Asia Continental Chess Championships 2010

GM Ni Hua of China and WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran are new champions

The 2010 Asia Continental Chess Championships were held on April 21-30th in Subic, under the management of the Philippines Chess Federation. 32 Grandmasters, 23 International masters, and a total of 63 titled participants started in the men section of the Asia Continental Chess Championship.

The Asia Continental offered a large prize fund of 65 000 USD, of which 50 000 for the open group, and 15 000 for the women section.

After nine rounds of play, GM Ni Hua of China and WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran became men and women champions respectively, each collecting 7.0 points in the course of the competition.

Iran WGM Atousa Pourkashian

Atousa Pourkashiyan

Ni Hua

Ni Hua

Wesley So recovered from the unpleasant defeat imposed by the newly crowned champion, and managed to finish 2nd on the best tiebreak score. GM Abhijeet Gupta (India), GM Zhou Jianchao (China) and top-seeded GM Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) also shared the second place.

In the women championship, Chinese players lined up behind the winner from Iran and possessed next three spots. Results and standings bellow.

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Wesley So

Round 9 top results (Open):

GM GUPTA Abhijeet - GM Ni Hua ½ – ½

GM SO Wesley - GM ZHOU Jianchao ½ – ½

GM LE Quang Liem - GM DING Liren 1 – 0

GM LI Chao B - IM SETHURAMAN S P ½ – ½

GM SASIKIRAN Krishnan - GM YU Yangyi ½ – ½

ZENG Chongsheng - GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son ½ – ½

GM BUI Vinh – GM ZHOU Weiqi 0 – 1

GM GHAEM MAGHAMI Ehsan - IM HARIKA Dronavalli ½ – ½

GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr - XIU Deshun ½ – ½

GM BAKRE Tejas - GM MEGARANTO Susanto ½ – ½

WAN Yunguo - IM ADHIBAN B 1 – 0

IM KHAMRAKULOV Dzhurabek - YU Ruiyuan ½ – ½

GUNDAVAA Bayarsaikhan - GM HARIKRISHNA P 0 – 1

IM NGUYEN Huynh Minh Huy - GM GEETHA Narayanan Gopal ½ – ½

GM ZHANG Zhong - IM YANG Kaiqi 1 – 0

Final standings (Open):

1. GM Ni Hua CHN 2667 – 7.0

2-5. GM SO Wesley PHI 2665, GM GUPTA Abhijeet IND 2560, GM ZHOU Jianchao CHN 2650 and GM LE Quang Liem VIE 2689 – 6.5

6-12. GM YU Yangyi CHN 2574, ZENG Chongsheng CHN 2350, GM DING Liren CHN 2565, GM LI Chao B CHN 2613, WAN Yunguo CHN 2424, IM SETHURAMAN S P IND 2493 and GM ZHOU Weiqi CHN 2584 – 6.0

13-27. YU Ruiyuan CHN 2309, FM GOLIZADEH Asghar IRI 2454, GM BAKRE Tejas IND 2465, GM SASIKIRAN Krishnan IND 2686, FM GARCIA Jan Emmanuel PHI 2315, GM MEGARANTO Susanto INA 2527, GM GHAEM MAGHAMI Ehsan IRI 2575, GM NGUYEN Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2642, GM ANTONIO Rogelio Jr PHI 2572, IM HARIKA Dronavalli IND 2473, GM HARIKRISHNA P IND 2660, XIU Deshun CHN 2493, GM ZHANG Zhong SIN 2603, IM KHAMRAKULOV Dzhurabek UZB 2509 and GM WEN Yang CHN 2520 – 5.5 etc

Round 9 results (Women):

WGM POURKASHIYAN Atousa - WGM TAN Zhongyi ½ – ½

IM WANG Yu A - IM TANIA Sachdev ½ – ½

WGM HOANG Thi Bao Tram - WFM DING Yixin ½ – ½

WGM JU Wenjun - LKHAMSUREN Uuganbayar ½ – ½

WIM KIRAN Manisha Mohanty - WGM NGUYEN Thi Thanh An 0 – 1

WGM MEENAKSHI Subbaraman - WGM SUKANDAR Irine Kharisma 0 – 1

WIM MUMINOVA Nafisa - XU Huahua 1 – 0

SALVADOR Aices - WIM HOANG Thi Nhu Y 0 – 1

WANG Jue - WFM HAKIMIFARD Ghazal 1 – 0

WIM MENDOZA Beverly - BERNALES Christy Lamiel 0 – 1

WFM DEWI Aa Citra - SUEDE Akiko Charmaine 1 – 0

WIM PHAM Le Thao Nguyen - WFM AL-ZAROUNI Kholoud Essa 1 – 0

Round 9 final standings (Women):

1. WGM POURKASHIYAN Atousa IRI 2292 – 7.0

2-3. WFM DING Yixin CHN 2315 and IM WANG Yu A CHN 2335 – 6.5

4. WGM TAN Zhongyi CHN 2464 – 6.0

5-6. WGM SUKANDAR Irine Kharisma INA 2316 and WGM NGUYEN Thi Thanh An VIE 2309 – 5.5

7-12. LKHAMSUREN Uuganbayar MGL 2115, WGM JU Wenjun CHN 2500, IM TANIA Sachdev IND 2393, WGM HOANG Thi Bao Tram VIE 2318, WIM HOANG Thi Nhu Y VIE 2200 and WIM MUMINOVA Nafisa UZB 2338 – 5.0

13-15. WIM KIRAN Manisha Mohanty IND 2259 and WANG Jue CHN 2180, BERNALES Christy Lamiel PHI 2043 – 4.5 etc

Team Topalov invites Robert Mundell to dinner

Robert Mundell to hold press conference tomorrow

The Bulgarian grandmaster Veselin Topalov and his manager Silvio Danailov dined with the Nobel Laureate in Economics Professor Robert Mundell. In the elegant atmosphere of the Grand Hotel Sofia’s restaurant “Shades of red” they talked about different topics, such as the match for the World Chess Championship, the economic situation of Bulgaria and the global economic crisis.

Tomorrow, 30 April 2010 (Friday) at 13.00 h „The father of the Euro” professor Robert Mundell will meet with the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Mr. Boyko Borisov. As we already informed you professor Mundell arrived today in Bulgaria at the personal invitation of Mr. Silvio Danailov, vice president of the Bulgarian Chess Federation and manager of the grandmaster Veselin Topalov.

Mr. Robert Mundell will make the first symbolic move of the Game 5 of the match for the World Chess Championship between the World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov.

At 15.30 h prof. Mundell will give a press conference for the journalists at the press office of the match in the building of the Central Military Club.

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IM Alexander Ipatov wins Sofia blitz

IM Ipatov takes clear first in qualifications and final

Alexander Ipatov, the young talented International Master who is commenting the match Anand Topalov live at Chessdom.com, convincingly won the Sofia Blitz open tournament. After gaining first position in the Swiss system qualifications on Wednesday, today he managed to finish a full 1,5 points ahead of the competition in the 17 rounds final.

In the last two days IM Ipatov managed to comment live the games from the World Chess Championship, win the tournament, report from the scene and the press conference, walk around the city, play table tennis, and arrange himself a simul for Sunday (stay tuned for info on this). If he manages to convert the energy he has into ELO points, we will soon be seeing him climbing up the chess rankings.

In the tournament participated also the winner of the parallel open – IM Drenchev, the strongest Bulgarian player U16 IM Kiprian Berbatov, the women national team player WIM Elitsa Raeva, and the Chessdom Challenge Cup 2007 participants – Sasho Andreev, Darena Sirkova, and FM Hristo Velchev, as well as multiple local strong blitz players.

The tournament was organized by Dimitar Iliev and was part of the parallel program of WCC 2010.

Sofia blitz standings

1. IM Alexander Ipatov 14,5

2. FM Georgi FIlev 13,0

3. IM Petar Drenchev 12,5

4. FM Hristo Velchev, 12,0

5. FM Kiril Badev 11,5

6. NM Aleksi Jovchev 11,0

7. IM Kiprian Berbatov 10,0

(Full pairings and results below)

1 Mollov Plamen 0 – 1 NM Stoinev Metodi

2 IM Berbatov Kiprian 0 – 1 FM Badev Kiril

3 FM Velchev Hristo ½ – ½ WIM Raeva Elitsa

4 NM Stojanov Svetlin ½ – ½ NM Iliev Mihail

5 NM Sirkova Darena 1 – 0 IM Drenchev Petar

6 Mladenov Emil 1 – 0 Kolev Atanas Tonchev

7 IM Ipatov Alexander ½ – ½ FM Filev Georgi

8 NM Jovchev Aleksi 1 – 0 Andreev Sasho

9 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov 0 – 1 NM Ljangov Petar

1 NM Stoinev Metodi 1 – 0 NM Ljangov Petar

2 Andreev Sasho 1 – 0 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov

3 FM Filev Georgi 1 – 0 NM Jovchev Aleksi

4 Kolev Atanas Tonchev 1 – 0 IM Ipatov Alexander

5 IM Drenchev Petar 1 – 0 Mladenov Emil

6 NM Iliev Mihail 1 – 0 NM Sirkova Darena

7 WIM Raeva Elitsa 0 – 1 NM Stojanov Svetlin

8 FM Badev Kiril ½ – ½ FM Velchev Hristo

9 Mollov Plamen 0 – 1 IM Berbatov Kiprian

1 IM Berbatov Kiprian 1 – 0 NM Stoinev Metodi

2 FM Velchev Hristo 1 – 0 Mollov Plamen

3 NM Stojanov Svetlin 0 – 1 FM Badev Kiril

4 NM Sirkova Darena ½ – ½ WIM Raeva Elitsa

5 Mladenov Emil 1 – 0 NM Iliev Mihail

6 IM Ipatov Alexander 1 – 0 IM Drenchev Petar

7 NM Jovchev Aleksi 0 – 1 Kolev Atanas Tonchev

8 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov 0 – 1 FM Filev Georgi

9 NM Ljangov Petar 0 – 1 Andreev Sasho

1 NM Stoinev Metodi 1 – 0 Andreev Sasho

2 FM Filev Georgi 1 – 0 NM Ljangov Petar

3 Kolev Atanas Tonchev 1 – 0 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov

4 IM Drenchev Petar 0 – 1 NM Jovchev Aleksi

5 NM Iliev Mihail 0 – 1 IM Ipatov Alexander

6 WIM Raeva Elitsa 1 – 0 Mladenov Emil

7 FM Badev Kiril 1 – 0 NM Sirkova Darena

8 Mollov Plamen 0 – 1 NM Stojanov Svetlin

9 IM Berbatov Kiprian 0 – 1 FM Velchev Hristo

1 FM Velchev Hristo 1 – 0 NM Stoinev Metodi

2 NM Stojanov Svetlin 0 – 1 IM Berbatov Kiprian

3 NM Sirkova Darena 1 – 0 Mollov Plamen

4 Mladenov Emil ½ – ½ FM Badev Kiril

5 IM Ipatov Alexander 1 – 0 WIM Raeva Elitsa

6 NM Jovchev Aleksi 1 – 0 NM Iliev Mihail

7 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov 0 – 1 IM Drenchev Petar

