Despite shockingly losing her last round game to Priyanka K, IM Padmini Rout managed to finish first in the Ramratna 42nd Indian National Women Premier Chess Championship 2015. Padmini amassed a total of 8.5 points over the course of 11 rounds, winning as many as 8 games on her way to this coveted title.
Meanwhile, a three-way tie was witnessed for the second place with WGMs Soumya Swaminathan, Bhakti Kulkarni and Swati Ghate notching up a total of 7.5 points each. However, on account of their better tie-break scores, Soumya and Bhakti finished ahead of Swati Ghate, securing the second and third spots respectively.
The European Team Championship 2015 witnessed fantastic performance by the Russians as they bagged gold in both the sections of the tournament.
The Hungary – Russia match-up in the last round saw all the four games ending in draws, thus helping the Russians clinch gold without any fuss. The Russian team remained unbeaten throughout the event to finish with a total of 15 points, 2 points clear of their nearest competitors.
Meanwhile, Armenia’s convincing 3-1 victory over the in-form Georgians helped them secure silver whilst Hungary bagged bronze.
Just as in the open section, the women’s section was dominated by the Russians. In the 9th and final round of the tournament, Russia overcame Germany 3-1 to finish first with a total of 17 points, 2 points ahead of silver-medallists Ukraine. The top seeded Georgians, however, could only finish third.
Four decisive games meant that it was a fighting Tuesday at the Men’s National Premier Chess Championship. Kunte and M. Karthikeyan managed to open their accounts, the latter at the expense of an extremely consistent Venkatesh who remains at a sorry 0/3.
To both Vidit and P. Karthikeyan’s dismay, they were held to draws. Deep and Rathnakaran lost their second consecutive games, the former tragically from a won position. Praneeth caused yet another upset when he took down Dhopade while Shyam Sundar and Arghyadip played out an entertaining draw.
Top seeded Russia scored a crucial 3-1 victory over second seeded Ukraine in the 4th round of the European Team Chess Championship 2015. GMs Svidler and Nepomniachtchi scored full points for Russia against GMs Ivanchuk and Areshchenko respectively while the remaining games ended in draws. With this result, the Russians have moved into sole lead at the end of Round 4.
Meanwhile, 15th seeded Serbia continued its fantastic string of results in the tournament with a 2-2 draw against 4th-seeded France. In other top battles, Spain defeated Switzerland while Azerbaijan showed no mercy in overcoming Turkey.
Round 4 not only saw the Russian men take up the sole lead but also the Russian women. Facing top-seeded Georgia, 2nd-seeded Russia recorded a resounding 3.5-0.5 victory. Only GM Dzagnidze could salvage a draw for the Georgians.
Close on Russia’s heels are France and Romania, thanks to their wins over Hungary and Germany respectively.
Top seeded Russia and second seeded Ukraine pipped Azerbaijan and Spain respectively to emerge as the joint leaders after round 3 of the European Team Chess Championship 2015. Both the match-ups followed a similar course as sole wins by GM Nepomniachtchi (Russia) and GM Eljanov (Ukraine) helped their respective teams clinch the match.
Meanwhile, 15th seeded Serbia created a minor upset as they overcame 9th seeded Netherlands with a convincing 3-1 scoreline.
Just as in the open section, women’s section has been dominated so far by the top two teams – Georgia and Russia. In the 3rd round, Russia comfortably defeated Italy while the Georgians were successful in overcoming the strong Ukrainian team. As such, Russia and Georgia are leading the table with perfect scores.
The Alberta Chess Association organised the Edmonton Invitational Tournament with three grandmasters in the fray.
India’s GM Tejas Bakre (2438) was the only competitor in the ten-player field to remain undefeated /throughout the tournament. He finished tied for first at 7.5/9 with USA’s GM Jesse Kraai (2506) and GM Enrico Sevillano (2464).
The second round of the European Team Chess Championship 2015 saw two heavyweights – Armenia and France – clash against each other on the top board. In this exciting match-up, France came out on top courtesy of GM Vachier-Lagrave’s crucial victory over GM Aronian with the black pieces.
Meanwhile, strong teams like England, Netherlands and Czech Republic were held to draws by Georgia, Croatia and Sweden respectively.
After two rounds, five teams – Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Spain and France – are leading the field with perfect scores.
The first round of the European Team Chess Championship 2015 turned out to be anything but easy for the stronger teams. Higher ranked teams like Norway (who rested Carlsen for Round 1), Czech Republic and Latvia were shocked by Montenegro, Denmark and Finland respectively.
Plenty of good teams were held to draws as well. Of note were draws by Moldova and Austria against Hungary and Poland respectively. Although most teams shed a few board points, Armenia and Georgia managed to record 4-0 victories over their respective opponents.
Despite suffering a last round loss to GM Axel Bachmann, Russian GM Alexander Morozevich won the Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona Tournament 2015. Morozevich, scored a total of 3 points, the same as Bachmann. However, Morozevich’s superior tie-break helped him clinch the title, with Bachmann securing the second spot.
The last round of the tournament also featured an upset as IM Asis Gargatagli scored an upset win over GM Karen Grigoryan with the black pieces. This enabled the Spanish IM to finish tied for the 3rd-4th places along with GM Balogh Csaba. The latter had a pretty sedate tournament with all his games ending in draws.