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Weekly study#14

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on August 21, 2010 at 10:28 AM Comments comments (0)

White to move and win

A very tough , but beautiful study!

World Junior and Girls Chess Championships 2010

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on August 21, 2010 at 8:22 AM Comments comments (0)

World Junior and Girls Chess Championships 2010 took place in Chotowa, Poland from August 2nd to 17th. Last time I visited these tournaments as a player was back in 1991, this time I was in a role of a coach.

I've arrived to Krakow, which is just 70 kms from Chotowa, directly from the International Festival in Biel. My flight from Dusseldorf to Krakow was delayed, but thanks to the announcement of the information desk in the Krakow's airport the organizers were found. I was hoping to go right away to my hotel, but it turned out that they provided just a few buses each day and so I had to wait for other participants for at least three hours. Eventually I arrived to my hotel room at 11pm and was happy that there was still a free day before the start of the tournament . The Canadian delegation arrived a few hours earlier and so I found them in the room, which to my surprise was decent and even had an air-conditioner with a remote control...

The next evening we started preparation for the first game. I have to say that my student, Raja Panjwani(2395), was highly motivated and so we spent at least 5 hour each day preparing for the following game, not taking in account extra hours I spent preparing material for the morning sessions. Surprisingly we guessed the opening correctly at least 11 out of 13 times and so Raja obtained good positions in most of his games. After a not very convincing start: a very long win over 2000-rated player and a loss in the second round with White to 2500-player, Raja started to play very well, beat 3 GMs and had already 5 points after 7 rounds. In the 8th round he had a clear advantage against the Brasilian GM Diamant, rated 2518, but drew. In the next round he had a completly winning position against Polish IM Tomsczak, rated 2509, but failed to find a one-move win of a piece and eventually lost the game. In the next round Raja obtained a good position vs German GM Bindrich(2522), but misplayed it and lost. Here I started to feel that Raja gets tired. Despite these two losses he was still hoping to make a GM-norm, which was very close after 7 rounds. Now he needed to win his last three games to make the norm, but already in his next round he had to play against one of the most talented young players in the world, Ilya Nyzhnik from Ukraine, rated 2543 at the age of 13! This was one of these rare ocassions when we couldn't guess the opening correctly and Raja got an unpleasant position from the opening. Nyzhnik didn't leave a single chance and thus even the theoretical chances for the norm disappeared. Raja scored 1.5 in the last two rounds finishing on 7 out of 13, a rather disappointing result after such a good start, though he still gained 8 rating points. However the bottom line is that Raja is now confident that he can play like these 2500+ players and so I expect him to perform well in the upcoming tournament in Zurich. Another Canadian representative, Shiyam Thavandiran, had a good tournament and made an IM-norm scoring 7 out of 13 beating a couple of strong players on the way.

Now I would like to offer to your attention one of Raja's best games in the tournament:

[Event "49th WJun"]

[Site "Chotowa POL"]

[Date "2010.08.09"]

[Round "6"]

[White "Panjwani, R."]

[Black "Ter Sahakyan, S."]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D47"]

[WhiteElo "2395"]

[BlackElo "2525"]

[PlyCount "85"]

[EventDate "2010.08.03"]

[EventType "swiss"]

[EventRounds "13"]

[EventCountry "POL"]

[Source "Mark Crowther"]

[SourceDate "2010.08.09"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. d4 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Be2

Bb7 9. O-O b4 10. Na4 c5 11. dxc5 Bxc5 12. Nxc5 Nxc5 13. Bb5+ Ke7 14. Qe2 Qb6

15. b3 Rhd8 16. Bb2 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Rd5 18. Bc4 Rf5 19. Kh1 Qb7 20. e4 Rh5 21.

