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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 30 July 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 similar level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

This week has been spectacular upset-wise: 47 games (more than ever before), including a record-breaking one!


Petrakis (1552) - Harestad (2318), 1-0, 766 points (new record!)
Johansen (2264) - Voziniaki (1514), 0-1, 750 points (also record-breaking, the previous record was 745 points)
Markaki (1691) - Lekic (2430), 1-0, 739 points
Hairopolous (1707) - Frendzas (2363), 1-0, 656 points
Seimbab (2258) - Luczka (1651), 0-1, 607 points
Avgoustis (1524) - Terraz (2125), 1-0, 601 points
Lazaridis (2078) - Fragiadaki (1505), 0-1, 573 points
Velickovski (2083) - Rudovic  (1549), 0-1, 534 points
Wolf (2231) - Buck (1730), 0-1, 501 points
Laffont (1507) - El Mchaouri (1959), 1-0, 452 points

Average gap: 618 (new record!); White won 5 games, Black won 5 games

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Normally we don't encourage people to send us their online games,  but this week we will make an exception. Here is a message we have received from Ben Tessman:

This was an online game played on against an internet friend of mine, and at the time, definitely my biggest upset.  It is my only victory against him.  He is fine that I share this game.

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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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