53rd Torneo di Capodanno in Reggio Emilia

Vugar Gashimov claims the trophy on better tiebreak

Vugar Gashimov and Francisco Vallejo Pons did not bother much in the last round of the 53rd Reggio Emilia tournament and signed quick draws to jointly cut the ribbon with 6 points each. However, Gashimov was awarded the winner’s trophy thanks to the higher additional criteria.

In the other games, Michele Godena held the Italian champion Fabiano Caruana to a draw, while David Navara gradually outplayed Nigel Short after emerging better out of the opening.

Vassily Ivanchuk wisely exchanged pieces from the Nimzo-Indian opening to enter a better endgame in the match against Alexander Morozevich. With white holding a Bishop and a distant passed pawn, black had slim chances to survive. Morozevich tested if his opponent knows how to checkmate with a Bishop and a Knight, but the Ukrainian’s technique was impeccable.

Official website

53rd Reggio Emilia index page

Reggio Emilia Cristina Rigo

Chief arbiter Cristina Rigo, Silvano Ferraroni, Gianpietro Pagnoncelli (President of Italian Chess Federation), Vugar Gashimov, Roberto Mogranzini and Marco Chiossi

Reggio Emilia Paco Vallejo 1

Silvano Ferraroni, Paco Vallejo and Roberto Mogranzini

Round 9 results:

Sergei Movsesian – Francisco Vallejo Pons draw

Michele Godena – Fabiano Caruana draw

Alexander Onischuk – Vugar Gashimov draw

David Navara – Nigel Short 1-0

Vassily Ivanchuk – Alexander Morozevich 1-0

Final standings:

1-2. Vugar Gashimov AZE 2733 and Francisco Vallejo Pons ESP 2698 – 6.0

3-5. Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2764, David Navara CZE 2708 and Sergei Movsesian SVK 2721 – 5.0

6-7. Fabiano Caruana ITA 2709 and Alexander Onischuk USA 2683 – 4.5

8. Alexander Morozevich RUS 2700 – 4.0

9. Nigel Short ENG 2680 – 3.5

10. Michele Godena ITA 2549 – 1.5

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Silvano Ferraroni, Vassily Ivanchuk and Roberto Mogranzini

Reggio Emilia Movsesian

Sergei Movsesian with the organizers

Reggio Emilia last round

The start of the last round

Reggio Emilia group 11

Players and organizers

2nd SCS International Grandmaster Chess tournament

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

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

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

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

GM Zoltan Varga

GM Zoltan Varga

Round 9 top results:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Round 9 standings (249 players):

1. GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2546 – 7.5

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

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

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

Round 10 top pairings:

GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2546 - GM Kovalyov Anton ARG 2615

GM Lafuente Pablo ARG 2587 - GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2655

GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2584 - GM Turov Maxim RUS 2624

GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2612 - GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2592

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

IM Adhiban B IND 2510 - GM Luther Thomas GER 2541

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

GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2521 - Ramnath Bhuvanesh R IND 2350

GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2504 - Vaibhav Suri IND 2347

Shreyansh Daklia IND 2287 - GM Czebe Attila HUN 2480

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

GM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2525 - Swayams Mishra IND 2397

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

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

GM Sriram Jha IND 2507 - FM Nitin S IND 2363

European Individual Chess Championship

Ivan Sokolov joins Inarkiev and Jobava on the top

The 9th round of the European Individual Chess Championship brought lots of draws on the top boards, but not without fight. Actually, Ernesto Inarkiev sacrificed a piece against the co-leader Baadur Jobava, but was later forced to agree to a draw by moves repetition. The second table also featured a very interesting game, where Vladimir Malakhov and Dmitry Bocharov exchanged numerous tactical shots, producing a draw in the B vs N endgame.

Former Dutch champion Ivan Sokolov jumped on the opportunity to join the leading pack by beating young German GM Georg Meier. Sokolov is set to play to play Inarkiev with Black in tomorrow’s penultimate round. Arkadij Naiditsch also had a good day, beating GM Viktor Mikhalevski, while further bellow on board 11 Ivan Cheparinov won against his trainer Erwin L’Ami. FM Vugar Rasulov takes another valuable scalp, this time from Loek Van Wely, and is already 65(!) rating points in plus. (Games bellow)

Round 8 report

Round 9 top results:

GM Jobava Baadur 2669 6½ ½ – ½ 6½ GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2656

GM Malakhov Vladimir 2692 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Bocharov Dmitry 2647

GM Nyback Tomi 2644 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Volokitin Andrei 2671

GM Mamedov Rauf 2638 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2664

GM Sjugirov Sanan 2562 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Guseinov Gadir 2661

GM Sokolov Ivan 2657 6 1 – 0 6 GM Meier Georg 2608

GM Grachev Boris 2655 6 ½ – ½ 6 GM Navara David 2638

GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2693 5½ 1 – 0 5½ GM Mikhalevski Victor 2608

GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2609 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Dreev Alexey 2688

GM Lupulescu Constantin 2608 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Bologan Viktor 2687

GM Cheparinov Ivan 2679 5½ 1 – 0 5½ GM L’Ami Erwin 2603

GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2608 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Motylev Alexander 2676

GM Kurnosov Igor 2602 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Areshchenko Alexander 2673

GM Stevic Hrvoje 2592 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Timofeev Artyom 2671

GM Bartel Mateusz 2594 5½ ½ – ½ 5½ GM Fressinet Laurent 2666

Round 10 top pairings:

GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2656 7 – 7 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2657

GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2693 6½ – 7 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2669

GM Navara David CZE 2638 6½ – 6½ GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2692

GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2679 6½ – 6½ GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2638

GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2671 6½ – 6½ GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2634

GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2664 6½ – 6½ GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2562

GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2661 6½ – 6½ GM Savic Miodrag R SRB 2525

GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2636 6½ – 6½ GM Grachev Boris RUS 2655

GM Fedorchuk Sergey A UKR 2633 6½ – 6½ GM Bocharov Dmitry RUS 2647

GM Nyback Tomi FIN 2644 6½ – 6½ FM Rasulov Vugar AZE 2391

GM Meier Georg GER 2608 6 – 6 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2700

GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2688 6 – 6 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2608

GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2687 6 – 6 GM Huzman Alexander ISR 2602

GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2687 6 – 6 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2602

More information on the official website

Tomi Nyback square

Tomi Nyback set to play against the fabulous Vugar Rasulov

Jan Timman square

Legendary Jan Timman

Jovana Vojinovic square

Jovana Vojinovic already earned WGM norm

Miodrag Savic

Miodrag Savic breaking into top 20

pospano dete

Chess can be exhausting

Huge Pile Up in Gibraltar!

Gibtelecom Chess Festival Round Nine Report

Report compiled by Sean Hewitt with games annotated by Sunil Weeramantry.

No, this is not a reference to the UK weather causing havoc but the fact that with one round to go we have 5 players in the joint lead on 7/9 and amazingly we could have eight players tied for first place at the end of 10 rounds – if results go the right way (or wrong way, depending on your perspective!). However, there can be no joint winners in Gibraltar. In the event of a tie the players will indulge in a rapid play play off for the £15,000 first prize. However, the play off is limited to four players so, if there are more than 4 players tied for first only the four with the highest Tournament Performance Rating will play off.

The possibility of a pile up was helped enormously by the joint leaders Vugar Gashimov and Vadim Milov drawing on board 1. Milov was sweating for a considerable period of time and must have been surprised and relieved when his opponent, in the following position played 40 Nd5 and offered a draw.

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Vugar Gashimov – Vadim Milov

So, the scene was set for others to take advantage and Peter Svidler did not waste the opportunity afforded to him. Buoyed by England’s recovery from 94-4 to finish 236-5 in the first test in Jamaica (Peter is a huge cricket fan, supporting England for those who wonder why he would care about such things. And yes, he asks for an update on the score even when playing!!). Svidler (2723) was black against previous tournament leader Alexander Beliavsky (2646):

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Alexander Beliavsky – Peter Svidler

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 The Exchange variation of the Gruenfeld. Svidler is without a doubt the leading exponent of this opening among the current elite. 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0–0 10.0–0 Bd7 [Svidler tends to prefer this move to the more widely used 10...Bg4 which he did use recently against Alexander Onischuk at the 6th Poikovsky/ Karpov tournament. The game continued 11.f3 Na5 12.Bxf7+ Rxf7 13.fxg4 Rxf1+ 14.Kxf1 and was agreed drawn soon after.] 11.Rb1 Qc7 12.Nf4 [Shirov played 12.Bd3 against Svidler at Corus 2007, while at the same tournament, van Wely preferred 12.Bf4, also against Svidler. Beliavsky chooses yet another option that has not been employed very often.] 12…Qc8 13.Be2 This was previously played in Riazantsev-Areshchenko, RUS-chT 2006. Svidler decides to apply a personal touch. 13…Rb8 14.Qd2 Rd8 15.Rfc1 Be8 16.d5 b6 17.Qb2 Na5 18.Qa3 e5 19.dxe6 fxe6 20.Bg4 Bf7 21.Qa4 Rd6 The position is balanced. 22.h4?! Beliavsky creates an unnecessary weakness that comes back to haunt him. 22…Qe8! 23.Qc2? [Trading queens would still have been better than backing off as this surrenders the initiative to Black. 23.Qxe8+ Rxe8 24.Be2 Red8 25.g3 and White can limit the damage.] 23…Nc4 24.Qe2 Ne5 25.Bh3 Rbd8 26.Qa6 White seeks to stop Black’s queen from taking up a dominant position on a4. 26…Qe7

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27.g3 [Unfortunately for White, this is the only way to secure the h4 pawn. Abandoning it in return for Black's a7 pawn does not work out too well as White's bishop on h3 is in danger of being trapped. For instance, 27.a4 Qxh4 28.Qxa7 g5 29.g3 Qh6 and Black wins a piece.] 27…Nf3+ 28.Kg2 Nd2 29.Bxd2 Rxd2 By forcing this trade, Black has established a point of penetration along the d-file. He has complete control of the board as he owns the only open file. 30.Bg4 Be5 31.Nh3 R8d3 The threat on the g3 pawn must be parried, resulting in the loss of the c3 pawn. 32.Be2 Rxc3 33.Rxc3 Bxc3 With the extra pawn, it is only a matter of time before Black drives home his advantage. 34.Ng5 Bd4 35.Rb3 Be8 36.Nf3 Rc2 37.Nxd4 cxd4 38.Rf3 Rc5 39.Ra3 Rc7 40.Rd3 Qb4 41.Rd1 Bc6 42.Qd3 e5

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Black has steadily improved his position. His pieces are more active and he has turned his extra pawn into a protected passed pawn. 43.Qf3 Ba4 44.Rf1 Qf8 45.Qg4 Qf6 46.Bd3 Rc3 47.Qe2 White is reduced to passive defence. It does not help him any that his bishop is of the wrong colour. 47…Qc6 48.h5 g5 49.h6 A desperate attempt to find some counterplay. 49…Qxh6 50.Bc4+ Kg7 51.Bd5 Bd7 52.Rh1 Qf6 53.Rf1 b5 54.Rb1 a5 And now the queenside majority gets into the action. White could well resign right here. 55.Rb3 b4 56.Rxc3 bxc3 57.Qc4 Qb6 58.Bg8 Be8 59.Bd5 Kf8 60.Qc8 Ke7 61.Qf5 Qf6 62.Qc8 Qd6 63.Qf5 h6 64.Qc8 Bd7 65.Qc4 Qb6 66.Qxc3 A masterful performance by Svidler. Beliavsky was literally choked to death 0–1

Another player seizing his opportunity is Hikaru Nakamura (2699). After losing two of his first five games, Hikaru won three on the trot before being paired black against Poland’s Bartosz Socko (2631). Could he emulate last year’s feat of five consecutive wins before winning the tournament in a play off?

