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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tashkent Grand Prix LIVE!

10 second chess tactic


Black to move. How should black proceed?

Source: ChessToday.net

Opening Ceremony of FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent



The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament’s opening ceremony was attended by chess players, officials, sponsors, national and international media.

From 21st October till 2nd November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament.

The tournament follows the first event which recently concluded in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano(ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.




The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome the participants and guests.



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of Uzbekistan for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.




The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov, and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.

Round 1 pairings:


GM Giri, Anish 2768 – GM Gelfand, Boris 2748
GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 – GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722
GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 – GM Jobava, Baadur 2717
GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 – GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757
GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 – GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747
GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 – GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767

Live games with analysis



First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.




Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained the technical details, reminded of the key regulations and helped to elect the Appeals Committee.

The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman – Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members – Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan)
Reserves – Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russia)

Photos by Anastasya Karlovich

Anand eliminated in Corsica


http://www.corse-echecs.com

Polgar Chess University now back on ICC


Welcome to the all-new Polgar Chess University, where chess students of all levels, no matter where they live, have an opportunity to learn chess from some of the best instructors in the game. GM Susan Polgar, former Women's World Chess Champion, created this online school with the dream of bringing expert advice and training to chess enthusiasts around the world at a very affordable cost.

Curriculum Structure

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Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 2 - NM Dana Mackenzie ... and more

Crushing White with the Schliemann Gambit



Crushing White with the Schliemann Gambit
Posted on October 20,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Try busting The Lopez! In this video, we see GM Sam Shankland presenting a repertoire based on meeting 1.e4  e5 for Black  aimed at the club player. Coverage starts after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 when GM Shankland recommends the Schliemann variation, but played in a more classical way, aiming to take advantage of the extra central pawn in the long term instead of seeking immediate confrontation. Sam lets us know the Schliemann is a good opening and why[...]

Anti-King's Indian & Grunfeld System: The Barry Attack - GM Aaron Summerscale
Posted on October 17,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Taming the d-Pawn Sidelines with the Barry Attack! Avoiding Black's favorite lines in the Queen Pawn openings is Aaron's goal in this presentation, and he provides nice moves for White to play to achieve this. He starts  by showing a way to trick KID players into a Pirc, and then continues with delaying e4, choosing Nc3 instead, and demonstrating good White plans in the Barry Attack. Aaron shows that The Barry Attack with Bf4 is logical and a dan[...]

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 2 - NM Dana Mackenzie
Posted on October 15,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Desperado! Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 2 - NM Dana Mackenzie, from the ChessLecture series. Fernandez - Shell, Florida, 2006, is  targeted toward beginner and intermediate ability who are looking to learn about the main line of the Sicilian. Dana continues learning from amateurs and the exciting Sicilian Najdorf, featuring "The English Attack" with Be3, for which Dana gives us a clear and simple plan for White. The middlegame becomes very[...]

Crushing Black with the King's Gambit - GM Damian Lemos
Posted on October 13,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The King's Gambit Accepted Busted? Crushing Black with the King's Gambit Crushing Black with the King's Gambit is the most direct way to attempt to acquire the advantage versus 1…e5 players. GM Lemos promotes the virtues of the most attacking 3rd move namely 3.Bc4 and puts forward a strong argument that is the best 3rd move available in The King's Gambit Accepted. Lemos promotes 3.Bc4 for White allowing Qh4+ and the importance of stopping Black’s[...]


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Monday, October 20, 2014

European Youth Chess Championship 2014 started in Batumi


The 24th European Youth Chess Championship has officially started. The competition gathered 989 young chess players from 45 European countries, divided in 12 categories: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18, boys and girls separately.

The Championship takes place in Batumi, coastal town in Georgia, 18-29 October, 2014 in hotel Sheraton Batumi, and is organized by the European Chess Union and Georgian Chess Federation.

The opening ceremony was held in Batumi Drama Theatre in the great atmosphere and with rich cultural and art programme.



Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union greeted all the participants and wished them a successful tournament.

Before the first round started, Mr Azmaiparashvili made a symbolic first move in the game between Matyas Marek and Avital Boruchovsky on board 1 in the group Boys U18, along with the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Levan Kipiani, and officially opened the competition.

Mr. Boris Kutin, FIDE Vice President was also present during the making the first move, as well as at the opening ceremony.



The games are broadcast live every day 3.00 pm local time.

Official website / Official Facebook Page / News courtesy of ECU

European Youth Championships U14, U16 & U18 LIVE / European Youth Championships U10 & U12 LIVE /European Youth Championship U8 LIVE

ECU General Assembly in Batumi

Canada doubled down on the US



Canada also has a chess champ
Oct 20, 2014 - 10:12 AM EDT
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014 - 10:18 AM EDT

Re: Virginia girl wins world chess crown, by Tom Jackman, Washington Post, Oct. 14.

It was with great interest that I read the Tom Jackman article reprinted from the Washington Post which dealt with Jennifer Yu, the first American girl to win a world youth chess championship in over 27 years.

She won in the girls under 12 division in the tournament held in South Africa.

What is not mentioned in the article is that for the second year in a row, a Canadian girl won the world youth chess championship in her division. Qiyu Zhou of Ottawa won in the girls under 14 division. She was also undefeated.

Last year, we had a similar story in Canada with Canadian Harmony Zhu of Toronto winning the WYCC girls under eight tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

VLADIMIR DRKULEC, President, Chess Federation of Canada, Tecumseh

Source: http://blogs.windsorstar.com

Mikhalevski, Giri and Jobava winners in Hoogeveen


The Unive Hoogeveen Chess Festival 2014 took place on 11-18th October 2014 in Hoogeveen, in the Netherlands.

The event was split into several groups – two 6-game matches (the highlight of the event), 9-round Open tournament and two Amateur tournaments.

The match Anish Giri vs. Alexei Shirov finished 4,5:1,5 in favor of the World #7 player, while the duel between Baadur Jobava and Jan Timman was won by Jobava with the same 4,5:1,5 score. You can replay the games below with engine analysis.

The Open Section was topped by Israeli GM Victor Mikhalevski with 7 points. He grabbed the first prize of € 3.000, leaving the nearest followers half point behind.

Second place was shared in a four-way tie by Slovenian GM Alexander Beliavsky, Ukrainian GM Andrey Vovk, Israeli GM Michael Roiz and GM Jiri Stocek from the Czech Republic. You can see the full standings below.

Official website

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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)

U18

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 – http://www.chessiq.com/polgar2014

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

World Junior and World Girls Championships Wrap Up

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Lu Shanglei and Aleksandra Goryachkina won the World Junior Chess titles!

Lu Shanglei of China won the World Junior Chess title by defeating Aleksander Indjic of Serbia. In the girls section Aleksandra Goryachkina had successfully defended her title with a round to spare yesterday.

Intense, exciting tussles on the top boards yielded just one decisive result – Lu Shanglei of China defeating Aleksandar Indjic of Serbia, which was enough to crown him the World Junior Chess title at Hotel Hyatt, Pune.

The World Junior Chess Championships 2014 (for boys & girls under 20) were held in Pune, India, from 6th to 19th October 2014.

The Championship was organized and conducted by Maharashtra Chess Association under the auspices of AICF and FIDE.

Games with analysis (Boys) / Games with analysis (Girls)

Official website

In the final 13th round, the race for the title was wide open with four players Wei Yi of China, Duda Jan-Krzysztof of Poland, Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia and Lu Shanglei, in contention for the title as all were overnight joint leaders with 9 points.

There was a four way tie from second to fourth position where Wei Yi of China secured silver, Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia bagged bronze while Duda Jan Krzysztof was a trifle unfortunate to go without a medal, finishing fourth after the resolution of the tie-break by the Buchholz system. All four players had scored 9.5 points.

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi was the best Indian finisher with 9 points and was placed fifth. Shardul Gagare was the best performer from Maharashtra and was awarded the Pune Mayor Cup in the Open section.



In the Girls section 16-year-old Alexandra Goryachkina had successfully defended her title with a round to spare yesterday and today settled for a short draw against Anna Iwanova to raise her points tally to 11.

Ann Chumpitaz of Peru also drew against Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva while Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran defeated Srija Seshadri of India to bag the bronze, both tallying 9.5 points each. After the tie-breaks Sarasadat secured the silver medal and Chumpitaz had to settle for the bronze.

Padmini Rout was the best Indian finisher with 9 points and was placed fourth. Rucha Pujari was the winner of the Pune Mayor’s Trophy for Girls as the best performer from Maharashtra.. Today Padmini scored a quick victory over Marina Brunello of Italy. Srija Seshadri had scored 8/11 but lost the last two rounds to finish tenth.

