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Valencia Karpov Kasparov 

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The  World Chess Championship 1984 was a match between challenger Garry Kasparov and defending champion Anatoly Karpov. After 5 months and 48 games, the match was eventually abandoned in controversial circumstances with Karpov leading five wins to three (with 40 draws), and replayed in the World Chess Championship 1985.

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The 1985 World Chess Championship was played between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov in Moscow from September 3 to November 9, 1985. Kasparov won. The match was played as the best of 24 games. If it ended 12-12, Karpov would retain his title.

Kasparov Karpov 2009

2009 – September – and the word biggest Chess Engines meet again…25 years on. Follow their games live on the top link on my blog’s side bar or click HERE to follow their games live. [the best link to follow their games live is the next link at the bottom of this entry…the site is chessok.com]

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Game 1

Results round 1 – Kasparov vs Karpov — 1-0

round 1 move 16

Game 1 – move 16 = please click on images for a clear view

Game 2

Game 2 – Kasparov vs Karpov 1-0 [site:chessok.com]
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Game 2 Kasparov vs Karpov

Game 2  Kasparov, Garry  —  Karpov, Anatoly  1-0  Défense Semi-Slave

Game 3 Karpov vs Kasparov

Game 3  Karpov, Anatoly  —  Kasparov, Garry  1-0  -Gruenfeld 3.g3

Game 4 Kasparov vs karpov

Game 4  Kasparov, Garry  —  Karpov, Anatoly 1-0  Défense Semi-Slave

Karpov vs Kasparov


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Game 1

[White “Karpov”]
[Black “Kasparov”]
[WhiteElo “2644”]
[BlackElo “2812”]
[Result “0-1”]
[GameID “479”]
[UniqID “446210”]
[WhiteClock “0:00:00”]
[BlackClock “0:08:33”]
[Stamp “509”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nb6 7. Ne2 c5 8.
d5 O-O 9. O-O e6 10. Nbc3 Na6 11. h3 exd5 12. exd5 Nc4 13. b3 Nd6 14. Bf4
b6 15. Qd2 Bb7 16. Rad1 Nc7 17. g4 Qd7 18. a4 f5 19. g5 Rad8 20. Bg3 f4 21.Nxf4 Nf5 22. Nb5 Nxb5 23. axb5 Nd4 24. Ne6 0-1


Chess is a game that rarely draws a massive amount of attention from the global public, but a rematch between Kasparov and Karpov reminds us that it throws up the occasional great rivalry.

When Garry Kasparov challenged Anatoly Karpov in 1984 for the chess world championship, it was the beginning of a titanic struggle.

The contest lasted five months and featured a series of successive draws of 17 and 15 games. It was controversially ended by the chess authorities over fears for the health of the players, both of whom had lost weight during the struggle. Kasparov had been resurgent at the end, although Karpov still held a lead.

In 1985, Kasparov beat Karpov for the title. They played for it again in 1986 and again Kasparov won. In 1987, Kasparov was one down going into the final game, but recovered to tie the series and therefore retain his crown.

It was a great chess rivalry, but it was more than that to the watching public and pundits.

“It was very symbolic of what was happening to the Soviet Union,” says grandmaster Raymond Keene, chess correspondent for the Times. “It was obvious the USSR was going through a period of great turmoil.”

And the rivalry was perfect in pitching a brilliant, brooding outsider against the Soviet establishment’s main man.

“Kasparov was a southerner, half-Jewish, half-Armenian, much younger, in the vanguard of a change, taking on the golden boy of the old Soviet Union,” says Keene.

Keene organised the London matches of the third series between the players in 1985, which took place both in the UK and Leningrad. He was surprised by the stark disparity between the Soviet and the Western ways of organising things.

In London, after the matches, a list of moves with annotation was faxed all over the world within 15 minutes of the conclusion. In Leningrad, a sheet bearing only the moves was typed up, a press officer with a minder was taken to the local party HQ where the only photocopier was to be found, the sheet was copied and then manually handed only to the journalists present at the event.

“They were still mired in Soviet bureaucracy and fear of publicity. I thought ‘this place is doomed’.

“It was a gigantic metaphor for the collapse of a creaking, unviable, introspective, conglomerate empire.”

There had been other rivalries that never succeeded in sparking the imagination. Mikhail Tal against Mikhail Botvinnik in the early 1960s had the same hallmarks of the non-Russian outsider against the Soviet stalwart, but failed to develop into a sustained struggle. And the earlier battle between Vasily Smyslov and Botvinnik is probably one for chess aficionados only.

The other rivalry that spread outside the world of chess was between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Their famous 1972 world championship match became another symbol of the struggle between civilisations.

Fischer was the Western maverick up against Spassky, the emblem of the powerful Soviet machine. And Fischer won.

“It was about Western individualism, depth of analysis, use of the technology available,” says Keene.

And the notion that ideas of a greater struggle would be imposed on chess was an invention of the Stalinist era.

The Communist official Nikolai Krylenko took his board games seriously. He was reported to have said: “We must organise shock brigades of chess players, and begin immediate realisation of a five-year plan for chess.”

He might have approved of the great rivalries with an ideological flavour that grew up in the 1970s and 80s. He would have been less delighted that on both occasions the Soviet establishment’s representative was bested.

Other sports have individual rivalries. Tennis has had some great ones.

But perhaps only boxing, with its system of champion and challengers, comes close to replicating the way that the protagonists have to study each other’s play and personality, even live in each other’s skin, during the mind-bogglingly detailed preparations for a world championship series.


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Please click HERE to play through annotated videos of the games of Anand and Kramnik, 2008. The link will open in a new window. It is also the “movies”-link on my blog..top page.

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The big day has arrived! Opening ceremony on today…Monday 13th October

LIVE CHESS…click on the link on the top right of my blog!
Follow this new link with the games I blog and chess graphics about their games….


14th October – 2nd November 2008….Who is going to be the winner?? The battle for the highest Chess Title! You can find the OFFICIAL LINK on my side-bar in the “Admin”-section as well in the “Chess” section…look out for the same image as the image in top of this post…I will be following the Championships and blog about it too…you can also find a link underneath my “welcome” image…on the side bar of my blog..(right hand side- top – the link will open in a new window)
Please click here to look at statistics between the 2 players on Wiki…the link will open in a new window.
Schedule for the World Chess Championship 2008: 
All games start at 3pm! 2pm UK local time and 9am Eastern USA time.
Game 1                      Tuesday                      October 14 —1/2           
Game 2                      Wednesday                  October 15            
Game 3                      Friday                          October 17            
Game 4                      Saturday                      October 18            

Game 5                      Monday                       October 20            
Game 6                      Tuesday                      October 21             
Game 7                      Thursday                     October 23             
Game 8                      Friday                          October 24             
Game 9                      Sunday                        October 26              
Game 10                    Monday                       October 27            
Game 11                    Wednesday                  October 29             
Game 12                    Friday                          October 31             
Tiebreak                     Sunday                       November 02          

On this link of Chessgames you can play through Kramnik and Anand’s games where they played one another. A new window will open when you click on the link! If you slide down to Anand, you will find more games to play through and at the bottom of this post you will find more links on my blog…- with games to play through- that were all played during tournaments.
  • Where: Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn  
  • Overall Prize fund: 1,5 Million Euro
  • The match will consist of twelve games, played under classical time controls, in the period from October 14 to October 30, 2008. If there is a tie at the end of these games a tiebreak will be played on November 02, 2008. The prize fund, which will be split equally between the players, is 1,5 million Euro (approximately 2,1 million US Dollars) including taxes and FIDE licensee fees.

