WIM Zhang Xiaowen wins the women Asian Continental Chess Championship

Chinese women dominate the event

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WIM Zhang Xiaowen

WIM Zhang Xiaowen won the women section of the Asian Continental Chess Championship by a full point ahead of competition. WIM Zhang Xiaowen was leading through the whole event and finished with 9,0/11 without losing a single game.

To make the Chinese party full, the silver and bronze medals were taken by WGM Huang Qian with 8,0/11 and WFM Ding Yixin with 7,5/11.

Indian players had ups and downs in their performance, leading to slightly worse results than expected. WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman took fourth place after defeating compatriot WGM Mohota Nisha. She was deprived of a higher standing by IM Tania Sachdev, who defeated WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman in round 2 to finish 10th with 6,5/10. WGM Karavade Eesha was 8th with 7,0, while the Indian champion WGM Kruttika Nadig finished 31st with 5,0.

As we warned yous everal months ago, the fresh talent in Asia WFM Chardine Cheradee Camacho held strong players to spoil their performance. She had a notable win against WIM Bui Kim Le and draws against WIM Le Kieu Thien Kim, WGM Huang Qian, and WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An to finish with 5,5 points.

Final standings

1 WIM Zhang Xiaowen CHN 2340 9

2 WGM Huang Qian CHN 2410 8

3 WFM Ding Yixin CHN 2281 7.5

4 WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman IND 2303 7.5

5 WGM Zhang Jilin CHN 2335 7

6 Ju Wenjun CHN 2454 7

7 WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2440 7

8 WGM Karavade Eesha IND 2359 7

9 WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram VIE 2239 6.5

10 IM Tania Sachdev IND 2423 6.5

11 WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2300 6.5

12 GM Zhu Chen QAT 2491 6.5

13 WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An VIE 2324 6.5

14 WIM Xu Tong CHN 2231 6.5

15 WIM Pourkashiyan Atousa IRI 2273 6.5

16 WGM Gu Xiaobing CHN 2336 6

17 WGM Le Thanh Tu VIE 2326 6

18 WIM Muminova Nafisa UZB 2212 6

19 WFM Dang Bich Ngoc VIE 2185 6

20 WFM Le Thi Phuong Lien VIE 2216 6

21 WGM Swathi Ghate IND 2330 5.5

22 WFM Camacho Chardine Cheradee PHI 2166 5.5

23 Xu Huahua CHN 2093 5.5

24 Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar MGL 2038 5.5

25 WIM Le Kieu Thien Kim VIE 2277 5.5

26 Wang Xiaohui CHN 2265 5.5

27 WGM Mohota Nisha IND 2304 5

28 WFM Tay Li-Jin Jeslin SIN 2068 5

29 WFM Cua Sherily PHI 2143 5

30 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh IRI 2156 5

31 WGM Nadig Kruttika IND 2361 5

32 Salvador Aices PHI 2040 5

33 WIM Bui Kim Le VIE 2165 5

34 Guo Qi CHN 2147 5

35 Sun Fanghui CHN 2146 4.5

36 WFM Shamima Akter Liza BAN 2125 4.5

37 WFM Perena Catherine PHI 2184 4.5

38 WIM Mendoza Beverly PHI 2045 4.5

39 WFM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2295 4

40 Li Panru CHN 2146 4

41 Bernales Christy Lamiel PHI 2041 4

42 Docena Jedara PHI 1999 4

43 WFM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 1806 3.5

44 Jose Rulp Ylem PHI 2054 3.5

45 Suede Mikee Charlene PHI 0 3

GM Ganguly wins the Asian Continental Chess Championship

Ten players qualify for the World Cup 2009 in Khanty-Mansiysk

Asia proved one more time to be the generator for chess talents and a place which will soon fill up most of the spots in the World top 100. The recent Asian Continental Chess Championship was full of strong players and surprising results. Many untitled players secured norms, some even got into top 10, and there are more surprises among the qualified players for the World Cup.

GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly won the first position with 8,0/11. The Indian player, who was also second of Anand for the World Chess Championship against Kramnik, finished with the same points as GM Zhou Weiqi (CHN, 2563), but a better tiebreak secured him the gold medal.

GM Ganguly is born in 1983 and was chosen by Anand for a reason. He ranks N4 as ELO in India, but his form increases constantly. Some of his latest achievements are the 7th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament and the first place at the National A India championship.

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GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly

The silver medalist GM Zhou Weiqi is in top 10 of Chinese chess players and in top 50 of Asia. He has two participations at the World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad with outstanding record and he came second at the Aeroflot open 2008 with performance of 2703. He was awarded the GM title at the 79th FIDE Congress, held on 16-26 November 2008 in Dresden, Germany after earning norms at 2nd PGMA Cup Open in Manila, China Men’s Individual Championship, and the already mentioned Aeroflot event.

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GM Zhou Weiqi

Third place was for another Chinese, the untitled Yu Yangyi (CHN, 2433), who managed to defeat GM Nguyen Anh Dung, GM Bui Vinh, GM Megaranto Susanto, GM Eugenio Torre and most amazingly the top seeded player of the event GM Krishnan Sasikiran. Adding the draws against GM Wesley So, GM Ghaem Maghami, GM Yu Shaoteng, and GM Abhijit Kunte, converted the fantastic performance of Yu Yangyi into a bronze medal. Yu Yangyi is a player most of Chessdom readers have probably not heard of. He is born in 1994 and his first records of official games are at age U10. In the period April 2005 – January 2007 he plays no rated games and since then he has a total of 68 rated games with ELO increase of 228 points (close to 4 points per game). In Asia his rank U16 is 8th.