8 NM Ljangov Petar 1 – 0 Kolev Atanas Tonchev

9 Andreev Sasho ½ – ½ FM Filev Georgi

1 NM Stoinev Metodi 0 – 1 FM Filev Georgi

2 Kolev Atanas Tonchev 0 – 1 Andreev Sasho

3 IM Drenchev Petar 1 – 0 NM Ljangov Petar

4 NM Iliev Mihail 1 – 0 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov

5 WIM Raeva Elitsa 0 – 1 NM Jovchev Aleksi

6 FM Badev Kiril 0 – 1 IM Ipatov Alexander

7 Mollov Plamen 0 – 1 Mladenov Emil

8 IM Berbatov Kiprian 1 – 0 NM Sirkova Darena

9 FM Velchev Hristo 1 – 0 NM Stojanov Svetlin

1 NM Stojanov Svetlin 1 – 0 NM Stoinev Metodi

2 NM Sirkova Darena 0 – 1 FM Velchev Hristo

3 Mladenov Emil 0 – 1 IM Berbatov Kiprian

4 IM Ipatov Alexander 1 – 0 Mollov Plamen

5 NM Jovchev Aleksi 0 – 1 FM Badev Kiril

6 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov 1 – 0 WIM Raeva Elitsa

7 NM Ljangov Petar 1 – 0 NM Iliev Mihail

8 Andreev Sasho ½ – ½ IM Drenchev Petar

9 FM Filev Georgi ½ – ½ Kolev Atanas Tonchev

1 NM Stoinev Metodi ½ – ½ Kolev Atanas Tonchev

2 IM Drenchev Petar 1 – 0 FM Filev Georgi

3 NM Iliev Mihail 0 – 1 Andreev Sasho

4 WIM Raeva Elitsa 1 – 0 NM Ljangov Petar

5 FM Badev Kiril 0 – 1 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov

6 Mollov Plamen 0 – 1 NM Jovchev Aleksi

7 IM Berbatov Kiprian 0 – 1 IM Ipatov Alexander

8 FM Velchev Hristo 1 – 0 Mladenov Emil

9 NM Stojanov Svetlin 1 – 0 NM Sirkova Darena

1 NM Sirkova Darena 1 – 0 NM Stoinev Metodi

2 Mladenov Emil 0 – 1 NM Stojanov Svetlin

3 IM Ipatov Alexander 1 – 0 FM Velchev Hristo

4 NM Jovchev Aleksi 0 – 1 IM Berbatov Kiprian

5 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov ½ – ½ Mollov Plamen

6 NM Ljangov Petar 1 – 0 FM Badev Kiril

7 Andreev Sasho 1 – 0 WIM Raeva Elitsa

8 FM Filev Georgi 1 – 0 NM Iliev Mihail

9 Kolev Atanas Tonchev 0 – 1 IM Drenchev Petar

1 NM Stoinev Metodi ½ – ½ IM Drenchev Petar

2 NM Iliev Mihail ½ – ½ Kolev Atanas Tonchev

3 WIM Raeva Elitsa 0 – 1 FM Filev Georgi

4 FM Badev Kiril 1 – 0 Andreev Sasho

5 Mollov Plamen 0 – 1 NM Ljangov Petar

6 IM Berbatov Kiprian 1 – 0 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov

7 FM Velchev Hristo ½ – ½ NM Jovchev Aleksi

8 NM Stojanov Svetlin ½ – ½ IM Ipatov Alexander

9 NM Sirkova Darena 1 – 0 Mladenov Emil

1 Mladenov Emil 0 – 1 NM Stoinev Metodi

2 IM Ipatov Alexander 1 – 0 NM Sirkova Darena

3 NM Jovchev Aleksi 1 – 0 NM Stojanov Svetlin

4 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov ½ – ½ FM Velchev Hristo

5 NM Ljangov Petar 0 – 1 IM Berbatov Kiprian

6 Andreev Sasho 1 – 0 Mollov Plamen

7 FM Filev Georgi ½ – ½ FM Badev Kiril

8 Kolev Atanas Tonchev 0 – 1 WIM Raeva Elitsa

9 IM Drenchev Petar 1 – 0 NM Iliev Mihail

1 NM Stoinev Metodi 1 – 0 NM Iliev Mihail

2 WIM Raeva Elitsa 0 – 1 IM Drenchev Petar

3 FM Badev Kiril 1 – 0 Kolev Atanas Tonchev

4 Mollov Plamen 0 – 1 FM Filev Georgi

5 IM Berbatov Kiprian 0 – 1 Andreev Sasho

6 FM Velchev Hristo 1 – 0 NM Ljangov Petar

7 NM Stojanov Svetlin 0 – 1 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov

8 NM Sirkova Darena 0 – 1 NM Jovchev Aleksi

9 Mladenov Emil 0 – 1 IM Ipatov Alexander

1 IM Ipatov Alexander 1 – 0 NM Stoinev Metodi

2 NM Jovchev Aleksi 1 – 0 Mladenov Emil

3 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov 0 – 1 NM Sirkova Darena

4 NM Ljangov Petar 0 – 1 NM Stojanov Svetlin

5 Andreev Sasho ½ – ½ FM Velchev Hristo

6 FM Filev Georgi 1 – 0 IM Berbatov Kiprian

7 Kolev Atanas Tonchev 1 – 0 Mollov Plamen

8 IM Drenchev Petar 1 – 0 FM Badev Kiril

9 NM Iliev Mihail 0 – 1 WIM Raeva Elitsa

1 NM Stoinev Metodi 1 – 0 WIM Raeva Elitsa

2 FM Badev Kiril 1 – 0 NM Iliev Mihail

3 Mollov Plamen 0 – 1 IM Drenchev Petar

4 IM Berbatov Kiprian 1 – 0 Kolev Atanas Tonchev

5 FM Velchev Hristo ½ – ½ FM Filev Georgi

6 NM Stojanov Svetlin 1 – 0 Andreev Sasho

7 NM Sirkova Darena 1 – 0 NM Ljangov Petar

8 Mladenov Emil 0 – 1 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov

9 IM Ipatov Alexander 1 – 0 NM Jovchev Aleksi

1 NM Jovchev Aleksi ½ – ½ NM Stoinev Metodi

2 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov ½ – ½ IM Ipatov Alexander

3 NM Ljangov Petar 1 – 0 Mladenov Emil

4 Andreev Sasho 1 – 0 NM Sirkova Darena

5 FM Filev Georgi 1 – 0 NM Stojanov Svetlin

6 Kolev Atanas Tonchev 0 – 1 FM Velchev Hristo

7 IM Drenchev Petar 1 – 0 IM Berbatov Kiprian

8 NM Iliev Mihail 1 – 0 Mollov Plamen

9 WIM Raeva Elitsa 0 – 1 FM Badev Kiril

1 NM Stoinev Metodi 0 – 1 FM Badev Kiril

2 Mollov Plamen 0 – 1 WIM Raeva Elitsa

3 IM Berbatov Kiprian 1 – 0 NM Iliev Mihail

4 FM Velchev Hristo ½ – ½ IM Drenchev Petar

5 NM Stojanov Svetlin 1 – 0 Kolev Atanas Tonchev

6 NM Sirkova Darena 0 – 1 FM Filev Georgi

7 Mladenov Emil 0 – 1 Andreev Sasho

8 IM Ipatov Alexander 1 – 0 NM Ljangov Petar

9 NM Jovchev Aleksi 1 – 0 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov

1 NM Yordanov Nikolay Plamenov 0 – 1 NM Stoinev Metodi

2 NM Ljangov Petar 0 – 1 NM Jovchev Aleksi

3 Andreev Sasho 0 – 1 IM Ipatov Alexander

4 FM Filev Georgi ½ – ½ Mladenov Emil

5 Kolev Atanas Tonchev 0 – 1 NM Sirkova Darena

6 IM Drenchev Petar 1 – 0 NM Stojanov Svetlin

7 NM Iliev Mihail ½ – ½ FM Velchev Hristo

8 WIM Raeva Elitsa 1 – 0 IM Berbatov Kiprian

9 FM Badev Kiril 1 – 0 Mollov Plamen

Robert Mundell in Sofia

Visiting the World Chess Championship and meeting Bulgarian Prime Minister

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Tomorrow, 04/29/2010 (Thursday), in Sofia will arrive the Canadian economist Robert Mundell.
Mr. Mundell is a professor at Columbia University in New York, and in 1999 won the Nobel Prize in economics for the creation of the currency of the European Union – the EURO. He is known as “the spiritual father of the Euro”.

Professor Mundell will watch live two games of the match for the world chess championship between world champion Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov-Game No5 (Friday, 04/30/2010) and Game No6 (Saturday, 05/01/2010) and will be VIP guest of the Bulgarian Chess Federation, at the personal invitation of Mr. Silvio Danailov and special guest to the organizing committee.

More at the official site

Robert Mundell on a chess poem

Update, Friday, 30th April

The press room at the Central Military Club was crowded today for the conference with Mr.Robert Mundell. The beginning was slightly delayed when a power outrage hit the entire block in the downtown Sofia (described in the live game commentary). But the press officer Mr.Boyko Hristov quickly reacted, the curtains were moved and the conference was held under the natural daylight.

Colleagues from the biggest Bulgarian media were interested in professor Mundell’s opinion about various subjects, including financial crisis, economical situation in Bulgaria and neighboring Greece, chess and meeting with Bobby Fischer.

Professor Mundell confirmed that he is an avid chess fan and that he follows the World Championship match with great interest. Earlier, he made the first move of the fifth game in the contest. He confirmed that he met the Bobby Fischer a year before the legendary chess champion passed away. They played a chess game and Fischer won.

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Photos courtesy of the official website

He dismissed the claims that euro zone can be endangered with crisis in various European countries. He insisted that the current crisis in Greece is a fiscal issue and not a problem of Euro, and made a parallel with the situation in California, United States.

Colleague from the Bulgarian National Radio asked whether Greece finances are under check or already checkmated. Professor replied that situation indeed has a close resemblance with a chess game, with one important difference – this financial game cannot finish with a checkmate, there won’t be a losing side. – “I would rather describe the current situation as zugzwang.” – he added.

Professor said that the ideas of splitting the euro zone into two new ones (North and South Europe) would not contribute towards solving of financial problems, as all the debts are already indexed in Euro.

He compared chess strategies and economy planning as in “both games” good and bad moves, even blunders, can be made.

Earlier today, at 13:00, Professor Mundell met with the Bulgaria Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

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No handshake in Anand – Topalov game 3 (updated)

News from the playing hall in Sofia and doping control

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Audience in the playing hall of the match Anand – Topalov saw a normal start of round 3 with a full house of journalists and many interested chess fans ready for a battle. The game entered into a well known Slav variation, where white plays with slight advantage and black can draw with precise moves (replay game here). Exactly this led to theoretical discussion not on the board, but rather on the rules of the World Chess Championship.

Before the start of the match, Topalov said that he will play the match according to the Sofia rules, despite the fact they are not official part of the regulations. Anand answered him during the press conference saying, “I have come to Sofia not to play Sofia rules, but World Chess Championship rules.”

