Chess in 2006
by Bill Wall

2006 started with Valerij Neverov, Ukrainian Grandmaster, winning the 2005-2006 Hastings Chess Congress on January 6.

On January 29, Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov won the Corus Wijk aan Zee tournament, a Category 19 (2716 average rating) event.

On February 18, 2006, Russian Grandmaster Ratmir Kholmov died at the age of 80. He was born on May 13, 1925. He tied for 1st in the 1963 USSR Championship and won the 1968 Capablanca Memorial in Havana.

On February 26, Levon Aronian won the Morelia/Linares Super-GM tournament, a Category 20 event. The first half of the event was played in Morelia, Mexico. The second half was played in Linares, Spain.

On March 11, Oxford defeated Cambridge in the 124th Oxford vs Cambridge Varsity match.

On March 12, Alexander Onischuk won the US Chess Championship in San Diego after defeating Yuri Shulman in the men's final. Anna Zatonskih won the women's championship.

On March 25, Xu Yuhua won the FIDE Women's World Championship, held in Ekaterinburg, Russia. She defeated Alisa Galiamova by taking 2.5 points on the third game of a four game match for the title.

On March 30, Viswanathan Anand and Alexander Morozovich tied for 1st in the 15th Melody Amber Rapid and Blindfold tournament, held in Monaco.

On April 17, Surya Shekhar Gangualy took first place on tie-break from Sandipan Chanda and DP Singh in the 43rd Indian Championship.

On April 20, 2006, Grandmaster Wolfgang Unzicker of Germany died at the age of 80. He was born on June 26, 1925. He won the West German Championship 7 times. He was a lawyer and a judge.

In May, 2006, Vesilin Topalov won the chess Oscar. Topalov topped the list followed by Anand and Aronian.

On June 1, DEEP JUNIOR won the 14th World Computer Chess Championship, held in Turin.

In June, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was re-elected FIDE President. He scored 96 votes. Bessel Kok, his opponent, scored 54 votes.

On June 4, Armenia (Aronin, Akopian, Asrian, Sargissian) took the gold medal in the 37th Chess Olympiad, held in Turin. China took the silver medal and the USA took the bronze medal. There were 148 teams representing 143 nations and territories.

On July 4, Gata Kamsky won the 34th World Open in Philadelphia on tie-breaks over Vadim Milov.

On July 14, 2006, Grandmaster Aleksander Wojtkiewicz died in Baltimore at the age of 43. He was born on January 15, 1963.

On August 19, Jonathan Rowson won the 93rd British Championship in Swansea. Rowson won the title for the 3rd year in a row.

On August 20, Vishy Anand won the Chess Classic World Rapid Championship in Mainz, Germany. He defeated Tejmour Radjabov in the final match.

On September 7, Alexander Grischuk won the FIDE World Blitz Championship in Rishon Lezion, Israel, defeating Peter Svidler in a sudden death game.

On September 22, Viktor Korchnoi, age 75, won the 16th World Senior Championship in Arvier, Italy.

On October 13, Vladimir Kramnik won the World Championship Reunification Chess Match in Elista after defeating Veselin Topalov. The match was tied 6-6 after 12 regular games. Kramnik won the rapid tie-break by the score of 2.5-1.5.

On November 19, Nigel Short won the Commonwealth Championship, held in Mumbai, India.

On December 5, DEEP FRITZ defeated world champion Vladimir Kramnik in a match by the score of 4-2. The event was held in Bonn, Germany.

On December 5, 2006, Grandmaster David Bronstein died in Minsk at the age of 82. He was born on February 19. 1924. In 1951, he drew with Mikhail Botvinnik in the first World Chess Championship under FIDE rules. The score was 12-12 and Botvinnik retained his world champion title.

On December 7, Vassily Ivanchuk won the 41st Capablanca Memorial in Havana. On December 14, India took the gold medal in the Asian Games chess tournament. China took the silver medal and Iran took the bronze medal.

On December 15, Evgeny Alekseev won the 59th Russian championship. He won on tiebreak over Dmitry Jakovenko.

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