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Politiken Cup Tournament

Bu Xiangzhi9/10(+8 -0 =2)[games]
Gawain Jones8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Maxim Matlakov8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Maxim Rodshtein8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Parimarjan Negi8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Richard Rapport7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Evgeny Romanov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Jan-Christian Schroeder7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Jonny Hector7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Lars Schandorff7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
David Smerdon7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Rasmus Svane7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Daniel Semcesen7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Jean-Pierre Le Roux7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Anton Smirnov7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Moulthun Ly7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Tiger Hillarp Persson7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Jan Timman7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Rui Gao7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Georg Meier7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Junta Ikeda7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Matthieu Cornette7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Aryan Tari7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Carsten Hoi7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Jens Kristiansen7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Jacob Carstensen7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Kevin Roser7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Rasmus Thogersen7/10(+7 -3 =0)[games]
Johnny Veng7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Romain Edouard6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Moiseenko6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
* (310 players total; 278 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Politiken Cup (2014)

Played in Helsingør, Denmark 21-29 July 2014. Crosstable:

 page 1 of 58; games 1-25 of 1,438  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A S Rasmussen vs I Jensen  1-0302014Politiken CupA09 Reti Opening
2. M Hansen vs Bu Xiangzhi 0-1202014Politiken CupE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
3. M Matlakov vs M F Rasmussen 1-0162014Politiken CupB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. M F Jensen vs R Edouard 0-1262014Politiken CupB50 Sicilian
5. M Rodshtein vs C Christensen  1-0512014Politiken CupB06 Robatsch
6. L Hinrichs vs G Jones  0-1322014Politiken CupB72 Sicilian, Dragon
7. Negi vs C Molin 1-0382014Politiken CupC45 Scotch Game
8. A Mottonen vs E Romanov  0-1372014Politiken CupA07 King's Indian Attack
9. G Meier vs H Svedberg  1-0572014Politiken CupB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. K B Grebstad vs Timman  0-1572014Politiken CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. A Ramirez Alvarez vs U Karlsson  1-0392014Politiken CupB30 Sicilian
12. K R Thomsen vs T Hillarp Persson  0-1512014Politiken CupA84 Dutch
13. J P Le Roux vs M R W Olsen  1-0372014Politiken CupD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. S Rosell vs M Cornette 0-1232014Politiken CupA10 English
15. R Gao vs P Green  1-0392014Politiken CupC18 French, Winawer
16. L Rasmussen vs L Schandorff  0-1482014Politiken CupB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. S Justinussen vs D Smerdon 0-1202014Politiken CupB01 Scandinavian
18. J Hector vs Dick Sorensen  1-0252014Politiken CupB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. S Jensen vs D Semcesen  0-1382014Politiken CupC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. R Svane vs Morten Nielsen  1-0332014Politiken CupA58 Benko Gambit
21. D Andersen vs M Ly 0-1182014Politiken CupA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
22. T Olsson vs T Rodshtein  0-1482014Politiken CupC77 Ruy Lopez
23. A Neffe vs E O Risting  1-0292014Politiken CupC13 French
24. L A Nielsen vs J Mott  1-0532014Politiken CupC15 French, Winawer
25. S Lunde vs A Rosenkilde  0-1382014Politiken CupB23 Sicilian, Closed
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Jul-27-14  1d410: Bu Xiangzhi is probably a martial arts black belt too...
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  alexmagnus: Not the first time Bu has a run though. Still remember, many years ago, in some open (Gibraltar?) Bu started with something like 6/6 which led to the Chessbase headline "Great Bu's up".
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  alexmagnus: My memory was half-perfect here - it was indeed Gibraltar (2008), but the score was 7.5/8
Jul-27-14  SimonWebbsTiger: <Great Bu's Up> Ah yes, a lovely reference to Blackadder, the episode "Beer."
Jul-27-14  Wavy: Great breakthrough for Bu for finally beating a 2700 player.
Jul-28-14  jphamlore: Haug lost very quickly to Ramirez in a standard type of opening trap one sees in Gruenfelds.

A Ramirez vs J Haug, 2014

One would think such a young player would enjoy tactical melees, except I would guess they would prefer to be the side threatening checkmate instead of the other way around ...

Jul-28-14  jphamlore: Bu Xiangzhi is on an amazing run of crushing his opponents in the endgame this event, as if he were Capablanca reincarnated. Today's feat, probably winning an opposite-colored bishops endgame.
Jul-28-14  jphamlore: Bu Xiangzhi's not being on China's 2014 Olympiad team may prove costly for them.
Jul-28-14  notyetagm: Politiken Cup (2014)

<jphamlore: Bu Xiangzhi's not being on China's 2014 Olympiad team may prove costly for them.>

Yes, he is just *killing* non-elite GMs at this event.

In this form he would have an *ginormous* score on Board 3 or 4.

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  Penguincw: Not even the longest draw this tournament:

Moiseenko - Schandorff
95...Bf6 1/2-1/2

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Jul-28-14  SimonWebbsTiger: Last round:

Bu - Rapport
Negi - Matlakov
etc, etc.

Teenager Schroeder has done more than enough for an IM norm.

David Smerdon won the Danish Problem Solving Championship last evening.

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  perfidious: Outstanding result for Bu, whose chances of winning this, I suspect, were not fancied at the outset--whatever outcome the final round has in store.
Jul-28-14  Wavy: < notyetagm: Politiken Cup (2014)

Yes, he is just *killing* non-elite GMs at this event. >

He did beat a 2700 player. That should count. I expect a draw with Rapport in the last round. At least he is doing what he should do - beat lower ranked players.

Jul-28-14  Conrad93: <notyetagm: Politiken Cup (2014) Yes, he is just *killing* non-elite GMs at this event.>

You don't consider Moiseenko, Jones, and Rodshtein as super GM's?

Plus. Bu wasn't that far away from 2600+ before this tournament.

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  alexmagnus: Well, since Negi and Matlakov made a quick draw, Bu may not worry - even with a loss he is clear first. Good, no need for "draw to fixate the result".
Jul-29-14  SimonWebbsTiger: Bu finishes 1st with 9/10 and a leap of some 30 spots in the top 100 live list, not to mention a big pay cheque.
Jul-29-14  notyetagm: <SimonWebbsTiger: Bu finishes 1st with 9/10 and a leap of some 30 spots in the top 100 live list, not to mention a big pay cheque.>

Wow, <+8 =2 -0>, 9/10 with no losses(!). Oh, and 30(!) rating points.

Jul-29-14  Mating Net: Tremendous performance by Bu, 9/10 is top notch.
Jul-29-14  SimonWebbsTiger: 13 year old Anton Smirnov scored his 3rd IM norm and now only needs to pass the 2400 Elo mark. 16 year old Jan-Christian Schroeder, Germany, scored a GM norm. Junta Ikeda, Australia, scored an IM norm but it is a luxury norm as he already will be awarded the title at the Olympiad!

Best game prizes (2000+) Timman - Fries Nielsen and (u2000) Philipsen - Foss Hansen. The Winners both receive a year's subscription to "New in Chess" magazine.

Finally, Tim Rogers was unlucky to lose <that> game to Rapport in round 1. He was the last to finish today with a win in 99 moves.

Jul-30-14  offramp: Chess and politiken don't mix.
Jul-30-14  mike1: really good showing of the Australians here! well done, Oz! Smerdon , Smirnow and Ly at 7.5 and Ikeda at 7, great!
Jul-30-14  waustad: <jphamlore>Bu Xiangzhi and Shen Yang are both missing the olympiad right after great results. I guess this shows just how deep the Chinese teams really are.
Jul-30-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<wausted>

It has more to do with qualifying. Bu was asked about the issue in an interview during his stay at Elsinore. He came fourth, 1st or 2nd was needed, in a team qualifier. Don't know if Shen Yang missed the cut for a similar reason.

Jul-30-14  twinlark: <mike1: really good showing of the Australians here! well done, Oz! Smerdon, Smirnow and Ly at 7.5 and Ikeda at 7, great!>

Terrific hitout for the lads just ahead of Tromsø. Big lift too for young Anton just when he most needed it.

Jul-31-14  Bob Loblaw: Bu Xiangzi has climbed a whopping 30 places on the live ratings list, losing but one game of his last 19.
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