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Bartosz Socko – Hikaru Nakamura

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 Qc7 7.Be2 g6 8.g4 e6 9.Be3 b5 10.g5 Nfd7 11.a3 Bb7 12.0–0 Rg8 13.Qd2 Nb6 14.b3 N8d7 15.Bf3 Rc8 16.Nde2 Bg7 17.Bd4 Bxd4+ 18.Qxd4 Qc5 19.Rad1 Ke7 20.e5 dxe5 21.Qxc5+ Nxc5 22.fxe5 Bxf3 23.Rxf3 Ncd7 24.Re3 Rc5 25.Nd4 Rgc8 26.Ne4 Rxe5 27.Nf3 Rd5 28.Rxd5 Nxd5 29.Re2 Nc5 30.Nf2 Nc3 31.Re3 Nb7 32.Ne5 Nd6 33.Nfd3 Nce4 34.h4 Rxc2 35.Nb4 Rc1+ 36.Kg2

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Here Nakamura is cruising to an easy victory on the Black side of a Sicilian Najdorf, but a moment’s carelessness almost let the game slip away. 36…Nc5?! [Although this should still be regarded as a winning move, it would have been more prudent not to allow White any counterplay. 36...Ra1 37.Nxa6 Ra2+ 38.Kg1 Rxa3 would have retained the two pawn advantage without letting the second white knight take up position close to Black's king.] 37.Nd5+! The knight cannot be touched because of the discovered check with Nd3. 37…Kf8 38.Nf6 Nf5 39.Rh3 Suddenly, Black’s position has become rather uncomfortable as White is threatening to crash through on the h-file. 39…Rc2+ [Black misses his best defence. 39...h5 40.gxh6 Nxh6 41.b4 Ke7! 42.Nh7 Rc2+ 43.Kg1 Nd7 would have kept the win firmly in hand. Instead, Black hands White a lifeline.] 40.Kf1 Ke7? Once again, …h5 would have kept White at bay. Now, Black must embark on a perilous journey. 41.Ng8+ Kd6 42.Nxf7+ Kd5 43.b4 Rc1+ [Black must be careful not to walk into mate! 43...Ne4? 44.Rd3+ Kc4?? 45.Ne5# would be a tragedy.] 44.Kg2 Rc2+ 45.Kf1 Na4 Black’s extra pawn and more active king still give him the advantage. But it is easy to hallucinate in these double knight positions and walk into a knight fork, particularly in the sudden death control. White has plenty of fight left. 46.Nf6+ Kd4 47.h5? [Nakamura remarked that during the game he was concerned about 47.Nd8 although it appears that 47...Ke5 48.Nxh7 Nc3 49.Nf6 Nd5 still gives Black good winning chances due to his superior king position.] 47…gxh5 48.Nxh7 Nc3 49.g6 Ne4

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50.Nhg5?? [White is first to crack under pressure. He could have continued to offer resistance with 50.Kg1 e5 51.Rxh5 Ne3 52.Rh4! when Black must step out of the pin with ...Kd5 to retain the advantage as 52...Rg2+ 53.Kh1 Rxg6 would allow White to pull ahead with 54.Nhg5] 50…Nxg5 51.Nxg5 Ne3+ White must now give up his rook as 52.Kg2 drops the knight to …Rg2+, while 52.Ke1 walks into a mating net after …Kd3. 52.Rxe3 Kxe3 53.Nf7 White cannot allow Black’s rook to reach g8 and blockade the g-pawn. 53…h4! 54.g7 h3 Black threatens mate on the move. The only way for White to avoid it is 55.Kg1 which loses the g-pawn to …Rg2+. White resigns 0–1

Completing the quintet of players on 7/9 is Pentala Harikrishna, who beat Spain’s GM Lopez Martinez when the latter blundered horribly when slightly worse in a queen and rook ending.

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Pentala Harikrishna – Lopez Martinez

In the race to claim the female prizes, Nana Dzagnidze (2518) regained her half point advantage over the field with a great victory with the black pieces over Ferenc Berkes (2651). White has just played 33 Bf4 to reach the following position

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33… Bxg2!! 34.Kxg2 Qe4+ 35.Rf3 g5 36.Bxg5 hxg5 37.Kf1 Ng4 0–1

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Nana Dzagnidze

Five ladies are just ½ point behind Nana – Antoaneta Stefanova, Pia Cramling, Keti Arakhamia-Grant, Viktorija Cmilyte and Tania Sachdev. Should there be a tie for the best female player, the prize will go to the player with the best TPR.

