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Calatrava Rapid 07

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That's Villa de Cañada de Calatrava, but I'm trying to keep titles short. The second edition of this high-powered rapid event is taking place in Spain. The list of players is very impressive and includes Anand, Mamedyarov, Polgar, Shirov, Gelfand, and Ivanchuk. Even Karpov is playing! Grischuk is also at the board for the first time this year. He and Mamedyarov shared first in this event last year. It's nine rounds of g/25' in three days, no increment. The first prize is a considerable 22,000 euros. The results page hasn't been updated but it looks like most of the top seeds have perfect scores after day one. The GM-GM matches didn't start until the third round. TWIC mentions live games but maybe the link isn't up when the games aren't going? Shirov eye-candy below.

There is an open Fischerandom shuffle chess tournament at g/10' this afternoon. Tomorrow there is a 3'+2" blitz tournament. These extra events take place after the last round of the day of the main rapid event so the top players can participate, although they don't always do so. I believe Mamedyarov won just about everything last year, or at least a share.

[Event "II Rapid"]
[Site "Canada de Calatrava ESP"]
[Date "2007.04.06"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Shirov, A."]
[Black "Valmana Canto, J."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B33"]
[WhiteElo "2715"]
[BlackElo "2327"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2007.04.06"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bf4 e5 8.
Bg5 a6 9. Na3 b5 10. Nd5 Be7 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. c3 O-O 13. Nc2 Rb8 14. h4 Be7
15. Qf3 Be6 16. g4 Qd7 17. g5 f5 18. Bh3 Bxd5 19. exd5 Na5 20. Ne3 g6 21. h5
Bxg5 22. hxg6 Bxe3 23. fxe3 b4 24. e4 bxc3 25. Bxf5 cxb2 26. Rb1 Qc7 27. Rxh7
Qc1+ 28. Kf2 Rxf5 29. Qxf5 Qf4+ 30. Ke2 Qxf5 31. exf5 Nc4 32. f6 1-0

[Event "II Rapid"]
[Site "Canada de Calatrava ESP"]
[Date "2007.04.06"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Tahirov, F."]
[Black "Shirov, A."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A21"]
[WhiteElo "2545"]
[BlackElo "2715"]
[PlyCount "42"]
[EventDate "2007.04.06"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. Qc2 Nf6 4. a3 Bxc3 5. Qxc3 Nc6 6. b4 O-O 7. e3 d5 8.
cxd5 Qxd5 9. b5 Nd4 10. exd4 exd4 11. Qc4 Re8+ 12. Kd1 Qh5+ 13. Be2 Qg6 14. Nf3
Be6 15. Qc2 d3 16. Qxd3 Bf5 17. Qc4 Rxe2 18. Nh4 Qh5 19. Qxe2 Bc2+ 20. Ke1 Re8
21. Qxe8+ Nxe8 0-1


I had already noticed the second Shirov game you posted. That is the sort of game that makes me want to play chess.

Dear Mig.
You forgot to name the greatest chess player of the world. GM Julio Granda.
Yeeah he is playing in this Open too.
Nice to say hi to you. Your friend
Rafael Llanos
Sherman Texas.

Greatest in what sense? Most distinguished beard?


Not. Actually, Mig picked the winner correctly. It was Shirov. Congrats and 22K euros!

Final Standings

Hmmm....In the Blitz event, Rauf Mamedov ended up finishing ahead of his fellow Azerbaijani, Mamedyarov.

If Mamedov is an up-and-comer, these guys might be easy to confuse with each other...

Ivanchuk started off with 8 straight wins, to lock up 1st

Rank SNo. Name FED Pts

1 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 0
2729 UKR 8½

2 27 GM Mamedov Rauf 2584 AZE 7½

8 2 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2757 AZE 7

Shirov looks to be back in form just in time for the upcoming Candidates Matches. Bad news for the other GMs.

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