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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 03 September 2013
By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of

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In this special weekly column we are 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.

Summer is gone, hence there are fewer games being played and only 25 upsets this week.


Yeke (2261) - Uzumcu (1616), 0-1, 645 points
Wegerer (2197) - Krcmar (1646), 0-1, 551 points
Fountas (1634) - Sideris (2143), 1-0, 509 points
Ross (2291) - Giedratis (1817), 0-1, 474 points
Krcmar (1646) - Pfaffel (2117), 1-0, 471 points
Tutisani (2029) - Azaladze (2498), 1-0, 469 points
Panarin (2555) - Pershin (2150), 0-1, 405 points
Said (2002) - Duman (1600), 0-1, 402 points
Romi (2023) - Okuyaz (1631), 0-1, 392 points
Santos Ruiz (2239) - Korneev (2625), 1-0, 386 points

Average gap: 430; White won 4 games, Black won 6 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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Comments (2)
1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 16:00 08 2013 .
Upsets 03th September 2013
In the article there is a game 
Ross (2291) - Giedratis (1817), 0-1, 474 points. 
The rating of David Ross is 1802 instead of 2291. You can find the game at
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 16:05 08 2013 .
Upsets 03th September 2013
The David Ross on the NATO Chess Tournament has no FIDE Rating. His British national rating is 1802. 
He is not the same person as IM David Ross with FIDE number 2600277.

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