Mangalia Chess Festival With New Scoring System

European Champion Sergei Tiviakov wins with 23 points from 9 rounds

The 2nd Mangalia International Chess Festival, popular “Neptun”, took place on June 21-29 at the Romanian Black Sea coast. The tournament was exceptionally strong, with European Champion Sergei Tiviakov as top seeded, but the first thing that catches the wandering journalist’s eye is highly unusual scoring system.

Here are the tournament rules: each game bears three points instead of the “normal” one. In case of decisive result, the winner receives three points, the defeated signs zero. But if the game ends in a draw, each player takes one point and then they move in to play Armageddon blitz game (5 minutes for White, 4 for Black + draw odds) for the remaining third point. Thus a game can give 3-0 or 2-1 score.

However, in regard with FIDE rating calculations, the usual 1; 0.5; 0 system applies.

This extravagant scoring plan will surely cause lots of discussion, particularly in combination with the issue of Armageddon games, raised after the US Women’s Championship tiebreak.

Tiviakov canada

GM Sergei Tiviakov

Final standings:

1. GM Sergei Tiviakov (NED 2635) – 23 points (5 wins)

2. IM Jean-Pierre Le Roux (FRA 2482) – 20 (6)

3-6. GM Erwin L’Ami (NED 2600), GM Viorel Iordachescu (MDA 2584), GM Dmitry Svetushkin (MDA 2568) and IM Gergely Szabo (ROU 2516) – 19 etc

The prices were good, the accommodation cheap, surely worth of trying next year. More information on the tournament website

Burning Stage in Dortmund

Wins by Gustafsson, Kramnik and Leko. Monday is rest day.

The second round of the Dortmund chess tournament brought far more excitement than the opening day. Three decided games have put Gustafsson, Kramnik and Leko in the early lead, while others will use the upcoming rest day to prepare for the second two-round phase starting on Tuesday.

Kramnik-Van Wely resembled their earlier matches from Corus and Melodi Amber 2007, when Kramnik also used quiet b3-Bb2 plan to counter the intended Meran Slav defence. Once again, it turned bad for Van Wely who missed to give the extra pawn back and instead allowed invasion over the dark squares. Kramnik is rarely missing his chances and game was over couple of moves later.

In the game between two German players, Gustafsson-Naiditsch, White introduced a new plan of quick f4-e5 against the Ragozin Queen’s Gambit declined. Black King’s shelter was wrecked and the Monarch found itself under heavy attack from White pieces. This game is undoubtedly important from the theoretical point of view and players who have Ragozin in their repertoire with Black will have to seek for improvements.

Leko-Ivanchuk featured pawn structure that is perfectly fitting into Leko’s taste. Black was doing fine until his Knight went astray on g5 and Leko locked it with 25. f3. Black’s pawns advance looked scary but White was able to put it under control. After further simplifications, Ivanchuk was left down a piece and facing with a loss on another pawn, so he threw in the towel.


Round 2 results:

Vladimir Kramnik 2788 – Loek Van Wely 2677 1-0

Peter Leko 2741 – Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 1-0

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2634 – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752 ½ – ½

Jan Gustafsson 2603 – Arkadij Naiditsch 2624 1-0

Round 2 standings:

1-3. Jan Gustafsson 2603, Vladimir Kramnik 2788 and Peter Leko 2741 – 1.5

4-5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752 and Ian Nepomniachtchi 2634 – 1.0

6-8. Arkadij Naiditsch 2624, Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 and Loek Van Wely 2677 – 0.5

Round 3 pairings:

Arkadij Naiditsch 2624 – Vladimir Kramnik 2788

Loek Van Wely 2677 – Peter Leko 2741

Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 – Ian Nepomniachtchi 2634

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752 – Jan Gustafsson 2603

Cautious First Round at Dortmund 2008

Cautious First Round at Dortmund 2008

Kramnik using Gruenfeld Indian defence for the first time

As anticipated in one of our Dortmund preview articles, the short 7-round event will call for careful play without excessive risks. The first round saw all games drawn before the time control, but there are couple of elements to note. For the first time in his rich career, Vladimir Kramnik opened with direct Gruenfeld Indian defence. He had a couple of transpositions earlier, notably in the games against Bareev and Portish, but only from specific structures of then-favorite Slav defence. It is unclear if he decided to expand his repertoire at this point, as it is hard to put this act into context of psychological preparation for his match against Viswanathan Anand, who is almost exclusively opening with 1. e4.

Possibly the most interesting game in the first round was Sozin Sicilian between Arkadij Naiditsch and Ian Nepomniachtchi. Black left his King in the center and started to press along g-file and a8-h1 diagonal. White had to do something about opponent’s light-squared Bishop before he could push nasty f7-f5 and went for Knight sacrifice on d5. It didn’t bring much of excitement though, as White couldn’t find better compensation than perpetual attack on the Black Queen. Perhaps 22. Ba4!? might have prolonged the game.


Round 1 results:

Jan Gustafsson 2603 – Vladimir Kramnik 2788 ½ – ½

Arkadij Naiditsch 2624 – Ian Nepomniachtchi 2634 ½ – ½

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752 – Peter Leko 2741 ½ – ½

Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 – Loek Van Wely 2677 ½ – ½

Round 2 pairings:

Vladimir Kramnik 2788 – Loek Van Wely 2677

Peter Leko 2741 – Vassily Ivanchuk 2740

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2634 – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752

Jan Gustafsson 2603 – Arkadij Naiditsch 2624

Turkish Chess League round 5

report by Ozgur Akman

Turkish Chess league round 5 standings

1. TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ 10 MP 40,5 GP

2. DORUK KOLEJİ 10 MP 34 GP

3. BEŞİKTAŞ 8 MP 33,5 GP

4. TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ 8 MP 32 GP

5. SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR 8 MP 29,5 GP

6. TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ 6 MP 25 GP

7. ANTALYA DENİZ 5 MP 23,5 GP

8. ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR 5 MP 22 GP

9. ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR 4 MP 26,5 GP

10. İSEK AQUAMATCH 4 MP 24,5 GP

11. TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ 4 MP 23 GP

12. PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 2 MP 20 GP

13. TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER 2 MP 19,5 GP

14. BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ 2 MP 18 GP

15. MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 2 MP 16,5 GP

16. SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ 0 MP 12 GP

Round-by-round reports by press officer Özgür Akman with lots of pictures below.

İş Bank Chess League, round 1

Results round 1

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GM Suat Atalık vs GM Dragan Solak

In the first round last year winners Besiktas won a comfortable match against Bursa Tophane with 9-1 who had the Bulgarian Champion Vasil Spasov in the squad.

İSEK Aquamatch won the first round derby against Tarsus Zeka, last year’s runner-up team in the league with GMs Solak and Abbasov, IM Matnadze and WIM Tsatsalashvili. They won 5.5-4.5 thanks to the nice wins of GM Papaiannou over GM Abbasov and IM Atalık’s win against IM Matnadze.

Manisa Doruk College, won the against Denizli Erbakır with 6-4 which could be return match of the encounter of the two teams in the last round of the last season where Denizli Erbakır won and took the fourth place. The key board on the path to the victory was GM Rauf Mamedov’s unexpected quick win against GM Tamaz Gelashvili, while IM Erturan contributed to the team’s win by drawing against GM Aroshidze with black pieces. While, IM Khurtsidze, the most successful woman player last season continued her good performance by starting with a win against WGM Stepaiova.

Servergazi Municipality Sports Club won its first İş Bank Chess League match against Selçuk University who missed their GMs Roiz and Mchedlishvili very much and only played with WGM Gvetadze and IM-norm holder Turkish player Reyhan. Probably, there was a financial problem in the Konya side, but with the two 2600-rated GMs, they would have made their mark in the league.

İstanbul Technical University, the club formerly managed by President of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazıcı himself and who is also graduate of the university, is a successful club with having the records of one of the most experienced team. They have a balanced team with 2300-2150 rated Turkish players and they started with a 5.5-4.5 win over Pamukkale University. GM Grivas and FM Çıtak made a draw on the first board as WIM Karlovic did with WIM Topel, the Turkish Women’s Champion.

The rating favourite of the league, Truva won comfortably against Mersin Ezgi with 8-2 , while the most successful club in the twelve year history of Turkish league TED College, missed an opportunity of starting with a win against Antalya Deniz Genclik by missing a win on the junior board.

Turkish Airlines started well with a comfortable win against Antalya Çallıspor with 7-3.

İş Bank Chess League, round 2

Results round 2

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IM Anna Muzychuk

One of the most memorable wins of the league so far was Servergazi Municipality‘s 8-2 win over Tarsus Zeka. The champion of İş Bank Chess League won against the newcomer and the winner of Turkish Clubs Cup İSEK Aquamatch 5,5-4,5 while İstanbul Technical University won a crucial game against Denizli Erbakir. Tarsus Zeka, one of the strongest teams in the league lost a second game in a row.

Besiktas, with strong Turkish players and probably the best junior-youth combination in the league does not have a foreign player or GM on their squad but they are still a very strong team. The famous Turkish club from İstanbul won against İSEK Aquamatch, which was founded with the sponsorship of Aquamatch , a water refinement corporation, to a chess center in İstanbul, İSEM led by FM Tolga Demirel, a well-known player and successful trainer in Turkey himself. İSEK Aquamatch has only their own pupils on the youth-junior boards and the trainers of the club (FM Demirel and Gökerman playing here) with the Grandmaster troika: GM Atalık with the Greek GMs Papaiannou and Banikas. Also, they have the strongest Turkish woman player, 2006 European Champion IM Ekaterina Atalık, so they have a formidable team but it was not enough to tumble Besiktas. The youth boards of Besiktas were dominant, while IM Atakişi held GM Atalık to a draw which meant a 5.5-4.5 win for the champions.

Doruk Koleji won against Antalya Çallıspor with GM Shanava and IM Sidefzade comfortably with 8.5-1.5 while Turkish Airlines proved too strong for Bursa Tophane with a 6,5-3,5 win. IM Karakehajov’s win against GM Gagunashvili on the first board was the only win, which was not sufficient.

Adana Truva scored its second comfortable victory with a 8-2 win against Antalya Deniz Gençlik. TED Ankara College with GM Mikhalchishin made another draw against Pamukkale University with GM Grivas, GM Odeev and WIM Karlovich. Mersin Ezgi won its first match against Selçuk University which does not seem to have the two GMs in their squad.

İş Bank Chess League, round 3

Results round 3

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GM Grivas

Denizli Servergazi Municipality with GM Arutinian, IM Sanikidze, IM Lomineishvili and six-time Turkish Champion IM Arduman showed how strong they are by winning against Beşiktaş, the title holders. The İstanbul side, lost their first game against Servergazi with the slightest but vital 5.5-4.5 win.

IM Anna Muzychuk, joined by her sister WFM Mariya Muzychuk, helped the Turkish Airlines club with their third win over İSEK Aquamatch. GM Gagunashvili drew against GM Atalık as IM Erdoğdu did against GM Banikas. THY dominated the junior boards, which gave them 6-4 victory.

Pamukkale University and Antalya Deniz Genclik drew against each other while Adana Truva scored a 9-1 win against Selçuk University.

Manisa Doruk Koleji scored its third consecutive win against Bursa Tophane with 6,5-3,5.

The “Mersin derby” (the city which is going to host Under 16 Chess Olympiad starting by the early August) between Tarsus Zeka and Mersin Ezgi ended as the first win of this season for Tarsus Zeka which has more than 2,000 players registered, which means they are the largest chess club in Turkey. FM Kerem Laçiner joined Antalya Çallıspor squad in this round to help Antalya side to score its first victory against İstanbul Technical University with 5.5-4.5. Denizli Erbakir, won its first match this season by winning comfortably against TED College, which is far from its past glorious days with 7.5-2.5.

İş Bank Chess League, round 4

Results round 4

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WIM Zehra Topel

Antalya Deniz Genclik made a big upset to Denizli Erbakir with 5.5-4.5 win thanks to FM Tamer Karatekin, former Turkish champion’s victory against GM Levon Aroshidze and Köse’s (well-known bulletin boy to win a very nice game against GM Naiditsch back in 2003 European Championship in Silivri, İstanbul) win against Genç and Uzuner’s win against Metin.

ITU collected another 2 points against Bursa Tophane, who are one of the major disappointment in the league without a single point despite they have a strong team led by GM Spasov. GM Spasov, inflicting FM Çıtak with his first loss was not enough since FM Erdoğan stroke a win on the second board against IM Karakehajov. Turkish champion WIM Topel’s win over WIM Chilingirova was another crucial board win that contributed to the 6-4 victory for the technical university.

Tarsus Zeka overwhelmed Selçuk University with a 8.5-1.5 win and Antalya Çallıspor scored another win this time against TED College thanks to the first three boards with GM Shanava, IM Sidefzade and FM Laçiner.

Truva duly won against Pamukkale University despite Grivas held GM Guseinov to a draw and Sipahioğlu won against Çoban.

Beşiktaş treated its wounds from the loss against Servergazi with a 7-3 win over Mersin Ezgi.

Manisa Doruk Koleji won against İSEK Aquamatch which meant the fourth straight win for the former and the third straight loss for the latter all of them being important games. GM Mamedov-GM Savcenko -IM Erturan were solid enough to hold İSEK GMs to 2 points and went on to win.

İş Bank Chess League, round 5

Results round 5

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Mamedov and Gelashvili

Round 5 saw the first victory for Bursa Tophane. Led by GM Spasov, they defeated Ted Ankara of GM Mikhalchishin. Doruk managed to win 7:3 against Servergazi despite the draw of Mamedov against Gelashvili.

Besiktas are back on track with a solid 7,5:2,5 victory against Selcuk University. WFM Kubra Ozturk made a nice draw agains GM Gveetadze.

Tarsus lost from Truva despite the positive result on the first three boards. This made Truva provisional leader with more game points than Doruk Koleji.

Turkish Chess League round 2

results and standings

Turkish Chess League round 2 results

ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR 4½ – 5½ İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ

ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR 1½ – 8½ DORUK KOLEJİ

BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ 3½ – 6½ TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ

TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ 7 – 3 ANTALYA DENİZ GENÇLİK SPOR KULÜBÜ

PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 5 – 5 TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER

İSEK AQUAMATCH 4½ – 5½ BEŞİKTAŞ JİMNASTİK KULÜBÜ

SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR 8 – 2 TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ

MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 5½ – 4½ SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ

Turkish Chess League standings

1 SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR 4 MP 15½ GP

2 TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ 4 MP 15 GP

3 BEŞİKTAŞ JİMNASTİK KULÜBÜ 4 MP 14½ GP

DORUK KOLEJİ 4 MP 14½ GP

5 TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ 4 MP 13½ GP

6 İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 4 MP 11 GP

7 TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER 2 MP 10 GP

İSEK AQUAMATCH 2 MP 10 GP

9 MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 2 MP 7½ GP

10 PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 1 MP 9½ GP

11 ANTALYA DENİZ GENÇLİK SPOR KULÜBÜ 1 MP 8 GP

12 ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR 0 MP 8½ GP

13 SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ 0 MP 7 GP

14 TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ 0 MP 6½ GP

15 ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR 0 MP 4½ GP

BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ 0 MP 4½ GP

turkish chess league

ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR 4½ – 5½ İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 GM GELASHVILI TAMAZ 2620 ½ : ½ FM ÇITAK SELİM 2323

2 GM AROSHIDZE LEVAN 2545 1 : 0 FM ERDOĞAN HAKAN 2282

3 GENÇ CİHAN SEVİNÇ 2227 ½ : ½ FM ATAMAN ALPER EFE 2231

4 MEMİŞOĞLU TUNA 2038 0 : 1 GÜNER BÜLENT 2214

5 IM KHURTSIDZE NINO 2413 1 : 0 WIM TOPEL ZEHRA 2234

6 AYDOGDU ATAMAN 2050 0 : 1 DERUNİ BERÇ 2015

7 GÜRCAN ERAY 1955 0 : 1 ÇATALKILIÇ ÖZGÜR 1953

8 GÜRCAN AYTOLUN 1816 ½ : ½ AŞAN ELVAN 1874

9 SAVRAN SÜLEYMAN 1854 0 : 1 AŞIKUZUN BERKAY 1931

10 CEMHAN KARDELEN 1932 1 : 0 TEKİN AYŞEGÜL 1564

ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR 1½ – 8½ DORUK KOLEJİ

1 GM SHANAVA KONSTANTİNE 2519 ½ : ½ GM MAMEDOV RAUF 2617

2 IM SİDEİFZADE FİKRAT 2408 0 : 1 GM SAVCHENKO BORİS 2569

3 KÜÇÜMENLER TARKAN 2122 0 : 1 IM ERTURAN YAKUP 2369

4 UZUN FUAT 2070 0 : 1 FM SEÇER ATA 2306

5 ACAR GİZEM 1934 0 : 1 WGM STEPOVAIA TATİANA 2378

6 KOC SÜLEYMAN SARP 2048 0 : 1 ŞİRİN ATAKAN 2107

7 IM DURARBEYLİ VASIF 2384 1 : 0 FIRAT BURAK 2189

8 İZGİ BENSU 1706 0 : 1 ARIĞ BÜŞRA 1787

9 SUDAGEZER HÜSEYİN ALPEREN 1630 0 : 1 ŞANAL VAHAP 1814

10 TEMİMHAN DAMLA 1663 0 : 1 DİRİL IŞIL 1741

BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ 3½ – 6½ TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 IM KARAKEHAJOV KALİN 2453 1 : 0 GM GAGUNASHVILI MERAB 2553

2 ÖZKAN ERVİN 2237 0 : 1 IM CAN EMRE 2460

3 KOÇ İLKAY 2106 0 : 1 IM ERDOĞDU AZİZ MERT 2434

4 CEBELLİ ÖZEL 2123 ½ : ½ IM KILIÇASLAN HASAN 2268

5 WIM CHILINGIROVA PAVLINA 2213 0 : 1 WGM MELIA SALOME 2413

6 KILIÇBAY MUSTAFA 1936 0 : 1 ERTAN CAN 2172

7 KOMUT KAAN 1813 0 : 1 KANMAZALP OĞULCAN 2281

8 ULUSOY ILGIN 1639 0 : 1 WGM MUZYCHUK MARİYA 2387

9 KOMUT BURAK 1855 1 : 0 YARGICI MAZHAR KUTAY 1937

10 ŞANAL SUNA 1813 1 : 0 YAKA BEYZA 1531

TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ 7 – 3 ANTALYA DENİZ GENÇLİK SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 GM HUSEYNOV GADİR 2625 1 : 0 FM TUNCER UFUK 2306

2 IM HAZNEDAROĞLU KIVANÇ 2463 ½ : ½ FM KARATEKİN TAMER 2222

3 YILMAZ MUSTAFA 2342 0 : 1 KOSE SERKAN 2173

4 GÜCİN ZAFER 2097 ½ : ½ DOĞANTUĞ AHMET İSMAİL 2246

5 IM DZAGNIDZE NANA 2443 1 : 0 WFM SÜRAL EMİNE YANIK 2072

6 WIM YILDIZ BETÜL CEMRE 2205 1 : 0 AY İBRAHİM ETHEM 1945

7 GM SAFARLI ELTAJ 2524 1 : 0 EKEN YUSUF MERT 1533

8 KARAYAYLALI PINAR 1597 0 : 1 DURMAZ AYÇA FATMA 1772

9 ÇOBAN METE SADIK 1864 1 : 0 KÜÇÜK DOĞAN 1880

10 SOP SELEN 1870 1 : 0 ÜSTÜNDAĞ NEFİSE MELİS 1759

PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 5 – 5 TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER

1 GM GRIVAS EFSTRATIOS 2498 ½ : ½ GM MIKHALCHISHIN ADRİAN 2528

2 GM ODEEV HANDSZAR 2422 1 : 0 FM KARADENİZ ALİ EMRE 2306

3 ÖZTÜRK EMİR 2194 1 : 0 FM İPEK ALİ 2197

4 SELEN DİNÇER 2025 ½ : ½ SOLAKOĞLU ÖZGÜR 2113

5 WGM KHARLOVICH ANASTAZIA 2212 ½ : ½ SOLAK (ÇAVUŞOĞLU) YILDIZ 1964

6 ÇAKAN CEM 2037 1 : 0 BERKMAN CEM 1560

7 OKUŞ MELİH 1822 0 : 1 ATMAN BERKAN 1941

8 AKYÜZOĞLU BEGÜM 1577 0 : 1 DİNÇOK GÖZDE 1804

9 SİPAHİOĞLU IRMAK 2006 ½ : ½ CM YÜKSEL ATİLLA KÖKSAL 1936

10 MORGÜL ELÇİN 1717 0 : 1 AKKALYONCU ZEYNEP 1630

İSEK AQUAMATCH 4½ – 5½ 4 BEŞİKTAŞ JİMNASTİK KULÜBÜ

1 GM ATALIK SUAT 2592 ½ : ½ IM ATAKİŞİ UMUT 2365

2 GM PAPAIOANNOU IOANNIS 2566 1 : 0 OLCAYÖZ ALPER 2315

3 GM BANİKAS HRİSTOS 2600 1 : 0 FM YAGIZ YASİN EMRAH 2280

4 FM DEMİREL TOLGA 2172 ½ : ½ MARAŞLI TUTKU KAHRAMAN 2187

5 WGM ATALIK EKATERİNA 2409 1 : 0 WFM ÖZTÜRK KÜBRA 2169

6 ÖZDOĞAN BARAN 2017 0 : 1 APAYDIN FETHİ 2187

7 ZEYTİNOĞLU NASIR EKİN 1883 0 : 1 YILMAZYERLİ MERT 2207

8 YİĞİT EZGİ 1615 0 : 1 SÖYLEMEZ CANSU 1849

9 KANLI KAAN 1972 ½ : ½ EMİROĞLU CANKUT 2019

10 YİĞİT ALEYNA 1774 0 : 1 ŞAŞMAZEL BURCU 1837

SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR 8 – 2 TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ

1 GM ARUTINIAN DAVİD 2593 ½ : ½ GM SOLAK DRAGAN 2630

2 IM SANIKIDZE TORNIKE 2458 ½ : ½ GM ABBASOV FARİD 2528

3 IM ARDUMAN CAN 2321 1 : 0 FM BAYRAM YAKUP 2337

4 AFYONCU ÖMER 2073 ½ : ½ KELER FARUK 2256

5 IM LOMINEISHVILI MAIA 2400 1 : 0 IM MATNADZE ANA 2393

6 DOĞAN ALİ EKBER 2027 1 : 0 TAŞDELEN DENİZ MURAT 1977

7 AYDOĞDU ERKMEN 2007 1 : 0 GAYGUSUZOĞLU GÖKHAN 1887

8 DİNÇEL MELODİ 1845 ½ : ½ DİNÇOK BERFU 1874

9 ERERDEM GANİ EREN 1836 1 : 0 UZUN SARP 1988

10 ABDİMANOĞLU BESTE BAŞAK 1676 1 : 0 TÜLAY SERAY 1788

MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 5½ – 4½ SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ

1 GÖKSEL DOĞA CİHAN 2263 ½ : ½ REYHAN DOĞAN HEVAL 2248

2 DUMAN AYDIN 2244 ½ : ½ SEYHANOĞLU DENİZ 2064

3 HUSNILLIN RAMİL 2245 1 : 0 GÖKÇEN FATİH 2006

4 ŞENGÜL CENGİZ 2146 ½ : ½ UNAL MUSTAFA KEMAL 1939

5 WIM GENOVA LYUBKA 2232 ½ : ½ GM GVEETZADE SOPIO 2350

6 ÖZENMİŞ NEVZAT 1981 1 : 0 GENCER ÖZLEM 1927

7 KARAGÖLLÜ AHMET 1923 1 : 0 ŞEKEROĞLU KADİR 1602

8 KAYA EMEL 1889 ½ : ½ KAPLAN EBRU 1878

9 ÖZCAN SEZER 1874 0 : 1 TOPAK ENGİN 1923

10 MENZİ NEZİHE EZGİ 1822 0 : 1 BAL SEVGİCAN 1588

Turkish Chess League round 1

results

Turkish Chess League round 1 results

MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 2 – 8 TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ

SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ 2½ – 7½ SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR

TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ 4½ – 5½ İSEK AQUAMATCH

BEŞİKTAŞ JİMNASTİK KULÜBÜ 9 – 1 BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ

TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ 7 – 3 ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR

DORUK KOLEJİ 6 – 4 ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR

İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 5½ – 4½ PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ

TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER 5 – 5 ANTALYA DENİZ GENÇLİK SPOR KULÜBÜ

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Mamedov and Gelashvili in round 1

MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 2 – 8 TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 GÖKSEL DOĞA CİHAN 2263 0 : 1 GM HUSEYNOV GADİR 2625

2 DUMAN AYDIN 2244 0 : 1 GM SAFARLI ELTAJ 2524

3 HUSNILLIN RAMİL 2245 0 : 1 IM HAZNEDAROĞLU KIVANÇ 2463

4 ŞENGÜL CENGİZ 2146 ½ : ½ IM ESEN BARIŞ 2451

5 WIM GENOVA LYUBKA 2232 0 : 1 IM DZAGNIDZE NANA 2443

6 ÖZENMİŞ NEVZAT 1981 0 : 1 WIM YILDIZ BETÜL CEMRE 2205

7 ÜNEL MEMDUH MERT 1744 0 : 1 YILMAZ MUSTAFA 2342

8 MENZİ NEZİHE EZGİ 1822 1 : 0 KARAYAYLALI PINAR 1597

9 ÖZCAN SEZER 1874 ½ : ½ ÇOBAN METE SADIK 1864

10 KAYA EMEL 1889 0 : 1 SOP SELEN 1870

SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ 2½ – 7½ SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR

1 REYHAN DOĞAN HEVAL 2248 0 : 1 GM ARUTINIAN DAVİD 2593

2 SEYHANOĞLU DENİZ 2064 0 : 1 IM SANIKIDZE TORNIKE 2458

3 GÖKÇEN FATİH 2006 0 : 1 IM ARDUMAN CAN 2321

4 UNAL MUSTAFA KEMAL 1939 0 : 1 ÖZEN BURAK 2049

5 GM GVEETZADE SOPIO 2350 ½ : ½ IM LOMINEISHVILI MAIA 2400

6 GENCER ÖZLEM 1927 0 : 1 DOĞAN ALİ EKBER 2027

7 TOPAK ENGİN 1923 1 : 0 CANBULAN ARDA 1736

8 KAPLAN EBRU 1878 1 : 0 DİNÇEL MELODİ 1845

9 ŞEKEROĞLU KADİR 1602 0 : 1 ERERDEM GANİ EREN 1836

10 BAL SEVGİCAN 1588 0 : 1 ABDİMANOĞLU BESTE BAŞAK 1676

TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ 4½ – 5½ İSEK AQUAMATCH

1 GM SOLAK DRAGAN 2630 ½ : ½ GM ATALIK SUAT 2592

2 GM ABBASOV FARİD 2528 0 : 1 GM PAPAIOANNOU IOANNIS 2566

3 FM BAYRAM YAKUP 2337 ½ : ½ GM BANİKAS HRİSTOS 2600

4 KELER FARUK 2256 0 : 1 FM DEMİREL TOLGA 2172

5 IM MATNADZE ANA 2393 0 : 1 WGM ATALIK EKATERİNA 2409

6 TAŞDELEN DENİZ MURAT 1977 0 : 1 ÖZDOĞAN BARAN 2017

7 GAYGUSUZOĞLU GÖKHAN 1887 1 : 0 ZEYTİNOĞLU NASIR EKİN 1883

8 DİNÇOK BERFU 1874 1 : 0 YİĞİT EZGİ 1615

9 UZUN SARP 1988 ½ : ½ KANLI KAAN 1972

10 TÜLAY SERAY 1788 1 : 0 YİĞİT ALEYNA 1774

BEŞİKTAŞ JİMNASTİK KULÜBÜ 9 – 1 BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ

1 IM ATAKİŞİ UMUT 2365 0 : 1 GM SPASOV VASİL 2579

2 OLCAYÖZ ALPER 2315 1 : 0 IM KARAKEHAJOV KALİN 2453

3 FM YAGIZ YASİN EMRAH 2280 1 : 0 ÖZKAN ERVİN 2237

4 YARAMIŞ HAKAN 2137 1 : 0 KOÇ İLKAY 2106

5 WFM ÖZTÜRK KÜBRA 2169 1 : 0 WIM CHILINGIROVA PAVLINA 2213

6 TANRIKULU ERHAN 2228 1 : 0 KOMUT BURAK 1855

7 YILMAZYERLİ MERT 2207 1 : 0 KILIÇBAY MUSTAFA 1936

8 SÖYLEMEZ CANSU 1849 1 : 0 ULUSOY ILGIN 1639

9 EMİROĞLU CANKUT 2019 1 : 0 KOMUT KAAN 1813

10 ŞAŞMAZEL BURCU 1837 1 : 0 ŞANAL SUNA 1813

TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ 7 – 3 ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR

1 GM GAGUNASHVILI MERAB 2553 1 : 0 IM SİDEİFZADE FİKRAT 2408

2 IM CAN EMRE 2460 1 : 0 KÜÇÜMENLER TARKAN 2122

3 IM ERDOĞDU AZİZ MERT 2434 1 : 0 ÇİL HASAN KIVANÇ 2054

4 IM KILIÇASLAN HASAN 2268 0 : 1 UZUN FUAT 2070

5 WGM MELIA SALOME 2413 1 : 0 ACAR GİZEM 1934

6 ERTAN CAN 2172 0 : 1 KOC SÜLEYMAN SARP 2048

7 ERBİŞ BARIŞ 1998 0 : 1 IM DURARBEYLİ VASIF 2384

8 WGM MUZYCHUK MARİYA 2387 1 : 0 İZGİ BENSU 1706

9 YARGICI MAZHAR KUTAY 1937 1 : 0 ÇALIŞKAN KEREM 1826

10 SALT İLAYDA 1682 1 : 0 KILIÇ ÖZGE NUR 1711

DORUK KOLEJİ 6 – 4 ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR

1 GM MAMEDOV RAUF 2617 1 : 0 GM GELASHVILI TAMAZ 2620

2 IM ERTURAN YAKUP 2369 ½ : ½ GM AROSHIDZE LEVAN 2545

3 FM SEÇER ATA 2306 1 : 0 GENÇ CİHAN SEVİNÇ 2227

4 YAŞAR IŞIK ENGİN 2187 1 : 0 KARAMAHMUTOĞLU ESER 1971

5 WGM STEPOVAIA TATİANA 2378 0 : 1 IM KHURTSIDZE NINO 2413

6 ŞİRİN ATAKAN 2107 0 : 1 AYDOGDU ATAMAN 2050

7 FIRAT BURAK 2189 ½ : ½ GÜRCAN ERAY 1955

8 ARIĞ BÜŞRA 1787 1 : 0 GÜRCAN AYTOLUN 1816

9 ŞANAL VAHAP 1814 1 : 0 SAVRAN SÜLEYMAN 1854

10 PATEL YEŞİM 1959 0 : 1 CEMHAN KARDELEN 1932

İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 5½ – 4½ PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 FM ÇITAK SELİM 2323 ½ : ½ GM GRIVAS EFSTRATIOS 2498

2 FM ERDOĞAN HAKAN 2282 0 : 1 GM ODEEV HANDSZAR 2422

3 FM ATAMAN ALPER EFE 2231 ½ : ½ ÖZTÜRK EMİR 2194

4 GÜNER BÜLENT 2155 1 : 0 SELEN DİNÇER 2025

5 WIM TOPEL ZEHRA 2234 ½ : ½ WGM KHARLOVICH ANASTAZIA 2212

6 DERUNİ BERÇ 2015 ½ : ½ ÇAKAN CEM 2037

7 İNÖNÜ MUHSİN MÜNCİ 2009 0 : 1 OKUŞ MELİH 1822

8 AŞAN ELVAN 1874 1 : 0 AKYÜZOĞLU BEGÜM 1577

9 AŞIKUZUN BERKAY 1931 1 : 0 SİPAHİOĞLU IRMAK 2006

10 ÖZTÜRK HİLAL 1686 ½ : ½ MORGÜL ELÇİN 1717

TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER 5 – 5 ANTALYA DENİZ GENÇLİK SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 GM MIKHALCHISHIN ADRİAN 2528 1 : 0 FM TUNCER UFUK 2306

2 FM KARADENİZ ALİ EMRE 2306 1 : 0 KOSE SERKAN 2173

3 FM İPEK ALİ 2197 ½ : ½ DOĞANTUĞ AHMET İSMAİL 2246

4 SOLAKOĞLU ÖZGÜR 2113 0 : 1 YASIN HÜR 2203

5 SOLAK (ÇAVUŞOĞLU) YILDIZ 1964 0 : 1 WFM SÜRAL EMİNE YANIK 2072

6 BERKMAN CEM 1560 ½ : ½ AYDIN İSMAİL 1920

7 ATMAN BERKAN 1941 ½ : ½ KÜÇÜK DOĞAN 1880

8 DİNÇOK GÖZDE 1804 1 : 0 AKÇAKANAT GÖZDE 1566

9 CM YÜKSEL ATİLLA KÖKSAL 1936 0 : 1 TEKELİ TAYLAN CAN 1829

10 NURLU SELİN 1686 ½ : ½ DURMAZ AYÇA FATMA 1772

Topalov – Kamsky 2008 match details revealed

more information from Lviv

Black-White Kamsky Sasikiran Topalov 1

Several interesting details about the Topalov – Kamsky match in Lviv have been revealed this week. Mr. Ilymzhinov has confirmed one more time Lviv as the host city of the event and according to News Ukraine has shared, “The match will start on September 28th in Lviv, under the auspices of FIDE and the Ukrainian Chess Federation. The prize fund will be 750 000 dollars. The match will be 8 games and will continue 20 days.”

The italic text above is certainly a typo from the news agency, as the match is announced to “start after the finish of the Kramnik – Anand WCC final”. This means the start date of the Topalov – Kamsky match is November 28th and the match will continue until December 18th. 8 games will be played, 4 games less than in the match Kramnik – Anand.

Next Monday Mr. Makropoulos will visit the host city Lviv
together with FIDE inspectors. The commission will visit the playing site and will make sure that the event will be on a high level.

More about Topalov – Kamsky

Kamsky – Topalov chronology

Lviv begins preparation for the match

FIDE President guarantees Topalov – Kamsky match

GM Nijat Mamedov wins Ciutat de Reus

Azeri domination in the Catalunya weekend tournament

The rapid weekend tournament Ciutat de Reus saw total domination from the Azerbaijan players. Three of them finished on top with equal score – GM Nijat Mamedov, GM Azer Mizorev, and GM Rashad Babaev – all with 7,5/9. The winner on Buchholz Tie-Break was Nijat Mamedov who won 500 eur and a trophy.
Fourth place was for the local top player GM Marc Narciso Dublan who finished with 7,0, the same score as GM Epishin, IM Corrales, and FM Cruz. The top seeded GM Fedorchuk finished with 6,5/9 on 11th place.

Results by rounds

GM Nijat Mamedov – Marc Mallol Muste 1:0

Jose Antonio Garcia Rubio – GM Nijat Mamedov 1:0

GM Nijat Mamedov – GM Ruslan Pogorelov 1:0

GM Rashad Babaev - GM Nijat Mamedov ½:½

GM Nijat Mamedov – IM Luis Rojas 1:0

GM Azer Mirzoev – GM Nijat Mamedov ½:½

GM Nijat Mamedov – FM Cristhian Cruz 1:0

GM Vladimir Epishin – GM Nijat Mamedov ½:½

GM Nijat Mamedov – GM Sergey Fedorchuk 1:0

Ciutat de Reus preview

Official homepage

Final FIDE July List top ratings estimate

Measure Up, with Hans Arild Runde (June 20th)

And the saga continues… I must admit that trying to predict what FIDE will do, sometimes feel like trying to hit a moving target! After yesterday’s rumors, it seemed certain that Aerosvit would be included in the FIDE July list. And in their reply today, FIDE’s positive response to the request concerning Aerosvit is duly documented. However, it’s also communicated that in a second response, FIDE announces that they are going to enforce the deadline for rating report submissions strictly this period, and hence Aerosvit will not be included in the July list!

We therefore bring another updated July list estimate, quite similar to the one published June 17th. It has one additional change, though, which is the inclusion of the 2008 National Open in Las Vegas. See below for a few more comments in that respect. We would also like to emphasize that this is an estimate – there still might be changes unknown to us at the current time, but this is the final July list preview that Chessdom will publish. Any further changes will as usual be communicated in the tournament section of the Live Top List, so please drop by now and then to see what’s happening!

FIDE July List Preview

Rank Name Rating Games Change Born
01 Anand 2798 2 -5 1969
02 Morozevich 2788 20 14 1977
03 Kramnik 2788 0 0 1975
04 Ivanchuk 2781 25 41 1969
05 Topalov 2777 10 10 1975
06 Carlsen 2775 16 10 1990
07 Radjabov 2744 31 -7 1987
08 Mamedyarov 2742 23 -10 1985
09 Shirov 2741 11 1 1972
10 Leko 2741 0 0 1979
11 Svidler 2738 32 -8 1976
12 Aronian 2737 11 -26 1982
13 Adams 2735 20 6 1971
14 Grischuk 2728 21 12 1983
15 Karjakin 2727 27 -5 1990
16 Movsesian 2723 53 28 1978
17 Kamsky 2723 28 -3 1974
18 Gelfand 2720 10 -3 1968
19 Ponomariov 2718 10 -1 1983
20 Gashimov 2717 34 38 1986
21 Eljanov 2716 23 29 1983
22 Polgar 2711 3 2 1976
23 Jakovenko 2709 20 -2 1983
24 Dominguez 2708 19 13 1983
25 Alekseev 2708 12 -3 1985
26 Ni 2705 28 1 1983
27 Bu 2705 25 -3 1985
28 Milov 2705 16 15 1972
29 Wang Yue 2704 28 15 1987

Notable Changes

The list above includes all relevant events played. In the top of the list, we see that Morozevich has caught up with Kramnik, who hasn’t played any games in this rating period. The reason for Morozevich being ranked ahead of Kramnik despite them having the exact same rating, is FIDE’s tie-break criteria, which is number of games played. Moro won the big majority of his 14 point gain by winning Bosna Sarajevo in style, while snatching the final points needed in the Bosnia Herzegovina league competition. Ivanchuk has made a huge leap upwards after several strong events, mainly his break-out win in MTel, with a TPR of 2977 after an undefeated 8/10. The same event was miserable for Aronian, who ended up dropping out of top 10 for the first since time since April 2005. Topalov and Carlsen gained around 10 points each, but both were pushed one place down due to Ivanchuk’s big leap.

In the lower half of the list, we can welcome several players to the 2700 club, most of them for the first time: Since the April list, Movsesian (2723), Gashimov (2717), Eljanov (2716), Dominguez (2708), Milov (2705) and Wang Yue (2704) have crossed the somewhat less magical 2700-border – the lesser magic explained by a record-breaking 29 players above 2700.

Events Included

The events being the basis for the July preview above, are the following:

French League (rounds 1-3) Magistral Ruy Lopez (7 rounds)
Russian Team Championship (11 rounds) French League (rounds 4-7)
Czech League (11 rounds) German Bundesliga (15 rounds)
European Individual Championship (11 rounds) Baku Grand Prix (13 rounds)
Dutch League (rounds 7-9) Capablanca Memorial (9 rounds)
M-Tel Masters (10 rounds) President’s Cup Baku (9 rounds)
Chicago Open (7 rounds) Chinese League (rounds 1-3)
Chinese League (rounds 4-9) Ukrainian League (9 rounds)
Hungarian Team Championship (11 rounds) French League (rounds 8-11)
Bosna 2008 (10 rounds) German Verbandsliga (2 games rated)
Israel National League (11 rounds) Bosnia-Herzegovina League (9 rounds)
SGM League (1 game rated) Chinese Individual Championship (11 rounds)
Iranian League (8 games rated) World Amateur Team (3 games rated)
2008 National Open (6 rounds)

Possible Deviations from the Final List

A possible difference between the final FIDE July list and the list presented above, is the rating and rank of Chinese Bu. The reason for this, is the game of the final round of the Russian Team Championship, between Sakaev (white) and Bu (black). The rating report submitted to FIDE has this game as a win for Bu, while every source I’ve seen, has this game as a draw, including the official site of the Russian Team Championship. The pgn of this game can be downloaded from chess.liverating.org. If there still is some twist to the result of this game, making the rating report correct after all, Bu would appear in 23rd place with a rating of 2710 instead, pushing everyone between Polgar and Bu down one place in the rankings.

In a previous article, we mentioned the missing rating report from the recent Las Vegas event, sporting top US GMs Kamsky and Nakamura. And as of June 17th, the 2008 National Open was not registered on FIDE’s site among US events to be rated for July 2008. However today, June 20th, it has been added, reporting a submittal date of June 15th. One must assume that FIDE simply lagged behind in updating their web pages, which can be seen as quite understandable, with lots of reports probably coming in close to the deadline.

You can follow changes to the top standings day by day, by going to chess.liverating.org, where ratings are updated “live”, irrespective of when events will be counted in FIDE’s official lists. If there are questions, comments or suggestions to this article or the Live Top List, I’ll be delighted to read and respond to those, either via email or in a future article. Until then, have a nice time!

The author can be contacted at chess@liverating.org

Olympic chess team of Norway

Norway might be led by GM Magnus Carlsen for the Chess Olympiad in Dresden

Norway is preparing to attack top positions at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden 2008. This week the team composition has been made public. The team will be led by the “unofficial” top 2 in the world ranking list, GM Magnus Carlsen. He will be accompanied by GM Simen Agdestein, GM Kjetil A. Lie, GM Leif E. Johannessen, and IM Jon Ludvig Hammer.

The women team of Norway for the Chess Olympiad will include WIM Ellen Hagesæther, WIM Sheila Barth Sahl, WFM Silje Bjerke, Katrine Tjølsen, and Line Jin Jørgensen.

The players have 2 weeks to confirm their particiation, but if this is the final team composition we will see the strongest ever Norway participating at the Chess Olympics in Dresden. Full information and reserve players at our good friend’s site http://www.bergensjakk.no/

Norway, with the city of Tromsø, is one of the candidates to organize the 2014 Chess Olympiad. Tromsø is also applying for the Olympic Winter games of 2018.

Norway etcc

Team Norway happy at the ETCC earlier last year

Norway etcc

Carlsen and Kjetil A. Lie will be the leaders of the team

gm simen adgenstein

GM Agdestein will be at the top boards as well

Four nations ellen

WIM Ellen Hagesæther will be board 1 in the women team

Four nations wfm silje bjerke

WFM Silje Bjerke is one of the hopes of the women team for the Chess Olympiad in Dresden