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The review of chess events for July, 2007

by Boris Schipkov

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2007 took place in Dortmund (Germany) 23rd June - 1st July.
1. Vladimir Kramnik - 5; 2-4. Evgeny Alekseev, Peter Leko, Viswanathan Anand - 4; 5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 3.5; 6. Magnus Carlsen - 3; 7. Boris Gelfand - 2.5; 8. Arkadij Naiditsch - 2.
Games (28, pgn)

The Annual World Open 2007 took place June 30th-July 4th in USA.
1-9. Hikaru Nakamura, Sandipan Chanda, Leonid Yudasin, Evgeny Najer, Alexander Shabalov, Alexander Stripunsky, Victor Mikhalevski, Varuzhan Akobian, Julio Becerra - 6.5 from 9.
The title was won by Akobian who defeated Stripunsky in the Armageddon Blitz playoff game.

The Pivdenny Bank Chess Cup 2007 took place in Odessa (Ukraine) 4th-6th July.
1. Ivanchuk - 7; 2. Grischuk - 6.5; 3-4. 3. Radjabov, Shirov - 5.5; 5. Gelfand - 5; 6. Drozdovskij - 4.5; 7. Bacrot - 3.5; 8. Korchnoi - 3; 9-10. Smirin, Tukmakov - 2.5.

The XX Ciudad de Leon Chess tournament 2007 took place in Spain 4th-9th July.
Final: Veselin Topalov - Viswanathan Anand 1-3
Viswanathan Anand - Ruslan Ponomariov 3-1
Veselin Topalov - Rustam Kasimdzhanov 2.5-1.5 (In the game 2 Rustam could almost win with a knight sacrifice 22.Nxd6! Nxd6 23.e5 Nf7 24.Bxc5 in the King's Indian Saemisch or Modern Benoni, White has a clear edge after 24...Nxe5 25.fxe5 Rxe5 26.Bc4 Qc8 27.Qb4 a5 28.Qa3. You can read about the KISS in my new CD "King's Indian Saemisch System" by Boris Schipkov, ChessBase).
Games (12, pgn)

The Canadian Open Chess Championship 2007 took place 7-15 July in Ottawa.
1. Xiangzhi Bu - 8 from 10; 2-6. Nigel Short, Kamil Miton, Chanda Sandipan, Tomas Krnan, Bator Sambuev - 7.5.

The IV Continental open 2007 took place in Cali (Colombia) 10th-20th July.
1-5. Granda Zuniga Julio; Ivanov Alexander; Akobian Varuzhan; Lima Darcy; Iturrizaga Eduardo - 8/11.

The Inautomarket Open 2007 in Minsk (Belarus) took place 10th-18th July. 9 rounds.
1-2. Zhigalko, Andrey; Bocharov, Dmitry - 7.5. 3-6. Khismatullin, Denis; Miroshnichenko, Evgenij; Vysochin, Spartak; Zhigalko, Sergei - 7.

The Montreal International 2007 took place in Canada, 19th-28th July.
1. Ivanchuk, Vassily - 7; 2. Tiviakov, Sergei - 6; 3. Harikrishna, P - 5.5; 4-5. Eljanov, Pavel; Kamsky, Gata - 5; 6. Sutovsky, Emil - 4.5; 7-8. Miton, Kamil; Bluvshtein, Mark - 3.5; 9. Charbonneau, Pascal - 3; 10. Short, Nigel - 2.

The Czech Open 2007 took place in Pardubice 12th-29th July.
1-2. Babula, Vlastimil; Laznicka, Viktor - 7.5; 3-13. Schlosser, Philipp; Potkin, Vladimir; Ibrayev, Nurlan; Oleksienko, Mikhailo; Korobov, Anton; Gajewski, Grzegorz; Bobras, Piotr; Haznedaroglu, Kivanc; Maslak, Konstantin; Heberla, Bartlomiej; Kalod, Radek - 7.

The Chess Siberia 2007 tournaments took place in Novosibirsk, July 20th-29th. K.K. Suharev Memorial.
A: 1. Alexander Karpov - 7/10; 2. Rustam Kaiyrbekov - 6.5; 3. Nikolai Vekshenkov - 6.
B: 1. Ekaterina Kharashuta - 8.5/10; 2. Vasilij Malyshev - 6.5; 3-4. Vladimir Permiakov; Anton Botvinkov - 6.
Open: 1-2. Akselrod, Vladislav; Yudin, Sergei - 7/9; 3-4. Polyakevich, Stanislav; Zemtsov, Roman - 6.5.
About the result of the game Vekshenkov-Verzhansky. Alexander Verzhansky offered a draw on move 12. Soon afterwards the mobile of IM Nikolai Vekshenkov began to ring. Arbiters gave a half point to Verzhansky and zero to Vekshenkov.
However, probably the arbiters made a mistake, they could give a full point to Verzhansky.
Games (262, zipped pgn)

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