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The review of chess events for 2009

by Boris Schipkov

The Corus Chess Tournaments 2009 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 16th - February 1st.
Corus A: 1. Karjakin - 8/13; 2-4.Aronian, Radjabov, Movsesian - 7.5. Corus B: 1. Caruana - 8.5. Corus C: 1. So - 9.5.

The match 2009 Veselin Topalov vs Gata Kamsky, FIDE World Championship Qualifier, took place in Sofia (Bulgaria) February 17th-27th. Topalov-Kamsky 4.5-2.5. Topalov will play against World Champion Anand.

The Linares 2009 took place in Spain February 18th - 7th March.
1-2. Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk - 8; 3. Magnus Carlsen - 7.5; 4. Viswanathan Anand - 7; 5-7. Wang Yue, Teimour Radjabov, Levon Aronian - 6.5; 8. Lenier Dominguez - 6.

The Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament 2009 took place in Nice (France) 14th-26th March.
1. Levon Aronian (Armenia) - 14/22; 2-3. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Viswanathan Anand (India) - 13.5; 4. Magnus Carlsen (Norway) - 13; 5. Alexander Morozevich (Russia) - 11; 6-7. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine) - 10.5; 8-9. Gata Kamsky (United States), Peter Leko (Hungary) - 10; 10. Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) - 9.5; 11. Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) - 9; 12. Wang Yue (China) - 7.5.

The European Individual Championship 2009 took place in Budva (Montenegro) 6th-18th March.
1. Tomashevsky Evgeny 2. Malakhov Vladimir 3. Jobava Baadur 4. Inarkiev Ernesto; 5-8. Sokolov Ivan, Naiditsch Arkadij, Navara David, Guseinov Gadir; 9-11. Grachev Boris, Kobalia Mikhail, Nyback Tomi.
Final: Tomashevsky-Malakhov 2-1.
1-11. Tomashevsky, Navara, Sokolov, Naiditsch, Inarkiev, Grachev, Malakhov, Kobalia, Guseinov, Jobava, Nyback 8/11.

The FIDE Grand Prix Series Tournament 2009 took place in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria (Russia) 14th-29th April.
1. Aronian, Levon - 8.5; 2-3. Leko, Peter; Akopian, Vladimir - 7.5; 4-5. Grischuk, Alexander; Bacrot, Etienne - 7; 6-7. Alekseev, Evgeny; Gelfand, Boris - 6.5; 8-11. Kamsky, Gata; Karjakin, Sergey; Svidler, Peter; Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - 6; 12-14. Ivanchuk, Vassily; Kasimdzhanov, Rustam; Eljanov, Pavel - 5.5.

The US Chess Championship 2009 took place in Saint Louis, United States, May 7th-17th.
1. Nakamura, Hikaru - 7; 2-3. Hess, Robert; Onischuk, Alexander - 6.5; 4-5. Kamsky, Gata; Akobian, Varuzhan - 6.

The match World Champion Viswanathan Anand - Peter Leko took place in Miskolc (Hungary) June 2-7, 2009.
Peter Leko - Viswanathan Anand 3 - 5.

The World Open 2009 Chess Tournament took place in Philadelphia (USA) June 29th - July 5th. 1-2.Evgeny Najer, Hikaru Nakamura - 7/9; 3-7. Gata Kamsky; Ilya Smirin; Jiri Stocek; Varuzhan Akobian; Leonid Yudasin - 6.5.

The Dortmund Chess Meeting 2009 took place in Germany 2nd-12th July.
1. Vladimir Kramnik 6.5/10; 2-4. Peter Leko; Magnus Carlsen; Dmitry Jakovenko - 5.5; 5. Etienne Bacrot - 4; 6. Arkadij Naiditsch - 3.
Site: http://www.chess-international.de/

The Donostia Chess Festival 2009 took place in Spain 7th-16th July. Blitz tiebreak: Hikaru Nakamura - Ruslan Ponomariov 2-0.
1-2. Ponomariov, Ruslan; Nakamura, Hikaru - 6.5; 3. Svidler, Peter - 5.5; 4-5. Kasimdzhanov, Rustam; Vallejo Pons, Francisco - 5; 6-7. Movsesian, Sergei; Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - 4.5; 8. Granda Zuniga, Julio - 3.5; 9. San Segundo Carrillo, Pablo - 2.5; 10. Karpov, Anatoly - 1.5.

The Biel International 2009 Chess Festival took place in Switzerland 18th-31st July.
1. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime - 6/10; 2-3. Morozevich, Alexander; Ivanchuk, Vassily - 5.5; 4. Alekseev, Evgeny - 5; 5-6. Gelfand, Boris; Caruana, Fabiano - 4.

The Chess Classic Mainz 2009 took place in Germany 27th July - 2nd August.
GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship: Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Arkadij Naiditsch, Ian Nepomniachtchi. Final: Levon Aronian - Ian Nepomniachtchi 3-1. 1. Aronian 4.5/6, 2. Nepomniachtchi 3.5, 3. Anand 2.5, 4. Naiditsch 1.5.
FiNet Open: 1. Alexander Grischuk - 9.5/11; 2-3. Gata Kamsky; Rustam Kasimdzhanov - 9.
ORDIX Open: 1. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - 10/11; 2-4. Naiditsch, Arkadij; Akopian, Vladimir; Gashimov, Vugar - 9.5.
Chess960 World Championship: Final: Levon Aronian-Hikaru Nakamura 0.5-3.5; 1-2.Aronian, Nakamura 4/6.

The Staunton Memorial 2009 took place in London (England) 7th-17th August. Korchnoi, Timman, Wiersma, Davies.
1. Timman, Jan - 7/9; 2. Cherniaev, Alexander - 6.5; 3. Korchnoi, Viktor - 6.

The Zuerich Chess Club 200th Jubilee 1809-2009 took place in Switzerland 22-23 August.
Amateurs against champions: Viswanathan Anand, Viktor Korchnoi, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Spassky, Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov.
Rapid: 1. Vladimir Kramnik - 5; 2. Viswanathan Anand - 4.5; 3-4. Veselin Topalov, Ruslan Ponomariov - 4; 5. Alexander Khalifman - 3; 6-8. Judit Polgar, Werner Hug, Anatoly Karpov - 2.5.

The FIDE Grand Prix 2009 tournament took place in Jermuk (Armenia) 8th-24th August.
1. Ivanchuk Vassily - 8.5; 2-3. Aronian Levon, Gelfand Boris - 8; 4-6. Alekseev Evgeny, Kasimdzhanov Rustam, Leko Peter - 7.5; Karjakin Sergey - 7; 8. Eljanov Pavel - 6.5; 9-10. Kamsky Gata, Bacrot Etienne - 6; 11-12. Akopian Vladimir, Jakovenko Dmitry - 5; 13. Inarkiev Ernesto - 4.5; 14. Cheparinov Ivan - 4.
Site: http://jermuk2009.fide.com/

The Russian Championship 2009 Big League took place in Ulan-Ude (Siberia) September 2-13. 5 players must qualify for the super-final.
1. Tomashevsky, Evgeny - 8/11; 2-4. Riazantsev, Alexander; Khismatullin, Denis; Vitiugov, Nikita - 7.5; 5-9. Timofeev, Artyom; Landa, Konstantin; Lastin, Alexander; Zvjaginsev, Vadim; Sjugirov, Sanan - 7.

The match Karpov - Kasparov 2009 took place in Valencia (Spain) September 21st-24th.
4 Rapid and 8 Blitz Games.
Rapid: Karpov - Kasparov 1-3.
G1 Karpov - Kasparov 0-1 Garry easily equalized in the Gruenfeld.
G2 Kasparov - Karpov 1-0 Queen's Gambit. Garry attacked with the knight sacrifice 22.Nf6+!
G3 Karpov - Kasparov 1-0 Again the Gruenfeld 3.g3, but here Anatoly gained a small advantage with 10.Nec3 and 13.Be3, then Garry sacrificed the exchange and could make a draw with 26...Re8!
G4 Kasparov - Karpov 1-0 Queen's Gambit. Garry obtained a clear edge in the endgame.
Blitz: Kasparov - Karpov 6-2.
Site: http://www.matchkarpovkasparov.com/, http://www.playchess.com/

The Nanjing Pearl Spring 2009 Chess Tournament took place in Nanjing (China) 27th September - 9th October.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 8/10; 2. Veselin Topalov - 5.5; 3. Wang Yue - 4.5; 4-6. Teimour Radjabov, Peter Leko, Dmitry Jakovenko - 4.

The Daily Telegraph. Andrei Arshavin, the darling of Arsenal, the Premier Leagues latest global icon and five-star character: "I played chess when I was seven or eight and that taught me to think logically. I can read the game. I can see the spot where I should be before the ball comes there".
Site: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/

The Unive Chess Tournament 2009 took place in Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) October 16th-24th.
Crown: 1. Tiviakov, Sergei - 3.5; 2-3. Giri, Anish; Ivanchuk, Vassily - 3; 4. Polgar, Judit - 2.5.
Open: 1. Haslinger, Stewart - 7.5; 2-5. Brodsky, Michail; Nijboer, Friso; Ulibin, Mikhail; Caspi, Israel - 6.5.

The European Team Championship 2009 took place in Novi Sad (Serbia) October 21st-31st.
1. Azerbaijan - 15; 2. Russia - 14; 3. Ukraine - 13 (23); 4. Armenia - 13 (21.5); 5. Germany - 12 (21.5); 6. Spain - 12 (21); 7. Poland - 12 (20.5).
R9: Russia-Spain 2-2, Netherlands-Azerbaijan 1.5-2.5, Israel-Ukraine 1-3, Switzerland-Armenia 1.5-2.5.
R8: Armenia-Russia 1.5-2.5, Poland-Azerbaijan 1-3, Ukraine-Netherlands 2-2.
R7: Azerbaijan-Armenia 1.5-2.5, Russia-Georgia 2.5-1.5, Hungary-Israel 2-2.
R6: Azerbaijan-Russia 2-2, Ukraine-Georgia 2-2, Armenia-Spain 3-1.
R5: Georgia-Azerbaijan 1.5-2.5, Israel-Russia 1-3.
R4: Russia-Netherlands 2-2, England-France 1-3.
R3: Azerbaijan-Germany 2.5-1.5, Italy-Russia 1-3.
R2: Netherlands-Italy 2-2 (Smeets-Caruana 0-1, L'Ami-D'amore 1-0), Russia-Macedonia 3.5-0.5.
R1: Croatia-Russia 2-2, Switzerland-Ukraine 2.5-1.5 (Korchnoi-Volokitin 1/2, Dutch 1.d4 f5 2.Qd3).
Women. 1. Russia - 16 (26); 2. Georgia - 16 (24); 3. Ukraine - 12 (188); 4. Azerbaijan - 12 (183).
Site: http://www.chess-results.com/

The Tal Memorial 2009 took place in Moscow (Russia) November 4th-18th.
1. Vladimir Kramnik - 6; 2-3. Vassily Ivanchuk, Magnus Carlsen - 5.5; 4-5. Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand - 5; 6. Boris Gelfand - 4.5; 7. Ruslan Ponomariov - 4; 8. Peter Svidler - 3.5; 9-10. Peter Leko, Alexander Morozevich - 3.
In round 6 Morozevich made a mistake 13.h4? in the Modern Benoni against Ivanchuk. 12.0-0 and 13.0-0 are better.
The World Blitz Championship 2009 (16-18): 1. Magnus Carlsen - 31/42, 2. Viswanathan Anand - 28, 3. Sergey Karjakin - 25.

The London Chess Classic 2009 took place in England 7th-16th December.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 13; 2. Vladimir Kramnik - 12; 3-4. David Howell, Michael Adams - 9; 5. Luke McShane - 7; 6-7. Ni Hua, Hikaru Nakamura - 6; 8. Nigel Short - 5.

The World Cup 2009 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) 20th November - 15th December. Boris Gelfand wins the World Cup 2009.
Final: Ponomariov-Gelfand 2-2; Tiebreak 2-2; 1-3. Boris won blitz 3-1. In tiebreak game 3 Ruslan grabbed a pawn, could have won with 51.Rh7+, but he won game 4 thanks to strong pawns. G2 Ruslan preferred the Bogo-Indian or the Catalan with the Dutch Stonewall structure after 12...f5.G1 Perpetual check.

Semifinal: Karjakin-Gelfand 0-2. G2 Boris attacked. G1 Boris obtained a small edge, with pressure on the kingside. Sergey made errors, and Boris attacked, won 3 pawns.
Ponomariov-Malakhov 1-1; 3-1. G2 Ruslan sacrificed a pawn, unclear.
R5: Gelfand-Jakovenko 1-1; 2.5-0.5. G2 Boris preferred the aggressive 8...g5. A quick draw.
Ponomariov-Gashimov 1-1; 2.5-0.5. G2 Vugar had a slightly better position. G1 Ruslan got an edge after the bad 27...b2, then 29.f3 was better.
Svidler-Malakhov 0.5-1.5. G2 Vladimir gained a small advantage. G1 Vladimir got counterplay in the centre, Peter made a mistake, 22.f5. The extra black pawn on d3 gave a clear advantage. Vladimir stormed with 31...dxe1N+.
Karjakin-Mamedyarov 1.5-0.5. G2 Equality, but Sergey made mistakes, 28...Ne6 and 29...Rxe6, Shakhriyar could have won with 30.Nxd5, but he grabbed a pawn on the next move, draw. G1 Sergey obtained a small edge thanks to two bishops and rook pressure. In the drawish endgame Shakhriyar made a mistake, 48...Kd8, and Sergey could win with 49.f3, but he found 50.f4!
R4: Ponomariov-Bacrot 1-1; 2.5-1.5. In the knight endgame after 64...Nd5? Ponomariov could have won with 82.Kg7, Fritz 12. Malakhov-So 1-1; 3-0. Gashimov-Caruana 1-1; 2.5-0.5.
Shirov-Svidler 0.5-1.5. Shirov played with fire, the risky 22.Qd4, Svidler defended precisely. Vitiugov-Karjakin 0.5-1.5 In game 2 better was 31.Qb2. Laznicka-Mamedyarov 0.5-1.5.
R3: Polgar-Gelfand 1-1; 0.5-2.5. In game 2 Judit attacked with sacrifices! Navara-Karjakin 1-1; 0-3. In game 1 Navara grabbed pawns. In game 2 Karjakin pushed pawns on the queenside with success. Kamsky-So 0.5-1.5 So easily gained a small advantage with 14...Ba6. A sharp fight in the Dutch 1.c4 f5 2.d4 Nf6, game 2. Sakaev-Vitiugov 0.5-1.5.
R2: Tomashevsky-Khalifman 3.5-2.5 Tomashevsky could have won in the King's Indian Saemisch System in game 6 with 37.Nc7. Nyback-Svidler 1-1; 0.5-2.5. Svidler strikes back! Ivanchuk-So 0.5-1.5. In game 1 Ivanchuk could make a draw by perpetual check, in game 2 he made a draw. Morozevich-Laznicka 0-2. Sakaev-Radjabov 1.5-0.5. Radjabov obtained a small edge in the KID, but lost after 32...b5?
R1: Laylo quickly wins vs Navara 1-1. Ivanchuk-Bezgodov 2-0.
A strong attack in the Dutch, Akobian-Tregubov 1-0, 1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5. Ponomariov-El Gindy 1/2 in the Bogo-Indian.
Site: http://cup2009.fide.com/results.php, http://cup2009.fide.com/round.php

The Russian Championship 2009 took place in Moscow 20th-30th December.
1. Grischuk - 6.5, 2. Svidler - 6, 3. Vitiugov - 5, 4-5. Alekseev, Jakovenko - 4.5, 6-8. Khismatullin, Tomashevsky, Riazantsev - 4, 9. Timofeev - 3.5, 10. Sjugirov - 3.

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