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By Jennifer Shahade   
March 24, 2008
Anna Zatonksih. Photo courtesy Scandanivian Ladies Open
This has been an active week for American chessplayers abroad. GM Varuzhan Akobian won the O2C Doeberl Cup in Australia (March 19-24). Watch for a blog on his win by frequent CLO contributor GM Ian Rogers, who will for once, write about chess in his home country! Varuzhan Akobian is also the April 2008 Chess Life Magazine cover star.

02c Doeberl Cup
Final Standings

1. GM  Varuzhan Akobian- 7.5

2-8. GMs Zhang Zhong, Surya Ganguly, Gawain Jones, Merab Gagunashvili, Dejan Antic and IMs Stephen Solomon and Atanas Kizov- 6.5


Meanwhile, former U.S. Women's Champions and IMs Anna Zatonskih (2006) and Rusudan Goletiani (2005) are playing in a strong Ladies Open in Stockholm, Sweden from March 20-25. 126 women and girls are participating from all over the world. After seven rounds, Zatonskih has 4/7, while Rusudan has 3.5/7. IM Sopiko Khukhashvili of Georgia leads with 6/7 and a 2620 performance rating.

Here is a wild win by Khukhashvili over Dana Reizniece:


Scandinavian Ladies Open
Standings after seven rounds

1. IM Sopiko Khukhashvili- 6/7
2-7. IMs Harriet Hunt, Anna Muzychuk, Inna Gaponenko, Jana Jackova, Elina Danielian, Carolina Lujan- 5.5/7

Here is one of Anna Zatonskih's victories:


For more information, check out the official website and the standings and pairings pages.

Hikaru Nakamura just travelled to France, where he is playing in the French league. More info is not available on the web at this time, but you can check Hikaru's blog for updates from the young GM himself.

Despite a solid start, Irina Krush finished badly in the Ataturk International Women Masters (March 10-21) in Istanbul. She lost her seventh round game to the meteoric star 14-year-old Hou Yifan, who won the event with 7/9. Here are two of the young Chinese whiz's games, including her victory over our U.S. Women's Champion.