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Wednesday chess review

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


White to move. How should white proceed?

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39th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez de La Roda

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The 39th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez de La Roda 2012 is set to take place from 4th to 8th April at the La Caja Blanca in La Roda, Albacete, Spain.

The 9-round Swiss open is organized by the Club Ajedrez La Roda and managed by the tournament director Andres Martinez Cebrian.

The prize fund of 11,000 EUR will be divided into 32 prizes. The winner takes 2000 EUR home.

Currently 83 players are registered to take participation. Top rated is Peruvian GM Julio Granda Zuniga.

GM Julio Granda Zuniga

GM Julio Granda Zuniga

Last year winner was IM Jose Fernando Cuenca Jimenez.

Players list:

1 GM Granda Zuniga Julio E PER 2640
2 GM Fedorchuk Sergey A UKR 2634
3 GM Hamdouchi Hicham FRA 2613
4 GM Burmakin Vladimir RUS 2593
5 GM Korneev Oleg RUS 2584
6 IM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel CUB 2550
7 GM Sanchez Joseph PHI 2529
8 GM Paunovic Dragan SRB 2520
9 GM Khamrakulov Ibragim S ESP 2519
10 IM Koziak Vitali UKR 2511
11 IM Cruz Cristhian PER 2508
12 GM Cabrera Alexis ESP 2504
13 GM Plaskett H James ENG 2480
14 IM Perez Mitjans Orelvis ESP 2477
15 GM Lalic Bogdan CRO 2469
16 GM Genov Petar BUL 2463
17 IM Dias Paulo POR 2454
18 GM Suba Mihai ROU 2443
19 IM Granero Roca Antonio ESP 2432
20 IM Antoli Royo Joaquin Miguel ESP 2410
21 IM Garza Marco Sergio ESP 2394
22 FM Sande Edreira Jose Antonio ESP 2356
23 Navarro Ortiz De Ortuno Borja ESP 2335
24 FM Santos Antonio P POR 2327
25 IM Palencia Wilson COL 2324
26 IM Kovacevic Slobodan SRB 2321
27 FM Ramiro Ovejero Juan Luis ESP 2303
28 FM Sanchez Jerez Emilio Miguel ESP 2246
29 Navarro Lopez-Menchero Daniel ESP 2230
30 FM Rodriguez Rodriguez Antonio ESP 2207
31 FM Pena Riasco Alexander COL 2189
32 FM Lacrosse Marc BEL 2185
33 Iagar Razvan-Gabriel ROU 2170
34 Martinez Lopez David ESP 2169
35 Bendayan Claros Aaron ESP 2163
36 Cerrajeria Ruiz Jesus Maria ESP 2141
37 Diaz Velandia Jose Manuel VEN 2136
38 Uran Bermudez Oliver Kevin VEN 2099
39 Garcia Gata Jorge D ESP 2094
40 Orosa Martinez Victor ESP 2091
41 Camacho Calle Pedro ESP 2089
42 Sanchez Carrasco Fco Javier ESP 2086
43 Maza Broto Pablo ESP 2084
44 Moreno Simo Javier ESP 2079
45 Ribeiro Jose POR 2076
46 Carraminana Lopez Luis Antonio ESP 2047
47 Plaza Agudo Juan Francisco ESP 2041
48 FM Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduard PER 2023
49 Gonzalez Berruga Ana Isabel ESP 2016
50 Buendia Pinar Alvaro ESP 2001
51 Silva Miguel Antonio Neto POR 1992
52 Martinez Maestro Jose Angel ESP 1976
53 Tonus Alex ITA 1965
54 Sanchez Sanchez Alberto ESP 1964
55 Gonzalez Lopez Julian ESP 1960
56 Serarols Mabras Bernat ESP 1914
57 Cebrian Flores Juan Antonio ESP 1862
58 Canton Sanchez Adrian ESP 1856
59 Morenilla Rocher Fernando ESP 1853
60 Largo Barbero Benito POR 1845
61 Alvarez Serrano Carlos ESP 1834
62 Ruiz Tebar Francisco ESP 1790
63 Moreno Zamora Gregorio ESP 1773
64 Plazuelo Pascual Juan ESP 1678
65 Escudero Garcia Javier ESP 1677
66 Algaba Traspuesto Jose Antonio ESP 1674
67 Fernandez Juan Marcos ESP 1631
68 Alarcon Angulo Francisco ESP 1622
69 Zhynguel Zhynguel Alek ESP 1600
70 Zhynguel Ramirez De Verger Ale ESP 1586
71 Talavera Sotoca Adela ESP 1540
72 Leal Escribano Marta ESP 1447
73 Boyero Parra Mercedes ESP 1232
74 Inat Huelamo Carlos ESP 0
75 Boyero Parra Antonio Jesus ESP 0
76 Costa Cabanero Juan Francisco ESP 0
77 De Lamo Simarro Diego ESP 0
78 Garcia Garcia Daniel ESP 0
79 Lopez Ortega Antonio Javier ESP 0
80 Ruiz Tebar Pablo ESP 0
81 Simarro Perez Ismael ESP 0
82 Strozza Ubaldino Maria Del Car ESP 0
83 Villanueva Ortega Ruben ESP 0

