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The review of chess events for August, 2007

by Boris Schipkov

The 40th Biel Chess Festival 2007 took place in Switzerland 21st July - 3rd August.
Blitz Playoff: Carlsen-Onischuk 3-2.
1-2. Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Onischuk - 5.5; 3-6. Yannick Pelletier, Judit Polgar, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov - 5; 7-10. Bu Xiangzhi, Loek Van Wely, Alexander Motylev, Boris Avrukh - 3.5.
MTO Biel Open: 1. Ulibin,Mikhail - 8.5/11; 2-4. Kritz,Leonid; Bauer,Christian; Rodshtein,Maxim - 8. In round 10 Ulibin beat Palac with the pawn storm on the kingside in the Dutch Stonewall. You can read about the popular Dutch Stonewall and other lines in my CD "Dutch Defence A90-A99" by Boris Schipkov (ChessBase).

The 108th Annual U.S. Open 2007 took place in the Crown Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill, NJ, 25th July - 5th August.
1-7. GULKO, BORIS; KUDRIN, SERGEY; Finegold,Benjamin; Shabalov,Alexander; Rohde, Michael; MULYAR, MICHAEL; Del Mundo, Anton - 7.5/9.

The Championship of The British Isles 2007 took place 29th July - 11th August in Great Yarmouth.
1. Aagaard, Jacob - 8.5/11; 2-3. Gordon, Stephen; Rowson, Jonathan - 8.
In the last round Gordon could not beat Kosten in the Bogo-Indian Defence, with a strong central pawn and a knight for a rook, a draw, perhaps 29.g5 was better, then Stephen could win with 52.g6 or 52.Qf3. Aagaard outplayed Flear in the Nimzo-Indian. Jacob also sacrificed the exchange, but Glenn probably could have won with 27.Rd6.

The 5th Gyorgy Marx Memorial 2007 took place in Paks (Hungary) 4th-15th August. Category 14.
1-2. Acs, Peter; Harikrishna, P - 6; 3. Balogh, Csaba - 5.5; 4. Berkes, Ferenc - 5; 5. Korchnoi, Viktor - 4.5; 6. Hou Yifan - 3.

The 5th Staunton Memorial 2007 took place in London, August 7th-17th.
1. Adams, Michael - 8.5/11; 2-3. Sokolov, Ivan; Van Wely, Loek - 7.5.
The great British player Howard Staunton (1810-1874) edited an entire edition of Shakespeare's plays, wrote books on chess. You can read about the famous Staunton Gambit and other lines in my CD "Dutch A80-A85" by Boris Schipkov (ChessBase).

The 14th Chess Classic 2007 took place from 13 to 19 August at the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz.
Rapid World Champ final: Viswanathan Anand - Levon Aronian 2.5-1.5.
Ordix Open: 1-3. David Navara; Mikhail Mchedlishvili; Krishnan Sasikiran - 9.5.
Chess 960 World Champ final: Levon Aronian - Viswanathan Anand 2-2; tiebreak 1.5-0.5.
FiNet Chess960 Open: 1. Victor Bologan - 9.5/11; 2-5. Gata Kamsky; Vassily Ivanchuk; Andrei Volokitin; David Navara - 9.
Chess960 Computer Champ: Rybka-Shredder 2.5-0.5.

The French Championships 2007 took place in Aix-les-Bains, 13th-25th August.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Vladislav Tkachiev Rapid 1-1; Blitz 2-0.
1-2. TKACHIEV Vladislav, VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime - 7.5; 3. SOKOLOV Andrei - 7; 4-5. DORFMAN Iossif, BAUER Christian - 6.5; 6-7. FRESSINET Laurent, FONTAINE Robert - 5.5; 8-9. DEGRAEVE Jean-Marc, VAISSER Anatoly - 5; 10. NATAF Igor-Alexandre - 4; 11. RENET Olivier - 3.5; 12. GUIDARELLI Laurent - 2.5.
In round 10 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with black pieces beat Robert Fontaine after a fantastic struggle in the Dutch Leningrad. Maxime daringly sacrificed the exchange, then - a queen! Robert made a mistake 30.Qxb5, and Maxime won with the mighty break 30...e3, checkmated after the terrific 35...f1N+!
You can read about the Dutch Leningrad in my CD "The Dutch Defence, Leningrad System A86-A89" by Boris Schipkov.

The 43rd Rubinstein Memorial Festival 2007 took place 18th-26th in Polanica Zdroj, Poland.
1-2. Socko, Bartosz; Kuzubov, Yuriy - 5.5/9; 3-4. Markowski, Tomasz; Bartel, Mateusz - 5.
Open: 1. Malaniuk, Vladimir - 8.5/10; 2. Moranda, Wojciech - 8; 3. Shishkin, Vadim - 7.5; 4-5. Socko, Monika; Bulski, Krzysztof - 6.5.

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