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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Real game chess tactic

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Kupreichik, Viktor - Gufeld, Eduard (Kirovabad, 1973)

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India wins World Youth Medal Count

Italian Fed President about Caruana back to the US: "I do not think it will happen"

Gianpietro PagnoncelliInterview with Gianpietro Pagnoncelli, President of Italian Chess Federation
Sep 30, 2014

Mr Gianpietro Pagnoncelli, President of Italian Chess Federation since 2005, has kindly agreed to an interview with

Q: In the recent weeks Fabiano Caruana has had a string of fantastic results. How do you comment on this?

A: I am really happy. But before speaking about Caruana, let me thank the Chessdom staff for this interview and for the interest shown in chess in Italy.

As well as Caruana, everybody was astonished by the excellent result he achieved. Actually I know Fabiano Caruana and I have been waiting so long for his triumph: finally it was rewarded. I agree with the commentators who stated: “Caruana’s performance is nigh on miraculous. Caruana wasn’t merely avoiding draws and losses”. And “he was ‘spanking’ his opponents”.

Moreover I remember what Maxime Vachier-Lagrave said in an interview after their game: “He’s not making any mistakes”. At present I hope he will repeat the result in the Grand Prix Tournaments and later in the Candidates Tournament…

Q: There has been considerate attention to Caruana’s success in the Italian mainstream media. What kind of impact can this have on the Italian chess community and consequently on the national federation?

A: It is true, there was great attention in the newspapers, radio and tv, as well as in the websites not devoted to chess. All the media asked to interview him!

As you know, his victory at the Sinquefield Cup earned Caruana the highest tournament performance rating of all time, crushing even Karpov’s legendary result at Linares.

As a result of this extraordinary success by Caruana, the most popular sport newspapers in Italy (La Gazzetta dello Sport) dealt extensively with this event, providing detailed articles and even the diagrams (!) of Fabiano’s most significant game moves.

Above all that the last three games of Caruana played in Saint Louis were broadcasted by important TV station such is Sky! This had a strong impact not only on the chess community, but it is too early to estimate the benefits for the Italian Chess Federation.

Q: Do you believe it is possible to attract additional sponsorship for chess events and development?

A: I hope so. Here in Italy many tournaments are already organized thanks to the contribution of public and private sponsors, yet. Moreover, some of the teams playing the Italian Team Championship can play thanks to the contribution of public sponsors or industries.

Recently the Italian Chess Federation got a sponsor, the company “Obiettivo Risarcimento” from Padova. Moreover, as chess is regarded as a sport in Italy, the most important financing body of the Italian Chess Federation is CONI – the Italian Olympic Committee.

Q: During the Sinquefield Cup there have been certain rumors that Caruana could return to represent the US chess federation. What is the truth?

A: I do not think it will happen. Some time ago, Fabiano’s mother, Mrs Santina, excluded this hypothesis sending a tweet. Nevertheless, everybody is free to take his own choices. Fabiano’s answer to this question in Saint Louis was “That’s a private matter’.

Q: Italy is home of many famous and long running tournament and recently there is huge progress in coaching new talents. How do you see the development of chess in Italy in next few years?

A: Actually in Italy there are many famous and long running events. Concerning the competitive events, for instance, the tournament in Imperia had 56 editions in a row! Or, as it concerns promotion events, the famous ‘Live Game’ in Marostica is more than 60 years old!

There is also a long established tradition of ‘Chess in School’ which dates back to 40 years ago. Today chess is often considered a mandatory school subject; in particular, for present school year 2014/15 scientific high school with sport specialization have been established and chess may be a mandatory subject. This enables our players to become teachers and instructors; and to increase knowledge of chess and to raise the technical level of the players.

Q: Besides Caruana, you have many strong Grandmasters – Vocaturo, Brunello, David and Dvirnyy. What kind of results can be expected in the next Chess Olympiads and European Championships?

A: We do not prevent ourselves from any chance of success, but we realize that in the European Championship it is not easy to defeat countries keeping up a continuing tradition as the Eastern countries.

In Chess Olympiad you have to add for instance China, India and the United States. But our young players are rising – besides the above mentioned players I would like to add Grandmaster Axel Rombaldoni. And, why not, the Grandmaster Michele Godena – he is a member of the ‘old guard’ but even now he is a player of great talent.

Moreover there are many young International Masters ready to gain the Grandmaster title. So, I do wish that either in the European Chess Championship and in the Chess Olympiad the Italian teams could follow in Fabiano’s footsteps and achieve amazing results.

World Youth Scandal

Sudanese chess champion Omar Albargdar Eltigani ( -

September 29, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The president of the Sudanese Chess Association (SCA) Tariq Zaroog tendered his resignation on Sunday following a game of chess that took place against an Israeli player at the World Youth Chess Championships in South Africa.

Zaroog said that he as an administrator of the top chess body in the country is stepping down and offered his apologies to the Palestinian and Sudanese people.

Sudanese players and athletes refuse to compete against Israeli players in any tournament because it does not recognize the Jewish state and declines to normalize ties without withdrawing from Arab occupied lands.

The incident was extensively covered in the Sudanese media with some describing the chess match with the Israeli player as a "sports shame" while others noted the resignation of Zaroog as a rare precedent in a country where public officials refuse to stand down unless they are forced to.

Omar Albargdar Eltigani who was born to a Sudanese father and a Hungarian mother is ranked as the top chess player in Sudan by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).

SCA recruited him to play on behalf of Sudan two years ago at the Arab Boys Under-18 Championship in which he managed to secure the first Arab title for his country.

He has continued to represent Sudan in all subsequent competitions.

The draw in South Africa put him in a game with an Israeli player but SCA chief demanded that he turn it down unless the contender is changed or else he has to withdraw.

But the Sudanese chess mission was surprised to learn later that Eltigani proceeded with the game under the pretext of being subjected to pressure from his Hungarians friends.


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Bb5 Systems to Destroy the Sicilian Defense - GM Damian Lemos ... and more

Bb5 Systems to Destroy the Sicilian Defense - GM Damian Lemos

Bb5 Systems to Destroy the Sicilian Defense - GM Damian Lemos
Posted on September 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Sicilian squeeze! This DVD (part 2 of 2) covers Bb5 Systems against The Sicilian Defense with an emphasis on the core White strategies involving immediate and sometimes unprovoked Bxc6! Lemos shows the following analysis and concepts; Part 1: 2…d6 3.Bb5+ A look at 3…Nd7 4.a4! The position is still good for White without a4 as White can still do his traditional plan of Qe1-h4. 3…Nd7 4.a4! N(g)f6 5.d3 e6 6.f4 Be7 with 7.Nf3 and a nice King side[...]

Alekhine Defence - FM Chris Dunworth
Posted on September 26,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Fast Knight development! British FIDE Master Chris Dunworth, an expert in the Alekhine Defence, lets us in to the crazy Horse world of 1.e4 Nf6. Chris starts by showing us that allowing a massive center is okay, as Black can undermine it and still have a strong defensive position. Then he outlines the 3 main White responses before showing us basic ideas for both sides and the current theoretical status of each of the critical moves. The 4 Paw[...]

Prophylactic play: Block your opponent
Posted on September 25,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. The idea of chess prophylaxis is to destroy your opponent's plans. Prophylactic moves are not specifically intended just for improving one's position, but also for preventing the opponent from improving his own. "Do not always be thinking of attack! Moves that safeguard your position are often far more prudent." - Aron Nimzowitsch. Very often, we get overexcited by our own plans and attacking ideas, and forget that the opponent also exists. This[...]

Step by Step Chess Training Guide - Volume 1 - GM Jesse Kraai
Posted on September 24,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. Tactical Problem Solving for 600-800 strength players. Beginners' principles and suggested learning approaches are covered in this step-by-step chess training guide of Jesse's lectures. Jesse gives some prime advice for beginners. Do not move too quickly - learn to relax into a position. Board Vision - see the entire board. Figure out what is going on - become obsessed with one move. Do not study openings - study the principles of opening play an[...] 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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Argentinian scored Gold at World Youth

Argentinian crowned youth chess world champion
Sep 30,2014

BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Argentinian Alan Pichot became an under-16 world champion after beating Russian Maxim Litvinov during the World Youth Chess Championship in Durban, South Africa.

The 16-year-old became the youngest Argentinian to achieve this result in the last 22 years, finishing the meet with nine points from 11 games, half more than his closest rivals. Pichot ended with nine wins and two losses.

"Alan played a brilliant game, adding more than 20 points in his classification ranking. He showed his usual fighting spirit, recovering in key moments after the fifth and second to last round losses and winning a game," the Argentinian Chess Association said.

Pichot was national champion in the under 10, 12, 14 and 18 category.


Canadian Gold

Ottawa chess master conquers world

It may not have the international intrigue or Cold War implications of Fischer v. Spassky, but there was no shortage of drama as Ottawa chess master Qiyu Zhou captured her ninth World Youth Chess Championship in South Africa Monday.

The only player in the under-14 girls grouping to go undefeated with six wins and five draws, Zhou still found herself in a tie with Poland's Oliwia Kiolbasa -- with a score of 8.5 out of 11 -- on the final day of the tournament.

