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Ivanchuk se asegura el liderato del Grand Slam

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Vasili Ivanchuk, de Ucrania, que derrot? al armenio Levon Aronian en la cuarta ronda de la Final de Maestros del Grand Slam se asegur? el liderato definitivo de la fase que se juega en Sao Paulo a falta de la jornada de clausura. Leer

Ajedrez // marca.com

Ivanchuk scores 3rd win in a row at the 4th Final Masters – 4

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Round 4 of the 4th Final Masters saw Vassily Ivanchuk win his 3rd game in a row, this time
as black, against Levon Aronian in a fiendishly complicated game. Ivanchuk obtained
a decisive advantage which he lost in terrible time trouble but Aronian who
had more time blitzed him and blundered his position away. Viswanathan Anand ground
down Vallejo Pons who admitted afterwards he is in awful form. Magnus Carlsen got absolutely
nothing against a well prepared Hikaru Nakamura.

Ivanchuk 10pts, Anand, Aronian 5pts, Nakamura 4pts, Carlsen and Vallejo 3pts.

Round 5 Sat 1st October 19:00 BST Ivanchuk-Carlsen, Nakamura-Vallejo and Anand-Aronian.

Source: The Week in Chess

TGIF tactical review

Friday, September 30th, 2011


White to move. How should white proceed?

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Lost in transmission?

Friday, September 30th, 2011


[Event "ECC 2011 (Women)"]
[Site "Slovenia"]
[Date "2011.09.30"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Bojkovic, Natasa"]
[Black "Hou, Yifan"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Bb5 Bd7 6. Qd3 g6 7. O-O Bg7 8. c4 Nf6 9. Nc3 O-O 10. h3 a6 11. Bxc6 Bxc6 12. Be3 Rb8 13. Nd4 Nd7 14. Rfd1 Nc5 15. Qc2 Bd7 16. Rac1 Rc8 17. Qe2 Qe8 18. Nb3 Na4 19. Nxa4 Bxa4 20. Bd4 f6 21. Rd3 Bd7 22. Rdd1 Be6 23. Nd2 b5 24. c5 dxc5 25. Rxc5 Qd7 26. Nb3 Bc4 27. Qc2 Qe6 28. Rxc8 Rxc8 29. Be3 Bxb3 30. Qxb3 Qxb3 31. axb3 Kf7 32. Rd7 f5 33. exf5 gxf5 34. Bg5 Bf6 35. Bxf6 Rc1+ 36. Kh2 Kxf6 37. Ra7 Rc6 38. f4 h6 39. Kg3 Rd6 40. Kh4 e5 41. fxe5+ Kxe5 42. Re7+ Kd4 43. Rf7 Ke4 44. Re7+ Kd3 45. Rf7 Rd5 46. Ra7 Rd6 47. Rf7 Ke4 48. Re7+ Kf4 49. Rf7 Ke5 50. Re7+ Kf6 51. Ra7 Re6 52. Kh5 Re2 53. Rxa6+ Ke5 54. g3 Rxb2 55. Rxh6 Rxb3 56. Rb6 Ke4 57. h4 Rxg3 58. Rxb5 f4 59. Rb4+ Ke3 60. Rb3+ Kf2 61. Rb2+ Kg1 62. Kh6 f3 63. h5 f2 64. Rb1+ Kg2 65. Kh7 Kh3 66. Rf1 Rg2 67. h6 Kh4 68. Kh8 Kg5 69. Kg7 Kh5+ 70. Kf6 1-0

After 70. Kf6 in the position above, it shows 1-0. However, it is not a losing position for Hou Yifan. 70…Kg4 or 70…Rh2 would lead to a drawn game. Does anyone know what happened? Did she resign or lose on time or is it simply an error in transmission?

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Sao Paulo Grand Slam Final Masters LIVE!

Friday, September 30th, 2011


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Raising hope for the Anand – Carlsen showdown

Friday, September 30th, 2011


Rule change raises hopes of Vishy Anand meeting Magnus Carlsen
Leonard Barden
Friday 30 September 2011 09.15 EDT

A change to the world championship candidates rules has raised hopes that India’s Vishy Anand, the holder, will meet Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, 20, who tops the rankings, in a 2012 or 2013 title match.

The 2011 candidates in Kazan was settled by knock-out, where Russia’s Alex Grischuk controversially made quick draws in the long classical games to reach the final via blitz tie-breaks. Subsequently, elite grandmasters voted for an all-play-all format.

APAs were used from 1950 until 1962, when Bobby Fischer claimed that his Soviet rivals had arranged results to minimise the American’s chances. The tournament was replaced by matches, in which Fischer famously destroyed two opponents by 6-0 margins en route to winning the crown from Boris Spassky.

But the 10-12 game matches in the Fischer era shrank to only four games at Kazan, facilitating Grischuk’s strategy. Now the International Chess Federation (Fide) has switched back to an eight-player double round all-play-all for the 2012 candidates.

Carlsen, who dislikes the short matches, refused to play at Kazan. The new system clearly favours him as his tournament record is peerless while 14 games gives far less chance of a fluke result than four. Carlsen stated in a recent interview that he he could invite Garry Kasparov as his aide in a title challenge, implying both that he would compete in Fide’s new system and that his acrimonious break last year with the all-time No 1 has been healed.

The eight candidates will include a wildcard chosen by the host nation, and this opens the door for a bid to stage the tournament by US billionaire Rex Sinquefield, who aims to make his home city St Louis into a major chess centre and is also backing America’s best hope, 23-year-old Hikaru Nakamura. Nakamura reached the world top ten when he won Tata Steel 2011 in Holland ahead of Carlsen, but his only chance to play in the candidates is as a wildcard.

A candidates event in the US would be a boost for chess, especially if Carlsen or Nakamura wins. Anand and Israel’s Boris Gelfand, two over-40s, will contest next year’s world title series in Moscow whereas most fans regard Anand v Carlsen as the ultimate showdown.

More here.

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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Rule change raises hopes of Vishy Anand meeting Magnus Carlsen

Friday, September 30th, 2011

A change to the world chess championship candidates rules has raised hopes that India’s Vishy Anand, the holder, will meet Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, 20, who tops the chess rankings, in a 2012 or 2013 title match. The 2011 candidates in Kazan was settled by knock-out, where Russia’s Alex Grischuk controversially made quick draws in the long classical games to reach the final via blitz tie-breaks. Subsequently, elite chess grandmasters voted for an all-play-all format. APAs were used from 1950 until 1962, when Bobby Fischer claimed that his Soviet rivals had arranged results to minimise the American’s chances. The chess tournament was replaced by matches, in which Fischer famously destroyed …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Central Council Meeting of All India Chess Federation

Friday, September 30th, 2011

New Delhi (30 Sep 11) :-    Finally some payments to officiating coaches of the Indian chess team, an enhanced payments to the arbiters of the game and an assurance of greater transparency through making various State Association more accountable.

The Center Council of All India Chess Federation took some path breaking decisions which will definitely serve as a boost to the game in the country.
Till date, despite chess being a popular sport now at the school level, the officiating coaches for the International events were not paid anything by the national federation and as such the more serious trainers were not interested to be a part of any training regime that works to bring medals for the country.

A payment to be made @ Rs. 2000 could perhaps serve as a perfect prelude to bringing in good coaches under the AICF umbrella. A similar decision was taken for the Arbiters of the game who will see a 25% increase in their pay-package starting January 2012.

Perhaps the best step forward was to make the State Associations more accountable. As such it has been made mandatory by the CC that all State Associations should maintain an informative website and should conduct all the State championships as per norms of AICF.

To encourage more International round-robin events, the AICF has reduced the fee by 50%. Those who are interested in organizing the high level tournaments will now have to pay a fixed fee of Rs. 75000/- instead of the earlier Rs. 1.5 Lakhs.

The CC also gave permission to many players to come back in their fold. It was found that some players were not registered under AICF and were participating in unauthorised tournaments. Following apologies from quite a few of them, notably Joydeep Dutta, the AICF has cleared their participation in official events.

AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan also came up with suggestion of reduced entry fee for players in open tournaments which are rampant in the country. It has been decided that a player will not pay more than one percent of the total prize fund towards the entry fee. 

In other major steps, the CC has proposed reduced registration fee if the age-group State level chess tournaments are FIDE rated.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Pradeep Jain, Vice President AICF and Chairman, Parsvnath Developrs Ltd.   Notable guest included Grandmaster Dibyeyandu Barua, who is also Vice President in AICF, treasurer R M Dongre and members from 20 states chess associations. 

Source: Delhi Chess Association- Official Blog

Exposici?n fotogr?fica del Grand Slam en el Metro de Bilbao

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Noticias ChessBase

2012 Canadian Closed announced

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I recently  saw a post announcing the 2012 Canadian Closed, http://www.chesstalk.info/forum/showthread.php?t=5614

Source: Chess Manitoba

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