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The review of chess events for December, 2005

by Boris Schipkov

The Italian Championship 2005 took place in Cremona 23rd November - 4th December.
Playoff: Arlandi, Ennio - Godena, Michele 0-2
1-2. Godena, Michele; Arlandi, Ennio - 8.5/11; 3. Contin, Daniel - 7.5.

Bundesliga 2005-2006
The 5th and 6th rounds of the Bundesliga took place in Germany 10th-11th December 2005.
Standings after round 7
1. OSC Baden-Baden 7 13 40
2. Werder Bremen 7 12 35
3. TV Tegernsee 7 11 33
4. SG Solingen 7 11 32
5. SF Katernberg 7 10 35
6. SG Porz 7 10 34
7. Mülheim Nord 7 9 33
8. SC Kreuzberg 7 8 29
9. Hamburger SK 7 6 30.5
10. SV Wattenscheid 7 6 26.5
11. SC Eppingen 7 4 25
12. SG Kirchheim 7 4 20.5
13. SF Berlin 1903 7 3 23
14. Godesberger SK 7 3 22.5
15. SC Leipzig-Gohlis 6 0 11.5
16. SK Zehlendorf 6 0 9.5

Interview by Bessel Kok, candidate for FIDE president for World Chess Network, Tuesday, 13th December 2005

The World Chess Cup 2005 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) November 26th - 17th December.
Final Standings
1. Levon Aronian 2. Ruslan Ponomariov 3. Etienne Bacrot 4. Alexander Grischuk 5. Evgeny Bareev 6. Boris Gelfand 7. Sergei Rublevsky 8. Mikhail Gurevich 9. Gata Kamsky 10. Magnus Carlsen 11. Vladimir Malakhov 12. Francisco Vallejo Pons 13. Alexey Dreev 14. Loek Van Wely 15. Joel Lautier 16. Konstantin Sakaev.
Final For 1 Place (Round 7, December 15-17)
Ponomariov-Aronian 1/2 (Spanish), 1/2 (Sharp endgame, Levon had an extra pawn); 0-1 (Queen's Gambit. Levon won a piece), 0-1 (Passed pawns).
For 3 Place
Bacrot-Grischuk 1/2 (Spanish Marshall), 1/2 (A quick draw); 1-0 (Queen's Indian. Etienne had a strong central pawn and attacked), 1/2 (Alexander obtained some advantage).
For 5 Place
Gelfand-Bareev 1/2, 1/2 (A quick draw); 0-1 (Slav. Evgeny exploited the kingside weaknesses), 1/2 (Boris won the exchange).
For 7 Place
Rublevsky-Gurevich 1-0, 1/2 (Perpetual check).
For 9 Place
Carlsen-Kamsky 1-0 (Sicilian. Double-edged fight, Magnus attacked), 0-1 (Sicilian. Gata took pawns); 0-1 (Slav. Gata grabbed a pawn), 0-1 (Magnus had a comfortable endgame and could win with 48.Ne3+).
For 11 Place
Malakhov-Vallejo Pons 1-0, 1/2 (Unclear).
For 13 Place
Van Wely-Dreev 1-0 (Loek grabbed pawns on the kingside), 0-1 (Alexey won the exchange); 1/2 (Queen's Gambit. Perpetual check), 0-1.
For 15 Place
Sakaev-Lautier 1/2, 1/2; 1-0, 0-1; 1/2, 1/2; 1/2.

Games R5-R7 (85, zipped pgn)

Round 3-6 Results

Round 2 Results (November 30 - December 2): Carlsen-Ammonatov 1.5-0.5 (White had a good bishop in the centre, then won the exchange), Naiditsch-Bareev 0.5-1.5 (1.Draw by repetition. 2.Arkadij made a mistake in the endgame), Motylev-Ponomariov 1.5-2.5, Bocharov-Kamsky 1-3 (In the second game Dmitry had the better chances. 3.Gata won with a fork).
Round 1 Results (November 27-29): Needleman-Grischuk 0-2, Kuderinov-Shirov 0.5-1.5, Flores-Radjabov 0-2 (A sharp fight, White attacked), Ponomariov-Ahmed 1.5-0.5, Kamsky-Zhao 1.5-0.5, Bocharov-Smirnov 1.5-0.5 (1.d4, White had a strong passed pawn), etc.
Games R1-R4 (388, zipped pgn)

The Bykova Memorial 2005 took place in Vladimir (Russia) December 7-18.
1. Pogonina Natalija - 8.5/11; 2. Paehtz Elisabeth - 8; 3. Sudakova Irina - 7.5.

The Brazilian Championship 2005 took place in Guarulhos 12th-20th December.
1-2. Fier, Alexander Hilario Takeda; Milos, Gilberto - 7.5/10; 3-4. Lima, Darcy Gustavo; Coelho, Luis - 6.

The Chess Memorial of Stanislaw Gawlikowski 2005 took place in Warsaw (Poland) 16th-18th December.
Final: Malaniuk Vladimir - Gyimesi Zoltan 0.5-1.5
Semifinal: Zubov Alexander - Malaniuk Vladimir 1-2; Gyimesi Zoltan - Korchnoi Viktor 1.5-0.5.

The Pamplona International 2005 took place in Spain 23rd-29th December.
1. Ponomariov, R - 5/7; 2-3. Harikrishna, P; Cheparinov, I - 4.5; 4. Tiviakov, S - 4; 5. Fressinet, L - 3.5; 6. Izoria, Z - 3; 7. Timman, J - 2; 8. De la Riva Aguado, O - 1.5.

The Memorial Carlos Torre Repetto 2005 took place in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 15th-23rd December.
Final: Krasenkow,M-Bruzon,L 2-3
Semifinal: De la Paz,F-Krasenkow,M 0-2, Mitkov,N-Bruzon,L 0-2.

The Russian Championship Superfinal 2005 took place in Moscow 18th-30th December.
1. Rublevsky, Sergei - 7.5; 2-3. Jakovenko, Dmitry; Morozevich, Alexander - 6.5; 4-6. Bareev, Evgeny; Zvjaginsev, Vadim; Svidler, Peter - 6; 7. Kramnik, Vladimir - 5.5; 8. Motylev, Alexander - 5; 9-10. Dreev, Alexey; Khalifman, Alexander - 4.5; 11-12. Tomashevsky, Evgeny; Volkov, Sergey - 4.
R11: Morozevich-Motylev 1-0.
R10: Tomashevsky-Zvjaginsev 1-0 (Vadim gave a knight), Motylev-Bareev 1-0 (A sharp fight).
R9: Bareev-Svidler 1-0 (Evgeny had a nice game in the Gruenfeld due to a strong central pawn), Morozevich-Dreev 1-0 (Alexander had good bishops and pawns), Volkov-Tomashevsky 1-0 (Sergey outmanoeuvred his opponent).
R8: Rublevsky-Jakovenko 1-0 (Sergei won in the endgame), Dreev-Bareev 1-0 (Alexey played well), Motylev-Volkov 1-0.
R7: Jakovenko-Tomashevsky 1-0, Bareev-Morozevich 1-0 (White quickly obtained a huge advantage).
R6: Kramnik-Bareev 0-1 (The combination 38...Rxa5!), Dreev-Volkov 0-1 (Sergey grabbed the exchange), Motylev-Jakovenko 0-1 (Rook vs two knights).
R5: Tomashevsky-Kramnik 0-1 (Dutch Stonewall set-up), Volkov-Morozevich 0-1 (Alexander attacked on the kingside), Rublevsky-Motylev 1-0 (Sergei obtained a small edge).
R4: Morozevich-Khalifman 1-0 (White attacked), Bareev-Volkov 1-0 (Two bishops vs rook).
R3: Tomashevsky-Svidler 0-1 (Evgeny had a passive position, blundered a pawn), Rublevsky-Dreev 1-0 (Alexey played Qf6-f5-h5-g6-f6-d8 in the opening, so he must lose), Volkov-Zvjaginsev 0-1 (Sergey overlooked 26...Qxg3!), Jakovenko-Morozevich 1-0 (1.d4).
R2: Zvjaginsev-Khalifman 1-0 (Interesting), Kramnik-Volkov 1-0 (Vladimir seized the centre).
R1: Svidler-Kramnik 1-0 (Peter gradually outplayed the rival), Rublevsky-Bareev 1-0.
Games (66, zipped pgn)

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