FIDE Grand Prix 2015 Ends Today

Source: http://khantymansiysk2015.fide.com

Source: http://khantymansiysk2015.fide.com

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From May 14 to 18, Khanty Mansiysk was stage to the fourth and last tournament of the current FIDE Grand Prix Series. A total of four tournament were carried out in the 2014/15 World Championship cycle, which is rather unusual, as previous Grand Prix Series were fought in six rounds. The FIDE has not provided explanation about this particular change, but chess experts speculate that not enough applications for hosting events were submitted.

A prize money fund of 120,000 EUR was available at every tournament, 20,000 EUR of which were the victors’ rewards. The winner and runner-up qualify for participating at the Candidates’ Tournament.

According to the rule set, each of the sixteen participating chess players compete in three out of four events.

Players in Khanty Mansiysk were: Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Jakovenko, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Baadur Jobava und Sergey Karjakin. The ELO therefore ranged between 2699 (Jobava) and 2803 (Caruana) points.

Jakovenko won the tournament, however his performance was not good enough to secure one of the two qualifying slots. Nobody was able to surpass Caruana and Nakamura, which is why the two top-players deservedly earned the right to participate in the Candidates’ Tournament that is scheduled to run from March 9 to 28 2016 to bring forward Magnus Carlsen’s world championship challenger.

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Final Results Grand Prix 2015 (all four tournaments)
Player FIDE rating
May 2015
Baku Tashkent Tbilisi Khanty-
Mansiysk
Total
1  Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2803 155 75 140 370
2  Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2799 82 125 140 347
3  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) 2738 30 140 140 310
4  Evgeny Tomashevsky (RUS) 2749 82 170 30 282
5  Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2744 155 15 85 255
6  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2735 35 125 75 235
7  Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2753 82 75 55 212
8  Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2738 50 50 110 210
9  Dmitry Andreikin (RUS) 2723 20 170 10 200
10  Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2810 82 40 55 177
11  Leinier Dominguez (CUB) 2734 10 85 170
12  Anish Giri (NED) 2776 40 75 55 170
13  Peter Svidler (RUS) 2734 82 20 55 157
14  Baadur Jobava (GEO) 2699 75 40 20 135
15  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 2754 75 40 10 125
16  Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB) 2715 35 15 75 125

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Final Rankings Khanty Mansiysk
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED Pts Res.
1 5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 RUS
2 7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 USA 1
3 4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 ITA ½
4 9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 CUB 6 ½
5 12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 ISR 6 ½
6 10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 RUS 2
7 3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 RUS 2
8 8 GM Giri Anish 2776 NED 1
9 6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 RUS 1
10 11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 RUS 5 0
11 2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 GEO 4 0
12 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 FRA 0

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Individual Round Results
Round 1 on 2015/05/14 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 0 – 1 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 1/2 – 1/2 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 1/2 – 1/2 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 1 – 0 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1/2 – 1/2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
Round 2 on 2015/05/15 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 1/2 – 1/2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
8 GM Giri Anish 2776 1/2 – 1/2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 6
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 1 – 0 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 5
10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 1/2 – 1/2 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 4
11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 1/2 – 1/2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 3
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 2
Round 3 on 2015/05/16 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 1/2 – 1/2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 1 – 0 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 0 – 1 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1/2 – 1/2 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 1/2 – 1/2 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
Round 4 on 2015/05/17 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 1/2 – 1/2 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 1/2 – 1/2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 1/2 – 1/2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 6
11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 5
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 0 – 1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 4
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 1/2 – 1/2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 3
Round 5 on 2015/05/19 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 2
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 1 – 0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1 – 0 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 1/2 – 1/2 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
8 GM Giri Anish 2776 1/2 – 1/2 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
Round 6 on 2015/05/20 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 1/2 – 1/2 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 1 – 0 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 1/2 – 1/2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 0 – 1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 6
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 5
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 0 – 1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 4
Round 7 on 2015/05/21 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 1/2 – 1/2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 3
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 2
7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 1 – 0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1
8 GM Giri Anish 2776 1 – 0 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 1 – 0 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
Round 8 on 2015/05/22 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 1 – 0 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 1/2 – 1/2 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1/2 – 1/2 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 0 – 1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 1 – 0 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 6
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 0 – 1 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 5
Round 9 on 2015/05/24 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1/2 – 1/2 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 4
7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 1/2 – 1/2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 3
8 GM Giri Anish 2776 1 – 0 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 2
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 1/2 – 1/2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1
10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 0 – 1 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
Round 10 on 2015/05/25 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 1/2 – 1/2 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 11
1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1/2 – 1/2 GM Svidler Peter 2734 10
2 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 1 – 0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 9
3 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 1/2 – 1/2 GM Giri Anish 2776 8
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 1/2 – 1/2 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 7
5 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 1 – 0 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 6
Round 11 on 2015/05/26 at 3PM
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
6 GM Karjakin Sergey 2753 1/2 – 1/2 GM Gelfand Boris 2744 12
7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2799 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2738 5
8 GM Giri Anish 2776 1/2 – 1/2 GM Caruana Fabiano 2803 4
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2734 1/2 – 1/2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2780 3
10 GM Svidler Peter 2734 1 – 0 GM Jobava Baadur 2699 2
11 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2749 1/2 – 1/2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2754 1

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Chessimo reported about the first Grand Prix tournament as well as the second and third.

Find pictures, videos and game analyses of the final event on the official tournament website.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

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Fabiano Caruana Joins American Team

Fabiano Caruana, ranking 3rd in worldwide standings, leaves the Italian National Chess Team after ten year and will return to the United States Chess Federation (USCF), as the organization declared in a press conference last week.

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Background Information

Fabiano CaruanaFabiano Caruana was born in Miami in 1992 and grew up in New York, his mother being Italian and his father also having Italian roots. At the age of five, he began playing chess and was member of the United States Chess Federation until thirteen years old. In October 2005, Caruana joined the Italian Chess Federation after he and his family had moved back to Europa to enhance his career opportunities. The United States weren’t particularly successful in the chess scene at that time – only six Americans ranked among the Top 85 of the world. To help their son obtain better training and to enhance the chances of successful and relevant tournament participation, his parents decided for their son to represent Italy on the international stage. Saying their plans added up, would simply be an understatement. On the other side of the big pond, Caruana exceeded all expectations and ascended to the absolute top of the world of chess.

Caruana holds dual citizenship – meaning he is Italian and American citizen at the same time. Until today, he pays taxes in the United States and speaks English flawlessly.

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The Change

The USCF has fought for Caruana’s attention for years and repeatedly invited him to participate in US championships. His decision and statements were still a surprise to many, although he had always shown his loyalty towards Italy which graciously supported him for an entire decade. Only half a year ago, Caruana answered the question of whether he planned to join a US chess team again as follows: “No, I do not have such plans at this point. However, I don’t know what the future holds.”

The Italian Chess Federation’s spokesman responded to the rumors of Caruana changing teams a while back: “America offered him 100,000 EUR per year, Azerbaijan even 400,000 EUR. I would love for him to make that amount of money with playing chess, but frankly, these offers were unsuccessful. Caruana signed a contract with the Italian Chess Federation over 80,000 EUR per annum in January and will stay with us until December.”

According to rumors, Caruana was offered a contract by St. Louis over six years and 200,000 EUR, which at first he distanced himself from by calling them speculations, but recently he admitted to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis playing a major role in his change:

“I am looking forward to representing the United States again and to working with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. I would like to thank everybody who made this possible and am excited for this new partnership. Also, I would like to use the occasion and express my appreciation and gratefulness for the support that the Italian Chess Federation has provided me with during the last ten years. I wish them all the best.”

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An Outlook

The Americans have put quite some effort into their establishment in the world’s chess elite in the recent past. Their endeavors are now rewarded with success. Jean Hoffmann, Executive Director of USCF, announced:

“For the first time in history, the United States have three players in the Top 10: The world’s third, Fabiano Caruana, its fourth, Hikaru Nakamura, and its ninth, Wesley So.”

Measured by their ELO-ratings (2745.4) the US national team is now second best team in the world, behind Russia (2759.4). The first meaningful international tournament at which Caruana will represent the United States are the Chess Olympics in Baku next year.

And of course, there is this thing with the World Championship title. If Caruana were to win the world championship next year, he’d be the first American player since Bobby Fischer to accomplish this milestone.

Caruana answered the question whether he would feel like an American or Italian world champion in case he would actually win the title diplomatically:

“Why can’t I be both at the same time? I consider myself an American, as I was born in the States and grew up there. At the same time, I am Italian, because my Mother is Italian and the ancestors on my father’s side of the family were also Italian.”

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Favorited Players Go Home Empty Handedly At Nakhchivan Open

From May 1 to 11 2015, the Nakhchivan Chess Center in cialis prostate the Southwest of Azerbaijan was stage to the Nakhchivan Open 2015.

Nakhchivan Open

Three different tournaments were scheduled at the event

Tournament A: Players with ELO-ratings of 2250 and above (women: 2100 points)

Tournament B: Players of ELO-ratings of 2249 and below

Tournament C: Children under 12

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The A-Group consisted what is plavix 75 mg used for of 66 players, half of which were Azerbaijanis. The remaining half came from Belgium, China, France, Georgia, India, Iran, Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Amongst them were 23 grandmasters, 2 super-grandmasters even. Etienne Bacrot and Rustan Kasimdzhanov to be exact.

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Final Results after 9 Rounds (Top 20)

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Rk.   Name Rtg FED Pts.
1 GM Safarli Eltaj 2640 AZE 7
2 GM Guseinov Gadir 2612 AZE 7
3 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2603 GEO 6,5
4 GM Idani Pouya 2526 IRI 6
5 GM Tiviakov Sergei 2642 NED 6
6 GM Onischuk Vladimir 2669 UKR 6
7 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2603 IND 6
8 GM Khalifman Alexander 2624 RUS 6
9 GM Bacrot Etienne 2704 FRA 6
10 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2715 UZB 6
11 GM Hou Yifan 2686 CHN 6
12 GM Adhiban B. 2636 IND 6
13 GM Gasanov Eldar 2494 UKR 5,5
14 GM Baklan Vladimir 2633 UKR 5,5
15 GM Paichadze Luka 2556 GEO 5,5
16 GM Romanov Evgeny 2581 RUS 5,5
17 FM Gadimbayli Abdulla 2301 AZE 5,5
18 GM Mamedov Rauf 2655 AZE 5,5
19   Beradze Irakli 2310 GEO 5
20 GM Bajarani Ulvi 2504 AZE 5

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Surprisingly, the ELO-favorites were nowhere near the battles for the top ranks. Though Kasimdzhanov showed no defeat on his account, he scored only 6 points due to many draws. Bacrot fought similar difficulties and even had to comply with a defeat against Pouya Idani. Former world champion Yifan Hou lost two duels and won five, and thus also collected 6 points only.

The favorited players’ weak performances were quickly taken advantage of by the opponents – in the end, Eltaj Safarli and Gadir Guseinov shared 1st rank.

Find the detailed list of results of participants here.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

 

Chess Boxing: Sport with Strength, Endurance, and Cleverness

The Dutch action artist Iepe Rubingh invented a discipline called Chess Boxing” in 2003 that (in compliance with the comic book “Froid Équateur”) originally intended to combine sport professionals at board an in the ring. The extraordinary concept became popular in very short time which caused it to spread from Berlin to the Netherlands and the entire world and made it a competitive sport.

World Championship 2008 in Berlin: Nikolay Sazhin (Russia) against Frank Stoldt (Germany).

Chess Boxing

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The Ruldeset

A chess boxing battle is usually fought in eleven rounds; six of which are chess competitions, the other five are boxing rounds. Each round is three minutes long and the disciplines are fought in turns, beginning with a game of chess. This game remains the same throughout the entire competition and is interrupted by the rounds of boxing every three minutes. The exact position of every chess figure is registered and reconstructed on the board before every round of chess.

