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Giri beats Ivanchuk in León's roller coaster ride
Monday, June 10, 2013 7:58
Anish Giri won his match against Vassily Ivanchuk, the 26th Ciudad de León, in a weekend that must have felt like a roller coaster ride, especially for Ivanchuk. After losing the classical games 0.5-1.5 and the rapid games 0.5-3.5, the Ukrainian even hinted at quitting chess at Saturday's press conference. Luckily for him and his fans, he managed...
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Saturday, June 08, 2013 1:53
Anish Giri has taken an early lead in his multi-format match against Vassily Ivanchuk in León, Spain. The first game ended in a draw, while the second was won by the Dutch grandmaster after his opponent blundered a full piece. On Saturday four rapid games will be played, and on Sunday ten blitz games. By Leontxo García A genius somtimes makes a...
26th Ciudad de León: Giri-Ivanchuk in triple format
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Thursday, June 06, 2013 16:36
Creativity and good management against the financial crisis. That is the motto for the Ciudad de Leon organizers. Its 26th edition will be a clash of generations, a very attractive match: Vassily Ivanchuk (44 years old) and Anish Giri (18). The format is a new one: “Total Chess”, with two classical games (although somewhat accelerated) on Friday (...
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Friday, February 08, 2013 12:45
The 26th edition of the traditional tournament in León, Spain will see a battle between Vassily Ivanchuk and Anish Giri. Here's the press release: XXVI MAGISTRAL CIUDAD DE LEÓN One tournament, two generations, three time-controls LEONTXO GARCÍA (Press Officer) After 25 consecutive years of full success, the 26th Magistral Ciudad de Leon opens up a...
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Wednesday, November 07, 2012 13:25
The final phase of the Spanish Team Championship is currently under way in León. Many strong grandmasters can be found at the chess board in north west Spain, e.g. Ruslan Ponomariov, Leinier Dominguez, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ivan Cheparinov, Laurent Fressinet, Etienne Bacrot, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Pentala Harikrishna, Loek van Wely,...
Vallejo wins his first "León", beats Topalov 3.5-2.5
Monday, June 11, 2012 12:43
Francisco Vallejo Pons defeated Veselin Topalov 3.5-2.5 in a rapid match that was the main attraction of this year's 25th anniversary chess festival in León, Spain. On Friday the Spaniard took the lead with 1.5-0.5, on Saturday both players won one game each and on Sunday in the first game Vallejo decided the match in his favour. Topalov then won...
León celebrates its 25th edition with a Vallejo-Topalov match
Sunday, February 12, 2012 14:10
The 25th edition of the annual chess festival in León, Spain will include a 6-game match between Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Francisco Vallejo Pons of Spain. Press release by Leontxo Garcia Fans cherish chess players who take risks and seek beauty in every game. Two of them, the Bulgarian Veselin Topalov and Spaniard Paco Vallejo, a former...