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Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd9 Standings by Country

For more info see Gibraltarchesscongress 2013 and the great pictures are from Gibraltarchesscongress Photos

Hungary
GM Hoang won again and now has 6/9.

GM Hoang

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 9 Pts.
52 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2469 HUN 0 1 0 1 1 6
91 WGM Rudolf Anna 2312 HUN 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5
214 Lochte Szilvia 1923 HUN ½ 1 0 0 ½ 3

Canada
Piasetski lost but remains the top Canadian with 4.5/9.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 9 Pts.
93 IM Piasetski Leon 2310 CAN ½ ½ ½ 1 0 4.5
185 Fairbairn Stephen 2021 CAN ½ 0 ½ 0 1 4
209 Agbabishvili Lali 1954 CAN 0 1 1 ½ 0 3.5

USA
Kamsky and Ehlvest both lost so Kamsky remains the top American with 6.5/9.

GM Kamsky

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 9 Pts.
2 GM Kamsky Gata 2740 USA ½ 1 1 ½ 0 6.5
22 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2603 USA 0 ½ 1 1 0 6
46 IM Zatonskih Anna 2491 USA 1 0 ½ 0 1 5.5
189 Hutton Jack 2017 USA 0 0 1 1 1 4.5
226 Kang Leo J 1814 USA 0 1 1 0 ½ 3.5

England
GM Short shares first overall with 7.5/9 while GM Adams is half a point back with 7/9. FM Lyell moves up to 5/9 with his fourth consecutive win.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 9 Pts.
10 GM Short Nigel D 2690 ENG 1 1 1 1 ½ 7.5
3 GM Adams Michael 2725 ENG ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 7
17 GM Jones Gawain C B 2632 ENG 1 ½ ½ 0 1 6.5
34 GM Gordon Stephen J 2533 ENG 0 ½ ½ 1 1 6.5
57 IM Zhou Yang-Fan 2439 ENG 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 5.5
63 IM Houska Jovanka 2416 ENG 1 ½ 1 0 1 5.5
60 IM Trent Lawrence 2429 ENG 0 1 0 1 0 5
118 FM Lyell Mark 2235 ENG 0 1 1 1 1 5
121 Spence David J 2226 ENG 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 5
73 IM Quillan Gary 2398 ENG 0 ½ ½ 1 0 4.5
99 Chapman Terry P D 2292 ENG 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 4.5
113 FM Storey Charles H 2245 ENG ½ 1 1 0 0 4.5
130 O`toole George E 2204 ENG ½ 1 1 1 ½ 4.5
140 Byron Alan M 2167 ENG 1 1 ½ 1 0 4.5
183 WFM Grigoryan Meri 2025 ENG 1 0 0 1 1 4.5
192 Hackner Oskar A 2015 ENG 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5
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Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd9 Standings

Overall
Vitiugov Nikita; Vachier-Lagrave Maxime and Short Nigel share the lead with 7.5/9. Short takes his first non-win for quite a while now.

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Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694 7.5
2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2711 7.5
3 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2690 7.5
4 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2705 7
5 GM Adams Michael ENG 2725 7
6 GM Navara David CZE 2710 7
7 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643 7
8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758 7
9 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2590 7
10 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2554 7
11 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2740 6.5
12 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 6.5
13 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2632 6.5
14 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2606 6.5
15 IM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2478 6.5
16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2723 6.5
17 GM Felgaer Ruben ARG 2557 6.5
18 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2667 6.5
19 IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos ESP 2538 6.5
20 GM Gordon Stephen J ENG 2533 6.5
21 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2518 6.5
22 GM Gallagher Joseph G. SUI 2499 6.5

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd7-GM Hoang(HUN)

Here is Hoang’s rd7 game against Wojtaszek. 

Hoang defends with the active Leningrad Dutch but the …Rc8 idea and follow up gave white a free hand to press the position. Eventually white prevailed with a nice opposite color bishop attack.

Wojtaszek,Radoslaw (2723) – Hoang,Thanh Trang (2469)
Dutch Leningrad[A87]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (7.17), 28.01.2013

Position 1
White has a better pawn structure but how to continue is a mystery. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play


31..Kg7

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd6-Fairbairn(CAN)

Here is Fairbairn’s Rd6 game.

This was a mysterious game to analyze and understand as white loses without making an obvious mistake.

Fairbairn,Stephen (2021) – Vyparina,Matej (2305)
Schmidt Benoni[A43]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013(6.63), 27.01.2013

Position 1
The position seems harmless. Black wants to play …b5 but for now, the queenside is under control. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play

18.Bf4


Tata Steel 2013 Rd8-GM Rapport(HUN)

Here is GM Rapport’s Rd8 game against Smeets.

Smeets(l) playing Rapport(r) in rd8

Rapport,R (2621) – Smeets,J (2615) 
Semi-Slav 9.a3[D47]
75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (8.3), 20.01.2013

Position 1
White is well centralized and has two strong bishops. What do you suggest for black?


Black to Play


26.Qd4

Tata Steel 2013 Rd5-GM Rapport(HUN)

Here GM Rapport’s rd5 win over the veteran Tiviakov.

Rapport(l)  playing Tiviakov(r) in rd8

Tiviakov,S (2655) – Rapport,R (2621)
French 3.Nd2 Be7[C03]
75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (5.4), 17.01.2013

Position 1
Black would like to attack white on the queenside. What do you suggest?

Black to Play

29.Rdd2


Tata Steel A Tatasteelchess 2013
Carlsen, M won by 1.5 pts. with a final score of 10/13. Leko finished with 7.5/13.

Leko(l)-Carlsen(r)


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Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1 Carlsen, M. 10.0 / 13 X ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1
2 Aronian, L. 8.5 / 13 ½ X 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1
3 Anand, V. 8.0 / 13 ½ 1 X ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½
4 Karjakin, S. 8.0 / 13 0 ½ ½ X ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1
5 Leko, P. 7.5 / 13 ½ 0 ½ ½ X ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1
6 Nakamura, H. 7.0 / 13 0 0 ½ ½ ½ X ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½
7 Harikrishna, P. 6.5 / 13 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ X 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½
8 Giri, A. 6.0 / 13 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 X ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½
9 Wang, H. 6.0 / 13 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ X 0 1 ½ 1 ½
10 van Wely, L. 6.0 / 13 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 X ½ 1 1 1
11 Hou, Y. 5.5 / 13 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 0 ½ X ½ ½ 1
12 Caruana, F. 5.0 / 13 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ X 1 1
13 L’Ami, E. 4.0 / 13 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 X ½
14 Sokolov, I. 3.0 / 13 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ X

Tata Steel B
Naiditsch, A(GER) and Rapport, R(HUN) shared first with 9/13.

Group B

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Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
1 Naiditsch, A. 9.0 / 13 X 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 1
2 Rapport, R. 9.0 / 13 0 X 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1
3 Smeets, J. 8.5 / 13 0 1 X ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1
4 Movsesian, S. 8.5 / 13 ½ 0 ½ X ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1
5 Dubov, D. 7.5 / 13 ½ ½ ½ ½ X 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
6 Edouard, R. 7.0 / 13 ½ 0 0 0 1 X ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 0
7 Timman, J. 7.0 / 13 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ X ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1
8 Tiviakov, S. 6.5 / 13 1 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ X ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0
9 Turov, M. 6.0 / 13 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ ½ X ½ ½ ½ ½ 1
10 van Kampen, R. 5.5 / 13 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ X 0 0 ½ 1
11 Grandelius, N. 4.5 / 13 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 X 0 1 0
12 Nikolic, P. 4.5 / 13 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1 X 0 1
13 Ipatov, A. 4.0 / 13 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 X ½
14 Ernst, S. 3.5 / 13 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 ½ X

Gibraltar Tradewise
Results are well covered in other parts of the blog.

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd8 Standings by Country

Hungary
GM Hoang continues not to make draws and now has 5/8 after winning her last game.

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 Pts.
52 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2469 HUN 0 1 0 1 5
91 WGM Rudolf Anna 2312 HUN 0 ½ ½ ½ 3.5
214 Lochte Szilvia 1923 HUN ½ 1 0 0 2.5

Canada
IM Piasetski won and now has 4.5/8.

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 Pts.
93 IM Piasetski Leon 2310 CAN ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5
185 Fairbairn Stephen 2021 CAN ½ 0 ½ 0 3
209 Agbabishvili Lali 1954 CAN 0 1 1 ½ 3.5

USA
Kamsky is the top American with 6.5/8. Ehlvest has won his last two games and now has 6/8.

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 Pts.
2 GM Kamsky Gata 2740 USA ½ 1 1 ½ 6.5
22 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2603 USA 0 ½ 1 1 6
46 IM Zatonskih Anna 2491 USA 1 0 ½ 0 4.5
189 Hutton Jack 2017 USA 0 0 1 1 3.5
226 Kang Leo J 1814 USA 0 1 1 0 3

England
GM Short Nigel just keeps winning and now has a share of first with 7/8.

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SNo Name Rtg FED 5 6 7 8 Pts.
10 GM Short Nigel D 2690 ENG 1 1 1 1 7
3 GM Adams Michael 2725 ENG ½ 1 ½ ½ 6
17 GM Jones Gawain C B 2632 ENG 1 ½ ½ 0 5.5
34 GM Gordon Stephen J 2533 ENG 0 ½ ½ 1 5.5
60 IM Trent Lawrence 2429 ENG 0 1 0 1 5
121 Spence David J 2226 ENG 1 ½ 1 ½ 5
57 IM Zhou Yang-Fan 2439 ENG 1 ½ 0 ½ 4.5
63 IM Houska Jovanka 2416 ENG 1 ½ 1 0 4.5
73 IM Quillan Gary 2398 ENG 0 ½ ½ 1 4.5
113 FM Storey Charles H 2245 ENG ½ 1 1 0 4.5
140 Byron Alan M 2167 ENG 1 1 ½ 1 4.5
99 Chapman Terry P D 2292 ENG 0 1 ½ 0 4
118 FM Lyell Mark 2235 ENG 0 1 1 1 4
130 O`toole George E 2204 ENG ½ 1 1 1 4
150 Burrows Martin P 2153 ENG 0 1 0 1 4

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd8 Standings

Overall
Vitiugov Nikita and Short Nigel share the lead with 7/8 with three players close behind at 6.5/8. Short has won all his games since his rd2 loss.

White to Play
This game ended suddenly. What did white play?

14…Nf5


Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694 7
2 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2690 7
3 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2740 6.5
4 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 6.5
5 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2711 6.5
6 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2705 6
7 GM Adams Michael ENG 2725 6
8 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643 6
9 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758 6
10 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2650 6
11 GM Navara David CZE 2710 6
12 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2606 6
13 GM Ehlvest Jaan USA 2603 6
14 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2590 6
15 IM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2478 6
16 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2708 6
17 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2667 6
18 GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2555 6
19 GM Felgaer Ruben ARG 2557 6
20 IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos ESP 2538 6
21 GM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2582 6
22 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2554 6
23 GM Vazquez Igarza Renier ESP 2565 6

GM Kallai,G on Chessbase

Gabor Kallai: Portrait of a Dedicated Chess Worker
A faboulous report by Diana Mihajlova Chessbase-Kallai 2013-01

GM Kallai
Photo-Chessbase article


‘A festive meal with a friend in Budapest, GM Gabor Kallai, turned into a heartfelt story about chess, arts and talent. 30 years involved first-hand in the workings of chess in Hungary in many-faceted duties – as a chess competitor, trainer, coach, captain, arbiter, organiser, writer, media reporter, Radio and TV commentator, PR and technical director within the Chess Federation…summed in one word – a ‘chess specialist’, Gabor has a lot to say. His talk is an honest, personal observation filled with both enthusiasm and criticism..

He appears like a sole crusader trying to warn, in no mild terms, that no excuses are acceptable where the recognition and pride of the nation is at stake, but a right, rigorous professional environment must be created for the national team, where considerations of human nature, like children, luck of time etc., are not acceptable. ‘You can either make it by dedicating yourself fully as a player or not.’  

He points also to another worrying trend: worthy players of the Hungarian chess elite,  both men and women and former Olympic players, are abandoning their chess profession, because they are disillusioned and see no creative environment or any sort of stimulation. 

Among the latest ‘drop outs’, the most painful is that of GM Zoltan Gyimesi (2674), a 35 year old Olympic player, 75th in the world. Another example is IM/WGMs Szidonia Wajda and Ildiko Madl, both former women champions and Olympic players who choose not to be part of the selected team. 

This apathy becomes obvious at the sight of the dented start-list of the Hungarian championships. What is even more worrying is the Hungarian Federation’s indifference at seeing them go without any reaction…(more)’