XXI Ciudad de León Second Semifinal

Ivanchuk goes to the final after winning a match against Shirov

Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk defeated Spaniard Alexei Shirov 3-1 in the second semifinal of the XXI Ciudad de León chess tournament.

In the first game Ivanchuk, playing with the White pieces, obtained only a small advantage after the opening, but a mistake by Shirov, 18…Bd8? led to a difficult position for Black.

With 19.f4! Ivanchuk got a clear advantage, then a strong attack, and finally an easily winning endgame with Queen against 2 Rooks.

In the second game Shirov repeated his well known game against Anand, in the Najdorf variation, from Linares Morelia 2008, but Ivanchuk did not play 12…Rc8, preferring 12…Be7.
At first White’s attack looked promising, but with several strong moves, Ivanchuk demonstrated that his attack was faster, and gained big material advantage, so Ivanchuk obtained a critical lead of 2-0.

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Press conference after the match

The third game followed the previous Carlsen – Shirov from Linares of this year, Ivanchuk varied with 18.Kh1 instead of 18.Ra6.

The game was about equal after the opening, however Shirov tried very hard to win, and even with very few pieces he could win the game, but he overlooked the winning move 56…Rb1+!, so Ivanchuk won the match before the last game.

In the last game Shirov wanted to play for a win, but Ivanchuk got a decent position right after the opening, and the game finished in a draw by repetition of moves.

In the press conference Ivanchuk mentioned several interesting lines of the games, the majority of them were the best lines suggested by the engines.

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Vassily Ivanchuk explaining posible variations

In the first game Ivanchuk expected 18…f5, instead of 18…Bd8? in the second game analyzed complex lines after 22.Bh6 and then 24.Bh6, but he didn’t arrive to a clear evaluation.

In the third game he mentioned 43.Nxc7!? this could lead to an interesting ending with several pawns for a piece.

Shirov was satisfied with the interesting games he had played in the match, and he regretted his 7…Be6 move in the first game, that led to a position where concrete solutions have to be found, and with no much time it is very difficult.

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Alexei Shirov

The final match between Viswanathan Anand and Vassily Ivanchuk will take place on Sunday, June 1st. Ivanchuk is scheduled to host a 25-boards simul exhibition on Monday.

Report by GM Zenón Franco Ocampos

First semifinal Anand-Vallejo

All about Leon Chess 2007

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The main sponsors of the tournament are: Ayuntamiento de León, Junta de Castilla y León, Diputación de León, Universidad de León, Caja Duero, ALSA, Editorial MIC, and SP Technology.


GM Drozdovskij and GM Ponomariov lead Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup

Happy birthday to GM Mikhail Golubev!

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The 4th Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup started today in Odessa, Ukraine.

Boris Gelfand (2723, Israel),
Ruslan Ponomariov (2719, Ukraine),
Anatoly Karpov (2655, Russia),
Pavel Tregubov (2629, Russia),
Viktor Korchnoi (2598, Switzerland),
Yuri Drozdovskij (2581, Ukraine),
Valery Beim (2523, Austria), and
Mikhail Golubev (2474, Ukraine)

sat behind the chess board in series of exciting duels.

Five rounds were played in the first day of the competition. Provisional leaders are GM Yuri Drozdovskij and GM Ponomariov with 4,0/5. GM Drozdovskij won his games against GM Beim, GM Gelfand, and GM Korchnoi, and was held to a draw by one of the best chess journalists and author of fantastic books GM Golubev, and by the world chess champion GM Anatoly Karpov. GM Ponomariov had a similar performance, managing to win against GM Korchnoi, GM Beim, and GM Golubev, but was held to a draw by GM Karpov and GM Tregubov.

The tournament is a double round robin and the second series of games will be played tomorrow. Here are the first day results, standings, and pgn. For more information visit the official website

Round 1

Korchnoi – Beim 0-1

Ponomariov – Karpov 1/2-1/2

Tregubov – Gelfand 0-1

Golubev – Drozdovskij 1/2-1/2

Round 2

Beim – Drozdovskij 0-1

Karpov – Tregubov 0-1

Gelfand – Golubev 1-0

Korchnoi – Ponomariov 0-1

Round 3

Ponomariov – Beim 1-0

Tregubov – Korchnoi 1/2-1/2

Golubev – Karpov 1/2-1/2

Drozdovskij – Gelfand 1-0

Round 4

Beim – Gelfand 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi – Golubev 1-0

Ponomariov – Tregubov 1/2-1/2

Karpov – Drozdovskij 1/2-1/2

Round 5

Tregubov – Beim 1-0

Drozdovskij – Korchnoi 1-0

Golubev – Ponomariov 0-1

Gelfand – Karpov 1-0

PGN round 1-5

Download pgn round 1-5 courtesy of the official site.

Standings

1-2. Drozdovskij 4,0/5

1-2. Ponomariov 4,0/5

3. Gelfand 3,5/5

4. Tregubov 3,0/5

5-7. Korchnoi 1,5/5

5-7. Beim 1,5/5

5-7. Karpov 1,5/5

8. Golubev 1,0/5

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Happy birthday to GM Mikhail Golubev!

Happy birthday to GM Mikhail Golubev! The Chessdom team wishes him all the best!

GM Golubev is born May 30, 1970, in Odessa. He is a Grandmaster since 1996 and is a winner of numerous competitions and a champion of Ukraine in 1996. Currently, he is also chess journalist. GM Golubev is the author of Easy Guide to the Dragon (1999), The Sicilian Sozin (2001), and Understanding the King’s Indian (2006).

Happy birthday!

Karpov and Korchnoi

The games between the veterans Karpov and Korchnoi will be of special interest in the next rounds. In 1978 they played the first of their world championship matches in Baguio, Philippines. The official website has an open vote on who is going to win the match and until now Korchnoi is leading with 38%, Karpov has 35%, and draw result is 26%.

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The whole city is centered around the strong Pivdenny Bank chess tournament

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The players during the reception

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Opening speech

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Drawing of lots, and karpov gets number 7

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The stage of the competition during round 2

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GM Golubev and GM Karpov happy to see each other in round 3

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The long expected encounter between Karpov and Korchnoi is yet to come

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The trophy awaits the winner in the end of the competition

All photos by the official site

XXI Ciudad de León First Semifinal

Anand eliminated Vallejo Pons in a blitz tiebreak

First excitements at the XXI Ciudad de León chess tournament started today with a semifinal match between World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Francisco Vallejo Pons. All games will be played with 20 minutes for the whole game, with an increment of 10 seconds after each move.

After four rapid games the score was tied 2-2. Anand crushed Vallejo’s Caro-Kann in the second game, but Spaniard immediately struck back by winning third game in the same opening. The other two games were drawn and the finalist was to be decided in blitz games.

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Friendly greeting before the game

In the first blitz game, Anand employed Accelerated Dragon with black pieces and accepted free pawn on b2 without second thoughts. He was able to convert this into a win and take an early lead. Francisco Vallejo, somewhat surprisingly, tried to equalize with black by playing Caro-Kann and opposite castles. Both Queens stormed towards opponent’s monarchs but Anand was first to create a direct mate threat. Vallejo was forced to seek for perpetual check and therefore submit the match to the World Champion.

There will be two semifinals, played on Friday and Saturday, and the two winners will play the final on Sunday the 2th. Vassily Ivanchuk and Alexei Shirov are scheduled to play in the second semifinal.

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The inaugural move of the tournament between Vallejo and Anand was played by Miguel Ignacio González, General Director of Sports of the Junta de Castilla y León.

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World Champion accurately defending in the Berlin Ruy Lopez

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Viswanathan Anand

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Press conference after the match

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Chief officer Zenon Franco also present

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IM Sion with the players

GM Zenón Franco Ocampos

All about Leon Chess 2007

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The main sponsors of the tournament are: Ayuntamiento de León, Junta de Castilla y León, Diputación de León, Universidad de León, Caja Duero, ALSA, Editorial MIC, and SP Technology.


Strong blitz marathon in Morocco

GM Sebastien Mazé wins, GM Christian Bauer is second, third place for GM Van Wely

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GM Christian Bauer

The second edition of the “Marathon International d’Echecs Rapides” blitz tournament in Morocco took place this weekend in the Méga Mall Rabat. It featured a total of 123 players who competed with 5 mins. without increment time control. A total of 21 rounds swiss system were played.

This tournament has already become the major chess event in Morocco and is intended to happen once per year. The young organizer Youssef Iraqui has done a great job finding sponsors and supports, even a minister of Morocco was present at the playing hall (he started the tournament by making the 1st move on board 1 round 1). There were side events as well, as a simul by GM Hicham Hamdouchi on 50 boards.

After 21 rounds GM Maze was able to grab the victory, just half a point ahead of GM Bauer. The third place was for GM Van Wely, followed by the top seeded of the competition GM Kasimdjanov. It was a tough competition and after round 5 there was no player with a perfect score.

“The atmosphere was very friendly and the playing conditions were quite nice as well. Local players were really enthusiastic and obviously willing to have more occasions to play tournaments,” shared our good friend Christian Bauer. He added some good words about the organizers as well, “Great job by Youssef Iraqui for finding sponsors and supports, and for the good organization.”

Here are the standings and the participants.

Final sdtandings

1. Mazé 19

2. Bauer 18,5

3. Van Wely 18

4. Kazimdjanov 16,5

5. Hamdouchi 15

6. Flear 14

7. Sebbar 14

8. Hifad 13,5

9. Adnani 13,5

10. Karim 13,5

11. Samy Shoker 13

12. Draoui 12,5

Participants

1 Kasimdjanov Rustam GMI UZB 2681

2 Van Wely Loek GMI HOL 2676

3 Tregubov Pavel GMI RUS 2629

4 Bauer Christian GMI FRA 2619

5 Hamdouchi Hicham GMI MAR 2575

6 Maz Sebastien GMI FRA 2565

7 Flear Glenn GMI ANG 2508

8 Karim Ismael MF MAR 2394

9 Shoker Samy MI FRA 2377

10 Draoui Najib MAR 2360

11 kamous ali MF MAR 2309

12 bouhaddoun oussama mf MAR 2303

13 Sebbar Ali MAR 2290

14 mokhliss el adnani FM MAR 2277

15 Arbouche Mohammed MF 2270

16 Bentefrit Samir 2245

17 Kharbouche Mounir MAR 2244

18 hifad rachid FM MAR 2224

19 Idrissi Chafik MAR 2204

20 daoudi kamal cf MAR 2188

Total 123 players

Varuzhan Akobian wins 17th Chicago Open after Armageddon tiebreaks

Akobian, Petrosian and Nakamura finished tied first

GM Varuzhan Akobian claimed the trophy at the 17th Annual Chicago Open, that took place on 23-26th May, after beating Armenian GM Tigran Petrosian in Armageddon tiebreaks. Tigran Petrosian and Hikaru Nakamura were heading into the last 7th round with 5 points each, half a point ahead of the bulk of players. Being content with sharing the first place prize pot, they decided to quickly draw their game, giving a chance to others to catch up with them on the top. The only one who managed to win for the first place tie among many fighting draws on the top boards was Akobian with white pieces against GM Alonso Zapata.

Money prizes were split equally among the players with shared points, but it was still necessary to declare the official champion. Akobian had the highest tiebreak points and was privileged to wait while Petrosian and Nakamura squared off in the first Armageddon game. Petrosian was successful and advanced to meet Akobian in the ultimate match. The 2008 Doeberl Cup winner firmly took white pieces and seven minutes on the clock against challenger’s 5 minutes and draw odds. Akobian finally won a position with small advantage and after avoiding all stalemate traps, thus being honored as 2008 Chicago champion.

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Varuzhan Akobian (photo by Amiel Rosario)

GM Alex Yermolinsky, GM Dmitry Gurevich, GMJulio Becerra, GM Nikola Mitkov and GM-Elect Josh Friedel finished half a point behind the lead pack. Josh Friedel, who has just earned his final GM-norm last week at the US Championship, also broke the 2500 elo barrier and will be officially recognized as Grandmaster on the next FIDE meeting. Young Canadian Zhe Quan is also near the 2400 border, which is the final condition for his IM title.

More information and videos on the official website


Morozevich leading after four rounds of 2008 Bosna tournament

23rd May – 2nd June 2008 in Sarajevo, BIH

The 18th category Bosna 2008 tournament is currently ongoing in Sarajevo, BIH. In the first four rounds, there have been only three decided games out of twelve played. Alexander Morozevich won two of them and is enjoying a half-point lead ahead of Lenier Dominguez Perez, the fresh winner of the 2008 Capablanca Memorial.

Bosnian native Ivan Sokolov, who is now playing under the flag of Netherlands, and Russian Artyom Timofeev are on tied third, having drawn all games so far. Last year Bosna winner Sergei Movsesian had excellent results at the 2008 Corus and European Individual Championship, but here we are still waiting for his first win. Sergei will break the magical 2700 FIDE elo barrier on the next list and he is also famous for standing up against Kasparov’s elitism eight years ago.

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Lenier Dominguez Perez and Alexander Morozevich

Local wonderboy Borki Predojevic, who delighted everyone by finishing 2nd last year, is still struggling to find his best shape and is currently last-placed.

Round 4 standings:

1. Alexander Morozevich (RUS 2774) – 3.0

2. Lenier Dominguez Perez (CUB 2695) – 2.5

3-4. Ivan Sokolov (NED 2690) and Artyom Timofeev (RUS 2664) – 2.0

5. Sergei Movsesian (SVK 2695) – 1.5

6. Borki Predojevic (BIH 2651) – 1.0

IM Mert Erdogdu (TUR 2434), GM Goran Cabrilo (SRB 2498), GM Miodrag R.Savic (SRB 2542), IM Dalibor Stojanovic (BIH 2474) and GM Dragan Kosic (MNE 2500) are leading at the 10-player round-robin B tournament with 2.5 points each.

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ROMGAZ Bazna King’s chess tournament 2008

legendary chess players in Romania

The Bazna King’s has collected 11 living chess legends in the 2008 edition of the tournament. Khalifman, Vaganian, Beliavsky, Portisch, Andersson, Mecking, Sokolov, Suba, Timman, Short, and Andrei started playing the round robin tournament today, May 24. The time control is 40 moves in 90 minutes with additional 30 seconds per move followed by other 30 minutes with additional 30 seconds / move. The winner of the tournament will take the first prize, which is 7000 eur.

Games start daily at 14:30 CET and can be followed on the official website.

Round 1 results

GM Suba – GM Timman 1/2 – 1/2

GM Beliavsky – GM Portisch 1/2 – 1/2

GM Murariu – GM Anderson 1/2 – 1/2

GM Sokolov – GM Vaganian 1/2 – 1/2

GM Short – GM Mecking 1/2 – 1/2

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GM Khalifman starts playing tomorrow

The history of Bazna

Bazna was documentary attested in 1302. The German colonists established on the other side of the hills. Later, they discovered the beauty of Bazna Valley and they moved here and built a fortified church in the center. The resort is situated on the right side of the valley, at the foot of the hills, close to the oaks and beech forest. Natural gases and salty springs with iodine drew the attention of Transylvanian researchers from the 18th century. Salty water springs have been studied in 1752, for the first time, by the chemist George Bette from Sibiu. The priest Andreas Caspari left a manuscript with his impressions from 1762-1779. He describes more therapeutic springs which he calls “The Church Bath”, The Beggars Bath” and “the Sour Well” In 1808, the Government from Vienna sent a group of chemists and physicians to study the curative effects of the salt and climate from Bazna. In 1843, 4 people from Medias founded a company, their objective being to create a resort in Bazna. In 1905, the Evangelic community took the resort and transformed it in “a pearl among the Transylvanian spas”. In the same year, people could find here a chemist’s shop and a therapist. At the same time, people started to produce the famous salt of Bazna.

Alexander Khalifman

Alexander Khalifman, the winner of 2007 edition is born at 18 January 1966 in Sankt Petersburg (ex-Leningrad).
He achieved the IM title in 1986 and became a GM at the New York Open in 1990. He is best known for becoming FIDE World Champion in 1999 by winning a knockout tournament in Las Vegas. He lost the title in the next knockout, held the following year in New Delhi. Viswanathan Anand eliminated him in the quarterfinals.

Khalifman’s other successes include the Russian Championship of 1996 and first place in Essent 2000 with 5.5 points out of 6. According to the January 2007 edition of the FIDE ratings list, he has a rating of 2619, placing him joint 97th in the world.

Rafael Artemovich Vaganian

Rafael Artemovich Vaganian was born on the 15th of October 1951 in Yerevan, Armenia. Awarded the GM title in 1971 he was a Candidate twice. In 1986 he lost to Andrei Sokolov (+0, =4, -4) and in 1988 he lost to Lajos Portisch (+0, =5, -1). He won the USSR Championship in 1989 and played on the 1984 and 1986 USSR Olympiad teams. In 1984 he played Board 5 for the USSR in the USSR versus The Rest of the World Match against Zoltan Ribli. He has achieved some excellent tournament victories, including Vrnjacka Banja 1971, Sao Paulo 1977, Las Palmas 1979, Manila 1981, Hastings 1982-83, Biel 1985 and Leningrad 1987. Today he remains a strong grandmaster, still maintaining a top-100 FIDE world ranking.

Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky

Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky was born in Lvov on December 17, 1953, in what is now the Ukraine. He currently lives in Slovenia and he plays for the Olympic team there. He is noted for his uncompromising style of play and for his classical opening repertoire, including openings such as the Queen’s Gambit, Ruy Lopez and French Defence. He won the World Junior Chess Championship in 1973 and the USSR Chess Championship in 1974 and 1990. He became a Grandmaster in 1975. In the January 2005 FIDE list, Beliavsky had an ELO rating of 2635, making him world number sixty-two and Slovenia’s number one.

Lajos Portisch

Lajos Portisch was born in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary on April 4, 1937. He won the Hungarian Championship for the first time in 1958, and in 1961 he became a grandmaster. In 1960, he qualified from Madrid Zonal for Stockholm Interzonal 1962 where he came equal 9th. In 1963, he won Halle Zonal ahead of Borislav Ivkov and Bent Larsen and advanced to Amsterdam Interzonal 1964 where he came 8th. Over the course of his career he qualified for the Candidates eight times and played for his country in nineteen consecutive Olympiads (1956-1996). He had another fine tournament finish with an equal 2nd with Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian after Anatoli Karpov at Milan 1975. At Biel Interzonal 1976, he qualified again with an equal 2nd after Bent Larsen, and went on to beat Larsen in Candidates quarter final 1977, but then lost the semi-final to Boris Spassky. He led the Hungarian team to an unprecedented 1st place finish ahead of the Soviets at Buenos Aires Olympiad 1978. He lives in Hungary, and is still active in local tournaments.

Henrique Mecking

Henrique Mecking was born in Brazil on January 23rd, 1952. In 1965, when just thirteen years old, he won his country’s championship. For this victory, many chess critics hailed him as “the next Fischer,” referring to the fact that Robert James Fischer had won the U.S. championship at fourteen. Mecking was awarded the title of International Grandmaster in 1971, and he won two Interzonal events in 1973 and 1976, ahead of some of the best players of that time!! (Spassky, Geller, Portish, Smyslov, Polugaevsky, Keres etc.)

These and other tournament victories vaulted him to third place on FIDE’s world rankings list in 1977, behind only World Champion Anatoli Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi.

In 1979, Mecking was attempting his third consecutive Interzonal victory when he was forced to withdraw from the tournament, having been stricken with near-fatal illness.

Despite doctors have given a few months of life, he survived, he attributes God his recover – he is a feverous Catholic Nowadays. It took several years for him to recover enough to resume his chess career. He lives in Brazil and maintains a high rating, although he has not yet managed to rejoin the world’s elite.

Ulf Andersson

Ulf Andersson was born on the 27th of June 1951 in Vasteras, Sweden. Awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1972 he was Swedish Champion in 1969. During the 1972-82 period he was in the World’s top ten and had first prizes at Belgrade 1977, Buenos Aires 1978, Hastings 1978-79, Phillips & Drew 1980, Phillips & Drew 1982, Turin 1982, Wijk aan Zee 1983, Reggio Emilia 1985 and Rome 1985 and 1986. He drew a six-game match with Mikhail Tal in 1983 and played top board in the Second USSR versus The Rest of The World Match in 1984. He led the Swedish Olympiad Team during the 1970′s and 80′s and is a very tenacious player. He can be regarded as the all-time drawing master among the top GMs. Recently he has devoted himself to correspondence chess.

Andrei Sokolov

Andrei Y Sokolov was born on the 20th of March 1963 in the USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1984 he became a Candidate in 1985. He was World Junior Champion in 1982, USSR Champion in 1984 and joint Moscow Champion in 1981. In the Candidates matches he beat Rafael Vaganian (+4, =4, -0), pipped Artur Yusupov (+4, =7, -3) in 1986 and then met Anatoli Karpov. Sokolov lost this match (+0, =7, -4) and since then he has failed to repeat his earlier successes.

Mihai Suba

Mihai Suba was born on the 1st of June 1947 in Bucharest, Romania. Awarded the IM title in 1975 and the GM title in 1978 he was Romanian Champion in 1980, 1981 and 1986. He first came to wide attention in 1982 when he finished 2nd= with Gyula Sax after Zoltan Ribli at Baile Herculane. At the Las Palmas interzonal 1982 he came 3rd behind Ribli and Vasily Smyslov (who both became Candidates). He was 1st at Dortmund 1983, 1st= at Prague 1985 and 1st= at Timisoara 1987. In August of 1988, Suba sought political asylum in Britain, and he played for England at the 1989 European Team Championship.

Jan Timman

Jan Hendrik Timman was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on December 14, 1951. He was awarded the GM title in 1974 and gradually climbed up the ranks of the chess elite. His tournament successes include first place finishes at Mar Del Plata 1982, Bugojno 1984, and Tilburg 1987. This 9-time Dutch Champion was a consistent contender for the world title throughout the 1980′s and early 1990′s, and in 1993 he contested a match for the FIDE World Championship with Anatoli Karpov, but fell short, losing 6-2 with 13 draws. He is also the younger brother of Ton Timman and a well respected chess author. His “The Art of Chess Analysis” can be found in the library of many chess players worldwide

Nigel Short

Nigel Short is born at 1 June 1965 in Leigh-Lancashire (Great Britain). At 19 years he became GM. In 1993 he played the final of the World Championship against Garry Kasparov (in the version of the new created Profesional Chess Association, founded by Garry Kasparov, outside of FIDE, in order to attract the sponsors towards chess). He lost the match, however his aggressive style brought him a lot of international victories. In FIDE rating list of April 2008, Nigel Short is the second in the hierarchy of Great Britain.

Andrei Murariu

Andrei Murariu is born at 17 February 1986 in Roman. He won Open ROMGAZ 2007 in Eforie Nord, victory who qualified him for Kings Tournaments 2008. From 2006 he is GM and he won many international competitions (between them two editions of Victor Ciocaltea Memorial). Two medals with the national youth team of Romania, at the European Championships in 2003 and 2004. Member of the national team of Romania for the European Championship of 2007.

Bosna 2008 has started

GM Dominguez Perez victorious in round 1, Morozevich draws

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The strong Bosna 2008 tournament has started today featuring GM Morozevich, GM Movsesian, GM Dominguez Perez, GM Sokolov, GM Timofeev, and GM Predojević.

The 2008 edition of Bosna is a copy of last year’s tournament, the only player missing is GM Short who is substituted by the Capablanca Memorial winner GM Dominguez Perez. Exactly the Cuban GM was the only one to grab victory in round 1.

Results round 1

Timofeev – Movsesian 1/2 – 1/2

Dominguez Perez – Predojević 1 – 0

Sokolov – Morozevich 1/2 – 1/2

Stay tuned for photos and pgn!

Live games will be daily on the official site. Here is the full schedule (times are CET)

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Bosna 2008 schedule

23.05.08. – 14,30 – 19,00 Round 1

24.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 Round 2

25.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 Round 3

26.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 Round 4

27.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00Round 5

28.05.08. – Free day

29.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 sati – Round 6

30.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 sati – Round 7

31.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 sati – Round 8

01.06.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 sati – Round 9

02.06.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 sati – Round 10

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BH Telecom tournament

Parallel to the main event, a strong GM tournament is taking place. Here are the participants.

Savić R. Miodrag GM 2542

Kosić Dragan GM 2500

Čabrilo Goran GM 2499

Stojanović Dalibor IM 2474

Bogut Željko IM 2464

Runić Zoran IM 2441

Erdogdu Mert IM 2434

Arapović Vitomir IM 2374

Atakisi Umut IM 2365

Benderać Ana WGM 2344

Erdogdu and Savic were victorious in round 1 against Boguat and Benderac. Stojanovic – Arpovich, Kosic – Atakisi, and Runic – Cabrilo finished draw.

Anna Zatonskih and Yury Shulman win at the U.S. Chess Championship

Thrilling playoff match for the Women’s title, caught on the video!

By Tom Braunlich

22.05.2008 – GM Yury Shulman won the 2008 Frank K. Berry U.S. Championship with 7/9, while IM Anna Zatonskih won the 2008 FKB U.S. Women’s Championship after a long and grueling playoff match that went down to the last possible second.

Shulman won the 24-player 9-SS event sponsored by Frank K. Berry in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with solid play that included wins over GMs Gulko, Kaidanov, Becerra, Kudrin, and IM Pruess. He had a full point lead going into round 9 and a quick draw with IM Josh Friedel gave him the title while also giving Friedel his 3rd GM norm.

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GM Yury Shulman

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GM-elect Josh Friedel

An example of Shulman’s play was win over veteran GM Boris Gulko which was punctuated by the shot 24…d3


Alexander Onischuk was clear 2nd with 6½, and Sergey Kudrin was clear third with 6.

In the women’s event, both IM Anna Zatonskih and IM Irina Krush finished with 7½ points in the 10-player round robin. A playoff between them went down to the wire. After two Game/15 (+3) games and two Game/5 (+2) games were split, a remarkable Armageddon game determined the result of this grueling finale. The rules called for one player to name the times (with black having draw odds) and the other to chose which color she wanted. No time increment.

Krush had white with 6 minutes, while Zatonskih had 4 ½ minutes and the draw odds. A tense game ensued and both players entered severe time trouble. At one point Anna had 2 seconds left compared to about 20 for Irina. But Anna’s draw odds were a big advantage here — she could blitz out moves hardly thinking (just moving the piece nearest to the clock) while Irina actually had to do something with her moves since she had to win. Krush lost on time with 0:01 left on Anna’s clock! It doesn’t get any closer than that. Zeljka from MonRoi has it on the video!

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IM Anna Zatonskih

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IM Irina Krush

An example of the play of these two rivals was their 8th-round draw:

Final Standings:

Rank / Name / Title / Rating / Pts

1 Shulman, Yury GM 2664 7.0

2 Onischuk, Alexander GM 2728 6.5

3 Kudrin, Sergey GM 2610 6.0

4-6 Friedel, Josh IM 2511 5.5

4-6 Perelshteyn, Eugene GM 2615 5.5

4-6 Akobian, Varuzhan GM 2666 5.5 etc

Rank / Name / Title / Rating / Pts

1 Zatonskih, Anna IM 2490 7.5

2 Krush, Irina IM 2515 7.5

3-4 Abrahamyan, Tatev WFM 2280 6.0

3-4 Rohonyan, Katerine WGM 2318 6.0

5 Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg WIM 2289 5.5

6 Battsetseg, Tsagaan WIM 2251 4.5

7 Zenyuk, Iryna WFM 2205 3.5

8-9 Epstein, Esther WM 2194 2.0

8-9 Airapetian, Chouchanik WFM 2143 2.0

10 Jamison, Courtney 2064 0.5

Full information on the tournaments can be found at MonRoi, which provided an excellent website, videos, and live coverage.

Goddesschess and the Susan Polgar Foundation donated $500 for the GoddessChess ‘Fighting Chess’ Award. This was awarded by Susan Polgar to Tatev Abrahamyan, who had 6 wins, 3 losses, and zero draws. CruisingThroughLife.com added a nice perk to the first prize, a deal for the winner to join the 2008 Caribbean Gambit Chess Cruise.

International Arbiter Frank K. Berry generously sponsored the event for the second year. Jim Berry and Tom Braunlich were also on the organizing committee.

USCH Barry

Jim and Frank Barry

USCH Katerine Rohonyan

WGM Katerine Rohonyan

USCH Tatev Abrahamyan

GoddessChess Award for WFM Tatev Abrahamyan

USCH Julio Becerra

GM Julio Becerra

USCH Eugene Perelshteyn

GM Eugene Perelshteyn

Round 7 report

Photos courtesy of MonRoi

Istratescu wins Kaupthing Open

many photos from the fantastic tournament in Luxembourg

Photos

Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Day 4 / Day 5 / Day 6 / Day 7 / Day 9

The fantastic chess tournament Kaupthing Open has finished this weekend at the Woiwer Sports Center, Differdange, Luxembourg. 172 participants competed in 3 groups for a total prize fund of 17 000 eur.

The A Open was with time control 90’/40 + 30′ + 30’’ per move and featured 15 GMs, 19 IMs, and more than 50 titled players. The tournament was a constant chase, as the top players were never separated more than 1/2 points. The two players that never left this race were GM Parimarjan Negi and GM Andre Istratescu. Since round 5 they were on top with equal points and their battle for the first continued until the end of the tournament. In rund 7 they had a direct match, where Istratescu was able to hold Negi to a draw. In the final standings they finished top of the table with 7,0/9, but the better tiebreak gave the final victory to Istratescu. Second place was for Negi and third was GM Dmitry Frolyanov, also with 7,0/9.

kaupthing istarescu

GM Istratescu with the organizing committee

The top seeded was GM Bartosz Socko, who left the battle for the top places in the early stages of the tournament. After round 4 he had 2,0, while 7 players were on top with 3,5/4. After a series of nice victories, he managed to become share first with 6,0/8 after round 8. However, he lost his last game and finished 10th.

Who finished before him was IM Monika Socko. She grabbed the first place for women with a result of 6,5/9, only half a point away from the winner.

It was a good tournament for the German participants. GM Leonid Kritz and GM Philipp Schlosser finished 4th and 5th with 6,5/7, while IM Tomas Henrichs and FM Evgeny Degtiarev had good performances as well.

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Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3 / Round 4 / Round 5 / Round 6 / Round 7 / Round 8 / Round 9

Round by round results and more reports

Official site

Standings

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Rangliste: Stand nach der 9. Runde
Rang Teilnehmer Titel TWZ At Verein/Ort Land S R V Punkte PktSu Buchh
1. Istratescu,Andrei GM 2628 M ROU 5 4 0 7.0 36.5 52.0
2. Negi,Parimarjan GM 2514 M IND 5 4 0 7.0 36.0 48.0
3. Frolyanov,Dmitry GM 2553 M RUS 6 2 1 7.0 34.0 48.5
4. Kritz,Leonid GM 2609 M GER 4 5 0 6.5 33.0 48.5
5. Schlosser,Philipp GM 2563 M GER 5 3 1 6.5 32.5 46.5
6. Socko,Monika IM 2505 W POL 5 3 1 6.5 31.0 47.0
7. Gupta,Abhijeet GM 2521 M IND 4 4 1 6.0 34.5 49.5
8. Stefansson,Hannes GM 2583 M ISL 4 4 1 6.0 32.5 48.5
9. Gharamian,Tigran IM 2554 M FRA 3 6 0 6.0 32.5 48.5
10. Socko,Bartosz GM 2644 M POL 5 2 2 6.0 30.0 47.0
11. thorhallsson,thro GM 2437 M ISL 5 2 2 6.0 29.5 44.5
12. Delorme,Axel FM 2377 M FRA 4 4 1 6.0 28.5 41.5
13. Macak,Stefan 2342 M SVK 6 0 3 6.0 26.0 40.5
14. Velicka,Petr GM 2496 M CZE 3 5 1 5.5 33.0 51.0
15. Drozdovskij,Yuri GM 2581 M UKR 4 3 2 5.5 33.0 49.5
16. Danielsen,Henrik GM 2510 M ISL 3 5 1 5.5 32.5 47.5
17. Feller,Sebastien GM 2540 M FRA 4 3 2 5.5 30.0 48.0
18. Dzagnidze,Nana IM 2443 W GEO 5 1 3 5.5 29.5 47.0
19. Bauer,Christian GM 2619 M FRA 5 1 3 5.5 28.5 46.0
20. Marzolo,Cyril IM 2476 M FRA 3 5 1 5.5 28.5 45.5
21. D`Costa,Lorin A R FM 2410 M ENG 3 5 1 5.5 28.5 41.5
22. Faibisovich,Vadim IM 2421 M RUS 4 3 2 5.5 28.0 45.5
23. Nebolsina,Vera WGM 2345 W RUS 4 3 2 5.5 27.5 41.5
24. Gunnarsson,Jon Vi IM 2431 M ISL 4 3 2 5.5 27.0 46.0
25. Henrichs,thomas IM 2497 M GER 4 3 2 5.5 25.0 40.0
26. Edouard,Romain IM 2509 M FRA 3 4 2 5.0 32.5 50.5
27. Kristjansson,Stef IM 2485 M ISL 3 4 2 5.0 29.5 41.0
28. Degtiarev,Evgeny FM 2350 M GER 3 4 2 5.0 28.0 45.5
29. Papadopoulos,Ioan IM 2471 M GRE 3 4 2 5.0 28.0 45.0
30. Ajrapetjan,Yuriy GM 2504 M UKR 2 6 1 5.0 27.5 44.5
31. Nezar,Mustapha FM 2397 M FRA 4 2 3 5.0 26.5 42.5
32. Tania,Sachdev IM 2423 W IND 3 4 2 5.0 26.0 47.5
33. Leniart,Arkadiusz FM 2324 M POL 3 4 2 5.0 24.0 43.5
34. Wirig,Anthony IM 2477 M FRA 4 2 3 5.0 23.5 39.0
35. Raykhman,Alexande 2242 M GER 4 2 3 5.0 23.0 40.0
36. Jansa,Vlastimil GM 2489 M CZE 3 4 2 5.0 23.0 37.5
37. thorfinnsson,Bjor FM 2417 M ISL 3 3 3 4.5 27.5 47.5
38. Zdebskaja,Natalia WGM 2368 W UKR 2 5 2 4.5 27.0 47.5
39. Johannesson,Ingva FM 2344 M ISL 4 1 4 4.5 25.5 43.5
40. Siebrecht,Sebasti IM 2490 M GER 3 3 3 4.5 25.0 43.0
