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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

by Candidate Master Peter Zhdanov

In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

This week was rather modest in terms of upsets. No records have been broken.

Top-10 upsets:

Hoare (1871) - Khademalsharieh (2303), 1-0, 432 points
Schmidt (1390) - Szalay (1804), 1-0, 414 points
Mihajlova (1445) - Szalay (1804), 1-0, 359 points
Zharokov (1934) - Frick (2264), 1-0, 330 points
Poteat (1766) - Shamatava (2072), 1-0, 306 points
Gruzmann (2323) - Benson (2021), 0-1, 302 points
El Gheiadi (2208) - Neumann (1912), 0-1, 296 points
Li Chao (2693) - Saravanan (2399), 0-1, 294 points
Salhi (2044) - Hoiumel (1753), 0-1, 291 points
Asgarizadeh (2106) - Arabidze (2391), 1-0, 285 points

Average gap: 331 points; White won 6 games, Black won 4 games

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