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The 2006 world chess campion?

11/30/2002 – You have a tournament with the current world champion and a legendary ex world champion. And other world-class players like Shirov, Polgar and Psachis. And who, pray, would be leading after eight rounds? A 12-year-old boy, that's who. Some day Sergey Karjakin intends to become world champion himself. In four years from now, when he his sixteen. You will find an interview with young Sergey plus results and games from the Benidorm tournament here.
 

Interview with Sergey Karjakin

Q: What do you think about your first results in this tournament?
A: It's the first time I beat somebody so strong like Shirov in a tournament game. So, that's really very exceptional and makes me very happy.

Q: How did you managed to become grandmaster at only 12 years old?
A: Just working hard. Nothing else special or, at least, I don't remember anything more important.

Q: What's the most difficult part of chess for you?
A: Nothing, I don't now. So far, everything was very easy for me.

Q: One year ago you were one of Ponomariov's team members. Why?
A: Before that I beat him in a couple of friendly rapid games in a chess club, and I think he was impressed by that. So, he invited me to work with him.

Q: How is a normal day in your life?
A: After breakfast, I go to the chess club. And after lunch as well. I also play some table tennis and I like reading and watching TV.

Q: You mean you don't go to the school?
A: Only sometimes.

Q: And what about your hobbies?
A: Besides chess and table tennis, nothing special. Just some movies, like any other boy of my age.

Q: What's your favourite dish?
A: Chicken with fries.

Q: Ponomariov, Volokitin, Karjakin… three very young chess stars coming from Ukraine. Whats the secret?
A: We have a fantastic chess school, with very good chess teachers and coaches.

Q: Who is your chess hero?
A: Nobody. I like all the champions, but nobody in particular.

Q: When do you expect to be world champion?
A: At 16.

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Results in Benidorm so far

Ronda 1
29 de Noviembre de 2002  16:00 h.
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1  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 1-0 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP
2  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1-0 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP
3  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 1-0 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
4  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 0-1  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
5  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG 1/2  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
6  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB 1-0  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
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Ronda 2
29 de Noviembre de 2002  17:15 h.
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1 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP 1-0  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
2  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR 1/2  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB
3  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH 1/2  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG
4 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP 0-1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN
5 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP 1-0  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS
6  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 1/2  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR
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Ronda 3
29 de Noviembre de 2002  19:00 h.
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1  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1/2 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP
2  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 1/2  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR
3  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 1/2 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP
4  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG 1/2 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
5  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB 0-1  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
6  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG 0-1  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
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Ronda 4
29 de Noviembre de 2002  20:15 h.
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1 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP 0-1  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
2  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH 1/2  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
3 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP 1-0  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB
4 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP 0-1  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG
5  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 0-1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN
6  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1/2  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS
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Ronda 5
30 de Noviembre de 2002  16:00 h.
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1  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 1-0 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP
2  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 1/2  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR
3  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG 0-1  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR
4  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB 0-1 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP
5  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG 1/2 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
6  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR 1-0  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
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Ronda 6
30 de Noviembre de 2002  17:15 h.
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1 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP 1/2  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
2 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP 1/2  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
3 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP 1-0  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
4  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 1-0  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB
5  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1-0  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG
6  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 0-1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN
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Ronda 7
30 de Noviembre de 2002  19:00 h.
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1  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 1-0 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP
2  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG 0-1  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS
3  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB 0-1  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR
4  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG 0-1  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR
5  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR 0-1 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP
6  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH 1/2 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
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Ronda 8
30 de Noviembre de 2002  20:15 h.
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1 12 Granero, Antonio   ESP 1/2 10 San Segundo, Pablo ESP
2 11 Shirov, Alexei     ESP 1-0  9 Kurajica, Bojan    BIH
3  1 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 1-0  8 Psakhis, Lev       ISR
4  2 Karjakin, Sergei   UKR 1-0  7 Amura, Claudia     ARG
5  3 Karpov, Anatoli    RUS 1-0  6 Vera, Reynaldo     CUB
6  4 Polgar, Judit      HUN 1-0  5 Paunovic, Dragan   YUG
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Standings

1-3 Karjakin, Polgar y Ponomariov 6
4 Shírov 5.5
5 Karpov 5
6 Psajis 4.5
7 Kurajica 4
8 San Segundo 3.5
9-10 Granero y Páunovic 2.5
11 Vera 1.5
12 Amura 1

All the games so far (PGN, unedited)

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