17th Dubai Open Chess Tournament – Results

The 17th edition of the Dubai Open Chess Tournament (also known as Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup) with 155 participants, 39 of which were grandmasters, took place from April 5 through 16 in Dubai. The participants travelled to the Emirates from 39 countries to join the race for the prize money fund of 50.000 USD (12.000 USD for the victor, the rest distributed between the first 18 ranks). One third of the players, 31 to be exact, came from India and another 25 from the United Arab Emirates.

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Source: http://www.dubaichess.ae

Source: http://www.dubaichess.ae

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Surprisingly, the Englishman David W. L. Howell, who held the highest ELO-rating of 2687 points amongst all participants, came off second and his strongest opponent Vladimir Fedossev from Russia (ELO 2674) came off third, while favorites such as Yuriy Kuzubov (ELO 2658) and Abhijeet Gupta (ELO 2629) had to comply with ranks 25 and 71. Azerbaijani Zaur Mammadov, on the other hand, made it to the Top 10 with an ELO-rating of “only” 2470 points.

Greatest winner of the tournament was Turkish grandmaster Dragan Solak who was born in Serbia. The 35 year-old prevailed over Axel Berglind, Salah Yousry, Tigran Harutyunian, Yuriy Kuzubov, and Yuri Solodovnichenko and tied against Vladimir Fedoseev, Igor Kovalenko, David Howell, and Eltaj Safarli through which he scored 7 out of 9 points like the players on following five ranks. He dominated the tie break round and grabbed the 12.000 USD prize money from right under David Howell’s nose.

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Final Results
Rank Name ELO NAT 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th Pts. Rtg.1 Rtg.2 Rtg.3
1 GM Solak Dragan 2602 TUR  68s1  60w1  29s1   3w½  14w½  25s1   2w½  15s1   6w½ 7 20684 0 55,5
2 GM Howell David W L 2687 ENG  75s1  17w1  26s1  24w1   8s½   7w½   1s½  13w1   3s½ 7 20583 0 55,5
3 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2674 RUS  79w1  58s1  44w1   1s½  15w1   4s½  53w1   7s½   2w½ 7 20556 0 53,5
4 GM Istratescu Andrei 2630 FRA  65s1  61w1   9s1  31w½  21s1   3w½   7s0  23w1  20w1 7 20426 0 53
5 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2638 SRB 123w1  37s½  32w½  43s1  35w½  39s1  23w½  53s1   7w1 7 19971 0 48,5
6 GM Safarli Eltaj 2637 AZE  88s0  90w1  89s1  61w1  17s½  40w1  21s1   8w1   1s½ 7 19511 0 48
7 GM Shabalov Alexander 2500 USA 145w1  87s½  69w1  71w1  16s1   2s½   4w1   3w½   5s0 6,5 20547 0 50,5
8 GM Grandelius Nils 2613 SWE  96s1 105w1  76s1 110w1   2w½  14s½  15w½   6s0  39w1 6,5 20447 0 49,5
9 IM Mammadov Zaur 2470 AZE  90w1 111s1   4w0  84s½  72w1  24w1  22s1  25s½  12w½ 6,5 19750 0 47
10 GM Fier Alexandr 2624 BRA  78w1  74s½  52w1  14s0  69w1  70s½  32w½  37s1  31w1 6,5 19699 0 45
11 GM Shimanov Aleksandr 2601 RUS  82w1  51s-  97s1  73s½  74w1  33w½  60s1  18w1  14s½ 6,5 19300 0 45,5
12 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2623 RUS 114s1  48w0  65s1  49w½  41s1  36w1  54s½  17w1   9s½ 6,5 19064 0 47
13 GM Guseinov Gadir 2606 AZE  56w1  73s1  42w1  15s0  34w1  23s½  14w1   2s0  25w½ 6 20498 0 51,5
14 GM Kovalenko Igor 2665 LAT  38s1  50w½  33s1  10w1   1s½   8w½  13s0  36w1  11w½ 6 20385 0 54,5
15 GM Solodovnichenko Yuri 2584 UKR 117s1  77w1  51s1  13w1   3s0  20w1   8s½   1w0  16s½ 6 20363 0 51
16 GM Zhigalko Sergei 2657 BLR  92w1  54s1  39w1  21s½   7w0  35s½  42w1  31s½  15w½ 6 20217 0 49
17 IM Das Sayantan 2439 IND 107w1   2s0  56w1  66s1   6w½  27s½  35w1  12s0  53w1 6 20062 0 51
18 GM Petrosian Tigran L. 2660 ARM  66w1  33s½  37w1  20s0  52s1 110w1  31w½  11s0  32w1 6 20035 0 50
19 GM Bartel Mateusz 2642 POL  64s1 133w1  40s½  23w½  29s1  53w0  70s½  76w1  24s½ 6 20028 0 46,5
20 GM Ipatov Alexander 2614 TUR  93w1  69s½  55w1  18w1  31s½  15s0  43w1  54w1   4s0 6 19971 0 48

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Five participants were awarded with FIDE titles after the tournament: IM Zaur Mammadov fulfilled the last GM norm and was thus announced grandmaster. Vignesh Nr, Abishek Kelkar, and Deshpande Aniruddha from India accomplished the IM norms. Lastly, Wang Shanshan secured the title “Woman International Master” (WIM).

Congratulations!

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

OSG Baden-Baden Again German Team Champion

The Winning Team OSG Baden-Baden (Picture: Siegfried Haußmann)

The Winning Team OSG Baden-Baden (Picture: Siegfried Haußmann)

The German Chess Major League season ended yesterday and, for the 10th time in a row, the OSG Baden-Baden secured the championship title. Several super-grandmasters of sixteen competing teams with ELO-ratings of 2700 and above, all ranking in the current Top 50, joined the race. World-class players, such as Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Adams, Giri, Gelfand, Rapport, Fressinet, Eljanov, Jakovenko, and Almasi proved their worth in the cities Baden-Baden, Schwäbisch Hall, Bremen and Mülheim.

