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The review of chess events for June, 2004

by Boris Schipkov

The Women's World Chess Championship 2004 took place in Elista, Kalmykia (Russia) from 21 May till 8 June.
Antoaneta Stefanova is the Women's World Champion. Ekaterina Kovalevskaya is the Vice-Champion.
Final (June 3-5)
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina (RUS) - Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL) 0-1 (Antoaneta grabbed a pawn), 0-1 (Antoaneta outplayed the rival in the endgame), 1/2 (Ekaterina won only a pawn).
Games (3, pgn)

Semifinals Results (May 31 - June 1)
Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina - Koneru, Humpy 1-0 (Koneru had an edge, but made a mistake), 0-1 (Humpy grabbed a pawn, then better was 26...Be7); 1-0 (Ekaterina won the exchange), 1/2 (Humpy won a piece for 2 pawns).
Stefanova, Antoaneta - Chiburdanidze, Maia 1/2 (Complicated fight), 1-0 (Maia made a mistake 19.e4 and lost a pawn).
Round 4 Results (May 29-30)

Round 3 Results (May 26-27)
Cramling could win the games 3 and 6.
Round 2 Results (May 24-25)
Sebag could win in the QGA against Chiburdanidze. Krush had an extra knight against Kachiani.
Round 1 Results
Tragedy (bad luck, good luck) - Nguyen had an extra rook in the last game against Kachiani, but she overlooked stalemate.
Games (194, zipped pgn)

The 17th Ciudad de Leon rapid 2004 took place in Spain June 3rd-7th.
Final
Peter Svidler - Alexei Shirov 0.5-3.5 (0-1, 0-1, 1/2, 0-1).
Semifinals
Francisco Vallejo Pons - Peter Svidler 0.5-3.5 (0-1, 0-1, 0-1, 1/2).
Alexei Shirov - Teimour Radjabov 4-3 (1/2, 0-1, 1-0, 1/2; 0-1, 1-0, 1-0).
Games (15, zipped pgn)

The Open of Echternach 2004 took place in Luxembourg June 5th-6th. 352 players.
1-2. Kritz,Leonid; Kasimdzhanov,Rustam - 8 from 9; 3-7. Chuchelov,Vladimir; Gurevich Mikhail; Ivanchuk,Vassily; Zude,Erik; Goloshchapov,Alex - 7.5.

The II Gyorgy Marx Chess Memorial 2004 took place in Hungary 5th-15th June.
Final Standings
1. Korchnoi, Viktor - 7.5 from 10; 2. Berkes, Ferenc - 6.5; 3. Beliavsky, Alexander - 6; 4. Nevednichy, Vladislav - 4; 5-6. Portisch, Lajos; Acs, Peter - 3.

The Tigran Petrosian Memorial - Armenia vs World match 2004 took place in Moscow (Russia) 10th-15th June. Petrosian Team (Armenia): Vladimir Akopian, Smbat Lputian, Rafael Vaganian and Garry Kasparov (mother is Armenian), Peter Leko (wife is Armenian), Boris Gelfand (pupil of the Petrosian school). World: Viswanathan Anand, Michael Adams, Peter Svidler, Loek Van Wely, Etienne Bacrot, Francisco Vallejo Pons.

Armenia - World 17.5 - 18.5
2.5 - 3.5 (Kasparov-Van Wely 1-0, Anand-Lputian 1-0); 2-4; 2.5-3.5 (Van Wely - Leko 0-1); 3-3; 4-2 (Leko-Anand 1-0); 3.5-2.5 (Vaganian-Adams 1-0).
Games (36, zipped pgn)

The First Saturday June 2004 tournaments took place in Budapest (Hungary) 5th-17th June.
GM: 1. Nguyen Ngoc Truongson - 7.5 from 10; 2. Gonda, Laszlo - 6; etc.
IM: 1. Jakab, Attila - 8.5 from 10; 2-3. Boguszlavszkij, Jevgenyij; Farago, Sandor - 5.5; etc.

The CCA/ICC International 2004 took place on June 8th-13th in Stratton Mountain Vermont (USA).
1-2. Shabalov, Alexander; Fridman, Daniel - 7.5 from 10; 3. Ehlvest, Jaan - 7; 4-5. Ivanov, Alexander; Hebert, Jean - 6.5; etc.

The National Open 2004 took place in Las Vegas (USA) June 18-20. Swiss, 6 rounds, 137 players, 17 GMs.
1-5. Ehlvest, Jaan; Najer, Evgeniy; Fridman, Daniel; Yermolinsky, Alex; Akobian, Varuzhan - 5; etc.
GM Yermolinsky won the Edmondson Cup on tie-breaks.

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