After the bishops were exchanged at move 33, the game entered a dead draw position. Topalov and Anand kept on playing. After the time control on move 41, Topalov went to get the arbiter and according to the audience in the playing hall seemingly requested a draw. The arbiter went to the board, but Anand did not look at him and executed his next move, thus continuing the game. The arbiter stayed until the threefold repetition.

Observers from the hall confirm there was no handshake at the end of the game.

Update:

Chessdom.com journalists and the players themselves confirmed there was no handshake after the game.

Update 2: The players at the press conference said they simply forgot to shake hands at the end of the game.

Update 3: After the third game, Anand and Topalov have undergone doping control. For the procedure in Sofia has arrived the head of the doping commission of FIDE, Anna Belin from Chech Republic. She was the same person that performed the doping control in Elista. The procedure in Sofia has taken place in two separate rooms in the Military Club in Sofia.

Serbia Chess Championship 2010

GM Boban Bogosavljevic leading with 5.0 points to celebrate 22nd birthday

Chess club “Radnicki” and City of Kragujevac are organizing the 2010 Serbia Chess Championship for men, which is taking place from 18th April to 1st May in Hotel “Sumarice”, Kragujevac. 14 players compete in the round-robin tournament for the title of the national champion and 4000 EUR prize fund.

The 2008 and 2009 champion GM Ivan Ivanisevic will not be defending the crown, and other high rated players, like GM Bojan Vuckovic, GM Robert Markus and GM Mihajlo Stojanovic, have canceled participation.

GM Boban Bogosavljevic won the derby match of the 7th round against GM Borko Lajthajm and took a sole lead with 5.0 points. Boban is turning 22 today, we wish him happy birthday!

Two-times champion GM Milos Perunovic and 2nd-seeded GM Nikola Sedlak signed victories and moved ahead to the shared second place, together with GM Dejan Pikula.

Branko Boban

Branko Damljanovic and Boban Bogosavljevic

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The playing hall

Round 7 on 2010/04/25 at 15.30

GM Perunovic Milos 2574 1 – 0 IM Govedarica Radovan 2395

GM Drazic Sinisa 2545 1 – 0 GM Savic Miodrag R 2522

GM Sedlak Nikola 2570 1 – 0 GM Pavlovic Milos 2540

GM Bogosavljevic Boban 2531 1 – 0 GM Lajthajm Borko 2504

GM Damljanovic Branko 2550 ½ – ½ GM Solak Dragan 2553

IM Tadic Branko 2524 1 – 0 Krstic Petar 2348

GM Pikula Dejan 2535 ½ – ½ FM Saric Sinisa 2444

Round 7 standings:

1. GM Bogosavljevic Boban 2531 – 5.0

2-4. GM Perunovic Milos 2574, GM Sedlak Nikola 2570 and GM Pikula Dejan 2535 – 4.5

5-7. GM Lajthajm Borko 2504 (+1), GM Solak Dragan 2553 (+1) and GM Drazic Sinisa 2545 – 4.0

8-9. GM Pavlovic Milos 2540 and IM Tadic Branko 2524 – 3.5

10. GM Damljanovic Branko 2550 – 3.0

11-12. FM Saric Sinisa 2444 and GM Savic Miodrag R 2522 – 2.5

13. Krstic Petar 2348 – 2.0

14. IM Govedarica Radovan 2395 – 1.5

Round 8 on 2010/04/26 at 15.30

IM Govedarica Radovan 2395 - FM Saric Sinisa 2444

Krstic Petar 2348 - GM Pikula Dejan 2535

GM Solak Dragan 2553 - IM Tadic Branko 2524

GM Lajthajm Borko 2504 - GM Damljanovic Branko 2550

GM Pavlovic Milos 2540 - GM Bogosavljevic Boban 2531

GM Savic Miodrag R 2522 - GM Sedlak Nikola 2570

GM Perunovic Milos 2574 - GM Drazic Sinisa 2545

Official website

Čez Chess Trophy 2010

Polgar already won the match by taking a decisive 4.5-1.5 lead

The 8-game rapid match between the world’s best woman chess player Judit Polgar and top Czech Grandmaster David Navara is taking place on 22nd-24th April in Prague. Six games have been played and Polgar already won the match by taking a decisive 4.5-1.5 lead.

The prime minister Jan Fischer opened the match with move e4. The head of the Czech government also launched the book “Bobby Fischer Against the Czech Grandmasters”, which has been published this week by the Prague Chess Society.

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Judit Polgar and David Navara

After a draw in the first game, Polgar scored four consecutive victories and Navara struck back only in the sixth game. Saturday’s schedule includes lecture by GM Lubomir Kavalek – “On beauty, women and little bit on chess” (4pm CET), then 7th and 8th game of the match David Navara – Judit Polgar.

On Sunday 25th April, Polgar will play a simul against 25 opponents in the Hotel BW Kampa. Some of the participants will be well-known business personalities and politicians, among others: the minister of interior Martin Pecina, the director of Dopravni stavby Brno Vlastimil Chladek, the director of PORG gymnasium Vaclav Klaus or director of CSOB Jan Lamser.

Official website

Russian Chess Federation endorses Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for FIDE President

Message by Arkady Dvorkovich and the Russian Chess Federation

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov square

Russian Chess Federation endorses Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for candidate for FIDE President. The news was announced on Wednesday by Arkady Dvorkovich.

The elections for FIDE President will be held in September during the Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk. Ilyumzhinov is current President of FIDE and he holds this post since 1995. The letter with the decision of the Russian Chess Federation will be sent in the next hours to FIDE. The decision was taken after series of consultations with board members of the Russian Chess Federation.

Dvorkovich expressed the wish that Anatoly Karpov will continue working with the Russian Chess Federation, despite the fact that Ilyumzhinov was the endorsed candidate for FIDE President.

