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