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The review of chess events for May, 2007

by Boris Schipkov

The Russian Club Chess Championships 2007 took place in Sochi 1st-12th May.
1. Tomsk-400 (Siberia) - 18 (35.5); 2. Ural (Ekaterinburg) - 14 (32.5); 3. Elara (Cheboksary) - 12 (29.5); 4. Economist SGSEU (Saratov) - 11 (29.5); 5. Youth of Moscow - 10 (27.5); 6. TPS (Saransk) - 9 (28.5); 7. Shatar (Buryatia) - 5 (23); 8. Ladya (Kazan) - 5 (23); 9. YuzhUral (Cheliabinsk) - 5 (22); 10. Politehnik (Nizhny Tagil) - 1 (19).
Men: Tomsk-Shatar 4-2, Moscow-Ural 3-3; Kazan-Tomsk 2.5-3.5, Ural-Economist 3.5-2.5; YuzhUral-Ural 2-4, Tomsk-Elara 3.5-2.5; TPS-Ural 2.5-3.5, Politehnik-Tomsk 1-5; Tomsk-TPS 3.5-2.5, Ural-Shatar 4.5-1.5; Kazan-Ural 1-5, Tomsk-Moscow 4-2; Economist-Tomsk 2-4, Ural-Elara 3-3; Politehnik-Ural 2.5-3.5, Tomsk-YuzhUral 4.5-1.5; Ural-Tomsk 2.5-3.5.
Tomsk players: Alexander Morozevich, Dmitry Jakovenko, Sergey Karjakin, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Vladislav Tkachiev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Viorel Bologan, Pavel Smirnov.
Ural: Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Grischuk, Alexei Shirov, Vladimir Akopian, Vladimir Malakhov, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Alexander Motylev, Konstantin Sakaev.
Games (965, zipped pgn)

The Levon Aronian vs Vladimir Kramnik 2007 match took place in Yerevan (Armenia) May 4th-6th. Aronian-Kramnik 4-2.
Kramnik-Aronian 1-0. A theoretical duel, Marshall Ruy Lopez. The manoeuvre 25...Nf4, 26...Nh3+ check is not good. After the elegant 28.Bxe6+ Vladimir got a winning endgame.
Aronian-Kramnik 1-0. Levon obtained a small edge in the Slav, gradually outplayed the rival in the ending.
Kramnik-Aronian 0-1. In the equal position Vladimir made a mistake 31.b4. Levon grabbed the exchange.
Aronian-Kramnik 1-0. Levon seized space on the kingside. The active 18...f6 was better, trying to open the game for the bishops and rooks.
Kramnik-Aronian 1/2. A sharp fight. Vladimir could checkmate with 39.Rf7+, then Levon could win.
Aronian-Kramnik 1/2. Black had an advantage. Vladimir could win with 45...Ng4, also 36...Qxf3+ was interesting.
Games (6, pgn)

The U.S. Chess Championship 2007 took place in Stillwater, Oklahoma 15th-23rd May.
1. Alex Shabalov - 7; 2. Alex Onischuk - 6.5; 3-5. Greg Kaidanov; Yury Shulman; Julio Becerra - 6; 6-9. Sergey Kudrin; Boris Gulko; Varuzhan Akobian; Alex Stripunsky - 5.5.

The MTel Masters 2007 took place in Sofia (Bulgaria) 9th-20th May.
1. Topalov, Veselin - 5.5; 2-5. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar; Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter; Kamsky, Gata; Sasikiran, Krishnan - 5; 6. Adams, Michael - 4.5.

The Bosna tournament 2007 took place in Sarajevo May 18th-28th.
1. Movsesian, Sergei - 6.5; 2. Predojevic, Borki - 5.5; 3-4. Sokolov, Ivan; Morozevich, Alexander - 5; 5. Short, Nigel - 4.5; 6. Timofeev, Artyom - 3.5.

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