Posts Tagged ‘chess tournaments’

Tata Steel Chess Tournament – 15th January 2021 – 31st January 2021 – Image: Tata Steel FB
From Tata Steel’s FB page
Chess players are in general smart people. Just look at these boys.
Not necessarily the looks, but smart overall. I leave you with a question:
Where are the girls in this tournament?
Is it always just males playing in this tournament?
If you have the answer, please let me know.
Round 4
All photos by: © Jurriaan Hoefsmit – Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2021
Round 4
Jorden 1/2 and Magnus 1/2 in Round 4
This is the end position of a game I completed today.
I played white and I think I had a bit of luck on my side too. Usually, I prefer black as I have more wins with black.
Click on the link below to play through the game.

jaquie vs. Larkey4

This is the opening we played in our game.

I wish I had more time to play chess! Also, my dream is to play a GM! Does anyone know a GM?

Results – Round 3 and Round 4

https://tatasteelchess.com/standings/ This is the official website for you to follow the games and to view the standings.

Tata Steel Round 5 Results – from the site of Tata Steel
Standings after round 5
Chess tournaments take a lot of deep thinking.
One thing I like about chess players – they are ‘nice’ in games. Chess is a gentleman’s game.
Is it thinking or worry? Game 6
I like those cushions! (searching the internet….)

Jorden van Foreest commented on his game in round 6.

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Carlsen’s aggression and Giri’s defensive skills light up day 1 of Tata Steel Masters 2021
by Sagar Shah – 17/01/2021
It just seems like a normal year when the Wimbledon of chess begins in January! That’s exactly what has happened in 2021! With the Covid-19 pandemic threat, it seemed likely that the Tata Steel Masters would be called off. But the will of the organizers and the excitement of the players to get back on the chess board has ensured an exciting 83rd edition of this world class event in the town of Wijk Aan Zee, Netherlands. Day one began with an amazing onslaught by Magnus Carlsen. He won his game against Alireza Firouzja. Anish Giri got the better of Aryan Tari in an Ant-Berlin. Nils Grandelius was the other winner on day one. All of this and much more in our illustrated report from day 1 of Tata Steel Masters 2021.

The quaint town of Wijk Aan Zee known for its powerful breeze and scenic beauty – Chessbase. in

I quite like to follow the Tata Steel tournament and have blogged about some before, but that’s long ago. I think I might have a few spare minutes to follow the tournament this time – during this lockdown4. I quite like this image quote from @tatasteelchess

The 14 TOP players from 10 different countries: Magnus Carlsen, Grandelius Nils, Alexander Donchenko, Anish Giri, Aryan Tari, Pentala Harikrishna,  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Jordan van Foreest, Fabiano Caruana, Andrey Esipenko, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, David Anton Guijarro and Andrey Esipenko.
Tata Steel – Blue is beautiful! images: @ChessBaseIndia – twitter
Images: chessbase India
End position of the game between Magnus and Alireza

Follow this link for more about the first day! https://chessbase.in/news/Tata-Steel-Masters-2021-Day-1

Magnus – Round 2

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The South African Women’s Chess Championships will be held at ‘The Atrium’, The Woodlands, Johannesburg and starts on the 8th August 2014 – 10th August 2014. That’s a serious killer with 3 games per day! There is also a B-section. You can click on this PDF for all the necessary info and a link to the venue. 

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Registration is open for the African Youth Chess Championships – the closing date is 31st August 2012.

The tournament will be held in Pretoria, Gauteng, one of the 3 Capital Cities of South Africa from 28 September 2012 (official arrival date) to 08 October 2012 (official departure date) at the Faircity Roodevallei Hotel & Conference Centre (Roodevallei). Players will be accommodated at Roodevallei.

Click HERE for more details about the tournament. You will also find a link to live games and photos.[All links will always open in a new window on my blog]

The Venue of the African Youth Chess Championships – see the link for more details of the Venue.

Update: 13/10/2012

Phew, what a task to get all these results displayed in a format easier than an excel document! Why should it so difficult to publish results in a table easy for anyone to observe. Well, I’ve done it now and I hope you find it useful to look at the results and to see where South Africa’s future in Chess lies?








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It’s time for another big tournament – starting on a very special day! If you’re not sure who these ‘Kings’ are, click the Official site-link here. I might not have time blogging their games, but will follow the results of the rounds. This tournament takes place in Medias, Romania from 11-22 June.

Click HERE to go to their games – live.

Round 1
Click HERE to play through the games of round 1.

You can also the results HERE on the site of chessbase follow. There are links to play through the games played too. [All links in this post will open in a new window.]

The schedule of the tournament is the following:
– 11th of June 15:30 1st Round
– 12th of June 15:30 2nd Round
– 13th of June 15:30 3rd Round
– 14th of June 15:30 4th Round
– 15th of June 15:30 5th Round
– 16th of June Free day
– 17th of June 15:30 6th Round
– 18st of June 15:30 7th Round
– 19nd of June 15:30 8th Round
– 20th of June 15:30 9th Round
– 21st of June 13:30 10th Round
– 22nd of June Free day

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Please click HERE for the official website.

Vishy Anand, current World Champion and seven times winner of the Magistral, comes back to Leon to face the strongest Spanish player, Alexei Shirov, on the 24th edition. This tournament is already a classic, one of the most prestigious in the chess calendar.

Anand and Shirov will play in Leon with a large audio-visual setting that will allow the public to “see the chess stars thinking”, thanks to big screens and live audio comments (by GM Illescas, eight times Spanish champion) and IM Michael Rahal.

The rules, written by the prestigious arbiter Joaquin Espejo, indicate that Anand and Shirov will play six games (Friday to Sunday, two per day) with 45 minutes per side plus Thirty seconds increment after each move in the magnificent León Auditorium. If needed, there will eventually be a tie-break of several five minute games.

Thursday, June 2nd
PLAYERS ARRIVAL – 20.00 Drawing of lots, CONDE LUNA HOTEL.
Friday, June 3rd
Saturday, June 4th
Sunday, June 5th
GAMES 5 and 6 (16.30) and, eventually, tie-breaks, LEON AUDITORIUM.
Monday, June 6th – Prize giving 14:30
Simuls (17.30), LEON UNIVERSITY.

Game 1 Anand vs Shirov:1/2

Game 2- Anand vs Shirov : 1-0
Click HERE to play through their games.

Game 3 – Anand vs Shirov 1-0

Game 4 Anand vs Shirov – 1/2

Game 5- Anand vs Shirov

Game 5 – Anand vs Shirov 1/2

I love this next picture which I put together in Fireworks – it is a combination of about 10 different images.

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Image: Official site

Anand vs Topalov ..the battle continues! Anand is my favourite…go Anand! See my other entries  HERE and  HERE where you can see chess graphics of their other games, especially on the first link.

See the Official Website’s link to the sidebar of my blog…top right.

GAME 7: 3rd May 2010 Anand vs Topalov 1/2

Game 7 move 8

Game 7 move 25

Game 7 – Anand playing white : Image: chessdom

Click on images for a clear view – move 28

 Game 7 Move 31

Game 7 move 44

Game 7 end position Anand 1/2 Topalov 1/2

[Event “Sofia BUL, WCC 2010 game_7”]
[Site “Sofia BUL”]
[Date “2010.05.03”]
[Round “7”]
[White “Anand, V.”]
[Black “Topalov, V.”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “E11”]
[WhiteElo “2787”]
[BlackElo “2805”]
[PlyCount “115”]
[EventDate “2010.04.24”]
[EventType “match”]
[EventRounds “12”]
[EventCountry “BUL”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Bf4
dxc4 9. Ne5 b5 10. Nxc6 Nxc6 11. Bxc6 Bd7 12. Bxa8 Qxa8 13. f3 Nd5 14. Bd2 e5 15. e4 Bh3 16. exd5 Bxf1 17. Qxf1 exd4 18. a4 Qxd5 19. axb5 Qxb5 20. Rxa7 Re8 21. Kh1 Bf8 22. Rc7 d3 23. Bc3 Bd6 24. Ra7 h6 25. Nd2 Bb4 26. Ra1 Bxc3 27. bxc3 Re2 28. Rd1 Qa4 29. Ne4 Qc2 30. Rc1 Rxh2+ 31. Kg1 Rg2+ 32. Qxg2 Qxc1+ 33. Qf1 Qe3+ 34. Qf2 Qc1+ 35. Qf1 Qe3+ 36. Kg2 f5 37. Nf2 Kh7 38. Qb1 Qe6 39. Qb5 g5 40. g4 fxg4 41. fxg4 Kg6 42. Qb7 d2 43. Qb1+ Kg7 44. Kf1 Qe7 45. Kg2 Qe6 46. Qd1 Qe3 47. Qf3 Qe6 48. Qb7+ Kg6 49. Qb1+ Kg7 50. Qd1 Qe3 51. Qc2 Qe2 52. Qa4 Kg8 53. Qd7 Kf8 54. Qd5 Kg7 55. Kg3 Qe3+ 56. Qf3 Qe5+ 57. Kg2 Qe6 58. Qd1 1/2-1/2

 Update from the Official site:

The FIDE World Chess Championship match resumed on Monday with Viswanathan Anand once again having the White pieces, as according to the regulations, the piece colors are alternating halfway through the match.

The players seem to be very persistent in thorough investigation of the Catalan opening, as the same setup appeared four times when Anand had White pieces.

Once again Topalov switched the variation, and included 4…Bb4+ instead of 4…dxc4. Later on, instead of the almost automatic 8. Qc2, Anand preferred the rare 8. Bf4, which prompted Black to immediately capture the pawn on c4 and then hang on it with b5.

The similar position was seen in the encounter Gelfand-Ivanchuk. Topalov varied from that game by playing 11…Bd7.

Anand accepted the gift in the view of exchange on a8, and the game became highly imbalanced as Black caught up the initiative.

A timely opening of the a-file and breach to the 7th rank gave Anand solid counterplay. After the exchange of the Bishops, it appeared that White managed to stabilise and block the dangerous d-pawn.

Topalov brought his heavy artillery to the 2nd rank, but could not achieve more than perpetual check as White kept the enemy Queen under contact attack.

But Anand refused the possibility of perpetual, on two occasions, and continued to fight for more. Nevertheless, the Black passed pawn demanded lots of caution, and White was unable to gain more with the Knight burdened on f2. The draw was finally agreed on move 58.

Game eight is taking place tomorrow, with Veselin Topalov playing the White pieces. Live commentary at the official website is starting at 14:45 local time.

GAME 8 – Topalov vs Anand : 4th May 2010

Game 8 move 8

Game 8 move 53

Game 8 Final position Topalov 1 – Anand

[Event “Sofia BUL, WCC 2010 Game_8”]
[Site “Sofia BUL”]
[Date “2010.05.04”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Topalov, V.”]
[Black “Anand, V.”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “D17”]
[WhiteElo “2805”]
[BlackElo “2787”]
[PlyCount “111”]
[EventDate “2010.04.24”]
[EventType “match”]
[EventRounds “12”]
[EventCountry “BUL”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3 c5 8. e4 Bg6
9. Be3 cxd4 10. Qxd4 Qxd4 11. Bxd4 Nfd7 12. Nxd7 Nxd7 13. Bxc4 Rc8 14. Bb5 a6 15. Bxd7+ Kxd7 16. Ke2 f6 17. Rhd1 Ke8 18. a5 Be7 19. Bb6 Rf8 20. Rac1 f5 21. e5 Bg5 22. Be3 f4 23. Ne4 Rxc1 24. Nd6+ Kd7 25. Bxc1 Kc6 26. Bd2 Be7 27. Rc1+ Kd7 28. Bc3 Bxd6 29. Rd1 Bf5 30. h4 g6 31. Rxd6+ Kc8 32. Bd2 Rd8 33. Bxf4 Rxd6 34. exd6 Kd7 35. Ke3 Bc2 36. Kd4 Ke8 37. Ke5 Kf7 38. Be3 Ba4 39. Kf4 Bb5 40. Bc5 Kf6 41. Bd4+ Kf7 42. Kg5 Bc6 43. Kh6 Kg8 44. h5 Be8 45. Kg5 Kf7 46. Kh6 Kg8 47. Bc5 gxh5 48. Kg5 Kg7 49. Bd4+ Kf7 50. Be5 h4 51. Kxh4 Kg6 52. Kg4 Bb5 53. Kf4 Kf7 54. Kg5 Bc6 55. Kh6 Kg8 56. g4 1-0

 GAME 9 Thursday 6th May 2010

Game 9 move 8

Game 9 move 43

Game 9 Final Position Anand 1/2 Topalov 1/2

[Event “Sofia BUL, WCC 2010 Game_9”]
[Site “Sofia BUL”]
[Date “2010.05.06”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Anand, V.”]
[Black “Topalov, V.”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “E54”]
[WhiteElo “2787”]
[BlackElo “2805”]
[PlyCount “165”]
[EventDate “2010.04.24”]
[EventType “match”]
[EventRounds “12”]
[EventCountry “BUL”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 c5 6. Nf3 d5 7. O-O cxd4 8. exd4 dxc4 9. Bxc4 b6 10. Bg5 Bb7 11. Re1 Nbd7 12. Rc1 Rc8 13. Bd3 Re8 14. Qe2 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Qc7 16. Bh4 Nh5 17. Ng5 g6 18. Nh3 e5 19. f3 Qd6 20. Bf2 exd4 21. Qxe8+ Rxe8 22. Rxe8+ Nf8 23. cxd4 Nf6 24. Ree1 Ne6 25. Bc4 Bd5 26. Bg3 Qb4 27. Be5 Nd7 28. a3 Qa4 29. Bxd5 Nxe5 30. Bxe6 Qxd4+ 31. Kh1 fxe6 32. Ng5 Qd6 33. Ne4 Qxa3 34. Rc3 Qb2 35. h4 b5 36. Rc8+ Kg7 37. Rc7+ Kf8 38. Ng5 Ke8 39. Rxh7 Qc3 40. Rh8+ Kd7 41. Rh7+ Kc6 42. Re4 b4 43. Nxe6 Kb6 44. Nf4 Qa1+ 45. Kh2 a5 46. h5 gxh5 47. Rxh5 Nc6 48. Nd5+ Kb7 49. Rh7+ Ka6 50. Re6 Kb5 51. Rh5 Nd4 52. Nb6+ Ka6 53. Rd6 Kb7 54. Nc4 Nxf3+ 55. gxf3 Qa2+ 56. Nd2 Kc7 57. Rhd5 b3 58. Rd7+ Kc8 59. Rd8+ Kc7 60. R8d7+ Kc8 61. Rg7 a4 62. Rc5+ Kb8 63. Rd5 Kc8 64. Kg3
Qa1 65. Rg4 b2 66. Rc4+ Kb7 67. Kf2 b1=Q 68. Nxb1 Qxb1 69. Rdd4 Qa2+ 70. Kg3 a3 71. Rc3 Qa1 72. Rb4+ Ka6 73. Ra4+ Kb5 74. Rcxa3 Qg1+ 75. Kf4 Qc1+ 76. Kf5 Qc5+ 77. Ke4 Qc2+ 78. Ke3 Qc1+ 79. Kf2 Qd2+ 80. Kg3 Qe1+ 81. Kf4 Qc1+ 82. Kg3 Qg1+ 83. Kf4 1/2-1/2

 Game 10 Topalov vs Anand 7th May 2010 – 1/2

Game 10 move 7

Game 10 move 52

Game 10 End position Topalov 1/2 Anand 1/2

[Event “Sofia BUL, WCC 2010 Game_10”]
[Site “Sofia BUL”]
[Date “2010.05.07”]
[Round “10”]
[White “Topalov, V.”]
[Black “Anand, V.”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D87”]
[WhiteElo “2805”]
[BlackElo “2787”]
[PlyCount “119”]
[EventDate “2010.04.24”]
[EventType “match”]
[EventRounds “12”]
[EventCountry “BUL”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O b6 11. Qd2 Bb7 12. Rac1 Rc8 13. Rfd1 cxd4 14. cxd4 Qd6 15. d5 Na5 16. Bb5 Rxc1 17. Rxc1 Rc8 18. h3 Rxc1+ 19. Qxc1 e6 20. Nf4 exd5 21. Nxd5 f5 22. f3 fxe4 23. fxe4 Qe5 24. Bd3 Nc6 25. Ba6 Nd4 26. Qc4 Bxd5 27. Qxd5+ Qxd5 28. exd5 Be5 29. Kf2 Kf7 30. Bg5 Nf5 31. g4 Nd6 32. Kf3 Ne8 33. Bc1 Nc7 34. Bd3 Bd6 35. Ke4 b5 36. Kd4 a6 37. Be2 Ke7 38. Bg5+ Kd7 39. Bd2 Bg3 40. g5 Bf2+ 41. Ke5 Bg3+ 42. Ke4 Ne8 43. Bg4+ Ke7 44. Be6 Nd6+ 45. Kf3 Nc4 46. Bc1 Bd6 47. Ke4 a5 48. Bg4 Ba3 49. Bxa3+ Nxa3 50. Ke5 Nc4+ 51. Kd4 Kd6 52. Be2 Na3 53. h4 Nc2+ 54. Kc3 Nb4 55. Bxb5 Nxa2+ 56. Kb3 Nb4 57. Be2 Nxd5 58. h5 Nf4 59. hxg6 hxg6 60. Bc4 1/2-1/2

 GAME 11 Anand vs Topalov 9th May 2010

Anand vs Topalov game 11 results: 1/2

Game 11 move 7

Game 11 move 15

Game 11 move 26

Game 11 move 39

Game 11 move 47

[Event “Sofia BUL, WCC 2010 Game_11”]
[Site “Sofia BUL”]
[Date “2010.05.09”]
[Round “11”]
[White “Anand, V.”]
[Black “Topalov, V.”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “A29”]
[WhiteElo “2787”]
[BlackElo “2805”]
[PlyCount “130”]
[EventDate “2010.04.24”]
[EventType “match”]
[EventRounds “12”]
[EventCountry “BUL”]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8. a3 O-O 9. b4 Be6 10. d3 f6 11. Ne4 Qe8 12. Nc5 Bxc5 13. bxc5 Nd5 14. Bb2 Rd8 15. Qc2 Nde7 16. Rab1 Ba2 17. Rbc1 Qf7 18. Bc3 Rd7 19. Qb2 Rb8 20. Rfd1 Be6 21. Rd2 h6 22. Qb1 Nd5 23. Rb2 b6 24. cxb6 cxb6 25. Bd2 Rd6 26. Rbc2 Qd7 27. h4 Rd8 28. Qb5 Nde7 29. Qb2 Bd5 30. Bb4 Nxb4 31. axb4 Rc6 32. b5 Rxc2 33. Rxc2 Be6 34. d4 e4 35. Nd2 Qxd4 36. Nxe4 Qxb2 37. Rxb2 Kf7 38. e3 g5 39. hxg5 hxg5 40. f4 gxf4 41. exf4 Rd4 42. Kf2 Nf5 43. Bf3 Bd5 44. Nd2 Bxf3 45. Nxf3 Ra4 46. g4 Nd6 47. Kg3 Ne4+ 48. Kh4 Nd6 49. Rd2 Nxb5 50. f5 Re4 51. Kh5 Re3 52. Nh4 Nc3 53. Rd7+ Re7 54. Rd3 Ne4 55. Ng6 Nc5 56. Ra3 Rd7 57. Re3 Kg7 58. g5 b5 59. Nf4 b4 60. g6 b3 61. Rc3 Rd4 62. Rxc5 Rxf4 63. Rc7+ Kg8 64. Rb7 Rf3 65. Rb8+ Kg7 1/2-1/2

 GAME 12 – Final game

Results: Anand retains his title!! YIPPEE!!!

Topalov vs Anand 0-1

Game 12 move 7

Game 12 move 15

Game 12 move 22

Game 12 move 48

Game 12 End Position

[Event “Sofia BUL, WCC 2010 Game_12”]
[Site “Sofia BUL”]
[Date “2010.05.11”]
[Round “12”]
[White “Topalov, V.”]
[Black “Anand, V.”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “D56”]
[WhiteElo “2805”]
[BlackElo “2787”]
[PlyCount “112”]
[EventDate “2010.04.24”]
[EventType “match”]
[EventRounds “12”]
[EventCountry “BUL”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 c6 10. Be2 Nxc3 11. Rxc3 dxc4 12. Bxc4 Nd7 13. O-O b6 14. Bd3 c5 15. Be4 Rb8 16. Qc2 Nf6 17. dxc5 Nxe4 18. Qxe4 bxc5 19. Qc2 Bb7 20. Nd2 Rfd8 21. f3 Ba6 22. Rf2 Rd7 23. g3 Rbd8 24. Kg2 Bd3 25. Qc1 Ba6 26. Ra3 Bb7 27. Nb3 Rc7 28. Na5 Ba8 29. Nc4 e5 30. e4 f5 31. exf5 e4 32. fxe4 Qxe4+ 33. Kh3 Rd4 34. Ne3 Qe8 35. g4 h5 36. Kh4 g5+ 37. fxg6 Qxg6 38. Qf1 Rxg4+ 39. Kh3 Re7 40. Rf8+ Kg7 41. Nf5+ Kh7 42. Rg3 Rxg3+ 43. hxg3 Qg4+ 44. Kh2 Re2+ 45. Kg1 Rg2+ 46. Qxg2 Bxg2 47. Kxg2 Qe2+ 48. Kh3 c4 49. a4 a5 50. Rf6 Kg8 51. Nh6+ Kg7 52. Rb6 Qe4 53. Kh2 Kh7 54. Rd6 Qe5 55. Nf7 Qxb2+ 56. Kh3 Qg7 0-1

 Anand 6 1/2 – Topalov 5 1/2

Anand retained the title of the World Chess Champion

The last classical game of the FIDE World Chess Championship was opened with Lasker variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined as Viswanathan Anand sought for a solid defence in which White would have only minimal chances to score a victory. The opening went quietly until Anand moved the slightly unusual 16…Nf6. This was the moment where Veselin Topalov took a bit longer to decide on the middlegame plan.

Topalov allowed Black to trade the Be4 and in return he forced an isolated pawn on c5. But is was not easy to besiege this pawn as Black successfully coordinated pieces and obtained excellent counterplay.

White took some time to consolidate the position and avoid tactics on the back-rank and against the Knight on d2. Anand silently offered a moves repetition with Bd3-a6, but Topalov snubbed the offer.

White established the Knight on c4, while Black Bishop possessed a long diagonal from a8. Exactly in this moment, Topalov erred in an attempt to prevent Black’s e5-e4. He played e4 himself, but Anand did not hesitate long before breaking the formation with 30…f5 and 31…e4.

Topalov carelessly traded the pawn on e4 and fell under a strong attack. The Black battery Queen-Rook-Bishop worked perfectly in the pursuit after White King. It looked like the game was over, and even Anand admitted that he couldn’t see a defence for White, but Topalov found some remarkable resources and managed to prolong the game.

But with a series of precise moves, Anand managed to convert the advantage and bring victory home on move 56. The final score is 6,5:5,5.

Thus Anand retained the title of the World Chess Champion! Congratulations!

Source: Official site… Anand-Topalov

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The African Individual Chess Championships are now taking place in Tripoli,  Libya. It started the 21st July and it continues till the 30th July2009.

Africa Chess

African Individual

Melissa Greeff

 WIM Melissa Greeff – RSA

Congratulations to:

Melissa Greeff

For winning the
African Individual Chess Championship 2009
–   Women section
Click on this link,which will open in a new window, to play through some of her games on 365chess and chessgames you can play through more games of Melissa. On this link you can view her games played in Budapest during the First  Saturday tournament early July 2009 or you can follow the link of First Saturday to play through her games interactively.

Melissa Greeff01
Amin Bassem

GM Bassem Amin from Egypt…winner of the men’s section

Image: Chessbase
Final Results/Rankings: Women after round 9

1 WIM Greeff Melissa RSA 2038 7
2 WIM Mezioud Amina ALG 2035 7
3 WGM Mona Khaled EGY 2094 6,5
4 WIM Solomons Anzel RSA 1932 6,5
5 WFM Latreche Sabrina ALG 1964 6,5
6 WCM Beddar Karima ALG 1803 5,5
7 WIM Alaa el Din Yosra EGY 1913 4,5
8  Abdulgader Amira LBA  4,5
9  Rahal Mawadda LBA  4
10  Matoussi Amina TUN 1755 4
11  Elansary Eman EGY  3,5
12 WFM Mudongo Boikhutso BOT 1905 3,5
13 WFM Elfelo Khouled LBA  3,5
14  Elgohary Myada EGY 1683 3,5
15  Al Jahani Marwah LBA  2
16  Al Felo Ekhlas LBA 0

 List of players Women
1 Abdulgader Amira 0 LBA
2 Al Felo Ekhlas 0 LBA
3 Al Jahani Marwah 0 LBA
4 WIM Alaa el Din Yosra 1913 EGY
5 WCM Beddar Karima 1803 ALG
6 Elansary Eman 0 EGY
7 WFM Elfelo Khouled 0 LBA
8 Elgohary Myada 1683 EGY
9 WIM Greeff Melissa 2038 RSA
10 WFM Latreche Sabrina 1964 ALG
11 Matoussi Amina 1755 TUN
12 WIM Mezioud Amina 2035 ALG
13 WGM Mona Khaled 2094 EGY
14 WFM Mudongo Boikhutso 1905 BOT
15 Rahal Mawadda 0 LBA
16 WIM Solomons Anzel 1932 RSA

 Round 1

Results of Women: African Individual Chess Championships – Round 1

round 2

Results- Women: African Individual CC: Round 2 – please click on images for a clear view.

Rank after Round 2 -Women: Top 5 positions

1 WFM Latreche Sabrina ALG 1964
 WIM Alaa el Din Yosra EGY 1913
 WCM Beddar Karima ALG 1803
4 WIM Greeff Melissa RSA 2038
5 WIM Solomons Anzel RSA 1932

Pairings/Results – Women
Round 3 on 2009/07/23 at 15:00
 WIM Alaa el Din Yosra vs  WFM Latreche Sabrina–0-1
 WIM Solomons Anzel vs WCM Beddar Karima– 1-0
 WGM Mona Khaled vs  WIM Greeff Melissa –1-0
 WIM Mezioud Amina  vs  Al Jahani Marwah –1-0
 Elansary Eman vs  Elgohary Myada –1-0
 Rahal Mawadda vs  Abdulgader Amira–1/2
 WFM Mudongo Boikhutso vs  WFM Elfelo Khouled–1/2
 Al Felo Ekhlas vs   Matoussi Amina–0-1

Pairings/Results: Women
Round 4 on 2009/07/24 at 15:00

WFM Latreche Sabrina   vs   WIM Solomons Anzel–0-1
WCM Beddar Karima   vs  WGM Mona Khaled–0-1  
Elansary Eman   vs  WIM Mezioud Amina–0-1 
Abdulgader Amira   vs  WIM Alaa el Din Yosra–0-1  
WIM Greeff Melissa   vs    Rahal Mawadda–1-0  
Elgohary Myada    vs   Matoussi Amina–0-1 
Al Jahani Marwah   vs WFM Mudongo Boikhutso–0-1 
WFM Elfelo Khouled  vs   Al Felo Ekhlas–1-0 

Rank after Round 3

1 WFM Latreche Sabrina ALG 1964
2 WIM Solomons Anzel RSA 1932
3 WCM Beddar Karima ALG 1803
4 WIM Alaa el Din Yosra EGY 1913
5 WGM Mona Khaled EGY 2094
6  Elansary Eman EGY
7 WIM Mezioud Amina ALG 2035
8 WIM Greeff Melissa RSA 2038
9  Abdulgader Amira LBA
10  Rahal Mawadda LBA
11  Al Jahani Marwah LBA
12  Elgohary Myada EGY 1683
13  Matoussi Amina TUN 1755
14 WFM Mudongo Boikhutso BOT 1905
  WFM Elfelo Khouled LBA
16  Al Felo Ekhlas LBA

Ranking after round 4: South Africans...1.Anzel Solomons and position 6. Melissa Greeff

Pairings/Results: Women
Round 5 on 2009/07/25 at 15:00

WIM Solomons Anzel vs   WIM Alaa el Din Yosra –1-0
WGM Mona Khaled vs   WFM Latreche Sabrina –1/2 
WIM Mezioud Amina vs  WIM Greeff Melissa –0-1
Matoussi Amina  vs WCM Beddar Karima –0-1
Rahal Mawadda  vs  Elansary Eman –1-0
WFM Elfelo Khouled  vs Abdulgader Amira –0-1
WFM Mudongo Boikhutso vs   Elgohary Myada–1-0 
Al Felo Ekhlas vs  Al Jahani Marwah–0-1

Rank after Round 5- Women

1 WIM Solomons Anzel RSA 1932 – 4,5
2 WFM Latreche Sabrina ALG 1964- 3,5
3 WGM Mona Khaled EGY 2094- 3,5
4 WIM Greeff Melissa RSA 2038- 3,5
5 WIM Alaa el Din Yosra EGY 1913-3
6 WCM Beddar Karima ALG 1803-3
7 WIM Mezioud Amina ALG 2035-3
8  Abdulgader Amira LBA -2,5
9  Rahal Mawadda LBA -2,5
10 WFM Mudongo Boikhutso BOT 1905-2,5
11  Elansary Eman EGY -2
12  Al Jahani Marwah LBA -2
13  Matoussi Amina TUN 1755-2
14 WFM Elfelo Khouled LBA -1,5
15  Elgohary Myada EGY 1683-1
16  Al Felo Ekhlas LBA- 0

Pairings/Results: Women
Round 6 on 2009/07/27 at 15:00
WGM Mona Khaled  3½ vs 4½ WIM Solomons Anzel (RSA)–1-0
WIM Greeff Melissa  3½(RSA) vs 3½ WFM Latreche Sabrina–1-0
WIM Alaa el Din Yosra  3 vs 3 WIM Mezioud Amina–0-1 
WCM Beddar Karima  3 vs 2½  Abdulgader Amira–1-0
Rahal Mawadda  2½ vs 2½ WFM Mudongo Boikhutso–0-1
Matoussi Amina  2 vs 1½ WFM Elfelo Khouled–0-1
Al Jahani Marwah  2 vs 1  Elgohary Myada–0-1 
Elansary Eman  2 vs 0  Al Felo Ekhlas–1-0

Rank after Round 6 – Top 11 only: Women

1 WIM Solomons Anzel RSA 1932
2 WGM Mona Khaled EGY 2094
3 WIM Greeff Melissa RSA 2038
4 WCM Beddar Karima ALG 1803
5 WIM Mezioud Amina ALG 2035
6 WFM Latreche Sabrina ALG 1964
7 WFM Mudongo Boikhutso BOT 1905
8 WIM Alaa el Din Yosra EGY 1913
9  Elansary Eman EGY
10  Rahal Mawadda LBA
11  Abdulgader Amira LBA

Pairings/Results: Women
Round 7 on 2009/07/28 at 15:00

WIM Mezioud Amina  4 vs 4½ WGM Mona Khaled–1-0
WCM Beddar Karima  4 vs 4½ WIM Greeff Melissa –1/2
WIM Solomons Anzel  4½ vs 3½ WFM Mudongo Boikhutso–1-0 
WFM Latreche Sabrina  3½ vs 2  Matoussi Amina–1-0
WIM Alaa el Din Yosra  3 vs 3  Elansary Eman–1/2  
WFM Elfelo Khouled  2½ vs 2  Al Jahani Marwah–1-0
Elgohary Myada  2 vs 2½  Rahal Mawadda–1/2
Abdulgader Amira  2½  vs 0  Al Felo Ekhlas–1-0

Rank after Round 7: Top 11 only: Women

1 WIM Solomons Anzel RSA 1932 5,5
2 WIM Greeff Melissa RSA 2038 5,0
3 WIM Mezioud Amina ALG 2035 5,0
4 WFM Latreche Sabrina ALG 1964 4,5
5 WGM Mona Khaled EGY 2094 4,5
6 WCM Beddar Karima ALG 1803 4,5
7 WIM Alaa el Din Yosra EGY 1913 3,5
8  Elansary Eman EGY  3,5
9  Abdulgader Amira LBA  3,5
10 WFM Mudongo Boikhutso BOT 1905 3,5
11 WFM Elfelo Khouled LBA  3,5

Round 8 on 2009/07/29 at 15:00

WIM Mezioud Amina  5 vs 5½ WIM Solomons Anzel–1-0
WIM Greeff Melissa  5 vs 3½ WIM Alaa el Din Yosra–1-0 
WFM Latreche Sabrina  4½ vs 4½ WCM Beddar Karima–1-0
Elansary Eman  3½ vs 4½ WGM Mona Khaled–0-1 
Elgohary Myada  2½ vs 3½ WFM Elfelo Khouled–1-0  
WFM Mudongo Boikhutso  3½ vs 2  Matoussi Amina–0-1
 Al Jahani Marwah  2 vs 3½  Abdulgader Amira–0-1  
Al Felo Ekhlas  0 vs 3  Rahal Mawadda–0-1

Pairings/Results – The final round! – Women
Round 9 on 2009/07/30 at 09:00

1 Abdulgader Amira  4½ vs 6 WIM Greeff Melissa–0-1  
2 Rahal Mawadda  4 vs  6 WIM Mezioud Amina–0-1 
3 WGM Mona Khaled  5½ vs 3½ WFM Mudongo Boikhutso–1-0
4 WFM Elfelo Khouled  3½ vs 5½ WFM Latreche Sabrina–0-1  
5 WIM Solomons Anzel  5½ vs 3½  Elgohary Myada–1-0  
6 WCM Beddar Karima  4½ vs 2  Al Jahani Marwah–1-0  
7 Matoussi Amina  3 vs 3½  Elansary Eman–1-0  
8 WIM Alaa el Din Yosra  3½ vs 0  Al Felo Ekhlas–1-0  

Rank after Round 8: Women

1 WIM Greeff Melissa RSA 2038 6
2 WIM Mezioud Amina ALG 2035 6
3 WIM Solomons Anzel RSA 1932 5,5
4 WFM Latreche Sabrina ALG 1964 5,5
5 WGM Mona Khaled EGY 2094 5,5
6 WCM Beddar Karima ALG 1803 4,5
7  Abdulgader Amira LBA  4,5
8  Rahal Mawadda LBA  4
9 WIM Alaa el Din Yosra EGY 1913 3,5
10  Elansary Eman EGY  3,5
11 WFM Mudongo Boikhutso BOT 1905 3,5
12 WFM Elfelo Khouled LBA  3,5
13  Elgohary Myada EGY 1683 3,5
14  Matoussi Amina TUN 1755 3
15  Al Jahani Marwah LBA  2
16  Al Felo Ekhlas LBA 0

 Please click this link for more details/results about the African Individual Chess Championships – Women section.  Update: Results of the men’s section have only emerged today – 24th July -…there are all sorts of “issues” around this tournament.
Read here about it. The link will open in a new window.

For the results of the MEN’s section please click the link which will open in a new window.

 Alphabetical list of players: MEN

1 IM Abdel Razik Khaled 2462 EGY
2 IM Abdelnabbi Imed 2452 EGY
3 GM Adly Ahmed 2548 EGY
4  Al-Zayat Ahmed 1969 LBA
5 GM Amin Bassem 2551 EGY
6 IM Arab Adlane 2432 ALG
7 FM Asabri Hussien 2220 LBA
8 GM Belkhodja Slim 2467 TUN
9 FM Chahrani Ibrahim 2280 LBA
10  Degondo Simplice Armel 0 IVC
11 GM El Gindy Essam 2501 EGY
12  El Kamel Adel Mahmoud 2239 TUN
13 IM Ezat Mohamed 2459 EGY
14 IM Frhat Ali 2397 EGY
15  Gator Mosab 0 LBA
16 IM Haddouche Mohamed 2329 ALG
17  Humrana Mostafa 2114 LBA
18 IM Kaabi Mejdi 2313 TUN
19 IM Kobese Watu 2391 RSA
20 FM Njili Kamel 2318 TUN
21  Nyazi Nehad 2237 EGY
22  Oatlhotze Providence 2164 BOT
23  Obiamiwe Paul 2043 NGR
24  Ranaivoharisoa Alain 2083 MAD
25 GM Rizouk Aimen 2506 ALG
26  Salem Ali Maoloud 2131 LBA
27 IM Sarwat Walaa 2390 EGY
28  Shabash Abdullatief Mohamed 2193 LBA
29 GM Simutowe Amon 2481 ZAM
30 IM Solomon Kenny 2351 RSA
31 CM Solomons Deon 2210 RSA
32 CM Van Den Heever Donovan 2254 RSA
33 IM Wageih Kareim 2253 EGY
34 CM Zaibi Amir 2123 TUN

Pairings/Results: Men
Round 4 on 2009/07/24 at 15:00
IM Abdelnabbi Imed  2½ ½ – ½ 2½ GM Adly Ahmed 
IM Ezat Mohamed  2½ ½ – ½ 2½ GM El Gindy Essam 
IM Abdel Razik Khaled  2½ 1 – 0 2½ IM Solomon Kenny 
GM Amin Bassem  2 1 – 0 2 IM Kobese Watu 
IM Sarwat Walaa  2 ½ – ½ 2 GM Simutowe Amon 
Humrana Mostafa  2 0 – 1 1½ GM Belkhodja Slim 
GM Rizouk Aimen  1½ 1 – 0 1½ CM Solomons Deon 
CM Van Den Heever Donovan  1½ 0 – 1 1½ FM Njili Kamel 
IM Kaabi Mejdi  1½ 1 – 0 1½ IM Wageih Kareim 
El Kamel Adel Mahmoud  1½ 0 – 1 1 FM Chahrani Ibrahim 
IM Frhat Ali  1 1 – 0 1  Gator Mosab 
FM Asabri Hussien  1 0 – 1 1 CM Zaibi Amir 
Ranaivoharisoa Alain  1 ½ – ½ 1  Oatlhotze Providence
Nyazi Nehad  ½ 1 – 0 ½  Obiamiwe Paul 
Shabash Abdullatief Mohamed  ½ 1 – 0 ½  Al-Zayat Ahmed
Degondo Simplice Armel  ½ 0 – 1 ½  Salem Ali Maoloud 

Round 5 on 2009/07/25 at 15:00

GM Adly Ahmed 3 vs 3½ IM Abdel Razik Khaled–1/2
GM El Gindy Essam 3 vs 3 GM Amin Bassem–1/2
IM Abdelnabbi Imed 3 vs 3 IM Ezat Mohamed–1/2
FM Njili Kamel 2½ vs 2½ GM Rizouk Aimen–1/2
GM Simutowe Amon 2½ vs 2½ IM Haddouche Mohamed–1/2
GM Belkhodja Slim 2½ vs 2½ IM Kaabi Mejdi–1-0
IM Arab Adlane 2½ vs 2½ IM Sarwat Walaa–0-1
IM Solomon Kenny 2½ vs 2 IM Frhat Ali–1/2
IM Kobese Watu 2 vs 2 FM Chahrani Ibrahim–1-0
CM Zaibi Amir 2 vs 2 Humrana Mostafa–1-0
CM Solomons Deon 1½ vs 1½ CM Van Den Heever Donovan–0-1
IM Wageih Kareim 1½ vs 1½ Shabash Abdullatief Mohamed–1-0
Oatlhotze Providence 1½ vs 1½ El Kamel Adel Mahmoud–1/2
Salem Ali Maoloud 1½ vs 1½ Nyazi Nehad–0-1
Gator Mosab 1 vs 1½ Ranaivoharisoa Alain–0-1
Al-Zayat Ahmed ½ vs 1 FM Asabri Hussien–1/2
Obiamiwe Paul ½ vs ½ Degondo Simplice Armel–0-1

results round 6

African Individual -Results round 6: Men – please click on the image for a clearer view.

Rank after Round 5: Men

1 IM Abdel Razik Khaled EGY 2462-4
2 GM El Gindy Essam EGY 2501-3,5
3 IM Abdelnabbi Imed EGY 2452-3,5
4 IM Ezat Mohamed EGY 2459-3,5
5 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2548-3,5
6 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2551-3,5
7 IM Sarwat Walaa EGY 2390-3,5
8 GM Belkhodja Slim TUN 2467-3,5
9 IM Solomon Kenny RSA 2351-3
10 GM Simutowe Amon ZAM 2481-3
11 IM Kobese Watu RSA 2391-3
12 IM Haddouche Mohamed ALG 2329-3
13 GM Rizouk Aimen ALG 2506-3
14 FM Njili Kamel TUN 2318-3
15 CM Zaibi Amir TUN 2123-3
16 IM Arab Adlane ALG 2432-2,5
17 IM Kaabi Mejdi TUN 2313-2,5
18 IM Wageih Kareim EGY 2253-2,5
19 CM Van Den Heever Donovan RSA 2254-2,5
20 IM Frhat Ali EGY 2397-2,5
21  Ranaivoharisoa Alain MAD 2083-2,5
22  Nyazi Nehad EGY 2237-2,5
23  Humrana Mostafa LBA 2114-2
24 FM Chahrani Ibrahim LBA 2280-2
25  El Kamel Adel Mahmoud TUN 2239-2
26  Oatlhotze Providence BOT 2164-2
27 FM Asabri Hussien LBA 2220-1,5
28 CM Solomons Deon RSA 2210-1,5
29  Salem Ali Maoloud LBA 2131-1,5
30  Shabash Abdullatief Mohamed LBA 2193-1,5
31  Degondo Simplice Armel IVC -1,5
32  Gator Mosab LBA -1
33  Al-Zayat Ahmed LBA 1969-1
34  Obiamiwe Paul NGR 2043-0,5

Ranking  after Round 6 – Top 11 only:Men

1 IM Abdel Razik Khaled 2462 EGY 
2 GM Adly Ahmed 2548 EGY
3 GM Amin Bassem 2551 EGY
4 GM Belkhodja Slim 2467 TUN
5 GM El Gindy Essam 2501 EGY
6 IM Abdelnabbi Imed 2452 EGY
7 IM Ezat Mohamed 2459 EGY 
8 IM Solomon Kenny 2351 RSA
9 GM Simutowe Amon 2481 ZAM
10 IM Sarwat Walaa 2390 EGY
11 IM Kobese Watu 2391 RSA

Results round 7

African Individual: Results round 7 – Men…please click on the image for a clearer view.

Rank after Round 7: Top 11 positions:Men

1  GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2548 5,5
2  GM Amin Bassem EGY 2551 5,5
3  IM Abdel Razik Khaled EGY 2462 4,5
4  GM El Gindy Essam EGY 2501 4,5
5  IM Solomon Kenny RSA 2351 4,5
6  IM Sarwat Walaa EGY 2390 4,5
7  GM Simutowe Amon ZAM 2481 4,5
8  IM Kobese Watu RSA 2391 4,5
9  GM Belkhodja Slim TUN 2467 4,5
10  IM Abdelnabbi Imed EGY 2452 4,0
11  IM Haddouche Mohamed ALG 2329 4,0

results round 8

African Individual: Results round 8: Men

results round 9

African Individual CC: Men -Results round 9 – The final round!

Please click on the image for a clearer view!

Rank after Round 8: Men – Top 20

1  GM Amin Bassem EGY 2551 6,5
2  IM Abdel Razik Khaled EGY 2462 5,5
3  GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2548 5,5
4  GM El Gindy Essam EGY 2501 5,5
5  IM Sarwat Walaa EGY 2390 5,5
6  IM Haddouche Mohamed ALG 2329 5
7  GM Rizouk Aimen ALG 2506 5
8  IM Abdelnabbi Imed EGY 2452 4,5
9  IM Ezat Mohamed EGY 2459 4,5
10  IM Solomon Kenny RSA 2351 4,5
11  GM Simutowe Amon ZAM 2481 4,5
12  IM Kobese Watu RSA 2391 4,5
13  GM Belkhodja Slim TUN 2467 4,5
14   El Kamel Adel Mahmoud TUN 2239 4,5
15   Nyazi Nehad EGY 2237 4,5
16  IM Arab Adlane ALG 2432 4
17  CM Zaibi Amir TUN 2123 4
18  IM Kaabi Mejdi TUN 2313 4
19  CM Van Den Heever Donovan RSA 2254 4
20   Ranaivoharisoa Alain MAD 2083 4

final ranking

Final Results/Ranking: Men – Top 12 positions

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First saturday


Two of South Africa’s young chess players are now taking part in the First Saturday Chess tournament –in Budapest  to gain the title of Fide Master. Players have to gain norms to qualify for titles. Both Melissa and Jenine have already the title of Woman International Master. Melissa plays in Tournament A and Jenine  in Tournament B. GM Peter Leko – one of the top players of the GM’s, also gained his title at this tournament in Budapest. If you click on the first image with the logo of First Saturday, you will get taken to the official website of the tournament.

Chess Titles: explained

Grandmaster (shortened as GM, sometimes International Grandmaster or IGM is used) is awarded to world-class chess masters. Apart from World Champion, Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain. Before FIDE will confer the title on a player, the player must have an Elo chess rating  of at least 2500 at one time and three favorable results (called norms) in tournaments involving other Grandmasters, including some from countries other than the applicant’s. There are also other milestones a player can achieve to attain the title, such as winning the World Junior Championship.
International Master (shortened as IM). The conditions are similar to GM, but less demanding. The minimum rating for the IM title is 2400.
FIDE Master (shortened as FM). The usual way for a player to qualify for the FIDE Master title is by achieving a FIDE Rating of 2300 or more.
Candidate Master (shortened as CM). Similar to FM, but with a FIDE Rating of at least 2200.
All the titles are open to men and women. Separate women-only titles, such as Woman Grandmaster (WGM), are also available. Beginning with Nona Gaprindashvili in 1978, a number of women have earned the GM title, and most of the top ten women in 2006 hold the unrestricted GM title.

Source: Wikipedia

Results: Fide Master Norm – Tournament A: Melissa

Round 1: Peter Segelken vs Melissa Greeff —0-1
Round 2: Melissa Greeff vs Andras Zoltan —1-0
Round 3: Zoltan Czibulka vs Melissa Greeff —1-0
Round 4: Melissa Greeff vs Kristof Koczo —1-0
Round 5: Michael Yip vs Melissa Greeff —0-1
Round 6: ***
Round 7: Melissa Greeff vs Jozsef Katona —1/2
Round 8: Rene Rauer Hansen vs Melissa Greeff —1/2
Round 9: Melissa Greeff vs Csaba Schenkerik —1-0
Round 10:Yorick Ten Hagen vs Melissa Greeff —1/2
Round 11:Melissa Greeff vs Lajos Borda —1/2

Please click here to follow the results of Melissa.

Standings after round 7

Standings after round 11: Top 3 places

1.     Ten Hagen, Yorick      8.5    2150

2.   Greeff, Melissa      7.0    2038

3.    Koczo, Kristof       7.0    2242

Melissa Greeff

Melissa Greeff

Janine Ellappen
Janine Ellappen
Results: Fide Master norm: Tournament B – Jenine
Round 1: Jenine Ellappen vs Istvan Mayer —0-1
Round 2: Jenine Ellappen vs Gyula Lakat —1/2
Round 3: Ryan Rhys Griffiths vs Jenine Ellappen —1/2
Round 4: Jenine Ellappen vs Csaba Mezei —0-1
Round 5: Hicham Boulahfa vs Jenine Ellappen —1/2
Round 6: Istvan Mayer vs Jenine Ellappen —1-0
Round 7:Gyula Lakat vs Jenine Ellappen —1-0
Round 8:Jenine Ellappen vs Ryan Rhys Griffiths —1-0
Round 9:Csaba Mezei vs Jenine Ellappen —0-1
Round 10:Jenine Ellappen vs Hicham Boulahfa — 1/2

Please click here to follow the results of Jenine.

Chess games of Melissa Greeff played during the tournament

[Event “First Saturday 09 July FM-A”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “2009.07.04”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Segelken, Peter”]
[Black “Greeff, Melissa”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B90”]
[WhiteElo “1912”]
[BlackElo “2038”]
[PlyCount “100”]
[EventDate “2009.07.04”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 a6 6. h3 e6 7. Bd3 b5 8. a3
Bb7 9. O-O Nbd7 10. Bg5 Be7 11. Qe2 Rc8 12. Kh1 h6 13. Be3 Nc5 14. f3 Nh5 15. Bf2 Bf6 16. Nb3 Be5 17. Qe1 Qg5 18. Ne2 Nf4 19. Nxf4 Qxf4 20. Bg1 Bxb2 21. Bh2 Qf6 22. Ra2 Nxb3 23. cxb3 Be5 24. f4 Bc3 25. Qe2 O-O 26. e5 dxe5 27. fxe5 Qh4 28. Rf4 Qg5 29. Rg4 Qc1+ 30. Bg1 Qe1 31. Qxe1 Bxe1 32. Rc2 Rxc2 33. Bxc2 Rc8 34. Be4 Bxe4 35. Rxe4 Bg3 36. Re3 Bf4 37. Re1 Rc3 38. Rb1 Bxe5 39. a4 b4 40. Bb6 Kf8 41. Kg1 Ke7 42. Kf1 f5 43. Re1 Bg3 44. Re3 Rc1+ 45. Ke2 Bd6 46. Rd3 e5 47. Kd2 Rc6 48. Bg1 e4 49. Rd5 Ke6 50. Rd4 Bc5 0-1

[Event “First Saturday 09 July FM-A”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “2009.07.05”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Greeff, Melissa”]
[Black “Zoltan, Andras”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C63”]
[WhiteElo “2038”]
[BlackElo “1945”]
[PlyCount “77”]
[EventDate “2009.07.04”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. Nxe5 O-O 9. Bg5 Qe8 10. Bxf6 Rxf6 11. Nd3 Bd4 12. c3 Bb6 13. Nd2 Ba6 14. Qc2 Qf7 15. Nf3 Rf8 16. Nde5 Qe6 17. Rfd1 d6 18. Nxc6 Rxf3 19. gxf3 Rxf3 20. Nd4 Qg4+ 21. Kh1 Bxd4 22. cxd4 Rf4 23. Qb3+ Rf7 24. f3 Qh5 25. Rd2 Bc8 26. Rg2 h6 27. Rag1 Kh7 28. Rg3 Bd7 29. Qd5 Qxd5 30. exd5 c6 31. Rg6 cxd5 32. Rxd6 Bc8 33. Rc1 Bb7 34. Kg2 h5 35. b4 a6 36. a4 g6 37. b5 axb5 38. axb5 Kh6 39. b6 1-0

[Event “First Saturday 09 July FM-A”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “2009.07.06”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Czibulka, Zoltan”]
[Black “Greeff, Melissa”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A12”]
[WhiteElo “2087”]
[BlackElo “2038”]
[PlyCount “111”]
[EventDate “2009.07.04”]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. b3 Bg4 4. e3 Nf6 5. Be2 Nbd7 6. Bb2 e6 7. Ne5 Bxe2 8.
Qxe2 Nxe5 9. Bxe5 Bd6 10. Bb2 O-O 11. O-O Qe7 12. d3 Rfe8 13. Nd2 Ba3 14. Be5 Nd7 15. Bc3 e5 16. Rad1 a5 17. Nb1 Bd6 18. Qd2 a4 19. b4 Nf6 20. c5 Bc7 21. Qb2 Rad8 22. Rde1 Qd7 23. e4 Nh5 24. g3 Qg4 25. f3 Qg6 26. Rd1 Qe6 27. Kg2 Rd7 28. Qc2 b5 29. cxb6 Bxb6 30. Rc1 Rc8 31. Bd2 d4 32. Na3 c5 33. b5 Nf6 34. Nc4 Ra7 35. h3 Nd7 36. f4 f6 37. Rb1 Bd8 38. f5 Qe7 39. a3 Nb6 40. Na5 Qd6 41. Nc6 Raa8 42. Rfc1 Nd7 43. Qa2+ Kh8 44. Rc2 Bb6 45. Rc4 Rxc6 46. bxc6 Qxc6 47. Rc2 h6 48. Qe6 Qc7 49. Rcb2 Ra6 50. Kf2 Qd8 51. g4 Ra7 52. Qd5 Qc7 53. h4 Ra6 54. g5 Kh7 55. Qf7 Nb8 56. g6+ 1-0
[Event “First Saturday 09 July FM-A”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “2009.07.07”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Greeff, Melissa”]
[Black “Koczo, Kristof”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B12”]
[WhiteElo “2038”]
[BlackElo “2242”]
[PlyCount “93”]
[EventDate “2009.07.04”]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. Be3 Nd7 6. f4 Bxc5 7. Bxc5 Nxc5 8. Nf3 Ne7 9. Nd4 Nc6 10. c3 Ne4 11. g3 Qb6 12. Qb3 Nxd4 13. Qxb6 axb6 14. cxd4 Bd7 15. Nd2 Ra4 16. Nf3 Ke7 17. Bd3 Rha8 18. a3 Rb4 19. Rb1 Rb3 20. Ke2 Bb5 21. Bxb5 Rxb5 22. Rhc1 Kd7 23. Ng5 f6 24. Nxe4 dxe4 25. Rc3 Rc8 26. Rxc8 Kxc8 27. b4 f5 28. g4 Rd5 29. gxf5 exf5 30. Ke3 Rd8 31. Rg1 g6 32. h4 Kc7 33. Rc1+ Kd7 34. d5 Ra8 35. Rc3 Rd8 36. Kd4 Ke7 37. h5 gxh5 38. Rh3 h6 39. Rxh5 Rh8 40. Rxf5 h5 41. Rg5 h4 42. Rg2 e3 43. Kxe3 Ra8 44. Ke4 Rxa3 45. Rg7+ Kf8 46. Rh7 h3 47. d6 1-0
[Event “First Saturday 09 July FM-A”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “2009.07.08”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Yip, Michael”]
[Black “Greeff, Melissa”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “D19”]
[WhiteElo “2045”]
[BlackElo “2038”]
[PlyCount “67”]
[EventDate “2009.07.04”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O
O-O 9. Qe2 Bg6 10. Rd1 Qa5 11. Na2 Qxa4 12. b3 Qa5 13. Bb2 Be7 14. Nc3 Qc7 15. e4 Nbd7 16. d5 exd5 17. exd5 Rfe8 18. Qd2 cxd5 19. Bxd5 Nb6 20. Nb5 Qd7 21. Bc4 Qxd2 22. Rxd2 Nxc4 23. bxc4 Rec8 24. Ne5 a6 25. Nd6 Rd8 26. Rad1 Ne4 27. Nxe4 Bxe4 28. Nd7 Bc6 29. Kf1 Ba4 30. Be5 Bxd1 31. Rxd1 Rac8 32. Rd4 f6 33. Bf4 Kf7 34. Rd5 0-1

[Event “First Saturday 09 July FM-A”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “2009.07.10”]
[Round “7”]
[White “Greeff, Melissa”]
[Black “Katona, Jozsef”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B42”]
[WhiteElo “2038”]
[BlackElo “1962”]
[PlyCount “109”]
[EventDate “2009.07.04”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Ne7 6. O-O Nbc6 7. c3 b5 8. Qe2 Ne5 9. Bc2 Bb7 10. f4 Nc4 11. a4 Nc6 12. b3 Nxd4 13. cxd4 Qb6 14. Rd1 Na5 15. Be3 Rc8 16. Ra2 b4 17. Nd2 Qc7 18. Bd3 Be7 19. Rc2 Qd8 20. Rxc8 Qxc8 21. Qg4 O-O 22. f5 f6 23. Qh5 Qc3 24. Qe2 Nxb3 25. Nxb3 Qxb3 26. fxe6 Qxe6 27. d5 Qe5 28. g3 b3 29. Bc4 Bd6 30. Bd4 Qe7 31. Bxb3 Kh8 32. Bc4 a5 33. Rb1 Bb4 34. Qe3 d6 35. Kg2 Re8 36. Kf3 Qc7 37. Bb5 Rc8 38. Rf1 Qf7 39. g4 Bc5 40. Bxc5 Rxc5 41. Rc1 Rxc1 42. Qxc1 h5 43. h3 h4 44. Qc3 Qe7 45. Qxa5 Qe5 46. Qe1 g5 47. Qe3 Qh2 48. a5 Qxh3+ 49. Kf2 Qh2+ 50. Ke1 Qh1+ 51. Kf2 Qh2+ 52. Ke1 Qb2 53. Qb6 Qb1+ 54. Kd2 Qb2+ 55. Ke3 1/2-1/2
[Event “First Saturday 09 July FM-A”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “2009.07.11”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Hansen, Rene Rauer”]
[Black “Greeff, Melissa”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D18”]
[WhiteElo “1991”]
[BlackElo “2038”]
[PlyCount “69”]
[EventDate “2009.07.04”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O
O-O 9. Ne2 Nbd7 10. Ng3 Bg6 11. b3 Qe7 12. Bb2 Rad8 13. Qe2 Nh5 14. Rac1 Nxg3 15. hxg3 Bh5 16. Qc2 c5 17. Bd3 Bg6 18. Bxg6 hxg6 19. Rfd1 cxd4 20. Rxd4 e5 21. Rh4 Bd6 22. Kh2 Rc8 23. Rc4 Rxc4 24. Qxc4 Nb6 25. Qb5 Re8 26. a5 Na8 27. Qd5 b6 28. Rd1 Bc7 29. axb6 Nxb6 30. Qc6 Rc8 31. Qb5 e4 32. Nd4 Be5 33. Nc6 Rxc6 34. Qxe5 Qxe5 35. Bxe5 1/2-1/2

[Event “First Saturday 09 July FM-A”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “2009.07.12”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Greeff, Melissa”]
[Black “Schenkerik, Csaba”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B03”]
[WhiteElo “2038”]
[BlackElo “2153”]
[PlyCount “101”]
[EventDate “2009.07.04”]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. exd6 exd6 6. Nc3 Be7 7. Bd3 Nc6 8.
Nge2 O-O 9. O-O Nb4 10. Bb1 Nxc4 11. a3 d5 12. axb4 Bxb4 13. b3 Nb6 14. Qd3 g6 15. Qg3 Bd6 16. Bf4 Bxf4 17. Nxf4 c6 18. h4 Qf6 19. Rd1 Bf5 20. Bxf5 Qxf5 21. Nd3 Rfe8 22. Nc5 Re7 23. Re1 Qf6 24. Rxe7 Qxe7 25. Qg5 f6 26. Qe3 Qf7 27. Re1 Kf8 28. Qe6 Qxe6 29. Rxe6 Kf7 30. Re1 Rb8 31. g4 Nc8 32. Nd7 Ra8 33. g5 fxg5 34. hxg5 Nd6 35. Ne5+ Kg7 36. Na4 Nf5 37. Rd1 Re8 38. f4 Nd6 39. Kf2 Rf8 40. Ke3 Nf5+ 41. Kf3 Re8 42. Nc5 Re7 43. Ke2 Nd6 44. Kd3 Re8 45. Rh1 Re7 46. Ncd7 Ne4 47. Rh2 Nd6 48. Nf6 h5 49. gxh6+ Kxf6 50. h7 Nf7 51. Nxf7 1-0

[Event “First Saturday 09 July FM-A”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “2009.07.13”]
[Round “10”]
[White “Ten Hagen, Yorick”]
[Black “Greeff, Melissa”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B42”]
[WhiteElo “2150”]
[BlackElo “2038”]
[PlyCount “63”]
[EventDate “2009.07.04”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nxc6 dxc6 7. O-O e5 8. Bc4 Qxd1 9. Rxd1 Nf6 10. f3 Bc5+ 11. Kf1 O-O 12. a3 b5 13. Ba2 a5 14. Ke2 Ba6 15. Be3 Be7 16. Kf2 Rfd8 17. Nd2 Nd7 18. a4 bxa4 19. Nc4 Bxc4 20. Bxc4 Bc5 21. Rd3 Bxe3+ 22. Kxe3 Nb6 23. Rc3 Rd6 24. Be2 Kf8 25. Rc5 f6 26. b3 axb3 27. cxb3 a4 28. bxa4 Nxa4 29. Rc2 Nb6 30. Rxa8+ Nxa8 31. Ba6 Nc7 32. Bb7 1/2-1/2
[Event “First Saturday 09 July FM-A”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “2009.07.14”]
[Round “11”]
[White “Greeff, Melissa”]
[Black “Borda, Lajos”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “B28”]
[WhiteElo “2038”]
[BlackElo “2070”]
[PlyCount “124”]
[EventDate “2009.07.04”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 a6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Nf6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Bd6 8. c4
Qc6 9. Nc3 Nbd7 10. Re1 O-O 11. h3 Qc7 12. Be3 b6 13. Qd2 Bb7 14. Rad1 Rad8 15. b3 cxd4 16. Nxd4 Bb4 17. Qc2 Qe5 18. Bd3 Nc5 19. f4 Qc7 20. Rf1 Nxd3 21. Qxd3 Rfe8 22. Na4 Bc6 23. Qb1 Bxa4 24. bxa4 Bc5 25. Qc1 e5 26. Nb3 Rxd1 27. Rxd1 exf4 28. Bxc5 bxc5 29. Re1 Re6 30. Qd2 h6 31. Qf2 Ne4 32. Qc2 Ng5 33. Rxe6 Nxe6 34. Qe4 Ng5 35. Qd5 f3 36. gxf3 Qg3+ 37. Kf1 Nxf3 38. Ke2 Ng1+ 39. Kd2 Qf2+ 40. Kd1 Qe2+ 41. Kc1 Qxa2 42. Qd8+ Kh7 43. Qd3+ g6 44. Nxc5 Ne2+ 45. Kd1 Nf4 46. Qe4 Nxh3 47. Qd4 Ng5 48. Kc1 Qa3+ 49. Kd1 a5 50. Ke2 Qf3+ 51. Kd2 Qc6 52. Kc2 Qg2+ 53. Kc1 Qf1+ 54. Kb2 Qe2+ 55. Kc1 h5 56. Nd7 Qe1+ 57. Kb2 Qb4+ 58. Kc1 Qa3+ 59. Kb1 Ne6 60. Nf6+ Kh6 61. Ng8+ Kh7 62. Nf6+ Kh6 1/2-1/2


While we’re on the topic of girls….Natalia Pogonina is a Woman Chess Grandmaster. She’s a WGM’s I’ve only discovered a few days ago! She’s written a book about women and chess. On any chess site, there are always threads in the forums about the question: why are there less women playing chess, or: why are there less Women Chess Grandmasters, etc. etc…it’s endless…all the different topics. It’s good to know that the men like to talk about us, it shows that they have at least something to talk about…haha… Chess is a game for people who can use their logical mind and if they can’t reason in a logical way too, well, then I have a few questions to ask too. I think the reasons are straightforward and we don’t have to argue about it or start any conversations about this topic. Men should really start accepting the reasons. Some of them even enjoy to put women down, maybe to feel better about themselves and their own shortcomings?  Do make an effort to read what Natalia says. I’ve also GM Yelena Dembo’s site-link for you. Click on the images of the GM’s and you will be taken to their sites. Links will open in a new window.

WGM Yelena Dembo
If you click
HERE you can play through her best games.

click on Natalia's image to visit her site

WGM Natalia Pogonina

On June 5, 2009 WGM Natalia Pogonina and Peter Zhdanov got married – she a Women’s Grandmaster, he a successful IT-specialist and debate expert. Peter is also Natalia’s manager, together they are writing a book called “Chess Kamasutra”. Today they share with us their views on the perennial topic why women are worse at chess than men, and take a look at the future of women’s chess.

“They’re all weak, all women. They’re stupid compared to men.
They shouldn’t play chess, you know. They’re like beginners. They lose every single game against a man.There isn’t a woman player in the world I can’t give knight-odds to and still beat.”
Robert James Fischer, 1962, Harper’s Magazine

Chess is often divided into men’s chess and women’s chess. The classification is quite relative, since women can participate in tournaments for men, while men can’t take part in women’s events. This discrimination has always been a subject of heated discussions. So, is it true that men are better than women in chess, and if so, then what are the reasons for that?
Chess is an intellectual sport, physical strength is by far not the key factor there. Endurance is also not a factor, because women are probably even more enduring than men.

Some say it’s about the level of testosterone that affects competitiveness – men are more likely to be trying to excel at something than women. However, if we look at the percentage of so-called “grandmaster draws” among women and men then we’ll see that women’s fighting spirits are definitely higher. You may say that it’s an exception from the rule, but we still doubt that it’s the high level of testosterone that makes top women players good at chess.
So, maybe women are just less smart than men? According to multiple studies, on the average the answer is “no”. Then what’s the problem?

Historical reasons
Women have started playing chess professionally long after men. Nowadays the number of professional women chess players is growing, but the proportion is still incomparable. There are very few women in chess, so they have meager chances to enter the world chess elite.
Look at the top-300 list of chess players and count the number of women there. If you don’t miss anyone, you’ll find only three of them. Almost one to a hundred, “great” ratio, isn’t it? A few more illustrative figures: according to FIDE’s website, there are 20 female players who hold the GM title to 1201 male grandmasters (about 1 to 60), 77 female IMs to 2854 male (about 1 to 37), 239 WGMs and 7 female FMs to 5400 male FMs (about 1 to 22). Side note: notice the downward trend?

Upbringing and social stereotypes
The other important issue is that in order to become a top chess player you’ve got to study chess diligently from early childhood. Parents (who have a large influence on their children’s choice of hobbies) deem chess as a strange pastime for a girl, and also do not appreciate the fact that their daughter will be spending a lot of time with male adults or teenagers (especially when leaving home to play in tournaments).

Roy Gates (Southern California, USA) recalls:
I think that there’s definitely some cultural/sociological bias at work that has made it more difficult for women to excel in chess. I realized a few years ago (after it was pointed out to me by an ex-girlfriend) that I was taking a much more active role in my nephew’s chess education than I was with my niece despite the fact that she was more eager to play/learn and seemed to take to the game much quicker. I had subconsciously not taken her interest in chess seriously and was mortified when I realized I was helping to perpetuate the myth that boys are better chess players.

Michael Ziern (Frankfurt, Germany) adds:
It is hard to convince parents to send girls to tournaments along with their male club colleagues. Parents are often afraid to allow their 10 or 12 year old girl to travel around with a group of boys and young men. If girls play fewer tournaments, they do not improve so quickly and lose interest. In order to solve this problem, my club cooperated with clubs from neighboring towns to have greater groups of girls who could share rooms in youth hostels, make friends etc. with some success.

Moreover, serious chess studies require substantial investments (coaches, trips etc.), while it’s a well-known fact that women chess players can’t make a decent living playing chess unless they’re at the very top. That’s why parents discourage their daughters’ interest in chess – what’s the point of wasting so much time on a dubious activity?
When Natalia was twelve she even had to move to another city to get access to good coaching and financing – life in Russia in the 90s used to be tough for anyone, not to mention chess players. So she and her coach could hardly find money for the chess trips and had to carry heavy bags full of chess books with them and sell the volumes in order to compensate the expenses.

This factor seems to me to be the most important. A stereotype exists in chess that women are no match for men. It is based on statistical data. That’s why many female chess players are taught from early childhood that they’ll never make it to men’s level. TV and books are also trying to convince them that it’s unreal. But all this is a myth! The first woman to break it was the incredible Judit Polgar, the greatest woman chess player of all times.

Different priorities?
 What if women are just not interested in chess? Could it be one of those activities that appeal to men more than to women (like playing PC games, fighting, shooting, cussing etc.?). There was even an amusing hypothesis that chess is for immature and weird people, so women (who tend to mature faster than men) don’t take up such a strange occupation.
Robert Tierney (Binghamton NY, USA):
Adding my two-cents here, I think the question is phrased wrong.  “Why do women play chess worse than men” is an improper question, framed in a male-dominated area with a male-dominated history.  Since everyone (here) seems to agree that women are quicker learners than men, and mature quicker than men, perhaps they are too intelligent to spend more time at something that is just a game, as Morphy stated several times.  Maybe the question should be, are men too stupid or too immature to quit obsessing on chess?  Then maybe we wouldn’t have this topic getting abused over and over again.  “Chess is a sign of lack of intelligence”–now wouldn’t that be a kick in the head?

Different tastes and priorities are probably part of the answer, but they are also closely connected with the other reasons. For instance, priorities are largely affected by social stereotypes and upbringing, so if (theoretically) we change them (e.g. encourage boys to play dolls and girls to study chess), we may see a completely opposite result.

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 CHESSA: Click on Chessa’s logo – first image in this post –  and it will take you to the official site of Chess South Africa. The link will open in a new window. Click here to follow some of the games live on Chesscube. If you are not registered on Chesscube, it will take you a few seconds and you can watch live games. You can click on “play” to register. Games start 18:30 and 9:30 local time. The final round on Saturday – 11th July – starts at 11:00-16:00 local time. To follow the games, you need to go to the SA Open-room on Chesscube (on the chatroom-list). Enjoy!


