Rich As A King

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hou Yifan leads, Russian Chess Queen Girya in 2nd place

The sensational Olga Girya!

The sensational Olga Girya!
Annotated games, News, News feature

Hou Yifan enteres the rest day on the right foot, remaining a point ahead of the second place after drawing Zhao Xue. But in the 9th round she will still have to face the sensation of today: Olga Girya! The Russian won, for the third time in a row, a crucial game against Anna Muzychuk, forcing her to swap positions 2nd for the 3rd. Olga is now alone on 5.5/8, plus 21 rating points and very close to score a GM norm.

Just half a point behind the second place and also, still having to face Hou Yifan, is Anna Muzychuk, yet a full point in front of the large number of players on four points.

The players on a balanced 50% are: Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Nana Dzagnidze and Anna Ushenina. Trailing with 3.5 are Nafisa Muminova, who could have had a fabulous tournament but she lost against Nana Dzagnidze, and Zhao Xue, who is the third player in this tournament to force the leader accepting a draw.

The rest day timing is very good for the last two players: Tatiana Kosintseva, with 2.5/8 and Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, with 1.5, who almost defeated Antoaneta Stefanova!

A clear sign of tiredness: many mistakes, missed opportunities and errors all over the place – the players are happy with the upcoming rest day!

As for today’s important 8th round, we had two direct encounters:

Olga Girya – Anna Muzychuk is more than just an open fight for the second place. The winner would get the moral right and some objective premises for catching the Express, Hou Yifan.

The Russian seemed to start with a double psychological advantage. Apart from having the white pieces for the second time in a row, she had an excellent moral condition after yesterday’s win.

Despite her comfortable lead, the World champion was not absolved from a direct encounter, either. Zhao Xue comes after two painful losses, but surely she was going to put all her ambition in the Chinese match!

These were the initial circumstances of the today’s screenplay… Let’s see what happened on the stage!

R8: the players are getting tired as many mistakes occurred today

Olga Girya – Anna Muzychuk 1-0

The Russian player continues to amaze with her home preparation, as she played the Moscow opening in a very correct and precise manner, getting soon a nice and stable advantage. Perhaps she was inspired by the thought she could no way disappoint her Muscovite supporters:)

The crucial game of R8

The theoretical discussion was very interesting, as Olga chose to take on c4 with the queen12.Qxc4, which, first of all, prevents Black from playing…b5; also she saves a lot of time, since later on the plan is to continue with Bb1, Qd3; had she taken with the bishop on c4: 12.Bxc4, it would have taken ages to reroute the bishop.

The Russian kept the pressure on after her strong opening idea and eventually Anna Muzychuk had to flee into a lost rook endgame.

Muzychuk’s unconstrained 43…h4 (perhaps Black can still fight with a more passive approach, with a waiting move like 43…Rd3) speeded things up, entering a technically lost endgame. After more than five hours of play and a great deal of technique, Olga came out victorious, swapping places in the standings with Anna Muzychuk: she is now second, right after Hou Yifan!

Excellent technical win from Olga Girya

Zhao Xue – Hou Yifan 1/2

One cannot stop but admire the stamina of Hou Yifan, who doesn’t just want to conserve her lead but simply goes the hole hog to get a playable position. Just like in round six against Stefanova, the reigning women world champion went again for the slightly rare setup on top level chess against 1.c4: 1…b6 and 2…e6! No theory, no beaten paths, just a game of chess in China versus China.

Zhao, too, chose an original path, delaying the advance of the d-pawn and keeping the game between English territory. But when the pawn landed on d4, the structure became typical for the 3…dxe4 French defense.

Yifan wondering where did her advantage go

Having no mercy for her friend and compatriot, Hou Yifan seemed to be doing more than ok, as she took advantage of her opponent’s inaccuracies and went on to win a pawn. The only problem Hou Yifan had was to avoid handing the initiative to Zhao Xue;

And this is exactly what happened, as Black didn’t find the most precise way ; the compensation proved to be enough to hold Yifan to a draw and to stop Zhao’s self-destructive mode from the unfortunate previous rounds.

A well fought game for Zhao Xue, who stole today a precious half a point from the tournament leader.

Alexandra Kosteniuk – Kateryna Lagno 1/2

A fierce theoretical French battle ensued in the game Kosteniuk – Lagno, so don’t get shocked by the early march of Black’s king, it is all in the books!

Later on, Kateryna’s very logical, developing and certainly suiting her sharp style, 8…Nc6was perhaps a bit too slow, as it allowed White to quickly grab her chance with 10.Qg4, followed by 11.0-0-0 and an easier to play-over-the-board position.

Instead, Black should have been fast and very precise, by either taking on 8…cxd4 followed by 9…Nc6 with gain of tempo, or immediately hitting on the b2-pawn with 8…Qb6.

A game that might turn the unbelievers into real fans of women-chess!

As for what happened next…you know the title “Fire on board”?! It would suit this game pretty well, as the question was who’s attack will come first? White pushed the h-pawn, Black his b-one, White sacrificed the knight on d5…

…Black took it and then gave a rook back, in return for promoting the b-pawn into a queen on the…a-file! Total chaos in this game, not clear who and if and where someone was winning, as the ladies did fight like real gladiators today! The readers are invited to carefully check the game and to let us know if White had a win along the way…the game ended in a draw by perpetual after 25 moves in 2.5 hours of play.

Nafisa Muminova – Nana Dzagnidze 0-1

Nafisa’s fans were closely watching their favourite player’s game today, as she is getting closer and closer to her third and the last needed IM norm.

A potentially good day turned into a bad one for Nafisa…yet she is still on a very good +21 rating points!

Her 3.Bb5 Sicilian went just fine, following the typical plans for this opening up to the less common but certainly more aggressive plan with 7…c4, instead of the more popular 7…b5. The Georgian aimed to paralyze White’s position but, at the same time, this might backfire as this brave solder is vulnerable to b3/d4 breaks.

The Uzbek player didn’t find the exact moment to do that and soon Black enjoyed a more comfortable position. And yet, when the sharp ideas appeared on the board, Nafisa was ready to exploit them with the very thematic for this tournament (yes, I bet you’ve already guessed):

27.f5! exf5 28.e6 Bc7+ 29.Kh1 Qxe6 30.Rxg6+ Kh8 which would have worked wonders had the Uzbek player continued in the same powerful way with 31.Rag1, followed by 32.Bh6, bringing all the pieces into attack.

Not a very clean way for Nana to win but a point is always a point

Nafisa missed the moment and, with the unpleasant interference of the devilish time trouble, suddenly the Georgian was on top! The final blunder appeared though on move 46:

46.Qe3? allowing Black to end the game with 64…Qd6, and White’s king is simply too vulnerable; he should have saved his skin with 46.Kg3…

Pity for this shortcoming, as Nafisa had an excellent tournament so far; but a good way for Nana to enter the rest day on 50%.

Antoaneta Stefanova – Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 1/2

Antoaneta must have been born under an explorer’s star…we still don’t know how she manages to regularly get her opponents out of book as early as move five!

And yet, experimenting implies an elevated dose of risk. The unnatural development of the queen’s knight and excessively moving around with the same dark coloured bishop caused White being underdeveloped, without any control in the center and virtually lost, had Batchimeg played:

17…Bc5! where after 18.Bxc5 Nxc5, e4 comes, with complete domination on the light squares. Stefanova’s creative play got her in a bit of trouble today…as she later on confessed:”I played horribly”.

The point moved back and forth from White to Black and back to White…draw was maybe a fair result

But the Mongolian didn’t accept the gift from move 17, played a bit insecure and slowly but surely the advantage slipped away. During the mutual time scramble lottery, Batchimeg got herself into trouble, when, as Antoaneta said during the press conference, the Bulgarian could have posed more difficult questions with 29.Qf3 and the obvious idea of taking on e6. With the clock mercilessly ticking for both players, the comedy of errors ended by perpetual check.

Anna Ushenina – Tatiana Kosintseva

Another common theme for the Khanty Mansiysk FIDE Women GP is the Tartakower variation of the Queen’s Gambit, which keeps on popping up. So once again we see this more subtle weapon in the hands of Ushenina; but something must have happened, as she played her moves fast and confident yet mixing up the move order, getting no advantage as White after the opening.

Ushenina’s 14.Bb5 was played one move too early, allowing Kosintseva to equalize with14…a6; theory goes 14.0-0 first and only after Black has placed the knight in a less favourable position with 14…Nd7, then comes 15.Bb5.

Not Tatiana’s tournament so far

After this ‘hand slip’ from White, Black’s position was somewhat comfortable, where the bishop pair ruled the board in the latter stage of the game and around move 42/43 Tatiana’s advantage was getting really serious, thanks to the strong supported passed c-pawn. But then the unfortunate move 48 came, where the Russian GM missed a little trick:

48…Rb1? which loses the precious c2 pawn, due to 49.Rxc2 Bxd4 50.Qxf7 Bg7 51.Rc7 Qd6+ 52.f4 – this f4 is what Tatiana didn’t see …

Anna had to work hard for her point

After having stabilized the position and without Black’s dangerous c-pawn, Anna Ushenina won the game without any further disturbance.

The initial question about catching the Hou express remains open…And just like in the popular TV shows, the commercial announcement arrives at the most interesting moment – we now take a break with a free day!

Report by Alina l’Ami
Photos: Nikolay Bochkarev

First glimpse of Olympiad venue

First glimpse of Olympiad venue

This August the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø will bring together 1500 players from all around the world. Hosting such a huge event is a challenge, but the organisers have found the perfect venue – the 7,000 square foot Mackhallen in central Tromsø. We bring you 30 images of how the venue will look for the Olympiad.

The spectacular venue used to belong to Mack, the world’s most northerly brewery, which was established in 1877. After the brewery moved to more modern facilities the old premises became available in an ideal location, close to all the official Olympiad hotels in the city centre.

Stefanova talks about chess, including the upcoming election

Antoaneta Stefanova: “It’s my fifth book since I have arrived here and I only brought six with me”

Interview, News

The Bulgarian star received her first chess guidance from her father at the age of 4, and just three years later she already made her name by winning the Sofia Championship. In the twinkling of an eye Antoaneta’s results bore the resemblance to the snowball effect, culminating with her win of the 10th World Women Championship in 2004.

Antoaneta, you are a former Women’s World Champion and have a lot of international experience that many dream of. Where does the Grand Prix rate in terms of importance for you?

Well it is already my third Grand Prix cycle and third one from this cycle. For me it’s very hard somehow for these Grand Prix’s. Ok, I have won everything else in Women’s chess, but somehow in Grand Prix I was once second and once third. I have never won one, but I would really like to do it one day. It is a very strong event and everyone is usually well prepared for it. It is nice to play strong opponents and interesting games.

Bulgaria, has a thing for producing some junior World Champions and adult ones as well. So what support is there for women’s chess in Bulgaria and is there any programs for girls to enter chess?

There are many things that should be improved in chess and especially in women’s chess in Bulgaria because somehow we have always some very talented kids, girls and boys, especially girls who get titles in U8, U10, U12 groups and then somehow they don’t develop to their full potential. I hope it will change but it is a very difficult situation in my country, not only for chess but for all the sports and not only for sports. It’s not so easy and I am sure I am not the only one, who has the ideas on how to improve the situation, but it requires money and since we are not an Olympic sport, we don’t have status of Olympic sport in Bulgaria too. The budget of our Federation doesn’t get enough money and as consequences we don’t have trainers, camps, and enough tournaments. It is a slow process and we are starting to recover a bit because up to 1989, we used to have 30 Open tournaments only in Bulgaria, men, women, children, mixed tournaments and so on. Then for many years we had almost nothing, just one tournament in Plovdiv. We have many events in Bulgaria right now and hopefully we will start producing champions again.

