Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:01 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
Chess (August): Wang Hao sqeeks by Magnus to win Biel
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Wang Hao sqeeks by Magnus to win Biel Photo by Datti 4 in Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wang_Hao_%28chess%29.JPG) (Public Domain) Chinese grandmaster Wang Hao survived three losses in ten rounds  two of them to his nearest rival, world número uno Magnus Carlsen  to win the Grandmaster tournament at the 49th annual Biel Chess Festival, completed just minutes ago in Bern Canton, Switzerland. Magnus started the day in first place with Wang Xiansheng in striking distance in second place. However, while Wang won his game from Viorel Bologan, who entered the event in the third round when Alexander Morozevich withdrew over health concerns, Magnus could only draw against French GM Etienne Bacrot in spite of his heroic effort to conjur a win out of a drawn ending as he has done so often before. Wang Xiansheng benefitted from his six victories and only one draw and the fútbol place ranking system that rewards those who win more and penalizes those who draw too often. Under this method (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw), Wang Xiansheng scored 19 points. Magnus scored four wins, no losses and six draws for 18 points. Under the traditional chess tournament ranking system (a full point for a win and a half point for a draw), Magnus would have finished first with 7 points, just ahead of Wang Xiansheng with 6½. Under the trraditional system, the day would have started with Magnus in first place by a full point, needing only to avoid loss to finish a clear first. American national champion Hikaru Nakamura and Dutch national champion Anish Giri finished tie for third at 16 points each (both had four wins, two losses and four draws). Other Events Underway Dutch Open, Dieren This just in: Jan Smeets has won the Dutch Open. The final round was plaeyd today. Politiken Cup, Helsignør, Denmark Ends Sunday. Helsignør is also to us bardophiles as Elsinore, the scene of the Bard's Hamlet. Leading with six points each after seven rounds: Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria), Stelios Halkias (Greece), Jonny Hector (Sweden) and Robert Markus (Serbia). 81st Ukrainian Championships, Kiev Ends Tuesday. Andrei Volokitin leads with 5 points out of six. World Junior Championships, Athens Twelve rounds beginning today thru 14 August (9 August is a rest day). Reigning Chinese national champion Ding Liren is the top seed in the general group; in the girls' group the top seeds are Anastasia Bodnaruk (Russia) and defending champion Deysi Cori Tello (Peru). Upcoming in August Russian National Championships, Moscow 313 August. Peter Svidler is the defending champion in the general competition; Valentina Gunina is the women's champion. Chess Olympics, Istanbul 27 August10 September. The Tea Partiers are going to have a hissy. Of the ten players making up the US general and women's squads, there are only two natural born citizens (Hikaru Nakamura and Ray Robson) and neither of them was born on American soil.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Original post)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:05 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
1. Games from July
Your humble hare acknowledges the assistance of Rybka 4 and Fritz 13 on analysis.
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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #1)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:07 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
2. Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund
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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:12 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
3. Caruana  Kramnik, Round 8
Fabiano Caruana, who has been red hot all year, won the grandmaster tournament at the Spakassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund.
His eighth round victory over former world champion Vladimir Kramnik was crucial to his tournament championship. Photo by Ted Cross( http://www.flickr.com/people/39649493@N00) from flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/39649493@N00/2307926939) (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Fabiano Caruana  Vladimir Kramnik Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Round 8 Dortmund, 21 July 2012 Petit Spanish Royal Game: NeoClassical Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.00 d6 6.c3 00 7.Nbd2 Ne7
8.d4
8...exd4 9.cxd4 Bb6 10.b3 (N)
10...d5!?
11.e5!
11...Ne4 12.Bd3 Bf5 13.Qe2 Nc6
14.Bb2 Nxd2 15.Qxd2 Be4 16.Be2!?
16...f6!
17.b4 fxe5 18.dxe5 Kh8!?
19.b5!
19...Ne7
20.Ng5
20...Ng6?!
21.g3!
21...Qe7?!
22.e6!
22...Rf5 23.Nxe4!?
23...dxe4 24.Qd7 Raf8!?
25.Qxe7
25...Nxe7 26.Ba3 Re8
27.Rad1 h5 28.Rd7 Nd5 29.Rf7!?
29...Nf6?
30.Bc4!
30...Bc5 31.Bb2 Re7
32.Bd4 Bd6 33.Re1!?
33...b6?
34.Rf8+! Kh7 35.Rxe4 Rxf2
36.Kxf2?!
36...Nxe4+!
37.Kg2
37...Nc5 38.Ra8 Nxe6?
39.Bd3+!
39...Kh6 40.h4
40...g6 41.Rh8+ Rh7 42.Rg8 Rg7
43.Bxg7+!
43...Kh7 44.Re8 Nxg7
45.Re3 Kh6
46.a4 Kh7 47.Kh3 Kh6 48.Bc2 Kh7
49.g4 hxg4+ 50.Kxg4 Kh6 51.Re2 Bb4 52.Re5 Nh5
53.Re6 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #2)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:15 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
4. Karjakin  Fridman, Round 5
Sergey Karjakin (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Sergey Karjakin  Daniel Fridman Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Round 5 Dortmund, 17 July 2012 Closed CaroKann Game: Short Opening 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 Qb6
7.Nc3 Nc6
9...cxd4
10.Bxd4
10...Nxd4 11.Nxd4 Bb4 12.Ndb5!?
12...Ba5! (N)
13.Rb1
13...Qxc2 14.Rb3
14...Ne7 15.Nd6+ Kf8 16.Nxb7
16...Bb6 17.Nd6 Ba5 18.Bf3
18...Bd3
19.Qc1 Qxc1 20.Rxc1 Ng6?!
21.Nxd5!
21...Nxe5!?
22.Nf4!
22...Nxf3+ 23.gxf3 Bg6
24.Rb7!
24...Bb6
25.Rc8+ Rxc8 26.Nxc8 Bd4 27.Rb8 Be5?
28.Ra8!
