GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan Victorious at Subic Open

2nd Subic International Open was with 74 participants, including 17 GM’s and 14 IM’s

The 2nd Subic International Open took place on 25-31st May at Subic, Philippines, immediately after the Asian Chess Championship concluded in the same venue. It was a 9-round Swiss tournament with 74 participants, including 17 GM’s and 14 IM’s, and a total prize fund of $30.000 USD.

GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan from Iran skillfully maintained the lead taken in round 7 to win the tournament with final 7.0 points, half a point ahead of bulk of players. Good results from young and/or untitled Chinese competitors are hardly surprising anymore, but we have to note that Xiu Deshun (2422) and IM Yang Kaiqi (2413) finished on the shared second place. With the same number of points are 19-years old GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam, experienced GM Rahman Ziaur from Bangladesh, and Indian trio including new Asian champion GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar, GM Sandipan Chanda and GM Gupta Abhijeet. Best placed Filipino was IM Bitoon Richard.

Ghaem Maghami Ehsan

GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan

Round 9 top results:

GM Rahman Ziaur - GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan ½ – ½

GM Sandipan Chanda - Xiu Deshun ½ – ½

GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar - GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J 1 – 0

GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son - GM Dao Thien Hai 1 – 0

GM Gupta Abhijeet - IM Bitoon Richard 1 – 0

IM Yang Kaiqi - GM Megaranto Susanto 1 – 0

Yu Yangyi - GM Paragua Mark ½ – ½

GM Negi Parimarjan - IM Dimakiling Oliver 1 – 0

GM Laylo Darwin - IM Ashwin Jayaram 0 – 1

CM Nguyen Van Huy - IM Sadorra Julio Catalino ½ – ½

FM Arvind C J - GM Kunte Abhijit ½ – ½

GM Gonzales Jayson - IM Zhang Ziyang 1 – 0

IM Nguyen Thanh Son - Lou Yiping 1 – 0

IM Tania Sachdev - WGM Mohota Nisha 1 – 0

IM Nolte Rolando - Habla Jony 1 – 0 etc

Final Standings:

1. GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2593 - 7

2. Xiu Deshun CHN 2422 - 6.5

3. IM Yang Kaiqi CHN 2413 - 6.5

4. GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2523 - 6.5

5. GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2558 - 6.5

6. GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2588 - 6.5

7. GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2625 - 6.5

8. GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2570 - 6.5

9. Yu Yangyi CHN 2433 - 6

10. IM Ashwin Jayaram IND 2413 - 6

11. GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2592 - 6

12. GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2546 - 5.5

13. GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2482 - 5.5

14. IM Bitoon Richard PHI 2479 - 5.5

15. IM Sadorra Julio Catalino PHI 2451 - 5.5

16. FM Arvind C J IND 2275 - 5.5

17. GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2553 - 5.5

18. IM Tania Sachdev IND 2423 - 5.5

19. GM Paragua Mark PHI 2529 - 5.5

20. GM Gonzales Jayson PHI 2465 - 5.5

21. IM Nguyen Thanh Son VIE 2448 - 5.5

22. CM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2423 - 5.5 etc

Round 7 report

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Lublin Chess R3 LIVE!

Grachev, Socko, Dziuba lead the chess tournament in Lublin, Poland

lublin chess live

Two rounds of the Lublin chess tournament have passed and GM Dziuba, GM Socko, and GM Grachev are leading with 1/2 point ahead of competition. Games will be live on Chessdom.com every day at 15:00 CET. Here are the pairings for round 3 and the results:

