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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a similar level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

The record has been broken again: 39 (!) upsets will be featured this week.


DuToit (1809) - Cawdery (2345), 1-0, 536 points
Cretnik (1820) - Schneider (2355), 1-0, 535 points
Kula (2345) - Smieszek (1843), 0-1, 502 points
Badzgaradze (1614) - Leks (2109), 1-0, 495 points
Pipiska (1676) - Banduka (2168), 1-0, 492 points
Valkarma (1414) - Rantamo (1879), 1-0, 465 points
Dzikowski (1904) - Lanc (2365), 1-0, 461 point
Solomon (2410) - Kromhout (1952), 0-1, 458 points
Bratkovic (2012) - Drozdowski (2456), 1-0, 444 points
Holtman (1725) - Demeter (2168), 1-0, 443 points

Average gap: 483; White won 8 games, Black won 2 games

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Last week we have received this message. We publish it as it is, without editing the wording or punctuation:


I enclose you 4 very recent matches.

2 from Pere Garriga (14 year old) and 2 from Javier Amores (18 year old),
both from Mollet Chess Club ( from Catalonia, Spain.

Three in pgn and one here at chess results: Amores- IM Vehí

All matches against IM, and very interesting, in my opinion, and in
Leontxo Garcia's from El Pais too:

Hope that you will find it interesting.

Kind regards.

Ramón Caro

While only 2 of the 4 games qualify as "upsets" according to our strict standards (300 points difference or above), we decided to publish all the 4 of them:

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If you have ever won a game against someone rated 300 points or above of yourself, please send it to us for publication. Any additional information (a photo, annotations, etc.) will be appreciated.

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Episode 27
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Episode 13
Episode 12
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Episode 6
Episode 5
Episode 4
Episode 3
Episode 2
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Comments (2)
1. Written by Kay on 16:16 16 2013 .
Here are three from the Canadian Open 2013 ongoing in Ottawa: 
Rinna Yu (1301) - Joey Zhong (2033) - rating difference 726 
Ashley Tapp (1481) - Mike Sun (2080) - rating difference 599 
Kevin Low (1484) - Yinshi Li (2081) (draw) - rating difference 597
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 18:20 16 2013 .
Aberto do Brasil Xadrez Potiguar 2013 
4 ronda 
FM Reis Paulo F. Jatoba De Oliveira 2416 Rocha Vitor Firmo De Souza - 2012 
Data 2013/07/05 at 2013/07/07

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