Both Lu Shanglei and Aleksandra Goryachkina earned a qualification slot for the World Cup 2015 for Open and Women respectively. The World Cup is a part of the World Championship Cycle. Both players also received a cash Prize of Rs 1,50000 each. The silver Medalists were richer by RS 100000 each and the bronze medalists by Rs 50000.

This 13 round grueling Swiss League event was sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone were the Associate sponsors. There were 132 players from 51 countries in fray while the Girls section had 77 players.

38th Zurich Christmas Open


38th Zurich Christmas Open

The 38th Zurich Weihnachtsopen will take place from 26th to 30th December, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza Zürich in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Master Tournament (for players rated over 2000) and General Tournament (U2050) will each be played over 7 rounds of Swiss system.

Currently registered Grandmasters are Meier Georg GER 2652, Bauer Christian FRA 2637, Pelletier Yannick SUI 2574, Stojanovic Mihajlo SRB 2547 and Miezis Normunds LAT 2514.

Last year winner was GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek



Prizes in Master Tournament: CHF 3000, 2000, 1500, 1200, 1000, 900, etc. (20 prizes)
Special prizes CHF 200 each: for best woman, best senior over 60, best U20 and best U16. The top U2200 player will earn CHF 500.

Prizes in General Tournament: CHF 1000, 800, 600, 500, 400, 300, etc. (20 prizes)
Special prizes CHF 200: for best woman, best senior over 60, best U20, U16, best U1800 Elo and best U1600 Elo.

The total prize money of both tournaments is exceeding CHF 23,000.

Tournament website

2014 SPICE Cup / Registration list


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

PRIZES: $13,000 guaranteed (up from $11,000 last year)
$5,000-$2,500-$1,500-$1,000-$500
U/2400 FIDE $500-$250-$125
U/2300 FIDE $500-$250-$125
Top Female $500-$250


(2014 SPICE Cup Trophy)


October 2014 rating will be used

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

ENTRY FEES:

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.

VENUE:

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:

Webster University - SPICE
470 E. Lockwood Ave
St. Louis, MO 63119

Questions or registration for titled players: Email: spice@webster.edu or call 314-246-8075

Schedule:

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 - Limit to ONLY 50 players

Please send me an email SusanPolgar@aol.com if you registered but not see your name on the list below:

Ashwin Jayaram India IM 2468
Banawa Jake PHL FM 2306
Banawa Joel USA FM 2360
Betaneli Alexander USA FM 2265
Bora Safal USA 2342
Boros Denes Hungary GM 2468
Cervantes Thalia Cuba WCM 1868
Chandra Akshat USA IM 2488
Checa Nicolas USA 2213
Chiang Sarah USA WFM 2015
Corrales Fidel USA GM 2532
Durarbayli Vasif Azerbaijan GM 2624

Eckert Doug USA FM 2228
Ghatti Sanjay USA 2024
Gurevich Daniel USA FM 2314
Hendrickson Nolan USA 2211
Inumerable Florentino USA 2101
Jung Hans Canada FM 2149
Kannappan Priyadharshan India IM 2460
Kaufman Raymond USA IM 2341
Kavutskiy Kostya USA FM 2307
Keaton Kiewra USA IM 2393
Kjartansson Guðmundur Iceland IM 2439
Langer Michael USA FM 2168
Larson Matthew USA 2182
Le Liem Vietnam GM 2706
Leon Hoyos Manuel Mexico GM 2512

Li Ruifeng USA FM 2365
Liang Awonder USA FM 2253
Mendoza Luisa Columbia WFM 1982
Naroditsky Daniel USA GM 2601
Neimer Vitaly Israel IM 2344
Nyzhnyk Ilya Ukraine GM 2613
Preotu Razvan Canada FM 2391
Pressman Leif USA FM 2301
Recuero Guerra David Spain IM 2424
Richter Alex USA 2016
Robson Ray USA GM 2628
Rosenthal Nicholas USA 2074
Sanches Ruiz Cuba IM 2429
Santarius Erik USA 2329
Sevian Samuel USA IM 2473
Shankar Gauri India FM 2296
Tan Justin Australia FM 2346
Troff Kayden USA GM 2532
Vera Reinaldo Cuba GM 2449

Vibbert Sean USA FM 2302
Voelker James USA 2159
Xiong Jeffrey USA IM 2470
Young Angelo PHI IM 2315

Plus 


So Wesley PHL GM 2755
Shutzman Tom USA 2063
Diamant Andre Brazil GM 2465
Sharevich Anna USA WGM 2249 


PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CHECK IN WITH THE ARBITER AT LEAST 2 HOURS BEFORE THE START OF ROUND 1. Otherwise, you will not be paired.

Confident Anand for Sochi


Viswanathan Anand bullish ahead of World Championship
Oct 20, 2014 - T.N. Raghu |
Chennai

Even the most ardent fan of Viswanathan Anand wouldn’t have expected the Indian chess ace to bounce back so spectacularly after he went down to Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship match in Chennai last year rather tamely.

What is, however, sport without its penchant for a surprise? Anand rolled back the years at the Candidates tournament earlier this year to set up a re-match with Carlsen. The man, who revolutionised chess in India, will be gunning for his sixth world title in the Russian city of Sochi next month. Already a great in the cerebral game, Anand will claim a place in the race for the greatest with an improbable win against the world no. 1.

The Indian super GM spoke to this newspaper on Anand-Carlsen Part II.

Q. There had been some doubts regarding your participation at the Candidates. What motivated you to throw your hat into the ring? Did the chance of challenging Carlsen again in a title match prove to be the clincher?

I wanted to play in Khanty (the venue for the Candidates) because I just wanted to. I didn’t want to chicken out of playing a strong event and testing myself against the best. If you don’t raise the bar for yourself you start accepting mediocrity and as a sportsperson I thought that was unacceptable.

Q. You have accomplished everything in chess. Do you, however, feel there is some unfinished business as far as playing Carlsen is concerned?

If you are ambitious, there is always an unfinished business.

Q. What would be the difference between 2013 and 2014? There is a consensus in chess circles that Part II is going to be more intriguing and entertaining...

I hope to make it true.

Q. You have the tailwind now. After coming out on top of a strong field at the Candidates, you have won the title in your last tournament Bilbao Masters before the world championship. How much importance would you give to your form this year?

I have positive feelings. I enjoyed my play in Khanty and Bilbao. I can say I go to Sochi feeling satisfied.

Q. It seemed that you were biding your time in the Chennai match; waiting for Carlsen to make mistakes. Are you going to adopt an aggressive game plan in Sochi? Can we expect fireworks?

Ask me after Sochi and I hope to have the right answers.

Q. Do you think the inordinate time Carlsen took to sign the contract was a ploy to keep you guessing about your opponent? Even when you played him on your home soil, you didn’t indulge in gamesmanship. Do you sense jitters in Carlsen’s camp?

Since Khanty I was quite certain who I was preparing for. In all the years I have played chess I have almost kept a principle of not getting involved in chess politics. Maybe our understanding of our philosophy teaches us to believe in yourself. So, I only look at myself ....Chess politics hasn’t been my biggest benefactor so I choose not to patronise it. My job is to play and promote chess.

Q. You appeared taut in Chennai. Did the pressure of playing at home get to you? If there is one thing that you could have done differently in 2013, what would it be?

Chennai was a low point and I don’t revisit it. It just went badly and I guess at that point you can’t pretend to be a cheshire cat.

Q. You have gone on record on how much you enjoy playing in Russia. It’s also the country where you won your fifth title after a superb tactical battle with Gelfand. Are you expecting another fine outing in Russia?

That’s the plan.

Q. It’s common knowledge that the newer challenges chess pose keep you going. At the same time, you have demonstrated that the process of preparing and playing a world championship match appeals to you. Are you combining both for the Sochi match?

I’m constantly fascinated by chess. It’s amazing that there is still so much to learn almost every day ... of course I am happy that I was able to qualify for Sochi almost within a few months of Chennai and I did in a very satisfying manner. It makes me quietly confident.

Q. There is a popular opinion that you were at your best against Kramnik at Bonn in 2008. Do you think an Anand of Bonn vintage will be enough to regain the title?

Bonn was a good result no doubt. If I play well I will have my chances.

Q. Is your son Akhil doing better than 2013 in his stress-buster role?

Akhil is doing well. He is in pre-KG, so he has a busy life. It is fun to see him explore and discover life. It’s always special to come back and have him hug you. His smile and laughter on seeing me makes me feel like the most special person in the world and minutes later... he is busy with something else.

Source: http://www.asianage.com/chess/viswanathan-anand-bullish-ahead-world-championship-312