Rg1 g6 22. Qe3 Qc7 23. Rg2 Nfd7 24. a3 bxa3 25. Bxa3 Kf8 26. Be2 Kg8 27. f4 Rh4 28. Rc1 Qxf4 29. Bxc5 Rc8 30. Ba3 Rxc1+ 31. Bxc1 Qxe4 32. Qxe4 Rxe4 33. f3 Rb4 34. Bc4 Ne5 35. Ba3 Rb7 36. f4 Nc6 37. Bb2 Rd7 38. Bc3 Rd1+ 39. Rg1 Rd6 40. Ra1 h6 41. Ra6 g5 42. fxg5 hxg5 43. Kg2 1-0


Here you can find final standings of the Junior and Girls Championships: Juniors; Girls


Weekly study#13

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on August 9, 2010 at 8:58 AM Comments comments (1)

White to move and win

Weekly study#12

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on August 4, 2010 at 9:09 AM Comments comments (0)


Biel Chess Festival 2010. Summary

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on July 31, 2010 at 1:28 PM Comments comments (0)

The Biel Chess Fesival has concluded in Biel, Switzerland. It was held between July17th and 30th and included numerable tournaments.

The organizers came up  with an interesting idea this year and organized the Young GM Tournament inviting mostly players under 20. The tournament ended in a tie for first between Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son(2617), Fabiano Caruana(2697) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave(2723). Fabiabo Caruana won the tie-breaks, which were held on the morning of July,29th.


In the Master Open, which run July 19-30, 115 participants took part.. The tournament was won by the highest rated player, Alexander Riazantsev(2682) thanks to the last round win and a better tie-break over 6 more players, including my friend Vitaly Golod(2585), who all scored 8 out of 11. I stayed half a point behind, finishing with 7.5, and took 9th place.


The Rapid Tournament took place on July,18th and I tied for first with Riazantsev and Andreikin, scoring 7.5 out of 9, but was third on tie-break.


The Fisher-Chess Tournament took place on July,17th and was won by my friend Michael Roiz.with 5.5 points out of 7. I scored 4.5 and finished 8th.


The Blitz Tournament took place on July,25th and was won by Dmitry Andreikin(2650) with 11 out of 13. I scored just 8.


Biel Festival 2010

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on July 24, 2010 at 5:53 PM Comments comments (0)

The traditional international chess festival is running in Biel, Switzerland. The festival consists of many tournaments:

The Young Grandmaster Tournament-an extremely strong tournament, where most of players are under 20( current leader is Fabiano Caruana, rated 2697 with 4 out of 6). Here you can find a more detailed information:


The Master Tournament, which is a strong open tournament. I started it with three wins, but then slowed down with three draws vs three top rated players. Current standings and pairing of round 7 can be found here:


The Main Tournament is designed for players under 2100. Here is the info: ATO

Three tournaments have already finished. They are: Fischer Chess or Chess960, which took place on July,17th.  960

Hanowa Swiss Rapid Chess Tournament, which was held on July 18th. I was leading the tournament from the very beginning and went into the last round half a point ahead of a few players, but was caught up by two top rated players Andreikin(2650) and Riazantsev(2682) and finished third by Buchgoltz. See here: Hanowa

Finally, Chess-Tennis Tournament, which consisted of chess and tennis, as the name suggests, took place on July,18th as well. Here is the informarion about this tournament:CT

Further information including the games can be found on the official page of the tournament: Biel

Tomorrow, July,25th, is a free day in all tournaments and the Blitz Tournament will be held. See here for more details: Blitz


Weekly study#11

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on July 24, 2010 at 9:39 AM Comments comments (1)


Weekly study#10

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on July 11, 2010 at 1:08 PM Comments comments (2)

White to move and draw

Weekly study#9

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on July 2, 2010 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

White to move and win. Good luck!

The First Marrakech Open is over

Posted by Victor Mikhalevski on July 1, 2010 at 8:52 AM Comments comments (3)

The First Marrakech Open, the strogest ever tournament in Africa, which gathered not less than 35 GMs and took place on June 26th-July1st come to an end.  Below you'll find top 8 and full standings.

Top 8:

1-2 GMs Shchekachev,A(2549) and Meier,G(2638) 7.5 out of 9. Shchekachev was declared a winner as he has more wins than Meier. Curiously, his only lost was against nobody else, but Meier.

3-8 GMs Evdokimov, Kunin (7 wins each), Antoniewski, Georgiev,  Guseinov(6 wins each) and Romanov(5 wins) finished with 7 points.

Round 9 results and final standings

I finished the tournament with a draw with white in round 8 vs GM Maze(2564) and a loss with black in round 9 to the eventual winner, GM Shchekachev(2549). Thus I scored 6 out of 9.

I also want to say good words about the main organizer, Mr.Larbi Houari, without whom the tournament wouldn't happen.