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Vladimir Kramnik won the Zurich Rapid Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik won the Zurich Rapid Tournament, finishing with 5/7 points, half a point ahead of the reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand. Topalov and Ponomariov shared the third place with 4 points. Local favourite Werner Hug managed to draw with Khalifman, Topalov, Kramnik, Karpov and Polgar. This event marked the 200-years anniversary of the first Zurich chessclub. In the champions’ simultaneous exhibition 200 amateur chess players played against eight chess grandmasters - Viswanathan Anand, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Viktor Kortchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Spassky, Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov. Of the 200 games played, four games ended with wins and 35 games ended in a draw.
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Vassily Ivanchuk won the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Jermuk

GM Vassily Ivanchuk from Ukraine won Jermuk 2009 tournament. He won his final game against Vladimir Akopian and take overall victory with 8.5 /13 points. This is his 5th GP win. Levon Aronian beat Ernesto Inarkiev and finished second (together with Gelfand who beat in last round Peter Leko). So Armenian grandmaster has won the overal FIDE Grand Prix Series with one tournament still to be played.

The event was a memorial to former world champion Tigran Petrosian, who held the title from 1963–1969 and would have turned 80 on June 17th this year.

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FIDE Grand Prix Jermuk 2009 Round 9

After playing games of round 9 in Jermuk, Rustam Kasimdzhanov joined to Peter Leko and Vassily Ivanchuk at the top of the leaderboard with 6 points. He scored a win over the free-falling Bulgarian Ivan Cheparinov.

Round 9 – results:

Kamsky Gata ˝ - ˝ Leko Peter
Kasimdzhanov Rustam 1 – 0 Cheparinov Ivan
Gelfand Boris ˝ - ˝ Alekseev Evgeny
Eljanov Pave ˝ - ˝ Ivanchuk Vassily
Karjakin Sergey ˝ - ˝ Inarkiev Ernesto
Bacrot Etienne ˝ - ˝ Aronian Levon
Jakovenko Dmitry ˝ - ˝ Akopian Vladimir
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Third round in Jermuk finished with six draws and only one victory. Only Evgeny Alekseev (Russia)scored a win over his compatriot Ernesto Inarkiev.The standings of the 5th Grand Prix tournament didn’t change much: Aronian, Cheparinov and Leko still lead with 2/3.

Current standings top 3:
1. Aronian, L (Armenia) – 2 pts
2. Cheparinov, I (Bulgaria) – 2 pts
3. Leko, P (Hungary) – 2 pts
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Like the first round, there were five draws and two victories. Local favourite Levon Aronian fulfilled expectations of his fans and scored a win with white pieces against over Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev. Russian Dmitry Jakovenko won GM Gata Kamsky (USA). The other games were drawn. After his win in round 1 Ivan Cheparinov made a draw against Vladimir Akopian. The other leader, Peter Leko, also made a draw against Pavel Eljanov.

So after Round 2 Ivan Cheparinov, Levon Aronian and Peter Leko are in early lead with 1.5 points each.
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After first round of the FIDE Grand Prix Tournament leader is Bulgarian GM Ivan Cheparinov and Peter Leko from Hungary. Cheparinov won against Russian Dmitry Yakovenko and Leko won against Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia). All other games finished draw.
Today are playing games of the second round.
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FIDE Grand Prix Tournament - Jermuk 2009

From 8th to 24th August 2009 in Jermuk, Armenia will be held FIDE Grand Prix tournament – Jermuk 2009. The competition is organized by The Armenian Chess Federation. In the tournament will take part Levon Aronian (Armenia), Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria), Vasily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Gata Kamsky (USA), Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine), Rustam Kasimdzharov (Uzbekistan), Peter Leko (Hungary) and etc.
Schedule of the tournament:

Jermuk, Armenia 08th - 24th August 2009

1st day: Arrivals & Open. Ceremony 08.08.2009
2nd day: Round 1 09.08.2009
3rd day: Round 2 10.08.2009
4th day: Round 3 11.08.2009
5th day: Round 4 12.08.2009
6th day: Round 5 13.08.2009
7th day: Free day 14.08.2009
8th day: Round 6 15.08.2009
9th day: Round 7 16.08.2009
10th day: Round 8 17.08.2009
11th day: Round 9 18.08.2009
12th day: Free day 19.08.2009
13th day Round 10 20.08.2009
14th day: Round 11 21.08.2009
15th day: Round 12 22.08.2009
16th day: Round 13 & Clos. Ceremony 23.08.2009
17th day: Departure 24.08.2009

Official site: http://jermuk2009.fide.com/
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FIDE prefers Bulgaria to host the WCC match between Veselin Topalov and Vishvanatan Anand

The President of the Bulgarian Chess Federation Stefan Sergiev said in an interview that Bulgaria is preferred to host the WCC match between the current World Champion GM Vishvanatan Anand (India) and Challenger GM Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria). Sergiev added that he had held convesations with the second most important man in FIDE - Berwick Balgabaev and FIDE’s Envoy Extraordinary Assembly of the European Chess Union (ECU) in Kaliteya (Greece). Balgabaev has satisfied that Bulgaria has a real chance to host the forum.

"FIDE relies on us. FIDE believe that India can not cope with the household" said Sergiev.
There is and another option for match hosting. This is Grozny - the capital of Chechnya. Conversations are suspended because of military situation in the area.
The decision of FIDE will be announced at Congress Kaliteya in October. The prize fund of the tournament will be around 2 million.
The deadline for submitting nominations is 30th September.

The advantages of Sofia are reflected in its attempts to organize tournaments on a high level (M-Tel Masters) and praise for the perfect organization of WCC candidates match between Veselin Topalov and Gata Kamsky held in Sofia this year.
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Open chess tournament - Balager 2009

Тhe 14th edition of Тhe Open tournament in Balager, Spain started on July 13, 2009. The event will continue until July 22, 2009.
After the second round two Bulgarian players -Kiprian Berbatov and Kiril Georgiev both tie the lead.
The tournament has a prize fund of 13 000 euro of witch the winner will take 2 200.
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Vladimir Kramnik won Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2009

Former FIDE World champion GM Vladimir Kramnik won the 37th edition of Sparkassen Chess-Meeting tournament, held in Dortmund, Germany. He won the race for the 9th time in his career, ending 6˝/10 points. Peter Leko, Magnus Carlsen and Dmitry Yakovenko both tie the second position with 5˝/10.
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