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Quickie chess tactic

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

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A Man with a Noble Cause

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

This interview was originally published in my column in August 2003. It was the most emotional interview I have ever conducted.

A Man with a Noble Cause
The Mission: Help Chess (Scholastic and Women’s Chess)
By Susan Polgar

This month’s article is a little different. I decided to treat you with something very unique, special, and inspirational. I decided to interview one of my best friends, for almost two decades, who also happens to be my business manager and trainer as well (we got married at the end of 2006).

His name is Paul Truong. He is the brains behind many current incredible projects to help chess. His mission is to bring chess to the level of popularity of golf, tennis and other sports. He has spent his own time and money to fulfill this mission. Often, people asked me why does he do this? I think you will know why after reading this touching interview.

This was a very emotional interview because it touched upon many painful topics for Paul, some things he tries not to talk about. But somehow, we got through the interview.

Susan Polgar: Why are you so passionate about changing the face of chess in America?

Paul Truong: Well, it is a very good question and one I don’t think I have ever talked about before. It started from circumstances I had to deal with throughout the early part of my life. Growing up in Saigon, Vietnam, I became a chess icon at a very young age. I won the first National Junior (under 21) Championship when I was only 5 years old, unexpectedly. All of a sudden, I became a sensation, a child prodigy. I defended this title for the next three years. At the age of 8?, I stunned the country by winning my first national championship and defended it successfully for four consecutive years. My celebrity status skyrocketed.

I was invited by the late President Marcos of the Philippines to attend the Fischer vs. Karpov match in Manila in 1975 (which of course never took place). I also qualified for the World Junior (under 21) Championship in Manila that same year. At that time, I thought I had a chance to showcase my talent on a world stage. Then, my life came crumbling down. The communists from North Vietnam took over my country on April 30, 1975. I was no longer allowed to travel. I was no longer allowed to play chess freely.

Since my father was working for the US Embassy prior to the fall of South Vietnam, my family was singled out. They considered us traitors. For the next four years, my father had to constantly be in hiding.

Otherwise, he would have been executed. The new government no longer allowed me to train in chess. The only thing they allowed me to do was to defend my National Championship, which I did successfully until April 30, 1979, the fourth anniversary of the fall of Saigon. On that day, my father and I escaped by boat through an underground network, leaving my mother and young brother behind. They would never survive this dangerous escape. Our hope was to be able to get out first and bring them out later through another channel. To make the long story short, we faced death many times. How we survived was a miracle in itself.

SP: So what exactly happened?

PT: We had a lot of problems the first time we tried to escape. The wooden boat was only about 150 feet long and there were more than 600 people inside. We were sitting like sardines in a can, even worse. There was no ventilation, no food, no water and not even a bathroom. The engine could not hold up and exploded. We were stranded in the ocean without food and water for a while.

After we were lucky enough to be rescued, our boat was towed back to Vietnam and we were all thrown in jail. Luckily, the authorities did not know who my father was. After bribing the local officials, we were released and we escaped again.

This time, the engine was bigger. But we had different problems. We were attacked by pirates from Thailand. They took the valuables from people on the boat. They raped our women and young girls. They even took some to their boat when they were done. We never saw these young girls again. We had to go through this five different times with five different pirate ships.

SP: So how did you get to safety?

During the fifth attack, the pirates could not find any valuables because the previous four groups took everything. They were angry so they sunk our boat. We were in the middle of nowhere in shark infested waters. Many people could not swim and drowned. Other died of exhaustion. And some died from you know…

SP: You mean from shark attacks?

PT: Unfortunately, yes. My father and I were lucky enough to live through this. An American oil tanker happened to go by, saw us and rescued us. We then were brought to Malaysia.

SP: So you were safe after this?

PT: No. After being in a small enclosed abandoned soccer field with no roof over our head, little food and unbearable living conditions for 30 days, we were thrown out of Malaysia because the locals could no longer to help us. They put us on a boat taken from previous refugees, threw in another 350+ refugees from different boats (now we had about 700 people total), gave us 20 gallons of fuel and 20 gallons of water (no food), then towed us out to international waters.

Could you imagine, 20 gallons of fuel? Where do you go with 20 gallons? And 20 gallons of water for 700 people? How long can anyone last under 120-degree heat directly under the tropical sun with no food or water? Not only that, while the towed us out, they purposely tried to sink us. They towed us in a zigzag formation to tear apart the front of the boat. They did but we were lucky that the boat did not break in half. After they got us to the point where they thought we could never survive, they left us to die.

Again, we had to drift to nowhere for weeks without food, water or fuel. Many people died of hunger and thirst. Dead bodies were everywhere. There was nothing you could do. All you could do was pray.

SP: How did you manage to survive?

PT: I guess my father and I survived because of our inner strength. We said to ourselves, we have to live. We have to make it because if we don’t, my younger brother and mother would die eventually die in Vietnam. They had no way of taking care of themselves. The communists did not treat them well after learning of the escape of my father and me. They punished them. They took away everything they owned. So we had to be strong and make it. We had no choice…. [Paused, tears welling up]

I am sorry. This is a very emotional topic for me. It brings back a part of me that caused me great pain.

SP: That is OK. I know you for nearly 30 years (since the mid 80′s) now. I know you usually don’t want to talk about it. But I think this is really important for chess fans around the country and around the world to know why you are so passionate about helping chess. I think it is very inspirational. Please go on. How did you survive?

PT: We were drifting nowhere for a long time. All of sudden, after weeks of nothing but ocean, we finally saw land at the end of the horizon.

SP: So that was it?

PT: Not exactly! We could not get there because we had no fuel. And it was too long of a distance to swim. No one would make it. But luckily, I don’t know how, but the current apparently pushed us slowly closer. Then out of nowhere, Indonesian navy ships came in front of us to stop us from entering.

My father was brought to the commanding ship. They told my father to turn our boat around. My father explained to them we could not. We had no fuel, no food, no water and many of our people had died. They said they had order not to let us in. If we do, they have no choice but to shoot us down. My father told them in that case then please just save all of us from a slow and eventual death by shooting all of us now. We would not make it anyway.

Upon returning to our boat, my father ordered everyone to throw overboard all the dead bodies that relatives were still trying to hold on to for a proper burial. This was our only hope to show them how bad the situation was. When the captain of the commanding ship saw how many bodies were there, I think he changed his mind. An hour later, an official helicopter circled around us and they officially requested to have us brought to safety. In my heart, I know that the captain had radioed for help. But he would never admit it.

SP: So this was the end of the journey?

PT: Kind of! After we were brought to this wild and deserted island, we were safe. But we still had no food. I had to hunt and fish with my bare hands, and find fruits from the jungle. We had to do whatever we could to survive. This was a real survival experience, not the game you see on TV. Many more people died as a result of malnutrition. We stayed here for about 5-6 months I think. Then finally, we came to New Jersey on December 1, 1979. I spoke no English. I was frail. I was very rusty in chess. It was a disaster.

SP: So did you start to play a lot chess in here in America? And did anyone know what you had to endure?

PT: I played in any tournament that I can afford to enter. I had no money. I was going to high school full time (without even knowing the language) and I worked seven part-time jobs at night and weekends to raise money to send back to Vietnam to help my mother, my brother and over 60 other relatives. Most people did not know this. Some knew, but very little. I did not want anyone to feel sorry for me. I wanted to earn everything by merit. I became a master again in 1980. I was right around 15. I won many tournaments, but I could not afford to enter many big tournaments, so mostly regional ones.

SP: So when did you leave chess?

PT: At the age of 17, I had to make a very hard decision. Do I want to continue to play chess and be a professional, and to fulfill my dream of being a grandmaster and even world champion? Or do I just give it up and go to college and have a normal career? I chose to leave the game. How could I be a world class player if I did not even have the opportunity to train or play?

So I went to college. And during college, I did the same thing. I had 7 part-time jobs while taking over 21 credits per semester. I also took winter courses, summer courses. I needed to graduate as quickly as possible.

SP: So what happened after college?

PT: I began working professionally. I worked very hard. I put in 16-18 hour days, seven days a week. I became very successful. I did that every day for 15 years. Then in 2001, on 9/11, you remember we had a business meeting right around the World Trade Center area that morning. I guess someone up there did not want us to go. That was when I felt that it was my calling to do something I always wanted to do, and that is to get back in the chess field. That was always my true love.

SP: Is this why making a difference for chess is so important to you?

PT: Yes. Absolutely. I lost my chance to become a very special player in chess when I was younger because of the political situation in my country. I wanted to become the first grandmaster from Asia. But I did not have this chance. Then when I was in America, I could not pursue chess fully because I could not afford it. That is why it is my mission to change this. I want to be able to give every child an opportunity to play this game. I want every child who wants to pursue his or her dream will have the proper guidance and assistance.

I know that I may not reach every child. But I will give it 150% everyday to fulfill this mission. I want to bring respectability to chess. I want to bring chess to the same level as golf or tennis. Why not? Who says we can’t do it? If I can survive everything I went through in life, why can’t I do this? I don’t know failure. I don’t accept failures. I don’t understand the word ‘impossible’. I did not risk my life, give up everything to come here to just be another person. I want to make a difference. I want to give back for the blessing I had.

SP: Is this where you get your passion?

PT: Yes! Whatever I do, I give 150% of myself. Everything I do, I do with a passion. Everything I say, I say it with a passion. This is me. Even now when I am retired from business, I still put in 20-22 hour days, for chess, for free. I sleep very little. I hope my passion will rub off on other people. I hope that when more people see why I am doing this, they will join and lend a hand. There are 40-45 million people who play this game according to the numbers I read. Why can’t chess be bigger and more popular? I will not take no for an answer. I am confident. Let me rephrase that. I am absolutely positive that we will succeed if everyone works together.

SP: How do you plan to reach out to every child around the country? That is quite a job and quite a goal.

PT: You are right. It is not possible for you or I to go to every school or city in America. But thank God we are living in the 21st century with internet technology. We can reach out and help every child this way. Recently, I contacted Mr. Niro and a few people I know who are in the internet chess industry. They agreed to help me achieve this goal. As you already know, we have to start with the kids and we need the support from parents and coaches. So starting next month, and by the way, before I go into this, I want to thank you for doing this with me. You are a true ambassador for this game and you are truly a role model to children and women. You are really an inspiration to me as well.

Thank you for working with me in these very worthwhile projects.

As I was saying, starting in September, we are (you and I) going to have a monthly Q&A session with all parents and coaches who need or want advice on how to help their children, their schools, their communities, etc. Parents and coaches can send us questions and they will get a chance to get the answers they need on the Internet. It will be done live and FREE for everyone. On top of that, we are also conducting special training for youth and scholastic players. All children will benefit tremendously from your experience and wisdom. I am thankful to have the cooperation and assistance from USCF and your Susan Polgar Foundation. We hope this will help hundreds of thousands (maybe even millions) of children out there. Everyone is welcome and it is free. All they have to do is find out the details from your website The info will be available soon. I am really excited about this. (Since then, the Susan Polgar Foundation, through our partners and sponsors, has awarded for more than $3.5 million in chess scholarships)

SP: How did this idea come about?

PT: When you and I attended all these different national scholastic events, so many parents and coaches came up to us to ask for advice. That was when I started thinking, how can we help more parents and coaches? Then the idea of doing through the Internet came to my mind. This way, we can reach out to everyone 24/7.

SP: I can understand your passion for youth and scholastic chess. Where did the passion for women’s chess come from?

PT: I think the answer is obvious.

A – My best friend for almost two decades is one of the greatest women’s world champion ever.

B – Being part of a minority group, I want to help the underdog. Just like you, I believe that many young girls can benefit from chess. It can help them raise self-esteem and confidence. With your experience, we can really make a difference. That is why a program like the US Women’s Olympiad program is so important to me. It can change chess, as we know it, forever.

I am so thankful for people like you, Garry Kasparov, Frank Niro, the Chess Trust, etc. for lending a hand, believing in this. I think by now, everyone realize that we do not do this for money since there is no money (chuckle). In fact, it is costing us a lot of money (smile). But it is worth it. It is truly worth it.

SP: Paul, I really appreciate you doing this. I know that for 30 something years in America, you tried not to talk about your traumatic life experience. I realize that it is very emotional and difficult for you. But I think your story can inspire a lot of people. One last question?

PT: Sure.

SP: Have you thought about putting your inspirational life story into a book, maybe even a movie? I know that there are a lot more incredible details (including an episode where you had a gun pointed right at your head and you refused to back down to the Communists, you would rather die for what you believe in) that you did not want to go into. Your story can rank up there with the Anne Frank story and many other WW/Holocaust stories.

PT: I would like to but I don’t know how to go about and do that. Maybe someone can help me. But if and when it happens, I would like to use the money from book sales or movie deal to help chess. I will only do it for a meaning, not just to make money for myself. I have done that for 15 years already. I don’t need it. But I will do it to help women and children. I will only re-live this painful part of my life if it can benefit millions of children and women.

SP: Once again, thank you Paul for sharing part of your life with us. As one of your best friend for almost 20 years, all I can say is that you are such an inspiration for many, including me. I have no doubt as well that you, me, us, we will succeed in making a difference in chess.

The following is a quote from Garry Kasparov about the US Women’s Olympiad Program, where Paul was the Captain, Business Manager and even helping out with the training duties.

World Champion Garry Kasparov:

“What I’ve seen in this team is quite unique in today’s world of chess” – it goes to your (Paul) part of the team’s chemistry and respect in the team’s members’ relations.”

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Fun trivia!

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Can you name this very famous person?

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Anand attended 2nd Maharashtra Chess League auction

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Chess: Abhijit Kunte, Vidit Gujarathi hit jackpot in 2nd Maharashtra Chess League auction
Saturday, 31 May 2014 – 6:50am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
DNA Correspondent

Seasoned GM Abhijit Kunte and fast emerging star GM Vidit Gujarathi of Maharashtra jointly earned the distinction of being the most valuable players at the Player Auction for the second edition of Maharashtra Chess League (MLC), which was held here on Friday.

Both Kunte and Gujaratihi, with a base price of Rs 60,000 and Rs 75,000 respectively, were bought by Ahmednagar Checkers and Jalgaon Battlers respectively for Rs 1.20 lakh.

The auction, interestingly, for the first time had three players go past a lakh of rupees. GM Abhjeet Gupta (Base Price: 75,000), from Rajasthan, completed this elite list with Thane Combatants closing bids at Rs 1,10,000. The top-bid this year thus superseded last-year’s top contender by Rs 10,000. The MCL, in its second year, would be played from June 11 -15 at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana.

The participating teams were, defending champions Pune Attackers (Owned by Goel Ganga Group), runners-up Jalgaon Battlers (Jain Irrigation Systems Pvt. Ltd.), Thane Combatants (MEP Infrastructures), Ahmednagar Checkers (RBS Sportethics), Mumbai Movers (South Mumbai Chess Association) and new-entrants Pune Tru Masters (Tru Space).

Both Kunte and Gupta will be first time participants in the MCL, while for Nashik’s Gujarathi it will be his second stint with Jalgaon Battlers. Last year, the 19-year-old World Junior Chess Championship 2013 bronze medallist in the (Under-20) category, had become the second most expensive player.

On the women’s side, Pune’s Eesha Karavade, for the second year in a row, became the most valuable player attracting a bid of Rs 85,000. Mumbai Movers came up with the highest bid for Karavade. Orissa’s Padmini Rout was second highest after Ahmednagar Checkers came up with Rs. 72,000.

In all 63 players went under the hammer in categories divided into Grandmasters (GM), Women Grandmasters (WGM), International Masters (IM), women players and rated players. Each team had to buy at least one GM, one WGM one IM and a minimum of two women players.

Among the International Masters, Swapnil Dhopade was a stand-out buy after Pune Attackers closed bidding at Rs 72,000. The price paid for Swapnil’s was higher than two GMs.

Similarly, among the rated-players Chinmay Kulkarni attracted a Rs 33,000 bid from Mumbai Movers. Chinmay was locked in a long drawn process that involved Pune Tru Movers and Jalgaon Battlers initially, before Mumbai Movers jumped in fray and out-bid Jalgaon Battlers.

The auction was attended by five-time World Champion Vishwanathan Anand


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Chess master with 200 hours of focused study

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Chess / By Shelby Lyman
on May 31, 2014 – 12:01 AM

In 1972, the year of the Fischer-Spassky Match, parents became eager to have their children take chess lessons.

The parental enthusiasm spawned an unanticipated phenomenon. Easily beating most of the adults they played, many children were hailed as chess geniuses in embryo.

The kids had quickly learned a few basic ideas and put them to use. Because the older generation usually knew nothing about chess strategy, it was child abuse in reverse.

For most Americans, chess had an aura of difficulty. Therefore, all the more impressive was the ease in which children had acquired their newfound competence.

The truth is that it is easy to quickly learn the rudiments of chess strategy and tactics.

Emanuel Lasker, philosopher, mathematician and World Chess Champion for 27 years (1894-1921), argued that any intelligent person could become a chess master with 200 hours of focused study.

Decades later, Fischer would say basically the same.

In rapid chess, an average player – even if far from the grandmaster level – is capable of winning an occasional game from a much stronger one.

Recently, the current world champion Magnus Carlsen confessed that his fans would be surprised at the level of players he had lost to when playing speed chess on the Internet.


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Ponkratov, Volkov and Smirnov share first place in Nezhmetdinov Rapid Cup 2014

Saturday, May 31st, 2014


Rashid Nezhmetdinov

Rashid Nezhmetdinov

The Nezhmetdinov Rapid Cup 2014 opened the 36th Nezhmetdinov Chess Festival on 29th May and continued to 30th May, 2014 in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.

93 players competed for the prize fund of 186 000 RUB, provided by Sberbank – Tatarstan - the largest bank in Russia and Eastern Europe and the major sponsor of the tournament.


The Russian players GM Pavel Ponkratov (2625), GM Sergey Volkov (2568) and Alexey Smirnov (2440) occupied the first three places with 7/9 points each.

However, Ponkratov’s superior tie-break score provided him a top standing. Second place was taken by GM Sergey Volkov, while the untitled Alexey Smirnov surprisingly grabbed the bronze, leaving many Grandmasters behind.

GM Gennady Tunik took the first prize for seniors, FM Ramil Faizrakhmanov proved to be the best junior, while WGM Karina Ambartsumova prevailed among the ladies. GM Artem Iljin took the best prize for local players from the Republic of Tatarstan.

More information/ Replay the games with triple engine analysis/Photo report by Salman Shaidullin/ Full standings and detailed information in Russian here

Final Top standings:

1 GM Pavel Ponkratov 2625 7
2 GM Sergey Volkov 2568 7
3 Alexey Smirnov 2440 7
4 GM Alexandre Danin 2596 6,5
5 GM Alexey Fedorov 2587 6,5
6 GM Ivan Popov 2643 6,5
7 GM Artyom Timofeev 2590 6,5
8 GM Zaven Andriasian 2568 6,5
9 GM Andrey Rychagov 2497 6,5
10 IM Kirill Kuderinov 2459 6,5
11 GM Semen Dvoirys 2524 6,5
12 GM Boris Savchenko 2601 6
13 IM Ivan Rozum 2577 6
14 GM Daniil Lintchevski 2591 6
15 GM Mikhail Mozharov 2476 6 etc


Bosna Open – Round 2

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

The 44th International Chess Tournament “Bosna 2014″ is taking place from 30th May to 6th June, 2014, at the Hotel Radon Plaza, Sarajevo.

The event has two sections – Group A for players rated over 2300 and Group B for U2300 players.

After two rounds of play, Grandmasters Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Evgeny Gleizerov (both Russia), Hrvoje Stevic, Zdenko Kozul (Croatia) and Aleksandar Kovacevic (Serbia) are leading the main section with the perfect score.

The Group A has 41 players from 12 countries, including 17 Grandmasters. The Group B has 93 participants from seven countries.

In the Group B 14 players are sharing the lead with 2/2 points each.

Tournament website

Bosna Open, Djukic-Rakhmanov 0-1

Bosna Open round 2, Djukic-Rakhmanov 0-1

The youngest participants of the tournament - Ana Sakotic, 12 years old

The youngest participants of the tournament – Ana Sakotic, 12 years old

The youngest participants of the tournament - Katarina Nestorovic, 13 years old

The youngest participants of the tournament – Katarina Nestorovic, 13 years old


Attica Cup – Final Four 2014 LIVE!

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

The Attica Cup – Final Four 2014 will be played from 31st May to 1st June, 2014 in one of the world’s oldest cities Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece.

The tournament, organized by ASOP Dias Chess Club and the Union of Attica Chess Clubs, will consist of 4 teams with 4 boards each. Two matches (semi-finals and finals) will determine the best one.

Tournament website


Attica Cup 2014 – Final Four

Saturday, May 31st, 2014


GM Sebastian Bogner winner of Liechtenstein Open 2014

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

The 32nd International Chess Open in the Principality of Liechtenstein was held on 23-31st May, 2014, at the Gemeindesaal Triesen.

The tournament was organized under the patronage by S.D. Erbprinz Alois von und zu Liechtenstein.

There were two playing groups – Open and Senior, both held over 9 rounds of Swiss system.

German Grandmaster Sebastian Bogner took the winner’s trophy in the Open group by collecting 7,5/9 points, repeating the success from year 2012.

Peter Doggers of had a fantastic tournament, taking a clear second place with 7 points to earn another IM norm. Luca Kessler from Austria also won IM norm with 6,5 points.

105 players competed in the Open, full standings below.

The Senior event had 61 participants. Legendary Champion GM Nona Gaprindashvili edged the opposition on tie-break to take the first place. Standings below.

Castle in Liechtenstein

Castle in Liechtenstein

Tournament website

Open, final standings:

1. GM Bogner Sebastian GER 2596 – 7.5
2. Doggers Peter NED 2215 – 7
3. GM Cherniaev Alexander RUS 2429 – 6.5
4. IM Izsak Gyula HUN 2436 – 6.5
5. IM Hommeles Theo NED 2417 – 6.5
6. Kessler Luca AUT 2255 – 6.5
7. IM Bruno Fabio ITA 2419 – 6.5
8. GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2480 – 6.5
9. GM Cebalo Miso CRO 2423 – 6.5
10. GM Farago Ivan HUN 2452 – 6.5
11. GM Paehtz Thomas GER 2369 – 6
12. FM Friedrich Norbert GER 2318 – 6
13. FM Dittmar Peter GER 2297 – 6
14. GM Womacka Mathias GER 2446 – 6
15. GM Sergeev Vladimir UKR 2457 – 6
16. GM Van Der Weide Karel NED 2449 – 6
17. Fries Frederik GER 2171 – 6
18. Lenninger Ralf AUT 1967 – 6
19. IM Stets Dmitry UKR 2410 – 5.5
20. FM Burnier David SUI 2329 – 5.5
21. FM Klerides Paris CYP 2134 – 5.5
22. FM Bezemer Arno NED 2323 – 5.5
23. Hovenga Alje NED 2208 – 5.5
24. Bezler Rainer AUT 2220 – 5.5
25. FM Ballon Guenther NED 2104 – 5.5
26. CM Mueller Markus GER 2148 – 5.5
27. FM Grabher Heinz AUT 2251 – 5.5
28. FM Guenthner Oliver GER 2238 – 5.5
29. Salerno Christian SUI 2109 – 5.5
30. Ladner Peter AUT 1969 – 5.5
31. Lassahn Holger GER 1987 – 5.5
32. Proyer Enno AUT 1966 – 5.5
33. Rous Daniel CZE 2161 – 5
34. Bahl Felix AUT 2160 – 5
35. IM Peredy Ferenc HUN 2215 – 5
36. Hofer Emilian AUT 2031 – 5
37. Sucher Johannes AUT 2189 – 5
38. Redzepi Halit SUI 1969 – 5
39. Bohnstorff Michael GER 2038 – 5
40. WIM Medunova Vera CZE 2106 – 5
41. Neuberger Guido GER 2168 – 5
42. Hehle Bernhard AUT 1960 – 5
43. Braguine Victor AUS 1796 – 5
44. Both Gert NED 1926 – 5
45. Boehmler Bernhard GER 1698 – 5
46. Frick Renato LIE 2074 – 5
47. Benes Petr CZE 2049 – 4.5
48. Mann Johannes GER 1984 – 4.5
49. Poznyak Nazar UKR 1730 – 4.5
50. Klings Peter GER 2146 – 4.5
51. Bogner Norbert GER 2035 – 4.5
52. Kuechle Wolfgang Dr. GER 2064 – 4.5
53. Kurapova Olga SUI 1892 – 4.5
54. Melde Christian GER 2035 – 4.5
55. CM Keller Manfred GER 2145 – 4.5
56. Willemsma Abe NED 2113 – 4.5
57. Busch Michael GER 1875 – 4.5
58. Schnepel Thomas GER 1996 – 4
59. Houweling Bert NED 2059 – 4
60. Raddatz Michael GER 2028 – 4
61. Bergen Klaus AUT 1927 – 4
62. Weishaeutel Moritz GER 1780 – 4
63. Plieger Josef AUT 1872 – 4
64. Sova Ondrej CZE 1906 – 4
65. Tschedemnig Herbert AUT 1953 – 4
66. Kuhn Michael AUT 1915 – 4
67. Jelic Dejan LIE 2003 – 4
68. Budic Omer AUT 1887 – 4
69. Polzin Jens-Peter GER 1931 – 4
70. Moosbrugger Alexander AUT 1917 – 4
71. Tarnutzer Werner SUI 1971 – 4
72. Hilarius Sander NED 2007 – 4
73. Caorlin Marco SUI 1936 – 4
74. Vlkovic Pavol SVK 1825 – 4
75. Perman Torvald FIN 1972 – 4
76. Nussbaumer Vincent AUT 1830 – 4
77. Vanheirzeele Daniel BEL 2158 – 3.5
78. Khachatouri Saro AUT 1716 – 3.5
79. Meier Gerd GER 1876 – 3.5
80. Ranker Klemens GER 1898 – 3.5
81. Fischer Daniel SUI 1762 – 3.5
82. Iclicki Willy MNC 1988 – 3.5
83. Haase Pavel CZE 1741 – 3.5
84. Hoecker Horst GER 1689 – 3.5
85. Hornak Pavol SVK 1752 – 3
86. Reinkoester Michael GER 1892 – 3
87. Chiesola Elmar AUT 1775 – 3
88. De Kalbermatten Adrien SUI 1777 – 3
89. Nesimovic Kemal AUT 1828 – 3
90. Gerold Alexander AUT 1691 – 3
91. Uhlarz Joerg GER 1759 – 3
92. Scheidegger Urs SUI 1889 – 3
93. Schoknecht Sabine GER 1676 – 3
94. Kleinhenz Hans-Georg GER 1876 – 2.5
95. Halwachs Siegfried AUT 1842 – 2.5
96. Kern Beat SUI 1618 – 2.5
97. Ahmadi Milad AFG 1278 – 2.5
98. Lachat Martin SUI 1676 – 2.5
99. Neunkirchner Andreas AUT 1538 – 2.5
100. Niegemeier Karl-Leo SUI 1540 – 2
101. Gruber Juerg SUI 1676 – 2
102. Baumann Kurt SUI 1982 – 2
103. Britschgi Michele SUI 1640 – 2
104. Rous Dominik CZE 1088 – 1
105. Peichel Roland AUT 1940 – 0

Seniors, final standings:

1. GM Gaprindashvili Nona GEO 2299 – 6.5
2. IM Eperjesi Laszlo Dr. HUN 2179 – 6.5
3. Frick Christoph GER 2244 – 6.5
4. IM Pribyl Josef CZE 2266 – 6
5. FM Kunz Konstantin GER 2198 – 6
6. IM Habibi Ali GER 2254 – 6
7. IM Blechzin Igor RUS 2375 – 6
8. FM Haubt Georg GER 2190 – 6
9. FM Jackson Oliver A ENG 2114 – 5.5
10. FM Karl Hans SUI 2118 – 5.5
11. FM Hohler Peter SUI 2191 – 5.5
12. Maurer Fritz SUI 2068 – 5.5
13. CM Ashby Anthony C ENG 2134 – 5.5
14. CM Norman Kenneth I ENG 2156 – 5.5
15. Ten Berge Hans NED 2040 – 5.5
16. Schaad Pierluigi Dr. SUI 1965 – 5.5
17. Bischoff Peter SUI 2067 – 5
18. Illi Hans-Joerg SUI 2111 – 5
19. CM Reuben Stewart ENG 2051 – 5
20. Mertens Klaus GER 2020 – 5
21. CM Guller Andras LIE 2046 – 5
22. Goris Ton NED 2001 – 5
23. Gerhard Walter GER 1969 – 5
24. Weder Hanspeter SUI 1950 – 5
25. Reiss Siegfried SUI 2083 – 4.5
26. Bongers Erik NED 1948 – 4.5
27. Schweizer Robert SUI 1899 – 4.5
28. Schwertel Johann GER 1950 – 4.5
29. Zindel Ernst SUI 1911 – 4.5
30. Schoenfelder Heinrich GER 1850 – 4.5
31. Falk Thomas GER 2107 – 4.5
32. Isler Peter SUI 1967 – 4.5
33. Morf Juerg Walter SUI 1971 – 4.5
34. Goris-Schouwstra Adry NED 1886 – 4.5
35. FM Kock Hans-Uwe LIE 2025 – 4.5
36. Tesar Peter SUI 1955 – 4.5
37. Schoerghuber Kurt GER 1814 – 4.5
38. Gauer Jacques FRA 1844 – 4.5
39. IM Bhend Edwin SUI 2211 – 4
40. Peterlunger Erich AUT 1958 – 4
41. Chrenko Peter SVK 1859 – 4
42. Rigg Hans AUT 1979 – 4
43. Lechenbauer Karl AUT 1877 – 4
44. Stieger Hartmut SUI 1554 – 4
45. Schoerghuber Barbara GER 1774 – 4
46. Stoffregen Guenter SUI 1898 – 3.5
47. Koch Helmuth AUT 1949 – 3.5
48. Hatala Peter SVK 1542 – 3.5
49. Denzinger Karl SUI 1792 – 3.5
50. Hasovic Rasim BIH 1849 – 3.5
51. Klieber Heinz SUI 1792 – 3.5
52. WCM Norman Dinah M ENG 1839 – 3.5
53. Roth Heinz Georg GER 1872 – 3.5
54. Doeserich Reinhard SUI 1800 – 3.5
55. Summer Johann AUT 1693 – 3.5
56. Graier Hubert AUT 1637 – 3.5
57. Thonig Manfred GER 1565 – 3.5
58. Lincke Paul SUI 1565 – 3
59. Ignjatovic Mischa AUT 1756 – 2.5
60. Schmid Hermann SUI 1224 – 1
61. Tschirky Werner SUI 1677 – 1