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The review of chess events for 2012

by Boris Schipkov

The Reggio Emilia tournament took place in Italy December 27th 2011 - January 6th 2012.
1. Anish Giri - 16 (6/10). 2-4. Alexander Morozevich, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana - 15 (5.5), 5. Vassily Ivanchuk - 12 (4.5), 6. Nikita Vitiugov - 8 (3).

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 14th - 29th.
1. Levon Aronian - 9; 2-4. Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Teimour Radjabov - 8; 5-6. Vassily Ivanchuk, Hikaru Nakamura - 7.5; 7. Gata Kamsky - 7; 8. Sergey Karjakin - 6.5; 9. Loek van Wely - 5.5; 10-12. Vugar Gashimov, Boris Gelfand, Veselin Topalov - 5; 13-14. Anish Giri, David Navara - 4.5.
The Dutch Defence: Gelfand-Nakamura, Karjakin-Nakamura, Aronian-Nakamura, Radjabov-van Wely.
Site: http://www.tatasteelchess.com/

The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2012 took place in Gibraltar 24th January - 2nd February.
1-2. Nigel Short, Hou Yifan - 8/10; 3-6. Michael Adams, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Viktor Bologan, Emil Sutovsky - 7.5. Tie-break (10 minutes + 5 seconds per move): Nigel Short - Hou Yifan 1.5-0.5.

The Aeroflot Open 2012 took place 7th-15th February in Moscow (Russia).
1-3. Bartel, Mateusz; Korobov, Anton; Eljanov, Pavel - 6.5/9, 4-8. Khalifman, Alexander; Rodshtein, Maxim; Caruana, Fabiano; Melkumyan, Hrant; Andreikin, Dmitry - 6.
Mateusz Bartel easily made a draw in the Bogo-Indian Defence in the last round to win first place.

The German Championship 2012 took place in Osterburg 2nd-10th March.
1. Daniel Fridman - 7.5/9, 2. Igor Khenkin - 7, 3-6. Jens Kotainy, Sebastian Siebrecht, Dennis Wagner, Rene Stern - 6.

The Reykjavik Open 2012 took place in Iceland 6th-13th March.
1. Fabiano Caruana - 7.5/9, 2-8. Ivan Sokolov, David Navara, Gawain Jones, Boris Avrukh, Hou Yifan, Sebastien Maze, Henrik Danielsen - 7.

The European Individual Women's Chess Championship 2012 took place in Gaziantep (Turkey) March 2nd-13th.
1-3. Valentina Gunina, Tatiana Kosintseva, Anna Muzychuk - 8.5/11.
The European Individual Women's Chess Championship 2012: the ECU dress code and photos
The European Individual Women's Rapid Chess Championship 2012 took place March 15th-16th in Gaziantep.
1. Tatiana Kosintseva - 9/11, 2-3. Alexandra Kosteniuk, Elisabeth Paehtz - 8.5.
The European Individual Women's Blitz Chess Championship 2012 took place March 18th in Gaziantep.
1. Valentina Gunina - 15/20, 2. Elisabeth Paehtz - 14.5, 3-4. Nana Dzagnidze, Antoaneta Stefanova - 13.5.
Site: http://eiwcc2012.tsf.org.tr/

The European Individual Chess Championship 2012 took place in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) March 20th-31st.
1. Jakovenko Dmitry - 8.5/11, 2-14. Fressinet Laurent, Malakhov Vladimir, Andreikin Dmitry, Inarkiev Ernesto, Matlakov Maxim, Bologan Viktor, Vallejo Pons Francisco, Kryvoruchko Yuriy, Azarov Sergei, Najer Evgeniy, Akopian Vladimir, Volokitin Andrei, Smeets Jan - 8, 15-36. Jones Gawain, Vitiugov Nikita, Bacrot Etienne, Dreev Aleksey, Khismatullin Denis, Kobalia Mikhail, Durarbeyli Vasif, Riazantsev Alexander, Jobava Baadur... - 7.5.
Dmitry Jakovenko from Russia is the new European Champion. According to FIDE regulations top 23 players have qualified for the World Cup 2013. The World Cup is part of the World Chess Championship cycle.
Site: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr66864

