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The review of chess events for 2011

by Boris Schipkov

The Reggio Emilia tournament took place in Italy December 28th 2010 - January 6th 2011.
1-2. Gashimov, Vallejo Pons - 6; 3-5. Movsesian, Navara, Ivanchuk - 5; 6-7. Caruana, Onischuk - 4.5; 8. Morozevich - 4; 9. Short - 3.5; 10. Godena - 1.5.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 14th-30th.
1. Hikaru Nakamura - 9; 2. Viswanathan Anand - 8.5; 3-4. Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian - 8; 5-6. Vladimir Kramnik, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 7.5; 7-8. Ruslan Ponomariov, Anish Giri - 6.5; 9-10. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Wang Hao - 6; 11-13. Alexander Grischuk, Jan Smeets, Erwin l'Ami - 4.5; 14. Alexei Shirov - 4.
In round 2 Nakamura easily made a draw in the Dutch against Aronian. In round 10 Ponomariov demolished Grischuk in the King's Indian Saemisch E81 with a strong novelty 15.a5!.
Tata Steel B: 1-2. Luke McShane, David Navara - 8.5.
Site: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

The Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament 2011 took place in Monaco 11th-24th March.
1. Levon Aronian - 15.5/22, 2. Magnus Carlsen - 14.5, 3. Viswanathan Anand - 13, 4-5. Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Grischuk - 11, 6-9. Vugar Gashimov, Boris Gelfand, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov - 10.5, 10. Sergey Karjakin - 10, 11. Vladimir Kramnik - 8, 12. Anish Giri - 7.
Blindfold: 1. Levon Aronian - 8.5/11. Rapid: 1. Magnus Carlsen - 9.5/11.
In round 7 Ivanchuk beat Grischuk 1.5-0.5. Vassily had a small advantage in the King's Indian Saemisch, 1/2. Then Vassily won a beautiful game in the Bogo-Indian, 0-1, took the Day Prize for his masterpiece. Please if possible see also my CD "Bogo-Indian Defence".

The European Individual Championship 2011 took place in Aix-les-Bains (France) 22nd March - 3rd April.
1-4. Potkin Vladimir, Wojtaszek Radoslaw, Polgar Judit, Moiseenko Alexander - 8.5/11.

The US Championships 2011 took place in Saint Louis April 15th - 28th.
Final: Gata Kamsky - Yuri Shulman 1-0, 1/2.
Women Final: Tatev Abrahamyan - Anna Zatonskih 1/2, 1/2; 1-1; Armageddon 1/2.

The Candidates Matches 2011 took place in Kazan (Russia) 5th-26th May.
Alexander Grischuk - Boris Gelfand 2.5-3.5. 1/2, 1/2 In game 2 Grischuk grabbed a piece, 1/2 In game 3 Gelfand sacrificed a pawn in the opening, 1/2 A quick draw in 18 moves, 1/2 In game 5 Grischuk had a space advantage and pressure in the center, A sharp fight in game 6, Gelfand won. Boris Gelfand goes to World Chess Championship Match against Viswanathan Anand in 2012.

Gata Kamsky - Boris Gelfand 1/2, 1/2, In game 2 Gelfand obtained a small advantage in the endgame, won a pawn, 1/2 In game 3 Kamsky tries to attack, 1/2. Tiebreak: 2-2 (Gata won a queen in game 3); Blitz 0-2. Gelfand goes to final.
Alexander Grischuk - Vladimir Kramnik 1/2, 1/2, Kramnik had an extra pawn in game 2, 1/2, 1/2. Tiebreak: Rapid 2-2 (1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2); Blitz 1.5-0.5. Grischuk goes to final.

Gata Kamsky - Veselin Topalov 2.5-1.5. In game 2 Topalov played with fire in the opening, Gata won. Veselin obtained an advantage in game 4, a draw after mistakes. Kamsky goes to semifinal.
Teimour Radjabov - Vladimir Kramnik 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2 A quick draw; Tiebreak: Rapid 2-2; Blitz 1.5-2.5. Kramnik goes to semifinal.
Levon Aronian - Alexander Grischuk 1/2, 1/2, 1/2 White had an extra pawn in game 1 and 3, 1/2; Tiebreak: 1.5-2.5. Grischuk goes to semifinal.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - Boris Gelfand 1.5-2.5 (1/2, 1/2, 0-1, 1/2) A sharp fight in game 3, Boris won. Gelfand goes to semifinal.

The Kings tournament 2011 took place in Medias (Romania) June 11th-22nd.
1-2. Magnus Carlsen, Sergey Karjakin - 6.5/10; 3-4. Teimour Radjabov, Hikaru Nakamura - 4.5; 5-6. Vassily Ivanchuk, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu - 4.

The Russian Men and Women Championships 2011 Big League took place in Taganrog 15th-26th June. 3 players Men and 5 players Women must qualify for the super-finals.
1. Alexander Morozevich - 8/11, 2-3. Artyom Timofeev, Alexander Galkin - 7.5.
Nikita Vitiugov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexander Morozevich, Vladimir Potkin.

The World Team Championship 2011 took place in Ningbo (China) 16th-26th July.
1. Armenia - 14, 2. China - 13, 3. Ukraine - 12, 4-6. Russia, Hungary, USA - 10, 7. Azerbaijan - 9, 8. India - 7, 9. Israel - 5, 10. Egypt - 0.
Ukraine-Armenia 2-2, Hungary-China 1.5-2.5, India-Russia 2.5-1.5, Israel-USA 1.5-2.5, Azerbaijan-Egypt 2.5-1.5.
Russia-Israel 4-0, Egypt-Hungary 1-3, USA-Ukraine 1.5-2.5, Armenia-Azerbaijan 2-2, China-India 3-1.
China-Russia 2.5-1.5, Hungary-Armenia 1.5-2.5, Ukraine-Israel 2.5-1.5, India-Egypt 2.5-1.5, Azerbaijan-USA 1.5-2.5.
USA-Hungary 2-2, Russia-Ukraine 2-2, Israel-Azerbaijan 2-2, Armenia-India 2.5-1.5, Egypt-China 0.5-3.5.
China-Armenia 1.5-2.5, Hungary-Israel 3.5-0.5, India-USA 1-3, Azerbaijan-Ukraine 1.5-2.5, Egypt-Russia 1-3.
Russia-Azerbaijan 1-3, Ukraine-Hungary 1.5-2.5, USA-China 0.5-3.5, Armenia-Egypt 3.5-0.5, Israel-India 1.5-2.5.
Armenia-Russia 2-2, Hungary-Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5, China-Israel 1.5-2.5, Egypt-USA 0.5-3.5, India-Ukraine 1.5-2.5.
Russia-Hungary 3-1, Ukraine-China 1.5-2.5, Azerbaijan-India 3-1, Israel-Egypt 3-1, USA-Armenia 2-2.
USA-Russia 1-3, China-Azerbaijan 2-2, Armenia-Israel 3.5-0.5, Egypt-Ukraine 1.5-2.5, India-Hungary 2-2.
Site: http://chess-results.com/tnr53136

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2011 took place in Dortmund (Germany) 21st-31st July.
1. Vladimir Kramnik - 7, 2. Le Quang Liem - 5.5, 3-4. Ruslan Ponomariov, Anish Giri - 5, 5. Hikaru Nakamura - 4.5, 6. Georg Meier - 3.

The Russian Chess Championship 2011 Super Final took place in Moscow 8th-15th August.
1. Peter Svidler - 5, 2. Alexander Morozevich - 4.5, 3-5. Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Vladimir Kramnik - 4, 6. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 3, 7. Alexander Galkin - 2, 8. Artyom Timofeev - 1.5.

The Biel International 2011 Chess Festival took place in Switzerland 16th-29th July.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 19 (7/10), 2. Alexander Morozevich - 17 (6.5), 3-4. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexei Shirov - 12 (5), 5. Fabiano Caruana - 10 (4), 6. Yannick Pelletier - 5 (2.5).

The Botvinnik Memorial 2011 rapid took place in Moscow (Russia) 2nd-3rd September.
Men: 1. Viswanathan Anand - 4.5/6; 2-3. Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik - 3; 4. Magnus Carlsen - 1.5.
Women: 1. Viktorija Cmilyte - 4; 2. Elina Danielian - 3.5; 3. Tatiana Kosintseva - 2.5; 4. Humpy Koneru - 2.
Blitz 4 teams: Magnus Carlsen and Viktorija Cmilyte, Viswanathan Anand and Humpy Koneru, Levon Aronian and Elina Danielian, Vladimir Kramnik and Tatiana Kosintseva. 1. India - 2.5; 2. Armenia - 2; 3. Europa - 1; 4. Russia - 0.5.

The World Cup 2011 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) 28th August - 20th September.
Final: Grischuk-Svidler 1.5-2.5. Alexander sacrificed a piece for pawns in game 1, played badly and lost. Game 2: A quick draw. Game 3: Alexander got the slightly better chances in middlegame, a draw.
For 3rd place: Ponomariov-Ivanchuk 1.5-2.5. In game 2 Vassily attacked in the ending with two rooks and won. In game 3 Vassily sacrificed a pawn in the opening, so Ruslan had an extra pawn in the endgame, a draw.

Semifinals: Svidler-Ponomariov 1.5-0.5. In game 2 Ruslan grabbed the exchange, but Peter had compensation: strong pawns on the queenside.
Grischuk-Ivanchuk 1/2, 1/2; 2.5-1.5. Vassily uncommonly placed his pieces in game 1. In game 2 queen vs rook and bishop.
R5: Svidler-Polgar 1.5-0.5. Perpetual check. In game 2 Peter grabbed a pawn in the centre.
Ponomariov-Gashimov 1.5-0.5. Ruslan outplayed the rival in the endgame, 103 moves.
Ivanchuk-Radjabov 1-1; 1.5-0.5. Teimour gave his queen in game 1, so Vassily won. In game 2 Teimour sacrificed a knight, successfully pushed the h-pawn.
Grischuk-Navara 1/2, 1/2; 1.5-0.5. With counterplay in game 1. In game 2 David won a pawn in the endgame.
R4: Polgar-Dominguez 1-1 (Judit strikes back, 112 moves); 3.5-2.5, Svidler-Kamsky 2-0, Bruzon-Ponomariov 1-1; 2.5-3.5, Gashimov-Nielsen 1-1; 3-1, Bu-Ivanchuk 1-1; 0-2, Radjabov-Jakovenko 1.5-0.5, Zherebukh-Navara 0-2, Potkin-Grischuk 1-1; 0.5-1.5.
Ruslan Ponomariov, David Navara, Judit Polgar, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Teimour Radjabov, Peter Svidler, Vugar Gashimov.

The European Club Cup 2011 took place in Rogaska Slatina (Slovenia) 24th September - 2nd October.
1. Saint-Petersburg CF - 13, 2. SOCAR - 12, 3. G-Team Novy Bor - 11 (31.5).
Good games: Bogo-Indian: Huzman-Adams, Gelfand-Tomashevsky; King's Indian Saemisch: Tomashevsky-Ponomariov, Korchnoi-Wiersma, Vitiugov-Polzin, Riazantsev-Savchenko, etc.

The Saratov Governor's Cup 2011 took place in Russia 7th-19th October.
1. Alexander Morozevich - 8.5; 2. Evgeny Tomashevsky - 7; 3. Peter Leko - 6.5; 4. Evgeny Alekseev - 6; 5. Alexei Shirov - 5.5; 6-9. Ruslan Ponomariov, Michael Roiz, Alexander Moiseenko, Pavel Eljanov - 5; 10. Nikita Vitiugov - 4.5 (9); 11-12. Dmitry Andreikin, Ni Hua - 4.

The Unive Tournament 2011 took place in Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) 14th-22nd October.
Crown Group: 1. Vladimir Kramnik - 4.5/6; 2. Anish Giri - 3; 3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 2.5; 4. Judit Polgar - 2.
Open: 1-3. Sergei Tiviakov, Robin Van Kampen, Sipke Ernst - 7/9.

The Final Masters 2011 Grand Slam took place in Sao Paulo (Brazil) 26th September - 1st October and in Bilbao (Spain) 6th-11th October. Blitz for 1st place: Magnus Carlsen - Vassily Ivanchuk 1.5-0.5.
1-2. Magnus Carlsen (6/10), Vassily Ivanchuk (5.5) - 15; 3-5. Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand - 12 (5); 6. Francisco Vallejo Pons - 10 (3.5).
3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw.

The Women's World Chess Championship 2011: match Hou Yifan vs Humpy Koneru took place in Tirana (Albania) 14th-24th November. The closing ceremony - November 30. Hou Yifan, the beautiful rose of China, retains World Championship title. The former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev congratulated Hou Yifan heartily on the closing ceremony.
Koneru, Humpy - Hou, Yifan 2.5-5.5
Koneru Humpy. Hou Yifan. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova
Koneru Humpy of India. Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan of China.
Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich and Anna Burtasova, http://www.fide.com/

The European Team Chess Championships 2011 took place in Porto Carras, Halkidiki (Greece) 3rd-11th November.
1. Germany - 15/18, 2. Azerbaijan - 14, 3. Hungary - 13 (23), 4. Armenia - 13 (22.5), 5. Russia - 13 (21.5).
The last Round 9: Germany-Armenia 2.5-1.5 (Meier seized the initiative, grabbed the exchange and won), Azerbaijan-Romania 3-1, Hungary-Bulgaria 4-0 (A terrific fight for the bronze medal. Leko beat Topalov), Slovenia-Russia 1-3. Brilliant play of the German team, especially in the last rounds. Germany: Arkadij Naiditsch, Georg Meier, Daniel Fridman, Jan Gustafsson, Rainer Buhmann.

Round 8: Azerbaijan-Germany 1.5-2.5, Romania-Hungary 2-2.
Round 7: Romania-Germany 1.5-2.5, Bulgaria-Azerbaijan 0.5-3.5, Hungary-Slovenia 3-1.
Theoretical duels: King's Indian Saemisch: Morozevich-Illescas 1-0 (White pushed pawns on the queenside), Ponomariov-Gallagher 1/2, Bartel-Jones 1/2; Bogo-Indian: Fressinet-Akopian 1/2, Sargissian-Bauer 1/2.
Round 6: Germany-Italy 3-1, Russia-Azerbaijan 1.5-2.5, Latvia-Hungary 1.5-2.5.
Round 5: Germany-Bulgaria 1-3, Azerbaijan-France 2-2, Hungary-FYROM 3-1.
Round 4: Ukraine-Germany 0.5-3.5, Azerbaijan-Spain 2-2, Czech Rep-Hungary 2-2.
Round 3: Hungary-Germany 1.5-2.5, Greece-Azerbaijan 1-3.
Round 2: Germany-Israel 2-2, Armenia-Azerbaijan 1-3, Croatia-Hungary 2-2.
Round 1: Montenegro-Germany 1-3, Azerbaijan-Italy 2.5-1.5, Hungary-Denmark 3-1.
Adams, Bauer, Morozevich, Naiditsch, Ivanchuk, Ponomariov, Radjabov, Aronian, Leko, Almasi, Bacrot, Short, Giri, Caruana, Shirov, Korchnoi.
Women: 1. Russia - 17/18, 2. Poland - 14 (23), 3. Georgia - 14 (22.5), 4. Ukraine - 12 (21.5), 5. France - 12 (21). Fabulous play of the Russian Women team. Russia: Kosintseva Nadezhda, Kosintseva Tatiana, Gunina Valentina, Kosteniuk Alexandra, Pogonina Natalija.
Site: http://chess-results.com/

The Tal Memorial 2011 took place in Moscow (Russia) 16th-25th November.
1-2. Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian - 5.5/9; 3-5. Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Vassily Ivanchuk - 5; 6-7. Peter Svidler, Viswanathan Anand - 4.5; 8-9. Boris Gelfand, Vladimir Kramnik - 3.5; 10. Hikaru Nakamura - 3.
Tiebreak in the Tal Memorial 2011: Carlsen played 5 games with black, Aronian - 4 games with black. Therefore Carlsen edged out Aronian.

The London Chess Classic 2011 took place in England 3rd-12th December.
1. Vladimir Kramnik - 16 (6/8), 2. Hikaru Nakamura - 15 (5.5), 3. Magnus Carlsen - 14 (5.5), 4. Luke McShane - 13 (5), 5-6. Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian - 9 (4), 7. Nigel Short - 6 (2.5), 8. David Howell - 4 (2), 9. Michael Adams - 3 (1.5).
Three points for a win, one point for a draw.
Press Conference. Photo by Ray Morris-Hill Hikaru Nakamura. Photo by Ray Morris-Hill
Viswanathan Anand, Chief Executive Malcolm Pein, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Nigel Short. Hikaru Nakamura of United States. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.
Site: http://www.londonchessclassic.com/

The SportAccord World Mind Games 2011 took place in China 8th-16th December.
Rapid Men: 1. Wang Hao - 5.5/7, 2. Vugar Gashimov - 5, 3. Gata Kamsky - 4.5.
Blitz Men: 1. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 12/15, 2. Alexander Grischuk - 10.5, 3. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 10.
Rapid Women: 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk - 6/7, 2. Katerina Lahno - 4.5, 3. Nana Dzagnidze - 4.5.
Blitz Women: 1. Hou Yifan - 11.5/15, 2. Antoaneta Stefanova - 9.5, 3. Anna Muzychuk - 9.5.
Blindfold - Men: 1. Zoltan Almasi - 5/7, 2. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 5, 3. Vugar Gashimov - 5.
Blindfold - Women: 1. Hou Yifan - 5.5/7, 2. Viktorija Cmilyte - 4.5, 3. Alexandra Kosteniuk - 4.5.
Chess: Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk, Ruslan Ponomariov, Vugar Gashimov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Gata Kamsky, Zoltan Almasi. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Elisabeth Paehtz, Hou Yifan, Pia Cramling, Ju Wenjun.
Site: http://sportaccord2011.fide.com

The European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2011 took place in Warsaw (Poland) 16th-18th December.
Rapid: 1. Jobava, Baadur - 11/13, 2. Sjugirov, Sanan - 10.5, 3. Kempinski, Robert - 10.5.
Blitz: 1. Melkumyan, Hrant - 20/26, 2. Dreev, Aleksey - 20, 3. Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - 20.

The Women's World Team Championship 2011 took place in Mardin (Turkey) 17th-28th December.
1. China - 16 (27.5), 2. Russia - 13 (21.5), 3. Georgia - 12 (21.5), 4. India - 11 (23), 5. Ukraine - 11 (21), 6. Armenia - 9 (19.5), 7. Vietnam - 9 (19), 8. Greece - 5 (15), 9. Turkey - 4 (11), 10. RSA - 0 (1).

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