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News ‘August, 2009’

Montreal International Chess Tournament

Montreal International Chess Tournament

The 10th Montreal International Chess Tournament under sponsorship of Empresa Group is taking place from 27th August until 7th September in Montr√©al, Canada. Some of the world’s top players, namely √Čtienne Bacrot and Arkadij Naiditsch, and a strong selection from the neighboring United States are forming a very competitive field.

European Youth Chess Championship 2009

European Youth Chess Championship 2009

The European Youth Chess Championship 2009 will take place in Fermo, Italy, from 30th of August until 10th of September. It will feature the top young talents from Europe, divided into different age categories. The opening ceremony is tonight at 10pm, here is the full list of participants in the European Youth Chess Championship 2009.

GM Alexander Fier takes the sole lead at Open Sants

GM Alexander Fier takes the sole lead at Open Sants

GM Alexander Fier is having a notable tournament at Open Internacional de Sants. After 5 rounds he is head of the table, with full score 5,0/5. He defeated several titled players in the first rounds, while in the 4th he swiftly crushed the opposition of the big Spanish hope IM David Larino Nieto.

GM Fier is sole leader followed by a large pack of players with 4,5/5.

Gelfand and Kamski victorious in Jermuk Grand Prix round 12

Gelfand and Kamski victorious in Jermuk Grand Prix round 12

Boris Gelfand plays another brilliant game with the Meran Defence to beat the former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the penultimate round of the Jermuk FIDE Grand Prix. Gata Kamsky is clearly enjoying the most classical of all opening, the main line of the Ruy Lopez, where he gradually outplayed Pavel Eljanov.

Jermuk Grand Prix – Round Ten

Jermuk Grand Prix – Round Ten

Levon Aronian once again benefited from the rest day at the Jermuk FIDE Grand Prix and won against Dmitry Jakovenko in a beautiful positional style. This result brings him closer to the top of the scoreboard, together with Evgeny Alekseev who crushed Pavel Eljanov’s Berlin Wall with surprising ease. Meanwhile, the three leaders, Leko, Ivanchuk and Kasimdzhanov, all drew their games and remained on tied first place with 6.5 points each.

Borki Predojevic wins the 24th ICT Acropolis

Borki Predojevic wins the 24th ICT Acropolis

With draws on the first six boards (players with 6 and 5,5 points) the 9th and final round of the 24th
ICT Acropolis 2009 concluded, and the four leaders kept their positions. The tie-breaks favoured
the Bosnian Borki Predojevic, who officially won the tournament. The Greek players Hristos Banikas
and Ioannis Papaioannou finished in second and third place respectively.

Four players heading equal into the last round of ICT Acropolis

Four players heading equal into the last round of ICT Acropolis

The draw between the two leaders, the Bosnian Borki Predojevic and the Greek Ioannis
Papaioannou, allowed Atanas Kolev (Bulgaria) and Hristos Banikas (Greece) who won their games, to
join the leading pack. So, before the last 9th round, these four players are sharing first place with 6 points out of 8
games.

Vassily Ivanchuk and Peter Leko in command in Jermuk

Vassily Ivanchuk and Peter Leko in command in Jermuk

The 7th round staged six beautiful games with decisive result and only one uneventful draw. Monday’s round was far less exciting as only Vassily Ivanchuk pulled a win from Boris Gelfand after a long struggle. Even more exhausting was the game between Peter Leko and Dmitry Jakovenko who started with Berlin Ruy Lopez and later shuffled an endgame for about 90 moves before finally settling it as a draw.

ICT Acropolis 2009 – Round Seven

ICT Acropolis 2009 – Round Seven

The two leaders are followed by a group of 10 players with half point less (5/7): Alberto
David (Luxembourg), Sergei Azarov (Belarus), Vladimir Belov (Russia), Abhijeet Gupta (India),
Adam Tukhaev (Ukraine), Oleg Romanishin (Ukraine), Yuri Yakovich (Russia), Atanas Kolev
(Bulgaria) and the Greeks Hristos Banikas and Athanasios Mastrovasilis.

ICT Acropolis – Crowded on the top

ICT Acropolis – Crowded on the top

The 6th round of the 24th ICT Acropolis 2009 further complicated the fight for the top-position of the tournament. It’s now 10 chessplayers sharing the first position, Borki Predojevic (Bosnia), Yuri Yakovich, Vladimir Belov and Alexey Reshetnikov (Russia), Adam Tukhaev (Ukraine), Alberto David (Luxembourg), Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) and the Greeks Ioannis Papaioannou, Hristos Banikas and Athanasios Mastrovasilis, with 4,5 points out of 6 games.

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