The 85th Chess Congress of Baden in Birkenfeld, Germany, ended with the awarding of Vyacheslav Ikonnikov, who played a remarkable tournament. Not only did he come off as the winner, but also dominated the entire event.
Nine victories in nine rounds
The opponents of the East-European champion didn’t stand a chance in the Black Forest Halls; Ikonnikov obtained only victories in the nine rounds. Amazed by this performance, the sports director of the Chess Association Baden –Michael Schneider– explained that never before such an outstanding result had been achieved in this championship. Ikonnikov, however, considered the 85th Chess Congress good practice only. The Russian has already been playing for chess clubs in Baden for two decades.
The Russian champion benefitted from one little mistake
As the 47 year- old Russian explained, is he currently competing for Bad Mergentheim, but had also been active for Handschuhsheim for a long time. For this reason he wished to finally participate in the Championship of Baden. Ikonnikov’s flawless tournament record with nine victories of nine matches is due to one inaccurate move of Hans- Elmar Schwing, who ranked 4th in overall standings. The match between the two almost ended in a tie, when Schwing, playing for SGEM Dreisamtal, made a small mistake and lost the duel to the top favorite Vyacheslav Ikonnikov.
Local hero qualifies for German Championship
Tomislav Bodrozic from Birkenfeld completed the Chess Congress on 3rd rank, much to the delight of local chess fans. Hence, the 24 year- old attained the bronze medal and qualified for the German Chess Championship in 2014 as the second best player of Baden. Bodrozic won against six of nine opponents and with 6.0 points ranked behind Vyacheslav Ikonnikov and Christoph Schild. Schild scored 6.5 points and, thus, won silver. Although Bodrozic started off with two defeats in a row in the opening stage of the 85th Chess Congress, he came off ahead in the seven following matches and was only defeated again by the Russian grandmaster Ikonnikov.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe