17th Chess Mitropa Cup: Montecatini Terme 1997

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Basic data

17th Chess Mitropa Cup
(see all-time tournament summary)
Date: 8th - 16th November
City: Montecatini Terme, Italy
Venue: Centro Congressi
Tournament Director: IA Gertude Wagner (AUT)
Chief Arbiter: IA Franca Dapiran (ITA)
Teams participating: 10
Players participating: 46 (incl. 5 GMs, 21 IMs, 6 FMs and 2 WIMs)
Games played: 180
Competition format: Four board round robin.
Final order decided by: 1. Game points; 2. Match points
Time control: N/A
Website: http://schach.wienerzeitung.at/Default.aspx?id=483
Downloadable game file: 97mitropa.zip

Tournament review

The traditional Mitropa Cup took place on Montecatini resort, Tuscany. Hungary showed up with highest Elo (2491) but ultimatley came only in tied third being left by teams of Slovenia and Croatia. Most of the teams coprised of young players with some routined ones among them. Austria fielded U26 team and came only 9th. Christian White missed his IM norm by just half of a point.

Slovenia won beating runners-up Croatia 3-1 on the last day.

Best board results

bd name flag code pts gms %
1. GM Palac, Mladen Croatia CRO 9 61.1
2. IM Pavasovič, Duško Slovenia SLO 6 9 66.7
3. FM Bellini, Fabio Italy ITA 9 72.2
4. IM Tratar, Marko Slovenia SLO 9 83.3

Interesting games

Bad luck! White lost on time as he needed a point to win the title for Croatia.
Palac, Mladen (CRO) - Mohr, Georg (SLO) 0 - 1

Watch the power of pair of Bishops as they control pair of central diagonals.
Weiss, Christian (AUT) - Anic, Darko (FRA) 1 - 0

White made best use of Black Queenside's underdevelopment.
Ptáčníková, Lenka (CZE) - Czebe, Attila (HUN) 1 - 0