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Only Two Remain Perfect after Round 2

U.S. Chess Championships report by FM Mike Klein

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Only a pair of rounds into the 2011 U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship and already the whittling of the 24-player field is complete. Only two players have unblemished records – one in each tournament – but they got there in very different ways Saturday afternoon. Both events are taking place at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis from April 14-28.

Grandmaster Larry Christiansen, a three-time U.S. Champion, pushed his record to 2-0 first with another whitewash. This time his focus was the queenside and his opponent was Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan. The two have played more than 20 times, including at 12 prior Championships (of the other matchups today, no other men had played more than twice). Seirawan had said before the tournament began that he hoped to survive the opening, where his mastery has dulled since his hiatus from tournament chess began in 2003. That fear came true.

“The three worst things that could happen to a chess player happened to me today,” Seirawan said. “First, the opening was bad. Then both my king and queen got checkmated.”

Christiansen offered his b-pawn in the same way that GM Sergey Karjakin did to GM Pavel Eljanov at last year’s Chess Olympiad. Seirawan, unfamiliar with the game, took the bait. Like Eljanov, he soon wished he had not. In the post-game analysis it was Christiansen showing off his knowledge of the variation. “[The move] Qb1 has been around,” Christiansen said. “You know, I did my homework. Not only do we have a mating attack, but let’s trap his queen too. It’s an embarrassment of riches.”

“From my side, I’m going, ‘Geez, I walked into this hurricane,’” Seirawan said.

While it took that game a mere 17 moves to produce a winner, Woman Grandmaster Sabina Foisor needed 79 turns to overcome the dogged determination of FIDE Master Alisa Melekhina. Foisor took sole possession of the lead in the women’s tournament, and her double pawn sacrifice of 25. f4 and 26. e5 showed a perspicacious understanding of the position. Many fellow players and spectators, several of which were higher rated, praised the idea. Still, after Foisor pried apart her opponent’s king’s shelter, Melekhina gamely repulsed the attack and set up a timely blockade. Foisor’s 70. a5 was not calculation as much as it was the last salvo, but without ample time to hold the fortress, Melekhina allowed a decisive breakthrough.

“I thought I was winning and then and then I gave her a lot of counterplay,” Foisor said. “In the end I thought that I’m not winning.” The game was a bit of revenge for Foisor, as Melekhina has won their matchup at the last two U.S. Women’s Championships. Foisor began the 2009 Championship 3-0 but faltered badly in the final six games. She promised no celebrations would occur until after the event. Since she is missing her college classes, Foisor joked that she wants to succeed so she can silence her professors’ entreaties about the worthiness of skipping classes.

The other miniature of the day came from an unlikely game. GM-elect Sam Shankland chose the normally-reserved Slav Defense against GM Gregory Kaidanov. The center pawns traded early, unfurling some open diagonals that Shankland rode to a devastating attack on Kaidanov’s castled king.

“I don’t know if Kaidanov has lost in 18 moves with White in the last 20 years,” Shankland said. “I got extremely lucky of course … I think it was more his doing than mine. It just wasn’t his day.”

Shankland’s sudden attack came from a queen lift, first up to d4, then across to h4, to join forces with his well-posted bishops. He said the maneuver would have been much more ineffective if Kaidanov had not played 14. Bxc4 and instead kept his light-squared bishop on d3. From there, it could generate a counterattack via the b1-h7 diagonal.

After settling in for the first round, the second round gave more decisive results. Seven of the 12 matches produced winners, including all four of the games in the U.S. Women’s Championship.

Defending Champion IM Irina Krush recovered easily from her first-round oversight, defeating WFM Tatev Abrahamyan. All of the women have played each other several times over, so Abrahamyan tried to spring a surprise on Krush with the rare Blumenfeld Gambit. Krush actually tried out the opening herself at last year’s championship.

“She clearly didn’t know anything about the Blumenfeld,” Krush said. “She took a gamble that I didn’t know anything. I knew just a little bit more than her.”

IM Anna Zatonskih, considered one the pre-tournament favorites, picked up her first win by netting some early material and beating WIM Iryna Zenyuk. Zatonskih is the only player with 1.5 out of two. Four women out of the eight will advance to the semifinals after round-robin play. WGM Camilla Baginskaite earned her first point by defeating IM Rusudan Goletiani.

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Anna Zatonskih

Defending U.S. Champion GM Gata Kamsky bubbled over in the press room when showing his victory over GM Varuzhan Akobian. Like Christiansen, Kamsky left his b-pawn undefended and proceeded to show his opponent why it was poisoned.

“I spoke with Emil (Sutovsky) and told him I wanted to sacrifice some stuff today,” Kamsky said. “He told me, ‘Don’t do that!’” Sutovsky is Kamsky’s friend and in the past has also served as his “second.”

Kamsky enthusiastically showed some variations to the crowd. “Ne4 was, how do you say, beautiful?” He admitted to getting carried away with aesthetics and criticized his two-knight maneuver 26. Ne7+ and 27. Ng5+. He claimed to find an unlikely defense for Akobian. In showing it off to the audience, he ended with a position of perfect stasis for both sides. The result, he said, reminded him of something famed chess composer Leonid Kubbel might create.

All other round-two games ended in draws, including GM Jaan Ehlvest against GM Ray Robson, GM Alexander Stripunsky against GM Alexander Ivanov, GM Alexander Shabalov against GM Alexander Onischuk, IM Daniel Naroditsky against GM Yury Shulman and GM Robert Hess against GM Ben Finegold. Of the list, Hess had the best chance to win, but missed a winning knight invasion late in the game.

Every player in both tournaments now has at least one-half point. Leading the U.S. Championship’s Group One is Kamsky with 1.5/2, but six other players in that group trail him by a half-point. Leading Group Two is Christiansen, while Onischuk and Shankland are on 1.5/2. The top two men from each group will qualify for the semifinals.

Sunday the most important matchup will be Shankland – Christiansen, with the latter having Black for the first time in the event.

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53rd Torneo di Capodanno in Reggio Emilia – Round Two

Report by IM Martha Fierro, analysis by GM Miso Cebalo

The first game to end was Ivanchuk – Vallejo Pons, few moves but very intense. With white Vassily choose a strange setup, placing the Bishop on e2 and combining it with pawn move g3. This system gave black the possibility to sacrifice a piece for two pawns and an exchange.

Perhaps Vassily overlooked that after 10.Nxe4 (instead of 10.f3) dxe4 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.f3 black has the hidden 12…Rxh2. The Ukrainian was not convinced of his position and offered a draw, which the Spanish Grandmaster accepted. The analisys didn’t prove who was better. Paco seems satisfied, after yesterday having some fortune and today draw with black against the top seeded player. Who knows, maybe this will be his tournament?

Also today Short gave us a brilliant game against the “rested” Morozevich. Opposite castles were the sign of a great fight ahead. In this game we could see Nigel’s king walking around the board again. In the analysis room, full of spectators, many moves were suggested for black but there is no clear path. And the full point went to the English Grandmaster. Maybe the blunder was 29…d4, better-looking was 29…Rh4. Scroll down for the analysis by GM Miso Cebalo.

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Alexander Morozevich

Gashimov-Movsesian was another dynamic position with equal chances and it finished in a draw. Fabiano Caruana choose the Lasker Pelikan defence against David Navara. The game was a strategical battle, were both players had to be very careful. Fabiano entered into the time pressure, then the white squares slowly became weaker and weaker and his position finally collapsed.

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David Navara

Round 2 results:

Nigel Short – Alexander Morozevich 1-0

David Navara – Fabiano Caruana 1-0

Vassily Ivanchuk – Francisco Vallejo Pons draw

Vugar Gashimov – Sergei Movsesian draw

Michele Godena – Alexander Onischuk draw

Round 2 standings:

1. Nigel Short ENG 2680 – 2.0

2. Francisco Vallejo Pons ESP 2698 – 1.5

3-6. David Navara CZE 2708 (-1), Sergei Movsesian SVK 2721, Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2764 and Alexander Onischuk USA 2683 – 1.0

7-9. Michele Godena ITA 2549, Vugar Gashimov AZE 2733 and Fabiano Caruana ITA 2709 – 0.5

10. Alexander Morozevich RUS 2700 – 0 (-1)

Round 3 pairings:

Alexander Morozevich – Vugar Gashimov

Fabiano Caruana – Nigel Short

Francisco Vallejo Pons – David Navara

Sergei Movsesian – Michele Godena

Alexander Onischuk – Vassily Ivanchuk

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Sergei Movsesian and Martha Fierro analysing

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Players and organizers together at the dinner


Women’s World Chess Championship – Round Two

Yelena Dembo eliminates Tatiana Kosintseva, Russian players massively packing home

The classical games of the round two of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2010 concluded today. The most convincing in the mini-matches were Harika Dronavalli (India), Anna Zatonskih (USA) and Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine), who all dispatched their respective opponents with a clean 2-0 score.

Top rated contenders, Humpy Koneru (IND 2600) and Yifan Hou (CHN 2591), settled for draws today, as the game one victories pushed them into the next round. On the other hand, the third-seeded Tatiana Kosintseva of Russia was eliminated by the birthday-girl Yelena Dembo from Greece, who successfully bridged the 100-elo points difference.

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Yelena Dembo

Former World Champion Maia Chiburdanidze was sent home by the Chinese star Zhao Xue.

The other decisive matches brought further disappointment for the Russian players, as Ju Wenjun defeated Baira Kovanova and Anna Muzychuk eliminated Evgenija Ovod. The only Russian remaining in the draw is the reigning World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk who drew Sopiko Khukhashvili 1-1 and proceeds to play the rapid tiebreaks tomorrow.

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Humpy Koneru

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Alexandra Kosteniuk

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Zhao Xue

Vassily Ivanchuk’s Powerful Start at Capablanca Memorial

Victories against Nigel Short and Evgeny Alekseev

Jermuk Ivanchuk

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The 45th Capablanca Memorial is being held on 10th-22nd June in Havana, Cuba. The Elite Group is a six-player double round robin with Vassily Ivanchuk as top seed. This is Ivanchuk’s fourth participation in Havana, after he won the tournament back in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Russia is represented by Evgeny Alekseev and Ian Nepomniatchi, top Cuban players Leinier Dominguez and Lazaro Bruzon present the local challenge and Nigel Short of England is also participating.

Ivanchuk made it known that he will seriously attempt to win his fourth Capablanca trophy after a powerful start when he scored two victories – against Short and Alekseev. These were actually the only decided games as the rest of the field was relatively peaceful. We’ve already seen one Berlin Wall and one Petroff defence.

Round 1 results:

Nigel Short – Vassily Ivanchuk 0-1

Leinier Dominguez – Lazaro Bruzon draw

Ian Nepomniatchi – Evgeny Alekseev draw

Round 2 results:

Vassily Ivanchuk – Evgeny Alekseev 1-0

Lazaro Bruzon – Ian Nepomniatchi draw

Nigel Short – Leinier Dominguez draw

In addition, there are also Premier Group, a ten-player round robin, and Open tournament with 107 participants. Premier Group is featuring GM Almeida Quintana Omar CUB 2541, GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky CUB 2582, IM Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo CUB 2544, GM Corrales Jimenez Fidel CUB 2590, GM Nogueiras Santiago Jesus CUB 2570, GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2617, GM Cordova Emilio PER 2552, GM Hernandez Holden CUB 2543, GM Bachmann Axel PAR 2563 and GM Potkin Vladimir RUS 2634.

A number of other Cuban Grandmasters are playing the Open, top rated among them being Yuri Gonzalez Vidal. Portuguese GM Luis Galego is also in the competition, as well as guests from Netherlands.

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San Sebastian Open – Round Two

Norwegians presenting strong challenge for Grandmasters

San Sebastian 2010

The 33rd edition of San Sebastian International Tournament is taking place from March 28th to April 4th in the basque city of San Sebastian (Donostia in basque language). The playing venue is at Gros Xake Taldea, a chess club which has recently inaugurated its playing area next to the Anoeta Football stadium at the “fronton” Karmelo Balda.

The top seeded competitors are already experiencing strong resistance from the pool of amateur players. In the second round, Norwegians Vea Odin Blikra and Alf Andersen have pulled draws against Grandmasters Oleg Korneev and Alexis Cabrera respectively. In addition, the talented junior Aranaz Murillo Amalia earned a draw from the leading local IM Huerga Leache Mikel. Top results and round three matches are listed bellow.

Round 2 top results:

WIM Bjerke Silje - GM Spraggett Kevin 0 – 1

GM Gleizerov Evgeny - Nelson Jonathan P 1 – 0

Vea Odin Blikra - GM Korneev Oleg ½ – ½

IM Alsina Leal Daniel - Griffiths Ryan Rhys 1 – 0

Aranaz Portugues Jose Carlos - GM San Segundo Carrillo Pablo 0 – 1

GM Cabrera Alexis - Andersen Alf R ½ – ½

Hagemann Tim Dr - GM Movsziszian Karen 0 – 1

GM Cifuentes Parada Roberto - Diez Fraile David 1 – 0

Corral Sierra Javier - GM Ulibin Mikhail 0 – 1

IM Llaneza Vega Marcos - Ros Eskisabel Jose Ramon 1 – 0

Guijarro Galan Jose Luis - IM Alonso Rosell Alvar 0 – 1

GM Pogorelov Ruslan - Torres Ganuza Fco Javier 1 – 0

Lakunza Plazaola Asier - GM Tratar Marko 0 – 1

IM Alvarez Pedraza Aramis - Korhonen Pasi 1 – 0

Uriarte Prieto Goyo - IM Recuero Guerra David 0 – 1

IM Huerga Leache Mikel - Aranaz Murillo Amalia ½ – ½

Round 2 standings:

1-27. GM Spraggett Kevin CAN 2580, GM Gleizerov Evgeny RUS 2565, IM Alsina Leal Daniel ESP 2548, GM San Segundo Carrillo Pablo ESP 2534, GM Movsziszian Karen ARM 2530, GM Cifuentes Parada Roberto ESP 2525, GM Ulibin Mikhail RUS 2516, IM Llaneza Vega Marcos ESP 2514, IM Alonso Rosell Alvar ESP 2509, GM Pogorelov Ruslan UKR 2486, GM Tratar Marko SLO 2486, IM Alvarez Pedraza Aramis CUB 2486, IM Recuero Guerra David ESP 2481, IM Collins Sam E IRL 2401, IM Argandona Riveiro Inigo ESP 2388, FM Almeida Toledano Daniel ESP 2367, FM Andres Gonzalez Ivan ESP 2340, IM Jakobsen Ole DEN 2332, FM Thomassen Joachim NOR 2331, FM Cruz-Lopez Claret Carlos ESP 2318, FM Trepat Herranz Joan ESP 2305, Martin Alvarez Inigo ESP 2289, IM Piasetski Leon CAN 2280, WIM Hagesaether Ellen NOR 2269, FM Nava Pereda Carlos ESP 2254, Benson Oisin P IRL 2065, Thomassen Thomas NOR 2041 – 2.0 etc

Round 3 top pairings:

GM Spraggett Kevin - IM Collins Sam

IM Argandona Riveiro Inigo - GM Gleizerov Evgeny

FM Almeida Toledano Daniel - IM Alsina Leal Daniel

GM San Segundo Carrillo Pablo - FM Andres Gonzalez Ivan

GM Movsziszian Karen - IM Jakobsen Ole

FM Thomassen Joachim - GM Cifuentes Parada Roberto

GM Ulibin Mikhail - FM Cruz-Lopez Claret Carlos

IM Piasetski Leon - IM Llaneza Vega Marcos

IM Alonso Rosell Alvar - FM Trepat Herranz Joan

WIM Hagesaether Ellen - GM Pogorelov Ruslan

GM Tratar Marko - Martin Alvarez Inigo

Benson Oisin - IM Alvarez Pedraza Aramis

IM Recuero Guerra David - FM Nava Pereda Carlos

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Serbia Chess League – Round Four

1-11th September in Hotel Šumarice, Kragujevac

After four rounds of the Serbian Premier Chess League, VSK Sveti Nikolaj and last year champions Novosadski Sah Klub are leading the scoreboard with perfect score and 12 points each (3 points for win, 1 for draw). One of the top seeded teams, 2007 champion Beograd Beopublikum, was stunned in round three by the ambitious Lasta, Serbian Club Cup winner. Beopublikum is now third with 9 points.

Local team Radnicki Kragujevac is doing well in the first rounds and is now sharing 4th place together with Premier from Smederevo. Milos Pavlovic and Dragan Kosic are among the lower rated top boards, but thus far both are undefeated in the games against seasoned foreign Grandmasters.

The event is being held on 1-11th September in Hotel “Šumarice”, Kragujevac, which was also the venue of the last individual chess championship. Top 12 games are being relayed live on the official website.

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IM Slavisa Brenjo versus GM Robert Markus

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IM Petar Benkovic vs GM Petar Popovic

Round 4 results

Beograd Beopublikum 4.0 – 2.0 Sloga Amiga

GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij 2690 ½ : ½ GM Sakaev Konstantin 2625

GM Vuckovic Bojan 2600 ½ : ½ GM Paunovic Dragan 2556

GM Miladinovic Igor 2547 1 : 0 IM Arsovic Zoran 2468

GM Jeremic Veljko 2494 ½ : ½ GM Rajkovic Dusan 2472

GM Savic Miodrag R 2545 ½ : ½ IM Arsovic Goran 2439

IM Marcetic Nikola 2382 1 : 0 Sarenac Ivan 2353

VSK Sveti Nikolaj Srpski 3.5 – 2.5 Agronom

GM Sokolov Ivan 2657 ½ : ½ GM Kosic Dragan 2495

GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2614 1 : 0 IM Zlatic Mihailo 2456

GM Pikula Dejan 2562 0 : 1 IM Dragojlovic Andjelko 2402

GM Strikovic Aleksa 2512 0 : 1 FM Saric Sinisa 2418

GM Lajthajm Borko 2480 1 : 0 Grujic Zoran 2347

GM Todorovic Goran M 2450 1 : 0 FM Sekulic Dusan 2295

Nis 2.5 – 3.5 Radnicki

GM Predojevic Borki 2654 ½ : ½ GM Efimenko Zahar 2654

GM Marjanovic Slavoljub 2480 1 : 0 GM Antic Dejan 2518

GM Martinovic Slobodan 2452 ½ : ½ GM Abramovic Bosko 2471

IM Miljkovic Miroslav D 2467 ½ : ½ GM Barlov Dragan 2471

IM Perunovic Miodrag 2439 0 : 1 IM Novoselski Zoran 2412

IM Maksimovic Branimir 2421 0 : 1 Pavlovic Goran 2374

SSK SK Premier 4.0 – 2.0 Politika PEP

GM Rublevsky Sergei 2703 ½ : ½ GM Bologan Viktor 2688

GM Perunovic Milos 2572 1 : 0 GM Drazic Sinisa 2518

GM Milanovic Danilo 2533 ½ : ½ IM Pap Misa 2484

GM Ilincic Zlatko 2474 ½ : ½ IM Laketic Gojko 2479

IM Pavlovic Milos M 2533 ½ : ½ IM Nestorovic Dejan 2434

IM Tadic Branko 2532 1 : 0 IM Nestorovic Nikola 2412

Mladenovac 0.0 – 6.0 Spartak Merkur

FM Jovanovic Sasa M 2293 0 : 1 GM Berkes Ferenc 2663

Dudukovic Nikola 2210 0 : 1 GM Sedlak Nikola 2571

FM Maric Dragan 2267 0 : 1 IM Roganovic Milos 2474

Milutinovic Dejan D 2069 0 : 1 IM Leskur Dejan 2428

Nikcevic Branko 2153 0 : 1 Nadj Hedjesi Balind 2454

Senic Branko 2149 0 : 1 FM Popov Sinisa S 2455

Lasta 2.5 – 3.5 Novosadski sah klub DDOR

GM Pavlovic Milos 2533 ½ : ½ GM Sutovsky Emil 2676

GM Halkias Stelios 2570 ½ : ½ GM Solak Dragan 2583

IM Brenjo Slavisa 2495 ½ : ½ GM Markus Robert 2608

IM Marinkovic Ivan 2461 ½ : ½ GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2562

IM Ostojic Nikola 2412 0 : 1 GM Popovic Dusan 2552

IM Benkovic Petar 2463 ½ : ½ GM Popovic Petar 2496

Round 4 standings (3 points for match win, 1 for draw):

1-2. VSK Sveti Nikolaj Srpski and Novosadski sah klub DDOR – 12

3. Beograd Beopublikum – 9

4-5. Radnicki Kragujevac and SSK SK Premier – 7

6-7. Lasta and Sloga Amiga – 6

8. Spartak Merkur – 5

9. Nis – 4

10. Agronom – 1

11-12. Politika PEP and Mladenovac – 0


All Games Decided in Sigeman Round Two

Nigel Short takes early lead, Nils Grandelius stuns Ivan Sokolov

The 2009 Sigeman Co Chess Tournament saw a fighting second round on Thursday as all three games finished with decisive scores. 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.

Top seed and former Sigeman winner Nigel Short continued to play well and won with black pieces against Finnish hope Tomi Nybäck. It was Catalan opening and after a few sneaky moves with the Queen, Black won an important pawn on the d4-square. Later on, Black won another pawn after simple combination and Nybäck instantly resigned.

Swedish chess fans will be delighted with IM Nils Grandelius’ win against seasoned Grandmaster Ivan Sokolov. Bosnian played his favourite Open Ruy Lopez, but 16-years old Grandelius skillfully used the power of his heavy pieces in the position where Black King was not entirely safe and eventually clinched a full point.

In the local derby, GM Emanuel Berg won against GM Tiger Hillarp Persson after a long struggle.

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Tiger Hillarp Persson and Tomi Nybäck

Round 2 results:

GM Tomi Nybäck (FIN 2655) – GM Nigel Short (ENG 2674) 0-1

GM Emanuel Berg (SWE 2610) – GM Tiger Hillarp Persson (SWE 2618) 1-0

IM Nils Grandelius (SWE 2491) – GM Ivan Sokolov (BIH 2669) 1-0

Round 2 standings:

1.GM Nigel Short – 2

2. IM Nils Grandelius – 1½

3-4. GM Emanuel Berg, GM Ivan Sokolov – 1

5. GM Tomi Nybäck – ½

6. GM Tiger Hillarp Persson – 0

Round 3 pairings:

GM Nigel Short (ENG 2674) – IM Nils Grandelius (SWE 2491)

GM Tiger Hillarp Persson (SWE 2618) – GM Tomi Nybäck (FIN 2655)

GM Ivan Sokolov (BIH 2669) – GM Emanuel Berg (SWE 2610)

Round 1 report

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The Importance of the Endgame!

Gibtelecom Chess Festival Round Two Report

The 7th Gibtelecom Chess Festival is again being played at the Picturesque Caleta Hotel which overlooks Catalan Bay on the eastern side of the Rock of Gibraltar.

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The accelerated pairings used at Gibraltar meant that , even though 200 players were playing, there were a number of GM v GM clashes in Round 2. Several of these games from the most prestigious open swiss in the world showed why you should always study your endgames as several games were decided by endgame technique (both good and bad).

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David Berczes – Peter Svidler

On top board Russian super-GM Peter Svidler (2723) had to negotiate a tricky pairing against Hungarian GM David Berczes (2513).

After black had played 48…Rc5 Berczes was faced the following position

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The black c pawn looks pretty huge here. After the Hungarian played 49 Rc2 the Russian SuperGM cashed in his advantage for a full point with 49…Kc6 50.Rc1 Kb5 51.Rb1 Rc8 52.e5 fxe5+ 53.Kxe5 Ra8 54.f6 Rxa2 55.Rf1 Ra8 56.f7 c2 57.Ke4 Rf8 58.Kd3 Rxf7 59.Kd4 0–1

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Hikaru Nakamura

Whilst on board 2 reigning champ Hikaru Nakamura faced the ever popular Swede Pontus Carlsson. Carlsson playing black has just played 32…b5. What was Nakamura’s reply? What would you have played?

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Nakamura played the remarkable 33.Re1! [How many players would have considered swapping into this opposite coloured bishop ending? Nakamura has clearly judged that his 4 v 1 kingside majority is irresistible, whilst believing that he can hold the queenside] Rxe1 34.Kxe1 Kf7 35.Bc3 Ke6 36.f5+ Kd5 37.Kd2 Ba2 38.h4 Bb1 39.h5 Kc6 40.Ke3 Kb6 41.f6 1–0

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Keti Arakhamia-Grant

GM-elect Keti Arakhamia-Grant was in trouble early on against India’s Pentala Harikrishna.

Harikrishna,Pentala (2673) – Arakhamia-Grant,Ketevan (2500) [E92]

Gibtelecom Masters Gibraltar (2.4), 28.01.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bc1 Nc6 10.d5 Ne7 11.h3 Nh6 12.h4 Nf7 13.h5 f5 14.hxg6 Nxg6 15.Qc2 f4 16.Bd2 a6 [Black has a terrible score in the games that have reached this position. Damljanovic,B (2559)-Nevednichy,V (2582)/Novi Sad 2000/ continued 16...c5 17.dxc6 bxc6 18.c5 d5 19.Bd3 d4 20.Na4 Bf6 21.0–0–0 Kg7 22.Rdg1 Ng5 23.Nxg5 Bxg5 24.b3 Qe7 25.Bc4 Bg4 26.f3 Bd7 27.Be1 Rh8 28.Rh5 Be8 29.Rgh1 Nf8 30.R5h2 Nd7 31.Kb1 and was drawn after 58 moves, whilst 16...Ng5 17.Nxg5 Qxg5 18.g3 Qf6 19.0–0–0 Bd7 20.Kb1 a6 21.Bc1 Rab8 22.Rh2 b5 23.Rdh1 h6 24.Rg1 b4 25.Nd1 c6 26.Qa4 Be8 27.dxc6 Ne7 28.gxf4 Nxc6 29.Bh5 Bxh5 30.Qxc6 Rbc8 31.Qd5+ Bf7 32.Qd2 Bxc4 33.f5 was played in Popov,V (2545)-Solovjov,S (2430)/St Petersburg 2001 which white won after 41 moves) 17.0–0–0 Bd7 18.Rdg1 b5 19.g3 Qf6 20.Bd3 Nh6 21.gxf4 Nxf4 22.Ng5 b4 23.Ne2 c5 [The final mistake, but it was difficult to see how black could survive anyway after 23...Nxe2+ 24.Bxe2 Kh8 25.Rg2 a5 26.Rgh2] 24.Nxf4 exf4

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25.Nxh7! The point. Of course, the knight cannot be taken due to the resultant deadly discovered check. 25…Qd4 26.Rxh6 1–0

Dutch GM Ivan Sokolov (2657) faced English IM Lawrence Trent (2487). The Englishman had the better of the game early on, sacrificing material, but eventually his attack petered out and an interesting K+2N+B -v- K+R+2P was reached after black played 62…Ra5

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The game continued 63.Nxf4 Ra7 64.Bc6 Ra6 65.Bd5 Ra5 66.Kf2 Rxd5! Simplifying into a book win for white – but not one that can be won in 50 moves with best play!! 67.Nxd5 Kg6 68.Nh4+ Kg5 69.Kg3 h5 70.Kh3 Kh6 71.Kg2 Kg7 72.Kf3 Kf7 73.Ke4 Ke6 74.Kd4 Kd6 75.Nb4 Ke6 76.Nd3 Kd6 77.Ne5 Ke6 78.Nc4 Kf6 79.Nd2 Ke6 80.Ne4 Kd7 81.Kd5 Kc7 82.Kc5 Kd7 83.Ng5 Ke7 84.Kd5 Kf6 85.Ngf3 Ke7 86.Ne5 Kf6 87.Neg6 Kg5 88.Ke5 Kg4 89.Kf6 Kg3 90.Kf5 Kf2 91.Ke4 Kg3 92.Kf5 Kf2 93.Nf4 Kg3 94.Nfg2 Kf2 95.Kf4 Ke2 96.Ke4 Kd2 97.Kd4 Kc2 98.Ne3+ Kd2 99.Nf1+ Ke1 100.Ng3 Kd2 101.Ne4+ Ke2 102.Nd6 Kd2 103.Nc4+ Kc2 104.Na5 Kd2 105.Nb3+ Ke2 106.Nc5 Kf2 107.Ne4+ Ke2 108.Ng3+ Kd2 109.Nf1+ Ke1 110.Ng3 Kd2 white has made no progress ½–½

England’s David Collier (2083) will be delighted to have beaten Qatari IM Hussein Aziz Nezad (2403), also as black. Collier played 70…Ra2+ and must have been counting the half point, and wondering what to have for dinner.

Gibraltar r2 9

He must have been amazed at whites reply of 71 Kc3?? [white draws trivially after 71 Ke1] and won with 71…Rxa7! 72 Re8 Ra1 1-0

One of the more interesting struggles took place a few boards away as the 2003 co-champion, Greek GM Vassilios Kotronias (2603) was pitted against the veteran Spanish GM, Juan Bellon Lopez (2440). 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0–0–0 This position has been played by many of the world’s elite players including World Champion Anand and former World Champions, Kasparov and Kramnik. 8…b5 [Bellon Lopez chooses the road less travelled. The immediate 8...Bb4 is more popular by far.] 9.f3 Bb4 10.Nb3 Ne5 11.Qe1 Rb8 12.Qg3?! [Although this gets White out of the pin, his queen turns out to be more vulnerable on g3. It would have been preferable to play 12.a3 Be7 13.f4 Nc4 14.e5 with good chances.] 12…0–0 13.Bd4 Bd6 14.f4 Nh5 15.fxe5!? [Kotronias realizes that his best practical chance is to surrender his queen for three minor pieces as the alternative 15.Qh4 Nxf4 leaves him down a pawn for no compensation in light of 16.Qxf4?? Nd3+ winning.] 15…Nxg3 16.exd6 Qxd6 17.hxg3 Qxg3

Gibraltar r2 11

A difficult position for both sides. White does not have any immediate targets to attack. Black, however, will need some time to activate those rooks.18.Rh3 Qg5+ 19.Be3 Qe5 20.g3 Qc7 21.Bf4?! [A more accurate continuation would have been 21.Bc5 Rd8 22.Bd6 Qa7 23.a3 Bb7 24.Bxb8 Qxb8 25.Nc5 with sufficient compensation for the queen.] 21…Qb6 [Black should not have feared 21...e5 as 22.Nd5 Qd8 23.Be3 d6 24.Rh4 f5 assures him a comfortable game.] 22.Nc5? [White overplays his hand. The direct 22.Bxb8 Qxb8 23.a3 is better.] 22…e5 23.Bxe5 Qxc5? [Black returns the favour by missing the powerful 23...d6! 24.Bxd6 Rd8 25.Bxb8 Rxd1+ 26.Kxd1 Bxh3 27.Bxh3 Qxb8 when White's minor pieces are no match for the versatility of Black's queen.] 24.Bxb8 d6 25.Bxd6 Qe3+ 26.Kb1 Bxh3? [The game would have still been in the balance had Black seen 26...Bg4 27.Rc1 Bxh3 28.Bxh3 Ra8] 27.Bxf8 Now it is White that holds the upper hand. 27…Qg5 28.Rd5 Qf6 [White's rook cannot be allowed to get to the eighth rank. 28...Qxg3? 29.Rd8 Qc7 30.Be7+ Qxd8 31.Bxd8 Bxf1 32.e5 lets White have all the fun.] 29.Bxh3?! [Even more convincing is 29.Bc5 Qxf1+ 30.Rd1 Qf6 31.Nd5+-] 29…Kxf8 30.a3 Qf3 31.Bc8 Qxg3 32.Bxa6 g5 33.Bxb5 h5 34.Ne2 Qe3 35.Nd4 Qxe4 36.Bc6 Qf4 37.b4 h4 38.Nf5 Kg8 39.b5 Qc7 40.Rd7 Qa5 41.Kb2 h3 42.Nh6+ Kg7 43.Nxf7 h2 44.Ne5+ Kg8 45.Bd5+ Kf8 46.Rf7+ Ke8 47.Bc6+ Kd8 48.Rd7+ Kc8 49.Bb7+ 1–0

Frits Obers (2107), a regular visitor to Gibraltar from The Netherlands will be pleased with his effort today when he drew with the black pieces against Spanish GM Gabriel Del Rio (2532).

The Round 3 pairings promise some exciting games tomorrow – all of which can be watched live via www.gibraltarchesscongress.com

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

Burning Stage in Dortmund

Wins by Gustafsson, Kramnik and Leko. Monday is rest day.

The second round of the Dortmund chess tournament brought far more excitement than the opening day. Three decided games have put Gustafsson, Kramnik and Leko in the early lead, while others will use the upcoming rest day to prepare for the second two-round phase starting on Tuesday.

Kramnik-Van Wely resembled their earlier matches from Corus and Melodi Amber 2007, when Kramnik also used quiet b3-Bb2 plan to counter the intended Meran Slav defence. Once again, it turned bad for Van Wely who missed to give the extra pawn back and instead allowed invasion over the dark squares. Kramnik is rarely missing his chances and game was over couple of moves later.

In the game between two German players, Gustafsson-Naiditsch, White introduced a new plan of quick f4-e5 against the Ragozin Queen’s Gambit declined. Black King’s shelter was wrecked and the Monarch found itself under heavy attack from White pieces. This game is undoubtedly important from the theoretical point of view and players who have Ragozin in their repertoire with Black will have to seek for improvements.

Leko-Ivanchuk featured pawn structure that is perfectly fitting into Leko’s taste. Black was doing fine until his Knight went astray on g5 and Leko locked it with 25. f3. Black’s pawns advance looked scary but White was able to put it under control. After further simplifications, Ivanchuk was left down a piece and facing with a loss on another pawn, so he threw in the towel.


Round 2 results:

Vladimir Kramnik 2788 – Loek Van Wely 2677 1-0

Peter Leko 2741 – Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 1-0

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2634 – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752 ½ – ½

Jan Gustafsson 2603 – Arkadij Naiditsch 2624 1-0

Round 2 standings:

1-3. Jan Gustafsson 2603, Vladimir Kramnik 2788 and Peter Leko 2741 – 1.5

4-5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752 and Ian Nepomniachtchi 2634 – 1.0

6-8. Arkadij Naiditsch 2624, Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 and Loek Van Wely 2677 – 0.5

Round 3 pairings:

Arkadij Naiditsch 2624 – Vladimir Kramnik 2788

Loek Van Wely 2677 – Peter Leko 2741

Vassily Ivanchuk 2740 – Ian Nepomniachtchi 2634

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2752 – Jan Gustafsson 2603

Cautious First Round at Dortmund 2008

Turkish Chess League round 2

results and standings

Turkish Chess League round 2 results

ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR 4½ – 5½ İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ

ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR 1½ – 8½ DORUK KOLEJİ

BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ 3½ – 6½ TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ

TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ 7 – 3 ANTALYA DENİZ GENÇLİK SPOR KULÜBÜ

PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 5 – 5 TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER

İSEK AQUAMATCH 4½ – 5½ BEŞİKTAŞ JİMNASTİK KULÜBÜ

SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR 8 – 2 TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ

MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 5½ – 4½ SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ

Turkish Chess League standings

1 SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR 4 MP 15½ GP

2 TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ 4 MP 15 GP

3 BEŞİKTAŞ JİMNASTİK KULÜBÜ 4 MP 14½ GP

DORUK KOLEJİ 4 MP 14½ GP

5 TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ 4 MP 13½ GP

6 İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 4 MP 11 GP

7 TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER 2 MP 10 GP

İSEK AQUAMATCH 2 MP 10 GP

9 MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 2 MP 7½ GP

10 PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 1 MP 9½ GP

11 ANTALYA DENİZ GENÇLİK SPOR KULÜBÜ 1 MP 8 GP

12 ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR 0 MP 8½ GP

13 SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ 0 MP 7 GP

14 TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ 0 MP 6½ GP

15 ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR 0 MP 4½ GP

BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ 0 MP 4½ GP

turkish chess league

ER-BAKIR SPOR KÜLTÜR 4½ – 5½ İSTANBUL TEKNİK ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 GM GELASHVILI TAMAZ 2620 ½ : ½ FM ÇITAK SELİM 2323

2 GM AROSHIDZE LEVAN 2545 1 : 0 FM ERDOĞAN HAKAN 2282

3 GENÇ CİHAN SEVİNÇ 2227 ½ : ½ FM ATAMAN ALPER EFE 2231

4 MEMİŞOĞLU TUNA 2038 0 : 1 GÜNER BÜLENT 2214

5 IM KHURTSIDZE NINO 2413 1 : 0 WIM TOPEL ZEHRA 2234

6 AYDOGDU ATAMAN 2050 0 : 1 DERUNİ BERÇ 2015

7 GÜRCAN ERAY 1955 0 : 1 ÇATALKILIÇ ÖZGÜR 1953

8 GÜRCAN AYTOLUN 1816 ½ : ½ AŞAN ELVAN 1874

9 SAVRAN SÜLEYMAN 1854 0 : 1 AŞIKUZUN BERKAY 1931

10 CEMHAN KARDELEN 1932 1 : 0 TEKİN AYŞEGÜL 1564

ANTALYA ÇALLISPOR 1½ – 8½ DORUK KOLEJİ

1 GM SHANAVA KONSTANTİNE 2519 ½ : ½ GM MAMEDOV RAUF 2617

2 IM SİDEİFZADE FİKRAT 2408 0 : 1 GM SAVCHENKO BORİS 2569

3 KÜÇÜMENLER TARKAN 2122 0 : 1 IM ERTURAN YAKUP 2369

4 UZUN FUAT 2070 0 : 1 FM SEÇER ATA 2306

5 ACAR GİZEM 1934 0 : 1 WGM STEPOVAIA TATİANA 2378

6 KOC SÜLEYMAN SARP 2048 0 : 1 ŞİRİN ATAKAN 2107

7 IM DURARBEYLİ VASIF 2384 1 : 0 FIRAT BURAK 2189

8 İZGİ BENSU 1706 0 : 1 ARIĞ BÜŞRA 1787

9 SUDAGEZER HÜSEYİN ALPEREN 1630 0 : 1 ŞANAL VAHAP 1814

10 TEMİMHAN DAMLA 1663 0 : 1 DİRİL IŞIL 1741

BURSA TOPHANE MESLEK LİSTESİ 3½ – 6½ TÜRK HAVA YOLLARI SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 IM KARAKEHAJOV KALİN 2453 1 : 0 GM GAGUNASHVILI MERAB 2553

2 ÖZKAN ERVİN 2237 0 : 1 IM CAN EMRE 2460

3 KOÇ İLKAY 2106 0 : 1 IM ERDOĞDU AZİZ MERT 2434

4 CEBELLİ ÖZEL 2123 ½ : ½ IM KILIÇASLAN HASAN 2268

5 WIM CHILINGIROVA PAVLINA 2213 0 : 1 WGM MELIA SALOME 2413

6 KILIÇBAY MUSTAFA 1936 0 : 1 ERTAN CAN 2172

7 KOMUT KAAN 1813 0 : 1 KANMAZALP OĞULCAN 2281

8 ULUSOY ILGIN 1639 0 : 1 WGM MUZYCHUK MARİYA 2387

9 KOMUT BURAK 1855 1 : 0 YARGICI MAZHAR KUTAY 1937

10 ŞANAL SUNA 1813 1 : 0 YAKA BEYZA 1531

TRUVA SATRANÇ SPOR KULÜBÜ 7 – 3 ANTALYA DENİZ GENÇLİK SPOR KULÜBÜ

1 GM HUSEYNOV GADİR 2625 1 : 0 FM TUNCER UFUK 2306

2 IM HAZNEDAROĞLU KIVANÇ 2463 ½ : ½ FM KARATEKİN TAMER 2222

3 YILMAZ MUSTAFA 2342 0 : 1 KOSE SERKAN 2173

4 GÜCİN ZAFER 2097 ½ : ½ DOĞANTUĞ AHMET İSMAİL 2246

5 IM DZAGNIDZE NANA 2443 1 : 0 WFM SÜRAL EMİNE YANIK 2072

6 WIM YILDIZ BETÜL CEMRE 2205 1 : 0 AY İBRAHİM ETHEM 1945

7 GM SAFARLI ELTAJ 2524 1 : 0 EKEN YUSUF MERT 1533

8 KARAYAYLALI PINAR 1597 0 : 1 DURMAZ AYÇA FATMA 1772

9 ÇOBAN METE SADIK 1864 1 : 0 KÜÇÜK DOĞAN 1880

10 SOP SELEN 1870 1 : 0 ÜSTÜNDAĞ NEFİSE MELİS 1759

PAMUKKALE ÜNİVERSİTESİ SPOR KULÜBÜ 5 – 5 TED ANKARA KOLEJLİLER

1 GM GRIVAS EFSTRATIOS 2498 ½ : ½ GM MIKHALCHISHIN ADRİAN 2528

2 GM ODEEV HANDSZAR 2422 1 : 0 FM KARADENİZ ALİ EMRE 2306

3 ÖZTÜRK EMİR 2194 1 : 0 FM İPEK ALİ 2197

4 SELEN DİNÇER 2025 ½ : ½ SOLAKOĞLU ÖZGÜR 2113

5 WGM KHARLOVICH ANASTAZIA 2212 ½ : ½ SOLAK (ÇAVUŞOĞLU) YILDIZ 1964

6 ÇAKAN CEM 2037 1 : 0 BERKMAN CEM 1560

7 OKUŞ MELİH 1822 0 : 1 ATMAN BERKAN 1941

8 AKYÜZOĞLU BEGÜM 1577 0 : 1 DİNÇOK GÖZDE 1804

9 SİPAHİOĞLU IRMAK 2006 ½ : ½ CM YÜKSEL ATİLLA KÖKSAL 1936

10 MORGÜL ELÇİN 1717 0 : 1 AKKALYONCU ZEYNEP 1630

İSEK AQUAMATCH 4½ – 5½ 4 BEŞİKTAŞ JİMNASTİK KULÜBÜ

1 GM ATALIK SUAT 2592 ½ : ½ IM ATAKİŞİ UMUT 2365

2 GM PAPAIOANNOU IOANNIS 2566 1 : 0 OLCAYÖZ ALPER 2315

3 GM BANİKAS HRİSTOS 2600 1 : 0 FM YAGIZ YASİN EMRAH 2280

4 FM DEMİREL TOLGA 2172 ½ : ½ MARAŞLI TUTKU KAHRAMAN 2187

5 WGM ATALIK EKATERİNA 2409 1 : 0 WFM ÖZTÜRK KÜBRA 2169

6 ÖZDOĞAN BARAN 2017 0 : 1 APAYDIN FETHİ 2187

7 ZEYTİNOĞLU NASIR EKİN 1883 0 : 1 YILMAZYERLİ MERT 2207

8 YİĞİT EZGİ 1615 0 : 1 SÖYLEMEZ CANSU 1849

9 KANLI KAAN 1972 ½ : ½ EMİROĞLU CANKUT 2019

10 YİĞİT ALEYNA 1774 0 : 1 ŞAŞMAZEL BURCU 1837

SERVERGAZİ BELEDİYE SPOR 8 – 2 TARSUS ZEKA SATRANÇ

1 GM ARUTINIAN DAVİD 2593 ½ : ½ GM SOLAK DRAGAN 2630

2 IM SANIKIDZE TORNIKE 2458 ½ : ½ GM ABBASOV FARİD 2528

3 IM ARDUMAN CAN 2321 1 : 0 FM BAYRAM YAKUP 2337

4 AFYONCU ÖMER 2073 ½ : ½ KELER FARUK 2256

5 IM LOMINEISHVILI MAIA 2400 1 : 0 IM MATNADZE ANA 2393

6 DOĞAN ALİ EKBER 2027 1 : 0 TAŞDELEN DENİZ MURAT 1977

7 AYDOĞDU ERKMEN 2007 1 : 0 GAYGUSUZOĞLU GÖKHAN 1887

8 DİNÇEL MELODİ 1845 ½ : ½ DİNÇOK BERFU 1874

9 ERERDEM GANİ EREN 1836 1 : 0 UZUN SARP 1988

10 ABDİMANOĞLU BESTE BAŞAK 1676 1 : 0 TÜLAY SERAY 1788

MERSİN EZGİ SATRANÇ KULÜBÜ 5½ – 4½ SELÇUK ÜNİVERSİTESİ

1 GÖKSEL DOĞA CİHAN 2263 ½ : ½ REYHAN DOĞAN HEVAL 2248

2 DUMAN AYDIN 2244 ½ : ½ SEYHANOĞLU DENİZ 2064

3 HUSNILLIN RAMİL 2245 1 : 0 GÖKÇEN FATİH 2006

4 ŞENGÜL CENGİZ 2146 ½ : ½ UNAL MUSTAFA KEMAL 1939

5 WIM GENOVA LYUBKA 2232 ½ : ½ GM GVEETZADE SOPIO 2350

6 ÖZENMİŞ NEVZAT 1981 1 : 0 GENCER ÖZLEM 1927

7 KARAGÖLLÜ AHMET 1923 1 : 0 ŞEKEROĞLU KADİR 1602

8 KAYA EMEL 1889 ½ : ½ KAPLAN EBRU 1878

9 ÖZCAN SEZER 1874 0 : 1 TOPAK ENGİN 1923

10 MENZİ NEZİHE EZGİ 1822 0 : 1 BAL SEVGİCAN 1588

Five on top after round 2 of Gausdal Classics

IM Irina Krush with first victory

Gausdal Classics, results round 2

GM Gregory Kaidanov – GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal 1/2 -1/2

GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov – IM Irina Krush 0-1

IM Øystein Hole – GM Chanda Sandipan 0-1

GM Bartlomiej Macieja – GM Kjetil A. Lie 1/2 – 1/2

Erik Moscow – GM Vasilios Kotronias 0-1

gausdal 2008

Gausdal Classics 2008 proved to have an exciting and balanced field. After round 2, five people share the lead with 1,5/2. The leaders after round 1, GM kaidanov, GM Macieja, and GM Lie, drew their games. This was immediately used by IM Krush, GM Sandipan, and GM Kotronias, who managed to score wins with the black pieces.

In group B GM Kveinys and IM Kidambi are the only two players from the 58 players field to gave perfect 2,0/2 score. The top seeded GM Berlovich also won his game and scored first point in the competition. (chack the standings at the official site)

The ELO group stars some very interesting players. One of them, Hans Arild Runde (to whom we owe a constant updated live rating) is currently top of the table together with Jan Persson and Mads-Holger Jacobsen. Henrik Carlsen and Ellen Øen Carlsen are both with 1,5.

Standings

1-5. GM Gregory Kaidanov 1,5

1-5. GM Bartlomiej Macieja 1,5

1-5. GM Chanda Sandipan 1,5

1-5. GM Vasilios Kotronias 1,5

1-5. GM Kjetil A. Lie 1,5

6-7. GM Geetha Narayanan Gopal 1,0

6-7. IM Irina Krush 1,0

8. GM Vyacheslav Ikonnikov 0,5

9. IM Øystein Hole 0

10. Erik Moscow 0

Gausdal 1

Photo from the playing hall
(by http://www.sjakk.net/gausdal-2008/dag-2.php

Gausdal 2

Evening program: Chess lectures with IM Yochanan Afek and GM Kjetil A. Lie

Dubai open 2008, round 2

Ahmed Adly, Wesly So share lead among others

The number 1 seeded in the Dubai chess open 2008, GM Gadir Guseinov, lost in round 2 from FM Moosavian. The surprising result gave wings to the other players who tried to clinch victories in some exciting non draw games on the first boards. 24 are with full 2,0/2, and they are separated by a tiebreak coefficient (Sum of the ratings of the opponents).

Here are the results from round 2 and the pairings for round 3.

Dubai open, results round 2

FM Moosavian S Hamed 1 – 0 GM Guseinov Gadir

GM Gelashvili Tamaz 1 – 0 IM Sachdev Tania

IM Mas Hafizulhelmi 0 – 1 GM Pantsulaia Levan

GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 1 – 0 D’cuna Antonio V.

IM Durarbeyli Vasif 0 – 1 GM Kuzubov Yuriy

Nasri Amin 0 – 1 GM Drozdovskij Yuri

GM Li Chao B 1 – 0 Wang Li

IM Sharma Dinesh K 0 – 1 GM Adly Ahmed

GM Kotanjian Tigran 1 – 0 IM Ravi Lanka

IM Hassan Abdullah 0 – 1 GM Kotsur Pavel

GM Neverov Valeriy 1 – 0 WGM Zhang Jilin

IM Bajarni Ilgar 0 – 1 Zhou Weiqi

GM Gleizerov Evgeny ½ – ½ IM Nedochetov Mikhail

WGM Sergeeva Maria 0 – 1 GM Gagunashvili Merab

GM So Wesley 1 – 0 FM Wu Xibin

IM El Arousy Abdulhameed 0 – 1 GM Ibrahimov Rasul

Debashis Das 0 – 1 GM Gupta Abhijeet

GM Negi Parimarjan 0 – 1 FM Othman A Moussa

Sadatnajafi M + – - GM Rausis Igor

FM Mohannad Farhan 0 – 1 GM Ibrayev Nurlan

IM Ismagambetov Anuar 1 – 0 FM Grover Sahaj

FM Somoff Abdo 0 – 1 IM Laxman R R

GM Guliev Sarhan ½ – ½ WGM Ramaswamy Aarthie

GM Ramesh R B 1 – 0 FM Arvind C J

Noroozi Omid 0 – 1 IM Sadorra Julio Catalino

IM Ashwin Jayaram ½ – ½ Praveen Kumar C

Momeni E 0 – 1 IM Tissir Mohamed

IM Guliev Logman ½ – ½ Phadke Sohan

Al-Housa Khalil 0 – 1 FM Salem A R Saleh

IM Khader Sami ½ – ½ WIM Pourkashiyan Atousa

GM Arutinian David 1 – 0 Darwish Mohamed

GM Safarli Eltaj 1 – 0 WGM Partac Elena

IM Kalegin Evgenij ½ – ½ FM Soozankar A M

Khalil Ibrahim 0 – 1 IM El Taher Fouad

Johny P I 0 – 1 IM Frhat Ali

FM Marwan Abdulwahab 0 – 1 FM Alhuwar Jasem

Tabada Jobannie C 1 – 0 WGM Mohota Nisha

Natarajan C 1 – 0 Yap Ernesto M

WFM Hakimifard Ghazal 0 – 1 WGM Smokina Karolina

FM Bajarani Ulvi 0 – 1 Arellano Robert

Tejas Ravichandran 1 – 0 WIM Meera Sai

FM Mohamed Hossein ½ – ½ Poleschikov Alexey

FM Narayanan Srinath 1 – 0 Omar Noaman

Qu Yanqiao 1 – 0 Schmid Stefan

Ramnath Bhuvanesh R 1 – 0 Abdulkarim Ali

Mohamed, Sheer 0 – 1 FM Al Mahayri Sabri

Suresh Kumar T J 1 – 0 Bukhalaf Khalaf

Mohamed Eissa 1 – 0 Doostkom P

WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh 1 – 0 Salem Amna

Taghikhani Amir Ali 0 – 1 FM Saed Ishaq

Mari Ooriad Pouya 1 – 0 Safar Reem

Jamila Juma 0 – 1 Al Sulaiti Ali

Saud Moha Ed 1 – 0 Khadija Malalla

WFM Bukhashem Fayeqa S 0 – 1 FM Molina Antonio

Chaichi Navid 1 – 0 WFM Abdulaziz Eman

Gaponenko Leonid 1 – 0 Abdullah Abdulaziz

WFM Abdulaziz Amal 0 – 1 CM Haridas K

WFM Swati Mohota 1 – 0 Ahmed Fayez

Abdulaziz Ali 0 – 1 Rice Chris B

Abdullah Ali 0 – 1 Mroweh Husein

Shiven Khosla 1 – 0 Al Zarooni Kulood Eisa

Al Zarooni Ayesha Eisa 0 – 1 Ali Obay

Nikzaban Ehsan 1 – 0 Nouman Amna

Paul Dargan 1 – 0 Anuprita Patil

Kayle Charles 1 – 0 Saleh Naif

Pairings round 3

GM Ibrahimov Rasul 2 - 2 GM Gelashvili Tamaz

GM Pantsulaia Levan 2 - 2 GM So Wesley

GM Gupta Abhijeet 2 - 2 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan

GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2 - 2 GM Ibrayev Nurlan

GM Drozdovskij Yuri 2 - 2 IM Ismagambetov Anuar

IM Laxman R R 2 - 2 GM Li Chao B

GM Adly Ahmed 2 - 2 GM Ramesh R B

IM Sadorra Julio Catalino 2 - 2 GM Kotanjian Tigran

GM Kotsur Pavel 2 - 2 IM Tissir Mohamed

FM Salem A R Saleh 2 - 2 GM Neverov Valeriy

Zhou Weiqi 2 - 2 FM Moosavian S Hamed

GM Gagunashvili Merab 2 - 2 FM Othman A Moussa

Sadatnajafi M 2 - 1½ GM Arutinian David

IM Frhat Ali 1½ - 1½ GM Gleizerov Evgeny

IM Nedochetov Mikhail 1½ - 1½ GM Safarli Eltaj

Praveen Kumar C 1½ - 1½ GM Guliev Sarhan

IM El Taher Fouad 1½ - 1½ WGM Ramaswamy Aarthie

Phadke Sohan 1½ - 1½ IM Ashwin Jayaram

WIM Pourkashiyan Atousa 1½ - 1½ IM Guliev Logman

FM Alhuwar Jasem 1½ - 1½ IM Khader Sami

GM Guseinov Gadir 1 - 1 Ramnath Bhuvanesh R

FM Al Mahayri Sabri 1 - 1 GM Negi Parimarjan

Suresh Kumar T J 1 - 1 IM Kalegin Evgenij

IM Sachdev Tania 1 - 1 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh

Zhang Pengxiang takes the sole lead at the Ruy Lopez chess festival

Zhang Pengxiang defeats Fabiano Caruana, Michael Adams scores a win

GM Zhang Pengxiang took the sole lead at the Ruy Lopez chess festival with 2,0/2 after a nice win with black over GM Fabiano Caruana. Zhang Pengxiang is the only player with full score until now and is top of the table before tomorrow’s game against Gabriel Sargissian.

Second place at the current standings is for GM Michael Adams. He won against Humpy Koneru and has 1,5/2. Caruana, Julio Granda, and Gabriel Sargissian are with 1,0/2, while Hou Yifan, Manuel Perez Calendario, and Koneru Humpy are with 0,5/2.

Ruy Lopez chess festival, round 2 results

Julio GRANDA (2609) ½ - ½ Manuel Perez CANDELARIO (2537)

Fabiano CARUANA (2620) 0 - 1 Zhang PENGXIANG (2640)

Gabriel SARGISSIAN (2643) ½ - ½ Hou YIFAN (2549)

Michael ADAMS (2729) 1 - 0 Humpy KONERU (2603)

Here are some photos, pgn, and replayable games from the Ruy Lopez chess festival rounds 1 and 2.

Ruy Lopez Zhang Pengxiang

The current leader Zhang Pengxiang in action

Ruy Lopez Adams

Michael Adams is only half a point behind the leader

Russian team chess championship round 2

all results from the Russian championship

64 (Moscow) – Politekhnik (Nizhny Tagil) 3:3

GM Sergey Rublevsky 1-0 GM Zahar Efimenko

GM Ian Nepomniachtchi 0-1GM Alexander Areshenko

GM Pentala Harikrishna 1/2-1/2 GM Boris Grachev

GM Wang Hao 1/2-1/2 GM Dimitri Bocharov

GM Alexander Khalifman 1-0 GM Pavel Maletin

GM Maxim Rodshtein 0-1 GM Dimitry Kokarev

Economist Saratov 1 – Tomsk 400 4:2

GM Evgeny Alekseev 1/2-1/2 GM Sergey Karjakin

GM Evgeny Tomashevsky 1/2-1/2 GM Dimitry Jakovenko

GM Pavel Eljanov 1-0 GM Loek Van Wely

GM Ni Hua 1-0 GM Artyom Timofeev

GM Michael Roiz 1-0 GM Andrei Kharlov

GM Alexander Moiseenko 0-1 GM Andrei Belozerov

Ural (Ekaterininburg) – Economist Saratov 2 4,5:1,5

GM Alexei Shirov 1-0 GM Dimitry Andreikin

GM Gata Kamsky 1/2-1/2 GM Alexander Evdokimov

GM Vladimir Malakhov 1-0 GM Alexei Iljushin

GM Vladimir Akopian 1/2-1/2 GM Evgeny Shaposhnikov

GM Alexei Dreev 1/2-1/2 GM Alexander Kovchan

GM Alexander Motylev 1-0 IM Mihail Lushenkov

Shatar Buryatia – Spasio-Swiss (Moscow) 3:3

GM Vugar Gashimov 1-0 GM Ruslan Ponomariov

GM Bu Xianghi 1/2-1/2 GM Igor Khekin

GM Pavel Tregubov 1/2-1/2 GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

GM Anton Shomoev 0-1 GM Ernesto Inarkiev

GM Boris Avrukh 1/2-1/2 GM Vladislav Tkachiev

GM Alexander Lastin 1/2-1/2 GM Denis Khismatullin

South Ural – Finek Gazprom (Sankt Peterburg) 2,5:3,5

GM Alexander Riazantsev 0-1 GM Peter Svidler

GM Viktor Korchnoi 1/2-1/2 GM Vadim Zvjaginsev

GM Igor Kurnosov 1/2-1/2 GM Sergey Movsesjan

GM Evgeny Sveshnikov 1/2-1/2 GM David Navara

GM Evgeny Romanov 1/2-1/2 GM Maxim Turov

IM Pavel Ponkratov 1/2-1/2 GM Vassily Yemelin

Shsm (Moscow) – TPS- Saransk (Saransk) 4:2

GM Alexander Onischuk 1/2-1/2 GM Vassily Ivanchuk

GM Karen Asrian 1/2-1/2 GM Konstantin Sakaev

GM Sergey Grigoriants 1/2-1/2 GM Andrei Volotkin

GM Michał Krasenkow 1-0 GM Mikhail Kobalia

GM Boris Savchenko 1/2-1/2 GM Sergey Volkov

GM Stanislav Novikov 1-0 GM Evgeniy Najer

Current Standings

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

1. Ural (Ekaterininburg) 4 8,5

2. Economist Saratov 1 4 8

3. Shsm (Moscow) 3 7

4-5. Shatar Buryatia 3 6,5

4-5. Politekhnik 3 6,5

6-8. TPS- Saransk (Saransk) 2 6

6-8. 64 (Moscow) 2 6

6-8. Finek 2 6

9. Spasio-Swiss 1 5

10-11. Tomsk 400 0 4,5

10-11. South Ural 0 4,5

12. Economist Saratov 2 0 3,5


Moscow open 2008 round 2

many surprises in Moscow

Yet another day full of surprises in Moscow. GM Zvjaginsev drew his game with IM Ivanov on board 1. The coach of the Russian team, GM Motylev, was also held to a draw by IM Ponkratov. GM Najer, GM Potkin, GM Oleksienko, GM Popov, GM Bocharov, and GM Rychagov also joined the surprising results party and drew their games with lower rated opponents.

The women section helped to make the day full of upsets. WGM Pogonina drew WIM Iljushina, IM Lahno drew WIM Semenova, and IM Krush could not win against WGM Golubenko.

After round 2 there are 36 players with perfect score in the men section and 20 in the women section. Tomorrow starts round 3, follow the action on the official site

Moscow Open 2008 round 2

Results round 2 from the main tournament

Results round 2 from the B group

Results round 2 from the women section

Moscow open 2008 round 3

Pairings round 3 main tournament

Pairings round 3 B group

Pairings round 3 women section

More from the Moscow open 2008

Pictorial report by Evgeniy Atarov

Preview and participants

Round 1 results and report

Reggio Emilia started on Saturday

Tournament celebrating 50th anniversary

50th Reggio Emilia tournament launched on Saturday with ten Grandmasters to play in round robin system. Fearless Zoltan Almasi of Hungaria and famous theoretician Mihail Marin of Romania are leading with 1.5 points after two rounds. It appears that Italian opening is regaining trust of the top players as it is being used more often than Ruy Lopez, at least in Reggio Emilia. Zoltan Almasi blasted Pentala Harikrishna off the board in one such line, while author of the “Beating the Open Games” bestseller, Mihail Marin, used his knowledge to hold against Sergey Tiviakov’s aggression and win the game in devastating counterattack.

Zoltan Almasi square Tiviakov canada

Zoltan Almasi and Sergey Tiviakov

Round two standings:

1-2. Zoltan Almasi (HUN 2691) and Mihail Marin (ROM 2551) 1.5; 3-8. Pentala Harikrishna (IND 2668), Hua Ni (CHN 2641), Konstantin Landa (RUS 2678), Vugar Gashimov (AZE 2663), Viktor Korchnoi (SUI 2611) and David Navara (CZE 2656) 1.0; 9-10. Michele Godena (ITA 2535) and Sergey Tiviakov (NED 2643) 0.5

Francisco Vallejo Pons wins again

Second round of Internacional Ciudad de Pamplona

Francisco Vallejo Pons beat Baadur Jobava to take the sole lead after the second round at Internacional Ciudad de Pamplona tournament. In a game with lots of maneuvering, Vallejo Pons decided to sacrifice a pawn and play on the weak position of opponent’s King. Jobava muffed under salvo fire of White pair of Bishops and resigned when piece was lost without compensation.

Maxim Rodstein convincingly refuted Gabriel Sargissian’s positional exchange sacrifice in Ragozin variation of Queen’s Gambit Declined. After this defeat, Sargissian remains knocked on the bottom of the crosstable without points. Sergei Movsesian – Alexander Beliavsky was drawn in the early stage of the game since White achieved no advantage whatsoever. Ibragim Khamrakulov took a grip on Wang Yue’s isolated d-pawn to secure an easy draw.

Round 2 results

Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP 2660) – Baadur Jobava (GEO 2644) 1-0

Maxim Rodstein (ISR 2615) – Gabriel Sargissian (ARM 2673) 1-0

Sergei Movsesian (SVK 2670) – Alexander Beliavsky (SLO 2646) draw

Wang Yue (CHN 2703) – Ibragim Khamrakulov (ESP 2604) draw

Round 2 standings

1. Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP 2660) 2.0

2-3. Maxim Rodstein (ISR 2615) and Alexander Beliavsky (SLO 2646) 1.5

4-5. Wang Yue (CHN 2703) and Sergei Movsesian (SVK 2670) 1.0

6-7. Baadur Jobava (GEO 2644) and Ibragim Khamrakulov (ESP 2604) 0.5

8. Gabriel Sargissian (ARM 2673) 0.0

ETCC – Round two has begun!

The second round of the European Team Chess Championship has started with Russia-Armenia matches on top tables in both men and women section. Levon Aronian steps in for the first time to face Peter Svidler and Karen Asrian and Dmitry Jakovenko are entertaining everyone around with the way they blitz through their opening. Evgeny Alexeev seems to be easy on bursting in laugh.

Ukraine is playing their first real match today against Spain and probably the most interesting encounter is Bulgaria against galloping Azerbaijan as Topalov and Cheparinov are to play with Mamedyarov and Radjabov on the top boards.

In the female section Russia will have to work against ultra-solid Armenian squad. Strong France is playing Spain on the second table and first-round-heroes Azerbaijan are trying to take down another high rated team – Poland.

ETCC 2007 Round 2 01

Topalov and Cheparinov preparing for the derby with Azerbaijan

ETCC 2007 Round 2 02

Russian female team confident before the games

ETCC 2007 Round 2 03

Ukraine up and ready for challenge

ETCC 2007 Round 2 04

France greeting Slovenia

ETCC 2007 Round 2 05

Bulgaria vs. Germany

ETCC 2007 Round 2 06

Sweden against Switzerland

ETCC 2007 Round 2 07

England lead by Michael Adams vs. the Czech Republic

ETCC 2007 Round 2 08

Denmark vs. Georgia

ETCC 2007 Round 2 09

Team Azerbaijan

ETCC 2007 Round 2 10

Bulgaria vs. Azerbajan – Topalov vs. Mamedyarov

ETCC 2007 Round 2 13

Will Veselin take revenge on what happened on the Mtel Masters 2007?

ETCC 2007 Round 2 11

Hungary vs. Greece on table 8

ETCC 2007 Round 2 12

For Poland vs. Azerbaijan we see Monika Socko vs. Zeinab Mamedyarova

ETCC 2007 Round 2 20

Poland Vs. Iceland

ETCC 2007 Round 2 16

Estonia vs. Finland

ETCC 2007 Round 2 14

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on board three for France

ETCC 2007 Round 2 15

GM Magnus Carlsen on board one for Norway

ETCC 2007 Round 2 18

WIM Monika Seps for Switzerland

ETCC 2007 Round 2 19

WGM Antoaneta Stefanova going for a second win

Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona 2007

GM Lenier Dominguez and GM Hikaru Nakamura leading

The traditional Magistral d’Escacs Casino de Barcelona 2007 is taking place on 18th-26th October at the Gran Casino de Barcelona in Spanish province Catalonia. The strong field of 9 Grandmasters and one IM is composing round robin tournament of 15th category. Time control is (90′/40 + 30′) + 30” increment.

Best Cuban player GM Lenier Dominguez is back to defend the last year’s trophy, which he won in magnificent style with 8.0 points out of 9 rounds. There is no Vassily Ivanchuk this time, but Lenier will be having tough opposition in 2007 Politiken Cup winner GM Michal Krasenkow, 2006 Abu el Dhabi winner GM Vugar Gashimov, 2005 US champion GM Hikaru Nakamura and legendary fighter GM Alexander Beliavsky.

Politiken Michal Krasenkov Nakamura square

GM Michal Krasenkow – GM Hikaru Nakamura 0-1

Two rounds have already been played and Lenier Dominguez and Hikaru Nakamura are leading with the maximum score. Nakamura played wonderful game against Krasenkow, launching a mating attack after the queen sacrifice (see bellow). All five games in the 2nd round were decided, we could be looking at a very exciting event!

Round 2 results:

GM Alexander Beliavsky – GM Miguel Illescas Cordoba 1-0

GM Marc Narciso Dublan – GM Josep Oms Pallise 1-0

IM Jordi Fluvia – GM Lenier Dominguez Perez 0-1

GM Michal Krasenkow – GM Hikaru Nakamura 0-1

GM Vugar Gashimov – GM Rafael Vaganian 1-0

Round 2 standings:

1-2. GM Lenier Dominguez Perez and GM Hikaru Nakamura 2.0

3-4. GM Alexander Beliavsky and GM Vugar Gashimov 1.5

5. GM Marc Narciso Dublan 1.0

6-9. GM Miguel Illescas Cordoba, GM Josep Oms Pallise, GM Michal Krasenkow and GM Rafael Vaganian 0.5

10. IM Jordi Fluvia 0.0

Ural Sverdlovskaya rolling at the European Club Cup

OSC Baden-Baden e.V. and Alkaloid follow them closely

Ural Sverdlovskaya is crushing the opposition at the 23rd European Club Cup 2007 in Kemer, Turkey. The team composed by Radjabov, Shirov, Grischuk, Akopian, Malakhov, and Dreev is first after 2 rounds with 12 wins, no games lost and no draws. Yesterday Ural Sverdlovskaya destroyed C.R.E. Liège E.L. and today they did the same with Klubi Shahut Prishtina.

OSC Baden-Baden e.V. is currently second with 4 match points and 11 game points. Yesterday they lost 1/2 game point as GM Schlosser drew. Today the first board young chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen drew with GM Haba which meant 1/2 point lost as well.

After a 6 out of 6 games first day, Alkaloid drew 2 of the 6 games today. GM Kiril Georgiev drew IM Cornette and GM Nedev drew IM Levacic. GM Mamedyarov played his first game for the team and wiped off the board GM Fontaine (was the game as good as this one?)

Kiril Georgiev and Mamediarov

Kiril Georgiev and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

From the top 15 European chess club teams, 12 have full match points at this moment. Ashdod City Club and Linex Magic – Merida was the exciting match of the day that finished draw. Gata Kamsky lost on board 1 to Pavel Eljanov, but Michael Adams saved the day for Linex Magic by beating Acropolis 2007 winner Ilia Smirin. Here are all the games of the encounter:

GM Eljanov Pavel 2681 - GM Kamsky Gata 2724 1 – 0

GM Smirin Ilia 2649 - GM Adams Michael 2729 0 – 1

GM Sutovsky Emil 2656 - GM Rublevsky Sergei 2676 ½ – ½

GM Avrukh Boris 2645 - GM Sargissian Gabriel 2673 ½ – ½

GM Moiseenko Alexander 2646 - GM Cheparinov Ivan 2670 ½ – ½

GM Kogan Artur 2569 - IM Perez Candelario Manuel 2525 ½ – ½

More on Linex Magic and Ashdod City Club members:

Gata Kamsky – profile of the US number 1 player

Adams with chess fans – video

Cheparinov NH photo report

Ilia Smirin wins Acropolis 2007

Eljanov Karjakin – replayable game

Gata Kamsky 2 Cheparinov thinking

Gata Kamsky and Ivan Cheparinov

Ivanchuk winning

Ivanchuk won his 2nd game in a row for Bosna Sarajevo, this time against GM Stefansson. Ivanchuk shows clear intention to bring his club to the top and change his position from the October rating list.

All results from round 2

1 Novoborsky SK OSC Baden-Baden e.V. 0,5 : 5,5

2 Ural Sverdlovskaya Klubi Shahut Prishtina 6,0 : 0,0

3 Economist SGSEU-1 Saratov Tomsk-400 1,5 : 4,5

4 Bosna Sarajevo Reykjavik Chess Club 4,0 : 2,0

5 Ashdod City Club Linex Magic – Merida 3,0 : 3,0

6 Keystone Chess Club Zeljeznicar Sarajevo 4,5 : 1,5

7 Gros Xake Taldea Schachfreunde Reichenstein 3,5 : 2,5

8 Alkaloid Cannes Echecs 5,0 : 1,0

9 Aquaprofit Chess Club Nagykanisza Bank King Yerevan 1,5 : 4,5

10 Clichy Echecs 92 Chess Club Zagreb 3,5 : 2,5

11 Herzliya Chess Club Vesnianka Gran 2,5 : 3,5

12 Sollentuna Chessclub Hamburger SK 3,0 : 3,0

13 Csuti – Hydrocomp Chess Club Vilnius Chess-Bridge club ”NSEL30” 2,5 : 3,5

14 SK Rochade Eupen Utrecht 2,0 : 4,0

15 Klubi Shahut Theranda Cercle d’Echecs de Strasbourg 1,5 : 4,5

16 Homburg Apeldoorn HMC Calder 4,5 : 1,5

17 Opus Capita Tampere C.R.E. Liège E.L. 3,5 : 2,5

18 Matinkylan Shakkekerho Espoo Hilsmark Kingfisher 1,5 : 4,5

19 Oslo Schkakselskap Kilkenny Chess Club 4,0 : 2,0

20 Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo Doruk Koleji SK 3,0 : 3,0

21 Turk Hava Yollari “Apollonia” Chess Club Fier 4,0 : 2,0

22 Chess Club Niederrohrdorf Namur 2,5 : 3,5

23 Hellir Chess Club Tarsus Zeka Satrac SK 5,5 : 0,5

24 Plunge Chess Club Bokstas Cuna de Dragones – Ajoblanco 2,5 : 3,5

25 Aarhus Skakklub / Skolerne Bronshoj Skakforening (Copenhagen) 2,0 : 4,0

26 Asker SK Cwmbran 6,0 : 0,0

27 Nidum Liberals Besiktas 1,0 : 5,0

28 Schackklub De Sprénger Echternach Rathmines 5,0 : 1,0

Club Cup pairings for tomorrow

1 OSC Baden-Baden e.V. Gros Xake Taldea

2 Vesnianka Gran Ural Sverdlovskaya

3 Utrecht Tomsk-400

4 Bank King Yerevan Bosna Sarajevo

5 Vilnius Chess-Bridge club ”NSEL30” Keystone

6 Clichy Echecs 92 Alkaloid

7 Hamburger SK Linex Magic – Merida

8 Sollentuna Chessclub Ashdod City Club

9 Opus Capita Tampere Economist SGSEU-1 Saratov

10 Klubi Shahut Prishtina Chess Club Zagreb

11 Chess Club Zeljeznicar Sarajevo Hellir Chess Club

12 Turk Hava Yollari Aquaprofit Chess Club Nagykanisza

13 Reykjavik Chess Club Bronshoj Skakforening (Copenhagen)

14 Oslo Schkakselskap Csuti – Hydrocomp Chess Club

15 Besiktas Cannes Echecs

16 1. Novoborsky SK Schackklub De Sprénger Echternach

17 Cercle d’Echecs de Strasbourg Hilsmark Kingfisher

18 Schachfreunde Reichenstein Namur

19 Homburg Apeldoorn SK Rochade Eupen

20 Cuna de Dragones – Ajoblanco Asker SK

21 Herzliya Chess Club Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo

22 Kilkenny Chess Club Doruk Koleji SK

23 C.R.E. Liège E.L. Klubi Shahut Theranda

24 HMC Calder Matinkylan Shakkekerho Espoo

25 Tarsus Zeka Satrac SK Aarhus Skakklub / Skolerne

26 Nidum Liberals Plunge Chess Club Bokstas

27 Cwmbran Chess Club Niederrohrdorf

28 “Apollonia” Chess Club Fier Rathmines

2007 Dortmund Chess Meeting

Last test before Mexico World Championship

Kramnik losing

Vladimir Kramnik

The 35th Sparkassen Chess-Meeting is taking place on 23rd June – 1st July at the Dortmund theater. World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, who won Dortmund seven times, is back to defend his last-year trophy. His participation was in question after the strong respiratory infection, but antibiotics enabled him to start on time. Furthermore, we can’t see any sign of fatigue in his play, after the first round draw against Anand, he knocked Boris Gelfand in the 2nd.

The tournament format is, again, eight players in the single round-robin. Somewhere in between 10-players all play all and 6-players in double round-robin, this is probably the worst choice. Seven rounds is simply too short, and losing one game is a luxury that everyone will try to avoid. Usually, plus two or plus three is enough to win the tournament.

But Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, fearless 21-years old attacker, is not bothering himself with tournament math. In approximately equal position against Evgeny Alexeev, he sacrificed an exchange without any obvious compensation. Young Russian kept his coolness and routinely avoided all the traps to win the game.

Mamedyarov Day 1 - Press Conference Carlsen unhappy 1

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Magnus Carlsen

First round Mamedyarov surprised Arkadij Naiditsch with a rare and unpretentious line in Two Knights opening. Best German player, and shocking 2005 Dortmund winner, didn’t react too well and allowed doubling pawns, which cost him the game. We should mention that last year Naiditsch tried the same opening with White against Magnus Carlsen, and got crushed pretty fast.

Magnus Carlsen is not only one of the most active chess professionals, but he also matured a lot during the last year. Some chess authors wrote him off after the bad performance at Corus in January, saying that he needs couple of years more to properly enter 2700 club. Norwegian prodigy went to Linares, lined his pieces and pressed the clock. A fantastic tournament, where he missed the trophy only in the last round, brought him back in the focus. Strong resistance against favored Levon Aronian in Candidate Matches only confirmed his excellent shape. This is a chance to win his first super-tournament, and he will surely fight till the very last round.

Leko thinking Anand thinking

Peter Leko and Vishy Anand

Of course, the favorite number one, alongside Vladimir Kramnik, is FIDE top-rated Vishy Anand. He will also play in Leon on July 4-9th, but the tournament of his life could be the Mexico World Championship. Another two Mexico participants, Boris Gelfand and two-times Dortmund winner Peter Leko, are shaping their form for the September.

June 25th, Round 3:

Magnus Carlsen – Evgeny Alekseev draw

Boris Gelfand – Viswanathan Anand draw

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – Vladimir Kramnik draw

Peter Leko – Arkadij Naiditsch draw

June 26th, Round 4:

Vladimir Kramnik – Magnus Carlsen 1-0

Viswanathan Anand – Arkadij Naiditsch 1-0

Boris Gelfand – Shakhriyar Mamedyarov draw

Evgeny Alekseev – Peter Leko draw

Round 4 Standings:

1. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS 2772) 3.0

2-3. Viswanathan Anand (IND 2786) and Evgeny Alekseev (RUS 2679) 2.5

4-5. Peter Leko (HUN 2738) and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE 2757) 2.0

6-7. Boris Gelfand (ISR 2733) and Magnus Carlsen (NOR 2693) 1.5

8. Arkadij Naiditsch (GER 2654) 1.0

Round 5 report

Final Report

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov video interview

Report round 2

Analysis by IM Kalin Karakehayov

Important information:

General Valjevo page – all the info about Gorenje

Report part 1 – replayable games and pictures

Mihajlo Sojanovic – analized game by M. Stojanovic
Karpov – Nikolic – analysis by IM Kalin Karakehayov

Suat Atalik

After the game Goran Urosevic made an extensive interview with Suat Atalik, the current leader of Valjevo 2007. GM Atalik is a really fantastic person, who kept on talking and talking until our battery went out. He shared that no matter that computers may give advantage for white at some stages, it is very difficult to play the game as white. That is why Pavasovic was losing so much time in calculations. Atalik said that Bh5 was the move that saved his opponent.

The conversation that we had was so long that even GM Topalov and Danailov, as well as the World Championship in Mexico, came up. Strangely enough, exactly tomorrow we have a scheduled interview with Mr. Danailov. Both interviews, by Mr. Atalik and by Mr. Danailov, will be ready by Monday, be sure to check them out.

Valjevo day 2 Atalik - Pavasovic

Mihajlo Stojanovic

Mihajlo, a fantastic chess player that very often works with the Chessdom team, was the man of the day. Stojanovic is from Valjevo and all the audience is strongly supporting him. He could not get out of the playing hall for about 15 minutes. Later he tried to have dinner, but nobody let him. Everybody wanted to shake hands with him and congratulate him.

Stojanovic had a really stable game, but most probably the mistakes came from Georgiev. Here we present you the detailed analysis by IM Kalin Karakehayov.

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