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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Kaleidoscope: Switzerland, Greece, Slovenia, Poland, USA and many more

Today is August 1 - the Swiss National Day.

I congratulate all the Swiss and wish them all the best for their country.

A famous chess festival in the Swiss town of Biel came to its end yesterday. The tournament was won by Boris Grachev, Russia with 8,5 points out of 11. The best women's result in the open section of the tournament was shown by Nadezhda Kosintseva. Who finished 11th with 7,5 points out of 11. The full table of the results can be seen here.

There are many interesting and strong tournaments being held in Spain. A strong rapid tournament was held on July 25 and 26 in Villarrobledo, Spain. The tournament was won by Arkadi Naiditsch. The top result among women was shown by Hou Yifan who finished 13th with 6 out of 9. The official web-site of the ogranizers can be found here. The article about this tournament can be found on, here.

2nd International Chess Tournament was held from July 21 till July 28 in Paleohora, Greece. Evgeny Najer took the first place. The top result among women was shown by Katerina Lahno who scored 7 out of 9 and took the 12th place. The results are here.

Zonal 3.3 was held from July 22 to July 30 and was won by mongolian WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag who lives in Moscow, Russia but plays for Monglia. Munguntuul scored 7,5 points out of 9 and took the first place. The full standing is here.

Iweta Rajlich is the new women's champion of Poland, she took the first place with with 9 points out of 11. The result can be found here.

The European Veterans Championship was held from July 18 to July 31 in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenjia. In the women's section all 8 participants were Russian. The tournament was won by Ludmila Saunina. The results are here.

European veterans Politiken Cup 2009 was held from July 18 till July 26th in Denmark and was won by Parmerian Negi with 8,5 points out of 10. The top women's result was shown by Viktorija Cmilyte with 7,5 points. The final table is here.

From July 26 till July 31t the 6th annual SP National Invitational for Girls has been held at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, USA. 60 young chess players under the age of 19 from 44 states competed for the most prestigious all-girls national championship in the U.S. Yang Dai of Virginia won the main event with a 6-0 score. My student Rachel Gologorsky of Florida shared 2nd place with Epiphany Peters from Michigan with 4 points out of 5, congratulations! Rachel was second on tie-break with Epiphany taking the third place. More information about the tournament can be found here.

Posted by: Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion

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