Nakamura wins Gibtelecom 2008 after a playoff with Bu Xiangzhi

results, standings, pgn, and videos

Going into the last round, there were six players able to get the title or enter a playoff match. On top of the standings were GM Zahar Efimenko and GM Bu Xiangzhi with 7,5/9 followed by Victor Bologan, GN Gopal, Hikaru Nakamura, Ni Hua, all with 7,0/9.

Bu Xiangzhi and Ni Hua drew in 27 moves, played in 22 minutes. Efimenko depended on himself, but he was stunned by Hiraku Nakamura, who took the victory and finished with the same points as Bu. After a narrow miss by Gopal, his game with Bologan finished draw. That meant a two way tiebreak between Bu and Nakamura (games bellow).

The two way tiebreak rules were simple. It would consist of two games played at 10m + 10s. If these were tied 1-1, then the player with the highest average of opponents’ ratings in the tournament having the choice of White or Black in an Armageddon game played at 5m v 4m (which would be Bu Xiangzhi).

John Saunders reports:

We’ve been treated to the most dramatic of finales this afternoon. Starting at 15:00 (GMT+1), Hikaru Nakamura and Bu Xiangzhi played off to decide who would win the £12,000 first prize and title of 2008 Gibtelecom Master, with £8,000 going to the loser. Hikaru made a great start with an assured win with the white pieces. But Bu Xiangzhi seemed likely to hit back in the second game when he produced a tactic to win Nakamura’s queen for rook and knight. The computer predicted a win for the Chinese GM but he failed to break down the fortress position set up by the American. Eventually, despairing of the win, he even allowed himself to be mated when his chances of victory had clearly ebbed away and he was well down on the clock. So, to Hikaru Nakamura, the big cheque and the plaudits. Congratulations to him!

Title norms achieved after nine games

As we reported yesterday Australia has its new grandmaster. This is the 21 years old Zong-Yuan Zhao who achieved his final norm at Gibtelecom. Here is the list of norms awarded at the tournament.

GM: Zong-Yuan Zhao (AUS, final norm); Robert Bellin (ENG); Viktorija Cmilyte (LTU)

IM: Max Devereaux (ENG), Shen Yang (CHN), Zhao Xue (CHN), Joachim Thomassen (NOR), Ismael Karim (MAR).

Gibtelecom PGN

PGN round 1 / PGN round 2 / PGN round 3 / PGN round 4 / PGN round 5 / PGN round 6 / PGN round 7 / PGN round 8 / PGN round 9 / PGN round 10


2008 Gibtelecom Masters Play-off Nakamura-Bu video

By Zeljka Malobabic

Gibtelecom impressions

By Peter Doggers

2008 Gibtelecom tournament

By Zeljka Malobabic

Interesting battle for the first places at Gibtelecom 2008

IM Zong Yuan Zhao wins 3rd GM norm

IM Zong Yuan Zhao will become Australia’s next grandmaster after winning his penultimate game in Gibraltar against Frenchman Gildas Goldzstein, reports Amiel from The Closet Grandmaster. The win gives Zong Zhao the third GM norm and the GM title. Zhao won his previous norm at the Festival Internacional da Ajedrez GEMA. The Sydney Morning Herald was quick to celebrate the news.

Viktorija Cmilyte (LTU) and Robert Bellin (ENG) have also achieved GM norms. Joachim Thomassen (NOR), Max Devereaux (ENG), Shen Yang (CHN), Zhao Xue (CHN) and Ismael Karim (MAR) take IM norms home.

Going into the last round

Gibtelecom 2008 has been a fantastic tournament of spectacular rises and quick setbacks. It started with GM Antoaneta Stefanova taking down 4 in a row, among them Petrosian and Gurevich. However, a series of draws and a “half point bye” in round 8 sent her back in the standings.

At her place rose the Mtel Masters 2008 participant Xiangzhi Bu. Round 8 result for Bu was spectacular, 7 victories and 1 draw for a total TPR of 3022! However, his reign did not continue afterwards, as he was taken down by the always orbiting the first places GM Zahar Efimenko. With this victory GM Efimenko has equalized Bu on top of the standings, both having 7,5/9. They are followed by Victor Bologan, GN Gopal, Hikaru Nakamura, Ni Hua, all with 7,0/9 and direct matches will decide the winner of this year’s event.

