Happy New Year 2010!!
Here a list of late December winners, in Russian Superfinal Men, Peter Svidler narrowly missed the title to Alex Grischuk by half point. This maybe blamed to Svidler lost to Sjugirov in a Caro Kann miniature. Meanwhile the tournament see another miniature and an interesting one.
Vitiugov,N (2694) - Khismatullin,D (2643)
62nd ch-RUS Moscow RUS (9), 2009.12.29
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In Women category, Alisa Galliamova also narrowly clinched the title from Nadezhda Konsintseva by half point. Alisa had been dominated the tournament with only three draws on 9 rounds. Natalia Pogonina must withdrew early due to illness. Comprehensive report from TWIC.
In Groningen Open Group A, young Illya Nyzhnyk (13 old!) finished first with 7.5 point. Second are Jan Werle Dmitri Reinderman with 6.5. Illya gets his title and second GM norm. Shame he did not met the other teenage Anish Giri who finished with 6 points. Don't missed this young and dangerous player, Illya Nyzhnyk.
Old Jan Timman wins his latest match against Robin van Kampen, 2.5-1.5. Timman is at 2591 and van Kampen 2470. TWIC conclusion here.
In 19th Pamplona International, Georg Meier is ahead of other 9 players to bring home a title. Second are GM Julio Granda Zuniga, who with Viktor Laznicka and Kiril Georgiev must surrender the title to Meier eventhough all have a tie 6 points. TWIC presentation here.
In closer to Asia, GM Antonio Rogelio Jr. wins a friendly 3rd Knights and Kings gathering, ahead of Wesley So (4th), Rolando Nolte (3rd), and Ali Branzuela (2nd). See nice story from Chessheroes.
Meanwhile still a busy up coming week:
Hastings UK- http://www.hastingschess.org.uk/
Reggio Emilia Italy- see TWIC if you can't do Italian.
the Rilton Cup Sweden- http://www.rilton.se/
World Open Leon- http://www.openmundialdeleon.com/
World Team Champ Turkey- http://wtcc2009.tsf.org.tr/