Yu Yangyi

Yu Yangyi

With the same points as Yu Yangyi, but worse tiebreak finished five players – GM Yu Shaoteng, GM Le Quang Liem, GM Antonio Rogelio Jr, GM Hou Yifan, and GM Zhou Jianchao. Practically all of them come at surprising positions. GM Hou Yifan was the only woman managing to enter the top positions of the men competition, proving she can be the next Polgar. GM Antonio Rogelio Jr was never thought to be among the favorites of the Asia Continental championship, but he played better than all Filipinos and was even leader of the tournament for several rounds. GM Zhou Jianchao on the other hand was the top seeded Chinese, but he finished behind four other players from his country. One of them was GM Yu Shaoteng who has played only one rated game in the past year. The only logical performance was of GM Le Quang Liem who is the top player of Vietnam and number one U18 in Asia.

World Cup Khanty Mansiysk 2009

One of the special prizes at stake at the Asian Continental Chess Championships was that the top 10 players of the event qualify for the World Chess Cup in Khanty Mansiysk 2009. Besides the players mentioned above, two more enter the top 10 list – GM Sanda Chandipan and the top seeded GM Krishnan Sasikiran. The qualified players for the World Cup are:

1 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND

2 GM Zhou Weiqi CHN

3 Yu Yangyi CHN

4 GM Yu Shaoteng CHN

5 GM Le Quang Liem VIE

6 GM Antonio Rogelio Jr PHI

7 GM Hou Yifan CHN

8 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN

9 GM Sandipan Chanda IND

10 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND

However, things are a little more complex when you read the rules for qualification for the World Cup. There are 128 qualifiers (in order of priority): World Champion (Vishwanathan Anand) + four (4) semi-finalists from the World Cup 2007 (Carlsen, Shirov, Kamsky, and Karjakin), Women’s World Champion (Alexandra Kosteniuk), World Junior U-20 Champion 2008 (GM Abhijeet Gupta), twenty (20) rated players, ninety (90) players from Continental Championships, seven (7) FIDE President nominees, four (4) organiser nominees.

As Anand, Carlsen, Shirov, Kamsky, and Karjakin will qualify by rating, their spots will be left free. That will allow the green card players to be over 10 (including the FIDE President nominees). This means the positions 10-15 at the Asian Continental Chess Championships have a chance to be selected.

There is one sure direct qualificant at position 11, GM Abhijeet Kunte, as Anand is not likely to participate. The rule states, “Continental and Zonal qualifiers will be replaced from their respective events, except that in the Zonal Tournament, the replacement must have scored 50% or more in the Zonal event” leaving GM Abhijeet Kunte as the replacement.

If another player bails out from the above list, the order of replacements will be not followed, as GM Gupta Abhijeet, who is at position 12, is qualified as World Junior Champion. Thus, the next one in the list is GM Parimarjan Negi, followed by GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, GM Shilong, GM Kazhgaleyev, GM Filippov, etc.

Putting in the picture the seven (7) FIDE President nominees, many more players can hope for a spot at the World Cup. To give some examples, historical figures like GM Eugenio Torre (first Asia GM), or young talents GM Wesley So or GM Parimarjan Negi, can also have a shot due to only a point difference to the top 10.

Final standings

1 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2625 8

2 GM Zhou Weiqi CHN 2563 8

3 Yu Yangyi CHN 2433 7.5

4 GM Yu Shaoteng CHN 2504 7.5

5 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2591 7.5

6 GM Antonio Rogelio Jr PHI 2518 7.5

7 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2590 7.5

8 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2635 7.5

9 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2558 7

10 GM Sasikiran Krishnan IND 2682 7

11 GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2513 7

12 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2570 7

13 GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2592 7

14 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2588 7

15 GM Li Shilong CHN 2557 7

16 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 2626 7

17 GM Filippov Anton UZB 2584 7

18 GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2546 6.5

19 Wan Yunguo CHN 2434 6.5

20 IM Al Sayed Moh Mad N QAT 2496 6.5

21 GM So Wesley PHI 2641 6.5

22 GM Torre Eugenio PHI 2561 6.5

23 Ding Liren CHN 2458 6

24 GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2523 6

25 GM Iuldachev Saidali UZB 2497 6

26 GM Murshed Niaz BAN 2407 6

27 IM Toufighi Homayoon IRI 2478 6

28 GM Moradiabadi Elshan IRI 2526 6

29 GM Tu Hoang Thong VIE 2506 6

30 Gao Rui CHN 2500 6

31 Pak Evgeniy KAZ 2328 6

32 Gundavaa Bayarsaikhan MGL 2461 6

33 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2482 6

34 GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2509 6

35 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2585 6

36 CM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2423 6

37 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2593 6

38 GM Wang Rui CHN 2434 6

39 GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2553 6

40 Xiu Deshun CHN 2422 5.5

41 IM Bitoon Richard PHI 2479 5.5

42 IM Harika Dronavalli IND 2474 5.5

43 FM Batchuluun Tsegmed MGL 2391 5.5

44 FM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2441 5.5

45 GM Mahjoob Morteza IRI 2498 5.5

46 GM Bui Vinh VIE 2522 5.5

47 IM Nolte Rolando PHI 2479 5.5

48 GM Nguyen Anh Dung VIE 2518 5.5

49 GM Hossain Enamul BAN 2531 5.5

50 GM Villamayor Buenaventura PHI 2474 5.5

51 IM Irwanto Sadikin INA 2447 5

52 IM Dimakiling Oliver PHI 2426 5

53 GM Gonzales Jayson PHI 2465 5

54 IM Ashwin Jayaram IND 2413 5

55 IM Sadorra Julio Catalino PHI 2451 5

56 IM Nguyen Thanh Son VIE 2448 5

57 FM Wahono Awam INA 2391 5

58 Zhang Ziyang CHN 2419 5

59 GM Gomez John Paul PHI 2538 5

60 Garma Edgardo PHI 2421 5

61 GM Paragua Mark PHI 2529 5

62 IM Akshayraj Kore IND 2404 5

63 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi MAS 2425 5

64 GM Kim Alexey KOR 2481 5

65 Yang Kaiqi CHN 2413 5

66 Wang Li CHN 2401 4.5

67 Lou Yiping CHN 2410 4.5

68 IM Hassan Abdullah UAE 2322 4.5

69 FM Priyadharshan K IND 2411 4.5

70 Garcia Jan Emmanuel PHI 2292 4.5

71 Yu Lie CHN 2307 4.5

72 FM Novita Anjas INA 2345 4

73 FM Alhuwar Jasem UAE 2293 4

74 FM Abu Sufian Shakil BAN 2378 4

75 Causo Deniel PHI 2367 4

76 FM Hoang Canh Huan VIE 2378 4

77 Jia Haoxiang CHN 2344 4

78 Pascua Haridas PHI 2359 4

79 IM Bancod Ronald PHI 2356 4

80 Olay Edgar Reggie PHI 2348 4

81 CM Nguyen Hoang Nam VIE 2281 4

82 Elorta David PHI 2372 3

83 IM Khamrakulov Dzhurabek UZB 2524 3

84 Chua Aaron MAS 2116 2

85 Celis Solomon B MAC 2007 1

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Chessdom.com presents Natalia Pogonina’s website

Chess Kamasutra top secret project

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WGM Natalia Pogonina (ELO 2501) shows that chess is not only about playing at GM-level. She is 3-times European Chess Champion, Winner of Moscow Open 2009 and many other prestigious events, yet a charming and sociable girl with a great sense of humor and a positive life attitude.

Natalia enjoys communicating with chess fans and decided to make a step towards becoming more accessible and public – launch her own website, Pogonina.com

Pogonina.com is a brand new and rapidly growing portal for people who love chess,” commented Natalia Pogonina for Chessdom.com. “Chess players should be more active – promote chess and themselves on the Internet, participate in advertisements, play exciting exhibition matches. It’s vital not to confine yourself to the game only. Apart from playing in tournaments and studying one should remember about the interests of chess fans .”

Some of the key features of the website so far are:

Natalia Pogonina’s Blog – where you can read and discuss articles by a world-class chess player and her colleagues

Games – section to improve your chess level with the help of Natalia Pogonina

Photo Gallery – Natalia Pogonina’s album

Natalia Pogonina revealed to us her “top secret” project – Chess Kamasutra. It is a book that teaches chess using analogies from sex, and vice versa. More info will be published later on Chessdom.

Interview with Natalia Pogonina

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Chess queen behind the board

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During the Moscow Open 2009

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Natalia Pogonina at the Dresden Chess Olympiad

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At the European Chess Championship

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Playing for her favorite country – Russia

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Natalia Pogonina is good with white…

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and she is good with black

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Natalia Pogonina has many interests besides chess

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But if you make her angry, she will shoot you

Mtel Masters 2009 – Results and Standings

Alexei Shirov wins Mtel and invitation for Bilbao Final

No Name Fed 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
1 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR ** 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 3
2 Wang Yue CHN 1 ½ ** ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
3 Magnus Carlsen NOR ½ ½ ½ 1 ** 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 6
4 Veselin Topalov BUL 1 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ** ½ ½ ½ ½ 6
5 Leinier Dominguez Perez CUB ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ** ½ ½ 4
6 Alexei Shirov ESP 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ **

Round Three Report

Mtel Masters 2009 index page

Round 1 – May 13, 2009

Wang Yue – Leinier Dominguez Perez ½-½

Magnus Carlsen – Veselin Topalov 1-0

Vassily Ivanchuk – Alexei Shirov 0-1

Round 2 – May 14, 2009

Alexei Shirov – Veselin Topalov ½-½

Leinier Dominguez Perez – Magnus Carlsen ½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk – Wang Yue 0-1

Round 3 – May 15, 2009

Wang Yue – Alexei Shirov ½-½

Magnus Carlsen – Vassily Ivanchuk ½-½

Veselin Topalov – Leinier Dominguez Perez ½-½

Round 4 – May 16, 2009

Magnus Carlsen – Alexei Shirov ½-½

Veselin Topalov – Wang Yue 1-0

Leinier Dominguez Perez – Vassily Ivanchuk ½-½

Round 5 – May 17, 2009

Alexei Shirov – Leinier Dominguez Perez ½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk – Veselin Topalov 0-1

Wang Yue – Magnus Carlsen ½-½

Round 6 – May 19, 2009

Alexei Shirov – Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

Veselin Topalov – Magnus Carlsen ½-½

Leinier Dominguez Perez – Wang Yue ½-½

Round 7 – May 20, 2009

Magnus Carlsen – Leinier Dominguez Perez 1-0

Veselin Topalov – Alexei Shirov ½-½

Wang Yue – Vassily Ivanchuk ½-½

Round 8 – May 21, 2009

Alexei Shirov – Wang Yue ½-½

Leinier Dominguez Perez – Veselin Topalov ½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk – Magnus Carlsen ½-½

Round 9 – May 22, 2009

Leinier Dominguez Perez – Alexei Shirov ½-½

Veselin Topalov – Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

Magnus Carlsen – Wang Yue 1-0

Round 10 – May 23, 2009

Alexei Shirov – Magnus Carlsen 1-0

Wang Yue – Veselin Topalov ½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk – Leinier Dominguez Perez 1-0

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga shines at rapid chess event

22nd Open Internacional Damiano

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GM Eduardo Iturrizaga

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga had a fantastic weekend in Portugal, scoring 8,5/9 and finishing a point ahead of competition at very strong rapid 22nd Open Internacional Damiano. A total of 31 titled players participated at the event, with top seeded being GM Aleksander Delchev, GM Evgenij Agrest, and GM Dragan Paunovic.

Iturrizaga played fantastic chess, defeating eight players, among which GM Strikovic, GM Fernandes, GM Teske, and achieving only one draw against GM Agrest.

The 22nd Open Internacional Damiano featured a nice prize fund of 45 000 eur, shared in over 75 categories. The winner Eduardo Iturrizaga received 1250 eur for his first place.

Final Standings

1 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2470 8.5

2 GM Agrest Evgenij SWE 2588 7.5

3 GM Rizouk Aimen ALG 2505 7.5

4 GM Hoffman Alejandro ARG 2444 7.5

5 GM Teske Henrik GER 2523 7.5

6 GM Delchev Aleksander BUL 2648 7.5

7 GM Campora Daniel H ARG 2535 7

8 GM Strikovic Aleksa SRB 2536 7

9 IM Fernando Diogo Brigido POR 2488 7

10 NM Ferents Andrey UKR 2243 7

11 FM Pereira Ruben Miguel Nunes POR 2422 7

12 GM Djuric Stefan SRB 2447 7

13 WIM Maisuradze Nino FRA 2261 7

14 FM Dias Paulo Jorge Guimaraes POR 2406 7

15 IM Frois Antonio Jose POR 2397 7

16 Ferreira Jorge Joao Viterbo POR 2186 7

17 GM Fernandes Antonio Manuel De A POR 2415 6.5

18 FM Leonardo Joao POR 2233 6.5

19 FM Cabezas Ayala Ivan ESP 2406 6.5

20 GM Komljenovic Davorin CRO 2431 6.5

21 IM Rivera Daniel URU 2318 6.5

22 FM Ribeiro Fernando Alberto Rocha POR 2273 6.5

23 NM Santos Antonio Pereira Dos POR 2248 6.5

24 Oliveira Carlos Andre Ramalho POR 2165 6.5

25 Silverio Luis Filipe Dos Reis POR 2094 6.5

26 Ferreira Alberto Paulo De Melo POR 2053 6.5

27 NM Rodrigues Afonso Teotonio R POR 2160 6.5

28 GM Paunovic Dragan SRB 2537 6

29 NM Padeiro Jose Joao Tato POR 2230 6

30 NM Carneiro Carlos Alberto C POR 2205 6

31 WGM Djingarova Emilia BUL 2334 6

32 NM Santos Jose Alves POR 2222 6

33 Felizes Paulo Alberto Barbosa POR 2081 6

34 NM Blalock Rex Eugene USA 2226 6

35 IM Rocha Sergio Manuel Colaco POR 2427 6

36 WIM Leite Catarina Dos Anjos POR 2187 6

37 Guerreiro Nuno Ricardo POR 2095 6

38 Peixoto Antonio Pedro Balsa G POR 2091 6

39 Morais Vitor Mestre POR 2030 6

40 Kovtun Igor UKR 2054 6

41 Poppe Dietmar GER 0 6

42 Araujo Jose Verissimo POR 1955 6

43 Quintino Luis Filipe Pires De POR 1991 6

44 Quinta Daniel Fernando G POR 2063 6

45 IM Damaso Rui POR 2413 6

46 Teixeira Rafael Goltsman POR 2168 6

47 Machado Luis Manuel Tavares POR 2078 6

48 Matias Luis Miguel Rodrigues POR 0 6

49 Catarina Goncalo Filipe Santos POR 1833 6

50 Sousa Emanuel Luis Alves C POR 1922 6

51 Silva Tiago Miguel Gomes Da POR 1981 6

52 FM Schacht Holger GER 2224 6

53 FM Diogo Vasco Andre Marcalo POR 2290 6

54 NM Santos Julio Fernandes POR 2061 6

55 Felicio Fernando Miguel Galvao POR 1933 6

56 Margarido Ricardo Emanuel T POR 2010 6

57 CM Viela Marco Antonio Folha POR 2193 5.5

58 Sousa Ricardo Miguel Morais De POR 2111 5.5

59 NM Fernandes Alberto Manuel De A POR 2199 5.5

60 Casanova Fernando Ricardo POR 2042 5.5

61 FM Ulyanovskyy Viktor UKR 2305 5.5

62 IM Santos Luis Manuel Coutinho P POR 2396 5.5

63 Galvao Henrique Mario Chaves POR 2207 5.5

64 NM Lavrador Rodolfo M Mascarenhas POR 2042 5.5

65 Figueiredo Helder Emanuel R POR 2002 5.5

66 Santos Olavo Miguel Florencio POR 1958 5.5

67 Fanha Paulo Alexandre POR 2035 5.5

68 Marques Eduardo Manuel C POR 1790 5.5

69 Bravo Antonio Jose Vieira POR 1965 5.5

70 Ulyanovskyy Vladimir V UKR 1772 5.5

71 Sousa Marcio Adelino Dos Santo POR 1982 5.5

72 Povoa Mario Monteiro Martins POR 1845 5.5

73 Farinha Joao Carlos Da Cruz POR 2105 5.5

74 Santos Manuel Afonso Martins D POR 1710 5.5

75 Silva Goncalo Nunes Pires Da POR 0 5.5

76 Costa Altino Da Conceicao POR 1940 5

77 FM Cordovil Joao Maria Da Camara POR 2237 5

78 Figueiras Carlos Manuel De A POR 1979 5

79 Fatia Valter Miguel Antunes POR 2076 5

80 Carvalho Emanuel Jose POR 1885 5

81 Gallardo Retortillo Enrique ESP 2173 5

82 Bastos Luis Daniel Moura POR 1932 5

83 Bicho Daniel Pesca Rodrigues POR 1895 5

84 Albano Jeremias Bianca POR 1971 5

85 Pereira Ricardo Joao Correia POR 1994 5

86 Pires Rogerio Marcial Maximino POR 1939 5

87 Figueiredo Mario Jose Rocha POR 2015 5

88 Botelho Luis Miguel Rodrigues POR 1961 5

89 Rodrigues Luis Eugenio POR 1729 5

90 Rodrigues Luis Miguel Amaral POR 1861 5

91 Van Den Berg Imme NED 1982 5

92 Silva Jose Antonio De Almeida POR 1671 5

93 Caeiro Vitor Cristiano POR 0 5

94 Meira Joao Pedro Pires POR 1712 5

