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The review of chess events for February, 2004

by Boris Schipkov

The Classical Chess World Championship Kramnik vs Leko will be held (possibly at the Centro Dannemann in Brissago, on the shores of the Lago Maggiore, Switzerland) from September 25 until October 18, 2004. A total of 14 games is to be played under classical time controls. Vladimir Kramnik is defending the title he won from Garry Kasparov in 2000 against Hungarian GM Peter Leko, who qualified at the Dortmund Candidates in 2002.

WIN TV 1st International Open Chess Tournament 2004 took place in Chennai (India) January 21st - February 1st.
1. Vakhidov, Tahir; Humpy, Koneru - 10 from 13; 3-7. Fominyh, Alexandre; Iskusnyh, Sergei; Smirnov, Pavel; Ziaur Rahman; Safin, Shukhrat - 9.5; etc.

The Gibraltar International Masters 2004 took place January 26th - February 5th.
1. SHORT,Nigel - 8 from 10; 2. GANGULY,Surya - 7.5; 3-5. DREEV,Alexei; HARIKRISHNA,Pentala; WELLS,Peter - 7; etc.

75. National German Championships 2004 took place in Hoeckendorf, 29th of January - 7th of February.
9 Rounds Swiss with Graf (2629), Naiditsch (2576), Gustafsson (2572), Luther (2572), Bischoff (2561), Kritz (2534), Rabiega (2527), Kalinitschew (2519), Muller (2517), Tischbierek (2507), 46 participants.
Graf, Alexander - Naiditsch, Arkadij [E02], German Championship, Hoeckendorf (8) 2004 [Notes by Boris Schipkov, 15.02.2004]

1. Graf, Alexander - 7.5 from 9; 2. Gustafsson, Jan - 6.5; 3-8. Heinemann, Thies; Kalinitschew, Sergey; Bischoff, Klaus; Rabiega, Robert; Luther, Thomas; Naiditsch, Arkadij - 6; etc.

Bundesliga 2003-2004
The 8th - 9th rounds of the Bundesliga 2003-2004 took place in Germany in February.
Games (128, zipped pgn)

The match France - Chine 2004 took place in Cannes 7th-14th February.
France - Chine 9.5-22.5.
The Cannes Open 2004 took place in France.
1-2. AGDESTEIN Simen, PALAC Mladen - 7 from 9; etc.

The AS04 Centenary 2004 chess tournament took place in Copenhagen (Denmark) February 7th-15th.
1-2. Hector, Jonny; De Firmian, Nick - 7.5 from 9; 3-5. Rozentalis, Eduardas; Ernst, Thomas; Hermansson, Emil - 7; etc.

The First Saturday February 2004 tournaments took place in Budapest (Hungary) 7th-19th February.
GM: 1. Vajda, Levente - 9 from 13; 2. Almasi, Istvan - 8.5; 3. Seres, Lajos - 8; etc.
IM: 1. Werner, Dimo - 9 from 12; 2. Galyas, Miklos - 8.5; 3. Dub, Zeev - 8; etc.

The Valle d'Aosta Open 2004 took place in Saint Vincent (Italy) February 8th-15th. 9 rounds.
1. Nisipeanu L - 7.5 from 9; 2-4. Gurevich M, Roiz M, Golod V - 7; etc.

The Jakarta 2004 tournament took place in Indonesia February 16th-25th.
1-2. Stefanova, Antoaneta; Juswanto, Denny - 6.5 from 10; 3. Adianto, Utut - 6; 4. Zhu Chen - 5; 5. Hoang Thanh Trang - 4; 6. Megaranto, Susanto - 2.

The Aeroflot Open 2004 took place in Moscow (Russia) February 17th-26th. 9 rounds.
Final Standings
1-3. Rublevsky, Sergei; Vaganian, Rafael; Filippov, Valerij - 7; etc.

