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International Round-up 2/2/12

Postby LawrenceCooper » Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:42 pm

International Round-up 2/2/12

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 24 Jan - 2 Feb 2012 ... d=10&lan=1

Congratulations to Nigel Short who won a two game tie-break to finish first ahead of the seventeen-year-old Chinese lady Hou Yifan on 8/10. The tie-break games had a time limit of ten minutes plus five seconds per move and Nigel won the first game with white before allowing perpetual check in a favourable position in game two. Nigel‘s rating performance was 2838 and included wins against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov rated 2757 and a win with black in the last round against Krishnan Sasikiran (2700).

Michael Adams scored 7.5 to finish in equal third place with grandmasters Viktor Bologan, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Emil Sutovsky. His rating performance was 2807.

David Howell scored 7 which included wins against Emil Sutovsky (2703) and Viktor Laznicka (2704) and draws with Judit Polgar (2710), Sergei Movsesian (2700) and Alexei Shirov (2710). His rating performance was 2725.

Other English scores were as follows:

Adam Hunt 6.5
Craig Hanley & Gary Quillan 6
Alan Byron, Jovanka Houska & Martyn Hamer 5.5
Simon Ansell, Daniel Bisby, Terry Chapman & Andrew Stone 5
Andrew Dunn, Andrew Marley, David Spence & Alan Walton 4.5
David Flynn & Maria Yurenok 4
Paul Isherwood & Tim Spanton 3.5
Andrew Collins 3
Stephen Tranter 1/3.

Selected scores from the other festival events:

Challengers A: Paul Cawley and Ali Jaunooby were the highest English players on 4/5.
Challengers B: James Hanley, Ali Jaunooby and David Spence all scored 4/5.
Amateur A: Michael Longdin was the highest placed English player on 3.5/5.
Amateur B: Benjamin Grainger finished equal first on 4.5/5.

Future events:

Bundesliga 4th-5th February 2012

4NCL Northern League Barcelo Majestic Hotel (Harrogate) 4-5 Feb 2012 ... 3n-rd4.htm ... 3n-rd5.htm

4NCL Divisions 1 & 2 11-12 February 2012 Sunningdale
4NCL Division 3 South Latimer Place

e2e4 Brighton International & Seniors 15-19 February 2012

There will be a series of all-play-alls with IM, WGM and WIM norms available in the Masters. The Challengers is open to players rated over 1900 or ECF grade 150 whilst the Major accommodates players below 2000 or ECF 165.

Bunratty Chess Festival 17-19 February 2012

Entries include grandmasters Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Gawain Jones, Mark Hebden, Nicholas Pert, Peter Wells, Simon Williams and Keith Arkell.

Lawrence Cooper,
Director of International Chess 2/2/12

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