Images: SAOpen2009.com



In Cape Town, the South African Open 2009 is taking place, it started yesterday. Players from all over the world are taking part.  GM G Jones (ENG), GM D Komavor (UKR) and a few FM’s and IM’s are taking part too –  from countries other than South Africa. Exciting news: Ryan van Rensburg (2106) (SA) drew a game against  GM Dimitri Komarov (2530) (UKR).  Ryan has also beaten IM Watu Kobese (2493) (SA) in round 7 and in round 8 he drew a game against IM MABUSELA, JM (2244)! Ryan drew in round 9 his game against IM P Wang (2453) and in round 10: Ryan drew his game against FM NP van der Nat (2322) and also,   FM CCA De Villiers -2179- (SA) drew against GM G Jones-2550-(ENG).

GM A Simutowe (Zambia) is the winner of the SA Open 2009. Please click HERE for the final results. The link will open in a new window. Visit the next link to see some photos of the players.


GM Amon_Simutowe Zambia

GM Amon Simutowe from Zambia. He gained his third norm (rating of 2500) and qualified as a GM, the first for Africa, south of the Sahara. Please click here to play through his games on chessgames.com. The link will open in a new window.

From Chesscube: The South African Open is being contested by 208 with the following nations being represented in the field: AUS, ENG, EB, EK, FRA, GER, HUN, KEN, MAW, MOZ, NAM, NWP, NZL, RSA, UK, UKR, WP, ZIM. With 2 GM’s, a handful of IM’s, and a couple of FM’s/CM’s in the field, you are for sure to see good chess. There are 3 games being played live exclusively to ChessCube of SA Open. To watch these games all you have to do is go into the SA room and you can watch straight away. Games are commencing at 9:30 and 18.30 each day – local time.

In a world first for chess, some of the matches will be played online. This is a format many internet chess players have been waiting for – an online event being played simultaneously over 2 continents, yet officially recognized and rated by FIDE!

From Melbourne, Australia, behind the computer screens will be GM Gawain Jones (GBR, ELO 2550), IM Puchen Wang (NZL, ELO 2453), IM Mirko Rujevic (AUS, ELO 2282), and IM Leonid Sandler (AUS, ELO 2332) on standby. On the other end of the computer terminal at Cape Town, South Africa, will sit their opponents. The South African opponents will be paired each round, as will all the other players, using the Swiss Pairing system. This means that three different South African players will play online every round.

“Having these players compete in the tournament from another location using the Internet is a world first. Each Australian player will use a computer to connect to ChessCube and play their game, and will be supervised by the arbiter on that side. Similarly the players paired against them in Cape Town will play their games online using a computer, and will be supervised by an arbiter on this side,” commented Mr. Mark Levitt, founder of ChessCube. FIDE rated event over the internet! FIDE have agreed to officially rate the games played over the Internet.
ChessCube powering the community and the SA Open
ChessCube as a playing platform has been bringing innovative ideas into online chess playing for the last couple of months, turning into one of the busiest and most populated web chess servers with player peaks reaching over 3000 players online simultaneously, and a growing base that has eclipsed half a million users. The platform has turned into something that the chess world has been missing at previous online chess communities – it is a place where one can socialize and have fun at the same time.

Now ChessCube are taking a step further and create a tournament, part of which will take place online, and will be officially recognized by FIDE.- source: chessdom

All links in this post will open in a new window. You can also find the link to the official site of the SA Open 2009 on my blog’s side bar.(top)

At the same time, the African Youth Chess Championships are taking place in Cape Town too. This is a very first for Africa and South Africa has been fortunate to be chosen to host the tournament. Please follow this link to follow the results.

SA Open Schedule

Schedule – please click on the image for a larger view

Click here for the Official site of Chess South AfricaChessa – This championship started in Cape Town yesterday.  The venue is Wynberg Boys High School in Cape Town. Click here for the venue-details.
Chess Cube
is a South African chess site to publish the results and you can follow the results/pairings on this link, another site where you can play chess online too. I’m quite sure you will be impressed with the interface of Chess Cube. Click here to play chess on chesscube. Chess Cube is also the site which the English Chess Federation uses for playing chess. You will find different chat rooms on Chess Cube for different countries too, so, have your chat in your language if you wish!

Chessa chess calendar. Follow this link for all details of chess tournaments in South Africa throughout the year.



Top 40 Chess players in South Africa, Anzel Solomons (F) is in position 41 with a rating of 2043
On this link you can see the complete list of the top 100 chess players in South Africa as by 28th April 2009.


SA Open round 1 results

Results of the first 13 players in round 1. Please click HERE for pairings in round 2 and you will find the menu to more results on the top menu-bar.

SA Open round 2

SA Open round 2 01

SA Open round 2 02

On these  3 images you can see the scores of the first 38 players after round 2. On the official site – link in this post and on my side bar – you will find links to more results and the pairings. Click on the images for a larger view.

SA Open results round 3

SA Open 2009: Results round 3 – top 14 players

SA Open Pairings round 4

SA Open 2009: Pairings round 4 – top 13 boards

Results round 4 SA Open

SA Open round 4: results – top 14

Pairings round 5

SA Open : Pairings round 5 – Top 14 boards

Round 5 results SA Open

SA Open: Results round 5 – Top 14 players

Round 6 results

SA Open: Results round 6 – Top 14 players

round 7 results

SA Open: Results round 7 – Top 14 players


SA Open: Results round 8: Top 14 players

round 9

SA Open 2009: Results round 9- top 14 players

round 10

SA Open 2009: Results Round 10 – top 14 players

Round 10 position 15 28

SA Open 2009: Results round 10: Position 15-28

Round 11

SA Open 2009: Results round 11 – Top 14 players

Chess games of participants  during the SA Open via the internet on Chesscube

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.03”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Jones, G”]
[Black “Smit, L”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2550”]
[BlackElo “1848”]
[ECO “C45”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  e5 2. Nf3  Nc6 3. d4  exd4 4. Nxd4  Bc5 5. Nxc6  bxc6 6. Bd3  d6 7. O-O  Ne7 8. Nd2  O-O 9. Nb3  Bb6 10. c4  Be6 11. Kh1  f5 12. Qc2  fxe4 13. Bxe4  h6 14. c5  dxc5 15. Nxc5  Bd5 16. Be3  Qc8 17. Rfd1  Bxe4 18. Qxe4  Nd5 19. Rac1  Re8 20. Qc4  Kh8 21. Bd4  Qf5 22. Re1  Nf4 23. Re3  Rxe3 24. fxe3  Nh5 25. Rf1  Qg6 26. Kg1  Rd8 27. b4  Rd5 28. Nb3  Kh7 29. Rc1  Bxd4 30. Nxd4  Re5 31. Qxc6  Qd3 32. Qc2  Rxe3 33. Qxd3+  Rxd3 34. Nb3  Rd7 35. Rc6  Nf4 36. Ra6  Nd3 37. b5  Re7 38. h4  Re1+ 39. Kh2  Re2 40. Rxa7  Nf4 41. Kg3  Nxg2 42. Nd4  Rb2 43. Rxc7  Rxa2 44. b6  Rb2 45. b7  Ne3 46. Nc6  Nd5 47. Rd7  Rb3+ 48. Kf2  Nf6 49. Re7  Nd5 50. Rd7  Nf6 51. Rf7  Kg6 52. Re7  Nd5 53. Re6+  Kf7 54. Rd6  Rxb7 55. Nd8+   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.03”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Wang, P”]
[Black “Akande, T”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2453”]
[BlackElo “1830”]
[ECO “C88”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  e5 2. Nf3  Nc6 3. Bb5  a6 4. Ba4  Nf6 5. O-O  Be7 6. Re1  b5 7. Bb3  d6 8. c3  O-O 9. h3  Bb7 10. d4  Re8 11. Nbd2  Bf8 12. d5  Ne7 13. Nf1  h6 14. N3h2  c6 15. dxc6  Bxc6 16. Qf3  Ng6 17. Ng4  a5 18. a3  a4 19. Ba2  Bd7 20. Ng3  Nh4 21. Nxf6+  Qxf6 22. Qxf6  gxf6 23. Nh5  Bg7 24. Bxh6  Bh8 25. Rad1  Ra6 26. Be3  Bxh3 27. gxh3  Nf3+ 28. Kf1  Nxe1 29. Kxe1  Re7 30. Ke2  Kh7 31. Ng3  Bg7 32. Nf5  Rd7 33. Rd5   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.03”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Rujevic, M”]
[Black “Swanson, D”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2282”]
[BlackElo “1818”]
[ECO “C18”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qa5 7. Bd2 c4 8. Qg4 g6 9. h4 h5 10. Qf4 Nc6 11. Nf3 Nce7 12. Ng5 Nf5 13. f3 Qc7 14. g4 hxg4 15. fxg4 Ng7 16. a4 f5 17. exf6 Qxf4 18. Bxf4 Nxf6 19. Be5 Ke7 20. Be2 Bd7 21. Bxf6+ Kxf6 22. Rf1+ Nf5 23. gxf5 1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.04”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Lewis, M”]
[Black “Jones, G”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2038”]
[BlackElo “2550”]
[ECO “A57”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. d4  Nf6 2. c4  c5 3. d5  b5 4. cxb5  a6 5. b6  g6 6. Nc3  Qxb6 7. e4  d6 8. Be2  Bg7 9. Nf3  O-O 10. O-O  Bg4 11. Nd2  Bxe2 12. Qxe2  Nbd7 13. Kh1  Qc7 14. Nc4  Nb6 15. Bd2  Nxc4 16. Qxc4  Nd7 17. f4  Rfb8 18. b3  Rb4 19. Qe2  Rb7 20. Rac1  Nb6 21. Nd1  a5 22. Bc3  a4 23. Bxg7  Kxg7 24. b4  Nd7 25. a3  Qb6 26. bxc5  Nxc5 27. Rc3  Qb5 28. Qxb5  Rxb5 29. Nf2  Rb3 30. Rfc1  Rab8 31. g3  Rxc3 32. Rxc3  Rb3 33. Rc2  Rxa3 34. e5  Rb3 35. exd6  exd6 36. Kg2  a3 37. Ra2  Na4 38. Nd1  Rb2+ 39. Nxb2  axb2  0-1

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.04”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Vermaak, F”]
[Black “Wang, P”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “1953”]
[BlackElo “2453”]
[ECO “B12”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  c6 2. d4  d5 3. e5  c5 4. dxc5  Nc6 5. Nc3  e6 6. Nf3  Bxc5 7. Bd3  f6 8. exf6  Nxf6 9. Bg5  O-O 10. O-O  Bd7 11. Qe2  Qc7 12. Bh4  Rae8 13. Rae1  a6 14. Bg3  Qd8 15. Ne5  Nxe5 16. Bxe5  Re7 17. Nb1  Be8 18. Bxf6  Rxf6 19. Nd2  e5 20. b4  Bxb4 21. c4  e4 22. Bc2  Qc7 23. Rc1  Qf4 24. Nb3  Rh6 25. g3  Qf5 26. f4  Qh3 27. cxd5  Bb5 28. Qg2  Bxf1 29. Rxf1  Qxg2+ 30. Kxg2  e3 31. d6  Rxd6  0-1

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.04”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Cruywagen, J”]
[Black “Rujevic, M”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “1931”]
[BlackElo “2282”]
[ECO “C77”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  e5 2. Nf3  Nc6 3. Bb5  a6 4. Ba4  Nf6 5. d3  b5 6. Bb3  Be7 7. O-O  d6 8. c3  O-O 9. Nbd2  Na5 10. Bc2  c5 11. Re1  Re8 12. Nf1  Bf8 13. Bg5  h6 14. Bd2  Nc6 15. Ng3  g6 16. a4  b4 17. h3  Be6 18. Bb3  Bxb3 19. Qxb3  Rb8 20. c4  Bg7 21. Be3  Nd7 22. Nh2  Nd4 23. Qd1  b3 24. Bxd4  cxd4 25. a5  Nc5 26. Ne2  h5 27. f4  Bh6 28. Rf1  Rb7 29. Rf3  Ne6 30. g3  Rf8 31. Kg2  Kh7 32. f5  Nc5 33. Nc1  Qg5 34. Ne2  Kg8 35. Nf1  Qd8 36. Qe1  gxf5 37. exf5  f6 38. Nd2  d5 39. cxd5  Qxd5 40. Nf1  Nxd3 41. Qb1  e4 42. Rf2  Nxf2 43. Kxf2  e3+ 44. Kg1  d3  0-1

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.04”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Jones, G”]
[Black “Van Der Nat, N”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2550”]
[BlackElo “2322”]
[ECO “B23”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  c5 2. Nc3  Nc6 3. f4  g6 4. Nf3  Bg7 5. Bb5  Nd4 6. O-O  a6 7. Bd3  d6 8. Nxd4  cxd4 9. Ne2  Nf6 10. Kh1  O-O 11. Nxd4  Nxe4 12. Bxe4  Bxd4 13. Qf3  Rb8 14. c3  Bg7 15. f5  b5 16. d4  Qc7 17. Bg5  b4 18. Rae1  h6 19. Bd2  bxc3 20. bxc3  gxf5 21. Qg3  Kh7 22. Rxf5  Bxf5 23. Bxf5+  Kh8 24. Qh3  e6 25. Bd3  Rfe8 26. Bxh6  f5 27. Re3  Bxd4 28. Rg3  Qh7 29. cxd4  Rg8 30. d5  Rg6 31. Rxg6  Qxg6 32. dxe6  Qxe6 33. Be3+  Kg8 34. Bxf5  Qe7 35. Be6+  Kg7 36. Qh6#   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.04”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Wang, P”]
[Black “Mabusela, J”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2453”]
[BlackElo “2244”]
[ECO “A05”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. Nf3  Nf6 2. c4  e6 3. Nc3  c5 4. g3  b6 5. Bg2  Bb7 6. O-O  Be7 7. d4  cxd4 8. Qxd4  Nc6 9. Qd3  O-O 10. Rd1  Qc8 11. Bg5  Rd8 12. Rac1  h6 13. Bf4  d5 14. cxd5  Nxd5 15. Nxd5  Rxd5 16. Qb3  Rc5 17. Rxc5  Bxc5 18. a3  Ne7 19. Qd3  a5 20. h4  Nd5 21. Be5  Qe8 22. e4  Ne7 23. b4  axb4 24. axb4  Bxb4 25. Bxg7  Kxg7 26. Qd4+  Kh7 27. Qxb4  Ra4 28. Qxb6  Bxe4 29. Rd8  Qc6 30. Qb2  Ng8 31. Ne5   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.04”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Rujevic, M”]
[Black “McCallum, B”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2282”]
[BlackElo “1614”]
[ECO “B62”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  c5 2. Nf3  d6 3. d4  cxd4 4. Nxd4  Nf6 5. Nc3  Nc6 6. Bg5  e6 7. Be2  Be7 8. O-O  O-O 9. Ndb5  Ne8 10. Bxe7  Qxe7 11. f4  a6 12. Nd4  Nxd4 13. Qxd4  Bd7 14. Rad1  Bc6 15. Bf3  e5 16. Qe3  Nc7 17. f5  Rad8 18. a4  b5 19. a5  b4 20. Nd5  Bxd5 21. exd5  f6 22. Be2  Rb8 23. Rf4  Qf7 24. Rg4  Kh8 25. Qd2  Qd7 26. Rxb4  Qxf5 27. Rb6  Qe4 28. b3  Rxb6 29. axb6  Nb5 30. Bxb5  axb5 31. Ra1  h6 32. b7   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.05”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Amini, D”]
[Black “Jones, G”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “1675”]
[BlackElo “2550”]
[ECO “E71”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. d4  Nf6 2. c4  g6 3. Nc3  Bg7 4. e4  d6 5. h3  O-O 6. Nf3  Qe8 7. Be2  e5 8. dxe5  dxe5 9. Be3  b6 10. O-O  Bb7 11. Qc2  c5 12. Nd5  Nc6 13. Nc7  Qb8 14. Nxa8  Qxa8 15. Nd2  Nxe4 16. Bf3  Nxd2 17. Qxd2  Rd8 18. Bd5  Nd4 19. Bxb7  Qxb7 20. Kh1  f5 21. Bg5  Rd7 22. Rad1  f4 23. f3  Rd6 24. Qe1  Qa6 25. Qe4  h6 26. Qa8+  Kh7 27. Be7  Rc6 28. b3  Rc8 29. Qd5  Nf5 30. Qd7  Rg8 31. Rf2  Kh8 32. Qe6  Qc8 33. Qxc8  Rxc8 34. Rd8+  Rxd8 35. Bxd8  e4 36. fxe4  Ng3+ 37. Kh2  Be5 38. Rf3  Nxe4 39. Kg1  Bd4+ 40. Kh1  Be5 41. a4  g5 42. Kg1  Kg7 43. Rd3  Bd4+ 44. Kf1  Kg6 45. a5  bxa5 46. Bxa5  Ng3+ 47. Ke1  Kf5 48. b4  Ke4 49. Rf3  Nf5 50. bxc5  Bxc5 51. Bd2  Nh4 52. Rb3  Nxg2+ 53. Kf1  Nh4 54. Bb4  Bd4 55. c5  Kd5 56. Rd3  Nf5 57. Ke2  h5 58. Rd1  g4 59. hxg4  hxg4 60. Bc3  f3+ 61. Kd3  Bxc3 62. Kxc3+  Kxc5 63. Ra1  Ng3  0-1

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.05”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Phiri, R”]
[Black “Wang, P”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2145”]
[BlackElo “2453”]
[ECO “D86”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. d4  Nf6 2. c4  g6 3. Nc3  d5 4. cxd5  Nxd5 5. e4  Nxc3 6. bxc3  Bg7 7. Bc4  c5 8. Ne2  O-O 9. O-O  Nc6 10. Be3  Bd7 11. Rb1  cxd4 12. cxd4  Rc8 13. Bd3  Na5 14. d5  b6 15. Ba6  Ra8 16. Qd3  Bc8 17. Rfc1  Bxa6 18. Qxa6  Qd7 19. Qd3  Rac8 20. Bd4  Bxd4 21. Qxd4  Qd6 22. Rc3  e5 23. Qd3  Rxc3 24. Qxc3  Nb7 25. f3  f5 26. Rd1  fxe4 27. fxe4  Nc5 28. Qe3  Rf7 29. Nc3  a6 30. Rf1  b5 31. Rxf7  Kxf7 32. Nd1  Nd7 33. h3  a5 34. Qf2+  Ke7 35. Qh4+  Nf6 36. Nf2  h5 37. Qg5  Kf7 38. Nd3  Nxe4 39. Qxe5  Qxe5 40. Nxe5+  Kf6 41. Nc6  a4 42. a3  Nc3 43. d6  Ke6 44. Ne5  Kxd6 45. Nxg6  b4 46. Nh4  b3 47. Nf5+  Kc5  0-1

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.05”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Peretz, L”]
[Black “Rujevic, M”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “1875”]
[BlackElo “2282”]
[ECO “A48”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. d4  Nf6 2. Nf3  g6 3. Bf4  Bg7 4. Qd2  O-O 5. Bh6  d6 6. Bxg7  Kxg7 7. Nc3  c6 8. e4  Bg4 9. Ng5  Qa5 10. h3  Bc8 11. Be2  h6 12. Nf3  Nbd7 13. O-O  e5 14. Rae1  Re8 15. Bc4  Re7 16. a3  Nf8 17. Re3  Qc7 18. Rfe1  a5 19. Nh2  b5 20. Ba2  b4 21. Ne2  Qb6 22. dxe5  dxe5 23. Ng3  Be6 24. Bb1  Rd8 25. Qc1  bxa3 26. bxa3  Red7 27. c4  Qc5 28. Rc3  Rd2 29. Rf1  Bc8 30. Nf3  R2d6 31. Kh1  Ne6 32. Nxe5  Qxe5 33. f4  Nxf4 34. Rcf3  g5 35. Qe1  Rd2 36. R3f2  Rxf2 37. Qxf2  Qd4 38. Qf3  Be6 39. e5  Qxe5 40. Qxc6  Rd2 41. Be4  Nxe4 42. Nxe4  Rc2 43. Nd6  Nh5 44. Ne8+  Kg6 45. Qf3  Ng3+ 46. Kg1  Nxf1 47. Qd3+  Qf5  0-1

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.05”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Jones, G”]
[Black “Rujevic, M”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2550”]
[BlackElo “2282”]
[ECO “C69”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  e5 2. Nf3  Nc6 3. Bb5  a6 4. Bxc6  dxc6 5. O-O  Bg4 6. h3  h5 7. d3  Qf6 8. Be3  Bxf3 9. Qxf3  Qxf3 10. gxf3  Bd6 11. Nd2  Ne7 12. Rfb1  g5 13. Kf1  f6 14. b4  Ng6 15. Ke2  Nf8 16. a4  Ne6 17. Nc4  Kd7 18. c3  Rhg8 19. Na5  b6 20. Nb3  Kc8 21. a5  b5 22. d4  Kb7 23. Nc5+  Bxc5 24. bxc5  Rad8 25. Rd1  Rge8 26. dxe5  fxe5 27. Rxd8  Rxd8 28. Rg1  Rg8 29. h4  g4 30. fxg4  hxg4 31. h5  Nf4+ 32. Bxf4  exf4 33. h6  g3 34. Kf3  Rg6 35. Rh1  g2 36. Rg1  Rxh6 37. Rxg2  Rh3+ 38. Kxf4  Rxc3 39. e5  Rxc5 40. e6  Rc2 41. Ke3  Rc1 42. Kd2  Rh1 43. f4  Rh8 44. f5  Kc8 45. f6  Kd8 46. Ke3  c5 47. f7  Rf8 48. Rg8  Ke7 49. Ke4  c4 50. Ke5  c3 51. Rxf8   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.05”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Wang, P”]
[Black “Simutowe, A”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “2453”]
[BlackElo “2481”]
[ECO “B28”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  c5 2. Nf3  a6 3. c3  d5 4. exd5  Qxd5 5. d4  Nf6 6. Be3  cxd4 7. cxd4  e6 8. Nc3  Qa5 9. Bd3  b5 10. O-O  Bb7 11. Re1  Nbd7  1/2-1/2

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.06”]
[Round “6”]
[White “Simutowe, A”]
[Black “Jones, G”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “2481”]
[BlackElo “2550”]
[ECO “B22”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  c5 2. c3  d5 3. exd5  Qxd5 4. d4  Nc6 5. Nf3  Bg4 6. Be2  cxd4 7. cxd4  e6 8. Nc3  Qa5 9. Be3  Nf6 10. Qb3  Qb4 11. Qxb4  Bxb4 12. h3  Bh5 13. O-O  O-O 14. Rac1  Rfd8 15. Rfd1  Nd5 16. Kf1  Nxe3+ 17. fxe3  f6 18. Ne4  Bf7 19. Nc5  Bxc5 20. Rxc5  Nb4 21. a3  b6 22. Rc4  Nd5 23. Kf2  Be8 24. e4  Nf4 25. Bf1  Bb5 26. Rc3  Bxf1 27. Kxf1  f5 28. Re1  Rd6 29. g3  fxe4 30. Rxe4  Nd5  1/2-1/2