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The cost: A bargain price of $49,800

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


SU Treasury votes to bring Garry Kasparov to campus
February 28, 2012 Michael Tabb

Student Union Treasury voted to allocate $49,800 to bring Garry Kasparov to campus at its weekly meeting on Tuesday.

Pending final contracts being signed, Kasparov will be coming to campus in April.

The vote in favor of funding the chess grandmaster, political activist and writer was 15-1-1, with Treasury members debating whether the event, sponsored by the Chess Club and supported by various campus organizations including the Gephardt Institute and Delta Sigma Pi, was worth draining most of the group’s remaining budget for the year. The allocation leaves about $13,000 in Treasury’s appeals account.

Source: http://www.studlife.com

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Chess notes

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the highest rated chess player in the world, appeared on CBS’s “60 minutes’’ on Feb. 19. The program was, in many respects, a summation of the status of chess in our time. This program supplied a worthy tribute to the game that has expanded notably in the last 20 years along with the information revolution and is now taught in many schools throughout the world. The “60 Minutes’’ program billed the 21-year-old Carlsen as the “Mozart of Chess,’’ young and gifted with an inexplicable talent, with possibly a hint of music in a well-executed game. In a bit of hyperbole, chess was described as more brutal than boxing. No chess player gets beaten physically at chess, but the game can …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

Zatonskih tops US women’s active ranking

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

US top 10 (active)

# Name Title Fed Rating G B-Year
1 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2511 11 1978
2 Krush, Irina m USA 2461 16 1983
3 Foisor, Sabina-Francesca wg USA 2361 5 1989
4 Baginskaite, Camilla wg USA 2358 0 1967
5 Goletiani, Rusudan m USA 2344 0 1980
6 Abrahamyan, Tatev wg USA 2322 9 1988
7 Rohonyan, Katerina wg USA 2294 0 1984
8 Belakovskaia, Anjelina wg USA 2267 0 1969
9 Grinfeld, Alla B wg USA 2253 0 1953
10 Melekhina, Alisa f USA 2242 7 1991
US top 10 (overall)

# Name Title Rating G B-Year
1 Polgar, Zsuzsa g 2577 0 1969
2 Zatonskih, Anna m 2511 11 1978
3 Krush, Irina m 2461 16 1983
4 Levitina, Irina S wg 2405 0 1954
5 Donaldson-A., Elena wg 2375 0 1957
6 Foisor, Sabina-Francesca wg 2361 5 1989
7 Baginskaite, Camilla wg 2358 0 1967
8 Goletiani, Rusudan m 2344 0 1980
9 Abrahamyan, Tatev wg 2322 9 1988
9 Shahade, Jennifer wg 2322 0 1980
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Robson breaks 2600

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

US top 20 (active)

# Name Title Rating G B-Year
1 Nakamura, Hikaru g 2771 23 1987
2 Kamsky, Gata g 2741 13 1974
3 Onischuk, Alexander g 2670 0 1975
4 Seirawan, Yasser g 2644 2 1960
5 Hess, Robert L g 2635 9 1991
6 Akobian, Varuzhan g 2621 15 1983
7 Robson, Ray g 2606 18 1994
8 Kaidanov, Gregory S g 2598 13 1959
9 Shulman, Yuri g 2594 9 1975
9 Ehlvest, Jaan g 2594 0 1962
11 Ramirez, Alejandro g 2591 9 1988
12 Lenderman, Aleksandr g 2581 2 1989
13 Shankland, Samuel L g 2580 9 1991
14 Christiansen, Larry M g 2575 0 1956
15 Stripunsky, Alexander g 2566 3 1970
16 Benjamin, Joel g 2553 0 1964
17 Becerra Rivero, Julio g 2551 0 1973
17 Goldin, Alexander g 2551 0 1964
19 Kudrin, Sergey g 2547 15 1959
20 Ibragimov, Ildar g 2539 0 1967
US top 20 (overall)

# Name Title Rating G B-Year
1 Nakamura, Hikaru g 2771 23 1987
2 Kamsky, Gata g 2741 13 1974
3 Onischuk, Alexander g 2670 0 1975
4 Seirawan, Yasser g 2644 2 1960
5 Hess, Robert L g 2635 9 1991
6 Akobian, Varuzhan g 2621 15 1983
7 Robson, Ray g 2606 18 1994
8 Kaidanov, Gregory S g 2598 13 1959
9 Shulman, Yuri g 2594 9 1975
9 Ehlvest, Jaan g 2594 0 1962
11 Ramirez, Alejandro g 2591 9 1988
12 Gurevich, Ilya g 2586 0 1972
13 Lenderman, Aleksandr g 2581 2 1989
14 Shankland, Samuel L g 2580 9 1991
15 Polgar, Zsuzsa g 2577 0 1969
16 Christiansen, Larry M g 2575 0 1956
17 Stripunsky, Alexander g 2566 3 1970
18 Wolff, Patrick G g 2564 0 1968
19 Novikov, Igor A g 2560 0 1962
20 Benjamin, Joel g 2553 0 1964

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Landry Fields sings Bruno Mars, Billionaire NY Knicks style

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Landry Fields sings Bruno Mars, Billionaire NY Knicks style

Landry Fields on stage singing his version of Bruno Mars hit “Billionaire” song. With his fellow team mates including Jeremy Lin, Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Jared Jeffries, Iman Shupert And Tyson Chandler.

This is great! It was cool of the Knicks to have fun with the fans!

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March 2012 FIDE Rating List

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

FIDE have published the official March 2012 rating list, confirming Magnus Carlsen as the world #1 with an unchanged rating of 2835 Elo.
Levon Aronian improved his rating, but not his ranking. He consolidated his #2 spot, halving the gap to Carls…

Source: Chess.com – Play. Learn. Share.

