International 2008

Dresden Olympiad 12th - 25th November 2008 Olympiad in Dresden, Germany 12th - 25th November. The New Zealand mens' team was Murray Chandler, Russell Dive, Bob Smith, Roger Nokes and Stephen Lukey. Team Captain was Hilton Bennett. The womens' team was Helen Milligan, Sue Maroroa, Judy Gao, Vivian Smith and Natasha Fairley. Team Captain was John McDonald.

The mens' team played 11 countries and beat Macau, beat Ethiopia, beat the United Arab Emirates, beat Pakistan and beat Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The womens' team played 11 countries and beat Aruba, drew with the Dominican Republic, beat Yemen, beat Iraq, beat Libya and beat Wales.

So I guess the women did better than the men - well done women! But joking aside, one must give the men a lot of credit, given the strength of the opposition. The Ukraine and Georgia both had 4 GMs! And Murray Chandler had to face Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine).

To play through the mens' games by opening

To play through the womens' games by opening

Anand - Kramnik World Chess Championship Match 14th - 29th October 2008


GM Viswanathan Anand and GM Vladimir Kramnik Photo by Torsten Behl
Viswanathan Anand defends his World title against Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn, Germany. Official website to play through live DGT games. The match is 12 games. In the event of a 6-6 tie the match will be decided by 4 rapid games (25-10), then 2 blitz games (5-10) if necessary, and finally a single decisive "Armageddon game" (White 6 minutes flat, Black 5 minutes flat, draw means Black wins) if necessary. The colours shall be reversed after game 6, i.e. the player getting White in game 1 shall play game 7 with Black.

18/10/08. Round 3. The critical round. Vishy Anand as Black takes the psychological lead, in an opening that they are both known experts - the Semi-Slav Defence.

21/10/08. Round 5. Vishy Anand as Black does it again, with the same Semi-Slav Defence.

22/10/08. Round 6. Vishy Anand as White grabs a pawn and hangs on to win, in a Nimzo-Indian Defence.

28/10/08. Round 10. Vladimir Kramnik fights back, and takes the 10th game. Vishy Anand probably resigned too early, but the Knight was stranded on a4, the pawn on a7 would probably go, the bad Bishop on e6 would have become a target, and White would dominate the dark squares. Vladimir Kramnik has done very well, whilst under all sorts of pressure from the match score, not to mention the pressure from the post game press conferences and the whole chess world watching literally every move he makes. But it does seem too little too late, as Vishy Anand only needs a draw to retain the title. Or will this be the greatest comeback of all time? I think Vishy Anand will again open with 1.d4 in game 11, and Vladimir Kramnik will reply with a Semi-Slav Defence. But I think if he replies with any form of Queens Gambit Declined then it is all over. He needs to get away from Vishy Anand's opening preparation, and surprise him with a Kings Indian Defence - he is a known expert playing the White pieces, so why not Black? Then he will be White in game 12 ...

30/10/08. Round 11. Anand 1/2 Kramnik 1/2, after Vishy Anand surprised Vladimir Kramnik and the whole chess world with 1.e4, as he knew that Vladimir Kramnik could not possibly play either of his drawish weapons, the Petrov Defence or the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence. But to his credit Vladimir Kramnik came to fight, and played the Sicilian Defence Najdorf Variation, one of the sharpest lines in chess. Vishy Anand played the Old Main Line 6.Bg5 and then chose the less popular 9.f5?! to which Vladimir Kramnik replied with the unusual 9...Qc5 instead of the normal 9...Nc6. The Black Queen sitting on e5 looked out of place, and the shocking 12...exf5 pawn grab, giving White attacking lines, was just unbelievable. Vladimir Kramnik probably offered a draw too early, as there was still a lot more play left. A true champion is one who currently plays both 1.d4 and 1.e4, so that must be Vishy Anand. In fact he is normally a 1.e4 player, but probably wanted to avoid the aforementioned drawish openings. The last Sicilian Defence played in a World Chess Championship game was in 1995. So, Vishy Anand retains the World Chess Championship title. Congratulations Vishy Anand, and this will silence the doubters who said winning the title in a tournament was not the traditional and fair way. They each have earned EUR750,000 (NZD1,636,740) for the match. Do you know where chess really originated from? See "Links" Anand. Want to listen to a post match video? See "Links" ibnlive.

The final score was Anand 6.5 - Kramnik 4.5, after a draw in Game 11, 29th October 2008 (Central Europe Summer Time).

2008 V Kramnik vs V Anand Game 1 1/2-1/2 Score Anand 0.5 Kramnik 0.5
Slav Exchange Trifunovic

2008 V Anand vs V Kramnik Game 2 1/2-1/2 Score Anand 1 Kramnik 1
Nimzo-Indian Samisch Keres

2008 V Kramnik vs V Anand Game 3 0-1 Score Anand 2 Kramnik 1
Semi-Slav Meran Blumenfeld

2008 V Anand vs V Kramnik Game 4 1/2-1/2 Score Anand 2.5 Kramnik 1.5
QGD Harrwitz Two Knights

2008 V Kramnik vs V Anand Game 5 0-1 Score Anand 3.5 Kramnik 1.5
Semi-Slav Meran Blumenfeld

2008 V Anand vs V Kramnik Game 6 1-0 Score Anand 4.5 Kramnik 1.5
Nimzo-Indian Classical Noa

2008 V Anand vs V Kramnik Game 7 1/2-1/2 Score Anand 5 Kramnik 2
Slav Czech Classical

2008 V Kramnik vs V Anand Game 8 1/2-1/2 Score Anand 5.5 Kramnik 2.5
QGD Vienna

2008 V Anand vs V Kramnik Game 9 1/2-1/2 Score Anand 6 Kramnik 3
Semi-Slav Anti-Moscow

2008 V Kramnik vs V Anand Game 10 1-0 Score Anand 6 Kramnik 4
Nimzo-Indian Romanishin

2008 V Anand vs V Kramnik Game 11 1/2-1/2 Score Anand 6.5 Kramnik 4.5
Sicilian Najdorf Old Main

Game 01 (pgn file) Game 02 (pgn file) Game 03 (pgn file) Game 04 (pgn file) Game 05 (pgn file) Game 06 (pgn file) Game 07 (pgn file) Game 08 (pgn file) Game 09 (pgn file) Game 10 (pgn file) Game 11 (pgn file)

Fully anotated games by GM Miguel Illescas (Games 1-6) and GM Amador Rodriguez (Games 7-11).
Game 01 (pdf file) Game 02 (pdf file) Game 03 (pdf file) Game 04 (pdf file) Game 05 (pdf file) Game 06 (pdf file) Game 07 (pdf file) Game 08 (pdf file) Game 09 (pdf file) Game 10 (pdf file) Game 11 (pdf file)

GM Vladimir Kramnik (2772) - GM Viswanathan Anand (2783) [D49]
17.10.2008 - World Championship - Game 3

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 a6 9.e4 c5 10.e5 cxd4 11.Nxb5 axb5 12.exf6 gxf6 13.0–0 Qb6 14.Qe2 Bb7 15.Bxb5 Bd6 += Even though Black has double pawns and King safety issue, Vishy has compensation and counter play on the Kingside.

16.Rd1 Black does have a number of options here but I prefer the most logical 16...Rg8.

16...Rg8 17.g3 Rg4 I do not believe 17...Rg4 is the most accurate move in this position. This allows 18.Nd2.

18.Bf4 White should have played 18.Nd2 to maintain a small edge. Now 18...Bxf4 19.Rd4 and the position is unclear.

18...Bxf4 19.Nxd4 I think this is a mistake. 19...h5 is looking good for Black. I would have preferred 19.Rxd4.

19...h5 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. Rxd7 Kf8 22. Qd3 Rg7 += 23.Rxg7 Kxg7 24.gxf4 += After 24...Rd8 Black has more than enough compensation for the 2 pawns. This could be very dangerous for Kramnik.

24...Rd8 25. Qe2 Kh6 26. Kf1 Rg8 27. a4 Bg2+ 28. Ke1 Bh3 29. Ra3 Rg1+ 30. Kd2 Qd4+ 31. Kc2 Bg4 32. f3 Bf5+ 33. Bd3 Bh3 (Anand missed an immediate win with 33... Bxd3+ 34. Rxd3 (34. Qxd3 Rg2+ 35. Kc1 Qxb2+ 36. Kd1 Rg1+) 34... Qc4+ 35. Rc3)

34. a5 Rg2 35. a6 Rxe2+ 36. Bxe2 Bf5+ 37. Kb3 Qe3+ 38. Ka2 Qxe2 39. a7 Qc4+ 40. Ka1 Qf1+ 41. Ka2 Bb1+ {Black wins} 0-1

Thanks to for game commentary and analysis. The official website is

World Youth Chess Championships Vung Tau Vietnam 19th - 31st October 2008 Features our very own Katy Qiu. She was initially ranked 35th from 55 players overall, and entered the Girls 08 event. After 11 rounds of Swiss she had 5.5, with a rating performance of 1400, and finally ranked 25th-32th=. This is an exceptional effort from a rising star of our Club. Her birthday was 26th October, just 8 years old! Yes, she had her birthday in Vietnam! She obviously has talent, and will be someone to watch for in the future.

Katy Qiu
Photo by Helen Milligan

British Championship - Liverpool England 27th July - 9th August 2008 I just heard from Paul Spiller (NZCF President) that Stuart Conquest won the British Champs - he was here in New Zealand and gave a lecture at our Club in September 2007 - very nice fellow! And he had some brilliant games he had played to show us ... very instructive. I first saw him when he was with James Plaskett when the latter was on "Who Wants to be a Millionnaire" ... So congratulations to Stuart - I heard his last two games were very exciting and creative ... (Richard Taylor)

GM Keith Arkell IM Jovanka Houska GM Stuart Conquest
GM Keith Arkell and GM Stuart Conquest are the joint winners of the Tony Miles English Championship 2008. Stuart Conquest defeated Keith Arkell in the rapid chess tie-break to also become the British Champion 2008. IM Jovanka Houska is the English Ladies Champion 2008 and also the British Ladies Champion 2008.

S Conquest vs K Arkell Round 4 1-0
English Four Knights

S Conquest vs S Haslinger Round 10 1-0

S Williams vs S Conquest Round 11 1/2-1/2
Bogo-Indian Gruenfeld

Round 10 (pgn file) Round 11 (pgn file)

Results and pgn file on official website. To play through the games by opening

Magistral Ciudad De Leon 29th May - 2nd June 2008 (then click "Ingles") 2nd June 2008 in Leon, Spain. Invitational tournament with Viswanathan Anand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexey Shirov and Francisco Vallejo-Pons.

Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk set up a summit clash with world champion Viswanathan Anand in the Magistral Ciudad De Leon chess tournament after demolishing Alexei Shirov of Spain 3-1 in the second semi-final here. Ivanchuk, who recently won the M-Tel Masters in Bulgaria, will now meet Anand in a four-game rapid final starting this evening.

Anand had beaten Francisco Vallejo-Pons of Spain in the first semi-final on Friday. It turned out to be an easier than expected outing for Ivanchuk as Shirov was comprehensively outplayed in the first two games and failed to spot a recovery chance in the third game that finally ended in a draw. The inconsequential fourth game was also drawn.