Information via e3e5.com, from RIA Novosti.

World Chess Championship 2010 postponed 1 day (updated)

LIVE from the press conference and the venue PHOTOS added

Note: Photo album from the press conference is here more than 100 photos are available and we have started uploading them, every several minutes you will be able to enjoy new photos by the Chessdom photographers in the playing hall. Vishy Anand inspected the playing hall and tested the chair (photo here).

Full Anand – Topalov photo album

10:00 CET

The World Chess Federation distributed a message that the WCC 2010 match between Anand and Topalov will be postponed 1 day. In accordance with chapter 7.4 of the match regulations as well as article 2.4 of the 2010 World Chess Championship Agreement, the 1st game of the match will be postponed by 1 (one) day to start on Saturday, 24th April 2010. The opening ceremony will not be postponed and will be held on 21st April 2010 as originally planned. Official stetement of FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos is at the end of this article.

Official news by FIDE

10:30 CET

All India Chess Federation distributed details from Anand’s travel. Scroll down for text of the document.

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11:00 CET

Press conference should have started by now, however, there will be a slight delay. The FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is at the hotel. He will probably not be able to attend the press conference after he had a very long trip and he is probably tired. Confirmed participants at the press conference are both Anand and Topalov, as well as the FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos.

Some officials are still at the airport, details coming.

11:15 CET

Press conference started, FIDE Deputy President explains how the equal treatment and conditions for both players are of highest importance to FIDE and to the chess world.

The FIDE Deputy President explained the difficulties of Anand’s trip (scroll down for details by the AICF) and also explained that he understands the problems for the organizers. “Everybody understands that there were problems for both sides and we have to find a solution,” he added.

“I explained to Vishy that it is a shock for the organization to pospone 3 days, and I said to the organizers that the situation is force majeure. After many discussions I talked to the Presidential Board and the FIDE President and we decided to postpone the start of the match one day. I expect from the organizers understanding for the one day postponement and understanding from Anand’s team that 3 days was also not optional,” concluded the FIDE Deputy President.

(expect full statement later today)

11:45 CET

The word was given to the World Champion Viswanathan Anand who said, “I am very happy to be here, it was a longer trip than we expected. The main thing I came here for is to play chess. Mr. Makropoulos described very well the situation. I want to thank FIDE for the understanding and I hope the chess fans will see a good match.”

11:55 CET

Veselin Topalov thanked the Prime Minister Boiko Borisov and the Minister of Sports Svilen Neikov. He also thanked the sponsors. “This is a historical event for Bulgaria, we are a small country. We cannot organize Olympic games and this championship is a very effective way of promotion for the country.” Topalov commented, “For 5 years with Anand we are dominating the chess world and this match should have happened long time ago.”

12:05 CET

On a question from journalists if the decision was coordinated with the PB and the FIDE President, the FIDE Deputy President said, “I spoke with the President, with the managers, with everyone. I was the only one that did not make official statement before the decision. Because I believe we should not turn to media when there is force majeure, instead we should turn first to the President and the Prime Minister” . Makropoulos also explained details from the communication FIDE – Anand and all actions taken by the World Chess Federation to help Anand arrive in Sofia faster. “It was a mutual effort by them and us to make sure they will be here.”

The time schedule changes with one day, the only thing not sure for now is the time the first game will start. It can be changed depending on the schedule of the Prime Minister Boiko Borisov, but this is to be discussed additionally.

12:15 CET

Anand thanked for the extra day and he said he is happy with the decision, the actions of FIDE, and the organizing committee.

12:19 CET

Anand was asked about his team, “We are 8 people here, we had no problems with visa,” said Anand, but he did not reveal the names.

12:25 CET

A slight confusion at the press conference, as journalists from Marca.com asked a question in Spanish. A Chessdom journalist, Veselin Topalov, and Vishy Anand turned out to be the only people in the room to understand Spanish, and Topalov acted as a translator as by contract all press conferences should be in English.

With that the press conference was finished. Expect more details from the playing hall in a few moments on Chessdom.com

12:45 CET

It was again confirmed FIDE President is in Sofia and resting from the long trip. He is just a few minutes away from the playing hall now and will attend the opening ceremony. Photo album from the press conference is here more than 100 photos are available and we have started uploading them, every several minutes you will be able to enjoy new photos by the Chessdom photographers in the playing hall.

13:25 CET

Update from the inspection before the press conference: Anand and his team carefully inspected the playing hall. He tested the chair, looked at the rest areas, inspected the curtain, and the toilets. He was accompanied by his team and FIDE officials as well as the arbiter. Upon Anand’s request light was adjusted from bluish to yellowish color (photo of adjustment here)

Topalov came later, tested the chair for a few seconds and said “Everything is ok!” The arbiter insisted to show him around, Topalov took a quick look and he went to the press conference.

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Five countries, 2000 kilometres, about a million potholes, an unexpected ferry and the „Lord of the Rings“ trilogy. A report of a crazy roadtrip through Europe.

Months of careful planning for the chess world championship in Sofia by the Anand team were disrupted by a volcano in Iceland, located under Eyjafjallajökull, one of the smaller glaciers of the North Atlantic island. Tens of thousands of people were stranded on airports in Europe. One of them was Viswanathan Anand, who had travelled with his wife and manager Aruna from Madrid to Frankfurt on Thursday April 15th. They planned to continue their journey to Sofia on Friday April 16, together with three other travellers. Two more seconds were to fly from other airports in Europe to the Bulgarian capital on Friday to join the team there.

