GM Vescovi and IM Perdomo lead Torneio Internacional da Amizade

Torneio Internacional da Amizade is taking place August 23 – 31, 2008, in Brazil. It is a 9 round Swiss system organized by Clube de Xadrez São Paulo. GM Vescovi and IM Perdomo lead Torneio Internacional da Amizade with full 4,0 points after round 4. They are closely followed by FM Fusco, WFM Terao, Bueno Alfeu, and FM Tsuboi with 3,5/4. 10 more players have 3,0/4.

A total of 87 players participate in the competition. GM Vescovi is the only grandmaster, other 17 are titled players. Most of the participants are local Brazilian players, but there are also 2 Dutch – Van Riemsdijk and De Winter, 1 Belgium – Willem Hajenius, 1 from USA – Ellery Bann, and 1 Cuban – IM Lebredo.

Standings after round 4

1 IM Perdomo Leandro ARG 2376 4,0

2 GM Vescovi Giovanni BRA 2631 4,0

3 FM Fusco Leonardo ARG 2392 3,5

4 Bueno Alfeu Junior Varela BRA 2267 3,5

5 WFM Terao Juliana Sayumi BRA 2094 3,5

6 FM Tsuboi Edson Kenji BRA 2356 3,5

7 FM Teixeira Ricardo Da Silva BRA 2377 3,0

8 Leal Paulotarcisio Garcia BRA 2211 3,0

9 FM Rodi Luis Ernesto ARG 2376 3,0

10 Moyses Fo Joao BRA 2121 3,0

11 Pereira Silvio Cunha BRA 2284 3,0

12 Calcado Acyr Rogerio BRA 2213 3,0

13 IM Lebredo Zaragoitia Gerardo CUB 2245 3,0

14 WFM Delai Paula Fernanda BRA 2081 3,0

15 Celkevicius Roberto BRA 2063 3,0

16 Oliveira Silvio Eduardo BRA 2323 3,0

17 Nunes Allan Hurba BRA 1920 3,0

18 FM Aranha Filho Alvaro Z BRA 2291 3,0

19 Limberg Estacio Vermelho BRA 2282 3,0

20 FM Santos Marcus Vinicius Moreira BRA 2403 2,5

21 IM De Souza Mauro Guimaraes BRA 2317 2,5

22 Cordeiro Felipe Sarmento BRA 0 2,5

23 IM Segal Alexandru Sorin BRA 2231 2,5

24 Utiyama Marcel Heimar Ribeiro BRA 2139 2,5

25 Schutt Ricardo De Amorim BRA 2153 2,5

26 FM Gonzalez Bolivar Ribeiro BRA 2265 2,5

27 FM Olivencia Flavio BRA 2226 2,5

28 FM Prates Fabiano Fortes BRA 2293 2,5

29 Crespo Antonio Rogerio BRA 2170 2,5

30 Reis Alan De Albuquerque Maran BRA 2012 2,5

31 Batista Renato Luiz BRA 2156 2,5

32 Rosa Jose Antonio BRA 2094 2,5

33 Jukemura Leandro BRA 2113 2,0

34 Abdalla Luiz Guilherme Aurelli BRA 2080 2,0

35 Feliciano Vanessa BRA 2066 2,0

36 IM Trois Francisco R T BRA 2359 2,0

37 Grellmann Fabricio Stadler BRA 0 2,0

38 Salama Andre Sasson BRA 1957 2,0

39 Mariano Marceley Martins BRA 2002 2,0

40 Barbosa Fernando BRA 2036 2,0

41 Madeira Wagner Martins BRA 2265 2,0

42 De Haro Martim Afonso Palma BRA 2117 2,0

43 Piekarski Atila Balzer BRA 1969 2,0

44 Hajenius Willem BEL 2055 2,0

45 Zachi Felipe Parelho BRA 0 2,0

46 Van Riemsdijk Dirk D BRA 2222 2,0

47 Cajal Andre BRA 2081 2,0

48 Rodrigues Bruno Morado BRA 1965 2,0

49 Bastos E Santos Edson BRA 0 2,0

50 Gazola Vanessa Ramos BRA 2011 2,0

Total: 87 players

India wins the Chess U16 Olympiad 2008 ahead of Russia

third place for Philippines

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GM Wesley So

India won the gold medal after defeating England 3.5-0.5 and emerged victorious in the Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2008 in Turkey after their triumph in World Junior Championship, confirming the good performance started by IM Harika and GM Gupta a few weeks ago at the World Junior Championships.

The important game of the last round was between Russia and Azerbaijan. Vasif Durarbeyli defeated Oleg Yaksin on the second board, Anastasia Bodnaruk and Ilia Iljuishenok defeated Mammadov and Kazimova, but the 2,5:1,5 overall victory was not sufficient for the top seeds to win the gold medal since they were surprised by India who defeated England with 3.5-0.5.

Philippines defeated ISEM 3-1 to get the bronze medal. Despite the last round suprising draw with Zeytinoglu (1883), GM Wesley So was the key to Phillipines 3rd place. The young talent managed to win the gold medal at board 1 and to add yet another 15 ELO points to his rating in his chase for the 2650 barrier (after breaking the 2600 a month ago).

Full round by round reports can be found on the official site.

