Axel Rombaldoni storming through the WJCC

Girish Koushik scalps second successive GM, round 6 report

Italian International Master Axel Rombaldoni (6.0) continued to impress as he stylishly put it across Polish Grandmaster Piorun Kacper for his sixth win in a row, in the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior & 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011, at Hotel Vijay Park, Chennai, here today.

A full point behind Rombaldoni, at 5.0 points were
Ter-Sahakyan Samvel, Hovhannisyan Robert (both Armenia), Huschenbeth
Niclas (Germany) and Girish A Koushik (India).

In the top board Grunfeld game that lasted 35 moves, Rombaldoni showed
superior middle game prowess as he outclasses Piorun Kacper of Poland.
A series of attacks on the queenside netted the Italian an exchange
advantage which he converted with precision.

Axel Rombaldoni

Axel Rombaldoni (photo courtesy of Adolivio Capece)

With a rest day scheduled
for tomorrow, Rombaldoni appears the player to beat in the second half
of the tournament.

Russian Olga Girya remained steady on top of the table with 5.5
points, holding the talented Peru girl Cori T Deysi. A draw in the top
board, helps players further down in the points position, to catch up
as the race for the top place hots up.

The second spot is shared by
Cori T Deysi (Peru), Bulmaga Irina (Romania) and Elena Semenova
(Russia) with 5.0 points.

Cori T Deysi

WGM Cori T Deysi of Peru

Further half a point behind at 4.5 points
were Woman FIDE Master J Saranya, Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi,
Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (both Azerbaijan) and Kulon Klaudia
(Poland) respectively.

Girish Koushik continued to make news for the second day in a row.
Today Girish showed that he is a gritty customer, showing dogged
defence against Grandmaster S P Sethuraman, and finally pulling out a
crucial full point. In a standard Queens Indian game, after a flurry
of early exchanges, Sethuraman held the initiative. Side stepping
repetition of moves, the Chennai based Grandmaster went for a kingside

Grandmaster R B Ramesh

Grandmaster R B Ramesh enthralling with analysis of LIVE games at the playing arena

But, Girish played out the middle game exchanges with
accuracy and came out with an extra pawn at the end of the first time
control. The ensuing rook and knight end game was devoid of tactics,
but the advantage of black was significant and Girish coasted home in
61 moves. A second straight win over a Grandmaster, gives Girish a
good rating platform in the next rounds to come.

Top seed Russian Grandmaster Maxim Matlakov found the going tough, as
he was held to his fourth draw against five Indian players. Today, it
was Maharashtra lad Vidit Santosh Gujrathi who pulled a precious half
point from Matlakov. The Nimzo Indian game saw Vidit holding fort
without much ado, as the Russian preferred to move into a double
bishop versus double knight middle game.

GM Maxim Matlakov - IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

Top seed GM Maxim Matlakov (Russia) playing IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (India)

The resultant pawn down
position saw Matlakov facing the music, with Vidit holding the aces.
But, closer to the fifth hour of play Vidit missed some promising
continuations, and found himself in a pawn down queen and pawn ending.
Matlakov still pressing for a win, gave up his rook for knight and
pinned his winning hopes on a passed pawn. Vidit returned the material
and hung on to draw after 80 patient moves.

In the girls section, ONGC sponsored J Saranya celebrated her birthday
in a grand fashion, defeating favorite Padmini Rout. The Sicilian
Moscow variation game saw, black getting into early equality. With the
game slightly off balance, Padmini started taking risks and failed to
notice the knight trap on the kingside.

Woman FIDE Master J Saranya

Chief Arbiter R Anantharam wishing happy birthday to Woman FIDE Master J Saranya

The game immediately went in
favor of Saranya, who grabbed the knight and the opportunity and wound
up the game with good technique. The win puts Saranya on the top
points group, where she ought to meet higher rated title players,
which in turn would enhance her Woman Grandmaster Norm chances.

Take a look at the large photo gallery, courtesy of Peter Long.

More about the WJCC: World Junior Chess Championship 2011 / Participants boys / Participants girls / Official website

GM Hovhannisyan Robert

GM Robert Hovhannisyan

G A Stany

IM Norm holder G A Stany

Round 6 Results (Open, Indians unless specified):

Piorun Kacper(POL) 4.5 lost to Rombaldoni Axel(ITA) 6, Ter-Sahakyan
Samvel(ARM) 5 beat Goganov Aleksey (RUS) 4, Hovhannisyan Robert (ARM)
5 beat Stany G A (4), Swayams Mishra (4.5) drew with Swiercz Dariusz
(POL) 4.5, Grover Sahaj (3.5) lost to Sjugirov Sanan (RUS) 4.5, Nitin
S (3.5) lost to Robson Ray (USA) 4.5, Grandelius Nils (SWE) 4.5 beat
Rajesh V A V (3.5), Artemenko Oleg (UZB) 3 lost to Lalith Babu M R
(4), Narayanan Srinath (3) lost to Durarbeyli Vasif (AZE) 4, Anwesh
Upadhyaya (4) beat Benitez Lozano Javier (Mex) 3.

Round 6 Results (Girls, Indians unless specified):

Girya Olga (RUS) 5.5 drew with Cori T Deysi (PER) 5, Kazimova Narmin
Nizami Qizi (AZE) 4.5 drew with Bulmaga Irina (ROM) 5, Semenova Elena
(RUS) 5 beat Tokhirjanova Hulkar (UZB) 4, Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) 4
drew with Paikidze Nazi (GEO) 4, J Saranya 4.5 beat Padmini Rout 3.5,
Terao Juliana Sayumi (BRA) 3.5 lost to Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi
(AZE) 4.5, Ozturk Kubra (TUR) 4 drew with Dogodkina Julia (RUS) 4,
Savina Anastasia (RUS) 4 beat Hema Priya N (3).

K Muralimohan,

Championship Director, WJCC 2011

General Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association

Axel Rombaldoni and Olga Girya with perfect scores at the WJCC

Round 5 report by R R Vasudevan

Swayams Mishra, V A V Rajesh, Girish Koushik & Stany upset higher rated Grandmasters as the quartet of Indian conquests made headlines in the fifth round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior & 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011, at Chennai, here today.

Overnight leader, Italian International Master Axel Rombaldoni kept a clean slate, winning his fifth game in a row. In the top board game, Rombaldoni beat third seed Grandmaster Ivan Salgado Lopez from Spain. Following the leader half a point behind was International Master Piorun Kacper of Poland.

In the girls section, Russian Girya Olga maintained her lead with 5.0 points after putting it across top seed Woman Grandmaster Paikidze Nazi of Georgia.

C Divyasree playing Woman FIDE Master Elena Semenova of Russia

C Divyasree playing Woman FIDE Master Elena Semenova of Russia

Swayams Mishra, a student of KIIT University from Bhubaneswar, emerged triumphant against GM Martinovic Sasa of Croatia in a Benoni game. “We don’t see Benoni openings at higher levels of play, and it came as a surprise,” said Mishra. “Martinovic stretched a bit more in the middle game, and after the bishop entry into his sixth rank, I felt confident of winning the game,” added the Orissa lad. Though the game stretched to 50 moves, the result was not in doubt, as Swayams kept adding the pressure on the king side. In the resultant open position, Martinovic conceded a big advantage and gave up when he ran out of queen checks.

Karnataka lads Girish Koushik and G A Stany, along with Chennai boy V A V Rajesh put it across their accomplished Grandmaster opponents viz., Durarbeyli Vasif (Azerbaijan), Pap Gyula (Hungary) and Salem A R Saleh (UAE) respectively. Girish, Stany and Swayams moved to shared third spot with 4.0 points, while Rajesh stays further half a point behind at 3.5 points.

Sahaj Grover who began with 3.5 points, had a bad day in office, as he went down to Polish International Master Piorun Kacper. The French game saw the Delhi boy unusually blundering an early piece, losing a miniature game.

The big Indian hope Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout went down to Romanian Bulmaga Irina in the third board. Also finishing on the losing side were Bhakti Kulkarni, P V Nandhidhaa and Pon N Krithika in the top ten boards.

Take a look at the large photo gallery, courtesy of Peter Long.

Ly Moulthun of Australia playing Grandmaster Adhiban Baskaran

Ly Moulthun of Australia playing Grandmaster Adhiban Baskaran

More about the WJCC:

World Junior Chess Championship 2011 / Participants boys / Participants girls / Official website

This 13 round event with 19 Grandmasters on display concludes on 15th August, 2011.

Round 5 Results (Open) (Indians unless specified)

Rombaldoni Axel (Italy) 5 beat Salgado Lopez Ivan (Spain) 3.5, Goganov Aleksey (Russia) 4 drew with Niclas Huschenbeth (Germany) 4, Piorun Kacper (Poland) 4.5 beat Sahaj Grover 3.5, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 3.5 drew with Sanan Sjugirov (Russia) 3.5, Shimanov Aleksandr (Russia) 4 beat M R Lalith Babu 3, Swayams Mishra 4 beat Sasa Martinovic (Croatia) 3, Durarbeyli Vasif 3 (Azerbaijan) lost to Girish A Koushik 4, G A Stany 4 beat Pap Gyula (Hungary) 3, Janev Tihomir (Bulgaria) 3 lost to Maxim Matlakov (Russia) 3.5, Firat Burak (Turkey) 2.5 lost to Tamir Nabaty (Israel) 3.5, V A V Rajesh (3.5) beat Salem A R Saleh (UAE) 2.5

Round 5 Results (Girls) (Indians unless specified)

Paikidze Nazi (Georgia) 3.5 lost to Girya Olga (Russia) 5, Cori T Deysi (Peru) 4.5 beat Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kazakhastan) 3.5, Bulmaga Irina (Romania) 4.5 beat Padmini Rout (3.5), Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (Azerbaijan) beat P V Nandhidhaa (3), Chandika Divyasree (3) lost to Semenoa Elena (Russia) 4, Tokhirjanova Hulkar (Uzbekistan) 4 beat Bhakti Kulkarni (2.5), Kulon Klaudia (Poland) 3.5 beat Pon N Krithika (2.5) Hema Priya N (2.5) lost to Vo Thi Kim Phung (Vietnam) 3.5, P Michelle Catherina (2.5) lost to J Saranya (3.5).

R R Vasudevan

Press Officer

Jovanka Houska and Michael Adams defend titles at the British Chess Championship

4th title for Houska, Adams edges Short in playoff

Michael Adams square 2

The 98th Championships of the British Isles were organised by the English Chess Federation from 24th July to 6th August at the International Sports Centre, Sheaf Street, Sheffield.

As many as 24 various events, including Senior, Junior and Sections Championships, Major, Weekend and Rapid Opens, were held in that time frame.

The main tournament was the British Championship 2011, played over the 11 rounds of Swiss system, with approx 7-hour sessions using FIDE cumulative incremental time. 89 players, including 12 Grandmasters, competed.

England’s top players, GM Adams Michael, GM Short Nigel, GM Howell David and Commonwealth champion GM Jones Gawain, also took participation. Prizes: – £8,000; £4000; £2,500; £1,500; £1,000; £750; £500; £250.

Michael Adams claims the second national title in succession, but only after the additional match. In the main event Adams finished on the same points as Nigel Short and then won the two-game rapid play-off which took place immediately after the prizegiving. Adams also wins the English Championship and holds the Tony Miles Trophy for one year.

Congratulations to IM Jovanka Houska, British Womens Champion 2011, for her 4th title in a row, scoring 7/11 (+5,=4,-2). Jovanka also becomes English Womens Champion 2011.

Final standings:

1-2. GM Adams Michael ENG 2715 and GM Short Nigel D ENG 2687 – 8.5

3-4. GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2606 and IM Hawkins Jonathan ENG 2457 – 8.0

5-7. GM Howell David W L ENG 2625, GM Pert Nicholas ENG 2555 and GM Gormally Daniel W ENG 2519 – 7.5

8-16. GM Gordon Stephen J ENG 2533, GM Hebden Mark L ENG 2533, GM Conquest Stuart C ENG 2519, GM Wells Peter K ENG 2489, IM Palliser Richard J D ENG 2454, IM Zhou Yang-Fan ENG 2444, IM Houska Jovanka ENG 2418, IM Buckley Graeme N ENG 2380 and IM Bates Richard A ENG 2373 – 7.0

17-23. GM Williams Simon K ENG 2528, GM Summerscale Aaron P ENG 2415, IM Rendle Thomas E ENG 2386, FM Eggleston David J ENG 2318, FM Griffiths Ryan Rhys IRL 2301, Adair James R ENG 2212 and Lalic Peter D ENG 1978 – 6.5 etc

World Junior Chess Championships 2011 Round 3

Michelle stuns WGM Savina Anastasia, Salgado Lopez among leaders

Woman International Master Norm holder Michelle Catherina, a student of Good Shepard Convent, Chennai defeated Woman Grandmaster Savina Anastasia of Russia in the third round of the SDAT-RAMCO 50th World Junior & Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011, at Chennai, here today. Michelle said, “I was a bit lucky today, as Savina blundered in a position that tilted the game in my favor”.

Third seed Grandmaster Ivan Salgado Lopez of Spain, along with Italian Rombaldoni Axel and Polish Grandmaster Piorun Kacper led the field with 3.0 points after as many rounds.

world junior 2011 Michelle Catherina

Michelle Catherina

The girls section saw WGM Paikidze Nazi (Georgia), Cori T Deysi (Peru), Padmini Rout (India), Girya Olga (Russia), Bulmaga Irina (Romania) and Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (Azerbaijan) sharing the lead with 3.0 points.

Among other Indians the results were mixed. Maharashtra boy Vidit Santosh Gujrathi playing in the top board went down to Grandmaster Salgado Lopez Ivan, while Delhi based International Master Sahaj Grover was held to a draw by FIDE Master Nicolai Getz of Norway. Orissa lad Debashis Das held top seed Grandmaster Maxim Matlakov, snatching a second draw in three rounds from the Russian.

Take a look at the large photo gallery, courtesy of Peter Long.

world junior 2011 IM Vidit Gujrathi - GM Ivan Lopez Salgado

IM Vidit Gujrathi – GM Ivan Lopez Salgado

More about the WJCC: World Junior Chess Championship 2011 / Participants boys / Participants girls / Official website

This 13 round event with 19 Grandmasters on display concludes on 15th August, 2011.

Round 3 Results (Open, Indians unless specified):

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (2) lost to Salgado Lopez Ivan (Spain) 3, Aleksey Goganov (Russia) 2.5 drew with Tamir Nabaty (Israel) 2.5, Rombaldoni Axel (Italy) 3 beat Grandelius Nils (Sweden) 2, G A Stany (2.5) drew with Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu (Azerbaijan) 2.5, Nicolai Getz (Norway) 2.5 drew with Sahaj Grover 2.5, Ray Robson (USA) 2.5 beat Aditya Udeshi (2.5), Debashis Das (2) drew with Maxim Matlakov (Russia) 2, S P Sethuraman (2) drew with Narayanan Srinath (2), M R Lalith Babu (2.5) beat S L Narayanan (1.5), Patil Pratik (1.5) lost to Roganovic Milos (Serbia) 2.5, Kovalev Vladislav (Belarus) 2.5 beat Thavindaran Shiyam (Canada) 1.5

Round 3 Results (Girls, Indians unless specified):

Paikidze Nazi (Georgia) 3 beat Ozturk Kubra (Turkey) 2, Cori T Deysi (Peru) 3 beat Semenova Elena (Russia) 2, Padmini Rout (3) beat Terao Juliana Sayumi (Brazil) 2, Forestier Carole (France) 2 lost to Bulmaga Irina (Romania) 3, Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi (Azerbaijan) 3 beat G Lasya 2, Lkhamsuren Uuganbayar (Mongolia) 2 drew with Bhakti Kulkarni (2), Romero Echeverria Abigail (Ecuador) 2.5 lost to Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (Kazakhastan) 2.5, Inna Agrest (Sweden) 2 drew with Ani Krumova (Bulgaria) 2,
P Michelle Catherina (2) beat Anastasia Savina (Russia) 1.

R R Vasudevan

Press Officer

World Junior Chess Championships 2011

Rajesh holds top seed Grandmaster Maxim Matlakov in round one

Chennai lad V A V Rajesh, a student of Loyola College, Chennai stole the limelight holding top seed Russian Grandmaster Maxim Matlakov to a draw, in the first round of the SDAT- RAMCO 50th World Junior & 29th Junior Girls Chess Championships 2011 at Hotel Vijay Park, Chennai here today.

The lesser seeded players stole the show, holding their higher rated opponents in an interesting opening day. Also snatching half a point from Grandmasters were R Ashwath, Sayantan Das, R A Pradeep Kumar and S L Narayanan. These young Indians drew with GMs Robert Hovhannisyan (Armenia), Swiercz Dariusz (Poland), Adhiban Baskaran and S P Sethuraman (both India). For the Chennai based GM’s Adhiban and Sethuraman, the draw in the opener comes as a mild shock to spur them into greater action in the next round onwards.

The girls section saw higher rated Indian star Bhakti Kulkarni being held to a draw against Woman International Master Guo Emma of Australia. Fifth seed and medal favorite Padmini Rout nursed an extra pawn, defeating Brunello Roberta of Italy. Top seed Woman Grandmaster Paikidze Nazi of Georgia scored over Armenian Gevorgyan Maria.

Take a look at the large photo gallery, courtesy of Peter Long.

world junior 2011 Nazi Paikidze

WGM Paikidze Nazi of Georgia

Earlier today World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand inaugurated the Championships together with the Tamil Nadu officials.

More about the WJCC: World Junior Chess Championship 2011 / Participants boys / Participants girls / Official website

This 13-round mega event concludes on 15th August, 2011.

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D V Sundar, Vice President, Bharat Singh Chauhan, Hon Secretary, All India Chess Federation, R Anantharam, Chief Arbiter just before the start of the first round

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Girls playing hall

Round 1 Results (Open) (Indians unless specified):

V A V Rajesh (India) 0.5 drew with Maxim Matlakov (Russia) 0.5, Sjugirov Sanan (Russia) 1 beat Rojas Alarcon Julian Antonio (Mexico) 0, Aaron Deepak (USA) 0 lost to Salgado Lopez Ivan (Spain) 1, Shimanov Aleksandr (Russia) 1 beat Tomazini Zan (Slovenia), Kozganbayev Erken (Kazakhastan) 0 lost to Tamir Nabaty (Israel) 1, Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (Armenia) 1 beat Botta Gabriele (Armenia) 0, R Ashwath 0.5 drew with Hovhannisyan Robert (Armenia) 0.5, Ray Robson (USA) 1 beat Hemant Sharma 0, Das Sayantan 0.5 drew with Swiercz Dariusz (Poland) 0.5, Baskaran Adhiban 0.5 drew with R A Pradeep Kumar 0.5, S P Sethuraman 0.5 drew with S L Narayanan 0.5.

Round 1 Results (Girls) (Indians unless specified):

Paikidze Nazi (Georgia) 1 beat Gevorgyan Maria (Armenia) 0, Edes Zsofia (Slovakia) 0 lost to Savina Anastasia (Russia) 1, Cori T Deysi (Peru) 1 beat Pratyusha Bodda 0, Michelle Catherina P 0 lost to Girya Olga (Russia) 1, Padmini Rout 1 beat Brunello Roberta (Italy) 0, Guo Emma (Australia) 0.5 drew with Kulkarni Bhakti 0.5, Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi (Azerbaijan) 0.5 drew with Ivana Maria Furtado 0.5, Martinez Ayelen (Argentina) 0 lost to Bulmaga Irina (Romania) 1, Kazimova Narmin Niazami Qizi (Azerbaijan) 1 beat C H Savetha 0, A Akshaya 0 lost to Eric Jovana (Serbia).

Report by R R Vasudevan

5th Torneo Internacional A.D. San Juan

GM Omar Almeida Quintana with perfect score after 4 rounds

The 5th Torneo Internacional A.D. San Juan is being played from 25th to 31st July at the Hotel Blanca de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. 108 players from 18 countries, including 18 Grandmasters, compete in the 9-round Swiss event. First place is 3.000 € worth.

Cuban Grandmaster Omar Almeida Quintana (2548) is currently leading with perfect score after four games. GM Julio Granda Zuniga PER 2616, GM Yuri Solodovnichenko UKR 2615, GM Levan Aroshidze GEO 2539, GM Eduardo Iturrizaga VEN 2603 and GM Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez CUB 2556 share the second with 3.5 points each.

Andorra chess open

GM Omar Almeida Quintana

Tournament website

Players list:

1. GM Delchev Aleksander BUL 2622

2. GM Fedorchuk Sergey A UKR 2618

3. GM Granda Zuniga Julio E PER 2616

4. GM Solodovnichenko Yuri UKR 2615

5. GM Damljanovic Branko SRB 2611

6. GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2603

7. GM Chatalbashev Boris BUL 2596

8. GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2564

9. GM Kunin Vitaly GER 2562

10. GM Vazquez Igarza Renier ESP 2561

11. GM Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo CUB 2556

12. GM Almeida Quintana Omar CUB 2548

13. IM Moreno Ruiz Javier ESP 2545

14. GM Aroshidze Levan GEO 2539

15. GM Shchekachev Andrei FRA 2537

16. IM Ninov Nikolai BUL 2518

17. GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri CUB 2503

18. GM Paunovic Dragan SRB 2503

19. IM Castellanos Rodriguez Renier ESP 2497

20. GM Khamrakulov Ibragim S ESP 2496

21. IM Riff Jean-Noel FRA 2493

22. IM Reinaldo Castineira Roi ESP 2492

23. IM Venkatesh M R IND 2480

24. IM Berbatov Kiprian BUL 2472

25. IM Das Arghyadip IND 2471

26. IM Hansen Torbjorn Ringdal NOR 2468

27. GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2461

28. IM Huerga Leache Mikel ESP 2453

29. IM Antoli Royo Joaquin Miguel ESP 2434

30. IM Tania Sachdev IND 2419

31. IM Klenburg Mikhail UKR 2412

32. IM Garza Marco Sergio ESP 2403

33. IM Mullon Jean-Baptiste FRA 2400

34. Valles Moreno Ivan ESP 2387

35. FM Sande Edreira Jose Antonio ESP 2348

36. WGM Djingarova Emilia BUL 2337

37. FM Moen Andreas NOR 2333

38. FM Chueca Forcen Alberto ESP 2323

39. Baghdasaryan Vahe ARM 2289

40. WGM Vega Gutierrez Sabrina ESP 2285

41. Porat Maya ISR 2274

42. Villegas Pierre MNC 2255

43. Karasik Evgeni ISR 2249

44. Saenz Narciso Miguel Angel ESP 2239

45. WIM Vega Gutierrez Belinda ESP 2227

46. Garcia Blanco Omar ESP 2210

47. Burguete Archel Eduardo ESP 2195

48. Navarro Alonso Jorge ESP 2189

49. Ugalde Ezcurra Jose Miguel ESP 2176

50. Iagar Razvan-Gabriel ROU 2162

51. Gurevich Daniel USA 2134

52. Cerrajeria Ruiz Jesus Maria ESP 2130

53. Krug Cortegoso Rodolfo Martin ESP 2127

54. Arrese-Igor Sanchez Cesareo ESP 2126

55. Maza Broto Pablo ESP 2096

56. Vinal Gutierrez Pedro ESP 2074

57. Montoya Irigoyen Inigo ESP 2047

58. Cemborain Oricain Alfonso ESP 2037

59. Arnedo Ruiz Alberto ESP 2029

60. Tetimov Ivan BUL 2009

61. Mancha Otano Aritz ESP 1990

62. Esparza Martinez Javier Ignaci ESP 1986

63. Ruiz Escobar Rafael ESP 1978

64. Idiazabal Troyas Aritz ESP 1972

65. Urriza Iricibar Pablo ESP 1963

66. CM Arjun Bharat IND 1960

67. Agudo Tena Angel ESP 1917

68. Munoz Ovelar Miguel Angel ESP 1914

69. Sanchez Salazar Kiko ESP 1907

70. Perez Marchal Javier ESP 1835

71. Moro Murciego Alejandro ESP 1830

72. Zaratiegui Cardesa Jose ESP 1822

73. Cantabrana Garona Alejandro ESP 1812

74. Perez Celis Alba ESP 1804

75. Jimenez Penafiel Gustavo ESP 1783

76. Blanco De La Rosa Diego ESP 1779

77. Oyaga Valencia Jesus Maria ESP 1777

78. Vilanova Olmedo Ignaci ESP 1762

79. Ortega Lopez Mikel ESP 1758

80. Moral Barragan Diego ESP 1745

81. Razkin Igoa Cesar ESP 1735

82. Alonso Gonzalez Miguel ESP 1732

83. Vyvyan Philippe FRA 1724

84. Elia Aldave Inigo ESP 1703

85. Raimundo Medina Fermin ESP 1693

86. Porat Rami ISR 1691

87. Castro Herrero Alfonso ESP 1690

88. Bayo Milagro Alvaro ESP 1661

89. Urkia Mendinueta Alberto ESP 1654

90. Ros Iturgaiz Ibai ESP 1640

91. Martikorena Endara Patxi ESP 1608

92. Adrian Abad Miguel ESP 1588

93. Urbiola Martinez Jesus ESP 1552

94. Alonso Gutierrez Miguel Angel ESP 1502

95. Ochoa Aldaz Mikel ESP 1445

96. Lerendegui Lasa Odei ESP 1411

97. Ojosnegros Martin Angel ESP 1400

98. Hernandez Barricarte Miguel A ESP 0

99. De Vega Fernandez Francisco J ESP 0

100. Saifi Mourad ESP 0

101. Serrano Gijon M A ESP 0

102. Lizarraga Rivas Daniel ESP 0

103. Guardado Minchinela Inaki ESP 0

104. Lopez Medina Manuel ESP 0

105. Lopez Morata Diego ESP 0

106. Sancinena Arpide Juan ESP 0

107. Shahidul Haq Mohammed BAN 0

108. Tunon Gonzalo Eduardo ESP 0

10th Avicenna International Open Tournament

257 participants, 24-31st July in Hamadan, western Iran

The 10th Avicenna International Open Tournament, organized by the Hamadan Chess Association on behalf of I.R.Iran Chess Federation, is taking place from 24th to 31st July in Hamadan, western Iran.

257 players are taking participation in the 11-round Swiss event. Nine-times national champion GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami is the top seeded player. Full list bellow.

Prizes (US Dollars): 1st 2500$, 2nd 2000$, 3rd 1800$, 4th 1500$, 5th 1200$, 6th 800$, 7th-10th 400$.

Avicenna R1

Round one – GM Ehsan Ghaemmaghami and his opponent

Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Sīnā, (c. 980, Afshana near Bukhara– 1037, Hamadan, Iran), commonly known as Ibn Sīnā or by his Latinized name Avicenna, was a Persian polymath.

Ibn Sīnā studied medicine under a physician named Koushyar. He wrote almost 450 treatises on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving treatises concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine.

He was also an astronomer, chemist, geologist, Hafiz, Islamic psychologist, Islamic scholar, Islamic theologian, logician, mathematician, Maktab teacher, physicist, poet, and scientist. He is regarded as the most famous and influential polymath of the Islamic Golden Age.

News and photos by Reza Mahdipour

Avicenna Banner of Event

Banner of the event

Avicenna Hall

The playing hall

Players list:

1. GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2588

2. IM Darini Pouria IRI 2462

3. IM Guliev Logman AZE 2458

4. IM Alavi Sayed Javad IRI 2436

5. FM Ahmadinia E IRI 2435

6. IM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2424

7. GM Gaprindashvili Valeriane GEO 2404

8. IM Sharbaf Mohsen IRI 2402

9. IM Chighladze Iveri GEO 2401

10. Abdulov Orkhan Javanshir Oglu AZE 2377

11. Khademi Mohammad Miran IRI 2334

12. WGM Pourkashiyan Atousa IRI 2331

13. Faghirnavaz Ali IRI 2317

14. Javanbakht Nima IRI 2292

15. Nasri Amin IRI 2281

16. Ryahi Naser IRI 2265

17. Behmardi K Rustam IRI 2264

18. Asgari Morteza IRI 2252

19. FM Kowsarinia Amir IRI 2234

20. WIM Hejazipour Mitra IRI 2233

21. Sedaghati Mehrdad IRI 2228

22. Aliyev Elnur Fakhraddin Oglu AZE 2219

23. Momeni E IRI 2211

24. Doostkam P IRI 2210

25. Asgarizadeh Ahmad IRI 2189

26. Aghaei Alireza IRI 2183

27. Eskandary Mahmood IRI 2165

28. FM Lorparizangeneh Shahin IRI 2161

29. Hajiyev Shahin Qabil Oglu AZE 2143

30. Mousavi Seyed Khalil IRI 2143

31. Mojaverian H IRI 2122

32. Mousavi Sayed Milad IRI 2115

33. Manochehri Hamed IRI 2114

34. Feyli Sina IRI 2109

35. Vassalam M T IRI 2101

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Turkish Youth Chess Championships 2011

Text and photos by Anastasiya Karlovich

The 2011 Turkish Youth Chess Championships are taking place in Istanbul from July 23rd till July 28th. The tournaments are being played under the Swiss system, 7 rounds, U-13 till U-18 age categories among boys and girls.

The first Youth Chess Championships was organized by the Turkish Chess Federation in 1992. After the start of the program “Chess in Schools” few years ago, thousands of young chess players appeared in the country. Statistic of the TCF shows that the number of children learning chess from 2005 till 2010 increased to 2.250.000 (two million, two hundred fifty thousand).

Last year 916 players took part in the Youth Chess Championship in all categories (U8-U18). This year the TCF decided to arrange two different events for different age groups in order to give a chance for all comers to participate there.

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Playing venue

The first branch of the championship in U7-U12 age categories was held in Kemer (Antaliya) on February and had more than 1000 participants while the current event gathered 380 players.

The TCF made a decision to arrange six different categories: U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18 age groups. The players, who are the best in their age group, will get the right to participate in the World Youth Championships U-14, U-16 and U-18. The tournament is supported by Turkish Is Bank and Darussafaka Association.

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A view to the city with Galata tower overtops

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A view on the Aya Sofya

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The Blue Mosque

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Deputy Mayor of Istanbul Ahmet Tüfekçı Bayrampasa makes the first symbolic move

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Miguel Najdorf Memorial

Polish Grandmasters Tomasz Markowski and Dariusz Swiercz share the first place

The International Chess Festival dedicated to the memory of Miguel Najdorf was held from 14th to 22nd July in Warsaw, Poland. 98 players competed in the Tournament A, which is valid for FIDE title norms, 134 in the Tournament B, and 50 in Tournament C for players born on 2001 or younger.

After nine rounds of play, Polish Grandmasters Tomasz Markowski and Dariusz Swiercz shared the first place with 7 points each. Markowski takes the winner’s trophy on superior tiebreak.

Final standings:

1-2. GM Markowski Tomasz POL 2611 and GM Świercz Dariusz POL 2553 – 7.0

3-8. GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2548, GM Czarnota Paweł POL 2541, GM Kempinski Robert POL 2600, GM Romanishin Oleg M UKR 2526, GM Babula Vlastimil CZE 2572 and GM Vysochin Spartak UKR 2552 – 6.5

9-17. GM Macieja Bartłomiej POL 2612, IM Warakomski Tomasz POL 2473, GM Olszewski Michał POL 2541, IM Dragun Kamil POL 2428, GM Brodsky Michail UKR 2563, IM Piorun Kacper POL 2514, GM Simonian Hrair ARM 2461, Nguyen Piotr POL 2378 and IM Łagowski Patryk POL 2321 – 6.0 etc

Dariusz Swiercz

Dariusz Swiercz

Miguel (Mieczysław) Najdorf was born in Warsaw on April, 15, 1910. He revealed his great chess talent as early as at the age of 10, when he achieved his maiden tournament successes. His first notable results at the Polish and international chess arena date back to the 30s. He was second (1931) and first (1934) in Warsaw Championships and then secong (1935) and third (1937) in Polish national Championships.

As one of Poland’s leading players, he represented his native country at Chess Olympiads three times, gaining team medals on all three occasions (bronze in 1935 and 1937, silver in 1939) and an individual gold medal in 1939. Additionally, he won an individual gold and team silver medal at the so-called unofficial Chess Olympiad in 1936.

The outbreak of World War II caught Najdorf in Buenos Aires, at the Chess Olympiad, most successful for him. Unable to return home, he decided to stay in Argentine and continue his chess career there. He won four more team medals (silver in 1950, 1952, 1954, bronze in 1962) and three individual medals (gold in 1950 and 1952, silver in 1962) at Chess Olympiads. He won Agrentinian Championships 8 times (1949, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1960, 1964, 1967, 1975).

In the 40s and 50ts Najdorf belonged to the close group of world’s best players, qualifying for the Candidates’ tournament of the World Championship on two occasions.

In 1950 he was one of the 27 top players awarded the newly introduced Grandmaster title by the International Chess Federation (FIDE).

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1st Metropolitan Chess International

August 17th to 21th, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA

In August 2011, GM Mickey Adams will participate in the 1st Metropolitan Chess International to be hosted by Metropolitan Chess, Inc. at the Sheraton in downtown Los Angeles in the heart of the fashion district.

The 1st Metropolitan Chess International will run from August 17th to August 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Michael Adams and Loek van Wely

A list of some of the players:

GM Michael Adams (ENG)

GM Loek van Wely (NED)

GM Ilya Smirin (ISR)

GM Timur Gareev (UZB)

GM Varuzhan Akobian (USA)

GM Robert Ruck (HUN)

GM Dejan Bojkov (BUL)

GM Mark Paragua (PHI)

GM Melikset Khachiyan (USA)

IM Enrico Sevillano (USA)

GM Mesgen Amanov (TKM)

IM Salvijus Bercys (USA)

GM Dmitry Gurevich (USA)

IM Andranik Matikozyan (ARM)

SM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (PLE)

IM Robert Hungaski (USA)

IM Mackenzie Molner (USA)

IM Conrad Holt (USA)

IM Darwin Yang (USA)

IM Levon Altounian (USA)

IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ)

IM Hafizulhelmi Mas (MAS)

IM Raja Panjwani (CAN)

IM Dionisio Aldama (MEX)
IM Max Cornejo (PER)

FM Farai Mandiza (ZIM)

FM Michael Lee (USA)

IM Daniel Rensch (USA)

IM Siddharth Ravichandran (IND)

IM Jack Peters (USA)

IM-elect Bence Szabo (HUN)

IM-elect Keaton Kiewra (USA)

IM-elect Robby Adamson (USA)

FM Joel Banawa (USA)

IM Jonathan Tayar (CAN)

WGM Tatev Abrahamyan (USA)

FM Philip Wang (USA)

IM Ray Kaufman (USA)

FM Alisa Melekhina (USA)

IM Leon Piasetski (CAN)

NM Howard Chen (USA)

FM Elliott Liu (USA)

FM Ali Morshedi (USA)

FM Michael Langer (USA)

NM Alex Barnett (USA)

NM Alexander Chua (USA)

NM Yian Liou (USA)

NM Alex Cherniack (USA)

NM Kayden Troff (USA)

FM Pedram Atoufi (IRI)

FM Eugene Yanayt (USA)

CM Giovanni Nieto Carreto (MEX)

FM Harutyan Akopyan (USA)

NM Richard Wang (CAN)

NM Eric Rosen (USA)

NM Alessandro Steinfl (ITL)

SM Jeff Arnold (USA)

NM Dereque Kelley (USA)

NM Ryan Milisits (USA)

WIM Lorena Zepeda (ESA)

FM Dale Haessel (CAN)

NM Michael Bodek (USA)

NM Konstantin Kavutskiy (USA)

FM Michael Kleinman (CAN)

NM Adarsh Jayakumar (USA)

NM Sam Sevian (USA)

NM Amanda Mateer (USA)

NM Ben Marmont (USA)

Thomas Ulrich (USA)

NM Michael Brown (USA)

NM Jimmy Heiserman (USA)

NM Vincent Huang (USA)

NM Varun Krishnan (USA)

WIM Sonia Zepeda (ESA)

NM Craig Clawitter (USA)

NM Robert Akopian (USA)

The tournament already has 29 registered foreign players, 11 grandmasters, and 50 FIDE titled players. Swiss System tournaments in which the competitors include at least 20 FIDE Rated players, not from the host federation, do not require individual foreign player requirements for norms.

Combined with a rating floor required for the tournament of 2200 FIDE (players lower rated than 2200 FIDE must contact and be approved by the organizers), and a minimum % of Grandmasters, the tournament has been created with intent on strong norm possibilities.

From the hand selected venue, to the one board per table promise, and the super-Grandmasters invited, every effort is being made to enhance the quality of the event to bring the players a chess event unlike any other “Open” in the United States — not an event to miss, especially if you are seeking norms.

Registration is still possible – e-mail if you have interest. More information about the tournament is available at the official website.

Please take a moment to view the short video about the August 12-16, 2011, Metropolitan Chess Invitational Camp (with GM Michael Adams, GM Loek Van Wely, GM Melikset Khachiyan, and many other titled instructors). This camp is for participants of various age groups.

The full page of information on the camp can be found at the organization hosting the event here.

This camp leads into the 1st Metropolitan International which will be held from August 17-21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Metropolitan Chess, Inc was voted 2011 Chess Club of the Year by United States Chess Federation (USCF). NM Ankit Gupta, Chief Organizer of Metropolitan Chess, Inc, was voted 2011 Organizer of the Year by the USCF.