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Pia Cramling

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Viktorija Cmilyte

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Keti Arakhamia-Grant

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Antoaneta Stefanova

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Tania Sachdev

Full details can be found on the tournament website www.gibraltarchesscongress.com

9th Round of the 2008 Politiken Cup

Kuzubov and Savchenko still leading, twelve players only half a point behind

Two quick draws on the top boards of the 2008 Politiken Cup, but plenty of action in other games. GMs Roiz, Tiviakov, Socko, Kogan and IM Engqvist have scored important wins to advance further up on the crosstable. Roiz and Berg will be in position to decide the winner(s) in direct games against the leading Kuzubov and Savchenko.

Djurre den Heeten fullfiled IM norm in spite of todays loss, while IM Oliver Kurmann drew against GM Konstantin Landa to earn himself a GM norm.

Round 9 results:

GM Yurij Kuzubov – GM Peter Heine Nielsen draw

GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili – GM Boris Savchenko draw

GM Alexander A. Evdokimov – GM Emanuel Berg draw

GM Pavel Eljanov – GM Vladimir Malakhov draw

GM Michael Roiz – IM Viktorija Cmilyte 1-0

GM Sergey Tiviakov – FM Heini Olsen 1-0

GM Bartosz Socko – Andreas Moen 1-0

IM Oliver Kurmann – GM Konstantin Landa draw

IM Thomas Engqvist – GM Vitali Golod 1-0

FM Erik Hedman – GM Artur Kogan 0-1

Djurre den Heeten – GM Alexei Iljushin 0-1

Round 9 standings:

1-2. GM Yurij Kuzubov 2578 and GM Boris Savchenko 2578 – 7½

3-14. GM Peter Heine Nielsen 2652, GM Vladimir Malakhov 2689, GM Sergey Tiviakov 2645, GM Michael Roiz 2680, GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili 2604, GM Emanuel Berg 2592, GM Bartosz Socko 2628, GM Alexander A. Evdokimov 2555, GM Artur Kogan 2569, GM Alexei Iljushin 2546, GM Jonny Hector 2537 and IM Thomas Engqvist 2363 – 7.0

15-24. GM Sune Berg Hansen 2542, GM Konstantin Landa 2615, IM Ashwin Jayaram 2436, GM Pavel Eljanov 2716, IM Oliver Kurmann 2394, IM Christian Jepson 2358, IM Tania Sachdev 2432, GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson 2526, IM Sabino Brunello 2482 and GM Lars Schandorff 2537 – 6½ etc

(280 players)

Politiken Bech Hansen

Chief organizer of the Politiken Cup – Lars-Henrik Bech Hansen

Last round pairings:

GM Michael Roiz – GM Yurij Kuzubov

GM Emanuel Berg – GM Boris Savchenko

GM Vladimir Malakhov – IM Thomas Engqvist

GM Peter Heine Nielsen – GM Bartosz Socko

GM Artur Kogan – GM Sergey Tiviakov

GM Alexei Iljushin – GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili

GM Jonny Hector – GM Alexander A. Evdokimov

IM Sabino Brunello – GM Pavel Eljanov

GM Konstantin Landa – GM Sune Berg Hansen

GM Lars Schandorff – IM Tania Sachdev

IM Christian Jepson – GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson

More information on the official website

Politiken Dorte Hansen

Member of the organizing committee – Dorte Hansen

Politiken view

View from the first floor

GM Lars Schandorff hosted a simul on the evening after the 8th round. His score was 8 wins, 5 draws (Jathanvan Suntharalingam, Pål Molversen, Pål Andreas Hansen, Røgvi Eigilstoft Nielsen and Martin Haubro) and 3 losses (Jørgen Clausen, Tor Botheim and Erik Asmund).

Politiken Lars Schandorff simul

GM Lars Schandorff at the beginning of his simul

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Bu Xiangzhi clearing the way for Ivanchuk

Bu beat Topalov in Mtel Masters round 9, other two games drawn

Mtel Masters 2008: General page / Photos from Mtel

Mtel Masters live: Day 1 / Day 2 / Day 3 / Topalov – Ivanchuk / Radjabov – Aronian

Report: Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3 / Round 4 / Round 5 / Round 6 / Round 7 / Round 8

Round 9 results:

Bu Xiangzhi 2708 CHN 1 – 0 Topalov Veselin 2767 BUL

Ivanchuk Vassily 2740 UKR ½ – ½ Aronian Levon 2763 ARM

Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE ½ – ½ Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL

Sunday (13 CET): Live game commentary by GM Vladimir Dimitrov and live blog with the Chessdom team. See you there!

Bu Xiangzhi is playing better and better as the tournament is nearing its end. Today he stood a bit worse against Veselin Topalov, but then started spilling excellent moves to confuse the opponent and finally force him to make a mistake in the time trouble. This loss leaves Topalov full point behind Vassily Ivanchuk as we head into the last round. Still, Ivanchuk has an important test with black pieces tomorrow because Ivan Cheparinov is very aggressive player.

Mtel Masters cage

The games are taking place inside the soundproof glass aquarium

The games Teimour Radjabov – Ivan Cheparinov and Vassily Ivanchuk – Levon Aronian finished with moves repetition in equal positions. Perhaps they decided to save the energy for tomorrow’s important games. Cheparinov will try to avenge his loss in the first leg, while Bu and Aronian will fight to avoid the last place.

Current standings:

1. Ivanchuk Vassily 2740 UKR – 7.0

2. Topalov Veselin 2767 BUL – 6.0

3. Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE – 5.0

4. Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL – 4.0

5-6. Aronian Levon 2763 ARM and Bu Xiangzhi 2708 CHN – 2.5

Round 10 pairings:

Aronian Levon 2763 ARM – Bu Xiangzhi 2708 CHN

Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL – Ivanchuk Vassily 2740 UKR

Topalov Veselin 2767 BUL – Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE

Mtel Masters Bu Topalov

Bu Xiangzhi and Veselin Topalov

Mtel Masters Ivanchuk Aronian

Vassily Ivanchuk and Levon Aronian

Gregory Kaidanov Wins Gausdal Classics GM-group A

GM Aloyzas Kveinys, GM Felix Levin and IM Jon Ludvig Hammer tied first in GM-group B

Gregory Kaidanov quickly drew his last round game to claim the first place at the 2008 Gausdal Classics’ GM-group A, full point ahead of 2nd Geetha Naraynan Gopal. Kjetil A Lie suffered third consecutive defeat after engaging in risky complications, thus dropping to the 7th place with 50 percent points. Vasilios Kotronias broke through after beating Bartlomiej Macieja with black pieces, while Øystein Hole improved the score with his first win in this event.

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IM Jon Ludvig Hammer tried to break Rune Djurhuus’ French defence, but experienced Grandmaster defended well and earned a draw by transposing to the rook endgame. This allowed Aloyzas Kveinys and Felix Levin to catch Hammer on the first place tie after winning their last round games. Lithuanian GM Kveinys was declared GM-group B winner on best additional criteria.

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GM-group A round 9 results:

GM Chanda Sandipan – GM Gregory Kaidanov draw

GM Kjetil A Lie – GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov 0-1

IM Irina Krush – GM Geetha Naraynan Gopal draw

Eric Moskow – IM Øystein Hole 0-1

GM Bartlomiej Macieja – GM Vasilios Kotronias 0-1

GM-group A final standings:

1. GM Gregory Kaidanov (USA 2596) – 7.0

2. GM Geetha Naraynan Gopal (IND 2562) – 6.0

3. GM Vasilios Kotronias (GRE 2611) – 5.5

4-6. GM Bartlomiej Macieja (POL 2599) – 5.0

4-6. GM Chanda Sandipan (IND 2585) – 5.0

4-6. GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov (RUS 2578) – 5.0

7. GM Kjetil A Lie (NOR 2558) – 4.5

8. IM Irina Krush (USA 2479) – 3.5

9. IM Øystein Hole (NOR 2387) – 2.5

10. Eric Moskow (USA 2229) – 1.0

GM-group B final standings:

1-3. GM Aloyzas Kveinys (LIT 2515), GM Felix Levin (GER 2546) and IM Jon Ludvig Hammer (NOR 2457) – 6.5

4-7. GM Ralf Akesson (SWE 2466), GM Rune Djurhuus (NOR 2459), GM Mihail Saltaev (UZB 2500) and IM Arun Prasad (IND 2465) – 6.0 etc

Games from GM-group A and B

Russian team chess championship round 9

Ural wins, derby Economist-TPS ended even 3-3. Results, standings, games

Participants / Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3 / Round 4 / Round 5 / Round 6 / Round 7 / Round 8

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Economist 1 and TPS Saransk have split the honors in the derby, but this only helped Ural to extend the leading margin to two points. Pavel Eljanov again was the only to score for Economist, this time against fellow Ukrainian Andrei Volokitin, but Evgeny Najer from the 6th board managed to even up the score. SHSM practically resigned the match against leading Ural by resting top two boards. Shirov and Dreev won with black pieces for comfortable 4-2.

Tomsk 400 is clearly out of form, they lost another match and sunk down to 10th place. Ruslan Ponomariov beat Alexander Morozevich with black pieces, replay the game bellow. Karpov and his coach Riazantsev skipped this round, but even without top two boards South Ural was capable of upsetting favored Shatar Buryatia. Viktor Korchnoi used French McCutcheon to beat Grand-Prix participant Vugar Gashimov, and another veteran, Evgeny Sveshnikov, famous of his variation in Sicilian defence and fight for games copyright, secured two points by scoring against Kamil Miton.

Round 9 results:

Economist 2 (Saratov) – 64 (Moscow) 1.5-4.5

GM Dimitry Andreikin – GM Sergei Rublevsky draw

GM Alexander Evdokimov – GM Ian Nepomniachtchi 0-1

GM Alexei Iljushin – GM Pentala Harikrishna draw

GM Alexei Korneev – GM Wang Hao 0-1

GM Alexander Kovchan – GM Evgeny Bareev 0-1

IM Mikhail Lushenkov – GM Maxim Rodstein draw

Tomsk 400 – Spasio-Swiss (Moscow) 2-4

GM Alexander Morozevich – GM Ruslan Ponomariov 0-1

GM Sergey Karjakin – GM Igor Khenkin draw

GM Dimitry Jakovenko – GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov draw

GM Loek Van Wely – GM Ernesto Inarkiev draw

GM Artyom Timofeev – GM Vladislav Tkachiev draw

GM Andrei Belozerov – GM Denis Khismatullin 0-1

Politekhnik (Nizhny Tagil) – Finek Gazprom (Sankt Petersburg) 3-3

GM Zahar Efimenko – GM Peter Svidler draw

GM Alexander Areshchenko – GM Vadim Zvjaginsev 0-1

GM Boris Grachev – GM Sergey Movsesjan draw

GM Igor Lysyj – GM David Navara draw

GM Dmitry Bocharov – GM Nikita Vitiugov 1-0

GM Roman Ovetchkin – GM Vassily Yemelin draw

Economist 1 (Saratov) – TPS Saransk (Saransk) 3-3

GM Evgeny Alekseev – GM Vassily Ivanchuk draw

GM Evgeny Tomashevsky – GM Konstantin Sakaev draw

GM Pavel Eljanov – GM Andrei Volotkin 1-0

GM Ni Hua – GM Emil Sutovsky draw

GM Alexander Moiseenko – GM Mikhail Kobalia draw

GM Ildar Khairullin – GM Evgeny Najer 0-1

Ural (Yekaterinburg) – SHSM (Moscow) 4-2

GM Teimour Radjabov – GM Ivan Popov draw

GM Alexei Shirov – GM Sergey Grigoriants 1-0

GM Gata Kamsky – GM Vladimir Potkin draw

GM Alexander Grischuk – GM Michał Krasenkow draw

GM Vladimir Malakhov – GM Boris Savchenko draw

GM Alexei Dreev – GM Stanislav Novikov 1-0

Shatar Buryatia – South Ural (Chelyabinsk) 2.5-3.5

GM Vugar Gashimov – GM Viktor Korchnoi 0-1

GM Bu Xiangzhi – GM Igor Kurnosov draw

GM Kamil Miton – GM Evgeny Sveshnikov 0-1

GM Anton Shomoev – GM Evgeny Romanov draw

GM Farukh Ammonatov – IM Pavel Ponkratov draw

GM Alexander Lastin – IM Sergey Matsenko 1-0

Current Standings

Team / Match points / Game points (click here for the team lists)

1. Ural (Yekaterinburg) 15 (33.5)

2. Economist 1 (Saratov) 13 (31.0)

3-5. TPS Saransk (Saransk) 11 (30.5)

3-5. Finek Gazprom (Sankt Petersburg) 11 (29.0)

3-5. Spasio-Swiss (Moscow) 11 (29.0)

6-7. Shatar Buryatia 10 (27.5)

6-7. 64 (Moscow) 10 (27.0)

8. SHSM (Moscow) 8 (27.5)

9-10. Politekhnik (Nizhny Tagil) 6 (24.0)

9-10. Tomsk 400 6 (23.0)

11. South Ural (Chelyabinsk) 4 (22.5)

12. Economist 2 (Saratov) 3 (19.5)

Selected games from round 9:

Magnus Carlsen wins Biel 2007

Carlsen blasted Radjabov in the last round to tie the first place with Onischuk

Fantastic twist in the last round of Biel super-tournament! After two loses in a row, Magnus Carlsen resurrected to crash then-leading Teimour Radjabov in 28 moves only! Wild battle enraged all over the board and then Magnus lift his Rook to e3. It never looked clumsy though, even if Radjabov opens central diagonals for his Bishops. After the first Black’s inaccuracy, 15…Qc7 and 16…Bd8, Carlsen took firm initiative and with couple of resolving moves, like 21. de5, 22.e6! and 23.e7!, blasted Black King away.

Carlsen Radjabov

Decisive game: Carlsen and Radjabov

This win brought Carlsen to the first place tie, as Alexander Onischuk couldn’t achieve more than a draw with Marschall gambit against Motylev. Unusual choice of opening in situation when he had to play for win. van Wely and Grischuk won against Bu and Avrukh respectively, while Pelletier-Polgar was draw for the funny final points distribution.

Round 9 results:

Judit Polgar – Yannick Pelletier draw

Magnus Carlsen – Teimour Radjabov 1 – 0

Bu Xianghzi – Loek van Wely 0 – 1

Boris Avrukh – Alexander Grischuk 0 – 1

Alexander Motylev – Alexander Onischuk draw

Round 9 standings:

1-2. Alexander Onischuk (USA 2650) and Magnus Carlsen (Norway 2710) 5.5

3-6. Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan 2746), Yannick Pelletier (Switzerland 2583), Alexander Grischuk (Russia 2726) and Judit Polgar (Hungary 2707) 5.0

7-10. Bu Xianghzi (China 2685), Loek van Wely (Netherlands 2679), Alexander Motylev (Russia 2648) and Boris Avrukh (Israel 2645) 3.5

According to the tournament rules – “If two or more players tie the first place at the end, there will be a tie-break on the same day (with the two best players) to promote the official winner of the Tournament – two rapid games (15 minutes) and, if necessary, blitz”. This meant Carlsen and Onischuk had to play additional games for the winner’s trophy.

Carlsen square Alexander Onischuk

Tiebreak: Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Onischuk

First two rapid games, full of excitement, were ended in draws. Next to follow were two blitz games, again to finish in draws, although it looked like Carlsen had winning Rook endgame in the 4th game. Decisive match was Armageddon, Onischuk had White and 5 minutes on clock, Carlsen had 4 minutes and draw odds. He never needed those, the cute combination, which he spotted in a sec, brought him the title of Biel 2007 champion.


1st game (15 minutes)

Alexander Onischuk – Magnus Carlsen draw

2nd game (15 minutes)

Magnus Carlsen – Alexander Onischuk draw

3rd game (5 minutes)

Alexander Onischuk – Magnus Carlsen draw

4th game (5 minutes)

Magnus Carlsen – Alexander Onischuk draw

5th game (Armagedon, draw odds for Black)

Alexander Onischuk – Magnus Carlsen 0 – 1

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