Archive for March, 2012

Campeonato de China 2012: Ding Liren va despegando

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

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Saturday, March 31st, 2012

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Fressinet Sole Leader At Euro Champs

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Laurent Fressinet has grabbed the sole lead at the 2012 European Individual Chess Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria with one round remaining.
The 30 year-old Frenchman forced resignation from his Armenian opponent with white in just 26 moves, le…

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Saturday chess tactic

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

White to move. How should white proceed?


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Final Four Pairings

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

The numbers were drawn and here are the matchups for the 2012 College Chess Final Four. The teams listed on the left will have white on board 1 and 3.

Round 1 pairings – 10 AM Saturday


Round 2 pairings – 5 PM Saturday


Round 3 pairings – 9 AM Sunday


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Knowledge of chess was key in formulating his business strategy

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Q&A: Chess Not Just a Game for Infrastructure Oligarch
29 March 2012
By Howard Amos

Though he said he hadn’t played chess for a year, infrastructure oligarch Andrei Filatov knew the risk of defeat was negligible when he agreed to a match with a less-than-talented Moscow Times reporter in the offices of the Russian Chess Federation.

Within a few moves there was little doubt about the outcome.

“You can’t start a military campaign without setting up your troops,” Filatov said, half-kindly, when asked for his analysis after the inevitable had happened.

Before entering business in the 1990s, Filatov — ranked by Forbes as the 74th-richest man in Russia with a personal fortune of $1.3 billion — trained as a chess player. He said he would have become a professional were it not for the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Confirming the suspicions of his unworthy challenger, Filatov, 40, admitted that he could have won even more swiftly if he had wanted. “What does it matter how long the game will take when the result is obvious?” he said. He had been toying with his opponent.

The Ukrainian-born businessman stepped publicly into the colorful world of Russian chess late last year when he said he would sponsor the World Chess Championship. The match — the biggest in the chess calendar — will be played by Soviet-born Boris Gelfand and India’s Viswanathan Anand in Moscow this May.

The event will also be sponsored by billionaire oil trader Gennady Timchenko who is rumored to have close ties to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

While he plays infrequently now, Filatov said his knowledge of chess was key in formulating his business strategy. The ability to calculate risk is essential for both. Filatov was dismissive of the difficulties facing foreigners looking to invest in Russia and pointed to his own experience and Russia’s history as evidence.

Since the early 1990s, Filatov has been in partnership with schoolmates Konstantin Nikolayev and Nikita Mishin. In 1996, they set up SeverstalTrans with Alexei Mordashov, now the owner of steelmaker Severstal and Russia’s third-richest man. Filatov and his partners bought Mordashov out of SeverstalTrans in 2008, creating N-Trans.

From 1998 until 2004, the deputy director of SeverstalTrans was Igor Levitin, the current transportation minister.

Through the Cyprus-registered N-Trans, Filatov and his partners have stakes in numerous infrastructure ventures. The most high profile are GlobalTrans, Russia’s biggest private freight rail group, and Global Ports, which controls 30 percent of the country’s container traffic. Via their holding company Marc O’Polo Investments, the businessmen also have a stake in infrastructure company Mostotrest, which specializes in bridge construction.

N-Trans works not only in Russia, but also has interests in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Filatov, who Forbes placed amongst the top 1,000 wealthiest men in the world in March, said he was probably the biggest private investor in Estonian history.

Filatov elaborated on the links between railway wagons, oil terminals and chess in a an interview with The Moscow Times, which has been edited for length and clarity.

Q: When did you become interested in business?

A: I started doing business during my student days — I was studying chess in Minsk. When the Soviet Union started to fall apart and the country began to open up, I became involved in typical student business ventures. I went abroad for the first time for an international chess tournament in Poland, but the tournament didn’t happen. All the participants in the tournament were supposed to go home, but they were experienced and had brought goods with them and began to sell them. I didn’t know [that was possible]! But I saw that it was very profitable. The next time I went, I sold electrical goods that I had brought with me.

Q: How profitable was it?

A: I had a stipend of 40 rubles. At that time about 16 rubles would get you a dollar. I had a grant of $2 or $3 — to live on it was not easy. For me to earn $100 [selling electrical goods in Poland] was very profitable. You could live well.

Q: Which people have influenced or inspired you?

A: There was no such person in business. In chess, it was my coach Alexander Sinitsyn who worked with me from the age of 10 to 16. He was a good man.

Q: When did you first become interested in chess?

A: My father played chess with his friends, and, as a child, I watched. That’s how I became interested. It is hard to say whether my father was a good chess player or not. He died when I was in first grade. I went to training sessions from the third grade and began to understand something about the game.

Q: What are the chess matches that you remember the best?

A: A child’s emotions are always stronger. We won a regional competition at school that we really wanted to win, and the victory allowed us to go to a tournament in Odessa — for fifth graders it was real travel! From Dnipropetrovsk to Odessa.

Q: When did you stop playing chess?

A: In 1991. I finished [university] but had already given up playing chess and become distracted by business. I had discovered a great interest in business — it was similar to chess. I was captivated. It was also necessary to survive — those were difficult times.

Q: How do chess and business influence one another?

A: You have to evaluate risk everywhere. When you make a move you are always judging what the answer will be. You are calculating the risk — what the probability is of a certain chain of events. There are a lot of similarities between chess and business.

In more concrete terms, I will admit that I played chess for big money in the early 1990s. Very big. The time I wasted as a child on chess, I bought back in its entirety! It was more money than the prize fund for the World Chess Championship [$2.5 million]. One game was with a respectable oilman. He put up mazut [fuel oil], and I put up a contract for transportation services. Russian style. We played very seriously. My hands were trembling. But I won.

