Grischuk Survives Epic Battle Vs Nakamura (February 25, 2017)
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Ian Nepomniachtchi and Richard Rapport were the two winners in round six of the Sharjah Grand Prix, where Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov continue to lead. Hikaru Nakamura came very close to beating Alexander Grischuk.

On Thursday there was no chess. The Sharjah Chess Club had come up with an extensive program starting from 10 a.m. that included a visit to several museums, a lunch, a visit to Dubai and a boat trip in the evening.

The turn-up was rather disappointing; only Mickey Adams and his partner showed up in the morning. It is known, however, that chess players don't like to wake up early.

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TAGAYTAY CITY—Vietnamese Grandmaster Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and United States-based Filipino GM Julio Catalino Sadorra are the favorites when the Asian Zonal 3.3 Chess Championships begin Saturday at Tagaytay International Convention Center.

Nguyen is ranked No. 1 among 37 players in the men’s division with an Elo rating of 2629, while Sadorra is seeded second with 2596.

Indonesian star Susanto Megaranto is ranked third with 2527 in the nine-round Swiss System event that will send the top two finishers to the World Cup in September in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

The fourth round of the FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix was played today at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated Michael Adams in an aggressive display of the Queen’s Gambit Exchange variation. White got better out of the opening, but black has put up an inspired defence. Only in the time trouble Adams erred by missing 35…b4 and white duly converted the advantage.

Li Chao improved on an earlier game of GM Kuzubov to achieve certain advantage against Evgeny Tomashevsky. The Russian was a little bit conservative, missing the most principled moves, for example 17…exd4 with next 18…c5. Also, black could have tried for more complicated 33…Nxd1 34. Bc6 (34.Qxb6!?) Nxf2 with next 35…Rxc6. Li Chao did not allow further opportunities and quickly wrapped up the game.

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Hikaru Nakamura.

The third round of the FIDE World Chess Sharjah Grand Prix was played today at the Sharjah Cultural and Chess Club.

The top two finishers in the four-tournament series, which will also include competitions in Moscow, Geneva and Palma de Mallorca, Spain, will qualify for the Candidates tournament next year to select a challenger for the World Championship. There are 24 players in the competitions, with each playing three of the four tournaments.

With a new exciting format each GP stage is a 9-round Swiss competition with 18 participants. However, as several players noted in the interviews, there are no easy pairings in the first couple of rounds, and everyone gets a world-class opposition right from the start.

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Sadorra, Torre head PH bets to Asian Zonals 3.3 (February 21, 2017)
Roy Luarca [ Source: Inquirer ]

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United States-based Grandmaster Ino Sadorra and venerable GM Eugene Torre head the 25-player Philippine contingent competing in the Asian Zonal 3.3 Chess Championship set Feb. 25 to March 5 in Tagaytay City.

Sadorra, the highest-rated Filipino with an Elo of 2596, and fellow US-based GM Rogelio Barcenilla (Elo 2455) will be flying home to join the event which will determine two players to advance to this year’s World Cup and one entry to the Women’s World Championship.

Torre and GM-elect Haridas Pascua are among the homegrown talents who’ll be challenged by their regional rivals.

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World top 10 in Altibox Norway Chess (February 15, 2017)
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Altibox Norway Chess, the chess super tournament, has managed to gather the world’s top 10 best players for the 2017 edition.

The tournament aims to be amongst the top 3 strongest chess tournaments in the world. The 2017 tournament takes place from June 5 to 17 at the Clarion Energy Hotel and at the Stavanger Concert Hall.

Participants:
1. World chess champion, Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
2. Wesley So (USA)
3. Fabiano Caruana (USA)
4. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)
5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France)
6. Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
7. Viswanathan Anand (India)
8. Levon Aronian (Armenia)
9. Sergey Karjakin (Russia)
10. Anish Giri (The Netherlands)

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There was some real Filipino flavor atop the leaderboard at the ninth annual Chesapeake Open this month at the Rockville Hilton.

GMs Julio Sadorra and Mark Paragua tied for first in the Maryland Chess Association event at 6-1, a full 1½ points clear of the field. Maryland IM Levan Bregadze and FMs Prav Balakrishnan of Virginia and Sahil Sinha of Maryland were the top local scorers, finishing in a tie for third with veteran New Jersey GM Alexander Fishbein at 4½-1½.

In a nice write-up of the event on Chess Life Online (new.uschess.org), Sadorra told reporter Jamaal Abdul-Alim that he, Paragua and fellow Philippine GM Oliver Barbosa, all in the field in Rockville, go way back together.

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