Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top Ten Most Memorable Chess Games of 2011

Once again we are at the end of another great year in chess. A candidate knockout and World Cup happening this year are some of notables events. Surely there are thousand of interesting games, but I would like to recollecting the year 2011 and put in ten of most memorable chess games. These are not the best chess games but something like most memorable because of its intensity, its rivalry, its background story and others.

This list put in chronological order. Enjoy the list!

10.Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura
Tata Chess 2011 Group A, Round 8 1-0

Hikaru Nakamura is going to win his first super tournament here, but at round 8, Magnus Carlsen defeat him. Not only this defeat is memorable, but it will be the start of string of defeat suffered by Nakamura in this year. It's look like Nakamura are beating any other top player today (Kramnik, Anand, Aronian, etc.) but Carlsen. The game in generated 18 pages of comments.

9.Boris Gelfand vs Alexander Grischuk
World Championship Candidates Final 2011 (E60) · 1-0

Boris Gelfand surprise everybody by winning the super strong KO events to decide the challenger for Vishy Anand. He duly perform a solidly and beat everyone from Mamedyarov, Kamsky and Grischuk in final.
8.Wesley So vs Alexey Shirov
19th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2011 · (D11) · 1-0

This semi super tournament played by six player round robin. Wesley So finally break the egg and put his name elegantly by tie winning this event. This is, maybe, the only strong tournament by So after his successful Corus Chess a while ago, where he won the Group C!
7.Yasser Seirawan vs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
World Chess Team Championship 2011 · (A43) · 1-0

This is one of my favorite games in 2011. Not only Yasser is my favorite player and chess writer, but to see how he challenge by 'youngster' in sharp opening play, and duly won it because it is so unpositional and out of theory, is a winning moment of chess. Yasser also won the other top challenge by Judit Polgar (on her birthday) and giving a nice comeback in US team and chess fans rejoice one again.
6.Alexander Morozevich vs Peter Svidler
Russian Superfinals 2011 · (D97) · 1-0

Peter Svidler and Morozevich are having great year in 2011. Svidler won this Russian Superfinal and then world cup. But, in the final round Morozevich down Svidler in this nice game. Morozevich having won the previously higher league tournament are now watch nervously by chess fans, but he prove that his games still on and strongly finish no.2
5.Gata Kamsky vs Peter Svidler
World Cup 2011 · Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (C78) · 0-1

One of most famous moment and chess move of 2011. Until move 25, Kamsky seem dominated the King hunting as white, but Svidler move 26..Re2!! killed it all. This is one of Svidler's black wins, as he continue in this style until the final of World Cup 2011.
4. Leinier Dominguez-Perez vs Judit Polgar
World Cup 2011 · Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B33) · 0-1

This ultra sharp and dramatic game is one of my most favorite moment in 2011. The game was in Sicilian defence, played by Judit Polgar who desperately need to secure a win after a lost the day before. Leinier Dominguez played a strong opening and very promising position, with little risk to lost and absolutely able to hold draw with great precision. But Leinier continued play in "style" and slowly put into great tactical shoot create by Judit. The game continue in roller coaster of Houdini's analysis and show both side have moments. In the end Judit seems almost unable to convert her end game advantage and need a nerve of steel to find the winning position. It generated 16 page views in
3.Alexander Grischuk vs Peter Svidler
World Cup 2011 · Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation. Wing Attack (B43) · 0-1

This is the last Svidler black string of winning in World Cup and the winning game of World Cup final. And this enough to give Svidler his big cup after a long absency of prestigious world title. Svidler will join Ivanchuck and Grischuk to play in next edition of candidate.
2. Viswanathan Anand vs Vassily Ivanchuk
4th Bilbao Masters 2011 · Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense (C63) · 0-1

Ivanchuck played great tournament here. Winning four times but yet lost the title to Carlsen who beat him in the later round. Ivanchuck surprises started in this game, follow tensely by fans around the world. This event memorable because of the news that Ivanchuck robbed by gun criminal in Brazil. He 'recover' by beating Nakamura, but lost two times to Carlsen and Vallejo-Pons.
1. Luke McShane vs Vladimir Kramnik
London Chess Classic 2011 · Spanish Game: General (C60) · 0-1

Kramnik taking advantage of the last Britton he need to play.. and defeat. This game concluded the London Classic and also ended Nakamura almost domination in London. The game generated 20 pages of comments.
--- other candidates of most memorable and most controversial games of 2011 ---
Alexander Moiseenko vs David Navara ,draw, World Cup 2011
Navarra controversially 'tortured' Moiseenko by offering a draw in winning final position. The little story was well known (read here) and this is the Fair Game of the 2011!
Radjabov, Teimour vs Naiditsch, Arkadij 0-1
A0918th Euro-TCh Open(8)Porto Carras/Greece


Movsesian, Sergei vs Meier, Georg 0-1
C0518th Euro-TCh Open(9)Porto Carras/Greece

These two key moment where Germany won the European Team gold medal.

Azerbaijan vs France - 2-2
Controversial draw result in European Team Champ, where Gashimov from Azerbaijan suddenly become ill during the match and a dramatic peace pact signed in the end of this match.

Vallejo Pons, Francisco vs Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0
E94 Chess Masters Final 2011(9.1)
Perhaps the most controversial game in ending. Hikaru Nakamura reach the last move before time control, but failed to understand this due to miss-communication to arbiter, and leave the board for a drink and duly declared lost because of this. Should Nakamura can get different result, he have a high chance to compete the first title in Bilbao tournament.

Hikaru Nakamura vs Michael Adams
London Chess Classic 2011 · King's Gambit: Accepted. Abbazia Defense (C36) · 1-0
One of the rare King Gambit played by 2700+ player against 2700+, and white win with it!

Well, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and thanks for reading my blog in the year 2011!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Chess at SEA Games 2011 Jakarta Palembang

SEA Games or South East Asian Games kicking off last night. The multi sport event is the Olympiad of the region. In this year edition, Jakarta will co-hosting with city Palembang, separate by sea as one is in Java island and Palembang in Sumatera archipelago.

Chess is getting its share pie in the festival. Three event where design to appeal chess as a sport, surprisingly, it is design as Blindfold, Mixed Pair (perhaps due to the high popular Badminton mixed pair setup) and of course standard or classical Chess.

GM Le Quang Liem headline the overall rating. Indonesian puts high hope as we put in the "dream pair" GM Megaranto Susanto with WGM Irene K. Sukandar. Full list of player is below, the event will started at Saturday 12th of November 2011 for a week of play, for that three medals.

Team-Composition MIXED PAIR
Myanmar (RtgAvg:2193)
1 FM Zaw Oo
2 May Hsu Lwin

Vietnam (RtgAvg:2403)
1 GM Dao Thien Hai 2505
2 WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An 2300

Thailand (RtgAvg:1856)
1 Hansing Saphong
2 Taweesupmun Chanida

Indonesia (RtgAvg:2444)
1 GM Megaranto Susanto
2 WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma

Malaysia (RtgAvg:2060)
1 IM Lim Yee-Weng
2 WFM Nur Najiha Hisham

Philippines (RtgAvg:2327)
1 GM Barbosa Oliver
2 WIM Perena Catherine

ASEAN Chess (Standard Classical)
1 Antonio Rogelio Jr PHI

4 Halay Taufik INA
2 Kongsee Uaychai THA
3 Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy VIE
5 Wynn Zaw Htun MYA

7 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2714

1 GM Gomez John Paul PHI 2506
10 GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2502
4 GM Nguyen Anh Dung VIE 2438
9 IM Purnama Tirta Chandra INA 2384
6 GM Zaw Win Lay MYA 2377
2 IM Lioe Dede INA 2375
3 IM Mok Tze-Meng MAS 2363
5 IM Myo Naing MYA 2317
8 IM Liew Chee-Meng-Jimmy MAS 2303

There will be another six variations of events, Men Standard, Men Blitz, Men Rapid, Women Standard, Women Blitz, and Women Rapid.

So far the hosting team Indonesia already surprisingly missed all the medals. In mixed pair, Indonesia surprisingly losing to Malaysia team (Megaranto losing and Irene draw after playing a good position) and missed the bronze.

Medals for Mixed pair:
1. Vietnam
2. Philippines
3. Malaysia

Medals for Blindfold:
1 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2714 7.0

2 GM Gomez John Paul PHI 2506 7.0
3 GM Laylo Darwin PHI 2502 5.5

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2011 Chess Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame 2011 is a dedicated page to the winner of strong chess tournament in 2010. The page will list the first winner only, or in tie break situation, the official tie break winners. Black color mean it is a classical time control event, Green is a rapid event and Red is a blitz event also Magenta mean a Team event. The roman numeric is for category - XX.

For 2010 Chess Hall of Fame click here.

Kramnik, Vladimir, London Classic, London
China, World Women Team
Hao Yifan, World Mind Games Blindfold Women, Beijing
Vachier Lagrave, Maxime, World Mind Games Blindfold, Beijing
Wang Hao, World Mind Games Rapid, Beijing
Kosteniuk, Alexander, World Mind Games Rapid Women, Beijing
Vachier Lagrave, Maxime, World Mind Games Blitz, Beijing
Hao Yifan, World Mind Games Blitz Women, Beijing

Vladimir Okhotnik, World Senior Champ, Opatija
Germany, European Team CC, Greece
Carlsen Magnus,Tal Memorial, Moscow
Aronian Levon, Tal Memorial (tie break)
Peng Zhaoqin, Euwe Memorial Group A, Amsterdam
Robin Van Kempen, Euwe Memorial Group B, Amsterdam
Megaranto Susanto, SEA Games Man Standard, Jakarta
Nguyen Thi Mai Hung, SEA Games Woman Standard, Jakarta
Kuljasevic Davorin, Open Chess Mediterranean, Rijeka
Graf, Alexander, Bavaria Open, Bad Wiessee
Tiviakov, Sergey, Panama Open, Panama

Markus, Robert, Open Skopje,  Skopje
Anand, Vishwanathan, Corsica KO, Corsica
Sasikiran, Krishnan, Corsica Master, Corsica
Kasimdzanov, Rustam, 1st Central Asia Cup, Tashkent
Bocharov, Dmitry, Chigorin Memorial Classic, St Petersburg
Korobov, Anton, Chigorin Memorial Rapid, St Petersburg
Li Chao (b),Indonesia Open, Jakarta
Surya Ganguly, Indonesia Open (tie)
Kramnik, Vladimir,Unive Crown Group, Hoogeveen
Tiviakov, Sergey,Unive Open, Hoogeven
Le Quang Liem,SPICE Cup Group A, Lubbock
Bykhovsky, Anatoly, SPICE Cup Group B, Lubbock
Finegold, Benjamin,SPICE Cup Group C, Lubbock
Zhao Xue,Nalchik Women GP, Nalchik
Salgado Lopez, Ivan,Ciutat de Barcelona, Barcelona
Seirawan, Yasser, Ciutat de Barcelona (tie)
Volkov, Sergey, Livigno Open, Livigno
Carlsen, Magnus ,Bilbao, Bilbao and Sao Paolo
Zhou Weiqi, 1st Qin Huangdao Open, Qin Huangdao
Morozevich, Alexander,Saratov Governor Cup
Bacrot, Etienne., Poikovsky, Nefteyugansk
Saddler, Matthew, Oslo Open, Oslo
 Miezis Normunds, Gocher Open, Gosch

Bauer, Christian, 12th Lausanne, Lausanne
Volkov, Sergey, 2nd International Livigno, Livigno
Svidler, Peter, 2011 World Cup, Khanty Mansyisk
Hou Yifan,Shenzhen Woman GP, Shenzhen
Tiviakov, Sergey, 1st Isthmia Open, Isthmia
Sanikidze, Tornike, 8th LGA Premium Cup, Nurnberg
Edouard, Roman, Inventi GM, Antwerp
Salvador Del Rio De Angelis, Candos Open, Candos
Svetushkin, Dmitry, Festival of Imperia, Imperia
Barbosa, Oliver, Dr Naszrin shah Open, Kuala Lumpur
Gareev, Timur, Metropolitan Invitational

Goryachkina, Valentina, Rudenko Memorial, St Petersburg
Gunina, Valentine, Russian Superfinal Women,
Lagrave, Maxime V, French Championship
Li Chao, Universiade Chess Category 2011, Shenzhen
Adams, Michael,Metropolitan Chess International, Los Angeles
Kokarev, Dmitry, Vladimir Open, Suzdal
Khismatulin, Denis, Botvinnik Memorial International Chess, St Petersburg
Korchnoi, Viktor, Botvinnik Memorial Rapid Senior, Suzdal-Vladimir Oblast
Vladimir Romanenko , Manhattan Open, Manhattan
Kononenko, Dmitry, Pardubice Open, Pardubice
Adams, Michael,British Championship, Sheffield
Houska, Jovanka, British Championship, Sheffield
Zhigalko, Sergey,Baku Open, Baku
Lenderman, Alex, US Open, Orlando
Kurnosov, Igor,Politiken Cup, Copenhagen
Svidler, Peter,Russian Superfinal, Moscow
Cori, Deisy T,World Junior Championship,Chennai
Swiercz, Dariuz, World Junior Championship, Chennai
Baloq, Imre,4th Arad Open, Arad
Hou Yifan,Women FIDE GP Rostov, Rostov
Solak, Dragan, Kavala Open, Kavala
Bartel, Mateusz, Kavala Open, (tie break)
Landa, Konstantin, Hogeschool Zeeland Chess, Vlissingen
Djuric, Steven, Vila de Sitges Open, Sitges
Omar Almeida Quintana , 5th Tourney AD San Juan
Yuriy Kryvoruschko, 4th Paleochoro Open, Selino Greece
Noritsyn, Nicolay, Quebec Chess Open, Quebec

JULY 2011
Armenia,World Chess Team, Ningbo
Ju Wenjun, 1st Hangzhou Chess, Hangzhou
Jobava, Baadur,Lake Sevan
Georgiev, Kiril, Andorra Open, Arinsal
Kramnik, Vladimir,Dortmund Chess, Dortmund
Yrjö Rantanen, Heart of Finland,  Jyväskylä
Hera Imre,Oberwart Open, Oberwart
Carlsen, Magnus, Biel Chess Festival, Biel
Markowski Tomasz , Miguel Najdorf Memorial, Warsaw
So, Wesley,Battle of Grandmaster 2011, Manila
Tiviakov, Sergey, Leiden Chess, Leiden
Levan Aroshidze, Obert Int. , Barcelona
Manuel Leon Hoyos , Obert Int,
Bacallao Alonso Yusnel ,Obert Int
Nestorovic, Nikola, Sveti-prokopije-rapid , Blitz
Petrosian, Tigran, Benasque Open
Gleizerov, Evgeny, Slovakia Championship
Ulibin, Mikhail, Central Serbia Open, Paracin
Barbosa, Oliver, Campomanes Memorial, Yangoon
Saddler, Matthew, Nova College Chess, Harleem
Exposito Amaro Josue, Obert International, Barcelona
Prasad, Arun, Paris CC, Paris
Bauer, Christians, Swiss CC,
Kogan, Arthur, Torredembarra, Torredembarra
Williams, Simon, 2nd Big Slick International, London
Paunovic Dragan, Abierto International, Galicia
Cheparinov, Ivan,Albena Chess, Albena
Caruana, Fabiano,AAI Chess, New Delhi
Giri, Anish, Dutch Championship, Boxtel
Peng Zhaoqin, Dutch Championship Female, Boxtel
Dvoirys Semen I,Lev Polugaevsky Memorial, Samara
Jones, Gawain, Commonwealth and South Africa Open,
Kamsky, Gata, 34th Annual World Open, Philadelphia

JUNE 2011
Tiviakov, Sergey, III Iforie Nord, Bulgaria
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw,Gyorgy Marx, Hungary
Matamoros, Carlos, Forni di Sopra Open, Forni di Sopra
Ponomariov, Ruslan,Ukraine Championship,
Carlsen, Magnus,King Tournament, Medious
Kovacevic, Alexandr,Pula International, Pula
Kotanjian, Tigran,4th Karen Asrian Memorial ,Jermuk
Hans Tikkanen, Fynsmesterskabet 2011 Open ,Odense
So, Wesley, Sigeman Chess, Malmo (Anish Giri, Hans Tikkanen tied)
Laylo, Darwin, Prospero Pihay Jr Cup, Subic
Aleksej Aleksandrov ,3rd Orissa, Bhubaneswar
Tomas Likavsky, Liechtenstein Open, Liechtenstein
Timur Gareev , Chicago Open,Chicago

MAY 2011
 Igor Khenkin .,82nd German Championship, Bonn
Luca Shytaj ,1st Alimini Village International Open,Otranto (ITA)
Megaranto Susanto, Asian Zonal 3.3, Tagaytay
Li Ruofan, Asian Zonal 3.3 Women, Tagaytay
Short, Nigel, CUCA International, Luanda
Felgaer, Ruben, FIDE Zone 2.5, Asuncion
Vallejo Pons,Francisco,Bahia Feliz Master, Isle of Canary
Gelfand, Boris,2011 Candidate Matches, Kazan
Ivanchuck, Vasily,Capablanca Memorial, Havanna
Shirov, Alexey,Lublin Union Memorial, Lublin
Yu Yangyi,Danzhou Open, Danzhou
Jesse Kraai ,Calgary International, Calgary (Enrico Sevilliano tie)
Bator Sambuev, Canadian Closed, Guelph
Krikor Mekhitarian, SP Master, Sao Paolo
Viktorija Cmilyte ,European Women Championship, Tblisi
Hernandez Carmenates Holden, Salou Open, Salou
Malakhatko, Vadim, Balagna Open, Corsica
Dronavali, Harika, Asian Women Individual, Mashhad
Harikrishna, Pentala, Asian Individual, Mashhad
Akshat Khamparia , Sydney International Open, Sidney
Bagarutov, Georgi, Alexander the Great Open, Thessaloniki

APRIL 2011
Leitao, Rafael, Bienal Professor Jao Braga, Sao Paolo
Tiviakov, Sergey, Norwegian Chess festival, Fagernas
Kamsky, Gata,US Championship, St Louis
Zatonskih, Anna, US Championship Woman, St Louis
Shi Jiazhuang (city team), Asian Cities Team, jakarta
Korobov, Anton, Nakchivan Open, Nakchivan
Hou Yifan, Women Master, Wuxi
Bruzon, Lazaro, Americas Continental Championship, Toluca
Gajewski, Grzegorz,Zagreb Open, Zagreb
 Abhijeet Gupta ,Dubai Open, Dubai
Gustafsson, Jan,11th Thailand Open, Pattaya
Mihai Suba,European Senior Championship, Courmayeur
Nona Gaprindashvili, European Senior Championship Woman
Sarunas Sulskis, Ravenna Open, Ravenna
Fabio Bruno , Ravenna Open, Ravenna (tie break)
Zhang Xiaowen, Chinese Championship Woman, Xinghua
Ding Liren, Chinese Championship, Xinghua
Barus, Cerdas, First Telin Chess, Jakarta
Potkin, Vladimir, Europe Individual CC,

MARCH 2011
Kuljasevic, Davorin, SPICE Spring, Lubbock
Dominquez, Leiner, Zone 2.3 World Cup Qualifier, Dominican Rep
Li Chao (B), Zone 3.3 World Cup Qualifier, Tianjin
Aronian, Levon,Amber (Overall), Amber
Carlsen, Magnus,Amber Rapid, Amber
Aronian, Levon,Amber Blindfold, Amber
Fressinet, Laurent, 9e Festival de Meurthe et Moselle - Blitz, nancy
Fridman, Daniel, 9e Festival de Meurthe - Rapid, Nancy
Ivanisevic, Ivan, Serbia Championship, Kragujevac
Kuzubov, Yury, Reykjavik Open, Reykjavik
Socko, Monica ,International Cotroceni, Cotroceni
Tiviakov, Sergey, 19th Fajr Open,
Kaidanov, Gregory, Saint Louis Invitational 2011, St Louis
Danielin, Elina,Women FIDE GP, Doha
Humpy, Koneru (tie)
Khamrakulov Dhzurabek, Brunei Open, Brunei
Vasilevich Irina,Mediterrania Flower, Rijeka

Grzegorz Gajewski .,Cappelle La Grande, Cappele-La-Grande
Solodovnichenko, Yuri, Rochefort Open, Rochefort
Gawain Jones, Bunratty Master, Bunratty
Sanchez, Joseph, 25th Cannes Open, Cannes
Hertneck, Gerald,3rd Batavia-Grolsch Chess, Amsterdam
Fodorov, Alexander, 9th Khazar International, Rasht
Quparadze Giga, 9th Khazar International (tie break)
Lupulescu, Constantin, Romanian Championship, Sarata Monetoru
Foisor Cristina-Adela, Romanian Championship Women, Sarata Monteoru
Okhotnik Vladimir, 16th Lienz Open, Lienz
Le Quang Liem, Aeroflot A, Moscow
Kotanjian, Tigran, Aeroflot B, Moscow
Dreev, Alexey, 1st Cento Open, Cento
Grachev, Boris, Moscow Open (Young Player), Moscow
Kosteniuk, Alexandra,Moscow Open (Women), Moscow
Charochkina, Daria, Moscow Open F Women, Moscow
Belous Vladimir. Moscow Open E, Moscow
Repina, Varvara, Moscow Open D Women, Moscow
Popov, Ivan, Moscow Open C, Moscow
Ivanchuck, Vasily, Gibraltar Tradewise, Gibraltar

Zhao Zongyuan, 2011 Oceania Zonal, Rotorua NZ
Hikaru Nakamura, Tata Steel Group A, Wijk Aan Zee
McShane, Luke,Tata Steel Group B, Wijk Aan Zee
Vocatura, Daniele,Tata Steel Group C, Wijk Aan Zee
Kravtsiv Martyn ,Chennai International, Chennai
Andriasian Siranush,Armenian Women Champ,
Lomineishvili Maia,68th Georgian Women Champ,
Karjakin, Sergey, Russia University, Moscow
van Wely, Loek, Berkeley Open, Berkeley
Zubov, Alexander, Cracovian Open, Cracow
Areshchenko, 9th Parsvanath, New Delhi
Negi, Parimarjan, 9th Parsvanath, New Delhi (+ many tie breaks)
Yu Yangyi,1st HDBank Cup Open, Ho Chi Minh
Xi Wendi George, Australian Open, Cammeray NSW
Shirov, Alexey, Paul Keres Memorial, Viru EST
Sengupta, Deep, Hasting Congress, Hasting
Swaminathan, Soumya, India Chess Championship,
Volkov, Sergey, Rilton Cup, Stockholm
Gashimov, Vugar, Emilia Reggio, Reggio Emilia

website domain address taken from world wide chess news website, such as, twic, chessbase and chessvibe.

Friday, October 28, 2011

2011 Japfa Chess Jakarta - WGM Event

From 23rd October 2011 and last for about a week, there were Japfa Chess holding in Jakarta. Japfa is a chess festival with multi events for chess player of all level. The highlight of the event is the Japfa WGM tournament. Invited in this events are three oversea WGMs to compete with three locals female players. In the early rounds, WGM Anna Burtasova was surprises by the competitive level of local girls and must donate a few rating to their opponents. In the end, highest rated WGM Sopiko Guramishvili claimed the first place. Indonesian highest rated female player, WGM Irene K. Sukandar was playing in China League and did not participate in Japfa 2011.

Japfa WGM 2011 final result after round 10:
‎1 WGM Guramishvili Sopiko 2359 GEO 6.5

2 WGM Krivec Jana 2290 SLO 6.0
3 WGM Burtasova Anna 2271 RUS 5.5
4 WFM Medina Warda Aulia 2112 INA 5.0
5 WIM Sihite Chelsie Monica 2100 INA 4.5
6 WFM Dewi Aa Citra 2083 INA 2.5

The other highlight is Japfa Open 2011. The events is followed by most of Indonesian players around the provinces. GM Megaranto Susanto leading the field with current 5 points out of 5 rounds so far, he present as Western Java province player. Chess result link here.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

2011 6th Japfa Chess Jakarta

There will be another chess festival at Jakarta, Indonesia. The tournament will be held on 24th to 28th October 2011 location should be Hotel Kartika Chandra, Jakarta. Groups are UMUM (Open), Women, Veteran (>55), Junior Boys/Girls (14-20), Junior (<10), Team etc. Information to be on telephone line 021-573-1340, 08788-1761625, JAPFA Office Tlp 021-2561-7010 ext 11236, 0812-9056652. For those who missed Indonesia Open last week, this is the chances to air travel to Indonesia and enjoy the hostility of South East Asian hugest population and tradition.

Japfa Chess Festival is established tradition that was included Judit Polgar, Khalifman, etc in the past. The Japfa had been running since 2000 having been internationally success chess event to be held in Indonesia. Some facts on Japfa Chess :

Japfa 2008 - Megaranto vs Wesley SO (1-5) and WGM mini tournament won by Li Ruofan
2007 - Megaranto vs Zhang Zhong, (can't confirmed final result)
2005 - Megaranto vs Dao Thien Hai (3-3 classical,4-5 tiebreak)
2002 - Kosteniuk vs Megaranto, Tirta Chandra Purnama, Andrean Susilodinata (all won by Kosteniuk)
2000 - Judith Polgar won a strong tournament in Bali with Khalifman, Adianto etc playing

Saksikan dan ikutilah pertandingan catur 6th JAPFA CHESS FESTIVAL berhadiah total sekitar Rp 100 juta di Kirana Ballroom, Hotel Kartika Chandra, Jl Jend Gatot Subroto , Jakarta pada tgl 24-28 Okt 2011 jam 10:00 pagi utk berbagai macam Kelompok : Umum, Wanita, Veteran (usia > 55 thn), Junior Putra /Putri (14-20thn), Junior dibawah 10thn , Beregu antar instansi . Tempat Pendaftaran : Kantor PB PERCASI , Senayan, tlp 021-573-1340, 08788-1761625, Kantor JAPFA Tlp 021-2561-7010 ext 11236, 0812-9056652, kantor pusat SCUA (Sekolah Catur UTUT ADIANTO) tlp 021-82412452, 824-00821 (Ibu Imel/mbak Dwi). Info bagi yg berminat utk buka cabang SCUA di wilayah masing2 dpt hub ke 0859-59-121-122

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Women Chess GP, Zhao Xue and Their Romantic Scoresheet

October 2011 is a warm month full of romantic chess news. First it is Morozevich who finished ahead their opponents in full points in Saratov 2011. Secondly Yasser Seirawan put his buttock on the chess chair again after about decade of absentus, and tie first in Ciutat de Barcelona.

The most sensational news is from the Chinese girl GM Zhao Xue, winning the Women GP in Nalchik with two rounds to spare. This romantic scoresheet is the reflection on how the gap between one player to other in women's chess. Notice that the "peak time" of each player is also rotaring faster than men's, in other words, less consistency on these girls.

In Fide Women GP Nalchik 2011, Zhao Xue finished 8.5/9 out of 11 rounds, and her closest competitor Ju Wenjun and Russian Ekaterina Kovalevskaya are 2.5 points behind. This GP session did not included Hou Yifan , who usually the protagonist of such score achievement, and GM Konery Humpy. Nevertheless Zhao Xue "peak" time now victimized:

Round 1 - European Champion Victoria Cmilyte
Round 2 - World Champion Alexander Kosteniuk.
Round 3 - Alisa Galliamova
Round 4 - Batkhuyag Munguntuul
Round 5 - European Individual Champion Kateryna Lahno
Round 6 - World Champion Zhu Chen
Round 7 - Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
Round 8 - Russian Women Champion Nadezhda Kosintseva
Round 9 - World Champion Antoneata Stefanova
Round 10 -
Round 11 -

List of FIDE Women GP Champions (and their gap...) :

Istanbul 2009 :
1 GM KONERU Humpy 2621 IND 8½
2 IM DANIELIAN Elina 2496 ARM 8 ½
3 GM HOU Yifan 2571 CHN 8

Nanjing 2009
GM Xu Yuhua 2485 CHN 8
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2535 GEO 7½
GM Zhao Xue 2542 CHN 7

Nalchik 2010
1 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2524 RUS 9
2 GM Hou Yifan 2570 CHN 7½
3 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2479 GEO 7

Jermuk 2010
1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2478 GEO 9
2 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2534 RUS 7½
3 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2477 ARM 6½

Ulaanbaatar 2010
1 GM Hou Yifan 2577 CHN 8
2 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2560 BUL 7½
3 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2562 RUS 6½

Qatar 2011
1 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 IND 8
2 GM Danielian Elina 2454 ARM 8
3 GM Sebag Marie 2489 FRA 7

Rostov 2011
1 GM Hou Yifan 2575 CHN 8
2 GM Lahno Kateryna 2536 UKR 7
3 IM Muzychuk Anna 2538 SLO 6½

Shenzhen 2011
1 GM Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 8
2 IM Muzychuk Anna 2545 SLO 7
3 WGM Ju Wenjun 2536 CHN 6½

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Indonesia Open 2011: Li Chao and Ganguly Tie First

The last round of Indonesia Open Chess Championship 2011 decided two players as top point receiver. Li Chao crack Argentinian GM Mareco Sandro to catch Surya Ganguly on top with 7 points out of 9 rounds. Surya Ganguly unable to upgrade his position as he wasn't able to get full point against GM Wang Yue. Li Chao and Ganguly accurately represent two of Asia's powerhouse in chess in this decade.

On the second layer of 6.5/9 point receiver are : Oliver Barbosa, Tkachiev, Wang Yue, Wesley So and Aleksey Dreev. Then the highest host player GM Megaranto Susanto catch up in the third crowd with 6.0/9 , along with FM Awam Wahono who in this tournament defeated three GMs: Dmitry Reinderman, Elshan Moradiabadi and Mark Paragua, Awam finished the tournament with 2608 performance and likely will get a prize of title norm.

Top result of Indonesia Open Chess Championship 2011, Hotel Le Meredien Jakarta:
1 GM Li Chao b CHN 2710 7.0
2 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2631 7.0
3 GM Barbosa Oliver PHI 2538 6.5
4 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2631 6.5
5 GM Wang Yue CHN 2716 6.5
6 GM So Wesley PHI 2655 6.5
7 GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2711 6.5
8 GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2530 6.0
9 GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2597 6.0
10 FM Wahono Awam INA 2379 6.0
11 GM Shabalov Alexander USA 2529 6.0
12 GM Kotanjian Tigran ARM 2546 6.0
13 GM Zhao Jun CHN 2587 6.0
14 GM Laylo PHI 2534 6.0
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Partai Catur Indonesia Open 2011 Tigran Kotanjian vs Tirta Chandra Purnama

IM Tirta Chandra get a nice win against visiting GM from Armenia Tigran Kotanjian. Here the game preview and copied analysis (in Bahasa Indonesia) for our Indonesian reader. The game done in a Classic Queen Indian defence.

After eight rounds, Indian Surya Ganguly position himself as sole leader with 6.5/8. He will be challenge by another five players with half point behind : GM Barbosa Oliver, GM Wang Yue, GM Li Chao b , Aleksey Dreev Aleksey and  GM Mareco Sandro. Then Wesley So, Megaranto and Tkachiev are among the 5/8 points next.

Round 9 will be follow today, and pairing that will affected final position as followed:

1 1 GM Wang Yue 2716 6 6½  -  GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2631 5

2 2 GM Dreev Aleksey 2711 6 6 - GM Barbosa Oliver 2538 14
3 3 GM Li Chao b 2710 6 6 - GM Mareco Sandro 2597 7
4 4 GM So Wesley 2655 5½ 5½ - IM Bitoon Richard 2504 22
5 6 GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2631 5½ 5½ - GM Dao Thien Hai 2493 23
6 9 GM Zhao Jun 2587 5½ 5½ - GM Megaranto Susanto 2530 17

Monday, October 17, 2011

Indonesia Open 2011 - Game Aleksey Dreev vs Susanto Megaranto

Here some games from the Indonesia Open 2011. Highlight is the game between Aleksey Dreev and Susanto Megaranto, in a complicated pieces manuevering, Dreev blundered on move 49.Ng3?? , allowing Black to penetrated into White king's defence. Analysis in Bahasa Indonesia by Kris Liem, info provided by mr. Djoni. Courtesy of bpk Kristianus Liem (PB PERCASI / SCUA )

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Selected PGN from round 3:
[Event "Indonesia Open 2011"]
[Site "Jakarta"]
[Date "2011.10.14"]
[Round "3"]
[White "GM Wesley So"]
[WhiteElo "2655"]
[Black "GM Dao Thien Hai"]
[BlackElo "2493"]
[Result "½–½"]
[ECO "C42"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.O-O Be7 8.Re1 Bg4 9.c3 f5 10.Qb3 Na5 11.Qa4+ Nc6 12.Ba6 Bxf3 13.Bxb7 O-O 14.Nd2 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Bd6 16.Nf3 Ne7 17.Bxa8 Qxa8 18.Qd7 Ng6 19.Qe6+ Kh8 20.Ng5 Rf6 21.Nf7+ Kg8 22.Nh6+ Kh8 23.Nf7+ ½–½

[Event "Indonesia Open 2011"]
[Site "Jakarta"]
[Date "2011.10.14"]
[Round "3"]
[White "GM Oliver Barbosa"]
[WhiteElo "2538"]
[Black "FM Wahomo Awam"]
[BlackElo "2379"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E86"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.Rd1 c6 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.c5 Ne8 12.Na4 Qe7 13.Ng3 Bf6 14.Bc4 Ng7 15.O-O Ne6 16.Qa5 Re8 17.Kh1 Ndf8 18.Ne2 Bg5 19.Bg1 h5 20.Qc3 Nf4 21.Nb6 Rb8 22.Nxf4 Bxf4 23.Rd6 Kh7 24.Rfd1 h4 25.Bf2 Bg5 26.b4 Bf6 27.a4 Bg7 28.b5 axb5 29.axb5 Be6 30.bxc6 bxc6 31.Rxc6 h3 32.g3 Red8 33.Rcd6 Bxc4 34.Qxc4 Ne6 35.Qf1 Nd4 36.Nd5 Qa7 37.Rxd8 Rxd8 38.c6 Qa4 39.c7 Rf8 40.Rc1 Nxf3 41.Qxh3+ 1–0

[Event "Indonesia Open 2011"]
[Site "Jakarta"]
[Date "2011.10.14"]
[Round "3"]
[White "GM Vladislav Tkachiev"]
[WhiteElo "2631"]
[Black "GM Megaranto Susanto"]
[BlackElo "2530"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E54"]
1.c4 e6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.O-O cxd4 8.exd4 Bxc3 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Qc7 11.Bd3 Nbd7 12.c4 b6 13.Bb2 Bb7 14.Re1 Qf4 15.Qd2 Qxd2 16.Nxd2 Rfd8 17.a4 Nb8 18.a5 Nc6 19.axb6 axb6 20.Rxa8 Rxa8 21.Ra1 Rxa1+ 22.Bxa1 Kf8 23.f3 Ke7 24.Kf2 h6 25.Bb2 Ba6 26.Ke3 Kd7 27.Ba3 Ne7 28.Nb1 Bb7 29.Nc3 Bc6 30.g4 h5 31.h3 hxg4 32.fxg4 Bg2 33.g5 Nh5 34.Bxe7 Kxe7 35.Be2 Ng3 36.Bd1 Bc6 37.Kf4 Nf1 38.Nb1 f6 39.h4 e5+ 40.dxe5 fxe5+ 41.Kxe5 Nh2 42.Be2 Bf3 43.Bd3 Bc6 44.Be4 Ng4+ 45.Kf4 Bxe4 46.Kxe4 Kd6 47.Nc3 Kc5 48.Kf4 1–0

