THE WEEK IN CHESS 803 29th March 2010 by Mark Crowther

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Contents

1) Introduction
2) Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament
3) French League Top 16
4) 4NCL
5) Dutch League
6) Swiss Team Championships 2010
7) 33rd San Sebastian International Open
8) Uxbridge Chess Open
9) Budapest Spring Festival
10) JNBS UWI Chess Open
11) 4th G.Agzamov Memorial
12) II Genset Cup
13) Austrian Bundesliga
14) Icelandic Teams
15) Women's Bundesliga
16) Apatin-Vukovar 2010
17) 12th Rector Cup Kharkov
18) 5th MGU Opens Sofia
19) 25th North American Open
20) 107th Rhode Island Pawneater
21) CXG Rio de Janeiro vs Angola
22) Vasily Smyslov 1921-2010
23) Forthcoming Events and Links

Games Section
Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament36 games
French League Top 16158 games
4NCL32 games
Dutch League40 games
33rd San Sebastian International Open31 games
Uxbridge Chess Open96 games
Budapest Spring Festival197 games
JNBS UWI Chess Open45 games
4th G.Agzamov Memorial100 games
Austrian Bundesliga72 games
Icelandic Teams122 games
Women's Bundesliga72 games
Apatin-Vukovar 201030 games
12th Rector Cup Kharkov28 games
5th MGU Opens Sofia50 games
1119 games

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1) Introduction

My thanks to Luiz Roberto Da Costa Jr, Miklos Orso, Mihajlo Savic, Dennis Monokroussos, Istvan Brindza, Mikel Larreategi, Eric van Reem, Sean Hewitt, Richard Reich, Dragan Babic, Mitko Iliev, George Mirijanian, Jon Speelman and everyone else who helped with the issue.

This week is dominated by the news of Vasily Smyslov's death at the age of 89. The 7th World Chess Champion was the best player for most of the 1950s even though he was only World Champion for just over a year 1957-8. His return to top level chess in his 60s when he played Gary Kasparov for the right to play Anatoly Karpov in 1984 was testament to his tremendous ability at the game. He only stopped playing due to failing eyesight. His final months seemed to have been distressed with both he and his wife being ill, a sad end to a true giant of the game. Elsewhere the Amber tournament was won by Magnus Carlsen and an undefeated Vassily Ivanchuk (who Smyslov beat in 1988 in a fine game). Again there is a lot of team chess also this week.

Hope you enjoy this issue.

Mark

2) Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament

The 19th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament took place at the Palais de la Mediterranee in Nice, France, March 12th-25th 2010. The event was organized by the Association Max Euwe of chess maecenas Joop van Oosterom, which is based in Monaco. World Number One Magnus Carlsen and Amber favourite Vassily Ivanchuk shared first place.

Official site: http://www.amberchess2010.com/

Round 9. Vassily Ivanchuk drew both his games against Vugar Gashimov. He now leads by half a point over Magnus Carlsen who beat Leinier Dominguez Perez 1.5-0.5. Alexander Grischuk leads the blindfold section, Ivanchuk the rapid.

Round 10. Magnus Carlsen retook the overall lead after 10 of the 11 rounds of the Amber tournament. He beat Ruslan Ponomariov 2-0. In both the rapid and especially the blindfold games Ponomariov had some advantage but Carlsen turned things around. In the rapid game Ponomariov lost a completely drawn position in the final Rook and Pawn ending. Alexander Grischuk lost his unbeaten record in the blindfold tournament when he was defeated by Levon Aronian. Vassily Ivanchuk put Vladimir Kramnik under sustained pressure in their blindfold game, Kramnik eventually holding the Rook and Knight vs Rook ending. Kramnik returned the favour by obtaining an advantageous ending against Ivanchuk in the Rapid but eventually Ivanchuk's technique was enough to hold. Magnus Carlsen leads overall with 13.5/20 half a point clear of Vassily Ivanchuk. Grischuk's lead is down to half a point from Carlsen in the blindfold tournament with 7/10. Carlsen and Ivanchuk have 7/10 in the Rapid. Vassily Ivanchuk is still undefeated in the tournament as a whole.

Final Round 11 Blindfold. Magnus Carlsen blundered away a whole queen by losing track of the position against Alexander Grischuk. This meant Grischuk took clear first place in the blindfold tournament with 8/11. Vassily Ivanchuk played very boldly against Boris Gelfand but eventually the players found a way to repeat. Thus Ivanchuk caught Carlsen in 2nd place in the blindfold tournament and also equalised their scores in the over-all standings. Vladimir Kramnik also joined these players on 6.5/9 by beating Sergey Karjakin. He also moved to within half a point of Carlsen and Ivanchuk in the overall standings.

Rapid: Vassily Ivanchuk made sure of at least a share of first place in the rapid and combined standings after finishing with a flourish by crushing Boris Gelfand. Vladimir Kramnik took one too many liberties in the pursuit of a win with black and was beaten by Sergey Karjakin. Kramnik still finished 3rd in the overall standings so I guess he thought it worth the risk. Magnus Carlsen won his final game against Alexander Grischuk in style to tie with Ivanchuk in the Rapid and combined sections

19th Amber Blindfold Nice (FRA), 13-25 iii 2010 cat. XX (2746)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2756 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 8 2920
2. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2748 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 2811
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2790 0 ½ * 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 1 2807
4. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2813 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 2805
5. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2750 ½ ½ 1 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 6 2781
6. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2740 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 2746
7. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2750 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 1 1 ½ 2745
8. Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2725 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * 1 1 ½ 1 2748
9. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2782 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 * 0 1 1 5 2707
10. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2737 ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 * ½ ½ 2682
11. Smeets, Jan g NED 2651 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 4 2652
12. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2713 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * 2538
Round 9 (March 23, 2010)
Grischuk, Alexander - Smeets, Jan 1-0 52 A09 Reti Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 31 D80 Gruenfeld 4.Bg5
Gelfand, Boris - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 18 D16 Slav Lasker/Smyslov
Gashimov, Vugar - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 30 B43 Sicilian Paulsen
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Aronian, Levon 1-0 49 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 50 E06 Catalan
Round 10 (March 24, 2010)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 112 C42 Petroff's Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1-0 41 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Svidler, Peter - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 49 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Karjakin, Sergey - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 25 B87 Sicilian Sozin Attack
Aronian, Levon - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 38 A29 English Four Knights
Smeets, Jan - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 63 C45 Scotch Game
Round 11 (March 25, 2010)
Grischuk, Alexander - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 26 E70 King's Indian Fianchetto
Kramnik, Vladimir - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 76 E15 Queens Indian
Gelfand, Boris - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 33 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Gashimov, Vugar - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 60 C91 Ruy Lopez
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Smeets, Jan ½-½ 35 D10 Slav Defence
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Aronian, Levon 0-1 37 D13 Slav Exchange
19th Amber Rapid Nice (FRA), 13-25 iii 2010 cat. XX (2746)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2748 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 8 2921
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2813 0 * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 2915
3. Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2725 ½ 1 * 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 2813
4. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2790 ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 2807
5. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2750 ½ 0 1 0 * ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 6 2781
6. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2740 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 6 2782
7. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2782 0 0 1 1 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6 2779
8. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2750 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 2745
9. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2737 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * ½ ½ 1 2682
10. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2756 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 2680
11. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2713 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 0 2538
12. Smeets, Jan g NED 2651 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 2 2492
Round 9 (March 23, 2010)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 38 A09 Reti Opening
Carlsen, Magnus - Dominguez Perez, Leinier 1-0 47 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Karjakin, Sergey - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 35 C42 Petroff's Defence
Svidler, Peter - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 43 D38 QGD Ragozin
Aronian, Levon - Ponomariov, Ruslan 1-0 47 A13 Reti Opening
Smeets, Jan - Grischuk, Alexander 0-1 45 B41 Sicilian Paulsen
Round 10 (March 24, 2010)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Ivanchuk, Vassily ½-½ 46 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Gashimov, Vugar - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 27 B97 Sicilian Najdorf
Gelfand, Boris - Svidler, Peter 0-1 75 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Ponomariov, Ruslan - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 100 D86 Gruenfeld Simagin
Grischuk, Alexander - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 35 E04 Catalan
Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Smeets, Jan 0-1 42 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Round 11 (March 25, 2010)
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Gelfand, Boris 1-0 32 C42 Petroff's Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 41 D38 QGD Ragozin
Karjakin, Sergey - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 33 B09 Pirc Defence
Svidler, Peter - Gashimov, Vugar ½-½ 43 A46 Queen's Pawn Opening
Aronian, Levon - Dominguez Perez, Leinier ½-½ 42 A37 English Symmetrical
Smeets, Jan - Ponomariov, Ruslan 0-1 44 C45 Scotch Game
19th Amber Combined Nice (FRA), 13-25 iii 2010 cat. XX (2746)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2748 * * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 14.5 2863
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2813 0 0 * * 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 14.5 2857
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2790 ½ ½ 1 ½ * * 0 1 1 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 13.0 2807
4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2756 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 * * 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 12.5 2795
5. Karjakin, Sergey g UKR 2725 0 ½ 0 1 0 1 0 ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 12.0 2784
6. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2740 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ * * 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 11.5 2760
7. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2750 ½ 0 0 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 * * ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 1 11.5 2759
8. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2750 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 * * 1 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 11.5 2759
9. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2782 ½ 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * * 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 11.0 2743
10. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2737 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 * * ½ 1 ½ ½ 9.0 2682
11. Smeets, Jan g NED 2651 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * * ½ 1 6.0 2579
12. Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2713 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * * 5.0 2538

3) French League Top 16

The French League Top 16 saw the first weekend of games 26th-28th March 2010. There were four venues and two groups. Time control 90mins for 40 moves, 30mins for the rest, 30 seconds per move from move one. The second set of games 29th April - 2nd May 2010 and the final set 3rd-6th June 2010.

There are two initial groups, each with two venues. Group A took place in Vandoeuvre (Deauville, Drancy, Montpellier and Vandoeuvre) and in Evry (Evry, Noyon, Guingamp and Marseille Echecs). Group B took place in Chalons-en-Champagne (Cannes, Lyon, Strasbourg and Chalonnais) and Clichy (Metz, Mulhouse and Clichy-Échecs-92 (Bischwiller seem to be defaulting)).

French Chess Federation: http://www.echecs.asso.fr

Venue Links: http://www.lechiquier-chalonnais.com - http://www.clichy-echecs.org/ - http://www.evry-grandroque.com/ - http://www.vandoeuvre-echecs.com/

Compiled game files: http://www.echecs.asso.fr/Tournois/2010/Equipes/2.pgn and http://www.echecs.asso.fr/Tournois/2010/Equipes/3.pgn

TCh-FRA Top 16 2010 (FRA), 26 iii-6 vi 2010
Group A
Round 1 26th March 2010
Deauville 4 - 1 Montpellier
mBELLAICHE Anthony 2443 1 - 0 gSWINKELS Robin 2501
mVOJINOVIC Goran 2443 X - X gPRIE Eric 2502
mCOLIN Vincent 2445 1 - 0 mTOUZANE Olivier 2287
mTIRARD Hugo 2451 1 - 0 fSARTHOU Gaetan 2386
mGODARD Maxence 2340 X - X fKAUFELD Juergen 2241
fGEENEN Marc 2327 0 - 1 fLITWAK Aleksej 2269
SANDALAKIS Angelos 2319 X - X BUSCARA Sevan 2238
ffFRUTEAU Sabine 2125 1 - 0 BUSCARA Lena 1688
Drancy 0 - 6 Vandoeuvre
gKOMAROV Dimitri 2523 0 - 1 gKASIMDZHANOV Rustam2702
gTODOROV Todor 2493 X - X gBAUER Christian 2607
gLAZAREV Vladimir 2468 0 - 1 gLANDA Konstantin 2635
gLEGKY Nikolay A 2428 0 - 1 mBRUNNER Nicolas 2420
mGIFFARD Nicolas 2361 0 - 1 fPACI Cedric 2345
mKARR Jean-Philippe 2385 0 - 1 mPHILIPPE Christophe 2428
mBIJAOUI Manuel 2410 X - X mNEZAR Mustapha 2398
LEFEVRE Margaux 2036 0 - 1 ffSTEIL-ANTONI Fiona 2151
Evry Grand Roque 2 - 0 Noyon
gVACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime 2727 X - X gMAGEM BADALS Jordi 2576
gSVIDLER Peter 2750 X - X gGOFSHTEIN Leonid 2540
gFELLER Sebastien 2576 X - X gSOKOLOV Ivan 2638
gDORFMAN Iossif2587 X - X mAGUETTAZ Maxime 2389
gHAUCHARD Arnaud 2527 X - X mNGUYEN Chi-Minh 2439
gKOGAN Artur 2524 1 - 0 fCLERY Nicolas 2391
gCHABANON Jean-Luc 2455 X - X mHOUSIEAUX David 2431
mMILLIET Sophie 2391 1 - 0 ffASSAD Karine 2056
Guingamp 0 - 5 Marseille Echecs
gCORNETTE Matthieu 2552 X - X gBACROT Etienne 2714
mLE ROUX Jean-Pierre 2512 0 - 1 gDELCHEV Aleksander 2625
mTERRIEUX Kevin 2423 0 - 1 gNATAF Igor-Alexandre 2534
mDUMITRACHE Dragos-Nicolae 2467 X - X gMITON Kamil 2581
fBAILET Pierre 2367 X - X gDEGRAEVE Jean-Marc 2563
fLAURENT Julien G. 2319 0 - 1 mGOZZOLI Yannick 2515
BODENEZ Vincent 2186 0 - 1 mMARZOLO Cyril 2470
LE DIOURON Aurelie 1956 0 - 1 mfDELORME Laurie 2226
Round 2 27th March 2010
Drancy 2 - 1 Deauville
gLAZAREV Vladimir 2468 X - X mVOJINOVIC Goran 2443
gLEGKY Nikolay A 2428 X - X mTIRARD Hugo 2451
gKOMAROV Dimitri 2523 1 - 0 mCOLIN Vincent 2445
gTODOROV Todor 2493 1 - 0 mBELLAICHE Anthony 2443
mBIJAOUI Manuel 2410 X - X SANDALAKIS Angelos 2319
mGIFFARD Nicolas 2361 0 - 1 mGODARD Maxence 2340
mKARR Jean-Philippe 2385 X - X fGEENEN Marc 2327
LEFEVRE Margaux 2036 X - X ffFRUTEAU Sabine 2125
Guingamp 0 - 5 Evry Grand Roque
mDUMITRACHE Dragos-Nicolae 2467 X - X gVACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime 2727
gCORNETTE Matthieu 2552 X - X gKOGAN Artur 2524
mLE ROUX Jean-Pierre 2512 0 - 1 gFELLER Sebastien 2576
mTERRIEUX Kevin 2423 X - X gDORFMAN Iossif2587
fBAILET Pierre 2367 0 - 1 gRELANGE Eloi 2455
BODENEZ Vincent 2186 0 - 1 fMOUSSARD Jules 2379
LE GOFF Damien 2281 0 - 1 gCHABANON Jean-Luc 2455
LE DIOURON Aurelie 1956 0 - 1 mMILLIET Sophie 2391
Marseille Echecs 4 - 0 Noyon
gBACROT Etienne 2714 1 - 0 gSOKOLOV Ivan 2638
gDEGRAEVE Jean-Marc 2563 X - X gMAGEM BADALS Jordi 2576
gNATAF Igor-Alexandre 2534 X - X gGOFSHTEIN Leonid 2540
gMITON Kamil 2581 1 - 0 mHOUSIEAUX David 2431
gDELCHEV Aleksander 2625 1 - 0 mNGUYEN Chi-Minh 2439
mGOZZOLI Yannick 2515 X - X mAGUETTAZ Maxime 2389
mMARZOLO Cyril 2470 1 - 0 fCLERY Nicolas 2391
mfDELORME Laurie 2226 X - X ffASSAD Karine 2056
Vandoeuvre 2 - 1 Montpellier
gKASIMDZHANOV Rustam2702 X - X gPRIE Eric 2502
gBAUER Christian 2607 0 - 1 gSWINKELS Robin 2501
gLANDA Konstantin 2635 1 - 0 fSARTHOU Gaetan 2386
mBRUNNER Nicolas 2420 X - X fLITWAK Aleksej 2269
mNEZAR Mustapha 2398 X - X mTOUZANE Olivier 2287
mPHILIPPE Christophe 2428 X - X fKAUFELD Juergen 2241
fGENZLING Alain 2398 X - X BUSCARA Sevan 2238
ffSTEIL-ANTONI Fiona 2151 1 - 0 BUSCARA Lena 1688
Round 3 28th March 2010
Deauville 0 - 5 Vandoeuvre
mVOJINOVIC Goran 2443 X - X gKASIMDZHANOV Rustam2702
mBELLAICHE Anthony 2443 0 - 1 gLANDA Konstantin 2635
mTIRARD Hugo 2451 0 - 1 gBAUER Christian 2607
mCOLIN Vincent 2445 0 - 1 mPHILIPPE Christophe 2428
fGEENEN Marc 2327 X - X fGENZLING Alain 2398
SANDALAKIS Angelos 2319 X - X mBRUNNER Nicolas 2420
AZADHARF Farrokh 2245 0 - 1 mNEZAR Mustapha 2398
ffFRUTEAU Sabine 2125 0 - 1 ffSTEIL-ANTONI Fiona 2151
Evry Grand Roque 3 - 0 Marseille Echecs
gSVIDLER Peter 2750 X - X gBACROT Etienne 2714
gVACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime 2727 X - X gMITON Kamil 2581
gELJANOV Pavel 2736 1 - 0 gDELCHEV Aleksander 2625
gDORFMAN Iossif2587 X - X mGOZZOLI Yannick 2515
gFELLER Sebastien 2576 X - X gDEGRAEVE Jean-Marc 2563
gHAUCHARD Arnaud 2527 X - X mMARZOLO Cyril 2470
gKOGAN Artur 2524 1 - 0 gNATAF Igor-Alexandre 2534
mMILLIET Sophie 2391 1 - 0 mfDELORME Laurie 2226
Montpellier 0 - 3 Drancy
gSWINKELS Robin 2501 0 - 1 gLEGKY Nikolay A 2428
gPRIE Eric 2502 X - X gLAZAREV Vladimir 2468
fSARTHOU Gaetan 2386 0 - 1 gTODOROV Todor 2493
mTOUZANE Olivier 2287 X - X gKOMAROV Dimitri 2523
BUSCARA Sevan 2238 0 - 1 mBIJAOUI Manuel 2410
fLITWAK Aleksej 2269 X - X mKARR Jean-Philippe 2385
fKAUFELD Juergen 2241 X - X mGIFFARD Nicolas 2361
BUSCARA Lena 1688 X - X LEFEVRE Margaux 2036
Noyon 3 - 2 Guingamp
gSOKOLOV Ivan 2638 X - X mDUMITRACHE Dragos-Nicolae 2467
gMAGEM BADALS Jordi 2576 1 - 0 gCORNETTE Matthieu 2552
gGOFSHTEIN Leonid 2540 X - X mLE ROUX Jean-Pierre 2512
fCLERY Nicolas 2391 X - X mTERRIEUX Kevin 2423
mHOUSIEAUX David 2431 1 - 0 LE GOFF Damien 2281
mAGUETTAZ Maxime 2389 1 - 0 fLAURENT Julien G. 2319
mNGUYEN Chi-Minh 2439 0 - 1 fBAILET Pierre 2367
ffASSAD Karine 2056 0 - 1 LE DIOURON Aurelie 1956
TCh-FRA Top 16 2010 Group A Standings: (FRA), 26 iii-6 vi 2010
Pl. Team Pts j. d. p. c.
1 Vandoeuvre 9 3 12 13 1
2 Evry Grand Roque 9 3 10 10 0
3 Marseille Echecs 7 3 6 9 3
4 Drancy 7 3 -2 5 7
5 Deauville 5 3 -3 5 8
6 Noyon 5 3 -5 3 8
7 Montpellier 3 3 -7 2 9
8 Guingamp 3 3 -11 2 13
TCh-FRA Top 16 2010 (FRA), 26 iii-6 vi 2010
Group B
Round 1 26th March 2010
Venue: Chalons en Champagne
Chalons en Champagne 8 - 0 Strasbourg
gVAN WELY Loek 2639 1 - 0 gROZENTALIS Eduardas 2628
gGIRI Anish 2624 1 - 0 gVAISSER Anatoly 2511
gEDOUARD Romain 2617 1 - 0 mVARGA Peter 2434
gKRASENKOW Michal 2652 1 - 0 mROOS Daniel 2435
gSEBAG Marie 2506 1 - 0 mSZABOLCSI Janos 2361
gAPICELLA Manuel 2523 1 - 0 mROOS Louis 2360
mDOURERASSOU Jonathan 2413 1 - 0 fREINHART Emmanuel 2337
mCOSSIN Sebastien 2497 1 - 0 mfNICOARA Malina 2151
Lyon Olympique Echecs 0 - 3 Cannes
gSUMETS Andrey 2614 X - X gKAZHGALEYEV Murtas 2637
mDONCEA Vladimir 2475 X - X gTKACHIEV Vladislav 2639
mVERNAY Clovis 2440 X - X gGODENA Michele 2561
mBENITAH Yohan 2377 X - X gFONTAINE Robert 2548
fRENAZE Luc 2304 X - X gLAHNO Kateryna 2518
LACOUR Serge 2194 0 - 1 mGOVCIYAN Pavel 2430
RAVOT Sylvain 2264 0 - 1 mGUIDARELLI Laurent 2433
MEHIAOUI Dounia 1934 0 - 1 gfLECONTE Maria 2330
Venue: Clichy
Clichy 2 - 3 Metz Fischer
gJAKOVENKO Dmitry 2725 X - X gRIAZANTSEV Alexander 2660
gFRESSINET Laurent 2670 X - X gSVETUSHKIN Dmitry 2554
gPELLETIER Yannick 2611 X - X gPOSTNY Evgeny 2641
gTREGUBOV Pavel V. 2625 0 - 1 mKOCH Jean-Rene 2470
gHAMDOUCHI Hicham2606 1 - 0 HISLER Thomas 2240
gMAZE Sebastien 2554 1 - 0 mCOLLAS Silvia 2313
mSKRIPCHENKO Almira 2456 0 - 1 fPUCHER Olivier 2342
mDELORME Axel 2429 0 - 1 fNEIMAN Emmanuel 2339
Mulhouse Philidor 5 - 0 Bischwiller
gBOLOGAN Viktor 2684
gSOKOLOV Andrei 2563
gABERGEL Thal 2547
gVOVK Yuri 2545
mRIFF Jean-Noel 2505
mWIRIG Anthony 2504
fHEINZ Timothee 2261
RICHARD Emma 2116
Round 2 27th March 2010
Venue: Chalons en Champagne
Chalons en Champagne 6 - 0 Lyon Olympique Echecs
gEDOUARD Romain 2617 1 - 0 gSUMETS Andrey 2614
gKRASENKOW Michal 2652 X - X mVERNAY Clovis 2440
gGIRI Anish 2624 1 - 0 gMIRALLES Gilles 2469
gVAN WELY Loek 2639 1 - 0 mDONCEA Vladimir 2475
gSEBAG Marie 2506 1 - 0 fRENAZE Luc 2304
mCOSSIN Sebastien 2497 1 - 0 mBENITAH Yohan 2377
gAPICELLA Manuel 2523 X - X RAVOT Sylvain 2264
mDOURERASSOU Jonathan 2413 1 - 0 MEHIAOUI Dounia 1934
Strasbourg1 - 5 Cannes
gROZENTALIS Eduardas 2628 X - X gTKACHIEV Vladislav 2639
mVARGA Peter 2434 X - X gKAZHGALEYEV Murtas 2637
mROOS Daniel 2435 0 - 1 gGODENA Michele 2561
gVAISSER Anatoly 2511 0 - 1 gLAHNO Kateryna 2518
fREINHART Emmanuel 2337 0 - 1 gFONTAINE Robert 2548
mSZABOLCSI Janos 2361 0 - 1 mGUIDARELLI Laurent 2433
mROOS Jean-Luc 2259 1 - 0 mGOVCIYAN Pavel 2430
mfNICOARA Malina 2151 0 - 1 gfLECONTE Maria 2330
Venue: Clichy
Mulhouse Philidor 0 - 3 Clichy
gBOLOGAN Viktor 2684 X - X gFRESSINET Laurent 2670
gABERGEL Thal 2547 0 - 1 gJAKOVENKO Dmitry 2725
gSOKOLOV Andrei 2563 X - X gHAMDOUCHI Hicham2606
gVOVK Yuri 2545 X - X gMAZE Sebastien 2554
mRIFF Jean-Noel 2505 X - X gPELLETIER Yannick 2611
mWIRIG Anthony 2504 X - X gTREGUBOV Pavel V. 2625
gBRICARD Emmanuel 2488 0 - 1 mDELORME Axel 2429
RICHARD Emma 2116 0 - 1 mSKRIPCHENKO Almira 2456
Bischwiller 0 - 5 Metz Fischer
F - 1 gRIAZANTSEV Alexander 2660
F - 1 gPOSTNY Evgeny 2641
F - 1 gSVETUSHKIN Dmitry 2554
F - 1 mKOCH Jean-Rene 2470
F - 1 fELBILIA Jacques 2402
F - 1 fNEIMAN Emmanuel 2339
F - 1 mCOLLAS Silvia 2313
F - 1 DEILLER Pascal 2078
Round 3 28th March 2010
Venue: Chalons en Champagne
Cannes 1 - 4 Chalons en Champagne
gTKACHIEV Vladislav 2639 X - X gGIRI Anish 2624
gKAZHGALEYEV Murtas 2637 0 - 1 gVAN WELY Loek 2639
gGODENA Michele 2561 X - X gEDOUARD Romain 2617
gLAHNO Kateryna 2518 1 - 0 gKRASENKOW Michal 2652
gFONTAINE Robert 2548 0 - 1 gSEBAG Marie 2506
gfLECONTE Maria 2330 0 - 1 gAPICELLA Manuel 2523
mGOVCIYAN Pavel 2430 X - X mCOSSIN Sebastien 2497
mGUIDARELLI Laurent 2433 0 - 1 mDOURERASSOU Jonathan 2413
Lyon Olympique Echecs 1 - 4 Strasbourg
gSUMETS Andrey 2614 X - X gROZENTALIS Eduardas 2628
mVERNAY Clovis 2440 0 - 1 gVAISSER Anatoly 2511
gMIRALLES Gilles 2469 X - X mVARGA Peter 2434
mDONCEA Vladimir 2475 1 - 0 mROOS Daniel 2435
mBENITAH Yohan 2377 X - X mSZABOLCSI Janos 2361
fRENAZE Luc 2304 0 - 1 mROOS Louis 2360
CHEVANT Louis 2174 0 - 1 mROOS Jean-Luc 2259
MEHIAOUI Dounia 1934 0 - 1 mfNICOARA Malina 2151
Venue: Clichy
Clichy 5 - 0 Bischwiller
gJAKOVENKO Dmitry 2725 1 - F
gFRESSINET Laurent 2670 1 - F
gTREGUBOV Pavel V. 2625 1 - F
gPELLETIER Yannick 2611 1 - F
gHAMDOUCHI Hicham2606 1 - F
gMAZE Sebastien 2554 1 - F
mSKRIPCHENKO Almira 2456 1 - F
OLIVIER Pierre 2218 1 - F
Metz Fischer 2 - 2 Mulhouse Philidor
gRIAZANTSEV Alexander 2660 X - X gBOLOGAN Viktor 2684
gSVETUSHKIN Dmitry 2554 X - X gABERGEL Thal 2547
gPOSTNY Evgeny 2641 X - X gSOKOLOV Andrei 2563
fELBILIA Jacques 2402 0 - 1 gVOVK Yuri 2545
mKOCH Jean-Rene 2470 1 - 0 mRIFF Jean-Noel 2505
fTADDEI Benoit 2301 X - X mWIRIG Anthony 2504
fPUCHER Olivier 2342 0 - 1 gBRICARD Emmanuel 2488
mCOLLAS Silvia 2313 1 - 0 RICHARD Emma 2116
TCh-FRA Top 16 2010 Group B Standings (FRA), 26 iii-6 vi 2010
Pl. Team Pts j. d. p. c.
1 Chalons en Champagne 9 3 17 18 1
2 Metz Fischer 8 3 6 10 4
3 Clichy 7 3 7 10 3
4 Cannes 7 3 4 9 5
5 Mulhouse Philidor 6 3 2 7 5
6 Strasbourg5 3 -9 5 14
7 Lyon Olympique Echecs 3 3 -12 1 13
8 Bischwiller 0 3 -15 0 15

4) 4NCL

The 4NCL takes place Sat 24th Oct 2009 - 3rd May 2010. Rounds 7 and 8 took place 27th-28th March 2010. Games broadcast live from round 7 and 8 available.

After 7 rounds, the top 4 teams in each preliminary pool qualified for the final championship pool. At the end of the season 4 teams will be relegated.

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

4NCL 2009-10 Championship Results (ENG), 24 x 2009 - 3 v 2010
Group A
RD 7 JUTES OF KENT21741 - 7WOOD GREEN HILSMARK KINGFISHER 12467
1wWilliams, Simon K2519½ - ½Speelman, Jon S2530
2bHarakis, Alexis M22320 - 1Gordon, Stephen J2527
3wMack, Andrew L22130 - 1Cramling, Pia (F)2523
4bNaylor, John21890 - 1Tissir, Mohamed2434
5wRice, Chris B20820 - 1Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan E (F)2447
6bWilson, Alexandra (F)20650 - 1Bellon Lopez, Juan M *2431
7wAtako, Chino2052½ - ½Martin, Andrew D2411
8bDonovan, Nigel P20420 - 1Hanley, Craig A2429
RD 7 OXFORD 122043 - 5GUILDFORD-A&DC 22028
1wRose, Matthew22820 - 1Stimpson, Philip M2085
2bWhite, Michael JR22390 - 1Eckloff, Colin2097
3wShaw, David A22411 - 0Taylor, Dale C2122
4bRawlinson, Aidan M22070 - 1Punnett, Alan K2094
5wEckersley-Waites, Tom2247½ - ½Roset, Christophe2056
6bSmallbone, Kieran D2218½ - ½Hill, David F2048
7wTidman, Sophie E (F)2110½ - ½Shepley, Julien M2022
8bNitz, Tomos2090½ - ½Shepherd, Katherine M (F)1698
RD 7 BARBICAN 4NCL 222332½-5½PRIDE AND PREJUDICE2446
1wCox, John J23890 - 1Adams, Michael2704
2bPoobalasingam, Peter S23240 - 1Hebden, Mark L2548
3wMorrison, Graham2328½ - ½Flear, Glenn C2517
4bPiper, Matthew S2320½ - ½Emms, John M2484
5wBerry, Neil23200 - 1Hunt, Harriet V (F)2452
6bFranklin, Samuel GA21960 - 1Ward, Chris G2431
7wChapman, Terry PD2231½ - ½Grafl, Florian2421
8bYnojosa, Angelica Maria (F)17531 - 0Auckland, Elliott2010
RD 7 CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY 122314 - 4THE ADS2122
1wDearing, Edward J2406½ - ½Richardson, John R2298
2bMah, Karl CC24171 - 0Wheeler, Darren P2240
3wMoskovic, David M23050 - 1Snape, Ian L2205
4bBisby, Daniel L22971 - 0Swindells, Jonathan E2170
5wPickard, Charles2191½ - ½Anderton, David W2211
6bChan, Nevil2098½ - ½Bellin, Jana (F)2151
7wTyomkin, Mikhail2111½ - ½Daley, Eugene1782
8bChevannes, Sabrina L (F)20220 - 1Bellin, Christopher J *1922
Group B
RD 7 GUILDFORD-A&DC 123007½- 0POISONED PAWNS 12196
1wConquest, Stuart C25511 - 0Spence, David J2268
2bKing, Daniel J2494½ - ½Swanson, Stephen2263
3wPovah, Nigel E23361 - 0Posazhennikov, Alex2252
4bThompson, Ian D22351 - 0Harley, Andrew D2204
5wAnderton, Matthew N22441 - 0Rosen, Daniel B2145
6bGranat, Russell G22501 - 0Kueh Ju Lui, Andre *2146
7wMeyer, Gordon21651 - 0Hutchinson, Norman A2092
8bGrigoryan, Meri (F)21251 - -½default
RD 7 WHITE ROSE 122655 - 3PANDORA'S BOX GRANTHAM2099
1wWells, Peter K2492½ - ½Slavin,Alexei2368
2bMcNab, Colin A24681 - 0Cumbers, Paul2218
3wPalliser, Richard JD24351 - 0McCarthy, Kevin C2106
4bBuckley, Simon T23480 - 1Burrows, Martin P2186
5wGayson, Peter M22050 - 1Birtwistle, Nigel2179
6bTownsend, M Paul2222½ - ½Walton, Alan J2137
7wBarrett, Stephen J21811 - 0Milson, Samuel A1994
8bFlint, Martina *17701 - 0Milson, Amy F (F)1602
RD 7 BARBICAN 4NCL 123725 - 3SOUTH WALES DRAGONS2184
1wTurner, Matthew J2515½ - ½Cobb, James E2415
2bD'Costa, Lorin AR24660 - 1Cooper, John G2346
3wCollinson, Adam R23931 - 0Zeidler, Sven P2221
4bDevereaux, Maxim L23870 - 1Morris, Charles F2189
5wKnott, Simon JB2342½ - ½Redmond, John P2196
6bFerguson, Mark23931 - 0James, David J2110
7wRogers, Jonathan W23291 - 0Roberts, David L2101
8bRegan, Natasha K (F)21521 - 0Wilson, Julie C (F)1890
RD 7 WOOD GREEN HILSMARK KINGFISHER 223095½-2½BETSSON.COM2291
1wGreet, Andrew N2429½ - ½Hunt, Adam C2425
2bMcDonald, Neil24211 - 0Ansell, Simon T2385
3wHouska, Jovanka (F)2392½ - ½Bates, Richard A2379
4bTiller, Bjorn23781 - 0Baker, Chris W2357
5wSowray, Peter J23341 - 0Duncan, Chris R2326
6bBriscoe, Chris22321 - 0Eames, Robert S2295
7wMcFarland, Robert S2215½ - ½Ledger, Dave J2205
8bHegarty, Sarah N (F)20670 - 1Yurenok, Maria S (F)1953
Division 1 Championship Pool results - Round 8
RD 8 WOOD GREEN HILSMARK KINGFISHER 124685½-2½WOOD GREEN HILSMARK KINGFISHER 22272
1wSpeelman, Jon S2530½ - ½Greet, Andrew N2429
2bGordon, Stephen J2527½ - ½Houska, Jovanka (F)2392
3wCramling, Pia (F)2523½ - ½Sowray, Peter J2334
4bTissir, Mohamed24341 - 0Lindner, Daniel2244
5wArakhamia-Grant, Ketevan E (F)24471 - 0Lee, Graham D2264
6bBellon Lopez, Juan M *24310 - 1Briscoe, Chris2232
7wMcDonald, Neil24211 - 0McFarland, Robert S2215
8bHanley, Craig A24291 - 0Hegarty, Sarah N (F)2067
RD 8 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE24465½-2½GUILDFORD-A&DC 12300
1wAdams, Michael27041 - 0Conquest, Stuart C2551
2bHebden, Mark L2548½ - ½King, Daniel J2494
3wFlear, Glenn C25171 - 0Povah, Nigel E2336
4bEmms, John M2484½ - ½Thompson, Ian D2235
5wWard, Chris G24311 - 0Anderton, Matthew N2244
6bGrafl, Florian2421½ - ½Granat, Russell G2250
7wHunt, Harriet V (F)24521 - 0Meyer, Gordon2165
8bAuckland, Elliott20100 - 1Grigoryan, Meri (F)2125
RD 8 CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY 122503½-4½WHITE ROSE 12313
1wMah, Karl CC2417½ - ½Wells, Peter K2492
2bDearing, Edward J2406½ - ½McNab, Colin A2468
3wBisby, Daniel L22970 - 1Palliser, Richard JD2435
4bMoskovic, David M2305½ - ½Buckley, Simon T2348
5wEckersley-Waites, Adam21970 - 1Barrett, Stephen J2181
6bPickard, Charles21910 - 1Townsend, M Paul2222
7wChurm, Rohan M21671 - 0Fernandez, Lucia Fidalgo (F)2150
8bChevannes, Sabrina L (F)20221 - 0Gayson, Peter M2205
RD 8 THE ADS21223½-4½BARBICAN 4NCL 12372
1wRichardson, John R22980 - 1Turner, Matthew J2515
2bWheeler, Darren P2240½ - ½D'Costa, Lorin AR2466
3wSnape, Ian L2205½ - ½Cox, John J2389
4bSwindells, Jonathan E21700 - 1Ferguson, Mark2393
5wAnderton, David W2211½ - ½Knott, Simon JB2342
6bBellin, Jana (F)2151½ - ½Devereaux, Maxim L2387
7wBellin, Christopher J *1922½ - ½Rogers, Jonathan W2329
8bDaley, Eugene17821 - 0Regan, Natasha K (F)2152
Division 1 Demotion Pool results - Round 8
RD 8 POISONED PAWNS 12151½-7½BARBICAN 4NCL 22242
1wSwanson, Stephen22630 - 1Berry, Neil2320
2bPosazhennikov, Alex22520 - 1Piper, Matthew S2320
3wSpence, David J22680 - 1Morrison, Graham2328
4bHarley, Andrew D22040 - 1Poobalasingam, Peter S2324
5wByway, Paul V21580 - 1Chapman, Terry PD2231
6bKueh Ju Lui, Andre *21460 - 1Sands, David A2252
7wRosen, Daniel B21450 - 1Coleman, David J2239
8bTurvey-Cross, Syringa L (F)1770½ - ½Morrison, Lynne GP (F)1918
RD 8 SOUTH WALES DRAGONS21846½-1½GUILDFORD-A&DC 22028
1wCobb, James E24151 - 0Eckloff, Colin2097
2bCooper, John G23461 - 0Stimpson, Philip M2085
3wZeidler, Sven P2221½ - ½Punnett, Alan K2094
4bMorris, Charles F2189½ - ½Taylor, Dale C2122
5wRedmond, John P21961 - 0Roset, Christophe2056
6bJames, David J21101 - 0Hill, David F2048
7wRoberts, David L21011 - 0Shepley, Julien M2022
8bWilson, Julie C (F)1890½ - ½Shepherd, Katherine M (F)1698
RD 8 PANDORA'S BOX GRANTHAM20994½-3½OXFORD 12175
1wSlavin,Alexei23681 - 0Rawlinson, Aidan M2207
2bCumbers, Paul22181 - 0Shaw, David A2241
3wBirtwistle, Nigel21791 - 0White, Michael JR2239
4bWalton, Alan J2137½ - ½Eckersley-Waites, Tom2247
5wMcCarthy, Kevin C21060 - 1Smallbone, Kieran D2218
6bBurrows, Martin P2186½ - ½Tidman, Sophie E (F)2110
7wMilson, Samuel A1994½ - ½Nitz, Tomos2090
8bMilson, Amy F (F)16020 - 1Rawlinson, Christopher JA2048
RD 8 BETSSON.COM22675½-2½JUTES OF KENT2202
1wHunt, Adam C2425½ - ½Williams, Simon K2519
2bAnsell, Simon T23851 - 0Harakis, Alexis M2232
3wBates, Richard A23791 - 0Cooley, Chris M2265
4bBaker, Chris W23571 - 0Naylor, John2189
5wDuncan, Chris R2326½ - ½Mack, Andrew L2213
6bLedger, Dave J22050 - 1Rice, Chris B2082
7wLedger, Stephen C21061 - 0Atako, Chino2052
8bYurenok, Maria S (F)1953½ - ½Wilson, Alexandra (F)2065
4NCL 2009-10 Championship Pool tables (ENG), 24 x 2009 - 3 v 2010
Team12345678GPMP
1WGHK 1xxx4 22½7
2Pride and Prejudice4xxx 6227
3Barbican 4NCL 1 xxx3 18½6
4White Rose 1 5xxx51 15½6
5Guildford-A&DC 1 3xxx6 142
6WGHK 2 72xxx 142
7The ADs2 xxx4121
8Cambridge Univ. 1½ 4xxx1
4NCL 2009-10 Relegation Pool tables (ENG), 24 x 2009 - 3 v 2010
Team12345678GPMP
1Betsson.comxxx 66 623½8
2Barbican 4NCL 2 xxx 66236
3Pandora's Box Grantham2 xxx 17½6
4S. Wales Dragons2 xxx 6174
5Oxford 1 xxx35 164
6Guildford-A&DC 2 2 5xxx4 12½3
7Jutes of Kent2 34xxx 11½1
8Poisoned Pawns 12½2 xxx70

5) Dutch League

The Dutch League takes place 26th September 2009 - 18th April 2010. Round 8 took place on the 27th March 2010. Games are available.

Rounds: Round 1 - 26th September, Round 2 - 31 October, Round 3 - 21st November, Round 4 - 12th December 2009. Round 5 - 9th January Round 6 - 6th February, Round 7 - 6th March, Round 8 - 27 March, Round 9 - 18 April 2010.

Official site: http://www.schaakbond.nl/wedstrijdschaak/knsb-competitie.

Further info: http://www.schakers.info/

Dutch League (NED), 26 ix 2009 - 18 iv 2010
Round 8 Standings:
PlTeam Mp Bp 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 HSG 14 60 x 7 7 .
2 Utrecht 13 47 x 8 . 5 6 7
3 Groningen 1/Hotels.nl 12 44½ x 6 6 6 .
4 Schrijvers Rotterdam 10 41 3 2 4 x 6 .
5 Homburg Apeldoorn 9 44 . x 5 8 8 9
6 LSG 8 40 3 5 4 5 x .
7 Braceland ESGOO 6 33½ 4 . 2 x 7
8 HMC Calder 4 35½ . 4 4 3 x 6 7
9 HWP Sas van Gent 2 30 3 . 2 4 x 7
10 SMB 2 24½ 1 . 3 3 x
Dutch League (NED), 26 ix 2009 - 18 iv 2010
Round 5 Standings:
Round 1 - 26 September
01 SMB - Schrijvers Rotterdam -
02 Groningen 1/Hotels.nl - Braceland ESGOO 6 - 4
03 HMC Calder - HWP Sas van Gent 6 - 4
04 Homburg Apeldoorn - HSG -
05 LSG - Utrecht 5 - 5
Round 2 - 31 October
01 Utrecht - SMB -
02 HSG - LSG 7 - 3
03 HWP Sas van Gent - Homburg Apeldoorn 2 - 8
04 Braceland ESGOO - HMC Calder 7 - 3
05 Schrijvers Rotterdam - Groningen 1/Hotels.nl 4 - 6
Round 3 - 21 November
01 SMB - Groningen 1/Hotels.nl -
02 HMC Calder - Schrijvers Rotterdam -
03 Homburg Apeldoorn - Braceland ESGOO 8 - 2
04 LSG - HWP Sas van Gent -
05 Utrecht - HSG -
Round 4 - 12 December
01 HSG - SMB -
02 HWP Sas van Gent - Utrecht 3 - 7
03 Braceland ESGOO - LSG -
04 Schrijvers Rotterdam - Homburg Apeldoorn -
05 Groningen 1/Hotels.nl - HMC Calder 6 - 4
Round 5 - 9 January
01 SMB - HMC Calder 3- 7
02 Homburg Apeldoorn - Groningen 1/Hotels.nl -
03 LSG - Schrijvers Rotterdam 4 - 6
04 Utrecht - Braceland ESGOO -
05 HSG - HWP Sas van Gent -
Round 6 - 6 February
01 HWP Sas van Gent - SMB 7- 3
02 Braceland ESGOO - HSG -
03 Schrijvers Rotterdam - Utrecht 2- 8
04 Groningen 1/Hotels.nl - LSG -
05 HMC Calder - Homburg Apeldoorn -
Round 7 - 6 March
01 SMB - Homburg Apeldoorn 1- 9
02 LSG - HMC Calder -
03 Utrecht - Groningen 1/Hotels.nl -
04 HSG - Schrijvers Rotterdam 7- 3
05 HWP Sas van Gent - Braceland ESGOO -
Round 8 - 27 March
01 Braceland ESGOO - SMB -
02 Schrijvers Rotterdam - HWP Sas van Gent -
03 Groningen 1/Hotels.nl - HSG -
04 HMC Calder - Utrecht 4- 6
05 Homburg Apeldoorn - LSG 5- 5
Round 9 - 18 April
01 LSG - SMB -
02 Utrecht - Homburg Apeldoorn -
03 HSG - HMC Calder -
04 HWP Sas van Gent - Groningen 1/Hotels.nl -
05 Braceland ESGOO - Schrijvers Rotterdam -

6) Swiss Team Championships 2010

The Nationalliga A of Switzerland takes place 14th February - 7th November 2010. Round 2 games not yet available.

Dates: Round 1 (2010.02.14), Round 2 (2010.03.21), Round 3 (2010.04.25), Round 4 (2010.06.13), Round 5 (2010.06.27), Round 6 (2010.08.28), Round 7 (2010.08.29), Round 8 (2010.11.06) and Round 9 (2010.11.07).

Details

TCh-SUI NatLigaA Switzerland (SUI), 14 ii-7 xi 2010
Round 2 21st March 2010
Tribschen 1-Wollishofen 12:6
Reichenstein 1-Bern 1:
Zuerich 1-Genčve 16:2
Luzern 1-Riehen 15:3
Joueur 1-Winterthur 1:
TCh-SUI NatLigaA Switzerland (SUI), 14 ii-7 xi 2010
Round 2 Standings:
PlClubMPEP
1.Reichenstein 1411½
Zuerich 1411½
3.Joueur 1410
4.Riehen 12
Wollishofen 12
6.Luzern 12
Winterthur 12
8.Bern 106
9.Genčve 105
10.Tribschen 104

7) 33rd San Sebastian International Open

The 33rd Donostia-San Sebastian International Open takes place March 28th - April 4th 2010 in the new chess club of Gros Xake Taldea.

Official website: http://www.fgajedrez.org/

Live games: http://www.fgajedrez.org/directo

Results: http://chess-results.com/tnr30848.aspx

33rd Open Donostia-San Sebastian (ESP), 28 iii-4 iv 2010
Leading Round 1 (of 9) Standings:
Rk.NameTiFEDRtgIPts. TB1 Rp
1Spraggett KevinGMCAN2580100
Gleizerov EvgenyGMRUS2565100
Korneev OlegGMRUS2558100
Alsina Leal DanielIMESP2548100
San Segundo Carrillo PabloGMESP2534100
Cabrera AlexisGMESP2533100
Movsziszian KarenGMARM2530100
Cifuentes Parada RobertoGMESP2525100
Ulibin MikhailGMRUS2516100
Llaneza Vega MarcosIMESP2514100
Alonso Rosell AlvarIMESP2509100
Pogorelov RuslanGMUKR2486100
Tratar MarkoGMSLO2486100
Alvarez Pedraza AramisIMCUB2486100
Recuero Guerra DavidIMESP2481100
Huerga Leache MikelIMESP2446100
Barria Zuniga DanielIMCHI2435100
Ledger Andrew JIMENG2431100
Bae TorsteinIMNOR2414100
Collins Sam EIMIRL2401100
Argandona Riveiro InigoIMESP2388100
Alonso Arburu Juan IgnacioFMESP2372100
Almeida Toledano DanielFMESP2367100
Andres Gonzalez IvanFMESP2340100
Jakobsen OleIMDEN2332100
Thomassen JoachimFMNOR2331100
Cruz-Lopez Claret CarlosFMESP2318100
Trepat Herranz JoanFMESP2305100
Martin Alvarez InigoESP2289100
Piasetski LeonIMCAN2280100
Hernandez ElvisFMDOM2277100
Hagesaether EllenWIMNOR2269100
Nava Pereda CarlosFMESP2254100
Nelson Jonathan PENG2245100
Bjerke SiljeWIMNOR2218100
Griffiths Ryan RhysIRL2195100
Vea Odin BlikraNOR2195100
Andersen Alf RNOR2185100
Aranaz Portugues Jose CarlosESP2169100
Diez Fraile DavidESP2168100
Hagemann Tim DrGER2164100
Ros Eskisabel Jose RamonESP2143100
Corral Sierra JavierESP2123100
Torres Ganuza Fco JavierESP2109100
Guijarro Galan Jose LuisESP2104100
Korhonen PasiFIN2102100
Lakunza Plazaola AsierESP2093100
Uriarte Prieto GoyoESP2086100
Aranaz Murillo AmaliaESP2083100
Garro Beraza HaritzESP2075100
Benson Oisin PIRL2065100
Bas Mas Jose JoaquinESP2051100
Navarro Rivas RashidCUB2046100
Pasanen TuomoFIN2041100
Thomassen ThomasNOR2041100
Fehr JukkaFIN2024100
Tome Vazquez OscarESP2015100
Segura Del Frago ImanolESP2010100
Fletcher JohnWLS2004100
Torres PatriceFRA2003100
Lopez Heras ArturoESP2001100
Segovia Sanchez AntonioESP1998100
Darrigues AlainFRA1997100
Navarrete Espi SamuelESP1992100
Sanchez Dolado JorgeESP1966100
Tung Siu HungESP1864100
Izagirre Alsua AritzESP1820100
Cantabrana Garona AlejandroESP1780100
Perez Varela AlvaroESP0100
70Alvarez Fernandez EnriqueFMESP23660.500
Acosta Garcia Alfonso CarlosESP23270.500
Meneses Gonzalez Kevin MoisesESP21170.500
Rodriguez Lapetra PabloESP21050.500
Perez Cameselle FranciscoESP19580.500
Molina Rodriguez BorjaESP19410.500
Nortes Hernandez PedroESP18960.500
D Anna Razzetti Juan PabloESP18040.500
Espin Laborde Jesus MariaESP17960.500
Bayrakdar Bianco PhilippeESP17450.500
Veras Sanz Jose AntonioESP17120.500
Giovagnoni JosetteFRA00.500
Vazquez Alvarez DiegoESP15340.500
Fernandez Lopez IvanESP14720.500
Sanmateu Juan SergioESP00.500
85Marholev DimitarIMBUL2423000
Seret Jean-LucIMFRA2395000
Andonov BogomilIMBUL2304000
Montoya Irigoyen InigoESP2083000
Rodriguez Cabrera Fco JavierESP1962000
Martinez Pelaez DavidESP1960000
Miguelez Garcia ErlantzESP1958000
Etxeberria Iriondo SabinoESP1958000
Tung Kai MingESP1957000
Hernandez Lopez DanielESP1955000
Lyons BrendanIRL1952000
Arana Garate JonESP1944000
Tirado Parra AlbertoESP1943000
Severri Arrese CarlosESP1925000
Bello Castano DiegoESP1911000
Kopischke MaikGER1911000
Fernandez Zubitur JokinESP1908000
Fuente San Sebastian ErnestoESP1897000
Nogues Fernandez RamonESP1894000
Garro Beraza JulenESP1881000
Baroja Arrue Miguel MariaESP1875000
Zaballa Zarzosa JonESP1872000
Saenz Zabala Juan IgnacioESP1845000
Urruticoechea Sarriegui Jose AESP0000
Buiza Prieto AizbeltzESP1812000
D`amade PhilippeFRA1810000
Arabiotorre Arbulu AitorESP0000
Iglesias Gonzalez VeronicaESP1803000
Bas Mas MiguelESP1801000
Navascues Zabaleta JesusESP1800000
Navarro Vallejo JonathanESP1795000
Ramos Espinosa DidierESP1784000
Aguado Zabaleta FelixESP1775000
Ciruelos Clerencia Juan ManuelESP1773000
Bas Sanchez Jose JoaquinESP1764000
Jimenez Penafiel GustavoESP1761000
Lazkano Gaite TomasESP1741000
Moreno Romero ErnestoESP1739000
Cejudo Urdampilleta Juan PabloESP0000
Orube Bona AndoniESP1732000
Arri Martinez IkerESP0000
Cendagortagalarza Rodriguez JoESP1685000
Olivares Gutierrez AntonioESP0000
Vicente Ezeiza MikelESP1674000
Muriel Dominguez MarianoESP1657000
Aizpurua Zufiria InakiESP1648000
Martikorena Endara PatxiESP0000
Moreiro Sanchez SilvestreESP1636000
Sanchez Ruesga CarlosESP0000
Sanchez Merino ChristianESP1623000
Delgado Canton ManuelFRA1620000
Gonzalez Pueyo PatriciaESP1610000
Sebastian Garcia IbanESP0000
Santos Etxepare AgustinESP1593000
Santesteban Gonzalez BegonaESP1588000
Campos Urbaneja RicardoESP1547000
Jauregi Barandiaran JonESP0000
Irulegi Garmendia Jose AntonioESP1503000
Juaristi Izaga Jose IgnacioESP1489000
Berdote Alonso CarlosESP1443000
Benson NicolaIRL1377000
Gallas GautierFRA0000
Goubert-Gaebele RobertFRA0000
Mazouat HerveFRA0000
Mohseni NeikAFG0000
Santos Etxepare MikelESP0000
150 players

8) Uxbridge Chess Open

The Uxbridge Chess Congress took place 19th-21st March 2010. Jovanka Houska took clear first place with 4.5/5.

Officials site: http://www.e2e4.org.uk/uxbridge/Mar2010/index.htm

Uxbridge Open Uxbridge (ENG), 19-21 iii 2010
Rank Name TiFed. Score Rating TPR W-We
1Houska, Jovanka IMENG 4.5239225120.52
2Arkell, Keith C GMENG 424742419-0.19
3Livner, Anders FMSWE 4230423670.42
4Coates, David H ENG 4204324872.73
5Radovanovic, Jovica FMSRB 3.523482329-0.03
6Ynojosa, Felix Jose ENG 3.5216522710.77
7Talbot, Andrew R ENG 3.5214123391.29
8Webb, Matthew ENG 3.5199922031.37
9Burrows, Martin P ENG 321862145-0.23
10Ociepka, Adrian POL 3217622050.15
11De Coverly, Roger D ENG 321192084-0.23
12McIntyre, Paul SCO 3211821300.05
13Bonafont, Philip R ENG 3211521310.12
14Doci, Stefan SVK 3207122260.81
15Quinn, Rory IRL 3203621010.35
16Richter, Hans CHI 2.521872071-0.78
17Ackley, Peter J E ENG 2.520922039-0.35
18Nelson, Omowale JAM 2.520762028-0.35
19Atako, Chino ENG 2.5205220820.17
20Makepeace, Philip J ENG 2.520422039-0.06
21Iyengar, Ilya ENG 2.5201320230.05
22Harnett, Robert ENG 2.5201020360.11
23Bailey, Kevin J ENG 220762007-0.55
24Harley-Yeo, Gareth WLS 220531960-0.46
25Amato, Giampiero ITA 220442030-0.19
26Pleasants, Allan J WLS 220382019-0.26
27Chevannes, Sabrina L WFMENG 2202221090.24
28Hunt, Daniel ENG 2201920340.01
29Crichton, Martin IRL 220011912-0.6
30Gibbs, Dominic V ENG 219801961-0.13
31Holland, James P ENG 219731966-0.06
32Andreev, Peter ENG 2184619570.52
33Tarun, Malhotra IND 2180118530.19
34Jiang, Jimmy ENG 2018621862
35Cutmore, Martin J ENG 1.520591879-0.71
36Armstrong, Malcolm J ENG 1.519891874-0.77
37Ganger, Rajan ENG 1.519471851-0.48
38Lenier, Jude ENG 1.519421825-0.59
39Waters, Andy ENG 1.5016921692
40Rudd, Jack IMENG 1226700
41Tobisch, John GER 118641776-0.28
42White, David J ENG 0.519651643-1.7
43Madan, Augustin IMROU 023621308-0.87
44Greatorex, Roger 00 * 10660

9) Budapest Spring Festival

The 26th Budapest Spring Festival took place 19th-28th of March 2010. Emil Szalanczy took clear first with 7.5/9. 9 rounds Swiss Open. Organised by Nagy Laszlo.

26th Budapest Spring Festival Budapest (HUN), 19-28 iii 2010
No. PNo. Name Score WP SB PS rat. TPR W-We
1. 5 Szalanczy, Emil 7.5 51.5 41.25 41.0 2280 2491 +2.29
2. 10 Kahn, Evarth Dr. 7.0 48.5 35.75 37.0 2231 2366 +1.56
9 Sanchez, Louis 7.0 47.5 36.25 34.5 2232 2384 +1.75
4. 6 Lengyel, Bela Sr 6.5 49.0 33.75 33.5 2267 2325 +0.74
1 To, Nhat Minh Jr 6.5 54.0 35.00 31.5 2422 2318 -0.87
6. 19 Csonka, Balazs **Jr 6.0 51.0 32.25 34.0 2163 2290 +1.59
11 Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung Jr 6.0 47.5 30.25 33.0 2224 2254 +0.43
12 Sebestyen, Balazs 6.0 50.5 30.75 32.5 2221 2240 +0.33
8 Steffens, Olaf 6.0 47.0 28.25 32.0 2250 2236 -0.11
2 Karim, Ismael 6.0 49.0 31.00 31.0 2368 2254 -1.12
14 Charleshouse, Glenn L 6.0 45.0 28.25 30.5 2203 2222 +0.30
12. 13 Istvanovszki, Martin Jr 5.5 50.5 27.50 32.0 2217 2286 +0.94
20 Tesik, Csaba Jr 5.5 47.0 23.50 30.5 2159 2151 +0.03
38 Horvath, Jeno Kalman Sr 5.5 49.0 29.00 30.0 2016 2295 +3.20
18 Lyell, Mark 5.5 42.5 24.75 28.5 2179 2095 -0.76
21 Korpa, Bence **Jr 5.5 45.0 26.25 27.5 2158 2160 +0.18
17 Koczo, Kristof 5.5 43.5 24.75 26.0 2194 2071 -1.23
43 Tran, Minh Thang 5.5 40.5 21.25 23.0 1972 2116 +1.48
7 Menshikov, Alexander 5.5 39.0 23.25 23.0 2257 2056 -1.97
20. 27 Bodrogi, Mihaly Sr 5.0 45.5 20.50 29.0 2096 2172 +0.96
22 Arsenault, Nicolas 5.0 44.0 26.75 27.5 2153 2136 -0.03
24 Trajber, Daniel Jr 5.0 45.0 21.75 27.5 2123 2132 +0.16
32 Mester, Attila 5.0 40.5 18.00 27.0 2080 2061 -0.11
15 Tran, Tuan Minh **Jr 5.0 43.5 20.75 26.5 2203 2065 -1.38
23 Adam, Gyorgy Jr. 5.0 42.0 21.00 26.0 2133 2108 -0.25
39 Bea, Boglarka Jr 5.0 43.0 21.00 24.0 2012 2127 +1.27
35 Hitter, Gabriella Jr 5.0 39.5 18.75 24.0 2060 2055 -0.03
37 Yip, Michael 5.0 42.5 21.75 23.0 2017 2240 +2.07
16 Toth, Lili 5.0 37.5 22.50 20.0 2198 1991 -1.78
30. 28 Czibulka, Zoltan 4.5 47.0 20.50 27.0 2094 2082 -0.02
31 Kabai, Zsuzsanna Jr 4.5 44.0 27.25 26.5 2086 2131 +0.47
73 Munkhbayar, Janjaadorj 4.5 43.5 26.25 25.5 0000 2252 +1.50
33 Borda, Lajos 4.5 41.5 17.00 25.0 2076 2009 -0.64
30 Meixner, Ferenc 4.5 43.0 18.00 25.0 2087 2036 -0.46
51 Zsembery, Aron 4.5 43.0 17.75 24.0 1862 2083 +2.03
25 Letay, Gyula Sr 4.5 43.5 18.25 24.0 2122 1988 -1.39
40 Kantor, Gergely **Jr 4.5 43.0 20.00 23.5 2010 2100 +1.05
29 Trajber, Csaba Dr. 4.5 40.5 16.00 23.0 2094 1960 -1.45
44 Fendrich, Zoltan 4.5 39.0 18.25 21.5 1965 2011 +0.42
52 Szabo, Gabor 4.5 37.0 16.50 21.0 1859 1926 +0.69
61 Horvath, Ilona Klara 4.5 39.5 17.50 20.5 1777 2018 +2.58
46 Pogats, Jozsef Jr. 4.5 38.0 15.50 18.0 1917 1873 -0.57
43. 3 Juhasz, Kristof Jr 4.0 48.5 27.75 27.5 2284 2223 -0.36
36 Fomani, Medhi 4.0 41.0 15.75 23.5 2029 2032 -0.01
74 Szucs, Gabor 4.0 37.0 15.00 20.0 0000 1976 1976
41 Lantos, Attila 4.0 36.0 15.50 19.5 2006 1944 -0.63
49 Juhasz, Armin 4.0 39.0 10.75 19.5 1877 1893 -0.01
42 Juhasz, Ladislav 4.0 40.0 12.50 19.0 1986 1886 -1.11
57 Kiss, Peter 4.0 38.5 14.50 17.5 1814 1882 +0.74
59 Szecsi, Peter 4.0 38.5 17.75 17.5 1798 1922 +1.13
56 Horvath, Attila Bela 4.0 37.0 11.50 16.5 1823 1874 +0.26
62 Grimm, Daniel Jr 4.0 35.0 12.25 16.0 1759 1874 +1.20
53. 4 Boguszlavszkij, Jevgenyij 3.5 38.5 14.50 21.5 2281 1976 -3.02
54 Vit, Daniel 3.5 38.5 12.25 17.5 1847 1885 +0.29
48 Farkas, Richard 3.5 40.0 15.50 17.0 1877 1870 -0.24
50 Papp, Laszlo 3.5 34.5 9.50 16.5 1868 1818 -0.68
60 Czimer, Jozsef 3.5 35.5 10.25 15.0 1797 1820 +0.20
65 Slezak, Daniel Robert 3.5 32.0 9.00 14.5 1590 1688 +0.76
59. 26 Cox, Tristan A 3.0 44.5 15.50 21.0 2106 2009 -0.68
53 Altin, Halis 3.0 40.5 13.75 17.5 1849 1906 +0.45
55 Varga, Melinda 3.0 37.5 8.50 16.0 1840 1863 +0.13
45 Katona, Jozsef 3.0 34.5 8.50 16.0 1934 1740 -2.04
47 Kun, Joan 3.0 36.0 11.00 14.5 1895 1797 -1.19
64 Altin, Cem 3.0 32.5 7.00 13.0 1717 1608 -1.18
63 Breen, Anthony 3.0 34.0 8.75 13.0 1719 1694 -0.37
70 Kelemen, Lajos Dr. 3.0 27.0 5.25 10.0 1440 1385 -0.44
67. 34 Kovacs H., Zoltan 2.5 37.5 10.00 16.0 2074 1685 -2.91
71 Alluch Abdellach, Nordin 2.5 30.5 5.00 14.0 0000 1630 1630
68 Ramminger, Heinz 2.5 29.0 4.25 9.5 1516 1442 -0.58
72 Dogan, Halit 2.5 26.0 3.75 8.0 0000 1411 1411
71. 58 Timar, Gyorgy 2.0 34.0 14.25 11.5 1801 1839 +0.17
69 Mihajlova, Diana 2.0 29.5 5.75 10.0 1458 1515 +0.30
66 Hetesi, Zoltan 2.0 26.0 3.75 7.5 1556 1391 -1.38
67 Malyusz, Attila 2.0 25.5 2.75 7.0 1552 1343 -1.15

10) JNBS UWI Chess Open

The Uzbekistan Grand Master Gareyev, completed his domination of the JNBS UWI Chess Open during the Masters section when he defeated Jamaican FIDE Master Jomo Pitterson on Sunday, March 21 at the Assembly Hall, UWI, Mona . He copped a total of 8 points from a possible 9, thus gaining the title of Caribbean Collegiate Champion. International Master Margvelashvili and International Master (IM) Zivanic followed in second and third place respectively with 7.5 and 6.5 points. National Master (NM) Shane Matthews of Jamaica, placed an impressive fourth, after securing a well-fought draw with IM Margvelasvhili. Marcus Joseph, the National Champion of Trinidad and Tobago, made an exciting comeback when he defeated both Jamaica's top player, FIDE Master Warren Elliott and Swedish FIDE Master Bengt Hammar in tactical style.

JNBS UWI Masters Kingston (JAM), 15-19 iii 2010 cat. II (2296)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Gareev, Timur g UZB 2585 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 2614
2. Margvelashvili, Giorgi m GEO 2519 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 2544
3. Zivanic, Marko m SRB 2490 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 2440
4. Matthews, Shane JAM 2203 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 2386
5. Pitterson, Jomo f JAM 2241 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 2301
6. Lorne, Malaku JAM 2091 0 0 ½ 0 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 2238
7. Joseph, Marcus TRI 2166 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 1 2230
8. Elliott, Warren f JAM 2264 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 3 2174
9. Hammar, Bengt f SWE 2264 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 2 2079
10. Byfield, Geoffrey USA 2135 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 * 1 1962

11) 4th G.Agzamov Memorial

4th G.Agzamov Memorial International Chess Open takes place 22nd March - 1st April 2010.

Official site: http://www.uzchess.uz/

4th G. Agzamov Mem Tashkent (UZB), 23-31 iii 2010
Standings Round 7 (of 9)
Rank Name TiFed. Score Rating TPR W-We BH
1Zhigalko, Sergei GMBLR 6264827210.5331
2Golod, Vitali GMISR 5.5259026300.4832.5
3Turov, Maxim GMRUS 5.5260926900.832.5
4Jumabayev, Rinat GMKAZ 5.5254226490.8932
5Guseinov, Gadir GMAZE 5.5260926730.6431.5
6Dreev, Alexey GMRUS 5.5265326930.4130.5
7Yurtaev, Leonid GMKGZ 5.5246926001.2530.5
8Filippov, Anton GMUZB 5.525982543-0.3130
9Egin, Vladimir IMUZB 5.5241024960.829.5
10Tseshkovsky, Vitaly GMRUS 5254926250.9134
11Ismagambetov, Anuar GMKAZ 5250825690.8132
12Mchedlishvili, Mikheil GMGEO 526342547-0.5329
13Kotsur, Pavel GMKAZ 5256525400.0729
14Nazhmeddinov, Sirodjiddin UZB 5219024842.226
15Holmirzaev, Bahodir UZB 5234424270.8526
16Vakhidov, Tahir GMUZB 525162394-0.8326
17Tiviakov, Sergei GMNED 4.526532510-1.0234.5
18Li, Georgiy UZB 4.5211024442.4631
19Iuldachev, Saidali GMUZB 4.525112463-0.2130.5
20Saduakassova, Dinara WFMKAZ 4.5209424132.430
21Karimov, I. UZB 4.5234023580.229
22Dzhumaev, Marat GMUZB 4.525252382-0.9528.5
23Agzamov, Viachesiav UZB 4.5227023880.928
24Temirov, Bakhyt KAZ 4.5225824591.8627.5
25Muminova, Nafisa WIMUZB 4.523382293-0.2827.5
26Ziatdinov, Raset GMUSA 4.524102294-0.9327.5
27Khamroev, Ravshan UZB 4.5217523851.9227
28Pak, Yevgeniy KAZ 4.5233323440.1827
29Eminov, Adkham UZB 4.5221824351.6626.5
30Djuraev, Sokhib FMTJK 4.524112293-0.8925
31Saidov, Beqali UZB 4.5236123600.0524.5
32Sabirov, Farkhad UZB 4.523462266-0.6324
33Sydykov, Asyl FMKGZ 4.5226624321.5124
34Kvon, Andrey IMUZB 4.524552310-0.9523
35Nukin, Askhat FMKAZ 4.523662263-0.8123
36Faizulaev, Akmal UZB 4.5230323150.3422.5
37Kasyan, Aleksandr FMUZB 4.522962210-0.5420
38Akkozov, Berik FMKAZ 4226924221.3330
39Igambergenov, Alibek KAZ 4219923120.8928.5
40Sukandar, Irine Kharisma WGMINA 423162215-0.8126
41Ibrayev, Nurlan GMKAZ 424052262-1.1425.5
42Alikulov, Elbek UZB 4220823420.8124.5
43Markov, Mikhail KGZ 4211923231.5524.5
44Zhunussov, Bibek KAZ 421692138-0.2224.5
45Tokhirjanova, Hulkar UZB 4211923121.7124.5
46Gubaydulin, Talgat FMUZB 423252235-0.7422.5
47Vakhidov, Jahongir UZB 4217722900.8422
48Rustamov Alisher Abdusatta UZB 4226422690.0522
49Galyamov, Vildan UZB 421832117-0.5221
50Megaranto, Susanto GMINA 3.525272279-1.8628.5
51Ohunov, Bobur UZB 3.5215023451.6227.5
52Rysbayeva, Aigerim WFMKAZ 3.5219922460.2326
53Sadykov, Ilyas KAZ 3.5208922150.8225
54Dauletova, Gulmira WIMKAZ 3.522122148-0.3625
55Lestari, Baiq Vina INA 3.5215622991.2325
56Grebenschikov, Vladimir IMKAZ 3.522542214-0.3525
57Khamrakulova, Iroda UZB 3.5215122330.7224.5
58Aitbayev, Aslan KAZ 3.523512151-1.7824.5
59Rakhmatullin, Kamil UZB 3.523142136-1.4324.5
60Davletbakov, Saddam KGZ 3.5217422050.1323.5
61Mukashev, Assan KAZ 3.5212522130.623.5
62Golcman, Evgeny RUS 3.522922151-1.1223.5
63Khoroshev, Nikita UZB 3.522252105-0.9723.5
64Kosokin, Valeriy UZB 3.502200220023.5
65Ulkhanov, Azamat KAZ 3.521782143-0.3923
66Khamrakulov, Dzhurabek IMUZB 3.525092191-2.5522.5
67Abylkassymova, Raushan KAZ 3.5200221671.4522.5
68Belyi, Anton UZB 3.5219322190.1822.5
69Sabirova, Olga WIMUZB 3.5219522060.1222
70Lozhnikov, Vyacheslav FMKAZ 3.523232094-1.9821
71Aripov, Iskandar UZB 3207822631.5129
72Gevorgyan, Irina WFMUZB 3215321890.2526
73Hamrakulova, Yulduz WIMUZB 322492144-0.9525.5
74Turaev, Halim UZB 322842122-1.5525
75Esonboeva, Gulruhsor UZB 3199221951.6624
76Akhmetov, Ayan KAZ 3200121581.3423
77Artemenko, Oleg UZB 321592138-0.3723
78Kozganbayev, Erken KAZ 322181988-1.8722.5
79Kholmatov, Yokubjon UZB 321402085-0.5322.5
80Saiyn, Zhanat KAZ 3199820160.0221.5
81Nakhbayeva, Guliskhan WFMKAZ 322452129-1.1221.5
82Ainutdinova, Yekaterina KAZ 3196720720.721
83Igonin, Timur UZB 3178020432.0221
84Khailaev, Mamatkul UZB 321782068-120
85Chkartina, Gerhana INA 320471943-0.719.5
86Miraliev, Mirzayokub UZB 321162021-0.6817
87Tologontegin, Semetey FMKGZ 323512053-2.0916
88Gadoev, Timur TJK 320681946-0.815.5
89Nodirjanova, Nodira UZB 2.5213822240.5627.5
90Baymuradova, Sevara UZB 2.5203521801.0927.5
91Ainutdinov, Alexander KAZ 2.5204721110.4825.5
92Nuritdinov, Nizomiddin UZB 2.502026202624.5
93Rysbayeva, Korlan KAZ 2.5207321390.4124
94Irkabayev, Ahmad UZB 2.520762007-0.7122
95Shangarayeva, Daiana KAZ 2.519491949-0.0420.5
96Verbova, Elena UZB 2.519821903-0.6518.5
97Nazarov, Elyor FMUZB 221462005-1.3324.5
98Sangmamadov, Davlatmamad TJK 201941194123.5
99Irgaliyev, Alikhan KAZ 202033203323
100Zakharov, Anatoliy UZB 219651868-0.6521.5
101Qurbonboeva, Sarvinoz UZB 219961971-0.3221
102Shaymuratov, Inomjon UZB 221822034-1.2921
103Tashbulov, Normamat UZB 220791874-1.5720.5
104Abdumalik, Zhansaya KAZ 2186519390.4320
105Klynin, Vladimir UZB 220091543-0.8919
106Khudoykulov, Nuriddin UZB 201889188918.5
107Karimov, Erkin UZB 220351989-0.5517.5
108Khaitov, Akmal UZB 2187218980.0716
109Nigmatov, Ortik UZB 1.519001860-0.3920
110Antonova, Nadezhda TJK 1.518351715-0.5719
111Gruzdev, Oleg UZB 101785178521.5
112Usseinov, Chingis KAZ 117961373-0.720
113Artikova, M. UZB 119751356-2.1319
114Khusnutdinov, Rustam GMKAZ 025270024.5
115Amanov, Zhanibek IMKAZ 023950024.5
116Samakov, Nurdin KGZ 023790024.5
117Shukuraliev, Algis KGZ 023220024.5
118Daurimbetov, A UZB 022690024.5
119Chernenko, Yevgeniya WFMKAZ 022360024.5
120Ziyaev, Negmat TJK 022040024.5
121Turebayeva, Alfiya WIMKAZ 021930024.5
122Davletbayeva, Madina WFMKAZ 021660024.5
123Sukhov, Maxim KAZ 021640024.5
124Ismailov, Mukhit KAZ 020620024.5
125Khaibulin, Damir KAZ 017320024.5
126Rahmatova, Mehrangez TJK 016180024.5
127Babadzhanov, Yuriy TJK 000024.5
128Ilyashev, Yerzhan KAZ 000024.5
129Solomatin, Sergey KAZ 020001512-0.3919.5

12) II Genset Cup

The II Genset Cup IM Tournament takes place 26th March - 3rd April 2010 Szombathely.

Results: http://chess-results.com/tnr30990.aspx?l

9 -11 round Robin 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes , 30 sec addition after each move

II Genset Cup Szombathely (HUN), 26 iii - 3 iv 2010
Rk.TiNameRtgFED12345678910Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1FMRachela Milan2363SVK*½½½113.57.000.02
2WGMRudolf Anna2293HUN*11½½3.06.250.02
3IMKiss Attila2342HUN½*½½½13.06.250.01
4IMSipos Istvan2491HUN½½*½½½2.56.250.00
5WGMLakos Nikoletta2292HUN½0½*½12.55.750.01
6Stavrianakis Ioannis2243GRE0½½*½12.54.500.01
7Nagy Gabor2278HUN½½*12.04.250.01
8IMMajeric Zoran2255CRO0½½*½1.53.250.00
9Makk Robert2230HUN0½00*11.52.250.01
10Farkas Gabor2245SVK½00½0*1.02.250.00

13) Austrian Bundesliga

The third and final weekend of the Austrian Bundesliga (11 rounds) takes place 27th-30th March 2010 in Baden, Austria. Round 8 and 9 results and games are available.

Time control: 100 minutes for 40 moves an additional 50 minutes with 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

Official site: http://www.chess.at/staatsligen/stl_a.htm

Results: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr21147.aspx

Austrian Bundesliga (AUT), 6 xi - 30 iii 2010
Rg.Team123456789101112 Wtg1 Wtg2 Wtg3
1Sparkasse Jenbach * 56451841,50
2Holz Dohr * 53451536,50
3ASVÖ Wulkaprodersdorf1 * 24451230,00
4SK Kl.Ztg.MPÖ Maria Saal1 * 241229,00
5SK Sparkasse Fuerstenfeld * 351132,50
6Styria Graz34 * 2551132,00
7SK Advisory Invest Baden434 * 2451130,50
8ASVÖ SK Lackenbach0½2114 * 4822,50
9SK Hohenems222 * 3522,50
10ASVÖ Pamhagen1½23 * 23217,00
11Mayrhofen/Zillertal½22114 * 216,00
12Husek Wien11½½3 * 114,00

14) Icelandic Teams

The Icelandic Team Championship took place 25th September 2009 - 3rd March 2010. The final three rounds took place 1st-3rd March 2010. Games now available.

Results: http://chess-results.com/tnr25745.aspx

Games: http://www.skaksamband.is/?c=webpage&id=377&lid=304&option=links

Official site in Icelandic: http://www.skaksamband.is

15) Women's Bundesliga

The Women's Bundesliga took place 7th November 2009 - 28th March 2010. USV Volksbank Ha took the title after beating OSG Baden Baden in Round 8. Games from the final two rounds not yet available.

Results: http://www.schachbund.de/SchachBL/bedh.php?liga=fb1

Games: http://www.schachbund.de/chronik/meister/dfmm/2010/index.html

Women's Bundesliga (GER), 7 xi - 28 iii 2010
Pl Team 123456789101112 Sp MPBP
1.USV Volksbank Halle + 5255112042½
2.OSG Baden Baden + 344665111948½
3.SK Grosslehna ½ + 344111736
4.Hamburger SK 1830 3 + 245111541½
5.Karlsruher SF 1853 13 + 2544111334½
6.SC Bad Koenigshofen 4 + 455111237½
7.SC Leipzig Gohlis 12442 + 14111232
8.Rodewischer Schachmiezen 2215 + 44111032½
9.SAV Torgelow 0 ½21 + 211623½
10.SK Lehrte 10 24 + 3311422½
11.SV Wolfbusch 1223 + 511326
12.SV Medizin Erfurt ½2121231 + 11119

16) Apatin-Vukovar 2010

The IGM tournament "Apatin-Vukovar 2010" took place in two parts: the first in Banja Junakovic (Serbia) and the second part in Vukovar (CRO), 15th-19th March 2010. The event was a six player double round robin tournament.

IM Szuhanek Ranko won with 7/10 and made a 9 game GM norm. Chief arbiter was Milutin Lukic, IA

Further info: http://www.chessdiagonals.com

IGM Apatin & Vukovar Banja Junakovic/Vukovar (SRB/CRO), 15-19 iii 2010 cat. VII (2425)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Szuhanek, Ranko m ROU 2496 * * ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 2559
2. Ilincic, Zlatko g SRB 2449 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 2456
3. Nurkic, Sahbaz m BIH 2379 0 1 ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2434
4. Kostic, Vladimir G g SRB 2419 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ 2390
5. Martinovic, Slobodan g SRB 2438 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * * 0 ½ 4 2350
6. Goric, Esad m CRO 2368 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * * 4 2364

17) 12th Rector Cup Kharkov

The 12th Rector Cup took place in Kharkov 26th-29th March 2010. Anna Ushenina took clear first place with 6/9.

Official site: http://www.chesslaw.org.ua

12th Rector Cup Kharkov (UKR), 26-29 iii 2010 cat. V (2353)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Ushenina, Anna m UKR 2452 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 6 2647
2. Gaponenko, Inna m UKR 2472 ½ * ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 2437
3. Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2503 0 ½ * 0 1 1 ½ 1 4 2381
4. Burtasova, Anna wm RUS 2301 0 0 1 * ½ ½ 1 1 4 2410
5. Klinova, Masha m ISR 2303 ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 2360
6. Karlovich, Anastazia wg UKR 2180 0 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ 0 2275
7. Doluhanova, Evgeniya wg UKR 2297 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 2 2202
8. Soloviova, Liza wm UKR 2315 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 * 2128

18) 5th MGU Opens Sofia

The 5th MGU Open took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, 27th-28th March 2010. Dimitar Iliev scored 5.5/6.

News: Mitko Iliev.

Results: http://chess-results.com/tnr31359.aspx

5th MGU Open Sofia (BUL), 27-28 iii 2010
Rk.NameTiFEDRtgPts.TB1 TB2 TB3
1Iliev DimitarNMBUL21125.515.5235
2Tsekov SvetozarNMBUL229351422.55
3Andreev StanislavBUL22744.516.5244
4Krastev GoranBUL20074.513194
5Ruschukov BoyanBUL18874.512.519.54
6Dimitrov Alexander Sv.BUL2158414223
7Nikolova AdrianaWIMBUL2323414214
8Vuchkov SergeyBUL1940412.5184
9Todorov Dimitar P.BUL1937410164
10Uzunov DikoBUL18493.51319.52
11Dobrev PetkoBUL19773.512183
12Chunchukov IvelinBUL03.51117.53
13Ivanov BorislavBUL2219313.5203
14Krastev Krasimir Ign.BUL2163313.5203
15Videv GeorgiBUL1862313193
16Zhelev EmilBUL2000311182
17Mladenov AndreyBUL195431015.52
18Naydenova YordankaBUL189339152
19Kamenov ValentinBUL18162.513.5202
20Toshev VladimirBUL19932.513.5192
21Galabov MihailBUL18962.511182
22Stanchev PlamenBUL18762.59132
23Yordanov BorisBUL18382.5814.52
24Kalchev SavaBUL1796212.5192
25Krivoshijski AsenBUL1955212.518.52
26Krastev StanimirBUL1780212.5171
27Dulgerov KonstantinBUL189528.513.51
28Borisov IvanBUL17861.51016.51
29Angelov GeorgiBUL01.51015.51
30Dudov PeterBUL0110.516.50
31Mitov Rumen SljavjanovBUL01914.51
32Vardarov Lubcho NikolovBUL008130

19) 25th North American Open

The 25th North American Open took place 20th-24th March 2010. Final Standings: GM Ben Finegold, Mackenzie Molner - 6.5/9 GM Atanas Kolev - 6/9 GM Vladimiar Georgiev, GM Nikola Mitkov, GM Mesgen Amanov, Siddarth Ravichandran - 5.5/9

No games appear to be available.

Official site: http://www.nachess.org/ - Report: http://main.uschess.org/content/view/10261/576/

20) 107th Rhode Island Pawneater

George Mirijanian reports: The 107th Rhode Island Pawneater tournament took place Sunday, March 28, 2010, at Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.. IM David Vigorito, 39, of Somerville, Massachusetts was the winner with a perfect 4-0 score. Finishing as runner-up with a 3-1 tally was national master Miro Reverby, 40, of Providence, who lost to Vigorito in the third round. The tournament drew 38 players in three sections and was directed by John Magill, assisted by Eric Berkey of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, for the sponsoring Rhode Island Chess Association.

21) CXG Rio de Janeiro vs Angola

There was a match between the Chess Club CXG in Rio de Janeiro and Angola on 19th March 2010. CXG won 2.5-1.5. Games were correct, the entry contained errors.

Official site: http://www.cxg.org.br/nova/index.htm

CXG Rio de Janeiro vs Angola (BRA), 19 iii 2010
BdMATCH CXG2½-1½ANGOLA
1MIPedro Aderito2333(ANG)½-½GMDarcy Lima2486(CXG)
2MFDirceu Viana2261(CXG)1-0Eduardo Pascoal2193(ANG)
3Joao Simoes2234(ANG)1-0Cristovam Kubrusly2235(CXG)
4Ocatacílio Freire2123(CXG)1-0MIArmindo Souza2200(ANG)

22) Vasily Smyslov 1921-2010

Former World Chess Champion Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov has died at the age of 89.

Smyslov was born March 24th, 1921 in Moscow and was an emergency admittance to the Botkin Hospital in Moscow with heart trouble a few days before he died in the early hours of March 27th 2010.

When I re-examine the careers of famous chess players sometimes I've sometimes been left a bit under-whelmed, but there is no danger of that in this case. Undoubtably strongest player in the mid-1950s he is also the 6th strongest player of all time, if his career is taken over a 20 year period (Stats: http://chessmetrics.com). Yet I get the feeling that he was a little under-appreciated, in the galaxy of chess players. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly the period of his tenure of World Champion was only 1957-8 and secondly he was followed by far more charasmatic players such as Tal and Fischer. However his career and style stand detailed scrutiny and mark him out as one of the true greats of the game.

Smyslov learned the game at the age of 6 in 1927, taught by his father who himself was a strong enough player to beat Alexander Alekhine in tournament play. He was taught simple positions and endings early on and Smyslov regarded this as one of the keys to the harmonious style he later developed along with the love of music which was also passed on to him by his father.

"Strict beauty and harmony, spontineity and elegance, the faultless intuition of the artist, the absolute mastery of technique and therefore complete independence from it - this is my ideal." was how Smyslov chose to express his beliefs.

He studied chess history and had the opportunity to see many of the greats at the Moscow tournaments of 1935 and 1936. He believed his chess style at 15 or 16 was pretty much well formed "... in a chess game I always sought not only victory, but also the triumph of logic." This crede meant that he played all sorts of positions, not just "positional variations" but also in his middle years he lost quite a few games against players who valued aggression rather than strict logic, I don't think he enjoyed playing against that kind of approach.

In 1938 he became Soviet Youth Champion and a master after sharing first place in the Moscow Championship.

He played the 12th Soviet Championship in 1940 and was in third place half a point behind the winners, he also started his rivalry with Botvinnik, their first game ending in a draw. His first major tournament was the Absolute Championship of the USSR Leningrad - Moscow 1941. Finishing 3rd out of 6 players in a field with no weak players marked him out as a player of the highest class.

In the tournament book Botvinnik said "His defects are chiefly psychological; sometimes he overestimates his possibilities during the actual game. After summing up the position he plays with great power; but when the struggle is involved he lacks the subtle appreciation of the critical moments." He conceded that Smyslov was still growing and praised his defence.

In spite of the difficult conditions during the war Smyslov continued to play and his best result was when he finished in 2nd place in the Soviet Championship in 1944.

The USA vs. USSR radio chess match 1945 took place September 1st-4th September 1945. In a portend of the Soviet domination of chess that was to come the USSR team won the match 15½-4½. Smyslov raised his international profile by beating Sammy Reshevsky 2-0. In a rematch against the USA in person in Moscow he beat Arnold Denker 2-0 in 1946 where the USSR won again.

His reputation was such that he recieved an invitation to the first major post-war tournament, the Groningen tournament of 1946. This proved key as his 3rd place eventually meant that he was invited to the Match Tournament for the World Championship in The Hague and Moscow in 1948 where he a was 2nd (if distant) to the new World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik.

In 1949 he shared first place in the Soviet Championships for the first time.

In 1950 he was only 3rd in the Budapest Candidates tournament behind Bronstein and Boleslavsky which had to be seen as a disappointment for him. There seemed to be a marking of time in his career which ended with the first great win of his career, the Candidates tournament in Zuerich, 1953, which also started the battles for the highest honours.

The Candidates tournament in Zuerich - Neuhausen in 1953 is justly famous. Smyslov won the tournament by a margin of two points over David Bronstein, Paul Keres and Sammy Reshevsky. Players such as Tigran Petrosian, Efim Geller, Miguel Najdorf and Max Euwe also competed, making it one of the strongest tournaments of the time.

Early pace was set by Sammy Reshevsky but once Smyslov took the lead in Round 12 he was never to surrender it although he was caught on 12.5 points in Round 21 by Sammy Reshevsky (when Smyslov suffered his only defeat, to Kotov) he took the lead alone again after round 24 and had a two point lead by Round 27 and then drew his way to qualification.

Candidates Tournament Zuerich - Neuhausen (SUI), 30 viii - 23 x 1953
PlName123456789012345
1Smyslov, Vassily**½½½111½½½½11½0½½½½½½½½1118.0
2Bronstein, David I½½**11½½½½½0½½½½½½01½½½½16.0224.00
3Reshevsky, Samuel Herman½000**½½½½½½½½10½½½1½1½11116.0210.75
4Keres, Paul00½½**½1½½½1½½½½11½1½½1116.0210.25
5Petrosian, Tigran V½½½½½½½0**½½½½00½½½½11½11115.0
6Najdorf, Miguel½½½½½½½½**00½0½½½½½½1114.5198.00
7Geller, Efim P00½1½½½0½½11**½001½½01½101½½14.5197.75
8Kotov, Alexander½1½½01½½½½½1**1000100114.0198.75
9Taimanov, Mark E½½½½½½111001**10½½½½½01114.0191.75
10Averbakh, Yuri L½½½½½0½½½1½½01**½½½½110013.5194.00
11Boleslavsky, Isaak½½½½½000½½½½1011½½½½**½0½½½1½½13.5185.75
12Szabo, Laszlo½½1000½½01½½½½½1**½½13.0
13Gligoric, Svetozar½0½0½0½½½0½1½½**½11112.5
14Euwe, Max00½½00½½1000½0½½½0**11.5
15Stahlberg, Gideon½½000000½½100011½½00**8.0

This qualification led to a first of three match against Mikhail Botvinnik. The first match started catestrophically for him with Botvinnik winning games 1, 2 and 4. However a run of 4 wins and a draw starting with game 7 took Smyslov into the lead, however he then lost game 12 to see the match level at the half way stage. Shared wins in games 13 and 14 were followed by two wins for Botvinnik. Smyslov scored wins in games 20 and 23 but didn't try all that hard in the final game offering a draw on move 22 to see the match drawn 12-12. This result meant that Botvinnik retained his title. (Botvinnik is supposed to have said in reponse to Smyslov's final game draw offer: "Your offer is so attractive I cannot refuse").

20th WCh Match 1954 Moscow (RUS), 16 iii - 13 v 1954
PlName123456789012345678901234
1Botvinnik,Mikhail11½1½½0½00011011½½½0½½0½12.0/24144.00
2Smyslov,Vassily00½0½½1½11100100½½½1½½1½12.0/24144.00

1955 saw shared firsts in Hastings and the USSR Championships (lost playoff to Geller) and a win in Zagreb. When Smyslov returned to Candidates Chess in Amsterdam he again emerged triumphant but was level with Keres until three rounds until the end, he beat Bronstein, drew against Spassky and beat Pilnik to set up a second world championship match with Botvinnik, one that he claimed afterwards he was much better prepared for the match after his previous experience and his "play was more steady and harmonious". After he took the lead in game 8 and never surrendered his grip on the match after that. He thus became the 7th World Chess Champion.

Candidates Tournament Amsterdam (NED), 27 iii - 30 iv 1956
PlName1234567890
1Smyslov,Vassily**½½½½½½½111½1½111.5/18
2Keres,Paul½½**½½½½½½½1½½½010.0/18
3Szabo,Laszlo½½½½**½½½½½1½½019.5/1886.00
4Spassky,Boris V½½**½½½1½½½½½19.5/1884.00
5Petrosian,Tigran V½½½½½½½½**01½½9.5/1882.25
6Bronstein,David I½0½0½½½0**½1½½½19.5/1881.00
7Geller,Efim P00½½½010½0**11½19.5/1878.75
8Filip,Miroslav½0½1½½00**10½18.0/1869.50
9Panno,Oscar½½½½½½½½½001**8.0/1869.00
10Pilnik,Herman½010½0½0½0**5.0/18
21st WCh Match 1957 Moscow (RUS), 5 iii - 27 iv 1957
PlName1234567890123456789012
1Smyslov,Vassily1½½001½1½½½10½½½1½½1½½12.5/22
2Botvinnik,Mikhail0½½110½0½½½01½½½0½½0½½9.5/22

Mikhail Botvinnik had a rematch clause and a day less than a year from the start of the first match Smyslov had yet again to play a world title match. Smyslov claims that he started the match with flu and ended it with pneumonia. Whatever the reason, Smyslov was comprehensively defeated in this third match and never again was to fight for the world title.

22nd WCh Match 1958 Moscow (RUS), 4 iii - 8 v 1958
PlName12345678901234567890123
1Botvinnik,Mikhail111½01½½½½01½10½½10½½0½12.5/23
2Smyslov,Vassily000½10½½½½10½01½½01½½1½10.5/23

Remaining World Championship Adventures.

This match ends the period when Smyslov was World Champion and World Number One. By the end of 1958 Mikhail Tal had become the best player in the World and the new star. Tal demolished his way through the Interzonal and then won the Candidates tournament in Bled/Zagreb/Belgrade in 1959 whereas Smyslov finished in 4th place a full 5 points behind. Smyslov maintained a top 5 position for the next few years and top 10 throughout the 1960s but wasn't a serious force in final stages of the World Championships until his swan song in 1982-4. He missed out on a place in the Stockholm Interzonal of 1962. In 1964 he shared first place in the Amsterdam Interzonal but in the quarter finals of the Candidates Matches he was well beaten by Efim Geller (-3=5). He did come close to qualifying from various interzonals for a few years but it did seem that his career was winding down when in 1982 he persuaded a Federation (UAE?) to nominate him for the Las Palmas Interzonal of 1982 where he finished 2nd and qualified for the Candidates at the age of 61. He drew +1-1=12 against Robert Huebner in the Quarter Finals where famously it was decided after the match went on so long that the winner would be decided by the roll of the roulette wheel (Huebner objected but it happened anyhow).

Robert Byrne reports on Huebner - Smyslov at the time

He then beat Zoltan Ribli +3=7-1 to earn a match against Garry Kasparov in the final of the Candidates. These result showed both the quality of his concept of the game but also the dire state of international chess at the time with the Soviets having mostly aging stars except for World Champion Anatoly Karpov and the fast rising Garry Kasparov. Kasparov won a really quite interesting match against Smyslov 8.5-4.5 which in itself wasn't a bad achievement. His final Candidates' appearance was the Montpellier 1985 tournament but he didn't progress. He played in the 1997 FIDE World Championship Knockout in Groningen where he lost 2-0 to Alexander Morozevich. Smyslov finally became a World Champion again when he won the World Seniors in 1991.

Remaining Career

It is hard to do justice to the rest of his career with such a huge post-script following the heights of being World Champion. For the most part he lacked the ambition to return to the very top but was instead content to perform consistantly well for many years. He played 50 strong tournaments between 1939-1981 winning or sharing 15 first prizes according to the Oxford Companion to Chess.

Best results included Moscow 1960 1st, Capablanca Memorial 1965 1st in front of Fischer, Monte Carlo 1969 1st=, Moscow 1971 3rd. Smyslov scored 8/17 in the 55th Soviet Championships in 1988 which were the last of super-strong versions of this tournament. He drew with Karpov and Kasparov who shared first, and beat Vassily Ivanchuk in an impressive game.

He played in 9 Olympiads scoring +69 =42 -2. His total of 17 Olympiad medals won, including team and individual medals, is an all-time Olympiad record, according to olimpbase.org. Smyslov also represented the USSR in five European Team Championships, and emerged with a perfect medals' record: he won five team gold medals and five board gold medals. His total score in these events was (+19 = 15 - 1), for 75.7 per cent. (These stats are from his Wikipedia entry) Smyslov played for the USSR in both the 1970 and 1984 matches against teams representing the Rest of the World. He was on board six at Belgrade in 1970, and on board four at London in 1984 (which I attended), with the Soviets winning both matches.

His final event was the Klompendans tournament in Amsterdam in 2001 where he scored 50%. He played in a number of these Veterans vs Ladies events from 1997. After this his eyesight became so poor he retired from playing. He was the guest of honour at occasional events after this. Smyslov had a lifelong interest in music and singing which he inherited from his father. According to the Guardian Obituary: "In 1950 Smyslov, who had a fine baritone voice, was among several hundred singers who entered a national contest for a position at the Bolshoi, failing only at the final shortlist stage. Singing remained one of his great interests and he sometimes gave recitals during chess tournaments, often accompanied by Mark Taimanov, a fellow grandmaster. His bid for the Bolshoi helps explain why he finished only third in the 1950 Budapest Candidates tournament..."

On the pronunciation of his name I remember reading a book on one of the World Title Matches he played that explained that his name is Smyslov, which sort of rhymes with "whizz-cough".

Leading Results of Smyslov's Career
YrPlNATEventPlSco
1938MoscowURSRussian Schoolboys1st8/10
1938GorkyURSUSR 1st Cat Tourn1st-3rd10/13
1938MoscowURSMoscow Championships1st-2nd12.5/17
1939Leningrad-MoscowURSTraining Tournament12-13th8/17
1939MoscowURSMoscow Championships2nd-3rd9/13
1940MoscowURS12th USSR Championship3rd13/19
1941Leningrad-MoscowURSAbsolute ch-USSR3rd10/20
1942KuibishevURSTournament2nd8/11
1942MoscowURSMoscow Championships1st12/15
1943SverdlovskURSTournament3rd8/14
1943MoscowURSMoscow Championships2nd11.5/16
1944MoscowURS13th ch-USSR2nd10.5/16
1945MoscowURS14th ch-USSR10th-11th8.5/17
1946MoscowURSMoscow Championships3rd-6th8.5/15
1946GroningenNEDStaunton Memorial3rd12.5/19
1947LeningradURS15th ch-USSR3rd-4th12/19
1947MoscowURSChigorin Memorial3rd-4th10/15
1948Hague-Moscow NED/URSMatch-Tourn. WCh2nd11/20
1949MoscowURS17th USSR Championship1st-2nd13/19
1950BudapestHUNCandidates Tournament3rd10/18
1950VeniceITAInternational Tournament2nd12/15
1950MoscowURS18th USSR Championship5th-6th10/17
1953ZurichSUICandidates Tournament1st18/28
1954MoscowURSWCh-Match BotvinnikDraw+7-7=10
1954HastingsENGInternational Tournament1st-2nd7/9
1955Moscow URS22nd USSR Championship1st-2nd12/19
1955ZagrebYUGInternational Tournament1st place14.5/19
1956MoscowURSAlekhine Memorial1st-2nd11/15
1956AmsterdamNEDCandidates Tournament1st11.5/18
1957MoscowURSWCh-Match BotvinnikWon+7-3=12
1958MoscowURSWCh-Match BotvinnikLost+5-7=11
1959MoscowURSUSSR Central CC1st-3rd7/11
1959Bled-Zagreb-BelgadeYUGCandidates Tournament4th15/28
1960MoscowURS1st USSR Central CC1st-2nd8.5/11
1961MoscowURS2nd USSR Central CC1st-2nd7.5/11
1963MoscowURS3rd USSR Central CC1st11.5/15
1964HavanaCUBCapablanca Memorial1st-2nd16/21
1964AmsterdamNEDInterzonal1st-4th17/23
1965MoscowURSCandidates Match GellerLost2.5:5.5
1965HavanaCUBCapablanca Memorial1st15.5/21
1967Palma de MallorcaESPInternational Tournament2nd-3rd12.5/17
1967Monte CarloMNCInternational Tournament2nd6.5/9
1969Monte CarloMNCInternational Tournament1st-2nd8/11
1970Rovinj-ZagrebYUGInternational Tournament2nd-5th11/17
1970AmsterdamNEDIBM-tournament1st10/15
1971LeningradURS39th USSR Championship2nd-3rd13.5/21
1971MoscowURSAlekhine Memorial3rd10.5/17
1972Las PalmasESPInternational Tournament2nd-3rd11/15
1973PetropolisBRAInterzonal Tournament5th11/17
1977MoscowURS60th Ann October Revolution3rd10.5/17
1982Las PalmasESPInterzonal Tournament2nd8.5/13
1983VeldenAUTWCh Candidates Q/F HuebnerWon T/B7:7
1983MoscowURSWCh Candidates S/F RibliWon6.5:4.5
1984VilniusURSCandidates Final KasparovLost4.5:8.5
1991Bad WoerishofenGERWCh Seniors1st-2nd8.5/11

Information about Smyslov's death

World Chess Champion Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov (March 24, 1921 - March 27, 2010) The date of death was the early hours of March 27th 2010.

http://www.utro.ru/articles/2010/03/28/883489.shtml [In Russian] says that Smyslov and his wife Nadezhda's final months were very troubled. Smyslov's wife suffered a fall in February and Smyslov himself was bedridden, and it seems they were not being helped or cared for. Smyslov had been poorly for around 3 months and was in serious condition with coronary heart disease and atrial fibrillation when he was finally admitted to hospital, by which time it was too late.

There will be a funeral service at the Chess Club on Gogolevsky in Moscow.

Links to stories, obituaries and information about Vasily Smyslov

Sources Wikipedia: Smyslov Wikipedia entry.

Excellent Guardian Obituary by Leonard Barden with info you won't see elsewhere

First Report of his death [In Russian]: (http://sport.rian.ru/sport/20100327/216724266.html). Heart failure is given as the cause. It states that Smyslov died in the early hours of Saturday 27th March 2010, unless you read a google translation into English which misinterprets the original.

Chess History 6512 has a number of photos of Vasily Smyslov

[In Russian] ChessPro Statistics and big games file [PGN] for Vasily Smyslov.

Career stats of Vasily Smyslov from ChessMetrics

Daily Dirt on Smyslov's passing

2005 interview with Vladimir Kramnik on his predecessors including Smyslov

Dennis Monokroussos on Smyslov's passing

ChessBase report and Photos on Smyslov's passing

ChessVibes Tribute to Vasily Smyslov

ChessVibes gives some Smyslov Studies

Timeline of Smyslov's career by Bill Wall

DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN Obit of Vasily Smyslov. Nice Smyslov Quote: "When his position was bad, his thoughts were devastating. ‘Why did I ever start playing chess?’ he repeatedly would ask himself."

A rather odd late interview with Smyslov

23) Forthcoming Events and Links

Russian Team Championships 2010

The Russian Team Championships take place in Dagomys 1st-10th April 2010. Premier, Major and Women's Competitions.

Preliminary Lineup for the Premier League.

1. The Economist - SSSEU-1 " (Saratov): Wang Yu, Eljanov P., Morozevich A. Alekseev, E., Tomaszewski, E., Moiseenko A., Ni Hua, Roiz M., Andreykin D.)

2. The Economist - SSSEU-2 " (Saratov): Galkin, A. Kovchan, Diyachkov S., Ilyushin A., Shaposhnikov VE, Novikov, Evdokimov, A., Lushenkov M., Karavaev V., Shuh N., Sharaf A.

3. Club im.Chigorina " (St. Petersburg): Khairullin I., Romanov AE, Matlakov MA, Ionov, S., Popov, Shimanov A. Anisimov P., Levin E.)

4. St. Petersburg Chess Federation (St. Petersburg): V. Ivanchuk, Svidler P., Vityugov N., Movsesian S., Sakai, K., V. Zvyagintsev, Efimenko Z., Emelin V.

5. "Ugra" (Khanty-Mansiysk) : Yakovenko, D., Alexander Grischuk, Malakhov, V., Rublevsky S., Syugirov S., Landa K. Kabanov AN, Roadside A., Khalifman A., Yoshan B.

6. "Tomsk-400" (Tomsk): Ponomariov R., Inarkiev E., Bologan W., Motylev A., Tkachev AV, Khismatullin D., Timofeev A., Amonatov F., Tiviakov S. Kurnosov I., Belozerov A.

7. Ural (Sverdlovsk region.): A. Grischuk, Shirov, A., A. Dreev, Bareev E., Sutovsky, E. Milov, Bald, I., Henkin I., Shariyazdanov A., Rashkovskii N., Epishin W., Totsky L.

8. "BSM-64" (Moscow): B. Gelfand, Karjakin S., Van Hao, Caruana, F., Najer E., Grachev, B., Ryazantsev A., Savchenko AB, Potkin VI, Popov VI, bar E., M. Kobalia

9. "BSU" (Belgorod): Ivanov. (USA), Ivanov, Potkin V. Savchenko, B. Hasanov, E., (Ukraine), Bryzgalin K., S. Kalugin, I. Glek, Fomichenko E., Uzhva A. Oparin G., Panarin M.

10. "Etude-Contact" (Moscow): Khenkin, I., M. Kobalia, Korotylev A., Devjatkin A., A. Rakhmanov, Chad N., Papin V. Krylov, M., Gabrielian, A., Chernobay A., Orlinkov AM.

Official site: http://russiachess.org

Chess Classic Mainz 2010

The 17th Chess Classic Mainz takes place 6th-8th August 2010. The festival has suffered from the general economic slowdown with the open taking the lead along with simuls.

The rapid chess open has been upgraded to the Grenke Rapid World Championship. The tenth edition of the Chess Classic in Mainz is sponsored by GRENKE Group, FiNet AG, Livingston GmbH, Hilton Mainz, Congress Centre Mainz, Stadtwerke Mainz AG and our Prime-Partners ChessBase, DGT and Schach Niggemann.

The prize fund for the rapid chess world championship is no less than Euro 30.000. Chess960 has to take a break for a year.

On the first day of the event, 6th August 2010, Anand will play a standard simul on 40 boards. On the same day, Alexandra Kosteniuk will play a 20-board Chess960 simul.

The Grenke Rapid World Championship will also be a treat for chess lovers: Levon Aronian, who is the current rapid chess world champion and the winner of the 2009 ORDIX Open, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, will play the open tournament to face a unique mixture of numerous world-class grandmasters and amateurs.

The Open will be played in the same established format as in the previous editions. On 7th-8th August 2010 11 rounds will be played, in which the time control is 20 minutes + 5 seconds per move.

Official site: http://www.chesstigers.de

Russian Teams 2010

The Russian Team Championships take place 1st-10th April 2010. Premier, Major and Women's Competitions.

Official site: http://russiachess.org

Preliminary Lineup for the Premier League.

1. The Economist - SSSEU-1 " (Saratov): Wang Yu, Eljanov P., Morozevich A. Alekseev, E., Tomaszewski, E., Moiseenko A., Ni Hua, Roiz M., Andreykin D.)

2. The Economist - SSSEU-2 " (Saratov): Galkin, A. Kovchan, Diyachkov S., Ilyushin A., Shaposhnikov VE, Novikov, Evdokimov, A., Lushenkov M., Karavaev V., Shuh N., Sharaf A.

3. Club im.Chigorina " (St. Petersburg): Khairullin I., Romanov AE, Matlakov MA, Ionov, S., Popov, Shimanov A. Anisimov P., Levin E.)

4. St. Petersburg Chess Federation (St. Petersburg): V. Ivanchuk, Svidler P., Vityugov N., Movsesian S., Sakai, K., V. Zvyagintsev, Efimenko Z., Emelin V.

5. "Ugra" (Khanty-Mansiysk) : Yakovenko, D., Alexander Grischuk, Malakhov, V., Rublevsky S., Syugirov S., Landa K. Kabanov AN, Roadside A., Khalifman A., Yoshan B.

6. "Tomsk-400" (Tomsk): Ponomariov R., Inarkiev E., Bologan W., Motylev A., Tkachev AV, Khismatullin D., Timofeev A., Amonatov F., Tiviakov S. Kurnosov I., Belozerov A.

7. Ural (Sverdlovsk region.): A. Grischuk, Shirov, A., A. Dreev, Bareev E., Sutovsky, E. Milov, Bald, I., Henkin I., Shariyazdanov A., Rashkovskii N., Epishin W., Totsky L.

8. "BSM-64" (Moscow): B. Gelfand, Karjakin S., Van Hao, Caruana, F., Najer E., Grachev, B., Ryazantsev A., Savchenko AB, Potkin VI, Popov VI, bar E., M. Kobalia

9. "BSU" (Belgorod): Ivanov. (USA), Ivanov, Potkin V. Savchenko, B. Hasanov, E., (Ukraine), Bryzgalin K., S. Kalugin, I. Glek, Fomichenko E., Uzhva A. Oparin G., Panarin M.

10. "Etude-Contact" (Moscow): Khenkin, I., M. Kobalia, Korotylev A., Devjatkin A., A. Rakhmanov, Chad N., Papin V. Krylov, M., Gabrielian, A., Chernobay A., Orlinkov AM.

Cez Trophy 2010

The Cez Trophy takes place 22nd-24th April 2010. 8 rapid games at 25 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. The match is between Judit Polgar and David Navara. There are additional simuls.

Official site: http://www.praguechess.cz/

Schachbundesliga 2009-10

The 12th and 13th rounds of the Schachbundesliga took place 20th-21st March, 2010. Venues Emsdetten, Essen, Berlin and Munich. With two rounds to go OSG Baden-Baden lead over SG Solingen with vastly superior board count. Both teams have 24 points. Werder Bremen dropped a point drawing with 4th place Muelheim Nord in the clash of the weekend. Muelheim remained in fourth place after this draw which they need in order to qualify for the European Club Cup. SK Konig Tegel and Erfurter SK are now marooned at the bottom of the table and are relegated. Four teams are relegated in total so FC Bayern Muenchen and Heidelberg-Handschuhsheim are favourites to join them, they have 5 points, the only other team that can go down is SF Berlin 1903 currently on 7. However there is still some tension because four of the five teams (Berlin, Munich, Berlin Tegel and Erfurter SK) play each other in the last two rounds.

Official site: http://www.schachbundesliga.de/

Round 13 Results 21st March 2010
Trier 4.5 - 3.5 Bay Muenchen
Hamburg 3.5 - 4.5 Muelheim
Heidelberg-HSH 1.5 - 6.5 Emsdetten
Baden-Baden 6.5 - 1.5 Wattenscheid
SC Remagen 5.5 - 2.5 Koenig Tegel
Solingen 4.5 - 3.5 Berlin
Eppingen 5.5 - 2.5 Erfurt
Bremen 7.5 - 0.5 Katernberg
Round 12 Results 20th March 2010
Muelheim 4 - 4 Bremen
Katernberg 2.5 - 5.5 Hamburg
Wattenscheid 4 - 4 Heidelberg-HSH
Emsdetten 2.5 - 5.5 Baden-Baden
Berlin 3 - 5 SC Remagen
Koenig Tegel 2.5 - 5.5 Solingen
Erfurt 1.5 - 6.5 Trier
Bay Muenchen 4 - 4 Eppingen
Bundesliga (GER), 16 x 2009 - 11 iv 2010
Leading Round 13 Standings:
Pl Team R + = - MP BP
1 OSG Baden-Baden 13 12 0 1 24 76
2 SG Solingen 13 12 0 1 24 66
3 Werder Bremen 13 10 3 0 23 67.5
4 SV Muelheim Nord 13 8 4 1 20 63.5
5 SV Wattenscheid 1930 13 7 2 4 16 55.5
6 Hamburger SK 13 7 1 5 15 57
7 SC 1950 Remagen 13 7 1 5 15 56.5
8 SC Eppingen 13 6 2 5 14 55.5
9 SK Turm Emsdetten 13 6 0 7 12 53.5
10 SG Trier 13 6 0 7 12 50.5
11 SF Katernberg 13 6 0 7 12 45.5
12 SF Berlin 1903 13 2 3 8 7 46.5
13 FC Bayern Muenchen 13 1 3 9 5 41
14 Heidelberg-Handschuhsheim 13 0 5 8 5 35
15 SK Koenig Tegel 13 0 2 11 2 32.5
16 Erfurter SK 13 0 2 11 2 30

45th Capablana Memorial

The 45th Capablanca Memorial starts June 21st 2010. The Elite Group will see Vassily Ivanchuk who won the event three times in a row 2005-7 back alongside Nigel Short. Leinier Dominguez and Lazaro Bruzon will be the Cuban representatives. Two more foreign players will be invited.

Official site: http://www.capablanca.co.cu

Lacona - Isle Of Elba

LACONA - ISLE OF ELBA - May, 8th-18th 2010. Open A (players more than 1800 elo) Open B (players less than 1900 elo) - 9 rounds ask for the complete program (technical and touristic and for the conventioned prices) to booking@tuscanhotels.it Isle of Elba, very well known for the vestiges of Napoleon, is really very nice and in May prices are very convenient; moreover the seaside is wide and confortable

Torino Rapid Open

Rapid Open - TORINO - June, 19 2010. TORINO open - June 20-27 2010 tournaments for women and for not rated players during the Italian Champioships the former capital of Italy prepares itself to celebrate the 150 years of unity of Italy http://www.scacchisticatorinese.it

Arvier (Aosta Valley) July

ARVIER (Aosta Valley) - July, 3-9 2010. 2nd Festival Francophone (open, 9 rounds) - http://www.scacchivda.com Free to all the players of the about 70 countries belonging to the "Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie" (OIF) http://www.francophonie.org Aosta Valley is one of the most famous touristic regions in Italy, very well known for its castles, food and wines

Arvier (Aosta Valley) - September

ARVIER (Aosta Valley) - September, 4-12 2010. 6th European Union championship (open, 9 rounds) - http://www.scacchivda.com Free to all the players of the countries belonging to European Union, plus players from Croatia, Fyrom and Turkey without the right to the title. Aosta Valley is one of the most famous touristic regions in Italy, very well known for its castles, food and wines

Livigno (Sondrio, Valtellina)

LIVIGNO (Sondrio, Valtellina) - September, 10-18 2010. Open A (players more than 2000 elo) Open B (players less than 2000 elo) Open C (players without elo) http://www.livignoscacchi.it - http://www.livigno.eu Livigno is very well known as touristic skying town. It is said "the little Tibet". A few km far there is the village of Trepalle at 2250 metres above sea level, the highest inhabited place of Europe!

Vitoria-Gasteiz Open

The Vitoria-Gasteiz Open takes place 26th July 2010 - 1st August 2010.

Details: http://sites.google.com/site/openvitoriagasteiz2010/Home/bases-del-torneo-1

Victor Mikhalevski Website

GM, author and coach Victor Mikhalevski has launched a new website at: http://vmikhalevski.webs.com/

Anand - Topalov World Championship Sofia April/May 2010

The World Chess Championship takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria 23 April (1st round) to 12 May 2010 (possible tiebreaks). The match is between World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov. An agreement was signed by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation Stefan Sergiev on the 16th December 2009. This was in the presence of the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Mr Boiko Borisov who is guaranteeing the match.

WCh Anand - Topalov Sofia (BUL), 23 iv - 12 v 2010
All games start at 15:00 local time (1pm UK time).
DayRoundDate
1Opening Ceremony22.04.2010
2Gm 123.04.2010
3Gm 224.04.2010
4Rest Day25.04.2010
5Gm 326.04.2010
6Gm 427.04.2010
7Rest Day28.04.2010
8Gm529.04.2010
9Gm630.04.2010
10Rest Day01.05.2010
11Gm702.05.2010
12Gm803.05.2010
13Rest Day04.05.2010
14Gm905.05.2010
15Gm1006.05.2010
16Rest Day07.05.2010
17Gm1108.05.2010
18Rest Day09.05.2010
19Gm1210.05.2010
20Rest Day11.05.2010
21Tie-Break12.05.2010
22Closing Ceremony *13.05.2010

* The Closing Ceremony takes place the day after the final game. 13th May is the latest it can take place. ie if Tie-Breaks are required.

Women's Grand Prix 2009-10

The Women's Grand Prix series will see four more events in 2010.

3rd Women's Chess Grand Prix Nalchuk

The 3rd Women's Chess Grand Prix takes place in Nalchuk, Russia, 25th April (arrival) - 8 May (departure) 2010.

The full list of participants for Nalchik is below:
3rd Women's Grand Prix Nalchuk (RUS), 25 iv - 8 v 2010
NameTiNAT
Koneru, HumpyGMIND
Yifan, HouGMCHN
Cramling, PiaGMSWE
Dzagnidze, NanaGMGEO
Xue, ZhaoGMCHN
Kosintseva, TatianaIMRUS
Chen, ZhuGMQTR
Danielian, ElinaIMARM
Batkhuyag, MunguntuulWGMMGL
Yildiz, BetulWIMTRK
Mrktchian, LilitIMARM
Kovanova, BairaWGMRUS

The 4th Grand Prix will take place in Jermuk, Armenia, on 23rd June - 6th July 2010

The 5th Grand Prix will take place in Ulanbaatar, Mongolia, on 29 July - 12 August 2010

The 6th Grand Prix will take place in Santiago, Chile, on 27th October - 9th November 2010

The first Grand Prix was in Istanbul 5th-20th March 2009 and was won by Humpy Koneru. The 2nd Grand Prix was in Nanjing, China, 27th Sept - 9th October 2009 and was won by Xu Yuhua.

33nd Taminco Open

33nd Taminco Open International Chess Tournament Gent (Belgium) takes place 17th-21st July 2010, 9 rounds Swiss, two hours KO chess, prize money 6875 Euros for 300 participants, first price 1800 Euros Guaranteed This traditional open tournament takes place near the center of the medieval town of Gent in the week of the famous annual Gent festivities. Organisers Royal Gent Chessclub (KGSRL).

Information and registration: http://www.kgsrl.be

Email: open2010@kgsrl.be

Info Gent annual festivities: http://www.gentsefeesten.be/

7th Knokke International Open

The 7th Knokke International Open takes place August 26th-29th 2010, consisting of 7 rounds "Swiss system" - 2 hours K.O.

Prize fund for a total amount of 3.730 Euros (increased by 1000 Euro this year)

Official site: http://www.knokkeschaak.be

email: knokkeschaak@knokkeschaak.be

11th World University Chess Championship

Zurich hosts the World University Chess Championship 2010 5th-11th September 2010. The Academic Chess Club Reti, which is organising the event, is expecting that up to 150 participants from over 25 countries will enter the contest, to be held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Many international masters and grandmasters between 18 and 28 years of age will fight for individual and team medals. The tournament will comprise nine rounds and will be played in accordance with the Swiss System.

The World University Chess Championship is held under the auspices of the Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU). The organising club, the Academic Chess Club Reti in Zurich, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. It is one of the four largest clubs in Zurich and has an ambitious team in the Swiss League. In 2009 many of the greatest champions and legends in the history of the game participated in the Zurich Chess Club’s 200-year jubilee. This year, some of the strongest champions of the future will be in Zurich.

Official site: http://www.wucc2010.ch

WUCC 2010 is an event of the FISU: http://www.fisu.net

1st Vaujany International Chess Festival

The 1st Vaujany International Chess Festival takes place July 10th-18th 2010.

Details: http://promoechecs.free.fr/

XXX Villa de Benasque Open

The XXX Open Internacional "Villa de Benasque" takes place 8th-17th July 2010.

Official site: http;//www.openbenasque.com

31st annual Tournament Of Young Talents

The 31st annual Tournament Of Young Talents The event takes place from 1st April till 5th April 2010 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 norms.

For further details please visit http://www.chessfm.cz or send email to s.jasny@seznam.cz or reflexia2007@yandex.ru

Canadian Open Chess Championship 2010

The traditional Canadian Open Chess Championship takes place 10th-18th July, in Westin Harbour Castle, Downtown Toronto, Ontario. This year's event is a 9-round one-game-per-day single-section Swiss with a guaranteed prize fund of at least C$ 30,000. Additional side events will be included like Speed Chess Championship, GM simuls, and lectures, etc. Grandmasters E. Rozentalis, A. Shabalov, and J. Friedel have already confirmed their participation.

Contacts: Michael Barron ( barron045@yahoo.com ) and Brian Fiedler (fiedlerbrian@yahoo.com.au )

Registration form and more information is available at http://www.chess.ca/canopen.shtml, and http://www.monroi.com.

Hungarian Tournaments March - October 2010

The list of the HUN GM-IM norm and Open chess tournaments from March until October 2010:

1. 6th-18th of March, FIRST SATURDAY (FS) GM-IM-rating Budapest, Org: Nagy Laszlo, http://www.firstsaturday.hu

2. 19th-28th of March, 26th Budapest Spring Festival, 9 rounds Swiss Open, org: Nagy Laszlo

3. 19th-27th of March IM + rating CAISSA Kecskemet (85 km from Budapest), Org: Dr.Erdelyi, http://www.caissachessbooks.com

4. 3rd-16th of April FIRST SATURDAY GM-IM-rating Budapest, org: Nagy L,

5. 17th-25th of April, CAISSA Kecskemet, IM + rating, org: Erdelyi,

6. 1st-13th May, FIRST SATURDAY, Budapest, GM-IM-rating - org: Nagy L,

7. 14th-22nd May CAISSA Kecskemet IM + rating, org: Erdelyi,

8. 26th May-3rd June ZALAKAROS open, org: IM Horvath, Tamas, http://www.csutisk.hu,

9. 5th-17th June, FIRST SATURDAY Budapest, GM-IM-rating, org Nagy L,

10.19th-27h June, Balaton Open, HÉVÍZ, GM-IM, org: IM Rigo, e-mail: me-ri@t-online.hu

11.19th-27th June, CAISSA Kecskemet, IM + rating, Org: Erdelyi,

12.3rd-15th July, FIRST SATURDAY Budapest, GM+IM+rating, org: Nagy L,

13.17th-25th July, CAISSA Kecskemet, GM+IM+rating, org: Erdelyi,

14.27th July-4th August, GM-IM + Open, Szombathely (250 km West from Budapest), org: Csonka, Attila, e-mail: attila.csonka@lamived.hu

15.7th-19th August, FIRST SATURDAY Budapest GM+IM+rating, org: Nagy L

16.21st-29th August, CAISSA Kecskemet, GM+IM+rating, org: Erdelyi

17.4th-16th Sept, FIRST SATURDAY GM+IM+rating Budapest, org: Nagy L

18.17th-25th Sept CAISSA Kecskemet IM+rating, org: Erdelyi.

La Laguna Open

The La Laguna takes place 5th-11th April 2010.

Details: http://www.lalagunainternacionalajedrez.com/

8th Davos Open

The 8th Davos Open takes place August, 8th-14th 2010, in the Hotel "Sunstar". Sinisa Joksic will organise the event which he hopes to be an old fashioned friendly tournament.

All information at: http://www.sinchess.com/davos

XXIII Leon Tournament 2010

The XXIII Leon Tournament takes place 3rd-7th June 2010. Levon Aronian, Boris Gelfand, Lenier Dominguez Perez and Francisco Vallejo Pons play in the knockout event. Each match will be played the best of four games (20 minutes per player + 10 seconds increment after each move). However, all four games will be played, even if the match winner has been already decided. If the result after four games is 2-2, a five minute games tiebreak match will be played immediately after the fourth normal game.

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

Bosna 2010

The Sarajevo "Bosna 2010" takes place May, 5th-14th with more than 100.000 euro in prizes.

Official site: http://open2010.skbosna.ba

Aosta Valley

Championship of Francophone countries, July 3th-10th 2010.

UE Championship, September 4th-12th 2010.

Official site: http:\\www.scacchivda.com

III Magistral Ciudad de Asuncion

The III Magistral Ciudad de Asuncion, "Copa Roggio chess tournament takes place in Asuncion, Paraguay, May 19th-29th 2010.

Official site: http://www.ajedrezciudaddeasuncion.com.py/

The organizer is Eng. Julio Ingolotti, Secretary-General of the Feparaj. Email: julioingolotti@gmail.com

III Magistral Ciudad de Asuncion A Group (PAR), 19-29 v 2010
Provisional list
Rozentalis, Eduardas g LTU 2623
Delgado Ramírez, Neuris g CUB 2595
Morovic Fernandez, Ivan g CHI 2561
Bachmann, Axel g PAR 2553
Mareco, Sandro m ARG 2525
Zambrana, Oswaldo g BOL 2481
Cubas, Jose Fernando m PAR 2481
Wohl, Aleksandar H. m AUS 2458
Díaz Hollemaert, Nahuel m ARG 2456
Kropff, Ricardo m PAR 2306
III Magistral Ciudad de Asuncion B Group (PAR), 19-29 v 2010
Provisional list
Soppe, GuillermomARG2434
Rosselli Mailhe, BernardomURU2386
Brito, LuismarfBRA2335
Larrea, ManuelfURU2333
Peralta, EduardofPAR2282
Ferreira, OscarfPAR2282
Valiente, CristobalmPAR2258
Zacarías, M RubenfPAR2213

European Chess Solving Championship

The European Chess Solving Championship takes place at the De Vere Sunningdale Park Hotel, at Sunningdale near Windsor on the outskirts of London. The event takes place from Friday April 9th to Monday April 12th, with the main European Championship competitions on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Contact: The ECSC Organiser Paul Valois at paulvalois@yahoo.co.uk or on 0113 2620609, or Ian Watson at ian@irwatson.demon.co.uk or on 07768 847476.

Favourite for the individual is the current European and World Champion Piotr Murdzia from Poland, but solving Grandmasters from Russia, Great Britain, Germany and many others will be keen to unseat him. Poland also hold the team title, but are likely to be outgraded by Russia who should start as favourites. Great Britain, with two former World Champions in their squad, are also expected to contend for the title.

Competitors have to solve chess problems and endgame studies, against the clock, and each round includes orthodox two-, three- and more-movers, as well as selfmates, helpmates and studies. Titles and gradings for chess solving are similar to the over-the-board system, with Grandmasters, International Masters and Fide Masters of solving. Murdzia is currently the highest rated solver with a rating of 2843.

Full details on the ECSC website: http://www.bstephen.me.uk/ecsc2010/home

22nd Lenk International Chess Festival

Unfortunately it will be the last tournament in the current venue, the Hotel Kreuz, Lenk.

The organisers have decided to withdrew after tournament and a replacement will need to be found.

The 21 previous editions of the Lenk Open have seen around 5.000 chess players compete.

So the Hotel Kreuz will be the venue for the Lenk Open 2010. 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 (1949), junior(1990-93), schoolboy (1994) 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 1,; Rounds 2/3 09.30-14.30 and 15.30-20.30 April 2,; Round 4 14.00-19.00 April 3,; Rounds 5/6 09.30-14.30 and 15.30-20.30 April 4,; Round 7 09.30-14.30 April 5. Closing ceremony April 5 at 15.00. Info: Beochess +41+62+965-46-50 (Robert Spoerri) or event@beochess.ch or site http://www.beochess.ch for more details.

Chess Summer in Varna 2010

V European OPEN Chess ClubTeams Championship and the VII European OPEN Festival "The Hopes of the World" - for school champions and IV International Open Chess Festival Varna takes place 11th-21st and 22nd-29th June 2010 in "Grand Hotel Varna", located in the Black Sea resort named "St. Constantine and Elena", 8 kilometers away from the city of Varna, Bulgaria.

Official site: http://www.euroschoolchess.org/

31st annual Tournament Of Young Talents

The 31st annual Tournament Of Young Talents takes place 1st-5th April 2010 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 norms.

Further details please visit http://www.chessfm.cz or send email to s.jasny@seznam.cz or reflexia2007@yandex.ru

3rd Kuala Lumpur Chess Championship 2010

The 3rd Kuala Lumpur Chess Championship takes place 7th-12th April 2010.

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

Results: http://chess-results.com/tnr29862.aspx?lan=1

3rd Kuala Lumpur Chess Championship (MAS), 7-12 iv 2010
Leading players
No. Ti Name FED Elo
1 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2634
2 GM Iuldashev Saidali UZB 2519
3 GM Vakhidov Tahir UZB 2516
4 GM Marat Dzhumaev UZB 2515
5 IM Franco Alonso Alejandro ESP 2472
6 IM Wohl Aleksandar H AUS 2458
7 GM Nguyen Anh Dung VIE 2445
8 GM Murshed Niaz BAN 2419
9 GM Wong Meng Kong SIN 2416
10 FM Chan Nicholas MAS 2398
11 GM Zaw Win Lay MYA 2382

XXVIII Andorra International Chess Open

The XXVIII Andorra International Chess Open takes place 17th-25th July 2010. Prizes: 10.000 Euros / 1st Prize: 2.100 Euros

Details: http://www.escacsandorra.com

Contact: open@escacsandorra.com - FEVA - Tel/Fax: 00.376.824465

Czech Tour 2010-11

The 10th International Chess Festivals Series Czech Tour 2010-11 has the following preliminary list. (Subject to small changes.)

1st HRADEC KRALOVE OPEN (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 15th-22nd May 2010.

21st CZECH OPEN - Pardubice (European Youth Chess Teams Championship, European Amateurs Championship, GM open taken in ACP-TOUR, 4 FIDE opens, Open Championship of the Czech Republic in active chess taken in ACP-TOUR, Open Championship of the Czech Republic of 4-member teams, in blitz marathon, bughouse and Fischerandom chess, problem solving competition, blitz tournaments for individuals, pairs and teams, pairs active chess, youth tournament etc.). 15th July - 1st August 2010. http://www.czechopen.net

13th OLOMOUC CHESS SUMMER - Olomouc (FIDE open, closed GM and IM tournaments, seniors tournament, active chess, blitz chess tournament). 4th-12th August 2010.

9th Georgiev's and Kesarovsky´s Memorial - Sunny Beach, Bulgaria (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 28th August - 5th September 2010.

7th HIGHLANDS OPEN - Zdar nad Sazavou (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 25th September - 2nd October 2010.

11th LIBEREC OPEN (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 23rd-30th October 2010.

1st BRNO OPEN (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 14th-20th November 2010

4th SOUTH BOHEMIA OPEN - Cesky Krumlov (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 21st-27th November 2010.

2nd PILSNER OPEN (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament).4th-11th December 2010.

10th PRAGUE OPEN (2 FIDE opens, one of them with IM norm, active chess, blitz tournament). 7th-14th January 2011.

10th MARIENBAD OPEN (FIDE open, closed GM and IM tournaments, active chess, blitz tournament). 15th-22nd January 2011.

2nd NOVY BOR OPEN (FIDE open, active chess, blitz tournament). 12th-19th February 2011.

More detailed information: AVE-KONTAKT s.r.o., Sukova 1556, 530 02 Pardubice, Czech Republic tel./fax + 420 466 535 200, mobile phone + 420 608 203 007 e-mail: j.mazuch@avekont.cz

http://www.czechtour.net

XXVIII Metz Open

The XXVIII Metz International Chess Open organised by the Metz Alekhine chess club takes place Saturday, April 10th - Friday, April 16th 2010. 9 Round Swiss over 7 days. Rate of play : 90min. + 30 spm (40 moves), f.b. 30 min. + 30 spm for each player.

Chief Tournament Officer : Salvatore CENTONZE - (+33) 6 10 87 86 95 - salvat.111@free.fr - 37 Rue de Queuleu 57070 METZ

Deputy Tournament Officer : Christophe HOLLER - (+33) 6 72 93 08 15 - ch.holler@numericable.fr

Details: http://www.metzalekhine57.fr/opmetz2010_1578.htm

24th Pula Open 2010

The 24th International Chess Tournament "Pula Open 2010" takes place 19th-26th June 2010 in Hotel Histria, Pula, Croatia. Swiss system 9 rounds, 90 minutes + 30 seconds per every move (from the beginning of the game). Prize fund is 11 000 EUR net (in Croatian kunas). There are 53 prizes in total. The prizes are not cumulative. Entry fee is 50 EUR but players younger that 18 years pay 25 EUR and IM-s and GM-s do not pay. Last year 295 players from 25 counties participated.

Details: http://www.skpula.hr

E-mail: pulaopen@gmail.com

You can also contact the tournament director Mr. Denis Vretenar: +385/ 91/ 5268340

9th Czech Tour 2009/2010

13-20.2. 2010 1st NOVY BOR OPEN (the Prazak Grandhotel) http://www.czechtour.net/novy-bor-open/

8.-15.1. 2010 9th PRAGUE OPEN (TOP HOTEL Praha) http://www.czechtour.net/prague-open/

16.-23.1. 2010 9th MARIENBAD OPEN (the Kossuth hotel) http://www.czechtour.net/marienbad-open/

Dates of the first tournaments of the 10th jubilee CZECH TOUR 2010 / 2011 Series:

15.-22.5. 2010 1st HRADEC KRALOVE OPEN (the Cernigov hotel)

15.7.-1.8. 2010 21st CZECH OPEN (Pardubice, CEZ Arena)

4.-12.8. 2010 13th OLOMOUC CHESS SUMMER (the Sigma hotel)

Official site: http://www.czechtour.net/news/

International Correspondence Chess Federation

The International Correspondence Chess Federation has announced the Preliminary Sections of the World Correspondence Chess Championship will start on March 10th. 2010.

Also Slovenia's 15 Years Membership of ICCF tournament semi-finals.

Details on the ICCF Official site: http://www.iccf.com/content/index.php

FIDE World Amateur Chess Championship

FIDE World Amateur Chess Championship - an Official FIDE World Chess Championship! 9R-SS G/90 + 30/sec increment. Holiday Inn Hotel: 5300 W Touhy Ave Skokie, IL 60077. 847.679.8900. $20,000 Guaranteed. Open to players with no FIDE title and rated under 2000 FIDE. All players compete in a single section. Please see tournament website for more detailed rating regulations.

Prizes: Overall: $3000-2000-1600-1400; Top Women: $1000-600-400-200; (1799-1600): $1000-600-400-200; (1599-1400): $1000-600-400-200; (U1400): $1000-600-400-200; (Unrated): $1000-600-400-200;

EF: $120 by 6pm 02/15, $150 by 6pm 03/15; $200 thereafter and onsite. No re-entries allowed. No half-point byes allowed (zero point byes only). Onsite registration from 3-5pm 03/19.

Rds: 3/19 - 6:30pm; 3/20-21 - 12pm and 6:30pm per day; 3/22-25 - 6:30pm per night.

Mail entries with registration information to: North American Chess Association (make checks payable to) 4957 Oakton Street, Suite 113, Skokie, IL 60077.

More information and online registration available at: http://www.worldchesschamps.com. Questions via email only: sevan@worldchesschamps.com

South Lakes Congress

The South Lakes Congress is taking place on w/e of 11-13th June 2010 at The Grand Hotel, Grange-over-Sands. The contact for the event is: Trevor Blower, 18 Blackbutts Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 3AP. email: trevor.blower@talktalk.net, Phone No 01229 472100.

14th Neckar Open

The 14th Neckar Open takes place 1st-5th April 2010.

Official site: http://www.neckar-open.schachfreundedeizisau.de/11no/wordpress/

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 http://www.chessaustralia.com.au/index.cfm?site=open

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

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 - http://www.mundialchess.com/chess-online/en/zvfdxt6 Registration and information in Spanish - http://www.mundialchess.com/chess-online/es/zvfdxt6 Registration and information in Russian - http://www.mundialchess.com/chess-online/ru/zvfdxt6

Ajedrez 21 English site

Ajedrez 21 now has an English site: http://www.ajedrez21.com/en/

Kingpin Magazine

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

New website address: http://www.kingpinchess.net

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: http://live.chinaqiyuan.com/chess/tfd.htm

Official site: http://chess.sport.org.cn/

Results: http://chess-results.com/tnr21650.aspx

Historical Elo Ratings

http://www.shakki.net/history/elotop.htm has a list of historical top ten FIDE lists. The text is in Finnish but is understandable anyhow.

European Union Website

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

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