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Standings
World Youth Chess Olympiad

2. INDIA (28½ Pts./235 BH.)

1 IM ADHIBAN B 2422 IND 3,0

2 IM SETHURAMAN S P 2425 IND 8,5

3 IM SHYAM Sundar M 2312 IND 6,5

4 FM PRASANNA Rao 2233 IND 7,0

5 FM PRIYADHARSHAN K 2297 IND 2,5

1. RUSSIA (28½ Pts./234 BH.)

1 IM SHIMANOV Aleksandr 2480 RUS 7,5

2 YAKSIN Oleg 2307 RUS 6,5

3 WFM BODNARUK Anastasia 2394 RUS 6,0

4 WFM REPINA Varvara 2201 RUS 3,5

5 ILJIUSHENOK Ilia 2315 RUS 5,0

4. PHILIPPINES (27 Pts./231 BH.)

1 GM SO Wesley 2577 PHI 9,0

2 PASCUA Haridas 2171 PHI 5,5

3 DATU Alcon John 2138 PHI 5,5

4 GARCIA Jan Emmanuel 2232 PHI 6,5

3. AZERBAIJAN (24½ Pts./237½ BH.)

1 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE 7,0

2 IM DURARBEYLI Vasif 2413 AZE 8,5

3 MAMMADOV Ayaz 2346 AZE 5,0

4 KAZIMOVA Narmin Nizami Qizi 2148 AZE 1,5

5 TALISHZADA Orkhan Rovshan Oglu 2108 AZE 2,5

7. ARMENIA (24 Pts./238 BH.)

1 FM TER-SAHAKYAN Samvel 2480 ARM 6,5

2 BAGHDASARYAN Vahe 2193 ARM 4,5

3 VARDANIAN Haik G 2177 ARM 8,0

4 TAMAZYAN Haik 2139 ARM 5,0

6. GEORGIA (24 Pts./231½ BH.)

1 FM BREGADZE Levan 2399 GEO 5,0

2 JANIASHVILI Irakli 2192 GEO 4,5

3 DAVARASHVILI Nodar 2220 GEO 6,5

4 NIKOLASHVILI Giorgi 2197 GEO 7,0

5. TURKIYE-A (23 Pts./236 BH.)

1 FM YILMAZ Mustafa 2362 TUR 5,0

2 FIRAT Burak 2219 TUR 5,5

3 YILMAZYERLI Mert 2207 TUR 4,5

4 KANMAZALP Ogulcan 2281 TUR 5,0

5 SIPAHIOGLU Irmak 2006 TUR 2,0

15. TURKIYE-B (22 Pts./187½ BH.)

1 ATMAN Berkan 1941 TUR 5,5

2 KANLI Kaan 1972 TUR 2,5

3 GAYGUSUZOGLU Gokhan 1887 TUR 0,5

4 KERIGAN Demre 1892 TUR 2,5

5 TEKELI Taylan Can 1829 TUR 2,0

8. SLOVAKIA (21 Pts./230 BH.)

1 PETENYI Tamas 2289 SVK 4,0

2 MAZUR Stefan 2237 SVK 4,0

3 CSIBA Dominik 2157 SVK 4,5

4 STRAKA Josef Jr 2121 SVK 6,5

14. TURKIYE-C (21 Pts./207 BH.)

1 EMIROGLU Cankut 2028 TUR 4,0

2 KOMUT Kaan 1813 TUR 2,5

3 CM YUKSEL Atilla Koksal 1936 TUR 3,0

4 YARGICI Mazhar Kutay 1937 TUR 1,5

5 ARAT Ufuk Sezen 0 TUR 3,0

12. GREECE (21 Pts./194½ BH.)

1 MALIKENTZOS Sotirios 2063 GRE 5,0

2 KAFETZOPOULOS Anastasios 2049 GRE 3,5

3 RIGOPOULOS-TSIGKOS Alexandros 2018 GRE 5,5

4 BALOKAS Dimitrios 1779 GRE 2,0

16. TURKIYE-MERSIN (21 Pts./184½ BH.)

1 UZUN Sarp 1988 TUR 2,0

2 OLCUM Ahmet 1896 TUR 2,5

3 ERERDEM Gani Eren 1836 TUR 2,5

4 BUYUKASIK Diyap 1888 TUR 4,0

5 SAGBAS Cagdas Gurkan 0 TUR 0,0

9. ENGLAND (20½ Pts./218½ BH.)

1 ZHOU Yang-Fan 2259 ENG 4,5

2 KILPATRICK Callum 2203 ENG 3,5

3 YNOJOSA Felix Jose 2101 ENG 3,5

4 SEN Subin 2050 ENG 3,0

5 AUCKLAND Elliott 1990 ENG 2,0

10. SWITZERLAND-A (20½ Pts./201½ BH.)

1 NURI Kambez 2168 SUI 4,0

2 ROSENTHAL Jonathan 2248 SUI 4,5

3 GAEHWILER Gabriel 2095 SUI 4,0

4 GRILLON Alexandre 2042 SUI 4,0

13. SRI LANKA (20 Pts./205½ BH.)

1 KAVINDA Akhila 2029 SRI 0,5

2 KOTTAHACHCHY K O V 1965 SRI 4,5

3 AMARASENA Kaveesha 1900 SRI 4,0

4 SAMARAKOON U L 1912 SRI 1,0

20. ISEK AQUAMATCH (20 Pts./169½ BH.)

1 ZEYTINOGLU Nasir Ekin 1883 TUR 2,0

2 KAZDAGLI Benan 1754 TUR 0,5

3 KARANFIL Tevfikcan 1653 TUR 2,0

4 TARIM Ozgur 1792 TUR 1,0

5 BAGLAN Esat 0 TUR 1,0

24. SOUTH AFRICA-A (19½ Pts./172 BH.)

1 MEYER Andre 1702 RSA 1,0

2 BORNHEIM Craig 0 RSA 2,0

3 MODI Jaishil Bhadrashil 0 RSA 1,0

4 NAIDU Sayen 0 RSA 2,5

5 HENDRIKSZ Gabriel 0 RSA 2,5

11. SWITZERLAND-B (19 Pts./193½ BH.)

1 RINDLISBACHER Jan 1999 SUI 4,5

2 RINDLISBACHER Lars 1980 SUI 1,5

3 GEORGIADIS Nico 1951 SUI 4,5

4 HASENOHR Benedict 2021 SUI 3,5

18. BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA (18 Pts./191 BH.)

1 JEFIC Srdjan 2095 BIH 4,5

2 KADRIC Denis 1904 BIH 4,0

3 MATIJEVIC Jure 0 BIH 0,0

4 JACIMOVIC Sara 1799 BIH 2,5

26. SYRIA (18 Pts./165 BH.)

1 KHATIB Houssen 0 SYR 1,0

2 NEKR Abdalrhman 0 SYR 0,5

3 KHLEFA Adnan 0 SYR 1,0

4 ALTRBOSH Hosam 0 SYR 3,0

21. SOUTH AFRICA-B (18 Pts./161½ BH.)