One day prior to the official season end, the OSG Baden-Baden had already been sure to come off best team. Runner-up Werder Bremen was also in a secure place prematurely. The real competition was thus fought for third rank between the teams from Hockenheim and Schwäbisch Hall. Not even the remarkable victory of Li Chao against Anton Guijarro in Round 15 could save Schwäbisch Hall from the inevitable: The SV 1930 Hockenheim had scored two victories and five draws during the last round which gave them a half-point advantage to finally take home the bronze medal.

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Final Results

Rank

Team

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TP

BP

1 OSG Baden-Baden 15 14 1 0 29 85.5
2 Werder Bremen 15 11 4 0 26 75.5
3 SV 1930 Hockenheim 15 8 5 2 21 70
4 SK Schwäbisch Hall 15 9 3 3 21 69.5
5 SG Trier 15 8 2 5 18 64
6 SG Solingen 15 7 3 5 17 63.5
7 SK Turm Emsdetten 15 7 3 5 17 59.5
8 USV TU Dresden 15 7 2 6 16 63.5
9 SC Eppingen 15 7 1 7 15 58
10 Hamburger SK 15 7 0 8 14 62
11 SC Hansa Dortmund 15 6 1 8 13 60
12 SV Mülheim Nord 15 5 2 8 12 62.5
13 SF Berlin 1903 15 3 4 8 10 57
14 SF Katernberg 15 3 2 10 8 47
15 FC Bayern München 15 1 0 14 2 32.5
16 SSC Rostock 07 15 0 1 14 1 30

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(R) Rounds

(+) Victory

(=) Draw

(-) Defeat

(MP) Team Points

(BP) Board Points

(Source: www.schachbundesliga.de)

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The OSG Baden-Baden managed to remain undefeated throughout the entire season. Especially Arkadij Naiditsch (12 victories out of 15 duels) and Etienne Bacrot (scored 8.5 points for his team) contributed to the team’s success. The highest success rate within the team was Rustam Kasimdzhanov’s who won 6 out of 7 games (equal to 86%). Another great contribution to the overall victory wasn’t made by superstars like Aronian, Svidler, Adams, Bacrot, Naiditsch, Kasimdzhanov, or Vallejo Pons – German grandmaster Philipp Schlosser (ELO 2570) also helped with 7.5 points. Having won 14 rounds, the OSG Baden-Baden more than deserved to take home the trophy.

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Find detailed game sheets and match results on the official website:

www.schachbundesliga.de

Surprise Winners at Reykjavik Open 2015

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Erwin L’ami

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From March 10 to 18 2015, the traditional chess tournament Reykjavik Open was staged for the 51st time by the Icelandic capital.

Among the 274 participants from 37 countries were 35 international grandmasters, elevating the event to world-class level.

93 of these participants originated from Iceland, 36 came from Norway, 15 were Germany, each 13 from the United States and Denmark, and another 10 from Canada and France travelled to Iceland to make sure that their countries were well-represented at the tournament.

The upper thirty ranks of the worldwide standings were embodied only by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, David Navara, and Pavel Eljanov.

Dutchman Erwin L’ami who was not considered a favorite player with an ELO of 2605 points, delivered and excellent performance. Even the last critics were convinced in Round 7 when he defeated Mamedyarov (ELO 3756). He managed to remain completely undefeated until the final round – only then he lost to Eljanov. Nevertheless, he won the overall tournament: with 8.5 out of 10 points, he secured first rank which was absolutely deserved after an ELO-performance of incredible 2826 points.

Brazilian player Alexandr Fier surprised as well, ranking 4th after beating Navara in Round 8. The Frenchman and bronze-medal-winner Fabien Libiszewski performed high above his usual gaming level with an extra 200 ELO points.

The first ten ranks were rewarded with prize money ranging from €350 (10th) to €5.000 (1st).

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Final Results Top 30
Rk.   Name FED Pts.
1 GM L’ami Erwin NED 8,5
2 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 8
3 GM Libiszewski Fabien FRA 8
4 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 7,5
5 GM Naroditsky Daniel USA 7,5
6 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 7,5
7 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 7,5
8 GM Hansen Eric CAN 7,5
9 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 7,5
10 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 7,5
11 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 7,5
12 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 7,5
13 GM Jussupow Artur GER 7,5
14 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 7,5
15 GM Gao Rui CHN 7
16 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E PER 7
17 GM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 7
18 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 7
19 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 7
20 IM Norowitz Yaacov USA 7
21 GM Grover Sahaj IND 7
22 GM Idani Pouya IRI 7
23 WGM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 7
24 GM Cornette Matthieu FRA 7
25 GM Le Roux Jean-Pierre FRA 7
26 GM Rombaldoni Axel ITA 7
27 GM Movsesian Sergei ARM 7
28 IM Sarkar Justin USA 7
29 FM Antal Tibor Kende HUN 7
30 FM Rosner Jonas GER 7

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The ELO-rating is only a guideline and has only limited validity in determining a player’s strength – which the Reykjavik Open proved yet again.

While David Navara with an ELO of 2736 points didn’t even make it to the Top 30, other players like Johaneson (ELO 2212), Antal (ELO 2317), Khadermalsharieh (ELO 2357), or Sarkar (ELO 2376) surpassed him in means of playing performance.

The youngest participant was American Hans Niemann who came off 80th at an incredibly young age of eleven.

Find pictures, videos, and game sheets on the official website

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Russia Determines Pace at European Championship

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From February 24 to March 9 2015 Jerusalem in Israel was stage to the European Individual Chess Championship 2015. 250 participants from 33 countries joined in – 101 players from Israel, 42 from Russia, 13 from the Ukraine, and 9 from both Armenia and Turkey. 113 Grandmasters were amongst them and promised a suspenseful event.

The competition was carried out in Swiss Tournament System and the prize money fund contained 120,000 Euros.

The Top 10 certainly tended towards Eastern Europe – Four Ukrainian and three Russian players led the field, barely leaving room for Czech player David Navara (silver medal), the Polish Mateusz Bartel (bronze meda) and Turk Alexander Ipatov (7th rank).

