THE WEEK IN CHESS 809 10th May 2010 by Mark Crowther

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1) Introduction
2) World Championship Match Anand - Topalov
3) FIDE Grand Prix Astrakhan
4) European Chess Festival Lublin
5) Bosna 2010
6) Parsvnath Commonwealth Championship
7) 3rd Women's Chess Grand Prix Nalchik
8) Czech Championship 2010
9) Somov Memorial
10) 4NCL
11) Bobotsov Memorial
12) Bangladesh Women's Championship
13) First Saturday May
14) 26th North American Masters
15) US Championships Saint Louis
16) 33rd San Sebastian International Open
17) 39th Canadian Junior Championship
18) French League Top 16
19) Lacona - Isle Of Elba
20) Andre Lilienthal (1911-2010)
21) Bill Hook 1925-2010
22) Feodor Skripchenko dies at 74
23) Forthcoming Events and Links

Games Section
World Championship Match Anand - Topalov4 games
FIDE Grand Prix Astrakhan7 games
European Chess Festival Lublin10 games
Bosna 2010226 games
Parsvnath Commonwealth Championship75 games
3rd Women's Chess Grand Prix Nalchik24 games
Czech Championship 2010393 games
Somov Memorial12 games
4NCL33 games
Bangladesh Women's Championship12 games
First Saturday May108 games
33rd San Sebastian International Open626 games
1520 games

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1) Introduction

My thanks to Luiz Roberto Da Costa Jr, Miklos Orso, Dan Pasarelu, Said Arif, Alex Holowczak, Dave Clayton, David Cohen, Sergey Bystrov, Yuri Zimmerman, Mikel Larreategi, George Mirijanian, Haroon Or Rashid, E Baart, Constantin Ionescu, Larry Kaufman, Dinu-Ioan Nicula and everyone else who helped with the issue.

The World Chess Championship is almost over. The players are tied at 5½ each with just one normal time-rate game left. I said at the start that I thought the match was not long enough and whatever happens it won't be so. I also understand that if the Bulgarian Government hadn't stepped in this match might not have happened at all, so the economics are not with a longer match. The match itself has been fascinating with the strengths and flaws of both players being explored. Topalov has white in the final game and it is to be hoped one way or another it will be settled then. If it goes to rapid, or even worse, blitz games anything can happen. Although top players can produce wonderful chess, these rapid and blitz playoffs don't have have that reputation. One can only shudder at the prospect of the title being settled in a flurry of knocked over pieces and illegal moves as happened to Irina Krush in the 2008 US Women's Championship. A whole host of rules of chess have been rewritten for the benefit and at the behest of arbiters, wrongly in my view, yet time and time again we've seen them absent or unwilling to make the strong decision when they are really required, whilst on the other hand taking great relish in being petty in other situations. Both players are very professional so it is unlikely this will happen and I'm sure the arbiter will be a good one, but nevertheless things could end in a highly unsatisfactory manner.

The Chess World has suffered a number of deaths of famous figures recently. Vassily Smyslov was quickly followed Florencio Campomanes. Now this week it is the oldest Grandmaster Andor Lilienthal who has passed on. Lilienthal was the last of the original FIDE Grandmasters made in 1950. He had beaten Capablanca and Lasker and played Alekhine. It was practically impossible to believe that someone was still alive who had played these people. Then today I heard the news of the death of Bill Hook, the average player who played top boards in Olympiads, what chess player hasn't said to himself, I wish I could do that. Also this week the Feodor Skripchenko President of the Moldova Chess Federation, and father of WGM Almira Skripchenko. My condolences to those who knew them.

The final round of the FIDE Grand Prix started today. Probably it won't run again, but it's a shame as the tournaments have been really good. We'll see what happens.

Hope you enjoy this issue.


2) World Championship Match Anand - Topalov

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.

The match is finely poised with just one game to go. Both players have reason to think that they should be in the lead. Anand in particular blundered under pressure in game 8 and then blew many winning opportunities in game 9. Topalov in return missed opportunities in the following games. Mistakes are part of chess, especially if you play in such an uncompromising manner as has been so far.

The main TWIC site has daily coverage and reports on the games.

A huge number of websites are covering the event, many excellently.

Official site: I've particularly enjoyed watching the webcam of the match during play. Now if they can only stop cameramen standing in front of it before the start of play.

WCh Sofia
Topalov, Veselin - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 30 D86 Gruenfeld Simagin
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 43 E04 Catalan
Topalov, Veselin - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 46 D17 Slav Defence
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 32 E04 Catalan
Topalov, Veselin - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 44 D17 Slav Defence
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 58 E04 Catalan
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 58 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
Topalov, Veselin - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 56 D17 Slav Defence
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 83 E53 Nimzo Indian
Topalov, Veselin - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 60 D86 Gruenfeld Simagin
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 65 A29 English Four Knights

WCh Sofia (BUL), 24 iv - 11 v 2010
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Perf
Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2787 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ . 2805
Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2805 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ . 2787

3) FIDE Grand Prix Astrakhan

FIDE GP Astrakhan 2010 (Astrakhan RUS) Sun 9th May 2010 - Tue 25th May 2010

Grand Prix (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61))

The top two in the Grand Prix standings qualify for the next FIDE Candidates cycle 2010-11. Levon Aronian has enough points to secure qualification so decided not to play this event.

Official site:

FIDE GP Astrakhan (RUS), 10-24 v 2010 cat. XX (2730)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
1. Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2734 * . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1
2. Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2694 . * . ½ . . . . . . . . . . ½ 2741
3. Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2700 . . * . . . . . . . ½ . . . ½ 2740
4. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2741 . ½ . * . . . . . . . . . . ½ 2694
5. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2751 . . . . * . . . . . . ½ . . ½ 2735
6. Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2669 . . . . . * . . . ½ . . . . ½ 2733
7. Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2725 . . . . . . * . ½ . . . . . ½ 2763
8. Leko, Peter g HUN 2735 . . . . . . . * . . . . ½ . ½ 2752
9. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2763 . . . . . . ½ . * . . . . . ½ 2725
10. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2733 . . . . . ½ . . . * . . . . ½ 2669
11. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2740 . . ½ . . . . . . . * . . . ½ 2700
12. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2735 . . . . ½ . . . . . . * . . ½ 2751
13. Wang Yue g CHN 2752 . . . . . . . ½ . . . . * . ½ 2735
14. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2741 0 . . . . . . . . . . . . * 0
Round 1 (May 10, 2010)
Gashimov, Vugar - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1-0 36 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Akopian, Vladimir - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 39 C42 Petroff's Defence
Alekseev, Evgeny - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 25 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Eljanov, Pavel - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 44 D80 Gruenfeld 4.Bg5
Inarkiev, Ernesto - Ponomariov, Ruslan ½-½ 41 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Jakovenko, Dmitry ½-½ 35 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Wang Yue - Leko, Peter ½-½ 18 E04 Catalan

4) European Chess Festival Lublin

The European Chess Festival takes place in Lublin 8th-18th May 2010.

Official site:

2nd GM Lublin (POL), 9-18 v 2010 cat. XV (2620)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Macieja, Bartlomiej g POL 2618 * . . ½ . . . . 1 . 2826
2. Socko, Bartosz g POL 2644 . * ½ . . . . . . 1 2748
3. Bartel, Mateusz g POL 2609 . ½ * . ½ . . . . . 1 2655
4. Baklan, Vladimir g UKR 2633 ½ . . * . ½ . . . . 1 2628
5. Grachev, Boris g RUS 2667 . . ½ . * ½ . . . . 1 2623
6. Meier, Georg g GER 2638 . . . ½ ½ * . . . . 1 2650
7. Dziuba, Marcin g POL 2576 . . . . . . * ½ ½ . 1 2657
8. Kurnosov, Igor g RUS 2680 . . . . . . ½ * . ½ 1 2538
9. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2634 0 . . . . . ½ . * . ½ 2404
10. Swiercz, Dariusz g POL 2501 . 0 . . . . . ½ . * ½ 2469
Round 1 (May 9, 2010)
Socko, Bartosz - Swiercz, Dariusz 1-0 63 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Baklan, Vladimir - Meier, Georg ½-½ 34 C10 French Rubinstein
Grachev, Boris - Bartel, Mateusz ½-½ 30 E04 Catalan
Dziuba, Marcin - Kurnosov, Igor ½-½ 51 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Tiviakov, Sergei - Macieja, Bartlomiej 0-1 51 B10 Caro Kann
Round 2 (May 10, 2010)
Macieja, Bartlomiej - Baklan, Vladimir ½-½ 33 A17 English Opening
Bartel, Mateusz - Socko, Bartosz ½-½ 40 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Meier, Georg - Grachev, Boris ½-½ 30 A07 Barcza System
Dziuba, Marcin - Tiviakov, Sergei ½-½ 65 E00 Catalan
Kurnosov, Igor - Swiercz, Dariusz ½-½ 68 C11 French Defence

5) Bosna 2010

The Sarajevo "Bosna 2010" takes place May, 5th-14th with more than 100.000 euro in prizes. They are playing a system with three points for a win.

Official site:

40th Bosna Open Sarajevo (BIH), 5-14 v 2010
Leading Round 6 (of 10) Standings:
1Timofeev ArtyomGMRUS267716,02901
Gustafsson JanGMGER264016,02885
3Wang HaoGMCHN272215,02761
4Geetha Narayanan GopalGMIND260414,02721
5Nisipeanu Liviu-DieterGMROU267213,02657
Bologan ViktorGMMDA266813,02629
Sandipan ChandaGMIND264013,02580
Brkic AnteGMCRO257313,02652
Kovacevic AleksandarGMSRB257313,02651
Nevednichy VladislavGMROU256013,02626
Solak DraganGMSRB254713,02639
Svetushkin DmitryGMMDA254713,02708
Berczes DavidGMHUN251913,02691
Martinovic SasaIMCRO251513,02550
Nikcevic NebojsaGMMNE238713,02400
16Efimenko ZaharGMUKR267712,02662
Sokolov IvanGMBIH265412,02690
Mamedov RaufGMAZE265312,02668
Ivanisevic IvanGMSRB263012,02625
Predojevic BorkiGMBIH262812,02624
Mamedov NidjatGMAZE261412,02654
Lenic LukaGMSLO259212,02650
Bosiocic MarinGMCRO256212,02576
Jankovic AlojzijeGMCRO255912,02569
Godena MicheleGMITA255412,02638
Bindrich FalkoGMGER253912,02519
Damljanovic BrankoGMSRB253912,02504
Prohaszka PeterGMHUN251012,02556
29Stefansson HannesGMISL258811,02524
Fier AlexandrGMBRA258111,02570
Dizdarevic EmirGMBIH249811,02576
Petrosian Davit GGMARM249011,02609
Krivoborodov EgorIMRUS249011,02592
Saric AnteGMCRO248911,02496
Durarbeyli VasifIMAZE248711,02659
Stojanovic DaliborIMBIH248111,02472
Grandelius NilsIMSWE247611,02550
38Vuckovic BojanGMSRB264010,02594
Berg EmanuelGMSWE261610,02522
Saric IvanGMCRO258010,02471
Kurajica BojanGMBIH254810,02622
Panarin MikhailGMRUS252110,02595
Sebenik MatejIMSLO251510,02493
Rapport RichardIMHUN250910,02275
Tratar MarkoGMSLO250710,02319
Brandenburg DaanIMNED250310,02504
Djukic NikolaGMMNE249510,02454
D'amore CarloIMITA248410,02478
Huschenbeth NiclasIMGER245710,02340
Manik MikulasGMSVK244010,02474
169 players

6) Parsvnath Commonwealth Championship

The Parsvnath Commonwealth Chess Championship takes place in Dehli 10th-19th May 2010. 11 Rounds. 90 minutes with 30 seconds a move from move 1.

Official site:

Parsvnath ch-Commonwealth New Delhi (IND), 9-19 v 2010
Leading Round 2 (of 11) Standings:
1Dreev AlexeyGMRUS26552,01,0
Kokarev DmitryGMRUS26122,01,0
Bocharov DmitryGMRUS25922,01,0
Maletin PavelGMRUS25842,01,0
Gupta AbhijeetGMIND25702,01,0
Kravtsiv MartynGMUKR25462,01,0
Khusnutdinov RustamGMKAZ25252,01,0
Sriram JhaGMIND25072,01,0
Hossain EnamulGMBAN24992,01,0
Dzhumaev MaratGMUZB24952,01,0
Lalith Babu M RIMIND24932,01,0
Harika DronavalliIMIND24912,01,0
Bakre TejasGMIND24832,01,0
Laxman R RGMIND24762,01,0
Ashwin JayaramIMIND24572,01,0
Swapnil S DhopadeIMIND24572,01,0
Venkatesh M RIMIND24522,01,0
Anwesh UpadhyayaIND24192,01,0
Konguvel PonnuswamyIMIND24122,01,0
Debashis DasIMIND24002,01,0
Tania SachdevIMIND23982,01,0
Rathnakaran KIMIND23972,01,0
Swayams MishraIND23972,01,0
Narayanan SrinathIMIND23932,01,0
Shyam Nikil PFMIND23852,01,0
Suvrajit SahaIMIND23802,01,0
Shyam Sundar MIMIND23722,01,0
Nitin SFMIND23632,01,0
Ramnath Bhuvanesh RIND23502,01,0
Vaibhav SuriIND23472,01,0
Stany G AIND23302,01,0
Mohota NishaWGMIND23112,01,0
Bitan BanerjeeIND23112,01,0
Minhazuddin AhmedFMBAN23042,01,0
Rajesh V A VFMIND23022,01,0
Deshmukh AnupIMIND23012,01,0
Joshi G BIND22932,01,0
Hasan MehdiFMBAN22872,01,0
Shreyansh DakliaIND22872,01,0
Singh Gurpreet PalIND22872,01,0
311 players

7) 3rd Women's Chess Grand Prix Nalchik

The 3rd Women's Chess Grand Prix took place in Nalchik, Russia, 25th April (arrival) - 8 May (departure) 2010. Humpy Koneru, Pia Cramling, Yifan Hou, Tatania Kosintseva etc Tatiana Kosintseva won the event with 9/11.

Official site:

FIDE GP w Nalchik (RUS), 26 iv-7 v 2010 cat. X (2478)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Kosintseva, Tatiana m RUS 2524 * 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 9 2735
2. Hou Yifan g CHN 2570 0 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 2602
3. Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2479 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 2579
4. Cramling, Pia g SWE 2523 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7 2575
5. Koneru, Humpy g IND 2622 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 2464
6. Zhu Chen g QAT 2476 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 2478
7. Munguntuul, Batkhuyag wg MGL 2428 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 * 0 1 0 ½ 1 2482
8. Zhao Xue g CHN 2490 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 * 0 0 0 1 5 2440
9. Mkrtchian, Lilit m ARM 2503 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 ½ 5 2439
10. Kovanova, Baira wg RUS 2385 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0 * 1 1 5 2450
11. Yildiz, Betul Cemre wm TUR 2244 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 * ½ 2288
12. Danielian, Elina m ARM 2491 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 2167

Round 8 (May 4, 2010)
Dzagnidze, Nana - Hou Yifan 1-0 69 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Koneru, Humpy - Cramling, Pia ½-½ 74 D38 QGD Ragozin
Zhu Chen - Danielian, Elina ½-½ 123 D20 QGA
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag - Zhao Xue 0-1 33 B04 Alekhine's Defence
Kovanova, Baira - Mkrtchian, Lilit 0-1 51 B32 Sicilian Labourdonnais
Yildiz, Betul Cemre - Kosintseva, Tatiana ½-½ 49 B31 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 9 (May 5, 2010)
Kosintseva, Tatiana - Zhu Chen ½-½ 53 C60 Ruy Lopez
Hou Yifan - Kovanova, Baira 1-0 37 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Cramling, Pia - Yildiz, Betul Cemre 1-0 95 A20 English Opening
Zhao Xue - Dzagnidze, Nana ½-½ 72 E00 Catalan
Mkrtchian, Lilit - Koneru, Humpy 0-1 41 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Danielian, Elina - Munguntuul, Batkhuyag 0-1 33 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Round 10 (May 6, 2010)
Kosintseva, Tatiana - Cramling, Pia 1-0 62 B65 Sicilian Rauzer
Dzagnidze, Nana - Danielian, Elina 1-0 37 D23 QGA
Koneru, Humpy - Hou Yifan ½-½ 75 E37 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Zhu Chen - Munguntuul, Batkhuyag 0-1 49 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Kovanova, Baira - Zhao Xue 1-0 76 C90 Ruy Lopez
Yildiz, Betul Cemre - Mkrtchian, Lilit 0-1 34 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 11 (May 7, 2010)
Hou Yifan - Yildiz, Betul Cemre 1-0 30 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Cramling, Pia - Zhu Chen 1-0 45 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag - Dzagnidze, Nana ½-½ 69 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Zhao Xue - Koneru, Humpy 1-0 44 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Mkrtchian, Lilit - Kosintseva, Tatiana 0-1 40 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Danielian, Elina - Kovanova, Baira 0-1 66 A30 English Symmetrical

8) Czech Championship 2010

The Czech Championship took place in Ostrava 1st-9th May 2010. David Navara started with 8/8 before taking a draw with black in the final round to finish on 8.5/9.

Official Site - Results

ch-CZE Ostrava (CZE), 1-9 v 2010
Leading Final Round 9 Standings:
1Navara DavidGMCZE27188,541,052,0
2Polak TomašGMCZE25256,540,552,0
3Šimaček PavelIMCZE25186,538,050,5
4Hraček ZbyněkGMCZE26326,537,049,5
5Bernašek JanIMCZE24956,537,047,0
6Rašik VitězslavIMCZE24806,037,549,0
7Krejči JanIMCZE24556,037,548,0
8Štoček JiřiGMCZE25936,036,546,0
9Votava JanGMCZE25876,035,545,5
Petr MartinIMCZE25116,035,545,5
11Haba PetrGMCZE25136,034,044,5
12Zpěvak PavelIMCZE24016,033,044,5
13Ponižil CyrilFMCZE23926,032,542,0
14Žilka ŠtěpanIMCZE25096,032,541,5
15Kaňovsky DavidIMCZE24895,540,553,5
16Velička PetrGMCZE24795,537,048,0
17Babula VlastimilGMCZE25365,537,047,5
18Vokač MarekGMCZE24545,536,546,5
19Cvek RobertGMCZE24955,535,546,0
20Biolek RichardIMCZE24055,534,043,0
21Talla VladimirGMCZE25055,533,042,0
22Černoušek LukašIMCZE24085,532,040,5
23Hausner IvanIMCZE24515,530,038,0
24Orsag MilanIMCZE24195,037,549,0
25Turner JanCZE23245,037,545,5
26Plat VojtěchIMCZE24015,037,047,0
27Ramik ZdeněkFMCZE22675,036,045,5
28Mudrak JosefFMCZE23685,036,044,0
29Konopka MichalIMCZE24585,035,546,5
30Vološin LeonidGMCZE24525,035,545,5
31Němcova KateřinaWGMCZE22475,035,045,0
32Kriebel TadeašCZE22655,034,044,0
33Meduna EduardGMCZE24435,034,044,0
34Sikorova OlgaWIMCZE22685,034,043,0
35Havlikova KristynaWIMCZE22515,033,541,0
36Kovař VojtěchCZE23375,031,541,0
37Jedlička AlešFMCZE22935,031,540,5
38Fiřt StanislavFMCZE23315,031,540,5
39Nun JiřiIMCZE23615,031,040,5
40Sochorova PetraWIMCZE21405,030,538,5
41Kulhanek TomašIMCZE24285,030,038,5
42Blatny PavelGMCZE24095,029,038,0
43Studnička TomašFMCZE23324,539,549,5
44Vrana FrantišekFMCZE22874,537,046,5
45Daneš JaroslavCZE22614,534,544,0
46Pacl VaclavFMCZE22634,533,541,0
47Freisler PavelIMCZE23284,533,042,0
48Kozak MilošFMCZE21844,531,540,5
49Malik JanCZE22324,531,540,0
50Vyskočil NeklanIMCZE23904,530,539,5
51Pisk PetrIMCZE23334,530,038,5
52Sobek JaroslavFMCZE23034,529,039,5
53Roško LubošFMCZE23454,528,536,0
54Lechtynsky JiřiGMCZE23964,528,036,0
55Obšivač JosefFMCZE22954,527,536,5
56Kratochvil JosefCZE23074,525,033,0
57Bureš JaroslavCZE23274,037,045,5
58Zwardoň VojtěchCZE22054,034,043,0
59Čedikova KateřinaWIMCZE21954,032,542,0
60Neděla VlastimilIMCZE23474,030,539,5
61Sikora JanCZE22384,030,538,5
62Vlach KarelCZE21714,030,038,0
63Škliba MartinFMCZE23094,029,537,0
64Bartoš JanFMCZE22014,029,536,5
65Vaculik MartinFMCZE22984,029,038,0
66Haba ZdeněkCZE22334,028,536,5
67Michenka JozefIMCZE23904,027,536,0
68Potomak VladimirCZE22324,027,535,0
69Folk PetrCZE22444,026,535,5
70Olšar JaroslavFMCZE23174,024,031,5
71Olšarova TerezaWFMCZE22694,023,533,0
72Sikora-Lerch JanIMCZE22053,532,540,0
73Čižinsky PetrCZE21243,531,540,0
74Adamek JiřiCZE22543,530,540,0
75Folkova MartinaCZE21283,529,538,0
76Pertlova SoňaWIMCZE22013,528,537,0
77Umanec FilipCZE22263,528,536,0
78Olšarova KarolinaWFMCZE21913,528,035,5
79Novotny JaroslavCZE22173,525,532,5
80Seidl ŠtěpanCZE20523,034,543,5
81Krajina AlešCZE21953,030,538,0
82Novotny MichalFMCZE22503,030,038,5
83Valičkova MartinaCZE20723,029,037,0
84Kapusta PetrCZE21863,027,034,0
85Chlevišťan JakubCZE21113,026,033,0
86Šplichal StanislavCZE22193,025,032,5
87Bureš MartinCZE21313,024,532,5
88Weissmann LukašCZE21312,526,033,5
89Kocur ValterCZE21392,524,531,5
90Tauš MartinCZE20992,523,530,0
91Indrak IgorFMCZE22692,522,531,0
92Mrva MarekCZE22482,521,028,5
93Hladik LumirCZE20652,024,531,0
94Vacek AntoninCZE20920,519,025,5
94 players

9) Somov Memorial

The VIII World's Youth Stars 2010 (Somov Memorial) takes place in Kirishi 9th-20th May 2010. Some of the best juniors play in this interesting annual event.

Official Site - Results

Somov Memorial (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1))

VIII World's Youth Stars Kirishi (RUS), 9-20 v 2010 cat. VIII (2426)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Bernadskiy, Vitaliy m UKR 2330 * . . . . 1 . . . 1 . . 2
2. Belous, Vladimir RUS 2471 . * . . . . . . 1 1 . . 2
3. Shimanov, Aleksandr g RUS 2544 . . * ½ . . 1 . . . . . 2694
4. Zherebukh, Yaroslav g UKR 2567 . . ½ * . . . 1 . . . . 2711
5. Lintchevski, Daniil g RUS 2503 . . . . * . . . ½ . . 1 2430
6. Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel g ARM 2523 0 . . . . * . . . . 1 . 1 2338
7. Bukavshin, Ivan f RUS 2435 . . 0 . . . * . . . . 1 1 2446
8. Sethuraman, S.P m IND 2493 . . . 0 . . . * . . 1 . 1 2456
9. Ganichev, Alexander RUS 2126 . 0 . . ½ . . . * . . . ½ 2294
10. Bajarani, Ulvi f AZE 2422 0 0 . . . . . . . * . . 0
11. Kashlinskaya, Alina wg RUS 2346 . . . . . 0 . 0 . . * . 0
12. Oparin, Grigoriy f RUS 2348 . . . . 0 . 0 . . . . * 0
Round 1 (May 9, 2010)
Bernadskiy, Vitaliy - Bajarani, Ulvi 1-0 76 C03 French Tarrasch
Zherebukh, Yaroslav - Sethuraman, S.P 1-0 39 C11 French Defence
Lintchevski, Daniil - Oparin, Grigoriy 1-0 49 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Bukavshin, Ivan - Shimanov, Aleksandr 0-1 28 C01 French Exchange
Ganichev, Alexander - Belous, Vladimir 0-1 37 B27 Sicilian Early Fianchetto
Kashlinskaya, Alina - Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel 0-1 77 E54 Nimzo Indian
Round 2 (May 10, 2010)
Belous, Vladimir - Bajarani, Ulvi 1-0 49 D11 Slav Defence
Shimanov, Aleksandr - Zherebukh, Yaroslav ½-½ 47 D12 Slav Defence
Ter-Sahakyan, Samvel - Bernadskiy, Vitaliy 0-1 46 C91 Ruy Lopez
Sethuraman, S.P - Kashlinskaya, Alina 1-0 48 C95 Ruy Lopez Breyer
Ganichev, Alexander - Lintchevski, Daniil ½-½ 32 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Oparin, Grigoriy - Bukavshin, Ivan 0-1 61 C53 Giuoco Piano

10) 4NCL

The 4NCL took place Sat 24th Oct 2009 - 3rd May 2010. The final rounds took place 1st-3rd May 2010. My thanks to Dave Clayton and Alex Holowczak for their excellent coverage.

Division 1 Champions Wood Green Hilsmark Kingfisher 1 2nd Pride And Prejudice 3rd Barbican 4Ncl 1

Division 2 Champions Sambuca Sharks Also Promoted Cheddleton, Warwickshire Select & E2E4.Org.Uk 1

Official site:

4NCL 2009-10 Championship Pool Final Table (ENG), 24 x 2009 - 3 v 2010
1WGHK 1xxx4664113
2Pride and Prejudice4xxx27636½11
3Barbican 4NCL 126xxx33210
4White Rose 1215xxx15238
5WGHK 27xxx26628½6
6Guildford-A&DC 136xxx3624½4
7Cambridge Univ. 1½25xxx4193
8The ADs2224xxx19½1
4NCL 2009-10 Relegation Pool tables (ENG), 24 x 2009 - 3 v 2010
2Barbican 4NCL 2xxx6663810
3Oxford 1xxx535298
4Pandora's Box Grantham2xxx426½7
5S. Wales Dragons223xxx65276
6Guildford-A&DC 2254xxx34214
7Poisoned Pawns 12½25xxx520½4
8Jutes of Kent23343xxx233

11) Bobotsov Memorial

The 2nd Milko Bobotsov Memorial saw Peter Drenchev takes first place on tie-break from Ivajlo Enchev and Elitsa Raeva after all finished on 7/9. The remaining games may follow.

Bobotsov Memorial results:

2nd Milko Bobotsov Sofia (BUL), 30 iv - 7 v 2010
Rk.TiNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1IMDrenchev PetarBUL2486Lokomotiv Plovdiv7,042,554,55
2FMEnchev IvajloBUL2418Abritus Razgrad7,042,553,05
3WIMRaeva ElitsaBUL2238Pristis Ruse7,041,052,56
4IMBratanov ZsivkoBUL2478Lokomotiv 2000 Plovdiv6,541,553,55
5NMRusev JeliazkoBUL2258Tundzha 2009 Jambol6,539,049,55
6Spirliadis AchileasGRE1972GAS Kilkis6,538,548,56
7IMBodiroga PredragSRB2422Zrenjanin6,537,048,06
8FMSomborski NebojsaSRB2377Zrenjanin6,040,050,53
9NMTsvetkov IliaBUL2389CSKA Sofia6,039,551,04
10FMBadev KirilBUL2396Maritsa-Iztok Radnevo6,037,047,56
11NMVlashki NinoBUL2232CCC Sofia6,036,546,06
12Ivanov BorislavBUL2156Victory Blagoevgrad6,034,545,05
13Ilchov RosenBUL2216Krakra Pernishki 20096,033,043,05
14GMRadulov IvanBUL2292Albena-Dobrich5,539,050,05
15IMOrev PetarBUL2243CSKA Sofia5,535,546,05
16Kirchev KrasimirBUL2104Balchik5,535,545,55
17NMPopov GeorgiBUL2218Han Asparuh Sofia5,535,045,55
18Kalchev SavaBUL1656CSKA Sofia5,532,542,55
19Tsenov TsvetoslavBUL2160Spartak Pleven 21 Pleven5,037,547,04
20Krastev GoranBUL1996CSKA Sofia5,036,546,55
21Hristov Nikolay ValerievBUL1893Asenovets 2006 Asenovgrad5,033,541,55
22Stoyanov StefanBUL1834Lokomotiv Sofia5,033,043,05
23Nikolov SavkoBUL1971CSKA Sofia5,032,542,55
24Chervenkov DinkoBUL1833Plovdiv5,030,039,55
25NMLjangov PetarBUL2110Maritsa Iztok Radnevo5,029,038,55
26Magkias VasiliosGRE1715GAS Kilkis5,028,537,55
27Bozilov DraganSRB1866Bosilegrad5,028,537,54
28Karastoyanov MihailBUL1964Elhovo4,536,546,04
29GMSpassov LiubenBUL2418Lokomotiv 2000 Plovdiv4,536,046,54
30NMIvanov Stojan EmilovBUL2209Energy 21 Dobrich4,534,544,04
31Spasov IvayloBUL0Levski Sofia4,533,042,54
32Uzunov BoykoBUL1920Sofia4,531,539,54
33Genov DelyanBUL1800CSKA Sofia4,531,040,54
34Vasilev RosenBUL1934Ivis + Sofia4,531,040,53
35Dobrev PetkoBUL1977CSKA Sofia4,530,039,53
36Ruschukov BoyanBUL1887Ivis + Sofia4,529,036,54
37Nikolov OrlinBUL1920Mihail Botvinik Sofia4,031,541,53
38NMAndreev DobrotichBUL2071Ivis + Sofia4,029,538,53
39Sotirov IliaBUL1945Juri Benderev Pernik4,028,538,03
40Sisoev RobertBUL1764Ritsar Sofia4,026,034,53
41Dimitrov NotyoBUL1790Sofia4,025,532,04
42Gaitandzhiev BozhidarBUL1995CSKA Sofia4,025,032,54
43Dessy EugenioITA1661Sassari scacchi Sassari4,022,029,04
44Lyubomirov IlijanBUL1714Mihail Botvinik Sofia3,533,040,03
45Ivanova GerganaBUL1682Mariza-Iztok Radnevo3,532,541,03
46Shentov Petar-DelianBUL1719CSKA Sofia3,532,042,03
47Bitti SandroITA1750Sassari scacchi Sassari3,531,040,02
48Georgiev DimitarBUL1950CSKA Sofia3,531,039,03
49Raykov StefanBUL1722CSKA Sofia3,530,037,53
50Yordanov HristoBUL1655Ivis + Sofia3,529,036,03
51Manov JordanBUL1783Dunav Ruse3,527,033,03
52Mechev KrumBUL2085CSKA Sofia3,030,039,03
53Todorov SpasiyanBUL1371Ivis + Sofia3,028,037,03
54Katsarov HristoBUL1518Asenovgrad3,027,034,03
55Kosturski IvanBUL1790Mihail Tal Cherven Brjag3,026,535,03
56Bakalska AleksinaBUL1539Mihail Botvinik Sofia3,026,534,53
57Medarov BiserBUL0Levski Sofia3,026,032,53
58Kovachev IvanBUL0Mihail Botvinik Sofia3,023,529,53
59Shikolarev SimeonBUL0Mihail Botvinik Sofia3,019,525,52
60Petrov Vasil PetrovBUL0Mihail Botvinik Sofia2,021,528,01
61Sotirova MikaelaBUL0Mihail Botvinik Sofia2,021,527,01
62Milchev Nikolay M.BUL0Mihail Botvinik Sofia2,020,026,51
63Dafinov AntonioBUL0Mihail Botvinik Sofia2,020,026,01
64Borisov LubomirBUL1915Levski Sofia1,025,533,01

12) Bangladesh Women's Championship

The Arlin Developer 31st National Women's Chess Championship of Bangladesh took place in Narayanganj 24th April - 5th May 2010. Akter Liza Shamima won with 10.5/11. News: Haroon Or Rashid.


31st ch-BAN w Narayanganj (BAN), 24 iv-5 v 2010
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. Shamima, Akter Liza wf BAN 2092 * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 2349
2. Sultana, Sharmin Shirin BAN 1980 ½ * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.5 2199
3. Khan, Nazrana BAN 2010 0 1 * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7.5 2020
4. Hamid, Rani wm BAN 2033 0 0 ½ * 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 7.5 2018
5. Begum, Masuda BAN 1873 0 0 1 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 7.0 2001
6. Sultana, Zakia wf BAN 1979 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 5.0 1854
7. Chowdhury, Mahmuda Haque BAN 1794 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 1 5.0 1871
8. Protiva, Talukder BAN ---- 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 4.5 1823
9. Jahanara, Haque BAN 1543 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 1 4.5 1864
10. Rokshana, Titli BAN 1495 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 3.0 1759
11. Jahan, Dilara Nupur BAN 1972 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 * 1 2.0 1628
12. Aeon, Sarker BAN ---- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0.0

13) First Saturday May

The First Saturday May tournaments take place 1st-12th of May, Budapest.

Official site:

FSGM May Budapest (HUN), 1-9 v 2010 cat. VII (2403)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Kovalev, Andrei g BLR 2518 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 . 1 1 1 2640
2. Munoz Pantoja, Miguel m PER 2476 0 * . 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 2541
3. Solomon, Kenny m RSA 2351 ½ . * 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 5 2495
4. Czebe, Attila g HUN 2480 ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 ½ . 1 1 2449
5. Varga, Zoltan g HUN 2479 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ . . 4 2460
6. Radovanovic, Jovica f SRB 2351 0 0 1 1 0 * ½ ½ 0 . 3 2323
7. Paschall, William M m USA 2397 . ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 3 2302
8. Wittmann, Walter m AUT 2302 0 0 0 . ½ ½ 1 * 1 0 3 2319
9. Szalanczy, Emil m HUN 2277 0 0 0 0 . 1 ½ 0 * 1 2268
10. Papp, Gellert HUN 2400 0 ½ 0 0 . . ½ 1 0 * 2 2242
FSIMA May Budapest (HUN), 1-12 v 2010 cat. I (2260)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2
1. To, Nhat Minh f HUN 2413 * ½ ½ . 0 . 1 1 1 . 1 ½ 2386
2. Brustkern, Juergen f GER 2256 ½ * ½ 1 . . 0 1 ½ 1 . 1 2425
3. Turzo, Attila m HUN 2296 ½ ½ * ½ . ½ ½ . ½ ½ 1 . 2325
4. Bakin, Alexander f RUS 2236 . 0 ½ * 1 ½ . ½ 1 ½ ½ . 2282
5. Tran, Tuan Minh f VIE 2210 1 . . 0 * ½ ½ . ½ ½ ½ 1 2326
6. Izso, Daniel HUN 2262 . . ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ . 1 2302
7. Martini, Balazs HUN 2326 0 1 ½ . ½ ½ * 0 . . ½ 1 4 2248
8. Lyell, Mark f ENG 2132 0 0 . ½ . ½ 1 * . ½ ½ 1 4 2275
9. Parkanyi, Attila m HUN 2321 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ . . * ½ 1 . 2221
10. Nguyen Thi Mai Hung wf VIE 2286 . 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ ½ * . 0 3 2160
11. Bagi, Mate HUN 2156 0 . 0 ½ ½ . ½ ½ 0 . * 1 3 2188
12. Lengyel, Bela m HUN 2266 ½ 0 . . 0 0 0 0 . 1 0 * 2004
FSIMB May Budapest (HUN), 1-10 v 2010 cat. I (2265)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Berczes, Csaba m HUN 2397 * * 0 ½ 1 1 ½ . ½ 1 1 . 2363
2. Csonka, Balazs HUN 2197 1 ½ * * 1 . ½ . ½ ½ . 1 5 2431
3. Iwamoto, Takashi f USA 2268 0 0 0 . * * 1 1 1 . 0 1 4 2290
4. Husari, Satea m SYR 2334 ½ . ½ . 0 0 * * 1 ½ ½ ½ 2196
5. Ocantos, Manuel LUX 2125 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 . 0 ½ * * 1 . 3 2212
6. Farago, Sandor m HUN 2268 0 . . 0 1 0 ½ ½ 0 . * * 2 2116

14) 26th North American Masters

The 26th North American Masters takes place May 7th-9th 2010.

Standings after 4 rounds: 1st place - IM Felecan - 3.5/4 2nd - 4th place - FM Shankar, IM Young, IM Vishnuvardhan - 2.5/4 5th - 6th place - Magness, Burgess - .5/4

I couldn't find any games.

Official site:

15) US Championships Saint Louis

The 2010 US Championships take place in Saint Louis 13th-25th May 2010. Defending champion Hikaru Nakamura is the top seed ahead of Gata Kamsky and Alexander Onischuk.

Official site:

US Championships Saint Louis (USA), 13-25 v 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
Name TiNATMay 2010DoB
Nakamura, Hikaru gUSA27331987
Kamsky, Gata gUSA27021974
Onischuk, Alexander gUSA26991975
Shulman, Yuri gUSA26131975
Akobian, Varuzhan gUSA25991983
Lenderman, Aleksandr mUSA25981989
Ehlvest, Jaan gUSA25911962
Hess, Robert L gUSA25901991
Shabalov, Alexander gUSA25851967
Christiansen, Larry MgUSA25781956
Kaidanov, Gregory S gUSA25771959
Kudrin, Sergey gUSA25711959
Stripunsky, AlexandergUSA25701970
Robson, Ray gUSA25691994
Benjamin, Joel gUSA25651964
Bhat, Vinay S. gUSA25471984
Khachiyan, Melikset gUSA25391970
Finegold, Benjamin gUSA25391969
Yermolinsky, Alex gUSA25281958
Shankland, Samuel L mUSA25071991
Kraai, Jesse gUSA24921972
Gurevich, Dmitry gUSA24881956
Krush, Irina mUSA24551983
Altounian, Levon mUSA24541975

16) 33rd San Sebastian International Open

The 33rd San Sebastian International Open took place March 28th - April 4th 2010 in the new chess club of Gros Xake Taldea. Aramis Alvarez Pedraza took clear first place with 7.5/9. I give the games again as they now have all been published.

GM Norms for: IM Aramis Alvarez (CUB), IM Daniel Alsina (ESP) IM Norm for: Joaching Thomassen (NOR) WIM Norm for: Amalia Aranaz (ESP)

Official website:

Live games:


33rd Open Donostia-San Sebastian (ESP), 28 iii-4 iv 2010
Leading Final Round 9 Standings:
1Alvarez Pedraza AramisIMCUB24867,52631
2Tratar MarkoGMSLO24867,02616
3Alsina Leal DanielIMESP25487,02582
4Gleizerov EvgenyGMRUS25657,02600
5Spraggett KevinGMCAN25807,02564
6Korneev OlegGMRUS25587,02550
7Movsziszian KarenGMARM25306,52517
8Pogorelov RuslanGMUKR24866,52473
9Llaneza Vega MarcosIMESP25146,52473
10San Segundo Carrillo PabloGMESP25346,52467
11Argandona Riveiro InigoIMESP23886,52470
12Alonso Rosell AlvarIMESP25096,52435
13Ledger Andrew JIMENG24316,52283
14Marholev DimitarIMBUL24236,52395
15Cabrera AlexisGMESP25336,02429
16Thomassen JoachimFMNOR23316,02447
17Barria Zuniga DanielIMCHI24356,02353
18Griffiths Ryan RhysIRL21956,02356
19Jakobsen OleIMDEN23326,02316
20Diez Fraile DavidESP21686,02286
21Nava Pereda CarlosFMESP22546,02301
22Recuero Guerra DavidIMESP24816,02242
23Trepat Herranz JoanFMESP23056,02296
24Martin Alvarez InigoESP22896,02222
25Andonov BogomilIMBUL23046,02371
26Nelson Jonathan PENG22456,02205
27Guijarro Galan Jose LuisESP21046,02262
28Huerga Leache MikelIMESP24466,02198
29Piasetski LeonIMCAN22805,52425
30Collins Sam EIMIRL24015,52347
31Cifuentes Parada RobertoGMESP25255,52313
32Ulibin MikhailGMRUS25165,52334
33Alvarez Fernandez EnriqueFMESP23665,52174
34Cruz-Lopez Claret CarlosFMESP23185,52294
35Bae TorsteinIMNOR24145,52197
36Aranaz Murillo AmaliaESP20835,52289
37Andres Gonzalez IvanFMESP23405,52174
38Garro Beraza HaritzESP20755,52306
39Hernandez ElvisFMDOM22775,52192
40Segura Del Frago ImanolESP20105,52074
41Alonso Arburu Juan IgnacioFMESP23725,52072
42Rodriguez Lapetra PabloESP21055,52200
43Ros Eskisabel Jose RamonESP21435,52014
44Almeida Toledano DanielFMESP23675,02219
Hagesaether EllenWIMNOR22695,02243
Bjerke SiljeWIMNOR22185,02115
Hagemann Tim DrGER21645,02164
Meneses Gonzalez Kevin MoisesESP21175,02119
Torres Ganuza Fco JavierESP21095,02140
Lakunza Plazaola AsierESP20935,02212
150 players

17) 39th Canadian Junior Championship

FM Shiyam Thavandiran won the 39th Canadian Junior Championship held in Toronto April 30 - May 4, scoring 7/9. Thavandiran first won the title back in 2005!

The organizer placed the games individually at I don't have time to pick them up but there may be a full file later.

18) French League Top 16

The French League Top 16 saw the 2nd weekend of games 29th April - 2nd May 2010. Group A was in Marseilles and Group B in Mulhouse. After this weekend the top 4 in each group will go into Poule Haute (Top Group), the bottom 4 into Poule Basse. The teams that haven't met so far (each team will have already met three teams) in the competition will meet in the final rounds in Bretagne 3rd-6th June 2010.

Games from Round 7 of Group A still not available.

Time control 90mins for 40 moves, 30mins for the rest, 30 seconds per move from move one.

First weekend of games: 26th-28th March 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 couldn't raise a team)).

French Chess Federation:

Venue Links: - - - - - (who deserve praise for the clarity of presentation, you don't need French to understand where to find anything)

Compiled game files: and

19) Lacona - Isle Of Elba

The Lacona Isle Of Elba takes place May, 8th-18th 2010. I couldn't find any news of the event so far.

Official site:

20) Andre Lilienthal (1911-2010)

The death of Andre Lilienthal just after passing his 99th birthday finally cuts our links with chess going back to the 19th Century. Lilienthal was the only living player to have defeated Emanuel Lasker and Jose Raul Capablanca. He also had a draw against Alexander Alekhine. After the recent death of Smyslov he was also the last of the original FIDE Grandmasters who had their titles awarded in 1950 and indeed he was the oldest living Grandmaster.

This obituary runs through his career, the most important events he played and gives a few of his most significant games.

Andor Lilienthal

Andor Lilienthal |

Grandmaster Andor (Andre) Arnoldovich Lilienthal was born in Moscow 5th May 1911 and died in Budapest 8th May 2010.

Andre Lilienthal was born in Moscow to Hungarian Jewish parents but moved back to Hungary with his mother at the age of 2. He is the last true link to the legendary chess champions Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine having played them all. He is most famous for his 26 move victory over Capablanca at the Hastings tournament of 1934-5.

Lilienthal learned chess at the age of 16 and soon was playing for money in the cafes of Budapest (Salo Flohr also started in the same way) because he was by that time alone (his mother had died) and poverty stricken. He then started the wandering that led to his reputation as a bit of a Bohemian character. Finding Budapest a bit limiting he moved first to Vienna and then Berlin where he first met (but did not play the World Champion Emanuel Lasker). Later he moved on to Paris where on one occasion he defeated Alekhine in a blitz match.

His recorded tournament playing career seems to have started in 1930 and successes followed quickly. At Bad Stuben 1930 he took first place ahead of Pirc and Flohr. Hastings 1933-4 2nd equal with Alekhine behind Flohr. It seems however that his performances could be quite inconsistant.

Hastings ENG 1933-4
4Eliskases,Erich Gottlieb0½½*½½11½½5.0/9
5Alexander,Conel Hughes0½½½*½10115.0/9
6Thomas,George Alan½½0½½*01½14.5/9
9Michell,Reginald Pryce000½0½1½*02.5/9
10Milner Barry,Philip Stuart000½000½1*2.0/9
Hastings ENG 1934-5
2Thomas,George Alan0*½11101116.5/9
4Capablanca,Jose Raul½0½*0½11115.5/9
7Michell,Reginald Pryce01000½*½114.0/9
9Norman,George Marshall½000½00½*01.5/9
10Milner Barry,Philip Stuart0000½0001*1.5/9

According to Wikipedia: "He played for Hungary in three Chess Olympiads: Folkestone 1933 (scoring +7 =6 -0 as the reserve, the fifth player on the team), Warsaw 1935 (scoring +11 =8 -0 on second board), and Stockholm 1937 (scoring +9 =6 -2 on first board, leading his team to the silver medal).[9] He won the individual gold medal for his board (reserve and second board, respectively) at the 1933 and 1935 Olympiads, and had the fourth-best result on first board in 1937.[10] His total score in the Olympiads was a remarkable 75.51%.[11]"

In 1935 he was invited to the 2nd Soviet Moscow tournament where he finished 8th= (Flohr and Botvinnik finished on 13/19, Emanuel Lasker finished 3rd Lilienthal and Capablanca 4th, Lilienthan drew both these games). According to the tournament book of 1936 he took up "permanent residence" in Moscow following the 1935 tournament.

The 1936 tournament saw an improved result finishing 4th although according to the tournament book:

"Lilienthal turned out to be the minion of fortune. Out of three games won by him, in two, against Lasker and Levenfish - he stood on the brink of defeat. Persistence and steadfastness helped him in the end to reach fourth place, though his position after the first circuit looked quite miserable."

Moscow URS 1935
4Capablanca,Jose Raul½½0*½11½1½½01½1½½½1112.0/19
6Kan,Ilia Abramovich½100½*½01011½½011½½110.5/19
10Romanovsky,Peter Arsenievich00½½01½½1*10½½½½101110.0/19
11Rabinovich,Ilya Leontievich0½½½1011½0*01½0½0½119.5/19
12Riumin,Nikolay Nikolaevich½0½1½000011*0½0111½19.5/19
14Goglidze,Victor Arsentievich000½½½½½½½½½1*½½01119.5/19
16Bohatirchuk,Fedor Parfenovich01½½½00½½½½0½½1*½½0½8.0/19
Moscow URS 14th May - 8th June 1936
1Capablanca,Jose Raul**½½½1½½½11113.0/18
8Eliskases,Erich Gottlieb½½00½½½001**½½½½7.5/18
9Kan,Ilia Abramovich½000½1½0½½½½½½**½07.5/18
10Riumin,Nikolay Nikolaevich00½0½½½½½1½½½1**7.5/18

Lilienthal took up Soviet citizenship in 1939.

Around this time he was 3rd= in the Leningrad/Moscow tournament of 1939 won by Flohr above Reshevsky. He was 1st= with Bondorevsky in the 1940 Soviet Championships and then 5th of 6 in the absolute championships of the USSR the following year.

Leningrad/Moscow URS 1939
2Reshevsky,Samuel Herman½*½0½0½1½½01½1111110.5/17
4Makogonov,Vladimir Andreevich½1½*½10½½½½½1½½½½110.0/17
7Rabinovich,Ilya Leontievich0½½101*½½10½½1011½9.5/17
8Belavenets,Sergey Vesevolodovi10½½½½½*½010½½11½19.5/17
10Kan,Ilia Abramovich0½0½½101½*½½½0½1119.0/17
11Konstantinopolsky,Alexander C½10½0010½½*011½½½18.5/17
14Goglidze,Victor Arsentievich½0½½½½0½0100½*½1½17.5/17
15Tolush,Alexander V001½00100½½10½*0117.0/17
16Romanovsky,Peter Arsenievich00½½½00000½½½01*116.0/17
18Panov,Vasily N00½0½½½0½00½½0000*3.5/17
URS-ch12 Moscow URS 1940
7Makogonov,Vladimir Andreevich0½1101*0101½½½½½1½½½10.5/19
8Dubinin,Peter Vasilievich00½01½1*0111½½½½101½10.5/19
9Veresov,Gavriil N0001½001*1½½1½01½11110.5/19
14Konstantinopolsky,Alexander C½½½0½0½½½100½*10½½018.0/19
15Panov,Vasily N0½0½00½½1½1100*½0½1½8.0/19
16Stolberg,Mark Moiseevich½00000½½001011½*1½1½8.0/19
17Gerstenfeld,Eduard Issakovich½0001½00½0½01½10*½017.0/19
URS Absolute-ch Leningrad-Moscow 23rd March - 29th April 1941

Andre Lilienthal in the mid-1940s from "Die Schachkunst in der UdSSR"

He finished in 3rd in the very strong Parnu tournament of 1947. (Correction by Rodolfo Arias the result of the game Simagin-Keres is wrong in Megabase, Keres won so took clear first) He became a Candidate for the only time when he finished 5th in the Interzonal of 1948. He was 8th joint last in the Candidates tournament of 1950 in Budapest.

Parnu URS 1947
6Bronstein,David I10½0½*½½½11½118.0/13
7Kasparian,Genrikh Moiseevich½½½00½*½½1½1117.5/13
10Tolush,Alexander V00½0½001½*01115.5/13
11Makogonov,Vladimir Andreevich0½½0½0½0½1*0½15.0/13
Interzonal Saltsjobaden SWE 1948
1Bronstein,David I*1½1½½½½½½1½½1½1½11113.5/19
15Yanofsky,Daniel Abraham½½½½0½½½½½00½1*0½½½18.5/19
Candidates Tournament Budapest HUN 9 iv - 20 v 1950
1Bronstein,David I**½½01½11101½½½112.0/18

According the ChessMetrics he was number 6 in the world in 1934 and was top 20 until about 1950 when he rapidly plummeted out of the top 100 never to return.

He then had a career as a chess trainer. Helping Smyslov in his world title matches against Botvinnik and working with Tigran Petrosian (1951-63).

He was in the middle to bottom of most of the subsequent tournaments be played in but in Moscow 1962 he did finish 3rd= behind Averbakh and Vasiukov.

International Moscow 1962
1Averbakh,Yuri L*1½½½½½½½½11½1½110.0/15
5Bronstein,David I½½½½*0½½110½11½19.0/15
9Bykhovsky,Anatoly A½0½½0½½½*10½11½½7.5/15
10Ignatiev,Felix N½½½½0½0½0*1½01117.5/15
13Yudovich,Mikhail Jr½0½½0½½½010½*½½16.5/15
15Aronin,Lev Solomonovich½½00½0½½½000½½*15.0/15

In 1975 he returned to Budapest to live. He didn't play much and the last event I could find was in 1980. He did however write about the game.

In 1985 he published biographical novel, "My Life, Chess".

He received a lifetime grant of $750 a month from FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on the occasion of his 85th birthday according to (This Obituary in

He was physically very fit and active up until very recently. He met with Bobby Fischer frequently in the period when Fischer lived in Budapest. He has met many of the best players in the world such as Gelfand, Ponomariov, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik.

Lilienthal's legendary status came from his great age and the people he had played. His natural talent was obvious but his results throughout his career were unsteady. But to be a top 20 player for the period he was and a Candidate made him a very strong player indeed.

He was the last of the original FIDE Grandmasters whose titles were awarded in 1950. That list included the leading players: World champion Mikhail Botvinnik, and those who had qualified for (or been seeded into) the inaugural Candidates Tournament in 1950: Isaac Boleslavsky, Igor Bondarevsky, David Bronstein, Max Euwe, Reuben Fine, Salo Flohr, Paul Keres, Alexander Kotov, Andor Lilienthal, Miguel Najdorf, Samuel Reshevsky, Vasily Smyslov, Gideon Stahlberg, and Laszlo Szabo. Also players still living in 1950 who had been World Class: Ossip Bernstein, Oldrich Duras, Ernst Gruenfeld, Borislav Kostic, Grigory Levenfish, Geza Maroczy, Jacques Mieses, Viacheslav Ragozin, Akiba Rubinstein, Friedrich Saemisch, Savielly Tartakower, and Milan Vidmar.

He was from the last generation of the European tradition of coffee-house players who became elite international players a huge link to Chess History has died with his passing.


Games against the greats including wins against Lasker, Alekhine (only in a coffeehouse match), Capablanca, Euwe and Botvinnik speak for themselves.

Lilienthal,Andor - Alekhine,Alexander C79
Paris Paris (9), 1933

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 Nf6 6.0-0 Bd7 7.d4 Nxe4 8.Re1 Nf6 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Bxc6 Bxc6 11.Qxd8+ Kxd8 12.Nxe5 Bd5 13.Bg5 Be6 14.Nd2 h6 15.Bxf6+ gxf6 16.Ng6 Rg8 17.Nxf8 Rxf8 1/2-1/2

Lilienthal,Andor - Capablanca,Jose Raul E24
Hastings 3435 Hastings (5), 01.01.1935

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 b6 6.f3 d5 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 Ba6 9.e4 Bxc4 10.Bxc4 dxc4 11.Qa4+ Qd7 12.Qxc4 Qc6 13.Qd3 Nbd7 14.Ne2 Rd8 15.0-0 a5 16.Qc2 Qc4 17.f4 Rc8 18.f5 e5 19.dxe5 Qxe4

Jose Raul Capablanca


Andre Lilienthal

White to play and win after 19...Qxe4

20.exf6 Qxc2 21.fxg7 Rg8 22.Nd4 Qe4 23.Rae1 Nc5 24.Rxe4+ Nxe4 25.Re1 Rxg7 26.Rxe4+ 1-0

Lasker,Emanuel - Lilienthal,Andor C14
Moscow Moscow, 1936

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Nb5 Nb6 8.c3 a6 9.Na3 c5 10.Nc2 Nc6 11.f4 Na4 12.Rb1 b5 13.Nf3 Bd7 14.Qd2 Rc8 15.Bd3 Nb6 16.0-0 Nc4 17.Qe1 Nb6 18.Qg3 g6 19.Qe1 h5 20.a3 c4 21.Be2 a5 22.h3 Rb8 23.Ne3 Kd8 24.Bd1 Kc7 25.Qd2 Rb7 26.Ng5 Kb8 27.Be2 Bc8 28.b3 Qxa3 29.bxc4 Nxc4 30.Nxc4 bxc4 31.Nxf7 Rh7 32.Rxb7+ Bxb7 33.Nd6 Na7 34.Rb1 Nc8 35.Nxc8 Kxc8 36.Bd1 Bc6 37.Bc2 Rb7 38.Bxg6 Rxb1+ 39.Bxb1 Qa1

Andre Lilienthal


Emanuel Lasker

Position after 39...Qa1. Here Lasker blundered. He should play 40.Qc2

40.Qe1 a4 41.Kf2 a3 42.f5 Qb2+ 43.Kf3 exf5 44.Bxf5+ Kc7 45.Bb1 a2 46.Bxa2 Qxa2 47.e6 Qc2 48.Qe5+ Kb7 49.Kf4 Qxg2 50.Qxh5 Qe4+ 51.Kg5 Qxe6 52.Qh7+ Kb6 53.h4 Qe3+ 54.Kf6 Qxc3 55.h5 Qxd4+ 56.Ke6 Qe3+ 57.Kf6 c3 0-1

Euwe,Max - Lilienthal,Andor E33
Stockholm ol (Men) Stockholm (11), 07.08.1937

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 Qe7 8.b4 a5 9.b5 Nb8 10.g3 0-0 11.Bg2 a4 12.0-0 Re8 13.Bb2 Nbd7 14.Rfd1 e5 15.dxe5 dxe5 16.Qb4 e4 17.Qxe7 Rxe7 18.Ng5 e3 19.Bxf6 exf2+ 20.Kxf2 gxf6 21.Ne4 Kg7 22.Nc3 Nc5 23.Nd5 Rd7 24.h4 Rb8 25.Rac1 b6 26.Nb4 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 Bg4 28.Rd4 h5 29.Na6 Re8 30.Nxc5 bxc5 31.Re4 Be6 32.Re3 Rb8 33.Rc3 Kg6 34.Bc6 Kf5 35.Bf3 Ke5 36.e3 Rd8 37.Ke2 Rh8 38.Rc1 Rg8 39.Kf2 Rd8 40.Rd1 Rxd1 41.Bxd1 Bxc4 42.Bxa4 Bd3 43.Ke1 Kd5 44.Bd1 Bg6 45.Be2 c4 46.Kd2 Kc5 47.Kc3 Kxb5 48.Bxc4+ Ka4 49.Kb2 f5 50.Bd3 f6 51.Bc4 Ka5 52.Kc3 Kb6 53.Kb4 c5+ 54.Kc3 Kc7 55.Bg8 Kd6 56.a4 Be8 57.Kb3 Bc6 58.Bh7 Ke5 59.Bg6 Ke4 60.Bxh5 Kxe3 61.a5 Bd5+ 62.Kc3 f4 63.gxf4 Kxf4 64.a6 f5 65.a7 Ke5 66.Bf7 Bb7 67.h5 f4 68.h6 Kf6 69.h7 Kg7 70.Kc4 f3 71.Bd5 f2 0-1

Lilienthal,Andor - Botvinnik,Mikhail E19
URS-ch12 Moscow, 1940

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Nxc3 9.Qxc3 d6 10.Qc2 f5 11.Ne1 Nc6 12.d5 exd5 13.cxd5 Nb4 14.Qd2 a5 15.a3 Na6 16.b4 Bf6 17.Bb2 Qd7 18.Bxf6 Rxf6 19.Nd3 a4 20.Rac1 Qf7 21.Nf4 Bc8 22.Rc3 Bd7 23.Rfc1 h6 24.h4 Ra7 25.h5 Ra8 26.Re3 Kh7 27.Rcc3 Rb8 28.Qd3 Ra8 29.Ng6 Rxg6 30.hxg6+ Kxg6 31.Re6+ Kh7 32.g4 c5 33.b5 Nc7 34.gxf5 Nxb5 35.f6+ Kg8 36.Rc4 Re8 37.Rg4 g5 38.Rxe8+ Bxe8 39.Re4 Kf8 40.Re7 Qg6 41.Be4 Qh5 42.Bf3 Qg6 43.Rxe8+ 1-0

Lilienthal,Andor - Keres,Paul E19
URS Absolute-ch Leningrad/Moscow (1), 1941

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Nxc3 9.Qxc3 Be4 10.Ne1 Bxg2 11.Nxg2 c6 12.d5 cxd5 13.cxd5 Na6 14.Nf4 Qc8 15.Qf3 Qc2 16.e4 e5 17.Nd3 f6 18.Ne1 Qa4 19.b3 Qa5 20.Ng2 Bc5 21.Be3 Rac8 22.Bxc5 Qxc5 23.Ne3 Kh8 24.Qg4 Rf7 25.Rad1 g6 26.Qe2 Nb8 27.Rd2 Rff8 28.Rc2 Qa3 29.Nc4 Qb4 30.Rfc1 Rfd8 31.h4 Qf8 32.Ne3 Rxc2 33.Rxc2 Rc8 34.Rxc8 Qxc8 35.Qf3 Kg7 36.Ng4 Qf8 37.h5 gxh5 38.Ne3 d6 39.Nf5+ Kg6 40.Qc3 Na6 41.Qc6 Nc5 42.f3 Nd3 43.Qc7 b5 44.Qxa7 1-0

Botvinnik,Mikhail - Lilienthal,Andor E46
URS Absolute-ch Leningrad/Moscow (3), 1941

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.g3 Nbd7 9.Bg2 Nb6 10.Qd3 a5 11.a4 c6 12.0-0 Nbd7 13.Rd1 Nb8 14.b3 Na6 15.Na2 Re8 16.Bb2 Bd6 17.Re1 Qe7 18.Rad1 g6 19.Nf4 Bf5 20.Qe2 Nb4 21.Nxb4 Bxb4 22.Rf1 Bg4 23.f3 Bf5 24.Bc1 Ba3 25.Rfe1 Bxc1 26.Rxc1 h5 27.Qd2 Qa3 28.Qc3 Re7 29.Ra1 Qd6 30.Ra2 Rae8 31.Rae2 b6 32.Nd3 Bxd3 33.Qxd3 c5 34.Bf1 Nd7 35.Rd1 Qf6 36.f4 cxd4 37.exd4 Rxe2 38.Bxe2 Qe7 39.Bf3 Nf6 40.Kg2 Rc8 41.Rd2 Qb4 42.f5 Rc3 43.Qe2 g5 44.Qe5 Rxb3 45.Re2 Kg7 46.Bxd5 Rb2 47.Bc4 Rxe2+ 48.Bxe2 Qxa4 49.Bxh5 Qc2+ 50.Be2 a4 51.d5 Qc5 52.h4 Qxd5+ 53.Qxd5 Nxd5 54.hxg5 a3 0-1

Lilienthal,Andor - Smyslov,Vassily D98
Moscow-ch Moscow, 1946

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0-0 7.e4 Bg4 8.Be2 Nc6 9.d5 Bxf3 10.gxf3 Na5 11.Qd3 c5 12.f4 c4 13.Qf3 e6 14.dxe6 fxe6 15.Qh3 Kh8 16.Be3 b5 17.Rd1 Qe8 18.e5 Nh5 19.Bxh5 gxh5 20.Rg1 b4 21.Ne4 c3 22.Nd6 Qe7 23.bxc3 bxc3 24.Qxh5 Rab8 25.Rc1 Nc6 26.Qg5 Qxg5 27.Rxg5 Nb4 28.Rxc3 Nd5 29.Ra3 Rb1+ 30.Ke2 Nxf4+ 31.Bxf4 Rxf4 32.Rxa7 Rb2+ 33.Kd3 Rbxf2 34.Ra8+ Rf8 35.Rxf8+ Rxf8 36.Ke4 Rf2 37.Ne8 Bh6 38.Rh5 Bc1 39.Nc7 Re2+ 40.Kf3 Rxa2 41.Nxe6 Ra6 42.Nc5 Rh6 43.Rxh6 Bxh6 44.Ke4 Kg7 45.Kf5 Bc1 46.Nd3 Ba3 47.Nf4 Kf7 48.Nh5 Bb2 49.Nf6 Kg7 50.Ne8+ Kf7 51.Nd6+ Ke7 52.Nc4 Bc3 53.Ne3 Kf7 54.Nd5 Bb2 55.Nf6 Kg7 56.Ke6 Kg6 57.Ne4 Kh5 58.Kd5 Ba3 59.Nd6 Kg5 60.Kc6 1-0

Lilienthal,Andor - Smyslov,Vassily E26
Parnu Parnu, 1947

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Nc6 7.Bd3 b6 8.Ne2 d6 9.e4 Nd7 10.0-0 e5 11.f4 Qe7 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.dxe5 Ndxe5 14.Nf4 Bg4 15.Be2 Bxe2 16.Qxe2 f6 17.Nd5 Qf7 18.Bf4 0-0 19.Bxe5 Nxe5 20.a4 Nc6 21.Qg4 Kh8 22.a5 Nxa5 23.e5 f5 24.Qe2 Rae8 25.Rae1 Re6 26.Nf4 Rfe8 27.Nxe6 Qxe6 28.Qd3 g6 29.Rf4 Nc6 30.Qd5 Nxe5 31.Kf1 Kg7 32.Rf2 Kf6 33.Rfe2 h5 34.Rxe5 Qxe5 35.Rxe5 Rxe5 36.Qd6+ Re6 37.Qf8+ Ke5 38.Qb8+ Kf6 39.Qxa7 Kg5 40.Qd7 Re4 41.Qd8+ Kh6 42.h4 Kg7 43.Qc7+ Kh6 44.Qxb6 1-0

Lilienthal,Andor - Kotov,Alexander E44
URS-ch14 Moscow, 1945

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nge2 Bb7 6.a3 Be7 7.d5 a5 8.e4 e5 9.Ng3 0-0 10.Bd3 Ne8 11.h4 Na6 12.Nf5 Nc5 13.Bc2 Nd6 14.Nxd6 Bxd6 15.Be3 Be7 16.Rb1 Bc8 17.b4 axb4 18.axb4 Na6 19.Na2 d6 20.b5 Nb8 21.Nb4 f5 22.exf5 Bxf5 23.Bxf5 Rxf5 24.g3 Qe8 25.Ra1 Nd7 26.Rxa8 Qxa8 27.Nc6 Rf7 28.0-0 Bf6 29.Qg4 Qa2 30.Rc1 Kf8

Alexander Kotov


Andre Lilienthal

Position after 30...Kf8. Here white plays a strong move.

31.Nb8 Ke8

31...Nxb8 32.Qc8+ Ke7 33.Qxc7+ Nd7 34.Bxb6 Rf8 35.c5 Qxd5 36.c6 Qe6 37.Rd1

32.Na6 Bd8 33.Nb4 Qa8 34.Na6 Nf6 35.Qh3 Kf8 36.Rc2 Ng8 37.Ra2 Ne7 38.Nb4 Qb8 39.Bg5 h6 40.Bxe7+ Bxe7 41.Nc6 Qe8 42.Ra7 Kg8 43.Rxc7 1-0

Lilienthal,Andor - Ragozin,Viacheslav D44
URS-ch15 Leningrad (4), 1947

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 Nd5 10.Nxf7 Qxh4 11.Nxh8 Bb4 12.Qd2 c5 13.0-0-0 Nxc3?

Vladimir Ragosin


Andre Lilienthal

Position after 13...Nxc3?


14.bxc3 Ba3+ 15.Kb1 Bb7 16.Be2 Nd7 17.Ka1 cxd4 18.cxd4 0-0-0 19.Nf7 Rf8 20.Nd6+ Bxd6 21.exd6 a6 22.Bf3 Bxf3 23.gxf3 Qf4 24.Qxf4 Rxf4 25.Rhg1 Kb7 26.Rg6 Rxf3 27.Rxe6 Rxf2 28.d5 Nc5 29.Re7+ Kb6 30.d7 Rf8 31.Re6+ Kb7 32.Re8 Nxd7 33.Rxf8 Nxf8 34.Rf1 Nd7 35.Rf7 Kc7 36.Rh7 b4 37.Rxh6 Nb6 38.Rc6+ Kb7 39.Rc5 c3 40.d6 a5 41.h4 a4 1-0

Lilienthal,Andor - Bronstein,David I E61
URS-ch15 Leningrad (9), 1947

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nf3 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Bf4 Nh5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Be3 Nd7 8.d5 c6 9.Bd4 Nhf6 10.e4 0-0 11.h3 Qa5 12.Bd3 Nc5 13.0-0 Nxd3 14.Qxd3 e5 15.dxe6 Bxe6 16.Nd2 d5 17.cxd5 cxd5 18.exd5 Bf5 19.Qf3 Qa6 20.g4 Bd7

David Bronstein


Andre Lilienthal

Position after 20...Bd7

21.Nb3 h5 22.gxh5 Bf5 23.h6 Bxh6 24.Nc5 Qc4 25.Rfd1 Nh5 26.b3 Qb4 27.d6 Nf4 28.Nd5 Nxd5 29.Qxd5 b6 30.Nd3 Qa3 31.Bb2 Qa6 32.Qd4 Kh7 33.Nf4 Rad8 34.Nd5 Rxd6 35.Nf6+ Rxf6 36.Qxf6 Qe2 37.Re1 Qb5 38.Rad1 Bxh3 39.Rd8 1-0

Lilienthal,Andor - Najdorf,Miguel E29
Saltsjobaden Interzonal Saltsjobaden (5), 1948

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 c5 6.e3 Nc6 7.Bd3 b6 8.Ne2 0-0 9.e4 Ne8 10.0-0 d6 11.e5 dxe5 12.dxe5 Bb7 13.Bf4 f5 14.exf6 e5 15.fxg7 Rxf4 16.Nxf4 exf4 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kxg7 19.Rad1 Qf6 20.Rd7+ Kf8 21.Rxb7 Nd8 22.Rd7 Nf7 23.Qd5 Rb8 24.Re1 f3 25.Re3 1-0

For completeness I've added all Lilienthal's remaining games against Capablanca, Alekhine and Lasker, plus probably his first game against a famous Grandmaster, he didn't do well.

Capablanca/Kmoch - Euwe/Lilienthal A12
Hilversum consultation Hilversum, 16.01.1935

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.b3 Bf5 4.Bb2 e6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.0-0 h6 8.d3 Bc5 9.Nbd2 0-0 10.Rc1 Bh7 11.a3 a5 12.d4 Be7 13.Ne1 b5 14.c5 Ne4 15.Ndf3 Qc7 16.Nd3 Rad8 17.Nfe5 Nxe5 18.Nxe5 Rfe8 19.Nd3 Bg5 20.e3 Be7 21.Qe2 Bf8 22.f3 Ng5 23.e4 dxe4 24.fxe4 f6 25.e5 Bxd3 26.Qxd3 fxe5 27.Qg6 e4 28.h4 Nf3+ 29.Bxf3 exf3 30.Rxf3 Qd7 31.b4 axb4 32.axb4 Qd5 33.Rcf1 Re7 34.Rf4 Qb3 1/2-1/2

Capablanca,Jose Raul - Lilienthal,Andor D94
Moscow Moscow (12), 1935

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Bd3 0-0 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.Qb3 Nb8 10.Ne5 Nc6 11.f4 e6 12.Bd2 Nd7 13.Nf3 Nb6 14.Na4 Nxa4 15.Qxa4 Bd7 16.Qb3 Qb6 17.Qxb6 axb6 18.Rfc1 Rfc8 19.Bb5 Ne5 20.Bxd7 Nxd7 21.a4 Nf6 22.Rxc8+ Rxc8 23.Rc1 Rxc1+ 24.Bxc1 Ne4 25.Nd2 Nxd2 26.Bxd2 Kf8 27.Kf2 Ke8 28.Bb4 Kd7 1/2-1/2

Capablanca,Jose Raul - Lilienthal,Andor A12
Moscow Moscow, 1936

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.b3 Bf5 4.Bb2 e6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Nbd7 7.0-0 h6 8.d3 Be7 9.Nbd2 0-0 10.Rc1 a5 11.a3 Re8 12.Rc2 Bh7 13.Qa1 Bf8 14.Re1 Qb6 15.Bh3 Bc5 16.Rf1 Bf8 17.Rcc1 Rad8 18.Rfe1 Bc5 19.Rf1 Bf8 20.Bg2 Bd6 21.Ne5 Bxe5 22.Bxe5 Nxe5 23.Qxe5 Nd7 24.Qb2 Nf6 25.b4 axb4 26.Qxb4 Qxb4 27.axb4 Ra8 28.Ra1 Nd7 29.Nb3 Kf8 30.Ra5 dxc4 31.dxc4 Nb6 32.Rxa8 Rxa8 33.Na5 Ra7 34.Rd1 Ke8 35.Nxb7 Rxb7 36.Bxc6+ Rd7 37.c5 Ke7 38.Bxd7 Nxd7 39.c6 Nb6 40.c7 Bf5 41.Rd8 e5 42.Rb8 Nc8 43.b5 Kd6 44.b6 Ne7 45.Rf8 Bc8 46.Rxf7 Nd5 47.Rxg7 Nxb6 48.Rh7 Nd5 49.Rxh6+ Kxc7 50.e4 Ne7 51.f3 Kd7 52.h4 Ke8 53.Rf6 Ng8 54.Rc6 1-0

Lilienthal,Andor - Capablanca,Jose Raul C49
Moscow Moscow, 1936

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 d6 7.Bg5 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Qe7 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.h3 h6 11.Be3 Be6 12.c4 c5 13.Rb1 Rab8 14.Nd2 g5 15.Qe2 Kh7 16.Rxb8 Rxb8 17.Rb1 Rxb1+ 18.Nxb1 c6 19.Nc3 Qb7 20.Qd1 Nd7 21.Qb1 1/2-1/2

Lasker,Emanuel - Lilienthal,Andor C11
Moscow Moscow (5), 1935

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bd3 c5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.Ne2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.c3 b6 10.Qc2 h6 11.Rd1 Qc7 12.a3 cxd4 13.Nexd4 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Bb7 15.Qe2 Nf6 16.Be3 Rfd8 17.Ba6 Bxa6 18.Qxa6 Ng4 19.Nf3 e5 20.h3 Nxe3 21.fxe3 e4 22.Nh2 Bc5 23.Nf1 Qf4 1/2-1/2

Lilienthal,Andor - Lasker,Emanuel D62
Moscow Moscow, 1936

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 0-0 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.Qc2 c5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.dxc5 Nxc5 12.Be2 Bg4 13.0-0 Rac8 14.Rac1 Qf6 15.Qd2 Ne4 16.Qd4 Bxf3 17.Qxf6 Nxf6 18.Bxf3 Rfd8 19.Rfd1 Kf8 20.Kf1 Ke7 1/2-1/2

Alekhine,Alexander - Lilienthal,Andor A22
Hastings 3334 Hastings (3), 1933

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e4 Nc6 4.f4 d6 5.d3 Bg4 6.Be2 h5 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Be3 Qd7 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 exf4 11.Bxf4 Nd4 12.Be3 Nxf3+ 13.Qxf3 Qe6 14.Nb5 Qd7 15.Nd4 0-0-0 16.Nf5 Ne8 17.Bd4 Rg8 18.Qxh5 g6 19.Qg4 gxf5 20.Qxg8 Bh4+ 21.Bf2 Nf6 22.Qxd8+ Qxd8 23.Bxh4 Qh8 24.Bxf6 Qxf6 25.0-0-0 fxe4 26.dxe4 Qf4+ 27.Rd2 Qxe4 28.h4 Qxc4+ 29.Kb1 Qf4 30.Rdd1 Qh6 31.g4 Kd8 32.Rde1 a5 33.h5 a4 34.a3 f6 35.Re6 Kd7 36.g5 Qxg5 37.h6 Qg2 38.Ree1 Qg6+ 39.Ka1 Qh7 40.Reg1 Ke6 41.Rg7 Qe4 42.Rhg1 Qh4 43.h7 b5 44.Rxc7 Qh5 45.Re1+ Kd5 46.Ka2 Kd4 47.Rd1+ Ke4 48.Rxd6 Qe8 49.Rxf6 Qh8 50.Rh6 Kf4 51.Rc8 Qxc8 52.Rh4+ Kg5 53.h8Q Qe6+ 54.Kb1 Qe1+ 55.Kc2 Qe2+ 56.Kc3 1-0

Mieses,Jacques - Lilienthal,Andor C01
Paris Paris (7), 1930

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.Nc3 c6 6.Nge2 Ne7 7.Bg5 Qc7 8.Qd2 f6 9.Bf4 Be6 10.Qe3 Bf7 11.Qg3 Bxf4 12.Nxf4 g5 13.Nh5 Qxg3 14.Nxf6+ Kf8 15.hxg3 h5 16.Nh7+ 1-0

The story behind this game, which was his first in international competition is given in an excellent article Andor Lilienthal and His Contribution to the History of Modern Chess by Dmitry Gorodin

"It was not the world tournament, but its opening day, 11 May 1930, that remained unforgettable for me: it was the beginning of the first international tournament in my life. It was a celebration for me - to step out from the world of the coffee houses on the international stage. Already at the start I was to play with old Mieses, who crushed me in a way like perhaps nobody was able to later. I was so ashamed that could only keep resisting until the 16th move."

Although I do notice that if the game round is correct (7) his recollection might have been not quite right.


Obituary in Hungarian online newspaper

Andor Lilienthal has beaten them all

Chess 64 where he talks a bit about his career

The Chess Mind on Lilienthal

Item 6569 on Edward Winter's Chess History site has nice photos

ChessVibes on Lilienthal

Andor Lilienthal and His Contribution to the History of Modern Chess by Dmitry Gorodin

21) Bill Hook 1925-2010

Bill Hook best known as the veteran of countless Olympiads, playing for the Virgin Islands (or British Virgin Islands) generally on first board has died of congestive heart failure. He wrote a book of his experiences "Hooked on Chess".

Hook played Bobby Fischer in the 1970 Olympiad and took the Gold Medal for best percentage performance on board one at the 1980 Olympiad.

William Hook born May 28th 1925 died 10th May 2010.

Bill Hook Wikipedia entry

22) Feodor Skripchenko dies at 74

The President of the Moldova Chess Federation, Feodor Skripchenko died of cancer at the age of 74 on May 8th 2010. Father of WGM Almira Skripchenko. He was closely associated with the popular 4...a6 Slav.

Chess Base Feodor Skripchenko Tribute

FIDE Notice

23) Forthcoming Events and Links

1st Marrakech International

The 1st Marrakech International takes place June 25th - July 1st 2010. 9 rounds - Swiss system - 75 min per player. · Registration : 50 Euros - Limited to 150 players · Registration at least (June 15th 2010)

Contact: Subscription from Morocco : · Other subscriptions: · Menara Chess Club :

Official site:

4th International Ruy Lopez Festival

The 4th International Ruy Lopez Festival takes place in Villafranca de los Barros 11th-19th June 2010.

There will be encounters, simultaneous exhibitions, tournaments for young amateurs, conferences, a Masters tournament, an International Open, an essay competition, etc. a great number of activities in the Extremeñan chess festival.

All under the co-ordination and organization of Linex-Magic Chess Club of Extremadura and the Ruy Lopez Association of Zafra.

Players: Malakhov, Cheparinov, Sargissian, Pia Cramling, Deisy Cori, Ivan Salgado, Caruana and Candelario will help us to enjoy great chess.

Official site:

Ontario International Chess Open, Toronto

Victoria Day weekend - 22, 23, 24 May, 2010.


6 round Open: 6 sections + seniors, juniors, team

Cash-Prizes, Trophies, Free Refreshments, etc.

Televised coverage + press, media, internet, podcast.

Entry: $90; students: $60; seniors: $50 (also IM/FM).

GMs Free Entry + accommodation (for out-of-town)

Limit 200 players - FIDE & CFC Rated.

Simuls & sales - books, software, DVDs, DGT board.

Registration:; (Sub: "Ontario Open")

Telephone Registration: 1-416-537-2299; 1-647-406-9179;

King's Gambit Tournament Lipetsk

The "King's Gambit" Chess Festival takes place in Lipetsk, Russia, June 22nd (arrival day) - July 1st, 2009. The festival consists of two round-robin tournaments (one with GM norm and one with IM norm) and an open for FIDE rating.

Opening ceremony: 2.30 p.m. on July 23, 1st round at 3 p.m. Festival director: Zimmerman, Yuri . Tel.: +7-4742-720064, or +7-980-250-4375. E-mail:


King's Gambit Tournament Lipetsk (RUS), 22 vi-1 vii 2010
Participants GM-tournament: Average rating 2459
1Neverov, Valeriyg2542UKR
2Zontakh, Andreyg2532UKR
3Kasparov, Sergeyg2504BLR
4Gladyszev, Olegm2480RUS
5Slugin, Sergeym2439RUS
6Chernobay, Artemm2431RUS
7Lomako, Pavelm2430BLR
8Airapetian, Gorm2429RUS
9Romanko, Marinam2411RUS
10Kargin, Arsenym2392RUS
King's Gambit Tournament Lipetsk (RUS), 22 vi-1 vii 2010
Participants IM-tournament: Average rating 2315
1Ivanov, Olegm2491UKR
2Tarlev, Konstantinm2484UKR
3Skurygin, Antonm2319KAZ
4Venevtsev, Andrey2310RUS
5Morev, Ivan2286RUS
6Nikitin, Yurif2283RUS
7Apryshko, Gleb2283RUS
8Vakhlamov, Igor2280RUS
9Rysbayeva, Aigerimwf2219KAZ
10Bezgodova, Mariawf2193RUS

4th ACP World Rapid Cup

The 4th ACP World Rapid Cup takes place 27th-29th May 2010. Sponsor Pivdenny. Knockout tournament The 4th ACP WRC will be a KO tournament. The time control will be 20 minutes per game with an increment of 5 seconds per move.

16 players: 13 grandmasters who performed best on the ACP Tour 2008/2009 + 3 Wild Cards given by the organizers.

Official site (currently not working)

Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting

The Sparkassen Chess-Meeting in Dortmund takes place 15th - 25th July 2010. Former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik is the top seed. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Leko, Arkadij Naiditsch and the winner of the Aeroflot Open Le Quang Liem compete.

Official site:

Sparkassen Chess-Meeting Dortmund (GER), 15-25 vii 2010
Name TiNATMar10YofB
Kramnik, Vladimir gRUS27901975
Mamedyarov, ShakhriyargAZE27601985
Ponomariov, Ruslan gUKR27371983
Leko, Peter gHUN27351979
Naiditsch, Arkadij gGER26911985
Le, Quang Liem gVIE26891991

27th BSG Pinkstertournament

The 27th BSG Pinkstertournament is held between Friday 21 and Monday 24 may in Bussum, the Netherlands. It is an FIDE-rated 7-round weekendtournament. The total prize fund is Euro 4.225. First place is Euro 1.250. Bussum lies central in the Netherlands, 30 km from both the centre of Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Official site:

FISCA Chess Romania

International Chess Festival "FISCA 2010" Venue: Cap Aurora, on the Black Sea Coast Organiser: IO Mariana Ionita (vicepresident of Romanian Chess Federation and former champion of Romania) Period: 18-27 June 2010 There will be a main open for FIDE registered players, three tournaments for juniors (U8, U10, U12) and a solving tournament for all the categories. For children there are entertaining programs and an excursion to the historical places of Balchik.

Official site:

Contact: IO Mariana Ionita, tel.+40723.574.212 , mail:

2nd Limpedea Cup

The 2nd Limpedea Cup GM Norm Tournament takes place 23th May - 3rd June 2010.

Baia Mare Chess Club, in cooperation with Romanian Chess Federation and the local authorities, organizing at Limpedea Hostel in Baia Sprie (Maramures County), the second edition of Limpedea Cup, closed tournament with international guests.

Playing system : Round-robin, 12 players Playing time : 1h 30 min. for 40 moves + 30 min KO, with an addition of 30 sec./move from first move Arbiter: IA Radu Catalin Chirila Prizes : 5 prizes, in total amount of around 1500 Euro

Dombi Rudolf: +40742/659111 CSM President Pop Daniel: +40722/324803 CSM Vicepresident, owner of the Limpedea Hostel Bonte Andrei: +40741/167937

15th Pannonia-Nitrokemia Cup

The 15th Pannonia-Nitrokemia Cup takes place in Balatonalmadi 28th July - 1st August 2010.

Group A: International Open Tournament for FIDE ratings. Group B: International Open Tournament for FIDE ratings, but competitors over 2000 ELO points can't attend, and competitors under 18 years will be rated separately.

Swiss system chess competition with 7 rounds and without age limits

Venue: The air-conditioned Conference Hall of Pannonia Kulturalis Kozpont es Konyvtar Address: Balatonalmadi, Varoshaz Square 6.


Entry Address and further information Address: Fancsy Imre: 8222. Balatonalmadi, Gabor Aron utca 15. HUNGARY E-mail:

Kings Tournament Bazna

The 4th Kings tournament takes place in Bazna, Romania, Monday, June 14, 2010 - Friday, June 25, 2010. A very strong field including World Number One Magnus Carlsen competes.

Official opening 13 June 2010 with the drawing of lots, at 20 hours. Double round-robin system. The rounds are scheduled daily from 15.30 hours, except the last round which will be from 13.30 hours.

Time control: 120 minutes for the first forty moves, 60 minutes for the next twenty moves and then each player will be allotted 15 minutes after the second time control and an increment of 30 seconds per move. No draw agreement by the players are allowed before move 30.

The final standing of the players will be determined according to points. In case of sharing of places - the following criteria will be decisive for the tie-break: · A greater number of wins. · The result of the direct mini-matches between contenders. · Berger. · A tie-break match will be played in case of a tie for the first place in the tournament between the first two players in the final standing (according to points, or the additional criteria). The match will consist of two games with a time-control of 15 minutes per player + 3 seconds added for every move played. In case of a tie, another match of two blitz-games will be played with a time-control of 5 minutes per player + 3 seconds for every move played. In case of another tied result – there will be played a last "sudden-death" decisive game with a time-control 5 minutes for the whole game for the White-player and 4 minutes for the whole game for Black-player. The White-player will only need a victory in this game to win the tournament, whole the Black-player will win the tournament by just not losing that final decisive game.

Round 1 Monday, 14 June Rest day - Friday, 18 June and Wednesday, 23 June Final Round 10 Friday, 25 June

4th Kings Tournament Bazna (ROM), 14-25 vi 2010
Names TiNATMar10DofB
Carlsen, Magnus gNOR28131990
Wang, Yue gCHN27491987
Gelfand, Boris gISR27501968
Radjabov, Teimour gAZE27401987
Ponomariov, Ruslan gUKR27371983
Nisipeanu, Liviu-DietergROU26611976

XXIII Ciudad De Leon

The XXIII Ciudad De Leon will take place 3rd-7th June 2010 in spite of the financial crisis.

Leon is one of the Spanish cities where chess is used more in education of children and the prevention of Alzheimer.

The 23rd edition sees Levon Aronian (Armenia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Leinier Dominguez (Cuba) and Paco Vallejo (Spain) compete.

The tournament director Marcelino Sion highlighted what's new this year, during the presentation in Madrid: "Although a big majority of the top chess stars have played in Leon, Aronian, Gelfand and Leinier Dominguez are coming for the first time. Joining them will be Paco Vallejo, who has already earned a place in the elite". Sion also recalled that the live Internet broadcast of the 2009 final was followed by 60,000 people.

The three public sponsors emphasized different aspects of chess. Natalia Rodriguez, Councillor for Sports, said that Leon has already produced several Spanish champions among children, the Municipal School of Chess has more than 700 students, and first activities on chess and brain aging are developing successfully. Jose Maria Lopez, Deputy of Sports, stressed the great social utility of chess, especially for children, as demonstrated in the experience of various schools in the province. The County Council will host a lecture from Leontxo Garcia (chess against Alzheimer) on June 5 at the Institute of Culture. GM Miguel Illescas will give another lecture for young talents on June 2nd.

Alejandro Vaquera, Director of Sports at the University, said that chess is a form of culture, as well as an elite sport, which is why the University will sponsor, once again, a cycle of films about chess (30 May to 5 June) and an exhibition of simultaneous games of Aronian, 7 June. The two representatives of private companies (Manuel Alberto Gajate of Cajaduero, and Javier Martinez, Manager of Alsa) stressed the good image that chess is giving to the sponsors, because it is closely linked with intelligence.


Eforie Chess Festival 2010

Eforie Chess Festival takes place 17th-27th June 2010.


Chinese Chess League Division A

The Chinese Chess League Division A takes place April 16th - December 30th 2010 in China. 10 teams compete in the Double Round-Robin event.

Time control: 1 hour 30 minutes for the whole game with an incremental time of 30 seconds per move.

Prize: 500,000 yuan or Euro 50,000.

The first 3 rounds took place in Ningbo city.

Official website : -

The live games broadcast :

Archive of games should be here eventually:


Rounds 4-6 take place June 6th - June 9th 2010 in Shenzhen

Rounds 7-9 in July 23th - July 26th 2010 in Shanghai

Rounds 10-12 9th-11th Sept 2010 in Guangzhou

Rounds 13-15 in Oct. 10th-13th 2010

Round 16-18 in Dec. 28th-30th 2010 in Beijing.

Leading players: Wang Yue g CHN 2749; Wang Hao g CHN 2713; Alexander Motylev g RUS 2705; Bu Xiangzhi g CHN 2682; Zhou Jianchao g CHN 2650; Li Chao b g CHN 2613; Zhang Pengxiang g CHN 2605; Zhou Weiqi g CHN 2585; Peng Xiaominn g CHN 2581; Zhao Jun g CHN 2575; Yu Yangyi g CHN 2574; Hou Yifan g CHN 2570; Ding Liren g CHN 2564; Wen Yang g CHN 2520; Li Shilong g CHN 2514; Xu Jun g CHN 2513; Liang Chong g CHN 2502; Ju Wenjun wg CHN 2500; Xiu Deshun CHN 2493; Zhao Xue g CHN 2490; Ruan Lufei wg CHN 2479; Xu Yuhua g CHN 2478; Zhu Chen g QAT 2476; Tan Zhongyi wg CHN 2464; Wu Shaobin g SIN 2453; Lin Chen CHN 2448; Liu Qingnan m CHN 2445; Shen Yang wg CHN 2444; Huang Qian wg CHN 2439; Zhang Xiaowen wg CHN 2437; Le Thanh Tu wg VIE 2318

Gujuan Tzu Blog is

6th TCh-CHN (CHN), 16 iv-30 xii 2010
Round 3 Standings:
Rk.Team1a1b2a2b3a3b4a4b5a5b6a6b7a7b8a8b9a9b10a10b TB1 TB2
1SHANGDONG Linglong * * 3369,5
2SHANGHAI Jianqiao * * 359,0
3BEIJING Aigo2 * * 349,5
4Lanpo JIANGSU2 * * 348,5
5HEBEI * * 348,0
6China Mobile CHONGQING * * 238,0
7ZHEJIANG2 * * 27,0
TIANJIN Nan Kai223 * * 27,0
9GUANGDONG Huateng2 * * 05,0
10BEIJING Rendafuzhong½ * * 03,5

11th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament

The 11th Poikovsky Karpov Tournament takes place 31st May to 14th June, 2010. The field has been expanded to 12 players. No finalised field available yet. Shirov isn't playing as wrongly reported last week.

No website yet but it may be something like

11th Karpov Tournament Poikovsky (RUS), 31 v-14 vi 2010
GMPeter SvidlerRUS2750
GMDmitry JakovenkoRUS2725
GMWang HaoCHN2715
GMEtienne BacrotFRA2714
GMAlexander MotylevRUS2705
GMSergei RublevskyRUS2697
GMAlexander OnischukUSA2687
GMViktor BologanMDA2684
GMAlexander RiazantsevRUS2660
GMEmil SutovskyISR2650
GMIvan SokolovBIH2638

Women's Grand Prix 2009-10

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

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.

14th Voronezh International Chess Festival

The 14th Voronezh International Chess Festival takes place June 10th-21st 2010.

Official site:

Royal Residence Cup IM

Royal Residence Cup IM takes place June 8th-16th 2010 in Zhovkva (25 km north of Lviv and 35 kilometers east of the Polish border).

Organisers: (Zhovkva Region Chess & Checkers Federation). Yuri Galkin and Yuri Vovk (International Grandmaster; responsible for participants invitation and contacts with invited players) and Anton Romashov.

Round robin system . The playing time will be 90 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. 12 players to participate in the tournament. All players are offered a comfortable rooms on villa(2-3 persons per room).Accommodation + 2 meals per day(breakfast + evening meal) costs 120 UAH(12,5 Euros) per person per day. Villa is not far from playing hall.

To participate the tournament please contact the responsible for contacts tournament director GM Yuri Vovk (English,Ukrainian,Russian languages ) via:
mobile phone:+380 673912027
ICC: Imperator15
Playchess: JohnConnor
Facebook: Yuri Vovk

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:

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

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

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.



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

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).


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-Genève 16:2
Luzern 1-Riehen 15:3
Joueur 1-Winterthur 1:

Mihajlo Savic Website

The international arbiter, FIDE master and international organizer, Mihajlo Savic, the author of the book Commentary on the Laws of chess, has launched a new column You ask, we answer at website:

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:

45th Capablana Memorial

The 45th Capablanca Memorial takes place 9th-22nd June 2010. The Elite Group will see Vassily Ivanchuk who won the event three times in a row 2005-7 back alongside Evgeny Alekseev, Ian Nepomniatchi, Nigel Short and Leinier Dominguez and Lazaro Bruzon, the Cuban representatives.

Official site:

45th Capablanca Memorial Havana (CUB), 9-22 vi 2010 cat. XVIII (2691)
Name TiNATMar10DoB
Ivanchuk, Vassily gUKR27481969
Dominguez Perez, LeiniergCUB27131983
Alekseev, Evgeny gRUS27001985
Short, Nigel D gENG26861965
Nepomniachtchi, Ian gRUS26561990
Bruzon Batista, Lazaro gCUB26411982

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

Arvier (Aosta Valley) July

ARVIER (Aosta Valley) - July, 3-9 2010. 2nd Festival Francophone (open, 9 rounds) - Free to all the players of the about 70 countries belonging to the "Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie" (OIF) 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) - 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) - 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.


Victor Mikhalevski Website

GM, author and coach Victor Mikhalevski has launched a new website at:

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:


Info Gent annual festivities:

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:


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:

WUCC 2010 is an event of the FISU:

1st Vaujany International Chess Festival

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


XXX Villa de Benasque Open

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

Official site: http;//

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 ( ) and Brian Fiedler ( )

Registration form and more information is available at, and

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,

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,

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,,

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:

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:

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.

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:

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:

Aosta Valley

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

UE Championship, September 4th-12th 2010.

Official site: http:\\

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:

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


Contact: - 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.

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:

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.



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)

8.-15.1. 2010 9th PRAGUE OPEN (TOP HOTEL Praha)

16.-23.1. 2010 9th MARIENBAD OPEN (the Kossuth hotel)

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:

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:

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: Questions via email only:

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:, Phone No 01229 472100.

Mundial Chess Internet Tournament

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

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

Ajedrez 21 English site

Ajedrez 21 now has an English site:

Kingpin Magazine

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

New website address:

Historical Elo Ratings 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

Chess Study

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

The full article:

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

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