Nguyen Thai Dai Van won First Saturday December GM


Nguyen Thai Dai Van won the First Saturday December GM

It has been the second occasion Nguyen Thai Dai Van (CZE) won the First Saturday GM tournament, performing his third GM norm this time. He also overstepped the 2500 GM rating requirement with this victory so his title is to be awarded by the next competent FIDE Qualification Committee meeting. He has always shown deep humbleness to the game of chess, learning from his mistakes never getting angry because of a loss. They have done a great work during the last two years with his coach IM Berezjuk Sergej (CZE) in finding the most optimal openings for the unique style of Dai Van.

Left CM NGUYEN Van Thanh (VIE) – right IM NGUYEN Thai Dai Van (CZE)

GM Ilincic Zlatko (SRB) is showing up his best again. His goal to hit his best ever 2564 seems to be real considering his performances this year.

The bronze medalist Saptarshi Roy (IND) had completed his third necessary GM norm last month in the newest Third Saturday Tournament series in Montenegro, came to Budapest seeking opportunity to increase his rating over 2500 for getting the title. He took to much risk in some games to get it in one step, but pledged to come back to First Saturday because he found the playing conditions ideal. He is successfully running the Saptarshi Chess Academy in Mumbay. One of his students Das Sayantan (IND) won World Youth Championship in 2008 while Ghosh Diptayan (IND) has already achieved the GM title.

Left IM Havasi Gergő (HUN) and right IM Saptarshi Roy (IND)

FA Stankovic Miodrag (SRB) acted in polite and diplomatic manner as Chief Arbiter and met all requirements for getting an IA norm certificate. The Hotel Berlin Budapest supported the event with its large and bright conference hall connected with a noise-proof hall for game-analysis. We hope it can be the same throughout the coming year.

FA STANKOVIC, Miodrag (SRB) CA, IO Nagy and IM NGUYEN, Thai Dai Van (CZE)

Tournament hall of the First Saturday chess tournaments, 2017 December

Traditional group photo, 2017 December

There will be a First Saturday break in January due to the cold winter time but the tournament series continues on the 3rd February with GM, IM and FIDE-rating groups planned.

The next big Hungarian open tournament the Perenyi Bela Memorial takes place during 5-13th January 2018 in the Hungarian Chess Federation.

More info of all groups with all the games, photos and archive can be found at:

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Report is written by: IM Orso Miklos