Cyprus Closed Chess Championship 2020 starts with a bang!

Mark Bryan

Mark Bryan

FIDE Instructor | FIDE Arbiter

We saw in the first round of the Cyprus Closed Chess Championship 2020 entertaining games that led to three decisive games to the delight of the fans.

Cyprus Closed Chess Championship starts!

The start of the Cyprus Closed Chess Championship 2020 was anything but dry. Players were in a fighting mode and started posing problems for each other right from the beginning of the game which brings entertaining games, which the spectators enjoy! 

CM Panikos Savva 1-0 Christianna Markidou

CM Panikos Savva was the first player to win this year in the Cyprus Closed Chess Championship 2020. The Queen’s Gambit Declined Lasker Variation was played. Christianna Markidou went on move 8 for an exchange sacrifice that turned out to be quite bad for Black. CM Panikos Savva slowly increased his advantage and sealed the victory on move 45.

Michalis Florentiades 1/2-1/2 CM Ioannis Damianou

Defending Cyprus Chess Champion CM Ioannis Damianou came into this tournament as the main favourite to win this year’s championship after his recent strong performances. Michalis Florentiades started out with the nowadays popular Sicilian Defence Rossolimo Variation in which CM Ioannis Damianou replied with the lesser known 3. … Nf6. In time scramble both players played suboptimally which led to CM Ioannis Damianou getting a better position which he failed to convert to a winning position.

AIM Andreas Hadjinicolaou 0-1 FM Paris Klerides

15-year-old AIM Andreas Hadjinicolaou came out of the opening with a slight advantage with which he kept pressing FM Paris Klerides, until his 30th move where with 30. Kd2 his advantage evaporated and brought black back into the game. After equalizing FM Paris Klerides upped his game and increased the pressure on AIM Andreas Hadjinicolaou until he started making mistakes which culminated into blundering a whole rook.

Alexandros Isaakidis 1/2-1/2 Marios Savva

Both players from Paphos Chess Club faced off in the first round. The matchup was bound to be interesting and that’s what we got. The game was quite a rollercoaster with Alexandros Isaakidis close to winning several times and missing the victory and Marios Savva equalizing and then handing the advantage back to his opponent. In the end the game was drawn due to the five-fold repetition rule.

CM Pavlos Constantinou 1-0 Fivos Kourouyiannis

The opening played was the Schmid Benoni with which Fivos Kourouyiannis equalized. Fivos Kourouyiannis overstepped with his dubious 28. … Rh5 and 29. … Rf5 which gave CM Pavlos Constantinou a sizeable advantage with which he pressed until Fivos Kourouyiannis mis-stepped and lost the game.

Round 2 Pairings

Fivos Kourouyiannis - FM Paris Klerides

They have played previously two times. Both times this year, once in the Cyprus Open Chess Championship in which Fivos was Black and lost. And then again in the Mouflon Chess Championship again as Black but this time a draw.

Christianna Markidou - AIM Andreas Hadjinicolaou

Funny enough they have played previously three times all standard games and always with the same colour. The result is even 1 win for each player as well as 1 draw.

Marios Savva - CM Panikos Savva

Marios and Panikos have only played once before in a rapid game where they had the same colour as now.

CM Ioannis Damianou - Alexandros Isaakidis

2 wins each in the past 4 games between the two rating favourites. All games were rapid. Alexandros was black in 3 of them with a win and 2 losses.

CM Pavlos Constantinou - Michalis Florentiades

Pavlos and Michalis have played previously four standard games with Michalis as White in which all games were drawn. They also have previously played in a rapid game where Pavlos was white which he won.

You can find full pairings here>>

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