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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Wednesday, 12 December 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 is special: a club player rated 1922 defeated a GM (2559 ELO) with White. Isn't it inspiring for the underdogs?

Top-10 upsets:

Benjamin (2559) - Liang (1922), 0-1, 637 points (new record!) - update: the game was actually drawn according to the tournament website
Toth (2473) - Kovacs (1990), 0-1, 483 points
Sonnis (1660) - Varnam (2140), 1-0, 480 points
Josse (2142) - Baterdene (1673), 0-1, 469 points
Liang (1922) - Kaufman (2382), 1-0, 460 points
Chikkala (1783) - Langer (2219), 1-0, 436 points
Nguyen Thi Hanh (1884) - Nguyen Thi Thanh An (2318), 1-0, 434 points
Azarov (2658) - Defibaugh (2263), 0-1, 395 points
Makhnyov (1937) - Temirov (2309), 1-0, 372 points
Zupancic (1924) - Roskar (2284), 1-0, 360 points

Average gap: 453 points (new record!); White won 6 games, Black won 4 games

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Related reading:
Episode 6
Episode 5
Episode 4
Episode 3
Episode 2
Episode 1

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Comments (3)
1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 11:10 12 2012 .
Wasn't it 1/2 - 1/2?
In the game Benjamin (2559) - Liang (1922), when I look at the end (from, it was a 3x repetition, no? Shouldn't it be a 1/2 - 1/2 then?
2. Written by barti on 15:30 12 2012 .
Wasn't it 1/2 - 1/2?
my personal best in blitz - 1924 elo vs 2350 1-0 :)
3. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 16:21 12 2012 .
Wasn't it 1/2 - 1/2?
In 2008 I beat the GM Babaev from Azerbadjan, I was rated 1975 and he was rated 2484.

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