Rich As A King

Monday, September 01, 2014

Real game chess tactic

White to move. How should white proceed?


47 players over 2700 in September rating list

Magnificent performance by Caruana in the first half of Sinquefield Cup

Standings at the half

1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2801 - 5 pts

2. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2772 - 2½
3. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2877 - 2½

4. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2768 - 2

5. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 - 1½
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 - 1½

Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan improved their lead

In the sixth round of the Women Grand Prix in Sharjah both Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan won their games against Alina L’Ami and Anna Ushenina respectivly. It was a lucky day for the Chinese players as the third participant from China Zhao Xue also won today. She defeated Humpy Koneru, who suffered the third loss in the tournament and has very few chances to catch Hou Yifan. After sixth rounds World Champion has increased the distance to 3 points.

After painful loss at the fifth round, Tatiana Kosintseva managed to win against Harika Dronavalli. The games Danielian-Tuvshintugs and Zhu-Muminova finished in a draw.

FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos visited the playing hall and made a first symbolic move in the game Anna Ushenina-Hou Yifan. His question “Yifan, what would you like me to play?” was the one that made everyone laugh.

Ushenina, Anna 0-1 Hou Yifan

After the opening the position was balanced and it was not necessary to sacrifice a pawn on 18th move. Hou Yifan grabbed the material and later on proved that White doesn’t have enough compensation.

Zhao Xue 1-0 Koneru Humpy

Unpredictable play of Humpy in this tournament! In the opening Indian player chose one of the typical plans for this type of structure Rf6-Rg6 but decided to play it at the wrong time.

After strong 13.Nd4 Black doesn’t have real threats but needs to solve coming problems. Zhao Xue didn’t give any chance to her opponent and after 24 moves the game was over.

Kosintseva Tatiana 1-0 Dronavalli Harika

Trying to solve opening problems, Harika decided to complicate the game by playing 15…b5. Black gave up the dark squares and two bishops hoping to win some time and find better places for her pieces. Tatiana Kosintseva went for few exchanges and obtained the position where her dark-square bishop was stronger compare to white-square bishop of the opponent.

Before 27th move. White has already a decisive edge and it's hard to give an advise for Black.

Zhu Chen ½-½ Muminova, Nafisa

Zhu Chen got a slightly better position with 2 bishops and space adavantage. Nafisa Muminova accurately exchanged few pieces and step by step equalized the position. It was Black turn to play for victory but Nafisa missed her best chance on move 40.

Black could have played 40…h6 and open h-file for her rooks. e5! with idea to bring her queen on the King’s side was also strong in some variations.

Danielian, Elina ½-½ Tuvshintugs, Batchimeg

The game started with an interesting and sharp opening with a creative play from the both sides. It could have been even more exciting if Elina Danielian proceeded with 12. h4 with idea to sacrifice an exchange on b4 and than continue with h5. However, Armenian player was not in a mood to play too originally today but preferred to convert the game into the slightly better endgame. Batchimeg defended very precisely and Elina didn’t get any real opportunity.

SP World Open for Boys and Girls - A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!

Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls
Oct 31-Nov 1-Nov 2
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, IL

Over $100,000 in prizes with scholarships to Webster University!

A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!

Sections (Boys and Girls each)

U18, U16, U14, U12, U10

Prizes (Boys and Girls each)


1st place – Webster University Scholarship ($52,000 value)

2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes

U16, U14, U12, U10

1st place – iPad Mini

2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes.

All sections – trophies to 1st – 8th place and 1st-2nd for school-based teams

Rounds and Time Control

6R-SS Game-45 w/5-sec delay: Sat-Sun 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm each day.

On-site registration

9:30-10:30am Sat. Limit 2 byes.
Last rd. bye must commit by end of Round 2.

Side Events:

2-hour camp with GM Polgar (Fri 6:00pm)

Puzzle Solving (Sat 6pm)

Simul (Sat 7pm)

Blitz (Sun 9am).

1-day U8 tournament (10:30am - onsite reg 9:30-10am)

Trophies for 1st – 15th place and top 3 school teams
Participation Ribbons for All Players!

Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 2 scores count if more than 2 players on a team. A single school with many players cannot create additional teams in the same section. 1 team per section per school.

Site: Hyatt Regency Schaumburg – 1800 E Golf Road – Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Hotel: $89/night – call 847-605-1234 and ask for CHESS rate. Reserve by Oct 11. Free parking.

Entries: If postmarked or online by 10/4 $40; online or postmarked by 10/18 $50,$60 thereafter. Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Simul Side Events EF – $20 each. Camp EF – $40 by 10/4, $50 by 10/18, $60 thereafter and onsite. 1-day scholastic: $30 by 10/18, $40 thereafter and onsite. Credit Cards onsite OK. No checks onsite.

Mail entries to: ChessIQ (payable to) 4957 Oakton Street Suite 113 Skokie, IL 60077. Register online at –

Other info: Boards, sets, and clocks provided. None for skittles. Must use organizer provided equipment. Chess store onsite. November rating supplement used. Questions: (ONLY). On tournament day (ONLY) 847.274.1352

Caruana wins again, remains perfect at the half

Round 5 results

Nakamura, Hikaru vs Caruana, Fabiano [0-1]
Aronian, Levon vs Carlsen, Magnus [0-1]
Topalov, Veselin vs Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime [1-0]

Greatest Games of Chess ever Played ... and more

Greatest Games of Chess ever Played

Greatest Games of Chess ever Played

Posted on August 30,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The greatest game of all time! Roman shows us his favorite game - Kasparov versus Kavalek and in his own words it is magnificent! The King's Indian is Kasparov's choice and we see the GM use the Qd8-e8 maneuver before launching with ...f5. Kasparov's amazing Nb4 move initiates deep complications by offering his f4 Knight as a sacrifice. As this game is so short Roman examines some of the sidelines before showing us the remainder of this fascinati[...]

The solid ...a6 Slav - GM James Plaskett

Posted on August 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. James explains The Slav is one of the most respected openings available for Black and he shows us multiple setups for Black before getting to his chosen Slav variation the ...a6 Slav when he gives a nice clear overview of: 5. e3 b5 with Queen Side play 5. g3 dxc4 Catalan style 5. c5 Bf5 6. Qb3 Ra7! Weird but good 5. cxd5 cxd5 When...a6 is useful 5. Ne5 N(b)d7 Solid and good James then goes in to detail of 5.e3 b5 in Oll versus Anand and we see Bl[...]

Mechanical Moves: What to watch out for

Posted on August 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. There are many positions when our next move looks 100% obvious and it seems that there is nothing to think about. These "mechanical moves" are quite often good continuations, and help us to save energy and time during the game since deep calculations are not required. But mechanical moves also contain huge dangers; we can get too relaxed and lose concentration. In such moments we can miss some simple but tricky idea from our opponent, or miss a m[...]

Choosing the Right Move: Candidate moves

Posted on August 28,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. What does the process of making a move consist of? For the experienced player it is much more complex then it first appears. Every position offers plenty of continuations, but we first need the discipline and patience to not hurry and to wisely find all the reasonable opportunities, instead of quickly making the first most natural move. Players who prefer quick play often miss the strongest continuations. The best move should be chosen from a "pa[...] is a producer of thousands of free chess articles and free chess videos by FIDE chess masters. They recently released the renowned Empire Chess series that has been taking the chess world by storm. Please consider checking out their chess blog and chess shop with tons of free updated previews.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

2014 SPICE Cup - $13,000+ prizes including $5,000 1st prize

2014 SPICE Cup Open

Sponsored by Webster University
and the Susan Polgar Foundation

St. Louis, Missouri
October 21-26, 2014

GM/IM norm opportunity - Minimum rating (FIDE) 2100
Limited to first 50 entries (Free entry to all players FIDE > 2300)

4 IM/GM norms earned in 2012
1 IM performance/2 GM norms earned in 2013

Time Control: G/90 + 30 second increment from move 1

$13,000 guaranteed (up from $11,000 last year)

U/2400 FIDE $500-$250-$125
U/2300 FIDE $500-$250-$125
Top Female $500-$250

October 2014 rating will be used

Limited FREE hotel accommodation (double occupancy) at the Crowne Plaza available to foreign GMs.


Free to all GMs, IMs, WGMs and all FIDE rated players over 2300 (must complete all 9 rounds), if registered by September 30, 2014. $50 later or on site.

$150 to FIDE 2200-2299, $200 to FIDE U-2200 if received by September 30, 2014. Additional $50 later or on site.


Crowne Plaza Clayton Hotel 7750 Carondelet Ave, St Louis, MO 63105 (FREE shuttle from the Lambert–St. Louis International Airport) $109/night, FREE Breakfast/Internet

For reservations guests can call directly to 314-726-5400 or 1-800-439-5719
Group Name is SPICE Cup or on line at Crown Plaza Hotel.
Group Code is SPZ

Send entries to:

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470 E. Lockwood Ave
St. Louis, MO 63119

Questions or registration for titled players: Email: or call 314-246-8075


Tuesday, October 21
5:00 pm - Round 1

Wednesday, October 22
10:00 am - Round 2
5:00 pm - Round 3

Thursday, October 23
10:00 am - Round 4
5:00 pm - Round 5

Friday, October 24
5:00 pm - Round 6

Saturday, October 25
10:00 am - Round 7
5:00 pm - Round 8

Sunday, October 26
10:00 am - Round 9

All Rounds played at the Crowne Plaza Clayton Hotel

Pre-registration list (12 GMs, 5 IMs, 1 WGM, 10 FMs, 17 countries + US) - Limit to ONLY 50 players

Please send me an email if you registered but not see your name on the list below:

Adamson Robby USA FM
Ashwin Jayaram India IM
Banawa Jake PHL FM
Betaneli Alexander USA FM
Boros Denes Hungary GM
Corrales Fidel USA GM
Diamant Andre Brazil GM
Durarbayli Vasif Azerbaijan GM
Kavutskiy Kostya USA FM
Le Liem Vietnam GM
Leon Hoyos Manuel Mexico GM
Li Ruifeng USA FM
Liang Awonder USA FM
Mendoza Luisa Colombia WFM
Naroditsky Daniel USA GM
Neimer Vitaly Israel IM
Nyzhnyk Ilya Ukraine GM
Panjwani Raja Canada IM
Perez Luis Manuel Cuba GM
Piasetski Leon Canada IM
Preotu Razvan Canada FM
Robson Ray USA GM
Sharevich Anna USA WGM
So Wesley PHL GM
Santarius Erik USA
Tan Justin Australia FM
Vera Reinaldo Cuba GM
Volker James
Wheeler Cameron USA FM
Xiong Jeffrey USA IM

He beat his critics at their own game

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Fischer Found the Right Move
Sunday, August 31, 2014
(Published in print: Sunday, August 31, 2014)

In his early and mid-teenage years Bobby Fischer’s attire — dubious even by some middle-class standards — became an issue for at least a few in the New York chess community.

Denims, flannel shirts and sneakers — clean and tidy but sometimes of less-than-thrift shop quality — were his usual attire. Fischer regarded neckties, a modest expression of propriety, with ill-concealed disdain.

His clothes apparently were an expression of social class and limited economic means rather than stylistic choice.

But for some, his dress was a flagrant distraction in the complex, multilayered and status-driven society of New York and elite international tournaments.

Reflecting the sense of indignation which Fischer’s attire sometimes provoked, his biographer Frank Brady referred to his clothes at one international tournament as “atrocious.”

On a couple of occasions, haphazard attempts were made to ban Fischer from New York’s elite Marshall and Manhattan chess clubs. Not surprisingly, they failed.

Though his clothes didn’t meet the grade, his spiffy moves on the chessboard were better than those of anyone else. And being better than anyone else was what the tempest in the chesspot was all about.

Fischer eventually surrendered to the pressure for sartorial splendor by ordering and buying suits, designer shirts, neckties and shoes of the highest quality from master tailors and purveyors all over the world.

Never willing to lose at anything, he beat his critics at their own game.


Pakleza of Poland wins Scacco Bratto Open

The 31st International Chess Festival Conca Della Presolana was held from 20-28th August at the Centro Sportivo Comunale in Castione della Presolana, Bratto, Italy.

The event was organized by the “Scacchistica Milanese”, historical chess club founded in 1881, Italian Chess Federation, and ScacchiRandagi.

The Festival had five sections:
“Master” tournament – 9 round Swiss for players rated over 2000
“A” and “B” tournaments – 8 round Swiss
“C” and “Under 16″ tournaments – 6 round Swiss

The side events included blitz, rapid and bughouse tournaments, lectures and simultaneous exhibitions.

The total prize fund was 12,000 EUR.

The Master section had 48 participants. IM Zbigniew Pakleza from Poland took a clear first place with 7,0/9 points to claim a GM norm and top prize of 1500 EUR.

Final standings:
1. IM Pakleza Zbigniew 2498 POL – 7,0
2-4. GM Sveshnikov Evgeny 2502 LAT, IM Stopa Jacek 2498 POL and GM David Alberto 2565 ITA – 6,5
5-8. GM Steingrimsson Hedinn 2536 ISL, GM Ulibin Mikhail 2501 RUS, IM Hunt Adam 2428 ENG and Ferro Mario 2242 ITA – 6,0
9-13. IM Sveshnikov Vladimir 2380 LAT, GM Sulava Nenad 2462 CRO, FM Aghayev Miragha 2357 ITA, IM Czakon Jakub 2474 POL and IM Roeder Matthias 2422 GER – 5,5

Tournament website

(Photo by Volfango Rizzi)

New World Championship deadline set for September 7

It’s time to think
By Vijay Tagore, Mumbai Mirror | Aug 31, 2014, 01.13 AM IST

After making noises over strict adherence to deadlines, Fide accedes to Carlsen's request for extra time.

Magnus Carlsen seems to be having his way vis-a-vis the world championship match versus Viswanathan Anand. The World Chess Federation (Fide), after making noises over strict to adherence to deadlines, has reportedly acceded to Carlsen's request for extra time to sign the participation contract.

The deadline to sign on the dotted lines was Sunday but the world champion now has time up to September 7 to give his nod or otherwise. Carlsen is currently playing a tournament in the US that will run up to September 7 and his manager claimed that the Norwegian would need time till the end of the tournament to decide on his participation.

Carlsen initially refused to sign the contract raising objections over prize money for the match and also found issues with Sochi, Russia, as its venue. The prize money has been slashed by a million doallars (as compared to the fund earmarked during the Chennai match last year).

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) said it is ignorant of any such news and maintained that protocols do not bind Fide to keep them informed as long as Anand is posted of the developments.

"We understand that the deadline has been extended but we don't have any official confirmation. Fide communicates directly with Anand and that has been followed practice," AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan said.

The Anand camp refused to be dragged into the controversy and in stead decided to wait for the official announcement. "Anand has not become a five-time world champion by bothering about such skirmishes. He knows that one becomes the world champion by winning across the board," Aruna, Anand's wife, said. "We're not going to be worried about social media reports."

Emil Sutovsky, president of Association of Chess Professional, claimed, through his Facebook and Twitter accounts, that Fide has extended the deadline. "Yours truly just had a very constructive and fruitful conversation with FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. After hearing all the arguments, FIDE president has accepted my proposal to approve Carlsen's request, and agreed to extend the deadline for signing the contract till September 7," Sutovsky posted on his social media accounts.

If Carlsen were not to sign the contract, Fide said it will substitute him with Russian Sregey Karjakin, who had finished second in last year's Candidates tournament which Anand had won.


