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The review of chess events for March, 2004

by Boris Schipkov

The Linares 2004 chess tournament took place in Spain 19th February - 5th March.
Final Standings
1. Vladimir Kramnik - 7 from 12; 2-3. Peter Leko, Garry Kasparov - 6.5; 4-5. Teimour Radjabov, Veselin Topalov - 6; 6-7. Alexei Shirov, Francisco Vallejo Pons - 5.

Rounds 1-14 Results

Crosstable of the Linares 2004 (rating)

Games (42, zipped pgn)

The Brazilian Chess Championship 2004 took place in Rio de Janeiro State 26th February - 3rd March. 38 players, 9 rounds.
1. Lima, Darcy - 7; 2. Matsuura, Everaldo - 6.5; 3-6. Rocha, Wellington Carlos; Resende, Antonio Carlos; Toth, Christian Endre; Reis, Paulo - 6; etc.

The Cappelle la Grande Open 2004 took place in France 28th February - 6th March. Swiss, 9 rounds, 576 players.
1-6. NAJER E.; KULAOTS K.; TIMOFEEV A.; GYIMESI Z.; GRIGORIANTS S.; KORNEEV O. - 7; etc.

The Reykjavik Open 2004 took place in The Reykjavik City Hall (Iceland) from March 7th-16th.
1-8. Alexey Dreev, Vladimir Epishin, Emil Sutovsky, Jan H Timman, Levon Aronian, Igor-Alexandre Nataf, Jaan Ehlvest, Robert Markus - 6.5 from 9; 9-11. Oleg Korneev, Sergey Erenburg, Tiger Hillarp Persson - 6; etc.

The First Saturday March 2004 tournaments took place in Budapest (Hungary) 6th-18th March.
GM: 1. Vajda, Levente - 9.5 from 12; 2. Nguyen Ngoc Truongson - 9; 3-5. Szeberenyi, Adam; Grafl, Florian; Pataki, Gyozo - 6.5; etc.
IM: 1. Kahn, Evarth - 6.5 from 9; 2-3. Berczes, David; Zigangirova, Sofya - 6; etc.

The Miskolc 2004 "Talent and Courage" chess tournament took place in Hungary March 10th-19th.
1. Varga, Zoltan - 6; 2-3. Prusikin, Michael; Goloshchapov, Alexander - 5.5; 4. Gyimesi, Zoltan - 5; 5. Portisch, Lajos - 4.5; 6-8. Balogh, Csaba; Erdos, Viktor; Antal, Gergely - 4; 9. Nevednichy, Vladislav - 3.5; 10. Firman, Nazar - 3.

The Reykjavik Rapid 2004 took place in Iceland March 17th-21st.
Final, March 21
Nigel Short - Garry Kasparov 0-1 (Double-edged fight), 1/2

Semifinals, March 20
Garry Kasparov - Peter Heine Nielsen 1/2, 1/2; 1-0 (Kasparov grabbed the exchange)
Alexey Dreev - Nigel Short 1/2, 0-1

Round 2, March 19
Nigel Short - Levon Aronian 1/2, 1-0
Jan H. Timman - Garry Kasparov 1/2, 0-1 (fork)
Peter Heine Nielsen - Emil Sutovsky 1-0 (Nielsen grabbed a pawn), 1/2
Anatoly Karpov - Alexey Dreev 0-1, 1/2 (Karpov had 2 extra pawns)

Games (15, zipped pgn)

Round 1, March 18
Helgi Olafsson - Levon Aronian 0-1, 0-1
Magnus Carlsen - Garry Kasparov 1/2, 0-1
Igor-Alexander Nataf - Emil Sutovsky 0-1, 1/2
Margeir Petursson - Alexey Dreev 0-1, 1/2
Hannes H. Stefansson - Anatoly Karpov 1-0, 0-1; 0-1
Vladimir Epishin - Peter Heine Nielsen 0-1, 0-1
Johann Hjartarson - Jan H. Timman 0-1, 1/2
Nigel Short - Stefan Kristjansson 1/2, 1-0

Blitz tournament, March 17: 1. Levon Aronian - 13; 2. Garry Kasparov - 12; 3. Emil Sutovsky - 10; 4-5. Alexey Dreev, Anatoly Karpov - 9.5; 6. Peter Heine Nielsen - 9; 7. Jan H. Timman - 8; 8. Nigel Short - 7.5; 9. Stefan Kristjansson - 7; 10-11. Johann Hjartarson, Vladimir Epishin - 6; 12-13. Hannes H. Stefansson, Margeir Petursson - 5.5; 14-15. Igor-Alexander Nataf, Magnus Carlsen - 4; 16. Helgi Olafsson - 3.5.

Cup-Finals, Erfurt, March, 19-21
19th: Quarterfinals: Single-Competition
20th: Semifinals: Single-Competition, Team-Competition
21st: Finals: Single-Competition, Team-Competition
Dr. Joachim Asendorf (SV Werder Bremen) won the Single Cup against Olaf Heinzel (FC Bayern Muenchen). SG Porz won the Team Cup against SC Baden-Oos.
Games (23, zipped pgn)

The 5th Karpov International Chess Tournament 2004 took place in Poikovsky (Russia), 17th-26th March. 10 players, Category XVIII (2676).
1-2. Grischuk, Alexander; Rublevsky, Sergei - 6; 3-4. Bologan, Viorel; Sokolov, Ivan - 5.5; 5. Zvjaginsev, Vadim - 5; 6. Onischuk, Alexander - 4.5; 7. Lautier, Joel - 4; 8-9. Aleksandrov, Aleksej; Zhang Zhong - 3.5; 10. Malakhov, Vladimir - 1.5.
Games (45, zipped pgn)

Bundesliga 2003-2004
The 10th - 13th rounds of the Bundesliga 2003-2004 took place in Germany in March.
Games (224, zipped pgn)

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