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Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd6-GM Hoang(HUN)

Here is GM Hoang’s rd6 win.

Hoang eventually ground out the win in a RRB-RRN ending that black came close to saving.

Hoang,Thanh Trang (2469) – Palencia,Wilson (2282)
4.e3 a6[D12]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (6.32), 27.01.2013

Position 1
White wants to push the a-pawn but cannot. What do you suggest for white now?

White to Play

51…Rc7


Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd5-GM Hoang(HUN)

Here is Hoang’s rd5 game against Shirov.

Shirov,Alexei (2708) – Hoang,Thanh Trang (2469)
Slav 4.e3 Bf5[D12]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013(5.13), 26.01.2013

Position 1
Black has just decentralized the knight with 15…Nh7. How should white react?

White to Play

15…Nh7

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd7 Standings

Overall Gibraltarchesscongress 2013
GM Vitiugov Nikita takes the overall lead with a massive 6.5/7. Le Quang Liem, Kamsky Gata and Short Nigel D are 2-4th with 6/7. Short has been piling up the wins after his early upset loss.

GM Le Quang Liem
Photo-from tournament website

Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694 6.5
2 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2705 6
3 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2740 6
4 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2690 6
5 GM Adams Michael ENG 2725 5.5
6 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2632 5.5
7 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758 5.5
8 GM Navara David CZE 2710 5.5
9 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2650 5.5
GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643 5.5
11 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 5.5
12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2711 5.5
13 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2606 5.5
14 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2590 5.5
15 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2708 5.5
16 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2667 5.5
17 IM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2478 5.5
18 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2554 5.5
19 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2650 5
20 GM Ehlvest Jaan USA 2603 5
21 GM Al-Sayed Mohammed QAT 2507 5
22 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2723 5
23 GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2555 5
24 GM Felgaer Ruben ARG 2557 5
25 IM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2471 5
26 IM Larino Nieto David ESP 2497 5
27 IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos ESP 2538 5
28 IM Gunina Valentina RUS 2490 5
29 GM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2582 5
30 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2408 5
31 IM Nezad Husein Aziz QAT 2394 5
32 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2518 5
33 IM Tania Sachdev IND 2403 5
34 GM Vazquez Igarza Renier ESP 2565 5
35 WGM Dolzhikova Olga NOR 2239 5

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd7 Standings-by Country

For more info see Gibraltarchesscongress 2013(All photos are from the nice gallery at the tournament website)

Hungary
GM Hoang lost and stays at 4pts. Rudolf made another draw and now has 3/7.

GM Hoang

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SNo Name Rtg FED 4 5 6 7 Pts.
52 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2469 HUN 1 0 1 0 4
91 WGM Rudolf Anna 2312 HUN ½ 0 ½ ½ 3
214 Lochte Szilvia 1923 HUN 0 ½ 1 0 2.5

Canada
Piasetski and Fairbairn both drew.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 4 5 6 7 Pts.
93 IM Piasetski Leon 2310 CAN ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.5
185 Fairbairn Stephen 2021 CAN 1 ½ 0 ½ 3
209 Agbabishvili Lali 1954 CAN 0 0 1 1 3

USA
Kamsky and Ehlvest both won and have 6/7.

GM Ehlvest

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SNo Name Rtg FED 4 5 6 7 Pts.
2 GM Kamsky Gata 2740 USA 1 ½ 1 1 6
22 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2603 USA ½ 0 ½ 1 5
46 IM Zatonskih Anna 2491 USA 1 1 0 ½ 4.5
189 Hutton Jack 2017 USA 1 0 0 1 2.5
226 Kang Leo J 1814 USA 0 0 1 1 3

Enlgand
Short is now the leading English player with 6/7. FM Lyell won his last 2 games and has moved up to 3/7.

GM Short-frequent visitor to Canada

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SNo Name Rtg FED 4 5 6 7 Pts.
10 GM Short Nigel D 2690 ENG 1 1 1 1 6
3 GM Adams Michael 2725 ENG ½ ½ 1 ½ 5.5
17 GM Jones Gawain C B 2632 ENG ½ 1 ½ ½ 5.5
34 GM Gordon Stephen J 2533 ENG 1 0 ½ ½ 4.5
63 IM Houska Jovanka 2416 ENG 0 1 ½ 1 4.5
113 FM Storey Charles H 2245 ENG 0 ½ 1 1 4.5
121 Spence David J 2226 ENG 1 1 ½ 1 4.5
57 IM Zhou Yang-Fan 2439 ENG 0 1 ½ 0 4
60 IM Trent Lawrence 2429 ENG 1 0 1 0 4
99 Chapman Terry P D 2292 ENG ½ 0 1 ½ 4
73 IM Quillan Gary 2398 ENG ½ 0 ½ ½ 3.5
140 Byron Alan M 2167 ENG 0 1 1 ½ 3.5
149 CM Walton Alan J 2153 ENG 1 0 ½ 1 3.5
118 FM Lyell Mark 2235 ENG 0 0 1 1 3
130 O`toole George E 2204 ENG ½ ½ 1 1 3
136 Jaunooby Ali R 2178 ENG 0 1 0 0 3
150 Burrows Martin P 2153 ENG 1 0 1 0 3
162 Cawley Paul F 2113 ENG 0 1 0 ½ 3
184 Hamer Martyn 2025 ENG 0 1 0 1 3
192 Hackner Oskar A 2015 ENG 0 1 ½ ½ 3
211 Tranter Stephen 1938 ENG 0 0 ½ ½ 3

Washington U Chess Club at Pan Am Ch 2012

Division II Champions Studlife Division-ii-championship
‘Harvard? Cornell? Neither Ivy League institution put up much of a fight against the Washington University Chess Club in its most recent major tournament.


Vic Feldberg (left) and Mark Heimann compete in the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championships in Princeton, N.J. From Dec. 27-30


In its fourth year of existence and third year competing, the University’s ‘A’ team captured the Division II championship title for its best ever finish at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championships, held in Princeton, N.J. from Dec. 27-30. The victory earned the chess club a trophy and $125 in prize money.

“This year, [our ‘A’ team] just played extremely well and consistently well,” chess club president, junior Jason Zhang said.

In addition to the team title, sophomore Mark Heimann finished as the second most successful player in the tournament with four wins and a draw in six matches.

“The competition was quite stiff, but I think that was true for all of us,” Heimann said. “A number of the teams we faced had internationally titled players even on their lower boards. I am pleased with my individual result and am definitely glad to turn out a solid performance, but I’m more excited about the strong performances of my other teammates that led to us netting the Division II prize.”

The tournament was seeded by assigning each player on each team an overall rating; teams with the highest overall ratings compete in Division I. Wash. U.’s ‘A’ team held a rating of 2,181, just 19 points below the Division I cut-off of 2,200.

The Division I championship ended in a five-way split for first, with the University of Texas-Dallas ‘A’ team receiving top honors after a tie-breaker.

In the tournament, each team plays six matches against various other teams, followed by four players facing each other head-to-head. A win is awarded one point, a draw is given half of a point and no points are awarded for a loss. The team that totals the most points in the matchups is given one point in the overall competition. The team with the most overall points wins the championship.

The Bears defeated the University of Utah, Princeton University’s ‘C’ team, Harvard University’s ‘A’ team and Cornell University, and fell to Webster University’s team of Grandmasters and University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s team, rated at 2,512, to accumulate four points. 

A final-round sweep of Harvard sent the Washington University team back to St. Louis with the trophy and check.(more)’

Top 5 Things to See in Budapest(Non-Chess)

I gotta go out more.
Too much chess.

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd4 -Fairbairn(CAN)

Here is Fairbairn’s rd4 win. 

White obtained a slight edge in a QN-QB position and ground out the win after some adventures for a good result.

Fairbairn,Stephen (2021) – Marttala,Thomas (2217)
1.d4 with Nc3-Bf4[A48]

Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (4.80), 25.01.2013

Position 1
White the good knight vs bad bishop in a QN-QB configuration. What do you suggest for white now?

White to Play

27…Bf5


Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd2-Fairbairn(CAN)

Here is Stephen Fairbairn’s(CAN) rd2 game. White tried the solid London System and ran into a wall.

Fairbairn,Stephen (2021) – Cramling,Pia (2518)
London vs Queen’s Indian[A47]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (2.70), 23.01.2013

Position 1
The endgame has arrived. White has active minor pieces but black has the favorable pawn structure. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play

24.Nxe4

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd6 Standings

Overall Gibraltarchesscongress 2013
Le Quang Liem,Vitiugov and Georgiev share the lead with 5.5/6. After a tough start, Short is only half a point off the pace in a large group with 5/6. IM Larino Nieto, David(ESP) is the only non-GM with 5pts.
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Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2705 5.5
2 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694 5.5
3 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643 5.5
4 GM Adams Michael ENG 2725 5
5 GM Navara David CZE 2710 5
GM Iturrizaga Eduardo VEN 2650 5
7 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2632 5
8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758 5
9 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2740 5
10 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2650 5
11 GM Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2606 5
12 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2708 5
13 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2690 5
14 IM Larino Nieto David ESP 2497 5

Canada
Piasetski continues to make draws and now has 3/5.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 3 4 5 6 Pts.
93 IM Piasetski Leon 2310 CAN ½ ½ ½ ½ 3
185 Fairbairn Stephen 2021 CAN 1 1 ½ 0 2.5
209 Agbabishvili Lali 1954 CAN 1 0 0 1 2

Hungary
GM Hoang got back onto the winning track and now has 4/6.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 3 4 5 6 Pts.
52 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2469 HUN 0 1 0 1 4
91 WGM Rudolf Anna 2312 HUN 0 ½ 0 ½ 2.5
214 Lochte Szilvia 1923 HUN 1 0 ½ 1 2.5

USA
Kamsky is the top American with 5/6.
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SNo Name Rtg FED 3 4 5 6 Pts.
2 GM Kamsky Gata 2740 USA 1 1 ½ 1 5
22 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2603 USA 1 ½ 0 ½ 4
46 IM Zatonskih Anna 2491 USA 0 1 1 0 4
189 Hutton Jack 2017 USA 0 1 0 0 1.5
226 Kang Leo J 1814 USA ½ 0 0 1 2

England
Adams, Short and Jones are the top English players with 5/6.

GM Jones has a nice blog Gawainjones.

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SNo Name Rtg FED 3 4 5 6 Pts.
3 GM Adams Michael 2725 ENG 1 ½ ½ 1 5
10 GM Short Nigel D 2690 ENG 1 1 1 1 5
17 GM Jones Gawain C B 2632 ENG 1 ½ 1 ½ 5
34 GM Gordon Stephen J 2533 ENG 1 1 0 ½ 4
57 IM Zhou Yang-Fan 2439 ENG ½ 0 1 ½ 4
60 IM Trent Lawrence 2429 ENG 0 1 0 1 4
63 IM Houska Jovanka 2416 ENG 1 0 1 ½ 3.5
99 Chapman Terry P D 2292 ENG 1 ½ 0 1 3.5
113 FM Storey Charles H 2245 ENG 1 0 ½ 1 3.5

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd3-GM Hoang(HUN)

Here is GM Hoang’s rd3 game.

White played a tremendous attacking game using 1.Nf3 f5 2.d3!? against the Dutch. This poisonous line had already been recommended by Kindermann in his 2005 book on the Leningrad System.

Swiercz,Dariusz (2627) – Hoang,Thanh Trang (2469)
Dutch Defence[A80]
Tradewise Gibraltar Masters Gibraltar (3.12), 24.01.2013

Position 1
White has a lead in development and the natural plan is to attack. How should white proceed?

White to Play

11…gh