World Youth Chess Championships 2010 Concluded

Porto Carras, Greece, from 20th to 30th October 2010

The record breaking World Youth Chess Championships concluded in Porto Carras, Greece. The winners and the medalists are already known and will be awarded at the closing ceremony.

Only one group was decided before the last day, and R11 turned out to be one of the most exiting WYCC finishes ever. The players continued battling for many hours in the decisive games, and multiple first places and medals were decided by a tiebreak “photo finish”.

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Trophies and medals

Round 11 photo gallery / Closing ceremony

WIM Kazimova Narmin Nizami (Azerbaijan) successfully closed the competition in Girls U18 and materialized the good play and positive attitude into a gold medal. Same points with Kazimova, but lower tiebreak and therefore silver medal, is for WGM Deysi Cori from Peru, who caught up with four straight victories. Bronze medalist is WIM Hoang Thi Nhu Y from Vietnam.

The fearless chase between GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan and FM Steven Zierk in the Open U18 ended with the Armenian player stumbling in the final yards, while American won the game, the title of the World Champion in his age category and first GM norm.

Samvel has to console himself with silver, while GM Nils Grandelius grabbed the bronze medal on superior tiebreaks.

Steven Zierk

Steven Zierk

Incredible drama in the last round of the Girls U16 tournament! Both leaders, WIM Nastassia Ziaziulkina and WIM Meri Arabidze, were defeated, and eventually three players shared the first with 8.5 points each. Ziaziulkina, being on the top throughout the whole event, had a massive tiebreak score and still took the gold medal. WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung is silver and WIM Lisa Schut pulls the bronze thanks to the series of three consecutive victories.

Polish players dominated the Open U16 event. In the end two of them, FM Kamil Dragun and Daniel Sadzikowski, together with the Russian FM Ivan Bukavshin, shared the first place with 8.5 points each. Dragun is declared Champion, while Sadzikowski took silver and Bukavshin bronze.

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Top three finishers in Boys U16 Group

WFM Dinara Saduakassova (Kazakhstan), top-seed in her group Girls U14, snatched the title with 9.0 points, but only after the earlier leader Lei Tingjie (China) tripped in the final round. Unfortunately, Lie didn’t even take a medal, as Raana Hakimifard (silver) and Nandhidhaa Pv (bronze) had the better tiebreak among the players with 8.5 points each.

Open U14 was one of the most interesting groups. Despite having a Grandmaster (Richard Rapport) and two International Masters in the starting list, Lithuanian Tomas Laurusas started furiously with seven straight wins. However, the trend has turned and he lost the remaining four games, slipping down to the 17th place.

On the opposite side of the spectrum is 35th-seed Izzat Kanan Azar from Azerbaijan, who was playing his first World Youth event, started with a loss, but then opened a fantastic series where he conceded only two draws in 10 games. The final score of 9 points awarded him with a gold medal. Shiven Khosla takes silver and FM Kirill Alekseenko takes bronze medal.

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Girls U14

Izzat Kanan Azar

Izzat Kanan Azar

WCM Ivana Maria Furtado from India scored three consecutive wins in the final rounds and eventually caught the earlier leader in Girls U12, Iulija Osmak, but the Ukrainian is awarded gold on better tiebreak. Third is also Indian player, WFM Mahalakshmi, who edged her compatriot Sunyasakta Satpathy.

Open U12 had a very exciting finish in which three players contested the first place. Wei Yi from China, for whom Greece is obviously a lucky place as he already claimed the 2008 World School Championship here, relatively quickly won and waited for the outcome on the other top boards.

Such development put a certain pressure on Kayden Troff (USA) who headed into the last round with equal points with Yi. Kayden eventually drew and got a hold on the silver medal, as FM Jan-Krzysztof also drew and remained third.

Wei Yi

Wei Yi

Both leading players in the Girls U10, WFM Davaademberel Nominerdene and Zhansaya Abdumalik, won in the last round, but Nominerdene grabs the gold medal on better additional criteria, while Abdumalik takes silver. Alexandra Obolentseva, who held the lead in the middle of the tournament, slipped down to shared third place but nevertheless won the bronze medal.

Jason Cao from Canada pulled an all-important victory in the last round, against the direct rival for top places Cameron Wheeler, and thanks to the draw on the top board, he earned the gold medal on better additional criteria. Jeffrey Xiong (USA) takes home the silver, and Puranik Abhimanyu edged his fellow Indian Gupta Bhaskar to claim the bronze.

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Girls U10

Li Yunshan from China won the Girls U8 Group with a brutal score of 10.5 points, allowing only one draw throughout the Championship. Point and a half behind is Eszter Morvay (Slovakia) and Assel Serikbay (Kazakhstan) grabs the bronze medal on better tiebreak score.

The earlier leader of the Open U8, Kirill Shevchenko, lost in the last round, allowing Abdulla Azar Gadimbayli to leap ahead and take a clear first place with 9.5 points. This is the second gold for Azerbaijan in Boys’ competitions and third overall.

Rudraksh Parida, also victorious in the final game, is silver medalist, and Shevchenko despite the loss was still able to claim the bronze.

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Girls U8

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Boys U8

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Chief Arbiter Panagiotis Nikolopoulos interviewed

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Delegation from Peru

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Zoltan Almasi, Wesley So, and Georg Meier lead SPICE Cup 2010

Antal leading the B group

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Zoltan Almasi, Wesley So, and Georg Meier took the lead in the 2010 edition of SPICE Cup. After all games were drawn at the start of the competition, the three grandmasters won their round 2 games. They now have 4 points each (3 points are given for a win and 1 for a draw in the A group), and are followed by Robson, Perelshteyn, and Onischuk with 1 point.

Round 3 is today, follow thelive games with analysis here and at the official website.

Scroll down for results and videos of the SPICE Cup 2010

A group round 1

Robson 1/2 Meier

Almasi 1/2 Perelshteyn

So 1/2 Onischuk

A group round 2

Meier 1-0 Onischuk

Perelshteyn 0-1 So

Robson 0-1 Almasi

Antal is leading the SPICE B group. He is the only player with two consecutive victories and is top of the table. Second place is for Ippolito, Diamant, and Bykhovsky, with 1 win and 1 draw each.

B group round 1

Krush 1/2 Smith

Diamant 1/2 Finegold

Kuljasevic 1/2 Bykhovsky

Yang 0-1 Antal

Rensch 0-1 Ippolito

B group round 2

Smith 1/2 Ippolito

Antal 1-0 Rensch

Bykhovsky 1-0 Yang

Finegold 1/2 Kuljasevic

Krush 0-1 Diamant

Replay games with analysis

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Schedule

Thursday, October 28

1:30pm Opening Ceremony

2pm Round 1 Group A&B

Friday, October 29

2pm Round 2 Group A&B

Saturday, October 30

10am SPICE Cup Scholastic

2pm Round 3 Group A&B

Sunday, October 31

10am SPICE Cup Open

2pm Round 4 Group A&B

Monday, November 1

2pm Round 5 Group A&B

Tuesday, November 2

1pm Round 6 Group B

Day ‐off for Group A!

7pm Blitz Championship

Wednesday, November 3

2pm Round 6 Group A

Round 7 Group B

Thursday, November 4

2pm Round 7 Group A

Round 8 Group B

Friday, November 5

10am Round 9 Group B

11am FIDE Open Round 1

2pm Round 8 Group A

4pm FIDE Open Round 2

Saturday, November 6

10am FIDE Open Round 3

2pm Round 9 Group A

3pm FIDE Open Round 4

Sunday, November 7

9am FIDE Open Round 1

1pm Round 10 Group A

2pm FIDE Open Round 1

6pm A Group Closing ceremony

Title Norms at the European Club Cup

16 players fulfilled norm requirements

The European Club Cup finished this Sunday with Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo and Economist-SGSEU-1 winning the trophies in their respective categories. The special jury also elected Miss and Mister of the 2010 ECC. In addition, the competitions were very successful in the terms of fulfilled norms, with as many as 16 players completing the necessary requirements.

Len Irina ISR 2065, 3½/7 – WIM norm

WFM Botvinnik Irina ISR 2216, 3/7 – WIM norm

IM Ivanov Oleg V UKR 2482, 5½/7 – GM norm

Lindberg Bosse SWE 2388, 5½/7 – IM norm

IM Dambacher Martijn NED 2476, 5/7 – GM norm

IM Nabaty Tamir ISR 2526, 5/7 – GM norm

FM Bosman Michiel NED 2330, 5/7 – IM norm

FM Ledger Dave J ENG 2234, 5/7 – IM norm

FM Stojcevski Zoran MKD 2355, 4½/7 – IM norm

FM Vandenbussche Thibaut BEL 2333, 4½/7 – IM norm

IM Mitkov Marjan MKD 2392, 4½/7 – GM norm

FM Csiba Dominik SVK 2389, 4½/7 – IM norm

Nedilko Vasily UKR 2407, 4½/7 – IM norm

Podolchenko Evgeniy BLR 2506, 4½/7 – IM norm

FM Valsecchi Alessio ITA 2331, 4½/7 – IM norm

FM Mertanen Janne FIN 2280, 4/7 – IM norm

Official website

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Six grandmasters share first at Chigorin Memorial Rapid

GM Sergei Yudin first on tiebreaks

The strong Chigorin Memorial, with participation of over 100 GMs and IMs, started in St. Petersburg. The first event was a 9 round rapid tournament with time control 15 min + 5 sec.

After the last round six players finished top of the table with 7,0/9 – GM Sergei Yudin, GM Zaven Andriasian, GM Pablo Lafuente, GM Evgeny Vorobiov, GM Eldar Gasanov, and GM Hrant Melkumyan. With the best Buchholz tiebreak was GM Sergei Yudin.

Here is a photo report of the 5 star event by IM Alexander Ipatov. Scroll down for full standings of the rapid.

More information on the official website

Photo report by IM Alexander Ipatov

organizer Irina Sudakova

Irina Sudakova, organizing committee of the tournament

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Hotel Moscow, where the participants are staying

Tournament poster

The Tournament poster around the playing hall

Playing hall

The playing hall of Chigorin Memorial

GM Melkumyan and GM Petrosian

GM Hrant Melkumyan and GM Davit Petrosian before the rapid event

GM Swiercz

GM Swiercz before the first round

IM Fedoseev vs GM Matlakov

IM Fedoseev (left) vs GM Matlakov (right)

Standings

1 GM Yudin, Sergei 7

2 GM Andriasian, Zaven 7

3 GM Lafuente, Pablo 7

4 GM Vorobiov, Evgeny E. 7

5 GM Gasanov, Eldar 7

6 GM Melkumyan, Hrant 7

7 GM Sokolov, Ivan 6.5

8 IM Geller, Jakov 6.5

9 GM Areshchenko, Alexander 6.5

10 GM Alekseev, Evgeny 6.5

11 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav 6.5

12 IM Demchenko, Anton 6.5

13 GM Grachev, Boris 6.5

14 IM Krylov, Mikhail 6.5

15 GM Khismatullin, Denis 6.5

16 GM Chadaev, Nikolai 6.5

17 IM Rozum, Ivan 6.5

18 GM Sakaev, Konstantin 6.5

19 GM Jumabayev, Rinat 6

20 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim 6

21 GM Rodshtein, Maxim 6

22 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto 6

23 GM Kryakvin, Dmitry 6

24 IM Bogdanovich, Stanislav 6

25 GM Shipov, Sergei 6

26 GM Romanov, Evgeny 6

27 GM Sulypa, Oleksandr 6

28 GM Dreev, Alexey 6

29 GM Kokarev, Dmitry 6

30 GM Zhigalko, Sergei 6

31 IM Stukopin, Andrey 5.5

32 GM Volkov, Sergey 5.5

33 GM Bocharov, Dmitry 5.5

34 GM Savchenko, Boris 5.5

35 GM Szabo, Krisztian 5.5

36 GM Shomoev, Anton 5.5

37 GM Popov, Valerij 5.5

38 GM Matlakov, Maxim 5.5

39 IM Eliseev, Alexei 5.5

40 GM Khusnutdinov, Rustam 5.5

41 GM Yevseev, Denis 5.5

42 GM Prokopchuk, Evgeny 5.5

43 IM Mozharov, Mikhail 5.5

44 IM Shukh, Nikolai 5.5

45 FM Utkin, Aleksey 5.5

46 FM Kovalev, Vladislav 5.5

47 Mokshanov, Alexey 5.5

48 GM Amonatov, Farrukh 5

49 GM Vysochin, Spartak 5

50 GM Glek, Igor 5

51 GM Malakhatko, Vadim 5

52 GM Kuzubov, Yuriy 5

53 GM Stefansson, Hannes 5

54 IM Dubov, Daniil 5

55 GM Epishin, Vladimir 5

56 GM Swiercz, Dariusz 5

57 IM Hamitevici, Vladimir 5

58 GM Yemelin, Vasily 5

59 GM Alavkin, Arseny 5

60 IM Lovkov, Roman 5

61 IM Efanov, Nikolai 5

62 FM Glidzhain, Gor 5

63 GM Levin, Evgeny A. 5

64 Poghosyan, Suren 5

65 WGM Shaydullina, Sandugach 5

66 IM Fedoseev, Vladimir 4.5

67 IM Papin, Vasily 4.5

68 GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej 4.5

69 GM Kazhgaleyev, Murtas 4.5

70 IM Ipatov, Alexander 4.5

71 IM Kalegin, Evgenij 4.5

72 FM Gorkavij, Vadim 4.5

73 Sanzhaev, Darsen 4.5

74 GM Maletin, Pavel 4.5

75 FM Sharafiev, Azat 4.5

76 IM Ushenina, Anna 4.5

77 GM Iskusnyh, Sergei 4.5

78 GM Burmakin, Vladimir 4.5

79 IM Vlasenko, Miroslav 4.5

80 CM Yuffa, Daniil 4.5

81 IM Biriukov, Oleg V. 4.5

82 IM Dvalishvili, Pavel S. 4.5

83 IM Aldokhin, Ivan 4.5

84 Dommes, Vladimir M 4.5

85 IM Blechzin, Igor 4.5

86 WGM Demina, Julia 4.5

87 FM Khantuev, Alexander 4.5

88 GM Neverov, Valeriy 4

89 WIM Dolzhykova, Kateryna 4

90 FM Turikov, Viktor 4

91 FM Verzhansky, Alexander 4

92 Demianjuk, Alexander 4

93 GM Petrosian, Davit G. 4

94 Ilhomzoda, Ikrom 4

95 FM Feofanov, Denis 4

96 FM Pankov, German 4

97 IM Slugin, Sergey 4

98 Palachev, Petr 4

99 IM Ovod, Evgenija 4

100 Ostapenko, Dmitry 4

101 IM Rjabzev, Konstantin 4

102 WIM Sazonova, Elena N. 4

103 IM Karasev, Vladimir I 4

104 Letov, Petr 4

105 WIM Butuc, Maria 4

106 IM Sotsky, Alexander 4

107 Elkin, Leonid 4

108 Yezersky, Vladimir 4

109 Utkin, Alexander 4

110 WFM Sokolova, Vera 4

111 Chernova, Natalja 4

112 GM Svetushkin, Dmitry 3.5

113 WIM Tarasova, Viktoriya 3.5

114 WIM Ambartsumova, Karina 3.5

115 Sukhareva, Evgeniya 3.5

116 IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 3.5

117 Kurukin, Dmitry 3.5

118 FM Ivanov, Rostislav 3.5

119 Lakovic, Igor 3.5

120 Adamson, Garry 3.5

121 Andreeva, Yulia 3.5

122 Minina, Veronika 3.5

123 Kopasov, Evgeny 3.5

124 Serov, Maksim 3

125 IM Kashtanov, Ruslan 3

126 Zaryvkina, Anastasia 3

127 Chepel, Nikolay 3

128 Dushin, Nikolay 3

129 Utkin, Vladimir 3

130 Martynov, Pavel 3

131 Filippov, Sergey B. 3

132 Afonin, Gennady 3

133 Obraztsov, Nikita 3

134 Gantsevich, Aleksei 3

135 Bagrunov, Vladimir 3

136 Sazonova, Anastasia 3

137 Fokin, Anatoly 3

138 Memarian, Milad 2.5

139 Hanzatjan, Anaid 2.5

140 Skuratovich, Yakov 2.5

141 Gribanov, Anton 2.5

142 Irinchinov, Vladimir 2.5

143 Pogosian, Vladimir 2.5

144 Hanzatjan, Elvira 2.5

145 GM Makarov, Marat 2

146 IM Solovjov, Sergey I. 2

147 WGM Paikidze, Nazi 2

148 FM Valov, Ilya 2

149 Chan, Naruna 2

150 Obrezchikov, Mikhail 2

151 Sivertsen, Aage 2

152 Bartsits, Sabina 2

153 Montoli, Marco 1.5

154 Gantsevich, Dmitry 1.5

155 Gusev, Boris 1

GM Alik Gershon sets new Guinness World Record for simultaneous games

Gershon plays against 523 opponents, wins against 454

Alik Gershon

Israeli grandmaster Alik Gershon broke the Guinness World Record for simultaneous chess games. Gershon played against 523 chess players from all over the world at Rabin Square, Tel Aviv. He won 454 games (86% of the total games), lost 11 and drew the other 58, which is enough for a new World Record.

Gershon needed to win at least 80 percent to seal the record, which previously stood at 500 simultaneous games, set by Iranian Grandmaster Mahjoob in August 2009.

The tournament had started under the blazing midday sun on Thursday with Alik Gershon shaking hands with every single player as he walked along rows of tables lined with chess boards. “There are a lot of kilometres to walk and you have to stay focused,” he told AFP on Thursday, noting that his Iranian coleague Morteza Mahjoob, walked 40 kilometres (25 miles) to secure his record a few months ago.

“Hopefully all our wars against Iran will be on the chess board,” said a smiling Gershon. “For such wars, I am prepared.”

More about the World Record

In 1996 the legendary Swedish GM Ulf Andersson set the official record playing against 310 opponents. Eight years later the English IM Andrew Martin faced 321 opponents with an amazing score of 95.64% (294+ 1- 26=)!

This record held just a year when former female world champion GM Susan Polgar challenged in summer 2005 326 players at the same time (and 1131 in total).

In February last year it was the Bulgarian renowned GM Kiril Georgiev who astonished the chess community as well as the general public when he needed just 14 hours to overcome a field of 360 players beating 284, drawing 70 and losing just six (88%).

However the best was yet to come unexpectedly in the Iranian capital last summer. GM Morteza Mahjoob set the current shocking record playing 500(!) games at the very same time, winning 397, drawing 90 and losing just 13 (88.4%).. His oldest rival was 81 and the youngest just 4 years old and the entire exhibition lasted almost 19 hours after which the new record holder was still able to drive his car home all by himself!

About the new record holder: He was born in Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine) in 1980 and learned the rules of the game at two (according to his father), starting a serious “professional” career when he was five years old. He immigrated to Israel with his family at the end of 1990 and in 1993 he was already Israel u-16 champion.

It was just a year later when he was crowned as the world u -14 champion (Szeged, Hungary 1994) and it took him another two years to become the world u-16 champion too (Cala Goldana, Spain 1996). Alik was awarded with the IM title in 1997 and became a grandmaster when he was 20. Then he already saw the peak of his career when he won the national title for adults (together with GM Boris Avrukh).

Away of the board he had already two remarkable achievements: He was the founder and editor –in –chief of the first Israeli chess online weekly “Schachnet” and was the co-author (with Igor Nor) of the best seller “St Luis 2005″ which was praised worldwide and earned him the prestigious “Book of the Year” award by the British Chess Federation. Though he still plays for Kfar-Saba club at the top Israeli division, he actually quit professional chess already in 2005 for software engineering studies.

New record attempt coming

International Master Dean Ippolito from New Jersey is also attempting to break the record of 500 simultaneous chess games. Read more about it here.

European Club Cup Round 4

Economist-SGSEU-1, Mika Yerevan and SOCAR Azerbaijan leading open section

The derby match of the fourth round of the 26th European Club Cup was played between ShSM-64 Moscow and the defending champion Economist-SGSEU-1. The team from Saratov came out on the top thanks to full points by Alexander Moiseenko and Ni Hua, while the remaining games were drawn.

The powerful teams of Mika Yerevan and SOCAR Azerbaijan easily dispatched the lower rated opposition, both scoring a crushing 5-1 victories. St.Petersburg Chess Club also signs 5-1, against Oslo Schakselskap, but GM Jon Ludvig Hammer defeated GM Vassily Ivanchuk on board one.

G-Team Novy Bor beat Viking Stockholm and quietly sneaked among the top four teams.

Naidorf mem Hammer

Jon Ludvig Hammer

ECC r4 Vassily Ivanchuk

Vassily Ivanchuk

Ural and Ashdod Elite CC were paired on the 8th table. Ian Nepomniachtchi loses another game, this time from Gata Kamsky, but his team grabs an overall 3.5-2.5 victory thanks to Vladimir Belov and Pavel Ponkratov.

Top round five pairings are Economist-SGSEU-1 – SOCAR Azerbaijan, G-Team Novy Bor – Mika Yerevan, St.Petersburg Chess Club – Bihac CK, Werder Bremen – ShSM-64 Moscow, Baden-Baden OSG – Ural, Yugra – Rivnenski Iisovi zubry Rivne, A DAN DZO & PGMB Chernigiv – Prievidza SK and Eynatten KSK47 – Vesnianka Gran.

Results and standings / Photos and videos / PGN

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The playing hall

Samaia Tbilisi and AVS were satisfied with the present standing in the 15th European Club Cup for Women and played a relatively quick 2-2 tie on the top table of the 4th round.

St.Petersburg Chess Club and Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo also had four draws, but all the games were closely contested and continued after the first time control. Mika Yerevan took advantage of such development and after a swift 3-1 victory against BAS Belgrade leaped ahead to the third place.

Round five pairings are AVS – MIKA Yerevan, St.Petersburg Chess Club – Samaia Tbilisi, Cercle d’Echecs de Monte Carlo – BAS Beograd, USV Volksbank Halle – Lokomotiv 2000, Herzliya Chess Club – Giprorechtrans, Oslo Schakselkap – CS Fischer Chieti and KSC Komarno – Ashdod Elite CC.

Results and standings / Photos and videos / PGN

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ECC Viktorija Cmylite - Monika Socko

Viktorija Cmilyte and Monika Socko

Vladimir Kramnik Claims Bilbao Final Masters

Two victories and four draws sufficient for the first place

Vladimir Kramnik has emerged the Champion of the 3rd Grand Slam Chess Masters Final played in Bilbao from October 9th to 15th. He now joins 2008 winner Veselin Topalov and last year’s winner Levon Aronian on the list of winners of this tournament.

In the first match, tournament leader Vladimir Kramnik should have defended the black pieces against Alexei Shirov, a rival who usually chokes. The game followed the same course as the one they played in the preliminary round in Shanghai, a quick f3 variation of the Nimzo-Indian defence. On this occasion, Kramnik departed from the previous game, opting for a calmer variation.

The game developed around the weakness of the c5 black pawn, which Kramnik decided to resolve by sacrificing it in exchange for some counterplay in the open files on the queen’s side. This counterplay resulted in the recovery of the pawn after a tactical sequence, leading to an endgame very limited in material. In the end a draw was inevitable, especially for black, as confirmed by Vladimir after the game.

Bilbao Masters 11

In the other match, current World Champion Viswanathan Anand played with white against Magnus Carlsen, with the top spot in the world ranking, according to the ELO rating system, up for grabs. Anand needed both victory for himself and also for Kramnik to draw or lose in order to catch up to or surpass the tournament leader.

Magnus repeated the variation he played two days ago against Shirov. Anand prepared a quick f5 advance, a scheme that prevented the counterplay which had been so successful for Magnus in his last game. The game entered a style of play typical of Ruy Lopez, where white has a significant spatial advantage and black seeks for counterplay.

Magnus was able to make headway on the white king’s side, while Anand advanced on the queen’s side. At the most critical point of the game, both players made the most of their advantages. At this moment of strike and counterstrike, Carlsen found a path to obtaining perpetual check. The game ended in a draw and Kramnik brilliantly walked away the winner.

Bilbao Masters 14

Final standings:

1. Vladimir Kramnik (+2 =4 -0), 10

2. Viswanathan Anand (+1 =5 -0), 8

3. Magnus Carlsen (+1 =3 -2), 6

4. Alexei Shirov (+0 =4 -2), 4

Bilbao rule: 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for losing

Official website

Bilbao Masters 12

Gran Abierto Pro Am 2010

GM Diego Flores and GM Neuris Delgado Ramirez with perfect score after four rounds

Gran Abierto Pro Am 2010 is being played from 11th to 22nd October in Circulo de Ajedrez Villa Martelli, Argentina. This 9-round open tournament has 140 participants, with 8 Grandmasters and 18 International Masters among them. GM Diego Flores and GM Neuris Delgado Ramirez are in the lead with perfect score after four rounds.

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Official website

Round 4 standings:

1 GM Flores Diego ARG 2615 4

2 GM Delgado Ramirez Neuris COL 2606 4

3 IM Molina Roberto Junio Brito BRA 2384 3.5

4 GM Alonso Salvador ARG 2482 3.5

5 IM Dolezal Cristian ARG 2413 3.5

IM Tristan Leonardo ARG 2401 3.5

IM De Dovitiis Alejo ARG 2366 3.5

8 IM Dos Santos Ramiro ARG 2438 3.5

9 IM Liascovich Lucas ARG 2424 3.5

10 IM Della Morte German ARG 2361 3.5

11 IM Scarella Enrique Alejandro ARG 2380 3

12 Orsini Antonio ARG 2390 3

13 FM Bitelmajer Martin ARG 2312 3

14 Krysa Leandro ARG 2271 3

15 FM Barrionuevo Pablo ARG 2365 3

16 FM Pina Ulises CUB 2300 3

Paveto Kevin ARG 2258 3

18 GM Perez Rodriguez Luis Manuel CUB 2483 3

IM Real De Azua Ernesto ARG 2432 3

IM Saldano Dayer Horacio ESP 2406 3

IM Bronstein Luis Marcos ARG 2347 3

22 Fabian Gaston ARG 2266 3

23 FM Aparicio Anibal ARG 2264 3

24 GM Rodriguez Vila Andres URU 2537 3

25 FM Julia Ernesto ARG 2388 3

26 Zamorano Jorge ARG 2271 3

27 GM Valerga Diego ARG 2508 3

28 Bassan Remo VEN 2240 3

29 Guerrero Alvaro URU 2270 3

30 IM Perez Ponsa Federico ARG 2469 3

IM Pierrot Facundo ARG 2431 3

32 Radoszta Armando E ARG 2076 3

33 FM Languidey Simon Alejandro ARG 2263 3

Virgillito Cristian ARG 2239 3

35 IM Mela Benjamin ARG 2335 2.5

36 FM Viana Dirceu BRA 2245 2.5

Koch Juan ARG 2095 2.5

38 FM Mayorga Nicolas ARG 2247 2.5

39 Tokman Ariel ARG 2202 2.5

40 FM Anelli Antonio ARG 2184 2.5

Pineiro Dario ARG 2162 2.5

42 IM Quiroga Facundo ARG 2357 2.5

43 IM Fusco Leonardo ARG 2359 2.5

44 WIM Zuriel Marisa ARG 2193 2.5

45 Bibiloni Jorge ARG 2152 2.5

De Cesare Ricardo ARG 2024 2.5

47 GM Ricardi Pablo ARG 2517 2.5

48 Fiori Alberto Nicolas ARG 2161 2.5

49 Rozenblatt Daniel USA 1887 2.5

50 GM Slipak Sergio ARG 2446 2.5

51 IM Diaz Hollemaert Nahuel ARG 2443 2.5

52 Cervetto Esteban ARG 2105 2.5

53 FM Ibar Marcelo ARG 2220 2.5

54 Cabral Matias Andres ARG 2095 2.5

55 Bonsignore Felipe ARG 0 2

56 Lopez Azambuja Nicolas URU 2142 2

57 Restuccia Francisco ARG 2153 2

58 FM Bulcourf Carlos ARG 2207 2

59 Lanza Luciano ARG 2215 2

Lopez Rebert Pablo ARG 2078 2

61 Fernandez Marcelo Fabian ARG 2065 2

Quinzio Martin ARG 2050 2

63 Wisniacki Flavio ARG 2257 2

Castillo Santiago ARG 2168 2

FM Pichot Alan ARG 2160 2

66 Daneri Martin ARG 2091 2

67 Garcia Ezequiel ARG 2037 2

68 Cabrera Pando Ramiro ARG 2092 2

69 Perez Maximiliano ARG 2190 2

70 Bernal Gustavo ARG 2094 2

Carcamo Matias ARG 1838 2

72 Martin Luis ARG 1860 2

73 Gimenez Santiago ARG 2249 2

FM Acosta Pablo Ismael ARG 2081 2

Ciurlanti Federico ARG 2079 2

Franco Gaston ARG 2017 2

77 Alvarez Roberto ARG 2173 2

Antonel Lucas ARG 1926 2

79 Calens Diego ARG 2095 2

80 Rasgido Alejandro ARG 2001 2

81 Albarran Gustavo ARG 2169 2

Juarez Carlos Eleodoro ARG 2087 2

83 Rivero Raul ARG 1857 2

84 Garcia Campitelli Gonzalo ARG 2132 2

Moura Pedro Camargo BRA 2012 2

Morales Marcos ARG 1748 2

87 Cisneros German ARG 1774 2

88 FM Chiari Arthur Gontijo BRA 1929 2

89 Picollo Pablo ARG 1987 2

90 Cavadini Ignacio ARG 2111 1.5

91 Andresson Alejandro ARG 0 1.5

92 IM Malbran Guillermo ARG 2177 1.5

Velazquez Gustavo ARG 2054 1.5

Pradines Emmanuel ARG 2023 1.5

95 Barrientos Medina Juan Carlos ARG 2022 1.5

96 Chavarria Bily ARG 1940 1.5

97 Leeuw Pablo ARG 2074 1.5

98 Caceres Recalde Fernando ARG 1959 1.5

Ariganello Sebastian ARG 1840 1.5

100 Lo Presti Roberto ARG 2048 1.5

101 FM Cuevas Alex ARG 2305 1.5

102 Torella Rodolfo ARG 2068 1.5

103 Pucill Facundo ARG 2148 1.5

104 Gandolfo Alberto ARG 2077 1.5

Mendez Ignacio ARG 1874 1.5

106 Perez Mario Abel ARG 2090 1.5

107 Perucca Jorge ARG 1828 1.5

108 Mendez Nicolas ARG 1772 1.5

109 Gomez Juan Carlos ARG 1924 1.5

110 Cerini Daniel ARG 0 1.5

111 Nejanky Maisa ARG 2069 1

112 Miranda Rafael ARG 2055 1

Driz Ivan ARG 1999 1

Chanduvi Fidel PER 1970 1

115 Ligato Guillermo Fe ARG 1989 1

116 Farah Daniel Landshoff BRA 1955 1

117 Leal Jorge ARG 1793 1

118 Micele Omar ARG 1884 1

119 Hoeschele Hermann ARG 1777 1

120 Acosta Eduardo ARG 0 1

121 Scarpino Agustin ARG 0 1

122 Amato Leonel ARG 1791 1

Acosta Sabatini Facundo ARG 0 1

124 Salamon Daniel ARG 0 1

125 Mirada Luciano ARG 1929 1

126 Medone Raul ARG 1667 1

Cavadini Rodolfo ARG 1647 1

128 Vega Angel ARG 0 1

129 Naspleda Federico ARG 2102 1

Caceres Recalde Gonzalo ARG 1677 1

131 Frei Alejandro ARG 1805 1

132 Pravettoni Ezequiel ARG 1642 1

133 Sanchez Alfredo ARG 0 1

134 Isella Facundo ARG 0 0.5

135 Petrucci Ivanna ARG 0 0.5

136 Scagliarini Mauro ARG 0 0.5

137 Romano Florencia ARG 2035 0

138 Candel Damian ARG 0 0

Cortez Ricardo ARG 0 0

140 Lopez Jose Luis ARG 1857 0

141 Echavarria Freddy ARG 0 0

10th Winterthur Chess Week

International Masters Anthony Bellaiche and Gabriel Battaglini leading

The 10th Winterthur Chess Week is currently ongoing in Winterthur, near Zurich, Switzerland, and continues until the 16th October. The tournament is comprised of three groups – Master Open (for 1900+ players), General Open (U2000) and Youth Open.

One full round in the morning plus one full round in the Wednesday afternoon is a demanding task in terms of physical and mental condition, endurance and concentration.

French International Masters Anthony Bellaiche and Gabriel Battaglini preserved the lead with new victories in round six. GM Milos Perunovic drew his colleague Mikhail Ulibin and remained alone on third place with 4.5 points.

Round 6 standings (Master Open):

1-2. IM Bellaiche Anthony 2432 FRA and IM Battaglini Gabriel 2429 FRA – 5.0

3. GM Perunovic Milos 2558 SRB – 4.5

4-8. IM Pavlovic Milos 2495 SRB, GM Ulibin Mikhail 2540 RUS, Gloor Roger 2181 SUI, GM Milanovic Danilo 2499 SRB and IM Papa Severin 2417 SUI – 4.0

9-15. IM Bhend Edwin 2258 SUI, Rosenthal Jonathan 2282 SUI, Gordic Mihailo 2060 SUI, FM Kamber Bruno 2313 SUI, Zülle Bruno 2066 SUI, Borner Daniel 2202 SUI and Göbel Constantin 2114 GER – 3.5 etc (39 players)

The 7th round is starting at 13:00 CET, check the official website shortly for the latest results and updates.

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GM Tigran Kotanjian Wins Karen Asrian Memorial

October 4-14, 2010, in the resort town of Jermuk, Armenia

The Armenian Chess Federation organized the 3rd Annual Karen Asrian Memorial Chess Tournament which was held on October 4-13, 2010, in the prominent resort town of Jermuk. A symbolic number of 64 players (12 Grandmasters) participated in the 9-round Swiss open event.

GM Tigran Kotanjian defended the lead that he held throughout the tournament and finished clear first by collecting 7.0 points. Such outcome was also directed by GM Evgeny Vorobiov’s last round victory against the other main contender GM Konstantine Shanava. Shanava still remained second, thanks to the best tiebreak score in the group of players with 6.5 each.

Karen Asrian

Karen Asrian

Final standings:

1 GM Kotanjian Tigran ARM 2522 - 7

2 GM Shanava Konstantine GEO 2566 - 6.5

3 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2595 - 6.5

4 IM Maghalashvili Davit GEO 2455 - 6.5

5 GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2565 - 6.5

6 GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2516 - 6

7 GM Hovhannisyan Robert ARM 2522 - 6

8 GM Petrosian Davit G ARM 2487 - 6

9 Matinian Nikita RUS 2354 - 6

10 Vardanian Haik G ARM 2320 - 6

11 GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2473 - 6

12 IM Kalashian David ARM 2441 - 6

13 GM Babujian Levon ARM 2505 - 6

14 GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2579 - 5.5

15 IM Hayrapetian Arman ARM 2362 - 5.5

16 Alaverdyan Gevorg ARM 2241 - 5.5

Tamazyan Haik ARM 2151 - 5.5

18 Poghosyan Suren ARM 2335 - 5.5

19 Manukyan Sargis V ARM 2223 - 5.5

20 GM Bagaturov Giorgi GEO 2464 - 5

21 Vardanian Hakob ARM 2212 - 5

22 WGM Paikidze Nazi GEO 2376 - 5

23 Harutyunian Tigran K ARM 2063 - 5

24 IM Lomineishvili Maia GEO 2355 - 5

25 Bakunts Rafael ARM 2086 - 5

26 Inants Aghasi ARM 2281 - 5

27 Antinyan Armen ARM 2162 - 5

28 IM Gvetadze Sopio GEO 2352 - 4.5

29 Melkonyan Vardan ARM 2235 - 4.5

30 Simonian Tigran ARM 2319 - 4.5

31 Gabuzyan Hovhannes ARM 2261 - 4.5

32 FM Hayrapetian Ovik ARM 2353 - 4.5

33 Petrosyan Manuel ARM 1990 - 4.5

34 IM Mnatsakanian Eduard A ARM 2256 - 4.5

35 FM Aghasaryan Robert ARM 2308 - 4.5

36 Eranyan Khachatur ARM 2120 - 4.5

37 WIM Gasparian Narine ARM 2137 - 4.5

38 WIM Vrublevskaya Olga RUS 2129 - 4.5

39 Dilanyan Grigor ARM 2245 - 4

40 Khojayan Vardan ARM 2219 - 4

41 WIM Andriasian Siranush ARM 2214 - 4

42 WFM Hairapetian Anna ARM 2125 - 4

43 Baghdasaryan Vahe ARM 2348 - 4

44 Shakryan Zozan ARM 1992 - 4

45 GM Petrosian Tigran L ARM 2613 - 3.5

46 Basencyan Mark ARM 2127 - 3.5

47 Gharagyozian Artur ARM 2207 - 3.5

48 WGM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2343 - 3.5

49 Khachatryan Rafik ARM 1805 - 3.5

50 Mezhlumian Vahram ARM 2160 - 3.5

51 Pluzyan Aram ARM 2089 - 3

52 Sargissyan Sargis ARM 2195 - 3

53 Barseghyan Harutyun ARM 1950 - 3

54 Aghabekian Liana ARM 2146 - 3

55 Apresyan Zohrak ARM 2109 - 3

56 Manukyan Sargis A ARM 2012 - 3

57 Martirosyan Haik M ARM 1927 - 3

58 Papikyan David ARM 2000 - 3

59 Galstyan Hayk ARM 2121 - 3

60 Harutyunyan Artur A ARM 0 - 2.5

61 Imnadze Nino GEO 1764 - 2.5

62 Abrahamyan Rashid ARM 0 - 2

63 Tadevosyan Erjanik ARM 1970 - 2

64 Shahinyan Hovik ARM 0 - 0.5