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Friday, October 24, 2008

Update of the 2008 Essent Chess Tournament

Here are the standings after 5 rounds of play in the Essent Chess Tournament (Crown Group):

Rank Name Fed. Rating 1 2 3 4 Score
1 GM Sokolov, Ivan 2650 x 1 1½ 11 4.5
2 GM Adly, Ahmed 2586 0 x ½0 ½1 2.0
3 GM Sebag, Marie FRA 2533 0½ ½1 x 2.0
4 GM Smeets, Jan NED 2604 00 ½0 1 1.5

Here are the moves from Marie Sebag's games from rounds 1-5 (in PGN format):
[Event "Essent Toernooi - Kroongroep"]
[Site "Hoogeveen"]
[Date "2008.10.19"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[Black "Sebag, Marie"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2650"]
[BlackElo "2533"]
[PlyCount "65"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Bg2 dxc4 7. O-O Bb4 8. a3
Be7 9. e4 O-O 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 a6 12. a4 Bb4 13. Nd2 c5 14. Bd6 cxd4 15.
Bxb4 a5 16. Ba3 dxc3 17. Nxc4 cxb2 18. Rb1 Qc7 19. Nd6 Rd8 20. Nb5 Qb6
21. Be7 Re8 22. Bd6 Nc5 23. e5 Nd5 24. Bxd5 exd5 25. Qd4 Nd7 26.
Qxb2 Nf8 27. Nc7 Qxb2 28. Rxb2 Bd7 29. Nxe8 Bxe8 30. Rxb7 Bxa4 31. Reb1 Nd7 32.
Ra1 Bc6 33. Rc7 1-0

[Event "Essent Toernooi - Kroongroep"]
[Site "Hoogeveen, Netherlands"]
[Date "2008.10.20"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Smeets, Jan"]
[WhiteElo "2604"]
[Black "Sebag, Marie"]
[BlackElo "2533"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8.
Na3 b5 9. Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 Bg5 12. Nc2 O-O 13. a4 bxa4 14. Rxa4 a5
15. Bc4 Rb8 16. b3 Kh8 17. Nce3 g6 18. Qe2 f5 19. h4 Bxe3 20. Nxe3 f4 21. Nf1
Bd7 22. Nd2 Ne7 23. Ra3 Qc7 24. Qd3 h6 25. O-O Ra8 26. Rfa1 Bc6 27. b4 axb4 28.
cxb4 Rxa3 29. Rxa3 Bb7 30. b5 Rd8 31. Rb3 Qb6 32. Rb1 Kg7 33. Qh3 Bc8 34. Be6
Bb7 35. Ba2 Bc8 36. Qb3 d5 37. exd5 Rxd5 38. Qb2 Rd4 39. Nf3 Bf5 40. Nxd4 Bxb1
41. Ne6+ 1-0

[Event "Essent Toernooi - Kroongroep"]
[Site "Hoogeveen, Netherlands"]
[Date "2008.10.21"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Sebag, Marie"]
[WhiteElo "2533"]
[Black "Adly, Ahmed"]
[BlackElo "2586"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qc7 8. Bxf6
gxf6 9. Qd2 Nc6 10. O-O-O Bd7 11. Kb1 Rg8 12. g3 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 Qc5 14. Qd3
O-O-O 15. Be2 Bc6 16. Rhf1 Kb8 17. f5 Be7 18. Bh5 Rgf8 19. Bf3 Rc8 20. Qd2 Qe5
21. Qh6 b5 22. a3 a5 23. Qd2 Rc7 24. Ne2 b4 25. axb4 axb4 26. Qxb4+ Rb7 27. Qc3
Rc8 28. Qxe5 fxe5 29. fxe6 fxe6 30. b3 Rb4 31. Nc3 Be8 32. Kb2 Bg6 33. Bg4 Bxe4
34. Nxe4 Rxe4 35. Bxe6 Rc7 36. Bc4 h5 37. h4 Rg4 38. Rf5 Rxg3 39. Rxh5 e4 40.
Rb5+ Rb7 41. Rxb7+ Kxb7 42. Bd5+ Kc7 43. Bxe4 Bxh4 44. c4 Re3 45. Bd5 Re2+ 46.
Ka3 Re1 47. Rd3 Ra1+ 48. Kb2 Bf6+ 49. Kc2 Ra2+ 50. Kd1 Ra1+ 51. Ke2 Ra2+ 52.
Kf3 Rc2 53. Ke4 Rc3 54. Rd1 Rxb3 55. Rf1 Bg5 56. Rf7+ Kd8 57. Kf5 Be7 58. Rh7
Re3 59. Rh8+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "Essent Toernooi - Kroongroep"]
[Site "Hoogeveen, Netherlands"]
[Date "2008.10.23"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Sebag, Marie"]
[WhiteElo "2533"]
[Black "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[BlackElo "2650"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 d6 7. Bxc6+ bxc6 8.
d4 exd4 9. Nxd4 Bd7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. h3 Re8 12. Bf4 Rb8 13. b3 Qc8 14. Nf3 Qb7
15. Qd2 Rbd8 16. Bg5 h6 17. Bh4 Be6 18. Rad1 Qc8 19. Nd4 Bd7 20. Qd3 Nh7 21.
Bg3 Bf6 22. f4 Nf8 23. Nf3 Qb7 24. Qd2 Ng6 25. f5 Ne5 26. Nxe5 dxe5 27. Qe3 Bc8
28. Qc5 Qb6 29. Bf2 Qxc5 30. Bxc5 Bg5 31. Rxd8 Bxd8 32. Be3 h5 33. Rf1 h4 34.
Nb1 Be7 35. Nd2 Bb7 36. Re1 Bb4 37. Re2 c5 38. Bg5 f6 39. Bxh4 Bxd2 40. Rxd2
Bxe4 41. g4 c4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Essent Toernooi - Kroongroep"]
[Site "Hoogeveen, Netherlands"]
[Date "2008.10.24"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Adly, Ahmed"]
[WhiteElo "2586"]
[Black "Sebag, Marie"]
[BlackElo "2533"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. g4 h6 8. Bd2
dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Be2 Bb7 11. Rg1 Rc8 12. h4 b4 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4 Qb6 15.
g5 c5 16. dxc5 Nxc5 17. Qd4 Bxf3 18. Bxf3 Be5 19. Qc4 hxg5 20. hxg5 a5 21. g6
f6 22. Rh1 Rxh1+ 23. Bxh1 Ke7 24. f4 Bxb2 25. Rb1 Qd6 26. Ke2 Rh8 27. Kf3 f5
28. Bg2 Bf6 29. Rc1 Ne4 30. Be1 Bc3 31. Qb5 Qd5 32. Qxd5 exd5 33. Ke2 Bxe1 34.
Kxe1 Nc3 35. Rc2 Rh6 36. Kd2 Kd6 37. Kd3 Kc5 38. a3 Rxg6 39. axb4+ axb4 40. Bh3
Rg3 41. Bxf5 d4 42. Rh2 dxe3 43. Rh1 e2+ 44. Kd2 Kd4 45. Bc2 Rf3 46. Ke1 Rxf4
47. Bb3 g5 48. Rg1 g4 49. Kd2 Rf1 50. Rxg4+ Ke5 0-1

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