Sasikiran dominating in Pamplona

Internacional Ciudad de Pamplona, 22-29th December

Indian Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran convincingly won the 28th Internacional Ciudad de Pamplona that finished this Sunday. Sasikiran, who was also top-seeded player in the tournament, secured the trophy with three consecutive wins in rounds 4-6, against Caruana, Vallejo Pons and Roiz respectively.

Francisco Vallejo Pons, who played five decisive games out of seven rounds, and Vladimir Malakhov are tied on the second place. Italian star Fabiano Caruana finished on 50%, while Spanish junior champion Ivan Salgado Lopez couldn’t achieve more against the impressive opposition.

Sasikiran square

Krishnan Sasikiran

Round 7 results:

Michael Roiz 2677 ISR ½ – ½ Francisco Vallejo Pons 2664 ESP

Aleksander Delchev 2632 BUL ½ – ½ Krishnan Sasikiran 2694 IND

Vladimir Malakhov 2675 RUS ½ – ½ Fabiano Caruana 2640 ITA

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2616 RUS 1 – 0 Ivan Salgado Lopez 2556 ESP

Final standings:

1. Krishnan Sasikiran 2694 IND – 5.0

2-3. Francisco Vallejo Pons 2664 ESP and Vladimir Malakhov 2675 RUS – 4.0

4-5. Aleksander Delchev 2632 BUL and Fabiano Caruana 2640 ITA – 3.5

6-7. Michael Roiz 2677 ISR and Ian Nepomniachtchi 2616 RUS – 3.0

8. Ivan Salgado Lopez 2556 ESP – 2.0

Tournament website


Salo Flohr Memorial

Played on Saturday, 27th December, in Prague

GM Salo Flohr, one of the world’s best chessplayers between two Wars and a world title candidate, would celebrate his 100th birthday these weeks. He spent his best years in Prague, and therefore the city and the Prague Chess Society organized a rapid tournament and a party to his commemoration. The playing venue was Hotel Best Western Kampa, which already hosted Kramnik – Navara match earlier this year.

Three best chess players of the Czech republic – GM Navara, GM Hracek and GM Laznicka – together with another 6 GMs and 7 IMs, were invited to take participation. Players who personally knew Flohr are also included – e.g. GM Vlastimil Hort and the writer Vlastimil Houška.

The tournament was played as a 7 round Swiss, with time control of 15 minutes + 15 sec per move. The prize fund was 77.000 Kč (almost €3.000) and the winners were awarded with glass vases designed by Bořek Šípek and Jiří Pačínek.

The young GM Robert Cvek finished on the top with 6.0 points, half a point clear ahead of GM Viktor Laznicka and GM Zbynek Hracek.

Final standings (37 participants):

1. GM Cvek Robert (2517 CZE) 1. Novoborsky Sk – 6.0

2. GM Laznicka Viktor (2562 CZE) 1. Novoborsky Sk – 5½

3. GM Hracek Zbynek (2587 CZE) 1. Novoborsky Sk – 5½

4. IM Jirka Jiri (2432 CZE) Tj Bohemians Praha - 5.0

5. GM Navara David (2613 CZE) Sk Mahrla Praha – 5.0

6. GM Jirovsky Milos (2487 CZE) Sk Mahrla Praha – 5.0

7. GM Vokac Marek (2452 CZE) 1. Novoborsky Sk – 5.0

8. IM Jirovsky Pavel (2331 CZE) Sokol Kolin – 4½

9. Lamser Jan (CZE) Sk Litomerice – 4½

10. IM Pisk Petr (2322 CZE) Tj Podluzan Prusanky – 4.0

11. IM Konopka Michal (2407 CZE) Sachovy Klub Zikuda Turno – 4.0

12. Vanek Tomas (2269 CZE) Tj Glaverbel Czech Teplic – 4.0

13. GM Hort Vlastimil (2478 GER) Sk Porg Praha – 4.0

14. Boleslav Petr (2021 CZE) 1. Novoborsky Sk – 4.0

15. Nemec Igor (2041 CZE) Sachovy Oddil Tj Dukla Pr – 4.0

Flohr Memorial winners

Winners: Viktor Laznicka, Robert Cvek, Zbynek Hracek

Flohr Memorial Cvek-Navara

Robert Cvek and David Navara

Flohr Memorial square

Special vase as a prize

News and photos by Novoborsky SK

Kasimdzhanov wins again in Elista, other games drawn

Online conference with top players and FIDE officials

Same story as yesterday, all pairings but one drawn, Rustam Kasimdzhanov once again being the lone winner. Only this time most of the games were uneventful and the players were quickly leaving the arena.

