'Rising Stars' start well against 'Experience' team

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/21/08, 7:31 AM.

It was a bad start for the 'Experience' team in the NH Chess Tournament in Amsterdam.  Despite all the oldies having White in the first round, they only managed 2 draws and lost the other 3 games.

The youngest player, Italy's 16 year old Fabiano Caruana (pictured) had a nice win against Artur Jussupow, spotting both 19...Rxh2 and 28...g4+ in a tactically alert display.

Viktor Korchnoi lost on time against Daniel Stellwagen of the Netherlands, but his position was lost in any case after a sharp opening turned sour.

Wang Yue pressed hard in the longest game of the day against Ljubomir Ljubojevic and eventually won though, but only after a determined rearguard action by the veteran Serbian GM.

For the 'Rising Stars' team, there is a special prize for the highest score achieved - an invitation to the glamorous Amber Rapid and Blindfold Tournament in Nice next year.

For those fortunate enough to live near Amsterdam, why not pop in to the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky to see the players in the flesh and enjoy live expert commentary.  Entry is free!

The official tournament website is here.

The full results in round 1:

Evgeny Bareev Erwin l'Ami 1/2 - 1/2 English Opening
Viktor Korchnoi Daniel Stellwagen 0 - 1 Semi Slav: Botvinnik System
Artur Jussupow Fabiano Curuana 0 - 1 Slav Defence
Simen Agdestein Ivan Cheparinov 1/2 - 1/2 QGD Semi-Tarrasch
Ljubomir Ljubojevic Wang Yue 0 - 1 Slav Defence

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  • 8 years ago


    wow that was very cool

  • 8 years ago


    @ qisq, eternaloptimist: A little more respect for Korchnoi would be appropriate. Yes, he lost a close game against a higher rated player. But he will still beat you both easily.

    Korchnoi is maybe the only player ever who was able to maintain his high 2600+ rating at such an old age. If there is one old chessplayer who shouldn't stop because he's still strong enough, it's Korchnoi.

  • 8 years ago


    Wow! This young 16 yrs old kid is terrible! He convincingly beat Artur Yusupov, a former world championship semi-finalist 1989!

  • 8 years ago


    Nice to see black doing so well on this level.

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