95 Martins Marta Sofia Cardoso POR 1497 5

96 Nanques Helder Manuel Pereira POR 1926 5

97 Carapeto Ricardo Filipe Alvito POR 1920 5

98 Damas Edi Wilson POR 0 5

99 Burghardt Michael POR 0 5

100 Martins Daniel Carvalho POR 1784 5

101 Parreira Andre Filipe Roxo POR 1780 5

102 Mendes Alberto Correa POR 1859 5

103 Monteiro Sara Cristina Da S POR 1803 5

104 Dionizio Andre Filipe N POR 0 5

105 Silva Artur Francisco Lopes POR 0 5

106 Dionizio Jose Marco Guerreiro POR 0 5

107 Totoi Ilya POR 0 5

108 Aderneira Ricardo Andre C POR 0 5

109 Catarino Marcio Lopes POR 1861 5

110 Quadros Alberto Mendes POR 1752 5

111 Ferreira Nuno Messeder POR 0 5

112 Proenca Ruben Alexandre E POR 1848 5

113 Correia Jorge Paulo Cardoso V POR 0 5

114 Joaquim Carlos Alberto Moes POR 0 5

115 Martins Harry Peter Coentro POR 1641 5

116 Santos Tomas Afonso Martins Do POR 0 5

117 Cesar Aryton Josefa POR 0 5

118 Correia Sandra Ventura POR 0 5

119 Rodrigues Pedro Sousa Rocha POR 1930 4.5

120 NM Ribeiro Bruno Alexandre Romao POR 2172 4.5

121 Vasques Antonio Pedro Freixial POR 1999 4.5

122 Martins Andre Goncalo Gomes B POR 0 4.5

123 Vicente Joao Vasco Reis POR 1739 4.5

124 Almeida Manuel Da Silva POR 2043 4.5

125 Martins Carlos Batista Nobrega POR 0 4.5

126 Silva Miguel Antonio Neto POR 1760 4.5

127 Tapisso Gabriel Palmelao POR 1515 4.5

128 Leskiv Miroslav POR 0 4.5

129 Fernandes Mario Bernardo POR 1537 4.5

130 Boto Ricardo Jorge Louzeiro Do POR 0 4.5

131 David Tiago Goncalo Felix POR 1679 4.5

132 Ferreira Hugo Miguel Da Costa POR 0 4.5

133 Gordo Bernardo Calado Mendes POR 1704 4.5

134 Santos Isabel Pereira Dos POR 0 4.5

135 Dionizio Cristiano Miguel N POR 0 4.5

136 Pereira Edgar Teixeira De L POR 2159 4.5

137 Mira Vitor Carlos POR 1662 4.5

138 Vasconcelos Lourenco Malheiro POR 0 4.5

139 Maninha Luis Manuel De C POR 1610 4.5

140 Garcia Loro Marcos J ESP 2069 4

141 Andre Nuno Alexandre Lopes POR 0 4

142 Emidio Sergio Roberto Costa POR 1813 4

143 Pena Helio Adelino Silva POR 1926 4

144 Elias Ruben Joel Monteiro POR 1816 4

145 Palet Armando Manuel Silva POR 0 4

146 Cardina Joao Gamboa POR 1595 4

147 Fernandes Luis Miguel Ribeiro POR 1923 4

148 Gomes Nuno Miguel Marques POR 0 4

149 Figueiras Jose Salvador POR 1835 4

150 Hips Valentyn POR 0 4

151 Marvao Joaquim Manuel Pinto POR 0 4

152 Pereira Joao Lopes POR 0 4

153 Silva Jose F M Azevedo POR 0 4

154 Francisco Angelo Rodrigues POR 1556 4

155 Deus Pedro Miguel Duro De POR 1869 4

156 Guerreiro Helder Campos POR 1533 4

Stephan Falk GER 0 4

158 Matos Antonio Manuel POR 1640 4

159 Agapito Luis Filipe Dinis POR 0 4

160 Costa Jaime Manuel POR 0 4

161 Placido Maria Armanda POR 1750 4

162 Carvalho Jose Henrique Anjos POR 0 4

163 Nunes Sergio Alberto POR 0 4

164 Marques Nuno Miguel Nunes POR 0 4

165 Meira Joao Alexandre POR 0 4

166 Vieira Vitor Mendes POR 1646 4

167 Stelian Turta POR 1541 4

168 Agapito Pedro Miguel Dinis POR 1412 4

169 Monteiro Joana Filipa Da Silva POR 1475 4

Pereira Marco POR 0 4

171 Feijoeiro Antonio Santos POR 1757 4

172 David Sara Cristiana Felix POR 1665 4

173 Duarte Afonso Manuel Ferreira POR 1462 4

174 Dias Fabio Miguel Pimenta POR 0 4

175 Ferreira Vasco Domingos POR 0 4

176 Favinha Joao Pedro Henriques POR 0 4

177 Silva Ana Rita Gomes POR 0 4

178 Machado Manuel Domingos Joia POR 0 4

179 Santos Ana M C Pereira Dos POR 0 4

180 Barreto Paulo Alexandre Da C POR 0 4

181 Ferreira Carlos Manuel Matos POR 0 4

182 Castro Diogo Ferreira POR 0 4

183 Pinto Vitor Rafael Mesquita C POR 0 4

184 Lima Remi Vanhull POR 0 4

185 Sousa Daniel Ribeiro E POR 0 4

186 Nunes Patricia Joao Heleno G POR 1440 3.5

187 Faustino Tomas Alves POR 0 3.5

188 Sousa Carlos Fantasia POR 1816 3.5

189 Ferreira Ruben Alexandre B POR 0 3.5

190 Simoes Andre Pires POR 0 3.5

191 Sirgado Carlos Manuel Ferreira POR 1711 3.5

192 Fonseca Joao Ricardo Ferreira POR 0 3.5

193 Joaquim Leonardo POR 0 3.5

194 Cefa Jorge Marques POR 0 3.5

195 Nunes Ricardo Miguel S POR 0 3.5

196 Marcelino Jose De Jesus F POR 0 3

197 Frade Pedro Manuel Almeida POR 0 3

198 Webb David POR 0 3

199 Hug Nora Alexandra POR 0 3

200 Carapinha Francisco Manuel R POR 0 3

201 Duarte Bruno Dos Santos POR 0 3

202 Ferreira Rita Gama Henriques POR 0 3

203 Relvas Tiago Pereira POR 0 3

204 Campos Ruben Fernando G POR 0 3

205 Ferreira Tiago Andre Bastos POR 0 3

206 Mateus Bernardo POR 0 3

207 Gomes Marcos Luis Cerqueira POR 0 3

208 Sofronov Vlas POR 0 3

209 Marques Diogo Vieira POR 0 3

210 Carmona Andre Spencer POR 0 3

211 Costa Miguel Alexandre De Matos POR 0 3

212 Marreiros Cristina POR 0 3

213 Igorivitch Valdislave POR 0 3

214 Antunes Joao Pedro Candeias POR 0 3

215 Rijo Rui POR 0 3

216 Guo Haojun POR 0 3

217 Sobral Kevin POR 0 3

218 Rodrigues Daniel POR 0 3

219 Ye Susana POR 0 3

220 Carapinha Mariana Marques POR 0 3

221 Klosterhalfen Niklas POR 0 3

222 Soares Julio POR 0 3

223 Gabriel Luis POR 0 3

224 Silva Jorge POR 0 3

225 Justino Tiago POR 0 3

226 Carvalho Xavier POR 0 3

227 Pronk Thomas POR 0 3

228 Cidoncha Goncalo POR 0 2.5

229 Dias Ruben Bernardo Pimenta POR 0 2.5

230 Lopes Andre Miguel Carvalho POR 0 2.5

231 Beirao Ivan POR 0 2

232 Honeywill Chistropher POR 0 2

233 Guerreiro Luis POR 0 2

234 Carmona Silva Joao Carlos S C POR 0 2

235 Rosa Pedro POR 0 2

236 Wang Ye David POR 0 2

237 Webber Jack POR 0 2

238 Silva David POR 0 2

239 Caldeira Carolina POR 0 2

240 Inacio Goncalo POR 0 2

241 Margarido Simao Pedro POR 0 2

242 Martins Ricardo POR 0 2

243 Bras Sara POR 0 2

244 Duarte Ana Do Carmo Santos POR 0 2

245 Arroja Jose POR 0 2

246 Loucao Rodrigo POR 0 1

247 Pessanha Tiago POR 0 1

248 Schworer Andre POR 0 1

249 Barreira Iris POR 0 1

250 Ferreira Ana Margarida A POR 1200 1

251 Raposo Tiago POR 0 1

252 Bernardo Manuel Pedro POR 0 0

253 Pereira Susana Martins POR 1486 0

254 Mendes Neuza Graxinha POR 0 0

255 Berghoff Michael GER 0 0

256 Matias Francisco POR 0 0

257 Carvalho Tiago POR 0 0

258 Anacleto Eurico Jose Araujo POR 0 0

259 Barradas Diogo POR 0 0

260 Coelho Miguel POR 0 0

261 Silva Renato POR 0 0

Ivanchuk show in Sofia

Kiprian Berbatov wins Mtel Masters Junior

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The park behind Grand Hotel Sofia is a famous place in the capital of Bulgaria, where chess amateurs of all ages collect to play the ancient game. Very often the number of people playing simultaneously is over 100, but when there is a “top level match” they all collect to watch the certain board. The games are always accompanied with passion, betting, and lots of sports spirit.

Vassily Ivanchuk created a real show in this garden after the end of the 3rd round of Mtel Masters. He went for a walk around the hotel and joined the chess party going on there. Ivanchuk played a game with a fan, after that with another, and soon what seemed a friendly gesture grew into large simul.

The score of the simul is still not known. However, some amateurs put up a real good fight and Ivanchuk played in the garden until after midnight.

More from Mtel Masters

Kiprian Berbatov won the Mtel Masters junior section, which is a competition for players U14. The top talent of Bulgaria, who is the third player with manager Silvio Danailov after Cheparinov and Topalov, had over 300 ELO points advantage and did not encounter problems to win the Mtel Masters junior with full 5,0/5. Second place was for Anatoli Atanasov, third for Alexander Monev. The top girl was Tsveta Galunova.

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The winners

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Berbatov with Monev diring the European Chess Championship

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Tsveta Galunova, winner of the “Queen of Turnovo” 2008

Mtel Masters 2009 – Round Three Report

all games drawn, Wang, Carlsen and Shirov still leading

The third round of the 2009 Mtel Masters had all games drawn, but not without a struggle. Veselin Topalov and Leinier Dominguez Perez engaged in a long dispute over the White d5-pawn, which earlier replaced Black’s own sacrificed pawn. Dominguez appeared to have solid counterplay, based on the weakness of White c2 square, but after some maneuvering which involved really ugly moves (19. Na1!), Topalov traded the attacked pawn and won another (a5) in the process. However, Dominguez patiently waited to chop the f3-pawn and advance his connected passers. With Black pair of strong Bishops and White clumsy Knights, Topalov had to satisfy himself with perpetual check.

