Wesley So Eliminated Gata Kamsky

World Cup round three report

Wesley So continues to hound top rated players at the 2009 World Chess Cup! After beating Vassily Ivanchuk in round two, today he sent the 2007 World Cup winner Gata Kamsky packing. With a draw agreed shortly after the time control, So wins the match 1.5-0.5 and qualifies for the 4th round where he will meet the winner of Eljanov-Malakhov tiebreaks. Gata Kamsky still has a place in the candidate matches as a semifinalist of the previous World Championship cycle.

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Wesley So and Gata Kamsky

One of the most talented Russian players, Nikita Vitiugov, also progressed to the next round by eliminating his compatriot Konstantin Sakaev. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave allowed no surprises and won 1.5-0.5 against Yu Yangyi, who was also his opponent at the recent World Junior Championship.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was storming through the competition as he achieved five wins in that many games since the opening day. Today he “only drew” against Wang Hao, but this was good enough to progress to the next level. Alexei Shirov beat Evgeny Tomashevsky and Ruslan Ponomariov knocked Alexander Motylev, while the remaining matches will be settled in tiebreaks on Sunday.

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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Alexei Shirov

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Baadur Jobava and Boris Gelfand

Round three results:

1-1 Polgar Judit (HUN) 1-0 Gelfand Boris (ISR)

1-1 Gashimov Vugar (AZE) ½-½ Li Chao b (CHN)

1-1 Naiditsch Arkadij (GER) ½-½ Svidler Peter (RUS)

1-1 Laznicka Viktor (CZE) ½-½ Bologan Viktor (MDA)

1.5-0.5 Vitiugov Nikita (RUS) ½-½ Sakaev Konstantin (RUS)

1.5-0.5 So Wesley (PHI) ½-½ Kamsky Gata (USA)

0.5-1.5 Motylev Alexander (RUS) ½-½ Ponomariov Ruslan (UKR)

1-1 Grischuk Alexander (RUS) ½-½ Jobava Baadur (GEO)

1-1 Areshchenko Alexander (UKR) 1-0 Jakovenko Dmitry (RUS)

1-1 Wang Yue (CHN) ½-½ Bacrot Etienne (FRA)

1-1 Malakhov Vladimir (RUS) ½-½ Eljanov Pavel (UKR)

1-1 Karjakin Sergey (UKR) 1-0 Navara David (CZE)

0.5-1.5 Wang Hao (CHN) ½-½ Mamedyarov Shakhriyar (AZE)

1.5-0.5 Shirov Alexei (ESP) 1-0 Tomashevsky Evgeny (RUS)

1-1 Alekseev Evgeny (RUS) ½-½ Caruana Fabiano (ITA)

0.5-1.5 Yu Yangyi (CHN) ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA)

Round 3 selected games

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Wesley So – Gata Kamsky commented: game 1 and game 2

Round 2 report

Italian Chess Championship 2009 – Round Three

IM Carlo D’Amore leading with 2.5 points

The 69th Italian Chess Championship is taking place from 23rd November until 4th December, in Sarre, Aosta Valley. Twelve players compete over eleven rounds of berger system for the title of Italian Champion and prize fund of 14.000 EUR.

Despite the absence of Fabiano Caruana, who is busy playing at the World Chess Cup, the tournament is very strong with four Grandmasters and number of young and ambitious juniors participating. After three rounds have been completed, IM Carlo D’Amore is holding the lead with 2.5 points, following the wins against Axel Rombaldoni and Daniele Genocchio. GM Daniele Vocaturo started the campaign with two wins, but then lost to the former national champion IM Fabio Bruno. The 17-years old FM Alessio Valsecchi stunned GM Carlos Garcia Palermo is round three, reminding us how exciting Italian championships can be.

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Aurelio Marguerettaz, the Assessor of tourism, sport and commerce of Regione Val d’Aosta, making the first move in the game Michele Godena- Andrea Stella

Round 1 results

Godena Michele – Stella Andrea 1 – 0

Brunello Sabino - Rombaldoni Denis ½ – ½

Ortega Lexy - D’Amore Carlo ½ – ½

Rombaldoni Axel - Vocaturo Daniele 0 – 1

Genocchio Daniele - Valsecchi Alessio 1 – 0

Bruno Fabio - Garcia Palermo Carlos 0 – 1

Round 2 results

Stella Andrea - Garcia Palermo Carlos ½ – ½

Valsecchi Alessio - Bruno Fabio ½ – ½

Vocaturo Daniele - Genocchio Daniele 1 – 0

D’Amore Carlo - Rombaldoni Axel 1 – 0

Rombaldoni Denis -Ortega Lexy ½ – ½

Godena Michele - Brunello Sabino ½ – ½

Round 3 results

Brunello Sabino - Stella Andrea 1 – 0

Ortega Lexy - Godena Michele 1 – 0

Rombaldoni Axel - Rombaldoni Denis ½ – ½

Genocchio Daniele - D’Amore Carlo 0 – 1

Bruno Fabio - Vocaturo Daniele 1 – 0

Garcia Palermo Carlos - Valsecchi Alessio 0 – 1

Round 4 pairings

Stella Andrea (0.5) - Valsecchi Alessio (1.5)

Vocaturo Daniele (2.0) - Garcia Palermo Carlos (1.5)

D’Amore Carlo (2.5) - Bruno Fabio (1.5)

Rombaldoni Denis (1.5) - Genocchio Daniele (1.0)

Godena Michele (1.5) - Rombaldoni Axel (0.5)

Brunello Sabino (2.0) - Ortega Lexy (2.0)

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Mtel Masters 2009 – Round Three Report

all games drawn, Wang, Carlsen and Shirov still leading

The third round of the 2009 Mtel Masters had all games drawn, but not without a struggle. Veselin Topalov and Leinier Dominguez Perez engaged in a long dispute over the White d5-pawn, which earlier replaced Black’s own sacrificed pawn. Dominguez appeared to have solid counterplay, based on the weakness of White c2 square, but after some maneuvering which involved really ugly moves (19. Na1!), Topalov traded the attacked pawn and won another (a5) in the process. However, Dominguez patiently waited to chop the f3-pawn and advance his connected passers. With Black pair of strong Bishops and White clumsy Knights, Topalov had to satisfy himself with perpetual check.

The game Magnus Carlsen – Vassily Ivanchuk, commented by French top-GM Christian Bauer live here on Chessdom, also attracted huge attention. Ivanchuk, convincing winner of the last year’s Mtel Masters, prolonged his recent poor shape and lost two games with White at the start of the tournament. That didn’t prevent him from playing some creative chess, at least in the opening (8…b5!), but later he became more cautious and kept the position more or less balanced. During the heavy time trouble, most of the pieces went off the board and Ivanchuk was able to hold the resulting Rook endgame to a draw.

Alexei Shirov found a cute temporary exchange sacrifice after the Gruenfeld opening to remove Wang Yue’s dangerous pieces and reach a convenient endgame without any risk of losing.

On Saturday, IM Miodrag Perunovic and Goran Urosevic will provide live commentary of the 4th round game Magnus Carlsen – Alexei Shirov. See you there at 15:00 CET.

Round 1 – May 13, 2009

Wang Yue - Leinier Dominguez Perez ½-½

Magnus Carlsen – Veselin Topalov 1-0

Vassily Ivanchuk - Alexei Shirov 0-1

Round 2 – May 14, 2009

Alexei Shirov - Veselin Topalov ½-½

Leinier Dominguez Perez - Magnus Carlsen ½-½

Vassily Ivanchuk - Wang Yue 0-1

Round 3 – May 15, 2009

Wang Yue - Alexei Shirov ½-½

Magnus Carlsen – Vassily Ivanchuk ½-½

Veselin Topalov - Leinier Dominguez Perez ½-½

Rank Name Fed 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
1 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR ** 0 ½ 0 ½
2 Wang Yue CHN 1 ** ½ ½ 2
3 Magnus Carlsen NOR ½ ** 1 ½ 2
4 Veselin Topalov BUL 0 ** ½ ½ 1
5 Leinier Dominguez Perez CUB ½ ½ ½ **
6 Alexei Shirov ESP 1 ½ ½ ** 2