41. Dembo,Yelena IM 2429 W GRE 3 3 3 4.5 25.0 41.0
42. Bakalarz,Mietek IM 2361 M LUX 3 3 3 4.5 24.5 44.5
43. thorfinnsson,Brag IM 2408 M ISL 4 1 4 4.5 23.5 43.0
44. Haub,thorsten Mic IM 2467 M GER 2 5 2 4.5 23.5 42.5
45. Vatter,Hans-Joach FM 2325 M GER 4 1 4 4.5 21.5 39.5
46. Wagener,Claude FM 2275 M LUX 4 1 4 4.5 21.0 41.0
47. Rudolf,Anna WGM 2302 W HUN 3 3 3 4.5 21.0 39.5
48. Berend,Elvira WGM 2303 W LUX 2 5 2 4.5 20.5 39.0
49. Linster,Philippe 2104 M LUX 3 3 3 4.5 20.0 42.5
50. Prizker,Boris 2214 M GER 4 1 4 4.5 19.5 36.0
51. Andersen,Alf R. 2203 M NOR 3 3 3 4.5 19.5 32.5
52. Schweitzer,Viktor WIM 2218 W FRA 3 3 3 4.5 19.0 35.0
53. Wagener,Anna WGM 2266 W LUX 2 5 2 4.5 18.0 36.5
54. Berend,Fred IM 2350 M LUX 3 2 4 4.0 24.5 40.5
55. Risch,Michel 2017 M LUX 3 2 4 4.0 23.0 43.5
56. Gretarsson,Hjorva 2291 M ISL 3 2 4 4.0 20.0 39.5
57. Grover,Sahaj FM 2300 M IND 3 2 4 4.0 19.5 38.0
58. Maleki,Nicolas 2155 M FRA 3 2 4 4.0 18.5 38.5
59. Jeitz,Christian 2234 M LUX 1 6 2 4.0 18.5 38.5
60. thalwitzer,David 2193 M GER 3 2 4 4.0 17.5 39.5
61. Lasinskas,Povilas FM 2307 M LTU 3 2 4 4.0 16.5 34.5
62. Maes,Valeer 2161 M BEL 2 4 3 4.0 16.0 36.5
63. Tudorie,Sebastian FM 2110 M ROM 4 0 5 4.0 16.0 34.0
64. Brittner,Serge FM 2250 M LUX 3 2 4 4.0 15.0 33.5
65. Stull,Norbert 2185 M LUX 3 1 5 3.5 17.0 37.0
66. Reymann,Cedric 2236 M FRA 3 1 5 3.5 17.0 32.0
67. Maleki,Manuel 2197 M FRA 3 1 5 3.5 16.0 36.5
68. Jaenig,Reinhard 2162 M GER 3 1 5 3.5 15.5 35.0
69. Barthel,Ansgar 2258 M GER 2 3 4 3.5 14.5 32.5
70. Bakalarz,Grazyna WFM 2006 W LUX 2 3 4 3.5 13.5 32.0
71. Koch,Dirk 2120 M GER 3 1 5 3.5 12.5 28.0
72. Iglesias,Joachim 2166 * FRA 2 2 4 3.0 18.0 36.0
73. Weller,Manuel 2023 M GER 1 4 4 3.0 16.5 37.0
74. Resnjanskij,Denis 2135 M GER 2 2 5 3.0 16.0 38.0
75. Christen,Pierre 2053 M LUX 1 4 4 3.0 13.5 33.5
76. Boyarchenko,Marie 1877 M LUX 2 2 5 3.0 13.5 32.5
77. De Lagontrie,Jean 1987 M FRA 2 2 5 3.0 13.5 29.0
78. Boyarchenko,Alex 1964 M LUX 2 2 5 3.0 13.0 30.0
79. Zienkiewicz,Alexa 2070 M FRA 2 2 5 3.0 12.0 31.5
80. Wagner,Steven 2134 M LUX 1 3 5 2.5 15.5 39.5
81. Urbaniak,Patrick 2005 M FRA 2 1 6 2.5 10.0 27.0
82. Weidig,Tom 2032 M LUX 2 1 5 2.5 9.0 24.5
83. Baskewitsch,Pierr 2068 M LUX 1 2 6 2.0 13.0 38.5
84. Bishop,Peter 1855 M LUX 1 0 8 1.0 9.0 29.0
85. Vogel,Heike WFM 2134 * GER 1 0 5 1.0 5.0 22.0
kaupthing negi

The key game between Istratescu and Negi
followed by Vijay Kumar

kaupthing anna rudolf

Our good friend Anna Rudolf was also there

kaupthing schadev

Tania Sachdev and Thorsten-Michael Haub with good performance

kaupthing red fashion

The red fashion in round 2

kaupthing black fashion

And the black fashion in round 5

kaupthing ndembo

IM Yelena Dembo enjoying media attention

kaupthing nebolsina boyarchenko

Vera Nebolsina and Marie Boyarchenko in action

kaupthing organizing committee

The organizing committee