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News ‘August, 2007’

Rising Stars vs Experience – Round 9

Rising Stars vs Experience – Round 9

Experience team cut the Rising Stars lead to only one point following today’s 3-2 win with white pieces. Arthur Yussupov beat Jan Smeets again and practically eliminated him from the race for Melodi Amber. Ljubomir Ljubojevic scored his first win in kings indian defence against Daniel Stellwagen.

Karjakin and Smeets in best position to win Monaco invitation

Karjakin and Smeets in best position to win Monaco invitation

Another 2.5-2.5 tie in the 8th round, but possibly the end of Ivan Chaperinov’s hopes to earn the ticket to Monaco after his defeat against Predrag Nikolic. Bosnian Grandmaster is playing sharper than ever and today he opted for another dynamic line in Ruy Lopez. In earlier round he tried various continuations in Zaitsev variation, but today he chose Smyslov setup, probably in order to avoid Cheparinov’s superb preparation.

Cheparinov and Karjakin superior at the NH Chess Tournament

Cheparinov and Karjakin superior at the NH Chess Tournament

Round 7 of NH Chess Tournament saw the Rising Stars clinch yet another victory. This time it came in the hands of Cheparinov and Karjakin, who won their games against Khalifman and Yussupov. Nikolich saved the day for the Experience team by winning against Stellwagen.

Rising Stars vs Experience – Round 6

Rising Stars vs Experience – Round 6

Parimanjan Negi played everything “by-the-book” against Aleksander Beliavsky’s Zaitsev Ruy Lopez and achieved significant advantage. Right when everyone expected the execution, Negi missed the crushing Ne7-g6. He opted for different continuation, but suddenly Beliavsky sacrificed his Queen and White was losing because he couldn’t catch with passed a-pawn! Bad luck for Negi to lose a well played game, on the other hand Beliavsky’s combination is another example of why we love this game.

Huppeldepup Report

Huppeldepup Report

So I wormed my way through the relaxing, strolling, shopping crowd and managed to find my way to the Krasnapolsky Hotel where the tournament is held. Nice hotel by the way, but very big. I still had to find the chessplayers!

Don’t write them off

Don’t write them off

Yussupov-Stellwagen started as Meran Slav, where White was maneuvering queen, rook and dark-squared bishop trying to impose threats against enemy king. Meanwhile, Stellwagen was busy collecting queenside pawns. This time waste allowed Yussupov to include light-squared bishop and after ripping off Black’s pawn shelter with g4, Stellwagen was soon forced to sign resignation.

Rising Stars vs Experience – Round 4

Rising Stars vs Experience – Round 4

Rising Stars have won yet another round 3-2. Daniel Stellwagen continues strong run after demolishing Ljubojevic’s unorthodox variation of Sicilian defence. The teaching example of attack on the king in the center set the young Dutchmen leader in the race for the spot at the next Melodi Amber tournament.

Rising Stars vs Experience – Round 3

Rising Stars vs Experience – Round 3

Ljubomir Ljubojevic built a bunker after the unfavorable opening, but his dark-squared bishop ended on the wrong side of the pawn chain. With combined pressure on weak pawns a3, d4 and f4, Jan Smeets managed to win a pawn and transpose into the rook endgame. Smeets then displayed fantastic technique refuting all Ljubo’s attempts to save the game. This was 2nd win for Rising Stars and Dutch players in today’s round. Jan Smeets is leading in overall score with 2.5/3.

Rising Stars vs Experience – round two

Rising Stars vs Experience – round two

Jan Smeets-Aleksander Beliavsky was Zaitsev variation of Ruy Lopez where Smeets quickly set Ba2-Qb3 battery to make some use of Black’s Nc6-b8-d7. He bravely took the pawn on e5, but it looks like Beliavsky’s 20…Bd5 surprised him.

Rising Stars vs Experience Round One

Rising Stars vs Experience Round One

Probably the most interesting game of the first round was played between Artur Yussupov and Ivan Cheparinov. It started as solid line in popular Slav defence but then Yussupov castled long waving with red flag in Cheparinov’s eyes. Young Bulgarian accepted the challenge and sacrificed a pawn following with invasion over the dark squares

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