2nd SCS International Grandmaster Chess tournament

Martyn Kravtsiv Champion, second GM Norm for Adhiban

19-year-old Ukraine Grandmaster Martyn Kravtsiv edged out other GMs to emerge champion in the 2nd SCS International Grandmaster Chess Tournament, which concluded at Hotel Swosti Premium, Bhubaneswar. Joining Kravtsiv in the top were Alexandrov, Turov, Dreev, Adhiban and Kokarev, all with 8.5 points each from 11 rounds.

Kravtsiv’s better Buchholz tie-break score (76.5) gave him the title. In the absence of an outright winner, the top six cash prizes were shared by the top six with each pocketing Rs 87,667 each (approximately Euros 1540 each).

National champion Adhiban Baskaran gladdened the hearts of fellow Indians securing his second GM norm with a draw against top seed GM Alexey Dreev. With his present rating of Elo 2510, Adhiban with few more GM Norm events to come up shortly, could well become India’s next Grandmaster.

In another upset Delhi school boy Vaibhav Suri defeated International Master M R Lalith Babu. The impressive win also fetched Suri his maiden GM norm. Securing 8.0 points from 11 rounds with a rating performance of ELO 2579, Vaibhav stands to add ELO 56 points for his performance and would become India’s next International Master.

Overall, the tournament, offered prizes fund to the tune of Rupees 1,100,000 (approximately Euros 19325). By involving 85 title holders, including 34 GMs, 26 IMs and 3 WGMs, this event could as well be billed as the strongest of its kind in Asia. The success of the tournament can be measured where it produced three titles (two IM, one WGM) and seven norms (two GM, one WGM, four IM) respectively.

Next tournament in India is the 3rd Mumbai Mayor’s Cup, starting on 2nd June.

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Star performers Padmini Rout (final WGM Norm) and 13-years old Vaibhav Suri (GM Norm)

Round 11 top results:

GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2655 – IM Adhiban B IND 2510 ½ – ½

GM Kovalyov Anton ARG 2615 – GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2604 ½ – ½

GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2592 – GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2546 ½ – ½

GM Turov Maxim RUS 2624 – GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2521 1 – 0

GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2584 – GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2612 0 – 1

GM Hera Imre Jr HUN 2558 – GM Ibrayev Nurlan KAZ 2390 1 – 0

Anwesh Upadhyaya IND 2419 – GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2587 0 – 1

IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2412 – GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2525 0 – 1

GM Iuldachev Saidali UZB 2511 – IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2391 1 – 0

GM Harutjunyan Gevorg ARM 2460 – GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2504 1 – 0

Vaibhav Suri IND 2347 – IM Lalith Babu M R IND 2493 1 – 0

GM Czebe Attila HUN 2480 – FM Sai Krishna G V IND 2282 1 – 0

GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2612 – Shreyansh Daklia IND 2287 1 – 0

GM Luther Thomas GER 2541 – WGM Gara Ticia HUN 2357 1 – 0

GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND 2520 – Bitan Banerjee IND 2311 ½ – ½

Palit Somak IND 2385 – GM Ovetchkin Roman RUS 2519 ½ – ½

Ramnath Bhuvanesh R IND 2350 – GM Sriram Jha IND 2507 ½ – ½

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2488 – FM Akshat Khamparia IND 2292 1 – 0

Final standings (249 players):

1-6. GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2546, GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2604, GM Turov Maxim RUS 2624, GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2655, IM Adhiban B IND 2510 and GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2612 – 8.5

7-15. GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2587, GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2592, GM Kovalyov Anton ARG 2615, Vaibhav Suri IND 2347, GM Hera Imre Jr HUN 2558, GM Czebe Attila HUN 2480, GM Harutjunyan Gevorg ARM 2460, GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2525 and GM Iuldachev Saidali UZB 2511 – 8.0

16-23. GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2584, GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2521, GM Ibrayev Nurlan KAZ 2390, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2488, GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2612, GM Luther Thomas GER 2541, IM Debashis Das IND 2400 and FM Rajesh V A V IND 2302 – 7.5 etc

Battle of Grandmasters – Round Seven

GM Antonio takes Harry Angping Cup, then forfeits game against GM So

The third edition of Battle of Grandmasters, organized by the Phoenix Petroleum, is taking place from 25th May to 2nd June, 2010, at the Character Hotel in Tagaytay City, Philippines. A total of 12 titled players were supposed to compete in a round robin event to determine this year’s champion. However, GM Jayson Gonzales has withdrawn from the event and the race continues with 11 people.

After the first five rounds, played on 25-27th May, the Battle of Grandmasters was adjourned until the next double-round day on 31st May. In the meantime, the first Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Harry Angping Cup rapid chess championships were held in Pasig City over the weekend. A total of 277 players saw action in three-division event, with 150 players in the Open section, 49 players in the women’s section and 78 players in the kiddies section, Marlon Bernardino reports.

The twelve-time RP Open champion, Grandmaster Rogelio “Joey” Antonio, Jr., defeated US-based International Master Julio Catalino Sadorra to capture the Open division title and the top purse of P50,000 in the two-day event held last Friday and Saturday at the PhilSports Arena (formerly ULTRA). Antonio settled for a truce with top seed GM Wesley So in the 7th round and GM John Paul Gomez in the 8th round before beating Sadorra in the 9th and final round to finish with 8 points in 9 games of play. Read the full article by Marlon Bernardino.

However, returning to the duties at the Battle of Grandmasters, the winner of the Harry Angping Cup, GM Antonio, forfeited the sixth round game to GM Wesley So, with whom he was tied on the second place earlier.

Though Antonio appeared at the venue, he requested that his game with So be postponed as he wasn’t feeling well after the weekend tournament. Tournament director Willie Abalos, however, did not accede to Antonio’s request and declared him loser by forfeiture, citing a ruling that a player must appear on the board at the time of the match. Read the full report by Roy Luarca.

With this free point, So caught up GM John Paul Gomez on the shared first place for awhile, but then Gomez continued his winning streak in round seven, this time against FM Garcia, while So drew IM Nolte. Gomez once again moved onto top, half a point ahead of So.

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Wesley So

Round 6 results:

FM Garcia Jan Emmanuel – IM Dimakiling Oliver ½ – ½

IM Dableo Ronald – IM Bitoon Richard 1 – 0

IM Sadorra Julio Catalino – GM Gonzales Jayson - – -

FM Pascua Haridas – IM Nolte Rolando ½ – ½

GM So Wesley – GM Antonio Rogelio Jr + – -

GM Laylo Darwin – GM Gomez John Paul ½ – ½

Round 7 results:

GM Gomez John Paul – FM Garcia Jan Emmanuel 1 – 0

GM Antonio Rogelio Jr – GM Laylo Darwin ½ – ½

IM Nolte Rolando – GM So Wesley ½ – ½

GM Gonzales Jayson – FM Pascua Haridas - – -

IM Bitoon Richard – IM Sadorra Julio Catalino ½ – ½

IM Dimakiling Oliver – IM Dableo Ronald 0 – 1

Round 7 standings:

1. GM Gomez John Paul 2507 - 6.0

2. GM So Wesley 2665 - 5.5

3. GM Antonio Rogelio Jr 2572 - 4.5

4. GM Laylo Darwin 2527 - 4.0

5. IM Bitoon Richard 2476 - 3.5

6. IM Sadorra Julio Catalino 2469 - 3.0

7. IM Nolte Rolando 2420 – 2.5

8. IM Dableo Ronald 2464 - 2.5

9. IM Dimakiling Oliver 2441 - 1.5

10. FM Pascua Haridas 2358 - 1.0

11. FM Garcia Jan Emmanuel 2315 - 1.0

12. GM Gonzales Jayson 2441 - 0.0

Round 8 pairings:

FM Garcia Jan Emmanuel – IM Dableo Ronald

IM Sadorra Julio Catalino – IM Dimakiling Oliver

FM Pascua Haridas – IM Bitoon Richard

GM So Wesley – GM Gonzales Jayson

GM Laylo Darwin – IM Nolte Rolando

GM Gomez John Paul – GM Antonio Rogelio Jr

Maia Chiburdanidze Cup

Women International Chess Tournament in Tbilisi, Georgia

The Women International Chess Tournament “Maia Chiburdanidze Cup” is being held from 25th May to 3rd June in Tbilisi, under management by the Georgian Chess Federation. 58 players from four countries are taking participation.

Top-seed IM Anna Muzychuk is smashing through the opposition having won all five games prior to the only rest day. Muzychuk is now full point ahead of IM Nino Khurtsidze, whom she meets in the 6th round, and WMG Nino Batsiashvili.

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Anna Muzychuk with perfect score from five rounds

Live games broadcast link can be found on the GCF page, but the rest of the website is a mess.

Round 5 top results:

WIM Umudova Nargiz – IM Muzychuk Anna 0 – 1

WGM Batsiashvili Nino – IM Khotenashvili Bela ½ – ½

IM Javakhishvili Lela – WGM Guramishvili Sopiko ½ – ½

WIM Arabidze Meri – IM Khurtsidze Nino 0 – 1

WGM Charkhalashvili Inga – WFM Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi ½ – ½

WGM Tqeshelashvili Sopio – WIM Mikadze Miranda ½ – ½

IM Purtseladze Maka – WIM Nikoladze Sopio ½ – ½

WIM Khurtsilava Inga – IM Gvetadze Sopio ½ – ½

Jalabadze Natia – IM Melia Salome ½ – ½

Ugulava Lela – WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab 0 – 1

WIM Danelia Mariam – WIM Tereladze Sopiko 0 – 1

WFM Martirosyan Lia – IM Khukhashvili Sopiko 0 – 1

Mzhavia Kristine – WGM Galojan Lilit 0 – 1

Round 5 standings:

1. IM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2529 – 5.0
2-3. WGM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2325 and IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2448 – 4.0

4-16. WGM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2289, WIM Umudova Nargiz AZE 2214, WIM Nikoladze Sopio GEO 2214, IM Purtseladze Maka GEO 2317, IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2482, WFM Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi AZE 2287, IM Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2410, WIM Mikadze Miranda GEO 2351, WGM Charkhalashvili Inga GEO 2352, WIM Khurtsilava Inga GEO 2269, WGM Tqeshelashvili Sopio GEO 2274, WIM Tereladze Sopiko GEO 2196 and WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab AZE 2269 3.5 etc

Round 6 top pairings:

IM Muzychuk Anna - IM Khurtsidze Nino

IM Javakhishvili Lela - WGM Batsiashvili Nino

IM Khotenashvili Bela - WGM Tqeshelashvili Sopio

WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab - WGM Charkhalashvili Inga

WIM Mikadze Miranda - WIM Khurtsilava Inga

WIM Tereladze Sopiko - IM Purtseladze Maka

WGM Guramishvili Sopiko – WIM Umudova Nargiz

WIM Nikoladze Sopio - WFM Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi

IM Melia Salome - WGM Khmiadashvili Tamar

IM Khukhashvili Sopiko – WIM Gavasheli Ana

WGM Galojan Lilit - WFM Zhorzholiani Meri

IM Gvetadze Sopio - Jalabadze Natia

Vakhania Alexandra – WIM Arabidze Meri

WGM Mamedjarova Turkan – Khazhomia Salome

Computer Chess – Rybka wins ICT10 in Leiden

Article by Eric van Reem

Another title for Rybka! In the 10th edition of the International Computer Chess Tournament (ICT10) the latest Rybka 4 by Vasik Rajlich scored 8 points out of 9 games. Rybka lost only one game, against second placed Deep Sjeng by Gian-Carlo Pascutto. The Belgian program played a fine tournament and scored 7 points.