The participants have sixty second breaks in between rounds and the chess boxing competition can be decided prematurely through a knockout, technical knockout, or checkmate. Players may be disqualified after time trials (when a warning has been announced already). If one of the players resigns prematurely, he or she loses too. If all rounds are undecided and the last game of chess ends in a tie, the player with the alcohol en viagra most points in boxing prevails. If even the scores were equal in this discipline, the players playing the Black figures would win (which hasn’t occurred during competition yet).

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The Requirements

Players fight battles and competitions generic for plavix 75 mg in accordance with their weight category (lightweight, middle-weight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight). For admission at professional competitions, players must have at least 1600 ELO points and record of at least fifty amateur fights in boxing or another martial art.

Therefore, a chess boxer needs a high performance level in both disciplines. The competitors must be in good shape at rapid chess and must be able to switch between chess and boxing repeatedly and quickly, since this is the most challenging element of the sport. With adrenalin pumping and blood circulation at its highest level, the players must get their minds together within seconds to deliver a sound, calm, and tactical performance at the board. This game demands more from its players by the round, while they must cope with bodily exhaustion.

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The Preparation

The birthplace of chess boxing is considered to be Berlin, where inventor Iepe Rubingh founded the World Chess Boxing Organization (WCBO) in 2003 and of which he is still chairman today. Rubingh even won first World Championship took place in Amsterdam the same year. The following year, he founded the oldest chess boxing club of the world, the Chess Boxing Club Berlin. Since invented, the sport has gained popularity amongst sport professionals and spectators. More than eight hundred people watched the world championship qualifications in Cologne in 2006. Over twelve hundred tickets were sold for the following world championship battle in Berlin. The German player Frank Stoldt secured the first German championship title in 2007 and thus strengthened the country’s advanced position in chess boxing.

Even the FIDE supports this sport; FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov participated in a demonstration battle in 2008 to promote the sport’s worldwide popularity and acceptance. Another capital for chess boxing (next to Berlin) is London, where the London Chess Boxing Club has earned a reputation and came off winner at the first club challenge against Berlin with 2:1 points.

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During the last four years, the sport has gained popularity in Asia. The Chess Boxing Organization India (founded in 2011) has four hundred members today and in the largest chess boxing club in the world. The first association in Western Asia was founded in 2012, which is the Chess Boxing Organization Iran.

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Current World Champions

Middle-Weight: Sven Rooch (GER)

Light-Heavyweight: Leonid Chernobaev (BLR)

Heavyweight: Nikolay Sazhin (RUS)

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Practice

By now, there are particular training methods that have been tailored to the requirements of chess boxing. Blitz chess duels can thus be integrated in strength and cardio exercises, such as “track chess” which is a rapid chess duel combined with intensive sprints or rapid chess duels while boxing.

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Who would like to try chess boxing or is looking for fellow chess boxers can check out one of the many clubs and associations:

  • Chessboxing Club Berlin (CBCB)
  • Chessboxing Organisation of India (CBOI)
  • Chessboxing Organisation of Iran (CBOIR)
  • Italian Chessboxing Federation (FISP)
  • China Chessboxing (CBCN)
  • USA Chessboxing
  • Russian Chessboxing Organisation
  • London Chessboxing
  • LA Chessboxing
  • Boxwerk München
  • New York Chessboxing Club

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China Wins World Team Chess Championship 2015

Team World Championship

Ten teams with each four top players from all over the world gathered in the Armenian city of Tsakhkadzor from April 18 to 29 2015 to take out the nine-round battle for the popular World Team Championship title.

Russia had the highest average team ELO-rating of 2760 points of all teams in the race.

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Team Ranking with ELO-Ratings

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1 Egypt Rtg-Ø:2548
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Amin Bassem 2634 EGY
2 GM Shoker Samy 2482 EGY
3 IM Ezat Mohamed 2479 EGY
4 GM Adly Ahmed 2595 EGY
IM Farahat Ali 2389 EGY

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2 Israel Rtg-Ø:2676
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Gelfand Boris 2747 ISR
2 GM Sutovsky Emil 2628 ISR
3 GM Smirin Ilia 2652 ISR
4 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2667 ISR
GM Postny Evgeny 2636 ISR

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3 Ukraine Rtg-Ø:2719
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2713 UKR
2 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 UKR
3 GM Eljanov Pavel 2733 UKR
4 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2686 UKR
GM Moiseenko Alexander 2697 UKR

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4 Cuba Rtg-Ø:2665
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2729 CUB
2 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro 2691 CUB
3 GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky 2629 CUB
4 GM Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo 2612 CUB
GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri 2557 CUB

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5 China Rtg-Ø:2715
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Ding Liren 2751 CHN
2 GM Yu Yangyi 2724 CHN
3 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2681 CHN
4 GM Wei Yi 2703 CHN
IM Wang Chen 2531 CHN

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6 USA Rtg-Ø:2647
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Shankland Samuel L 2661 USA
2 GM Lenderman Aleksandr 2617 USA
3 GM Onischuk Alexander 2665 USA
4 GM Akobian Varuzhan 2622 USA
GM Naroditsky Daniel 2640 USA

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7 Hungary Rtg-Ø:2693
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Leko Peter 2713 HUN
2 GM Erdos Viktor 2612 HUN
3 GM Almasi Zoltan 2698 HUN
4 GM Rapport Richard 2710 HUN
GM Balogh Csaba 2651 HUN

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8 Russia Rtg-Ø:2760
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2794 RUS
2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2757 RUS
3 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2745 RUS
4 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2744 RUS
GM Vitiugov Nikita 2736 RUS

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9 Armenia Rtg-Ø:2691
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Aronian Levon 2770 ARM
2 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2674 ARM
3 GM Movsesian Sergei 2665 ARM
4 GM Akopian Vladimir 2656 ARM
GM Melkumyan Hrant 2651 ARM

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10 India Rtg-Ø:2662
Bo. Name IRtg FED
1 GM Harikrishna P. 2731 IND
2 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2634 IND
3 GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2654 IND
4 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2630 IND
GM Sengupta Deep 2576 IND

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Team Results Rounds 1 to 9

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Round 1 on 2015/04/19 at 15.00

India started off strong in Round 1 and scored the highest team result of 3 points and many victories at the expense of Egypt’s rating.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 1 Egypt   1 – 3 India 10
2 2 Israel 2½ – 1½ Armenia 9
3 3 Ukraine 2½ – 1½ Russia 8
4 4 Cuba   2 – 2 Hungary 7
5 5 China 2½ – 1½ USA 6

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Round 2 on 2015/04/20 at 15.00

An all draw round helps India to maintain the lead. Israel, Cuba, and China, however, were only one match point short and close up after Round 2. Favorite team Russia was in bottom rank.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 2 – 2 USA 6
2 7 Hungary 2 – 2 China 5
3 8 Russia 1½ – 2½ Cuba 4
4 9 Armenia 2½ – 1½ Ukraine 3
5 1 Egypt 2 – 2 Israel 2

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Round 3 on 2015/04/21 at 15.00

Israel took over the lead on the third game day. Three defeats and one draw caused India’s team to fall far behind. Israel and Cuba, on the other hand, rapidly enhanced to the very top with each five match points. The Ukrainian team was the only team of the tournament to achieve an unbelievable four victories in one round.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 2 Israel 3½ – ½ India 10
2 3 Ukraine 4 – 0 Egypt 1
3 4 Cuba 2½ – 1½ Armenia 9
4 5 China 2 – 2 Russia 8
5 6 USA 1½ – 2½ Hungary 7

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Round 4 on 2015/04/22 at 15.00

Armenia scored the most unfavorable results of the fourth game day; they only scored one point through Levon Aroanian’s and Liren Ding’s draws. Cuba took over the overall lead with 7 match points and Ukraine advanced from rank 6 to 2 which it shared with China.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 2½ – 1½ Hungary 7
2 8 Russia 2 – 2 USA 6
3 9 Armenia ½ – 3½ China 5
4 1 Egypt 1 – 3 Cuba 4
5 2 Israel 1½ – 2½ Ukraine 3

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Round 5 on 2015/04/23 at 15.00

Cuba and Ukraine switched positions in the rankings. Israel caught up with the top, so that Cuba had to comply not only with falling behind on rank 2 but also having to share it with Israel. China and Ukraine soundly remained at the rankings’ top. The greatest game point addition of the day was scored by Russia with victories of Karjakin, Tomashevsky, and Vitiugov. Only Grischuk couldn’t prevail, only tied against Peter Leko.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 3 Ukraine 2½ – 1½ India 10
2 4 Cuba 1½ – 2½ Israel 2
3 5 China 2½ – 1½ Egypt 1
4 6 USA 1½ – 2½ Armenia 9
5 7 Hungary ½ – 3½ Russia 8

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Round 6 on 2015/04/25 at 15.00

Ukraine and China kept the lead and enhanced their advantage to Israel and Cuba on rank 2 by 3 match points. The bottom end of the rankings did not change at all – Egypt was stuck with only 1 match point in 6 rounds.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 1½ – 2½ Russia 8
2 9 Armenia 2 – 2 Hungary 7
3 1 Egypt 1 – 3 USA 6
4 2 Israel 1½ – 2½ China 5
5 3 Ukraine 2½ – 1½ Cuba 4

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Round 7 on 2015/04/26 at 15.00

After round 7 had been played, everything pointed to Ukraine or China winning the tournament. None of the other teams were a serious threat to the teams with 11 match points each. India as well as Israel, Armenia, Cuba, and Hungary had only 7 points each. At least the battle for the silver medal remained suspenseful.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 4 Cuba 1½ – 2½ India 10
2 5 China 2 – 2 Ukraine 3
3 6 USA 2½ – 1½ Israel 2
4 7 Hungary 2½ – 1½ Egypt 1
5 8 Russia 1½ – 2½ Armenia 9

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Round 8 on 2015/04/27 at 15.00

China scored a remarkable result against Cuba, while the United States interrupted Ukraine’s sequence of successful rounds. Therefore, China went ahead with two whole point’s advantage to the Ukraine. Russia scored 3 points against the hopelessly inferior team of Egypt and managed to enhance to where a match for a medal seemed realistic. Armenia remained in 3rd rank, but had to fear the approaching teams of Israel, Russia, Hungary, and the United States (all one point short).

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 10 India 1½ – 2½ Armenia 9
2 1 Egypt ½ – 3½ Russia 8
3 2 Israel 2 – 2 Hungary 7
4 3 Ukraine 1½ – 2½ USA 6
5 4 Cuba 1 – 3 China 5

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Round 9 on 2015/04/28 at 11.00

The victories of Yi Wie and Yangi Yu and the overall score of 3-0 against India were China’s overall tournament victory. Ukraine tied against Hungary which was enough to secure 2nd place. Armenia played against Egypt, their victory and bronze medal thus little surprising.

No. SNo. Team Res. Team SNo.
1 5 China 3 – 1 India 10
2 6 USA 3 – 1 Cuba 4
3 7 Hungary 2 – 2 Ukraine 3
4 8 Russia 2½ – 1½ Israel 2
5 9 Armenia 2½ – 1½ Egypt 1

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Final Results
Rank Team Gam. + = Matchpoint Gamepoints.
1 China 9 6 3 0 15 23
2 Ukraine 9 5 2 2 12 21
3 Armenia 9 5 1 3 11 18
4 Russia 9 4 2 3 10 20½
5 USA 9 4 2 3 10 19½
6 Hungary 9 2 5 2 9 17
7 Israel 9 3 2 4 8 18½
8 Cuba 9 3 1 5 7 16½
9 India 9 3 1 5 7 16
10 Egypt 9 0 1 8 1 10

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http://tsaghkadzor2015.fide.com

 written by Sarah, translated by Birthe