Grischuk, Radjabov and Jakovenko are sharing the first place with one round to go.

Therefore, the news of the day are that FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held an online conference with World Champion Anand Vishwanathan, top Grandmasters Veselin Topalov, Vasily Ivanchuk, Magnus Carlsen (represented by his father Henrik) and Levon Aronian. Also present were Deputy President George Makropoulos, Vice President Zurab Azmaiparashvili, FIDE Commercial Director and Global Chess CEO Geoffrey Borg and PA to FIDE President Berik Balgabaev.

Tournament website reports that “The meeting lasted more than an hour and different opinions, suggestions, recommendations and constructive criticism was made by the players. FIDE President said that he would take the views of the players to the Presidential Board to be held in mid-March 2009 in Budapest where they will be reviewed closely.”

Round 12 results, 27th December 2008

Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 - Cheparinov Ivan 2696 1-0

Bacrot Etienne 2705 - Grischuk Alexander 2719 draw

Radjabov Teimour 2751 - Akopian Vladimir 2679 draw

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 - Wang Yue 2736 draw

Leko Peter 2747 - Alexeev Evgeny 2715 draw

Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 - Eljanov Pavel 2720 draw

Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 - Gashimov Vugar 2703 draw

Round 13 pairings, 28th December 2008

Gashimov Vugar 2703 - Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672

Eljanov Pavel 2720 - Inarkiev Ernesto 2669

Alexeev Evgeny 2715 - Jakovenko Dmitry 2737

Wang Yue 2736 - Leko Peter 2747

Akopian Vladimir 2679 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731

Grischuk Alexander 2719 - Radjabov Teimour 2751

Cheparinov Ivan 2696 - Bacrot Etienne 2705

Round 12 standings:

1-3. Grischuk Alexander 2719 RUS, Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE and Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 RUS – 7.5

4. Gashimov Vugar 2703 AZE – 7.0

5-9. Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 AZE, Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 UZB, Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA, Leko Peter 2747 HUN and Wang Yue 2736 CHN – 6.0

10. Cheparinov Ivan 2696 BUL – 5.5

11-12. Alexeev Evgeny 2719 RUS and Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 RUS – 5.0

13-14. Eljanov Pavel 2720 UKR and Akopian Vladimir 2679 ARM – 4.5


Sasikiran joined Vallejo Pons on the top

Internacional Ciudad de Pamplona, 22-29th December

After the rest day on Christmas, Internacional Ciudad de Pamplona continued today with round four. The top-seeded Krishnan Sasikiran won with Black against Fabiano Caruana, who overpressed in the sharp English Attack of the Naidorf Sicilian, and replaced him on the first place tie.

The other leader, Francisco Vallejo Pons, drew a dynamic game against Vladimir Malakhov. Salgado Lopez – Roiz was quiet Exchange Ruy Lopez, but Nepomniachtchi – Delchev featured a wild Archangelsk variation in the same opening. The young Russian extracted some advantage after ruining Black’s pawn structure, but Delchev unleashed furious counterattack that soon brought him material gains. Replay the games bellow. As a small exercise, find how would Black proceed after 31. Bxd3.