1 KANNEMEYER Werner 1862 RSA 3,5

2 ENSLIN Stefan 0 RSA 1,5

3 DU TOIT Stefan 0 RSA 1,0

4 VAN WYK Laetitia 1607 RSA 0,0

5 VAN NIEKERK Francois 0 RSA 2,0

17. TURKIYE-GIRLS-A (17 Pts./191 BH.)

1 KAYA Emel 1889 TUR 2,0

2 TULAY Seray 1788 TUR 0,0

3 SOP Selen 1870 TUR 1,0

4 SOYLEMEZ Cansu 1849 TUR 1,0

5 SASMAZEL Burcu 1837 TUR 3,0

19. TURKIYE-GIRLS-B (14 Pts./173½ BH.)

1 KAPLAN Ebru 1878 TUR 1,5

2 ASAN Elvan 1874 TUR 1,0

3 ARIG Busra 1787 TUR 0,5

4 DURMAZ Ayca Fatma 0 TUR 1,0

5 KARANLIK Bedia Helen 1613 TUR 0,0

25. AUSTRALIA (11½ Pts./170 BH.)

1 GROSSMAN Alex 0 AUS 0,0

2 NG Isaac 0 AUS 1,5

3 FENG Thomas 1602 AUS 1,5

4 NG Joshua 0 AUS 0,0

23. KENYA (10 Pts./170½ BH.)

1 HOWORTH Aneurin 0 KEN 0,0

2 MOHAN Rahul 0 KEN 1,0

3 OBILLO Brian Otieno 0 KEN 1,5

4 NAGDA Ankush 1719 KEN 2,0

22. ALBANIA (8½ Pts./170½ BH.)

1 ASHIKU Franc 2056 ALB 4,5

2 YZEIRAJ Diamant 0 ALB 0,0

3 RASHA Blerim 0 ALB 0,0

4 DOKSANI Paulo 0 ALB 0,0

Mikhail Tal Memorial – Alexander Morozevich Still On Top

Ponomariov and Mamedyarov win in round five

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Alexander Morozevich drew Alexei Shirov yesterday and retained the lead after the fifth round of Mikhail Tal Memorial. Ruslan Ponomariov moves up on the crosstable after scoring a fine win against Peter Leko’s Marshall Attack. Pono employed a “naive” 18. Bc2, which apparently drops the pressure along the a2-g8 diagonal and allows easy f5-f4 for Black. This is exactly what Leko tried to do, but White gave a pawn back to exchange the Queens. In spite of White’s pair of Bishops, Leko was probably holding even before missing powerful 34. Rf1! after which Black position collapses.

Azeri star Shakhriyar Mamedyarov mentioned on a couple of occasions that opening repertoire with Black is his weakest point. Against Gata Kamsky, however, he reached a perfectly playable Sheveningen Sicilian without problems. At one point, Kamsky went for enterprising 21. Bg7!? instead of regular 21. Bc3, but the problem was that Black is not forced to take the Bishop. Mamedyarov seized the advantage with correct 21…Bxc2! and converted later into full point.

Round 5 results:

Morozevich, Alexander – Shirov, Alexei draw

Ponomariov, Ruslan – Leko, Peter 1-0

Ivanchuk, Vassily – Kramnik, Vladimir draw

Kamsky, Gata – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1

Gelfand, Boris – Alekseev, Evgeny draw

Round 5 standings:

1. Alexander Morozevich – 3.5

2-4. Vassily Ivanchuk, Ruslan Ponomariov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – 3.0

5-7. Boris Gelfand, Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Leko – 2.5

8-9. Gata Kamsky and Evgeny Alekseev – 2.0

10. Alexei Shirov – 1.0

Round 6 pairings:

Shirov, Alexei – Alekseev, Evgeny

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Gelfand, Boris

Kramnik, Vladimir – Kamsky, Gata

Leko, Peter – Ivanchuk, Vassily

Morozevich, Alexander – Ponomariov, Ruslan

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Asian Dragons Invitational chess tournament

by Elsa Yueh

For the second consecutive year, from 16 to 23 August 2008, Kaoshiung (Chinese Taipei) was the host of Asian Dragons Invitational.

This developmental 10 player round robin event was played in two categories – an Open for players rated 2100 and below, and a youth tournament for players under 16 years of age – again saw the participation of five Asian Dragons – Singapore, Macau, South Korea, Hong Kong, and of course Chinese Taipei.

Organised by the Chinese Taipei Chess Association, capably led by General Secretary Liu Ko-Fei, the Asian Dragons Invitational was held in a quiet campus environment provided by the National Sports Training Centre where the participants also stayed and fully enjoyed a healthy lifestyle!

