USCF Home Chess Life Online 2010 February De Firmian Wins the Bermuda Open
|De Firmian Wins the Bermuda Open|
|February 8, 2010|
The 2010 Bermuda International Open ended Sunday night with the traditional after-tournament buffet dinner free for all players and their families. This time it was moved to the Watford Sports Club which was an excellent venue for the dinner and prize awards, as well as the dual playoff matches which became necessary because of two-way ties for first overall and first untitled player. Both divisions receive airfare from the NE and hotel room at the Southampton Fairmont Resort for 2011. The Club facility has a spacious lounge where devotees could watch the amazing SuperBowl with their drinks and dinner. It was a tough decision whether or not to start the playoffs before the big game was finished but some people didn’t want to wait. Nick de Firmian pleaded for “just another 10 minutes” since it was into the 4th quarter. Suddenly it was 31-17 and even Nick decided it was ok to break away from the TV.|
The playoff for first overall became necessary when GM de Firmian won a long, intense final game against GM Larry Christiansen. GM Alexander Ivanov drew with GM Pascal Charbonneau to retain his lead in the tournament and only a win by either de Firmian or Christiansen could cause a tie. The playoff format was double G/5 + 2 second increment with an Armageddon game as final if necessary. The other match was between Canada’s Andrei Moffat and Aleksandr Ostrovskiy of New York. Both went into the final Armageddon so it was especially exciting for the spectators. De Firmian, with white, defeated Ivanov in spite of black’s draw odds benefit but one-minute disadvantage. After also splitting both games Ostrovskiy defeated Moffat in the same fashion.
Then cash prizes were distributed and the famous Longtail hand blown glass statuette (Bermuda’s national bird) awarded to first in the different classes. Some players, after a shaky start at the tournament, were happily surprised to find they had won a cash prize.
Tied for first overall were de Firmian and Ivanov. Tied for 3rd were Charbonneau, Moffat, Esther Epstein, IM David Cummings and Aleksandr Ostrovskiy. Top U2200 went to Andrei Moffat, U2000 to Anatoly Ostrovskiy, U1800 to Blog Queen and photographer Polly Wright and U1600 to Bermudian Kennedy Simmons. Two players traveled quite far for the event. Charles Green from his government post in Ecuador and Garry Forbes from the Guernsey Channel Islands.
An earlier version of this article has been updated with more information from chief arbiter Carol Jarecki.
The Bermuda Chess Association promises to have a functioning website for next year’s event so games and current tournament events can be posted. Also see www.fideamerica.com and www.castlingqueenside.blogspot.com for photos and blogs.
SwissSys Standings. 2010 Bermuda International Open