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Monday, September 15, 2014

Checkmate in 4

White to move and checkmate in 4.

IM Simon Bekker-Jensen clear first at Skovbo GM (KKSA) 2014

The Skovbo GM tournament (KKSA) was held on 5-14th September at the Borup Kulturhus, Møllevej 2, 4140 Borup, Denmark.

The 9-round Swiss event with a time control 90′ + 30″ has attracted 52 participants from 6 different countries (Denmark, Iceland, France, Italy, Russia and Sweden).

IM Simon Bekker-Jensen emerged a clear winner with 7/9 points and deservedly grabbed the first prize in the amount of 7.000 DKK (nearly 1.000 €).

Second place was shared in a four-way tie by GM Vladimir Burmakin (Russia), GM Henrik Danielsen (Iceland), IM Björn Ahlander (Sweden) and IM Christian Jepson(Sweden) on 6,5 points each. You can see top standings below.

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Top standings after 9 rounds (top finishers):

1 IM Simon Bekker-Jensen (Denmark) 7
2-5 GM Vladimir Burmakin (Russia) 6,5
GM Henrik Danielsen (Iceland) 6,5
IM Björn Ahlander (Sweden) 6,5
IM Christian Jepson (Sweden) 6,5
6-9 GM Daniel Semcesen (Sweden) 6
IM Mikkel Djernæs Antonsen (Denmark) 6
IM Rasmus Skytte (Denmark) 6
WIM Ellinor Frisk (Sweden) 6
10-13 IM Axel Smith (Sweden) 5,5
GM Carsten Høi (Denmark) 5,5
GM Vladimir Okhotnik (France) 5,5
Jesper Kjærgaard-Jensen (Denmark) 5,5

GM Mladen Palac wins Humanitarian Gunja Open 2014

Humanitarian Rapid Open Gunja 2014 was organized by Chess Club “Gunja” in collaboration with Gunja Municipality on 14th September 2014 in Gunja, a village and municipality in the hinterland of the left banks of the Sava River in the region of Cvelferija, Croatia.

Earlier this year Balkans were struck by the worst flooding in the last 120 years and the village of Gunja was one of the many affected places. The main sponsors Shirli Commerce d.o.o., Modea d.o.o. and Gutić d.o.o. supported the humanitarian chess event with 10.000 HRK (nearly 1.320 €) in cash prizes.

10% of each prize plus the total sum gathered by starting fees (approximately 5 € per player) will be awarded to the village of Gunja, supporting damaged areas and affected people.

155 players from 4 different countries (Bosna and Herzegovina, Croatia, France and Serbia) took part in the event, including 12 GMs, 11 IMs and 10 FMs.

The international 9-round Swiss event was played in a rapid format with a time control 10′ + 5″ and was rated for FIDE rapid rating.

GM Mladen Palac (Croatia) and GM Zoran Jovanovic (Croatia) were superior with 7,5 points each, but Palac prevailed on a better tie-break score.

Third place was shared in a six-way tie by GM Robert Zelcic (Croatia), GM Dusan Popovic (Serbia), GM Miodrag Savic (Serbia), GM Hrvoje Stevic (Croatia), GM Misa Pap (Serbia) and GM Miroljub Lazic (Serbia) on 7 points each. You can see the full standings below.

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Emphatic win for Anand

Anand Starts Bilbao Masters with Emphatic Win
By Soumo Ghosh September 15, 2014 16:02 IST

Vishwanathan Anand, the five-time World Champion kick started his first game at the Bilbao Final Masters, inflicting a heavy defeat on FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov, in Bilbao, Spain, on Sunday.

Interestingly, the other game between Spaniard Francisco Vallejo and Armenian Levon Aronian ended in a draw, giving Anand the opportunity to soar into the lead. It is a quadrangular tournament, with Ponomariov, Aronian, Vallejo and Anand competing for the crown. All the players play each other twice in the tournament.

This is the last official tournament that Anand plays, before his re-match at the World Chess Championship against Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, later this year. The game seemed to be more promising than the Indian Grand Master's dismal performance at the World Chess Championships last year in Chennai.

The scoring system in this league formatted tournaments has been modelled after the scoring system in league football – three points for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss. Hence, after the first round of games, Anand sits pretty at the top of the table on three points, with Francisco and Aronian in a joint second place, with a point each. Meanwhile, Ponomariov is at the bottom of the league with no points.

Anand, who was playing the white pieces, made early inroads into the Ukrainian's side of the board. He made a couple of unique approaches, which left the Ukrainian stranded in the middle, a position he could not recover from.

