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WJCC starts today, expect special daily reports

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Chessdom Chessbomb live games platform continues to broaden the coverage around the world. One of the latest trends on the platform are youth and junior events. In the last months retransmitted were the victory of Caruana in Biel, the smashning march of Carlsen in Bazna, the dominance of Cheparinov in Ruy Lopez, the young talent games at Mitropa Cup, and the battles of Wesley So and Anish Giri in Corus.

Tomorrow starts the World Junior Championship in Chotowa, Municipality Czarna, close to the city of Tarnow in Poland. 13 rounds of the event with the world’s top juniors will be live again on Chessdom Chessbomb. Also, expect daily photos, games, reports, and news from the venue.

The other focus of the platform is the Women Grand Prix in Ulaanbaatar. Currently round 2 of the competition is being played, full report of round 1 here.

Impressions from the 2010 World School Individual Chess Championships – Part 3

by IA Sevan Muradian, founder of NACA

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The 2010 World School Chess Championships has now drawn to a close. 9 rounds of international competition in 12 sections produced many memorable moments and also challenges, some unique to international competitions, some common with any activity involving children and youths.

One of the unique challenges faced was communication. 34 countries, 34 languages, with no guarantee that a common language was spoken. We had a number of languages available on the staff – Turkish, English, French, Russian, Armenian, Sinhala, and Nepali. We were able to address most language needs directly but when we couldn’t, we were lucky to have a coach or parent that could translate for us.

The linguistic challenge manifested itself in another fashion – the written word, or in this case the scoresheet. Given that there are many accepted scripts for notating a game, you have to be on your toes when playing through a game to resolve a dispute. When I get back home I’ll provide a picture and download of a pocket reference sheet that I use that helps with the language barrier. It also has a graphical aid showing the possible scores (1-0, 1/2-1/2, 0-1) with pictures under them to further assist (very useful with the youngest of players also!).

Identification of players and who their accompanying parties was another challenge. The Turkish Chess Federation (TCF) provided picture ID’s for all players and accompanying parties, which displayed their name, federation, age group playing in, picture, status (player, coach, staff). All arbiters also received this plus polo shirts that had ARBITER embroidered across the back.

There was security throughout the event to ensure no assistance to a player in a few ways. First no coach or parent was allowed on the playing floor unless there was a language problem and they were accompanied by an arbiter. Second the bathrooms of all players were kept separate from those available to spectators and accompanying people. Third laptops were forbidden starting with the 7th round for anyone sitting in the stadium seating. Finally we had the assistance of a private security firm that assisted in enforcing these rules.

So as you can see, some of the challenges were unique because it was an international event, and some were not so unique challenges. All in all it was a fantastic learned opportunity for me to compare US events with a European one.

It was also nice to finally put faces with email addresses such as TCF President and ECU Presidential Candidate Mr. Ali Nihat Yazici, Dr. Dirk de Ridder who sits on a number of commissions (Arbiters, Ethics, Technical, Swiss Pairings), and finally Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, Deputy President of FIDE who is also re-running for office on the ticket of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov along with Beatriz Marinello.

I was also given the honor to present the awards to those in the U-9 Girls section! This came as a complete surprise as I wasn’t made aware of this until I heard them announce my name as one of the two awards presenters for this section. You can also see the arbiters receiving their awards in the tournament gallery.

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Awards for the arbiters

In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest thanks to the Turkish Chess Federation for having me at this wonderfully executed event. Even though I was an outsider from the other side of the world, I never felt as such because of the fantastic team and was made to feel at home. I learned a great deal on how the Turkish Chess Federation performs their flawless execution of high profile events. They’ve given me many ideas on how to improve the execution of chess events in the US.

Good Chess to All,

Sevan A. Muradian, Founder

North American Chess Association

International Arbiter and International Organizer

Daniele Vocaturo Dominating at Ciutat de Balaguer Open

9-round event, 19th to 27th July in Balaguer, Spain

The 15th Obert Internacional d’Escacs “Ciutat de Balaguer” was played over nine rounds of Swiss system from 19th to 27th July in Balaguer, Spain. Total prize fund was 13,000 EUR, with 2,300 EUR and a trophy allocated for the winner.

The 20-years old Italian Grandmaster Daniele Vocaturo, who was seeded 14th before the event, convincingly outplayed the higher rated opposition and won the tournament by collecting 7.5 points. He was alone on the top before the final round, but contrary to the “usual” practice in open tournaments, he didn’t settle for a draw and played for a win with Black pieces against Mexican Grandmaster Manuel Leon Hoyos. Important victory in that game sealed the first place as only GM Quesada Perez was able to collect 7.0 points and claim the silver medal.

Last month Vocaturo shined in another strong open tournament, Eforie Nord Chess Festival, but couple of defeats in the finish denied him from taking the trophy. In Balaguer he didn’t repeat the same mistake.

89 players from 19 countries took part in the competition, among them were 17 Grandmasters.

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GM Daniele Vocaturo (photo courtesy of Scacchierando.net)

Final standings:

1 GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2526 – 7.5

2 GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky CUB 2603 – 7

3 GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2617 – 6.5

4 GM Bhat Vinay S USA 2536 – 6.5

5 GM Corrales Jimenez Fidel CUB 2574 – 6.5

6 GM Oms Pallisse Josep ESP 2494 – 6.5

7 IM Neiksans Arturs LAT 2485 – 6

8 GM Leon Hoyos Manuel MEX 2556 – 6

9 GM Drozdovskij Yuri UKR 2624 – 6

10 GM Haslinger Stewart G ENG 2552 – 6

11 GM Aroshidze Levan GEO 2548 – 6

12 IM Kohlweyer Bernd GER 2436 – 6

13 FM Daskevics Vadims LAT 2414 – 6

14 IM Aloma Vidal Robert ESP 2445 – 6

15 IM Colovic Aleksandar MKD 2452 – 6

16 IM Rombaldoni Axel ITA 2448 – 6

17 GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2588 – 5.5

18 GM Burmakin Vladimir RUS 2605 – 5.5

19 IM Gomez Ledo Roberto Carlos CUB 2445 – 5.5

20 GM Pogorelov Ruslan UKR 2424 – 5.5

21 IM Fluvia Poyatos Jordi ESP 2467 – 5.5

22 IM Roeder Matthias GER 2392 – 5.5

23 IM Fluvia Poyatos Joan ESP 2499 – 5.5

24 IM Berbatov Kiprian BUL 2455 – 5.5

25 IM Gomez Garrido Camilo CUB 2499 – 5.5

26 IM Anikaev Yuri N RUS 2411 – 5.5

27 IM Guerra Mendez Jose Angel CUB 2480 – 5.5

28 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2606 – 5

29 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2281 – 5

30 IM Ivanov Jordan BUL 2422 – 5

31 WIM Linares Napoles Oleiny CUB 2331 – 5

32 IM Pozo Vera Sandro CUB 2453 – 5

33 IM Samolins Vitalijs LAT 2408 – 5

34 GM Westerinen Heikki M J FIN 2347 – 5

35 Gabarro Sole Ramon ESP 2159 – 5

36 GM Mateo Ramon DOM 2459 – 5

37 FM Moreno Gracia Daniel ESP 2294 – 5

38 Ramon Solans Albert ESP 2196 – 5

39 IM Vilela De Acuna Jose Luis CUB 2329 – 5

40 IM Starostits Ilmars LAT 2486 – 5

41 IM Kovacevic Slobodan SRB 2392 – 4.5

42 FM Del Rey Diego ESP 2395 – 4.5

43 IM Vila Gazquez Xavier ESP 2478 – 4.5

44 WGM Zdebskaja Natalia UKR 2383 – 4.5

45 Vallverdu Miret Oscar ESP 2075 – 4.5

46 WGM Arribas Robaina Maritza CUB 2289 – 4.5

47 Arno Bendicho Arnau ESP 1904 – 4.5

48 FM Ramon Perez Jose Luis ESP 2262 – 4.5

49 Garcia Espelta Josep ESP 1969 – 4.5

50 Sicilia Ruiz Manuel ESP 2144 – 4.5

51 Haslinger John M ESP 0 – 4.5

52 Parramon Guillaumet Jaime ESP 1963 – 4

53 Beltre Pedro DOM 1964 – 4

54 Solani Nunez Joshua ESP 1890 – 4

55 Sanuy Moncasi Albert ESP 1987 – 4

56 Creus Sola Andreu ESP 2024 – 4

57 Gonzalez Pabollet Jesus Maria ESP 1894 – 4

58 Lazaro Porta Angel ESP 1974 – 4

59 Orrit Sole Gerard ESP 1679 – 4

60 Montoliu Daroca Imma ESP 1859 – 4

61 Ferrer Font Jordi ESP 1807 – 4

62 Moran Rubio Francesc ESP 1800 – 4

63 Subarroca Blanch Francesc ESP 1868 – 3.5

64 Perez Cabas Jose ESP 1873 – 3.5

65 Fumas Fontova Eudald ESP 1650 – 3.5

66 Aldoma Pubil L Roger ESP 0 – 3.5

67 Cardona Marin Wilson ESP 0 – 3.5

68 Fabrega Ramon Sergi ESP 0 – 3.5

69 Casas Torres Pau ESP 0 – 3.5

70 Makukins Maksims LAT 0 – 3.5

71 Flotats Ardiaca Sergi ESP 0 – 3.5

72 GM Andersson Ulf SWE 2567 – 3

73 Fernandez Alvarez Javier ESP 1391 – 3

74 Paul Cava Javier ESP 0 – 3

75 Voltes Miret Andreu ESP 1579 – 3

76 Borras Camarasa Marc ESP 1610 – 3

77 Anaya Ibars Genis ESP 0 – 3

78 Borras Burgues Jordi ESP 0 – 3

79 Solsona Manonelles Josep ESP 1787 – 3

80 Bonet Verdu Marcel D ESP 0 – 2.5

81 Ferrer Dalmau Josep A ESP 1837 – 2.5

82 Ivanov Markov Rodoslov ESP 1724 – 2

83 Orellana Rios Jose Manuel ESP 1775 – 2

84 Lampurlanes Farre Isaac ESP 0 – 2

85 Cosialls Ris Ramon ESP 0 – 2

86 Clua Guardia Mariona ESP 0 – 2

87 Marti Trilla Alexei ESP 0 – 2

88 Puigpinos Font Esteve ESP 1902 – 1

89 Foix Martinez Josep ESP 0 – 1

Brunei Invitational IM Tournament

WGM Irene Sukandar and FM Ramnath Bhuvanesh share first, make IM norms

Long time tournament leader WGM Irene Kharisma Sukandar from Indonesia took a short draw against IM Nguyen Van Huy from Vietnam in the final round of the Brunei Invitational IM Tournament 1 to score an unbeaten 7 points from 9 games in a gritty and determined performance to keep a share of first place, and in doing so made her first ever International Master title norm.

All the drama was however in a very tense encounter between top seeded IM Oliver Barbosa from the Philippines and young FIDE Master Ramnath Bhuvanesh from India as the winner would join WGM Sukandar in joint first place and for FM Ramnath that meant he would also get an International Master title norm.

Playing aggressively with the black pieces in a Sicilian Najdorf with opposite side castling, FM Ramnath paced the hall nervously in between making his moves at a rapid tempo while IM Barbosa sat calmly defending until allowing a thematic Sicilian exchange sacrifice after which he got into serious time trouble and that made his task in a complicated game very difficult.

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WGM Irene Kharisma Sukandar playing her last round needing a draw

In a resulting queens with pawns ending where both sides played badly, FM Ramnath finally won and with that, IM Duong The Ahn from Vietnam with 6.5 points was third, while IM Barbosa dropped down to join IM Nguyen to 6 points and share fourth and fifth places.

Local hope FIDE Master Yee Soon Wai was sixth, scoring 4.5 points in a good performance that would have been better if the breaks had gone his way including a desperately unlucky loss to WGM Sukandar in the third round which then forced him to take too many risks in his later games.

On seventh with three and a half points was Nodir Vakhidov from Uzbekistan, followed by top Brunei woman Siti Nur Fatimah together with her off form brother Md Aliuddin Hj Azahari, both with two points to show from many promising positions, and last was veteran Hj Md Baharuddin Hj Sulaiman who had half a point after struggling with both rustiness and off the board work commitments.

The Brunei Invitational IM Tournaments are two back to back ten player round robins being played from 25 July to 4 August 2010 at the Brunei Chess Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan, and organised by the Brunei Chess Federation to exposure their young players to international competition.

Impressions from the 2010 World School Individual Chess Championships – Part 2

by IA Sevan Muradian, founder of NACA

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We have reached the two-thirds marker of the 2010 World School Individual Championship. Tuesday was a rest day which allowed those interested to explore the city or just plain old collapse. I didn’t have the chance to venture out into the city as I have a number of chess related projects I’m trying to complete before I get back, as my chess schedule will heat up with upcoming Chicago Blaze US Chess League season, the opening of the North Shore Chess Center, the Illinois Open State Championship, the Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, the US G/30 and G/60 National Chess Championships, and finally the Illinois Class Championships.

So back to my impressions of this wonderfully organized international event. I am going to utilize this writing to document the way the Turkish Chess Federation is executing the event. There are striking similarities and differences between how this event is executed and how events are executed in the US. I think there are important lessons for US organizers to take away.

I will state that the design of the event is 1 round per day with a time control of 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes with a 30-sec increment from move 1. All FIDE rules are followed including the zero tolerance rule. So far only 1 person that I know of was affected by this. The Chief Arbiter did begin a countdown from 10 minutes before the start of the round, then an announcement every minute starting at 5 minutes till the round time. Once the round was to start all arbiters started the clocks of the players and play began (yes we went around to the clocks and people waited for us to get there before starting).

Let’s start off with the venue for this event. It’s being held at a sports stadium, the same one that will host the 2010 World Basketball Championships Qualifiers. This setup allows for the players and arbiters to be on the stadium floor with all accompanying people being situated in the stadium seating above the playing area. This configuration does allow everyone to be in the same general vicinity, with no spectators or accompanying people allowed on the playing floor. Of course there are at times noise related issues, but so far the arbiters and the stadium security team (always 4 stadium security members) have been able to keep the noise levels down to very low levels.

The next place we’ll take a look are sponsor banners. There are plenty of them from around a dozen different Turkish corporations. These banners are very visible being approximately 4 feet tall by 15 feet wide. They are hanging over the guard walls that prevent those sitting in the stadium seating from falling to the stadium floor.

We can turn our attention to the arbiter staffing of the event. There is a Chief Organizer, a Managing Arbiter (all arbiters including the chief reports into him) a Chief Arbiter, 2 Deputy Chief Arbiters (one for boys and one for girls, I’m the one for the girls), and then the section arbiters. Each section has at least 1 arbiter. For those smaller sections they help out with the larger ones. All in all we have a total of 16 arbiters for the event (around 360 individuals).

The arbiters, aside from doing the regular duties of resolving disputes, collects scores for all games in what I find an interesting manner. When a game is completed, the participants do not leave their playing station (and yes all kids including those in the U7 divisions followed this). Instead they raise their hands and the arbiters walk over there, confirm the result with both players, both players sign their scoresheets as does the arbiter (this is a FIDE requirement to have the arbiter signature), and the arbiter takes the top copies of both scoresheets.

Another thing that I saw the arbiters doing that I found interesting was that every half hour they way from playing station to playing station and record the times on the clocks. This is done in case there is a clock malfunction and times need to be reset as accurately as possible. Finally after all games in a section are complete, the deputy chief for that section (boys or girls) double checks the recorded scores versus the scoresheets, makes sure the scoresheets are in order, and signs off on all of them. Then they are handed to the pairing team that handles creation of the pairings for the next round. Also to note that arbiters would record any penalties that were assessed to players in each round and this was kept track of in case appeals were made later.

The event also does have another level of ‘management’ shall we say in that we have an appeals committee that is comprised of individuals from different federations. One of the members of the committee is Dr. Dirk DeRidder from Belgium who sits on numerous FIDE commissions. Dirk and I have spent a great deal of time discussing various aspects of FIDE chess over the course of the past few days. The appeals committee is used as a last resort from a delegation lodging a complaint. Of course to lodge an appeal with the committee it has to be done in writing within 24 hours and must be accompanied by a fee of 100 Euros which is refundable if the appeals committee agrees with the appealee.

Continuing with the discussion of staffing we turn to both the broadcast team and the tournament booklet team. Each team has about 6 people on it. The broadcast team is making sure that all 100 DGT boards are communicating properly with the software to relay the games. If an issue arises, they work with the arbiters to fix it as quickly as possible. The tournament booklet team is responsible for the creation and distribution of the event booklet after set rounds. They collect the scoresheets (because half of the tournament is not on DGT) to make sure all games are provided in the booklets.

Let’s turn to equipment which is a major factor here also. ALL equipment is provided for – boards, sets, and clocks. We have 100 DGT boards with DGT XL clocks and 100 standard boards/sets with DGT 2010 clocks. I find this as the single most important thing than any tournament organizer can provide to enhance the tournament experience. Make it easy for the players to just come play.

Now of course you don’t have to go out and buy 100 DGT boards and clocks as the Turkish Chess Federation did (DGT would be happy if you did though), but it’s not that costly to first start off with providing boards and sets and then work up to providing clocks. I found that this makes things much easier for the players and the arbiters because only 1 or 2 types of clocks have to be understood in terms of operations.

I’ve done this for all of my title norm tournaments and also the World Amateur. I’m providing all equipment for the 2010 Illinois Open Championships and also all of my events going forward. Because players were able to play with the DGT North American clocks, I was able that week to also sell 300 of them to individuals, chess clubs, other resellers because they saw it in action and saw the reaction of themselves and others. Oh by the way – I didn’t lose or have a single clock broken!

Getting back to the equipment. Each player was on a 4 foot table by themselves. No traditional 2 players per 6 foot table here. The chairs used were NOT typical hotel chairs, they were nicely padded office reception area type chairs. Of course scoresheets and writing utensils were provided but more interestingly all information regarding that round and the players were on the scoresheets. The Turkish Chess Federation utilizes form feed carbonless scoresheets so they can run it through a dot-matrix printer (yes those still exist and are quite useful) to print out all of the information (names of players, rounds, country designations, ratings, ID’s, etc). Also there are name placards for every player – printed in color and set in an acrylic holder. This is rearranged prior to each round along with placing the scoresheets for that round.

There were also two large projection screens situated properly to allow parents to watch the games as they cycled through or they could get on the stadium Wi-Fi and watch the games online. Now due to the final rounds being played, Wi-Fi is being disabled to get around any potential issues or claims of getting assistance from a players accompanying party. I find this an appropriate control for the final rounds as there are some all expenses paid prizes for top finishers to the World Youth.

I’ll briefly turn attention to the hosting of the players, staff, and visiting FIDE dignitaries (we will be having some high level FIDE Presidential Board members here starting on Wednesday). There are a number of hotels approximately 15 minutes from the stadium. Each hotel has 2 buses running from the hotel to the playing hall 45 minutes prior to the start of the round, and then 1 bus from the stadium to the the hotels each hour. Additionally breakfast, lunch, and dinner is also served at the hotels at set times. This is built into the room night cost for each person as far as I can tell and is partially subsidized by sponsorships.

In the final installment of this series, I’ll go through the challenges that we faced throughout the event.

Good Chess to All,

Sevan A. Muradian, Founder

North American Chess Association

International Arbiter and International Organizer

Open Andorra 2010

IM Dan Zoeler wins XXVIII Obert Internacional d’Escacs d’Andorra

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The exciting Open Andora 2010 has finished this weekend in the beautiful St.Gothard’s Hotel. Going into the final rounds, many players were sharing the top position at the table, while the chasing pack was even bigger, giving chances to more than 25 players to win the first position.

The last round paired up some of the strongest players in the field, which agreed to multiple grandmaster draws. This was cleverly used by IM Dan Zoeler, who stunned GM Edouard Romain and snatched first position in the final standings.

Second place was shared by GM Bruzon, GM Hamdouchi, GM Balogh, GM Cori, GM Paunovic, GM Narciso Dublan, and GM Arizmendi, all with 7,0/9, and the top 10 was completed by IM Alexander Ipatov and IM Delorme. Scroll down for final standings.

Official website / Photo album with 421 images

This was the XXVIII edition of the Obert Internacional d’Escacs d’Andorra, definitely one of the best summer opens of Europe, with strong participants, fantastic organization, and a great place for chess. If you are planning an event for next summer, write it down in your callendar.

Photo report by IM Alexander Ipatov

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IM Dan Zoeler receives the prize from the organizers of Obert Internacional d’Escacs d’Andorra

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All tropheys given to medalists and section winners

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FM Demuth got the norm of IM

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IM Dan Zoeler relaxing after the final round, already a winner of Obert Internacional d’Escacs d’Andorra

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One of the top table encounters GM Bruzon – GM Balogh

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GM Narciso – GM Hamdouchi, a last round game

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IM Fierro – GM Arizmendi

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IM Shytaj Luca

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GM Oscar De La Riva Aguado, organizer of Andorra chess open, in action during the last rounds

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GM Hamdouchi during the last round

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IM Ipatov preparing for the last round game with table tennis

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The view from the garden of St.Gothard’s Hotel

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The River against the hotel where the players are accommodated

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A very nice view of Pirineus mountains in Andorra

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The swimming pool which attracts a lot of chess players of the Andorra Chess Open 2010

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The playing hall

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Opening ceremony speeches by the organizers

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GM Almeida Quintana

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GM Csaba Balogh

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GM Lazaro Bruzon

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GM Alexander Delchev

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GM Edouard Romain

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IM Alexander Ipatov

1 m Zoler Dan ISR 2474 7.5

2 g Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2653 7

3 g Hamdouchi Hicham FRA 2600 7

4 g Balogh Csaba HUN 2628 7

5 gm Cori Jorge PER 2486 7

6 g Paunovic Dragan SRB 2553 7

7 g Narciso Dublan Marc ESP 2540 7

8 g Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis ESP 2532 7

9 m Ipatov Alexander ESP 2507 6.5

10 m Delorme Axel FRA 2455 6.5

11 m Gagarin Vasilij RUS 2403 6.5

12 g Almeida Quintana Omar CUB 2559 6.5

13 g Delchev Aleksander BUL 2632 6.5

14 m Mogranzini Roberto ITA 2387 6.5

15 g Gonzalez Vidal Yuri CUB 2522 6.5

16 m Philippe Christophe FRA 2431 6.5

17 g Zilberman Yaacov ISR 2441 6

18 g Edouard Romain FRA 2620 6

19 g Spraggett Kevin CAN 2575 6

20 f Demuth Adrien FRA 2394 6

21 m Pavlovic Milos M SRB 2483 6

22 m Fierro Baquero Martha L. ECU 2372 6

23 m Benitah Yohan FRA 2382 6

24 m Vehi Bach Victor Manuel ESP 2405 6

25 Midoux Sebastien FRA 2314 6

26 m Loeffler Markus GER 2355 6

27 m Archangelsky Mikhail RUS 2209 6

28 m Shytaj Luca ITA 2466 5.5

29 g Kogan Artur ISR 2541 5.5

30 g De La Riva Aguado Oscar AND 2532 5.5

31 m Almagro Llamas Pablo ESP 2451 5.5

32 f Cruz-Lopez Claret Carlos ESP 2307 5.5

33 m Panelo Marcelo ARG 2450 5.5

34 Shiven Khosla IND 2335 5.5

35 m Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2416 5.5

36 wgm Hamdouchi Adina-Maria FRA 2319 5.5

37 m Berkovich Mark A ISR 2397 5.5

38 g Alsina Leal Daniel ESP 2546 5.5

39 Givon Asaf ISR 2194 5.5

40 m Vernay Clovis FRA 2470 5.5

41 f Trepat Herranz Joan ESP 2322 5.5

42 f Berthelot Yannick FRA 2272 5.5

43 f Serrano Salvador Eduardo ESP 2359 5.5

44 Martinez Lopez Ivan ESP 2280 5.5

45 Visa Jordana Joel ESP 2261 5.5

46 Bertrand Quentin FRA 2124 5.5

47 wim Schneider Veronika HUN 2292 5.5

48 Damians Janes Jordi ESP 2019 5.5

49 f Paci Cedric FRA 2361 5

50 m Moreno Ruiz Javier ESP 2494 5

51 wgm Cori T. Deysi PER 2403 5

52 Lillo Ferrer Jose Maria M. ESP 2155 5

53 Albets Armengol Roland ESP 2133 5

54 Lillo Castay Victor ESP 2284 5

55 f Garcia Raul AND 2240 5

56 Silva Rodriguez Fernando ESP 2115 5

57 f Sanchez Jerez Emilio Miguel ESP 2301 5

58 Fernandez Lopez Joan AND 2092 5

59 wfm Clopes Llahi Judit ESP 2091 5

60 Muratet Casadevall Albert ESP 2181 5

61 Baekelant Eva BEL 2034 5

62 Mateu Guiu Esteve ESP 1861 5

63 Prieto Aranguren Alain ESP 2150 5

64 Diez Fraile David ESP 2173 5

65 Bujosa Ribas Joan ESP 2063 5

66 Bas Mas Jose Joaquin ESP 2030 5

67 Gil Quilez Sonia ESP 2039 5

68 Neagos Raul-Alexandru ROU 2121 5

69 Santamaria V. AND 2097 5

70 Alberto Manuel ANG 2140 4.5

71 Bayerri Rosa Xavier ESP 0 4.5

72 Diaz Munoz Sergi ESP 2005 4.5

73 wfm Redondo Arguelles Graciela ESP 2102 4.5

74 Lam Sophie FRA 2093 4.5

75 Morros Faura Ricard ESP 2205 4.5

76 Fernandez Vazquez Jorge ESP 1881 4.5

77 Vich Ramirez Carles ESP 2118 4.5

78 Levine Yonatan ISR 2085 4.5

79 Forestier Carole FRA 2103 4.5

80 Llamazares Lopez Marcos ESP 1923 4.5

81 Goossens Hanne BEL 2052 4.5

82 Brih Touatia FRA 1948 4.5

83 Parra Dolz Mario ESP 2032 4.5

84 Gelabert Mari Llorenc ESP 2057 4.5

85 Bach Anatole FRA 1861 4.5

86 Tuerlinckx Ben BEL 0 4.5

87 wim Heredia Serrano Carla ECU 2080 4.5

88 Rodriguez Abelardo BEL 1768 4.5

89 Elizondo Market Juan Marcos ESP 2036 4.5

90 Ortiz De Latierro Olivella Aitor ESP 1738 4.5

91 Sartre Guilhem FRA 1723 4.5

92 Garcia-Blazquez Perez Manuel ESP 1949 4.5

93 f Hernandez Gallardo Fco. Javier ESP 2332 4

94 Barbier Sigiswald BEL 2011 4

95 Knudsen Martin DEN 1944 4

96 Verstraeten Reinaert BEL 2011 4

97 Sanders Isaac B ENG 1968 4

98 Khrisanfova Alena RUS 0 4

99 Van Herck Raf BEL 1679 4

100 Van Hille Reinout BEL 0 4

101 Colomer Camarasa Jordi ESP 1951 4

102 Beltran Ortiz Edda Georgina ESP 1878 4

103 Dubreuil Remy FRA 1927 4

104 Marinc Damir SLO 2053 4

105 Sevenyuk Alexey BLR 1932 4

106 Schroer Charlotte BEL 1583 4

107 Cantabrana Garona Alejandro ESP 1788 4

108 Arnijas Fabregas Marc ESP 1752 4

109 Leloutre Bernard BEL 1883 4

110 Van Steenwinckel Hugo BEL 0 4

111 Serrat Rifa Ernest ESP 2015 4

112 Fentes Caceres Daniel ESP 1924 4

113 Bas Sanchez Jose Joaquin ESP 1764 3.5

114 Humphrey Ventura Bruce ESP 1864 3.5

115 Hendrix Judith NED 1741 3.5

116 Rechi Perez Francesc AND 1959 3.5

117 Bas Mas Miguel ESP 1822 3.5

118 Marin Uriguen Erlantz AND 0 3.5

119 Vigneron Quentin FRA 1946 3.5

120 Pham Toan Thanh NOR 2122 3.5

121 Pampliega Canturri Antoni ESP 1920 3.5

122 Burke Kevin A. IRL 1760 3.5

123 Clanchet Olle Josep ESP 1821 3.5

124 Riera Sola Lluis ESP 2036 3.5

125 Rechi Montes Xavier AND 1899 3.5

126 Beranger Thierry FRA 0 3.5

127 Obregon Pantebre Marc AND 0 3.5

128 Draillard Margot FRA 1912 3.5

129 Sterck Arno BEL 0 3.5

130 Torrent Casado Marc AND 1616 3.5

131 Gorgues Valle Jose Maria AND 1815 3.5

132 Spatola Joseph FRA 1768 3

133 Mercier Pierre FRA 1765 3

134 Lopies Andre NED 0 3

135 Pericas Rechi Marc AND 1662 3

136 Veciana Coronado David ESP 1596 3

137 Moscoso Rodriguez Joan AND 1825 3

138 Van Hauwermeiren Kwinten BEL 0 3

139 Gomez Abad Antonio AND 1840 3

140 Jansat Mir Arnau AND 0 3

141 Hernanz Villaoslada Javier ESP 1707 3

142 Verstraeten Iris BEL 0 3

143 Tirapo Larcuen Ana ESP 1919 2.5

144 Gutierrez Anso Jose ESP 2101 2.5

145 Blas Correa Jordi ESP 1922 2.5

146 Cuevas Garcia Agustin ESP 0 2.5

147 Idoate Arrazurria Ricardo ESP 1599 2.5

148 Vera Juan Andreu ESP 1719 2.5

149 Da Rocha Soares Diana AND 0 2.5

150 Lopez Pla Francesc Asis AND 1589 2.5

Brunei Invitational IM Tournament

WGM Irene Sukandar and IM Nguyen Van Huy set the early pace

With 3.5 points each from 4 rounds, Woman Grandmaster Irene Kharisma Sukandar from Indonesia and International Master Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam are setting the pace approaching the halfway mark of the first of two Brunei Invitational IM Tournaments to be played from 25 July to 4 August at the Brunei Chess Centre, Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex, Berakas, Bandar Seri Begawan.

Earlier, 18-years old Sukandar was the sole leader with 3 successive wins, but settled for a short draw in the fourth round in her match up with top seeded and now third placed International Master Oliver Barbosa from the Philippines who has 3 points and is also still unbeaten.

Irene vs Oliver

WGM Irene Kharisma Sukandar vs IM Oliver Barbosa

Sharing fourth place are International Master Duong The Ahn from Vietnam, Nodir Vakhidov from Uzbekistan and FIDE Master Ramnath Bhuvanesh from India, all with 2.5 points, while alone in seventh place on 2 points is FIDE Master Yee Soon Wai who is leading the local challenge with a solid start.

Organised by the Brunei Chess Federation under the leadership of its President Hj Zainal Abidin Ali, the ten player round robin Brunei Invitational IM Tournaments are the first events of its kind to be held in Brunei and serves as much needed exposure for emerging young local talents Yee and the brother and sister duo Md Aliuddin and Siti Nur Fatimah who are all making the transition from junior ranks.

Six countries and six internationally titled players are participating in the two tournaments, represented by eight men and two women from India, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Brunei.

News and photo by Peter Long

Candidate matches 2011 to take place in Kazan

Grischuk will play if Topalov declines the invitation

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The Candidate matches 2011, part of the World Chess Championship Cycle 2010 – 2011, have been moved to Kazan, Russia. Despite the fact that Azerbaijan had already signed an agreement and had transferred 150 000 eur to FIDE, the Presidential Board in Tromso decided to award the event to Kazan.

Given the previous agreement with Azerbaijan, it has been decided to keep GM Mamedyarov as the nominated player. Besides him, the eight candidates include Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), Boris Gelfand (Israel) and Gata Kamsky (USA). The pairings have not been changed and are as follows.

In case of a possible withdraw of Veselin Topalov, as explained by the ex World Champion in an open letter, there will be a substitute player – GM Alexander Grischuk.

Update: Topalov did not decline the invitation, however, Magnus Carlsen did and Grischuk enters at his place. Updated Candidates Matches pairings here

Stay tuned for more information on the Candidates matches on Chessdom.com later today as the story unfolds.

Excerpt from the Regulations: 3. 1 Matches Format & System

A – First Round of Matches (8 players)

a1 – Matches System: The player who lost the World Championship Match 2010 (V. Anand or V. Topalov) is ranked No.1, the rest are ranked in rating order using the FIDE Rating List of January 2010. The players are paired the following way: 1 vs 8 (match 1), 2 vs 7 (match 2), 3 vs 6 (match 3), 4 vs 5 (match 4). Each match will consist of 4 games.

a2 – The four (4) winners will qualify for the second round of the Candidate Matches.

B – Second Round of Matches (4 players)

b1 – The Second Round of Matches will start 2 days after the end of the First Round. Any qualified player for the second round of the Candidates Matches can only be replaced by the player he defeated in the first round of the Candidate Matches.

b2 – Matches System: The players are ranked according to the results of the first round of the Candidates Matches: winner of match 1 is No.1, winner of match 2 is No.2, winner of match 3 is No.3 and winner of match 4 is No.4. The players are paired the following way: 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3. Each match will consist of 4 games.

b3 – The two (2) winners will qualify for the third round of the Candidate Matches.

C – Third Round of Matches (2 players)

c1 – The Third Round of Matches will start 2 days after the end of the Second Round. Any qualified player for the third round of the Candidates Matches can only be replaced by the player he defeated in the second round of the Candidates Matches.

c2 – Matches System: The match between the two players will consist of 6 games.

c3 – The winner will qualify for the World Championship Match 2011.

French domination at Biel Chess Open

GM Bauer and GM Feller leading

Christian Bauer

The French grandmasters Christian Bauer and Sebastien Feller are leading the strong Biel Chess Open. After 7 rounds they are top of the standings with 6,0/7, half a point ahead of the Russian duo GM Riazantsev and IM Nadezhda Kosintseva.

Chessdom.com commentator and author of Jouez la Scandinave GM Christian Bauer is the only player in top 10 without a lost game. He will play a direct match against his countrymate GM Feller in round 8. The other top pairings of the day are Kosintseva – Mikhalevski, Roiz – Riazantsev, Lysyj – Pavlovic, Kritz – Ulibin, Pelletier – Hauchard.

Parallel to the Biel Chess Open is taking place the Yound Masters tournament. You can follow the games live with computer analysis at http://livechess.chessdom.com/site/

Standings after round 7

1 Feller,Sebastien GM 2611 FRA 6

2 Bauer,Christian GM 2612 FRA 6

3 Riazantsev,Alexan GM 2682 RUS 5.5

4 Kosintseva,Nadezh IM 2551 RUS 5.5

5 Mikhalevski,Victo GM 2610 ISR 5

6 Ulibin,Mikhail GM 2540 RUS 5

7 Kritz,Leonid GM 2618 GER 5

8 Pavlovic,Milos GM 2534 SRB 5

9 Hauchard,Arnaud GM 2526 FRA 5

10 Lysyj,Igor GM 2631 RUS 5

11 Kaplan,Sasha IM 2422 ISR 5

12 Golod,Vitali GM 2585 ISR 5

13 Roiz,Michael GM 2645 ISR 5

14 Pelletier,Yannick GM 2589 SUI 5

15 Maze,Sebastien GM 2573 FRA 5

16 Gleizerov,Evgeny GM 2573 RUS 5

16 Cebalo,Miso GM 2500 CRO 5

18 Al-Sayed,Mohammed GM 2498 QAT 5

19 Bok,Benjamin FM 2449 NED 4.5

20 Kamber,Bruno FM 2302 SUI 4.5

21 Ootes,Lars 2315 NED 4.5

22 Donchenko,Anatoly IM 2378 GER 4.5

23 Grandadam,Patrik 2144 SUI 4.5

24 Eichhorn,Andreas FM 2294 GER 4.5

25 Nezad,Husein Aziz IM 2398 QAT 4.5

26 Lampert,Jonas 2106 GER 4.5

27 Misiano,Franco FM 2316 ITA 4.5

28 Klauser,Markus IM 2362 SUI 4

29 Mensch,Etienne IM 2366 FRA 4

30 Nedilko,Vasyl 2408 UKR 4

31 Rasch,Holger FM 2264 GER 4

32 Domont,Alex IM 2328 SUI 4

33 Meier,Volker FM 2304 GER 4

34 De Groote,Ewoud 2251 NED 4

35 Onoprienko,Vladim IM 2343 RUS 4

36 Kolbus,Dietmar IM 2343 GER 4

37 Partenheimer,Axel 2186 GER 4

38 Wyss,Jonas 2258 SUI 4

39 Paikidze,Nazi WGM 2346 GEO 4

40 Kelecevic,Nedeljk IM 2294 SUI 4

41 De Filomeno,Simon 2250 ITA 4

42 Efroimski,Marsel WFM 2169 ISR 4

43 Rosenthal,Jonatha 2291 SUI 4

44 Muheim,Sebastian 2160 SUI 4

45 Kuhn,Thomas 2218 SUI 4

46 Buchenau,Frank FM 2264 GER 4

47 Saevareid,Ove 2146 NOR 4

48 Nabavi,Parwis 2208 SUI 4

49 Gaehwiler,Gabriel 2250 SUI 4

50 Lehmann,Marco FM 2302 SUI 3.5

51 Naarden,Amindo 2064 NED 3.5

52 Grandadam,Nicolas 2249 SUI 3.5

53 Donchenko,Alexand 2174 GER 3.5

54 Bozinovic,Bogdan FM 2232 CRO 3.5

55 Kleibaumhueter,Kl 2097 GER 3.5

56 Borne,Niels FM 2284 FRA 3.5

57 Satta,Vladimiro 2255 ITA 3.5

58 Holzhauer,Bjoern 2162 GER 3.5

59 Al-Tamimi,Hamad 2243 QAT 3.5

60 Van der Heijden,T 2284 NED 3.5

61 Miatello,Alberto 2001 ITA 3.5

62 Illijin,Neboisa IM 2225 ROU 3.5

63 Bellahcene,Bilel 2126 FRA 3.5

64 Altyzer,Lucien 2104 SUI 3.5

65 Codenotti,Marco 2169 ITA 3.5

66 Martinez,Vincent 2096 FRA 3.5

67 Cochet,Jean-Danie 2077 SUI 3.5

68 Duschek,Volker 2269 GER 3

69 Schiendorfer,Flor 2141 SUI 3

70 Skouvaklis,Alexis 2079 SUI 3

71 Speck,Hans 2045 SUI 3

72 Zarri,Florian 2010 SUI 3

73 Paul,Mathias 2051 GER 3

74 Liepins,Oliver 2109 LAT 3

75 Heinis,Vincent 2085 FRA 3

76 El-Mais,Ibaa 2024 SUI 3

77 Duport,Nicolas 2128 SUI 3

78 Burgueno,Diego 1945 SUI 3

79 Ootes,Lennart 2156 NED 3

80 Gerstner,Bernhard 2191 GER 3

81 Petermann,Michail 2122 GER 3

82 Collareta,Giovann 2063 ITA 3

83 Seitz,Benjamin 2072 SUI 3

84 Filipovic,Branko IM 2415 CRO 2.5

85 Valet,Richard 2079 GER 2.5

86 Giffard,Nicolas IM 2335 FRA 2.5

87 Meyer,Bernhard 2154 SUI 2.5

88 Mikic,Nicola 2122 SUI 2.5

89 Perruchoud,Benoit 2140 SUI 2.5

90 Elfert,Aleksandr IM 2041 RUS 2.5

91 Barbaras,Mathieu 1971 FRA 2.5

92 De Andres Gonalon 2068 ESP 2.5

93 Javet,Blaise 2064 SUI 2.5

94 Astengo,Corrado 2170 ITA 2.5

95 Friesen,Boris 2085 NED 2.5

96 Blaeser,Romain 2147 LUX 2.5

97 Arounopoulos,Step 2109 GER 2.5

98 Steenhuis,Jan 2096 SUI 2.5

99 Arbinger,Roland 2072 GER 2.5

100 Karrer,Damian 2194 SUI 2.5

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Dmitry Andreikin wins Biel Blitz Chess Tournament

Fabiano Caruana and Michael Roiz take silver and bronze

GM Dmitry Andreikin won the Biel Blitz Chess Tournament, part of the Biel Bienne Chess Festival 2010. Andreikin finished top of the table with 11,0 points, half a point ahead of GM Fabiano Caruana and GM Michael Roiz.

The Swiss blitz tournament was 13 rounds event with time control of 5 minutes per player. The total prize fund was 4400 CHF, and the winner got 800 CHF.

IM Andreas Heimann (2469, Germany) was the surprise of the tournament and finished with equal points as GM Roiz, but worse tiebreak.

Chessdom.com commentator GM Christian Bauer shared 10th position together with the top Swiss players IM Oliver Kurmann, IM Nedeljk Kelecevic, and IM Eman Schiendorfer. Scroll down for the full standings.

Note: round 7 of the Yound Grandmasters tournament starts today, follow the live games here.

Biel chess

Dmitry Andreikin

It’ s not easy to make one’s name when one comes from the Russian budding talents hotbed. Dmitry Andreikin may not be the best-known player abroad, but his record of achievements commands respect. Current junior world no.9, U-10 World Champion (Spain 1999), the winner of several opens, he clinched the much coveted Junior Russian Champion title in quick succession in 2009 and 2010.

He will start his first tournament in Switzerland as Junior Russian Champion, where he will be opposed to various rivals he has already faced repeatedly in international junior events – starting with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. During the 2009 Junior World Championship, Dmitry Andreikin had been among the leading players for a long time, aiming at a medal. But the French player stood against him in the 13th round, got the upper hand and took over the world crown at the last minute.

Born in Ryazan, Russia, 200 km south of Moscow, Dmitry plays the Russian team league with Economist Saratov. One of his team-mates is none other that Evgeny Tomashevsky, also here in Biel. In the autumn of 2009, Saratov achieved a brilliant performance in Macedonia by winning the European Club Cup ahead of 54 teams from 29 different countries.

Here are the full standings at the Biel Blitz Chess Tournament.

1 Andreikin,Dmitry GM 2650 RUS 11

2 Caruana,Fabiano GM 2697 ITA 10.5

3 Roiz,Michael GM 2645 ISR 9.5

4 Heimann,Andreas IM 2469 GER 9.5

5 Lysyj,Igor GM 2631 RUS 9

6 Riazantsev,Alexan GM 2682 RUS 9

7 Avrukh,Boris GM 2636 ISR 9

8 Marzolo,Cyril IM 2446 FRA 9

9 Nedilko,Vasyl 2408 UKR 9

10 Kurmann,Oliver IM 2449 SUI 8.5

11 Feller,Sebastien GM 2611 FRA 8.5

12 Golod,Vitali GM 2585 ISR 8.5

13 Bauer,Christian GM 2612 FRA 8.5

14 Kelecevic,Nedeljk IM 2294 SUI 8.5

15 De Filomeno,Simon 2250 ITA 8.5

16 Schiendorfer,Eman FM 2305 SUI 8.5

17 Mikhalevski,Victo GM 2610 ISR 8

18 Bellahcene,Bilel 2126 FRA 8

19 Riff,Vincent FM 2334 FRA 8

20 Nuri,Kambez 2233 SUI 8

21 Cebalo,Miso GM 2500 CRO 8

22 Snuverink,Jochem 2273 NED 8

23 Codenotti,Marco 2169 ITA 8

24 Fend,Juergen 2232 GER 8

25 Riff,Sebastien 2293 FRA 8

26 Lehmann,Andreas FM 2302 SUI 8

27 Rindlisbacher,Jan 2154 SUI 8

28 Pavlovic,Milos GM 2534 SRB 7.5

29 Maze,Sebastien GM 2573 FRA 7.5

30 Donchenko,Alexand 2174 GER 7.5

31 Lutz,Bernhard 2289 GER 7.5

32 Petrov,Nikita 2077 RUS 7.5

33 Rosenthal,Jonatha 2291 SUI 7.5

34 Rindlisbacher,Lar 2169 SUI 7.5

35 Wirz,Heinz 2118 SUI 7.5

36 Clausen,Martin 2085 SUI 7.5

37 Georg,Michel 2212 SUI 7

38 Lampert,Jonas 2106 GER 7

39 Mikavica,Dragolju 2043 SUI 7

40 Kiese,Matthias 2264 GER 7

41 Buchenau,Frank FM 2264 GER 7

42 Potterat,Marc 2178 SUI 7

43 Haug,Siegmund 1927 GER 7

44 Knobel,Mathias 2017 SUI 7

45 Berset,Philippe 2104 SUI 7

46 Hasenohr,Benedict 2179 SUI 7

47 Barbaras,Mathieu 1971 FRA 7

48 Janasik,Gerhard 1999 GER 7

49 Kolly,Jacques FM 2285 SUI 6.5

50 Hess,Ralf IM 2319 GER 6.5

51 Preissmann,Emmanu FM 2316 SUI 6.5

52 Seitz,Benjamin 2072 SUI 6.5

53 Astengo,Corrado 2170 ITA 6.5

54 Stoeri,Simon 2058 SUI 6.5

55 Zahnd,Edy 1990 SUI 6.5

56 Denoth,Mario 2132 SUI 6.5

57 Pinchetti,Andrea 2006 SUI 6.5

58 Julmy,Sylvain 1989 SUI 6.5

59 De Seroux,Camille 2008 SUI 6.5

60 Haack,Karin 1993 GER 6.5

61 Schuetz,Daniel 1969 SUI 6.5

62 Sommerhalder,Eric 1936 SUI 6

63 Freuler,Roman 2122 SUI 6

64 Rasovic,Dragan 2088 SUI 6

65 Fischer,Thomas 1921 GER 6

66 Radt,Volker 2074 SUI 6

67 Hess,Martin 1663 GER 6

68 Perruchoud,Pierre 2085 SUI 6

69 Grillon,Alexandre 2083 SUI 6

70 Martig,Markus 2073 SUI 6

71 Djalalova,Nigora 1990 UZB 6

72 Leutwyler,Mathias 2092 SUI 6

73 Desages,Andre 2036 SUI 6

74 Boner,Tim 1700 SUI 6

75 Von Ins,Andre SUI 6

76 Schmid,Pablo 2087 SUI 5.5

77 Marin,Frederic 2031 FRA 5.5

78 Semenov,Jouri 1977 SUI 5.5

79 Srinivasan,Varada 1812 SUI 5.5

80 Kuert,Christoph 2063 SUI 5.5

81 Nuri,Kaiwan 1823 SUI 5.5

82 Studer,Noel 2036 SUI 5

83 Tcheau,Alain 1979 SUI 5

84 Hefti,Gabriel 1900 SUI 5

85 Leick,Philippe 1899 GER 5

86 Sjed Malibubul,Al SUI 5

87 Emmott,Steven 1854 SUI 5

88 Kuenzi,Werner 1655 SUI 5

89 Niederhauser,Juer 1670 SUI 5

90 Mettraux,Jean 1772 SUI 5

91 Bonauer,Stephan 1595 SUI 5

92 Wild,Beat 1745 SUI 5

93 Tao-Ra,Parzival SUI 5

94 Rohde,Bernhard 1780 SUI 4.5

95 Heutschi,Urs SUI 4.5

96 Priamo,Pierre-And 1747 SUI 4.5

97 Fluekiger,Kurt 1669 SUI 4.5

98 Furrer,Ernst 1566 SUI 4.5

99 Nedi,Gilbert 1416 SUI 4.5

100 Inosanto,Nilo 1593 SUI 4

101 Pantillon,Patrick 1850 SUI 4

102 Potterat,Alina 1548 SUI 4

103 Martinez,Paul 1591 SUI 4

104 Wiederkehr,Leon SUI 3

105 Bentzen,Thomas SUI 1