THE WEEK IN CHESS 111                    23/12/96        Mark Crowther
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1)  Introduction
2)  Kasparov Victorious in Las Palmas.
3)  Koop Tjuchem Tournament Groningen
4)  January 1997 FIDE rating list. Top 100 players
5)  Beliavsky wins the Stocar Bank 96 Tournament in Cacak
6)  1st Caledonian Masters
7)  Arkell-Rowson 5000 pound Challenge Match
8)  International Tournament Loures.
9)  2nd Gudmundur Arason International Chess Tournament 1996
10) 14th Papanastasio International Chess Tournament
11) Eduardo Vasta is the Champion of Mar del Plata one more time by Jose Mariano Acosta
12) BEKKER SCHEVENINGEN FIDE-RATING TOURNAMENT, SYDNEY, DECEMBER 1996
13) First Saturday Tournament December
14) Exhibition Chess
15) Theory Section

GAMES SECTION

It Las Palmas ESP 1996        		30
Koop Tjuchem Groningen NED 1996  	29
Koop Tjuchem Open Groningen NED 1996   122
Stocar Banka Cacak YUG 1996   		45

Bekker Scheveningen  1996     		50
Challenge Match Edinburgh SCO 1996       6
City-ch Mar del Plata ARG 1996  	15
FS IM Dec Budapest HUN 1996   		 1
II It Loures POR 1996         		36
Match 1996                    		 7
Rated Blitz match 1996        		 8
Schahyn Cury v Polgars g/ 1996  	 8
Unrated Blitz match 1996      		 2

Theory.

1)  Introduction
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My thanks to Anjo Anjewierden, Chess Planet page.
http://www.chessweb.com/, Rod McShane, Adam Raoof, Luis Santos, Argiris
Kotsis, Jose Mariano Acosta, Gary Bekker, Laszlo Nagy
<100263.1700@CompuServe.COM>, Janda, Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk,
Bobby Ang , Chia Chee Seng and Marco R. Martini.

Christmas time and a bumper crop of great chess. I am looking forward to
following the  Groningen Tournament in Amsterdam and generally eating
too much. I hope that you too will have a good Christmas. Back next week
as Christmas is a busy time for chess.

Have a great  time

Mark



2) Kasparov Victorious in Las Palmas.
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Gran Canaria event unqualified success for organisers.

The greatest coming together of the elite in chess since Linares 1994
ended in a victory for Gary  Kasparov in Las Palmas. The event confirmed
Kasparov as the strongest players in the World. The  chess produced was
the toughest I have seen in a tournament in my lifetime, only to be
rivalled  by that seen in World Championship Matches and a few
Candidates matches. Chess played at this  level, amongst great players
is not only about ability, or form, it is about willpower. Kasparov  was
not noticably above his rivals in skill but his will to win. He did just
enough here, if  someone pressed him harder I've no doubt he would have
found more points from somewhere. No-where  was this better illustrated
than in his game against Karpov. He sharpened the struggle, even at  the
expense of the objective assessment of the position, in order to let
Karpov know he wanted  blood. Karpov could not respond and blundered in
time-trouble. This essential part of the chess  armoury is not obvious
in his younger rivals, and until it is I can't see Kasparov being
challenged.

Anatoly Karpov lost his position as World number two in the ELO list to
Viswanathan Anand in this  event. He came to Las Palmas off the back of
one of his worst results in years in Tilburg. Right  from the start he
gave the impression of someone who knew he was not in good form. His
play with  white was lacklustre and his play with black was on occasion
rather odd. He looked set to try and  draw every game if at all
possible, perhaps hoping for a free gift somewhere along the line. The
moment someone really had a go at him (Anand) he simply could not cope,
but by that stage there  was little of the tournament to go. In the last
round Kramnik tried a very crude attack against  him that nearly
rebounded but he drew in the end, one wonders if Kramnik decided to have
a go  simply because he realised the extent of Karpov's poor form. This
kind of fluctuation of form  amongst the very best players once they
reach their mid-40's is quite common, Keres and Tal also  experienced
this. Its simply not possible to command good form. This does not mean
inevitable  decline for Karpov, he could be back to his best if his
match against Kasparov occurs this time  next year.

In many ways the most interesting chess was played by Vassily Ivanchuk.
Chess is Ivanchuk's life  and he takes wins and losses very personally.
Here an early loss spurred him to a great run in  the middle of the
event. However his loss to Kasparov on time caused his form to nose-dive
so  badly that in the final round he seemed to go mad against Topalov.
Also note how late he left it  to resign against Kramnik in round 9. He
talked of giving up chess for some time after finishing  the event.

Anand has completely recovered from his loss to Kasparov. He has the
attributes to succeed at  World Championship level and in patches he
played superbly here. He was lucky against Kasparov  who missed a fairly
simple win against him, however it took great skill to save the game
even  then. He played two bold sacrifices in the event, one against
Ivanchuk another against Karpov.

Kramnik looked very impressive overall. Kasparov played extremely
cautiously against him in both  their games. His play with white was
very powerful on occasion, he inflicted Anand's only defeat.  He played
the King's Indian as his main black defence to d4 an opening he doesn't
play that often  and he lost two games (both pretty good games from his
opponents it has to be said.) He missed a  win at the end of a long
games against Topalov.

Topalov started the tournament very shakily. Probably his lay off since
the Olympiad left him  rusty, he seems to prefer to play as much as
possible, was responsible for that. The start could  have been even
worse if he had lost to Kramnik as it looked for a long time he might.
He has the  strongest constitution and will power of any of the younger
generation. If Kramnik and Anand look  more classy players his grit and
will to win is superior to theirs. His third place was well  deserved.

The games were extremely difficult to understand, I tried to do some
light annotations to them at  the start of the event but these games are
extremely rich in possibilities. The number of  outright blunders were
extremely low.

Press Conference at the end of Las Palmas

Source: Faxed bulletin at the end of the event

(Some of the comments in the bulletin are hard to understand as they
aren't in perfect English.)

Kasparov

I played better than I expected.

I've played better than I expected. Sincerely before the event I didn't
expect to reach this  level and this result. I think I can play better
chess than I did here. My rivals all played below their best also.
No-one can ignore the pressure that  all the players have been under at
the board and this has lead to the results here.

I'm proud to have gone through the entire event undefeated and I only
remember one delicate  moment, in my second game against Kramnik, when I
was in trouble. I am tired and exhausted.

The organisation was of the level required by the players. There was
very little that could be  improved. In organisating such an event they
took on a great responsibility and they played their cards well and
deserve great credit. The  people of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria have a
lot of organisational experience with chess and they have used it well
here.

My two games against Anatoly Karpov were not at the expected and desired
level. I think that I  made errors due to the excessive tension between
us. We have to distinguish our political and official relationships and
our personal  relationship. "The fact of both being russian adquires a
great importance in all we say and make" [Exact quotation, not sure
quite what it means] For the moment I think that we should forget the
World Championship.

In August Karpov and I are going to sign an agreement where all the
conditions for our match in  September 1997 will be set out. It will be
outside all official organisations. FIDE can say what they want but the
general opinion is the  one that counts and decides who is the best in
the World. The Title of Champion belongs to the Champion and not the
Federation.

I won the title in 1985 but it is important for me to verify my position
as Champion of the last  few years. The decision as to the venue for the
next World Championship will be known in two months. After the Linares
Tournament. We have to  look at the different proposals and talk to the
organisers.

Each offer has a number of components all of which have to be taken into
account. It isn't just  about the prize fund. I still have some points
of clarification to make with Karpov and I have a qualified
representative to choose the best venue.  Gran Canaria is certainly in
the running to hold such an event.

[The next bit is a little unclear but obviously important]

"The World Champion should defend his title [every] two years, and there
is no one that will dare  to put this theme in the table.Nobody can
advance anything for the future and the designation must be equal. This
means no more [than] 8  Candidates." At the moment I believe that apart
from Karpov there is no-one who could claim the World Title. Anand and
Kramnik are OK but  there is nothing clear.

Anand

I think I played a good tournament but without doubt Kasparov played the
best chess

I think that I played a good game against Gary Kasparov in the final
round. Kasparov's  counterattack was just enough to compensate for my
better position. We can't compare this event to my match against
Kasparov in New York.

I have played against all these players before in competition and I am
really satified with my  result. The only game I want to forget was my
game against Kramnik. All the other players went all out as expected.
No-one can say that I  played conservative chess here. I was from the
start of the tournament looking for a way to finish above Kasparov. The
result of this tournament  strenthens my position as number two in the
World Rankings. This position will mean that I will be continually
playing players of a high  level. I was really satisfied with the
treatment of the players here and the organisation.

