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The review of chess events for May, 2004

by Boris Schipkov

The Polish Men's Championship 2004 took place in Warsaw April 24th - May 7th.
1. Macieja, Bartlomiej - 9 from 13; 2-4. Krasenkow, Michal; Kempinski, Robert; Gdanski, Jacek - 8.5; etc.

The Sigeman 2004 Chess Tournament took place in Malmo and Copenhagen April 30th - May 9th.
Magnus Carlsen had a clear edge in the Sicilian B33 against Hector and Aagaard. Hillarp Persson had a crushing attack in the Dutch Defence against Hansen and would win with 26...Bxh3, but lost in few moves.
1-2. Peter Heine Nielsen, Curt Hansen - 6; 3. Magnus Carlsen - 5.5; 4. Alexander Beliavsky - 5; 5-6. Eduardas Rozentalis, Jonny Hector - 4.5; 7. Evgeny Agrest - 4; 8. Tiger Hillarp-Persson - 3.5; 9-10. Jacob Aagaard, Nick de Firmian - 3.
Games (45, zipped pgn)

Site: http://www.sigeman-chess.com/

German Bundesliga 2003-2004 Playoff took place in Baden-Baden May 9th. SG Porz became the champion.
SG Porz - SC Baden Oos 4.5-3.5
Christopher Lutz - Viswanathan Anand 0-1
Loek Van Wely - Alexei Shirov 1-0
Ivan Sokolov - Peter Svidler 1/2
Ulf Andersson - Francisco Vallejo Pons 0-1
Alexander Graf - Rustem Dautov 1-0
Mikhail Gurevich - Robert Huebner 1/2
Rafael Vaganian - Rainer Buhmann 1-0
Erik Van den Doel - Ludger Keitlinghaus 1/2
Games (8, pgn)

The First Saturday May 2004 tournaments took place in Budapest (Hungary) 1st-13th May.
GM: 1. Chernyshov, Konstantin - 8 from 10; 2. Papp, Gabor - 6.5; etc.
IM: 1. Turzo, Attila - 9 from 13; 2. Chetverik, Maxim - 8; 3-5. Poulsen, Martin; Wendt, Jan-Dietrich; Berczes, David - 7.5; etc.
Site: http://www.firstsaturday.hu/

The Classical World Chess Championship 2004 between the titleholder Vladimir Kramnik (28) and the Hungarian challenger Peter Leko (24) will take place from September 25 to October 18, 2004 at the CENTRO DANNEMANN in Brissago at Lago Maggiore (Ticino / Switzerland) over 14 games of chess with classical time controls. The organizer, the Swiss CENTRO DANNEMANN, has made available prize money in the amount of one million Swiss franks.
As referee, the organizer has appointed the internationally renowned Dr. Markus Angst (Switzerland), Dr. Andrzej Filipowicz (Poland) and Albert Vasse (The Netherlands). The cornerstones of the set of rules are the game plan as well as the classical time for reflection, which are in harmony with the 118-year old tradition of the great World Championship duels.
Vladimir Kramnik, since his victory over Garry Kasparov in November 2000 in London, the respected World Chess Champion, meets in Peter Leko the only player who is able to show a positive balance in the previous meetings with serious, classical time controls. Both protagonists expect an exciting course and a hard-fought outcome of the competition. Asked about his chances to defend the title, the Russian said: "Leko is the least attractive and most difficult opponent that I could meet. At the moment, he is a greater challenge than Kasparov. I estimate my chances at 55 percent, no more". Leko showed himself to be very self-confident: "Kramnik is a strong, very strong World Champion, but I have the ability, the will and the game to beat him."The young Hungarian must live with a handicap otherwise under absolutely the same conditions. While a 7:7 draw is sufficient for a defence of the title by the World Champion, Leko must win the competition to be able to replace Kramnik as the 15th World Champion in October.
The games will be broadcast by various international television channels.
Hamburg / Brissago May 12. 2004

The Capablanca Memorial 2004 took place 5th-19th May in Havana (Cuba).
1. Dominguez,L - 9; 2. Bruzon,L - 8.5; 3-5. Delgado,N; Felgaer,R; Arencibia,W - 6.5; 6. Ikonnikov,V - 5.5; 7. Morovic,I - 5; 8-9. Gonzalez,Y; Luther,T - 4.5; 10. Ramirez,A - 4; 11. Quezada,Y - 3; 12. Maiwald,J - 2.5.

The Bosna 2004 tournament took place in Sarajevo 18th-27th May.
1. Shirov, Alexei - 7.5; 2. Movsesian, Sergei - 6; 3-4. Sokolov, Ivan; Bologan, Viorel - 5.5; 5. Kozul, Zdenko - 5; 6. Dizdarevic, Emir - 4; 7. Short, Nigel - 3.5; 8. Predojevic, Borki - 3; 9-10. Atalik, Suat; Kurajica, Bojan - 2.5.

The Major Leagues of the Russian Chess Championships 2004 took place in St. Petersburg and Tomsk May 20th-31st.
Tomsk. Final Standings
1. Motylev, Alexander - 6.5 from 9; 2-6. Timofeev, Artyom; Korotylev, Alexey; Jakovenko, Dmitry; Inarkiev, Ernesto; Smirnov, Pavel - 6; 7-8. Rustemov, Alexander; Bocharov, Dmitry - 5.5; etc.
Games (162, zipped pgn)

St. Petersburg. Final Standings
1. Dreev, Alexey - 6.5 from 9; 2-3. Tseshkovsky, Vitaly; Epishin, Vladimir - 6; 4-10. Khalifman, Alexander; Zvjaginsev, Vadim; Ivanov, Sergey; Sakaev, Konstantin; Najer, Evgeniy; Popov, Valerij; Riazantsev, Alexander - 5.5; etc.
Games (153, zipped pgn)

The European Individual Championship 2004 took place in Turkey May 15th-31th.
1-2. Ivanchuk Vassily; Nikolic Predrag - 9 from 13; 3-7. Aronian Levon; Istratescu Andrei; Miroshnichenko Evgenij; Navara David; Gurevich Mikhail - 8.5; etc.

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