SPICE Spring Invitational chess tournament

IM Ray Robson, IM Antal, and IM Hess aiming at GM norrms

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The Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence Spring Invitational tournament kicked off on Monday in Lubbock. Six players will compete over the next week to improve their standings, each competitor either of international master or international grandmaster status. IM Ray Robson, IM Antal, and IM Hess will be aiming not only at ELO increase, but also at GM norrms.

Round 1 results

IM Robson 0-1 GM Kacheishvili

IM Antal 0-1 IM Hess

GM Gareev vs GM Sharavdorj 1/2 – 1/2

IM Robert Hess

IM Robert Hess, who achieved his final norm for the International Master title at the 2007 Cannes Open, had the best start of the championship. He managed to take a full point with black against IM Antal and climb to the top of the standings.

Hess has been entering in top form lately, last year in April he achieved a grandmaster norm at the 2008 Foxwoods Open, defeating grandmasters Alexander Shabalov, Yury Shulman, Julio Becerra, and Alexander Ivanov and tying for first.

Hess is currently tied at the top of the SPICE Spring Invitational chess tournament with GM Kacheishvili.

IM Gergely Antal

Gergely Antal, an international master from Hungary and economics student at Tech, said he has been working for months to prepare for the tournament, which could gain him grandmaster status. Champion of his native country by age 10, Antal said having the tournament at Tech has helped him to focus, and he hopes, will help him have an advantage over the other players.
“It’s very comfortable for me because for a chess tournament, you need to prepare a lot and rest a lot,” he said. “For me, it’s good being here.”

There are no special rituals Antal said he performs before a tournament, other than studying up on his opponents. “It’s like every chess player does the same thing before,” he said. “Prepare for the tournament.”

IM Ray Robson

At 14, Ray Robson is the current youngest U.S. international master, a title he won just more than a year ago in Iceland. He has been competing in tournaments since age 7. Robson just returned from a tournament in Moscow where he challenged several grandmasters, leading Polgar to call him the next Bobby Fischer.

Ray’s father, Gary Robson, said the teen had little time to prepare for the tournament following his trip to Moscow, but neither father nor son is worried about the outcome. “I think just playing where he was playing was enough for this tournament,” Gary Robson said. “Basically, you just have to beat the people at preparation, and if everything’s even, hopefully you can beat them on the board.”

The elder Robson said he never had an interest in chess until his son was 3 years old, when the two began playing for fun. Though a chess player of his son’s level may not be common in the Western hemisphere, he said the other players don’t seem to notice. “I think it’s less unusual outside the U.S.,” he said.

Official website of SPICE Spring invitational: http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/

Video feed live: http://media.english.ttu.edu/chess

European Women Chess Championship

Hoang Thanh Trang, Salome and Rajlich leading followed by 10 players half a point behind

Top four boards in the 8th round of the European Women Chess Championship signed draws, which allowed IM Melia Salome and IM Iweta Rajlich to leap forward to the first place tie by beating WGM Tatiana Grabuzova and IM Nino Khurtsidze respectively. GM Hoang Thanh Trang is third player on the top after she split a point with WGM Natalija Pogonina.

IM Joanna Dworakowska, IM Maia Lomineishvili and, surprisingly, WFM Zoja Severiukhina won their games to enter the 10-player group sharing the 4th place. Big derby between two sisters Muzychuk, 2540-rated Anna and 2427-rated Maria, is set to take place in tomorrow’s 9th round.

Hoang Thanh Trang

GM Hoang Thanh Trang

Top round 8 results:

WGM Pogonina, Natalija RUS 2467 - GM Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2483 ½-½

IM Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM 2460 - IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela ROU 2412 ½-½

GM Socko, Monika POL 2449 - WGM Shadrina, Tatiana RUS 2416 ½-½

WGM Kovanova, Baira RUS 2386 - IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina RUS 2442 ½-½

IM Melia, Salome GEO 2422 - WGM Grabuzova, Tatiana RUS 2332 1-0

IM Rajlich, Iweta POL 2399 - IM Khurtsidze, Nino GEO 2421 1-0

IM Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan SCO 2500 - WFM Bodnaruk, Anastasia RUS 2384 ½-½

WGM Demina, Julia RUS 2361 - IM Ushenina, Anna UKR 2499 ½-½

IM Dworakowska, Joanna POL 2352 - IM Paehtz, Elisabeth GER 2455 1-0

IM Lomineishvili, Maia GEO 2437 - WGM Nebolsina, Vera RUS 2312 1-0

WFM Severiukhina, Zoja RUS 2327 - IM Ovod, Evgenija RUS 2430 1-0

IM Muzychuk, Anna SLO 2540 - WGM Stepovaia, Tatiana RUS 2379 1-0

WGM Stojanovic, Andjelija SRB 2372 - GM Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2518 0-1

IM Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2497 - IM Vasilevich, Irina RUS 2340 1-0

GM Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2488 - WIM Charochkina, Daria RUS 2316 1-0

Top round 9 pairings:

GM Hoang Thanh Trang 6.5 HUN 2483 - IM Rajlich, Iweta 6.5 POL 2399

IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 6.0 ARM 2460 - IM Melia, Salome 6.5 GEO 2422

IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela 6.0 ROU 2412 - WGM Pogonina, Natalija 6.0 RUS 2467

WFM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 6.0 RUS 2384 - GM Socko, Monika 6.0 POL 2449

IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 6.0 RUS 2442 - IM Dworakowska, Joanna 6.0 POL 2352

IM Lomineishvili, Maia 6.0 GEO 2437 - WGM Kovanova, Baira 6.0 RUS 2386

WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 6.0 RUS 2416 - WFM Severiukhina, Zoja 6.0 RUS 2327

IM Muzychuk, Mariya 5.5 UKR 2427 - IM Muzychuk, Anna 5.5 SLO 2540

GM Dzagnidze, Nana 5.5 GEO 2518 - IM Khukhashvili, Sopiko 5.5 GEO 2416

IM Turova, Irina 5.5 RUS 2379 - IM Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan 5.5 SCO 2500

IM Ushenina, Anna 5.5 UKR 2499 - WIM Majdan, Joanna 5.5 POL 2351

IM Khurtsidze, Nino 5.5 GEO 2421 - IM Kosintseva, Tatiana 5.5 RUS 2497

WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta 5.5 POL 2385 - GM Lahno, Kateryna 5.5 UKR 2488

WGM Grabuzova, Tatiana 5.5 RUS 2332 - WGM Romanko, Marina 5.5 RUS 2451

IM Paehtz, Elisabeth 5.0 GER 2455 - WGM Demina, Julia 5.5 RUS 2361

Round 1 report

Round 3 report

Round 5 report

Official website


European Individual Chess Championship

Ivan Sokolov joins Inarkiev and Jobava on the top

The 9th round of the European Individual Chess Championship brought lots of draws on the top boards, but not without fight. Actually, Ernesto Inarkiev sacrificed a piece against the co-leader Baadur Jobava, but was later forced to agree to a draw by moves repetition. The second table also featured a very interesting game, where Vladimir Malakhov and Dmitry Bocharov exchanged numerous tactical shots, producing a draw in the B vs N endgame.

Former Dutch champion Ivan Sokolov jumped on the opportunity to join the leading pack by beating young German GM Georg Meier. Sokolov is set to play to play Inarkiev with Black in tomorrow’s penultimate round. Arkadij Naiditsch also had a good day, beating GM Viktor Mikhalevski, while further bellow on board 11 Ivan Cheparinov won against his trainer Erwin L’Ami. FM Vugar Rasulov takes another valuable scalp, this time from Loek Van Wely, and is already 65(!) rating points in plus. (Games bellow)

Round 8 report

Round 9 top results:

GM Jobava Baadur 2669 6½ ½ – ½ 6½ GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2656

GM Malakhov Vladimir 2692 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Bocharov Dmitry 2647

GM Nyback Tomi 2644 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Volokitin Andrei 2671

GM Mamedov Rauf 2638 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2664

GM Sjugirov Sanan 2562 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Guseinov Gadir 2661

GM Sokolov Ivan 2657 6 1 – 0 6 GM Meier Georg 2608

GM Grachev Boris 2655 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Navara David 2638

GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2693 5½ 1 – 0 5½ GM Mikhalevski Victor 2608

GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2609 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Dreev Alexey 2688

GM Lupulescu Constantin 2608 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Bologan Viktor 2687

GM Cheparinov Ivan 2679 5½ 1 – 0 5½ GM L’Ami Erwin 2603

GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2608 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Motylev Alexander 2676

GM Kurnosov Igor 2602 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Areshchenko Alexander 2673

GM Stevic Hrvoje 2592 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Timofeev Artyom 2671

GM Bartel Mateusz 2594 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Fressinet Laurent 2666

Round 10 top pairings:

GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2656 7 – 7 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2657

GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2693 6½ – 7 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2669

GM Navara David CZE 2638 6½ – 6½ GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2692

GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2679 6½ – 6½ GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2638

GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2671 6½ – 6½ GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2634

GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2664 6½ – 6½ GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2562

GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2661 6½ – 6½ GM Savic Miodrag R SRB 2525

GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2636 6½ – 6½ GM Grachev Boris RUS 2655

GM Fedorchuk Sergey A UKR 2633 6½ – 6½ GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2647

GM Nyback Tomi FIN 2644 6½ – 6½ FM Rasulov Vugar AZE 2391

GM Meier Georg GER 2608 6 – 6 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2700

GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2688 6 – 6 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2608

GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2687 6 – 6 GM Huzman Alexander ISR 2602

GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2687 6 – 6 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2602

More information on the official website

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Tomi Nyback set to play against the fabulous Vugar Rasulov

Jan Timman square

Legendary Jan Timman

Jovana Vojinovic square

Jovana Vojinovic already earned WGM norm

Miodrag Savic

Miodrag Savic breaking into top 20

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Chess can be exhausting


Aronian takes early lead at Amber Chess 2009

Leko wins the rapid against Anand, Radjabov holds Topalov twice

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In the first day of Amber Chess 2009 the players were getting used to the different format, something usual for the traditional competition. As a result many blundered in their games and precision was far from what it is expected to get later on, but still the chess fans could enjoy the unpredictable nature of the rapid and blindfold controls.

GM Aronian emerged as the early leader of the event winning both the rapid and the blindfold games against Ivanchuk. The Ukrainian GM would hope this is not a result of his recent downward trend and will be looking for a quick recovery in the next rounds.

The World Champion Viswanathan Anand, who is also a rapid world champion, was surprisingly defeated in the rapid game by GM Leko. However, Anand was stable in the blindfold and leveled the result. At the same time the World Chess Championship 2010 challenger GM Veselin Topalov settled for two draws with GM Teimour Radjabov.

All other matches finished equal as well, with players exchanging wins in the rapid and blindfold games, and draws were made only by Karjakin and Wang Yue.

Amber Chess 2009 results (blindfold / rapid)

Kramnik – Morozevich 1-0 / Morozevich – Kramnik 1-0

Radjabov – Topalov ½-½ / Topalov – Radjabov ½-½

Karjakin – Wang Yue ½-½ / Wang Yue – Karjakin ½-½

Carlsen – Kamsky 1-0 / Kamsky – Carlsen 1-0

Aronian – Ivanchuk 1-0 / Ivanchuk – Aronian 0-1

Anand – Leko 1-0 / Leko – Anand 1-0


GM Jobava catches up with GM Inarkiev to share first at the EICC

12 GMs are half a point behind

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GM Baadur Jobava won his round 8 game against the leader GM Andrei Volokitin, to surpass him with half a point and share the lead with GM Ernesto Inarkiev. Inarkiev, who was sole leader of the event a few rounds earlier, took a full point from GM Papaioannou and will have to face GM Jobava with black in round 9. (Selected games bellow)

A total of 12 players are half a point behind the leaders of the European Individual Chess Championship, including GM Georg Meier, GM David Navara, GM Andrei Volokitin, GM Sanan Sjugirov, GM Evgeny Tomashevsky, GM Dmitry Bocharov, GM Ivan Sokolov, GM Vladimir Malakhov, GM Boris Grachev, GM Gadir Guseinov, GM Rauf Mamedov, and GM Tomy Nyback.

Notable is the performance of FM Vugar Rasulov, who played a total of 8 games against GMs (previous report here) and did not lose a single one. He drew with GM Kobalia in round 8 and won against GM Sedlak in round 7 to be only a point behind the leaders and with 53 ELO points increase.

Round 8 standings of the European Individual Chess Championship

1 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2656 6.5

2 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2669 6.5

3 GM Meier Georg GER 2608 6

4 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2562 6

5 GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2671 6

6 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2664 6

7 GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2647 6

8 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2657 6

9 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2655 6

10 GM Navara David CZE 2638 6

11 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2692 6

12 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2661 6

13 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2638 6

14 GM Nyback Tomi FIN 2644 6

15 GM Banikas Hristos GRE 2582 5.5

16 GM Fedorchuk Sergey A UKR 2633 5.5

17 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2634 5.5

18 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2594 5.5

19 GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2693 5.5

20 GM Timofeev Artyom RUS 2671 5.5

21 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2679 5.5

22 GM Van Wely Loek NED 2625 5.5

23 GM Brkic Ante CRO 2550 5.5

24 GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2576 5.5

25 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2602 5.5

26 GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2688 5.5

27 GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2673 5.5

28 GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2564 5.5

29 FM Rasulov Vugar AZE 2391 5.5

30 GM Lupulescu Constantin ROU 2608 5.5

31 GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2687 5.5

32 GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2608 5.5

33 GM Papaioannou Ioannis GRE 2609 5.5

34 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2608 5.5

35 GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios GRE 2485 5.5

36 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2666 5.5

37 GM Savic Miodrag R SRB 2525 5.5

38 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2634 5.5

39 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2634 5.5

40 GM Rodshtein Maxim ISR 2650 5.5

41 GM Stevic Hrvoje CRO 2592 5.5

42 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 2676 5.5

43 GM L’Ami Erwin NED 2603 5.5

44 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2636 5.5

Total: 309 participants

Official site: www.eurobudva2009.com


WGM Mirjana Medic wins the Mediterranean Flowers chess tournament

Regina Pokorna is second, Sophie Millet third

WGM Mirjana Medic won a photo finish final to take the first place at the Mediterranean Flowers chess tournament in Rijeka. Medic collected a total of 7,0/9 points, the same as the second WGM Pokorna, and it was the second tiebreak (Sonneborn-Berger) that separated the two players.

The whole tournament WGM Regina Pokorna was leading the event, closely followed by WIM Adriana Nikolova and WGM Mirjana Medic. A penultimate round of multiple draws left the final round wide open. Pokorna was the leader with half a point over Nikolova and Medic, who had a direct match.

Regina Pokorna settled for an early draw against Iulia Ionica, as she did not want to risk with the black pieces her position. However, she did not expect the dramatic turn of events. Nikolova blundered a piece in the endgame, and despite struggling for a few moves could not recover. Mirjana Medic took the victory with black and thus the tournament title on tiebreak.

Sophie Millet, who has just become an IM jumped on the opportunity, won against Sara Jacimovic, and clinched the third place.

Final standings

1 WGM Medic Mirjana CRO 2303 7,0 pts

2 WGM Pokorna Regina SVK 2384 7,0 pts

3 WGM Milliet Sophie FRA 2364 6,5 pts

4 WIM Nikolova Adriana BUL 2310 6,0 pts

5 WIM Jelica Mara CRO 2222 5,0 pts

6 WGM Ionica Iulia-Ionela ROU 2279 4,5 pts

7 WFM Videnova Iva BUL 2193 3,0 pts

8 Purgar Ivona CRO 2088 2,5 pts

9 Vujnovic Patricija CRO 1831 2,0 pts

10 Jacimovic Sara BIH 1791 1,5 pts

Official site: sah.posluh.hr

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Mirjana Medic on board 1 for Croatia at the ETCC in Crete

Sri Lanka Open Chess Championship 2009

Bandara beat IM Sharma to share the 1st place

PMRL Bandara of University of Peradeniya beat the table leader and top rank International Master from India in the final round to share the 1st place of the Sri Lanka Open Chess Championship with IM Sharma, IM Srinath and GC Anuruddha. Young Bandara, who was a clear one point behind Dinesh Sharma, made this wonderful win to reach the Sharma’s total of 7½ points, scored by Bandara, Sharma, Anuruddha and Srinath out of possible 9 games. A total sum of Rs. 90,000/= was shared among Dinesh, Anuruddha, Bandara and Srinath. Dinesh won the title while Anuruddha won the Silver medal on the tie breaker. Bandara managed to be the Bronze medalist in the event.

The Sri Lanka Open Chess Championship was conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka from 6th to 10th March 2009 at the Agriculture In-service Institute, Gannoruwa, Kandy, Sri Lanka. A total of 188 players including International Masters, Dinesh K Sharma and N Srinath of India with FIDE Master Manish from Nepal. Unfortunately, the Sri Lankan top seed, Athula Russell could not participate in the event. All other top national players, GC Anuruddha, TGM Pieris, RMCM Rajapakse, Romesh Weerawardena and Prasannna Kurukulasuriya were in action.

Bandara’s performance brought the fortunate to two other players, Anuruddha and IM Srinath, since they were also behind a point to Dineshh when the final round started. Three top players, Romesh Weerawardena, RMCM Rajapakse and Peasanna Kurukulasuriya tied for the 5th place and shared a total sum of 20,000/- among them. Anjana Perera managed to win the best women prize after tying with Ashanthi Rajapaklsha and JMBM Jayasuriya.

Luxman Wijesuriya

Hony. Secretary

Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

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European Women Chess Championship

Melia Salome and Lilit Mkrtchian catching the leaders

IM Melia Salome won the Georgian derby against GM Nana Dzagnidze in yesterday’s round of the European Women Chess Championship to break through to the top four. Dzagnidze enjoyed some advantage with White pieces and probably missed a better continuation while Salome was trying to redeploy the passive Bishop. Another inaccuracy, probably in time trouble, allowed Black to capture a vital pawn and then ruthlessly convert the material into full point.

Lilit Mkrtchian made a good appearance from the Black side of the Caro-Kan to enter the leading pack. Grandmasters Hoang Thanh Trang and Monika Socko played an exciting game on the top board, but Black had a good counterplay after the Trompovsky opening and final draw was a fair result. Also take note of GM Arakhamia-Grant’s brilliant attack against IM Sopio Gvetadze (game bellow).

WWCC Lilit Mkrtchian

IM Lilit Mkrtchian

Top round 5 results:

GM Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2483 - GM Socko, Monika POL 2449 ½-½

GM Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2518 - IM Melia, Salome GEO 2422 0-1

IM Khurtsidze, Nino GEO 2421 - GM Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2488 ½-½

WGM Shadrina, Tatiana RUS 2416 - IM Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM 2460 0-1

IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina RUS 2442 - IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela ROU 2412 ½-½

IM Gvetadze, Sopio GEO 2377 - IM Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan SCO 2500 0-1

IM Ushenina, Anna UKR 2499 - WGM Motoc, Alina ROU 2358 ½-½

IM Dworakowska, Joanna POL 2352 - WGM Pogonina, Natalija RUS 2467 0-1

WGM Grabuzova, Tatiana RUS 2332 - IM Lomineishvili, Maia GEO 2437 ½-½

IM Ovod, Evgenija RUS 2430 - WFM Gritsayeva, Oksana UKR 2341 1-0

WGM Shumiakina, Tatiana RUS 2324 - IM Khukhashvili, Sopiko GEO 2416 ½-½

WIM Charochkina, Daria RUS 2316 - IM Rajlich, Iweta POL 2399 0-1

WGM Kovanova, Baira RUS 2386 - WIM Solovjova, Valentina RUS 2324 1-0

WGM Nebolsina, Vera RUS 2312 - WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta POL 2385 0-1

WIM Iljushina, Olga RUS 2269 - WGM Stepovaia, Tatiana RUS 2379 ½-½

IM Zaiatz, Elena RUS 2364 - WGM Kochetkova, Julia RUS 2315 ½-½

WGM Demina, Julia RUS 2361 - Balaian, Alina RUS 2037 1-0

WFM Fominykh, Maria RUS 2279 - IM Muzychuk, Anna SLO 2540 ½-½

WFM Girya, Olga RUS 2315 - IM Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2497 0-1

IM Paehtz, Elisabeth GER 2455 - WGM Zakurdjaeva, Irina RUS 2295 1-0

Top round 6 pairings:

IM Melia, Salome GEO 2422 - GM Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2483

IM Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM 2460 – GM Socko, Monika POL 2449

IM Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan SCO 2500 - IM Khurtsidze, Nino GEO 2421

GM Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2488 - WGM Kovanova, Baira RUS 2386

WGM Pogonina, Natalija RUS 2467 - WGM Demina, Julia RUS 2361

IM Rajlich, Iweta POL 2399 - IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina RUS 2442

IM Foisor, Cristina-Adela ROU 2412 - IM Ovod, Evgenija RUS 2430

WGM Zawadzka, Jolanta POL 2385 - IM Ushenina, Anna UKR 2499

WGM Cherednichenko, Svetlana UKR 2367 - GM Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2518

IM Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2497 - IM Zaiatz, Elena RUS 2364

WGM Motoc, Alina ROU 2358 - IM Paehtz, Elisabeth GER 2455

WGM Romanko, Marina RUS 2451 - IM Vasilevich, Irina RUS 2340

IM Lomineishvili, Maia GEO 2437 - WGM Shumiakina, Tatiana RUS 2324

IM Khukhashvili, Sopiko GEO 2416 - WIM Iljushina, Olga RUS 2269

WIM Majdan, Joanna POL 2351 - WGM Shadrina, Tatiana RUS 2416

WGM Kochetkova, Julia RUS 2315 - WFM Bodnaruk, Anastasia RUS 2384

WGM Stepovaia, Tatiana RUS 2379 - WFM Fominykh, Maria RUS 2279

WFM Tomilova, Elena RUS 2300 - IM Gvetadze, Sopio GEO 2377

GM Peng, Zhaoqin NED 2461 - WGM Grabuzova, Tatiana RUS 2332

IM Muzychuk, Anna SLO 2540 - WGM Kadziolka, Beata POL 2295

Round 1 report

Round 3 report

Official website


G N Gopal faces 1 year ban

the Gopal family shocked, chess players support the Indian GM

One of the top Indian players G N Gopal, faces a 1 year ban. The decision was taken this Tuesday at the meeting of the All Indian Chess Federation in Chenai.

The story begins in 2008 when the All Indian Chess Federation (AICF) decided that the National A championships are mandatory for all Indian players below 2650. G N Gopal, however, had a contract with a Mexican tournament and was not present at the start of the event (read the story here). The AICF immediately stated that Gopal will be banned from chess for a large period of time, but no official document has been issued at the time.

The final decision for a 1 year ban was taken on Tuesday, March 10, in Chennai at the AICF Central Council meeting, which found Gopal’s reasons for staying away from the last National ‘A’ championship held in Mangalore last December, and playing in a tournament overseas instead, not satisfactory. It is now sure that G N Gopal cannot take part in competitions in India or with the India National team for 1 year.

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The Gopal family shocked

The decision of the AICF has not yet been communicated to GN Gopal, but it is technical matter. The Gopal family is shocked. “It will take a while before we overcome this,” said G Narain Pillay, a retired English lecturer, for the Indian DNA. “I’ve spent all my earnings to fund my son’s career in chess. Now, they say he can’t play.” Gopal’s father said his son could not take part in the National A because he was committed to playing a tournament in Mexico on the same dates.

The stand of the All-India Chess Federation

The All-India Chess Federation (AICF) refused to term the punishment as a ban.

“We have to draw a line at some point of time. We cannot tolerate indiscipline from players,” said RM Dongre, vice-president of the AICF. The decision to punish Gopal was taken at the AICF’s Central committee meeting held in Chennai on Tuesday. The charges against Gopal include refusal to take part in the National A tournament in December.

AICF’s secretary DV Sundar said the federation would not tolerate such indiscipline.
But the Chess Players Association of India (CPAI) said the players’ body was not being informed of the decisions taken at the AICF meetings.

Chess players defend Gopal

The decision has not been communicated to the Chess Players Association of India (CPAI) as well. The assiciation launched a protest, stating, “We would also like to bring to your notice that decisions pertaining to players taken in AICF meetings are not communicated to the players. Hence the players are not aware of all the rules and regulations”.

“There are many instances of players skipping the National A but the AICF did not take any action. The punishment against Gopal is very harsh,” said Verghese Koshy, a senior player and reputed coach. CPAI president GM Tejas Bakre said it would request the AICF to reconsider its decision.

Stay tuned for more updates!

FIDE trainers awards

FIDE Trainers Commission announces awards

The newly formed FIDE Trainers Commission announced the first ever Trainer Awards and will begin by honouring the achievements of our most successful trainers in 2008 as confirmed by the last meeting of the former FIDE Trainers Committee at the Dresden FIDE Congress 2008 and approved by the recent meeting of the Istanbul FIDE Presidential Board 2009.

Members of the 2008 awards committee are FIDE Senior Trainer Adrian Mikhalchishin, FIDE Senior Trainer Uwe Boensch, and FIDE Trainer Peter Long.

Although the committee already has made up a short list of candidates, additional nominations can be considered for the four categories that have been approved and these are as follows:

1. Botvinnik award for mens trainer or captain, for best results in mens competitions where World Championships and Olympiads are valued foremost, to be considered too are long standing high results.

2. Furman award for womens trainer or captain, similar to Botvinnik medal but applicable to womens competitions.

3. Collins award for juniors trainer, for best results in junior competitions, to be considered are world and continental championships plus founder of famous chess schools, training programs, and academies.

4. Boleslavsky award for best book which instructional values are remarkable, and to be considered are also series of articles, instructional computer software, and programs for development of players.

The FIDE Trainers Commission will also be setting up a Trainer Hall of Fame and the 2008 awards committee will start this by inducting 10 celebrated legendary trainers from the past and of the present.

Please send your nominations via email with biography attached to peterlong64@gmail.com for consideration by the committee before 31 March 2008.