Tuesday, November 30, 2004

(EN) Harikrishna wins World Junior Chess title

KOCHI : Grandmaster P Harikrishna on Tuesday emulated Viswanathan Anand by winning the World Junior Chess Championship with 10 points after the 13th and final round here on Tuesday.
Russia's Ekaterina Korbut, with 10.5 points, won the girls under-20 championship which was held alongside.
Anand, Harikrishna's idol, had won the title in 1987 in Baguio, Philippines and GM Koneru Humpy had won the girls world junior crown in 2002.
In the last round, the 18-year-old Indian drew with top seed GM Ferenc Berkes of Hungary in catalan defence in 50 moves, while on the second board, Zhao Jun of China, who was jointly leading with Hari, after the penultimate round, lost to Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland in a closed sicilian opening in 49 moves.


(EN) European Rapid Chess Championship 2004, Yerevan, Armenia, 28-30 November 2004

The celebration of Tigran Petrossian Year which was officially announced by FIDE is continuing. One of the tournaments held in his Memory is European Rapid Chess Championship 2004 (11 rounds) which started on 28 November in Yerevan, Armenia.
96 chess players from different countries are competing for the Euro Rapid Champion 2004 title. After 6th round (28 November 2004) Izoria Zviad of Georgia is leading with 5.5 points.

Official Site: http://www.armchess.am/trapid.htm


(EN) The return of Gata Kamsky

After eight years of moon-lighting with a university career chess prodigy Gata Kamsky has returned to chess and is currently playing at the US Championship. In his Monday night Playchess.com lecture Dennis Monkroussos looks back ten years, when Gata was a leader of the pack of youngsters, turning the chess world upside down.


(FR) Mémorial Petrossian

Du 18 au 30 novembre, un tournoi célèbre le champion arménien Tigran Petrossian.
Ce tournoi a été remporté par Pavel simronv, avec un demi-point d'avance sur Vassily Ivantchouk.

Extrait du classement :
1. Pavel Smirnov : 7.5
2. Vassily Ivantchouk : 7.0
3. Gabriel Sargissian, Karen Asrian, Z. Izoria, ... : 6.5

Télécharger les parties en pgn - Visualiser les parties en Java - Consulter le classement du tournoi
Site officiel : http://www.armchess.am/


Monday, November 29, 2004

(EN) Nothing like a (chess) dame, 500 years after Isabel

MADRID (AFP) - Spain can trace a link between its heady days of empire, culminating in the conquest of the 'New World' in the reign of Isabel the Catholic, who died 500 years ago, and a passion for chess, protagonists of the intellectual's favourite boardgame maintain.
The game is in many respects a metaphor for Spanish history, weaving together the multi-faceted strands of the country's cultural background, built on its blend of Muslim, Jewish and Christian heritage.


(EN) Anand rounds off 2004 with another chess title:

[Sports India]: New Delhi, Nov 29 : Viswanathan Anand rounded off yet another brilliant year with a title-winning effort at the Paul Keres Memorial rapid chess tournament in Tallinn, Estonia, over the weekend.
According to reports reaching here, Anand logged five points with five straight wins for a perfect score and finished two points ahead of Russian Alexander Khalifman in the tournament, with German Eric Lobron third at 2.5.



Gran triunfo del indio GM Viswanathan Anand, segundo del ranking mundial, en el torneo cerrado Memorial Paul Keres de partidas semirrápidas, 25 m. + 10 s. por jugador, que se ha celebrado durante los días 26 y 27 de noviembre en Tallin, Estonia.
Anand se alzó con el triunfo tras vencer en las cinco partidas que disputó, alcanzando una permormance Elo superior a los ¡¡3300 puntos¡¡, y superando en dos puntos al ruso GM Alexander Khálifman, segundo clasificado.


Media Elo: 2597 <=> Categoría XIV

RF Nombre Tí Fed Elo Prog 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Dese
1. Anand,Viswanathan GM IND 2781 +580 * 1 1 1 1 1 5.0/5
2. Khalifman,Alexander GM RUS 2669 -12 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 3.0/5
3. Lobron,Eric GM GER 2509 +106 0 ½ * 0 1 1 2.5/5
4. Nyback,Tomi GM FIN 2554 -101 0 0 1 * ½ 0 1.5/5 3.25
5. Kulaots,Kaido GM EST 2597 -152 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1.5/5 3.00
6. Kanep,Meelis MI EST 2475 -6 0 0 0 1 ½ * 1.5/5 2.25


(ES) "No puedes vivir del ajedrez, salvo que seas de los diez mejores del mundo"

Dafnae Trujillo Delgado (La Laguna, 1983) pasa por ser una de las promesas más firmes del ajedrez español. La jugadora tinerfeña se sale del estereotipo introvertido que en ocasiones se le atribuye a los que conviven con la élite del deporte ciencia. Estudiante de Bellas Artes y joven llena de inquietudes, Dafnae reconoce que "el ajedrez está lleno de solterones", por aquello de que "se trata de una disciplina muy exigente, a la que le tienes que dedicar muchas horas al día, así que no es fácil mantener relaciones estables".


Sunday, November 28, 2004


The Petrosian Memorial Open ended with the victory of Russian Grandmaster Pavel Smirnov. The second prize went to the participant with the highest rating in the tournament, Vassily Ivanchuk. The next places were divided between ten players at once. And Karen Asrian was the one to win the third prize. In the evening of November 27 the closing ceremony of the open tournament and celebrations dedicated to Tigran Petrosian were held. Further news will be available in our next issue.


(EN) Super Final R11: Kasparov wins title by 1½ points

The Super Final of the 57th Russian Championship ended with a very convincing victory by Garry Kasparov, who finished a point and a half ahead of the field with a performance rating of 2855. The last round was well fought on all boards, with three decided games reshuffling the midfield. (...)


(EN) Good chess players must know a lot

A person will not make a fine player unless he/she is keen on the subtleties of the debut, middle-game, and endgame theory and familiar with the basics of chess strategy and tactics.
In other words, a good chess player must know a lot. However, erudition alone is not enough; the human factor, so to speak, is also highly essential.
Indeed, in order to be successful a chess player has got to be able to DO a lot on the chessboard, and you cannot do much, can you, if you haven’t been blessed with certain abilities.
Chess abilities are required not just to easily take in fundamental chess information; you need them to play - and to win!


(ES) Garry Kasparov, Campeón de Ajedrez de Rusia

Osmani Pedraza Ledón MN

El super uno del ajedrez mundial, Garry Kasparov, se ha proclamado campeón de Rusia, en un torneo donde paseó la distancia —terminó invicto, con 7½ de 10— y sacó punto y medio de ventaja al segundo lugar, Alexander Grischuk.
El Garry, además de los 50 mil dólares de premio —cerca de 38.400 euros—, logró añadir 5 unidades a su coeficiente Elo —era de 2813— y demostró al mundo que todavía sigue siendo el mejor, aunque tenga poca participación en torneos durante el año.

Posiciones finales:
01.Garry Kasparov (2813) 5-5-0 7.5
02.Alexander Grischuk (2704) 3-6-1 6.0
03.Alexey Dreev (2698) 3-5-2 5.5
04.Alexander Morozevich (2758) 2-6-2 5.0 25.75
05.Alexander Motylev (2651) 3-4-3 5.0 23.25
06.Peter Svidler (2735) 3-4-3 5.0 22.75
07.Evgueni Bareev (2715) 2-6-2 5.0 21.75
08.Alexey Korotylev (2596) 3-3-4 4.5 22.75
09.Vladimir Epishin (2599) 0-9-1 4.5 22.75
10.Artyom Timofeev (2611) 1-7-2 4.5 21.75
11.Vitaly Tseshkovsky (2577) 1-3-6 2.5


(ES) Tiendas Upi de Mancha Real gana el Campeonato de España por Equipos

Jesús J. Boyero

Tiendas Upi de Mancha Real (Jáen) se adjudicó el 48º Campeonato de España por Equipos celebrado en Sanxenxo (Pontenvedra). Con un equipo integrado por los Grandes Maestros franceses Joel Lautier y Laurent Fressinet, el holandés de origen ruso Sergei Tiviakov y el ruso Vladimir Malakhov -3 jugadores comunitarios y 1 extranjero-, Tiendas Upi cumplió sin problemas con su condición de primer cabeza de serie.


Saturday, November 27, 2004

Cassandra Tanner, 4, runs across a giant chess board as Joshua Guy, 2, moves a piece outside the 2005 U.S. Chess Championships at the Hilton La Jolla Hotel in San Diego Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004. The championships are being held in San Diego from Nov. 24th through Dec. 5th. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)


(EN) Interest in Chess Rising Among U.S. Kids

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - There may be stiff competition from video games, television and computers these days, but chess enthusiasts say the ancient game of kings is enjoying a revival among American children.
Players gathered in San Diego this week for the U.S. Chess Championship say youth membership in the U.S. Chess Federation has more than doubled since 2000 and sales of chess sets in the U.S. have increased steadily in the last five years.
"It's a fun game. It has a lot of strategy involved," said 9-year-old Caleb Guy, who will join 300 other young players on Saturday to face off against some of the world's best adult players at the championship.


(EN) Super Final R10: Grischuk loses, Kasparov clinches title

After ten rounds of the 57th Russian Championship Super Final the winner is already clear: Garry Kasparov leads with 7.0 points from nine games and a performance rating of 2877. His closest rival, Alexander Grischuk, lost his game today and now joins Dreev, who won, at 5.5/9. (...)


Friday, November 26, 2004

(EN) Super Final R9: Kasparov wins again, increases lead

Round nine brought us a single drawn game (in 56 moves), while four were decided in exciting encounters. Peter Svidler was stopped by Alexander Motylev wielding the black pieces; Grischuk won a rare Caro Kann line, and Morozevich defeated Korotylev in a queen ending. Kasparov won his fourth game in a row to take a commanding lead.


Thursday, November 25, 2004

(EN) A Game of Chess — with The Grandmaster

I DID say in my first article that the object of chess is to put an opponent’s King in a position where it is under fire and has nowhere to go where it will not be under fire. This situation, I said, is called checkmate and is the end of the game.
Now, much as you can checkmate your opponent, you can also be checkmated. It is therefore important to always secure your King. This is done by way of castling, a unique simultaneous movement of the King and either of the Rooks.
Castling can only take place once and provided the King and the participating Rook have never moved before. The King should also not be under attack (in chess lingo, a King under fire is said to be “in check”).



Tigran is one of the most popular Armenian names. Parents often call their children Tigran in honor of Tigran Petrosian. These boys, especially if their family name is Petrosian, play chess well and sometimes become professional players. Among the participants of this Memorial is, for instance, Tigran A. Petrosian. And young Tigran L. Petrosian is already a known Grandmaster. These days he is in India, participating in the World Junior Championship, and is among the leaders of the event.

November 24, 2004

1 . Ivanchuk Vassily g UKR 5
2 . Izoria Zviad g GEO 5
3 . Asrian Karen g ARM 5
4 . Sulskis Sarunas g LIT 5
5 . Frolyanov Dmitry m RUS 5
6 . Smirnov Pavel g RUS 5
7 . Asauskas Henrikas - LIT 4,5
8 . Anastasian Ashot g ARM 4,5
9 . Pashikian Arman m ARM 4,5
10 . Iljushin Alexei g RUS 4,5
11 . Magalashvili Davit f GEO 4,5
12 . Evdokimov Alexander m RUS 4,5
13 . Nalbandian Tigran g ARM 4,5
14 . Galstian Beniamin - ARM 4,5
15 . Aginian Nelly wm ARM 4,5


(FR) Championnat des USA 2005 (ronde 1)

Le championnat des Etats Unis d'Amérique se déroule du 23 novembre au 05 décembre à San Diego en Californie.
Pour des raisons contractuelles, il s'agit bien du Championnat 2005 et non 2004.
Il marque le retour officiel à la compétition de haut niveau de l'ex candidat au titre mondial Gata Kamsky, qui avait cessé de jouer depuis quelques années.
64 joueurs (dont 15 femmes) participent à ce tournoi qui se déroule au système suisse. Le vainqueur enpochera 25 000 dollars.

Extraits des résultats de la ronde 1 :
Kraai, Jesse (2425) - Kamsky, Gata (2717) ½-½ (37 coups)
Kaidanov, Gregory S (2611) - Enkhbat, T. (2406) 1-0 (31 coups)
Krush, Irina (2464) - Goldin, Alexander (2620) 0-1 (40 coups)
Gulko, Boris F (2600) - Martinez, Marcel (2383) 1-0 (26 coups)
Friedel, Joshua E (2436) - Novikov, Igor A (2588) 0-1 (58 coups)
Shabalov, Alexander (2608) - Zatonskih, Anna (2440) 0-1 (57 coups)
Milman, Lev (2434) - Onischuk, Alexander (2653) 0-1 (42 coups)
Nakamura, Hikaru (2620) - Muhammad, Stephen A. (2387) 1-0 (28 coups)
Lein, Anatoly (2387) - Ibragimov, Ildar (2585) 0-1 (52 coups)
Akobian, Varuzhan (2571) - Burnett, Ronald (2444) 1-0 (61 coups)
Zilberstein, Dmitry (2379) - Yermolinsky, Alex (2568) ½-½ (25 coups)


(ES) Kasparov, Kasparov, atajen a Kasparov en final rusa de Ajedrez

Osmani Pedraza Ledón MN

El Dios del juego ciencia mundial, el azerí Garry Kasparov, derrotó la víspera a Peter Svidler, en 57 movidas de una Defensa Eslava, y se ratificó en la cima del 57 Campeonato de Rusia de Ajedrez, ahora con 5½ puntos de 7 posibles, cuando sólo restan 2 fechas para concluir el evento.

Posiciones: 1.Kasparov 5.5/7; 2.Grischuk 4.5/7; 3.Dreev 4.5/8; 4.Bareev 4.0/8; 5.Timofeev, Korotylev, Motylev y Svidler 3.5/7; 9.Epishin 3.0/7; 10.Morozevich 2.5/7; 11.Tseshkovsky 2.0/8.


Tuesday, November 23, 2004

(ES) Kasimdzhanov, ganador del torneo de Benidorm

Jesús J. Boyero

El uzbeko Rustan Kasimdzhanov, de 25 años, campeón del mundo de la Federación Internacional (FIDE), se adjudicó el torneo de exhibición de Benidorm de partidas de 10 minutos, con 6,5 puntos en 7 jornadas. Kasimdzhanov, que el próximo mes de enero se enfrentará al ruso Gari Kasparov, número uno de las las listas mundiales, en Dubai (Emiratos Arabes Unidos) con una bolsa en premios de 1 millón de euros, no tuvo rivales en la competición y aventajó en un punto a al cubano Rodney Perez y al argentino Claudio Minzer.


Monday, November 22, 2004


SHATTERED GLASS star PETER SARSGARD has a hobby which even he declares as "geeky" - playing internet chess.
The Hollywood actor, boyfriend of MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, admits he spends a lot of time in front of his computer playing the game, although sometimes he gets distracted.
He says, "I play for hours. But I can't get over a certain level. Plus, it's weird: Sometimes you long on and someone says, 'Check out my dirty pictures.'"


(EN) Like life, chess is learning experience

By Genevieve Giambanco

YORK, Maine - The game of chess has brought about a miracle in one mother’s child.
A year ago, 13-year-old Jon Rousseau was uncomfortable in public. But on Saturday, Jon managed the first Turkey Quad chess tournament, which took place at the Parks and Recreation Department’s Grant House.
Jon, of York, is the president of the King and Queens Chess Club, which sponsors the tournament along with Parks and Recreation, according to the club director and tournament director Richard Judy.
Jon’s mother, Cynthia Rousseau, said that since her son began playing chess in the club, his social and intellectual capacities have shot from "zero to 100 percent."


(EN) CHESS Lubomir Kavalek

By Lubomir Kavalek

World championship matches can leave players exhausted. It took Bobby Fischer 20 years before he recovered from the 1972 world championship match and played again. His nemesis and friend Boris Spassky thought he could regain the lost energy in one year. The experienced Mikhail Botvinnik thought six months should be fine to come back. This month, Vladimir Kramnik removed himself from the 57th Russian championship, explaining that he can play again only in three months after his world championship match with Peter Leko, which ended in mid-October.


(EN) Tigran Petrossian Memorial Open, Yerevan, Armenia, 18-27 November, 2004

FIDE has officially announced the year of 2004 as a Tigran Petrossian Year. Many chess tournaments in honor of the famous chess player have been held in many countries during 2004.
Tigran Petrossian Memorial Open 2004 is being held now in Yerevan, Armenia, from 19-27 November 2004. It is a part of the Festival which also includes the European Rapid Chess Championship 2004 which will commence right after the Petrossian Memorial (28-29 November 2004).


Sunday, November 21, 2004

(EN) India win World Rly Chess Championship

New Delhi: The Indian Railways team won their first ever gold medal in the 16th World Railway Chess Championship held in Slovakia.
The seven-member Indian team won all their rounds by defeating Slovakia, Chorvatsko, France, Poland, Bulgaria and Nemecko in the championship that had contestants from 22 countries.


(EN) Super Final R5: Dreev joins Grischuk at the top

Alexey Dreev demolished Alexey Korotylev today to join Grischuk at the top of the Table in the Russian Championship. Both have 3.5/5. Bareev beat Vitaly Tseshkovsky in 29 moves with a French Defence. The other games were drawn. So far exactly 30% of the games have ended with decisions, with very few unfought draws.


(ES) Cubano Yunieski sigue invicto en mundial juvenil de ajedrez

Cuba sumó tabla y triunfo, este sábado, en la tercera jornada del Campeonato Mundial juvenil de Ajedrez, con el Maestro Internacional (MI) Yunieski Quesada y la Maestra FIDE (MF) Jennifer Pérez, respectivamente, en Kochi, la India.
Tras dos victorias consecutivas en las fechas anteriores, Yunieski mantuvo su invicto, al igualar en 22 movidas de una Defensa Siciliana con el MF canadiense Qan Zhe, y aparece entre quienes comparten las plazas del cinco al 10, todos con 2,5 puntos.
Por delante del joven cubano y sus compañeros de ubicación figuran cuatro Grandes Maestros que ganaron sus tres cotejos iniciales, incluido el húngaro Ferenc Berkes, cuyos 2 630 puntos ELO lo sitúan en la elite universal de esa categoría.


(ES) Kasimyáno participará en el torneo de Benidorm de ajedrez

El uzbeko Rústam Kasimyánov, que en junio se proclamó campeón del mundo de ajedrez a los 25 años, disputará este fin de semana el Torneo de Benidorm con el deseo de mantenerse "muy activo" ante sus próximos compromisos de importancia, entre ellos un duelo contra el ruso Gari Kaspárov, líder de la clasificación mundial.

"Como campeón del mundo siento la responsabilidad moral de jugar tantos torneos como pueda, de mantenerme muy activo, algo que no han hecho algunos de mis predecesores", ha comentado Kasimyánov.


Saturday, November 20, 2004

(EN) Paragua, Barbosa split point

By Manny Benitez Chess Columnist

Grandmaster-elect Mark Paragua and National Master Oliver Barbosa agreed to a 15-move draw in the first round of the World Junior Chess Championships in the Indian city of Cochin, Kerala, Friday.
The two Filipino players arrived late for the pairings on Thursday evening, but were allowed to play when the games began Friday , at the behest of Philippine chess chief Go Teng Kok through Casto Abundo, who is in Cochin as a representative of the World Chess Federation (FIDE).


(EN) Acropolis International Tournaments 2004

The Acropolis International Tournaments 2004 take place at the hotel President in Athens (Kifissias ave. 43) from the 16th until the 24th of November 2004.
The event includes 3 parallel tournaments, a men's closed tournament, a men's open, and a women's open tournament.
Especially, the men's open is expected to be a quite strong one as from the 60 players who are going to participate 15 are grandmasters.
The total prize for the 2 open tournaments is 12.000 Euros. The games start everyday at 17:00 except for the last round which starts at 15:30.


(EN) Chess: the new rook'n'roll?

Stephen Moss

"Chess is the game which reflects most honour on human wit" - Voltaire.
Chess has had an image problem. It conjures up thoughts of bespectacled men in anoraks hunched over boards in the upstairs rooms of grotty pubs, or spotty, gangly schoolboys who can't get a girlfriend and make do with the Sicilian Defence (Winawer variation).
"Dysfunctionality" is the word that springs to mind. As former British champion Bill Hartston said: "Chess is not something that drives people mad; it is something that keeps mad people sane." The board's 64 squares are so much less challenging than life.
Chess was not something you could admit a passion for - until now. For Tesco has announced that sales of chess sets are booming and that its new own-brand set is selling at double the rate forecast. It attributes the sales spurt to the fact that celebrities such as Madonna play, and makes a startling claim: chess is trendy.



El resultado de la jornada de hoy no tenia influencia en el nombre del campeón de este I Torneo Iberoamericano, Rubén Felgaer. Sin embargo el argentino jugó como el resto del torneo y acabó venciendo al mexicano Gilberto Hernández, que entregó una pieza incorrectamente. El resultado de Felgaer ha sido el que se hubiera esperado de un jugador de 2849 puntos ELO.


Ayamonte, Huelva, 11 al 19.11.2004



Media Elo: 2504 <=> Categoría XI <=> GM 5.76 - MI 3.96

RF Nombre Tí Fed Elo Prog 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Total Desem
1. Felgaer,Ruben GM ARG 2569 +305 * 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 8.0/9
2. Vera,Reynaldo GM CUB 2461 +130 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5.5/9 22.00
3. Zambrana,Oswaldo MI BOL 2473 +117 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5.5/9 20.75
4. Teran Alvarez,Ismael MI ESP 2431 +82 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 4.5/9 17.00
5. Rodriguez,Andres GM URU 2533 -32 0 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 1 ½ 4.5/9 16.25
6. Fernandez Romero,Ernesto MI ESP 2471 -3 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ 4.0/9
7. Hernandez,Gilberto GM MEX 2502 -79 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 3.5/9 13.50
8. Galego,Luis GM POR 2515 -94 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 * ½ 1 3.5/9 13.00
9. Campora Sivori,Daniel H GM ARG 2549 -175 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 3.0/9 13.75
10. Cifuentes Parada,Roberto GM ESP 2540 -165 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 3.0/9 13.00

(ES) Comenzó el Mundial de Ajedrez

Cuando en la madrugada del jueves todo Argentina dormía y se preparaba para afrontar otro día agitado, muy lejos de aquí en Cochin, India otro grupo de jóvenes Argentinos afrontaba un nuevo desafío, el comienzo del Campeonato Mundial Juvenil de Ajedrez 2004.
Pablo Lafuente, Leandro Perdomo, Nicolás Cereijo y la santafesina (de Sunchales) Marcela Colautti comenzaron a transitar los primeros pasos de la máxima competencia mundial de la categoría que reúne a 71 jugadores en el Masculino y 40 deportistas en femenino, todos detrás de la misma meta, consagrarse Campeón Mundial de Ajedrez, título que hace 12 años consiguió el ahora GM Pablo Zarnicki.


(PT) Projecto Xeque Mate: Arranque nas escolas a 22 de Novembro

Resultado de uma parceria inovadora entre a Câmara Municipal do Porto e a AXP, o Projecto Xeque Mate visa introduzir o xadrez como ferramenta pedagógica no processo de ensino-aprendizagem do 1º ciclo do ensino básico em todas as escolas públicas do município do Porto, começando neste ano lectivo pelo 3º ano. Dia 22 de Novembro é a data em que se inicia o trabalho nas escolas. Depois de um intenso trabalho de preparação, está tudo a postos para o tiro de partida.


Friday, November 19, 2004

(EN) World Juniors/Girls U-20 Chess

108 chess players from different countries have started the participation in the 43rd World Junior and 21st World Junior Girls Championships at Hotel Casino, Cochin, India on Thursday, 18th November 2004 at 12 Noon.
This world mega event will be a 13 Round affair.


(EN) Super Final R4: Kasparov misses win, Grischuk doesn't

There was plenty of drama on two boards today in the Russian Championship. First 60-year-old Vitaly Tseshkovsky hung on well against super-GM Alexander Grischuk, 39 years his junior, only to spoil it at move 55. And Garry Kasparov overlooked a simple win to draw against rooky Alexander Motylev. (...)



El campeonísimo ruso número uno del mundo GM Garry Kaspárov, de 41 años, se mostró poco contundente con su compatriota GM Alexander Motylev, de 25, en el enfrentamiento que ambos jugadores mantuvieron en la jornada de ayer correspondiente a la cuarta ronda.
Kaspárov, en posición superior, no acertó con la mejor continuación después de jugar con bastante precisión gran parte de la partida.


Media Elo: 2677 <=> Categoría XVIII <=> GM 4.00 - MI 2.00

RA Nombre Tí Fed Elo Prog 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Total Dese
1. Grischuk,A GM RUS 2704 +126 * ½ ½ 1 1 3.0/4
2. Dreev,A GM RUS 2698 +91 ½ * ½ ½ 1 2.5/4
3. Epishin,V GM RUS 2599 +94 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 2.0/4 3.75
4. Timofeev,A GM RUS 2611 +184 ½ * 1 ½ 2.0/3 3.50
5. Kasparov,G GM RUS 2813 -33 * ½ 1 ½ 2.0/3 3.00
6. Korotylev,A GM RUS 2596 +217 ½ ½ * 1 2.0/3 3.00
7. Bareev,E GM RUS 2715 -117 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1.5/4 2.75
8. Svidler,P GM RUS 2735 -86 0 * 1 ½ 1.5/3 2.00
9. Tseshkovsky,V GM RUS 2577 +32 0 ½ 0 * 1 1.5/4 2.00
10. Motylev,A GM RUS 2651 -143 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1.0/4 1.75
11. Morozevich,A GM RUS 2758 -305 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1.0/4 1.75

(ES) Carlsen, niño prodigio del ajedrez, en Sanxenxo

Marcos Pichel (Pontevedra)

El ajedrez es un deporte diferente, en el que el talento y la creatividad son fundamentales. ¿Hay una edad límite para el talento? Grandes maestros que triunfan con 70 años, el número uno mundial rondando los 40... y desde la infancia vienen pegando fuerte. Magnus Carlsen es el gran maestro más joven del momento. Tiene sólo 13 años y proviene de un país que no destaca por su nombre en el mundo del ajedrez: Noruega. ¿Dejar uno de los países con mayor nivel de vida del mundo y venir a España? Eso es lo que ha hecho la familia de Magnus, pero para competir, no para vivir.


(ES) Aniversario 116 del natalicio de Capablanca

Por Rigoberto Triana Martínez

Cuando el capitalino Castillo del Príncipe acogió el llanto natal de un niño llamado José Raúl, muchos pensaron, quizás en honor al padre, que aquel 19 de noviembre de 1888 había llegado al mundo un futuro militar.
La suposición se cumplió en el orden metafórico, porque el chico, de apellidos Capablanca y Graupera, se convirtió en el mejor General de su época en la conducción de los ejércitos que luchan sobre tableros de 64 casillas.


Thursday, November 18, 2004

(EN) World Junior Chess Championship inaugurated

Kochi, Nov 18. (PTI): P Harikrishna and Koneru Humpy are leading the Indian Challenge in the 43rd edition of the World Junior Chess Championship (boys and girls) which was inaugurated here today.
The games in the 13 round Swiss system tournament will start from tomorrow. Over 150 players from 40 foreign countries would vie for the prestigious title, Chess Association sources said.


(EN) Kunte wins International Open Chess tournament

Grand Master Abhijit Kunte won the International Open Chess Tournament that concluded at Kolkata on Wednesday.
Kunte, with 7.5 points, tied with five other players -- national champion Surya Sekhar Ganguly, GMs Aleksej Alexandrov of Belarus, China's Ni Hua, Ukrainian Oleg Romanishin and Iran's Ehshan Ghaem Maghami -- but was adjudged champion on the basis of a better progressive score.


(EN) Super Final: Few draws, no tickets

The final phase of the 2004 Russian Championship is under way, three rounds are over and round four has just begun. Directly from the venue comes a report by someone who walks and talks with the players, hangs out in the press room and palavers with the dignitaries. We share with you Misha Savinov's first-hand impressions.


Wednesday, November 17, 2004



Media Elo: 2677 <=> Categoría XVIII <=> GM 4.00 - MI 2.00

RA Nombre Tí Fed Elo Prog 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Total Dese
1. Timofeev,A GM RUS 2611 +184 * ½ ½ 1 2.0/3 2.75
2. Dreev,A GM RUS 2698 +118 ½ * ½ 1 2.0/3 2.50
3. Grischuk,A GM RUS 2704 +70 ½ * ½ 1 2.0/3 2.25
4. Kasparov,G GM RUS 2813 +42 * ½ 1 1.5/2 1.75
5. Epishin,V GM RUS 2599 +127 ½ * ½ ½ 1.5/3 1.75
6. Tseshkovsky,V GM RUS 2577 +124 ½ * 0 1 1.5/3 1.50
7. Korotylev,A GM RUS 2596 +335 ½ * 1 1.5/2 1.25
8. Svidler,P GM RUS 2735 -141 0 1 * 1.0/2 1.50
9. Bareev,E GM RUS 2715 -152 0 ½ * ½ 1.0/3 1.00
10. Morozevich,A GM RUS 2758 -425 0 ½ 0 * 0.5/3 0.75
11. Motylev,A GM RUS 2651 -271 0 0 ½ * 0.5/3 0.50

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

(EN) Super Final R1: Kasparov, Svidler and Grischuk victorious

The first round of the 57th Russian Championship Super Final started with victories by Garry Kasparov, Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk, the latter two winning their games with the black pieces. The field now consists of 11 players. (...)

Results of round one
Dreev, Alexey 1/2 Timofeev, Artyom
Epishin, Vladimir 1/2 Morozevich, Alexander
Kasparov, Garry 1-0 Bareev, Evgeny
Motylev, Alexander 0-1 Grischuk, Alexander
Tseshkovsky, Vitaly 0-1 Svidler, Peter
Korotylev, Alexey free


Monday, November 15, 2004

(EN) Russian Championship

Round 1 finally underway, Kasparov waits for Bareev to move. Photo © Eugeny Atarov http://www.chesspro.ru

The Russian Championship takes place November 14th - December 1st 2004 in the hotel Russia. The prize fund is $125,000 with $50,000 to the winner (paid in rouble equivalent). The all-play-all event sees Garry Kasparov, Alexander Morozevich, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Evgeny Bareev, Alexey Dreev, Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Alexander Motylev, Vladimir Epishin, Artem Timofeev and Alexey Korotylev compete. The event is the strongest championship since 1988. (...)


(EN) CHESS Lubomir Kavalek

By Lubomir Kavalek

The magnitude of creative ideas at this year's Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain, could impact tournament play for months to come. However, finding the gems among the more than 5,000 games could be a painstaking job. A well-researched opening book would be a helpful guide.



Durante los días 15 al 27 noviembre se celebrará en Moscú, Rusia, la Super Final del LVII Campeonato Nacional Individual de Ajedrez de Rusia, con la participación de los rusos GM Garry Kaspárov, GM Alexander Morozevich, GM Peter Svidler, GM Evgeny Bareev y GM Alexander Grischuk, junto con los también rusos clasificados en las fases previas de San Petersburgo y Tomsk, GM Alexey Dreev, GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky GM Vladimir Epishin, GM Alexander Motylev, GM Artyom Timofeev y GM Alexey Korotylev.
Web: http://www.chesspro.ru/events/rus-ch04.shtml http://www.ruschess.com/


RI Nombre Tí Fed Elo
1 Garry Kasparov GM RUS 2813
2 Alexander Morozevich GM RUS 2758
3 Peter Svidler GM RUS 2735
4 Evgeny Bareev GM RUS 2715
5 Alexander Grischuk GM RUS 2704
6 Alexey Dreev GM RUS 2698
7 Alexander Motylev GM RUS 2651
8 Artyom Timofeev GM RUS 2611
9 Vladimir Epishin GM RUS 2599
10 Alexey Korotylev GM RUS 2596
11 Vitaly Tseshkovsky GM RUS 2577


(ES) Niño prodigio del ajedrez disputará unas partidas simultáneas en España

MéRIDA, España (Agencias).- El Gran Maestro Internacional más joven del mundo, Magnus Carlsen, de 13 años, participará en una exhibición de partidas simultáneas mañana en el patio noble de la Asamblea de Extremadura, en Mérida.
Carlsen, es conocido como el niño prodigio del ajedrez mundial, bautizado por el periódico norteamericano Washington Post como “El Mozart del ajedrez”.


(ES) ¿Quién es la reina del ajedrez mundial?

Esta jugadora rusa, elegida ajedrecista del año por encima de "clásicos" como su compatriota Gary Kasparov, amenaza al rey. ¿Llegó el fin de la lucha de sexos frente al tablero?

David Benedicte

Eran otros tiempos, desde luego, pero conviene hacer memoria: corren mediados los 50 del pasado siglo cuando al gran maestro holandés y profesor de matemáticas Max Euwe, campeón del mundo de ajedrez desde 1935 hasta 1937, le preguntan si las mujeres podrán jugar bien algún día, a lo que responde afirmativamente, y agrega: «Claro que sí, pero dentro de cien años».
Hoy por hoy, leído así, cualquier jurado que velase por la corrección política no tardaría ni cinco segundos en encerrar al ex campeón por misógino para, acto seguido, tirar la llave al mar. Aclaremos en defensa de Euwe que, cuando se le requirió al respecto, era más fácil enfrentarse a un gnomo en la alta competición que hacerlo contra una mujer.


(PT) Mundial de Jovens na Grécia

Miguel Silva do GX Peões de Alverca, empatou nas duas últimas rondas do Campeonato Mundial de Jovens no escalão Sub-12 e terminou em 79º com 5 pontos.


Sunday, November 14, 2004

(EN) Breaking news: now Karpov drops out of Super Final

We learn from informed circles in Moscow that Anatoly Karpov has withdrawn from the "Super Final" of the Russian Championship, which begins tomorrow (opening ceremony). This reduces the number of participants to eleven. It is possible that Alexander Khalifman will be invited to replace Karpov. Here's an initial report.
The "Super Final" of the 57th Russian Championship started with very high expectations. Two qualification championships were held earlier this year in St. Petersburg and Tomsk, the three top scorers earned the right to play in the Super Final. These six were Alexey Dreev, Vitaly Tseshkovsky, Vladimir Epishin, Alexander Motylev, Artyom Timofeev, Alexey Korotylev. They were to be joined by the seven top GMs in Russia: Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Morozevich, Peter Svidler, Evgeny Bareev, Alexander Grischuk and Anatoly Karpov.
On Monday night news broke that Vladimir Kramnik would not participate. The classical chess world champion handed in a doctor's letter which said that he had been under too much stress and would not be able to play in any tournament for two months.


(FR) 13/11 2004 Lettre ouverte de Kramnik

V. Kramnik a rendu publique hier une lettre ouverte.
D'une part, il annonce l'arrêt de son activité (et notamment son forfait au championnat de Russie) pour raison médicales, les médecins lui recommandant de se reposer jusqu'à la fin de l'année.
D'autre part, suite aux récentes informations diffusées à son propos, il rappelle qu'il souhaite la réunification du titre de Champion du Monde, mais critique la Fide pour n'avoir pas rempli ses obligations suite aux accords de Prague.




Con la organización del I Campeonato Iberoamericano de Ajedrez, Ayamonte sigue avanzando en su apuesta por convertirse en un referente de primer orden de este deporte en Andalucía, siguiendo la senda abierta por torneos ya clásicos como los de Linares o Dos Hermanas. El potencial turístico y la vocación iberoamericana de la costa onubense sin duda confluirán en el éxito de una iniciativa con la que la ciudad se suma a la extensa nómina de eventos internacionales organizados en nuestra comunidad durante la última década.



Media Elo: 2504 <=> Categoría XI <=> GM 5.76 - MI 3.96

RA Nombre Tí Fed Elo Prog 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Total Dese
1. Fergaer,Ruben GM ARG 2569 +714 * 1 1 1 3.0/3
2. Rodriguez,Andres GM URU 2533 +255 * ½ 1 1 2.5/3
3. Fernandez Romero,Ernesto MI ESP 2471 +54 ½ * ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.50
4. Cifuentes Parada,Roberto GM ESP 2540 -42 ½ * ½ ½ 1.5/3 2.00
5. Zambrana,Oswaldo MI BOL 2473 +80 0 ½ * 1 1.5/3 1.75
6. Vera,Reynaldo GM CUB 2461 +55 0 * ½ 1 1.5/3 1.00
7. Campora Sivori,Daniel H GM ARG 2549 -183 ½ 0 ½ * 1.0/3 1.50
8. Hernandez,Gilberto GM MEX 2502 -149 0 ½ * ½ 1.0/3 1.00
9. Galego,Luis GM POR 2515 -129 0 0 * 1 1.0/3 0.50
10. Teran Alvarez,Ismael MI ESP 2431 -230 0 ½ 0 * 0.5/3


Saturday, November 13, 2004

(EN) Iran GM draws on 50th day of chess tournament

LONDON, Nov 13 (IranMania) - The Iranian GM ended with a draw the fifth day`s match of the International Open Chess Tournament at Alekhine Chess Club in Gorky Sadan in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal Friday.
According to a press release of the Alekhine Chess Club, a copy of which was received by IRNA on Saturday, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami (Iran) (4) drew with Sandipan Chanda (4) and in another match Ghader Pour Shayesteh (0.5) Iran lost to Souvik Chakraborty (India) (1.5) in the sixth round Friday.
In this tournament, 11 countries including 48 players, 15 grandmasters and 1 woman grandmaster are participating. Sole leader GM Abhijit Kunte of India quickly drew his game against top seed Aleksej Alexandrov of Belarus in 10 moves in the Kolkata International Open Chess Tournament.


(EN) Kolkata chess tourney: Kunte holds top seed Alexandrov

KOLKATA: Sole leader GM Abhijit Kunte of India quickly drew his game against top seed Aleksej Alexandrov of Belarus in 10 moves after the end of 6th round in the Kolkata International Open chess tournament at Alekhine chess club, Gorky Sadan here on Friday.


(EN) World Juniors/Girls U-20 (Kochi, India, 18 November-1 December 2004)

The All India Chess Federation would like to inform that the entries for the World Juniors and Girls U-20 Chess Championships have been closed.

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


(EN) 'I have never given up the idea of reunification'

Classical Chess World Champion Vladimir Kramnik recently expressed doubts on the current course of the reunification process, and dropped out of the Russian Super Final for health reasons. For this he has taken a lot of harsh criticism in the press and from chess fans. In a press release Kramnik explains his position.


(PT) Mundial de Jovens na Grécia

Miguel Silva do GX Peões de Alverca, empatou na 9ª ronda contra o franês Yann Nahed estando classificado em 77º com 4 pontos. Hoje joga contra K.O.V. Kottahachchy do Sri Lanka.


(PT) Ariana Pintor recebe título de Mestre FIDE Feminina

Ariana Pintor recebe título de Mestre FIDE Feminina, WFM, resultado da sua prestação na Olimpíada de Calviá


Friday, November 12, 2004

(ES) Deysi Cori y Emilio Córdova triunfan en Mundial de Ajedrez en Grecia

(Creta) En el marco de la novena ronda del Campeonato Mundial de Ajedrez Juvenil de Grecia, el ajedrecista nacional Emilio Córdova derrotó a Utegaliev A. de Kazajstán y sumó 6 ½ puntos, ubicándose a sólo un punto del líder de su categoría (Sub 14). A su vez, la pequeña Deysi Cori se impuso a Iordanidou Zoi de Grecia acumulando un total de 6 ½ puntos en la categoría Sub 12.


Thursday, November 11, 2004

(EN) Former Russian Chess Champ Kasparov Tells West Not to Ignore Putin’s “March to Dictatorship”

Under President Vladimir Putin Russia is going to turn into an authoritarian state, ex-world chess champion Garry Kasparov said on Thursday.
In his article entitled “Putin’s Appeasers” published in The Wall Street Journal, he calls on Western countries not to ignore Putin’s “march to dictatorship”.
“The costs of this change for the Russian people and the world are high and getting higher. Not only are there real costs in security terms, but by failing to stand up for democratic values in Russia, the Bush administration gravely weakens its moral authority, opens itself up to charges of hypocrisy as it tries to make the case for building democracy in the Middle East,” Kasparov wrote.


(EN) Chess master Meether mentors students at library

By Forrest Adams

Arthur Meether has been playing chess for 75 years and said winning may not be as difficult as you think.
"Choose a less skillful opponent," he chuckled. "That's the formula for success."
A World War II veteran, Ph.D. and retired clergyman, Meether said that while growing up on an Iowa farm he played chess with family and friends as a means to socialize. It was a time when cars weren't as fast as they are today, and roads weren't paved, he said.
"We used to play chess and discuss religion, politics, the weather," said Meether.



Chess-playing celebrities such as Madonna and Lennox Lewis have sparked a craze for the board game, with supermarket chain Tesco expecting to sell around 35,000 sets by Christmas.


(FR) 11/11 2004 Championnat de Russie

Le championnat de Russie se déroulera du 14 novembre au 1er décembre. Cette année, la participation sera exceptionnelle, avec notamment la présence de Gary Kasparov, et Anatoly Karpov.
Les joueurs s'affronteront dans un tournoi toute ronde de 14 joueurs.
Participants : G. Kasparov, V. Kramnik, A. Karpov, A. Morozevich, A. Grischuk, P. Svidler, E. Bareev, A. Dreev, V. Tseshkovsky, A. Motylev, V. Epishin, A. Timofeev et A. Korotylev.

Dernières informations : V. Kramnik et A. Khalifman, qui devaient également participer à cette compétition, ne disputeront pas ce tournoi.



El ruso GM Vladimir Krámnik, campeón del mundo no oficial, no participará en el LVII Campeonato de Rusia. Al paracer el médico de Krámnik envió una carta, en francés, con fecha 03 de noviembre a la organización del certamen en la que indicaba que su paciente estaba bajo una gran tensión. El LVII Campeonato de Rusia fue cambiado de fechas, en un principio se debía de celebrar en el mes de septiembre, a petición del propio Krámnik que confirmó su participación y en esas fechas jugaba contra el húngaro Peter Leko el match por el título mundial de ajedrez clásico.


(PT) Xadrez: Confronto entre Kasparov e Karpov se aproxima

Agência Placar

RIO DE JANEIRO - Dois dos maiores enxadristas da história, os russos Gari Kasparov e Anatoli Karpov, voltarão a se enfrentar 14 anos após o último encontro entre eles, no Campeonato Russo, que acontece entre 14 de novembro e 1º de dezembro, em Moscou.


Wednesday, November 10, 2004

(EN) Chess Champ Kramnik Withdraws From Russian Super Final


World chess champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia has withdrawn from the Super Final of the 57th Russian Championship which begins next week, the chessbase.com web-site reports.
The web-site sited its sources in Moscow as saying that Kramnik will not take part in the finals. The classical chess world champion sent the organisers a letter from his doctor saying that Kramnik had been under too much stress and would not be able to play in a tournament for two months. The letter is dated Nov. 3, 2004.


(EN) Iran’s disobedient chess players face ban

LONDON, Nov 10 (IranMania) – Iran’s Chess Federation imposed bans on four top players.
The players, who refused to compete in the world Olympiad, were banned from participating in domestic and international tournaments.
Vice-president of Iran's Chess Federation Hossein Assadzadeh said Morteza Mahjub, Mohsen Qorbani, Shoja'at Qane', and Amir Mallahi shrugged off their manager's order and damaged the national and ICF's prestige as they avoided attending the world meet in Spain.
"Their behavior does not conform to the country's chess norm," regretted the official, adding it is an unprecedented move even at international events.


(ES) Con el ajedrez calmaron a los alumnos más revoltosos

Un hombre se ofreció a enseñar el juego en forma gratuita en la escuela Paul Groussac. Resultados sorprendentes.

Gracias a la iniciativa de un ajedrecista aficionado a la psicología, los alumnos más revoltosos de la escuela Paul Groussac comenzaron a portarse bien. Desde agosto Roque Herrera les enseña gratuitamente ajedrez a los chicos de 1er año de la EGB 3, turno tarde. La escuela compró tableros y le otorgó una hora semanal. La directora contó que los problemas de conducta de algunos chicos, muchos de ellos de “La Bombilla”, eran graves. Ahora no sólo reina la concentración, sino que varios se hicieron fanáticos del juego milenario.


(ES) Triunfa el indio Viswanathan Anand en torneo de Ajedrez en Francia

Osmani Pedraza Ledón MN

El GM indio Viswananthan Anand, número dos del mundo, se llevó el título de la VIII edición del torneo de ajedrez "Corsica Master", celebrado en la ciudad francesa de Bastia, al derrotar en el match final al ruso Serguey Rublevsky.
Ante la presencia de más de 600 espectadores que acudieron al teatro de Bastia, sede del torneo, Vishy destrozó 2-0 al ruso, 50 del mundo, para quedarse con el premio (20 mil euros) por quinto año consecutivo.


(PT) Mundial de Jovens na Grécia

Miguel Silva do GX Peões de Alverca, é já o 49º classificado com 3,5 pontos, após vencer na 6ª ronda o grego Antonios Pavlidis no Campeonato do Mundo de Jovens. Na 7ª ronda joga contra Hayk G. Tamazyan da Arménia.


Tuesday, November 09, 2004

(EN) Paragua out to make mark as super GM

The Philippine Star 11/09/2004

Mark Paragua will become the country’s newest grandmaster and possibly, the first Filipino Super GM by January next year.
This was assured by Casto Abundo Jr., the country’s delegate to the World Chess Federation (FIDE), yesterday in an overseas conversation with National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) president Go Teng Kok.
Paragua’s application for GM status was placed on hold during the recent World Chess Congress in Mallorca, Spain.
Abundo explained that the tournament where Paragua obtained his GM norm fell on the period not covered by FIDE’s quarterly report.
"But by January when the report is submitted, Paragua will get his GM title," Abundo assured Go.


(FR) 08/11 2004 Championnat de Russie

Le championnat de Russie se déroulera du 14 novembre au 1er décembre. Cette année, la participation sera exceptionnelle, avec notamment la présence de Gary Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, et Anatoly Karpov.
Les joueurs s'affronteront dans un tournoi toute ronde de 14 joueurs.
Participants : G. Kasparov, V. Kramnik, A. Karpov, A. Morozevich, A. Grischuk, P. Svidler, E. Bareev, A. Dreev, A. Khalifman, V. Tseshkovsky, A. Motylev, V. Epishin, A. Timofeev et A. Korotylev.



El bosnio GM Emir Dizdarevic se alzó con el triunfo en el torneo internacional de partidas semirrápidas Villa de El Sauzal celebrado los días 06 y 07 de noviembre en la citada localidad tinerfeña, y en el cual participaron alrededor de 200 jugadores de diversos países.
Al final de las 9 rondas disputadas, partidas a 25 miuntos por jugador a finish, Dizdarevic, nº 8 del ranking del torneo, totalizó 8.0 puntos, invicto con 7 victorias y 2 tablas, superando en medio punto a su compatriota GM Bojan Kurajica, al ucraniano GM Vadim Malakhtko, al español de origen argentino GM Javier Moreno y al serbio GM Aleksa Strikovic.

RF Nombre Fed Elo Tí Procedencia Puntos Desempates
1 DIZDAREVIC, Emir BIH 2538 gm BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 8 57.5 42.0 45.5
2 KURAJICA, Bojan BIH 2541 gm BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 7.5 57.0 39.0 44.5
3 MALAKHATKO, Vadim UKR 2571 gm UCRANIA 7.5 55.0 39.5 42.5
4 MORENO CARNERO, Javier ESP 2512 gm ESPAÑA 7.5 54.5 38.5 42.5
5 STRIKOVIC, Aleksa SCG 2470 gm SERBIA & MONTENEGRO 7.5 50.5 38.5 39.0
6 GAPONENKO, Inna UKR 2445 im UCRANIA - F 7 56.5 39.0 45.5
7 MOSKALENKO, Viktor UKR 2551 gm UCRANIA 7 54.0 35.5 42.0
8 DAMLJANOVIC, Branko SCG 2578 gm SERBIA & MONTENEGRO 7 53.5 37.5 41.5
9 MEIJERS, Viesturs LET 2465 im LETONIA 7 53.0 37.5 41.5
10 CIFUENTES, Roberto CHI 2540 gm CHILE 7 51.0 34.0 39.0


(PT) VII Torneio Xadrez do Vale Formoso

Luis Oliveira da ADRC Mata de Benfica foi o vencedor do torneio do Vale Formoso FC, prova destinada a jogadores com elo igual ou inferior a 2200.

Place Name Loc Id Rtg Loc Club Score Wins Buch. M-Buch.

1 Oliveira, Luis (5) 2153 2153 Mata de Benfica 7 6 41.5 31.5
2 Nanques, Helder (32) 1909 1909 Mestres S. João 6.5 6 35.5 28.0
3 Costa, Paulo (2) 2187 2187 CX Seia 6.5 5 43.5 33.0
4 Figueiredo, Mário (7) 2106 2106 Ginásio C. Sul 6.5 5 41.5 31.5
5 Garcia, António (27) 1948 1948 Ginásio C. Sul 6 6 39.0 29.0
6 Pereira, Ruben (1) S14 2188 2188 AA Amadora 6 5 43.5 33.0
7 Baptista, Paulo (10) 2063 2063 AA Amadora 6 5 38.5 28.5
8 Santos, José Alves (3) 2180 2180 AA Amadora 5.5 5 43.5 33.5
9 Simões, Filipe (9) 2082 2082 AA Amadora 5.5 5 40.0 30.5
10 Andrade, Bruno (14) 2018 2018 Individual 5.5 5 40.0 29.5


Monday, November 08, 2004

(EN) Russian Championship

The Russian Championship takes place November 14th - December 1st 2004 in the hotel Russia. The all-play-all event sees Kasparov, Kramnik, Karpov, Morozevich, Grischuk, Svidler, Bareev, Dreev, Khalifman, Tseshkovsky, Motylev, Epishin, Timofeev and Korotylev compete. The event is the strongest championship since 1988.


(EN) "Karpov - Sadvakasov" Match

3-10 November, Astana city (Kazahstan).

© A.W.D. Group.


(EN) Is chess really a sport?

In Short:

An EU-wide definition of the term ‘sport’ may well be necessary if and when the Constitution is ratified.

Sport and the European Constitution


(EN) CHESS Lubomir Kavalek

By Lubomir Kavalek

For many world-class chess players, the age of 16 is memorable and often marks the beginning of their careers. Garry Kasparov scored his first international victory at that age in the Bosnian town of Banja Luka in 1979. Before the 1992 Chess Olympiad in Manila, Kasparov insisted that another 16-year-old should play for the Russian team. His name was Vladimir Kramnik. He performed magnificently, scoring 8 1/2 points in nine games and became the overall individual winner in Manila.


(EN) Open Letter to FIDE and Georgian Chess Federation

by WGM Ana Matnadze

During last two weeks a significant number of world intellectuals were paying close attention to the World Chess Olympiad, 2004, which took place in Spain. It was a great festivity for both chess players and chess friends, but it was partly ruined by the terrible incident that happened during the closing ceremony involving Mr Zurab Azmaiparashvili. I am not going to judge who was right and who was wrong; this is a privilege of Spanish Law Enforcement Agencies. I just want to say that if FIDE and Georgian Chess Federation had listened to and implemented the message of my open letter, which I wrote in June, 2004 with WGM Lela Javakhishvili and addressed it to FIDE and World Chess Society – “FIDE without Azmaiparashvili”, this disgusting fact would not have occurred. If FIDE had published our letter on its web-site, if Mr.Georgios Makropoulos and other FIDE executives had taken the opportunity to express their opinion on Mr. Azmaiparashvili’s actions and if FIDE had not limit itself only with an irrelevant response by Stefanova and Kovalevskaya, which provoked only wry smiles all around the world, I believe, that we would not have witnessed the spectacle, involving Mr. Azmaiparashvili, which ruined this beautiful day for all chess players.


(PT) Mundial de Jovens na Grécia

Miguel Silva do GX Peões de Alverca depois de um início menos bom no Campeonato do Mundo de Jovens que se está a realizar na Grécia, já soma 2,5 pontos em 5 rondas após vitórias contra Roger Norri da Finlandia e Sam Osborne da Irlanda e empate contra Edgar Pacheco do Equador. Na 6ª ronda joga contra Antonios Pavlidis da Grécia.


Sunday, November 07, 2004

(PT) Mundial de Jovens na Grécia

Miguel Silva do GX Peões de Alverca já se encontra na Grécia a disputar o Campeonato do Mundo de Jovens, escalão sub-12. Nas duas rondas já efectuadas perdeu na 1ª contra Zviad Sichinava da Rússia, e na 2ª contra Ivan Moltsanov da Estónia.


(EN) Chess moves may add up to math skills

By Mike Cronin
The Salt Lake Tribune

SOUTH SALT LAKE - Odeion Olcott never beats Bailey Rugg when they play chess. "He's too hard," the Lincoln Elementary fourth-grader says of his classmate and friend.
So it's pretty special when he plays Bailey, 9, to a draw like he did on Friday afternoon. "Well nobody won, but I didn't lose to you!" Odeion exclaimed over the stalemate.
The boys participate in a chess program new to the school. The Salt Lake City-based 100% For Kids Foundation provided $1,900 to teachers Kevin Bonnell and Brian Nash in August to launch the initiative.
Bonnell and Nash say studies show that exposure to chess over consecutive years augments youngsters' ability to learn.
"Sometimes it's hard to get results from a child in a traditional way," said Bonnell, Odeion and Bailey's teacher. As Lincoln Elementary's de facto grandmasters, Bonnell and Nash have high hopes that their students' academic progress will mirror the improvement in their chess acumen.
"We wanted to try something different, because success on standardized tests is so important due to the requirements of No Child Left Behind [President Bush's education-reform law]," Bonnell said.


(EN) Complications that happen during a game

By Knight Mysterious

Not all tactical devices permit accurate calculation. Sometimes the complications that occur during the game are so involved that not even a detailed analysis after the game reveals all the secrets of the position.
There have been games where the judgement of the annotators was altered many years afterwards and combinations of the correctness or incorrectness of which has never been demonstrated beyond all doubt.
In the limited time available in tournaments there is so little chance of accurately investigating every possibility in complex positions that one must be satisfied with an intuitive assessment.
Such an assessment always tends to be an entirely subjective business. It is dependent not only on chess knowledge and experience but also on personal qualities.
The views of optimists and pessimists will often be different in the same situation and other psychological factors.



16ème sur le papier, les Suisses obtiennent un excellent résultat avec le 13ème rang. La meilleure performance revient au GM Florian Jenni avec 7 points sur 11.
Chez les féminines un honorable 31ème rang avec un résultat remarquable de la GMF Barbara Hund avec 8 points sur 11.
Bilan de l’équipe masculine:
GM Viktor Kortschnoi 5½ points sur 12 (2 victoires, 7 nulles, 3 défaites, performance: 2567), GM Yannick Pelletier 6½ sur 12 (3/7/2/2611), GM Joe Gallagher 6 sur 11 (2/8/1/2580), GM Florian Jenni 7 sur 11 (5/4/2/2587), FM Severin Papa 5 sur 8 (3/4/1/2465), IM Richard Forster 2 sur 2 (2/0/0).


(ES) Una Gran Maestra en Monzón

La Gran Maestra, impartiendo clases a los niños. - ANTONIO MARTÍNEZ

La jugadora cubana Mairelys Delgado, del Jaime Casas, encabeza el ránking femenino nacional e imparte clases en la zona oriental

MONZÓN.- La jugadora de ajedrez del ‘Jaime Casas’ de Monzón, Mairelys Delgado recibía el pasado 29 de octubre la noticia de haber sido designada Gran Maestra en el Congreso de la Federación Internacional de Ajedrez (FIDE) celebrado en Calviá (Mallorca)con motivo de la Olimpiada de Ajedrez 2004.


Saturday, November 06, 2004

Masako Suzuki (R), Takeshi Ohashi (C) and Noriko Watanabe, Japanese lawyers for former world chess champion Bobby Fisher, wanted by Washington for defying sanctions on Yugoslavia, enter at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo Nevember 2, 2004. Fisher's first trial hearing started on Tuesday in Tokyo. Fisher was detained at Narita airport near Tokyo last September when he tried to leave for Manila on a passport, U.S. officials say was invalid. REUTERS/Issei Kato


(EN) Good RP start in World Youth chess

By Roy Luarca
Inquirer News Service

CRETE, Greece -- Whiz kids Wesley So and Chardene Cheradee Camacho hurdled their respective opponents Thursday as Team Philippines made a good start in the 2004 World Youth Chess Championships at the Creta Maris hotel here.
So bested Slovenia's Kavice Janez in the boys under 12 division while Camacho mated Croatia's Barbara Racki in the girls under 10 to lead three other Filipinos in the winners circle of the tournament that lured more than a thousand players to this historic island.


(EN) Kasimdzhanov-Kasparov is a go

According to an interview with FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the Russian paper Sport Express, the sponsorship of the K-K unification match in Dubai has been confirmed. The bank guarantees are in place and the match is scheduled for Jan. 14-Feb. 1.


(ES) Azmaiparashvili en libertad condicional

Jesús G. Bayolo

PALMA DE MALLORCA, España.— Aunque ya no existen partidas selladas, una “jugada” quedaba pendiente de la XXXVI Olimpiada Mundial de Ajedrez, recién disputada en Calviá: la detención del GM georgiano Zurab Azmaiparashvili, por la trifulca provocada en el Gran Casino de Mallorca casi al finalizar el acto de clausura.
Azmaiparashvili fue puesto en libertad provisional, tras declarar durante 20 minutos en el Juzgado de Instrucción número 10 de esta ciudad, y si bien no se le fijó fianza, sí tuvo que depositar 500 euros como garantía de su posible responsabilidad civil en los cargos que se le imputan: resistencia y agresión a la autoridad, así como alteración del orden en un acontecimiento público.
En su comparecencia le asistieron una letrada mallorquina y un abogado de la FIDE, el noruego Morten Sand, quien le impidió hacer declaraciones.


Friday, November 05, 2004

(EN) Violent turn in chess


LET ME introduce you to a paradigm shift in chess. For ages, violence in chess is usually limited to the confines of the chessboard. And believe me, a chess game can get pretty violent. Queens and Bishops, and not to mention the lowly Pawns too, are wont to give up their lives gloriously and violently so that the Knights and the Rooks can smote a fatal blow on the opponent’s King.
But there are, of course, a few isolated cases of violence in chess, attributed to the more eccentric among the old chess masters.
For example, one of the few known instances of violence in chess occurred maybe a century ago when that redoubtable master of the hyper-modern school, Aron Nimzowitsch, threw a tantrum after losing a game. He stood up to hurl the chessboard and pieces across the room, loudly protesting: “Why must I lose to this idiot?”


(EN) Anand wins Corsica Masters Chess title

World No 2 Viswanathan Anand won his fifth consecutive Corsica Masters Chess title beating Russian Sergei Rublevsky in the final on Thursday.
Anand collected the winner's cheque of euro 20,000 while Rublevsky got the runners-up cheque of euro 12,000.
Earlier in the semis, Anand defeated French hope Etienne Bacrot 2-0.


(FR) 04/11 2004 Grand Prix d'Echecs d'Aix en Provence

Dans la foulée des Grand Prix de Bordeaux 1997-2000, des Grand Prix du Sénat 2000 – 2004 retransmis en vidéo sur Diagonale – CanalWeb, le Grand Prix d'Echecs d'Aix en Provence se positionne dès sa première édition comme un événement échiquéen phare en région PACA, susceptible d'intéresser public et médias, en présentant le jeu d'Echecs comme un spectacle à part entière sur le modèle de tous les grands sports développés.
Un plateau exceptionnel hommes / femmes avec Anatoly Karpov, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Joel Lautier et Antoaneta Stefanova.



Ante la presencia de más de 600 espectadores que acudieron al teatro de Bastia, sede del torneo, el indio GM Viswanathan Anand, segundo del mundo, se impuso por un contundente 2 a 0 al ruso GM Sergei Rublevsky, cincuenta del mundo, en la final de la octava edición del torneo internacional Corsica Master. Recordemos que Anand ya se alzó con el triunfo de éste importante torneo en las cuatro ediciones anteriores.




Por Ken Thomson y Vladimir Dvorkovich

RA Nombre Nacimiento País Rating Var
1 Kasparov,Garry 13.04.1963 RUS 2741 147
2 Anand,Viswanathan 11.12.1969 IND 2738 138
3 Morozevich,Alexander 18.07.1977 RUS 2737 163
4 Topalov,Veselin 15.03.1975 BUL 2714 153
5 Adams,Michael 17.11.1971 ENG 2696 131
6 Polgar,Judit 23.07.1976 HUN 2690 161
7 Svidler,Peter 17.06.1976 RUS 2688 130
8 Kramnik,Vladimir 25.06.1975 RUS 2685 125
9 Leko,Peter 08.09.1979 HUN 2680 130
10 Gelfand,Boris 24.06.1968 ISR 2665 137
11 Kasimdzhanov,Rustam 05.12.1979 UZB 2653 169
12 Bareev,Evgeny 21.11.1966 RUS 2652 182
13 Shirov,Alexei 04.07.1972 ESP 2646 162
14 Ivanchuk,Vassily 18.03.1969 UKR 2643 164
15 Grischuk,Alexander 31.10.1983 RUS 2640 159
16 Vallejo Pons,Francisco 21.08.1982 ESP 2637 167
17 Akopian,Vladimir 07.12.1971 ARM 2635 157
18 Dreev,Alexey 30.01.1969 RUS 2633 144
19 Bacrot,Etienne 22.01.1983 FRA 2632 153
20 Sokolov,Ivan 13.06.1968 NED 2632 162

Thursday, November 04, 2004

(EN) Zurab Azmaiparashvili's two days in prison

We reported on the dramatic end to the 36th Chess Olympiad in Calvià. FIDE vice president Zurab Azmaiparashvili was attacked by security guards when he tried to approach the rostrum. Two days later he was released by a Spanish judge and was able to return to his native Georgia. We spoke to the battered grandmaster immediately after his release. Here is Zurab's harrowing story.


Tuesday, November 02, 2004

(EN) FIDE Press Release

FIDE International Chess Federation Vice President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili freed from custody, after 40h of detention following an aggression by security guards at the Closing Ceremony of the 36th Chess Olympiad.

FIDE Federation Internationale Des Echecs Vice President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili has been released from custody by the Palmanova police in Mallorca at 14h30 local time on November 1st 2004, after having been held for over 40 hours by the Spanish police.
The local judge has accepted this release after a deposit of 500 euros was paid. He also said that there will be a full hearing of the case at a later date.
Vice President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili maintains his position that this was an unmotivated aggression by the security guards at the Closing Ceremony of the 36th Calvia Chess Olympiad. He was indeed severely beaten and has still now a big black eye. He will be undergoing very soon an independent medical examination to fully assess his health condition.


(EN) Chess on Xbox Live?

Chessmaster for Xbox has shipped today for a suggested retail price of $19.99 US. On top of the low price and the powerful Chess AI, the game is also playable via Xbox Live, allowing gamers to go head to head to see who the real chessmaster in the world is.


(EN) Ex-Chess Champ Fischer Stressed by Long Detention

By Elaine Lies

TOKYO (Reuters) - Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer is stressed and angry about being detained in Japan, but his fiancee said on Tuesday she has no regrets about their relationship and hopes he will soon be free.
Fischer has been held in Japan since July when he was stopped with a passport that U.S. officials said was invalid and is fighting deportation to the United States, where he is wanted for violating economic sanctions against Yugoslavia. Miyoko Watai, a Japanese chess great who announced her plans to wed Fischer this year, said the brilliant but eccentric former champion was finding it increasingly hard to cope with life in the immigration center where he is held. "He is under much stress," she told a news conference after the first court hearing on Fischer's suit to quash Japan's deportation order against him, a session that was little more than a formal exchange of legal documents.


(ES) Presenta un fuerte golpe en un ojo y múltiples lesiones

Zurab Azmaiparashvilli compareció ayer ante la magistrada del Juzgado de Instrucción número 10 de Palma con visibles golpes y hematomas. Diferentes lesiones que fueron certificadas por dos médicos forenses requeridos por la autoridad judicial y que dieron fe del ojo muy hinchado que presentaba el vicepresidente de la Federación Internacional de Ajedrez (FIDE) y presidente de la Federación de Ajedrez de Georgia. A Azmaiparashvilli los forenses le apreciaron dos incisiones en las piernas, así como traumatismos, en las manos, cuello y la cabeza. El vicepresidente georgiano de la FIDE aseguró haber perdido visión de su ojo derecho, en el que lucía un notable golpe.


(ES) Aizmaparashvili en libertad provisional hasta próximo juicio

Palma (España), 1 nov -- El presidente de la Federación Georgiana de Ajedrez, Zurab Aizmaparashvili, quedó hoy en libertad provisional tras abonar una fianza de 500 euros después de que su caso pasase a diligencias previas para un posterior juicio ordinario por presuntas lesiones y desobediencia a la autoridad. Aizmaparashvili, que se encontraba detenido en las dependencias de la Guardia Civil de Calviá por haber propinado un cabezazo a un agente de este cuerpo el pasado 30 de octubre, fue trasladado un poco antes de las 9.30 horas al Juzgado de Guardia de Palma para prestar declaración y someterse al juicio rápido.
También prestaron declaración diversos testigos del incidente y el guardia civil agredido.


(PT) Xadrez: Selecção nacional falha objectivo na olimpíada de Espanha

Luanda, 1/11 - A selecção nacional sénior masculina de xadrez não conseguiu melhorar o terceiro lugar, entre os países africanos, obtido nas olimpíadas da Eslovénia`2001, ao classificar-se na 8ª posição da presente edição, terminada no último fim-de-semana em Calvira (Espanha).
A federação angolana da modalidade havia estabelecido como meta para a esta 36ª olimpíada a melhoria do terceiro lugar entre os concorrentes do continente.
O combinado nacional que totalizou 24,5, quedou-se na 99ª posição no cômputo geral, enquanto a África do Sul, com 29 pontos, ficou em primeiro lugar entre os concorrentes africanos e no 55º posto na tabela geral.


Monday, November 01, 2004

(EN) CHESS Lubomir Kavalek

By Lubomir Kavalek

Ukraine won the gold medals at the 36th Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain, on Friday. Powered mostly by grandmasters Vassily Ivanchuk, Andrei Volokitin and 14-year-old Sergei Karjakin, they amassed 39 1/2 points in 56 games. Russia clinched the silver medals on a narrow tiebreaker over Armenia, each scoring 36 1/2 points. The U.S. team finished fourth with 35 points.
China won the women's olympiad with 31 1/2 points in 42 games. United States got the silver medals with 28 points. Russia won the bronze on a tiebreaker over Georgia after both teams tallied 27 1/2 points.


(EN) Want to play chess better? Neurological upgrades could be around the corner

By LAURA BEIL / The Dallas Morning News

In the future, reality shows may have names such as Extreme Makeover: Brain Edition or Sharp Eye for the Dumb Guy.
At the beginning of each episode, viewers could learn about one hapless soul's lifelong struggles with algebra and another's desire to not be a worrywart. By the end of the hour, the transformed contestants would be winning chess matches and prancing carefree through fields of daisies.Don't check the TV listings just yet, but the idea is not all fantasy


(EN) India to host next World Team Chess Championship

Press Trust of India

India will host the next World Team Chess Championship, the second biggest team chess event after the Olympiad, while their men's team qualified for the event after finishing fifth in the 36th Chess Olympiad.


(EN) Police checkmate chess grandmaster

Jamie Wilson and Leonard Barden

On the rugby field, certainly. On the football pitch, probably. But yesterday, the usually genteel game of chess was embroiled in its own version of the soup scandal when a grandmaster was arrested at the closing ceremony of the chess olympiad for allegedly headbutting a policeman.
Zurab Azmaiparashvili, who is also vice-president of the World Chess Federation (Fide), was trying to get on stage to point out a mistake in the medal ceremony when the altercation took place.


(ES) AJEDREZ: En la clausura, FIDE entregó distinciones

La Federación Internacional de Ajedrez (FIDE) cerró la 36ª olimpiada de Calviá con un acto especial en el que aparte de recibir sus premios los mejores clasificados en ambas ramas, fueron distinguidas personalidades encabezadas por el emblemático maestro español Arturo Pomar, a quien se considera como el hombre que más contribuyó a la popularización de esta disciplina con sus grandes logros en torneos nacionales e internacionales.
Pomar vivió también la gran alegría que en su tierra, la isla de Mallorca se haya realizado esta gran justa internacional, la máxima del deporte ciencia mundial.
El Comité Organizador entregó también sendas distinciones a Víctor Korchnoi, de 73 años primer tablero de Suiza, el jugador más veterano del torneo y a la niña peruana de 11 años Deisy Cori, la más joven de todos los participantes.


(ES) Jaque al hombre


LA localidad mallorquina de Calviá ha albergado hasta la pasada semana la XXXVI Olimpiada de Ajedrez, la máxima competición por países sobre el tablero de 64 casillas y que ha contado con la participación de más de mil jugadores de 137 naciones. El torneo es una muestra más de que la popularización del ajedrez en todo el planeta propicia que enrocar y dar jaque sea, cada vez menos, cosa de hombres. En esta edición de la Olimpiada, mujeres y niños les han arrebatado protagonismo por méritos propios.