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The review of chess events for 2010

by Boris Schipkov

The World Team Championship 2010 took place in Bursa (Turkey) 4th-14th January. Russia wins.
1. Russia - 15, 2. USA - 13 (21.5), 3. India - 13 (21), 4. Azerbaijan - 12 (22), 5. Armenia - 12 (20.5), 6. Greece - 8, 7. Israel - 7, 8. Brazil - 4, 9. Egypt - 3 (12), 10. Turkey - 3 (11.5).
Israel-Russia 1-3 (Vitiugov sacrificed a rook, then a queen! Fantastic!), USA-Azerbaijan 2-2, Brazil-India 0.5-3.5.
Russia-Egypt 3.5-0.5, India-Israel 2.5-1.5, Azerbaijan-Greece 3-1, Armenia-USA 2.5-1.5.
Russia-Armenia 2-2, Israel-Turkey 1.5-2.5, Greece-USA 1.5-2.5
India-Russia 1.5-2.5, Azerbaijan-Israel 2-2, Armenia-Greece 1-3.
Russia-Turkey 3.5-0.5, Israel- USA 1.5-2.5, India-Armenia 2-2.
Azerbaijan-Russia 1.5-2.5 (Grischuk had a very active king), Armenia-Brazil 2.5-1.5
Russia-USA 3-1 (Nakamura easily made a draw in the Dutch), India-Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5
Alexander Morozevich, Alexander Grischuk, Levon Aronian, Vugar Gashimov, Boris Gelfand, Teimour Radjabov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Hikaru Nakamura, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Vladimir Malakhov, Pentala Harikrishna.
Site: http://wtcc2009.tsf.org.tr/

The Corus Chess Tournaments 2010 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 15th-31st.
Corus A: 1. Magnus Carlsen - 8.5; 2-3. Vladimir Kramnik, Alexei Shirov - 8; 4-5. Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura - 7.5; 6-7. Sergey Karjakin, Vassily Ivanchuk - 7; 8-9. Peter Leko, Leinier Dominguez - 6.5; 10. Fabiano Caruana - 5.5; 11-12. Nigel Short, Loek van Wely - 5; 13-14 Sergey Tiviakov, Jan Smeets - 4.5.
Corus B: Nisipeanu beat Nyback in classic style in the Bogo-Indian, round 1.

The Gibtelecom Chess Festival 2010 took place 26 January - 4 February in Gibraltar.
Final playoff: Michael Adams - Francisco Vallejo Pons 1.5-0.5.
Semifinal playoff: Adams - Jan Gustafsson 2-1; Francisco Vallejo Pons - Chanda Sandipan 1.5-0.5.

The Linares 2010 tournament took place in Spain 12th-25th February.
1. Veselin Topalov - 6.5, 2. Alexander Grischuk - 6, 3. Levon Aronian - 5.5, 4-6. Francisco Vallejo Pons, Boris Gelfand, Vugar Gashimov - 4.

The European Individual Championships 2010 took place in Rijeka (Croatia) 6th-18th March.
1. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 9/11; 2-3. Baadur Jobava, Artyom Timofeev - 8.5.
Etienne Bacrot, Zoltan Almasi, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Sergei Movsesian, David Navara, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Evgeny Alekseev, Alexander Motylev, Michael Adams, Arkadij Naiditsch.
Women: 1. Pia Cramling - 9; 2. Viktorija Cmilyte - 8.5.

The Amber Blindfold and Rapid Tournament 2010 took place in Nice (France) March 12th-25th.
1-2. Vassily Ivanchuk, Magnus Carlsen - 14.5; 3. Vladimir Kramnik - 13; 4. Alexander Grischuk - 12.5; 5. Sergey Karjakin - 12; 6-8. Vugar Gashimov, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler - 11.5; 9. Levon Aronian - 11; 10. Ruslan Ponomariov - 9; 11. Jan Smeets - 6; 12. Leinier Dominguez - 5.
Ivanchuk crushed Carlsen 2-0 in round 1.

The Russian Team Chess Championships 2010 took place in Sochi 1st-10th April.
1. ShSM-64 - 16, 2. SPb Chess Fed - 14, 3. Economist-SGSEU-1 - 12.
Ivanchuk, Vitiugov, Grischuk, Tomashevsky, Moiseenko, Khenkin; Muzychuk, Paehtz, Gunina, Zhukova.

The World Chess Championship 2010 match World Champion Viswanathan Anand against Veselin Topalov took place in Sofia (Bulgaria) 24th April - 12th May. Anand vs Topalov 6.5-5.5. Viswanathan Anand is the World Chess Champion again.
World Chess Championship 2010 match Anand - Topalov

The US Championship 2010 took place in Saint Louis 13th-25th May.
1. Gata Kamsky, 2. Yury Shulman, 3-4. Hikaru Nakamura, Alex Onischuk.

The Kings tournament 2010 took place in Medias (Romania) June 14th-25th.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 7.5/10; 2-3. Teimour Radjabov, Boris Gelfand - 5.5; 4. Ruslan Ponomariov - 4.5; 5. Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu - 4; 6. Wang Yue - 3.
R7: Carlsen-Radjabov 1-0. Magnus outplayed the rival in the endgame.
R6: Ponomariov-Carlsen 0-1. Ruslan obtained a clear edge in the King's Indian Saemisch and could have won with 23.Kh1.
R5: Nisipeanu-Carlsen 0-1. Magnus attacked with 26...Bf8.

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2010 took place in Dortmund (Germany) 15th - 25th July.
1. Ruslan Ponomariov - 6.5/10; 2. Quang Liem Le - 5.5; 3-4 Vladimir Kramnik, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 5; 5-6. Arkadij Naiditsch, Peter Leko - 4.

The Biel Chess Festival 2010 took place in Switzerland 17th-30th July.
Tie-break. Final: Fabiano Caruana - Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 1.5-0.5. Semifinal: Fabiano Caruana - Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2-1.
1-3. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son; Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime; Caruana, Fabiano - 5.5; 4. Andreikin, Dmitry - 5; 5-7. So, Wesley; Tomashevsky, Evgeny; Rodshtein, Maxim - 4.5; 8. Giri, Anish - 4; 9. Howell, David - 3.5; 10. Negi, Parimarjan - 2.5.
MT Open: 1-7. Riazantsev,Alexander; Kosintseva,Nadezhda; Kritz,Leonid; Feller,Sebastien; Bauer,Christian; Golod,Vitali; Maze,Sebastien - 8/11.

The Chess Classic Mainz 2010 took place in Germany 6th-8th August.
GRENKE Rapid World Championship: 1. Kamsky, Gata - 10/11; 2-4. Gashimov, Vugar; Aronian, Levon; Bareev, Evgeni - 9.5.

The Arctic Securities Chess Stars 2010 tournament took place in Kristiansund (Norway) 28th-30th August. 1.Anand 5/6. Vishy could win with a queen sacrifice 31...Qe6! or 32...Qe2! against Jon Ludvig.
Final: Magnus Carlsen - Viswanathan Anand 1.5-0.5
Bronze: Judit Polgar - Jon Ludvig Hammer 0.5-1.5

The Russian Championship 2010 Big League took place in Irkutsk (Siberia) August 26th - September 5th. 5 players must qualify for the super-final.
1. Nepomniachtchi, Ian - 7/10; 2-10. Khismatullin, Denis; Potkin, Vladimir; Kurnosov, Igor; Zvjaginsev, Vadim; Tomashevsky, Evgeny; Riazantsev, Alexander; Khairullin, Ildar; Alekseev, Evgeny; Belov, Vladimir - 6.5.

The Shanghai Masters 2010 took place in China 3rd-8th September.
1. Alexei Shirov - 12 (4.5/6); 2-3. Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian - 7; 4. Wang Hao - 3.
For 2nd place: Kramnik - Aronian 2-1 (1-1, then Armageddon or sudden death: Aronian-Kramnik 0-1).

The Bilbao Masters Final 2010 took place in Spain October 9th-15th.
1. Vladimir Kramnik - 10 (4/6), 2. Viswanathan Anand - 8 (3.5), 3. Magnus Carlsen - 6 (2.5), 4. Alexei Shirov - 4 (2).

The 39th Chess Olympiad 2010 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) 21st September - 3rd October.
Open: 1. Ukraine - 19/22; 2. Russia 1 - 18; 3. Israel - 17 (367,5); 4. Hungary - 17 (355,5); 5. China; 6. Russia 2; 7. Armenia; 8. Spain; 9. USA; 10. France - 16.
Israel - Ukraine 2-2, Russia 1 - Spain 2-2, Poland - Hungary 1.5-2.5, France - Armenia 2-2.
In round 4 two games in the KI Saemisch E84: Vitiugov-Ganguly 1-0, Bartel-Ezat 1-0. See my article in the ChessBase Magazine 137.
Women: 1. Russia 1 - 22; 2. China - 18; 3. Georgia; 4. Cuba; 5. USA; 6. Poland; 7. Azerbaijan; 8. Bulgaria - 16.
Olympiad Open 2010, games. Statistics:
King's Indian Saemisch System E80-E89: 1-0 13 games, 1/2 4 games, 0-1 3 games. White 75 %, Black 25 %.
Bogo-Indian Defence E11: 1-0 11 games, 1/2 13 games, 0-1 10 games. White 51 %, Black 49 %.
Queen's Gambit Accepted D20-D29: 1-0 7 games, 1/2 16 games, 0-1 4 games. White 56 %, Black 44 %.
Dutch Defence A80-A99: 1-0 10 games, 1/2 8 games, 0-1 6 games. White 58 %, Black 42 %.
Site: http://chess-results.com/

The Pearl Spring Masters 2010 took place in Nanjing (China) 18th-30th October.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 7/10, 2. Viswanathan Anand - 6, 3. Etienne Bacrot - 5, 4-5. Vugar Gashimov, Veselin Topalov - 4.5, 6. Wang Yue - 3.

The World Blitz Championship 2010 took place in Moscow 16th-18th November.
1. Levon Aronian - 24.5/38, 2. Teimour Radjabov - 24, 3. Magnus Carlsen - 23.5.
Carlsen, Aronian, Kramnik, Ponomariov, Radjabov, Nakamura, Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi, Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave.
The Tal Memorial 2010 took place in Moscow (Russia) 4th-14th November.
1-3. Aronian, Karjakin, Mamedyarov - 5.5; 4-6. Grischuk, Nakamura, Wang Hao - 5; 7. Kramnik - 4.5; 8. Gelfand - 3.5; 9. Shirov - 3; 10. Eljanov - 2.5.

The Russian Chess Championship 2010 took place in Moscow 11th-22nd December. Sergey Karjakin - Ian Nepomniachtchi 1/2, 1/2; Armageddon 1/2.
1-2. Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi - 7; 3-4. Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler - 6.5; 5-6. Vladimir Malakhov, Nikita Vitiugov - 5.5; 7-10. Dmitry Jakovenko, Vladimir Potkin, Igor Kurnosov, Evgeny Tomashevsky - 5; 11-12. Denis Khismatullin, Vadim Zvjaginsev - 4.

The Women's World Chess Championship 2010 took place in Antakya (Turkey) 2nd-25th December. Hou Yifan is the World Women Champion.
Final: Hou, Yifan - Ruan, Lufei 2-2; 3-1.
Semifinals: Koneru, Humpy - Hou, Yifan 0.5-1.5
Ruan, Lufei - Zhao, Xue 2.5-1.5
Site: http://wwcc2010.tsf.org.tr/

The London Chess Classic 2010 took place in England 8th-15th December.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 13, 2-3. Viswanathan Anand, Luke McShane - 11, 4-5. Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Kramnik - 10, 6. Michael Adams - 8, 7. David Howell - 4, 8. Nigel Short - 2. Three points for a win, one point for a draw.

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