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

FIDE Grand Prix of Women

Since 2009, this world can account for another tournament series at world-class level: The FIDE Grand Prix of Women. This serious lasts about two years and consists of six tournaments with each twelve participants. The winner of the current tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk (where the Candidates’ Tournament of men took place recently) can look forward to 10,000€ prize money and the rare opportunity to challenge the current World Champion. The tournament was scheduled from April 9th until 21st and carried out by the Ugra Chess Academy.

Womens FIDE grand prix

Yesterday, at 8.5 points, Hou Yifan dominated the event as expected. We would like to put particular emphasis on the performance of the Russian player Olgy Girya who became second at 7 out of 11 points and is already referred to as the Star of the Tournament.

Detailed game reports in English can be found on the official website, an overview of all rounds is listed in the following:

 

ROUND 1. April 9th 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

Name

Stefanova Antoaneta ½ – ½ Kosteniuk Alexandra
Ushenina Anna 1 – 0 Muminova Nafisa
Zhao Xue 1 – 0 Lagno Kateryna
Girya Olga 1 – 0 Dzagnidze Nana
Muzychuk Anna 1 – 0 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs
Hou Yifan 1 – 0 Kosintseva Tatiana

ROUND 2. April 10th 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

 

Name

Kosteniuk Alexandra 0 – 1 Kosintseva Tatiana
Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 0 – 1 Hou Yifan
Dzagnidze Nana ½ – ½ Muzychuk Anna
Lagno Kateryna 1 – 0 Girya Olga
Muminova Nafisa 1 – 0 Zhao Xue
Stefanova Antoaneta 1 – 0 Ushenina Anna

ROUND 3. April 11th 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

 

Name

Ushenina Anna ½ – ½ Kosteniuk Alexandra
Zhao Xue 1 – 0 Stefanova Antoaneta
Girya Olga ½ – ½ Muminova Nafisa
Muzychuk Anna ½ – ½ Lagno Kateryna
Hou Yifan 1 – 0 Dzagnidze Nana
Kosintseva Tatiana ½ – ½ Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

ROUND 4. April 12th 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

 

Name

Kosteniuk Alexandra 1 – 0 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs
Dzagnidze Nana 1 – 0 Kosintseva Tatiana
Lagno Kateryna ½ – ½ Hou Yifan
Muminova Nafisa 0 – 1 Muzychuk Anna
Stefanova Antoaneta ½ – ½ Girya Olga
Ushenina Anna ½ – ½ Zhao Xue

ROUND 5. April 14th 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

Name

Zhao Xue ½ – ½ Kosteniuk Alexandra
Girya Olga ½ – ½ Ushenina Anna
Muzychuk Anna ½ – ½ Stefanova Antoaneta
Hou Yifan 1 – 0 Muminova Nafisa
Kosintseva Tatiana ½ – ½ Lagno Kateryna
Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 0 – 1 Dzagnidze Nana

ROUND 6. April 15th 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

Name

Kosteniuk Alexandra 1 – 0 Dzagnidze Nana
Lagno Kateryna ½ – ½ Batchimeg Tuvshintugs
Muminova Nafisa 1 – 0 Kosintseva Tatiana
Stefanova Antoaneta ½ – ½ Hou Yifan
Ushenina Anna ½ – ½ Muzychuk Anna
Zhao Xue 0 – 1 Girya Olga

ROUND 7. April 16th 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

Name

Girya Olga 1 – 0 Kosteniuk Alexandra
Muzychuk Anna 1 – 0 Zhao Xue
Hou Yifan 1 – 0 Ushenina Anna
Kosintseva Tatiana ½ – ½ Stefanova Antoaneta
Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 0 – 1 Muminova Nafisa
Dzagnidze Nana ½ – ½ Lagno Kateryna

ROUND 8. April 17th 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

Name

Kosteniuk Alexandra ½ – ½ Lagno Kateryna
Muminova Nafisa 0 – 1 Dzagnidze Nana
Stefanova Antoaneta ½ – ½ Batchimeg Tuvshintugs
Ushenina Anna 1 – 0 Kosintseva Tatiana
Zhao Xue ½ – ½ Hou Yifan
Girya Olga 1 – 0 GM Muzychuk Anna

ROUND 9. April 19th 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

 

Name

Muzychuk Anna 0 – 1 Kosteniuk Alexandra
Hou Yifan 1 – 0 Girya Olga
Kosintseva Tatiana ½ – ½ Zhao Xue
Batchimeg Tuvshintugs ½ – ½ Ushenina Anna
Dzagnidze Nana 1 – 0 Stefanova Antoaneta
Lagno Kateryna ½ – ½ Muminova Nafisa

ROUND 10. April 20th 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

 

Name

Kosteniuk Alexandra 1 – 0 Muminova Nafisa
Stefanova Antoaneta ½ – ½ Lagno Kateryna
Ushenina Anna ½ – ½ Dzagnidze Nana
Zhao Xue 0 – 1 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs
Girya Olga 1 – 0 Kosintseva Tatiana
Muzychuk Anna ½ – ½ Hou Yifan

ROUND 11. April 21st 2014, 3 p.m.

Name

Result

 

Name

Hou Yifan ½ – ½ Kosteniuk Alexandra
Kosintseva Tatiana ½ – ½ Muzychuk Anna
Batchimeg Tuvshintugs ½ – ½ Girya Olga
Dzagnidze Nana 0 – 1 Zhao Xue
Lagno Kateryna 1 – 0 Ushenina Anna
Muminova Nafisa 0 – 1 Stefanova Antoaneta

 

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

 

Mind Games 2013: Yifan Hou and Sergey Karjakin win rapid chess tournament

The Chinese city Beijing is currently hosting the SportAccord Mind Games. During the opening stage, the rapid chess tournament of men and women took place in which Yifan Hou and Sergey Karjakin were able to prevail.

 

Winners in rapid chess at the Mind Games are final after 30 rounds

Sergey Karjakin-1

The rapid chess tournaments in both men and women’s category of the Mind games 2013 took 3 entire days. Within this time frame, each of the 16 male and female players played the 30 rounds in everybody-against-everybody mode. The final decisions were made on the last day; in the men’s category, Sergey Karjakin, who already became rapid chess master last year, was able to prevail in his area of comfort. The women’s category is led by Yifan Hou who is the current world champion and seems undefeatable.

 

Youngest chess grandmaster of all time wins men’s tournament

Sergey Karjakin is not only rapid chess master and number 12 in worldwide rankings; he is also the youngest grandmaster the world of chess has ever seen. Particularly in the final stage of the tournament, Karjakin was able to score. Earlier, it seemed that Shakriyar Mamedyarov would be the great winner, but on the final day several changes in overall standings were made and therefore the Russian grandmaster secured the victory. Sergey Karjakin prevailed over Levon Aronian who had equally scored 19.5 points. In a previous direct duel, he had defeated the world’s runner-up Aronian at 1.5:0.5 points which put him in a favorable position. The Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave follows in 3rd place at 18.0 points.

 

The final rankings of the rapid chess tournament of the Mind Games 2013:

Rank Name Rtg Federation Pts Res. vict SB MBl
1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2837 Russia 19.5 1.5 15 290.50 15
2 GM Aronian Levon 2817 Armenia 19.5 0.5 16 275.00 15
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2825 France 18.0 1.5 13 255.00 15
4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2721 Azerbaijan 18.0 0.5 15 256.00 15
5 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2830 Russia 17.0 2.0 13 246.25 15
6 GM Le Quang Liem 2841 Vietnam 17.0 0.0 13 240.75 15
7 GM Grischuk Alexander 2798 Russia 16.5 0.0 13 242.25 15
8 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2774 Ukraine 14.5 1.5 11 201.25 15
9 GM Giri Anish 2747 Netherlands 14.5 0.5 9 211.50 15
10 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2750 Ukraine 14.0 0.0 11 209.25 15
11 GM Kamsky Gata 2671 United States of America 13.5 1.0 9 185.25 15
12 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2769 Cuba 13.5 1.0 8 193.25 15
13 GM Radjabov Teimour 2755 Azerbaijan 12.0 0.0 6 179.25 15
14 GM Wang Yue 2723 China 11.0 1.5 4 165.25 15
15 GM Leko Peter 2722 Hungary 11.0 0.5 5 161.25 15
16 GM Wang Hao 2698 China 10.5 0.0 5 152.00 15

 

 

Women’s category: Yifan Hou solid, Elisabeth Paehtz in bottom position

Hou-Yifan-300x300

The final decision about the tournament victory in the women’s division was also made on the 3rd and last day. In the end, the Chinese world champion Yifan Hou was clearly ahead. In the final rankings of the Mind Games 2013 in Beijing she was in 1st place at 21.5 points, two points ahead off Valentina Gunina. The Russian, however, was one point superior to Anna Muzychuk from Slovenia and two points superior to Anna Ushenina from the Ukraine. At the very bottom of the rankings is the German representative Elisabeth Paethz who scored 9.5 points.

 

The complete rankings in the women’s category of the Mind Games 2013:

Rank Name Rtg Federation Pts Res. vict SB MBl
1 GM Hou Yifan 2559 China 21.5 0.0 19 302.50 15
2 GM Gunina Valentina 2527 Russia 19.5 0.0 18 271.50 15
3 GM Muzychuk Anna 2639 Slovenia 18.5 0.0 17 274.75 15
4 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 Ukraine 17.5 0.0 15 242.50 15
5 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2508 Bulgaria 17.0 0.0 13 244.25 15
6 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 Ukraine 16.0 0.0 12 225.50 15
7 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2612 Russia 15.0 0.0 10 220.75 15
8 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2579 Georgia 14.5 2.5 13 203.25 15
9 GM Zhao Xue 2471 China 14.5 2.5 11 195.50 15
10 GM Koneru Humpy 2558 India 14.5 1.0 12 211.75 15
11 GM Sebag Marie 2501 France 14.0 1.5 12 206.50 15
12 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2480 Russia 14.0 0.5 13 209.75 15
13 WGM Ju Wenjun 2454 China 13.5 0.0 11 198.75 15
14 GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2532 Lithuania 10.5 0.0 7 152.75 15
15 GM Cramling Pia 2430 Sweden 10.0 0.0 7 144.75 15
16 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2574 Germany 9.5 0.0 7 128.75 15

 

Pictures: wikipedia/ Stefan64 & Clément Bucco-Lechat

written by Michael, translated by Birthe