Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø: Kramnik and Andreikin in finals

The last two of the 128 competitors at the Chess World Cup 2012 in Tromsø are certain: Vladimir Kramnik and Dmitri Andreikin will be facing each other in a final game to fight for this year’s title. Either way, the winner will be Russian.

 

Vladimir Kramnik defeats surprisingly strong player from France

In semi-finals of the World Cup, Vladimir Kramnik (Elo 2784) was able to prevail over Maxime Vachier–Lagrave (Elo 2719) who was able to obtain one unforeseen victory after another at the event. Seeded in 21st place, the Frenchman had beaten the Top 10 players Leinier Dominugez, Boris Gelfand, and Fabiano Caruana and caused their drop out in earlier rounds. Vladimir Kramnik, number 3 in seeding list, was only slightly driven into a corner by the French player; the match between the Russian and the Frenchman in semi-finals had to be decided through a tie-break which didn’t come unexpectedly, as both regular duels ended in draws. The first match of the tie-break was won by Kramnik, while the second ended in another draw. Therefore, the Russian Vladimir Kramnik came off ahead at 2.5:1.5 points.

 

Dmitri Andreikin decides tie-break against Evgeny Tomashevsky to his favor

The duel between Andreikin and Tomashevsky ended with the exact same score. Both Russian players had surprisingly reached the semi-finals of the Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø, being seeded in 21st (Andreikin, Elo 2716) and 32nd (Tomashevsky, Elo 2706) position. Dmitri Andreikin was able to get his countrymen Peter Svidler and Sergej Karjakin out of the way in previous rounds, while Evgeny Tomashevsky surprisingly prevailed over the event’s top-favorite player Levon Aronian and the US-American Gata Kamsky. The semi-final game of the two Russian opponents was finally decided to Andreikin’s favor in the second duel of the tie-break.

 

Second Russian triumph in a row at Chess World Cup

The gold medal of Chess World Cup 2013 is about to be obtained by either Dmitri Andreikin or Vladimir Kramnik which makes it obvious, that for the second time in a row a Russian player ends up in 1st place at the world class chess event. Two years ago in Chanty-Mansijsk, Peter Svidler triumphed as the first Russian player. The previous editions of the tournament were obtained by the World Champion Visvanathan Anand (2000 and 2002), Levon Aronian (2005), Gata Kamsky (2007), and Boris Gelfand (2009).

 

Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Kramnik

Picture: wikipedia.de/ steenslag

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

Vikings’ Chess – qué es?

Summer time, vacation time, outdoor time! For some of us it is definitely time to put aside these wooden pieces that keep our heads busy. Why not look for a (weather-suitable) alternative? What about KUBB, Vikings’ Chess?

Never heard of it? Well, here is a brief introduction but

you will have to try playing yourself! Admittedly, the expression “Vikings’ Chess” is a made up name of the German furniture retail chain “Dänisches Bettenlager” and doesn’t immediately give you an idea why you aim at the figure king with wooden sticks.

 

Black rolls over the Queen – but how?

 

Wiki I

 

Black’s turn to score!

Feitosa – Rodriguez, Team–ch UK, 1999. 1.. Qg3+ .. And White certainly has to catch their breath. But even after a long thinking break, they must come to the conclusion that this billiard ball has wiped out all nine and it is time to resign. 2. Kh1 (2. Kg1 Qxf3 and 2. fxg3 checkmates immediately 2.. hxg3#) 2.. h3 and the king is eliminated.

 

Whether or not one traditionally puts together the game set in own work with grandpa’s tools or simply buys the equipment in a retail store is of no importance, as extent and quality should be equally good. Every game consist of six round logs, ten square logs that you aim at when throwing (“Kubbs”) and one large figure king (usually wearing a bright red crown).

Black aims and hits..

 

Wiki II

Black’s turn to score!

 

Ratkovic – Seres, Szeged, 1998. Pretty easy with 1.. Rxh3+ and check mate in the next move.

 

Before starting the game teams are created. These teams may have up to six members each – a minimum number of players is not required. The playing field spans five times eight meters usually. The baselines are on both sides marked by the five Kubbs and in the center of the field the king is positioned. Every team throws one wooden stick from the baseline, aiming at a spot near the king. Whoever is closest begins. This means, one team has access to all six round logs and tries to hit the Kubbs at the other team’s baseline. Horizontal throws and spins are forbidden – the right way to throw is from below with the back of one’s hand facing the field.

 

People from the north are nuts! Who rolls, who throws?! Either way, target at the white king!

 

Wiki III

 

Black’s turn to score!

 

Galyas – Fang, FS Budapest, 1998. 1.. Bd4 and white gets to choose between the hurtful loss of the queen or the fatal check mate.

 

Once the Kubbs have been hit, they are thrown into the own part of the playing field by the opposing team. Wherever they land is their new spot and they are put up again. The other team is now required to hit these Kubbs before they aim at the ones on the baseline. In case they don’t manage to hit all Kubbs on the field, the opposing team is allowed to throw their sticks from the Kubb closest to the king at their next turn. This procedure is continued until one team has managed to wipe out all Kubbs and in a final throw hit the king.

 

Does a figure king have to wear a red cap to be wiped down? Certainly not, prove it!

 

Wiki IV

 

Black’s turn to score!

 

Buenaventura – D. Ramos, 1997. 1.. Sf4+ Surely an original move and good advise is expensive! After 2. gxf4 gxf4 3. Qc3 f3+ 4. Kg1, 4.. Qh7 decides the duel. But what is the situation like after 2. Kg1 or 2. Kh1? Well, this question will be your homework that you may solve in a group during a getaway with a relaxing match of Kubbs.

 

Who prefers the traditional ways of relaxing as a summerlike alternative will have to wait for a solution until one of the next editions of our publications.

 

Let’s Kubb!

written by Frank, translated by Birthe

 

Hoàng Thanh Trang: Player’s profile of the European Chess Champion

After Hoàng Thanh Trang surprisingly won the European Chess Championship a few days ago, we will take a closer look at her career as a world-class chess player. In the history of the FIDE she is the 12th woman to obtain the grandmaster title of men in 2006 which makes her one of the best female chess players in the world.

 

Born in Vietnam, raised in Budapest

On April 25th in 1980, Hoàng Thanh Trang was born in the Vietnamese city Hanoi. At ten years old, her family moved to Budapest where later she studied economic sciences at the University of the Hungarian Capital. When she was fifteen years old, she was already honored with the grandmaster title of women, one year later this milestone was followed by the international master title of men. In 2006, she finally became a grandmaster in the men’s category of the FIDE World Chess Association. That was the very year Trang decided to perform a switch of nations. The Hungarian Chess Federation offered her the option of switching in 1996, which she ultimately accepted in 2006.

 

Hoàng Thanh Trang successful for Hungary and Vietnam

In the meanwhile, Hoàng Thanh Trang has become team captain of the Hungarian women’s national team and her father is the owner of a chess hotel in the capital of Hungary. Several tries of Vietnam of convincing Trang to switch back to the Vietnamese national team were unsuccessful. After all, the 33 year-old player had achieved many successes for Vietnam, such as the U20 World Championship in 1998 or the Asian Women’s Championship in 2000. Furthermore, she was able to obtain bronze at the 35th Chess Olympics in 2002. For Hungary Hoàng Thanh Trang won 4th place at the European Chess Championship in 2007 which was followed by a surprise victory at this year’s European Championship in Belgrade.

 

Current number 31 in world rankings  

In August 2013, Hoàng Thanh Trang’s Elo-rating amounted up to 2467. Thus, she ranks 31st in the FIDE world rankings of women. Ahead of her are almost 20 European players. The highest Elo-rating she ever achieved was 2501 points that she held from July until October 2009. Two times so far, Trang was among the Top 10 of the women world rankings of the FIDE.

 

Thanh Trang Hoang

Hoàng Thanh Trang

Picture: wikipedia / karpidis

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Chess World Cup 2013: Fabiano Caruana out

The Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø in Norway is definitely going to have a surprise winner this year. There is more unexpected news from quarterfinals such as the drop out of Fabiano Caruana.

 

Tie-break in Vachier–Lagrave’s favor

The Italian player who is number 3 of the world and 2nd in seeding list ascended to top-favorite of the tournament after the Armenian Levon Aronian against all expectations dropped out. But Fabiano Caruana (Elo 2796) lost to Maxime Vachier–Lagrave (Elo 2719), the toughest players of all. The Frenchman had prevailed over Leinier Dominguez from Cuba and the better rated Boris Gelfand in previous rounds. Now, Vachier–Lagrave caused another stir at the contest: Surprisingly the number 23 of the seeding list beat Caruana in three matches of which the first two ended in draws and the first tie-break duel did not go to anyone’s favor. In the end, the second tie-break match was won by Maxime Vachier–Lagrave with a final score of 1.5:2.5.

 

Evgeny Tomashevsky with another surprise

Yet another surprise was delivered by the duel between the Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky (Elo 2706) and the US-American Gata Kamsky (Elo 2741). Before this quarterfinal match it was already obvious that Kamsky wasn’t going to earn an easy win. Tomashevsky had eliminated Levon Aronian two rounds earlier who is the current number 1 in chess worldwide. While Kamsky was able to achieve a draw in the first duel, Tomashevsky prevailed in the second. The number 32 of the seeding list will now face his fellow countryman Dmitry Andreikin (Elo 2716) who was also not expected to reach the semi-finals of the World Chess Cup 2013 in Tromsø. Andreikin eliminated Peter Svidler (Elo 2746) in a tie break in quarterfinals at 2.5:1.5 points which caused the title defender to drop out. Svidler and Kamsky were the last remaining victors of the World Cup and now it is definite that a new chess player will obtain the title for the first time.

 

Vladimir Kramnik new top-favorite

A glance at the players’ Elo-ratings reveals that in the end Vladimir Kramnik might have the best chances on winning the title, as the number 5 in worldwide rankings holds an Elo of 2784. In quarterfinals he defeated Anton Korobov (Elo 2720) from the Ukraine at 1.5:0.5 points. Kramnik won the first duel and claimed a draw in the second match to enter semi-finals. In the next round, he will face the French Maxime Vachier–Lagrave.

 

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Picture: wikipedia / soboky

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø: Boris Gelfand dropped out

The round of the last 16 of the Chess World Cup in Tromsø is already finished. Boris Gelfand and Sergej Karjakin – two top-favorite players – had to strike their flags.

 

Gelfand defeated by Vachier–Lagrave, Karjakin by Andreikin

The Israeli with Byelorussian origin with an Elo of 2764 had to surprisingly admit defeat to Maxime Vachier–Lagrave. The Frenchman is seeded 23rd at the tournament and in the previous round prevailed over Leinier Dominguez from Cuba against all expectations. In the round of the last 16 he also beat Boris Gelfand. The two regular duels both ended in a tie, but in the tie-break Vachier–Lagrave (Elo 2719) achieved a victory against Boris Gelfand. Thus, the Israeli has no chances left of winning the Chess World Cup 2013. This also applies for Sergej Karjakin (Elo 2772) in 5th seed who lost 1:3 to his fellow countryman Dmitry Andreikin in seed number 21 after the tie-break.

 

Morozevich in quarterfinals after long tie-break

The Azerbaijani Shakriyar Mamedyarov (Elo 2775) shares the same fate: The number 9 in seeding list had to surrender to number 8, Gata Kamsky (Elo 2741). The US-American was able to decide the first duel to his favor, claimed a draw in the second and at 1.5:0.5 earned a spot in quarterfinals. Kamsky will now face the Russian Evgeny Tomashevsky (Elo 2706) who is in 32nd seed. Tomashevsky unexpectedly beat the top-favorite Levon Aronian in the third round and as one of the last 16 prevailed over Alexander Morozevich (Elo 2739) in 16th seed after a tough battle. The long tie-break ended 4.5;3.5 to Tomashevsky’s favor.

 

Caruana and Kramnik in quarterfinals

The Russian player Peter Svidler (Elo 2746) also qualified for the next round of the Chess World Cup 2013. Svidler was able to take down the Vietnamese Quang Liem Le (Elo 2702) at 2.5:1.5 points. Furthermore, the number 22 in the seeding list, Anton Korobov from the Ukraine, beat the American Hikaru Nakamura at 1.5:0.5. Lastly, the last two top-favorites Fabiano Caruana and Vladimir Kramnik made it to quarterfinals. These two can possibly meet in semi-finals.

 

 

Sergej Karjakin

Sergej Karjakin

Picture: wikipedia / Simoneromanelli76

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

More than 100 chess players at European Youth Chess Championship 2013

Next week, another highlight in matters of chess tournaments is coming up; more than 100 participants line up for 15 nations at the European Chess Championship of Juniors.

Contests in four age classes

The Championship of Europe’s young talents will be carried out in the very east of the Czech Republic. From August 27th until September 5th contestants will fight for the medals in the city of Malenovice. A look at the starting list shows that 109 players have signed up in four age groups so far. These are divided

into the categories Under 8, U10, U12, and U14. The event is organized and carried out by the Czech Chess Association and supported by the European Chess Union. Duels are fought in Swiss Tournament System in nine rounds.

 

Cash and non-cash prizes, trophies, and certificates await young talents

The winners of each category can look forward to prize money and on the other hand trophies, medals, and certificates which are provided to the best three of each category. Also, non-cash prizes such as laptops or digital watches will be given away. Over and above that, some of the champions are most likely about to start brilliant careers, as a glance at previous championships proves. Among the winners in the U10 category in 1995 is for instance the current best German player Arkadij Naiditsch, while Sergei Karjakin came off first in this very category in 1999. In the competition of the under 12 and under 14 year-olds Peter Leko, Levon Aronian, and today’s number 1 worldwide Magnus Carlsen once triumphed.

Six participants with Elo-rating over 2000

This year’s European Youth Chess Championship is predominately cast with players from the Czech Republic, but also participants from other parts of Europe. Most of the players have signed up to compete in the category U14 so far. Among these are also the six players with the highest Elo-ratings in the tournament. The field of the over 2000’s is led by Thai Dai Van Nguyen from the Czech Republic (Elo 2187) who is followed by the Hungarian Zsombor Peczely (Elo 2174).

 

Magnus Carlsen 2005

Magnus Carlsen (2005)

Picture: wikipedia / Paweł Suwarski

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

The Duel – Part 3

He challenged him!

The battle was already in full swing and it seemed that any spectator would have been able to see the giant clouds of thoughts soaring quietly above their heads. Curiously, the clouds were in the reverse color of the gaming pieces. The challenger, operating with the white chessmen, wanted to bring down the opponent’s king and force a checkmate on him with deeply black clouds that were striking with dreadful thunderbolts and electric charges. The opponent though, was in control of a cloud nearly as white as snow which revealed the request for peace in the form of a draw. But wasn’t there something else? Yes, looking more closely – this takes an excellent observer – one could see a thin but accented black skirting around the white cloud to already predict a deceit. The counterpart was not going to resign or await his fate. Not under any circumstances.

 

Duell 3.1

 O’Rourke – Holmes, 2001. 1.. Rxh2+ 2. Kxh2 Qf2+ 3. Kh1 Kd7

0 – 1

He challenged him!

Both parties were fighting hard but in fair terms. Hours passed. After both clouds and players had lost their clear lines, the thoughts consisted of one massive storm of which it wasn’t certain whether it would break into a thunderstorm or pass as scattered rain showers.  The positions on the board with the shrunk fronts had long since never been part of any preparation at home or been written down in theory books. At this point, only the usual duel-evaluations, the experience, cleverness, and presence of mind would decide this battle.

 

Duel 3.2

Skawinski – Gorecki, 2001. Does it work or not? 1. Bxh7+ Kxh7 [1.. Kh8 2. Ng5 g6 3. h5] 2. Ng5+ Bxg5 [2.. Kg6 3. h5+ Kh6 4. Qd3; 2.. Kh6 3. f5] 3. hxg5+ Kg8 4. Qh5 f6 5. g6

1 – 0

He challenged him!

The challenger had long ago taken off his scarf and walked around the empty storage hall anxiously but at a slow pace as the opponent was brooding over the positioning. It was certain, that, if this match would have a loser, he would not have to break down in displeasure or irritation, because this fight definitely deserves two winners! Solely and exclusively, the small clock felt neither the significance of this duel nor the tension in the air. Was this tiny, lifeless, but in competition extraordinarily lively object actually aware of its scope and power? The clock, as the witness of many duels, was merciless in its functionality. It granted the vigorous players, who had almost forced each other’s opponent into desperation or even resignation, no compassion and offered them no additional seconds to think through their possibly final moves.

 

Duell 3.3

Ivanovic – Dimitrikevic, 2001. 1. Rxh6+ gxh6 2. Qxh6+

 1 – 0

He challenged him!

In such case, the annoyance of the defeated was infinite; even bigger was the disappointment and the endless frustration over missing time. Would the tiny gear wheels, screws, and frame to continuously push forward the small counter hands end this mental product on the board which was certainly one of the best duels each of them had ever played? It seemed this way, because the clock, though almost unrecognizably small, hung over the table like the Damocles sword and on both sides indicated a close end of the fight. Both of them had thought up interesting manoeuvers and proven tactical sophistication which were always effectively fenced by the counterpart and, even better, counterattacked with new ideas and traps. In the drama, time had become a minor matter and only shortly before the time knock-out both players recognized the threat, that was not coming from human means. Quickly, moves were made, noted, and paid respect by the opponent. Ominously and fast – but in thought through moves, arms flew over the board exchanging and repositioning gaming pieces. The duel seemed close to an end, the last moves, the last seconds..

 

Duell 3.4

Dimitriyevic – Drljevic, 2001. 1. Rxb7 Rxb7 2. Ra6+ and their is no way out for the black king [instead white plays .. 2. Bc5+ Kxc5 (2. Kc7 3. Rxa8) 3. Qe7+ Kb6 4. Qd6+ and white wins] 2.. Nb6 3. Qxf6+ Kd7 4. Ba4+ Kc8 5. Qf8+ would have achieved a checkmate.

1 – 0

He challenged him!

Barely audible, with a slight clicking noise the radio alarm clock turned on and well audibly announced “Good morning to the world! It is 8 o’clock!” A little lightheaded from sleeping and the flurrying dream (?), he took a look around. Next to his rumpled bed he glanced through the crack in the door and discovered the board and the gaming pieces with which he had practiced last night. Was it only a dream? He looked back at the radio alarm clock and saw a small yellow sticky note with writing on it “Good luck tonight!” from his lovely girlfriend. It was Friday!

written by Frank, translated by Birthe

 

Overview of European Juniors

After the 14 year-old Yi Wie from China caused a stir at the Chess World Cup, we will take a closer look at the young chess generation of Europe.

 

Anish Giri: 19 year-old Dutchman best junior player

Europe’s biggest hope among the chess youngsters is by far the strongest player of all juniors. Anish Giri is 19 years old, lines up for the Netherlands and is also well known in Germany for playing in the major league team SK Turm Emsdetten. Giri is the son of a hydrologist from Nepal and a Russian mother. The early grandmaster was born and raised in St. Petersburg, before he moved to Japan, Russia, and later on the Netherlands. At only 15 years ols, Anish Giri officially became a grandmaster and has a current Elo-rating of 2737 which makes him number 20 in the FIDE world rankings and therefore the most successful junior player.

Three remarkable Europeans of 1996 vintage

A further glance at the world’s best chess players shows that three European players born in 1996 are already among the top-class of the world. The Hungarian Richard Rapport with an Elo of 2693 and a current 59th rank in FIDE world rankings has very well established his name in the competition. Rapport received the grandmaster title in 2010 at 17 years old. Furthermore, chess fans might want to remember the names Illya Nyzhnyk and Daniil Dubov. For the Ukrainian Nyzhnyk and the Russian Dubov both obtain the grandmaster title at 16 years with Elo-rating of 2625 and 2624.

 

Vlasidlav Artemiev outstanding 15 year-old Russian player

One of the most noteworthy talents of European juniors is Vladislav Artemiev. The Russian is only 15 years old and already has a slightly higher Elo-rating (2560) than the Chinese Yi Wei (Elo 2551) who

made it to 3rd round at the Chess World Cup 2013. Up to now, Artemiev is an International Master only, but most certainly we will hear and see many great things from the Russian talent in the next years.

 

Anish Giri

Anish Giri

Picture: wikipedia / Anaso1970

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Alexander Grischuk fails at Chess World Cup in Tromsø

In the meantime, the duels among the last sixteen of the Chess World Cup 2013 in Norway are definite. In the 3rd round of the major contest, Alexander Grischuk had to resign.

 

Grischuk defeated by Quang Liem Le

In the tie-break of the 3rd round, Grischuk (Elo 2785) who is the current number 4 of both the FIDE world rankings and the seeding list of the World Cup lost the duel to Quang Liem Le. The Vietnamese is the number 42 of the world at an Elo-rating of 2702 points. After Le had won the first match and Grischuk the second, Quang Liem Le triumphed with one victory and a draw in tie-break at a score of 2.5:1.5. In the last round before the quarter-finals, The Vietnamese chess player will face another Russian – Peter Svidler (Elo 2746) who is number 15 in worldwide rankings and number 13 of the seeding list.

 

Caruana, Kramnik, and Karjakin among last sixteen at Chess World Cup

Seeds among the last sixteen of the Chess World Cup 2013 are now taken by the highest rated players, after Levon Aronian dropped out in the preliminary round. The number 3 of the world, Fabiano Caruana (Elo 2796) and the Russian Vladimir Malakhov (Elo 2707) also fought for a final decision in a tie-break, which the Italian decided to his favor at 3:1 points. The number 2 in seeding list will face Julio Granda (Elo 2664) in the round of the last sixteen at the Chess World Cup in Tromsø. The Peruvian is currently in 79th place of the FIDE world rankings and was able to beat out Peter Leko (Elo 2744) and Anish Giri (Elo 2737). Vladimir Kramnik, number 5 in worldwide rankings and in 3rd seed at the Chess World Cup, prevailed over the Ukrainian Alexander Arshchenko (Elo 2709) in a tie-break with a final score of 3:1 and now awaits the next Ukrainian – Vassily Ivanchuk (Elo2731) – in the round of the last sixteen. It took Sergey Karjakin (Elo 2772) a total of six duels in tie-break to beat Pavel Eljanov (Elo 2702).

 

14 year-old Yi Wei fails in round 3

The triumph of the Chinese Yi Wei (Elo 2551) in Norway has come to an end. The 14 year-old chess talent had to admit defeat to Shakriayar Mamedyov (Elo 2775) in round 3 of the World Cup 2013. At least the young boy made it to the last 32, after he won over Ian Nepomniachtchi (Elo 2723) and Alexei Shirov (Elo 2696). Against the Azerbaijani, Yi Wei lost out with 1.5:2.5 points in the tie-break.

 

Alexander GrischukAlexander Grischuk

Picture: flickr.com / Andreas Kontokanis

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

Levon Aronian fails at Chess World Cup 2013

In 3rd round already, the number 2 of the FIDE Chess World Rankings had to admit defeat at the Chess World Cup 2013. Levon Aronian (Elo 2813) was the top-seeded player and is no longer part of the contest in Tromsø.

Levon Aronian defeated by Evgeny Tomashevsky

The 1st duel against Evgeny Tomashevsky (Elo 2706) already indicated the drop out for the Armenian at the Chess World Cup: The Russian, number 40 in world rankings, was able to decide the match against the top-seeded player to his

favor. In the 2nd duel, Aronian was able to obtain a draw only. Therefore, the expected winner and top-favorite for winning the prize dropped out with a point’s account of 0.5:1.5. At the same time, the role as favorite was passed down to several other players.

Many tie-breaks in 3rd round of the Chess World Cup 2013

However, there are many tie-breaks recorded on the score sheets of this event, as a majority of the games was not decided to anyone’s favor after two rounds. For this reason, the numbers 2 to 5 of the seeding list at the FIDE World Cup 2013 have to go into overtime in Tromsø. Fabiano Caruana (Elo 2796), number 3 in world rankings of the FIDE, achieved two draws against Vladimir Malakhov (Elo 2707) and therefore has to play a tie-break now. Just like Vladimir Kramnik (Elo 2784) against Alexander Areshchenko (Elo 2709), Alexander Grischschuk (Elo 2785) against the Vietnamese Le (Elo 2702), and Sergey Karjakin (Elo 2772) against the Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov (Elo 2702). Overall, 16 duels of the 3rd round at the Chess World Cup have to be decided through tie-breaks.

14 year-old Yi Wei continues participation in Tromsø

Along with Evgeny Tomashevsky, five further players have made it to the last 16. Surprisingly, this is also the case for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Elo 2719) from France, who prevailed over the Cuban Leinier Dominguez (Elo 2757) in a much higher seed at 1.5:0.5 points. With an equal score, Peter Svidler (Elo 2746), Teimour Radjabov (Elo 2733), Boris Gelfand (Elo 2764), Alexander Moiseenko (Elo 2699), and Gata Kamsky (Elo 2741) outperformed Jon Ludvig Hammer (Elo 2605) in the 3rd round of the Chess World Cup 2013. With 2:0 points, however, Hikaru Nakamura (Elo 2772) won over the Indian Adhiban (Elo 2567). Still in the race is the 14 year-old Chinese Yi Wei (Elo 2551). He was able to achieve two draws against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and hopes for a success in the tie-break.

 

Boris Gelfand

Boris Gelfand

Picture: Boris Geldand

written by Michael, tranlated by Birthe