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Foisor upsets Krush, Onischuk and Christiansen win

U.S. Chess Championships report by FM Mike Klein

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The first round of the 2011 U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship concluded late Friday night at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. A scattering of wins greatly buoyed hopes of national titles for some, but most players got off to a walking start as eight of the 12 games ended in draws. The championships involve preliminary round-robins and finals and conclude April 28.

The most surprising result sprung from the Women’s Championship. Woman Grandmaster Sabina Foisor, playing Black, derailed defending champion Irina Krush’s attempt to get off to a fast start. Facing serious pressure on her king, International Master Krush slipped up and allowed a devastating rook invasion that netted Foisor a queen. Krush resigned the game but still has plenty of time to qualify for the finals after the preliminary round-robin portion of the event. Foisor said she was not happy that the drawing of placements earned her a first-round matchup with Krush. She said she fears being the last-place finisher but that ignominy will be unlikely after starting with a win.

Woman FIDE Master Tatev Abrahamyan joined Foisor atop the leaderboard with a long win against Woman Grandmaster Camilla Baginskaite. Abrahamyan, who is the most improved player in the field since last year’s event, used the centuries-old Evans Gambit to gain space. After a little more than five hours, she eked out a win in the endgame. The two played the longest game of the first round.

Other winners included one of the pre-tournament favorites, Grandmaster Alexander Onischuk. Ranked second, Onischuk grabbed a pawn and survived the complications against Ben Finegold, the Grandmaster-in-Residence of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The local player initially thought his g-pawn was taboo until it was captured, then he changed his mind. Finegold tried to justify his early pawn sacrifice by tossing in two more pawns, but Onischuk coolly captured them all and lived to tell the tale. “I was happy that Ben played fighting chess, ” Onischuk said. “It gives me chances.”

The final decisive game came from two stalwarts of the U.S. Championship. Three-time winner Grandmaster Larry Christiansen united his pieces harmoniously and crashed through four-time champion GM Alex Shabalov’s defense. The 54-year-old Christiansen, who won his first championship in 1980, joked continuously about his advancing age. “The younger Larry would’ve sacked on f5 at some point, but with such a beautiful position, why?” he said. He said his daily routine is getting upset by the tournament. “I’m always getting up early. Spanish-time kind of guy. Only I can’t take a siesta here. This is grueling. I can’t wait for the free day already.” The player’s rest day will come after round seven.

In a case of the headline not explaining the story, the two-thirds of the games that resulted in draws produced their own dramatic moments as well. The younger players had a particularly incendiary day.

Tournament rookie and youngest competitor IM Daniel Naroditsky saw his h-file attack rebuffed. The 15-year-old then gathered himself to split the point in a worse endgame against GM Jaan Ehlvest, who was once the third-best player in the world. “Of course I was nervous,” Naroditsky said. Once the game began his focus quelled his jitters almost instantly he said. His gangbuster attack on the kingside ended with Ehlvest’s saavy queen-trade antidote. On missing 27…Qe7, the teenager chastised his own blindness. “I just told myself, ‘Okay, I’m an idiot.’” Then Naroditsky doubled down on defense and held the balance.

The most complicated draw of the day was turned in by reigning U.S. Junior Champion and GM-elect Sam Shankland and Samford Fellowship recipient GM Robert Hess,. In the analysis room after the game, Shankland spewed a multitude of variations rapidly, concluding after each that he had “no idea what is going on.” Hess has surprised opponents in the opening in St. Louis before, and this round was no different, as he essayed the King’s Indian Defense for the first time in his career. “The King’s Indian is essentially the only thing I wasn’t prepared for,” Shankland said. Reflecting on a decision late in the game to activate his rook with 25. Rc2, Shankland said, “The question is, ‘Do I get mated or do I queen my d-pawn?’ And I’m still not sure.” Both men seemed satisfied with the result.

In another heavily-anticipated match, GM Yasser Seirawan came out of retirement and played a fighting draw against longtime rival and friend GM Gregory Kaidanov. Seirawan had not played in a U.S. Championship or a tournament of any kind since 2003. “I fell for my old weakness of grabbing a pawn,” Seirawan said. Kaidanov is mostly a chess instructor these days but many pundits still claim him to be the best American never to have won a U.S. Championship. Speaking to his opponent after the game, Kaidanov joked, “I thought I would confuse you by playing recklessly and carelessly.”

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Gata Kamsky

Defending champion GM Gata Kamsky could not engineer much action as Black against GM Alexander Ivanov’s stale Four-Knights Opening, and the two earned a draw without much conflict. Other drawn games included past champions GM Yury Shulman and GM Alex Stripunsky. GM Varuzhan Akobian has a huge lifetime score against GM Ray Robson, but Robson was able to hold the draw in round one.

The final two women’s games also ended in draws. IM Rusudan Goletiani’s extra pawn was not enough against WIM Iryna Zenyuk. Top-rated IM Anna Zatonskih equalized against FM Alisa Melekhina, even though the latter carried a slight plus into the endgame.

After the first week of play, the two championships will advance their top players to the finals. The U.S. Championship is split into two groups of eight players each while the U.S. Women’s Championship has one group of eight players. The top two players from each group of the U.S. Championhsip advance to the finals and the top four women will advance to a quad knockout to determine the U.S. Women’s Champion.

The two events continue Saturday at 2:00 p.m. local time. Official website / Live games with computer analysis

Women’s World Chess Championship – Round One

Chinese players successful in tiebreak games, creating more upsets

The first round of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2010 concluded Monday with the exciting tiebreak games, after which 32 competitors qualified for the next stage. Chinese players dominated the quick tempo and even produced a couple of upsets.

Ruan Lufei (2480) confidently outplayed Camilla Baginskaite (2336), while Hoang Thanh Trang from Hungary (2473) proved too strong for Ding Yixin (2370). In the meantime, Zhang Xiaowen (2339) stunned Lilit Mkrtchian from Armenia (2479) by winning both rapid games, and Huang Qian (2402) eliminated Anna Ushenina (2460). Both Mkrtchian and Ushenina advanced as far as to quarterfinals in the previous WWCC in Nalchik 2008.

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Ruan Lufei and Camilla Baginskaite during the tiebreak match

Previously in the mini-matches with classical time control, Baira Kovanova surprised her higher-rated compatriot Natalija Pogonina and moved ahead after a clean 2-0 victory. Russians directed more drama as Tatiana Shadrina knocked GM Elina Danielan, also with 2-0, and Evgenija Ovod used the advantage of white pieces to walk past Shen Yang.

The reigning European champion Pia Cramling got herself eliminated by forgetting to make 40th move in the second game against Betul Yildiz. First game was drawn and the Swedish star didn’t even have a chance to contest the tiebreaks.

Australian representative Arianne Caoili didn’t appear for the first round and Iweta Rajlich couldn’t take off from Poland because Warsaw airport was closed.

More information on the official website

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Anna Ushenina and Huang Qian

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Russia Superfinal – Round One

Grischuk and Khismatullin win, no draws in women section

The Russian Superfinal started on Sunday with the games of the first round. All players were in good mood and we witnessed a fierce struggle for every point. Alexander Grischuk defeated the European champion Evgeny Tomashevsky in a long game with lots of maneuvering and Denis Khismatullin broke Alexander Riazantsev’s resistance after combined pressure on both wings. The other games in the men section ended in draws.

In the women section all games finished with decisive scores. Natalia Pogonina punished opponent’s opening experiment and earned an express victory. The top-seeded Tatiana Kosintseva gained early initiative with black pieces, but Anastasia Bodnaruk suddenly rose to penetrate with heavy pieces to the 7th rank and Kosintseva had no choice but to sign the scoresheet.

Round one (men):

Denis Khismatullin – Alexander Riazantsev 1-0

Peter Svidler – Nikita Vitiugov draw

Alexander Grischuk – Evgeny Tomashevsky 1-0

Sanan Sjugirov – Evgeny Alekseev draw

Artyom Timofeev – Dmitry Jakovenko draw

Round one (women):

Natalia Pogonina – Marina Romanko 1-0

Maria Manakova – Elena Zaiatz 0-1

Alisa Galliamova – Tatiana Stepovaia 1-0

Nadezhda Kosintseva – Valentina Gunina 1-0

Anastasia Bodnaruk – Tatiana Kosintseva 1-0

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Nikita Vitiugov

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Evgeny Alekseev

Round two games are set for Monday, follow the games live on the official website.


Serbia Chess League – Round One

1-11th September in Hotel Šumarice, Kragujevac

Serbian Premier Chess League has started yesterday with 12 teams taking participation. The event is being held on 1-11th September in Hotel “Šumarice”, Kragujevac, which was also the venue of the last individual chess championship. Novosadski sah klub, with Israeli GM Emil Sutovsky repeating his appearance on board one, is defending the last year’s title, first in the club’s long history. Other contestants for the trophy are Beograd Beopublikum, VSK Sveti Nikolaj and Smederevo Premier.

Round two is in progress and 12 top games are being relayed live on the official website

Round 1 results

Mladenovac 1 – 5 Beograd Beopublikum

FM Jovanovic Sasa M 2293 0 : 1 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij 2690

Dudukovic Nikola 2210 0 : 1 GM Vuckovic Bojan 2600

FM Maric Dragan 2267 0 : 1 GM Miladinovic Igor 2547

Milutinovic Dejan D 2069 ½ : ½ GM Cabrilo Goran 2492

Nikcevic Branko 2153 ½ : ½ GM Jeremic Veljko 2494

Senic Branko 2149 0 : 1 GM Savic Miodrag R 2545

Lasta 2½ – 3½ SSK SK Premier

GM Pavlovic Milos 2533 ½ : ½ GM Rublevsky Sergei 2703

GM Halkias Stelios 2570 ½ : ½ GM Perunovic Milos 2572

IM Brenjo Slavisa 2495 ½ : ½ GM Milanovic Danilo 2533

IM Marinkovic Ivan 2461 ½ : ½ GM Ilincic Zlatko 2474

IM Ostojic Nikola 2412 ½ : ½ IM Pavlovic Milos M 2533

IM Benkovic Petar 2463 0 : 1 IM Tadic Branko 2532

Novosadski sah klub DDOR 3½ – 2½ Nis

GM Sutovsky Emil 2676 0 : 1 GM Predojevic Borki 2654

GM Solak Dragan 2583 ½ : ½ GM Marjanovic Slavoljub 2480

GM Markus Robert 2608 1 : 0 GM Martinovic Slobodan 2452

GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2562 ½ : ½ IM Miljkovic Miroslav D 2467

GM Popovic Dusan 2552 1 : 0 IM Perunovic Miodrag 2439

GM Popovic Petar 2496 ½ : ½ IM Maksimovic Branimir 2421

Spartak Merkur 2½ – 3½ VSK Sveti Nikolaj Srpski

GM Berkes Ferenc 2663 ½ : ½ GM Sokolov Ivan 2657

GM Sedlak Nikola 2571 ½ : ½ GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2614

IM Roganovic Milos 2474 0 : 1 GM Damljanovic Branko 2559

IM Leskur Dejan 2428 1 : 0 GM Stojanovic Mihajlo 2584

Nadj Hedjesi Balind 2454 ½ : ½ GM Pikula Dejan 2562

FM Popov Sinisa S 2455 0 : 1 GM Strikovic Aleksa 2512

Politika PEP 2½ – 3½ Sloga

GM Bologan Viktor 2688 ½ : ½ GM Sakaev Konstantin 2625

GM Drazic Sinisa 2518 0 : 1 GM Paunovic Dragan 2556

IM Pap Misa 2484 ½ : ½ IM Arsovic Zoran 2468

IM Laketic Gojko 2479 0 : 1 GM Rajkovic Dusan 2472

IM Nestorovic Dejan 2434 ½ : ½ IM Arsovic Goran 2439

IM Nestorovic Nikola 2412 1 : 0 Sarenac Ivan 2353

Radnicki 3 – 3 Agronom

GM Efimenko Zahar 2654 ½ : ½ GM Kosic Dragan 2495

GM Abramovic Bosko 2471 ½ : ½ IM Zlatic Mihailo 2456

GM Barlov Dragan 2471 ½ : ½ IM Dragojlovic Andjelko 2402

IM Novoselski Zoran 2412 ½ : ½ FM Saric Sinisa 2418

IM Aleksic Nenad 2374 ½ : ½ Grujic Zoran 2347

Pavlovic Goran 2374 ½ : ½ FM Sekulic Dusan 2295


Zonal Tournament 2.5 – Round One

10-18 June, Asuncion, Paraguay

The Zonal 2.5, a qualification tournament for the World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk, has started in Paraguay. 33 players from Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay will compete in the event.

Two of the top seeded players, GM Diego Flores (champion of Argentina) and GM Pablo Lafuente, did not win their round one games. Diego Flores made a draw with white against untitled local Alejandro Riline, while Pablo Lafuente even lost against Fabian Pereira.

In the women section, which is a qualification for the World Chess Championship, the dominance of the Argentinian players was total. The champion of Argentina, Maria Florencia Fernandez, defeated Camila Colombo, while IM Carolina Lujan had no problems with Maiza Nejansky.

Official website

Zonal 2.5 round 1

1 FLORES DIEGO 1/2-1/2 RILINE ALEJANDRO

2 ZACARIAS RUBEN 0-1 FELGAER RUBEN

3 BACHMANN AXEL 1-0 DANERI MARTIN

4 BUTTI ENRIQUE 0-1 MOROVIC FERNANDEZ IV

5 RODRIGUEZ ANDRES 1-0 DEL PUERTO RODRIGO

6 PEREIRA FABIAN 1-0 LAFUENTE PABLO

7 LEMOS DAMIAN 1-0 GOIRIZ DAMIAN

8 SARTORI SERGIO 0-1 MARECO SANDRO

9 CUBAS JOSE FERNANDO 1-0 LATORRE MATIAS

10 VILLALBA MARCELO 0-1 LOPEZ SILVA HUGO

11 PIERROT FACUNDO 1-0 GAMARRA RAMON

12 BENITEZ JOSE 0-1 VALDES ESCOBAR

13 ROSELLI BERNARDO 1-0 PEREZ FERLONI JOSE

14 ROMAN RODRIGO 1-0 CARDENAS GARCIA

15 KROPFF RICARDO 1-0 NOVOA FERNANDO

16 HEINICHEN JOHN 0-1 DEMARI JUAN PABLO

17 ZARATE FERNANDO 1-0 Bye

Zonal 2.5 round 1, women

1 Leticia Ávalos PAR 0-1 Mariza Zuriel ARG

2 Camila Colombo URU 0-1 Fernández Florencia ARG

3 Maiza Nejansky ARG 0-1 Carolina Luján ARG

4 Maria De Los Ángeles Plazaola ARG 1-0 Jannette Quiñonez Mena CHI

5 María José Toro CHI 0-1 Gabriela Vargas PAR

6 Dalila Pérez PAR 1-0 Bye

17th Sigeman Tournament has started

Nigel Short and Ivan Sokolov with wins in first round

The 2009 Sigeman Co Chess Tournament opened today with games of the first round. The five-games round robin tournament is ongoing until 7th June. The playing venue is classical Hipp Theater in central Malmo, for the twelfth time.

Two top seeded Grandmasters, Nigel Short of England and Ivan Sokolov of Bosnia and Herzegovina, have started with wins against local contenders Emanuel Berg and Tiger Hillarp Persson respectively. Berg defended with Sicilian Kan, but Short probably surprised him with an early 7.a4, on which Black failed to respond immediately 7…b6, as suggested in recently published book by another Swedish Grandmaster Johan Hellsten.

Third Swedish participant, 16-years old IM Nils Grandelius, held strong Finnish GM Tomi Nybäck to a draw.

Round 1 results:

GM Nigel Short (ENG 2674) – GM Emanuel Berg (SWE 2610) 1-0

GM Tiger Hillarp Persson (SWE 2618) – GM Ivan Sokolov (BIH 2669) 0-1

GM Tomi Nybäck (FIN 2655) – IM Nils Grandelius (SWE 2491) draw

Round 2 pairings:

GM Tomi Nybäck (FIN 2655) – GM Nigel Short (ENG 2674)

GM Emanuel Berg (SWE 2610) – GM Tiger Hillarp Persson (SWE 2618)

IM Nils Grandelius (SWE 2491) – GM Ivan Sokolov (BIH 2669)

Official website


Humpy Koneru Starting Strong

Women Grand Prix in Istanbul

GM Humpy Koneru of India, the top-seeded contender in the first Women Grand Prix, had a romping start and scored two consecutive wins against very strong opposition – GM Pia Cramling and IM Elina Danielian. IM Martha Fierro and GM Antoaneta Stefanova, who drew their 2nd round game, are joined by Chinese duo GM Zhao Xue and GM Hou Yifan on the second place tie.

The tournament has just started, only two rounds have been played, and we can expect lots of excitement in the remaining rounds. Many will disagree, but compared to men events, women are playing sharper and their games are more interesting.

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GM Humpy Koneru

Round 1 results:

GM CRAMLING Pia 2548 0 – 1 GM KONERU Humpy 2621

WIM YILDIZ Betul Cemre 2214 0 – 1 GM STEFANOVA Antoaneta 2557

IM FIERRO Baquero Martha L. 2403 1 – 0 WGM MAMEDJAROVA Zeinab 2362

GM HOU Yifan 2571 ½ – ½ GM CHIBURDANIDZE Maia 2516

GM ZHAO Xue 2508 1 – 0 WGM SHEN Yang 2448

GM SEBAG Marie 2529 0 – 1 IM DANIELIAN Elina 2496

Round 2 results:

GM KONERU Humpy 2621 1 – 0 IM DANIELIAN Elina 2496

WGM SHEN Yang 2448 ½ – ½ GM SEBAG Marie 2529

GM CHIBURDANIDZE Maia 2516 ½ – ½ GM ZHAO Xue 2508

WGM MAMEDJAROVA Zeinab 2362 0 – 1 GM HOU Yifan 2571

GM STEFANOVA Antoaneta 2557 ½ – ½ IM FIERRO Baquero Martha L. 2403

GM CRAMLING Pia 2548 1 – 0 WIM YILDIZ Betul Cemre 2214

Round 2 standings:

GM Humpy Koneru 2621 IND – 2.0

IM Martha Fierro Baquero 2403 ECU – 1½

GM Antoaneta Stefanova 2557 BUL – 1½

GM Zhao Xue 2508 CHN – 1½

GM Hou Yifan 2571 CHN – 1½

GM Maia Chiburdanidze 2516 GEO – 1.0

IM Elina Danielian 2496 ARM – 1.0

GM Pia Cramling 2548 SWE – 1.0

GM Marie Sebag 2529 FRA – ½

WGM Shen Yang 2448 CHN – ½

WIM Betul Cemre Yildiz 2214 TUR – 0.0

WGM Zeinab Mamedyarova 2362 AZE – 0.0

Round 3 pairings:

WIM YILDIZ Betul Cemre 2214 - GM KONERU Humpy 2621

IM FIERRO Baquero Martha L. 2403 - GM CRAMLING Pia 2548

GM HOU Yifan 2571 - GM STEFANOVA Antoaneta 2557

GM ZHAO Xue 2508 - WGM MAMEDJAROVA Zeinab 2362

GM SEBAG Marie 2529 - GM CHIBURDANIDZE Maia 2516

IM DANIELIAN Elina 2496 - WGM SHEN Yang 2448

Official website


Women Individual Chess Championship starts in St. Petersburg

round 1 results

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Anna Muzhychuk

The Women Individual Chess Championship has started today. The top seeded IM Anna Muzhychuk had a minor setback at the start and could not overcome the solid defence of WIM Andriasian. A similar story happened with several other players – the third seeded IM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant who was held to a draw by WIM Tarasova, IM Tatiana Kosintseva shared the point with WGM Wagener, while WGM Zhukova signed the same result with WIM Kirillova.

There were a few more draws, but no surprising defeats (right the opposite is happening in the men’s tournament!). Scroll sown for full results of round 1.

Official site http://wiecc2009.com

1 WIM Andriasian Siranush ½ – ½ IM Muzychuk Anna

2 GM Dzagnidze Nana 1 – 0 WIM Akatova Ekaterina

3 WIM Tarasova Viktoriya ½ – ½ IM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan

4 IM Ushenina Anna 1 – 0 WIM Fakhiridou Ekaterini

5 WGM Wagener Anna ½ – ½ IM Kosintseva Tatiana

6 WGM Zhukova Natalia ½ – ½ WIM Kirillova Varvara

7 WFM Arabidze Meri 0 – 1 GM Lahno Kateryna

8 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 1 – 0 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan

9 WIM Dolgova Olga ½ – ½ WGM Pogonina Natalija

10 GM Peng Zhaoqin 1 – 0 WGM Huda Maryana

11 WGM Shaidullina Sandugach 0 – 1 IM Mkrtchian Lilit

12 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 1 – 0 WIM Tsatsalashvili Keti

13 WIM Ambartsumova Karina 0 – 1 WGM Romanko Marina

14 IM Gaponenko Inna 1 – 0 WIM Umudova Nargiz

15 WGM Eidelson Rakhil 0 – 1 GM Socko Monika

16 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina 1 – 0 WIM Ivakhinova Inna

17 Lelekova Olga 0 – 1 IM Lomineishvili Maia

18 IM Ovod Evgenija 1 – 0 WIM Danelia Mariam

19 WFM Bogumil Tatiana 0 – 1 IM Muzychuk Mariya

20 IM Matveeva Svetlana 1 – 0 Bezgodova Svetlana

21 WGM Kouvatsou Maria 0 – 1 IM Melia Salome

22 IM Khurtsidze Nino ½ – ½ WIM Limontaite Simona

23 WIM Makka Ioulia 0 – 1 IM Khukhashvili Sopiko

24 WGM Shadrina Tatiana ½ – ½ WIM Papadopoulou Vera

25 WFM Butuc Maria 0 – 1 IM Foisor Cristina-Adela

26 IM Peptan Corina-Isabela ½ – ½ Hairapetian Anna

27 WFM Mammadova Gulnar 0 – 1 IM Rajlich Iweta

28 WGM Kovanova Baira ½ – ½ WFM Zainullina Nataliya

29 WFM Avdeenko Tatiana 0 – 1 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta

30 WFM Bodnaruk Anastasia 1 – 0 Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi

31 Lupik Marina 1 – 0 IM Sedina Elena

32 IM Turova Irina 1 – 0 WFM Cherednichenko Elena

33 WFM Miednikova Swietlana ½ – ½ WGM Stepovaia Tatiana

34 IM Gvetadze Sopio 1 – 0 WFM Zakharova Alexandra

35 WIM Cedikova Katerina 1 – 0 WGM Stojanovic Andjelija

36 WGM Calzetta Monica 0 – 1 WFM Ni Viktorija

37 WFM Rozhko Mariya 0 – 1 WGM Cherednichenko Svetlana

38 IM Zaiatz Elena 1 – 0 Jinova Lucie

39 Kuzevanova Evgenia 0 – 1 IM Zimina Olga

40 WGM Demina Julia 1 – 0 WFM Yakovich Yuliya

41 Minina Veronika 0 – 1 WGM Motoc Alina

42 IM Dworakowska Joanna 0 – 1 WFM Kushka Alena

43 Rjanova Valery 0 – 1 WIM Majdan Joanna

44 WFM Malgina Tatiana 1 – 0 Makka Evanthia

45 WFM Baciu Diana 0 – 1 WFM Gritsayeva Oksana

46 IM Vasilevich Irina 0 – 1 WFM Brunello Marina

47 Zykova Antonina 0 – 1 WGM Aginian Nelly

48 WGM Grabuzova Tatiana 1 – 0 WFM Bezgodova Maria

49 WFM Sorokina Anastasia 1 – 0 WFM Severiukhina Zoja

50 WGM Shumiakina Tatiana 1 – 0 WFM Sokolova Vera

51 WFM Samigullina Diana 0 – 1 WIM Solovjova Valentina

52 WIM Molchanova Tatjana ½ – ½ WFM Gorbatenko Kateryna

53 Abdulla Khayala 0 – 1 WIM Charochkina Daria

54 WIM Galojan Lilit 1 – 0 WFM Malinicheva Lidia

55 WFM Khropova Larisa 0 – 1 WGM Kochetkova Julia

56 WIM Paulet Iozefina 1 – 0 WIM Lomakina Galja

57 Ikonomopoulou Maria 0 – 1 WFM Girya Olga

58 WGM Nebolsina Vera 1 – 0 Nikanova Ekaterina

59 Alekseeva Alena ½ – ½ WIM Berzina Ilze

60 WIM Kharashuta Ekaterina 1 – 0 Balaian Alina

61 WFM Abuladze Lana 0 – 1 WIM Chasovnikova Eugenia

62 WIM Bulmaga Irina 1 – 0 WFM Bakalarz Grazyna

63 Zizlova Sofia ½ – ½ WFM Tomilova Elena

64 WGM Manakova Maria 1 – 0 Goryachkina Aleksandra

65 Grigoryeva Olga A ½ – ½ Savina Anastasia

66 WGM Kadziolka Beata 1 – 0 Kluchik Julia

67 Ziaziulkina Nastassia 0 – 1 WGM Zakurdjaeva Irina

68 WIM Dolzhikova Kateryna 1 – 0 Azimova Karina

69 De Seroux Camille 0 – 1 WGM Botsari Anna-Maria

70 WIM Komiagina Maria 1 – 0 WFM Styazhkina Anna

71 Lezhepekova Veronika 0 – 1 WIM Guramishvili Sopiko

72 WGM Stjazhkina Olga 1 – 0 Efremova Daria

73 Petrukhina Irina ½ – ½ WFM Paikidze Nazi

74 WFM Fominykh Maria 1 – 0 WFM Della-Rossa Anastasia

75 Khokhlova Ekaterina 0 – 1 WIM Daulyte Deimante

76 WFM Lomako Anna 1 – 0 Tskhadadze Anna

77 Ovod Irina 0 – 1 WIM Cherenkova Kristina

78 WIM Iljushina Olga 1 – 0 Elizarova Taisia

79 Karasova Daria 0 – 1 WGM Kursova Maria

80 WIM Popova Natalija 1 – 0 Kolesnikova Kristina

81 Toporkova Sofia 0 – 1 WGM Makropoulou Marina

82 WCM Kiseleva Arina ½ – ½ WGM Borisova Elizaveta

83 Chetina Elizaveta 0 – 1 WFM Korchagina Viktoria

Cautious First Round at Dortmund 2008

Kramnik using Gruenfeld Indian defence for the first time

As anticipated in one of our Dortmund preview articles, the short 7-round event will call for careful play without excessive risks. The first round saw all games drawn before the time control, but there are couple of elements to note. For the first time in his rich career, Vladimir Kramnik opened with direct Gruenfeld Indian defence. He had a couple of transpositions earlier, notably in the games against Bareev and Portish, but only from specific structures of then-favorite Slav defence. It is unclear if he decided to expand his repertoire at this point, as it is hard to put this act into context of psychological preparation for his match against Viswanathan Anand, who is almost exclusively opening with 1. e4.

Possibly the most interesting game in the first round was Sozin Sicilian between Arkadij Naiditsch and Ian Nepomniachtchi. Black left his King in the center and started to press along g-file and a8-h1 diagonal. White had to do something about opponent’s light-squared Bishop before he could push nasty f7-f5 and went for Knight sacrifice on d5. It didn’t bring much of excitement though, as White couldn’t find better compensation than perpetual attack on the Black Queen. Perhaps 22. Ba4!? might have prolonged the game.


Round 1 results:

Jan Gustafsson 2603 – Vladimir Kramnik 2788 ½ – ½

Arkadij Naiditsch 2624 – Ian Nepomniachtchi 2634 ½ – ½

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752 – Peter Leko 2741 ½ – ½

Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 – Loek Van Wely 2677 ½ – ½

Round 2 pairings:

Vladimir Kramnik 2788 – Loek Van Wely 2677

Peter Leko 2741 – Vassily Ivanchuk 2740

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2634 – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752

Jan Gustafsson 2603 – Arkadij Naiditsch 2624

Turkish Chess League round 1

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Turkish Chess League round 1 results

MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 2 – 8 TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ

SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ 2½ – 7½ SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR

TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ 4½ – 5½ İSEK AQUAMATCH

BEŞİKTAŞ JİMNASTİK KULÜBÜ 9 – 1 BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ

TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ 7 – 3 ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR

DORUK KOLEJİ 6 – 4 ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR

İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 5½ – 4½ PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ

TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER 5 – 5 ANTALYA DENİZ GENÇLİK SPOR KULÜBÜ

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Mamedov and Gelashvili in round 1

MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 2 – 8 TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 GÖKSEL DOĞA CİHAN 2263 0 : 1 GM HUSEYNOV GADİR 2625

2 DUMAN AYDIN 2244 0 : 1 GM SAFARLI ELTAJ 2524

3 HUSNILLIN RAMİL 2245 0 : 1 IM HAZNEDAROĞLU KIVANÇ 2463

4 ŞENGÜL CENGİZ 2146 ½ : ½ IM ESEN BARIŞ 2451

5 WIM GENOVA LYUBKA 2232 0 : 1 IM DZAGNIDZE NANA 2443

6 ÖZENMİŞ NEVZAT 1981 0 : 1 WIM YILDIZ BETÜL CEMRE 2205

7 ÜNEL MEMDUH MERT 1744 0 : 1 YILMAZ MUSTAFA 2342

8 MENZİ NEZİHE EZGİ 1822 1 : 0 KARAYAYLALI PINAR 1597

9 ÖZCAN SEZER 1874 ½ : ½ ÇOBAN METE SADIK 1864

10 KAYA EMEL 1889 0 : 1 SOP SELEN 1870

SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ 2½ – 7½ SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR

1 REYHAN DOĞAN HEVAL 2248 0 : 1 GM ARUTINIAN DAVİD 2593

2 SEYHANOĞLU DENİZ 2064 0 : 1 IM SANIKIDZE TORNIKE 2458

3 GÖKÇEN FATİH 2006 0 : 1 IM ARDUMAN CAN 2321

4 UNAL MUSTAFA KEMAL 1939 0 : 1 ÖZEN BURAK 2049

5 GM GVEETZADE SOPIO 2350 ½ : ½ IM LOMINEISHVILI MAIA 2400

6 GENCER ÖZLEM 1927 0 : 1 DOĞAN ALİ EKBER 2027

7 TOPAK ENGİN 1923 1 : 0 CANBULAN ARDA 1736

8 KAPLAN EBRU 1878 1 : 0 DİNÇEL MELODİ 1845

9 ŞEKEROĞLU KADİR 1602 0 : 1 ERERDEM GANİ EREN 1836

10 BAL SEVGİCAN 1588 0 : 1 ABDİMANOĞLU BESTE BAŞAK 1676

TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ 4½ – 5½ İSEK AQUAMATCH

1 GM SOLAK DRAGAN 2630 ½ : ½ GM ATALIK SUAT 2592

2 GM ABBASOV FARİD 2528 0 : 1 GM PAPAIOANNOU IOANNIS 2566

3 FM BAYRAM YAKUP 2337 ½ : ½ GM BANİKAS HRİSTOS 2600

4 KELER FARUK 2256 0 : 1 FM DEMİREL TOLGA 2172

5 IM MATNADZE ANA 2393 0 : 1 WGM ATALIK EKATERİNA 2409

6 TAŞDELEN DENİZ MURAT 1977 0 : 1 ÖZDOĞAN BARAN 2017

7 GAYGUSUZOĞLU GÖKHAN 1887 1 : 0 ZEYTİNOĞLU NASIR EKİN 1883

8 DİNÇOK BERFU 1874 1 : 0 YİĞİT EZGİ 1615

9 UZUN SARP 1988 ½ : ½ KANLI KAAN 1972

10 TÜLAY SERAY 1788 1 : 0 YİĞİT ALEYNA 1774

BEŞİKTAŞ JİMNASTİK KULÜBÜ 9 – 1 BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ

1 IM ATAKİŞİ UMUT 2365 0 : 1 GM SPASOV VASİL 2579

2 OLCAYÖZ ALPER 2315 1 : 0 IM KARAKEHAJOV KALİN 2453

3 FM YAGIZ YASİN EMRAH 2280 1 : 0 ÖZKAN ERVİN 2237

4 YARAMIŞ HAKAN 2137 1 : 0 KOÇ İLKAY 2106

5 WFM ÖZTÜRK KÜBRA 2169 1 : 0 WIM CHILINGIROVA PAVLINA 2213

6 TANRIKULU ERHAN 2228 1 : 0 KOMUT BURAK 1855

7 YILMAZYERLİ MERT 2207 1 : 0 KILIÇBAY MUSTAFA 1936

8 SÖYLEMEZ CANSU 1849 1 : 0 ULUSOY ILGIN 1639

9 EMİROĞLU CANKUT 2019 1 : 0 KOMUT KAAN 1813

10 ŞAŞMAZEL BURCU 1837 1 : 0 ŞANAL SUNA 1813

TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ 7 – 3 ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR

1 GM GAGUNASHVILI MERAB 2553 1 : 0 IM SİDEİFZADE FİKRAT 2408

2 IM CAN EMRE 2460 1 : 0 KÜÇÜMENLER TARKAN 2122

3 IM ERDOĞDU AZİZ MERT 2434 1 : 0 ÇİL HASAN KIVANÇ 2054

4 IM KILIÇASLAN HASAN 2268 0 : 1 UZUN FUAT 2070

5 WGM MELIA SALOME 2413 1 : 0 ACAR GİZEM 1934

6 ERTAN CAN 2172 0 : 1 KOC SÜLEYMAN SARP 2048

7 ERBİŞ BARIŞ 1998 0 : 1 IM DURARBEYLİ VASIF 2384

8 WGM MUZYCHUK MARİYA 2387 1 : 0 İZGİ BENSU 1706

9 YARGICI MAZHAR KUTAY 1937 1 : 0 ÇALIŞKAN KEREM 1826

10 SALT İLAYDA 1682 1 : 0 KILIÇ ÖZGE NUR 1711

DORUK KOLEJİ 6 – 4 ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR

1 GM MAMEDOV RAUF 2617 1 : 0 GM GELASHVILI TAMAZ 2620

2 IM ERTURAN YAKUP 2369 ½ : ½ GM AROSHIDZE LEVAN 2545

3 FM SEÇER ATA 2306 1 : 0 GENÇ CİHAN SEVİNÇ 2227

4 YAŞAR IŞIK ENGİN 2187 1 : 0 KARAMAHMUTOĞLU ESER 1971

5 WGM STEPOVAIA TATİANA 2378 0 : 1 IM KHURTSIDZE NINO 2413

6 ŞİRİN ATAKAN 2107 0 : 1 AYDOGDU ATAMAN 2050

7 FIRAT BURAK 2189 ½ : ½ GÜRCAN ERAY 1955

8 ARIĞ BÜŞRA 1787 1 : 0 GÜRCAN AYTOLUN 1816

9 ŞANAL VAHAP 1814 1 : 0 SAVRAN SÜLEYMAN 1854

10 PATEL YEŞİM 1959 0 : 1 CEMHAN KARDELEN 1932

İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 5½ – 4½ PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 FM ÇITAK SELİM 2323 ½ : ½ GM GRIVAS EFSTRATIOS 2498

2 FM ERDOĞAN HAKAN 2282 0 : 1 GM ODEEV HANDSZAR 2422

3 FM ATAMAN ALPER EFE 2231 ½ : ½ ÖZTÜRK EMİR 2194

4 GÜNER BÜLENT 2155 1 : 0 SELEN DİNÇER 2025

5 WIM TOPEL ZEHRA 2234 ½ : ½ WGM KHARLOVICH ANASTAZIA 2212

6 DERUNİ BERÇ 2015 ½ : ½ ÇAKAN CEM 2037

7 İNÖNÜ MUHSİN MÜNCİ 2009 0 : 1 OKUŞ MELİH 1822

8 AŞAN ELVAN 1874 1 : 0 AKYÜZOĞLU BEGÜM 1577

9 AŞIKUZUN BERKAY 1931 1 : 0 SİPAHİOĞLU IRMAK 2006

10 ÖZTÜRK HİLAL 1686 ½ : ½ MORGÜL ELÇİN 1717

TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER 5 – 5 ANTALYA DENİZ GENÇLİK SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 GM MIKHALCHISHIN ADRİAN 2528 1 : 0 FM TUNCER UFUK 2306

2 FM KARADENİZ ALİ EMRE 2306 1 : 0 KOSE SERKAN 2173

3 FM İPEK ALİ 2197 ½ : ½ DOĞANTUĞ AHMET İSMAİL 2246

4 SOLAKOĞLU ÖZGÜR 2113 0 : 1 YASIN HÜR 2203

5 SOLAK (ÇAVUŞOĞLU) YILDIZ 1964 0 : 1 WFM SÜRAL EMİNE YANIK 2072

6 BERKMAN CEM 1560 ½ : ½ AYDIN İSMAİL 1920

7 ATMAN BERKAN 1941 ½ : ½ KÜÇÜK DOĞAN 1880

8 DİNÇOK GÖZDE 1804 1 : 0 AKÇAKANAT GÖZDE 1566

9 CM YÜKSEL ATİLLA KÖKSAL 1936 0 : 1 TEKELİ TAYLAN CAN 1829

10 NURLU SELİN 1686 ½ : ½ DURMAZ AYÇA FATMA 1772

GM Drozdovskij and GM Ponomariov lead Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup

Happy birthday to GM Mikhail Golubev!

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The 4th Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup started today in Odessa, Ukraine.

Boris Gelfand (2723, Israel),
Ruslan Ponomariov (2719, Ukraine),
Anatoly Karpov (2655, Russia),
Pavel Tregubov (2629, Russia),
Viktor Korchnoi (2598, Switzerland),
Yuri Drozdovskij (2581, Ukraine),
Valery Beim (2523, Austria), and
Mikhail Golubev (2474, Ukraine)

sat behind the chess board in series of exciting duels.

Five rounds were played in the first day of the competition. Provisional leaders are GM Yuri Drozdovskij and GM Ponomariov with 4,0/5. GM Drozdovskij won his games against GM Beim, GM Gelfand, and GM Korchnoi, and was held to a draw by one of the best chess journalists and author of fantastic books GM Golubev, and by the world chess champion GM Anatoly Karpov. GM Ponomariov had a similar performance, managing to win against GM Korchnoi, GM Beim, and GM Golubev, but was held to a draw by GM Karpov and GM Tregubov.

The tournament is a double round robin and the second series of games will be played tomorrow. Here are the first day results, standings, and pgn. For more information visit the official website

Round 1

Korchnoi – Beim 0-1

Ponomariov – Karpov 1/2-1/2

Tregubov – Gelfand 0-1

Golubev – Drozdovskij 1/2-1/2

Round 2

Beim – Drozdovskij 0-1

Karpov – Tregubov 0-1

Gelfand – Golubev 1-0

Korchnoi – Ponomariov 0-1

Round 3

Ponomariov – Beim 1-0

Tregubov – Korchnoi 1/2-1/2

Golubev – Karpov 1/2-1/2

Drozdovskij – Gelfand 1-0

Round 4

Beim – Gelfand 1/2-1/2

Korchnoi – Golubev 1-0

Ponomariov – Tregubov 1/2-1/2

Karpov – Drozdovskij 1/2-1/2

Round 5

Tregubov – Beim 1-0

Drozdovskij – Korchnoi 1-0

Golubev – Ponomariov 0-1

Gelfand – Karpov 1-0

PGN round 1-5

Download pgn round 1-5 courtesy of the official site.

Standings

1-2. Drozdovskij 4,0/5

1-2. Ponomariov 4,0/5

3. Gelfand 3,5/5

4. Tregubov 3,0/5

5-7. Korchnoi 1,5/5

5-7. Beim 1,5/5

5-7. Karpov 1,5/5

8. Golubev 1,0/5

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Happy birthday to GM Mikhail Golubev!

Happy birthday to GM Mikhail Golubev! The Chessdom team wishes him all the best!

GM Golubev is born May 30, 1970, in Odessa. He is a Grandmaster since 1996 and is a winner of numerous competitions and a champion of Ukraine in 1996. Currently, he is also chess journalist. GM Golubev is the author of Easy Guide to the Dragon (1999), The Sicilian Sozin (2001), and Understanding the King’s Indian (2006).

Happy birthday!

Karpov and Korchnoi

The games between the veterans Karpov and Korchnoi will be of special interest in the next rounds. In 1978 they played the first of their world championship matches in Baguio, Philippines. The official website has an open vote on who is going to win the match and until now Korchnoi is leading with 38%, Karpov has 35%, and draw result is 26%.

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The whole city is centered around the strong Pivdenny Bank chess tournament

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The players during the reception

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Pivdenny cup 3

Opening speech

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Drawing of lots, and karpov gets number 7

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The stage of the competition during round 2

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GM Golubev and GM Karpov happy to see each other in round 3

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The long expected encounter between Karpov and Korchnoi is yet to come

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The trophy awaits the winner in the end of the competition

All photos by the official site

ROMGAZ Bazna King’s chess tournament 2008

legendary chess players in Romania

The Bazna King’s has collected 11 living chess legends in the 2008 edition of the tournament. Khalifman, Vaganian, Beliavsky, Portisch, Andersson, Mecking, Sokolov, Suba, Timman, Short, and Andrei started playing the round robin tournament today, May 24. The time control is 40 moves in 90 minutes with additional 30 seconds per move followed by other 30 minutes with additional 30 seconds / move. The winner of the tournament will take the first prize, which is 7000 eur.

Games start daily at 14:30 CET and can be followed on the official website.

Round 1 results

GM Suba – GM Timman 1/2 – 1/2

GM Beliavsky – GM Portisch 1/2 – 1/2

GM Murariu – GM Anderson 1/2 – 1/2

GM Sokolov – GM Vaganian 1/2 – 1/2

GM Short – GM Mecking 1/2 – 1/2

Khalifman

GM Khalifman starts playing tomorrow

The history of Bazna

Bazna was documentary attested in 1302. The German colonists established on the other side of the hills. Later, they discovered the beauty of Bazna Valley and they moved here and built a fortified church in the center. The resort is situated on the right side of the valley, at the foot of the hills, close to the oaks and beech forest. Natural gases and salty springs with iodine drew the attention of Transylvanian researchers from the 18th century. Salty water springs have been studied in 1752, for the first time, by the chemist George Bette from Sibiu. The priest Andreas Caspari left a manuscript with his impressions from 1762-1779. He describes more therapeutic springs which he calls “The Church Bath”, The Beggars Bath” and “the Sour Well” In 1808, the Government from Vienna sent a group of chemists and physicians to study the curative effects of the salt and climate from Bazna. In 1843, 4 people from Medias founded a company, their objective being to create a resort in Bazna. In 1905, the Evangelic community took the resort and transformed it in “a pearl among the Transylvanian spas”. In the same year, people could find here a chemist’s shop and a therapist. At the same time, people started to produce the famous salt of Bazna.

Alexander Khalifman

Alexander Khalifman, the winner of 2007 edition is born at 18 January 1966 in Sankt Petersburg (ex-Leningrad).
He achieved the IM title in 1986 and became a GM at the New York Open in 1990. He is best known for becoming FIDE World Champion in 1999 by winning a knockout tournament in Las Vegas. He lost the title in the next knockout, held the following year in New Delhi. Viswanathan Anand eliminated him in the quarterfinals.

Khalifman’s other successes include the Russian Championship of 1996 and first place in Essent 2000 with 5.5 points out of 6. According to the January 2007 edition of the FIDE ratings list, he has a rating of 2619, placing him joint 97th in the world.

Rafael Artemovich Vaganian

Rafael Artemovich Vaganian was born on the 15th of October 1951 in Yerevan, Armenia. Awarded the GM title in 1971 he was a Candidate twice. In 1986 he lost to Andrei Sokolov (+0, =4, -4) and in 1988 he lost to Lajos Portisch (+0, =5, -1). He won the USSR Championship in 1989 and played on the 1984 and 1986 USSR Olympiad teams. In 1984 he played Board 5 for the USSR in the USSR versus The Rest of the World Match against Zoltan Ribli. He has achieved some excellent tournament victories, including Vrnjacka Banja 1971, Sao Paulo 1977, Las Palmas 1979, Manila 1981, Hastings 1982-83, Biel 1985 and Leningrad 1987. Today he remains a strong grandmaster, still maintaining a top-100 FIDE world ranking.

Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky

Alexander Genrikhovich Beliavsky was born in Lvov on December 17, 1953, in what is now the Ukraine. He currently lives in Slovenia and he plays for the Olympic team there. He is noted for his uncompromising style of play and for his classical opening repertoire, including openings such as the Queen’s Gambit, Ruy Lopez and French Defence. He won the World Junior Chess Championship in 1973 and the USSR Chess Championship in 1974 and 1990. He became a Grandmaster in 1975. In the January 2005 FIDE list, Beliavsky had an ELO rating of 2635, making him world number sixty-two and Slovenia’s number one.

Lajos Portisch

Lajos Portisch was born in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary on April 4, 1937. He won the Hungarian Championship for the first time in 1958, and in 1961 he became a grandmaster. In 1960, he qualified from Madrid Zonal for Stockholm Interzonal 1962 where he came equal 9th. In 1963, he won Halle Zonal ahead of Borislav Ivkov and Bent Larsen and advanced to Amsterdam Interzonal 1964 where he came 8th. Over the course of his career he qualified for the Candidates eight times and played for his country in nineteen consecutive Olympiads (1956-1996). He had another fine tournament finish with an equal 2nd with Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian after Anatoli Karpov at Milan 1975. At Biel Interzonal 1976, he qualified again with an equal 2nd after Bent Larsen, and went on to beat Larsen in Candidates quarter final 1977, but then lost the semi-final to Boris Spassky. He led the Hungarian team to an unprecedented 1st place finish ahead of the Soviets at Buenos Aires Olympiad 1978. He lives in Hungary, and is still active in local tournaments.

Henrique Mecking

Henrique Mecking was born in Brazil on January 23rd, 1952. In 1965, when just thirteen years old, he won his country’s championship. For this victory, many chess critics hailed him as “the next Fischer,” referring to the fact that Robert James Fischer had won the U.S. championship at fourteen. Mecking was awarded the title of International Grandmaster in 1971, and he won two Interzonal events in 1973 and 1976, ahead of some of the best players of that time!! (Spassky, Geller, Portish, Smyslov, Polugaevsky, Keres etc.)

These and other tournament victories vaulted him to third place on FIDE’s world rankings list in 1977, behind only World Champion Anatoli Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi.

In 1979, Mecking was attempting his third consecutive Interzonal victory when he was forced to withdraw from the tournament, having been stricken with near-fatal illness.

Despite doctors have given a few months of life, he survived, he attributes God his recover – he is a feverous Catholic Nowadays. It took several years for him to recover enough to resume his chess career. He lives in Brazil and maintains a high rating, although he has not yet managed to rejoin the world’s elite.

Ulf Andersson

Ulf Andersson was born on the 27th of June 1951 in Vasteras, Sweden. Awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1972 he was Swedish Champion in 1969. During the 1972-82 period he was in the World’s top ten and had first prizes at Belgrade 1977, Buenos Aires 1978, Hastings 1978-79, Phillips & Drew 1980, Phillips & Drew 1982, Turin 1982, Wijk aan Zee 1983, Reggio Emilia 1985 and Rome 1985 and 1986. He drew a six-game match with Mikhail Tal in 1983 and played top board in the Second USSR versus The Rest of The World Match in 1984. He led the Swedish Olympiad Team during the 1970′s and 80′s and is a very tenacious player. He can be regarded as the all-time drawing master among the top GMs. Recently he has devoted himself to correspondence chess.

Andrei Sokolov

Andrei Y Sokolov was born on the 20th of March 1963 in the USSR. Awarded the IM title in 1982 and the GM title in 1984 he became a Candidate in 1985. He was World Junior Champion in 1982, USSR Champion in 1984 and joint Moscow Champion in 1981. In the Candidates matches he beat Rafael Vaganian (+4, =4, -0), pipped Artur Yusupov (+4, =7, -3) in 1986 and then met Anatoli Karpov. Sokolov lost this match (+0, =7, -4) and since then he has failed to repeat his earlier successes.

Mihai Suba

Mihai Suba was born on the 1st of June 1947 in Bucharest, Romania. Awarded the IM title in 1975 and the GM title in 1978 he was Romanian Champion in 1980, 1981 and 1986. He first came to wide attention in 1982 when he finished 2nd= with Gyula Sax after Zoltan Ribli at Baile Herculane. At the Las Palmas interzonal 1982 he came 3rd behind Ribli and Vasily Smyslov (who both became Candidates). He was 1st at Dortmund 1983, 1st= at Prague 1985 and 1st= at Timisoara 1987. In August of 1988, Suba sought political asylum in Britain, and he played for England at the 1989 European Team Championship.

Jan Timman

Jan Hendrik Timman was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on December 14, 1951. He was awarded the GM title in 1974 and gradually climbed up the ranks of the chess elite. His tournament successes include first place finishes at Mar Del Plata 1982, Bugojno 1984, and Tilburg 1987. This 9-time Dutch Champion was a consistent contender for the world title throughout the 1980′s and early 1990′s, and in 1993 he contested a match for the FIDE World Championship with Anatoli Karpov, but fell short, losing 6-2 with 13 draws. He is also the younger brother of Ton Timman and a well respected chess author. His “The Art of Chess Analysis” can be found in the library of many chess players worldwide

Nigel Short

Nigel Short is born at 1 June 1965 in Leigh-Lancashire (Great Britain). At 19 years he became GM. In 1993 he played the final of the World Championship against Garry Kasparov (in the version of the new created Profesional Chess Association, founded by Garry Kasparov, outside of FIDE, in order to attract the sponsors towards chess). He lost the match, however his aggressive style brought him a lot of international victories. In FIDE rating list of April 2008, Nigel Short is the second in the hierarchy of Great Britain.

Andrei Murariu

Andrei Murariu is born at 17 February 1986 in Roman. He won Open ROMGAZ 2007 in Eforie Nord, victory who qualified him for Kings Tournaments 2008. From 2006 he is GM and he won many international competitions (between them two editions of Victor Ciocaltea Memorial). Two medals with the national youth team of Romania, at the European Championships in 2003 and 2004. Member of the national team of Romania for the European Championship of 2007.

Bosna 2008 has started

GM Dominguez Perez victorious in round 1, Morozevich draws

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The strong Bosna 2008 tournament has started today featuring GM Morozevich, GM Movsesian, GM Dominguez Perez, GM Sokolov, GM Timofeev, and GM Predojević.

The 2008 edition of Bosna is a copy of last year’s tournament, the only player missing is GM Short who is substituted by the Capablanca Memorial winner GM Dominguez Perez. Exactly the Cuban GM was the only one to grab victory in round 1.

Results round 1

Timofeev – Movsesian 1/2 – 1/2

Dominguez Perez – Predojević 1 – 0

Sokolov – Morozevich 1/2 – 1/2

Stay tuned for photos and pgn!

Live games will be daily on the official site. Here is the full schedule (times are CET)

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Bosna 2008 schedule

23.05.08. – 14,30 – 19,00 Round 1

24.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 Round 2

25.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 Round 3

26.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 Round 4

27.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00Round 5

28.05.08. – Free day

29.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 sati – Round 6

30.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 sati – Round 7

31.05.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 sati – Round 8

01.06.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 sati – Round 9

02.06.08. – 13,30 – 18,00 sati – Round 10

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BH Telecom tournament

Parallel to the main event, a strong GM tournament is taking place. Here are the participants.

Savić R. Miodrag GM 2542

Kosić Dragan GM 2500

Čabrilo Goran GM 2499

Stojanović Dalibor IM 2474

Bogut Željko IM 2464

Runić Zoran IM 2441

Erdogdu Mert IM 2434

Arapović Vitomir IM 2374

Atakisi Umut IM 2365

Benderać Ana WGM 2344

Erdogdu and Savic were victorious in round 1 against Boguat and Benderac. Stojanovic – Arpovich, Kosic – Atakisi, and Runic – Cabrilo finished draw.

Lie, Kaidanov, and Macieja take the lead at Gausdal Classics

GM Kaidanov wins against IM Krush in the American derby

GM Kjetil Lie, GM Kaidanov, and GM Macieja lead Gausdal Classics after round 1 in Norway. GM Lie managed to win the Norwegian derby against IM Øystein Hole. In the American derby GM Kaidanov won against IM Krush. GM Macieja joined them at the top of the table after defeating Erik Moscow. The other two games of the day, Kotronias – Gopal and Sandipan – Ikonnikov finished draw.

Follow the games from round 2 live on the official site. If you are in Norway, do not miss the evening lectures with IM Yochanan Afek and GM Kjetil A. Lie.

Gausdal Classics round 1

GM Vasilios Kotronias – GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal 1/2 – 1/2

IM Irina Krush – GM Gregory Kaidanov 0-1

GM Chanda Sandipan – GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov 1/2 – 1/2

GM Kjetil A. Lie – IM Øystein Hole 1-0

Eric Moscow – GM Bartlomiej Macieja 0-1

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In group B the top seeded GM Berelovich was defeated by Leniart (number 30 in the start list). IM Yochanan Afek (tonight’s lecturer) won his game, and local star IM Jon Ludvig Hammer did not miss his chance as well.

Gausdal Classics group B results

1. Leniart, A (30) 1:0 Berelovich, A (1)

2. Levin, F (2) ½-½ Forså, E (31)

3. Grotnes, N (32) ½-½ Rotstein, A (3)

4. Kveinys, A (4) 1:0 Tolhuizen, L (33)

5. Andreasen, P (34) ½-½ Saltaev, M (5)

6. Flumbort, A (6) 1:0 Naslund, M (35)

7. Groffen, H (36) ½-½ Roussel-Roozmon, T (7)

8. Bromberger, S (8) ½-½ Røyset, P (37)

9. Söderberg, P (38) 0:1 Åkesson, R (9)

10. Prasad, A (10) ½-½ Kovachev, D J (39)

11. Bentsen, H (40) 0:1 Djurhuus, R (11)

12. Hammer, J (12) 1:0 Van Den Bersselaar, J (41)

13. Eriksen, T (42) 1:0 Womacka, M (13)

14. Lindberg, B (14) ½-½ Vovk, O (43)

15. Sævareid, O (44) 0:1 Kidambi, S (15)

16. Lie, E (16) 1:0 Mader, M (45)

17. Quinn, J (46) 0:1 Elsness, F (17)

18. Pruess, D (18) 1:0 Ofstad, P (47)

19. Unander, M (48) ½-½ Collins, S (19)

20. Vidonyak, R (20) ½-½ Tofte, S W (49)

21. Bentsen, Ø (50) ½-½ Peek, M (21)

22. Hirneise, T (22) ½-½ Obers, F (51)

23. Stips, F (52) 0:1 Cox, J (23)

24. Welling, G (24) 1:0 Hansen, P (53)

25. Arvola, B (54) ½-½ Stokke, K (25)

26. Westerinen, H (26) 1:0 Olsson, L (55)

27. Tjølsen, K (56) 0:1 Kremenietsky, A (27)

28. Afek, Y (28) 1:0 Getz, N (57)

29. Andersen, M (58) ½-½ Kadziolka, B (29)

Round 2 pairings

1. Pruess, D (18) : Kveinys, A (4)

2. Cox, J (23) : Flumbort, A (6)

3. Åkesson, R (9) : Welling, G (24)

4. Djurhuus, R (11) : Westerinen, H (26)

5. Kremenietsky, A (27) : Hammer, J (12)

6. Kidambi, S (15) : Afek, Y (28)

7. Leniart, A (30) : Lie, E (16)

8. Elsness, F (17) : Eriksen, T (42)

9. Røyset, P (37) : Levin, F (2)

10. Rotstein, A (3) : Andreasen, P (34)

11. Saltaev, M (5) : Grotnes, N (32)

12. Roussel-Roozmon, T (7) : Unander, M (48)

13. Forså, E (31) : Bromberger, S (8)

14. Vovk, O (43) : Prasad, A (10)

15. Kovachev, D J (39) : Lindberg, B (14)

16. Collins, S (19) : Groffen, H (36)

17. Obers, F (51) : Vidonyak, R (20)

18. Peek, M (21) : Arvola, B (54)

19. Tofte, S W (49) : Hirneise, T (22)

20. Stokke, K (25) : Andersen, M (58)

21. Kadziolka, B (29) : Bentsen, Ø (50)

22. Berelovich, A (1) : Mader, M (45)

23. Womacka, M (13) : Quinn, J (46)

24. Tolhuizen, L (33) : Ofstad, P (47)

25. Naslund, M (35) : Stips, F (52)

26. Hansen, P (53) : Söderberg, P (38)

27. Olsson, L (55) : Bentsen, H (40)

28. V D Bersselaar, J (41) : Tjølsen, K (56)

29. Getz, N (57) : Sævareid, O (44)

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In the ELO group Henrik Carlsen won “the match of the stars” against Ida Lahlum. Ida is the sister of Hans Olav Lahlum, organizer of Gausdals Classics. She is also vice-president of the Norwegian Chess Federation. With the win, Henrik Carlsen, father of Magnus Carlsen, is top of the table together with 16 more players.


Gausdal Classics games:

Dubai Open chess championship

Wesley So and Parimarjan Negi victorious in round 1

132 players from 25 nations play in the Dubai open chess championship that started this weekend in Dubai. The field is quite strong with 23 GMs, 19 IMs, 6 WGMs, and a total of 74 titled players.

There were not many surprises in round 1. There were only a few surprises (see results below) and the race will continue today with 61 players sharing the lead. The surprise is probably that only 6 games finished draw, a very low number having in mind the strength of the field.

The top youngsters of the competition, Wesley So and Parimarjan Negi, won their games convincingly. Wesley So will meet FM Wu Xibin, while Negi will play with FM Othman A Moussa.

The top encounter of round 2 will be between the strong GM Gelashvili and the strongly progressing WGM and IM Sachdev Tania.

Dubai Open, results round 1

GM Guseinov Gadir 1 – 0 Natarajan C

WGM Smokina Karolina 0 – 1 GM Gelashvili Tamaz

GM Pantsulaia Levan 1 – 0 FM Bajarani Ulvi

WIM Meera Sai 0 – 1 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan

GM Kuzubov Yuriy 1 – 0 FM Mohamed Hossein

FM Soozankar A M ½ – ½ GM Arutinian David

GM Drozdovskij Yuri 1 – 0 FM Narayanan Srinath

Schmid Stefan 0 – 1 GM Li Chao B

GM Adly Ahmed 1 – 0 Ramnath Bhuvanesh R

FM Al Mahayri Sabri 0 – 1 GM Kotanjian Tigran

GM Kotsur Pavel 1 – 0 Suresh Kumar T J

Doostkom P 0 – 1 GM Neverov Valeriy

Zhou Weiqi 1 – 0 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh

FM Saed Ishaq 0 – 1 GM Gleizerov Evgeny

GM Gagunashvili Merab 1 – 0 Mari Ooriad Pouya

Al Sulaiti Ali 0 – 1 GM So Wesley

GM Ibrahimov Rasul 1 – 0 Saud Moha Ed

Darwish Mohamed ½ – ½ GM Safarli Eltaj

GM Gupta Abhijeet + – - Mehdi Samer

FM Molina Antonio 0 – 1 GM Negi Parimarjan

GM Rausis Igor 1 – 0 Chaichi Navid

WGM Partac Elena ½ – ½ IM Kalegin Evgenij

GM Ibrayev Nurlan 1 – 0 Gaponenko Leonid

CM Haridas K 0 – 1 IM Ismagambetov Anuar

IM Laxman R R 1 – 0 WFM Swati Mohota

Rice Chris B 0 – 1 GM Guliev Sarhan

IM El Taher Fouad ½ – ½ FM Marwan Abdulwahab

Mroweh Husein 0 – 1 GM Ramesh R B

IM Sadorra Julio Catalino 1 – 0 Shiven Khosla

Ali Obay 0 – 1 IM Ashwin Jayaram

IM Tissir Mohamed 1 – 0 Nikzaban Ehsan

Anuprita Patil 0 – 1 IM Guliev Logman

FM Salem A R Saleh 1 – 0 Kayle Charles

Tabada Jobannie C 0 – 1 IM Khader Sami

IM Sachdev Tania 1 – 0 WFM Hakimifard Ghazal

Yousif Ammar Mohd - – + D’cuna Antonio V.

Wang Li 1 – 0 Tejas Ravichandran

Yap Ernesto M 0 – 1 FM Moosavian S Hamed

WGM Mohota Nisha 0 – 1 Al-Housa Khalil

Arellano Robert 0 – 1 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi

IM Frhat Ali ½ – ½ Khalil Ibrahim

Poleschikov Alexey 0 – 1 IM Durarbeyli Vasif

IM Ravi Lanka 1 – 0 Qu Yanqiao

Omar Noaman 0 – 1 Nasri Amin

WGM Zhang Jilin 1 – 0 Mohamed, Sheer

Abdulkarim Ali 0 – 1 IM Sharma Dinesh K

IM Nedochetov Mikhail 1 – 0 Mohamed Eissa

Bukhalaf Khalaf 0 – 1 IM Hassan Abdullah

FM Wu Xibin 1 – 0 Taghikhani Amir Ali

Salem Amna 0 – 1 IM Bajarni Ilgar

FM Othman A Moussa 1 – 0 Jamila Juma

Safar Reem 0 – 1 WGM Sergeeva Maria

FM Grover Sahaj 1 – 0 WFM Bukhashem Fayeqa S

Khadija Malalla 0 – 1 IM El Arousy Abdulhameed

WGM Ramaswamy Aarthie 1 – 0 WFM Abdulaziz Amal

WFM Abdulaziz Eman 0 – 1 Debashis Das

FM Arvind C J 1 – 0 Abdulaziz Ali

Abdullah Abdulaziz 0 – 1 Sadatnajafi M

Praveen Kumar C 1 – 0 Abdullah Ali

Ahmed Fayez 0 – 1 FM Mohannad Farhan

Phadke Sohan 1 – 0 Al Zarooni Ayesha Eisa

Al Zarooni Kulood Eisa 0 – 1 FM Somoff Abdo

FM Alhuwar Jasem ½ – ½ Johny P I

Nouman Amna 0 – 1 Noroozi Omid

WIM Pourkashiyan Atousa 1 – 0 Paul Dargan

Saleh Naif 0 – 1 Momeni E

GM Fabiano Caruana and GM Zheng Pengxiang leading the Ruy Lopez chess festival

Magistral Ruy Lopez round 1

GM Fabiano Caruana and GM Zheng Pengxiang are leading the Ruy Lopez chess festival. Fabiano Caruana defeated with black the Chinese chess start Yifan Hou, while GM Zheng Pengxiang managed to bring down the Spanish team champion Manuel Perez Calendario.

At the same time GM Michael Adams finished draw with Julio Granda. The same result was seen in the game Humpy Koneru – Gabriel Sargissian.

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Ruy Lopez chess festival, pairings round 2

1 Julio GRANDA (2609) – Manuel Perez CANDELARIO (2537)

2 Fabiano CARUANA (2620) – Zhang PENGXIANG (2640)

3 Gabriel SARGISSIAN (2643) – Hou YIFAN (2549)

4 Michael ADAMS (2729) – Humpy KONERU (2603)

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Koneru, Caruana, and Granda at the opening ceremony

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Julio Granda at the presentation

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Yifan Hou started with a loss the Ruy Lopez tournament

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Manuel Perez Calendario, champion of Spain with Linex magic

Russian team chess championship round 1

results and standings

The Russian team chess championship has started yesterday. A total of 12 teams with many of the top world players will play for the title (click here for all teams and players). Many interesting games and some surprises were seen the first day. Here is a match by match report of the event.

Shsm (Moscow) – 64 (Moscow) 3:3

Alexander Onischuk managed to hold to a draw Boris Gelfand on board 1. In the battle of the youngsters
Ivan Popov won against Ian Nepomniachtchi, but Wang Hao defeated with black Potkin to equalize the match.

TPS- Saransk (Saransk) – South Ural 4:2

The veteran team of South Ural was not able to hold against TPS Saransk. Ivanchuk and Sakaev won their games with white against Riazantsev and Korchnoi.

Finek – Gazprom (Sankt Peterburg) – Shatar Buryatia 2,5:3,5

A wrong step for Finek in the very beginning of the competition. On board 1 Svidler and Gashimov (both of them Baku Grand Prix participants) finished draw. The Mtel Masters 2008 Chinese start Xianghi Bu defeated with black Vadim Zvjaginsev to give Shatar the lead, however Sergey Movsesjan quickly equalized with a win over Tregubov. It was Boris Avrukh to win the decisive game with black against David Navara and give Shatar the win.

Spasio-Swiss (Moscow) – Ural (Ekaterininburg) 2:4

This match was the derby of the day. PonomariovRadjabov and MamedyarovKamsky finished piecefully. Vladislav Tkachiev and Malakhov followed suit. It was Aleksandrov vs. Motylev 0-1 that turned the match in Ural’s favor.

Economist Saratov 2 – Economist Saratov 1 2:4

Now this is an exciting local encounter! Tomashevskii gave an early lead to Economist 1 with a victory with black over Evdokimov. Andreikin managed to hold Alekseev, but Galkin gave the full victory to Economist 1 with a win over Korneev.

Tomsk 400 – Politekhnik (Nizhny Tagil) 2,5:3,5

This match was the Russian team chess championship’s major surprise of the day. Everyone counted Tomsk 400 as favorite for the title from the very beginning, however, Politekhnik managed to surprise them on day 1. Sergey Karjakin gave Tomsk the lead with a victory over Efimenko. However, Van Wely and Timofeev (both with white) lost to Grachev and Lisii to give stable advantage to Politekhnik. Jakovenko was the last hope for Tomsk, but his draw with Areshenko gave the victory to Politekhnik.

Current Standings

Team / Match points / Game points

1-3. Ural (Ekaterininburg) 2 4

1-3. Economist Saratov 1 2 4

1-3. TPS- Saransk (Saransk) 2 4

4-5. Shatar Buryatia 2 3,5

4-5. Politekhnik 2 3,5

6-7. Shsm (Moscow) 1 3

6-7. 64 (Moscow) 1 3

8-9. Finek 0 2,5

8-9. Tomsk 400 0 2,5

10-12. Economist Saratov 2 0 2

10-12. South Ural 0 2

10-12. Spasio-Swiss 0 2

Kolkata Open

surprising results in the first rounds

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Two rounds have passed of Kolkata Open chess tournament. The first round was rather calm with few surprising results. However, in round 2 many underdogs took the scalps of experienced players.

The top seeded GM Sasikiran started with a nice win over FM Rahman Md Taibur. In round 2 he was held to a draw by Barbosa Oliver. Similar was the fate of GM Koneru Humpy who started with a win over Tiwari Arjun , but made a draw with IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu.

Currently GM Viktor Laznicka, GM Smbat Lputian, and GM Nguyen are leading with full points. Here are the top table results from the first two rounds. We will keep you updated on the next rounds results and as soon as the pgn of Kolkata Open is available we will publish it as well.

Kolkata open, round 1

FM Rahman Md Taibur 0 – 1 0 GM Sasikiran Krishnan

GM Lputian Smbat G 0 1 – 0 0 IM Gokhale Chandrashekhar

Tiwari Arjun 2322 0 – 1 GM Koneru Humpy

GM Laznicka Viktor 1 – 0 IM Shetty Rahul

FM Hasan Mehdi 0 – 1 GM Sandipan Chanda

GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan ½ – ½ Swapnil S Dhopade

Shashikant Kutwal 0 – 1 GM David Alberto

GM Adly Ahmed 1 – 0 Thakur Akash

Phadke Sohan 0 – 1 GM Nguyen Anh Dung

IM Hossain Enamul 0 – 1 Shyam Nikil P

FM Ramakrishna J 0 – 1 GM Abdulla Al-Rakib

GM Dobrov Vladimir 1 – 0 Prasenjit Datta

Singh Gurpreet Pal 0 – 1 GM Safin Shukhrat

GM Rahman Ziaur 1 – 0 FM Singh Rishpal S

Debashis Das 0 – 1 GM Barua Dibyendu

GM Neelotpal Das 1 – 0 IM Balasubramaniun Ramnathan

Mohammad Javed 0 – 1 IM Ashwin Jayaram

GM Ramesh R B 1 – 0 WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty

Sagar Shah 0 – 1 GM Bakre Tejas

IM Sriram Jha 1 – 0 Matta Vinay Kumar

Kolkata open, round 2

GM Sasikiran Krishnan ½ – ½ Barbosa Oliver

WGM Mohota Nisha 0 – 1 GM Lputian Smbat G

GM Koneru Humpy ½ – ½ IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu

IM Saptarshi Roy 0 – 1 GM Laznicka Viktor

GM Sandipan Chanda ½ – ½ Das Arghyadip

GM David Alberto 0 – 1 1 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy

IM Akshayraj Kore ½ – ½ GM Adly Ahmed

GM Nguyen Anh Dung 1 – 0 IM Kamble Vikramaditya

GM Abdulla Al-Rakib 0 – 1 Thejkumar M S

IM Lodhi Mahmood 0 – 1 GM Dobrov Vladimir

GM Safin Shukhrat 1 – 0 IM Saravanan V

IM Kobese Watu ½ – ½ GM Rahman Ziaur

GM Barua Dibyendu 1 – 0 IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal

FM Ahmed Sk Nasir 0 – 1 GM Neelotpal Das

Ataturk Masters round 1, all games decisive

Atalik, Krush, Javakhishvili, Yifan, and Cramling win

In the first day, there was an intense fight despite the short time period to prepare for the first round after a tiring opening ceremony with huge media attention. It would be understandable to see some quiet draws after a tiring schedule, but that was definitely not the case. Local hero Ekaterina Atalýk won against Harika Dronavalli while Irina Krush won against Zhu Chen after playing an interesting gambit. 14-year old super talent Hou Yifan won against Anna Ushenina of Ukraine with help of her pawn majority on the king side.

IM KRUSH Irina 1 – 0 GM CHEN Zhu

IM ATALIK Ekaterina 1 – 0 IM DRONAVALLI Harika

IM JAVAKHISHVILI Lela 1 – 0 WGM XUE Zhao

IM USHENINA Anna 0 – 1 WGM YIFAN Hou

WIM YILDIZ Betul Cemre 0 – 1 GM CRAMLING Pia

In the game between Lela Javakhishvili, a frequent visitor of Turkey who won against Xue Zhao, white obtained a visible advantage after black’s castling in the tenth move which was never played before. After the exchange of queens white extracted more from the position with the help of the strong rook in the seventh rank and the d-pawn. Black might have chosen other defenses like 23..c4 which seems slightly better according to Rybka but black still seems to be in dire straits after that. After h4-h5 breakthrough, white won the game since it was not possible to avoid further material loss and defense against the active pieces of white for black.

Turkish youngster Betül Cemre Yýldýz faced the most experienced player in the field, Pia Cramling. After a quiet opening and in a roughly equal endgame after white allowed black knight to d4 everything changed drastically and black won a pawn and went on to win.

Atalýk made a good start at home. In the English opening she won a pawn after 15…Bf5. She went on and took two more pawns while giving away the exchange. During the rest of the game, she converted this material advantage to her first win in the tournament.

Krush chose a rarely played Gambit against the former world champion, named Geller Gambit (named after the former Soviet/Russia grandmaster Efim Petrovich Geller who was one of the prominent opening experts and also a great player in the middle and late 20th century) and went on with a position where white gains some initiative against the pawn. The risky variation she chose paid off and the initiative seemed to be enduring even after the queen exchange. Exchanging some more pieces with Nc1 (as tells us this was Atalýk’s suggestion) might be better than the game but the lasting and growing initiative of white against the difficulties of black in developing pieces resulted in a forceful attack even without the queens and white won the game. You can see the game with some brief comments by Krush.

More about the tournament

Opening ceremony

Videos with Ali Nihat Yazici

Official website

Cappelle la Grande round 1

results and photo report by WIM Anna Rudolf

Cappelle la Grande 2008 is underway in France. More than 600 players take part in the competition. Here is a photo report from our good friend WIM Anna Rudolf, as well as scores from the first round. Enjoy!

Cappelle 1 players

Opening ceremony and the board of Vasilios Kotronias and Jon Ludvig Hammer

Cappelle 1 hall

Countless nations at Cappelle la Grande, true spirit of international chess!

Cappelle 1 p1

Board 14, Nana Dzagnidze vs. Mikhailo Oleksienko

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First and second board. To the right is the top seeded Gashimov

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IM Amon Simutowe vs. FM Andy Marechal

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The organizer of Cappelle la Grande Sylvie Templeur with Marie Boyarchenko (left) and Anna Rudolf (right)

Results

Here are the results of the top 25 boards. The rest of the scores you can find on the official site

2445 MI HESS Robert – 2665 GMI GASHIMOV Vugar 0-1

2652 GMI FEDORCHUK Sergey – 2445 MI LLANEZA VEGA Marcos 1-0

2442 MI GHANE Shojaat – 2647 MIROSHNICHENKO Evgenij 0-1

2643 GMI MOISEENKO Alexander – 2441 GMI BUTNORIUS Algimantas 1-0

2441 MI HAMMER Jon ludvig – 2628 GMI KOTRONIAS Vasilios 1-0

2611 GMI BURMAKIN Vladimir – 2441 MI KHURTSIDZE Nino 0,5-0,5

2439 MI LARINO NIETO David 0 2609 GMI VITIUGOV Nikita 0 0,5-0,5

2606 GMI PETROSIAN Tigran l – 2438 MI COSSIN Sebastien 1-0

2436 MI ZAWADZKI Stanislaw – 2600 GMI MALAKHATKO Vadim 0-1

2597 GMI KRYVORUCHKO Yuriy – 2435 MI LLORENTE ZARO Alfonso 1-0

2434 GMI PETKEVICH Jusefs – 2594 GMI KAZHGALEYEV Murtas 0,5-0,5

2594 GMI SOKOLOV Andrei – 2433 MI TOMCZAK Jacek 0,5-0,5

2430 MI OLSZEWSKI Michal – 2593 GMI SANDIPAN Chanda 1-0

2590 GMI OLEKSIENKO Mikhailo – 2429 MI DZAGNIDZE Nana 1-0

2428 MI TISSIR Mohamed – 2588 GMI SPRAGGETT Kevin 1-0

2581 GMI L’AMI Erwin – 2427 MI DEMBO Yelena 0-1

2424 MF RECUERO GUERRA David – 2578 GMI BELOV Vladimir 0-1

2576 GMI ARUTINIAN David – 2423 MF PEREIRA Ruben 1-0

2422 MI SHIRAZI Kamran – 2575 – GMI ERDOS Viktor 0,5-0,5

2574 GMI MAMEDOV Nidjat 2420 GMI SHER Miron 0-1

2420 MI ZHEREBUKH Yaroslav – 2572 GMI BRODSKY Michail 0-1

2569 GMI SAVCHENKO Boris – 2418 MI KRIVONOSOV Oleg 0,5-0,5

2417 CF NABATY Tamir – 2568 GMI SHENGELIA Davit 1-0

2567 GMI ROZENTALIS Eduardas – 2414 MI ROJAS Luis 0-1

2413 MI BERKOVICH Mark – 2561 MI VOVK Yuri 0-1

Four nations chess challenge round 1

results, photos, pgn

An exciting start of the Four Nations Chess Challenge today in Norway! Latvia and Norway teams had a polarized battle between the men and women teams. Norway men won their match 3,5/1,5, while Latvia women were superior and grabbed victory with the same score. Thus, their match fnished 5,0 / 5,0.

In the second match of the day Sweden crushed England 7,5 / 2,5. The only victory for England came by GM David Howell (2528). However, the Swedish team led by GM Emanuel Berg and GM Pia Cramling did not allow more surprises.

Tomorrow at 15:00 CET starts Sweden - Norway and England - Latvia. All games will finish before the start of the second round of Morelia Linares, do not forget to follow it with live commentary on Chessdom.com. The games from the Four Nations Chess Challenge can be see on www.bergensjakk.no

Latvia Norway pgn

Sweden England pgn

Latvia 5 5 Norway

1. GM Normunds Miezis (2553) ½ ½ GM Kjetil A. Lie (2556)

2. GM Maris Krakops (2525) 0 1 GM Leif E. Johannessen (2521)

3. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (2506) 0 1 GM Berge stenstad (2482)

4. IM Arturs Neiksans (2470) 0 1 GM Rune Djurhuus (2452)

5. Vadims Daskevics (2331) 1 0 IM Espen Lie (2428)

6. WGM Dana Reizniece (2309) 1 0 WIM Sheila B. Sahl (2227)

7. WIM Ilze Berzina (2281) ½ ½ WIM Ellen Hages ther (2234)

8. WIM Tatjana Voronova (2242) ½ ½ WFM Silje Bjerke (2162)

9. WFM Viktorija Ni (2132) ½ ½ Torill Skytte (1971)

10. WFM Renate Praude (2131) 1 0 Yerazik Khachatourian (2044)

Sweden 7½ 2½ England

1. GM Emanuel Berg (2583) 1 0 GM Gawain Jones (2562)

2. GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson (2535) 0 1 GM David Howell (2528)

3. GM Evgenij Agrest (2535) ½ ½ IM Simon Williams (2482)

4. GM Jonny Hector (2533) 1 0 IM Stephen Gordon (2501)

5. GM Pontus Carlsson (2501) ½ ½ GM Stewart Haslinger (2495)

6. GM Pia Cramling (2524) 1 0 IM Harriet Hunt (2457)

7. WIM Svetlana Agrest (2257) 1 0 WFM Sabrina Chevannes (2074)

8. WIM Christin Andersson (2194) ½ ½ Kanwal Bhatia (2054)

9. Inna Agrest (2168) 1 0 Sarah Hegarty (1974)

10. Ellinor Frisk (2127) 1 0 Amisha Parmar (1995)


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GM Emanuel Berg (SWE) defeated GM Gawain Jones (ENG) on board 1

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WFM Silje Bjerke (NOR) with important draw against WIM Tatjana Voronova

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GM Kjetil A. Lie (NOR) is the top board of Norway

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GM Maris Krakops (LAT) vs GM Leif E. Johannessen (NOR)

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WIM Sheila Barth Sahl (NOR)

Four nations ellen

WIM Ellen Hages�ther (NOR)

Four nations organizers

Dag Danielsen from the Norwegian Chess Federation and Gausdal organizer Hans Olav Lahlum

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Game commentator IM Torstein Bae (NOR)

Info and photos official website and Eirik T. Gullaksen

Aeroflot Open has started

Round one played on Thursday, 14th February

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The strongest open tournament on the world, Aeroflot Open 2008, launched of on Thursday in Moscow with 66 players in the main A1 group. Stakes are high as the winner of this prestigious event will earn $30.000 USD and invitation for Dortmund 2008. The tournament ends on February 22nd.

Top seeded Vladimir Akopian of Armenia (2700) is searching for recovery after the catastrophic 63rd place at the just ended Moscow Open. He started of with a draw against young Azeri Rauf Mamedov (2583). Already 2nd seeded Andrei Volokitin, co-author of the highly acclaimed “Perfect Your Chess”, fell down to lower rated Artashes Minasian. However, 3rd seed and Moscow Open winner, Artyom Timofeev, won a nice four-rook endgame against young GM Csaba Balogh.

Balogh Csaba square Alexander Motylev

Csaba Balogh and Alexander Motylev

Top boards:

Vladimir Akopian (ARM 2700) – Rauf Mamedov (AZE 2583) draw

Artashes Minasian (ARM 2578) – Andrei Volokitin (UKR 2674) 1-0

Artyom Timofeev (RUS 2664) – Csaba Balogh (HUN 2575) 1-0

Mircea Parligras (ROM 2574) – Viktor Bologan (MDA 2663) draw

Farrukh Amonatov (TJK 2649) – Pavel Maletin (RUS 2573) draw

Georg Meier (GER 2570) – Alexander Motylev (RUS 2644) draw

Baadur Jobava (GEO 2643) – Alexander Evdokimov (RUS 2569) 0-1

You might recognize some of the players on this high paced video posted on the (mostly outdated) official website:


Selected Games

Moscow Open 2008 round 1

surprises at the men section

Moscow Open 2008 started with a big upset for the number one seeded GM Akopian Vladimir. The Armenian GM could not find a way to victory with white against the 350 points less rated FM Moskalenko and the game finished draw. Even worse was the start for the second seeded of the tournament GM Inarkiev. He lost from FM Okara and became the surprise of the day. Definitely an interesting start of the strong competition with a total of 80+ GMs, 20+ IMs, and a total of more than 150 titled players.

In the women section matches finished according to expectations. Irina Krush, Elina Danelian, Ekaterina Lahno, and Natalia Pogonina won their games and all of them had a clear outcome before move 30.

Moscow open results

1 GM Akopian Vladimir Ѕ – Ѕ FM Moskalenko Alexander

2 FM Okara Andrey 1 – 0 GM Inarkiev Ernesto

3 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim 1 – 0 FM Slugin Sergey

4 Chernobay Artem 0 – 1 GM Timofeev Artyom

5 GM Amonatov Farrukh 1 – 0 Zemtsov Igor

6 IM Aleshin Oleg 0 – 1 GM Tiviakov Sergei

7 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij 1 – 0 IM Peregudov Nickolai

8 FM Tonoian Armen 0 – 1 GM Areshchenko Alexander

9 GM Motylev Alexander 1 – 0 IM Potapov Pavel

10 IM Krivoborodov Egor 0 – 1 GM Jobava Baadur

11 GM Moiseenko Alexander 1 – 0 IM Polivanov Anatoliy

12 FM Kotenko Pavel Ѕ – Ѕ GM Sutovsky Emil

13 GM Efimenko Zahar 1 – 0 FM Onoprijchuk Boris

14 IM Chudinovskikh Alexander M 0 – 1 GM Naiditsch Arkadij

15 GM Najer Evgeniy 1 – 0 IM Kostin Alexey

16 FM Reshetnikov Alexey 0 – 1 GM Riazantsev Alexander

17 GM Kobalia Mikhail 1 – 0 FM Ozolin Maxim

18 IM Kargin Arseny 0 – 1 GM Volkov Sergey

19 GM Asrian Karen 1 – 0 IM Gorbatov Alexej

20 IM Orlinkov Maxim L Ѕ – Ѕ GM Aleksandrov Aleksej

21 GM Guseinov Gadir 1 – 0 IM Predein Vladimir

22 IM Kalashnikov Konstantin 1 – 0 GM Macieja Bartlomiej

23 GM Smirin Ilia 1 – 0 Abasov Nijat Azad

24 IM Soltanici Ruslan Ѕ – Ѕ GM Rodshtein Maxim

25 GM Burmakin Vladimir 1 – 0 FM Ahmed Sk Nasir

26 Kalashian David 0 – 1 GM Potkin Vladimir

27 GM Vitiugov Nikita 1 – 0 IM Gagarin Vasilij

28 Hambardzumian Yuri Ѕ – Ѕ GM Fedorov Alexei

29 GM Korotylev Alexey Ѕ – Ѕ GM Kalugin Sergey V

30 Lebedev Sergey 0 – 1 GM Kuzubov Yuriy

31 GM Kaidanov Gregory S Ѕ – Ѕ IM Filipenko Alexander V

32 IM Krylov Mikhail 1 – 0 GM Grachev Boris

33 GM Bocharov Dmitry 1 – 0 FM Shkurikhin Ilia

34 Pileckis Emilis 0 – 1 GM Smirnov Pavel

35 GM Popov Ivan 1 – 0 Kislov Oleg

36 IM Nezad Husein Aziz 0 – 1 GM Yakovich Yuri

37 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas 1 – 0 FM Fazulyanov Sergey

38 FM Klimov Anton Ѕ – Ѕ GM Lysyj Igor

39 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo 1 – 0 Prokopchuk Yury

40 Egorov Dmitry 0 – 1 GM Savchenko Boris

41 GM Iordachescu Viorel Ѕ – Ѕ IM Losev Dmitry

42 FM Pisakov Ilia Ѕ – Ѕ GM Zakhartsov Viacheslav V

43 GM Grigoriants Sergey Ѕ – Ѕ FM Stukopin Andrey

44 Kachar Vladimir Ѕ – Ѕ GM Belov Vladimir

45 GM Minasian Artashes 0 – 1 Tarasov Oleg

46 Mishin Alexei Ѕ – Ѕ GM Kurnosov Igor

47 GM Andreikin Dmitry 1 – 0 Prihotko Alexander

48 IM Kozlov Vladimir N 0 – 1 GM Korobov Anton

49 GM Evdokimov Alexander A 1 – 0 FM Tjurin Alexander P

50 Kruglov Viktor 0 – 1 GM Kharitonov Andrei V

51 GM Svetushkin Dmitry 1 – 0 Davydov Sergey P

52 IM Umansky Vladimir 0 – 1 GM Khismatullin Denis

53 GM Shomoev Anton Ѕ – Ѕ Benza Artem

54 IM Rjabzev Konstantin 0 – 1 IM Vovk Yuri

55 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 1 – 0 Sharafiev Azat

56 IM Leontiev Aleksandr V 0 – 1 GM Rychagov Andrey

57 GM Iljushin Alexei Ѕ – Ѕ FM Polschikov Alexey

58 FM Zolotukhin Valery 0 – 1 GM Novikov Stanislav

59 GM Khairullin Ildar 1 – 0 FM Isaev Yuri

60 FM Lyaskovsky Viktor 0 – 1 GM Chernyshov Konstantin

61 IM Deviatkin Andrei 0 – 1 Ipatov Alexander

62 WGM Romanko Marina 0 – 1 GM Gasanov Eldar

63 GM Le Quang Liem 0 – 1 Gundavaa Bayarsaihan

64 Potapov Alexey Ѕ – Ѕ GM Kunin Vitaly

65 GM Vorobiov Evgeny E Ѕ – Ѕ Hovhannisyan Robert

66 IM Onoprienko Vladimir 0 – 1 GM Andriasian Zaven

67 GM Bryzgalin Kirill 1 – 0 Airapetian Gor

68 FM Gritsenko Andrey 0 – 1 GM Kharitonov Alexandr

69 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr Ѕ – Ѕ WIM Shumilina Alexandra

70 IM Alexeev Alexey 0 – 1 IM Hossain Enamul

71 GM Pushkov Nikolai - – + IM Mikheev Stanislav

72 Belous Vladimir 0 – 1 IM Geller Jakov

73 GM Dzhakaev Dzhakay 1 – 0 FM Agaragimov Djakhangir

74 FM Reutsky Sergei Ѕ – Ѕ IM Maslak Konstantin

75 GM Kosyrev Vladimir Ѕ – Ѕ FM Moiseev Gumar

76 IM Zakharchenko Arnold 0 – 1 IM Nikolenko Oleg

77 GM Abdulla Al-Rakib 1 – 0 Gankin Stanislav

78 GM Grechihin Valery 0 – 1 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny

79 GM Kiselev Vitaliy Ѕ – Ѕ Demianjuk Alexander

80 FM Musaev Mansur 0 – 1 FM Gubajdullin Alexei

81 FM Dvalishvili Pavel S 1 – 0 FM Orlov Nikolay I

82 Nguyen Viet Tuong 1 – 0 IM Safarli Eltaj

83 GM Bagirov Rufat Ѕ – Ѕ Ajrapetian Gevorg

84 FM Lyaskovsky Valentin 0 – 1 IM Ivanov Victor L

85 FM Zabotin Alexander Ѕ – Ѕ FM Yarysh Grigorij

86 Demidov Mikhail 0 – 1 GM Safin Shukhrat

87 IM Tarlev Konstantin 1 – 0 FM Kurdakov Yuri

88 Pletnev Evgeniy 0 – 1 IM Demchenko Anton

89 IM Sjugirov Sanan 0 – 1 Djuraev Sokhib

90 WIM Kashlinskaya Alina 0 – 1 IM Ponkratov Pavel

91 IM Friedel Joshua E + – - Stefanovich Evgeny

92 Matvienko Ivan 0 – 1 IM Melkumyan Hrant

93 GM Krapivin Alexander Ѕ – Ѕ FM Bukavshin Ivan

94 FM Rozanov Pavel B 0 – 1 IM Ulko Jaroslav

95 IM Danin Alexandre 1 – 0 Fomin Vladimir

96 Omariev Maksim 0 – 1 IM Gabrielian Artur

97 GM Iskusnyh Sergei 1 – 0 Inants Aghasi

98 Kolmakov Pavel 0 – 1 GM Naumkin Igor

99 IM Papin Vasily 1 – 0 Viliavin Roman

100 Loginov Anton 0 – 1 IM Chadaev Nikolai

101 FM Isajevsky Anton Ѕ – Ѕ Kozlov Gennady

102 Rettore Ludwig 0 – 1 GM Gutov Andrey

103 GM Yandemirov Valeri 1 – 0 Guerrero Juan Carlos

104 Neshkov Vladislav - – + IM Demin Vladimir

105 IM Lushenkov Mikhail Ѕ – Ѕ Venevtsev Andrey

106 Pichugin Andrei 0 – 1 Ivanov Oleg V

107 Looshnikov Nikolai 1 – 0 Yudin Ivan

108 Urjubdshzirov Erdni 1 – 0 IM Konovalov Nikolay

109 IM Khusnutdinov Rustam 1 – 0 Aldokhin Ivan

110 Zhadanov Vasili B 0 – 1 IM Sitnikov Anton

111 IM Kuznetsov Viktor 1 – 0 Novikov Valeri

112 Kaljaev Viacheslav 0 – 1 GM Kim Alexey

113 FM Nakhapetiane Pogos Ѕ – Ѕ Krivolapov Vasily

114 Kurilenko Vladimir 0 – 1 FM Yatsenko Alexey

115 FM Lavrik Dmitry 1 – 0 Sychev Klementy

116 CM Antipov Mikhail Al 0 – 1 Mozharov Mikhail

117 FM Batchuluun Cegmed Ѕ – Ѕ Shefer Alexander

118 Yeo Michael J + – - IM Loskutov Oleg

119 IM Pruess David 1 – 0 Ezhikov Vitaly

120 Samedov Alim + – - IM Zakharov Alexander

121 IM Appolonov Sergey 1 – 0 Vakhlamov Igor L

122 Markosian Sarkis - – + IM Paveliev Alexey

123 IM Shvedchikov Anatoli I 1 – 0 Markevich Arseniy

124 Kreines Mikhail 0 – 1 GM Balashov Yuri S

125 IM Zherebukh Yaroslav 1 – 0 Gvilava Maya

126 Usov Ilia Nik 0 – 1 Borisenko Andrei

127 FM Kachko Alexander 1 – 0 Mingaleev Ildar

128 Adlai Semen 0 – 1 IM Ivanov Alexey

129 IM Matsenko Sergei 1 – 0 Bochkov Mikhail

130 Chizhikov Vladislav 0 – 1 Pustov Pavel

131 IM Eliseev Alexei 0 – 1 Galiaev Andrey

132 Hudaberdin Ravil 0 – 1 IM Reprintsev Alexander

133 FM Nyzhnyk Illya 1 – 0 Kanaev Sergey

134 Komov Sergey 0 – 1 FM Pokazanjev Nikolai

135 IM Purtov Andrei 1 – 0 Nizhegorodtsev Dmitry

136 Polonsky Pavel 0 – 1 IM Gorovykh Eduard

137 Tjurins Ilja 0 – 1 IM Yudin Sergei

From the official site

The opening ceremony of the 4th International Chess Festival «Moscow Open 2008» was held in Russian State Social University. The participants were greeted by the organizers of the Festival after the short documentary film about chess history.

«Chess is popular and favorite kind of sport», – said the head of Moscow Department of physical fitness and sports, Mikhail Stepaniants. «Moscow Open 2008» grows from the little tournament into the big festival. It is the epitome of tradition of Soviet chess school. Many young chess-players take part in this championship. In future they will repeat and increase the victories of Soviet players.

Viacheslav Beresnev noticed that during the short history of this tournament it’s taken the high ground in all Moscow and International chess calendars. The President of Moscow Chess Federation thanked players and organizers. He is sure that the Tournament will give the great impulse for development of chess in Moscow.

«Nowadays «Moscow Open 2008» – intellectual capital of the World», – said rector of Russian State Sosial University, Vasiliy Zhukov. He marked the great social role that chess plays in intellectual education of all people. The University has not so big experience in organization of such Festivals, but it outstrips some of such Festivals in technique, information and organization.

Vasily Zhukov congratulated all the participants of the Festival and announced that it’s opened.

Many games began at 3 p.m. in classrooms of the University. 1209 participants began to play in 4 tournaments of the Festival. 274 players are in «Open А», 402 – in «В», 130 women in «Open С», and 403 young players are in the tournament between schools (D).

Earlier news

Boris Spassky was presented to journalists as the Chief Arbiter of the festival Moscow Open at the press conference of ITAR-TASS news agency. In this connection ex-world champion even has to postpone celebration of his birthday, which is today – on January 30. Boris Vasilyevich has promised to be a strict arbiter, and punish without remorse for mobile calls during a game. Spasskiy has also pointed out that the women’s tournament will take place for the first time as a part of Moscow Open 2008 festival, and it, as the main men’s tournament, collects quite a distinguished team of players. Vyacheslav Bersenev, the President of Moscow Chess Federation, has noted that the festival will be a holiday not only for players but for spectators.
They will have a chance to watch the games of famous chess players, listen to the comments of a Grand Master about the most interesting games. They will be able to follow the games in real-time mode and on the Internet using Computers or mobile phones that support GPRS.

The festival that is being carried out for the fourth time will become record in terms of participants’ number. About 1200 chess players from 30 countries including over 100 Grand Masters will take part in it. Such a considerable level of the event enabled to include it on the list of the most significant events in Moscow last year.

It is obvious that the festival Moscow open has not hit the wall in its development. It will be developing, and Russian Chess Federation will continue collaborating with organizers of the tournament, assist with its carrying out.
Carrying out of the international festival Moscow Open 2008 can play a significant role regarding a positive decision of the International Olympic Committee about the candidacy of our city to host the first youth games that will take place in summer 2010. It was pointed out by Alexander Polinskiy, the General Director of the Committee of Sports and Entertainment Events of Moscow . We remind you that as of today this honor is being claimed by Singapore alongside with Moscow.
The drawing of lots that took place at the press conference has determined that the chess players that are higher rated will play white in the first round of all four tournaments of the festival.

Big upsets at the first round of Hastings Chess 2008

The underdogs surprise most of the top seeded players

The first round of the Masters tournament at the Hastings Chess Congress 2008 brought many surprises at the top tables. The highest rated player, GM Vadim Malakhatko lost with white against Sebastien Bogner. GM Chatalbashev, GM V. Georgiev, and GM Gawain Jones drew their games against Richard Bates, Florian Dinger, and Simon Knott respectively. GM Milos Pavlovic could not escape with the full point as well and drew with Peter Marusenko.

More about hastings

Hastings chess 2008 preview and participants

Official website

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Hastings 2008, round 1

1 MALAKHATKO,Vadim 2596 0 – 1 BOGNER,Sebastian 2383

2 BATES,Richard 2378 ½ – ½ CHATALBASHEV,Bor 2581

3 GEORGIEV,Vladimi 2576 ½ – ½ DINGER,Florian 2378

4 KNOTT,Simon 2366 ½ – ½ JONES,Gawain 2567

5 MAMEDOV,Nidjat 2565 1 – 0 SHAKIL,Abu Sufia 2361

6 AFEK,Youchanan 2349 0 – 1 HEBDEN,Mark 2542

7 CONQUEST,Stuart 2540 1 – 0 ZOZULIA,Anna 2343

8 RUDD,Jack 2332 0 – 1 TAHIROV,Farhad 2540

9 PERT,Nicholas 2539 1 – 0 PROSVIRIAKOV,Vla 2319

10 MARUSENKO,Peter 2304 ½ – ½ PAVLOVIC,Milos 2536

11 BINDRICH,Falko 2512 1 – 0 EAMES,Robert 2304

12 HASAN,Mehdi 2287 0 – 1 HASLINGER,Stewar 2502

13 FLEAR,Glenn 2493 ½ – ½ FORMANEK,Edward 2276

14 BRISCOE,Christop 2273 0 – 1 GORMALLY,Daniel 2484

15 WILLIAMS,Simon 2475 1 – 0 LEDGER,David 2266

16 FURMAN,Boris 2264 0 – 1 SENGUPTA,Deep 2447

17 GREET,Andrew 2441 1 – 0 GRANT,Alan 2251

18 KWIATKOWSKI,Feli 2237 0 – 1 ROY CHOWDHURY,Sa 2418

19 HOUSKA,Jovanka 2404 1 – 0 SNAPE,Ian 2230

20 JACKSON,Oliver 2219 0 – 1 SATYAPRAGYAN,Swa 2404

Hastings 2008 round 2, pairings

1 SENGUPTA,Deep 2447 (1) – MAMEDOV,Nidjat 2565 (1)

2 HEBDEN,Mark 2542 (1) – GREET,Andrew 2441 (1)

3 ROY CHOWDHURY,Sa 2418 (1) – CONQUEST,Stuart 2540 (1)

4 TAHIROV,Farhad 2540 (1) – HOUSKA,Jovanka 2404 (1)

5 SATYAPRAGYAN,Swa 2404 (1) – PERT,Nicholas 2539 (1)

6 BOGNER,Sebastian 2383 (1) – BINDRICH,Falko 2512 (1)

7 HASLINGER,Stewar 2502 (1) – COLLINS,Sam 2401 (1)

8 GORMALLY,Daniel 2484 (1) – RENDLE,Thomas 2397 (1)

9 THOMSON,Ian 2309 (1) – WILLIAMS,Simon 2475 (1)

10 GURBANZADE,Erkin 2179 (1) – MALAKHATKO,Vadim 2596 (0)

11 FRUTEAU,Sabine 2169 (1) – GEORGIEV,Vladimir 2576 (½)

12 CHATALBASHEV,Bor 2581 (½) – MANSSON,James 2161 (1)

13 DICKSON,George 2160 (1) – FLEAR,Glenn 2493 (½)

14 JONES,Gawain 2567 (½) – POOBALASINGAM,Pe 2158 (1)

15 HAGESAETHER,Arne 2153 (1) – ISLAM,Kh Aminul 2390 (½)

16 PAVLOVIC,Milos 2536 (½) – ATAKO,Chino 2149 (1)

17 LALIC,Bogdan 2500 (½) – DONOVAN,Nigel 2121 (1)

18 SUGDEN,John 2116 (1) – BATES,Richard 2378 (½)

19 ZHOU,Yang-Fan 2068 (1) – KNOTT,Simon 2366 (½)

20 KAUFMAN,Raymond 2393 (½) – GOODGER,Martyn 2067 (1)

Paco Vallejo and Beliavsky victorious

First round of Internacional Ciudad de Pamplona

Francisco Vallejo Pons successfully started Pamplona campaign by beating his ETCC roommate Ibragim Khamrakulov. It was a modern treatment against Giuoco Piano where Black keeps its King in the center while initiating kingside conflict with g5-g4. Exactly 9…g5 was an important novelty to which Khamrakulov didn’t react in best fashion. Paco eventually castled long and continued to press on the open g-file and against weak f5 pawn, until everything was over on move 44.

The oldest participant, Alexander Beliavsky, allowed Armenian representative Gabriel Sargissian to play Queens Indian defence. At one point, the two have established some kind of Benoni pawn structure, which was clearly in White’s favor after Black’s pieces stood on clumsy positions. Beliavsky was threatening to roll over with his massive center and Sargissian decided to give up a pawn for some compensation over the open files. After some exchanges, it looked like Black will get counterplay, but White suddenly created mating net and Sargissian had to throw the towel.

Gabriel Sargissian square Alexander Beliavsky square

Gabriel Sargissian and Alexander Beliavsky

Baadur Jobava justified his reputation of an enterprising player. He sacrificed a piece right after the opening, but Sergei Movsesian was able to find unique moves and hold his position. Jobava eventually had to settle for draw with perpetual check. Top seeded Wang Yue of China held longterm small advantage against junior Maxim Rodstein, but Black defended stubbornly to achieve well-deserved draw.

Round 1 results

Ibragim Khamrakulov (ESP 2604) – Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP 2660) 0-1

Alexander Beliavsky (SLO 2646) – Gabriel Sargissian (ARM 2673) 1-0

Baadur Jobava (GEO 2644) – Sergei Movsesian (SVK 2670) draw

Wang Yue (CHN 2703) – Maxim Rodstein (ISR 2615) draw

Tal Memorial 2007

Round 1 report

First round of the Mikhail Tal Memorial was played yesterday in Moscow. 20th category field is featuring only players rated above 2700 fide elo. Ex-world champion Vladimir Kramnik and gold medalists from ETCC 2007, Evgeny Alekseev and Dmitry Jakovenko, are representing hosting Russia. Also Ivanchuk, Mamedyarov, Shirov, Carlsen and Mamedyarov have arrived directly from Creta.

The only full point in round one was scored by rested Peter Leko who nicely outplayed Alexei Shirov’s Moeller Ruy Lopez. Kramnik and Carlsen have played wild game, and only wonderful 33. Qxf5! saved the day for white. Gata Kamsky held firm edge against Boris Gelfand’s gambit through most of the game, but after blundering important central pawn with 27. e5?, he has agreed on draw in the position that was still better.

Tal mug

1st round results:

Gata Kamsky 2714 – Boris Gelfand 2736 draw

Dmitry Jakovenko 2710 – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752 draw

Peter Leko 2755 – Alexei Shirov 2739 1-0

Vladimir Kramnik 2785 – Magnus Carlsen 2714 draw

Evgeny Alekseev 2716 – Vassily Ivanchuk 2787 draw

Tal 1 Group

Tal 1 Kramnik-Carlsen

Vladimir Kramnik – Magnus Carlsen

Photos courtesy of Europe-Echecs

European Club Cup 2007 round 1

Ivanchuk wins, some surprises in other games

1 OSC Baden-Baden e.V. Homburg Apeldoorn 5,5 : 0,5

2 C.R.E. Liège E.L. Ural Sverdlovskaya 0,0 : 6,0

3 Tomsk-400 Opus Capita Tampere 5,0 : 1,0

4 Hilsmark Kingfisher Bosna Sarajevo 0,5 : 5,5

5 Linex Magic – Merida Oslo Schkakselskap 5,0 : 1,0

6 Matinkylan Shakkekerho Espoo Keystone 0,5 : 5,5

7 Ashdod City Club HMC Calder 5,5 : 0,5

8 Doruk Koleji SK Gros Xake Taldea 1,5 : 4,5

9 Economist SGSEU-1 Saratov Turk Hava Yollari 5,5 : 0,5

10 Namur Alkaloid 0,0 : 6,0

11 Bank King Yerevan Hellir Chess Club 5,5 : 0,5

12 Cuna de Dragones – Ajoblanco Clichy Echecs 92 0,5 : 5,5

13 Chess Club Zagreb Aarhus Skakklub / Skolerne 5,5 : 0,5

14 Bronshoj Skakforening (Copenhagen) Chess Club Zeljeznicar Sarajevo 1,0 : 5,0

15 Vesnianka Gran Asker SK 4,0 : 2,0

16 Besiktas Sollentuna Chessclub 2,0 : 4,0

17 Aquaprofit Chess Club Nagykanisza Kilkenny Chess Club 5,5 : 0,5

18 Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo Hamburger SK 0,0 : 6,0

19 Reykjavik Chess Club Plunge Chess Club Bokstas 5,0 : 1,0

20 Chess Club Niederrohrdorf Csuti – Hydrocomp Chess Club 1,5 : 4,5

21 Cannes Echecs Schackklub De Sprénger Echternach 4,0 : 2,0

22 Tarsus Zeka Satrac SK 1. Novoborsky SK 1,0 : 5,0

23 Cercle d’Echecs de Strasbourg Klubi Shahut Prishtina 2,5 : 3,5

24 Rathmines Herzliya Chess Club 0,0 : 6,0

25 Vilnius Chess-Bridge club ”NSEL30” Nidum Liberals 6,0 : 0,0

26 Cwmbran Schachfreunde Reichenstein 0,0 : 6,0

27 Utrecht Klubi Shahut Theranda 6,0 : 0,0

28 “Apollonia” Chess Club Fier SK Rochade Eupen 1,0 : 5,0

Ivanchuk square 3 Gata Kamsky 2

The 23rd European Club Cup started with no surprises at team level. The favorites won their first matches, however, the top 15 European Club Cup teams are not the ones that are leading the current standings. Out of the 7 teams with full points the only star teams are Alkaloid and Ural Sverdlovskaya. Here is short report about what happened to the other favorites.

Baden-Baden

Carlsen, Harikrishna, Nisipeanu, Bacrot, and Nielsen Peter Heine won their first games with ease. However, Baden Baden lost half a point in the game GM Schlosser Philipp – Van Der Elburg Freddie, where Philipp could not make a over 300 ELO points difference count.

Bosna Sarajevo

Ivanchuk won his first games at the European Club Cup, as did his teammates Almasi, Movsesian, Sokolov, and Predojevic. Close to 400 ELO points advantage were not enough for Nigel Short to win against Briscoe, and Bosna Sarajevo finished the round with 5,5/6.

Keystone

Keystone had a nice performance with Ponomariov and Onishchuk winning convincingly. The only draw was by GM Efimenko against FM Ebeling (ELO difference 270 points)

Tomsk-400

Tomsk chess team won 5,0/6 points, but that should not be considered a good result for them. GM Kasimdzhanov drew IM Maki and GM Smirnov drew agains 400 ELO lower and untitled Olli Sisatto.

Gros Xake Taldea

Again an unexpected start, with untitled Secer Ata beating GM Istratescu. Gros Xake Taldea also lost half a point when GM Milov drew IM Erturan.

Valjevo day 1 report

Karpov draws, Atalik and Ivanishevic win

Atalik Stojanovic Georgiev Roiz

Update 18:00

Anatoly Karpov is in Valjevo with a coach! It is Alexander Riazantsev (ELO 2621). Anatoly is very concentrated on the game and is spending serious time, and Nikolic is standing against him showing no emotion. It is fun to watch Georgiev and Roiz playing. Both are moving very slowly and spend a lot of time looking through the window.

Ivanisevic talked to our head of editors and said that he is very confident. Ivanisevic is happy with his opening preparation and believes he has all the chances for winning the tournament.

Update 19:30

A few minutes ago Roiz proposed a draw and Georgiev agreed. It was a very active game by both players with many options and possible outcomes. Expect later tonight the commentary of IM Kalin Karakehayov.

At that moment Karpov has a slight advantage and looks very eager to score in the first game of Gorenje. Stay tuned for updates!

Update 20:30

Suat Atalik won convincingly his game against the only IM participant (and Chessdom.com contributor) IM Mihajlo Stojanovic. Atalik was superior during the whole game and Stojanovic had no chance for taking a point.

Vlajevo-01-Ivanisevic-Pavasovic Vlajevo-01-Iordashescu-Damjanovic

Vlajevo-01-Karpov Nicolic

First round pairings

GM Karpov Anatoly 2668 – GM Nikolic Predrag 2631

GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2614 – GM Pavasovic Dusko 2567

GM Atalik Suat 2584 – IM Stojanovic Mihajlo 2588

GM Georgiev Kiril 2653 – GM Roiz Michael 2616

GM Iordachescu Viorel 2587 – GM Damljanovic Branko 2585

Expect analysis of the games by IM Kalin Karakehayov and many pictures and stories by our correspondent in Valjevo.

Do not forget to check out the toto game organized by Alex Brunetti. It features fantastic prizes.

Important information:

Gorenje 2007 (Valjevo) preview

List of participants

VSK official site – in Serbian

General Valjevo page

Grishchuk and Aronian win, many checkered sheep

Candidate matches round 1 report

white sheep

White sheep

Grischuk Alexander (RUS) – Malakhov Vladimir (RUS) 1-0

A white sheep is a white sheep. It brought good luck to Grishchuk in the first round of the Candidate matches. However, it turned to be the only white sheep of the day to work properly.

Black Sheep

Black sheep

Carlsen Magnus (NOR) – Aronian Levon (ARM) 0 – 1

Aronian shows once again that he is a black sheep for his opponents. As we mentioned in our preview, he is the clear favorite for qualifying. Adding the sheep power to his ability will make the place in the finals even closer for the young Armenian.

Chessdom sheep

Checkered sheep

Leko Peter (HUN) – Gurevich Mikhail (TUR) 1/2 – 1/2

Ponomariov Ruslan (UKR) – Rublevsky Sergei (RUS) 1/2 – 1/2

Kamsky Gata (USA) – Bacrot Etienne (FRA) 1/2 – 1/2

Gelfand Boris (ISR) – Kasimdzhanov Rustam (UZB) 1/2 – 1/2

Adams Michael (ENG) – Shirov Alexei (ESP) 1/2 – 1/2

Polgar Judith (HUN) – Bareev Evgeny (RUS) 1/2 – 1/2

Many games of round one finished 1/2 – 1/2. Was it the case that the players above received a checkered sheep during the draw? We may never know the truth, so let’s look at other factors. First, the players knew who their opponent is long before the start of the games. Thus, they have come prepared to Elista. On the other hand, a pieceful start is better than a negative start, so it is logical to strive for simple, easy to draw positions in the beginning. Not on last place, the absence of the Sofia rule makes the draw a very possible result.

Visit the page dedicated to the World Chess Championship Mexico 2007 for more info about the WCC 2007.

Kamsky Bacrot Elista Polgar Bareev Elista

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