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In pictures: Grandmaster Michael Adams wins first Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at University Arms Hotel





The first Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament took place at the University Arms Hotel, with seven-time British champion Michael Adams emerging victorious.

The grandmaster, who reached the rank of world number four between the years of 2000 and 2002, finished in top spot on eight points, taking home £1,500. He was just clear of fellow grandmaster Daniel Fernandez, who won £750 for coming second on 7.5 points.

Grand Master Michael Adams (ENG) competing at Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514300)
Grand Master Michael Adams (ENG) competing at Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514300)

A group of four players, including reigning British champion and international master Harry Grieve, grandmaster Oleg Korneev, international master Boris Golubovic and FIDE master Nghia Bao Dong finished next on seven points following the February 15-19 tournament.

Harriett Hunt was the highest placed female player with 5.5 points, followed by WCM Nina Pert on five points and Julia Volovich also on five.

Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514301)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514301)

The nine-round Swiss system tournament featured 121 players from 19 federations, with players travelling from as far away as the US and Vietnam.

Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514295)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514295)
Grand Master Oleg Korneev (ESP) Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514293)
Grand Master Oleg Korneev (ESP) Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514293)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512686)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512686)

Supported by the hotel on Parker’s Piece, the event was organised by English Chess Federation events director Shohreh Bayat who was aided by fellow international arbiter Matthew Carr and FIDE arbiter Satish Gaekwad.

Philip Greer, commercial director at the University Arms, said: “We are delighted to have played host to the first Cambridge International Open as we have always been passionate about providing a stage for Cambridge’s great minds. It has been a pleasure to work with the ECF.” and it was a joy to welcome players from around the U.K and the world. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the ECF and want to give a huge congratulations to all winners.”

Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514292)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514292)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514296)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514296)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514297)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514297)
Fie Master Svyatoslav Bazakusta (UKR) during the Friday play at the Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514299)
Fie Master Svyatoslav Bazakusta (UKR) during the Friday play at the Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514299)
Grand Master Michael Adams (ENG) competing at Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514291)
Grand Master Michael Adams (ENG) competing at Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514291)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514303)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514303)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514304)
Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514304)
Grand Master Michael Adams (ENG) competing at Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514305)
Grand Master Michael Adams (ENG) competing at Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament at the University Arms Hotel. Picture: Keith Heppell. (62514305)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512684)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512684)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512682)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512682)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512680)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512680)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512678)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512678)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512674)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512674)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512676)
The Cambridge International Open Chess Tournament 2023 at University Arms Hotel (62512676)

The tournament was open to all English and foreign players with FIDE ID.

The results

  • Rank / Name / Federation / rating / score
  • 1 GM Adams, Michael / ENG / 2757 / 8
  • 2 GM Fernandez, Daniel H / ENG / 2519 / 7½
  • 3 GM Korneev, Oleg / ESP / 2589 / 7
  • 4 IM Grieve, Harry / ENG / 2514 / 7
  • 5 IM Golubovic, Boris / CRO / 2349 / 7
  • 6 FM Dong, Bao Nghia / VIE / 2414 / 7
  • 7 IM Clarke, Brandon G I / ENG / 2588 / 6½
  • 8 GM Dardha, Daniel / BEL / 2612 / 6½
  • 9 Itgelt, Khuyagtsogt / MGL / 2158 / 6½
  • 10 GM Gormally, Daniel W / ENG / 2493 / 6½
  • 11 GM Bosiocic, Marin / CRO / 2564 / 6
  • 12 Payne, Matthew J / ENG / 2182 / 6
  • 13 FM Czopor, Maciej / POL / 2519 / 6
  • 14 Ismail, Mohammed Aayan / ENG / 2353 / 6
  • 15 FM Bazakutsa, Svyatoslav / UKR / 2330 / 6
  • 16 GM Arkell, Keith C / ENG / 2506 / 6
  • 17 GM Turner, Matthew J / SCO / 2487 / 6
  • 18 Shafi, Declan / SCO / 2265 / 6
  • 19 FM Wall, Tim P / ENG / 2305 / 6
  • 20 IM Roberson, Peter T / ENG / 2510 / 5½
  • 21 FM Anand, Batsukh / MGL / 2239 / 5½
  • 22 Waller, Dan / ENG / 2163 / 5½
  • 23 IM Hunt, Harriet V / ENG / 2349 / 5½
  • 24 Fava, Lorenzo / ITA / 2172 / 5½
  • 25 Saunders, Aron / ENG / 2260 / 5½

GM = Grandmaster; IM = International master; FM = FIDE master



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