Archive for August, 2011

Women top players – September 2011 FIDE rating list

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Women rating list suffers a minor deflation in September.

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September FIDE rating list

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The World Chess Federation, FIDE, has announced the top players for the month of September in a new rating list. GM Magnus Carlsen takes the top position with 2823. The other two players above 2800 are the World Champion Viswanathan Anand and the World Team Champion Levon Aronian. They are closely followed by GM Vladimir [...]

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Botvinnik Memorial Rapid in Moscow 2011 – Games and Results

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The Botvinnik Memorial in Moscow is a 5 day event commemorating the centenary of former World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik’s birth. Taking place 1st-5th September. At the heart on 2nd-3rd September is a two day rapid double rounder with the top 4 in the world, Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik. A women’s event is alongside. There are additional simuls and lectures.

Source: The Week in Chess

Small tragedies of the second round

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011



Press release № 5

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World Cup: small tragedies of the second round

The first games of the 2nd Round were played on Wednesday August 31 at the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk. The peaceful agreement was signed very fast between Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB) and Gata Kasmsky (USA), Ni Hua (CHN) and Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) and between Yuri Drozdovskij (UKR) and Fabiano Caruana (ITA).

The day before Drozdovskij played a very exhausting long lasting tie-break that finished in “Ar-mageddon” and therefore, most probably, did not have enough time to fully recover. We are only to wonder about the reason why neither Kasimdzhanov nor Ni Hua used the right of the first move: ei-ther they did not guess the choice of the opening of the opponent or they built up their strategy in the way to try to solve the result of the round in rapid chess matches.

Today spectators witnessed several opening catastrophes. Russian Nikita Vitiugov in the sharp an-ti-Moscow variation has demonstrated his deep preparation level to Anton Korobov (Ukraine). The Belorussian Grandmaster Sergey Azarov playing Black with Vugar Gashimov (AZE) a very popular today Jaenish Gambit, however, having faced a rather rare defense, lost his way quickly and got un-der the mate attack.

Another game finished very quickly and successfully – Vladimir Potkin (RUS) defeated Alexey Shirov (ESP). Although the opening of this game is not the reason for it: Shirov playing Black was in a rather comfortable position, but having maneuvered not in a proper way, gave in his initiative on the entire chess board.

A very valuable bid to qualify to the 3rd Round was made by the following chess players who won their games playing Black: Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR), Dmitry Jakovenko, Alexander Morozevich and Evgeny Tomashevsky (all from Russia), Lazaro Bruzon and Leinier Dominguez (both from Cu-ba), Le Quang Liem (VIE).

The game of Francisco Vallejo Pons can be referred as to the main failure of the round: Spanish Grandmaster had a lasting pressure for a long time and, but he had the knack to lose to Bruzon in the endgame having an extra pawn. Evgeny Alekseev in his game against Ivanchuk missed his slight pressure at the beginning and then gave his pawn although his position was close to draw. There were already outlines of the famous theoretically drawish endgame on the board «rook and bishop against a rook» when Evgeny made a rough mistake and had to resign.

Teimour Radjabov (AZE), Mircea-Emilian Parligras (ROU), Anton Filippov (UZB), Yaroslav Zherebukh (UKR) and Emil Sutovsky (ISR) won the first game playing White.

The rating favorite of the tournament Sergey Karjakin (RUS) did not managed to break the re-sourceful defense pf the Grandmaster from Philippines Wesley So. It was not easy for Alexander Grischuk (RUS) playing against Sebastien Feller (FRA), but Grischuk managed to defend the posi-tion of Black.

On Thursday, the 1st of September, we will witness the feedback games of the second Round of the World Cup where the opponents will exchange colors.

All the games of the World Cup are broadcast live with the commentaries of the Grandmasters both in English and Russian languages on the official site of the World Chess Cup 2011 http://chess.ugrasport.com

The computer analysis of the most powerful computer program in the world Houdini is to be found on http://chess.ugrasport.com/houdini.html

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FIDE September 2011 FRL

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
logo4FIDE publishes September 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

A brain challenge review

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011



This was posted not long ago. It is one of the most interesting puzzles I have posted. It is White to move and win. Can you solve it without computer assistance?