Round 9: Lautier-Vaganian 0-1 (QG, rook sacrifice), Khenkin-Rublevsky 0-1 (QGA).
Round 8: Fedorov-Malakhov 1-0, Rustemov-Mamedyarov 0-1, Minasian-Graf 0-1.
Round 7: Filippov-Rustemov 1-0.
Round 6: Bacrot-Berkes 0-1, Rublevsky-Filippov 0-1, Tregubov-Meister 1-0, Rustemov-Lastin 1-0.
Round 5: Dreev-Kulaots 1-0, Malakhov-Dvoirys 0-1, Lautier-Minasian 1-0.
Round 4: Bacrot-Yakovich 1-0 (Novosibirsk Sicilian. White played 20. Qc3!? Rxd6 21. Bf5 and grabbed a pawn after 21...Qc6 22.Rxd6 Qxd6 23.Nxb5 axb5 24.Bxc8. See Lutz-Radjabov [B33], Plovdiv 2003 and my new CD "Novosibirsk Sicilian B33"), Kotronias-Sasikiran 1-0, Ulibin-Graf 0-1, Spraggett-Vescovi 1-0, Carlsen-Shaposhnikov 1-0.
Round 3: Rustemov-Movsesian 1-0 (Slav), Sulskis-Van Wely 0-1, Postny-Filippov 0-1, Malakhov-Markowski 1-0 (Sic).
Round 2: Van Wely-Romanishin 1-0 (QGA), Dvoirys-Popov 1-0, Dolmatov-Bluvshtein 0-1, Inarkiev-Maze 1-0, Movsesian-Korobov 1-0, Filippov-Zhigalko 1-0 (KI).
Round 1: Aleksandrov-Makarov 0-1 (QGA), Lautier-Yurtaev 1-0 (KI S), Smirin-Belkhodja 1-0, Sasikiran-Kosyrev 1-0, Mamedyarov-Zagrebelny 1-0 (Sic), Kobalia-Narciso Dublan 0-1, Motylev-Godena 0-1, Annakov-Volkov 0-1 (Slav), Kaidanov-Ovetchkin 1-0, Beshukov-Van Wely 0-1 (Sic LP), Cherniaev-Filippov 0-1, Zhigalko-Huzman 1-0, Socko-Blatny 1-0 etc.

The Czech Republic Championship 2004 took place in Karlovy Vary February 17th-27th.
1. Navara, David - 8 from 11; 2. Stocek, Jiri - 6.5; 3-8. Jansa, Vlastimil; Babula, Vlastimil; Voloshin, Leonid; Laznicka, Viktor; Rasik, Vitezslav; Hracek, Zbynek - 5.5; etc.

GM tournament at the former hiding place of Bobby Fischer
1-2. Gustafsson,Jan; Bezold,Michael - 7; 3. Doettling,Fabian - 5.5; 4. Hector,Johnny - 5; 5-9. Conquest,Stuart; Bischoff,Klaus; Naiditsch,Arkadij; Prusikin,Michael; Baramidze,David - 4.5; 10-11. Stellwagen,Daniel; Skripchenko,Almira - 4.
It was once a secret that Ex World Champion Bobby Fischer stayed a couple of weeks in Hotel Pulvermuehle. Other illustrious guests like Tigran Petrosian and Prof.Dr. Michail Botvinnik enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere as well.
From Feb. 18th- 28th there will be the second edition of the Fraenkische Grossmeistertage in Hotel Pulvermuehle near Bayreuth. 11 players from 5 countries compete in the Cat.11 round robin (Average 2516) GM section. Some experienced fighting players like Jonny Hector and Stuart Conquest face the younger generation like Arkadij Naiditsch, David Baramidze and Daniel Stellwagen. Jan Gustafsson who reached the magic line of 2600 is also a candidate for winning this tournament. Almira Skripchenko is also participating.
Additional there will be an 8 round match between the two young IMs Arik Braun and Jan Markos. Markos was European Champion U 16 and Braun is still watching out for this title. But his results in the past few months were quite impressive (Stockholm, German Championships). In the Nachwuchs-Cup two German and two Dutch juniors fight for the qualification the International German Championships in April in Deizisau.

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