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News ‘September, 2010’

India National Challengers Chess Championship

India National Challengers Chess Championship

Playing with black pieces in Caro-Kann defence, Thej Kumar defeated former champion International Master P Konguvel of PSPB in 41 moves while Navin Kanna beat team mate Vishnu Prasanna in just 30 moves in Reti opening to be among the leaders pack.

Ciudad de Albacete 2010

Ciudad de Albacete 2010

The 18th International chess tournament Ciudad de Albacete was played from 14th to 19th September in Albacete, Spain. 57 players and among them four Grandmasters took participation in the nine-rounds Swiss event. Azer Mirzoev and Omar Almeida Quintana shared the first place with 7 points each.

India National Challengers Chess Championship

India National Challengers Chess Championship

Top seed International Master M R Lalith Babu of Andhra Pradesh and Dinesh Kumar Sharma of LIC joined with overnight leaders to share the lead with seven points after beating BT Murali Krishnan and P Konguvel in the ninth round of the Championship.

GM Igor Naumkin wins the 1st International Livigno Chess Open

GM Igor Naumkin wins the 1st International Livigno Chess Open

The International Livigno Chess Open, at 1900m above sea level probably Europe’s “highest” International Tournament, ended Saturday, 18th November. Despite being at the first edition, it has succeeded in having a good coverage by mass media, both local and international.

Livigno Chess Open 2010

Livigno Chess Open 2010

White pieces were disastrous on the first four boards. IM Peter Arnaudov won against GM Miroljub Lazic, also after a piece sacrifice, while FM Ehud Shachar scored against FM Francesco Bentivegna. Further, FM Alexander Bertagnolli beat FM Rok Hrzica with an unusual opening 1.e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 f5!?

Livigno Chess Open 2010

Livigno Chess Open 2010

Six Grandmasters participate in the Open A, but already in the first round some of them faced fierce resistance from the lower rated opposition. Arkadij Rotstein, Vladimir Petkov and Miroljub Lazic were held to draws by Fide Masters Rok Hrzica, Angelo Damia and Martin Skliba, respectively.

Romanian women chess championship

Romanian women chess championship

In the race for individual medals board 1 is clearly dominated by GM Pia Cramling, who has 7,0/8, two points more than her closest contestant WGM Alina L’Ami. Board 2 is a tie between WIM Irina Bulmaga and WGM Carmen Voicu-Jagodzinsky with 5,5/7, while board 3 standings are led by the untitled Adeline-Ramona Uta.

GM Wang Yue wins the World University Chess Championship with one round to go

GM Wang Yue wins the World University Chess Championship with one round to go

With an impressive display of mental power-play the 23-year-old Chinese grandmaster Wang Yue has clinched the World University Champion­ship 2010. The student of communication sciences at Nankai University showed admirable stubbornness and excellent technique in rounds 7 and 8, grinding down GM Momchil Nikolov (Bulgaria) and GM Rinat Jumbayev (Kazakhstan) in two interesting endgames.

11th World University Chess Championship

11th World University Chess Championship

While so far the men’s tournament has developed as expected, the women’s contest took a surprising turn on day 4. In the fifth round the two top board pairings resulted in quick draws, while on board three the home player Monika Seps only narrowly failed to crown a great attacking game which would have put her in the joint lead.

11th World University Chess Championship

11th World University Chess Championship

Two long fights between the leaders, but no decision – after round four nobody was left with a clean score in the World University Chess Championships in Zurich. Ilya Khmelniker from Israel had been the surprise of the first third of the men’s tournament.

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