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Olympiad wrap-up

Last Tuesday I discussed the good coaching for the Philippine Women’s Olympiad team. For these team events this is very important. You will recall the Bersamina vs Pichot game from the previous Olympiad.

Philippines versus Spain

In the Batumi Olympiad our women’s team had a great victory over Spain, the 15th seed, in round 6. As can be seen from the table below we were out rated on every board and yet came away with a 3.0-1.0 victory.

The Philippine Women’s Team

China won the Women’s Chess Olympiad on tie-breaks over Ukraine. They showed up in Batumi without the highest rated woman chess player in the world, Hou Yifan, and also the former Women’s World Champion Tan Zhongyi, but anyway still got the job done. Current women’s world champion GM Ju Wenjun won the individual gold for board 1 while board 3 WGM Huang Qian and board 4 GM Lei Tingjie got the silver medals.

No guts no glory

During the 2018 Batumi Chess Olympiad there was a Brilliancy Prize awarded every round chosen by a special judging committee led by GM Susan Polgar. After all 11 rounds have been played the committee will then choose the “Overall Brilliant Game”. The winner was GM Tiger Hillarp Persson for his marvelous “the King is an attacking piece” demonstration.

Kramnik story

For those BW readers who were able to witness the 1992 Manila Olympiad, I am sure you will recall that Vladimir Kramnik was the big story. He was plucked out of obscurity, a mere FIDE Master, to join Garry Kasparov, Alexander Khalifman, Sergei Dolmatov, Alexei Dreev and Alexei Vyzmanavin to represent Russia in the first post-USSR Olympiad.

Brilliancy Prize winners

43rd Chess Olympiad (Open Division) Batumi, Georgia Sept. 23 -- Oct. 6, 2018 Final Standings (Open) Country Points TB1 TB2 1. China 18/22 372.5 28.5 2. USA 18/22 360.5 29.0 3....

Games from Batumi

Total of 185 teams from 183 countries. Georgia as the host country was allowed to field 3 teams.

China is double champion

Back in 1975 we had the Philippines vs China Friendship Matches where a 10-man Filipino squad (Grandmaster [GM] Eugene Torre, International Master [IM] Rodolfo Tan Cardoso, IM Renato Naranja, IM Rosendo Balinas Jr, Glenn Bordonada, Rico Mascariñas, Roger Abella, Rafaelito Maninang, Cesar Caturla, and Phil Junior Champion Frederic Tumanon) met the best player of China, ostensibly to test the playing level of China in preparation for their first participation in the Chess Olympiad. Anyway, there were six matches of 10 games each, held in various cities around China and the Philippines won 35.0-25.0.

New B3 weapon

Scoring is on Match Points System (two points for team win, one point for draw, 0 for loss). First Tiebreak is on Olympiad Sonneborn-Berger System and Second Tiebreak is on Game Points (total points scored by each of their players).

43rd Chess Olympiad: Halfway point

The Azeri team features an in-form Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2820 (3/4), Teimour Radjabov 2751 (3/4), Arkadij Naiditsch 2721 (3.5/5), Rauf Mamedov 2699 (4.5/5) and Eltaj Safarli 2676 (2/2). As you know both Armenia and Azerbaijan, two countries still technically at war, have a deeply-ingrained chess culture and any match between the two is always a tense affair. In Batumi it was Azerbaijan which won 2.5-1.5, and the game between the two teams’ leaders was worthy of the occasion.

The 2018 Chess Olympiad starts

The 43rd Chess Olympiad kicked off last Sunday, Sept. 23, in a lavish opening ceremony held at the Black Sea Arena in Shekvetili. Round 1 started the next day at the newly built Batumi Sport Palace. This event is a great feather in the cap of GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili, a former European Chess Champion and now the Director of the Organizing Committee for the event.

Junior action

During the World Junior Chess Championship the Iranian school of chess showed itself in a good light with the success of its representatives Maghsoodloo, Tabatabaei and Firouzja.

World Junior Championship

The Iranians are really on a roll. Last August their national team of GMs Parham Maghsoodloo, Pouya Idani, M. Amin Tabatabaei, Alireza Firouzja and Masoud Mosadeghpour won the Asian Nations Cup ahead of the all-GM powerhouses from India (Baskaran Adhiban, SP Sethuraman, Krishnan Sasikiran, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Abhijeet Gupta) and China (Lu Shanglei, Wen Yang, Zhou Jianchao, Bai Jinshi, Xu Xiangyu).

Games from Satka

The two Dmitry’s tied for first in the Russian Superfinals; there was a play-off the Grand Master (GM) Andreikin won the title of Russian Champion and a new car which went with it, a Renault Kaptur -- roughly, it looks like the new Toyota Rush. This is his second time -- in 2012 Andreikin figured in a gigantic six-way tie for first in the SuperFinals with Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Jakovenko, Evgeny Alekseev and Vladimir Potkin and he won the subsequent play-off. This was the beginning of Andreikin’s reputation of “nerves of steel.”

Andreikin is Russian champ

71st Russian Championship Superfinals, Satka, Russia Aug. 24-Sept. 6, 2018

The Philippine team

THE Philippine teams which will represent our country in the Batumi Chess Olympiad this Sept. 23-Oct. 6, 2018, are:

Magnus grind

6th Sinquefield Cup 2018 Saint Louis, USA August 16-29, 2018

Three winners in Sinquefield Cup

  6th Sinquefield Cup 2018 Saint Louis, USA August 16-29, 2018 Final Standings 1-3. Levon Aronian ARM 2767, Magnus Carlsen NOR 2842, Fabiano Caruana USA 2822, 5.5/9 4. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov...

Chess bits

Xinqiao Cup 2018 Wenzhou, China August 10-15, 2018

King’s Indian in Saint Louis

  Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2018 Saint Louis Chess Center Saint Louis USA. Aug. 11-16, 2018 Final Combined Standings (Rapid counts double) 1 Hikaru Nakamura, 22.5/36 (USD 37,500) 2 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave,...

Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz

Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2018 Saint Louis Chess Center Saint Louis USA. August 11-16, 2018 Final Rapid Standings 1-2. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2754, Hikaru Nakamura USA 2824, 6.0/9 3....

European campaign

Our European campaigners took part in the 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament in Holland and both IM John Marvin Miciano and GM Jayson Gonzales finished with 6.5/9, tied for 11th to 20th places. IM John Marvin Miciano was the revelation of the tournament as he held the solo lead at the halfway point of the tournament with five wins out of five games. Unfortunately, his strength gave out and he lost in the next two rounds. He recovered with a win and a draw to finish the tournament with 6.5/9.

22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament

22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament Vlissingen, the Netherlands August 4-11, 2018

The Dilworth

51st Biel GM 2018 Biel, Switzerland July 22-August 1, 2018

Mamedyarov wins Biel

Great victory for Mamedyarov in the category 20 Biel tournament. He was undefeated with five wins and five draws, clinched the victory with a round to spare and defeated Magnus Carlsen in their individual game. The tournament finished on August 1 and so the games were not on time for the August rating list, but if we impute the gains and losses from this tournament the FIDE Top 5 list would read...

European campaign

44th Sitges International Open Sitges, Spain July 22-29, 2018 Final Top Standings 1. GM Gadir Guseinov AZE 2654, 7.5/9 2-7. IM Rolando Alarcon Casellas CUB 2389, Shrivatri Anuj IND...

WGM Lyudmila Rudenko

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Super Nepom wins Dortmund

Ian Nepomniachtchi was born July 14, 1990 in Bryansk, a city located 380 kilometers southwest of Moscow. He learned chess at a very young age and at five years old was already attending chess classes.

A nice fight

This year a total of 29 International Grandmasters, 11 Woman Grandmasters, 33 International Masters and five Woman International Masters took part. The top seeds were GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2736, GM Wang Hao CHN 2713, GM S.P. Sethuraman IND 2649 and GM Sandro Mareco ARG 2635.

Out of nothing at all

We try to catch-up with the news by bringing up two tournaments which we did not cover but both with significant developments.

The illegal move incident

On Wednesday I reported on the final standings of the Russia Championship Higher League, the Top 5 of whom will qualify to play in the 2018 Russian Super Finals to be held later this year. One of our readers noticed the name of Ernesto Inarkiev among the qualifiers -- wasn’t he involved in an illegal move incident with world champion Magnus Carlsen? What was that all about?

Russian Higher League

Never heard of Yaroslavl? Well you should be ashamed of yourself. It is a city 250 kilometers northeast of Moscow. Founded in 1010 it became part of the Grand Duchy of Moscow in 1463 which, by the 18th century expanded itself to become the Russian Empire. Yaroslavl for a long time was Russia’s second largest city (behind Moscow) and during the Polish occupation of Moscow in 1612, became its de facto capital.

National women’s champion

Shania Mae Mendoza, top board player for FEU Women’s team in the UAAP, is now the Philippine’s National Chess Champion for Women. In the Philippines’ Grand Finals Shania scored 5 wins (against Christy Bernales, Jerlyn Mae San Diego, Allaney Doroy, Mikee Suede and Michelle Yaon) and 4 draws to finish in solo first place.

WIM Shania Mae Mendoza

June has been a great month for Ms. Shania Mae Mendoza. She won the Philippine Women’s Championship in Alphaland Makati, and then enplaned for Davao where she won the ASEAN Under-20 Championship. This brought with it the automatic Woman International Master (WIM) title as well as a Woman International Grandmaster (WGM) title norm. Two more norms and she will get the full WGM title.

The FEU Junior Team

This magnificent FEU Junior Team (yes, I am referring to the HIGH SCHOOL squad). It is composed of:

Paris Rapid/Blitz

Grand Chess Tour (GCT) points are awarded based on your final standing at the end of each tournament. For the Rapid/Blitz events the rules give 13 points for the tournament victor, 10 for second place, eight for third place, seven for fourth place and so on down the line.

Victory in Leuven

Wesley So won the Leuven Rapid/Blitz event and took home $37,500 (roughly P2 million). At the time of this writing he is now no. 2 in the world in rapid chess.

Wesley So wins Leuven Rapid/Blitz

The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) is a circuit of chess tournaments where the world Top 10 players compete for multiple prize pools. This started in 2015 and, as expected, world champion Magnus Carlsen became Tour Champion. In 2016, in a big shock heard around the world, the Filipino-American GM Wesley So became Tour Champion by winning both of the last two legs, the Sinquefield Cup and the London Chess Classic. In 2017 it was back to Magnus Carlsen as the Tour Champion.

Three in a row for Shankland

GM Samuel Shankland won his last two games to take solo first place in the American Continental Championship. This was his third consecutive tournament victory after winning the USA Championship (ahead of the triumvirate of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley so and Hikaru Nakamura, all world top-10 players) and the Capablanca Memorial. He is now ranked no. 27 in the world with a rating of 2727, which is why some people are now calling him “Triple 27.”

Wesley So in Stavanger

Wesley So has a bad score against world champion Magnus Carlsen. In 12 previous classical chess encounters he had lost 4 and drawn the rest. The 4 losses included this bad beating from the Bilbao Masters 2016 where he was outplayed like a child.

Caruana wins anew

Fabiano Caruana won an exciting last round game against co-leader Wesley So to claim the 2018 Altibox Norway Chess Championship. Here is what he has accomplished in the last 6 months.

Wesley So blitzes opposition

One of the strongest tournaments in the world, the Altibox Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, took place from May 27 to June 7 in the Clarion Energy Hotel and Stavanger Concert Hall in Stavanger. This is the sixth edition.

Shankland continues rampage

53rd Capablanca Memorial Havana, Cuba May 8-20, 2018 Final Standings (Grandmasters all) 1. Samuel Shankland USA 2671, 7.5/10 2. Aleksey Dreev RUS 2653, 6.0/10 3. David Anton Guijarro ESP 2646,...

UAAP Junior wars

2017-2018 UAAP Chess Championship (Juniors) 1st Flr., QPAV Building, UST, España St., Manila Feb. 17-April 8, 2018

UAAP women wars

The De La Salle Lady Archers stormed through the UAAP Women’s Chess Team Championship and won the event with one round to spare. They were led by WIM Bernadette Galas (12/13) who is currently the Philippines’ Woman (not junior -- the adult version) Chess Champion, WIM Marie Antoinette San Diego (12.5/13) (4th place in the latest Woman’s Chess Championship) and Ella Grace Moulic (10.5/13). There is a strong possibility that both Galas and San Diego will be part of the team to represent the country in the Batumi Chess Olympiad to be held later this year.