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The review of chess events and sites for December, 2000

by Boris Schipkov

There were many interesting and thrilling competitions in December.
The 3rd Padova International Open (Italy) took place December 2nd-10th 2000. Swiss, 9 rounds, 32 participants.
Standings after round 3: 1. Djuric, Stefan - 3, 2-6. Timoscenko, Genadij; Dervishi, Erald; Quinn, Mark; Zlochevskij, Alexander; Manca, Federico - 2.5.
Standings after round 7: 1-2. Timoscenko, Genadij and Dervishi, Erald - 5.5, 3-4. Chatalbashev, Boris and Skembris, Spyridon - 5.
Standings after round 8: 1-2. Timoscenko, Genadij and Dervishi, Erald - 6, 3-4. Chatalbashev, Boris and Skembris, Spyridon - 5.5, etc.
Final standings: 1-2. Timoscenko, Genadij and Dervishi, Erald - 6.5, 3-6. Skembris, Spyridon; Paragua, Mark; Chatalbashev, Boris and Rossi, Carlo - 6, etc.

The Salona tournament took place in Solin 8th-10th and 15th-17th December 2000 with four rounds in Split (Croatia) 11th-14th December 2000. Round Robin, cat. XII (2533).
1. Vladimir Tukmakov - 6.5 from 9 scores; 2. Krunoslav Hulak - 6; 3. Robert Zelcic - 5.5.

The Brazilian Chess Championship took place 9th-15th December 2000 in Teresina. Swiss, 9 rounds, 24 participants.
The winner was Giovanni Vescovi - 8. 2. Darcy Lima - 7.5; 3. Everaldo Matsuura - 6.5.

The Zadar Christmas Open took place in Croatia 9th-17th December 2000. Swiss, 9 rounds, 70 participants.
1-2. Alexander Vaulin and Robert Loncar - 7; 3-7. Aleksandar Berelovich, Stanislav Savchenko, Leonid Totsky, Aleksander Delchev and Zvonimir Mestrovic - 6.5.

2nd Salou Open took place in Spain 12th-21st December 2000.
1-2. Viktor Moskalenko and Vladimir Georgiev - 7 from 9 scores; 3-7. Oleg Korneev, Aleksandar Kovacevic, Artur Kogan, Mark Paragua and Jean-Luc Chabanon - 6.5.

The second York Vikings Chess Festival took place in England 13th-22nd December 2000.
Final standings: 1. Jonathan Rowson SCO - 7; 2. Julian Hodgson ENG - 6.5; 3-5. Jonny Hector SWE, Alexei Barsov UZB and Peter Wells ENG - 4.5; 6. Tiger Hillarp Persson SWE - 3.

The Koltanowski Memorial took place in the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco (USA) 14th-22nd December. Swiss, 9 rounds, 50 participants.
1. Shulman, Yuri - 7; 2-4. Ehlvest, Jaan; Kraai, Jesse and Vucic, Mladen - 6.5; 5-8. Donaldson, John; Mezentsev, Vladimir; Lakdawala, Cyrus and Schiller, Eric - 6.

The XIII Carlos Torre Memorial took place in Merida, Mexico December 15th-22nd 2000. Swiss, 9 rounds, 40 participants.
Standings after round 6: 1. Filippov, Valerij - 5.
Final standings: 1. Filippov, Valerij (RUS) - 7; 2. Mikhalevski, Victor (ISR) - 6.5; 3. Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander (POL) - 6.5, etc.

The Israeli Championship took place December 17th-28th 2000. Round Robin, 12 participants.
Standings after round 4: 1. Boris Avrukh - 3.
Final standings: 1-2. Boris Avrukh and Alik Gershon - 7, 3. Lev Psakhis - 6.5.

The 17th Boblinger Open took place in Germany December 26th-30th 2000. Swiss, 9 rounds, 265 participants.
1-5. Thomas Luther, Radek Kalod, Jop Delemarre, Suat Atalik and Maia Lomineishvili - 7.5, ..., 236. Benjamin Fischer - 3, etc.
Site: http://www.chess-international.de/ticker/2000/boeblingen/boeblingen.htm

The Zurich Christmas-Open took place in Switzerland 26th-30th 2000.
1-6. Vladimir Epishin, Vladimir Burmakin, Vladimir Tukmakov, Normunds Miezis, Roman Vidoniak and Alexander Raetsky - 5.5 from 7 scores, etc.

The 16th Nice International Open d'Hiver took place in France December 26th-30th.
1-2. Andrei Shchekachev and Aurelien Dunis - 6 from 7 scores.

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