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Aleksandra Goryachkina Superior in the Lyudmila Rudenko Memorial

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Following the successfully managed “100 Years of Mikhail Botvinnik” tournament, the organizers from St.Petersburg hosted the Lyudmila Rudenko Memorial from 22nd to 31st August. 43 female players, including 8 Grandmasters, participated in the 9-round Open honouring the second Women’s World Chess Champion. The total prize fund is 7500 EUR, with 1500 EUR dedicated to the [...]

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WOM arbiters seminar online

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011



Official website of the FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess: http://womenchess.fide.com

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Interview with Bacrot and Robson

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011



After the tense battle the multifold French Champion Etienne Bacrot managed to defeat his young opponent Ray Robson from America. Both Grandmasters came to the press conference.

— Etienne, did you expect today’s games to be that difficult?



Bacrot:
I consider any match to be tense and especially tie-breaks. Both of us playing White got comfortable positions. So I could win the first game, I lost the second game playing Black and in the third my opponent was not lucky in the endgame.

— Ray, you managed to retrieve your defeat in the second game, however, you might have lacked some experience in order to overcome such a giant as Etienne Bacrot?

Robson: Most probably, I play in the tournament of such a format for the second time. Till the very end of the 3rd game I had very good chances to hold the position. I should have played 87…Kg2 instead of 87…h2 to make a draw.

— Etienne, who is your next opponent?



Bacrot:
Anton Filippov from Uzbekistan.



— Ray, since when do you apply King’s Gambit and how often do you implement it?

Robson: Usually I do not play King’s Gambit even in rapid chess. However, today I had to win and I am sure that I managed to surprise my opponent. This is a rather sharp opening. I studied this variation before the game because I wanted to get a complicated game; in Spanish I think I would have had fewer chances to win. In the last game I chose King’s Gambit once again since I managed to play off during the first time. I wanted to repeat my success but failed.

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Interview with GM Feller from Khanty Mansiysk

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011



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Grandmaster Sebastien Feller who was accused in cheating at the 39thWorld Chess Olympiad by the French Chess Federation, came to Khanty-Mansiysk again.

Feller spoke on his victory over GM Viorel Iordachescu (MDA) in tie-breaks as well as on the Court process against his national federation.

Feller: In tie-breaks I played Black in the first game. T the beginning everything was going on well for me but then I blundered two moves of my opponent in a row, and my position got worse, then I fully gave in my initiative. Then my opponent let me come back to the game, but the problem was that I did not have much time (only 10 seconds for every move). However, I managed to control the situation: I could find the right moves being in time trouble.

As for the second game, my opponent playing Black did not chose the appropriate line and already in the opening I had a winning position — one extra pawn and quality. I still did not have enough time and it took me more time than I could have spent to win playing White.

— Is it your second visit to Khanty-Mansiysk? How do you find it here?

Feller: I don’t have enough time to do sightseeing, but still I like it here, because I like this type of weather.

— What stage is your process with the French Chess Federation at now?

Feller: At the end of June this year there was an urgent audition in the court where I addressed in order to disprove the accusation that put my chess career under question. Everyone in France has a right to do that. Presently the judge is investigating the issue by going through every single detail and checking it for violations. If he finds out that there are big chances to cancel the decision of the federation, he will do it. The court is to consider and look into about a dozen of issues of this process. For instance, first of all, instead of a special commission that was supposed to be established to treat the case on my accusation, the matter was followed by the national chess federation. Those people, who investigated the issue, had financial liaisons with the national federation members, while it is actually prohibited, because, according to the requirements, this commission is to be independent. There are about ten articles of this nature in the case. That is why I decided to treat it thoroughly and in a very serious way. The final decision will be taken only in one or even two years and ahead there are many auditions like that, then the court of cassation and etc. The process risks taking many years before it is finished.

— Recently the head of Chess Base Frederic Friedel has addressed you in public with the proposal to publish all sms messages that caused suspicions in unfair play. Do you believe that it would have advanced the decision?

Feller: I will tell you right away that my attorney asked me not to do that because it is the accusing party that is supposed to provide evidence. It means that if I am accused in something by the national federation, it has to look for the proofs of its accusations. Moreover, my sms messages is my personal life and there are rights to be respected by both parties. So, for sure I will not go for it.

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