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Final ranks Top 30
Rk. Name FED Pts.
1 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 8,5
2 GM Navara David CZE 8
3 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 8
4 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 8
5 GM Vovk Yuri UKR 7,5
6 GM Korobov Anton UKR 7,5
7 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 7,5
8 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 7,5
9 GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 7,5
10 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 7,5
11 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 7,5
12 GM Moiseenko Alexander UKR 7,5
13 GM Motylev Alexander RUS 7,5
14 Iljiushenok Ilia RUS 7,5
15 GM Kempinski Robert POL 7,5
16 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 7,5
17 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 7,5
18 GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 7,5
19 GM Popov Ivan RUS 7,5
20 GM Laznicka Viktor CZE 7,5
21 GM Rodshtein Maxim ISR 7,5
22 GM Brkic Ante CRO 7,5
23 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter GER 7,5
24 GM Grachev Boris RUS 7,5
25 GM Nabaty Tamir ISR 7,5
26 GM Can Emre TUR 7,5
27 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 7
28 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 7
29 GM Bukavshin Ivan RUS 7
30 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 7

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Three out of five participants ranging at 2700+ points, such as Etienne Bacrot (32nd rank), Ian Nepomniachtchi (27th rank) and Nikita Vitiugov (30th rank) surprisingly missed the Top 20 ranking. 23 year-old Russian Ilia Ilijushenok with an ELO-performance of 2680 points, on the other hand, scored a whole 230 points higher than his usual level and made a deserved 14th rank. Just as well performed Yuri Vovk (ELO 2588, Performance 2730) and Alexander Ipatov (ELO 2592, Performance 2719).

Almost half of all Top 30 players, twelve to be exact, were Russian participants. German player Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu came off 23rd.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Tomashevsky wins 3rd Grand Prix Tournament

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From February 14 through 18 2015, the Georgian capital Tbilisi hosted the third event of the new FIDE Grand Prix Series. The World Championship cycle 2014/2015 consists of four tournaments – which is certainly an extraordinary setting, as usually six tournaments took place during one Grand Prix Series. The FIDE has not pointed out any reasons for this derivative in particular, but people speculate that not enough applications for hosting the tournaments have been submitted. There is a prize money fund of 120,000 Euro per tournament, 20,000 Euro of which go to the winner. Both winner and runner-up secure the right to participate in the Candidates’ Tournament.

Sixteen players compete in the tournament series. The rules suggest that each player participates in three of the four events. The competing players in Tbilisi were: Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Andreikin, Dmitry Jakovenko, Teimour Radjabov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Baadur Jobava, and Rustam Kasimdzhanov. The ELO therefore ranged between 2696 (Jobava) and 2810 (Grischuk).

The FIDE’s timing was subject to criticism, as the 1st Grand Prix Tournament ended only five days prior to the beginning of the next. Not exactly a walk in the park for the players who attended the first and second event (Caruana, Gelfand, Karjakin, Nakamura, Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Kasimdzhanov, and Andreikin). The three months break in between the second and third events gave the players time for thorough preparation.

Especially Tomashevsky seemed to have used this time well – against all expectations he played a successful tournament and took home the trophy. He remained undefeated throughout all eleven duels and prevailed not only over favorite Grischuk in Round 3, but also over Jobava, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave, and Kasimdzhanov. A total of five victories and eight points on the tournament account gave him an impressive advantage. He even left behind runner-up Jakovenko (two victories, 6.5 points) far behind. A surprising but well-deserved victory for the 27 year-old Russian.

The disappointing bottom rank took Andreikin, the winner of the generic propecia 2nd Grand Prix tournament, who only scored four points with no victories and three defeats.

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Final Results
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED Pts
1 6 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 RUS 8
2 8 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 RUS
3 12 GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 AZE 6
4 4 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 UZB
5 1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 CUB
6 11 GM Giri Anish 2797 NED
7 10 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 AZE
8 9 GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 RUS 5
9 3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 FRA 5
10 7 GM Jobava Baadur 2696 GEO 5
11 2 GM Svidler Peter 2739 RUS
12 5 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 RUS 4

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Pairings & Round Results

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Round 1 on 2015/02/15 at 15-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 ½ – ½ GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 12
2 GM Svidler Peter 2739 0 – 1 GM Giri Anish 2797 11
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 0 – 1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 10
4 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 0 – 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 9
5 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 ½ – ½ GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 8
6 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 1 – 0 GM Jobava Baadur 2696 7
Round 2 on 2015/02/16 at 15-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 ½ – ½ GM Jobava Baadur 2696 7
8 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 ½ – ½ GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 6
9 GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 ½ – ½ GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 5
10 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 0 – 1 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 4
11 GM Giri Anish 2797 ½ – ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 3
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 ½ – ½ GM Svidler Peter 2739 2
Round 3 on 2015/02/17 at 15-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM Svidler Peter 2739 ½ – ½ GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 12
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 ½ – ½ GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 1
4 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 ½ – ½ GM Giri Anish 2797 11
5 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 0 – 1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 10
6 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 1 – 0 GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 9
7 GM Jobava Baadur 2696 0 – 1 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 8
Round 4 on 2015/02/18 at 15-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 ½ – ½ GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 8
9 GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 1 – 0 GM Jobava Baadur 2696 7
10 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 0 – 1 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 6
11 GM Giri Anish 2797 ½ – ½ GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 5
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 ½ – ½ GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 4
2 GM Svidler Peter 2739 ½ – ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 3
Round 5 on 2015/02/20 at 15-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 ½ – ½ GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 12
4 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 1 – 0 GM Svidler Peter 2739 2
5 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 0 – 1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 1
6 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 ½ – ½ GM Giri Anish 2797 11
7 GM Jobava Baadur 2696 1 – 0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 10
8 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 ½ – ½ GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 9
Round 6 on 2015/02/21 at 15-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 1 – 0 GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 9
10 GM Mamedyarov is propecia sold over the counter Shakhriyar 2759 ½ – ½ GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 8
11 GM Giri Anish 2797 ½ – ½ GM Jobava Baadur 2696 7
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 ½ – ½ GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 6
2 GM Svidler Peter 2739 1 – 0 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 5
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 ½ – ½ GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 4
Round 7 on 2015/02/22 at 15-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 ½ – ½ GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 12
5 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 ½ – ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 3
6 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 ½ – ½ GM Svidler Peter 2739 2
7 GM Jobava Baadur 2696 1 – 0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 1
8 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 1 – 0 GM Giri Anish 2797 11
9 GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 0 – 1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 10
Round 8 on 2015/02/23 at 15-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 ½ – ½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 10
11 GM Giri Anish 2797 ½ – ½ GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 9
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 ½ – ½ GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 8
2 GM Svidler Peter 2739 0 – 1 GM Jobava Baadur 2696 7
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 0 – 1 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 6
4 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 ½ – ½ GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 5
Round 9 on 2015/02/25 at 15-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 ½ – ½ GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 12
6 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 1 – 0 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 4
7 GM Jobava Baadur 2696 0 – 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 3
8 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 ½ – ½ GM Svidler Peter 2739 2
9 GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 ½ – ½ GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 1
10 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 ½ – ½ GM Giri Anish 2797 11
Round 10 on 2015/02/26 at 15-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 ½ – ½ GM Giri Anish 2797 11
1 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 ½ – ½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 10
2 GM Svidler Peter 2739 ½ – ½ GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 9
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 ½ – ½ GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 8
4 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 ½ – ½ GM Jobava Baadur 2696 7
5 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 ½ side effects of plavix – ½ GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 6
Round 11 on 2015/02/27 at 13-00
SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
6 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2716 ½ – ½ GM Radjabov Teimour 2731 12
7 GM Jobava Baadur 2696 ½ – ½ GM Andreikin Dmitry 2737 5
8 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 ½ – ½ GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2705 4
9 GM Grischuk Alexander 2810 ½ – ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2775 3
10 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2759 ½ – ½ GM Svidler Peter 2739 2
11 GM Giri Anish 2797 ½ – ½ GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 1

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Find pictures, videos, and game sheets along with further information on the official tournament website http://tbilisi2015.fide.com/.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Nakamura Wins Zurich Chess Challenge 2015

Zurich Chess Challenge 2015

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The legendary Zurich Chess Challenge took place from February 13 to 19, 2015 at the “Savoy Baur en Ville” in the Swiss city Zurich. Title defender Magnus Carlsen did not show up this year, but the world-class competitors certainly made up for it. The six participants were:

Winner of the overall rating Hikaru Nakamura who persistently fought for the title and stood strong through the Armageddon tiebreak against Anand.

Runner-up and former World Champion Visvanathan Anand who won the Classical with seven points.

Russian talent Vladimir Kramnik, who won the Rapid competition, but only made it to 3rd rank in total standings.

Levon Aronian, who had to comply with 4th rank and the victory of the Blitz competition.

25 year-old Sergey Karjakin, who currently ranks 12th in worldwide standings, but only ranked 5th in Zurich.

Italian player Fabiano Caruana, runner-up in world rankings, who surprisingly and disappointingly ended up in bottom rank.

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Final Ranking
Rank Name NAT Points ELO
1 Hikaru Nakamura USA 9 2776
2 Viswanathan Anand IND 9 2797
3 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 8.5 2783
4 Levon Aronian ARM 7 2777
5 Sergey Karjakin RUS 6 2760
6 Fabiano Caruana ITA 5.5 2811

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Parings & Final Results Classical
Round 1 – Sat, February 14th
Anand, Viswanathan
1:1
Kramnik, Vladimir
Aronian, Levon
1:1
Karjakin, Sergey
Caruana, Fabiano
0:2
Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 2 – Sun, February 15th
Kramnik, Vladimir
1:1
Nakamura, Hikaru
Karjakin, Sergey
1:1
Caruana, Fabiano
Anand, Viswanathan
2:0
Aronian, Levon
Round 3 – Mon, February 16th
Aronian, Levon
1:1
Kramnik, Vladimir
Caruana, Fabiano
1:1
Anand, Viswanathan
Nakamura, Hikaru
2:0
Karjakin, Sergey
Round 4 – Tue, February 17th
Kramnik, Vladimir
1:1
Karjakin, Sergey
Anand, Viswanathan
2:0
Nakamura, Hikaru
Aronian, Levon
1:1
Caruana, Fabiano
Round 5 – Wed, February 18th
Caruana, Fabiano
1:1
Kramnik, Vladimir
Nakamura, Hikaru
1:1
Aronian, Levon
Karjakin, Sergey
1:1
Anand, Viswanathan

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Rank Name NAT Points ELO
1 Viswanathan Anand IND 7 2797
2 Hikaru Nakamura USA 6 2776
3 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 5 2783
4 Sergey Karjakin RUS 4 2760
5 Fabiano Caruana ITA 4 2811
6 Levon Aronian ARM 4 2777

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Pairings & Final Result Rapid
Round 1 – Thu, February 19th
Kramnik, Vladimir
½:½
Anand, Viswanathan
Karjakin, Sergey
0:1
Aronian, Levon
Nakamura, Hikaru
1:0
Caruana, Fabiano
Round 2 – Thu, February 19th
Nakamura, Hikaru
0:1
Kramnik, Vladimir
Caruana, Fabiano
1:0
Karjakin, Sergey
Aronian, Levon
1:0
Anand, Viswanathan
Round 3 – Thu, February 19th
Kramnik, Vladimir
1:0
Aronian, Levon
Anand, Viswanathan
1:0
Caruana, Fabiano
Karjakin, Sergey
½:½
Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 4 – Thu, February 19th
Karjakin, Sergey
1:0
Kramnik, Vladimir
Nakamura, Hikaru
1:0
Anand, Viswanathan
Caruana, Fabiano
½:½
Aronian, Levon
Round 5 – Thu, February 19th
Kramnik, Vladimir
1:0
Caruana, Fabiano
Anand, Viswanathan
½:½
Karjakin, Sergey
Aronian, Levon
½:½
Nakamura, Hikaru

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Rank Name NAT Points ELO
1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 3.5 2783
2 Levon Aronian ARM 3 2777
3 Hikaru Nakamura USA 3 2776
4 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2 2760
5 Viswanathan Anand IND 2 2797
6 Fabiano Caruana ITA 1.5 2811

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Pairings & Final Results Blitz
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Round 1 – Fr, February 13th
Karjakin, Sergey
0:1
Anand, Viswanathan
Caruana, Fabiano
½:½
Nakamura, Hikaru
Aronian, Levon
½:½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Round 2 – Fr, February 13th
Nakamura, Hikaru
0:1
Aronian, Levon
Anand, Viswanathan
1:0
Kramnik, Vladimir
Karjakin, Sergey
0:1
Caruana, Fabiano
Round 3 – Fr, February 13th
Aronian, Levon
1:0
Karjakin, Sergey
Caruana, Fabiano
½:½
Anand, Viswanathan
Kramnik, Vladimir
½:½
Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 4 – Fr, February 13th
Karjakin, Sergey
1:0
Kramnik, Vladimir
Caruana, Fabiano
½:½
Aronian, Levon
Anand, Viswanathan
1:0
Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 5 – Fr, February 13th
Aronian, Levon
1:0
Anand, Viswanathan
Kramnik, Vladimir
0:1
Caruana, Fabiano
Nakamura, Hikaru
1:0
Karjakin, Sergey

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Rank Name NAT Points ELO
1 Levon Aronian ARM 4 2777
2 Fabiano Caruana ITA 3.5 2811
3 Viswanathan Anand IND 3.5 2797
4 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2 2776
5 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 1 2783
6 Sergey Karjakin RUS 1 2760

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Find pictures, videos, and game sheets on the official tournament website:

http://www.zurich-cc.com/

written by Sarah, translated Birthe

Grenke Chess Classics 2015: Naiditsch got Carlsen into a sweat!

Grenke Chess ClassicsOnce again, Germany was stage to a world-class tournament! From February 2 to 9 2015, Baden-Baden hosted the Grenke Chess Classic 2015.

The constellation of participants couldn’t have been any more promising:

First of all, the Norwegian World Champion and “Mozart of Chess” Magnus Carlsen with the highest ELO-rating ever recorded in history, 2862 points. For six years, the Germans had been excited to see him play in their country, and it was definitely worth the wait. Carlsen impressed with his performance – 4.5 out of 7 points after the final round and a thrilling tiebreak with the German Grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch.

After two rounds of each ten minutes plus two seconds per move and two victories of White, another two rounds were necessary to determine the final winner. These additional two rounds lasted only five minutes each plus two seconds per move. Carlsen began the 3rd tiebreak round with the White pieces, but couldn’t avoid another draw. The 4th tiebreak round seemed auspicious for Naiditsch, but nevertheless ended in a draw. The last and decisive round was finally played with six minutes for White and five minutes for Black plus each two seconds per move. Carlsen (playing White) was obviously in advantage and after the highest possible level of suspense, after 32 moves, and at 11.50 p.m. German time the duel ended in Carlson’s favor.

Secondly, the current runner-up in the world rankings (ELO 2820), Fabiano Caruana, was eagerly expected to show at the event. He of all people had the potential to challenge Magnus Carlsen. The Italian is considered a serious favorite for the upcoming World Championship. The 22 year-old won an incredible seven matches in a row at the Sinquefield Cup 2014 and finally won with 8.5 out of 10 points (a total of three points ahead of Carlsen!). His ELO-performance of 3103 is certainly a world record! At the Grenke Chess Classics 2015, he scored 4 out of 7 points and ranked 4th. During the entire tournament he remained undefeated and scored a victory against Aronian.

Thirdly, the Indian Grandmaster Visvanathan Anand (ELO 2797) who is not only the current number five in world rankings, but also title defender at the Grenke Chess Classics. The 45 year-old former World Champion had a great comeback last year when winning the Candidates Tournament in Chanty Mansijsk and qualifying as Magnus Carlsen’s World Championship opponent. Since the devastating defeat at the World Championship duel last November the event in Baden-Baden was his first meet with his biggest opponent Carlsen. After a relatively good start (first three rounds with draws), Vishy had to admit defeat to the World Champion yet again and lost to Aronian in the following round. In the end, he scored only 2.5 out of 7 points, due to another defeat through Adams, and ended up in a disappointing 7th rank.

Fourthly, Levon Aronian with 2797 ELO points and 6th rank in worldwide standings has not fallen behind. The Armenian superstar is multiple World Champion in Blitz Chess and Chess960 and is cherished at home like no other. In May 2012, Levon Aronian was second best player in FIDE world rankings at 2825 ELO points and third best player in history. Recently, his performance has weakened a little, but at the Grenke Chess Classics 2015 he was certainly back in shape: He played draws in five out of seven duels, scored one victory against Vishy Anand, and suffered one defeat against Fabiano Caruana (which is definitely not a shame). With 3.5 points and 5th rank he couldn’t continue his top performance, but left Baden-Baden with a solid impression.

Fifthly, 43 year-old Michal Adams with an ELO-rating of 2738 points who is currently number 17 in world rankings. The Briton was already participant of the 2013 edition of the Grenke Chess Classics and placed 4th. Germany seemed to have brought him luck in the past – he won the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund ahead of Vladimir Kramnik. At the Grenke Chess Classics 2015 he scored 4 points and ranked 3rd, ahead of Caruana, Aronian, and Anand. Good job!

Sixthly, Grandmaster Etienne Bacrot who was announced youngest Grandmaster of all time at the early age of fourteen. The seven times French Champion had a powerful start into a promising chess career, but couldn’t keep up with the pace in the long run. Today, the 31 year-old Frenchman holds an ELO of 2711 points and ranks in the Top 50 of the world rankings. Compared to Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Aronian, and Adams he is far behind on his 36th rank. At the Grenke Chess Classics 2015, he played all seven rounds in draws and ranked 6th in the end. Not quite a surprise.

Seventhly, Arkadij Naiditsch who seriously knows how to cause a stir. The 29 year-old German started at the tournament as rank 38 in worldwide standings and an ELO-rating of 2694. Naiditsch became Germany’s youngest Grandmaster at 15 years old. Highlights of his career were the victory at the Dortmund Chess Days 2005 (over Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko, and Michael Adams) and the victory over Magnus Carlsen in 2014 at the Chess Olympics in Tromsö (as a member of the German national team). That this achievement wasn’t pure luck, became obvious when he repeated his incredible performance in round 3 of the Grenke Chess Classics 2015 and beat the World Champion yet again! In round 4 he prevailed over Baramidze and managed to get through the tournament with top-opponents without a single defeat! This extraordinary performance caused him to be equal in points with Carlsen after round 7. What followed was a nerve-wrecking playoff in 5 rounds that seriously got Carlsen into a sweat – unfortunately unsuccessfully. He had to comply with 2nd rank of which he can be very proud.

Eighthly, and lastly, the youngest German national player David Baramidze. The 26 year-old was bottom rank in both start and end rakings with an ELO of 2594 points (number 237 in world rankings). From the very beginning, he was hopelessly inferior. At the Grenke Chess Classics 2014, he ranked second behind Arkadij Naiditsch and thus qualified for this year’s event. Baramidze started off as underdog in Baden-Baden and would have loved to cause one or another surprise, but with his top-class opponents he stood no chance. After two draws a sequence of unfortunate defeats began: Baramidze lost to Adams, Naiditsch, Carlsen, Anand, and Caruana. With 1.5 points he ended up in bottom rank.

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Pairings and Results

1st Round

No.

 

Name

ELO

Score

 

Name

ELO

No.

1

GM

Caruana, Fabiano

2811

½ – ½

GM

Anand, Viswanathan

2797

8

2

GM

Bacrot, Etienne

2711

½ – ½

GM

Baramidze, David

2594

7

3

GM

Aronian, Levon

2777

½ – ½

GM

Carlsen, Magnus

2865

6

4

GM

Adams, Michael

2738

½ – ½

GM

Naiditsch, Arkadij

2706

5

2nd Round

No.

 

Name

ELO

Score

 

Name

ELO

No.

8

GM

Anand, Visvanathan

2797

½ – ½

GM

Naiditsch, Arkadij

2706

5

6

GM

Carlsen, Magnus

2865

1 – 0

GM

Adams, Michael

2738

4

7

GM

Baramidze, David

2594

½ – ½

GM

Aronian, Levon

2777

3

1

GM

Caruana, Fabiano

2811

½ – ½

GM

Bacrot, Etienne

2711

2

3rd Round

No.

 

Name

ELO

Score

 

Name

ELO

No.

2

GM

Bacrot, Etienne

2711

½ – ½

GM

Anand, Visvanathan

2797

8

3

GM

Aronian, Levon

2777

0 – 1

GM

Caruana, Fabiano

2811

1

4

GM

Adams, Michael

2738

1 – 0

GM

Baramidze, David

2594

7

5

GM

Naiditsch, Arkadij

2706

1 – 0

GM

Carlsen, Magnus

2865

6

4th Round

No.

 

Name

ELO

Score

 

Name

ELO

No.

8

GM

Anand, Visvanathan

2797

0 – 1

GM

Carlsen, Magnus

2865

6

7

GM

Baramidze, David

2594

0 – 1

GM

Naiditsch, Arkadij

2706

5

1

GM

Caruana, Fabiano

2811

½ – ½

GM

Adams, Michael

2738

4

2

GM

Bacrot, Etienne

2711

½ – ½

GM

Aronian, Levon

2777

3

5th Round

No.

 

Name

ELO

Score

 

Name

ELO

No.

3

GM

Aronian, Levon

2777

1 – 0

GM

Anand, Visvanathan

2797

8

4

GM

Adams, Michael

2738

½ – ½

GM

Bacrot, Etienne

2711

2

5

GM

Naiditsch, Arkadij

2706

½ – ½

GM

Caruana, Fabiano

2811

1

6

GM

Carlsen, Magnus

2865

1 – 0

GM

Baramidze, David

2594

7

6th Round

No.

 

Name

ELO

Score

 

Name

ELO

No.

8

GM

Anand, Visvanathan

2797

1 – 0

GM

Baramidze, David

2594

7

1

GM

Caruana, Fabiano

2811

½ – ½

GM

Carlsen, Magnus

2865

6

2

GM

Bacrot, Etienne

2711

½ – ½

GM

Naiditsch, Arkadij

2706

5

3

GM

Aronian, Levon

2777

½ – ½

GM

Adams, Michael

2738

4

7th Round

No.

 

Name

ELO

Score

 

Name

ELO

No.

4

GM

Adams, Michael

2738

1 – 0

GM

Anand, Visvanathan

2797

8

5

GM

Naiditsch, Arkadij

2706

½ – ½

GM

Aronian, Levon

2777

3

6

GM

Carlsen, Magnus

2865

½ – ½

GM

Bacrot, Etienne

2711

2

7

GM

Baramidze, David

2594

½ – ½

GM

Caruana, Fabiano

2811

1

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Final Rankings after 7 Rounds
Rank Name ELO RED Points Victory Black Victory
1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2865 NOR 3 1
2 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2706 GER 2 1
3 GM Adams Michael 2738 ENG 4 2 0
4 GM Caruana Fabiano 2811 ITA 4 1 1
5 GM Aronian Levon 2777 ARM 1 0
6 GM Bacrot Etienne 2711 FRA 0 0
7 GM Anand Viswanathan 2797 IND 1 0
8 GM Baramidze David 2594 GER 0 0

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written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Hikaru Nakamura Scores at Tradewise Gibraltar Masters

Gibraltar Masters 2015

From January 25 to February 2 2015 the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar hosted the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. Amongst other rewards, the winner could expect 20,000 British Pounds prize money, while the second and third rank still won 16,000 and 12,000 British Pounds.

