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News ‘December, 2010’

Singapore International Chess Festival 2010

Singapore International Chess Festival 2010

Grandmaster Zurab Azmaiparashvili from Georgia, qualifying for the Asean as Singapore Permanent Resident, and Philippines’ IM Oliver Barbosa shard the first place in the Asean Championship for Men. Both players gathered 6.5 points from nine games, but Azmaiparashvili was declared champion on better additional criteria.

Six players share first in the Groningen Open A

Six players share first in the Groningen Open A

In the curious points’ distribution, six players shared the first place with 6.5 points each, leaving the remainder of the field a full point behind. GM Dejan Bozhkov from Bulgaria was declared winner on best tiebreak score. Ukrainian prodigy Illya Nyzhnyk fulfilled his third and final Grandmaster norm with a round to spare.

20th Torneo Magistral Internacional de Elgoibar

20th Torneo Magistral Internacional de Elgoibar

The 20th Torneo Magistral Internacional de Elgoibar was played from 14th to 21st December in Elgoibar, Spain. Ten players competed in the traditional round robin tournament.

India National Premier Chess Championship R11

India National Premier Chess Championship R11

Playing with white pieces in Classical Caro-Kann defence game, Negi displayed solid attacking game and sacrificed his bishop on twenty ninth move to good effect to secure full point after ten more moves. Other overnight joint leader veteran Grandmaster Praveen Thipsay settled for half point against Grandmaster S Arun Prasad of PSPB.

India National Premier Chess Championship

India National Premier Chess Championship

The top board battle between two generation Grandmasters Thipsay and Negi in Scheveningen variation of Sicilian defence game ended without decisive in 27 moves while playing white side of semi-slav opening, Laith maneuvered his pieces to good effect in the middle game to garner full point against his Grandmaster rival in 48 moves.

Bansko Open Round Eight

Bansko Open Round Eight

Grigoryan defeated the 2nd-seeded GM Boris Savchenko in a very complicated game, where the final stage was played on incremental time. Nabaty was pawn down with black pieces against GM Ioannis Nikolaidis, but he succeeded to create a dangerous attack which eventually netted him a full point.

Bansko Open Round Seven

Bansko Open Round Seven

We also had a clash of the two top rated players, Ivan Cheparinov and Boris Savchenko. Savchenko admitted that he played bad with white pieces and run into inferior position, but eventually managed to salvage a draw. The poor display on the chess board didn’t prevent him from opening the dance floor at the evening White Party in Hotel Premier. He successfully animated other players and the Greek contingent jumped off their chairs to rock the podium.

India National Premier Chess Championship

India National Premier Chess Championship

Playing white side of Schliemann variation of Ruy Lopez opening, evergreen Praveen Thipsay displayed sheer class in the eighth round battle against S P Sethuraman to register a contrasting win in forty six moves while Grandmaster B Adhiban has not shown any mercy against Railway Grandmaster R R Laxman.

Bansko Open Round Five

Bansko Open Round Five

GM Boris Savchenko and IM Tamir Nabaty drew their game on the top board of the 5th round of the Bansko Grand Chess Open 2010, and IM Nanko Dobrev was defeated by GM Vladimir Georgiev, thus there are no more players with perfect score in the tournament. Piotr Korobkov outwitted the 3rd-seeded GM Vasil Spasov, while GM Ioannis Nikolaidis won the Greek derby against GM Athanasios Mastrovasilis.

Magnus Carlsen winner of the London Chess Classic

Magnus Carlsen winner of the London Chess Classic

Magnus Carlsen clinched first place and the 50,000 euros first prize in the 2010 London Chess Classic at Olympia on Wednesday with a consummate positional win against England’s Nigel Short. Theirs was the second game to finish but the tie-break ensured that Magnus would take first regardless of other results.

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