Veselin Topalov.

Victories were hard won here.

I think this has been a very hard tournament for all of us. For me it
was even more so because I  got off to such a poor start. This left me
in last place for much of the tournament. Fortunately I played much
better chess in the second cycle  losing no games and winning two. My
win against Ivanchuk in the final round compensated for my mistakes
against him in the first cycle.  He had a dubious position but I was
lucky because he was side-tracked by his bad results in the previous few
rounds.

The level of play of the competitors has been quite even and victories
have been very hard won.  Perhaps Kasparov had the better preparation,
he played better and in a much more professional way than the rest
taking advantage  of all the errors of his opponents.

My third place equates to the level I have reached this year. In 1997 I
have been invited to a  lot of events. I will be playing in Monte Carlo,
and am still waiting for my invitation to Linares. I also want to
participate in the next FIDE  Candidates cycle

[What next Cycle of the FIDE World Championship? MC]

Kramnik

It doesn't seem right to see Karpov in last place.

It has been a great tournament, both organisationally and in the level
of play of the  competitors. Perhaps Kasparov was the best but he also
had a bit of luck. What does not seem so normal is the last place of
Karpov. It seems that he is  suffereing a bad time, even though in the
game against him today I was struggling to reach a draw. Next year I
will be playing in  tournaments in Spain such as Linares and Dos
Hermanas in Seville. Also in Monte Carlo.

Vasilly Ivanchuk

It is Possible I will retire for a while.

I had number 6 in the draw and that was the position I ended up in in
the tournament. I want to  feel that sensation of being last in a Super
tournament like this one. [Surely a mis-translation of his comment?] We
cannot talk of the  general level of the players here. Some are better
one day and others another day. Some have more luck, some less. I wanted
to be first but I am  last.

The organisation was OK. The mass media was more interested in Kasparov
and Karpov rather than  myself. I enjoyed walking and staying in the
hotel close to the venue.

We have to talk about two World Champions, not just one. Kasparov cannot
say that he is the  strongest and unique. He had more points than the
rest of us here but he wasn't able to dominate us with his game.

I have signed several contracts for 1997, Linares and Monte Carlo for
example, but perhaps I will  withdraw from some of them. I have to think
about it but perhaps I will retire for a while and come back into
competition at the end of  next year.

The games

Kasparov vs Karpov

The event saw the first meetings between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly
Karpov since their draw in  round 7 of the Linares 1994 tournament
(Feb-March 1994). Their last decisive game came a year earlier when
Kasparov won brilliantly on  the Black side of a Kings Indian in the
previous Linares tournament. In Las Palmas they played two games, in
their first Kasparov  surprised Karpov by adopting the Queens Gambit
Accepted with black, Karpov adopted a cautious reaction and was even
slightly worse before  the draw was agreed. Their second meeting was
much more dramatic. The players headed to a discussion of the
Nimzo-Indian, and in  particular the Classical Variation which Kasparov
revived a number of years ago. Kasparov has a phenominal record with
this line. The game  was a very rich and complex game, fully worthy of
the occasion. Kasparov took a lot of risks in the middle game and his
Ng4 was a  very creative move aimed at complicating the position.
Analysis suggests that he was worse after his Be7 which was an unneeded
finesse. The  decisive factor was that Karpov left himself nine moves to
make in a minute and with Kasparov finding enough tactical problems to
force Karpov into a lost endgame just after first time-control. This
game leaves their life-time score from 165 competitive games 28 wins for
 Kasparov; 21 wins for Karpov and 116 draws.

The Best of the Rest

There was some highly accomplished and interesting chess played in Las
Palmas. There were a lot  of draws but the players never failed to give
of their best and the games that were drawn were genuine draws.

Highlights of the Tournament

Anand-Ivanchuk Round 3. Anand's inspired (or crazy) exchange sacrifice
with 14. Rxh4 gave him  extreme pressure in return for the exchange.
Ivanchuk converted to a lost ending with 22. ...Rxc4 analysis is complex
but the  alternative 22. ...dxc4 is interesting.

Topalov-Ivanchuk Round 4. Topalov's fine TN 15. Rhg1 seemed to give him
an overwhelming position.  Ivanchuk's fine defensive display gave him a
win in the endgame.

Kasparov-Anand Round 4. Anand got into a terrible mess on the Black side
of a Sicilian. Kasparov  missed a direct win 20. g4.

Ivanchuk-Kramnik Round 5. An aesthetically pleasing game. Kramnik chose
the King's Indian as his  main 1. d4 defence for the event. His Kingside
became weak but Ivanchuk's smuggling of his knights round the Kingside
via the Queenside  created a very pleasing effect.

Kramnik-Anand Round 6. 1. Nf3 2. c4 was Kramnik's main White weapon for
the event. This was a  fine positional effort, a complex tactical
sequence left Rook and Minor piece for Queen but the Queen was powerless
as Kramnik used his  passed d-pawn to win.

Kasparov-Ivanchuk Round 7. Three white wins in round 7 all excellent.
Ivanchuk was brave enough  to play the Alekhine's for the first time in
his life. Kasparov hadn't met the opening since his early junior years.
Ivanchuk had the  opportunity to take the d-pawn with 17. ...Nxd4 which
would have led to an ending where white's activity would have been at
least enough for a draw but  which would have allowed Ivanchuk a
simplified position. Instead Kasparov wound up the pressure and Ivanchuk
was left with 15 moves  to make in two minutes. 29. ...Nh7 loses out of
hand.

Anand-Karpov Round 7. Karpov played the Queen's Gambit Accepted and
followed it up with 4. ...b5  which is not his usual approach to the
opening. Karpov seemed to have a reasonably satisfactory position until
Anand played the  remarkable sacrifice 21. Bxh7+ the sacrifice is
probably sound enough for a draw but Karpov went wrong almost
immediately. 23. ....Bxe5 seems to  be the losing move. 23. ...f6 seems
to lead to a draw. (Gerald Schendal pointed out f6 to me and Jon
Speelman told me he believes that a  draw is the correct result.)

Topalov-Kramnik Round 7. Kramnik's problems with the Kings Indian
continued, his open Kingside  created many problems and Topalov broke
through in the end for mate.

Kramnik-Kasparov Round 8. Kasparov got a passive position out of the
opening. The game was  steered into an ending which Kasparov must have
been confident of holding. His only real anxious moments in the event
though.

Karpov-Topalov. Round 8. Karpov's form was much below what is normally
expected of him. This was  pure Karpov, almost mananging to win in the
ending with level material. A fine game.

Kasparov-Karpov Round 9. (See above) A grand occasion.

Anand-Kasparov round 10. The Topalov-Kasparov game was followed from the
Yerevan Olympiad.  Kasparov was the first to deviate and managed to just
about equalise.

Karpov-Kramnik round 10. Kramnik was extremely lucky to draw in the end.

Ivanchuk-Topalov round 10. Ivanchuk went for bust, and went bust.


Round 1 (1996.12.09)

Anand, Viswanathan  -  Kramnik, Vladimir   1/2   20  B65  Sicilian
Topalov, Veselin    -  Kasparov, Gary      0-1   59  E11  Bogo indian
Karpov, Anatoly     -  Ivanchuk, Vassily   1/2   61  E62  Kings indian

Round 2 (1996.12.10)

Kramnik, Vladimir   -  Topalov, Veselin    1/2   80  E97  Kings indian; Main line
Ivanchuk, Vassily   -  Kasparov, Gary      1/2   23  B52  Sicilian
Karpov, Anatoly     -  Anand, Viswanathan  1/2   44  E15  Nimzo indian

Round 3 (1996.12.11)

Kasparov, Gary      -  Kramnik, Vladimir   1/2   19  E71  Kings indian
Anand, Viswanathan  -  Ivanchuk, Vassily   1-0   46  C78  Ruy Lopez
Topalov, Veselin    -  Karpov, Anatoly     1/2   27  D27  QGA;

Round 4 (1996.12.12)

Kasparov, Gary      -  Anand, Viswanathan  1/2   63  B92  Sicilian; Najdorf
Kramnik, Vladimir   -  Karpov, Anatoly     1/2   21  A28  English; 1.c4 e5
Topalov, Veselin    -  Ivanchuk, Vassily   0-1   41  B17  Caro-Kann

Round 5 (1996.12.15)

Anand, Viswanathan  -  Topalov, Veselin    1/2   29  C78  Ruy Lopez
Ivanchuk, Vassily   -  Kramnik, Vladimir   1-0   34  E81  Kings indian; Saemisch
Karpov, Anatoly     -  Kasparov, Gary      1/2   45  D43  Semi-Slav

Round 6 (1996.12.16)

Kasparov, Gary      -  Topalov, Veselin    1/2   28  C45  Scottish
Kramnik, Vladimir   -  Anand, Viswanathan  1-0   41  A30  English; 1.c4 c5
Ivanchuk, Vassily   -  Karpov, Anatoly     1/2   15  C10  French

Round 7 (1996.12.17)

Kasparov, Gary      -  Ivanchuk, Vassily   1-0   36  B04  Alekhine defence
Anand, Viswanathan  -  Karpov, Anatoly     1-0   36  D21  QGA;
Topalov, Veselin    -  Kramnik, Vladimir   1-0   39  E92  Kings indian; Classical

Round 8 (1996.12.18)

Kramnik, Vladimir   -  Kasparov, Gary      1/2   58  D56  QGD;
Ivanchuk, Vassily   -  Anand, Viswanathan  1/2   29  D21  QGA;
Karpov, Anatoly     -  Topalov, Veselin    1/2   70  A70  Modern Benoni

Round 9 (1996.12.19)

Anand, Viswanathan  -  Kasparov, Gary      1/2   33  B85  Sicilian
Ivanchuk, Vassily   -  Topalov, Veselin    0-1   23  B81  Sicilian
Karpov, Anatoly     -  Kramnik, Vladimir   1/2   38  D45  Semi-Slav

Round 10 (1996.11.21)

Kasparov, Gary      -  Karpov, Anatoly     1-0   44  E32  Nimzo indian
Kramnik, Vladimir   -  Ivanchuk, Vassily   1-0   47  A16  English; 1.c4
Topalov, Veselin    -  Anand, Viswanathan  1/2   39  B85  Sicilian


Below is the offical order in which the players finished. The exact position
of the players on the same number of points were settled by the following.

1) The results of the games between those tied.
2) Sonnen Berger
3) Greatest number of wins
4) Greatest number of wins with Black
5) Two game match of 5 minute games.

Las Palmas (ESP), XII 1996                    cat. XXI (2757)
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                                  1  2  3  4  5  6
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1 Kasparov, Gary      g RUS 2785 ** == == 1= =1 =1  6.5  2861
2 Anand, Viswanathan  g IND 2735 == ** =0 == 1= =1  5.5  2797
3 Topalov, Veselin    g BUL 2750 0= == ** =1 01 ==  5.0  2758
4 Kramnik, Vladimir   g RUS 2765 == =1 =0 ** 01 ==  5.0  2755
5 Ivanchuk, Vassily   g UKR 2730 =0 0= 10 10 ** ==  4.0  2690
6 Karpov, Anatoly     g RUS 2775 =0 =0 == == == **  4.0  2681
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3) Koop Tjuchem Tournament Groningen
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My friend Anjo Anjewierden is producing the official Groningen site, as
he has done for a number  of years. That can be accessed at
http://www.noord.bART.nl/~ssg/ with a live games section and a
historical and open section. Great coverage. I'm looking forward to
following the games at my  leasure over the Christmas period.

Jan Timman started the event with an amazing 4/4 and some great chess.
With ewverything going his  way he even survived a truely horrid
position in round 5 to draw. Timman's old Nemesis Nigel  Short lies in
second place with 3.5 Vladimir Akopian was sick today (round 5) and so
he and Van  Wely will be back on Christmas day to play that game. (If it
lasts more than 12 moves I'll be  very surprised.)

With the Las Palmas tournament now over this great annual event claims
its place in the  limelight. This is the 35th international chess
festival in Groningen and is sponsored by the  building company Koop
Tjuchem.

Round 1 (1996.12.22)

Timman, Jan H       - Leko, Peter          1-0   34  B17  Caro-Kann
Gelfand, Boris      - Korchnoi, Viktor     1/2   31  A28  English; 1.c4 e5
Onischuk, Alexander - Svidler, Peter       1/2   75  B57  Sicilian
Hodgson, Julian M   - Short, Nigel D       0-1   48  C02  French; Advance
Shirov, Alexei      - Van Wely, Loek       0-1   40  B81  Sicilian
Akopian, Vladimir   - Sokolov, Ivan        1/2   34  A22  English; 1.c4 e5

Round 2 (1996.12.23)

Short, Nigel D      - Gelfand, Boris       1/2   25  B92  Sicilian; Najdorf
Svidler, Peter      - Hodgson, Julian M    1-0   34  B74  Sicilian; Dragon
Van Wely, Loek      - Korchnoi, Viktor     1-0   63  E18  Nimzo indian
Leko, Peter         - Akopian, Vladimir    1-0   84  C10  French
Sokolov, Ivan       - Onischuk, Alexander  1/2   49  A81  Dutch defence
Shirov, Alexei      - Timman, Jan H        0-1   40  C16  French; Winawer

Round 3 (1996.12.24)

Timman, Jan H       - Van Wely, Loek       1-0   68  A48  Queen's pawn
Gelfand, Boris      - Svidler, Peter       1-0   24  E73  Kings indian
Onischuk, Alexander - Leko, Peter          1/2   26  A37  English; 1.c4 c5
Hodgson, Julian M   - Sokolov, Ivan        1-0   39  D00  Queen's pawn
Akopian, Vladimir   - Shirov, Alexei       1/2   12  D46  Semi-Slav
Korchnoi, Viktor    - Short, Nigel D       0-1   38  A06  Reti (1.Nf3)

Round 4 (1996.12.26)

Timman, Jan H       - Akopian, Vladimir    1-0   41  C42  Petroff defence
Svidler, Peter      - Korchnoi, Viktor     1-0   39  C08  French; Tarrasch
Van Wely, Loek      - Short, Nigel D       1/2   46  D15  Slav defence
Leko, Peter         - Hodgson, Julian M    1/2   39  B76  Sicilian; Dragon
Sokolov, Ivan       - Gelfand, Boris       1/2   44  E97  Kings indian; Main line
Shirov, Alexei      - Onischuk, Alexander  1/2   44  C78  Ruy Lopez

Round 5 (1996.12.27)

Short, Nigel D      - Svidler, Peter       1/2   20  B66  Sicilian
Gelfand, Boris      - Leko, Peter          1/2   21  A43  Queen's pawn
Onischuk, Alexander - Timman, Jan H        1/2   68  C88  Ruy Lopez
Hodgson, Julian M   - Shirov, Alexei       1/2   36  A45  Queen's pawn
Korchnoi, Viktor    - Sokolov, Ivan        0-1   35  D15  Slav defence


Groningen (NED), XII 1996 - I 1997.                        cat. XVI (2634)
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                                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
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 1 Timman, Jan H        g NED 2590  * . . . 1 = 1 . . 1 1 .  4.5 / 5  2997
 2 Short, Nigel D       g ENG 2695  . * = = = . . . 1 . . 1  3.5 / 5  2770
 3 Gelfand, Boris       g BLR 2665  . = * 1 . . = = . . . =  3.0 / 5  2728
 4 Svidler, Peter       g RUS 2650  . = 0 * . = . . 1 . . 1  3.0 / 5  2702
 5 Van Wely, Loek       g NED 2605  0 = . . * . . . . 1 . 1  2.5 / 4  2746
 6 Onischuk, Alexander  g UKR 2605  = . . = . * = = . = . .  2.5 / 5  2645
 7 Leko, Peter          g HUN 2630  0 . = . . = * . = . 1 .  2.5 / 5  2608
 8 Sokolov, Ivan        g BIH 2670  . . = . . = . * 0 . = 1  2.5 / 5  2617
 9 Hodgson, Julian M    g ENG 2550  . 0 . 0 . . = 1 * = . .  2.0 / 5  2594
10 Shirov, Alexei       g ESP 2685  0 . . . 0 = . . = * = .  1.5 / 5  2447
11 Akopian, Vladimir    g ARM 2630  0 . . . . . 0 = . = * .  1.0 / 4  2450
12 Korchnoi, Viktor     g SUI 2635  . 0 = 0 0 . . 0 . . . *  0.5 / 5  2291
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Standing after 4 rounds in the open tournament

 Groningen open (NED), XII 1996
                                      1   2    3    4
  1 Schlosser, Philipp   g GER 2560 + 90 + 79 + 32 + 14   4    1-2
  2 Milos, Gilberto      g BRA 2605 +157 +105 + 97 + 20   4    1-2
  3 Ye Jiangchuan        g CHN 2540 + 54 + 83 + 30 = 4    3.5  3-12   2768
  4 Yermolinsky, Alex    g USA 2610 +115 + 57 + 22 = 3    3.5  3-12   2769
  5 Cifuentes Parada,R   g NED 2500 + 64 = 45 + 74 + 48   3.5  3-12   2649
  6 Reinderman, Dimitri  m NED 2500 + 91 + 84 = 13 + 33   3.5  3-12   2618
  7 Kempinski, Robert    m POL 2510 + 93 + 89 = 34 + 41   3.5  3-12   2673
  8 Mikhalevski, Victor  m ISR 2500 + 87 + 88 = 48 + 45   3.5  3-12   2647
  9 Kachiani-Gersinska,Kwg GER 2415 +128 + 73 = 17 + 36   3.5  3-12   2668
 10 Van den Doel, Erik   m NED 2440 +131 +135 + 26 = 15   3.5  3-12   2709
 11 Finkel, Alexander    g ISR 2505 = 71 +117 +102 + 34   3.5  3-12   2641
 12 Gurevich, Dmitry     g USA 2570 +155 +123 = 19 + 44   3.5  3-12   2747
 13 Lytchak, Alexander     GER 2295 + 23 + 56 = 6  = 43   3   13-32   2734
 14 Avrukh, Boris        m ISR 2500 + 99 + 63 + 25 - 1    3   13-32   2568
 15 Psakhis, Lev         g ISR 2590 + 85 = 75 + 58 = 10   3   13-32   2576
 16 Meins, Gerlef          GER 2465 =116 + 80 + 40 = 17   3   13-32   2475
 17 Zagorskis, Darius    m LTU 2520 +126 + 82 = 9  = 16   3   13-32   2568
 18 Baklan, Vladimir     m UKR 2525 + 67 - 41 + 94 + 75   3   13-32   2524
 19 Poldauf, Dirk        m GER 2470 +159 + 35 = 12 = 28   3   13-32   2575
 20 Wang Zili            g CHN 2535 +129 + 95 + 62 - 2    3   13-32   2611
 21 Ruzele, Darius       m LTU 2520 = 72 +120 = 37 + 78   3   13-32   2518
 22 Blatny, Pavel        g CZE 2490 + 92 +104 - 4  + 88   3   13-32   2551
 23 Cvitan, Ognjen       g CRO 2535 - 13 + 92 +115 + 83   3   13-32   2494
 24 Epishin, Vladimir    g RUS 2620 =100 +101 = 38 + 79   3   13-32   2543
 25 Grooten, Herman      m NED 2375 +136 + 49 - 14 + 97   3   13-32   2609
 26 Kupreichik, Viktor   g BLR 2510 +145 + 47 - 10 + 89   3   13-32   2531
 27 Smirin, Ilia         g ISR 2625 +108 - 34 + 70 + 81   3   13-32   2493
 28 Atalik, Suat         g TUR 2525 =101 +100 +127 = 19   3   13-32   2560
 29 Leitao, Rafael       m BRA 2475 - 69 +151 + 71 + 95   3   13-32   2453
 30 Skomorokhin, Roman   m RUS 2450 +151 + 69 - 3  + 82   3   13-32   2523
 31 Peng Xiaomin         m CHN 2490 - 35 +159 + 87 + 84   3   13-32   2441
 32 Hausrath, Daniel       GER 2440 +149 +132 - 1  + 91   3   13-32   2480
....164 players.


4) January 1997 FIDE rating list. Top 100 players
----------------------------------------------

The 1997 rating list was released last week (a fully detailed rating
list is available on FIDE's  Chess Planet page. http://www.chessweb.com/

The main point of interest is Viswanathan Anand's move to be rated
second in the World, thirty  points behind Gary Kasparov. The top six
players in the list were the competitors in the Las  Palmas
Tournament.These positions as first and second in the World appear to
have been confirmed  by the results. World number 7. Gata Kamsky may
have retired from chess, at least for the time  being.

  1  Kasparov, Gary....................g  RUS  2795   11  13.04.63
  2  Anand, Viswanathan................g  IND  2765    9  11.12.69
  3  Karpov, Anatoly...................g  RUS  2760   52  23.05.51
  4  Kramnik, Vladimir.................g  RUS  2740   41  25.06.75
  5  Ivanchuk, Vassily.................g  UKR  2740   32  18.03.69
  6  Topalov, Veselin..................g  BUL  2725   44  15.03.75
  7  Kamsky, Gata......................g  USA  2720   29  02.06.74
  8  Gelfand, Boris....................g  BLR  2700   52  24.06.68
  9  Shirov, Alexei....................g  ESP  2690   49  04.07.72
 10  Short, Nigel D....................g  ENG  2690   22  01.06.65
 11  Beliavsky, Alexander G............g  SLO  2665   48  17.12.53
 12  Bareev, Evgeny....................g  RUS  2665   36  21.11.66
 13  Jussupow, Artur...................g  GER  2665   26  13.02.60
 14  Salov, Valery.....................g  RUS  2665   11  26.05.64
 15  Adams, Michael....................g  ENG  2660   38  17.11.71
 16  Akopian, Vladimir.................g  ARM  2655   32  07.12.71
 17  Andersson, Ulf....................g  SWE  2655   31  27.06.51
 18  Nikolic, Predrag..................g  BIH  2655   29  11.09.60
 19  Rozentalis, Eduardas..............g  LTU  2650   45  27.05.63
 20  Khalifman, Alexander..............g  RUS  2650   44  18.01.66
 21  Dreev, Alexey.....................g  RUS  2650   34  30.01.69
 22  Azmaiparshvili, Zurab.............g  GEO  2650   17  16.03.60
 23  Polgar, Judit (GM)................g  HUN  2645   58  23.07.76
 24  Van Wely, Loek....................g  NED  2645   45  07.10.72
 25  Sadler, Matthew...................g  ENG  2645   42  15.05.74
 26  Rublevsky, Sergei.................g  RUS  2645   37  15.10.74
 27  Georgiev, Kiril...................g  BUL  2645   24  28.11.65
 28  Piket, Jeroen.....................g  NED  2640   50  27.01.69
 29  Svidler, Peter....................g  RUS  2640   43  17.06.76
 30  Korchnoi, Viktor..................g  SUI  2635   54  23.03.31
 31  Ehlvest, Jaan.....................g  EST  2635   43  14.10.62
 32  Illescas Cordoba, Miguel..........g  ESP  2635   26  03.12.65
 33  Chernin, Alexander................g  HUN  2635   17  06.03.60
 34  Yermolinsky, Alex.................g  USA  2630   54  11.04.58
 35  Lautier, Joel.....................g  FRA  2630   42  12.04.73
 36  Portisch, Lajos...................g  HUN  2630   39  04.04.37
 37  Timman, Jan H.....................g  NED  2630   39  14.12.51
 38  Tkachiev, Vladislav...............g  KAZ  2630   38    .  .
 39  Movsesian, Sergei.................m  CZE  2630   27  03.11.78
 40  Hracek, Zbynek....................g  CZE  2630   21  09.09.70
 41  Seirawan, Yasser..................g  USA  2630    0  24.03.60
 42  Oll, Lembit.......................g  EST  2625   50  23.04.66
 43  Glek, Igor V......................g  RUS  2620   42  07.11.61
 44  Granda Zuniga, Julio E............g  PER  2620   22  25.02.67
 45  Aleksandrov, Aleksej..............m  BLR  2615   67  11.05.73
 46  Krasenkow, Michal.................g  POL  2615   62  14.11.63
 47  Sokolov, Ivan.....................g  BIH  2615   61  13.06.68
 48  Komarov, Dimitri..................g  UKR  2615   58  01.12.68
 49  Adianto, Utut.....................g  INA  2615   31  16.03.65
 50  Lputian, Smbat G..................g  ARM  2615   31  14.02.58
 51  Psakhis, Lev......................g  ISR  2610   76  29.11.58
 52  Malaniuk, Vladimir P..............g  UKR  2610   71  21.07.57
 53  Zvjaginsev, Vadim.................g  RUS  2610   37  18.08.76
 54  Speelman, Jonathan S..............g  ENG  2610   32  02.10.56
 55  Milov, Vadim......................g  SUI  2610   30  08.01.72
 56  Wahls, Matthias...................g  GER  2605   46  25.01.68
 57  Hansen, Curt......................g  DEN  2605   31  18.09.64
 58  Milos, Gilberto...................g  BRA  2605    0  30.10.63
 59  Nunn, John D.M....................g  ENG  2605    0  25.04.55
 60  Ivanov, Alexander.................g  USA  2600   65  01.05.56
 61  Leko, Peter.......................g  HUN  2600   61  08.09.79
 62  Epishin, Vladimir.................g  RUS  2600   56  11.07.65
 63  Yudasin, Leonid...................g  ISR  2600   53  08.08.59
 64  Rogers, Ian.......................g  AUS  2600   42  24.06.60
 65  Huebner, Robert Dr................g  GER  2600   36  06.11.48
 66  Tiviakov, Sergei..................g  RUS  2600   21  14.02.73
 67  Palac, Mladen.....................g  CRO  2595   76  18.02.71
 68  Gulko, Boris F....................g  USA  2595   65  09.02.47
 69  Almasi, Zoltan....................g  HUN  2595   63  29.08.76
 70  Ftacnik, Lubomir..................g  SVK  2595   54  30.10.57
 71  Giorgadze, Giorgi.................g  GEO  2595   54  10.10.64
 72  Eingorn, Vereslav S...............g  UKR  2595   34  23.11.56
 73  Alterman, Boris...................g  ISR  2595   32  04.05.70
 74  Morozevich, Alexander.............g  RUS  2595   11  18.07.77
 75  Korneev, Oleg.....................g  RUS  2590   59  25.07.69
 76  Goldin, Alexander.................g  RUS  2590   47  27.02.65
 77  Kaidanov, Grigory S...............g  USA  2590   41  11.10.59
 78  Kozul, Zdenko.....................g  CRO  2590   41  21.05.66
 79  Dvoirys, Semen I..................g  RUS  2590   31  02.11.58
 80  Kotronias, Vasilios...............g  GRE  2590   27  25.08.64
 81  Dautov, Rustem....................g  GER  2590   25  28.11.65
 82  Gavrikov, Viktor..................g  SUI  2590   20  29.07.57
 83  Lalic, Bogdan.....................g  CRO  2585   50  08.03.64
 84  Kengis, Edvins....................g  LAT  2585   47  12.04.59
 85  Spasov, Vasil.....................g  BUL  2585   46  17.02.71
 86  Hjartarson, Johann................g  ISL  2585   41  08.02.63
 87  Nenashev, Alexander...............g  UZB  2585   39  25.08.62
 88  Tukmakov, Vladimir B..............g  UKR  2585   37  15.03.46
 89  Gurevich, Mikhail.................g  BEL  2585   30  22.02.59
 90  Huzman, Alexander.................g  ISR  2585   30  10.04.62
 91  Dorfman, Josif D..................g  FRA  2585   17  01.05.53
 92  Ribli, Zoltan.....................g  HUN  2585   17  06.09.51
 93  Vaganian, Rafael A................g  ARM  2585   17  15.10.51
 94  Vyzmanavin, Alexey................g  RUS  2585    3  01.01.60
 95  Hellers, Ferdinand................g  SWE  2585    0  28.01.69
 96  Vladimirov, Evgeny................g  KAZ  2585    0  20.01.57
 97  Spraggett, Kevin..................g  CAN  2580   79  10.11.54
 98  Novikov, Igor A...................g  UKR  2580   64  23.05.62
 99  Sherbakov, Ruslan.................g  RUS  2580   64  14.09.69
100  Stohl, Igor.......................g  SVK  2580   39  27.09.64
101  Sokolov, Andrei...................g  RUS  2580   38  20.03.63
102  Vaisser, Anatoli..................g  FRA  2580   37  05.03.49
103  Gurevich, Dmitry..................g  USA  2580   30  11.09.56
104  Onischuk, Alexander...............g  UKR  2580   30  03.09.75
105  Sakaev, Konstantin................g  RUS  2580   26  13.04.74
106  Morovic Fernandez, Ivan...........g  CHI  2580   21  24.03.63
107  Fedorov, Alexei...................g  BLR  2580   20  27.09.72
108  Dokhoian, Yury....................g  RUS  2580    0  26.10.64

5) Beliavsky wins the Stocar Bank 96 Tournament in Cacak
-----------------------------------------------------

As reported two weeks ago but here with a full crosstable constructed
from the games posted first  at Chess Planet. http://www.chessweb.com/

Cacak (YUG), XI-XII 1996                             cat. XIII (2571)
---------------------------------------------------------------------
                                       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
---------------------------------------------------------------------
 1 Beliavsky, Alexander G  g SLO 2620  * = = = = 1 1 = 1 1  6.5  2731
 2 Leko, Peter             g HUN 2630  = * = = 1 = 1 = 1 =  6.0  2689
 3 Almasi, Zoltan          g HUN 2655  = = * = = = = 1 1 1  6.0  2686
 4 Marinkovic, Ivan        m YUG 2505  = = = * = = = = = =  4.5  2578
 5 Tiviakov, Sergei        g RUS 2615  = 0 = = * = = = 1 =  4.5  2566
 6 Georgiev, Kiril         g BUL 2620  0 = = = = * 0 = 1 1  4.5  2565
 7 Strikovic, Aleksa       m YUG 2550  0 0 = = = 1 * = = 1  4.5  2573
 8 Damljanovic, Branko     g YUG 2470  = = 0 = = = = * 0 1  4.0  2539
 9 Hodgson, Julian M       g ENG 2550  0 0 0 = 0 0 = 1 * 1  3.0  2448
10 Paunovic, Dragan        m YUG 2495  0 = 0 = = 0 0 0 0 *  1.5  2306
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6) 1st Caledonian Masters
----------------------

This Edinburgh tournament was sponsored by ChessEvents 96 and Friends of
chess. The organiser was Adam Raoof.  My thanks to Rod McShane for the games.
There was large publicity for the event as 12 year old  Luke McShane at 12 was the youngest
Britain to make an IM norm. Large pictures on the front of  the Guardian
and the Telegraph, and those were only the papers I saw. Luke has a
great aptitude  for strategic games of all sorts.

Edinburgh (SCO), XII 1996.                          cat. IV (2348)
------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
------------------------------------------------------------------
 1 Ferguson, Mark         ENG 2385  * = = = = 1 1 1 1 =  6.5  2509
 2 Kinsman, Andrew P H  f ENG 2400  = * = 1 = 1 = = = 1  6.0  2467
 3 McShane, Luke J      f ENG 2385  = = * 1 = 0 = 1 1 1  6.0  2468
 4 Bryson, Douglas M    m SCO 2380  = 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 = 1  5.0  2387
 5 Mannion, Stephen R   m SCO 2365  = = = 0 * = = 1 = =  4.5  2346
 6 Shaw, John           f SCO 2335  0 0 1 1 = * = 0 1 0  4.0  2306
 7 Pigott, John C       f ENG 2360  0 = = 0 = = * 0 = 1  3.5  2266
 8 Daly, Colm             IRL 2295  0 = 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1  3.5  2273
 9 Grant, Jonathan        SCO 2265  0 = 0 = = 0 = 1 * 0  3.0  2232
10 Richardson, John R     ENG 2310  = 0 0 0 = 1 0 0 1 *  3.0  2227
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7) Arkell-Rowson 5000 pound Challenge Match
----------------------------------------

At the same venue Jonathan Rowson took the bulk of the prizemoney by
beating Keith Arkell 4-2 in  this challenge match.

Rowson, Jonathan - Arkell, Keith C   1-0   48  B01  Scandinavian
Arkell, Keith C  - Rowson, Jonathan  0-1   55  E60  Kings indian
Rowson, Jonathan - Arkell, Keith C   0-1   48  B17  Caro-Kann
Arkell, Keith C  - Rowson, Jonathan  0-1   95  A48  Queen's pawn
Rowson, Jonathan - Arkell, Keith C   1/2   27  B17  Caro-Kann
Arkell, Keith C  - Rowson, Jonathan  1/2   11  B92  Sicilian; Najdorf

Edinburgh (SCO), XII 1996.
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                               1   2   3   4   5   6
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Rowson, Jonathan  m SCO 2425   1   1   0   1   =   =   4.0  2670
Arkell, Keith C   g ENG 2545   0   0   1   0   =   =   2.0  2300
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8) International Tournament Loures.
--------------------------------

2nd International Tournament in Loures

The Luis Santos organised tournament finished with a victory for Kevin Spraggett.

