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World Girl’s and World Junior begin

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

World junior chess starts in Chennai on Sunday

Hari Hara NandananHari Hara Nandanan, TNN | Jul 31, 2011, 05.57PM IST

CHENNAI: Times have changed and with that the focus too. The world junior chess championships used to be a stage that helped young talents acquire GM norms two decades ago and a straight GM title in the last 10 years. But today, if you go by the ratings and grades of the top competitors in the recent championships, it is clear that they are no longer there to pocket the norms or a GM title, they want to win the championship and get noticed at the highest level for invitations from elite tournaments.

In the 50th world junior and 29th world junior girls championships that get underway for the first time in Chennai on Monday, there are 19 Grandmasters in the open section and so is the case with the girls section where the top four are Women GMs. Which means that they are not here for the old motive of just making some grades in their careers, but something bigger: the world junior champions traditionally enjoyed some special advantages as they got invitations from super tournaments by virtue of their status as the No 1 among juniors, even if they are not No 1 in the ranking list. GM Maxim Matlakov (Elo 2632) and GM Sanan Sjugirov (Elo 2629) of Russia are the top two seeds in the open section. Sjugirov had just missed the world junior title on tiebreak last year in Poland.

This was the field that launched the career of India’s one and only Viswanathan Anand, but today he is not the only one Indian who enjoys the privilege. In the last 10 years, India added five more world junior champions, two in the open and three in the girls sections. But then times have changed and most of the junior champions in the last two decades have not had the chance to play in the world title match, leave alone winning it. For the record, the last world junior champion in the open section was also Viswanathan Anand.

Pentala Harikrishna and Abhijeet Gupta did India proud by winning the titles in 2004 and 2008 respectively but they have not got into the same league as their illustrious predecessors such as Kasparov, Karpov or an Anand, who were among the top 10 in the next three or four years. It is a hard fact and it is also unfair on the young Indian talents that they tend to be compared with Anand because he had set a new benchmark for the country, not only with the world junior title but with the accolades and rating grades that he climbed soon after that.

Having said that there is still one among the top players in the current field, No 10 in fact, who is capable of emulating the deeds of Anand, Hari and Gupta in the open section. Baskaran Adhiban has made some impact with his world under-16 title and also becoming the youngest GM from Tamil Nadu, his grade coming a shade faster than Anand’s at the age of 17. But the bigger test for these young lions such as Parimarjan Negi, Harikrishna, Koneru Humpy or Adhiban, who have set new marks for youngest GMs in India is that they have got to convert those initial promise into top notch performances and in that only Humpy has so far come anywhere close to Anand. In fact, Negi in eligible to participate in the current championship but his rating is beyond 2600 and he has already realised that the field has nothing to offer him.

In the girls divison, the early favourites are WGM Nazi Paikidze (Elo 2416 ) of Georgia, WGM Anastasia Savina (ELO 2398) of Russia, WGM Olga Girya (Elo 2371) of Russia, WGM Rout Padmini (Elo 2348) of India and WIM Irina Bulmaga (Elo 2293) of Romania.

Padmini Rout at 17 is one of the frontrunners in the girls section having won the bronze medal last year. But in women’s chess, you certainly can’t judge the strength of the Russians and Georgians, who invariably perform much above their rating expectations.

Yes, expectations are what keep this championship alive year after year.


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In the name of the children

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Chess program ‘rooks’ schools
Big salaries, big council funding
Last Updated:
2:13 AM, July 31, 2011
1:54 AM, July 31, 2011

They’re the kings and queens of City Council cash.

An arsenal of 18 City Council members forked over $266,214 in member items to the nonprofit group Chess-in-the-Schools in the city budget adopted last month — one of the largest infusions of council cash to any single nonprofit.

The program has reeled in $2,172,357 in taxpayer dollars from the city and state since 2006, according to budget records.

“They are very vocal and driven. The pushier you are, the more you get,” said one City Hall insider.

Despite the taxpayer largesse, the charity forced cash-strapped schools to ante up more than $100,000 to continue chess lessons for third- and sixth-graders, tax documents show.

Marley Kaplan, the group’s executive director, runs the program, which teaches kids from 50 poor city schools how to play chess.

When she first took the job in 1994, fawning press reports trumpeted how she sacrificed her six-figure Wall Street salary for a $25,000 part-time gig at the chess program.

But her annual pay has since ballooned to $226,800 — more than the $213,000 earned by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. Kaplan says it’s fair compensation because she performs three jobs, those of executive director, CFO and director of development.

The vice president of programs pulled down $131,000 last year, and the VP of administration made $95,870, according to tax filings. The group’s 15 chess instructors start at $25 an hour and are directly supervised by four administrators.

The group leases half a floor in the Garment District for $240,000 a year, according to their tax filings. The space includes a patio, new computers and plenty of unneeded space, according to former instructor Chris Kerrigan.

“These offices are palatial,” said Kerrigan, who says he was fired after complaining about the bureaucracy.

In 2009, the program — which had been free for 25 years — started charging schools $2,500 each to participate, citing hard economic times.

It collected $103,500 in fees from schools last year, records show; two schools had to drop out.

Kaplan said the group eliminated six administrators since 2008 and negotiated a better deal on their lease, saving $423,700 a year.

They scaled back the number of school sites so they could expand their tournament program and teach other schools how to duplicate the chess lessons, she added. More than 100 schools are on the waiting list.

“We’ve reviewed every possible place to reduce expenses and add revenue,” she said.


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Dortmund Final Round LIVE!

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

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Top players all win in Round 1 of the HZ Open – 1

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

The 15th HZ Open in Vlissingen is now under way. Top seeds are Arkadij Naiditsch and Yasser Seirawan. Below is a rough translation of the first press release in Dutch.

Source: The Week in Chess

37th Open Internacional d’Escacs Vila de Sitges – GM Stefan Djuric winner on superior tiebreaks

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

The 37th Open Internacional d’Escacs Vila de Sitges was held from 22nd to 30th July at the Sal? Teatre del Casino Prado in Sitges, Spain. The tournament was played in two rating groups and is part of the Catalan Chess Circuit.


Turkish Youth Chess Championships 2011 – Report by Anastasiya Karlovich

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

The 2011 Turkish Youth Chess Championships took place in Istanbul from July 23rd till July 28th. The tournaments were played under the Swiss system, 7 rounds, U-13 till U-18 age categories among boys and girls.


Kramnik Secures 10th Dortmund Title

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

A draw with Anish Giri in 28 moves was enough for Vladimir Kramnik to secure an incredible 10th Dortmund title with a round to spare.
Kramnik’s tournament performance rating so far is well over 2900 Elo, and this has pushed his live rating back t…

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World Junior Chess Championship 2011

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

World Junior Chess Championship 2011
The strongest young stars begin the WJCC in India

The World Junior Chess Championship 2011 will take place 1-16 August in India. It is one of the strongest WJCC ever, featuring over 80 titled players among the juniors and girls.

Daily live games with computer analysis here

Top rated in the junior section are the Russians GM Maxim Matlakov (2632) and GM Sanan Sjugirov (2629). It is difficult to project them as favorites, given the full list of participants including the Spanish star GM Ivan Salgado Lopez, the Russian talent GM Alexandr Shimanov, the WYCC participant GM Tamir Nabaty, Armenia’s champion and WYCC team member GM Robert Hovhannisyan and his compatriot who currently is playing in Lake Sevan GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan, the USA star and one of the youngest GMs in the world GM Ray Robson, the Polish talent GM Dariusz Swiercz, the top Indian junior GM Adhiban, and many other GM, IM, and FM talents from around the world.

Full participants list here

In the girls section 30 titled players are favorites for the title, in what is expected to be a very close race. Top rated is the medalist from the 2008 WJCC WGM Nazi Paikidze, followed by WGM Anastasia Savina and WGM Olga Girya (all three of them stars from the Blondes vs Brunettes match), the Peru top junior WGM Deysi Cori, and the local star Padmini Rout.

Full participants list girls here

More about the World Junior and Girls U-20 Championships

The idea was the brainchild of William Ritson-Morry and he organized the 1951 inaugural event to take place in England. Borislav Ivkov was the first champion. Since then it has been held every two years until 1973, when an annual schedule was adopted. The first tournament was 11-round Swiss, but in subsequent years preliminary tournament have been played with players divided into sections of approximately equal strength. From these preliminaries sections, players qualified for the top, middle and lowest sections i.e. A, B, C and D finals.

In the period 1951-1973 finals were held as Round-Robin tournaments. Since then preliminaries were cancelled and a 13-round Swiss event was adopted.

In 1982, a separate tournament for girls U-20 was organized. The first winner was Agnieszka Brustman of Poland. The first event was also called the World Cup. Since then the World Girls U-20 Championships have been held every year, except 1984 year.

Top junior players of all continents are taking part in Championships. Champions under 20: Boris Spassky, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand became World Champions. The World Girls U-20 Champion Zhu Chen became the World Women Champion.

In the 2009 year in Argentina 80 juniors and 45 girls from 61 countries took part. In the 2010 year in Poland 109 juniors and 67 girls from 50 countries took part.

Indian players have been regularly participating in World Junior Chess Championships. The current World Champion and World No.1 GM Viswanathan Anand made India proud by becoming the first World Junior Champion in 1987. Since then, GM Pentala Harikrishna (2004), and GM Abhijeet Gupta (2008), had won World Junior Championship.

The current World Women’s Champion contender GM Koneru Humpy became the first Indian girl to win the World Junior Girls Championship in 2002. After her Dronavalli Harika (2008), and Soumya Swaminathan (2010) emerged as Champions in World Junior Girls Championship.

The rise of Viswanathan Anand and Koneru Humpy in the world arena has inspired many Indian Juniors to take up chess more professionally. At this year’s WJCC are expected a large contingent of Indian players to take part this time as this prestigious event is to be organized in the historical city Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

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Match Navara – L?zni?ka in Novy Bor

Sunday, July 31st, 2011


Match Navara – L?zni?ka in Novy Bor

1-7th August at the art restaurant Ajeto in Novy Bor

The match between the Czech Republic top players David Navara and Viktor Laznicka is set to take place on 1-7th August at the art restaurant Ajeto in Novy Bor. Six games with the long time control (90 min/40 moves +30 min +30 sec increment) will be played.

The games will take place in a circular room in Ajeto and the viewers will be able to watch the battle from the comfort of the restaurant, which is separated by a round glass wall from the “arena”. Grandmaster Marek Vok?? along with many other guests will provide live commentary in the separate room.

Restaurant Ajeto in Novy Bor

David Navara was three times champion of the Czech Republic (2004, 2005 and 2010) and Viktor L?zni?ka has a gold medal from Brno 2006. Mutual statistics in over the board meetings show a favorable balance of +1 = 4 for L?zni?ka.

David Navara (26 years) is for many years the best chess player of the Czech Republic. He regularly represents the country in the Chess Olympiads and international tournaments. His highest world rank was thirteenth place (from 1 January to 30 June 2007), is now he is at the 39th place (ELO 2702).

Currently the second player of Czech Republic, L?zni?ka Viktor, was born on 9th January 1988 in Pardubice. In 2008 he won the very strong Calcutta Open in India and in the same year took the second place in the European Union Championships in Liverpool, England.

In 2010 came a series of successful performances. In Philadelphia he became the outright winner of the World Chess Open tournament. His great form was confirmed in Paks, Hungary, where he masterfully won the Marx Gyorgy Memorial. Most recently he played at the prestigious AAI Grandmaster Tournament in India where he finished second behind Fabiano Caruana.

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Portland CC Centennial Open

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

$10,000 Guaranteed!

Portland Chess Club Centennial Open
August 12th, 13th, and 14th
Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel, Portland, Oregon
  • TYPE: 6-round Swiss in 2 sections.
  • TC: 40/120; SD 60
  • 5-GAME SCHEDULE: Players rated 2200 and above may enter 2nd round with 1 point.
    All others: one irrevocable half-point bye
    available for any rounds 1-6 if requested
    before round 2.
  • ROUND TIMES: Friday 11 & 7; Saturday 9 & 7; Sunday 10 & 5
  • REGISTRATION: Friday, 9:00am-10:45 am.
  • ENTRIES: $110; Pre-registration received by August 8 deduct $10. Payable to Portland Chess Club; mail to Mike Morris, 2344 NE 27th Ave., Portland, OR 97212. Free entry to GM’s and IM’s ($100 deducted from any prizes);
  • Refund of $20 to guests registered at hotel for at least 2 nights, payable at end of tournament (one refund per room).
  • USCF & OCF/WCF membership required;
    OSA or out-of-Northwest pay $5 OCF tournament fee. USCF August list used to determine ratings. FIDE ratings used for foreign players without USCF ratings.
FIDE RATED CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION: Open to all; total prize fund $4500
PRIZES: $2000-1000-500; U2200: $500-300-200
AMATEUR SECTION: Open to all under 2000; total prize fund $5500:
PRIZES: $1000-600-400
U 1800: $500-300-200
U1600: $500-300-200
U 1400: $500-300-200
U 1200/unr: $300-200

SIDE EVENT: Saturday Afternoon Blitz start 3:30 pm; 8 double-round Swiss $20 entry fee; 80% of entries returned as prizes: 1st 50%; 2nd 25%; U2000 25%
Special Guest – GM Susan Polgar:
Saturday afternoon: 10-board clocked simul;
Sunday morning breakfast topic: “The Bobby Fischer I knew”.
Hotel Discount: Lloyd Center Doubletree special chess rate (mention tournament); single occupancy $99; double occupancy $109; plus tax. For hotel reservations call 1-800-996-0510.

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