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The review of chess events for December, 2003

by Boris Schipkov

The Italian Championship 2003 took place in Arvier 25th November - 3rd December.
1. Sarno, Spartaco - 6.5 from 9; 2. Contin, Daniel - 6; 3-4. Cacco, Christian; Rossi, Carlo - 5.5; etc.

The Greek National Championships 2003 for men and women took place in Aspropyrgos (Greece) 29th November - 7th December.
Men. 1-3. Banikas, Hristos; Halkias, Stelios; Mastrovasilis, Dimitrios - 6.5 from 9; etc.
Women. 1. Fakhiridou, Ekaterini - 7 from 9; 2. Papadopoulou, Vera - 6.5; 3. Stiri, Alexandra - 6; etc.

The Santo Domingo International Chess Open 2003 (Great Nazir Atallah Cup) took place 27th November - 5th December.
1-9. Milov, Vadim; Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter; Moiseenko, Alexander; Kiriakov, Petr; Delgado, Neuris; Campora, Daniel; Ramirez, Alejandro; De Vreugt, Dennis - 7.5 from 10; 10-14. Nakamura, Hikaru; Ehlvest, Jaan; Luther, Thomas; Bruzon, Lazaro; Khenkin, Igor - 7; etc.

Manuel Pereyra Puebla Memorial 2003 took place in Mendoza City (Argentina) December 6th-13th.
1. Panno, Oscar - 7.5 from 9; 2-6. Van Riemsdijk, Herman; Needleman, Alejandro; Alonso, Salvador; Rosito, Jorge; Rodriguez, Andres - 7; etc.

The 87th Marshall Chess Club Championship 2003 took place in New York (USA) 7th-15th December.
1. Jaan Ehlvest - 6.5 from 9; 2-3. Alexander Shabalov; John Fedorowicz - 6; 4-7. Leonid Yudasin; Ilye Figler; Daniel Shapiro; Boris Privman - 5.5; etc.

The Indian National A Chess Championship 2003 took place at Chessindia Complex, Calicut, 5th-20th December.
1-2. Ganguly SS; Sandipan Chanda - 17.5 from 23; 3. P.Harikrishna - 17; 4-6. Abhijit Kunte, Dibyendu Barua, Koneru Humpy - 15; etc.
World renowned Chess Coach Grandmaster Evgeny Vladimirov of Kazakhstan is giving expert live commentary of the games.

The Carlos Torre Memorial 2003 took place in Merida (Mexico) 12th-21st December.
Final
Valerij Filippov - Yuniesky Quezada 0.5-1.5
Semifinals
Valerij Filippov - Alonso Zapata 1.5-0.5
Boris Gelfand - Yuniesky Quezada 0.5-1.5
Quarterfinals
Alonso Zapata - Rafael Espinosa 1.5-0.5
Valerij Filippov - Amon Simutowe 1.5-0.5
Boris Gelfand - Dionisio Aldama 2-0
Liviu-Deter Nisipeanu - Yuniesky Quezada 2-3
1/8 finals
Alexei Dreev - Rafael Espinosa 0.5-1.5
Juan Carlos Gonzalez - Alonso Zapata 2.5-3.5
Valerij Filippov - Manuel Perez 2-0
Vadim Milov - Amon Simutowe 0-2
Boris Gelfand - Gilberto Hernandez 1.5-0.5
Alejandro Ramirez - Dionisio Aldama 0.5-1.5
Liviu-Deter Nisipeanu - Roman Hernandez 3-1
Tomas Luther - Yuniesky Quezada 2-3
Games (202, zipped pgn)

The Admiraltejsky 2003 women tournament took place in St. Petersburg (Russia) 8th-17th December.
Ekaterina Korbut Sofya Zigangirova Monika Tsiganova Photos: admiraltejsky.narod.ru
Ekaterina Korbut, Sofya Zigangirova and Monika Tsiganova. Photos: admiraltejsky.narod.ru.
Final Standings
1. Ekaterina Korbut - 7; 2-3. Julia Kochetkova; Olga Stjazhkina - 6.5; 4-7. Anna Dushenok; Svetlana Petrenko; Sofya Zigangirova; Monika Tsiganova - 4.5; 8-9. Leili Piarnpuu; Svetlana Bezgodova - 2.5; 10. Elena Bystryakova - 2.

The First Saturday December 2003 tournaments took place in Budapest (Hungary) 6th-18th December.
GM: 1-2. Vajda, Levente; Miton, Kamil - 9.5 from 13; 3. Antal, Gergely - 8.5; etc.
IM: 1. Sergeev, Vladimir - 9.5 from 11; 2. Seel, Christian - 8.5; 3. Brustkern, Juergen - 8; etc.

The NAO 3rd GM tournament 2003 took place in France 15th - 23rd December.
1. Shchekachev, Andrei - 7.5 from 9; 2. Maze, Sebastien - 5.5; 3. Murey, Jacob - 5; etc.

The Masters Comtois Belfort 2003 took place in France 15th-24th December.
1. Gurevich, Mikhail - 7 from 10; 2. Fressinet, Laurent - 6; 3. Bauer, Christian - 5.5; 4. Tregubov, Pavel - 5; 5. Le Roux, Jean-Pierre - 3.5; 6. Hamdouchi, Hichem - 3.
Games (30, zipped pgn)

Bundesliga 2003-2004
The 5th - 7th rounds of the Bundesliga 2003-2004 took place in Germany in December.
Games (144, zipped pgn)

The Pamplona 2003 chess tournament took place in Spain 20th-28th December.
Games (28, zipped pgn)
1-3. Illescas Cordoba,Miguel; McShane,Luke; Sutovsky,Emil - 4.5; 4. Bologan,Viorel - 3.5; 5-6. Romero Holmes,Alfonso; Nakamura,Hikaru - 3; 7-8. Karjakin,Sergey; Pelletier,Yannick - 2.5.

The North American Open 2003 took place in Las Vegas (USA) 26th-29th December.
1. Shabalov, Alexander - 5.5 from 6; 2-6. Ehlvest, Jaan; Milov, Vadim; Shulman, Yuri; Kacheishvili, Giorgi; Najer, Evgeniy - 5; 7-12. Filippov, Valerij; Kaidanov, Gregory; Izoria, Zviad; Goldin, Alexander; Akobian, Varuzhan; Matikozian, Andranik - 4.5; etc.

The Eastern Open Tournament 2003 took place in Washington (USA) 26th-29th December.
1-2. Sherzer, Alex; Smetankin, Stanislav - 6.5 from 8; 3. Kudrin, Sergey - 6; 4-6. Rubenchik, Rodion; Figler, Ilye; Bengtson, Matthew - 5.5; etc.

The Nice International Open 2003 took place in France 26th-30th December.
1-2. Lazarev, Vladimir; Abergel, Thal - 6 from 7; 3-10. Cornette, Matthieu; Dunis, Aurelien; Bujisho, Benjamin; Komljenovic, Davor; Gachet, Sebastien; Mrdja, Milan; Libiszewski, Fabien; Drenchev, Petar - 5.5; etc.

The Zurich Weihnachtsopen 2003 took place in Switzerland 26th-31th December.
1-12. Savchenko Stanislav; Shneider Alexandr; Fridman Daniel; Golod Vitali; Gallagher Joseph; Greenfeld Alon; Burmakin Vladimir; Kengis Edvins; Ginsburg Gennadij; Pikula Dejan; Moor Olivier; Hochstrasser Michael - 5.5 from 7; etc.

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