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The review of chess events for January, 2004

by Boris Schipkov

The Hastings Premier took place in England 28th December 2003 - 5th January 2004.
1-2. Rowson, Jonathan; Kotronias, Vasilios - 6; 3. Epishin, Vladimir - 5.5; 4. Kunte, Abhijit - 5; 5. Nielsen, Peter Heine - 4.5; 6-7. Hebden, Mark; Lahno, Kateryna - 4; 8-9. Conquest, Stuart; Cherniaev, Alexander - 3.5; 10. Gormally, Daniel - 3.

The Rilton Cup took place in Stockholm (Sweden) 27th December 2003 - 5th January 2004.
1-3. Åkesson, Ralf; De Firmian, Nick; Nyback, Tomi - 7 from 9; 4-13. Ringdal-Hansen; Schlosser, Philipp; Aagaard, Jacob; Kortchnoi, Victor; Fontaine, Robert; Braun, Arik; Ernst, Thomas; Kulaots, Kaido; Berkes, Ferenc; Lobron, Eric - 6.5; etc.

Joel Lautier is against Liberte, Egalite and Fraternite (by Boris Schipkov, 7.01.2004)
Games (5, pgn)

The Australian Championships took place in Adelaide 29th December 2003 - 10th January 2004.
1. Gary Lane - 9 from 11; 2. Ian Rogers - 8.5; 3. Mark Chapman - 8; etc.

The 111th New Zealand Championships 2004 took place in Wellington 2nd-10th January.
1. Ker, Anthony - 8 from 11; 2-3. Wang, Puchen; Green, Peter - 7.5; 4. Lukey, Stephen - 7; etc.

The Welsh International 2004 took place in Newport (Wales) 7th-15th January.
1. Hebden, Mark - 7.5 from 9; 2. Miezis, Normunds - 7; 3-4. Georgiev, Vladimir; Gormally, Daniel - 6.5; 5-11. Cobb, Charles; Cobb, James; Howell, David; Jones, Richard; Poulsen, Martin; Marusenko, Petr; Devereaux, Maxim - 5; etc.

The Seville Open 2004 took place in Spain 9th-17th January.
1-3. Spraggett, Kevin; Campora, Daniel; Epishin, Vladimir - 7.5 from 9; 4-9. Matamoros Franco, Carlos; Franco Ocampos, Zenon; Paunovic, Dragan; Garcia Luque, Agustin; Saldano, Horacio; Teske, Henrik - 7; etc.
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The Commonwealth Chess 2004 incorporating an International Open took place at Hotel Mirador, New Link Road, Chakala, Andheri (E), Mumbai (India) 9th-18th January.
Final Standings
1-2. Pavel Smirnov, Nigel Short - 7.5 from 9; 3-4. Marat Dzhumaev, Niaz Murshed - 7; etc.
Top seeded British Grandmaster Nigel Short is the new Commonwealth Chess Champion.

The Corus Chess tournaments 2004 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 10th-25th.
Round 13, January 25
P. Svidler - M. Adams 1/2. Spanish.
A. Shirov - V. Bologan 0-1. Russian. Alexei made a mistake 35.Be4. Better was 35.Qb5.
Z. Zhong - L. van Wely 1/2. Sicilian. White had an extra pawn.
E. Bareev - V. Akopian 1-0. Nimzo-Indian. Double-edged fight.
V. Kramnik - P. Leko 1/2. Queen's Indian. Vladimir grabbed a pawn.
V. Anand - I. Sokolov 1/2. Spanish. A quick draw.
J. Timman - V. Topalov 0-1. Veselin gradually outplayed his opponent.

Final Standings. Corus A
1. Anand - 8.5; 2-3. Leko, Adams - 8; 4-5. Topalov, Bologan - 7.5; 6-8. Kramnik, van Wely, Bareev - 6.5; 9-11. Svidler, Akopian, Shirov - 6; 12-13. Sokolov, Zhong - 5; 14. Timman - 4.
Crosstable of the Corus 2004 A

Rounds 1-12 Results

Games (91, zipped pgn)

The Bermuda Fourways International Invitational Tournament 2004 took place 15th-25th January.
1. Giovanni Vescovi - 7 from 10; 2. Boris Gelfand - 6.5; 3. Sergei Movsesian - 6; 4. Viorel Iordachescu - 4; 5. Alexander Shabalov - 3.5; 6. Bartlomiej Macieja - 3.

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