2009

January

Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijan Championship was won by Rashad Babaev with 6.5/9. Farid Abbasov finished on the second place with 6/9 points.

Belarus. Sergei Zhigalko took a clear first at the Belarus Championship in Minsk with 6.5/9.

Cuba. Lazaro Bruzon Batista won the Cuban Championship in Las Tunas on tiebreak from Neuris Delgado Ramirez, Lelys Martinez and Yusnel Bacallao. They collected 5.5/9.

England.  The Hastings Chess Congress was a triumph for the Russian GM, Igor Kurnosov. He scored 7.5/9. Emanuel Berg finished on the second place on tiebreak ahead of Valeriy Neverov. They both reached 7/9 points.

Georgia. Tornike Sanikidze reached 8.5/ 9 and became the Georgian Champion in Tbilisi. Merab Gagunashvili took the second place from Mikheil Mchedlishvili and Levan Pantsulaia. All of them gained 8/9 points.

India.  The Indian GM, Surya Shekhar Ganguly edged out Mikhail Ulibin so won the 7th  Parsvnath Open at Delhi. Both of them reached 8.5/10 points.

The 1st Open Gurgon was won by Yuriy Kuzubov with 8/10.

Italy.  Ni Hua gained 7.5/9 and won the 51st Reggio Emilia Tournament.  Zoltan Almasi, the Hungarian GM finished on the second place with 6/9.

New Zeland.  At the Queenstown Chess Classic in South Island of New Zeland, the Australian David C Smerdon won the event with 8/10 points . Eduardas Rozentalis finished on the second place on  tiebreak ahead of  Victor Mikhalevski, Klaus Bischoff, Gawain Jones, Dimitrious Mastrovasilis and Leif Erlend Johannesen. All these players gained 7.5/10 points.

Spain. The XX. Abierto International de Roquetas de Mar was won by Marcelo Panelo of Argentina who scored 7.5/9. Fernando Peralta gained the second place on tiebreak ahead of Jose Carlos Ibarra Jerez, Mihai Suba and Diego Del Rey. They all reached 7/9 points.

Sweden. At the 38th Rilton Cup in Stockholm, the Polish Radoslaw Wojtaszek won the event on tiebreak ahead of the German IM, Sebastian Bogner. They collected 7/9 points.

Switzerland. The French GM, Andrei Sokolov edged out Attila Czebe, Namig Guliyev, Andreas Heimann and Imre Hera. All of them scored 5/7.

The 11th Hilton Basel Open was won by Andrei Sokolov on tiebreak ahead of Attila Czebe, Namig Guliyev, Andreas Heimann and Imre Hera. They collected 5/7.

 

February

Bahrein.  Vadim Malakhatko won the Arcapita International Chess Championship in Manama with half a point clear (7.5/9). Valentin Iotov took the second place from Elshan Moradiabadi. Both of them scored 7/9.

Czech Republic. Pavel Simacek took the first place at the Czech Republic Championship in Decin from Robert Cvek. Both of them gained 7/9.

England.  At the 7th Gibtelecom Masters in Caleta, Peter Svidler edged out Vadim Milov. Both of them scored 8/10 points. Vugar Gashimov finished at the second place on tiebreak ahead of Hikaru Nakamura, Emanuel Berg, Varuzhan Akobian and Pentala Harikrishna. All of them reached 7.5/10.

Estonia. The Estonian GM, Kaido Kulaots became the champion at the Estonian Championship with 6.5/9. Aleksandr Volodin finished with the same score and took the second place.

France.  Pentala Harikrishna from India won the 7th Nancy Chess Festival with 7/9. Georg Meier from Germany finished at the second place with 6/9.

Germany. The 80th German Championship in Saarbruecken was a triumph for Arik Braun, who won the title on tiebreak ahead of Michael Prusikin. Both players collected 7/9 points.

The 2nd Pflaz Open in Neustadt was won by Sergei Tiviakov who scored 7,5/9.

Ireland.  Peter Svidler took a clear first at the Bunratty Chess Festival with 5.5/6.

Poland. At the 66th Polish Championship in Chotowa, Bartlomiej Macieja won the event after a rapid playoff against Radoslaw Wojtaszek. In the main tournament they both reached 7.5/11.

Russia.  Alexander Onischuk took a clear first with 7.5/9 at the Moscow Open. Sergei Tiviakov finished at the second place on tiebreak ahead of Ernesto Inarkiev, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexey Korotylev and Viorel Iordachescu. All of them scored 7/9.

