Caruana Prevails At Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund, Germany

Sparkassen Chess Meeting

Source: http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting.de

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The city of Dortmund in Germany was stage to the Sparkassen Chess Meeting from June 27 to July 5 2015. The tournament is one of Germany’s best cast chess events that had eight participants this year:

  • Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik who has participated in this even for twenty-three years and won ten times. The forty year-old Russian currently ranks 8th in worldwide standings and is considered one of the most experienced players in the world.
  • Fabiano Caruana, who did not only come off winner last at last year’s edition but also prevailed in 2012. At an age of nineteen he caused a stir back then when winning the tournament for the first time. Caruana currently holds an ELO of 2797 points.
  • German player Arkadij Naiditsch who also won the Sparkassen Chess Meeting at the age of nineteen. This sensational victory happened ten years ago when he managed to defeat chess professionals like Kramnik, Topalov, and Adams. By the way, the exceptionally talented player beat world champion Magnus Carlsen twice.
  • Georg Meier, who is third best German player and contributed majorly to Germany’s victory at the European Team Championship 2011. It’s his fifth time to compete at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting at which came off second last year after defeating Kramnik.
  • Women’s world champion Hou Yifan participated for the first time this year. She is a prodigy and as the strongest female chess player in the world, she was by no means an easy opponent at the event. The twenty-two year old was world champion three times already and is a serious challenge even to experienced grandmasters.
  • Ian Neopmniachtschi competed in the 2008 edition of the tournament and came off second at that time. His victory at this year’s edition of the well-known Aeroflot Open in Moscow qualified him for participating in Dortmund. “Nepo” was considered favorite player for the overall victory, as he has severely gained in playing strength recently.
  • German-Rumanian player Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu looks back on a long history of chess expertise. When other players competing at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting were still in diapers, he had already been announced Rumanian Champion and even made it to semi-finals in 1999’s world championship. The former European champion transferred from Russia to the German Chess Federation in 2014 where he currently ranks second.
  • Philippine player Wesley So is persistently one of the world’s Top Ten players (currently rank seven) and has supported the American team since 2014. He became grandmaster at only fourteen years old and was also considered one of the event’s favorite players which he impressively proved with victories over Caruana and Nepomniachtschi.

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Final Results

 Sparkassen Chess Meeting

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Individual Results. Rounds 1 through 7
Round 1. June 27, 2015. 3 p.m.
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
½-½
Caruana, Fabiano 2805
Meier, Georg 2654
½-½
Hou, Yifan 2676
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
0-1
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
1-0
So, Wesley 2778
Round 2. June 28, 2015. 3p.m.
Caruana, Fabiano 2805 0-1 So, Wesley 2778
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722 0-1 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Hou, Yifan 2676 0-1 Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720 ½-½ Meier, Georg 2654
Round 3. June 30, 2015. 3 p.m.
Meier, Georg 2654 0-1 Caruana, Fabiano 2805
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 1-0 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654 ½-½ Hou, Yifan 2676
So, Wesley 2778 0-1 Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Round 4. July 1, 2015. 3 p.m.
Caruana, Fabiano 2805 1-0 Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Hou, Yifan 2676 ½-½ So, Wesley 2778
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720 ½-½ Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Meier, Georg 2654 0-1 Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
Round 5. July 3, 2015. 3 p.m.
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 0-1 Caruana, Fabiano 2805
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654 ½-½ Meier, Georg 2654
So, Wesley 2778 1-0 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722 ½-½ Hou, Yifan 2676
Round 6. July 4, 2015. 3 p.m.
Caruana, Fabiano 2805 1-0 Hou, Yifan 2676
Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720 1-0 Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722
Meier, Georg 2654 ½-½ So, Wesley 2778
Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 ½-½ Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654
Round 7. July 1, 2015. 1 p.m.
Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 2654 0-1 Caruana, Fabiano 2805
So, Wesley 2778 1-0 Kramnik, Vladimir 2783
Naiditsch, Arkadij 2722 ½-½ Meier, Georg 2654
Hou, Yifan 2676 ½-½ Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2720

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Caruana won this tournament all over again and left the other participants at a 1.5 point advantage behind.

Find game sheets and pictures on the official tournament website.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

CEZ Chess Trophy 2015

CEZ

From June 12 to 16 2015, Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, hosted the CEZ Chess Trophy 2015 tournament. The city is home to David Navara who has been challenging world class players in this very event for thirteen years now. This time

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he competed against the current number 9 in worldwide rankings, Wesley So. No doubt that this was going to be a tough one for the thirty year-old Czech. He has gone a little bit over board a few times before and has had to comply with bitter defeats on home turf at previous CEZ Chess Trophy tournaments. His score account from 2003 to 2014: two victories (against Viktor Korchnoi and Sergei Movsesian), two ties (against Anatoly Karpov and Boris Gelfand), and eight defeats (against Shirov, Short, Kramnik, Ivanchuk, Polgar, Svidler, Yifan, and Nakamura).

During the four scheduled matches (90 minutes/40 + 30 minutes – 30 seconds/move from 1st move) Navara had the chance to finally come off winner at the event which he hadn’t managed to do since 2011.

The chess event began with a simultaneous introduction of the players at which Wesley So impressively demonstrated his skills. Within an hour and forty minutes, the American faced twenty-two opponents, eighteen of which he effortlessly beat. Three duels ended in draws, while one match, against the event’s manager and sponsor Libor Kicmer (ELO 1992), ended in So’s defeat. The two of them were no less than 800 ELO points apart.

Navara had relatively good chances on a victory this year, as he is at a high point in his career. His ELO amounts to 2751 points at the moment and in a live rating shortly before the tournament he ranked 13th in world rankings.

However, Navara had no luck this time and a suspenseful draw in round 1 was quickly followed by a defeat in round 2. Round 3 was again an agreed on tie, which meant suspense until the very end. Navara could have turned the tides to an overall tie with a victory, but his efforts were useless. The Czech had to admit defeat and lost the competition at a final score of 3:1 to Wesley So.

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June 13. 14. 15. 16.
Names/Round Nat. 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
NAVARA CZE 1/2 0 1/2 0 1
SO USA 1/2 1 1/2 1 3

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David Navara lost 26.7 points in the ELO live rating and again fell behind on rank 27 in worldwide standings. What a setback!

Find pictures and game sheets on the official website.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

French Top 12 Club Championship 2015

French Team Championship

This year’s edition of the French Top 12 Club Championship “Championat de France d’eches interclubs Top 12“ were scheduled to take place in the Southern French city Le Grau-du-Roi (close to Montpellier) from May 30 to June 9, 2015. The tournament was fought out between the country’s twelve best teams at the local yacht club’s casino. Eight boards were stage to the chess duels which were arranged in everybody-against-everybody playing mode. Final results were only determined by those matches with definite outcomes.

Anish Giri, Arkadij Naiditsch (both Team Bischwiller), Wesley So and Dmitry Jakovenko (both Team Clichy) as well as David Navara and Radoslav Wojtszek (both Team Mulhouse) are only a few of the attending international top stars next to the best French players.

After Round 10, the final winner was already determined by Bischwiller’s 2:1 victory over Strasbourg (winning points Giri and Edouard), while the bronze and silver medals were also secured prematurely. Unfortunate was not only the Team Poitier-Migne but also Arkadij Naiditsch who was so many points short at the event that we won’t even be able to find him amongst the players with ELO-ratings of 2700 points and above.

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Final Results After 11 Rounds
Rank Team Pts j. d. p. c.
1 Bischwiller 33 11 31 41 10
2 Clichy 31 11 33 44 11
3 Bois-Colombes 28 11 22 36 14
4 Strasbourg 25 11 5 20 15
5 Evry Grand Roque 24 11 -2 24 26
6 Mulhouse Philidor 23 11 11 31 20
7 Montpellier 21 11 -7 23 30
8 Chalons-En-Champagne 20 11 -2 23 25
9 Vandoeuvre 17 11 -12 19 31
10 Grasse 16 11 -16 13 29
11 Metz Fischer 15 11 -15 17 32
12 Poitiers-Migne 11 11 -48 7 55

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Individual Results Rounds 1 Through 11
Round 1
Vandoeuvre 3 1 Grasse
Bischwiller 6 1 Metz Fischer
Chalons-En-Champagne 4 3 Montpellier
Poitiers-Migne 2 4 Strasbourg
Clichy 3 0 Bois-Colombes
Evry Grand Roque 4 2 Mulhouse Philidor
Round 2
Grasse 0 4 Mulhouse Philidor
Bois-Colombes 5 0 Evry Grand Roque
Strasbourg 2 3 Clichy
Montpellier 3 2 Poitiers-Migne
Metz Fischer 1 2 Chalons-En-Champagne
Vandoeuvre 2 4 Bischwiller
Round 3
Bischwiller 4 1 Grasse
Chalons-En-Champagne 2 2 Vandoeuvre
Poitiers-Migne 1 3 Metz Fischer
Clichy 5 0 Montpellier
Evry Grand Roque 1 2 Strasbourg
Mulhouse Philidor 3 3 Bois-Colombes
Round 4
Grasse 0 4 Bois-Colombes
Strasbourg 1 1 Mulhouse Philidor
Montpellier 2 3 Evry Grand Roque
Metz Fischer 0 5 Clichy
Vandoeuvre 4 0 Poitiers-Migne
Bischwiller 3 2 Chalons-En-Champagne
Round 5
Chalons-En-Champagne 2 0 Grasse
Poitiers-Migne 0 6 Bischwiller
Clichy 4 1 Vandoeuvre
Evry Grand Roque 2 1 Metz Fischer
Mulhouse Philidor 2 3 Montpellier
Bois-Colombes 3 1 Strasbourg
Round 6
Grasse 0 1 Strasbourg
Montpellier 1 4 Bois-Colombes
Metz Fischer 2 3 Mulhouse Philidor
Vandoeuvre 2 3 Evry Grand Roque
Bischwiller 2 1 Clichy
Chalons-En-Champagne 5 1 Poitiers-Migne
Round 7
Poitiers-Migne 0 4 Grasse
Clichy 3 2 Chalons-En-Champagne
Evry Grand Roque 0 5 Bischwiller
Mulhouse Philidor 3 0 Vandoeuvre
Bois-Colombes 3 1 Metz Fischer
Strasbourg 2 1 Montpellier
Round 8
Grasse 2 3 Montpellier
Metz Fischer 1 1 Strasbourg
Vandoeuvre 0 4 Bois-Colombes
Bischwiller 2 1 Mulhouse Philidor
Chalons-En-Champagne 2 3 Evry Grand Roque
Poitiers-Migne 0 8 Clichy
Round 9
Clichy 5 1 Grasse
Evry Grand Roque 6 0 Poitiers-Migne
Mulhouse Philidor 4 1 Chalons-En-Champagne
Bois-Colombes 1 4 Bischwiller
Strasbourg 3 1 Vandoeuvre
Montpellier 3 2 Metz Fischer
Round 10
Grasse 3 2 Metz Fischer
Vandoeuvre 1 4 Montpellier
Bischwiller 2 1 Strasbourg
Chalons-En-Champagne 1 3 Bois-Colombes
Poitiers-Migne 1 6 Mulhouse Philidor
Clichy 4 1 Evry Grand Roque
Round 11
Evry Grand Roque 1 1 Grasse
Mulhouse Philidor 2 3 Clichy
Bois-Colombes 6 0 Poitiers-Migne
Strasbourg 2 0 Chalons-En-Champagne
Montpellier 0 3 Bischwiller
Metz Fischer 3 3 Vandoeuvre

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Find further information and pictures of the event on the official tournament website.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

 

Carlsen Beats Anand at Gashimov Memorial

Gashimov Memorial 2015

Shamkir, Azerbaijan, was stage to the Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2015 from April 16 to 26. The declared top-players of the world of chess gathered to compete:

Magnus Carlsen (ELO 2863)
Fabiano Caruana (ELO 2803)
Visvanathan Anand (ELO 2791)
Anish Giri (ELO 2790)
Wesley So (ELO 2788)
Vladimir Kramnik (ELO 2783)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (ELO 2762)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (ELO 2754)
Michael Adams (ELO 2746)
Rauf Mamedov (ELO 2651)

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The tournament was played in 45 duels in 9 rounds.

Carlsen and Anand were the only players to remain undefeated throughout the entire event and may proudly report an enhancement of 13 points in their ELO-Live-ratings.

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Final Results After 9 Rounds
Rank Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts Vict
1 Carlsen Magnus 2863 NOR 1 ½ 1 ½ 1  1 *  1 ½ ½  7 5
2 Anand Viswanathan 2791 IND  ½ 1 ½ * 1 ½ ½  ½ ½ 1  6 3
3 So Wesley 2788 USA  ½ * 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1  5 3
4 Caruana Fabiano 2802 ITA 1 1 ½ ½ ½ * 0  ½ ½ ½  5 2
5 Kramnik Vladimir 2783 RUS *  ½ ½  ½  0 0 0 1 ½ 1  4 2
6 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 AZE 1 ½ ½ 0 *  ½ 0  ½ ½ ½  4 1
7 Adams Michael 2746 ENG 0  0  ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 *  3.5  1
8 Giri Anish 2790 NED ½  0  ½ ½ ½  ½ ½ ½ * 0  3.5  0
9 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 FRA 0 ½  ½ ½ ½  ½ 0 * ½ ½  3.5  0
10 Mamedov Rauf 2651 AZE  ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 0  ½ ½ ½  3.5 0

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Pairings & Individual Results

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1st Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1-0 GM Adams Michael 2746 10
2 GM So Wesley 2788 1-0 GM Giri Anish 2790 9
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6

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2nd Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 ½-½ GM So Wesley 2788 2

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3rd Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM So Wesley 2788 1-0 GM Adams Michael 2746 10
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 ½-½ GM Giri Anish 2790 9
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 0-1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7

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4th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4
2 GM So Wesley 2788 1-0 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3

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5th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Adams Michael 2746 10
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 1-0 GM So Wesley 2788 2
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 1-0 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 ½-½ GM Giri Anish 2790 9
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8

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6th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 ½-½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 0-1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
2 GM So Wesley 2788 ½-½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4

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7th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 1-0 GM Adams Michael 2746 10
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 1-0 GM So Wesley 2788 2
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM Giri Anish 2790 9

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8th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 1-0 GM Giri Anish 2790 9
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1-0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
2 GM So Wesley 2788 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 1-0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5

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9th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Adams Michael 2746 10
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM So Wesley 2788 2
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1

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Pictures, videos, and detailed game sheets are available on the official tournament website:

https://www.shamkirchess.az

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe