Mikhail Botvinnik Memorial 2011

Viktor Korchnoi leading the seniors’ tournament after round six

The Russian Chess Federation is organizing a number of events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the 6th World Champion Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik (17 August 1911 – 5 May 1995).

Besides the grande event with the World’s top players and a strong open in Sankt Petersburg, the RCF is hosting a seniors’ tournament from 15th to 19th August in Suzdal-Vladimir Oblast. Legendary players from Botvinnik era compete in the round robin rapid tournament with the time control of 25min + 10 sec/move.

Former World Champion Boris Spassky was set to make an appearance but eventually GM Oleg Chernikov took his place.

After six rounds of play Viktor Korchnoi took a convincing lead with five points, full point and a half ahead of the group of players.

Chief arbiter is Yuri Averbakh. The prize fund is 14200 EUR.

Round 6 standings:

1. GM Viktor Korchnoi SUI 2553 – 5.0

2-4. GM Lajos Portisch HUN 2523, GM Evgeni Vasiukov RUS 2455 and IM Aleksander Nikitin RUS 2430 – 3.5

5-9. GM Oleg Chernikov RUS 2402, GM Wolfgang Uhlmann GER 2379, GM Borislav Ivkov SRB 2416, GM Igor Zaitsev RUS 2408 and IM Anatoly Bykhovsky RUS 2354 – 2.5

10. GM Mark Taimanov RUS 2386 – 2.0

Thanks to Mr.Alexander Kentler

Viktor Korchnoi

Viktor Korchnoi

Swiercz Dariusz and Cori T Deysi emerge World Junior Champions

1-16th August in Chennai, India

Poland’s Grandmaster Swiercz Dariusz and Peruvian WGM Cori T Deysi emerged champions in the SDAT- Ramco 50th World Junior & 29th World Junior Girls Championship organized by Tamil Nadu State Chess Association at Hotel Vijay Park, Chennai here today.

Swiercz Dariusz caught leader Robert Hovhannisyan in the tape and finished with 10.5 points. A superior tie-break gave the Polish Grandmaster the World Junior Champion title.

Swiercz Dariusz

Swiercz Dariusz, with Gold medal, crowned World Junior Chess Champion 2011

Tournament leader Robert Hovhannisyan of Armenia settled for the Silver medal, as his final round draw pulled him down from the top spot. India’s International Master Sahaj Grover (9.5) from New Delhi, who scalped two successive GMs in the final two rounds, emerged a clear third. Sahaj won the bronze medal along with a Grandmaster Norm and restored pride for the hosts, India.

Woman Grandmaster Cori T Deysi, with 11 points, emerged the World Junior Girls champion. Cori owes a big thanks to India’s Padmini Rout, who defeated leader Olga Girya in the final round. Olga’s defeat enabled Cori to overtake the Russian, and emerge a clear winner. This is the first time a player from Peru has claimed the World Junior Girls title.

Cori T Deysi

Cori T Deysi, with Gold medal, crowned World Junior Girls Chess Champion 2011

The second place and silver medal went to WGM Olga Girya of Russia at 10.5 points, while top seed Georgian Woman Grandmaster Nazi Paikidze, with 9.5 points, settled for bronze medal and the third spot.

The final round also saw two 13 game Norms being made, a Grandmaster Norm for India’s International Master Sahaj Grover and an International Master Norm for the FIDE Master from Brazil Barbosa Evandro Amorim. The 50 nation, 200 player event came to a grand conclusion on the Indian Independence day.

wjcc medal winners girls

Olga Girya, Russia (Silver), Cori T Deysi, Peru (Gold), Nazi Paikidze, Georgia (Bronze)

wjcc medal winners open

Hovhannisyan Robert, Armenia (Silver), Swiercz Dariusz, Poland (Gold), Grover Sahaj, India (Bronze)

World Junior Girls Champion 2011 Cori T Deysi

(L to R) Mrs Nirmala Raja, RAMCO Group, World Junior Girls Champion 2011 Cori T Deysi (Peru), Mr P R Venketrama Raja, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, RAMCO Group, Mr D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Mr R M Dongre, President, Asian Zone 3.7, Treasurer, All India Chess Federation

World Junior Chess Champion 2011 Swiercz Dariusz

(L to R) IM Manuel Aaron, Mr P R Venketrama Raja, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, RAMCO Group, Mrs Nirmala Raja, RAMCO Group, World Junior Chess Champion 2011 Swiercz Dariusz (Poland), Mr D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Mr R M Dongre, President, Asian Zone 3.7, Treasurer, All India Chess Federation

K Muralimohan,

Championship Director, WJCC 2011

General Secretary,

Tamil Nadu State Chess Association

Sergei Zhigalko wins Baku Open 2011

Andreikin and Sutovski take silver and bronze

baku open

Yet another Super Open with a prize fund over 50 000 eur concluded in Baku. GM Sergei Zhigalko took clear first place with 7,0/9 and won one of the strongest opens for this summer. The 7th seeded Zhigalko started with 5,0/5 and calmly concluded 4 draws to the end to finish undefeated.

In the last check before the World Cup 2011, second and third place are for GM Dmitry Andreikin and GM Emil Sutovsky, both with 6,5/9. The top seeded GM Mamedyarov finished with 6,0/9 at 8th position, while the other rating favorites GM Vallejo and GM Dominguez are 15th and 16th.

Replay games with computer analysis

Final standings

1 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2689 7

2 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2696 6.5

3 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2700 6.5

4 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2673 6

5 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2618 6

6 GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2624 6

7 GM Guliev Sarhan AZE 2500 6

8 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2765 6

9 GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2711 6

10 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2646 6

11 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2679 6

12 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2607 6

13 IM Maghalashvili Davit GEO 2463 6

14 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2676 6

15 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2724 5.5

16 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier CUB 2719 5.5

17 GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2622 5.5

18 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2669 5.5

19 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2643 5.5

20 IM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2448 5.5

21 GM Sanikidze Tornike GEO 2525 5

22 IM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2424 5

FM Mammadov Ayaz Arzu Oglu AZE 2382 5

24 FM Idani Pouya IRI 2406 5

25 FM Izzat Kanan Azar Oglu AZE 2185 5

26 Abdulov Orkhan Javanshir Oglu AZE 2377 5

27 IM Dovliatov Sanan AZE 2411 5

28 GM Ibrahimov Rasul AZE 2547 5

29 IM Sharbaf Mohsen IRI 2402 5

30 GM Abbasov Farid AZE 2529 5

31 GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2588 5

32 GM Abasov Nijat Azad Oglu AZE 2481 5

33 IM Guliev Logman AZE 2458 4.5

34 GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2412 4.5

35 IM Mammadov Zaur Fazahir Oglu AZE 2325 4.5

36 IM Quparadze Giga GEO 2467 4.5

37 IM Allahverdiev Anar AZE 2421 4.5

38 FM Erdogan Hakan TUR 2235 4.5

39 CM Sanal Vahap TUR 2243 4.5

40 CM Emiroglu Cankut TUR 2260 4.5

41 FM Agaragimov Djakhangir AZE 2352 4.5

42 Agayev Nidjat AZE 2279 4.5

43 FM Ali Marandi Cemil Can TUR 2295 4.5

44 Aliyev Elnur Fakhraddin Oglu AZE 2219 4

45 WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab AZE 2289 4

46 Mari Ooriad Pouya IRI 2256 4

47 Iskandarov Misratdin Mehdi Ogl AZE 2302 4

48 WIM Isgandarova Khayala Ilqar Qizi AZE 2163 4

49 FM Heydarli Kanan Beyukkishi Oglu AZE 2387 4

50 WGM Kadimova Ilaha AZE 2331 4

51 IM Melia Salome GEO 2437 4

52 Rahmanov Shahriyar Teymur Oglu AZE 2259 3.5

53 Rzayev Bahruz Iqbal Oglu AZE 2335 3.5

54 Idrisov Tabriz Arif Oglu AZE 2225 3.5

55 Igambergenov Alibek KAZ 2257 3.5

56 WFM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2218 3.5

57 Hasanov Shakhriyar Fuad Oglu AZE 2242 3.5

58 FM Kowsarinia Amir IRI 2234 3.5

59 WIM Abdulla Khayala Mardan Qizi AZE 2227 3.5

60 Orujov Shujaat Ismiali Oglu AZE 2204 3.5

61 Asgarov Mushfig Nizami Oglu AZE 2236 3.5

62 WIM Umudova Nargiz AZE 2185 3.5

63 IM Morchiashvili Bachana GEO 2376 3.5

64 Jafarli Alizamin AZE 2240 3

65 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2288 3

66 Babaev Talyb AZE 2215 3

67 CM Dastan Batuhan TUR 2239 2.5

68 Ibrahimova Sabina Oqtay Qizi AZE 2125 2.5

69 WFM Khalafova Narmin Ilgar Qizi AZE 2089 2.5

70 Husseinov Shahin AZE 2207 2

71 Bayramov Vugar Ajdar Oglu AZE 2273 2

72 WGM Daulyte Deimante LTU 2281 2

73 FM Zeynalov Farid Fariz Oglu AZE 2325 0

Official websites: www.chess.az and www.azerichess.az

Simul with GM Ipatov at ChessFriends (updated)

The tournament is Monday at 19.00 CET

Chess Friends

GM Alexander Ipatov will be joining the list of the top 20 strongest juniors in the world on the September FIDE rating list. His current live ELO is bordering 2600 after a successful first part of the summer that brings him over 35 fresh points to his rating. To celebrate the future entrance in the list, GM Ipatov is holding a simul Monday at 19:00 CET at ChessFriends.

The qualification tournament is open for everyone on Sunday 14th, 19:00 CET. The time control is 5 min/game with 9 rounds. The first 6 players will qualify for the Simul with GM Ipatov, and the next 3 will be subsititutes.

The Simul itself will take place on Monday 15th, 19:00 CET. The time control is 30 min. for both sides. It will be broadcast live on the game server Chessfriends and the main page of Chessdom.

How to join the qualification tournament

The qualification tournament is free and open for everyone. You just need to have an account or make one before the event, and click “join” on the 19:00 CET event.

Where to watch the games

The games will have a live broadcast at the special Chessfriends simul live page.

Arad Open 2011

Three players sharing the lead after round 5

Arad Open 2011, the largest Romanian swiss tournament of the year, is entering the second half as the 5th round was played Monday. The prize fund of 4500 Euro has attracted over 150 players, among them being the winner from the 2010 event GM Vlad-Cristian Jianu.

The tournament doesn’t miss the surprises as two of the favourites, Grandmasters Imre Balog (Hungary) and Petar Drenchev (Bulgaria), lost against the Romanian junior champions Stefan Tomici and Alexandru Pop. Round 5 standings are bellow.

The playing venue, Cultural Palace of Arad, usual place for classical music concerts, is very convenient for a chess event and many fans are coming daily to observe the games. The same hall hosts the children tournaments (U8 and U12), with over 70 players, some of them being the winners of medals at the strongest Romanian junior competitions.

The official opening of the tournament and also the first inaugural move was made by the Romanian Minister of Sports and Youth, Mrs.Doina Melinte, Olympic Champion in athletics in 1984, invited by the tournament organizer, IO Alin-Vivian Campeanu.

Arad opening

Mrs.Doina Melinte opening the tournament

The tournament website www.aradopen.com provides live games (five per round), photos and daily chronicles with interviews, all in a modern presentation.

Round 5 standings:

1 IM Miron Lucian-Costin ROU 2506 – 4.5

2 IM Smith Bryan G USA 2503 – 4.5

3 GM Murariu Andrei ROU 2499 – 4.5

4 GM Manolache Marius ROU 2533 – 4

5 I Ungureanu Sandu ROU 2050 – 4

6 IM Ardeleanu Alin ROU 2394 – 4

7 GM Jianu Vlad-Cristian ROU 2518 – 4

8 IM Florescu Codrut-Constantin ROU 2266 – 4

9 CM Garbea Bogdan ROU 2258 – 4

10 FM Anton Teodor ROU 2355 – 4

11 IM Bogdan Dan ROU 2362 – 4

12 CM Stanciu Alexandru-Ovidiu ROU 2369 – 4

13 CM Chifor Ovidiu-Emanuel ROU 2268 – 4

14 Sadilek Peter AUT 2233 – 4

15 GM Balog Imre HUN 2539 – 4

16 FM Rusan Paul-Cristian ROU 2254 – 4

17 WFM Uta Adeline-Ramona ROU 2099 – 4

18 IM Mozes Ervin ROU 2248 – 4

19 NM Veneteanu Ion-Cristian ROU 2216 – 4

20 CM Pachia Mihai ROU 2070 – 3.5

21 FM Petre Nad-Titus ROU 2354 – 3.5

22 CM Tomici Stefan ROU 2118 – 3.5

23 FM Dobre Claudiu-Cristian ROU 2353 – 3.5

24 NM Doros Radu-Marian ROU 2338 – 3.5

25 FM Balla Tamas-Kristof ROU 2406 – 3.5

26 WFM Sgircea Silvia-Raluca ROU 2224 – 3.5

27 FM Daianu Cristian-Clement ROU 2235 – 3.5

28 CM Kelly Ladislau-Endre ROU 2245 – 3.5

29 GM Drenchev Petar BUL 2523 – 3.5

30 I Baciu Alexandru ROU 1619 – 3.5

31 CM Bida Mihai-Eugen ROU 2109 – 3.5

32 CM Irodenka Robert-Ovidiu ROU 2157 – 3.5

33 CM Siclovan Cristian-Daniel ROU 2116 – 3.5

34 I Pavel Sebastian-Ionut ROU 1921 – 3.5

35 FM Frink Ferenc HUN 2300 – 3.5

36 I Manole Stefan ROU 1981 – 3

37 CM Turcu Iulian ROU 2198 – 3

38 CM Pop Alexandru ROU 2116 – 3

39 FM Chereches Marius HUN 2280 – 3

40 CM Samu Sorin-Mihai ROU 2178 – 3

41 CM Miroiu George-Catalin ROU 2299 – 3

42 I Toma Radu-Cristian ROU 2025 – 3

43 CM Fugulyan Grigore ROU 1950 – 3

44 I Bugari Domnosie-Alin ROU 1898 – 3

45 FM Costin Petrica ROU 2077 – 3

46 Yaacov Avi ISR 2185 – 3

47 CM Muller Wilhelm ROU 2011 – 3

48 Kutnik Alexandru-Francisc ROU 2248 – 3

49 Gordon Evgeny ISR 2103 – 3

50 I Lupascu Matei-Alexandru ROU 1954 – 3

51 I Marinescu Stefan ROU 1964 – 3

52 I Lucan Marius-Gabriel ROU 1882 – 3

53 WCM Gelip Ioana ROU 1989 – 3

54 Brasoy Aksel NOR 2004 – 3

55 I Vrencian Lehel ROU 1818 – 3

56 Kun Joan GER 1845 – 3

57 WCM Vasile Teodora ROU 1971 – 3

58 CM Bartha Andrei ROU 2025 – 3

59 Berta Sandor HUN 1856 – 3

60 I Muresan Ciprian-Simon-Florin ROU 1967 – 3

61 I Ratiu Cristian ROU 1977 – 3

62 I Sandru Nicolae ROU 1910 – 3

63 Csomos Janos HUN 1855 – 3

64 WCM Anton Roxana-Ana ROU 1836 – 3

65 I Ambru Dan-Calin ROU 1888 – 3

66 I Brosman Alexandru ROU 1931 – 3

67 CM Stoicescu Horia ROU 1882 – 2.5

68 I Barbuleanu Serban-Ioan ROU 1827 – 2.5

69 I Paun Constantin ROU 1878 – 2.5

70 I Mester Dorin ROU 1840 – 2.5

71 WNM Adoamnei Roxana ROU 1981 – 2.5

72 I Uta Apolon-Ilarion ROU 1938 – 2.5

73 I Parasca Claudiu ROU 1924 – 2.5

74 I Crisan Cornel ROU 1838 – 2.5

75 Reinwald Patrick AUT 2125 – 2.5

76 I Szilveszter Sandor ROU 1695 – 2.5