Etienne Bacrot and Alexander Moiseenko shared first at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow with 6.5/9.

Slovenia.  The 14th HIT Open in Nova Gorica was won by Dusko Pavasovic ahead of Luka Lenic. Both of them gained 6.5/9. 

The Netherlands. Sergey Karjakin gained 8/9 and won the Corus A Wijk aan Zee. Levon Aronian finished on the second place on tiebreak ahead of Teimour Radjabov and Sergei Movsesian. All of them scored 7.5/9 points. The Italian GM, Fabiano Caruana won the Group B with 8.5/9. The Corus C Wijk aan Zee was won by Wesley So.

Yuri Solodovnichenko from Ukraine and Friso Nijboer from the Netherlands shared first at the Noteboom Memorial in Leiden with 5.5/6.

 

March

Azerbaijan. The Russian GM, Vitaly Tseshkovsky took a clear first at the 3rd Georgi Agzamov Memorial in Tashkent with 6.5/7. Farrukh Amonatov finished at the second place ahead of Vadim Malakhatko. Both players had 5.5/7.

At the 3rd Georgi Agzamov Memorial in Tashkent was won by Vitaly Tseshkovsky with 7.5/9. Farrukh amonatov finished at the second place with 7/9 points. Anton Filippov gained at the third place with 6.5/9.

Croatia. Ante Brkic won the Zagreb Open with 7.5/9. Amon Simutowe finished at the second place with 6.5/9 points. Axel Bachmann gained the third place with 6/9.

France. The Ukrainian GM, Yuri Vovk won the  25th Cappelle la Grande Open with 7.5/9. Viacheslav Zakhartsov took the second place ahead of Marat Dzhumaev and Pawel Jaracz. All of them scored 7/9 points.

Vladimir Kramnik won the 18th Amber Blindfold in Nice with 7/9 points. Magnus Carlsen finished at the second place ahead of Levon Aronian. Both of them reached 7/9. The 18th Amber Rapid in Nice was won by Viswanathan Anand with 7/9. Gata Kamsky took the second place from Levon Aronian. They collected 7/9 points.

Montenegro. The 10th European Individual in Budva was won by Ivan Sokolov with 8/11.

Philippines. Wesley So won the Battle of the GMs in Dapitan with 9/11 points. Rogelio Antonio finished at the second place with 7/11. Eugenio Torre finished at the third place with 6.5/11.

Russia. Tatiana Kosintseva won the 10th European Individual Women’s Championship with 8.5/11.

The FINEC GM in St.Petersburg was won by Stanislav Sacchenko with 6/9. Michail Brodsky took the second place from Daniil Lintchevski and Maxim Matlakov. All of them scored 5.5/9 points.

Spain. Alexander Grischuk won the XXVI. Linares with 8/11 points. Vassily Ivanchuk finished at the second place with the same score.

Viktor Moskalenko won the Tancats de la societat Coral with 6.5/9.

Turkey. The FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Istanbul was a triumph for Humpy Koneru, who took a clear first with 8.5/9. Elina Danielian finished at the second place ahead of Hou Yifan. Both of them scored 8/9.

U.S.A. Darmen Sadvakasov won the event with 4/5 points at the Eastern Class Champions in Sturbridge.

 

April

Australia. At the 47th O2C Doeberl Cup in Canberra, Sengupta Deep won the event on tiebreak ahead of Jones Gawain and Deepan Chakravarthy. All of them scored 7/9 points.

Bolivia.  At the South American U20 in Cochabamba, Alexandr Fier took first with 8/9 points. Andre Diamant finished at the second place with 7/9.

Brazil. Gilberto Milos took the first place from Alexandr Fier at the VI Magistral Hebraica in Sao Paulo. Both of them gained 6.5/9.

China. At the China’s 2010 World Cup Qualification, Zhou Jianchao took the first place from Wang Hao. They scored 7/12.

Croatia. The 15th Zupanja Festival was won by Robert Markus, who took the first place from Miodrag Savic. Both players reached 6/9 points.

Denmark. At the Danish Championship on Silkeborg, Sune Berg Hansen won the tournament with a clear half point(8/9). Allan Stig Rasmussen finished at the second place with 7.5/9.

Yuri Drozdovskij won the K41 Scandinavian Open in Copenhagen ahead of Thorsten Michael Haub. Both of them scored 8.5/11.

France. Namig Guliyev won the XXVII Metz Open and took the first place from Kevin Spraggett, Friso Nijboer and Adam Horvath. All of them scored 6.5/9 points.

Iceland. The Reykjavik Open was won by Hedinn Steingrimsson, who edged out Yuriy Kryvoruchko and Hannes Stefansson. They finished with 7/9 points.

Mexico. At the LV Campeonato Nacional E Internacional Abierto Mexicano de Ajedrez in Toluca, Alexander Onischuk won the event ahead of Emilio Cordova and Manuel Leon Hoyos. They collected 7.5/9.

Norway. The Arnold Eikrem Memorial in Oslo was won by Emanuel Berg with 6/9 points. Leif Erlend Johannessen finished at the second place ahead of Bartlomiej Macieja, Jon Ludvig Hammer and Aloyzas Kveinys. All of them gained 6/9.

Russia. The FIDE Grand Prix Tournament in Nalchik was won by Levon Aronian with 8.5/9. Peter Leko took the second place from Vladimir Akopian. Both of them reached 7.5/9 points.

Serbia.  Ivan Ivanisevic took a clear first at the Serbian Championship in Kragujevac with 11.5/13. Milos Perunovic took the second place from Sinisa Drazic. Both of them gained 8.5/13 points.

Spain. Bojan Kurajica gained 6.5/10 points and won the Pedro Lezcano Montalvo Memorial in Las Palmas ahead of Aleksa Strikovic, who scored 6/10.

Switzerland. Mihajlo Stojanovic won the 21st Lenk International Chess Festival with 5.5/7 points. Michael Hoffmann finished at the second place ahead of Andrei Sokolov, Richard Gerber and Andreas Lehmann. They collected 5.5/7.

Ukraine. Yuri Vovk won the 80th Viktor Kart Junilee in Lvov on tiebreak ahead of Roman Vidonyak and Mikhailo Oleksienko. All of them scored on 6.5/9 points.

U.S.A.  At the Foxwood Open in Ledyard, Darmen Sadvakasov won the title after a rapid playoff

against Yury Shulman. Both of them reached 7.5/9.

 

May

Argentina. Diego Flores won the 84th Argentine Championships with 7.5/11. Ruben Felgaer finished at the second place with 7/11 points.

Barbados. Alexander Shabalov won the 8th Annual Heroes Day in Bridgetown with 7.5/9.

Bosnia-Hercegovina. At the 39th Bosna tournament in Sarajevo, Pavel Eljanov became the champion with 7/10. Borki Predojevic finished at the second place ahead of Wang Hao. Both of them gained 5.5/10 points.

Sedlak Nikola shared first with Bojan Vuckovic and Milan Drasko at the 39th Bosna Open in Sarajevo. All of them scored 7/9.

Bulgaria. At the 5th M-Tel Masters in Sofia, Alexei Shirov took a clear first with 6.5/10. Magnus Carlsen reached the second place from Veselin Topalov. They collected 6/10.

Germany. Sergei Ovsejevitsch won the 14th “International Stuttgart Championship” in Germany with 6/7 points.

India. The Ukrainian GM, Alexander Areshchenko won the 2nd Mumbai Mayors Cup International Open Chess Tournament on tiebreak ahead of Konero Humpy, Evgenij Miroshnichenko and Panchanathan Magesh Chandran. All of them scored 9/11.

Italy. Conquest Stuart won the 3rd Porto Mannu Open in Palau with 7/9.

Lithuania. Sarunas Sulskis shared the first place with Vidmantas Malisauskas at the Lithuanian Championship. Both of them scored 8/9.

Philippines. At the 8th Asian Continental in Subic Bay, Ganguly Surya Shekhar shared the first place with Zhou Weiqi. Both of them reached 8/11 points.

Ghaem Maghami Ehsan won the Subic Open with 7/9.

Russia. At the Russian Championship U20 in  Dagomys, Dimitry Andreikin took a clear first with 7/10 Ian Nepomniachtchi took the second place from Ivan Popov. Both of them scored 6.5/10

Slovakia. Mateusz Bartel took a clear first at the 31st Banicky Kahanec in Prievidza with 8/10. Vlastimil Babula finished at the second place with 5.5/10 points.

Spain. At the 22nd Benidorm Open, Eduardo Iturrizaga shared the first place with Robert Kempinski and Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez. They collected 8/10 points.

At the III La Laguna Open Julio Granda Zuniga finished at the first place with 8/11.

At the XI Vila de Salou Open, Vladimir Burkamin won the event with 7.5/9 points.

Ukraine. In the main tournament, Boris Gelfand finished at the first place with a 3-1 victory over Peter Svidler at the 3rd ACP World Rapid Cup.

United Arab Emirates. The 11th Dubai Open Chess Championship was won by Tigran Kontanjian on tiebreak ahead of Dimitry Bocharov and Ashot Anastasian. All of them gained 7/9 points.

U.S.A. Hikaru Nakamura won the US Championships in Saint Louis with 7/9 points. Robert L Hess took the second place from Alexander Onischuk. Both of them gained 6.5/9.                             Gabriel Sargissian shared the first place with Jaan Ehlvest at the Chicago Open in Wheeling. Both of them scored 5.5/7.

Sergey Kudrin won the 27th NAO OCF FIDE 2009 Open in Oklahoma with 6.5/7.

 

June

Brazil. Alexandr Fier won the Zone 2. in Rio de Janeiro with 7.5/9 points. Rafael Leitao gained 6.5/9 and finished at the second place.

Canada. Anton Kovalyov took a clear first at the The Championnat Invitation du Quebec in Montreal with 7.5/9. Mark Bluvshtein took the second place with 7/9.

China. Ding Liren won the Chinese Championship in Xinghua Jiangsu with 8.5/9 points.

Wang Hao reached the second place with 8/9.  Bu Xiangzhi collected 7/9 points and finished at the third place.

Croatia. At the Zonal 2.3 in San Jose, Lazaro Bruzon Batista won the event ahead of Eduardo Iturrizaga. Both of them gained 7/9.

Cuba. Lazaro Bruzon Batista won the VI Moncada Elite Santiago de Cuba with 8/9. Omar Almeida Quintana finished at the second place with 7/9.

The Elite group at the 44th Capablanca in Memoria in La Habana , was won by Leinier Dominguez Perez. The XLIV Capablanca Memorial Open was won by Yuri Gonzalez Vidal with 8/10 points.

Georgia. Baadur Jobava took a clear first with 8/9 at the 1st International Open in Tbilisi Chess Tournament (Municipality Cup). Merab Gagunashvili took the second place from 8 others players. All of them reached 7/9 points.

Germany. Jacek Stopa won the title from Aleksanda Berelovich and Michael Prusikin at the The III Wunsiedel International Chess Festival. All of them scored 5.5/7.

India. The 1st SCS GM Open in Bhubaneswar, Yuri Drozdovskij edged out 5 other players and became the champion. They collected 8/10.

Poland. At the 1st GM tournament in Lublin, Boris Grachev took a clear first with 6/9. Michael Roiz edged out Radoslaw Wojtaszek. Both of them gained 5.5/9.

The 4th Polonia Wroclaw International was won by Sergei Tiviakov with 7/9 ahead of Vadim Malakhatko and Vladimir Baklan with the same score.

Romania. The III Turneul Regilor (Kings’ Tournament) in Bazna, Vassily Ivanchuk won with 7/10. Boris Gelfand finished at the second place with 6/10.

Russia. The 10th Karpov tournament in Poikovsky, Alexandr Motylev won with 7/9. Vugar Gashimov finished at the second place with 6/9 points.

At the 13th Voronezh Traditional Chess Festival, Aleksandr Rakhmanov took the first ahead of 7 others players. All of them scored 6.5/9 points.

Evgeny Vorobiov gained 5/8 points and won the title of the Championship of Moscow.

Spain. Ivan Cheparinov gained 5/7 and won the III Ruy Lopez International Chess Festival. Michael Adams reached 4.5/7 points and finished at the second place.

Sweden. The Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament in Malmo, was won by Nigel D Short with 4.5/6 points. Nils Grandelius finished at the second place with 3/6.

Sergey Ivanov won the Taby Tournaments in Stockholm with 6.5/9. Alexander Baburin shared the second place with Eduardas Rozetalis with 6/9.

The Netherlands. At the Utrecht Open Championship, Friso Nijboer shared first with Alexandre Danin, Vyacheslav Ikonnikov and Anish Giri. They collected 5/6.

Emanuel Berg took the first place on tiebreak ahead of 4 other players at the 3rd ENCI Limburg Open in Maastricht. All of them scored 5.5/7.

U.S.A. Varuzhan Akobian took the first place from Enrico Sevillano at the National Open in Las Vegas. Both of them gained 5/6 points.

The Copper State International in Mesa was won by Timur Gareev (8/10). Giori Kacheishvili took the second place from Alex Lenderman. Both players reached 7.5/10 points.

At the 2nd Annual Marshall Chess Club New York International, Hracek Zbyneil shared first with 4 other players. All of them gained 6.5/9 points.

Uzbekistan. At the Zone 3.4 in Tashkent, Farrukh Amonatov won with 10/13 and shared first with Anton Filippov.

Yemen. At the 8th Al Saleh Open in Sana’a, Aleksej Aleksandrov won with 7.5/9

 

July

Andorra. Romain Edouard gained 7.5/9 and won the XXVII Andorra International Chess Open. Mihail Marin took the second place from Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez and Branko Damljanovic. All of them reached 7/9 points.

Armenia. At The Lake Sevan GM tournament in Martuni, Arman Pashikianwon with7/9. The Hungarian GM, Ferenc Berkes finished at the second place with 6.5/9 points.

Belgium. Alexander Kovchan took a clear first at the 32nd Taminco Open International Chess Tournament in Ghent with 8/9. Ralf Akesson gained on the second place with 7.5/9.

Canada. The Canadian Open in Edmonton was a triumph for Mark Bluvshtein, who won the title on tiebreak from Edward Porper. Alexei Shirov reached the third place edged out 5 other players.

Vladimir Georgiev won the Quebec Open Championship in Montreal with 6.5/9. Merab Gagunashvili edged out Anton Kovalyov. Both of them reached 6/9.

Croatia. The 23rd International Chess Tournament “Pula Open 2009”, was won by Ivan Saric with 8 points who shared the first place with Dr. Sebastian Schmidt-Schaeffer.

Czech Republic. Anton Korobov won the 20th International Chess and Games Festival in Pardubice with 8/9. Martyn Kravtsiv finished at the second place with 7.5/9.

Denmark. Parimarjan Negi shared the first place with Boris Avrukh at the Politiken Cup in Helsingor with 8.5/10 points.

Egypt. Ahmed Adly took a clear first with 7/9 at the Championship of Egypt in Cairo. Mohamed Ezat gained the second place with 6/9.

France. At the International Open Championship of Paris in Int Coubertin, Murtas Kazhgaleyev shared the first place with Sergey Fedorchuk. They scored 7/9.

Germany. The Dortmund Chess Meeting was won by Vladimir Kramnik with 6.5/9. Peter Leko shared the second place with Magnus Carlsen. Both players collected 5.5/9.

Viktor Erdos won the GM tournament in Berlin with 8/11. Andrei Maksimenko finished at the second place with 7.5/11.

Greece. Robert Kempinski won the traditional 32nd Ikaros Chess Festival 2009 in Ikaria Island with 7.5/9 on tiebreak ahead of Aleksander Mista and Evgeny Vorobiov.

Evengij Miroshnichenko gained 7/9 and won the tournament ahead of Mikheil Mchedlishvili at The “1st Artemis Cup” on Leros Island.

The 2nd Paleohora Open was won by Evgeniy Najer with 7.5/9 on tiebreak ahead of Robert Fontaine.

Montenegro. Dragisa Blagojevic won the 61st Championship of Montenegro in Cetinje with 8/9. Milan Drasko took the second place from Blazo Kalezic. Both players reached 7.5/9.

Poland. Radoslaw Wojtaszek won the Najdorf Memorial in Warsaw with 6/9 points. Eduardas Rozentalis gained 5.5/9 and finished at the second place.

Maxim Matlakov won the Najdorf Mem Open in Warsaw with 7/9. Zaven Andriasian finished at the second place ahead of 5 other players with 6.5/9 points.

Scotland. The 116th Scottish Chess Championships in Edinburgh was won by Subramanian Arun Prasad with 7.5/9. Jan Markos gained 7/9 and finished on the second place.

Slovenia. The European Individual Senior Championship in Rogaska Slatina/Slovenia was won by Vitaly Tseshkovsky with 7/9 points.

Spain. Fernando Peralta won the 32nd Open de Barbera in Barbera del Valles with 7/9 on tiebreak ahead of Csaba Balogh and Hector Mestre Bellido.

At the 29th Open Villa de Benasque in Benasque, Mihail Marin won with 9/11 ahead of Kiril Georgiev, Zaven Andriasian and Naeayanan Gopal Geetha.

The Donostia Chess Festival was won by Hikaru Nakamura with 6.5/9 ahead of Ruslan Ponomariov with the same score.

At the KUTXA Donastia, Jordi Magem Badals won the event with 6.5/9 points.

Sweden. At The Swedish Championship in Kungsor, Emanuel Berg won with 9.5/13. Pia Cramling finished at the second place with 8.5/13.

Switzerland. Simon Williams finished at the first place with 7.5/9 at the 109th Swiss Individual Chess Championships in Graechen. Viktor Korchnoi edged out 3 other players with7/9 points. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the 42nd Biel International Chess Festival with an amazing 6/6 points.

Boris Grachev finished at the first place with 8.5/11 at the MTO Biel. Valerij Popov edged out Michael Roiz with 8/11.

The Netherlands. At The Intomart GfK Open, Daniel Fridman shared the first place with 3 other players. All of them scored 6.5/9 points.

The ROC Nova College Chess Tournament in Haarlem, Igor Khenkin took the first place from Erik Van den Doel and Aleksandar Berelovic. They collected 5/6 points. Erwin L’Ami took a clear first with 7.5/9 at the Dutch Open in Dieren. Anish Giri took the second place from Jan H Timman and Roi Miedema. All of them scored 7/9.

U.S.A. Hikaru Nakamura shared first with Evgeny Najer at the World Open in Philadelphia. Both of them gained 7/9.

Vietnam.  Darwin Laylo dominated and won the Zonal 3.3 in Phu Quoc with one and a half points clear (8/9). Wesley So finsihed at the second place with 6.5/9.

 

August

Albania. Bassem Amin won the African Individual Championship in Tripoli with 7/9. Khaled Abdel Razik finished at the second place with 6/9 on tiebreak ahead of 3 other players.

Armenia. Vassily Ivanchuk won the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Jermuk with 8.5/13. Levon Aronian edged out Boris Gelfand and finished at the second place with 8/13.

Austria. The Austrian Championship in Jenbach was won by Markus Ragger with 7.5/9. Kleissl Helmut edged out Siegfried Baumegger. Both of them reached 6.5/9.

Robert Zelcic won the Schwarzach Open with 7/9 points.

Brazil. Alexander Shabalov won the Continental Absolute Chess Championship Americas with 9/11 ahead of Fidel Corrales Jimenez.

China. At the 6th Dato Arthur Tan Malaysian Open, Parimarjan Negi edged out Ronald Dableo. Both of them scored 7/9

England. David W L Howell won the 96th British Chess Championships in Torquay with 9/11. Mark Hebden gained the second place ahead of Simon Williams. Both players scored 8,5/11 points.

Jan Timman won the 7th Staunton Memorial GM in London with 7/9 points. Alexander Cherniaev finished at the second place with 6.5/9.

France. The 14th Creon International Open in Creon was won by Vladimir Malaniuk with 7.5/9. Vladimir Doncea took the second place from 3 other players. All of them scored 7/9 points. Vladislav Tkachiev won the French Championships in Nimes with 8.5/9. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave finished at the second place with 8/9 points.

Germany. Vladimir Epishin dominated and won the ZMD Open in Dresden with 9/9. Sergei Ovsejevitsch finished at the second place with 8/9.

Levon Aronian won the 14th World Rapid Championship in Mainz. The 16th ORDIX Open was won by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with a clear half point (10/11).

Greece. David Alberto won the Kavala Open on tiebreak ahead of 6 other players. All of them scored 7/9 points.

Sarunas Sulskis won the Lithuanian University of Agriculture CUP with 7/10 points. Normunds Miezis took the second place from Arturs Neiksans. They both scored 6.5/10.

Hungary. Zoltan Almasi won the Hungarian Championships in Szeged on tiebreak ahead of Ferenc Berkes with 6/9.

Israel. The first Yoel Geva’s Young Talents GM tournament in Tel Aviv was won by Sergey Erenburg with 7.5/9.

Italy. Vladimir Epishin won the Porto San Giorgio Open on tiebreak ahead of 4 other players. All of them scored 7/9 points.

Spain. Aleksej Aleksandrov won the III Deportiva San Juan Open in Pamplona with 7.5/9. Sergey Fedorchuk finished at the second place ahead of Azer Mirzoev and Misa Pap. Both of them scored 7/9 points.

Alexandr Fier won the The XI Open Internacional D’escacs de Sants, Hostafrancs I La Bordeta with 8.5/10.Michal Krasenkow shared the second place with Francois Fargere. Both of them scored 8/10 points.

Switzerland. Alexander Morozevich shared the first place with Yuriy Kuzubov at the Zuerich Chess Club 200th Jubilee Open with 6.5/9.

The Netherlands. Sergei Zhigalko became the champion at the Euro Chess Tournament in Enschede with 7/9. Wojciech Moranda took the second place from Geetha Narayanan Gopal. Both of them gained 6.5/9.

Michal Krasenkow won the Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament in Vlissingen with 8/9. Andrey Vovk finished at the second place with 7.5/9.

