Reykjavik Open 2010 – Round Three

Four players sharing the lead with perfect score

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The traditional Reykjavik Open chess tournament is currently ongoing on Iceland, with 104 players taking participation. After three rounds, experienced Grandmasters Ivan Sokolov and Vladimir Baklan, as well as the former World Junior Champion Harika Dronavalli and Denmark’s IM Thorbjorn Bromann, are in the lead with perfect score. Harika defeated former US Champion Yuri Shulman with black pieces, while Bromann stunned the Indian talent Abhijeet Gupta.

Top matches in today’s round 4 are IM Harika Dronavalli – GM Vladimir Baklan and IM Thorbjorn Bromann – GM Ivan Sokolov. Follow the action on the official website. The competition concludes on 4th March.

Round 3 top results:

GM Baklan Vladimir - IM Lenderman Alex 1 – 0

GM Nataf Igor-Alexandre - GM Dreev Alexey ½ – ½

GM Sokolov Ivan - GM Kogan Artur 1 – 0

GM Romanishin Oleg – GM Kuzubov Yuriy ½ – ½

GM Shulman Yuri - IM Harika Dronavalli 0 – 1

IM Cori Jorge - GM Ehlvest Jaan ½ – ½

IM Bromann Thorbjorn - GM Gupta Abhijeet 1 – 0

GM Stefansson Hannes - FM Grover Sahaj ½ – ½

GM Hillarp Persson Tiger - GM Westerinen Heikki M J 1 – 0

GM Maze Sebastien - IM Tania Sachdev ½ – ½

IM Boskovic Drasko - GM Kveinys Aloyzas 1 – 0

FM Johannesson Ingvar Thor - GM Miezis Normunds ½ – ½

FM Carstensen Jacob - IM Grandelius Nils ½ – ½

FM Einarsson Halldor - GM Danielsen Henrik 0 – 1

IM Nyzhnyk Illya - WGM Ptacnikova Lenka 1 – 0

Round 3 standings:

1-4. GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2654, IM Harika Dronavalli IND 2471, GM Sokolov Ivan BIH 2649 and IM Bromann Thorbjorn DEN 2434 – 3.0

5-17. GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2634, GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2650, FM Grover Sahaj IND 2448, GM Ehlvest Jaan USA 2600, GM Nataf Igor-Alexandre FRA 2534, GM Romanishin Oleg M UKR 2512, IM Cori Jorge PER 2483, GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2581, GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2495, GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2574, IM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2495, GM Ivanov Mikhail M RUS 2465 and IM Boskovic Drasko SRB 2454 – 2.5 etc

India National Team Chess Championship

Dibeyandu Barua Chess Academy Champions in Women Section

Gurgaon (26 Feb 10): Top seed and favourite Dibeyandu Barua Chess Academy comprise of Mary Ann Gomes, Saheli Dhar Barua, Kiran Manisha Mohanty and Swati Mohota clinched the National Club Team Chess Championship for Women with perfect score of 8 points in the five team round robin league championship at DAV Public School here on Friday.

In the fourth round DBCA registered 4 – 0 victory over LIC to take their total to 8 match points. During the process DBCA beat Harayna, Bihar and LIC with an identical margin of 4 – 0 while they lost one game point against Tamilnadu to register a 3 – 1 victory. LIC and Tamilnadu with four match points in hand will fight it out tomorrow to decide the runner-up position.

Meanwhile in the men’s section, continuing their winning run, Air India posted another resounding victory over Railway Sports Promotion Board B team in the seventh round to take their tally to 14 match points and enjoys two point lead over defending champions Petroleum Sports Promotion Board in this nine round swiss format championship.

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Dignitaries watching Haryana B and Delhi match

For Air India, Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi and International Master Satya Pragyan produced decisive results in their favour over C Praveen Kumar and Somak Palit respectively while Grandmaster Tejas Bakare and Rahul Shetty signed peace treaty against PDS Girinath and Suvrajit Saha. On the second table PSPB defeated West Bengal 3.5 – 0.5 with Sasikiran, Arun Prasad and Deepan Chakkravarthy posting comfortable wins while Kidambi satisfied with half point against Rupankar Nath.

On lower boards, Railway Sports Promotion Board A team drubbed Punjab 4 – 0 while Tata Consultancy Services produced another surprise result to hold Life Insurance Corporation of India 2 – 2. Host Haryana “A” suffered a huge defeat in the seventh round as they lost to Kerala 0 – 4.

