Reports | June 04, 2012 16:25

An update on several events around the globe

An update on several events around the globe

In the past few weeks the World Championship in Moscow dominated the news, and also for us it was impossible to cover all of the major chess events that took place at the same time. In this article we give an update of some of the news we had missed, covering events on several continents!

Ukraine beats Poland in match 

The city of Lublin in Poland had its 4th chess festival running from May 23-29, 2012. Lublin is the ninth largest city in Poland and has a population of about 350,000. The festival was part of the activities to promote the city, which is a candidate for becoming the 2016 European Capital of Culture.

Last year Alexei Shirov won a GM round-robin in Lublin; this year the tournament was a Scheveningen match between Poland and Ukraine. For Poland Mateusz Bartel (2677), Bartosz Socko (2635), Kamil Miton (2622), Bartlomiej Macieja (2614) and Dariusz Swiercz (2585) played while the guests came with Zahar Efimenko (2689), Anton Korobov (2678), Yuriy Kryvoruchko (2676), Sergey Fedorchuk (2634) and Yaroslav Zherebukh (2632).

The two teams played five rounds of classical chess (40 moves in 90 minutes + 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1), followed by one day of rapid chess and one day of blitz chess. There was a prize fund of 25,000 PLN (6,000 Euro).

The classical games were extremely hard-fought, with only 9 draws out of 25 games (and only one draw finishing in less than 33 moves). Without Vassily Ivanchuk and Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukraine was still slightly higher rated than Poland and this was translated into a 14.5-10.5 victory.


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In the rapid tournament the difference was smaller, but again Ukraine won with 13.5-11.5 and also in the blitz event the host country went down, but with an even smaller margin: 6.5-5.5.

Sargissian wins Chicago Open

The 21st Chicago Open was held May 24-28, 2012 in Wheeling, Illinois. As always there were different rating groups, and a big open group with norm options. This section was won by Gabriel Sargissian of Armenia, who finished undefeated with 7/9. The Armenian won a $ 10,200 first prize. Robert Hess, Tamaz Gelashvili, Alejandro Ramirez, Milos Perunovic, Nikola Mitkov, Mesgen Amanov and Daniel Ludwig shared 2nd to 8th places. Among the players who scored 6/9 was Michael Adams.

Here are Sargissian's games from rounds 2-9.

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Shirov first in Buenos Aires

From North America we go down to South America. Alexei Shirov (2698) was the top seed in an 8-player round robin: the Magistral Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Shirov faced Diego Flores (2604), Sandro Mareco (2583), Ruben Felgaer (2572), Damian Lemos (2538), Andres Rodriguez Vila (2532), Diego Valerga (2487) and Sergio Slipak (2453). 

The Latvian grandmaster finished sole firstwith 5.5/7, ahead of Ruben Felgaer who finished on 4.5 points. Here are his seven games:

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Short beats Granda Zuniga in match

TWIC reports that Nigel Short was in Lima May 24-27, 2012 for a rapid match against Julio Granda Zuniga and two simultaneous exhibitions. The match, held in a tent at the Universidad Científica del Sur, ended in a narrow victory for Short: 3.5-2.5.

Here are the final four rapid games; unfortunately the first two are missing.

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French League

This is an event we will return to at a later stage, but already four rounds of this year's Top 12 of the French League have been played. The event runs between May 31 and June 10 in Belfort, where Marseille Echecs is defending its title.

This year the competition seems stronger than ever. For example, the top boards of many times champion Clichy are Magnus Carlsen, Vassily Ivanchuk and European Champion Dmitry Jakovenko! They also play with Laurent Fressinet, Loek van Wely, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Wesley So.

The title holders, in which the two good friends Arkadij Naiditsch and Etienne Bacrot play, also have one more big name: Peter Leko. Other strong players on the list are Le Quang Liem (Grand Roque/Evry), Viktor Bologan, David Navara, Alexey Dreev (Philidor/Mulhouse), Alexander Riazantsev (Fischer/Metz), Nigel Short, Anish Giri (Echiquier Châlonnais/Chalons-en-Champagne) and Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Echecs/Vandoeuvre).

Here's a first selection of games from Belfort. Not everyone has played yet; e.g. Carlsen, Jakovenko and Leko will probably join their teams at a later stage.

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


S3's picture

Again Ukraine plays without Volokitin. What happened to him?

iLane's picture

"...narrow victory for Short"
Since when +2 =2 -0 counts as a narrow victory??? :o

iLane's picture

OK I see, it was +2 =3 -1

Anonymous's picture

Much thanks for the updates.

RealityCheck's picture

@P.Doggers Really, no need to apologize for missing other events. You did an A+ excellent job covering the event of the year in Moscow!

PeterV's picture

I missed the World Women Rapid Championship and nearly missed the Blitz with an excellent performance of Miss Gulina. Great entertainment!

PeterV's picture

Herstel: Gunina (Valentina)

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