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Opening Ceremony in National Sports Centre

In the Open, Singapore’s Tan Weiliang was a convincing winner with 8.5/9, a full 2 points ahead of Chong Chor Yen of Hong Kong. Sharing third places was Jason Lin from Chinese Taipei and Hwang Sungjae of South Korea.

Tan-Weiliang

Tan Weiliang

Even more impressive was Lee Kiyul of South Korea who dominated the U-16 tournament with 9/9 and so is proof that his country, a world giant is so many ways is beginning to develop young talented players.

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Lee Kijul

Open tournament, final ranking

1 Tan Weiliang 2038 SIN 8½

2 Chong Chor Yuen 2040 HKG 6½

3 Lin Chieh-Sheng Jason 1686 TPE 5½

4 Hwang Sungjae 0 KOR 5½

5 Ho Hou-Meng Herman 1926 TPE 5

6 Mak Tong Kuan 0 MAC 4½

7 Wong Kai Meng 0 MAC 3½

8 Chung Sunghoon 1828 KOR 2½

9 Chen I-Chen 1725 TPE 2

10 Chen Yan-Fong 0 TPE 1½

U16 final ranking

1 3 Lee Kiyul 1930 KOR 9

2 5 Lim De-Li Derek 1712 SIN 7

3 6 Lim De-Dao Linson 1671 SIN 6½

4 8 Jung Ho Jin 1869 KOR 6

5 10 Celis Joel 1597 MAC 5½

6 1 Lin Yu-Tong Elaine 0 TPE 3½

7 2 Yip Ronald Kwun Ching 1709 HKG 3

8 9 Lam Wing Ho Michael 0 HKG 2½

9 7 Ho Meng Wei 0 TPE 2

10 4 Silveirinha Gabriel 0 MAC 0

Young Chinese Taipei Players

Ho Meng Wei, started to play chess at 4 years old. Now just 7 years of age, he already has some outstanding performances. With Elaine Lin (below), they are playing in the U-16 tournament and will be with the Chinese Taipei Team at the Olympiad in Dresden later this year!

Ho-Meng-Wei

Ho Meng Wei

Elaine-Lin

Elaine Lin has already played for Chinese Taipei at the Turin Olympiad

Chen-Yan-Fong

Chen Yan Fong is just 9 years old but is playing in the Open. He has won many junior tournaments in Chinese Taipei

Chen-I-Chen

Chen I Chen, is one of the best Chinese Taipei players and she managed a score of 7 points out of 11 games at the Turin Olympiad. She is playing in the Open and will be at the Dresden Olympiad

Jason Lin

Jason Lin is 14 years old and will take part in World Youth Championship in Vung Tau, Vietnam later this year

Ho-Hou-Meng

Ho Hou Meng, is a Masters student in Physical Education (not chess!) and will alsobe a member of Chinese Taipei Team at the Dresden Olympiad

About the Chinese Taipei Chess Association

The Chinese Taipei Chess Association was founded in 2004 and is one of the newest members of FIDE but it is recognized by their NOC and so in 2006, Chinese Taipei sent its first teams to play in Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy.

However the focus is very much introducing the game to young children and it was only in 2007 that the first International event – Asian Dragons Invitational Tournament, comprising players from five Federations, namely Singapore, Macau, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Chinese Taipei was organized

Kaohsioung-Harbour

Skyline of Kaohsiung harbor

Our report would not be complete without a little information on Kaohsiung which is Taiwan’s second largest city and the island’s biggest centre of industry and vital transportation hub.

It has a pleasant metropolis of broad avenues and urban greenery, offering visitors a warm climate, sophisticated amenities and a wide choice of attractions in and around its perimeters. Historic sites abound, as do traditional native structures and buildings from the colonial era. No matter what your fancy, all are well worth a visit.

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Night view of Kaohsiung city

Originally called “Dagou” or “Dahgu, until 1920, when the city’s name was changed to Kaohsiung, it hasn’t been popular on a tourist level, but rather a destination for business and industry related travel, until fairly recently. Strategically located on the main sea route between north-east Asia and the Indian Ocean, it has always been a centre for regional trade.

This bustling harbour city not only has a superb location and enchanting natural surroundings worth discovering but has an abundance of things to see and do when here.

Comprised of eleven administrative districts , each with its own distinct characteristics, Kaohsiung can be broadly grouped into three areas. To the west of Love Riverlies the old city, loaded with history, charm and scenic beauty . The new downtown area has developed east of the river and this is where the pulse of Kaohsiung beats the strongest, where old meets new and where East and West rub shoulders. Finally, the city’s outskirts are predominantly residential and industrial in nature, but can still surprise visitors with the occasional gem.

A city of culture, there are numerous delightful festivals, arts activities and productions that will keep the visitor entertained for days if not hours. Five-star hotels pamper to the needs of its visitors and shop-a-holics won’t be disappointed on the shopping front.

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The layout plan of the National Sports Training Centre – also the venue for the World Games to be held Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, in 2009.

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The open

Kaohsioung-City open

The tournament Under 16

Nigerian chess team to participate in the World Mind Sports Games in Beijing

The Nigerian Chess Federation (NCF) will participate in the maiden World Mind Sports Games in Beijing in October, local media cited by China View agency reported Thursday. NCF President Sanni Muhammed said in Lagos that the country had been invited for the Games based on its performances at previous Chess Olympiads. Nigerian teams will join more than 100 countries and regions to contest for the 35 gold medals at stake in the competition.

“This opportunity to participate in the maiden edition of the Games came as a result of our outstanding performances at previous chess Olympiads,” Muhammed said.He disclosed that the organizing body would only cater for the tickets of 10 players and two officials for participating teams. Muhammed said two male players were expected from Britain and the U.S. to join three other home-based players for the competition. The female players are Rosemary Amadasun, Funmi Oyegunle, Tolu Jeje and Sayo Togun.

The organizers, International Mind Sports Association (IMSA), had said that all doping control measures as adopted by the IOC at Olympic Games would apply at the Games.

Full participants list – all players at the World Mind Sports Games

More information about the WMSG

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Alexander Morozevich With A Glaring Start At The Mikhail Tal Memorial

18th-31st August 2008 at GUM Exhibition Hall, Moscow

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Three rounds of the 2008 Mikhail Tal Memorial have been played and Russian champion Alexander Morozevich emerged as sole leader, half a point ahead of Peter Leko and Vassily Ivanchuk. Moro went of to a flying start by beating both of his compatriots – Biel winner Evgeny Alekseev and former World champion Vladimir Kramnik.

Another decisive result in the round three was Leko’s win against Alexei Shirov, who finished second at the last year tournament, but is now knocked at the bottom of the crosstable without points. Just like the legendary champion Tal, Shirov is hailing from Riga, Latvia, and is fostering similar attacking attitude. Today he sacrificed an exchange from the Black side of Naidorf Sicilian, but Leko was able to trade off all the pieces and leave Black with weak dark-squared Bishop.

Round 3 results:

Leko – Shirov 1-0

Morozevich – Kramnik 1-0

Ponomariov – Mamedyarov draw

Ivanchuk – Alekseev draw

Kamsky – Gelfand draw

Round 3 standings:

1. Alexander Morozevich – 2.5

2-3. Vassily Ivanchuk and Peter Leko – 2.0

4-8. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Boris Gelfand, Ruslan Ponomariov, Vladimir Kramnik and Gata Kamsky – 1.5

9. Evgeny Alekseev – 1.0

10. Alexei Shirov – 0.0

Round 4 pairings:

Shirov – Gelfand

Alekseev – Kamsky

Mamedyarov – Ivanchuk

Kramnik – Ponomariov

Leko – Morozevich


Vladimir Burmakin Wins BDO Premier

Premier and Challenger on 9-17th August in Haarlem, Netherlands

The fourth BDO Chess Tournament, composed of Premier and Challenger events, was held on 9-17th August in Haarlem, Netherlands. The top-seeded GM Vladimir Burmakin of Russia dominated the Premier group and claimed the first place with convincing 8.0 points from nine rounds. Unfortunately, there were no title norms winners, as Jeroen Willemze, who was close to reaching the goal, succumbed in the last two rounds.

Premier tournament final standings:

1. GM Burmakin Vladimir (RUS 2625) – 8.0

2. GM Spraggett Kevin (CAN 2601) – 6.5

3. IM Janssen Ruud (NED 2503) – 6.0

4. IM Siebrecht Sebastian (GER 2453) – 5.0

5-6. GM Peng Zhaoqin (NED 2462) and Willemze Jeroen (NED 2420) – 4.0

7-8. FM Rombaldoni Axel (ITA 2374) and IM Ris Robert (NED 2415) – 3.5

9. FM Kuipers Stefan (NED 2321) – 2.5

10. Van Vliet Jeffrey (NED 2296) – 2.0

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GM Peng Zhaoqin (photo by Carla Amse)

The Challenger Tournament took place parallel to the main event. Andrea Rombaldoni (ITA 2219), father of FM Axel and only foreign player in this group, won the race and earned himself invitation for the next year’s Premier group.

Challenger tournament final standings:

1. Andrea Rombaldoni 2219 – 7.0

2-3. FM Marc Overeem 2288 and David Klein 2135 – 6.0

4. FM Otto Rubingh 2267 – 5.5

5-7. René Duchêne 2221, Marco de Groot 2157 and Robbert Lathouwers 2214 – 4.0

8. Indra Polak 2172 – 3.5

9. Cor Croese 2363 – 3.0

10. Ilias van der Lende 1978 – 2.0

Round 7 report

More information on the tournament website.


IM and GM norms for players from the WJCC

Arik Braun, Yifan Hou, Sanikidze, and Melkumyan with GM norms

Many norms were given to the players from the just finished World Junior Chess Championship.

Grandmaster Norms

Arik Braun GER 2665

Hou Yifan CHN 2661

Tornike Sanikidze GEO 2643

Hrant Melkumyan ARM 2623

Woman Grandmaster Norms

Kübra Öztürk TUR 2413

Miranda Mikadze GEO 2410

International Master Norms

Lin Chen CHN 2557

Roman Nechepurenko RUS 2520

Atakan Şirin TUR 2473

Matas Narmontas LTU 2470

Orkhan Abdulov AZE 2467

Homayoon Toufighi IRI 2461

Davit Benidze GEO 2457

Denis Rombaldoni ITA 2451

Norat Lortkipanidze GEO 2451

Women International Master Norms

Preethi Rajkumar IND 2277

Sarah Hoolt GER 2283

Khayala Isgandarova AZE 2254

Zusana Borosova SVK 2256

Narmin Kazimova AZE 2321

Anastasia Bodnaruk RUS 2294

Zoja Severiukhina RUS 2296

Guliskan Nakhbayeva KAZ 2297

Tatev Abrahamyan USA 2266

Adriana Nikolova BUL 2269

Nafisa Muminova UZB 2261

Homa Hour Alavi IRI 2266

Sona Pertlova CZE 2256

GM Gupta and IM Harika win the World Junior Chess Championship

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Information about the World Junior Chess Championship U20

August 2-16, Gaziantep, Turkey

Preview and information

Photo gallery / Photos Juniors / Photos Girls / Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3 / Round 4 / Round 5

Round 6 / Round 7 / Round 8 / Round 9 / Round 10

Round 11/ Round 12 / Round 13 / Closing ceremony

General photo album

Official website

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World Junior Championship 2008 ended dramatically as it started. Abhijeet Gupta won against David Howell to take the World Junior Championship title. Arik Braun and Parimarjan Negi, Eltaj Safarli, and Maxim Rodshtein drew their games. Parimarjan Negi won the silver medal by 9.5 points. Third place was shared by Arik Braun, David Howell, Eltaj Safarli, Hou Yifan and Bassem Amin.

