Archive for July, 2013

Webster U GM Wesley So honored in Canada for winning World University Championship

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013


Fil-Canadian senator honors So for Kazan gold

Published : Thursday, August 01, 2013 00:00 

Written by : Ed Andaya

HERE’S good news to fans and supporters of chess superstar GM Wesley So (who just completed his freshman year at Webster University).

So was honored by Filipino-Canadian Sen. Tobias C. Enverga, Jr. of Ontario, Canada for bringing honors to the Philippines with his gold-medal winning performance in the recent 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.

The 19-year-old Filipino champion, who made history by becoming the country’s first-ever gold medalist in the Universiade while representing the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP), was presented with a certificate of recognition by Sen. Enverga during a courtesy call in Ontario.

So, on the other hand, showed Sen. Enverga his Kazan Universiade gold and shared some photos of his successful campaign in the prestigious competition billed as the ‘Olympics’ of university athletes.

The two also played chess during the visit.

Sen. Enverga is the first Filipino-Canadian elected in the City of Toronto and serves as trustee to the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

He is co-chair of the Asian Heritage Month Celebration for the Greater Toronto Area and was previously a director of the Canadian Multicultural Council- Asians in Ontario.

He is also the founder of the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation and a former president of the Philippine Independence Day Council.

A graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the Letran College-Manila, Enverga was the recipient of the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee medal of distinction in 2012.

FESSAP president David Ong congratulated So for his newest honor, saying the recognition given by the Filipino-Canadian senator is also an honor to the country.

“FESSAP is very happy to be a part of So’s historic gold medal in the Kazan Universiade. It’s really a once-in-a lifetime achievement and a big honor for the Filipino people,” said Ong after being informed of So’s award of recognition from Ontario, Canada.

Ong said Sen. Antotio Trillanes IV has also prepared a Senate resolution commending So for his success in the Kazan Universiade.

He noted that Sen. Trillanes also sponsored a Senate resolution when taekwondo star Samuel Thomas Morrison of Far Eastern University bagged the silver medal during the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China in 2011.

In Kazan, So defeated former world junior champion GM Zaven Andriasian of Armenia in their Armageddon game to capture the coveted gold medal.

So and Andriasian finished in a nine-way tie for first place after the nine-round competition and ended tied again after three tiebreakers, forcing tournament director Aleksandr Tkachiev to order the one-game playoff where white had five minutes and black had four minutes.

The Armenian won the toss coin and chose to play white.

The Filipino, however, clinched the win in a threat of a mate after 51 moves.

And for the first time, the Philippine flag was raised high in the Universiade ahead of the flags of Armenia and China while So and the rest of the participants stood in attention.

It was also So’s first-ever gold medal in the Universiade, also known s the World University Games.

Meanwhile, Balitang Canada will feature So and his successful performance in the Kazan Universiade in TFC this weekend, according to So’s mom Leny.

Select photos of So during the two-week long competition will also be shown.

Source: http://www.journal.com.ph

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Webster U GM Manuel Leon Hoyos wins US Open g/15 Championship

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

GM Manuel Leon Hoyos, who just completed his freshman year at Webster University, has captured the US Open g/15 Championship title in Wisconsin. He scored 4.5 / 5 to win the event clear first. 

Manuel also won the overall US Open Championship last year. He will attempt to defend his title this year.

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Moiseenko Beats Vachier-Lagrave, Ding Liren Still First in Biel

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Drawing his game with Ian Nepomniachtchi, Ding Liren kept his one-point lead in the penultimate round of the Biel Chess Festival. Etienne Bacrot also drew his game, with Richard Rapport, which allowed Alexander Moiseenko to join the Frenchman…

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Giri, So, and Rapport head August 2013 FIDE Top Junior List

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
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Carlsen, Aronian, Caruana top August 2013 rating list

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Polgar Judit, Hou Yifan, and Koneru Humpy lead 2013 FIDE Women’s Rating List

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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Yuniesky Quesada tops Southern Open in Orlando

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The 21st Annual Southern Open was held on July 26-28, 2013, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, 8001 International Drive, Orlando, Florida.

The event was held in five sections (Open, U2100, U1800, U1500, U1200) and the playing format was 5-round Swiss.

Cuban Grandmaster Yuniesky Quesada Perez took a clear first place in the Open Section with 4,5 points to win the top prize of 2000 USD. Florida resident GM Lars Bo Hansen is second with 4,0 points.

Open Section final standings:
1. GM Yuniesky Quesada Perez 2724 CUB (1st, $2063) – 4,5
2. GM Lars Bo Hansen 2630 FL (2nd, $983) – 4,0
3-8. GM Alonso Zapata 2556 GA (3rd-4th, $262), GM Aryam Abreu Delgado 2491 CUB (3rd-4th, $262), IM Sekhar Chand Sahu 2428 IND (3rd-4th, $262), Dalton Perrine 2297 FL (1st-2nd U2300, $393), Corey Acor 2263 FL (1st-2nd U2300, $393), Troy Daly 2242 FL (1st-2nd U2300, $393) – 3,5 etc

Yuniesky Quesada

Yuniesky Quesada

The prize fund was $16,000

Open Section: $2000-1000-500-300, clear/tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top Under 2300/Unr $800-400. FIDE rated.
Under 2100 Section: $1400-700-400-200, top Under 1900 (no unr) $500.
Under 1800 Section: $1400-700-400-200, top Under 1600 (no unr) $500, no unrated may win over $500.
Under 1500 Section: $1200-600-300-200, top Under 1300 (no unr) $400, no unrated may win over $300.
Under 1200 Section: $600-300-200-100, trophies to top Under 1000, Under 800, Unrated. No unrated may win over $150.

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Cheparinov in sole lead at Politiken Cup

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013


Bulgarian Grandmaster Ivan Cheparinov leads Politiken Cup 2013 with perfect score after the first 6 rounds.

Today he defeated Hrant Melkumyan to maintain half a point margin ahead of Parimarjan Negi and Sergey Erenburg.

In the 7th round Cheparinov will play against Negi, who has the white pieces. Erenburg has black against Sabino Brunello.

Among the 15 players with 5 points, we can find Jan Timman, Jonny Hector, Sune Berg Hansen and Romain Edouard.

Thomas Vestergaard, Press Officer at Politiken Cup

Round 7 top pairings:

GM Negi Parimarjan 2634 – GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678
GM Brunello Sabino 2593 – GM Erenburg Sergey 2615
GM Edouard Romain 2662 – IM Svane Rasmus 2427
GM Timman Jan H 2584 – GM Danielsen Henrik 2510
GM Hector Jonny 2509 – GM Grandelius Nils 2573
IM Bekker-Jensen Simon 2414 – GM Hansen Sune Berg 2557
GM Maze Sebastien 2547 – IM Mikkelsen Nikolaj 2418
GM Kristiansen Jens 2398 – GM Smerdon David 2521
IM Glud Jakob Vang 2520 – IM Carlstedt Jonathan 2387

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Andrey Vovk wins 31st Andorra Open

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Ukrainian grandmaster Andrey Vovk is the new champion of the Andorra open. He finished in sole first place with 7.5 points. The event took place on 20-28th July at the Sant Gothard Hotel in Erts (La Massana).

Vovk was the only player with 6.5 points that won his last round game, against the young Frenchman Eric Gaudineau. The game was a Ruy Lopez where white won a clear positional advantage. However, the Frenchman created complications on the kingside, which forced white to play accurately. The Ukrainian player did not falter and simplified the position to reach a rook endgame that he converted easily.

Regarding the second place, seven players tied on 7 points.

Players with 6.5 points, Eduardo Iturrizaga and Renier Vazquez, were the first to arrive at this score after drawing their game in just 10 moves, thus resigning chances to win the tournament.

However, the game played on the third board between grandmasters Marc Narciso and Maxim Rodshtein was very disputed. The Catalan player was able to win a pawn in the middlegame, but the truth is that his rival achieved a more than reasonable counterplay and finally the position was simplified to a theoretical opposite-colored bishops endgame that was completely drawn.

Finally, the exact order defined by the tiebreaker criteria was: 2. Maxim Rodshtein (ISR), 3. Renier Vazquez (ESP), 4. Eduardo Iturrizaga (SOLD) 5th. David Norwood (AND), 6th. Marc Narciso (ESP), 7th. Yannick Gozzoli (FRA) and 8th. Vladimir Hamitevici (MDA).

The prize for the best game went to International Master Lawrence Trent, thanks to his victory over Icelandic grandmaster Heddin Steingrimsson.

Rating categories winners:

Second place – 1849: Louis Pignataro (FRA)
First place – 1849: B?rbara S?nchez (ESP)
Second place 1850-1999: Isabelle Abello (FRA)
First place 1850-1999: Oriol S?nchez Urp? (ESP)
Second place 2000-2149: Jos? Manuel Nieves (ESP)
First place 2000-2149: Jonathan Edwards (SCO)
Second place 2150-2299: Daniel Laclau (FRA)
First place 2150-2299: Bryan Macias (ECU)

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Final standings (top finishers):


1 Vovk Andrey GM UKR 2567 7.5


2 Rodshtein Maxim GM ISR 2641 7
3 Vazquez Igarza Renier GM ESP 2571 7
4 Iturrizaga Eduardo GM VEN 2643 7
5 Norwood David R GM AND 2491 7
6 Narciso Dublan Marc GM ESP 2536 7
7 Gozzoli Yannick GM FRA 2523 7
8 Hamitevici Vladimir IM MDA 2482 7


9 Gaudineau Eric FRA 2358 6.5
10 Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel GM ESP 2547 6.5
11 Demuth Adrien IM FRA 2463 6.5
12 Tania Sachdev IM IND 2430 6.5
13 Steingrimsson Hedinn GM ISL 2557 6.5
14 Massoni Michael IM FRA 2373 6.5
15 Peralta Fernando GM ARG 2622 6.5
16 Wegerle Joerg IM GER 2445 6.5
17 Macias Murillo Bryan IM ECU 2298 6.5


18 Felgaer Ruben GM ARG 2586 6
19 Cuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando IM ESP 2477 6
20 Cabrera Alexis GM ESP 2525 6
21 Trent Lawrence IM ENG 2420 6
22 Alonso Rosell Alvar GM ESP 2550 6
23 Riff Jean-Noel IM FRA 2427 6
24 Devereaux Maxim L IM NOR 2356 6
25 Camacho Collados Marcos ESP 2421 6
26 Guerra Tulcan Lenin FM ECU 2372 6
27 Midoux Sebastien FRA 2329 6
28 Laclau Daniel FRA 2294 6
29 Berkovich Mark A IM ISR 2375 6
30 Edwards Jonathan SCO 2086 6
31 Llaneza Vega Patricia WIM ESP 2232 6


32 Burg Twan IM NED 2479 5.5
33 Arizmendi Martinez Julen Luis GM ESP 2580 5.5
34 Kjartansson Gudmundur IM ISL 2444 5.5
35 Barbot Pierre FM FRA 2355 5.5
36 Sanchez Jerez Emilio Miguel FM ESP 2215 5.5
37 Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos GM ESP 2538 5.5
38 Abello Sebastien FRA 2335 5.5
39 Kogan Artur GM ISR 2570 5.5
40 Swan Iain FM SCO 2251 5.5
41 Jerez Perez Alfonso IM ESP 2393 5.5
42 Sreeves Clement SCO 2251 5.5
43 Peray Sebastien FRA 2218 5.5
44 Silva Rodriguez Fernando ESP 2174 5.5
45 Sahl Sheila Barth WIM NOR 2229 5.5
46 Ballester Llagaria Luis Eduardo ESP 2259 5.5
47 Lillo Castany Victor FM ESP 2328 5.5
48 Torres Sanchez Jose ESP 2363 5.5
49 Midonet Matthieu FRA 2157 5.5
50 Berthelot Yannick FM FRA 2314 5.5
51 Nieves Cabanes Jose Manuel ESP 2068 5.5

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Ivan Cheparinov in sole lead at Politiken Cup

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Bulgarian Grandmaster Ivan Cheparinov leads Politiken Cup 2013 with perfect score after the first 6 rounds.

Today he defeated Hrant Melkumyan to maintain half a point margin ahead of Parimarjan Negi and Sergey Erenburg.

In the 7th round Cheparinov will play against Negi, who has the white pieces. Erenburg has black against Sabino Brunello.

Among the 15 players with 5 points, we can find Jan Timman, Jonny Hector, Sune Berg Hansen and Romain Edouard.

GM Ivan Cheparinov - WGM Dinara Saduakassova

GM Ivan Cheparinov – WGM Dinara Saduakassova

Thomas Vestergaard, Press Officer at Politiken Cup

Round 7 top pairings:
GM Negi Parimarjan 2634 – GM Cheparinov Ivan 2678
GM Brunello Sabino 2593 – GM Erenburg Sergey 2615
GM Edouard Romain 2662 – IM Svane Rasmus 2427
GM Timman Jan H 2584 – GM Danielsen Henrik 2510
GM Hector Jonny 2509 – GM Grandelius Nils 2573
IM Bekker-Jensen Simon 2414 – GM Hansen Sune Berg 2557
GM Maze Sebastien 2547 – IM Mikkelsen Nikolaj 2418
GM Kristiansen Jens 2398 – GM Smerdon David 2521
IM Glud Jakob Vang 2520 – IM Carlstedt Jonathan 2387

Parimarjan Negi

Parimarjan Negi

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