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News ‘July, 2009’

Scottish Chess Championship 2009

Scottish Chess Championship 2009

A degree of normality returned to the Scottish Chess Championship on Wednesday after the large number of upsets in the last few rounds. Top board saw Slovakian GM Jan Markos end the spectacular run of the Icelandic FM Gudmundur Kjartansson and Markos now shares joint lead with English GM Mark Hebden. Top Scottish player Jonathan Rowson also won to move within half a point of the leaders.

Donostia Chess Festival – Round Eight

Donostia Chess Festival – Round Eight

Francisco Vallejo Pons pulled a second consecutive win in the main tournament at Donostia Chess Festival and is already sharing the third place with top-seeded Peter Svidler. Jordi Magem Badals, Eric Prie, Glenn Flear and Sophie Milliet (photo) in good position to win their respective events.

GM Robert Kempinski with perfect score at Ikaros Chess Festival 2009

GM Robert Kempinski with perfect score at Ikaros Chess Festival 2009

The Polish GM Robert Kempinski is the only player with perfect score after the 5th round of Ikaros Chess Festival 2009 that takes place at Aghios Kirykos, Ikaria Island in Greece. Kempinski managed to successfully overcome the obstacle of Vladimir Tukmakov in an interesting game in which the veteran Ukrainian grandmaster seemed to be in command but eventually had to resign after 37 moves.

Donostia Chess Festival – Round Seven

Donostia Chess Festival – Round Seven

Ruslan Ponomariov beat the surging Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the 7th round of the main tournament at Donostia Chess Festival to reduce the gap behind the leading Hikaru Nakamura to only half a point. Peter Svidler is third with 4.5 points. Once the youngsters realised how shaky the former world champion Anatoly Karpov is, they started charging like hungry sharks. Karpov even switched from Petroff defence to Caro-Kann, but that didn’t save him against Francisco Vallejo Pons’ sharp advanced system.

Ikaros Chess Festival – Round Four (Updated!)

Ikaros Chess Festival – Round Four (Updated!)

Apart from interesting chess, it is very encouraging that all participants are satisfied by the hospitality of the organization committee, the playing conditions and the wonders of Ikaria, since they combine a good chess tournament in a peaceful and beautiful environment.

Donostia Chess Festival – Round Six

Donostia Chess Festival – Round Six

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sacrificed a pawn for an early assault against Pablo San Segundo’s sicilian defence. Spanish Grandmaster decided to return the material in attempt to reduce the pressure, still white maintained his initiative and scored a win. Julio Granda Zuniga offered a speculative exchange sacrifice with black against Rustam Kasimdzhanov, but the former world champion stormed through the center and swiftly won the match.

Hikaru Nakamura does it again

Hikaru Nakamura does it again

Hikaru Nakamura wins the games with such ease that it is impossible not to compare his show with some of the performances of the legendary champion Bobby Fischer. He earned another full point in the 5th round of the main tournament at Donostia Chess Festival, in the match against experienced Spanish Grandmaster Pablo San Segundo. With 4,5 points, Nakamura is now a full point ahead of Ruslan Ponomariov and Peter Svidler.

Ikaros Chess Festival started on Saturday

Ikaros Chess Festival started on Saturday

The 32nd Ikaros Chess Festival was officially opened on Saturday, 11th July, in Agios Kirykos! With 172 players from 23 federations, and among them 8 GMs, 11 IMs, 5 WGMs, for a total of 37 titled players, this year’s event is definitely the strongest in the long history of the Festival.

Hikaru Nakamura impressive in San Sebastián

Hikaru Nakamura impressive in San Sebastián

Hikaru Nakamura continues to crush the opposition in the main tournament of the Donostia Chess Festival. His latest victim was top Spanish representative Francisco Vallejo Pons. In what would many call an equal position arising from the Scandinavian defence, Nakamura optimistically pushed his pawns towards Paco’s King and eventually earned a full point.

Donostia Chess Festival – Round Three

Donostia Chess Festival – Round Three

The third round of the Donostia Chess Festival was a quick recovery for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave after yesterday’s loss as he beat the former world champion Anatoly Karpov and moved to shared 2nd place in the main San Sebastián European Cultural City 2016 Tournament. Ruslan Ponomariov defeated Julio Granda Zuniga, while the remaining three games finished with uneventful draws.

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