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Politiken Cup Tournament

Boris Avrukh8.5/10(+8 -1 =1)[games]
Parimarjan Negi8.5/10(+7 -0 =3)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Peter Heine Nielsen8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Vladimir Malakhov8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Evgeny Postny8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Sergei Tiviakov8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Jakob Aabling-Thomsen7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Viktorija Cmilyte7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Emanuel Berg7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Jonny Hector7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Daniel Alsina Leal7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Joachim Thomassen7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Mladen Gajic7/10(+7 -3 =0)[games]
Sune Berg Hansen7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Mads Andersen7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Evgenij Romanovich Agrest7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Krzysztof Bulski7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Stellan Brynell7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Jens Kristiansen7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Yuri Aleksandrovich Kuzubov7/10(+7 -3 =0)[games]
Tiger Hillarp Persson7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Lars Schandorff7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Allan Stig Rasmussen7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Aleksey Dreev7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Klaus Berg7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Daniel Semcesen7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
(291 players total; 262 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 196  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Johansson vs M Haubro  ½-½182009Politiken CupC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Eigil Larsen vs N Krueger  ½-½682009Politiken CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
3. C S Caceres vs E Jiretorn  ½-½582009Politiken CupA36 English
4. J Veng vs M Rasmussen  ½-½272009Politiken CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. H H Schmidt vs C Hess  ½-½522009Politiken CupD04 Queen's Pawn Game
6. N Mikkelsen vs S Justinussen  ½-½572009Politiken CupB50 Sicilian
7. Andreas Larsen vs Steffen Pedersen  ½-½172009Politiken CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Agrest vs S Agrest ½-½62009Politiken CupC49 Four Knights
9. G Stray vs C Hess  ½-½262009Politiken CupD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. H Rasmussen vs S Christensen  ½-½262009Politiken CupA16 English
11. K Korley vs Steffen Pedersen  ½-½152009Politiken CupD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. J Fries-Nielsen vs J Hvenekilde  ½-½112009Politiken CupA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
13. M Rolvag vs L Schandorff  ½-½212009Politiken CupD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. C Holst vs A S Rasmussen  ½-½472009Politiken CupD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. R A Hansen vs D Kovachev  ½-½1742009Politiken CupE12 Queen's Indian
16. A Hobber vs D Jorgensen  ½-½592009Politiken CupA47 Queen's Indian
17. O Guttulsrud vs N Laursen  ½-½502009Politiken CupB42 Sicilian, Kan
18. H Molvig vs B Kristinsson  ½-½772009Politiken CupD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
19. T Botheim vs B Arvola Notkevich  ½-½232009Politiken CupB83 Sicilian
20. E Brondum vs B Rolvaag  ½-½262009Politiken CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. J M Nielsen vs A Tari  ½-½712009Politiken CupE12 Queen's Indian
22. T Sondergaard vs L P Meldgaar Johannesen  ½-½432009Politiken CupB01 Scandinavian
23. F Skjoldager vs A Tadjerbashi  ½-½212009Politiken CupA04 Reti Opening
24. S Jensen vs D Semcesen  ½-½582009Politiken CupC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. E Jiretorn vs O E Frisvold  ½-½342009Politiken CupA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
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Jul-25-09  zluria: I've been following this tournament for the last 3 rounds. Here's an interesting fact: The Postny game is always the last to finish. He's a fighter!

In Yesterday's game, for example, I was sure that he was totally lost against Negi, but he managed to save it somehow... The day before that it was a totally drawn Bishop endgame against Sargissian, which he played on for another 50 moves before sacrificing his Bishop for another drawn endgame.

Jul-25-09  waustad: An upset, Sethuraman beat Dreev.
Jul-25-09  waustad: Two very young Indians at the top here.
Jul-25-09  waustad: JL Hammer appears to have lost on time.
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  vonKrolock: In Avrukh vs Hammer there was not a satisfactory defense against the threats of ♗xc5 and ♖ or ♕ e8+
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  vonKrolock: in summa - he lost on time, but he was also already <hammered>
Jul-25-09  wanabe2000: Currently in place number 31. Started in place 97. Name Kassa Korley (Marshall Chess Club) rating 2143 with 6/9 points. (!) It seems he/she is the only USA person playing in this tournament. Anyone know about this individual?
Jul-25-09  notyetagm: <wanabe2000: Currently in place number 31. Started in place 97. Name Kassa Korley (Marshall Chess Club) rating 2143 with 6/9 points. (!) It seems he/she is the only USA person playing in this tournament. Anyone know about this individual?>

Glad to see an African-American player doing very well in an international chess tournament.

Jul-25-09  SimonWebbsTiger: Call us parochial, but us Danes like to emphasise the Danish part of his (Kassa's) heritage. Obvious, though, since we're in Copenhagen!
Jul-25-09  virginmind: wow, bent larsen is playing competitive chess since 70 years! well, maybe i should rather say 'playing in chess competitions'...nevertheless, the guy is something!
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  soldal: And he's playing two games each round!
Jul-25-09  waustad: I just looked through the list at the official site and there are 7 different people named Larsen playing, but none of them is named Bent. Patronyms do that. One of my grandparents was named an alternate spelling of Larsen.
Jul-25-09  notyetagm: <SimonWebbsTiger: Call us parochial, but us Danes like to emphasise the Danish part of his (Kassa's) heritage. Obvious, though, since we're in Copenhagen!>

I understand that.

But in most of the world, if you are white and black, you are black..

Jul-26-09  virginmind: <waustad> i see, well, for some reason <> thought he is bent. or maybe he is a totally special guest being allowed to play two games in a round, but not officialy in the tournament?...
Jul-26-09  SetNoEscapeOn: <<wanabe2000: Currently in place number 31. Started in place 97. Name Kassa Korley (Marshall Chess Club) rating 2143 with 6/9 points. (!) It seems he/she is the only USA person playing in this tournament. Anyone know about this individual?>>

Kasa Korley! Several years ago, perhaps as many as 7 or 8, ESPN did a special on Maurice Ashley and what it is like to be a chess player. Towards the end of it, Maurice plays blitz with a young kid with dreadlocks. He lauds Kasa's abilities and predicts that he will be a future "champion" (although of course Maurice showed no mercy in the actual games). So it is absolutely great to see the young man making master at 15. If he so chooses, he still has many years to improve his chess and aim for higher titles.

Jul-26-09  Don Cossacks: GM Malakhov(who lead the tournament until the penultimate round)unfortunately lose to GM Boris Avrukh(Israel)in the final round that made GM Parimarjan Negi of India the winner.Sigh...I'm counting on GM Malakhov to win this one.
Jul-27-09  Troller: A pity for Malakhov, he looked a solid winner of the tournament until last round. But that's a Swiss tournament for you, and Malakhov has won it before.

Impressive display by Negi on the other hand. Maybe he is ready for another jump on the elo list - expectations are certainly there.

Hillarp-Persson only scored /3 in the last three rounds to finish way down the table, but he got the brilliancy prize for this: T Hillarp Persson vs Dreev, 2009

Jul-27-09  gus inn: Once again the nerves of Malakhov played a decissive role in the last round.What a shame for this worldclass player..

I really feel sorry for him.

Better "luck" next time.

Jul-27-09  kurtrichards: Thanks for the information <Don Cossacks>. It wasn't Bent Larsen after all but somebody else having the same surname as Bent. This error or something made me looked like a.... forget about it.
Jul-27-09  Troller: Bent Larsen was not in Denmark as far as I know during this tournament, and he certainly did not compete. There were different other Larsens competing though, it's a common name in Denmark. I actually happen to have a neighbour named "Bent Larsen" around the same age as the chessplayer (but then there are 868 people named "Bent Larsen" in Denmark according to the statistical bureau).

Some other names have been corrupted as well:
Jen Kristiansen should be Jens Kristiansen, and the hilarious Mad Andersen is of course Mads Andersen, although it is a great name.

Jul-27-09  DCP23: <gus inn: Once again the nerves of Malakhov played a decissive role in the last round.>

You have a point here, the same thing happened to Malakhov at the European Championship recently. He blundered a rook away in a crucial last game (tie-break game, actually).

Jul-27-09  zluria: Congrats to the Israeli GM Avrukh for a share of first place and a good tournament throughout. He dominated his last round game against Malakhov; Credit where credit id due.
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  moronovich: Danes love to talk about danes - but I dont know why ?...
Jul-27-09  jurado96: bent larsen
lives in argentina
Jul-28-09  Don Cossacks: <zluria>Malakhov beaten Avrukh before in ECC 2008 with the Sicilian Kan as White and Malakhov made a fantastic perfect score in the tourney. Really a pity for Malakhov to lose his final gameHe is one of my favorite players of this modern era(just look at his overall record-65.7%-a very a high score!)
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