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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Topalov vs Kramnik

The World Chess Championship match has started on September 23rd. WorldChessNetwork is providing live audio broadcast for this event. GM Larry Christiansen, IM Irina Krush, GM Alex Finkel and GM Victor Mikhalevski are planned as commentators.

Final result: Vladimir Kramnik - Veselin Topalov 8.5-7.5


GM Vladimir Kramnik photoGM Veselin Topalov image


Update:
WorldChessNetwork has annotated game Topalov-Kramnik, Belgrade 1995
Kramnik - Topalov, Mtel Masters 2005



September 23rd Update:
Vladimir Kramnik won the first game of the World Chess Championship match! Veselin Topalov was pawn down but he had opportunity to repeat the moves because of White's weak f2 pawn. He decided to play on and as someone in WCN audience pointed out "Kramnik's patience will win the game".


Vladimir Kramnik 2743 - Veselin Topalov 2813
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 a5 7. Qc2 Bxd2+ 8. Qxd2 c6 9. a4 b5 10. axb5 cxb5 11. Qg5 O-O 12. Qxb5 Ba6 13. Qa4 Qb6 14. O-O Qxb2 15. Nbd2 Bb5 16. Nxc4 Bxa4 17. Nxb2 Bb5 18. Ne5 Ra7 19. Bf3 Nbd7 20. Nec4 Rb8 21. Rfb1 g5 22. e3 g4 23. Bd1 Bc6 24. Rc1 Be4 25. Na4 Rb4 26. Nd6 Bf3 27. Bxf3 gxf3 28. Nc8 Ra8 29. Ne7+ Kg7 30. Nc6 Rb3 31. Nc5 Rb5 32. h3 Nxc5 33. Rxc5 Rb2 34. Rg5+ Kh6 35. Rgxa5 Rxa5 36. Nxa5 Ne4 37. Rf1 Nd2 38. Rc1 Ne4 39. Rf1 f6 40. Nc6 Nd2 41. Rd1 Ne4 42. Rf1 Kg6 43. Nd8 Rb6 44. Rc1 h5 45. Ra1 h4 46. gxh4 Kh5 47. Ra2 Kxh4 48. Kh2 Kh5 49. Rc2 Kh6 50. Ra2 Kg6 51. Rc2 Kf5 52. Ra2 Rb5 53. Nc6 Rb7 54. Ra5+ Kg6 55. Ra2 Kh5 56. d5 e5 57. Ra4 f5 58. Nxe5 Rb2 59. Nd3 Rb7 60. Rd4 Rb6 61. d6 Nxd6 62. Kg3 Ne4+ 63. Kxf3 Kg5 64. h4+ Kf6 65. Rd5 Nc3 66. Rd8 Rb1 67. Rf8+ Ke6 68. Nf4+ Ke5 69. Re8+ Kf6 70. Nh5+ Kg6 71. Ng3 Rb2 72. h5+ Kf7 73. Re5 Nd1 74. Ne2 Kf6 75. Rd5 1-0





September 24th Update:
Vladimir Kramnik wins the 2nd game as well! Amazing cold-blooded defence on the Black side of accepted Slav opening. Kramnik smacked 2 pawns on the Queen side while Topalov was trying to develop attack on the King. After huge complications and couple of missed winning moves for Topalov, those two pawns proved to be decisive factor. Topalov is in knockdown, I doubt Kramnik will drop this huge advantage.

GM Alex Finkel about 2-0 result: "Quite incredible I have to say. Match is pretty much over for Topalov"



Veselin Topalov 2813 - Vladimir Kramnik 2743
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Qe2 Bg6 10. e4 O-O 11. Bd3 Bh5 12. e5 Nd5 13. Nxd5 cxd5 14. Qe3 Bg6 15. Ng5 Re8 16. f4 Bxd3 17. Qxd3 f5 18. Be3 Nf8 19. Kh1 Rc8 20. g4 Qd7 21. Rg1 Be7 22. Nf3 Rc4 23. Rg2 fxg4 24. Rxg4 Rxa4 25. Rag1 g6 26. h4 Rb4 27. h5 Qb5


28. Qc2 Rxb2 29. hxg6 h5 30. g7 hxg4 31. gxf8=Q+ Bxf8 32. Qg6+ Bg7 33. f5 Re7 34. f6 Qe2


35. Qxg4 Rf7 36. Rc1 Rc2 37. Rxc2 Qd1+ 38. Kg2 Qxc2+ 39. Kg3 Qe4 40. Bf4 Qf5


41. Qxf5 exf5 42. Bg5 a5 43. Kf4 a4 44. Kxf5 a3 45. Bc1 Bf8 46. e6 Rc7 47. Bxa3 Bxa3 48. Ke5 Rc1 49. Ng5 Rf1 50. e7 Re1+ 51. Kxd5 Bxe7 52. fxe7 Rxe7 53. Kd6 Re1 54. d5 Kf8 55. Ne6+ Ke8 56. Nc7+ Kd8 57. Ne6+ Kc8 58. Ke7 Rh1 59. Ng5 b5 60. d6 Rd1 61. Ne6 b4 62. Nc5 Re1+ 63. Kf6 Re3 0-1





"In two important ways, this line is very counter-intuitive. Not only is White relinquishing control on the f1 square by playing 32.Rxg4, on the next move he has to make a move along the c-file and away from the b1-h7 diagonal, along which all the action up to this point has been concentrated. Of course, once you spot 33.Qc7, you immediately realize that Black only has one check, and the bishop on g7 is defenceless - but even looking in that direction seems completely unnatural. Another important thing to note is that the position in front of you does not come with a caption at the bottom: 'White to play and win in two moves' - I am quite certain Veselin would have found the solution if he was sure it was there. This is where the computer has an overwhelming advantage over humans - the silicon is of course completely impervious to the kind of psychobabble I have just offered as explanation" - GM Peter Svilder about missed 32.Rg4



September 26th Update:
Third game was drawn. Kramnik played calm during the entire game while Topalov was trying to avoid trade of the pieces and keep some chances for attack. This brought him into trouble but Kramnik missed 32.ed5 Qa2 33.Qf3 with probably decisive advantage, and decided to go for perpetual check.

Position after possible 32.ed5 Qa2 33.Qf3


Vladimir Kramnik 2743 - Veselin Topalov 2813
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 dxc4 5. Bg2 Nc6 6. Qa4 Bd7 7. Qxc4 Na5 8. Qd3 c5 9. O-O Bc6 10. Nc3 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Bc5 12. Rd1 Bxg2 13. Qb5+ Nd7 14. Kxg2 a6 15. Qd3 Rc8 16. Bg5 Be7 17. Bxe7 Qxe7 18. Rac1 Nc4 19. Na4 b5 20. b3 O-O 21. bxc4 bxa4 22. Nc6 Rxc6 23. Qxd7 Qc5 24. Rc3 g6 25. Rb1 h5 26. Rb7 e5 27. e4 Rf6 28. Rc2 Qa3 29. Qd1 Rd6 30. Rd2 Rfd8 31. Rd5 Rxd5 32. cxd5 Qxa2 33. Qf3 Rf8 34. Qd3 a3 35. Rb3 f5 36. Qxa6 Qxb3 37. Qxg6+ Kh8 38. Qh6+ Kg8 draw


– Have you lost or gained half a point today?
Kramnik: I do not think about the score, I just play game after game. When you are leading, every draw brings you closer to the success. But this is not the case. Of course, I did not plan making a draw, and I think it is Veselin who earned half a point. I obtained serious chances during the game: Black has to make a long series of the only moves. I do not exclude a possibility that my play can be improved – it has to be analyzed in detail. The victory was close, but I failed achieving it. No problem; I am satisfied with the match situation.



September 27th Update:
In 4th game Kramnik comes back to his old love - Meran Slav defence. He was basically forced to use this opening after Topalov stopped exchange variation by playing 4.e3. Topalov seemed well prepared for the pawn sacrifice but Kramnik gave that pawn back as soon as he felt danger. Topalov didn't push too hard, game was mostly equal and it ended with a draw in rook ending.


Veselin Topalov 2813 - Vladimir Kramnik 2743
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. a3 b4 10. Ne4 Nxe4 11. Bxe4 bxa3 12. O-O Bd6 13. b3 Nf6 14. Nd2 Qc7 15. Bf3 Bxh2+ 16. Kh1 Bd6 17. Nc4 Be7 18. Bxa3 O-O 19. Bxe7 Qxe7 20. Ra5 Rfd8 21. Kg1 c5


22. Rxc5 Ne4 23. Bxe4 Bxe4 24. Qg4 Bd3 25. Ra1 Rac8 26. Raa5 Rb8 27. Qd1 Be4 28. Qa1 Rb7 29. Nd2 Bg6 30. Qc3 h6 31. Ra6 Kh7 32. Nc4 Be4 33. f3 Bd5 34. Nd2 Rdb8 35. Qd3+ f5 36. Rc3 Qh4 37. Ra1 Qg3 38. Qc2 Rf7 39. Rf1 Qg6 40. Qd3 Qg3 41. Rfc1 Rfb7 42. Qc2 Qg5 43. Ra1 Qf6 44. Qd3 Rd7 45. Ra4 Rbd8 46. Rc5 Kg8 47. Nc4 Bxc4 48. Raxc4 f4 49. Rc6 fxe3 50. Qxe3 Rxd4 51. Rxe6 Qh4 52. Rxd4 Qxd4 53. Re8+ Kh7 54. Qxd4 draw



September 28th Update:
Veselin Topalov's manager Silvio Danailov used rest day to accuse Kramnik of possible cheating. Source - VeselinTopalov.net


Photo: FIDE




September 29th Update:
Kramnik forfeited today's game! He refused to play because The FIDE Appeals Committee has apparently violated his contract with FIDE. Looks like manipulator Silvio Danailov managed to move the play from chess board to the press conferences...

Related items:
Danailov looking for excuse
Topa, quit your whining I saw a mate you missed



September 30th Update:
Today's game (5th? 6th?) has been postponed. Kirsan is back from Sochy and he has invited players for a meeting. Both players are ready to continue the match but the stumbling point is the current score (3-1 or 3-2). Looks like Topalov desperately wants to win, at least over the green table if it's not possible on the chess board.

The story hits mainstream media.



October 1st Update:
12:30 CET - Kirsan makes some progress in negotiations. Bathrooms are open again and The Appeals Committee has resigned. Which brings us to the most important, still unresolved matter - what is the current score? 30 minutes before the game start we still don't know if it will be played.

13:05 CET - Today's game has been postponed. Another press release on the official site. Pay attention to "The 1st of October, the day when the 6th game was supposed to be played, was announced as a technical time-out..."

23:00 CET - Kirsan decided that next game will be played tomorrow. Score is 3-2, Kramnik's reaction still unknown. Pathetic compromise, Topalov lost all of my respect.

"Ground rules for chess tournaments involving international grandmasters are often the subject of protracted negotiations and are agreed in minute detail. Scandals over similar issues are a regular feature of top-level chess tournaments." - DNA Sport





October 2nd Update:
01:00 CET - GM Larry Christiansen says this is big PR blunder by FIDE and Topalov and is advising Kramnik to continue the match because he is already moral winner, no matter of the final result.

From Standart News:
Danailov - ...We had meetings with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik was very arrogant.
"Standart" - What do you mean by "arrogant?"
Danailov - He is convinced that he has political backing. He behaved like a man who knew that everybody does what he tells them to.
"Standart" - What does Topalov think?
Danailov - He wants to play but he is shocked by Kramnik's behavior because he is impudent and constantly insults him. He always offers draws and does everything to make Topalov nervous.

WTH???


8:30 CET - While we are waiting to see if Kramnik will accept the score imposed by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, I have emailed FIDE Vice President Geoffrey D. Borg asking about his opinion.

"This debacle in the World Championship match should have never been allowed to go so far, since either there should have been a clear accusation with proof by Topalov’s team, or else the whole claim should have been thrown immediately out of the window..."

9:30 CET - Chesspro.ru author Yuri Vasilev is reporting that GM Peter Svidler has arrived in Elista yesterday and that GM Evgeny Bareev is on his way to arrive today. Is Kramnik preparing for the final battle?

12:50 CET - Kramnik issued protest letter. Sharp words but he decided to play on. Go Vladimir!

13:00 CET - 6th game started with a handshake and Slav defence.

22:00 CET - Late update, I was sleeping :-) Game was drawn on move 31, annotations by IM Miodrag Perunovic have been posted on WorldChessNetwork. Topalov had guilty look, I think the man just wants to play chess. Get rid of Danailov, for God's sake!


Veselin Topalov 2813 - Vladimir Kramnik 2743
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3 c5 8. e4 Bg6 9. Be3 cxd4 10. Qxd4 Qxd4 11. Bxd4 Nfd7 12. Nxd7 Nxd7 13. Bxc4 a6 14. Ke2 Rg8 15. Rhd1 Rc8 16. b3 Bc5 17. a5 Ke7 18. Na4 Bb4


19. Nb6 Nxb6 20. Bxb6 f6 21. Rd3 Rc6 22. h4 Rgc8 23. g4 Bc5 24. Rad1 Bxb6 25. Rd7+ Kf8 26. axb6 Rxb6 27. R1d6 Rxd6 28. Rxd6 Rc6 29. Rxc6 bxc6 30. b4 e5 31. Bxa6 draw

Next game on Wednesday, Topalov has white pieces.



October 3rd Update:
Topalov: ...there is nothing for me to be proud of. I shook hands with Kramnik, and the match continued. I believe that his play is fair, and my decision to continue the match proves it. We are humans, and sometimes we make mistakes.
Kramnik: The only thing I know for certain is that I will sue FIDE in this case.

Many Grandmasters are expressing their support to Vladimir Kramnik. See the letters on WorldChessNetwork and ChessBase. The only GM talking trash is Kotronias from Greece, but I suspect he has personal issues with Kramnik.

Meanwhile, people like Garry Kasparov and Susan Polgar are using the situation for their PR business. Garry wrote an article for Wall Street Journal, whining about Soviets, Karpov, Danailov, Kramnik, FIDE and about everyone else. Poor fella, forgets how he mistreated Shirov or kicked Yugoslav team from Manila 1992 Olympiad...

Susan is smart, while other GMs were sending emails to ChessBase, she made sure to scan her letter along with header and links. Branding continues...

Mig from ChessNinja said it well: "I'm only interested in things relevant to the chess and the rules. The support of the "Russian machine" certainly never manifested itself. Topalov is the FIDE champion and the first appeals committee bent or broke several rules of protocol and logic to support him. If Ilyumzhinov and Zhukov were really conspiring to support Kramnik, the match would have started again at 3:1. Conspiracies without results don't interest me!
Of course both players - or at least their agents - are going to cry underdog and foul and mistreatment. It's their job. So we have to look at the actions we CAN see. We can't see any proof of Kramnik cheating. We can see some unusual behavior that might have warranted a calm complaint, but no rules were being broken even according to Topalov's side. All the BS about water and plane trips have the specific purpose of clouding the issue and creating suspicion for free. The bottom line is that it's not illegal or improper to spend a lot of time in the bathroom."



October 4th Update:
It started like a Slav but quickly transposed to Queens Gambit Accepted. Topalov played 12.a4 novelty, but Kramnik gave away pair of Bishop's to reduce the pressure on e6 and f7. After Topalov's insecure and shy play, Kramnik even had better chances but the game ended with a draw. Danailov is issuing more allegations, not worth of quoting. Players gave separated press conferences.


Veselin Topalov 2813 - Vladimir Kramnik 2743
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bd3 dxc4 6. Bxc4 c5 7. O-O a6 8. Bb3 cxd4 9. exd4 Nc6 10. Nc3 Be7 11. Re1 O-O 12. a4 Bd7 13. Ne5 Be8 14. Be3 Rc8 15. Rc1 Nb4 16. Qf3 Bc6 17. Qh3 Bd5 18. Nxd5 Nbxd5 19. Rcd1 Rc7 20. Bg5 Qc8 21. Qf3 Rd8 22. h4 h6 23. Bc1 Bb4 24. Rf1 Bd6 25. g3 b6 26. Qe2 Ne7 27. Rfe1 Bxe5 28. dxe5 Rxd1 29. Qxd1 Nfd5 30. Bd2 Rc5 31. Qg4 Nf5 32. Qe4 b5 33. h5 bxa4 34. Qxa4 Rb5 35. Rc1 Qb7 36. Bc2 Nb6 37. Qg4 Rxb2 38. Be4 Qd7 39. Be1 Nd5 40. Bd3 Nb4 41. Bf1 Nd3 42. Qd1 Nxe5 43. Qxd7 Nxd7 44. Rc8+ Kh7 45. Rc7 Rb1 46. Rxd7 Rxe1 47. Rxf7 a5 48. Kg2 Kg8 49. Ra7 Re5 50. g4 Nd6 51. Bd3 Kf8 52. Bg6 Rd5 53. f3 e5 54. Kf2 Rd2+ 55. Ke1 Rd5 56. Ke2 Rb5 57. Rd7 Rd5 58. Ra7 Rb5 59. Bd3 Rd5 60. Bg6 draw



October 5th Update:
This time Topalov played Meran defence with black pieces. Opening looked good for Kramnik until he traded queens with 20.Qb4 (diag 2). Later he made few inprecise moves and 39.f4 (diag 3) I can't understand at all. Topalov won after forcing his opponent into the mating net.


Vladimir Kramnik 2743 - Veselin Topalov 2813
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Be2 Bb7 9. O-O b4 10. Na4 c5 11. dxc5 Nxc5 12. Bb5+ Ncd7 13. Ne5 Qc7 14. Qd4 Rd8 15. Bd2 Qa5 16. Bc6


16...Be7 17. Rfc1 Bxc6 18. Nxc6 Qxa4 19. Nxd8 Bxd8 20. Qxb4


20...Qxb4 21. Bxb4 Nd5 22. Bd6 f5 23. Rc8 N5b6 24. Rc6 Be7 25. Rd1 Kf7 26. Rc7 Ra8 27. Rb7 Ke8 28. Bxe7 Kxe7 29. Rc1 a5 30. Rc6 Nd5 31. h4 h6 32. a4 g5 33. hxg5 hxg5 34. Kf1 g4 35. Ke2 Nf6 36. b3 Ne8 37. f3 g3 38. Rc1 Nf6 39. f4


39...Kd6 40. Kf3 Nd5 41. Kxg3 Nc5 42. Rg7 Rb8 43. Ra7 Rg8+ 44. Kf3 Ne4 45. Ra6+ Ke7 46. Rxa5 Rg3+ 47. Ke2 Rxe3+ 48. Kf1 Rxb3 49. Ra7+ Kf6 50. Ra8 Nxf4 51. Ra1 Rb2 52. a5 Rf2+ 0-1



October 7th Update:
Looks like psychological war is finally taking victims. I can't recognize Vladimir in last two games. No ideas, time trouble, big blunder with 35...Nf8 today. I'm afraid if Topalov wins, other players might adopt Bulgarian "methods".

GM Viktor Korchnoi: I would have walked out!
GM John Fedorowicz: It makes us look like a bunch of morons


Veselin Topalov 2813 - Vladimir Kramnik 2743
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Nxg6 hxg6 8. a3 Nbd7 9. g3 Be7 10. f4 dxc4 11. Bxc4 O-O 12. e4 b5 13. Be2 b4 14. axb4 Bxb4 15. Bf3


15...Qb6 16. O-O e5 17. Be3 Rad8 18. Na4 Qb8 19. Qc2 exf4


20. Bxf4 Qb7 21. Rad1 Rfe8 22. Bg5 Be7 23. Kh1 Nh7 24. Be3 Bg5 25. Bg1 Nhf8 26. h4 Be7 27. e5 Nb8 28. Nc3 Bb4 29. Qg2 Qc8 30. Rc1 Bxc3 31. bxc3 Ne6 32. Bg4 Qc7 33. Rcd1 Nd7 34. Qa2 Nb6 35. Rf3 Nf8


36. Rdf1 Re7 37. Be3 Nh7 38. Rxf7 Nd5 39. R7f3 1-0



October 8th Update:
Fantastic comeback by Vladimir Kramnik! Finally, we can recognize the man that took Kasparov down. Couples of neat positional solutions with 12.cd5, 13.e4, 18.Bd5 and 22.Rdc1 were good enough to won an exchange for White.

You’re not worried about protests over your using two glasses?
- I think two is still OK. But if it goes to three, maybe the Appeals Committee will have to go back to work.

GM Nigel Short: "The fat lady has taken her position on stage..."
IM Tomas Hutters: "Silvio probably had some issues with the Bulgarian mafia, so no time to mess with Kramniks mind today"



GM Vladimir Kramnik 2743 - GM Veselin Topalov 2813
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Bf4 Nbd7 9. Qc2 a5 10. Rd1 Nh5 11. Bc1 b5 12. cxd5 cxd5 13. e4 dxe4 14. Qxe4 Rb8 15. Qe2 Nhf6 16. Bf4 Rb6 17. Ne5 Nd5 18. Bxd5


18...exd5 19. Nc3 Nf6 20. Nxb5 Ba6 21. a4 Ne4 22. Rdc1 Qe8 23. Rc7 Bd8 24. Ra7 f6 25. Nd7 Rf7 26. Nxb6 Rxa7 27. Nxd5 Rd7 28. Ndc3 Rxd4 29. Re1 f5 30. Qc2 Rb4 31. Nd5 Rxb5 32. axb5 Qxb5 33. Nc7 Qc4 34. Qd1


34...Bxc7 35. Qd7 h6 36. Qxc7 Qb4 37. Qb8+ Qxb8 38. Bxb8 Nd2 39. Ra1 g5 40. f4 Nb3 41. Ra3 Bc4 42. Bc7 g4 43. Bxa5 1-0





October 10th Update:
Veselin Topalov launched another novelty with 8.Rb1 but Vladimir Kramnik kept his head cool to finish the development with equal position. In spite of having pair of bishops, Topalov run into weaker position after 29.f5. Unfortunately, Kramnik dropped winning chances right after the time control.


Veselin Topalov 2813 - Vladimir Kramnik 2743
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Nxg6 hxg6 8. Rb1


8...Nbd7 9. c5 a5 10. a3 e5 11. b4 axb4 12. axb4 Qc7 13. f4 exf4 14. exf4 Be7 15. Be2 Nf8 16. O-O Ne6 17. g3 Qd7 18. Qd3 Ne4 19. Nxe4 dxe4 20. Qxe4 Qxd4+ 21. Qxd4 Nxd4 22. Bc4 O-O 23. Kg2 Ra4 24. Rd1 Rd8 25. Be3 Bf6 26. g4 Kf8 27. Bf2 Ne6 28. Rxd8+ Bxd8 29. f5


29...gxf5 30. gxf5 Nf4+ 31. Kf3 Nh5 32. Rb3 Bc7 33. h4 Nf6 34. Bd3 Nd7 35. Be4 Ne5+ 36. Kg2 Ra2 37. Bb1 Rd2 38. Kf1 Ng4 39. Bg1 Bh2 40. Ke1 Rd5 41. Bf2 Ke7 42. h5 Nxf2 43. Kxf2 Kf6 44. Kf3 Rd4


45. b5 Rc4 46. bxc6 bxc6 47. Rb6 Rxc5 48. Be4 Kg5 49. Rxc6 Ra5 50. Rb6 Ra3+ 51. Kg2 Bc7 52. Rb7 Rc3 53. Kf2 Kxh5 54. Bd5 f6 55. Ke2 Kg4 56. Be4 Kf4 57. Bd3 Rc5 58. Rb4+ Kg3 59. Rc4 Re5+ 60. Re4 Ra5 61. Re3+ Kg2 62. Be4+ Kh2 63. Rb3 Ra2+ 64. Kd3 Bf4 65. Kc4 Re2 66. Kd5 draw



October 12th Update:
Last game of the match is also drawn, we're going for tiebreaks tomorrow. Kramnik had slight advantage but he didn't make any use of it. WCN will have IM Irina Krush to provide live audio commentary for the tiebreaks.


Vladimir Kramnik 2743 - Veselin Topalov 2813
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Nxg6 hxg6 8. g3 Nbd7 9. Bd2 Bb4


10. Qb3 Bxc3 11. Bxc3 Ne4 12. Bg2 Nxc3 13. Qxc3 f5 14. O-O Qe7 15. cxd5 exd5 16. b4 Nf6 17. Rfc1 Ne4 18. Qb2


18...O-O 19. b5 Rac8 20. bxc6 bxc6 21. Qe2 g5 22. Rab1 Qd7 23. Rc2 Rf6 24. Rbc1 g4


25. Rb2 Rh6 26. Qa6 Rc7 27. Rb8+ Kh7 28. Qa3 Rb7 29. Qf8 Rxb8 30. Qxb8 Qf7 31. Qc8 Qh5 32. Kf1 Nd2+ 33. Ke1 Nc4 34. Bf1 Rf6 35. Bxc4 dxc4 36. Rxc4 Qxh2 37. Ke2 Qh1 38. Rc5 Qb1 39. Qa6 Qb2+ 40. Kf1 Qb1+ 41. Ke2 Qb2+ 42. Kf1 Rh6 43. Qd3 g6 44. Qb3 Rh1+ 45. Kg2 Rh2+ 46. Kxh2 Qxf2+ 47. Kh1 Qf1+ draw





October 13th Update:
First rapid game ended with a draw. Kramnik wins 2nd game in nice fashion. Topalov strikes back in 3rd game, he simply demolished Kramnik's king side. But Kramnik wins the 4th game after being pawn up to secure the World Champion title. Congrats Vlad!!

IM Tomas Hutters: Poor Topalov, even though boss Silvio got him a cry baby point for free, he could not win!


Veselin Topalov - Vladimir Kramnik
1st tiebreak game
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Qe2 O-O 10. e4 Bg6 11. Bd3 Bh5 12. e5 Nd5 13. Nxd5 cxd5 14. Qe3 Re8 15. Ne1 Rc8 16. f4 Bxe1 17. Rxe1 Bg6 18. Bf1 Rc2 19. b3 Qa5 20. Bb5 Rd8 21. Re2 Rcc8 22. Bd2 Qb6 23. Rf2 a6 24. Bf1 Rc6 25. b4 Rc2 26. b5 a5 27. Bc3 Rxf2 28. Qxf2 Qa7 29. Qd2 Ra8 30. Rc1 Nb6 31. Bb2 Nxa4 32. Ba3 h6 33. h3 Be4 34. Kh2 Nb6 35. Bc5 a4 36. Ra1 Nc4 37. Bxc4 b6 38. Qe3 Rc8 39. Bf1 bxc5 40. dxc5 Qxc5 41. Qxc5 Rxc5 42. b6 Rc6 43. b7 Rb6 44. Ba6 d4 45. Rxa4 Bxb7 46. Bxb7 Rxb7 47. Rxd4 draw


Vladimir Kramnik - Veselin Topalov
2nd tiebreak game
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. b3 O-O 8. Be2 b6 9. O-O Bb7 10. Bb2 Re8 11. Rad1 Qe7 12. Rfe1 Rac8 13. Bd3 e5 14. e4 dxc4 15. Bxc4 b5 16. Bf1 g6 17. Qd2 Rcd8 18. Qg5 a6 19. h3 exd4 20. Nxd4 Qe5 21. Qxe5 Nxe5 22. Nc2 g5 23. Bc1 h6 24. Be3 c5 25. f3 Bf8 26. Bf2 Bc8 27. Ne3 Be6 28. Ned5 Bxd5 29. exd5 Ned7 30. Rxe8 Rxe8 31. a4 b4 32. Ne4 Nxe4 33. fxe4 Nf6 34. d6 Nxe4 35. d7 Rd8 36. Bxa6 f5 37. a5 Bg7 38. Bc4+ Kf8 39. a6 Nxf2 40. Kxf2 Bd4+ 41. Rxd4 cxd4 42. a7 Ke7 43. Bd5 Kxd7 44. a8=Q Rxa8 45. Bxa8 1-0


Veselin Topalov - Vladimir Kramnik
3rd tiebreak game
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg6 7. Be2 Nbd7 8. O-O Bd6 9. g3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 Nb6 11. Be2 O-O 12. Nxg6 hxg6 13. e4 e5 14. f4 exd4 15. Qxd4 Qe7 16. Kg2 Bc5 17. Qd3 Rad8 18. Qc2 Bd4 19. e5 Nfd5 20. Rf3 Nxc3 21. bxc3 Bc5 22. Bd2 Rd7 23. Re1 Rfd8 24. Bd3 Qe6 25. Bc1 f5 26. Qe2 Kf8 27. Rd1 Qe7 28. h4 Rd5 29. Qc2 Nc4 30. Rh1 Na3 31. Qe2 Qd7 32. Rd1 b5 33. g4 fxg4 34. Rg3 Ke7 35. f5 gxf5 36. Bg5+ Ke8 37. e6 Qd6 38. Bxf5 Rxd1 39. Bg6+ Kf8 40. e7+ Qxe7 41. Bxe7+ Bxe7 42. Bd3 Ra1 43. Qb2 Rd1 44. Qe2 Ra1 45. Qxg4 Rxa2+ 46. Kh3 Bf6 47. Qe6 Rd2 48. Bg6 R2d7 49. Rf3 b4 50. h5 1-0


Vladimir Kramnik - Veselin Topalov
4th tiebreak game
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Be2 Bb7 9. O-O Be7 10. e4 b4 11. e5 bxc3 12. exf6 Bxf6 13. bxc3 c5 14. dxc5 Nxc5 15. Bb5+ Kf8 16. Qxd8+ Rxd8 17. Ba3 Rc8 18. Nd4 Be7 19. Rfd1 a6 20. Bf1 Na4 21. Rab1 Be4 22. Rb3 Bxa3 23. Rxa3 Nc5 24. Nb3 Ke7 25. Rd4 Bg6 26. c4 Rc6 27. Nxc5 Rxc5 28. Rxa6 Rb8 29. Rd1 Rb2 30. Ra7+ Kf6 31. Ra1 Rf5 32. f3 Re5 33. Ra3 Rc2 34. Rb3 Ra5 35. a4 Ke7 36. Rb5 Ra7 37. a5 Kd6 38. a6 Kc7 39. c5 Rc3 40. Raa5 Rc1 41. Rb3 Kc6 42. Rb6+ Kc7 43. Kf2 Rc2+ 44. Ke3 Rxc5 45. Rb7+ 1-0





Which pieces to trade?
Which pieces to trade? (Part 2)
Block opponent’s weaknesses
Fight pair of bishops
Which pieces to trade? (Part 3)
Exchange sacrifice
Complex of weak squares
Methods Against Kings Indian
Exchange of Fianchettoed Bishop
Chess Evaluation
Benefits of Space
Spanish Structure
Provoking the Weakness
Endgame Methods
Complex of Squares II
Kasparov in action
Pawn Majority



14th International Nikaia Open

14th Open International Chess Tournament "Honour to National Resistance" was held on August 22nd-29th in Nikaia, Greece. GM Tamaz Gelashvili had best tiebreak score among four players with 7.5 points. There were 319 participants.


Final standings:
1-4. GM Tamaz Gelashvili (GEO 2575), IM Nikolaos Kalesis (GRE 2435), IM Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi (IND 2417) and IM Nikoloz Managadze (GEO 2444) 7.5
5-14. Daan Brandenburg (NED 2392), GM Levan Aroshidze (GEO 2490), IM Gediminas Sarakauskas (LTU 2414), IM Michal Luch (POL 2356), IM Jha Sriram (IND 2408), GM Dmitry Svetushkin (MDA 2569), IM Oleg Gladyszev (RUS 2457), Sebastian Filippas (GRE 2083), Robert Draci (ALB 2176) and FM Dimitrios Tsomis (GRE 2203) etc


Results and standings

Hereford International

Hereford International Chess Tournament will be held on August 29th-September 3rd. GM Danny Gormally is sole leader after two rounds with 1.5 points.

Round 1 results:
FM Maxim Devereaux - FM Iain Gourlay draw
GM Colin McNab - FM Lars Stark draw
GM Danny Gormally - GM Peter Wells 1-0
IM Richard Palliser - FM Peter Sowray draw
FM James Cobb - IM Gawain Jones draw

Round 2 results:
FM Iain Gourlay - IM Gawain Jones draw
FM Peter Sowray - FM James Cobb draw
GM Peter Wells - IM Richard Palliser 1-0
FM Lars Stark - GM Danny Gormally draw
FM Maxim Devereaux - GM Colin McNab draw


GM Danny Gormally found couple of amazing moves to win his 1st round encounter against GM Peter Wells

GM Danny Gormally - GM Peter Wells
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. e4 Bb4 6. Bg5 c5 7. e5 cxd4 8. Qa4+ Nc6 9. O-O-O Bd7 10. Ne4 Be7 11. exf6 gxf6 12. Bh4 Rc8 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Nd6+ Kf8 15. Nxc8 Qxc8 16. Qxc4 e5 17. Kb1 Bf5+ 18. Ka1 e4 19. Nd2 Kg7 20. g4 Bg6 21. Bg2 Re8 22. Rhe1 e3 23. fxe3 dxe3 24. g5 Bxg5 25. Ne4 Bxe4 26. Bxe4 Ne5 27.Qa4 Rd8 28. Rc1 Qd7 29. Qa5 Qd4 30. Rg1 Kh6 31. Bb1 e2 32. Qa3 Nd3

Danny Gormally - Peter Wells
33. Rxg5 Kxg5 34. Qe7+ Kh6 35. Bxd3 Qf4 36. Bb1 Rd1 37. Rc5 1-0


GM Peter Wells - IM Richard Palliser
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. f4 Bg7 8. Bb5+ Nbd7 9. e5 dxe5 10. fxe5 Nh5 11. e6 Qh4+ 12. g3 Nxg3 13. hxg3 Qxh1 14. Be3 Bxc3+ 15. bxc3 a6 16. exd7+ Bxd7 17. Bxd7+ Kxd7 18. Qg4+ f5 19. Qf3 Qxf3 20. Nxf3 Rhe8 21. Kf2 Re4 22. Ng5 Ra4 23. Nxh7 Rh8 24. Rh1 Kd6 25. Bf4+ Kxd5 26. Nf6+ Ke6 27. Rxh8 Kxf6 28. Rc8 Rxa2+ 29. Ke3 g5 30. Bb8 Ra5 31. Kd3 Ke6 32. Rg8 Kf6 1-0



Round 3 results:
GM Danny Gormally - FM Maxim Devereaux draw
GM Colin McNab - FM Iain Gourlay draw
IM Richard Palliser - FM Lars Stark draw
FM James Cobb - GM Peter Wells draw
IM Gawain Jones - FM Peter Sowray 1-0

Round 3 standings:
1-2. GM Danny Gormally (ENG 2513) and IM Gawain Jones (ENG 2416) 2.0
3-8. GM Peter Wells (ENG 2480), GM Colin McNab (SCO 2433), FM Lars Stark (GER 2425), FM Maxim Devereaux (ENG 2377), FM James Cobb (WLS 2370) and FM Iain Gourlay (ENG 2337) 1.5
9-10. IM Richard Palliser (ENG 2413) and FM Peter Sowray (ENG 2357) 1.0



Round 4 results:
FM Iain Gourlay - FM Peter Sowray 1-0
GM Peter Wells - IM Gawain Jones draw
FM Lars Stark - FM James Cobb 1-0
FM Maxim Devereaux - IM Richard Palliser draw
GM Colin McNab - GM Danny Gormally draw

Round 5 results:
GM Danny Gormally - FM Iain Gourlay 1-0
IM Richard Palliser - GM Colin McNab draw
FM James Cobb - FM Maxim Devereaux 1-0
IM Gawain Jones - FM Lars Stark 1-0
FM Peter Sowray - GM Peter Wells draw

Round 5 standings:
1-2. GM Danny Gormally (ENG 2513) and IM Gawain Jones (ENG 2416) 3.5
3-6. GM Peter Wells (ENG 2480), GM Colin McNab (SCO 2433), FM Lars Stark (GER 2425), FM James Cobb (WLS 2370) and FM Iain Gourlay (ENG 2337) 2.5
8-9. IM Richard Palliser (ENG 2413) and FM Maxim Devereaux (ENG 2377) 2.0
10. FM Peter Sowray (ENG 2357) 1.5


GM Danny Gormally - FM Iain Gourlay
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bd3 O-O 6. Nge2 Nc6 7. O-O Nh5 8. Bc2 e5 9. d5 Ne7 10. a4 f5 11. exf5 gxf5 12. Bg5 f4 13. Ng3 Nf6 14. Nh5 Qe8 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. Ne4 Bg7 17. Ng5

GM Danny Gormally - FM Iain Gourlay
17...Nf5 18. Re1 Qg6 19. Ne6 Bxe6 20. dxe6 Qxe6 21. Nxf4 Qf7 22. Nh3 Kh8 23. Ra3 Bh6 24. Rf3 Qg6 25. Qb1 e4 26. Bxe4 Rae8 27. Rd1 Re5 28. Rd5 1-0


IM Gawain Jones - FM Lars Stark
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nc6 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nd7 6. Bd3 Nb4 7. Be2 c5 8. c3 Nc6 9. Bd3 cxd4 10. cxd4 f6 11. exf6 Nxf6 12. O-O Bd6 13. Re1 O-O 14. Nf1 Qb6 15. Ng3 Bd7 16. Ne5 Rae8 17. Be3 Re7 18. Nh5 Be8 19. Nxf6+ Rxf6 20. Nxc6 Bxc6 21. Bg5 Qxb2 22. Bxf6 gxf6 23. Qg4+ Kh8 24. Qh4 Rf7 25. Bxh7 Rxh7 26. Qxf6+ Rg7 27. Qd8+ Kh7 28. Qxd6 Qxd4 29. Qxe6 Qf4 30. Qh3+ Kg8 31. Re3 Bd7 32. Qf3 Qg5 33. Rae1 Bc6 34. Qh3 1-0



Round 6 results:
FM Iain Gourlay - GM Peter Wells draw
FM Lars Stark - FM Peter Sowray draw
FM Maxim Devereaux - IM Gawain Jones 0-1
GM Colin McNab - FM James Cobb 0-1
GM Danny Gormally - IM Richard Palliser 1-0

Round 6 standings:
1-2. GM Danny Gormally (ENG 2513) and IM Gawain Jones (ENG 2416) 4.5
3. FM James Cobb (WLS 2370) 3.5
4-6. GM Peter Wells (ENG 2480), FM Lars Stark (GER 2425) and FM Iain Gourlay (ENG 2337) 3.0
7. GM Colin McNab (SCO 2433) 2.5
8-10. IM Richard Palliser (ENG 2413), FM Maxim Devereaux (ENG 2377) and FM Peter Sowray (ENG 2357) 2.0


GM Danny Gormally - IM Richard Palliser
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 b5 8. O-O Be7 9. Qf3 Qc7 10. Qg3 Nc6 11. Nxc6 Qxc6 12. Re1 Bb7 13. a3 Rd8 14. f3 O-O 15. Bh6 Ne8 16. Rad1 Kh8 17. Bg5 Bxg5 18. Qxg5 Nf6 19. Qe3 Rd7 20. Rd3 Rfd8 21. Red1 Qc5 22. Ne2 Qxe3+ 23. Rxe3 Kg8 24. a4 b4 25. a5 Rc8 26. Red3 e5 27. Rxd6 Rcd8 28. Rxd7 Rxd7 29. Rxd7 Nxd7 30. Nc1 Nc5 31. Bc4 1-0



Round 7 results:
IM Richard Palliser - FM Iain Gourlay 0-1
FM James Cobb - GM Danny Gormally 1-0
IM Gawain Jones - GM Colin McNab draw
FM Peter Sowray - FM Maxim Devereaux draw
GM Peter Wells - FM Lars Stark 1-0

Round 8 results:
FM Iain Gourlay - FM Lars Stark 0-1
FM Maxim Devereaux - GM Peter Wells draw
GM Colin McNab - FM Peter Sowray draw
GM Danny Gormally - IM Gawain Jones 1-0
IM Richard Palliser - FM James Cobb 1-0

Round 8 standings:
1. GM Danny Gormally (ENG 2513) 5.5
2. IM Gawain Jones (ENG 2416) 5.0
3-4. FM James Cobb (WLS 2370) and GM Peter Wells (ENG 2480) 4.5
5-6. FM Lars Stark (GER 2425) and FM Iain Gourlay (SCO 2337) 4.0
7. GM Colin McNab (SCO 2433) 3.5
8-10. IM Richard Palliser (ENG 2413), FM Maxim Devereaux (ENG 2377) and FM Peter Sowray (ENG 2357) 3.0


IM Richard Palliser - FM Iain Gourlay
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 O-O 6. Nf3 e5 7. O-O Na6 8. Be3 Ng4 9. Bg5 Qe8 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Qc1 h6 12. Bd2 Kh7 13. h3 Nf6 14. Be3 c6 15. Rd1 Qe7 16. c5 Nc7 17. Nxe5 Qxe5 18. Bf4 Qe7 19. Bd6 Qd8 20. Bxf8 Qxf8 21. Qe3 Qe7 22. b4 h5 23. Rab1 Ne6 24. e5 Nd7 25. f4 Bh6 26. g3 h4 27. Rf1 a5 28. g4 axb4 29. Ne4 Nexc5 30. Nd6 f6

IM Richard Palliser - FM Iain Gourlay
31. Rbd1 fxe5 32. Nxc8 Rxc8 33. g5 Bg7 34. Qf2 exf4 35. Qxh4+ Kg8 36. Bc4+ Ne6 37. Rxf4 b5 0-1


GM Peter Wells - FM Lars Stark
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 e6 4. a3 d5 5. Nc3 g6 6. Bf4 a6 7. e3 Bg7 8. Qc2 Nh5 9. Bg5 f6 10. Bh4 g5 11. g4

GM Peter Wells - FM Lars Stark
11...gxh4 12. gxh5 f5 13. Rg1 Bf6 14. cxd5 exd5 15. Bd3 Ne7 16. Ne2 Qd6 17. Rc1 c6 18. b4 Bd7 19. Qc5 Nc8 20. Nf4 Qe7 21. h6 Nd6 22. Nh5 Rf8 23. Ng7+ Kd8 24. Qb6+ Kc8 25. Nh5 Bh8 26. Nf4 Kb8 27. Rg7 Bxg7 28. hxg7 Rg8 29. Nxd5 cxd5 30. Qc7+ Ka7 31. Rc6 Bxc6 32. Qxe7 Rad8 33. Ne5 Kb6 34. Bc2 Rge8 35. Qxh4 Nc4 36. Bxf5 Nxe5 37. dxe5 d4 38. exd4 Bd5 39. Qf6+ Kb5 40. Bxh7 b6 41. h4 Bb3 42. Bg6 Rg8 43. Bf7 1-0


FM Iain Gourlay - FM Lars Stark
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 b5 3. Bg2 Bb7 4. O-O e6 5. d3 c5 6. e4 d6 7. Ne1 Nc6 8. f4 Be7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Nd2 Qc7 11. g4 Nd7 12. g5 f5 13. gxf6 Bxf6 14. c3 b4 15. Rc1 bxc3 16. bxc3 e5 17. f5 Ne7 18. Rf3 d5 19. Rh3 Rf7 20. Qh5 Nf8 21. Bg5 Rd8 22. Nef3 c4 23. exd5 Nxd5 24. dxc4 Nf4 25. Bxf4 exf4 26. Nd4 Bxg2 27. Kxg2 Bxd4 28. cxd4 Rxd4 29. Rc2 Rd5

FM Iain Gourlay - FM Lars Stark
30. Rhc3 Rdxf5 31. Qf3 Ne6 32. Qd3 f3+ 33. Kf1 Qxh2 34. Ne4 f2 0-1



GM Danny Gormally won the tournament with 6.0 points. IM Gawain Jones and FM James Cobb are tied on 2nd. This way Cobb made his 4th IM norm. FM Lars Stark also made IM norm by playing 40 moves in deadly draw position to finally win against FM Maxim Devereaux, probably on flag.

Round 9 results:
FM James Cobb - FM Iain Gourlay 1-0
IM Gawain Jones - IM Richard Palliser draw
FM Peter Sowray - GM Danny Gormally draw
GM Peter Wells - GM Colin McNab draw
FM Lars Stark - FM Maxim Devereaux 1-0

Final standings:
1. GM Danny Gormally (ENG 2513) 6.0
2-3 IM Gawain Jones (ENG 2416) and FM James Cobb (WLS 2370) 5.5
4-5. GM Peter Wells (ENG 2480) and FM Lars Stark (GER 2425) 5.0
6-7. GM Colin McNab (SCO 2433) and FM Iain Gourlay (SCO 2337) 4.0
8-9. IM Richard Palliser (ENG 2413) and FM Peter Sowray (ENG 2357) 3.5
10. FM Maxim Devereaux (ENG 2377) 3.0


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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ljubojevic Wins!

It took 7 rounds of warming up for this brilliant man to finally win the game in his old style. Not an easy task after couple of years of break and against worlds Rising Stars. 22.Bf7 ruined all hopes of Jan Smeets.

Alexander Beliavsky, the only active player in "Experience team", shows no mercy for the youth. Today he beat Magnus Carlsen with black pieces which brings him to 6.0 points out of 9 rounds. The young player with the highest score gets invitation for the next year Melodi Amber event, and Carlsen is complicating his life by allowing Sergey Karjakin to catch him up to only half point of distance.


Ljubomir Ljubojevic 2551 - Jan Smeets 2532
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Qa4+ Nbd7 6. O-O a6 7. Qxc4 c5 8. Qc2 Be7 9. Rd1 e5 10. Nc3 O-O 11. e3 Bd6 12. d4 Qe7 13. Ng5 exd4 14. Nd5 Qe8 15. exd4 cxd4 16. Bf4 Bxf4 17. gxf4 Qd8 18. Rxd4 g6 19. Rad1 Nxd5 20. Bxd5 Qf6 21. Qc7 Qb6 22. Bxf7+

Ljubomir Ljubojevic - Jan Smeets
22...Rxf7 23. Qc4 Qf6 24. Rxd7 Bxd7 25. Rxd7 Raf8 26. Nxf7 Rxf7 27. Rxb7 1-0


Magnus Carlsen 2675 - Alexander Beliavsky 2625
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 d6 7. c3 O-O 8. Nbd2 Nd7 9. Bc2 Bf6 10. Nc4 Ne7 11. Ne3 g6 12. d4 Bg7 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Nxe5 dxe5 15. Bb3 Bd7 16. Ng4 Kh8 17. Nh6 Be8 18. Qf3 Nc8 19. Qg3 Nd6 20. Re1 Bc6 21. f3 Qe7 22. Ng4 Rae8 23. Ne3 f5 24. Nd5 Qd7 25. Qh4 fxe4 26. fxe4 Bxd5 27. Bxd5 Bf6 28. Qg3 c6 29. Bb3 Bd8 30. Qd3 Bb6+ 31. Kh1 Qg4 32. Be3 Bxe3 33. Qxe3 Rf4 34. Bd1 Qg5 35. Qd3 Rf2 36. Bf3 Rd2 37. Qf1 Rxb2 38. Rad1 Rd8 39. c4 Kg7 40. Qd3 Nf7 41. Qa3 Rdd2 42. Rxd2 Qxd2 43. Rd1 Rxa2 44. Qe7 Qc3 45. h4 Ra1 46. Rxa1 Qxa1+ 47. Kh2 b5 48. c5 Qc1 49. h5 b4 50. Bg4 Qf4+ 51. Kh3 Kh6 52. Qf8+ Kg5 53. Qe7+ Qf6 54. Qd7 Kh6 55. hxg6 hxg6 56. Qd2+ Qf4 0-1


Daniel Stellwagen 2575 - Ljubomir Ljubojevic 2551
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. f3 d5 8. Bb5 Bd7 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 exd5 11. Qd2 Bd6 12. Nb3 O-O 13. O-O-O Be6 14. Kb1 Qc7 15. Bxc6 bxc6 16. Nc5 Rfe8 17. Bd4 f6 18. Rhe1 Bf7 19. g3 Rad8 20. b3 h5 21. Qc3 Kh7 22. Kb2 Qc8 23. Qa5 Bg6 24. Qxa7 Qf5 25. Nd3 Ra8 26. Qb7 Ba3+ 27. Kb1 c5 28. g4 hxg4 29. fxg4 Qxg4 30. Bxf6 Bxd3 31. Rg1 Bxc2+ 32. Ka1 Rab8 33. Qc7 Rbc8 34. Qb7 Rb8 35. Qc7 draw


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Monday, August 28, 2006

Franklin and the Morals of Chess

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Benjamin Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, 104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA
Free entrance

Details: In this special lecture, John McCrary, Past President of the United States Chess Federation, and Past President of the US Chess Trust, will explore Franklin’s significance to modern chess and the diplomatic and moral lessons Franklin learned from the game. Mr. McCrary will also speculate on Franklin’s actual chess-playing abilities, discuss his acceptance of women as able chess players, and introduce his most unusual opponent, the sensational "Turk" – a chess-playing machine that took Paris by storm.

Among his many other "firsts", Benjamin Franklin also managed to author the first piece of writing on chess published in the United States. In 1786, readers of The Columbian Magazine were treated to Franklin’s essay, "The Morals of Chess," which began thus: "The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. (...) For life is a kind of chess ..." McCrary will trace these chess-playing "morals" throughout Franklin’s writings on habits, virtue, keeping things in perspective, good judgment, diplomacy, and more.

The lecture will be followed by a question and answer session, interactive chess diplomacy, a chance to see Franklin’s own original chess set, and refreshments.

The lecture is made possible through the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation. For more information, call 215-545-3870 extension 112. Email ntwilley@benfranklin300.org


Thanks to Mr Nicola Twilley for sending the prospect.


Leko - Karpov Match

Peter Leko and Anatoly Karpov will play rapid match on August 30th-September 3rd in Miskolc, Hungary. Traditionally, City of Miskolc is organizing matches for Peter Leko every year in the late summer. The event will consist of 8 games.

GM Peter Leko

Wednesday Aug 30 update: First two games were both drawn. As expected, Karpov defended with Caro-Kan and found perpetual chess just as Leko tried to launch an attack. 2nd game saw Nimzo Indian defence with Leko trying majority attack on Queen side. Karpov pushed e4 and a4 on time to break Black's pawn phalanx.


Peter Leko - Anatoly Karpov
1st game
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bf4 Qa5 12. Bd2 Bb4 13. c3 Be7 14. c4 Qc7 15. O-O-O Ngf6 16. Rhe1 b5 17. c5 O-O 18. Nf5 exf5 19. Rxe7 Nxc5 20. Qe2 Ncd7 21. Nh4 Qd6 22. Nxf5 Qd5 23. g4 Qxa2 24. g5 hxg5 25. Qe3 Qa1 26. Kc2 Qa4 27. Kc1 Qa1 28. Kc2 draw


Anatoly Karpov - Peter Leko
2nd game
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 c5 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. a3 Bxc3 9. Qxc3 c4 10. g3 O-O 11. Bg2 Ne4 12. Bxd8 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Rxd8 14. Nd2 b5 15. e4 Be6 16. O-O dxe4 17. Nxe4 Bd5 18. Nc5 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Rab8 20. Rab1 a5 21. Rfc1 Ne7 22. a4 bxa4 23. Ra1 Nd5 24. Rxa4 Rb5 25. Rc2 g6 26. h4 Kg7 27. Kf3 Nb6 28. Raa2 Nd5 29. Ra4 Nb6 30. Raa2 draw


Thursday Aug 31 update: In 3rd game Peter Leko changes strategy - first move d4 and Queen's Indian defence on the board. Leko had dangerous pawn on c6 but Karpov defended well by placing his Rook on the 7th rank and Nc5 covering d7 square. Eventually, Karpov made a mistake allowing opponent's Queen to penetrate to g8 and lost the game. 4th game was drawn.


Peter Leko - Anatoly Karpov
3rd game
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 O-O 8. O-O c6 9. Bc3 d5 10. Ne5 Nfd7 11. Nxd7 Nxd7 12. Nd2 Rc8 13. e4 c5 14. exd5 exd5 15. dxc5 dxc4 16. c6 cxb3 17. Re1 b2 18. Bxb2 Nc5 19. Nc4 Bxc4 20. Qg4 Bf6 21. Bxf6 Qxf6 22. Qxc4 Rfd8 23. Rad1 Rxd1 24. Rxd1 g6 25. Bd5 Kg7 26. Kg2 Rc7 27. Rd4 g5 28. h4 h6 29. hxg5 hxg5 30. Rg4 Qf5 31. Qd4 f6 32. Bf3 Ne6 33. Qe3 Nc5 34. Rd4 Qe6

Peter Leko - Anatoly Karpov
35. Qd2 Qe7 36. Kg1 Qe6 37. Rd8 Qe7 38. Qd5 Qf7 39. Qd6 Qe7 40. Qd5 Qe6 41. Qd2 Re7 42. Kg2 Ne4 43. Qb4 Nc5 44. Qd4 Qe5 45. Qd2 Ne4 46. Qc2 Nc5 47. Qc4 Rc7 48. Qg8 Kh6 49. Qh8 Rh7 50. Qf8 Rg7 51. Rd7 1-0



Anatoly Karpov - Peter Leko
4th game
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 Ne4 7. Qc2 c5 8. dxc5 Nc6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nf3 Qa5+ 11. Bd2 Nxd2 12. Qxd2 Qxc5 13. e3 O-O 14. Be2 Bg4 15. O-O Rfd8 16. Rac1 Qb6 17. h3 Bxf3 18. Bxf3 d4 19. Bxc6 bxc6 20. exd4 Rxd4 21. Qc3 Rad8 22. Rc2 R4d6 23. Re1 h6 24. Re7 a5 25. Qe5 Rf6 26. Qe2 Qd4 27. Re4 Qd1+ 28. Qxd1 Rxd1+ 29. Kh2 Rd5 30. Rec4 Rb5 31. f3 g6 32. Rc5 Rd6 33. Rxb5 cxb5 34. Rc5 Rb6 35. b4 a4 36. Kg3 Rd6 37. Rxb5 Rd3 draw



Saturday Sep 2nd update: This match is simply boring. In today's games both players were gladly trading pieces reaching drawish Rook endgames.


Peter Leko - Anatoly Karpov
5th game
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. O-O a6 7. Bb3 Nc6 8. Nc3 Be7 9. Qe2 cxd4 10. Rd1 O-O 11. Nxd4 Nxd4 12. exd4 Nd5 13. Qf3 Nxc3 14. bxc3 Qc7 15. Bf4 Bd6 16. Bxd6 Qxd6 17. c4 Rb8 18. Rac1 Bd7 19. c5 Qc7 20. d5 exd5 21. Bxd5 h6 22. g3 a5 23. h4 Qc8 24. Rd4 Be6 25. a3 Bxd5 26. Rxd5 Rd8 27. Rxd8 Qxd8 28. Rb1 Qc7 29. Rb5 a4 30. Qe4 Kh8 31. Qxa4 Qc6 32. Ra5 Qd5 33. Ra8 Rxa8 34. Qxa8 Kh7 35. Qa5 Qd1 36. Kg2 Qd5 37. Kf1 Qd3 38. Kg1 Qd1 39. Kh2 Qd4 40. Kg2 Qd5 41. f3 Qa2 42. Kh3 Qe6 43. g4 Qe3
44. Kg3 Qg1 45. Kf4 Qd4 46. Kg3 Qg1 draw


Anatoly Karpov - Peter Leko
6th game
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bd6 9. Ng5 Bb7 10. Qf3 h6 11. Qh3 Qe7 12. Bd2 O-O 13. Nge4 Nxe4 14. Nxe4 c5 15. Nxd6 Qxd6 16. Bxb5 cxd4 17. O-O d3 18. Bc3 Qd5 19. Qg4 Ne5 20. Bxe5 Qxe5 21. Bxd3 Qxb2 22. Rab1 Qc3 23. Rxb7 Qxd3 24. Qa4 Rfb8 25. Rd7 Rb4 26. Qc6 Qe4 27. Qxe4 Rxe4 28. Rc1 Ra4 29. Rc2 g5 30. h3 Rf8 31. g4 Kg7 32. Kg2 Kg6 33. Kg3 a6 34. Ra7 h5 draw



Sunday Sep 3rd update: Peter Leko won the match with 4.5-3.5. Last years encounter against Michael Adams was by far more interesting. In 7th game Karpov sacrificed his Q for R and B to easy hold the draw. Game 8 saw some initiative by Karpov, but Leko used his Bishop well - another draw.


Peter Leko - Anatoly Karpov
7th game
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. O-O a6 7. Bb3 cxd4 8. exd4 Be7 9. Nc3 Nc6 10. Bg5 O-O 11. Qd2 Nd5 12. Nxd5 exd5 13. Bxe7 Nxe7 14. Rfe1 Qd6 15. Rac1 Bg4 16. Ne5 Bf5 17. Rc3 Rac8 18. Rce3 Ng6 19. Nxg6 hxg6 20. Re5 Be6 21. h4 Rfe8 22. Bxd5 Rcd8 23. Qe3 Qxd5 24. Rxd5 Rxd5 25. a3 Red8 26. Rd1 Rb5 27. Rd2 Rbd5 28. f3 Rc8 29. Kf2 Rcd8 30. Qf4 Rc8 31. Qe4 Rcd8 32. g4 a5 33. a4 b5 34. axb5 Rxb5 35. Qc6 Rbd5 36. Ke3 Rb8 37. Qc7 Rc8 38. Qb6 Kh7 39. Rd3 Rc4 40. Qa7 Rb4 41. Ra3 Rxb2 42. Rxa5 Rbb5 43. Ra3 Rd7 44. Qa8 Rdb7 45. Kf4 Rb4 46. Kg3 Rb8 47. Qe4 Rd8 48. h5 Rbxd4 49. hxg6 Kh6 50. Qc2 Rd2 51. Qc6 R2d6 52. Qc2 Rd2 53. Qb1 Rd1 54. Qb6 Kxg6 55. Re3 R8d6
56. Qb8 Kh7 57. Re2 R6d2 58. Rxd2 Rxd2 59. Qe5 Rd5 60. Qe4 g6 61. Qb4 Kg7 62. Kf4 g5 63. Kg3 Kg6 64. Qe4 Kg7 draw


Anatoly Karpov - Peter Leko
8th game
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qa4 Bb7 6. Bg2 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. O-O O-O 9. Nc3 Be7 10. Rd1 Na6 11. Bf4 Nc5 12. Qc2 Qc8 13. Rac1 Nce4 14. Nd4 Nxc3 15. Qxc3 a6 16. Qb3 Bc5 17. Bg5 Ng4 18. Bxb7 Qxb7 19. Qf3 Qxf3 20. exf3 Ne5 21. Kg2 f6 22. Bf4 Kf7 23. Ne2 Ke7 24. a4 Rfc8 25. b3 Ra7 26. Bxe5 fxe5 27. f4 exf4 28. Nxf4 Ba3 29. Ra1 Bd6 30. Nd3 Bc5 31. f4 Bd4 32. Rac1 Bf6 33. Kf3 g5 34. Ke4 gxf4 35. gxf4 Rac7 36. f5 Bg5 37. Ra1 d5 38. cxd5 exd5 39. Kf3 Kf6 40. h4 Bh6 41. Nb4 Rc3 42. Kg4 Rxb3 43. Nxd5 Kf7 44. Kh5 Bf8 45. Rac1 Rxc1 46. Rxc1 Bc5 47. a5 Rd3 48. Nxb6 Be7 49. Rc7 Rd4 50. Rc4 Rxc4 51. Nxc4 Kf6 52. Kg4 h5 53. Kf4 Bb4 54. Ke4 Be1 55. Ne3 Bxh4 56. Nd5 Kf7 draw


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Canadian Championship

Canadian Closed & Zonal Chess Championship was held on August 18th-27th in Toronto. New Canadian champion is IM Igor Zugic who also qualified for the FIDE World Championship. Probably crucial was his win over IM Thomas Roussel-Roozmon. GMs Mark Bluvstein and Pascal Charbonneau have qualified for the FIDE Americas Championship. Thanks to Monroi for providing live broadcast.


Final standings (65 participants):
1. IM Igor Zugic 2467 7.0/9
2-5. GM Mark Bluvshtein 2541, GM Pascal Charbonneau 2501, IM Leonid Gerzhoy and Vicente Lee Jr. 6.5
6-12. IM Tomas Krnan 2399, IM Eric Lawson 2393, FM Goran Milicevic 2305, FM Marat Khassanov 2314, Shiyam Thavandiran 2264, Jonathan Tayar 2214 and Dale Haessel 2195 with 6.0 etc


IM Igor Zugic - IM Thomas Roussel Roozmon
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. e3 O-O 6. a3 Bxc3 7. bxc3 c5 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. O-O dxc4 10. Bxc4 Qc7 11. Be2 Rd8 12. Qc2 e5 13. h3 e4 14. Nd2 Bf5 15. Nb3 cxd4 16. cxd4 Rac8 17. Qb2 Nd5 18. Bd2 Rd6 19. f4 exf3 20. Bxf3 Re8 21. Nc5 b6 22. e4 Nxd4 23. Na6 Qc4 24. exd5 Bd3 25. Qb4 Bxf1 26. Rxf1 Nxf3 27. Rxf3 Qxb4 28. axb4 Rxd5 29. Nc7 Rxd2 30. Nxe8 a5 31. bxa5 bxa5 32. Nc7 Ra2 33. Nb5 a4 34. Rf4 g6 35. Nc3 Ra1 36. Kh2 a3 37. Ra4 h5 38. Nb5 a2 39. Nc3 Kg7 40. Rxa2 Rc1 41. Ne4 Rc4 42. Re2 h4 43. Nd6 Rc6 44. Rd2 f5 45. Rd4 Kf6 46. Nc4 g5 47. Rd6 Rxd6 48. Nxd6 g4 49. Nc4 Kg5 50. Kg1 f4 51. Ne5 1-0


IM Tomas Krnan - FM Goran Mikanovic
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 b5 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Bxe6 fxe6 10. Nxe6 Qb6 11. Nd5 Nxd5 12. exd5 Nf6 13. Re1 Bxe6 14. Rxe6 Kf7 15. Bg5 Be7 16. Qe2 Qd8 17. Re1 Ra7 18. h4 h6 19. Be3 Rb7 20. h5 Nh7 21. Bb6 Qd7 22. Qd3 Re8 23. Qxh7 Rxb6 24. R1e3 1-0


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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Serbian First League

Serbia and Montenegro have split after referendum in May and although initial agreement was to play joint league no matter of results, Serbian Chess Federation decided to launch its national event earlier then planned. Many teams have regretted over this decision because, surprisingly, accommodation costs on mountain Zlatibor are higher then those planned in Montenegro seaside Herceg Novi.


Round 1 results:
Partizan - VSK Sveti Nikolaj 5-1
Novosadski SK - Beogradski Vodovod 4-2
BSK Gambit - ZTP Beograd 3-3
Spartak - Sloga Amiga 3-3
SK Beograd - SK "Bora Kostic" 3-3


GM Slobodan Martinovic 2445 - IM Branko Tadic 2487
BSK Gambit - ZTP Beograd, board 3
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nh4 Bg4 7. f3 Bh5 8. Qb3 Qb6 9. g4 Bg6 10. g5 Nfd7 11. c5 Qc7 12. f4 Bf5 13. Nxf5 exf5 14. Bg2 Na6 15. Bd2 h6 16. h4 Be7 17. O-O-O O-O-O 18. Kb1 Qb8

GM Martinovic-IM Tadic
19. Nxd5 cxd5 20. Qxd5 Rhf8 21. Qxf5 g6 22. Qc2 hxg5 23. hxg5 Qc7 24. Qa4 Bxc5 25. dxc5 Ndxc5 26. Qb5 Rd6 27. Ba5 Qe7 28. Rxd6 Qxd6 29. Rc1 Kb8 30. Bc3 Ka8 31. Bd4 1-0


GM Igor Miladinovic 2584 - GM Andrei Maksimenko 2499
SK Beograd - SK "Bora Kostic", board 1
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. e3 Nbd7 4. Nf3 c5 5. dxc5 Qa5+ 6. c3 Qxc5 7. Nbd2 g6 8. Nb3 Qb6 9. Qd4 Bg7 10. Qxb6 Nxb6 11. a4 Ne4 12. Bf4 Nc4 13. Bxc4 dxc4 14. Nbd2 Nxd2 15. Nxd2 e5 16. Bg3 Be6 17. Ne4 Bd5 18. Nd6+ Ke7 19. e4 Rhd8 20. O-O-O Rxd6 21. exd5 Rad8 22. Rde1 Rxd5 23. Re4 Rc8 24. Rhe1 f5 25. Rh4 h5 26. f3 Kf7 27. Kc2 Bf6 28. Rh3 Rcd8 29. Re2 Bg5 30. Kb1 Rd1+ 31. Ka2 Rf1 32. Bxe5 Rdd1 33. b4 Ra1+ 34. Kb2 Rxa4 35. f4 Rfa1 0-1



Round 2 results:
VSK Sveti Nikolaj - SK "Bora Kostic" 4-2
Sloga Amiga - SK Beograd 2.5-3.5
ZTP Beograd - Spartak 2-4
Beogradski Vodovod - BSK Gambit 3-3
Partizan - Novosadski SK 3.5-2.5


GM Alexander Moiseenko 2649 - GM Kiril Georgiev 2685
Beogradski Vodovod - BSK Gambit, board 1
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 a6 6.b3 Bb4 7.Bd2 Nbd7 8.Bd3 0–0 9.0–0 Qe7 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Nd7 12.f4 f6 13.Qc2 h6 14.exf6 Nxf6 15.Kh1 Bd7 16.e4 d4 17.e5 dxc3 18.exf6 Qxf6 19.Be1 c5 20.a3 Ba5 21.Rb1 Bc6 22.b4 Bc7 23.Bxc3 Qh4 24.Be5 Bxe5 25.fxe5 Qd4 26.Qe2 Rad8 27.Bg6 cxb4 28.axb4 b5 29.Rxf8+ Rxf8 30.Rf1 bxc4 31.Bh7+ Kxh7 32.Rxf8 c3 33.Qc2+ g6 34.Rf7+ Kh8 35.Rf1 Be4 36.Qf2 Qxf2 37.Rxf2 Kg7 38.Kg1 g5 39.Rf1 c2 40.Kf2 Kg6 41.g4 h5 42.Ke3 Bd5 43.Rf6+ Kg7 44.Kd2 hxg4 45.Kxc2 Be4+ 46.Kc3 1–0


GM Robert Markus 2586 - GM Bojan Vuckovic 2527
Novosadski SK - Partizan, board 2
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.e3 g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 0–0 8.a4 Bb7 9.Ra3 e6 10.dxe6 fxe6 11.Qd6 axb5 12.Bxb5 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Qc8 14.h4 Rf7 15.Rg1 c4 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.fxe4 Nc6 18.h5 Ne5 19.hxg6 hxg6 20.Ke2 Qd8 21.f4 Qh4 22.Qd2 d5 23.Kd1 Nf3 24.Qg2 Nxg1 25.Qxg1 Qh5+ 26.Kc2 Qf3 27.Kb1 Qxe4+ 28.Ka2 Bf8 29.Rc3 Bb4 30.Bd2 Bxc3 31.Bxc3 Rfa7 32.Ka3

GM Markus-GM Vuckovic
32...Rxa4+ 33.Bxa4 Qc2 34.Kb4 Qxa4+ 35.Kc5 Qa7+ 36.Kd6 Rd8+ 37.Ke5 Qg7+ 38.Kxe6 Qf7+ 39.Ke5 Qf5+ 40.Kd4 Qf6+ 0–1




Round 3 results:
Novosadski SK - VSK Sveti Nikolaj 3.5-2.5
BSK Gambit - Partizan 2.5-3.5
Spartak - Beogradski Vodovod 5.5-0.5
SK Beograd - ZTP Beograd 2.5-3.5
SK "Bora Kostic" - Sloga Amiga 3.5-2.5

Round 3 standings:
1. Partizan 6
2. Spartak 5
3. Novosadski SK 4
4-6. SK Beograd, ZTP Beograd and SK "Bora Kostic" 3
7-8. BSK Gambit and VSK Sveti Nikolaj 2
9-10. Sloga Amiga and Beogradski Vodovod 1


GM Kiril Georgiev 2685 - GM Ivan Ivanisevic 2596
BSK Gambit-Partizan, board 1
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 b5 7. Qd3 Nbd7 8. e4 b4 9. Na4 Bb7 10. Bg5 Qa5 11. b3 c5 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Be2 O-O-O 14. O-O Kb8 15. d5 Bd6 16. dxe6 Nb6 17. Nxb6 Bxh2+ 18. Nxh2 Rxd3 19. Nc4 Qd8 20. e7 Qd4 21. Bxd3 Qxd3 22. Rad1 Qxe4 23. Rd8+ Kc7 24. f3 Qxe7 25. Rxh8 Bd5 26. Nd2 Qe5 27. Rf2 Qa1+ 28. Ndf1 c4 29. bxc4 Bxc4 30. Rc2 Qd4+ 31. Kh1 Kb7 32. Re8 f5 33. Re1 Be6 34. Nd2 Qd3 35. Rec1 a5 36. Nhf1 Kb6 37. Rc6+ Kb5 38. Nb3 Bxb3 39. axb3 Qxb3 40. R1c5+ Ka4 41. Ra6 Qd3 42. Rcxa5+ Kb3 43. Ng3 f4 44. Ne4 Qd8 45. Ra1 f5 46. Nf2 Qd4 47. Kg1 Kc4 48. Rb1 1-0


GM Milos Perunovic 2526 - GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky 2576
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 a6 4. f4 b5 5. Nf3 Bb7 6. Bd3 d6 7. e5 dxe5 8. dxe5 Nh6 9. Qe2 O-O 10. Be3 Qc8 11. O-O-O c5 12. Be4 Bxe4 13. Nxe4 c4 14. Nc5 a5 15. Ng5 a4 16. a3 b4 17. axb4 a3 18. Kb1 axb2 19. Qxc4 Nf5 20. Bf2 Nd6 21. Qd3 Na6 22. c3 Nxc5 23. Bxc5 Qc6 24. Qd5 Qa6 25. Bxd6 Qa1+ 26. Kc2 Qa4+ 27. Kxb2 Qa3+ 28. Kc2 Qa4+ 29. Qb3 Qc6 30. Bxe7 Qxg2+ 31. Kb1 h6 32. Rhg1 Qb7 33. Bxf8 hxg5 34. Qd5 Qa7 35. Bxg7 Qa1+ 36. Kc2 Ra2+ 37. Kd3 Qb2 38. Rg2 1-0


Round 4 results:
VSK Sveti Nikolaj - Sloga Amiga 3.5-2.5
ZTP Beograd - SK "Bora Kostic" 3.5-2.5
Beogradski Vodovod - SK Beograd 1.5-4.5
Partizan - Spartak 4.5-1.5
Novosadski SK - BSK Gambit 4-2

Round 4 standings:
1. Partizan 8
2. Novosadski SK 6
3-5. Spartak, SK Beograd and ZTP Beograd 5
6. VSK Sveti Nikolaj 4
7. SK "Bora Kostic" 3
8. BSK Gambit 2
9-10. Sloga Amiga and Beogradski Vodovod 1


GM Nikola Sedlak 2519 - GM Bojan Vuckovic 2527
Spartak - Partizan, board 2
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. O-O Bd7 5. Re1 Nf6 6. c3 a6 7. Ba4 c4 8. d4 cxd3 9. Bg5 e6 10. Qxd3 Be7 11. Bxf6 gxf6 12. Nbd2 O-O 13. Bc2 Ne5 14. Qe3 Kh8 15. Nf1 Rg8 16. Ng3 Qa5 17. Nd4 Rac8 18. Bb3 Qc5 19. h3 Rg6 20. Rad1 Rcg8 21. Kh1 Bf8 22. Nc2 Qa5 23. Qd2 h5 24. Ne3 h4 25. Ne2 Bc6 26. Bc2 f5 27. Nf4 Rg5 28. Qd4 fxe4 29. Bxe4 d5 30. Bf5 Bg7 31. Nxe6 Nf3 32. Qf4 Be5 33. Qxf3 fxe6 34. Bxe6 d4 35. Nd5 Re8 36. Rxe5 1-0


GM Vladimir Kostic 2433 - GM Robert Markus 2586
BSK Gambit - Novosadski SK, board 2
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Nbd2 d5 6. Bg2 Be7 7. Qa4+ c6 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. a3 O-O 10. Ne4 c5 11. dxc5 bxc5 12. Qc2 Nc6 13. O-O Nd4 14. Nxd4 cxd4 15. Re1 Rc8 16. Qd2 Qb6 17. b4 Rfd8 18. Bb2 Ne3 19. Bxd4 Nxg2 20. Bxb6 Rxd2 21. Bc5 Nxe1 22. Nxd2 Bxc5 23. bxc5 Nc2 0-1


In round 5 both leading teams have lost.
Results:
BSK Gambit - VSK Sveti Nikolaj 2-4
Spartak - Novosadski SK 4-2
SK Beograd - Partizan 4-2
SK "Bora Kostic" - Beogradski Vodovod 3-3
Sloga Amiga - ZTP Beograd 3-3

Round 5 standings:
1. Partizan 8
2-3. SK Beograd and Spartak 7
4-6. Novosadski SK, ZTP Beograd and VSK Sveti Nikolaj 6
7. SK "Bora Kostic" 4
8-10. BSK Gambit, Sloga Amiga and Beogradski Vodovod 2


GM Igor Miladinovic 2584 - GM Ivan Ivanisevic 2596
SK Beograd - Partizan, board 1
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Ne4 7. Qd3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Nc5 9. Qf3 d6 10. Bg2 Nbd7 11. O-O Ne5 12. Qf4 Bd7 13. Nb3 Rc8 14. Ba3 b6 15. Rfd1 Qc7 16. Rd4 f6 17. Rad1 Nf7 18. Qe3 O-O 19. Rh4 Rce8 20. Nd4 Ne5 21. Nb5 Bxb5 22. cxb5 d5 23. Bb4 Re7 24. Rhd4 Nc4

Igor Miladinovic-Ivan Ivanisevic
25. Rxc4 dxc4 26. Rd4 Rd8 27. Bc6 Rd6 28. Rxc4 Qd8 29. Bxc5 bxc5 30. Qxc5 Rd1+ 31. Kg2 Qd6 32. Qh5 g6 33. Qf3 Kg7 34. a4 Qa3 35. Qe3 Qa1 36. Qc5 Kf7 37. Rd4 Rg1+ 38. Kf3 Rc1 39. Rd3 h5 40. Bd7 e5 41. Be6+ Kxe6 42. Qc4+ Kf5 43. Qc8+ Kg5 44. h4+ Kh6 45. Qh8+ Rh7 46. Qf8+ Rg7 47. Rd7 e4+ 48. Kf4 g5+ 49. Kf5 1-0



Round 6 results:
VSK Sveti Nikolaj - ZTP Beograd 2-4
Beogradski Vodovod - Sloga Amiga 1.5-4.5
Partizan - SK "Bora Kostic" 3-3
Novosadski SK - SK Beograd 2.5-3.5
BSK Gambit - Spartak 2.3-3.5


Round 7 results:
Spartak - VSK Sveti Nikolaj 2.5-3.5
SK Beograd - BSK Gambit 4-2
SK "Bora Kostic" - Novosadski SK 1.5-4.5
Sloga Amiga - Partizan 2.5-3.5
ZTP Beograd - Beogradski Vodovod 3-3


Round 7 standings:
1-2. SK Beograd and Partizan 11
3-4. Spartak and ZTP Beograd 9
5-6. Novosadski SK and VSK Sveti Nikolaj 8
7. SK "Bora Kostic" 5
8. Sloga Amiga 4
9. Beogradski Vodovod 3
10. BSK Gambit 2



GM Zahar Efimenko 2632 - GM Igor Miladinovic 2586
Novosadski SK - SK Beograd, board 1
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qc7 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be2 a6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3 Bb4 9. Na4 Be7 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Nb6 Rb8 12. Nxc8 Qxc8 13. Bd4 Qc7 14. e5 Nd5 15. b3 a5 16. g3 c5 17. Bb2 a4 18. Bc4 Nb6 19. Bb5 c4 20. Bd4 axb3 21. cxb3 cxb3 22. Qxb3 O-O 23. a4 Nd5 24. a5 Bc5 25. Rac1

Zahar Efimenko - Igor Miladinovic
25...Bxd4 26. Rxc7 Nxc7 27. Qd3 Nxb5 28. Rb1 Nc3 29. Rxb8 Rxb8 30. a6 Nb5 31. Kg2 g6 32. f4 Kf8 33. g4 Ke8 34. Qh3 Nc3 35. a7 Rb2+ 36. Kf1 Rb1+ 37. Kg2 Rg1+ 38. Kf3 Bxa7 39. Qxh7 Rf1+ 40. Kg2 Rf2+ 41. Kh1 Bc5 42. Qh8+ Bf8 43. Qh3 Nd5 44. Qb3 Bb4 0-1


GM Dusan PopovicGM Dusan Popovic


GM Kiril Georgiev 2685 - GM Dusan Popovic 2530
BSK Gambit - Spartak, board 1
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. O-O Nc6 7. Nc3 a6 8. Qd3 Bf5 9. e4 Bg4 10. Be3 Nd7 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Bxf3 e5 13. d5 Nd4 14. Bg2 c5 15. dxc6 bxc6 16. b4 c5 17. a3 a5 18. b5 Ra7 19. a4 Nb6 20. Rae1 Re8 21. Kh1 Kh8 22. Bd2 f5 23. f4 Rf7 24. fxe5 dxe5 25. Nd5 Nxd5 26. cxd5 Ref8 27. Be3 Qd6 28. Rc1 f4 29. Bxd4 exd4 30. gxf4 Rxf4 31. Rxf4 Rxf4 32. Rf1 Qe5 33. b6 Rxf1+ 34. Qxf1 Qd6 35. Qf7 Be5 36. Bf1 Qd8 37. b7 Bb8 38. Bc4 Bd6 39. Qe6 Qb8 40. Qf6+ Kg8 41. e5 1-0

Kiril Georgiev - Dusan Popovic

GM Milos Perunovic 2526 - GM Dragoljub Velimirovic 2452
ZTP Beograd - VSK Sveti Nikolaj, board 2
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 a6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. O-O-O b5 10. Bh6 Bxh6 11. Qxh6 e5 12. Nb3 b4 13. Nd5 Nxd5 14. Rxd5 Be6 15. Rd1 a5 16. h4 Qc7 17. h5 Ra7 18. f4 a4 19. f5 axb3 20. axb3 Bxb3 21. Bd3 Bxc2 22. Kd2 Bxd3 23. Kxd3 d5 24. exd5 e4+ 25. Ke2 Qe5 26. hxg6 fxg6 27. fxg6 Rg7 28. Rd2 e3 29. Qxe3 Qxe3+ 30. Kxe3 Rxg6 31. Rh4 Nd7 32. Rxb4 Rg3+ 33. Ke2 Rxg2+ 34. Kd1 Rff2 35. Rxf2 Rxf2 36. Ke1 Rg2 37. Rb7 Nf6 38. d6 Rg7 39. Rb4 Rd7 40. Rd4 Kf7 0-1

GM Dragoljub VelimirovicGM Dragoljub Velimirovic


GM Dragoljub Velimirovic 2452 - GM Nikola Sedlak 2519
VSK Sveti Nikolaj - Spartak, board 2
1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Bf4 Nd5 8. Nxd5 Qxd5 9. Qf3 Nxe5 10. Qxd5 cxd5 11. dxe5 Bd7 12. O-O-O e6 13. Be3 Be7 14. f4 a6 15. Kb1 Bb5 16. Bxb5+ axb5 17. Rd3 Ra4 18. Rb3 Re4 19. Re1 g5 20. fxg5 Rg8 21. h4 Bb4 22. Rh1 Kd7 23. Rf1 Rxh4 24. a3 Be7 25. Rxb5 d4 26. Rxb7+ Kc6 27. Bf2 Rf4 28. Rxe7 Rxg5 29. g3 Rf3 30. Rd1 Rxf2 31. Rxd4 Rxe5 32. b4 Re3 33. Kb2 Rxg3 34. Red7 Rf5 35. R4d6+ Kb5 36. Rb7+ Kc4 37. Rc7+ Kb5 1-0


FM Borko Lajthajm 2507 - Balind Nadj Hedjesi 2311
VSK Sveti Nikolaj - Spartak, board 6
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qc2 g6 5. g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O dxc4 8. Qxc4 Be6 9. Qb4 Nd5 10. Qxb7 Nb6 11. Bf4 N8d7 12. Nc3 c5 13. d5 Bg4 14. Rac1 Nf6 15. Ne5 Bc8 16. Qc6 c4 17. Qc5 Nfd7 18. Nxd7 Bxd7 19. Bc7 Qc8 20. d6 exd6 21. Qxd6 Re8 22. Bxb6 Bh3 23. Be3 1-0


Round 8 results:
VSK Sveti Nikolaj - Beogradski Vodovod 4-2
Partizan - ZTP Beograd 4-2
Novosadski SK - Sloga Amiga 5-1
BSK Gambit - SK "Bora Kostic" 3-3
Spartak - SK Beograd 4-2


Round 8 standings:
1. Partizan 13
2-3. Spartak and SK Beograd 11
4-5. Novosadski SK and VSK Sveti Nikolaj 10
6. ZTP Beograd 9
7. SK "Bora Kostic" 6
8. Sloga Amiga 4
9-10. BSK Gambit and Beogradski Vodovod 3


GM Dusan Popovic 2530 - GM Igor Miladinovic 2584
Spartak - SK Beograd, board 1
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qc7 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be3 Nf6 7. a3 a6 8. Be2 Nxd4 9. Qxd4 Bd6 10. Qd2 Be5 11. Bd4 Bf4 12. Qd3 d6 13. g3 Be5 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. f4 Bxd4 16. Qxd4 Bc6 17. Qxd6 Qxd6 18. Rxd6 Bxe4 19. Nxe4 Nxe4 20. Rd4 Nf6 21. Bf3 Rb8 22. Rhd1 Ke7 23. Rc4 Ne8 24. Rcd4 Nf6 25. g4 h6 26. h4 b5 27. g5 hxg5 28. hxg5 Ne8 29. Rd7+ Kf8 30. f5 Rh2 31. g6 fxg6 32. fxe6 Rb6 33. e7+ Kf7 34. Bd5+ Kf6 35. Rf1+ Kg5 36. Bf7 Rc6 37. c3 1-0


GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky 2576 - GM Nikola Sedlak 2519
SK Beograd - Spartak, board 2
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bd7 6. Be2 Bc6 7. O-O e6 8. Re1 Be7 9. Bf1 O-O 10. a4 a6 11. g3 Bd7 12. a5 Nc6 13. Nb3 Nb4 14. Bg2 e5 15. Na4 Bg4 16. Qd2 Nc6 17. Nb6 Rb8 18. h3 Be6 19. Nd5 Rc8 20. Qe2 Nd7 21. c3 Bg5 22. Bxg5 Qxg5 23. Nd2 Qh6 24. Nc4 Bxd5 25. exd5 Ne7 26. Ra4 f5 27. Rb4 Rc7 28. Nb6 e4 29. Nxd7 Rxd7 30. c4 Rc8 31. Rb6 Qf6 32. Rd1 Ng6 33. b3 Ne5 34. h4 Rc5 35. Qd2 Rdc7 36. Qg5 Qf8 37. Ra1 h6 38. Qh5 Kh7 39. Ra2 Nf3+ 0-1

Vitaly Tseshkovsky - Nikola Sedlak

GM Viorel Iordachescu 2603 - GM Alexander Moiseenko 2649
VSK Sveti Nikolaj - Beogradski Vodovod, board 1
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. Re1 Nd4 6. Nxd4 cxd4 7. d3 a6 8. Ba4 b5 9. Bb3 Nc6 10. Nd2 g6 11. a4 Bb7 12. e5 Be7 13. f4 d6 14. exd6 Qxd6 15. Ne4 Qc7 16. Bd2 O-O 17. Ng5 Bf6 18. Qg4 Ne7 19. axb5 axb5 20. Rxa8 Bxa8 21. Bb4 Kh8 22. Qh4 h5 23. Qf2 Qb7 24. Re2 Bg7 25. Bc5 Qd7 26. h3 Bb7 27. Bb4 Bf6 28. Qe1 Qc7 29. Bxe6 Bxg5 30. fxg5 fxe6 31. Rxe6 Bxg2 32. Rxe7 Qf4 33. Kxg2 Qxg5+ 34. Qg3 Qf6 35. Qe5 1-0



Partizan from Belgrade is first champion of the independent Serbian Chess League. BSK Gambit and Beogradski Vodovod are moving to the lower rank.

Round 9 results:
SK Beograd - VSK Sveti Nikolaj 2-4
SK "Bora Kostic" - Spartak 2.5-3.5
Sloga Amiga - BSK Gambit 3-3
ZTP Beograd - Novosadski SK 2-4
Beogradski Vodovod - Partizan 2-4

Final standings:
1. Partizan 15
2. Spartak 13
3-4. Novosadski SK and VSK Sveti Nikolaj 12
5. SK Beograd 11
6. ZTP Beograd 9
7. SK "Bora Kostic" 6
8. Sloga Amiga 5
9. BSK Gambit 4
10. Beogradski Vodovod 3


GM Bojan Vuckovic 2527 - IM Slavisa Marinkovic 2389
Partizan - Beogradski Vodovod, board 2
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3 h6 9. Bh4 Qc7 10. O-O-O Nbd7 11. Be2 b5 12. Bxf6 Nxf6 13. e5 Bb7 14. Qg3 dxe5 15. fxe5 Nd5 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. Qg6+ Kd7 18. Bg4 Qxe5 19. Nxd5 Qg5+ 20. Nf4+ Kc7 21. Qxe6 Rad8 22. Kb1 Bc8 23. Qxc8+ 1-0


IM Dejan Leskur 2477 - GM Sinisa Drazic 2514
Spartak - SK "Bora Kostic", board 4
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 g6 5. O-O Bg7 6. c3 d6 7. Re1 b5 8. Bc2 Nf6 9. a4 Rb8 10. h3 O-O 11. axb5 axb5 12. d4 h6 13. Nbd2 Kh7 14. Nf1 b4 15. Ng3 bxc3 16. bxc3 Bd7 17. Ba3 Ng8 18. d5 Nce7 19. c4 f5 20. c5 f4 21. Nf1 Rf6 22. N3d2 g5 23. Nh2 Be8 24. Nc4 h5 25. Rb1 Ra8 26. Qe2 Nh6 27. cxd6 cxd6 28. Rb7 Nc8 29. Reb1 g4 30. hxg4 hxg4 31. Nxg4 Rg6 32. Nxh6 Kxh6 33. R1b3 Bd7 34. Bd1 Kh7 35. Qh5+ Rh6 36. Qf7 Ra7 37. Bg4 Rxb7 38. Rxb7 Rg6 39. Qxd7 Qg5 40. Qxc8 f3 41. Ne3 fxg2 42. Bf5 1-0



Saturday, August 26, 2006

8th Open Internacional de Sants

8th International Chess Open de Sants, Hostafrancs & La Bordeta is being held on August 25th-September 3rd in Barcelona, Spain. Group "A" features 274 participants. Top players: GM Giorgi Georgadze (GEO 2607), GM Rafael Leitao (BRA 2598), GM Ruben Felgaer (ARG 2581), GM Mihail Marin (ROM 2544), GM Viktor Moskalenko (UKR 2543), GM Slavko Cicak (SWE 2532), GM Zvulon Gofstein (ISR 2521) etc.


Update - Final standings:
1. GM Marc Narciso Dublan (ESP 2467) 8.5
2-5. GM Slavko Cicak (SWE 2532), GM Zvulon Gofstein (ISR 2521), GM Jose Gonzalez Garcia (MEX 2503) and IM Manuel Lopez Martinez Josep (ESP 2480) 8.0
6-12.GM Rafael Leitao (BRA 2598), IM Omar Almeida (CUB 2475), GM Giorgi Giorgadze (GEO 2607), GM Andres Rodriguez (URU 2511), GM Mihail Marin (ROM 2544), FM Jorge Berrocal (BOL 2317) and IM Stefan Bromberger (GER 2507) 7.5 etc


GM Marc Narciso Dublan - GM Ruben Felgaer
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Nd5 Bd6 6. Bg2 Nxd5 7. cxd5 Ne7 8. e4 c6 9. d4 cxd5 10. dxe5 Bb4+ 11. Bd2 Bxd2+ 12. Qxd2 dxe4 13. Ng5 e3 14. Qxe3 Qa5+ 15. Qc3 Qxc3+ 16. bxc3 Rb8 17. Ne4 O-O 18. O-O-O b6 19. Nd6 Ba6 20. Rd4 Nc8 21. Nf5 Bb7 22. Bxb7 Rxb7 23. Rhd1 Rc7 24. R1d3 Rd8 25. Kb2 b5 26. Kb3 Nb6 27. Nd6 a6 28. Rf4 Rf8 29. Rdf3 Na4 30. Rxf7 Rxf7 31. Rxf7 1-0


Friday, August 25, 2006

9th Obert Internacional "Ciutat de Banyoles"

The main event of Banyoles Chess Festival was held on August 16th-25th. After recent failure at the European Senior Championship, Victor Korchnoi made a nice comeback by winning this tournament on better tiebreak.


Final standings:
1-6. GM Victor Korchnoi (SUI 2600), GM Sergei Tiviakov (NED 2668), IM Yuri Lapshun (USA 2452), GM Tiger Hillarp Persson (SWE 2549), IM Eduard Fominichenko (RUS 2385) and IM Jens Kristiansen (DEN 2425) with 7.0/9
7-10. FM Jorge Cuadras Avellana (ESP 2363), IM Joan Fluvia Poyatos (ESP 2467), IM Jordi Fluvia (ESP 2482) and IM Guillaume Sermier (FRA 2368) 6.5 etc

There were 130 participants


Official website

3rd Fincas Mediterranea

3rd Open Internacional D'Escacs "Fincas Mediterranea" was held on August 16th-24th in Castelldefels, Spain. IM Jakub Czakon from Poland won the tournament with clear point ahead of competition. There were 91 participants.


Final standings:
1. IM Jakub Czakon (POL 2484) 8.0/9
2-5. GM Salvador Del Rio Angelis (ESP 2514), IM Yuri Solodovnichenko (UKR 2537), Zbigniew Pakleza (POL 2411) and Alfonso Jerez Perez (ESP 2383) 7.0
6-9. FM Jorge Berrocal (BOL 2317), GM Boris Chatalbashev (BUL 2507), IM Alejandro Rios Parra (COL 2332) and CM Julio A. Hernando Rodrigo (ESP 2345) 6.5 etc



Official website

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Canadian Championship

Canadian Closed Championship is being held on August 18th-27th in Toronto. Games can be viewed thanks to MonRoi, live audio broadcast available on WorldChessNetwork. More info in article writen by Jordan S.Berson.


Standings after round 6:
1. IM Igor Zugic 5 points
2-9. GM Mark Bluvshtein, IM Thomas Roussel-Roozmon, IM Eric Lawson, IM Tomas Krnan, FM Goran Mikanovic, FM Goran Milicevic, IM Leonid Gerzhoy, Jonathan Tayar 4.5 etc


Take a look at this amazing game

Raja Panjwani 2222 - Nicolas Arsenault 2113
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Be3 Ne4 7.Qg4 g5 8.h4 h5


9.hxg5 hxg4 10.Rxh8 Bf8 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.Ne2 c6 13.Ng3 Nd7 14.Nxe4 Qa5 15.Bd2 Qb6 16.O-O-O Qxd4 17.Nf6 Nxf6 18.g6


18...Qxe5 19.g7 Qc5 20.Be3 Qe7 21.Rxf8 Qxf8 22.Rd8


22...Kxd8 23.gxf8Q 1-0


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Real Life of WCNers - IM Tom O’Donnell

Today we will show you the real life of a man that means cold sweat for every WCN member with less than 6 months in the house: the fearless and fearsome Tom O'Donnell.

***TOUGH TOM***

Well, the good news is Tom is not as tough as you may think. That's just the image he built here in WCN, because the site needed a volunteer to play the scaring one in the good cop-bad cop game.
No matter what you do in the chat room, he will never send you for long vacations in Siberia.
But Baghdad is a possible destination and you can always lose your voice for a while.

Tom was the first man to go down the Niagara Falls in a barrel holding a chess board. And down there he had a brand new mate in 9 puzzle.

Tom O'Donnell was the first man to play blindfolded against 150 opponents and win all the games. Of course, the fact that those opponents were nursery kids is just a detail.

He sells Russian computers in Canada, and makes good money exporting Canadian weather to Saudi Arabian royalty.



Read the entire bio


Malaysian Open 2006

IGB 3rd Dato Arthur Tan Malaysia Open Chess Championship 2006 takes place on August 21st-27th in Kuala Lumpur. Pinoy IM Oliver Dimakiling is currently leading the field with 5.5/6 among 85 participants. Unfortunately, I can't find any games.


Standings after round 6:
1. IM Oliver Dimakiling (PHI 2423) 5.5/6
2-3. GM Dao Thien Hai (VIE 2549) and FM Julio Catalino Sadorra (PHI 2351) 5.0
4-9. GM Nguyen Anh Dung (Vie 2539), GM Nguyen Ngoc Trong Son (VIE 2535), IM Tirto (INA 2418), GM Niaz Murshed (BAN 2464), FM Wesley So (PHI 2330) and IM Shvedchikov Anatoli (RUS 2429) 4.5 etc


Official website

Wednesday Chess Lesson

Weekly chess lesson by Bogdan Girmacea has been posted. His friends will be happy to hear that Bogdan, with modest FIDE rating of 1986, drew IM Gabriel Mateuta 2470 in the first round of M.Sadoveanu Memorial Open. Bogdan currently has 2.5 points out of 5 rounds and it looks like he's playing much stronger then in Senta couple of weeks ago.


Tuesday, August 22, 2006

26th Bratto International

The 26th Bratto International chess tournament is being held on August 19th-27th. After 3 rounds GMs Vladimir Epishin, Gyula Sax, Erald Dervishi, Milan Drasko, Attila Groszpeter and Miso Cebalo are leading with perfect score. WGM Martha Fierro, our favorite Saturday Master Challenge host, is having 2 points.


WGM Martha Fierro

Official website


Update: GM Erald Dervishi from Albania wins the tournament on better tiebreak.

Final standings:
1-2. GM Erald Dervishi (ALB 2531) and GM Dimitri Komarov (UKR 2530) with 7.5/9
3. FM Roberto Morganzini (ITA 2352) 7.0
4-10. GM Gyula Sax (HUN 2545), GM Attila Groszpeter (HUN 2511), IM Luca Shytaj (ITA 2433), GM Michele Godena (ITA 2528), IM Martha Fierro Baquero (ECU 2314), FM Sabino Brunello (ITA 2391) and FM Roland Salvador (PHI 2420) 6.5 etc