Archive for June, 2011

Caruana leads AAI by 1.5 pt

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Round 8 results

Caruana, Fabiano - Hou, Yifan 1-0
Laznicka, Viktor - Sasikiran, Krishnan 0-1
Negi, Parimarjan - So, Wesley 1-0

Standings after 8 rounds

1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2714 6?
2. Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2676 5
3. So, Wesley g PHI 2667 4
4. Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2681 4
5. Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2622 2?
6. Hou, Yifan g CHN 2612 2

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July FIDE rating list – Inflation of top men ratings, deflation of top women ratings

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

After the good performance in Bazna, Magnus Carlsen is number one rated player in the world. The top female player is Judith Polgar, as it has been for a total of 48 lists. On the first spot in the junior rating list joins Le Quang Liem, while Yifan Hou is top girl, and also appears on 19th position in the junior rating list.


Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championships – Round 7 report and video by Vijay Kumar

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

On the top board International Master Grover Sahaj came well prepared to face Championship leader GM Jones Gawain. Gawain who is leading the championship by half a point was in no mood to take any risk and played a normal game which in the end resulted in a draw.


Lev Polugaevsky Memorial – Nine round open from 5th to 13th July in Samara, Russia

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The total prize fund is 11300 EUR and the tournament is a qualifier for the 2011 Russian Cup. Denis Khismatullin, Orissa Open winner Aleksej Aleksandrov and Rilton Cup winner Sergey Volkov are currently top rated players.


Fabiano Caruana dominates at AAIGM – Round 8

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

By Chess Coach NM William Stewart

Original article on AAIGM Round 8 available on William’s site.

Fabiano Caruana is cruising through the AAIGM Chess Tournament (2011) that is currently being held in New Delhi, India. Caruana’s win today puts him at 6.5/8 points, dominating this strong 6-GM round robin with an average FIDE rating of 2662. Caruana’s unofficial rating is now over 2730, firmly establishing him in the top 20 world rankings.
While Yifan Hou won her first game of the tournament yesterday in round 7 versus Negi, she faced a determined Caruana today. The 18 year-old Italian played extremely accurately today to realize a small technical advantage in 46 moves against the female superstar, maintaining his lead of 1.5 points going into round 9 of 10.
Caruana Crushes Hou in 46 Moves
Czech GM Viktor Laznicka was trying to keep pace with Caruana, however he hit a roadblock today in the form of local favorite Krishnan Sasikiran. Laznicka was hit by some great opening preparation as Sasikiran dynamically attacked with 18. …g5! 19. …d4 and 20. …Rae8! to rip apart the white position. Sasikiran accurately converted the advantage that he generated through inspired opening preparation to achieve a well-deserved win, maintaining his 2nd place position at 5 out of 7 points.
Sasikiran Sac’s an Exchange with 20. …Rae8!
Local Indian GM Parimarjan Negi scored his second victory of the tournament today via an excellent positional grind and subsequent tactical conversion against the 17 year-old Philipine phenom Wesley So. It seemed that the position was heading towards a draw out an uneventful Petroff Defense by black, when So played a series of inaccurate moves that led to the forced weakening of his kingside defense with 22. …f6. It still looked like So might be able to pull out the draw, however Negi was able to exploit black’s lack of coordination and space with 26. Rxa7! and 27. Ba3! – threatening 28. Bd5! to rip apart black’s last line of defense. A very fine game by Negi, ended by an explosively unexpected tactic.
Negi Slams So with 27. Ba3!

Full game .pgns are available at official site

Original article on Fabiano Caruana at the AAIGM Chess Tournament available on Will’s website.

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Making Chess Videos – Microsoft Expression Encoder

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

So far I had been using CamStudio and Windows Movie Maker for making most of my chess videos, but recent problems with capturing audio from speakers (I basically could not get it to work on my new PC) made me look for another solution. I found Microsoft Expression Encoder tool suite to be quite easy to use and functional (capturing audio from speakers “just worked”). The only limitation is that the capture tool’s free version is limited to 10 minutes. I presume that can be worked around by compositing 2 captures, and by talking faster! As an extra feature, Encoder allows to amplify output volume, which is something that had a lot difficulties with in the past.

image The capture tool is easy to use and configure.

image The encoding tool looks quite sophisticated, but generates output faster than Windows Movie Maker!


image This control allows for adjusting output volume!

Source: chessblogger

FIDE July 2011 Rating List

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
logo4FIDE publishes July 2011 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at dedicated page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Sasi And Negi Win In AAI Chess

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Press Release: New Delhi, June 30: Parimarjan Negi stopped his run of losses while Krishnan Sasikiran got back to his winning ways in what turned out to be good day for the Indian duo in the AAI Grandmasters Chess Tournament.
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Can Chess Help People with Alzheimers Disease? Maybe So!

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

By Chess Coach William Stewart

Original article on using chess to help people with Alzheimer’s disease available on Will’s site.

1.26.2011: 79 yr-old Korchnoi Beats 18 yr-old Caruana (FIDE 2720)

Nearly everyone has a close family member or friend that is afflicted by mental dementia or Alzheimer’s. Current treatment methods combine medication and behavioral approaches to reduce the effect and growth of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), however there is no complete cure. Recent research indicates that playing chess can reduce the risk of AD by up to 75% (see details below). GM Viktor Korchnoi certainly comes to mind, as he celebrated his 80th birthday this year and maintains an active FIDE rating of 2553!

Caruana Vs Korchnoi – Gibraltar 2011 – Final Position (0-1)

Research from various articles: states that in 2011 “There are nearly 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers providing 17 billion hours of unpaid care valued at $202 billion… Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Based on mortality data from 2000-2008, death rates have declined for most major diseases while deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have risen 66 percent during the same period.”

Professor Verghese stated that:
“It is similar to the physical state. If you exercise and build up muscles then you become more resistant to injury and other illnesses. If you exercise your brain then you are also more resistant to the effects of dementing illnesses such as Alzheimers. If you challenge the brain you lay down new connections and promote growth of new cells in areas which are affected by Alzheimers”. The day may not be far off, according to Professor Verghese, “when doctors recommend a game of chess along with physical exercise and a healthy diet.”

According to further research by Doctor Gene Cohen, the Director of the Centre for Ageing, Health and Humanities at George Washington University:

“Challenging your brain can have positive effects. The plasticity of the brain is directly related to the production of new dendrites, the branched, tree-like neural projections that carry electrical signals through the brain. Every time you challenge your brain it will actually modify the brain. We can indeed form new brain cells, despite a century of being told that it’s impossible.”

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“A report filed in 2003, in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science showed that chess and other brain activities, like crosswords and reading, delays the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and other mental illnesses (ABC).

Alzheimer’s Disease is a debilitating disease that affects the elderly and the families that need to care for them. Pre-senility actually begins in the 40s and 50s and progresses to dementia and total senility, or helplessness.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the leading mental illness in elderly and the number of cases is expected to rise sharply in the near future as baby-boomers approach retirement age between 60 – 70 years old. The need to prevent and treat the disease is a priority for medical scientists that will be caring for these people. (MSnbc).

Symptoms include memory loss that disrupts daily life, planning and problem solving challenges, time and place confusion, difficulty completing common or routine tasks, speech difficulties, misplacing items, social withdrawl, poor judgement and emotion/mood changes (Alzheimer’s Association). Brains of Alzheimer’s patients have plaques and tangles, or a protein build-up between nerve cells and protein build-up inside nerve cells, respectivly ( Plaques and tangles tend to develop as people age, however, patients with Alzheimer’s have many more than average.

Scientists are at a loss as to what the actual cause is. reports that age, family history, diet, and lifestyle factors increase the risk. Recently, Dr. Robert Friedlander, lead scientist of this report suggested television is also a risk factor among other passive brainactivities! Without a specific cause, therapy can only address the symptoms and also delay the onset.

Chess, A treatment that works!

Chess seems like a treatment that works. In fact, people over the age of 75 that partake in leisure activities that stimulate the brain were less likely to develop signs of dementia (Healthy Living). Research shows that chess affects specific areas of the brain and the stimulation will shift with the problems that a chess player faces during the game. And the game lends itself to a variety of complexities from various patterns to complex calculations that stimulate players’ brains. Dr. Friedlander says that people who don’t exercise their gray matter stand a chance of losing brain power when they age.

A five year study with 488 participants showed that involvement in at least 11 mind exercising activities per week versus a control group that engaged in 4 or less activities per week, delayed by 1.3 years (Dr. Charles B. Hall, PhD, author of the study and Saul R. Korep Department of Neurology professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine). A further analysis demonstrated those that played only games reduced their risk by 75% and those that played musical instruments reduced theirs by 64%. Crossword puzzle enthusiasts get a 38% lowered risk.

Scientists are still at a loss to determine the actual cause of Alzheimer’s Disease but with nearly 100 million future Alzheimer’s victims in development, we best start writing prescriptions for chess sets for Christmas.”

From the June 19, 2003 New England Journal of Medicine:
“Use It or Lose It — Do Effortful Mental Activities Protect against Dementia?”
Joseph T. Coyle, M.D.

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One Move Ahead of Opponents, and Two Ahead of Trouble

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

It is impossible to miss that James Black Jr. is a chess champion when you walk into his home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Three trophies, each nearly three feet tall, sit on the floor in front of a fish tank. Other trophies crowd the floor in front of a living room cabinet that is covered with more chess trophies, many with medals dangling from them. There is an inlaid chess board on the coffee table in the center of the room with carved wooden pieces, and another board on the kitchen table. James, 12, is a seventh grader at Intermediate School 318 in South Williamsburg, a perennial powerhouse in chess. Though the school’s teams have many talented chess players, James stands out. He is …

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