Dimitri Reinderman won the BDO Premier in Haarlem with 7/9 points.

United Arab Emirates. Aleksej Aleksandrov won the 8th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival with 7.5/9 points. The 3rd Ramadan Chess Open in Abu Dhabi was won by Hrair Simonian ahead of Yuri Drozdovskij. Both players scored 7/9 points.

 

September

Azerbaijan. The Russian GM, Boris Savchenko edged out Gata Kamsky at the Baku Open. Both of them reached 7.5/9 points.

Belgium. Emil Sutovsky won the Inventi Chess tournament in Antwerp with 7/9 points. Krishnan Sasikiran took the second place from Etienne Bacrot. They both scored 5.5/9.

Canada. Arkadij Naiditsch became the champion with 7.5/11 at the 10th Montreal International. Etienne Bacrot finished at the second place with 7/11.

China. At The Maotai Prince Cup with the National Chess King and Queen Championships, Wang Yue won with 5/7 points. Wang Hao finished at the second place with 4.5/7 points.

At the Maotai Prince Cup Queens in JinZhou, Hou Yifan won with 5.5/7.

Croatia. The 7th Mediterranean Chess Championship in Rijeka was won by Ahmed Adly with 8.5/9.

Germany. Thomas Luther won the 6th LGA Premium Cup in Nuernberg with 6/7. Klaus Bischoff finished at the second place with 5.5/7.

Iceland. Normunds Miezis won the Bolungarvik Open in Reykjavik with 6.5/9.

Russia. Evgeny Tomashevsky won the 62nd Russian Championship with 8/11 points. Nikita Vitiugov took the second place from Alexander Riazantsev and Denis Khismatullin. All of them scored 7.5/11.

Spain. The 2nd edition of the Grand Slam Masters Final in Bilbao, Levon Aronian won with 4.5/5. Sergey Karjakin edged out Alexander Grischuk. They collected 3/5 points.

Evgeny Gleizerov won the Parla Open with 7.5/9. Del Rio De Angelis Salvador finished at the second place with 7/9.

Azer Mirzoev won the III Torneo Cerrado Internacional Diputacion De Ciudad Real in Almagro with 7/9 points. Karen Movsziszian finished at the second place with 5.5/9.

The Netherlands. Anish Giri won the Dutch Championship in Haaksbergen with 6/8. Friso Nijboer finished at the second place with 5.5/8.

U.S.A. Yuriy Kuzubov took the first place from Dmitry Andreikin and Rauf Mamedov at the SPICE Cup in Lubbuck. All of them scored 5.5/10 points.

 

October

China. Magnus Carlsen won the 2nd Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess Tournament with 8/10. Veselin Topalov finished at the second place with 5.5/10 points. Xu Yuhua won the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Tournament in Nanjing with 8/9. Nana Dzagnidze finished at the second place with 7.5/9 points.

Hungary. Zoltan Almasi won the VII Marx Gyorgy Memorial in Paks with 7/10 points. Ferenc Berkes finished at the second place with 6/10. Surya Shekhar Ganguly finished at the third place with 5.5/10.

Russia. The Russian GM, Sergey Volkov won the Chigorin Memorial in St Petersburg and edged 4 other players. All of them 7/9 points.

Spain. Francisco Vallejo Pons won the 74th Spanish Championship in Cala Major with 8/9. Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez edged out Salvador G Del Rio De Angelis and Sergio Cacho Reigadas. They scored 7/9.

The Netherlands. Sergei Tiviakov won the 13th Unive Tournament in Hoogeveen with 3.5/6. Anish Giri edged out Vassily Ivanchuk. Both of them scored 3/6.

 

November

Argentina. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave shared the first place with Sergei Zhigalko at the 48th World Junior Championships in Puerto Madryn. They collected 10.5/13 points.

China. The Espacio ENDESA ITTGM Tournament in Santiago was won by Ruben Felgaer with 8.5/9.

Columbia. Neuris Delgado Ramirez won the 4th Universidad Central in Bogota with 7/9 points.

France. Ivan Sokolov shared the first place with Vladimir Malaniuk at the Corsica Masters in Bastia. Both of them scored 7.5/9.

Germany. Viorel Iordachescu became the champion at the 13th OIBM in Bad Wiesee edged out 3 other players. They scored 7.5/9.

Italy. Miso Cebalo took the first place from Janis Klovans at the World Senior Championship in Condino. Both of them scored 8.5/11 points.

Russia. Vladimir Kramnik won the Tal Memorial in Moscow with 6/9. Vassily Ivanchuk shared the second place with Magnus Carlsen. They 5.5/9.

Magnus Carlsen won the World Blitz Championship ahead of Viswanathan Anand and Sergey Karjakin in Moscow.

Spain.  At the IV. Palma Open, Andrey Sumets won with 7.5/9. Eduardas Rozentalis took the second place from Stewart Haslinger and Vitaly Kunin. All of them scored 7/9 points.

The Netherlands. Jan Werle won the 2nd Haye Kramer Invitation Tournament in Leeuwarden after reaching 3.5/5 points. Sipke Ernst finished at the second place with 3/5 points. Namig Guliyev dominated and won the Waling Dijkstra GpA in Leeuwarden with an amazing 6/6.

Turkey. The Russian IM, Maxim Matlakov won at the World Youth Championships in Kemer-Antalya with 9/11. Ivan Salgado Lopez finished at the second place with 8.5/11 points.

U.S.A. Alex Lenderman took the first place from Bryan Smith, Alexander Stripunsky and Irina Krush at the National Chess Congress in Philadelphia. All the players scored 5/6 points.           Zviad Izoria won the UTD Invitation in Dallas on tiebreak ahead of Giorgi Kacheishvili. Both of them scored 6/9.

 

December

Austria. David Shengelia won the 18th Donau Open in Aschach with 5.5/7 and edged out 5 other players.

Brazil. Giovanni Vescovi finished at the first place with 8.5/11 at the Brazlilan Championships. Gilberto Milos gained the second place with 8/11 points.

Canada. Joshua Friedel edged out Victor Mikhalevski at the 4th Edmonton International. Both players scored 7/9.

Croatia. Robert Zelcic won the 16th Zadar Open with 6.5/9. Ivan Saric edged out Milan Drasko, Ante Brkic and Ibro Saric. They collected 6/9.

England.  Magnus Carlsen won the London Chess Classic in the Olympia Conference Centre with 13/21 points. Vladimir Kramnik finished at the second place with 12/21. Jon Ludvig Hammer took a clear first at the London Classic FIDE Open with 8/9 points. Simon Williams took the second place from Mark Hebden and Jovanka Houska. All of them scored 7/9.

Germany. Alexander Evdokimov took a clear first at the 26th Travemuender Open with 6.5/7 points.

At the Boeblinger Open in Boblingen, Vladislav Borovikov won with 7.5/9 points.

Jozsef Pinter took the first place from Imre Hera at the The Baroque Chess Open in Buchen. Both of them scored 5.5/7 points.

India. At the Asian Team Championship in Kolkata, India became the champion. Vietnam took the second place on tiebreak from Iran.

Italy. The Milan Crespi Memorial was won by Vadim Shiskin who edged out 5 other players. They scored 6.5/9.

Portugal. Anton Kovalyov won the VI Figueira da Foz Chess Festival with 7/9 points. Vladimir Petkov finished at the second place ahead of Kevin Spraggett with 6.5/9.

Russia. At the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Ruslan Ponomariov was defeated by Boris Gelfand in the final (7-5). Alexander Grischuk won the Russian Championships with 6.5/9. Peter Svidler finished at the second place with 6/9 points.

Spain. Georg Meier took the first place from Julio Granda Zuniga, Viktor Laznicka and Kiril Georgiev at the 19th Pamplona International. All of them scored 6/9 points.

Switzerland. Igor Khenkin won the Geneve Christmas Open with 6/7 points. Andrei Sokolov shared the second place with Ilmars Starostits, Jean-Christophe Olivier and Oleg Krivonosov. All of them scored 5.5/7.

The Netherlands. Illya Nyzhnyk won the Groningen Chess Festival with 7.5/9 points. Jan Werle took the second place from Dimitri Reinderman. Both players had 6.5/9 points.

Turkey. Alexandra Kosteniuk won the First ACP Women World Rapid Cup in the Rixos hotel in Konya with 10/11 points.

Ukraine.  At the Poltava Open, Anton Korobov took the first place from Dmitry Kononeko. Both players scored 7/9.

Aleksa Strikovic won the  IX Gema Open Mondariz with 6/7 points.

U.S.A. Varuzhan Akobian took the first place from Alexander Shabalov, Victor Mikhalevski, Joshua Ed Friedel and Alex Yermolinsky at the North American Open in Las Vegas. All of them 5.5/7 points.

Vietman. At the 2nd Dragon Capital Vietman Chess Open Tournament in Ho Chi Minh City was won by Le Quang Liem with 8/9.