  • V. Kramnik and V. Anand. World Chess Championship Tournament Sep. 2007, Mexico City
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    Images: Official website…http://www.uep-worldchess.com/
    Short history of the World Chess Championships

    1886 – 1946
    Wilhelm Steinitz (Austria/USA) was the first official World Champion in the chess history. In 1886, he defeated Johannes Hermann Zukertort in the first classical tournament for the World Chess Champion title. They played 20 games against each other – and Steinitz won by 12.5:7.5 points. Steinitz defended his title up to 1894. Emanuel Lasker (Germany) deprived Steinitz of his title and remained champion for 27 years – a unique record in the chess history. The next World Chess Champions were José Raoul Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine and Max Euwe.

    1948 – 1993
    Since 1948, World Chess Federation (FIDE) started to organize the World Chess Championships. After Alekhine´s death in 1946, the new World Champion had to be determined. Thus, there was a tournament with several players where Mikhail Botvinnik (USSR) became a winner. Since that time, the reigning Champion should defend his title in a match against a challenger. Vassily Smyslov, Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrossian and Boris Spassky – all of USSR – were the next World Champions. In 1972, Bobby Fischer (USA) broke through the dominance of the Soviet players by defeating Boris Spassky in Reykjavik. In 1975 Fischer refused to fight for his title, and as a result his challenger Anatoly Karpov was appointed as new Champion. Karpov – who played two times against Viktor Korchnoi and once against Garry Kasparov – kept his title until November 1985. Then it was Kasparov, who defeated Karpov by 13:11 points and became the new World Champion. 1986, 1987, and 1990 Kasparov succeeded in reserving his chess crown against Karpov, before he broke away from FIDE in 1993.

    1993 – 2006
    In 1993 Kasparov refused to defend his title under the conditions provided by FIDE – and together with his challenger Nigel Short (England) the World Champion decided to leave FIDE by holding the Championship match under the auspices of the new founded “Professional Chess Association” (PCA). Kasparov won the match against Short and retained the title of “Classical World Champion”. Two years later he won the next title match against Viswanathan Anand (India) in the New York World Trade Center. Finally it was Thursday, the 2nd November 2000, when Kasparov’s era ran out: with 8.5:6.5 victory Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) dethroned Kasparov, who did not manage to win a single game. Kramnik, at that time 25 years old, became the 14th Classical World Chess Champion. In October 2004 the next Championship took place: In Brissago (Switzerland) Kramnik held out against the
    attacks of the Hungarian Peter Leko and kept his title. Leko was qualified for this match by having won the Candidates’ tournament in 2002 in Dortmund.

    On the other hand, FIDE continued organizing its own World Chess Championships from 1993 on. The FIDE title holders between 1993 and 2006: Anatoly Karpov (1993), Alexander Khalifman (1999), Viswanathan Anand (2000), Ruslan Ponomariov (2002), Rustam Kasimdzhanov (2004) and Veselin Topalov (2005).

    The split of the chess world into two competitive championships ended in 2006. The duel between the Classical World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik and FIDE World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov took place in Elista from 23 September to 13 October 2006. In a historic battle this unification match combined both titles in one FIDE World Chess Championship. Having won this important event, Vladimir Kramnik became an undisputed World Chess Champion. Continue to read more on the Official site here:

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    (born Jun-25-1975) Russia
    Vladimir Kramnik was born in Tuapse, on June 25, 1975. In 1991 he won The World Under 18 Championship, and began a string of international success. At the Manila Olympiad 1992, he achieved a gold medal for best result on reserve board. Major tournament triumphs were soon to follow, such as Dortmund 1995, Tilburg 1997, and Wijk aan Zee 1998. Dortmund became a favorite stop, as Kramnik would go on to win seven more times, either as shared champion, or clear first. In 2000 Kramnik won his first Linares tournament, completing his set of victories in all three of chess’s “triple crown” events: Corus, Linares, and Dortmund. Kramnik would later capture additional Linares victories in 2003 (shared) and 2004.
    In 2000 Kramnik reached the pinnacle by defeating long-time champion Garry Kasparov for the World Championship in London by the score of 8 1/2 to 6 1/2. Kasparov was reported as saying, “He is the hardest player to beat in the world.” The year 2002 saw Kramnik play an eight-game match against the program Deep Fritz (Computer) in Bahrain. The match ended in a 4-4 tie, with Kramnik and the computer each winning two games and drawing four. In 2006 the German organization Universal Event Promotion (UEP) would stage a return match of six games, which Kramnik lost, +0 -2 =4.

    In 2004, Kramnik successfully defended his title by drawing a 14 game match against Hungarian GM Peter Leko in Brissago, Switzerland. His next title defense was in 2006, in a reunification match with the holder of the FIDE world title, Veselin Topalov. As part of his preparation for the match, Kramnik played first board for Russia in the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006), where he won the gold medal for best performance rating of all participants (2847). He also took part in the Dortmund Sparkassen (2006) supertournament, tying for first place with Peter Svidler.

    The $1 million Kramnik-Topalov World Championship Match (2006), was played in Elista from September 21 to October 13, and drew record numbers of online followers on most major chess sites. After much controversy surrounding a forfeit in round 5, Kramnik won in the tiebreak phase, thereby becoming the first unified World Chess Champion since the schism of 1993.

    Kramnik lost the unified World Champion title when he finished second to Viswanathan Anand at the Mexico City FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007). Kramnik will exercise his entitlement to a match for the World Championship against Viswanathan Anand in Bonn, Germany, starting 14 October 2008.

       Kramnik vs Leko, 2004 1-0
       Kasparov vs Kramnik, 1996 0-1
       Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 0-1
       Gelfand vs Kramnik, 1996 0-1
       Kramnik vs Kasparov, 1994 1-0
       Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 1-0
       Leko vs Kramnik, 2004 1/2-1/2
       Kramnik vs Anand, 2004 1/2-1/2
       Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2001 1-0
       Kramnik vs Morozevich, 2007 1-0

       Kasparov-Kramnik World Championship Match (2000)
       Kramnik-Leko World Championship Match (2004)
       Kramnik-Topalov World Championship Match (2006)

    It is an almost senseless challenge to describe Vladimir Kramnik in only a few lines. His personality has too many facets; his areas of interests are too diverse. What is clear is that Kramnik is not solely fixated on chess. Current affairs interest him just as intensively as numerous sport and cultural activities, several of which he regularly engages in. The cosmopolitan would love to enjoy life ever more intensively, but his drive to succeed holds this inclination within limits. What is it that marks out a world chess champion in him even though he doesn’t focus exclusively on chess?