Loures POR (POR), XII 1996.
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                                           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1 Spraggett, Kevin            g CAN 2530  * = = = = 1 1 1 1 1 = 1  8.5  2473
 2 Paramos Dominguez, Roberto  f ESP 2410  = * 0 = = = 1 1 1 1 1 1  8.0  2441
 3 Frois, Antonio              m POR 2380  = 1 * = = = 1 1 = 1 = =  7.5  2444
 4 Santos, Carlos P            f POR 2340  = = = * = 1 1 = 1 1 = =  7.5  2448
 5 Rocha, Sergio               f POR 2400  = = = = * 1 = = = 1 0 1  6.5  2329
 6 Caselas, Jacobo               ESP 2350  0 = = 0 0 * 1 = = = = 1  5.0  2226
 7 Dias, Paulo                   POR 2180  0 0 0 0 = 0 * 1 1 1 1 =  5.0  2279
 8 Gaspar, Artur                 POR 2180  0 0 0 = = = 0 * = = 1 =  4.0  2205
 9 Quadrio, Alexandre            POR 2230  0 0 = 0 = = 0 = * 0 1 1  4.0  2161
10 Pinho, Paulo                  POR 2135  0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 * 1 1  4.0  2171
11 Ferreira, Nelson            m ANG 2200  = 0 = = 1 = 0 0 0 0 * =  3.5  2164
12 Andrade,J                         ----  0 0 = = 0 0 = = 0 0 = *  2.5  2092
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There was daily news on Luis Santos's site, (the arbiter of the
event.) http://www.ip.pt/~ip001018/

Chess in Portugal also covered the event in English:
http://www.costa-do-estoril.com/chessportugal/

9) 2nd Gudmundur Arason International Chess Tournament 1996
--------------------------------------------------------

Hafnarfjordur Iceland was the venue of the 2nd Gudmundur Arason
International Chess Tournament 1996. The event was held between
December 13th and the 21st 1996.

The event was won by International Master Bjarke Kristensen's (DEN,
2420) ahead of Angus  Dunnington who did however beat the winner. Bjarke
is a great bloke who I met when in Amsterdam for the Donner Memorial
Tournament and I am really pleased he won here.

Gudmundur Gislason of Iceland needed a win against English IM Andrew
Martin but was defeated.

The event was a success for players from my region of England as both
Angus Dunnington and  Matthew Turner have both been familiar figures in
Yorkshire tournaments over the years.

The event was covered on Dadi Jonsson's excellent Chess in Iceland page.
 http://www.vks.is/skak/indexe.html the event was sponsored by Gudmundur
Arason and Smitfort Staal B/V.

FINAL STANDINGS
Hafnarfjordur (ICL), XII 1996.
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                                           1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9
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 1 Kristensen, Bjarke         m DEN 2420  +17 =16 +25 + 9 + 5 + 6 - 2 + 7 = 3  7.0  2561
 2 Dunnington, Angus J        m ENG 2450  =18 =14 = 7 +21 +15 +11 + 1 = 3 = 5  6.5  2477
 3 Engqvist, Thomas           m SWE 2375  +30 +13 =15 =10 + 9 = 7 =12 = 2 = 1  6.0  2393
 4 Blees, Albert              m NED 2415  +20 + 7 - 9 =11 = 8 -12 +22 +16 +10  6.0  2393
 5 Turner, Matthew            m ENG 2425  -15 +28 +22 +13 - 1 + 9 =10 +12 = 2  6.0  2401
 6 Martin, Andrew D           m ENG 2425  =14 +23 =21 +15 +10 - 1 - 7 +18 + 9  6.0  2378
 7 Karason, Askell O            ISL 2245  +29 - 4 = 2 +25 +20 = 3 + 6 - 1 + 8  6.0  2448
 8 Raetsky, Alexander         m RUS 2455  +22 - 9 +14 -17 = 4 +13 +16 =10 - 7  5.0  2263
 9 Gislason, Gudmundur          ISL 2285  +26 + 8 + 4 - 1 - 3 - 5 +21 +11 - 6  5.0  2407
10 Vidarsson, Jon G           f ISL 2360  +27 =25 +16 = 3 - 6 +17 = 5 = 8 - 4  5.0  2319
11 Carlier, Bruno             m NED 2380  +24 -15 +27 = 4 +17 - 2 +14 - 9 =12  5.0  2278
12 Halldorsson, Bragi           ISL 2270  -13 +29 -17 +23 +27 + 4 = 3 - 5 =11  5.0  2276
13 Thorfinnsson, Bragi          ISL 2155  +12 - 3 +18 - 5 =21 - 8 =15 +27 +22  5.0  2336
14 Gunnarsson, Jon Viktor       ISL 2250  = 6 = 2 - 8 =22 +29 +20 -11 +23 =18  5.0  2303
15 Edvardsson, Kristjan         ISL 2200  + 5 +11 = 3 - 6 - 2 -16 =13 +22 =17  4.5  2369
16 Viglundsson,Bjorgvin             ----  +19 = 1 -10 -20 +25 +15 - 8 - 4 +23  4.5  2230
17 Einarsson, Bergsteinn        ISL 2175  - 1 +30 +12 + 8 -11 -10 -18 +25 =15  4.5  2258
18 Jensson, Einar Hjalti        ISL 2225  = 2 -21 -13 =24 +30 +27 +17 - 6 =14  4.5  2225
19 Thorfinnsson, Bjorn          ISL 2065  -16 -27 =29 -28 -26 +30 +24 +20 +25  4.5  2073
20 Leosson, Torfi               ISL 2170  - 4 =24 +28 +16 - 7 -14 =25 -19 +29  4.0  2083
21 Bjarnason, Saevar          m ISL 2285  =23 +18 = 6 - 2 =13 -22 - 9 -26 +30  3.5  2108
22 Gunnarsson, Arnar            ISL 2225  - 8 +26 - 5 =14 +23 +21 - 4 -15 -13  3.5  2144
23 Kjartansson,David                ----  =21 - 6 +24 -12 -22 +26 +28 -14 -16  3.5  2138
24 Olafsson,Thorvardur F            ----  -11 =20 -23 =18 +28 -25 -19 =29 +26  3.5  2115
25 Einarsson, Einar Kristinn    ISL 2100  +28 =10 - 1 - 7 -16 +24 =20 -17 -19  3.0  2064
26 Ragnarsson, Johann           ISL 2100  - 9 -22 =30 -27 +19 -23 =29 +21 -24  3.0  2133
27 Asgeirsson, Heimir           ISL 2185  -10 +19 -11 +26 -12 -18 +30 -13 -28  3.0  2017
28 Burden, James                USA 2125  -25 - 5 -20 +19 -24 +29 -23 -30 +27  3.0  2174
29 Berg, Susanne             wf SWE 2100  - 7 -12 =19 =30 -14 -28 =26 =24 -20  2.0  1866
30 Kristjansson,Stefan              ----  - 3 -17 =26 =29 -18 -19 -27 +28 -21  2.0  1961
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10) 14th Papanastasio International Chess Tournament
------------------------------------------------

Argiris Kotsis sends the results of this Category 10 event in Greece. His www page is at: http://www.compulink.gr/chess (Hellas Chess Club)

Dmitrious Agnos won the Category 10 14th Papanastasio International Tournament in Peristeri, Greece between the 8th and 17th of December.

Peristeri (GRE), XII 1996                         cat. X (2481)
------------------------------------------------------------------
                                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
------------------------------------------------------------------
 1 Agnos, Demetrios     g GRE 2515  * 1 = = = 1 1 = 1 =  6.5  2642
 2 McDonald, Neil R     m ENG 2500  0 * = 1 = 1 0 = 1 +  5.5  2504
 3 Nikolaidis, Ioannis  g GRE 2585  = = * = = 1 0 = 1 =  5.0  2511
 4 Kiriakov, Petr       m RUS 2515  = 0 = * = 1 = 1 = =  5.0  2519
 5 Grivas, Efstratios   g GRE 2500  = = = = * 0 = 1 0 +  4.5  2418
 6 Pavlovic, Milos      g YUG 2505  0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 = 1  4.5  2477
 7 Delchev, Aleksander  m BUL 2510  0 1 1 = = 0 * = = 0  4.0  2434
 8 Frendzas, Panayotis  f GRE 2405  = = = 0 0 0 = * 1 +  4.0  2386
 9 Simeonidis, Ioannis    GRE 2155  0 0 0 = 1 = = 0 * +  3.5  2526
10 Kotronias, Vasilios  g GRE 2615  = - = = - 0 1 - - *  2.5  2363
------------------------------------------------------------------

Kotronias had to default his games in rounds 6-9 due to personal reasons. The games marked + for the winner and - for him denote those games.

11) Eduardo Vasta is the Champion of Mar del Plata one more time by Jose Mariano Acosta
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Between 25/11/96 and 16/12/96 the Championship of Mar del Plata City was
played.   The event was a double round robin system and a time-rate of
one hour and a half for 30 moves and  one hour to finish. The venue was
"Casa del Ajedrez" and was directed for the IA Gustavo Bacino.

Eduardo Vasta has won the Championship of Mar del Plata champion many
times  but in 1995 the champion was the FM Jorge Rosito. He and the FM
Gustavo Kanefsck  and IM Marcelo Tempone declined to play in this event
because there was no prize money  but they attended as spectators.

The young player Alejandro Corsi Ferrari challenged for the title right
up until the last round and won two games more than might have been
expected given his Elo rating. The veteran Vicente Palermo struggled in
this event and Jorge Fernandez was his only victim.

F.M.A. TORNEO MAYOR 1996 "Memorial Samantha Farjat"
Mar del Plata (ARG), XI-XII 1996
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                                        1  2  3  4  5  6
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1 Vasta, Eduardo            f ARG 2395 ** == 11 11 =1 11  8.5  2516
2 Corsi Ferrari, Alejandro    ARG 2160 == ** 01 11 11 11  8.0  2507
3 Cristobal, Ruben            ARG 2245 00 10 ** 11 0= 11  5.5  2286
4 Forestani, Andres           ARG 2280 00 00 00 ** =1 11  3.5  2133
5 Fernandez, Jorge D          ARG 2190 =0 00 1= =0 ** =0  3.0  2112
6 Palermo, Vicente          f ARG 2225 00 00 00 00 =1 **  1.5  1958
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12) BEKKER SCHEVENINGEN FIDE-RATING TOURNAMENT, SYDNEY, DECEMBER 1996
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Gary Bekker in Sydney reports:

The Bekker Scheveningen tournament provided a rare opportunity for
strong Australian chess players to gain a FIDE rating, without  having
to travel overseas. Players without a FIDE rating were paired  to play a
minimum of nine games against FIDE-rated players. The  FIDE-rated
players competed for cash prizes, while FIDE-unrated  participants were
able to gain an international FIDE rating provided  their performance
rating was greater than 2005. Unrated players  therefore had to score at
least three points to gain a FIDE rating.  Ratings gained will appear on
the July 1997 FIDE rating list.

The event was a 10 Round Double Scheveningen event, being played  from
Mon 2 Dec to Sat 14 Dec 1996. Games commenced daily at 5.30pm,  with six
hour playing sessions. The organiser and chief arbiter was  FIDE
International Arbiter, Gary Bekker.


UNRATED (Perf=2195)     Steph's Canfell Curtis  Telfer  P.Viner Gustaf'n
Name          Fed Perf

1. A.Lloyd    AUS 2283   =  0    1  1    0  0    1  1    x  1    1  x    6.5
2. J.Cabilin  AUS 2283   =  0    =  1    1  =    =  =    x  1    1  x    6.5
3. A.Reitano  AUS 2245   1  =    0  0    1  0    1  1    x  =    1  x    6
4. M.DeGroen  AUS 2101   =  =    0  0    =  0    =  =    x  =    1  x    4
5. I.Ilic     AUS 2063   0  0    =  0    1  0    1  =    x  0    =  x    3.5

NB: Perf shows the Performance rating achieved against FIDE rated players.
Players FIDE ratings may vary from the performance ratings achieved.


FIDE-RATED (Ave=2173)       A.Lloyd Cabilin Reitano DeGroen I.Ilic
Name            Fed Rtng
1. M.Stephens   AUS 2260     =  1    =  1    0  =    =  =    1  1       6.5
2. G.Canfell    AUS 2250     0  0    =  0    1  1    1  1    =  1       6
3. R.Curtis     AUS 2100     1  1    0  =    0  1    =  1    0  1       6
4. K.Telfer     AUS 2100     0  0    =  =    0  0    =  =    0  =       2.5
5a P.Viner      AUS 2185     x  0    x  0    x  =    x  =    x  1       2
5b B.Gustafsson SWE 2125     0  x    0  x    0  x    0  x    =  x       0.5

NB: P.Viner and B.Gustafsson(SWE) played only five games each.


Weighted average FIDE Rating: 2173
Performance Ratings for unrated players, from 10 games:
2.5pts: 1980   3.0pts: 2024   3.5pts: 2063   4.0pts: 2101   4.5pts: 2137
5.0pts: 2173   5.5pts: 2209   6.0pts: 2245   6.5pts: 2283   7.0pts: 2322
Players FIDE ratings may vary from the performance ratings achieved.


Tournament Bulletins with analysis are displayed at the ChessWorld
homepage at http://www.ozemail.com.au/~chesswd/

13) First Saturday Tournament December
----------------------------------

The next GM and IM tournaments will start on the 1st of February 1997 in
Budapest. In the  December Tournament the IM norm was set at 8 points.
No-one managed to reach that target.

Further information about the First Saturday Tournaments available from
News from Laszlo Nagy  <100263.1700@CompuServe.COM> There is a First
Saturday Homepage:
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/chess_first_saturday_hu/

 Budapest  (HUN), XII 1996                               cat. III (2316)
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                                        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
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 1 Czebe, Attila            m HUN 2345  * 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1  9.5  2622
 2 Vukovic, Ivo             f CRO 2310  0 * 1 0 = = 1 1 1 1 1 0  7.0  2418
 3 Novgorodskij, Vladimir     RUS 2365  = 0 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 = 1 1  7.0  2413
 4 Rodriguez Lopez, Rafael  f ESP 2410  0 1 0 * 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1  6.0  2343
 5 Sziebert, Adam           f HUN 2300  0 = 0 0 * 1 = 1 1 = = 1  6.0  2353
 6 Fancsy, Imre             m HUN 2325  = = 1 0 0 * 1 = = = 0 1  5.5  2315
 7 Horvath, Adam              HUN 2250  0 0 1 1 = 0 * = = = 0 1  5.0  2286
 8 Peredy, Ferenc             HUN 2305  0 0 0 1 0 = = * 1 1 = =  5.0  2281
 9 Jamrich, Gyorgy            HUN 2295  = 0 0 1 0 = = 0 * 0 1 1  4.5  2253
10 Kuklin, Alexander        f HUN 2270  0 0 = 0 = = = 0 1 * 1 =  4.5  2255
11 Edelman, Daniel          m USA 2400  0 0 0 0 = 1 1 = 0 0 * 1  4.0  2206
12 Francsics, Endre           HUN 2220  0 1 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 *  2.0  2063
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14) Exhibition Chess
----------------

Janda sends news of some exhibition games played on chess.net including
the missing Karpov win  against Stefansson which I reported a few weeks
ago.

Schahyn Cury v Polgars g/21 match by Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk
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He sends the 21 minute per player games played in a match between the
Engineering Company Schahyn  Cury represented by Gilberto Milos and
Rafael and the Polgar Sisters (Judit and Sofia).

The match was played on November 28, between third and fourth game of
the Judit-Milos match.

Round by round:
Round 1:
Judit 1 Leitao 0
Milos 1 Sofia 0
Round 2:
Leitao 1 Judit 0
Sofia 1 Milos 0
Round 3:
Judit 0 Milos 1
Leitao 1 Sofia 0
Round 4:
Milos 0 Judit 1
Sofia 0 Leitao 0

So final result: Schahyn Cury 5 Polgar Sisters 3

Schahyn Cury v Polgars g/21  1996
                    1  2
1   Leitao,R  2475  01 11   3.0/4
2   Milos,G   2605  10 10   2.0/4
                     1  2
1   Polgar,J  2665  10 01   2.0/4
2   Polgar,S  2480  00 01   1.0/4

Prize money, sponsored by Schahyn Cury, was US$ 8,000.00, with US$
5,000,00 for the winners. Herman was the arbiter, with practically no
work to do. The games were filmed from above and from this videos the
bulletin was made (only two weeks after). The Schahyn Cury Auditorium
(in Sao Paulo) was totally crowded with more than 100 people. There was
excellent publicity surrounding the  games.

Judit and Sofia Polgar in Jakarta
---------------------------------

Judit Polgar beat Utut Adianto in a 25 minute per side match in Jakarta.
They followed this event  with a two game match of blindfold chess at
the same time-rate. Adianto took his revenge there.

My thanks to Bobby Ang and Chia Chee Seng (chiacs) for the games and
reports from this event..

Jakarta INA (INA), XII 1996. (25 minutes)
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                            1   2   3   4
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Polgar, Judit  g HUN 2665   =   1   0   1    2.5  2700
Adianto, Utut  g INA 2605   =   0   1   0    1.5  2578
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Jakarta INA (INA), XII 1996   (25 minutes blindfold)
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                       1   2
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Adianto, Utut  g INA 2605   =   1   1.5  2858
Polgar, Judit  g HUN 2665   =   0   0.5  2412
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Sofia Polgar played a series of two game matches against Indonesian
players. All were played at  an hour for all moves. Her results were:

Polgar,S-Ratna,ML       1.0-1.0
Polgar,S-Tamin,U        2.0-0.0
Polgar,S-Lumondong,L    0.5-1.5

15) The Czech System - 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6!? - Part IX
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By Marco R. Martini (ITA) - Email: avvmartini@mailbox.icom.it
                          - WWW  : htpp://www.icom.it./user/scac

There are some additional theoretical lines in the THEO110.CBF section also.

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 Qa5
   [4...b5 5.e5 b4 6.exf6 bxc3 7.fxg7 Bxg7 8.bxc3 Bg4 9.Bd3 Nd7 10.0-0
   e5 11.h3 Bh5 12.Bf5 c5 13.Qd3 Bg6 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Bh6 Qh4
   17.Rfe1 Rd8 18.Bg7 c4 19.Qf3 Bxf5 20.Qxf5 Rg8 21.Bf6 Qh6 22.Rxe5+ 1-0
   Enklaar-Prins/NLD tt SN79/8 1972]
   [4...e6 5.Bd3 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Ne2 Nbd7 8.Ng3 Qc7 9.Re1 e5 10.c3 Nb6
   11.Bc2 h6 12.h3 Be6 13.Nh2 Rad8 14.f4 exf4 15.Bxf4 g5 16.Bc1 Rfe8
   17.Rf1 Nbd7 18.Qf3 Bf8 19.Nh5 Nxh5 20.Qxh5 Bg7 21.Ng4 Bxg4 22.Qxg4 Nf6
   23.Qf3 Qe7 24.Re1 Qc7 25.Bd2 Re7 26.Re2 Rde8 27.Rae1 Qb6 28.Bb3 a5
   29.Bc1 a4 30.Bxa4 Qa6 31.Bb3 d5 32.e5 Ne4 33.Bc2 Qxa2 34.Bxe4 dxe4
   35.Qxe4 Qe6 36.Qf3 - Pillotelle,B-Piquemal,C/Dortmund WB 1988]
   [4...Qc7 5.Bf4 (5.e5 Nd5 6.Bd3 Bg4 7.exd6 Qxd6 8.Ne4 Qc7 9.0-0 e6
   10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nd7 12.c4 N5f6 13.Bf4 Qb6 14.c5 Qxb2 15.Rab1 Qxd4
   16.Rxb7 Qd5 17.Bd6 Nxc5 18.Bxc5 Bxc5 19.Nxf6+ gxf6 20.Qxf6 0-0 21.Rd1
   Qh5 22.Bc2 Qe2 23.Qg5+ 1-0 Liberus,Marek-Przybek,M/Mikolajki tt (01)
   1991) Bg4 6.Be2 Bxf3 7.Bxf3 e5 8.Be3 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Ne2 Nbd7 11.c3
   d5 12.Ng3 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Nd5 14.Bg5 Bxg5 15.Nxg5 h6 16.Nh3 N5f6 17.dxe5
   Nxe5 18.Be2 Rad8 - Belotti-Godena/Chianciano T. 1989]
   [4...h6
   (bKe1,Qd1,Nc3,f3,Bc1,f1,Ra1,h1,Pa2,b2,c2,d4,e4,f2,g2,h2;
nKe8,Qd8,Nb8,f6,Bc8,f8,Ra8,h8,Pa7,b7,c6,d6,e7,f7,g7,h6)
   5.h3 g5 6.Be3 Nbd7 7.e5 Nh7 8.Bd3 Bg7 9.e6 fxe6 10.Bg6+ Kf8 11.Qd3
   unclear Grechanovskaya-Barchanek, Decin 1995]
5.e5
   [5.Bd2 Nbd7 (5...Qc7 6.e5 dxe5 7.dxe5 Nd5 8.Ne4 Bg4 9.c4 Bxf3
   10.Qxf3 Qxe5 11.0-0-0 Nf6 12.Bd3 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Nd7 14.Bc3 Qc7 15.Rd2
   Nc5 16.Ba5 Qc8 17.Rhd1 Nxe4 18.Rd8+ Qxd8 19.Rxd8+ Rxd8 20.Bxd8 f5
   21.Ba5 e6 22.Qe2 Kf7 23.f3 Nf6 24.Qe5 Be7 25.Qc7 b6 26.Bc3 Rd8 27.Qxa7
   b5 28.b3 bxc4 29.bxc4 Rd7 30.Qa8 c5 31.a4 Rd8 32.Qc6 Rb8 33.a5 Rb3
   34.Kc2 Rb8 35.a6 1-0 Godena-Mantovani/Varallo op, SW 91-38 1991)
   6.Be2 Qc7 7.0-0 e5 8.a4 Be7 9.Bc4 0-0 10.Qe2 Nb6 11.Ba2 Bg4 12.dxe5
   dxe5 13.h3 Bh5 14.g4 Bg6 15.Nh4 Bb4 16.Nf5 Bxf5 17.gxf5 Qe7 18.Kh2 Kh8
   19.Bb3 Nbd7 20.Rad1 Nc5 21.Bg5 Bxc3 22.bxc3 h6 23.Bxf6 Qxf6 24.Qe3 b6
   25.Rd2 Rfd8 26.Rfd1 Rxd2 27.Rxd2 Kg8 28.a5 Rd8 29.axb6 axb6
   Moldobaev,E-Kantsler,B/Frunze 1989/1-0 (41)]
   [5.Bd3 e5 6.h3 (6.0-0 Bg4 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.Be3 Be7 9.Qd2 Qc7 10.h3 Bh5
   11.Rfe1 0-0 12.a4 a5 13.Rad1 Bg6 14.Bd3 Rfe8 Langier-Pepe, Buenos
   Aires 1995) Be7 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.a4 (8.Bd2 Qb6 9.Na4 Qc7 10.c4 0-0
   11.Rc1 Rd8 12.b3 Qb8 13.Re1 exd4 14.Nxd4 Ne5 15.Bb1 d5 16.exd5 cxd5
   17.Bf4 Bd6 18.c5 Nf3+ 19.Qxf3 Bxf4 20.Rcd1 Bd7 21.Nc3 Bc6 22.Qd3 Qc7
   23.Nce2 Bh6 24.Nf5 Bf4 25.g3 Be5 26.f4 Bb2 27.Nd6 b6 28.b4 bxc5
   29.bxc5 Rab8 30.g4 Ba8 31.Qc2 Ba3 32.g5 Qxc5+ 33.Qxc5 Bxc5+ 34.Kh2
   Bxd6 35.gxf6 gxf6 36.Kg3 Re8 37.Nd4 Bc5 38.Nb3 Bb6 -
   Cabello,Francisco-Rivero,Esperanza/Oviedo rapid (02) 1991) Nf8 9.Ne2
   Ng6 10.Ng3 (10.Bd2 Qc7 11.Ng3 0-0 12.Re1 Be6 13.Bc3 Rad8 14.Qc1 Rfe8
   15.b4 Bf8 16.Qb2 Bc8 17.Rad1 b6 18.Bf1 exd4 19.Nxd4 Nd7 20.b5 Nde5
   21.Nxc6 Nxc6 22.bxc6 Re7 23.Nh5 f5 24.Bc4+ Kh8 25.Bd5 Rde8 26.exf5
   Bxf5 27.Rxe7 Rxe7 28.Ng3 Be6 29.Qb3 Nf4 30.Bxe6 Rxe6 31.Bd2 Rf6
   32.Bxf4 Rxf4 33.Qe3 Rf7 34.Qe8 Kg8 Vreeken,Corrie-Prins,Lodewijk/
   Palma de Mallorca (07) 1989/0-1 (70)) 0-0 11.Re1 Re8 12.Bd2 Qc7
   13.Bc3 Bf8 14.Qd2 Bd7 15.b4 Rac8 16.a5 a6 17.Bb2 c5 18.bxc5 dxc5
   19.dxe5 c4 20.exf6 c3 21.Bxc3 Qxc3 22.Qxc3 Rxc3 23.Nh5 Ne5 24.Nxe5
   Rxe5 25.Nxg7 Bxg7 26.fxg7 Bb5 27.Bxb5 Rxb5 28.Reb1 Rxc2 29.Rxb5 axb5
   Mikhalchishin,Adrian-Prins,L/Moskva open (03) 1989/1-0 (44)]
5...Ne4 6.exd6 Nxc3 7.bxc3 exd6 8.Bd3 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Re1 Be6 11.Rb1 b6
12.c4! +/- Groszpeter,A-Radulov,I/Biel (open) 48/(175) 1989 Line