This outlook lured 257 participants from 46 countries to the event. Germany was the best represented country with 30 players, followed by England (23) and Spain (19). As there were no qualification requirements, many newcomers took the chance and competed against well-known Grandmasters like Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Pentala Harikrishna, Yangyi Yu, and Yifan Hou. The results were final after 10th round.

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Final Top 20 Rankings
Rank   Name Rating Country Points  TB1
1 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2776 USA 8.5 2919
2 GM Howell David W L 2670 ENG 8.0 2818
3 GM Hou Yifan 2673 CHN 7.5 2772
4 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2735 RUS 7.5 2770
5 GM Topalov Veselin 2800 BUL 7.5 2767
6 IM Wagner Dennis 2501 GER 7.5 2759
7 GM Wei Yi 2675 CHN 7.5 2754
8 GM Adhiban B. 2630 IND 7.5 2750
9 GM Harikrishna P. 2723 IND 7.5 2748
10 GM Bachmann Axel 2629 PAR 7.5 2722
11 GM Matlakov Maxim 2695 RUS 7.5 2667
12 GM Svidler Peter 2739 RUS 7.0 2719
13 GM Yu Yangyi 2724 CHN 7.0 2707
14 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2733 RUS 7.0 2700
15 GM Naroditsky Daniel 2622 USA 7.0 2698
16 GM Rapport Richard 2716 HUN 7.0 2677
17 GM Nabaty Tamir 2579 ISR 7.0 2615
18 GM Sutovsky Emil 2637 ISR 7.0 2605
19 GM Bok Benjamin 2572 NED 7.0 2582
20 GM Sengupta Deep 2569 IND 7.0 2574

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As can be seen in the ranking, Russia was represented four times in the Top 20 (Vitiugov, Matlakov, Svidler, Jakovenko) – best performance of all participating nations.

Victor Hikaru Nakamura was able to win the first six rounds in a row and remained undefeated with another three draws (Round 7 against runner-up David Howell, Round 9 against Bachmann, Round 10 against Harikrishna).

The remarkable performances of 25 year-old Axel Bachmann (8th rank, Paraguay, seated 22nd), runner-up David Howell (seated 15th), and 18 year-old German Dennis Wagner (rank 8, seated 65th) were great surprises.

Find videos and detailed match reports on the official Tournament Website:

http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Magnus Carlsen prevails at Tata Steel Tournament

Tata Steel TournamentOne of the major highlights among the world-class chess tournaments is the Tata Steel Tournament in Vijk aan Zee.

Once again, fourteen celebrities of the chess scene with an average ELO-rating of 2746 points gathered to fight duels at an extraordinarily sophisticated level. Along with Magnus Carlsen attended talents like Fabio Caruana, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Radoslav Voitaszek, Teimour Radjabov, Liren Ding, Baadur Jobava, Vasil Ivanchuk, Yifan Hou, Loek Van Wely, and Ivan Saric. From January 10, 2015 to today afternoon they proved their skills in thirteen rounds at the 77th edition of the Tata Steel Tournament.

Little surprising was Magnus Carlsen’s victory with 9 out of 13 points. His opponents, however, were following up closely: Vachier-Lagrave as well as Giri, Ding, and So scored 8.5 points and ranked shortly behind him in the final standings. Especially Vachier-Lagrave became a threat to the current World Champion. If Carlsen wouldn’t have scored his last half of a point in the final round, the Frenchman would have taken home the trophy.

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Final Rankings
Name Score Rating TPR Nationality
1 Carlsen, M. 9.0 / 13 2862 2878 NOR
2 Vachier-Lagrave, M. 8.5 / 13 2757 2855 FRA
3 Giri, A. 8.5 / 13 2784 2853 NED
4 So, W. 8.5 / 13 2762 2854 USA
5 Ding, L. 8.5 / 13 2732 2857 CHN
6 Ivanchuk, V. 7.5 / 13 2715 2805 UKR
7 Caruana, F. 7.0 / 13 2820 2769 ITA
8 Radjabov, T. 6.0 / 13 2734 2718 AZE
9 Wojtaszek, R. 5.5 / 13 2744 2689 POL
10 Aronian, L. 5.5 / 13 2797 2685 ARM
11 Hou, Y. 5.0 / 13 2673 2664 CHN
12 Saric, I. 4.5 / 13 2666 2642 CRO
13 Van Wely, L. 4.0 / 13 2667 2611 NED
14 Jobava, B. 3.0 / 13 2727 2536 GEO

