THE WEEK IN CHESS 825 30th August 2010 by Mark Crowther

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1) Introduction
2) Arctic Securities Chess Stars
3) Baku Open
4) Russian Higher League 2010
5) Spanish Chess League Honor Division
6) Leko vs Gelfand Rapid Match 2010
7) 1st Campomanes Memorial Cup Open
8) 6th Prospero A. Pichay Cup Open
9) Sants Open
10) Noord-Brabantse Schaakbond 2010
11) BDO Chess Tournament
12) US Chess League
13) 27th Collado Villalba Open
14) 9th International Istanbul Chess Festival
15) Bratto Chess Open
16) Porto San Giorgio
17) Pan-Armenian Chess Olympiad
18) 7th Kalamaria Open
19) 25th Schwarzacher Open
20) 6th Geller Memorial
21) 28th Graz Chess Festival
22) 8th Davos Open
23) Dun Laoghaire Masters
24) Panevezys Open
25) Serbian League
26) Akiba Rubinstein Memorial
27) Persoonlijk Kampioenschap Noord-Brabant 2010
28) Forthcoming Events and Links

Games Section
Arctic Securities Chess Stars16 games
Baku Open148 games
Russian Higher League 2010120 games
Spanish Chess League Honor Division113 games
Leko vs Gelfand Rapid Match 20108 games
1st Campomanes Memorial Cup Open72 games
6th Prospero A. Pichay Cup Open203 games
Sants Open83 games
Noord-Brabantse Schaakbond 201071 games
BDO Chess Tournament60 games
US Chess League32 games
27th Collado Villalba Open99 games
9th International Istanbul Chess Festival108 games
Pan-Armenian Chess Olympiad 160 games
25th Schwarzacher Open70 games
6th Geller Memorial264 games
8th Davos Open47 games
Dun Laoghaire Masters90 games
Serbian League324 games
Akiba Rubinstein Memorial174 games
Persoonlijk Kampioenschap Noord-Brabant 201071 games
2333 games

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1) Introduction

My thanks to Luiz Roberto Da Costa Jr, Luis Blasco de la Cruz, Sinisa Joksic, Goran Urosevic, Manfred Mussnig, Alex Baburin Andrei Olsen, Rafal Siwik, Holger Lieske, Griffin Douglas, Zsuzsa Veroci, Dave Clayton, Azad Abasov, Philippe Dornbusch, Ilgar Bajarani and everyone else who helped with the issue.

Magnus Carlsen's ascent to World Number One has brought about a real revolution in chess in Norway. The Arctic Securities Chess Stars is an event that wouldn't have happened without him and saw World Champion Viswanathan Anand play with Judit Polgar and Jon Ludvig Hammer. Magnus Carlsen didn't have the best of second days but he won anyway with a victory in a two game mini-match on the final day. Elsewhere Boris Gelfand beat Peter Leko in a hard fought rapid match, the Baku Open, Russian Championship Higher League, Spanish Team Championships plus many and several opens make up another busy week of high quality games.

Hope you enjoy this issue.


2) Arctic Securities Chess Stars

The Arctic Securities Chess Stars tournament took place in Kristiansund 28th-30th August 2010. Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Judit Polgar and Jon Ludvig Hammer played in the two stage event. The Double Round Robin between the four players was dominated by Anand. Time control: 20 minutes + 10 seconds a move. Carlsen beat Anand 1.5-0.5 in the final and Hammer beat Polgar to take third place.

Official site:

Arctic Stars Prelim Kristiansund (NOR), 28-29 viii 2010 cat. XX (2736)
1 2 3 4
1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2800 * * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 5 2987
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 ½ ½ * * 1 0 1 ½ 2763
3. Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2636 0 0 0 1 * * ½ ½ 2 2644
4. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2682 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * * 2561
Round 1 (August 28, 2010)
Anand, Viswanathan - Hammer, Jon Ludvig 1-0 56 C54 Giuoco Piano
Polgar, Judit - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 35 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 2 (August 28, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Hammer, Jon Ludvig 1-0 73 D42 Semi-Tarrasch Defence
Polgar, Judit - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 34 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 3 (August 28, 2010)
Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 31 B77 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Hammer, Jon Ludvig - Polgar, Judit ½-½ 45 E54 Nimzo Indian
Round 4 (August 29, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Polgar, Judit ½-½ 108 B40 Sicilian Classical
Hammer, Jon Ludvig - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 42 E06 Catalan
Round 5 (August 29, 2010)
Anand, Viswanathan - Polgar, Judit 1-0 35 B40 Sicilian Classical
Hammer, Jon Ludvig - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 55 A31 English Symmetrical
Round 6 (August 29, 2010)
Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 40 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Polgar, Judit - Hammer, Jon Ludvig ½-½ 55 C48 Four Knights Rubinstein
Arctic Stars Bronze Kristiansund
Polgar, Judit - Hammer, Jon Ludvig ½-½ 45 C45 Scotch Game
Hammer, Jon Ludvig - Polgar, Judit 1-0 55 E17 Queens Indian
Arctic Stars Bronze Kristiansund (NOR), 30 viii 2010
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 Total Perf
Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2636 ½ 1 2875
Polgar, Judit g HUN 2682 ½ 0 ½ 2443
Arctic Stars Final Kristiansund
Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 54 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 28 C95 Ruy Lopez Breyer
Arctic Stars Final Kristiansund (NOR), 30 viii 2010
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 Total Perf
Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2826 1 ½ 2993
Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2800 0 ½ ½ 2633

3) Baku Open

The Baku Open takes place 23rd-31st August 2010. Gata Kamsky, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Emil Sutovsky, Alexander Areshchenko, Rauf Mamedov, Ilya Smirin, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Boris Savchenko etc play.

Additional coverage at with Photos from the event.

Official site:

Open Baku (AZE), 23-31 viii 2010
Leading Round 8 (of 9) Standings:
1Kamsky GataGMUSA27136,5246960,0
2Mamedov RaufGMAZE26606,5246650,0
3Aleksandrov AleksejGMBLR26426,5240250,0
4Golizadeh AsgharFMIRI24816,5235760,0
5Savchenko BorisGMRUS26236,5235560,0
6Safarli EltajGMAZE26036,0249240,0
7Sutovsky EmilGMISR26656,0241840,0
8Abbasov FaridGMAZE25496,0236560,0
9Smirin IliaGMISR26466,0228550,0
10Esen BarisIMTUR25186,0227660,0
11Abasov Nijat Azad OgluIMAZE25176,0223340,0
12Javakhishvili LeylaIMGEO24696,0212850,0
13Miroshnichenko EvgenijGMUKR26865,5242140,0
14Agaragimov DjakhangirFMAZE23115,5239540,0
15Maghalashvili DavitIMGEO24655,5235540,0
16Mammadov Ayaz Arzu ogluFMAZE23275,5235040,0
17Guseinov GadirGMAZE26115,5231740,0
18Bajarani UlviIMAZE24095,5231650,0
19Ibrahimov RasulGMAZE25345,5231540,0
20Rahmanov Shahriyar Teymur OgluAZE22455,5224050,0
21Jojua DavitGMGEO25305,5223240,0
22Sulashvili MalkhazIMGEO24985,5222530,0
23Abdulov OrkhanAZE22955,5222250,0
24Durarbeyli VasifGMAZE25015,5222240,0
25Hejazipour MitraWFMIRI22335,5220750,0
26Nigalidze GaiozIMGEO24785,5217750,0
158 players

4) Russian Higher League 2010

The 63rd Russian Championships Higher League takes place in Irkutsk, Siberia starting 25th August 2010 (arrival) and running to September 5th . More than 50 GMs play. The top 5 qualify for the final in December. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Evgeny Tomashevsky are amongst the players (a preliminary list says: Alekseev, Riazantsev, Tomashevsky, Khismatullin, Timofeev, Siugirov, Nepomniatchi, Rublevsky, Lastin, Inarkiev, Grachev, Kokarev, I.Popov, Tseshkovsky etc).