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.06”]
[Round “6”]
[White “Masango, S”]
[Black “Wang, P”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “2130”]
[BlackElo “2453”]
[ECO “D91”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. d4  Nf6 2. c4  g6 3. Nc3  d5 4. Nf3  Bg7 5. Bg5  Ne4 6. cxd5  Nxg5 7. Nxg5  e6 8. Qd2  h6 9. Nf3  exd5 10. e3  O-O 11. Bd3  c6 12. O-O  Qe7 13. e4  dxe4 14. Nxe4  Be6 15. Rfe1  Nd7 16. Qf4  Rad8 17. h4  Kh8 18. Qg3  Qb4 19. a3  Qb6 20. Nd6  Bxd4 21. Rxe6  Bxf2+ 22. Qxf2  fxe6 23. Ne4  Ne5 24. Qxb6  Nxf3+ 25. gxf3  axb6 26. Be2  Rf4 27. h5  gxh5 28. Kf2  h4 29. Rg1  Rdf8 30. Ke3  h3 31. Rh1  Rh4 32. Rh2  Rf5 33. Bf1  Rfh5 34. Nf2  Re5+ 35. Ne4  Reh5 36. Nf2  Kg7 37. Rxh3  Rxh3 38. Bxh3  Kf6 39. Ne4+  Ke7 40. Bf1  Rh2 41. Nf2  Rh5 42. f4  e5 43. fxe5  Rxe5+ 44. Ne4  Rh5 45. Nf2  Kd6 46. Ne4+  Ke5 47. Nf2  Rg5 48. Nd3+  Kf6 49. Nf2  Rg1 50. Ke2  h5 51. Bh3  Rg7 52. Bc8  Ke5 53. Nd3+  Ke4 54. a4  h4 55. Nf2+  Kd4 56. Kf3  Rg3+ 57. Kf4  Rg7 58. b4  Kc4 59. a5  Kxb4 60. axb6  Kb5 61. Ne4  Kxb6 62. Be6  Kc7 63. Ng5  Kd6 64. Bc8  b5 65. Nf3  Rg8 66. Bf5  Rh8 67. Kg4  Rg8+ 68. Kf4  Rh8 69. Kg4  h3 70. Kg3  Rg8+ 71. Kf4  Rf8 72. Kg4  c5 73. Nh2  c4 74. Be4  Rh8 75. Kf3  Kc5 76. Ke3  b4 77. Bf5  b3 78. Kd2  Rf8  0-1

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.06”]
[Round “6”]
[White “Rujevic, M”]
[Black “Mabusela, J”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “2282”]
[BlackElo “2244”]
[ECO “C11”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  e6 2. d4  d5 3. Nc3  Nf6 4. e5  Nfd7 5. f4  c5 6. Nf3  Nc6 7. Be3  cxd4 8. Nxd4  Bc5 9. Qd2  O-O 10. O-O-O  a6 11. Nb3  Bb4 12. a3  Be7 13. Ne2  b5 14. Ned4  Nxd4 15. Bxd4  Nb6 16. Qa5  Rb8 17. Nc5  Nc4 18. Qxd8  Rxd8 19. Bd3  Na5 20. Rhe1  Nc6 21. Bf2  a5 22. g4  a4 23. c3  d4 24. cxd4  Nxd4 25. Ne4  Bb7 26. Nd6  Nb3+ 27. Kb1  Bxd6 28. exd6  Bd5 29. f5  Bf3 30. fxe6  fxe6 31. Be2  Be4+ 32. Bd3  Bf3 33. Be2  Be4+ 34. Bd3  Bf3  1/2-1/2

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.07”]
[Round “7”]
[White “Jones, G”]
[Black “Wang, P”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “2550”]
[BlackElo “2453”]
[ECO “C03”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  e6 2. d4  d5 3. Nd2  dxe4 4. Nxe4  Nd7 5. Nf3  Ngf6 6. Nxf6+  Nxf6 7. g3  b6 8. Bb5+  Bd7 9. Bxd7+  Qxd7 10. O-O  Bd6 11. Qe2  O-O 12. Bg5  Be7 13. c4  Rfe8 14. Rad1  h6 15. Ne5  Qc8 16. Bxf6  Bxf6 17. Nc6  e5 18. dxe5  Re6 19. Qf3  Qe8 20. exf6  Qxc6 21. Qxc6  Rxc6 22. Rfe1  Rxf6 23. Rd7  c5 24. h4  h5 25. Kg2  a5 26. f4  g6 27. Kf3  Rc8 28. Red1  Re8 29. Rb7  Kg7 30. Rd3  Re1 31. Rb3  Ree6 32. Rd7  Rd6 33. Rd3   1/2-1/2

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.07”]
[Round “7”]
[White “Makoto, R”]
[Black “Rujevic, M”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2157”]
[BlackElo “2282”]
[ECO “A05”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. Nf3  Nf6 2. d4  g6 3. g3  Bg7 4. Bg2  O-O 5. c4  d6 6. O-O  Nbd7 7. Nc3  c6 8. h3  e5 9. e4  Re8 10. Re1  Qc7 11. Be3  a5 12. Rc1  Qb8 13. Qd2  b5 14. dxe5  dxe5 15. cxb5  cxb5 16. Nd5  Nxd5 17. exd5  Bb7 18. d6  Nf6 19. Rc7  Ne4 20. Qd3  Ra6 21. Ng5  Rxd6 22. Qxb5  Nxg5 23. Rxb7  Nxh3+ 24. Bxh3  Qd8 25. Rd7  Rxd7 26. Qxd7  Qxd7  1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.08”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Komarov, D”]
[Black “Jones, G”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “2530”]
[BlackElo “2550”]
[ECO “A48”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. d4  Nf6 2. Nf3  g6 3. c4  Bg7 4. Nc3  O-O 5. e4  d6 6. Be2  e5 7. O-O  Nc6 8. d5  Ne7 9. b4  c6 10. Nd2  a5 11. bxa5  Qxa5  1/2-1/2

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.08”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Wang, P”]
[Black “Mosethle, K”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2453”]
[BlackElo “2169”]
[ECO “B90”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  c5 2. Nf3  d6 3. d4  cxd4 4. Nxd4  Nf6 5. Nc3  a6 6. Be3  e5 7. Nf3  Qc7 8. a4  b6 9. Be2  Bb7 10. Nd2  d5 11. Nxd5  Nxd5 12. exd5  Bxd5 13. O-O  Be7 14. Bf3  Bxf3 15. Qxf3  Nc6 16. Qg3  O-O 17. Bh6  Bf6 18. Ne4  Qe7 19. c3  Kh8 20. Nxf6  Qxf6 21. Be3  Rab8 22. f4  e4 23. f5  h6 24. Rad1  Rfd8 25. Rxd8+  Rxd8 26. Bxb6  Rd2 27. b4  Rd3 28. Qf4  Rxc3 29. Qxe4  Rb3 30. Bc5  Rb2 31. h4  Kh7 32. Rd1  Nxb4 33. Bd4  Qd6 34. f6+  g6 35. Qe7  Qd5 36. Bxb2  Qxd1+ 37. Kh2   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.08”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Rujevic, M”]
[Black “Solomons, R”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “2282”]
[BlackElo “1921”]
[ECO “B23”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  c5 2. Nc3  a6 3. a4  b6 4. Nf3  d6 5. d4  cxd4 6. Nxd4  Nf6 7. Bd3  e6 8. O-O  Be7 9. f4  Qc7 10. Qe2  Nbd7 11. Bd2  Bb7 12. Rae1  Nc5 13. Kh1  O-O 14. b4  Nxd3 15. cxd3  Rac8 16. Rc1  Qb8 17. Qf2  Rfe8 18. Nc2  Ba8 19. Ne3  d5 20. exd5  Nxd5 21. Ncxd5  Bxd5 22. Nxd5  exd5 23. Bc3  b5 24. a5  Qd6 25. Qb2  Qg6 26. Rf3  Qd6 27. Rb1  Bf6 28. Bxf6  Qxf6 29. Qxf6  gxf6 30. Kg1  Rc2 31. Rf2  Rec8 32. g4  R8c3 33. g5  Kg7 34. h4  Kg6 35. f5+  Kh5 36. gxf6  Kxh4 37. Re1  Kg5 38. Rxc2  Rxc2 39. Re5  Kxf6 40. Rxd5  Ke7 41. Kf1  Rb2 42. Rd4  h5 43. Rh4  Rd2 44. Rxh5  Rxd3 45. Rh6  Rd6 46. Rh4  Kf6 47. Rh5  Ke5 48. Ke2  Rf6 49. Ke3  Rxf5 50. Rh8  Rf6 51. Rb8  Kd5 52. Kd3  Re6 53. Rf8  f6 54. Rf7  Ke5 55. Ke3  Rd6 56. Rf8  Rc6 57. Re8+  Kf5 58. Rb8  Ke5 59. Re8+  Kd5 60. Kd3  f5 61. Rf8  Ke5 62. Rb8  Rc4 63. Rb6  Rxb4 64. Rxa6  Ra4 65. Ra8  Kf4 66. a6  Kf3 67. a7  f4 68. Kc3  Rc4+ 69. Kb3  Rc7 70. Kb4  Rb7 71. Kc3  b4+ 72. Kb3  Kf2  1/2-1/2

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.09”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Jones, G”]
[Black “Mabusela, J”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2550”]
[BlackElo “2244”]
[ECO “C07”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  e6 2. d4  d5 3. Nd2  c5 4. Ngf3  Nc6 5. exd5  exd5 6. Bb5  Bd6 7. dxc5  Bxc5 8. O-O  Ne7 9. Nb3  Bd6 10. Re1  O-O 11. Bg5  Qc7 12. Bh4  Nf5 13. Bg3  Nxg3 14. hxg3  a6 15. Bd3  Qb6 16. Re3  h6 17. Qd2  Nb4 18. Nfd4  Nxd3 19. Qxd3  Bd7 20. Nf5  Bxf5 21. Qxf5  a5 22. a4  Rac8 23. Rd1  d4 24. Nxd4  Qxb2 25. Rb3  Qa2 26. Rxb7  Bc5 27. Nb3  Bb4 28. Rxf7  Rxf7 29. Qxc8+  Rf8 30. Qc4+  Kh8 31. Nxa5  Qxc4 32. Nxc4  Rc8  1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.09”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Van Rensburg, R”]
[Black “Wang, P”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “2106”]
[BlackElo “2453”]
[ECO “D11”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. d4  d5 2. c4  c6 3. Nf3  Nf6 4. Qb3  g6 5. Nc3  Bg7 6. g3  O-O 7. Bg2  dxc4 8. Qxc4  Be6 9. Qd3  Na6 10. O-O  Nb4 11. Qd1  h6 12. Re1  Nbd5 13. e4  Nxc3 14. bxc3  Qa5 15. Qc2  Qh5 16. Rb1  b5 17. Ne5  Ng4 18. Nxg4  Bxg4 19. Qd3  Rad8 20. f3  Be6 21. Qc2  Bc4 22. Qf2  f5 23. exf5  Qxf5 24. Ba3  Rfe8 25. f4  Bd5 26. Rb2  e6  1/2-1/2

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.09”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Quirk, T”]
[Black “Rujevic, M”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “1495”]
[BlackElo “2282”]
[ECO “B01”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  d5 2. exd5  Qxd5 3. Nf3  e5 4. Nc3  Qe6 5. Bb5+  c6 6. Ba4  Bd6 7. O-O  Ne7 8. Re1  f5 9. d4  e4 10. Bg5  O-O 11. d5  Qg6 12. Bxe7  Bxe7 13. Nd4  Rd8 14. Nce2  Bd6 15. f4  cxd5 16. Bb3  Bc5 17. Kh1  Nc6 18. Nb5  Qf7 19. Qd2  a6 20. Nbc3  Be6 21. Rad1  d4 22. Bxe6  Qxe6 23. Na4  Bb4 24. c3  dxc3 25. Qe3  cxb2  0-1

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.10”]
[Round “10”]
[White “De Villiers, C”]
[Black “Jones, G”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “2179”]
[BlackElo “2550”]
[ECO “E76”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. d4  Nf6 2. c4  g6 3. Nc3  Bg7 4. e4  d6 5. f4  O-O 6. Nf3  Na6 7. e5  Nd7 8. c5  c6 9. Bxa6  bxa6 10. Be3  Rb8 11. O-O  Rxb2 12. Qa4  Nb8 13. Qa3  Rb7 14. cxd6  exd6 15. Ne4  d5 16. Nd6  Qe7 17. Bf2  Rb6 18. Bh4  f6 19. Rae1  Be6 20. Re3  Qd7 21. exf6  Bxf6 22. Bxf6  Rxf6 23. Ne5  Qd8 24. Ng4  Bxg4 25. Re8+  Qxe8 26. Nxe8  Re6 27. h3  Rxe8 28. hxg4  Re2 29. Rf3  Rb1+ 30. Kh2  Rbb2 31. Re3  Rxg2+ 32. Kh1  Rge2 33. Rxe2  Rxe2 34. Qd6  Re8 35. Qc7  a5 36. f5  gxf5 37. gxf5  Rf8 38. f6  Rxf6 39. Qxb8+  Kg7 40. Qxa7+  Kg6 41. Qxa5  Kf5 42. Qc7  Rh6+ 43. Kg2  Ke4 44. Qe5+  Kd3 45. Kf2  Rh1 46. Qe3+  Kc4 47. Kg2  Rb1 48. Qe2+  Kc3 49. Qe3+  Kc4 50. Kf2  Rb2+ 51. Kf3  Rxa2 52. Kf4  Ra8 53. Qe7  Kxd4 54. Qb4+  Kd3 55. Qb6  Ra4+ 56. Ke5  Re4+ 57. Kd6  Rc4 58. Qb1+  Kd2 59. Qxh7  d4 60. Qh2+  Kc3 61. Qe5  Kb3 62. Qe4  Kc3 63. Qe1+  Kc2 64. Qe2+  Kc3 65. Qe1+  Kc2 66. Qe2+  Kb3 67. Qd3+  Kb4 68. Qb1+  Kc3 69. Qa1+  Kd2 70. Qb2+  Ke3 71. Qb6  Rc2 72. Ke5  c5 73. Qh6+  Kd3 74. Qg6+  Kc3 75. Qg1  Kc4 76. Qg8+  Kc3 77. Qg1  Kb2 78. Ke4  Rc3 79. Qf2+  Kb3 80. Qf7+  Kb2 81. Qf2+  Ka3 82. Qd2  Kb3 83. Qd1+  Kb2 84. Qe2+  Kb3 85. Qb5+  Ka2 86. Qa6+  Kb1 87. Qb5+  Kc1 88. Qf1+  Kd2 89. Qf2+  Kd1 90. Qf1+  Kc2 91. Qe2+  Kc1  1/2-1/2

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.10”]
[Round “10”]
[White “Komarov, D”]
[Black “Wang, P”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2530”]
[BlackElo “2453”]
[ECO “A11”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. c4  c6 2. Nf3  d5 3. e3  Nf6 4. Nc3  e6 5. d4  Nbd7 6. Qc2  b6 7. Bd3  Bb7 8. O-O  Be7 9. b3  Rc8 10. Bb2  dxc4 11. bxc4  c5 12. d5  exd5 13. cxd5  Nxd5 14. Nxd5  Bxd5 15. Rad1  Bf6 16. Ba6  Bxf3 17. gxf3  Rc7 18. Bxf6  Qxf6 19. Bb5  Ke7 20. Bxd7  Rxd7 21. Qe4+  Qe6 22. Rxd7+  Kxd7 23. Qb7+   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.10”]
[Round “10”]
[White “Rujevic, M”]
[Black “Mare, M”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2282”]
[BlackElo “1828”]
[ECO “C33”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  e5 2. f4  exf4 3. Bc4  Qh4+ 4. Kf1  Nc6 5. Nf3  Qh5 6. d4  d6 7. Bxf4  Bg4 8. c3  O-O-O 9. Nbd2  Nge7 10. d5  Ne5 11. Be2  N7g6 12. Be3  f5 13. Nd4  fxe4 14. h3  Bxe2+ 15. Qxe2  Qh4 16. Bf2  Qh6 17. Nxe4  Nf4 18. Qd2  Nxd5 19. Qxh6  gxh6 20. Kg1  Be7 21. Rd1  Nf4 22. Nf5  Rde8 23. Nxh6  Nfd3 24. b3  Ref8 25. Bg3  Nf4 26. Kh2  Nfg6 27. c4  Bh4 28. Rhf1  Bxg3+ 29. Nxg3  Rxf1 30. Rxf1  Rf8 31. Rxf8+  Nxf8 32. Ne4  Nd3 33. Nf5  Nc1 34. Nc3  Kd7 35. Nd4  c6 36. g4  Ne6 37. Nf3  h6 38. Kg3  Ke7 39. Ne1  Kf6 40. h4  Nc5 41. Kf3  N1d3 42. Nc2  Ne5+ 43. Kg3  a5 44. Nd4  Nf7 45. Kf4  Nd3+ 46. Ke3  Nde5 47. Ne4+  Ke7 48. Kf4  Ng6+ 49. Kg3  d5 50. cxd5  cxd5 51. Nf5+  Ke6 52. Nc5+  Ke5 53. Nxb7  a4 54. bxa4  d4 55. Nc5  Kd5 56. Nb3  Kc4 57. Nfxd4  Nd6 58. a5  Kb4 59. a6  Nc8 60. Nc6+  Ka3 61. a7  Nb6 62. Nbd4  Kxa2 63. Nf5  h5 64. gxh5  Nf8 65. Nce7  Kb3 66. Nd5  Na8 67. Nf6  Kc4 68. Kf4  Kc5 69. Kg5  Kb6 70. h6  Kxa7 71. h7  Nxh7+ 72. Nxh7  Nc7 73. h5   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.11”]
[Round “11”]
[White “Jones, G”]
[Black “Simotowe, M”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2550”]
[BlackElo “2110”]
[ECO “C42”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  e5 2. Nf3  Nf6 3. Nxe5  d6 4. Nf3  Nxe4 5. c4  Be7 6. Nc3  Nxc3 7. dxc3  O-O 8. Qc2  Nd7 9. Bd3  Nf6 10. Be3  c6 11. h3  Qa5 12. Bd4  Re8 13. b4  Qc7 14. O-O-O  g6 15. Rhe1  Nh5 16. Qd2  Be6 17. g4  Ng7 18. Qh6  f6 19. Ng5   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.11”]
[Round “11”]
[White “Wang, P”]
[Black “De Villiers, C”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2453”]
[BlackElo “2179”]
[ECO “B30”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  c5 2. Nf3  Nc6 3. c3  d5 4. exd5  Qxd5 5. d4  Bg4 6. Be2  e6 7. h3  Bh5 8. c4  Qd6 9. d5  exd5 10. cxd5  Bxf3 11. Bxf3  Nd4 12. Nc3  Nf6 13. Be3  Nxf3+ 14. Qxf3  Be7 15. O-O-O  O-O 16. Bf4  Qa6 17. d6  Bd8 18. Rhe1  Ba5 19. Kb1  Bxc3 20. Qxc3  Nd7 21. Re7  Qa4 22. Qf3  c4 23. Rd4  Qb5 24. Rd5  Qc6 25. Rd4  Qb5 26. a4  Qxa4 27. Bh6  gxh6 28. Rg4+  Kh8 29. Rxd7   1-0

[Event “SA Open”]
[Site chesscube.com]
[Date “2009.07.11”]
[Round “11”]
[White “Meintjies, J”]
[Black “Rujevic, M”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “1915”]
[BlackElo “2282”]
[ECO “C77”]
[Time “1:30:00”]
[TimeControl “1½ hours + 30”]

1. e4  e5 2. Nf3  Nc6 3. Bb5  a6 4. Ba4  Nf6 5. d4  Nxe4 6. Qe2  Nd6 7. dxe5  Nf5 8. Qe4  g6  1/2-1/2
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Azer chess

Baku City Wall
The Old City Wall in Baku


The Maiden Tower – Baku 

Baku Fortress gate

Fortress Gate – image: wikitravel – a different view

Image: Wikipedia
 Azer chess teams
The two teams’ photos in the glass front of the theatre where they’re playing

Image: Chessbase

Azerbaijan vs Fide World 7-9 May 2009 in Baku

How is it possible to mis good chess! The world’s big champs play in this tournament and Baku is my favourite chess city! Braam…I hope you’re reading this…I know you live in Baku!

Please click here to follow the games LIVE.
For the official site, click here , links will open in new windows. Click on images for a larger view and follow the official site to see more player-info of the players that are taking part in this tournament. All images are from the official site.


The opening ceremony of “President’s Cup” tournament, that is devoted to great national leader Heydar Aliyev’s memory, will hold in “UNS” (creative stage) theatre at 05:00 p.m. in 07 May, 2009, the tournament will also hold there from 07 May till 09 May 2009.

The World champion Vishvanatan Anand (Indian), vice-champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), the finalist of the latest World’s Cup – Aleksey Shirov (Spain), and the winner of the latest authoritative tournament Veyk-ann-Zee – Sergey Karyakin (Ukraine) have taken part in the world team which will be hold by the “Sheveningen” system.

Teymur Radjabov, Vugar Hashimov, Shahriyar Mamedyarov, Gadir Huseynov and Rauf Mamedov will compete in the Azerbaijan team against them.
The first day of the biggest chess event in the history of Azerbaijani sport – the Presidential Cup tournament in commemoration of Haydar Aliyev, the National Leader of Azerbaijan, left behind. Two rounds of the match between FIDE’s World picked team and Azerbaijani picked team were played in the building of Uns theater.

The impression from the first round was very positive. Teymur Rajabov tied with Vishvanatan Anand, and Vuqar Hasimov tied with Ex World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. The only win of the day was signed by Shahriyar Mammedyarov. He defeated the Spanish grandmaster Alexei Shirov. Qadir Huseynov who found himself in a very difficult situation has managed to take half point from the Ukrainian Sergey Karyakin due to right moves in the endgame.

The picked team of the world showed itself in the second round. Qadir and Vuqar were defeated by Shirov and Anand respectively. Teymur who played agains Kramnik and Shahriyar who played ahainst Karyakin gained half point each.

There is no doubt that Vishvanatan Anand and and Shahriyar Mammadov were central figures of the first day.

Both players have managed to gain 1.5 points each – more than their colleagues. Shahriyar will also be remembered as the author of our first victory during the first round. He also put his sign under the only victory of our players.

Round 3. Kramnik defeat Huseynov

Round 3 was played today at the ” President’s Cup” international chess tournament dedicated to the memory of nationwide leader Haydar Aliyev. All the opponents, except Gadir Guseynov who lost to Viswanathan Anand, reached an accord amongst each other. Hence, points were shared in the games between World Champion Vishvanatan Anand vs. Shahriyar Mamedyarov, the leader of team of Azerbaijan Teymur Radjabov vs. Aleksey Shirov, and Sergey Karyakin vs. Vugar Gashimov, respectively. After the Round 3 FIDE World Team is leading with the score of 7-5.

Round 4. FIDE improve the margin
FIDE World team increased the points of margin in the round 4 through the performance in the “President’s Cup” international chess tournament dedicated to the memory of nationwide leader Haydar Aliyev. There was a substitution in this round in the team of Azerbaijan. Rauf Mamedov substituted by Gadir Huseynov who shared points equally with Indian Grand Master Vishwanatan Anand. The leader of the team of Azerbaijan Teymour Rajabov lost to the latest winner of the Veyk An Zee tournament –Sergei Karyakin. The same result was destined for Shahriyar Mamedyarov. The hero of the yesterday, Resistance pursued by “Shah” against Kramnik turned out to be a disappointment. The game played between Vugar Gashimov vs. Aleksey Shirov ended with “peace”. Winning by 1-3 in the round 4, FIDE World Team secured the points to 10, totaling 10 – 6. – Report from the official site.


Kramnik – Fide World Team


Anand – Fide World Team

Azer Radjabov

Radjabov – Azerbaijan Team


Shirov – Azerbaijan Team



round 4

Azerbaijan vs Fide World…round 4 – click on chess graphics for a clear view

Round 4 Karjakin vs Radjabov

Round 4: Karjakin vs Radjabov 1-0

round 4 Gashimov vs Shirov

Round 4 Gashimov vs Shirov 1/2

round 4 Mamedov vs Anand

Round 4 Mamedov vs Anand 1/2

round 4 Kramnik vs Mamedjarov

Round 4 Kramnik vs Mamedjarov 1-0

results Azer

Results after the 2nd day of the tournament

Anand round 6

Round 6: Gashimov vs Anand 0-1

Kramnik vs Radjabov round 6

Round 6: Kramnik vs Radjabov 1/2

Shirov round 6 end position

Round 6: Guseinov vs Shirov End position 1/2

Karjakin vs Mamedjarov round 6 end position

Round 6: Karjakin vs Mamedjarov End position 1/2

round 6

Results: Round 6

Anand round 8 end position

Anand vs Mamedov round 8 – End position 1-0

Radjabov vs Karjakin round 8

Radjabov vs Karjakin Round 8 End Position 1-0

round 8 results

Round 8 : results

final standings

Final standings: Fide World Team – 21,5 Azerbaijan Team – 10,5

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SA Women players  fltr: Anzel Solomons, Melissa Greeff, Carmen de Jager and Monique Sischy







Results: Round 3 – top 10


Pairings: Round 4 – top 10


SA Women’s Open: Results after round 4 – top 10


SA Women’s Open: Pairings round 5- top 10


SA Women’s Open CC: Results after round 5 – top 10


SA Women’s Open CC: Pairings round 6: top 10


SA Women’s Open Chess Championship 2009: Final Results of the top 20 positions in this Championship.

Congratulations to Melissa Greeff as winner of the South African Women’s Open Chess Championship 2009.


The Top 4 players in the  SA Women’s Open CC: Melissa the Champion on the far right – image from CHESSA, the official site. Other players frtl:Anzel Solomons, Ezet Roos and Yolandi Sutil are all sharing the limelight with Melissa.


South Africa’s Top 20 Female players as by 28th April 2009. Click on
this link to see the complete list of the Top 100 females in South Africa.


I clearly almost missed out on the SA Women’s Open Chess Championships!  This tournament is taking place at the Woodlands Boulevard shopping centre in Pretoria East. It started the 30th April and it ends Sunday 3rd May! All links will open in a new window. CHESSA is the official body of South African Chess. Please click here to follow the results. – if you follow the link and it’s inactive, then they’re busy updating the site with the results. I’ve tried it this morning – please check back later.Some of our top players like Anzel Solomons, Monique Sischy, Melissa Greeff, Carmen de Jager and Ezet Roos are also playing in this Tournament.


Players at the SA Women’s Open CC…Anzel Solomons and Melissa Greeff on board 1 in round 4 – image: CHESSA the official site.

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Saint Louis Chess Club

Saint Louis Chess Club



Kamsky, Nakamura and Onischuk – 3 of the players in this tournament. Click on images for a larger view.
Please click here to read more player-info.
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Players confirmed for the US Chess Championship 2009
Please click here for the official site of the US Chess Championship 2009
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I usually blog tournaments from Europe as I do know some of the GM’s and have played through a few games of some of them. Kamsky is one of my favourite players and I do hope that I will have time to follow his games in the US CC. As I’m busy with studies too, – an assignment due in two weeks! – I know I won’t be able to blog games intensively like I used to do, but let’s cross fingers! MTel is also coming up and hoping to do at least an entry about it. You can follow the first link on my sidebar with MTel’s logo for player information, etc.

 The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis is scheduled to host the U.S. Chess Championship May 7-17, less than a year after the center opened in a 112-year-old building in the city’s Central West End.

Competitors are to include the “Big Three” of chess in America – Gata Kamsky, Hikaru Nakamura and Alexander Onischuk, along with current U.S. champion Yury Shulman. The female medalists in the Chess Olympiad, Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih, also are competing.Top players are gearing up, both mentally and physically. Shulman said exercise is helpful before or after play. He also regularly teaches chess, works with a chess database which stores millions of games, and reads chess books.
At the championship, live commentary will be provided on the lower level by grandmasters Jennifer Shahade and Emil Sutovsky
Please click here to read the complete article.

Image: saintlouischessclub.org



ST. LOUIS, February 19, 2009 — A $64,000 bonus in memory of late chess champion Bobby Fischer and a jackpot bonus for a “clear” first-place winner have been added to the prizes being awarded at the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship. The tournament, which will be held May 7-17, 2009 at the new Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, will offer a purse of more than $130,000 in prize money.

Any player who scores a 9-0 sweep will be awarded the Fischer Memorial Prize, a $64,000 bonus in addition to the first-place award. The prize is in remembrance of the late American world champion Bobby Fischer, who died in 2008 at age 64. Fischer scored an 11-0 victory in the 1963-64 U.S. championship, the only perfect score in the event’s history.
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US Chess facts
Pairings: Round 1
pairings round 1
Kamsky round 1 move 8
Ibragimov vs Kamsky round 1 move 8
Friedel vs Onischuk round 1 move 8
Friedel vs Onischuk round 1 move 8
Kamsky move 15
Kamsky – round 1 move 15
Onischuk end position

Onischuk – End position – 1/2
Kamsky end position
Kamsky End position – 0-1

Friedel vs Onischuk Round 1

Friedel vs Onischuk Round 1

Robert Hess Round 1

Robert Hess Round 1

Ibragimov vs Kamsky Round 1

Ibragimov vs Kamsky Round 1

Shankland vs Benjamin Round 1

Shankland vs Benjamin Round 1

Yury Shulman

Yury Shulman

Melikset Kaidanov Round 1

Melikset Kaidanov Round 1

 pairings round 2
Pairings round 2
standings after round 1
Standings after round 1 — first 10 places
 Round 2 Kamsky move 16
Kamsky vs Akobian round 2 move 16
Varuzhan Akobian
Hughues vs Onischuk round 2 move 15
Hughues vs Onischuk round 2 move 15

Onischuk move 16
Onischuk move 16 –
Kamsky round 2 end position

Kamsky vs Akobian round 2 – end position – 1-0

[Event “2009 U.S. Championship”]
[Site “St.Louis”]
[Date “2009.05.09”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Kamsky, Gata”]
[Black “Akobian, Varuzhan”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “2798”]
[BlackElo “2664”]
[PlyCount “81”]
[EventDate “2009.05.??”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[Source “MonRoi”]

 [[1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Bd3 c5 7. Nxf6  Nxf6 8. Be3 Nd5 9. Ne5 Bd6 10. Qh5 Qc7 11. Bb5  Kf8 12. O-O-O a6 13. Bc4 Nf6 14. Qf3 Rb8 15. Bf4 b5 16. Rhe1 cxd4 17. Rxd4 Rb6 18. Bb3 Bb7 19. Qh3 a5 20. Rxd6 Rxd6 21. Nxf7 Kxf7 22. Qxe6  Rxe6 23. Bxe6  Kg6 24. Bxc7 Re8 25. Bxa5 Bxg2 26. f4 h5 27. Re5 Kh6 28. Bd2 Bc6 29. Rc5 Bd7 30. Bxd7 Nxd7 31. Rxb5 Re2 32. h4 Nf6 33. f5  Kh7 34. Kd1 Rh2 35. Be1 Ng4 36. Rb3 Rh1 37. a4 Rf1 38. a5 Rxf5 39. a6 Rf7 40. Ra3 Rd7  41. Kc1 1-0]
[Event “2009 U.S. Championship”]
[Site “St.Louis”]
[Date “2009.05.12”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Kamsky, Gata”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteElo “2757”]
[BlackElo “2798”]
[PlyCount “69”]
[EventDate “2009.05.??”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[Source “MonRoi”]

[[1. c4 g6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Qa4+ Bd7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 a6 7. d4 b5 8. Qb3 c5 9. dxc5 Bg7 10. e4 O-O 11. Be2 Be6 12. Qc2 Nbd7 13. Be3 Rc8 14. c6 Rxc6 15. Nd4 Rd6 16. Rd1 Ng4 17. Bxg4 Bxg4 18. f3 Ne5 19. Bf2 Nc4 20. Nc6 Bxc3+ 21. bxc3 Qc7 22. Nb4 Be6 23. O-O Rfd8 24. Bd4 a5 25. Nd3 b4 26. Nf4 Qd7 27. Rc1 Na3 28. Qf2 Nb5 29. Bc5 Rd2 30. Qh4 f6 31. cxb4 axb4 32. Qh6 Rxa2 33. Nxg6 hxg6 34. Qxg6+ Kh8 35. Qh6+ 1/2-1/2]]

Standings after round 2: Top 16 players

Standings after round 2: Top 16 players

Pairings Round 3

Pairings Round 3

 News update from Saint Louis:

Saint Louis, May 9, 2009 — The second day of the U.S. Chess Championship was a repeat of the first, with big upsets and teenagers making the biggest buzz. While it’s hardly a surprise that No. 1 ranked Gata Kamsky of Brooklyn, N.Y., is undefeated after round two, it’s shocking that one of the two other undefeated players in the 24-competitor championship is Robert Hess, a 17-year-old from New York.

Hess came into the tournament ranked 37th in the United States. He has defeated grandmasters in both rounds: sixth-ranked Larry Christiansen, of Cambridge, Mass., on Friday, and seventh-ranked Julio Becerra of Miami, Fla., on Saturday.

Other Round 2 winners included Missourian Michael Brooks. The 91st-ranked Brooks, from Kansas City, beat 15th-ranked Alexander Shabalov, a grandmaster from Glendale, Calif. The youngest player in the tournament, Ray Robson, 14, of Largo, Fla., was victorious over the oldest player, 12th-ranked Boris Gulko, of Fairlawn, N.J., who is ranked 12th.
Defending champion Yury Shulman, of Barrington, Ill., the fourth-ranked player, remained unbeaten. But the second-ranked player in the country, Hikaru Nakamura, lost his chance at an undefeated tournament, when he played to a draw with Jaan Ehlvest, of Baltimore, who is ranked 11th.

Any player going undefeated over nine rounds will receive a $64,000 prize named for Bobby Fischer, the only player to accomplish that feat. In all, there is nearly $200,000 of potential prize money available.
The nine-round tournament continues Sunday, May 10th from 2pm-8pm., and will conclude Sunday, May 17. The club also will host the 2009 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship from October 2-12

Click on this link of my blogger-blog and play through the game of Kamsky in Round 3. The link will open in a new window.

Standings  after round 3  – first 10 
   1. GM Kamsky, Gata        2.5    
   2. GM Nakamura, Hikaru        2.5    
   3. GM Shulman, Yury    2.5    
   4. GM Friedel, Joshua       2.5    
   5. GM Onischuk, Alexander     2.0    
   6. GM Becerra, Julio       2.0    
   7. GM Akobian, Varuzhan       2.0    
   8. GM Ehlvest, Jaan      2.0    
   9. IM Hess, Robert      2.0    
  10. GM Kaidanov, Gregory    1.5 

Pairings Round 4 – Monday, May 11, 2:00 pm
1. GM Gata Kamsky (2½) 2798 – GM Joshua Friedel (2½) 2568
2. GM Yury Shulman (2½) 2697 – GM Hikaru Nakamura (2½) 2757
3. GM Alexander Onischuk (2) 2736 – IM Robert Hess (2) 2545
4. GM Varuzhan Akobian (2) 2664 – GM Julio Becerra (2) 2672
5. GM Gregory Kaidanov (1½) 2662 – GM Jaan Ehlvest (2) 2649
6. IM Michael Brooks (1½) 2419 – GM Joel Benjamin (1½) 2650
7. GM Melikset Khachiyan (1½) 2632 – IM Irina Krush (1½) 2496
8. IM Enrico Sevillano (1½) 2549 – IM Samuel Shankland (1½) 2464
9. GM Larry Christiansen (1) 2681 – GM Alexander Shabalov (1) 2620
10. IM Ray Robson (1) 2542 – GM Ildar Ibragimov (1) 2628
11. Tyler Hughes (1) 2293 – Charles Lawton (0) 2350
12. GM Boris Gulko (0) 2631 – Doug Eckert (0) 2278

Please follow this link to follow Kamsky’s game live – Round 4 – or to play through it if you’re too late for the real time game.

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News-update from Saint Louis:

Defending Champ Yury Shulman Clashes with Gata Kamsky At Round Three of U.S. Chess Championship
St. Louis, MO May 10, 2009: It’s the big clash of the contenders and rivals in round three of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, with the early top board pairing of the defending champion, Yury Shulman from Illinois, and the #1 seed and favorite for the title, Gata Kamsky from Brooklyn. 
The top two are on full points and leading the chase for bonus $64,000 Fischer Memorial Prize for any player with a perfect sweep of 9-0.  The prize is in recognition of the phenomenal feat of the late American world champion Bobby Fischer, who won 11-0 to take the 1963/64 title – the only player in the long and distinguished history of the U.S. Championship to win with a sweep.
The only other player on full points and in contention for the Fischer Memorial Prize is the 17-year-old newly-minted American Grandmaster Robert Hess from New York, who in round three plays a grudge match against former U.S. champion and second seed Hikaru Nakamura, also from New York.  Last month, the two met in the Foxwoods Open in Connecticut with Hess easily winning and the result counting for his third and final grandmaster norm.  Nakamura, who broke every Fischer age group record in U.S. save for that of youngest U.S. Champion, will be going all out for revenge.
The U.S. Championship is being played in a spirit of sportsmanship and professionalism throughout, and this could be witnessed in the pairing between U.S. Women’s champion Woman’s Grandmaster Anna Zatonskia and Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov from Kentucky, another of the top seeds. 
Due to a minor ailment, WGM Zatonskih, the only mother in the 24-player field on Mother’s Day, had to attend St. Louis University Hospital for treatment for a minor ailment.  Unfortunately this meant she was unable to play her round three game and would have had to automatically forfeit the loss to her opponent without a move being played – but, in a true act of sportsmanship, Kaidanov – who could easily have claimed a win by default – magnanimously offered to postpone their match-up until the official rest day on Friday, when they will both play catch-up on the day the rest of the field are on a break. In a footnote to yesterday’s round two, local player Charles Lawton discovered the hard way the difference between the standard of play at the U.S. Championship and local tournaments he’s more used to ruling the roost in. In a time scramble when he was down to his last 5 minutes, he opted to save valuable seconds by stopping to score his game, only to flagged for an infringement of the rules by chief arbiter Carol Jarecki as she warned him he had to continue to keep a score of the game. 
But Lawton lost on time in the ensuing dispute with the arbiter as he tried to keep his score up to date as he fell foul of International FIDE rules (which govern all national championships) and local USCF rules.  With FIDE (the French acronym of the governing body of world chess), if you have 5 minutes or less on your clock you still have to keep a score of the game, with USCF rules you do not have to do so.

Standings after round 4-Top 6
  1. GM Kamsky, Gata (1)………..      3.0
  2. GM Nakamura, Hikaru (2)…….      3.0
  3. GM Shulman, Yury (4)……….     3.0
  4. GM Akobian, Varuzhan (7)……      3.0
  5. GM Friedel, Joshua (15)…….        3.0
  6. GM Onischuk, Alexander (3)….       2.5

Pairings Round 5 – Tuesday, May 12, 2:00 pm
1. GM Hikaru Nakamura (3) 2757 – GM Gata Kamsky (3) 2798
2. GM Joshua Friedel (3) 2757 – GM Yury Shulman (3) 2697
3. GM Jaan Ehlvest (2½) 2649 – GM Varuzhan Akobian (3) 2664
4. IM Samuel Shankland (2½) 2464 – GM Alexander Onischuk (2½) 2736
5. IM Robert Hess (2½) 2545 – GM Melikset Khachiyan (2½) 2632
6. GM Julio Becerra (2) 2672 – IM Michael Brooks (2) 2419
7. IM Ray Robson (2) 2542 – GM Gregory Kaidanov (2) 2662
8. GM Joel Benjamin (2) 2650 – Tyler Hughes (2) 2293
9. IM Irina Krush (1½) 2496 – GM Larry Christiansen (1½) 2681
10. GM Alexander Shabalov (1½) 2620 – IM Enrico Sevillano (1½) 2549
11. GM Ildar Ibragimov (1) 2628 – GM Boris Gulko (1) 2631
12. FM Doug Eckert (0) 2278 – Charles Lawton (0) 2350

Round 5 – Results – top 5
1. GM Hikaru Nakamura (3) 2757 ½-½ GM Gata Kamsky (3) 2798
2. GM Joshua Friedel (3) 2568 0-1 GM Yury Shulman (3) 2697
3. GM Jaan Ehlvest (2½) 2649 0-1 GM Varuzhan Akobian (3) 2664
4. IM Samuel Shankland (2½) 2464 0-1 GM Alexander Onischuk (2½) 2736
5. IM Robert Hess (2½) 2545 1-0 GM Melikset Khachiyan (2½) 2632

Pairings – Round 6, Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 pm- top 5

1. GM Varuzhan Akobian (4) 2664 – GM Yury Shulman (4) 2697
2. GM Gata Kamsky (3½) 2798 – IM Robert Hess (3½) 2545
3. GM Alexander Onischuk (3½) 2736 – GM Hikaru Nakamura (3½) 2757
4. IM Michael Brooks (3) 2419 – GM Joshua Friedel (3) 2568
5. GM Melikset Khachiyan (2½) 2632 – GM Joel Benjamin (3) 2650

Standings Top 6

   1. GM Shulman, Yury (4)……….      4.0
   2. GM Akobian, Varuzhan (7)……        4.0
   3. GM Kamsky, Gata (1)………..     3.5
   4. GM Nakamura, Hikaru (2)…….        3.5
   5. GM Onischuk, Alexander (3)….      3.5
   6. IM Hess, Robert (17)……….        3.5

Kamsky vs Hess Round 6

Kamsky vs Hess Round 6

Players Round 6

Players Round 6

Yury Shulman Round 6

Yury Shulman Round 6

Photos of players by: Betsy Dynako, Official Event Photographer

Results: Round 6 (May 13, 2009)                                                                              
Lawton,Charles – Gulko, Boris F 0-1 36 B43 Sicilian Paulsen
Shabalov, Alexander – Eckert, Doug D 1-0 25 B80 Sicilian Scheveningen
Hughes, Tyler B – Ibragimov, Ildar 0-1 34 E20 Nimzo Indian
Krush, Irina – Becerra Rivero, Julio 1-0 40 D44 Anti-Meran Gambit
Christiansen, Larry M – Robson, Ray 0-1 36 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Sevillano, Enrico – Ehlvest, Jaan ½-½ 69 C64 Ruy Lopez Classical
Kaidanov, Gregory S – Shankland, Samuel L 1-0 49 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Khachiyan, Melikset – Benjamin, Joel 0-1 49 C50 Giuoco Piano
Brooks, Michael A – Friedel, Joshua E 0-1 40 C69 Ruy Lopez Exchange
Onischuk, Alexander – Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 43 E43 Nimzo Indian Rubinstein
Kamsky, Gata – Hess, Robert L ½-½ 35 B72 Sicilian Dragon
Akobian, Varuzhan – Shulman, Yuri ½-½ 33 D45 Anti-Meran Variations

Standings After Round 6 – Top 10
1.  GM Shulman, Yury (4)…….  IL 2697    4.5
2.  GM Akobian, Varuzhan (7)…  CA 2664   4.5
3.  GM Kamsky, Gata (1)……..  NY 2798   4.0
4.  GM Nakamura, Hikaru (2)….  NY 2757   4.0
5.  GM Onischuk, Alexander (3).  VA 2736   4.0
6.  GM Benjamin, Joel (9)……  NJ 2650   4.0
7.  GM Friedel, Joshua (15)….  NH 2568   4.0
8.  IM Hess, Robert (17)…….  NY 2545    4.0
9.  GM Kaidanov, Gregory (8)…  KY 2662  3.5
10. IM Robson, Ray (18)……..  FL 2542  3.5

Newsupdate from Saint Louis Chess Club


St. Louis, Mo., May 13, 2009 — Defending champion Yury Shulman, of Barrington, Ill., and Varuzhan Akobian, of North Hollywood, Calif., continue to hold the lead of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
As overnight leaders, the two were matched up Wednesday in round six of the $135,000 championship. A win would have given the victor sole possession of first place, but Shulman and Akobian played to a draw. They share the top of the leader board with 4.5 points.
A pack of six players is a half-point back, including the top three ranked U.S. players coming into the tournament:  New Yorkers Gata Kamsky and Hikaru Nakamura,  and Alexander Onischuk, of Baltimore. Also in the group is 17-year-old Robert Hess, of New York, who played to a draw Wednesday in his match with Kamsky.  
The youngest player in the field, 14-year-old Ray Robson, of Largo, Fla., beat three-time U.S. champion Larry Christiansen, of Cambridge, Mass., as the young phenom took a big step in his quest to becoming the country’s youngest chess grandmaster. Also breaking down the barriers in the game was another outstanding performance from Irina Krush, of Brooklyn, N.Y., the sole woman player in the championship after the illness-related withdrawal of Anna Zatonskih of Long Island, N.Y. Krush turned in the best performance of the day by beating Julio Becerra, a grandmaster from Miami, Fl.

Results: Round 7
1. GM Yury Shulman (4½) 2697 0-1 GM Alexander Onischuk (4) 2736
2. GM Hikaru Nakamura (4) 2757 1-0 GM Varuzhan Akobian (4½) 2664
3. GM Joel Benjamin (4) 2650 0-1 GM Gata Kamsky (4) 2798
4. GM Joshua Friedel (4) 2568 0-1 IM Robert Hess (4) 2545
5. IM Enrico Sevillano (3) 2549 1-0 GM Gregory Kaidanov (3½) 2662
6. IM Ray Robson (3½) 2542 0-1 IM Michael Brooks (3) 2419
7. GM Jaan Ehlvest (3) 2649 1-0 IM Irina Krush (3) 2496
8. GM Ildar Ibragimov (2½) 2628 1-0 GM Melikset Khachiyan (2½) 2632
9. GM Boris Gulko (2½) 2631 ½-½ GM Alexander Shabalov (2½) 2620
10. IM Samuel Shankland (2½) 2464 0-1 Tyler Hughes (2) 2293
11. FM Doug Eckert (1) 2278 0-1 GM Larry Christiansen (2) 2681
12. GM Julio Becerra (2) 2672 1-0 Charles Lawton (0) 2350

Round 8, Saturday, May 16, 11:00 am

1. GM Gata Kamsky (5) 2798 – GM Alexander Onischuk (5) 2736
2. IM Robert Hess (5) 2545 – GM Yury Shulman (4½) 2697
3. IM Michael Brooks (4) 2419 – GM Hikaru Nakamura (5) 2757
4. GM Varuzhan Akobian (4½) 2664 – GM Joel Benjamin (4) 2650
5. GM Joshua Friedel (4) 2568 – GM Jaan Ehlvest (4) 2649
6. IM Ray Robson (3½) 2542 – IM Enrico Sevillano (4) 2549
7. GM Gregory Kaidanov (3½) 2662 – GM Ildar Ibragimov (3½) 2628
8. GM Larry Christiansen (3) 2681 – Tyler Hughes (3) 2293
9. GM Boris Gulko (3) 2631 – GM Julio Becerra (3) 2672
10. GM Alexander Shabalov (3) 2620 – IM Irina Krush (3) 2496
11. GM Melikset Khachiyan (2½) 2632 – FM Doug Eckert (1) 2278
12. Charles Lawton (0) 2350 – IM Samuel Shankland (2½) 2464

Standings: Top 10
1.  GM Kamsky, Gata (1)…….. NY 2798   5.0
2.  GM Nakamura, Hikaru (2)…. NY 2757    5.0
3.  GM Onischuk, Alexander (3). VA 2736     5.0
4.  IM Hess, Robert (17)……. NY 2545   5.0
5.  GM Shulman, Yury (4)……. IL 2697     4.5
6.  GM Akobian, Varuzhan (7)… CA 2664   4.5
7.  GM Benjamin, Joel (9)…… NJ 2650    4.0
8.  GM Ehlvest, Jaan (10)…… NY 2649    4.0
9.  GM Friedel, Joshua (15)…. NH 2568   4.0
10. IM Sevillano, Enrico (16).. CA 2549    4.0

News-update from Saint Louis Chess Club:


St. Louis, Mo., 15 May, 2009 — The leaderboard flipped Thursday in the seventh of nine rounds of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. At the end of the day, the three top seeds coming into the tournament, and a 17-year-old rising star, shared first place.

No. 1 seed Gata Kamsky, of Brooklyn, N.Y., No. 2 Hikaru Nakamura, of White Plains, N.Y.,  No. 3 Alexander Onsichuk, of Baltimore, and Robert Hess, 17, of Brooklyn, N.Y., have 5 points apiece. There is $135,000 in prize money at stake. Defending champion Yury Shulman, of Barrington, Ill., and Varuzhan Akobian, of North Hollywood, Calif., who shared the lead after the sixth routh, fell into second place with 4.5 points after losing to Onischuk and Nakamura, respectively. Kamsky defeated three-time U.S. champion Joel Benjamin, of New Jersey, and Hess defeated Josh Friedel, of New York.
Michael Brooks, of Kansas City, Mo., had a dramatic turnaround in his game, putting him closer to earning grandmaster status.  Brooks, 47, beat the youngest player in the field, 14-year-old phenom Ray Robson, of Largo, Fla., to end the day with 4 points.  Not only will his above-par performance raise his chess rating, but if he manages to score 1.5 points over his final two games, he will be on course for a grandmaster norm. No Missourian has become a grandmaster.
Friday is a rest day.  Round eight of the nine-round championship will be on Saturday. The tournament concludes Sunday.

 Round 8: Results
If you click on my blogger link here, you can play through the games of the top boards in Round 8. The link will open in a new window.


Round 8 Kamsky vs Onischuk end position 1/2

Round 8 Kamsky vs Onischuk end position 1/2

Round 8 Akobian vs Benjamin move 42

Round 8 Akobian vs Benjamin move 42

Round 8 Hess vs Shulman move 42

Round 8 Hess vs Shulman move 42

Round 8 Lawton vs Shankland final position 1/2

Round 8 Lawton vs Shankland final position 1/2

Round 8 Robson vs Sevillano move 41

Round 8 Robson vs Sevillano move 41

Round 8 Kamsky vs Onischuk

Round 8 Kamsky vs Onischuk

 NEWS-update from Saint Louis Chess Club:


Saint. Louis, May 16 — After eight rounds of tense competition at the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship, two young players enter the final round tied for the lead and the title.
Former champion and second seed Hikaru Nakamura, 21, of White Plains, N.Y., who in 2004 became the youngest player since Bobby Fischer to win the national title, was the first to take the lead in the penultimate round by beating Michael Brooks, of Kansas City, Mo. He has six points.Nakamura was followed later in the day at the top of the leader board by rising star and high school football linebacker Robert Hess, 17, of New York. Hess capitalized on an endgame error from defending champion Yury Shulman, of Barrington, Ill., to score a win when a draw seemed the more likely result.  
Three players are a half point behind Nakamura and Hess: No. 1 seed Gata Kamsky, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Alexander Onischuk, of Baltimore, (who drew with Kamsky); Varuzhan Akobian, of North Hollywood, Calif., who beat three-time U.S. champion Joel Benjamin, of New Jersey; and Josh Friedel, of New York, who beat Jaan Ehlvest, of Baltimore. In the final round, Nakamura will play Friedel and Hess will meet Akobian.  If more than one player finishes with the same number of points at the top of the leader board, there will be a playoff for the title and prize money on Sunday evening.
Despite losing to Nakamura, Michael Brooks’ dream of achieving a grandmaster norm late in life at 47 still lives on.  But to do so, he faces the tough task of having to win his last round game against Ildar Ilbragimov, of New Haven, Conn., to become the first Missourian to attain a grandmaster-level performance. 

Meanwhile, the youngest player in the 24-player field, Ray Robson, 14, of Largo, Fla., needs only a draw against his coach, Alexander Onischuk, to also score his first grandmaster norm.  
Standings after round 8 – Top 6
1.  GM Nakamura, Hikaru (2)…. NY 2757…6.0
2.  IM Hess, Robert (17)……. NY 2545…6.0
3.  GM Kamsky, Gata (1)…….. NY 2798…5.5
4.  GM Onischuk, Alexander (3). VA 2736…5.5
5.  GM Akobian, Varuzhan (7)… CA 2664…5.5
6.  GM Friedel, Joshua (15)…. NH 2568…5.0

Pairings: FINAL
Round 9, Sunday, May 17, 10:00 am
Board White Rating Result Black Rating
1. IM Robert Hess (6) 2545 – GM Varuzhan Akobian (5½) 2664
2. GM Hikaru Nakamura (6) 2757 – GM Joshua Friedel (5) 2568
3. GM Alexander Onischuk (5½) 2736 – IM Ray Robson (4½) 2542
4. GM Jaan Ehlvest (4) 2649 – GM Gata Kamsky (5½) 2798
5. GM Yury Shulman (4½) 2697 – GM Gregory Kaidanov (4) 2662
6. IM Enrico Sevillano (4) 2549 – GM Larry Christiansen (4) 2681
7. GM Joel Benjamin (4) 2650 – GM Alexander Shabalov (4) 2620
8. GM Ildar Ibragimov (4) 2628 – IM Michael Brooks (4) 2419
9. IM Samuel Shankland (3) 2464 – GM Boris Gulko (3½) 2631
10. GM Julio Becerra (3½) 2672 – GM Melikset Khachiyan (2½) 2632
11. Tyler Hughes (3) 2293 – FM Doug Eckert (2) 2278
12. IM Irina Krush (3) 2496 – Charles Lawton (½) 2350

Round 9 – 17th May 2009

Round 9 Nakamura vs Friedel 1-0

Round 9 Nakamura vs Friedel 1-0

 A trapped Queen in this game if you ask me!

The winner of the US Chess Championships 2009....

The winner of the US Chess Championships 2009....

NEWS-update from Saint Louis Chess Club


Saint Louis, May 17 — Hikaru Nakamura, 21, of White Plains, N.Y., won the the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship after winning in the ninth and final round at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
Second-seeded Nakamura, who also won the title in 2004, when he was just 16, won the venerable 164-year-old title and first prize of $40,000 ($35,000, plus a $5,000 outright winner’s bonus) after beating Josh Friedel, of New York. Nakamura finished with seven points over nine games, and never lost a game.
He was assured the title after 17-year-old Robert Hess, of New York, managed only a draw in his last round game with Varuzhan Akobian, of North Hollywood, Calif. Hess and Nakamura entered the final round tied with six points. Hess tied for second with Alexander Onischuk of Baltimore, who defeated the youngest player in the tournament, Ray Robson, 14, of Largo, Fla.

Akobian and Gata Kamsky, of Brooklyn, N.Y., who was the No. 1 seed coming into the tournament, tied for fourth. Nakamura, who as a junior broke every age-group record set by Bobby Fischer, except that of youngest U.S. champion (Fischer did this at age 14), played confident and assured over the 10 days of tense competition.  

“I was very happy with my play throughout and relieved to have won the title again,” said Nakamura moments after being confirmed champion.  “This is a title that means so much to me and the U.S. chess community — and I have to thank the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for putting on such a memorable championship.  Winning the second title feels better to me than the first.”
Nakamura will officially be crowned the 2009 U.S. chess champion Sunday evening by championship sponsor Rex Sinquefield — founder of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center — during a closing ceremony at the Zodiac Room of the Chase Park Hotel in St.  Louis’ trendy Central West End.

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Click HERE for round 1 live games. The link will open in a new window. Then click on the country and it will take you to a window where you can click on “live”. There is a separate link to the Women’s section.

Please click on THIS LINK to see more images of the South African team at Dresden and for more results. The link will open in a new window.

„There is an incredible treasure of all kinds in this beautiful place” wrote Goethe about Dresden. Today Saxony’s state capital has rebuilt its glamorous position step by step. Dresden as cultural metropole is a worldwide center of attraction – and a strong location for economy and science. Dresden’s microelectronics cluster (ZMD, AMD, Infineon), Fraunhofer Institutes, the Max-Planck Institutes, the Technical University and the College of Arts represent an environment offering a mentality which is also determining for chess. Thus, Dresden is, for example, City of Science 2006.

Intelligence has here been at home already very early. 1083 the Bohemian daughter of a king, Judith, brought along a precious chess game as dowry to Saxony. Therewith, Dresden’s match as a chess city was begun. Alone since 1991 210 international and national relevant chess events could be experienced. Stars like Anatoly Karpov or Garry Kasparov are in Dresden oftentimes. Even the castling is close by to relax.

Elena Winkelmann is one of Germany’s greatest chess talents. Here she is playing in front of the emblem of the EURO 2007 and the Chess Olympiad, the Crown Gate of the Zwinger.

A dignified framework: the venue of the Olympiad 2008 in the ICD Dresden is located directly on the river banks on the old side of the city. Church of our Lady, Semper Opera, Castle, Bruhl’s Terrace – the famous baroque ensemble is only a few steps away. And every visitor right away feels the special flair of hospitality and love for cultural engagement in the whole city. Read on the Official Site more about Dresden.

Image: Dresden2008

Please click HERE to access the official site where you can locate your country to view the players/teams that will take part. The links in this post will all open in a new window.Please click HERE to read about Jennifer Shahade’s visit to South Africa and you can see images from her and her visit.

Simen Agdestein, Norwegian Grandmaster toured South Africa during March and said SA has great chess talent, the problem South Africans face…is the fact that they are far from Europe to play tournaments! You can see his image in this post where he played chess in a restaurant in South Africa.


Kenny Solomon

Carmen de Jager, Anzel Solomons and Monique Sischy

Melissa Greeff

Image chessbase :Henry Steel

Image: chessbase:Jenine Elappen, Anzel Solomons, Melissa Greeff

South African players

Image: Chessbase..Dresden Chess 2008…map with details

1. Congress Center Dresden (Playing Hall)
2. Hotel Maritim Hotel
3. Westin Bellevue
4. Museum Japanese Palais
5. Art‘otel
6. Freiberger Arena (Opening Ceremony)

Dresden: Schedule…Info: Chessbase

Image: spotlightgermany.com

Watu Kobese….Image: farm1.static.flickr.com/5/4967409_aa51644369

Please click HERE to play through a game of Watu Kobese against Jennifer Shahade played in Philadelphia in June 1998. The game was Kobese’s.


Chess Art…a display at Dresden 2008 – Image: http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com

Image: dresden2008

Grootmeester Simen Agdestein van Noorweë speel ‘n potjie informele skaak in ‘n restaurant in Pretoria. Sy hoed is ‘n aandenking van Suid-Afrika. Foto: Waldo Swiegers

SA hét talent, sê skaak-grootmeester Mar 03 2008 01:21:33:830AM  – (SA)  
Neels Jackson

Suid-Afrika se skaakspelers is erg ondergegradeer.

Dís die mening van mnr. Simen Agdestein, Noorweegse grootmeester, wat die naweek saam met ’n groep van sy skaakleerlinge in Suid-Afrika aangekom het om deur die land te toer. Hulle speel die naweek ook in ’n internasionaal gegradeerde toernooi by die Hoërskool Waterkloof in Pretoria.

Agdestein sê as Suid-Afrika nie so ver van Europa was nie en meer van sy spelers kon gereeld aan internasionale toernooie deelneem, sou die land al verskeie grootmeesters opgelewer het.

Hy was op sy dag die wêreld se no. 16-speler, maar hy lê hom nou toe op skaakafrigting by ’n Noorweegse sportskool. Hy is een van nege Noorweegse grootmeesters.

Dat hy ook ander talente het, blyk daaruit dat hy sy land agt keer as doelskieter van die nasionale sokkerspan verteenwoordig het.

Hy het ook aan die Noorweegse weergawe van Strictly come dancing deelgeneem, maar sê hy het vroeg uitgeval weens ’n swak ronde met die tango.

Die sportskool waar hy skaakafrigting doen, het ’n samewerkingsooreenkoms met die Hoërskool Waterkloof se skaaksentrum gesluit. Die Noorweërs se besoek is deel van dié ooreenkoms.

Skaak help kinders volgens hom nie net met hul verstandelike ontwikkeling nie. Dit verryk ook hul lewe deurdat hulle mense op ’n ander manier leer ken.

Hy bestempel dit as ’n geson-de aktiwiteit – baie beter as rekenaarspeletjies, wat hy as “ silly ” bestempel.


Image: Wikipedia..The symbol of the 6th Olympiad held in 1935 in Warshaw by J Steifer.

Birth of the Olympiad
The first Olympiad was unofficial. For the 1924 Olympics an attempt was made to include chess in the Olympics Games but this failed because of problems with distinguishing between amateur and professional players.While the 1924 Summer Olympics was taking place in Paris, the 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad also took place in Paris. FIDE was formed on Sunday, July 20, 1924, the closing day of the 1st unofficial Chess Olympiad. FIDE organised the first Official Olympiad in 1927 which took place in London.The Olympiads were occasionally held annually and at irregular intervals until World War II; since 1950 they have been held regularly every two years.

Read more about the history of the Chess Olympiad on this link which will open in a new window.

Image: Wikipedia
Bobby Fischer’s score card from his round 3 game during the Chess Olympiad in 1970…he played against Miguel Najdorf in Warshaw.


Children in Nepal playing chess!   Image: susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2008/11/picture-of-the-day-global-chess.html

Dresden Opening Ceremony images

Dresden Opening Ceremony

Results: Round 1


Dresden round 1: South Africa’s Woman’s team against Tunisia


Results round 1: Hong Kong vs South Africa


Dresden round 1: England vs Turkey



Round 2 results – games played on Friday 14th November 2008



Melissa Greeff Round 2 move 19


Melissa Greeff Round 2 draw


Melissa Greef Round 2 move list – 1/2



Monique Sischy  Round 2 move 14 – 1/2



Watu Kobese round 2 move 20



Watu Kobese Round 2 Dresden end position and move list – 1/2


Jenine Ellappen round 2


Jenine Ellappen Round 2 move list – 1-0

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Please click HERE to play through the games of round 9. The games will open in a new separate window as all other links in this post too.

All images and info: from the Official site where you can also follow the games live!
On this link you can follow the the results of all the rounds.
On THIS LINK you can play through the games of round 1 and on THIS LINK you can play through the games of round 2…and click here for round 3 all rounds’ games on chess.com’s site.

Topalov…winner of the Final Chess Masters

Final score…Click on the image for a larger view…source: Chessbase

Round 10…the final round

Pairings and results round 10 Saturday 13th September 2008–the final!

TOPALOV Veselin vs IVANCHUK Vassily–1-0  
CARLSEN Magnus vs ANAND Viswanathan–1/2 
ARONIAN Levon vs RADJABOV Teimour–0-1

Carlsen vs Anand round 10 move 11

Carlsen vs Anand round 10 move 22

Carlsen vs Anand round 10 final position

Topalov vs Ivanchuk round 10 move 11

Topalov vs Ivanchuk round 10 move 21

Topalov vs Ivanchuk round 10 move 32

Topalov vs Ivanchuk round 10 move 42..move 43: Re6 end position

Aronian vs Radjabov round 10 move 11

Aronian vs Radjabov round 10 move 22

Aronian vs Radjabov round 10 move 33

Aronian vs Radjabov round 10 move 42

Aronian vs Radjabov round 10 final position

Standings after round 9

round 9

Pairings and results: round 9 Friday 12th September 2008

IVANCHUK Vassily vs ARONIAN Levon–1/2
RADJABOV Teimour vs CARLSEN Magnus –1/2
ANAND Viswanathan vs TOPALOV Veselin–1/2

Bilbao round 9 Anand vs Topalov move 10

Anand vs Topalov round 9 move 24

Anand vs Topalov round 9 move 34

Anand vs Topalov round 9 final position

Bilbao round 9 Radjabov vs Carlsen move 7

Radjabov vs Carlsen round 9 move 17

Radjabov vs Carlsen round 9 move 36

Radjabov vs Carlsen round 9 move 49

Radjabov vs Carlsen round 9 final position

Bilbao round 9 Ivanchuk vs Aronian move 11

Ivanchuk vs Aronian round 9 move 24

Ivanchuk vs Aronian round 9 move 42

Ivanchuk vs Aronian round 9 move 51, please ignore the 1/2

Ivanchuk vs Aronian round 9 final position


Standings after round 8 click on image for a larger view

Pairings and results: round 8 Wednesday 10th September 2008

IVANCHUK Vassily vs RADJABOV Teimour–1-0  
ANAND Viswanathan vs ARONIAN Levon –1-0
TOPALOV Veselin vs CARLSEN Magnus–1-0

Round 8..Carlsen left…Topalov

Topalov vs Carlsen round 8 move 11

Topalov vs Carlsen round 8 move 16

Topalov vs Carlsen round 8 move 21

Topalov vs Carlsen round 8 move 26

Topalov vs Carlsen round 8 move 34

Topalov vs Carlsen round 8 move 42

Topalov vs Carlsen round 8 end position

Round 8..Radjabov …Ivanchuk

Ivanchuk vs Radjabov round 8 move 6

Ivanchuk vs Radjabov round 8 move 13

Ivanchuk vs Radjabov round 8 move 20

Ivanchuk vs Radjabov round 8 move 44

Ivanchuk vs Radjabov round 8 end position

Round 8..Anand left…Aronian

Anand vs Aronian round 8 move 13

Anand vs Aronian round 8 move 20

Anand vs Aronian round 8 move 27

Anand vs Aronian round 8 move 39

Anand vs Aronian round 8 move 49

Anand vs Aronian round 8 move 58

Anand vs Aronian round 8 move 66

Anand vs Aronian round 8 end position

Standings as 9 Sept – from the Official site…click on image for a larger view

Pairings and results: round 7 Tuesday 9th September 2008

CARLSEN Magnus vs IVANCHUK Vassily –0-1
ARONIAN Levon vs TOPALOV Veselin–1-0  
RADJABOV Teimour vs ANAND Viswanathan–1/2

Please click HERE to play through the games of round 7 and on THIS LINK you can play through the games of round 6.

Standings…after 6 games…from the Official site..click for larger view

Pairings and results: round 6 Monday 8th September

IVANCHUK Vassily vs ANAND Viswanathan –1/2
TOPALOV Veselin vs RADJABOV Teimour –1/2
CARLSEN Magnus vs ARONIAN Levon–1-0

Round 6

Pairings and results: round 5: 6th Sept 2008

IVANCHUK Vassily vs TOPALOV Veselin –1/2
ANAND Viswanathan vs CARLSEN Magnus –1/2
RADJABOV Teimour vs ARONIAN Levon–1/2

Standings after round 4
Please click HERE to play through the games of round 4.

Results: round 4 – 5th Sept 2008

ARONIAN Levon IVANCHUK Vassily –1-0
CARLSEN Magnus RADJABOV Teimour–1-0
TOPALOV Veselin ANAND Viswanathan–1-0

Image: chess.com
The organisers are certainly making original efforts to make chess more accessible to spectators by placing the players in an “Aquarium” i.e. a giant, soundproofed glass box. This innovation was first seen earlier this year at the M-Tel Tournament, but in Bilbao the “Aquarium” will be situated outside in The Plaza Nueva in Bilbao.

Round 1

Round 3…Carlsen vs Topalov..image:chess.com

Round 5 …6th Sept

Bilbao will receive from September 2 to September 13, the strongest tournament of the History of the Chess. A tournament of the category XXII with Elo’s average of the participants of 2775,63. Further more, for the first time ever an event of such characteristics will take place in the street, in the Plaza Nueva, right in the centre of Bilbao’s Old Town.
The six players participating are currently among the world’s top ten chess players headed by world’s champion and number one Viswanathan Anand. Along with him, Magnus Carlsen (number two), Vasili Ivanchuk (number three), Véselin Topálov (number six), Teimur Radyábov (number seven) and Levon Aronián (world’s number ten currently) will compete in Bilbao. No tournament had managed so far to gather such a high Elo’s average level (scoring system to order players’ ranking).

For the first time in a world’s elite tournament and surrounded by a strong international controversy, the Final Masters is going to apply the football scoring system, earning three points per game won and one point per draw, though players will not be allowed to agree a draw being the competition’s referee who will determine it.

The Final Masters has the official recognition of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and it will be played in a double round league during ten days (plus a two-day break). The total prize money amounts to €400,000, sum only exceeded by World Chess Championships: €150,000 for the first classified, €70,000 for the second one, €60,000 for the third one, €50,000 for the fourth one, €40,000 for the fifth one and €30,000 for the sixth one.

Another great novelty in this tournament will be the playing place: the street, allowing a lot of people to follow the games live and directly. A huge soundproofed and air-conditioned glazed case is under construction to this purpose and it will be placed in the Plaza Nueva in Bilbao under a marquee which will also accommodate The Agora for analysis and comments, a space located by the glass case where the audience will also be able to enjoy comments from Chess Grandmasters among whom we can name Boris Spassky and Susan Polgar.

Pleae click HERE for the Official site.

Standings after round 3..click on the image for a larger view

Pairings and results: round 3 — 4th Sept 2008
RADJABOV Teimour vs IVANCHUK Vassily–1/2
ARONIAN Levon vs ANAND Viswanathan –1/2
CARLSEN Magnus vs TOPALOV Veselin–0-1

Rounds 3-10…Pairings…source:chessbase

I couldn’t care less about my mental power or whatever it is said about me in the chess encyclopaedias in a hundred years time”. Viswanathan Anand is no doubt one of the greatest genius in chess history in the last fifteen centuries. But his easy-going character makes him the complete opposite of Fischer, Kárpov and Kaspárov. World champion and number one at the age of 38, he lives in Collado Mediano (Madrid), the rapid of Madras wants to polish even more his record in Bilbao at a month from the struggle for the crown with Russian Vladímir Krámnik.

“Although it is my second world title, this one is more valuable because in 2000 chess was suffering from a schism and there were two champions. Now I am the only one. The dream has come true” he explained in Mexico City on 1st October 2007, before calling his parents who live in Chennai (former Madras) and his “Spanish father”, Mauricio Perea.


The ‘Mozart of Chess’

His second places at the Wijk aan Zee Corus (Holland) 2008 and at the Ciudad de Linares 2008, where he repeated his 2007 achievement, are a sign that this 17 years old Norwegian is already mature for even greater achievements. Magnus Carlsen recommends parents of child prodigies: “to give them support but without putting pressure on them. My father taught me to play chess when I was 5, but I wasn’t interested at the time and he left me alone”. At the age of 2 he already solved difficult jigsaws; at 5 he remembered the capitals, flags, areas and inhabitants of every country.

At 8, Magnus felt jealous one of his sisters played chess and that is where a career only comparable in precociousness with the ones of the sacred manes began. At 13 Carlsen became the youngest chess grandmaster in the world; and today, at the age of 17, he is among the world’s top five players in the rankings. He sleeps up to eleven hours, is a passionate fan of the Real Madrid and Spain is the country he knows best. When he is not travelling he attends a special school for sports talents. He has his particular opinion about money: “I don’t really know what to do with it”. I spend much less than I earn”.

An adorable absent-minded wise man

His sensational victory in the Mtel Masters, Sofia 2008 gave him the right to be in the Bilbao Final Masters. But even without this feat, Vassili Ivanchuk deserves a place among the top-class chess players: at almost 40, he is the oldest luminary though he is nevertheless at the peak of his career. Chess lover to the core, tireless worker of encyclopaedic knowledge he is a genius absent-minded wise man of whom everybody – even his most bitter rivals- speaks very fondly.

“My secret is I don’t know how I managed to win those five first games one after the other. I certainly did have a little bit of what it is called the luck of the champions. But the key is I wasn’t aware of what I was achieving; otherwise I would have never managed to do it. I believe I am at the best of my career. I don’t feel a bit old to stay in the elite; particularly if I compare myself to Víktor Korchnói, who is at his 77 years old still in the front line!”. So modestly explained Ivanchuk his win in Sofia –undefeated, with eight of ten possible points-, one of the best results in chess history.

An exemplary fighter on his way up

He defeated Kasparov in what was to be his last game (Linares 2005) and he is a clear symbol of the differences between the current chess elite and the times of the Ogre of Baku.Natural, modest and very friendly, a fighter and well disciplined about his everyday training, and tries to keep a good image. That’s Veselin Topalov, the 33 year-old Bulgarian from Salamanca world chess champion in 2005 and currently number four in the chess rankings, with the clear aim to take up again the crown in 2009.

“I will never forget what happened to me when I was 8 years old in Ruse, my native city. After defeating me, one of the best players of the area gave me a row, he pulled my ears and almost hit me because I had played too fast, without thinking. A year later I played with him again in the same tournament, and I won, he remembers about his childhood in Bulgaria.

Topalov admits that it is impossible to be among the world’s top ten chess players without innate talents: “If we put it into round numbers, 60% of my success is due to the effort and 40% to the talent”.

The kid that knocked out Kasparov

Even though chess is along with music and mathematics the activity that more child prodigies produces, very few have impressed so much as Teimur Radyabov. At 12, when he became European Champion U-18, he already showed a strategic depth and good manners not expected from someone of his age. At 14 he became grandmaster. At 15 he defeated Kasparov with the black pieces in Linares. Today he is 21 and has settled among the elite, though everything shows that he’s still got a long way to go, as he will most probably demonstrate in Bilbao.

One has to go back as far as the legendary Bobby Fischer in the 60’s to find feats as resounding as when Radyabov defeated Kasparov in 2003. Also born in Baku, he had never lost with white pieces to a human rival in the classical game since May 1996. Bearing in mind that both of them were born in Baku and were Guéidar Alíyev’s protégées (President of the Azerbaijan KGB when Kasparov was young and of the Azerbaijani Government when Radyábov was a child) one can better understand Kaspárov’s angry outburst that night: he did not shake hands with the winner and had a very late dinner, thumping his fist on the table while having chicken.


An easy-going winner

He could be the boy from the shop around the corner, jet he is a great chess luminary: he is only 25 years old but has already won the World Cup and the Linares and Wijk aan Zee (twice) tournaments. That naturalness, his universal style and belonging to a country where chess is the national passion, as well as a balanced nervous system configure the 25 year-old Armenian Levon Aronian as a very solid value.

“I’m not prepared to compete with the big ones. The only advantage I have over those beasts is my total ignorance and fresh thinking”, Aronian said at Christmas 2005, a few days after having won the World Cup in Siberia and some days just before his debut in the Wijk aan Zee Corus Tournament (Holland), where he shared the 7th place of 14 participantespants. Just a month later he triumphed in Linares, the chess Wimbledon, so surprisingly as convincingly.

Images from different rounds from the Official site.

About.com…classic chess…64 great chess games ever played…follow this link


LIVE ratings!


Round 6

Image: zeenews.com
Fifth draw for Anand in Chess Grand Slam
Bilbao, Sept 09: India’s Viswanathan Anand continued to search for his first win of the Chess Grand Slam Final being staged here, as he played yet another draw in the sixth round.

The world champion, who is back by Tech giant NIIT, Monday drew with Vassily Ivanchuk in 32 moves and took his total to 2.5 points on the traditional points system.

But here in Bilbao with draws fetching one point and wins three, Anand has five, while the leader is young Magnus Carlsen with 11 points from three wins and two draws and one loss.

The Ivanchuk-Anand game was a staid draw coming out from a Slav Defence, with Ivanchuk making a token effort to gain advantage and Anand thwarting this effectively for a 32-move draw.

Anand’s game has been somewhat subdued leading to the feeling that the world champion is not revealing any of his major preparations that he may have made for the world title match against Vladimir Kramnik next month.

Veselin Topalov, who beat Anand in the fifth round, and has 10 points with two wins and four draws, follows Carlsen. Lev Aronian, the only player with two losses, is third with six points, and Anand, Teimour Radjabov and Ivanchuk have five points each.

The tournament is a six-player double round robin event, one of the strongest in the history of the game.

The scoring system in this tournament is different and experimental. Players get three points for a win, one point for a draw and zero points for losing a game. For rating purposes the traditional 1-½-0 system will be used.

The prize fund for the event is 400,000 Euros, with the winner receiving 150,000 Euros, the second place 70,000 Euros, and so on, with the sixth player getting 30,000 Euros. The sums are unprecedented for an event like this. Only world championships have exceeded the amount.

The Topalov-Radjabov clash was more volatile, with the Bulgarian GM looking set to chalk up another victory in Bilbao. But after massive trade-offs after the time control Black had solved all his problems and in fact undertook some tentative attempts to play for a win. The draw came with a repetition at move 73.

Carlsen continued his great run with a solid win over Aronian. He sacrificed a pawn, which was part of theory, but then young Carlsen played a novelty which involves a second sacrifice on move 15. It loosely resembled the Gelfand-Kramnik game in Mexico City 2007, but that ended in a draw.

The novelty led to Carlsen forcing Aronian’s king to be stuck in the middle. Carlsen got one pawn back and then launched a blistering attack. He wrapped up the game in 32 moves.

In the seventh round, Anand will have black pieces against Radjabov, while Carlsen clashes with Ivanchuk and Aronian meets Topalov.

Scores after six rounds: Carlsen (11 points); 2. Topalov (10 points); Aronian (6 points); Anand, Radjabov and Ivanchuk (5 points each).

Source: http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=467774&sid=SPO&ssid=93

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I’ve come across this site with some really interesting bits of information about the game…. questions children always tend to ask you or facts which you want to share with them about the game.

Another link about Chess History

1. What is the origin of the game of chess?

Chess is a game of war that was created in India in the 700’s. It may have been used to train warriors or as a civilized way for kingdoms to settle their differences since chess is a battle between two armies. Chess was brought to Europe by crusaders and the Moorish and Persian traders who dealt in silk, spices, from the east.

2. Why does the white player move first?

In medieval times black was thought to be a lucky colour. The white player was allowed to go first since the black player already had the advantage of the lucky colour.

3. Who are some famous chess masters?

Boris Spassky, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Paul Morphy

4. What changes were made to moves by the queen and bishop?

In medieval chess the queen moved only one square diagonally. The medieval chess bishop could leap over pieces like a knight, and like the knight moved exactly two steps; but unlike the knight, it moved its two steps diagonally. In the late 15th century, the queen and bishop were given the powers they now have. This probably happened in Italy, France, or Spain, around 1475-1485. Modern chess was created in the same historical period that produced the printing press and the discovery of America.

5. How does a chess game represent life in medieval times?

The chess pieces represent people and places  of medieval times. Ceremonies and wars are represented by the chess game. Medieval Europeans modernized the chess game of the Persians to reflect their lives. They used the pieces to describe the lives of the ordinary and wealthy people.



image: gamesmuseum

1. When is the earliest mention of chess being played?

0531 – Chess was introduced into Persia.

2. Where did Chess originate?


3. What was the earliest precursor of chess?


Chaturanga was the earliest chess precursor. It was created in the Punjab. Decimal chess used a 10 x 10 board.


4. When were the earliest chess pieces identified?


5. What were some other versions of chess pieces used?

Chess was played with dice in China.

6. When was the first mention of women playing chess?


7. When was chess first played in  Egypt? Spain? China? Italy? France? Russia? Greece? England? Poland

 Egypt – 0620, Spain – 0780, China – 0795, Italy – 0800, France – 0801, Russia – 0820, Greece – 0895, England – 1013,  Poland – 1100

Please click on THIS LINK to read more…and it is a good link for children-in-learning-more-about-the-game…

Click on the image for a larger view

Source: http://www.edochess.ca/batgirl/countrytournament.html

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Magnus Carlsen  against Alexander Grischuk

Gata Kamsky against Ivan Cheparinov

Peter Svidler against Yue Wang

Gashimov against Navara

Inarkiev against Bacrot

Chess players in Baku, Azerbaijan are now busy playing round 11, follow their games live on the “live” link on my blog. By looking at the images of the players, they all look very serious! On the game-images you can see what the chess boards looked like up to the particular move that can also be seen on the image. Please click on the games-images for a larger view. All other images are from the Official site.

Results of finished games…

Karjakin 1/2 Radjabov1/2

Adams 1/2 Mamedjarov 1/2

Grischuk 1/2 Carlsen 1/2

Cheparinov 1/2 Kamsky 1/2

Inarkiev 1 Bacrot 0

Yue Wang 1 Peter Svidler 0

Vugar Gashimov 1/2 David Navara 1/2


On these images you can see players on their way and getting examined by security…seems like Svidler was in a good, relaxing mood  and even smiled friendly at the camera!…..



This photo has nothing to do with Baku Chess…a photo I want to share…Svidler and Anand… I think Svidler might be my “next” favourite player – I have a few and can’t make up my mind though, but I do enjoy his friendly personality that reflects from many photos. On this photo he’s sharing a “joke” with Anand…wonder if he was trying to advise Anand on how to be the best…if you look at his finger…lol!

Pairings for rounds 12 and 13:

Round 12 on 04/05/08 at 15:00  
Kamsky Gata – Svidler Peter    
Inarkiev Ernesto – Yue Wang    
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar – Bacrot Etienne  
Carlsen Magnus – Adams Michael  
Gashimov Vugar – Grischuk Alexander  
Radjabov Teimour – Navara David  
Cheparinov Ivan – Karjakin Sergey  
Round 13 on 05/05/08 at 14:00  
Karjakin Sergey – Kamsky Gata    
Navara David – Cheparinov Ivan  
Grischuk Alexander – Radjabov Teimour  
Adams Michael – Gashimov Vugar  
Bacrot Etienne – Carlsen Magnus  
Yue Wang – Mamedyarov Shakhriyar  
Svidler Peter – Inarkiev Ernesto   

After round 11:

1 Wang Yue 2689 CHN 7
2 Grischuk Alexander 2716 RUS 7
3 Gashimov Vugar 2679 AZE 6½
4 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 AZE 6
5 Carlsen Magnus 2765 NOR 6
6 Adams Michael 2729 ENG 6
7 Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 5½
8 Kamsky Gata 2726 USA 5½
9 Bacrot Etienne 2705 FRA 5
10 Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 5
11 Karjakin Sergey 2732 UKR 5
12 Svidler Peter 2746 RUS 4½
13 Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 RUS 4½
14 Navara David 2672 CZE 3½

Enjoy this video-report about round 11 from the Official Fide-Baku site

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Round 5 can be called “The (K)nights..or is it..the day of the draws”…Click on the images for a larger view… on the second image…. Radjabov’s attention was caught by…. I wonder…by what! hehehe  On this next image you can see the end position of Kamsky and Carlsen’s game… on the side bar of the blog..you will find a “live” link where you can play through the games of the day…and on THIS LINK you will find a games-link to all the games played so far in all the finished rounds.

On these images you can see the pairings for round 6-8. Tomorrow is a free day.

baku fortress

The Fortress Wall of Old City Baku

By Fuad Akhundov
The fortress wall of the old city of Baku is a source of pride to Bakuites. Not every city with a rampart constructed at the time of the Crusaders is so well preserved. Nor do many extend for a distance of 500 meters, as Baku’s rampart does. The rampart also enabled the preservation of the medieval image of the old town, with its numerous lanes, snaking streets and the flavor of an oriental city.

Initially, two ramparts encircled Baku. The internal rampart is almost completely preserved. It was constructed by King Manuchekhr II (1120-1149). The outer wall was much lower in height, and was installed by the local ruler, Zufuqar-khan in 1608-1609. The walls were surrounded by a deep moat that could be filled by underground water in times of danger.

The khanate of Baku (a kind of Muslim duchy) was annexed to the Russian Empire in 1806. The fortress walls were last used for defense in 1826. Cannons mounted on the walls repelled a last, desperate Persian attack.

At the beginning of industrial exploitation of oil in the 1870’s, Baku grew rapidly. In 1859, the population of the city barely exceeded 13,500 inhabitants, most of who lived inside the old city walls. By 1903, there were 143,000 Bakuites, and by 1913, the “black gold” had increased the population to more than 214,000.

The tiny medieval fortress was, of course, too small to hold all these people. So the outer rampart was taken down in 1884, along with the wall on side of the old city facing the sea. Stones from this wall were used to renovate the inner wall.

But Bakuites did not want to lose the old, outer wall forever. The primary entrance to the old city, Shemakha Gate had one gate in the outer wall, and one in the inner wall. So, as the outer was dissembled, stonemasons skillfully inserted a copy of the outer entrance into the inner wall, side by side with the original inside gate. A visitor with a sharp eye for color will notice that the stones of the left entrance are slightly whiter. City residents renamed the gates “Gosha-Gala Gapysy,” meaning, in Azeri, the Twin Gates. This is the only double entrance among the five gates of the fortress wall.

The most interesting detail over both entrances is the oldest coat of arms of Baku. It is composed of two lions, and the head of a bull with two discs around the bull’s head. The German traveler, Kempfer, deciphered the symbols in 1863, as follows:

Lions were often used in Oriental heraldry as symbols of strength. The bull and the cow were sacred animals to the Zoroastrians (even today, killing these animals is prohibited in India). The discs symbolized the sun and moon. So, Kempfer concluded, the lions (that is, the fortress walls) protect the bull (i.e., the city) during day (the sun) and night (the moon).

This oldest emblem of Baku probably did not meet with favor when Islam arrived in Baku, and was at some point consigned to history. Other emblems took their place until the 1880’s. Then, a new coat of arms was designed with three torch flames representing the Zoroastrian tradition. But the way the flames were carved in the limestone of the mayor’s office, they resemble moneybags. So people used to joke that the emblem had nothing to do with fire, but represented the wealth of Baku during the first oil boom.
Read HERE MORE! about Baku.

see some wonderful photos about Baku on: bakuphotos.blogspot.com
Read on THIS LINK about the world’s 25 dirtiest cities, which Baku is apparently one of them. Baku 2016 Olympic…Baku is officially bidding for the 2016 Summer Olympics …read on the link more…

The World’s Dirtiest Cities
Tiffany M. Luck 02.26.08, 3:15 PM ET

Unless you’re in the oil business, there’s little reason to brave the choking pollution of Baku, Azerbaijan. Fetid water, oil ponds and life-threatening levels of air pollution emitted from drilling and shipping land the former Soviet manufacturing center at the bottom of this year’s list as the world’s dirtiest city.

Baku is bad, but far from alone. For residents of the 25 cities on this year’s list, black plumes of smoke, acid rain and free-flowing sewage are part of everyday life. Not as immediately visible: the impact on the population’s health and life expectancy.

To see which cities in the world were dirtiest, we turned to Mercer Human Resource Consulting’s 2007 Health and Sanitation Rankings. As part of their 2007 Quality of Life Report, they ranked 215 cities worldwide based on levels of air pollution, waste management, water potability, hospital services, medical supplies and the presence of infectious disease.

All cities are positioned against New York, the base city with an index score of 100. For the Health and Sanitation Rankings, the index scores range from the worst on the list–Baku, Azerbaijan, with a score of 27.6–to the best on the list–Calgary, Canada, with a score of 131.7.

Lead-poisoned air lands Dhaka, Bangladesh, the No. 2 spot on the list. Traffic congestion in the capital continues to worsen with vehicles emitting fatal amounts of air pollutants daily, including lead. The World Bank-funded Air Quality Management Project aims to help.

“Addressing air pollution is the easiest way to be able to fix someone’s well-being because we’re always breathing, and there are all sorts of harmful particulates in the air,” says Richard Fuller, founder of the New York-based Blacksmith Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to solving the pollution problems of the developing world. “In fact, the biggest pathway for lead poisoning is particulates in the air. So in areas with a lot of air pollution, shutting down the worst forces of these types of pollution really does make a difference.”

Nos. 3 and 4 on this year’s list are the capital cities of Madagascar and Haiti, respectively. Antananarivo, Madagascar and Port au Prince, Haiti, both face the challenge of a rapidly growing urban population and the ever-growing need for efficient water and waste management.

Mexico City, Mexico, ranks No. 5 on this year’s list. Residents can thank industrial and automobile emissions for air quality so bad that city ozone levels fail to meet World Health Organization standards an estimated 300 days of the year. But things could be worse.

“Mexico City has actually seen great improvement recently in terms of air pollution,” says Dave Calkins, founder of the Sierra Nevada Air Quality Group and former chief of the Air Planning Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco. “So much so that the government actually has to campaign to let everyone know that pollution is still a problem.”

Economies suffer, too. Health care costs and lost productivity drag on business. Companies also face added costs in the form of remuneration packages when relocating employees and their families to some of these cities, noted Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer. Cost-benefit analysis certainly suggests making progress toward cleanup. According to a study done by WaterAid, for every $1 spent on improved sanitation, the benefit equals $9 resulting from decreased cost of health care and increased productivity.

“If you do the numbers,” says Fuller, “to clean up the worst of it doesn’t really cost that much. It’s the 90/10 rule. To do 90% of the work only costs 10% of the money. It’s the last 10% of the cleanup that costs 90% of the money. For relatively little, we can do an awful lot to save a whole lot of lives.” Source: See the link in the start of this article.
Baku Round 5 from the Fide website

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Centurion Open Chess Tournament
30 April, 1 – 4 May 2008

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If you’re in the Centurion area and you’re a chess player…or in any other area in South Africa…or even in any other country!! ….you should go to this tournament! Centurion is a stone’s throw from Pretoria and Johannesburg..easy reachable from the Johannesburg International Airport..oops!! it’s now the Oliver Tambo International Airport…names, names, names…!! changes of place names in South Africa!! What a waste of money…anyway…let’s not talk about that issue when we talk chess…you can almost walk from the airport…lol! not really…but almost…Please click HERE for more details of this tournament. There are three sections…see the link for all the details! There is also info on traveling/lodging/people to contact etc. So, you have no problem to not to go and play chess in Centurion! If you really…like in really have problems with contacting any of the about 200 people on the details-list…which I know would not be the case! but if you’re desperate…you can drop me a line here on my blog! Centurion is a beautiful place, I know as I lived there for a couple of years and going there for chess….makes it even better! This tournament will be held at KLEINKAAP and hey…you have to look at this site…the best you can get! “Kleinkaap”…on the images….See more on the link…








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PS: The Lubowski Open tournament takes place in Pretoria 9-11th May 2008.  The Pretoria Open chess tournament takes place on the 10th May in Centurion. The Gauteng Open chess tournament: 23/24 May. Click on THIS LINK for a complete calendar on Chessa’s website.


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afjun07finalgirls.doc     afjun07finalboys.doc



Well done to all the South African players particularly Daleen Wiid for winning the Girls section, Carmen de Jager for 2nd place and Calvin Klaasen for his second place in the boys section.  The boys section has been won by Kareim Wageih (Egypt).

Ryan van Resnburg was 3rd in the boys section, Lthuekela Zitha 5th, Melissa Greeff 6th (boys) and Angelique Hattingh was 7th in the girls section. You can click on the two doc-links to download the final results or you can click HERE ….. for the official site of the SA Junior Chess Association. Links will open in a new window.

Egyptian, South African win Africa junior chess
BY Mphatso Malidadi
12:05:21 – 08 January 2008

Egyptian top seed Kareim Wagein and South African Wiid Darleen on Sunday won this year’s Africa junior chess champions in boys and girls respectively during the week-long event that was staged at the elite Kamuzu Academy.
Wagein, who accumulated 7.5 points, and Darleen were rewarded with international master title status
South African Calvin Klaasen finished as Wagein’s runner-up with 6.5 points while his compatriot Ryan Van Rensburg came third with 5.5 points.
In the girls category, Carmen De Jarger emerged second while Rocha Valquiria was third.
However, the three Malawian flag carriers failed to make it into the top three positions in the open category which saw South African girl Melisa Greef taking part in the boys group.
Despite failing to make it into top three, the country’s ambassadors showed they had made strides in the competition as they occupied better positions unlike in the previous competitions where they had ended at the bottom.
Chuma Mwale finished eighth with five points, national junior champion Chiletso Chipanga came 11th, national champion Joseph Mwale came 14th in the event that had 23 participants.
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