Riga Technical University Open

Riga Technical University Open (also RTU Open) is international "open" chess festival, annually held in Riga, Latvia in August. It is the largest classical chess tournament in the Baltic states.

HistoryEdit

The first three international chess festivals (2011–2013) was held in the main building of the Riga Technical University. The first and second festival included two classical chess tournaments (A for masters and B for amateurs) and a last day blitz tournament. The third festival included three classical chess tournaments (A for masters and B-C for amateurs). The fourth international chess festival in 2014 moved the International Exhibition Centre Ķīpsala where was applied to a larger number of participants. The fourth international chess festival included five classical chess tournaments (A for masters and B–E for amateurs) and a first day blitz tournament. The fifth and sixth festival was held in Ķīpsala and included four classical chess tournaments (A for masters and B–D for amateurs) and a last day blitz tournament. Overall more than 1200 participants took part in the festivals from the years 2014 to 2016.[1] The seventh festival in 2017 was held in Ķīpsala and included five classical chess tournaments (A for masters and B–E for amateurs) and a last day blitz tournament. The eighth festival in 2018 was held in Ķīpsala and included five classical chess tournaments (A for masters and B–E for amateurs) and two blitz tournaments. The ninth festival in 2019 was held in Ķīpsala and included six classical chess tournaments (A for masters, Y for young chess players and B–E for amateurs), rapid chess tournament and two blitz tournaments. In 2020, the tournament did not take place due to a COVID-19 pandemic. The tenth festival in 2021 was held in Ķīpsala and included four classical chess tournaments (A for masters, B&Y for young chess players and amateurs, and C&D–E for amateurs), rapid chess tournament (G) and two blitz tournaments (F and H).

List of A tournament winnersEdit

Year Winner 2nd place 3rd place Best woman
2011   Alberto David   Jaan Ehlvest   Vladimir Sveshnikov   Katarzyna Toma
2012   Ján Markoš   Alexandr Fier   Daniel Fridman   Judith Fuchs
2013   Bartosz Soćko   Robin van Kampen   Mikhail Antipov   Zuzana Štočková
2014   Hrant Melkumyan   Richárd Rapport   Eduardo Iturrizaga   Maria Manakova
2015   Alexei Shirov   Robert Hovhannisyan   Rinat Jumabayev   Monika Soćko
2016   Martyn Kravtsiv   Hrant Melkumyan   Arturs Neikšāns   Soumya Swaminathan
2017   Vladimir Onischuk   Sergey Pavlov   Tamir Nabaty   Lei Tingjie
2018   Robert Hovhannisyan   Manuel Petrosyan   Alexandr Predke   Nutakki Priyanka
2019   Igor Kovalenko   Šarūnas Šulskis   Arman Mikaelyan   Irina Bulmaga
2021   Alexander Donchenko   S. L. Narayanan   Tomas Laurusas   Margareth Olde

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  • RTU OPEN Riga Technical University Open home page
  • Riga Technical University Open 2011 Tournament A Riga Technical University Open 2011
  • Riga Technical University Open 2012. Tournament A Riga Technical University Open 2012
  • Riga Technical University Open 2013 - Tournament A Riga Technical University Open 2013
  • RTU OPEN 2014 Riga Technical University Open 2014
  • RTU OPEN 2015 Riga Technical University Open 2015
  • RTU OPEN 2016 Riga Technical University Open 2016
  • Riga Technical University Open 2017 - Tournament A Riga Technical University Open 2017
  • Riga Technical University Open 2018 - Tournament A Riga Technical University Open 2018
  • Riga Technical University Open 2019 - Tournament A Riga Technical University Open 2019
  • Riga Technical University Open 2021 - Tournament A Riga Technical University Open 2021