World Junior Girls Championship title was secured by the top seed Harika Dronavalli after her draw against Katerina Nemcova. She already had a full point gap before the round and that was enough for the title. Nazi Paikidze won against Mariya Muzychuk to join her at the joint second place as Mary Ann Gomes won against Miranda Mikadze and Kübra Öztürk won against Soumya Swaminathan to do the same.

This way in the final standings Harika Dronavalli became the world junior girls champion with the score 10.5 out of 13. The 2-5.places were shared by Mariya Muzychuk, the home side pride Kübra Öztürk, Mary Ann Gomes and Nazi Paikidze with 9 points.

At the championship were given many norms, expect full details by our good friend Ozgur Akman on Chessdom.com!

Gupta

Abhijeet Gupta

GM Gupta started the World Junior Championship with a logical win against Ivan Serenac. However, in round 2 he drew with the Romanian FM Baratosi and in round 4 he lost to the untitled Lin Chen. With 2,5/4 he was way behind the other competitors and had to play on board 18. After two convincing wins against IM Ashwin and IM Swiercz, Gupta could not stop the attack of the provisional leader GM Sfarli and lost in round 7. Round 8 draw with FM Nechepurenko. At this moment Gupta had 5,0/8, while 14 players had more than him and no one was counting the Indian GM as a possible title winner.

Right at that moment, a crucial change happened in the games of GM Gupta. He made five consecutive wins especially valuable of which were the games against the provisional winners IM Arik Braun and GM David Howell. That left Gupta on top of the table with 10,0/13.

Harika

Harika Dronavalli

IM Harika dominated the World Junior Chess Championship for girls in a true champion style. She won the games against the lower rated opponents, and drew the matches with her direct contendenders. Thus, IM Harika finished without a single loss, with 10,5/13. That is 1,5 points clear ahead of the second place! With the victory she added 6 ELO points to her rating and is getting closer to 2500.

Biggest rating gainers

Juniors: Sirin Atakan (+72 ELO), Nodar Lortkipanidze (+56 ELO), Pascua Haridas (+32 ELO), Orkhan Abdulov (+31 ELO), GM Eltaj Safarli (+26 ELO), Oleg Yaksin (+25 ELO), Lin Chen (+24 ELO), IM Arik Braun (+24 ELO), GM Parimerjan Negi (+23 ELO)

Girls: Homa Hour Alavi (+84 ELO), WFM Kubra Ozturk (+57 ELO), Guo Qi (+55 ELO), Narmin Kazimova (+45 ELO), Sarah Hegarty (+40 ELO), WFM Nakhbayeva (+31 ELO), Sanja Misovic (+30 ELO)

