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Montreal Tournament

Yury Markovich Shulman6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Mark Bluvshtein5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Varuzhan Eduardovich Akobian5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Sebastien Maze4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Igor Alexandre Nataf4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Pascal Charbonneau3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Igor Zugic3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Anton Kovalyov3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Thomas Roussel-Roozmon2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Roussel-Roozmon vs P Charbonneau 0-1252008MontrealE97 King's Indian
2. A Kovalyov vs I A Nataf ½-½562008MontrealE92 King's Indian
3. Akobian vs I Zugic  1-0322008MontrealD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
4. Y Shulman vs Nakamura ½-½382008MontrealE15 Queen's Indian
5. S Maze vs M Bluvshtein  0-1422008MontrealC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
6. Nakamura vs Akobian 1-0432008MontrealC10 French
7. I A Nataf vs P Charbonneau ½-½352008MontrealC45 Scotch Game
8. A Kovalyov vs S Maze  ½-½502008MontrealE92 King's Indian
9. M Bluvshtein vs Y Shulman  ½-½482008MontrealD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. I Zugic vs T Roussel-Roozmon  ½-½162008MontrealA14 English
11. P Charbonneau vs I Zugic 1-0632008MontrealC11 French
12. Y Shulman vs A Kovalyov 1-0382008MontrealE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
13. T Roussel-Roozmon vs Nakamura 0-1312008MontrealA04 Reti Opening
14. Akobian vs M Bluvshtein  1-0362008MontrealA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
15. S Maze vs I A Nataf  ½-½302008MontrealC53 Giuoco Piano
16. I A Nataf vs I Zugic  ½-½362008MontrealB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Nakamura vs P Charbonneau ½-½252008MontrealC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
18. M Bluvshtein vs T Roussel-Roozmon  1-0262008MontrealD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. A Kovalyov vs Akobian  0-1312008MontrealD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. S Maze vs Y Shulman  0-1392008MontrealC03 French, Tarrasch
21. T Roussel-Roozmon vs A Kovalyov  ½-½262008MontrealA17 English
22. Akobian vs S Maze  ½-½502008MontrealA63 Benoni, Fianchetto, 9...Nbd7
23. I Zugic vs Nakamura 1-0392008MontrealD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Y Shulman vs I A Nataf 1-0522008MontrealE92 King's Indian
25. P Charbonneau vs M Bluvshtein  ½-½192008MontrealC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
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Aug-28-08  Xeroxx: Hoho Bloovooston wins with da Potroff! Who would have thought that!
Aug-28-08  timhortons: naka is in a lossing position against IM zugic(elo2457) he well loss like 8 points here.
Aug-28-08  timhortons: [Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2008.08.28"]
[Round "?"]
[White "IM_Zugic"]
[Black "GM_Nakamura"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2457"]
[BlackElo "2697"]
[Opening "Queen's pawn game"]
[ECO "D02"]
[NIC "QP.09"]
[Time "16:26:22"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 c6 3. Bf4 Nf6 4. c3 Nh5 5. Bg3 g6 6. Nbd2 Bg7 7. e3 Nd7 8. Bh4 h6 9. g4 Nhf6 10. h3 Qb6 11. Qc2 g5 12. Bg3 h5 13. Rg1 hxg4 14. hxg4 Nf8 15. Nxg5 Bxg4 16. Be5 Bh5 17. Bd3 Rg8 18. Nh3 Bg4 19. Bxf6 Bxf6 20. Be2 Bxe2 21. Rxg8 Ba6 22. Ng5 Qb5 23. O-O-O Bxg5 24. Rxg5 Qe2 25. Nb3 Qxc2+ 26. Kxc2 b6 27. Rg8 Bc8 28. Rh1 f6 29. Kd2 Kf7 30. Rhh8 Bf5 31. Nc1 c5 32. Nd3 cxd4 33. exd4 Bxd3 34. Kxd3 Rc8 35. f4 e6 36. a4 a5 37. b3 Rd8 38. c4 Re8 39. c5 White wins

Aug-28-08  adair10: I thought Zugic played a good game. Normally, when Naka loses to low rated player that is because he plays very risky and aggressively. It didn't look to me that way this time around.
Aug-28-08  mrbasso: He played very risky stuff, then blundered with Bg4. He should have taken the Bishop on g3 early on. A computer always plays Nh5,Nxg3 when out of book. The open h-file is not dangerous for black.

A nice opening to play against 200 ELO higher rated players. 4...Bf5 is an easy draw for black but the higher rated player usually does not like to play boring stuff like this.

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  PhilFeeley: <Xeroxx> The Petroff was a draw today.
Aug-29-08  timhortons: id seen irina krush at the site during the 3rd round of tourneo de montreal, she took pictures and videos, im not sure if she participated at the worlds womens championship but contrary to the speculation of trouble in nalchik everyhting goes well,women IM marietta zuriel told me through e mail that everyhting is ok at the site though georgian masters boycot the game.
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  PhilFeeley: Irina was one of the few non-Georgian players to boycott the tournament for political reasons.
Aug-30-08  timhortons: nataf is pawn up, looks like these year empresa is nakas disaster, last year it was nigel short, nigel blamed it for back pain.
Aug-30-08  timhortons: [Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2008.08.30"]
[Round "?"]
[White "GM_Nataf"]
[Black "GM_Nakamura"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2534"]
[BlackElo "2697"]
[Opening "Sicilian: Najdorf, 6.Bg5"]
[ECO "B94"]
[NIC "SI.04"]
[Time "16:42:32"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nc6 7. Qd2 Qb6 8. O-O-O e6 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nb3 Qc7 11. f4 b5 12. Kb1 h5 13. Bd3 Bd7 14. Rhf1 Rb8 15. Qe1 b4 16. Ne2 a5 17. Nbd4 Nxd4 18. Nxd4 Bg7 19. Qe2 f5 20. Bb5 Qb6 21. Bxd7+ Kxd7 22. Nf3 Qb5 23. Qd2 Rb6 24. exf5 Qxf5 25. Ne5+ Kc7 26. Nc4 Rc6 27. Nxd6 Qf6 28. Nc4 Rxc4 29. Qd7+ Kb8 30. Qb5+ Ka8 31. Qxa5+ Kb8 32. Qb6+ Ka8 Game drawn 1/2-1/2

nataf did not push for a win, game drawn.

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  PhilFeeley: ...and a bad day for most of the Canadians too.
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  PhilFeeley: Too bad for Pascal. It looked like he had the better position for a while. Good game:

[Event "Tim"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2008/8/30"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Kovalyov, Anton GMI 2548"]
[Black "Charbonneau, Pascal GMI 2499"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Board "4"]
[Input "DGT8608"]
[Owner "Les Échecs au Québec"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 Ng4 8. Bg5 f6 9. Bc1 exd4 10. Nxd4 f5 11. h3 Nh6 12. Bxh6 Bxh6 13. exf5 gxf5 14. O-O c6 15. Qc2 Na6 16. Rad1 Qf6 17. Bf3 Bf4 18. Nce2 Be5 19. Qd2 Nc5 20. Nf4 Bd7 21. b3 Ne4 22. Qe3 Rae8 23. Nde2 Ng5 24. Bh5 Re7 25. h4 Ne4 26. g3 a6 27. Bf3 Kh8 28. Bg2 Nc5 29. Qd2 Qf7 30. Nh3 Ne4 31. Qd3 d5 32. cxd5 cxd5 33. a4 b5 34. Rc1 bxa4 35. bxa4 Bxa4 36. Qxa6 Qe8 37. Rfe1 Bb5 38. Qa3 d4 39. Nef4 Nc3 40. Qc5 Bf6 41. Rxe7 Qxe7 42. Qxe7 Bxe7 43. Bf1 Bd7 44. Ra1 Bf6 45. Ra7 Rd8 46. Ng5 Bxg5 47. hxg5 Be8 48. Bd3 Ne4 49. Ne6 Rc8 50. Bxe4 fxe4 51. Nxd4 Bg6 52. Ra5 Kg8 53. Re5 Rd8 54. Nc2 Re8 55. Rc5 Bh5 56. Ne3 Bf3 57. Kh2 Kf7 58. g4 Kg6 59. Kg3 h6 60. gxh6 Kxh6 61. Nf5+ Kg6 62. Nh4+ 1-0

Aug-31-08  acirce: <Irina was one of the few non-Georgian players to boycott the tournament for political reasons.>

Political reasons? I thought it was just about safety concerns.

Aug-31-08  adair10: <acirce: <Irina was one of the few non-Georgian players to boycott the tournament for political reasons.> Political reasons? I thought it was just about safety concerns.>

<In addition to the six Georgian women, three others who signed their letter — Marie Sebag of France, Irina Krush of the United States and Tea Lanchava of the Netherlands — are boycotting the tournament>

Aug-31-08  acirce: <adair10> Thanks. Along with other sources I've seen, this seems to confirm my view. This is the letter in question:

<We, the participants of the Women World Championship 2008, express our worry about the current dangerous situation near Cabardino-Balkaria. We think when there is such a tense situation, it is not expedient to hold such a high level tournament in that area. That’s why we kindly ask you to move this tournament to the safer place, which would be convenient for all the participants.>

Also, I suppose the USCF should know: <American qualifier IM Irina Krush declined to participate in Nalchik for security reasons.>

Aug-31-08  acirce: Btw, note that Krush declined her participation before Saakashvili started the war. ("So the war wasn't her reason for withdrawing, although general safety in the region was." - ) The thing is that while Kabardino-Balkaria may be a relatively unsafe place, that has nothing at all to do with the Georgian conflict. (And I do think it's safe enough in Nalchik anyway.)
Aug-31-08  timhortons:

video of irina i capture at the site.She must be a close friend of one of the players here.naka is playing right now with grandmaster bluvhstien of canada.

Aug-31-08  dx9293: <timhortons> Irina has been with Pascal Charbonneau for years now...
Aug-31-08  timhortons: lol, thats what i heard at the site last canadian open but i dont want to say it, might be a gossip among chess fans:)
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  PhilFeeley: If you read the book King's Gambit, the author writes a lot about Pascal, and even was at his wedding - to Irina.
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  PhilFeeley: And not to diminish Irina's safety concerns, but other didn't agree, including her rival from the U.S. Anna Zatonskih, so I'm not sure how dangerous it was then or even now. The danger from a conflict in the region sounds like a pretty good political reason to me. Both concerns can be part of it. The Georgian players are certainly boycotting for protest reasons.
Sep-02-08  timhortons: shulman wins:shulmans picture i take at the site

Sep-08-08  denis810: When will you be posting the rest of the games from the Montreal tournament?
Aug-19-09  timhortons:

Décès de Yves Casaubon

<though i dont know this gentleman personally but we know each others face, he is the arbiter of this tournament, tourneo international 2008, he regularly officiate international tourney in montreal.i feel sad of his passing away, to his friends and family My heartfelt sympathy.>

Décès de Yves Casaubon.

babel fish english translation

Death of Yves Casaubon

Yves Casaubon, international Referee and large actor of the Québécois scene échiquéenne is deceased continuations of a cancer Sunday on August 16. We allow ourselves to present the following text of Larry Bevand, an old friend.(On the photograph: Yves Casaubon, referee with the international Tournament of Montreal)“Yves Casaubon formed integral part of the AEM and was a large friend since nearly 24 years. In the beginnings of Association, its knowledge in data processing largely contributed to its development while the world of the failures was with its technological stammerings.He made us benefit from his science and his competences with a passion which one sees seldom today. If you had a problem concerning the failures it took time to give you explanations and helped you to find solutions. Each one of your questions deserved all its attention. The school organizers of tournaments could count on him for the advertisements of tournaments and their quotation.With the passing of years, I frequently called Yves to ask him of the assistance (it was in fact of… WITH the HELP!!!) … he always answered on the telephone… and in the hour, he was at the office! Lately, it installed a program him allowing to work remotely on the computers; it could from now on regulate the problems of at his place without having to run to Association with each time I was blocked!Yves was not only priceless and iremplaçable with the AEM but it was a pillar of the community échiquéenne of Quebec. One forever intended it to say an unpleasant on anyone, discrete word, one could entrust to him. International, directing referee of tournament of a great experiment, referee as a chief of the majority of the major tournaments of Quebec, including the recent Open of Quebec, shining, pleasant Championship, always ready to here are help his/her companions… who was Yves!He was a true leaf… until the end. He left us continuations of a cancer of the stomach… but only After Jean Hébert became Canadian Champion! The failures lost a giant, I lost a large friend and the AEM lost a member of its family.All our sympathies go to his/her partner, Claudine”Larry BevandAEM Québécois federation of the failures17-08-2009

Aug-19-09  timhortons:

kamsky -short no handshake

yves is the arbiter of this tournament


tourneo international de montreal 2007...

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