The two had played to a draw earlier in the tournament, and ended up even in two other tie-breakers, so the decision came down to a complicated formula calculating results of matches played between opponents of the two players.

"I was quite nervous, slightly panicking, but I figured my chances were very good... as my opponents were stronger (than Kiolbasa's opponents)," Zhou said by email, as she waited nearly two hours for the results to be tabulated.

"After the final standings came out, my coach told me I should look at the standings because it was really good for me, and then I knew I had become champion."

A two-time winner of the Canadian Youth Championships, with multiple top-10 finishes at the WYCC, the 14-year-old Colonel By high school student said the latest win is her biggest yet.

"This has been my dream since I first started playing chess, to become the World Champion," said Zhou, who spends about an hour a day honing her game.

"I don't have too much time for chess any more once entering high school, so this was a very important championship win for me."


What experts say about Carlsen - Anand?

Who will win Sochi 2014 World Championship?


Soon after announcing that it had secured the TV rights for the FIDE World Chess Championship Match Carlsen-Anand, Norwegian state broadcaster got in touch with several experts to ask their opinion.

Magnus Carlsen’s former trainer GM Simen Agdestein believes that – “It is more difficult for Carlsen this time. Anand is the challenger and not under the same pressure as last year.”

“It is liberating for Anand to play away from India. He is better prepared too. I think it will be even” – GM Leif Johannessen said for NRK.

Famous commentator IM Torstein Bae stated – “It is likely to be a more even match this year. Anand worked very hard and has a different confidence this time. But Magnus is still the best player and favorite in the match.”

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Carlsen’s second GM Jon Ludvig Hammer is also amazed by Anand’s impressive comeback at the Candidates Tournament and strong display in Bilbao., partnering with NRK in live transmission, will have Hans Olav Lahlum and Mads Andersen in the studio during the Carlsen-Anand broadcast.

Quotes courtesy of @anandcarlsen14

Respected journalist David R. Sands wrote in The Washington Times:

The 44-year-old Indian superstar surprised many by winning the candidates’ tournament earlier this year, and he has just scored another fine result by dominating the 2014 Bilbao Masters Final, a Category 21 four-GM double round robin that concluded just last week. Even a last-round loss to Armenian GM Levon Aronian couldn’t derail Anand, who clinched the event with a round to go.

Couple that with some un-Magnus-like recent results — two losses in the August Olympiad and a distant second-place finish to Italian GM Fabiano Caruana in the recent Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis — and Carlsen may be in for a tougher fight to defend his crown than he faced when he won it.

Carlsen is reportedly preparing for the match with his chief trainer GM Peter Heine Nielsen, but he also finds time for off-board activities. TV 2 informed that Carlsen played second half in the football match that secured his friends from Fremad Famagusta promotion to the fifth division.

In another report, TV 2 quotes Carlsen as saying – “The World Chess Championship match was a great experience, and I want to relive it”

Prior to the match in Sochi, Anand is expected to take part in the 1/8 finals of the Corsican Circuit, a rapid event that will take place on 18-22nd October.

Rahman maintains lead at Bangladesh Championship

Zia maintains sole lead
Sports Reporter

GM Ziaur Rahman maintained his sole lead with 8 points after ninth round of the Berger Paints National A Chess, which is being held at the media centre of Bangladesh Olympic Association.

Zia got the better of Masum Hossain after 31 moves in the ninth round match yesterday. GM Enamul Hossain was in second position with 7.5 points after beating CM Mahtabuddin while defending champion GM Abdullah Al Rakib was in third position with 7 points as he beat FM Debaraj Chatterjee. GM Niaz Murshed, who beat CM Sohel Chowdhury yesterday, was in fourth position with 6.5 points.


1 Gold and 1 Bronze for US delegation of over 70 players at the World Youth

Full results:

With more than 70 players in Durban for the World Youth Championship, team USA got 1 Gold (Jennifer Yu - Girls under 12) and 1 Bronze (Rayan Taghizadeh - Boys under 12). Is this a good showing for team USA?

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Incomparable legacy

Shelby Lyman on Chess: A Great Passion
Sunday, September 28, 2014
(Published in print: Sunday, September 28, 2014)

“Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things” we are told by the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot.

Few have been more consumed by passion in the pursuit of the object of their devotion than Bobby Fischer.

What was most striking about Fischer’s quest was the honesty with which he approached it. His integrity in chess was incontrovertible.

He always searched for the correct move, rejecting others that might be more effective for the moment, given the foibles and vulnerabilities of his opponents.

There was little or no bluff in this warrior of the chessboard.

In the long run, the quest for perfection only added to the power of his play. It took no small effort. But he pursued the act of discovery with intensity and gusto. chess, Fischer left an incomparable legacy.

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