28...Bxf4
29.Nxa7+ Ke7 30.Rxh8 Kd7
31.Nb5
31...Be5 32.a4 Kc6 33.Nc3 Bc2
34.a5 Bg6
35.Ne4 Kb5
36.Ra8 h6 37.Kg2 f5 38.Nd2 Bd6
39.a6 Bf4 40.Nc4
40...Bh5 41.a7 Ka6 42.Na5 Bc7 43.Rc8 Kxa7 44.Rxc7+ Kb6 45.Rxg7 Kxa5 46.Rh7 10 
Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #2)
Sat Aug 4, 2012, 10:56 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
25. Ponomariov  Caruana, Round 2 (Full Opening Theory: Spanish Royal Sicilian Game)
Ruslan Ponomariov (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Ruslan Ponomariov  Fabiano Caruana Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Round 2 Dortmund, 14 July 2012 Spanish Royal Sicilian Game: Rat Defense (Rossolimo Variation) 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5
3...d6
4.00 Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6 7.Bf1
7...Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3
9.Qxf3 g6!?
10.d3!
10...Bg7 11.Be3
11...00 12.Nd2 Nd7 13.Qd1
13...b5 14.Nf3 (N)
14...Nb6
15.d4 Na4?!
16.Re2!
16...Qa5!?
17.Rc1!
17...Rad8 18.Rec2 Qc7 19.b3 Nb6 20.a4!?
20...bxa4!?
21.bxa4!
21...c4 22.a5?!
22...Nxa5!
23.Ra1 Nb3 24.Rxa6 d5!?
25.exd5!
25...Nxd5
26.Qe2
26...Na5 27.Bd2
27...Ra8 28.Rxa8 Rxa8 29.Ra2 Rc8?!
30.Ng5?!
30...Nb3!
31.Qxc4 Nxd2?
32.Qxd5!
32...Nxf1
33.Nxf7 e6
34.Qxe6 Rf8 35.Ne5+ Kh8 36.Kxf1 10

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Mon Aug 6, 2012, 12:48 AM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
27. Gustafsson  Kramnik, Round 2
Jan Gustafsson  Vladimir Kramnik Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Round 2 Dortmund, 14 July 2012 West India Game: King's Indian Defense (Main Line/Gligoric Opening) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6
3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 00 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 c6 8.00 exd4 9.Nxd4 Re8 10.f3 d5 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Rc1 a5 (N)
14.Qb3
14...a4 15.Qxd5
15...Qxd5 16.exd5 a3!?
17.b3!
17...Nc6
18.Nc2
18...Rxe3!!
19.Nxe3 Nb4 20.Rc4!?
20...Nxa2!
21.Ra4?
21...Rxa4! 22.bxa4 Bd4
23.Kf2
23...Nb4 24.Rc1
24...a2!!
25.Rxc8+
25...Kg7 26.Rc1 Nxd5 27.Rd1 Nxe3 10

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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:16 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
5. Women's Grand Prix, 5th Leg, Jermuk, Armenia
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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:24 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
6. Hou Yifan  Ruan Lufei, Round 8
Reigning world women's champion Hou Yifan won the Jermuk leg of the 2011/12 Women's Grand Prix and clinched the overall championship of the Grand Prix. She will not compete in the sixth round, scheduled for November.
Hou Yifan  Ruan Lufei Women's Grand Prix 5th Leg, Round 8 Jermuk, 25 July 2012 Grand Spanish Royal Game: NeoClassical Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.00
8...h6
9.Be3
9...00 10.Nbd2 Re8
11.h3 Rb8 (N)
12.d4
12...Bb6 13.Bc2
13...Bd7
14.Re1 Qc8 15.a3 Na5!?
16.b4!
16...exd4?!
17.Bxd4!
17...Bxd4
18.cxd4
18...Nc4
19.Nxc4 bxc4 20.Nd2
20...Bb5
21.Qf3
21...Qe6
22.Rab1
22...d5 23.e5 Nh7
24.Nf1 Ng5
25.Qc3 f5!?
26.h4!?
26...Ne4!
27.Qh3
27...Bd7 28.Rbc1
28...Qf7 29.Qe3 Nf6!?
30.Qf3!
30...Ng4?
31.Qf4!
31...h5 32.Ng3
32...Rf8 33.f3!
33...Nh6 34.Qg5 Be8
35.e6 Qg6 36.Re5 c6 37.Ne2 Kh7
38.Nf4 Qxg5
39.hxg5 Ng8 40.e7 10

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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 09:58 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
28. Koneru  Mkrtchian, Round 10
Koneru Humpy won more games than any other player in Jermuk.
Koneru Humpy (, Attribution/Share Alike) Koneru Humpy  Lilit Mkrtchian Women's Grand Prix, 5th Leg, Round 10 Jermuk, 27 July 2012 Open Queen's Gambit: Miscellaneous Lines 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Qc2
4...dxc4 5.e3 Nf6 (N)
6.Bxc4
6...a6
7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.e4 b5
9.Bd3 Bb7 10.00 c5 11.e5 Nd5 12.Be4!?
12...Nb4!?
13.Qe2
13...Bxe4 14.Qxe4 cxd4
15.Nxd4 Nc5?
16.Qg4! g6
17.Bh6! Qb6 18.Ndxb5 Nb7
19.Na3 Qc7 20.Rac1
20...Qxe5 21.Qf3 Qb8
22.Nc4 Nd8 23.Na5 Ra7 24.a3 Nd5
25.Nxd5 exd5 26.Qc3
26...Rg8
27.Nc6 d4 28.Qxd4 Nxc6
29.Rxc6 Rd7 30.Qc3 Qb7 31.Rc8+ Rd8 32.Rc7 10

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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 10:02 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
29. N. Kosintseva  Danileian, Round 9 (Closed CaroKann Opening Theory)
Nadezhda Anatolyevna finished second.
Nadezhda Kosintseva (Public Doamin) Nadezhda Kosintseva  Elina Danielian Women's Grand Prix 5th Leg, Round 9 Jermuk, 26 July 2012 Closed CaroKann Game: Short Opening 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5
3...Bf5 4.Nf3
4...e6 5.Be2 c5
6.Be3 cxd4
7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.Nd2
8...Nbc6 9.N2f3 Bg4
10.00 Bxf3 11.Nxf3 g6
12.Bf4
12...Bg7 13.Bd3 00 14.c3 Rc8 (N)
15.Qe2!?
