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Friday, September 9, 2011

GM Maxim Turov earns ticket to Tata Steel Chess C group 2012

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Hi everyone,

GM Maxim Turov is the first player who has qualified for the Tata Steel C group (to take place in January 2012 after winning the BDO Tournament in Haarlem, The Netherlands. According to, the Russian grandmaster shared first place after nine rounds with Dutch GM-elect Robin van Kampen, and won a nerve-wracking Armageddon game to win the tournament.

The 7th BDO Tournament took place August 20-28 in Haarlem, The Netherlands. As in previous years, IM and GM norms were scored in both the Premier and the Challenger Tournament. In the last round IM Ruud Janssen preferred a quick draw against Niclas Huschenbeth over tournament victory, to secure his third and final GM norm. In the Challenger Tournament David Klein did not settle for a draw. By beating Tom Bottema he both earned his first IM norm and an invitation to the Premier Tournament of 2012.With three players sharing first place before the last round, the BDO Chess Tournament saw an unprecedented exciting final round. All three were behind the white pieces as well, so it was obvious that the quick draw Ruud Janssen settled for would not be enough for tournament victory. It was no surprise that Maxim Turov beat Manuel Bosboom in a straightforward manner, but Robin van Kampen had to squeeze water from stone against British GM Stewart Haslinger - and eventually succeeded. In a tense tie-break Turov and Van Kampen both won their game with black, but in the Armageddon game Turov was just a little cooler - or shall we say luckier.

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  • At September 9, 2011 at 4:53 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    We're already thinking of chess in 2012 whoa trust me all you folks in this beautiful world the only armageddon we are going to have is the chess game one. What a fantastic chess calendar we've had lately. Am getting ready to watch the round 5 of world cup.

  • At September 9, 2011 at 4:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    6 minutes 30 seconds to go for start of round 5!

  • At September 9, 2011 at 4:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Judit Polgar (Hungary) — Peter Svidler (Russia)
    Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) — Vugar Gashimov (Azerbaijan)
    Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine) — Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan)
    David Navara (Czech Republic) — Alexander Grischuk (Russia)

  • At September 9, 2011 at 4:58 AM , Anonymous ST, Pune, India said...

    Anyone watching the Shenzhen women's chess live?

  • At September 9, 2011 at 5:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Whine I want to be a gm also to play with those girls sniff sniff sniff no girls play chess in my area/city

  • At September 9, 2011 at 5:25 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    I always find some people making comments completely off the post topic. Very funny. Always it is guys. Most often making fun at women's chess. Then why do they watch women's chess. Very funny.

  • At September 9, 2011 at 5:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wireless Flash News


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