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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Thursday, 14 March 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.

The previous week was rather special. Normally we have a short list of about 20 games with rating differences above 300 points, among which the top-10 are chosen. We decided not to lower our standards. Only 8 games have been found though:

Malakhatko (2571) - Peczely (2072), 0-1, 499 points
Tan (2269) - Tsagarakis (1853), 0-1, 416 points
Chiang (2030) - Aleskerov (2409), 1-0, 379 points
Aksoy (1707) - Hadzi Manev (2071), 1-0, 364 points
Stosevski (2136) - Gjeorgjievski (1779), 0-1, 357 points
Krstevski (2154) - Pencheva (1803), 0-1, 351 points
Tairi (1835) - Ozkan (2184), 1-0, 349 points
Aksoy (1791) - Stojanovski (2125), 1-0, 334 points

Average gap: 381; White won 4 games, Black won 4 games

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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.

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