Meanwhile, elsewhere...

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Meanwhile, elsewhere...While the whole chess world is following the developments in Kazan, obviously there's more in chess than the Candidates matches. Baadur Jobava finished first at the strong Bosna open, and Pentala Harikrishna won the Asian Individual on tie-break. Biel announced its full line-up (including Morozevich!), the European Women's Championship is ongoing, the Capablanca Memorial and the Bahía Feliz tournament (with a very interesting players field) have also started and the St. Louis matches will soon begin.

Bosna open

Baadur Jobava won the 10,000 EUR first prize at the 41st Bosna open. The tournament was held May 3-12, 2011 in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina. The tournament was one of the first, if not the first that used the football scoring system (3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss) in a Swiss event. Georgia's number one grandmaster finished on 21 points, followed by Hrant Melkumyan (Armenia), Borki Predojevic (Bosnia & Hercegovina) and Mircea-Emilian Parligras (Romania) who scored 20 points. It wouldn't have been much different in the classical scoring system, where Jobava would have been the only player with 7.5 points and Melkumyan, Predojevic, and Parligras would have been joined by Constantin Lupulescu at 7/9.

Baadur Jobava

Baadur Jobava (Georgian) wins in Sarajevo



Bosna open 2011 | Final standings (top 30)
Rk Name Ti FED Rtg Pts TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Jobava Baadur GM GEO 2704 21.0 0 111.0 143.0
2 Melkumyan Hrant GM ARM 2580 20.0 2 116.0 150.0
3 Predojevic Borki GM BIH 2617 20.0 3 111.0 142.0
4 Parligras Mircea-Emilian GM ROU 2626 20.0 4 118.0 150.0
5 Lupulescu Constantin GM ROU 2638 19.0 5 102.0 132.0
6 Naiditsch Arkadij GM GER 2716 19.0 6 119.0 152.0
7 Yilmaz Mustafa IM TUR 2489 18.0 0 106.0 135.0
8 Solak Dragan GM SRB 2588 18.0 0 105.0 126.0
9 Saric Ibro GM BIH 2549 18.0 0 104.0 131.0
10 Popovic Dusan GM SRB 2553 18.0 0 100.0 131.0
11 Trkulja Goran FM BIH 2379 18.0 0 94.0 123.0
12 Saric Ivan GM CRO 2637 17.0 12 127.0 158.0
13 Szabo Krisztian GM HUN 2512 17.0 13 112.0 146.0
14 Al-Sayed Mohammed GM QAT 2485 17.0 14 106.0 135.0
15 Grandelius Nils GM SWE 2541 17.0 15 93.0 117.0
16 Lenic Luka GM SLO 2637 16.0 16 115.0 150.0
17 Berczes David GM HUN 2531 16.0 17 101.0 129.0
18 Kovacevic Aleksandar GM SRB 2575 16.0 18 111.0 143.0
19 Abergel Thal GM FRA 2506 16.0 19 97.0 126.0
20 Bogut Zeljko IM BIH 2433 16.0 20 96.0 125.0
21 Lafuente Pablo GM ARG 2555 16.0 21 98.0 128.0
22 Djukic Nikola GM MNE 2486 16.0 22 103.0 131.0
23 Fauland Alexander IM AUT 2478 16.0 23 97.0 128.0
24 Nestorovic Lazar SRB 2419 16.0 24 86.0 111.0
25 Can Emre GM TUR 2487 15.0 0 109.0 140.0
26 Sebenik Matej IM SLO 2524 15.0 0 109.0 139.0
27 Prohaszka Peter GM HUN 2547 15.0 0 105.0 135.0
28 Georgiev Kiril GM BUL 2656 15.0 0 105.0 133.0
29 Erdos Viktor GM HUN 2609 15.0 0 104.0 127.0
30 Milanovic Danilo GM SRB 2494 15.0 0 103.0 133.0



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Asian Individual Championship

The 10th Asian Individual Championships took place May 2-10, 2011 in Mashhad, Iran. Pentala Harikrishna of India finished first on tie-break, followed by Yu Yangyi (China) on second place and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Vietnam) on third place. All scored 6.5/9. Harikrishna's compatriot Harika Dronavalli was the strongest in the women's section.

Asian Individual Championship

A group photo at the Asian Individual Championship



Asian Individual Championship 2011 | Final standings (top 40)
Rk Name Ti FED Rtg Pts TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Harikrishna P GM IND 2666 6.5 0.0 2615 44.5
2 Yu Yangyi GM CHN 2646 6.5 0.0 2607 45.5
3 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son GM VIE 2635 6.5 0.0 2547 42.5
4 Jumabayev Rinat GM KAZ 2558 6.0 0.0 2640 43.0
5 Bu Xiangzhi GM CHN 2662 6.0 0.0 2636 48.5
6 Sasikiran Krishnan GM IND 2676 6.0 0.0 2613 46.0
7 Lu Shanglei CHN 2473 6.0 0.0 2601 40.0
8 Moradiabadi Elshan GM IRI 2536 6.0 0.0 2588 40.5
9 Negi Parimarjan GM IND 2622 5.5 0.0 2616 43.0
10 Zhao Jun GM CHN 2574 5.5 0.0 2565 40.0
11 Zhou Weiqi GM CHN 2610 5.5 0.0 2556 39.5
12 So Wesley GM PHI 2667 5.5 0.0 2553 38.5
13 Barbosa Oliver IM PHI 2506 5.0 0.0 2606 41.0
14 Ismagambetov Anuar GM KAZ 2500 5.0 0.0 2584 38.5
15 Wen Yang GM CHN 2545 5.0 0.0 2582 41.5
16 Ganguly Surya Shekhar GM IND 2643 5.0 0.0 2562 42.0
17 Kunte Abhijit GM IND 2526 5.0 0.0 2548 39.0
18 Sethuraman S P GM IND 2527 5.0 0.0 2543 35.0
19 Kasimdzhanov Rustam GM UZB 2685 5.0 0.0 2534 40.0
20 Gomez John Paul GM PHI 2538 5.0 0.0 2471 34.5
21 Cao Sang GM VIE 2547 5.0 0.0 2439 34.0
22 Laylo Darwin GM PHI 2516 4.5 0.0 2586 38.0
23 Adhiban B GM IND 2543 4.5 0.0 2582 41.5
24 Wang Chen CHN 2436 4.5 0.0 2571 41.5
25 Lou Yiping IM CHN 2435 4.5 0.0 2553 39.0
26 Megaranto Susanto GM INA 2529 4.5 0.0 2534 39.5
27 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IM IND 2495 4.5 0.0 2525 33.5
28 Ahmadinia E FM IRI 2429 4.5 0.0 2515 34.5
29 Paragua Mark GM PHI 2542 4.5 0.0 2497 34.5
30 Ghaem Maghami Ehsan GM IRI 2606 4.5 0.0 2484 38.5
31 Gopal G N GM IND 2592 4.5 0.0 2480 36.5
32 Vaibhav Suri IM IND 2430 4.5 0.0 2473 32.5
33 Hou Yifan GM CHN 2612 4.5 0.0 2420 30.5
34 Alavi Sayed Javad IM IRI 2428 4.0 0.0 2579 37.5
35 Yang Kaiqi IM CHN 2409 4.0 0.0 2550 37.5
36 Shyam Sundar M IM IND 2457 4.0 0.0 2526 33.5
37 Gao Rui IM CHN 2419 4.0 0.0 2521 34.5
38 Noroozi Omid IRI 2340 4.0 0.0 2507 38.0
39 Darini Pouria IM IRI 2471 4.0 0.0 2493 34.5
40 Pourramezanali Amirreza FM IRI 2330 3.5 0.0 2562 39.5



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Biel Chess Festival

We recently mentioned that the Biel Chess Festival had contracted Magnus Carlsen for their GM group this year. Besides the Norwegian, back then also the names of Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan) and Yannick Pelletier (Switzerland) were known. The other three players have now been confirmed as well: Fabiano Caruana (Italy), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) and... Alexander Morozevich (Russia).

The former world's number two player isn't very active any more (his last tournament was Reggio Emilia in December/January), but everyone remembers his attractive playing style and the chess fans will be excited to see him behind the board again. In fact Morozevich is the only player, besides Anatoly Karpov, who won the tournament in Biel three times (2003, 2004 and 2006).

The organizers have also copied two things from the London Chess Classic this year. Biel will see the football score (3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss) and there will be a live commentary show with the players every round, which can be followed at the official website.

Alexander Morozevich

Former world's number two Alexander Morozevich



Capablanca Memorial

The 46th Capablanca Memorial has started in Havana, Cuba and runs until May 24th, 2011. The main event is a strong, 6-player, double round robin with Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Leinier Dominguez (Cuba), David Navara (Czech Republic), Lazaro Bruzon (Cuba), Dmitry Andreikin (Russia) and Le Quang Liem (Vietnam). There were only two decisive games in the first two rounds; Bruzon lost twice with Black against Andreikin and Navara.

European Women's Championship

Six rounds have been played already at the European Women's Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia. Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania started with 5/5 but in yesterday's round she lost to former World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria. The two share the lead with Kateryna Lahno (Ukraine), Bela Khotenashvili (Georgia), Pia Cramling (Sweden), Lea Javakhishvili (Georgia) and Marina Romanko (Russia).

Bahía Feliz 2011

It's always nice to a new, promising tournament popping up in the calendar. The first Bahía Feliz GM tournament is a 10-player, single round robin with Francisco Vallejo Pons (Spain), Julio Granda Zuniga (Peru), Markus Ragger (Austria), Henrique Mecking (Brazil), Ilya Nyzhnyk (Ukraine), Gerald Hertneck (Germany), Stefan Bromberger (Germany), Stefan Kindermann (Germany), Ramon Mateo (Dominican Republic) and Sabrina Vega Gutierrez (Spain). It started yesterday.

The field of players

The field of players in Gran Canaria



Where does such an event, with among others the legendary Mecking and the youngest GM in the world Nyzhnyk, come from? It's sponsored by Roman Krulich, a chess player himself but also partner of the Munich Academy of Chess and the founder of the Munich Chess Foundation. This way Krulich has helped stimulating chess among children in the Munich region together with GMs like Hertneck and Kindermann, and now he decided it was time to make a contribution to the chess scene with a serious tournament. "Chess masters are top experts in their field and I think it's important to create platforms where all chess lovers can admire their skills," Krulich said in an interview with Hertneck. Applause!

Saint Louis matches

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, USA will host two 10-game matches (six classical, four rapid) from May 16th till 25th, 2011. One will be between Saint Louis Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, ranked No. 7 in the world, and GM Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine, ranked No. 11 in the world. The other will be a match between GMs Ben Finegold and 16-year-old Ray Robson.

In the second match, Finegold would originally play against 80-year-old GM Viktor Korchnoi of Switzerland, but the legendary player has been forced to withdraw due to health concerns. The organizers said the ailment was not serious in nature, but that it impaired Korchnoi's ability to travel internationally. "My opponent just got 65 years younger!" joked Finegold.

Robson became the youngest grandmaster in U.S. history in 2009 when he was just 14. He had a solid performance at this year's U.S. Championship finishing third in his round-robin field of eight, just a half point shy of qualifying for the finals.

Ray Robson

15-year-old GM Ray Robson



The players will take part in a live, virtual press conference at 10 a.m. CDT on May 16. Journalists and fans from all over the world can log onto livestream.com/uschess to submit questions to the players and watch their answers streamed live online.

Round one of the 10-game matches will take place at 1 p.m. CDT on May 17. Commentary for the live games will be provided by IM John Donaldson and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Online spectators can watch the action live at saintlouischessclub.org/live.
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