Meet the new team members of Webster University - SPICE

New team members of Webster University SPICE program 2014-2015 (L to R):

GM Vasif Durarbayli (AZE) - 2614 FIDE
WFM Luisa Mercado (COL)
WGM Anna Sharevich (BLR)
GM Illia Nyzhnyk (UKR) - 2728 USCF
GM-to-be (4 GM norms) Ashwin Jayaram (IND) - 2608 USCF

Tori Whatley (US)

Returning students

GM Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) - 2800 / Sophomore
GM Wesley So (Philippines) - 2781 / Junior
GM Ray Robson (USA) - 2716 / Junior
GM Georg Meier (Germany) - 2700 / Senior
GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez (Cuba) - 2602 / Junior
GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico) - 2576 / Junior
GM Andre Diamant (Brazil) - 2534 / Senior
GM Denes Boros (Hungary) - 2530 / Senior

IM Vitaly Neimer (Israel) / Senior
FM Jake Banawa (USA-Philippines) / Grad
WIM Inna Agrest (Sweden) / Grad
Mara Kamphorst (Brazil) / Senior
Paul Truong (US) Sophomore
Reginald Jackson (US) Sophomore

A once dominated sport by the Soviet Union

Chess / By Shelby Lyman
on August 30, 2014 - 12:01 AM

The recent fourth-place finish of the Russian national team in the World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, reflects the apparently downward spiral of Russian chess since the breakup of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago.

Still dominant, nevertheless, until 2002 – a decade after the Soviet collapse – the Russians have not won a single Olympiad since. In the last five years, the gold medal has gone instead to either Ukraine or Armenia – both former Soviet republics – and most recently to the Chinese, undoubtedly the first of many to come.

What may seem a Russian death knell to many observers is hardly so. Chess still thrives in Russia albeit on an attenuated scale.

In a sense, the immense Russian/Soviet investment in the game before the break-up has served a higher purpose.

Aided in no small part by the worldwide popularization resulting from Bobby Fischer’s appearance on the world scene, and the advent of the Internet and computer chess programs, top-level chess is increasingly ubiquitous and flourishing.

The theory and practices of the so-called Soviet school have transmogrified into a new world chess paradigm transcending all borders.

To the chess aficionado, it is a heady occurrence.

The top 12 grandmasters in the world now include a Norwegian, an Italian, an Indian, a Frenchman, a Cuban and a Filipino – a rich medley of nationalities and chess practice inconceivable only a few decades ago.


Sinquefield Cup 2014 LIVE!

Perfection in St Louis

Brian Jerauld
Communications Specialist
Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

SAINT LOUIS (August 30, 2014) -- Through four rounds, Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana remains perfect against the strongest field in history.

The Italian 22-year-old has kicked off the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, with four wins -- including Friday's knock-off of World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen, followed by Saturday's victory over GM Levon Aronian, the World No. 2. Caruana's blistering start has allowed him to take over Aronian's spot on the live-ratings listings, with his numerical strength now-cresting at 2820, well above his previous peak.

The other two games of Saturday's fourth round ended in draws. Both Carlsen, against GM Veselin Topalov; and GM Hikaru Nakamura, against GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave; were able to rebound for half-points after losses on Friday afternoon.

The win-streak has allowed Caruana to open up a two-point lead over a field that contains six of the top-nine players in the world, while the world champion finds himself winless in a four-player tie for last place. On Sunday, Caruana faces Nakamura, an opponent he has yet to beat in his career.


GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave1/2 - 1/2GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Magnus Carlsen1/2 - 1/2GM Veselin Topalov
GM Fabiano Caruana1 - 0GM Levon Aronian


1GM Fabiano Caruana28014
2GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave27682
3GM Magnus Carlsen28771.5
4GM Levon Aronian28051.5
5GM Hikaru Nakamura27871.5
6GM Veselin Topalov27721.5

GM Hikaru Nakamura-GM Fabiano Caruana
GM Levon Aronian-GM Magnus Carlsen
GM Veselin Topalov-GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave