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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Wednesday, 11 June 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.

Last week 15 upsets occurred. I have personally seen two of them played out at Nezhmetdinov Memorial:


Priasmoro (unrated) - Pantev (2427), 1-0
Kozina (1886) - Tokarev (2295), 1-0, 409 points
Xu (2101) - Lin Chen (2483), 1-0, 382 points
Arsovic (2442) - Blagojevic (2075), 0-1, 367 points
Kavyev (1880) - Kleimenov (1526), 0-1, 354 points
Visakh (2340) - Iniyan (1989), 0-1, 351 points
Maltsevskaya (2014) - Ovod (2342), 1-0, 328 points
Olea (1931) - Janev (2257), 1-0, 326 points
Zalkind (2285) - Gochev (1961), 0-1, 324 points
Abdel Elah (2167) - Fisabilillah (1844), 0-1, 323 points

Average gap: 352; White won 5 games, Black won 5 games

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And now to the featured player of the week -
Pedro Antonio Ginés Esteo. The message from his Dad is published as it is:

Hi Natalia.

I read your blog and I've seen the list of items most elo difference.

My son Pedro Antonio Ginés Esteo
, born in 2004, has won the tournament in La Roda a player with 521 points difference. This is the link to the game.


Pedro Gines

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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1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 18:50 11 2014 .
28 76 CM Cimpean Andra 1616 0 1 - 0 0 NM Miron Ionel 2142 10 
More than 500 points and a beautifoul game too. 29-th Felix Cup in Romania.

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