International 2013

FIDE Oceania Zonal Chess Championships 4th - 10th May 2013

Photos by Paul Spiller

Paul Spiller faces IM Gary Lane in Round 1. IM Irina Berezina and FM Igor Bjelobrk. Photos by Paul Spiller

18th May 2013 - The Oceania Zonal was held in Fiji from 4-10 May 2013. The winner of the Women's section was won by IM Irina Berezina (after winning the playoff match 2-0 against WIM Emma Guo after they both finished on 8/9 points). Irina will now represent Oceania at the next Women's World Cup. This is an impressive result - since I (Paul Spiller) have been playing in Zonal's (2002) she has won in Fiji in 2002, 2007 and now 2013 and also in Auckland 2005 and in Rotorua 2011. She was pipped into second place by IM Arianne Caoli at Tweed Heads, Australia in 2009. I think that she also gained an IM title at the 1999 Zonal on the Gold Coast. The Open section was won by FM Igor Bjelobrk (now IM elect) with 7.5/9 after defeating GM Darryl Johansen in the last round. Igor used to live in Auckland but his family shifted to Australia about 2000 or 2001. He has been close to getting the IM title before and only missed out by the narrowest of tie-breaks back in 2009 at the Tweed Heads Zonal. Follow the link below for an interesting game played in Round 8 between local player Noel Adricula and Paul Spiller.

09/05/13 N Adricula vs P Spiller 0-1

Congratulations to Paul, who became a CM elect after finishing with 4.5/9.

FIDE World Chess Championship Candidates Tournaments 14th March - 2nd April 2013


2nd April 2013 - Magnus Carlsen won the FIDE Candidates' Tournament in London yesterday after a bizarre finish of what has become a historic event for chess. Both the Norwegian and the other leader, Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, unexpectedly lost their game in the final round, and so they remained tied for first place and Carlsen won on the second tie-break rule: higher number of wins. The final standings are as follows: 1st Carlsen 8.5 points (5 wins), 2nd Kramnik 8.5 points (4 wins), 3rd= Svidler and Aronian 8 points, 5th= Grischuk and Gelfand 6.5 points, 7th Ivanchuk 6 points and 8th Radjabov 4 points. The title match between World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Carlsen will be held from 6th - 26th November 2013 in Chennai, India.

30th March 2013 - The current Candidates Tournament is being held in London from 14/03/13 to 2/04/13. Vladimir Kramnik takes the lead from top seed Magnus Carlsen, with only two rounds to go. He beat Peter Svidler in round 8, drew with Carlsen in round 9, beat Alexander Grischuk in round 10, beat Teimour Radjabov in round 11 and beat Levon Aronian in round 12.

Kramnik leads with 8 points, followed by Carlsen with 7.5. Aronian is third with 6.5 points and Svidler fourth with 6. Grischuk and Boris Gelfand are tied for fifth place with 5.5 points, Vassily Ivanchuk has 5 and Radjabov 4 points. Saturday, March 30th is a rest day. After the clock is set one hour forward, the 13th round will be played on Sunday, March 31st at 14:00 British Summer Time (BST) with the games Radjabov-Carlsen, Grischuk-Aronian, Kramnik-Gelfand and Svidler-Ivanchuk.

The FIDE Candidates Tournament is taking place at IET London, Savoy Place. It is sponsored by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and organised by AGON and the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

You can follow them at Candidates Tournament London 2013.

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