September FIDE rating list

Carlsen, Topalov, and Anand in top 3, Aronian climbs to 4th

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FIDE published the September rating list. Due to summer inactivity, Carlsen, Topalov, and Anand preserve the positions they had in the July FIDE rating list. Aronian did not play a rated game as well, but climbed to 4th, due to Kramnik losing 10 points in Dortmund.

Eljanov continues his victorious climb and adds six points from Politiken Cup gaining two positions to number 6 on the list. Ivanchuk and Gelfand appear on 9th and 10th position, gaining +15 and +12 points respectively.

The biggest gain in the 2700 club is by Anand’s second Wojtaszek with +48 points in the current list. Other top gainers are Adams with +22 and Fressinet with +21.

The new players to the September FIDE top 100 rating list are Sebastien Feller, Luke McShane, and Viktor Laznicka, climbing directly to 45th position with 2690 ELO, full 52 points more than the previous list.

The average rating of the top 100 players grows to 2695 ELO.

Top 100 players

1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826

2 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2803

3 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2800

4 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2783

5 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2780

6 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2761

7 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2760

8 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2756

9 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2754

10 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2751

11 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2749

12 Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2749

13 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2748

14 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2747

15 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2733

16 Wang, Yue g CHN 2732

17 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2731

18 Adams, Michael g ENG 2728

19 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2726

20 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2725

21 Leko, Peter g HUN 2724

22 Wang, Hao g CHN 2724

23 Movsesian, Sergei g SVK 2723

24 Navara, David g CZE 2722

25 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2721

26 Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2719

27 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2718

28 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2716

29 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2716

30 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2710

31 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2709

32 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2707

33 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2706

34 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2705

35 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2701

36 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2700

37 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2700

38 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2697

39 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2695

40 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2694

41 Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2694

42 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2692

43 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2691

44 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2691

45 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2690

46 Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2690

47 Timofeev, Artyom g RUS 2690

48 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2690

49 Onischuk, Alexander g USA 2688

50 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2686

51 Georgiev, Kiril g BUL 2685

52 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam g UZB 2685

53 Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2683

54 Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2683

55 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROU 2683

56 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2682

57 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2681

58 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2679

59 Van Wely, Loek g NED 2679

60 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2678

61 Giri, Anish g NED 2677

62 Sargissian, Gabriel g ARM 2677

63 Miroshnichenko, Evgenij g UKR 2677

64 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2674

65 Fedorchuk, Sergey A. g UKR 2671

66 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2671

67 Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2670

68 Korobov, Anton g UKR 2670

69 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2669

70 Smeets, Jan g NED 2669

71 So, Wesley g PHI 2668

72 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2668

73 Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2665

74 Zvjaginsev, Vadim g RUS 2664

75 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2664

76 Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2663

77 Cheparinov, Ivan g BUL 2661

78 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2661

79 Zhou, Jianchao g CHN 2660

80 Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2660

81 Meier, Georg g GER 2659

82 Kurnosov, Igor g RUS 2659

83 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2658

84 Gharamian, Tigran g FRA 2658

85 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2657

86 Najer, Evgeniy g RUS 2657

87 Smirin, Ilia g ISR 2657

88 Socko, Bartosz g POL 2657

89 Kobalia, Mikhail g RUS 2656

90 Khismatullin, Denis g RUS 2654

91 Ganguly, Surya Shekhar g IND 2650

92 Macieja, Bartlomiej g POL 2649

93 Feller, Sebastien g FRA 2649

94 Dreev, Alexey g RUS 2649

95 Gustafsson, Jan g GER 2646

96 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2645

97 Fridman, Daniel g GER 2645

98 Milov, Vadim g SUI 2644

99 Ni, Hua g CHN 2643

100 Aleksandrov, Aleksej g BLR 2642

Judit Polgar continues to lead the women standings, with full 89 ELO points ahead of Humpy Koneru and 104 points ahead of Yifan Hou. Sisters Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva come 4th and 5th, while the ex World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova is 5th. The average rating of the top 100 women grows by 1 point to 2441.

Women top 100 list

1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2682

2 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2593

3 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2578

4 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2573

5 Kosintseva, Nadezhda m RUS 2565

6 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2551

7 Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2539

8 Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2535

9 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2534

10 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2524

11 Ju, Wenjun wg CHN 2516

12 Harika, Dronavalli m IND 2515

13 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2513

14 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2509

15 Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2500

16 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2499

17 Zhukova, Natalia g UKR 2499

18 Pogonina, Natalija wg RUS 2491

19 Krush, Irina m USA 2490

20 Socko, Monika g POL 2486

21 Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2484

22 Hoang Thanh Trang g HUN 2482

23 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2482

24 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2480

25 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2480

26 Ruan, Lufei wg CHN 2480

27 Xu, Yuhua g CHN 2475

28 Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2469

29 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2469

30 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2467

31 Danielian, Elina m ARM 2466

32 Ushenina, Anna m UKR 2466

33 Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman m IND 2466

34 Gunina, Valentina wg RUS 2465

35 Khotenashvili, Bela m GEO 2464

36 Skripchenko, Almira m FRA 2464

37 Muzychuk, Mariya m UKR 2464

38 Tan, Zhongyi wg CHN 2461

39 Hunt, Harriet V m ENG 2454

40 Dembo, Yelena m GRE 2452

41 Javakhishvili, Lela m GEO 2451

42 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan g SCO 2451

43 Polgar, Sofia m HUN 2450

44 Atalik, Ekaterina m TUR 2447

45 Repkova, Eva m SVK 2447

46 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina m RUS 2447

47 Rajlich, Iweta m POL 2446

48 Shen, Yang wg CHN 2443

49 Melia, Salome m GEO 2439

50 Moser, Eva m AUT 2436

51 Huang, Qian wg CHN 2436

52 Khurtsidze, Nino m GEO 2435

53 Turova, Irina m RUS 2433

54 Matnadze, Ana m GEO 2428

55 Houska, Jovanka m ENG 2426

56 Khukhashvili, Sopiko m GEO 2422

57 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2414

58 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag m MGL 2412

59 Peptan, Corina-Isabela m ROU 2412

60 Romanko, Marina m RUS 2411

61 Zawadzka, Jolanta wg POL 2410

62 Zaiatz, Elena m RUS 2407

63 Savina, Anastasia wg RUS 2404

64 Jackova, Jana m CZE 2402

65 Ovod, Evgenija m RUS 2401

66 Peng, Zhaoqin g NED 2400

67 Stockova, Zuzana m SVK 2400

68 Michna, Marta wg GER 2399

69 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2399

70 Vasilevich, Tatjana m UKR 2399

71 Madl, Ildiko m HUN 2397

72 Foisor, Cristina-Adela m ROU 2395

73 Wang, Yu A. m CHN 2394

74 Batsiashvili, Nino wg GEO 2390

75 Milliet, Sophie m FRA 2388

76 Maric, Alisa m SRB 2387

77 Kononenko, Tatiana m UKR 2384

78 Tsereteli, Tamar wg GEO 2384

79 Tania, Sachdev m IND 2382

80 Gara, Anita m HUN 2382

81 Alexandrova, Olga m ESP 2381

82 Shadrina, Tatiana wg RUS 2379

83 Ding, Yixin wf CHN 2379

84 Matveeva, Svetlana m RUS 2379

85 Molchanova, Tatjana wg RUS 2378

86 Paikidze, Nazi wg GEO 2376

87 Mikadze, Miranda wm GEO 2375

88 Charkhalashvili, Inga wg GEO 2375

89 Stepovaia, Tatiana wg RUS 2375

90 Galojan, Lilit m ARM 2373

91 Sukandar, Irine Kharisma wg INA 2372

92 Gu, Xiaobing wg CHN 2371

93 Kovanova, Baira wg RUS 2370

94 Pokorna, Regina wg SVK 2370

95 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2368

96 Fierro Baquero, Martha L. m ECU 2368

97 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina wg ESP 2368

98 Bojkovic, Natasa m SRB 2368

99 Djingarova, Emilia wg BUL 2368

100 Rudolf, Anna wg HUN 2366

101 Goletiani, Rusudan m USA 2366

Magnus Carlsen leads not only the general standings, but is again the top world junior. His closest follower is GM Karjakin, third position is for Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime. The average rating of the juniors grows by six points to 2664 ELO.

Top 20 juniors

1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826

2 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2747

3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2721

4 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2706

5 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2700

6 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2694

7 Giri, Anish g NED 2677

8 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2669

9 So, Wesley g PHI 2668

10 Feller, Sebastien g FRA 2649

11 Edouard, Romain g FRA 2636

12 Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2633

13 Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son g VIE 2633

14 Kuzubov, Yuriy g UKR 2628

15 Sjugirov, Sanan g RUS 2627

16 Khairullin, Ildar g RUS 2620

17 Howell, David W L g ENG 2616

18 Matlakov, Maxim g RUS 2613

19 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2607

20 Popov, Ivan g RUS 2606

The top 20 girls is again headed by Yifan Hou, followed by Anna Muzychuk. Ju Wenjun climbed to third position. The average rating of the top 20 girls is 2402 ELO, 16 points higher than the July rating list, but far from the 2426 in July 2006 and the 2425 in November 2009.

Top 20 girls

1 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2578

2 Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2535

3 Ju, Wenjun wg CHN 2516

4 Harika, Dronavalli m IND 2515

5 Muzychuk, Mariya m UKR 2464

6 Tan, Zhongyi wg CHN 2461

7 Girya, Olga wg RUS 2414

8 Savina, Anastasia wg RUS 2404

9 Bodnaruk, Anastasia m RUS 2399

10 Ding, Yixin wf CHN 2379

11 Paikidze, Nazi wg GEO 2376

12 Cori T., Deysi wg PER 2368

13 Kashlinskaya, Alina wg RUS 2358

14 Guramishvili, Sopiko wg GEO 2343

15 Pustovoitova, Daria RUS 2333

16 Padmini, Rout wg IND 2326

17 Muminova, Nafisa wm UZB 2319

18 Vojinovic, Jovana wg MNE 2319

19 Havlikova, Kristyna wm CZE 2318

20 Rakic, Marija wm SRB 2317

Gata Kamsky wins Baku Open 2010

Kamsky wins the title with last round victory

W Kamsky

The participant in the Candidates matches 2011 GM Gata Kamsky won the Baku Chess Open. After a last round victory against GM Savchenko, Kamsky clinched sole first place with 7,5/9. Half a point behind are GM Emil Sutovsky, GM Alexej Alexandrov, FM Asghar Golizadeh, and IM Nijat Abasov.

Replay here all top games from Baku Open

A total of 157 players participated in the event. Here are the final standings. Among the players were 51 titled and 16 grandmasters, with a strong local presence of 124 players.

Standings

1 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2713 7.5

2 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2665 7

3 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2642 7

4 FM Golizadeh Asghar IRI 2481 7

5 IM Abasov Nijat Azad Oglu AZE 2517 7

6 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2660 6.5

7 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2686 6.5

8 FM Agaragimov Djakhangir AZE 2311 6.5

9 GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2623 6.5

10 GM Abbasov Farid AZE 2549 6.5

11 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2611 6.5

12 IM Esen Baris TUR 2518 6.5

13 GM Ibrahimov Rasul AZE 2534 6.5

14 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2646 6.5

15 Rahmanov Shahriyar Teymur Oglu AZE 2245 6.5

16 GM Durarbeyli Vasif AZE 2501 6.5

17 IM Sulashvili Malkhaz GEO 2498 6.5

18 IM Javakhishvili Leyla GEO 2469 6.5

19 GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2603 6

20 FM Mammadov Ayaz Arzu oglu AZE 2327 6

21 IM Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu AZE 2442 6

22 GM Shanava Konstantine GEO 2556 6

23 Orujov Shujaat Ismiali Oglu AZE 2077 6

24 FM Paichadze Luka GEO 2467 6

25 IM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2478 6

26 WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab AZE 2231 6

27 IM Dovliatov Sanan AZE 2422 6

28 Agayev Nidjat AZE 2317 6

29 Asgarov Mushfig Nizami Oglu AZE 2211 5.5

30 IM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2409 5.5

31 IM Maghalashvili Davit GEO 2465 5.5

32 Mammadov Zaur Fazahir Oglu AZE 2302 5.5

33 Aleskerov Faik AZE 2289 5.5

34 Abdulov Orkhan AZE 2295 5.5

35 IM Guliev Logman AZE 2437 5.5

36 Sadikhov Ulvi Ramil Oglu AZE 2014 5.5

37 GM Jojua Davit GEO 2530 5.5

38 WFM Hejazipour Mitra IRI 2233 5.5

39 FM Zeynalov Farid Fariz oglu AZE 2328 5.5

40 IM Alavi Sayed Javad IRI 2413 5.5

41 IM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2479 5.5

42 Khademi Mohammad Miran IRI 2226 5.5

43 Quparadze Giga GEO 2345 5.5

44 IM Azaladze Shota GEO 2443 5.5

45 WFM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2097 5.5

46 Rzayev Bahruz Iqbal oglu AZE 2235 5.5

47 Musayev Eldar Elman oglu AZE 2202 5.5

48 WIM Umudova Nargiz AZE 2239 5.5

49 IM Allahverdiev Anar AZE 2410 5

50 Agasiyev Kamal Aydin Oglu AZE 2203 5

51 IM Chighladze Iveri GEO 2375 5

52 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2280 5

53 Idrisov Tebriz AZE 2219 5

54 Abbasov Vusal AZE 2157 5

55 WFM Mammadova Gulnar Marfat qizi AZE 2260 5

56 Orujov Elshad Alovsat oglu AZE 2187 5

57 GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2499 5

58 WCM Fataliyeva Ulviyya Hasil qizi AZE 1942 5

59 Hasanov Shakhriyar Fuad Oglu AZE 2264 5

60 Akhmadzade Fuad Vidadi oglu AZE 1941 5

61 WIM Isgandarova Khayala Ilqar Qizi AZE 2172 5

62 WIM Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi AZE 2255 5

63 Aliakbarov Anar Samir oglu AZE 2080 5

64 Mammadbayova Farida Tofiq qizi AZE 2036 5

65 Aliyev Elnur Fakhraddin oglu AZE 2163 5

66 Iskandarov Misratdin Mehdi Oglu AZE 2203 5

67 Gasimov Elshan AZE 2213 5

68 Orujov Azar Ismiali oglu AZE 1965 5

69 WFM Hakimifard Ghazal IRI 2173 5

70 Namazov Farid Rasim oglu AZE 2147 4.5

71 GM Guliyev Namig AZE 2510 4.5

72 Khalafova Narmin Ilqar Qizi AZE 2063 4.5

73 Hasanova Turkan Zakir Qizi AZE 2038 4.5

74 WIM Abdulla Khayala Mardan Qizi AZE 2193 4.5

75 Nuri Murad Kamil Oglu AZE 1877 4.5

76 Bayramov Elkhan Khayyat oglu AZE 1944 4.5

77 Hasanov Rashad Agaqasim Oglu AZE 2162 4.5

78 IM Toufighi Homayoon IRI 2501 4.5

79 Rustamzada Dargah Ahmad oglu AZE 2093 4.5

80 Pirverdiyev Aqil Kamran oOglu AZE 2090 4.5

81 Babazade Javidan Elnur Oglu AZE 2082 4.5

82 Hajiyev Shahin Qabil Oglu AZE 2080 4.5

83 Bayramov Elvin Shamil oglu AZE 2004 4.5

84 Khelaia Giorgi GEO 2115 4.5

85 Huseyn Orkhan Samir Oglu AZE 2115 4.5

86 Jabbarov Eldar AZE 2088 4.5

87 Sevdimaliev Urfan AZE 1963 4.5

88 Guliyev Hasan Alipasha Oglu AZE 1989 4.5

89 Baladjaev Gara AZE 2128 4.5

90 FM Kowsarinia Amir IRI 2195 4

91 Zeynalov Rashad Hamza Oglu AZE 2030 4

92 Talishzada Orkhan Rovshan Oglu AZE 2073 4

93 Valibayov Akif AZE 0 4

94 Ibrahimova Sabina Oqtay Qizi AZE 2054 4

95 Abdullayev Elshad Elchin oglu AZE 2082 4

96 Niftaliyev Jahangir AZE 0 4

97 Joussifov Nariman AZE 2215 4

98 Abbasov Amil Habil Oglu AZE 2052 4

99 Bakhtiyarly Aysel Anvar qizi AZE 2040 4

100 WFM Aghasiyeva Fidan Aydin qizi AZE 2075 4

101 Shabanov Nurlan Mammad Oglu AZE 2001 4

102 Mammadova Aysel Alishiraz qizi AZE 1965 4

103 Aghayeva Gulshan Qabil Qizi AZE 1893 4

104 Karimov Joshgun Telman Oglu AZE 1526 4

105 Ashirov Elvin Elkhan oglu AZE 0 4

106 Hasanli Sirus Ibarat Oglu AZE 1983 4

107 Babazade Zhala Sharafaddin Qizi AZE 1898 4

108 Soyunlu Narmin Asat qizi AZE 1775 4

109 Ahmadov Vusal Karimkhan oglu AZE 1904 4

110 Amrayeva Aytan Arzuman qizi AZE 1811 3.5

111 Eyyubzada Maryam AZE 0 3.5

112 Aghayeva Aytan Qabil qizi AZE 2003 3.5

113 Rzayev Telman Bahadur Oglu AZE 1973 3.5

114 Chubenko Gennadiy AZE 1944 3.5

115 Gurbanzade Erkin Subahir oglu AZE 2180 3.5

116 Samiroglu Sabir AZE 1835 3.5

117 Hajiyev Kanan Zahir Oglu AZE 1972 3.5

118 Asgarova Turan Nizami Qizi AZE 1961 3.5

119 Khalaji Hanieh IRI 1958 3.5

120 Mahmudov Islam Farman oglu AZE 1884 3.5

121 Fatullayev Emil Yavar oglu AZE 1977 3.5

122 Karimov Samir Eldar oglu AZE 1800 3.5

123 Mammadov Mehdi Namiq oglu AZE 1814 3.5

124 Novruzova Nigar Farman qizi AZE 1778 3.5

125 Khalilova Khadija Gyunduz Qizi AZE 1704 3.5

126 Guliyeva Sabina Ilqar Qizi AZE 2010 3.5

127 Salimov Shovkat Vusal oglu AZE 1909 3.5

128 Hasanzada Togrul Qasim AZE 0 3.5

129 Vlastimil Bohac CZE 1703 3.5

130 Bakirli Omar Suleyman oglu AZE 1777 3.5

131 Alipanahli Zaur Akif Oglu AZE 1728 3

132 Khosrovov Sabuhi AZE 0 3

133 Osman D Babrak AFG 1922 3

134 Sedlacek Jiri CZE 2081 3

135 Rzabayli Lala AZE 0 3

136 Abdullayev Rashad Elchin Oglu AZE 2024 3

137 Mammadzada Aysel Sahib qizi AZE 0 3

138 Shafaee Hamed IRI 2110 2.5

139 Murad-Zada Imangulu Nizami Oglu AZE 1706 2.5

140 Ahmadov Hidayat AZE 0 2.5

141 Iskandarov Shahin Gyunduz Oglu AZE 0 2.5

142 Aghayev Nazim Mohsin Oglu AZE 0 2.5

143 Zamanova Bikakhanim Rufat qizi AZE 1790 2.5

144 Zamanov Vidadi Vaqif Oglu AZE 0 2.5

145 Hashimzada Akif AZE 0 2.5

146 Mammedov Vusal Sahib oglu AZE 1775 2.5

147 Dadashov Zamig Aydin Oglu AZE 1830 2.5

148 Gadimbayli Goshgar Azar oglu AZE 1697 2

149 Nasirova Gunay Imran Qizi AZE 0 2

150 Dyakonov Vladimir Vasilyevich AZE 0 2

Rogelio Antonio out of the Philippines team for the Chess Olympiad 2010

Decision by NCFP, Rogelio Antonio out of the Asian Games as well

Antonio Rogelio Jr

The National Chess Federation Philippines (NCFP) headed by president Prospero Pichay has decided to drop Grandmaster Rogelio “Joey” Antonio from the national team bound for the World Chess Olympiad and Asian Games. The measure comes after Rogelio has snubbed the two major chess tournament hosted in the country – the 6th Pichay Cup and the 1st Florencio Campomanes Memorial Cup at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

All paricipants in the Chess Olympiad 2010

Antonio, who is the country’s board two player, opted to go to the US to compete in a series of weekend tournaments, despite the federations request the Olympiad players to participate in at least one of the two events. “Definitely, we will sanction him. Discipline is important for a national player and we will not tolerate players who are prima donnas,” said Pichay. In a statement, Antonio said that the NCFP president approved his trip by signing the letter of endorsement which he forwarded to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) for financial support. “Yes, I signed the letter intended for the PSC, but it doesn’t mean that he was given the go signal to miss the two major events in the country. We already had the order that national players must take part in at least one tournament, either the Pichay Cup or the Campomanes Cup,” explained Pichay. “His action shows that he is not serious in joining the team,” added Pichay, explaining the fact that the two international tournaments being held in the country offers tougher competition compared to the US events Antonio opted to join.

Antonio’s replacement will be known after the Campomanes Cup as the NCFP will evaluate local players seeing action in the tournament held in honor of the grand old man of Philippine Chess. GMs Wesley So, John Paul Gomez, Darwin Laylo and Asia’s first garndmaster Eugene Torre, are the members of the team that will see action in the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from September 21 to October 3 and the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou China this November.

GM Rogelio Antonio answers

“That is the worst thing they can do to a player who has served and represented his country for so many years now. Without any official board resolution, they can just threaten anyone and take away his pride and life, even without an official inquiry,” said Antonio, whose trip here is backed by the NCFP itself and the Philippines Sports Commission.

“Modesty aside, I have given so much honor and glory to the Philippines being one of the main pillars for the RP team in the past 10 Olympiads along with Eugene Torre. I have dedicated my life to the sport and now, they just want to snuff out the fire in me?,” added Antonio, ranked the country’s No. 2 in terms of Elo.

“I have all the documents signed by Mr. Pichay. I also made a courtesy call to PSC Chairman Richie Garcia before I left so I am completely puzzled by their decision, which I hope is not final. Physically, I can not be able to play in the “Campo” Memorial because my plane ticket has been booked until Sept. 9. If they would send me a new ticket, I will go home ASAP.”

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Carlsen – Anand, Arctic Chess Challenge LIVE!

Hammer and Polgar will decide the bronze medal

The qualification stage of Arctic Securities Chess Challenge was played at Caroline Theater Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th of August. Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen qualified for the final stage, while Hammer and Polgar will decide the bronze medal.

The games for the 3rd place between Hammer and Polgar and the final Carlsen – Anand final match will begin at 14:00 CET. Follow it live here with Chessdom Chessbomb live games and computer analysis.

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Round 06

Carlsen, M - Anand, V ½-½

Polgar, J - Hammer, J ½-½

Round 05

Anand, V - Polgar, J 1-0

Hammer, J - Carlsen, M 1-0

Round 04

Carlsen, M - Polgar, J ½-½

Hammer, J - Anand, V 0-1

Round 03

Anand, V - Carlsen, M ½-½

Hammer, J - Polgar, J ½-½

Round 02

Carlsen, M - Hammer, J 1-0

Polgar, J - Anand, V 0-1

Round 01

Anand, V - Hammer, J 1-0

Polgar, J - Carlsen, M 0-1

Qualification final standings:

1. Anand 5 / 6

2. Carlsen 3½ / 6

3. Hammer 2 / 6

4. Polgar 1½ / 6

Photo report rounds 1-6

Photos by http://www.sjakkhuset.no/

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Round three is underway in Caroline Cinema

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Hammer is ready for his match against Magnus in round 2

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The first showdown between Carlsen and Anand ended in a draw

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Anand beat Polgar in their match in round two

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Torstein Bae commented live on the venue and at the NRK web-tv

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Good mood between the former classmates

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Vishy Anand ready for battle

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Judit Polgar and Vishy Anand talked and laughed before the game

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Vishy Anand was the first to arrive for round three

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Just like in the game against Kramnik earlier this year, Magnus sat a while with his eyes closed before he executed his first move against Anand

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The players in action; Anand was satisfied with the game and score today, while Magnus said he was pleased with the score, but not with the game.

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Polgar and Hammer went to a draw in a long and exciting game

Gelfand wins the rapid match in Miskolc

Boris Gelfand – Peter Leko 4.5-3.5

Peter Leko’s opponent in the annual rapid match organized in Miskolc, Hungary, was the 2009 World Cup winner Boris Gelfand. This was the sixth annual match organized at the National Theater of Miskolc – Leko’s earlier opponents were Michael Adams, Anatoly Karpov, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik and World Champion Vishy Anand.

The eight-games match took place from 25th to 29th August, with two games a day and Friday reserved for Public Event at the ITC International Trade Center.

Heading into the rest day, after the first half of the match, the score was even 2-2. The theoretical battle in the Moscow Semi-Slav continued on Saturday, and Gelfand regained the lead by winning the game five. It turns out this was the decisive moment for the overall score as the remaining three games were drawn. Gelfand wins the duel with 4.5-3.5.

News by WGM Zsuzsa Verőci, the arbiter of the match. Visit also the official website

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Post-game analysis with the chief arbiter

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The players chatting at the awarding ceremony

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Trophies (photos courtesy of Gabor Veroci)

Chinese chess players with good start at Campomanes Memorial

Zhou Jianchao and Zhao Jun with perfect score

The Chinese chess players GM Zhou Jianchao and GM Zhao Jun are top of the table of Campomanes Memorial, that is taking place 28.08 – 03.09 in Manila. After 3 rounds they are the only players with perfect score. Top seeded GM Le Quang Liem was held twice to a draw by IM Roy Saptarshi (2387) in round 1 and by Mari Joseph Turqueza (2140) in round 2. Second seeded GM Wesley So had a good start, but in round 3 a difficult pairing against GM Gagunashvili costed him half point. GM Chanda Sandipan was held twice by local IMs Bitoon and Nadera, while GM Fillipov even lost to IM Nolte.

In the women section of the event there is no player with perfect score, as all top seeded including GM Zhao Xue, GM Sheng Yang, WGM Pourkashiyan, and WFM Catherine Perena were held in the starting rounds.

Here are the standings in the open and women sections of the Campomanes Memorial.

Campomanses

Men section

1 GM ZHOU Jianchao CHN 2668 3

2 GM ZHAO Jun CHN 2586 3

3 IM NADERA Barlo A PHI 2419 2.5

4 IM NOLTE Rolando PHI 2425 2.5

5 GM SO Wesley PHI 2674 2.5

6 GM GAGUNASHVILI Merab GEO 2596 2.5

7 GM DING Liren CHN 2574 2.5

8 GM KAZHGALEYEV Murtas KAZ 2619 2.5

9 IM BITOON Richard PHI 2447 2.5

10 GM LI Chao B CHN 2629 2.5

11 FM SEGARRA Randy PHI 2308 2

12 WIM PADMINI Rout IND 2275 2

13 GM GHAEM MAGHAMI Ehsan IRI 2585 2

14 GM LAYLO Darwin PHI 2522 2

15 GM NI Hua CHN 2645 2

16 CAUSO Deniel PHI 2289 2

17 IM DABLEO Ronald PHI 2448 2

18 BAGAMASBAD Efren PHI 2259 2

19 GM SANDIPAN Chanda IND 2637 2

20 LOU Yiping CHN 2425 2

21 DATU Alcon John PHI 2203 2

22 IM YAP Kim Steven PHI 2394 2

23 GM GELASHVILI Tamaz GEO 2605 2

24 GM FILIPPOV Anton UZB 2609 2

25 GM LE Quang Liem VIE 2681 2

26 SENADOR Emmanuel PHI 2393 2

27 GM ZHANG Zhong SIN 2582 2

28 GM TORRE Eugenio PHI 2489 2

29 GM KOTANJIAN Tigran ARM 2551 2

30 IM NGUYEN Huynh Minh Huy VIE 2466 2

31 GM GOMEZ John Paul PHI 2527 2

32 GM SHARAVDORJ Dashzegve MGL 2448 2

33 ANKIT R Rajpara IND 2362 1.5

34 TURQUEZA Mari Joseph PHI 2140 1.5

35 FLORENDO Paulo James PHI 2270 1.5

36 GM HAZNEDAROGLU Kivanc TUR 2501 1.5

37 WGM KIRAN Manisha Mohanty IND 2272 1.5

38 OLAY Edgar Reggie PHI 2289 1.5

39 IM IRWANTO Sadikin INA 2419 1.5

40 FM CHAN Wei Xuan Timothy SIN 2338 1.5

41 FM HABLA Jony PHI 2325 1.5

42 IM BARBOSA Oliver PHI 2458 1.5

43 IM RANOLA Yves PHI 2397 1.5

44 IM SAPTARSHI Roy IND 2387 1

45 DELA CRUZ Noel PHI 2392 1

46 FM PASCUA Haridas PHI 2368 1

47 FM DE RAMOS Julius PHI 2368 1

48 IM TIRTO INA 2360 1

49 WIM PHAM Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2304 1

50 IM BANCOD Ronald PHI 2328 1

51 LEGASPI Rhobel PHI 2304 1

52 IM ROCA Petronio PHI 2372 1

53 IM YU Lie CHN 2447 1

54 ELORTA David PHI 2363 1

55 GM GONZALES Jayson PHI 2435 1

56 PHADKE Sohan IND 2232 1

57 IM HALAY Taufik INA 2358 1

58 LEGASPI Edmundo PHI 2118 1

59 ROQUE Merben PHI 2244 1

60 CM BHAGWAT Vinod IND 2175 1

61 GATUS Edmundo PHI 2265 0.5

62 NODADO Jerry PHI 2287 0.5

63 CATURLA Cesar PHI 2250 0.5

64 IM GARMA Chito PHI 2341 0.5

65 LABAY Rainer PHI 2217 0.5

66 KRAWCHENI Andrei AUS 2056 0.5

67 POLAO Ben PHI 2063 0.5

68 BERSAMINA Paulo PHI 1984 0.5

69 IM DIMAKILING Oliver PHI 2418 0.5

70 IM MANINANG Rafaelito PHI 2261 0

71 EVANGELISTA Ritchie PHI 2256 0

72 MILAGROSA Alexander PHI 2248 0

Women section

1 WIM HOANG Thi Nhu Y VIE 2187 2.5

2 GM ZHAO Xue CHN 2462 2.5

3 WGM SHEN Yang CHN 2435 2.5

4 WGM ZHANG Jilin CHN 2264 2.5

5 WGM POURKASHIYAN Atousa IRI 2308 2

6 WGM HOANG Thi Bao Tram VIE 2338 2

7 WFM PERENA Catherine PHI 2103 2

8 WGM ZHANG Xiaowen CHN 2390 2

9 WGM GU Xiaobing CHN 2349 1.5

10 DOCENA Jedara PHI 2033 1.5

11 WFM CUA Shercila PHI 2099 1.5

12 NAHUDAN Eibtizam PHI 0 1.5

13 JOSE Rulp Ylem PHI 2039 1

14 PALOMO Jenny Rose PHI 1870 1

15 WIM MARIANO Cristine Rose PHI 2025 1

16 ACEDO Rowelyn PHI 0 1

17 FRAYNA Janelle Mae PHI 0 1

18 TAMBASEN Mary Grace Phi 0 0.5

19 BERNALES Christy Lamiel PHI 2004 0.5

20 MORTOS Angelina PHI 0 0

Peter Leko and Boris Gelfand tied after the first four games

The current score is 2-2, the match resumes on Saturday

Peter Leko’s opponent in the traditional annual rapid match organized in Miskolc, Hungary, is the 2009 World Cup winner Boris Gelfand. The eight-games match is taking place from 25th to 29th August, with two games a day and Friday reserved for Public Event at the ITC International Trade Center.

Gelfand took an early lead by winning the first game after turning the tables from slightly inferior position. The theoretical discussion in the Semi-Slav opening continued over the next two games, which both finished in draw.

In the fourth game Leko refrained from the closed games and returned to his long-time favourite 1.e4. It was not difficult to predict that Gelfand will defend with Petroff. But Leko persistently pushed forward with his passed pawns and eventually managed to clinch a victory to equalise the score to 2-2 before the only rest day.

The match resumes on Saturday. Official website

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Boris Gelfand, Zsuzsa Verőci, Peter Leko and Sándor Káli, Mayor of Miskolc

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Photos by WGM Zsuzsa Verőci, the arbiter of the match

Sponsorship program for chess announced by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

FIDE office to be opened in Beirut

FIDE President’s visit to Beirut has brought excellent results. After several meetings and high-level talks he announced the sponsorship package worth 2 million US dollars for the next two years. The sponsor will be the International Financial Company “Credit bank”. On Wednesday, August 25, the Head of “Credit Bank” Mr. Tarik Khalife has already signed a contract with the Chairman of Global Chess, Mr. Alain Khoueiry and the CEO, Mr. Geoffrey Borg.
“According to this agreement, the “Credit Bank” shall provide two million USD for event sponsorship such as the Grand-Prix series for men and women, as well as for a number of other interesting ideas which were discussed,” Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said. “The potential in Lebanon is enormous and thank to Mr. Khoueiry, we have found co-operation at the highest levels in Government as well as in the business community.”

Another result of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s working visit to Lebanon – the FIDE representation office to be opened in the capital of Beirut. The premises shall also have the Lebanese Chess Federation offices. “This wonderful building is situated on the central street of the most expensive Beirut’s district,” FIDE President said. “This office is most likely to become the most lavish among all existing offices. All expenses will be borne by a well-known businessman Alain Khoueiry, who invested into the building around 500000 USD. He will also be the head of the Global Chess branch on Mediterranean and Middle East direction.”
The main tasks of the representation office shall be popularization and development of chess in the said countries.

Read more on FIDE.com

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6th Prospero A. Pichay Jr. Cup

GM Anton Filippov sole leader before the last round

The 6th Prospero A. Pichay Jr. Cup, which is taking place from 21st to 26th August at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila, is closing to its end, with GM Anton Filippov being in best position to claim the winner’s trophy. In the penultimate round he defeated Filipino David Elorta with black pieces and leaped ahead of colleague Grandmasters Murtas Kazhgaleyev and Tamaz Gelashvili who signed a draw on board one.

In the final game Filippov will lead white against Iranian champion Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Gelashvili is facing GM John Paul Gomez, while Kazhgaleyev is paired against IM Yu Lie.

GM Murtas Kazghaleyev of Kazakhstan is top rated in the field of 47 players, among which are 9 Grandmasters and 11 International Masters. The separate “Challenge” Group has additional 75 players rated under 2200 FIDE.

This tournament of $30,000 prize fund is a precursor to the Florencio Campomanes Memorial later this weekend.

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GM Murtas Kazghaleyev and NCFP President Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. playing a ceremonial friendly game (photo courtesy of FIDE)

Round 8 standings:

1. GM FILIPPOV Anton UZB 2609 – 6.5

2-3. GM KAZHGALEYEV Murtas KAZ 2619 and GM GELASHVILI Tamaz GEO 2605 – 6.0

4-5. GM GAGUNASHVILI Merab GEO 2596 and GM GOMEZ John Paul PHI 2527 – 5.5

6-13. IM IRWANTO Sadikin INA 2419, GM LAYLO Darwin PHI 2522, ROQUE Merben PHI 2244, WGM POURKASHIYAN Atousa IRI 2308, GM GHAEM MAGHAMI Ehsan IRI 2585, IM YU Lie CHN 2447, IM SAPTARSHI Roy IND 2387 and ELORTA David PHI 2363 – 5.0 etc

Round 9 pairings:

GM FILIPPOV Anton – GM GHAEM MAGHAMI Ehsan

GM GELASHVILI Tamaz – GM GOMEZ John Paul

GM KAZHGALEYEV Murtas – IM YU Lie

GM GAGUNASHVILI Merab – GM LAYLO Darwin

IM IRWANTO Sadikin – ELORTA David

ROQUE Merben – IM SAPTARSHI Roy

WGM POURKASHIYAN Atousa – GM HAZNEDAROGLU Kivanc

SENADOR Emmanuel – IM DABLEO Ronald

OLAY Edgar Reggie – GM GONZALES Jayson

LEYSA Ferdinand – IM NOLTE Rolando

IM DIMAKILING Oliver – LEGASPI Rhobel

FM PASCUA Haridas – IM RANOLA Yves

IM GARMA Chito – FM SEGARRA Randy

TURQUEZA Mari Joseph – IM NADERA Barlo A

KULKARNI Rakesh – KATHMALE Sameer

FM DE RAMOS Julius – IM TIRTO

PHADKE Sohan – IM HALAY Taufik

POLAO Ben – EVANGELISTA Ritchie

CATURLA Cesar – BERSAMINA Paulo

CM BHAGWAT Vinod – CHEAH Cheok Fung

QIU Mengjie – GATUS Edmundo

MILAGROSA Alexander – BAGAMASBAD Efren

ALIDANI Leonardo – bye