Unlike the usual games, Anand left his King in the Middle till his 19th move, when he finally castled. This unexpected move, early on, seems to have left Ponomariov dumbfounded, as Anand kept on inflicting damage after damage on his opponent. But the time, Anand finally castled, the Ukrainian found it very difficult to break down the Indian's defence.?

Anand was in rampant form, and seemed to be in a merciless mood, playing very aggressively for a win. He did not even flinch at any opportunity to exchange pieces, and continued to play on. Ukrainian Ponomariov tried to fight on as long as he could but it only lasted till his 61st move. The game itself, however, was decided much before this.


New in Chess: Fabiano Caruana explains the secret of his success

Fabiano Caruana explains the secret of his success

Fabiano Caruana has had an extremely successful summer. After is his tournament victory in Dordtmund he gave an exclusive interview that is published in the latest issue of New In Chess. Caruana explains the role of his trainer Vladimir Chuchelov, how they prepare for his opponents and what sort of positions he likes to get. A lot of work has been put into opening preparation. ,,We’ve gained a bit of a reputation’’, Caruana says. ,,People realize that it’s not easy to face us in the opening.’’

Remarkably, Caruana confesses which is the "one area that I should work on". To find out, you can buy the magazine. It is available in all chess shops and you can download the digital edition for iPad in iTunes or for Android tablets in the Google Play Store

New In Chess 2014#6 has a 40-page report on the Olympiad in Tromso, and lots of other great stuff.

• Fabiano Caruana: the secret of my success
• Tromso: an unexpected organizational mess
• How the Chinese men and the Russian women clinched their victories
• Annotations by Caruana, Vachier-Lagrave, Giri, Timman, Kasimdzhanov, Ni Hua, Shankland, and many others
• Nigel Short: why did so many European delegates let Garry down?
• When Magnus Carlsen gets extremely tired
• MVL: how to beat Anish Giri
• Jacob Aagaard on calculation
• Parimarjan Negi on his favourite player
• Hans Ree on Mannheim 1914
• And much more

Please have a look at the the full contents of 2014#6.

Also available for the iPad and Android tablets!

Bilbao Final Masters

European Club Cup LIVE Games!

European Club Cup Women

Nona Gaprindashvili Cup 2014 LIVE!

Zudov Memorial 2014 LIVE!

Practical checkmate in 3

White to move and checkmate in 3.

Gata Kamsky vs Manvelyan

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White to move and checkmate in 3.

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Chess trivia

Can you name this talented player?

Bilbao Chess Day 1



At the European Club Cup, the two favorites easily defeated their inferior rivals thanks to the pairing system of the first round


Opening Ceremony

Round 1



Manuel Bosboom (who beat Leko)

Alexei Shirov (in Spanish)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Vishy Anand


Bilbao Masters Final 2014

Bilbao Masters Final results

VISWANATHAN ANAND (India) – RUSLAN PONOMARIOV (Ukraine) 3-0 (4 h. 54 m.) (55 moves)
FRANCISCO VALLEJO (Spain) – LEVON ARONIAN (Armenia) 1-1 (3h.03 m.-43 moves).

Bilbao Masters Final standings after Day 1:

1. Anand (india) 3 points

2. Aronian (Armenia) and Vallejo (Spain) 1 point

3. Ponomariov 0 points

European Club Cup 2014

European Club Cup 2014 (Open) Results

SOCAR (Azerbaijan) - SK Team Viking (Sweden) 5,5-0,5

KSK Rochade Eupen - Kelmis (Belgium) - Obiettivo Risarcimento (Italy) 0-6

Malakhite (Russia) - En Passant (The Netherlands) 5-1

Sestao (Spain) - Cercle d'Echecs Fontainois (Belgium) 3 -3

White Rose (England) – Gros (Spain) 4,5 – 1,5

Viswanathan Anand from India got his first victory in Bilbao Masters Final 2014 in the star game of the first day of Bilbao Chess 2014 against Ruslan Ponomariov from Ukraine, the other former World Champion participating in the tournament. In the other game of the Final, Francisco Vallejo from Spain drew Armenian Levon Aronian, winner of the tournament in 2013.

At the European Club Cup, which is being held simultaneously with the Masters Final, the favorites easily won their matches against inferior clubs thanks to the pairing system of the first round, according to which the strongest teams face the weakest.

In this period of preparation before the rematch for the World Championship against Magnus Carlsen, five-times World Champion Anand defeated Ponomariov with white, despite the hard fight that the youngest former World Champion in history put up during almost five hours.

A faster result was obtained in the other game of the Final between the Spanish Champion Paco Vallejo (white) and twice Olympic Champion Levon Aronian, who drew their game. At some point it looked like the player from Menorca could surprise us by winning the game, but Aronian managed to stop the offensive and draw the game in a little bit less than three hours.

