Karjakin and Sasikiran stars of the second round

5/6/2004 – Round three of the Canarias en Red Internet Chess Festival saw Indian GM Krishnan Sasikiran scoring 11/13 to take undivided first place. Behind him 14-year-old GM Sergey Karjakin, who actually followed a soccer game while scoring 10.5 points. Watch and compete in this extraordinary chess event.

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The Canarias en Red Internet Chess Festival

The third qualifier of the Canarias en Red tournament once again saw more the 250 players participating. The winner with 11/13 was India's second strongest GM Krishnan Sasikiran (23), who led the field from start to finish.


India's Number two player Krishnan Sasikiran

The second place went to the 14-year-old Ukrainian GM Sergey Karjakin, who was playing his first games on the server. In this round people needed 10/13 to qualify for the final on Sunday.


Sergey Karjakin, who watches soccer while he is playing in a tournament

Sergey Karjakin is a true chess prodigy, who got his GM title and worked as second to a world champion before he reached his teens! Today there is a grandmaster, Magnus Carlsen, who is younger than Sergey, but Magnus completed his norms at 13 years, 3 months, 27 days, whereas Sergey did it at 12 years, 7 months, 0 days.

Sergey played the Canarias en Red qualifier with substantial handicaps. On the one hand he had a terrible dialup connection which produced substantial lags and often disconnected. Fortunately things became better as the tournament (and the evening progressed). One shudders to think how strong this kid would be on DSL. The second handicap was that it was for some reason imperative that Sergei watch the Soccer Champions League semifinal between Chelsea and Monaco. He would type in the results between rounds. We asked him to try doing a running commentary during his games, but that was a bit too much. Now if he had broadband... no, not even then.

Overall Sergey was a pleasant surprise, typing fluent English in the chat window, picking up jokes nicely and slowly becoming the star of the evening. We look forward to seeing him regularly on the Playchess.com server.

Third place in the qualifier went to Chess Today author GM Mikhail Golubev who has told his readers the secret to success in these Playchess events: have enough coffee in the house! Unlike in the ACP Inaugural, where he ran out of the sustaining brew, this time he has plenty and was rewarded with a fantastic Buchholz to easily qualify for the finals.


Mikhail Golubev, GM from Ukraine and chess writer, with his girlfriend WIM Carmen Voicu, who in 1991 was the U-10 world champion.

The other players to qualify were IM Thomas Reich (ritschi), Danilo Milanovic (Dahli), IM Sergei Krivosheia (samogon), Horst Lohmeier (UncleBob) and GM Mikhail Kobalia (guar). The two best Spanish players were Jose Perez (Josee) and Radek Kalod (Kalod), who also qualify for the final. In the case of Kalod the qualification is conditional to a check of his Spanish nationality.


The man in charge of it all: Tournament director Martin Fischer

Below it the cross table for the top 40 players. A total of 250 players participated.

1 Sasikiran 2587 11.0 / 13
2 S-Karjakin   10.5 / 13
3 Mikhail Golubev 2597 10.0 / 13
4 ritschi 2476 10.0 / 13
5 Dahli 2479 10.0 / 13
6 samogon 2440 10.0 / 13
7 UncleBob 2162 10.0 / 13
8 guar 2358 10.0 / 13
9 talesque 2465 10.0 / 13
10 ivan_kul 2213 9.5 / 13
11 Bullmover 2428 9.0 / 13
12 dimon80 2474 9.0 / 13
13 Bekbekus 2252 9.0 / 13
14 ruudi 2428 9.0 / 13
15 Tih_dos 2181 9.0 / 13
16 calzone 2334 9.0 / 13
17 Coca 2124 9.0 / 13
18 Podgaets 2498 9.0 / 13
19 totus 2500 8.5 / 13
20 mrhot70 2317 8.5 / 13
 
21 MAURICELERETOUR! 1997 8.5 / 13
22 chesskilleruk 2378 8.5 / 13
23 Lalelu 2211 8.5 / 13
24 fermik 1959 8.5 / 13
25 SuperMario   8.5 / 13
26 Joal 2098 8.5 / 13
27 kalod 2614 8.5 / 11
28 Der Rentner 2235 8.5 / 10
29 tudor 1977 8.5 / 12
30 topotun 2605 8.0 / 13
31 Tinz 2446 8.0 / 13
32 Barlok 1971 8.0 / 13
33 Deadmold 2269 8.0 / 13
34 MilanBj 2299 8.0 / 13
35 flatterviech 2130 8.0 / 13
36 giul 2172 8.0 / 12
37 karpow-2 2208 8.0 / 13
38 Waki 2114 8.0 / 13
39 Josee 2130 8.0 / 13
40 Wulf 2103 8.0 / 12

The Canarias en Red Internet Chess Festival will be held from Monday May 3rd until Sunday May 9th, 2004 on the Playchess.com server, in the special Canarias en Red tournament rooms.

To play in this tournament you can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.

The qualifiers will be held from Monday May 3rd to Friday May 7th at 20:00h server time (=CET, GMT +2). You do not need to book a place in advance, simply go to the tournament room at the specified time and click "Join". It is possible to play in more than one qualifier. The final will be held on Sunday, May 9, at 12:00h server time (=CET, GMT +2). This is the time for registering, not the start of the games. Qualifiers and the finals are 13 round Swiss tournament with a rate of play of three minutes for each side plus one second increment per move. The total prize sum is $5,600 (€4,800), the winner takes $1,575 = €1,350.


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