77 I Costachi Mihnea ROU 1922 – 2.5

78 NM Miron Ionel ROU 2118 – 2.5

79 CM Tudor Ioan ROU 1811 – 2.5

80 FM Ardelean Rusalim-Pavel ROU 1863 – 2.5

81 I Uta Ilie ROU 1809 – 2.5

82 NM Zlatariu Marin ROU 1853 – 2.5

83 I Neaga Horia-Dumitru-Iustin ROU 1794 – 2.5

84 WCM Mathe Katalin ROU 2031 – 2.5

85 I Cosmulescu Alexandru-Paul ROU 1915 – 2.5

86 I Tat Alin-Sebastian ROU 1783 – 2.5

87 I Deac Bogdan-Daniel ROU 1733 – 2.5

88 WCM Dragulescu Narcisa-Lavinia ROU 2007 – 2.5

89 I Olinici Emanuel ROU 1674 – 2.5

90 I Zubcu Vlad-George ROU 1615 – 2

91 I Ghita Vlad-Bogdan ROU 1697 – 2

92 Terek Gyula HUN 1815 – 2

93 Farkas Lorinc HUN 1977 – 2

94 I Ghitoiu-Stelzner Luigi-Rafael ROU 1732 – 2

95 I Ciungan Diana-Alexandra ROU 1653 – 2

96 I Dumitrica Sorin-Radu ROU 1867 – 2

97 III Busa Eugen-Dumitru ROU 1260 – 2

98 I Doros Doru-Lucian ROU 1776 – 2

99 I Ionita Gheorghe ROU 1740 – 2

100 Balla Tibor HUN 2055 – 2

101 I Tol Ioan ROU 1620 – 2

102 Moldovan Rares ROU 1638 – 2

103 I Szijarto Norbert-Ludwig ROU 1610 – 2

104 Chis Noel-Craciun ROU 1528 – 2

105 I Barbul Ionel ROU 1774 – 2

106 I Alb Flavius-Robert ROU 1694 – 2

107 I Ciorica Mihai-Vlad ROU 1507 – 2

108 I Condurat Florin-Marian ROU 1765 – 2

109 I Manghiuc Bogdan-Adrian ROU 1722 – 2

110 Munaretto Giovanni ITA 1680 – 2

111 I Dragoi Tudor ROU 1810 – 2

112 II Horvath Stefan ROU 1214 – 2

113 I Corchis Ion ROU 1965 – 2

114 I Neagu Mihai-Cosmin ROU 1891 – 2

115 Paraschiv Vasile ROU 1201 – 2

116 Hever Janos HUN 1749 – 2

117 CM Pop Valer ROU 1958 – 2

118 Ghiura Alexandru ROU 1201 – 2

119 Herman Ciprian-Ioan ROU 1201 – 1.5

120 II Matei Raul-Cornel ROU 1369 – 1.5

121 Bichiceanu Dan-Radu ROU 1201 – 1.5

122 I Corolea Diana-Gabriela ROU 1600 – 1.5

123 Boaru Anca ROU 1201 – 1.5

124 II Matis Robert-Florin ROU 1467 – 1.5

125 Bartic Roxana-Nicoleta ROU 1201 – 1.5

126 II Voda Teodor ROU 1543 – 1.5

127 Hirsu Adrian ROU 1201 – 1.5

128 Magda Daniel ROU 1201 – 1.5

129 Chesintan Gheorghe ROU 1201 – 1.5

130 WNM Mihai Eleonora-Antonia ROU 1460 – 1.5

131 III Perte Robert ROU 1220 – 1.5

132 II Pitorac Cosmin-Iulian ROU 1679 – 1.5

133 III Alexin Daniel-Milan ROU 1222 – 1.5

134 Vinczan Catalin-Cosmin ROU 1201 – 1.5

135 Soki Patrick ROU 1201 – 1.5

136 II Popescu Mihai-Cristian ROU 1399 – 1

137 I David Bogdan-Emanuel ROU 1684 – 1

138 Cijof Florin ROU 1665 – 1

139 III Grec Petru ROU 1237 – 1

140 Balint Stefan ROU 1201 – 1

141 Sumandan Dominic-Patrick ROU 1201 – 1

142 II Tutuian Valentin ROU 1596 – 1

143 III Ciorica Ovidiu-Nicolaie ROU 1276 – 1

144 Balaceanu Florian ROU 1201 – 1

145 III Andras Cristina-Maria ROU 1201 – 1

146 I Rujan Rodel-Marinel ROU 1848 – 0.5

147 II Astalos Iosif-Stefan ROU 1218 – 0.5

148 III Roman Maria-Daniela ROU 1211 – 0.5

149 II Obsusta Stefan ROU 1654 – 0.5

150 Foltic-Costea Florin ROU 1201 – 0.5