Pairings round 3

1 Roiz, Michael – Zhigalko, Sergei

2 Socko, Bartosz – Malakhatko, Vadim

3 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw – Gajewski, Grzegorz

4 Bartel, Mateusz – Khenkin, Igor

5 Dziuba, Marcin – Grachev, Boris

Round 2 results

1 Zhigalko, Sergei – Dziuba, Marcin 0-1

2 Grachev, Boris - Bartel, Mateusz 1-0

3 Khenkin, Igor - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 1/2-1/2

4 Gajewski, Grzegorz - Socko, Bartosz 1/2-1/2

5 Malakhatko, Vadim - Roiz, Michael 1/2-1/2

Round 1 results

1 Malakhatko, Vadim – Zhigalko, Sergei 1/2 – 1/2

2 Roiz, Michael - Gajewski, Grzegorz 1/2 – 1/2

3 Socko, Bartosz - Khenkin, Igor 1-0

4 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - Grachev, Boris 1/2 – 1/2

5 Bartel, Mateusz - Dziuba, Marcin 1/2 – 1/2

The rate of play is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes to the end, the increment per move is 30 seconds.

More information about Lublin Chess

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Playing Skill Games Online

There are several types of online game players. There are those that are simply there to win money, there are those that enjoy winning some money but are also looking to enjoy playing some games during their free time and there are those that are simply there to conquer their opponents in a skill games.

Skill games such as Chess, Checkers, Puzzle games and even various forms of Poker are now becoming more and more of a fad at an online casino or online game rooms. People that play these games online seek out tournaments and one off games and earn a fair bit of satisfaction knowing that they can outwit and outplay the competition.

Several Skill games require years and years of practice and play in order to achieve status and become worthy of playing against some of the best at any particular game. For example, chess is true game of patience, thought and skill. There are many tricks and tells that you can pick up simply from being an experienced player.

Believe it or not many players get satisfaction by moving up in rating and rank and being portrayed as the “one to beat”. Skill games can be thought of sport games of the mind and are taken very seriously. Many players play skill games as a profession especially casino players who take the games extremely seriously.

People that play skill games are thought to be extremely smart and calculating. They are very well respected and considered to be very quick to think and react in many situations other than just game play.

Lublin chess R2 LIVE!

Bartosz Socko sole leader after round 1

lublin chess live

The Lublin chess tournament has started yesterday. Games will be live on Chessdom.com every day at 15:00 CET. Here are the pairings for round 2 and the results from round 1:

Round 2 pairings

1 Zhigalko, Sergei – Dziuba, Marcin

2 Grachev, Boris - Bartel, Mateusz

3 Khenkin, Igor - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw

4 Gajewski, Grzegorz - Socko, Bartosz

5 Malakhatko, Vadim - Roiz, Michael

Round 1 results

1 Malakhatko, Vadim – Zhigalko, Sergei 1/2 – 1/2

2 Roiz, Michael - Gajewski, Grzegorz 1/2 – 1/2

3 Socko, Bartosz - Khenkin, Igor 1-0

4 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - Grachev, Boris 1/2 – 1/2

5 Bartel, Mateusz - Dziuba, Marcin 1/2 – 1/2

The rate of play is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes to the end, the increment per move is 30 seconds.

More information about Lublin Chess

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2nd Subic International Open

25-31st May, with prize fund of 30.000 USD

The 2nd Subic International Open has started in the Philippines following the Asian Chess Championship that was played in the same venue. It is a 9-round Swiss tournament with 74 participants, including 17 GM’s and 14 IM’s. Among them is GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly, the winner of the recent Asian Championship. Subic International Open started on 25th and concludes on 31st May. Total prize fund is $30.000 USD.

Indian GM Deepan Chakkravarthy and untitled Chinese Xiu Deshun have both won with black pieces in round four to maintain perfect score and single out on the top. The two will meet tomorrow in round five. GM Sandipan Chanda (India), Yu Yangyi (China) and GM Dao Thien Hai (Vietnam) are close behind with 3.5 points each.

