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Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival Started

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The 20th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival is being held by the Abu Dhabi Chess & Culture Club and Abu Dhabi Sport Council from 30th June to 8th July at the Sofitel Hotel Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Festival consists of the Master Tournament (for players rated above 2200 FIDE and Abu Dhabi players), Open Tournament (for U2200 players), Junior Tournament (for U15 players), and Blitz tournament.

The Master Tournament has 48 participants from 18 countries competing. Several female players, namely WGM Dinara Saduakassova, WGM Anda Safranska and WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh, had a good start as they snatched a couple of draws from the higher rated players in the first round of the tournament.

Round 1 video by Vijay Kumar

The Open Tournament is featuring 147 players from 21 federations.

Igor Kurnosov

GM Igor Kurnosov

Master Tournament Participants:

1 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2657
2 GM Istratescu Andrei FRA 2655
3 GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2651
4 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2631
5 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2613
6 GM Grigoryan Avetik ARM 2605
7 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2602
8 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2568
9 GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian ROU 2565
10 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2559
11 GM Papin Vasily RUS 2547
12 GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2535
13 GM Gopal G.N. IND 2522
14 GM Akshayraj Kore IND 2508
15 GM El Gindy Essam EGY 2490
16 IM Shoker Samy EGY 2477
17 GM Berescu Alin-Mile ROU 2461
18 IM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2428
19 IM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2417
20 GM Raetsky Alexander RUS 2412
21 GM Lazarev Vladimir FRA 2410
22 IM Karavade Eesha IND 2398
23 IM Tissir Mohamed MAR 2381
24 FM El Adnani Mokliss MAR 2381
25 IM Estremera Panos Sergio ESP 2372
26 Iskandarov Misratdin AZE 2371
27 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2361
28 IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh.R IND 2352
29 Asgarizadeh Ahmad IRI 2347
30 WGM Safranska Anda FRA 2322
31 IM Galojan Lilit ARM 2320
32 FM Salih Akar Ali Salih IRQ 2318
33 IM Zozulia Anna BLR 2316
34 FM Ahmed Ali Layth Ahmed IRQ 2310
35 CM Mohammed Zozek Salah Mohammed IRQ 2280
36 CM Nameer Noor. Al-Deen IRQ 2278
37 FM Amdouni Zoubaier TUN 2261
38 FM Alhuwar Jasem UAE 2258
39 WIM Ghader Pour Shayesteh IRI 2248
40 Khalesi Vahid IRI 2248
41 WGM Calzetta Ruiz Monica ESP 2247
42 FM Chahrani Ibrahim LBA 2245
43 Primbetov Kazbek KAZ 2225
44 Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh IND 2198
45 Ali Mahmoud UAE 2095
46 Ali Abdulkhaleq UAE 2089
47 WFM Derakhshani Dorsa IRI 2041
48 Zayed Ali Al-Hamed UAE 1988

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Vidovdan Rapid Tournament in Leposavi?

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The Vidovdan weekend tournament was organized by the chess club “Kosmet” on 29th June in Leposavi?, Kosovo and Metohija region, Serbia.

The nine-round Swiss tournament was played with the rapid time control of 15 minutes per player. The total prize fund was 1000 EUR.

Grandmaster Danilo Milanovic emerged winner after concluding the tournament with 8,0/9 points, leaving the second-placed GM Goran Cabrilo half a point behind.

Top-seeded GM Milos Perunovic was third with 6,5 points.

Danilo Milanovic

GM Danilo Milanovic

Final standings:

1 GM Milanovic Danilo 2520 Mladenovac – 8
2 GM Cabrilo Goran 2440 Mladenovac – 7.5
3 GM Perunovic Milos 2639 Beograd – 6.5
4 IM Novoselski Zoran 2429 Kragujevac – 6
5 CM Cvetanovic Uros 2249 ?uprija – 6
6 IM Milenkovic Mladen 2405 Para?in – 5.5
7 mk Colovic Dusan 2374 ?a?ak – 5.5
8 mk Vuksanovic Zvezdan 2178 Zve?an – 5.5
9 mk Sekularac Andrej 2091 Novi Pazar – 5.5
10 mk Mirkovic Stevan 2293 ?a?ak – 5
11 III Muminovic Almir 0 Rvatska – 5
12 III Muminovic Edin 0 Rrvatska – 5
13 mk Adzic Momcilo 2258 Kosovska Mitrovica – 4.5
14 mk Serifovic Faruk 2022 Novi Pazar – 4.5
15 mk Radosavljevic Slobodan S 2192 ?a?ak – 4.5
16 III Stanojevic Predrag 0 Kosovska Mitrovica – 4.5
17 I Denic Slavisa 0 ?aglavica – 4.5
18 III Celic Nusret 0 Novi Pazar – 4.5
19 I Mehmedovic Husein 2045 Novi Pazar – 4
20 III Hackovic Salih 0 Novi Pazar – 4
21 mk Andjelic Stevan 2098 ?a?ak – 4
22 III Muminovic Zajko 0 Rvatska – 4
23 III Turkovic Salko 0 Novi Pazar – 4
24 I Maksimovic Slobodan 0 Laplje selo – 4
25 III Muminovic Muhamed 0 Rvatska – 4
26 III Pantic Aleksandar 0 Kosovska Mitrovica – 3
27 III Muminovic Fahrudin 0 Rvatska – 2
28 III Vukojevic Rade 0 Josanica – 2
29 III Mikic Jovan 0 Kosovska Mitrovica – 2

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Simple middlegame tactic

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Black to move. How should black proceed?

Source: ChessToday.net

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Top 20 women in the world

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

www.fide.com (July 2013)

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Chess by Stephen Dann

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The “old stalwarts” swept the MetroWest club’s ( www.metrowestchess.org) 81-player, 4-section Summer Solstice Open in Natick. Denys Shmelov, 26, of Pepperell was by far the youngest of the winners, joining Joseph F. Kelly, Ed Chornoboy and Ray Behenna, atop the classgroups.The Independence Day Open starting Tuesday is a five-week event at the Natick Senior Center.

Boris Gelfand of Israel won clear first in the very strong 8th Tal Memorial in Moscow, as American Hikaru Nakamura had four wins, four losses and one draw to finish with an even score. Gelfand had only three wins, but didn’t lose any games. Magnus Carlsen of Norway was in clear second place, and find a detailed report at www.chessbase.com.

Daniel Naroditsky, 17, of California won the U.S. Junior Closed round robin in St. Louis, with a clutch win as black in the final round over Robert Perez, 17, the teen star attending MIT, and, there wasn’t a New York player in the field — this year dominated by players from the West. Perez, one of the higher seeds, had three wins, four losses (he had his queen trapped three times, several in severe time trouble) and two draws. More details, photos and games at www.uschesschamps.com.

Few seem to understand the 2nd National Online Invitational Championship, a section of which was won by Carissa Yip, 9, of Chelmsford. The games, played at 10 chess clubs (via Internet) coast to coast (including the Boylston Club of Somerville) was nationally rated (see www.uschess.org under AZ), with Daniel Rensch coordinating all the details, for www.ChessKid.com, and the USCF. In a report last Sunday, Rensch again mentions that the event “fills a void” to give students under age 13 national exposure without excessive travel.Carissa was the only girl in the under-age-10 section, and, received top billing for her efforts, also with games carried live on www.chess.com.

Bruce Pandolfini’s June column at www.chesscafe.com highlights his lecture of Oct., 16, 2007, at the Dalton School New York City. For potential chess instructors, the 20 diagrammed positions are there, but it’s not a beginner’s lesson by any means, seeing he was teaching one of the country’s top young chess teams.Great lesson if your young student needs to learn what a “fortress” is in chess.

Worcester chess takes a holiday vacation, as the next event at www.chesspals.combegins on July 11. At Fitchburg State University, the Harlow Daly Memorial continues on Wed., details at www.wachusettchess.org.

Friday, a real holiday special can be found at www.walthamchessclub.org. Free “wild card” events, free pizza, and no rated competition or other requirements … sounds like fun.

The 41st World Open next weekend is in the Washington D.C. area, so there is also a two-day major event in here in New England, the Nashua Open, or view other one-day events at www.masschess.org.

Answer to quiz: White wins by a double rook sacrifice, starting with 1. PxB (axb4). Then white mates with Qxc6 and Ba6. You can subscribe to the free feeds that Tim Brennan of Colorado has been sending out weekly for more than two years.

Source: http://www.telegram.com

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Caruana moves up to #3 in the world, 4 pts from 2800

Sunday, June 30th, 2013


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

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Webster U GM So at #2 and Robson at #9

Sunday, June 30th, 2013


Full July 2013 Top Junior list: http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=juniors

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Boris Gelfand Leaves All Chess Greats Behind in Moscow

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

At the age of 41, Jaromir Jagr should not have been playing in the Stanley Cup final and keeping up with the fast skating hockey players. At the age of 45, the Israeli chess grandmaster Boris Gelfand should not be winning major chess tournaments ahead of young talented players and world champions. But sometimes age doesn’t matter. Gelfand in deep thought. The chess magician Mikhail Tal is on the poster behind him. Last Sunday Gelfand won the prestigious Tal Memorial in Moscow ahead of the world’s top-rated chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen. The next day he turned 45. He was the oldest participant, a chess relic, reversing the odds that favor much younger chess players. At 22, Carlsen is half Gelfand’s age. When he wrote his first chess …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Norwegian Chess Championships

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The 2013 Norwegian Chess Championships are taking place from 29th June to 6th July at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lillehammer.

The start of the Championships coincided with the end of the rapid match between Magnus Carlsen and Borki Predojevic in the same venue.

A total of 488 players are competing in 14 age and rating categories: Elite, Mester, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Senior A, Senior B, Junior A + Junior B, Kadett A, Kadett B, Lilleputt, Miniputt.

The Elite Group is featuring 22 players, top rated are GM Jon Ludvig Hammer 2599, GM Kjetil A. Lie 2532, GM Leif E Johannessen 2520, IM Frode Elsness 2494, IM Frode Olav Olsen Urkedal 2470 and GM Berge ?stenstad 2467.

Tournament results

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Al Riyadh Open Chess Tournament

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Saudi Chess Association in cooperation with Qatar Chess Federation and NGiT is holding the Saudi Riyadh International Chess Championship on 26-28th June at the cultural cafe in Riyadh.

The 11-round Swiss tournament will be played with the rapid time control on 10?+5”.

International panel of arbiters is helping the local chess federation, which recently joined FIDE, to manage the tournament.

The prize fund is 14,000 SAR (around 2800 EUR).

After the first day four players are sharing the lead with perfect score.

Round 4 standings (leaders):

1. Al-Hajiri Bader KUW 2045 – 4
2. IM Tissir Mohamed MAR 2422 – 4
3. Retanal Elwin PHI 0 – 4
4. Adel Hyssam EGY 2040 – 4
5. Al Mutairi Hassan S KSA 0 – 3.5
6. Gaafar Hassan EGY 2165 – 3.5
7. Alcala Alvin PHI 0 – 3.5
8. Al Ghamdi Ahmed M KSA 2182 – 3.5
9. FM Janahi Zeyaad BRN 2122 – 3
10. FM Samhouri A. JOR 2365 – 3
11. Valenzuela Eduardo PHI 0 – 3
12. Eldesoky Hatem EGY 2275 – 3
13. FM Ayyad Maher BRN 2251 – 3
14. Gamal Abdel Hakam EGY 2196 – 3
15. Al Nasser Waleed F KSA 0 – 3
16. Delloro Noli PHI 0 – 3
17. Seif Ahmed EGY 2073 – 3
18. Omar Ahmed EGY 2012 – 3
19. FM Ayyad Husain BRN 2248 – 3
20. Khairat Ahmed EGY 0 – 3

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