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Light At The End of The Tunnel

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

I told you it wouldn’t be three months before you would hear from me again.  In fact it’s actually less then three weeks.  When I last posted I was bemoaning the fact that I seemed to have totally forgotten how play the game.  From September 12th to December 1st I made it down to the Marshall Chess Club four times to play in the Thursday Night “cracktion” tournament, otherwise known as “Four Rated Games Tonight!” or once a month “10 Grand Prix Points Tonight!” I played a total of 13 games, and I won a total of zero games. Yep, you read that correctly. Zero wins! 13 losses! Not a draw in sight.  Most of the games were miserable games where I got a lousy position early on and get crushed either very quickly or slowly grounded down. 

If anyone is half-way decent at math he might notice that 4 rated games tonight x 4 = 16.  So what happened to the other 3 games?  One night I opted for the pre-emptive last round bye since I was the lowest rated player and didn’t want to deal with possibly getting a bye in round 2 or 3.  The other two times, I dropped out so I could make an earlier train.  What happened to the woman who refused to drop out when having a bad tournament? She left the building in disgust.  One night I resigned after dropping a pawn early because I didn’t feel like playing out a long drawn out game down a pawn. Instead I made the 10:32 train.  That’s two hours earlier then if I stayed and played the last round.

On that early train ride home I seriously started asking myself “Why are you doing this? You spend $11 on train fare, another $4.50 on the subway, and a $25 entry fee. Why travel into Manhattan to get abused over the chess board? You can stay home and play Monday evenings in White Plains.  So why?”

I concluded there were several reasons why I needed those trips to the Marshall Chess Club.  I don’t need them every week like I was doing the last few years. I needed them at least once a month to remind myself  what it’s like to see and attempt to play real chess.  I need to spend time hanging out with chess players over the age 30.  When one spends her days teaching chess to kindergartners, first and second graders after awhile it’s easy to forget what real chess is. The other big reason to go to the Marshall is, I’m not in charge.  I don’t have to deal with the players whining about which ratings are being used, or why they got two blacks in a row, or one player calling another player an @$$ #%!*.  I can simply show up, pay my entry fee and let Steve deal with the knuckleheads.

It’s been a strange year for me chess wise.  I skipped the US Open and the New York State Championships for the first time in years. I spent Labor day weekend in San Diego celebrating my niece’s 30th birthday.  I could have played in the Southern California Labor Day weekend tournament. It was in San Diego.  I actually contemplated playing the two day schedule, but decided just hanging out with my nieces and nephew would be be more fun.  After my last trip in October with my sisters, I decided I had taken enough plane flights.  There was nowhere I wanted to go.  The thought briefly entered my mind to find a state that I haven’t played in, but that will have to wait.  I’m stuck at 26 and counting.

Although I’m doing a lot of non-chess activity.  I’ve gone back to riding my bike and contemplating a triathlon comeback for next year.  I’m working towards my Second Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.  That also will probably come next year. 

I will end this post by sharing a game played a few Mondays ago.  It was another case of muddling through the opening and trying to hang on for dear life as my opponent tried to attack the crap out me from the Black side. On that particular night I ended every game with one or less seconds on my clock.  Unfortunately it’s not a complete score sheet, but I do have a diagram of the final position.  Don’t ask me how we got to that position from where the notation stopped.

pw-aabrams112811.pgn

Having survived an unsound sac with one second on my clock, I managed to bang out another who knows how more moves to arrive at this final position. A flurry of rook and queen checks allowed me to arrive at this lovely finish.

Despite going down to the Marshall that same week and losing another three games, I felt perhaps there was a little fight left me.  Also knowing why I wanted to be there helped make peace with the inner demons who ask “Why bother?”

The answer to “Why Bother?” came in a most surprising manner. Stay tuned….

Source: Castling Queen Side

54th Reggio Emilia Tournament

Sunday, December 18th, 2011


54th Reggio Emilia Tournament

The 54th Torneo di Capodanno is set to take place from 27th December 2011 to 6th January 2012 in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The tournament is changing the format to the very popular six-player double round robin.

Anish Giri mentioned some of the participants in an interview during the European Team Chess Championship. Thanks to Martha Fierro we now have the complete list:

Vassily Ivanchuk
Hikaru Nakamura
Fabiano Caruana
Anish Giri
Nikita Vitiugov

Update (17th Dec): Vugar Gashimov, winner of the 53rd Reggio Emilia tournament, withdrew his participation and will be replaced by GM Alexander Morozevich

The tournament is organized by Circolo Ippogrifo di Reggio Emilia, in collaboration with Accademia Internazionale di Scacchi and Scacchi Randagi.

A women round robin tournament will take place parallel to the main event:

WGM Sopiko Guramishvili, Georgia 2374
WGM Iva Videnova, Bulgaria 2297, IM norm from ETCC 2011
WGM Anna Sharevich, Belarus 2267
WIM Marina Brunello, Italia 2221
WFM Maria De Rosa, Italia 2122
WFM Marianna Chierici, Italia 2048

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Hrvoje Stevic Claims Zadar Open

Sunday, December 18th, 2011


Hrvoje Stevic Claims Zadar Open

International Chess Tournament Zadar Open took place on 11-17th December at the Falkensteiner Hotels & Resorts Borik in Zadar, Croatia.

The tournament consisted of two groups, Open A for the players rated above 2300 FIDE and Open B for the players rated U2200. Players rated between 2200-2300 were choosing the group in which they would prefer to compete.

GM Hrvoje Stevi?, Croatia’s top board from the recent European Team Chess Championships, scored two victories in the final rounds that secured him a clear first place with 7.0 points from nine games.

IM Matej ?ebenik, who dictated the pace throughout the tournament, finished second with 6.5 points and claimed a GM norm in an impressive fashion with the rating performance of 2714!

IM Milan Frani? and IM Denis Kadri? also earned GM norms. Full standings bellow.

Open B had 80 participants. MK Ivo Jele?evi?, Senior IM Rikard Medan?i? and MK Marko Stipi? shared the first place with 7.0 points each. MK Josip Sto?ko was the top placed junior with 6.5 points.

Final (top 15) standings:

1. GM Stevi? Hrvoje CRO 2612 – 7
2. IM ?ebenik Matej SLO 2518 – 6.5
3. GM Ko?ul Zdenko CRO 2577 – 6
4. GM ?ari? Ante CRO 2497 – 6
5. GM Predojevi? Borki BIH 2642 – 6
6. IM Frani? Milan CRO 2381 – 6
7. GM ?ari? Ivan CRO 2648 – 5.5
8. GM ?olak Dragan SRB 2629 – 5.5
9. GM Sedlak Nikola SRB 2592 – 5.5
10. GM Berczes David HUN 2555 – 5.5
11. GM Pap Gyula HUN 2492 – 5.5
12. GM Jankovi? Alojzije CRO 2564 – 5.5
13. GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2577 – 5.5
14. GM Cvitan Ognjen CRO 2523 – 5.5
15. IM Kadric Denis BIH 2403 – 5
16. GM Szabo Krisztian HUN 2548 – 5
17. GM Bosio?i? Marin CRO 2593 – 5
18. GM Kulja?evi? Davorin CRO 2560 – 5
19. GM Zel?i? Robert CRO 2568 – 5

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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Reykjavik Chess Festival 2012

Sunday, December 18th, 2011


Reykjavik Chess Festival 2012

The Icelandic Chess Federation, in co-operation with the Reykjavik Chess Academy, welcomes you to the Reykjavik Chess Festival on March 6 to March 13 2012.

* Total prizes of ?15000
* World-class playing conditions
* Extraordinary depth and width of chess talent
* Many side events: sightseeing, Fischer-Spassky exhibit, soccer and pub quiz

An Even Better Playing Venue for the 27th Edition

The Reykjavik Open 2012 will be held for the 27th time from March 6 to March 13, 2012 in a spectacular new venue in Reykjavik, which will be announced in September. The 2012 tournament is expected to be very strong. In 2011, 166 players from 30 countries participated, including 27 grandmasters, 11 of which with a ELO rating of 2600 and higher. Total prizes in 2012 will be ?15000, including many special prizes for various age and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women prize.

The 2011 Reykjavik Open saw six joint winners, Yuriy Kuzubov (2627), Vladimir Baklan (2602) and Illya Nyzhnyk (2563), all of Ukraine, Kamil Miton (2600) of Poland, Jon Ludwig Hammer (2606) of Norway and tournament regular Ivan Sokolov (2643) of Bosnia.

Join the Legends and Be Part of Chess History

The City of Reykjav?k has sponsored the tournament since its inception in 1964, when Mikhail Tal won it with a record 12? points out of 13. The tournament was initially held every two years, but has since 2008 taken place every year. It was closed in its early years, but has been an open event since the 1980s.

Throughout its history the Reykjavik Open has featured many of the strongest chess players in the world at the time, including Mikhail Tal, Nona Gaprindashvili, David Bronstein, Vassily Smyslov, Bent Larsen, Fri?rik ?lafsson, Mark Taimanov, Lev Polugaevsky, Ulf Andersson, Jan Timman, Victor Korchnoi, Samuel Reshevsky, Anthony Miles, Nigel Short, Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk.

Much More than a Chess Tournament

As in earlier years, several chess-related events will take place at the same time as the tournament, including the now famous the Reykjav?k Open Chess Pub Quiz and the Golden Circle sightseeing tour that includes stops at Geysir and Bobby Fischer’s final resting place in the southern part of Iceland. And given the favorable exchange rate of the Icelandic kr?na, Iceland is one of the most attractive places in the world to visit and play in chess tournaments.

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Fischer-Spassky “Match of the Century”

During the Reykjavik Open in 2012, there will be an exhibition in the National Museum of Iceland commemorating the 40th anniversary of “The Match of the Century” between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. The museum is within a 5-minute walking distance from the playing venue. The exhibition will feature, among others, the board and chess sets from the match, and of course much more.

Preliminary list of players (top seeds):

1. GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2666
2. GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2646
3. GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2635
4. GM Hess Robert L USA 2625
5. GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2621
6. GM Smeets Jan NED 2615
7. GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2608
8. GM Avrukh Boris ISR 2605
9. GM Shulman Yuri USA 2598
10. GM LAmi Erwin NED 2594
11. GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2577
12. GM Papin Vasily RUS 2570
13. GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2542
14. GM Williams Simon K ENG 2513
15. GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2512
16. GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2512
17. IM Ziska Helgi Dam FAI 2467
18. GM Ashley Maurice USA 2452
19. IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2452
20. IM Gunnarsson Arnar Erwin ISL 2441

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FIDE Events Commission Website

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

FIDE Events Commission Website

FIDE continues with launching dedicated websites to inform about the activities of the Commissions. The latest addition is the FIDE Events Commission website, available at http://events.fide.com.

The Events Commission is currently focused on several important operations:

- To create a new format for a more distinct Bid Procedure starting from 1st March 2012
- To standardize and hence change the events regulations and structures in order to apply to today’s demands, stop nominations and encourage the qualifications from Continental Events
- Prepare guidelines, seminars and evaluations for licensing the International Organizers
- Create new events like annual FIDE Chess Awards

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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More than 5,000 participants and supporters in event in South Africa

Sunday, December 18th, 2011


December calendar just the right move for Bay venues
15 December 2011
Brian Hayward

BURLY rugby players and cerebral chess pupils have something in common when it comes to Nelson Mandela Bay – both have given a much-needed economic boost to the city.

Recession-hit tourism establishments are heaving a sigh of relief as the SA Junior Chess Championships, which kicked off in the Bay on Monday, have brought more than 5000 participants and supporters to town.

Among them is world-renowned chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar, who launched the first Woman’s Chess Seminar for Africa yesterday. It ends this afternoon.

Eastern Province Chess development officer Winston Dalpat said the annual event, hosted this year by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, had drawn more than double the number of players, coaches, managers and spectators this time than when it was last held in the city in 2005.

“Few people realise chess has become so popular,” Dalpat said. Of the more than 5000 people attending daily, 1900 were participants.

The championships, which end on Wednesday, follow the city’s successful inaugural hosting of the South African leg of the IRB Sevens tournament earlier this month.

Port Elizabeth Metro Bed and Breakfast Association (Pembba) chairwoman Shena Wilmot said the events were lifelines for the industry, which had struggled this year.

Pembba has about 100 members in the Bay. “They have brought a lot of people in. The Sevens, chess and the [SA Junior] tennis champs bring people into town and they spend money, and that’s what we want.”

Wilmot said Pembba members in Humewood and Summerstrand were full this week, although there was still “room at the inn” elsewhere in the city.

The tennis championships, which start on Saturday and end on Thursday, will bring 800 competitors, as well as their families, to the Bay. “Everybody has felt the pinch this year, but this December is looking better than last year so far,” Wilmot said.

Source: http://www.peherald.com

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

Source: Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

More than 5000 participants and supporters in event in South Africa

Sunday, December 18th, 2011


December calendar just the right move for Bay venues
15 December 2011
Brian Hayward

BURLY rugby players and cerebral chess pupils have something in common when it comes to Nelson Mandela Bay – both have given a much-needed economic boost to the city.

Recession-hit tourism establishments are heaving a sigh of relief as the SA Junior Chess Championships, which kicked off in the Bay on Monday, have brought more than 5000 participants and supporters to town.

Among them is world-renowned chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar, who launched the first Woman’s Chess Seminar for Africa yesterday. It ends this afternoon.

Eastern Province Chess development officer Winston Dalpat said the annual event, hosted this year by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, had drawn more than double the number of players, coaches, managers and spectators this time than when it was last held in the city in 2005.

“Few people realise chess has become so popular,” Dalpat said. Of the more than 5000 people attending daily, 1900 were participants.

The championships, which end on Wednesday, follow the city’s successful inaugural hosting of the South African leg of the IRB Sevens tournament earlier this month.

Port Elizabeth Metro Bed and Breakfast Association (Pembba) chairwoman Shena Wilmot said the events were lifelines for the industry, which had struggled this year.

Pembba has about 100 members in the Bay. “They have brought a lot of people in. The Sevens, chess and the [SA Junior] tennis champs bring people into town and they spend money, and that’s what we want.”

Wilmot said Pembba members in Humewood and Summerstrand were full this week, although there was still “room at the inn” elsewhere in the city.

The tennis championships, which start on Saturday and end on Thursday, will bring 800 competitors, as well as their families, to the Bay. “Everybody has felt the pinch this year, but this December is looking better than last year so far,” Wilmot said.

Source: http://www.peherald.com

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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Nearly 70 students compete in Scholastic Chess Tournament

Sunday, December 18th, 2011


Nearly 70 students compete in Scholastic Chess Tournament
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI

7:45 p.m. EST, December 17, 2011

BOONSBORO, Md.— Justin Hung sat in the cafeteria, oblivious to the noise and commotion around him.

Though he occasionally would gnaw a bite off his pizza, his focus clearly was centered on the chessboard and scorebook before him.

Justin, 10, of North Potomac, Md., appeared to be playing a game against himself.

“I’m playing a game like the one I just played, a review game,” he said. “I’m seeing what went wrong.”

The fifth-grader had recorded every move made by himself and his opponent Saturday morning during his first game at the W. Paul Engle Jr. Open and Scholastic Chess Tournament at Boonsboro Middle School. The event was co-sponsored by the Pleasant Valley Elementary/Boonsboro Middle-High School Chess Club and the Maryland Chess Association. Nearly 70 students competed in four divisions.

While Justin prepared for his second game, his brother Benjamin Hung, 12, vied against an opponent in the nearby gymnasium. Their father, Graham Hung, said he thinks the game is “good for their thinking.”

“It helps them do things logically, and that helps in other areas of development,” he said.

Stephanie Stamper of Boonsboro prepped her daughter Emily, 8, as she headed into the gym for her second game.

“Smart moves. No pressure. Do your best every time,” Stamper said.

Emily’s brother Caleb, 6, also competed in the tournament.

“You just never know who is going to beat you,” Stamper said. “Someone who is very young can beat someone who is older. It’s not about physical ability. It’s more of a mental game.”

Kenny Hall, 16, of Walkersville, Md., played against 7-year-old Amy Luo of Centreville, Va. Amy recently had advanced to the contender class, and her modest ratings threw Kenny off. He managed a win, but not without considerable effort.

“I was shocked to see the way she played. I thought, ‘How could someone with that rating possibly play so well?’” Hall said.

David Antonenko, 10, of Reisterstown, Md., managed to beat an opponent five years his senior. David said competing against older players doesn’t faze him.

“I don’t really pay attention to my opponent. I just pay attention to the game,” David said.

More here.

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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Reykjavik Chess Festival 2012

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

The Icelandic Chess Federation, in co-operation with the Reykjavik Chess Academy, welcomes you to the Reykjavik Chess Festival on March 6 to March 13 2012.

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FIDE Events Commission Website

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

FIDE continues with launching dedicated websites to inform about the activities of the Commissions. The latest addition is the FIDE Events Commission website, available at http://events.fide.com. The Events Commission is currently focused on several important operations: – To create a new format for a more distinct Bid Procedure starting from 1st March 2012 – To [...]

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