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Admiral Niels Juel Cup – Three players share top prize

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

After several peaceful rounds in the 2013 Admiral Niels Juel Cup, it all suddenly exploded in round nine. GM Alexandre Danin (RUS), who had earlier signed three short draws, was crushed by GM Yuri Solodovnichenko (UKR) in a game that was much appreciated by the audience.

At the same time, GM Vladimir Burmakin (RUS) made a fatal mistake in the time trouble and lost to GM Mikhail Ulibin (RUS).

Therefore, after round 9 Solodovnichenko and Ulibin were ahead with 6? each followed by several players on 6 points.

In the last round the leading players signed a quick draw and waited to see who would join them on 7 points. Most of the games were drawn, but GM Ivan Sokolov took a part of the first prize after a very long game where he beat GM Evgeny Gleizerov.

GM Ivan Sokolov (NED) and GM Evgeny Gleizerov (RUS)

GM Ivan Sokolov (NED) and GM Evgeny Gleizerov (RUS)

Tied on first place - Yuri Solodovnichenko, Ivan Sokolov, Mikhail Ulibin and chief organizer Finn Stuhr

Tied on first place – Yuri Solodovnichenko, Ivan Sokolov, Mikhail Ulibin and chief organizer Finn Stuhr

Thus Sokolov, Solodovnichenko and Ulibin shared the first place with 7 points each.

IM Satyapragyan, IM Chowdhury (both from India), GM Danin and GM Epishin (both from Russia) shared the 4th place with 6,5 points each.

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Report by Verner Christensen and Morten Hansen

IM Satyapragyan, GM Danin, GM Epishin, IM Chowdhury

IM Satyapragyan, GM Danin, GM Epishin, IM Chowdhury

Naik Rishubh Naresh (IND)

Naik Rishubh Naresh (IND)

GM Vladimir Epishin in conversation with Finn Stuhr

GM Vladimir Epishin in conversation with Finn Stuhr

Broadcast screen in the restaurant

Broadcast screen in the restaurant

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May 2013 FIDE Rating List

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

FIDE have published the official rating list for May 2013.? 
The ratings include the very recently finished Zug Grand Prix, and as a result Veselin Topalov has soared up to #4 in the rankings, gaining a whopping 22 rating points.?  This is Topalo…

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Mesgen Amanov and Andrew Mellace leading on Barbados

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Jamaican National Champion Andrew Mellace emerged as sole leader at the conclusion of the 6th round of action in the Digicel Heroes Day Candidates chess tournament, being played at the Amaryllis Hotel.

Mellace entered the 6th round on 4.5 points, half point behind tournament leader Kevin Cupid of Trinidad and Tobago after being held to a draw by Barbados’ CAC U18 gold medalist Candidate Master Orlando Husbands in round 5.

This set a top of the table clash between Mellace and Cupid. Mellace’s greater experience shone through as he won a complicated end game.

Andrew Mellace (Jamaica)

Andrew Mellace (Jamaica)

Bryan Prescod, one the previous tournament leaders suffered a major setback when went down in rounds 5 and 6. This allowed other players to enter the contention as the 9 round event moves into the concluding rounds, thus setting up an intriguing 7th round.

In round 7, Cuba’s Roberto Castillo squares off against tournament leader Mellace on board one. On board 2 Cupid meets the St. Philip veteran Othniel Harewood, who after a slow start has fought his way back into contention, and Trinidad’s Esan Wiltshire will face Guyana’s Anthony Drayton on board 3.

In the Digicel Masters, International Master Kevin Denny went down against Jamaica’s Fide Master Shane Matthews thus allowing Grandmaster Mesgen Amanov to regain the lead on 4.5 points.

Othniel Harewood

Othniel Harewood

Trailing are Matthews on 4 points, Denny on 3.5 points, Fide Masters Ryan Harper and Delisle Warner on 2.5 and International Master Terry Farley on 1 point.

The tournament concludes on Wednesday May 01, at the Amaryllis Hotel, Hastings Christ Church with round 8 at 9:00a.m and round 9 at 3:00pm.

Rohan Waithe
Allan Herbert
Barbados Chess Federation

Shane Matthews

Shane Matthews

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MVL loses, Gelfand leads Alekhine Memorial

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Round 8 results

Anand, Viswanathan – Svidler, Peter ?-? 
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 0-1 Vitiugov, Nikita 
Fressinet, Laurent – Aronian, Levon ?-? 
Kramnik, Vladimir – Gelfand, Boris ?-? 
Ding, Liren – Adams, Michael ?-? 

Standings after 8 rounds

1. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2739

2. Adams, Michael g ENG 2727 4? 
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2809 4? 
4. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 4? 
5. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2722 4? 

6. Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2712 4 
7. Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2706

8. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 3? 
9. Ding, Liren g CHN 2707

10. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2747 2?

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Vachier-Lagrave loses against Vitiugov at Alekhine Memorial, Gelfand grabs the lead

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The penultimate round of the Alekhine Memorial had only one decisive result. Former leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave fell with the white pieces against Russian Nikita Vitiugov. This result left Boris Gelfand as the sole leader of the event with only one round to go. No less than four players are half a point behind him in the standings.

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Nikita Vitiugov has shown his usual solid chess throughout the event, but now obtained a relevant victory for the standings. He used the Caro-Kann defense to get the full point against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in 48 moves. This result leaves the French on +1 in the big chasing pack half a point behind Gelfand. Vitiugov has an even score and stands at a whole point distance from the leader.

The main battlefield in the game was the center. Black’s strong knights turned out to be stronger than his opponent’s bishops. Vitiugov gained a pawn advantage and started the grinding process to convert it into a win. The precise technical abilities of the Russian gave him the win after 48 moves.

Nikita Vitiugov

Boris Gelfand saved half a point in his game against Vladimir Kramnik. The Israeli led the black pieces and found himself in an inferior position during the whole game. The ex-world champion put a lot of pressure on his opponent but was not able to completely break through the defensive efforts of his experienced opponent.

The fight began as a Reti, an opening that Kramnik uses often to look for chances to outplay his rivals in the arising positional struggles. In this particular game, the Russian went for material on move 20; he took the exchange and allowed his opponent to activate his pieces. The endgame was a long battle where the computer shows some strong continuations for Kramnik. However, we cannot blame the Russian for not finding the subtle nuances that the computer finds immediately. Draw on 73 moves.

Boris Gelfand

Viswanathan Anand and Peter Svidler battled in a Ruy Lopez with 6.d3. This opening is being heavily explored by the top players, given the fact that it gives a lot of chances to make a difference with both colors. On this occasion, the players found themselves in a drawn position after 35 moves. Anand is on +1 and has a chance to catch Gelfand tomorrow.

Two other draws were seen in the games Ding Liren – Michael Adams and Laurent Fressinet – Levon Aronian.

Everything is still up for grabs in Saint Petersburg. Contrary to what was expected, the “uneven” field did not create an undisputed leader up to this point. The last round begins two hours earlier (11:00 am CET) tomorrow.

Viswanathan Anand

Standings after 8 rounds:

1 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2739 5
2 Adams, Michael ENG 2727 4?
3 Aronian, Levon ARM 2809 4?
4 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2783 4?
5 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2722 4?
6 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2712 4
7 Fressinet, Laurent FRA 2706 4
8 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2801 3?
9 Ding, Liren CHN 2707 3
10 Svidler, Peter RUS 2747 2?

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Topalov Wins 2013 Zug Grand Prix

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Veselin Topalov finished the FIDE Zug Grand Prix in style by winning his final round game against Sergey Karjakin.
That victory, the only decisive game of the final round, ensured that Topalov scored the maximum 170 Grand Prix ranking points fo…

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Topalov wins Zug Grand Prix by 1.5 pt

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013


Official website: http://zug2013.fide.com

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Alekhine Memorial Round 8

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

French hearts were broken in the penultimate round of the Alekhine Memorial in St.Petersburg when co-leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave unexpectedly lost to Nikita Vitiugov.
Nikita Vitiugov had drawn all his games since a painful first round loss to V…

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Topalov scores lone win at Zug GP final round

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Official website: http://zug2013.fide.com

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May 2013 FIDE Rating List

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

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FIDE publishes May 2013 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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