ftáčnik SVK 2559 – 4,0
6. GM Ján Markoš SVK 2571 – 3,0

Round six report with replayable games

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