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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Thursday, 17 January 2013

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of

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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 in the sense that 4 previously unrated players managed to defeat rather experienced opponents rated above 2300. Also, we decided to add some personal touch to the column. If you have ever won a game against someone rated 300 points or above of yourself, please send it to us for publication. Any additional information (a photo, annotations, etc.) will be appreciated.

Top-10 upsets:

Ferrari (1767) - Potratz (1279), 0-1, 488 points
Goettelmann (2030) - Riff (2480), 1-0, 450 points
Scripnic (2044) - Arnaudov (2483), 1-0, 439 points
Ackermann (2292) - Ehlers (1937), 0-1, 355 points
Kolas (2227) - Berg (2574), 1-0, 347 points
Charles (2159) - Puccini (1819), 0-1, 340 points
Saric (2418) - Dizdarevic (unrated), 0-1
Sotsky (2396) - Svorjov (unrated), 0-1
Hague (2322) - Thomas (unrated), 0-1
Boyd (2306) - Otgonjargal (unrated), 0-1

Average gap: 403; White won 3 games, Black won 7 games (new record!)

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Episode 7
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Episode 4
Episode 3
Episode 2
Episode 1

Comments (1)
1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 16:08 14 2013 .
Nice try! Of course, the Hastings event will not be the "FIRST". There is fide-rated blitz evtens announced for First January 2012. Hastings is only next day! Secondly, please explain to us why are old fide elos which have nothing to do with blitz being used, why not everybody start from scratch zero?? Very strange and not fair, indeed.Thirdly, HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL, and this blog, too!!!

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