|The Week in Chess Magazine
Sponsored by the London Chess Center
|TWIC Home | The London Chess Center | | Shop|
Some events in the year 2000
Anand wins the FIDE World Chess Championships
The FIDE World Chess Championships took place in New Delhi, India and Tehran, Iran, 25 November - 27 December 2000. Daily coverage here. Games and results from complete.
Anand is the FIDE World Chess Champion he beat Shirov 3.5-0.5. In game four Shirov generated tremendous complications with the black pieces but Anand reacted calmly and survived with a winning position. Shirov resigned on move 41.
The winner Anand should receive $528,000 and the loser Shirov $316,000 although given the problems that Khalifman and others had getting paid last time (they all did get paid in full in the end) and talk of some bouncing cheques this we await confirmation of payments.
Having put himself in a position to win World titles on a number of occasions this now relieves the pressure on Anand. He has used his experience of the past to win this title and now whatever happens has his place in history. This year after a slow start at Linares and the Amber Rapid tournament Anand has recovered and started playing chess on a level with his previous highs in 1995 (on the run up to playing Kasparov where many good judges thought he was world number one) and in 1998. He went through these Championships undefeated with 8 wins and 12 draws. Surely he can only go from strength to strength. In sport they say the first World title is the hardest, Anand is off the mark, is there a limit to what can he achieve now?
Although his performance in the final will be a disappointment to him Shirov too has improved his standing. It is to be hoped that he can resolve the remaining problems he has following his victory over Kramnik and his subsequant non-payment and draw a line under that episide. My feeling is that although playing well he hasn't reached the heights of two years ago but he is well on the way back there. In particular if he can recover some solidity with black especially against his other elite rivals he can go on to great successes. His performance of 8 wins and 12 draws matches that of Anand but the 6 losses tell a tale of their own. This is the area Shirov needs to look at.
The appearance of a no doubt fired up Garry Kasparov, his conqueror Vladimir Kramnik, with Viswanathan Anand and Alexei Shirov together in the Wijk aan Zee tournament January 12th-28th 2001 is the definite start of a new era.
Final Score after 4 games (of 6 although the last two are not now needed) Anand 3.5 Shirov 0.5.
FIDE World Chess Championships Final in Tehran, Iran. December 20th-27th 2000. Viswanathan Anand vs. Alexei Shirov.
Game 4 Comments by Malcolm Pein
Anand,V (2762) - Shirov,A (2746) [C11]
FIDE Final Tehran (4), 24.12.2000
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nce2 The early stages look very odd unless you are familiar with the manoeuvring of this line of the French Defence. The key strategic point is that if White can stabilise his central pawn chain and with it an advantage in space he will stand better. Hence the move 5.Nce2 to allow 7.c3 and the emphasis on pawn moves in place of developing pieces. 5. ..c5 6.f4 Nc6 7.c3 Qb6 8.Nf3 f6 9.a3 9.a3 prevents any checks on b4 and prepares pawn b2-b4 taking more space, an idea Black rules out with 11...a5. 9. ...Be7 10.h4 0-0 11.Rh3 a5 [11...Na5 was played by Shirov in his game against Anand from the Frankfurt Chess Classic this year] 12.b3 12.b3 is designed to prevent a weakness on b3 that could be exploited by a subsequent a5-a4 and Nc6-a5-b3. At the Frankfurt Giants tournament earlier this year Shirov played 11...Na5 against Anand but after 12.b4 cxb4 13.axb4 he had less pressure in the centre and Anand had a free hand on the kingside. Qc7 [12. ....Qd8 was played a couple of times in the Smirin-Psakhis match from the last FIDE Championships in Las Vegas. 12...a4 13.b4 cxd4 14.cxd4 Qd8 15.Ng3 Nb6 16.Bd3 with the attack has also been suggested] 13.Neg1TN 13.Neg1! was a novelty and simply intends to play Bd3 and then knight back to e2, so Black must do something. The knight on g1 also acts as a defender against the sacrifices that Black is more or less committed to in order to prevent White's plan. In contrast the natural 13.Ng3 is a disaster after 13...cxd4 14.cxd4 Ndxe5! 15.dxe5 Rxf3! followed by ...Qxe5+ and Qxa1. Note that the rook on h3 also plays a handy defensive role against this sacrificial idea by covering the f3 and c3 squares. Ajupov - Janturin, Russia RUS-chT U16-C 2000 saw 13. h5 b6 14. g4 cxd4 15. cxd4 fxe5 16. fxe5 Rxf3 17. Rxf3 Bh4+ 18. Kd2 Bg5+ 19. Ke1 Bh4+ 20. Kd2 Bg5+ 1/2-1/2 13. ...a4 (After 25 mins thought) 14.b4 fxe5 15.fxe5 Ndxe5 16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Qxe5+ 18.Qe2 18.Ne2 cxb4 19.axb4 Qf5! 20.Bf4 e5! is good for Black. 18. ...Bxh4+ 19.Kd1 Shirov must have been delighted to get such a messy position given his desperate match position. Nevertheless this was still very much a desperate final throw. 19. ...Qf6?! This looks like the decisive error due to Anand's marvellous reply. Instead 19...Qxe2+ 20.Bxe2 Bf2 21.Nf3 (21.Rh1!?) 21...e5 attacking the rook with the Bc8 followed by pawn e5-e4 leaves Black with plenty of compensation. 20.Nf3!!Anand develops his pieces quickly, gaining time by attacking the black queen. After 22.Kc1 he threatens 23.Nd2 trapping the black queen. In desperation Shirov throws in a second piece to establish four connected passed pawns.20. ...Qxc3 21.Bb2 Qb3+ 22.Kc1 e5 Anand could have won the queen with 23.Nd2 Bxh3 24.Nxb3 when 24...Bg4! survives, but even here after 25.Qxg4 Rxf1+ 26.Kc2 White wins. Anand declines the lady, takes a second piece and uses his king to blockade Black's pawns. 23.Rxh4 Bf5 24.Qd1 e4 25.Qxb3 axb3 26.Nd2 e3 27.Nf3 Rae8 28.Kd1 c4 29.Be2 Be4 30.Kc1 Re6 The immediate 30...Bd3 looks better but still insufficient. 31.Bc3 Rg6 32.Rh2 Bd3 33.Bxd3 cxd3 34.Kb2 d2 35.Kxb3 Rg3 36.Kb2 g5 37.Kc2 Rc8 38.Kd3 g4 39.Be5 Rc1 40.Rh1 Rxg2 41.Nh4 1-0 Anand has kept the two extra pieces and the black pawns on d2 and e3 are doomed.
PGN Games Section
FIDE Men's event complete
FIDE Women's event complete
Round by Round Men's and Women's
Men's Final | Round 6 | Round 5 | Round 4 | Round 3 | Round 2 | Round 1
Round 7 | Round 6 | Round 5 | Round 4 | Round 3 | Round 2 | Round 1 | Summary round two onwards | Pairings
Internet coverage: http://wcc2000.fide.com/
Indian Coverage: http://www.chess-mate.com/ and http://wcc2k.chathurangam.com/
Reaction on Anand's win in the Hindu:http://www.the-hindu.com/07hdline.htm
You can read a very interesting interview Anand gave to Rakesh Rao for the Indian newspaper The Hindu just prior to the start of the final at: http://www.the-hindu.com/stories/0723020e.htm
There was an interesting interview given by Shirov to Hartmut Metz which is published on the website of the German Chess Club Rochade Kuppenheim. http://www.rochadekuppenheim.de/
Shirov Interview given in May 2000 to Hartmut Metz
Sujatha Srinivasan reports and pictures
Round 6 day 4 | Round 6 day 3 Press interest high as Anand closes in on qualificiation | Round 6 day 2| Round 6 day 1 | Round 5 playoffs. Some player comments | Round 5 day 2 | Round 5 day 1 | Round 4 playoffs| Round 4 game 2 | Round 4 game 1 and Boris Gelfand talks | Round 3 day 2 | Round 3 day 1 | Round 2 playoffs | Interview with Ms. Viktorija Cmilyte
Kramnik wins the Braingames World Chess Championships
Read the John Henderson interview with Vladimir Kramnik
Final score Kramnik 8.5 - Kasparov 6.5. The final game of the Braingames World Chess Championships took place on Thursday 2nd November and was drawn on move 38. The 16 game match took place on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8th October-4th November 2000.
Read John Henderson's Braingames reports rounds 1-15. Also read John Henderson's exclusive Kramnik interview
Games in PGN
MC Comments on game 15 | 14 | 13 | 12 | 11 | 10 | 9 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1 | Press conference | My match preview
34th Chess Olympiad
The 34th Chess Olympiad took place Istanbul, Turkey 28th October - 12th November 2000. Russia won the men's gold. Germany scored their best result in many, many years in taking Silver. China took the women's gold.
Internet coverage: http://www.istanbulchessolympiad.com/
PGN games. A new corrected file of games from both men's and women's Olympiads appears in TWIC 314 in different formats: [CHESSBASE| CHESSBASE 6 FORMAT| PGN]. A huge thanks to Davor Golek (1st Croatian Chess Home Page http://jagor.srce.hr/~davgolek) for sending me the games and any corrections as they appeared.
Russia took the men's gold with 38 points, Germany Silver with 37 and Ukraine edging out the Hungary for Bronze (both finished on 35.5 I had this the wrong way round initially, it seems FIDE only put them in the correct order overnight). 5th Israel 34.5, 6th Georgia 34, 7th-13th England, China, Uzbekistan, Slovenia, Switzerland, India, Macedonia 33, 14th-16th Bulgaria, Poland, France 32.5, 17th-25th Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Cuba, Greece, Yugoslavia, Estonia, Denmark, Philippines 32. 26th-32nd USA, Belarus, Slovakia, Romania, Lithuania, Canada, Scotland, 31.5 33rd-37th Netherlands, Latvia, Moldova, Australia, Vietnam 31.
China took the Women's Gold medal with 32 points, Georgia the Silver with 31 and Russia the Bronze. 4th Ukraine 27, 5th Yugoslavia 26, 6th Netherlands 25.5, 7th Hungary 25, 8th Germany 25, 9th England 25, 10th Armenia 24.5, 11th Romania 24.5
Corrected Final Standings (produced by Jozef Sith)
Final Round 14 Results Sunday 12th November 2000
Round 13 Results Friday 10th November 2000
Round 12 Results Thursday 9th November 2000
Round 11 Results Wednesday 8th November 2000
Round 10 Results Tuesday 7th November 2000
Round 9 Results Monday 6th November 2000
Round 8 Results Sunday 5th November 2000
Round 7 Results Saturday 4th November 2000
Round 6 Results Thursday 2nd November 2000
Round 5 Results Wednesday 1st November 2000
Round 4 Results Tuesday 31st October 2000
Round 3 Results Monday 30th October 2000
Round 2 Results Sunday 29th October 2000
Round 1 Results Saturday 28th October 2000
You can read Sam Sloan's take on the Olympiad.
Alexander Baburin's Istanbul diary
Christopher Lutz´ diary from Istanbul in German.
Reports in Dutch by Ard van Beek
Reports in Dutch for the Dutch Chess Federation.
Austrian coverage. Round by round games and results
2nd York Vikings Chess Festival
The second York Vikings Chess Festival took place 13th to 22nd December 2000. The venue was Lady Anne Middleton's Hotel. The final standings have been generated from the games and should be regarded as unofficial.
1. Rowson, Jonathan g SCO 2494 7.0; 2. Hodgson, Julian M g ENG 2640 6.5; 3. Hector, Jonny g SWE 2509 4.5; 4. Barsov, Alexei g UZB 2534 4.5; 5. Wells, Peter K g ENG 2506 4.5; 6. Hillarp Persson, Tiger g SWE 2549 3.0;
1. Heidenfeld, Mark m IRL 2375 5.5; 2. Summerscale, Aaron g ENG 2459 5.0; 3. Van der Weide, Karel m NED 2467 5.0; 4. Arkell, Keith C g ENG 2481 5.0; 5. Gormally, Daniel m ENG 2499 5.0; 6. Knott, Simon J.B f ENG 2381 4.5; 7. McNab, Colin A g SCO 2416 4.5; 8. Bakre, Tejas m IND 2358 4.0; 9. Fontaine, Robert m FRA 2449 3.5; 10. Quinn, Mark f IRL 2381 3.0;
1. Bosch, Jeroen m NED 2405 7.0; 2. Palliser, Richard f ENG 2322 7.0; 3. Bergstrom, Rolf f SWE 2308 6.0; 4. Ryan, Joseph IRL 2291 5.5; 5. Marusenko, Petr m UKR 2327 4.5; 6. Aarthie, Ramaswamy wf IND 2319 4.0; 7. Krutti, Valer m HUN 2397 4.0; 8. Taylor, Peter ENG 2191 3.0; 9. Lamb, Harry ENG 2166 2.5; 10. Goodger, Martyn ENG 2148 1.5;
Internet coverage: http://www.circuit.demon.co.uk/york2.htm
The 9th Sonnevanck takes place 28th November - 7th December 2000. Players: Alexander Dgebuadze, Maarten Solleveld, Julius Armas, Willy Hendriks, Aviv Friedman, Tom Bottema, Yochonan Afek, Marcel Peek, Nico Vink and Daniel Stellwagen.
Internet coverage: http://chess.lostcity.nl/sonnevanck2000/
4th Cap d'Agde Festival
The 4th Cap d'Agde Festival took place 28th October - 4th November 2000. This rapidplay event was won by Mikhail Gurevich who beat Anatoly Karpov in the final. Cap d'Agde in the south of France has organised this prestigious event (supported by the French Chess Federation) and the FSGT) every 2 years since 1994. Games section complete.
Games in PGN
Internet coverage: http://www.asmeg.org/echecs/frame.htm
Norkom European Masters
Luke McShane won the event with 5/6 after a last round win over Malcolm Pein during a sudden death finish. Pein's flag fell when Luke had approx 30 seconds left. Robert Bellin, Alexander Baburin and Eduardas Rozentalis were amongst those half a point behind. More news later.
The Norkom European Masters in Kilkenny, Ireland took place this weekend. Participants: Grandmasters Luke McShane, Eduardas Rozentalis (Lithuania) and Alexander Baburin as well as IMs Jon Shaw (current Scottish champion), Malcolm Pein (Daily Telegraph chess columnist), Robert Bellin, Mark Heidenfeld (current Irish champion) and WGM Jana Bellin and many of the strongest local players. A non-playing guest for the weekend was be former world champion and honorary captain of Kilkenny Chess Club, Boris Spassky.
Kilkenny Games Complete
John Henderson reports: THE magical chess atmosphere of Kilkenny in Ireland was enough to lure a truly international field to do battle for the Norkom European Masters at the weekend.
With generous sponsorship yet again from Norkom, the Dublin-based software group that's due for an early New Year floatation on the Nasdaq, the tournament had an added attraction this year of the grandiose surroundings of the recently renovated Kilkenny Castle, one of Ireland's foremost mediaeval sites, as the perfect playing venue.
And, as if that wasn't enough to whet your appetite, the 10th World Chess Champion Boris Spassky, Honorary President of Kilkenny Chess Club, officially opened the tournament, and also made it his job to personally welcome the competitors.
Despite the fact that the event was clashing with other tournaments on the chess calendar, the enthusiastic organisers yet again managed to maintain the tournament's high standards with a cosmopolitan field headed by the Lithuanian GM Eduards Rozentalis. Also included in the line-up is the Russian-Irish GM Alexander Baburin, England's youngest GM Luke McShane, Irish champion Mark Heidenfeld, nine-year-old chess prodigy David Howell and last, but not least, the Scottish champion John Shaw.
There will be a picture report including an interview with legendary former World Chess Champion Boris Spassky by John Henderson.
The Essent tournament in Hoogeveen (Netherlands) with Judit Polgar, Jan Timman, Alexander Khalifman and Alexander Galkin takes place 15th-21st October 2000. An Open tournament takes place alongside. Alexander Khalifman won double round robin event with 5.5/6 (a short draw against Timman with black in the final round) a performance of 3028
Final Standings: 1. Khalifman, Alexander g RUS 2667 5.5; 2. Timman, Jan g NED 2639 3.0; 3. Galkin, Alexander g RUS 2587 2.0; 4. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2656 1.5
All games in PGN
Internet coverage: http://www.hoogeveen.nl/essent-chess
Monarch Assurance Isle of Man
The Monarch Assurance Isle of Man tournament took place October 14th-22nd 2000. My thanks to Richard Richard for the games and results. Mark Hebden in spite of a round 8 loss won the event by a full point from Ruslan Sherbakov.
Final Standings: 1. Hebden, Mark g ENG 2505 7.5; 2. Sherbakov, Ruslan g RUS 2558 6.5; 3. Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2609 6.5; 4. Cherniaev, Alexander m RUS 2454 6.0; 5. Volkov, Sergey g RUS 2554 6.0; 6. Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan m GEO 2405 6.0; 7. Bergstrom, Rolf f SWE 2308 6.0; 8. Kiriakov, Petr g RUS 2525 5.5; 9. Cooper, Lawrence f ENG 2345 5.5; 10. Arkell, Keith C g ENG 2481 5.5; 11. Quinn, Mark m IRL 2381 5.5; 12. Gormally, Daniel m ENG 2499 5.5; 13. Marusenko, Petr m UKR 2327 5.5; 14. Plaskett, Jim g ENG 2525 5.5; 15. Kosteniuk, Alexandra m RUS 2398 5.0; 16. Jackson, Adrian ENG 2208 5.0; 17. Hill, David F ENG 0 5.0; 18. Akesson, Ralf g SWE 2486 4.5; 19. Ward, Christopher g ENG 2508 4.5; 20. Gladyszev, Oleg m RUS 2351 4.5; 21. Allen, Keith IRL 2278 4.5; 22. Goodger, Martyn ENG 2148 4.5; 23. Palliser, Richard f ENG 2322 4.5; 24. Rayner, Francis WLS 2256 4.5; 25. Yurenok, Maria S ENG 2058 4.5; 26. Reinemer, Frank GER 2186 4.5; 27. Peters, Stephen G ENG 2157 4.0; 28. Garces, Diego SUI 0 4.0; 29. Ellison, Derek George ENG 2100 4.0; 30. Clark, Stephen P ENG 2133 4.0; 31. Hughes, Andrew J ENG 0 4.0; 32. Rattray, Ross ENG 2127 3.5; 33. Mcleod, Fraser SCO 2103 3.5; 34. Fraser-Mitchell, J.M ENG 2113 3.5; 35. Sedgwick, David ENG 2091 3.5; 36. Valenti, Richard FRA 2157 3.0/6; 37. Spanton, Timothy ENG 2081 3.0; 38. Shepherd,Mike SCO 0 3.0; 39. Van Kemenade, Rudi ENG 0 3.0; 40. Johnson,Paul ENG 0 3.0; 41. Hickman, John ENG 2127 3.0; 42. Nicholson, John IRL 2021 2.5; 43. Benson, Paul J ENG 2011 2.0; 44. Schulz, Joerg GER 0 2.0; 45. Gill,N ENG 0 0.5/1; 46. Woods,P ENG 0 0.5/2;
Human vs Computer tournament
Kasparovchess.com are running an on-line computer vs human challenge event November 7th-16th 2000. The humans took a battering and after 10 double rounds the event finished with a score of humans 5.5 - machines (Junior and Fritz) 14.5.
Games in PGN
Round 1 (November 7, 2000)
DEEP JUNIOR - Bezgodov, Alexei 1/2 61 C96 Ruy Lopez (Deviations from Tchigorin Defence)
Bezgodov, Alexei - DEEP FRITZ 1/2 90 B49 Sicilian Defence (Paulsen Variation)
Round 2 (November 8, 2000)
DEEP FRITZ - Janovsky, Sergey 1-0 49 D10 Slav Defence
Janovsky, Sergey - DEEP JUNIOR 1/2 55 A34 English Opening (Symmetrical Variation)
Round 3 (November 9, 2000)
DEEP JUNIOR - Polgar, Sofia 1/2 55 C67 Ruy Lopez (Rio de Janeiro Variation)
Polgar, Sofia - DEEP FRITZ 0-1 50 A22 English Opening
Round 4 (November 10, 2000)
DEEP FRITZ - Belov, Vladimir 1-0 58 E98 King's Indian Defence (Classical System)
Belov, Vladimir - DEEP JUNIOR 1/2 43 C68 Ruy Lopez (Exchange Variation)
Round 5 (November 11, 2000)
DEEP JUNIOR - Har-Zvi, Ronen 1/2 46 C67 Ruy Lopez (Rio de Janeiro Variation)
Har-Zvi, Ronen - DEEP FRITZ 1/2 68 C49 Four Knight's Game (Metger Variation)
Round 6 (November 12, 2000)
DEEP FRITZ - Vlassov, Nikolai 1/2 54 A50 Queen's Indian (without e7-e6)
Vlassov, Nikolai - DEEP JUNIOR 0-1 65 B22 Sicilian Defence (Alapin Variation)
Round 7 (November 13, 2000)
DEEP JUNIOR - Golubev, Mihail 1-0 32 B72 Sicilian Dragon
Golubev, Mihail - DEEP FRITZ 0-1 35 C47 Four Knight's Game
Round 8 (November 14, 2000)
DEEP FRITZ - Hodarkovski, Mikhail 1-0 34 A45 Queen's Pawn Opening (Trompowsky Variation)
Hodarkovski, Mikhail - DEEP JUNIOR 0-1 35 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Round 9 (November 15, 2000)
DEEP JUNIOR - Alterman, Boris 1-0 47 A44 Old Benoni
Alterman, Boris - DEEP FRITZ 1-0 87 A03 Bird's Opening
Round 10 (November 16, 2000)
DEEP FRITZ - Levitt, Jonathan 1-0 39 A43 Old Benoni
Levitt, Jonathan - DEEP JUNIOR 1/2 46 D00 Queen's Pawn Game
Scores: Computers 14.5 (1. DEEP FRITZ 7.5/10; 2. DEEP JUNIOR 7/10)
Humans 5.5 : Alterman, Boris g ISR 2564 1.0/2; Bezgodov, Alexei g RUS 2557 1.0/2; Har-Zvi, Ronen g ISR 2508 1.0/2; Vlassov, Nikolai m RUS 2455 0.5/2; Belov, Vladimir RUS 2470 0.5/2; Janovsky, Sergey g RUS 2495 0.5/2; Polgar, Sofia m HUN 2501 0.5/2; Levitt, Jonathan g ENG 2438 0.5/2; Golubev, Mihail g UKR 2523 0.0/2; Hodarkovski, Mikhail UKR 2260 0.0/2; )
Links: http://www.kasparovchess.com/ and http://www.chessbase.com/news/n1110.htm
Albert, France is the venue for a match between the upcoming French star Etienne Bacrot and English ex-World Championship challenger Nigel Short. The match takes place October 10th-15th 2000. Games 1 and 4 were drawn, Nigel Short won games 2, 4 and 6. Game 5 was won by Bacrot. Short won the match by 4 games to 2.
PGN Games 1-6
Internet coverage: http://www.echecs.asso.fr/
The Italian Chess Championships 2000 took place October 9th-17th 2000 in San Vincent. Carlo Rossi withdrew due to ill health but his two losses will count towards norms. Arlandi was champion, Efimov doesn't count as Italian for the purposes of the Championships (even though he is Italian in the rating list he doesn't yet have a passport)
Final Standings: 1. Efimov, Igor g ITA 2520 5.5; 2. Arlandi, Ennio m ITA 2437 5.5; 3. Bellini, Fabio m ITA 2484 4.0; 4. Lanzani, Mario m ITA 2419 4.0; 5. Sarno, Spartaco m ITA 2409 4.0; 6. Belotti, Bruno m ITA 2417 4.0; 7. Castaldo, Folco ITA 2227 3.5; 8. Martorelli, Antonio m ITA 2272 3.5; 9. Vezzosi, Paolo f ITA 2421 2.0; Carlo Rossi withdraw and his first two results were cancelled in the final standings but did count towards norm chances.
Internet coverage: Internet coverage: http://www.scacchivda.com, http://www.maskeret.com\italiascacchistica
3rd Tórshavn International
The 3rd Tórshavn International takes place October 5th - October 14th 2000 in the Nordic House in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands. Entry includes: Ponomariov, Ruslan (UKR), Milov, Vadim (SUI), Psakhis, Lev (ISR), Grischuk, Alexander (RUS), Baburin, Alexander (IRL), Savchenko, Stanislav (UKR), Stefansson, Hannes (ISL), Persson, Tiger Hillarp (SWE), Conquest, Stuart (ENG), Danielsen, Henrik (DEN), Rowson, Jonathan (SCO), Radjabov, Teimour (AZE), Pedersen, Steffen (DEN), Salmensuu, Olli (FIN), Johannessen, Leif Erlend (NOR), Bykhovsky, Anatoly A (RUS), Eriksson, Johan (SWE), Gunnarsson, Jon Viktor (ISL), Krush, Irina (USA), Nilssen, John Arni (FAI), Rodgaard, John (FAI)
Internet coverage: http://www.faroechess.com/
European Youth Championships
The European Youth Championships in Halkidiki, Greece, took place October 2nd-10th 2000.
Internet coverage: http://www.inchess.com also information at: http://www.geocities.com/eycc2000
Kiril Georgiev wins the Veselin Boskovic Memorial
The Veselin Boskovic took place in Belgrade October 3rd-11th 2000. After losing to Beliavsky in round 5 Kiril Georgiev won in rounds 6-8 and after Beliavsky lost in round 8 found that a draw was enough in the final round to win the event.
PGN Games Rounds 1-9
Final Standings: 1. Georgiev, Kiril g BUL 2661 6.5; 2. Beliavsky, Alexander G g SLO 2654 6.0; 3. Andersson, Ulf g SWE 2641 5.5; 4. Ivanisevic, Ivan g YUG 2530 4.5; 5. Damljanovic, Branko g YUG 2559 4.5; 6. Ilincic, Zlatko g YUG 2563 4.5; 7. Markovic, Miroslav g YUG 2558 3.5; 8. Ivanovic, Bozidar g YUG 2476 3.5; 9. Romanishin, Oleg M g UKR 2591 3.5; 10. Xie Jun g CHN 2568 3.0;
Internet coverage: http://www.sahsport-vb.org.yu/indexen.htm
A match between Tomas Oral (CZE, GM 2531) and Aleksej Aleksandrov (BLR, GM 2591) took place 6th-11th October 2000 in Prague (Czech Republic). Tomas Oral won 4-2.
Internet coverage: http://www.proclient.cz/a64/tournaments/oralaleks/
US Chess Championships
The US Chess Championships took place in Seattle September 25th - October 7th 2000. John Henderson reports daily. The men's title was shared by Joel Benjamin, Alexander Shabalov and Yasser Seirawan and Camilla Baginskaite and Elina Groberman shared the women's title. There was a playoff for the special championship rings Joel Benjamin won the men's ring and Camilla Baginskaite the women's.
John Henderson's Round 11 report
John Henderson's Round 10 report
John Henderson's Round 9 report
John Henderson's Round 8 report
John Henderson's Round 7 report
John Henderson's Round 6 report
John Henderson's Round 5 report
John Henderson's Round 4 report
John Henderson's Round 3 report
John Henderson's Round 2 report
John Henderson's Round 1 report
PGN Games Rounds 1-11
Final Standings: Men
1. Benjamin, Joel g USA 2577 6.5; 2. Shabalov, Alexander g USA 2601 6.5; 3. Seirawan, Yasser g USA 2647 6.5; 4. Gurevich, Dmitry g USA 2542 6.0; 5. Kaidanov, Gregory S g USA 2624 6.0; 6. De Firmian, Nick E g USA 2567 5.5; 7. Christiansen, Larry M g USA 2563 5.5; 8. Ivanov, Alexander g USA 2567 5.5; 9. Gulko, Boris F g USA 2643 4.5; 10. Serper, Grigory g USA 2574 4.5; 11. Fedorowicz, John P g USA 2533 4.5; 12. Yermolinsky, Alex g USA 2596 4.5;
Final Standings: Women
1. Baginskaite, Camilla wm USA 2287 6.5; 2. Groberman, Elina USA 2054 6.5; 3. Shahade, Jennifer m USA 2238 5.5; 4. Khan, Anna wm USA 2257 4.5; 5. Epstein, Esther wm USA 2224 4.5; 6. Gorlin, Yelena USA 2110 4.0; 7. Sagalchik, Olga USA 2145 4.0; 8. Frenklakh, Jennie f USA 2133 3.5; 9. Burtman, Sharon wm USA 2089 3.0; 10. Airapetian, SH USA 2072 3.0;
Internet Coverage: http://www.seattlechessfoundation.org/2000uschamp.html
Kramnik-Leko TV Game
Vladimir Kramnik beat Peter Leko in the WDR TV Match in Koeln, Germany. Kramnik had white but had to beat Leko to play in next years event which he did in only 32 moves of this g/60 live TV game. Game in PGN
Najdorf Chess Festival
The Super Final of the Najdorf Chess Festival takes place September 18th-27th 2000. There was a two way tie between Viktor Bologan and Judit Polgar on 6.5/9 half a point clear of Short.
Games in PGN
Final Standings: 1. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2656 6.5; 2. Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2641 6.5; 3. Short, Nigel D g ENG 2677 6.0; 4. Karpov, Anatoly g RUS 2699 5.5; 5. Ricardi, Pablo g ARG 2488 4.5; 6. Milov, Vadim g SUI 2626 4.0; 7. Leitao, Rafael g BRA 2567 4.0; 8. Pierrot, Facundo m ARG 2423 3.5; 9. Milos, Gilberto g BRA 2633 3.0; 10. Flores, Diego ARG 2358 1.5;
Internet coverage: http://www.adrianroldan.com/
European Club Cup
The XVI European Club Cup takes place in Bosnia September 24th-30th 2000.
Internet Coverage: http://www.eurocup2000-bosna.com/index1.htm
European Club Cup for Women
The 5th European Club Cup for Women takes place in Halle, Germany 24th September -1st October 2000. There are ten participating teams entering on the basis of six different national Women team championship. The players belong to eleven different federations. The event is organized under the eagis of European Chess Union. ECU Tournament Director: Mr.Werner Stubenvoll of Austria. Main organizer: Mr. Anton Csulits of Germany.
Internet Coverage: http://www.sah-zveza.si/rez/0009/halle/
World Junior Championships
The World Junior Championships took place in Yerevan, Armenia. September 18th- October 2nd 2000. The leaders met in round 10. After nine rounds Kamil Miton lead with 7/9 half a point clear of Lazaro Bruzon, Krishnan Sasikiran, and Ehsanand Ghaem Maghami on 6.5. In round 10 Sasikiran beat Miton and Bruzon beat Maghami. This meant Lazaro Bruzon and Krishnan Sasikiran lead with 7.5/10 with three rounds to go, half a point clear of Asrian and Miton. In round 11 Bruzon beat Sasikiran to open a one point lead. Which in the final standings he turned into a victory margin of 1.5 points over silver and bronze medalists Karen Asrian and Kamil Miton and five others on 8.5. In the Girls event Xu Yuanyuan who had a 7/7 lost in round 8 but hung on to win by two points from Olga Zamina who was in turn half a point clear of Wang Yu who took third place on tie-break from Elisabeth Paehtz. Anna Ushenina of the Ukraine was an unrated 15 year old (born 30.05.85).
All games in PGN
Internet Coverage: http://www.armchess.am/wjgcc2000.html
Final Standings Juniors
Gold 1. Bruzon, Lazaro g CUB 2534 10.0;
Silver 2. Miton, Kamil m POL 2443 8.5;
Bronze 3. Asrian, Karen g ARM 2566 8.5;
4. Gershon, Alik m ISR 2502 8.5; 5. Solak, Dragan m YUG 2490 8.5; 6. Simutowe, Amon m ZAM 2322 8.5; 7. Bunzmann, Dimitrij m GER 2484 8.5; 8. Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2605 8.5; 9. Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2573 8.0; 10. Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan m IRI 2488 8.0; 11. Svetushkin, Dmitry m MDA 2472 8.0; 12. De Vreugt, Dennis m NED 2511 8.0; 13. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2551 7.5; 14. Jobava, Baadur m GEO 2480 7.5; 15. Acs, Peter g HUN 2497 7.5; 16. Ganguly, Surya Shekhar IND 2498 7.5; 17. Fedorchuk, Sergey A m UKR 2408 7.5; 18. Sargissian, Gabriel m ARM 2474 7.0; 19. Jakovenko, Dmitrij m RUS 2506 7.0; 20. Iljushin, Alexei m RUS 2509 7.0; 21. Harikrishna, P f IND 2500 7.0; 22. Zhang Pengxiang m CHN 2525 7.0; 23. Senff, Martin GER 2354 7.0; 24. Berg, Emanuel m SWE 2456 7.0; 25. Arutunian, Davit GEO 2309 7.0; 26. Akobian, Varuzhan ARM 2438 7.0; 27. Jenni, Florian m SUI 2440 6.5; 28. Lopez Martinez, Josep Manuel m ESP 2477 6.5; 29. Izoria, Zviad GEO 2450 6.5; 30. Halkias, Stelios m GRE 2502 6.5; 31. Blehm, Pawel m POL 2510 6.5; 32. Mateuta, Gabriel m ROM 2409 6.5; 33. Petrik, Tomas SVK 2289 6.5; 34. Perelshteyn, Eugene f USA 2424 6.5; 35. Fontaine, Robert m FRA 2449 6.5; 36. Wegener, Olaf f GER 2336 6.5; 37. Mahjoob, Morteza IRI 2337 6.0; 38. Felgaer, Ruben f ARG 2390 6.0; 39. Kallio, Heikki m FIN 2451 6.0; 40. Haznedaroglu, Kivanc TUR 2249 6.0; 41. Gagunashvili, Merab GEO 2321 6.0; 42. Fernando, Diogo POR 2257 6.0; 43. Kabanov, Nikolai RUS 2385 6.0; 44. Pridorozhni, Aleksei RUS 2396 6.0; 45. Skytte, Rasmus f DEN 2323 6.0; 46. Varela, Gaston f ARG 2249 6.0; 47. Kozhuharov, Spas BUL 2196 5.5; 48. Saric, Ibro f BIH 2345 5.5; 49. Goldenberg, Danny f CAN 2310 5.5; 50. Jakic, Ivan CRO 2272 5.5; 51. Ovcina, Dennis RSA 0 5.5; 52. Asauskas, Henrikas LTU 2245 5.0; 53. Ginzburg, Mikhail BLR 2276 4.5; 54. Croad, Nicolas NZL 0 4.5; 55. Jirka, Jiri CZE 2302 4.5; 56. Gombac, Jan SLO 2215 4.5; 57. Kruger, Peter Helentus RSA 2085 4.0; 58. Kose, Serkan TUR 2200 3.5; 59. Al Sayed, Mohamad N f QAT 2370 3.5; 60. Taylor, Leon AUS 0 1.5;
Final Standings Girls
Gold 1. Xu Yuanyuan wf CHN 2396 11.0;
Silver 2. Zimina, Olga wf RUS 2263 9.0;
Bronze 3. Wang Yu wf CHN 2401 8.0;
4. Paehtz, Elisabeth wm GER 2343 8.0; 5. Jackova, Jana wm CZE 2358 7.5; 6. Javakhishvili, Lela wm GEO 2301 7.5; 7. Mkrtchian, Lilit wg ARM 2312 7.5; 8. Aarthie, Ramaswamy wf IND 2319 7.5; 9. Mohota, Nisha wm IND 2275 7.5; 10. Kaps, Darja wf SLO 2180 7.5; 11. Khukhashvili, Sopiko wf GEO 2272 7.5; 12. Radziewicz, Iweta wg POL 2379 7.0; 13. Pina, Sulennis wm CUB 2312 7.0; 14. Gasparian, Mariana ARM 2090 7.0; 15. Galojan, Lilit ARM 2114 7.0; 16. Gvetadze, Sopio GEO 2196 7.0; 17. Ushenina, Anna UKR 0 6.5; 18. Calotescu, Cristina wf ROM 2222 6.5; 19. Moshina, Cristina wf MDA 2191 6.5; 20. Ionica, Iulia wm ROM 2160 6.5; 21. Batyte, Daiva LTU 2164 6.5; 22. Babataeva, Indira KAZ 2077 6.0; 23. Plachkinova, Tatjana Georgieva BUL 2171 6.0; 24. Sorokina, Anastasia BLR 2189 5.5; 25. Aginian, Nelly ARM 2205 5.5; 26. Leclair, Marie FRA 2050 5.5; 27. Dedijer, Mira BIH 0 5.0; 28. Khaziyeva,Dinara CAN 0 4.5; 29. Minnaar, Michelle RSA 2062 4.0; 30. Cavusoglu, Yildiz TUR 0 4.0; 31. Dvorakova, Magdalena CZE 2026 3.0; 32. Horn, Emilia SWE 2052 3.0;
Malcolm Pein resigns as Technical Director of the Braingames World Chess Championships
Malcolm Pein (he is managing director of Chess and Bridge sponsors of TWIC) was the Technical Director of the Braingames World Chess Championships which start in October in London. On Friday 22nd of September he released the following press statement:
Malcolm Pein resigns as Technical Director of the World Chess Championship
With great regret I have to announce my resignation as Technical Director of the World Chess Championship between Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik to be held this October in London. This is due to serious professional differences with the management of Braingames Network PLC.
I have enjoyed working with the players. The fact that they are friends off the board has helped enormously. We have waited five years for Garry to defend his title and I am sure this contest will live up to our expectations. I am looking forward to every move.
22nd September 2000
FIDE Olympic Exhibition
The FIDE Olympic Exhibition took place September 24th in the Olympic Village in Sydney. There were two rapidplay games contested between Alexei Shirov and Viswanathan Anand and attended by FIDE President Kirsan Iljumzhinov and FIDE officials such as David Jarrett, Emmanuel Omuku, Florencio Campomanes, Pawlina and Sedenova. Alexei Shirov has written to me about the problems he had travelling to take part as I didn't get the story right last week. His journey started in Madrid where he found upon arrival at the airport his flight was overbooked. This meant that rather than taking his planned direct flight he had to take an indirect root Madrid-London and then the later flight London-Sydney arriving at his hotel five hours before the match was supposed to start. His problems didn't end there. After being woken in time to get to the exhibition he found that the taxi driver first of all didn't know the way and was even starting to run out of petrol by the time he arrived at the village. When he arrived he was requested to start straight away. Even with all these problems he was very happy with the way he played. He believes that through this exhibition chess has made an important step towards becoming an Olympic event.There were two rapidplay games both of which were drawn. PGN Games (corrected).
Internet Coverage: http://sydney.fide.com/
The 10th World Senior Championships took place September 10th-24th, 2000 in the small village of Rowy in Poland. The event is open to men born in 1939 or earlier and women in 1949 or earlier).
Internet Coverage: http://www.szachista.home.pl/. Official site: http://www.powiat.Slupsk.pl or http://www.powiat.Slupsk.pl/chess
Nicholas Pert vs Murray Chandler Match Drawn
Murray Chandler vs Nicholas Pert
The match between Nicholas Pert and Murray Chandler ran September 14th-19th 2000 and was drawn 3-3. The FIDE rated match was part of Pert's Terence Chapman Award Scheme Gold award for English Juniors. Terence Chapman was himself was a strong Junior and British Under 14 champion in 1970. He instituted a number of annual awards for English Juniors this year, Pert took the 1000 pound Gold award and six others won 500 pounds. Chapman heads the IT consultancy services and software company the Terence Chapman Group which also sponsors the BCF Grand Prix.
There are regular updates from the final game 6.
Chandler,M (2526) - Pert,N (2455) - Terence Chapman Match London ENG (6), 19.09.2000
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5 7.Bd2 Qa4 8.Qg4 g6 9.Qd1 b6 10.h4 Ba6 11.Bxa6 Nxa6 12.Ne2 h5 13.Bg5 Rc8 14.0-0 Ne7 15.Bf6 Rf8 16.Qd2 Nb8 17.Rfb1 Nd7 18.dxc5 Rxc5 19.Rb4 Qa6 20.Nd4 Nxf6 21.exf6 Nc6 22.Nxc6 Rxc6 23.Rd1 Kd8 24.Qf4 Kc8 25.Ra4 Qb7 26.c4 Rd8 27.cxd5 Rxd5 28.Rxd5 exd5 29.c4 Rxc4 30.Rxc4+ dxc4 31.Qxc4+ Qc7 32.Qe4 a5 33.g3 Qd7 34.Qc4+ Kd8 35.a4 Qc7 36.Qd4+ Kc8 37.Qd5 Qd7 38.Qe4 Kc7 ½-½
Anand and Xu Yuhua winners at the FIDE World Cup
The 1st FIDE World Cup took place in Shenyang, China 1st-13th September 2000. Viswanathan Anand and Xu Yuhua were the winners .
Finalists Anand and Bereev
Live internet coverage at: http://www.worldchesscup.com/or
Additional FIDE coverage at: http://www.fide.org/fide/html/review/Shenyang/index.html
PGN Knockout Games (Finals complete)
PGN Knockout Games (Semi-Finals Complete)
PGN Knockout Games (Round 1 complete)
PGN Preliminary Gamescores complete.
Individual Results and Standings for the Preliminary Groups
The event was in the following format: The 24 entrants were initially split into four groups of six players for the all-play-all preliminary sections which took place September 1st-5th 2000. The top two players in each group went forward to the knockout stages (ties were resolved via playoffs on September 5th). Knockout stages: Quarter Finals 7th-8th September, Semi-Finals 9th-10th September, Finals 12th-13th September. Each knockout match was over two games with ties being resolved by playoff games at faster timerates. [Link to the regulations on FIDE's site]
Men's and Women's Finals
Day 1 (September 12, 2000)
Bareev, Evgeny - Anand, Viswanathan 1/2 0-1
Zhukova, Natalia - Xu Yuhua 1/2 0-1
Semi-Final Results Men:
Day 2 (September 10, 2000)
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris 1/2 1/2 Anand won the Playoff 2.5-1.5
Milos, Gilberto - Bareev, Evgeny 1/2 1/2 Bareev won the Playoff 1.5-0.5
Semi-Final Results Women:
Zhukova, Natalia - Hoang Thanh Trang 1/2 1-0
Cramling, Pia - Xu Yuhua 1-0 0-1 Xu Yuhua won the Playoff 2-1
Quarter Final Results Men:
Day 2 (September 7, 2000)
Milos, Gilberto - Movsesian, Sergei 1/2 1/2 Milos won the Playoff 2-1
Bareev, Evgeny - Azmaiparashvili, Zurab 0-1 1-0 Bareev won the Playoff 1.5-0.5
Gelfand, Boris - Ye Jiangchuan 1-0 0-1 Gelfand won the Playoff 1.5-0.5
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 1/2
Quarter Final Results Women:
Day 2 (September 7, 2000)
Cramling, Pia - Zhu Chen 1-0 1/2
Wang Yu - Xu Yuhua 1/2 0-1
Wang Pin - Zhukova, Natalia 0-1 1/2
Hoang Thanh Trang - Qin Kanying 1/2 1-0
Preliminary Groups Final Standings
See TWIC306 of September 18th 2000
World Championship Zonal 1.1
World Championship Zonal 1.1 took place in Mondariz, Spain September 3rd-15th 2000. The event is an 11 round Swiss. There were six places in the FIDE Championships available. Federations involved Spain, England, France, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Scotland, Luxembourg, Andorra, Ireland, Wales, Guernsey, Jersey, Monaco and San Marino.Players from this Zone who had already qualified to play in the FIDE World Championships by rating or performance in the last FIDE event were Michael Adams and Nigel Short (ENG) Alexei Shirov (ESP), Mikhail Gurevich (BEL) and Etienne Bacrot (FRA). As a result of the Zonal Joel Lautier (FRA), Loek Van Wely (NED), Jon Speelman (ENG), Jeroen Piket (NED), Igor-Alexandre Nataf (FRA) and Michele Godena (ITA).
Final Round in brief: Early result were Lautier 1/2 Van Wely, Speelman 1/2 Piket. With 6 qualifiers in total: Lautier on 8/11 and Speelman and Van Wely on 7.5/11 secured three of the six places. Late in the day Jeroen Piket and Igor-Alexandre Nataf took the next two places scoring 7.0/11 after all those on 6 points drew. Ten players finished on 6.5/11 and play for the final place on Friday. They are John Emms, Sergei Tiviakov, Chrstiphe Bauer, Michele Godena, Josef Dorfman, Tony Miles and Luis Comas, Oscar de la Riva, Dimitri Reinderman and Jonathan Parker.
Sergei Tiviakov and Michele Godena won their playoff groups and in the playoff for the final place Godena won.
Games from rounds 1-11 in PGN
Games from playoffs in PGN
Final Standings: 1. Lautier, Joel g FRA 2648 8.0; 2. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2643 7.5; 3. Speelman, Jonathan S g ENG 2623 7.5; 4. Nataf, Igor-Alexandre g FRA 2526 7.0; 5. Piket, Jeroen g NED 2649 7.0; 6. Godena, Michele g ITA 2485 6.5; 7. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2608 6.5; 8. Reinderman, Dimitri g NED 2551 6.5; 9. Bauer, Christian g FRA 2562 6.5; 10. Dorfman, Josif D g FRA 2600 6.5; 11. Miles, Anthony J g ENG 2584 6.5; 12. Parker, Jonathan m ENG 2539 6.5; 13. De la Riva Aguado, Oscar m AND 2462 6.5; 14. Emms, John M g ENG 2527 6.5; 15. Comas Fabrego, Luis g ESP 2516 6.5; 16. Nijboer, Friso g NED 2537 6.0; 17. Chuchelov, Vladimir g BEL 2535 6.0; 18. Hauchard, Arnaud m FRA 2539 6.0; 19. Fressinet, Laurent m FRA 2536 6.0; 20. Van den Doel, Erik g NED 2547 6.0; 21. Arlandi, Ennio m ITA 2437 5.5; 22. Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2554 5.5; 23. David, Alberto g LUX 2487 5.5; 24. Degraeve, Jean-Marc g FRA 2540 5.5; 25. Narciso Dublan, Marc m ESP 2507 5.5; 26. Conquest, Stuart g ENG 2529 5.5; 27. San Segundo Carrillo, Pablo g ESP 2500 5.5; 28. Hodgson, Julian M g ENG 2640 5.5; 29. Magem Badals, Jordi g ESP 2482 5.0; 30. Dutreeuw, Marc m BEL 2402 5.0; 31. Bellini, Fabio m ITA 2484 5.0; 32. Efimov, Igor g ITA 2520 5.0; 33. Reinaldo Castineira, Roi f ESP 2416 5.0; 34. Moreno, Javier m ESP 2515 4.5; 35. Fernando, Diogo POR 2257 4.5; 36. Galego, Luis m POR 2419 4.5; 37. Jonkman, Harmen m NED 2424 4.5; 38. Plaskett, Jim g ENG 2525 4.5; 39. Claesen, Pieter m BEL 2416 4.5; 40. Ryan, Joseph IRL 2291 4.5; 41. Norris, Alan J f SCO 2299 4.0; 42. Grant, Jonathan SCO 2208 3.5; 43. McMahon, Daire IRL 2246 2.0;
Live internet coverage: http://www.ajedrez21.com additional coverage and photos http://www.infoxadrez.com/
Gelfand wins Polanica Zdroj, Rubinstein Memorial
The XXXVII Rubinstein Memorial in Polanica Zdroj took place August 17th-26th 2000. The participants were Alexei Shirov, Vassily Ivanchuk, Michal Krasenkow, Peter Svidler, Boris Gelfand, Zoltan Almasi, Sergei Movsesian, Alexei Fedorov, Loek Van Wely and Tomasz Markowski.
Internet coverage at: http://rubinstein.netgate.com.pl/
Games in PGN
Final Standings: 1. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2681 6.5; 2. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2746 6.0; 3. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2643 6.0; 4. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2719 5.0; 5. Krasenkow, Michal g POL 2702 5.0; 6. Markowski, Tomasz g POL 2568 4.0; 7. Movsesian, Sergei g CZE 2666 4.0; 8. Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2668 4.0; 9. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2689 3.5; 10. Fedorov, Alexei g BLR 2646 1.0;
There was also four 10 round Swiss Opens. The strongest being the Open A event won by Pavel Eljanov.
Selection of Open A Games in PGN (to round 7)
4th Mind Sports Olympiad
The 4th Mind Sports Olympiad took place in London, at the Alexandra Palace, from August 19th-28th 2000. The main chess event was a nine round Swiss System event (the Ron Banwell MSO Chess tournament) which was won by Danny Gormally who also scored a GM norm.
MSO Some Round 1-8 Games
MSO Chess Final Results
MSO Site: http://www.msoworld.com/
Coverage of the World Chess Microcomputer Championships: http://amateurschach.in-trier.de/news.htm
The British Chess Championships ran Sunday 30th July to Saturday 12th August 2000 at Millfield School, Somerset. Julian Hodgson won the event. The mini-site has pictures and round by round reports by John Henderson.
British Chess Championships: Chesscentre Mini-site
Ivanchuk wins the Category XVII Montecatini Terme tournament
The international chess festival in Montecatini Terme takes place July 28th to August 6th 2000. The main Category XVII event which finished on August 3rd saw Vassily Ivanchuk take first place half a point clear of Evgeny Bareev. The other players in the eight player event were: Alexei Shirov, Zurab Azmaiparashvili, Sergei Rublevski, Jeroen Piket, Artashes Minasian and Smbat Lputian. The Open with Gyula Sax leading after 6 rounds continues.
Games in PGN
Final Standings: 1. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2719 5.0; 2. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2702 4.5; 3. Azmaiparashvili, Zurab g GEO 2673 4.0; 4. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2746 3.5; 5. Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2670 3.5; 6. Piket, Jeroen g NED 2649 3.5; 7. Minasian, Artashes g ARM 2595 2.0; 8. Lputian, Smbat G g ARM 2598 2.0;
Biel Chess Festival
The Biel Chess Festival took place July 24th- August 4th 2000. The main GM event was a Category XVI (2631) event (6 players 10 rounds) . The event was won by Peter Svidler. Players: 1. GM Peter Svidler RUS 24 years old (2689), 2. GM Boris Gelfand ISR 32 years old (2681), 3. GM Loek van Wely NED 27 years old (2643), 4. GM Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 16 years old (2630), 5. GM Vadim Milov SUI 28 years old (2628) and 6. GM Joseph Gallagher SUI 36 years old (2514).
Games in PGN
Internet coverage: http://www.schachfestival-biel.ch
Final Standings:1. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2689 7.5; 2. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2643 5.5; 3. Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2630 5.5; 4. Milov, Vadim g SUI 2626 5.0; 5. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2681 5.0; 6. Gallagher, Joseph G g SUI 2514 1.5;
Kramnik at the London Chess Center
The world number 2 and world championship challenger, Vladimir Kramnik visited the London Chess Centre on Saturday 22nd July. Vladimir signed copies of his book, chatted and analyzed some of his recent games from the Dortmund tournament.
The Brain Games Network World Chess Championships will take place at The Riverside Studios, London running 8th October to Saturday 4th November, 2000. All games will start at 3.00pm, playing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the competition.The match is between Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik. They will be playing for a $2,000,000 prize fund and the The Howard Staunton Memorial Trophy designed by Asprey and Garrard.
TWIC will have a separate mini-site during the event with background, pictures, reports and annotated games starting just before the event and running throughout.
FIDE ELO Rating list July 2000
1 (1) Kasparov, Gary g RUS 2849 35
2 (3) Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2770 23
3 (2) Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2762 23
4 (5) Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2756 28
5 (7) Adams, Michael g ENG 2755 38
6 (4) Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2746 33
7 (6) Leko, Peter g HUN 2743 29
8 (8) Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2719 10
9 (10) Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2707 11
10 (26) Krasenkow, Michal g POL 2702 61
FIDE ELO Rating list July 2000 Top 100
The Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2000 took place July 7th-16th 2000 in the Dortmund Theatre. The final round saw Viswanathan Anand beat Robert Huebner and the leader Vladimir Kramnik draw with Khalifman. Both finished on 6/9 with Kramnik taking first place on Sonnenberger tiebreak. Leko could also have finished on 6 but lost to DEEP JUNIOR after having two draw offers turned down.
SuperGM Games in PGN
GM Games in PGN
1st-2nd Vladimir Kramnik (g RUS 2770) and Viswanathan Anand (g IND 2762) 6.0;
3rd-5th Michael Adams (g ENG 2755), Peter Leko (g HUN 2743) and Vladimir Akopian (g ARM 2660) 5.0
6th DEEP JUNIOR 6 4.5
7th-8th Alexander Khalifman (g RUS 2667) and Evgeny Bareev (g RUS 2702) 4.0
9th Jeroen Piket (g NED 2649) 3.5
10th Robert Huebner (g GER 2615) 2.0
Round 9 (July 16, 2000)
Varga, Zoltan - Wegener, Olaf 1-0 75
Mikhalchishin, Adrian - Doettling, Fabian 1/2 19
Kachiani-Gersinska, Ketino - Schmittdiel, Eckhard 1/2 7
Skripchenko-Lautier, Almira - Naiditsch, Arkadij 1/2 17
Mainka, Gregor - Petrosian, Arshak B 0-1 18
Final Standings: 1. Schmittdiel, Eckhard g GER 2490 6.0; 2. Naiditsch, Arkadij m GER 2442 5.5; 3. Varga, Zoltan g HUN 2530 5.5; 4. Petrosian, Arshak B g ARM 2476 5.5; 5. Mikhalchishin, Adrian g SLO 2552 5.0; 6. Doettling, Fabian f GER 2477 5.0; 7. Kachiani-Gersinska, Ketino m GER 2437 4.0; 8. Skripchenko-Lautier, Almira m MDA 2444 3.5; 9. Wegener, Olaf f GER 2359 2.5; 10. Mainka, Gregor GER 2357 2.5;
Official site with more details:http://www.dortmund.de/chess/
Live coverage: http://www.kasparov.com/ (Java only)
Additional Coverage : http://teleschach.de/dortmund/
6th Tan Chin Nam Cup
The 6th Tan Chin Nam Cup & 2nd Hua Yuan Hotel Cup GM Chess Tournament took place in Beijing, China July 9th - 18th 2000.The Category XVI event (2644) had 10 players. There was a four way tie for first between Viktor Bologan, Nigel Short, Alexei Dreev, Alexander Onischuk with Bologan winning on tie-break. Bologan was the last player to finish attempting to win his final round game against Wang Zili.
Games in PGN
Round 9 Standings: 1. Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2641 5.5; 2. Dreev, Alexey g RUS 2676 5.5; 3. Short, Nigel D g ENG 2677 5.5; 4. Onischuk, Alexander g UKR 2627 5.5; 5. Ye Jiangchuan g CHN 2670 5.0; 6. Peng Xiaomin g CHN 2657 4.5; 7. Zhang Zhong g CHN 2636 4.5; 8. Xu Jun g CHN 2668 3.5; 9. Wang Zili g CHN 2603 3.0; 10. Adianto, Utut g INA 2583 2.5;
Pictures of the event at: http://www.sinosports.net
Veterans vs Ladies
The Schuhplatter Chess Tournament took place in the Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, July 4th-15th 2000. It was the 9th Veterans vs Ladies contest organised by the "Association Max Euwe" in Monaco and was sponsored by J.J. van Oosterom. Last year the Ladies took a terrible beating 30.5-19.5 and had a measure of revenge this time. After round 7 the Ladies led by 6 points but the veterans pulled back to a final score of Ladies 27.0 - Veterans 23.0, a win by 4 points.
The Ladies Team captained by Ljubomir Ljubojevic is: Zhu Chen (China), Alisa Galliamova (Russia), Nana Ioseliani (Georgia), Xie Jun (China), Sofia Polgar (Israel). They take on the Veterans Team Hans Bouwmeester (The Netherlands), Vlastimil Hort (Germany he is also the captain) Victor Korchnoi (Switzerland) Vassili Smyslov (Russia) Mark Taimanov (Russia).
Games in PGN
Internet coverage at: http://chess.lostcity.nl/Schuhplattler/
North Sea Cup
The Esbjerg Chess Union revived its North Sea Cup and staged its 15th edition July 7-15 2000. 10 players competed in the strongest round-robin ever in Denmark, at category 14: John Emms, Nick de Firmian, Mikhail Gurevich, Alexander Grischuk, Boris Gulko, Curt Hansen, Lars Bo Hansen, Peter Heine Nielsen, Dennis de Vreugt and Peter Svidler played. Mikhail Gurevich and Peter Svidler shared 1st place.
Games in PGN
Internet coverage: http://home1.inet.tele.dk/tpherman/vh2000/2index.htm
Final Standings: 1. Gurevich, Mikhail g BEL 2667 6.5; 2. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2689 6.5; 3. Hansen, Curt g DEN 2613 5.0; 4. Grischuk, Alexander m RUS 2606 5.0; 5. Nielsen, Peter Heine g DEN 2578 4.5; 6. Gulko, Boris F g USA 2643 4.5; 7. Hansen, Lars Bo g DEN 2562 4.0; 8. DeFirmian, Nick E g USA 2567 4.0; 9. Emms, John M g ENG 2527 3.0; 10. De Vreugt, Dennis m NED 2511 2.0;
Frankfurt Chess Classic 2000 Giants and Masters
The Frankfurt Chess Classic 2000 took place June 16th-25th 2000. John Henderson reported daily from the event.
John Henderson reports from the Frankfurt Chess Classic 2000
Final rounds Giants Report Day 4
Giants Day 3
Giants Day 2
Giants Day 1
Jon Henderson reports on the Frankfurt simuls
Fujitsu-Siemens Giants games in PGN
Masters Games in PGN
Computer Exhibition Games in PGN
Shuffle Chess games in PGN
Simul Games in PGN
View Games in Java Viewer
Draw for the Fujitsu-Siemens Giants and Masters
Anand wins the Fujitsu-Siemens Giants
Final Standings 1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2769 7.5; 2. Kasparov, Gary g RUS 2851 6.0; 3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2758 5.0; 4. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2751 4.5; 5. Leko, Peter g HUN 2725 3.5; 6. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2748 3.5;
Michael Adams wins the Masters
England's Michael Adams, with a score of 10.5/14, won the Masters event and thus qualifies for next year's Giants. He came ahead of Ivanchuk, who was second with 9.5. Last year Adams had a bad tournament and ended with -7. This year, he had a +7 score.
1. Adams, Michael g ENG 2715 10.5; 2. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2709 9.5; 3. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2709 8.0; 4. Rublevsky, Sergei g RUS 2662 6.5; 5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2702 6.5; 6. Jussupow, Artur g GER 2628 5.5; 7. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2646 5.5; 8. Rabiega, Robert m GER 2477 4.0;
Further details: http://www.frankfurt-west.de/ChessClassic2000 and alternate live coverage http://www.kasparovchess.com
Ordix Open John Henderson reports on day 1
Day 1 Fritz vs Humans John Henderson reports on day 2
Day 2 Fritz vs Humans John Henderson reports on day 3
Ordix Open Final Standings
Some Ordix Open Games in PGN
Computer Exhibition Games in PGN
View Games in Java Viewer
FSC Computer Exhibition
Day 1 (June 18, 2000) Fritz leads 2.5-1.5
Kramnik, Vladimir - FRITZ on Primergy K800 1/2 53 A10 English; 1.c4
Anand, Viswanathan - FRITZ on Primergy K800 0-1 44 A81 Dutch defence
FRITZ on Primergy K800 - Morozevich, Alexander 1/2 45 D20 QGA;
FRITZ on Primergy K800 - Leko, Peter 1/2 37 C47 Four knights
Day 2 (June 18, 2000) 4-4
FRITZ on Primergy K800 - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 32 A27 English; 1.c4 e5
FRITZ on Primergy K800 - Anand, Viswanathan 1/2 29 C42 Petroff defence
Morozevich, Alexander - FRITZ on Primergy K800 0-1 40 D00 Queen's pawn
Leko, Peter - FRITZ on Primergy K800 1-0 49 A04 Reti (1.Nf3)
Round 9 (June 22, 2000) Overall score 5-4 to the humans
Shirov, Alexei - FRITZ on Primergy K800 1-0 59 C99 Ruy Lopez
Round 10 (June 24, 2000) Final score 5-5
FRITZ on Primergy K800 - Shirov, Alexei 1-0 40
Shirov wins the Merida GM Tournament
Alexei Shirov (Spain) outpaced Judit Polgar (Hungary) to take first place in the Merida tournament. He beat Vladimir Akopian (Armenia) in the final round whilst Polgar drew with Gilberto Hernandez (Mexico) in the double round robin tournament which ran 13th-19th June 2000, in the City of Merida, State of Yucatan, with 260,000 pesos in prizes.
Round 1 (June 13, 2000)
Shirov, Alexei - Hernandez, Gilberto 0-1 37 A08 Reti (1.Nf3)
Polgar, Judit - Akopian, Vladimir 1/2 19 C10 French
Round 2 (June 14, 2000)
Hernandez, Gilberto - Akopian, Vladimir 0-1 41 B85 Sicilian
Shirov, Alexei - Polgar, Judit 1-0 48 B42 Sicilian
Round 3 (June 15, 2000)
Akopian, Vladimir - Shirov, Alexei 0-1 81 C07 French; Tarrasch
Polgar, Judit - Hernandez, Gilberto 1-0 32 C11 French; Classical
Round 4 (June 17, 2000)
Hernandez, Gilberto - Shirov, Alexei 1/2 30 C11 French; Classical
Akopian, Vladimir - Polgar, Judit 0-1 35 E12 Nimzo indian
Round 5 (June 18, 2000)
Polgar, Judit - Shirov, Alexei 1/2 21 C11 French; Classical
Akopian, Vladimir - Hernandez, Gilberto 1/2 27 A45 Queen's pawn
Round 6 (June 19, 2000)
Shirov, Alexei - Akopian, Vladimir 1-0 47 C17 French; Winawer
Hernandez, Gilberto - Polgar, Judit 1/2 17 B92 Sicilian; Najdorf
1 Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2751 4.0 TPR 2751
2 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2658 3.5 TPR 2714
3 Hernandez, Gilberto g MEX 2560 TPR 2.5 2632
4 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2660 TPR 2.0 2531
Games in PGN
Games in a Java Viewer
Internet coverage: http://www.deportesmerida.gob.mx/magistralenglish/ englishversion/chess_tournament.htm
Natalia Zhukova wins the European Women's Chess Championships
The First European Women's Chess Championships took place in Batumi, Georgia May 26th - June 14th 2000. There were 32 entrants in this knockout event. Rounds 1-3 were two game matches, the semi-final and final were over 4 games. The winner was Natalia Zhukova of the Ukraine who recovered from a loss in the first game to beat Ekaterina Kovalevskaya of Russia 2.5-1.5 in the final.
See TWIC291 of June 5th 2000 for the early round results.
Chiburdanidze,M (GEO) - Kovalevskaya,E (RUS) 1-0 0-1 1/2 0-1
Stepovaia,T (RUS) - Zhukova,N (UKR) 0-1 0-1 1/2
Natalia Zhukova (wg UKR 2471) beat Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (wg RUS 2451) 2.5-1.5 [0-1 1-0 1-0 1/2].
All games in PGN (some corrections to names)
The Sarajevo tournament 2000 took place in May (16th-29th). The winner was Garry Kasparov. He took the lead with one round to go after Shirov lost to Movsesian. Kasparov then beat Movsesian in the final round with black to take first place. Shirov and Adams both won their final rounds too but had to settle for second place.
Games in PGN
Games in a Java Viewer
Final Standings: 1. Kasparov, Gary g RUS 2851 8.5; 2. Adams, Michael g ENG 2715 8.0; 3. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2751 8.0; 4. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2748 6.0; 5. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2702 6.0; 6. Bareev, Evgeny g RUS 2709 6.0; 7. Sokolov, Ivan g BIH 2637 4.5; 8. Movsesian, Sergei g CZE 2668 4.0; 9. Short, Nigel D g ENG 2683 4.0; 10. Georgiev, Kiril g BUL 2677 4.0; 11. Gurevich, Mikhail g BEL 2694 4.0; 12. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2594 3.0;
Official Internet Coverage: http://www.ks.gov.ba/bosna2000/gb/index.html
9th Amber Tournament
The 9th Amber tournament took place March 16th-28th 2000. A blindfold and rapidplay tournament it included three players from Linares: Kramnik, Anand and Shirov. The result was a triumph for Shirov who won the overall event aswell as the rapidplay event, Kramnik won the blindfold part of the event. Coverage in TWIC 280, TWIC 281 and TWIC 282
Rapidplay and Overall winner: Alexei Shirov
Official site: http://chess.lostcity.nl/amber/
All Games in PGN
Corus Tournament Wijk aan Zee
The Corus Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee took place 14th-30th January 2000 in the De Moriaan Community Centre. There were 14 players in the main GM tournament. John Henderson reported daily including pictures and a summary of the days play. The final round was on Sunday 30th January 2000.
John Henderson's reports from the Press Conferences and opening ceremony, pictures included. Also details of the draw in full.
John Henderson's Round 1 Report.
John Henderson's Round 2 Report.
John Henderson's Round 3 Report.
John Henderson's Round 4 Report.
John Henderson's Round 5 Report.
John Henderson's Round 6 Report.
John Henderson's Round 7 Report.
John Henderson's Round 8 Report.
John Henderson's Round 9 Report.
John Henderson's Round 10 Report.
John Henderson's Round 11 Report + Malcolm Pein Annotated game.
John Henderson's Round 12 Report.
John Henderson's Round 13 Report.
All games in PGN
Live internet coverage at the official site: http://chess.lostcity.nl/corus/
View the Fantasy Chess standings for the Wijk aan Zee Tournament:http://www.angelfire.com/hi/hdcachess/fantasy.html.
Round 13 (January 30, 2000)
Kasparov, Gary - Polgar, Judit 1-0 44
Anand, Viswanathan - Lputian, Smbat G 1-0 61
Morozevich, Alexander - Nikolic, Predrag 1-0 44
Adams, Michael - Leko, Peter 1/2 15
Short, Nigel D - Timman, Jan H 1/2 42
Korchnoi, Viktor - Piket, Jeroen 1-0 60
Van Wely, Loek - Kramnik, Vladimir 1/2 22
1. Kasparov, Gary g RUS 2851 9.5
2. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2758 8.0
3. Leko, Peter g HUN 2725 8.0
4. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2769 8.0
5. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2748 7.5
6. Adams, Michael g ENG 2715 7.0
7. Piket, Jeroen g NED 2633 6.5
8. Timman, Jan H g NED 2655 6.5
9. Nikolic, Predrag g BIH 2659 6.0
10. Short, Nigel D g ENG 2683 5.5
11. Polgar, Judit g HUN 2658 5.0
12. Korchnoi, Viktor g SUI 2659 5.0
13. Lputian, Smbat G g ARM 2605 4.5
14. Van Wely, Loek g NED 2646 4.0
In addition to the main event there is a Category XI B Tournament running along side. Final round Sergei Tiviakov drew with Silvio Danailov in the final round of the Corus B tournament. This allowed Alexander Onischuk and Boris Avrukh to catch him after they both won with black (Nijboer 0-1 Onischuk and Delemarre 0-1 Avrukh). Other results: Nisipeanu 0-1 Reinderman; Van der Wiel 1-0 Berkvens and Hendriks 0-1 Ashley.
Final Standings: 1. Tiviakov, Sergei g NED 2567 8.0
2. Onischuk, Alexander g UKR 2637 8.0
3. Avrukh, Boris g ISR 2620 8.0
4. Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter g ROM 2611 6.5
5. Van der Wiel, John g NED 2558 6.5
6. Reinderman, Dimitri g NED 2561 6.0
7. Nijboer, Friso g NED 2540 5.5
8. Danailov, Silvio m BUL 2462 5.5
9. Ashley, Maurice g USA 2499 3.5
10. Berkvens, Joost NED 2297 3.5
11. Hendriks, Willy NED 2373 3.0
12. Delemarre, Jop m NED 2354 2.0
All Corus B games in PGN