Two programs shared the third spot on the winner’s podium: Hiarcs by Mark Uniacke and Shredder by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen. Both programs scored 6 points. Rybka won the “Theo van der Storm” trophy, named after the late CSVN secretary and organizer Theo van der Storm.

On the table below you can see the final results. Remarkable: only 13 of 63 games ended in a draw!

Final ranking of the International CSVN Tournament 2010:

1. Rybka – 8.0

2. Deep Sjeng – 7.0

3-4. Hiarcs and Deep Shredder – 6.0

5. Deep Junior – 5.5

6-7. Komodo and Pandix – 5.0

8. The Baron – 4.5

9-10. Spark and The King – 4.0

11-12. Almond and Kallisto – 3.5

13-14. Joker and RedQueen – 0.5

ICT10-Winners

The winners: winners: from left Gian-Carlo Pascutto (programmer DeepSjeng), Hans van der Zijden (operator Rybka), Harvey Williamson (operator Hiarcs) and Ernst Walet (operator Shredder)

An international tournament it was, we had participants from nine countries: Holland, Germany, UK, Hungary, Brazil, USA, Poland, Belgium and Israel.

Computer chess still attracts many (new) programmers. Last year only eight programs came to play the ICT, but this year no less than 14 (!) professionals and amateurs came to Leiden, not only to play the games, but also to discuss chess in general and chess programming in particular. These lively discussions often inspire programmers to improve their engines.

It was also nice to some new faces in Leiden, like special guest Don Dailey. He is an American computer games and chess researcher and programmer. Dailey is author of various computer chess programs starting in the 80s. He played in Leiden with his latest program Komodo. A newbie in Leiden was the Brazilian with the remarkable name Ben-Hur Carlos Vieira Langoni Junior. He debuted with his program Red Queen. He started working on his chess program just one year ago and promised to come back again! Hopefully he will score more than 0,5 point next time.

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Special guest Don Dailey

ICT10-programmers

The programmers in the playing hall

The next major computer chess tournament will be the ICGA 18th world computer chess championship in Kanazawa, Japan from September 24th till October 2nd. You can find more info on www.icga.org. In November the Dutch Computer Chess Federation (CSVN) will celebrate its 30th anniversary of the Dutch Open Championship. The exact dates will be announced soon. Please check www.csvn.nl for information about the Dutch Open and the other activities of the CSVN. On the website you can also see many pictures of the ICT 10 tournament and you can download all the games. (Go to downloads-games-CSVN International Computerchess tournament)

On Saturday a side-event was played for owners of dedicated chess computers. Ruud Martin won this tournament with a Revelation Rebel 5.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank tournament director/webmaster Jan Krabbenbos and arbiter Rienk Doetjes for organizing another trouble-free tournament.

Article by Eric van Reem, Press Officer ICT10

Italy takes the lead at Mitropa Cup 2010

Caruana leads men team to victory, Elena Sedina gives the win to the women team

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Italy took the lead in the open section of Mitropa Cup 2010. In the open section Caruana, Vocaturo, Brunello, and Rombaldoni were superior to their opponents from Austria winning 2 match points and 3,5 game points after convincing 3,5:0:5. Hungary is just half a game point behind after stable win 3:1 against France. Switzerland and Slovenia won against Slovakia and Czech Republic 2,5:1,5, while the only draw match of the day was Germany against Croatia.

In the women section Italy was the only victorious team 1,5:0,5 against Austria. The matches Czech Republic – Slovenia, Germany – Croatia, Slovakia – Switzerland, and France – Hungary finished draw.

Here are all the results from day 1. Replay all the games with computer analysis at Chessdom / Chessbomb live games platform.

Round 2 starts tomorrow at 14:00 CET live on Chessdom / Chessbomb!

All the information about Mitropa Cup, with participants and details, is available at the preview article.

Note: Rating averages in the men section are Italy 2547,
Germany 2528,
Slovenia 2526,
Croatia 2522
Czech Republic 2514,
Hungary 2511,
Switzerland 2477,
Austria 2465,
France 2451,
Slovakia 2444.

In the women section the averages are Italy 2326,
Hungary 2307,
Slovenia 2306,
Croatia 2266,
Czech Republic 2249,
Germany 2227,
France 2210,
Switzerland 2202,
Slovakia 2201,
Austria 2139.