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Results of Rounds
Round 1 – Saturday the 10th
Radjabov, T. – Van Wely, L. ½-½
Ivanchuk, V. – Jobava, B. 1-0
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Hou, Y. 1-0
Ding, L. – Caruana, F. 0-1
Saric, I. – Aronian, L. ½-½
Giri, A. – Carlsen, M. ½-½
So, W. – Wojtaszek, R. ½-½
Round 2 – Sunday the 11th
Van Wely, L. – Wojtaszek, R. ½-½
Carlsen, M. – So, W. ½-½
Aronian, L. – Giri, A. ½-½
Caruana, F. – Saric, I. 1-0
Hou, Y. – Ding, L. 0-1
Jobava, B. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. ½-½
Radjabov, T. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
Round 3 – Monday the 12th
Ivanchuk, V. – Van Wely, L. 1-0
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Radjabov, T. ½-½
Ding, L. – Jobava, B. 1-0
Saric, I. – Hou, Y. ½-½
Giri, A. – Caruana, F. ½-½
So, W. – Aronian, L. 1-0
Wojtaszek, R. – Carlsen, M. 1-0
Round 4 – Tuesday the 13th
Van Wely, L. – Carlsen, M. 0-1
Aronian, L. – Wojtaszek, R. ½-½
Caruana, F. – So, W. ½-½
Hou, Y. – Giri, A. ½-½
Jobava, B. – Saric, I. 0-1
Radjabov, T. – Ding, L. 0-1
Ivanchuk, V. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. 1-0
Round 5 – Thursday the 15th
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Van Wely, L. ½-½
Ding, L. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
Saric, I. – Radjabov, T. 0-1
Giri, A. – Jobava, B. 1-0
So, W. – Hou, Y. ½-½
Wojtaszek, R. – Caruana, F. 1-0
Carlsen, M. – Aronian, L. 1-0
Round 6 – Friday the 16th
Van Wely, L. – Aronian, L. ½-½
Caruana, F. – Carlsen, M. 0-1
Hou, Y. – Wojtaszek, R. ½-½
Jobava, B. – So, W. 0-1
Radjabov, T. – Giri, A. ½-½
Ivanchuk, V. – Saric, I. ½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Ding, L. 1-0
Round 7 – Saturday the 17th
Ding, L. – Van Wely, L. 1-0
Saric, I. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. 0-1
Giri, A. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
So, W. – Radjabov, T. ½-½
Wojtaszek, R. – Jobava, B. 0-1
Carlsen, M. – Hou, Y. 1-0
Aronian, L. – Caruana, F. ½-½
Round 8 – Sunday the 18th
Van Wely, L. – Caruana, F. 0-1
Hou, Y. – Aronian, L. ½-½
Jobava, B. – Carlsen, M. 0-1
Radjabov, T. – Wojtaszek, R. 1-0
Ivanchuk, V. – So, W. 0-1
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Giri, A. 1-0
Ding, L. – Saric, I. 1-0
Round 9 – Tuesday the 20th
Saric, I. – Van Wely, L. ½-½
Giri, A. – Ding, L. 1-0
So, W. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. ½-½
Wojtaszek, R. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
Carlsen, M. – Radjabov, T. 1-0
Aronian, L. – Jobava, B. 1-0
Caruana, F. – Hou, Y. ½-½
Round 10 – Wednesday the 21st
Van Wely, L. – Hou, Y. 1-0
Jobava, B. – Caruana, F. 0-1
Radjabov, T. – Aronian, L. ½-½
Ivanchuk, V. – Carlsen, M. ½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Wojtaszek, R. ½-½
Ding, L. – So, W. ½-½
Saric, I. – Giri, A. 0-1
Round 11 – Friday the 23rd
Giri, A. – Van Wely, L. 1-0
So, W. – Saric, I. 1-0
Wojtaszek, R. – Ding, L. 0-1
Carlsen, M. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. ½-½
Aronian, L. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
Caruana, F. – Radjabov, T. ½-½
Hou, Y. – Jobava, B. 1-0
Round 12 – Saturday the 24th
Van Wely, L. – Jobava, B. ½-½
Radjabov, T. – Hou, Y. ½-½
Ivanchuk, V. – Caruana, F. ½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Aronian, L. ½-½
Ding, L. – Carlsen, M. ½-½
Saric, I. – Wojtaszek, R. 1-0
Giri, A. – So, W. 1-0
Round 13 – Sunday the 25th
So, W. – Van Wely, L. 1-0
Wojtaszek, R. – Giri, A. ½-½
Carlsen, M. – Saric, I. ½-½
Aronian, L. – Ding, L. 0-1
Caruana, F. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. 0-1
Hou, Y. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
Jobava, B. – Radjabov, T. 1-0

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As obvious in the individual round results, only Voitaszek managed to prevail over Carlsen in Round 3 (52nd move).

Liren Ding seized the opportunity in the Netherlands and fought his way up the international ELO-rankings of the world’s best chess players. By now, he has reached a well-deserved 14th rank, while Giri and So were able to move to the Top 20 due to their great performances at the Tata Steel Tournament.

Find videos worth watching of all rounds on the official website:

http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/video/nr/13

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Jun Zhao prevails at Hastings

The historically interesting Hastings international Chess Congress was staged from December 29, 2014 to January 6, 2015 by the city of Hastings in England. For the event (9 rounds Swiss Tournament System) 113 players from 27 countries gathered, half of which (63 players) came from England. Sadly, only two Brits made it to the Top 10.

Jun ZhaoPlayers of different playing strengths (ELO-ratings between 1574 and 2676 points) made the tournament diverse and suspenseful. An especially outstanding performance was delivered by Chinese player and winner of the 2,000 British Pounds prize money – Zhao Jun.

The 28 year-old holds a current ELO of 2585 points and ranks 11th in the list of Chinese top-players. He dominated the first six rounds without exception. After the final 9th round, he had secured 8 points and achieved an incredible rating-performance of 2852.

Top 20 Rankings
Rank Name ELO FED Rating
1 GM Zhao Jun 2585 CHN 8.0
2 GM Mista Aleksander 2614 POL 7.0
3 GM Fier Alexandr 2592 BRA 7.0
4 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur 2451 ISL 7.0
5 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2676 ISR 6.5
6 GM Lagarde Maxime 2576 FRA 6.5
7 GM Hawkins Jonathan 2552 ENG 6.5
8 GM Vakhidov Jahongir 2502 UZB 6.5
9 GM Arkell Keith C 2489 ENG 6.5
10 GM Edouard Romain 2659 FRA 6.0
11 GM Bogner Sebastian 2586 SUI 6.0
12 GM Sengupta Deep 2566 IND 6.0
13 GM Flear Glenn C 2460 ENG 6.0
14 IM Gledura Benjamin 2450 HUN 6.0
15 FM Longson Alexander 2339 ENG 6.0
16 Kheit Wahbi 2223 ISR 6.0
17 Anderson John 2180 ENG 6.0
18 GM Hebden Mark L 2523 ENG 5.5
19 IM Galyas Miklos 2428 HUN 5.5
20 FM Jackson James P 2356 ENG 5.5

The award for best duel during the tournament was given to the Pole Aleksander Mista for his victory over Edourard.

Detailed game reports, pictures, and results of the individual rounds can be viewed on the tournament page: http://www.hastingschess.com/

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe