International Chess News 2013

 

The London Chess Classic was held and most of the worlds top players were there including all the leading British players. The only person missing from the top players in the world was Magnus Carlsen although the defeated champion Vishy Anand managed to make it. It was called the Super 16 as 16 players were invited including the two leaders of the Fide Open after the 4th round were promoted to the main event which although they were outplayed and finished last, it was great to see.

the full line up was:

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Luke McShane (eng)

Vladimir Kramnik (rus)

Boris Gelfand (isr)

Nigel Short (eng)

Andrei Istratescu (open)

Jonathan Rowson (scot)

Gawain Jones (eng)

Fabiano Caruana  (ita)

Michael Adams (eng)

Matthew Sadler (eng)

Hikaru Nakamura (usa)

Emil Sutovsky (open)

Vishy Anand (ind)

Peter Svidler (rus)

Judit Polgar (hun)

David Howell (eng)

They played rapidplay (ie less than 1 hour games but greater than 15 minute) in this case non-tie break games were 25 minutes plus 10 seconds added after every move. Michael Adams and Nigel Short both made it to the knock out stages while Adams made it even into the semi-final, a possible future world champion or at the very least challenger for the title in Hikaru Nakamura won the overall event.


British player, Michael Adams continues to impress, he came second in a tournament in Bilbao recently, he is set to go to 12th in the world with a rating of 2761.


Fabiano Caruana just failed in his attempt to reach the candidates 2014 through the fide Grand Prix, the first two who are the qualifiers for the candidates 2014 were Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan. Hikaru Nakamura featured highly in the last Grand Prix in Paris.

The World Chess Championship 2013 was a match between the World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand (winner of the World Chess Championship 2012) and Magnus Carlsen, to determine the 2013 World Chess Champion. It will be held under the auspices of FIDE, the World Chess Federation, from 6 to 26 November 2013 in Chennai, India.

World Chess Championship 2013
Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points
Viswanathan Anand (India) 2775 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ -- --
Magnus Carlsen (Norway) 2862 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ -- --

It looks like we have a new World Champion but Magnus has to pass the finishing line yet. (update) as of 22/11/2013 we now do have a new World Chess Champion = Magnus Carlsen. Note-the remaining games, ie 11 and 12, remained unplayed as the result was already decided by game 10.

Games from World Championship 2013,

Chennai, India.

9/11/2013 game 1
10/11/2013 game 2
12/11/2013 game 3
13/11/2013 game 4
15/11/2013 game 5
16/11/2013 game 6
18/11/2013 game 7
19/11/2013 game 8
21/11/2013 game 9
22/11/2013 game 10
 

Sorry for the break from the chess news but some news I didnt immediately report was English player Michael Adams winning a Top International Tournament in Dortmund ahead of some of the worlds top players it must be his greatest result. Also David Howell beat a strong British group of grandmasters at the British Championships in Torquay by a clear point which is rare at the top level because standards are evenly spread and close together so results usually follow that.

I dont know if this pert olds of great things for David in the future but I am sure if he keeps at chess he will be in top international tournaments regularly eventually following the likes of Miles, Hebden, Short, Nunn, King, Keene, Basman, Sadler, Mcshane, Adams, Plaskett, Summerscale, McNab, Botterill etc. (sorry how could I leave out the great Speelman and Hodgson) as great names of British Chess when I was young. Note-the same applies to Gawain Jones who despite being slight favourite (for the British Championships this year,) drew too many games against the lower rated opponents.


the latest round of the FIDE Grand Prix was held in July in Beijing -Mamedyarov won which takes him to second place in the overall standings given below. As I said before it looks like Veselin Topalov has made it into the next candidates cycle but Mamedyarov might be caught by the American Italian Caruana or the Russian Grischuk, only these two can pass him. The last Fide round is in Paris but if sponsors can be found elsewhere it will be moved as is the way with modern FIDE events. Note-only best 3 results out of maxinum 4 grand prix events you can enter count. You get points according to your score in the event.

  Player FIDE rating
Aug 2012
London Tashkent Zug Thessaloniki Beijing (Paris) Played Best 3
1 Veselin Topalov (BUL) 2752 140 – 170 (45) 100 – 4 410
2 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2729 140 80 (20) – 170 – 4 390
3 Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2763 90 – – 85 140 x 3 315
4 Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2773 – 80 100 125 – x 3 305
5 Alexander Morozevich (RUS) 2770 – 140 75 (25) 65 – 4 280
6 Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2785 – 140 50 – 65 x 3 255
7 Wang Hao (CHN) 2726 70 140 – – 30 x 3 240
8 Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) 2734 – 50 100 85 – x 3 235
9 Peter Leko (HUN) 2737 80 50 (50) – 100 – 4 230
10 Leinier Domνnguez (CUB) 2725 35 20 – 170 – x 3 225
11 Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2778 15 – 140 60 – x 3 215
12 Gata Kamsky (USA)[2] 2746 – 10 75 125 (10) – 4 210
13 Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2738 140 30 – – 30 x 3 200
14 Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB) 2684 35 80 (20) 70 – – 4 185
15 Anish Giri (NED) 2711 15 – 50 – 65 x 3 130
16 Peter Svidler (RUS)[1] 2749 – 50 – 45 – x 2 95
17 Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) 2769 55 – – 10 30 x 3 95
18 Wang Yue (CHN)[4] 2685 – – – – 65 – 1 65
19 Michael Adams (ENG)[1] 2722 55 – – – – – 1 55
20 Ιtienne Bacrot (FRA)[3] 2713 – – – 25 – – 1 25
21 Teimour Radjabov (AZE)[3][4] 2788 – – 20 – – x 1 20
– Vugar Gashimov (AZE)[2] 2737 – –   withdrew     – –

 

The FIDE Grand Prix continues from Thessaloniki in Greece (note-instead of Madrid as planned) to find two places for the Candidates Tournament in 2014, Vaselin Topalov the Bulgarian has almost booked his place already with 2 first places. He is in this tournament, the current standings in the Grand Prix are below this article. 

The competition finished on the 4th June.  The cuban Leiner Dominguez Perez won the tournament with all the top western players like the Italian American Caurana and Gata Kamsky from USA doing well.

4th FIDE Grand Prix, Thessaloniki, Greece

Round best game synopsis
Round 1: V.Topalov vs A.Grischuk Kamsky, Svidler, Kasimdzhanov all win, Nakamura loses.
Round 2: F.Caruana vs V.Ivanchuk Grischuk, Morozevich and Caruana all win but Nakamura starts badly with another loss.
Round 3: R.Ponomariov vs V.Topalov Dominguez wins from Cuba (he beats Ivanchuk) while the rest draw
Round 4: L.Dominguez vs P.Svidler Dominguez continues his winning ways against Svidler, and Topalov wins against poor Ivanchuk who is having bad form recently.
  26th May (Sunday) is a rest day
 
Final Ranking
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 11 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2723 CUB * 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 8
2 10 GM Caruana Fabiano 2774 ITA 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1
3 2 GM Kamsky Gata 2741 USA 1 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½
4 3 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2742 UKR ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 6
5 12 GM Grischuk Alexander 2779 RUS ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6
6 6 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2699 UZB 0 ½ 0 1 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½
7 7 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2775 USA ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 5
8 1 GM Topalov Veselin 2793 BUL 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 0 1 1
5 GM Svidler Peter 2769 RUS 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 0 1
10 8 GM Bacrot Etienne 2725 FRA ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 * ½ 0 4
11 9 GM Morozevich Alexander 2760 RUS 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ * ½ 4
12 4 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2755 UKR 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 ½ *

current standings in grand prix:- top 2 at the end of the 6 tournaments will qualify for next candidates


The US Championships was held in the beginning of May, Hikaru Nakamura wasn't there because he was at a competition in Norway which had the world number 1 Magnus Carlsen and World Champion Vishy Anand plus many other top players, Sergei Karjakin won in a surprise result with a superb 6/9 and Carlsen and Nakamura were joint second on 5.5/9

Anyway in the US Championships Gata Kamsky entered as favourite and duly won but Alejandro Ramirez took him to a tie break and I watched the chess with much excitement as it was of a very high standard.


Around the same time as the Alekhine memorial is the next round of the Grand Prix to decide who plays in the next Candidates the full list of those playing is:-

Zug, Switzerland

Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2793
Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2786
Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2772
Topalov, Veselin BUL 2771
Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2767
Mamedyarov, Shakriyar AZE 2766
Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2758
Leko, Peter HUN 2744
Kamsky, Gata USA 2741
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2733
Giri, Anish NLD 2727
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB 2709

It is held in Zug, Switzerland on the 18th April and is an 11 round, round robin event. A round by round synopsis will be given here.

round one synopsis: Fabiano Caruana and Alexander Morozevich both win.

round two synopsis: Veselin Topalov, and two ex-FIDE World Champions (when Gary Kasparov broke away from FIDE) both won namely, Ruslan Ponomariov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Ruslan beat the American Italian Caruana while Rustam beat another American Gata Kamsky. 

round three synopsis: easy today to sum up-they all drew all six games.

round four synopsis: easy again they all drew but the news of the day was in the other tournament the Alekhine Memorial where the World Champion Vishy Anand was beaten by the top British player -Michael adams, I have included the game in the section on the Alekhine Memorial a little underneath this one on the Grand Prix in Zug.

round five synopsis: many wins this round, Alexander Morozevich and Veselin Topalov hold a slim lead,

22nd is a rest day: today 22nd monday in the other tournament Michael Adams got another win and is leading the tournament after 2nd round but a long way to go yet. I don't want to follow the tournament else I jinx him.

round six synopsis: Wins for Ponomariov against Kamsky and Nakamura against Kasimdzhanov, rest were draws-this leaves Ponomariov, Morozevich and Topalov on top but only just.

round seven synopsis:  a Win for Kamsky over Morozevich the rest were draws sees Morozevich lose his share of the lead.

round eight synopsis: a win for Topalov over Morozevich and draws in the rest of the games means Topalov goes into the lead by himself-only 3 rounds left.

Not-Saturday 27th is a rest day in the Tournament so no play until Sunday 28th.

round nine synopsis: Topalov looks likely to pick up maximum points in this grand prix tournament for coming first which will go towards securing him a candidates place probably. Ponomariov lost and Caruana won while Topalov drew but remained top. 

round ten synopsis: Topalov wins against second place Caruana and Nakamura thus goes into second- a full point behind, Topalov is playing Karjakin and Nakamura is playing Caruana both have the advantage of White-White moves first and at the top level a Black win is rarer than a White. The best Hikaru can achieve is joint top with Topalov if he wins and Topalov loses.

Final round synopsis: Topalov (the Bulgarian) wins in his game and secures first place in the rankings, Nakamura the Japenese born but brought up in America, came second. All the games except Topalovs win against Karjakin were drawn. The Grand prix standings table has been updated a little below.

Round best game
Final Ranking
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 8 GM Topalov Veselin 2771 BUL * 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 8
2 9 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2767 USA 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1
3-4 11 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2733 UKR ½ ½ * 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 6
3-4 3 GM Caruana Fabiano 2772 ITA 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 6
5-6 7 GM Kamsky Gata 2741 USA ½ ½ 0 0 * 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½
5-6 1 GM Morozevich Alexander 2758 RUS 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½
7-9 4 GM Karjakin Sergey 2786 RUS 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5
7-9 5 GM Giri Anish 2727 NED ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 5
7-9 6 GM Leko Peter 2744 HUN 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 5
10-12 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2793 AZE ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½
10-12 12 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2709 UZB ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½
10-12 2 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2766 AZE ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ *
round 1 S.Karjakin vs H.Nakamura
round 2 R.Ponomariov vs F.Caruana
round 3 G.Kamsky vs V.Topalov
round 4 T.Radjabov vs P Leko
round 5 A.Giri vs A.Morozevich
round 6 R.Kasimdzhanov vs H.Nakamura
round 7 P.Leko vs S.Mamedyarov
round 8 A.Morozevich vs V.Topalov
round 9 H.Nakamura vs A.Morozevich
round 10  F.Caruana vs V.Topalov
round 11 V.Topalov vs S.Karjakin
Player Aug 2012
Rating
London Tashkent Zug Thessaloniki Berlin Paris Best 3
1 Veselin Topalov (BUL) 2752 140 – 170 x x – 2 310
2 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2729 140 80 20 – x – 3 240
3 Alexander Morozevich (RUS) 2770 – 140 75 x x – 2 215
4 Wang Hao (CHN) 2726 70 140 – – x x 2 210
5 Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2785 – 140 50 – x x 2 190
6 Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2773 – 80 100 x – x 2 180
7 Peter Leko (HUN) 2737 80 50 50 – x – 3 180
8 Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2738 140 30 – – x x 2 170
9 Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2778 15 – 140 x – x 2 155
10 Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) 2734 – 50 100 x – x 2 150
11 Rustam Kasimdjanov (UZB) 2684 35 80 20 x – – 3 135
12 Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2763 90 – – x x x 1 90
13 Gata Kamsky (USA)[2] 2746 – 10 75 x x – 2 85
14 Anish Giri (NED) 2711 15 – 50 – x x 2 65
15 Michael Adams (ENG)[1] 2722 55 – – – – – 1 55
16 Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) 2769 55 – – x x x 1 55
17 Leinier Domνnguez (CUB) 2725 35 20 – x – x 2 55
18 Peter Svidler (RUS) 2749 – 50 – x – x 1 50
19 Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2788 – – 20 x x x 1 20
20 Vugar Gashimov (AZE)[2] 2737 withdrew – –

1 Viswanathan Anand 2783 India
2 Levon Aronian 2809 Armenia
3 Vladimir Kramnik 2801 Russia
4 Peter Svidler 2747 Russia
5 Boris Gelfand 2739 Israel
6 Michael Adams 2727 England
7 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2722 France
8 Nikita Vitiugov 2712 Russia
9 Ding Liren 2707 China
10 Laurent Fressinet 2706 France

Yes a new tournament is coming held in both Paris then St. Petersburg, it is called the Alekhine Memorial in memory of Alexander Alekhine who died just after the Second World War finished when he was preparing for a World Championship Match with Mikhail Botvinnik.

A British player is included in the tournament namely our top player Michael Adams although with the World Champion and worlds number 2 and 3 (world number 1 isn't playing- Magnus Carlsen) it will be tough for Adams.

news-Levon Aronian won the tournament and Michael Adams was joint 4th- a great result with 4.5/9.

Top British player- Michael Adams defeat of the World Champion Vishy Anand in round 1:- Vishy Anand vs Michael Adams

 

 


Candidates 2013 - Savoy, London

The Candidates Tournament has been played  to decide who plays Vishy Anand (India) for the World Championship in the next match. Its a all-play-all with both colours (ie 2 games against each player), participants were:-

Magnus Carlsen     Norway        proved to be top player in world as world number 1 but still very young aged 22
Vladimir Kramnik   Russia	 ex-world champion who unseated Gary Kasparov
Levon Aronian      Armenia	 past world championship contender and past world no 1
Teimour Radjabov   Azerbaijan    one of the top youngsters around ie aged 26
Alexander Grischuk Russia	 a top russian player for many years and past world ch contender
Vassily Ivanchuk   Ukraine	 been around since the 1980's a great player
Peter Svidler      Russia	 a top russian player for many years and past world ch contender
Boris Gelfand	   Isreal	 past world championship contender against current champion
 
Opening Ceremony Thursday 14/03/2013 Game of the day below:- Round up
Round 1 Friday 15/03/2013 L Aronian vs M Carlsen

it was draws all-round- everyone was playing conservatively

I can see this tournament having many draws posible.

Round 2 Saturday 16/03/2013 T Radjabov vs V Ivanchuk

two results today Teimor Radjabov beat Vasilly Ivanchuk and Levon Aronian beat the past challenger to the world title Boris Gelfand. the rest drew.

Round 3 Sunday 17/03/2013 V Kramnik vs A Grischuk

wins today for Levon Aronian who is the leader, Magnus Carlsen and Peter Svidler, draw for Vladimir Kramnik against Alexander Grischuk.

Free day Monday 18/03/2013 xxxxxxxxxxxx

Round 4 Tuesday 19/03/2013 M Carlsen vs A Grischuk

A win today just for Magnus Carlsen which means that he shares the lead now with Levon Aronian.

Round 5 Wednesday 20/03/2013 V Kramnik vs L Aronian

All games were drawn so relative positions remain the same.

Round 6 Thursday 21/03/2013 P Svidler vs M Carlsen

wins today for levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen which makes it very likely approaching the half way stage to be a two horse race between them.

Free day Friday 22/03/2013 xxxxxxxxxxxx

Round 7 Saturday 23/03/2013 B Gelfand vs V Kramnik

Draws all around today, and at the exact half way stage it still looks like a two horse race, but Magnus was lucky in his game.

Round 8 Sunday 24/03/2013 M Carlsen vs L Aronian

a draw between the two front runners Magnus and Levon, while wins for Boris Gelfand, Alexander Grischuk and Vladimir Kramnik.

Round 9 Monday 25/03/2013 B Gelfand vs L Aronian

Boris Gelfand beat Levon Aronian and Magnus drew with Kramnik so Magnus is now in the lead himself by half a point, Vassily Ivanchuk also won in the relative back peddlers battle against Radjabov. Svidler and Grischuk drew. I apologise for going away at the vital moment and leaving the story hanging. 

Free day Tuesday 26/03/2013 xxxxxxxxxxxx

Round 10 Wednesday 27/03/2013 webmaster preparing to go away

Round 11 Thursday 28/03/2013

will be away at the 

welsh chess championships

Round 12 Friday 29/03/2013

will be away at the 

welsh chess championships

Free day Saturday 30/03/2013

will be away at the 

welsh chess championships

Round 13 Sunday 31/03/2013

will be away at the 

welsh chess championships

Round 14 Monday 01/04/2013

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 welsh chess championships

Tie-Breaks if necessary

/Closing Ceremony

Tuesday 02/04/2013

will be away at the

 welsh chess championships

  Wednesday 03/04/2013

Final results are posted

 in cross table by the webmaster -Magnus Carlsen Wins on tie break and will play Vishy Anand for the World Championship! As to how the webmaster did in the Welsh Championship Open he didn't finish last but was near the last place as it was extremely tough.

Standings after Round 14 (Final)           TB1  TB2  TB3
 1   8.5  GM Magnus Carlsen     NOR 2872   1.0   5   56.25
 2        GM Vladimir Kramnik   RUS 2810   1.0   4   57.75
 3   8.0  GM Peter Svidler      RUS 2747   1.5   4   52.75
 4        GM Levon Aronian      ARM 2809   0.5   5   49.75
 5   6.5  GM Boris Gelfand      ISR 2740   1.0   2   43.00
 6        GM Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764   1.0   1   44.00
 7   6.0  GM Vassily Ivanchuk   UKR 2757   0.0   3   43.25
 8   4.0  GM Teimour Radjabov   AZE 2793   0.0   1   28.25
 Tie-Break 1) Direct Encounter (in the same point group)
 Tie-Break 2) The greater number of victories
 Tie-Break 3) Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break variable
Note Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen both finished joint
 top with 8.5 points but on first tie break the sum of points
 scored against each other they both scored 1 vs 1 so it went
 to second tie break system ie number of wins and Magnus had
 5 to Vladimir's 4 so tough as it is on Kramnik, Magnus wins.

The Reykjavik Open 2013: A strong tournament in which my old chess trainer played, National Master Yaacov Norowitz and he finished high up in the tournament despite playing with grandmasters.

Leaderboard after Round 10 (Final)
1-3  8.0  GM Pavel Eljanov          UKR 2678
          GM Wesley So              PHI 2684
          GM Bassem Amin            EGY 2631
4-8  7.5  GM Anish Giri             NED 2722
          IM Yi Wei                 CHN 2501
          GM Marcin Dziuba          POL 2602
          GM Ivan Cheparinov        BUL 2709
          NM Yaacov Norowitz        USA 2432

Also note on the new rankings Magnus Carlsen has surpassed Gary Kasparovs old record in rating points he has a new record of 2861 the old record set in the nineties of 2851. And Michael Adams is back as British number 1 with a highly respectable position of 25th in the World.


TradeWise Gibraltar 2013 Standings after final round:- Nikita Vitiugov wins the play-off

Gibraltar 2013

Rk.

 

Name

FED

Rtg

Pts.

Rp

1

GM

Vitiugov Nikita

RUS

2694

8

2821

2

GM

Vachier-Lagrave Maxime

FRA

2711

8

2777

3

GM

Sandipan Chanda

IND

2590

8

2762

4

GM

Short Nigel D

ENG

2690

8

2715

5

GM

Georgiev Kiril

BUL

2643

7.5

2738

6

GM

Adams Michael

ENG

2725

7.5

2733

7

GM

Navara David

CZE

2710

7.5

2733

8

GM

Kamsky Gata

USA

2740

7.5

2697

9

GM

Ivanchuk Vassily

UKR

2758

7.5

2685

 

GM

Yu Yangyi

CHN

2688

7.5

2717

11

GM

Salgado Lopez Ivan

ESP

2606

7.5

2693

12

GM

Fridman Daniel

GER

2667

7.5

2644

13

GM

Zhao Xue

CHN

2554

7.5

2620

14

GM

Le Quang Liem

VIE

2705

7

2717

15

GM

Jones Gawain C B

ENG

2632

7

2672

16

GM

Felgaer Ruben

ARG

2557

7

2634

17

GM

Wojtaszek Radoslaw

POL

2723

7

2611

18

GM

Shirov Alexei

LAT

2708

7

2605

19

GM

Stefanova Antoaneta

BUL

2516

7

2611

20

IM

Gunina Valentina

RUS

2490

7

2593

21

GM

Muzychuk Anna

SLO

2582

7

2586

22

GM

Sutovsky Emil

ISR

2684

7

2521

23

GM

Gallagher Joseph G.

SUI

2499

7

2538

24

GM

Bartel Mateusz

POL

2629

7

2514

25

IM

Kuipers Stefan

NED

2431

7

2342


The Tata Steel Chess Tournament also has a fine history and some of the strongest players in the world are playing, it was previously known as Wijk aan Zee.

(note Wijk Aan Zee is in the Netherlands in case you didn't know) :- Magnus won this really strong tournament fairly easily by a clear margin of 1.5 points which in chess terms is a walk over. Vishy (the World Champion) showed better form than he has shown lately, atleast in tournaments, and must take heart from an encouraging series of games even though he lost the final game (to Hao Wang from China) and with it 2nd spot to Levon Aronian. Many had a good tournament including the young Chinese Woman Yifan Hou, she will surely be competing with the men on atleast even terms or could even be the first Female 'Mens' World Champion!!!!

Standings after Final Round (13 out of 13) 
    Score Rating TPR 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1 Carlsen, M. 10.0 / 13 2861 2933 x ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1
2 Aronian, L. 8.5 / 13 2802 2837 ½ x 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
3 Anand, V. 8.0 / 13 2772 2816 ½ 1 x ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½
4 Karjakin, S. 8.0 / 13 2780 2816 0 ½ ½ x ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1
5 Leko, P. 7.5 / 13 2735 2789 ½ 0 ½ ½ x ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1
6 Nakamura, H. 7.0 / 13 2769 2758 0 0 ½ ½ ½ x ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½
7 Harikrishna, P. 6.5 / 13 2698 2735 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ x 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½
8 Giri, A. 6.0 / 13 2726 2704 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 x ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½
9 Wang, H. 6.0 / 13 2752 2702 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ x 0 1 ½ 1 ½
10 van Wely, L. 6.0 / 13 2679 2707 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 x ½ 1 1 1
11 Hou, Y. 5.5 / 13 2603 2685 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 ½ x ½ ½ 1
12 Caruana, F. 5.0 / 13 2781 2642 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ x 1 1
13 L'Ami, E. 4.0 / 13 2627 2599 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 x ½
14 Sokolov, I. 3.0 / 13 2667 2526 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ x
Games:-

Round 1: Sergey Karjakin vs Yifan Hou

Round 2: Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen

Round 3: Vishy Anand vs fabiano Caruana

Round 4: Magnus Carlsen vs Pentala Harikrishna

Round 4: Levon Aronian vs Vishy Anand

Round 5: Peter Leko vs Fabiano Caruana

Round 6: Loek Van Welly vs Hao Wang

Round 7: Hao Wang vs Hikaru Nakamura

Round 8: Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin

Round 9: Yifan Hou vs Magnus Carlsen

Round 10: Fabiano Caruana vs Hikaru Nakamura

Round 11: Hikaru Nakamura vs Levon Aronian

Round 12: Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura

Round 13: Hao Wang vs Vishy Anand

 

Tata Steel Top Tournament. Wijk Aan Zee 2013


Hastings 2012/2013

The British Champion has entered the Hastings International, namely, Gawain Jones, he is the top seed and he opened with a win in the first round against English, Fide Master David Haydon. David was up a pawn at one stage but deft play saw Gawain out of any trouble. 

Other notable players at the tournament are Mark Hebden who slipped up with draws in the first two rounds, Simon Williams, Glenn Flear, Keith Arkell, Nicholas Pert, (all top English Grandmasters) and (International Masters) Jonathan Hawkins and Thomas Rendle. They're are a number of strong players from abroad Including Andrey Sumets from Ukraine, Andrey Vovk also from the Ukraine, Sarunas Sulskis from Lithuania and Kaido Kulaots from Estonia.

And the winner is... ...our very own(in Britain) Gawain Jones, going into the final round he needed just a draw to secure victory and a quick draw ensued and none of his adversaries wanted to risk anything as well, they all got draws so they're eight people in joint second, Mr Jones must be very happy with himself.

Day 1 Gawain Jones vs David Haydon Final 10/10 rounds  (Top 11 Positions leaderboard) 1 Gawain Jones                   7.5pts 
Day 2 Xiaobing Gu vs Jonathan Hawkins =2 Sarunas Sulskis               7pts
Day 3 Gawain Jones vs Raja Panjwani =2 Rui Gao                          7pts
Day 4 Keith Arkell vs Kaido Kulaots =2 Jonathan Hawkins           7pts
Day 5 Daniel Leal vs Sarunas Sulskis =2 Andrey Vovk                 7pts
Day 5 Gawain Jones vs Keith Arkell   =2 Andrey Sumets               7pts
Day 6 Daniele Vocaturo vs Gawain Jones    =2 Daniele Vocaturo           7pts
Day 7 Daniel Leal vs Rui Gao   =2 Kaido Kulaots                7pts
Day 8 Francis Rayner vs Simon Williams   =2 Hjorvar Gretarsson         7pts
Day 9 Jonathan Hawkins vs Luangtep Kvisla   =10 Vladimir Hamitevici       6.5pts
Day 10 Andrey Sumets vs Gawain Jones   =10 Daniel Alsina Leal         6.5pts

Hastings 2012/2013 has a fine tradition of the strongest chess players in the world playing in its tournament, the previous winners list reads like a history of chess:-

1920/21 Yates

1967/68 Gheorghiu, Hort, Stein and Suetin

1921/22 Kostic

1968/69 Smyslov

1922/23 Rubinstein

1969/70 Portisch

1923/24 Euwe

1970/71 Portisch

1924/25 Marσczy, Przepiorka, Steiner and Tartakower

1971/72 Karpov and Kortschnoj

1925/26 Alekhine and Vidmar

1972/73 Larsen

1926/27 Tartakower

1973/74 Kuzmin, Szabσ, Tal and Timman

1927/28 Tartakower

1974/75 Hort

1928/29 Colle, Marshall and Takacs

1975/76 Bronstein, Hort and Uhlmann

1929/30 Capablanca

1976/77 Romanishin

1930/31 Euwe

1977/78 Dzindzichashvili

1931/32 Flohr

1978/79 Andersson

1932/33 Flohr

1979/80 Andersson and Nunn

1933/34 Flohr

1980/81 Andersson

1934/35 Euwe, Thomas and Flohr

1981/82 Kupreichik

1935/36 Fine

1982/83 Vaganian

1936/37 Alekhine

1983/84 Karlsson and Speelman

1937/38 Reshevsky

1984/85 Sveshnikov

1938/39 Szabσ

1985/86 Petersson

1939/40 Parr

1986/87 Chandler, Larsen, Lputian, Speelman

1945/46 Tartakower

1987/88 Short

1946/47 Alexander

1988/89 Short

1947/48 Szabσ

1989/90 Dolmatov

1948/49 Rossolimo

1990/91 Bareev

1949/50 Szabσ

1991/92 Bareev

1950/51 Unzicker

1992/93 Polgαr and Bareev

1951/52 Gligoric

1993/94 Nunn

1952/53 Golombek, Medina, Penrose, Yanofsky

1994/95 Luther

1953/54 Alexander and Bronstein

1995/96 Conquest, Khalifman and Lalic

1954/55 Keres and Smyslov

1996/97 Hebden, Nunn and Rozentalis

1955/56 Kortschnoi and Olafsson

1997/98 Sadler

1956/57 Gligoric and Larsen

1998/99 I. Sokolov

1957/58 Keres

1999/00 Sutovsky

1958/59 Uhlmann

2000/01 Conquest and Sasikiran

1959/60 Gligoric

2001/02 Barsov, Harikrishna and Sasikiran

1960/61 Gligoric

2002/03 Nielsen

1961/62 Botvinnik

2003/04 Kotronias and Rowson

1962/63 Gligoric and Kotov

2004/05 Belov

1963/64 Tal

2005/06 Neverov

1964/65 Keres

2006/07 Gagunashvili and Neverov

1965/66 Spassky and Uhlmann

1966/67 Botvinnik

 

Summer Congresses

 

1895 Pillsbury

1922 Alekhine

1919 Capablanca

1995 Atalik