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Friday, August 29, 2014

Practical chess tactic

White to move. How should white proceed?


Fressinet and Maisuradze are second time champions of France

The 89th French Individual Chess Championship for men and women took place on 17-28th August 2014 in Nimes, a city located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Cévennes mountains in Southern France.

Twenty-four of the best French chess players (12 men and 12 women) participated in round-robin tournaments to decide the 2014 champions of France.

GM Laurent Fressinet won the Men’s Championship with 8,5/11 points, leaving the runner-up a full point behind.

Fressinet had a one point advantage ahead of GM Etienne Bacrot after the penultimate round and the direct last-round encounter between them should have decided the gold. Bacrot chose to play the so popular Berlin Defence with Black pieces, but didn’t manage to create any problems in front of the new champion. Thus, Fressinet converted his tournament advantage into a second-time gold medal (he lifted the trophy for first time in 2010).

GM Etienne Bacrot remained second with 7,5 points, while GM Romain Edouard took the bronze with 7 points.

The 2013 French champion for women WGM Nino Maisuradze took the title among women for second consecutive year. She won the 2014 edition of the tournament with the amazing 9/11 points. Maisuradze finished unbeaten with 7 victories and 4 draws, fulfilling her third IM norm.

WIM Andrea Bollengier emerged clear second on 8 points, while IM Almira Skripchenko took the bronze on 7,5 points.

Official website/ Replay Men’s games/ Replay Women’s games

Men’s Championship final standings:

1 GM Laurent FRESSINET 2708 8½
2 GM Etienne BACROT 2720 7½
3 GM Romain EDOUARD 2680 7
4 GM Tigran GHARAMIAN 2657 6½
5 GM Christian BAUER 2658 6
6 GM Matthieu CORNETTE 2533 6
7 GM Jean-Marc DEGRAEVE 2566 6
8 GM Iossif DORFMAN 2571 5½
9 GM Sebastien MAZE 2565 5½
10 GM Andrei SOKOLOV 2556 3
11 GM Jean-Luc CHABANON 2485 3
12 IM Kevin ROSER 2400 1½

Women’s Championship final standings:

1 WGM Nino MAISURADZE 2291 9
2 WIM Andreea BOLLENGIER 2236 8
3 IM Almira SKRIPCHENKO 2438 7½
4 WGM Anda SAFRANSKA 2258 7
5 IM Sophie MILLIET 2385 6½
6 WFM Mathilde CONGIU 2318 6
7 WGM Maria LECONTE 2206 5½
8 IM Silvia COLLAS 2316 5
9 Isabelle MALASSAGNE 4
10 WIM Laurie DELORME 2151 3½
11 WFM Andreea-Cristiana NAVROTESCU 2208 2½
12 WFM Cecile HAUSSERNOT 2101 1½

List of titles approved by the 85th FIDE Congress in Tromso, Norway

List of titles approved by the 85th FIDE Congress in Tromso, Norway

Zilka, Stepan CZE
Glud, Jakob Vang DEN
Shoker, Samy EGY
Arribas Lopez, Angel ESP
Riff, Jean-Noel FRA
Bromberger, Stefan GER
Stern, Rene GER
Dambacher, Martijn NED
Rozum, Ivan RUS
Bagrationi, Alexander UKR
Bernadskiy, Vitaliy UKR
Nguyen, Huynh Minh Huy VIE

Dimitrijevic, Aleksandra BIH
Fomina, Tatyana EST
Duisenova, Madina KAZ
Enkhtuul, Altanulzii MGL
Seps, Monika SUI
Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung VIE

Ikeda, Junta AUS
Sardana, Rishi AUS
Smirnov, Anton AUS
Rooze, Jan BEL
Chu, Wei Chao CHN
Li, Bo CHN
Liu, Gianchu CHN
Wang, Yiye CHN
Leyva Rivera, Yunier CUB
Olivia Castaned, Kevel CUB
Quesada Perez, Yasser CUB
Quesada Vera, Liordis CUB
Adair, James R. ENG
Roberson, Peter T. ENG
Santos Latasa, Jaime ESP
Suarez Real, Alberto ESP
Ebeling, Daniel FIN
Ider, Borya FRA
Baldauf, Marco GER
Dausch, Rene GER
Figura, Atila Gajo GER
Graf, Felix GER
Krassowizkij, Jaroslaw GER
Lampert, Jonas GER
Mons, Leon GER
Gledura, Benjamin HUN
Kantor, Gergely HUN
Korpa, Bence HUN
Sunilduth Lyna, Narayan IND
Noroozi, Omid IRI
Pourramezanali, Amirreza IRI
Saiyn, Zhanat KAZ
Daulyte, Deimante LTU
Sanchez Enriquez, Oscar MEX
Van de Griendt, Jan Willem NED
Van Foreest, Jorden NED
Van Wessel, Rudy NED
Pascua, Haridas PHI
Weichhold, Pawel POL
L'Ami, Alina ROU
Cawdery, Daniel RSA
Kashlinskaya, Alina RUS
Mokshanov, Alexey RUS
Sychev, Klementy RUS
Usmanov, Vasily RUS
Stankovic, Milos SRB
Zajic, Milan SRB
Loetscher, Roland SUI
Westerberg, Jonathan SWE
Yilmazyerli, Mert TUR
Bortnik, Nikolay UKR
Grinev, Valeriy UKR
Vetoshko, Volodymyr UKR
Korley, Kassa USA
Lee, Michael USA
Nagle, Sean USA


Mammadzada, Gunay AZE
Tammert, Iamze GER
Dordzhieva, Dinara RUS
Frisk, Ellinor SWE
Odnorozhenko, Kateryna UKR
Kurbonboeva, Sarvinoz UZB

Webster University turns 100

Centennial Celebration Kickoff
Friday, September 19 at 11:00am to 2:00pm
Old Post Office 815 Olive Street, Street Louis, MO 63101

Join us in downtown St. Louis for Webster’s Centennial Kickoff. This live street celebration will showcase the University’s creativity and excitement as it launches its yearlong Centennial celebration. Live music. Games. Food. Fun.

Webster University will provide bus shuttles for the Centennial Kickoff Party on Sept. 19. Bus shuttles will run approximately every half hour. The pick-up/drop-off areas are Parking Lot D behind Winifred Moore and downtown on Ninth Street on the west side of Old Post Office Plaza, just past Locust Street.

Buses from Webster University to Downtown leave at: 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM

Buses from Downtown to Webster University leave at: 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM

Ian Nepomniachtchi convincing in Yaroslav

The 5th International Chess Festival “Yaroslav the Wise” featured a tournament of six European Chess Championsin the period 2009-2014.

The double round robin rapid event with the time control 15′+10” was held on 26-27th August at the Yaroslavl State Historical and Architectural Museum.

Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi, European Champion in 2010, won the competition with 7,5/10 points, leaving the second-placed Dmitry Jakovenko full point behind.

Replay games with analysis

Final standings:

1. Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2771 – 7,5/10
2. Dmitry Jakovenko RUS 2689 – 6,5
3. Evgeny Tomashevsky RUS 2752 – 5,5
4-6. Vladimir Potkin RUS 2678, Alexander Motylev RUS 2687 and Alexander Moiseenko UKR 2684 – 3,5

Yaroslavl is one of the famous Golden Ring cities located northeast of Moscow. The historic part of the city is a World Heritage Site.


Topalov vs. Anand Showdown! - FM Dennis Monokroussos

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[...]

Topalov vs. Anand Showdown! - FM Dennis Monokroussos
Posted on August 27,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos guides us through a key game in the World Championship Match! Anand switched to 1.d4 and quickly entered a Catalan System and Topalov played the main Line 4...dxc4. Dennis explains the key concepts of The Catalan and explains Black's fundamental approaches to White's plan. Topalov attempts to hang on to his ...dxc4 Pawn which allows White a lot of activity and the middlegame battle commences. Anand finds an 'Over T[...]

Prophylactic play: Block your opponent
Posted on August 26,2014 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[...]

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chess School completed

Ilham Aliyev visiting Beylagan
Thu 28 August 2014 10:56 GMT | 5:56 Local Time

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the opening of the Center for Youth in Beylagan.

Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that the Head of State cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the Centre.

President Ilham Aliyev was informed that the construction of the building of the Center began in May 2013. The center will have a youth cafe, shooting area, karaoke, cinema 3D. The meeting room for 120 people and the auditorium with 14 seats have all the conditions for the young people at different events and meetings.

The President met with the youth and public representatives at the center.

During his visit to Beylagan district, the president also participated in the opening of the chess school. He was informed that the construction of Chess School building began in May 2013 and was completed in February 2014.

In addition, the President attended the opening of a kindergarten in Beylagan built on the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Construction of the kindergarten for 80 seats began in January and ended in July 2014.

President Ilham Aliyev laid a wreath at the monument to national leader Heydar Aliyev in Beylagan.


16th International Chess Festival of Trieste 2014

The 16th International Chess Festival of Trieste is scheduled to take place from 30th August to 6th September 2014 in the city of Trieste, Italy.

The event is split into two main tournaments – Open-A “Master” for players rated over 1799 and Open-B Libero and Zora Polojaz 9. Trophy for players rated lower than 2100.

The Master tournament will be a 9-round Swiss Open, valid for FIDE rating and norms with a time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the games plus 30 seconds increment starting from move 1, while Open-B will be played in a 9-round Swiss format with a time control 90′ + 30″.

48 players will take part in the Master’s Section. Top seed is Ukrainian GM Andrey Sumets (2622).

Main prizes in Open-A: 1.200 €/ 1.000 €/ 700 €/ 500 €/ 400 €/ 300 €/ 300 €/ 300 €
Main prizes in Open-B: 500 € + Trophy/ 400 € + Trophy/ 300 € + Trophy/ 200 € + Trophy/ 150 € + Trophy/ 100 € + Trophy

Mateo Gladig Plate for the brightest game will be assigned to the author of the most brilliant game of the first 8 rounds. The choice will be limited to games proposed to the Organizing Committee by the players themselves.

Official website

Open-A starting list (top players):

1 GM Andrey Sumets Ukraine 2622
2 GM Andrey Vovk Ukraine 2614
3 GM Zdenko Kozul Croatia 2608
4 GM Csaba Horvath Hungary 2540
5 GM Danyyl Dvirnyy Italy 2530
6 GM Jozsef Horvath Hungary 2501
7 GM Marko Tratar Slovenia 2490
8 GM Ognjen Jovanic Croatia 2461
9 IM Lars Stark Germany 2453
10 GM Sinisa Drazic Serbia 2433

56th International Chess Festival of Imperia

The 56th International Chess Festival of Imperia will be held from 31st August to 7th September at the Palazzetto dello Sport, Località San Lazzaro, in Imperia, Italy.

One of the longest running open events will consist of four sections: Group A (9 round Swiss for players rated over 1950), Group B (8 round Swiss, U2000), Group C (8 round Swiss, U1650) and Youth (U16 years).

Top prizes in Group A are € 700 / € 500 / € 400 / € 300. Currently top seeded player is last year winner GM Milos Jirovsky from Czech Republic.

Imperia is well known for the cultivation of flowers and olives, and is a popular summer destination for visitors.

Tournament website

Sinquefield Cup 2014 LIVE!

Nakamura vs Carlsen at Sinquefield Cup

Round 2 pairings

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

FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah, UAE LIVE!

French Championship LIVE!

French women's championship LIVE!

Abu Dhabi International Masters Tournament LIVE!