The 4th London Chess Classic runs from 1-10 December 2012 at the Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington London W14 8UX. The official website is www.londonchessclassic.com Continue reading
Yang-Fan is a chess prodigy. His sport is a marathon for the mind — single games can outlast five football matches. Join Yang-Fan as Grand Master Mickey Adams shows him how to up his game. Continue reading
The match for the title of absolute champion chess robot
CHESSka has defended the world champion title among chess robots Continue reading
Find out what it’s like to be a 17-year-old chess champion like Bobby Hess. Continue reading
Following the completion of the ACF’s selection and appeal processes, the following players will be invited to represent the ACF as members of the Australian teams at the 40th FIDE Chess Olympiad to be played in Istanbul, Turkey, from 27 August to 10 September 2012: Continue reading
Match for the Title of Absolute
World Robot Chess Champion Continue reading
Deletang method to give mate with knight and bishop Continue reading
Bobby Fischer became world chess champion in 1972. Chess biography Continue reading
Good documentary of Kasparov vs Karpov Championship Match , Lyon 1990! Continue reading
Magnus Carlsen discusses game strategy and stardom. Interesting interview! Continue reading
GM NI Hua became the 14th Dubai open champion 2012. He is sharing the Ist Position with GMs Jobava Baadur,Mchedlishvili Mikheil,Miezis Normunds and Sandipan Chanda. Continue reading
Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi blundered in the end game and lost a winning position against Compatriot GM Sandeepan Chanda, who joined Latvian Grandmaster Miezies Normunds as the joint leader with 6.5 points.Half a point behind the joint leaders are as Continue reading
GM Miezis Normundsis now leading the Dubai Open with 6 points from 7 rounds. Half a point behind him are as many as 11 players including GMs Abhijit Gupta Parimarjan Negi and Sandeepan Chanda. Top Seed GM Baadur Continue reading
On the Free day at Dubai Open, The organisers scheduled a 9 round of LIGHTENING chess. Last years winners Ehsan Meghami and Zaven Andrasian were overshadowed and the new team of GMs Baadur Zobava and Mikheil Mchedlishvili, who Finished First and second respectively.
GM Akopian thrashed GM Andriasian Zaven to stake his claim for the joint leadership along with GM Ni Hua, who drew his game against GM Baadur Zobava. Both the leaders are now on 4.5 points from five rounds. Half a point behind the Joint Leaders are are as many as 18 Continue reading
The Biggest Surprise of indisIndia’s International Master Shyam Sundar defeated GM Nissipenau in a tense game of the Dubai Open.Ni Hua with 4 points has become the sole leader with 4 points from 4 rounds. Continue reading
British GM Nigel Short has won the 12th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2012 with a last-round draw against IM Nguyen Duc Hoa, whose outstanding performance has earned the Vietnamese player a GM norm. From the beginning of the tournament, Short demonstrated Continue reading
In Round 7 GM Nigel Short won the much anticipated match against GM Hou Yifan in great fashion.
Here are the top results:
• GM Short Nigel 1 – 0 GM Hou Yifan Continue reading
TOP SEED GM BAADUR ZOBAVA is still leading the championship along with 26 other players having perfect score of 2 points from 2 rounds. India’s GMs Abhijeet Gupta,S S Continue reading
With as many as 37 Grandmasters including over 20 having ELO above 2600 amongst 170 chess players from as many as 32 countries , Dubai Open will have tough Competition this year. Reigning Champion Abhijeet Gupta and the Runners up GM Parimarjan Negi are Continue reading
Yesterday’s invitational dinner in the Library Room of the Dusit Thani
Hotel was hosted by tournament sponsor and founder of PYN Fund Management
Petri Deryng. On this occasion GM Nigel Short called the Bangkok Chess Club Continue reading
The third day of play at the 12th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2012 was the second but last double round. The morning round began at 9 a.m. sharp, so the maxim was “The early bird catches the worm.” Some players had to dig deep to find their top form shortly after Continue reading
Thailand is celebrating its joyous and rowdy Songkran Festival when Thais and tourists throng in the streets and splash each other with water to cool off from the fierce summer heat. A popular location to “play Songkran” is Bangkok’s Silom District where the Dusit Thani Hotel is hosting the 12th Bangkok Chess Club Open. While the crowds go wild with Continue reading
Taking place at the high-class Dusit Thani Hotel in the heart of Bangkok, 135 players are competing in the 12th Bangkok Chess Club Open 9-round Open category, among them 41 titled players. Tomorrow the 7-round Challenger section will start, with 106 participants Continue reading
On the family wings (original article)
From my observation, many sports in Vietnam do not lack players, but those who can make it to the world-class professional level are rare, indeed. This is a tough situation that has been caused by a combination of many different factors. Continue reading
GM Hou Yifan (侯逸凡, CHI, Elo 2639), the 18-year-old rising star in the world of chess, arrived in Bangkok earlier this week to compete in the 12th Bangkok Chess Club Open at the Dusit Thani Hotel. While this is her first time in Thailand, many of the approximately Continue reading
April 11, 2012 By Nicolas Ramos a… (Original article)
According to Grandmaster Larry Christiansen, chess is more than a strategy game — it’s a “mental war” involving sharp mental faculties and efficient cognitive processing.
Christiansen gave a simultaneous exhibition at a Cornell Chess Club event on March 30th. At a simultaneous exhibition a highly ranked chess player plays multiple games at the same time with a number of different players. In this event, Christiansen faced more than 20 opponents without Continue reading
This is a video cut from “Trick of The Mind” series aired in the UK. The clip here is taken directly from Season 1 — Episode 1.
It explains for the most part how he did achieve the feat, and the trick is quite clever. Don’t get too hung up on the ending though; it’s merely a trick. Continue reading
Garry Kasparov – Crushing The Queen’s Indian Defense Continue reading
Mikhail Tal (Latvian: Mihails Tāls; Russian: Михаил Нехемьевич Таль, Michail Nechem’evič Tal, sometimes transliterated Mihails Tals or Mihail Tal; November 9, 1936 — June 28, 1992) was a Soviet–Latvian chess player, a Grandmaster, and the eighth World Chess Champion. Continue reading
Documentary by Cathy Forbes about the Fischer-Spassky rematch. Continue reading
Green is very important, says World Chess Champion, Vishwanathan Anand. He also talks of how we can look around and do little, sensible things, save energy and thus help Continue reading
Unruly scenes were witnessed at the IGI airport in New Delhi when chess world champion Vishwanathan Anand arrived in India after winning the crown. The organisers, one of the Continue reading
Viswanathan Anand talks About His Year in Chess and the World Championship Match during the London Chess Classic, 2011. Vishy reflects on his rather ‘ not great ‘ year in Continue reading
This is rare footage of the Master Game 1983 from Bath England. The programme was recorded in German and Grandmaster Helmut Pfleger, is the host and commentator. Continue reading
Guest Lecture by Viswanathan Anand on “Building a Beautiful Mind” on the 3rd Annual Lecture event at NIIT University Campus Neemrana Continue reading
Currently world chess champion Viswanathan Anand Talks About Computers in Chess, London Classic 2011.
Anand was asked about the rise of computers in chess and if they were ruining the game Continue reading
Viswanathan Anand – World Chess Champion (original article)
Viswanathan Anand is the current World Chess Champion (as for 2008) and the number 1 chess player in the world according to FIDE ranking list with 2798 rating points. Born in Madras, India in 1969, Anand is highly admired personality in his homeland, which happened to be the motherland of chess as well.
Viswanathan Anand Chess Opening Continue reading
In Iceland, a Teenage Duel and a Battle of the Sexes (original article)
Published: March 17, 2012
Appearing on The Dick Cavett Show in the summer of 1971, Mr Fischer shares his various views about chess. Continue reading
A chess-historic jewel! An incredibly clear and close interview of CBSNews with the American chess champion and upcoming World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer on 09 April 1972! Continue reading
FISCHER SPASSKY 1972 Continue reading
World Chess Champions from Morphy to Anand. Adolf Anderssen and Johannes Zukertort are included. No Staunton though. But feel free to add him in your imagination if you like. Continue reading
he 30th International Chess Open in the Principality of Liechtenstein will take place on 11-19th May, 2012, at the Gemeindesaal Triesen. The tournament will be held under the patronage by S.D. Erbprinz Alois von und zu Liechtenstein. Continue reading
Lazaro Bruzon breaks the 2700 barrier (original article)
In the seveth round of Campeonato Catalán de Ajedrez, the Cuban Grandmasters Lazaro Bruzon won his 4th consecutive game, which also broght him into the 2700 club. Currently the live rating of Bruzon is 2705, putting him between Malakhov and Vitiugov, and making him the second Cuban player to be member of the club besides Dominguez.
The next tournament of Lazaro Bruzon is the strongCapablanca Memorial 2012.
More about Lazaro Bruzon
Lázaro Bruzón Batista (born 2 May 1982) is a chess grandmaster from Cuba. On the January 2011 FIDE list his Elo rating is 2686. Bruzón was the 2000 World Junior Chess Champion. In 2004 he finished first at the XII Torneo “Guillermo Garcia” in Memoriam in Villa Clara. In 2005 he won the American Continental Championship and tied for 2nd-5th with Kamil Mitoń, Zhang Pengxiang and Artyom Timofeev in the Samba Cup in Skanderborg. In 2008 he came first in the 35th open tournament in Manresa. In 2010 he tied for 1st-6th with Kamil Mitoń, Bojan Kurajica, Yuri Gonzalez Vidal, Evgeny Gleizerov and Bartlomiej Heberla in the 4th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Ciudad de La Laguna and tied for 1st-2nd with Ivan Salgado Lopez at Barcelona.
Reykjavik Open – Round 9 Briefing can been seen here.
Reykjavik Open – Round 8 Briefing can been seen here.
Reykjavik Open – Round 6 and 6 Briefing can been seen here.
Reykjavik open 5 round briefing can been seen here.
Reykjavik Open: Interviews from 4 round is here.
Meet 8-year-old chess prodigy Awonder Liang (original article)
Little Awonder Liang made a big splash in the world of chess last year, winning the world championship for the under-8 set. He’s just 100 points away from becoming the youngest “master” chess player in the United States. Continue reading
Reykjavik open 2012 3 round can been seen here.
Reykjavik Open 2012 2 round briefing can been seen here.
Reykjavik Open 2 round briefing is here.
SANDS: Saluting some chess greats of greatest generation (original article)
Two great veterans still on the scene are 89-year-old Serbian GM Svetozar Gligoric, who engagedFischer in some memorable battles in the 1960s, and Russian GM and endgame wizard Yuri Averbakh, who turned 90 last month and is the world’s oldest living Continue reading
VN’s biggest mind games open (original article)
London Candidates tournament officially announced (original article)
by Mark Crowther – Monday 5th March 2012
Agon have announced that the FIDE Candidates tournament will be in London October 24 – November 12, 2012. This was published on the FIDE website and follows an Agreement of FIDE with CNC and AGON. There was a plea by the organisers of Bilbao to hold the Continue reading
While watching my husband’s game in Bundesliga this weekend, I was stunned by another encounter, between Anish Giri and Markus Ragger. The game went on for 113 moves and I was shocked to see that Black was not able to make any progress from a position which looked to me, at the first glance, completely winning! Continue reading
Vera Menchik (16 February 1906—27 June 1944) was a British-Czech chess player who gained renown as the world’s first women’s chess champion. She also competed in chess tournaments with some of the world’s leading male chess masters, defeating many of them, including World Champion Max Euwe.
The daughter of a Czech father and British mother, Vera Menchik was born in Moscow but, in the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Revolution, moved with her family to England in 1921. Her father taught her chess when she was nine and, in the year of her arrival in England at the age of fifteen, she won the British girls’ Continue reading
HOU YIFAN Continue reading
Recently a reader wrote to me and mentioned that the same position was considered two different places in The Tarrasch Defence, with slightly different annotations. The suggestion was in both cases not to play like this, but it was still an interesting point. No matter how obsessively you work, you cannot avoid mistakes. Continue reading
“Lord of the Board” lets kids play chess on a normal board and then transfer their moves to a giant board populated with costumed actors as chess pieces. Continue reading
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2709 10 1976
2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2639 10 1994
3 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2589 10 1987
4 Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2583 10 1990
5 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2559 15 1987 Continue reading
New list come out from FIDE today. Here is the list of top 100:
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2835 13 1990
2 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2820 13 1982
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 0 1975
4 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2799 0 1969
5 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2784 13 1987
6 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2771 23 1987
7 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2767 32 1992
8 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2766 13 1990 Continue reading
Moves we would all like to play (original article)
From the latest issue of the Russian journal 64 comes a remarkable study by top Russian composer, Oleg Pervakov. It took first prize in last year’s study composing competition, held to mark the 50th birthday of the Dutch study guru, Harold van der Heijden. In 64, Pervakov explains at length the genesis of this study; here, we will just admire the Continue reading
They were polar opposites at the chessboard and, because of that, produced one of the most intriguing collections of head-to-head battles in the history of the game.
Akiba Rubinstein was one of the greatest positional players of the first half of the 20th Continue reading
Paul Morphy is widely considered to be one of the purest chess geniuses in history, with a fabulous ability to attack with combinative wizardry. Bobby Fischer regarded him to be the “most accurate” player in history. The segment covers Morphy’s birth in New Orleans, his Continue reading
Alexander Morozevich to join Economist SGSEU Saratov (original article)
Giri at Tata Steel Chess 2012 | photo: Fred Lucas
Anish Giri is currently the world’s most promising junior, but although he now represents the Netherlands he started his chess career in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of his first coaches, Asya Kovalyova, explains how a chess superpower let a prodigy slip through its grasp.
Although still only 17, Anish Giri has already won his first super-tournament and is a fixture in the list of 2700+ Continue reading
The Soviet Chessmaster Rashid Nezhmetdinov was one of the most feared attacking players in chess history. Although not well known in the west, he won many brilliancy prizes and defeated most of the best players of his era, including Mikhail Tal, Boris Continue reading
Nakamura seeks third U.S. Championship Title in St. Louis (original article) By Mike Wilmering
ST. LOUIS, February 22, 2012 — The fields are set for both the 2012 U.S. Championship and 2012 U.S. Women’s Championship, scheduled to be held simultaneously May 7 through May 20 in St. Louis. Grandmaster Gata Kamsky and International Master Anna Continue reading
Women´s World Champion Hou Yifan to Play in the Reykjavik Open Continue reading
Silvio Danailov with strong reaction about the Candidates tournament 2012 Continue reading
Chess star to play multiple games with fans (original article)
UT Dallas team aids study of how humans view game boards, faces and other visual information. Continue reading
Yuri Averbakh, the world’s oldest grandmaster, celebrated his 90th birthday on February 8th this year. To mark the occasion he gave a long and fascinating interview to Vladimir Barsky and Eteri Kublashvili, which turned into a whirlwind tour of chess history.
Averbakh was born in Russia in 1922. As a boy he saw Emanuel Lasker play, and he went on to be an eyewitness to almost the entire rise and fall of the famed Soviet School of Chess. Although overshadowed by some of his better-known contemporaries he was a talented player who won the formidable USSR Continue reading
This documentary consists of interviews with famous masters such as Karpov, Aronian, Kosteniuk, and Elizabeth Paehtz, as well as with a variety of chess experts and strong club players. The topic is the philosophy and nature of chess. Continue reading
Thoughts on Chess, Kasparov and Putin (original article)
Though it’s still winter, chess fans can look forward to the World Chess Championship, which will be held in Moscow in May. World Champion Viswanathan Anand from India will take on challenger Boris Gelfand from Israel. In anticipation of this spring’s battle, I’ve Continue reading
This series examines Polish chess history from the Medieval period to the end of the Second World War. Part one discusses the origins of chess in Poland, and the rise of world class masters such as Szymon Winawer and Johannes Zukertort. The segment Continue reading
Jose Raul Capablanca (original article)
Jose Raul Capablanca was born in Havana, Cuba on the 19th of November 1888. He learned chess at the age of four by watching his father play and in 1901, at the age of 12, he beat Juan Corzo, the Cuban champion. Capablanca was regarded as the most Continue reading
50 Chess Strategies to gain the upper hand over your opponent (original article)
Here we are discussing some basic strategies that can give you advantage, however microscopic it may be. Of course there is always exception to the rules, but exceptions occur much less frequently than the normal situations, don’t they? These strategies are Continue reading
Reykjavik Open attracts entire chess fauna (original article)
The diversity of registered players at the Reykjavik Open is quite amazing. There is close to an equal number of players in each “century” ELO bracket. For example, there are 10 players with 2600+, 14 players 2500-2600 and 16 players with 2400-2500. Continue reading
An appropriated song we recorded new lyrics to teach the basics of chess. Continue reading
Hip hop, chess and Jiu-Jitsu featured at free event in San Jose on Saturday (original article)
By Lisa Fernandez
Chess Secrets – Why does Black lose? (original article)
