International News Today - Jan 12, 2012

I had intended to file reports on the outstanding events long before this, so I assume most of you have gone and checked on your own, but anyway here goes.

At the Reggio Emelia event, Hikaru Nakamura built up an almost insurmountable lead, but then lost his final three games to end up losing the title to Anish Giri by a one point margin. Alexander Morozevich and Fabiano Caruna tied with Nakamura for second. A 1st Super GM tournament victory by Giri.

Top ranked Wang Yue nursed a 1/2 point lead all the way to the end and took Hastings ahead of Istratescu (FRA) and two Indian IM's.

Andrei Voloktin (UKR) took the final of San Sabastien 2-0 over Viktor Laznicka (CZE). They both defeated higher rated opponents: Dominguez Perez and Moiseenko in the semi-finals.

The Paul Keres Memorial Rapid, held in Tallinn, EST was won by Aleksei Shirov (LAT) on tie-break over Vladimir Fedosejec (RUS), both scoring 6/7 in the 8 player final RR.

The Tata Steel event begins on Saturday. Now in it's 74th year, the Wijk aan Zee (NED) event has had several names over recent years but is consistently one of the top 2 or 3 events on the chess calendar. The 14 player RR event features 10 of the top 15 FIDE rated players.