Reports May 24, 2018 | 12:56 PMby chess24 staff

Piorun wins Polish-Hungarian Friendship event

Kacper Piorun warmed up for the Polish Championship (where he finished 2nd) by winning the 6th Polish-Hungarian Friendship Tournament in Katowice, Poland. Eight wins and one loss in the rapid tournament saw him finish half a point ahead of Bartosz Socko and three other players. Georgian WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili, who was a live commentator during the tournament, shares some impressions of the huge annual chess event.

5-time World Solving Champion Kacper Piorun won the tournament and came close to defending his 2017 Polish Championship title shortly afterwards | photo: Walusza Photography

by Keti Tsatsalashvili

The Polish-Hungarian Friendship Chess Championship was held on the weekend of 5-6 May 2018. 600 players from ten countries participated in the 6th edition of this chess event – a 9-round rapid open that took place in the International Congress Center in the Polish city of Katowice.

The International Congress Center venue in Katowice | photo: Walusza Photography

The time control was 15 minutes per player, with a 10-second increment for each move. The prize fund was 40,000 PLN (approximately 10,000 EUR). The aim of the tournament is to strengthen Polish-Hungarian relations, with the event organised by the cities of Katowice and Miskolc, Hungary, together with the Silesian Chess Association.

From left: Andrzej Matusiak, President of the Silesian Chess Association, Adam Dzwonkowski, President of the Polish Chess Federation, Lukasz Turlej, Chief Organiser and Vice-President of the Polish Chess Federation, Grzegorz Matusiak, Member of Parliament, Mariusz Skiba, Deputy Mayor of Katowice, Professor Adrienne Kormendy, Consul General of Hungary, Jan Chrzaszcz, Deputy Voivod, Adam Leski and Michal Luty, event initiators and Bartosz Sulkowski, organiser | photo: Karol Bartnik

The event attracted strong grandmasters, including the well-known chess family of Bartosz (2630) and Monika Socko (2360),  Robert Kempinski (2583), Zbigniew Pakleza (2549), the legendary Michal Krasenkow (2546) and five-time World Solving Champion Kacper Piorun (2639), who managed to win the tournament with the impressive score of 8/9.

GM Bartosz Socko was leading with a perfect 5/5, but in Round 7 he lost a winning position to IM Aleksander Hnydiuk and shared 2–4th place on 7.5/9 with Hnydiuk, IM Maciej Klekowski and Ukrainian GM Mikhail Kazakov.

European Chess TV broadcast the event. IM Piotr Nguyen (half-Polish, half-Vietnamese) and WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili (Georgian) provided English live commentary on the games from an open studio | photo: Walusza Photography

Just after the event finished Keti shared her impressions on Instagram:

The youngest participants got special prizes | photo: Walusza Photography

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