2017-03-24

ChessBomb preview: Uruguayan Championship 2017

The LXXXVlII final of the Uruguayan Championship 2017 starts on 25th of March at 16:00 CET.
The championship will take place at Montevideo, Uruguay from 25 March to 2 April 2017.

In the tournament will take part players as: MF Manuel Larrea, MI Bernardo Roselli, MF Nicolás López Azambuja, MN Nicolás Ulaneo, MN Christian Oddone, MI Claudio Cóppola, MN Mario Saralegui, Rodrigo Benoit, CM Gabriel Kimelman and CM Diego Carbone
System of play: 9 Rounds-10 Player Round Robin

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves +; 30 minutes all moves +] 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1

Schedule: UTC/GMT -3 hours
2017/03/25 16:00 - Round 1
2017/03/26 16:00 - Round 2
2017/03/27 16:00 - Round 3
2017/03/28 16:00 - Round 4
2017/03/29 16:00 - Round 5
2017/03/30 16:00 - Round 6
2017/03/31 16:00 - Round 7
2017/04/01 16:00 - Round 8
2017/04/02 10:00 - Round 9

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2017-03-22

ChessBomb preview: Sharjah Masters 2017


The Sharjah Masters 2017 Tournament starts on 3 of March at 14:00 CET.
The tournament will take place at Sharjah, United Arab Emirates       
We are expecting an extremely strong open tournament in which 35 of the participants were rated over 2600! The prize fund is 60 000 $, the first prize is 15 000 $.
In the tournament will take part top players as: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov; Radoslaw Wojtaszek;
Yuriy Kryvoruchko; Maxim Matlakov; Arkadij Naiditsch;  Etienne Bacrot;  Rauf Mamedov; Hao Wang; Alexander Areshchenko; B.  Adhiban; Eltaj Safarli;  David Anton Guijarro; Gawain C B Jones; Vladimir Akopian; Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli;Gabriel Sargissian.
System of play: 9 Rounds Swiss
Rate of play:  90 minutes all moves + 30 seconds increment
Schedule: UTC/GMT +4 hours
2017, 03.23  - 17:00 - Round 01
2017, 03.24  - 17:00 - Round 02
2017, 03.25  - 17:00 - Round 03
2017, 03.26  - 17:00 - Round 04
2017, 03.27  - 17:30 - Round 05
2017, 03.28  - 17:00 - Round 06
2017, 03.29  - 17:00 - Round 07
2017, 03.30  - 17:00 - Round 08
2017, 03.31  - 17:00 - Round 09

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ChessBomb preview: Shenzhen Chess Masters 2017

The Shenzhen Chess Masters 2017 Tournament starts on 23rd of March at 08:00 CET
The tournament will take place at Shenzhen, China from 23 March to 2 April 2017.
We are expecting  6-player double round-robin tournament with a very strong team including the Chinese number 1 and 2 - Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi as well as the international stars - Giri, Svidler, Harikrishna and Adams.
The prize fund is 90 000 $, the first prize is 20 000 $

Rate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves +
30 minutes all moves +
30 seconds increment per move,
starting from move 1

Schedule: UTC/GMT +8 hours
23.03 2017 -  14:00 -  Round 01
24.03 2017 -  14:00 -  Round 02
25.03 2017 -  14:00 -  Round 03
26.03 2017 -  14:00 -  Round 04
27.03 2017 -  14:00 -  Round 05
REST DAY
29.03 2017 -  14:00 -  Round 06
30.03 2017 -  14:00 -  Round 07
31.03 2017 -  14:00 -  Round 08
01.04 2017 -  14:00 -  Round 09
02.04 2017 -  09:00 -  Round 10

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ChessBomb comment: The dramatic battle on the final of St Louis Winter Classic 2017 - Group A

    The elite Group A at the St Louis Winter Classic 2017 Tournament  offered us a very strong and at the same time a very young team. All the 10 grandmasters, with no exception, are chess talents with promising future, who fought in the uncompromising battle. The winner of the tournament became clear at the last moment  literally. Another surprise for us is the relatively weak performance of the representatives of the hosts. The teen stars Jeffery Xiong, Samuel Sevian and Ruifeng Li played below their usual level. The first two in a few days are taking part in a trial of the extremely strong U.S. Championship.               
As a sole winner in the very strong Aeroflot Open 2017 which ended before more than two weeks, the Russian top GM Vladimir Fedoseev, after the unexpected lost in the 1-st round, was moving confidently almost until the end of the tournament. Obviously in an excellent shape he took precedence over his pursuers - David Howell and Alexander Ipatov with a half point before the last round.
In order to catch up Fedoseev, who had the white pieces against Samuel Sevian, Howell and Ipatov had to win their games with the blacks in the last round. Ipatov didn’t cope with this task and after an unconvincing performance became victim of Peru's GM Emilio Cordova, who made an excellent game.
Vladimir Fedoseev didn’t manage to impede the militant Sevian in а modification of Benoni, harmless for the white. Taking advantage of some inaccuracies of the Whites, Sevian developed a very strong initiative:
Position after 26…Be5!    
Further, the maximum that Vladimir managed to do, was to go into the hopeless endgame.
That’s how the intrigue for the first place remained to be decided in the game between Ruifeng Li and David Howell. The English grandmaster got even with ease, and took advantage of some incorrect decisions of his opponent:

After 18…Bb4, the Whites fell in the trap. The lesser evil for the Whites was to exchange sacrifice for a pawn, which doomed them to a long and unpleasant defend. The position was close to a draw for a long time, but the persistence of Howell prevailed and in move 129 Li was forced to surrender and to congratulate his opponent with the victory in the tournament.

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2017-03-16

The 7th HDBank Cup International Open Chess tournament 2017



The tournament is held from 11th to 18th March, 2017 and is hosted in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The HDBank the Masters Cup, attracted over than 230 masters. The previous winner of the Masters event is GM Wang Hao. The participants are from all the five continents. World famous names from Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, China, Germany, India, Switzerland, Indonesia, the Philippines and America compete this year. Among the remarkable names are the big star of Vietnam Le Quanq Liem and the young star Wei Yi from China, who had a draw in round 8. Some interesting chess players in the list are also Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL - GM-2533), She Tingjie (CHN - WGM-2480), and the very young (born 2002) Khoi Nguyen Anh (VIE - Elo 2549), as well as one of the most popular non-titled players in the world, China's Xu Yinglun (Elo 2540). The average Elo rating of the tournament is 2,383, which is believed a high-level competition. The first 10 players are:

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The 9-round Swiss event organized by the Vietnam Chess Federation has two sections:
- Masters Category for players rated above 2100 and women rated above 2000
- Challengers Category for players rated below 2100 or unrated


Rate of play:  90 minutes all moves + 30 seconds increment
Regulation: Nine rounds of play, with three double shifts.

The total prize fund is 45,000 US$.


Calendar of Masters Category (UTC/GMT +7 hours)
2017, 03. 12  - 10:00 - Round 01
2017, 03. 12  - 16:00 - Round 02
2017, 03. 13  - 10:00 - Round 03
2017, 03. 14  - 09:00 - Round 04
2017, 03. 14  - 15:30 - Round 05
2017, 03. 15  - 09:00 - Round 06
2017, 03. 16  - 09:00 - Round 07
2017, 03. 16  - 15:30 - Round 08
2017, 03. 17  - 09:00 - Round 09

Ranking crosstable for the first 20 players after Round 7
Rk.

NameRtgFED1.Rd2.Rd3.Rd4.Rd5.Rd6.Rd7.Rd8.RdPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
1
GMWang Hao2683CHN65w155b115w15b½3w½4w½14b12w5,50,031,54,0
2
GMBu Xiangzhi2711CHN68w153b132w½11b½5w16b13w½1b5,50,031,04,0
3
GMLe Quang Liem2712VIE75b149w129b½14w11b½30w12b½4w5,50,030,04,0
4
GMWei Yi2725CHN34w131b067w149b132w11b½17w13b5,50,028,05,0
5
IMTran Tuan Minh2503VIE50w144b131w11w½2b037b17w½6b5,00,031,04,0
6
GMRozum Ivan2600RUS46b½76w124b½26w123b12w029b15w5,00,029,54,0
7
GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo2673VEN93b126w123b½29w½15b½18w15b½9w5,00,029,03,0
8
WGMSaduakassova Dinara2428KAZ88b180w117w½16b048w122b119w½10b5,00,026,04,0
9
GMVishnu Prasanna. V2534IND61w164b½43w½39b137w½28b½33w17b5,00,026,03,0
10
GMMichalik Peter2578CZE76b½46w128b071w145b115w½31b18w5,00,025,04,0
11
GMNguyen Anh Dung2482VIE81b½89w166b12w½43b½20w½30b118w5,00,025,03,0
12
GMStefanova Antoaneta2533BUL52b½71w164w½65b068w134b128w113b5,00,023,04,0
13
GMBogdanovich Stanislav2602UKR43w073b091b170w164b151w135b112w5,00,022,05,0
14
IMNguyen Anh Khoi2459VIE40b166w½19w13b044w136b11w016b4,50,030,04,0
15
IMShyaamnikhil P2440IND85b145w11b059w17w½10b½36w½17b4,50,029,53,0
16
GMCheparinov Ivan2698BUL83b128w½35b½8w118b½29w½23b½14w4,50,028,52,0
17

Xu Yinglun2540CHN57w+103w18b½28w½33b½43w14b015w4,50,028,52,0
18
GMGomez John Paul2481PHI56w143b½60w132b½16w½7b057w111b4,50,028,03,0
19
GMLu Shanglei2624CHN72b½87w114b057w124b½41w18b½23w4,50,027,53,0
20
GMGhosh Diptayan2581IND54w½42b139w½34b½83w111b½25w½27b4,50,027,52,0

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2017-03-14

The 2017 UTRGV Spring Break IM-norm Tournament

 
The 2017 UTRGV Spring Break IM-norm Tournament started on 13-th of March

The tournament will take place at the University of Texas 
Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, TX, USA.
System of play: Round robin, 10 participants




The schedule of the tournament is:
Round 1: March 13 at 6 pm
Round 2: March 14 at 2 pm
Round 3: March 15 at 10 am
Round 4: March 15 at 5:30 pm
Round 5: March 16 at 2 pm
Round 6: March 17 at 10 am
Round 7: March 17 at 5:30 pm
Round 8: March 18 at 2 pm
Round 9: March 19 at 9 am

Here is the list of the players:
Round 1: Haessel-Zhang, Ruiz-Hevia, Kambrath-Wang, Ynojosa-Vazquez, Serna-McNutt
Round 2: Zhang-McNutt, Vazquez-Serna, Wang-Ynojosa, Hevia-Kambrath, Haessel-Ruiz
Round 3: Ruiz-Zhang, Kambrath-Haessel, Ynojosa-Hevia, Serna-Wang, McNutt-Vazquez
Round 4: Zhang-Vazquez, Wang-McNutt, Hevia-Serna, Haessel-Ynojosa, Ruiz-Kambrath
Round 5: Kambrath-Zhang, Ynojosa-Ruiz, Serna-Haessel, McNutt-Hevia, Vazquez-Wang
Round 6: Zhang-Wang, Hevia-Vazquez, Haessel-McNutt, Ruiz-Serna, Kambrath-Ynojosa
Round 7: Ynojosa-Zhang, Serna-Kambrath, McNutt-Ruiz, Vazquez-Haessel, Wang-Hevia
Round 8: Zhang-Hevia, Haessel-Wang, Ruiz-Vazquez, Kambrath-McNutt, Ynojosa-Serna
Round 9: Serna-Zhang, McNutt-Ynojosa, Vazquez-Kambrath, Wang-Ruiz, Hevia-Haessel

Crosstable

#NameFIDE IDRtng12345678910Tot
1FM DALE R HAESSEL20126182142 X0000100 01.0
2IM JOSHUA D RUIZ CASTILLO440070423431 X11/2111/2 1/216.5
3FM YANNICK KAMBRATH20632525235310 X1/211 01/21/24.5
4IM FELIX YNOJOSA APONTE3900258237811/21/2 X1 1/21/2015.0
5JEFFREY M SERNA206859120221000 X101/20 2.5
6WILLIAM H MCNUTT309323351729000 0 X00000.0
7IM GUILLERMO VAZQUEZ3702308243611/2 1/211 X11/216.5
8JUSTIN WANG3091137021770 11/21/210 X003.0
9GM CARLOS HEVIA ALEJANO35088112492 1/21/21111/21 X16.5
10CHAO ZHANG20994462223101/20 1010 X3.5

Standings

#NameRtngClubRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7 Rd 8Rd 9Tot
1GM CARLOS HEVIA ALEJANO2492CUBD2D5W4W8W10D3W6W7---9 6.5
2IM JOSHUA D RUIZ CASTILLO2343COLD1W9W7W5D4W8W10D3---6 6.5
3IM GUILLERMO VAZQUEZ2436PARD4W8W10W7W6D1W9D2---5 6.5
4IM FELIX YNOJOSA APONTE2378VEND3D6L1W9D2D5W7W8---10 5.0
5FM YANNICK KAMBRATH2353FRAL6D1W9L2D7D4W8W10---3 4.5
6JUSTIN WANG2177USAW5D4D8W10L3L7L1W9---2 4.0
7CHAO ZHANG2223USAW9W10L2L3D5W6L4L1---8 3.5
8JEFFREY M SERNA2022USAW10L3D6L1W9L2L5L4---7 2.5
9FM DALE R HAESSEL2142CANL7L2L5L4L8W10L3L6---1 1.0
10WILLIAM H MCNUTT1729USAL8L7L3L6L1L9L2L5---4 0.0



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