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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

by Candidate Master Peter Zhdanov

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

As compared to last week's top-10, this time the numbers have rampantly increased:

Maggiori (1700) Avila (2145), 1-0 445 points

Brizzi (1930) Della Morte (2346), 1-0 416 points

Bianchi (1903) Vasta (2307), 1-0; Elias (1885) De Paiva (2289), 1-0 404 points

Della Morte (2346) Fiora (1954), 0-1 392 points

Liu Dede (2387) Azarya (2005), 0-1 382 points

Sanchez (2544) Bartolini (2178), 0-1 366 points

Bacila (1621) Munteanu (1977), 1-0 356 points

Zalimben (1714) Lo Presti (2065), 1-0 351 points

Bacilia (1621) Vasile (1958), 1-0 337 points

Average difference: 385
White won 7 games; Black won 3 games

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Technical Maintenance

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Saturday, 20 October 2012
Attention: the website is undergoing a technical maintenance. Some of the images dated from September 23rd and on may not be available. This problem should be fixed soon. Thanks for your understanding!

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European Chess Club Cup - Round 4

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The rating favorites are doing well so far in both sections.

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Five games were drawn; Zvyagintsev scored against Lysyj. St. Petersburg defeated Economist SGSEU 3.5-2.5


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SOCAR crushed  Schachgesellschaft Zürich 6-0. Tomsk-400 also didn't lose any points against Tammer-Shakki. Moreover, two other matches finished with such a surprising score


St. Petersburg Chess Federation and Tomsk-400 (both from Russia) are leading the tournament with 8 match points out of 8.

Full results

In the women's event the team from Monaco is still doing perfect, while AVS lost another match - what a disaster.

Round 4 on 2012/10/14 at 15:00
Bo. 8   SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg - 6   Rishon Le-Zion Rtg 3½: ½
1.1 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490 - WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162 1 - 0
1.2 IM Gunina, Valentina 2514 -   Reprun, Nadejda 2143 1 - 0
1.3 WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368 -   Vardi, Shlomit 2010 1 - 0
1.4 IM Savina, Anastasia 2303 -   Federovski, Adi 1829 ½ - ½
Bo. 7   Ugra Rtg - 5   Chigorin Club Rtg 2½:1½
2.1 WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408 - IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425 ½ - ½
2.2 WGM Girya, Olga 2454 - WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244 ½ - ½
2.3 IM Romanko, Marina 2365 - WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266 ½ - ½
2.4 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361 -   Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173 1 - 0
Bo. 1   Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo Rtg - 4   Ashdod Rtg 4 : 0
3.1 GM Koneru, Humpy 2607 - IM Borsuk, Angela 2260 1 - 0
3.2 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587 - WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240 1 - 0
3.3 GM Cramling, Pia 2514 - WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087 1 - 0
3.4 IM Skripchenko, Almira 2437 - WFM Dotan, Valeria 2064 1 - 0
Bo. 2   AVS Rtg - 3   Mika Rtg 1½:2½
4.1 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2493 - GM Danielian, Elina 2476 ½ - ½
4.2 GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528 - GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512 ½ - ½
4.3 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476 - IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456 ½ - ½
4.4 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2474 - IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444 0 - 1


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Natalia Pogonina @ Saratov Junior Championship Closing Ceremony

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Sunday, 14 October 2012
Natalia Pogonina was a honorary guest at the Saratov Junior Chess Championship. Here are some of the pictures:

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With IM Mikhail Nedochetov, head of the Saratov Junior Chess School

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Natalia's son Nickolai prefers White

Presenting trophies:

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European Chess Club Cup - Round 3

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The reigning champion from St. Petersburg was paired against, using Kasparov's terminology, chess tourists - a team composed of IMs, FMs and even non-titled players! The match ended in a wipeout: 5.5-0.5

Meanwhile, on the other boards super grandmasters were fighting bitterly.

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A classical confrontation between the Ukrainian players: Ponomariov vs. Ivanchuk. This game turned out to be critical: Ruslan scored; Tomsk defeated Ashdod 3.5-2.5

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OSG Baden-Baden vs. Economist SGSEU. Nepomniatchi defeated Bacrot and Alekseev won against Naiditsch. 4-2 for Economist


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Ugra-SHSM-64. A very tough match. Shirov - Leko 1-0; Korobov - Grachev 0-1; Rublevsky - Najer 1-0. Ugra won 3.5-2.5

Full results


In the women's tournament Monte Carlo is still cruising towards victory, while AVS is struggling.

Round 3 on 2012/10/13 at 15:00
Bo. 2   AVS Rtg - 8   SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg 2 : 2
1.1 GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2493 - GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490 ½ - ½
1.2 GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551 - IM Gunina, Valentina 2514 0 - 1
1.3 GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528 - IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405 ½ - ½
1.4 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2474 - IM Savina, Anastasia 2303 1 - 0
Bo. 3   Mika Rtg - 1   Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo Rtg 1½:2½
2.1 GM Danielian, Elina 2476 - GM Hou, Yifan 2605 0 - 1
2.2 GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512 - GM Koneru, Humpy 2607 ½ - ½
2.3 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456 - GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587 ½ - ½
2.4 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444 - GM Cramling, Pia 2514 ½ - ½
Bo. 4   Ashdod Rtg - 7   Ugra Rtg 2 : 2
3.1 IM Klinova, Masha 2324 - WGM Girya, Olga 2454 ½ - ½
3.2 IM Borsuk, Angela 2260 - IM Romanko, Marina 2365 ½ - ½
3.3 WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240 - WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361 ½ - ½
3.4 WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087 - WIM Bezgodova, Maria 2177 ½ - ½
Bo. 5   Chigorin Club Rtg - 6   Rishon Le-Zion Rtg 3 : 1
4.1 IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425 - WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162 ½ - ½
4.2 WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244 -   Reprun, Nadejda 2143 1 - 0
4.3 WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266 -   Federovski, Adi 1829 1 - 0
4.4   Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173 -   Lahav, Michal 1732 ½ - ½


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Magnus Carlsen won Bilbao Masters

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After a dramatic race for gold between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana the Norwegian superstar came on top by winning the blitz tie-break 2-0. Fabiano Caruana achieved the largest rating gain and became #5 on the live rating list. Carlsen needed a last round win to beat Garry Kasparov's rating record, but the game was drawn. Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin performed slightly below expectations, while World Champion Viswanthan Anand had yet another disappointing tournament: he drew 9 games and lost one. Francisco Vallejo Pons predictably finished in last place.

Results (3-1-0 scoring system!)

1. Carlsen - 17
2. Caruana - 17 (lost blitz tie-break)
3. Aronian - 11
4. Karjakin - 10
5. Anand - 9
6. Vallejo - 6


Magnus Carlsen - Viswanathan Anand, 1-0

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European Chess Club Cup - Round 2

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On day 2 there were still numerous technical glitches: some of the boards weren't being relayed; others were showing wrong moves or mixed-up names. For example, in the Monte Carlo-AVS match board 3 was initially a clone of board 2, while board 4 had the moves from board 3. This confused the commentators and spectators a lot.

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Ashdod-Ugra 3.5-2.5. Ivanchuk scored against Jakovenko; Ashdod won the second match in a row

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G-Team Novy Bor vs. Economist SGSEU, 2.5-3.5. Bartel-Tomashevsky 0-1 was the key game

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SHSM-64 vs. OSG Baden-Baden. Gelfand defeated Adams, but Giri lost to Naiditsch. The match was a tie

Full results

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Women's World Champion Hou Yifan earned a critical point by defeating X-th Women's World Chess Champion Antoaneta Stefanova

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Natalia Pogonina missed a couple of promising continuations against Pia Cramling and had to defend a rook endgame down a pawn. This was the fourth game between Natalia and Pia, all drawn.

The team from Monte Carlo reversed last year's performance vs. AVS: 2.5-1.5 instead of 1.5-2.5. Surprisingly, Ugra defeated another strong team - Mika.

Round 2 on 2012/10/12 at 15:00
Bo. 8   SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg - 5   Chigorin Club Rtg 2 : 2
1.1 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490 - IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425 ½ - ½
1.2 IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405 - WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244 ½ - ½
1.3 WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368 - WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266 0 - 1
1.4 IM Savina, Anastasia 2303 -   Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173 1 - 0
Bo. 6   Rishon Le-Zion Rtg - 4   Ashdod Rtg 1 : 3
2.1 WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162 - IM Klinova, Masha 2324 ½ - ½
2.2   Reprun, Nadejda 2143 - WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240 0 - 1
2.3   Federovski, Adi 1829 - WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087 0 - 1
2.4   Lahav, Michal 1732 - WFM Dotan, Valeria 2064 ½ - ½
Bo. 7   Ugra Rtg - 3   Mika Rtg 2½:1½
3.1 WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408 - GM Danielian, Elina 2476 0 - 1
3.2 WGM Girya, Olga 2454 - GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512 1 - 0
3.3 IM Romanko, Marina 2365 - IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456 ½ - ½
3.4 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361 - IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444 1 - 0
Bo. 1   Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo Rtg - 2   AVS Rtg 2½:1½
4.1 GM Hou, Yifan 2605 - GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2493 1 - 0
4.2 GM Koneru, Humpy 2607 - GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551 ½ - ½
4.3 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587 - GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528 ½ - ½
4.4 GM Cramling, Pia 2514 - WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476 ½ - ½


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Chess Tactics

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Pridorozhni (2539) - Caspi (2451), 2012
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European Chess Club Cup - Round 1

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The first round of the European Chess Club Cup was extremely exciting chess-wise and very disappointing in the organizational sense: only a few boards were relayed properly, while most of the games hadn't been featured at all. Hopefully, this will be fixed in the subsequent rounds.

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A typical reaction of the spectators

In the Open section all the main rating favorites won their matches convincingly...except for the #1 seed, SOCAR!

Round 1 on 2012/10/11 at 15:00
Bo. 1   SOCAR Azerbaijan Rtg - 9   Ashdod Rtg 2½:3½
1.1 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2792 - GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771 ½ - ½
1.2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2748 - GM Volokitin, Andrei 2724 0 - 1
1.3 GM Topalov, Veselin 2751 - GM Eljanov, Pavel 2681 0 - 1
1.4 GM Grischuk, Alexander 2752 - GM Smirin, Ilia 2638 ½ - ½
1.5 GM Kamsky, Gata 2755 - GM Romanov, Evgeny 2611 1 - 0
1.6 GM Sutovsky, Emil 2685 - GM Avrukh, Boris 2585 ½ - ½

Full results

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XII-th Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk defeated XIII-th Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan as Black, but it was not enough - Monaco still prevailed

In the women's tournament the reigning champion AVS suffered a sensational defeat at the hands of Ugra. At the beginning of the round the clocks of the players turned out to be not operational - the organizers forgot about the batteries...

Round 1 on 2012/10/11 at 15:00
Bo. 1   Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo Rtg - 8   SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg 2½:1½
1.1 GM Hou, Yifan 2605 - GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490 0 - 1
1.2 GM Koneru, Humpy 2607 - IM Gunina, Valentina 2514 1 - 0
1.3 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587 - IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405 ½ - ½
1.4 GM Cramling, Pia 2514 - WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368 1 - 0
Bo. 2   AVS Rtg - 7   Ugra Rtg 1½:2½
2.1 GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551 - WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408 1 - 0
2.2 GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528 - WGM Girya, Olga 2454 0 - 1
2.3 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476 - IM Romanko, Marina 2365 ½ - ½
2.4 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2474 - WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361 0 - 1
Bo. 3   Mika Rtg - 6   Rishon Le-Zion Rtg 3 : 1
3.1 GM Danielian, Elina 2476 - WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162 ½ - ½
3.2 GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512 -   Reprun, Nadejda 2143 ½ - ½
3.3 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456 -   Vardi, Shlomit 2010 1 - 0
3.4 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444 -   Lahav, Michal 1732 1 - 0
Bo. 4   Ashdod Rtg - 5   Chigorin Club Rtg 2½:1½
4.1 IM Klinova, Masha 2324 - IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425 ½ - ½
4.2 IM Borsuk, Angela 2260 - WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244 ½ - ½
4.3 WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240 - WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266 1 - 0
4.4 WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087 -   Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173 ½ - ½

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

Happy birthday, Levon and Ruslan!


Chinese Chess League: very strong, but not enough coverage in the press

The European Club Cup has started

Chess-boxing in London

Monetizing chess services

Alexander Evdokimov: My 6-year old niece is practising music, gymnastics and chess. Only chess studies are free (local junior chess school). Thinking how to fix this shortcoming :)))

Does your country have a national chess day?


Strong rapid tournament in St. Petersburg

Football & chess go well together

All hail the new World Correspondence Chess Champion!

Another tournament victory for the European Chess Champion'12


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