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🏆 Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Alexey Shirov, Viktor Antonovich Bologan, Alexander Areshchenko, Vladimir Eduardovich Akopian, Nigel Short, Zahar Efimenko, Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Sergey Volkov, Viktor Korchnoi, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Mikhail Gurevich, Mikhail Kobalia, Zoltan Gyimesi, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Sandipan Chanda, Jonathan Speelman, Kevin Spraggett, Yannick Pelletier, Evgenij Romanovich Agrest, Milos Pavlovic, Mohamad Al-Modiahki, Julen Luis Arizmendi Martinez, Abhijit Kunte, Antoaneta Stefanova, Pia Cramling, Peter K Wells, Viktorija Cmilyte, Zhu Chen, Pontus Carlsson, Tejas Bakre, Kidambi Sundararajan, Mohamad Naser Al Sayed, Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury, Natalia Zhukova, John K Shaw, Colin McNab, Mohamed Tissir, Jovanka Houska, Masha Vladimirovna Klinova, Mary Ann Gomes, Nisha Mohota, Gary Quillan, Gerard Welling, Herman Grooten, Watu Kobese, Anton Aaberg, Adam G Ashton, Patryk Lagowski, Marcel Peek, Nicholas Speck, Kruttika Nadig, Ghate Swathi, Eric Schiller, Petra Schuurman, Harald B Borchgrevink, Inna Agrest, Sven Bakker, Michael Tscharotschkin, Richard James Cannon, Odin Blikra Vea, David Spence, A George Nimmy, Andrew Philip Smith, Anupama Gokhale, Luis Felipe Jaime Montalvan, Bagyashree Sathe Thipsay, Alan J Walton, Andrew Dunn, Hans Groffen, Jeroen van den Bersselaar, Enrique Osuna Vega, Jesper Sisask, Abdelaziz Fellousi, Martyn Goodger, Peter Straub, Carlos Vinas Guerrero, Khaled El Amari, Alan Dunn, Juan Jesus Ocana Roca, Margarida Coimbra, Emil Doving Agdestein, Jessie Gilbert, Frits Obers, Jorge Flores Chico, Anthony Fox, Bernd Schramm, Dietmar Guski, Mehdi Ai Mohamed, Norman Hutchinson, Vincenzo Giacopelli, Peter Cafolla, Klaus Kuenitz, Willem-Jan Pannekoek, Martyn Hamer, Tobias W Stock, John Hickman, David Sedgwick, Mikael Helin plus 27 more players.

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 529  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Solomon vs M A Mohamed 0-1312006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. K Kuenitz vs J Ocana Roca  0-1282006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
3. B Schramm vs J Villena Perez  1-0422006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalC11 French
4. L Elamri vs M Goodger  0-1432006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB01 Scandinavian
5. J Flores Chico vs E Schiller 0-1522006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalA00 Uncommon Opening
6. M Hamer vs C Guerrero  0-1542006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. H Groffen vs M Matto  1-0352006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. W Pannekoek vs A Dunn  ½-½412006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB12 Caro-Kann Defense
9. E Osuna Vega vs F Carame  1-0522006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB54 Sicilian
10. B Sbia vs J Sisask  0-1402006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalA09 Reti Opening
11. A J Walton vs J Shaw  ½-½522006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalC41 Philidor Defense
12. M Tissir vs A Gokhale  1-0442006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalC53 Giuoco Piano
13. A P Smith vs C McNab  ½-½352006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
14. M Al Sayed vs B Thipsay  1-0292006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
15. D Spence vs V Cmilyte  0-1312006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. A G Nimmy vs M Gonzalez Amaya  1-0372006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalC42 Petrov Defense
17. M P Jacobsen vs N Hutchinson 0-1252006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. A Baena vs A Slimani  1-0392006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalC01 French, Exchange
19. M Gonzalez Nunez vs I Agrest ½-½642006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalC34 King's Gambit Accepted
20. D Mihajlova vs A Dunn 0-1392006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. F Obers vs F Garcia Lechugo  1-0392006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
22. S McGrane vs P Cafolla  ½-½412006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB33 Sicilian
23. J Hickman vs J Yougane  1-0322006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalB30 Sicilian
24. S Hulligan vs T Stock 0-1252006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalA07 King's Indian Attack
25. W Gill vs M Coimbra  0-1372006Gibtelecom Chess FestivalD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 529  PGN Download
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Feb-03-06  shr0pshire: <Eric Schiller> Well if I go next year, which is a remote possibility I better start training now. Because I will have to aim for fourth place, because it looks like it will cover most of my expenses. And how cool would that be if I could take off a week or so of law school to play in an all expense paid chess trip. lol. You are going to have me day dreaming at the thought of this all through classes. lol.

Time to put the axe to the grind stone. :)


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  Eric Schiller: <shr0p> Come on, Best Game Prize 1000 pounds. that's the one to aim for!

I'll be posting a photo spread on Monday, when I'm back home. That might provide even more incentive.

But watch out for the competition! Pia Cramling's daughter will be 4 years old at next year's event, and with two GMs for parents (she's married to Juan Bellon Lopez) she's going to cause trouble!

Feb-03-06  plimko: <Eric Schiller> How about Fabiano Caruana? He's now MI and is born in 1992.
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  diagonal: ... and of course the notorious' Peter K. Wells and Shirov for a third consecutive and decisive encounter (they played each other in a row at the Gibtelecom Festival last and this year *smile*), they should open the first round next year, really! (e.g. in soccer world championships there is also a "pre-fixed" open game)

... then certainly the medal winners Kiril Georgiev as Champ, Short and Sutovsky; the young ones as already pointed out, especially Nakamura, more women, one or another guy aged over 75 years and as a personal wish, additional nomination: "Big Al" (Alexander Beliavsky), he recently had really bad luck in crucial last rounds, but he will strike back!

PS: Why Mr Karpov does not want to compete in an Open Swiss chess event?

Feb-04-06  walker: < diagonal><Why Mr Karpov does not want to compete in an Open Swiss chess event?>

Here is an exert from Karpov's interview on this matter and a link...

Tournaments are shrinking in size, and disappearing altogether from the calendar – this is a huge problem. Linares and Dortmund have significantly reduced the number of participants. Just consider, in the world’s five biggest tournaments (that is, the two above, plus Wijk aan Zee, the Poikovsky tournament that bears my name, and Sofia), there are a total of just 41 places! This only leaves open tournaments, which I, for example, would never play in. I am firmly convinced that, for a world class player, playing in open tournaments is a big mistake, because such tournaments destroy one’s style.

Feb-04-06  Jim Bartle: "Such tournaments destroy one's style..."

I think that's a highly questionable claim. It's true if the player has no discipline, but only if a player begins to think he can defeat anybody. Sounds as if Karpov just doesn't want to be exposed to new situations.

Plus, as I've commented concerning Viktor Korchnoi in Gibraltar, it's a great opportunity for lower-ranked players to test themselves against one of the greats.

Actually we ought to convince Kramnik and Leko to play some open tournaments, shake 'em up a bit.

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  diagonal: thanks a lot, both! Interesting interview with Karpov and amazingly the title is "chess could disappear from the face of the earth" - exactly that could happen to some extend, if all the greats are refusing Opens! Then there would only rest a very, very small de-facto closed group of ELO 2700+ rated players (there is already a strong tendency to such concentration).

What about the unique ambience of an Open with hundreds of members of the chess family playing together, and – possibly maybe - get a chance to test themselves with a real big shot?!

I suppose that it's - first of all - more difficult to defense a high rating in an Open event than in a closed (double-) rounded tournament with well known opponents (and no danger of loosing against a so-called nobody) and enough time to prepare the plannings... honesty is sometimes rare.

My claim: Playing an Open or not reveal one's true character!

I did not realize concerning Kramnik, Leko: are there other candidate's for a "watch list" of players notoriously refusing competing in Opens?

Feb-05-06  Jim Bartle: Kramnik/Leko: I don't think they play opens often at all, but haven't heard them argue against them. My point above is you need to play a more aggressive style in Opens, not just draw and draw until you get a good position to go for a win.

I think part of Karpov`s resistance is that there's no way for him to "win" an Open, since it would be expected. Meanwhile even second place would be a terrible loss, plus everybody else would be gunning for him. Sort of like tossing Roger Federer into your state amateur tennis championships. (Well, not that extreme, but to some degree...)

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  diagonal: well, I obviously agree, that you can't just make draws in Opens (with black and then win one or the other white game); the analysis of Karpow's real reasons to stay absent sounds highly plausible – but for instance for Shirov or other Elo 2700+ top players (besides, Karpov is now about no. 29 in the FIDE rating – saying "about" because "frozen" Kasparov is still in the FIDE-lead as no. 1), there is even more strongly the same dilemma: Not to win the Open is already quite a big loss!

Furthermore, there is evidence that Karpov is one of the rare real nature born talents, a prodigy and strategic genius; no wonder he is still absolutely world top in (closed) rapid chess tournaments, it seems to me that he is concentrating on such "rapid exhibition", and as usual of course his financial & chess-political business stuff.

Nevertheless, the chess family lives in principal from those who are willing to play regularly and not from those who are (most of the time or even totally) volunteerly absent!

Please keep in mind that in tennis even the no.1 of the entry list (with exact tableau) is always facing in the first rounds minor players (e.g. Federer lost at the Olympics in Athen spectacularly soon and was then knocked-out, it’s pure k.o.-system, not appropriate for chess tournaments) and the top (eight) players do not only play the for Grand Slams and the final Masters at the end of the year but are also widely competing in other major (and even minor) tournaments – and an Open as the now traditional Gibtelecom is a major event, certainly with more validity (no offense) than a rapid exhibition.

Accidentally, I still wonder whether somebody seeing behind the curtains can figure out the reputated players afraid of playing Chess Opens...

Feb-04-06  Jim Bartle: Do players at the elite closed events get guaranteed advances? That could be a reason they play only those events, since I don't think Opens pay appearance fees.
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  diagonal: The monetary implications: good point, I didn't think of that!

At least partly an understandable "professional" explanation; although for instance Short - who took part - is quite well known for good counting (FIDE - separation with the splitting world chess championship 1993!!) and there are good prices at the top of the Open but logically only for the very best classified of the crowd. It could be a mix of various reasons (including sadly individualistic anxiety).

Feb-04-06  Knight13: 3 Players with White played 1. f4 and all of them lost. Not a good opening to play against IMs and GMs these days.
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  Joshka: <EricSchiller> Well thanks Eric for asking Korchnoi his opinion! That was very kind of you!:-)
Feb-06-06  Stefan Lukke: <Eric Schiller> while I was at Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006) I heard a rumour that there was to be a rating restriction for the Open in 2007 (over 2100 maybe?) to strengthen the field somewhat. Do you know if this is a serious consideration?

I think it would be a very good idea as there appears to be a growing popularity. This would surely also increase the number who enter the Challengers tournament which is below 2100s and has had a relatively low entry previously. What do you think?

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  Eric Schiller: <knight13> I'm thinking of trying to improve the score at the People's Open in 2 weeks :-)

<stefan> it is just an idea being tossed around, I doubt it will happen. Reuben is examining all sorts of options next year. I'm sure he'll look at the discussion here for ideas.

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  Eric Schiller: I've posted a bunch of photos at
Feb-06-06  nescio: <Eric Schiller:> I see that Cramling's daughter was also present. That should be done more. Some toddlers chasing each other, a few parrots in the corners insulting the participants, a nightclub band playing soft music, and, to make the picture perfect, a cat sleeping and purring next to the board, only briefly awakening when one of the players has fetched a glass of milk. It would improve the atmosphere in the playing hall no end.
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  Eric Schiller: <nescio> She's a cute and talkative kid, and next year she'll be playing chess. I talked with Pia about working with very young kids, teaching them chess with just kings. queens, rooks and bishops. The pawn and knight moves can be too confusing. I look forward to seeing her next year, and encourage families with young kids to come play. Maybe we can set up a giant chess set for them to play with!
Feb-07-06  nescio: <Eric Schiller: Maybe we can set up a giant chess set for them to play with!> That would be nice.:) January last year I took my granddaughter, aged 5, to Wijk aan Zee, but she didn't approve of the chess scene. I put her on my shoulders and walked along the beach in the snow to the IJmuiden pier where we had a hot chocolate. We didn't see much chess, but had a great day.
Feb-07-06  Stefan Lukke: Thanks <Eric>. Nice Photos.
Feb-08-06  FICSwoodpusher: Is there a link to the game Efimenko vs Arizmendi Martinez?
Feb-12-06  yoozum: Are they not doing a chessbase report on this tournament?
Feb-12-06  suenteus po 147: <Eric Schiller> Thanks for posting and linking the photos. Very cool!
Mar-24-06  bishop2pawn: ghjkghjkj
Mar-29-09  Mikhail Tal fan: lol! Khaled El Amari is my mate in the local chess club
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