Final standings Juniors

1 GM GUPTA Abhijeet 2551 IND 10

2 GM NEGI Parimerjan 2529 IND 9½

3-7 IM BRAUN Arik 2533 GER 9

3-7 GM HOWELL David 2561 ENG 9

3-7 GM SAFARLI Eltaj 2527 AZE 9

3-7 WGM HOU Yifan 2557 CHN 9

3-7 GM AMIN Bassem 2561 EGY 9

8-14 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim 2605 ISR 8½

8-14 GM SO Wesley 2577 PHI 8½

8-14 GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son 2579 VIE 8½

8-14 IM MELKUMYAN Hrant 2507 ARM 8½

8-14 GM ZHIGALKO Sergei 2583 BLR 8½

8-14 GM WEN Yang 2487 CHN 8½

8-14 IM SJUGIROV Sanan 2545 RUS 8½

15-19 GM LE QUANG Liem 2577 VIE 8

15-19 IM KRAVTSIV Martyn 2555 UKR 8

15-19 GM MAMEDOV Rauf 2627 AZE 8

15-19 GM LAZNICKA Viktor 2601 CZE 8

15-19 IM DURARBEYLI Vasif 2413 AZE 8

20-36 GM LI Chao B 2590 CHN 7½

20-36 GM POPOV Ivan 2549 RUS 7½

20-36 GM RAMIREZ Alejandro 2531 CRC 7½

20-36 LIN Chen 2417 CHN 7½

20-36 GM ANDREIKIN Dmitry 2604 RUS 7½

20-36 GM LEON HOYOS Manuel 2543 MEX 7½

20-36 IM BOROS Denes 2472 HUN 7½

20-36 IM ARUN Prasad Subramanian 2492 IND 7½

20-36 IM HAMMER Jon Ludvig 2494 NOR 7½

20-36 IM CAN Emre 2460 TUR 7½

20-36 FM NECHEPURENKO Roman 2476 RUS 7½

20-36 GM GEETHA Narayanan Gopal 2572 IND 7½

20-36 IM SENGUPTA Deep 2454 IND 7½

20-36 IM ASHWIN Jayaram 2436 IND 7½

20-36 GM BARAMIDZE David 2593 GER 7½

20-36 IM KARTHIKEYAN Pandian 2402 IND 7½

20-36 SIRIN Atakan 2107 TUR 7½

37-50 GM BRKIC Ante 2530 CRO 7

37-50 IM SANIKIDZE Tornike 2486 GEO 7

37-50 GM LENIC Luka 2584 SLO 7

37-50 GM RAGGER Markus 2527 AUT 7

37-50 GM ITURRIZAGA Bonelli Eduardo Pat 2561 VEN 7

37-50 IM KHAMRAKULOV Dzhurabek 2554 UZB 7

37-50 IM KALASHIAN David 2432 ARM 7

37-50 FM TOUFIGHI Tamijani Homayoon 2425 IRI 7

37-50 IM PRUIJSSERS Roeland 2452 NED 7

37-50 FM BARATOSI Daniel 2433 ROU 7

37-50 IM KORE Akshayraj 2392 IND 7

37-50 FM DJURAEV Sokhib 2324 TJK 7

37-50 YAKSIN Oleg 2307 RUS 7

37-50 KULAKOV Viacheslav 2360 RUS 7

51-68 FM ROMBALDONI Denis 2418 ITA 6½

51-68 IM SWIERCZ Dariusz 2456 POL 6½

51-68 IM POTAPOV Pavel 2418 RUS 6½

51-68 FM NARMONTAS Matas 2369 LTU 6½

51-68 IM TOMCZAK Jacek 2451 POL 6½

51-68 FM RONCHETTI Niccolo 2434 ITA 6½

51-68 FM BENIDZE Davit 2389 GEO 6½

51-68 ABDULOV Orkhan 2318 AZE 6½

51-68 IM PAPADOPOULOS Ioannis 2490 GRE 6½

51-68 FM GEORGESCU Tiberiu 2442 ROU 6½

51-68 FM DRAGICEVIC Drazen 2302 SWE 6½

51-68 CASPI Israel 2412 ISR 6½

51-68 RZAYEV Bahruz 2245 AZE 6½

51-68 ENCHEV Ivajlo 2367 BUL 6½

51-68 ANTON Teodor 2353 ROU 6½

51-68 HARIDAS Pascua 2174 PHI 6½

51-68 NUKIN Askhat 2244 KAZ 6½

51-68 FM GROVER Sahaj 2306 IND 6½

69-78 IM STUPAK Kirill 2458 BLR 6

69-78 FM PACHER Milan 2361 SVK 6

69-78 IM VOCATURO Daniele 2417 ITA 6

69-78 ALVAREZ RAMIREZ Miguel Angel 2194 MEX 6

69-78 MIJOVIC Stefan 2289 MNE 6

69-78 FM MARTINS Vinicius Tine 2292 BRA 6

69-78 SARENAC Ivan 2289 SRB 6

69-78 HUGHES Tyler B. 2161 USA 6

69-78 MCPHILLIPS Karl 2221 IRL 6

69-78 ILIC Slavisa 2081 BIH 6

79-89 LORTKIPANIDZE Nodar 2080 GEO 5½

79-89 NEIMER Vitaly 2316 ISR 5½

79-89 VISHNU Prasanna Vasanthan Peru 2341 IND 5½

79-89 CONSTANTINOU Peter 2225 ENG 5½

79-89 VAVRIC Pavel 2218 MDA 5½

79-89 OLIVER Gareth 2196 AUS 5½

79-89 APAYDIN Fethi 2187 TUR 5½

79-89 NIEMI Mikko 2214 FIN 5½

79-89 PLENCA Julijan 2295 CRO 5½

79-89 SALIHOVIC Amar 0 BIH 5½

79-89 GURCAN Eray 1955 TUR 5½

90-100 FM KJARTANSSON Gudmundur 2328 ISL 5

90-100 DERUNI Berc 2032 TUR 5

90-100 ERTAN Can 2149 TUR 5

90-100 SOUSA Ricardo 2133 POR 5

90-100 AYDOGDU Ataman 2050 TUR 5

90-100 KOBAYASHI Atsuhiko 1936 JPN 5

90-100 ACARBAY Aydin 1825 TUR 5

90-100 ULUDOGAN Lutfullah 0 TUR 5

90-100 ZUBAIDULLIN Rustam 1929 RUS 5

90-100 OZTOSUN Cinar 0 TUR 5

90-100 UNLU Ahmet Turan 0 TUR 5

101-104 VURAL Ozge 1853 TUR 4½

101-104 RAMSURRUP Pratish 1809 RSA 4½

101-104 OZOGLU Berker 0 TUR 4½

101-104 OZDOVER Mustafa Berkay 1768 TUR 4½

105-106 JAISWAL Raushan Kumar 0 NEP 4

105-106 GOKCEK Ekrem Bugra 0 TUR 4

107 OZTOSUN Gorkem 0 TUR 3

108 GOKCEK Metehan 0 TUR 2

109 GUNGOR Ali Güvenç 0 TUR 1

Final standings Girls

1 IM HARIKA Dronavalli 2461 IND 10½

2-5 WGM MUZYCHUK Mariya 2413 UKR 9

2-5 WFM OZTURK Kubra 2188 TUR 9

2-5 WIM GOMES Mary Ann 2316 IND 9

2-5 WFM PAIKIDZE Nazi 2277 GEO 9

6-10 WIM MIKADZE Miranda 2258 GEO 8½

6-10 WGM MAMEDJAROVA Turkan 2284 AZE 8½

