Tournaments – Cuba, Gausdal, Sigeman, Sochi

4/22/2005 – Currently there are a lot of great tournaments going on, such as the Cuban championship, the Russian team championship or Sigeman & Co in Copenhagen (where Nakamura has just played 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 against Sasikiran). Playchess.com is broadcasting many of the games live. Here are short reports, games and links.

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The Cuban Championship

The event is being held in Santa Clara, where the qualification stage ran from April 7 to 16. There were two groups of ten players each, and the rate of play is 90 minutes + 30 seconds. Here are the final results of both groups:

The main championship phase is now under way, with the top three players from each qualification group plus the seeded GMs Lazaro Bruzon and Leinier Dominguez. The results of the quarterfinals were:

Dominguez, Lenier Quezada, Yuniesky 1-0 1/2
Arencibia, Walter De la Paz, Frank 1/2 1-0
Bruzon, Lazaro Nogueiras, Jesus 1/2 1/2 2-0
Gongora, Maikel Almeida, Omar 0-1 1/2

In the semifinals the results so far are:

Bruzon, Lazaro Arencibia, Walter 1-0
Almeida, Omar Dominguez, Lenier 1/2

The Gausdal Classics

This traditional tournament was held in Norway from April 13th - 21st. There were two GM groups with top seeds playing in Group A (average Elo: 2495). It was won in fine style by Dutch GM Sergey Tiviakov:

Here are the results of Group B


Thirteenth Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament

This event runs from April 15 to 24 and is being held in two stages: the first five rounds are being played in Malmo, the four final rounds will be in Copenhagen. Top players are Hikaru Nakamura (USA 2657), Krishnan Sasikiran (IND 2642), Curt Hansen (DEN 2633), Viorel Iordachescu (MDA 2609), and Jan Timman (NED 2607).

After six rounds the Dutch chess legend Jan Timman (picture) is sensationally in the lead, with a 2820 performance, half a point ahead of Hikaru Nakamura, with Hansen and Sasikiran trailing half a point behind the American upstart. There are live games, results, tables, a few pictures and reports on the tournament's web site. The games can also be watched live on the Playchess.com server, where as we "go into print" there is quite a commotion, since Hikaru Nakamura has played 1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 against Krishnan Sasikiran. After 2...Nc6 the US champion played 3.Bc4, but India's second strongest player saw the mate threat on f7 and played 3...g6.


The Russian Team Championship

This event is being held from April 18th-29th 2005 in Dagomys, Sochi. There are three tournaments which start at the same time: XII Russian men's team championship, the Premier League and 1st League; and VI Russian women team championship. The top 30 games of the championship are being broadcast live every day. Among the players are Svidler, Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Morozevich, Bareev, Dreev, Akopian, Bologan, Ponomariov, Motylev and Volokitin.


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