On Thursday April 15, Hans-Walter Schmitt and another helper of the Anand team flew to Sofia to prepare the arrival of the team Friday. The plan was good and well thought through. But then, on Friday, the bad news was that the ash cloud from Iceland had reached Frankfurt Airport and the airport had to be closed at 09.00 a.m. This meant that the planned flight to Sofia, LH3484, which was scheduled to depart at 10.05 a.m., was cancelled, just like hundreds of other flights. It was quite unclear how long the airport would remain closed, therefore Aruna Anand and the team decided to rebook for the evening flight, LH3488, which was scheduled for 19.45 p.m.

Anand’s baggage was checked through to Sofia. Since it was not clear, however, if the evening flight would depart on time, or depart at all, Aruna thought that it wise to collect the checked-through baggage from Madrid, just to have everything under control in case of another cancellation. She was in close contact with Lufthansa, who were very cooperative, and picked up the baggage herself on Friday afternoon. You should know that finding four pieces of luggage in a major airport like Frankfurt is not an easy task, especially when there are heavy disruptions. Only in case of an emergency, e.g. if somebody has life-saving medicine in his suitcase, an airline is willing to make baggage available for the passenger.

After solving this problem, it soon became clear that the evening flight to Sofia would not depart as well, since Frankfurt airport would be closed until Saturday morning at 02:00 a.m. Once again the tickets were rebooked, and despite a long waiting list, Anand and his team were accepted and even got boarding passes for the first flight on Saturday, April 17, LH3484, at 10.05 a.m. However, on Friday, when it became clear that the situation at all major airport was becoming more and more critical, Aruna Anand and her team had already started searching for alternatives. Plans were made to travel to Vienna, which had one of the airports that was still open at that time, to get a flight from there. However, Vienna also closed down on Friday evening.

Aruna began to study other train schedules in detail, but it soon became clear that everything was booked out and it was absolutely impossible to get a ticket. Team Anand also had to bear in mind, that travelling to Sofia by a land route was also problematic, since not every country on the way would accept transit travellers from India without a valid visa! The shortest route is via Serbia, for that Anand and his wife would need a visa, which was impossible to at such a short notice.

There were some very generous offers from Anand supporters, who wanted to help get the world champion and his team to Sofia as quickly as possible. Wolfgang Grenke, one of the main sponsors of the Chess Classic, and sponsor of the Bundesliga team Baden Baden, in which Anand plays, offered Anand the use of his private jet. However, German authorities could not give him permission to fly, since the airspace in Germany was now completely blocked. Even German chancellor Angela Merkel had to take an overland route when she arrived from San Francisco on Friday and was not allowed to enter German airspace.

On Saturday, after another cancellation of all flights from Frankfurt and other airports in Germany, including all flights to Sofia, it became obvious that there was only one final possibility to reach Sofia: by car. However, most car rentals, taxi companies and other VIP services simply had no cars and staff available, while companies that did simply refused to drive all the way to Bulgaria. Finally, after many hours of trying, team Anand managed to find a VIP service by Taxi Lagerberg, located in Amstelveen, The Netherlands. They contacted two of their best drivers, Paul Oostheim and Peer Reintjes, on Saturday, and asked them to stop their shift immediately, in order to be able to drive to Bad Soden on Sunday. This is 500 kilometres from Amstelveen, a five hour drive.

In the meantime, two more seconds of Anand arrived, very late on Saturday, in Bad Soden to join the team. They had originally intended to fly to Sofia on Friday, but after the closure of the airspace, they had redirected to Bad Soden. To do so they had to travel more than twelve hours by train on Saturday, coming from different countries. But they made it somehow – what other choice did they have?

On Sunday morning, at 11:00 a.m., the Mercedes Sprinter, equipped with all kinds of amenities like a fridge, two TV screens and a DVD player, arrived in Bad Soden and after picking up the team in the hotel, the journey started at 11.28h. The drivers had prepared the route for Sunday: we would cross the Germany border in Passau, drive through Austria and continue to Budapest, to spend the night there. That was a 1000 kilometre trip, and after a smooth drive with a lot of sunshine the team arrived in Budapest at 22.30 p.m. Bear in mind that the drivers had started their trip in Amstelveen at 06.00 a.m.

On Monday, the journey continued at 08.00 a.m. with a morning traffic jam in Budapest. But the drivers managed to get the team out of the city pretty fast, and the drive to Szeged was easy, despite the heavy rain. The Rumanian border was reached at 13.30 p.m. The team had to transfer to Bulgaria via Rumania, because this country will accept Indian passports without a visa. The border was crossed near Arad, the federal border police recognised Anand. After crossing the border we started to watch the first film of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the extended version to be precise.

We had to drive 480 km through Rumania to the city of Vidin at the Bulgarian border. If you use Google Maps you may find it a bit strange that we had to reckon with 9-10 hours for this fairly short distance. But when you actually have to drive this route you understand why it takes so long: there are numerous construction zones, about every ten kilometres, dead dogs and cats on the road have to be avoided, and there are about a million potholes. To make the situation even more difficult for the drivers it was raining continuously – a miracle that the car survived these extremely bad road conditions. Even the two very experienced drivers had never seen such bad roads.

In the car however, the atmosphere was very good, there was food and drink, and the second “Lord of the Rings” film, “The Two Towers”, helped us pass the time. After more than twelve hours driving through Romania, at 22.35h, we finally reached Calafat in Romania to cross the border to Bulgaria. That was when we saw a long queue and a ferry, and it dawned upon the passengers that there is no bridge across the river “Romania” and we would have to use the ferry. That meant waiting until enough cars had arrived for the ferry to cross the river. After over an hour, just before midnight, the ferry started, and twenty minutes later, on 20 April at 12:05 a.m., Anand finally reached Bulgarian territory. One of the Bulgarian border officers checked the passports in the bus. When he read “Anand” aloud he realized that he was checking the passport of the chess world champion and started laughing: “Ah, Anand!“ Without any further checks we were allowed to pass.

