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News ‘June, 2009’

1st Orissa International Open

1st Orissa International Open

The 1st Orissa International Open was held on 7-14th June at At- Hotel Swosti Plaza in Bhubaneswar. Among nearly 400 participants, there were strong guest Grandmasters from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Netehrlands and Bangladesh. Going into the last round, GM Igor Kurnosov held a half point advantage ahead of rest of the field, but he couldn’t beat GM Georgy Timoshenko’s active defence and had to concede a draw.

Alexander Motylev Wins The Poikovsky International

Alexander Motylev Wins The Poikovsky International

Despite needing only a half point in the last round to cement the trophy, Motylev went on to complicate matters from the Black side of a usually quiet Petroff defence. His opponent Viktor Bologan held an extra exchange, but after a mutual pawn race which yielded a new pair of Queens, a draw was soon agreed…

Sinquefields Purchase Bobby Fischer’s Chess Collection

Sinquefields Purchase Bobby Fischer’s Chess Collection

Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield have purchased the chess library of the legendary Bobby Fischer, including notebooks he prepared for his 1972 World Championship match with Boris Spassky. The Sinquefields acquired the collection through San Francisco-based auction house, Bonhams and Butterfields. “I am thrilled to have this collection from arguably the greatest chess player in history,” said Rex Sinquefield.

Magnus Carlsen Conquers Leon!

Magnus Carlsen Conquers Leon!

Magnus Carlsen dethroned the last year’s Magistral Ciudad de Leon champion Vassily Ivanchuk after the breathtaking finale that was concluded only after the Armageddon game. The match opened with two draws before Ivanchuk scored in the third game. This put Magnus under pressure for the last game, but he succeeded to win and invite a blitz tiebreak…

Boris Grachev Wins at the 1st Lublin International Chess Tournament

Boris Grachev Wins at the 1st Lublin International Chess Tournament

GM Boris Grachev won convincingly the 1st Lublin international chess tournament. Grachev (born 1986, ELO 2652) secured the victory a round before the end and despite the loss on the last day finished 0,5 points ahead of opposition. Second place was for GM Michael Roiz, who finished with the same points, but better tiebreak than the third, GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

Iraq FIDE Trainer and Instructor Seminar

Iraq FIDE Trainer and Instructor Seminar

The first ever FIDE Trainer/FIDE Instructor Seminar was held in beautiful Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan, Iraq from 27 May to 1 June 2009 under the auspices of FIDE through the FIDE Trainers’ Commission, Asian Chess Federation (ACF), and Iraqi Chess Federation.

Anand with minimal lead in match against Leko

Anand with minimal lead in match against Leko

After four games, Vishy Anand is holding a minimal 2.5-1.5 lead. He crushed his opponent in the second game, but the remaining three were balanced and finished in draws. It is somewhat unusual to watch once die-hard 1.e4 players battling it out in closed openings. Three games saw the revived Gruenfeld defence, while in one Leko opted for Meran Slav.

XXII Magistral Ciudad de Leon – An artist match, to start with

XXII Magistral Ciudad de Leon –  An artist match, to start with

“I think it will be an interesting four game match between two very creative players”, said Ivanchuk. Morozevich: “Rapid chess should have a separate ranking, and the same applies to blitz and blindfold. I also think team championships games should not count for the Elo rating”.

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