The game Magnus Carlsen – Vassily Ivanchuk, commented by French top-GM Christian Bauer live here on Chessdom, also attracted huge attention. Ivanchuk, convincing winner of the last year’s Mtel Masters, prolonged his recent poor shape and lost two games with White at the start of the tournament. That didn’t prevent him from playing some creative chess, at least in the opening (8…b5!), but later he became more cautious and kept the position more or less balanced. During the heavy time trouble, most of the pieces went off the board and Ivanchuk was able to hold the resulting Rook endgame to a draw.

Alexei Shirov found a cute temporary exchange sacrifice after the Gruenfeld opening to remove Wang Yue’s dangerous pieces and reach a convenient endgame without any risk of losing.

On Saturday, IM Miodrag Perunovic and Goran Urosevic will provide live commentary of the 4th round game Magnus Carlsen – Alexei Shirov. See you there at 15:00 CET.

Round 1 – May 13, 2009

Wang Yue - Leinier Dominguez Perez ½-½

Magnus Carlsen – Veselin Topalov 1-0

Vassily Ivanchuk - Alexei Shirov 0-1

Round 2 – May 14, 2009

Alexei Shirov - Veselin Topalov ½-½

Leinier Dominguez Perez - Magnus Carlsen ½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk - Wang Yue 0-1

Round 3 – May 15, 2009

Wang Yue - Alexei Shirov ½-½

Magnus Carlsen – Vassily Ivanchuk ½-½

Veselin Topalov - Leinier Dominguez Perez ½-½

Rank Name Fed 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
1 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR ** 0 ½ 0 ½
2 Wang Yue CHN 1 ** ½ ½ 2
3 Magnus Carlsen NOR ½ ** 1 ½ 2
4 Veselin Topalov BUL 0 ** ½ ½ 1
5 Leinier Dominguez Perez CUB ½ ½ ½ **
6 Alexei Shirov ESP 1 ½ ½ ** 2

The truth behind the software block at Mtel Masters

unreliable chess software contributes to the live games crash

Many spectators were left high and dry yesterday, after the official live feed from Mtel Maters blocked. It never got restored, rather it was substituted by an message by the organizers that “Due to technical issues the round will not be broadcasted live.”

No further details were given. Everyone was hoping that they could see at least the end of the games, but that never happened. The glass cell itself was not the best friend of the journalists that tried to copy some moves and the cameras were not pointed in the direction of the boards.

Chessdom.com has found the roots of the story. A combination of a very unreliable chess software and the sense of humor of the mayor of Sofia destroyed the live transmission.

As the tradition goes, the first move at Mtel Masters is done by a high official. This year the designated person was Boiko Borisov, current mayor of Sofia. Mr. Borisov, an ex military general, is famous for his humor. Last year at the closing ceremony he said, “Topalov did not win, so that he tricks Kramnik to come to Sofia”.

However, things did not go as smoothly as planned. The heavy traffic in the city did not allow the high official to arrive on time and he entered the glass cell 10 minutes later. Topalov and Carlsen were instructed to wait for the guest, who also attracted a multitude of journalists.

Borisov entered smiling, greeted everyone and directly went to the board. He started in a typical sense of humor, “When we were young we played a lot of chess,” and moved 1. b3, after which he continued, “but we had a special rule that white is allowed to move twice at the start,” after which Borisov moved immediately the white bishop on b2.

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Boiko Borisov seconds before Bb2
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This move was not accepted by the computer software and it immediatelly blocked all transmission. Carlsen’s face was not very happy after the moves and they had to be put in initial position and 1. d4 was played. This did not help the software restore and that is how the thousands of chess fans were left only with the Chessdom live updates and very little other coverage. “I made an ambush on Topalov!” said Boiko Borisov, not realizing the very unreliable software chess has for the digital boards. All transmission was blocked for the whole day.

To make the show complete, Boiko Borisov turned to the journalists and told them another story. “I have invented a new type of chess. A chess where I do not lose. I play with friends in the sauna, after half an hour they get tired and I always win.”

The technical staff of Mtel Masters proved useless and could not repair the live feed. Games are supposed to continue today on the official website, live commentary will be probided on Chessdom.com by GM Bauer and GM Dimitrov.

Rybka and Junior share first at the WCCC

Hiarcs, Shredder and Jonny with 2.5 out of 4

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Rybka and Junior share the top position at the World Computer Chess Championship in Pamplona. They have full 4,0/4 after today’s round, but the decisive match is postponed until the last round (round 9) when they meet in a direct clash.

Information about WCCC / Round 2 reports / PGN

Standings

1-2. Rybka, Junior 4,0/4

3-5. Hiarcs, Shredder, Jonny 2,5/4

6. Deep Sjeng 2,0/4

7. The Baron 1,5/4

8-9. Joker, Pandix 2009 0,5/4

10. Equinox 0,0/4

WCCC round 3 results

Rybka – Equinox 1-0

Hiarcs – Shredder 1/2-1/2

The Baron – Deep Sjeng 1/2-1/2

Jonny – Junior 0-1

Pandix – Joker 1/2-1/2

WCCC round 4 results

Pandix – Rybka 0-1

Junior – Hiarcs 1-0

Shredder – Deep Sjeng 1/2-1/2

Joker – Jonny 0-1

Equinox – The Baron 0-1


Mtel Masters 2009 live! (update and photos)

the opening ceremony and games on Chessdom.com

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Mtel Masters 2009 will have extensive live coverage on Chessdom.com. It will start at 11:00 CET with the opening ceremony of the tournament. It will include a press conference, interviews with the participants, and drawing of pairings with the special participation of Carmen Kass.

After a short break, we will continue our live coverage from Sofia with the promotional match Veselin Topalov – Vasilis Kontos (the winner in the last year’s game “Play like Topalov”) at 18:00 CET. Topalov will play blindfold against Kontos, just like against Alex Brunetti in 2007 and Jason Juett in 2008.

Round 1 is on the 13th of May, all three games will be covered live on Chessdom, with GM Christian Bauer, GM Vladimir Dimitrov, and IM Miodrag Perunovic commenting.

This year’s Mtel Masters is category XXI with the participation of Carlsen, Topalov, Ivanchuk, Wang Yue, Dominguez, and Shirov.

10:30 CET

This year’s Mtel Masters will be played at the garden in front of the Ivan Vazov square. A glass proof cube will be installed with a good shelter and next to it will be another construction for the journalists.

The opening ceremony will take place at the ex venue of the tournament – Grand Hotel Sofia. Journalists are already gathering for the ceremony that starts is 30 minutes.

10:35 CET

The organizers have announced the program of the day. At 12:00 will be the opening ceremony, while the drawing of colors with Carmen Kass and Joaquin Espejo (the arbiter of the Mtel Masters) will take place afterwards.

10:55 CET

Five minutes are left to the start of the press conference in the Sofia hall of Grand Hotel Sofia.

11:03 CET

Inside the playing hall are many representatives of the sponsors of the event. Veselin Topalov was with them most of the time during last week participating in multiple promotional events. Because of the busy schedule he declined the invitation for Azernaijan vs. The World. First, only a few hours after his arrival from Spain he visited the Nuclear Power Plant in Kozlodui, where he was shown around the facilities. Later the same day he played against 20 representatives of the city a simul with 19 victories and one draw.

On the next day Topalov wet to Plovdiv, where he was awarded as Honorary citizen by the municipity. That same afternoon he went back to Sofia, where he received the prize Sportsman of the month (his 5th in the last years).

On Monday morning Topalov visited the Sofia Math School, famous for producing yearly Math Olympic champions. He played a simul there and donated a giant chess that will be installed in the school.

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Topalov receiving the Honorary citizen of Plovdiv prize (photo plovdiv24.com)

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Topalov during the game in the Math school (photo sportal.bg)

11:15 CET

Magnus Carlsen is surely one of the favorits for winning the 5th Mtel Masters. However, in an interview for Trud newspaper he shares, “The 2009 edition, being a category XXI event, will be tough and hard-fought. The players are very aggressive players and we may expect lots of fighting chess.”

11:45 CET

The press conference is still going on. It was confirmed one more time that the controls will be 90 minutes for 40 moves and an hour to the end of the game. The media is showing special interest towards Magnus Carlsen. He is considered the favorite in the event, having in mind the low form of last year’s winner Vassily Ivanchuk.

On May 18th the Organizers are planning the traditional Levski vs Chess Utd match. In 2007 the star of the event was Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu, while last year Ivanchuk proved to be a good goalkeeper. In this year’s edition we might see again the cousin of the forward of Manchester Utd, Dimitar Berbatoov. This is Kiprian Berbatov and he is an IM elect.

Chess UTD Team Entrance

Kiprian Berbatov joining the Chess team in 2007

12:30 CET

The drawing of lots took place immediatelly after the press conference. Here are the round 1 pairings, stay tuned for more details as we continue live from Sofia

Carlsen – Topalov

Ivanchuk – Shirov

Wang Yue – Dominnguez

12:35 CET

All three games will be live on Chessdom.com, GM Bauer will comment Topalov Carlsen and Ivanchuk – Shirov, while Dominguez – Wang Yue will be covered by GM Dimitrov.

12:45 CET

The pairings were drawn by the supermodel and President of the Estonian Chess Federation Carmen Kass. She shared at the opening ceremony, “In such a strong field there is no favorite, let the best one win.”

13:00 CET

Veselin Тоpalov shared for journalists, “I expect surprises in this tournament, especially from Shirov and Ivanchuk. Still, anyone can win this tournament.”

Topalov commented on the possible venue for the match with Anand, “The World Chess Federation will decide, however, I prefer a country in Asia.”

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Carmen Kass draws Carlsen

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Ivanchuk and Shirov

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14:20 CET

The first move of the tournament will be made by the mayor of Sofia, Boyko Borisov. He became famous during last year’s closing ceremony of Mtel Masters by stating, “Topalov did not win, so that he tricks Kramnik to come play in Sofia.”

14:30 CET

Note: The chief arbiter updated the colors of the pairings, in the first day white will have Carlsen, Ivanchuk, and Wang Yue.

14:45 CET

Veselin TOpalov in an interview, “It will be a difficult beginning, Magnus Carlsen is number 3 in the world. But it is good to start with a victory and I will make everything possible. After the match with Kamsky I have not played in a strong tournament and I hope to win in Sofia.”

15:15 CET

Ivanchuk was obviously in a good mood and shared with BTA, “In Bulgaria I feel great, I have been many times in SOfia, in Varna. I feel positive energy here. Will this positive energy bring me another victory? I will tell you on May 23rd,” said Ivanchuk with a smile.

16:45 CET

Big photo gallery from the opening ceremony is available here.

17:45 CET

Update: the blindfold game of Veselin Topalov against Vasilis Kontos is about to start.

18:10 CET

The game has began and Topalov is opting for Modern defence. He will be playing blindfolded and with the black pieces.

18:45 CET

Kontos resisted for over 40 moves, but his time ran low and he could not do anything in the zeitnot.

18:50 CET

With this our coverage for today from Mtel Masters is over. Join us tomorrow for live comments of all games. Later tonight there will be more news from the WCCC, Bosna, Asia Continental championships, and many other events. Make sure to check out the photo gallery of the opening ceremony.