    People close to Kramnik often claim that this has something to do with his creative nature and strategic gifts. Kramnik considers chess less as a sport and more as the art of carrying out a long-term plan. The harmonious interplay of his pieces and the beauty of his game are already legendary. He is always searching for creative and new solutions, particularly when he is playing.

    In many games, they say, he sees things that no computer can calculate and no other grandmasters could discover. The ingenious ideas would come to him quite easily, providing him with moments of pure joy. The artistic vein in the 32-year-old Muscovite must have been given to him in his cradle. His father Boris is a well-known sculptor; his mother Irina a music teacher. No wonder that journalists all over the world have dubbed Kramnik an “artist” or “painter”.

    Kramnik started to play chess at the age of five. At 12, his enormous talent was recognized in Moscow and encouraged. As a teenager, Kramnik got better and better – at only 16, he won the U18 World Championship. The list of his victories is long. He has already finished all major tournaments in the world as the victor. And he holds a record which made sporting history: Kramnik was unbeaten at the highest level in 86 classical games over 18 months up to July 2000.
    World Championship
    Thursday, November 2, 2000, London: Vladimir Kramnik became the World Chess Champion with a brilliant 8.5-6.5 result against Garry Kasparov (Russia), who could not win a single game. After Garry Kasparov had congratulated him, the greatest dream of his life became true. Exulting, Kramnik threw his arms up into the air in triumph. The audience’s applause and the subsequent tumult will not be forgotten. It was a historic moment in the history of chess: Kramnik had not only won the lion’s share of the two-million dollar prize money; his victory had ended Kasparov’s 15-year-long reign on the chess throne.

    First Challenge
    In 2004, he faced off in another World Championship Match, this time in Switzerland : Kramnik successfully defended his title against the Hungarian super grandmaster Péter Lékó. In a complex strategic battle, he pulled off a supreme coup, winning in the 14th game – the last in the match – with a 7:7 tie. Kramnik was lucky because it was agreed before the match that he had to be beaten outright based on points – the challenger Lékó came heart-wrenchingly close to doing so.

    2005 was a year of ups and downs for the World Champion. Kramnik was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, entered intense medical treatment, and disappeared from the tournament hubbub for six months. The break seemed to rejuvenate the Russian – at his comeback in the 2006 Chess Olympiad in Turin , he had the best individual score of all 1,000 participants. Kramnik was successful in several tournaments thereafter and on 1 January 2008 he again occupied the no. 1 position in the FIDE world ranking list.

    The Unification Match

    In October 2006, Kramnik faced the biggest challenge: the unification match that would decide who the next unique, absolute World Champion would be. In a historic fight against all sort of adversities, Kramnik defeated the FIDE champion Veselin Topalov ( Bulgaria ) to become the first unified World Champion after 1993, the one and only official World Chess Champion. His win in Elista was one of the most impressive victories in all of sports history.


    – World Chess Champion 2000-2007
    – Undefeated in three World Championship Matches
    – Three-time Olympiad winner as a member of the Russian team
    – Russian Honoured Master of Sport
    – Current ELO rating: 2788

    Source: http://www.uep-worldchess.com/

    Please click HERE to play through Kramnik’s games on chessgames.com The link will open in a new window.

    All games on these links will open in a new window.
    Please click HERE to play through a ‘Petrov Defence’- game which was played in 2003. This Sicilian game was played in 2001and this Sicilian Najdorf was played in 2003.

    (born Dec-11-1969) India
    Viswanathan Anand, or “Vishy” as he is known to his fans, became in 1984 the youngest Indian to earn the title of IM at the age of fifteen. At the age of sixteen he became the Indian Champion. In 1987, he became the first Indian to win the World Junior Championship. At the age of eighteen, he became India’s first grandmaster. His prowess at quick-play chess earned him the nickname “The Lightning Kid.”
    Anand contested a match with Garry Kasparov for the PCA World Chess Championship in 1995, but lost. Three years later he won a knockout tournament in Groningen to qualify to play for the FIDE title against Anatoli Karpov, but was defeated in rapid tie-breaks.
    a game by them in 1996 with the Reti-opening.

    In 1998, he won the strongest Linares tournament ever, with an average rating of 2752, making it a category 21 event. In 2000, he beat Alexey Shirov to become the FIDE World Chess Champion. He is a four-time winner of the Chess Oscar award and the 2003 FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion. In spring of 2006, following a record-extending fifth victory at Corus Wijk aan Zee (2006), Anand became only the fourth player ever to crack the 2800-Elo mark in FIDE ratings, following Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, and Veselin Topalov.
    2007 was a year of two memorable milestones for Anand. First, he finally achieved his longtime goal of becoming world #1 in ratings. After winning his second victory at Linares-Morelia (2007), he overtook Topalov to claim first place on FIDE’s April list. His second great success came at the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007). Leading throughout the event, Anand captured the unified World Chess Champion title with an undefeated +4 score. A few months later, he won the Morelia-Linares (2008) outright for the third time.
    Anand’s first title defense will be in a match against challenger Vladimir Kramnik in October 2008.
    Please click HERE to play through the games of Anand. The link will open in a new window.
       Karjakin vs Anand, 2006 0-1
       Anand vs Topalov, 2005 1/2-1/2
       Anand vs Lautier, 1997 1-0
       Anand vs Bologan, 2003 1-0
       Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 1-0
       Anand vs Ponomariov, 2002 1-0
       Radjabov vs Anand, 2002 0-1
       Kramnik vs Anand, 2004 1/2-1/2
       Anand vs Karpov, 1996 1-0
       Anand vs Kramnik, 2005 1-0

       Kasparov-Anand World Championship Match (1995)
       Karpov-Anand World Championship (1998)
       FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
       FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
       Kasparov-Anand World Championship Match (1995)
       Karpov-Anand World Championship (1998)
       FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
       FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)


    Acclaimed as the Fastest Brain in the world, Viswanathan Anand is the World Number one and World Champion. It is his success in the world scene that has made this ancient Indian game, a mass sport in India.The critics rate him as one of the  biggest natural talents ever  in the history of chess. His hallmark lightening speed and intuitive play came to be recognised when he became the first Indian Grandmaster in 1987.

    On 29th September 2007 Anand became World Champion for the second time in his career. By winning the event in Mexico Anand becomes the Undisputed Champion, ending many years of schism in the chess world. An feat that is unique as he achieved it while being the World No.1. A honour shared by a select few. Anand became the first Asian to win the World Championships in 2000. In 2007 Anand  reached the number one spot on the world ranking lists by winning the prestigious Linares tournament. He becomes the seventh person in modern chess history to reach the coveted spot. This is the first for an  Indian and Asian . He won the prestigious Melody Amber, Blind & Rapid chess in Monaco in 2003, 2005, 2004(Rapid), 2006, 2007(Rapid). The Leon Magistral for the seventh time, Corsica Masters five times & the Mainz Classic a staggering ten times. His results in rapid chess make him one , if not the  greatest player  ever in chess history . If his talent as a Rapid chess player is legendary, his records in classical chess have been superlative. In January 2006, he became the only player in chess history to win the Corus Chess event 5 times in the tournament’s 70-year history. He has won the prestigious Corus event 5 times (1989,1998,2003,2004 & 2006),  Linares Super Tournament 3 times (1998 , 2007 and 2008), Dortmund Sparkassen 3 times (1996,2000 & 2004) and other important events like, Madrid Masters,  Biel etc.

