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News ‘July, 2009’

Paleohora International Open Chess Tournament

Paleohora International Open Chess Tournament

The 2nd Paleohora International Open Chess Tournament, organized by Municipality of Pelekanos, Chania Chess Academy, Prefecture of Chania and Union of Cretan Chess Clubs, was held on 21-28th July 2009, in Paleohora, Greece. The 9-round tournament with 8.500 Eur prize fund has attracted massive participation, with 230 players gathered at the playing venue in Municipality of Pelekanos Community Centre.

24th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Villarrobledo

24th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Villarrobledo

The 24th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de Villarrobledo was held on 25-26th July in Villarrobledo, Albacete, Spain. This 9-round rapid tournament traditionally lineups a strong field with many top rated players. Ni and Milov drew their last round game and Naiditsch beat the 2007 winner Ruslan Ponomariov to claim a clear first place with 7.5 points.

Indian GM S. Arun Prasad wins Scottish Open Championship

Indian GM S. Arun Prasad wins Scottish Open Championship

Indian Grandmaster S. Arun Prasad defeated his compatriot Panchanathan in the last round of the Scottish Chess Championship to claim a clear first place with 7.5 points and win the International title. English GM Mark Hebden, who entered the final day with equal points, was held to a draw by the sharp Icelandic FM Gudmundur Kjartansson, and eventually shared the second place with GM Jan Markos of Slovakia.

Ikaros Chess Festival concluded on Saturday

Ikaros Chess Festival concluded on Saturday

As two friends from Poland, Grandmasters Robert Kempinski and Alexander Mista, signed a draw in the last round of the Ikaros Chess Festival 2009, Russian GM Evgeny Vorobiov jumped on the opportunity and won a beautiful game against his compatriot Andrey Rychagov to reach 7.5 points and share the first place with the Poles.

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 – Round 8 update

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 – Round 8 update

As the penultimate round of the Scottish Chess Championship began, all eyes were on the top board where the two leaders, GM Hebden and GM Prasad, were paired against one another. An incredibly dramatic game ensued where it looked like first White was winning, then Black went a rook up, then White came close to queening a pawn only to be foiled by an ingenious defensive idea. A draw was the fair result for two players who gave there all today and provided superb entertainment for the watching fans.

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 – Round 7 update

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 – Round 7 update

With overnight leader, English GM Mark Hebden, playing a solid draw on board one this means he now shares the lead with Prasad. Half a point behind are Indian GM Panchanathan and English IM Greet. A further half point back are the chasing pack that includes home favourites GM Motwani, GM McNab, FM Gourlay and GM Shaw. With only two rounds to go, who can break from the pack to become champion?

Ikaros Chess Festival heading into the final round

Ikaros Chess Festival heading into the final round

This night the participants of the tournament will have a chance to come in touch with Ikarian tradition, taste Ikarian delicacies and wine and try the famous Ikariotikos dance, since all are invited to the annual “panigiri” festival in honor of Saint Marina and liberation of Ikaria from the Ottomans

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 – Round 6

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 – Round 6

News Flash: Scottish Chess Championship led by an Englishman! Round 6 saw English Grandmaster Mark Hebden defeat top seed and home favourite Jonathan Rowson in a see-saw game where the Scottish master slipped up in time trouble. This result (and the fact that joint leader GM Markos lost on board 1) catapults GM Hebden into the sole lead with 5.5/6 and an astonishing tournament rating performance of 2760.

Hikaru Nakamura wins San Sebastián after blitz tiebreak

Hikaru Nakamura wins San Sebastián after blitz tiebreak

An exciting finish of the Donostia Chess Festival saw Hikaru Nakamura taking the trophy at the San Sebastián European Cultural City 2016 Tournament after blitz tiebreak against Ruslan Ponomariov. Jordi Magem Badals, Eric Prie and Sophie Milliet also won their respective tournaments.

Ikaros Chess Festival – Kempinski Wins Again!

Ikaros Chess Festival – Kempinski Wins Again!

In the other top games, Serbian Robert Markus beat the Austrian Harald Groetz, two Polish grandmasters Mista and Bobras made a quick friendly draw, the Russian Evgeny Vorobiov won against Eric de Haan from Holland while Vladimir Tukmakov beat Maria Manakova who, despite this loss, has a good tournament so far.

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