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Bartłomiej Heberla

Bartłomiej Heberla in 2013 (Warsaw)
Country Poland
Born 19 June 1985
Rybnik, Poland
Title Grandmaster (2006)
Peak rating 2578 (01.06.2014)

Bartłomiej Heberla (born 19 June 1985), in Rybnik is a Polish chess Grandmaster (2006) and currently one of the leading Polish players.

Chess career

Bartlomiej Heberla was Polish U16 champion in 2001. He is a multiple medalist of the Polish Junior Chess Championship: apart from this gold medal in 2001 (U16), he captured 1999 (U14), 2000 (U16), 2005 (U20) - three silver, and 2003 (U20) - bronze. In the 1999 and 2001 he twice won the Polish Junior Rapid Chess Championship.

In 2006 made debut in Polish Chess Championship final in Kraków where take 7th place. Bartłomiej Heberla has also competed successfully in several Polish Team Chess Championships (3 team gold in 2007, 2008, 2010). In 2010 he won Polish Blitz Chess Championship in Myślibórz.

In 2008, Heberla won the traditional tournament at Banja Luka (9th edition, the last to-date) ahead of Viktor Korchnoi (previous winner in 2007), Sergey Volkov and Geetha Narayanan Gopal. This major recurring, but in unregular intervals played international invitation tournament, is probably most famous for Garry Kasparov's clear first as a non-titled player in 1979.

In 2010, Bartłomiej Heberla tied for 1st-6th with Kamil Mitoń, Bojan Kurajica, Yuri Gonzalez Vidal, Lázaro Bruzón and Evgeny Gleizerov in the 4th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de La Laguna.

Bartłomiej Heberla is also a FIDE Trainer (2012). In 2014 he was the Malta men's national team coach at 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø.

Bartłomiej Heberla played for Poland in European Boys' U18 Team Chess Championship:

Bartłomiej Heberla played for Poland in European Team Chess Championship:


In August 8, 2008 was on his way to the tournament in the Česká Třebová occurred Studénka train disaster, which resulted in 8 people were killed and 64 were wounded. Although Bartłomiej Heberla traveled in the first, the most damaged carriage, has not suffered serious injuries and the same day he left the hospital.