Mitropa Cup men section


1 Czech Republic - 10 Slovenia 1½:2½

11 IM Simacek Pavel 2518 - GM Lenic Luka 2592 1 – 0

12 IM Zilka Stepan 2509 - GM Borisek Jure 2561 ½ – ½

13 IM Krejci Jan 2455 - IM Zorko Jure 2440 0 – 1

14 IM Talla Vladimir 2505 - Tomazini Aljosa 2231 0 – 1


2 Germany - 9 Croatia 2 : 2

21 IM Huschenbeth Niclas 2457 - GM Bosiocic Marin 2562 ½ – ½

22 GM Bindrich Falko 2539 - GM Jovanovic Zoran 2520 ½ – ½

23 GM Prusikin Michael 2520 - IM Martinovic Sasa 2515 ½ – ½

24 GM Baramidze David 2534 - GM Saric Ante 2489 ½ – ½


3 Italy - 8 Austria 3½: ½

31 GM Caruana Fabiano 2675 - GM Ragger Markus 2614 1 – 0

32 GM Vocaturo Daniele 2493 - IM Neubauer Martin 2458 1 – 0

33 IM Brunello Sabino 2467 - IM Kreisl Robert 2374 1 – 0

34 IM Rombaldoni Denis 2484 - IM Baumegger Siegfried 2414 ½ – ½


4 Slovakia - 7 Switzerland 1½:2½

41 IM Jurcik Marian 2487 - GM Jenni Florian 2520 0 – 1

42 IM Meszaros Michal 2393 - GM Gallagher Joseph G 2493 ½ – ½

43 FM Pacher Milan 2396 - FM Buss Ralph 2430 ½ – ½

44 Petenyi Tamas 2381 - Wyss Jonas 2253 ½ – ½


5 France - 6 Hungary 1 : 3

51 GM Fargere Francois 2489 - GM Rapport Richard 2509 0 – 1

52 IM Monroy Charles 2459 - IM Papp Gabor 2534 0 – 1

53 IM Roser Kevin 2429 - IM Szabo Krisztian 2506 ½ – ½

54 FM Tripoteau Nicolas 2425 - IM Pap Gyula 2496 ½ – ½

Mitropa Cup women section


1 Czech Republic - 10 Slovenia 1 : 1

11 WIM Havlikova Kristyna 2251 - WGM Krivec Jana 2340 1 – 0

12 WFM Olsarova Karolina 2191 - WIM Rozic Vesna 2271 0 – 1


2 Germany - 9 Croatia 1 : 1

21 WIM Fuchs Judith 2231 - WGM Medic Mirjana 2271 0 – 1

22 WIM Hoolt Sarah 2223 - WIM Franciskovic Borka 2261 1 – 0


3 Italy - 8 Austria 1½: ½

31 IM Sedina Elena 2342 - WIM Kopinits Anna-Christina 2158 1 – 0

32 WIM Brunello Marina 2218 - WFM Exler Veronika 2119 ½ – ½


4 Slovakia - 7 Switzerland 1 : 1

41 Mrvova Alena 2239 - WIM Heinatz Dr Gundula 2220 0 – 1

42 WFM Machalova Veronika 2163 - WIM Seps Monika 2181 1 – 0


5 France - 6 Hungary 1 : 1

51 WGM Maisuradze Nino 2250 - WGM Rudolf Anna 2344 1 – 0

52 WIM Flear Christine 2170 - WIM Papp Petra 2270 0 – 1

Official website: http://www.schachbund.ch/

2nd SCS International Grandmaster Chess tournament

Alexei Dreev moves into joint lead, IM Norm for Akshat Khamparia

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going – goes the old adage. That’s what top seed Grandmaster Alexey Dreev showed, grinding GM Pablo Lafuente to defeat, in the tenth and penultimate round of the 2nd SCS International Grandmaster Chess Tournament at Hotel Swosti Premium, Bhubaneswar.

The crucial win with black pieces, takes Dreev on top of the table with 8.0 points, along with Alexej Alexandrov, Kravtsiv Martyn and IM Adhiban Baskaran.

Indian Senior National Champion and International Master B Adhiban defeated higher rated German GM Thomas Luther and moved into shared lead. The win propels Adhiban to a top board meeting in the final round against Alexey Dreev. A fighting draw against the Russian veteran would give the young Indian his second Grandmaster Norm.

To have an idea, as to how long Dreev has been a top flight player in world chess, one needs to go back two decades, to the year 1990, when Alexey Dreev played the World Championship Candidates quarterfinal against Viswanathan Anand at Madras, and Adhiban was born two years later. Surely, a battle of youth versus experience, Adhiban versus Dreev.

In another upset IM Praveen Kumar prevailed over Kazakh Grandmaster Anuar Ismagambetov in a Nimzo Indian game full of tactics. Earlier, FIDE Master Akshat Khamparia completed his third and final norm holding IM P Karthikeyan to a draw.

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Star performers Padmini Rout (final WGM Norm) and 13 year old Vaibhav Suri (GM Norm)

Round 10 top results:

GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2546 – GM Kovalyov Anton ARG 2615 ½ – ½

GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2587 – GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2655 0 – 1

GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2584 – GM Turov Maxim RUS 2624 ½ – ½

GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2612 – GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2592 ½ – ½

GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2604 – GM Hera Imre Jr HUN 2558 1 – 0

IM Adhiban B IND 2510 – GM Luther Thomas GER 2541 1 – 0

GM Ibrayev Nurlan KAZ 2390 – GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2612 1 – 0

GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2521 – Ramnath Bhuvanesh R IND 2350 1 – 0

GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2504 – Vaibhav Suri IND 2347 ½ – ½

Shreyansh Daklia IND 2287 – GM Czebe Attila HUN 2480 ½ – ½

FM Sai Krishna G V IND 2282 – IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2412 ½ – ½

GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2525 – Swayams Mishra IND 2397 1 – 0

IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2391 – GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2524 1 – 0

IM Shyam Nikil P IND 2385 – GM Iuldachev Saidali UZB 2511 0 – 1

GM Sriram Jha IND 2507 – FM Nitin S IND 2363 ½ – ½

Round 10 standings (249 players):

1-4. GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2604, GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2546, GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2655 and IM Adhiban B IND 2510 – 8.0

5-11. GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2592, GM Turov Maxim RUS 2624, GM Kovalyov Anton ARG 2615, GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2521, GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2584, GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2612 and GM Ibrayev Nurlan KAZ 2390 – 7.5

12-25. GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2587, GM Czebe Attila HUN 2480, Vaibhav Suri IND 2347, GM Hera Imre Jr HUN 2558, GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2504, GM Harutjunyan Gevorg ARM 2460, IM Lalith Babu M R IND 2493, IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2412, GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2525, IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2391, Shreyansh Daklia IND 2287, Anwesh Upadhyaya IND 2419, GM Iuldachev Saidali UZB 2511 and FM Sai Krishna G V IND 2282 – 7.0

Round 11 top pairings:

GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2655 - IM Adhiban B IND 2510

GM Kovalyov Anton ARG 2615 - GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2604

GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2592 - GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2546

GM Turov Maxim RUS 2624 - GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2521

GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2584 - GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2612

GM Hera Imre Jr HUN 2558 - GM Ibrayev Nurlan KAZ 2390

Anwesh Upadhyaya IND 2419 - GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2587

IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2412 - GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2525

GM Iuldachev Saidali UZB 2511 - IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2391

GM Harutjunyan Gevorg ARM 2460 - GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2504

Vaibhav Suri IND 2347 - IM Lalith Babu M R IND 2493

GM Czebe Attila HUN 2480 - FM Sai Krishna G V IND 2282

GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2612 - Shreyansh Daklia IND 2287

GM Luther Thomas GER 2541 - WGM Gara Ticia HUN 2357

GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND 2520 - Bitan Banerjee IND 2311

Palit Somak IND 2385 - GM Ovetchkin Roman RUS 2519

Ramnath Bhuvanesh R IND 2350 - GM Sriram Jha IND 2507

Battle of Grandmasters 2010

GM John Paul Gomez leading after five rounds

The third edition of Battle of Grandmasters, organized by the Phoenix Petroleum, is taking place from 25th May to 2nd June, 2010, at the Character Hotel in Tagaytay City, Philippines. A total of 12 titled players were supposed to compete in a round robin event to determine this year’s champion. However, GM Jayson Gonzales has withdrawn from the event and the race continues with 11 people.

After the first five rounds, played on 25-27th May, the tournament was adjourned until the next double-round day on 31st May. GM John Paul Gomez had a crushing start by scoring four points from that many games before being held to a draw in the fifth round by the top-seeded Wesley So.

GM Gomez is leading with 4.5, but Wesley So and the experienced GM Rogelio Antonio are right behind with 4.0 points each.

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Wesley So

Round 4 results:

FM Garcia Jan Emmanuel – IM Bitoon Richard 0 – 1

IM Dimakiling Oliver – GM Gonzales Jayson - – -

IM Dableo Ronald – IM Nolte Rolando 0 – 1

IM Sadorra Julio Catalino – GM Antonio Rogelio Jr ½ – ½

FM Pascua Haridas – GM Gomez John Paul 0 – 1

GM So Wesley – GM Laylo Darwin ½ – ½

Round 5 results:

GM Laylo Darwin – FM Garcia Jan Emmanuel 1 – 0

GM Gomez John Paul – GM So Wesley ½ – ½

GM Antonio Rogelio Jr – FM Pascua Haridas 1 – 0

IM Nolte Rolando – IM Sadorra Julio Catalino 0 – 1

GM Gonzales Jayson – IM Dableo Ronald - – -

IM Bitoon Richard – IM Dimakiling Oliver ½ – ½

Round 5 standings:

1. GM Gomez John Paul 2507 – 4.5

2. GM So Wesley 2665 - 4.0

3. GM Antonio Rogelio Jr 2572 - 4.0

4. IM Bitoon Richard 2476 - 3.0

5. GM Laylo Darwin 2527 - 3.0

6. IM Sadorra Julio Catalino 2469 - 2.5

7. IM Nolte Rolando 2420 - 1.5

8. IM Dimakiling Oliver 2441 - 1.0

9. FM Pascua Haridas 2358 - 0.5

10. FM Garcia Jan Emmanuel 2315 - 0.5

11. IM Dableo Ronald 2464 - 0.5

12. GM Gonzales Jayson 2441 - 0.0

Round 6 pairings:

FM Garcia Jan Emmanuel – IM Dimakiling Oliver

IM Dableo Ronald – IM Bitoon Richard

IM Sadorra Julio Catalino – GM Gonzales Jayson

FM Pascua Haridas – IM Nolte Rolando

GM So Wesley – GM Antonio Rogelio Jr

GM Laylo Darwin – GM Gomez John Paul

Bareev about Kasparov and Karpov

Long article in Nezavisimaia gazeta

Bareev

Author: Evgeny Bareev – IGM, gold medalist of four chess Olympiads with the Russian team (1990, 1994, 1996, 1998), two World Championships (1997, 2005) and two European Championships (1992, 2003).

Latest scandalous events surrounding the Russian Chess Federation (namely a desperate effort of two Russian chess legends Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov, together with the Chairman of the RCF Board Alexander Bakh who joined them, to succeed in getting the news of Karpov’s nomination as Russia’s candidate to the position of the FIDE President, violating the Statutes of the organisation) made me think, why even the very idea of the joint management of the world chess movement by a tandem of the 12th and 13th World Champions seems to me a catastrophe for chess of the same scale as a Mexican bay fire for mankind.

During my entire professional chess career I have been a witness of a furious battle of Karpov – Kasparov against each other – both at the chess board, and around it – for the influence in various organisations and chess players’ unions and for various privileges. This fight always ended in eventual destruction of these organisations or receiving these privileges by depriving the rest of chess players of them. I would remind you in chronological order some episodes of the quasi-chess activities or actions of the Champions. and

1992. GMA (International Grandmaster Association) created on Kasparov’s initiative is split due to a implacable conflict of the 13th World Champion and his managers with the other members of the Association because of the GMA finances. According to the explanation given to me then by Karpov (I just qualified for my first World Cup organised by GMA, and was sad to receive an official notice that it stopped its existence), the team of Kasparov and himself demanded unrealistic salaries and stipends. Bessel Kok, the then CEO and one of the top managers of the Association’s Sponsor SWIFT, did not concede to this pressure and soon this young and aspiring organisation finished its existence.

