Sadvakasov Wins in Philly
By J.Shahade/Chris Bird   
November 26, 2007
After winning five games in a row at the National Chess Congress (Philadelphia, Nov.23-25), GM Darmen Sadvakasov took a draw, to take clear first by a full point. Here is his most important win, against GM Zviad Izoria in the penultimate round.

In the following position, Darmen found a surprising way to simplify to a clear win:

Position after 33...Rd7. White to Move and Win.

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National Chess Congress (Philadelphia, November 23-25)
Final Standings

1. GM Darmen Sadvakasov- 5.5/6
2-7- GM Ildar Ibragimov, GM Alexander Fishbein, IM Dmitry Schneider, IM Dean Ippolito, FM Thomas Barell and IM Jay Bonin- 4.5/6

Click here for complete standings in the Open section

Photo Gallery by Chris Bird
Zviad Izoria: Relaxing or Playing?

Darmen Sadvakasov.

Shinsaku Uesugi

Playing Hall

Justin Sarkar

Ildar Ibragimov