Turkish Youth Chess Championships 2011

Report by Anastasiya Karlovich

The 2011 Turkish Youth Chess Championships took place in Istanbul from July 23rd till July 28th. The tournaments were played under the Swiss system, 7 rounds, U-13 till U-18 age categories among boys and girls.

Last year 916 players participated in the Youth Chess Championship in all categories (U8-U18). This year the TCF decided to arrange two different events for different age groups in order to give a chance for all comers to participate there.

The first branch of the championship in U7-U12 age categories was held in Kemer (Antaliya) on February and had more than 1000 participants. The U13-U18 Championships gathered 380 players.

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Members of Isek Aquamatch team, the current champion of Turkish Team League, won medals in Turkish Youth Championship

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Press attaché of Turkish Youth Championship Fatma Ozturk together with medal holders of Turkish Youth Championship

The TCF made a decision to arrange six different categories: U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18 age groups. The players who are the best in their age group have earned the right to participate in the World Youth Championships U-14, U-16 and U-18. The tournament was supported by Turkish Is Bank and Darussafaka Association.

Official website

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The President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici attended the closing ceremony

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Girls U-13

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Boys U-14

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Girls U-14

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Boys U-16

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Girls U-17

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Girls U-18

World Junior Chess Championship 2011

Participants, boys U20

World Junior Chess Championship 2011 / Participants boys / Participants girls / Official website

GM Matlakov Maxim 2632 Russia

GM Sjugirov Sanan 2629 Russia

GM Salgado Lopez Ivan 2626 Spain

GM Shimanov Aleksandr 2586 Russia

GM Nabaty Tamir 2584 Israel

GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel 2558 Armenia

GM Hovhannisyan Robert 2556 Armenia

GM Robson Ray 2554 United States of America

GM Swiercz Dariusz 2553 Poland

GM Adhiban B 2542 India

GM Grandelius Nils 2542 Sweden

GM Sethuraman S P 2529 India

GM Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu 2522 Azerbaijan

GM Martinovic Sasa 2521 Croatia

IM Huschenbeth Niclas 2521 Germany

IM Yilmaz Mustafa 2519 Turkey

GM Durarbeyli Vasif 2515 Azerbaijan

GM Cori Jorge 2514 Peru

IM Piorun Kacper 2514 Poland

GM Pap Gyula 2513 Hungary

IM Krejci Jan 2503 Czech Republic

IM Grover Sahaj 2496 India

GM Salem A R Saleh 2493 United Arab Emirates

IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2492 India

IM Goganov Aleksey 2489 Russia

GM Abasov Nijat Azad Oglu 2481 Azerbaijan

IM Shyam Sundar M 2478 India

IM Roganovic Milos 2476 Serbia

IM Rombaldoni Axel 2459 Italy

IM Urkedal Frode 2448 Norway

FM Kovalev Vladislav 2439 Belarus

Stany G A 2435 India

IM Vaibhav Suri 2430 India

IM Anwesh Upadhyaya 2429 India

IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh R 2422 India

FM Petrisor Adrian-Marian 2408 Romania

IM Shyam Nikil P 2398 India

FM Petenyi Tamas 2398 Slovakia

IM Debashis Das 2396 India

FM Getz Nicolai 2385 Norway

Swayams Mishra 2378 India

Udeshi Aditya 2378 India

IM Priyadharshan K 2376 India

FM Krysa Leandro 2374 Argentina

IM Firat Burak 2373 Turkey

IM Narayanan Srinath 2371 India

FM Ly Moulthun 2369 Australia

IM Nitin S 2365 India

FM Valsecchi Alessio 2354 Italy

FM Soors Stef 2353 Belgium

FM Ikeda Junta 2349 Australia

Janev Tihomir 2349 Bulgaria

FM Barbosa Evandro Amorim 2343 Brazil

Artemenko Oleg 2341 Uzbekistan

FM Kuchynka Lukas 2339 Czech Republic

Bitan Banerjee 2331 India

Krishna C R G 2330 India

FM Nuri Kambez 2321 Switzerland

FM Thavandiran Shiyam 2320 Canada

FM Sochacki Wojtek 2316 France

FM Girish A Koushik 2309 India

Shreyansh Daklia 2298 India

Kunal M 2298 India

FM Sapozhnikov Roman 2295 Canada

FM Rajesh V A V 2292 India

FM Rojas Alarcon Julian Antonio 2291 Mexico

Tomazini Zan 2288 Slovenia

Aaron Deepak 2288 United States of America

Kozganbayev Erken 2284 Kazakhstan

FM Botta Gabriele 2261 Switzerland

Ashwath R 2259 India

Hemant Sharma (del) 2247 India

FM Das Sayantan 2246 India

Pradeep Kumar R A 2245 India

Turqueza Mari Joseph 2235 Philippines

Narayanan S L 2233 India

Kulkarni Rakesh 2231 India

FM Gagare Shardul 2223 India

Aravindh Chithambaram Vr 2212 India

Dusthageer Ibrahim M 2212 India

Kathmale Sameer 2211 India

Gusain Himal 2208 India

Shreyans K Shah 2203 India

Abhishek Kelkar 2197 India

Lokesh P 2194 India

Navalgund Niranjan 2188 India

Gahan M G 2188 India

Surendran N 2187 India

Yashas D 2184 India

Sidhant Mohapatra 2155 India

Lim Zhuo Ren 2155 Malaysia

CM Prince Bajaj 2146 India

Jefic Srdjan 2143 Bosnia & Herzegovina

Patil Pratik 2141 India

Karma Pandya 2136 India

Mithil Ajgaonkar 2130 India

Mastalerz Xavier 2129 Belgium

Debashish Dutta 2127 India

Kourkoulos-Arditis Stamatis 2123 Greece

Karthikeyan Murali 2122 India

Abhilash Reddy M L 2109 India

Manigandan S S 2109 India

Herman Jean 2105 Belgium

Zulfic Fedja 2098 Australia

Lokesh N 2090 India

Hercules Benjamin Vincent 2089 South Africa

Barbier Sigiswald 2088 Belgium

Chaithanyaa K G 2088 India

Gireman Ja 2084 India

Santos Hugo Lima 2078 Portugal

Akash Pc Iyer 2069 India

Sekar B 2061 India

Visakh Nr 2042 India

K Praneeth Surya 2036 India

Jaswant G 2036 India

Prasannaa S 2032 India

Krishna Prasad K C 2027 India

Arun J 2018 India

Yohan J 2017 India

Bukhalaf Khalil 2004 Bahrain

Correia Max Do Carmo 1970 Brazil

Bryan-Vissi Mark 1815 Cyprus

Vasli Aref 0 Iran

Ghaledar Faraz 0 Iran

Elijah Emojong 0 Uganda

World Junior Chess Championship 2011

Participants, girls U20

World Junior Chess Championship 2011 / Participants boys / Participants girls / Official website

WGM Paikidze Nazi 2416 Georgia

WGM Savina Anastasia 2398 Russia

WGM Cori T Deysi 2376 Peru

WGM Girya Olga 2371 Russia

WGM Padmini Rout 2348 India

WIM Tsatsalashvili Keti 2318 Georgia

CM Kulkarni Bhakti 2317 India

WIM Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi 2294 Azerbaijan

WIM Bulmaga Irina 2293 Romania

WIM Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi 2292 Azerbaijan

WIM Olsarova Karolina 2282 Czech Republic

WIM Eric Jovana 2282 Serbia

WIM Ozturk Kubra 2258 Turkey

WFM Kulon Klaudia 2227 Poland

WIM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2222 Kazakhstan

WIM Agrest Inna 2220 Sweden

WIM Hoang Thi Nhu Y 2204 Vietnam

Dogodkina Julia 2193 Russia

WFM Hannes Diana 2188 Germany

WFM Semenova Elena 2175 Russia

WFM Terao Juliana Sayumi 2168 Brazil

WFM Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar 2163 Mongolia

WIM Vo Thi Kim Phung 2141 Vietnam

Chandika Divyasree 2123 India

WFM Saranya J 2121 India

Tokhirjanova Hulkar 2119 Uzbekistan

WFM Bharathi R 2117 India

Deur Saric Zrinka 2116 Croatia

WFM Fataliyeva Ulviyya Hasil Qizi 2107 Azerbaijan

Forestier Carole 2101 France

Nandhidhaa Pv 2101 India

Imeeva Aisa 2094 Russia

WFM Pon Nkrithika 2075 India

WIM Heredia Serrano Carla 2072 Ecuador

WFM Romero Echeverria Abigail 2071 Ecuador

Gevorgyan Maria 2068 Armenia

Edes Zsofia 2067 Slovakia

Pratyusha Bodda 2064 India

Michelle Catherina P 2052 India

Brunello Roberta 2036 Italy

WIM Guo Emma 2029 Australia

WFM Ivana Maria Furtado 2012 India

Martinez Ayelen 2011 Argentina

Savetha C H 1992 India

A Akshaya 1966 India

Krumova Ani 1961 Bulgaria

Sithalatchumi A 1939 India

Bala Kannamma P 1931 India

Shristi J Shetty 1927 India

Shweta Gole 1922 India

Sahari J 1911 India

WFM Mahalakshmi M 1901 India

Lasya G 1898 India

Degrande Marigje 1890 Belgium

Shetye Siddhali 1890 India

WCM Mejia Salinas Lluvia Angelica 1889 Mexico

Hema Priya N 1885 India

Frayna Janelle Mae 1875 Philippines

Arunima Kalra 1867 India

Madhurima Shekhar 1854 India

Sathya Priya S V 1842 India

Anjana Krishna S 1830 India

Supriya Joshi 1829 India

Salini R 1795 India

Hansen Erle Andrea Marki 1770 Norway

Nivedhitha J G 1743 India

WCM Savant Riya 1743 India

Narenthran Savithri 1693 Australia

WCM Tejaswini Sagar 1690 India

Armenia welcomes the World Champions

World Chess Team Championship concluded yesterday in Ningbo, China

The World Chess Team Championship 2011 concluded yesterday in the New Century Grand Hotel Ningbo, China. The team of Armenia won the tournament and took the gold medal home. FIDE President obviously had a good feeling when he granted the Armenians with a wildcard for Ningbo. Armenia is also twice winner of the World Chess Olympiad (in 2006 and in 2008).

Alexander Kentler, columnist for “Sports Daily”, highlights that the Armenians’ successes are no longer surprise to anyone. With the guiding star of the ninth world champion Tigran Petrosian, who dethroned Mikhail Botvinnik in 1963, chess became the country’s national sport. Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic, is also heading the Armenian Chess Federation and recently chess lessons were introduced into the curriculum in all schools.

The players never have to be persuaded to come under the national flag, Alexander Kentler added, they are ready to give up everything for the sake of playing for the national team. It is no wonder that there are many strong players in the country, with the leader Levon Aronian being rated among the three strongest players in the world.

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This year the team was strengthened with GM Sergei Movsesian. Sergei, like Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, was born in Tbilisi, present-day Georgia. For many years he played for Slovakia, but finally settled in his native Armenia and immediately scored a superb result for the team.

Vladimir Akopian, Gabriel Sargissian and the national champion Robert Hovhannisyan complete the strong and reliable roster.

The hosting country China took silver medal with 13 match points, while the 2010 Chess Olympiad winner Ukraine claimed bronze with 12 points. Russia was in good position to overtake the bronze, but they lost to the lower-rated India in the final round.

Final standings: 1. Armenia 14 (22.5) 2. China 13 (22.5) 3. Ukraine 12 (19.5) 4. Russia 10 (21) 5. Hungary 10 (19.5) 6. USA 10 (18.5) 7. Azerbaijan 9 (19) 8. India 7 (15.5) 9. Israel 5 (13) 10. Egypt 0 (9)

The President of Armenia and President of Armenian Chess Federation Serzh Sargsyan met the world champions at the international airport “Zvartnots” on their return from China. Photos courtesy of the President’s Press Office.

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29th Andorra Chess Open

GM Kiril Georgiev takes a clear first place with 7.5 points

The 29th Andorra Chess Open was held from 16th to 24th July at the Hotel Sant Gothard, Ctra. d’Arinsal s/n. Erts (La Massana). The tournament was organized by Federació d’Escacs Valls d’Andorra. The Andorra Chess Open is valid for the “VIIIè Circuit Català d’Oberts Internacionals”.

153 players from 23 countries took participation, among them 13 Grandmasters. Besides the usually high numbers from Andorra, Spain and France, there were also large groups from The Netherlands (16) and Israel (12).

Top seed GM Kiril Georgiev grabbed the lead early on and skillfully maintained the margin to claim a clear first place with 7.5 points. Georgiev takes 2.100 EUR as a prize. The total prize fund of 10.000 EUR was distributed to 16 prizes in the general classification. Full standings bellow.

Last year winner IM Dan Zoler from Israel earned a GM norm. More information on the official website.

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GM Kiril Georgiev receiving the winner’s trophy

Andorra Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez

GM Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez takes second on best tiebreak

Andorra Dan Zoler

IM Dan Zoler

Andorra Adina-Maria Hamdouchi

Adina-Maria Hamdouchi

Andorra Carolina Malkovets vs Jan Jonker

Carolina Malkovets vs Jan Jonker

Final standings:

1. Georgiev Kiril g BUL 2654 – 7.5

2. Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis g ESP 2555 – 7

3. Narciso Dublan Marc g ESP 2544 – 7

4. Iturrizaga Eduardo g VEN 2603 – 7

5. Zoler Dan m ISR 2527 – 7

6. Damljanovic Branko g SRB 2611 – 7

7. Almeida Quintana Omar g CUB 2548 – 6.5

8. Riff Jean-Noel m FRA 2493 – 6.5

9. Kogan Artur g ISR 2548 – 6.5

10. Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos m ESP 2530 – 6.5

11. Tania Sachdev IND 2419 – 6.5

12. Marin Mihail g ROU 2548 – 6.5

13. Caspi Israel m ISR 2443 – 6

14. Gonzalez Vidal Yuri g CUB 2503 – 6

15. Hamdouchi Hicham g FRA 2628 – 6

16. Peralta Fernando g ARG 2601 – 6

17. Venkatesh M.R. m IND 2480 – 6

18. Rodriguez Guerrero Enrique g ESP 2449 – 6

19. Wegerle Joerg m GER 2446 – 6

20. Das Arghyadip m IND 2471 – 6

21. Vehi Bach Victor Manuel m ESP 2403 – 6

22. Panelo Marcelo m ARG 2413 – 6

23. Del Rio De Angelis Salvador G. g ESP 2509 – 6

24. Karasik Evgeni ISR 2249 – 6

25. Norwood David R g AND 2491 – 6

26. Mascaro March Pedro m ESP 2413 – 6

27. Jerez Perez Alfonso m ESP 2416 – 6

28. Klenburg Mikhail m UKR 2412 – 6

29. Berkovich Mark A m ISR 2396 – 5.5

30. Popilski Gil m ISR 2376 – 5.5

31. Villegas Pierre MNC 2255 – 5.5

32. Gagarin Vasilij m RUS 2428 – 5.5

33. Bas Mas Jose Joaquin ESP 2194 – 5.5

34. Porat Maya ISR 2274 – 5.5

35. Moussard Jules m FRA 2426 – 5.5

36. Nass Emile FRA 2247 – 5.5

37. Mullon Jean-Baptiste m FRA 2400 – 5.5

38. Kogan Pavel ISR 2221 – 5.5

39. Lillo Castay Victor f ESP 2281 – 5.5

40. Feys Bert BEL 2008 – 5.5

41. Priebe Jan GER 2274 – 5.5

42. Heredia Serrano Carla ECU 2072 – 5.5

43. Hamdouchi Adina-Maria FRA 2266 – 5

44. Ben Porat Or ISR 2160 – 5

45. Bykov Alexey f RUS 2278 – 5

46. Sochacki Christophe f FRA 2358 – 5

47. Oosterman Maarten-Jan NED 1992 – 5

48. Basora Pascual Lluc ESP 2178 – 5

49. Mateu Guiu Esteve AND 1945 – 5

50. Helmers Wim NED 2118 – 5

51. Muratet Casadevall Albert k ESP 2170 – 5

52. Zilverberg Jasper NED 2007 – 5

53. Silva Rodriguez Fernando ESP 2064 – 5

54. Ouwersloot Hans NED 1962 – 5

55. Buchenau Frank f GER 2237 – 5

56. Mosca Leonildo ITA 2127 – 5

57. Archangelsky Mikhail m RUS 2210 – 5

58. Hensbergen Willem NED 2110 – 5

59. Du Plessis Heinco RSA 2100 – 5

60. Lubbers Johan NED 2071 – 5

61. Benet Morant Damia ESP 1902 – 5

62. Cromsigt Jeroen NED 1935 – 5

63. Dubreuil Remy FRA 1895 – 5

64. Fernandez Vazquez Jorge ESP 1940 – 4.5

65. Albets Armengol Roland ESP 2169 – 4.5

66. Hendrix Judith NED 1757 – 4.5

67. Navarro Lopez-Menchero Daniel ESP 2165 – 4.5

68. Chauvet Vincent FRA 2032 – 4.5

69. Bautista Sanchez Joan k ESP 2184 – 4.5

70. Jose Queralto Daniel AND 2111 – 4.5

71. Lillo Ferrer Jose Maria M. ESP 2151 – 4.5

72. Santos Folch Adolfo ESP 2001 – 4.5

73. Richard Emma FRA 2050 – 4.5

74. De La Riva Aguado Jorge k ESP 2279 – 4.5

75. Rosenfeld Imre FRA 1905 – 4.5

76. Sola Plaza Gregorio ESP 2041 – 4.5

77. Verhelst Joris BEL 1832 – 4.5

78. Vink Wim NED 1980 – 4.5

79. Torrent Casado Marc AND 1665 – 4.5

80. Llaneza Vega Patricia ESP 2246 – 4.5

81. Gawle Ireneusz POL 1925 – 4.5

82. Gomez Oliveros Hilario Enrique ESP 2007 – 4.5

83. Rionda Medio Angel Arturo ESP 1978 – 4.5

84. Nieves Cabanes Javier ESP 1910 – 4.5

85. Sevenyuk Alexey BLR 1924 – 4.5

86. Marin Irina-Luiza ROU 2164 – 4

87. Ben Porat Zeev ISR 1984 – 4

88. Fernandez Lopez Joan AND 2106 – 4

89. Sanchez Dengra Jose Maria ESP 1986 – 4

90. Garcia Raul f AND 2213 – 4

91. Garcia-Blazquez Perez Manuel ESP 1936 – 4

92. Ramaekers Philippe NED 1868 – 4

93. Montiel Miguelez Manuel ESP 1937 – 4

94. Oliva Llorens Antoni ESP 1958 – 4

95. Nieves Cabanes Jose Manuel ESP 1722 – 4

96. Aguilera Quiztke Alexandra ESP 1863 – 4

97. Sterck Arno BEL 1804 – 4

98. Tuerlinckx Ben BEL 1935 – 4

99. Lloveras Hernanz Jose Antonio ESP 1790 – 4

100. Ben Porat Tal ISR 1857 – 4

101. Happel Henk f NED 2169 – 4

102. Ortiz De Latierro Olivella Aitor ESP 1848 – 4

103. Clanchet Olle Josep ESP 1782 – 4

104. Vidal Moscardo Blas ESP 1811 – 4

105. Mercier Pierre FRA 1788 – 4

106. Vos Chris NED 2097 – 4

107. Nadal Bestard Sebastia ESP 1875 – 4

108. Bas Sanchez Jose Joaquin ESP 1817 – 4

109. Marin Victor-Mihai ROU 1819 – 4

110. Merayo Lopez David ESP 1701 – 4

111. Bas Mas Miguel ESP 1830 – 3.5

112. Pericas Rechi Marc AND 1705 – 3.5

113. Lopies Andre NED 1812 – 3.5

114. Tardio Fran Emilio ESP 1901 – 3.5

115. Georgieva Emilia BUL 1975 – 3.5

116. Porat Rami ISR 1691 – 3.5

117. Gorgues Valle Jose Maria AND 1827 – 3.5

118. Elizondo Market Juan Marcos ESP 1892 – 3.5

119. Porte Jacques FRA 1550 – 3.5

120. Heiremans Manon BEL 0 – 3.5

121. Van Hille Reinout BEL 1772 – 3

122. Casanovas Cantarero Eric AND 1698 – 3

123. Zamora Alarcon Juli ESP 1863 – 3

124. Van Hauwermeiren Kwinten BEL 1728 – 3

125. Pampliega Canturri Antoni ESP 1912 – 3

126. Jansat Mir Arnau AND 1542 – 3

127. Vyvyan Philippe FRA 1724 – 3

128. Melcon Diez Enrique ESP 1684 – 3

129. Witt Holger GER 1608 – 3

130. Tormo Bas Gonzalo ESP 1645 – 3

131. Vera Juan Andreu ESP 1683 – 3

132. De Bruin Joost NED 1778 – 3

133. Lopez Pla Francesc Asis AND 1570 – 3

134. Nieves Pamplona Juan Miguel ESP 1520 – 3

135. Moscoso Rodriguez Joan AND 1830 – 2.5

136. Van Steenwinckel Hugo BEL 1818 – 2.5

137. Smeets Frits NED 0 – 2.5

138. Adriaans Mario NED 0 – 2.5

139. Nielsen Erik Rene DEN 1834 – 2.5

140. Munoz Medina Francisco ESP 1516 – 2.5

141. Riba Rivert Valenti AND 0 – 2.5

142. Heiremans Guillaume BEL 0 – 2.5

143. Da Rocha Soares Diana ESP 1577 – 2.5

144. Idoate Arrazurria Ricardo ESP 1573 – 2.5

145. Karsenty Madeleine FRA 1401 – 2.5

146. Jonker Jan FRA 1528 – 2

147. Galera Serra Maria AND 0 – 2

148. Melcon Mediavilla Rodrigo ESP 0 – 2

149. Lacuesta Malkovets Carolina AND 0 – 2

150. Trojman Gea Alex AND 0 – 2

151. Salvador Duch Xabier ESP 0 – 2

152. Lacuesta Malkovets Julia AND 0 – 1

153. Monell Camarasa David AND 2206 – 1

Wesley So Wins Philippines National Chess Championship

Grandmaster norms for Bitoon and Barbosa

Filipino chess prodigy Wesley So clinched the Battle of the Grandmasters title by winning the National Championship round robin tournament which ended 23rd July in Manila, Philippines.

The 17-year-old grandmaster from Bacoor, Cavite formalized his claim to the title at the National Press Club (NPC) in Manila.

So finished with a total of nine points, a full point ahead of his closest rivals in the tournament supported by Pilipinas Shell, Manila Pavilion Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, NPC, “Remate” and “Hataw” (JSY Publication).

It was his fourth straight triumph in as many tries in the Battle of the Grandmasters, a brainchild of National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) Chairman/President Prospero A. Pichay, Jr.

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NCFP Chairman/President Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. watching over the game of Wesley So at the National Press Club in Manila

The country’s highest rated player won his first four matches and cruised from there. He earned P150,000 for his effort.

“This is a very tough tournament. It may look easy because I led from the start. But we know that until the final round I was not sure of becoming champion,” said So.

With So already out of reach, GM Eugene Torre and International Master Oliver Barbosa quickly split the point against their respective opponents. Both Torre and Barbosa finished with 8 points, but the latter nabbed the runner-up honors through the win-over-the-other rule.

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Woman FIDE Master (FM) Rulp Ylem Jose retained the title in the women’s division. She finished with 9.0 points to collect the P40,000 top prize.

International Masters (IM) Richard Bitoon and Oliver Barbosa earned their grandmaster norms in the 9th round. Bitoon and Barbosa now each have two GM norms under their belt.

Bitoon got his first during the 2008 Singapore International Open while Barbosa earned his during the 10th Asian Continental Individual Chess Championships last May.

1st Hangzhou Women Grandmaster Chess Tournament

Ju Wenjun convincing winner with 6,5 points

The 1st Hangzhou Women Grandmaster Chess Tournament was held from 13th to 23rd July in Hangzhou, China. Ten top women players competed in the round robin event that is concurrent with the World Chess Team Championship in Ningbo, also in China.

The 2010 China chess champion Ju Wenjun signed a couple of important victories in the middle of tournament and drew the final three games to preserve the first place, leaving the second-placed Harika Dronavalli a full point behind. Both Ju and Harika earned Grandmaster norms.

Women’s World Champion Yifan Hou had a bumpy ride and only the win in the final round got her rounded at 50% score.

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Ju Wenjun

Final standings:

1 WGM Ju Wenjun CHN 2515 – 6.5

2 IM Harika Dronavalli IND 2513 – 5.5

3 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2470 – 5

4 GM Kosintseva Nadezhda RUS 2560 – 5

5 GM Zhu Chen QAT 2485 – 4.5

6 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2575 – 4.5

7 GM Sebag Marie FRA 2510 – 4.5

8 GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2537 – 4

9 GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2557 – 3

10 IM Zatonskih Anna USA 2522 – 2.5

World Cup 2011 pairings (updated)

The 2011 Chess World Cup pairings announced by FIDE

World Chess Cup 2011

The World Chess Cup 2011 will take place 26.08-21.09 in Khanty Mansiysk. It is a knock out competition and includes 128 players. The winner qualifies for the next World Chess Championship Candidates event.

The World Cup 2011 is a long event, where the winner has to progress through seven consecutive match victories and possible tiebreaks to reach the top position. However, the competition also has one of the biggest prize funds, amounting to 1.6$ million.

Last year’s winner Boris Gelfand went on to win the Candidates matches and will play the World Chess Championship 2012.

Update: All pairings have been updated, in the first official FIDE report GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky was mixed with FM Quesada Perez Yasser.

Pairings

1 GM Karjakin, Sergey RUS – IM Kaabi, Mejdi TUN

2 GM Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR – FM Steel, Henry Robert RSA

3 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE – Ibrahim, Hatim EGY

4 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR – IM Gwaze, Robert ZIM

5 GM Gashimov, Vugar AZE – IM Hansen, Eric CAN

6 GM Grischuk, Alexander RUS – IM Genba, Vladimir RUS

7 GM Radjabov, Teimour AZE – GM De La Paz Perdomo, Frank CUB

8 GM Kamsky, Gata USA – IM Di Berardino, Diego Rafael BRA

9 GM Svidler, Peter RUS – GM Lima, Darcy BRA

10 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS – GM Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE

11 GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS – GM Bezgodov, Alexei RUS

12 GM Almasi, Zoltan HUN – GM El Gindy, Essam EGY

13 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP – GM Cori, Jorge PER

14 GM Navara, David CZE – GM Kabanov, Nikolai RUS

15 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA – GM Rahman, Ziaur BAN

16 GM Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB – GM Moradiabadi, Elshan IRI

17 GM Wang, Hao CHN – GM Ivanov, Alexander USA

18 GM Leko, Peter HUN – GM Shankland, Samuel L USA

19 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR – GM Esen, Baris TUR

20 GM Le, Quang Liem VIE – GM Megaranto, Susanto INA

21 GM Adams, Michael ENG – GM Paragua, Mark PHI

22 GM Shirov, Alexei ESP – GM Leon Hoyos, Manuel MEX

23 GM Jobava, Baadur GEO – GM Guliyev, Namig AZE

24 GM Caruana, Fabiano ITA – GM Pridorozhni, Aleksei RUS

25 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS – IM Ortiz Suarez, Isan Reynald CUB

26 GM Bacrot, Etienne FRA – GM Robson, Ray USA

27 GM Wang, Yue CHN – GM Fier, Alexandr BRA

28 GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS – GM Zhao, Zong-Yuan AUS

29 GM Efimenko, Zahar UKR – GM Babula, Vlastimil CZE

30 GM Malakhov, Vladimir RUS – GM Felgaer, Ruben ARG

31 GM Sutovsky, Emil ISR – GM Vorobiov, Evgeny E. RUS

32 GM Movsesian, Sergei ARM – GM Hou, Yifan CHN

33 GM Polgar, Judit HUN – GM Corrales Jimenez, Fidel CUB

34 GM Fressinet, Laurent FRA – GM Jumabayev, Rinat KAZ

35 GM Eljanov, Pavel UKR – GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav UKR

36 GM Berkes, Ferenc HUN – GM Mareco, Sandro ARG

37 GM Andreikin, Dmitry RUS – GM Kazhgaleyev, Murtas KAZ

38 GM Morozevich, Alexander RUS – GM Halkias, Stelios GRE

39 GM Zhigalko, Sergei BLR – GM Filippov, Anton UZB

40 GM Riazantsev, Alexander RUS – GM Bluvshtein, Mark CAN

41 GM Motylev, Alexander RUS – GM Drozdovskij, Yuri UKR

42 GM Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL – GM Pashikian, Arman ARM

43 GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS – GM Shulman, Yuri USA

44 GM Nielsen, Peter Heine DEN – GM Postny, Evgeny ISR

45 GM Grachev, Boris RUS – GM Romanov, Evgeny RUS

46 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS – GM Salgado Lopez, Ivan ESP

47 GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE – GM Gupta, Abhijeet IND

48 GM Kobalia, Mikhail RUS – GM Lysyj, Igor RUS

49 GM Bologan, Viktor MDA – GM Socko, Bartosz POL

50 GM Bu, Xiangzhi CHN – GM Adly, Ahmed EGY

51 GM Onischuk, Alexander USA – GM Ivanisevic, Ivan SRB

52 GM Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB – GM Quesada Perez, Yuniesky CUB

53 GM Yu, Yangyi CHN – GM Parligras, Mircea-Emilian ROU

54 GM Korobov, Anton UKR – GM Zhou, Jianchao CHN

55 GM Harikrishna, P. IND – GM Rodshtein, Maxim ISR

56 GM Li, Chao b CHN – GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son VIE

57 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB – GM Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ROU

58 GM Akopian, Vladimir ARM – GM Negi, Parimarjan IND

59 GM Feller, Sebastien FRA – GM Iordachescu, Viorel MDA

60 GM Timofeev, Artyom RUS – GM Azarov, Sergei BLR

61 GM Ni, Hua CHN – GM Khairullin, Ildar RUS

62 GM Fridman, Daniel GER – GM Lupulescu, Constantin ROU

63 GM Alekseev, Evgeny RUS – GM Ragger, Markus AUT

64 GM So, Wesley PHI – GM Ding, Liren CHN

FIDE Trainers’ Commission – FIDE Trainer Awards 2010

Awarding ceremony will take place during the FIDE Congress in Krakow

The FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG) is pleased to announce the winners of the third FIDE Trainer Awards. The awarding ceremony will take place during the FIDE Congress in Krakow 15-22.10.2011. A ‘Tree of Chess’ sculpture (http://trainers.fide.com/awards-hall-of-fame.html) and a diploma will be given to each of the five (5) winners.

A judges’ panel consisted of seven (7) members, with reputation and knowledge in the field of training:

1. Ignatius Leong (Singapore) – FIDE General Secretary

2. Ali Nihat Yazici (Turkey) – FIDE Vice-President

3. Israel Gelfer (Israel) – FIDE Honorary Vice-President

4. Uwe Boensch (Germany) – GM/FST TRG Councillor

5. Jovan Petronic (Serbia) – IM/FST TRG Councillor

6. Alonso Zapata (Colombia) – GM/FST TRG Member

7. Smbat Lputian (Armenia) – GM/FST

TRG Awards 2010-1

Previous awarding ceremony took place during the 2010 Chess Olympiad

Awards

1. Botvinnik Mikhail medal – for men’s trainer or captain, for best results in men competitions where World Championships and Olympiads are valued foremost, to be considered too are long standing high results.

2. Furman Symeon medal – for women’s trainer or captain, similar to Botvinnik medal but applicable to women’s competitions.

3. Euwe Max medal – for juniors trainer, for best results in junior competitions, to be considered are world and continental championships plus founder of famous chess schools, training programs, and academies.

4. Boleslavsky Isaac medal – for best book which instructional values are remarkable, and to be considered are also series of articles, instructional computer software, and programs for development of players.

5. Petrosian Tigran medal – for a special achievement over the last years.

Winners’ List 2010

Medals:

Botvinnik Mikhail (Men Trainer) – Tukmakov Vladimir (UKR)

Furman Symeon (Women Trainer) – Dokhoian Yury (RUS)

Euwe Max (Juniors Trainer) – Bykhovsky Anatoly (RUS)

Boleslavsky Isaac (Author) – Dvoretsky Mark (RUS)

Petrosian Tigran (Special Achiev.) – Illescas Miguel (ESP)

Hall of Fame – Chebanenko Vyachaslev (MOL), Koblenz Aleksandr (LAT) and Zaitsev Igor (RUS)

Cinderella and the Chess Queen

By Lisa Suhay

polgar girls

Cinderella is alive, black and living in San Francisco’s foster care system right now.

Her name is Dyhemia, age 16, a talented chess player currently dug so deep in the system it took a top police detective to track her and pass on the news that she was selected to compete in the prestigious Susan Polgar Girls’ Invitational in Texas which begins July 24th.

I know this because this girl is a Hip-Hop Chess Federation player, selected on the recommendation of her mentor, HHCF Founder Adisa Banjoko and myself. We run free chess play, lessons and Life Strategies mentoring for at-risk children as unfunded volunteers.

Susan Polgar told me she has a single remaining Wild Card invitation to give to a deserving, unknown player. I remembered all the tales Adisa has told me over the years about Dyhemia.

It seemed like such a simple good deed to help facilitate. I called Adisa he gave agreed this was a great choice. Polgar and her board issued the invitation. All that was left to do was give her the good news and find someone to buy a plane ticket and donate the $500 for room and board for the 6-day intensive chess training and competition where girls learn to improve their game and then play for scholarships to Texas Tech University, plus prizes.

If anyone deserves a shot it is this girl who has known too many people interested in hurting, or renting her body, but few willing to invest in her mind. She has been a runaway and victim, never a winner.

Sadly, after a week Adisa called to tell me the girl could not be found. Everyone she knew was stumped and the Foster system was proving impenetrable. All was lost.

The weight of responsibility was crushing as I sat down to call Polgar and decline the invitation. Instead of dialing I sat at the computer and shook Google until, searching image files, a three-year-old missing child flyer from the San Francisco Police Department fell into my virtual lap. Adisa confirmed it was the right girl. She was known for running from foster homes, a walking lost and found. Not an uncommon occurrence in any system.

I called the number on the flyer and was transferred to Head Detective Joseph Carroll of the Missing Persons Unit. “I am going to make the strangest request you are going to get all week,” I said. He laughed.

After hearing all about this Cinderella story the hard-bitten city detective, who has seen more than his share of unhappy endings, came to a decision that changed the game, “I am going to find this girl. Let’s see if we can make something happen.”

Within 30-minutes he called and said, “I have a line on her.” Two days later I was talking to the head of Social Services who, after expressing much skepticism at the notion of a street-smart teen attending the nation’s most prestigious chess event for girls, agreed to allow her to attend. Multiple systems are in place to keep her safe, sound and mentored by women throughout the trip.

Cinderella can go to the ball, but…she needs a fairy Godparent to pay her way.

I believe God is a chess player and He didn’t run this whole gambit without a solid closing strategy. Problem is The Lord plays Blitz chess and the clock is ticking.

Someone reading this story right now is the one who is supposed to make the next move that makes this girl a winner. Maybe it’s a “simul,” the kind of game where one Grand Master simultaneously plays dozens of players at once. In that case we’re all in this game. We’re all invested in the outcome so let’s each invest a dollar in Dyhemia.

*A special Cinderella Fund has been set-up at The Susan Polgar Foundation: 6923 Indiana Ave., Suite 154, Lubbock, Tx. 79413. This is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Lisa Suhay is a children’s author and volunteer with the Hip-Hop Chess Federation. More at:

http://www.chessdailynews.com/2011/06/8th-annual-susan-polgar-girls_15.html
http://www.chessdailynews.com/2011/07/cinderella-and-chess-queen.html