The Schachbundesliga 2011-12 took place in Germany 14th October 2011 - 15th April 2012.
1. OSG Baden-Baden - 27, 2. Werder Bremen - 25, 3. SG Solingen - 23.
Baden-Baden: Anand, Svidler, Vallejo Pons, Adams, Shirov, Bacrot, Naiditsch, Movsesian, Nielsen, Kasimdzhanov, Nisipeanu, Gustafsson, Dautov, Heimann.
Round 15, 15th April: Anand-Buhmann 1-0, L'Ami-Kotainy 1/2, Adams-Neubauer 1/2.
Round 14, 14th April: Tiviakov-Anand 1-0, Medvegy-Kasimdzhanov 1/2, Stern-McShane 1/2.
Round 13, 18th March: Giri-Anand 1/2, Spoelman-Adams 0-1, Kasimdzhanov-Pruijssers 1-0 (Dutch Defence, the same line Schipkov, B. - Gerbakher [A88], Yalta 1988), Jaracz-McShane 0-1, Almasi-Fedorchuk 1/2.

The Russian Team Championships 2012 took place in Loo, Sochi, Krasnodar Kray 8th-16th April.
1. Tomsk-400 - 11 (27), 2. St. Petersburg CF - 11 (25.5), 3. ShSM-64 Moscow - 10 (28), 4. Economist-SGSEU Saratov - 10 (24.5).
Tomsk-400: Karjakin, Ponomariov, Inarkiev, Motylev, Bologan, Khismatullin, Areshchenko, Kurnosov.

The Zurich Chess Challenge, the match Vladimir Kramnik versus Levon Aronian 2012 took place in Zurich (Switzerland) 21st-28th April. Kramnik-Aronian 3-3.
Game 6: Aronian-Kramnik 1/2. Vladimir equalized in the Ruy Lopez, then in time trouble Levon made an error, 31.b4? and Vladimir obtained the better chances with the strong exchange sacrifice 31...Rxe3!.
Game 5: Kramnik-Aronian 1/2. Levon equalized in the Queen's Gambit 6.Bxf6.
Game 4: Aronian-Kramnik 1/2. Vladimir equalized in the Berlin Defence in the Ruy Lopez. (Rapid: Kramnik-Aronian 0-1).
Game 3: Kramnik-Aronian 1-0. A sharp fight. A queen and two pawns vs two bishops and a knight. Vladimir had an advantage.
Game 2: Aronian-Kramnik 1/2. The Berlin Defence in the Ruy Lopez.
Game 1: Kramnik-Aronian 0-1. Vladimir played badly in the Queen's Gambit, the ugly 14.Re3 is a mistake, also 16.Nd5 is not good.

The Italian Team Championship 2012 took place in Arvier 27th April - 1st May.
1. Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova - 13, 2. Scavolini Datagest Pesaro - 12, 3. Chieti - 9.
Ob. Risarcimento Padova: Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Kiril Georgiev, Duilio Collutiis, Fabio Bellini, Michele Godena, Igor Efimov.

The Capablanca Memorial 2012 took place in Havana (Cuba) 4th-14th May.
1. Vassily Ivanchuk - 6.5/10, 2-3. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Leinier Dominguez Perez - 5.5, 4. Vladimir Potkin - 4.5, 5-6. Yuniesky Quesada Perez, Viktor Laznicka - 4.
In round 8 Nepomniachtchi crushed Laznicka in the Dutch Defence, Quesada made a draw with Ivanchuk in the Bogo-Indian Defence.

The Sigeman & Co 2012 chess tournament took place in Malmo (Sweden) 9th-16th May.
1. Fabiano Caruana - 5.5/7, 2. Peter Leko - 5, 3-4. Anish Giri, Nils Grandelius - 4, 5. Chao Li - 3, 6. Hans Tikkanen - 2.5, 7-8. Jonny Hector, Emanuel Berg - 2.
Anish Giri and Peter Leko. Photo: www.sigeman-chess.com The tournament hall. Photo: www.sigeman-chess.com
Anish Giri and Peter Leko (in Russian or in English?). The tournament hall. Photos: www.sigeman-chess.com
Site: http://www.sigeman-chess.com/en

The US Chess Championship 2012 took place in Saint Louis, United States, May 7th-20th.
1. Hikaru Nakamura - 8.5; 2. Gata Kamsky - 7.5; 3. Alexander Onischuk - 6.5; 4-6. Varuzhan Akobian, Aleksandr Lenderman, Yury Shulman - 6; 7. Ray Robson - 5.5; 8. Robert Hess - 5; 9-10. Alejandro Ramirez, Gregory Kaidanov - 4; 11-12. Yasser Seirawan, Alexander Stripunsky - 3.5.
An excellent tournament with exciting games.

The FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2012 between World Champion Anand and challenger Gelfand took place in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow (Russia) 10th-31st May. 12 classic games. Anand-Gelfand 6-6; 2.5-1.5. Viswanathan Anand is the World Chess Champion again.
World Chess Championship Match 2012 Viswanathan Anand versus Boris Gelfand, Moscow 2012

The Tal Memorial 2012 took place in Moscow (Russia) 7th-18th June. Blitz tournament 7th June.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 5.5, 2-3. Fabiano Caruana, Teimour Radjabov - 5, 4-7. Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Morozevich, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk - 4.5, 8-9. Luke McShane, Hikaru Nakamura - 4, 10. Evgeny Tomashevsky - 3.5.
Kramnik sacrificed a knight vs Carlsen in round 1. A Greek gift?! Perpetual check!

The World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships 2012 took place in Astana (Kazakhstan), July 2nd-11th.
World Blitz Chess Championship 2012: 1. Alexander Grischuk - 20/30, 2. Magnus Carlsen - 19.5, 3. Sergey Karjakin - 18.5, 4. Alexander Morozevich - 17.5, 5-6. Dmitry Andreikin, Teimour Radjabov - 17, 7. Le Quang Liem - 16.5, 8-9. Peter Svidler, Vassily Ivanchuk - 15, 10-11. Boris Gelfand, Nikolai Chadaev - 13.5, 12-13. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Veselin Topalov - 13, 14. Rinat Jumabayev - 12, 15. Viktor Bologan - 11, 16. Pavel Kotsur - 8. Alexander Grischuk is the World Blitz Chess Champion.
World Rapid Chess Championship 2012: 1. Sergey Karjakin 11.5/15, 2. Magnus Carlsen - 10.5, 3-4. Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 9.5, 5. Alexander Grischuk - 9, 6. Boris Gelfand - 8, 7-9. Vassily Ivanchuk, Peter Svidler, Teimour Radjabov - 7.5, 10. Aleksey Dreev - 7, 11. Alexander Morozevich - 6.5, 12-14. Viktor Bologan, Igor Kurnosov, Murtas Kazhgaleyev - 6, 15. Vladislav Tkachiev - 4.5, 16. Anuar Ismagambetov - 3.5. Sergey Karjakin is the World Rapid Chess Champion.
Qualification Rapid: 1. Kurnosov, Igor - 6.5/9; 2-5. Dreev, Alexey; Tkachiev, Vladislav; Andreikin, Dmitry; Moiseenko, Alexander - 6. Kurnosov, Dreev, Tkachiev have qualified.
Qualification Blitz: 1. Andreikin, Dmitry - 16.5/22; 2. Le, Quang Liem - 14.5; 3. Chadaev, Nikolai - 14.

The Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2012 took place in Dortmund (Germany) 13th-22nd July.
1-2. Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin - 6, 3-6. Ruslan Ponomariov, Vladimir Kramnik, Arkadij Naiditsch, Peter Leko - 5.5, 7. Georg Meier - 4, 8. Daniel Fridman - 3.5, 9. Mateusz Bartel - 2, 10. Jan Gustafsson - 1.5.

The Science Park Amsterdam Tournaments 2012, ACP Golden Chess Classic took place in the Netherlands 14th-22nd July.
1. Vassily Ivanchuk - 5, 2. Gata Kamsky - 4.5, 3. Emil Sutovsky - 3.5, 4-5. Anna Muzychuk, Le Quang Liem - 3, 6. Krishnan Sasikiran - 1.5, 7. Baadur Jobava - 0.5.
The Netherlands Championship 2012: 1. Anish Giri - 6/7, 2-3. Ivan Sokolov, Erwin L'Ami - 5.

The Biel International 2012 Chess Festival took place in Switzerland 22nd July - 3rd August.
1. Wang Hao - 19 (6.5/10), 2. Magnus Carlsen - 18 (7/10), 3-4. Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri - 16 (6/10), 5. Etienne Bacrot - 7 (3/10), 6. Victor Bologan - 4 (1.5/8).
Alexander Morozevich (0/2) retired from the Tournament after Round 2 due to health issues.

The British Chess Championships 2012 took place in North Shields 22nd July - 4th August.
Play off: Stephen Gordon - Gawain Jones 0-2.
1-2. Jones, Gawain; Gordon, Stephen - 9/11; 3. Howell, David - 8.5.

The Russian Chess Championships 2012 Super Finals took place in Moscow 3rd-13th August. Rapid tie-break for 1-6 places: 1. Dmitry Andreikin - 4, 2. Sergey Karjakin - 3.5, 3. Peter Svidler - 3, 4. Dmitry Jakovenko - 2.5, 5. Vladimir Potkin - 1.5, 6. Evgeny Alekseev - 0.5.
1-6. Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Andreikin, Dmitry Jakovenko, Evgeny Alekseev, Vladimir Potkin - 5, 7. Alexander Grischuk - 4.5, 8-9. Daniil Dubov, Nikita Vitiugov - 4, 10. Sanan Sjugirov - 2.5.

The 40th World Chess Olympiad 2012 took place in Istanbul (Turkey) 27th August - 10th September.
Open: 1. Armenia - 19 (397), 2. Russia - 19 (388.5), 3. Ukraine - 18, 4. China, 5. USA - 17, 6. Netherlands, 7. Vietnam, 8. Romania - 16.
Gold - Armenia: Levon Aronian, Sergei Movsesian, Vladimir Akopian, Gabriel Sargissian, Tigran L. Petrosian. Silver - Russia: Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Dmitry Jakovenko. Bronze - Ukraine: Vassily Ivanchuk, Ruslan Ponomariov, Andrei Volokitin, Pavel Eljanov, Aleksandr Moiseenko.
Women: 1. Russia - 19 (450), 2. China - 19 (416), 3. Ukraine - 18, 4. India - 17, 5. Romania, 6. Armenia - 16.
Gold - Russia: Tatiana Kosintseva, Valentina Gunina, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalija Pogonina. Silver - China: Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun, Huang Qian, Ding Yixin. Bronze - Ukraine: Kateryna Lahno, Mariya Muzychuk, Natalia Zhukova, Anna Ushenina, Inna Yanovska.

Open. Round 11: Ukraine-China 3-1, Hungary-Armenia 1.5-2.5, Russia-Germany 3-1, Poland-USA 1.5-2.5, Argentina-Netherlands 1-3.
Round 10: China-USA 2.5-1.5, Argentina-Russia 1.5-2.5, Netherlands-Armenia 1-3, Azerbaijan-Ukraine 1.5-2.5, Belarus-Germany 1.5-2.5.
Round 9: USA-Russia 2.5-1.5, Philippines-China 0.5-3.5, Armenia-Germany 2.5-1.5, Poland-Azerbaijan 2-2, Ukraine-France 3-1.
Round 8: Russia-Ukraine 2.5-1.5, China-Azerbaijan 2-2, Armenia-Uzbekistan 3-1, FYROM-USA 1-3, Germany-Hungary 2.5-1.5.
Round 7: Azerbaijan-Russia 1.5-2.5, China-Armenia 2.5-1.5, Philippines-Hungary 2-2, Ukraine-Spain 2.5-1.5, USA-Turkey 3.5-0.5.
Round 6: Russia-Armenia 2-2, Azerbaijan-Croatia 3-1, Germany-USA 2-2, Czech Republic-Spain 1.5-2.5, Hungary-Poland 3-1.
Round 5: Armenia-Ukraine 2.5-1.5, Hungary-Russia 1.5-2.5, Germany-Montenegro 2-2, Croatia-France 2.5-1.5, USA-Czech Republic 2-2.
Round 4: USA-India 2-2, Russia-China 3-1, Azerbaijan-Germany 2-2, France-England 2-2, Ukraine-Poland 3-1.
Round 3: Venezuela-USA 0.5-3.5, France-Bulgaria 2.5-1.5, England-Cuba 3-1, Ukraine-Israel 2.5-1.5, Russia-Latvia 2.5-1.5.
Round 2: Qatar-Ukraine 1-3, USA-Lithuania 3.5-0.5, Azerbaijan-Ireland 3.5-0.5, Peru-France 0.5-3.5, Greece-Russia 1-3.
Round 1: Dominican Republic-Russia 0.5-3.5, Ukraine-Iraq 4-0, Bolivia-Armenia 1-3, Hungary-Kyrgyzstan 3-1, Jordan-USA 0-4.

Russia (Kramnik, Karjakin), USA (Nakamura, Kamsky), Ukraine (Ivanchuk, Ponomariov), Hungary (Leko, Almasi, Polgar), Armenia (Aronian, Movsesian), China (Wang Hao, Li Chao), England (Adams, Jones), Azerbaijan (Radjabov, Mamedyarov), Germany (Naiditsch, Khenkin), France (Fressinet, Vachier-Lagrave), Israel (Gelfand, Sutovsky), Netherlands (Giri, Van Wely), Spain (Vallejo Pons, Salgado Lopez), Italy (Caruana, Brunello).
The Bermuda Party took place on the evening of 1st September before the first rest day.

The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix 2012 London tournament took place in England, Great Britain 20th September - 4th October.
1-3. Veselin Topalov, Boris Gelfand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 7, 4. Alexander Grischuk - 6.5, 5. Peter Leko - 6, 6. Wang Hao - 5.5, 7-8. Michael Adams, Vassily Ivanchuk - 5, 9-10. Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Leinier Dominguez Perez - 4.5, 11-12. Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura - 4.
Site: http://london2012.fide.com/

The Final Masters 2012 Grand Slam took place in Sao Paulo (Brazil) 24th-29th September and in Bilbao (Spain) 8th-13th October.
Blitz tiebreak: Magnus Carlsen - Fabiano Caruana 2-0.
1-2. Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen - 17 (6.5/10), 3. Levon Aronian - 11 (5), 4. Sergey Karjakin - 10 (4.5), 5. Viswanathan Anand - 9 (4.5), 6. Francisco Vallejo Pons - 6 (3).
In round 2 Caruana sacrificed two exchanges against Karjakin and won with two bishops vs two rooks. In round 9 Carlsen beat World Champion Anand in 30 moves.

The European Chess Club Cup 2012 took place in Eilat (Israel) 10th-17thOctober. 7 round Swiss.
1. SOCAR Azerbaijan - 12 (673.8),2. St. Petersburg Chess Federation - 12 (665.5), 3. SHSM-64 - 11.
SOCAR: Radjabov Teimour, Mamedyarov Shakhriyar, Topalov Veselin, Grischuk Alexander, Kamsky Gata, Sutovsky Emil, Safarli Eltaj, Guseinov Gadir.
Radjabov, Nakamura, Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Kamsky, Morozevich, Ponomariov, Leko, Giri, Svidler, Andreikin, Tomashevsky, Gashimov, Gelfand, Jakovenko, Shirov, Vitiugov, Adams, Bacrot, Kasimdzhanov, Navara, Botvinnik.
In round 4 in the games Gelfand-Williams and Dreev-Gorovets Blacks won in the Dutch Defence after a sharp fight.

The Unive Chess Tournament 2012 took place in Hoogeveen (The Netherlands) 19th-27th October.
Crown Group: 1. Hikaru Nakamura - 4.5, 2. Sergei Tiviakov - 3, 3. Anish Giri - 2.5, 4. Hou Yifan - 2.
Open: 1-2. Erwin L'Ami, Friso Nijboer - 7/9, 3-6. Sipke Ernst, Jan Timman, Robin Van Kampen, Manuel Bosboom - 6.5.

The Cap d'Agde 2012 the 'Trophee Anatoly Karpov' took place in France 26th October - 3rd November.
Final: Vassily Ivanchuk - Anatoly Karpov 3.5-4.5.
Semifinal: Vassily Ivanchuk - Ju Wenjun 2-0, Anatoly Karpov - Romain Edouard 1.5-0.5.
It is logical that Anatoly Karpov has won the 'Trophee Anatoly Karpov'.

The Kings tournament 2012 took place in Bucharest (Romania) November 7th-14th.
Tiebreak: Veselin Topalov - Vassily Ivanchuk 0.5-1.5.
1-2. Vassily Ivanchuk, Veselin Topalov - 3.5/6, 3. Fabiano Caruana - 3, 4. Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu - 2.

The Siberian Bank of Sberbank Cup 2012 rapid took place in Novosibirsk (Russia) November 17th-18th.
1. Sergei Rublevsky - 6.5, 2-3. Dmitry Bocharov, Dmitry Jakovenko - 6, 4-5. Vladimir Malakhov, Ian Nepomniachtchi - 5.5, 6. Evgeny Bareev - 5, 7-9. Pavel Smirnov, Dmitry Andreikin, Sanan Sjugirov - 4.5, 10. Ernesto Inarkiev - 4, 11. Pavel Maletin - 3.

The Mexico's National Autonomous University (UNAM) Chess Festival 2012 took place in Mexico City (United Mexican States) 16th - 25th November.
Final: Magnus Carlsen - Judit Polgar 3-1. Judit Polgar won a rapid game, then Magnus Carlsen won blindfold and two blitz games.
The match "Magnus Carlsen vs The World" 1-0.

The Women's World Chess Championship 2012 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) 10th November - 2nd December.
Final: Antoaneta Stefanova - Anna Ushenina 2.5-3.5. Anna Ushenina of Ukraine is the Women's World Chess Champion. Anna Ushenina will play the match against the former world champion Hou Yifan in 2013.
Semifinals: Antoaneta Stefanova - Dronavalli Harika 1.5-0.5, Anna Ushenina - Ju Wenjun 2.5-1.5 (Anna beat Wenjun in the King's Indian Saemisch System).
Round 4: Marie Sebag - Antoaneta Stefanova 1-3, Zhao Xue - Harika Dronavalli 1.5-2.5, Ju Wenjun - Huang Qian 3.5-2.5, Nadezhda Kosintseva - Anna Ushenina 0.5-1.5.
Round 3: Nadezhda Kosintseva - Tatiana Kosintseva 3.5-2.5, Ju Wenjun - Natalia Zhukova 2.5-1.5.
Round 2: Monika Socko - Hou Yifan 3-1, Humpy Konery - Natalia Zhukova 0-2, Anna Ushenina - Anna Muzychuk 3-1.
Round 1: Ju Wenjun checkmated Atousa Pourkashiyan with a queen sacrifice. Anastasia Bodnaruk sacrificed two rooks and checkmated Lela Javakhishvili in the romantic style of the Italian masters of the 17th-18th centuries. In game 2 Atousa beat Wenjun, Lela beat Anastasia in the strategic style. Ju-Pourkashiyan 4-2, Bodnaruk-Javakhishvili 2.5-3.5.
Khanty-Mansiysk is located on the Irtysh River in Siberia.

The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix 2012 Tashkent tournament took place in Uzbekistan 22nd November - 4th December.
1-3. Sergey Karjakin, Wang Hao, Alexander Morozevich - 6.5, 4-6. Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov - 6, 7-9. Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Svidler, Peter Leko - 5.5, 10. Boris Gelfand - 4.5, 11. Leinier Dominguez Perez - 4, 12. Gata Kamsky - 3.5.
Site: http://grandprix.fide.com/

The European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2012 took place in Warsaw (Poland) 14th-16th December.
Rapid: 1. Alexei Dreev - 9.5/11, 2. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 9.5, 3. Alexei Shirov - 9.5, 4. Sergei Rublevsky - 9.5.
Blitz: 1. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 18.5/22, 2. Gabriel Sargissian - 17.5, 3. Vladislav Tkachiev - 17.

The London Chess Classic 2012 took place in England 1st-10th December.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 18 (6.5/8), 2. Vladimir Kramnik - 16 (6), 3-4. Hikaru Nakamura, Michael Adams - 13 (5), 5. Viswanathan Anand - 9 (4), 6. Levon Aronian - 8 (3.5), 7. Judit Polgar - 6 (2.5), 8. Luke McShane - 5 (2), 9. Gawain Jones - 3 (1.5). The brilliant play of Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik.
Magnus Carlsen. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill  Judit Polgar and Magnus Carlsen. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill
Magnus Carlsen. Judit Polgar and Magnus Carlsen, London. Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.
In this tournament Magnus Carlsen becomes the highest rated player in the world of all time, he breaks the record of Garry Kasparov, who had rating 2851. Magnus Carlsen's rating will be 2861 in January 2013 FIDE Rating List.
London Chess Classic 2012: Games 1-18
London Chess Classic 2012: Games 19-36
Three points for a win, one point for a draw.
Games (36, pgn)
Site: http://www.londonchessclassic.com/

The SportAccord World Mind Games 2012 took place in China 14th-19th December. Chess.
Rapid Men: 1. Laurent Fressinet - 5.5/7, 2. Hikaru Nakamura - 5.5, 3. Alexander Grischuk - 4.5, 4. Ding Liren - 4.5.
Rapid Women: 1. Kateryna Lahno - 5/7, 2. Hou Yifan - 5, 3. Humpy Konery - 5, 4. Anna Muzychuk - 5.
Blitz Men: 1. Sergey Karjakin - 12.5/15, 2. Hikaru Nakamura - 11, 3. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 9, 4. Levon Aronian - 9, 5. Laurent Fressinet - 9.
Blitz Women: 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk - 11.5/15, 2. Anna Muzychuk - 11.5, 3. Elisabeth Paehtz - 9.5, 4. Humpy Konery - 9.5.
Blindfold - Men: 1. Levon Aronian - 5.5/7, 2. Hikaru Nakamura - 5, 3. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 4.5, 4. Gata Kamsky - 4.5.
Blindfold - Women: 1. Hou Yifan - 6/7, 2. Viktorija Cmilyte - 5.5, 3. Anna Zatonskih - 4.5.
It is interesting that Hikaru Nakamura of USA won all silver medals in men's competitions.
Mind Games: Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi.
Site: http://sportaccord2012.fide.com/, http://www.worldmindgames.net/en/

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