THE WEEK IN CHESS 748 9th March 2009 by Mark Crowther

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Contents

1) Introduction
2) London super-tournament in December 2009
3) XXVI Linares
4) 25th Cappelle la Grande
5) 10th European Individual Budva Montenegro
6) FIDE Women's Grand Prix Istanbul
7) 10th European Individual Women's Championship
8) 41st Belgrade Women's Tournament
9) First Saturday March
10) Dutch Teams
11) Brazilian Interclubs
12) I Costa del Sol International
13) Amber Blindfold and Rapid
14) Tancats de la Societat Coral
15) Forthcoming Events and Links

Games Section
XXVI Linares16 games
25th Cappelle la Grande339 games
10th European Individual Budva Montenegro457 games
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Istanbul18 games
10th European Individual Women's Championship83 games
41st Belgrade Women's Tournament30 games
First Saturday March4 games
Dutch Teams49 games
996 games

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1) Introduction

My thanks to Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, Michael Rahal, Emmanuel Variniac, Miklos Orso, Varlam Vepkhvishvili, Luiz Roberto Da Costa Jr and everyone else who helped with the issue.

The most exciting news of the week is the London Chess Centre announcement from Malcolm Pein that they will be organising a strong super tournament in London for the first time in 25 years. A number of exciting players have been approached and the field will be settled by April. It's a real thrill.

With a few scares along the way and the advantage of a favourable tie-break Alexander Grischuk took first place from Vassily Ivanchuk by virtue of winning more games than the Ukrainian (their head to head results were two draws).

In an interesting comment to Jesus Boyero in Marca he said: "The truth is that a few years ago I came to hate chess, I spent months studying the Petroff Defence and couldn't find a refutation." He seems to have recovered his enthusiasm since. I, in fact, more or less shared the same view, there was a period where elite chess was incredibly depressing to watch. The Petroff is a terrible blow for anyone who plays 1.e4 with the idea of winning and it is lousy chess to watch. At the moment all main lines lead to well known drawish positions and black is further rewarded in that white now generally play inferior variations in order to keep some pieces on and some interest in the game. This problem hasn't gone away, it's just fortunate that many of the leading players simply became bored of getting half points this way. The kind of chess you play when you use the Petroff as black is presumably not the reason why you came to love the game and get good enough to turn professional in the first place. These things go in cycles and just as this opening is not as prevailant anymore it is also possible that white will find a way to get more promising positions eventually. It is interesting that Viswanathan Anand didn't even bother trying to find an answer to Kramnik's Petroff and Ruy Lopez and simply changed to 1.d4. In addition I think its great news that Grischuk is back and winning such an event. I enjoy his chess and hopefully this will encourage more invitations for him.

Vassily Ivanchuk took 2nd place on tie-break and again showed that he is one of the very best players in the world. Magnus Carlsen might well have won the event on tie-break, in the penulimate round he allow a draw to Radjabov after obtaining a decisive advantage. Viswanathan Anand will be disappointed with his performance, but he is often stale after layoffs and also World Champions (and now no-one can argue in any way, shape or form he hasn't made it there, which in the past they might when he won a title in a knockout, or in a tournament) sometimes do struggle to get going again after achieving their life's ambition. Its a bit early to write him off on the basis of this result which was really just a bit sub-par rather than terrible, his loss in round 2 from a winning position against Aronian seemed to derail him a bit.

Most of these players plus Topalov, Kramnik, Morozevich, Kamsky etc get to do it all again except faster, and half the time without sight of the board at the Amber tournament that starts on the 14th.

In addition the European Invididual Championships are taking place in Budva for the men and St Petersburg for the women. There can't be many strong women players not playing this week with three major tournaments all on at the same time, something that can't really be said to be good but I suppose does indicate that actually the health of the women's game isn't that bad at the moment. I might not really like the way they do it but it is true that the players do quite a bit more to sell themselves than the men do (Etienne Bacrot is probably the only really strong male player with a personal website) and perhaps this is working.

Hope you enjoy this issue.

Mark

2) London super-tournament in December 2009

Cream of world chess to play in new London tournament. [Press release 9th March 2009]

London Chess Centre is proud to announce a world-class chess tournament to be held in London in December, 2009. The event will be an elite eight-player all-play-all in the most prestigious tournament in the capital since former world champion Anatoly Karpov won the Phillips and Drew Masters in 1984.

Since then, despite London hosting three world title contests, there has not been a tournament in which England's leading players could lock horns with the world's best on home soil. The December 09 tournament will be the first in a series of events designed to reinvigorate UK chess and promote the game and its undoubted educational benefits in schools and communities.

The tournament will be FIDE Category 19 with an average FIDE rating of 2700 and a minimum prize fund of €100,000. The eight players will comprise of three English and five world-class Grandmasters from abroad. Included in the prize fund will be a €10,000 Brilliant Game award along with separate prizes for each victory with the White and Black pieces. Matches will be covered live online where fans will be able to vote for Game of the Day.

The tournament has applied for membership of the prestigious annual Grand Slam of Chess which culminates in Bilbao and boasts a €400,000 prize fund.

The games will be under Classical Chess time control; 40 moves in two hours, 20 in the subsequent hour then an additional 15 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds a move until the end of the game. The tournament will further benefit from the use of Sofia Rules which disallow early draws. Players will receive three points for a win and one for a draw.

The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 10 and will include a blindfold chess display and charity simultaneous. Play will take place daily from Friday, December 11 to Thursday, December 17 inclusive.

The list of players and venue will be announced in April.

Malcolm Pein (IM) Director London Chess Centre

Notes for editors: All communications to Malcolm Pein IM at London Chess Centre: 020 7388 2404. E-Mail: info@chess.co.uk. Website: www.chess.co.uk

3) XXVI Linares

The XXVI Linares 2009 tournament took place only in Spain this year (their co-operation with Morelia in Mexico was ended last year and now they have an agreement to play half the event in the UAE from next year). The tournament took place 18th February - 8th March 2009 and had 314,000 Euros in prizes. There were no appearance fees for the players. The winner took 100,000 Euros and the trophy 2nd and 3rd took 75,000 and 50,000 Euros respectively.

Alexander Grischuk took first place from Vassily Ivanchuk by the tie-break of winning more games after both tied on 8/11. If Magnus Carlsen hadn't blown his totally winning position against Teimour Radjabov in round 13 he would have also finished on 8 and taken the tournament on tie-break.

Official site: http://www.ajedrez.ciudaddelinares.es/index.htm

There has been a deal to share half the tournament with a venue in the United Arab Emirates from 2010. http://www.topnews.in/arab-power-buys-linares-wimbledon-chess-2130363


XXVI SuperGM Linares (ESP), 19 ii-7 iii 2009 cat. XXI (2756)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2733 * * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 8 2809
2. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2779 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 8 2802
3. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2776 ½ 1 ½ ½ * * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 2781
4. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2791 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * * 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 7 2750
5. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2761 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 2726
6. Wang Yue g CHN 2739 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ 2729
7. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2750 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * * 1 ½ 2727
8. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2717 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * * 6 2711

Round 10 (March 2, 2009)
Grischuk, Alexander - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 41 C42 Petroff's Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Wang Yue 0-1 64 D10 Slav Defence
Anand, Viswanathan - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 35 D97 Gruenfeld Russian
Radjabov, Teimour - Aronian, Levon 1-0 56 A07 Barcza System
Round 11 (March 3, 2009)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 22 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence
Grischuk, Alexander - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 44 E97 King's Indian Classical
Wang Yue - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 27 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 56 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Round 12 (March 5, 2009)
Carlsen, Magnus - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 37 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Anand, Viswanathan - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 32 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Radjabov, Teimour - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 65 B22 Sicilian Alapin
Aronian, Levon - Wang Yue ½-½ 31 B13 Caro Kann Exchange
Round 13 (March 6, 2009)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Aronian, Levon 1-0 35 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Grischuk, Alexander - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 33 B97 Sicilian Najdorf
Carlsen, Magnus - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 53 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Wang Yue - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 48 D80 Gruenfeld 4.Bg5
Round 14 (March 7, 2009)
Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 29 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Radjabov, Teimour - Wang Yue ½-½ 29 D15 Slav Defence
Aronian, Levon - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 41 E92 King's Indian Classical
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 35 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed

4) 25th Cappelle la Grande

The 25th Cappelle la Grande Open took place 28th February - 7th March 2009. Yuri Vovk won the tournament with 7.5/9. My thanks to Emmanuel Variniac for his help.

Official site: http://www.cappelle-chess.fr

25th Open Cappelle la Grande (FRA), 28 ii-7 iii 2009
Leading final standings:
PlaceNameTitreFEDEloPointsPerf
1Vovk, YuriGMUKR25457.52814
2Zakhartsov, ViacheslavGMRUS252972714
3Dzhumaev, MaratGMUZB252972700
4Jaracz, PawelGMPOL251872652
5Jojua, DavitIMGEO24846.52717
6Miroshnichenko, EvgenijGMUKR26676.52688
7Gelashvili, TamazGMGEO26226.52686
8Hammer, Jon ludvigIMNOR25326.52676
9Dvoirys, Semen iGMRUS25476.52670
10Mamedov, NidjatGMAZE26076.52659
11Balogh, CsabaGMHUN26046.52647
12Olszewski, MichalIMPOL25186.52645
13Rozentalis, EduardasGMLTU25906.52639
14Sveshnikov, EvgenyGMLAT25356.52623
15Rychagov, AndreyGMRUS25146.52612
16Bobras, PiotrGMPOL25546.52607
17Geetha Narayana, GopalGMIND25556.52607
18Zubarev, AlexanderGMUKR25666.52606
19Solodovnichenko, YuriGMUKR25716.52598
20Sumets, AndreyGMUKR25466.52597
21Gordon, Stephen jIMENG25246.52592
22Sokolov, AndreiGMFRA25526.52578
23Leon Hoyos, ManuelGMMEX25426.52577
24Brodsky, MichailGMUKR25176.52571
25Corrales Jimene, FidelGMCUB25866.52540
26Baramidze, DavidGMGER25486.52539
27Apicella, ManuelGMFRA25176.52537
28Shneider, AleksandrGMUKR25396.52534
29Kharitonov, AlexandrGMRUS25376.52533
30Sanchez, JosephIMPHI24616.52519
31Korobov, AntonGMUKR261362637
32Kuzubov, YuriyGMUKR262662620
33Graf, AlexanderGMGER264462610
34Degraeve, Jean-MarcGMFRA255362596
35Gharamian, TigranIMFRA258162584
36Radulski, JulianGMBUL258062580
37Smirnov, IgorGMUKR250562578
38Salgado Lopez, IvanGMESP255462573
39Heberla, BartlomiejGMPOL250062572
40Vorobiov, Evgeny EGMRUS259162571
41Arutinian, DavidGMGEO258562568
42Malakhatko, VadimGMBEL261062564
43David, AlbertoGMLUX260362560
44Sieciechowicz, MarcinPOL234162559
45Iturrizaga, EduardoGMVEN252862557
46Vazquez Igarza, RenierGMESP255862552
47Friedel, Joshua EGMUSA251162551
48Akesson, RalfGMSWE248062545
49Todorov, TodorGMBUL250762545
50Baklan, VladimirGMUKR262762544
51Genov, PetarGMBUL246562544
52Simutowe, AmonIMZAM248562531
53Kononenko, DmitryGMUKR257462527
54Gasanov, EldarGMUKR255362526
55Iskusnyh, SergeiGMRUS245862515
56Kravtsiv, MartynIMUKR251062508
57Berkovich, Mark AIMISR241262504
58Frolyanov, DmitryGMRUS256462501
59Borovikov, VladislavGMUKR258262489
60Bhat, Vinay sGMUSA249562488
61Khotenashvili, BelaGMGEO235062481
62Guidarelli, LaurentIMFRA243362479
63Ovetchkin, RomanGMRUS254662476
64Drozdovskij, YuriGMUKR260762474
65Tunik, GennadyGMRUS250662464
66Savchenko, StanislavGMUKR257162462
67Lalic, BogdanGMCRO253762440
68Pruess, DavidIMUSA242262434
69Mcnab, ColinGMSCO247262431
70Hasangatin, RamilGMRUS250562426
71Laurent, BrunoIMBEL235162418
72Borsuk, AngelaIMISR236662400
73Philippe, ChristopheIMFRA245862391
74Sandu, MihaelaGMROU228562388
75Valuet, BertrandFMFRA233662351
76Husari, SateaIMSYR233262316
77Sveshnikov, VladimirFMLAT239762292
78Danielian, OganesGMARM25195.52599
79Burmakin, VladimirGMRUS26225.52560
80Zinchenko, YaroslavGMUKR25275.52543
611 players

5) 10th European Individual Budva Montenegro

The 10th European Individual Budva takes place in Montenegro 6th-17th March 2009. Vallejo Pons and Akopian are the two 2700+ players.

Official site: http://www.eurobudva2009.com

10th ch-EUR Budva (MNE), 6-19 iii 2009
Round 3 (of 11) Standings:
Rank SNo. Ti Name Rtg FED Pts BH. BH. vict Fide
1 42 GM Van Wely Loek 2625 NED 3 2 6 3 6
2 20 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2656 RUS 3 2 3 6
53 GM Meier Georg 2608 GER 3 2 3 6
75 GM Banikas Hristos 2582 GRE 3 2 3 6
5 65 GM Kozul Zdenko 2594 CRO 3 2 5 3 6
71 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger 2586 SWE 3 2 5 3 6
7 38 GM Fedorchuk Sergey A 2633 UKR 3 5 3 6
8 72 GM Gagunashvili Merab 2585 GEO 3 3 6
9 133 IM Nanu Ciprian-Costica 2506 ROU 3 3 6
10 14 GM Volokitin Andrei 2671 UKR 2 6 2
17 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2664 RUS 2 6 2
12 6 GM Bologan Viktor 2687 MDA 2 2
25 GM Predojevic Borki 2650 BIH 2 2
52 GM Lupulescu Constantin 2608 ROU 2 2
62 GM Kurnosov Igor 2602 RUS 2 2
64 GM Bartel Mateusz 2594 POL 2 2
69 GM Damljanovic Branko 2587 SRB 2 2
78 GM Bosiocic Marin 2578 CRO 2 2
82 GM Romanov Evgeny 2576 RUS 2 2
98 GM Sjugirov Sanan 2562 RUS 2 2
126 GM Drazic Sinisa 2513 SRB 2 2
22 3 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2693 GER 2 2 5
23 143 IM Spoelman Wouter 2493 NED 2 5 2
24 19 GM Sokolov Ivan 2657 NED 5 2
36 GM Kobalia Mikhail 2634 RUS 5 2
81 GM Yemelin Vasily 2578 RUS 5 2
27 13 GM Timofeev Artyom 2671 RUS 2 5
43 GM Nikolic Predrag 2623 BIH 2 5
51 GM Papaioannou Ioannis 2609 GRE 2 5
115 GM Lopez Martinez Josep Manuel 2540 ESP 2 5
31 1 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2702 ESP 2
27 GM Bocharov Dmitry 2647 RUS 2
58 GM Parligras Mircea 2605 ROU 2
34 80 GM Maze Sebastien 2578 FRA 4 2 5
35 70 GM Zhigalko Sergei 2587 BLR 4 2
36 148 GM Mastrovasilis Athanasios 2485 GRE 2 5
37 91 GM Shomoev Anton 2567 RUS 1 2
92 GM Deviatkin Andrei 2566 RUS 1 2
111 GM Kovacevic Aleksandar 2543 SRB 1 2
40 147 IM Anisimov Pavel 2488 RUS 1 2
41 63 GM Azarov Sergei 2599 BLR 1 2 5
42 74 GM Erdos Viktor 2583 HUN 1 3 2
138 GM Djukic Nikola 2500 MNE 1 3 2
44 109 GM Kunin Vitaly 2546 GER ½ 2
45 2 GM Akopian Vladimir 2700 ARM 2 2 7 2 5
187 IM Rukavina Josip 2417 CRO 2 2 7 2 5
47 54 GM Mikhalevski Victor 2608 ISR 2 2 6 2 5
48 5 GM Dreev Alexey 2688 RUS 2 2 6 1
7 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2687 RUS 2 2 6 1
208 FM Rasulov Vugar 2391 AZE 2 2 6 1
51 83 GM Vuckovic Bojan 2576 SRB 2 2 2 5
104 GM Maletin Pavel 2557 RUS 2 2 2 5
114 GM Popov Ivan 2541 RUS 2 2 2 5
54 32 GM Mamedov Rauf 2638 AZE 2 2 1
73 GM Iordachescu Viorel 2584 MDA 2 2 1
94 GM Grigoriants Sergey 2565 RUS 2 2 1
102 GM Jovanovic Zoran 2558 CRO 2 2 1
210 IM Marinkovic Slavisa 2388 SRB 2 2 1
59 223 FM Leniart Arkadiusz 2360 POL 2 2 1 4
60 116 GM Ragger Markus 2540 AUT 2 2 5 2 5
132 IM Szabo Krisztian 2508 HUN 2 2 5 2 5
62 8 GM Tiviakov Sergei 2685 NED 2 2 5 1
23 GM Postny Evgeny 2652 ISR 2 2 5 1
24 GM Berkes Ferenc 2651 HUN 2 2 5 1
35 GM Georgiev Kiril 2634 BUL 2 2 5 1
37 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2634 RUS 2 2 5 1
45 GM Khalifman Alexander 2622 RUS 2 2 5 1
79 GM Halkias Stelios 2578 GRE 2 2 5 1
85 GM Andersson Ulf 2571 SWE 2 2 5 1
87 GM Pikula Dejan 2570 SRB 2 2 5 1
95 GM Andriasian Zaven 2564 ARM 2 2 5 1
96 GM Iljushin Alexei 2564 RUS 2 2 5 1
108 GM Lenic Luka 2547 SLO 2 2 5 1
122 GM Novikov Stanislav 2523 RUS 2 2 5 1
75 99 GM Popov Valerij 2561 RUS 2 2 1
152 GM Gallagher Joseph G 2480 SUI 2 2 1
77 113 GM Maslak Konstantin 2541 RUS 2 2 4 1
118 GM Drasko Milan 2533 MNE 2 2 4 1
120 GM Jovanic Ognjen 2527 CRO 2 2 4 1
124 GM Saric Ante 2514 CRO 2 2 4 1
81 107 GM Brkic Ante 2550 CRO 2 2 4
82 9 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2679 BUL 2 5 2 4
47 GM Lysyj Igor 2620 RUS 2 5 2 4
84 16 GM Fressinet Laurent 2666 FRA 2 5 1 4
48 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2619 GEO 2 5 1 4
50 GM Potkin Vladimir 2613 RUS 2 5 1 4
87 101 GM Nijboer Friso 2559 NED 2 2 5
88 31 GM Nyback Tomi 2644 FIN 2 2 4
61 GM Huzman Alexander 2602 ISR 2 2 4
192 IM Zueger Beat 2408 SUI 2 2 4
91 11 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter 2675 ROU 2 1
29 GM Caruana Fabiano 2646 ITA 2 1
89 GM Perunovic Milos 2568 SRB 2 1
94 18 GM Guseinov Gadir 2661 AZE 2 1 4
41 GM Belov Vladimir 2627 RUS 2 1 4
46 GM Pashikian Arman 2621 ARM 2 1 4
97 4 GM Malakhov Vladimir 2692 RUS 2 4 1
98 123 GM Sanikidze Tornike 2522 GEO 2 1
99 146 IM Vavrak Peter 2489 SVK 2 1 5 2 4
100 173 IM Kapnisis Spyridon 2440 GRE 2 1 5 2 3
101 68 GM Stevic Hrvoje 2592 CRO 2 1 2 4
110 GM Evdokimov Alexander A 2545 RUS 2 1 2 4
139 GM Antic Dejan 2495 SRB 2 1 2 4
104 156 IM Swiercz Dariusz 2472 POL 2 1 2 3
105 15 GM Jobava Baadur 2669 GEO 2 1 4 2 4
33 GM Navara David 2638 CZE 2 1 4 2 4
88 GM Kotanjian Tigran 2568 ARM 2 1 4 2 4
93 GM Saric Ivan 2566 CRO 2 1 4 2 4
97 GM Safarli Eltaj 2564 AZE 2 1 4 2 4
103 GM Ruck Robert 2558 HUN 2 1 4 2 4
105 GM Minasian Artashes 2557 ARM 2 1 4 2 4
125 GM Berczes David 2513 HUN 2 1 4 2 4
130 GM Dobrov Vladimir 2510 RUS 2 1 4 2 4
131 GM Cebalo Miso 2509 CRO 2 1 4 2 4
150 IM Levin Evgeny A 2484 RUS 2 1 4 2 4
153 IM Nikolov Momchil 2478 BUL 2 1 4 2 4
117 34 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2636 BLR 2 1 4 2 3
55 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2608 POL 2 1 4 2 3
155 IM Arsovic Zoran 2475 SRB 2 1 4 2 3
158 IM Can Emre 2471 TUR 2 1 4 2 3
195 IM Talla Vladimir 2407 CZE 2 1 4 2 3
122 129 IM Prohaszka Peter 2512 HUN 2 1 2 4
135 IM Nyzhnyk Illya 2503 UKR 2 1 2 4
137 IM Banusz Tamas 2501 HUN 2 1 2 4
144 IM Larino Nieto David 2489 ESP 2 1 2 4
149 IM Chirila Ioan-Cristian 2485 ROU 2 1 2 4
127 12 GM Areshchenko Alexander 2673 UKR 2 1 2 3
59 GM Kotronias Vasilios 2603 GRE 2 1 2 3
160 IM Pap Misa 2469 SRB 2 1 2 3
130 84 GM Khairullin Ildar 2574 RUS 2 1 1 4
131 26 GM Rodshtein Maxim 2650 ISR 2 1 1
44 GM Petrosian Tigran L 2623 ARM 2 1 1
49 GM Sakaev Konstantin 2619 RUS 2 1 1
134 21 GM Grachev Boris 2655 RUS 2 1 3 2 3
135 140 IM Ekstroem Roland 2495 SUI 2 1 2 2 3
136 117 GM Godena Michele 2537 ITA 2 ½ 3 1 4
127 GM Wells Peter K 2513 ENG 2 ½ 3 1 4
134 IM Szabo Gergely-Andras-Gyula 2506 ROU 2 ½ 3 1 4
139 154 IM Doric Darko 2477 CRO 1
180 IM Martinovic Sasa 2427 CRO 1
141 128 IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos 2513 ESP 5 1 4
136 GM Lajthajm Borko 2502 SRB 5 1 4
151 IM Lintchevski Daniil 2481 RUS 5 1 4
306 players

6) FIDE Women's Grand Prix Istanbul

The FIDE Women's Grand Prix takes place in Istanbul 5th-20th March 2009.

Official site: http://istanbul2009.fide.com/

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Instanbul (TUR), 7-19 iii 2009 cat. X (2481)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2621 * . . . . . 1 . . 1 ½ . 2692
2. Hou Yifan wg CHN 2571 . * . . ½ 1 . . . . . 1 2751
3. Zhao Xue g CHN 2508 . . * . ½ . . . 1 . . 1 2715
4. Fierro Baquero, Martha L m ECU 2403 . . . * . ½ . . . 1 . 1 2762
5. Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2516 . ½ ½ . * . . ½ . . . . 2536
6. Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2557 . 0 . ½ . * . . . . 1 . 2396
7. Danielian, Elina m ARM 2496 0 . . . . . * 1 ½ . . . 2532
8. Sebag, Marie g FRA 2529 . . . . ½ . 0 * ½ . . . 1 2361
9. Shen Yang wg CHN 2448 . . 0 . . . ½ ½ * . . . 1 2386
10. Cramling, Pia g SWE 2548 0 . . 0 . . . . . * 1 . 1 2287
11. Yildiz, Betul Cemre wm TUR 2214 ½ . . . . 0 . . . 0 * . ½ 2302
12. Mamedjarova, Zeinab wg AZE 2362 . 0 0 0 . . . . . . . * 0

Round 1 (March 7, 2009)
Hou Yifan - Chiburdanidze, Maia ½-½ 48 B19 Caro Kann
Zhao Xue - Shen Yang 1-0 29 D17 Slav Defence
Fierro Baquero, Martha L - Mamedjarova, Zeinab 1-0 30 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Sebag, Marie - Danielian, Elina 0-1 66 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Cramling, Pia - Koneru, Humpy 0-1 50 D38 QGD Ragozin
Yildiz, Betul Cemre - Stefanova, Antoaneta 0-1 74 B06 Modern Defence
Round 2 (March 8, 2009)
Koneru, Humpy - Danielian, Elina 1-0 31 A39 English Symmetrical
Chiburdanidze, Maia - Zhao Xue ½-½ 37 E12 Queens Indian Petrosian
Stefanova, Antoaneta - Fierro Baquero, Martha L ½-½ 63 C41 Philidor's Defence
Shen Yang - Sebag, Marie ½-½ 62 D48 Queens Gambit Meran
Cramling, Pia - Yildiz, Betul Cemre 1-0 22 D21 QGA
Mamedjarova, Zeinab - Hou Yifan 0-1 43 A70 Benoni
Round 3 (March 9, 2009)
Hou Yifan - Stefanova, Antoaneta 1-0 78 C54 Giuoco Piano
Zhao Xue - Mamedjarova, Zeinab 1-0 38 D94 Gruenfeld Closed
Fierro Baquero, Martha L - Cramling, Pia 1-0 74 B48 Sicilian Paulsen
Danielian, Elina - Shen Yang ½-½ 64 D11 Slav Defence
Sebag, Marie - Chiburdanidze, Maia ½-½ 43 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Yildiz, Betul Cemre - Koneru, Humpy ½-½ 122 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo

7) 10th European Individual Women's Championship

The 10th European Individual Women's Chess Championship takes place March 7th - 21st 2009 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Anna Muzychuk (2540) is the top seed. It is obviously crazy that it clashes with the FIDE women's Grand Prix in Istanbul.

Read on the crazy scheduling of all these events together. It's not as if women's chess has so many important tournaments that conflicts are inevitable. But three at the same time is clearly bonkers.

Official site: http://www.wiecc2009.com/

10th European Individual Women's Championship St Petersburg (RUS), 8-21 iii 2009
Round 1 (of 11) Standings:
Rank Name TiFed. Rating Score TPR
1Dzagnidze, Nana GMGEO 251812996
2Ushenina, Anna IMUKR 249912991
3Lahno, Kateryna GMUKR 248812981
4Hoang Thanh Trang GMHUN 248312980
5Peng, Zhaoqin GMNED 246112975
6Mkrtchian, Lilit IMARM 246012966
7Paehtz, Elisabeth IMGER 245512966
8Romanko, Marina WGMRUS 245112962
9Gaponenko, Inna IMUKR 245012962
10Socko, Monika GMPOL 244912960
11Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina IMRUS 244212959
12Lomineishvili, Maia IMGEO 243712957
13Ovod, Evgenija IMRUS 243012954
14Muzychuk, Mariya IMUKR 242712953
15Matveeva, Svetlana IMRUS 242212949
16Melia, Salome IMGEO 242212943
17Khukhashvili, Sopiko IMGEO 241612938
18Foisor, Cristina-Adela IMROU 241212917
19Rajlich, Iweta IMPOL 239912910
20Zawadzka, Jolanta WGMPOL 238512903
21Bodnaruk, Anastasia WFMRUS 238412900
22Turova, Irina IMRUS 237912896
23Gvetadze, Sopio IMGEO 237712888
24Cherednichenko, Svetlana WGMUKR 236712869
25Zaiatz, Elena IMRUS 236412866
26Zimina, Olga IMITA 236312866
27Demina, Julia WGMRUS 236112860
28Motoc, Alina WGMROU 235812860
29Majdan, Joanna WIMPOL 235112848
30Malgina, Tatiana WFMRUS 234212845
31Gritsayeva, Oksana WFMUKR 234112842
32Aginian, Nelly WGMARM 233512838
33Grabuzova, Tatiana WGMRUS 233212836
34Shumiakina, Tatiana WGMRUS 232412819
35Solovjova, Valentina WIMRUS 232412818
36Charochkina, Daria WIMRUS 231612805
37Galojan, Lilit WIMARM 231612803
38Kochetkova, Julia WGMRUS 231512795
39Paulet, Iozefina WIMROU 231512793
40Girya, Olga WFMRUS 231512787
41Nebolsina, Vera WGMRUS 231212784
42Kharashuta, Ekaterina WIMRUS 230412772
43Chasovnikova, Eugenia WIMRUS 230212764
44Bulmaga, Irina WIMMDA 230012759
45Manakova, Maria WGMSRB 229912754
46Kadziolka, Beata WGMPOL 229512688
47Zakurdjaeva, Irina WGMRUS 229512685
48Dolzhikova, Kateryna WIMUKR 229412679
49Botsari, Anna-Maria WGMGRE 228912674
50Komiagina, Maria WIMRUS 228312668
51Guramishvili, Sopiko WIMGEO 228112666
52Stjazhkina, Olga WGMRUS 228012665
53Fominykh, Maria WFMRUS 227912664
54Daulyte, Deimante WIMLTU 227812663
55Lomako, Anna WFMRUS 227712662
56Cherenkova, Kristina WIMRUS 227012655
57Iljushina, Olga WIMRUS 226910
58Kursova, Maria WGMRUS 226810
59Popova, Natalija WIMBLR 226610
60Makropoulou, Marina WGMGRE 226210
61Korchagina, Viktoria WFMRUS 218710
62Lupik, Marina RUS 216313115
63Cedikova, Katerina WIMCZE 215013107
64Ni, Viktorija WFMLAT 215013106
65Kushka, Alena WFMRUS 212413087
66Brunello, Marina WFMITA 210613075
67Sorokina, Anastasia WFMRUS 208713062
68Muzychuk, Anna IMSLO 25400.52262
69Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan IMSCO 25000.52257
70Kosintseva, Tatiana IMRUS 24970.52255
71Zhukova, Natalia WGMUKR 24900.52246
72Pogonina, Natalija WGMRUS 24670.52245
73Khurtsidze, Nino IMGEO 24210.52206
74Shadrina, Tatiana WGMRUS 24160.52190
75Peptan, Corina-Isabela IMROU 24010.52177
168 players

8) 41st Belgrade Women's Tournament

The 41st Belgrade Women's Tournament took place in Belgrade, Slavija Hotel, 3rd-11th March 2009. A 3rd women's event with overlapping dates.

Official site: http://www.beochess.rs/2009/8mart2009/8mart2009en.html

41st WGM Belgrade (SRB), 3-11 iii 2009 cat. II (2281)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Benderac, Ana wg SRB 2304 * ½ 1 ½ 1 . . . 1 ½ 2464
2. Chelushkina, Irina wg SRB 2359 ½ * 0 . . 1 1 1 . 1 2452
3. Petrenko, Svetlana m MDA 2251 0 1 * 1 0 . . 1 1 . 4 2417
4. Maksimovic, Suzana wg SRB 2284 ½ . 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 . . 2343
5. Rakic, Marija SRB 2284 0 . 1 ½ * . ½ ½ 1 . 2341
6. Voiska, Margarita wg BUL 2339 . 0 . 0 . * ½ ½ 1 1 3 2272
7. Cosma, Elena Luminita wg ROU 2343 . 0 . ½ ½ ½ * . ½ ½ 2229
8. Djukic, Sandra SRB 2196 . 0 0 0 ½ ½ . * . 1 2 2148
9. Meenakshi, Subbaraman wg IND 2327 0 . 0 . 0 0 ½ . * 1 2081
10. Eric, Jovana wf SRB 2126 ½ 0 . . . 0 ½ 0 0 * 1 2038

9) First Saturday March

The First Saturday tournaments (GM, IM and FM) take place 7th-20th March in Budapest.

Official site: http://www.firstsaturday.hu/

FSGM March Budapest (HUN), 7-17 iii 2009 cat. VIII (2448)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Ilincic, Zlatko g SRB 2555 * . . . . . . . . . . 1 1
2. Pap, Gyula m HUN 2468 . * . . . . . . . . 1 . 1
3. Balog, Imre1 m HUN 2431 . . * . . . . . . 1 . . 1
4. Kosic, Dragan g MNE 2521 . . . * . ½ . . . . . . ½ 2371
5. Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy m VIE 2465 . . . . * . ½ . . . . . ½ 2488
6. Rapport, Richard f HUN 2371 . . . ½ . * . . . . . . ½ 2521
7. Varga, Zoltan g HUN 2488 . . . . ½ . * . . . . . ½ 2465
8. Agopov, Mikael m FIN 2433 . . . . . . . * . . . . 0
9. Fodor, Tamas jr f HUN 2400 . . . . . . . . * . . . 0
10. Duong The Anh m VIE 2418 . . 0 . . . . . . * . . 0
11. Galyas, Miklos m HUN 2456 . 0 . . . . . . . . * . 0
12. Kjartansson, Gudmundur f ISL 2365 0 . . . . . . . . . . * 0

FSIMA March Budapest (HUN), 7-17 iii 2009
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
1. Berczes, Csaba m HUN 2383 * . . . . . . . 1 . . 1
2. Corke, Anya wg HKG 2260 . * . . . . . . . 1 . 1
3. Mihok, Oliver f HUN 2355 . . * . . . . . . . 1 1
4. Arsenault, Nicolas CAN 2229 . . . * . ½ . . . . . ½ 2268
5. Jones, Richard M ENG 2075 . . . . * . ½ . . . . ½ 2285
6. Lengyel, Bela m HUN 2268 . . . ½ . * . . . . . ½ 2229
7. Vegh, Endre m HUN 2285 . . . . ½ . * . . . . ½ 2075
8. Tesik, Csaba HUN 2145 . . . . . . . * . . . 0
9. Bach, Matthias f GER 2276 0 . . . . . . . * . . 0
10. Bacso, Gabor f HUN 2123 . 0 . . . . . . . * . 0
11. Sebestyen, Balazs f HUN 2283 . . 0 . . . . . . . * 0

FSIMB March Budapest (HUN), 7-16 iii 2009 cat. II (2278)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Carlstedt, Jonathan GER 2293 * * . . . . . . . . . . 0
2. Farago, Sandor m HUN 2263 . . * * . . . . . . . . 0
3. Kahn, Evarth m HUN 2290 . . . . * * . . . . . . 0
4. Kislik, Erik Andrew USA 2310 . . . . . . * * . . . . 0
5. Szalanczy, Emil m HUN 2336 . . . . . . . . * * . . 0
6. Volman, Horacio ISR 2175 . . . . . . . . . . * * 0

10) Dutch Teams

The Dutch Team Championship takes place 27th September 2008 - 10th May 2009. Round 6 took place on the 7th March. Round 7 is on the 28th March 2009.

Great coverage at: http://www.schakers.info/ and also the http://www.schaakbond.nl/wedstrijdschaak/knsb-competitie/

Dutch Teams (NED), 27 ix 2008 - 10 iv 2009
Round 6 (7th March 2009) results
Schrijvers Rotterdam BSG 8-2
Homburg Apeldoorn Hotels.nl 4-6
LSG HMC Calder 2.5-7.5
HSG Utrecht 8.5-1.5
Voerendaal ESGOO 4.5-5.5
Dutch Teams (NED), 27 ix 2008 - 10 iv 2009
Round 6 Standings:
Meesterklasse Mp Bp 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1. HSG 12 44½ x . . . 8
2. Hotels.nl 10 39½ . x 6 6 . . 8
3. HMC Calder 8 35 . 4 x 4 . .
4. Schrijvers Rotterdam 8 33½ . 6 x . 6 . 8
5. Utrecht 6 25 x . . .
6. ESGOO 5 24½ . . x 5 .
7. Homburg Apeldoorn 4 29½ 4 . x . .
8. Voerendaal 4 29 . . 4 . x 7
9. LSG 3 27 . . 5 . x 8
10. BSG 0 12½ 2 2 2 . . . 3 2 x

11) Brazilian Interclubs

The Brazilian Interclub Championship takes place 28th February - 8th March 2009.

Official site: http://www.fpx.com.br/

12) I Costa del Sol International

The I Costa del Sol International takes place 22nd February - 29th March 2009. Abel Carrascoso Morales and Antonio Naranjo Moreno lead on 5.5/6. Details: http://es.geocities.com/clubajedrezsanpedro/

13) Amber Blindfold and Rapid

The 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament takes place March 14th (first round) - March 26 (last round) at the five-star hotel Palais de la Mediterranee, splendidly located on the famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. The event is organised by the Association Max Euwe in Monaco.

The total prize-fund is - 216,000 Euros.

This year's field is stronger than ever with all the world's best players taking part.

The twelve participants are (in alphabetical order): World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Vasily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Gata Kamsky (United States), Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Peter Leko (Hungary), Alexander Morozevich (Russia), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Wang Yue (China).

Every day four sessions will be played, two blindfold sessions and two rapid sessions. The first session starts at 14.30 hrs. The fourth session finishes around 20.00 hrs. (Note: the final round on March 26 starts at 12.30 hrs. March 18 and 23 are rest days.)

Official website: http://www.amberchess2009.com

14) Tancats de la Societat Coral

The Tancats de la Societat Coral Colon Grup GM takes place 23rd January - 20th March 2009.

Official site: http://chess-results.com/tnr18677.aspx

Tancats de la Societat Coral C Sabadell (ESP), 23 i-20 iii 2009 cat. IX (2466)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Moskalenko, Viktor1 g UKR 2538 * 1 ½ ½ . 1 . 1 . 1 5 2723
2. Alsina Leal, Daniel m ESP 2510 0 * 0 ½ 1 . . . 1 1 2515
3. Cruz, Filemon f PER 2411 ½ 1 * . . 0 ½ 0 1 . 3 2479
4. Aloma Vidal, Robert m ESP 2399 ½ ½ . * ½ . ½ . 0 1 3 2487
5. Almeida Quintana, Omar g CUB 2521 . 0 . ½ * ½ ½ 1 . ½ 3 2461
6. Perpinya Rofes, Lluis Maria f ESP 2381 0 . 1 . ½ * . 1 0 0 2425
7. Rodriguez, Amador g ESP 2479 . . ½ ½ ½ . * ½ ½ 0 2402
8. Cruz, Cristhian m PER 2545 0 . 1 . 0 0 ½ * 1 . 2402
9. Panelo, Marcelo m ARG 2425 . 0 0 1 . 1 ½ 0 * . 2397
10. Fluvia Poyatos, Jordi m ESP 2454 0 0 . 0 ½ 1 1 . . * 2414

15) Forthcoming Events and Links

Masterskill Commonwealth Chess Championships

The Masterskill Commonwealth Chess Championships takes place 14th-21st July 2009 in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Details: http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/4-tournaments/3827-commonwealth-chess-championship-2009-in-malaysia

Maia Chiburdanidze Cup

The "Maia Chiburdanidze Cup" (International Open Women's Chess Tournament) takes place in the Chess Palace, Tbilisi (Georgia) 4th-13th June 2009. The Tournament is open to all women players. Each player must herself (or her federation) cover all her expenses: entry fee, transportation, accommodation and board. 9 round Swiss. Rate of play: 90 min for all moves, increment 30 seconds per move. Details available from the addresses below.

Contact IA, FM Varlam Vepkhvishvili E-mail: chessgeorgia@hotmail.com or chessvarlam@hotmail.com.

Phone:
(995)32-997736 - Federation
(995)32-960199 - Home
(995)99-771974 - Mobile

1st International Open Tbilisi

The 1st International Open Tbilisi Chess Tournament takes place 14th-24th June 2009.

Official site: http://www.chess.tbilisi.ge (not yet up and running)

9 round Swiss. Rate of play: 90 min for all moves, increment 30 seconds per move. Details available from the addresses below.

e-mail: chessvarlam@hotmail.com - Varlam Vepkhvishvili
e-mail: ggrs92@hotmail.com - Giorgi Khomeriki

10th Internet Chess Tournament - Ciudad de Dos Hermanas

This year, one of Spainís most famous chess cities celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Internet Chess Event. The 10th Internet Chess Tournament "Ciudad de Dos Hermanas" (Spain) will be held on the ICC Internet Chess Club playing zone (http://www.chessclub.com).

This event is the most important Internet chess tournament in the world. In last yearís edition, 2282 players took part. For the second year running, former prodigy child and under-10 World Champion IM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun defeated all the big names to take the 2000 Euros first prize. Other finalists were GMís Hikaru Nakamura (2670), Baadur Jobava (2643) and Zhang Zhong (2617).

This year the prize fund is 7.500 euros, again with 2.000 euros for the winner. In addition, there are many class prizes and special cash prizes for amateur players.

The playing system remains unchanged: twelve 12-round Swiss qualifiers with 3/0 games. Qualifiers will be held twice a day from March 13th to 18th, and the finals are held on March 20th and 21st.

Entry is completely free for all ICC members. The Dos Hermanas website: http://www.doshermanas.net/ has the rules and registration page.

Varna Chess Festival

The 1st International Chess Festival Varna, takes place at the Grand Hotel Varna 11th-20th June 2009. Contact: seahorse@abv.bg for more details.

Website: http://euroschoolchess.org/ (although I couldn't find the event myself)

Tournament of Young Talents

The 30th annual Tournament of Young Talents takes place 9th - 13th April 2009 in Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic. It is a festival of three tournaments: Tournament of young talents - several groups for youth players under 14 years Up to 8 years children championship - open Czech Championship under 8 years Pobeskydi - FIDE open and at least one round-robin with the possibility to achieve IM/WGM norm.

Further details: http://www.chessfm.cz

European Youth Championships

The European Youth Championships (U10 - U18) takes place in Fermo/Italy 30th August - 10th September 2009.

Details: http://www.euroyouth2009.com

European Senior Championships

The European Individual Senior Championship takes place in Rogaska Slatina/Slovenia 22nd - 31st July 2009. For the first time just before the event a European Senior Rapid Championship will be organised. The dates are 19th - 21st July.

Further details are published under http://www.sahohlacnik.com/eu-sen/

European Union Website

The European Chess Union Website ECU website has changed address to http://www.europechess.org

Szombathely IM

There is an IM tournament in Szombathely (HUN) 26th March - 3rd April 2009 9-11 rounds 100 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes , 30 sec addition after each move Chief Arbiter: PERGEL Laszlo International Arbiter Accomodation: Pansion (tv, bathroom, wifi) 40 Eur/night/room/2 person Entry Fee: 120 euro Schedule: Opening Ceremony: 26th March 2009 15.30 Rounds: 26th March - 3rd April every day 16.00 Information: CSONKA Attila 0036-70-200-4233 attila_csonka@hotmail.com PERGEL Laszlo 0036-70-775-4901 pergell@citromail.hu

Alushta Diary 2009

Alushta Diary 2009:

GM Norm events: 23.05 - 1.06, 2.06 - 12.06, 15.06 - 25.06, 2.09 - 12.09, 14.09 - 24.09, 26.09 - 6.10, IM Norm: 23.05 - 1.06, 2.06 - 12.06, 15.06 - 25.06, 2.09 - 12.09, 14.09 - 24.09, 26.09 - 6.10, Rating tournament: 4.06 - 12.06, 22.06 - 27.06, 5.09 - 13.09, Open tournament (under 16 years) 3.06 - 11.06, 13.06 - 21.06, Alushta Swiss 9 rounds Open tournament First prize - 1000$ First prize (woman) - 500$ 28.06 - 6.07, 10.07 - 18.07, 20.07 - 28.07, 22.08 - 30.08, Alushta Swiss 9 rounds Blitz tournament 7.07, 19.07, 29.07, Alushta Swiss 9 rounds Open tournament (rapid chess) 8.07 - 9.07, 30.07 - 31.07, Alushta Session of school of Gennadi Kuzmin 21.06 - 27.06, 15.07 - 24.07. Individual and group studying Further information: http://www.kaissa.com.ua phone +38 (06560)5-05-32, +380505828911 (for Russian speaking), + 380506692604 (for English speaking) e-mail: info@kaissa.com.ua

21st Lenk International Chess Festival

After a great jubilee with the 20th Lenk Chess Festival, last year has come the shock news that the, 21st Lenk International Tournament, April 9th-13th 2009 will be the last chess event in the Simmental region, a very attractive tourist area. "Beochess" with "Swiss Chess Tour" this year close all their chess activity. During 21 years Lenk became very popular in chess world and it will be pity if nobody keeps on the tremendous tradition.

So, last time, Hotel Kreuz will be venue, Lenk Open. Swiss system, 7 rounds and the games will last a maximum of 5 hours (40 moves for 2 hours and 30 minutes till the end). The prizes: 1.500 SF, 1.200, 800, 600, 400, 2x300 and 3x200 SF. Special prizes: Ladies, senior (1948), junior(1989-92), schoolboy (1993) and amateur (under 2000) for all: 200 CHF. Entry fee 130 SF, FMs and juniors 60 SF, at the door 20 SF more, GMs and IMs free. Venue: Hotel "Kreuz". Time table: Round 1st 18.00-23.00 April 9,; Rounds 2/3 10.00-15.00 and 16.00-21.00 April 10,; Round 4 14.00-19.00 April 11,; Rounds 5/6 10.00-15.00 and 16.00-21.00 April 12,; Round 7 10.00-15.00 April 13. Closing ceremony April 13 at 16.00.

Info: Beochess +41+62+965-46-50 (Robert Spoerri) or event@beochess.ch or site http://www.beochess.ch for more details.

Zuerich Chess Club 200th Anniversary

Dr. Christian Rohrer reports: The world's oldest chess club celebrates its 200th year with spectacular jubilee events, including World Champions Spassky, Kasparov and Anand.

The Schachgesellschaft Zuerich celebrates 200th anniversary with spectacular jubilee events

The Schachgesellschaft Zuerich, the world's oldest chess club, celebrates its 200th year in 2009 with spectacular jubilee events. To mark the anniversary, some of the greatest masters of the last five decades, including World Champions Spassky, Kasparov and Anand, will play at the event. Highlights will be a simultaneous exhibition and a rapid chess tournament on the 22nd and 23rd of August, held in Zurich Main Railway Station. With generous sponsor support from Credit Suisse the Schachgesellschaft Zuerich continues its long standing tradition of world class chess tournaments.

On Saturday the 22nd of August, in simultaneous games 200 amateurs will be honoured to face eight word-class chess players, who have made historical contributions to world chess over the last 50 years: Viswanathan Anand, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Viktor Korchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Spassky, Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov. On Sunday the 23rd of August, these champions will compete against each other in an exciting rapid chess format. Judit Polgar, the strongest female chess player ever, and Werner Hug of Schachgesellschaft Zuerich, former world junior chess champion, will replace Kasparov and Spassky, who have retired from competitive chess.

A huge number of spectators, from enthusiasts to the generally curious, is expected for the events at Zurich Railway Main Station. And no one need miss it: All commemorative events will be streamed live via Internet.

The jubilee commences with an open tournament; certain to be one of the most exciting open chess tournaments of 2009. Players of every skill level, from beginners to the elite world class, are expected and will be welcomed at the Zurich Kongresshaus from August 9th to the 15th, 2009. They will compete in two tournaments, 9 rounds each, for CHF 100.000 guaranteed prize money and many attractive prizes.

To further honour the occasion, Richard Forster, reputable chess historian, will release his comprehensive book, researched in great detail, on the unique history of the Schachgesellschaft Zuerich. Entitled "Schachgesellschaft Zuerich: 1809 bis 2009", Forster's work will analyze the development of the Schachgesellschaft Zuerich from the times of Napoleon to the present day.

Details: http://www.sgzurich2009.ch

5th Thessaloniki Games Festival

The 5th Thessaloniki Games Festival takes place 26th April - 4th May 2009.

Official site: http://www.gamesfestival.com/ (wasn't working when I checked) and a full listing of the event.

32nd Ikaros Chess Festival 2009

The traditional 32nd Ikaros Chess Festival 2009 takes place on Ikaria island.

The main event of the festival, the International Aegean Open Championship takes place 11th-19th July 2009. It is a 9 round swiss event with prize fund 3600 Euros in total (1st prize 1000 Euros, special money prizes for ladies and veterans). Special conditions for GMs/IMs and WGMs/WIMs are provided, special discounts for families and club teams are also offered (more information will be available in the official announcement of the festival that will be out soon on the official webpage.

Contact info: ikaros@chess.gr while to contact us on the phone one can try: +30 6932 478386 or +30 210 5010871 (Mr. Savas Kyriakou). For general information about the island of Ikaria one can also check at: http://www.island-ikaria.com

Official site: http://www.chess.gr/ikaros

32nd San Sebastian Open

32nd San Sebastian International Open, takes place 5th-12th April 2009 in the Spanish northern city of San Sebastian (near french border).

Info: http://www.fgajedrez.org/open/open.htm

Pula Open 2009

The 23rd International Chess Tournament "Pula Open 2009" takes place 27th June - 4th July 2009 in Pula, Croatia. Official site: http://www.skpula.hr and contact e-mail: pulaopen@globalnet.hr.

Hungarian Chess Tournaments March-October 2009

1. 7th-19th of February, FIRST SATURDAY GM-IM-FM Budapest FIRST SATURDAY Budapest, GM-IM-FM round robins (BERGER), 9-13 games, GM-IM norm possibilities in Budapest, venue: Hungarian Chess Federation, Falk Miksa Str.10. 2nd floor. Organisation: Nagy Laszlo, FIDE International Chess Organizer /NL/, E-mail: firstsat@hu.inter.net Website: http://www.firstsaturday.hu Phone-fax: +(361)-2632859, cellphone: +(36)-30-230-1914 /From 12:00 a.m. until midnight - Central European Time = GMT+1/

2.20th-28th of February IM-Rating Caissa, Kecskemet, org: Dr.Erdelyi, Tamas, cellphone: +36-30-271-33-38, Landline phone-fax: +36-76-481-685 e-mail: postmaster@caissa.t-online.hu Website: http://www.caissachessbooks.hu Usually also in the second half of the month IM and rating tournaments in Kecskemet, a city 80 km South-East from Budapest.

3.7th-19th of March, First Saturday, Budapest, GM-IM-FM, org Nagy L.

4.20th-28th of March, 25th BUDAPEST SPRING FESTIVAL 9 rounds Swiss Open, org: Nagy L. - e-mail: firstsat@hu.inter.net

5.4th-16th of April First Saturday Budapest, org.Nagy L.

6.18th-26th of April Caissa, IM + rating Kecskemet, Org.Erdelyi,

7.2nd-14th of May, First Saturday GM-IM-FM Budapest, org Nagy L.

Kecskemet Caissa IM + rating tournaments more: 16th-25th of May, 20th-28th of June, 18th-27th of July, 15th-24th of August, 19th-28th of September. FIRST SATURDAY Budapest GM-IM-FM tournaments more: 6th-18th of June, 4th-16th of July, 1st-13th of August, 5th-17th of September.

4NCL

The 4NCL takes place 4th October 2008 - 4th May 2009. Rounds 7-8 take place 21st-22nd March 2009 in the Barcelo Hotel, Hinckley Island.

Official site: http://www.4ncl.co.uk

Fixtures 2008-9

Rounds 1 and 2: 4th/5th October 2008 De Vere Venues, Sunningdale Divisions 1-2

Rounds 3-4: 6th/7th December 2008 Barcelo Hotel, Hinckley Island Divisions 1-3

Rounds 5-6: 17th/18th January 2009 De Vere Venues, Sunningdale Divisions 1-2

Rounds 7-8: 21st/22nd March 2009 Barcelo Hotel, Hinckley Island Divisions 1-3

Rounds 9-11: 2nd-4th May 2009 De Vere Venues, Staverton Park Divisions 1-2

Novi Sad Open

1) Open turnir , 10-11 jan. 2009 , Srpska Nova g. u N. Sadu , 5 kola , rejtinguje se !!, fide tempo http://www.drazic.co.rs

2) IM , berger, 10-18.jan.2009. , 10 rounds, fide tempo, Novi SAd, for elo and norms fide, http://www.drazic.co.rs

3) Open turnir , 16-18 jan.2009, Novi Sad "Zima u Novom Sadu", 5 kola , rejtinguje se !!, fide tempo http://www.drazic.co.rs

4) cuger turnir , Olimpik, 12. jan.2009, Novi Sad, start 20 h , http://www.drazic.co.rs

5) program of chess edukation, every day from 12-15 jan. 2009 chess lessons with varius GM and Im (available in 3 languages),,,, some of teachers GM Kosanovic G. , GM SEdlak Nikola, GM Kovacevic A , GM DRazic Sinisa etc...

6) Open t. , "Dunav-Drava -Sava" , Banja Junakovic(87km from N.Sad), 9 rounds, fide tempo, possible norms fide and elo, date - 21-25.01.2009., special package , only 130 eur, 4 days full board with available swiming pool, and include also entry fee !! more http://www.drazic.co.rs Special discount for people who take part in more than one events.

Luis Scalise

Luis Scalise's chess pages have moved to: http://scalise.fortunecity.com/

Grand Slam Masters Final

The 2nd edition of the Grand Slam Masters Final will be played in Bilbao, September 2-15th 2009. The winners of Corus-Wijk aan Zee, Ciudad de Linares and Mtel Masters-Sofia tournaments will qualify directly for the Masters Final in Bilbao, where the first edition (played at a central square, inside a glass cube) was a very big success last September.

More details on the 2009 tournament (number of players, system of play, etc) will be announced at the end of the Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee. The Grand Slam is in negotiations to include one more high level tournament in the 2009 circuit.

Grand Slam Chess Association (GSCA)

Dresden, 23 November 2008

Austrian Team Championship

The Austrian team championship started in St Veit 7th-9th November 2008, the 11 round competition has further rounds 22nd-25th January and 19th-22nd March 2009. Players in the first three rounds included: Sergei Movsesian, Hikaru Nakamura, Emil Sutovsky, Jan Gustafsson and Alexander Beliavsky.

Official site: http://www.chess.at/ and results: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr12353.aspx

Chess Study

Dr Robert Howard is making a study of rated chess players.

The full article: http://education.arts.unsw.edu.au/fidestudy/results

If you would like to participate, please go to this website: http://education.arts.unsw.edu.au/fidestudy/

For any queries, please contact Dr Robert Howard, University of New South Wales, on rwh@unsw.edu.au

Bundesliga

The Schachbundesliga season 2008/09 runs 3rd-5th October and runs until March 2009. 16 Teams compete with team rosters of 16-18 players but only eight play each weekend. There will be live coverage of all the games.

Dates: 4th-5th October 2008 25th-26th October 2008 29th-30th November 2008 12th-14th December 2008 (Here the official seventh round will be played. Although some will be played at other times) 31st January 2008 - 1st February 2009. 28th February - 1st March 2009. 28th-29th March 2009.

Official site of the Schachbundesliga (http://www.schachbundesliga.de/index.aspx) Further information (in German) and the entrance site for the live coverage: http://www.schachbundesliga.de/index.aspx

European Youth U-16 winners Texas Scholarships

The University of Texas at Dallas (USA) has offered scholarships to the winners of the U-16 European Youth Chess Championships since 2007. The agreement with the European Chess Union has been extended for another three years. The total value of the scholarships during this five-year period will be approximately 1 million USD, said James A. Stallings, Director of the UTD chess program.

Interview on the ECU website: http://www.europechess.org/home518.aspx?art=ft

27th Elba Island Festival

The 27th International Chess Festival of Elba Island "Luigi Amalfi", takes place at the Hotel Lacona 10th-17th May 2009.

Details: http://www.tuscanhotels.it/en/cmsx.asp?IDPg=23

Icelandic Team Championship

Icelandic Team Champ 1st div first half took place 3rd-5th October 2008. The 2nd set of games are March 21st-22nd March 2009 if I understand the website correctly. A small number of games are available.

Official site: http://www.skaksamband.is/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=5982&Itemid=499# and results: http://chess-results.com/tnr16443.aspx

Doeberl Cup and Sydney International 2009

The 2009 Doeberl Cup is in Canberra 9th-13th April 2009. See http://www.doeberlcup.com.au/

The 2009 Sydney International Open takes place 15th-19th April 2009. See http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

Free entry to GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs.

Free accommodation for selected GMs and WGMs.

For further information, please contact Brian Jones info@chessaustralia.com.au

GM Boris Alterman's Chess Lessons

GM Boris Alterman has a blog with free chess lessons on it.

Website: http://chesslessons.wordpress.com/

Etienne Bacrot's Website

Etienne Bacrot has a website at: http://www.chess22.fr/ with his analysis and news. Very worth while, especially when he's playing.

ICC and FICS client for mobile phones

Mats Luthman has written a program that connects to ICC and FICS, compatable with many modern mobile phones. I've been looking for something like this for a while for watching live tournaments if I'm out and about. Its a nice free solution, you can also play but I haven't tried that.

Website: http://www.luthman.nu/Mobi/Mobi.html