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The review of chess events for October, 2002

by Boris Schipkov

The 6th Itau Cup 2002 took place September 28th - October 5th in Sao Paulo (Brazil). Swiss, 9 rounds, 188 players.
1-3. Mikhalevski, Victor; Korneev, Oleg; Galego, Luis - 7.5; 4-9. Vescovi, Giovanni Portilho; Milos Jr., Gilberto; Leitao, Rafael Duailibe; Lima, Darcy Gustavo; Matsuura, Everaldo; Soppe, Guillermo - 7; etc.

The Monarch Assurance 2002 11th International Chess Tournament took place at the Cherry Orchard Aparthotel, Port Erin, Isle of Man, from 28 September to 6 October.
Final Standings
1. Epishin, Vladimir - 7; 2-4. Dautov, Rustem; Fridman, Daniel; Sulskis, Sarunas - 6.5; 5-9. Goloshchapov, Alexander; Kogan, Artur; Neverov, Valeriy; Hebden, Mark; Shulman, Yuri - 6; etc.

The Najdorf Memorial 2002 took place in Buenos Aires (Argentina) September 23rd - October 8th.
Final: Spangenberg, Hugo - Valerga, Diego 1.5-0.5
Semifinals
Pierrot, Facundo - Spangenberg, Hugo 2.5-3.5
Larsen, Bent - Valerga, Diego 1-3

The EUROPEAN RAPID & BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIPS 2002, that are organised by KYDON SPORTS CLUB, start on Monday morning 11:00 (time in Greece +3GMT). Playing days for the rapid are 30/9 & 1/10 and for the blitz 2/10 & 3/10.
European Rapid Championship 2002
1-2. Banikas Hristos, Movsesian Sergei - 8.5 from 11; 3-4. Milov Vadim, Karjakin Sergey - 7.5; 5-7. Sakaev Konstantin, Borovikov Vladimir, Miroshnichenko Evgenij - 7; etc.
European Blitz Championship 2002
1. Movsesian Sergei - 28.5 from 40; 2. Ehlvest Jaan - 26; 3. Nielsen Heine Peter - 24.5; 4-5. Sakaev Konstantin; Milov Vadim - 24; etc.

The European Senior Championship 2002 took place in Saint-Vincent (Italy) 28th September - 6th October.
1. Bukal, Vladimir - 7.5; 2-5. Klovans, Janis; Murey, Jacob; Taimanov, Mark; Khanukov, Boris - 7; etc.

The Russian Club Championship, 1 League (Siberia) took place in Omsk 5-9 October 2002.
Yuri Balashov was amongst the players.
Games (60, zipped pgn)
Final Standings
1. "Lidrih" Omsk - 10; 2. "Sibneft-Tomsk - 2" Tomsk - 8; 3. "Zauralie" Kurgan - 6; 4. "Garantia" Omsk - 3; 5. "Junior – club P.Izmaylov" Tomsk - 2; 6. "Sotochka" Omsk - 1.

The Spanish Championship 2002 took place in Ayamonte, Huelva 4th-12th October.
Final
Alexei Shirov - Francisco Vallejo Pons 2-0
Semi-Finals
Alexei Shirov - Herminio Herraiz 2-0
Francisco Vallejo Pons - Alfonso Romero Holmes 1.5-0.5.

The Etienne Bacrot vs. Boris Gelfand Match 2002 took place in Albert (France) 7th-13th October.
Bacrot - Gelfand 3.5-2.5 (1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1-0).

The 7th Governor's Cup Chess Tournament 2002 took place October 11-13 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (USA). 5 rounds.
1. Sergey Kudrin - 4.5; 2-6. Pavel Blatny; Yury Shulman; Alek Wojtkiewicz; Marcin Kaminski; Brian D Wall - 4; etc.

The Klaksvik International 2002 took place in Viðareiði (Faroe Islands) 12th-16th October. 10 players.
1. Pilgaard, Kim - 6.5; 2. Jakobsen, Ole - 5.5; 3. Sloth, Jorn - 5.5; etc.

The Milk Tournament 2002 took place in Iceland October 8th-16th.
1-2. Nikolic, Predrag; Sokolov, Ivan - 6.5; 3. Tregubov, Pavel - 6.0; 4-5. McShane, Luke; Stefansson, Hannes - 5.5; 6-7. Olafsson, Helgi; Oral, Tomas - 4.0; 8. Hracek, Zbynek - 3.5; 9. Kristjansson, Stefan - 2.0; 10. Thorfinnsson, Bragi - 1.5.

The First Saturday October tournaments 2002 took place 5th-17th October in Budapest (Hungary).
GM: 1. Antal, Gergely - 8 from 11; 2. Kallio, Heikki - 7.5; 3. Horvath, Peter - 6.5; etc.

The Essent tournaments 2002 took place in Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) October 11th-19th.
Crown. Final Standings
1. Acs, Peter - 4; 2-3. Polgar, Judit; Khalifman, Alexander - 3; 4. Van Wely, Loek - 2.
Games (12, pgn)
Open. Final Standings
1. Alekseev - 6.5; 2-5. Dvoirys, Hort, Rogers, De Vreugt - 6; etc.

The World Chess Cup 2002 took place in Hyderabad (India) 9th-20th October.
Viswanathan Anand and Xu Yuhua won the World Chess Cup 2002.
Games (156, zipped pgn)
Final (Men), October 19-20
Kasimdzhanov Rustam - Anand Viswanathan 1/2, 0-1.
Final (Women)
Stefanova Antoaneta - Xu Yuhua 1/2, 0-1.
Semi-Finals (Men), October 17-18
Dreev Alexey - Anand Viswanathan 1/2, 1/2; tie-break 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 0-1.
Beliavsky Alexander - Kasimdzhanov Rustam 1/2, 0-1.
Semi-Finals (Women)
Matveeva Svetlana - Stefanova Antoaneta 0-1, 0-1.
Xu Yuhua - Koneru Humpy 1/2, 1-0.
Quarter-Finals (Men), October 15-16
Malakhov Vladimir - Anand Viswanathan 1/2, 0-1.
Ye Jiangchuan - Kasimdzhanov Rustam 0-1, 1/2.
Short Nigel - Dreev Alexander 1/2, 1/2; tie-break 1/2, 0-1.
Beliavsky Alexander - Rublevsky Sergei 1-0, 1/2.
Quarter-Finals (Women)
Irina Krush - Svetlana Matveeva 0-1, 1/2.
Koneru Humpy - Li Ruofan 1-0, 0-1; tie-break 1-0, 1-0.
Wang Pin - Stefanova Antoaneta 1/2, 0-1.
S Meenakshi - Xu Yuhua 1/2, 0-1.
Round 5, October 14: Malakhov-Ivanchuk 1-0, Cramling-Stefanova 0-1.
Round 4, October 13: Sasikiran-Kasimdzhanov 0-1, Al-Modiahki-Anand 0-1, Radjabov-Dreev 0-1, Morozevich-Ehlvest 0-1, Kosteniuk-Ioseliani 1-0, Stepovaia-Krush 0-1.
Round 3, October 12: Macieja-Ivanchuk 1-0, Anand-Kasimdzhanov 1-0, Koneru-Kosteniuk 1-0.
Round 2, October 11: Sasikiran-Anand 1-0, Ganguly-Morozevich 1-0.

The Brains in Bahrain match (Man v Machine) took place 2nd-20th October 2002. Vladimir Kramnik - Deep Fritz 4-4.

Shaikh Zeyad, Kramnik, Friedel, Rickets Vladimir Kramnik Photos: Mig Greengard
Shaikh Zeyad, Kramnik, Friedel, Rickets. Vladimir Kramnik Photos: Mig Greengard.

8. Vladimir Kramnik - Deep Fritz 1/2. Queen's Gambit.
At the press conference afterwards, Kramnik said, "I am just exhausted."  "It was a very difficult match as anything can happen when you are playing a computer.  There has been some very dramatic play and it takes so much energy.   I was trying my best, but today, I couldn't manage to do anything to beat Deep Fritz.  I didn't sleep so well last night and if you cannot 'catch the computer out', at the opening of the game, you don't stand much of a chance.  The Computer is so strong, it defended perfectly."   He stressed that he had been amazed by the speed of improvement in this computer programme, and found it "incredibly much stronger" than programmes that he had played only one year ago.
He added, "I hope that in the future I will win.  I have learned a lot from this, but of course so has my opponent!".
7. Deep Fritz - Vladimir Kramnik 1/2. Queen's Indian.
At the press conference following today's drawn game (after only two and a half hours), Vladimir Kramnik, said:  "A few years ago, if I had been playing a chess programme, I would have had a really big advantage, but not today, not now."
He was happy however, to have drawn and said, "It is good to get back some confidence, after loosing 2 games."  Of course his last game has now been revealed to have been a potential draw, had he not resigned and when told about this error, after today's game, he was quoted as saying:, "If I had found out about this error earlier, my comments would probably have been 'unprintable', but now I have forgotten about that game, I do not dwell on these things, it is not useful to think about the last game.  I see each new game as the first and only game."
When asked about his plans and preparations for the final showdown, on Saturday (worth a prize fund of $1m), Kramnik added: "to be honest, the result will, to a large extent, be based on luck.  It depends on so many factors, even the way that I sleep.  The computer doesn't feel any pressure at all, and therefore has a real psychological advantage - I need to think really deeply about what I will do in the final game."  He added, "It is difficult to prepare for this last fight, because the computer can play in so many different ways."
When asked if he might be distracted in his preparations for the final game, by thinking about the $1,000,000 prize money, Kramnik was adamant that money did not motivate him, and said,  "Even if I am playing for free, it is the same, I want to win. I want to play good games.  Winning is the most important thing to me."
6. Vladimir Kramnik - Deep Fritz 0-1. Queen's Indian. Vladimir hazardously sacrificed a knight.
5. Deep Fritz - Vladimir Kramnik 1-0. Queen's Gambit. Fritz obtained a small edge, then Vladimir blundered his knight. Better was 31...Qe7 or 34...Qe6.
4. Vladimir Kramnik - Deep Fritz 1/2. Tarrasch Defence. Vladimir had some initiative.
3. Deep Fritz - Vladimir Kramnik 0-1. Scotch. Vladimir had an edge in the endgame.
Deep Fritz - Kramnik, Vladimir (2807) [C45], Brains in Bahrain (3) 2002
2. Vladimir Kramnik - Deep Fritz 1-0. Queen's Gambit Accepted. Vladimir subtly outplayed Fritz in the ending, won a pawn and the game!
1. Deep Fritz - Vladimir Kramnik 1/2. Spanish Berlin. Vladimir traded pieces and made peace.
Games (8, pgn)

The 1st and 2nd rounds of the Bundesliga 2002-2003 took place in Germany October 19th-20th 2002.
Games (135, zipped pgn)
Standings after round 2
1. Lübecker SV 2 12 : 4 4- 0
2. SG Köln Porz 2 10½: 5½ 4- 0
3. SC Kreuzberg 2 10 : 6 4- 0
4. Solinger SG 2 9 : 7 4- 0
5. Hamburger SK 2 10 : 6 3- 1
6. SFR Neukölln 2 9 : 7 2- 2
7. SV Wattenscheid 2 8½: 7½ 2- 2
8. SC Baden Oos 2 8½: 7½ 2- 2
9. SV Werder Bremen 2 8½: 7½ 2- 2
10. Turm Emsdetten 2 7½: 8½ 2- 2
11. SK König Plauen 2 7½: 8½ 2- 2
12. TV Tegernsee 2 6½: 9½ 1- 3
13. Stuttgarter Sfr 2 6 :10 0- 4
14. Erfurter SK 2 5½:10½ 0- 4
15. Godesberger SK 2 5½:10½ 0- 4
16. SK Forchheim 2 3½:12½ 0- 4

The Cap d'Agde 2002 took place in France October 23rd-30th.
Final
Karpov, Anatoly - Gelfand, Boris 0-1, 0-1.
Semifinals
Bareev, Evgeny - Karpov, Anatoly 1/2, 0-1.
Tkachiev, Vladislav - Gelfand, Boris 1/2, 0-1.
Quaterfinals
Bareev, Evgeny - Gurevich, Mikhail 1-0, 0-1; 1-0, 1-0.
Tkachiev, Vladislav - Fressinet, Laurent 1/2, 1/2; 1/2, 1-0.
Karpov, Anatoly - Dreev, Alexey 1-0, 1-0.
Morovic Fernandez, Ivan - Gelfand, Boris 0-1, 1/2.
Preliminary group A final standings
1. Bareev, Evgeny - 5; 2. Tkachiev, Vladislav - 4.5; 3-4. Karpov, Anatoly; Morovic Fernandez, Ivan - 4; 5. Adianto, Utut - 3.5; 6-7. Lautier, Joel; Hamdouchi, Hichem - 2.5; 8. Milov, Vadim -2.
Preliminary group B final standings
1. Gelfand, Boris - 5; 2. Dreev, Alexey - 4.5; 3-4. Fressinet, Laurent; Gurevich, Mikhail - 4; 5. Onischuk, Alexander - 3.5; 6. Pelletier, Yannick - 3; 7. Nataf, Igor-Alexandre - 2.5; 8. Bologan, Viktor - 1.5.

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