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Bulgarian GM Kiril Georgiev with a new World Record in Simul (full report, gallery and videos)

Chess news 2009/2/28, Minister
Bulgarian GM Kiril Georgiev played simul against chess fans and players to improve the Guinnes world record for maximum number of simultaneous games. The event took place on February 21, 2009 Hall number 5 of the International Exhibition Center (Inter Expo Center) in Sofia with an excellent organization by the hosts Chess Club Levski (b.r. Congratulations!). Time to conduct the event was not chosen randomly - Sofia this year celebrates 130 years by declaring as Bulgarian capital city.

The Simul - general information
In the simul attended 360 chess players and enthusiasts from all over Bulgaria. The minimum number of participants, which was required for setting a new Guinness world record was 327 people. As a tradition of simultaneous play, whites of all boards were assigned GM Kiril Georgiev.

GM Kiril Georgiev's simul and the Guinness world record
To be a Guinness world recorder it was necessary to improve previous record of the Susan Polgar passed August 01, 2005. She had played a total of 1131 games against 326 other people in Florida USA, which was average above 3 games per person.

GM Kiril Georgiev was targeted to record the maximum number of games, both initiated and completed until 24 hours after the start of the simul. Here the condition for success is to have a positive final balance.

The second record, which Kiril Georgiev and organizers had targeted, was to improve the record for most won games. In this case, Kiril Georgiev should achieve a number of wins (b.r. not points but win?). It was over 310 wins.
What was improved and what failed? This will find out later in the article. Now go in chronological order...
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Linares 2009 - Grischuk leads after round 6

Chess news 2009/2/28, Minister
The Linares 2009 grandmaster chess tournament takes place in Linares (Spain), 19th of February - 2nd of March 2009. The World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand is taking participation in the tournament. He was the last 2 editions winner in Linares. Later this year Anand will play against Bulgarian super-grandmaster Veselin Topalov, who won the challengers match against Gata Kamsky.

After round 6 in Linares 2009 Alexander Grischuk leads by 5 points, Anand is 5th with 3,5 points. Round 6 Standings...
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Topalov won against Kamsky. The WCC Match Anand - Topalov (Live)

The World Chess Challengers Match between GM Veselin Topalov and GM Gata Kamsky was finaly closed. With a total score of 4,5:2,5 points Topalov won the match in the penultimate round.
The match held in the excellent event organization and live broadcasting on the Internet.
Later this year is the long-expected unitive World Chess Championship 2009 Match between current champion - GM Vishwanatan Anand from India and the one pretender - Bulgarian Veselin Topalov. It is the match to be held in October 2009.
We will broadcast The World Chess Championship Match Anand - Topalov 2009 Live Here.
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Etienne Bacrot won Aeroflot 2009 in Moscow

Chess news 2009/2/27, Minister
The 8th Internationan Chess festival Aeroflot 2009 took place in Moscow (Russia), 16-25 February 2009.

Étienne Bacrot won tournament "A1" (grandmaster level) by result of 6,5 points. The additional indicators determined that he is the winner, because he played 5 games with black and 4 with white pieces. Second position for Alexander Moiseenko, which have same result - 6,5 points, but he played 4 games with black and 5 with white.

The best women was Tatiana Kosintseva with 5,5 points.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was one of the participants in the tournament, but he lose his game 5 and didn't finish it. Full standing below...
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Topalov beats Kamsky in French defence in game 5. Topalov-Kamsky - 3-2

Chess news 2009/2/23, Minister
Veselin Topalov won the 5th game against Gata Kamsky in French defence. This opening was very bad choice for Gata, especially at the super-grandmasters's level. Now the result is Topalov-Kamsky - 3-2.

The next game starts tomorrow (tuesday) at 15.00 Sofia Time. You can watch the game Live: Live chess games - Applet 1

3 games rest...
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Kamsky beats Topalov in Game 4

Chess news 2009/2/23, Minister
Gata Kamsky won against Topalov in Game 4 and the chalengers match starts from the beginning with 4 classic games rest.

At 15.00 local Sofia time the match will continue. We have live games available:

After this round many photos will be available...
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Topalov - Kamsky: Game 3 (second draw)

Topalov and Kamsky had finished their 3th game of World Chess Challengers Match on a draw today.
After the first 3 rounds, Bulgarian still leads by 2-1 points.
There was a problem with live game translation but it was removed and we hope that tomorrow you will enjoy the match again.
We made a lot of shots from 3th round but will publish pictures on Sunday.
As you know Saturday is GM Kiril Georgiev's try to pass the new Guinness World Record and our team will be there. News, pics and vids from the event will be available soon.
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Aeroflot Open 2009: Round 2

Table White Fed. Rating Black Fed. Rating Result
1GM Landa, Konstantin RUS 2626GM Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2693˝-˝
2GM Lysyj, Igor RUS 2620GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2687˝-˝
3GM Zhou, Jianchao CHN 2612GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2676˝-˝
4GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRI 2604GM Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS 2664˝-˝
5GM Onischuk, Alexander USA 2659GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS 26020-1
6GM Vaganian, Rafael A ARM 2596GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej BLR 2636˝-˝
7GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2636GM Ehlvest, Jaan USA 2595˝-˝
8IM Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 2557GM So, Wesley PHI 26271-0
9GM Volkov, Sergey RUS 2627GM Smirnov, Pavel RUS 25790-1
10GM Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2722GM Shomoev, Anton RUS 25671-0
11IM Chadaev, Nikolai RUS 2568GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 27240-1
12GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2677GM Zhigalko, Sergei BLR 2587˝-˝
13GM Milov, Vadim SUI 2669GM Romanov, Evgeny RUS 25760-1
14GM Bartel, Mateusz POL 2594GM Grachev, Boris RUS 26550-1
15GM Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2564GM Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 26501-0
16GM Amonatov, Farrukh TJK 2647GM Zhigalko, Andrey BLR 2572˝-˝
17GM Grigoriants, Sergey RUS 2565GM Bocharov, Dmitry RUS 26471-0
18GM Smirin, Ilia ISR 2647GM Andriasian, Zaven ARM 2564˝-˝
19GM Zherebukh, Yaroslav UKR 2558GM Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2645˝-˝
20GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2638GM Kotsur, Pavel KAZ 2563˝-˝
21GM Sjugirov, Sanan RUS 2562GM Riazantsev, Alexander RUS 26340-1
22GM Kazhgaleyev, Murtas KAZ 2630IM Yudin, Sergei RUS 25621-0
23GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2628GM Minasian, Artashes ARM 2557˝-˝
24GM Van Wely, Loek NED 2625GM Dziuba, Marcin POL 25560-1
25IM Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS 2497GM Petrosian, Tigran L. ARM 2623˝-˝
26GM Pashikian, Arman ARM 2621GM Maslak, Konstantin RUS 2541˝-˝
27GM Akobian, Varuzhan USA 2619GM Melkumyan, Hrant ARM 2519˝-˝
28GM Ragger, Markus AUT 2540GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS 26130-1
29GM Huzman, Alexander ISR 2602GM Wen, Yang CHN 25041-0
30GM Dreev, Alexey RUS 2688IM Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS 24861-0
31GM Predojevic, Borki BIH 2650GM Filippov, Anton UZB 2556˝-˝
32GM Zhou, Weiqi CHN 2542GM Li, Chao b CHN 2628˝-˝
33GM Gajewski, Grzegorz POL 2581GM Dyachkov, Sergej RUS 25530-1
34GM Maze, Sebastien FRA 2578GM Grigoryan, Avetik ARM 25061-0
35GM Khairullin, Ildar RUS 2574IM Ipatov, Alexander ESP 24931-0
36GM Chuprov, Dmitry RUS 2571GM Ajrapetjan, Yuriy UKR 2490˝-˝
37IM Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2473GM Kotanjian, Tigran ARM 2568˝-˝
38GM Li, Shilong CHN 2559IM Robson, Ray USA 2455˝-˝
39WGM Shen, Yang CHN 2448GM Vazquez Igarza, Renier ESP 2558˝-˝

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Topalov - Kamsky: Round 2 Pictures Gallery - Part 1

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009 - Kamsky comming...

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009 - ... Kamsky filling in the form

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009 - Kamsky is ready and waiting his opponent

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009 - Kamsky is ready and waiting his opponent

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009 - The referee checks the board position

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009 - Veselin Topalov arrives...

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009 - Topalov filling in the form

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009 - Ready to start

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009

Topalov - Kamsky - Sofia 2009 - Ready to start

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Topalov - Kamsky: Game 2 (Bulgarian won with blacks)

GM Veselin Topalov won the second game against American GM Gata Kamsky in their World Chess Challenge Match. They played Ruy Lopes (Berlin variation).
We must remark that Topalov missed better game on his 17th move today.
We are at the battlefield and brought to you all the news in time.

Game 2: Kamsky - Topalov
Game 2: Kamsky - Topalov

More pics will be available later this evening.
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