Sasikiran square

Krishnan Sasikiran

Round 4 results:

Francisco Vallejo Pons 2664 ESP ½ – ½ Vladimir Malakhov 2675 RUS

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2616 RUS 0 – 1 Aleksander Delchev 2632 BUL

Ivan Salgado Lopez 2556 ESP ½ – ½ Michael Roiz 2677 ISR

Fabiano Caruana 2640 ITA 0 – 1 Krishnan Sasikiran 2694 IND

Round 4 standings:

1-2. Francisco Vallejo Pons 2664 ESP and Krishnan Sasikiran 2694 IND – 2.5

3-6. Vladimir Malakhov 2675 RUS, Aleksander Delchev 2632 BUL, Fabiano Caruana 2640 ITA and Michael Roiz 2677 ISR – 2.0

7-8. Ivan Salgado Lopez 2556 ESP and Ian Nepomniachtchi 2616 RUS – 1.5

Tournament website


Elista FIDE Grand Prix round 11

Rustam Kasimdzhanov the only winner, other games drawn

After a torrent of decided games on Thursday, 11th round of the Elista Grand Prix finished with draws in all but one game. Nevertheless, the players were still in the fighting mode and majority of the games continued deep into the second time control.

The only decided game was the last to finish. Rustam Kasimdzhanov, playing the Black side of the Ruy Lopez, “sold” several small tricks (replay bellow, 40…Nbxd5, 63…Nxg3, 68…Qxe2) to Ernesto Inarkiev, before finally winning in the deep Bishops ending.

Grischuk, Radjabov and Jakovenko are still sharing the lead, Gashimov is only half point behind.

Round 11 results, 26th December 2008

Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 - Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 0-1

Gashimov Vugar 2703 - Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 draw

Eljanov Pavel 2720 - Leko Peter 2747 draw

Alexeev Evgeny 2715 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 draw

Wang Yue 2736 - Radjabov Teimour 2751 draw

Akopian Vladimir 2679 - Bacrot Etienne 2705 draw

Grischuk Alexander 2719 - Cheparinov Ivan 2696 draw

Round 12 pairings, 27th December 2008

Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 - Cheparinov Ivan 2696

Bacrot Etienne 2705 - Grischuk Alexander 2719

Radjabov Teimour 2751 - Akopian Vladimir 2679

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 - Wang Yue 2736

Leko Peter 2747 - Alexeev Evgeny 2715

Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 - Eljanov Pavel 2720

Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 - Gashimov Vugar 2703

Round 11 standings:

1-3. Grischuk Alexander 2719 RUS, Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE and Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 RUS – 7.0

4. Gashimov Vugar 2703 AZE – 6.5

5-9. Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 AZE, Cheparinov Ivan 2696 BUL, Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA, Leko Peter 2747 HUN and Wang Yue 2736 CHN – 5.5

10. Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 UZB – 5.0

11-12. Alexeev Evgeny 2719 RUS and Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 RUS – 4.5

13-14. Eljanov Pavel 2720 UKR and Akopian Vladimir 2679 ARM – 4.0


Alexander Grischuk Rolling in Elista Grand Prix

Cheparinov and Kasimdzhanov also win in round eight

Alexander Grischuk wins third consecutive game to take over the lead in Elista Grand Prix. His victim was Chinese Wang Yue, who earlier this year cruised undefeated through 85 classical games.

Ivan Cheparinov forced Evgeny Alexeev to resignation with a beautiful Queen sacrifice, while Rustam Kasimdzhanov delicately outplayed Vladimir Akopian to push him down to the endmost of the crosstable.

Round 8 results, 22nd December 2008

Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 1-0 Akopian Vladimir 2679

Grischuk Alexander 2719 1-0 Wang Yue 2736

Cheparinov Ivan 2696 1-0 Alexeev Evgeny 2715

Bacrot Etienne 2705 0.5-0.5 Eljanov Pavel 2720

Radjabov Teimour 2751 0.5-0.5 Gashimov Vugar 2703

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 0.5-0.5 Inarkiev Ernesto 2669

Leko Peter 2747 0.5-0.5 Jakovenko Dmitry 2737

Round 9 pairings, 23rd December 2008

Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 - Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672

Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 - Leko Peter 2747

Gashimov Vugar 2703 - Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731

Eljanov Pavel 2720 - Radjabov Teimour 2751

Alexeev Evgeny 2715 - Bacrot Etienne 2705

Wang Yue 2736 - Cheparinov Ivan 2696

Akopian Vladimir 2679 - Grischuk Alexander 2719

Round 8 standings:

1. Grischuk Alexander 2719 RUS – 5.5

2. Gashimov Vugar 2703 AZE – 5.0

3. Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE – 4.5

4. Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 RUS – 4.5

5. Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 AZE – 4.0

6. Cheparinov Ivan 2696 BUL – 4.0

7. Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 RUS – 4.0

8. Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA – 4.0

9. Leko Peter 2747 HUN – 3.5

10. Wang Yue 2736 CHN – 3.5

11. Alexeev Evgeny 2719 RUS – 3.5

12. Eljanov Pavel 2720 UKR – 3.5

13. Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 – 3.5

14. Akopian Vladimir 2679 ARM – 3.0


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Discussions led by Philippe Dornbusch

One of the most respected French chess bloggers, the webmaster Philippe Dornbusch, has opened a chess forum for his Chess & Strategy website. The discussions will be both in English and French and will include the latest topics from the world of chess, interesting trivia, and much chess information.

The forum will be hosted on the Chessdom server and all users of the Chessdom forum (that opened just a week ago) will have access to the Chess and Strategy forum with the same registration.

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Gashimov wins to join Radjabov in the lead

Cheparinov also successful against Inarkiev

Vugar Gashimov joined his compatriot Teimour Radjabov on the top of the crosstable after a win against Alexander Grischuk. It seemed like Grischuk got better of the Naidorf Sicilian but then suddenly found himself in a weaker endgame.

Ernesto Inarkiev is an aggressive player, but today he pushed it a bit too far against Ivan Cheparinov who seized the chance and scored full point.

Round 5 results, 18th December 2008

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 0.5-0.5 Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672

Leko Peter 2747 0.5-0.5 Radjabov Teimour 2751

Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 0.5-0.5 Bacrot Etienne 2705

Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 0-1 Cheparinov Ivan 2696

Gashimov Vugar 2703 1-0 Grischuk Alexander 2719

Eljanov Pavel 2720 0.5-0.5 Akopian Vladimir 2679

Alexeev Evgeny 2715 0.5-0.5 Wang Yue 2736

Round 6 pairings, 20th December 2008

Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 - Wang Yue 2736

Akopian Vladimir 2679 - Alexeev Evgeny 2715

Grischuk Alexander 2719 - Eljanov Pavel 2720

Cheparinov Ivan 2696 - Gashimov Vugar 2703

Bacrot Etienne 2705 - Inarkiev Ernesto 2669

Radjabov Teimour 2751 - Jakovenko Dmitry 2737

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 - Leko Peter 2747

Round 5 standings:

Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE – 3.5

Gashimov Vugar 2703 AZE – 3.5

Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 RUS – 3.0

Grischuk Alexander 2719 RUS – 2.5

Cheparinov Ivan 2696 BUL – 2.5

Akopian Vladimir 2679 ARM – 2.5

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 AZE – 2.5

Alexeev Evgeny 2719 RUS – 2.5

Wang Yue 2736 CHN – 2.5

Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA – 2.5

Leko Peter 2747 HUN – 2.0

Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 RUS – 2.0

Eljanov Pavel 2720 UKR – 2.0

Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 – 1.5

Elista FIDE Grand Prix round 4


India National A Chess Championship

the future of chess in an India chess super show

The super show of the India National A Chess Championships has started. The men section will be played in the Karnataka Bank Auditorium in Mangalore, while the women section is in the Russian Art and Cultural Centre in New Delhi, both featuring many of the top stars of Indian chess.

Men section participants: GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly 2603, GM Parimarjan Negi 2597 GM Das Neelotpal 2477, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J 2464, IM Ponnuswamy Konguvel 2463, IM Rathnakaran K 2458, IM Sriram Jha 2458, GM Praveen M Thipsay 2444, Thejkumar M S 2441, IM Adhiban B 2439, IM Swayangsu Satyapragyan 2417, IM Shyam Sundar M 2402, IM Kore Akshayraj 2400

Women section participants:IM Tania Sachdev 2425
WIM Nadig Kruttika 2387,
WGM Karavade Eesha 2386,
WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2326,
WGM Ghate Swathi 2320,
WGM Nisha Mohota 2312,
WGM Mary Ann Gomes 2298,
WIM Padmini Rout 2235,
WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty 2198,
WFM Pon N Krithika 2191,
Amrutha Mokal 2163,
WFM Bhakti Kulkarni 2163

The men section will be a 13 rounds round robin, the women will play in the same format, but 11 rounds. Both competitions will be with time control 90 minutes for eac player with an addition of 30 sec per move from move number one.

tania sachdev

The rating favorite in the women section IM Tania Sachdev

Parimanjan Negi

The young star in the men section GM Parimarjan Negi

G N Gopal absent from competition

Note that the players in the men section are 13 instead of 14. This happened after G N Gopal’s refusal to participate in the competition. The AICF secretary D.V. Sundar told The Hindu on telephone from Chennai that the federation was left with no option but to take action against the player. “We had clearly instructed him to play in the National ‘A’ championship but he has decided to play in some tournament abroad instead,” he said. Because of Gopal’s withdrawal, one player will get a bye in each of the 13 rounds; veteran GM, Praveen Thipsay, was the beneficiary on the opening day.

Pairings round 1 men section

Thejkumar M S - IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy

IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu - IM Rathnakaran K

IM Shyam Sundar M - GM Neelotpal Das

IM Adhiban B - GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar

GM Negi Parimarjan - IM Sriram Jha

IM Akshayraj Kore - GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J

GM Thipsay Praveen M bye

46th National A championship – Official website

Pairings round 1 women section

IM Tania Sachdev 2425 - Amrutha Mokal 2163

WGM Soumya Swaminathan 2326 - WGM Gomes Mary Ann 2298

WGM Karavade Eesha 2386 - WGM Mohota Nisha 2312

WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty 2198 - WIM Nadig Kruttika 2387

WFM Pon N Krithika 2191 - WIM Padmini Rout 2235

WFM Bhakti Kulkarni 2163 - WGM Swathi Ghate 2320

35th National A women championship – Official website

Elista FIDE Grand Prix round 4

Bacrot, Alekseev and Wang won, Radjabov still leading

Players from the lower pool were successful in the 4th round of Elista Grand Prix. Evgeny Alexeev, Wang Yue and Etienne Bacrot won to move up to the middle of the crosstable.

The official website did not update round 4 standings, but their team is producing excellent daily bulletins. Videos are available in Russian only. For the first time, Chessdom editors have been offered to request photos or videos in high quality.

Round 4 results, 17th December 2008

Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672 0-1 Alexeev Evgeny 2715

Wang Yue 2736 1-0 Eljanov Pavel 2720

Akopian Vladimir 2679 0.5-0.5 Gashimov Vugar 2703

Grischuk Alexander 2719 0.5-0.5 Inarkiev Ernesto 2669

Cheparinov Ivan 2696 0.5-0.5 Jakovenko Dmitry 2737

Bacrot Etienne 2705 1-0 Leko Peter 2747

Radjabov Teimour 2751 0.5-0.5 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731

Round 5 pairings, 18th December 2008

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 - Kasimzhanov Rustam 2672

Leko Peter 2747 - Radjabov Teimour 2751

Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 - Bacrot Etienne 2705

Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 - Cheparinov Ivan 2696

Gashimov Vugar 2703 - Grischuk Alexander 2719

Eljanov Pavel 2720 - Akopian Vladimir 2679

Alexeev Evgeny 2715 - Wang Yue 2736

Round 4 standings:

Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE – 3.0

Grischuk Alexander 2719 RUS – 2.5

Jakovenko Dmitry 2737 RUS – 2.5

Gashimov Vugar 2703 AZE – 2.5

Akopian Vladimir 2679 ARM – 2.0

Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2731 AZE – 2.0

Inarkiev Ernesto 2669 RUS – 2.0

Alexeev Evgeny 2719 RUS – 2.0

Wang Yue 2736 CHN – 2.0

Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA – 2.0

Leko Peter 2747 HUN – 1.5

Eljanov Pavel 2720 UKR – 1.5

Cheparinov Ivan 2696 BUL – 1.5

Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2672 – 1.0

Elista FIDE Grand Prix round 3