Official site:

ch-RUS Higher League Irkutsk (RUS), 20 viii - 5 ix 2010
Leading Round 5 (of 11) Standings:
1Nepomniachtchi, IanGMRUS27064.02876+1.031
2Maletin, PavelGMRUS26174.02881+1.671
3Timofeev, ArtyomGMRUS26903.52792+0.681
4Riazantsev, AlexanderGMRUS26823.52734+0.34½
5Khismatullin, DenisGMRUS26673.52784+0.771
6Kurnosov, IgorGMRUS26623.52762+0.661
7Zvjaginsev, VadimGMRUS26563.52733+0.521
8Potkin, VladimirGMRUS26263.52745+0.81½
9Frolyanov, DmitryGMRUS25873.52749+1.090
10Tomashevsky, EvgenyGMRUS27083.02684-0.151
11Alekseev, EvgenyGMRUS26913.02671-0.131
12Inarkiev, ErnestoGMRUS26713.02634-0.23½
13Grachev, BorisGMRUS26683.02650-0.13½
14Khairullin, IldarGMRUS26203.02722+0.711
15Sjugirov, SananGMRUS26103.02664+0.381
16Galkin, AlexanderGMRUS25973.02650+0.38½
17Rakhmanov, AleksandrGMRUS25903.02578-0.061
18Rychagov, AndreyGMRUS25383.02700+1.11½
19Rublevsky, SergeiGMRUS26882.52581-0.72½
20Najer, EvgeniyGMRUS26722.52590-0.561
21Kokarev, DmitryGMRUS26292.52561-0.46½
22Belov, VladimirGMRUS26252.52576-0.34½
23Bocharov, DmitryGMRUS26182.52626+0.051
24Zakhartsov, Viacheslav V.GMRUS26082.52626+0.141
25Kryakvin, DmitryGMRUS26032.52586-0.111
26Volkov, SergeyGMRUS25972.52591-0.031
48 players

5) Spanish Chess League Honor Division

The Spanish Chess Championships CECLUB Honor Division took place in Sestao, Vizcaya, 23rd-28th August 2010. 6 Rounds: 10 teams. First 4 rounds a Swiss, Final 2 Rounds settled the final placings. Kasparov Marcote took clear first place by beating Linex Magic 4.5-1.5 in the final. Hosts Setao Naturgas took 3rd place. There was a rapid playoff won by Gros XT to settle 5th place. The rather messy format has come in for a lot of criticism with round 4 seeing a lot of quick draws, some agreed before play. It seems very likely there will be a change next year. Shirov, Ponomariov, Caruana, Gashinov, Vallejo, Bacrot, Kasimdzhanov, Navara, Laznicka, Almasi, Harikrishna, Dreev, Krasenkow, Bruzon, Nakamura, Vachier, Short were amongst the high profile players.

Official site:


TCh-ESP CECLUB Honor Sestao (ESP), 23-28 viii 2010
Leading Final Standings:
5th C.A. SESTAO NATURGAS Permanencia
6th GROS X.T. Permanencia
8th SCC SABADELL Descenso
9th C.E. BARBERA Descenso
10th U.G.A. Descenso
10 teams

6) Leko vs Gelfand Rapid Match 2010

Boris Gelfand beat Peter Leko 4.5-3.5 in an 8 game rapid match in Miskolc, 25th-29th August 2010. The time control was 25m + 10spm. This was the 6th such match Leko has played in Miskolc since the first one in 2005 (Adams, Karpov, Kramnik, Carlsen and Anand). Arbiter: Zsuzsa Veroci.

Rapid Match Miskolc
Gelfand, Boris - Leko, Peter 1-0 86 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Leko, Peter - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 78 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Gelfand, Boris - Leko, Peter ½-½ 71 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Leko, Peter - Gelfand, Boris 1-0 76 C42 Petroff's Defence
Gelfand, Boris - Leko, Peter 1-0 45 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Leko, Peter - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 101 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Gelfand, Boris - Leko, Peter ½-½ 28 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Leko, Peter - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 38 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit

Rapid Match Miskolc (HUN), 24-29 viii 2010
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Perf
Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2739 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 2777
Leko, Peter g HUN 2734 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 2696

7) 1st Campomanes Memorial Cup Open

The 1st Campomanes Memorial Cup Open takes place in Manila 28th August - 3rd September 2010.

Official site: (Down through weight of traffic when I checked)


1st Campomanes Memorial Cup Open Manila (PHI), 28 viii - 3 ix 2010
Leading Round 4 (of 9) Standings:
1ZHAO JunGMCHN25862569265726684
2SO WesleyGMPHI26742514255925964
3GAGUNASHVILI MerabGMGEO25962504254726744
4ZHOU JianchaoGMCHN26682557258625864
5DING LirenGMCHN25742547262426294
6BITOON RichardIMPHI24472505262826374
7KAZHGALEYEV MurtasGMKAZ26192485251125744
8LI Chao BGMCHN26292482251125744
9NI HuaGMCHN26452476251725864
10GHAEM MAGHAMI EhsanGMIRI25852462253126684
11LE Quang LiemGMVIE26812415242924664
12FILIPPOV AntonGMUZB26092414243724484
13SHARAVDORJ DashzegveGMMGL24482378245126374
14ZHANG ZhongGMSIN25822375240924254
15KOTANJIAN TigranGMARM25512300230623084
16TORRE EugenioGMPHI24892295231823604
17GOMEZ John PaulGMPHI25272279228222894
18NOLTE RolandoIMPHI24252637265226744
19NADERA Barlo AIMPHI24192613262126374
20SEGARRA RandyFMPHI23082552256725824
21LOU YipingCHN24252484259426054
22LAYLO DarwinGMPHI25222450252126744
23OLAY Edgar ReggiePHI22892438247125224
24GELASHVILI TamazGMGEO26052410242224254
25BARBOSA OliverIMPHI24582301231723254
26RANOLA YvesIMPHI23972203223422654
72 players

8) 6th Prospero A. Pichay Cup Open

6th Prospero A. Pichay Cup Open took place in the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Manila 21st-26th August 2010. Anton Filippov won the event with 7/9.


6th Prospero A. Pichay Cup Manila (PHI), 21-26 viii 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
1FILIPPOV AntonGMUZB26097,0251925412561
2KAZHGALEYEV MurtasGMKAZ26196,5251625332551
3GELASHVILI TamazGMGEO26056,5249725162536
4GOMEZ John PaulGMPHI25276,0251325452566
5GAGUNASHVILI MerabGMGEO25966,0250525242550
6LAYLO DarwinGMPHI25225,5243624622495
7IRWANTO SadikinIMINA24195,5242324502474
8OLAY Edgar ReggiePHI22895,5240824222441
9ROQUE MerbenPHI22445,5240824222432
10GHAEM MAGHAMI EhsanGMIRI25855,5240224162429
11YU LieIMCHN24475,5240124232452
12ELORTA DavidPHI23635,5235324042430
13SAPTARSHI RoyIMIND23875,5234323752397
14NOLTE RolandoIMPHI24255,5233523652394
15RANOLA YvesIMPHI23975,5232023412365
16HAZNEDAROGLU KivancGMTUR25015,5228522912297
17DIMAKILING OliverIMPHI24185,0240924322459
18POURKASHIYAN AtousaWGMIRI23085,0240824332457
19LEGASPI RhobelPHI23045,0240224352457
20KULKARNI RakeshIND21945,0239924132425
21DABLEO RonaldIMPHI24485,0238224002423
22SENADOR EmmanuelPHI23935,0237324012425
23NADERA Barlo AIMPHI24195,0230823422376
24PASCUA HaridasFMPHI23684,5250125152530
25GARMA ChitoIMPHI23414,5235023752405
26GONZALES JaysonGMPHI24354,5234323582376
47 players

9) Sants Open

The Sants Open took place in La Bordeta, Barcelona 20th-29th August 2010. Maxim Rodshtein won with 8.5/10.

Official site:


Sants Open La Bordeta (ESP), 20-29 viii 2010
Leading Round 10 (of 10) Standings:
1Rodshtein MaximGMISR26098,5054,567,0
2Markowski TomaszGMPOL26288,05052,064,0
3Perez Mitjans OrelvisFMESP24248,06047,058,5
4Handke FlorianGMGER24948,07051,564,0
5Peralta FernandoGMARG25708,08053,567,0
6Nijboer FrisoGMNED25827,53053,566,5
7Barrientos Sergio EIMCOL24777,54056,069,5
8Gerzhoy LeonidIMCAN24717,5053,066,0
9Khmelniker IlyaIMISR24837,5052,063,5
10Sidorenko IlyaIMISR24097,5051,564,0
11Cabrera AlexisGMESP25337,5050,562,5
12Reinaldo Castineira RoiIMESP25117,5050,060,5
13Bhat Vinay SGMUSA25367,5049,061,5
14Fier AlexandrGMBRA25707,5047,558,0
15Cuartas Jaime AlexanderGMCOL25297,5046,558,0
16Martinez Duany Lelys StanleyGMCUB25107,0056,068,5
17Bluvshtein MarkGMCAN25837,0054,066,0
18Narciso Dublan MarcGMESP25407,0052,064,5
19Bergez LucIMFRA23947,0051,563,5
20Brunner NicolasIMFRA24517,0051,064,0
21Rojas Keim LuisIMCHI24377,0051,063,0
22Richter MichaelIMGER24287,0050,063,0
23Parligras MirceaGMROU25747,0049,562,0
24Anikaev Yuri NIMRUS24117,0049,561,5
25Genutis MindaugasFMLTU22797,0049,559,5
26Escobar Forero AlderIMCOL24747,0049,062,0
359 players

10) Noord-Brabantse Schaakbond 2010

GM Erik van den Doel won the 2010 Noord-Brabantse Schaakbond which took place over the weekend of 27th-29th August 2010.

Official site:

11) BDO Chess Tournament

The BDO Chess tournament took place in Haarlem 21st-29th August 2010. Maxim Turov won the GM Group.

Official site:

BDO Premier Haarlem (NED), 21-29 viii 2010 cat. X (2476)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Turov, Maxim g RUS 2628 * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 2679
2. Reinderman, Dimitri g NED 2587 ½ * ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 2630
3. Van Kampen, Robin m NED 2422 1 ½ * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 6 2607
4. Ris, Robert m NED 2423 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5 2525
5. Markgraf, Alexander f GER 2456 0 1 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5 2521
6. Bok, Benjamin f NED 2449 0 0 1 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 5 2522
7. Flumbort, Andras m HUN 2540 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 2469
8. Peng Zhaoqin g NED 2403 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ 2318
9. Willemze, Thomas m NED 2405 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 * 1 2 2264
10. Popilski, Gil ISR 2451 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 * 2206
BDO Challengers Haarlem (NED), 21-29 viii 2010 cat. IV (2330)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Turova, Irina m RUS 2394 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6 2447
2. De Wit, Tex NED 2268 ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 6 2461
3. Bosboom, Manuel m NED 2455 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 2396
4. Gijswijt, Bart NED 2311 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 2375
5. Kuipers, Stefan f NED 2354 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 5 2370
6. Admiraal, Miguoel NED 2221 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 2342
7. Van Ruitenburg, Joost f NED 2296 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 0 2333
8. Manea, Alexandru m ROU 2390 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 2323
9. Rej, Tomek f AUS 2334 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * 1 2163
10. Steadman, Michael NZL 2277 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 * 2062

12) US Chess League

The US Chess League takes place August 23rd - 20th November 2010.

Time Controls range from 60+30 to 90+30 depending on the start time and time zone. Games take place on ICC.

Official site:

USCL ICC (INT), 23 viii - 20 xi 2010
New YorkvsBoston
1.GMAlex Lenderman NYvsGMLarry Christiansen BOS 1-0
2.SMDenys Shmelov BOSvsGMPascal Charbonneau NY 0-1
3.FMAlec Getz NYvsNMVadim Martirosov BOS 1-0
4.NMIlya Krasik BOSvsNMAleksandr Ostrovskiy NY 0-1
PhiladelphiavsNew Jersey
1.IMBryan Smith PHIvsGMJoel Benjamin NJ 0-1
2.GMBoris Gulko NJvsFMTom Bartell PHI 0-1
3.FMKarl Dehmelt PHIvsFMArthur Shen NJ 1-0
4.Sean Finn NJvsIMRichard Costigan PHI 0-1
St. LouisvsLos Angeles
1.GMYury Shulman STLvsGMMelikset Khachiyan LA 1-0
2.FMAlexandre Kretchetov LAvsGMBen Finegold STL 1/2-1/2
3.IMMichael Brooks STLvsFMJoel Banawa LA 0-1
4.NMAnkit Gupta LAvsSpencer Finegold STL 1-0
1.FMSlava Mikhailuk SEAvsGMDmitry Gurevich CHC 0-1
2.IMFlorin Felecan CHCvsFMMichael Lee SEA 1-0
3.NMJoshua Sinanan SEAvsIMAngelo Young CHC 1/2-1/2
4.NMEric Rosen CHCvsAlex Guo SEA 0-1
1.IMDmitry Schneider MANvsIMJonathan Schroer CAR 1/2-1/2
2.FMRon Simpson CARvsIMEli Vovsha MAN 0-1
3.SMGregory Braylovsky MANvsNMCraig Jones CAR 0-1
4.NMUdayan Bapat CARvsJames Black MAN 0-1
New EnglandvsBaltimore
1.IMRobert Hungaski NEvsIMTegshsuren Enkhbat BAL 1-0
2.WGMSabina Foisor BALvsIMDavid Vigorito NE 0-1
3.FMBraden Bournival NEvsNMAdithya Balasubramanian BAL 1/2-1/2
4.NMIan Schoch BALvsFMChristopher Chase NE 1-0
San FranciscovsDallas
1.GMPatrick Wolff SFvsIMPuchen Wang DAL 1-0
2.IMSalvijus Bercys DALvsFMDaniel Naroditsky SF 0-1
3.FMSteven Zierk SFvsFMKeaton Kiewra DAL 1/2-1/2
4.NMNelson Lopez DALvsFMAndy Lee SF 0-1
1.GMJulio Becerra MIAvsIMRogelio Barcenilla ARZ 1-0
2.IMDionisio Aldama ARZvsIMBlas Lugo MIA 1-0
3.NMEric Rodriguez MIAvsIMDaniel Rensch ARZ 0-1
4.John Gurczak ARZvsFMCharles Galofre MIA 1/2-1/2

13) 27th Collado Villalba Open

The 27th Collado Villalba Open took place 20th-28th August 2010. Eduardo Iturrizaga took first place on tie-break from Jose Angel Guerra Mendez and Renier Vazquez Igarza after all finished on 7/9. Games from the final round not yet available.

Official site:


27th Open A Collado Villalba (ESP), 20-28 viii 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
1Iturrizaga EduardoGM26147,00,038,00,0
2Guerra Mendez Jose AngelIM24807,00,033,50,0
3Vazquez Igarza RenierGM25277,00,033,00,0
4Moreno Ruiz JavierIM24946,50,037,00,0
5Starostits IlmarsIM24866,50,033,50,0
6Longa Yauca Javier22856,50,033,50,0
7Roa Alonso SantiagoIM24546,50,033,50,0
8Gomez Ledo Roberto CarlosIM24456,50,032,50,0
9Ramirez Garcia Jorge AlbertoCM22416,00,034,00,0
10Gomez Garrido CamiloIM24996,00,032,50,0
11Solaesa Navalpotro Luis JulioFM22276,00,032,50,0
12Alcazar Jimenez JesusFM22876,00,032,00,0
13Samolins VitalijsIM24086,00,031,50,0
14Elissalt Cardenas HectorIM23576,00,031,50,0
15Sanchez Gonzalez SergioFM23116,00,031,50,0
16Sanchez Jerez Emilio MiguelFM23016,00,031,00,0
17Tudela Corbalan CarlosFM22096,00,029,50,0
18Perez Gonzalez Jose ManuelFM23246,00,029,00,0
19Valles Moreno Ivan23946,00,028,00,0
20De La Fuente Gonzalez FranciscCM22406,00,027,00,0
21Semprun Martinez Fernando21595,50,031,50,0
22Garcia Salamero Gabriel21575,50,029,00,0
23Garcia Galeote Lorenzo20585,50,027,00,0
24Gomez Gonzalez Javier20165,50,024,50,0
25Madina Yadarola Martin22265,00,032,00,0
26Kovacevic SlobodanIM23925,00,031,00,0
27Labarta Gonzalez Ivan B21295,00,029,50,0
28Estrada Martinez Cesar22185,00,027,50,0
29Pastor Alonso De Prado Emilio21955,00,027,00,0
30Sanz Castillo Santiago22285,00,027,00,0
31Davicce Canada Juan Antonio20805,00,026,50,0
32Lobato Lavin Alvaro20445,00,026,00,0
33Lopez De Turiso Jose Angel21015,00,025,50,0
34Cao Armillas Jesus21915,00,025,00,0
35Madurga Lopez Ignacio20245,00,024,50,0
36Erice Alonso Santiago20605,00,024,50,0
37Sanchez Garcia Manuel20025,00,023,50,0
38Ledo Galan Jose Emilio19775,00,023,00,0
39Lopez Heras Arturo20245,00,023,00,0
40Bolea Jover Jose19094,50,026,00,0
95 players

14) 9th International Istanbul Chess Festival

9th International Istanbul Chess Festival, 21st August - 28th August 2010. Top seed Andrey Sumets took clear first place with 8/9.

Official site:

9th International Istanbul Chess Festival (TUR), 20-28 viii 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
11SUMETS ANDREYGM2618UKR846½34½50,507
26BIGALIEV RENATIM2412RUS47½34½49,506
32GASANOV ELDARGM2482UKR473446,506
58ATAKISI UMUTIM2384TUR443246,257
713GRIGORIEV ARMEN2281GEO43½30½43,757
99HAKKI IMADIM2379SYR742½30½41,006
1010GHANE SHOJAATGM2368IRI7412938,007
117ODEEV HANDSZARGM2410TKM74029½37,256
1215KILICASLAN HASANIM2245TUR74028½36,507
1311GVETADZE SOPIOIM2355GEO739½28½38,507
1437UZUN FUAT2043TUR7392833,756
1712DARBAN MORTEZAIM2344IRI41½29½37,255
1819ISIK ENGIN YASAR2183TUR413037,755
1916DUMAN AYDIN2227TUR4129½37,005
2074KOKSAL EGE1867TUR4029½33,256
2155UNVER CUMALI1933TUR4029½29,755
2323SANAL VAHAPCM2135TUR4027½34,506
2448CAKMAK SARVEN1951TUR39½28½34,756
2567ACARBAY AYDIN1885TUR39½2834,505
2653ORAK ERSIN1936TUR39½2834,256
2838UZUNOGLU EFE KEREM2041TUR39½27½35,505
2920MIYAK MELIH BURAK2173TUR38½2733,256
3090ASIKUZUN BERKAY1836TUR37½26½33,006
3129YARAMIS HAKAN2103TUR3726½34,504
3230UZUNER TUFAN CAN2102TUR372630,756
3395SEVGI VOLKAN1825TUR36½25½32,006
3456OZDEMIR TIMUR1931TUR35½2529,506
3522GOKERMAN ERSAN2147TUR3524½31,755
3624GUNER BULENT2129TUR34½2430,755
37101BAGLAN ESAT1800TUR332329,256
350 players

15) Bratto Chess Open

The 28th Bratto Chess Open took place 22nd-30th August 2010. Final results not available at the time of writing as the offical site was down.

Official site:

16) Porto San Giorgio

The Porto San Giorgio International Open takes place 21st-29th August 2010, at the Astoria Hotel in Fermo, Italy. There were live games but I couldn't find an archive of rounds. Roland Salvador took first place on tie-break from a group of 6 players on 7/9.

Official site:

1st Fermo Open Porto san Giorgio (ITA), 21-29 viii 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
1 Salvador Roland IM PHI 2585 7.0 51.00 55.50 2365.33
2 Epishin Vladimir GM RUS 2585 7.0 50.00 54.00 2365.22
3 Prohaszka Peter GM HUN 2559 7.0 49.50 54.00 2338.56
4 Meijers Viesturs GM LAT 2542 7.0 49.50 53.00 2322.22
5 David Alberto GM LUX 2523 7.0 47.50 50.00 2302.67
6 Leon Hoyos Manuel GM MEX 2457 7.0 43.50 45.00 2236.67
7 Naumkin Igor GM RUS 2437 6.5 47.50 51.50 2271.00
8 Mogranzini Roberto IM ITA 2444 6.5 46.50 50.00 2277.56
9 Raineri Valerio -- ITA 2298 6.5 38.50 41.50 2132.33
10 Vezzosi Paolo IM ITA 2497 6.0 49.50 54.00 2371.89
11 Fierro Baquero Marth IM ECU 2432 6.0 48.50 52.50 2306.89
12 Pap Gyula IM HUN 2377 6.0 47.00 52.00 2252.11
13 Cordova Emilio GM PER 2350 6.0 44.50 48.50 2225.44
14 Dervishi Erald GM ALB 2323 6.0 44.00 48.50 2198.00
15 Calavalle Giulio -- ITA 2297 6.0 44.00 47.00 2171.56
16 Calandri Fausto -- ITA 2177 6.0 40.00 43.50 2052.44
17 Vuelban Virgilio IM PHI 2218 6.0 39.00 42.50 2092.56
18 Certic Branimir IM SRB 2352 5.5 47.00 50.50 2271.89
19 Panjkovic Aleksandar CM SRB 2290 5.5 44.50 48.00 2209.89
20 Martinez Rolly IM PHI 2316 5.5 43.00 46.50 2235.67
21 Borgiani Flavio -- ITA 2211 5.5 42.00 45.50 2130.78
22 Spornberger Maximili -- ITA 2251 5.5 42.00 44.00 2171.00
23 Boscolo Marco -- ITA 2197 5.5 40.00 43.50 2116.67
24 Damia Angelo FM ITA 2131 5.5 39.00 42.00 2051.11
25 Tomini Marco -- ITA 2130 5.5 37.00 40.00 2049.56
26 Garro Beraza Haritz -- ESP 2104 5.5 35.50 38.50 2023.67
27 GRAZIANI Claudio CM MC 2258 5.0 45.00 49.00 2215.33
103 players

17) Pan-Armenian Chess Olympiad

The Pan-Armenian Chess Olympiad took place in Yerevan, Armenia 15th-23rd August 2010.

Chess in Armenia reported "FM Pogos Nakhapetiane (Russia), GMs Tigran L. Petrosian (Armenia) and Krikor-Sevag Mekhitarian (Brazil) scored 6,5 points each out of 9 and shared the 1st-3rd places in the Pan-Armenian Chess Olympiad which was held in Yerevan, Armenia. Nakhapetiane was awarded the 1st prize in the tie-break. WGM Diana Arutyunova (Ukraine) had the best result among the women - 5 points. WFM Tatev Abrahamyan (USA) was the second with similar result. WIM Siranush Andriasian (Armenia) took the 3rd prize with 4,5 points and was ahead of WGM Katerina Rohonyan (USA) in the tie-break. The team of CIS (GM Arutinian, GM Y. Ajrapetjan, Pogosian, WGM Doluhanova), which scored 21 points, won among the 10 teams. The second were the representatives of Yerevan (GM T. L. Petrosian, GM Kotanjian, GM D. G. Petrosian, WFM A. Hairapetian) with similar result. The teams of Europe and Armenia scored 19 points each. The representatives of Europe (GM Mirumian, Inants, Giroyan, WGM Arutyunova) took the third place in the tie-break. "

Games from the final Round 9 not yet available.


Official site:

Pan-Armenian Chess Olympiad Yerevan (ARM), 15-23 viii 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
1Nahapetyan PoghosFMRUS24496,545,048,0
2Petrosian Tigran L.GMARM25976,543,547,5
3Mekhitarian Grigor SevakGMBRA25116,543,046,5
4Arutinian DavidGMGEO25736,045,550,5
5Ajrapetjan YuriyGMUKR24856,045,549,5
6Hayrapetyan HovikFMARM23246,040,043,0
7Mirumian VigenGMCZE25045,546,550,5
8Airapetian GorIMRUS24365,544,046,5
9Kotanjian TigranGMARM25515,543,547,5
10Kalashian DavidIMARM24495,538,040,5
11Petrosyan ManuelARM19205,537,041,0
12Ajrapetian GevorgIMRUS24275,042,546,0
13Arutyunova DianaWGMUKR22705,041,545,5
14Petrosian David G.GMARM24925,041,544,5
15Matikozian AndranikIMARM24785,040,543,5
16Gabrielian ArturGMRUS25595,040,044,0
17Poghosyan ManvelBLR23645,040,043,0
18Abrahamyan TatevWFMUSA23105,038,541,0
19Hambardzumian YuriIMARM23425,033,536,5
20Andriasian SiranushWIMARM21884,540,043,5
21Rohonyan KaterinaWGMUSA23194,533,536,0
22Giroyan GaryFRA22254,533,035,5
23Doluhanova EvgeniyaWGMUKR23124,040,043,0
24Mouradian KnarikWIMLIB22164,037,540,5
25Inants AghasiMARM22754,037,040,5
26Hayrapetyan ArmanIMARM23804,037,040,0
40 players

18) 7th Kalamaria Open

The 7th Kalamaria Open takes place 25th August - 1st September 2010.

Official site:


19) 25th Schwarzacher Open

The 25th Schwarzacher Open took place 21st-29th August 2010. Mladen Palac and Robert Zelcic were the top seeds but it was Vitaly Kunin with 7.5/9 who took clear first place.

Official site:


25th Open Schwarzach (AUT), 21-29 viii 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
1Kunin VitalyGMGER25347,548,043,252392
2Krivoborodov EgorIMRUS24996,549,538,252364
3Palac MladenGMCRO25626,549,037,252375
4Burg TwanIMNED24496,549,037,002346
5Zelcic RobertGMCRO25546,547,536,252345
6Smirnov ArtemIMRUS24466,546,034,252328
7Eisenbeiser AmadeusIMGER23976,544,031,252215
8Wiesinger RobertMKAUT22326,543,524,752261
9Wohl AlexanderIMAUS23756,046,530,752318
10Womacka MathiasGMGER24786,046,030,752339
11Feige ManuelGER24026,044,030,002272
12Vatter Hans-JoachimFMGER23496,040,525,252169
13Panteleev PetarBUL23295,546,028,002298
14Bodiroga PredragIMSRB24065,544,026,002253
15Ocantos ManuelLUX21805,541,020,002169
16Fuchs GeorgMKAUT22925,539,525,002176
17Kleiser GregorFMAUT22585,539,523,752152
18Hoenick AndreasGER22165,538,024,252095
19Reefschlaeger HelmutIMGER23025,537,524,252102
20Bochis JuliaGER21225,537,518,002110
21Grimberg BorisFMGER23555,046,023,502271
22Schloetzer WaldemarGER22825,043,523,502206
23Gruber MichaelAUT21335,042,022,502214
24Ljubic JuroCRO21865,040,520,252169
25Biedekoepper RobertGER21125,040,021,752120
26Hoffmeister FrankGER21855,040,021,252136
90 players

20) 6th Geller Memorial

The 6th Efim Geller Memorial (Open) took place in Odessa, Ukraine on 21st-29th August 2010. Boris Kharchenko won the event with 7.5/9.

Official site:

6th Efim Geller Memorial Odessa (UKR), 21-29 viii 2010
Leading Round 9 (of 9) Standings:
No. PNo.NameIratScoreWPSBPS TPR W-We
14Kharchenko, Boris24427.54637.535.525250.88
23Sivuk, Vitaly244874936.53724990.66
7Budnikov, Oleg2398748.534.53725451.7
9Rakhmangulov, Andrei2394742.532.53123950.26
52Bogdanovich, Stanislav24646.556.538.53825210.78
1Pavlov, Sergey25246.5523537.52486-0.23
712Golovlev, Nikolay231864629.530.523450.39
15Kutsykh, Mikle229464424.7530.523020.23
16Garifulin, Alexander227764326.529.522800.09
108Kotenko, Pavel23965.54826322347-0.47
10Pavlov, Maxim23645.547.52432.523520.02
42Avetisian, Tigran19915.54424.525.522742.85
18Tregubov, Vadim22555.543.523.5262188-0.48
21Reshetkov, Kirill21925.542.52426.522300.55
13Kurayan, Ruslan23105.54024262256-0.41
1626Muhtarov, Leonid216954818.253022210.44
5Fingerov, Dmitry240554622.7528.52270-1.49
39Bugaev, Viktor204954623.252523082.88
34Mirzoev, Emil2109545.52424.522401.48
22Aliferenko, Aleksei2182543.522.7526.521880.04
33Kigel, Dmytro213154318.25232126-0.07
59Makarevich, Vladislav0542.519.752421832183
19Kovalyov, Eduard2248541.52326.52128-1
17Stets, Vasilij2257540.517.525.52159-0.75
30Baranov, Jury2142539.521.25242063-0.62
54Boldysh, Maxim1815539.522.252321713.73
41Olshevskiy, Maxim202153917.52221631.38
2858Kozelov, Roman04.547.521.52722812281
27Makarov, Pavlo21674.54622.52722230.46
20Zakharchenko, Arnold22244.542.518.252722460.32
24Fiodorov, Mikhail21764.541.518.25242037-1.4
28Sshedrin, Ilya21604.54117.522.52116-0.26
35Ivanenko, Olga I.21034.540.517.252222070.91
32Varchenko, Grigory21384.53511.51721860.49
47Rudenko, Serhiy19064.534151721031.63
3625Evdokimov, Alexander2173440.510.25221975-2.07
23Strygin, Alexandr217944015211954-2.46
57Bolotov, Leonid043913.51920092009
46Shchuka, Fedor1944436.5121720320.75
38Afanasjev, Anatoly206143612.7518.51889-1.67
52Rudenkov, Sergei1852435131820421.73
4237Ivanov, Vladimir A.20843.545.514.5202040-0.55
31Solovjov, Pavel21393.541.513.2519.51960-1.9
43Kisel, Nikita19883.5411317.51943-0.64
36Lomakin, Viktor20923.53712.25162043-0.53
53Usoltseva, Polina18223.532.510.251719370.97
50Grigoryev, Jury18613.531.59.514.518890.12
48Tropin, Vladimir18873.5309.2512.520030.93
4956Benesh, Kiril033510.51518581858
45Spodyniuk, Viktor19523356.512.51868-1.01
49Grigoryev, Andrey1867332.58141855-0.3
51Campi, William1854329.54.2581778-0.85
5311Kozel, Roman23542.545.525202213-0.57
546Chernetskiy, Mykola2402234.517.2514.52065-1.14
40Daryev, Sergey20282345.5151826-2.41
44Tihonov, Gennady19562345.5121898-0.79
60Stepanenko, Dmitrij0231.55917151715
5855Zabgaeva, Marina18011.525.51.56.51247-1.96
5961Vzdvizhkov, Dmitry0140.520.259 -0
14Klinova, Masha2303138.517.7592033-0.64
62Morchadze, Lolita013312.25812490
6229Prociuc, Evgenii2147040.520.250 -0

21) 17th Graz Chess Festival

The 17th Graz Festival takes place 28th August - 5th September 2010. Includes the 17th Graz International Open. David Shengelia is the top seed.

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22) 8th Davos Open

The 8th Davos Open took place August, 8th-14th 2010, in the Hotel "Sunstar". Nedeljko Kelecevic took first on tie-break from 5 other players after they all finished on 5/7.

Sinisa Joksic sends the games and reports: "Davos host again chess players after one year break. There were 38 players from 7 countries enjoin tournament in tremendous Davos and surroundings. Tournament was extremely tough. Six players finished with 5 points and another six players had half points less. Tie-break decided two winners, IM Nedeljko Kedlecevic (SUI) and IM Ali Habibi (GER) with the same all four conditions. Third was IM from Poland Grzegorz Masternak. In last round everything could happened. First Tatjana Lematscko miss chance to win tournament and then in the very last moment Andrew Bigg miss to win tournament, allow Habibi to save draw in the lost position. In fact, anyone can win and it would be deserved. Very interesting in the two last rounds ware not any short drawn on the top boards. Organization was pretty good. The 9th Davos Open will be next year, in exactly same period, August 8 to 14. "

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23) Dun Laoghaire Masters

The Dun Laoghaire Master tournaments took place in Ireland 20th August 2010 to 29th August 2010. Two all-play-all tournaments, a GM and a Masters. The GM Group was won by Mark Hebden.

Centenary GM Dun Laoghaire (IRL), 21-29 viii 2010 cat. VIII (2436)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Hebden, Mark L g ENG 2556 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6 2547
2. Quinn, Mark m IRL 2377 0 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 2522
3. Heidenfeld, Mark m IRL 2360 ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2487
4. Baburin, Alexander g IRL 2549 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 5 2466
5. Manca, Federico m ITA 2356 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 5 2488
6. Astaneh Lopez, Alex f IRL 2367 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 5 2486
7. Bischoff, Klaus g GER 2553 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 1 2423
8. Atlas, Valery m AUT 2440 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 2355
9. Collins, Sam E IRL m IRL 2408 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 3 2314
10. Rochev, Yury RUS 2395 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ * 2274
Centenary IM Dun Laoghaire (IRL), 21-29 viii 2010 cat. III (2319)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Ansell, Simon T m ENG 2398 * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7 2530
2. Rodriguez Lopez, Rafael m ESP 2312 1 * 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 2399
3. Cech, Pavel m CZE 2410 ½ 0 * ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 5 2351
4. Brady, Stephen f IRL 2376 0 ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5 2355
5. Daly, Colm f IRL 2322 ½ 1 0 1 * 1 0 0 ½ ½ 2318
6. Fitzsimons, David IRL 2263 0 1 1 ½ 0 * 0 0 1 1 2325
7. Tvarijonas, Povilas f LTU 2370 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 * 0 ½ 1 2313
8. Moskow, Eric USA 2193 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 0 ½ 2252
9. Short, Philip M f IRL 2296 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 * 1 3 2196
10. Griffiths, Ryan Rhys IRL 2249 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * 2160

24) Panevezys Open

The Panevezys Open takes place 18th-24th of August 2010. Yuri Malinin edged out Oleg Krivonosov on tie-break after both finished on 7/9. No games available.


25) Serbian League

The Serbian League takes place in Vrnjacka Banja 21st-31st August 2010. I will round up the games next week.

Official site:

26) Akiba Rubinstein Memorial

The 46th Akiba Rubinstein Memorial Chess Festival took place in Polanica Zdroj 18th-28th August 2010. IM Kacper Piorun won on tie-break with 7.5/10 ahead of Zbigniew Strzemiecki.

Official site:

27) Persoonlijk Kampioenschap Noord-Brabant 2010

The Persoonlijk Kampioenschap Noord-Brabant takes place in Roosendaal, Netherlands 27th-29th August 2010.

Official site:

28) Forthcoming Events and Links

4ncl Team and Individual Rapidplay Championship

The 4ncl Team and Individual Rapidplay Championship on takes place 9th-10th October 2010 at Harben House, Milton Keynes. Saturday - team championship Saturday - individual championship

Official site:

6th Dieppe Chess Festival

The 6th Dieppe Chess Festival took place in France 22nd to 29th August 2010 Open principal participants : 2 GM, 5IM (140 players)

Official site:

Bansko Grand Chess Open

The Bansko Grand Chess Open 12th-19th December 2010, Bansko - Bulgaria.


Izmir Open

Izmir International Open Chess Tournament which was supposed to take place 28th August - 5th September 2010 has been postponed after it clashed with

RAW Chess Challenge

The RAW World Chess Challenge under the tag-line "CAN YOU BEAT MAGNUS CARLSEN?" takes place the Cooper Star Hotel in New York City in New York City on Friday September 10th 2010. This one day match is part of Magnus Carlsen's G-Star fashion sponsorship (their RAW brand) and represents some of the best news for chess in years. The challenge see Carlsen take on registered viewers from throughout the world, they will receive help from Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from France, Hikaru Nakamura from the United States and Judit Polgar from Hungary who will suggest moves that will be voted on. The event is just one day but is similar to the hugely successful Kasparov versus the World in 1999. Kasparov will also be on hand as an Ambassador for this match.

Official site:

Gouda Open

The Gouda Open takes place on the 4th September 2010. 7 Round Rapid. Anish Giri, Erik van den Doel, Sipke Ernst, Daniel Fridman, Anna Zatonskih, Matthew Sadler play.

Official site:

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2011

The 2011 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival takes place at the Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar, from Monday 24 January to Thursday 3 February 2011. The new primary sponsors, Tradewise Insurance Company Ltd, have enabled the prize fund to be increased to £126,000, with £17,500 going to the winner of the Gibraltar Masters, £10,000 to the top woman scorer and two extra rating prizes (of £2,000 and £1,000) being awarded to each of two further rating bands (2000-2099 and under 2000) in the Masters. The tournament will be powered by previous primary sponsors Gibtelecom.

Official site:

Shanghai Masters 2010

The Shanghai Masters takes place 3rd-8th September 2010 just prior to the Olympiad. Wang Hao, as best Chinese player (20th ranked); Alexei Shirov, as best Spanish player (9th ranked); Levon Aronian, as winner of the Final Chess Masters 2009 (5th ranked);and Vladimir Kramnik compete for two places in the Bilbao Masters final after the Olympiad.

Official site:

Bilbao Masters Final 2010

The Bilbao Masters Final takes place October 9th-15th 2010. Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen plus two players from the Shanghai Masters compete in the four player double round robin.

Official site:

Pearl Spring Masters Nanjing 2010

The Pearl Spring Masters (I'm assuming the sponsor remains the same) takes place in Nanjing 18th-30th October 2010. ChessDom reports that the field has been finalised and that it should be just about the strongest of the year with Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Veselin Topalov, Vugar Gashimov, Wang Yue and Etienne Bacrot. 6 players 10 Round Double Round Robin.

Official site:

Gibraltar Masters

The 2011 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival takes place at the Caleta Hotel, Gibraltar, from Monday 24 January to Thursday 3 February 2011. The new primary sponsors, Tradewise Insurance Company Ltd, have enabled the prize fund to be increased to £126,000, with £17,500 going to the winner of the Gibraltar Masters, £10,000 to the top woman scorer and two extra rating prizes (of £2,000 and £1,000) being awarded to each of two further rating bands (2000-2099 and under 2000) in the Masters. The tournament will be powered by previous primary sponsors Gibtelecom.

Official site:

Tal Memorial 2010

The likely dates for the Tal Memorial are 4th-13th November 2010. As yet there seem to be no details at all as to the composition of the field. I would welcome any news as to any early indications of the players and confirmation of the dates.

Shanghai and Bilbao Masters

The Shanghai and Bilbao Masters takes place in two stages. The First stage is in Shanghai September 3rd-8th 2010. The Final in Bilbao, October 9th-15th 2010.

The four players who will participate in the first stage in Shanghai are: Wang Hao, as best Chinese player (20th ranked); Alexei Shirov, as best Spanish player (9th ranked); Levon Aronian, as winner of the Final Chess Masters 2009 (5th ranked);and Vladimir Kramnik, as fourth ranked in the world ranking (4th ranked).

The top two qualified in Shanghai will play in Bilbao along with Magnus Carlsen, winner of the tournaments of Wijk aan Zee, Nankin and Bazna, and current number one of the world (1st ranked) and Viswanathan Anand, current World Champion (3rd ranked). Among the best players of the world, only Veselin Topalov (winner of Linares and number 2 of the world) will miss the Final, due to personal reasons.

Official site:

X Benidorm Chess Festival 2010

The X Benidorm Chess Festival takes place 3rd-12th December 2010.

Official site:

Kristiansund Rapid with Carlsen, Anand, Polgar and Hammer

There is a Rapid chess tournament in Kristiansund (Norway) taking place 28th-30th August 2010. Players: Viswanathan Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Judit Polgar and Jon Ludvig Hammer.

25 minutes for a game with an increment of 10 seconds per move. The 4 players will meet 2 times, 3 games each on both Saturday and Sunday. Finals on Monday 30th August 2010.

No website available yet.

Vasylyshyn Memorial

The Vasylyshyn Memorial Chess Festival takes place in Lviv, Ukraine November 23rd - December 1st 2010. Men's and women's events.

For more details:

Men's event tournament director GM Yuri Vovk (English, Ukrainian, Russian languages ) via: mobile phone:+380 673912027 skype:Imperator15chess ICC: Imperator15 Playchess: JohnConnor

Women's tournament director IM Vladimir Grabinsky (English, Ukrainian, Russian languages) via: mobile phone:+380 977471673 skype: perfectchess ICC: grandcoach

Players in the GM event so far: GM round robin : Oleksienko, Mikhailo g UKR 2548 Vovk, Andrey g UKR 2522 Petr, Martin m CZE 2511 Semcesen, Daniel m SWE 2420 Smith, Axel m SWE 2416 Bernadskiy, Vitaliy m UKR 2414 Grabliauskas, Virginijus m LTU 2404

XL Rilton Cup 2010-11

The XL Rilton Cup takes place in Stockholm, Sweden 27th December 2010 - 5th January 2211.


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Chinese Chess League Division A

The Youngor 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 July 23rd - 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

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6th TCh-CHN (CHN), 16 iv-30 xii 2010
Round 8 (of 18) Standings:
Rk.Team1a1b2a2b3a3b4a4b5a5b6a6b7a7b8a8b9a9b10a10b TB1 TB2
1SHANGDONG Linglong * * 333341526,5
2SHANGHAI Jianqiao * * 233241022,5
3HEBEI3 * * 113341020,0
4BEIJING Aigo224 * * 234924,0
5ZHEJIANG22 * * 444923,5
6China Mobile CHONGQING243 * * 2922,0
7Lanpo JIANGSU22 * * 33921,0
8TIANJIN Nan Kai½32213 * * 616,5
9GUANGDONG Huateng11112 * * 213,5
10BEIJING Rendafuzhong1½12½ * * 110,5

Paignton Congress

This year's week-long Paignton Congress starts on Sunday September 5th, the 60th consecutive congress held in the same room, the magnificent Ballroom of Oldway Mansion. This record of consistency is probably unique in chess.

To commemorate this milestone, the committee has planned several extra features. Michael Adams is coming to put on a simultaneous display, and there will be a Junior International tournament held in the Mayor's Parlour.

In addition, Committee Member, Bob Jones, is publishing a book on the history of the event, which was won spectacularly by Harry Golombek after he beat the former World Champion, Max Euwe, on the very first day of the first congress. Since that day, many top players have tested the Paignton waters; from the likes of Barden, Wade, Yanofsky, Alexander and Clarke in the early days, to youngsters like Keene, Hartston, Adams, Hodgson, Norwood, Arkell, the list goes on.

Details can be found on the chessdevon website, or obtained from the Congress Secretary, Alan Crickmore on 01752-768206.

4th Rijeka open chess tournament "Mediterranean 2017"

The 4th Rijeka open chess tournament "Mediterranean 2017" takes place 13th-20th November 2010 in the city of Rijeka, located at the North-west part of the Croatian coast of the Adriatic sea.

The president of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, has accepted to be a sponsor of this chess event while the County primorsko-goranska and the City of Rijeka are the co-sponsors.


IX Festival Internacional de Ajedrez Benidorm 2010

The IX Festival Internacional de Ajedrez Benidorm 2010 takes place 3rd-12th December 2010.

Further details:



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London Chess Classic 2010

Viswanathan Anand will become the first reigning world chess champion to play in a major tournament in London since Anatoly Karpov in 1984 when he joins the eight-player field for the second London Chess Classic, which runs from 8-15 December 2010 at the Olympia Conference Centre.

Alongside him will be World Number one Magnus Carlsen, former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, US number one Hikaru Nakamura and the top four English players Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Luke McShane and David Howell.

IM Malcolm Pein is back as tournament director.

Vishy Anand is the one change from the stellar field which brought spectators flocking to London to watch elite chess in December 2009. The great Indian player, who will turn 41 during the tournament, recently retained his title as the undisputed champion of the world by defeating Veselin Topalov in the latter's home city of Sofia, Bulgaria. In London he will meet his immediate predecessor as champion, Vladimir Kramnik, 36, of Russia, and also the young man who is currently riding high as the world's highest rated player and widely tipped to be Anand's next challenger - Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who will be 20 by the time the tournament starts.

London is thus privileged to witness a clash of the past, present and likely future chess champions. At the time of writing Carlsen is world number one on the FIDE (World Chess Federation) Rating List, Kramnik is number three and Anand number four. Looking forward, London is also bidding to host the 2012 World Championship title match, so Anand's clashes with Carlsen and Kramnik could well be a preview of what happens in London's Olympic year.

Five more players make up the field of eight, all of whom played in the exciting 2009 event. Each one earned his place for his fighting play last year. The fourth non-British player is Hikaru Nakamura, USA, who will turn 23 during the London event. The American is known as the 'H-Bomb' for his explosive and totally uncompromising style of play. He has won the US Championship twice and also won major events in San Sebastian and Gibraltar in the past couple of years. He is improving all the time and can be expected to press hard for wins against the leading trio of players.

England has an established quartet of elite players and all four will be playing in London. Michael Adams, 39, from Cornwall, has recently wrested back his position as England number one and he spent a number of years as the world number four. He is fresh from winning the prestigious Gibraltar International. Nigel Short, 45, became a chess legend when he broke the Kasparov-Karpov strangehold on world title matches, beating Anatoly Karpov on the way to a title match with Garry Kasparov in 1993. He is still one of the most entertaining players on the circuit - and not to be missed in the commentary room after the game! Luke McShane, 26, started a financial career after university but couldn't resist the lure of the international chess scene. He is now re-establishing his status as one of the most talented of the world's young grandmasters. David Howell, 20 in November, had a sensational elite tournament debut in this event last year when he finished third behind Carlsen and Kramnik. He had recently won the British Championship by a handsome margin and has subsequently shared first at Hastings and won the British Rapidplay Championship for the second year in succession. Tournament Line-Up

NameTitleCountryRating (May 2010)World Rnk MayDate of Birth
Carlsen, Magnus grandmasterNOR2813130.11.1990
Kramnik, Vladimirex-world championRUS2790325.06.1975
Anand, Viswanathanworld championIND2789411.12.1969
Nakamura, HikarugrandmasterUSA27331909.12.1987
Adams, MichaelgrandmasterENG26974117.11.1971
Short, NigelgrandmasterENG26854801.06.1965
McShane, LukegrandmasterENG262313807.01.1984
Howell, DavidgrandmasterENG262014414.11.1990

For more information and to buy tickets to The London Chess Classic, please go to Tickets will go on sale in July.

For further information please call:

Malcolm Pein

Tournament Director, London Chess Classic

T: 020 7388 2404


14th Unive Tournament

The 14th Unive Tournament takes place in Hoogeveen, Netherlands Fri 22nd - Sat 30th Oct 2010.

The 4 player double round robin sees Alexei Shirov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri and Sergei Tiviakov compete.

There is an open alongside for which entry is invited on the official site. Both events don't have a rest day in order to accommodate travel to Bulgaria for the European Club Cup.

(4 players 6 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 90m:30m+30spm(1))

Official Site

14th Unive Chess Tournament (NED), 25-30 x 2010 cat. XVIII (2682)
NameNATMay EloWorld Rnk
Alexei ShirovESP274210
Maxime Vachier-LagraveFRA271030
Anish GiriNED264297
Sergey TiviakovNED2634111

European Individual Senior Championship 2011

The European Individual Senior Championship 2011 has been awarded by the ECU to Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy 10th-20th April 2010.

Official site:

11th World University Chess Championship

The 11th World University Chess Championship takes place in Zurich 5th-11th September 2010.

Official site:

Chinese Events 2010

Gujuan Tzu sends new of events in China in 2010. At the moment if you don't grab the games live they have a tendency to disappear (although does now seem to have the early rounds of the Chinese League). It would be nice to find one spot where the Chinese Federation archives all their games.

1. The 2nd Chess King and Queen Matches in 29 August-3 Sept. 2010 in Jiangzhou, China. Live games:

2. Chinese League A Round 10-12 in 9-12 Sept. 2010 in Guangzhou, China. Live Games:

3. Chinese League A Round 13-15 in 10-13 October 2010 in Hangzhou, China. Live Games:

4. The 3rd Nanjing Super Chess Tournament in 18-28 October 2010 in Nanjing, China. 6 players, Official site:

5. The second half of Bilbao Final Masters in 10-16 October 2010 in Shanghai, China. Official site:

6. Chinese League A Round 16-18 in 28-30 December 2010 in Beijing, China. Live Games:

Gujuan Tzu Website:

World Chess Tour Events

Tournaments, simuls and classes in Moscow.

Contact: Contact: Igor Glek, International Grandmaster, FIDE Trainer, Deputy Chairman of the RSUPES&T Chess Chair E-mail: Russia: (7)903-5593052, (Germany/World): (49)152-04014194


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

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!

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:

Hungarian Tournaments March - October 2010

1.21st-29th August, CAISSA Kecskemet, GM+IM+rating, org: Erdelyi

2.4th-16th Sept, FIRST SATURDAY GM+IM+rating Budapest, org: Nagy L

3.17th-25th Sept CAISSA Kecskemet IM+rating, org: Erdelyi.

Czech Tour 2010-11

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

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:

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