Only 250 km left to Sofia, with about four more hours to go, but the story is not completely over. In the meantime, the last part of the Ring-trilogy, “The Return of the King”, was running in our Sprinter DVD, and we were confident that we would reach Sofia at about 04.00 a.m. that night. And, dear readers, when the streets are empty, when you have driven 36 hours and your destination is within reach, you want to get there as quickly as possible. With only 100 km to go, at 02.15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, April 20, the Bulgarian police noticed a dark Mercedes Sprinter with a Dutch license plate, driving a just a little too fast. You guessed right: we had to stop and the driver had to explain why he was speeding (74 km instead of the allowed 50) – and what he was doing in Bulgaria. However, when the driver told the very friendly police officer that Vishy Anand and his team were on board, the officer smiled and said: “Ok, take him to Sofia, but not too fast, ok?!“

Without a fine we continued the last leg of the journey to Sofia, although we were stopped again by the police, this time just for a routine traffic check. Finally, at 05.30 a.m. after travelling for more than 40 hours, we arrived at our destination – just in time to have an early breakfast. There was only one problem: we arrived at the Hilton Sofia still a little too early and had missed the last hour of “The Return of the King“. We will have to watch that on our way home…

Breaking news, Anand is in Sofia for the World Championship

Opening ceremony, inspections, and events before the Anand – Topalov match LIVE!

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14:30 CET: Close source to Chessdom.com confirmed that Viswanathan Anand has arrived in Sofia. This happened early in the morning. Anand was supposed to arrive today in this time frame, as confirmed in an interview with FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos. We are trying to get in touch with the organizing committee and Mr. Hans Walter Schmitt for another confirmation of the news.

For now we present you a long video interview with Anand was published on Al Jazeera.

14:35 CET: The Bulgarian Chess Federation, more specifically the President Stefan Sergiev, commented in a telephone call to Chessdom, “We have information that Anand has arrived in the hotel through various sources. We have not been in touch with him, nor I am aware other people from the organizing committee to have been in touch with him. Probably he is resting in his room after the long trip.”

14:40 AICF issues official statement (text follows)

World champion Viswanathan Anand has reached Sofia, the Bulgarian capital after a 40-hour road journey from Germany as flights were cancelled due to the volcanic ash floating across European airspace resulting in cancellation of flights.

The 40-year old world champion and his wife are obviously very tired after such a long journey by road and hoped the organisers would accept their reasonable request of postponement of the game by three days. Anand is not used to travelling such distances on road and not giving a three day postponement could give challenger Veselin Topalov a significant advantage.

Anand had planned to reach the venue on April 16 which is one week before the first game on April 23. Now he arrived four days behind due to factors beyond his control and has wanted a three day postponement.The road route selected to reach Sofia was done after a look into the visas they had on their passport.

Anand might miss the press conference but will attend the opening ceremony according to his wife Aruna Anand. Not rescheduling the games will mean Topalov could have the same advantage which Anatoly Karpov enjoyed in the World Title match at Lausanne in 1998.

“The news from us is that we reached here safely,” said Aruna Anand on the phone.

Had Alexander Alekhine been in Anand’s place, he would have sought a postponement of atleast a week as world champions ruled and challengers were at the mercy of champions. Such natural calamities had not occurred during world championships.

Sometimes a handicap is a better way to start a match and Anand can turn the disadvantage into a driving force in the 12-game series.

End of statement

17:00 Statement of the organizing committee

The Organizing Committee responsible for the organization of the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Sofia got acquainted with the arising situation regarding the beginning of the match, because the world champion Mr. Anand arrived late in the city.

During the official FIDE congress in Kallithea (Greece) in November 2009, the World Championship match between Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov was scheduled for 5th of April 2010. At the instance of Mr. Anand the starting date was changed to 21st of April 2010.

This chess event has exceptional meaning not only for the chess community all over the world but also for Bulgaria as a country. Therefore the whole organization of this event is under the direct leadership of the Bulgarian Prime Minister – Mr. Boyko Borisov who is also the Chairman of the Organizing Committee.

All official guests and sponsors of the event have made their travel arrangements and plans so they can participate at the official Opening Ceremony on April 21st, 2010 and also at the first game on April 23rd, 2010. Possible change of these dates would deprive them of this opportunity.

For those reasons, is unacceptable to us to make any postponement of the match and change the program for its implementation.

End of statement

Note: The article will be updated upon new details from Sofia.

The official opening ceremony of the match Anand – Topalov starts at 17:00 CET on Wednesday, April 21st.

The opening ceremony will be preceeded by two important events. The organizers announced that at 10:00 CET on Wednesday there will be inspection of the playing hall, with the players and their teams. At 11:00 CET there will be a press conference with FIDE, the players, and the teams (photo of press conference room here). Some details of the opening ceremony are here.

The special curtain was tested and approved yesterday by both teams. It does not block the spectators point of view and has minor effect on the quality of photos and video. Chairs were tested and approved, but upon players request at tomorrow’s inspection they can be changed. The Chief arbiter Panaqiotis Nikolopoulos inspected carefully all details in accordance to FIDE regulations.

The only visible concern coming from Anand’s team was about the table of the match (photo here). It is the same one used during the Mtel Masters tournaments, but a more stable one was requested. The organizers will have the wish granted before tomorrows inspection.

Games start on April 23rd (if schedule remains unchanged), with exclusive live commentary with GM ALexandra Kosteniuk, GM Christian Bauer, IM Alexander Ipatov, etc.

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Arrival of Anand

Chessdom.com will follow the events live from Sofia. Timeline of the volcano situation here.