Last round top pairings:

GM Bu Xiangzhi (CHN 2691) – GM Ni Hua (CHN 2680)

GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA 2670) – GM Zahar Efimenko (UKR 2638)

GM G.N. Gopal (IND 2528) – GM Viktor Bologan (MDA 2663)

GM Leonid Kritz (GER 2592) – GM Wang Yue (CHN 2698)

Action starts at 11:00 CET, follow it live on the official site.

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With his victory against Victor Bologan, Bu Xiangzhi achieved a TPR of 3022
photo by IM Manuel Weeks

Stefanova leading Gibtelecom with perfect score

report by John Saunders

Antoaneta Stefanova Eti

Bulgarian former women’s world champion Antoaneta
Stefanova has made a fantastic start to the Gibtelecom
Masters tournament in Gibraltar (22-31 January).

After a default win in round 1, she has beaten three
world-class GMs in successive rounds: Mikhail
Gurevich, Tigran L Petrosian and Varuzhan Akobian.
Today she attempts to make it four in a row as she
plays Alexander Belyavsky.

This is the best start ever
for a woman player in the very strong Gibtelecom
Masters tournament, which features many strong
women players in the field, with a £5,000 (nearly
10,000 US dollars) first prize for the women players, as
well as £12,000 (nearly 24,000 dollars) for the first
prize overall. If Antoaneta (or one of the other strong
women players) were to win the tournament, she (or
they) would scoop both prizes!

This is the sixth Gibtelecom Festival in Gibraltar.
Check out the official website for videos
and photo slideshows, live games, live commentary,
webcam etc, as well as full downloads, results pages
and mini-biographies of all the players (not just the
super-GMs).

90 000+ views of the Shake hand gambit declined

the video is the third most viewed sports video in youtube today

There is no question about it, chess is a very popular sport. The video of the game Nigel Short – Ivan Cheparinov from round 8 of the Corus 2008 chess tournament has received more than 90 000 hits in the last day. That gives it the third position for most viewed sports video in youtube.com, in front of spectacular sports achievements such as the fastest goal in the Spanish first division by Llorente. These numbers also make it one of the most (if not the most) ever viewed chess video. In only 24 hours it has equalized the numbers of chess videos that have been there for years. It has been linked by 31 000+ sites and blogs (according to youtube) and it has been reported to have appeared on TV in at least seven countries.

The video is also a good indicator of the visitors of chess websites today. The clear leader is dagbladet.no which sent 7000+ visitors (data is from 24:00 CET), followed by chessbase.com with 6611, chessdom.com with 5296, and origo.hu with 3998. Here are the awards by youtube:

#72 – Most Discussed (Today)

#6 – Most Discussed (Today) – Sports

#6 – Most Linked (Today)

#1 – Most Linked (Today) – Sports

#58 – Most Linked (This Week)

#5 – Most Linked (This Week) – Sports

#13 – Most Viewed (Today)

#3 – Most Viewed (Today) – Sports

#34 – Most Viewed (This Week) – Sports

#22 – Top Favorites (Today) – Sports

#23 – Top Rated (Today) – Sports

All these numbers are fantastic for Chessdom.com. In only one year the website has become one of the information leaders in chess. Our way has always followed the words of the ETCC 2007 CEO George Mastrokoukos, who says, “Chessdom.com makes a real difference in the field of objective and reliable chess reporting” However, what follows is the first subjective opinion on the site.

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The events in Corus B group

The round 8 game between Short and Cheparinov will have a significant impact on the chess world. As we foresaw a month ago, it is a bomb with a timer, ready to explode at any tournament. Our eyes were opened by Mr. David Jarret, who confirmed during the Anna Rudolf’s case development that shaking hands cannot be penalized, since it is a recommendation and not a rule. Only a week later, in an interview for a Bulgarian newspaper Mr. Danailov confirmed that there would be no shaking of hands in Topalov – Kramnik game. However, the bomb exploded a day before.

Who was right and who was wrong? It is a very difficult question to answer since the events involve moral, social, and legal issues. Starting with the moral issues, both players had their right. Mr. Short required a normal greeting while Mr. Cheparinov required a normal excuse for past actions of Short. The pride was stronger than their desire for an end of the conflict and neither Short has apologized nor Cheparinov greeted him. This same pride has been a central issue in many conflicts around the world and is totally a human trait, something that we do not like, but seems to be in our blood.

Short – Cheparinov game looks like a normal event on a personal level and a good theme for a Latin American soap opera movie. However, these two players were on the stage and the world was expecting their game. They were responsible in front of all of us, the chess fans, and they let their personal discussions to ruin round 8. Here the precedents go back to San Luis and the two players could have talked about them behind the stage. But Cheparinov publicly expressed his thoughts by not shaking hands with Short and provoked the reaction of the English GM.

