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The review of chess events for May, 2002

by Boris Schipkov

The new Chess Club CAISSA of RETHYMNO and KYDON SPORTS CLUB of CHANIA are organising in Rethymno 27th April - 2nd May the Chess Festival EASTER IN RETHYMNO 2002. The famous Viktor Korchnoi and the Girl World Champion 1999 Maria Kouvatsou will play a match of two rapid games (20' and 10'' per move) on 29th April at 17:00 time on Greece (+2GMT). Also other events.
Maria Kouvatsou - Viktor Korchnoi 0-1, 1/2.
Maria Kouvatsou vs Anatoly Karpov Viktor Korchnoi
Maria Kouvatsou vs Anatoly Karpov. Viktor Korchnoi. Photos: Mary Vigliraki.

The Eurotel 2002 World Chess Trophy took place in Prague (Czech Republic) April 27th - May 5th. Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Judit Polgar were amongst the players. Knockout.
Rounds 1-5 Results
Viswanathan Anand wins the Eurotel 2002 World Chess Trophy.
Games (82, zipped pgn)

License To Chess
Prague (Czech Republic), May 6
Prague Chess Unity Plan (Signed by H.E. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President; Bessel Kok; Garry Kasparov; Vladimir Kramnik; Yasser Seirawan; Alexey Orlov, President World Chess Foundation). "The Dortmund winner will play the Classical World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik and the present FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov will play Garry Kasparov, the current World's number one rated player. The two match winners will play a reunification Classical Chess World Championship match in October/November 2003".
We see that two top ten players are missing from the ETV and FIDE cycles: Viswanathan Anand and Vassily Ivanchuk. FIDE shall issue a license to (unknown) World Chess Foundation to manage professional chess as a profitable business.

The 59th Polish Championship 2002 took place in Warsaw April 28 - May 12.
1. Michal Krasenkow - 10.5 from 13; 2. Bartlomiej Macieja - 10; 3. Tomasz Markowski - 9; etc.

The Mitropa Cup 2002 took place in Leipzig (Germany) 3rd-11th May.
Final Standings
1. Slovenia - 27; 2. Germany - 26; 3. Hungary - 21.5 (13); 4. Switzerland - 21.5 (10); 5. Slovakia - 17.5; 6. Italy - 15.5; 7-8. Czech Republic and Croatia - 14.5 (6); 9. Austria - 12; 10. France - 10.

The Uruguay Championship 2002 took place 6th-16th May in Montevideo. Round Robin, 12 players.
1. Crosa, Martin - 9; 2-3. Roselli Mailhe, Bernardo; Giaccio, Alfredo - 8.5; etc.

The XXXVII Capablanca Memorial 2002 took place in Havana (Cuba) May 5th-17th.
ELITE. 1. Bruzon, Lazaro - 6; 2. Dominguez, Lenier - 5.5; 3-4. Nogueiras, Jesus; Vera, Reynaldo - 5; 5. Arencibia, Walter - 4.5; 6-8. Stefansson, Hannes; Zapata, Alonso; Nataf, Igor-Alexandre - 4; 9-10. Morovic Fernandez, Ivan; Kogan, Artur - 3.5.
PREMIER I. 1. Del Rio, Salvador - 8.5 from 11; 2. Cacho, Sergio - 7; etc.
PREMIER II. 1. Herrera, Irisberto - 7.5 from 11; 2. Zarnicki, Pablo - 7; etc.

The First Saturday May 2002 tournaments took place in Budapest (Hungary) 4th-16th May.
GM, cat. VII (2410), 11 players. 1. Kallio, Heikki - 8.5; 2. Balogh, Csaba - 7.5; etc.
IM, cat. II (2277), 12 players. 1. Berczes, Csaba - 8.5; 2. Bui Vinh - 8; etc.

The Russian Women Championship 2002 took place in Elista 10-19 May. Swiss, 9 rounds, 34 players.
Games (152, zipped pgn)
Final Standings
1. Kosintseva, Tatiana - 7; 2-4. Matveeva, Svetlana; Polovnikova, Ekaterina; Zimina, Olga - 6.5; etc.
In the 5th round Julia Demina (Novosibirsk) beautifully sacrificed a knight and won.

The Lithuanian Championship 2002 took place in Vilnius May 17th-25th. 12 players, cat. IX (2462).
1. Rozentalis, Eduardas - 8; 2. Malisauskas, Vidmantas - 7; 3-4. Zagorskis, Darius; Sulskis, Sarunas - 6.5; etc.

The Borowski GM tournament 2002 took place in Essen (Germany) 16th-25th May. Category 16 (2634).
Games (45, zipped pgn)
Final Standings
1. Zvjaginsev - 7.5; 2. Leko - 7; 3-4. Lutz, Krasenkow - 5.5; 5-8. Fridman, Jussupow, Kasimdzhanov, Korchnoi - 3.5; 9. Luther - 3; 10. Dautov - 2.5.
Rounds 1-9 Results
Crosstable of the Borowski tournament 2002

The Russian Club Championship 2002 took place in Ekaterinburg May 17th-26th.
Round Robin, 2 groups, 16 teams. Three winners from each group qualify to the Round Robin Final. For victory in match - 2 points, for a draw 1 point.
Evgeny Bareev, Peter Svidler, Vladimir Akopian are amongst the players.
The Siberian teams are: Gazovik, Lidrih, Norilsk Nickel, Novokuznetsk, Sibir, Transsib, Yugra.
Games (180, zipped pgn)
Final. Final Standings
1. Ladia Kazan - 7 (17); 2. Norilsk Nickel - 7 (16.5); 3. Lentransgas (St. Petersburg-LTG) - 5 (14.5); 4. Gazovik (Tyumen) - 4 (14); 5. Sibir (Tomsk) - 4 (14); 6. University (Maykop) - 3 (14).
Crosstable of the Final
For 7-12 places. Final Standings
7. Politehnik (Nizhny Tagil) - 8 (18.5); 8. GShK (Saratov) - 7 (16.5); 9. Novokuznetsk - 5 (15.5); 10. Magnezit (Satka) - 5 (15); 11. St. Petersburg-2 - 3 (14.5); 12. FESTU (Vladivostok) - 2 (10).
Round 10, May 26
Final
Norilsk Nickel - University (Maykop) 4-2
Sibir (Tomsk) - Lentransgas (St. Petersburg-LTG) 3-3
Gazovik (Tyumen) - Ladia Kazan 2-4
For 7-12 places
Politehnik (Nizhny Tagil) - GShK (Saratov) 3-3
Magnezit (Satka) - Novokuznetsk 2-4
St. Petersburg-2 - FESTU (Vladivostok) 4-2

Round 9, May 25
Final
Ladia Kazan - Norilsk Nickel 3-3
University (Maykop) - Lentransgas (St. Petersburg-LTG) 2.5-3.5
Sibir (Tomsk) - Gazovik (Tyumen) 2.5-3.5
For 7-12 places
Magnezit (Satka) - GShK (Saratov) 3-3
Politehnik (Nizhny Tagil) - FESTU (Vladivostok) 5.5-0.5
St. Petersburg-2 - Novokuznetsk 2.5-3.5

Round 8, May 24
Final
Norilsk Nickel - Sibir (Tomsk) 2.5-3.5
Lentransgas (St. Petersburg-LTG) - Ladia Kazan 2-4
Gazovik (Tyumen) - University (Maykop) 3.5-2.5
For 7-12 places
GShK (Saratov) - St. Petersburg-2 3.5-2.5
FESTU (Vladivostok) - Magnezit (Satka) 2-4
Novokuznetsk - Politehnik (Nizhny Tagil) 2.5-3.5

Preliminary Rounds 1-7 Results
Group I. Final Standings
1. Norilsk Nickel - 14 (28); 2. Lentransgas (St. Petersburg-LTG) - 11 (25.5); 3. Gazovik (Tyumen) - 10 (27.5); 4. GShK (Saratov) - 6 (20); 5. FESTU (Vladivostok) - 5 (17.5); 6. Novokuznetsk - 4 (18); 7. Transsib (Novosibirsk) - 4 (16.5); 8. Lidrih (Omsk) - 2 (15).
Group II. Final Standings
1. University (Maykop) - 13 (25.5); 2. Ladia Kazan - 12 (27); 3. Sibir (Tomsk) - 10 (25.5); 4. Politehnik (Nizhny Tagil) - 7 (21); 5. Magnezit (Satka) - 6 (20); 6. St. Petersburg-2 - 4 (19.5); 7. Yugra (Surgut) - 4 (16.5); 8. Lokomotiv (Khabarovsk) - 0 (13).

The 11th Chicago Open 2002 took place in Oak Brook, Illinois (USA) 24th-27th May. 7 rounds, 117 players.
1-7. Kaidanov, Gregory; Ehlvest, Jaan; Shabalov, Alexander; Yudasin, Leonid; Ibragimov, Ildar; Kacheishvili, Giorgi; Yermolinsky, Alex - 5.5; etc.

The Final Coupe de France 2002 took place in Paris 25th May.
NAO - Montpellier 2.5-1.5
Games (4, pgn)
Kramnik (NAO) - Vallejo Pons (M) 1/2
Hamdouchi (M) - Bacrot (NAO) 1/2
Santo Roman (M) - Spassky (NAO) 0-1
Maze (NAO) - Prie (M) 1/2.

Grandmasters' open letter to FIDE (27.05.2002)

The 32nd Bosna 2002 tournament took place in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) 21st-31st May.
Games (45, zipped pgn)
1. Movsesian - 6; 2. Sokolov - 5.5; 3-6. Smirin, Shirov, Dreev, Radjabov - 5; 7. Georgiev - 4.5; 8-9. Dizdarevic, Kurajica - 3.5; 10. Kozul - 2.

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