    One of the few non-Soviet players in the sport, Viswanathan Anand has been feted with many international awards. He is the proud recipient of the Chess Oscars  given for the best player of the year . He received this award four times. (1997,1998, 2003,2004) (An unique distinction he shares with Bobby Fischer).In India he has received the civilian awards, Padma Vibhushan,Padma Bhushan, the Padmashree and the Arjuna Award. He is the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. He has received   other prestigious awards from private organisations .

    Having travelled to close to 50 countries, Anand is also fluent in Spanish and German. One of the projects closest to heart is the NIIT Mind Champions Academy which aims at taking chess to over 1 million children from both  Government and Private schools in India . Known as the Gentleman Champion in the chess world, Anand is a spokesperson  for   Vidyasagar, a NGO that crusades for the Inclusion of children with cerebral palsy and  he also represents Avahan, the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation initiative on AIDS. Anand is a keen follower of  current affairs, world business and astronomy. Source: http://www.uep-worldchess.com/

    [Event “Amber Rapid”]
    [Site “Nice FRA”]
    [Date “2008.03.15”]
    [Round “1”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Anand,Viswanathan”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [EventDate “2008.03.15”]
    [ECO “E15”]
    [MastersGameID “3707810”]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Ne5 Nfd7 10.Nxd7 Nxd7 11.Nd2 O-O 12.O-O f5 13.Rc1 Nf6 14.Bb2 Bd6 15.Nf3 Qe7 16.Ne5 Rac8 17.Nd3 Rfd8 18.Re1 Qe8 19.e3 g5 20.Rc2 g4 21.Qc1 Qe7 22.Rd1 Ne4 23.c5 bxc5 24.dxc5 Bb8 25.Ne5 Ng5 26.Qa1 Nf7 27.Nxf7 Kxf7 28.a4 h5 29.b4 h4 30.b5 Bb7 31.Rdc1 Kg6 32.Be5 Bxe5 33.Qxe5 Qf6 34.Qd4 e5 35.Qb4 hxg3 36.hxg3 Rd7 37.Qa5 Rh8 38.Qxa7 f4 39.exf4 exf4 40.gxf4 Rdh7 41.Qb6 Qxf4 42.bxc6 Qf3 43.cxb7+ Kf5 0-1

    [Event “Amber Blindfold”]
    [Site “Nice FRA”]
    [Date “2008.03.16”]
    [Round “2”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Leko,Peter”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [EventDate “2008.03.15”]
    [ECO “B10”]
    [MastersGameID “3707801”]

    1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 e5 4.Ngf3 Bd6 5.d4 exd4 6.exd5 cxd5 7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.Bd3 Nbc6 9.N2b3 Ne5 10.O-O O-O 11.Bg5 a6 12.Re1 Nxd3 13.Qxd3 Qc7 14.h3 h6 15.Bd2 Bd7 16.a3 Nc6 17.Nf3 Ne5 18.Nxe5 Bxe5 19.Ba5 b6 20.Bxb6 Bh2+ 21.Kh1 Qxb6 22.Kxh2 Qxf2 23.Qxd5 Qxc2 24.Rac1 Qf5 25.Qxf5 1/2-1/2

    [Event “Corus A”]
    [Site “Wijk aan Zee NED”]
    [Date “2008.01.26”]
    [Round “12”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Carlsen,Magnus”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [EventDate “2008.01.12”]
    [ECO “A30”]
    [MastersGameID “3693740”]

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.O-O Be7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4 d6 9.Rd1 a6 10.Ng5 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 Nc6 12.Qf4 O-O 13.Nce4 Ne8 14.b3 Ra7 15.Bb2 Rd7 16.Rac1 Nc7 17.Nf3 f5 18.Nc3 g5 19.Qd2 g4 20.Ne1 Bg5 21.e3 Rff7 22.Kg1 Ne8 23.Ne2 Nf6 24.Nf4 Qe8 25.Qc3 Rg7 26.b4 Ne4 27.Qb3 Rge7 28.Qa4 Ne5 29.Qxa6 Ra7 30.Qb5 Qxb5 31.cxb5 Rxa2 32.Rc8+ Kf7 33.Nfd3 Bf6 34.Nxe5+ dxe5 35.Rc2 Rea7 36.Kg2 Ng5 37.Rd6 e4 38.Bxf6 Kxf6 39.Kf1 Ra1 40.Ke2 Rb1 41.Rd1 Rxb4 42.Ng2 Rxb5 43.Nf4 Rc5 44.Rb2 b5 45.Kf1 Rac7 46.Rbb1 Rb7 47.Rb4 Rc4 48.Rb2 b4 49.Rdb1 Nf3 50.Kg2 Rd7 51.h3 e5 52.Ne2 Rd2 53.hxg4 fxg4 54.Rxd2 Nxd2 55.Rb2 Nf3 56.Kf1 b3 57.Kg2 Rc2 0-1

    [Event “Corus A”]
    [Site “Wijk aan Zee NED”]
    [Date “2008.01.23”]
    [Round “10”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Gelfand,Boris”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [EventDate “2008.01.12”]
    [ECO “E15”]
    [MastersGameID “3693722”]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.O-O d5 9.Qc2 Nbd7 10.Rd1 O-O 11.a4 c5 12.Na3 Bb7 13.Qb2 Rc8 14.Rac1 Ne4 15.Be1 Bf6 16.b4 Ba8 17.e3 cxd4 18.exd4 dxc4 19.Ne5 Bg5 20.f4 Be7 21.Naxc4 f5 22.Ne3 Rxc1 23.Qxc1 Ndf6 24.Nc6 Qc7 25.b5 Nd5 26.Nxd5 exd5 27.Nxe7+ Qxe7 28.Qb2 Rc8 29.Rc1 Rc4 30.Bf1 Nd6 31.Qa3 Qe4 32.Bf2 Rxc1 33.Qxc1 Nc4 34.Qd1 Bb7 35.Bd3 Qe6 36.Qh5 Nd6 37.Qe2 Qxe2 38.Bxe2 Kf7 39.Be1 Bc8 40.Kf2 Nc4 41.Bb4 g6 42.Ke1 a6 43.bxa6 Bxa6 44.Bc3 Bb7 45.Kf2 Bc6 46.Bd1 Nd6 47.Ke3 Ke6 48.Bb3 1/2-1/2

    [Event “Corus A”]
    [Site “Wijk aan Zee NED”]
    [Date “2008.01.20”]
    [Round “8”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Polgar,Judit”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [EventDate “2008.01.12”]
    [ECO “A15”]
    [MastersGameID “3692699”]

    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.g3 Bb7 4.Bg2 e6 5.O-O Be7 6.Nc3 O-O 7.Re1 d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.d4 Nbd7 10.Bf4 Ne4 11.Qc2 Bd6 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Ng5 Bxf4 14.gxf4 Nf6 15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.Bxe4 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 Re8 18.Qd3 Qf6 19.e3 Rad8 20.Qc2 Rd5 21.Rad1 g5 22.Qxc7 gxf4 23.exf4 Rxe1+ 24.Rxe1 Rxd4 25.Re3 h5 26.Qe5 Qxe5 27.fxe5 Rd2 28.Rb3 Kg7 29.Kg2 Kg6 30.Ra3 Rxb2 31.Rxa7 b5 32.Kg3 h+ 33.Kf3 b4 34.h3 Rc2 35.Ra4 Rb2 36.Ra7 Rc2 37.Rb7 Rb2 38.Kg2 Rxa2 39.Rxb4 Kf5 40.Rxh4 Kxe5 41.Rg4 Kf5 42.Kg3 Ra3+ 43.f3 Ra1 44.Rf4+ Kg6 45.Rb4 Rg1+ 46.Kf2 Rh1 47.Rg4+ Kf6 48.h4 Ra1 49.Kg2 1/2-1/2

    [Event “Amber Rapid”]
    [Site “Nice FRA”]
    [Date “2008.03.17”]
    [Round “3”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar”]
    [Result “0-1”]
    [EventDate “2008.03.15”]
    [ECO “A52”]
    [MastersGameID “3707822”]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.e3 Ngxe5 6.a3 a5 7.f4 Ng6 8.Bd3 Bc5 9.Qh5 d6 10.Nf3 a4 11.Bd2 O-O 12.Ne4 Qe8 13.O-O-O f5 14.Nxc5 dxc5 15.Kb1 Nge7 16.Qh4 h6 17.Bc3 Be6 18.Rhg1 Rd8 19.Ka1 Rxd3 20.Rxd3 Bxc4 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.g4 Ng6 23.gxf5 Rxf5 24.Rc3 Bf7 25.Qf2 Qe6 26.b3 axb3 27.Nh4 Rh5 28.Kb2 Qf6 29.Nxg6 Bxg6 30.e4 c4 31.Qd2 Qd4 32.Qxd4+ Nxd4 33.Rcg3 Rxh2+ 34.Kb1 Kf7 35.Rxg6 c3 36.Rg7+ Ke8 37.R7g2 Rxg2 38.Rxg2 Nf3 39.Kc1 Nd2 0-1

    [Event “Amber Blindfold”]
    [Site “Nice FRA”]
    [Date “2008.03.18”]
    [Round “4”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Morozevich,Alexander”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [EventDate “2008.03.15”]
    [ECO “E51”]
    [MastersGameID “3709268”]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e3 O-O 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 c6 8.Bd3 b6 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.Bb2 Nc6 12.O-O Na5 13.Nd2 Rc8 14.f3 Re8 15.e4 e5 16.Rae1 exd4 17.cxd4 Nh5 18.g3 g6 19.Qe3 Qd7 20.Qh6 Ng7 21.exd5 f5 22.d6 Bd5 23.g4 Rcd8 24.Re5 Qxd6 25.gxf5 gxf5 26.Qxd6 Rxd6 27.Rxe8+ Nxe8 28.Bxf5 Nc4 29.Nxc4 Bxc4 30.Re1 Ng7 31.Be4 Ne6 32.Kf2 Nxd4 33.Rg1+ Kf7 34.Bxh7 Ne6 35.Ke3 Rd5 36.Bc3 Rb5 37.Bg6+ Ke7 38.Bb4+ Kf6 39.f4 a5 40.Bc3+ Ke7 41.f5 Rb3 42.Kd2 Nc5 43.f6+ Kd6 44.Rg4 Be6 45.f7 Bxf7 46.Bxf7 Rxa3 47.h4 b5 48.h5 b4 49.Bg7 Rh3 50.Bf8+ Kc6 51.Rc4 Rf3 52.Be8+ Kd5 53.Rxc5+ Kd4 54.Be7 Rf2+ 55.Kc1 b3 56.Rxa5 Kc3 57.Rc5+ 1-0

    [Event “Amber Rapid”]
    [Site “Nice FRA”]
    [Date “2008.03.20”]
    [Round “5”]
    [White “Kramnik,Vladimir”]
    [Black “Topalov,Veselin”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [EventDate “2008.03.15”]
    [ECO “E94”]
    [MastersGameID “3709299”]

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Na6 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.Re1 exd4 11.Nd5 d3 12.Bxd3 c6 13.Ne7+ Kh8 14.Nxc8 Rxc8 15.Bf1 Nc5 16.Qxd6 Nxe4 17.Qa3 f5 18.h3 Ne5 19.Bf4 Nd7 20.Qxa7 Bxb2 21.Rab1 Bg7 22.Qxb7 Ndc5 23.Qb6 Rf7 24.Ng5 Rb7 25.Qxb7 Nxb7 26.Rxb7 Kg8 27.c5 h6 28.Bc4+ Kh8 29.Be5 hxg5 30.Bxg7+ Kh7 31.Bf8+ Kh8 32.Be7 Rb8 33.Rxe4 1-0

    Anand’s games

    [Event “XXI Magistral Rapid Final”]
    [Site “Leon ESP”]
    [Date “2008.06.01”]
    [Round “3”]
    [White “Anand,Viswanathan”]
    [Black “Ivanchuk,Vassily”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [EventDate “2008.06.01”]
    [ECO “B47”]
    [MastersGameID “3726239”]

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.O-O Nf6 8.Be3 Be7 9.f4 d6 10.Qe1 O-O 11.Qg3 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.a3 Bb7 14.Rae1 Rad8 15.Bd3 Rfe8 16.Kh1 Rd7 17.Nd1 g6 18.Bc3 Nh5 19.Qh3 Bf6 20.e5 dxe5 21.fxe5 Bg5 22.Qg4 Qd8 23.Nf2 Bh4 24.Re2 Qg5 25.Qxg5 Bxg5 26.Ne4 Bxe4 27.Rxe4 Rc8 28.g4 Ng7 29.a4 Rd5 30.axb5 axb5 31.Ra1 Be7 32.Ra7 b4 33.Bxb4 Bxb4 34.Rxb4 Rxe5 35.Rbb7 Rf8 36.b4 Ne8 37.Rb8 Nf6 38.Rxf8+ Kxf8 39.b5 Nxg4 40.b6 Nf2+ 41.Kg1 Nxd3 42.b7 Re1+ 43.Kg2 Rb1 44.cxd3 Kg7 45.Kf3 Rb4 46.d4 g5 47.Ke4 Kf6 48.Kd3 h5 49.Kc3 Rb1 50.Kc4 g4 51.Kc5 h4 52.Kc6 Rc1+ 53.Kd6 Rb1 54.Kc6 Rc1+ 55.Kd6 Rb1 56.Kc6 1/2-1/2

    [Event “XXI Magistral Ciudad de Leon”]
    [Site “Leon ESP”]
    [Date “2008.06.01”]
    [EventDate “2008.06.01”]
    [Round “4”]
    [Result “1-0”]
    [White “Vassily Ivanchuk”]
    [Black “Viswanathan Anand”]
    [ECO “E55”]
    [WhiteElo “2740”]
    [BlackElo “2803”]
    [PlyCount “31”]

    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5
    7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Nbd7 9. Qe2 cxd4 10. exd4 b6 11. d5 Nc5
    12. Rd1 Qe8 13. Nb5 exd5 14. Nc7 Qe4 15. Rd4 Qg6 16. Nh4 1-0

    On all of these links – on my blog – you will find games of Kramnik or Anand which you can play through — games they played during different tournaments.






