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The review of chess events for 2008

by Boris Schipkov

The Australian Championships 2008 took place 2nd-11th January in Parramatta.
1. Antic, Dejan - 8.5/11; 2-3. Solomon, Stephen; Van Riemsdijk, Herman - 8; 4. Xie, George Wendi - 7.5.

The New Zealand Chess Championship 2008 was held in Auckland, January 15th-25th.
1. Chandler, Murray - 9/11; 2-3. Dive, Russell John; Steadman, Michael - 7.5.
Site: http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/

The Croatian Chess Championship 2008 took place in Split 16th-29th January.
1. Stevic, Hrvoje - 8/12; 2. Zelcic, Robert - 7; 3-6. Kurajica, Bojan; Hulak, Krunoslav; Jankovic, Alojzije; Jovanovic, Zoran - 6.5.

The Corus Chess Tournaments 2008 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 11th-27th.
1-2. Aronian, Levon; Carlsen, Magnus - 8, 3-4. Anand, Viswanathan; Radjabov, Teimour - 7.5; 5-6. Leko, Peter; Ivanchuk, Vassily - 7; 7-8. Adams, Michael; Kramnik, Vladimir - 6.5; 9-11. Topalov, Veselin; Polgar, Judit; Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - 6; 12-14. Eljanov, Pavel; Gelfand, Boris; Van Wely, Loek - 5.
Games (91, zipped pgn)
R13: Leko-Mamedyarov 1-0 (Peter had harmonious play), Gelfand-Eljanov 1-0 (Black's kingside was weak).
R12: Kramnik-Carlsen 0-1 (Magnus gradually outplayed the rival: seized space on the kingside with f5, g5, then attacked on the queenside in the ending), Adams-Polgar 0-1 (Judit gained the better pawn structure), Eljanov-Topalov 1-0 (Veselin gave a piece).
R11: Carlsen-Anand 0-1 (A sharp fight, Magnus could make a draw with 33.Rxf5), Aronian-Van Wely 1-0 (Levon stormed with 24.Rxc6 and 26.Nd6+, better were 16...d4, 22...0-0), Gelfand-Radjabov 0-1 (29...Nh5 is correct), Polgar-Eljanov 0-1 (Pavel attacked).
R10: Van Wely-Carlsen 0-1 (Loek had a huge edge, then made fatal mistakes on 39-41 moves), Eljanov-Ivanchuk 0-1 (Vassily got the initiative on the queenside).
R9: Leko-Carlsen 1-0 (Peter pushed the a-pawn in the rook vs two knights endgame), Topalov-Kramnik 1-0 (12.Nxf7 is an interesting novelty, 17...Rhg8 looks better), Adams-Van Wely 1-0 (Michael pressured on the d-file, won the a5-pawn).
R8: Anand-Topalov 1-0 (Viswanathan stormed on the kingside with 29.f5, 31.g4).
R7: Aronian-Radjabov 1-0 (Levon grabbed a pawn), Polgar-Anand 0-1 (Judit had an edge in the Sicilian, but then made mistakes).
R6: Carlsen-Polgar 1-0 (Strong bishops, two extra pawns), Kramnik-Aronian 1-0 (25.Nc3 is a good novelty, 110 moves), Leko-Topalov 0-1 (Better is 49.Qa7+ with equality).
R5: Mamedyarov-Van Wely 1-0 (An edge with 31.f7), Topalov-Gelfand 1-0 (Veselin won a queen), Eljanov-Radjabov 0-1 (Teimour attacked with 25...f5).
R4: Kramnik-Eljanov 1-0 (Endgame), Van Wely-Topalov 1-0 (Loek won the exchange), Gelfand-Polgar 0-1 (Judit pushed his pawn on d2).
R2: Carlsen-Eljanov 1-0 (Magnus attacked with 40.f4), Gelfand-Aronian 0-1 (Two bishops).
R1: Radjabov-Anand 1-0 (Teimour had two strong pawns in the centre), Aronian-Topalov 1-0 (Veselin won the exchange, but Levon gathered pawns), Mamedyarov-Carlsen 0-1 (Looked drawish).

Corus B: 1. Movsesian, Sergei - 9.5; 2-3. Short, Nigel; Bacrot, Etienne - 8.5.
Corus C: 1. Caruana, Fabiano - 10; 2-3. Reinderman, Dimitri; Negi, Parimarjan - 8.
Corus Honorary: 1. Ljubojevic, Ljubomir - 4; 2-3. Timman, Jan; Korchnoi, Viktor - 3; 4. Portisch, Lajos - 2.

The Gibtelecom Chess Festival 2008 took place 22nd-31st January at the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar.
Play-off: Hikaru Nakamura - Bu Xiangzhi 2-0. 1-2. Hikaru Nakamura; Bu Xiangzhi - 8/10; 3-9. Areshchenko, Alexander; Bologan, Viktor; Efimenko, Zahar; Gopal, G.N.; Gurevich, Mikhail; Ni, Hua; Wang, Hao - 7.5.
There are many good games in the Dutch Defence, e.g. Stefanova-Gurevich 1-0 (But Mikhail made mistakes, see my CD "Dutch A80-A85"), Hillarp Persson-Bellin 0-1.

The German Championship 2008 took place in Bad Worishofen 15th-23rd February. 1. Fridman,Daniel - 7.5/9.

The Aeroflot Open 2008 took place 14th-22nd February in Moscow, Russia. 1. Nepomniachtchi, Ian - 7/9. 2-3. Motylev, Alexander; Dreev, Alexey - 6.5.

The Pfalz Open 2008 took place in Neustadt (Germany) 15th-23rd February. 1. Markowski,Tomasz - 7.5/9.

The Cappelle la Grande Open 2008 took place 16th-23rd February in France. 1-8. Gashimov; Arutinian; Fedorchuk; Kryvoruchko; Chernyshov; Deviatkin; Kotronias; L'Ami - 7/9.
Hoolt Sarah Moiseenko Alexander Spraggett Kevin. Photos: www.cappelle-chess.com
Hoolt Sarah, Moiseenko Alexander and Spraggett Kevin. Photos: www.cappelle-chess.com.

The Morelia - Linares 2008 tournament took place 15th-23rd February (Mexico) and 28th February - 7th March (Spain). 1. Viswanathan Anand - 8.5; 2. Magnus Carlsen - 8; 3-4. Levon Aronian, Veselin Topalov - 7.5; 5. Teimour Radjabov - 7; 6. Vassily Ivanchuk - 6.5; 7-8. Peter Leko, Alexei Shirov - 5.5.
R13: Ivanchuk-Anand 1/2. A quick draw.
Radjabov-Shirov 1-0. Teimour trapped a rook.
Aronian-Carlsen 1/2. Levon had an advantage.
Topalov-Leko 1-0. Better was 21...c5 with equality.

R12: Anand-Leko 1/2. Endgame.
Carlsen-Topalov 1-0. A sharp fight, Magnus sacrificed three pawns and checkmated! Veselin made a fatal mistake, 34...Nc6, correct was 34...Kg8 or 34...Qd5 with equality.
Ivanchuk-Radjabov 1/2. Looks drawish. 26...Bh6 is interesting.
Shirov-Aronian 1/2. A theoretical duel in the Spanish Marshall. Alexei had an extra knight after 59.f8N+.

R11: Topalov-Shirov 1-0. A theoretical duel in the Gruenfeld.
Leko-Carlsen 1-0. Peter grabbed a pawn in the endgame.
Radjabov-Anand 1/2. A quick draw.
Aronian-Ivanchuk 1/2. A quick draw.

R8: Anand-Shirov 1-0. Viswanathan gradually outplayed the rival, won a pawn and the game.
Radjabov-Leko 1/2. A sharp fight!
Ivanchuk-Carlsen 0-1. A chaotic struggle, unclear.
Aronian-Topalov 1-0. With equality, but then Veselin erroneously traded his queen.

R6: Aronian-Leko 1/2. 9.Qa4 is a novelty. A sharp fight! Black could try 9...Qxf2+, 19...h4.
Ivanchuk-Shirov 1/2. Alexei had the initiative.
Topalov-Anand 1/2. Perpetual check.
Radjabov-Carlsen 1-0. Better was 25...b6, Teimour won with the nice 27.Ba6.

R5: Topalov-Carlsen 0-1. Magnus equalized in the Alekhine Defence, grabbed the central pawn.
Aronian-Shirov 1/2. Two bishops, a quick draw.
Leko-Anand 0-1. Endgame, probably Peter could win.
Radjabov-Ivanchuk 1/2. Teimour attacked with 17.f5. Perpetual check.

R4: Shirov-Topalov 1-0. Alexei outplayed the rival in the endgame.
Carlsen-Leko 1/2. Peter easily equalized in the Nimzo.
Anand-Radjabov 1/2. Teimour had two bishops for the sacrificed pawn.
Ivanchuk-Aronian 0-1. Vassily could have won with 30.Qxf5, then with 35.h6 or 37.Qb4, also 38.Qe5 was better.

R3: Leko-Shirov 1/2. A theoretical duel in the Sicilian, with equality.
Carlsen-Anand 0-1. Viswanathan had a clear advantage.
Aronian-Radjabov 1/2. Looks drawish, KID.
Topalov-Ivanchuk 1-0. Veselin gained an advantage in development, grabbed a pawn.

R2: Anand-Aronian 0-1. Anand grabbed a pawn in the Spanish Marshall. 24...f5 looked risky, but 28.Qd3 and 29.Nd2 were bad, 30.Nf3 was fatal mistake, Levon won with 30...Re3.
Ivanchuk-Leko 1-0. The opponents traded pieces, peace? No peace. Vassily gave his queen for two rooks. 38...Bh3 was correct.
Radjabov-Topalov 1/2. Spanish Berlin, slightly better for Teimour, but 18.Rd2 is mistake.
Shirov-Carlsen 1/2. Sicilian, slightly better for Alexei. Perpetual check.

R1: Shirov-Anand 0-1. Viswanathan sacrificed the exchange in the Sicilian. A sharp fight!
Topalov-Aronian 1-0. White pawns were weak, but Veselin had two bishops, grabbed all. 15...exf4 and 16...a5 were mistakes, 15...Re8 is better.
Leko-Radjabov 1-0. Peter had a small edge, gradually outplayed the rival.
Carlsen-Ivanchuk 1/2. Magnus pressed on the d-pawn. A draw by repetition.
Games (56, zipped pgn)

The 10th World University Chess Championship 2008 took place in Novokuznetsk (Siberia), 4th-10th March.
1-2. Dmitry Bocharov; Igor Lysyj - 7 from 9 scores. Women: 1-2. Irina Vasilevich, Natalija Pogonina - 6.5 from 9 scores.
1. Russia 27, 2. China 22.5, 3. Mongolia 22.5.

The German Bundesliga 2007-2008 took place 19th October 2007 - 20th April 2008. 1. OSC Baden-Baden 29; 2. Werder Bremen 24; 3. SV Mulheim-Nord 22.

The 17th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament 2008 was held from March 15 to March 27 in Nice (France).
1. Aronian - 14.5; 2-5. Kramnik, Leko, Topalov, Carlsen - 12; 6-8. Anand, Morozevich, Ivanchuk - 11; 9. Karjakin - 9.5; 10-12. Mamedyarov, Gelfand, van Wely - 9.
In round 1 Anand attacked Kramnik in the Dutch structure and won with a queen sacrifice!

The Chess Classic Mainz 2008 took place from July 28 to August 3 in the Rheingoldhalle of the Congress Centre, Hilton Hotel in Mainz, Germany.
Grenkeleasing Rapid Chess World Championship
Final: Viswanathan Anand - Magnus Carlsen 3-1.
For 3rd place: Alexander Morozevich - Judit Polgar 2.5-1.5
Ordix Open: 1-2. Nepomniachtchi, Ian; Eljanov,Pavel - 9.5/11.

The Chess Grand Slam Final 2008 took place in Bilbao 1st-13th September. 1.Topalov, Veselin - 6.5/10; 2-4. Aronian, Levon; Ivanchuk, Vassily; Carlsen, Magnus - 5; 5. Radjabov, Teimour - 4.5; 6. Anand, Viswanathan - 4.

The Russian Championship 2008 HL took place in Novokuznetsk (Siberia) September 3-14. 1. Timofeev, Artyom 8/11; 2-3. Vitiugov, Nikita; Inarkiev, Ernesto - 7.5.

The World Women's Championship 2008 took place in Nalchik (Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian Federation) from 28 August to 18 September. Alexandra Kosteniuk is the World Women Champion. Silver: Hou Yifan. Bronze medals: Pia Cramling and Humpy Koneru.

Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Hou, Yifan 1/2. Sicilian. Alexandra gained a small advantage, then Yifan completely equalized the game. Yifan made errors, 34...Rc8 and 35...Rfd8, so Alexandra stormed on the kingside with the strong 36.Rxh7+! and could quickly win with 39.b6. Then in the drawish position Yifan blundered, and Alexandra obtained a huge edge with 46.Rd5, because the black king was in danger (queen vs 2 rooks). However, Alexandra preferred to do a draw by perpetual check to become the Champion.

