THE WEEK IN CHESS 232 - 19th April 1999 by Mark Crowther

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Contents

1) Introduction
2) Dos Hermanas 1999
3) Anand poised to reject match with Kasparov?
4) Advanced Chess Match in Leon
5) 1st Gonfreville International
6) St Petersburg Championships
7) 3rd Neckaropen Deizisau
8) Porz win the German Bundesliga
9) 5th Hampstead International Chess Festival
10) First Saturday, April
11) 3rd Golden Cleopatra
12) Indian National Championships
13) Estonian Team Championships
14) Mitropa Cup
15) FICS Great Britain v Rest Of The World 5 minute blitz match
16) Forthcoming Events


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Games section

Dos Hermanas 1999                                  20 games
1st Gonfreville International                      28 games
St Petersburg Championships                        56 games
St Petersburg Championships (Women)                66 games
3rd Neckaropen Deizisau                           117 games
Porz win the German Bundesliga                      8 games
5th Hampstead International Chess Festival Match    6 games
5th Hampstead International Chess Festival GM      54 games
5th Hampstead International Chess Festival IMA     45 games
5th Hampstead International Chess Festival IMB     45 games
First Saturday, April GM                           28 games
First Saturday, April IMB                          45 games
First Saturday, April ELO                          66 games
3rd Golden Cleopatra                              134 games
Estonian Team Championships                       180 games
Mitropa Cup                                       180 games
Baden Casino Open                                 132 games

1) Introduction

My thanks to Mark Rowbotham, Ian Rogers, Mart Tarmak, Venkatachalam Saravanan, Hassan Khaled, Laszlo Nagy, John Saunders, Gerhard Hund, Johann Birmelin, Marcelino Sion, Net64, John Henderson, Boris Yeshan and all those who helped with this issue.

There was a great result for British Chess when Michael Adams won the Dos Hermanas tournament alone this week. Elsewhere potential organisers of a Kasparov - Anand match headed by Bessel Kok have released details of an offer made to the two players. The negotiations have been going for over a month and perhaps they believe that by publicising the details they can push Anand into accepting them (Kasparov already has) but this seems a last try. I hope for a match but don't expect it.

Hope you enjoy this issue

Mark

2) Dos Hermanas 1999

After a year off the Dos Hermanas tournament returned as a Category 19 event. The Dos Hermanas tournament in Spain ran April 5-18 (rest days April 8,12 and 15th).

Michael Adams won the Dos Hermanas tournament to score one of his best results of his career. Vladimir Kramnik could not overcome Veselin Topalov in the final round (Adams played his game against Karpov from round 9 on the rest day before round 8). Topalov finished in joint third with Illescas. After Judit Polgar defeated Peter Svidler in the final round she caught up with Svidler and Anand. This joint last place was a terrible result for the Indian. Anand has put his bad result in part down to playing too much chess in recent months but also negotiations with Bessel Kok and Kasparov about a match later in the year may have played their part too.

Adams had an impressive tournament, he scored 3 wins and 6 draws beating tail enders Korchnoi, Svidler and Polgar and negotiating his way to draws against the top. Vladimir Kramnik finished with two wins, rarely really stretching himself he gained a few ratings points that may allow him to overtake Anand when the new rating list is released in July. Topalov and Illescas shared third. Topalov toughed out his bad positions and beat Polgar to score +1. Illescas had two victories including one against FIDE Champion Anatoly Karpov and only a loss against Vladimir Kramnik.

The official site was:

http://www.teleline.es/ajedrez/doshermanas99/index.html

Round 6 (April 13, 1999)

Topalov, Veselin          -  Anand, Viswanathan        1/2   25  C78  Ruy Lopez
Illescas Cordoba, Miguel  -  Karpov, Anatoly           1-0   64  B19  Caro-Kann
Gelfand, Boris            -  Kramnik, Vladimir         1/2   30  D37  Queen's gambit
Korchnoi, Viktor          -  Svidler, Peter            1/2   24  D85  Gruenfeld indian
Polgar, Judit             -  Adams, Michael            0-1   45  C89  Ruy Lopez

Round 7 (April 14, 1999)

Adams, Michael            -  Topalov, Veselin          1/2   56  B26  Sicilian; Closed
Kramnik, Vladimir         -  Polgar, Judit             1/2   61  A30  English; 1.c4 c5
Karpov, Anatoly           -  Gelfand, Boris            1/2   41  E04  Nimzo indian
Anand, Viswanathan        -  Korchnoi, Viktor          1/2   29  C12  French; Macutcheon
Svidler, Peter            -  Illescas Cordoba, Miguel  1/2   26  B45  Sicilian

Round 9 (April 15, 1999)

Karpov, Anatoly           -  Adams, Michael            1/2   47  E15  Nimzo indian

Round 8 (April 16, 1999)

Adams, Michael            -  Kramnik, Vladimir         1/2   17  C42  Petroff defence
Topalov, Veselin          -  Korchnoi, Viktor          1/2   61  C11  French; Classical
Illescas Cordoba, Miguel  -  Anand, Viswanathan        1/2   25  D27  QGA;
Gelfand, Boris            -  Svidler, Peter            0-1   77  A29  English; 1.c4 e5
Polgar, Judit             -  Karpov, Anatoly           1/2   29  B14  Caro-Kann

Round 9 (April 17, 1999)

Kramnik, Vladimir         -  Topalov, Veselin          1/2   49  A40  Queen's pawn
Korchnoi, Viktor          -  Illescas Cordoba, Miguel  1/2   30  D85  Gruenfeld indian
Anand, Viswanathan        -  Gelfand, Boris            1/2   18  E18  Nimzo indian
Svidler, Peter            -  Polgar, Judit             0-1   33  B92  Sicilian; Najdorf


Dos Hermanas ESP (ESP), iv 1999                      cat. XVIII (2700)
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                                        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 
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 1 Adams, Michael            g ENG 2716 * = = = = = 1 = 1 1  6.0  2822
 2 Kramnik, Vladimir         g RUS 2751 = * = 1 = = = 1 = =  5.5  2774
 3 Topalov, Veselin          g BUL 2700 = = * = = = = = = 1  5.0  2742
 4 Illescas Cordoba, Miguel  g ESP 2585 = 0 = * = 1 = = = 1  5.0  2755
 5 Gelfand, Boris            g BLR 2691 = = = = * = 1 = 0 =  4.5  2700
 6 Karpov, Anatoly           g RUS 2710 = = = 0 = * = = 1 =  4.5  2698
 7 Korchnoi, Viktor          g SUI 2673 0 = = = 0 = * = = 1  4.0  2659
 8 Anand, Viswanathan        g IND 2781 = 0 = = = = = * = 0  3.5  2610
 9 Svidler, Peter            g RUS 2713 0 = = = 1 0 = = * 0  3.5  2618
10 Polgar, Judit             g HUN 2677 0 = 0 0 = = 0 1 1 *  3.5  2622
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3) Anand poised to reject match with Kasparov?

Businessman and chess fan Bessel Kok has been in negotiations with Kasparov and Anand since March 12th to try and bring them together for a match for "The Ultimate World Chess Championship" in October this year. Kok has brought in Canadian entrepreneur Serge Grimaux to promote and organise the event and also GM Fridrik Olafsson (former FIDE President) and Dr. William Wirth. Kasparov has accepted their proposals for the match with a prize fund of US$3,000,000: US$2,000,000 for the winner and US$1,000,000 to the loser and to put on the line the title of World Chess Champion he holds. However in a press release from the promoters on Sunday it was made clear that Anand had not accepted yet and that there was a deadline of Friday, April 23, 1999.

Kasparov, speaking to John Henderson of the Scotsman said: "A title match with Anand will provide the sort of chess that will attract a large world-wide audience - especially through the Internet. There are all sorts of reasons to hold this match: moral, chess, political, and material. If Anand is psychologically ready for it, then it will take place. The only question left to answer now is whether Anand really wants to play me or not - the ball is now in the challengers court."

Having failed to get Anand's signature for the match after such protracted negotiations I believe it has to be more likely that Anand will reject the match offer than accept.

4) Advanced Chess Match in Leon

The 12th edition of the "Torneo Magistral de León Ciudad de León " will be held in León, from 10th to 14th of June of 1999, and for the second time it will be an Advanced Chess competition (the use of computers is allowed). The match will take place between Viswanathan Anand and Anatoly Karpov. Karpov has replaced Kasparov who originally was due to play Anand. The match site is http://www.advancedchess.com/index1.html

There has been a bitter war of words between Kasparov and the organisers over his withdrawal from the event. The latest being Marcelino Sion reply to Kasparov's interview on his web site.

COMMUNICATION FROM THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF THE MAGISTRAL " CIUDAD DE LEON "TOURNAMENT. Mr. Gary Kasparov, on the WEB page of Kaparov Fan Club (a place where he surely thinks everybody will firmly believe him) publishes a couple of pages where he gives his version and personal reasons why he decided not to play his Advanced Chess Match against Anand in the MAGISTRAL "CIUDAD DE LEON" TOURNAMENT in June 1999. Apart from his personal appreciation and value judgements, Kasparov gives a slanted version -when not a false one- of the facts, this is why the organisation of the tournament wants to exercise his right to reply, not to add further fuel to the flames but to avoid wrong interpretations or that anyone can think that "silence gives consent."

The first thing that attracts attention after reading Kasparov?s explanations, is the feeling of hostility towards all the Spanish organisers. A country he describes full of rude and unreliable organisers. However, Spain is well-known for the quantity and quality of the tournaments that are held here, a real paradise for chess players. And the most curious thing, is that he knows it, and he has publicly recognised and declared it a lot of times, including or rather, mentioning that he was especially pleased with the responsibility and the treatment he received in this MAGISTRAL TOURNAMENT and in this CITY OF LEON, just until less than a month ago (documented). Now, suddenly, the only thing he does not blame us for, is his defeat at the hands of Deep Blue ( G.M. Miguel Illescas does not escape from his attack either: when Illescas defends the tournament and accuses Kasparov of being responsible of the break, Kasparov remarks that it shouldn't be forgotten Illescas is going to be one of the commentators during the match in Leon, but Kasparov forgets to mention that actually Illescas was also an advisor of the computer programme that defeated him (a deep and blue thorn in his side). But, to follow the order, there are some points in which Kasparov is not telling the truth or simply lies. As when he says that the Director of the Tournament Marcelino Sion treated him in a rather bold manner and he quotes "you mustn't do this, you shouldn't do that...." Right, at no time such terms have been used and we call upon Mr Kasparov to show the document or fax where these terms appear. Simply, he lies. And he is also untruthful when he does not mention the second part of the famous paragraph in which if the match does not take place through the organisers' fault, then they still have to pay a large honorarium entirely, whereas if the match doesn't take place through Kasparov's fault then - and he doesn't mention it- he wouldn't offer any kind of economic compensation to the organisation, and he would just have to give back any ADVANCE received. By the way, it was not agreed to advance any amount. If we had accepted Kasparov's proposal, what compensation would have the organisation received in case Mr Kasparov had breached our agreement, let's say in May? The answer is simple NOTHING. Kasparov does not mention either that the organisation did not just reject the paragraph, but proposed to fix a sum of money by mutual agreement as compensation in case any of the parties would breach the agreement. It is evident that Kasparov knows all of it (documented), but it is better for him to omit it and give a partial version and consequently false of the real facts, ignoring deliberately the knowledge that the press has of all the documents that prove what has been previously said. And at this point, once the complete paragraph is known, it is good to stop for a moment and get to the bottom of the matter. Is there anybody left who does not think this proposal is unacceptable? Is there any organiser, businessman or lawyer, in his right mind, that signs a contract in which only one party has the right of a compensation in case of a breach of the other one? Because this is exactly what Kasparov proposed. The answer is that the contract only benefited his side and the other one has to think that it is "completely unacceptable" unless he is crazy and wants to risk that, at any moment, the player takes French leave and takes the wind out of the organisers, public entities, sponsors and public 's sails. NO, this paragraph in Spanish, English, Russian or Chinese is unacceptable just as it is worded, and so we told Kasparov's manager and besides (something he always "forgets" to mention), we made a counteroffer. And that is what we call negotiate here. But of course, "we are now talking about the country where such a thing as the abolition of the match with Shirov could happen". Ole! This is really going off at a tangent. And he repeats it several times. It is a pity that Kasparov again forgets (it is really worrying that a chess player forgets so many things) to say that the organisers of that match for the World Championship (Kasparov's version) are... Kasparov himself and the President-Director of the WCC - World Chess Council, Mr. Rentero. But the whole Spain is guilty of that abolition! (we regret mentioning Mr. Rentero very much under these circumstances, as he is not well and we wish him a speedy recovery).Taking this into account...Why did he decide to play Linares this year after what happened with his match against Shirov? Why has Shirov, the worst affected in this matter, made public such a harsh communication about this ? These are some interesting questions for the world of chess that Mr. Kasparov should answer. What happened? Was Mr. Kasparov upset because the literal translation was "completely unacceptable"? Oh good God! That's what I call an utterly sensitive person! What an unacceptable way to address a World Champion! Apparently one has to accept all the paragraphs he imposes or apologise a thousand times first, for slightly disagreeing. NO, again. Kasparov himself, in his explanations admits that the excuse for his withdrawal was a "small incident" and that "of course, we (he and his manager) could have patched things up". His intention not to keep the conditions agreed previously (documented) and his unwillingness to solve any misunderstanding is absolutely clear, but that is not all, again he isn't telling the whole truth: Not only did he not try to put things right, but also, admitting a possible mistake in the translation by the organisation, Mr. Sion sent two faxes trying to find a solution to the "small incident" (documented), Kasparov himself refused to back down or have any kind of conversation and he declared that his World Champion self-esteem was hurt.

We would not like to make a personal judgement about the World Champion's (WCC version) personality, but something is clear after an attentive reading of his communication: At no time he gets to the bottom of the matter- if his paragraph is or is not unacceptable- and when he quotes it, he only gives a partial version and therefore, not strictly true. Instead, he keeps on complaining about his hurt self-esteem and brings up old rows with other players and terrible slights on him, as when on one occasion someone had him waiting for 15 minutes....What is sadly true is that if we conducted an opinion poll about Kasparov's popularity among his own colleagues, he would not win the "Mate of the Year" award. And the conclusion is that Kaparov wanted a scapegoat to make him pay for all those terrible injustices, that according to him, he has to suffer and he clung on to the first excuse he found. We sincerely think that he was mistaken and that the MAGISTRAL TOURNAMENT and the CITY OF LEON did not deserve his disdain. There is something Mr Kasparov is right: "Probably the organisers will find somebody to replace me". Sure enough. Around here, we like to remember that we are all irreplaceable but nobody is indispensable. Some years ago we read Kasparov's books "The Child Of The Change" and "Unlimited Challenge", we remember his farewell in one of these books very well, "You should measure a man for his acts, not for his words". Well, these are the facts, although as he says "as long as I do not lack invitations.........". But what is really surprising is that someone appoints himself as the right person to teach lessons and put colleagues, journalists, organisers and editors or any other person who dares to contradict him, in their own place.

Anyway, the organisation of the MAGISTRAL TOURNAMENT "CIUDAD DE LEON" (this will be its 12th edition) very much regrets this unpleasant "incident" that for our part, is already forgotten and overcome, and only thinks about the future. But for the good image of chess, of Spanish organisers and the own chess players, that are the major figures of our game, the organisation wants to forestall partial, spiteful and biased interpretations, wherever they come from, as we are completely convinced that we have always behaved with the best of intentions, protecting the interests and good name of the firms and public entities that sponsor our event, and the first of them all, the CITY OF LEON. Leon, 22 March 1999.

5) 1st Gonfreville International

The First Gonfreville International is nearing its conclusion in France. The 14 player all-play-all was a battle between Normunds Miezis and Alexandre Lesiege which looks like finishing in victory for the Latvian. Miezis beat Lesiege with black in round 9 and has a one point lead going into the final round. Coverage at: http://www.chez.com/notzai/actu/gonfreville.html.

Gonfreville FRA (FRA), iv 1999                           cat. VIII (2427)
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                                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 
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 1 Miezis, Normunds     g LAT 2525 * 1 = = 0 1 1 = . 1 1 1 1 1  9.5  2645
 2 Lesiege, Alexandre   g CAN 2521 0 * = 1 1 0 = 1 = 1 . 1 1 1  8.5  2574
 3 Rausis, Igors        g LAT 2508 = = * = = = . = = = 1 1 = 1  7.5  2520
 4 Hauchard, Arnaud     m FRA 2524 = 0 = * 1 . = = = 1 0 1 1 =  7.0  2477
 5 Godard, Maxence        FRA 2404 1 0 = 0 * = = 1 = = 0 1 . 1  6.5  2465
 6 Payen, Arnaud        m FRA 2415 0 1 = . = * = = = 0 1 = 1 =  6.5  2449
 7 Fontaine, Robert     m FRA 2369 0 = . = = = * = 1 = = 0 1 1  6.5  2454
 8 Lepelletier, Benoit  m FRA 2456 = 0 = = 0 = = * = 1 = = 1 .  6.0  2441
 9 Nikcevic, Nebojsa    g YUG 2472 . = = = = = 0 = * = = 1 = =  6.0  2415
10 Sulypa, Alexandre    m UKR 2424 0 0 = 0 = 1 = 0 = * 1 . 1 1  6.0  2436
11 Sulava, Nenad        m CRO 2466 0 . 0 1 1 0 = = = 0 * 0 1 1  5.5  2387
12 Berthelot, Yannick   f FRA 2327 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 = 0 . 1 * 0 1  4.0  2311
13 Karr, Jean-Philipp     FRA 2347 0 0 = 0 . 0 0 0 = 0 0 1 * 1  3.0  2243
14 Pecot, Laurent         FRA 2225 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 . = 0 0 0 0 *  1.5  2119
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6) St Petersburg Championships

The Championships of St Petersburg ran April 6th-15th. The men's event was a Swiss system event and women's an all-play-all. The 72nd Men's event was won by 19 year old FM Evgeny Shaposhnikov. Olga Stjazhkina won the 68th Women's event.

Full coverage at: http://www.ruschess.com/

Men's Championships
St Petersburg RUS (RUS), iv 1999
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                                            1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9 
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 1 Shaposhnikov, Evgeny        f RUS 2474  +25 +15 + 5 = 6 = 2 =10 - 4 +13 + 8  6.5  2588
 2 Solovjov, Sergey            m RUS 2447  +21 =17 +22 +12 = 1 = 6 = 5 = 8 = 4  6.0  2516
 3 Kochyev, Alexander          g RUS 2428  =18 =26 =23 = 7 = 9 =14 +11 +19 + 6  6.0  2538
 4 Alekseev, Evgeny              RUS 2300  =10 =14 -12 +25 +26 +24 + 1 = 6 = 2  6.0  2587
 5 Lugovoi, Aleksei            g RUS 2510  +19 +16 - 1 + 9 - 6 +22 = 2 =15 +14  6.0  2551
 6 Popov, Valerij              m RUS 2582  +13 =22 +11 = 1 + 5 = 2 = 8 = 4 - 3  5.5  2505
 7 Loginov, Valery A           g RUS 2532  -22 -25 +21 = 3 +16 -11 +23 +24 +15  5.5  2453
 8 Chepukaitis, Genrikh          RUS 2415  =12 +20 =10 =14 =13 +17 = 6 = 2 - 1  5.0  2432
 9 Sivokho, Sergey               RUS 2435  -15 +21 +17 - 5 = 3 +12 =13 =10 =11  5.0  2415
10 Lukin, Andrei M             m RUS 2440  = 4 +27 = 8 =11 =17 = 1 =15 = 9 =13  5.0  2373
11 Orlov, Vassily              m RUS 2429  =27 +18 - 6 =10 =12 + 7 - 3 +16 = 9  5.0  2448
12 Ivanov, Sergey              g RUS 2528  = 8 =23 + 4 - 2 =11 - 9 =17 +22 +19  5.0  2394
13 Sergeev, Veniamin             RUS 2420  - 6 +19 =26 +23 = 8 +15 = 9 - 1 =10  5.0  2464
14 Rusanov, Michail              RUS 2448  =23 = 4 +16 = 8 -15 = 3 =24 +17 - 5  4.5  2338
15 Ignatiev, Alexander           RUS 2291  + 9 - 1 +27 =24 +14 -13 =10 = 5 - 7  4.5  2432
16 Karasev, Vladimir I         m RUS 2353  +28 - 5 -14 =19 - 7 +26 +18 -11 +25  4.5  2394
17 Praslov,A                     RUS ----  +24 = 2 - 9 +26 =10 - 8 =12 -14 =18  4.0  2368
18 Sepman, Yelius                RUS 2138  = 3 -11 +20 -22 =25 =23 -16 +27 =17  4.0  2258
19 Novikov, Mikhail V            RUS 2402  - 5 -13 +28 =16 =23 +21 +22 - 3 -12  4.0  2351
20 Arykin, Aleksey               RUS 2162  =26 - 8 -18 =27 -28 +25 =21 =23 +24  4.0  2281
21 Begunov, K                    RUS 2310  - 2 - 9 - 7 +28 +27 -19 =20 +26 =22  4.0  2323
22 Biriukov, Oleg V              RUS 2407  + 7 = 6 - 2 +18 =24 - 5 -19 -12 =21  3.5  2350
23 Nikolaev, Nikita              RUS 2329  =14 =12 = 3 -13 =19 =18 - 7 =20 =28  3.5  2289
24 Ivanov, Vladimir Ivanovich  m RUS 2423  -17 +28 +25 =15 =22 - 4 =14 - 7 -20  3.5  2231
25 Shchukin, Dmitry              RUS 2394  - 1 + 7 -24 - 4 =18 -20 +27 +28 -16  3.5  2238
26 Milton, Sergei              f RUS 2429  =20 = 3 =13 -17 - 4 -16 +28 -21 =27  3.0  2147
27 Bataev, Evgeny                RUS 2214  =11 -10 -15 =20 -21 =28 -25 -18 =26  2.0  2097
28 Krasnov, Vasiliy G            RUS 2266  -16 -24 -19 -21 +20 =27 -26 -25 =23  2.0  2115
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Women's Championships

St Petersburg RUS (RUS), iv 1999
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                                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 
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 1 Stjazhkina, Olga    wg RUS 2340 * = 1 1 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1  9.5  2419
 2 Razuvajeva, Juli       RUS 2215 = * = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 =  9.5  2431
 3 Zvereva, Marija     wm RUS 2194 0 = * = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1  9.0  2386
 4 Furina, Svetlana    wm RUS 2175 0 0 = * = = 1 = 1 1 1 1  7.0  2227
 5 Koroljova, Valerija    RUS 2200 0 0 0 = * 1 = 1 = 1 1 1  6.5  2188
 6 Aseeva, Marina         RUS 2130 = 0 0 = 0 * = 1 = 0 = 1  4.5  2065
 7 Belaja,N                   ---- 0 0 0 0 = = * = 1 = 1 =  4.5  2076
 8 Khramtsova, Elena      RUS 2090 0 0 0 = 0 0 = * 1 1 = 1  4.5  2068
 9 Sychova,O                  ---- = 0 0 0 = = 0 0 * 1 1 =  4.0  2039
10 Volkova,S                  ---- 0 0 0 0 0 1 = 0 0 * 0 1  2.5  1930
11 Rakitskaja, M          RUS 2201 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 1 * =  2.5  1912
12 Sakaeva, N             RUS 2015 0 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 = *  2.0  1878
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7) 3rd Neckaropen Deizisau

The 3rd Neckaropen in Deizisau took place April 1st-5th 1999 reports Johann Birmelin . Of all the German Easter Opens this was the one with the highest prize fund (16.400,-DM). More than 250 players played in the various events. Grandmaster Erik Van den Doel won the A event alone with 7.5/9. In the B-Open for players with a German rating below 2000 and no international rating Matjaz Pirs from Slovenia was excluded from the tournament, he started as a member of the German Chess club of Pocking with a German rating of 1595, but then he won against much stronger players and it was found that he was in the FIDE list with 2320.

Full coverage at: http://home.t-online.de/home/0711773278-0001/neck99dt.htm

Leading final standings:
 1.   Van Den Doel, Erik        GM    2547       NED   6 3 0 7.5    53.0  426.50
 2.   Chuchelov,Vladimir        GM    2534       BEL   6 2 1 7.0    52.0  429.50
 3.   Benjamin, Joel            GM    2593       USA   5 3 1 6.5    53.0  428.50
 4.   Farago,Ivan               GM    2533       HUN   4 5 0 6.5    52.0  420.00
 5.   Zeller,Frank                    2441       GER   6 1 2 6.5    51.5  419.00
 6.   Zhu, Chen                 WGM   2487 W     CHN   5 3 1 6.5    49.5  424.00
 7.   Rabiega,Robert            IM    2498       GER   5 3 1 6.5    48.0  412.50
 8.   Loeffler,Markus                 2420       GER   6 1 2 6.5    45.5  405.00
 9.   Gerstner,Wolfgang         FM    2365       GER   4 4 1 6.0    53.5  424.00
 10.  Ivanov,Michail            GM    2495       RUS   4 4 1 6.0    52.5  426.50
 11.  Gheng,Josef               FM    2326       GER   4 4 1 6.0    50.5  425.50
 12.  Dittmar,Peter             FM    2352       GER   4 4 1 6.0    50.0  426.00
 13.  Bagirov,Vladimir          GM    2493       LAT   3 6 0 6.0    49.0  432.00
 14.  Gustafsson,Jan                  2416       GER   4 4 1 6.0    48.5  416.00
 15.  Kekelidse,Michail         IM    2439       GEO   5 2 2 6.0    47.5  392.50
 16.  Zabystrzan,Pavel                2325       CZE   4 4 1 6.0    46.5  400.50
 17.  Haub,Thorsten-Michael     IM    2388       GER   6 0 3 6.0    44.5  384.50
 18.  Duppel,Matthias                 2314       GER   5 2 2 6.0    44.0  392.00
 19.  Miricanac,Alan                  2205       GER   5 2 2 6.0    37.5  377.00
 20.  Lomineischvili,Maja       WGM   2397 W     GEO   5 2 2 6.0    36.5  359.00
 21.  Vuckovic,Aleksandar       FM    2320       GER   3 5 1 5.5    51.0  419.50
 22.  Namyslo,Holger                  2229       GER   4 3 2 5.5    49.5  411.00
 23.  Lindemann,Stefan                2325       GER   5 1 3 5.5    44.0  391.00
 24.  Gerstenberger,Heinz             2186       GER   4 3 2 5.5    44.0  387.00
 25.  Szenetra,Werner                 2228       GER   5 1 3 5.5    43.0  379.00
 26.  Jurkic,Bosiljko                 2022       CRO   5 1 3 5.5    42.0  349.50
 27.  Kottke,Markus                   2235       GER   5 1 3 5.5    39.5  372.00
 28.  Koch,Hans-Jürgen                2155       GER   5 1 3 5.5    39.0  368.50
96 players

8) Porz win the German Bundesliga

Gerhard Hund reports: The final weekend of the German "Bundesliga" took place in Porz on 17th and 18th April 1999. This included "Solingen - Porz" showdown for the title. Both sides had dominated the league and had perfect match records going into the match. Porz took the final match against Solingen 5-3. Solingen got the initiative in the match early on with Jeroen Piket getting into trouble quickly. Solingen had also strengthened their team with the addition of Van der Wiel and Ulf Andersson who had not played the previous day. With Porz failing to get pressure on the middle boards Solingen were in charge. Porz should have secured the match earlier when Van Wely missed a pretty win around the first time control. [38. ...Ndf3+ 39. Kh1 Nxh3!] Sadler could have drawn afterwards but really had to chase a win, in the end he missed 50. ...Qg5 threatening mate and had to enter a lost ending.

Coverage at: http://teleschach.com/berichte/bundes-l.html
http://TeleSchach.com/berichte/bundes45.htm

  SG Solingen 3 points - SG Porz (5 points)
  
1 Jussupow, Artur      - Lutz, Christopher     1/2-1/2
2 Sadler, Matthew      - Wely, Loek van        0-1
3 Nikolic, Predrag     - Khalifman, Alexander  1/2-1/2
4 Huebner, Robert      - Timman, Jan           1/2-1/2
5 Piket, Jeroen        - Vaganian, Rafael      0-1
6 Speelman, Jonathan   - Anderssen, Ulf        1/2-1/2
7 Gabriel, Christian   - Hansen, Curt          1/2-1/2
8 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam - Wiel, John van der    1/2-1/2

Final Standings
Final standings

 1. SG Koeln Porz    81  - 39   30 - 0
 2. Solinger SG      82½ - 37½  28 - 2
 3. Dresdner SC      65½ - 54½  20 -10
 4. SK Delmenhorst   62½ - 57½  17 -13
 5. Castrop Rauxel   64½ - 55½  15 -15
 6. SFR Neukoelln    60  - 60   15 -15
 7. SG Bochum        60½ - 59½  14 -16
 8. SV Werder Bremen 56  - 64   14 -16
 9. SV Wattenscheid  53½ - 66½  14 -16
10. Hamburger SK     58½ - 61½  13 -17
11. PSV Duisburg     57  - 63   13 -17
12. USC Magdeburg    56½ - 63½  13 -17
13. SK Passau        55  - 65   11 -19
14. SK Fr.Zaehringen 53  - 67   11 -19
15. SK Viernheim     47½ - 72½   7 -23
16. Erfurter SK      46½ - 73½   5 -25

9) 5th Hampstead International Chess Festival

The 5th Hampstead International Chess Festival took place April 7-15th. It included a £5,000 Challenge match between Mark Hebden and Keith Arkell (won by Hebden 3.5-2.5) a GM closed event (not quite an all-play-all) won by Colin McNab with 7/9 and including a WGM norm for American Irina Krush, an IM A all-play-all event won by Lawrence Cooper (who scored an IM norm) and Angus Dunnington and an IM B event won by Bryan Kelly and Simon Williams (no norms).

Full coverage by John Saunders at: http://wkweb1.cableinet.co.uk/jsaunders/nclindex.htm

£5000 Challenge Match
Hampstead ENG (ENG), iv 1999
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                              1   2   3   4   5   6 
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Hebden, Mark     g ENG 2556    0   =   1   =   1   =   3.5  2495
Arkell, Keith C  g ENG 2438    1   =   0   =   0   =   2.5  2499
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GM event
Hampstead ENG (ENG), iv 1999                           cat. VII (2408)
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                                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 
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 1 McNab, Colin A        g SCO 2418 * = . 1 . = 1 1 0 1 1 1  7.0  2609
 2 Barsov, Alexei        m UZB 2504 = * = . 1 1 0 1 = . 1 1  6.5  2562
 3 Levitt, Jonathan      g ENG 2427 . = * = . = 1 1 = 1 = =  6.0  2514
 4 Gormally, Daniel      m ENG 2456 0 . = * = = = 1 1 . = =  5.0  2439
 5 Hector, Jonny         g SWE 2542 . 0 . = * 0 0 1 1 = 1 1  5.0  2432
 6 Ippolito, Dean        f USA 2336 = 0 = = 1 * . 0 1 = . =  4.5  2420
 7 Krush, Irina            USA 2375 0 1 0 = 1 . * 0 = = . 1  4.5  2420
 8 Buckley, Graeme       m ENG 2285 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * . 1 1 .  4.0  2382
 9 Pein, Malcolm         m ENG 2425 1 = = 0 0 0 = . * = = .  3.5  2345
10 Gullaksen, Erik       m NOR 2367 0 . 0 . = = = 0 = * = 1  3.5  2316
11 Ansell, Simon         m ENG 2400 0 0 = = 0 . . 0 = = * =  2.5  2254
12 Bekker-Jensen, Simon    DEN 2360 0 0 = = 0 = 0 . . 0 = *  2.0  2205
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IM A event
Hampstead ENG (ENG), iv 1999                       cat. III (2304)
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                                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 
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 1 Cooper, Lawrence      f ENG 2325 * = 1 1 = 1 = = 1 =  6.5  2467
 2 Dunnington, Angus J   m ENG 2353 = * = = = 1 1 1 = 1  6.5  2464
 3 Krutti, Valer         m HUN 2354 0 = * = 1 0 = 1 1 1  5.5  2377
 4 Pribyl, Josef         m CZE 2422 0 = = * = 0 1 1 1 1  5.5  2370
 5 Norris, Alan J          SCO 2332 = = 0 = * 1 0 = 1 1  5.0  2343
 6 Sheldon, Ruth        wm ENG 2265 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 = 1 1  4.5  2307
 7 Anderton, David W       ENG 2205 = 0 = 0 1 1 * 0 0 0  3.0  2189
 8 Naylor, John            ENG 2243 = 0 0 0 = = 1 * = 0  3.0  2185
 9 Bekker-Jensen, David    DEN 2263 0 = 0 0 0 0 1 = * 1  3.0  2183
10 Anderton, Matthew       ENG 2273 = 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 *  2.5  2140
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IMB event
Hampstead ENG (ENG), iv 1999                       cat. I (2257)
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                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 
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 1 Kelly, Brian        m IRL 2423 * = = 1 = 1 = 1 = 1  6.5  2404
 2 Williams, Simon     m ENG 2367 = * = = = 1 = 1 1 1  6.5  2411
 3 Houska, Jovanka    wm ENG 2286 = = * 1 0 = 1 = 1 1  6.0  2379
 4 Bjarnason, Saevar   m ISL 2303 0 = 0 * 1 = 1 = 1 1  5.5  2332
 5 Knott, Simon J.B    f ENG 2367 = = 1 0 * 0 = = 1 1  5.0  2288
 6 Mork, Kjell-Arne      NOR 2336 0 0 = = 1 * = 1 = 1  5.0  2291
 7 Richardson, John R  f ENG 2300 = = 0 0 = = * 1 1 1  5.0  2295
 8 Compton, Alistair     NZL 2035 0 0 = = = 0 0 * 1 =  3.0  2156
 9 Barlow, Bertrand      ENG 2110 = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 * 1  2.0  2053
10 Philippe, Denis       BEL 2045 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 *  0.5  1836
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10) First Saturday, April

Laszlo Nagy reports: There were four events in Budapest in April as part of the First Saturday events. There was one GM event, two IM events and an ELO event. The GM event was won by Ukrainian GM Andrey Sontag. Ilija Balinov lost his way in rounds 10 and 11 having looked on target for the GM norm of 9.5 points. As reported last week Yuri Zimmerman won the IMA event, the IMB event was won by Attila Schneider with 8/10. Yelena Dembo won the ELO rating event.

The next First Saturday events start May 1st.

FSGM Final Standings
Budapest HUN (HUN), iv 1999                                cat. VIII (2443)
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                                     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 
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 1 Zontakh, Andrey        g UKR 2530 * = = = = 1 1 = = 1 1 = 1 1  9.5  2611
 2 Horvath, Csaba         g HUN 2524 = * = 1 = = 0 1 = = 1 1 1 =  8.5  2546
 3 Balinov, Ilija           BUL 2434 = = * 0 = 1 = 1 = 1 0 = 1 1  8.0  2530
 4 Nguyen Anh Dung        m VIE 2485 = 0 1 * = = = 1 = = = = 1 1  8.0  2526
 5 Csom, Istvan           g HUN 2455 = = = = * = = = = = = 1 1 1  8.0  2529
 6 Hoffmann, Michael      m GER 2407 0 = 0 = = * = 1 1 = 1 0 1 1  7.5  2502
 7 Schebler, Gerhard      m GER 2439 0 1 = = = = * 0 = = = 1 0 1  6.5  2443
 8 Salmensuu, Olli        m FIN 2449 = 0 0 0 = 0 1 * 1 = 0 1 1 1  6.5  2442
 9 Roeder, Mathias        m GER 2448 = = = = = 0 = 0 * = 1 = = =  6.0  2413
10 Hausrath, Daniel       m GER 2400 0 = 0 = = = = = = * 1 = = =  6.0  2417
11 Bu Xiangzhi              CHI 2365 0 0 1 = = 0 = 1 0 0 * 1 1 =  6.0  2419
12 Hoang Thanh Trang     wg VIE 2450 = 0 = = 0 1 0 0 = = 0 * 0 =  4.0  2301
13 Seres, Lajos           m HUN 2428 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 = = 0 1 * =  3.5  2269
14 Riazantsev, Alexander  f RUS 2387 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 = = = = = *  3.0  2236
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FSIMB final standings
Budapest HUN (HUN), iv 1999                              cat. II (2285)
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                                       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 
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 1 Schneider, Attila        m HUN 2374 * = = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1  8.0  2515
 2 Cooke, Eric                USA 2169 = * 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1  6.5  2406
 3 Eperjesi, Laszlo         m HUN 2329 = 1 * 0 = = 1 = = 1 =  6.0  2352
 4 Pham Minh Hoang            VIE 2357 = 0 1 * 0 = 1 1 = = 1  6.0  2349
 5 Jamrich, Gyorgy            HUN 2273 0 0 = 1 * 1 = = = 0 1  5.0  2285
 6 Dolgener, Tobias           GER 2275 0 1 = = 0 * = 1 = = 0  4.5  2249
 7 Khechumyan, Gagik          ARM 2372 = 1 0 0 = = * 0 1 0 1  4.5  2239
 8 Kahn, Evarth             m HUN 2296 0 0 = 0 = 0 1 * = 1 1  4.5  2247
 9 Serrer, Christoph        f GER 2285 0 0 = = = = 0 = * 1 =  4.0  2212
10 Leskiewicz, Maksymilian    AUS 2223 0 0 0 = 1 = 1 0 0 * 1  4.0  2218
11 Bodrogi, Mihaly            HUN 2177 0 0 = 0 0 1 0 0 = 0 *  2.0  2055
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FS ELO Final
Budapest HUN (HUN), iv 1999
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                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 
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 1 Dembo, Yelena         ISR 2180 * = = 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1  9.5  2387
 2 Dekany, Lajos         HUN 2187 = * = 1 = 0 = 1 1 1 1 1  8.0  2252
 3 Bergre, Joachim       SWE 2120 = = * = = = 1 = = 1 1 1  7.5  2216
 4 Szamoskozi, Gabor     HUN 2060 0 0 = * 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1  7.5  2222
 5 Vass,V                HUN ---- = = = 0 * 1 = = = = 0 1  5.5  2094
 6 Lakat, Gyula          HUN 2062 0 1 = 0 0 * 1 0 = = 1 0  4.5  2024
 7 Csolig, Robert        HUN ---- 0 = 0 0 = 0 * = 1 = = 1  4.5  2029
 8 Langer, Wolfgang      GER 2125 0 0 = 0 = 1 = * = 0 = 1  4.5  2018
 9 Johansson, Mikael2    SWE 2109 0 0 = 0 = = 0 = * = 1 1  4.5  2019
10 Jansen, Frank         GER 2144 0 0 0 1 = = = 1 = * 0 0  4.0  1979
11 Cleven, Maria         GER 2042 0 0 0 0 1 0 = = 0 1 * 1  4.0  1988
12 Fliszar, Dezso        HUN 2013 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 *  2.0  1831
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You can contact Laszlo Nagy about his First Saturday events. E-mail: firstsat@elender.hu webpages: http://www.elender.hu/~firstsat and http://www.illawarra.net.au/chesscentral/ Tel-fax: (361)-263-28-59

11) 3rd Golden Cleopatra

Hassan Khaled reports: The 3rd Golden Cleopatra is taking place in Cairo April 11-19th. Yuri Yakovich leads with 6/7 with two rounds to play.

Cairo EGY (EGY), iv 1999
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                                           1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9 
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 1 Yakovich, Yuri             g RUS 2565  +28 =14 + 9 +20 +18 = 4 + 7  .   .   6.0 /7  2730
 2 Berelovich, Aleksandar     g UKR 2484  +29 +10 = 5 = 7 = 3 + 8 +14  .   .   5.5 /7  2590
 3 Djurhuus, Rune             g NOR 2478  =17 +38 =19 +13 = 2 + 9 + 5  .   .   5.5 /7  2561
 4 Volzhin, Alexander         g RUS 2548  - 5 +27 +11 +10 = 7 = 1 +13  .   .   5.0 /7  2507
 5 Tissir, Mohamed            f MAR 2303  + 4 +24 = 2 - 9 +12 +19 - 3  .   .   4.5 /7  2518
 6 Tahan, Sabri                 EGY 2253  = 8 +16 -12 +15 =14 =10 +18  .   .   4.5 /7  2458
 7 Neverov, Valeriy           g UKR 2532  +25 =13 +14 = 2 = 4 +18 - 1  .   .   4.5 /7  2517
 8 Ahmed, Esam Aly            m EGY 2337  = 6 +31 -13 +25 +17 - 2 +19  .   .   4.5 /7  2401
 9 El Taher, Fouad            m EGY 2468  +36 +26 - 1 + 5 =20 - 3 +11  .   .   4.5 /7  2451
10 El Ghazali, Youssef M      m EGY 2312  +22 - 2 +36 - 4 +25 = 6 +17  .   .   4.5 /7  2443
11 Abdel Aziem, Ramadan         EGY 2189  +27 =34 - 4 +32 =13 +21 - 9  .   .   4.0 /7  2407
12 Abou el Zein, Eid Mahmoud  m EGY 2324  +37 =19 + 6 -18 - 5 =16 +24  .   .   4.0 /7  2366
13 Mohamed, Farag Amrou       f EGY 2240  +40 = 7 + 8 - 3 =11 +26 - 4  .   .   4.0 /7  2437
14 Afifi, Assem               m EGY 2311  +39 = 1 - 7 +34 = 6 +20 - 2  .   .   4.0 /7  2427
15 Labib, Ibrahim Hasan       f EGY 2405  =38 -17 +31 - 6 +30 =24 +26  .   .   4.0 /7  2324
16 Hamed, Ahmed               m EGY 2349  =31 - 6 +38 -17 +34 =12 +27  .   .   4.0 /7  2330
17 Elgabry, Mohsen              EGY 2296  = 3 +15 -18 +16 - 8 +31 -10  .   .   3.5 /7  2370
18 Mohamed, Esam Ahmed Nagib  m EGY 2458  +23 =20 +17 +12 - 1 - 7 - 6  .   .   3.5 /7  2366
19 Sorial, Hanna                EGY 2266  +21 =12 = 3 =24 +28 - 5 - 8  .   .   3.5 /7  2359
20 Abdul Wahab, A. Rasheed    f IRQ 2326  +35 =18 +34 - 1 = 9 -14 =22  .   .   3.5 /7  2364
21 Hakki, Imad                m SYR 2423  -19 +33 -25 +23 =24 -11 +32  .   .   3.5 /7  2288
22 Benhadi, Aziz Madani       m ALG 2235  -10 -32 -27 +29 +38 +28 =20  .   .   3.5 /7  2288
23 Ezat, Mohamed                EGY 2270  -18 =28 =32 -21 =36 +34 +31  .   .   3.5 /7  2318
24 Hassan, Sayed Barakat      m EGY 2345  +32 - 5 =26 =19 =21 =15 -12  .   .   3.0 /7  2276
25 Sarwat, Walaa              m EGY 2300  - 7 +29 +21 - 8 -10 +30 -33  .   .   3.0 /7  2299
26 Rahman, Yehya              m EGY 2310  +30 - 9 =24 =28 +35 -13 -15  .   .   3.0 /7  2265
27 Georg, Magdy                 EGY 2308  -11 - 4 +22 -30 +37 +35 -16  .   .   3.0 /7  2237
28 Abdulla, A                 f IRQ 2304  - 1 =23 +37 =26 -19 -22 +36  .   .   3.0 /7  2259
29 Beshara, Nadi                EGY 2249  - 2 -25 -30 -22 +33 +37 +41  .   .   3.0 /7  2214
30 Abo Nar, Mohamed             EGY 2196  -26 -36 +29 +27 -15 -25 =35  .   .   2.5 /7  2197
31 Ahmed, Ehab                  EGY 2255  =16 - 8 -15 +33 +32 -17 -23  .   .   2.5 /7  2227
32 Amin, Ashraf                 EGY 2253  -24 +22 =23 -11 -31 +38 -21  .   .   2.5 /7  2181
33 Himdan, Maher              m EGY 2395  -34 -21 =35 -31 -29 +36 +25  .   .   2.5 /7  2185
34 Sameeh, Hany                 EGY 2260  +33 =11 -20 -14 -16 -23 +38  .   .   2.5 /7  2198
35 Frhat, Ali                   EGY 2251  -20 =37 =33 +36 -26 -27 =30  .   .   2.5 /7  2191
36 Kamel, Nabil                 EGY 2275  - 9 +30 -10 -35 =23 -33 -28  .   .   1.5 /7  2083
37 Aboudi, M                    JOR 2244  -12 =35 -28 =38 -27 -29  .   .   .   1.0 /6  2010
38 Moustafa, Talaat             EGY 2265  =15 - 3 -16 =37 -22 -32 -34  .   .   1.0 /7  2008
39 Abdulghafour, Yousef         QAT 2220  -14  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   0.0 /1      
40 Mohsen, Khaled               EGY 2318  -13  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   0.0 /1      
41 BYE                              ----   .   .   .   .   .   .  -29  .   .   0.0 /1      
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12) Indian National Championships

Venkatachalam Saravanan reports: The National A Championships was held March 22-April 11, in Nagpur, central India. The participants included all of India's top players except Anand and Barua. There was an official website at:

http://www.bpclnationalchess.findhere.com

Krishnan Sashikiran won the event 13/17 a point clear of GM Praveen Thipsay in this massive 18 player all-play-all. The final round games are not available.

Indian Championships (IND), iii-iv 1999                                  cat. VII (2404)
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                                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 
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 1 Sashikiran, Krishnan       m IND 2525 * 1 0 = = = 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 1  13.0  2598
 2 Thipsay, Praveen M         g IND 2467 0 * 1 1 = 0 1 = 1 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 = 1  12.0  2558
 3 Kunte, Abhijit             m IND 2455 1 0 * = = = 1 = 0 = 1 = = 1 1 = 1 1  11.0  2510
 4 Prakash, G B                 IND 2403 = 0 = * = = = 1 = = = 1 = 1 = 1 1 1  11.0  2513
 5 Prasad, Devaki V           m IND 2435 = = = = * 0 = = = 1 1 1 0 1 = 1 = 1  10.5  2489
 6 Ramesh, R.B                m IND 2391 = 1 = = 1 * 0 0 = = 0 = 1 = = 1 1 1  10.0  2469
 7 Konguvel, Ponnuswamy       m IND 2436 1 0 0 = = 1 * = = 1 0 = = = = 1 1 1  10.0  2466
 8 Saravanan, V                 IND 2393 0 = = 0 = 1 = * 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 = 1 =  10.0  2469
 9 Neelotpal, Das               IND 2436 0 0 1 = = = = 0 * 0 0 = 1 = 1 = 1 1   8.5  2401
10 Ravi, Thandalam Shanmugam  f IND 2336 0 1 = = 0 = 0 0 1 * = 0 = = = 1 0 =   7.0  2342
11 Suvrajit, Saha               IND 2335 0 0 0 = 0 1 1 0 1 = * = 0 = 0 = 1 =   7.0  2342
12 Mishra, Neeraj-Kumar       m IND 2363 0 0 = 0 0 = = 0 = 1 = * 1 0 = = = 1   7.0  2341
13 Deshmukh, Anup               IND 2430 0 0 = = 1 0 = 1 0 = 1 0 * = 1 0 0 0   6.5  2315
14 Hegde, Ravi Gopal          m IND 2397 0 = 0 0 0 = = 0 = = = 1 = * = = 0 1   6.5  2317
15 Bakre, Tejas               m IND 2333 0 0 0 = = = = 1 0 = 1 = 0 = * = 0 0   6.0  2298
16 Koshy, Varugeese           m IND 2368 = 0 = 0 0 0 0 = = 0 = = 1 = = * = =   6.0  2295
17 Shankar, Roy                 IND 2394 0 = 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 1 0 = 1 1 1 = * 0   6.0  2294
18 Rathore, S.K                 IND 2372 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = = 0 1 0 1 = 1 *   5.0  2247
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13) Estonian Team Championships

Mart Tarmak reports: The final part of this year Estonian team championships have taken place. The first part took place in February. The event consisted of two tournaments between six finalist teams, the second at the start of April. After the first half Pärnu Chessclub and Vabaettur I from Tallinn (the team of Paul Keres Chess House and School) had 18.5 points, only half a point more than another team from Tallinn – SK Reval Sport. The winner was unclear up until the final games to finish and the final results were:

1. Pärnu Chessclub 37, 2. MK Vabaettur I 36.5, 3. SK Reval Sport 34, 4. Kadrioru Chessclub 32.5, 5. Diagonaal Kohtla-Järve 22.5, 6. MK Vabaettur II 17.5.

BTW, “vabaettur” means “passed pawn” in Estonian.

This year Pärnu Chessclub had following players: Tarvo Seeman 5,5/10, Kaido Külaots 3/5, Olav Sepp 6/9, Vallo Maidla 4/5, Ülar Lauk 4/7, Hendrik Olde 4/9, Tatjana Fomina 2,5/5, Leili Pärnpuu 8/10. For the European Cup competitions they will probably have GMs Jaan Ehlvest, Edvins Kengis and Olegs Krivonosovs available. On the first board the winner was Sergei Zjukin /Vabaettur I) 7/10, followed by 2. Igor Shvõrjov (Kadrioru) 6,5/10, 3. Riho Liiva (Reval Sport) 5,5/9 4.Seeman 5,5/10 5.Sergei Neff (Diagonaal) 3,5/10 6.Juri Krupenski (Vabaettur II) 1/10. The games are available thanks to Ülar Lauk.

14) Mitropa Cup

The Mitropa Cup and the Baden Casino Open took place April 1-10th in Baden Switzerland. Hungary won the Mitropa Team event of 10 nations. Their team was Zoltan Almasi, Gyula Sax, Peter Acs, Zoltan Varga, Zoltan Gyimesi. Their team edged out Switzerland who were second and Croatia 3rd. The Baden Casino Open was won clearly by Oleg Romanishin with 8/9. My thanks to Ian Rogers for the games.

Gerhard Hund had coverage at: http://teleschach.com/berichte/mitropa9.htm

Mitropacup 1999     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  B-Pts M-Pts Place
 1 Hungary          X  1½ 3½ 2½ 3  4  3  2½ 2  2   24,0  14    1
 2 Switzerland      2½ X  3  2  3  2  3  2½ 3  1   22,0  14    2
 3 Austria           ½ 1  X  1   ½  ½ 0  1  1  1    6,5   0   10
 4 Slovenia         1½ 2  3  X  1½ 3  1½ 2½ 2  1   18,0   8    6
 5 Italy            1  1  3½ 2½ X  1½ 2  1  1  2   15,5   6    9
 6 Slovakia         0  2  3½ 1  2½ X  1½ 2  2  1½  16,0   7    8
 7 France           1  1  4  2½ 2  2½ X  1½ 1½ 1   17,0   7    7
 8 Germany          1½ 1½ 3  1½ 3  2  2½ X  1  2½  18,5   9    5
 9 Czech Republic   2  1  3  2  3  2  2½ 3  X  2   20,5  12    4
10 Croatia          2  3  3  3  2  2½ 3  1½ 2  X   22,0  13    3


Baden Casino Open
       1. Romanishin Oleg     GM  UKR   8,0   50.5  384.5
       2. Hickl Jörg          GM  GER   7,0   52    380.5
       3. Kaenel Hans-Joerg   IM  SUI   7,0   50.5  375
       4. Rogers Jan          GM  AUS   7,0   46.5  365
       5. Ballmann Martin     FM  SUI   6,5   53    380.5
       6. Moor Roger              SUI   6,5   49.5  367
       7. Nemet Ivan          GM  SUI   6,5   47    370
       8. Goldstern Filip     FM  NED   6,5   47    362
       9. Cebalo Miso         GM  CRO   6,5   46    354
      10. Illi Hans-Jörg          SUI   6,5   45.5  358.5
      11. Jurek Josef         IM  CZE   6,5   45.5  357
      12. Wildi Marcel            SUI   6,0   44.5  341.5
      13. Scavo Fernando          ITA   6,0   44    338.5
      14. Sedina Yelena      WGM  UKR   6,0   43.5  339
      15. Cedikova Katerina       CZE   6,0   42.5  338
      16. Buss Ralph              SUI   6,0   42    337
      17. Kümin Simon             SUI   6,0   41    330
      18. Pluess Martin           SUI   6,0   41    324
      19. Hindermann Felix        SUI   6,0   40    319
      20. Ramseier Jana      WFM  SUI   6,0   39.5  338
124 players

15) FICS Great Britain v Rest Of The World 5 minute blitz match

Mark Rowbotham reports: The match was played on FICS (Free Internet Chess Server) - associated web site http://www.freechess.org (FICS is an excellent chess server with many functions and users. There are always at least a few hundred players online playing whatever time of day you log on. Many Grandmaster games and tournaments are relayed live on FICS for players to watch. There are tons of functions and features including Lecturebot an automated lecturer that gives lectures on openings,tatics endgames etc.)

FINAL SCORE : GREAT BRITAIN 7 REST OF THE WORLD 7

The match was played over 15 boards,1 match remained unplayed. Thanks to all who took part. The score was an excellent result for Great Britain,considering the fact that we were out rated on every board by an average of approx. 150 elo points.

The games were played in real time using a graphical interface.Games were 5 minute blitz played over a period of 1 month between March 8th and April 8th.The winner was the first player to win 3 games (Draws not counting).Players' ratings ranged from 1102 to 2072.

Apart from the players from Great Britain there were participants from 10 countries - USA(4),France,Canada(3),Brazil,Germany,Finland,Luxembourg ,Australia,Italy and Africa.

There were 2 come backs to win from 2-0 down,both were from Great Britain (Boards 5 & 8).

One of the longest matches was Board 1 which lasted 8 games with 3 draws not counting.Board one submitted 3 games for best/most interesting game "prize".

The shortest matches were 3-0’s of which there were five ; two going to Great Britain,three going to The Rest Of The World.

One player from Great Britain played Blindfold due to problems with eye sight.To compensate for the fast time control and allow him time to type in his moves etc. both contestants played with an increment.

The best/most interesting game "prize" went to Bruce Birchall.Entries for best/most interesting game prize were submitted for independant assessment by a Fide Master and a FICS Chess Advisor.Details of this game are given at the end of this article.

In a similar internet Blitz Match played between France and The Rest Of The World France lost 9-5 on board count.In this match France were on average 11 elo points lower than their opponents.In this event the ratings ranged from 1317-2249.

Due to the similarity between the two matches it is being proposed to hold a future event between GB and France - Watch out for details on the on the FICS website.

Best/Most Interesting game

In this game, White finds some interesting sacrifices. Analysis confirms they were sound, but White didn't find the right continuation, and it required a late blunder by Black to assist the attack and secure the point.

Bruce Birchall GB (1658) - Lu Yin USA (1825) [B01] notes by R. Dubisch (FM) & P. Minear, 28.03.1999

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d3 c6 6.Bd2 Qc7 7.Nf3 Bf5 8.0-0 e6 9.Nd4 Bg6 10.Re1 Be7 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.Nxe6 Qa5 A tougher defence is 12...Qd7!? 13.Nxg7+ Kf7 14.Ne6 with an unclear position; 12...Qb6? loses the Queen to 13.Na4! 13.Nxg7+ 13.Nb5 also offered good winning chances. 13...Kf7 14.Rxe7+ White properly feeds more material into the attack. 14...Kxe7 15.Qe2+ Kf7 16.Ne4 Qd8 16...Qd5 17.Nxf6 is a strong attack; An attempt to give up the Queen for some pieces leaves Black's King vulnerable: 16...Qxd2 17.Qxd2! Bxe4 18.dxe4 Kxg7 19.Qg5+ Kf7 20.e5! Nd5 21.c4! and wins. 17.Ng5+ Here White goes astray. Instead, 17.Nxf6! wins. 17...Kg8 18.N5e6 Qe7 19.Bg5 Nbd7 20.Re1 h6 21.Bh4 Kh7 Now it's Black's turn to blunder. 21...Rh7 offers Black a clear edge. 22.Ng5+ hxg5 23.Qxe7 Rae8 24.Nxe8+ 1-0

p.s. Hi to all at Shepshed Rooks chess club! Mark Rowbotham Handle: CYCLOPSE Mark@rowbot.demon.co.uk

16) Forthcoming Events

Oceania Zonal

Zone 3.2b (Oceania Zonal) is underway. Coverage at: http://www.somerset.qld.edu.au/chess/