15...h6!
16.h3 d4 17.c4 Nb4
18.a3!?
18...Nxd3!
19.Qxd3 Qc7 20.Rac1 Rfd8
21.Rfd1
21...g5
22.Bh2 a5 23.Qe4 Qb6 24.Rd2 a4 25.Nxd4
25...Rd7?!
26.Nc6!
26...Qxc6?
27.Qxc6!
27...Rxd2
28.Qxa4
28...Rxb2 29.Rd1 Nc6 30.Bg3
30...h5 31.h4!?
31...gxh4!
32.Bxh4 Nxe5 33.Bg3 Ng4
34.c5 Bf6 35.Qd7?!
35...Rd8!
36.Qxd8+!!
36...Bxd8 37.Rxd8+ Kh7
38.Kf1 Kg6 39.Ke1
39...e5 40.Rg8+ Kf5 41.Rb8 41...Rb5
42.a4 Rxc5 43.Rxb7
43...Kg6
44.Kd2 Rc4
45.a5 Ra4 46.Rb5 Ra2+
47.Kc3 f6 48.Kb3 Ra1 49.Bh4
49...e4?!
50.Rc5?!
50...e3!?
51.fxe3!
51...Nxe3 52.Bf2!
52...Nxg2 53.Bd4 Rd1?!
54.Kc4?!
54...Rc1+?
55.Kd5?!
55...Rb1?
56.a6!
56...Nf4+ 57.Kd6?!
57...Rb6+?
58.Rc6!
58...Rb5 59.a7 Ra5 60.Rc8 Ra6+ 61.Kd7 Ne6 62.Bf2
62...h4
63.a8Q Rxa8 64.Rxa8 10

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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:44 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
7. Dutch National Championships, Amsterdam
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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:45 PM
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8. Giri  Van Kempen, Round 6
Eighteenyearold Anish Giri began 2012 with a come=frombehind victory at the international tournamenty in Reggio Emilia, and then suffered a string of bad outings. With his victory in the general group in Dutch national championship and his thridplace finish in the grandmaster tournament at Biel, that rough spot seems to be behind him.
Photo by Stefan64 (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Stefan64) from Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Anish_Giri) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/bysa/3.0/deed.en Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Anish Giri  Robin Van Kampen Dutch National Championships, General Goup, Round 6 Amsterdam, 20 July 2012 Open Queen Gambit: Catalan Opening 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 c5
7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Na3 (N)
8...Ne4
9.00 Nxd2!?
10.Nxd2!
10...c3
11.Ne4
11...Qxd1
12.Raxd1 Bxa3 13.bxa3 Ke7
14.Nxc3 Nc6 15.Rb1
15...Rd8 16.Rfc1 Rd2!?
17.Kf1!
17...Nd8 18.Ke1 Rd7 19.Nb5 a6?!
20.Nc7! Rb8 21.Rb6
21...Rd6 22.Rxd6
22...Kxd6 23.Ne8+ Ke7 24.Nxg7 Bd7 25.Nh5 e5
26.f4 f6 27.fxe5 fxe5 28.Rc5!?
28...Nf7?!
29.Rc7!
29...Nd8?
30.Nf6! 10

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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 03:47 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
9. Lanchava  Peng, Women's Group, Round 2
Only four women took part in the 2012 Dutch women's championship, which neccessatated it being a double round robin of only six games.
Tea Lanchava basically nailed down the title by defeating Peng Zhaoqin in the second round. Although Mw. Peng defeated Mw. Lanchava in the final round, Mw. Lanchava still succeeded in ending Mw. Peng's magnificent twelveyear long reign as Dutch women's champion. (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Tea Lanchava  Peng Zhaoqin Dutch National Championships, Women's Group, Round 2 Amsterdam, 16 July 2012 King's English Game: Catalan Four Knights' Opening 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bc5 5.d3 d6 6.Bg2 00 7.00 h6 8.e3
8...a6
9.h3
9...Ba7 10.b3
10...Bf5 11.d4 (N)
11...exd4
12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.exd4 c6!?
14.g4!?
14...Bh7!?
15.d5!
15...cxd5 16.Nxd5 Rb8!?
17.Bb2!
17...Nxd5 18.Qxd5
18...Bc5?!
19.a3!
19...a5 20.Bc3 Re8?!
21.b4!
21...axb4?!
22.axb4!
22...Bb6 23.Rad1 Re6 24.c5!?
24...Bc7!
25.Qc4 Qh4?
26.Qd4!
26...Rf6
27.f4!
27...dxc5
28.bxc5 Rg6 29.f5 Rd8
30.fxg6!!
30...Rxd4 31.gxh7+ Kxh7 32.Bxd4
32...Qg3 33.Rf3 Qh2+ 34.Kf2 Be5 35.Be3 Bb8 36.Rd7 f6 37.Rxb7 Qe5 38.Rxb8 Qxb8 39.c6 Kg6 40.Bf4 Qb6+ 41.Re3 10

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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:41 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
10. Russia  China Team Match, St. Petersburg
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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 05:46 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
11. Jakovenko  Li Chao, General Group/Standard Time Control, Round 4
(Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Dmitry Jakovenko  Li Chao Team Match, Standard Time Control/Men's Group, Round 4 St Petersburg, 5 July 2012 West India Game: Indian Queen's Gambit (Russian Opening) (Grünfeld Defense) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 00 7.e4 b6
8.e5
8...Be6 9.exf6
9...Bxc4 10.fxg7 Kxg7 11.Bxc4
11...c6
12.00 Nd7 (N)
13.Bf4
13...Nf6 14.Rad1!?
14...Qc8?!
15.Rfe1!
15...Qb7
16.d5 cxd5 17.Nxd5 Rad8
18.Be5 Rd7?
19.Bc3!
19...Rfd8
20.Rxe7 Rxe7 21.Bxf6+ Kf8 22.Ng5!
22...Rd6
23.Nxh7+! Ke8 24.h4
24...b5 25.Bxe7 Qxe7 26.Bxb5+
26...Kd8 27.Ng5 Qb7
28.Bc4 f5
29.b3
29...Kc8 30.Nh3 Qg7
31.a4 f4 32.Nhxf4
32...g5 33.hxg5
33...Qxg5 34.Rd3
34...Qe5 35.Re3 Qd4
36.Re8+ Kb7 37.Re7+ Kb8 38.Rh7 a5
39.g3 Qb2 40.Kg2 Qd4
41.Re7 Rh6
42.Nc7 Qc5 43.Re6 10

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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 08:18 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
20. Ding Liren  Vitiugov, General Group/Standard Time Control, Round 1
Photo by Jon Sullivan from publicdomainphotos.com (Public Domain) Nikita Vitiugov  Ding Liren Team MatchTeam Match, Standard Time Control/Men's Group, Round 1 St Petersburg, 2 July 2012 West India Game: TalIndian Defense (Sämisch Opening) (King's Indian Defense with ...c5) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 00 6.Be3 c5
7.Nge2
7...b6
8.d5
8...e6 9.Nf4 (N)
9...exd5 10.Nfxd5
10...Nc6 11.Qd2 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 Be6
13.Bd3!?
13...Bxd5!
14.cxd5 Nd4 15.00 b5 16.Kh1
16...Qd7 17.Rae1
17...b4!?
18.f4!
18...h5?!
19.f5!
19...Be5
20.Bxd4 Bxd4?
21.e5!
21...Bxe5 22.Rxe5!!
22...dxe5 23.f6 Kh7 24.Rf5! 10

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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:19 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
21. Yu Yangyi  Vitiugov, General Group/Standard Time Control, Round 5
Yu Yangyi  Nikita Vitiugov Team Match, Standard Time Control/Men's Group, Round 5 St Petersburg, 6 July 2012 Open French Game: NimzoWinawer Defense (WinckelmannRiemer Gambit) 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3
4...Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 dxe4 6.Qg4
6...Nf6 7.Qxg7 Rg8 8.Qh6 Nbd7
9.Nh3
9...c5
10.a4 (N)
10...cxd4 11.cxd4 Qc7
12.Qd2 b6!?
13.Ra3!
13...Nd5!?
14.Rg3!
14...Rxg3 15.hxg3 N7f6?!
16.c4!
16...e3?
17.Qb2!
17...Ne7
18...Ba6
19.Bf4 Qd7 20.d5?!
20...Nfg8?
21.Ng5!
21...exd5 22.Rxh7 Bxc4
23.Nxf7 Qe6+ 24.Be5 Nf6
25.Nd6+
25...Kd7 26.Bxc4 Nxh7 27.Bb5+ Nc6
28.Bxc6+ Kxc6 29.Qc2+ 10

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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 09:22 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
22. Pogonina  Zhao Xue, Women's Group/Standard Time Control, Round 3
Zhao Xue lost her round 2 game to former world women's champion Alexandra Kosteniuk (see below), then won her next three games in a row.
Zhao Xue Natalia Pogonina  Zhao Xue Team Match, Standard Time Control/Women's Group, Round 3 St Petersburg, 4 July 2012 Grand Spanish Royal Game: Kasparov Opening 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.00 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 Bd7
9.Bd2 b4 10.a5 (N)
10...00
11.Be3 Kh8!?
12.h3!
12...Be8!?
13.Nbd2!
13...h6 14.Nc4 Nh7
15.d4!
15...f5!
16.exf5!?
16...e4!
17.Nh2 d5 18.Ne5 Rxf5 19.Qg4?!
19...Rf6?!
20.f4?!
20...Rb8?!
21.Qd1!?
21...Rf8 22.Nhg4 Qd6 23.Kh1?!
23...Nf6!
24.Nxf6 Bxf6 25.g4
25...Bh4 26.Kg2 Rd8!?
27.Qd2!?
27...Qe7 28.Nxc6!?
28...Bxc6!
29.Ba4
29...Bxa4 30.Rxa4 Rb8 31.Qe2 Qe6 32.Raa1 Bf6 33.f5 Qc6 34.h4?!
34...Bxh4!
35.Rh1 Qf6 36.Bf4 Bg5 37.Be5?!
39...Rbe8?!
40.Rxg5!
40...hxg5 41.Kg3 Rf6 42.Qd2 e3
43.Qxe3 Qxc2 44.Rh2
44...Qd1 45.Rd2?
45...Qf1!
46.Qf3
46...Qg1+ 47.Rg2
47...Qe1+ 48.Rf2
48...Rxe5!!
49.dxe5 Qxe5+ 50.Kg2 Rh6 51.Kg1
51...Rh4 52.Kf1 Kh7 53.f6 gxf6 54.Qxf6
54...Rh1+!
55.Kg2 Rh2+ 56.Kf1 Rxf2+ 57.Qxf2 Qf4 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #10)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:07 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
23. Ding Yixin  Baira Kovanova, Women's Group/Standard Time Control, Round 1
Photo by Jon Sullivan from publicdomainphotos.com (Public Domain) Ding Yixin  Baira Kovanova Team Match, Standard Time Control/Women's Group, Round 1 St. Petersburg, 2 July 2012 Italian Royal Game: Gothic Defense (Prussian Opening) (Two Knights' Defense) 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Bd3?!
8...Bd6
9.Nc3 00 10.b3 (N)
10...Bg4?!
11.f3!
11...Bh5 12.Bb2 Nd5?
13.Bxh7+! Kh8 14.h4 f5
15.Nxd5 cxd5 16.Qe2 Rc8
17.Ne6?
17...Qd7!
18.Nxf8 Rxf8 19.Bc3
19...Nc6
20.Bxf5!
20...Qxf5?!
21.g4!
21...Qxc2?
22.gxh5!
22...d4 23.Qe4!
23...Qxe4+ 24.fxe4 dxc3 25.dxc3
25...Rf4
26.000 Ba3+
27.Kc2 a5 28.Kd3 Be7 29.Kc4
29...Nd8 30.Kb5 Rxe4 31.Kxa5
31...Re2 32.a4 Nb7+ 33.Kb5 Nc5 34.Rhe1 Rxe1 35.Rxe1 Nxb3 36.a5 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #10)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:09 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
24. Zhao Xue  Kosteniuk, Women's Group/Standard Time Control, Round 2
Alexandra Kosteniuk (, Attribution/Share Alike) Zhao,Xue  Alexandra Kosteniuk Team Match, Standard Time Control/Women's Group, Round 2 St Petersburg, 3 July 2012 English Game: Agincourt Defense 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5
4.Bg2 dxc4 5.Qa4+ c6
6.Qxc4 b5 7.Qc2 Bb7 8.00
8...Be7 9.Nc3
9...00 10.d4 Nbd7 (N)
11.Ne5
11...Nxe5 12.dxe5 Nd5 13.Rd1
13...Qb6?!
14.Ne4!
14...c5 15.Bg5 Nb4 16.Qc1!?
16...Bxg5!
17.Qxg5
17...Bxe4 18.Bxe4 Rad8
19.a3!?
19...Nd5!
20.Rd2!?
20...h6!
21.Qh4
21...Qc7 22.a4?!
22...Qxe5!
23.Bf3?!
23...b4!?
24.Rc1!
24...Nf6!
25.Rdc2?!
25...b3! 26.Rc3 Rd4 27.Qh3?
27...c4!
28.Qf1
28...Rd2 29.Rxc4 Qxb2
30.Kg2
30...Qa3 31.R1c3
31...Nd5 32.Bxd5
32...exd5 33.Rc8
33...Qxa4 34.Qc1
34...Rxe2
35.Rf3
35...Rc2
36.Rxc2 bxc2 37.Rc3 Qe4+ 38.Kg1
38...d4
39.Rxc2 d3 40.Rc7
40...Rd8 41.Qd2
41...Qe2!
42.Qf4 Qa2 43.Qh4
43...Qd5 44.Rc5 d2 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #1)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:16 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
12. World Rapid & Blitz Championships, Astana, Kazakhstan
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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #12)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:18 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
13. Karjakin  Grischuk, Rapid Championship, Round 4
Sergey Karjakin (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Sergey Karjakin  Alexander Grischuk World Rapid Championship, Round 4 Astana, 6 June 2012 Closed CaroKann Game: Short Opening 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.00 h6 7.Nbd2 Nd7 8.Nb3 Bg6
9.a4 (N)
9...Nf5!
10.a5 Rc8 11.c4
11...Be7
12.cxd5
12...cxd5 13.Bd3 00 14.g4
14...Nh4 15.Nxh4 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 Bxh4 17.Bd2
17...f5 18.h3
18...Qe7 19.f4
19...a6 20.Kh2 Qf7 21.Rf3 Rc4
22.Rg1 Rfc8 23.Bc3 Kh8!?
24.Nd2!
24...R4c6 25.Nf1?!
25...g6!
26.Ne3 Nf8?!
27.Ng2!
27...Be7 28.Rg3
28...b5
29.axb6 Rxb6 30.gxf5 exf5 31.Ne3 Rb5?
32.Nxf5!!
32...gxf5
33.Qxf5!! 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #12)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:21 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
14. Mamedyarov  Grischuk, Blitz Championship, Round 25
Alexander Grischuk (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  Alexander Grischuk World Blitz Championship, Round 25 Astana, 10 July 2012 West India Game: TalIndian Defense (Catalan Opening) (Modern Benoni) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.g3 c5 5.d5 d6 6.Bg2 00 7.Nf3 e6 8.00 exd5 9.cxd5 Re8 10.Nd2 a6 11.a4 Nbd7 12.h3 Rb8 13.Nc4 Ne5 14.Na3 Nh5 15.e4 Bd7
16.Qe2 (N)
16...f5
17.Kh2?!
17...fxe4! 18.Nxe4 Bxa4 19.Bg5
19...Qd7 20.Qd2 Nf7 21.Be3?!
21...Nf6!
22.Nc3?
22...Bb3!
23.Ne2
23...Ne5 24.Nf4 b5 25.Ne6
25...Bxd5 26.Nxg7 26...Bxg2!!
27.Nxe8
27...Qxh3+ 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #1)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:56 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
15. Sixth International Open, Leiden
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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:58 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
16. Howell  Negi, Round 8
David Howell (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) David Howell  Parimarjan Negi Sixth International Open, Round 8 Leiden, 14 July 2012 Grand Spanish Royal Game: Derl Opening 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.00 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.d3
7...Bd6
8.Nbd2 Be6 9.b3 c5 (N)
10.a4
10...00 11.a5 Nd7 12.Nc4 f6 13.Kh1!?
13...Nb8
14.Ng1 Nc6 15.Ne2 Qd7 16.Be3 Rad8 17.Qd2 Kh8
18.f3 Be7 19.Rf2
19...Bg8 20.Raf1 Nd4 21.Nc3
21...Qc6 22.f4 exf4 23.Bxf4 b5!?
24.axb6!
24...cxb6 25.Ne3
25...f5?!
26.Nxf5!!
26...Nxf5 27.Bg5!
27...Bxg5 28.Qxg5 h6
29.Qd2 Ng3+
30.hxg3 Rxf2 31.Rxf2
31...b5 32.Qe3 a5 33.Rf5 c4?!
34.Rc5
34...Qf6?!
35.dxc4!
35...bxc4 36.bxc4 a4 37.Ra5 Qf1+
38.Kh2 Rf8 39.Qd3?!
39...Qe1!
40.Rf5
40...Rxf5 41.exf5 a3 42.c5 Qe5 43.c6 Qc5 44.c7!
44...Qxc7 45.Nb5 Qc6?!
46.Nxa3!
46...Bd5 47.Qe2 Be4 48.f6 gxf6 49.Qd2?!
49...Kg7!
50.c3
50...Qa4 51.Qb2!?
51...Bd3!?
52.Qb7+
52...Kf8
53.Qd5 Qa6
54.Qc5+ Kg7 55.c4!?
55...Qa8!
56.Qe7+ Kg6 57.Kg1
57...Qc6 58.Qb4 Be4 59.Qf8 h5
60.Qg8+ Kh6 61.Qf8+
61...Kg6 62.Qg8+
62...Kh6 63.Nb5
63...Bxg2 64.Qf8+ Kh7
65.Qf7+ Kh6 66.Qf8+
66...Kh7 67.Qf7+
67...Kh8
68.Nd4 Qe4
69.Qxf6+?!
69...Kg8!
70.Qg5+
70...Kf8 71.Qf6+
71...Kg8 72.Ne6 Qe1+ 73.Kxg2 Qe2+ 74.Kh3
74...Qg4+
75.Kg2 Qe2+ 76.Qf2 Qxe6
77.Qd4
77...Kh7 78.c5?
78...Qe2+!
79.Qf2
79...Qe4+
80.Kh2 Kg6 81.Qg2 Qe5?
82.Qc2+!
81...Kf6 83.Qc4 Qb2+
84.Kh3 Qb1
85.Qd4+ Kg5
86.Qg7+ 10

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #15)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:00 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
17. B. Socko  Negi, Round 6
Parimarjan Negi Bartosz Socko  Parimarjan Negi Sixth International Open, Round 6 Leiden, 12 July 2012 West India Game: Indian Queen's Gambit (London Opening/Hungarian Variation) (Grünfeld Defense) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4@@
4...Bg7 5.Nf3@@
5...00 6.Rc1
6...Be6
7.Ng5 c5 8.dxc5 d4 9.Nb5 Nc6 (N)
10.Nc7 Bf5 11.Nxa8 e5
12.Bd2 e4 13.Qb3 (N)
13...Qe7
14.e3 d3
15.Nh3 Rxa8
16.Nf4!
16...Rd8!?
17.h3!
17...Ne5 18.Nd5 Qd7 19.Qb5!
19...Nxd5
20.Qxd7 Rxd7 21.cxd5 Rxd5
22.g4!?
22...Nf3+!
23.Kd1 Bxb2 24.gxf5?!
24...Nxd2!
25.Kxd2 Bxc1+ 26.Kxc1 Rxc5+ 27.Kb1?!
27...gxf5
28.f3?!
28...f4!
29.exf4
29...d2 30.Be2 e3 31.Kb2?
31...Kg7!
32.Rg1+ Kf6 33.h4
33...h6 34.Bd3
34...b5 35.a3 a5 36.Rh1
36...b4
37.axb4 axb4 38.Ra1
38...Rc3
39.Be2
39...Kf5 40.h5
40...Kxf4 41.Rg1 f5 42.Kb1 Rc1+
43.Rxc1 dxc1Q+ 44.Kxc1 Kg3 45.Kd1 Kf2 46.f4 b3! 01

Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #1)
Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:07 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
18. 49th Canadian Open, Victoria
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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:09 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
19. Hansen  Mikhalevski, Round 7
Eric Hansen, 20, is a promising international master from Calgary. He won the 49th annual Candian Open with a score of 7½ out of 9. In round 7, he defeated veteran Israeli GM Viktor Mikhalevski, who had been leading up to that point.
He is a freshman on a chess scholarship at the University of Texas at Dallas. Photo by Jon Sullivan from publicdomainphotos.com (Public Domain) Eric Hansen  Viktor Mikhalevski 49th Canadian International Open, Round 7 Victoria, British Columbia, 11 July 2012 West India Game: Indian Queen's Gambit (Three Knights' Opening) (Grünfeld Defense) 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Qb3 Nb6 6.d4 Bg7 7.Bg5
7...Be6
8.Qc2 h6 9.Bh4 g5 (N)
10.Bg3
10...g4
11.Nd2 Nc6
12.e3 Nb4 13.Qd1 h5 14.a3
14...N4d5!
15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.Bh4
16...c5
17.e4 Nf4 18.d5
18...Bd7 19.Qc2
19...Rc8 20.Nc4 Ng6 21.Bg5 Qc7 22.a4
22...Bd4 23.Qd2!?
23...Ne5!
24.Bf4 h4
25.Be2!?
25...Nxc4!
26.Bxc4 Be5?!
27.g3!
27...Qd6 28.b3?! Qf6?! 29.Bxe5
29...Qxe5 30.00 Kf8
31.Rad1
31...Kg7 32.Qf4 Rh5 33.d6 Qxf4 34.gxf4 Re8!?
35.dxe7!
35...Bc6?!
36.Bb5!?
36...Bxb5!
37.axb5 Rxe7 38.Rfe1 Rh6 39.Rd5 Rhe6 40.Rg5+ Kf8!?
41.e5!
41...f6
42.Rxg4 fxe5 43.Rxh4 exf4?!
44.Rxf4+!
44...Kg7 45.Rxe6 Rxe6 46.Rc4 Re1+?!
47.Kg2!
47...b6 48.Ra4 Rb1?
49.Rxa7+!
49...Kf6 50.Rb7 Rxb3 51.Rxb6+
51...Kf5 52.Rb8 c4 53.Rc8 c3
54.b6 Rxb6 55.Rxc3 Rb4
56.h3 Rb1 57.Rg3 Rb4 58.Rg8
58...Rb3
59.h4!
59...Kf6
60.f3 Rb4 61.Rg4 Rb2+
62.Kg3 Rb1
63.h5!
63...Rh1 64.Rh4 Rg1+ 65.Kf4 Rg8
66.h6!
66...Rf8 67.Kg4 Rg8+ 68.Kh3 Rh8
69.h7! 69...Kg5 70.Kg3 Kf5 71.Rh5+
71...Kf6 72.Kf4 Kg6 73.Kg4 Kf6
74.Rh6+ Kf7 75.Kg5 Kg7 76.Rg6+!
76...Kf7 77.Kh6 Ra8 78.Rg7+ 10

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Mon Aug 6, 2012, 12:43 AM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
26. Updates (Sunday, August 5)
Threeway Tie in Denmark
Bulgarian grandmaster Ivan Cheparinov was award the Politiken Cup on tie breaks today at the conclusion of one of the world's most prestigious open chess tournaments in Helsignør, one of the world literature's most noted dramatic settings. Cheparinov, GM Ivan Sokolov of Holland by way of Bosnia and Swedish GM Jonny Hector finished with 8 points apiece in ten rounds. Gawain Jones wins British Championship in playoff English grandmaster Gawain Jones defeated Englishman Stephen Gordon in a playoff of two rapid games Saturday to win the 99th British Championship in North Shields in Northumberland, England. Messrs. Jones and Gordon each finished the 11round tournament with 9 points on Friday. Volokitin and Korobov lead Ukrainian Championships Grandmasters Andrey Volokitin and Anton Korobov are leading the Ukrainian national championship through nine rounds with 6½ points each in Kiev. Grandmaster Alexander Areshchenko i nipping at their heels with 6 points. The 11round tournament is scheduled to end on Tuesday. Russian Championships underway After three rounds at the Russian national champioships in Moscow, or Superfinals as it is known commercially, grandmasters Evgeny Alekseev, a twotime titleholder, and Dmitry Andeikin are tied for first place in the general group with 2 points each. In the women's group, defending champion Valentina Gunina and dark horse Olga Girya share first place with 2½ points each. The general group goes 11 rounds while the ladies will play only nine, but both groups will run through August 13. Athens hosts 2012 World Junior Championships Athens, the cradle of democracy and capital of Greece, a nation currently living under corporate tyranny, was the scene of the opening of the 2012 World Junior Championships on August 2. After four rounds in the general group, GMs Yu Yangyi of China and Alexander Ipatov of Russia are leading with perfect scores. In the girls' group, five young ladies are tied for the top spot with 3½ points out of four: Anastasia Bodnaruk (Russia), Irina Bulmaga (Romania), Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia), Guo Qi (China) and Nastassia Ziaziulkina (Belarus). The action runs through August 16. 
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Sun Aug 12, 2012, 10:40 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
30. Updates (August 12): SixWay Playoff in Russian Championship; Pogonina wins Russ Women's Title
SixWay Playoff Tomorrow in Moscow for Russian Natl Championship
Photo by Adam Baker, flickr (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) After nine rounds of regulation play in the Russian National Championships' General Group in Moscow, six players are still in contention for the title and will participate in a rapid playoff beginning at 9 am Moscow Standard Time (10 pm Sunday night PDT). The six are: former twotime national champion Evgeny Alekseev; Dmitry Andreikin; Dmitry Jakovenko; former champion Sergey Karjakin; former European Champion Vladimir Potkin; and defending champion, Peter Svidler. All six scored 5 points in nine rounds, a mere +1 score. Three of the six scored only a single win with eight draws, one of those, Svidler, won his only game of the event just today when he took down Alexander Grischuk in 50 moves. Had Grischuk drawn the game, he would have been in the playoff with only one victory; Had he won the game, he would have been crowned the national champion today. Natalia Pogonina wins Russian Women's Title Photo by Otdanon in Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Natalia_Pogonina) (Public Domain) Natalia Pogonina won the Russian women's championship in Moscow today with 6½ points out of nine rounds. Natalia Andreevna, who needed only to avoid loss to finish a clear first, played a short draw against Baira Kovanova in today's final round to nail down the title. Defending champion Valentina Gunina finished second with 5½ points. 
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Mon Aug 13, 2012, 10:38 AM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
31. Update (Monday, August 13): Dmitry Andeikin is new Russian Champion
Dmitry Vladimirovich Andreikin, 22, won the sixway rapid playoff for the Russian National Championship today in Moscow.
The playoff was a fiveround rapid affair with a time control of 15 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. Dmitry Vladimirovich scored four points out of five, winning three games and drawing two. His key victory came in the fourth round when he defeated defending champion Peter Svidler with Black in 43 moves. Sergey Karjakin scored 3½ points in the playoffs to take second place. 
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Wed Aug 15, 2012, 12:05 AM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
32. Update (Tuesday, August 14): Svetozar Gligoric dies
(Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Serbian/Yugoslav grandmaster Svetozar Gligoric died of a stroke today in Belgrade at the age of 89. Gliroric was the leader of the Yugoslav chess movement that rivaled even the Soviets in the years following World War II. He played in several world championship cycles, but never with outstanding success. He was the Yugoslav champion twelve times and represented Yugoslavia in the chess olympics fifteen tiem, thirteen of those playing the top board. Gligoric was an noted opening theorist whose favorite openings as a player were the Spanish Opening and the King's Indian Defense. He was considered in this greatest years to have been the second best King's Indian player in the world behind only Bobby Fischer. 
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Wed Aug 15, 2012, 02:53 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
33. Updates (August 15): World Jr Championships Conclude
Photo by Steve Swayne (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68686051@N00) in Wikimedia Commons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Parthenon_in_Athens.jpg) and Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68686051@N00/2416778389) (Creative Commons License, Attribution) The 2012 World Junior Championships concluded today after 13 rounds in Athens. In the boys group, grandmasters Richard Rapport of Hungary and Alexander Ipatov of Turkey scored 10 points each to top all competitors. Ipatov was awarded the gold medal based on a superior tiebreak score. In the girls' group, Russian international master Anatasia Bodnaruk, WGMs Guo Qi of China and Natassia Ziaziulkina of Belarus and WFM Warda Aulia Medina of Indonesia each took 9½ points finish equal first. Guo Qi got the gold medal based on tie breaks. 
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Sat Aug 18, 2012, 01:29 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
34. Update (Saturday, August 18): French Championships after Round 6
Grandmasters Etienne Bacrot and Maxime Vachier Lagrave lead the French National Championship after 6 rounds with 4½ points each in Pau in the Pyrenees Mountains.
Tied for third place a 4 points each are grandmasters Laurent Fressinet, Romain Edouard and Vlad Tkachiev. In the women's group, WGM Anda Safranska leads after five rounds with 3½ points, a half point ahead of Almira Skripchenko, who has won the French women's championship many times in the past. The general group is a single round robin of eleven rounds while the ladies are playing a double round robin among six players (ten rounds). The action for both groups ends Friday. 
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Thu Aug 23, 2012, 02:31 AM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
35. Update (Wedneday, August 22): Vachier Lagrave, Skripchenko lead French Championships
Photo of M. Vachier Lagrave by Brittle Heaven (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Brittle_heaven) in Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Maxime_VachierLagrave) (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Photo of Mlle. Skripchenko by Velho in Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Almira_Skripchenko) (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) Maxime Vachier Lagrave leads the general group of the French Championship after nine rounds and fourtime French women's champion Almira Skripchenko leads the women's group after eight rounds after play was completed today in the Pyrenees city of Pau. M. Vachier Lagrave drew his game today against dark horse Christian Bauer, who shares second place with Romain Edouard and Etienne Bacrot. M. Vachier Lagrave has 6½ points, a half point ahead of the secondplace trio. M. Edouard climbed into second today by taking down Vlad Tkachiev, who had shared first place at the half way point in the tournamet. M. Tkachiev is currently tied for fifth place with Laurent Fressinet, who was also sharing first place at the half way point. Mlle. Skripchenko widened her lead in the women's group today when she defeated Andreea Bollengier in 39 moves while second place Sophie Millet dropped her game to Sylvia Collas in 53 moves. Mlle. Skripchenko had 6 points and now leads Mlle. Millet by a point and a half with only two rounds left to play. Mlle. Skripchenko has a even chance of wrapping up her fifth French women's title tomorrow when she plays White agaisnt Georgia native Nino Maisuradze. The tournament ends Friday. 
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Thu Aug 23, 2012, 02:22 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
36. Updates (Thursday, August 23): Four tied for lead in French General Championship
Four tied for lead in French General Championship; Skripchenko wins ladies' title
Photo by Velho in Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Almira_Skripchenko) (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) The final rounds of the French Championships will begin tomorrow in Pau with four players in first place in the general group and the women's title already decided for Almira Skripchenko. Etienne Bacrot, dark horse Christian Bauer, Romain Edoaurd and former world junior champion Maxime Vachier Lagrave are tied for first place in the general group with 7 points each. M. Vachier Lagrave, who entered today alone in first place, drew his game with GM Andrei Istratescu in 29 moves. Mm. Bacrot, Bauer and Edouard began the day just half a point behind and each won their games today: M. Bacrot, playing Black, took down Maxime Lagarde in 47 moves; M. Bauer, also playing Black, defeated JeanBaptiste Mullon in just 23 moves; and M. Edouard, playing White, ground out a win from veteran GM Anatoly Vaisser in 58 moves. In tommorow's eleventh and final round, Bacrot will play White against Laurent Fressinet, one of the pretournament favorites who is only a half point behind the leaders and thus still entertains a slim hope of finishing in a tie for first place. In other games, M. Bauer will have White against M. Edouard and M. Vachier Lagrave will play Black against Sebastién Maze. In the women's group, Almira Skripchenko, who is the wife of M. Fressinet, won her fifth women's title when she drew her game game Nino Maisuradze to remain a point and a half ahead of Sophie Milliet, who drew her game today against Andreea Bollengier. In an anticlimatic final round tomorrow, Mlle. Skripchenko will play Black against Mlle. Milliet. 
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Fri Aug 24, 2012, 05:25 PM
Jack Rabbit (45,984 posts)
37. Update (Friday, August 24): Tragedy cancels final round of General French Championship
Tragedy Cancels Final Round of French General Championship
Photo of Christian Bauer by Stefan64 (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Stefan64) in Wikimedia Commons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Christian_Bauer.jpg) (Creative Commons License, Attribution/Share Alike) The players in the general group of the French National Championships in Pau voted today to cancel the eleventh and final round on learning of the sudden death of the fourmonthold son of tournament coleader Christian Bauer. No details about the death of the infant are forthcoming. M. Bauer was tied for first place with three other French grandmasters after play ended yesterday. The remaining three, Etienne Bacrot, Romain Edouard and Maxime Vachier Lagrave will play a sixround rapid playoff tomorrow. The final round was held in the women's group, with all games drawn. Almira Skripchenko clinched her fifth French women's title yesterday. Kasparov Cleared of Illegal Protest Charges in St. Petersburg Posted on YouTube by Gary Kasparov Former world champion Garry Kasparov, the most prominent opponent of Russian president Vladimir Putin, spent nine and a half hours in a St. Petersburg court today and was cleared of charges of participating in an "illegal protest." The protest came August 17 when another St. Petersburg court sentenced three members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot to two years hard labor for staging a protest against Putin in a St. Petersburg cathedral in February. Garry Kimovich also faces more serious charges of biting a police officer during the incident. However, photos on ChessBase.com originating with the Russian publication ANOnline show the officer involved had a scratch on his left hand prior to contact with Kasparov. 
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Fri Aug 24, 2012, 07:13 PM
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38. Update to the latest Update: Communique from the French Chess Federation says playoff canceled
Communique FFE
Etienne Bacrot, Romain Edouard et Maxime Vachier Lagrave, tous 3 qualifiés pour les matchs de départage du championnat de France, ont finalement indiqué à la Fédération Française des Echecs, qu'ils ne se sentaient pas, compte tenu des circonstances exceptionnelles, en mesure d'y participer. Sensible à ces arguments et partageant l'émotion des joueurs, la Fédération a donc décidé d'attribuer collectivement le titre de champion de France 2012 aux 4 joueurs arrivés en tête à l'issue de la 10e ronde du National. Etienne Bacrot, Romain Edouard and Maxime Vachier Lagrave, the three who qualified for the championship game tiebreaker France, finally told the French Chess Federation, they did not feel, given the exceptional circumstances, be able to participate. Sensitive to these arguments and sharing the excitement of players, Federation has decided to grant collective title of champion of France 2012 to 4 players tied for first at the end of the tenth round of the national championship. 
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Tue Aug 28, 2012, 08:02 PM
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39. Update (Tuesday, August 28): 40th Chess Olympiad begins in Istanbul
The fortieth Chess Olympiad began today in the fabled city of Istanbul with 156 nations competing in general group and 125 in the women's group. Eleven rounds will be played in both groups, with each match played on four boards. Today's first round, like all Swiss system first rounds, featured the strongest teams playing the weakest and resulted predictably in many matches won by 40 scores. There were no surprises at the team level today, but at the individual level Osvaldo Zambrana of Bolivia defeated Segei Movsesian of Armenia, Malaysia's Mok Tzemeng took down former longtime Dutch champion Loek Van Wely and Daria Pustovoitova of the International Blind Chess Association scored a win from Elisabeth Pähtz of Germany. The players have free days on September 2 and 8 with the final round scheduled for September 9. The official website will broadcast games beginning at 3 pm Istanbul time (5 am PDT) except for the final round which begins four hours earlier. 