Chess Classic Mainz Day 4

FiNet Chess960 Open Started, Rybka Wins Livingston Chess960 Computer World Championship

Article by Eric van Reem

On the fourth day of the Chess Classic, the FiNet Chess960 Open started at 12.30 with 263 players. The chance for amateurs to meet a GM on the other side of the board was very good, because no less than 56 Grandmasters came to Mainz to play the Chess960 extravaganza! Incredible: the top 10 has an ELO average of 2717 and the top seeds are Gashimov, Grishuk, Bacrot, Kamsky and Mamedyarov. After five rounds today there is a Gang of Four sharing the lead with a 100% score: Kamsky, Mamedyarov, Movsesian and Malakhov.

100% sounds familiar to Rybka: however, on the second day of the Livingston Chess960 computer world championship, something strange happened: Rybka did not win all of her games! In the last round of the preliminaries, on the brim of reaching a Fischer-like score, Rybka had to be content with a draw against Shredder, but hey, 11,5/12 games is not that bad!

Mainz09 16

Mainz09 17

Gata Kamsky

Favourites need to do repair work on Friday

“Winning the FiNet Open is probably more difficult than playing the FiNet Chess960 world championship”, Hikaru Nakamura said on Wednesday in the press conference. The American ace won the FiNet Chess960 Open, one of the toughest chess tournaments in the world last year. “You have to keep the pace on both days, 11 rounds in two days is really tough in such an incredibly strong field”, Nakamura continued. It is really a hazardous task to predict the winner of the FiNet Chess960 Open this year.

Top seed Vugar Gashimov found out that playing against an experienced Chess960 shark like Klaus Bischoff is not always a pleasure. The Azeri 2740 player lost in the third round, but soon recovered and has 4 points after day 1. A devastating blunder by top German player Arkadij Naiditsch in round four against Sergey Grigoriants reminded experienced Chess Classic followers of the blunder the German made in the last round of the FiNet Open last year. However, he still has six more rounds on Friday to start doing some repair work.

Other favourites like Grishuk, Bacrot, Akopian and Kasimdhanov also dropped a point here and there. The secret favourite of the Chess Classic crew, David Navara has 4,5 points, which is a great starting position for the final day. The best WGM who can keep the pace with the big guns is Marie Rachel Sebag from France. She has four points.

Six more rounds will be played in the FiNet Chess960 on Friday, and the top games will be broadcast live. The 6th round starts at 10.00 AM CET.

Rybka transforms into insatiable piranha

On the second day of the preliminaries Rybka was on the brim of scoring a Fischer-like 100% score in the 5th Livingston Chess960 Computer Chess world championship, but in the last round, the American program had to be content with a draw against Shredder. Vasik Rajlich, the brilliant hyperactive Rybka programmer was pleased with a 11,5/12 score. In the final Rybka will play against the German program Shredder, by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen. Shredder scored 7 points in the preliminaries. Gian-Carlo Pascutto from Belgium was not happy with the mere four points his program DeepSjeng scored. The Kolss brothers learned the hard way that playing a tough world championship with some of the best chess programs in the world is not always a pleasure: Ikarus only scored one point.

Mainz09 18

Vasik Rajlich

There was some time left for the programmers to play a small blitz exhibition for the spectators after the preliminaries. Surprisingly, Rybka could not win this fun tournament. Shredder showed that it is still a heavyweight in the computer chess world and convincingly won the blitz with 4,5 points/ 6 games. For Stefan Meyer-Kahlen it was a sign that Rybka is not unbeatable and that will boost his self confidence for the final that will be played on Friday. All games will be broadcast live in the CCM live Portal. The final starts at 11.00 AM CET.

Livingston Chess960 Computer World Championship preview

Official website

Filipinos Conquer Zone 3.3 Chess Championship

Darwin Laylo and Wesley So qualify for the World Cup

Zone 3.3 Chess Championship was played on 23-29th July in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. This was a chance for players who didn’t qualify for the World Cup from the recently played Asian Chess Championship. Eight federations were represented: Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

GM Darwin Laylo of Philippines dominated the tournament, having conceded only two draws in nine rounds, to take a clear first place with 8.0 points and rating performance of 2795. His compatriot GM Wesley So held the main opponent GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son from Vietnam to a draw with black pieces to finish on the second place with 6.5 points. Laylo and So are qualified for the World Cup.

WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag from Mongolia won the Women event as expected. 2008 World Women Chess Championship participant was, with 2412 elo, rated much higher than the rest of the field. Munguntuul collected 7.5 points.

Wesley So square

Wesley So

Final standings (men, 54 players):

1. GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2494 – 8.0

2. GM So Wesley PHI 2646 – 6.5

3-7. GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2592, GM Paragua Mark PHI 2487, GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2534, IM Mas Hafizulhelmi MAS 2391 and GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2552 – 6.0

8-15. GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2613, IM Nguyen Thanh Son VIE 2444, IM Duong The Anh VIE 2440, CM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2414, CM Tran Thanh Tu VIE 2258, FM Nguyen Duc Hoa VIE 2331, Le Quang Long VIE 2279 and FM Kojima Shinya JPN 2323 – 5.5 etc

Final standings (women, 31 players):

1. WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2412 – 7.5

2. WFM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung VIE 2219 – 7.0

3. WFM Pham Bich Ngoc VIE 2105 – 6.5

4-5. WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2311 and WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An VIE 2330 – 6.0

6-11. WIM Nguyen Quynh Anh VIE 2102, Enkhtuul Altanulzii MGL 2051, WGM Le Thanh Tu VIE 2310, WIM Pham Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2314, WFM Luong Nhat Linh VIE 1952 and WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram VIE 2274 – 5.5 etc

Draws Don’t Count

Exciting Day 2 at Chess960 World Championship in Mainz

By Johannes Fischer

The second day of the Chess960 World Championship promised exciting chess: While Levon Aronian with 3 out of 3 seemed to be almost certain to play in the final, Hikaru Nakamura, Victor Bologan and Sergei Movsesian all had 1 point and could still cherish hopes for a spot in the final – provided things went right. Things became exciting indeed, but differently than expected.