The legal norms, however, were on the side of Cheparinov. His manager clearly stated David Jarret’s words immediately after the game, that Cheparinov is not obliged to shake hands and no penalty follows. Short had to know that, as he is a playing under FIDE rules, and his emotional storming out of the room was incorrect. The arbiter of the match also took the wrong decision and we had to see appeals committee in action.

Summing up the legal, social, and moral side of the story, the conclusion is logical. Both players carry responsibility for the accident, but non of them can be penalized under FIDE laws. Hopefully this case and the story of Anna Rudolf will lead to quick decisions and incorporation of stricter laws in chess. But even strict FIDE laws cannot help chess if Short, Cheparinov, and all the others on the stage do not behave as grown up people.

The role of chess media in the conflict

The worldwide media has to be congratulated for the reaction to the conflict this time. It is always the easiest (and most profitable) to take a side in an argument. However, this time everyone was down to Earth. The conflict has a long story and so many factors are involved that judging only from the actions in Corus will be a big mistake. The media did the right thing – the video was distributed around sites, the story was published, and blaming was kept on the lowest possible level. It is his majesty, the reader, who has the sole right to decide who is right and who is wrong.

The media is only responsible for carrying out the facts and Chessdom tried to do it’s best with minute by minute reports from the playing hall. Chessdom does not accept any outside influences. We have been blamed for being the site of the Greek Chess Federation during the ETCC, a Hungarian site during the Anna Rudolf scandal, the site of Danailov during the Mtel Masters, the site of Gorenje during Valjevo 2007. The Chessdom team can say loud and proud that all of the above is just gossip. We are 21 people from 14 countries and we are a global site without affiliations and secret connections. And we will keep on being independent, only faithful to you, the thousands of readers that visit us every day. Join us again tomorrow with the live commentary of Van Wely – Carlsen at 13:30 CET live on Chessdom.

Carlsen and Aronian still leading Corus A

Kramnik scores first win, Gelfand and Topalov lose again

Corus A

Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian played a fighting draw, but remained in the lead as Teimour Radjabov was held by fellow Azeri Shakhryar Mamedyarov. Judit Polgar stormed on Boris Gelfand’s king in her trademarked fashion and forced him to resign right after the time control. Vladimir Kramnik tied Pavel Eljanov all around right from the opening to reach a pleasant endgame with extra pawn. This was like playing in Kramnik’s backyard and he safely converted the advantage to earn first full point in Corus. The longest game of the day was again the one of Loek van Wely, but this time he managed to win being exchange up, the victim was Veselin Topalov. Full standings.

Join us tomorrow for the LIVE commentary of derby games Ivanchuk-Carlsen and Aronian-Anand!

Round 4 results

L. van Wely – V. Topalov 1-0

B. Gelfand – J. Polgar 0-1

P. Leko – V. Ivanchuk ½-½

M. Carlsen – L. Aronian ½-½

V. Anand – M. Adams ½-½

V. Kramnik – P. Eljanov 1-0

T. Radjabov – S. Mamedyarov ½-½

Gelfand-Polgar Corus 2008

Boris Gelfand – Judit Polgar

Carlsen-Aronian Corus 2008

Magnus Carlsen – Levon Aronian


Corus B

Corus B was more quiet than in earlier rounds, with five games finishing in draws. Ivan Cheparinov, probably angry after losing to Jan Smeets in third round, blasted Russian junior Ian Nepomniachtchi off the board. Ian helped him though, by collecting too many pawns in the sharp Moskow variation. Pentala Harikrishna beats underdog IM Wouter Spoelman to join the leading Jan Smeets and Etienne Bacrot. Full standings.

Round 4 results

N. Short – H. Koneru ½-½

G. Sargissian – E. L’Ami ½-½

I. Cheparinov – I. Nepomniachtchi 1-0

M. Krasenkow – J. Smeets ½-½

E. Bacrot – S. Movsesian ½-½

P. Harikrishna – W. Spoelman 1-0

Y. Hou – D. Stellwagen ½-½

Ivan Cheparinov square 2 Ian Nepomniachtchi square

Ivan Cheparinov – Ian Nepomniachtchi 1-0

Corus C

IM Alik Braun is now the only player in Corus to have perfect score after four rounds. He won against IM van der Werf, while Fabiano Caruana had to concede to a draw against GM Dmitri Reinderman. Swedish GM Pontus Carlsson approaches the top by scoring another win, this time against the local Dennis Ruijgrok. Full standings.

Round 4 results

I. Krush – E. Grivas 0-1

F. Caruana – D. Reinderman ½-½

P. Carlsson – D. Ruijgrok 1-0

A. Braun – M. van der Werf 1-0

J. van der Wiel – Z. Peng ½-½

S. Li – P. Negi 0-1

A. Ushenina – F. Nijboer 0-1

Corus A – Same Target, Same Distance

Fabiano Caruana and Arik Braun with perfect score in Corus C

Corus A

Six games in the main Group A finished in uneventful draws, only Teimour Radjabov, for the third day in a row, remained on the stage to defend position against Loek van Wely. He successfully achieved draw after being exchange down. Standings remained the same, Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian are leading with 2.5 points, followed by Teimour Radjabov with 2 points. Full standings.

Join us tomorrow for the LIVE commentary of derby match Carlsen-Aronian!

Corus A, round 3 results

T. Radjabov – L. van Wely ½-½

S. Mamedyarov – V. Kramnik ½-½

P. Eljanov – V. Anand ½-½

M. Adams – M. Carlsen ½-½

L. Aronian – P. Leko ½-½

V. Ivanchuk – B. Gelfand ½-½

J. Polgar – V. Topalov ½-½

Polgar Topalov

Judit Polgar – Veselin Topalov

Pavel Eljanov square Vishy Anand square 2

Pavel Eljanov – Vishwanatan Anand draw


Corus B

Group B continued to sparkle with decided games. Hou Yifan demolished Nigel Short’s Berlin defence, while Sergei Movsesian finally expressed desire to win and outplayed Mikhal Krasenkow. The only draw was agreed between Daniel Stellwagen and Pentala Harikrishna. Ivan Cheparinov pushed to hard against Jan Smeets and eventually lost to bounce back to 50% score. Etienne Bacrot and Jan Smeets are elading with 2.5 points, full standings.

Corus B, round 3 results

Y. Hou – N. Short 1-0

D. Stellwagen – P. Harikrishna ½-½

W. Spoelman – E. Bacrot 0-1

S. Movsesian – M. Krasenkow 1-0

J. Smeets – I. Cheparinov 1-0

I. Nepomniachtchi – G. Sargissian 1-0

E. L’Ami – H. Koneru 1-0

Erwin Lami square Humpy Koneru square

Erwin l’Ami – Humpy Koneru 1-0

Ian Nepomniachtchi square Nigel Short square

Ian Nepomniachtchi victorious, Nigel Short defeated

Corus C

Italian star Fabiano Caruana and German IM Arik Braun are smashing through the competition in Corus Group C. The two are now leading with the perfect score, full point ahead of pack of players. Full standings.

Corus B, round 3 results

A. Ushenina – I. Krush ½-½

F. Nijboer – S. Li 1-0

P. Negi – J. van der Wiel 1-0

Z. Peng – A. Braun 0-1

M. van der Werf – P. Carlsson ½-½

D. Ruijgrok – F. Caruana 0-1

D. Reinderman – E. Grivas ½-½

Australian Chess Championship 2008

GM Dejan Antic first, IM Stephen Solomon new champion

The Australian Chess Championship was held from 2nd to 11th January 2008 at the Parramatta RSL Chess Club located in Parramatta, NSW. GM Ian Rogers, the best Australian player, has retired from competitive chess few months ago, thus missing the competition. However, the lineup was reinforced with Dejan Antic, Grandmaster from Serbia who is hoping to become permanent resident, and Herman Van Riemsdijk, experienced International Master from Brazil.

After the tense race, and thanks to the win with black pieces in the last round, GM Dejan Antic took the first place with 8.5 points from 11 rounds and $1.500 AUS prize. He was ineligible for the title of Australian Champion though, so the honors goes to IM Stephen Solomon, who finally earned the trophy on the 14th attempt. We want to thank Amiel Rosario of The Closet Grandmaster blog for the fantastic coverage of the Championship.

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GM Dejan Antic on the left

Open section final standings:

1. GM Dejan Antic 2480 – 8.5

2-3. IM Stephen Solomon 2468 and IM Herman Van Riemsdijk 2391- 8.0

4. IM George Xie 2413 – 7.5

5-6. Moulthun Ly 2319 and Max Illingworth 2152 – 7.0

7-10. FM Igor Goldenberg 2395, Felix Klein 2205, FM Jesse Noel Sales 2299 and Tomek Rej 2283 – 6.5

11-16. GM Darryl K Johansen 2475, Tristan Boyd 2270, Samuel Chow 2240, FM Douglas G Hamilton 2229, Gareth Oliver 2164 and Junta Ikeda 2201 – 6.0
(38 players)

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IM Stephen Solomon vs IM Herman Van Riemsdijk

James Watson was declared winner of the Major Group (64 players) after beating Yongtae Kim in the rapid and blitz tiebreak. During the regular 11 rounds both players have collected 8.5 points. Bob Liang won the Minor section (37 players) with 9 points out of 11 games. Lightning event had 76 participants, Samuel Chow and Moulthun Ly ended tied first with 9 points.

Important addition was 2007-2008 Australian Fisher Random Championships. Neil Wright of New South Wales earned the trophy with 6 points from 7 games. (24 players)

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AUS ch 2

Photos courtesy of Amiel Rosario

Championship website

Anna Rudolf case going to FIDE

The Hungarian Chess Federation will make an official

Everything about Anna Rudolf’s case

Vandoeuvre open – report with photos

The story of Anna Rudolf – as told by Marie Boyarchenko

Interview with Anna Rudolf – emotional interview with Anna after Vandoeuvre open

What rules apply here – a letter from FIDE Executive Director David Jarrett

Interview with GM Christian Bauer

The games of Anna Rudolf from Vandoeuvre Open

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Official statement by Anna Rudolf

Here is an official statemet by Anna Rudolf that she sent to the Chessdom.com team an hour ago:

Since the article about my story from the Vandoeuvre Open appeared on Chessdom, I’ve received lots of feedback. Short messages from chess player acquaintances, but also supporting comments on many blogs and sites, written by people who had not even known me before. I’m thankful to all of them, it was great to see how many people support me and judge the behaviour of the accusers.
Concerning this behaviour, I totally agree with Mr Bauer that it was somewhat understandable — if they had really thought I was cheating. But I don’t understand why did they keep on accusing me and why did they make a complaint to the arbiter about me right before the last game, if my games had been checked after Round 4 and they had not shown any “too often matching with the engine”. Saying that I am younger, female, and also “low rated” can’t make an evidence for cheating, I think. And for the ones who don’t understand how did I “learn to play chess in 2 months”, I would like to say that yes, I did lose games to players rated 2000 and I did lose lots of rating points on the World Junior Championship of 2007. That was the worst tournament of my life so far. But they could have a look at other tournaments, for example the same World Championship but from 2006 (5-8th place) or the European Women Championship of 2007 (double WGM-norm).
When my Federation (the Hungarian Chess Federation) got to know about the story from Chessdom.com, they became quite shocked and immediately contacted me. They promised me overall support and they themselves are going to make a complaint to the FIDE Ethics Commision.
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The chief arbiter Eric Delmotte

The official statement by Anna Rudolf has not been the only reaction of the day. The chief arbiter of the competition Mr. Eric Delmotte shared:

Anna was playing a very good tournament and she is a very good player. She is a player that moves a lot during her game but there are a lot of players that do this.
Cedric Paci asked me to come to discuss an issue with GM Vladimir Lazarev, who told me that some players have some doubts about Anna’s performance. He asked me to have a look at her and that is what we did with my colleague.
But at no moment we saw anything suspicious in her moves. We tried also to analyse her games with some strong players and a computer and nobody after this analysis told me that he had a doubt.
The Latvian players have the right to expose some doubts, but they do not have right to act as they did in the last round by accusating her directly just before the game without any proof and after we dealed with it. Everybody must do everything to avoid cheating paranoya because this is not good for the “climate” of the tournaments.
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Anna Rudolf’s coach Ben Purton

Chessdom has also received the opinion of Mr. Ben Purton, the coach of Anna Rudolf. He is defenitely disturbed by the information that the story might repeat at Cappelle La Grande.

My name is Ben Purton, I represent Slough Sharks in the 4NCL and we have played in ECC in 2006. Anna Rudolf is our women player. The real sad thing is, she is the one player out of all of us who would least likely do something immoral in anyway. By far our nicest player. If Mr. Krivonosov and co. do not apologize we have to do something about it. The fact that Mr. Krivonosov wants to tormatise her at Cappelle La Grande is very disturbing. FIDE should do something about it!

More updates

Corus Wijk Aan Zee 2008 is starting tomorrow and Chessdom will have live commentary with GM Dimitrov, WFM Videnova, IM Perunovic, Milena Stefanova, and Goran Urosevic. However, we will not stop updating you on the Anna Rudolf’s case. We expect a translation of the opinions of GM Petr Velicka (special thanks to Viktor Novotny from www.nss.cz for the help!) and an interview with IM Momchil Nikolov. We also got the email of Mr. Lazarev and will be contacting him for the other side of the story.

Stay tuned for updates!

Corus 2008 standings

results and standigns

Corus 2008 group A standings

N Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pts
1 Kramnik * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½
2 Anand ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½
3 Topalov 1 0 * ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 6
4 Mamedyarov ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 6
5 Leko ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 7
6 Ivanchuk ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 7
7 Aronian 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8
8 Gelfand ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 5
9 Radjabov ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½
10 Carlsen 1 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 1 8
11 Adams ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1
12 Polgar ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 * 0 ½ 6
13 Eljanov 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 * ½ 5
14 Van Wely ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * 5
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Corus 2008 group B standings

N Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pts
1 Cheparinov * ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 1
2 Bacrot ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 8
3 Movsesian ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 9
4 Sargissian ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 4
5 Harikrishna 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 7
6 Short 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ 8
7 Krasenkow 0 0 1 ½ 0 * 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 1
8 Stellwagen ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 6
9 Koneru ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 0 ½ 0 5
10 Nepomniachti 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1
11 L’Ami 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * 1 0
12 Smeets 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 * 0 0
13 Yifan Hou ½ 0 0 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 * ½
14 Spoelman 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 1 1 ½ * 4
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Corus 2008 group C standings

N Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pts
1 Caruana * 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 9
2 Nijboer 0 * 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 7
3 Braun 0 1 * ½ 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 6
4 Reinderman ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
5 Negi 0 0 ½ * 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 8
6 Grivas ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 * 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 1 5
7 Li 1 0 ½ 0 0 1 * ½ 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 6
8 Carlsson 0 1 0 1 ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 1
9 van der Wiel 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ * 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 6
10 Ushenina 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * ½ 1 1 1
11 Krush 1 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 1 1 ½ * ½ ½ 6
12 Peng 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1
13 van der Werf 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 6
14 Ruijgrok 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ * 2

Israel International Chess Championship

results, standings, and pgn

Michael Roiz square

The Israel International Chess Championship is going on in Maalot-Tarshikhha, a Jewish-Arab town in the north of Israel. It is a strong category 15 round robin with 10 GMs from Israel, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, and Germany. After three rounds GM Ilia Smirin (winner of Acropolis Open 2007) and GM Evgeny Postny are top of the table with 2,5/3. They are closely followed by GM Moiseenko with 2,0/3 and a group of players with 1,5 – GM Gyimesi, GM Rodshtein, GM Avrukh, GM Khenkin, and GM Roiz. GM Bartlomiej Macieja is with 2,0 and GM Artur Kogan is with 1,0.

Participants

Roiz, Michael

ISR
2659

Moiseenko, Alexander

UKR
2643

Avrukh, Boris

ISR
2628

Postny, Evgeny

ISR
2627

Macieja, Bartlomiej

POL
2617

Smirin, Ilia

ISR
2616

Rodshtein, Maxim

ISR
2614

Gyimesi, Zoltan

HUN
2605

Khenkin, Igor

GER
2602

Kogan, Artur

ISR
2591

Round 1 (pgn and games)

Avrukh – Postny 0-1

Moiseenko – Gyimesi 1/2-1/2

Rodshtein – Roiz 1/2-1/2

Macieja – Smirin 0-1

Khenkin – Kogan 1/2-1/2

Round 2 (pgn and games)

Avrukh – Moiseenko 1-0

Postny – Kogan 1-0

Gyimesi – Rodshtein 1/2-1/2

Smirin – Khenkin 1/2-1/2

Roiz – Macieja 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (pgn and games)

Macieja – Gyimesi 1/2-1/2

Moiseenko – Postny 1/2-1/2

Rodshtein – Avrukh 1/2-1/2

Khenkin – Roiz 1/2-1/2

Kogan – Smirin 0-1

Standings

1-2. Smirin 2,5

1-2. Postny 2,5

3. Moiseenko 2,0

4-8. Gyimesi 1,5

4-8. Rodshtein 1,5

4-8. Avrukh 1,5

4-8. Khenkin 1,5

4-8. Roiz 1,5

9. Macieja 1,0

10. Kogan 0,5

Acropolis Macieja

GM Bartlomiej Macieja

ETCC 2007 Arrival Day 02

Valjevo 2007 winner GM Michael Roiz talking to the Chessdom editor-in-chief Goran Urosevic