Archive for April, 2010

Letter from organizer to FIDE

Friday, April 30th, 2010


During the 5th game of the World Championship match between Anand and Topalov, the electricity in Central Sofia went out, causing the playing hall to go dark. The Bulgarian organizer immediately issue an apology to FIDE and both parties.

To: Mr. Georgios Makropoulos
Supervisor of the FWCM
between the World Champion
V. Anand and V. Topalov

Copy to: Mrs. Aruna Anand
Manager of the World Chess Champion V. Anand

Copy to: Mr. Silvio Danailov
Manager of Veselin Topalov

Dear Sirs,

The Organizing Committee of the Match for the World Title in Chess between the World Champion V. Anand and V. Topalov would like to apologize for the inconvenience during the fifth game due to cut in the electricity power supply. It was caused by general failure in the electrical system in central Sofia, which affected also the emergency power generators.

We have taken all the needed precautions to prevent from future incidents till the end of the match.

An official statement by the Ministry of Economy and Energetics and the power supplying company CEZ will be presented to you later on.

Organizing Committee
Ph.D. Stefan Sergiev

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Judit beats Guseinov, Kramnik beats Kamsky

Friday, April 30th, 2010


Round 1 (April 29)
Kamsky, Gata - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Polgar, Judit 1-0
Kramnik, Vladimir - Mamedov, Rauf 1-0
Guseinov, Gadir - Sutovsky, Emil 0-1
Round 2 (April 29)
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0
Sutovsky, Emil - Kamsky, Gata ?-?
Polgar, Judit - Radjabov, Teimour ?-?
Mamedov, Rauf - Guseinov, Gadir ?-?
Round 3 (April 30)
Kamsky, Gata - Mamedov, Rauf 1-0
Kramnik, Vladimir - Polgar, Judit ?-?
Radjabov, Teimour - Sutovsky, Emil 1-0
Guseinov, Gadir - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ?-?
Round 4 (April 30)
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Kamsky, Gata 0-1
Kramnik, Vladimir - Guseinov, Gadir ?-?
Polgar, Judit - Sutovsky, Emil ?-?
Mamedov, Rauf - Radjabov, Teimour ?-?
Round 5 (April 30)
Kamsky, Gata - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1
Sutovsky, Emil - Mamedov, Rauf 1-0
Radjabov, Teimour - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ?-?
Guseinov, Gadir - Polgar, Judit 0-1

LIVE games: http://livegames.chess.az/tfd.htm

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T. Kosintseva wins again at WGP

Friday, April 30th, 2010


Another round and another win! Tatiana Kosintseva is clearly living up to the label given by G. Kasparov. He said back in 2004 that Tatiana is by far the most talented female player from Russia.

After 5 rounds, she has 4.5 points and is 1.5 pt ahead of the next player!

Standings after 5 rounds:

Rk SNo.
Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts.
1 5 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2524 RUS * 1

1



1 ? 1 4?
2 1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2479 GEO 0 * 1

?
? 1


3

2 WGM Kovanova Baira 2385 RUS
0 *

?
? 1 1

3

6 GM Cramling Pia 2523 SWE


* ?
?

? ? 1 3

8 GM Hou Yifan 2570 CHN 0

? * 1 ?


1
3

12 GM Zhu Chen 2476 QAT
? ?
0 * 1 1



3
7 7 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2503 ARM


? ? 0 *


1 ? 2?
8 3 GM Koneru Humpy 2622 IND
? ?

0
*
0
1 2

4 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2244 TUR
0 0




* ? 1 ? 2

11 WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2428 MGL 0
0 ?


1 ? *

2
11 9 GM Zhao Xue 2490 CHN ?

? 0
0
0
*
1

10 IM Danielian Elina 2491 ARM 0

0

? 0 ?

* 1

Official website: http://nalchik2010.fide.com/

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Stunning results from WGP

Friday, April 30th, 2010


Top seed Humpy Koneru of India lost again this round, this time with the White pieces! She is now -1 after 5 rounds at the Women’s Grand Prix in Nalchik.

Round 5 results:

SNo.
Name Rtg Res.
Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Koneru Humpy 2622 0 – 1 GM Zhu Chen 2476 12
4 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre 2244 0 – 1 WGM Kovanova Baira 2385 2
5 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2524 1 – 0 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2479 1
6 GM Cramling Pia 2523 ? – ? WGM Munguntuul Batkhuyag 2428 11
7 IM Mkrtchian Lilit 2503 ? – ? IM Danielian Elina 2491 10
8 GM Hou Yifan 2570 1 – 0 GM Zhao Xue 2490 9
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Interview with Hou Yifan

Friday, April 30th, 2010


Interview with young Chinese superstar Hou Yifan
http://nalchik2010.fide.com/

- Yifan, how many times did you visit Nalchik?

- I am in Nalchik for the second time. I was here in 2008 on the Chess Championship.

- Do you like this town?

- I like it very much, because the air is fresher than in China, the vegetation is beautiful and very
green. People are very kind. It is nice here.

- You live in Beijing now. What do you like more: big cities or small towns like Nalchik?

- I prefer living in big cities just for several days. But for long living I prefer only small towns.

- What means of traveling do you prefer?

- Metro is not so fast and usually I use it. But I prefer bicycle.

- Do you like the local cuisine or you prefer the Chinese?

- The local food is good, but usually I prefer the Chinese.

- Do you have many friends?

- Yes, the majority of them are from the chess world.

- What other kinds of sports are you keen of? Do you have any hobby?

- I like swimming and also I am fond of skipping-rope. Sometimes I like learning something new, now I am studying English.

- Do you like to sing, what about karaoke?

- I visited it for several times and tried to sing, but I like listening more.

- Do you spend a lot of time with a computer?

- Yes, that’s why I am the person wearing spectacles.

- Well, do you often use the Internet to play chess?

- Not much. I usually prefer playing with my coache or with other chess-players.

- Do you like traveling and how many countries did you visit?

- Yes, I like traveling very much; I visited more than ten countries. Most of all I liked France.

- Did you visit some fashion boutiques there?

- No, that time I was younger than now and I just went sightseeing. I visited interesting places and I liked Eiffel Tower very much.

- Do you spend a lot of time to choose your dress?

- No. I make my decision very quickly. I just don’t like some colors. My favorites are purple and black and white.

- With whom do you like to travel?

- I don’t like traveling alone. When I am with my coach, he helps me in chess. When I travel with my mother, she helps me in my daily life. I feel comfortable with both of them.

- What country are you going to visit next time?

- I will visit several tournaments in China, and then I will go to the next Grand Prix in Armenia, Jermuk.

- Would you like to win?

- Now I don’t think about it, I just play chess.

- Is chess the most important thing in your life now?

- Yes, maybe chess is the most important thing in my life, but studying and some others things are also important for me.

I wish you good luck.

Thank you.

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Tablas en la quinta partida, Anand conserva su ventaja

Friday, April 30th, 2010

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Much at stake in world chess match

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The world chess championship match, which began Saturday in Sofia, Bulgaria, will determine the chess champion for the next two years. There is a hefty prize fund of 2 million euros (about $2.7 million), of which the winner will receive 60%. But even more is at stake. Viswanathan Anand, chess champion since 2007, is already recognized as a great player and the instigator of India’s chess boom. However, he stood in the shadow of Garry Kasparov during his prime years and became chess champion only at age 37. A victory would confirm his status as the leader of the post-Kasparov era and would turn speculation to his inevitable clash with a member of a much younger generation …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Breaking News: Interview with Mr. Morten Sand about Troms? Olympiad

Friday, April 30th, 2010


This is Mr. Morten Sand visiting SPICE and Texas Tech University last year at the 2009 SPICE Spring Invitational

Just two Chess Olympiad bids by FIDE deadline

Interview with Morten Sand – Troms? delivers Norwegian bid for 41st Olympiad

On the last day of April, Morten Sand, the international advisor for the bid organizing committee, submitted an application to host the 41st Chess Olympiad on behalf of the northern Norwegian city of Troms?. This act marked over three years of preparation by the group, which has combined chess and Olympic Winter Games organizers with experts from Norwegian business in an effort to bring the event to the city.

During this time Troms? has gathered experience and goodwill through their Arctic Chess Challenge, and gathered political backing thanks to the national pride generated by the stunning results of teenager Magnus Carlsen. Norway’s bid has already secured the financial support of the country’s government, which also hopes that staging the event will spotlight the far north that they claim is a priority region for the future.

Sand, a former FIDE Vice President and legal advisor to FIDE, talked about the methodical campaign to try to land this prestigious event in northern Norway.

“I have to say that I am pleased to have just submitted the Troms? bid in Athens. We are proud of the work we have done, and after three years of effort we believe we have a very strong bid for the chess Olympiad. A great deal of care has gone into the preparation, and we have all the necessary ingredients for a successful Olympiad.”

The Arctic Chess Challenge certainly seems to have charmed those who have made the trip to play there, but can a city like Troms? really stage an event of Olympic scope?

“Absolutely! One of our arguments is that Troms? is a ‘small large city’ – and a metropolis is not a necessity for a memorable Olympiad.

Troms? has everything a big city can offer – if on a smaller scale – and with 10,000 university students out of a population of 75,000, it also has a lively pulse.”

“In August, which is the optimal time slot for the Troms? bid, the weather is mild, and the city has typically ‘exotic’ Norwegian features – beautiful unspoiled natural scenery, and a diverse cultural setting, with a major hosting role to be played by the indigenous Sami. The region is also noted in Norway for its good-natured hospitality, so the public will be as welcoming as the organizers.”

“And the organization has full backing at every level – the City of Troms?, the northern region and the national government. The Ministry of Sport and Culture has approved a grant of NOK 70 million – about EUR 8.8 million at the current exchange rate – which is an extremely reassuring vote of confidence. And since Norway has a majority government, this support is rock solid. A lot of people have done a lot of work to make this happen – we are ready!”

While the Norwegian application process has clearly been thorough and patient, the organizing team still faces a tough struggle to land the event, with a demanding political and diplomatic fight still ahead to secure enough support from FIDE nation members. Arguably, navigating FIDE politics may be the hardest part of the process, with this congress being a presidential election year as well?

“The FIDE election process and the bidding for the Olympiad are two completely different issues and should not be mixed. It is extremely important for Troms?’s candidacy – and for me personally – to remain absolutely neutral when it comes to the presidential elections. This is only logical.”

“We want to host the Olympiad in 2014 regardless of the outcome of this year’s elections, and this requires a good, equal and untroubled relationship with all possible candidates. Taking sides would obviously be counter-productive for anyone involved with the Troms? bid, and we are a closely knit team.”

Finally – coming this far is a real accomplishment for the Troms? organization, but what kind of chance do you think the bid has for ultimate success?

“I think our chances are good. Only two bids were received within the deadline set by FIDE – Troms? and Varna, Bulgaria. Since Varna has staged the Chess Olympiad before, in 1962, we think Troms? should have excellent chances.

Interview – GM Jonathan Tisdall, for the Norwegian Chess Federation/Norsk Sjakkblad.

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Very interesting interview with Mr. Sand about Troms? Olympiad

Friday, April 30th, 2010


This is Mr. Morten Sand visiting SPICE and Texas Tech University last year at the 2009 SPICE Spring Invitational

Just two Chess Olympiad bids by FIDE deadline

Interview with Morten Sand – Troms? delivers Norwegian bid for 41st Olympiad

On the last day of April, Morten Sand, the international advisor for the bid organizing committee, submitted an application to host the 41st Chess Olympiad on behalf of the northern Norwegian city of Troms?. This act marked over three years of preparation by the group, which has combined chess and Olympic Winter Games organizers with experts from Norwegian business in an effort to bring the event to the city.

During this time Troms? has gathered experience and goodwill through their Arctic Chess Challenge, and gathered political backing thanks to the national pride generated by the stunning results of teenager Magnus Carlsen. Norway’s bid has already secured the financial support of the country’s government, which also hopes that staging the event will spotlight the far north that they claim is a priority region for the future.

Sand, a former FIDE Vice President and legal advisor to FIDE, talked about the methodical campaign to try to land this prestigious event in northern Norway.

“I have to say that I am pleased to have just submitted the Troms? bid in Athens. We are proud of the work we have done, and after three years of effort we believe we have a very strong bid for the chess Olympiad. A great deal of care has gone into the preparation, and we have all the necessary ingredients for a successful Olympiad.”

The Arctic Chess Challenge certainly seems to have charmed those who have made the trip to play there, but can a city like Troms? really stage an event of Olympic scope?

“Absolutely! One of our arguments is that Troms? is a ‘small large city’ – and a metropolis is not a necessity for a memorable Olympiad.

Troms? has everything a big city can offer – if on a smaller scale – and with 10,000 university students out of a population of 75,000, it also has a lively pulse.”

“In August, which is the optimal time slot for the Troms? bid, the weather is mild, and the city has typically ‘exotic’ Norwegian features – beautiful unspoiled natural scenery, and a diverse cultural setting, with a major hosting role to be played by the indigenous Sami. The region is also noted in Norway for its good-natured hospitality, so the public will be as welcoming as the organizers.”

“And the organization has full backing at every level – the City of Troms?, the northern region and the national government. The Ministry of Sport and Culture has approved a grant of NOK 70 million – about EUR 8.8 million at the current exchange rate – which is an extremely reassuring vote of confidence. And since Norway has a majority government, this support is rock solid. A lot of people have done a lot of work to make this happen – we are ready!”

While the Norwegian application process has clearly been thorough and patient, the organizing team still faces a tough struggle to land the event, with a demanding political and diplomatic fight still ahead to secure enough support from FIDE nation members. Arguably, navigating FIDE politics may be the hardest part of the process, with this congress being a presidential election year as well?

“The FIDE election process and the bidding for the Olympiad are two completely different issues and should not be mixed. It is extremely important for Troms?’s candidacy – and for me personally – to remain absolutely neutral when it comes to the presidential elections. This is only logical.”

“We want to host the Olympiad in 2014 regardless of the outcome of this year’s elections, and this requires a good, equal and untroubled relationship with all possible candidates. Taking sides would obviously be counter-productive for anyone involved with the Troms? bid, and we are a closely knit team.”

Finally – coming this far is a real accomplishment for the Troms? organization, but what kind of chance do you think the bid has for ultimate success?

“I think our chances are good. Only two bids were received within the deadline set by FIDE – Troms? and Varna, Bulgaria. Since Varna has staged the Chess Olympiad before, in 1962, we think Troms? should have excellent chances.

Interview – GM Jonathan Tisdall, for the Norwegian Chess Federation/Norsk Sjakkblad.

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Asia Continental Chess Championships 2010 – GM Ni Hua of China and WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan of Iran are new champions

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The 2010 Asia Continental Chess Championships were held on April 21-30th in Subic, under the management of the Philippines Chess Federation. 32 Grandmasters, 23 International masters, and a total of 63 titled participants started in the men section of the Asia Continental Chess Championship.

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