Nakamura in particular was determined not to repeat the events from the previous day. As a result he invested much more time in the opening, which proved to be a good approach. Aronian was the first to suffer from the “new” Nakamura. The Armenian got nothing out of the opening and made life really difficult for himself when blundering a pawn. Nakamura seized the opportunity, grabbed the pawn and steered the game safely into a won endgame.

Meanwhile Bologan suffered from a miscalculation in the opening, which gave his opponent Movsesian a clear advantage. Though Movsesian let some of this advantage slip and gave Bologan more chances than he might have hoped for, Bologan returned the compliment in mutual time trouble, by missing the most stubborn defense and allowing Movsesian to score.

Mainz09 11

Aronian and Nakamura

With 1 out of 4 Bologan really had to get going. And that’s exactly what he did by defeating Levon Aronian in a well played game. Meanwhile, Nakamura and Movsesian continued the strange gambit they like to employ in their games. As Nakamura said in the press conference: “Every time we play, the player who has an advantage after the opening, seems to lose.” Which led Movsesisan to remark: “next time I know what I have to do. I will give him the better position.” In Mainz, however, Movsesian lacked this wisdom. He was clearly better after the opening but suddenly Nakamura’s pieces came into play and in an attempt to bail out Movsesian sacrificed a piece to achieve a perpetual. But Nakamura’s king found a way to escape the checks and secured his boss the second win of the day.

Thus, with one round to go, Movsesian and Bologan had 2 out of 5 while Aronian and Nakamura had 3 out of 5. But because Bologan had to play against Nakamura and Movsesian had to play Aronian all four players still had a chance to qualify for the final.

Probably Aronian needs a rush of adrenaline to play his best. At any rate, when his place in the final seemed to be in danger, he suddenly rediscovered the form he had shown on day 1 and scored a fine win against Movsesian. Going back to the form he had shown on day 1 was exactly what Nakamura did not want to do. So he continued to play in the same determined fashion he had shown in the two previous games and won quickly against an overly aggressive Bologan – and “got the job done” as he put it in the press conference.

Thus Aronian and Nakamura both finished with 4 out of 6 to qualify for the final while Bologan and Movsesian will fight for place three.

Today, the players did their best to make it difficult to name a clear favorite for the matches. While Aronian dominated day 1 by scoring 3 out of 3 Nakamura did the same on day 2. But if the preliminaries are anything to go by, we can expect a wonderful and exciting final. Twelve games were played in the preliminaries, none ended with a draw. Not to mention the many interesting motifs and fine combinations the spectators saw.

The final will begin tomorrow, Thursday, 30th July, 18:30. Games will be transmitted live on the internet – and should not be missed.

Official website

Start of the Chess960 Rapid World Championship

By Johannes Fischer

Tactics rule. As Viktor Bologan explained in yesterday’s press conference, in Chess960 the random position of the pieces simply forces you to think of everything. In interviews Levon Aronian also stressed how important tactics are in Chess960. The first three rounds of the Chess960 Rapid World Championship confirmed this view. The games featured quite a number of unusual tactical situations – and it was Levon Aronian who handled them best.

Right from the start he showed how good he coped with them. In his first round game against Nakamura he gave his queen for two rooks after just a couple of moves and afterwards he simply brought his pieces to strong squares. Nakamura came under pressure and had to give an exchange but then Aronian used his material plus to mate the enemy king with rook and two knights.

The game between Sergei Movsesian and Viktor Bologan was also characterized by tactics. Tactical tricks gave Bologan an advantage, and a tactical trick allowed Movsesian to extricate himself from a difficult position. However, he could not solve all of his problems and Black still had some pressure. This in turn provoked an inaccuracy from Movsesian which Bologan used to secure a winning position and soon after the point.

Mainz09 6

Levon Aronian

Mainz09 7

Viktor Bologan

However, after this promising start followed a sobering second round, in which Bologan miscalculated and fell victim to a violent mating attack from Aronian. With 2 out of 2 Aronian showed why he was considered to be the favorite to win this tournament.

The secret favorite Hikaru Nakamura fared much worse. After his first round loss against Aronian things also went wrong against Movsesian. The American played with White, built up pressure in the opening, avoided a repetition and a draw – only to lose his way and the game soon after. “After ten moves I was almost winning, but then I got careless”, he remarked during the press conference after the game.

However, he managed to pull himself together in the third round and won with Black against Bologan. Both players were fond of the enemy pawns, but Nakamura managed to snatch one more pawn than his opponent, which gave him a clear endgame advantage that he finally converted to a full point.

Mainz09 10

Sergei Movsesian

Mainz09 8

Hikaru Nakamura

The game between Movsesian and Aronian quickly developed into a sharp encounter. Both players wanted to gain the initiative and did not shy away from material sacrifices. At first it seemed as if Movsesian, who played with White, set the pace, but the tide turned after a strong counter by Aronian. Suddenly White’s position was critical and Movsesian’s search for counterplay only accelerated his end.

This led to an amusing situation: three players with 1 out of 3 share places 2 to 4 and will fight hard to qualify for the final tomorrow. At the same time Aronian scored 3 out of 3 and is the sole and dominant leader and more than ever favorite to successfully defend his title of Chess960 World Champion. “All games were hard and tough fights”, Aronian said during the press conference. Maybe – but he still seemed to play all of them with effortless and playful ease. Often a sign of real great skill.

Official website

Playing like the big stars

Mini Ordix Open, Chess Classic Mainz 2009

by Eric van Reem

The third Mini-ORDIX Open attracted 71 young players this year. In the rapid open for young chess players under 16, after seven hard-fought rounds Alexander Donchenko was the winner with a score of 6 points out of seven games. He remained unbeaten and won five games.

After the traditional opening press conference and the simul with Levon Aronian on Monday, the first day of the Chess Classic Mainz 2009 ended with some fine wining and dining at the Champions Dinner. For the gourmets: sliced baliksalmon with caviar was served, followed by lamb with lavender jus with quiche of pointed cabbage. The strawberry salsa with white chocolate mousse was a great dessert.

At that time most of the young chess players who were about the play the Mini-ORDIX Open the next day, probably went to sleep already and perhaps dreamt of being the next chess world champion! On Tuesday, when the young talents came to the Rheingoldhalle with their parents and trainers, they could meet the world champion and some of the best players in the world in the popular first signing session of the week.

Mainz09 5

The autograph session

Anand, Aronian, Nepo, Naiditsch, Bologan and Movsesian were ready to sign pictures, T-shirts, posters and books and anything else for the excited youngsters. Hikaru Nakamura obviously had to cope with the time difference and did not make it on time. However, in Mainz grandmasters are approachable and it is not difficult to snatch an autograph from a top player.

After the signing session, the first round in the Mini-ORDIX started at 11.00 sharp. This tournament is more or less a rehearsal for the Chess Tigers crew for the two big Opens, the FiNet and the ORDIX, which will start later this week. However, on Tuesday the kids fought under the same conditions as the top players. The tournament leaders played on stage and in the limelight – at the very same place where Vishy Anand, the world champion and all the other great players will move the pieces later in the week. The top games of the Mini-Open were transmitted to the big screens and the various monitors in the foyer of the Rheingoldhalle. But not only that: parents, who did not come to Mainz, could follow the deeds by their offspring live on the internet.

At the winner’s ceremony every participant received a certificate and the best players received a cup. Moreover, everybody was happy to get a glimpse of the special atmosphere of the Chess Classic. And most important: In Mainz there were only winners.

Tomorrow, the kids will have another opportunity to test their chess skills. The summer holidays allow them to take part in the 3. Mini – FiNet Open. Here, Chess960 will be played – the chess variant, in which the pieces are randomly placed on the back rank at the beginning of every game. It’s possible to register to register just before the tournament.

Mainz09 9

Alexander Donchenko, winner of the Mini Ordix Open

Official website

IM Rombaldoni and FM Kjartansson lead the Czech Open

the 26 participating GMs suffer multiple defeats

A total of 173 titled players have joined this year’s edition of the Czech Open, 26 of them GMs. The title and norm seekers have left an early mark on the championship, serving various surprises to the top seeded.

Despite meeting serious resistance, IM Rombaldoni and FM Kjartansson managed to keep their perfect score after round 4 and are sharing the lead of the Czech Open. Rombaldoni defeated IM Volodin, FM Adnoy, IM Vavra, and IM Biolek, while Kjartansson won full points against Korman, GM Mirumian, IM Krivoborodov, and IM Zilka. Next round will see the two leaders face in a direct battle.

denis rombaldoni

IM Denis Rombaldoni

The top seeded players, GM Rauf Mammedov, GM Anton Korobov, and GM Jiri Stocek are a full point behind. There is a large chasing pack of players with 3,5/4 among which IM Axel Smith, GM Babula, IM Stupak, GM Maslak, GM Laznicka, etc.

The youngsters are also putting strong resistance at the Czech open. The U18 player from Ukraine FM Illya Golichenko is with 3,5, while IM Baryshpolets and WIM Skinke are with 3,0/4.

More information: Official website

Standings

1 FM KJARTANSSON GUDMUNDUR ISL 2356 4

2 IM ROMBALDONI DENIS ITA 2465 4

3 IM SMITH AXEL SWE 2377 3,5

4 GM BABULA VLASTIMIL CZE 2566 3,5

5 IM STUPAK KIRILL BLR 2449 3,5

6 GM MASLAK KONSTANTIN RUS 2545 3,5

7 FM GOLICHENKO ILLYA UKR 2420 3,5

8 FM MONROY CHARLES FRA 2412 3,5

9 GM MAXIMOV DMITRY UKR 2485 3,5

10 IM JURCIK MARIAN SVK 2479 3,5

11 GM LAZNICKA VIKTOR CZE 2617 3,5

12 IM D´COSTA LORIN ENG 2477 3,5

13 IM ERDOGDU MERT TUR 2463 3,5

14 GM POTAPOV ALEXANDER RUS 2461 3,5

15 GM VOLOSHIN LEONID CZE 2437 3,5

16 IM TIKKANEN HANS SWE 2434 3,5

17 IM KRAPIVIN VLADISLAV RUS 2358 3

18 IGLESIAS JOACHIM FRA 2253 3

19 IM BARYSHPOLETS ANDRIY UKR 2426 3

20 IM BIOLEK-JUN. RICHARD CZE 2361 3

21 VRANA JAN CZE 2236 3

22 IM MIKHALEVSKI ALEXANDER ISR 2417 3

23 GM KOROBOV ANTON UKR 2623 3

24 IM PISCOPO PIERLUIGI ITA 2415 3

25 WIM SKINKE KATRINA LAT 2200 3

26 GM TESKE HENRIK GER 2536 3

27 GM STOCEK JIRI CZE 2584 3

28 GM KRAVTSIV MARTYN UKR 2527 3

29 IM MIKHEEV STANISLAV RUS 2318 3

30 PANTELEEV PETAR GER 2317 3

31 GM ZAKHARTSOV VIACHESLAV RUS 2541 3

32 GM STOHL IGOR SVK 2549 3

33 BERCHTENBREITER MAXIMILIAN GER 2143 3

34 IM PLAT VOJTECH CZE 2406 3

35 IM VOCATURO DANIELE ITA 2507 3

36 IM GRANDELIUS NILS SWE 2515 3

37 IM NEUMAN PETR CZE 2427 3

38 IM ZILKA STEPAN CZE 2466 3

39 GM MAMEDOV RAUF AZE 2645 3

40 IM BEREZJUK SERGEJ CZE 2406 3

41 GM SCHLOSSER PHILIPP GER 2560 3

42 FM CIFKA STANISLAV CZE 2420 3

43 IM HAUB THORSTEN MICHAEL GER 2483 3

44 FM ASHTON ADAM ENG 2324 3

45 GM VOKAC MAREK CZE 2466 3

46 FM ROJICEK VOJTECH CZE 2405 3

47 FM NITHANDER VICTOR SWE 2422 3

48 IM JIRKA JIRI CZE 2440 3

49 HOLMSGAARD HENRIK DEN 2319 3

50 IM LANIN ALEXEI RUS 2449 3

51 IM KRIVOBORODOV EGOR RUS 2442 3

52 IM POTAPOV PAVEL RUS 2442 3

53 CM POPILSKI GIL ISR 2392 3

54 IM RASIK VITEZSLAV CZE 2455 3

55 IM MICHIELS BART BEL 2451 3

56 IM KLENBURG MIKHAIL UKR 2437 3

57 IM HUSCHENBETH NICLAS GER 2416 3

58 IM MARKIN DMITRY UKR 2405 3

59 IM SAMOLINS VITALIJS LAT 2420 3

60 IM OBODCHUK ANDREI RUS 2395 3

61 IM IVANOV ALEXEY RUS 2402 3

62 FM PAJEKEN WOLFGANG GER 2322 2,5

63 SHYTAJ CARLO ITA 2223 2,5

64 IM VAN BEEK ALEXANDER NED 2345 2,5

65 JESSE INGEMARS LAT 2209 2,5

66 ALMOND RICHARD ENG 2100 2,5

67 LEUTWYLER MARTIN SUI 2169 2,5

68 HOELLMAN LUDGER GER 2185 2,5

69 FM GJURAN DENIS SLO 2360 2,5

70 KOPASOV ALEXANDER RUS 2157 2,5

71 IM RICHTER MICHAEL GER 2427 2,5

72 IM LAHIRI ATANU IND 2361 2,5

73 IM JENS JELMER NED 2356 2,5

74 SIMEK PETR CZE 2301 2,5

75 AGEICHENKO GENNADY RUS 2375 2,5

76 GM HABA PETR CZE 2533 2,5

77 IM GAVRILOV ALEXEI RUS 2480 2,5

78 TIEMANN CHRISTOPH GER 2217 2,5

79 GM CHERNYSHOV KONSTANTIN RUS 2555 2,5

80 TOMAZINI ZAN SLO 2119 2,5

81 NETZER JACQUES FRA 2147 2,5

82 GM GASANOV ELDAR UKR 2536 2,5

83 GM CVEK ROBERT CZE 2520 2,5

84 IM PRIBYL JOSEF CZE 2372 2,5

85 FM DASKEVICS VADIMS LAT 2341 2,5

86 WFM NI VIKTORIJA LAT 2151 2,5

87 IM KANOVSKY DAVID CZE 2483 2,5

88 FM KOEPKE CHRISTIAN GER 2374 2,5

89 GM JANSA VLASTIMIL CZE 2470 2,5

90 IM KRUMPACNIK DOMEN SLO 2361 2,5

91 IM FAIBISOVICH VADIM RUS 2429 2,5

92 IM GORBATOV ALEXEY RUS 2404 2,5

93 GM AKESSON RALF SWE 2469 2,5

94 IM ALIAVDIN NIKOLAI BLR 2372 2,5

95 IM SIMACEK PAVEL CZE 2476 2,5

96 FM JURCIK MARTIN SVK 2317 2,5

97 GM KLOVANS JANIS LAT 2440 2,5

98 IM PETR MARTIN CZE 2478 2,5

99 FM LORSCHEID GERHARD GER 2345 2,5

100 GM LINTCHEVSKI DANIIL RUS 2484 2,5

101 FM SREBRNIC MARKO SLO 2333 2,5

102 FM HIRNEISE TOBIAS GER 2429 2,5

103 IM KHANUKOV BORIS GER 2379 2,5

104 KOVAR VOJTECH CZE 2328 2,5

105 IM PHILIPPE CHRISTOPHE FRA 2428 2,5

106 SEROV MAXIM RUS 2345 2,5

107 IM KANTORIK MARIAN SVK 2383 2,5

108 FM PRAZNIK NIKO SLO 2379 2,5

109 KUCHYNKA LUKAS CZE 2307 2,5

110 WIM BERZINA ILZE LAT 2276 2

111 FM HEIDRICH MANFRED GER 2368 2

112 GALBURD YAN ISR 2265 2

113 OVERBECK THORSTEN GER 2235 2

114 LISSAENG CHRISOPHER SWE 2236 2

115 WIM HAGESAETHER ELLEN NOR 2249 2

116 ZWARDON VOJTECH CZE 2231 2

117 KORINEK ONDREJ CZE 2275 2

118 PECHA TOMAS CZE 2213 2

119 FM JEDLICKA ALES CZE 2270 2

120 KANTANS TOMS LAT 2209 2

121 JIRASEK PAVEL CZE 2265 2

122 FM HIRNEISE JENS GER 2284 2

123 FM NILSSON SEBASTIAN SWE 2274 2

124 FM VOKOUN JAN CZE 2199 2

125 IM VOLODIN VIKTOR RUS 2216 2

126 MESKOVS NIKITA LAT 2221 2

127 LAMMERS MARKUS GER 2297 2

128 IM CHETVERIK MAXIM RUS 2354 2

129 BOSS IGOR GER 2117 2

130 MASSE HUGUES CAN 2220 2

131 DE VERDIER MICHAEL SWE 2257 2

132 BURES JAROSLAV CZE 2259 2

133 FOLK PETR CZE 2210 2

134 DENISOV IVAN RUS 2192 2

135 IM MUFIC GORAN CRO 2305 2

136 OLSAROVA TEREZA CZE 2127 2

137 BENTE BJOERN GER 2252 2

138 KORSTIN MARIS EST 2279 2

139 RUECKER BENJAMIN GER 2258 2

140 FM OSMOLNY VLADIMIR RUS 2283 2

141 FM SABOL MARIAN CZE 2364 2

142 FM PACI CEDRIC FRA 2325 2

143 SAVITSKIY SERGEY RUS 2191 2

144 GALLIEN FABIAN GER 2185 2

145 FM WAGENER CLAUDE LUX 2276 2

146 FM CERVENY MARTIN CZE 2380 2

147 IM BYSTROV SERGEJ RUS 2310 2

148 FM ROSKO LUBOS CZE 2292 2

149 IM BIRIUKOV OLEG RUS 2367 2

150 GM GUTMAN GENNADI UKR 2508 2

151 RAYKHMAN ALEXANDER GER 2274 2

152 WIM AMBARTSUMOVA KARINA RUS 2274 2

153 IM TERRIEUX KEVIN FRA 2442 2

154 GM MIRUMIAN VIGEN CZE 2506 2

155 FM JORCZIK JULIAN MARCEL GER 2354 2

156 IM MIETEK BAKALRZ LUX 2292 2

157 OSMANOVIC FARUK GER 2096 2

158 ZHURAVLEVA OLGA RUS 2262 2

159 IM NEIKSANS ARTURS LAT 2478 2

160 MORDECHAI HANAN ISR 2263 2

161 FM TRYGSTAD KRISTIAN NOR 2311 2

162 IM KREJCI JAN CZE 2453 2

163 FM OPARIN GRIGORIY RUS 2350 2

164 KYAS MARCEL GER 2105 2

165 WGM KOCHETKOVA JULIA RUS 2310 2

166 PIZA VLASTIMIL CZE 2328 2

167 IM FREISLER PAVEL CZE 2289 2

168 IM BERNASEK JAN CZE 2470 2

169 IM BIBIK JURA RUS 2333 2

170 BRETHES FRANCOIS FRA 2255 2

171 WGM NEMCOVA KATERINA CZE 2251 2

172 IM NUN JIRI CZE 2396 2

173 FM STRUNSKI ANDREAS GER 2413 2

174 IM KHAETSKY ROMAN UKR 2386 2

175 IM BLOMQVIST ERIK SWE 2436 2

176 IM KIREEV ALEKSEI RUS 2389 2

177 FM SCHUH DIRK GER 2304 2

178 FM DINGER FLORIAN GER 2391 2

179 IM POZIN SERGEY RUS 2421 2

180 FM KAVCIC ZAN SLO 2301 2

181 FM ROTSTEIN JEFIM GER 2370 2

182 LUBBE NIKOLAS GER 2363 2

183 IM VAVRA PAVEL CZE 2381 2

184 IM RETINSKY VOLODYMYR UKR 2361 2

185 NAKAR EYLON ISR 2242 2

186 FM GERGEL VOLODYMAR UKR 2316 2

187 FM PONIZIL CYRIL CZE 2314 2

188 CM DE WIT TEX NED 2255 2

189 IM PESOTSKY VITALY UKR 2323 2

190 FORTHOFER ROBERT FRA 2263 1,5

191 BRACKER FRANK GER 2280 1,5

192 SEYB ALEXANDER GER 2248 1,5

193 MISKULIN DENNIS SWE 2234 1,5

194 FEHER ADAM HUN 2233 1,5

195 FM MOLNAR PETER SVK 2264 1,5

196 JEITZ CHRISTIAN LUX 2221 1,5

197 FM TVARIJONAS POVILAS LTU 2304 1,5

198 FM PRAZNIK ANTON SLO 2218 1,5

199 PALECEK PETER SVK 2260 1,5

200 FM HEINZ TIMOTHEE FRA 2279 1,5

201 CM PACE COLIN MLT 2161 1,5

202 HANKO PAVOL SVK 2192 1,5

203 TUMA JIRI CZE 2288 1,5

204 DANES JAROSLAV CZE 2238 1,5

205 MONS LEON GER 2148 1,5

206 BARTHEL ANSGAR GER 2206 1,5

207 TOMAZINI ALJOSA SLO 2165 1,5

208 MAJER-JUN. JIRI CZE 2278 1,5

209 SOHL JAN GER 2166 1,5

210 LINSTER PHILIPPE LUX 2205 1,5

211 KORENNOI VIKTOR RUS 2247 1,5

212 HLADIK JOSEF CZE 2173 1,5

213 FM NOVOTNY MICHAL CZE 2300 1,5

214 IM JASNY STANISLAV CZE 2364 1,5

215 KRENSING JAN GER 2299 1,5

216 FM VOVK ILJA EST 2247 1,5

217 VESELY LIBOR CZE 2211 1,5

218 GRAF FELIX GER 2291 1,5

219 FM PACHER MILAN SVK 2358 1,5

220 YAKIMENKO ALEXANDER RUS 2272 1,5

221 FM DJUROVIC GORAN CRO 2290 1,5

222 NIJS NILS BEL 2242 1,5

223 GM MANIK MIKULAS SVK 2465 1,5

224 MISHIN ALEXEI RUS 2323 1,5

225 REHOREK MARTIN CZE 2374 1,5

226 FM AGHARAHIMOV JAHANGIR AZE 2370 1,5

227 FM CORVI MARCO ITA 2317 1,5

228 FM ADNOY HALLVARD NOR 2310 1,5

229 IM VARITSKI IGOR UKR 2359 1,5

230 FREY ALISA GER 2008 1,5

231 FM POLIAKOV ALEXANDER RUS 2315 1,5

232 BALIN JAN CZE 2307 1,5

233 IM CHOSS ALEXEY UKR 2327 1,5

234 VEDRICKAS TAUTVYDAS LTU 2241 1

235 WIEBE PATRICK GER 2230 1

236 WGM KULOVANA EVA CZE 2299 1

237 FM FURMAN BORIS RUS 2224 1

238 PORAT MAYA ISR 2221 1

239 FM PFRETZSCHNER ROLAND GER 2243 1

240 FM BARTOS JAN CZE 2197 1

241 KUGLER FLORIAN GER 2042 1

242 IM DOVZHENKO VIKTOR UKR 2234 1

243 KARASEK LUKAS CZE 2219 1

244 WIM POLYAKOVA NATALIA RUS 2073 1

245 HOEGY KEVIN GER 2167 1

246 WFM OLSAROVA KAROLINA CZE 2151 1

247 RUBES JAN CZE 2041 1

248 KOVAC ANDREJ SVK 2126 1

249 VAN DEN BERG HILKE NED 2234 1

250 KAPHLE STEPHAN GER 2170 1

251 SERGIN MARK GER 2167 1

252 SEIFERT CHRISTOPHER GER 2103 1

253 BONAPOSTA FABRIZIO ITA 2050 1

254 KAPHLE SEBASTIAN GER 2122 1

255 FOLKOVA MARTINA CZE 2125 1

256 RAFIEE MAKAN GER 2146 1

257 PETR JAN CZE 2220 1

258 GESKE JULIAN GER 2264 1

259 SKACEL JAN CZE 2070 1

260 GLANTZ ROBERT GER 2239 1

261 FM RUCKSCHLOSS KAROL SVK 2259 1

262 GSCHWENDTNER STANISLAV CZE 2103 1

263 IM KUTYNEC VLADIMIR RUS 2241 1

264 PISCITELLI VITO ITA 2067 1

265 KORSCHNER MIROSLAV CZE 2121 1

266 FM AEPFLER CHRISTIAN GER 2297 1

267 FINK LEANDER GER 2124 1

268 AGREST INNA SWE 2120 1

269 LINSENMEYER MARIO GER 2100 1

270 SCHULZ JENS GER 2106 1

271 BUZETI JERNEJ SLO 2218 1

272 FRANK CHRISTIAN GER 1977 1

273 DOBROTKA MARTIN SVK 2224 1

274 ARIPOV ISKANDER UZB 1973 1

275 WGM ROGULE LAURA LAT 2255 1

276 WOELLERMANN JAN GER 2097 1

277 WAHEDI AHMAD SIAR GER 2339 1

278 FM VOJTEK VLADIMIR SVK 2330 1

279 IM MARUSENKO PETRO UKR 2323 1

280 IM PAKHOMOV ALEXEY RUS 2439 1

281 WIM MADER MANUELA GER 2189 0,5

282 FM SHILOV SERGEJ UKR 2272 0,5

283 HOLEKSA ZDENEK CZE 2206 0,5

284 KUCHYNKA LUBOS CZE 2058 0,5

285 KLECKER TADEAS CZE 2159 0,5

286 KORMAN MAXIM GER 2172 0,5

287 FM MATVIENKO IVAN RUS 2304 0,5

288 MUER SEBASTIAN GER 2078 0,5

Miguel Naidorf International Chess Festival

GM Radosław Wojtaszek wins another tournament

Miguel Naidorf International Chess Festival was played on 18th-26th July in Warsaw, Poland. The Festival will consisted of four events: Grandmaster tournament, Open for players rated above 2000, Open for players U2000, and tournament for kids born 1999 and later.

GM Radosław Wojtaszek, who was one of Vishwanathan Anand’s second during the World Championship match, continues a string of successful results as he won another tournament in Warsaw. Earlier this year, Wojtaszek already claimed European Rapid Championship, Rilton Cup and shared first place in Poland Championship.

Chessdom’s good friend GM Eduardas Rozentalis finished second and undefeated, while current Polish champion GM Bartłomiej Macieja is third with 5.0 points. Top-seeded GM Krishnan Sasikiran from India met some strong resistance and could not achieve better than 50% score.

Final standings:

1. GM Radosław Wojtaszek (POL 2637) – 6.0

2. GM Eduardas Rozentalis (LTU 2588) – 5.5

3. GM Bartłomiej Macieja (POL 2612) – 5.0

4-6. GM Krishnan Sasikiran (IND 2669), GM Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR 2616) and GM Michał Krasenkow (POL 2631) – 4.5

7-8. GM Michał Olszewski (POL 2559) and GM Bartosz Soćko (POL 2656) – 4.0

9-10. GM Tomi Nybäck (FIN 2627) and IM Nidżat Azad Abasow (AZE 2505) – 3.5


The World Chess Championship match between Topalov and Anand in Bulgaria?

high prize fund may secure Sofia to be the venue of the 2010 WCC match

Anand and Topalov funny

Sofia will present a bid for the 2010 World Championship match between Veselin Topalov and Vishwanathan Anand. The official news was brought by Stefan Sergiev, President of the BCF, for Dnevnik.bg.

Sergiev evaluated that the organization of the match will require about 3 million eur, confirming the earlier statement by Silvio Danailov. About 70% of them will be allocated to the prize fund, the others will go for FIDE taxes and other details. Sergiev relies on the support from the new Bulgarian government, which will be headed by a chess lover – the Prime minister Boiko Borisov, who made the first move of Mtel Masters.

FIDE’s position

FIDE has nothing against the possibility the match to take place in India or Bulgaria. Kirsan Ilymzhinov mentioned this during the President’s Cup in Baku. Berik Balagaev has confirmed the fact to the BCF, which gives green light to Sofia to present the bid.

The deadline for submitting bids for the Topalov – Anand match is September 30th. According to the BCF, Sofia will not submit a the proposal until September 10th, and will look to improve the bid by finding more sponsors and supporters of the idea.

Other bids for Topalov – Anand 2010 match

Up to now there is no confirmation of an official bid being submitted for the WCC 2010 match. However, on several occasions Chessdom.com has been able to reach to possible candidates for the match organization. Among them are India, Azerbaijan (the capital Baku), Russia (the region of Chechenya). That makes a total of four possible countries, all the bids being based on national level promotion and marketing.

More about the bids

Psychological war?

Stefan Sergiev was rather abrupt at points of the interview. He sent clear messages which side he will strongly support and went on saying, “Topalov is a charismatic personality in Bulgaria, much more than Anand in India and a WCC here will surely benefit from this.” Later on he added, “Berik Balgabaev and FIDE have assured me that they rely on us and they believe that India is not up to the task of organizing the Topalov – Anand match.

Anand to play in Plovdiv after the WCC?

Veselin Topalov, cited by gong.bg and journey.bg, commented the possibility Anand to play in Plovdiv after the WCC. “Anand has contract with his club and they are almost certain participants in the European Club Cup 2010.” However, Anand and Topalov will not have another official encounter before the World Chess Championship, as the Indian GM was substituted by Peter Leko for Nanjing.

Parimarjan Negi and Boris Avrukh share first place at 2009 Politiken Cup

18-26th July at Lo-Skolen campus in Helsingør, Denmark

The 2009 Politiken Cup was held on 18-26th July at Lo-Skolen campus in Helsingør, Denmark. The traditionally massive 10-round open tournament gathered 307 participants, with 20 Grandmasters, 14 International Masters and 17 FIDE Masters among them.

Joint winners from the 2007 tournament, Vladimir Malakhov, Gabriel Sargissian and Emanuel Berg, and 2008 winner Sergei Tiviakov, were some of the top seeded players. Vladimir Malakhov held half a point advantage while heading into the last round, but then he lost to the famous Israeli theoretician Boris Avrukh and slipped down to the shared third place. Indian star Parimarjan Negi beat Swedish champion Emanuel Berg to reach 8.5 points and catch Avrukh on the shared first place. Negi had better additional criteria and was declared a winner.

Negi square

Parimarjan Negi

Last round results:

Boris Avrukh 1-0 Vladimir Malakhov

Parimarjan Negi 1-0 Emanuel Berg

Peter Heine Nielsen 1-0 S.P.Sethuraman

Tiger Hillarp-Persson 0-1 Sergei Tiviakov

Gabriel Sargissian 1-0 Yuri Kuzubov

Evgeny Agrest 0-1 Evgeny Postny

Jon Ludvig Hammer 1-0 Sune Berg Hansen

Jonny Hector 1-0 Robert Alomà Vidal

Daniel Alsina Leal 1-0 Esben Lund

Joachim Thomassen ½-½ Lars Schandorff

Alexey Dreev 1-0 Benjamin Arvola

Yrjo A. Rantanen 0-1 Viktorija Cmilyte

Allan Stig Rasmussen 1-0 Karsten Larsen

Arne Matthiesen ½-½ Marie Sebag

Christian Mathias Hess 0-1 Marcin Tazbir

Stellan Brynell 1-0 Jasmin Bejtovic

Steffen Pedersen ½-½ Jonathan Carlstedt

Mikkel Antonsen ½-½ Bo Jacobsen

Matthias Bach 0-1 Jens Kristiansen

Klaus Berg 1-0 Johnni Veng

Daniel Semcesen 1-0 Lars Aaes Nielsen

Krzysztof Bulski 1-0 Jan Mose Nielsen

Mladen Gajic 1-0 Bragi Thorfinnsson

Joachim Solberg ½-½ Jacob Carstensen

Lucas Wickström 0-1 Mads Andersen

Final standings:

1-2. Parimarjan Negi (IND 2590) and Boris Avrukh (ISR 2641) – 8½

3-7. Vladimir Malakhov (RUS 2707), Gabriel Sargissian (ARM 2667), Peter Heine Nielsen (DEN 2680), Evgeny Postny (ISR 2647) and Sergei Tiviakov (NED 2674) – 8.0

8-13. Jonny Hector (SWE 2556), Emanuel Berg (SWE 2610), Jon Ludvig Hammer (NOR 2583), S.P.Sethuraman (IND 2455), Daniel Alsina Leal (ESP 2529) and Viktorija Cmilyte (LAT 2470) – 7½

14-30. Evgeny Agrest (SWE 2590), Sune Berg Hansen (DEN 2554), Alexey Dreev (RUS 2660), Tiger Hillarp-Persson (SWE 2596), Yuri Kuzubov (UKR 2635), Allan Stig Rasmussen (DEN 2536), Joachim Thomassen (NOR 2300), Lars Schandorff (DEN 2510), Klaus Berg (DEN 2432), Marcin Tazbir (POL 2500), Andreas Bruehl (GER 2360), Daniel Semcesen (SWE 2418), Krzysztof Bulski (POL 2392), Stellan Brynell (SWE 2471), Jens Kristiansen (DEN 2435), Mladen Gajic (SWE 2249) and Mads Andersen (DEN 2336) – 7.0

More information on the Official website


Arkadij Naiditsch clear first after day one in Villarrobledo chess rapid

Alexei Shirov is second, 17 players sharing third with 4.0 points

In a dynamic first day of the rapid chess championship Ajedrez Villarrobledo 2009, the German grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch snatched five consecutive wins. He is currently the sole leader of the competition with full score 5,0/5 – victories against Javier Moreno, IM Pedersen, GM Cifuentes, GM Yifan Hou, and GM Ni Hua.

Serbia legue Arkadij Najdic-Juri Solodovnicenko

GM Arkadij Naiditsch (left)

Half a point behind Naiditsch is GM Alexei Shirov. The Spanish number 1 player started with an early second round draw against GM Pogorelov, but later on defeated FM Kiprian Berbatrov, GM Vazquez, and GM Moiseenko to take clear second with 4,5/5.

The chasing pack with 4,0/5 includes Ponomariov, Bacrot, Milov, Moiseenko, Ni Hua, Larino Nieto, Tkachiev, Milchev, Paunovic, Fridman and many more IM and GM players. Surprises were abundant in day 1. Ponomariov was held to a draw twice – by Tkachiev and Potkin. Bacrot, Grischuk, and Milov followed suit with 2 draws each, while Ljubomir Ljubojevic had polarized day winning against GM Khekin and losing to GM Fridman.

Full standings after day 1:

1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2697 5

2 GM Shirov Alexei ESP 2732 4,5

3 GM Ponomariov Ruslan UKR 2727 4

4 GM Bacrot Etienne FRA 2721 4

5 GM Milov Vadim SUI 2659 4

6 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2682 4

7 GM Ni Hua CHN 2701 4

8 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2584 4

9 IM Larino Nieto David ESP 2455 4

10 GM Pogorelov Ruslan UKR 2441 4

11 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2650 4

12 GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2733 4

13 GM Ibrahimov Rasul AZE 2543 4

14 GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2619 4

15 IM Milchev Nikolay BUL 2351 4

16 GM Paunovic Dragan SRB 2533 4

17 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2665 4

18 GM Strikovic Aleksa SRB 2523 4

19 GM Rivas Pastor Manuel ESP 2525 4

20 GM Ljubojevic Ljubomir SRB 2553 3,5

21 FM Berbatov Kiprian BUL 2398 3,5

22 GM Guliyev Namig AZE 2555 3,5

23 GM Khenkin Igor GER 2634 3,5

24 GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2559 3,5

25 GM Lalic Bogdan CRO 2517 3,5

26 IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos ESP 2517 3,5

27 IM Ivanov Jordan BUL 2431 3,5

28 Alvarez Abejon Amilcar ESP 2063 3,5

29 IM Arnaudov G Petar BUL 2443 3,5

30 IM Pedersen Nicolai Vesterbaek DEN 2431 3,5

31 GM Rusev Krasimir BUL 2543 3

32 IM Granero Roca Antonio ESP 2433 3

33 GM Cifuentes Parada Roberto ESP 2539 3

34 Mladenov Plamen BUL 2362 3

35 Villasenor Rubio Emilio Jose ESP 1937 3

36 FM Serrano Salvador Eduardo ESP 2370 3

37 WGM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2465 3

38 GM Ubilava Elizbar ESP 2547 3

39 FM Hernandez Gallardo Fco Javier ESP 2352 3

40 WFM Redondo Arguelles Graciela ESP 2062 3

41 Navarro Nicolas Victor Manuel ESP 2228 3

42 Camacho Calle Pedro ESP 2122 3

43 Torres Sanchez Jose ESP 2322 3

44 WGM Zakurdjaeva Irina RUS 2305 3

Ibanez Aullana Jose Ramon ESP 2273 3

46 Perez Garcia Juan Angel ESP 1978 3

47 Nieto De La Cruz Julio ESP 2132 3

48 Martinez Lozano Miguel Angel ESP 2210 3

49 Sanchez Sanchez Alberto ESP 2012 3

50 Montanes Arribas Adrian ESP 2091 3

51 GM Mateo Ramon DOM 2473 3

52 WGM Melnikova Yana RUS 2285 3

53 Garcia Roman Jose Luis Machado ESP 2038 3

54 Belinchon Calleja David ESP 0 3

55 Paris Turegano Javier ESP 0 3

56 Beltran Ortiz Edda Georgina ESP 1901 3

57 Garcia Ruano Juan Carlos ESP 1934 3

58 GM Vazquez Igarza Renier ESP 2570 2,5

59 GM San Segundo Carrillo Pablo ESP 2570 2,5

60 Moreno Simo Javier ESP 2019 2,5

61 GM Djuric Stefan SRB 2437 2,5

62 Fraga Castro Jose Carlos ESP 2220 2,5

63 FM Fernandez Barrera Victor ESP 2309 2,5

64 Mataix Arbona Cesar ESP 2042 2,5

65 Del Barrio Garcia Alberto ESP 1921 2,5

66 Abul Qasem ESP 2022 2,5

67 Orosa Martinez Victor ESP 2054 2,5

68 Gonzalez Lopez Julian ESP 1940 2,5

69 Balaguer Miralles Miguel Angel ESP 1894 2,5

70 Perez De Aranda A Leonardo I ESP 2224 2,5

71 Castro Santimoteo Raul ESP 2064 2,5

72 Krug Cortegoso Rodolfo Martin ESP 2126 2

73 IM Ninov Nikolai BUL 2562 2

74 Fernandez Seco Daniel ESP 1725 2

75 Martin Prieto Oscar ESP 1985 2

76 Machado Hernandez Junior ESP 1986 2

77 Redondo Flores David ESP 1993 2

78 Lopez Perez Alberto Jose ESP 1992 2

79 Buendia Pinar Alvaro ESP 1854 2

80 Fernandez Seco Julian ESP 1946 2

81 Pulido Moyano Rafael ESP 0 2

82 Gonzalez Berruga Ana Isabel ESP 2065 2

83 Moreno Ibanez Miguel ESP 1922 2

84 Buendia Morcillo Luis ESP 1977 2

85 Almenar Montaner Vicente ESP 2056 2

86 Paredes Facundo Jose Carlos ESP 1938 2

87 Baeza Escudero Javier ESP 1946 2

88 Aupi Royo Juan Ignacio ESP 0 2

89 Herraez Subiela Joaquin ESP 0 2

90 Mendez Blazquez Rafael ESP 0 2

91 Bote Kobolo Benjamin ESP 1952 2

92 Gonzalez Lopez Mario ESP 1871 2

93 Garcia Blanco Damian ESP 1570 2

94 Alonso Abad Enrique ESP 1994 2

95 Parreno Madrigal Isabel Maria ESP 1623 2

96 Guerra Reig Juan ESP 2089 2

97 Tebar Zamora Aida ESP 1468 2

98 Guillen Beltran Juan ESP 1613 2

99 Granell Sansaturnino Jorge ESP 0 2

100 Boj Marques Javier ESP 1785 1,5

101 Leal Inglada Antonio ESP 0 1,5

102 Hall Rachid ESP 1969 1,5

103 Rodriguez Rodriguez Antonio Ii ESP 0 1,5

104 Diaz Rios Ignacio Jose ESP 1851 1,5

105 Almansa Ortega Diego ESP 0 1,5

106 Losa Benito Juan Jose ESP 1639 1

107 Rubio Rubio Marcos ESP 1511 1

108 Gonzalez Filoso Pedro ESP 0 1

109 Simon Ruiz Javier ESP 0 1

110 Tomas Romero Francisco ESP 0 1

111 De La Cruz Cándido ESP 0 1

112 Molina Molina Gerardo ESP 0 1

113 Molina Molina Carlos Javier ESP 0 1

114 Fernandez Lopez Isabel ESP 0 1

115 Fernandez Lopez Marcos ESP 0 1

116 Sanchez Ruiz Carlos ESP 0 1

117 Alonso Bargues Consuelo ESP 0 1

118 Garcia Nieto Damian ESP 0 1

119 Rodriguez Yague Fermin ESP 1811 1

120 Martinez Losa Juan Luis ESP 0 1

121 Villasenor Rubio Rosana ESP 0 1

Official website