6-10 WGM NEMCOVA Katerina 2372 CZE 8½

6-10 KAZIMOVA Narmin 2148 AZE 8½

6-10 WFM BODNARUK Anastasia 2394 RUS 8½

11-13 WIM SOUMYA Swaminathan 2293 IND 8

11-13 WFM SEVERIUKHINA Zoja 2300 RUS 8

11-13 WIM NADIG Kruttika 2241 IND 8

14-23 WFM NAKHBAYEVA Guliskhan 2170 KAZ 7½

14-23 WFM ABRAHAMYAN Tatev 2277 USA 7½

14-23 WFM NIKOLOVA Adriana 2242 BUL 7½

14-23 GUO Qi 2048 CHN 7½

14-23 MUMINOVA Nafisa 2242 UZB 7½

14-23 WIM YILDIZ Betül Cemre 2236 TUR 7½

14-23 WGM FOISOR Sabina-Francesca 2337 ROU 7½

14-23 WIM POURKASHIYAN Atousa 2269 IRI 7½

14-23 WIM DAULYTE Deimante 2288 LTU 7½

14-23 WFM SGIRCEA Silvia-Raluca 2167 ROU 7½

24-29 WIM DAULETOVA Gulmira 2267 KAZ 7

24-29 WIM MAJDAN Joanna 2323 POL 7

24-29 ALAVI Hour Homa 1723 IRI 7

24-29 WIM PADMINI Rout 2257 IND 7

24-29 WGM CORKE Anya 2255 HKG 7

24-29 WIM HAMRAKULOVA Yulduz 2145 UZB 7

30-40 WIM IVAKHINOVA Inna 2248 RUS 6½

30-40 WFM PERTLOVA Sona 2217 CZE 6½

30-40 WFM HOOLT Sarah 2298 GER 6½

30-40 WFM BOROSOVA Zuzana 2254 SVK 6½

30-40 ISGANDAROVA Khayala 2207 AZE 6½

30-40 WFM GASIK Anna 2211 POL 6½

30-40 KALASHYAN Varduhi 2049 ARM 6½

30-40 WFM ERIC Jovena 2111 SRB 6½

30-40 HEGARTY Sarah 1966 ENG 6½

30-40 WFM TOTH Sarolta 2151 HUN 6½

30-40 MISOVIC Sanja 1914 MNE 6½

41-48 PREETHI Rajkumar 2183 IND 6

41-48 WIM TSATSALASHVILI Keti 2271 GEO 6

41-48 WFM KLIMETS Elena 2150 BLR 6

41-48 WFM SHAMIMA Akter 2099 BAN 6

41-48 IKONOMOPOULOU Maria 2074 GRE 6

41-48 WFM BAYRAK Asli 2013 TUR 6

41-48 ALBANO Jeremias Bianca 1990 POR 6

41-48 WFM WIID Daleen 1931 RSA 6

49-58 WFM LEKS Hanna 2198 POL 5½

49-58 WFM DAVLETBAYEVA Madina 2155 KAZ 5½

49-58 WFM TJOLSEN Katrine 2121 NOR 5½

49-58 WFM CHIERICI Marianna 2037 ITA 5½

49-58 MIDDELVELD Martine 2073 NED 5½

49-58 WFM BERKE Ana 2100 CRO 5½

49-58 WFM EFROIMSKI Marsel 2091 ISR 5½

49-58 KARAYAYLALI Pinar 1597 TUR 5½

49-58 GARCIA Liria Caetano 1792 BRA 5½

49-58 BOYARCHENKO Marie 1895 LUX 5½

59-62 ACAR Gizem 1931 TUR 5

59-62 KAYA Sena Nur 1529 TUR 5

59-62 ANTON Sarah 1681 AUS 5

59-62 BUKOVEC Tina 1929 SLO 5

63 ANTONOVA Nadezhda 1883 TJK 4½

64-65 OZMUT Perinisa 0 TUR 4

64-65 DAI Irmak 0 TUR 4

66 SALATIC Milica 0 BIH 2½

67 BOSNJAK Antonija 0 BIH 2½

BDO Chess Tournament

Premier and Challenger on 9-17th August in Haarlem, Netherlands

The fourth BDO Chess Tournament, composed of Premier and Challenger events, is taking place on 9-17th August in Haarlem, Netherlands. For the first time there are participants rated over 2600 FIDE elo, and one of them – GM Vladimir Burmakin of Russia, is pretty convincing thus far, having collected 6.5 points from seven rounds in the main group. Former European champion and current Dutch Women’s champion Zhaoqin Peng is the third Grandmaster in the starting lineup.

The average rating of 2447 elo and sufficient number of title holders are making the tournament eligible for granting title norms. Jeroen Willemze is very close to achieving IM norm as he only needs a point from the remaining two rounds, while the 16-years old FM Axel Rombaldoni should score 1.5 points. Total prize fund is €1,775. If two or more players finish with an equal score, prize money will be split equally.

Peng Zhaoqin 1

GM Peng Zhaoqin (photo by Carla Amse)

Premier tournament round 7 standings:

1. GM Burmakin Vladimir (RUS 2625) – 6.5

2. GM Spraggett Kevin (CAN 2601) – 5.0

3. IM Janssen Ruud (NED 2503) – 4.5

4-5.IM Siebrecht Sebastian (GER 2453) and Willemze Jeroen (NED 2420) – 4.0

6. GM Peng Zhaoqin (NED 2462) – 3.5

7. FM Rombaldoni Axel (ITA 2374) – 3.0

8. IM Ris Robert (NED 2415) – 2.0

9. FM Kuipers Stefan (NED 2321) – 1.5

10. Van Vliet Jeffrey (NED 2296) – 1.0

The Challenger Tournament is ongoing parallel to the main event and the winner will be invited to the next year’s Premier tournament. Current leader is Andrea Rombaldoni (ITA 2219), father of FM Axel, who is holding six points, a full point ahead of the competition. The rest of the field is composed of talented Dutch players.

Players:

Cor Croese 2363

FM Marc Overeem 2288

FM Otto Rubingh 2267

René Duchêne 2221

Andrea Rombaldoni 2219

Robbert Lathouwers 2214

Indra Polak 2172

Marco de Groot 2157

David Klein 2135

Ilias van der Lende 1978

More information on the tournament website.