Archive for December, 2011

Nakamura beats Ivanchuk, earns clear lead at the half

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Round 5 results

Nakamura, Hikaru - Ivanchuk, Vassily 1-0
Morozevich, Alexander - Vitiugov, Nikita 1-0
Caruana, Fabiano - Giri, Anish 0-1

Standings after 5 rounds

1. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2758 11
2. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2762 10
3. Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2775 8
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2714 5
5. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2727 4
6. Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2729 2

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‘Korean Adele’ Blows Away Judges

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Looks can be deceiving … especially in the case of Park Ji Min, the 15-year-old Korean teen who left judges on the talent show ‘K-Pop Star’ speechless with her powerful rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep.’

When Park first walks on stage in the video below, the soft-spoken teen giggles and sweetly introduces herself to the judges. But as soon as Park opens her mouth … BAM … it’s like a whole different person’s voice comes out.

Watch the sure-to-be viral video after the jump — it’s going to be the only live performance of ‘Rolling in the Deep’ we’ve got until Adele bounces back from her throat surgery!

Source: AOL News

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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New Year’s Greetings From Reggio Emilia

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

New Year’s Greetings by the women’s tournament participants and organizers


Nakamura leads at half way stage of Reggio after beating Ivanchuk – 5

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Hikaru Nakamura leads the 54th Reggio Emilia tournament after 5 of the 10 rounds. Nakamura was critical of the standard of play in his game against Ivanchuk. Ivanchuk found a sound rook sacrifice but couldn’t follow it up correctly in time trouble and by move 40 was probably lost. Anish Giri won on the black side of a Petroff against Fabiano Caruana. Giri even had the luxury of missing the powerful knight sacrifice that won the game as it was still there the following move. Alexander Morozevich ramped up the complications against Nikita Vitiugov until he obtained a winning position just before first time control. Rest day Sunday. Round 6 Monday 2nd January 2012: Giri-Ivanchuk, Nakamura-Vitiugov and

Source: The Week in Chess

Interview with Alexander Morozevich in Reggio Emilia – Part One

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

“In the future I would like to write a book on my best games, that will require time therefore I don’t know when I’ll be able to actually do it.”


Endgame Challenge Review

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

White to move. How should White proceed?

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Is struggling Anand looking ahead?

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

On Chess: Is struggling Anand looking ahead?
Saturday December 31, 2011 5:46 AM
Shelby Lyman is a Basic Chess Features columnist.

Recent months haven’t been kind to reigning world chess champion Viswanathan Anand, who posted mediocre results in three consecutive tournaments.

His last effort — the London Chess Classic, in which he scored six draws, one loss and just one win — was, in his words and by his standards, “a disaster” not befitting the status of world champion.

No doubt he was distracted, in part, by preparations for an upcoming May title defense against Boris Gelfand in Moscow’s renowned Tretyakov art gallery — a venue that Anand hopes will inspire “ beautiful and artistic chess.”

Based on their past performances in hundreds of games, Anand is an almost a 3-to-2 favorite to win the 12-game match. He also has the advantage over Gelfand of extensive experience in previous world title matches. This will be Gelfand’s first opportunity to play at that level.

But the challenger is a wily and talented veteran who usually finishes first or near first in any tournament he enters.

Both players are steeped in theory and exemplify dynamic and fearless play.

And both are older than 40 — the first pairing of two players that age in a chess title match.


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The World Chess Hall of Fame

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

The World Chess Hall of Fame celebrated the 10th anniversary this month in a new location in St. Louis, Missouri. The history of the Hall and portraits of inducted chess players are available on the impressive web site. When it first opened in Miami in December 2001, I was inducted there together with five great chess players: the unofficial world chess champion Paul Morphy (1837-1884) and the official ones such as William Steinitz (1836-1900), Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941), Jos? Ra?l Capablanca (1888-1942) and Robert James Fischer (1943-2008). I shared the same birth city, Prague, with Steinitz and as fate would have it, we both ended up in America. “The decision of Lubomir Kavalek not to return home from a foreign chess …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

January 2012 FIDE Rating List

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

FIDE have published the latest official rating list, and Magnus Carlsen has consolidated his status as the world’s #1 rated player.
Carlsen gained 9 rating points to reach a career high of 2835 Elo, a full 30 points clear of new #2 Lev Aronian.

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Changes in Commissions

Saturday, December 31st, 2011


On recommendation of Commission chairmen and the FIDE General Secretary and confirmed by FIDE President, the following shall take effect from 1st January 2012:

Commission Delete Add
Technical Damir Vrhovnik
Rajai Al-Susi Sultan Al-Taher (UAE)
Rules & Tournament Regulations Mehrdad Pahlavanzadeh Viron Tsorbadzoglou (GRE)
Boris Budimir Macieja Bartlomiej (POL)
Women Alexandra Kosteniuk
Chairman Susan Polgar (USA)
Events  Rajai Al-Susi (PLE)
Schools Christos Pilalis

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE