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Jermuk Grand Prix – Round Six

Jermuk Grand Prix – Round Six

The tournament is taking place on 9-23rd August in Jermuk, Armenia. The event is hosted by the Armenian Chess Federation and dedicated to the memory of the 9th World Chess Champion Tigran Petrosian, who was born 80 years ago. Aronian, Ivanchuk, Kasimdzhanov and Leko are in joint lead with 4.0 points each, full point ahead of the next pack of players.

ICT Acropolis 2009 – Round Five

ICT Acropolis 2009 – Round Five

The 5th round of the 24th ICT Acropolis 2009 was full of surprises but not exactly on the very top boards. As the three leaders drew their games they were joined on the top by other players who won their games. So the lead is now shared between 6 players, the Bosnian Borki Predojevic, the Russians Alexey Reshetnikov and Yuri Yakovich, the Luxembourgian Alberto David, the Ukrainian Adam Tukhaev and the Greek Hristos Banikas, all on 4 points out of 5 games.

Predojevic, Yakovich and Reshetnikov leading at Acropolis Open

Predojevic, Yakovich and Reshetnikov leading at Acropolis Open

The rest of the tournament’s favourites are close (3/4) and among them are Smirin, Azarov, Gurevich and the Greek players Banikas, Papaioannou, Halkias, Mastrovasilis Athanasios and Dimitrios and Kapnisis. The Indian Koneru fell behind with just 2,5/4, but in such a strong tournament nothing is predictable. The next, 5th round, is expected to clear-up the standings on the top.

Jermuk Grand Prix – Round Five

Jermuk Grand Prix – Round Five

Vassily Ivanchuk signed two beautiful wins in rounds 4 and 5 of the Jermuk FIDE Grand Prix to establish himself on the shared first place, together with Peter Leko. Peter Leko won against Sergey Karjakin in round four, but the Russian recovered on the next day and beat Etienne Bacrot. Thursday’s round produced lots of interesting games, but Armenians will be unhappy as both Levon Aronian and Vladimir Akopian were defeated.

Nine players with perfect score after two rounds of Acropolis Open

Nine players with perfect score after two rounds of Acropolis Open

The tournament’s favorites, the Israeli Ilia Smirin and the Bosnian Borki Predojevic, continued positively, and together with Yuri Yakovich and Vladimir Belov (Russia), Eduards Rozentalis (Lithuania), Sergei Azarov (Belarus), Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) and the Greek players Stelios Halkias and Spiros Kapnisis, lead the event with the absolute (2/2).

24th ICT Acropolis has begun

24th ICT Acropolis has begun

This year’s Acropolis ICT is a co-organisation of the Greek Chess Federation and the Chalkida Chess Academy “Palamedes of Evia”, sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organisation (EOT), the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Greek General Secretariat of Sports, the Region of Attica, the Region of Sterea Ellada, the Prefecture of Evia, the Chalkida Municipality, the TEDK N. Evias, the Football Games Prognosis Organisation (OPAP), the Chalkida Sports Organisation and the “Chalkis” AVEE.

Jermuk Grand Prix – Round Two

Jermuk Grand Prix – Round Two

Local favourite and winner of two earlier Grand Prix stages, Levon Aronian, fulfilled expectations of his fans and scored a point with white pieces against Evgeny Alekseev. It was Aronian’s trusted Catalan opening in which he maintained pressure and directed the play towards promising endgame. It is always difficult to win with Queens on the board, even with an extra pawn, but black’s structure was slightly compromised and Aronian relentlessly secured a victory.

Jubilee Open of Schachgesellschaft Zürich starts with few surprises

Jubilee Open of Schachgesellschaft Zürich starts with few surprises

The jubilee festivities of the Schachgesellschaft Zürich began with a strong open tournament in the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Most favorites including GM Morozevich, GM Sutovsky, GM Miroshnichenko, GM Harikrishna, GM Meier, GM Roiz, and GM Bauer won their games, but there were a few surprises

Leko and Cheparinov win in Jermuk Grand Prix opening round

Leko and Cheparinov win in Jermuk Grand Prix opening round

Local hero Levon Aronian, who arrived as freshly crowned Mainz Chess Classic champion, is top-seeded player in the field of 14. Previously, Aronian had won both Grand Prix tournaments that he participated in (Sochi and Nalchik). The tournament is hosted by the Armenian Chess Federation and dedicated to the memory of the 9th World Chess Champion Tigran Petrosian, who was born 80 years ago.

Chess Classic Mainz – 16th ORDIX Open

Chess Classic Mainz – 16th ORDIX Open

Finally he made it! He has tried six times to win one of the Opens in Mainz, but this year the Azeri grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the ORDIX Open with a fantastic score. After 11 incredibly tough rounds he scored a record-breaking 10 points. Never before has a winner scored 10 points in the ORDIX in Mainz. Vugar Gasimov, Vladimir Akopian and Arkadij Naiditsch scored 9,5 points.

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