Magnus and Judit continue top new rating lists

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

March 1 FIDE rating list

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2835 13 1990
2 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2820 13 1982
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 0 1975
4 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2799 0 1969
5 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2784 13 1987
6 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2771 23 1987
7 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2767 32 1992
8 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2766 13 1990
9 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2765 10 1977
10 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2764 23 1969
11 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2761 0 1983
12 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2752 13 1975
13 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2752 10 1985
14 Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2745 13 1986
15 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2744 10 1976
16 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741 13 1974
17 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2736 9 1987
18 Adams, Michael g ENG 2735 10 1971
19 Wang, Hao g CHN 2733 0 1989
20 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2730 0 1983
21 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2729 0 1983
22 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2727 13 1968
23 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2727 0 1983
24 Leko, Peter g HUN 2720 0 1979
25 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2719 10 1976
26 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2718 9 1990
27 Giri, Anish g NED 2717 23 1994
28 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2710 0 1985
29 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2709 10 1976
30 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2709 10 1987
31 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2706 9 1983
32 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2706 8 1983
33 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2706 0 1980
34 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2706 0 1987
35 Grachev, Boris g RUS 2705 14 1986
36 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2705 0 1980
37 Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2704 9 1983
38 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2703 19 1981
39 Li, Chao b g CHN 2703 16 1989
40 Laznicka, Viktor g CZE 2702 10 1988
41 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2702 10 1978
42 Wang, Yue g CHN 2702 9 1987
43 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2702 0 1985
44 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2701 10 1972
45 Navara, David g CZE 2700 13 1985
46 Sutovsky, Emil g ISR 2700 9 1977
47 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2698 19 1991
48 Dreev, Aleksey g RUS 2698 0 1969
49 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2697 10 1965
50 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2695 9 1985
Top women

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2709 10 1976
2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2639 10 1994
3 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2589 10 1987
4 Muzychuk, Anna m SLO 2583 10 1990
5 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2559 15 1987
6 Ju, Wenjun wg CHN 2557 9 1991
7 Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2546 13 1989
8 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2543 9 1985
9 Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2535 10 1985
10 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2531 10 1979
11 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2513 0 1986
12 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2512 0 1986
13 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2511 11 1978
14 Gunina, Valentina m RUS 2511 9 1989
15 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2501 22 1991
16 Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2500 0 1961
17 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2497 13 1983
18 Socko, Monika g POL 2493 9 1978
19 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2491 10 1976

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Bangkok Chess Club Open 2012

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012


Bangkok Chess Club Open 2012

The Bangkok Chess Club and Thailand Chess Association have the honor of inviting all Chess Players to participate in the 12th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2012 from 13th to 19th of April 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tournament will be held in a 5-star Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel. We are looking forward to attracting more than 250 players from 50 countries. Tournament is expected to be the biggest and strongest ever held in Thailand.

Currently top rated player is Gibraltar winner Nigel Short. Women’s World Champion Yifan Hou is also registered.

The winner of the 2011 Open was GM Jan Gustafsson.

Top rated players:

Nigel Short GM ENG 2677
Jan Gustafsson GM GER 2643
Yifan Hou GM CHN 2605
Rogelio Jr Antonio GM PHI 2557
Richard Bitoon GM PHI 2515
Tahir Vakhidov GM UZB 2481
Qingnan Liu IM CHN 2461
Gerhard Schebler GM GER 2449
Niaz Murshed GM BAN 2435
Jahongir Vakhidov IM UZB 2419
Ruslan Pogorelov GM UKR 2415
Jha Sriram GM IND 2406
Yrjo A. Rantanen GM FIN 2396
Wynn Zaw Htun IM MYA 2380
Roy Saptarshi IM IND 2378
Zaw Win Lay GM MYA 2377
Martin Voigt FM GER 2364

Tournament Regulations

* This is an individual tournament, open to all players.
* There are two groups of play: Open category for all players, and Challenger category for players rated below 2100 or unrated (ratings based on FIDE or Thai ELO ratings – other national ratings will be validated by the organizer). When registering, players must indicate in which group they wish to play.
* FIDE (International Chess Federation) rules and regulations shall apply. Results will be sent for FIDE rating calculations, and are eligible for FIDE title norms.
* Both groups will be played using the Swiss System, with 9 rounds for Open, and 7 rounds for Challenger. For the pairings, a Swiss Manager program will be used.
* The matches shall be conducted according to the schedule, which will be made known to the respective players before the start of the tournament.
* Each player is accorded with a time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move.
* Five minutes before the games start, the Chief Arbiter shall make the announcement accordingly. If any player is not present within an hour after the game is started, he shall lose by default.
* Players are not allowed to bring mobile phones or other electronic devices to the tournament hall, any violation shall result in loss of game.
* Officials and players should be smartly attired at all times while in the playing hall.

Full regulations on the official website

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