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GM Levente Vajda grabs the trophy in Zurich Weihnachtsopen

Monday, December 31st, 2012

The 36th Zurich Christmas Open took place on 26-30th December at the Crowne Plaza Z?rich in Zurich, Switzerland.

The 7-round Master Tournament, for players rated over 2000, had 133 participants. Romanian Grandmaster Levente Vajda took a clear first place with 6,0/7 points to claim the top prize of CHF 5000.

Vajda started furiously with five consecutive wins, including those against the heavyweights Alexei Shirov and Hrant Melkumyan, and then drew the final two rounds.

The General Tournament (U2050) with 218 participants was also held over 7 rounds of Swiss system. Serbian junior Maksimilijan Boskovic from Kraljevo emerged sole winner with 6,5/7 points to take the top prize of CHF 1000.

Zurich

Master Tournament final standings:

1. Vajda Levente GM 2603 ROU – 6.0
2-8. Bartel Mateusz GM 2629 POL, Melkumyan Hrant GM 2649 ARM, Bauer Christian GM 2627 FRA, Shirov Alexei GM 2708 LAT, Bindrich Falko GM 2545 GER, Pelletier Yannick GM 2604 SUI and Kurnosov Igor GM 2645 RUS – 5.5
9-21. Grachev Boris GM 2688 RUS, Ghaem Maghami Ehsan GM 2572 IRI, Istratescu Andrei GM 2654 FRA, Cvitan Ognjen GM 2535 CRO, Sanikidze Tornike GM 2567 GEO, Bogner Sebastian GM 2562 GER, Fier Alexandr GM 2567 BRA, Pikula Dejan GM 2485 SRB, Lekic Dusan IM 2405 MNE, Arribas L?pez Angel IM 2477 ESP, Anton Guijarro David IM 2558 ESP, Zude Arno IM 2467 GER and Pavlovic Milos GM 2513 SRB – 5.0 etc

The total prize money of both tournaments exceeded CHF 30,000.

The 29th Gen?ve International Chess Open was held concurrently with the Zurich Open. The next tournament in Switzerland is Hilton Basel Chess Festival which is starting on 1st January 2013 in Basel.

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GM Timur Gareev convincing in North American Open 2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012

The 22nd Annual North American Open was held on 26-30th December at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada.

GM Timur Gareev finished with an undefeated 8.0/9, a full point ahead of his nearest rival, to convincingly claim the title of North American Open Champion along with a prize of nearly $10,000 for his efforts throughout the week.

FM John Bryant finished in 2nd place with 7.0/9, scoring a GM norm in the process, to claim a prize of $4704. Bryant earlier signed a GM norm at the World Open and shared the first place in 113th United States Open Chess Championship.

IM Zhanibek Amanov also scored a GM norm, finishing in a group of four players with 6.5/9, as well as taking the U2500 prize. FMs Yian Liou and Michael Bodek both scored IM norms.

Bally’s Casino Resort

Bally’s Casino Resort

Open section final standings:
1. GM Timur Gareev 2660 TX – 8.0 ($9690.00)
2. FM John Bryant 2416 CA – 7.0 ($4704.00)
3-6. GM Chao Li 2670 CHN, GM Sam Shankland 2595 CA, GM Alejandro Ramirez 2554 TX ($1474.00 each) and IM Zhanibek Amanov 2359 KAZ ($2352.00) – 6.5
7-12. GM Sergey Erenburg 2637 ISR, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2602 NY, GM Joshua Friedel 2494 NH, GM Dmitry Gurevich 2485 IL, GM Arthur Chibukhchian 2448 ARM and FM Yian Liou 2352 CA ($715.40 each) – 6.0 etc

The event had 7 sections: Open, Under 2200, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250.

The prize fund was slightly reduced from the projected $120,000 (based on 600 entries), but still remained well above the basic $90,000 guaranteed.

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Mirzoev edges Granda on tie-break to take the trophy in Zaragoza

Monday, December 31st, 2012

The 6th Open Internacional Augusta Aragon Stadium Casablanca took place from 22nd to 30th December at the Stadium Casablanca in Zaragoza, Spain.

The 9-round Swiss event featured 162 players from 12 countries, including 7 Grandmasters and 8 International Masters.

Grandmasters Azer Mirzoev and top seed Julio Granda Zuniga shared the first place with 7,5 points each after winning the last round encounters against FM Fernando Lopez Gracia and GM Marc Narciso Dublan respectively.

Mirzoev narrowly edged Granda Zuniga on 2nd tie-break criteria to take the winner’s trophy. The player from Azerbaijan continued the string of successes after recently winning the round robin event in Elgoibar.

Mirzoev was also the winner of the first Open Internacional Augusta Aragon back in 2007.

Reigning Spanish champion Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez finished third on tie-break.

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Final standings:

1 GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2553 – 7.5
2 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E PER 2641 – 7.5
3 GM Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis ESP 2576 – 7
4 IM Vassallo Barroche Mauricio ESP 2448 – 7
5 GM Strikovic Aleksa SRB 2509 – 7
6 GM Paunovic Dragan SRB 2490 – 7
7 FM Gonzalez Perez Arian CUB 2491 – 7
8 GM Narciso Dublan Marc ESP 2551 – 6.5
9 IM Garza Marco Sergio ESP 2438 – 6.5
10 FM Lopez Gracia Fernando ESP 2368 – 6.5
11 Rzayev Bahruz AZE 2370 – 6.5
12 IM Belezky Alexander UKR 2427 – 6.5
13 GM Cifuentes Parada Roberto ESP 2473 – 6.5
14 IM Forcen Esteban Daniel ESP 2469 – 6.5
15 FM Ramiro Ovejero Juan Luis ESP 2362 – 6.5
16 IM Bellia Fabrizio ITA 2448 – 6.5

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Mirzoeva gana ‘BWW Augusta Arag?n’ en Zaragoza

Monday, December 31st, 2012

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Classic chess tactic

Monday, December 31st, 2012


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By Lubomir Kavalek
Monday, December 21, 2009; 10:10 AM

Vasily Smyslov, 88, became the world chess champion in 1957, defeating Mikhail Botvinnik. Aside from having a great career as a practical player, Smyslov also produced more than 100 endgame studies, the most of any world champion. In his teens he tried his hand at composing problems. In 1935, at age 14, Smyslov created the following (above) problem (White: Kf8, Qa8, P:c4,d3,e3,g4; Black: Kf6,Nf1,P:a7,c5,e6,f7,g5) in which white mates in three moves.

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Big congrats to UTD, UMBC, and especially Illinois

Monday, December 31st, 2012

I would like to congratulate UTD and UMBC for making the Final Four again. Their consistent drive for excellence is admirable.

But the biggest congratulations goes to Eric Rosen and his teammates for qualifying for the Final Four, ahead of other big name chess schools.

Rosen, Eric - 2394 - 3.5
IL  12853959 - Board 1  
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Auger, Michael - 2139 – 4.5 
IL  12860543 - Board 2
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Meduri, Aakaash - 2093 – 4.0
IL  12834788 - Board 3
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Luo, Xin - 1999 - 6.0
IL  15019828  - Board 4
The Webster University chess team is looking forward to a fair and interesting battles in the Final Four with these 2 universities.
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Webster University Final PanAm Results

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Webster University A team (5-1)

Round 1: Webster 4-0 Princeton B 
Round 2: Webster 3-1 Washington University in St Louis  
Round 3: Webster 2.5-1.5 UT Brownsville
Round 4: Webster 3-1 Texas Tech A
Round 5: Webster 2-2 Webster B 
Round 6: Webster 2-2 UTD A

Webster University B team (5-1)
 

Round 1: Webster 4-0 Princeton C  
Round 2: Webster 4-0 New York University 
Round 3: Webster 4-0 Princeton A
Round 4: Webster 2-2 UTD A
Round 5: Webster 2-2 Webster A
Round 6: Webster 2.5-1.5 Lindenwood A

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Grandmasters Bacrot and Malakhatko share first in Gen?ve Open

Monday, December 31st, 2012

The 29th Gen?ve International Chess Open was held on 26-30th December at the Maison des Associations, Salle Gandhi, 15 Rue des Savoises, CH – 1205 Gen?ve, Switzerland. 

The Masters Tournament (elo above 1800) had 50 participants and was played over 7 rounds of Swiss format.

Top seed Etienne Bacrot and Vadim Malakhatko shared the first place with 5,5 points each. The two Grandmasters drew each other in the final round.

The General Tournament (U1800) had 42 participants. French player Khaled Cherrad took clear first place with 6,0/7 points.

Masters Tournament final standings:

1 GM Bacrot Etienne FRA 2703 – 5.5
2 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2559 – 5.5
3 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2546 – 5
4 GM Kovacevic Aleksandar SRB 2560 – 5
5 GM Guliyev Namig AZE 2545 – 5
6 GM Murariu Andrei ROU 2529 – 5
7 GM Libiszewski Fabien FRA 2503 – 5
8 FM Colmenares Aurelio SUI 2226 – 5
9 IM Huss Andreas SUI 2326 – 5

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Suspected Cheater ‘Strip-Searched’

Monday, December 31st, 2012

News has emerged that a Bulgarian chess player was “strip searched” after being suspected of cheating during a tournament in Zadar, Croatia held from 16-22 December.
There were 36 players in the tournament, including 16 Grandmasters, yet the 26-…

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