Round 4 results:

GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 0 – 1 Xiu Deshun

IM Bitoon Richard 0 – 1 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J

GM Rahman Ziaur ½ – ½ GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar

GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan ½ – ½ IM Yang Kaiqi

Gao Rui 0 – 1 GM Sandipan Chanda

GM Dao Thien Hai 1 – 0 IM Nolte Rolando

Yu Yangyi 1 – 0 GM Gupta Abhijeet

IM Dimakiling Oliver 0 – 1 GM Megaranto Susanto

IM Mas Hafizulhelmi 1 – 0 GM Paragua Mark

IM Tania Sachdev 1 – 0 GM Gonzales Jayson

IM Sadorra Julio Catalino 1 – 0 GM Murshed Niaz

IM Zhang Ziyang ½ – ½ IM Nguyen Thanh Son

FM Priyadharshan K ½ – ½ Wan Yunguo

Senador Emmanuel 0 – 1 GM Negi Parimarjan

Olay Edgar Reggie 0 – 1 GM Nguyen Anh Dung

GM Kunte Abhijit 1 – 0 Habla Jony

FM Arvind C J 0 – 1 GM Laylo Darwin

GM Villamayor Buenaventura 0 – 1 Jia Haoxiang

IM Irwanto Sadikin 0 – 1 Yu Lie

Milagrosa Alexander 0 – 1 IM Tirto

Li Panru 0 – 1 Lou Yiping

IM Ashwin Jayaram 1 – 0 Ochoa Carl Victor

CM Nguyen Van Huy 1 – 0 Bagamasbad Efren

CM Nguyen Hoang Nam 0 – 1 Wang Li

IM Nadera Barlo A ½ – ½ FM Simanjuntak Sebastian

Causo Deniel ½ – ½ Lluch Victor

FM Chua Zheng Yuan Terry ½ – ½ Pascua Haridas

Legaspi Rhobel ½ – ½ Arroyo Christian

FM Segarra Randy ½ – ½ Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar

WGM Mohota Nisha 1 – 0 Tejas Ravichandran

FM Castellano Christopher ½ – ½ Morazo John Ranel

Salcedo Richilieu 0 – 1 Garcia Jan Emmanuel

Fernandez Dandel ½ – ½ FM Batchuluun Tsegmed

WIM Nadig Kruttika 0 – 1 Florendo Paulo James

Diez Allan 0 – 1 IM Bancod Ronald

Chua Aaron 0 – 1 Andador Rolando

Mariano Nelson III ½ – ½ Portogalera Ric

Top round 5 pairings:

Xiu Deshun 4 - 4 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J

GM Sandipan Chanda 3½ – 3½ Yu Yangyi

GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 3 – 3½ GM Dao Thien Hai

IM Bitoon Richard 3 - 3 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan

IM Sadorra Julio Catalino 3 - 3 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son

GM Megaranto Susanto 3 - 3 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi

IM Yang Kaiqi 3 - 3 GM Rahman Ziaur

GM Nguyen Anh Dung 2½ – 3 IM Tania Sachdev

GM Negi Parimarjan 2½ – 2½ Wan Yunguo

IM Tirto 2½ – 2½ GM Kunte Abhijit

GM Laylo Darwin 2½ – 2½ IM Zhang Ziyang

Lou Yiping 2½ – 2½ Gao Rui

IM Nolte Rolando 2½ – 2½ FM Priyadharshan K

IM Nguyen Thanh Son 2½ – 2½ Jia Haoxiang

Live games are available on the official website


Ikaros Chess Festival getting stronger!

many participants will enjoy a strong chess competition and great vacation

Ikaria chess

The Ikaros Chess Festival (Greece) goes stronger every day! This year’s tournament expects well over 100 participants from more than 20 countries. Up to May 1st forty titled players, out of which 14 are Grandmasters, have signed up. The initial list (posted below) has grown even more. We will keep you updated!

The dates of the event are July 11-19, 2009, a great time to be on a beautiful island in the Mediterranean sea and enjoy good chess and vacation.

To contact the tournament organizers visit the official site or write to ikaros@chess.gr

First list of participants

(titled players, as of May 1st)

1 Markus Robert GM SRB 2606

2 Vorobiov Evgeny GM RUS 2596

3 Kempinski Robert GM POL 2587

4 Buhman Rainer GM GER 2582

5 Mista Alexandr GM POL 2572

6 Zubarev Alexander GM UKR 2566

7 Bobras Piotr GM POL 2561

8 Tukmakov Vladimir GM UKR 2551

9 Zinchenko Yaroslav GM UKR 2531

10 Rychagov Andrey GM RUS 2530

11 Jojua Davit GM GEO 2520

12 Ivanov Mihail GM RUS 2470

13 Kopylov Michael IM UKR 2457

14 Sulashvili Malkhaz IM GEO 2442

15 Gwaze Robert IM ZIM 2426

16 Szymanski Marcin IM POL 2422

17 Batyrov Sapar GM TKM 2421

18 Ghane Shojaat GM IRN 2415

19 Maly Alexey IM RUS 2377

20 Khotenashvili Bela WGM GEO 2364

21 Groetz Harald IM AUT 2358

22 Maryasin Boris IM ISR 2354

23 Grabinsky Vladimir IM UKR 2312

24 Lahiri Atanu IM IND 2310

25 Batsiashvili Nino WGM GEO 2300

26 Srebrnic Ana WGM SLO 2283

27 Hrabinska Myroslava WGM UKR 2267

28 Chasovnikova Evgenia WIM RUS 2257

29 Yordanova Svetlana WIM BUL 2220

30 van Weersel Arlette WIM NED 2209

31 Kopylova Ljubov WIM UKR 2202

32 Gavasheli Ana WIM GEO 2202

33 Rej Dennis DEN 2175

34 Datuashvili Nona WIM GEO 2141

35 Kudriashova Irina WFM RUS 2132

36 Nesic Nebojsa SRB 2127

37 Steil-Antoni Fiona WFM LUX 2115

38 Tsifanskaya Mila WIM ISR 2113

39 Vrublenskaya Olga WIM RUS 2100

40 Mohota Swati WFM IND 2096

(More titled players to be added this week to the list)

Chicago Chess Open 2009

Gabriel Sargissian and Jaan Ehlvest shared the first place

The 18th annual Chicago Chess Open took place on May 22-25, 2009 in Wheeling, IL, USA. This tournament offered $100,000 USD guaranteed prize fund to be distributed through eight rating sections.

The main Open section started with 50 participants, the number of which has been gradually dropping with every next round. Two Grandmasters that were leading after round six, Gabriel Sargissian and Jaan Ehlvest, made a quick draw in the last game to secure themselves at least shared 1st place. None of the remaining contenders for the first place managed to win a game, thus leaving Sargissian and Ehlvest at the top of the standings.

According to the tournament rules, the prize money was to be shared, but an additional Blitz Armageddon play-off was required in order to determinate a trophy winner, who will be also awarded with clear first bonus of $200 USD. Ehlvest managed to win with black pieces.

Gabriel Sargissian square

GM Gabriel Sargissian

The negative attribute of the tournament was an already established practice that Grandmasters withdraw from the race at the first sign that money prizes are slipping away. Darmen Sadvakasov, Timur Gareev, Eugene Perelshteyn, Dmitry Gurevich, Vladimir Georgiev, Nikola Mitkov and Zviad Izoria walked away before completing all the rounds.

Final standings (ratings are USCF):

1-2. GM Gabriel Sargissian 2760 and GM Jaan Ehlvest 2649 – 5½

3-8. GM Loek Van Wely 2730, GM Yury Shulman 2697, GM Varuzhan Akobian 2664, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2638, GM Alexander Shabalov 2620 and IM Benjamin Finegold 2580 – 5

9-12. GM Tigran Petrosian 2698, GM Dashze Sharavdorj 2482, FM Jake Kleiman 2373 and FM Carl B Boor 2306 – 4½ etc

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3rd Torneo Internazionale Porto Mannu

16-23rd May in Porto Mannu on Sardegna, Italy

The 3rd Torneo Internazionale Porto Mannu took place on 16-23rd May in Porto Mannu, Sardegna, Italy. Quickly establishing itself as one of the top open tournaments on the Apennines peninsula, Porto Mannu attracted a total of 178 participants from 20 different countries. Eleven Grandmasters and as many International masters were among the 33 FIDE titled players.

After nine rounds of play according to Swiss system, the English GM Stuart Conquest seized a clear first place with 7.0 points, leaving a pack of ten players half a point behind. The highest ranked Italian player was IM Daniele Vocaturo, who scored third and final GM norm. His rating has already surpassed the 2500-frontier, which means that Italy will have another Grandmaster after the next FIDE PB meeting. Vocaturo was born in Roma on December 16, 1989.

Final standings:

1. GM Conquest Stuart C 2549 ENG – 7.0

2-11. GM Tiviakov Sergei 2697 NED, GM Marin Mihail 2564 ROU, GM Lemos Damian 2512 ARG, GM Korneev Oleg 2587 RUS, GM Jussupow Artur 2576 GER, GM Pelletier Yannick 2559 SUI, GM Skembris Spyridon 2434 GRE, GM Naumkin Igor 2488 RUS, IM Cmilyte Viktorija 2498 LTU, Schaefer Michael 2172 GER – 6.5

12-23. IM Vocaturo Daniele 2480 ITA, GM Hillarp Persson Tiger 2618 SWE, IM D’Amore Carlo 2483 ITA, IM Bitalzadeh Ali 2417 NED, IM Grandelius Nils 2491 SWE, GM Malakhatko Vadim 2618 BEL, FM Miedema Roi 2370 NED, FM Cori Jorge 2418 PER, IM Loeffler Stefan 2412 GER, FM Thorfinnsson Bjorn 2422 ISL, Shytaj Carlo 2212 ITA, Pospisil Evzen 2145 CZE – 6.0 etc

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GM Nikola Sedlak wins in Bosna

BH Telecom 2009 was the first event of the Balkan Grand Prix

Nikola Sedlak square

GM Nikola Sedlak

The BH Telecom 2009 international chess festival took place in Sarajevo right after the end of the Bosna 2009 super tournament. It included 96 players, 13 of which GMs and was the first event of the Balkan Grand Prix.

The tournament was dominated by the Serbian GM Nikola Sedlak, who finished with 7,0/9 and did not lose a single game. Another Serbian finished second with the same points, but worse tiebreak – GM Bojan Vuckovic. Third is GM Drasko Milan from Montenegro.

The Chessdom.com commentator and collaborator GM Valentin Iotov shared the fourth position half a point behind the leaders. IM Gergely-Andras-Gyula Szabo claimed his second GM norm, only a month after winning the first in Victor Ciocaltea Memorial.

Final standings:

1 GM Sedlak Nikola SRB 2572 7

2 GM Vuckovic Bojan SRB 2572 7

3 GM Drasko Milan MNE 2527 7

4 IM Szabo Gergely-Andras-Gyula ROU 2510 6.5

5 GM Iotov Valentin BUL 2581 6.5

6 GM Pavlovic Milos SRB 2511 6.5

7 GM Blagojevic Dragisa MNE 2548 6.5

8 GM Cabrilo Goran SRB 2504 6.5

9 IM Miron Lucian-Costin ROU 2444 6

10 GM Antic Dejan SRB 2513 6

11 IM Runic Zoran BIH 2443 6

12 IM Bogut Zeljko BIH 2467 6

13 IM Sebenik Matej SLO 2482 6

14 GM Dizdarevic Emir BIH 2519 6

15 Dautovic Smail BIH 2265 6

16 IM Dimitrov Pavel BUL 2396 6

17 GM Savic Miodrag R SRB 2539 5.5

18 IM Stojanovic Dalibor BIH 2464 5.5

19 GM Chatalbashev Boris BUL 2571 5.5

20 Batricevic Sasa MNE 2275 5.5

21 Konjicanin Muris BIH 2245 5.5

22 IM Dimitrov Radoslav BUL 2388 5.5

23 Muratovic Efim BIH 2328 5.5

24 FM Rasidovic Sead BIH 2324 5.5

25 IM Jakovljevic Vlado BIH 2416 5.5

26 FM Mujic Hamza BIH 2292 5.5

27 FM Kamberovic Senad BIH 2216 5.5

28 IM Lekic Dusan MNE 2386 5.5

29 FM Trkulja Goran BIH 2312 5.5

30 FM Terzic Ilijas BIH 2270 5.5

31 FM Stavnjak Lazar BIH 2263 5.5

32 GM Djukic Nikola MNE 2507 5

33 Hodzic Nihad BIH 2258 5

34 Zlobec Srdjan BIH 0 5

35 Kadric Denis BIH 2133 5

36 IM Mestrovic Zvonimir SLO 2331 5

37 Cerimovic Aldin BIH 2046 5

38 Bjelopoljak Salko BIH 2090 5

39 Bucevac Ljubisa BIH 0 5

40 Gaco Sefik BIH 2010 5

41 GM Abramovic Bosko SRB 2487 4.5

42 Ivanov Stojan Emilov BUL 2199 4.5

43 FM Batricevic Jovo MNE 2165 4.5

44 WFM Berke Ana CRO 2081 4.5

45 Zuko Rasim BIH 2128 4.5

46 Hadzovic Amir BIH 2029 4.5

47 Plakalovic Predrag BIH 2206 4.5

48 Cosovic Aziz BIH 0 4.5

49 Kozarcanin Sead CRO 2227 4.5

50 Pobor Nebojsa MNE 2083 4.5

51 Fejzagic Nadir BIH 2110 4.5

52 Andrejic Vladica SRB 2253 4.5

53 Tucakovic Mario BIH 1935 4.5

54 Malokas Nermina BIH 1926 4.5

55 Mrndjic Muamer BIH 2146 4.5

56 Dautovic Dzenan BIH 2182 4.5

57 Sitnic Adnan BIH 1922 4.5

58 IM Mazi Leon SLO 2375 4

59 Nuhic Amir BIH 2171 4

60 Corovic Sean BIH 2118 4

61 Sadikovic Samir SRB 2223 4

62 Obarcanin Nijaz BIH 2115 4

63 Medic Nevenko BIH 0 4

64 Dinter Brian CRO 2130 4

65 Kos Emin BIH 2211 4

66 Starcevic Najdan BIH 0 4

67 Colpa Husein BIH 2049 4

68 Jamak Anes BIH 0 4

69 Bucan Eldin BIH 0 4

70 Logar Metod SLO 2111 4

71 Kanceljak Dalia CRO 1901 4

Total: 96 players

84th Campeonato Argentino Superior

GM Diego Flores wins the Championship, half a point ahead of GM Ruben Felgaer

The 84th Campeonato Argentino Superior was held on 11-22nd May at el Club Español in La Plata. The top-seeded GM Diego Flores justified his high rating by winning the Championship with 7.5 points from 11 games, half a point clear ahead of the last year champion GM Ruben Felgaer. The total prize fund was $20.000 USD, with $4.000 allocated for the winner.

Final standings:

1 GM Flores Diego 2585 – 7.5

2 GM Felgaer Ruben 2564 – 7

3 IM Mareco Sandro 2512 – 6.5

4 GM Peralta Fernando 2559 – 6.5

5 GM Lafuente Pablo 2517 – 6.5

6 IM Alonso Salvador 2489 – 6

7 GM Slipak Sergio 2446 – 5.5

8 GM Valerga Diego 2523 – 5

9 IM Claverie Raul 2374 – 4.5

10 Orsini Antonio 2352 – 4.5

11 FM Perez Ponsa Federico 2389 – 4.5

12 IM Lujan Carolina 2360 – 2

Diego Flores sq

GM Diego Flores – 2009 Argentina Chess Champion

ARG ch trophy

Trophies for the winners

Few weeks ago, Maria Florencia Fernandez won the Argentinian Women Championship.

Download all games in PGN format. Replay selected games bellow.

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