Results Round 7 (Open, with match points):

Air India (14) beat Railway Sports Promotion Board “B” (10) 3 – 1

West Bengal (8) lost to Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (12) 0.5 – 3.5

Punjab (8) lost to Railway Sports Promotion Board “A” (10) 0 – 4

Tata Consultancy Services (8) drew with Life Insurance Corporation of India (8) 2 – 2

Tamilnadu (9) beat Uttarpradesh (7) 3 – 1

Haryana “A” (6) lost to Kerala (8) 0 – 4

Bihar “A” (8) beat Madhya Kshetra Shatranj Sangh “B” (6) 3.5 – 0.5

Bihar “B” (5) lost to All India Electricity Sports Control Board (8) 1 – 3

Delhi (6) drew with Haryana “B” (6) 2 – 2

Madhya Kshetra Shatranj Sangh “A” (5) lost to Services Sports Control Board (7) 1 – 3

Himachal Pradesh (6) beat Kamaksha HP (4) 2.5 – 1.5

HBTI (2) lost to All India Chess Federation for Blind (2) 0 – 4

Budhibal Kreeda Trust (6) got Bye

Results Round 4 (Women):

Life Insurance Corporation of India (4) lost to Dibeyandu Barua Chess Academy (8) 0 – 4

Tamilnadu (4) beat Haryana (0) 4 – 0

Bihar (0) rest day

Round 6 report

Guernsey Chess Federation announces Olympiad 2010 team

Guernsey sends five players to Khanty Mansiysk 2010

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Guernsey Chess Federation were once again among the first to announce the lineup for the Chess Olympiad via Peter Kirby in a letter to Chessdom.com. Guernsey will be represented by five players with John Cummins (who was part of the team in Calvia) and Jon Bridel as newcomers, substituting last time Olympiad participants FM Hamperl and CM Mark Ozanne.

Here is the full team of Guernsey for the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk

CM Peter Kirby 2065

Peter Rowe 2023

John Cummins 1882

CM Toby Brookfield 1796

Jon Bridel

More about the Chess Olympiad 2010

Chess Olympiad 2010 preview

Khanty Mansiysk preparing

Olympiad 2010 venue

Chess junior talent Rumen Nikolov needs urgent eye surgery

Silvio Danailov donates the necessary funds

Rumen Nikolov is one of the top chess talents in Bulgaria. He does not have the opportunity to play many events abroad, nor to have coaches, but he gladly participates in any possible local event. In 2009 he won consecutively two Mtel Master Juniors (in Nesebar and Plovdiv), the Polipost Cup, the Sofia Individual U16, second place at the national blitz junior, and is a team champion with his club CSKA.

In the last months Rumen Nikolov has serious sight problems. He is suffering from Glaucoma and Cataract, developing conditions that make a surgery necessary before March 17th. Such an intervention is possible in Stuttgart, Germany, for a price of 4700 eur, money that Nikolov’s family does not have. When Mtel Masters tournament director heard about the story, he donated 5100 eur for travel expenses and the operation.

Rumen Nikolov will travel next week to Germany, we wish him fast and successful recovery!

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Rumen Nikolov behind the chess board at the first Mtel Masters Junior

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With the cup and a laptop as a present for the winner of the event

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Silvio Danailov has been developing the children’s chain Mtel Masters in the last years, and is now going to help his champion Nikolov for the necessary eye surgery

India National Team Chess Championship

Air India maintains sole lead after round six

Gurgaon (25 Feb 10): Second seed Air India defeated Railway Sports Promotion Board A team 2.5 – 1.5 in the sixth round of the ongoing National Club Team Chess Championship at DAV Public School here on today and maintained their sole lead with 12 match points.

For Air India, Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi and Tejas Bakre had given perfect start by defeating International Master Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury and Grandmaster R R Laxman on first and second board while Satyapragyan split the points with Thej Kumar. International Master Rathnakran secured the consolation win for the Railway men by defeating G B Joshi on the fourth board.

Meanwhile defending champions Petroleum Sports Promotion Board come back strongly after the shock defeat from the hands of Air India in the fifth round to beat Tamilnadu 3.5 – 0.5.

In another sixth round matches, Railway Sports Promotion Board “B” got better off Life Insurance Corporation of India 3 -1 while West Bengal beat Bihar “A” and Punjab outwitted Madhya Kshetra Shatranj Sangh “B” team 3 – 1. Host Haryana overcome Services Sports Control Board 3 – 1.

Meanwhile in the Women’s section, continuing their fine run in the championship Dibeyandu Barua Chess Academy defeated host Haryana 4-0 while Tamilnadu beat Bihar with identical margin.

Results Round 6 (Open, with match points):

Railway Sports Promotion Board “A” (8) lost to Air India (12) 1.5 – 2.5

Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (10) beat Tamilnadu (7) 3.5 – 0.5

Life Insurance Corporation of India (7) lost to Railway Sports Promotion Board “B” (10) 1 – 3

West Bengal (8) beat Bihar “A” (6) 2.5 – 1.5

Madhya Kshetra Shatranj Sangh “B” (6) lost to Punjab (8) 1 – 3

Kerala (6) lost to Tata Consultancy Services (7) 0 – 4

Services Sports Control Board (5) lost to Haryana “A” (7) 1 – 3

Uttarpradesh (7) beat Himachal Pradesh (4) 4 – 0

Delhi (5) drew with Bihar “B” (5) 2 – 2

All India Electricity Sports Control Board (6) beat Budhibal Kreeda Trust (4) 2.5 – 1.5

Haryana “B” (5) beat All India Chess Federation for Blind (2) 3 – 1

Kamaksha HP (4) beat HBTI (2) 3.5 – 1.5

Madhya Kshetra Shatranj Sangh “A” (5) got Bye

Results Round 3 (Women):

Dibeyandu Barua Chess Academy beat Haryana 4 – 0

Tamilnadu beat Bihar 4 – 0

Round 5 report

India Club Chess Championship

Air India stuns Petroleum Sports Promotion Board in round five

Gurgaon (24 Feb 10): Top seed and defending champions Petroleum Sports Promotion Board suffered a huge set back to their title contention as they lost crucial fifth round encounter against second seed Air India 1 – 3.

For Air India, Grandmaster Tejas Bakre defeated Grandmaster Arun Prasad in second board and G B Joshi stunned Grandmaster Deepan Chakravarthy in fourth board while Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi and International Master Satyaprgyan snatched half points from Grandmasters Krishnan Sasikiran on top board and Abhijit Kunte on third board respectively.

In another fifth round matches, Railway Sports Promotion Board “A” has not given any chance to their rivals West Bengal and registered a comfortable 4 – 0 win. While second railway team in the fray, also had an easy day in the office as they got better off Kerala 3.5 – 0.5. Tamilnadu held Life Insurance Corporation of India to creditable draw while Punjab defeated Delhi 3.5 – 0.5.

Meanwhile in the Women’s section, Dibeyandu Barua Chess Academy defeated Bihar while host Hayana lost to Life Insurance Corporation of India.

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Parimarjan Negi and Krishnan Sasikiran in action

Results Round 5 (Open, with match points):

Air India (10) beat Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (8) 3 – 1

Railway Sports Promotion Board “A” (8) beat West Bengal (6) 4 – 0

Railway Sports Promotion Board “B” (8) beat Kerala (6) 3.5 – 0.5

Tamilnadu (7) drew with Life Insurance Corporation of India (7) 2 – 2

Punjab (6) beat Delhi (4) 3.5 – 0.5

Himachal Pradesh (4) lost to Bihar “A” (6) 1 – 3

Haryana “A” (5) drew with Uttarpradesh (5) 2 – 2

Tata Consultancy Services (5) drew with Services Sports Control Board (5) 2 – 2

Madhya Kshetra Shatranj Sangh “A” (3) lost to Madhya Kshetra Shatranj Sangh “B” (6) 1 – 3

All India Chess Federation for Blind (2) lost to Budhibal Kreeda Trust (4) 1 – 3

Bihar “B” (4) beat Kamaksha HP (2) 3 – 1

HBTI (2) lost to All India Electricity Sports Control Board (4) 0 – 4

Haryana “B”(2) got Bye

Results Round 2 (Women):

Bihar lost to Dibeyandu Barua Chess Academy 0 – 4

Haryana lost to Life Insurance Corporation of India 1.5 – 2.5

Round 4 report

India Club Chess Championship

Petroleum Sports Promotion Board and Air India leading after round four

Gurgaon (23 Feb 10): Top seed Petroleum Sports Promotion Board and second seed Air India share the lead with 8 match points after fourth round matches in the ongoing National Club Open Team Championship at DAV Public School here on today. Petroleum beat Railway Sports Promotion Board A team 3 -1 while Air India got better off Kerala in the fourth round encounters.

For Petroleum, Grandmaster Arun Prasad and Deepan Chakkravarthy produced favourable results on second and fourth table against Grandmaster R R Laxman and International Master K Rathnakaran. While their top ranked player Sasikiran and Grandmaster S Kidambi settled for half points against International Masters Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury and MS Thejkumar respectively.

Meanwhile Air India convincingly defeated Kerala with a margin of 3.5 – 0.5. The only bright spot for Kerala from this match was the performance of lowly rated Salil Kumar, who held International Master Rahul Shetty to a creditable draw. In another fourth round matches, Railway Sports Promotion Board B team defeated Delhi 3.5 – 0.5 while host Haryana lost to LIC 1.5 – 2.5. But M C Tanwar brought cheers to home crowd with his individual performance as he outwitted International Master Atanu Lahiri on second board.

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Shri. TK Sharma IAS inaugurating the championship by making first move against Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran

In the Women’s category Dibeyandu Barua Chess Academy started their campaign in a winning note as they beat Tamilnadu 3 – 1. LIC also won their first round match against Bihar 2.5 – 1.5.

Earlier the fourth round matches were inaugurated by Sh. Dharam Bir, MLA from Sohna and Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Panchayat Developments. He inaugurated the 4th Round by lighting the lamp and played the opening move with Grandmaster Parmarjan Negi.

Results Round 4 (Open ):

Petroleum Sports Promotion Board beat Railway Sports Promotion Board “A” 3 – 1

Kerala lost to Air India 0.5 – 3.5

Delhi lost to Railway Sports Promotion Board “B” 0.5 – 3.5

Life Insurance Corporation of India beat Haryana “A” 2.5 – 1.5

Bihar “A” lost to Tamilnadu 0.5 – 3.5

West Bengal beat Tata Consultancy Services 3 – 1

Budhibal Kreeda Trust lost to Punjab 0 – 4

Uttarpradesh beat Bihar “B” 3.5 – 0.5

Services Sports Control Board beat HBTI 4 – 0

All India Chess Federation for Blind lost to Himachal Pradesh 1 – 3

Kamaksha HP lost to Madhya Kshetra Shatranj Sangh “B” 1 – 3

Haryana “B” lost to Madhya Kshetra Shatranj Sangh “A” 1 – 3

Results Round 1 (Women):

Life Insurance Corporation of India beat Bihar 2.5 – 1.5

Dibeyandu Barua Chess Academy beat Tamilnadu 3 – 1

Gotth’ Art Kupa

Lajos Portisch, Alexander Beliavsky and Lubomir Ftacnik playing

The Gotth’ Art Kupa in an interesting tournament composed of two round-robin events that is currently ongoing in Budapest, Hungary. The main GM Group is featuring legendary players, like Lajos Portisch, Alexander Beliavsky and Lubomir Ftacnik, but also young Hungarian talents like GM Péter Prohászka.

Players:

Beliavsky Alexander SLO 2657 GM

Ftachnik Lubomir SVK 2546 GM

Portisch Lajos HUN 2519 GM

Vajda Levente ROU 2519 GM

Bánusz Tamás HUN 2517 IM

Prohászka Péter HUN 2501 GM

Bokros Albert HUN 2479 IM

Neubauer Martin AUT 2465 IM

Rapport Richárd HUN 2444 IM

Fodor Tamás HUN 2417 IM

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Alexander Beliavsky

Round 1 on 2010/02/22

GM Prohaszka Peter ½ – ½ GM Portisch Lajos

IM Neubauer Martin 1 – 0 GM Ftacnik Lubomir

IM Bokros Albert ½ – ½ GM Vajda Levente

FM Fodor Tamas Jr 0 – 1 IM Banusz Tamas

IM Rapport Richard ½ – ½ GM Beliavsky Alexander

Round 2 on 2010/02/23

GM Portisch Lajos 1 – 0 GM Beliavsky Alexander

IM Banusz Tamas 0 – 1 IM Rapport Richard

GM Vajda Levente 1 – 0 FM Fodor Tamas Jr

GM Ftacnik Lubomir 1 – 0 IM Bokros Albert

GM Prohaszka Peter 1 – 0 IM Neubauer Martin

The IM Group is also a nine games round-robin with many aspiring players fighting for the IM norms. WGM Anna Rudolf wins first two games and takes an early lead in the competition.

Players:

Paschall William M USA 2398 IM

Gergácz Attila HUN 2421 FM

Baratosi Daniel ROU 2396 FM

Loránd Norbert HUN 2346 FM

Banas Jan SVK 2341 IM

Bíró Sándor ROU 2298 IM

Rudolf Anna HUN 2283 WGM

Nagy Gábor HUN 2278

Szabó Bence HUN 2261

Fehér Ádám HUN 2260

Anna Rudolf

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Chess grandmaster Polihroniade hits two people at meeting

Scandal rocks Romanian chess

Romanian international women chess grandmaster Elisabeta Polihroniade hit two people at a meeting of the Romanian Chess Federation, which was electing a new president, on Saturday.

Dan Pasarelu, head of the CS Siciliana international chess festival, said the 75 years old Polihroniade, approached him saying she wanted to have a talk and then slapped him across the face. She then turned on journalist Viorel Sima who was recording with his phone, whom she hit with the mobile.

Pasarelu said in from of Romanian media: “Sima taped the incident with his mobile phone and wanted to show it to her, but she snatched the phone from his hand, scratched him and threw it in his face. She denied everything and went back inside saying I had hit her. A TV crew also filmed the incident.”

Dan Pasarelu also commented for Chessdom.com that Polihroniade “kidnapped Romgaz Bazna Kings” (a tournament aspiring to become part of Grand Slam) and also that she “kidnapped the National Romanian championship“.

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Elisabeta Polihroniade meets Anand and Aruna at the airport last year, together with Indian embassy representatives

Dan Pasarelu, who organized recently Cotroceni 2010, explained that Polihroniade attacked him when he proposed new team for the National Federation, and later attacked the jounalist that filmed with the mobile phone. The mobile phone record is probably destroyed, but another TV crew has everything on camera.

Sima said he is considering suing Polihroniade. “She stuck her fingernail in my hand. She took my phone and wouldn’t return it. I asked her to give it back for about two or three minutes, and then she threw it in my face and hurt my upper lip.

“I’ve been a journalist for 17 years and covered boxing and other dangerous sports, but I never thought something like this would happen at a chess event,” he added.

Elisabeta Polihroniade is Romanian Woman Champion in 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976 and 1977. She also participated 10 times in Chess Olympiads. In 2009 she organized the 3 day visit of Viswanathan Anand in Romania.

Elisabeta Polihroniade could not be reached to comment on the accident.

GM Alberto David, the star in Deauville

Round-robin Grandmaster Tournament, 6th to 12th February

Deauville Chess Club and West Normandy League celebrated the 150th anniversary of the most glamorous French seaside resorts with a closed GM-tournament. Even if the white snow was there to welcome the chess masters, it didn’t hinder the hard fight and fire on board during the tournament.

GM Alberto David (LUX 2608) walked through the competition, having collected seven points from nine games. Already after seven rounds he was full 2 points ahead of rest of the field. David also won the brilliancy prize for his win against IM Jean-Pierre Le Roux (see bellow).

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Deauville sea side and the beach huts marked with the names of Hollywood celebrities

IM Arnaud Payen (FRA 2352), the lowest-rated player in the tournament, played a very good chess and finished at 7th place with 4 points.

The main contender for the GM-norm was IM Vincent Colin (FRA 2437), playing “at home turf” as Deauville chess-club member, but he was obliged to win the last game with Black against GM Milos Pavlovic (SRB 2539). However, Vince took too much risk and lost this game.

There was one woman in tournament, WGM and IM Jovanka Houska (ENG 2401). Never easy to play in a closed tournament with men, who dislike losing points against the woman. Jovanka experienced difficulties in the middle of the tournament but continued to play for a win in each game until the end. She finished on shared 9th place.

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Normandy Hotel

The last round was played in Hotel Normandy (5-star palace) and the same venue was reserved for the prize ceremony. This first tournament was a success. Deauville mayor was very enthusiastic and talked about a new GM event before the next big anniversary of the town. Hope for a Rendez-vous next year!

Final standings:

1. Alberto David (LUX 2608) – 7.0

2. Kaïdo Kulaots (EST 2578) – 5.5

3-4. Milos Pavlovic (SRB 2539) and Vincent Colin (FRA 2437) – 5.0

5-6. Jean-Pierre Le Roux (FRA 2497) and Igor Rausis (CZE 2505) – 4.5

7. Arnaud Payen (FRA 2352) – 4.0

8. Kevin Terrieux (FRA 2433) – 3.5

9-10. Jovanka Houska (ENG 2401) and Catalin Navrotescu (ROU 2444) – 3.0

Report by IA Dominique Dervieux