Polish-Hungarian friendship chess championship was held on the week-end of 5-6 May 2018. The 600 players from ten countries participated in 6th edition chess event. 9-round Rapid Swiss open took place in the International Congress Center in Katowice city in Poland.
The time control was 15 minutes per player, with a 10-second increment for each move. The prize fund amounted 40, 000 PLN (approximately 10,000 EUR). The aim of the tournament is to make Polish-Hungarian relations stronger. The event was organized by the cities of Katowice cooperation with Miskolc and the Silesian chess Association.
The event attracted strong Grand Masters including: well known chess family Bartosz Socko 2630 and Monika Socko 2360, Robert Kempinski 2583, Pakleza Zbigniew 2549, legendary Michal Krasenkow 2546 and two times World solving Champion Kacper Piorun 2639 , who managed to win the tournament with amazing score 8/9.
GM Bartosz Socko was leading with perfect score 5/5. In 7th round he lost winning position with IM Hnydiuk Aleksander, and shared 2nd – 4th places with 7,5/9 together with IM Hnydiuk, Aleksander, IM Klekowski, Maciej and Ukrainian GM Kazakov, Mikhail.
European Chess TV was broadcasting the event. IM Piotr Nguyen (half-Polish half-Vietnamese) and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili (Georgian) were doing live commentary of the games from the open studio.
Youngest participants got special prices.
Photos by Walusza photography, Karol Bartnik (1st photo)
Report by: Keti Tsatsalashvili