Hou, Yifan - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 1/2. Yifan grabbed a pawn in the Ruy Lopez, Alexandra got good counterplay (two bishops, the lonely white d3-pawn) after 17.Nxg6, 17.Ng4 looks better. Then Alexandra had two extra pawns in the rook endgame.
Kosteniuk, Alexandra - Hou, Yifan 1/2. Yifan grabbed a pawn in the French, then Alexandra took a pawn back, but Yifan obtained good counterplay. Then Yifan made a mistake, 27...h5, and Alexandra won a pawn, could have won with 39.Nxf5. Now the position is drawish because Alexandra (3 extra pawns) must give her rook for the e-pawn. Perpetual check.
Hou, Yifan - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 0-1. Alexandra equalized in the Ruy Lopez, then she obtained an advantage due to weak squares in the White's camp.
Site: http://nalchik2008.fide.com/?lang=eng

The Russian Championship 2008 Superfinal took place in Moscow 3-6, 8-11, 13-15 October. 1-3. Jakovenko, Dmitry; Svidler, Peter; Alekseev, Evgeny - 7/11.
In round 6 Tomashevsky had the initiative in the King's Indian Saemisch against Inarkiev and could have won with 28.Ng5.
Tiebreak took place October 28: 1. Svidler, Peter; 2. Jakovenko, Dmitry; 3. Alekseev, Evgeny.

The European Club Cup 2008 took place in Kallithea (Greece) October 16th-24th.
Women: 1. Cercle d'Echecs Monte Carlo - 12; 2. Spartak Vidnoe - 10 (19.5); 3. T-com Podgorica - 10 (19); 4. Economist SGSEU Saratov - 10 (16.5).
Open: 1. URAL Sverdlovskaya - 12 (32); 2. OSG Baden-Baden e.V. - 12 (27.5); 3. PVK Kiev Chess - 11.

The Essent Chess Tournaments 2008 took place in Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) October 17th-25th.
Crown: 1. Ivan Sokolov - 5/6; 2-3. Jan Smeets, Ahmed Adly - 2.5; 4. Marie Sebag - 2.
Open: 1-3. Nijboer, Friso; Fier, Alexandr; Haslinger, Stewart G - 7/9.

The World Chess Championship took place October 14-15, 17-18, 20-21, 23-24, 26-27, 29, 2008 in Bonn (Germany), between Viswanathan Anand (India) and Vladimir Kramnik (Russia). Kramnik-Anand 4.5-6.5. Viswanathan Anand is the World Chess Champion.
World Chess Championship 2008 match Anand - Kramnik

The 38th Chess Olympiad 2008 took place in Dresden (Germany) 12th-25th November. 1. Armenia - 19, 2. Israel - 18, 3. USA - 17 (362), 4. Ukraine - 17 (348.5), 5-10. Russia, Azerbaijan, China, Hungary, Vietnam, Spain, Georgia - 16.
Women: 1. Georgia, 2. Ukraine, 3. USA, 4. Russia, 5. Poland.
R11: China-Armenia 1.5-2.5; USA-Ukraine 3.5-0.5; Israel-Netherlands 2.5-1.5; Russia-Spain 2-2; France-Azerbaijan 1.5-2.5.
R10: Ukraine-Israel 2.5-1.5; Germany 1-USA 1.5-2.5; Serbia-Armenia 1-3; England-China 1.5-2.5; Slovenia-Russia 0.5-3.5.
R9: Armenia-Israel 1.5-2.5; Russia-Ukraine 1.5-2.5; Poland-Germany 1 2-2.
R8: France-Armenia 0.5-3.5; Israel-Germany 1 2.5-1.5; USA-Russia 1.5-2.5.
R7: Armenia-Russia 2.5-1.5; China-Ukraine 2-2; Germany 1-Roumania 2.5-1.5.
R6: Russia-England 3-1; Ukraine-Germany 1 2-2; Azerbaijan-Armenia 1.5-2.5.
R5: Germany 1-Russia 2-2; Armenia-Netherlands 2.5-1.5; Hungary-Ukraine 1.5-2.5.
R4: Russia-India 2.5-1.5; Ukraine-Armenia 2-2; Spain-Germany 1 1.5-2.5; Azerbaijan-USA 3-1.
R3: Russia-Cuba 3.5-0.5; Germany 1-Malaysia 3.5-0.5; South Africa-USA 1.5-2.5.
R2: Poland-Russia 1.5-2.5, Slovenia-Germany 1 1-3; USA-Greece 2-2.
R1: Russia-Switzerland 2.5-1.5; Germany 1-Scotland 3.5-0.5; Iceland-USA 1.5-2.5.

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