Kamsky and Leko qualify for round 2

Candidate Matches r1 g4 sees many decisive games

The exciting day 4 of Elista saw many decisive games. Leko and Kamsky achieved their third consecutive victory to close R1 of the Candidate Matches. Aronian recovered from the surprising loss in G3 and scored to take the lead 2,5-1,5. Adams stunned Shirov with Black and is only half a point from going to next round. The only match that is still level is the one of Boris Gefland and Rustam Kasimdzhanov after four draws.

Aronian Levon (ARM) – Carlsen Magnus (NOR) 1 – 0

Rublevsky Sergei (RUS) – Ponomariov Ruslan (UKR) 1/2 – 1/2

Kasimdzhanov Rustam (UZB) – Gelfand Boris (ISR) 1/2 – 1/2

Malakhov Vladimir (RUS) – Grischuk Alexander (RUS) 0 – 1

Shirov Alexei (ESP) – Adams Michael (ENG) 0 – 1

Bareev Evgeny (RUS) – Polgar Judith (HUN) 1 – 0

Gurevich Mikhail (TUR) – Leko Peter (HUN) 0 – 1

Bacrot Etienne (FRA) – Kamsky Gata (USA) 0 – 1

Candidate matches preview

Players arrive at Elista

Candidate matches round 1 – game 1

Candidate matches round 1 game 2

Candidate matches round 1 game 3

1st World Women Chess Championship

China wins, Russia silver, Ukraine bronze

The First World Women Chess Championship was held from 19 to 30 May in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The Chinese team won with a confortable advantage after they destroyed the strong Russian team 4-0 in the second round. After China won against Ukraine 3,5-0,5 in round 5, the intrigue was will Botswana manage to take half a point until the end of the competition.

For nice interviews with the players, visit the official site of the event www.chesswomen.com.

Round 1 results:

China 3.5-0.5 Vietnam

Russia 3-1 Germany

Poland 4-0 Botswana

Geogia 2.5-1.5 Czech Republic

Ukraine 3-1 Armenia

Round 2 results:

Vietnam 2.5-1.5 Armenia

Czech Republic 1-3 Ukraine

Botswana 0-4 Georgia

Germany 1-3 Poland

China 4-0 Russia

Round 3 results:

Russia 3.5-0.5 Vietnam

Poland 0-4 China

Geogia 2-2 Germany

Ukraine 4-0 Botswana

Armenia 4-0 Czech Republic

Round 4 results:

Vietnam 3-1 Czech Republic

Botswana 0-4 Armenia

Germany 2-2 Ukraine

China 2-2 Georgia

Russia 2.5-1.5 Poland

Round 5 results:

Poland 2-2 Vietnam

Georgia 1-3 Russia

Ukraine 0.5-3.5 China

Armenia 1.5-2.5 Germany

Czech Republic 4-0 Botswana

Round 6 results:

Vietnam 4-0 Botswana

Germany 2-2 Czech Republic

China 3.5-0.5 Armenia

Russia 2-2 Ukraine

Poland 1-3 Georgia

Round 7 results:

Georgia 2.5-1.5 Vietnam

Ukraine 2.5-1.5 Poland

Armenia 1.5-2.5 Russia

Czech Republic 0.5-3.5 China

Botswana 0-4 Germany

Round 8 results:

Vietnam 2-2 Germany

China 4-0 Botswana

Russia 3.5-0.5 Czech Republic

Poland 3-1 Armenia

Georgia 1-3 Ukraine

Round 9 results:

Ukraine 3.5-0.5 Vietnam

Armenia 2-2 Georgia

Czech Republic 0.5-3.5 Poland

Botswana 0-4 Russia

Germany 1.5-2.5 China

Final Standings:

1. China 17
2. Russia 15
3. Ukraine 14
4. Georgia 11
5. Poland 9
6. Germany 8
7. Vietnam 8
8. Armenia 5
9. Czech Republic 3
10. Botswana 0

Vassily Ivanchuk superior in Havana

Ukrainian took his third Capablanca Memorial

Havana must be on Vassily Ivanchuk’s favorites map as he won the Capablanca memorial for the third consecutive time. It was impressive run, too, he was looking at rest of the field from the two points distance. Rare result in short 9-round robins.

Ivanchuk Corus

Vassily Ivanchuk

Kudos to Cuban GM Walter Arencibia for the wonderful fighting spirit. Six decisive games, with only three draws, brought him to 50% score, but his attitude was refreshing and play fun to watch. This concludes our “to-praise” list.

Bad shape of Neuris Delgado Ramirez and, once Corus Group “A” participant, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, turned them into punching bags. Other players were drawing too much, in too few moves, to deserve honorable mention. Together with Bosna 2007 tournament, an important signal for the organizers.

Capablanca Memorial Final Standings:

1. Vasilly Ivanchuk (UKR 2729) 7.5
2. Leinier Domínguez (CUB 2678) 5.5
3. Vugar Gashimov (AZE 2644) 5.5
4. Walter Arencibia (CUB 2555) 4.5
5. Yuniesky Quesada (CUB 2541) 4.5
6. Kamil Miton (POL 2653) 4.5
7. Peter Heine Nielsen (DEN 2649) 4.0
8. Jesús Nogueiras (CUB 2552) 3.5
9. Lázaro Bruzón (CUB 2620) 3.0
10. Neuris Delgado (CUB 2547) 2.5

Round 4 report

Capablanca memorial preview

Parallel open tournament featured 87 participants. GM Csaba Horvath, IM Diasmany Otero and GM Holden Hernandez finished tied first with 7.5 points each.

Open Tournament Final Standings:

1. GM Csaba Horvath (HUN 2538) 7.5
1. IM Diasmany Otero (CUB 2366) 7.5
1. GM Holden Hernandez (CUB 2541) 7.5
4. FM Sandro Pozo Vera (CUB 2448) 7.0
4. IM Gaston Needleman (ARG 2416) 7.0
4. IM Oswaldo Zambrana (BOL 2512) 7.0
7. FM Jose Angel Guerra Mendez (CUB 2399) 6.5
7. IM Ramon Mateo (CUB 2448) 6.5
7. IM Fidel Corrales Jimenez (CUB 2479) 6.5
7. IM Aleksandar Colovic (MKD 2463) 6.5
7. FM Alexey Fernandez (CUB 2414) 6.5

Kamsky a step away from victory!

Carlsen with an important win

The best US chess player Gata Kamsky took an important advantage against his opponent Bacrot Etienne (FRA). Kamsky is leading the match 2,5-0,5 and he is a point away from qualifying for the second stage.

At the press conference of Mtel Masters Kamsky was asked if he will be tired after the Super tournament. His answer was clear, Mtel 07 was a great practice for him.

Another Mtel Masters participant, Michael Adams, made third consequtive draw with Alexei Shirov. The game was very similar to the round 1 and round 2 games between the two GMs, ending with a three moves repetition.

Draws in day 3 were not as abundant as previous days. Besides Kamsky, Leko also got closer to victory with 2,5-0,5. Carlsen came back in the match and leveled the score against Aronian 1,5 – 1,5. In the longest game of the day Rublevski won against Ponomariov in a 92 moves Queen and Pawns endgame.

Candidate matches preview

Players arrive at Elista

Candidate matches round 1 – game 1

Candidate matches round 1 game 2

Bosna 2007 Final Report

Sergei Movsesian wins with a clear point ahead of the others

Our previous report covered the first half of the tournament, an interesting start with many surprises. The second half, however, was as exciting as watching the bamboo growing. Top placed Sergei Movsesian and Borki Predojevic were clearly satisfied with the standings, thus reducing their pugnacity. Artyom Timofeev was in a poor shape and every short draw was like a divine gift for him. He will surely want to forget Bosna soon.

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GM Nigel Short

Alexander Morozevich and Ivan Sokolov were trying to achieve more, but both scored one win, one loss and couple of draws. Nigel Short was the only eager to fight, having played the largest number of moves. He had his retaliation against Morozevich, but others have already switched to ultra-solid mode. It will be totally logical to see Sofia rule in Bosna next year.

Ivan Sokolov

GM Ivan Sokolov

Bosna 2007 Final Standings:

1. Sergei Movsesian (SVK 2642) 6.5
2. Borki Predojevic (BIH 2609) 5.5
3. Ivan Sokolov (NED 2655) 5.0
4. Alexander Morozevich (RUS 2762) 5.0
5. Nigel Short (ENG 2691) 4.5
6. Artyom Timofeev (RUS 2658) 3.5

Black Pieces’ Magic

Kamsky, Bareev, and Leko win in R1 game 2

Many draws again

Yesterday, chessdom.com started a deep sheep analysis of the games going on in Elista. In the first round, it turned out that most sheep were checkered (i.e. leading to drawn games no matter black or white). Today, the players tried to adjust their sheep. However, the additional refinement to the sheep’s performance did not work for many in game 2, and most of the games finished draw.

Checkered sheep results

Aronian Levon (ARM) – Carlsen Magnus (NOR) 1/2 – 1/2

Rublevsky Sergei (RUS) – Ponomariov Ruslan (UKR) 1/2 – 1/2

Kasimdzhanov Rustam (UZB) – Gelfand Boris (ISR) 1/2 – 1/2

Malakhov Vladimir (RUS) – Grischuk Alexander (RUS) 1/2 – 1/2

Shirov Alexei (ESP) – Adams Michael (ENG) 1/2 – 1/2

Bareev repainted his sheep

Bareev Evgeny (RUS) – Polgar Judith (HUN) 1 – 0

Evgeny Bareev was the only player with initially black sheep that managed to repaint it. The results were pretty good and even though he missed some good moves, he managed to win against Judith Polgar.

Few sheep adjustments led to logical results

Gurevich Mikhail (TUR) – Leko Peter (HUN) 0 – 1

Bacrot Etienne (FRA) – Kamsky Gata (USA) 0 – 1

These were the four players that decided to do little or no refinements of their sheep. It turned out that the checkered sheep suspicions from day one were unreasonable, and after a small talk with the animals, the sheep showed their real color. That brought victories for the White sheep holders Kamsky and Leko, even though they played with Black.

Grishchuk and Aronian win, many checkered sheep

Candidate matches round 1 report

white sheep

White sheep

Grischuk Alexander (RUS) – Malakhov Vladimir (RUS) 1-0

A white sheep is a white sheep. It brought good luck to Grishchuk in the first round of the Candidate matches. However, it turned to be the only white sheep of the day to work properly.

Black Sheep

Black sheep

Carlsen Magnus (NOR) – Aronian Levon (ARM) 0 – 1

Aronian shows once again that he is a black sheep for his opponents. As we mentioned in our preview, he is the clear favorite for qualifying. Adding the sheep power to his ability will make the place in the finals even closer for the young Armenian.

Chessdom sheep

Checkered sheep

Leko Peter (HUN) – Gurevich Mikhail (TUR) 1/2 – 1/2

Ponomariov Ruslan (UKR) – Rublevsky Sergei (RUS) 1/2 – 1/2

Kamsky Gata (USA) – Bacrot Etienne (FRA) 1/2 – 1/2

Gelfand Boris (ISR) – Kasimdzhanov Rustam (UZB) 1/2 – 1/2

Adams Michael (ENG) – Shirov Alexei (ESP) 1/2 – 1/2

Polgar Judith (HUN) – Bareev Evgeny (RUS) 1/2 – 1/2

Many games of round one finished 1/2 – 1/2. Was it the case that the players above received a checkered sheep during the draw? We may never know the truth, so let’s look at other factors. First, the players knew who their opponent is long before the start of the games. Thus, they have come prepared to Elista. On the other hand, a pieceful start is better than a negative start, so it is logical to strive for simple, easy to draw positions in the beginning. Not on last place, the absence of the Sofia rule makes the draw a very possible result.

Visit the page dedicated to the World Chess Championship Mexico 2007 for more info about the WCC 2007.

Kamsky Bacrot Elista Polgar Bareev Elista

Black Pieces’ Magic

The two lowest rated players are leading the field after six rounds of Bosna 2007 tournament. For people that know them, this can hardly be surprise. Sergey Movsesian is an ultra-solid player coming from Armenian background. As Levon Aronian pointed out, the Armenians are not heavy theoreticians, but they have highly competitive spirit.

The Bosnian top player, Borki Predojevic, was a national chess project. For a few years, sponsors have provided conditions for him to work with best coaching team in Belgrade. The investment is paying off as Borki is gradually improving to become stable 2600+ player. He surely deserves more invitations for round robins.

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GM Nigel Short

The title is referring to Alexander Morozevich’s performance. While browsing the websites, we have read predictions that Morozevich will display his usual “crush-under 2700″ players and gain enough rating to jump on the 1st or 2nd place on the FIDE rating list. Amazingly, Moro lost all three games with White pieces, while winning two with Black. We’re curious to see how he does in the last four rounds, but he has to work on performance with White in any case if he plans to do something in the 2007 World Championship.

Round 6 Standings:

1. Sergei Movsesian (SVK 2642) 4.5
2. Borki Predojevic (BIH 2609) 3.5
3. Ivan Sokolov (NED 2655) 3.0
4. Alexander Morozevich (RUS 2762) 2.5
5. Nigel Short (ENG 2691) 2.5
6. Artyom Timofeev (RUS 2658) 2.0

Bosna 2007 Preview

US Chess Championship

Alex Shalabov wins the 2007 edition

The US Chess has a new champion! It is GM Alex Shalabov who won the 2007 edition with half a point ahead of the last yers champion Alexander Onishchuk. This is not the first time Shalabov wins the US Chess Championship. He did it also in 2002 and 2003. In 1993 he shared first with Alex Yermolinsky and in 2000 he shared first with Joel Benjamin and Yasser Seirawan. Congratulations Mr. Shalabov!

The new champion together with the players up to fifth place qualify for the World Championship cycle. In 2007-2008 the participants will be Alexander Shalabov (2606), Alexander Onishchuk (2663), Gregory Kaidanov (2587), Yuri Shulman (2600), and Julio Becerra Rivero (2554).

The 2007 Frank K. Berry US Championship brought great happiness to FM Joseph Bradford from Austin. He achieved his last IM norm and thus the title. FM Michael Langer also gets an IM norm and is a step closer to being an IM.

IM Irina Krush (2478) was the best female player of the competition. She finished 24th with 4.0 points. WFM Iryna Zenyuk (2229) was 32nd with 2.5 points and WFM Chouchanik Airapetian (2188) was 36th with 1,5 points.

One more time congratulations to Mr. Shalabov!

French Women Team Championship

The 12 best women teams of France competed in Rennes May 11-13 in the Top 12F championship. Evry Queen-side castling, champion of France 2006, abandoned the competition right before the start. Yet, we could see JEEN Paris, Marseilles Duchamps, Mulhouse, Rennes Paul Bert, Clichy, Vandoeuvre, Bischwiller, Wood-Doves, Paris-Chess Club, Creteil and Guingamp producing great games.

Here are the standings of the tournament that was disputed in the “Thabor” park.

Group A

1. Mulhouse Philidor 15
2. Rennes Paul Bert 12
3. J.E.E.N. Paris 11
4. Echiquier Guingampais 10
5. Marseille Duchamps 7

Group B

1. Clichy-Echecs-92 15
2. Vandoeuvre-Echecs 13
3. Bischwiller 9
4. Paris Chess Club 8
5. C.E. de Bois-Colombes 8
6. Thomas Bourgneuf 7

The final five rounds of the tournament will be played in June. We will keep you updated.

French league women

French league Guingamp