Yifan Hou – Koneru WCC final in Tirana, Albania

World Women Chess Championship in Tirana, November

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The Women’s World Chess Championship between Women World Champion Hou Yifan from China and the Challenger Humpy Koneru from India, will be held in Tirana, Albania in November 2011 for a prize fund of 200,000 euros.

The announcement came in a press release parallel to the information that Koneru’s compatriot Vishwanathan Anand will meet Boris Gelfand in Russia for the World Chess Championship 2012

Stay tuned for more details with Chessdom.com!

Russian Super Final 2011

The top Russian players in direct clash

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The Russian Super Final will take place 8-15 August, 2011 with the participation of Kramnik, Morozevich, Karjakin, Timofeev, Grischuk, Svidler, Nepomniachtchi, and Galkin. It will be a round robin with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes to the end of the game, with time increment of 30 seconds per move.

Follow the daily live games with computer analysis here

For the past several years the status of the “strongest”, “most talanted”, “most progressing”, and “best” player in the Russian chess powerhouse has been in dispute. With the current shakeups after the Ngibo WTCC 2011 failure, Russian national team spots are wide open and this championship might point to the current form and readiness of individual players for the upcoming strong test – the European Team Chess Championship this autumn.

All of the current participants have something to prove. The team in Ngibo was without Kramnik, now he is up against the strongest players from there and has to show that his top form from Dortmund is a constant and he still deserves to be at the top board. Karjakin came to Russia with a single idea on his mind – to be the future leader of the team, and the Russian Super Final is the right place to demonstrate his ambition. Grischuk defeated Kramnik and is the best placed individual Russian player in the World Chess Championship 2012 cycle and comes determined to defend his status. Morozevich is back on the scene with good performance in Biel and was the only one to challenge Carlsen’s domination. Timofeev, Nepomniachtchi, Svidler, and Galkin are proven fighter, but they have to make a lot in this event to secure a spot for the ETCC.

First round pairings

Svidler – Kramnik

Karjakin – Morozevich

Grischuk – Nepomniachtchi

Galkin – Timofeev

Official website / Live games

Politiken Cup 2011

GM Igor Kurnosov takes a clear first place with 8.5 points

The 2011 Politiken Cup was held from 30th July to 7th August in Lo Skolen, Denmark. 309 players competed and among them 26 Grandmasters, 14 International Masters, and 12 players rated above 2600 elo.

Russian GM Igor Kurnosov took a clear first place with 8.5 points from ten games. Half a point behind are five players sharing the 2nd place.

Prizes (in DKK): 20.000 kr more than in 2010.

Main prizes: 1. 20.000,- 2. 18.000,- 3. 15.000,- 4. 10.000,- 5. 8.000,- 6. 5.000,- 7. 4.000,- 8. 3.000,- 9. – 13. 2.000,- 14. – 20. 1.000,-

Rating prizes:

In each of the following sections by rating (min. 10 players per group): 1000-1500, 1501-1700, 1701-1900, 1901-2050, 2051-2200, 2201-2300, 2301-2400: 1. 3.000,- 2. 2.000,-.

Final standings:

1. GM Igor Kurnosov RUS 2633 – 8½

2-6. GM Julian Radulski BUL 2556, GM Boris Savchenko RUS 2615, GM Robert Hess USA 2609, GM Peter Heine Nielsen DEN 2682 and GM Hua Ni CHN 2662 – 8.0

7-15. GM Jon Ludvig Hammer NOR 2610, GM Robert Ruck HUN 2569, GM Michal Krasenkow POL 2607, IM Marc Tyler Arnold USA 2445, GM Leif Erland Johannessen NOR 2496, GM Richárd Rapport HUN 2545, IM Willy Hendriks NED 2415, WGM Anna Zatonskih USA 2522 and GM Marijan Petrov BUL 2534 – 7½ etc

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GM Igor Kurnosov

Bansko Boris Savchenko

GM Boris Savchenko

The impact of chess for one girl

Dyhemia Young happy at Lubbock, Texas (video)

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Dyhemia Young left for Lubbock, Texas, with a black eye — compliments of a girl at her East Palo Alto group home — and returned the proud recipient of a chess scholarship worth $40,000.

Along the way, the 15-year-old from the wrong side of San Francisco, who could not have made it to a prestigious chess tournament without the kindness of strangers, became a nationally rated player.

“My journey here, it was tough, because I had a lot of situations going on at home,” she said tearfully after her first win, Game 3 of the six-game Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational.

The tournament takes place each year at Texas Tech University, drawing the top-rated girl from each state. Polgar, the first woman to earn the title of grandmaster, also issues two “wild card” invitations to gifted players who haven’t traveled the pricey road of official competition.

Dyhemia, who has spent the last three years in and out of foster care, received one of the wild card bids. But when Adisa Banjoko, her chess mentor, called in June with the good news, Dyhemia had disappeared.

It took nearly a month and the help of a San Francisco police detective to locate Dyhemia; after a short stint in juvenile hall, she had ended up in the teen home.

Then there was the matter of money — nearly $3,000 was needed to send the high-school junior and a chaperone to the six-day event. After reading her story in The Times, generous donors sent thousands of dollars Dyhemia’s way.

Problem solved? Not so fast.

The night before her flight to Texas, Dyhemia was sitting in the group home studying for her driver’s license test with the help of a staff member. When the woman left the room, Dyhemia continued to drill herself. “Why don’t you just shut up?” one of the other girls said before charging Dyhemia and punching her in the face.

“It all stemmed from jealousy,” Sheila George, who heads the group home and accompanied Dyhemia to Texas, said in a phone interview from Lubbock. “Dyhemia came down here with all this in her soul and mind and heart. She had to get rid of all that junk.”

When the rattled girl and her worried chaperone stepped off the plane in Texas, they were greeted by Polgar and a cheering group of chess players — Dyhemia’s competitors and newfound friends.

As the tournament got underway, Dyhemia resigned her very first game — an attack of new-to-national-competition nerves. But Abdul Shakoor, a chess coach who had traveled to Lubbock to help his own daughter compete, took Dyhemia aside and showed her nuances of the game that, he said, “you can’t really prepare for unless you actually play” at the national level.

