Archive for December, 2010

Vallejo dominates on 3.5/4 after beating Short – 4

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Francisco Vallejo Pons defeated Nigel Short rather easily to move to 3.5/4 at the Reggio Emilia tournament, a point and a half clear of the field going into the rest day (where Morozevich and Navara play their postponed game). Vallejo made light work of Short’s rather anaemic play as white against his French Defence. The only other winner was Vugar Gashimov who defeated Michele Godena. Vassily Ivanchuk could have won a piece on the run up to first time control against Sergei Movsesian but spurned this chance and eventually settled for the draw.

Source: The Week in Chess

Ochocientos mil trescientos veinticuatro…

Friday, December 31st, 2010

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Happy New Year!

Friday, December 31st, 2010


I would like to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2011!

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Tal defeating Kasparov in his last tournament

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Tal beating Kasparov at Moscow Blitz, his last tournament shortly before he passed away.

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Reggio Emilia LIVE – Round 4

Friday, December 31st, 2010

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Back at one

Friday, December 31st, 2010


January 2011 top players (2700 and above)

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2814 17 1990
2 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2810 17 1969
3 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 9 1982
4 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2784 16 1975
5 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2776 20 1990
6 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2775 10 1975
7 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2773 20 1983
8 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2772 9 1985
9 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2764 0 1969
10 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2751 16 1987
11 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2744 0 1983
12 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2744 0 1987
13 Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2736 10 1986
14 Wang, Yue g CHN 2734 21 1987
15 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2733 11 1990
16 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2733 9 1968
17 Wang, Hao g CHN 2731 33 1989
18 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2730 11 1976
19 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2730 6 1974
20 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2726 0 1987
21 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2724 9 1983
22 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2723 10 1983
23 Adams, Michael g ENG 2723 7 1971
24 Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2722 15 1972
25 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2721 18 1992
26 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2721 0 1978
27 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2719 10 1976
28 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2718 11 1983
29 Leko, Peter g HUN 2717 0 1979
30 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2716 0 1983
31 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2715 6 1990
32 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2714 14 1980
33 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2709 11 1987
34 Navara, David g CZE 2708 0 1985
35 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2707 15 1981
36 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2707 0 1983
37 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2701 0 1985
38 Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2701 0 1985
39 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2700 0 1977

Full top list here: http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=men

Top women (2500 and above)

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2686 0 1976
2 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2607 18 1987
3 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2602 23 1994
4 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2570 15 1986
5 Kosintseva, Nadezhda m RUS 2552 11 1985
6 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2550 4 1987
7 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2546 4 1979
8 Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2529 6 1990
9 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2526 14 1983
10 Harika, Dronavalli m IND 2520 16 1991
11 Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2518 8 1989
12 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2516 4 1963
13 Ju, Wenjun wg CHN 2514 17 1991
14 Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2502 4 1961
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Singapore International Chess Festival 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010


Singapore International Chess Festival 2010 – Closing Ceremony

In a simple prize presentation ceremony, winners were awarded their respective medals and cash prizes from the organizers bringing down the curtains to the successful 7th Singapore International Chess Festival. The last event for the Festival is the annual Singapore – Malaysia Chess Challenge 2011 which will similarly take place at the Stansfield Residence 1 from 31 December 2010 to 1 January 2011.

The traditional match is played on a very cordial and personal basis but the match continues to be keenly contested with each side not prepared to go down without a fight. The winning margin for edition 2010 was a single point separating the two sides with Singapore winning. The ‘tigers’ from Malaysia are hoping to score a convincing victory as a farewell gift for Malaysian Chess Federation retiring Deputy President Haji Ibrahim Bakar.

New ‘Singaporean’ GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili took the inaugural ASEAN Championship tied on points with IM Barbosa Oliver from the Philippines but won on tie-break. Indonesian GM Megaranto Susanto was half a point behind winning the bronze medal. As reported earlier, the very strong Vietnamese women team steamrolled their way on and captured all top three medals on offer. WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An, WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram and WGM Le Thanh Tu finished in that order respectively.

In the Singapore Open Tournament, GM Wen Yang from China also confirmed his superiority by winning the top prize with Philippines GM Villamayor Buenaventura and unheralded and untitled Nebato Sheider wining the bronze medal and at the same time won a IM norm. Vietnamese FM Nguyen Van Huy also successful in winning a IM Norm.

In the inaugural International Youth Championships, Vietnam took away three titles in WFM Le Tran Phuong Yuen (Girls’ U8), FM Le Tuan Minh (Open Under 14) and FM Nguyen Van Hai (Open Under 17). The Malaysian finished creditably behind Vietnam with Wong Yinn Long (Open Under 8) and WCM Nur Nabila Azman Hisham (Girls’ Under 14). Singapore’s FM Tin Jingyao was best in the Open Under 11 Championship and Asia’s powerhouse, India, had Tejaswini Sagar capturing the gold medal in the Girls’ Under 11 tournament to salvage some minor lost pride. However, India recorded having the youngest player in Sagar Siya just tipping the scale at 3 years 10 months in the Open Under 8 section.

The festival took place at the Stansfield Residence 1 which is a student hostel for international students. For the duration of the Festival, the hostel was packed to the brim and some of the participants had to be turned away. Stansfield Residence Hostel Manager Mr Sharin Said working together with the Singapore Chess Federation’s General Secretary, Mr Osric Mooi also had their hands full tending to the needs of the more than 600 participants and their supporters.

It has been an eventful 2010 for all as foreign participants depart timely to ring in the new year and a more successful and fruitful 2011. Happy New Year.

Report by Tournament Director Chan Boon Siang

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14-Year-Old Is Newest Chess Grandmaster

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Illya Nyzhnyk, a 14-year-old from Ukrainian, qualified for the grandmaster title on Thursday by tying for first place at the Groningen Chess Festival in the Netherlands. Nyzhnyk is the 20th player to become a grandmaster before turning 15 and the 11th youngest ever. Most of those becoming grandmasters at such a young age have done it within the last decade. Bobby Fischer held the record as the youngest grandmaster (at 15 years, 6 months) for 33 years, from 1958 to 1991, until it was broken by Judit Polgar of Hungary. Nyzhnyk first attracted attention more than three years ago when he was 10 and won the B section of the Moscow Open by scoring 8.5 points out of 9. Since …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Jan 2011 FIDE Rating List

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Another two months have flown by, and FIDE have released the latest official rating list.
The January 2011 rating list confirms Magnus Carlsen (pictured) as the world’s #1 rated player, but he is very closely followed by world champion Vishy Anan…

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Rilton Cup 2010-11 – 4

Friday, December 31st, 2010

The Rilton Cup 2010-11 takes place in Sweden. Mon 27th Dec 2010 – Wed 5th Jan 2011.

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