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GM Steingrimsson Captures Icelandic Champion Title

GM Steingrimsson Captures Icelandic Champion Title

The Icelandic champion title is Steingrimsson’s second. In 1990, he won the title at age of 15 – which is still a record- when the championship was held at Hofn in Hornafjordur, which like Eidar, the current playing venue, is in the eastern part of Iceland. Steingrimsson finished the championship with 7,5 points out of 9.

International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open

International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open

The A Group is incredibly strong, with dense field and a number of players rated above 2700-elo participating. Already in the second round there were many clashes between Grandmasters. Georgian Merab Gagunashvili held the top-seeded Wang Yue to a draw, while the local hope Nijat Abasov split the point with the experienced Ilia Smirin.

Memorial Branko Vukmanovic in Tivat, Montenegro

Memorial Branko Vukmanovic in Tivat, Montenegro

Memorial Branko Vukmanovic was played from 16th to 24th April in Tivat, Montenegro. The 9-round Swiss open had 58 participants and is valid for the Balkan Grand Prix rankings. GM Branko Damljanovic and GM Zvonko Stanojoski shared the first place with 7.0 points each, but Damljanovic took the winner’s trophy on better tie-break score.

Asian Cities Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia

Asian Cities Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia

The 17th Asian Cities Championship is taking place from 22nd to 28th April in Kartika Chandra, Jakarta, Indonesia. 24 teams from 17 countries compete, top seeded is Shi Jiazhuang from China with average rating of 2583. 18 Grandmasters and many titled players are attending the event.

GM Grzegorz Gajewski Wins Zagreb Open

GM Grzegorz Gajewski Wins Zagreb Open

Poland’s Grandmaster Grzegorz Gajewski continued the string of excellent results and convincingly won the main event with 7.0 points from nine rounds, leaving the nearest opposition full point behind. Gajewski recently won the massive Cappelle La Grande Open 2011.

German Grandmaster Gustafsson Wins Thailand Open

German Grandmaster Gustafsson Wins Thailand Open

In a dramatic final day of play, Short, 45, seemed to have the most difficult task but he smoothly outplayed Indian Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte. Both Gustafsson, 31, and Vallejo, 28, were required to play tricky endgames against Norwegian youngster Kjetil Stokke and Bangladeshi veteran Niaz Murshed but both outplayed their opponents to reach the tie for first.

Turkish Children’s Team Championship 2011

Turkish Children’s Team Championship 2011

Turkish Children’s Team Championship U-11 started in Kemer (Antalya) on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011, and will continue until 17th April. More than 1100 chess clubs all around Turkey were trying to earn the right to participate here. This year 288 players and 46 clubs are taking part in the event.

Serbia Women Chess Championship 2011

Serbia Women Chess Championship 2011

Serbia Women Chess Championship 2011 is taking place on 11-22nd April in Belgrade. Twelve players participate in the round robin tournament. WGM Andjelija Stojanovic is defending the title.

Grand Prix 3 and 4

Grand Prix 3 and 4

GM Henrik Danielsen continues the free chess course in the Sicilian Grand Prix system (1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4). It is an extra fast course following real life Sicilian Grand Prix example by Short and Gelfand in Part 3, while Part 4 shows how to turn a bishop into a monster in the Sicilian, following certain paterns.

Thailand Open Chess Championship 2011

Thailand Open Chess Championship 2011

There are two groups of play: Open category for all players, and Challenger category for players rated below 2100 or unrated (ratings based on FIDE or Thai ELO ratings – other national ratings will be validated by the organizer). Results will be sent for FIDE rating calculations, and are eligible for FIDE title norms.

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