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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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.

The previous week was quite remarkable: we will both witness super GMs losing games to master-level players and see a 13-year old Mongolian boy rated in the 1800s defeat four considerably stronger opponents rated 2507, 2374, 2232 and 2219.

Check out all the 27 games:

Uurtsaikh Agibileg. Image from his FIDE rating card


Gundavaa (2507) - Agibileg (1819), 0-1, 688 points
Blomqvist (2496) - Jansson (1903), 0-1, 593 points
Agibileg (1819) - Urtnasan (2374), 1-0, 555 points
Mamyrbay (2017) - Al Sayed (2502), 1-0, 485 points
Gameel (2216) - Ahmed (1767), 0-1, 449 points
Agibileg (1819) - Erkhembayar (2232), 1-0, 413 points
Glissenaar (2045) - Sergeev (2457), 1-0, 412 points
Plotkin (2013) - Cheng (2425), 1-0, 412 points
Agibileg (1819) - Ulziibayar (2219), 1-0, 400 points
Wang Xinyue (2121) - Atthaworadej (1743), 0-1, 378 points

Average gap: 479; White won 6 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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Comments (1)
1. Written by 654321 on 00:24 24 2014 .
Glissenaar - Sergeev: correct is 0-1, not 1-0.

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