THE WEEK IN CHESS 781 26th October 2009 by Mark Crowther

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1) Introduction
2) Unive Tournament Hoogeveen
3) 17th European Team Championship
4) 48th World Junior Championships
5) Chigorin Memorial 2009
6) Chess in Lebanon
7) US Chess League
8) Romanian League
9) Guernsey International Chess Festival
10) World Senior Championship
11) Forthcoming Events and Links

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Unive Tournament Hoogeveen160 games
17th European Team Championship568 games
48th World Junior Championships225 games
Chigorin Memorial 2009657 games
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1) Introduction

My thanks to Luiz Roberto Da Costa Jr, Elie Houlichian, Marcos Sander, Gary Suffield, Adolivio Capece, Andrej Pacic and everyone else who helped with the issue.

The Unive tournament finished with Sergei Tiviakov taking clear first place. He won the only decisive game of the tournament. Vassily Ivanchuk missed a couple of chances against Tiviakov but never really got going. At the same time the European Team Championships are about half way through. Azerbaijan leads the open event and meet the favourites Russia in the next round. The World Juniors are also under way and the favourite Maxime Vachier Lagrave leads after 5 of 13 rounds. Not many events, but those that are on are of high quality.

Hope you enjoy this issue.


2) Unive Tournament Hoogeveen

The 13th Unive Tournament 2009 in Hoogeveen took place 16th-24th October 2009. Sergei Tiviakov took clear first place with 3.5/6 half a point clear of Anish Giri and Vassily Ivanchuk. Judit Polgar finished last on 2.5/6. The event saw just one decisive game where Tiviakov beat Polgar. Stewart Haslinger won the open with 7.5/9.


Unive Crown Hoogeveen (NED), 18-24 x 2009 cat. XVII (2666)
1 2 3 4
1. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2670 * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 2722
2. Giri, Anish g NED 2552 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ 3 2704
3. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2756 ½ ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½ 3 2636
4. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2687 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * * 2602

Round 3 (October 20, 2009)
Tiviakov, Sergei - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 146 B17 Caro Kann
Polgar, Judit - Giri, Anish ½-½ 18 C43 Petroff's Defence
Round 4 (October 22, 2009)
Tiviakov, Sergei - Polgar, Judit 1-0 50 B46 Sicilian Paulsen
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Giri, Anish ½-½ 26 A11 Reti Opening
Round 5 (October 23, 2009)
Giri, Anish - Polgar, Judit ½-½ 36 E15 Queens Indian
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Tiviakov, Sergei ½-½ 59 B01 Centre Counter
Round 6 (October 24, 2009)
Tiviakov, Sergei - Giri, Anish ½-½ 56 C24 Bishop's Opening
Polgar, Judit - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 17 C42 Petroff's Defence
Unive Open Hoogeveen (NED), 16-24 x 2009
Rank Name TiFed. Score Rating TPR W-We BH SB
1Haslinger, Stewart GMENG 7.5252927071.914940.75
2Brodsky, Michail GMUKR 6.5253026050.965437
3Nijboer, Friso GMNED 6.5254025850.665134.75
4Ulibin, Mikhail GMRUS 6.5253325360.264733.75
5Caspi, Israel IMISR 6.5240425211.5746.530.75
6Kasparov, Sergey GMBLR 6248825270.5550.532.5
7Friedel, Joshua E GMUSA 625552511-0.375031
8Genov, Petar GMBUL 624702456-0.0446.530
9Willemze, Thomas IMNED 6239124691.064627.25
10Riemersma, Li IMNED 624312410-0.1245.527.5
11Romanishin, Oleg GMUKR 5.525152440-0.7548.527.25
12Gruenfeld, Yehuda GMISR 5.524742445-0.2248.527.25
13Slingerland, Fred IMNED 5.5239524300.4846.526.25
14Van Delft, Merijn IMNED 5.523742361-0.084324.5
15Vedder, Henk NED 5.523642355-0.0241.523.75
16Van Kooten, Luuk FMNED 5.5229223560.840.522.75
17Van Oosterom, Chiel IMNED 5238624060.274622.75
18Grooten, Herman IMNED 5232823520.3345.523.5
19Kraai, Jesse GMUSA 525262372-1.694523
20Hoffman, Ron NED 5210723882.864325
21Vul, Arkadi Eremeevich GMRUS 5230923860.894220
22Klein, David NED 5224823070.684121.25
23Timmermans, Ivo NED 5223722850.639.517.5
24Bezemer, Arno FMNED 523642264-1.173819.5
25Heemskerk, Wim FMNED 5223622440.073819
26Afek, Yochanan IMISR 523032266-0.4436.517.25
27Lagrotteria, Salvatore ITA 522212203-0.2633.515
28De Jong, Migchiel FMNED 4.523732286-0.8945.519.75
29Genova, Lyubka WIMBUL 4.522502244-0.1142.518.75
30Bijlsma, Nick NED 4.5202822532.4841.519
31Ootes, Lars NED 4.523842261-1.374118.75
32Clemens, Adrian FMNED 4.522642225-0.474017.5
33Fehr, Axel GER 4.5212822411.2638.517.75
34Jellema, Yme Jan NED 4.5217722300.5538.515
35Haast, Anne NED 4.5221522920.813818.25
36Admiraal, Miguoel NED 4.521942192-0.0637.515.5
37Tondivar, Babak FMNED 4.523672128-2.6536.517
38Pijpers, Arthur NED 4219022210.314216
39Mostertman, Milan NED 4213822611.394117.25
40Hovenga, Alje NED 422062167-0.64115
41Kasparova, Tatiana WIMBLR 4217522170.474017.25
42Hendriks, Richard NED 4211721490.354015.25
43Vinke, Andreas GER 422322174-0.753714.5
44Stavast, Dick NED 4199821471.683714.5
45Mellema, Andries NED 421252125-0.113612.25
46Beijerinck, Nick NED 4204421030.523611.25
47Kabos, Tobias NED 3.521752142-0.494013
48Cako, Laszlo NED 3.521592135-0.373912.75
49Sadallah, Osama NED 3.521562125-0.4536.59.75
50Warmelink, Evie NED 3.5194120380.84368.5
51Vedder, Richard FMNED 3.523492087-3.043510.75
52Sparenberg, Erik NED 3.5207621160.353211.5
53Beukema, Stefan NED 3.5203221301.013210
54Hortensius, Lisa NED 3.520421971-0.7729.58.5
55Van der Veen, Jan NED 321442097-0.5942.513.5
56Hummel, Joop NED 320252032-0.024111
57Potze, Rudolf NED 321562028-1.5833.59
58Hulshof, Peter NED 2.5221622920.444017.25
59Galje, Hans NED 2.521392030-1.36348.75
60Akotchik, Viktor NED 2.521021938-1.65347.25
61Mol, Christiaan NED 2.520791983-1.2129.56.25
62Ypma, Peter NED 220521930-1.3433.55.75
63Ellenbroek, Ton NED 0.520781809-1.3731.57.5

3) 17th European Team Championship

The 17th European Team Championship takes place in Novi Sad (Serbia) October 21st-31st 2009.

Official site:

Videos: Results:

17th European Teams Novi Sad (SRB), 22-30 x 2009
Round 5 Standings:
Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
1017Serbia 1SRB 15311712,052,0
1613Czech RepublicCZE5221610,058,0
2522Serbia 2SRB 2520349,545,0
3232Bosnia & HerzegovinaBIH511338,048,0
3527Former Yug Rep of MacedoniaMKD510427,549,0
17th European Teams Novi Sad (SRB), 22-30 x 2009
Results and Pairings:
Round 6 27th October 2009
517SRB 1Serbia 1127:713½HungaryHUN10
613CZECzech Republic106:611½BulgariaBUL4
1334BELBelgium94:4Serbia 2SRB 222
1732BIHBosnia & Herzegovina83:3LuxembourgLUX36
1833ISLIceland2:2Former Yug Rep of MacedoniaMKD27
Round 5 26th October 2009
48ESPSpain10½62:2610Serbia 1SRB 117
515NEDNetherlands10½62:258Czech RepublicCZE13
94BULBulgaria43:14Serbia 2SRB 222
1325SUISwitzerland733:137Bosnia & HerzegovinaBIH32
1620CROCroatia2:26Former Yug Rep of MacedoniaMKD27
Round 4 25th October 2009
217SRB 1Serbia 1961:36GeorgiaGEO11
422SRB 2Serbia 241:347ArmeniaARM3
810HUNHungary42:246Czech RepublicCZE13
1227MKDFormer Yug Rep of Macedonia521:32BulgariaBUL4
1732BIHBosnia & Herzegovina1:13ScotlandSCO37
Round 3 24th October 2009
23ARMArmenia4:4Serbia 1SRB 117
1013CZECzech Republic2:25SloveniaSLO16
1222SRB 2Serbia 223:12FinlandFIN31
1532BIHBosnia & Herzegovina311:113AustriaAUT21
1627MKDFormer Yug Rep of Macedonia0:½0MonacoMNC38
Round 2 23rd October 2009
413CZECzech Republic21:32SpainESP8
817SRB 1Serbia 123:123GreeceGRE19
97GERGermany323:112Bosnia & HerzegovinaBIH32
111RUSRussia21:½01Former Yug Rep of MacedoniaMKD27
1538MNCMonaco10½:01Serbia 2SRB 222
Round 1 22nd October 2009
727MKDFormer Yug Rep of Macedonia001:300GermanyGER7
837SCOScotland00½:00Serbia 1SRB 117
1312POLPoland002:200Bosnia & HerzegovinaBIH32
1433ISLIceland00:00Czech RepublicCZE13
1922SRB 2Serbia 2001:300GreeceGRE19
8th European Teams w Novi Sad (SRB), 22-30 x 2009
Round 5 Standings:
Rk.SNoTeamTeamGames + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
1116Czech RepublicCZE5221611,056,5
2325Former Yug Rep of MacedoniaMKD511337,040,0
2524Bosnia & HerzegovinaBIH510427,039,0
8th European Teams w Novi Sad (SRB), 22-30 x 2009
Pairings and Results:
Round 6 27th October 2009
87GERGermany10½5:611Czech RepublicCZE16
1224BIHBosnia & Herzegovina72:3AustriaAUT21
1325MKDFormer Yug Rep of Macedonia73:24TurkeyTUR28
Round 5 26th October 2009
714GREGreece1052:259Czech RepublicCZE16
1223MNEMontenegro23:126Bosnia & HerzegovinaBIH24
1426FINFinland1:1Former Yug Rep of MacedoniaMKD25
Round 4 25th October 2009
716CZECzech Republic742:249SloveniaSLO12
1024BIHBosnia & Herzegovina521:32SpainESP15
1425MKDFormer Yug Rep of Macedonia02:20NorwayNOR27
Round 3 24th October 2009
916CZECzech Republic2:2IsraelISR17
1327NORNorway0½:02Bosnia & HerzegovinaBIH24
1425MKDFormer Yug Rep of Macedonia20½:0½CroatiaCRO18
Round 2 23rd October 2009
915ESPSpain½0:0½Former Yug Rep of MacedoniaMKD25
1018CROCroatia00½:01Czech RepublicCZE16
1428TURTurkey½03:101Bosnia & HerzegovinaBIH24
Round 1 22nd October 2009
216CZECzech Republic001:300GeorgiaGEO2
1024BIHBosnia & Herzegovina001:300HungaryHUN10
1111NEDNetherlands00:½00Former Yug Rep of MacedoniaMKD25

4) 48th World Junior Championships

The 48th World Junior Championships (27th for Girls) take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina 21st October - November 4th 2009.

There are many junior titles but this is the only one of historic importance. Borislav Ivkov was the first champion, Oscar Panno, Boris Spassky, William Lombardy, Anatoly Karpov, Alexander Beliavsky, Tony Miles, Artur Jussupow, Yasser Seirawan, Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand and Levon Aronian are by no means the only well known players to have taken the title over the years. The event is for players under-20. (List:

Official site: - Results:

World Juniors Puerto Madryn (ARG), 21 x - 4 xi 2009
Round 5 Standings:
Rk.NameFEDRtgPts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1GMVACHIER-LAGRAVE MaximeFRA27184,5997313,02833
2GMZHIGALKO SergeiBLR26464,5980012,52787
3YU YangyiCHN25094,01026014,02724
4GMRODSHTEIN MaximISR26234,01020613,52747
5GMLI Chao BCHN26174,0994113,02693
6GMITURRIZAGA EduardoVEN26054,0990212,02684
7GMBINDRICH FalkoGER25164,0950210,52586
8GMOLSZEWSKI MichalPOL25443,51020813,02651
9BLIT JacquesARG23503,51020810,02620
10GMANDREIKIN DmitryRUS26593,51009911,52620
11GMHOWELL David W LENG26243,5997612,02613
12GMGRIGORYAN AvetikARM25153,5980811,02551
13GMSWIERCZ DariuszPOL24923,5979111,52533
14FMYILMAZ MustafaTUR24753,5979010,52516
15GMPOPOV IvanRUS25823,5966410,52544
16GMJUMABAYEV RinatKAZ25483,5966310,02542
17IMVOCATURO DanieleITA25103,5947610,02483
18GMLEON HOYOS ManuelMEX25163,5940310,02431
19IMLENDERMAN AlexUSA25423,5938510,02472
20IMLALITH Babu M RIND24773,01041011,02568
21FMMAENHOUT ThibautBEL23033,0101438,02528
22FMBAJARANI UlviAZE23923,0100799,52328
23IMMARGVELASHVILI GiorgiGEO25093,01006411,52502
24IMROBSON RayUSA25273,01006211,02539
25IMIBARRA CHAMI Luis FernandoMEX23933,01002910,02451
26TRISTAN LeonardoARG24123,0998410,02496
27GMDIAMANT AndreBRA25263,0981210,52486
28FMCORI JorgePER24453,0977111,02427
29GUNDAVAA BayarsaikhanMGL24773,096349,52412
30GRYSON WouterBEL21453,095377,02384
31IMSHYAM Sundar MIND24033,093969,02334
32IMKARTHIKEYAN PIND24493,093829,02348
33IMPEREZ PONSA FedericoARG24223,093409,02333
34ONDRUS MartinSVK23043,086106,02034
35GARNELIS JuliusLTU22282,5100427,02398
36IMADHIBAN BaskaranIND24902,599698,02418
37BOMANS ArnoBEL20852,597317,02295
38FMVISHNU Prasanna VIND23422,597128,02182
39FMSCHIENDORFER EmanuelSUI23112,596377,52328
40HUGAERT ArthurBEL20662,596365,02167
41GALLEGO ALCARAZ Andres FelipeCOL24042,596099,02310
42IMPOTAPOV PavelRUS24292,595938,52319
43FMZASLAVSKY MikhailISR23922,595389,02148
44STAVRIANAKIS IoannisGRE22732,594506,52130
45CRESPO EugenioARG20192,594356,02330
46GMCHIRILA Ioan-CristianROU25042,594159,52123
47MALDONADO FedericoARG20032,594076,52320
48IMCAN EmreTUR24552,593878,52279
49IMASHWIN JayaramIND24512,592677,52257
50FMHOURIEZ ClementFRA23042,591396,02068
51IMBRUNELLO SabinoITA25332,590886,52231
52CMALVAREZ RAMIREZ Miguel AngelMEX22592,589925,52187
53SALINAS HERRERA PabloCHI21292,096897,02106
54FMMACIAS MURILLO BryanECU23632,095547,02246
55CUBERLI EmilianoARG21612,092085,02158
56MORALES Ramon AlejandroARG19412,091325,02187
57AHARON OfirISR21922,088825,01944
58GOMEZ GUSTAV PizzocaroBRA21762,072846,01928
59CHAVARRIA BilyARG02,071507,02129
60DOLE AnantRSA20682,067143,01751
61CATELLI HernanARG22001,599095,52155
62AGUINAGA MaximilianoARG20091,597245,52169
63FMMEZA HugoARG22761,595876,02172
64DIMURO MatiasARG22141,594745,52134
65OCAMPOS IanARG20471,594103,51973
66FMKOKOL PeterSLO23221,593525,02135
67FMLOVIK Lasse OsteboNOR23201,593394,52102
68RAMOS Vasco Miguel De MatosPOR19151,593263,52130
69GARCIA FUENTES Sergio MigGUA21191,592833,52097
70TAHER RamiLBA19461,590893,52049
71FMSTELLA AndreaITA23301,588594,52006
72GONCALVES Marcus Vinicius MBRA18651,585413,01948
73GATOR MosabLBA21391,562023,01764
74DECUADRO SebastianURU20341,092162,01843
75CALDERON LucianoARG01,088421,01768
76CADELAGO CristianARG01,068573,01458
77GUO-YUTHOK SherabAUS19661,067751,01595
78JOAO MarioANG01,042442,00
79SOARES EriksonANG22551,040862,00
80LEHTIMAKI TeroFIN20000,593012,51867
81BEN FARAHAT RamadanLBA00,064190,01105
82JOAO AmaralANG00,042340,00
83SALEH A R SalemUAE24780,000,00
FMTOLOGONTEGIN SemeteyKGZ23550,000,00
World Juniors Girls Puerto Madryn (ARG), 21 x - 4 xi 2009
Round 5 Standings:
Rk.NameFEDRtgPts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1WIMZHANG XiaowenCHN23914,5884413,02565
2WIMCORI TELLO DeysiPER23614,0902112,52474
3WIMPADMINI RoutIND23314,0866810,02368
4WFMSTEIL-ANTONI FionaLUX21523,5915910,52415
5WIMYILDIZ Betul CemreTUR22243,5899813,02338
6WIMMIKADZE MirandaGEO23173,5897411,02308
7WGMPAULET IozefinaROU23423,5891110,52315
8WFMHAYRAPETYAN AnnaARM22123,5881110,52297
9WIMSEVERIUKHINA ZojaRUS23393,5879510,52316
10WIMKALININA OlgaUKR22293,5878213,02145
11FUCHS JudithGER22073,586769,52268
12WIMOZTURK KubraTUR21763,586169,52247
13WFMTJOLSEN KatrineNOR21783,585159,52228
14WIMIVAKHINOVA InnaRUS22493,0904011,02274
15WIMCONGIU MathildeFRA21493,090067,52221
16WIMPAIKIDZE NaziGEO22793,0892011,02255
17WGMSOUMYA SwaminathanIND22973,0884610,52249
18WIMKIRAN Manisha MohantyIND21533,086689,02138
19WGMDAULYTE DeimanteLTU23073,083047,52065
20FERNANDEZ Maria FlorenciaARG21593,081058,02041
21HARINI SankaranIND21092,591798,52268
22WFMAMED StephanieARG21592,5912010,02182
23WIMGREEFF MelissaRSA20812,589148,52190
24WIMUMUDOVA NargizAZE22542,5877910,02150
25GUO EmmaAUS19202,587226,52139
26WGMGOMES Mary AnnIND23962,583846,52062
27WFMHERRERA MilenaCOL21412,583666,02031
28WFMCOLOMBO CamilaURU21292,090947,02122
29HEREDIA SERRANO CarlaECU21522,087717,01922
30WIMLEKS HannaPOL21692,086458,02005
31ANU BayarMGL18762,085964,52042
32MARTINEZ DE NEGRI M AgustinaARG19452,085013,01976
33MOTYCAKOVA MonikaSVK20382,083775,01843
34BUCAR NatasaSLO19722,082463,01925
35MARTINEZ JanineBRA19482,080514,01870
36FERREIRA Susana Carolina GPOR16602,064985,01919
37OLSAROVA TerezaCZE21501,590845,52043
38FLORES NancyARG19271,589455,52039
39ANTON SarahAUS18201,587864,51848
40WIMMENDOZA VELAZQUEZ Lorena AlejandMEX19731,585154,01930
41REGINATO SabrinaITA18801,563045,01741
42HEINRICHS VivianBRA01,064195,01260
43HATTINGH AngeliqueRSA17901,062722,01255
44JORQUERA CABELLO ValentinaCHI19971,061511,01218
45DE LEON PatriciaURU17410,584492,51713

5) Chigorin Memorial 2009

The Chigorin Memorial took place in St Petersburg 14th-25th October 2009. The Rapid tournament finished with a win for Zaven Andriasian and the Blitz was won by Pentala Harikrishna. The Open tournament was won by Sergey Volkov on tie-break from Zhou Weiqi, Andrey Rychagov, Andrei Deviatkin and Hrant Melkumyan, all finished on 7/9. Final Round 9 games not yet available.

The Chigorin Memorial 2009 (St Petersburg RUS) takes place Wed 14th Oct 2009 - Sun 25th Oct 2009.

Open (264 players 9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1))

Rapid (159 players 11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:15m+5spm)

Blitz (22 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:5m)

Official site:

Chigorin Memorial Open St Petersburg (RUS), 16-24 x 2009
Leading Final Round 9 Standings:
Rank Name TiFed. Score Rating TPR W-We BH
1Volkov, Sergey GMRUS 7261627611.6551.5
2Zhou, Weiqi GMCHN 7259327041.2851.5
3Rychagov, Andrey GMRUS 7255227342.1449.5
4Deviatkin, Andrei GMRUS 7259327251.5349
5Melkumyan, Hrant GMARM 7256926731.2647.5
6Areshchenko, Alexander GMUKR 6.5266726740.2253
7Savchenko, Boris GMRUS 6.5263826710.4552
8Fedorov, Alexei GMBLR 6.5260027141.4651
9Popov, Valerij GMRUS 6.5259526630.9151
10Dreev, Alexey GMRUS 6.5265927010.5749
11Epishin, Vladimir GMRUS 6.5259026490.8149
12Hovhannisyan, Robert IMARM 6.5246326532.4548.5
13Khairullin, Ildar GMRUS 6.5260426290.3748.5
14Lysyj, Igor GMRUS 6.5261226480.548
15Harikrishna, P. GMIND 6.5267326680.1148
16Sjugirov, Sanan GMRUS 6.5258526290.6348
17Sandipan, Chanda GMIND 6.526112594-0.0246.5
18Iordachescu, Viorel GMMDA 6.5260726200.3344.5
19Kurnosov, Igor GMRUS 626692660-0.0554
20Kazhgaleyev, Murtas GMKAZ 6264326620.2752
21Klimov, Sergey GMRUS 6250126281.6250
22Burmakin, Vladimir GMRUS 625992582-0.1350
23Vorobiov, Evgeny E. GMRUS 626062590-0.1149
24Makarov, Marat GMRUS 6250525300.4949
25Kryakvin, Dmitry GMRUS 6257125950.3949
26Chadaev, Nikolai IMRUS 6256126050.6249
27Negi, Parimarjan GMIND 6261526240.1649
28Levin, Evgeny A. IMRUS 6245026001.8848.5
29Papin, Vasily IMRUS 6252926021.0448.5
30Turov, Maxim GMRUS 625952570-0.2148.5
31Shimanov, Aleksandr GMRUS 6250825790.9748.5
32Amonatov, Farrukh GMTJK 626432583-0.5248
33Vysochin, Spartak GMUKR 6255025710.3548
34Babujian, Levon IMARM 6247426111.7448
35Andriasian, Zaven GMARM 626122600-0.148
36Sakaev, Konstantin GMRUS 626252555-0.6647.5
37Matlakov, Maxim IMRUS 625742529-0.3846
38Tunik, Gennady GMRUS 6249325731.145.5
39Yakovich, Yuri GMRUS 625762557-0.1444.5
40Tovmasian, Vardges ARM 6222825063.1144
41Safarli, Eltaj GMAZE 625872557-0.3144
42Zontakh, Andrey GMUKR 6254025310.0543
43Shomoev, Anton GMRUS 625662514-0.5442
44Lovkov, Roman IMRUS 6243524660.540.5
45Zhigalko, Andrey GMBLR 626012475-1.239.5
46Predke, Alexandr RUS 6236124891.638.5
47Alavkin, Arseny IMRUS 5.5242826152.3553
159 players
Chigorin Memorial Blitz St Petersburg (RUS), 25 x 2009
Final Standings:
12Harikrishna. PentalaGMIND2673267316.5140116.5
238Melkumyan. HrantGMARM2569256915.5150.5124
341Chadaev. NikolaiIMRUS2561256115.5147.5123.5
413Sakaev. KonstantinGMRUS2625262515.5137.5112.5
525Popov. ValerijGMRUS2595259515146.5121.5
619Bocharov. DmitryGMRUS2607260715146.5120
733Maletin. PavelGMRUS2576257615142118
89Aleksandrov. AleksejGMBLR2639263915141.5116
924Yudin. SergeiIMRUS2599259915134.5109.5
1061Levin. Evgeny A.IMRUS2450245015131.5111
1127Deviatkin. AndreiGMRUS2593259314.5146.5121.5
126Dreev. AlexeyGMRUS2659265914.5146120.5
137Kobalia. MikhailGMRUS2648264814.5145121
1426Turov. MaximGMRUS2595259514.5143.5118.5
1522Khairullin. IldarGMRUS2604260414.5137113.5
1651Simonian. HrairGMARM2513251314138114
1729Epishin. VladimirGMRUS2590259014136.5110.5
1839Shomoev. AntonGMRUS2566256613.5143119.5
1935Matlakov. MaximIMRUS2574257413.5142.5118
2028Zhou. WeiqiGMCHN2593259313.5137113
211Vitiugov. NikitaGMRUS2681268113.5137112.5
2216Andriasian. ZavenGMARM2612261213.5135.5110
2340Grigoriants. SergeyGMRUS2564256413.5133109
2462Ju. WenjunWGMCHN2443244313.5128.5104.5
2552Shimanov. AleksandrGMRUS2508250813.5127104
2673Vlasenko. MiroslavIMRUS2384238413135.5111.5
274Timofeev. ArtyomGMRUS2668266813135.5110.5
2878Fedoseev. VladimirFMRUS2352235213132107
2920Iordachescu. ViorelGMMDA2607260713131.5108
3065Smirnov. ArtemIMRUS2432243213122101.5
3142Ovetchkin. RomanGMRUS2556255613121.597
3236Kryakvin. DmitryGMRUS257125711312197.5
136 players

6) Chess in Lebanon

The 5th Arab Women Chess InterClubs Championship 2009 took place in Beirut - Lebanon 8th - 14th October 2009. AlMouhafaza (Syria) won the tournament. The Beirut 3rd International Open Chess Championship 2009 saw Valeriy Neverov take clear first. Details next week.

Official site:

7) US Chess League

The US Chess League got under way on August 31st 2009. Reaches week 8.

US Chess League ICC (INT), 31 viii - 5 xii 2009
EASTERN DIVISION WLGame PointsOpps Avg RatingOpps Record
@ - New Jersey (67%)241028.5-25.5 (53%)
@ - Boston (59%)239921.5-30.5 (41%)
New York (55%)240630.0-24.0 (56%)
Baltimore 3.54.515.0/32 (47%)240725.5-28.5 (47%)
Philadelphia (44%)241025.0-29.0 (46%)
Queens (38%)241928.0-26.0 (52%)
Carolina 1.56.510.5/32 (33%)242227.5-26.5 (51%)
WESTERN DIVISION WLGame PointsOpps Avg RatingOpps Record
@ - Seattle (64%)240126.5-27.5 (49%)
Arizona (58%)239229.5-24.5 (55%)
San Francisco (56%)241729.0-25.0 (54%)
Miami 4.53.517.0/32 (53%)240323.5-28.5 (45%)
Dallas (45%)242029.0-25.0 (54%)
Chicago 2.55.513.0/32 (41%)241426.0-26.0 (50%)
X - Tennessee (41%)240824.5-27.5 (47%)
US Chess League ICC (INT), 31 viii - 5 xii 2009
Week1: Monday, August 31st 2009
1Queens PioneersvsBoston Blitz Boston 3-1
2Miami SharksvsDallas Destiny Miami 3-1
3San Francisco MechanicsvsSeattle Sluggers Tie 2-2
Week1: Wednesday, September 2nd 2009
4New York KnightsvsNew Jersey Knockouts New Jersey 2.5-1.5
5Carolina CobrasvsBaltimore Kingfishers Carolina 3-1
6Philadelphia InventorsvsTennessee Tempo Tennessee 2.5-1.5
7Arizona ScorpionsvsChicago Blaze Arizona 3.5-0.5
Week2: Tuesday, September 8th 2009
1New Jersey KnockoutsvsPhiladelphia Inventors New Jersey 2.5-1.5
2Queens PioneersvsBaltimore Kingfishers Tie 2-2
3Seattle SluggersvsNew York Knights Tie 2-2
Week2: Wednesday, September 9th 2009
4Boston BlitzvsCarolina Cobras Boston 3-1
5Chicago BlazevsMiami Sharks Miami 3-1
6San Francisco MechanicsvsDallas Destiny San Francisco 3-1
7Tennessee TempovsArizona Scorpions Tie 2-2
Week3: Monday, September 14th 2009
1Carolina CobrasvsNew Jersey Knockouts New Jersey 3-1
2Queens PioneersvsNew York Knights New York 3.5-0.5
3Baltimore KingfishersvsPhiladelphia Inventors Philadelphia 2.5-1.5
4Dallas DestinyvsBoston Blitz Dallas 4-0
Week3: Wednesday, September 16th 2009
5Tennessee TempovsChicago Blaze Chicago 2.5-1.5
6Miami SharksvsSan Francisco Mechanics San Francisco 3-1
7Arizona ScorpionsvsSeattle Sluggers Seattle 2.5-1.5
Week4: Monday, September 21st 2009
1Miami SharksvsTennessee Tempo Tie 2-2
2Chicago BlazevsSan Francisco Mechanics San Francisco 2.5-1.5
3Baltimore KingfishersvsArizona Scorpions Baltimore 2.5-1.5
Week4: Wednesday, September 23rd 2009
4New Jersey KnockoutsvsNew York Knights New Jersey 2.5-1.5
5Carolina CobrasvsQueens Pioneers Queens 2.5-1.5
6Boston BlitzvsPhiladelphia Inventors Boston 3.5-0.5
7Dallas DestinyvsSeattle Sluggers Seattle 3-1
Week5: Monday, September 28th 2009
1Baltimore KingfishersvsBoston Blitz Boston2.5-1.5
2Miami SharksvsCarolina Cobras Miami2.5-1.5
Week5: Wednesday, September 30th 2009
3Philadelphia InventorsvsQueens Pioneers Tie2-2
4New Jersey KnockoutsvsChicago Blaze New Jersey2.5-1.5
5New York KnightsvsSF Mechanics New York3-1
6Arizona ScorpionsvsDallas Destiny Tie2-2
7Seattle SluggersvsTennessee Tempo Seattle2.5-1.5
Week6: Monday, October 5th 2009
1New York KnightsvsBaltimore Kingfishers Tie2-2
2Chicago BlazevsPhiladelphia Inventors Tie2-2
3Arizona ScorpionsvsNew Jersey Knockouts Arizona3-1
Week6: Wednesday, October 7th 2009
4Carolina CobrasvsBoston Blitz Boston4-0
5Tennessee TempovsDallas Destiny Dallas2.5-1.5
6San Francisco MechanicsvsMiami Sharks Tie2-2
7Queens PioneersvsSeattle Sluggers Seattle2.5-1.5
Week7: Monday, October 12th 2009
1New York KnightsvsPhiladelphia Inventors Tie2-2
2Carolina CobrasvsDallas Destiny Carolina3-1
Week7: Wednesday, October 14th 2009
3Boston BlitzvsQueens Pioneers Boston2.5-1.5
4Baltimore KingfishersvsNJ Knockouts New Jersey3.5-0.5
5Chicago BlazevsTennessee Tempo Chicago2.5-1.5
6Seattle SluggersvsMiami Sharks Seattle2.5-1.5
7Arizona ScorpionsvsSF Mechanics Arizona2.5-1.5
Week8: Monday, October 19th 2009
1New Jersey KnockoutsvsBoston Blitz New Jersey4-0
2Dallas DestinyvsMiami Sharks Tie2-2
3Chicago BlazevsArizona Scorpions Arizona2.5-1.5
Week8: Wednesday, October 21st 2009
4New York KnightsvsCarolina Cobras Tie2-2
5Philadelphia InventorsvsBaltimore Kingfishers Tie2-2
6San Francisco MechanicsvsQueens Pioneers San Francisco3-1
7Tennessee TempovsSeattle Sluggers Seattle3.5-0.5
Week9: Monday, October 26th 2009
1Queens PioneersvsCarolina Cobras 7:00 PM ET
2Dallas DestinyvsChicago Blaze 8:00 PM ET
3San Francisco MechanicsvsTennessee Tempo 9:00 PM ET
Week9: Wednesday, October 28th 2009
4Philadelphia InventorsvsNJ Knockouts 7:00 PM ET
5Baltimore KingfishersvsNew York Knights 7:15 PM ET
6Boston BlitzvsMiami Sharks 7:30 PM ET
7Seattle SluggersvsArizona Scorpions 9:00 PM ET
Week10: Wednesday, November 4th 2009
1Boston BlitzvsNew York Knights 7:00 PM ET
2New Jersey KnockoutsvsQueens Pioneers 7:15 PM ET
3Philadelphia InventorsvsCarolina Cobras 7:30 PM ET
4Tennessee TempovsBaltimore Kingfishers 8:00 PM ET
5Dallas DestinyvsSan Francisco Mechanics 8:45 PM ET
6Seattle SluggersvsChicago Blaze 9:00 PM ET
7Miami SharksvsArizona Scorpions 9:15 PM ET
US Chess League ICC (INT), 31 viii - 5 xii 2009
Quarterfinals: Wednesday, November 11th 2009
11st Place Eastvs4th Place East 1st Place East gets draw odds and chooses colors
22nd Place Eastvs3rd Place East 2nd Place East gets draw odds, 3rd Place East chooses colors
31st Place Westvs4th Place West 1st Place West gets draw odds and chooses colors
42nd Place Westvs3rd Place West 2nd Place West gets draw odds, 3rd Place West chooses colors
Semifinals: Wednesday, November 18th 2009
1Eastern QF Winner 1vsEastern QF Winner 2Higher seed gets draw odds, color choice based on seeding
2Western QF Winner 1vsWestern QF Winner 2Higher seed gets draw odds, color choice based on seeding
Championship: Saturday, December 5th 2009
1Winner of Eastern SemifinalsvsWinner of Western Semifinals No draw odds, better regular season record chooses colors
Tie results in playoff

8) Romanian League

The Romanian League took place in Eforie Nord 19th-27th September 2009. 10 teams in each of the men's and women's tournaments.

Official site:

9) Guernsey International Chess Festival

Tiger Hillarp-Persson won the Guernsey International Chess Festival 18th-24th October 2009. No games available as far as I could see.

Official site:

10) World Senior Championship

The World Senior Championship takes place in Condino a little village not far from Trento 27th October - November 7th 2009. Free day November 1st. 11 rounds.

Official site:

20 games will be transmitted daily on internet There is already the list of players; about 15 GMs in the men group (Over 60), in the female group (Over 50) Nona Gaprindashvili will play. 11 rounds. Last round November 7th; free day November 1st

11) Forthcoming Events and Links

Lorenzo Forlani

33rd international rapid Cup "Lorenzo Forlani" takes place November 29th, 2009. in Vodnjan. For more information please contact on e-mail

World Cup 2009

The World Cup takes place in Khanty-Mansiysk 20th November - 15th December 2009. The event is part of the next world championship cycle. 7 rounds of knockout chess produce the winner.

FIDE World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk (Khantiy Mansiysk RUS)

Fri 20th Nov 2009 - Tue 15th Dec 2009 - Official Site

World Cup (128 players 7 Rds KO Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1))

Romanian League Eforie Nord (ROU), 19-27 ix 2009
Rk.Team12345678910 TB1 TB2 TB3
4CS DINAMO BUCURESTI33 * 35413034,0
8SC JUVENTUS BUCURESTI1112½2 * 44017,5
9CSU PLOIESTI½02½2 * 2017,0
10CS DIANA GALATI½00½002½ * 006,0
World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS), 20 xi - 15 xii 2009
128 players:
A from World Cup 2007
01G. KamskyUSA
02A. ShirovESP
03S. KarjakinUKR
B) Women's World Champion 2008:
04A. KosteniukRUS
C) Junior World Champions 2007 & 2008:
05A. AdlyEGY
06A. GuptaIND
D) From FIDE Rating List, 22 players, average 7/2008 & 1/2009:
07V. IvanchukUKR 2780,00
08A. MorozevichRUS 2779,50
09T. RadjabovAZE 2752,50
10D. JakovenkoRUS 2734,50
11S. MamedyarovAZE 2733,00
12P. SvidlerRUS 2730,50
13A. GrischukRUS 2730,50
14B. GelfandISR 2726,50
15R. PonomariovUKR 2722,00
16Wang YueCHN 2721,50
17V. GashimovAZE 2720,00
18E. AlekseevRUS 2713,00
19L. Dominguez PerezCUB 2712,50
20Ni HuaCHN 2707,00
21E. BacrotFRA 2706,50
22Bu XiangzhiCHN 2706,00
23P. EljanovUKR 2704,50
24J. PolgarHUN 2702,00
25S. RublevskyRUS 2700,50
26K. SasikiranIND 2697,50
27Wang HaoCHN 2691,00
28V. MalakhovRUS 2690,50
E) 46 players from European Championships 2008 & 2009
29S. TiviakovNED 2008
30S. MovsesianSVK 2008
31S. VolkovRUS 2008
32P. TregubovRUS 2008
33E. L'AmiNED 2008
34M. Vachier-LagraveFRA 2008
35B. GrachevRUS 2008
36V. BaklanUKR 2008
37Y. KryvoruchkoUKR 2008
38T. NybackFIN 2008
39E. SutovskyISR 2008
40V. LaznickaCZE 2008
41D. PavasovicSLO 2008
42Z. EfimenkoUKR 2008
43I. PapaioannouGRE 2008
44A. KhalifmanRUS 2008
45E. NajerRUS 2008
46D. AndreikinRUS 2008
47G. SargissianARM 2008
48J. GustafssonGER 2008
49L. FressinetFRA 2008
50I. SmirinISR 2008
51V. BologanMDA 2008
52E. TomashevskyRUS 2009
53B. JobavaGEO 2009
54E. InarkievRUS 2009
55I. SokolovNED 2009
56A. NaiditschGER 2009
57D. NavaraCZE 2009
58M. KobaliaRUS 2009
59G. GuseinovAZE 2009
60G. MeierGER 2009
61F. NijboerNED 2009
62S. FedorchukUKR 2009
63A. TimofeevRUS 2009
64S. SjugirovRUS 2009
65M. BartelPOL 2009
66R. MamedovAZE 2009
67B. SavchenkoRUS 2009
68K. SakaevRUS 2009
69N. VitiugovRUS 2009
70T. L. PetrosianARM 2009
71L. NisipeanuROU 2009
72C. LupulescuROU 2009
73A. MotylevRUS 2009
74A . AreshchenkoUKR 2009
F) 19 players from Americas
75I. Morovic FernandezCHI Zonal 2.5
76A. Rodriguez VilaURU Zonal 2.5
77R. HessUSA Zonal 2.1
78A. OnischukUSA Zonal 2.1
79V. AkobianUSA Zonal 2.1
80Y. ShulmanUSA Zonal 2.1
81J. FriedelUSA Zonal 2.1
82A. FierBRA Zonal 2.4
83R. LeitaoBRA Zonal 2.4
84L. BruzonCUB Zonal 2.3
85E. IturrizagaVEN Zonal 2.3
86J. HebertCAN Zonal 2.2
87J. EhlvestUSA Continental 2008
88A. ShabalovUSA Continental 2009
89F. Corrales JimenezCUB Continental 2009
90J. Granda ZunigaPER Continental 2009
91G. MilosBRA Continental 2009
92D. FloresARG Continental 2009
93A. IvanovUSA Continental 2009
G) 19 players from Asia/Oceania
94S. GangulyIND Continental
95Zhou WeiqiCHN Continental
96Yu YangyiCHN Continental
97Yu ShaotengCHN Continental
98Le Quang LiemVIE Continental
99A. Rogelio JrPHI Continental
100Hou YifanCHN Continental
101C. SandipanIND Continental
102A. KunteIND Continental
103Negi ParimarjanIND Continental
104Zhou JianchaoCHN Zonal 3.5
105Li ChaoCHN Zonal 3.5
106D. SmerdonAUS Zonal 3.6
107J. SriramIND Zonal 3.2
108D. LayloPHI Zonal 3.3
109Wesley SoPHI Zonal 3.3
110Al Sayed, Mohamed N.QAT Zonal 3.1
111Amonatov, A.TJK Zonal 3.4
112Filipov, A.UZB Zonal 3.4
H) 6 players from Africa
113B. AminEGY
114K. Abdel RazikEGY
115E. El GindyEGY
116W. SarwatEGY
117M. EzatEGY
118A. RizoukALG
I) 6 nominees of the FIDE President
119Robson, RayUSA
120Tkachiev, VladislavFRA
121Ghaem Maghami, EhsanIRI
122Caruana, FabianoITA
123Cheparinov, IvanBUL
124Pelletier, YannickSUI
J) 4 nominees of the local Organising Committee
125Pridorozhni, AlexeiRUS
126Bezgodov, AlexeiRUS
127Kabanov, NikolaiRUS
128Obodchuk, AndreiRUS

Tal Memorial

The Tal Memorial takes place 4th-19th November 2009. Players: Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko, Boris Gelfand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich, Peter Svidler and Ruslan Ponomariov. The main event will be followed by the World Blitz Championship.

Official Site

Tal Mem (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120:60:15+30spm(61))

Tal Memorial Moscow (RUS), 5-14 xi 2009 cat. XXI (2761)
Name Ti NAT Elo Sept DoB
Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2788 1969
Aronian, Levon g ARM 2773 1982
Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2772 1990
Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2772 1975
Leko, Peter g HUN 2762 1979
Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2756 1968
Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2756 1969
Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2750 1977
Svidler, Peter g RUS 2741 1976
Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2741 1983

World Blitz Championship

The World Blitz Championship takes place in Moscow following the Tal Memorial. 20 players compete.

V World Blitz 2009 (Moscow RUS)
Mon 16th Nov 2009 - Wed 18th Nov 2009 - Official Site

World Blitz (20 players 19 Rds SRR Indiv TC:5m)

World Blitz Moscow (RUS), 16-18 xi 2009 cat. XIX (2715)
Tal Memorial Players
Name Ti NAT Elo Sept DoB Note
Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2788 1969
Aronian, Levon g ARM 2773 1982
Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2772 1990
Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2772 1975
Leko, Peter g HUN 2762 1979
Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2756 1968
Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2756 1969 (2007 Champion)
Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2750 1977
Svidler, Peter g RUS 2741 1976
Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2741 1983
Qualified from Aeroflot Blitz
Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2722 1990
Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2740 1986
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2721 1985
Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2633 1966
Tkachiev, Vladislav g FRA 2669 1973
Zhou, Jianchao g CHN 2623 1988
Karpov, Anatoly g RUS 2619 1951
Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2733 1983 (2006 Champion)
Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2516 1984 (current WCh w)
Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2719 1983 (2008 Champion)

BNbank Blitz 2009

On October 31 the stage is set for a great chess spectacle in Norway. In six citys - Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim and Porsgrunn - there will be arranged blitz tournaments in shopping malls. The winner from each city will earn a spot in the final in Oslo on November 28 where he or she will compete against ten invited world class players for a prize fund of 74 000 NOK. You do not have to be a member of a federation or a chess club to participate in these qualifiers. Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura star in the final.

Official site:

Corus Wijk aan Zee 2010

The field for the 2010 Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee has been announced. Dates Friday 15th January 2010 - Sunday 31st January 2010.

Official site:

The A-Group is category XIX and once again is a pretty exciting field.

Corus A Wijk aan Zee (NED), 15-31 i 2010 cat. XIX (2720)
TiPlayerNATElo SeptWRkDoB
GMViswanathan AnandIND278821969
GMMagnus CarlsenNOR277241990
GMVladimir KramnikRUS277251975
GMPeter LekoHUN276261979
GMVassily IvanchukUKR275681969
GMHikaru NakamuraUSA2735161987
GMAlexei ShirovESP2730181972
GMSergey KarjakinRUS2722201990
GMLeinier Dominguez PerezCUB2719221983
GMNigel ShortENG2706291965
GMSergey TiviakovNED2670571973
GMFabiano CaruanaITA2662711992
GMLoek van WelyNED2650861972
GMJan SmeetsNED26421011985

The B-Group is a not too shabby category 16 and once again they have a mixed field of youth and experience that should provide some real entertainment.

Corus B Wijk aan Zee (NED), 15-31 i 2010 cat. XVI (2627)
TiPlayerNATElo SeptDoB
GMNi HuaCHN26921983
GMArkadij NaiditschGER26851985
GMEmil SutovskyISR26761977
GMPentala HarikrishnaIND26731986
GMLiviu-Dieter NisipeanuROM26641976
GMWesley SoPHI26441993
GMVaruzhan AkobianUSA26371983
GMDavid HowellENG26241990
GMParimarjan NegiIND26151993
GMTomi NybackFIN26151985
GMErwin l'AmiNED26061985
GMDimitri ReindermanNED25721972
GMAnish GiriNED25521994
WGMAnna MuzychukSLO25331990

There will also be a C-Group, the field will be announced later.

Schachbundesliga 2009-10

The Schachbundesliga in Germany is the strongest league in the world. Although with the recession as it is we will have to see how their teams are affected. Games started on Friday 16th with some of the Round 7 games that were played on different dates for the teams. The real Round 1 and 2 were on Saturday and Sunday 17th-18th October 2009.

After two rounds (plus additional round 7 matches played on Friday night) Emsdetten have started with a perfect record of three wins and 6 points. Eppingham are a point behind after two wins and a draw. Bremen, top seeds Baden Baden and Hamberger SK are on two wins from two matches and 4 points.

Rounds 4 and 5 are on the 14th and 15th of November 2009.

Official site:

Hastings Chess Congress 2009-10

The Hastings Chess Congress takes place 28th December 2009 - 5th January 2010.

Contact details

Official site:

Hastings Chess Congress (ENG), 28 xii 2009 - 4 i 2010
Leading Entries
EDOUARD RomanFRAgm2620
HOWELL DavidENGgm2620
HEBDEN MarkENGgm2500
ARKELL KeithENGgm2478
PHILIPPE ChristopheFRAim2430
ZDEBSKAJA NataliaUKRwgm2410
KOLBUS DietmarGERim2355
RUDD JackENGim2296

Gibtelecom Masters 2010

The Gibtelecom Masters takes place 26th January - 4 February 2010.

Contact details: hotel; technical

Official site:

Gibtelecom Masters (ENG), 26 i - 4 ii 2010
Leading Entries
Zhu Chen QTR GM2473
Al-Modiahki Mohamad QTR GM2570
Cmilyte Victorja LTU IM2475
Zhukova Natalia UKR WGM2465
Skripchenko Almira FRA IM2450
Fressinet Laurent FRA GM2667
Zatonskih Anna USA IM2466
Fridman Daniel GER GM2665
Dzagnidze Nana GEO GM2536
Krush Irina USA IM2458
Zozulia Anna BEL IM2341
Malakhatko Vadim BEL GM2573
Cramling Pia SWE GM2531
Bellon Juan ESP GM2430
Sachdev Tania IND IM2410
Muzychuk Mariya UKR IM2441
Houska Jovanka ENG IM2380+
Roiz Michael ISR GM2662
Golod Vitali ISR GM2592
Calzetta Monica ESP WGM2344
Koneru Humpy IND GM2611
Siebrecht Sebastian GER GM2456
Hoffmann Michael GER GM2513
Stefanova Antoaneta BUL GM2522
Dronavalli Harika IND IM2449
Kruttika Nadig IND WGM2264
Karavade Eesha IND WGM2391
Mohota Nisha IND WGM2336
Speelman Jon ENG GM2525
Agdestein Simen NOR GM2570
Arakhamia Ketevan SCO GM2500
Sedina Elena ITA IM2335
Adams Michael ENG GM2682
Romain Edouard FRA GM2622
Istratescu Andrei ROU GM2624
Movsesian Sergey CZE GM2711
Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS GM2516
Gopal Naravanyan IND GM2586
Sandipan Chandra IND GM2585
Vitiugov Nikita RUS GM2689
Romanov Evgeny RUS GM2591

World Memory Championship 2009

The World Memory Championship takes place 12th-14th November 2009, plus training day 11th. Strand Palace Hotel, London Required voluntary staff as 'arbiters' from 11am-5pm on the 11th and 9am-6pm on 12-14. Skills required reading, writing and recognising playing cards. RECOMPENSE : £125 total including own refreshments.

Further details:


Moscow Non-Stop Chess Events of the World Chess Tour

Following round-robin tournaments (GM. IM. rating) of the "World Chess Tour 2009/10" series. Autumn / Winter 2009/10:

2009: 1-12.11. 15-26.11. 29.11-10.12. 13-22.12.

2010: 2-13.01. 17-28.01. 9-20.02 etc.

Since November 2009 also "Non-stop" events are available. in different formats (depending of participant’s wish: 1) 5-6 days 2) 7-8 days 3) 9-11 days 4) 12-15 days 5) 16-21 days 6) 22-31 days 7) more than 1 month.

Contact: GM Igor GLEK: Fax (7)495-4336634. Phone moblie (7)903-5593052.

Official site:

II World Chess Open In Leon

The II WORLD CHESS OPEN in Leon (Spain) takes place 1st-3rd January 2010, from Friday to Sunday.

31st December 2009 sees a special dinner and a party, which will be of course optional for the players and companion and which will have an special price. We hope that all chess legends invited by the organisation will come and enjoy this celebration.

1st day of January first game starts at 17.00 pm and ches players who cannot arrive in time can ask 2 byes for both games of 1st of january (2 half points).

Total Prizes are around 30.000€, and first is 5000€. Prizes for players below 2350 ELO FIDE (10 prizes and 1st is 1000 €), below 2200 ELO FIDE, and below 2000 ELO FIDE.

TIME CONTROL: Players will have 35 minutes plus 3 additional seconds per move so they are not so rapid games as usual.

Amongst the players who can be invited by the organisation this time are Nigel Short, Robert Hubner, Mark Taimanov, Vlastimil Hort, Henrique Mecking, Bent Larsen, Eugene Torre, Jan Elhvest, Borislav Ivkov, Svetozar Gligoric, Maia Chiburdanidze, Oleg Romanishin, Lev Psakhis, Gyula Sax, Gheorguiu, Uhlmann, Sveshnikov, Smejkal, Vasiukov, Vaganian, Unzicker, Kurajica, Suba, Lilienthal…We will invite 8-10 players.

Official web page,

Contact: GM Alfonso Romero Holmes, Tournament Director

8th Nancy Chess Festival

The 8th Nancy (France) Chess Festival takes place 22nd-28th February 2010.

Website (with english informations page) : Contact :

Serie of closed tournaments round-robins 10 players each : Group A for GM-norm (in 2009 : category 13, average 2557, winner Harikrishna), group B for IM-norms, group C for 10 players over 2200 elo, group D for 10 players over 2100 elo, group E for 10 players over 2000 elo, group F for 10 players over 1900 elo ...etc...18 groups with 174 players in 2009. 9 rounds 90min/40moves+30min(+30sec). Entry fee : adult 56 euros young 28 euros. Possibilities of hotels with special chess prices : see tournament website.

Icelandic Teams

The Icelandic Team Championship takes place 25th September 2009 - 3rd March 2010. Rounds 1-4 have taken place.


Official site in Icelandic:


The 4NCL starts Sat 24th Oct - Sun 25th Oct. 2009.

Official site:

Live games:

Sydney International and Doeberl Cup

Entries are invited for the 2010 Sydney International Open and Challengers Chess Tournaments, to be held 7-11 April 2010.

The organisers have received financial support from a variety of sources and the principal sponsor for 2010 is GM Murray Chandler.

The venue is again the historic Parramatta Town Hall in Western Sydney and free hotel accommodation (twin share room) is offered to International Chess Grandmasters. There are two nine-round FIDE-rated swiss tournaments, the Sydney International Open (SIO) and the Sydney International Challengers (SIC). Cash prizes exceed A$16,000 and visas can be arranged on request for overseas players (please provide passport details). More Information is available at

For those players that want even more chess, the Doeberl Cup will be held in Canberra from 1-5 April 2010. See Transport from Canberra to Sydney on Tuesday 6 April 2010 will be provided free of charge for all overseas players.

18th Donau Open

The 18th Donau Open takes place in Aschach, Austria, 26th-31st December 2009.


Contact: Guenter Mitterhuemer, Seebach 19, 4070 Eferding Tel.: 07272 / 4398 (Vorwahl Österreich: 0043) Email:

Leocity Cup

Leocity Cup Round Robin GM Tournament takes place November 25th - December 3rd 2009 Lviv , Ukraine

ORGANIZERS: GM Yuri Vovk (tournament director) IM Grabinsky Volodymyr (honorable coach of Ukrainian Youth team) The playing time will be 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Under the auspices of Lviv Chess Federation.

PARTICIPATION 10 players participate in the tournament .11 rounds will be played. Players can participate only according to prior negotiations with tournament director.Also all non-GM players must pay entry fee according to the following table. ELO USD >2500 50 2500-2480 60 2480-2460 70 2460-2440 80 2440-2420 90 2420-2400 100 2400-2350 125 2350-2300 150 2300-2200 200 <2200 300

To participate the tournament please contact the tournament director IGM Yuri Vovk (English,Ukrainian,Russian languages ) via: mobile phone:+380 673912027 skype:Imperator15chess

World Youth Championships

World Youth Championships takes place in Kemer-Antalya, Turkey, November 11th 2009 (arrival) - November 23rd 2009 (departure). These are of less historic interest although the under-18 group is always pretty well fought, there are way too many sections (I'd cut off at under-16 or under-14 and have a more fun based festival for the younger players) the idea of a World under-8 Championship of anything is just not right.

Official site:

Computer events in Italy

The first event will be hosted in Genoa (Genova) on November 1st. It will start at 2.30 pm in the central "Biblioteca Berio" (Via del Seminario 16). After the conference, the chess program "Equinox" (it took part to the world championship in pamplona soe months ago) will challenge GM Igor Efimov and WGM Elena Sedina.

The second event will be hosted in Carugate, a village near Milano, on November 6, 7 and 8. In the night of November 6, there will be the conference (Auditorium Atrium). On Saturday, November 7, afternoon there will be an international tournament for computer programs at the Commercial Centre Carosello. This tournament will go on and end on Sunday, November 8, at Auditorium Atrium, and at the end the first two programs classified will challenge GM Djuric and WGM Olga Zimina.

CECLUB Spanish Teams

The Spanish Teams CECLUB Division de Honor - Grupo I took place 20th-24th September 2009 in Lugo. Escuela Internacional Kasparov Marcote (Gashimov, Vallejo) took first place ahead of Kutxa-Gros (Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov etc) Grupo 2 took place in Montcada 16th-20th September 2009 and saw Linex Magic, Ponomariov, Shirov, Adams etc win.

The final will be in Linares 7th-8th November 2009.

Officials site: - Results:

The London Chess Classic in December

The London Chess Classic takes place in the Olympia Conference Centre 7th-15th December 2009

A star studded field comprising England's four leading Grandmasters; Nigel Short, Michael Adams, Luke McShane and David Howell, former world champion Vladimir Kramnik, 18 year old Magnus Carlsen widely seen as a future champion, one of China's finest players; Ni Hua and the US Champion Hikaru Nakamura completes the field.

The London Chess Classic 2009 will offer free admission to children for the duration of the event which runs from December 8th to 15th.

Adult tickets are just £10 per day or just £50 for all seven rounds. Adult and junior ticket holders receive admission to the tournament, which is being staged at London's prestigious Olympia Conference Centre, plus a guaranteed seat in the auditorium and access to the Commentary Room where some of the UK's leading Grandmasters will give insights into the play and answer questions.

Full details at: or call the London Chess Center on 0207 388 2404.

Press Release Malcolm Pein 26th September 2009

A week long chess festival including a FIDE Rated Open with a guaranteed £8000 prize fund will run alongside the London Chess Classic 2009 which takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre from December 8-15 2009. The tournament has been scheduled to allow players to watch the opening moves of the Classic before their games in the Open begin. A minimum of six Grandmasters will be invited to the Open Classic and title norm opportunities will be available.

There will also be a weekend tournament, a one day Rapidplay and every evening, Blitz in the foyer. Anyone entering the Open, Rapidplay or Weekend Classic will receive free entry to the auditorium to watch the main event and they will also be able to access the Grandmaster Commentary Room. In addition the games will be relayed on screens throughout the Olympia Conference Centre.

Details on how to enter and the tournament regulations are at I am delighted to announce that there will be no entry fees to any Classic tournament for children under the age of 16.

For those who would rather just watch, tickets are now on sale and again, admission for children under 16 will be free throughout the event.

Adult tickets are just £10 per day or just £50 for all seven rounds. Adult and junior ticket holders receive admission to the tournament plus a guaranteed seat in the auditorium and access to the Commentary Room where some of the UK's leading Grandmasters will give insights into the play and answer questions. Tickets can be purchased from the London Chess Centre on 0207 388 2404 or online at

The London Chess Classic is the strongest all play all tournament to be held in Britain for 25 years with four of the world's finest players and England's leading quartet of Grandmasters. Heading the field is the fourteenth world champion Vladimir Kramnik and 18 year old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen already hailed as a future champion by Garry Kasparov who has recently agreed to train the chess genius.

Malcolm Pein (IM)

London Chess Centre

Official website:

1st London Chess Classic (ENG), 8-16 xii 2009. Cat XIX (2699.75) Players list (September ratings)
NoName Ti NAT Sept Elo DoB
1Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2772 1990
2Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2772 1975
3Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2735 1987
4Ni, Hua g CHN 2692 1983
5Adams, Michael g ENG 2682 1971
6Short, Nigel D g ENG 2706 1965
7McShane, Luke J g ENG 2615 1984
8Howell, David W L g ENG 2624 1990
Dates of the London Chess Classic. 7th-16th December 2009
Monday 7th December 2009 Press Conference and drawing of lots
Tuesday 8th December 2009 Round 1
Wednesday 9th December 2009 Round 2
Thursday 10th December 2009Round 3
Friday 11th December 2009 Rest day
Saturday 12th December 2009 Round 4
Sunday 13th December 2009 Round 5
Monday 14th December 2009 Round 6
Tuesday 15th December 2009 Round 7 + Closing ceremony, charity simultaneous

Cappelle-la-Grande 2010

The 26th International Open of Cappelle-la-Grande will take place 13th-20th February 2010.

For every players wishing to be invited, please contact Mr GOUVART at the following address: phone: +33671624629

Official site :

IV Open Internacional Ciutat de Palma

The IV International Open Chess City of Palma, Iberostar Trophy takes place 21st-28th November 2009.

Official site:

Czech Chess Christmas 2009-10

Czech Chess Christmas 2009 Litomysl (CZE) 26th December - 2nd January 2010

11th christmas chess FIDE tournament, swiss system of 9 round, rate of game 2 x 1,5h + 30s/move, prize fund 64.000 CZK (1st prize 20.000 CZK = 800 EUR), special conditions for IM, WGM and GM, New Year’s Eve programme.

Contact: Proclient s.r.o., Jaroslav Fuksik, Svedska 3, 772 00 Olomouc, mobile: +420 608 364 664, e-mail:, web:

Hungarian Tournaments October 2009 - April 2010

First Saturday chess tournaments, GM-IM-FM sections, 50-60-70 players usually out of 10-15 countries, for 9...14 days here.

Upcoming tournaments:

1. 3rd-15th of October, GM-IM-FM First Saturday Budapest, org: Nagy Laszlo,,

2. 23rd-31st of October, GM tmt, Pecs, 250 km West from Budapest,

3. 7th-19th of November, GM-IM-FM, First Saturday, Budapest, 4. 26th of Nov-3rd of Dec, Harkany Open, 250 km South-West from Budapest, org: Mr.Fulop, e-mail to:

5. 5th-17th of December, GM-IM-FM, First Saturday, Budapest,

6. 8th-16th of January 2010 Perenyi memorial Open, 9 rounds Swiss, Budapest, info: Nagy Laszlo,

7. 6th-18th of February 2010 FS GM-IM-FM, Budapest,

8. 6th-18th of March 2010, FS GM-IM-FM Budapest,

9. 19th-28th of March 2010 26th Budapest Spring Festival, 9 rounds Swiss Open, org: Nagy Laszlo

10.3rd-16th of April 2010 FS GM-IM-FM Budapest

Contact: Nagy, Laszlo International chess organizer, member of the FIDE organizers' committee, "GENS UNA SUMUS" ET "PACTA SUND SERVANDA"

Possible in the website online chat also... Mobile: +36-30-230-19-14 Phone-fax: +36-1-263-28-59 E-mail: ICC, SKYPE, YAHOO, MSN, nickname: mrfirstsaturday

Tal Memorial 2009

The Tal Memorial takes place something like 4th-19th November 2009. Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko, Boris Gelfand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich, Peter Svidler and Ruslan Ponomariov seem to be in the field. The main event will be followed by a blitz tournament.

2nd Haye Kramer Invitation tournament

The 2nd Haye Kramer Invitation tournament and 27th Waling Dijkstra tournament Friday 13th - Sunday 15th November 2009 in Provincial Library ‘Tresoar’, Leeuwarden, Holland.

Haye Kramer Invitation tournament This 5-round tournament features GMs Yge Visser, Sipke Ernst, Jan Werle, IMs Daan Brandenburg and Mark van der Werf, and FM Migchiel de Jong.

Waling Dijkstra Open tournament. This 6-round Open has 2 level groups. Starting fees for International (Woman) Grandmasters and free entry for (Woman) International Masters as well as youth players under 18. For the latter, cheap boarding can also be arranged (10 euros for 2 nights). Students pay an entry fee of 20 euros. Participants in the Waling Dijkstra Open will include grandmasters Malakhatko, Zherebukh, Y. Vovk, Swinkels, Peng, Kravtsiv, Zozulia, Kunin, Rusev, V. Georgiev and M. Ivanov.

For more information: mail, or see website

Kasparov and Karpov in Paris 2009

In addition to their match in Valencia, Kasparov and Karpov will play again in December 11th-13th 2009 as part of fund raising for medical research and UNICEF. There will be a whole host of activities. Full details in French and now a nice video in English.

Czech Coal Match 2009

Jan Timman, Viktor Korchnoi, Robert Huebner and Vlastimil Hort play against a team of ladies in the Czech Coal Match event which takes place 28th November - 5th December 2009 in the hotel Crystal Palace in Marianske Lazne. The final lineup is waiting for the women players and a potential clash with the FIDE Women's Grand Prix.

Details - Likely official site:


Milano (Italy), December 5th-13th 2009 - International tournament "Memorial Crespi" - edition number 30 details:

Mundial Chess Internet Tournament

The organising Committee Mundial Chess invites all the players (from the amateurs to Grandmasters) to take part in the 1st Internet tournament with the prize fund of more than 130.000 EUR in cash and many special prizes. The 1st prize in the main tournament will be not less than 10.000 EUR.

Registration (and information in English) in the tournament is possible following the link - Registration and information in Spanish - Registration and information in Russian -

Commonwealth Chess Championships

The Masterskill Commonwealth Chess Championships take place 9th-15th December 2009 in conjunction with the 6th Singapore International Chess Festival.

Details of the change:

Ajedrez 21 English site

Ajedrez 21 now has an English site:

World Youth Championship

The World Youth Chess Championship 2009 (under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16 and under 18 years old - open and girls) which will take place in Kemer-Antalya, Turkey, between November the 11th, 2009 (arrival) and November the 23th, 2009 (departure).

Official site:

FIDE World Cup Nov-Dec 2009

FIDE have announced some of the qualifiers for the FIDE World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, 20 November to 15 December 2009. In a few days the list with qualifiers from the Continental and Zonal Championships 2008-09 will also be published.

FIDE announcement:

Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS), 20 xi - 15 xii 2009
a) From World Championship Match 2008:
1. V. Anand INDWorld Champion
b) From World Cup 2007:
2. G. KamskyUSA
3. A. ShirovESP
4. M. CarlsenNOR
5. S. KarjakinUKR
c) Women's World Champion 2008:
6. A. KosteniukRUS
d) Junior World Champions 2007 & 2008:
7. A. AdlyEGY
8. A. GuptaIND
d) From FIDE Rating List, 20 players, average 7/2008 & 1/2009:
09. V. TopalovBUL 2786,50
10. V. IvanchukUKR 2780,00
11. A. MorozevichRUS 2779,50
12. V. KramnikRUS 2773,50
13. T. RadjabovAZE 2752,50
14. P. LekoHUN 2746,00
15. L. AronianARM 2743,50
16. S. MovsesianSVK 2737,00
17. D. JakovenkoRUS 2734,50
18. S. MamedyarovAZE 2733,00
19. P. SvidlerRUS 2730,50
20. A. GrischukRUS 2730,50
21. B. GelfandISR 2726,50
22. M. AdamsENG 2723,50
23. R. PonomariovUKR 2722,00
24. Wang YueCHN 2721,50
25. V. GashimovAZE 2720,00
26. E. AlekseevRUS 2713,00
27. L. Dominguez PerezCUB 2712,50
28. Ni HuaCHN 2707,00
e) 90 players from the Continental & Zonal Championships 2008 & 2009:
(to be published soon)...
Reserve players who may qualify by rating, average 7/2008 & 1/2009:
1. E. BacrotFRA 2706,50
2. Bu XiangzhiCHN 2706,00
3. P. EljanovUKR 2704,50
4. J. PolgarHUN 2702,00
5. S. RublevskyRUS 2700,50
6. H. NakamuraUSA 2698,00
7. K. SasikiranIND 2697,50
8. Wang HaoCHN 2691,00
9. V. MalakhovRUS 2690,50
10. M. Vachier-LagraveFRA 2688,50
11. V. MilovSUI 2687,00
12. V. BologanMDA 2686,50
13. V. AkopianARM 2686,50
14. L. NisipeanuROU 2683,50
15. R. KasimdzhanovUZB 2683,00
16. I. CheparinovBUL 2683,00
17. Z. EfimenkoUKR 2679,00
18. A. NaiditschGER 2679,00
19. F. Vallejo PonsESP 2676,00
20. A. MotylevRUS 2675,00

Kingpin Magazine

The humourous and satirical chess magazine Kingpin has a new website.

New website address:

VIII Benidorm International Chess Festival

VIII Benidorm International Chess Festival 2009 takes place 27th November - 8th December 2009.


Torch Real Estate Cup

The Chinese team competition the Torch Real Estate Cup started in Chengdu China on 4th May 2009. I'm hoping for a full game file.

Live games:

Official site:


Historical Elo Ratings has a list of historical top ten FIDE lists. The text is in Finnish but is understandable anyhow.

Reno Far West Open

The Far West Open Chess Tournament took place April 10th-12th 2009 in Reno Nevada. Sergey Kudrin edged out Enrico Sevillano and Gergerly Antal who finished on 5/6. Games should follow.

Official site:

European Union Website

The European Chess Union Website ECU website has changed address to

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: phone +38 (06560)5-05-32, +380505828911 (for Russian speaking), + 380506692604 (for English speaking) e-mail:

Chess Study

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

The full article:

If you would like to participate, please go to this website:

For any queries, please contact Dr Robert Howard, University of New South Wales, on