Kasparov and Karpov in new chess duel

kasparov-karpov-2009One of the greatest rivalries in the history of chess has resumed as Garry Kasparov takes on Anatoly Karpov in the Spanish city of Valencia. The 12-game rematch is taking place 25 years after the two chess legends first competed for the world title.

The event is being broadcast live on Valencia’s regional government website (www.gva.es), with organisers expecting millions of chess fans to tune in.

Kasparov, now aged 46, has been preparing for the clash by training in Norway with teenage prodigy Magnus Carlsen. Kasparov has described the match as “a ceremonial tournament”. Meanwhile, Karpov, 58, has been sparring with a computer and a group of grandmasters from a base on the Spanish coast. The Valencia tournament comes 25 years after the two grandmasters – then both representing the Soviet Union – squared off for the first time for the world crown.

Tamasart Cup

BCC woodpushers dominated the Tamasart Chess Cup 2009 held at Tamasart University Campus Rangsit.

Top seeded Henry “The Destroyer” Calacday flashed his old deadly form, led a 1-2-3 finish via tie break of 5.5 points against fellow BCC members Paul “The Bullet” Elauria and Manolo “ The Silent Assassin” Salamida. The 38 year old Henry Elo 2046 led the rest of the field on the first day with a perfect score of four after four rounds stumbled to Urs Hasler of Switzerland on the first game of the second day but was able to bounce back quickly after a convincing win against his compatriot Manolo then drew his last round with Paul, enough to claim the championship trophy with the highest tie break. Also an impressive display of performance was Paul who had a shocking defeat against fellow Filipino Dean Binoya on the first round then won his next five assignments and drew the last to claim the second place. Manolo kept hanging around with his position since the first few rounds and gave his final blow by trouncing Sawapop on the last round and went home as the third best player of the tournament.

Top seeded Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son wins the KL Open 2009

Kuala Lumpur Open 2009

Grandmaster Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son from Vietnam lived up to his top billing by winning the KL Open 2009 with an impressive 7.5 points from 9 games and RM 10,000.

In second place, half a point behind on 7 points, was Indonesian Grandmaster Susanto Megaranto whose victory over Grandmaster Dao Tien Hai of Vietnam to earn RM 5,000 almost made up for two disasters in earlier rounds against less fancied opponents.

And Uzbekistan Grandmaster Saidali Iuldachev proved be a comeback kid with a strong finish to score 6.5 points for sole third place and RM 3,000.

Read the full story by Peter Long

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Registered participants at the KL Open

KL Open Chess Championship

Shah’s Village Hotel, Petaling Jaya, 3-9 September 2009

1Nguyen Ngoc Truong SonGMVIE2592VIE
2Dao Tien HaiGMVIE2552
3Dzhumaev MaratGMUZB2535UZB
4Susanto MegarantoGMINA2534INA
5Saidali IuldachevGMUZB2518
6Nguyen Anh DungGMVIE2474
7Taxir VadhidovIMUZB2520
8Richard BitoonIMPHI2495PHI
9Sadikin IrwantoIMINA2429
10Dede LiuIMINA2419
11Tirta Chandra PurnamaIMINA2417
13Chandrasekhar GokhaleIMIND2301IND
14Rahul ShettyIMIND2280
15Awam WahonoFMINA2399
16Yevgeniy PakFMKAZ2359KAZ
17Timothy Chan Wei XuanFMSIN2344SIN
18Daniel ChanFMSIN2358
19Anjas NovitaFMINA2340
20Nguyen Van NuyCMVIE2414
21Farid Firman ShahCMINA2208
22Nafisa MuminovaWIMUZB2287
23Beverly MendozaWIMPHI2060
24Dewi A. A. CitraWFMINA1923
25Medina Warda AuliaWCMINA1945
26Chelsie Monica Ignesias ShiteWCMINAUR
27Hasian PaneegabeanINA2226
28Jarred NeubronnerSIN2220
29RS KalugampitiyaSRI2131SRI
30Edmundo LegaspiPHI2158
31Edward Lee Kim HanMAS2104MAS
32Shannon Scott NeubronnerSIN2050
33Benjamin FooSIN2013
34Kaushal KhandharMAS1997
35Bharadwaj BiswajitIND1920
36Sathiyanarayanan R VIND1851
37RDAC DissanayakeSRI1828
38Tarun MathurIND1782
39Jianwen WongMAS1763
40Edward Lee Kai JieSIN1763
41Glenda Chen I-ChenTPE1715TPE
42M. VivekIND1661
43Timothy Chan Yi JunSIN1594
44Sofyan JafarINAUR
45Stefani Dian CheriINAUR
46Virda Riska AuliaINAUR

TCA Prajuab Cup

Atippat was the clear winner of TCA Prajuab Cup, 6-rounds Swiss, Fide-rated tournament, which was organized in the beautiful Bangkok Boulevard Club House. Atippat lost surprisingly in the first round, but won all the rest 5 games. He was followed by FM Boonsueb with 4.5 and Teerapong with 4 points. The 4th place was shared by Aung, Henry and Piyapon.  Full results at thaibg.com. Thank you K.Ekasith for hosting this tournament!

1. Atippat Pornariyasombat 5
2. Boonsueb Saeheng 4.5
3. Teerapong Tovirat 4
4. Henry Calacday 3.5
5. Piyapon Wiwarin 3.5
6. Aung Kyaw Moe 3.5
7. Thotsaporn Thanatipanonda 3
8. Manolo Salamida 3
9. Pramote Somprasong 3
10. Poompong Wiwatanadate 3
11. Sawapop Tuamsang 3
12. Sant Pongkiettisak 3
13. Pricha Srivatanakul 2.5
14. Kannapon Srivachirawat 2.5
15. Sahapol Nakvanich 2
16. Sadtra Srisawad 2
17. Meechai Kaewfainok 2
18. Eric Calacday 2
19. Louis Kirk 1.5
20. Ekasith Buasroung 1.5
21. Permsak Punsuk 1
22. Yoothajak Wanichayachart 1
23. Wisuwat Therdkiattikulrt 0