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The review of chess events for November, 2003

by Boris Schipkov

The Spanish Championship 2003 took place in Burgos 24th October - 1st November.
Final
De la Riva Aguado - Del Rio Angelis 3-1 (1/2, 1/2; 1-0, 1-0).

The Rohde Open 2003 took place in Sautron (France) 25th October - 2nd November.
1-3. Istratescu, Andrei; Stocek, Jiri; Fedorchuk, Sergey - 7 from 9; 4-7. Makarov, Marat; Maze, Sebastien; Prasad, Devaki; Dobrev, Nanko - 6.5; etc.

The Curacao International Open 2003 took place in Willemstad 25th October - 3rd November.
1-4. Gulko, Boris; Shabalov, Alexander; Huebner, Robert; Greenfeld, Alon - 6.5 from 9; etc.

The International Open of Corsica 2003, October 28th-3rd November.
Final
Anand - Topalov 4-2 (1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2; 1-0, 1-0).
Semifinals
Topalov - Shirov 2.5-1.5.
Anand - Grischuk 1.5-0.5.

The World Youth Chess Championships 2003 and the 74th FIDE Congress took place in Halkidiki (Greece) 23 October - 2 November.
THE 2003 WORLD CHAMPIONS
Boys 18 - Shakhiriyaz Mamedyarov GM AZE - 10 from 11.
Girls 18 - Nana Dzagnidze WGM GEO - 9.
Boys 16 - Borki Predojevic BIH - 9.
Girls 16 - Polina Malysheva RUS - 8.5.
Boys 14 - Sergei Zhigalko BLR - 9.
Girls 14 - Valentina Gunina WFM RUS - 9.
Boys 12 - Chenpeng Wei CHN - 10.
Girls 12 - Ding Yixin CHN - 10.
Boys 10 - Sanan Sjugirov RUS - 9.5.
Girls 10 - Hou Yifan CHN - 9.5.

The Selfoss Milk Tournament 2003 took place October 29 - November 7th in Iceland.
1-2. Sokolov, Ivan; Nikolic, Predrag - 7; 3. Malakhov, Vladimir - 6.5; 4. Vallejo Pons, Francisco - 5; 5-6. Rowson, Jonathan; Fressinet, Laurent - 4.5; 7. Bologan, Viorel - 4; 8. Stefansson, Hannes - 2.5; 9-10. Thorhallsson, Throstur; De Firmian, Nick - 2.

The H.J. Ralston Memorial 2003, a Category 3 (2320) IM norm round robin took place at the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club in San Francisco (USA) from October 28 - November 9.
1. Yermolinsky, Alex - 10 from 11; 2. Mezentsev, Vladimir - 7.5; 3. De Guzman, Ricardo - 6.5; etc.

The Leuven Open 2003 took place in Belgium November 7th-11th.
1. Torre Eugenio - 8 from 9; 2-4. Epishin Vladimir; Antonio Rogelio; Villamayor Buenaventura - 7; etc.

The First Saturday November 2003 tournaments took place in Budapest (Hungary) 1st-13th November.
GM: 1. Sarakauskas, Gediminas - 8.5 from 13; 2-3. Ovsejevitsch, Sergei; Bui Vinh - 8; etc.
IM: 1. Szabo, Krisztian - 8 from 10; 2. Lengyel, Bela - 7.5; etc.

The Chesspangenberg Open 2003 took place in Buenos Aires (Argentina) November 4th - 13th.
1-3. Ricardi, Pablo; Felgaer, Ruben; Peralta, Fernando - 7.5 from 9; etc.

The Bavarian International Championship 2003 took place in Bad Wiessee (Germany) November 8th - 16th.
1-3. Atalik, Suat; Doettling, Fabian; Bromberger, Stefan - 7.5 from 9; etc.

The match Kasparov vs X3D Fritz 2003 took place in New York (USA) 11th-18th November.
Kasparov vs X3D Fritz 2-2 (1/2, 0-1, 1-0, 1/2).
4. X3D Fritz - Garry Kasparov 1/2. Queen's Gambit Accepted. Garry levelled.
3. Garry Kasparov - X3D Fritz 1-0. Semi-Slav. Garry decided on a good anti-computer plan with closed position. He had a clear advantage.
2. X3D Fritz - Garry Kasparov 1-0. Spanish. White stood slightly better in the opening. Garry obtained counterplay on the kingside, but then he made a mistake 32...Rg7. Better was 32...Rc8 with equality.
1. Garry Kasparov - X3D Fritz 1/2. Semi-Slav. Garry grabbed the exchange, but Fritz had good drawing chances. Perpetual check.
Games (4, pgn)

Bundesliga 2003-2004
The 1st - 4th rounds of the Bundesliga 2003 took place in Germany in November.
Standings after round 4
1. SG Porz 5 27,0 9:1
2. SC Baden-Oos 4 23,5 8:0
3. SV Werder Bremen 4 21,0 7:1
4. Hamburger SK 4 25,0 6:2
5. Bremer SG 4 18,5 6:2
6. SF Katernberg 5 17,5 4:6
7. SC Kreuzberg 4 15,5 4:4
8. TV Tegernsee 3 14,0 4:2
9. SF Neukolln 4 14,5 3:5
10. SV Wattenscheid 4 14,0 2:6
11. SG Solingen 4 12,0 2:6
12. SCA St. Ingbert 4 11,0 2:6
13. SK Konig Plauen 3 7,5 2:4
14. SV Hofheim 4 10,5 1:7
15. Stuttgarter SF 4 8,5 0:8
Games (232, zipped pgn)

The Bali Rapid International 2003 took place in Benidorm (Spain) 27th-29th November.
1. Topalov, Veselin - 7; 2-3. Anand, Viswanathan; Radjabov, Teimour - 6.5; 4. Vallejo Pons, Francisco - 6; 5. Karjakin, Sergey - 5; 6-8. Hillarp Persson, Tiger; Azmaiparashvili, Zurab; Mamedyarov, Shakhriyaz - 4.5; 9-10. Graf, Alexander; Polgar, Judit - 4; 11. Romero Holmes, Alfonso - 2.5.
Games (55, zipped pgn)

The National Chess Congress 2003 took place in Philadelphia (USA) November 28th-30th.
1-2. Novikov, Igor; Ibragimov, Ildar - 5 from 6; 3-10. Onischuk, Alexander; Shulman, Yury; Stripunsky, Alexander; Sherzer, Alex; Ivanov,Alexander; Milman, Lev; Sarkar, Justin; Benen, Samson - 4.5; etc.
Ibragimov took first place because Novikov did not stay for the speed playoff.

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