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MT-Bielecki Top Players

MT-Bielecki Top Players

Witold Bielecki Memorial

List of participants by rating at the start of the event (Lista uczestników wg rankingu w dniu startu):

N Photo Title Name, First Name Nat Rating 2012/1
1 Papenin, Nikolai GM Papenin, Nikolai UKR 2729
2 Langeveld, Ron (NED) GM Langeveld, Ron A. H. NED 2681
3 Maximilian, Voss GM Voss, Maximilian GER 2657
4 Wunderlich, Hans-Dieter GM Wunderlich, Dr. Hans-Dieter GER 2655
5 Lafarga, David GM Lafarga Santorromán, David ESP 2643
6 Nickel, Arno GM Nickel, Arno GER 2643
7 Hall, Richard GM Hall, Richard V. M. ENG 2640
8 Ljubicic, Leonard GM Ljubičić, Ing. Leonardo CRO 2639
9 GM Hoeven, David A. van der NED 2629
10 Starke, Rene GM Starke, Dr. René-Reiner GER 2620
11 Busemann, Stephan GM Busemann, Dr. Stephan GER 2606
12 Wilczek, Tadeusz SIM Wilczek, Tadeusz POL 2597
13 Szczepanski, Zbigniew GM Szczepański, Zbigniew POL 2561

Average rating (Średni ranking): 2638 => 16 cat


Current GM norm statistics for Witold Bielecki Memorial participants are following:

#GM Norms Title Name, First Name Nat GM-since
13 GM Wunderlich, Dr. Hans-Dieter GER 2006
11 GM Nickel, Arno GER 2001
11 GM Voss, Maximilian GER 2003
9 GM Lafarga Santorromán, David ESP 2008
9 GM Papenin, Nikolai UKR 2011
8 GM Busemann, Dr. Stephan GER 1996
8 GM Hall, Richard V. M. ENG 2002
8 GM Ljubičić, Ing. Leonardo CRO 2011
7 GM Hoeven, David A. van der NED 2004
7 GM Langeveld, Ron A. H. NED 2006
3 GM Szczepański, Zbigniew POL 2011
2 GM Starke, Dr. René-Reiner GER 2012
1 SIM Wilczek, Tadeusz POL
97 In total



Short biographical notes of participants click here (kliknij tutaj) updated (zaktualizowano) 2015-02-15
Krótkie notki biograficzne uczestników


Some statistics for MT-Bielecki participants click here (kliknij tutaj) updated (zaktualizowano) 2015-02-15
Wybrane statystyki uczestników Memoriału Bieleckiego


Rating development of MT-Bielecki/Top players has been updated for the Rating List 2015/1:

Rating development 2015_1


Witold Bielecki Memorial/Top Players, event started on 01.03.2012, is the strongest tournament since 2002. It can be observed at the “Top ICCF tournaments list” published at the ICCF Diamond Jubilee Web Book. It is the 3rd strongest tournament in ICCF history with average rating 2638,46, just few rating points ahead of Hermann-Heemsoth Memorial (Rav=2632,82). There are only three events at category 16.

You can look at the participant list from different perspectives (see below short specification). So you can find here not only top rated players, but world champions (individual and team) or GM collectors, as well! That is very fascinating for cc fans to follow achievements of their beloved players during course of the event 🙂

  1. World Championship finals (Individual)
  2. World Championship finals (Team)
  3. World Championship medal collectors
    • 4 medals- (3 gold, 1 bronze) GM Stephan Busemann (GER),
    • 2 medals- (1 gold, 1 silver) GM Hans-Dieter Wunderlich (GER), (1 gold, 1 silver) GM Maximilian Voss (GER), (2 bronze) GM David van der Hoeven (NED),
    • 1 medal- (1 gold) GM Ron Langeveld (NED), (1 gold) GM Arno Nickel (GER), (1 silver) GM Richard Hall (ENG), (1 silver) GM David Lafarga (ESP),
  4. Top rated players with GM Nikolai Papenin (UKR) and GM Ron Langeveld (NED) at the top of the ICCF rating list (at the start of the event)
  5. Participants of the 4th top rated event Hermann-Heemsoth Memorial (Rav=2632,82):
    • GM Ron Langeveld (NED), GM Richard Hall (ENG), GM Maximilian Voss (GER), GM Stephan Busemann (GER),
  6. Winners of top ICCF tournaments:
  7. All players are titled, 12 out of 13 are GMs
  8. GM norm collectors – at the top is GM Hans-Dieter Wunderlich (GER) with 13 GM-norms (the highest number among ICCF players) assisted by GM Arno Nickel (GER) and GM Maximilian Voss (GER) – with 11 GM-norms! All 13 participants gained until now 97 GM norms! [150214]
In order to attract public attention to correspondence chess, tournament organizer asked players for their opinion about live display. All players positively responded to request. TD IA Carlos Flores (ESP) joined that idea as well. It is advisable to have consensus at so high level event.
So there is good news for correspondence chess enthusiasts – all games are displayed live starting from 15.10.2012! Live transmission is delayed by 5 moves.


News and reports on Witold Bielecki Memorial

2013-06-30 MT-Bielecki/Top results report – Stephan Busemann has achieved a norm for ICCF-GM!

2013-06-23 MT-Bielecki/Top results report – Arno Nickel has achieved a norm for ICCF-GM!

2013-06-06 MT-Bielecki/Top results report – Maximilian Voss has achieved a norm for ICCF-GM!

2013-06-01 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2013-05-24 MT-Bielecki/Top – supplementary statistics

2013-05-24 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2013-05-20 GM Richard Hall became Vice-Champion of the World!

2013-01-26 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2013-01-08 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-12-25 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-12-13 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-11-29 MT-Bielecki Top Players update as of 29.11.2012

2012-11-21 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-11-20 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-11-15 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-11-10 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-11-03 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-10-30 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-10-23 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-10-21 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-10-19 Responses to live transmission of MT-Bielecki/Top

2012-10-15 MT-Bielecki/Top Players – live transmission from today!

2012-10-15 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-10-04 26th World Champion is Ron Langeveld from the Netherlands!

2012-09-21 MT-Bielecki/Top – results report

2012-09-14 MT-Bielecki/Top – 10th game finished

2012-09-09 MT-Bielecki Top Players update as of 09.09.2012

2012-08-29 MT-Bielecki/Top results report

2012-08-27 MT-Bielecki/Top results report

2012-08-26 MT-Bielecki/Top results report

2012-08-21 MT-Bielecki/Top results report

2012-08-10 MT-Bielecki/Top results report

2012-07-07 Vice-Champion of the World Title for Dr. Hans-Dieter Wunderlich!

2012-06-22 MT-Bielecki Top Players – the first game completed!

2012-06-14 MT-Bielecki Top Players update as of 14.06.2012

2012-04-29 MT-Bielecki Top Players update as of 29.04.2012

2012-03-01 Witold’s Memorial & Match start today

2012-02-19 MT-Bielecki Top Players update as of 19.02.2012

2012-02-08 MT-Bielecki/ section B initiated

2012-01-23 MT-Bielecki Top Players update as of 23.01.2012

2012-01-01 MT-Bielecki Top Players update as of 01.01.2012

2011-08-08 Witold Bielecki Memorial – initial information