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    Left to R…GM Keith Arkell English Champion 2008, IM Jovanka Houska British Ladies Champion 2008 and GM Stuart Conquest British Champion 2008. The Championship play-off match was won by Stuart (against Keith) 1½-½. Image: Official site…

    Image: Chessworld
    Sunday 27th July – Saturday 9th August, St. George’s Hall, Liverpool

    Play-off…..Conquest vs Arkell, second game…1-0 which means Conquest is the winner as the first game was a draw.
    Play takes place from 2.15pm each day, except Sunday 3 August
    Please click HERE to play through all the games of round 1.

    On THIS LINK you can follow live games played on the day and HERE you can choose any round to play through games.

    British Chess….Round 11  Pairings and results
      1 Williams, Simon  2496(7) vs Conquest, Stuart 2536 (7½)–1/2    
      2 Arkell, Keith 2506 (7) vs Jones, Gawain 2549 (7)–1-0     
      3 Lalic, Bogdan 2533 (7) vs Gordon, Stephen 2508 (7)– 1/2    
      4 Davies, Nigel 2478 (6½)  vs  Kolbus, Dietmar 2393 (7)–1/2  
      5 Hawkins, Jonathan 2232 (6½) vs  Gormally, Daniel 2504 (6½)–1-0

    British Chess…Round10: Pairings and results
      1 Jones, Gawain 2549  (6½)  vs Lalic, Bogdan 2533 (6½) –1/2
      2 Gordon, Stephen 2508  (6½)  vs Williams, Simon 2496 (6½) –1/2  
      3 Conquest, Stuart 2536  (6½)  vs Haslinger, Stewart G 2511 (6) –1-0    
      4 Gormally, Daniel 2504   (6)  vs  Hebden, Mark 2520 (6) –1/2     
      5 Ledger, Andrew 2423   (6)  vs Arkell, Keith C 2506 (6) –0-1 

    Game of the day: Round 10 – Conquest

    British Chess round 10 board 1: Jones vs Lalic end position

    British Chess round 10 board 2: Gordon vs Williams move 24

    Round: 9 pairings and results: 6th Aug.
      1 Lalic, Bogdan 2533 (6) vs Conquest, Stuart 2536 (6) –1/2
      2 Arkell, Keith  2506  (5½) vs  Gordon, Stephen 2508 (6) — 1/2
      3 Hawkins, Jonathan 2232 (5½) vs Jones, Gawain 2549(5½) — 0-1
      4 Hebden, Mark 2520 (5½) Kolbus, Dietmar 2393 (5½) –1/2
      5 Williams, Simon 2496 (5½) Eggleston, David 2372 (5½) — 1-0

    British Chess…round 9…Lalic vs Conquest move 14

    British Chess round 9: Lalic vs Conquest move 47

    British Chess round 9…Hawkins vs Jones…final position

    Game of the day…round 9..Andrew Ledger

    Round: 8 pairings and results: 5th Aug
      1 Gormally, Daniel,2504   (5)  vs Lalic, Bogdan, 2533  (5½) –1/2
      2 Jones, Gawain, 2549   (5)  vs Williams, Simon, 2496   (5)–1/2
      3 Conquest, Stuart, 2536   (5)  vs  Ledger, Andrew, 2423   (5)–1-0
      4 Gordon, Stephen, 2508   (5)  vs Davies, Nigel, 2478   (5) –1-0
      5 Kolbus, Dietmar, 2393   (5)  vs  Pert, Richard, 2468  (4½) –1/2

    British Chess…round 8 …Gormally vs Lalic final position

    Conquest vs Ledger round 8… move 17

    Gordon vs Davies round 8….move 18

    Jones vs Williams round 8….move 22

    Game of the day round 8: Arkel

    Round  7: Monday 4th August:  pairings and results:
      1 Davies, Nigel R,2478 (4½)  vs  Jones, Gawain,2549 (4½)    — 1/2
      2 Gormally, Daniel, 2504 (4½)  vs  Conquest, Stuart, 2536 (4½)  — 1/2   
      3 Lalic, Bogdan, 2533 (4½)  vs  Trent, Lawrence, 2470 (4½)  –1-0
      4 Ledger, Andrew, 2423 (4)  vs  Hebden, Mark, 2520 (4½)  — 1-0
      5 Haslinger, Stewart, 2511 (4)  vs  Kolbus, Dietmar, 2393(4)  –0-1

    Game of the day…round 7: Mike Surtees

    British Chess round 7: Gormally vs Conquest final position

    British Chess round 7: Lalic vs Trent final position

    British Chess round 7: Davies vs Jones move 41

    Image: Official site…Lalic vs Jones round 5

    British Chess…game of the day round 6: Lalic

    British Chess…round 6: Jones vs Gormally, final position

    British Chess…round 6: Conquest vs Davies, move 36

    Round: 6 pairings and results: 2nd Aug.                                                                  
    1 Jones,Gawain,2549(4)  vs  Gormally,Daniel,2504(4) — 1/2
    2 Conquest,Stuart 2536(4)  vs  Davies,Nigel,2478(4) — 1/2
    3 Trent,Lawrence,2470(4)  vs  Hebden,Mark,2520(4) — 1/2
    4 Horner,Jeff,2372(3½)  vs  Lalic,Bogdan,2533(3½)  — 0-1
    5 Gordon,Stephen,2508(3½)  vs  Hawkins,Jonathan,2232(3½) — 1/2

    Round: 5 pairings and results: 1st August

    1. Hebden, Mark,2520 vs Conquest, Stuart,2536 — 1/2
    2.Lalic, Susan,2344 vs Jones, Gawain C,2549 — 0-1
    3. Pert, Nicholas, 2547 vs Trent, Lawrence,2470 –0-1
    4. Gordon, Stephen,2508 vs Kolbus, Dietmar,2393 — 1/2
    5. Buckley, Graeme, 2401 vs Gormally, Daniel,2504 — 0-1

    Game of the day: Round 5 Steve Barrett

    British Chess…round 5 Buckley vs Gormally final position

    British Chess….round 5 Lalic vs Jones final position      Game of the day round 4

    British Chess…game of the day…round 4 winner: Conquest

    Round: 4 pairings and results:
    1. Hebden, Mark,2520 (2½)  vs Davies, Nigel R, 2478 (3) — 1-0
    2. Jones, Gawain C,2549 (2½)  vs  Gordon, Stephen,2508 (2½) — 1/2
    3. Gormally, Daniel, 2504 (2½) vs  Pert, Nicholas,2547 (2½) — 1/2
    4. Conquest, Stuart,2536 (2½) vs  Arkell, Keith C, 2506 (2½) — 1-0
    5. Hanley, James L,2243 (2) vs Lalic, Bogdan, 2533 (2) — 1/2

