Archive for August, 2011

Armenia moves forward with chess in all schools

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Chess becomes compulsory subject in all secondary schools of Armenia from second grade

August 30, 2011 | 18:47

YEREVAN. – From September 1, chess will become a compulsory subject in all secondary schools of Armenia, said Armenian Minister of Education Armen Ashotyan and deputy chairman of the Armenian Chess Federation Smbat Lputyan in a joint press conference on Tuesday.

“Thus, Armenia becomes the first country in the world, where chess is included into state educational standards for secondary schools. In 2012, chess will be taught in 3rd grade, and in 2013 – in 4th. In 2013, the subject will be introduced in an elementary school in full,” said the minister.

According to him, a textbook on chess, a special notebook, teachers’ textbook and a collection of exercises for practical work has already been published. The minister noted that by the end of this week all schools will receive a set of chess tables, boards and other necessary supplies. Chess classes will be set up in all schools.

AMD 900 million (about $ 2.5 million) has been allocated from the State Budget to introduce this subject.


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1st Gov. Emmylou Lala J. Talino-Mendoza North Cotabato Mindanao Open Chess Championship

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

While Wesley So continues his spell at the World Chess Cup in Khanty Mansiysk, his fellow Filipinos competed in the 1st Gov. Emmylou Lala J. Talino-Mendoza North Cotabato Mindanao Open Chess Championship. The tournament, managed by Dr. Ted Calica of Pres. Kidapawan Chess Club, Inc, was held from 27th to 31st August at the Prov’l [...]


World Cup: the 1st Round is over

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011


The third day of the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk has finalized the results of the first Round. Let us remind you that the winners of 47 micro-matches out of 64 were already determined in two classical games with the long time control, however, 17 pairs either drew 1-1 (or drew both or exchanged victories) and therefore continued playing on the 3rd day tie-breaks.

We would like to remind you the regulations of the World Cup tie-breaks. First there are two games played with the time control of 25 minutes for all moves + 10 seconds for every move. If they do not determine the winner, there are two games set with the time control of 10 minutes till the end of the game + 10 seconds for every move. Then if necessary there are two more blitz-games (5 minutes until the end of the game plus 3 seconds for every move) played. In the outermost case the decisive game “till the result” (i.e. “Armageddon”) is played: White have 5 minutes and Black – 4 minutes (with additional 3 seconds for every move starting from the 61st one) where draw is equaled to the victory of Black.

In general the favorites have confirmed their reputation after the first two games: Gata Kamsky (USA), Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP), Emil Sutovsky (ISR), Alexander Morozevich, Igor Lysyj, Evgeny Alekseev (all from Russia), Sebastien Feller (FRA), Wesley So (PHI). We would say that the victory of Ruben Felgaer (ARG) over Vladimir Malakhov (RUS) and the one of the young Yaroslav Zherebukh from Ukraine over his more experienced compatriot Pavel Eljanov can be referred to as unexpected ones. Both matches finished with score 1, 5 – 0, 5 where Felgaer could have won the first game as well having one piece up and a pawn, and he blundered the stalemate idea in the time trouble. In the first game Zherebukh playing White outplayed his opponent and playing Black was defending persistently and achieved a draw.

The multifold French Champion Etienne Bacrot and young American player Ray Robson exchanged victories: in order to play off “a la carte” Robson chose the romantic King’s Gambit and achieved his goal.

7 pairs played two games 10 minutes each. Nikita Vitiugov, Vladimir Potkin (both from Russia), Etienne Bacrot (FRA), Lazaro Bruzon (CUB) and Ni Hua (CHN) got successful at this stage. Peter Heine Nielsen (DEN) twice defeated Evgeny Postny of Israel. One pair reached “Armageddon”: the most stubborn were Alexander Motylev from Russia and Yuri Drozdovskij from Ukraine. We should keep in mind that in the decisive game the additional seconds are added only after 60 moves. Motylev playing Black seemed to have forgotten about the clock: he was confident in the opening, however, left less than 30 seconds afterwards and gradually he simply ran out of time, moreover, the final position of his opponent Drozdovskij was already winning.

On Wednesday, August 31, 64 chess players will continue their battles in the 1/32 of the World Cup Final. We should mention such pairs as Kamsky (USA) – Kasimdzhanov (UZB), Movsesian (ARM) – Polgar (HUN), Grischuk (RUS) – Feller (FRA).

All the games of the World Cup accompanied by Grandmasters’ commentaries both in English and Russian are broadcast live on the official site of the tournament

The computer analysis by the most up-to-date program Houdini can be found on

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

World Cup LIVE with computer analysis

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Live chess broadcast powered by ChessBomb and Chessdom

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Sergey Karjakin – Wesley So LIVE!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The top seeded player GM Karjakin takes on the young talent GM Wesley So in round 2


Movsesian – Polgar LIVE!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Live commentary bu GM Naiditsch and GM Maze


World Chess Cup pairings R2

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Pairings of round 2, games with GM and computer analysis.


Judit chess tactic

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Judit vs Hellers (Biel 91)

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Fedorchuk wins Bratto

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Sergey Fedorchuk Winner in Bratto

Aug 30, 2011

“Scacchistica Milanese”, historical chess club founded in 1881 and organizer of the prestigious Crespi International Tournaments, managed the 31st International Chess Festival Conca Della Presolana on 20-28th August in Bratto, Italy.

The tournament was held under the patronage of the Italian Chess Federation, with ScacchiRandagi as technical partner. The playing venue was Centro Sportivo Comunale, localit? Rucola 10, Castione della Presolana (BG).

The festival consisted of 5 separate tournaments:

Master – for players with FIDE rating or Italian Elo rating equal to or more than 2000 (9 rounds, 76 players)

Open A – for players with FIDE rating or Italian Elo rating between 1750 and 2050, both included (8 rounds, 57 players)

Open B – for players with FIDE rating or Italian Elo rating less than 1800 (8 rounds, 54 players)

Open C – for players with FIDE rating or Italian Elo rating less than 1500 (6 rounds, 16 players)

Open U16 – for all players born after 31th December 1995 (6 rounds, 14 players)

The total prize fund is 12000 EUR, with 1500 EUR set for the winner of the Master Group.

Ukrainian Grandmaster Sergey Fedorchuk convincingly won the Master Group, completing the event with 7.5 points, full point ahead of the chasing pack.

GM Alberto David of Luxembourg, favourite of the local chess fans due to his Italian roots, pulled a victory in the final round and caught up with the group of players on the shared second place.

Master Group final standings:

1. GM Fedorchuk Sergey A. 2618 UKR – 7.5

2-5. GM Sveshnikov Evgeny 2514 LAT, GM Horvath Jozsef 2535 HUN, GM David Alberto 2609 LUX and GM Arun Prasad S. 2489 IND – 6.5

6-10. IM Genocchio Daniele 2446 ITA, GM Greenfeld Alon 2566 ISR, GM Cebalo Miso 2484 CRO, IM Manca Federico 2401 ITA and IM Bellia Fabrizio 2424 ITA – 6.0

11-19. IM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2340 IND, GM Horvath Csaba 2517 HUN, IM Narayanan Srinath 2371 IND, IM Recuero Guerra David 2441 ESP, Indjic Aleksandar 2373 SRB, IM Melia Salome 2437 GEO, FM Juhasz Kristof 2334 HUN , FM Cocchi Andrea 2297 ITA and IM Pedzich Dominik 2418 POL – 5.5 etc

Results, full standings and pgn games at the official website

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Chess improvement with Jerry

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
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