It's It's A Brunei Blitz!
The 1st Brunei Internet Chess Blitz, held on ICC on Tuesday, 15 July at 2:00AM (14:00PM local Brunei time), turned out to be a resounding, through the night success with a galaxy of elite online players among the 418 vying for the $6,500 prize fund.
Among the field battling it out through the wee small hours and 2015 games included 17 of ICC's top-rated players 3000 and above, including favorite GM Hikaru Nakamura (Smallville), the third-highest rated blitz player on ICC at 3391, who last month won the ICC Mainz qualifier. But the young American Blitz King didn't have it all his own way this time around, with a seventh round defeat against IM Arthur Gabrielyan (Dinamit) ultimately proving decisive for the destination of the $1,500 top prize, as the young Russian-based Armenian went on to win with a final score of 11.5/13, with his only defeat being to GM Varuzhan Akobian (SCORPION83).
1st IM Arthur Gabrielyan (Dinamit), Russia - $1500
2nd GM Axel Bachmann (olimpus), Paraguay - $1000
3rd GM Ilya Smirin (tapuax), Israel - $750
4th Jeffrey a de Jesus (El-Bandido), USA - $500
5th GM Pawel Jaracz (dvoracky), Poland - $250
6th-7th (1 year ICC): Pikaso, manest
8th-10th (6 months ICC): Silluger, Finegold, mishikoo
11th-20th (3 months ICC): EdUiTu3000, SCORPION83, VerdeNotte, garompon, Serghik, fantasticflank, vitorbronson, fullhouse, Smallville, Indiana-Jones.
Raffle prizes: (3 months ICC): BotanicalKnight, czechmates, Kurugi, AngryChef, Checkmates, HuevosDeLeon, ChronoKnight, manunitedfan, WhiteBuffalo, sitparkcin.
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The inaugural Brunei Internet Chess Blitz was held in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's official 62nd birthday celebrations. ICC also linked up live with the Brunei Chess Center at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas and the Brunei Shell Recreation Cub (BSCR) Chess Center in Seria for a special online B tournament of local Brunei players. This event was won by 19-year-old FM Yee Soon Wei, competing from the BSCR Chess Center, with 8.5-points, who won a return ticket to Singapore.
Major sponsors for this gala birthday event include: Alif Technologies, DST Group, PT. Wai IIIa Sarana Utama & PT Talenta Pratama Madri, Pines Enterprises - Verde and Adison Marketing Services. The tournament is also sponsored by The Empire Hotel and Country Club, i-Centre, Everyman Chess UK, London Chess Centre UK, Mutiara Shakila Nabilah Transportation Services, Royal Brunei Technical Services Sdn Bhd, Zisen Enterprise, PT. Budi Gunawan and PT. El-Nusa.
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Four players tied for First in the 36th Annual World Open in Philadelphia (July 6), but Evgeny Najer (Russia) from Moscow, earned the World Open title by winning an Armageddon-style blitz playoff over Parimarjan Negi (India). Both players had edged out Alexander Moiseenko (Ukraine) and Lubomir Ftacnik (Slovakia) on tie-breaks to reach the playoff. All four took home over $12,000 for their efforts! Macauley spoke to Najer, Negi, and Moiseenko after the critical last round, and filed this report:
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Mondays: GM Ronen Har-Zvi "New Ideas
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The Petroff Defence (sometimes
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This week (Thur., July 17), Dan's guest on his show will be new World Chess Live Newsletter editor Jonathan Hilton. He'll be taking Q & A with Dan on his groundbreaking "How Wojo Won" series , including his efforts to obtain lost Wojtkiewicz game scores and turn his series into a book; the Chess Journalists of America Awards; his new job as editor of the World Chess Live Newsletter; and blogging for CLO from tournaments across the country.
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