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Candidates move paves way for London Classic Announcement – Dates

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

FIDE have been convinced to move the Candidates tournament in
London to March 2013. In a brief statement, the governing body
published a new calendar citing a start date of March 13 2013. I am
delighted they have seen sense.

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The Dzindzi Indian – GM Ron W. Henley

Friday, March 30th, 2012
Grandmaster Ron W Henley releases the Dzindzi Indian Series
Posted on February 20, 2012 by GM Ron W Henley in All Articles w/ Videos, Chess Openings, General Chess Articles, Strategy & Game Review
After careful deliberation, I’ve decided to release over 20%+ of my Dzindi Indian DVDs and eBooks to the fans of OnlineChessLessons.NET for free! We’ve released a digital version of the eBooks and DVDs on our site at a highly reduced price from what it is costing on sites like Amazon. The Dzindi Indian: Crushing White: The DZINDZI INDIAN! is designed to give you an easy- to- learn yet powerful and incredibly effective weapon that you can [...]

Live Blitz Rapidchess – Pirc Defense
Posted on March 30, 2012 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Blitz/Bullet Chess
I opened with e4 and black played the Pirc Defense. I employed a flexible move order, however black took advantage of my lengthy maneuvers with the aggressive 9. …b5! although after 10. …b4 11. Nb5!? I was able to achieve some interesting pressure on the queenside. Black fought actively with 12. …h5!? and went on to sacrifice a piece with 15. …Nexd5!? I think white had more than ample compensation for the piece, although I [...]

Tal Memorial Chess 2012

Posted on March 29, 2012 by William in Tournament Updates
The 7th Mikhail Tal Memorial Chess Tournament 2012 has been confirmed for June 7-19th in Moscow, Russia and will showcase an incredible line-up of elite grandmaster talent. Tal Memorial Chess 2012 has arranged the participation of 7 of the top 10 highest rated players in the world, only missing current World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand at #4, Sergey Karjakin at #8, and Vassily Ivanchuk at #10. The Tal Memorial 2012 promises to be one of [...]

The Dzindzi Indian – Kingside Fianchetto
Posted on March 28, 2012 by GM Ron W Henley in All Articles w/ Videos, Chess Openings, Strategy & Game Review
The Dzindzi Indian is an extremely offbeat variation – and that’s exactly what makes it so dangerous! The effect of this surprising opening system can be devastating on the unprepared opponent, often forcing defensive gut reactions to this very different type of set-up. In this video on the Kingside Fianchetto Variation for white, we will examine black’s typical sources of counterplay against white’s disrupted center. I recommend that black plays to immediately establish pressure on [...]

Maximize Your Level of Focus During Play: Chess Psychology
Posted on March 27, 2012 by William in General Chess Articles
Achieving the optimal state of mind during a chess game is a very difficult thing to do. It is very easy to become distracted by the littlest things, to have your mental energy diverted by some completely irrelevant and trivial detail. The best chess players in the world are able to find the exact balance between using their mental and emotional energy while remaining completely calm and relaxed. Understanding the importance of achieving an aggressive [...]

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Vallejo gana a Nisipeanu y casi se asegura una plaza en la Copa del Mundo

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Hay d?as en que los grandes jugadores no pueden fallar. Y Francisco Vallejo, en la d?cima y pen?ltima jornada del 13? Campeonato de Europa que se celebra en Plovdiv (Bulgaria), no fall?. Leer

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Fressinet leads EICC, 34 within 1 point

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Leaders after 10 rounds

Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 GM Fressinet Laurent FRA 2693 8.0 2855 57.0 61.0
2 GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2729 7.5 2806 55.5 60.0
3 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2705 7.5 2798 56.5 61.0
4 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2689 7.5 2796 56.5 61.0
5 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2695 7.5 2793 54.0 58.5
6 GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2632 7.5 2789 59.5 63.5
7 GM Bologan Viktor MDA 2687 7.5 2775 53.0 57.0
8 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2693 7.5 2773 53.5 57.5
9 GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2667 7.5 2772 54.0 58.0
10 GM Volokitin Andrei UKR 2695 7.5 2751 50.5 54.5
11 GM Bacrot Etienne FRA 2706 7.0 2765 58.0 62.0
12 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2709 7.0 2763 55.5 60.5
13 GM Caruana Fabiano ITA 2767 7.0 2762 53.0 57.0
14 GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2666 7.0 2756 54.5 59.0
15 GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2698 7.0 2747 54.0 58.0
16 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2656 7.0 2740 55.0 60.0
17 GM Durarbeyli Vasif AZE 2543 7.0 2738 53.0 56.0
18 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2706 7.0 2735 56.0 60.0
19 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2682 7.0 2729 54.5 59.0
20 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2679 7.0 2727 57.5 61.5
21 GM Berkes Ferenc HUN 2682 7.0 2726 54.5 59.0
22 GM Akopian Vladimir ARM 2684 7.0 2721 54.0 58.5
23 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2640 7.0 2720 53.5 57.5
24 GM Ragger Markus AUT 2654 7.0 2718 53.0 57.0
25 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2666 7.0 2717 54.5 59.5
26 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2664 7.0 2717 50.0 54.5
27 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2653 7.0 2714 51.0 55.0
28 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2671 7.0 2712 50.5 54.5
29 GM Ivanisevic Ivan SRB 2645 7.0 2703 52.0 56.0
30 GM Khenkin Igor GER 2632 7.0 2700 51.0 55.0
31 GM Sjugirov Sanan RUS 2610 7.0 2699 54.5 59.0
32 GM Khalifman Alexander RUS 2649 7.0 2691 51.5 55.5
33 GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2695 7.0 2668 49.0 53.0
34 GM Smeets Jan NED 2610 7.0 2643 48.5 52.5

Full standings:

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