[Event "Indonesia Open 2011"]
[Site "Jakarta"]
[Date "2011.10.14"]
[Round "3"]
[White "GM Cao Sang"]
[WhiteElo "2529"]
[Black "GM Li Chao"]
[BlackElo "2710"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B51"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bb5 e5 5.O-O Nf6 6.d3 Be7 7.Nd5 O-O 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.Nxe7+ Qxe7 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nd2 Qg5 13.f4 exf4 14.Qf3 Qf6 15.Qxf4 Qxb2 16.Qxd6 Qxc2 17.Nc4 Be6 18.Rfc1 Qe2 19.Ne5 Rab8 20.Re1 Qd2 21.Nxc6 Rb2 22.Qg3 Kh7 23.Red1 Qc3 24.Rac1 Qa3 25.Rf1 Rxa2 26.Kh1 a5 27.Qd6 Ra8 28.Qxc5 Qxd3 29.Qe5 Rc2 30.Nd4 Rxc1 31.Rxc1 Rd8 32.Nf3 a4 33.h3 a3 34.Qh5 Kg8 35.Qa5 a2 36.Kh2 Kh7 37.Ra1 Rd7 38.Qa4 Qb1 0–1

[Event "Indonesia Open 2011"]
[Site "Jakarta"]
[Date "2011.10.14"]
[Round "3"]
[White "GM Mark Paragua"]
[WhiteElo "2533"]
[Black "GM Dewi Aa Citra"]
[BlackElo "2083"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D37"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 Bxc5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bf4 O-O 8.e3 d5 9.Rd1 Qa5 10.a3 Be7 11.Bg3 a6 12.cxd5 Nxd5 13.Bd3 h6 14.O-O Nxc3 15.bxc3 Qxa3 16.Nd2 e5 17.Bc4 Qc5 18.Qe4 b5 19.Ba2 Bb7 20.Nf3 Bd6 21.Nh4 Bc7 22.Bb1 g6 23.Nxg6 f5 24.Qh4 Rf7 25.Qxh6 Rh7 26.Ba2+ 1–0

[Event "Indonesia Open 2011"]
[Site "Jakarta"]
[Date "2011.10.16"]
[Round "5"]
[White "GM Aleksey Dreev"]
[Black "GM Susanto Megaranto"]
[Result "0-1"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.O-O Be7 9.g3 O-O 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Qc2 dxc4 12.Bxc4 Qa5 13.Bd2 Qf5 14.Qxf5 gxf5 15.Rfd1 Nb6 16.Be2 Rfd8 17.Be1 g6 18.Rac1 Kg7 19.Bf3 Rh8 20.Bg2 Ng4 21.h3 Nf6 22.Rd3 a5 23.a3 a4 24.Rdd1 Nbd5 25.Ne2 Ne4 26.Rd3 Bg5 27.Rc2 Bh6 28.Nc3 Nd6 29.Nb1 Ra6 30.Nd2 Re8 31.Kf1 b5 32.Ke2 Rb8 33.f3 Nc4 34.Nf1 Bg5 35.e4 Ndb6 36.exf5 exf5 37.f4 Bf6 38.Bxc6 Nc8 39.Bg2 Re6+ 40.Kf2 N8d6 41.Bc3 Rbe8 42.Bf3 Ne4+ 43.Bxe4 Rxe4 44.Kf3 Kg8 45.Rh2 Kf8 46.Rg2 Ke7 47.g4 Kd6 48.gxf5 gxf5 49.Ng3 Re3+ 50.Rxe3 Rxe3+ 51.Kf2 Bh4 52.Be1 Kd5 53.Kf1 Rf3+ 54.Ke2 Rb3 55.Bc3 Nxb2 56.Nxf5 Rxc3 57.Nxh4 Rxh3 58.Nf3 f6 59.Rg6 Ke4 60.Rxf6 Rxf3 61.Re6+ Kf5 62.Re5+ Kxf4 63.Rxb5 Rb3 64.Rc5 Rxa3 65.Kd2 Ke4 66.d5 Kd4 67.Rb5 Nc4+ 68.Ke2 Rb3 0-1

games from official bulletin.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

2011 Indonesia Open Round 5

After round 5, nobody come with perfect score anymore. GM Vladislav Tkachiev and GM Oliver Barbosa was the clash to decide the (halfway) tournament leader but ended in a draw, so both standing at 4.5/5. Behind them now are eight players including Wesley So (won over GM Shabalov), Megaranto Susanto, Wang Yue, Li Chao etc.

Indonesian untitled Surya Wahyudi score another upset to GM Dmitry Reinderman. Previously he upset Eugenio Torre, draw to GM Cao Sang and now following the tournament with 2664 rating performance. He is going to play GM Laylo on round six.

Susanto Megaranto lost to Tkachiev but keep the full score on all the rest four games, including to GM Aleksey Dreev. Now playing on 2700+ performance as well and going to play Argentinian GM Marco Sandro.

The other victory worth mentioned, IM Tirta Chandra won over GM Tigran Kotanjian on round 2 and FM Anam Khairul won over GM Eugenio Torre on round 4.

Indonesian Open 2011, happening in Jakarta Hotel Le Meredien. Partial standing after round 5:

1 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2631 4.5
2 GM Barbosa Oliver PHI 2538 4.5
3 GM So Wesley PHI 2655 4.0
4 GM Wang Yue CHN 2716 4.0
5 IM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2449 4.0
6 GM Li Chao b CHN 2710 4.0
7 GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2530 4.0
8 GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2597 4.0
9 GM Kotanjian Tigran ARM 2546 4.0
10 GM Fier Alexander BRA 2583 4.0
11 GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2493 3.5
12 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2631 3.5
13 Surya Wahyudi INA 2255 3.5
14 GM Paragua Mark PHI 2533 3.5
15 GM Moradiabadi Elshan IRI 2549 3.5
16 GM Laylo PHI 2534 3.5
--- reporting from Chess-result ---
Chessdom's report with photos
and photos from Percasi official mr. Djoni:
Dewi AA Citra taking good result against fellow GM Cerdas Barus
(photo from Djoni Chess)

Turnament bergengsi tahun ini, Indonesia Open 2011 sedang berlangsung dari tanggal 15-Oktober 2011. Hingga ronde lima, pecatur asing asal Prancis, GM Vladislav Tkachiev bercokol di posisi puncak dikawani pecatur Filipina GM Oliver Barbosa. Keduanya bermain remis di ronde lima.

Sementara itu, GM Megaranto Susanto masih yang tertinggi pointnya hingga ronde lima, Susanto mengalahkan pecatur kawakan asal USA GM Alexey Dreev dan mengantongi nilai 4 dari 5 babak. Susanto mengalahkan semua lawannya di empat partai lain tapi menyerah di pertemuannya dengan Vladislav Tkachiev.

Pecatur Indonesia lain yang berprestasi sensasional hingga saat ini adalah Surya Wahyudi. Surya mengalahkan Grandmaster Eugenio Torre di babak pertama dan kembali menelan seorang grandmaster lain GM Dmitry Reinderman dari Belanda. Hingga saat ini Surya telah mengumpulkan nilai performance yang cukup baik, barangkali norma untuk gelar master bisa jadi telah dipenuhi.

Turnamen Indonesia Open berlangsung di Jakarta di lokasi Hotel Le Meredien. Turnamen dihadiri pecatur-pecatur kaliber dunia seperti GM Wang Yue dan GM Wesley So. Ini barangkali turnament paling bergengsi yang telah diselenggarakan Percasi tahun ini, semoga tradisi ini bisa tetap diselenggarakan dan sponsor tetap bermunculan.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2011 Jakarta Open Started

Starting this afternoon is the Jakarta Open chess tournament. The tournament take place at Hotel Le Meredien Jakarta, afternoon game started at 15:00, but beginning from tomorrow (Friday), it will be a two rounds per day, at 9:00am and 15:00.

Foreign players travelling to Jakarta included China players Wang Yue and Li Chao (with several other strong GMs and WGMs around!). From Phillipine, Wesley So, Eugenio Torre, Mark Paragua, Antonio Rogelio Jr and perhaps all top players from the volcanic archipelago country present here! From Vietnam are familiar names such as GM Dao Thien Hai, Nguyen Van Huy and GM Cao Sang. Unfortunately GM Le Quang Liem is invited to Susan Polgar's SPICE Cup and at this moment clearing his travelling VISA to US right now.

Representative from Europeans such as French GM Tkachiev, Dutchman GM Reinderman etc. Then there were present also Alexander Shabalov, Surya Ganguly, Dreev and many other. This is perhaps Indonesia's biggest event to date. Full list to be found in chess-result main domain > here < This will give host players a busy week too, GM Megaranto is seeded 17,  follows by all first team line up.

For round 1, most seeded player takes the easy win, except for several Pinoy GM Antonio was a draw to WGM Jana Krivec from Slovakia, Laylo and Paragua hold by respectively Kaisar Jenius Hakiki and FM Hamdani Rudin. Finally biggest surprise was GM Eugenio Torre lost to untitled Surya Wahyudi from Indonesia. On other side, untitled Emmanuel Emperado 2294 upset Brazilian GM Alexander Fier 2583. While Indonesian's players are warming up among themself, Megaranto score point too.
Top board pairing for Round Two:

1 GM Wang Yue 2716 - IM Grigoryan Karen H. 247
2 GM Dao Thien Hai 2493 - GM Dreev Aleksey 2711
3 GM Li Chao b 2710 - IM Irwanto Sadikin 2429
4  IM Nguyen Van Huy 2449 - GM So Wesley 2655
5 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar 2631 - IM Dimakiling Oliver 2414
6 FM Tunasly Kifly 2400 - GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2631
7 GM Mareco Sandro 2597 - IM Sitanggang Salor 2376
8 FM Wahono Awam 2379 - GM Reinderman Dimitri 2594
9  FM Kasmiran 2369 - GM Moradiabadi Elshan 2549
10 GM Kotanjian Tigran 2546 - IM Purnama Tirta Chandra 2368
11 WGM Guramishvili Sopiko 2359 - GM Barbosa Oliver 2538
12  GM Megaranto Susanto 2530 - WGM Sukandar Irine Kharisma 2330

There seems to be no LIVE games for internet viewer.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Three ties at 1st Qin Huangdao Final Result

In the last round of 1st Qin Huangdao tournament, the Vietname vs China pairings ended in a three way ties. The round 9 results as follows: GM Zhou Jianchao, who been leading for many rounds, was halted by GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, GM Le Quang Liem now having only less one point from Zhou Jianchou was potential to catch in but Le was down by GM Zhou Weiqi. In dramatic turn, this made GM Zhou Weiqi, GM Zhou Jianchao and GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son altogether collected 7 points our of 9 rounds, with the order of tie break as stated.

This is the only defeat to GM Jianchao and for Weiqi he was undefeated. GM Le suffered two lost to China GM Li Shilong (see previous blog) and to Weiqi and performing under his elo rating suggested.

Great debut tournament with excellent playing by host players and foreigners.

Final standing 1st Qin Huangdao Open Chess:

1 GM Zhou Weiqi CHN 2598 7.0
2 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2628 7.0
3 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2644 7.0
4 GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2631 6.5
5 GM Ding Liren CHN 2660 6.5
6 GM Wang Yue CHN 2716 6.0
7 GM Li Chao B CHN 2710 6.0
8 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2666 6.0
9 GM Liem Le Quang VIE 2717 6.0
10 GM Zhao Jun CHN 2587 6.0
more result on this website address

Last game by tournament winner GM Le Quang Liem vs GM Zhou Weiqi, in Catalan game:
[Event "1st Qin Huangdao"]
[Site "Qin Huangdao"]
[Date "2011.10.07"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Le Quang Liem"]
[Black "Zhou Weiqi"]
[Result "0-1"]
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.d4 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 c5 7.Qc1 O-O 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Qxc4 Nbd7 10.Nc3 a6 11.Qh4 Ra7 12.Na4 Be7 13.Qd4 Ra8 14.Nc3 Bc5 15.Qd3 Qe7 16.O-O b5 17.Ng5 Ra7 18.Bf4 h6 19.Nge4 e5 20.Be3 Bxe3 21.Qxe3 Rc7 22.Rfd1 Bb7 23.Rac1 b4 24.Na4 Rxc1 25.Rxc1 Bxe4 26.Bxe4 Nxe4 27.Qxe4 Nf6 28.Qc6 a5 29.Rc5 e4 30.e3 Qd8 31.Kg2 Qd1 32.Rf5 Rd8 33.Nc5 Qc1 34.Rxf6 gxf6 35.Qxf6 Rc8 36.Nxe4 Qc6 37.Qf4 Re8 38.f3 Re6 39.Kh3 Kg7 40.g4 Qd5 41.Ng3 Qe5 42.Qc4 Kg8 43.e4 Qxb2 44.Qc8+ Kh7 45.Qc7 Rf6 46.f4 Qc3 47.Qb8 a4 48.f5 b3 49.axb3 Qxb3 50.Qa7 Rb6 51.e5 a3 52.e6 Rb7 53.Qa8 fxe6 54.fxe6 a2 55.Qa6 Re7 56.Qa5 Qxe6 57.Nf5 Rd7 58.Qa3 h5 0-1

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After this, there will be Indonesia Open in mid October, expected is GM Li Chao to travel to Jakarta, as well many other GMs. See previous blog post.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wesley So Shabalov Li Chao in Indonesia Open 2011

World players GM Wesley So, GM Alexander Shabalov,  GM Wang Yue, GM Li Chao, GM Eugenio Torre , GM Dao Thien Hai ,  are rumours to be taken part in the next prestigious Indonesia Open, 12-19 October 2011, this is posted from the organizer's social network.

The Tournament will be held at 5 star Hotel Ballroom Le Meridien, Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav 18-20 Jakarta - Indonesia. Total prize money is USD 55,500 and about USD 10,000 for first place.

Let's hope host players are in complete line up to take this opportunity to challenger foreign player and also to promote chess into Indonesia.

Full details in Indonesia Chess Association website domain:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Topalov vs Ireland 2-2

Veselin Topalov travelling to Dublin for a simuls against four of Irish resident chess players. The line up for Irish team are GM Alexander Baburin, Sam Collins, Mark Quinn and Alex Lopez.

Alexander Baburin is the only one with previous serious chess playing background, since I rarely found the other Irish playing over Europe. Baburin is nowdays popular as founder and editor of Chess Today. Veselin Topalov playing ok in board one, with Black against Baburin with Neo Gruenfeld, but maybe too complicated for a simuls against knowledge player like Baburin, Topalov slowly went weak and lost. Topalov draw with other Lopez and Collins, won against Mark Quinn as White in Sicilian Defence.

PGN for Topalov vs Ireland, in clock simul:
[Event "Dublin Simul Board 1"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.10.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Baburin, Alex"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D77"]
[PlyCount "111"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 d5 5. Bg2 dxc4 6. Na3 c3 7. bxc3 O-O 8. O-O c5 9. Qb3 Nc6 10. Rd1 Na5 11. Qb2 Qb6 12. Qxb6 axb6 13. Ne5 Be6 14. Bb2 Rfc8 15. f4 Bd5 16. Bh3 Rd8 17. c4 Be4 18. d5 h5 19. Rac1 Ng4 20. Bxg4 hxg4 21. Nb5 Bf5 22. Ba1 f6 23. Nd3 Bd7 24. Nc7 Rac8 25. d6 exd6 26. Nd5 Be6 27. Ne7+ Kf7 28. Nxc8 Rxc8 29. f5 Bxf5 30. Nf4 Rc6 31. Nd5 Be4 32. Rf1 Bxd5 33. cxd5 Rc8 34. Rf4 g5 35. Re4 b5 36. Re6 Re8 37. Rxd6 Rxe2 38. Rd7+ Kg6 39. d6 Nc4 40. Re7 Rxe7 41. dxe7 Kf7 42. a4 b6 43. axb5 Nd6 44. Re1 Ke8 45. Re6 Nxb5 46. Rxb6 Nd4 47. Bxd4 cxd4 48. Re6 Bh8 49. Kf2 f5 50. Ke2 f4 51. Kd3 Bg7 52. Ke4 d3 53. Kxd3 Bb2 54. Ke4 f3 55. Kd3 Ba3 56. Re4 1-0

[Event "Dublin Simul Board 2"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.10.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Collins, Sam"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C97"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. d5 Bd7 13. b3 Rfb8 14. Nbd2 Nb7 15. c4 Ne8 16. Nf1 Nd8 17. Ne3 g6 18. Ng4 f6 19. Nh6+ Kh8 20. Nh2 a5 21. cxb5 Bxb5 22. Bd2 Bd7 23. N2g4 Bf8 24. Rc1 Bc8 25. h4 Nf7 26. Nxf7+ Qxf7 27. Ne3 Be7 28. Nc4 Bd8 29. f4 Qe7 30. Rf1 Ba6 31. h5 a4 32. hxg6 axb3 33. Bxb3 hxg6 34. Rc3 Bxc4 35. Bxc4 Ba5 36. Rh3+ Kg7 37. Bc1 exf4 38. Bxf4 Rb2 39. e5 f5 40. Qc1 Rab8 41. Bb3 Re2 42. exd6 Qe4 43. Rh2 Bd2 44. Bxd2 Qd4+ 45. Kh1 Rxd2 46. Qe1 Nxd6 47. Qe7+ Nf7 48. Qc7 Rh8 49. Rxh8 Kxh8 50. Qxf7 Qh4+ 51. Kg1 Qd4+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "Dublin Simul Board 3"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.10.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Lopez, Alex"]
[Black "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E65"] 1. g3 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c4 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. Nc3 d6 6. O-O Bd7 7. e3 Nf6 8. d4 O-O 9. b3 a6 10. Bb2 Rb8 11. Qe2 cxd4 12. exd4 Bg4 13. Rfd1 Qc8 14. Nd5 Nxd5 15. cxd5 Nb4 16. Qxe7 Nxd5 17. Qg5 Qf5 18. Qxf5 Bxf5 19. Nd2 Nb4 20. Nc4 Rfd8 21. Ne3 Bc8 22. a3 Nc6 23. b4 Be6 24. Rd2 d5 25. Rc1 h5 26. f4 Rbc8 27. Kf2 Ne7 28. Rdc2 Rxc2+ 29. Rxc2 Nc6 30. Rd2 Rd7 31. Bf3 f5 32. Bd1 Kf7 33. Bb3 Bf6 34. h4 Na7 35. Nc2 Nc8 36. Ne1 Nd6 37. Rc2 Nc4 38. Nf3 b5 39. Bc1 Kg7 40. Ne5 Rb7 41. Bxc4 dxc4 42. Bd2 Bd5 43. Bc3 Be7 44. Ra2 Bd6 45. Ke3 Kf6 46. Ra1 Ke6 47. Kf2 Be4 48. Nxg6 Kd5 49. Ne5 Bc2 50. Kf3 Be4+ 51. Ke3 Bc2 52. Kf3 Be4+ 53. Ke3 Bc2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Dublin Simul Board 4"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.10.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Topalov, Veselin"]
[Black "Quinn, Mark"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B48"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Be2 Nf6 8. a3 d6 9. g4 h6 10. f4 Bd7 11. h3 Be7 12. Qd2 Rc8 13. O-O-O g6 14. Rhf1 Rh7 15. f5 gxf5 16. gxf5 Nxd4 17. Qxd4 e5 18. Qd3 Bc6 19. Rg1 b5 20. Kb1 Qb7 21. Nd5 Bxd5 22. exd5 Bd8 23. Qb3 Ke7 24. Bf2 Kd7 25. Rg2 Be7 26. a4 Rb8 27. axb5 axb5 28. Be1 Rhh8 29. Rg3 h5 30. Qb4 h4 31. Rb3 Bd8 32. Bxb5+ Ke7 33. Qc4 Rh5 34. Bc6 Qc8 35. Rxb8 Qxb8 36. Rd3 Rxf5 37. Rb3 Qc8 38. Rb7+ Kf8 39. Bb4 Bc7 40. Qxh4 Rf1+ 41. Ka2 Kg7 42. Qg5+ Kh7 43. Bxd6 1-0

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Monday, October 3, 2011

First Qin Huangdao Open Chess .... in China

Travelling is main activity for chess player, and right now China have put many serious tournament in their homeland, to encourage more chess players to travel and play in their place. Just established is the 1st International Open Chess in Qin Huangdao, city in Hebei province, North China. Qin Huangdao is a port city, tourism and beaches are their familiar business, perfect place to promote chess and tourism by China.

The tournament joined by many Asian GMs such GM Le Quang Liem, who top seed here. Then Parimarjan Negi, Sandipan Chanda and several from Mongolia. The host no doubt sent in their selection of chess playing army, top name such as Li Chao, Zhou Weiqi, Bu Xiangzhi are playing.

After round 4 Zhou Weiqi emerge in top standing. Le Quang Liem looks like get a terrible start collecting only 2 point out of four round, playing black but losing to GM Li Shilong in round 4 in a Nimzo Indian defence, but transposed to QGD Ragozin, Black doing fine in middlegame, winning a rook but went blunder in 26...Qxf3 allowing white to finished the game with mating check to Black's king. As top seed, Le, in the first round successfully defeated the Chinese women players Zhang Xiaowen, but after that two consecutive draws with lower rating opponent.

PGN, Li Shilong vs Le Quang Liem

[Event "1st Qin Huangdao"]

[Site "Qin Huangdao"]
[Date "2011.10.03"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Li Shilong"]
[Black "Le Quang Liem"]
[Result "1-0"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.e3 Nc6 9.Rc1 g5 10.Bg3 Ne4 11.Bb5 Qa5 12.O-O Bxc3 13.Bxc6+ bxc6 14.bxc3 Bg4 15.Qb3 Qa6 16.dxc5 Bxf3 17.gxf3 Nd2 18.Qc2 Nxf1 19.Bd6 Qc8 20.e4 f5 21.exd5 cxd5 22.c4 d4 23.Rxf1 Kf7 24.c6 Qe6 25.c5 Qd5 26.Rd1 Qxf3?? 27.Qc4+! Kg7 28.Be5+ Kg6 29.Qe6+ Kh5 30.Qf7+ Kg4 31.Rxd4+ f4 32.Rxf4+ gxf4 33.Qe6+ Kg5 34.Bf6+ Kg6 35.Be7+ 1-0  {mate in next 3 or 4}

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The set up is $ 87,000 in prize money, a record high of Asian Open prize money to attract a public group and the group of 300 amateur participants. A total of 78 in the open group of people participating, including 24 international grandmaster.

All games will be the end of 7 days.

Standing after round 4:
1 GM Zhou Weiqi CHN 2598 3.5

2 GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2631 3.5
3 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2644 3.5
4 GM Li Shilong CHN 2515 3.0
5 GM Xu Jun CHN 2500 3.0
6 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2628 3.0
7 IM Zhang Ziyang CHN 2414 3.0
8 GM Levan Pantsulaia GEO 2614 3.0
9 IM Wang Chen CHN 2454 3.0
10 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2666 3.0
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Friday, September 23, 2011

100 Chess Players Timeline Chart

This is a graphical chart showing the timeline of 100 chess personalities from the 19th century until Gary Kasparov. The aims is only to show the interconnection between chess player and who meets who in the era. I hope this can do something to the understanding of chess history. Enjoy.

The Chess personalities listed:

Name,Born, Death

Francois Andre Philidor 1726-1795
The Turk 1770-1854, "active" time
Alexandre Deschapelles 1780-1847
William Lewis 1787-1870
Capt. William Evans 1790-1872
Alexander Petrov 1794-1867
Louis-Charles La Bourdonnais 1795-1840
Alexander McDonnell 1798-1835
John Cochrane 1798-1878
Pierre Charles de Saint-Amant 1800-1872
Lionel Kieseritzky 1806-1853
Bernhard Horwitz 1807-1885
Howard Staunton 1810-1874
Janos Lowenthal 1810-1876
Carl von Jaenisch 1813-1872
Adolf Anderssen 1818-1879
Ernst Falkbeer 1819-1885
Celso Golmayo Zupide 1820-1898
Marcus Kann 1820-1886
Daniel Harrwitz 1823-1884
Rev. John Owen 1827-1901
Henry Bird 1830-1908
Max Lange 1832-1899
Louis Paulsen 1833-1891
Wilhelm Steinitz 1836-1900
Paul Morphy 1837-1884
Ignatz Kolisch 1837-1889
Samuel Rosenthal 1837-1902
George Henry Mackenzie 1837-1891
Szymon Winawer 1838-1920
Gustav Neumann 1838-1881
Joseph Henry Blackburne 1841-1924
Johannes Zukertort 1842-1888
Amos Burn 1848-1925
Adolf Albin 1848-1920
James Mason 1849-1905
Adolf Stern 1849-1907
Mikhail Chigorin 1850-1908
Isidor Gunsberg 1854-1930
Semyon Alapin 1856-1923
Max Weiss 1857-1927
Siegbert Tarrasch 1862-1934
Horatio Caro 1862-1920
Jacques Mieses 1865-1954
Dawid Janowski 1868-1927
Emanuel Lasker 1868-1941
Richard Teichmann 1868-1925
Geza Maroczy 1870-1951
Harry Nelson Pillsbury 1872-1906
Carl Schlecter 1874-1918
Frank Marshall 1877-1944
Akiba Rubinstein 1882-1961
Ossip Bernstein 1882-1962
Rudolf Spielmann 1883-1942
Benjamin Blumenfeld 1884-1947
Milan Vidmar 1885-1962
Aron Nimzowitsch 1886-1935
Savielly Tartakower 1887-1956
Jose Raul Capablanca 1888-1942
Efim Bogoljubov 1889-1952
Richard Reti 1889-1929
Grigory Levenfish 1889-1961
Alexander Alekhine 1892-1946
Ernst Grunfeld 1893-1962
Edgard Colle 1897-1932
Octavio Trompowsky 1897-1984
Max Euwe 1901-1981
Salo Landau 1903-1943
Vasja Pirc 1907-1980
Salo Flohr 1908-1983
Viacheslav Ragozin 1908-1962
Emil Josef Diemer 1908-1990
Miguel Najdorf 1910-1997
Harry Golombek 1911-1995
Samuel Reshevsky 1911-1992
Andor Lilienthal 1911-2010
Mikhail Botvinnik 1911-1995
Reuben Fine 1914-1993
Paul Keres 1916-1975
Laszlo Szabo 1917-1998
Vasily Smyslov 1921-2010
Yuri Averbakh 1922-
David Bronstein 1924-2006
Efim Geller 1925-1998
Mark Taimanov 1926-
Jan Hein Donner 1927-1988
Pal Benko 1928-
Tigran Petrosian 1929-1984
Viktor Korchnoi 1931-
Bent Larsen 1935-2010
Mikhail Tal 1936-1992
Lajos Portisch 1937-
Boris Spassky 1937-
Gennadi Sosonko 1943-
Bobby Fischer 1943-2008
Vlastimil Hort 1944-
Robert Hubner 1948-
Anatoly Karpov 1951-
Garry Kasparov 1963-

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Peter Svidler Juara Piala Dunia 2011

Peter Svidler, pecatur Russia berusia 35 tahun akhirnya tampil menjadi juara Piala Dunia edisi tahun ini. Svidler bermain remis di partai ke empat babak final, dia melawan sesama pecatur Russia Alexander Grischuk. Hasil remis ini cukup untuk mengantar Peter mencapai prestasi tertingginya hingga saat ini, karena di partai pertama sudah mengantongi satu kemenangan. Skor babak final Svidler vs Grischuk adalah 2.5-1.5.     website domain hosting

Di babak perebutan juara ketiga, pecatur Ukraina GM Vassily Ivanchuk yang juga seangkatan Svidler berhasil menjawab fansnya dengan mengalahkan rekan senegara GM Ruslan Ponomariov. Ivanchuk berada pada posisi tertekan sepanjang partai ke empat ini, di mana terjadi pembelaan Ratu Hindia (Queen Indian Defence, E15). Melewati permainan tengah yang kurang defensif, Ivanchuk masuk ke permainan akhir dengan kalah satu bidak, di mana posisi komputer memberi nilai hingga +1.8 untuk putih. Tapi di tengah desakan jam catur, Ponomariov bermain tidak akurat di langkah 50.Kg4, menyebabkan Ivanchuk berhasil mengaktifkan Bishop / Gajah hitam yang terkurung, dengan langkah ...f3 dan ...Kh8!. Dengan pengorbanan sementara bidak f3, hitam berhasil mencapai posisi remis 2 Kuda + 1 bidak melawan Kuda,Gajah + 1 bidak.

Hasil Piala Dunia edisi ini mengkonfirmasi Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk dan Vassily Ivanchuk masuk ke turnamen perebutan Kandidat penantang Juara Dunia Vishwanathan Anand, di mana dipastikan salah satu peserta adalah juga GM Boris Gelfand dari Israel. Turnamen kandidat akan diikuti delapan peserta, yang sebelumnya juga disaring dari elo rating, berarti GM Magnus Carlsen dan Vladimir Kramnik berpeluang ikut serta. Dan terakhir ditambah pecatur unggulan dari panitia atau tuan rumah.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Partai Catur Piala Dunia 2011 - Final Grischuk vs Svidler

Event Piala Dunia Catur / World Cup di Khanty Mansiysk sedang berlangsung di awal bulan September 2011. Dan hingga malam ini, turnamen ini telah mencapai babak final dengan partisipan GM Alexander Grischuk tampil menantang GM yang lebih veteran, yaitu GM Peter Svidler. Grischuk sebelumnya menumbangkan GM Vassily Ivanchuk yang juga seangkatan Svidler dalam partai semifinal, di mana Ivanchuk melakukan blunder di partai catur cepat tie break ke-tiga. Akibatnya Ivanchuk musti bertarung kembali dengan GM Ruslan Ponomariov (yang dikalahkan Svidler di semifinal) demi memperoleh tiket ke turnamen Kandidat. Piala Dunia kali ini menghadiahkan tiga tiket ke turnamen Kandidat (untuk menantang juara dunia GM Viswanathan Anand), yaitu juara I, II dan III. AdWords campaign , car insurance

Di laga final kemaren GM Peter Svidler telah mengumpulkan satu point penuh hasil kemenangannya dengan buah hitam. Grischuk melakukan kesalahan taktis di partai mereka yang berlangsung dengan pembelaan Sisilia variasi Kan. Komentar untuk partai tersebut sudah saya terjemahkan di PGN viewer di bawah ini.

Di laga final hari ini (partai kedua), Svidler - Grischuk main remis, tetapi justru Ivanchuk berhasil mencuri satu poin dari Ponomariov (di laga perebutan juara III). Sangat diharapkan favorit saya, Ivanchuk bisa ikut tampil kembali di turnamen Kandidat, di mana sepanjang karir Ivanchuk dia hampir tidak pernah "menggapai" tangga untuk menjadi Kandidat penantang Juara Catur Dunia. Grischuk, Ponomariov dan Svidler sendiri masing-masing sudah pernah mengenyam prestasi dunia, Ponomariov adalah mantan Juara Piala Dunia 2002, Svidler pernah masuk ke turnamen Kandidat beberapa tahun lalu dan Grischuk barusan tahun ini dikalahkan pecatur Israel Boris Gelfand di partai final Kandidat catur tahun ini, di mana Boris Gelfand menang dan berhak menantang juara Dunia dari India Viswanathan Anand. Berikut partai catur Grischuk - Svidler. (game viewer ini lebih lancar tampil di desktop/laptop, tidak lancar di android)

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Partai Pembelaan Sisilia Kan
Partai Catur Alexander Grischuk vs Peter Svidler, 0-1 Khanty-Mansiysk 2011 Round 7
ECO B45 - Sicilian Kan

Thursday, September 15, 2011

2011 Chess World Cup Final Svidler vs Grischuk

Although Svidler vs Grischuk is the real final, I have the feeling Ivanchuk vs Ponomariov will be more the adrenalin rising match. The millions question is, will Ivanchuk qualified for the next candidate match? From the day before, surely Ivanchuk is where fan's eyes going to, hoping for Planet Chucky as one of the entertainment in the, usually, boring candidate rendezvous.

The day before Ivanchuk losing to Grischuk, Ponomariov stated that to be the third person qualified is his highest priority now. And with current circumstance, with Ivanchuk haunted on his 1 seconds blunder, in better position, vs the two days fresh man waiting, Ivanchuk's task will be difficult. Analysis completed. But .... as many older generation fans, we are ok to sacrifice Pono for Chucky to sit on the third spot. So go Chucky, please beat the odd!

Here facts for final 2011 of Chess World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk.

After Ponomariov eliminated, it is confirmed another new name for World Cup champion. After Ivanchuk stopped, it is confirmed a new Russian champion, the first after Khalifman (and Kramnik)!

Peter Svidler gone to the final in good shape. After round III, he straighly gone 2-0 to Kamsky, and 1.5-0.5 to Judit Polgar and Ruslan Ponomariov. So far Svidler is on 9 wins and 9 draws. See the statistic of his previous tournament, the Russian Champ, we have enough trend that he will able to reach the title.

Alexander Grischuk, on other hand, have another great factor in chess, luck. His second game with Morozevich, gone "lucky" as Morozevich "not in fighting mood". Same thing, with Potkin and Navara it was plenty of luck Grischuk had. And obviously with Ivanchuk yesterday. So Grischuk went to final with 9-2-11 draws. Grischuk will at least repeat his appearances in Candidate matches.

So database entry for the final pairings, and put your online bookie now for:

Peter Svidler vs Alexander Grischuk
"Peter Svidler beat Alexander Grischuk 9 to 7, with 21 draws"


Vasily Ivanchuk vs Ruslan Ponomariov
"Vassily Ivanchuk tied Ruslan Ponomariov 7 to 7, with 16 draws"

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Chess World Cup 2011 Semifinals

This year's Chess World Cup semi finalist are set:

This first pairing of Ukraine vs Russian, generations of the 2000s vs 1990s is set after both eliminated their quarter final opponents in "normal" games. Both are familiar enough each other. They are 27 games in chess games database played from year 2000 until now. For this data Ponomariov surprising on greater score with 7-5-15 (draws). Ponomariov is now proved very specialist in K.O. setting, while Peter is on his top form, previously winning top league of Russian. In post interview after his games with Gashimov, Ponomariov set his target not the be the fourth place of semifinalist, as that will not earned him to Candidate challengers match. This is the repeated pairing of 2002 World Cup, also in semifinal where Pono won. Fact is, Ponomariov get the same pairing also in quarter final vs Gashimov, same as in 2009. Mean, less time to work on repertoire against them.

                                                Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Grischuk

Second pairing, Alexander Grischuk is the only player to "tasted" recent World Champion KO candidate, where he reach final only to lost to Boris Gelfand. While Ivanchuk strongest KO tournament is the 2002 World Cup where he lost to Ponomariov. The chess database software of still put greater score for Ivanchuk 9-5-15 (draws).

If lucky enough, I will book money for Svidler vs Ivanchuk in final and let God decided who to win in this dream pairing. Both Svidler and Ivanchuk are "veteran" enough in era 2011 to deserved one more glory.
So, this semis is also about who didn't reach the three spots for next candidate match.

Partai semi final Piala Dunia Catur 2011 telah ditentukan malam ini, setelah Vassily Ivanchuk, pecatur Ukraina mengalahkan saingannya Teimour Radjabov. Vassily Ivanchuk yang pecatur angkatan 1980-1990 ini akan menghadapi pecatur generasi berikutnya Alexander Grischuk dari Russia. Grischuk adalah pecatur terakhir yang dikalahkan penantang Juara Catur tahun ini, Boris Gelfand dari Israel. Partai Ivanchuk vs Grischuk akan segera dimulai esok.

Partai semifinal lainnya adalah , juga pecatur Ukraina vs Rusia. Berhadapan adalah Ruslan Ponomariov vs Peter Svidler. Kembali terjadi saingan antara pecatur angkatan 1980-1990 Peter Svidler melawan pecatur generasi 2000an Ruslan Ponomariov. Perlu diingat Ponomariov adalah pecatur specialist turnamen sistem gugur, dia pernah menjuarai turnamen KO Piala Dunia ini tahun 2002 alias Juara Dunia FIDE tahun 2002. Kebetulan lawannya saat itu adalah Peter Svidler di Semifinal and Ivanchuk di Final.

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