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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 17 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.

This week we are proud to present to you, among other upsets, quite a few of GM losses to amateurs:


Karavade (2399) - Aakanksha (1802), 0-1, 597 points
Burovic (2002) - Damljanovic (2568), 1-0, 566 points
Bogosavljevic (2532) - Burovic (2002), 0-1, 530 points
Gregori (2042) - Narciso Dublan (2538), 1-0, 496 points
Mrdja (2385) - Low (1961), 0-1, 424 points

Asgarov (2192) - Kravtsiv (2587), 1-0, 395 points
Mgeladze (2198) - Parligras (2581), 1-0, 382 points
Xylogiannopolous (2137) - Dobrov (2515), 1-0, 378 points
Agasiyev (2403) - Gokerkan (2025), 0-1, 378 points
Kravtsiv (2587) - Azarya (2217), 0-1, 370 points

Khalifman (2617) - Kostin (2312) didn't make it to the top-10, but one hardly ever sees the ex-FIDE World Chess Champion lose, especially with White and to lower-rated players.

Average gap: 452; White won 5 games, Black won 5 games

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The featured player of the week is Dario Drezzadore. Here is the message we have received from him:


I am Dario and I read your blog. I won recently a David vs. Goliath game, and I saw you published the result on the site (on 29th April).
I'd like to suggest you to "push more" my game and to publish it, since my opponent had quite a strong ELO (2537).

I just wanted to be evil, really, but the game is interesting (1.g4!) and with no big mistakes. You could say it's an hypermodern opening - like a GM commented - but that's only if you feel the need to categorize everything.

If you want to add some text line to the game, you could write something tragic like:
"In a world where computers dominate chess, there's little space for human-style players. If you want to revolt against modern chess, just mind to go all the way, from the first move on"

The game was played the 26th april 2014 in Coimbra, Portugal, at the Open "Queima das Fitas"
Drezzadore, Dario (2066) - Andres Gonzales (2537), 1-0, 471 points

Hope you see my point. 
Well, now I just wanted to spread some fun. 

Keep up the good work

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 12:41 03 2014 .
wow, nice game Dario!

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