From 22nd-24th May 2009, in the Odessa National Academy of Law of Ukraine, took place this amazing tournament. 16 grandmasters including Grischuk, Movsesian, Karpov, Svidler, Jakovenko, Gelfand and Gashimov fought for the title.
The final day gave us an impressive match. The first two games between Boris Gelfand of Israel and Peter Svidler of St Petersburg ended in draws.
In the third game Gelfand took a big chance and went three pawns behind. But the strategy paid off, his opponent went astray and lost.
In the final game Svidler was well on the way to victory and equality when disaster struck. In the forth game Peter Svidler needed to win, and did everything right, until move 56 and the winner was… Boris Gelfand!
In Pamplona, Spain took place the 17th World Computer Chess Championship. The chess program Rybka was clearly victorious by one point and a half away from its closest competitors.
The 5 final positions were: Rybka (USA) 8.0 pts, Deep Sjeng (BEL) 6.5 pts, Shredder (DEU) 6.5 pts, Junior (ISR) 6.5 pts and Hiarcs (GBR) 6.0 pts.
The round before the last, Aronian and Leko were leading the table. Aronian led the white pieces to the victory against Leko and arose as the winner of the Fourth FIDE Grand Prix.
Aronian,L (2754) – Leko,P (2751) [E55]
FIDE GP Nalchik RUS (13), 2009-04-29
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0-0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nbd7 9.Qe2 b6 10.Rd1 cxd4 11.exd4 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Bb7 13.Bb3 Qc7 14.c4 Rfe8 15.Bb2 Qf4 16.Qe3 Qf5 17.Ne1 b5 18.c5 Nd5 19.Qg3 Nf4 20.Rd2 Nf6 21.f3 N6h5 22.Qf2 Bd5 23.Bc2 Qg5 24.Kh1 Bc4 25.g3 Ng6 26.Ng2 Bd5 27.Ne3 Nf6 28.h4 Qh5 29.Nxd5 Nxd5 30.Re1 Red8 31.Rde2 Rab8 32.Bc1 h6 33.Kg2 Nc3 34.Re5 Nxe5 35.Rxe5 f5 36.Bb3 Nd5 37.Rxe6 Kh8 38.Qe1 Nf6 39.Qe5 Re8 40.c6 Rbc8 41.Qxb5 Qg6 42.h5 Qxh5 43.Bf4 a6 44.Qxa6 Nh7 45.c7 Ng5 46.Rxe8+ Qxe8 47.d5 Ra8 48.Qc4 Kh7 49.d6 Qe1 50.Qf1 Qe8 51.Qd3 Qd7 52.Qc4 Qe8 53.Bxg5 hxg5 54.Qg8+ 1 – 0 (view game)