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The review of chess events and sites for December, 2002

by Boris Schipkov

The National Chess Congress 2002 took place in Philadelphia (USA) November 29th-December 1st.
Final Standings
1-5. Igor Novikov; Leonid Yudasin; Alexander Shabalov; Alexander Stripunsky; Gennadi Zaitshik - 5 from 6; etc.

The Benidorm 2002 rapid tournament took place in Spain November 29th-December 1st.
Tie-break: Judit Polgar - Ruslan Ponomariov 1/2, 1-0.
Final Standings
1-2. Polgar, Ponomariov - 8; 3-4. Shirov, Karpov - 7.5; 5. Karjakin - 7; 6. Psakhis - 5.5; 7-8. Kurajica, Paunovic - 5; 9. San Segundo - 4.5; 10. Granero - 3.5; 11. Vera - 3; 12. Amura - 1.5.
Games (68, zipped pgn)

The Israeli Championships 2002 took place 24th November - 3rd December in Tel Aviv. 9 rounds.
Men. Final Standings
1-3. Smirin Ilya; Avrukh Boris; Gofshtein Zvulun - 6.5; 4-5. Roiz Michael; Sutovsky Emil - 6; etc.
Women. Final Standings
1. Botvinnik Irina - 7.5; 2. Vasiliev Olga - 6.5; 3-6. Borsuk Angela; Yudasina Irina; Igla Bella; Tsifanskaya Ludmila - 5.5; etc.

The Los Inmortales 2002 took place in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) November 29th - December 5th.
Final Standings
1. Khenkin, Igor - 7.5; 2-5. Svidler, Peter; Volkov, Sergey; Fridman, Daniel; Nakamura, Hikaru - 7; 6-13. Bologan, Viktor; Short, Nigel; Pigusov, Evgeny; Moiseenko, Alexander; Conquest, Stuart; Jonkman, Harmen; Mateo, Ramon; Aleksandrov, Aleksej - 6.5; etc.

The Greek Championships 2002 took place in Athens 28th November - 6th December.
Men. Final Standings
1. Christodoulos Banikas - 7 from 9; 2. Stelios Halkias - 6.5; 3. Giannis Papaioannou - 6; etc.
Women. Final Standings
1. Anna Maria Botsari - 7.5 from 9; 2. Maria Kouvatsou - 6; 3. Vera Papadopoulou - 5.5; etc.

The Admiraltejsky 2002 women tournament took place in St. Petersburg (Russia) 2nd-11th December.
Irina Sudakova Sudakova, Dushenok, Gromova Tatiana Kostiuk
WIM Irina Sudakova Sudakova, Dushenok, Gromova WIM Tatiana Kostiuk
Photos: admiraltejsky.narod.ru
Final Standings
1. Artamonova - 7.5; 2-3. Kostiuk; Stiazhkina - 5.5; 4. Kalinina - 5; 5-6. Romanova; Bystryakova - 4; 7-9. Kharashkina; Sudakova; Gromova - 3.5; 10. Dushenok - 3.
Site: http://admiraltejsky.narod.ru

The 5th and 6th rounds of the Bundesliga 2002-2003 took place in Germany December 14th-15th 2002 (and also round 7).
Games (160, zipped pgn)
Standings after round 7
1. Lübecker SV 14-0 41,0:15,0 7
2. SG Köln Porz 12-0 33,5:14,5 6
3. SV Werder Bremen 11-3 33,5:22,5 7
4. Solinger SG 11-3 31,5:24,5 7
5. Hamburger SK 9-5 33,0:23,0 7
6. SC Kreuzberg 9-5 30,0:26,0 7
7. SC Baden Oos 8-6 30,5:25,5 7
8. TV Tegernsee 8-6 29,5:26,5 7
9. Turm Emsdetten 6-8 28,5:27,5 7
10. SV Wattenscheid 5-9 26,0:30,0 7
11. SK König Plauen 5-9 21,0:35,0 7
12. SFR Neukölln 4-10 24,5:31,5 7
13. Erfurter SK 3-11 22,0:34,0 7
14. Stuttgarter Sfr 2-12 20,0:36,0 7
15. Godesberger SK 2-10 19,5:28,5 6
16. SC Forchheim 1-13 16,0:40,0 7

The First Saturday December tournaments 2002 took place 7th-20th December in Budapest (Hungary).
GM: 1-2. Horvath, Peter; Valdes, Leonardo - 7 from 11; 3. Balogh, Csaba - 6.5; etc.

The World Junior and Girls U-20 Chess Championships 2002 took place in Panaji, Goa (India) 8th - 21st December. 13 rounds.
Final Standings. Junior
1. Aronian Levon - 10; 2. McShane Luke - 9.5; 3. Surya Sekhar Ganguly - 9; 4. Timofeev Artyom - 9; 5-10. Potkin Vladimir; Bu Xiangzhi; Berkes Ferenc; Harikrishna P; Ni Hua; Inarkiev Ernesto - 8.5; 11-16. Jakovenko Dmitri; Erenburg Sergey; Paragua Mark; Mastrovasilis D; Satyapragyan S; Annaberdiev M. - 8; etc.
Girls
1. Zhao Xue - 10.5; 2. Koneru Humpy - 10.5; 3. Kosintseva Nadezhda - 10; 4. Kosintseva, Tatiana - 9.5; 5. Wang Yu - 9; 6. Ubiennykh Ekaterina - 8.5; 7-8. Pogonina Natalia; Tania Sachdev - 8; etc.

The Karpov - Kasparov rapid match 2002 took place in New York (USA) 19th-20th December.
Karpov won the match 2.5-1.5.
Anatoly Karpov - Garry Kasparov 0-1 (Double-edged game. Karpov grabbed a pawn, then sacrificed the exchange), 1-0 (Kasparov had a clear edge, won two pawns, but then collapsed); 1-0 (Karpov grabbed a pawn and won in the endgame), 1/2 (Kasparov had some initiative. Interesting is 22.Bxe8).
Games (4, pgn)

The Carlos Torre Memorial 2002 took place in Merida (Mexico) 13th-21st December.
Games (306, zipped pgn)
Final
Milov, Vadim - Filippov, Valerij (Siberia) 1/2, 0-1
Semi Finals
Filippov, Valerij - Dominguez, Lenier 1-0
Milov, Vadim - Arencibia, Walter 2-1
1/4 Finals
Filippov, Valerij - Hernandez, Gilberto 1-0
Kogan, Artur - Milov, Vadim 1/2
Ehlvest, Jaan - Arencibia, Walter 0-1
Dominguez, Lenier - Nogueiras, Jesus 1/2
Final Standings after round 6 (preliminary)
1. Filippov, Valerij - 5.5; 2. Lalic, Bogdan; Kogan, Artur; Hernandez, Gilberto - 4.5; etc.
Round 6: Gulko - Filippov 0-1 (double-edged game).
Open. Final Standings after round 9
1. Gonzalez, Juan Carlos - 6.5; 2-7. Lalic, Bogdan; Georgiev, Vladimir; Soppe, Guillermo; Gulko, Boris; Bruzon, Lazaro; Garcia, Silvino - 6; 8-14. Wojtkiewicz, Aleksander; Zapata, Alonso; Mitkov, Nikola; Pigusov, Evgeny; Aldama DeGournay; Szekely, Peter; Estrada, Julian - 5.5; etc.

The Harmonie Chess tournament 2002 took place in Groningen December 21st-30th.
1. Nijboer, Friso - 6 from 8; 2-4. Romero Holmes, Alfonso; Smeets, Jan; Werle, Jan - 5; etc. (Dgebuadze withdrew 3.5 from 4).

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