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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 17 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.

This week we have 18 upsets, including a remarkable game which ended in checkmate on move 11 (Zhanbai Uulu (1843) - Neves (2212), 1-0, 369 points).


Gulay (1634) - De Serioux (2108), 1-0, 474 points
Martinez (2101) - Alev (1632), 0-1, 469 points
Firat (2423) - Yargici (1970), 0-1, 453 points
Ivanov (2398) - Tuner (1964), 0-1, 434 points
Uysal (1928) - Asgarizadeh (2354), 1-0, 426 points
Ozdover (2005) - Wang (2430), 1-0, 425 points
Zarebski (2013) - Krysztofiak (2435), 1-0, 422 points
Pon (1919) - Antal (2321), 1-0, 402 points
Yuksel (2060) - Dastan (2455), 1-0, 395 points
Zor (1948) - Saiyn (2337), 1-0, 389 points

Average gap: 429; White won 7 games, Black won 3 games

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While normally we don't publish online upsets for a number of reasons (unofficial ratings; hard to verify the real identities of the players, etc.), this time we decided to make an exception. However, in the future please abstain from sending us your online blitz matches.


Please find the attached games for David vs. Goliath article on your site.
The following is my best online blitz chess wins

(Chanukya Krishna Chama (1702) vs GM Arnaudov Petar G (2487), 3min+0s, chessarena, 2013.07.12)

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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It is a pleasure going on thru these games and interesting indeed. Especially seeing Natalia with her great photos...she is such a great model of some sort. There are things that gave me some of memorable past games with other players and its fantastic!
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Lo que hicieron fue sobrepasarse con Mirna Mirnkov. 
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