You have notable achievements to your name over your chess career which has spanned for around 30 years. Which do you believe is your most notable achievement except for becoming World Champion and why?

Well I hope my best achievement is still to come, but it was always nice to win the European Championship or the World Championship. For me though it brings me pleasure for every game I win. I don’t think so much in general terms like best achievement, best game ever or best tournament. I try to play chess, enjoy it and of course if I win, I enjoy it more.

You played in the Men’s team for Bulgaria during Istanbul Olympiad in 2000. Do you believe this was a historic moment for chess in Bulgaria and if so why?

Well, yeah because we have a very strong men’s team and of course I was honoured to be invited to play for the team. Unfortunately, we didn’t do so well and ok there was discussion about later Olympiads whether I should play with men or women. It makes such a big difference for the women’s team if I am not there then the men’s team. Also, we have a very nice atmosphere in the women’s team, we are all friends and it is difficult to leave your friends to go play with the guys. It was a nice and useful experience to play in the men’s team but I am not sure, if I was invited, I would play or not. Probably I would say yes because it’s a very strong opposition for me. It is important for me to fight for first place or for medals so if they decided that it was better for me to play for the men’s team I would, but I think my participation is much more important in the women’s team.

Something many people might know and that is you are a member of the Women’s Commission of FIDE (WOM). Could you tell me about some of the activities that have happened and that are planned for Women by the Commission?

Well, you can get the entire program which is published on the FIDE website ( I believe it is very important that we make all these Trainers and Arbiters seminars for ladies. So as you know in most countries, they try to develop chess for men and there isn’t so much attention paid to women’s chess in regards to women’s arbiters and trainers. What we try to do is to show chess is something you can use as your profession even if you are female.

This leads me onto my next question. With the FIDE elections happening this year, have you seen anything in the programs of Kirsan and Garry Kasparov in promoting women’s chess?

Well of course I respect very much Garry who was a great chess player and great world champion, but I somehow have some doubts that he thinks a lot about women’s chess or at least I didn’t see anything in the program or never heard him speaking about women’s chess. Well as for Kirsan, he has proved over the years that he takes care of men’s and women’s chess. He has introduced many things for women because before he was President there were no Grand Prix’s, world championship cycle was different and with Kirsan as President, the situation has improved a lot for women’s chess. I believe he is doing his best and things are improving for us.

You have mentioned in one of your press conferences that you like to go to the gym, watch movies, and drink coffee with friends for relaxation. So what movies do you like to watch and books do you like reading?

Actually I like reading and it’s my fifth book since I have arrived here and I only brought six with me. This one I should probably take really slow but I like to read everything. During tournaments I don’t like to read really serious literature and the one I am reading now is Stephen King and before I was reading Geoffrey Archer. I like to read mostly the popular stuff and thrillers. As for movies I don’t bring them with me but I am just watching what is available on TV. Here they have the Fox Channel and I am watching the Castle and things like that and it’s good to take your mind of things.

Music is something I know you like Antoaneta. So what is your favourite type of music to get you into the mood to feel happy?

I am into rock music usually but ok, I also like Latin music a lot and lately I am listening to a lot of Brazilian music. I am listening to anything like Michel Telo, Shakira, Rihanna. Before I used to be more into the Doors, U2 or whatever, but it depends on my mood.

Thank you for having a chat to the press and we wish you all the best for the remainder of the tournament.

Thank you

By Jamie Kenmure

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Open International d’Echecs de Martinique 2014

Open International d’Echecs de Martinique 2014
Apr 17, 2014

The 3rd Open International d’Echecs de la Martinique was organized by the Ligue d’Echecs de Martinique from 12-16th April, 2014, at the Hotel la Bateliere 20 rue des Alizes 97233 Schoelcher Martinique.

88 players from France, Barbados, Spain, Czech Republic, Lithuania. Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Switzerland competed in the 9-round Swiss event. The field also included five Grandmasters.

Four players shared the first place with 7,0/9 points each, but GM Christian Bauer sported the best tie-break to take the winner’s trophy and the top prize of 3000 EUR.

Final standings:

1-4. GM BAUER Christian FRA 2623, GM CORNETTE Matthieu FRA 2538, GM TALLA Vladimir CZE 2391 and GM RAUSIS Igors CZE 2578 – 7,0
5-7. GM PELLETIER Yannick SUI 2575, IM SHIRAZI Kamran FRA 2366 and IM JEREZ PEREZ Alfonso ESP 2370 – 6½
8-17. WGM DAULYTE Deimante LTU 2388, MIDONET Matthieu FRA 2168, FM HUSBANDS Orlando BAR 2042, IM LEBREDO ZARAGOITIA Gerardo CUB 2220, IM FARLEY Terry BAR 2213, VERNEUIL Pascal FRA 2073, WIM LLANEZA VEGA Patricia ESP 2216, GREGO Pierre FRA 1871, GAUTHIER Laurent FRA 1793 and GARET Francois FRA 1812 – 6,0 etc.

Martinique is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea and an overseas region of France.

Biel to hold 47th Chess Festival

The recent people’s referendum approved the budget of city of Biel and the International Chess Festival will continue to receive financial support, albeit slightly reduced compared to previous years.

The organizers will nevertheless hold a traditional six-player double round robin Grandmaster Tournament on 14-24th July, 2014.

The participants will be announced at a later stage, so far it is known that European Champion Alexander Motylevwill play thanks to the ACP wild-card.

National Champs back to work on and off the board

After winning back to back College Chess Final Four, members of the Webster University Chess Team are back to work on and off the chess board to prepare for next year.

Here are some behind the scene photos of their training at CrossFit 26:

Chess Helps Puts Khanty-Mansiysk On the Map

Chess Helps Puts Khanty-Mansiysk On the Map

MOSCOW, April 17, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ – Khanty-Mansiysk, a city in northern central Russia has been successfully leveraging chess to raise the city’s and the surrounding region’s profile, reports Chess News Agency. A city in Russia’s oil and gas patch, Khanty-Mansiysk has been quite a boom town, with population tripling in the past 25 years. Taking advantage of its sub-arctic location and strongly continental climate, with long cold winters, Khanty-Mansiysk has become a Mecca for Alpine and Nordic skiing and biathlon since the late 1990s, holding top international and domestic tournaments. However, it was chess that propelled Khanty-Mansiysk to international fame.

“Khanty-Mansiysk hosted its first major international chess tournament – the World Chess Cup – in 2005,” FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said, “featuring then-14 year-old Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen as one of competitors, some eight years before he won the World Champion’s title. Just like the now-reigning World Champion, the city has come a long way since then, making chess an essential part of its culture and its daily life,” Ilyumzhinov added. “The Khanty-Mansiysk – Yugra Autonomous Region was one of the first to implement the Chess in Schools program several years ago, and it became a good tradition in 2012 to open ‘Chess Corners’ at corporate offices, banks, and government agencies across the city and region.”

The city unveiled the Yugra Chess Academy, Russia’s first, in September 2010.

“So we opened the Yugra Chess Academy – an instant landmark and a green building – to welcome competitive chess players, students, and all chess enthusiasts in 2010, and the rest was history – in 2011, it accommodated nearly 30 top-level international chess tournaments and countless classes and chess other events,” Khanty-Mansiysk Mayor and President of the Yugra Regional Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko said. “It has really paid off, helping to make our city a prime international chess destination. It was an excellent investment in the future of our city and our community.”

The recent 2014 Candidates Tournament held at the Yugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, which pitted the world’s top grandmasters for a chance to challenge the reigning world champion later this year. The tournament was widely covered by international media, and the tournament’s website received more than 2,000,000 visits, with many enthusiasts following the games live, and many more catching updates of the tournament. This raised the host city’s profile, making it one of the most popular search terms among international destinations in India, Armenia, andAzerbaijan.

“It really put us on the map for many people out there,” Governor of Yugra Natalia Komarova said. “Photos ofViswanathan Anand, who has won the 2014 Candidates, sitting in a reindeer sleigh and wearing an aviator hat have been published by major Indian newspapers, boosting the interest in our region in the world’s second most populous country. This interest should translate into increased contacts between our region and India and make people there and elsewhere aware of what we have accomplished,” the Governor added.

Khanty-Mansiysk is currently hosting the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2014, which will last from April 9 through 21. This way, chess continues to help keep this northern city in the international spotlight, as a top sports venue and a fine example of a community that benefits from mind sports.

Chess News Agency
Ludmila Smirnova

Norwegian national media vying for chess broadcast rights

Norwegian national media vying for chess broadcast rights
by Tarjei J. Svensen

The biggest commercial TV channel in Norway, TV 2, recently announced that they had bought the TV broadcast rights for two big chess events involving Magnus Carlsen: The upcoming Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan (April 20th—30th), and Norway Chess (June 2nd—13th) will be covered on the channel.

The commentators who will join host Fin Gnatt during the Gashimov Memorial include GMs Simen Agdestein and Jon Ludvig Hammer, national cult hero Hans Olav Lahlum, IM Espen Lie and Ellen Carlsen, Magnus' older sister.

National cult hero Hans Olav Lahlum, in the TV 2 studio during the Zürich Chess Challenge |
These days we are seeing national TV channels fighting for the right to show live images during major chess events!

This is not the first time TV 2 has covered chess. Last year TV 2 was lagging behind its competitors' chess coverage. Seeing the enormous interest generated during last November's World Championship match, they started producing daily broadcasts on their own sports channel and website. In January they bought the TV rights for the Zürich Chess Challenge and sent a crew to report from on site.

The Zürich coverage was apparently a success for TV2. The network's head of media rights Bjørn Taalesen explained why they decided to buy the rights for two major chess events.

The numbers we've seen on previous tournaments have proved that chess is of interest, so we're very pleased that we, in the future, will show major chess events such as Norway Chess and the Gashimov Memorial. The interest in Magnus Carlsen just seems to be growing.

Interest in chess in Norway was given a massive boost from the World Championship. Having the national hero Magnus Carlsen fighting for the title was an important factor by itself, but it was also helped by the fact that several Norwegian TV channels and online newspapers covered the match move by move in live studios with expert commentators.

NRK, the state-owned and largest Norwegian media company, featured an experienced chess coach as their main commentator, and they were able to make chess exciting for the general public by breaking down the action from a beginner's point of view.

Front page headlines from Norway's state-owned NRK network, shortly after game 1 of the match. |

The resulting ratings were beyond all expectations. Viewership via online newspapers and text-based live coverage proved that chess can reach mainstream appeal, contrary to the view of FIDE Executive Director Nigel Freeman, who told Norwegian paper Dagbladetthat if FIDE does not receive bids for the World Championship match by the end of April, it will indicate that chess is not marketable enough.

Of course it's not a given that chess would succeed as a TV sport in Norway. In a country where skiing still dominates television sets, many viewers don't even know what en passant or stalematemeans. They could easily be bored during a seven hour game unless the commentators are able to maintain dramatic tension, and hold their interest.

More here.

Women's GP round 8 results

Round 8 results

12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527 ½ - ½ GM Lagno Kateryna 2543 10
11 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321 0 – 1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550 9
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340 8
2 GM Ushenina Anna 2501 1-0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496 7
3 GM Zhao Xue 2552 ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2618 6
4 WGM Girya Olga 2450 1-0 GM Muzychuk Anna 2560 5

Tromsø Chess Olympiad signs KPMG as main partner

Chess Olympiad Tromsø 2014 announced that KPMG has become one of the main partners of the Chess Olympiad to take place in Tromsø in the first half of August.

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services in 155 countries worldwide.

Børge Robertsen, Managing Director of Tromsø Chess Olympiad 2014, commented on the move:

We are extremely satisfied to be able to enter into a broad collaboration with a national player such as KPMG. KPMG shares many of the values that the Chess Olympiad represents and consequently fits very well as one of our main partners. We are pleased that KPMG wishes to help us create chess fever in Norway in the lead-up to the actual Chess Olympiad. This agreement brings great joy to both parties.

That was backed up by Stein-Ragnar Nordeng, CEO of KPMG:

Chess is a sport that focuses on characteristics such as strategic thinking, future focus and the ability to see solutions to complex problems. These are characteristics that fit well with KPMG’s business and as a result we believe it’s extremely nice to be one of the main partners of the Chess Olympiad and the largest sporting event in Norway in 2014.

In the lead-up to the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, KPMG will, in cooperation with the Norwegian Chess Federation, organise a nationwide chess tournament for amateurs – the KPMG Chess Competition 2014. Students and companies in various towns and cities throughout the country will be able to challenge each other.

The winners from campuses and corporate tournaments will meet in the grand final of the KPMG Chess Competition, which will be held in Tromsø in August during the Chess Olympiad.

Olympiad budget lacking NOK 15 million

Despite taking major companies, such are SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, andNRK, on board as sponsors and partners, the Olympiad budget is still NOK 15 million (EUR 1,8 million) short, thelocal reported.

The article states that “Critical shortage of funds in the Chess Olympiad has led the Board to discuss disaster scenarios”.

Kjetil Robertsen, Director of Tromsø in 2014, said that the Board evaluated which costs could be cut in case of a need. He assured that the event will not be moved from Tromsø to Oslo, as it was speculated.

Chairman Hans Olav Karde said that the organization is forced to seek increased state aid – “We have asked the state for about 15 million in additional funding”.

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Chess Insider becomes periodical

Due to the large interest in the Chess Insider Candidates magazine, Chessdom has decided to make it a periodical publication. As of today we are happy to announce three new editions of Chess Insider, making it the only daily pdf and pgn magazine in chess.

Chess Insider (April) / Chess Insider (May) / Chess Insider (all games of Carlsen and Anand) / All 3 editions pack

The commentators team will be headed by GM Kuljaseciv and IM Kozhuharov, expect many guest commentators such as GM Bauer, GM Ipatov, GM Arnaudov, WGM Videnova, GM Georgiev, and at least one FIDE top 100 player.

The magazine will be coming daily in pdf and pgn in your email.

Chess Insider: Gashimov Memorial

The Shamkir Chess Tournament, in memory of Vugar Gashimov, is going to be the top Grandmaster event of April. Participants are the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), world #5 Fabiano Caruana (Italy), world #7 Hikaru Nakamura (USA), world #9 Sergey Karjakin (Russia), as well as Azerbaijani grandmasters European champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (world #11) and Teimour Radjabov (world #34).

At least 2 games will be commented daily, chosen by popular demand and quality.

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Chess Insider: Carlsen – Anand 2014

The FIDE World Chess Championship match Carlsen – Anand is coming this November. However, the psychological battle on and off the board has already started.

Receive ALL games that Carlsen or Anand play until and during the match with GM commentary. The Chess Insider will cover all before, during, and after the match, with expert commentators and guest interviews.

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Chess Insider: Norway Chess 2014

World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, WCC Candidates Levon Aronian, Vladimir Veselin Topalov, Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler, as well as Alexander Grischuk are the participants of this year’s Norway Chess 2014. Chess Insider will be geared up to bring you the top games with commentary daily.

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