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The review of chess events for January, 2003

by Boris Schipkov

The Hilton-Schachfestival 2002-2003 took place in Basel 31st December 2002 - 5th January 2003.
ITAG-Masters
1. GM Viktor Kortschnoi - 2.5, 2.GM Yannick Pelletier - 2, 3. GM Vlastimil Hort - 1.5; 4. GM Ivan Nemet 0.
Hilton-Open
1. Tukmakov Vladimir - 6 from 7; 2-6. Pikula Dejan; Rausis Igors; Balogh Csaba; Sokolov Andrei; Solomunovic Igor - 5.5; etc.
The Casino Open 2002 took place in Basel (Switzerland) December.
Final Standings after round 7
1-2. Ikonnikov Vyacheslav; Pinter Jozsef - 5.5; etc.

The Hastings International Chess Congress 2002-2003 took place in England 28th December 2002 - 5th January 2003.
Final Standings
1. Nielsen - 6; 2-3. Arkell, Harikrishna - 5.5; 4-5. Barsov, Karjakin - 5; 6-7. McShane, Sasikiran - 4.5; 8. Flear - 4; 9. Kosteniuk - 3; 10. Tseshkovsky - 2.
Nielsen, Peter Heine (2620) - Karjakin, Sergey (2527) [D20], Premier, Hastings (1) 2002
Games (45, zipped pgn)

The Rilton Cup 2002-2003 took place 27th December 2002 - 5th January 2003 in Stockholm (Sweden).
1. Barkhagen, Jonas - 7.5; 2-4. Jussupow, Artur; Wedberg, Tom; Nyback, Tomi - 7; 5-10. Bellon, Juan; Brynell, Stellan; Berg, Emanuel; Gleizerov, Evgenij; Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina; Hunt, Harriet - 6.5; etc.

The Australian Open Chess Championship 2003 took place in Penrith 2nd-10th January. 11 rounds, 111 players.
1. Wallace, John-Paul - 9.5; 2-3. Smerdon, David; Humphrey, Jonathan - 8.5; etc.

The 8th and 9th rounds of the Bundesliga 2002-2003 took place in Germany January 11th-12th 2003. 1-2. Porz; Luebeck - 18.
Games (128, zipped pgn)

The USA Chess Championships 2003 took place in Seattle January 9th-19th.
Alexander Shabalov is the 2003 United States Chess Champion. Anna Hahn is US Women's Champion 2003.
Women's Playoff
Anna Hahn - Irina Krush 1-0, Irina Krush - Jennifer Shahade 1-0, Jennifer Shahade - Anna Hahn 0-1.
Round 9
Shabalov - Akobian 1-0 (French. Alexander courageously sacrificed two pawns for a very unclear position and attacked the black king).
Finegold - J. Shahade 1-0 (English. Ben grabbed a pawn).
Goldin - Fishbein 1-0 (Kings Indian. Alexander grabbed two pawns).
Rounds 1-8 Selected Results
Games (264, zipped pgn)
Final Standings after Round 9
1. Shabalov - 6.5; 2-8. Kaidanov, Goldin, Gulko, Benjamin, Stripunsky, Ivanov, Fedorowicz - 6; 9-17. Seirawan, De Firmian, Christiansen, Yermolinsky, Akobian, Nakamura, Zaitshik, Burnett, Sarkar - 5.5; etc.

Match Viktor Korchnoi - Darmen Sadvakasov 3-5 (1/2, 1/2, 0-1, 0-1, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2) took place in Astana city (Kazakhstan) January 10th-20th 2003.

The Corus Chess tournaments 2003 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 10th-26th.
Final Standings. Corus A
1. Anand - 8.5; 2. Polgar - 8; 3. Bareev - 7.5; 4-8. Shirov, Van Wely, Grischuk, Kramnik, Ivanchuk - 7; 9-10. Radjabov, Topalov - 6.5; 11-12. Karpov, Ponomariov - 6; 13. Krasenkow - 4.5; 14. Timman - 2.5.
Crosstable of the Corus 2003 A
Round 13, January 26
V. Anand - E. Bareev 1/2 (French. A quick draw).
T. Radjabov - J. Polgar 1/2 (Queen's Indian).
V. Topalov - A. Grischuk 1/2 (Sicilian).
L. van Wely - A. Shirov 0-1 (Queen's Gambit Accepted. Alexei outplayed the rival in the complicated endgame).
J. Timman - M. Krasenkow 1/2 (Sicilian. Black had an extra queen. Better was 14.Nxe5).
A. Karpov - V. Kramnik 1/2 (Nimzo-Indian).
V. Ivanchuk - R. Ponomariov 1-0 (Queen's Gambit Accepted. Vassily obtained two bishops advantage).
Rounds 1-12 Results

Games (182, zipped pgn)
Corus B.
Final Standings. Corus B
1. Zhong - 11; 2-3. Stellwagen, Naiditsch - 8; 4. Nijboer - 7.5; 5. Karjakin - 7; 6. de Vreugt - 6.5; 7-9. Acs, van der Wiel, Humpy - 6; 10-11. Rogers, Hector - 5.5; 12-13. Kosteniuk, Jonkman - 5; 14. Cmilyte - 4.
Round 13: D. Stellwagen - J. Hector 1-0, A. Kosteniuk - S. Karjakin 1/2, Z. Zhong - J. van der Wiel 1-0, K. Humpy - I. Rogers 1-0, H. Jonkman - V. Cmilyte 1-0, A. Naiditsch - F. Nijboer 1-0, P. Acs - D. de Vreugt 1/2.

The National "A" Championships of India 2003 took place 18th-31st January in Mumbai.
National "A"
1. Krishnan Sasikiran - 16 from 20; 2. Pentala Harikrishna - 14; 3-4. Abhijit Kunte; Dibyendu Barua - 12.5; etc.
National Women "A"
1-2. Aarthie R.; Vijayalakshmi S. - 9 from 12; 3-4. Nisha Mohota; Dronavalli Harika - 8.5; etc.

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