    Game of the day round 3 winner: GM Mark Hebden vs Jeff Horner

    last move: 43:h6-h5

    Round 2 winner: GM Nigel Davies

    Round 1 winner: GM Danny Gormally

    Board 1: GM Mark Hebden v GM Nigel Davies…Images: Official site

    GM Stuart Conquest v GM Keith Arkell

    Nicholas Pert

    David Eggleston

    GM Nigel Davies…images: Official site..britishchess08.com

    GM Danny Gormally

    IM Ledger vs GM Jones round 3 move 21

    GM Davies vs IM Trent round 3 move 22

    British Chess Championship…round 2 Jones vs Greet…final position

    Zhou vs Davies round 2 final position

    Image: Britishchess08.com…which is also the Official website.
    St George’s Hall is one of the finest neo-classical buildings in Europe designed by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes. Building commenced in 1842 with a grand opening in September 1854. With its splendid chandeliers and gilded plasterwork it is one of the best assembly halls in Britain, overlooking Lime Street and St. Johns Lane and Gardens.It was reopened on April 23rd 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales, after the completion of a £23m restoration. Carefully restored to its original glory with a new Heritage Centre created to provide a dynamic and exciting introduction to St George’s Hall and its place in Liverpool’s history. Throughout the Heritage Centre, imaginative exhibitions, reconstructions and hands-on activities vividly bring the story of St George’s Hall alive. Please click HERE to take a panoramic tour through St George’s Main Hall.

    Images: Britishchess

    A posterized pic of images taken from the Official site.

    Mosaic of images from the Official site.

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    Grandmaster Tournament 2008
    This post will be kept updated as the tournament goes.
    The 41th Biel International Chess Festival will take place from July 19th to August 1st 2008.
    The six grandmasters will start their tournament on Sunday 20th July, 14.00 local time (12 pm GMT).
    Please click HERE for the Official site where you can find a link to LIVE CHESS too.
    Biel is the only town in Switzerland in which French and German are both spoken on an equal basis. The street signs, for example, are written in both languages, and Biel has the open-minded mentality that comes from the mixture of two languages.

    Alekseev wins Biel!
    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 10 and you can view the tie-break results here too.

    Final Standings
    1. GM Leinier Dominguez -CUB, 2708- 6.5
    GM Evgeny Alekseev -RUS, 2708-6.5
    3. GM Magnus Carlsen -NOR, 2775- 6.0
    4. GM Etienne Bacrot -FRA, 2691- 5.5
    5. GM Alexander Onischuk -USA, 2670-4.0
    6. GM Yannick Pelletier -SUI, 2569- 1.5

    10th round (July 31st) the final! :Pairings and results:

    Evgeny Alekseev –Yannick Pelletier — 1-0
    Magnus Carlsen –Alexander Onischuk — 1/2
    Etienne Bacrot –Leinier Dominguez– 1-0

    Alekseev vs Pelletier round 10 move 19

    Bacrot vs Dominguez round 10 move 25

    Carlsen vs Onischuk round 10 move 27

    Biel International Chess…round 10…Bacrot vs Dominguez


    Round 9: Dominguez vs Carlsen

    Standings after round 9

    1.GM Leinier Dominguez–CUB, 2708– 6.5
    2.GM Magnus Carlsen –NOR, 2775– 5.5
    2.GM Evgeny Alekseev –RUS, 2708– 5.5
    4.GM Etienne Bacrot –FRA, 2691– 4.5
    5.GM Alexander Onischuk –USA, 2670– 3.5
    6.GM Yannick Pelletier –SUI, 2569– 1.5

    Dominguez vs Carlsen round 9 move 48

    Dominguez vs Carlsen round 9 final position
    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 9.

    Biel International Chess …9th round (July 30th) pairings and results
    Alexander Onischuk – Evgeny Alekseev–0 -1
    Leinier Dominguez – Magnus Carlsen–1/2
    Yannick Pelletier – Etienne Bacrot– 1/2

    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 8.

    Image: Official site: Round 8: Alekseev vs Dominguez
    Biel International Chess: 8th round (July 29th): Pairings and results
    Evgeny Alekseev – Leinier Dominguez — 0 – 1 (oh dear!! He’s leading again and what about Carlsen!!)
    Etienne Bacrot – Magnus Carlsen — 1/2
    Yannick Pelletier – Alexander Onischuk — 1/2

    Alekseev vs Dominguez round 8 move 16

    Bacrot vs Carlsen round 8 move 24

    Pelletier vs Onischuk round 8 move 12

    Image: Official site…Carlsen vs Alekseev round 7
    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 7.
    Biel International Chess : 7th round parings and results: 28th July
    Magnus Carlsen – Evgeny Alekseev — 0-1
    Leinier Dominguez – Yannick Pelletier –1-0
    Alexander Onischuk – Etienne Bacrot — 0-1

    Carlsen vs Alekseev round 7 move 13

    Dominguez vs Pelletier round 7 move 16

    Onischuk vs Bacrot round 7 move 16

    Image: Official site…round 6: Onischuk vs Dominguez
    Biel International Chess…round 6 pairings and results
    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 6.
    Alexander Onischuk – Leinier Dominguez — 0-1
    Yannick Pelletier – Magnus Carlsen — 0-1
    Etienne Bacrot – Evgeny Alekseev — 1-0

    Image: Official site…Carlsen vs Dominguez…round 5
    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 5.

    Biel International Chess round 5 pairings and results.
    Evgeny Alekseev – Alexander Onischuk — 1/2
    Magnus Carlsen – Leinier Dominguez –1/2
    Etienne Bacrot – Yannick Pelletier — 1-0
    Please click HERE to play through an annotated game of Carlsen and Pelletier by GM Cebalo.

    Image: Official site — Magnus Carlsen against Alexander Onischuk — round 4
    Biel International chess….round 4…pairings and results….
    Yannick Pelletier – Evgeny Alekseev = 0-1
    Alexander Onischuk – Magnus Carlsen = 1/2
    Leinier Dominguez – Etienne Bacrot = 1-0

    Dominguez vs Bacrot round 4 move 25

    Onischuk vs Carlsen round 4 move 25

    Onischuk vs Carlsen round 4 final position

    Pelletier vs Alekseev round 4 move 14

    Pelletier vs Alekseev round 4 final position
    Tomorrow, 23rd July, is a day of rest.

    Image: Official site…Dominguez vs Alekseev round 3

    Round 3 : Biel International Chess –22.07.2008…pairings and results
    Leinier Dominguez – Evgeny Alekseev — 1/2
    Magnus Carlsen – Etienne Bacrot — 1-0
    Alexander Onischuk – Yannick Pelletier — 1-0
    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 3.

    Carlsen vs Bacrot round 3 move 16

    Carlsen vs Bacrot round 3 final position

    Dominguez vs Alekseev round 3 move 14

    Dominguez vs Alekseev round 3 final position

    Onischuk vs Pelletier round 3 move 4

    Onischuk vs Pelletier round 3 final position
    Standings after round 2:

    Pairings rounds 4-9..27th July is a no-chess-day!

    Image: Official site…Alekseev vs Carlsen round 2
    Round 2: Results –21-07-2008
    Evgeny Alekseev – Magnus Carlsen 1/2
    Yannick Pelletier – Leinier Dominguez 1/2
    Etienne Bacrot – Alexander Onischuk 1/2
    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 2.

    Alekseev vs Carlsen round 2 move 18

    Alekseev vs Carlsen round 2 final position

    Bacrot vs Onischuk round 2 move 16

    Bacrot vs Onischuk round 2 final position

    Pelletier vs Dominguez round 2 move 16

    Pelletier vs Dominguez round 2 final position
    First round Results
    Evgeny Alekseev – Etienne Bacrot = 1-0
    Magnus Carlsen – Yannick Pelletier= 1-0
    Leinier Dominguez – Alexander Onischuk = 1/2
    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 1.

    Alekseev vs Bacrot round 1 final position

    Carlsen vs Pelletier round 1 final position

    Dominguez vs Onischuk round 1 final position
    Left to right: Dominguez, Bacrot, Onischuk, Pelletier, Alekseev, Carlsen.

    Image: Chess.com

    Image: Wikimedia

    Image: europeforvisitors.com

    Magnus Carlsen, Norway

    Leinier Dominguez, Cuba

    Evgeny Alekseev, Russia

    Etienne Bacrot, France

    Alexander Onischuk, United States

    Yannick Pelletier, Switzerland

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    Ivanchuk…the winner!

    Ivanchuk’s last game…played in round 10…against Cheparinov…as by Kingscrusher of Chess World.


    Image: discover-bulgaria.com…the building where the tournament is being held.

    Ivanchuk the winner of Mtel…Final results…


    Ivanchuk Vassily 2740 UKR 8
    Topalov Veselin 2767 BUL 6,5
    Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 5,5
    Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 4
    Bu Xiangzhi 2708 CHN 3
    Aronian Levon 2763 ARM 3

    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 10 — the final round.

    Results  round 10…the final round…
    Topalov, V vs Radjabov, T….1/2
    Cheparinov, I vs Ivanchuk, V….0-1
    Aronian, L vs Xiangzhi, Bu….1/2

    Please click this link: to access the MTel 2008 games on site of Chessgames.

    Round 10 (final)…Aronian vs Xiangzhi…end position

    Round 10 — Cheparinov vs Ivanchuk…end position… 0-1

    Round 10 — Topalov vs Radjabov…end position…1/2


    Aronian and Xiangzhi



    Standings after round 9:

    Ivanchuk Vassily 2740 UKR 7
    Topalov Veselin 2767 BUL 6
    Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 5
    Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 4
    Bu Xiangzhi 2708 CHN 2,5
    Aronian Levon 2763 ARM 2,5

    Please click HERE to play through the games of round 9.
    Round 9: Results… in blue…with the images… Xiangzhi beats Topalov!!

    Round 9 Radjabov vs Cheparinov…after move 11

    Round 9: End position – Radjabov vs Cheparinov… 1/2

    Round 9: Xiangzhi vs Topalov…after move…13

    Round 9: Xiangzhi vs Topalov…move 33

    Round 9: End position….Xiangzhi vs Topalov….1-0!

    Round 9: Ivanchuk vs Aronian ….. move…11

    Round 9: Ivanchuk vs Aronian …end position….1/2
    Results round 8

    Topalov, V vs Cheparinov, I = 1-0
    Aronian, L vs Radjabov, T = 0-1
    Xiangzhi, Bu vs Ivanchuk, V = 1/2


    The amazing Veselin Topalov (artist’s impression pictured!) convincingly won his 8th round game against his countryman and friend, Ivan Cheparinov to close the gap to former runaway leader Vassily Ivanchuk to just half a point. 

    Ivanchuk was definitely second best in his game but hung on to draw against Bu Xiangzhi.  Since his 5/5 start, Ivanchuk has now drawn his last three games.

    Please click HERE to play through the games played in round 8.

    Pairings round 9:

    Xiangzhi, Bu vs Topalov, V
    Ivanchuk, V vs Aronian, L
    Radjabov, T vs Cheparinov, I

    Round 7: Xiangzhi vs Radjabov…end position

    Round 7: Topalov vs Ivanchuck…end position

    Round 7: Aronian vs Cheparinov … end position

    ***This post will be updated as the tournament goes… so everyday’s results – till round 10 – will be added in this post. Click on images for a larger view.
    Please click on THIS LINK to see the results of rounds 1-5…also, to read about Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria where this Master’s tournament is taking place!
    On this link
    HERE you can play through games played in earlier rounds and see the results of round 6 and see two video annotations about Ivanchuk’s games in rounds 4 and 5.
    THIS LINK you can follow the video reports after each round….and HERE you will find the games from all the rounds being played. On my blog’s side bar  you will find a LIVE “MTel”- link to the current games of the day they’re busy playing.

    Results round 7:

    Ivanchuk vs Topalov 1/2
    Radjabov vs Xiangzhi 1-0
    Cheparinov vs Aronian 1/2

    Standings after round 7:

    1. Ivanchuk Vassily 2740 UKR 6
    2. Topalov Veselin 2767 BUL 5
    3. Cheparinov Ivan 2695 BUL 3,5
    3. Radjabov Teimour 2751 AZE 3,5
    4. Aronian Levon 2763 ARM 2
    5. Bu Xiangzhi 2708 CHN 1

    Schedule ….for the rest of the tournament…

    Round 8: May 16, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC)
    Round 9: May 17, 15.00 EEST (12.00 UTC)
    Round 10: May 18, 14.00 EEST (11.00 UTC)

    Tie breaks: 19.00 EEST (16.00 UTC)
    Closing ceremony: 20.00 EEST (17.00 UTC)
    Cocktail party: 21.00 EEST (18.00 UTC)


    Images:MTelmasters.com… the official site


     Sofia, 15 May 2008- Author’s copy of the ancient Bulgarian icon “St. Trinity” will be the special prize of the winner in the super chess tournament M-Tel Masters 2008. The author of the icon is the famous Bulgarian painter Katya Bajlekova the size if the icon is 62 x 46 cm and the image is aged by a special technology.

    The special prize will be handed to the winner in M-Tel Masters 2008 at the official closing ceremony of the tournament on May 18.

    Traditionally, for a fourth year in a row the winner of the Sofia super chess tournament receives as a special prize a copy of an ancient Bulgarian icon. As a three-time winner of M-Tel Masters Veselin Topalov already has in his collection a copy of the icons “Entering Jerusalem”, “St. George the Winner” and “Four Saints – Warriors” by the same painter.
    Source: Mtelmasters.com

    This video is about the final round…round 10

    This video is about round 6….Ivanchuck against Radjabov

    This next video is about Topalov playing round 8 against Cheparinov by Chess World.

    MTel-video about round 8

    MTel-video round 9!

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