There are many things about chess that I will call ” chess secrets “, that are never explained in chess books and can’t be explained as they occur on a subconscious level. Most chess books are written by chess grandmasters and for them to see plans and Continue reading
Harikrishna bemoans lack of quality opposition (original article)
Chess Design (original article)
I believe a house is not a home without the right accessories. I also believe that the way we live and function in our space tells a lot about who we are as individuals. I believe that a study, home office, living room, play room or a hallway always benefits from a special Continue reading
The stress of chess players as a model to study the effects of psychological stimuli on physiological responses: an example of substrate oxidation and heart rate variability in man (original article)
UFR Sciences du Sport de l’Université de Poitiers et Laboratoire des Adaptations, Physiologiques aux Activités Physiques, Poitiers, France. Continue reading
On Feb. 17, 2012, Goose0202 will play 1,000 straight games in a bullet chess marathon to raise funds for breast cancer awareness for National Cancer Prevention Month. Proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Continue reading
Best of CLO ’11: #1- Choosing to Break 2200 by Matan Prilletensky February 2, 2012 (original article)
|The #1 article in Best of CLO 2011 isChoosing to Break 2200 by Matan Prilletensky. Judges praised Matan’s rigorous approach to becoming a chess master and his lucid descriptions of his thought process. Continue reading|
GIBRALTAR FINALE: SHORT DEFEATS HOU YIFAN IN BLITZ PLAYOFF TO TAKE THE TITLE (original article) by Dennis Monokroussos, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival didn’t quite finish with the full fairy tale ending, but it was pretty close. Hou Yifan entered the last round with a half-point lead over her closest Continue reading
Nigel Short vs. Hou Yifan with commentary by GM Simon Williams and GM Stuart Conquest. Continue reading
Behind the scenes form photoshoot of Magnus Carlsen
Aronian to FIDE: I cannot play in Azerbaijan (original article)
02.02.2012 – The first two bids to stage the next Candidates Tournament for the World Championship received by FIDE are from Bulgaria and Azerbaijan. But one of the two top candidates, Levon Aronian of Armenia, warns that he will not be able to accept the latter, due to the long-standing tension between the two countries. We received this open letter from the Armenian Chess Federation.
Statement by Levon AronianFebruary 2, 2012To: FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov Continue reading
Alexei Shirov shows win over Jussupow (Gibraltar Chess Festival – Round 8) Continue reading
Low-key Aronian soars high in Wijk aan Zee chess tournament (original article)
By David R. Sands and David R. SandsThe Washington Times Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Armenian GM Levon Aronian has added another chapter to a career that has been both illustrious and somewhat under the radar, capturing the 74th Tata Steel Grandmaster “A” Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, Sunday by a full point over Norway’s Magnus Continue reading
Excerpt from the Gibraltar Chess Festival live commentary: The exciting climax of Round 8 with dual-game commentary on Hou Yifan vs. Le Quang Liem and Artur Jussupow vs. Alexei Shirov. GM Simon Williams comments. Continue reading
The Master Class has become a major feature of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival. This year has been no exception. So far there have been four Master Classes broadcast from our studio at the Caleta Hotel which have again attracted a global audience of high numbers. Continue reading
17 year old Hou Yifan, the reigning Women’s World Chess Champion has today scored an historic victory in the 2012 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival against the strongest female player of all time, Judit Polgar. Continue reading
There will be an historic clash at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Masters in Round 7 on 30
January 2012 at the Caleta Hotel starting 3pm today (Gibraltar time). Continue reading
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The first annual Icelandic Chess Day was celebrated around the country for the first time on Thursday. It is held in honor of Iceland’s first grand master Friðrik Ólafsson, who celebrated his 77th birthday on January 26. Continue reading
The life-blood of publicity for chess tournaments is the games of the players. The better the games, the more they will be circulated. Since there were so many clashes at the top, there were a very large number of entertaining games considering it is only the second round. Some of the games will be anthologised and played over for many years to come in Continue reading
Participation of female players in this congress is very important to the whole ethos of this congress. Our webmaster, Steve Connor, reminded me I intended to comment on the passing of Elaine Pritchard, who died very recently and whose career spanned a major period in women’s chess. In a way, it is fortuitous that the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival can be regarded as a memorial to her. Continue reading
SANDS: Drama in Dutch chess bout is from the undercards (original article)
By David R. Sands - The Washington Times
Having spent the bulk of my competitive playing career somewhere in the middle of the wall chart, I am firmly convinced that some of the highest drama at a chess tournament can be found on some of the lowest boards. Continue reading
Monday evening there was the usual very pleasant ceremony to start the congress fully. The Minister for Sports, Leisure, Culture and Heritage Steven Linares was introduced by Stuart Conquest and then made a short speech. Miss Gibraltar, Michelle Pedersen, then did the Drawing of Lots for the first round in the Masters. This is a somewhat more elaborate affair than in most other countries. There then followed a buffet laid on by the Caleta Hotel with their customary hospitality. The highlight of the subsequent evening in the bar was Maria Jose Rescaglio Yarur, who plays in the Amateur, singing, accompanying herself on a stringed instrument.
Continuing on that theme, Tuesday evening there was a dinner at the official residence – the Convent – of His Excellency, the Governor of Gibraltar to mark the 10th anniversary of the festival. It became clear why he is referred to as His Excellency, when he gave a most polished speech.
Tuesday morning I found myself in the not-unusual role as filler in the second round of the Challengers. This was the first time I had ever played in a rating restricted tournament. We believe people mostly come to the event to play chess, not to secure a win by default. You may have noticed one of our arbiters, Priscilla Morris, has already played two games in Amateur A.
Several people over the years have come to the congress despite being in very poor health. Daniel Yarur of Chile suffered an extremely bad skiing accident one year. He said one of the most important things that gave him the will to get better was that he couldn’t miss the Gibraltar Congress. One of the players this year had pneumonia. He said that he felt he had to come as he couldn’t let Brian Callaghan down. Eric Schiller is in very poor physical health. That he has come from California is a triumph of will.
This year there are 256 in the Masters. 59 people played in the first event in 2003 and 232 last year. There are 60 federations represented, including Gibraltar, which is regarded as part of England in FIDE. Thus more federations than there were players at the inaugural event.
Due to the Accelerated Pairings, many of the top players had to face opponents over 2400 in the first round. As Nigel Short said, ‘it is hardly surprising that we didn’t find it easy’. Tennis legend Pat Cash made an interesting comment concerning this very subject and the Australian Open. He said seeding 32 players out of 128 protects the stronger players too much and leads to uninteresting first rounds.
It is tempting to look only at the big upsets in the first round. I have been bribed by the Swedes to say that Alexei Shirov LAT 2710 was under siege in his game against Patrik Lyrberg 2435. Emil Sutovsky ISR 2703 played rather wildly against air-traffic controller Craig Hanley ENG 2421. Jovanka Houska ENG 2414 defended well against Peter Svidler RUS 2749. 17…Nc4 was a star move. But she eventually buckled under pressure.
Svidler,Peter (2749) – Houska,Jovanka (2414) [A00]
Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2012, 24.01.2012
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.0–0 Ne7 7.Nbd2 Nc8 8.c3 Be7 9.Ne1 Bg6 10.Nd3 c5 11.Nf4 cxd4 12.cxd4 Ncb6 13.Nxg6 hxg6 14.Bd3 Rc8 15.Qe2 Nb8 16.f4 Nc6 17.Nf3 17… Nc4 18.b3 Na3 19.Bb2 Qb6 20.Rac1 a6 21.g4 Kd7 22.Kh1 Nb5 23.f5 gxf5 24.gxf5 Nb4 25.Bb1 Rxc1 26.Rxc1 Rc8 27.Rxc8 Kxc8 28.Qg2 exf5 29.Bxf5+ Kb8 30.Qxg7 Nxa2 31.Qxf7 Qd8 32.Qh7 Nac3 33.h4 Ne2 34.h5 Bg5 35.Bd3 Nbc3 36.Bxc3 Nxc3 37.Qg7 Be7 38.h6 Bf8 39.Qg8 Qc8 40.h7 Qh3+ 41.Nh2 1–0
Photos: Zeljka Malobabic © Tradewise Insurance Ltd.
Masters Round 1 by Stewart Reuben
Chipmunk Chess (original article)
By Lubomir Kavalek International Chess Grandmaster
It was not surprising to see the world’s top two rated players, Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Levon Aronian of Armenia, sharing a lead at the 74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament at the Dutch coastal town of Wijk aan Zee. They amassed a 5.5-2.5 score and with five Continue reading
Matlakov and Batsiashvili – main favourites of the Student Grandmaster tournaments (original article)
Russian Maxim Matlakov and Georgian Nino Batsiashvili will be the main odds-on favourites of the round robin Grandmaster tournaments among students held as a part of the RSSU International Chess Cup Moscow Open 2012. Continue reading
Radjabov and Carlsen in their post-mortem in the press room of the moriaan, surrounded by many spectators. Conclusion: correct draw Continue reading
The eighth chess tournament Moscow Open has got a new status and name – now it is RSSU International Chess Cup! RSSU International Chess Cup Moscow Open 2012 will consist of nine individual tournaments: Continue reading
Humans are not machines (original article)
There is no such thing as perfection. Without intending to enter the endless philosophical discussions, I would like to share with you just a few samples (all from Tata Steel 2012) of how human mind works. We are not machines, we get tired, annoyed, distracted and thus, we cannot have a ‘perfect’ game. Not always at least!
As you will see underneath, even the best of the best make mistakes. You can try for Continue reading
A Math Study Provides Hints About the Game’s Gender Gap (original article)
Published: January 21, 2012
The findings of a new study about mathematics may explain why there are so few women among the chess elite. It concluded that cultural factors, not biological ones,are the reasons why boys outperform girls in math. Continue reading
Report of round 8 (original article)
A flurry of draws and just one decision in eighth-round action brought little change to the standings in Grandmaster Group A at the 74th annual Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk-aan-Zee on Sunday. Levon Aronian of Armenia settled for a relatively quick draw, while the other tournament leader, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, rejected an early peace Continue reading
This documentary features live chess and interviews with Nigel Short, Raymond Keene, Daniel King, David Howell, Tony Miles, Viktor Kortschnoi, the young Polgar sisters, Kasparov, Morphy biographer Dominic Lawson, and British Junior Champion Sheila Dines. Continue reading
A video that explores the Philidor Position, one of the most important endgame techniques for any serious chess player to learn. This video includes the basics of the Philidor position, along with possible variations and their implications. Continue reading
The Armenian Chess Federation is organizing an international open chess tournament which will take place during June 15-25, 2012, in the prominent resort town of Jermuk. All Continue reading
Nezhmetdinov chess biograph
The Soviet Chessmaster Rashid Nezhmetdinov was one of the most feared attacking players in chess history. Although not well known in the west, he won many brilliancy prizes and defeated most of the best players of his era, including Mikhail Tal, Boris Continue reading
Chess is a unique game due to its rich history- whenever any of us plays, we follow in the footsteps of past Masters. This is the story of Larry Crawford, a strong player who recently “played in to” a very famous, and interesting, incident in Chess History: the “Sicilian Vespers” episode between the Russians and the Argentines at the Goteborg Interzonal in 1955. The story continued a few years later in 1958 when a 15 year old Bobby Fischer stunned Gligoric by reviving the “Sicilian Vespers” line at the Potoroz Continue reading
Tata Steel Chess 2012 3 round (original article)
Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the world’s highest ranked chess player, replaced Armenia’s Levon Aronian on top of the standings in grandmaster group A of the 2012 Tata Steel Tournament after an exciting third-round duel between the two ended in a victory for the Norwegian Monday (see picture). Playing white in a Queen’s Gambit, Carlsen profited from an overly aggressive black kingside pawn advance to gain an early advantage but Aronian fought back for all he was worth. In the end, it took Carlsen 68 moves before he forced Aronian – the number two on the international rating list- to admit defeat.
Carlsen left no doubt afterwards that he was far from happy with the win. Judging from the look on his face, in fact, no one would have guessed that he had just beaten his strongest opponent on the planet and taken the lead in the world’s strongest tournament.
“I was completely winning, of course,” he complained to journalists. “All I had to do was to try and find the most accurate way to win.” Apparently, he failed. “No, I didn’t feel good about that but I had to go on, and in the end I won mostly by luck. But a win is a win.” Asked if Aronian might have salvaged a draw, Carlsen said he felt he was “probably still winning” after he “wasted the advantage” but admitted that the Armenian came awfully close to escaping with a half point.
There was an added bonus of 500 euros for the lucky but far from satisfied winner when Dutch GM Ivan Sokolov decided to award the “Piet Zwart” prize for the round’s most attractive group-A game to the 22-year-old Norwegian. The prize, named for a former Wijk-aan-Zee tournament director, is funded jointly by the municipalities of Velsen and Beverwijk.
Teymour Radjabov of Azerbaijan’s win over Czech GM David Navara was not a case of sheer luck (see picture). Far from it. The Azeri, white in a King’s Indian, held a clear advantage throughout most of the encounter and was gradually increasing the pressure when Navara hastened matters by blundering away a piece on his 29th. He surrendered three moves later.
In the third A-group win of the day, Lady Luck did play an important part. The player who profited from her smile was Sergei Karjakin of the Ukraine and he was extremely happy about it. His victory -with white in 37 moves from a French Defense- over Dutch champion Anish Giri put an end to a disastrous tournament start of two losses in as many rounds ( see picture).
“It was not an easy game,” Karjakin said afterwards. “It is never easy to recover from a defeat, especially after losing twice at the start of a tournament.” He admitted, however, that Giri had offered a helping hand by “making the very bad move (see diagram) 20. … f5 creating a lot of weaknesses” and went from bad to worse sacrificing an exchange a few moves later. The young Dutchman resigned on his 37th.
The four other games in group A were all drawn with Gata Kamsky of the U.S. and Vassili Ivanchuk of the Ukraine being the first to leave the tournament hall after 30 moves from a Queen’s Pawn game. People in the audience thought Ivanchuk had the better play as he was pacing up and down the A-group podium with a blissful smile on his face but experts knew better. “He’s simply thinking about something he likes – dames, or a good dinner, who knows,” one of them explained. “Besides, the position is dead drawn.” As it turned out, he was right. Holland’s Loek van Wely and Azerbaijan’s Vugar Gashimov took a little longer, splitting the point after just 23 moves in an uneventful English game.
Boris Gelfand of Israel and Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov tried for 35 moves but failed to disturb the balance in an Anti-Nimzo-Indian, while last year’s winner Hikaru Nakamura of the U.S. and Fabiano Caruana of Italy took 42 moves from a Gruenfeld to agree to a draw.
In group B, the 250-euro Piet Zwart Prize was awarded to Lithuania’s Viktorija Cmylite for her victory, in 66 moves with white from a Slav Defense, against Holland’s Sipke Ernst (see picture). Pentala Harikrishna downed fellow Indian Harika Dronavalli to notch up his third victory in a row. He remained on top of group B, half a point ahead of Holland’s Erwin l’Ami, who overcame Daniele Vocaturo of Italy in 51 moves with white from a Reti opening.
Germany’s Elisabeth Paehtz and England’s Matthew Sadler shared the day prize of 100 euros in group C for their spectacular draw in 40 moves from a Modern opening. Paehtz teetered on the edge for a few moves when she was forced to send her King on a long march to b3, which it should not have but did in fact survive. Russia’s Maxim Turov kept the lead in this lowest grandmaster group after beating Holland’s Lisa Schut in 67 moves with white from a Gruenfeld (see picture). He was half a point in front of Etienne Goudriaan, who notched up a win with white after fellow Dutchman Lars Ootes blundered away a piece at the 16th of their King’s Indian encounter and resigned five moves later.
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