1993. Kasparov refuses to play a match against Short for the title under the FIDE aegis, not wishing to give to them a small part of the prize fund according to the Statutes, and creates a new organisation – PCA (Professional Chess Association), under which he plays this match without any deductions. As a result for the following 15 years chess world is sinking into chaos. I’d like to note that Karpov immediately took advantage of the situation to his favour and having won the match against Timman, was announced again FIDE World Champion. Both Karpov and Timman before this lost their candidates’ matches to Short and disqualified from the race for the world chess crown.

1994. FIDE Presidential elections in Moscow. Unexpectedly for many the sportsmen exchanged their T-shirts. Karpov supported Kouatly as a candidate, and Kasparov – no matter how weird it would seem to you – his worst enemy – Florencio Campomanes, famous for stopping the “unlimited battle” Karpov-Kasparov of 1984-1985 with a score 5-3 in Karpov’s favour and publicly accused of defending the interests of the opponent. First vote is a tie! The next day Kasparov’s team won convincingly. I recall seeing Kasparov up to now, who during the summer of the same year at the Novgorod tournament was dreamingly mumbling “Khoper, Khoper”, rubbing his hands. This was the first time I heard this strange word from him. Then it turned out that this “organisation” is a financial pyramid, which deceived dozens thousands of people in the whole country – and which was a generous sponsor of those FIDE Presidential elections.

1995. Karpov wins a convincing revanche. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov makes his first entry to a chess stage and at the extraordinary FIDE Congress immediately becomes President. With Karpov behind it. The mother of the 13th World champion was most upset by the fact that prior to that Ilyumzhinov was eating soup in her kitchen and did not share his plans with them. She promised not to ever invite him for lunch.

The same year Kasparov wins in World Trade Center in New York his match over Anand under PCA version, which he and Short created after they left FIDE. As it turned out, this was the last official event under the PCA aegis. Since the moment of Ilyumzhinov’s election as FIDE President Kasparov refuses to play in the tournaments under FIDE aegis, stating that Ilyumzhinov organises his championships for “dirty money”.

Approximately around the same time the battle at the “Eastern front” is becoming more agitated: Karpov and Kasparov are clashing over the control in the Russian Chess Federation, and in reality – as it seems – just for the right to manage the Central chess club on Gogolevsky blvd. This time in an exhausting struggle, after long legal suits the 13th World champion and his team won. Immediately after this moment the legendary club was let to various private companies, having nothing to do with chess. It is a mystery for me personally, where the money from these leases went. As GM S. Dolmatov was saying at that time, these years “the RCF budget was of a totally closed character. I as a Grandmaster, was not aware how and what money the RCF was making and how it spends it”. Dolmatov meant first of all the Chess Club and was demanding to organise a “comprehensive” inspection of it, saying that “there are some dirty games going on behind our backs”.

1996. Elista is staging a World Championship title match between Karpov and Kamsky with the prize fund being provided by the President of Kalmykia. Karpov convincingly wins and Kamsky, declaring that Karpov and Kasparov will never allow him become World Champion, leaves chess for nearly a decade.

Kasparov plays a commercial match against Deep Blue, sponsored by IBM. Intel, an opponent of IBM, who has been sponsoring PCA for three years and spent during this period more than five million USD, immediately calls off future cooperation and leaves chess, which causes the collapse of Kasparov’s organisation. One year later, having lost another match to the same computer, Deep Blue, Great and Terrible, as admirers, followers and true friends of Kasparov call him, publicly and harshly accuses IBM in unfair play, and as a consequence, chess loses another large sponsor.

1997. First knockout World championship was organised. Ilyumzhinov thanked Karpov for his Presidency by a unique format – after winning six most difficult mini-matches, Anand – the current World Champion- in a few days- met Karpov for a six-game so-called final, where Karpov has been resting for a month preparing for the forthcoming event. So, it was not a surprise when exhausted Anand lost the tie-break. Karpov became a knockout “World Champion”.

1999. Second World knockout Championship is organised in Las Vegas. This time the negotiations with FIDE have not brought a desirable result and the Champion has to defend his title from the second round. Karpov is indignant and sues FIDE. Besides, after having refused to participate, in the US he is trying all his resorts to cancel the 3 million USD prize fund event, writing to the Nevada Governor a request to do it. Having learnt about it, chess players were very angry, and a German GM Lobron was chasing Karpov during a Dortmund tournament (Lobron has drank too much) with the aim to inflict light bodily damage.

The result of a conciliatory encounter of Ilyumzhinov and Karpov was his withdrawal of his suit. We can only guess the reason which made a principled person give up his claims.

2000. Kasparov, who has not defended his World Championship title for five years, finally picks up his challenger – Vladimir Kramnik. Before this, due to various reasons, including financial ones, two matches for the titles fell through – against Shirov and Anand. Kasparov loses the match in all aspects and violating the contract signed by both participants before the match, immediately demands the revenge. We should remind you here that in the mid-80s, as a result of some serious struggle, he managed to cancel such matches, as Karpov was a stickler of the revanche.

2001. M. Botvinnik Memorial in Moscow. Kasparov, Kramnik and Karpov in a match-tournament. Shortly before the start, after reaching the agreements with the organisers of this event which had aspirations to become historical, Karpov “suddenly” refused to play and preferred due to some reasons which we can only guess about, the knockout World Championship, “incidentally” organised by FIDE during the same dates in the same city. In the first very round he lost to a Chinese player, who was not well-known. This is the end of the brilliant chess career of Karpov.

2002. Ukrainian R. Ponomarjov becomes FIDE World Champion. Kasparov, as it seems, is trying a campaign of public lauding of Ilyumzhinov’s virtues with the aim of returning the World Championship title by any means. They say that at the Bled Chess Olympiad, having his turn for a move, but just seeing Ilyumzhinov in the playing hall, Kasparov rushed to hug and kiss him under the approving roar of the audience. The same year Kasparov in fact started a campaign against Ilyumzhinov’s “chase” by media, praising the achievements of the latter in his capacity as Kalmykia’s state figure and a unique world chess leader. “Kommersant” newspaper wrote: “ The most expensive present was handed to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov by a chess player Garry Kasparov – his assurances in sincere friendship and his support of all the initiatives as FIDE President, and recognition of his being wrong in the past”. Quote from “Moskovsky Komsomolets”: “Kasparov underlined that now they are connected by business and commercial relations, which sometimes are stronger than friendly ties”.

The result of these in my opinion, humiliating speeches of Kasparov was the famous Prague Agreement and the right for a FIDE World championship title without any sporting qualification, which actually was canceled the last moment. Ponomariov refused to play the match due to very strong pressure from Kasparov himself and a number of FIDE officials. Karpov at that period was accusing Kasparov in destructive activity: “Kasparov has made many mistakes. The situation in FIDE and the fact that the former harmonious World Chess Championship system is now turned into something incomprehensible – this is the result of Kasparov’s intrigues and activity”. Then chess circles had the following ironical saying: “President of FIDE and Kalmykia now has only clean banknotes. So Kasparov can play for them with his conscience being clear”.

2004. After Kasimdzhanov becomes new World knockout Champion, Kasparov of course receives a right to play a match for the title against him. Ilyumzhinov refused to personally provide the prize fund, and Kasparov failed to attract other sponsors. Years of public humiliation were wasted, he did not managed to return his title, and Kasparov again joins Ilyumzhinov’s opposition.

2005. Kasparov announces that his chess career is over.

2006. Karpov declares that he is going to run for the FIDE Presidency. As a result of a personal meeting Iyumzhinov succeeds to find solid arguments, and Karpov gives this idea up.

2006–2009. Happy years for chess. Several matches for the title were played. Chess world is unified. The number of top tournament increases alongside with earnings of professional chess players.

2007. Karpov as a member of the Public Chamber, brings the 64-Chess Review magazine to Kasparov in his detention cell. He was not allowed to see Kasparov, and he passes his small present through the mother of Kasparov – Klara. Historical reconciliation of earlier implacable opponents takes place.

2009. Karpov-Kasparov rapid chess match in Valencia. The announced series of similar matches does not take place due to the absence of interest in the world to their creative and sportive components.

2010. Karpov declares that he is intending to run for the FIDE President’s position with the objective of “saving chess which are in the deepest crisis”. Kasparov immediately renders him informational and moral support, trying to secure votes in a number of Western countries and the USA.

Of course, this is just a fraction of the events which have been taking place during these years with participation of Karpov and Kasparov. But even a quick glance is enough to understand that if destructive energy of two pupils of the Soviet chess school is united in one position – FIDE President, then chess players will have difficult times ahead of them. I do believe that this shall not happen.

Original: http://www.ng.ru/regions/2010-05-27/5_champions.html

Translation: Susan Polgar

3rd Magistral Ciudad de Asunción Copa Roggio

GM Eduardas Rozentalis moves into sole lead

In the 8th round of the Magistral Ciudad de Asunción Copa Roggio, which is taking place at the La Pergola Garden Restaurant in Asuncion, Paraguay, GM Eduardas Rozentalis achieved victory over IM Ricardo Kropff and moved into sole lead with 6.5 points and one round to go.

The main contender for the first place, GM Ivan Morovic, split the point with IM Nahuel Diaz Hollemaert, who now needs at least a draw in the last game against Axel Bachmann to achieve a GM norm.

GM Neuris Delgado resisted GM Oswaldo Zambrana’s gambit play, returned material while continuing with active play, and eventually clinched a full point. The 2nd-seeded Delgado, however, still remains on 9th place with only 2.5 points.

Don Fernando Lugo, the President of Paraguay, is invited to visit the tournament for the final round.

Kropff vs Rozentalis

Ricardo Kropff vs Eduardas Rozentalis

Mareco vs Bachmann

Sandro Mareco vs Axel Bachmann

Zambrana vs Delgado

Oswaldo Zambrana vs Neuris Delgado

Round 8 results:

GM Rodriguez Vila Andres – IM Cubas Jose Fernando 1 – 0

IM Kropff Ricardo – GM Rozentalis Eduardas 0 – 1

GM Zambrana Oswaldo – GM Delgado Ramirez Neuris 0 – 1

IM Mareco Sandro – GM Bachmann Axel 1 – 0

IM Diaz Hollemaert Nahuel – GM Morovic Fernandez Ivan ½ – ½

Round 8 standings:

1. GM Rozentalis Eduardas LTU 2618 – 6.5

2. GM Morovic Fernandez Ivan CHI 2552 – 6.0

3. IM Diaz Hollemaert Nahuel ARG 2451 – 5.5

4. GM Rodriguez Vila Andres URU 2502 – 4.5

5. GM Zambrana Oswaldo BOL 2504 – 3.5

6. GM Bachmann Axel PAR 2563 – 3.5

7. IM Mareco Sandro ARG 2535 – 3.5

8. IM Cubas Jose Fernando PAR 2462 – 3.0

9. GM Delgado Ramirez Neuris COL 2595 – 2.5

10. IM Kropff Ricardo PAR 2300 – 1.5

Round 9 pairings:

GM Morovic Fernandez Ivan – GM Rodriguez Vila Andres

GM Bachmann Axel – IM Diaz Hollemaert Nahuel

GM Delgado Ramirez Neuris – IM Mareco Sandro

GM Rozentalis Eduardas – GM Zambrana Oswaldo

IM Cubas Jose Fernando – IM Kropff Ricardo

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2nd SCS International Grandmaster Chess tournament

Martyn Kravtsiv leads, 13-year-old Vaibhav Suri makes his maiden GM Norm

19-year-old Ukraine Grandmaster Martyn Kravtsiv moved into sole lead with 7.5 points, with an upset over leader Maxim Turov in the ninth round of the 2nd SCS International Grandmaster Chess Tournament at Hotel Swosti Premium, Bhubaneswar. Turov, along with eight other GMs and Indian IM B Adhiban shares the second place with seven points each. Five Norms – one GM Norm, one WGM Norm, three IM Norms – were made in an eventful day.

Delhi school boy Vaibhav Suri stole the show as he shocked Bangladesh GM Enamul Hossain to secure his maiden GM norm. He also became an IM, getting his third and final norm in the process. Showing little nerves, Vaibhav converted a tiny advantage arising in the French game. He later gained a pawn in the minor pieces ending to eventually sign an important victory.

Local star Padmini Rout stunned Hungarian GM Zoltan Varga, making her third and final WGM Norm. Padmini becomes the second WGM of Orissa after Kiran Manisha Mohanty. Andhra lad G V Sai Krishna upset Brazilian GM Alexandr Fier making his second successive IM Norm. Also making their IM Norms were Abu Sufian Shakil and Ticia Gara.

GM Zoltan Varga

GM Zoltan Varga

Round 9 top results:

GM Turov Maxim RUS 2624 – GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2546 0 – 1

GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2604 – GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2584 ½ – ½

GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2655 – GM Sriram Jha IND 2507 1 – 0

GM Kovalyov Anton ARG 2615 – IM Karthikeyan P IND 2411 1 – 0

GM Harutjunyan Gevorg ARM 2460 – GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2612 0 – 1

GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2612 – GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2504 ½ – ½

GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2592 – IM Lalith Babu M R IND 2493 1 – 0

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2488 – GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2587 0 – 1

GM Hera Imre Jr HUN 2558 – Tiwari Arjun IND 2274 1 – 0

IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2412 – GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2521 ½ – ½

IM Rathnakaran K IND 2397 – IM Adhiban B IND 2510 0 – 1

GM Luther Thomas GER 2541 – IM Kamble Vikramaditya IND 2412 1 – 0

Swayams Mishra IND 2397 – GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2524 ½ – ½

GM Ibrayev Nurlan KAZ 2390 – GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND 2520 1 – 0

Vaibhav Suri IND 2347 – GM Hossain Enamul BAN 2499 1 – 0

GM Czebe Attila HUN 2480 – WGM Gara Ticia HUN 2357 1 – 0

Round 9 standings (249 players):

1. GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2546 – 7.5

2-11. GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2604, GM Turov Maxim RUS 2624, GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2592, GM Kovalyov Anton ARG 2615, GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2584, GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2587, IM Adhiban B IND 2510, GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2655, GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2612 and GM Hera Imre Jr HUN 2558 – 7.0

12-22. GM Czebe Attila HUN 2480, GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2521, Vaibhav Suri IND 2347, GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2504, GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2612, GM Ibrayev Nurlan KAZ 2390, GM Luther Thomas GER 2541, IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2412, FM Sai Krishna G V IND 2282, Shreyansh Daklia IND 2287 and Ramnath Bhuvanesh R IND 2350 – 6.5

23-46. IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu IND 2463, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2488, GM Harutjunyan Gevorg ARM 2460, IM Rathnakaran K IND 2397, GM Sriram Jha IND 2507, IM Karthikeyan P IND 2411, IM Debashis Das IND 2400, IM Lalith Babu M R IND 2493, IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2391, Tiwari Arjun IND 2274, FM Abu Sufian Shakil BAN 2305, GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2525, Anwesh Upadhyaya IND 2419, GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2524, FM Akshat Khamparia IND 2292, WIM Padmini Rout IND 2319, IM Shyam Nikil P IND 2385, GM Iuldachev Saidali UZB 2511, FM Mohammad Javed BAN 2246, FM Rajesh V A V IND 2302, Swayams Mishra IND 2397, FM Nitin S IND 2363, FM Das Sayantan IND 2250 and Bitan Banerjee IND 2311 – 6.0 etc

Round 10 top pairings:

GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2546 - GM Kovalyov Anton ARG 2615

GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2587 - GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2655

GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2584 - GM Turov Maxim RUS 2624

GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2612 - GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2592

GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2604 - GM Hera Imre Jr HUN 2558

IM Adhiban B IND 2510 - GM Luther Thomas GER 2541

GM Ibrayev Nurlan KAZ 2390 - GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2612

GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2521 - Ramnath Bhuvanesh R IND 2350

GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2504 - Vaibhav Suri IND 2347

Shreyansh Daklia IND 2287 - GM Czebe Attila HUN 2480

FM Sai Krishna G V IND 2282 - IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2412

GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2525 - Swayams Mishra IND 2397

IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2391 - GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2524

IM Shyam Nikil P IND 2385 - GM Iuldachev Saidali UZB 2511

GM Sriram Jha IND 2507 - FM Nitin S IND 2363