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News ‘February, 2009’

Round Six of Aeroflot Open (update)

Round Six of Aeroflot Open (update)

Jianchao Zhou and Arman Pashikian broke through to the second place tie and are set to play Kurnosov and Moiseenko respectively in tomorrow’s 8th round. After the starting defeat, GM Borki Predojevic is picking up the pace with three consecutive wins, while the future star IM Ray Robson beat his compatriot Varuzhan Akobian in an ultra-sharp Semi-Slav blitzkreig.

Round Five of Aeroflot Open

Round Five of Aeroflot Open

Igor Kurnosov drew Etienne Bacrot in the fifth round of the Aeroflot Open after reaching an equal R+N vs R+B endgame, consequently allowing Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Moiseenko to catch him on the first place tie. Boris Grachev and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov were trading punches in an off-guard Benoni and while the position looked very perspective for White, Azeri star managed to turn the tables and win an instructive ending with Queens and opposite-coloured Bishops.

Round Three of Aeroflot Open

Round Three of Aeroflot Open

GM Igor Kurnosov dismantled IM Pavel Ponkratov’s French defence to take the sole lead after three rounds of Aeroflot Open. Top seeded Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is adding steam after the first round draw and a win against Pavel Smirnov already puts him on the second place tie. Also with 2.5 are Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Boris Grachev.

Round Two of Aeroflot Open

Round Two of Aeroflot Open

The second round of the Aeroflot Open was marked with a large number of quick draws in the main A1 tournament. The only fighting draw in the upper house was seen on the first board, in the game between Landa and Naiditsch. GM Igor Kurnosov, champion of the last year’s Arctic Chess Challenge, nicely outplayed Moscow Open winner Alexander Onischuk from the Black side of the Gruenfeld Indian defence.

Aeroflot Open Started Today

Aeroflot Open Started Today

The world’s richest chess festival, Aeroflot Open, kicked off today with 78 players competing in the main A1 group for 140.000 Euro purse and invitation to the Dortmund tournament. Azeri star Shakhriyar Mamedyarov signed in at the last moment to take the pole position, but Chessdom’s frequent contributor Mateusz Bartel held him to a draw in the first round. Probably the biggest upset of the day was caused by Pavel Smirnov who beat the 4th-seeded Alexey Dreev in his favourite Classical Sicilian.

23rd Cannes Chess Festival

23rd Cannes Chess Festival

IM Joseph Sanchez led the race until the very last round when he succumbed to rushing Hamdouchi. Still, Sanchez will be happy with condolence prize – GM norm, the same feat achieved by Italian IM Sabino Brunello. England’s Gary Quillan, who was terrorizing Grandmasters at the recent Gibraltar Open, beat GM Milan Drasko on the final day to climb to the 3rd place tie. The Festival was once again successfully organized by IM Damir Levacic, member of the ECU board.

Lienz Open and Belišće International

Lienz Open and Belišće International

The 16th International Open Tournament “Belišće 2009″ is set to take place on 19-22nd February in Hotel Termia in Bizovac, Croatia. Seven rounds of the swiss system will be played over the course of four days, with classical time control 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment for every move. The tournament will be rated with FIDE.

17th Fajr International and 7th Caspian Cup

17th Fajr International and 7th Caspian Cup

The 17th Fajr International Open Tournament was held on 3-9th February in Kish Island, Iran. The 9-round swiss event with time control of 90 min + 30 sec increment was $25.000 USD worth. Local players IM Homayoon Toufighi and FM Hamed Moosavian have collected 7.5 points each to surpass a bulk of strong Grandmasters and share the first place with Belgian GM Vadim Malakhatko.

Topalov – Kamsky and Linares 2009 live games

Topalov – Kamsky and Linares 2009 live games

The Chessdom.com readers will be able to enjoy the Challengers match and the Linares 2009 with live games commentary. GM Vladimir Dimitrov, who commented last year Anand – Kramnik, will cover the games of Kamsky – Topalov. GM Christian Bauer, GM Valentin Iotov, GM Dejan Bojkov, and IM Miodrag Perunovic will be the commentators for the Linares chess tournament.

IM Govedarica Wins Remembering Bobby Fischer Rapid Tournament

IM Govedarica Wins Remembering Bobby Fischer Rapid Tournament

“Remembering Bobby Fischer” rapid tournament, organized by Pancevo Chess Union and IO Miladin Mitrovic, took place on Saturday, 31 January, in Pancevo, Serbia. The field was composed of 81 invited players, among them were 20 Grandmasters, 23 International Masters and 12 FIDE Masters.

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