Results and pgn file on official website. To play through the games by opening


M-Tel Masters 7th - 18th May 2008

              Boris Spassky
          Photo The international super chess tournament M-Tel Masters 2008 from 7th-18th May 2008 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The fans of the ancient game will be able to watch live. Participants:

Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, ELO 2767),19th World Champion
Levon Aronian (Armenia, ELO 2763), winner of the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk 2005
Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, ELO 2751), winner of the World Rapid Cup in Odessa 2008
Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine, ELO 2740), World Champion in blitz chess from Moscow 2007
Xiangzhi Bu (China, ELO 2708), winner of the World Cup in blind chess from Bilbao, Spain 2007
Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria, ELO 2695), quarter-finalist at the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk 2007

M-Tel Masters is part of the Grand Slam circuit that starts on 11th January 2008 in Holland with the Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee. The other competitions included are in Linares-Morelia and in Mexico City. The four winners will determine the winner of the Grand Slam at a final tournament in Bilbao at the end of the year.

2 rounds with a 5-hour time control. Two games against each other with exchanged colors. Tie break in case of a draw at the top for determining the winner. Players cannot agree to a draw, which can only be decided by the chief arbiter. Boris Spassky, the 10th World Champion, will comment on the games from the sixth round until the end of the tournament.

Results and pgn file on official website. To play through the games by opening

FIDE Grand Prix - Baku 20th April - 6th May 2008 The first FIDE Grand Prix tournament is taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 20th April to 6th May 2008. There are thirteen rounds and two rest days (26th April and 1st May). The event, organised by Global Chess, is part of a series of six tournaments to be held over two years (2008-2009). 21 top world players are selected to compete in these tournaments, with each player contracting to participate in exactly four of these tournaments. The winner of the Grand Prix series at the end of 2009 will play the winner of the World Cup held in 2009 in an eight game match to become the challenger to the World Champion in a match to be held in the third quarter of 2010.

Results and pgn file on official website. To play through the games by opening

XV Russian Team Championship 1st - 14th April 2008 XV Russian Team Championship in Dagomys, Sochi runs from 1st to 14th April. This championship is the strongest in the history of the Russian team competitions. 12 Premier League teams of 8 players each will play in a round robin. No player is less than 2400 Elo.

Results and pgn file on official website. To play through the games by opening

9th Ciudad de Dos Hermanas 28th March - 5th April 2008

For the ninth consecutive year, ICC is hosting the annual Internet Chess Tournament "Ciudad de Dos Hermanas" 2008.

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Sydney International Open Chess Tournament 25th - 29th March 2008 Features Kiwis GM Murray Chandler, IM Puchen Wang, FM Bob Smith, Bill Forster, WFM Helen Milligan, Mike Steadman, Hilton Bennett, our very own Paul Spiller and others. I think some of those Kiwi-looking flags have an extra star on them. It looks like a whos who of Oceania.

17th Melody Amber Blindfold & Rapid Tournament 15th March - 27th March 2008

           Levon Aronian
     Photos Five-star luxury Hotel Palais de la Mediterranée, Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. Twelve top grandmasters from ten countries are taking part. The Melody Amber tournament is one of the most prestigious chess events in the world and the only one in which half of the games are played blindfold, i.e. without the players seeing board and pieces.

The tradition started in 1992 when Dutch software billionaire Joop van Oosterom decided to dedicate a chess tournament, organised by his Monaco-based Association Max Euwe, to his newborn daughter of the same name. And Joop van Oosterom is no ordinary chess patron, because he's the world's No.1 ranked correspondence player and former world champion!

With no ratings at stake and a hefty €216,000 (NZD423,000) prize fund on offer at the Melody Amber tournament, we've seen some sensational sacrificial chess from the players.

24/03/08. The critical round was round 8. Levon Aronian of Armenia strides away from the field with 10.5/16 after winning the blindfold and drawing the rapid in his encounter against Vishy Anand of India, pushing him down to 4th= on 8.5 with defending champion Kramnik, Topalov and Morozevich. Prodigy 17 year old Magnus Carlsen of Norway leap-frogs to 2nd on 9.5 after thumping Mamedyarov 2-0. After a slow start Peter Leko edges pass the main bunch to 3rd on 9. Tomorrow is a rest day.

26/03/08. Round 9. Levon Aronian streaks away now with 12.5/18, after thumping Morozevich 2-0, and the main bunch have only a mathematical chance of catching him. The surprise is that Anand has been relegated to 7th on 9 after dropping 1.5 points to Ivanchuk. Kramnik, Leko and Carlsen are 2nd-4th on 10 each. Topalov and Ivanchuk are 5th-6th on 9.5 each.

27/03/08. Round 10. Levon Aronian wins the Melody Amber tournament with one round to spare, on 13.5/20. The main bunch will now fight it out for the minor prizes going into the last round, with Kramnik, Topalov, Leko and Carlsen currently 2nd-5th on 11. But Anand, Morozevich and Ivanchuk are 6th-8th on 10 with an outside chance of upsetting them. It is still 27th March in France and play starts at 12.30 p.m. their time, or 12.30 a.m. NZ time. So, we will know in the morning.

28/03/08. Round 11, the last round. Levon Aronian of Armenia is the overall winner of the Melody Amber tournament with 14.5/22. The 25-year-old Armenian had already secured first place in the rapid section and overall tournament victory in yesterday’s round. Today he drew both his games against Peter Leko. The main bunch did put up a fight, but in the end the placings remained unchanged. Kramnik, Topalov, Leko and Carlsen are 2nd-5th on 12. Anand, Morozevich and Ivanchuk are 6th-8th on 11.

The blindfold competition ended in a four-way tie for first. Aronian, Kramnik, Topalov and Morozevich all scored 6½ points from 11 games.

According to the Sonneborn-Berger tie-break system Vladimir Kramnik won second prize, while Peter Leko took third prize. The tie-break system decided on the trophies, but Kramnik and Leko shared the prize money for second place with Veselin Topalov and Magnus Carlsen.

Cross Table
No Name                   Feder  Rtg  Total  1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10   11

1  Vladimir Kramnik       RUS    2799 6.5    2:D  6:D  5:D  4:W  3:D  9:D 12:D  7:D 10:W  8:D 11:D   Bld 
                                      5.5    2:L  6:W  5:L  4:D  3:W  9:D 12:D  7:D 10:D  8:D 11:D   Rpd 

2  Viswanathan Anand      IND    2799 6.0    1:D  5:D  3:D  6:D  4:L 11:W 10:W  8:L  7:D  9:W 12:D   Bld
                                      5.0    1:W  5:W  3:D  6:L  4:W 11:D 10:L  8:D  7:L  9:L 12:D   Rpd

3  Veselin Topalov        BUL    2780 6.5    6:W  4:L  2:D  5:W  1:D 10:D  8:D 11:D  9:D 12:D  7:W   Bld
                                      5.5    6:D  4:W  2:D  5:D  1:L 10:D  8:L 11:W  9:D 12:W  7:L   Rpd

4  Alexander Morozevich   RUS    2765 6.5    5:D  3:W  6:D  1:L  2:W 12:W  7:W  9:D  8:L 11:D 10:D   Bld
                                      4.5    5:D  3:L  6:L  1:D  2:L 12:D  7:D  9:W  8:L 11:W 10:D   Rpd

5  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  AZE    2760 4.5    4:D  2:D  1:D  3:L  6:L  8:D 11:D 10:L 12:L  7:W  9:W   Bld
                                      4.5    4:D  2:L  1:W  3:D  5:D  8:D 11:D 10:L 12:D  7:D  9:L   Rpd

6  Peter Leko             HUN    2753 6.0    3:L  1:D  4:D  2:D  5:W  7:D  9:D 12:W 11:D 10:D  8:D   Bld
                                      6.0    3:D  1:L  4:W  2:W  5:D  7:D  9:D 12:D 11:D 10:D  8:D   Rpd

7  Vasily Ivanchuk        UKR    2751 4.5   10:W  9:D 12:D 11:D  8:D  6:D  4:L  1:D  2:D  5:L  3:L   Bld
                                      6.5   10:D  9:W 12:L 11:W  8:L  6:D  4:D  1:D  2:W  5:D  3:W   Rpd

8  Levon Aronian          ARM    2739 6.5   12:D 11:D  9:D 10:D  7:D  5:D  3:D  2:W  4:W  1:D  6:D   Bld
                               Winner 8.0   12:W 11:W  9:L 10:W  7:W  5:D  3:W  2:D  4:W  1:D  6:D   Rpd

9  Boris Gelfand          ISR    2737 3.0   11:L  7:D  8:D 12:L 10:L  1:D  6:D  4:D  3:D  2:L  5:L   Bld
                                      6.0   11:D  7:L  8:W 12:D 10:D  1:D  6:D  4:L  3:D  2:W  5:W   Rpd

10 Magnus Carlsen         NOR    2733 6.0    7:L 12:W 11:W  8:D  9:W  3:D  2:L  5:W  1:L  6:D  4:D   Bld
                                      6.0    7:D 12:W 11:L  8:L  9:D  3:D  2:W  5:W  1:D  6:D  4:D   Rpd

11 Sergey Karjakin        UKR    2732 5.0    9:W  8:D 10:L  7:D 12:D  2:L  5:D  3:D  6:D  4:D  1:D   Bld
                                      4.5    9:D  8:L 10:W  7:L 12:W  2:D  5:D  3:L  6:D  4:L  1:D   Rpd

12 Loek van Wely          NED    2681 5.0    8:D 10:L  7:D  9:W 11:D  4:L  1:D  6:L  5:W  3:D  2:D   Bld
                                      4.0    8:L 10:L  7:W  9:D 11:L  4:D  1:D  6:D  5:D  3:L  2:D   Rpd

Medium Elo: 2752 <=> Cat: XXI 
Round 01 (pgn file) Round 02 (pgn file) Round 03 (pgn file) Round 04 (pgn file) Round 05 (pgn file)
Round 06 (pgn file) Round 07 (pgn file) Round 08 (pgn file) Round 09 (pgn file) Round 10 (pgn file)
Round 11 (pgn file)

25th Morelia-Linares Tournament 15th February - 7th March 2008

                                                                 Viswanathan Anand         
              Image                               Photo

No Name			1	2	3	4	5	6	7	8	Pts 

1  Aléxei Shirov      	x	1/2 	1/2 	1 	1/2 	1 	1/2 	0 	
   Rating 2755 Fed ESP	x	0	1/2	0	1/2	0	1/2	0	5.5
2  Magnus Carlsen     	1/2 	x	1/2 	1 	1 	0 	1/2 	0 	  
   Rating 2733 Fed NOR	1	x      	0	1	1/2	1/2	1	1/2	8.0
3  Peter Leko         	1/2 	1/2 	x 	0 	1/2 	1 	0 	0 	 
   Rating 2753 Fed HUN	1/2	1	x	0	1/2	1/2	0	1/2	5.5
4  Veselin Topálov    	0 	0 	1 	x 	1 	1/2 	1 	1/2 	 
   Rating 2780 Fed BUL	1	0	1	x	0	1/2	1/2	1/2	7.5
5  Levon Aronian      	1/2 	0 	1/2 	0 	x 	1/2 	1 	1 	
   Rating 2739 Fed ARM	1/2	1/2	1/2	1	x	1/2	1/2	1/2	7.5
6  Teimour Radjabov   	0 	1 	0 	1/2 	1/2 	x 	1/2 	1/2 	 
   Rating 2735 Fed AZE	1	1/2	1/2	1/2	1/2	x	1/2	1/2	7.0
7  Vassily Ivánchuk   	1/2 	1/2 	1 	0 	0 	1/2 	x 	1/2 	 
   Rating 2751 Fed UKR	1/2	0	1	1/2	1/2	1/2	x	1/2	6.5
8  Viswanathan Anand  	1 	1 	1 	1/2 	0 	1/2 	1/2 	x 	
   Rating 2799 Fed IND	1	1/2    	1/2	1/2	1/2	1/2	1/2	x	8.5
Medium Elo: 2755 <=> Cat: XXI  
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