In the European Cup, the big favorites Socar (Azerbaijan), Obiettivo Risarcimento (Italy) and Malakhite (Russia) won their respective matches. It was to be expected, and in fact they even saved some of their best players, such as Caruana, playing for Obiettivo Risarcimento, and Topalov, playing for Socar.

The Basque teams weren't both as lucky. Gros from San Sebastian beat White Rose (England) 4.5 - 1.5, whereas Sestao drew 3-3 against a theoretically inferior rival, Cercle d'Echecs Fontainois (Belgium).

Whereas the Masters Final is ruled by a special points system (equal to that of soccer: 3 points per victory, 1 per draw, 0 per lost game), each of the six games per team of every European Cup round scores 1 point per victory, 0.5 points per draw, and 0 points per lost game.

Bilbao mayor Ibon Areso executed the first move of Day 1 at the European Club Cup and Chess Masters Final. This joint chess event brings together nine of the ten best players in the world, it will be held during the whole week at the Euskalduna Barria Congress Centre, and it has more than 400 participants coming from 30 different European countries.

Participating in these two events in Bilbao will be Caruana (world #2), Aronian (#3), Grischuk (#4), Topalov (#5), Anand (#6), Karjakin (#7), Nakamura (#8), Vachier-Lagrave (#9), and Mamedyarov (#10). The only Top 10 player missing will be world #1 and current World Champion Magnus Carlsen (also twice winner of the Masters Final), who refused to play this year in order to prepare well for the World Championship rematch against Anand.

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Q&A about a chess legend

I often receive many questions about Bobby. Here are some selected ones.

Question: How did you meet Bobby Fischer?

Answer: In 1992, Bobby played his second match against Boris Spassky in Yugoslavia and was unable to return to the U.S. because of his defiance of economic sanctions. The organizer Janos Kubat arranged for my family to visit Bobby at a hotel in Yugoslavia, near the border of Hungary, in order to convince him to go to Hungary rather than being in a cramped hotel room in a small Yugoslavian village.

Bobby expressed his wish to meet me, but unfortunately I was in Peru at that time. I accompanied my family on the following visit and eventually the idea of moving to Hungary became more attractive to Bobby.

Just to be sure everything was OK, we asked the border guards if Fischer could enter Hungary and they had no objection. With that assurance, Bobby moved to Hungary. At one point, he stayed in our summer home, which is about one hour from Budapest. He was accompanied by GM Eugenio Torre from the Philippines and his bodyguard.

Question: Did you play chess with Fischer while he was in Hungary?

Answer: Yes, I played many Fischer-random blitz games with him and we also analyzed a lot. I won some and lost some. Overall, I did well.

It was one of the most fascinating experiences in my professional chess career. He was still a very strong player and his knowledge for chess was phenomenal.

Question: What is your opinion of Fischer?

Answer: Well, I have mixed feelings. I respect his chess ability a great deal. He is one of the greatest world champions and is certainly in the same class as Kasparov and Capablanca, etc.

Most importantly, his incredible impact is unrivaled. He transformed the game and created serious interest in the mainstream media. The Fischer Boom revolutionized chess in America and around the world. Look at how popular he remains, more than 40 years after his 1972 match with Boris Spassky. Thousands of articles have been published about his death last year.

He was very friendly to me on a personal level. I enjoyed playing and analyzing with him. He was truly a genius on the chess board.

On the other hand, he had very strong views that we all know about. I disagree with these views and even tried to change his mind. However, that does not diminish my admiration and respect for his chess. These are two totally separate issues.

Question: If Bobby played against Karpov in 1975, do you think he would have won?

Answer: I spoke to Boris Spassky about this same issue and he believes that Bobby would have won in 1975, but that Anatoly would have won the rematch.

However, Garry Kasparov has a different viewpoint. He believes that Anatoly would have won in 1975 and supports this opinion by demonstrating the quality of their games at that time. This is what that makes chess so interesting. From all of the people I spoke to, the opinions split right down the middle with a small edge for Bobby.

I think it would have been very close. However, Bobby would have had a small edge due to his greater experience at that time.

Question: Is it true that there were discussions about a match between you and Bobby?

Answer: Yes, but obviously it did not happen. There were also discussions about a match between Bobby and my baby sister Judit. That did not happen either.

I would have loved to play a Fischer-random match against Bobby. I would also love to play matches against the great world champions such as Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov. I think it would be great for chess. A few years ago, I did play two six game matches against Karpov, the man who succeeded Fischer as World Chess Champion and won more tournaments than anyone in history. We tied 3-3 in both matches.