“With me being a single father and being raised in foster care myself, [Dyhemia's] story inspired me,” Shakoor said in a video posted on YouTube by Lisa Suhay, who runs an urban chess program in Virginia and has helped Dyhemia along the way.

“I felt like it was meant for my daughter, Diamond, to meet Dyhemia,” Shakoor said. “It’s bigger than chess.”

Dyhemia battled well in her second game, and won the third — her only victory. As the tournament wound down, she was philosophical.

“Without my supporters, I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” she told Polgar. “I’m happy to say that I … had fun playing all my games. At least my opponents can say I was a challenge to them.”

Not only did Dyhemia not win the championship, she didn’t even get the congeniality prize. But at the awards ceremony Friday, she ended up with something better — a scholarship to Texas Tech.

When Polgar announced her name, the roomful of girls began to cheer. Dyhemia got up from her seat to accept the certificate, looking stunned. She cried. She smiled. She could think of only one thing to say:

“Oh, my goodness.”

Full article at LA Times

Ronnie Polaneczky: Chess prowess earns Vanita Young 40G scholarship

A TEXAS-SIZED CHEER to chess whiz Vanita Young, who just nabbed herself a $40,000 scholarship to Texas Tech University, following her brilliant performance at this week’s Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational in Lubbock, Texas.

GO, Vanita!

Readers of my column will recall that I wrote in June how Vanita, a rising senior at the Walter D. Palmer Charter School, near 6th and Poplar streets, beat out 600 other girls from Pennsylvania to represent the state at the annual invitational, named for Polgar, the world’s first female chess grand master.

Up for grabs was $120,000 in scholarships to the three top winners of the five-day competition.

The tragedy was, Vanita couldn’t afford the $2,000 cost to send her and a chaperone to the event. Vanita’s background is heartbreaking, to say the least. Abandoned by her mom at age 2, orphaned by her dad’s death in 2007, she lives with her grandparents and money is tight. She uses chess (to which she was introduced by the After Schools Activities Partnership – ASAP) as a way to feel happy when the sadness of her circumstances overwhelm her.

When it looked as if money woes would keep her from the Polgar tournament, Vanita’s mentors at ASAP contacted me for help. I wrote Vanita’s story and – no surprise, given the legendary generosity of Daily News readers – the money was raised within 24 hours.

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady kicked in the $2,000, and other big-hearted Samaritans ponied up more than $1,600. (The extra money went into a new fund to support the very active chess program at Vanita’s high school, to help defray costs of tournament fees and travel.)

And this week in Texas, Vanita did not disappoint those who believed in her. She outperformed the girls in her age group and won a $40,000 scholarship to Texas Tech.

Vanita wants very much to attend the school – to study computer science and continue playing chess under the mentorship of Polgar herself.

“We are thrilled,” says Maria Walker, ASAP’s executive director. “No one is more deserving than Vanita.”

But without the kindness of Daily News readers, it’s safe to say she never would’ve gotten on the plane to Texas.

Thanks, one and all. Vanita is on her way.

Full article here

Chess controversy over gay T-shirt

A T-shirt causes scandal at the British Chess Championship

The president of the English Chess Federation says he was barred from presenting prizes at the British chess championships in Sheffield because he was wearing a gay rights T-shirt.

CJ de Mooi, an actor and a regular on the BBC quiz show Eggheads, said he was left “shaking with fury” over objections to the shirt, which bore the slogan “Some people are gay, get over it”, used by gay rights group Stonewall.

De Mooi said he was approached by the championship arbiter, Lara Barnes, prior to the awards ceremony and urged to reconsider his outfit. “They then suggested that it might be better if I just presented prizes to the adults,” he said. “I refused. I was either going to present all the prizes or none at all.”

Barnes denied asking de Mooi to change his shirt, saying she had merely expressed reservations. “I didn’t think that promoting gay rights, which I thoroughly agree with, while presenting prizes to junior chess players was an appropriate thing,” she said. “Usually prize-givers for a national event would wear a suit and tie.”

Read the whole story at the Guardian