Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Bazna King's Tournament

Nigel Short7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Lajos Portisch5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Ulf Andersson5.5/10(+2 -1 =7)[games]
Andrei Murariu5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Mihai Suba5/10(+1 -1 =8)[games]
Alexander Khalifman5/10(+0 -0 =10)[games]
Henrique Mecking5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Alexander G Beliavsky5/10(+1 -1 =8)[games]
Jan Timman4/10(+2 -4 =4)[games]
Rafael Vaganian4/10(+1 -3 =6)[games]
Andrei Sokolov4/10(+0 -2 =8)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 55  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Beliavsky vs Portisch ½-½622008Bazna King's TournamentE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
2. Suba vs Timman  ½-½392008Bazna King's TournamentB23 Sicilian, Closed
3. Short vs Mecking ½-½532008Bazna King's TournamentC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. A Murariu vs Andersson  ½-½322008Bazna King's TournamentB40 Sicilian
5. A Sokolov vs Vaganian  ½-½262008Bazna King's TournamentC07 French, Tarrasch
6. Timman vs Short  ½-½332008Bazna King's TournamentD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Andersson vs Suba ½-½202008Bazna King's TournamentD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
8. Portisch vs A Murariu 1-0522008Bazna King's TournamentD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Vaganian vs Beliavsky  ½-½242008Bazna King's TournamentD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
10. Khalifman vs A Sokolov ½-½142008Bazna King's TournamentE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. Beliavsky vs Khalifman  ½-½262008Bazna King's TournamentD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. A Murariu vs Vaganian ½-½852008Bazna King's TournamentC07 French, Tarrasch
13. Suba vs Portisch  ½-½172008Bazna King's TournamentA30 English, Symmetrical
14. Short vs Andersson 1-0262008Bazna King's TournamentC11 French
15. Mecking vs Timman 1-0412008Bazna King's TournamentE15 Queen's Indian
16. Andersson vs Mecking  ½-½442008Bazna King's TournamentA15 English
17. A Sokolov vs Beliavsky  ½-½302008Bazna King's TournamentC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Khalifman vs A Murariu  ½-½182008Bazna King's TournamentD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Vaganian vs Suba 1-0542008Bazna King's TournamentA15 English
20. Portisch vs Short  ½-½262008Bazna King's TournamentD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
21. A Murariu vs A Sokolov  ½-½242008Bazna King's TournamentB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. Suba vs Khalifman  ½-½212008Bazna King's TournamentD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Short vs Vaganian 1-0432008Bazna King's TournamentC10 French
24. Mecking vs Portisch ½-½212008Bazna King's TournamentE10 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Timman vs Andersson 0-1392008Bazna King's TournamentB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 55  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>
May-31-08  percyblakeney: Khalifman going for a perfect score this year, and only one of his four games with white is longer than 18 moves.
Jun-01-08  timhortons: dynamic is grandmaster mihai suba handle at
Jun-01-08  cannibal: What a dramatic game, Andersson vs. Khalifman!

Totally symmetric up to move 12, and what's more, following there game from last year's edition up to 13.h3. Now last year, Khalifman answered 13. ... h6 and offered a draw, but this year he came up with the devilish improvement 13. ... a6!!

Andersson, thrown out of his preparation, had to go into deepest thought, and finally found the saving reply: 14.Rfd1, accompanied by a draw offer of his own...

Jun-01-08  percyblakeney: <cannibal> Dramatic indeed, and here is the game they improved on:

Ulf Andersson vs Khalifman, 2007

Jun-02-08  minasina: ...and here are the LIVE GAMES in progress:
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mateo: Another ending for Andersson. A well-known variation of the French he often played on the Black side.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mateo: and draw!
Jun-02-08  vonKrolock: Beliavsky vs Timman after black's 16th turns to be a very interesting game, with clouds quickly gathering around the black castle. Already a 17.♘d5 would be hard to meet
Jun-02-08  Nikita Smirnov: So looks like ol' good Nigel is winning now.Well I tipped him as favourite in this event but I thought that the others would do more of a fight out of this.

Sad that Kaspy isn't here or R.J.F.

Jun-02-08  BIDMONFA: Bazna King's Tournament (2008)

Champion - Nigel Short

Jun-03-08  minasina: LIVE GAMES start at 15:30 East European Summer Time (GMT +3). This is local Bazna (Sibiu) time now:

(If this is the final round, maybe they start earlier?)

Jun-03-08  malthrope: <minasina: [...] (If this is the final round, maybe they start earlier?)>

Nope! It started right on time! The same time as usual... ;) After 15 minutes of play I'm happy to report that there are no draws yet! ~lol~ As, Nigel (who has the 'Bye' this round) is just smiling and watching. <grin> Congrats to the new King of Kings! :)

Jun-03-08  cannibal: Beliavsky seems to be out for blood against Andersson. I mean, against Andersson's repertoire, he could just play into another Exchange Slav, and most likely get an easy short draw, but instead he chose the Leningrad Dutch.
Jun-03-08  malthrope: Indeed <cannibal> :) Big Al always <tries> in his games! :) Looks like have we a Chess position of interest...

click for larger view


The position after 11... Nc7 ;)

Premium Chessgames Member
  e4ia: Hi Mal:

What "...King's Tournament"?!

They ought to name it
"Bazna Artists Tournamemt" as part of their annual art festival as apparently everyone draws there very well!
Just look at that cross-tangle above.

The trophy has a mugshot of Leko engraved on it.

I gave up watching it...maybe Mal or someone can nominate best game of the tournament...and I'll review that one!

Thanks, if so!

Over and out,


Jun-03-08  malthrope: <e4ia: Hi Mal:

What "...King's Tournament"?! [...]

The trophy has a mugshot of Leko engraved on it.

I gave up watching it...maybe Mal or someone can nominate best game of the tournament...and I'll review that one!

Thanks, if so!>

~ROFL~ Well Short played some very nice middlegame Krushes! ;) Plus there were a few fascinating endgame wins as well! Suba's win over Big Al was nice! And also, Andersson's win over Portisch as well... :^)

Premium Chessgames Member
  e4ia: Hi Mal:

LOL coin return...
thanks for the game refs!
perhaps ""'ll be back"
with another game or two from final rounds

Thanks again!

Well, this is good news re Gata-Toalov funding

"President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has announced that the World Championship Challenger Match between Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) and Gata Kamsky (USA) will take place in Lvov, Ukraine in November 2008.

The organiser offered a prize fund of 750,000 USD and to hold the match on the “neutral” territory of Ukraine, as the players wanted to avoid Bulgaria or the USA. President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov guarantees the organiser's offer by backing the event from his personal finances.

FIDE Presidential Board acknowledged the offer as well as the guarantee and assigned Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos to conclude the final contracts and to check the availability of the finances. The Match will be held in dates between November 26th and December 14th 2008."

chessdom report on the FIDE board meeting just completed.

Jun-03-08  malthrope: <e4ia: Hi Mal: [...] you'll be back" with another game or two from final rounds

Thanks again!>

Yep! Looks like they will fight these last 3 games out! ;)

<Well, this is good news re Gata-Topalov funding>

All hail the mighty Chessdom! They are best at getting the low down scoop! :^)

Jun-03-08  pawnofdoom: Khalifman ties for third by drawing all of his games? Wow.
Jun-04-08  cade: Khalifman is a super lamer.
Jun-05-08  wallytherhino: The spread is very clean in this tournament.

Min: -2 (Sokolov,Timman,Vaganian)
Max: +4 (Nigel)

Jun-05-08  DarthStapler: Khalifman - more like Drawlifman, amirite?
Jun-06-08  wallytherhino: Alexander Khalifman (+0-0=10)

Wow the only player in the tournament to not win or lose a game!

Another interesting fact of this tournament! 5 Players maintained even in this tournament. Those Five players are:

Alexander Khalifman
Mihai Suba
Henrique Mecking
Andrei Murariu
Alexander Beliavsky

What was the cause of Khalifman's no win / lose this tournament?

Jun-06-08  sneaky pete: Could the effect no win/lose be explained by the cause all draws?
Jun-10-08  minasina: Bazna Kings Tournament (2007)
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 5)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific tournament only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC