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Friday, January 28, 2011

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Congress 2011 - Nadezhda, Cmilyte among leaders after 3 rounds

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Don't worry Mama, I got all the enemy pawns
Ana Cramling Bellon, 8-year-old daughter of GMs Pia Cramling and Juan-Manuel Bellon Lopez/

Hi everyone,

There are four players with a perfect score after three rounds at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Congress 2011 being played from Jan. 24 to Feb. 3, 2011, at the Caleta Hotel. There are 231 players in the Masters section: 53 grandmasters, three of whom are rated over the elite level of 2700, and 15 between 2600-2699. A special £10,000 prize will be awarded to the best womenn player. The tournament leaders on 3/3 are Nigel Short (England), Nadezhda Kosintseva (Russia), Victoria Cmilyte (Lithuania), Deep Sengupta (India).

Here are the top-20 board results.

123GMFelgaer Ruben2½ - ½2GMIvanchuk Vassily1
24GMVallejo Pons Francisco2½ - ½2GMBuhmann Rainer29
311GMShort Nigel D21 - 02GMKosintseva Tatiana31
428GMKulaots Kaido2½ - ½2GMFridman Daniel12
513GMRoiz Michael2½ - ½2GMRapport Richard41
633IMKosintseva Nadezhda21 - 02GMSandipan Chanda14
717GMBerg Emanuel20 - 12GMCmilyte Viktorija43
838GMKorchnoi Viktor2½ - ½2GMAkobian Varuzhan18
919GMKotronias Vasilios2½ - ½2GMZhu Chen51
1042GMSengupta Deep21 - 02GMGopal Geetha Narayanan20
1121GMErdos Viktor2½ - ½2FMWeber Tom90
122GMAdams Michael1 - 0IMHarika Dronavalli45
1344GMSpeelman Jon S0 - 1GMSasikiran Krishnan6
1455IMKrush Irina1 - 0GMNisipeanu Liviu-Dieter8
1548GMHoffmann Michael0 - 1GMHarikrishna Pentala10
1669IMSarkar Justin½ - ½GMIkonnikov Vyacheslav25
1775GMBellon Lopez Juan Manuel0 - 1GMDzagnidze Nana36
1840GMKanep Meelis½ - ½WGMPogonina Natalija57
1985Tabatt Hendrik10 - 11GMCaruana Fabiano3
2086FMZaremba Andrie10 - 11GMBologan Viktor5

John Saunders wrote in his interesting wrap-up report of Round 3:


It was a particularly good day for the women players. As well as Victoria Cmilyte’s and Nadezhda Kosintseva’s wins against higher-rated GMs, Irina Krush beat former world championship finalist Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Nana Dzagnidze beat Juan-Manuel Bellón and Monica Calzetta beat Jean-Pierre Le Roux - which was incidentally Monica’s second GM scalp and Jean-Pierre’s second disaster against a lower-rated opponent. It wasn’t all one-way traffic, however, with former women’s world champion Antoaneta Stefanova falling victim to a much lower rated amateur player, Francisco Javier García Jiménez of Spain. Regrettably most of the women’s wins were rather long and technical, whereas this Spanish amateur’s win against Antoaneta was brisk and entertaining.

Here is a nice game from Round 3. You can run the moves in our pgnplayer or watch in flash below.

PGN: . d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Qb3 c5 8. a3 Bxc3+ 9. Qxc3 c4 10. Qe3+ Qe7 11. Qxe7+ Kxe7 12. a4 h6 13. Bc1 a5 14. b3 cxb3 15. Nd2 b6 16. Ba3+ Kd8 17. e3 Ba6 18. Bxa6 Rxa6 19. Rb1 Ra8 20. Rxb3 Rc8 21. f3 Re8 22. Ke2 Rc6 23. Rc1 Rxc1 24. Bxc1 Re6 25. Kd3 Ne8 26. e4 Nc7 27. Ba3 Rc6 28. Nb1 dxe4+ 29. fxe4 Rf6 30. Rb2 Rf1 31. Nc3 Ne6 32. Bd6 f6 33. Rc2 Re1 34. Bg3 Ra1 35. Kc4 Nc7 36. Bxc7+ Kxc7 37. Kd5 Nf8 38. Nb5+ Kd8 39. Rc7 Rxa4 40. Rxg7 Ra2 41. Kd6 Re2 42. Rb7 Kc8 43. Rxb6 1-0

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  • At January 29, 2011 at 10:46 AM , Anonymous saira fernandes, madrid said...

    Not fair, that's outside help during tournament though guess the pawn-grabber is too sweet to be angry with.


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