Friday, October 31, 2008

2008 World Chess Championships

The World Chess Championships is under way (or has finished, of which I'm not sure) in Bonn, Germany. It was played from October 14th-November 2nd. Vladimir Kramnik (2772) is playing a match against the reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand (2783). Anand retained his title by beating Kramnik 6.5-4.5 with one round to spare in the 12-game match.

The time control for the match was 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, add 60 minutes after move 40, and add 15 minutes plus 30 seconds increment after move 60. The prize fund was $1.5 million Euros (about $2.8776 million Australian dollars), split equally between the combatants.

You can download the games in PGN by clicking here. Alternatively, Malcolm Pein annotated the games, also in portable game notation format.

2008 World Youth Chess Championships

The 2008 World Youth Chess Championships, held in Vung Tau, Vietnam, from the 19th-31st of October, has finished. The Australian team performed quite well with strong performances from several players. You can find the results for the Australian team by clicking here. Click here to go to the official website for the 2008 World Youth Chess Championships.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

World Youth Chess Championships 2008

The 2008 World Youth Chess Championships in Vietnam is currently under way. According to the website, at least 6 rounds have been played so far.

Juniors representing Australia include
Gene Nakauchi (2104), James Morris (2087), Eugene Schön (2066), Andrew Brown (2013), Jonas Muller (1998) and more. You can check out the full list of players and results up to round 6 at the Chess-Results page for this tournament.

Full report to follow.

In other news, the World Chess Championships in Germany is also under way. Vladimir Kramnik (2772) is playing a match against the reigning world champion Viswanathan Anand (2783). Anand is leading 5.5-2.5 and there are 4 rounds to go.

Monday, October 6, 2008

2008 Ryde-Eastwood Open

The 2008 Ryde-Eastwood Open was held at the Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club from the 4th-6th of October. It was a Category 4 Grand Prix event. The field of 52 players was quite strong.

The final standings were:
1st David Smerdon (2502)
2nd Armen Ayvazyan (2164)
3rd Blair Mandla (1984), Arthur Huynh (1835), Max Illingworth (2170), Andrew Brown (1951), Sebastian Jule (1674), Paul Broekhuyse (2072) and Ronald Scott (2212)

You can find the final crosstable by clicking here.