Blondes vs Brunettes

1st of April chess tournament

blonde or brunette

1st of April, the international day of the joke aka April Fool’s day, will be celebrated with an interesting event in Russia. Ten Blondes will challenge ten Brunettes in a unique match of mind battle over the chess board.

The tournament will be a 10 rounds event, the time control is 5 minutes per player. More information by e3e5.com and russiachess.org

The blonde team

WGM Valentina Gunina 2472

WGM Olga Girya 2425

WGM Tatiana Grabuzova 2336

WGM Irina Vasilevich 2324

WGM Maria Fominikh 2303

WIM Tamara Minogina 2244

WFM Alina Bivol 2137

WFM Nadezhda Potikhoshkina 2167

Maria Severina 2049

The brunette team

WGM Nazi Paikidze 2425

WGM Anastasia Savina 2383

WGM Svetlana Mateeva 2380

WGM Maria Manakova 2336

WGM Alina Kashlinskaya 2320

WIM Daria Charochkina 2330

WIM Karina Ambartsumova 2308

WFM Varvara Saulina 2286

WFM Tatiana Bogumil 2096

WFM Victorya Zarivkina 2059

Valentina Gunina

Valentina Gunina

maria fomynikh

Maria Fominykh

Anastasia Savina

Anastasia Savina

paikidze

Nazi Paikidze

Zonal 2.3 Chess Championship

Leinier Dominguez Perez and Lazaro Bruzon qualify for the World Cup

The Zonal 2.3 Chess Championship was held from 18th to 27th March in Santiago, Dominican Republic. 13 players from nine federations competed in the round robin tournament.

Cuban representatives Leinier Dominguez Perez and Lazaro Bruzon upheld the top seeded positions and claimed the first two places, with 11 and 10.5 points respectively, to qualify for the World Chess Cup which will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk later this year. Official website.

Final standings:

1. GM Dominguez Perez Leinier CUB 2716 – 11

2. GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2686 – 10.5

3. GM Leon Hoyos Manuel MEX 2546 – 9.5

4. IM Munoz Santana Jose Lisandro DOM 2401 – 8

5. IM Arenas David COL 2420 – 7

6. IM Barrientos Sergio E COL 2499 – 6.5

7. IM Leyva Hector ESA 2393 – 6

8-9. CM Mazara Adan DOM 2298 and GM Mateo Ramon DOM 2446 – 5.5

10-11. IM Pitterson Jomo JAM 2263 and IM Lorenzana Wilson Estuardo GUA 2227 – 2.5

12. FM Cabralis Keron TRI 2203 – 2

13. FM Del Castilho Martyn BAR 2205 – 1.5

Leinier Dominguez Perez

Pedro Domínguez, President of the Dominican Chess Federation, Agripino Núñez Collado, President of the organizing committee, and winner GM Leinier Dominguez

Chinese Chess Championships 2011

Top chess event in Asia

The Chinese Chess Championships 2011 will take place from 30th March to 10th April 2011 in Xinghua, Jiangsu, China. It will be an 11 rounds competition with time control 90 minutes for the whole game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

GM Wang Yue and GM Bu Xiangzhi are top seeded in the men section, where among the top players are also GM Zhou Jianchao, GM Yu Yangyi, and the Women World Champion GM Hou Yifan.

In the women section top players are WGM Ju Wenjun, GM Zhao Xue, and WGM Shen Yang. Scroll down for full pairings from both sections.

This event comes just days after the Asia Zonal 3.5 championship where Bu Xiangzhi and Li Chao B qualified for the 2011 World Chess Cup, while Ju Wenjun and Shen Yang shared first in women’s event. Live games are available here, games start at 15:00 local time.

Li Chao b - Zhao Jun

Li Chao b and Zhao Jun

Ni Hua - Hou Yifan

Ni Hua and Hou Yifan

Ding Liren - Bu Xiangzhi

Ding Liren and Bu Xiangzhi

Daily information on the event at http://blog.sina.com.cn/chessnews

Pairings (men)

1 GM Li Chao b - GM Li Shilong

2 Xiu Deshun - GM Hou Yifan

3 GM Wang Yue - GM Ni Hua

4 GM Zhou Jianchao - GM Ding Liren

5 M Zhang Ziyang - GM Zhao Jun

6 GM Bu Xangzhi - GM Yu Yangyi

1 GM Li Shilong - GM Yu Yangyi

2 GM Zhao Jun - GM Bu Xangzhi

3 GM Ding Liren - M Zhang Ziyang

4 GM Ni Hua - GM Zhou Jianchao

5 GM Hou Yifan - GM Wang Yue

6 GM Li Chao b - Xiu Deshun

1 Xiu Deshun - GM Li Shilong

2 GM Wang Yue - GM Li Chao b

3 GM Zhou Jianchao - GM Hou Yifan

4 M Zhang Ziyang - GM Ni Hua

5 GM Bu Xangzhi - GM Ding Liren

6 GM Yu Yangyi - GM Zhao Jun

1 GM Li Shilong - GM Zhao Jun

2 GM Ding Liren - GM Yu Yangyi

3 GM Ni Hua - GM Bu Xangzhi

4 GM Hou Yifan - M Zhang Ziyang

5 GM Li Chao b - GM Zhou Jianchao

6 Xiu Deshun - GM Wang Yue

1 GM Wang Yue - GM Li Shilong

2 GM Zhou Jianchao - Xiu Deshun

3 M Zhang Ziyang - GM Li Chao b

4 GM Bu Xangzhi - GM Hou Yifan

5 GM Yu Yangyi - GM Ni Hua

6 GM Zhao Jun - GM Ding Liren

1 GM Li Shilong - GM Ding Liren

2 GM Ni Hua - GM Zhao Jun

3 GM Hou Yifan - GM Yu Yangyi

4 GM Li Chao b - GM Bu Xangzhi

5 Xiu Deshun - M Zhang Ziyang

6 GM Wang Yue - GM Zhou Jianchao

1 GM Zhou Jianchao - GM Li Shilong

2 M Zhang Ziyang - GM Wang Yue

3 GM Bu Xangzhi - Xiu Deshun

4 GM Yu Yangyi - GM Li Chao b

5 GM Zhao Jun - GM Hou Yifan

6 GM Ding Liren - GM Ni Hua

1 GM Li Shilong - GM Ni Hua

2 GM Hou Yifan - GM Ding Liren

3 GM Li Chao b - GM Zhao Jun

4 Xiu Deshun - GM Yu Yangyi

5 GM Wang Yue - GM Bu Xangzhi

6 GM Zhou Jianchao - M Zhang Ziyang

1 M Zhang Ziyang - GM Li Shilong

2 GM Bu Xangzhi - GM Zhou Jianchao

3 GM Yu Yangyi - GM Wang Yue

4 GM Zhao Jun - Xiu Deshun

5 GM Ding Liren - GM Li Chao b

6 GM Ni Hua - GM Hou Yifan

1 GM Li Shilong - GM Hou Yifan

2 GM Li Chao b - GM Ni Hua

3 Xiu Deshun - GM Ding Liren

4 GM Wang Yue - GM Zhao Jun

5 GM Zhou Jianchao - GM Yu Yangyi

6 M Zhang Ziyang - GM Bu Xangzhi

1 GM Bu Xangzhi - GM Li Shilong

2 GM Yu Yangyi - M Zhang Ziyang

3 GM Zhao Jun - GM Zhou Jianchao

4 GM Ding Liren - GM Wang Yue

5 GM Ni Hua - Xiu Deshun

6 GM Hou Yifan - GM Li Chao b

Pairings (women)

1 WIM Xu Tong - WGM Ju Wenjun

2 WGM Tan Zhongyi - Guo Qi

3 WGM Zhang Xiaowen - WGM Gu Xiaobing

4 WGM Wang Yu A - Wang Jue

5 GM Zhao Xue - WGM Ding Yixin

6 WGM Shen Yang - WGM Huang Qian

1 WGM Ju Wenjun - WGM Huang Qian

2 WGM Ding Yixin - WGM Shen Yang

3 Wang Jue - GM Zhao Xue

4 WGM Gu Xiaobing - WGM Wang Yu A

5 Guo Qi - WGM Zhang Xiaowen

6 WIM Xu Tong - WGM Tan Zhongyi

1 WGM Tan Zhongyi - WGM Ju Wenjun

2 WGM Zhang Xiaowen - WIM Xu Tong

3 WGM Wang Yu A - Guo Qi

4 GM Zhao Xue - WGM Gu Xiaobing

5 WGM Shen Yang - Wang Jue

6 WGM Huang Qian - WGM Ding Yixin

1 WGM Ju Wenjun - WGM Ding Yixin

2 Wang Jue - WGM Huang Qian

3 WGM Gu Xiaobing - WGM Shen Yang

4 Guo Qi - GM Zhao Xue

5 WIM Xu Tong - WGM Wang Yu A

6 WGM Tan Zhongyi - WGM Zhang Xiaowen

1 WGM Zhang Xiaowen - WGM Ju Wenjun

2 WGM Wang Yu A - WGM Tan Zhongyi

3 GM Zhao Xue - WIM Xu Tong

4 WGM Shen Yang - Guo Qi

5 WGM Huang Qian - WGM Gu Xiaobing

6 WGM Ding Yixin - Wang Jue

1 WGM Ju Wenjun - Wang Jue

2 WGM Gu Xiaobing - WGM Ding Yixin

3 Guo Qi - WGM Huang Qian

4 WIM Xu Tong - WGM Shen Yang

5 WGM Tan Zhongyi - GM Zhao Xue

6 WGM Zhang Xiaowen - WGM Wang Yu A

1 WGM Wang Yu A - WGM Ju Wenjun

2 GM Zhao Xue - WGM Zhang Xiaowen

3 WGM Shen Yang - WGM Tan Zhongyi

4 WGM Huang Qian - WIM Xu Tong

5 WGM Ding Yixin - Guo Qi

6 Wang Jue - WGM Gu Xiaobing

1 WGM Ju Wenjun - WGM Gu Xiaobing

2 Guo Qi - Wang Jue

3 WIM Xu Tong - WGM Ding Yixin

4 WGM Tan Zhongyi - WGM Huang Qian

5 WGM Zhang Xiaowen - WGM Shen Yang

6 WGM Wang Yu A - GM Zhao Xue

1 GM Zhao Xue - WGM Ju Wenjun

2 WGM Shen Yang - WGM Wang Yu A

3 WGM Huang Qian - WGM Zhang Xiaowen

4 WGM Ding Yixin - WGM Tan Zhongyi

5 Wang Jue - WIM Xu Tong

6 WGM Gu Xiaobing - Guo Qi

1 WGM Ju Wenjun - Guo Qi

2 WIM Xu Tong - WGM Gu Xiaobing

3 WGM Tan Zhongyi - Wang Jue

4 WGM Zhang Xiaowen - WGM Ding Yixin

5 WGM Wang Yu A - WGM Huang Qian

6 GM Zhao Xue - WGM Shen Yang

1 WGM Shen Yang - WGM Ju Wenjun

2 WGM Huang Qian - GM Zhao Xue

3 WGM Ding Yixin - WGM Wang Yu A

4 Wang Jue - WGM Zhang Xiaowen

5 WGM Gu Xiaobing - WGM Tan Zhongyi

6 Guo Qi - WIM Xu Tong

Asian Zone 3.5 Chess Championships

Bu Xiangzhi and Li Chao B qualify, Ju Wenjun and Shen Yang sharing first in women’s event

Asian Zone 3.5 Chess Championships were held from 20th to 28th March in Tianjin, China. The Men’s tournament is a qualifier for the 2011 World Chess Cup and top two finishers book tickets for Khanty-Mansiysk. 55 players competed in the 9-round Swiss tournament.

Last round top games all ended in draws, granting the Grandmasters Bu Xiangzhi and Li Chao B first two places, with seven points each. GM Zhou Jianchao and the most pleasant surprise Lu Shanglei shared the third with 6.5 points.

Women’s tournament took place concurrently and is a qualification for the 2012 Women World Championship. 32 participants competed over 9 rounds of Swiss system. Top four finishers progress in the World Championship cycle.

Reigning China champion Ju Wenjun and second-seed Shen Yang are joint winners with 7.0 points each.

Bu Xiangzhi

GM Bu Xiangzhi

WWCC Wenjun Ju

WGM Ju Wenjun

Final standings (women):

1-2. WGM Ju Wenjun 2519 and WGM Shen Yang 2443 – 7.0

3. WGM Huang Qian 2394 – 6.5

4-5. WGM Wang Yu A. 2398 and WGM Gu Xiaobing 2369 – 6.0

6-9. Wang Doudou 2182, WF Zhai Mo 2136, WGM Ding Yixin 2376 and WGM Zhang Xiaowen 2344 – 5.5

10-14. Guo Qi 2331, WGM Tan Zhongyi 2428, Wang Jue 2275, Ni Shiqun and Xu Huahua 2139 – 5.0 etc

The Chinese Chess Championships 2011 start from 29th March in Xinghua, Jiangsu, and continue until 10th April.

Anand – Kasimdzhanov Rapid Match

The reigning World Champion wins by 3.5-0.5 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand and the 17th World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov played a four-game rapid match this Sunday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, immediately after the traditional Georgi Agzamov Memorial. The time control was 25 minutes plus 10 seconds increment per player.

In the first game Kasimdzhanov defended with the Petroff and easily achieved equality. A draw was signed soon.

The second game saw a tense struggle after the Catalan opening. It looked like Anand is under pressure, but then he found a magnificent positional sacrifice and completely turned the tables.

The third game was Petroff again, but this time Anand changes the variation and goes directly after the enemy King. A wonderful attacking effort left Black in the mating net.

In the fourth game the already demoralized Kasimdzhanov carelessly ran after the queenside pawn, allowing Anand to launch yet another deadly attack. The final score is 3.5-0.5 in Anand’s favour. Replay the games bellow.

On Monday, 28th March, Anand hosts a training session for the most talented young players of Uzbekistan.

Kasimdzhanov Anand

Photo courtesy of uza.uz


Sicilian Accelerated Dragon from the Danish league

Hector – Danielsen game in details

The Sicilian Accelerated Dragon was once again in a key encounter on the board in a strong league – this time in Denmark. GM Henrik Danielsen presents his game against Jonny Hector from the Danish league. Hector followed a line of Almasi and Svidler, while Danielsen had exactly this prepared and a good solution was to come.

The video is based on the details from the analysis of the Accelerated Dragon Part 4 and the analysis of a4 (a move played by Topalov and Kramnik), well discussed in Accelerated Dragon Part 2.

Accelerated Dragon in the Danish league (part 1)

Accelerated Dragon in the Danish league (part 2)

Thessaloniki – St. George Grand Prix

Alexander the Great Open starting Monday in Thessaloniki, Greece

St George

Thessaloniki International Open “Alexander the Great” (April 25th – May 1st) and Sofia’s “St. George” tournament (May 4th – May 9th) have joined in a local E79 Grand Prix. The consecutive events offer a prize of more than 4000 EUR, as well as cups and medals for the winners.

The overall winner of the two competitions will receive free accommodation in the 2011 Bansko Grand Chess Open (the top winter open event, December 11-18), while the second and third places receive free accommodation for Thessaloniki International Open.

Winners are decided by calculations of points in each tournament. Tiebreak will be decided by blitz games after the end of the second tournament.

Download regulations for Thessaloniki Open / Official website

Download regulations for St. George

Thessaloniki Chess Open 2011 – A

1 GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios GRE 2547

2 GM Nikolaidis Ioannis GRE 2544

3 GM Antic Dejan SRB 2488

4 IM Ivanov Jordan BUL 2465

5 IM Arnaudov G Petar BUL 2453

6 GM Bagaturov Giorgi GEO 2450

7 GM Georgiev Krum BUL 2423

8 IM Mladenov Plamen BUL 2379

9 FM Malikentzos Sotirios GRE 2343

10 FM Vujic Mihailo SRB 2330

11 FM Pavlidis Anastasios GRE 2321

12 Vafiadis Kleanthis GRE 2301

13 Kanakaris Georgios GRE 2283

14 FM Rivero Ojeda Carmelo ESP 2260

15 FM Stefanopoulos Orestis GRE 2214

16 WIM Fakhiridou Ekaterini GRE 2210

17 Hristodoulou Panagiotis GRE 2194

18 FM Trujillo Alvarado Ivan ESP 2182

19 Sorcinelli Francesco ITA 2179

20 Kourkoulos-Arditis Stamatis GRE 2124

21 FM Hamperl Fred GCI 2115

22 Iskos Alexandros GRE 2104

23 Michelakos Panagiotis GRE 2098

24 Konstantelias Konstantinos GRE 2095

25 FM Galopoulos Panagiotis GRE 2094

26 Mourelatos Ilias GRE 2077

27 Spirliadis Achileas GRE 2050

28 Van Gils Martin NED 2049

29 Mottonen Ari FIN 2027

30 Kakousatze Ilias GRE 2023

31 Pasanen Tuomo FIN 2019

32 Pietinen Pekka FIN 2015

33 Kruijf Caspar NED 2011

34 Papakonstantinou Dimitrios GRE 2009

35 Megalios Konstantinos GRE 1991

36 Harokopakis Georgios GRE 1990

37 Papadopoulos Panayotis GRE 1989

38 Athanasiadis Mihail GRE 1986

39 Van Der Giessen Ada Leona NED 1978

40 Strand Oyvin NOR 1971

41 Tsintsar Zoran GER 1969

42 Vatkali Dimitra GRE 1959

43 Puroila Sippo FIN 1939

44 Ballas Kleon-Evangelos GRE 1937

45 Terzidaki Alexandra GRE 1935

46 Minas Ioannis GRE 1929

47 Gouma Ronald NED 1927

48 Patola Eero FIN 1921

49 Giannoutsos Panagiotis GRE 1915

50 Kamaretsos Konstantinos GRE 1908

51 Papapostolou Apostolos GRE 1879

52 Papathanasiou Elisavet GRE 1872

53 Ladopoulos Dimitrios GRE 1871

54 Grant David SCO 1868

55 Theoharidis Georgios GRE 1855

56 Papasimakopoulos Alexandros GRE 1852

57 Krimlidis Savvas GRE 1836

58 Ioannidis Evgenios GRE 1811

59 Tsinaris Fotis GRE 1785

60 Vovas Georgios GRE 1781

61 Hatzihrisafis Dimos GRE 1772

62 Hrisostomidis Alkiviadis GRE 1771

63 Magkias Vasilios GRE 1759

64 Drakaki Anna-Maria GRE 1747

65 Tsolaki Eleni GRE 1742

66 Avgitidis Isaak GRE 1722

67 Hatzis-Bakratsas Alexandros GRE 1711

68 Stamoulas Nikolaos GRE 1703

69 Ballas Athanasios-Panagiotis GRE 1701

70 Sigkounas Alkis GRE 1701

71 Charpidou Anna GRE 1699

72 Gill William D IRL 1699

73 Mitrou Vasiliki GRE 1698

74 Liakos Georgios GRE 1696

75 Petousis Konstantinos GRE 1696

76 Karabinas Andreas GRE 1695

77 Serefidou Despina GRE 1689

78 Amiridou Dimitra GRE 1678

79 Lithoxoos Theodoros GRE 1676

80 Kokkalis Haralabos GRE 1662

81 Bitsios Ioannis GRE 1662

82 Sirkeli Fani GRE 1660

83 Kipraki Nikoleta GRE 1652

84 Perros Gavriil GRE 1645

85 Makridis Nikolaos-Lazaros GRE 1645

86 Atmatsidis Panagiotis GRE 1639

87 Stamidis Daniil GRE 1638

88 Sakellaridis Grigorios GRE 1634

89 Ganiaridis Panagiotis GRE 1622

90 Papasimakopoulos Vasilios GRE 1617

91 Koumtzis Argirios GRE 1611

92 Kioutsoukos Dimitrios GRE 1578

93 Mitrou Andreas GRE 1565

94 Doudoulakakis Ioannis GRE 1561

95 Giannoulakis Labros GRE 1533

96 Prokopiou Ioannis GRE 1524

97 Karavalasis Stilianos GRE 1520

98 Prokopiou Ekaterini GRE 1510

99 Alexiadis Hristos GRE 1495

100 Doudoulakakis Athanasios GRE 1424

101 Mantzanas Konstantinos GRE 1495

102 Nikolakis Nikolaos GRE 1495

103 Papaefstratiou Andreas GRE 1445

104 Mouratidis Giannis GRE 1440

105 Papadopoulos Panos GRE 1210

106 Giamourtalis Evangelos GRE 1005

107 Ignatiadis Marios GRE 1005

108 Mavropoulos Ioannis GRE 1000

109 Kitaygorodsky Sergey RUS 0

110 Podaras Mihalis GRE 0

Thessaloniki Chess Open 2011 – B

1 Serefidou Despina GRE 1689

2 Batzolis Georgios GRE 1636

3 Avramidou Anastasia GRE 1630

4 Hatzigrigoriou Georgios GRE 1602

5 Tetepoulidis Ioannis GRE 1590

6 Tsiamis Rafail GRE 1446

7 Samakas Stavros GRE 1436

8 Pavlidis Pavlos GRE 1362

9 Paterakis Emmanouil GRE 1334

10 Samakas Anastasios GRE 1040

11 Kyriakidis Eleftherios GRE 1015

12 Stamoula Antonia-Eleni GRE 1015

13 Eleftheriadis Eleftherios Niko GRE 1010

14 Iatrou Konstantinos GRE 1010

15 Kokkalis Grigorios GRE 1010

16 Nikolakis Panagiotis Marios GRE 1010

17 Papaefstratiou Despina GRE 1010

18 Tataridis Dimitris GRE 1010

19 Vardakas Grigorios GRE 1010

20 Haralabidou Maria GRE 1005

21 Ioannou Ioannis Nik GRE 1005

22 Tobazis Anestis GRE 1005

23 Vouzina Olybia – Dialekti GRE 1005

24 Vouzinas Fivos-Georgios GRE 1005

25 Beradze Anastasia GRE 1000

26 Galani Anna GRE 1000

27 Manousaridis Panagiotis GRE 1000

28 Pateraki Kleopatra GRE 1000

29 Triantafilidis Mihalis GRE 1000

30 Galani Dimitra GRE 0

31 Kokona Eleni GRE 0

32 Kokona Iliana GRE 0

33 Zivoutzis Dimitrios GRE 0

Games Festival 2010 2

Downtown of Thessaloniki

Chess in schools meeting in Europe

Silvio Danailov, Garry Kasparov, and EU Commissioner Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou to meet

chess in schools

The President of the European Chess Union Silvio Danailov and Garry Kasparov will meet on 21st of March in Brussels with the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou.

During the meeting they will discuss the project of the European Chess Union “Chess in School”, which provides for implementation of the ancient game in the educational system of the European states.

The project “Chess in School” was announced as a top priority in the management program of the President of the ECU and his team.

More information here

9th International Chess Festival Meurthe et Moselle

Laurent Fressinet and Daniel Fridman win blitz and rapid respectively

The 9th International Chess Festival was held in Nancy (France) on 12 and 13 of March 2011. The field for the big rapid and blitz tournaments was incredibly strong, with the 2004 world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov, two of the three best French players, Etienne Bacrot and Laurent Fressinet, and the three top German players, Arkadij Naiditsch, Georg Meier and Daniel Fridman.

The Blitz tournament took place on Saturday, over 11 rounds of Swiss system and with time control 4 min + 2 sec. GM Laurent Fressinet crowned the fantastic form with 10.5 points and clear first place. He earned 500 EUR for this effort. Second was Arkadij Naiditsch with 9.0 points, while Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Georg Meier shared the third with 8.5 each. Full crosstable.

Nancy 2011 Laurent Fressinet with the trophy

Laurent Fressinet with the trophy

The Rapid was played on Sunday, over 9 rounds of Swiss system and with time control of 15 min (+3 sec per move) per player. GM Daniel Fridman is the sole winner with 7.5 points and takes the first prize of 1000 EUR. Second place with 7.0 points each is shared by Ulf Andersson, Maxim Turov, Laurent Fressinet, Arkadij Naiditsch, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Georg Meier.

As top local finisher, Laurent Fressinet is also declared the 2011 French champion in rapid chess. Full crosstable.

GM Etienne Bacrot hosted a simultaneous exhibition on 20 boards and scored 18 wins and two draws.

News and photos by IM Christophe Philippe. More information on the official website.

Nancy 2011 202 players

A total of 202 players took part in the Festival

Nancy 2011 Bacrot - Meier

Crowd gathering around the game Bacrot – Meier

Nancy 2011 Top boards

Top boards were arranged inside the circle

Nancy 2011 Andersson Bauer

Ulf Andersson and Christian Bauer

Nancy 2011 Fridman Naiditsch

Daniel Fridman and Arkadij Naiditsch

Nancy 2011 Kasimdzhanov Fressinet

Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Laurent Fressinet

Nancy 2011 Harikrishna Fressinet

Pentala Harikrishna and Laurent Fressinet

Nancy 2011 Simul Bacrot

Etienne Bacrot simul

Nancy 2011 Simul Bacrot 1

Etienne Bacrot simul

Protector 1.4 wins TCEC Division D

Hannibal 1.0a and Crafty 23.4 close behind

Protector 1.4 is the champion of Division D of the computer TCEC chess tournament. The chess engine Protector 1.4 collected 6,0/10 and edged Hannibal 1.0a and Crafty 23.4 which took second and third with 5,5/10.

Division D was a close competition, with all engines finishing +-1. Chronos 1.99 scored 5,0/10, while Bugchess2 1.83 and Jonny 4.0 finished with 4,0/10.

Protector 1.4, developed by Raimund Heid and currently running at estimated 2900+ ELO, has qualified for next seasons division C.

This season’s C division has already started with Komodo 4119, Equinox 0.95, Gull 1.2, Onno 1.27, Booot 5.1, and Sjeng c’t 2010. You can follow the live games here, here, or at the official website.

Replay games of Division D

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