Archive for April, 2012

May 2012 FIDE Rating List

Monday, April 30th, 2012

FIDE have published the latest official chess ratings list, and although he didn’t play any games during the period, Magnus Carlsen is still at #1 with 2835 Elo.
Levon Aronian has made further inroads into Carlsen’s lead, gaining 5 points to reac…

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Serbian teams for the 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The newly appointed captain of the Serbian Women’s Team, GM Igor Miladinovi?, announced the lineup for the World Chess Olympiad, which will be held in August in Istanbul, Turkey.

The country will be represented by IM Nata?a Bojkovi?, WGM An?elija Stojanovi?, WGM Marija Manakova, WIM Marija Raki? and WGM Ana Bendera?.

WIM Marija Raki? qualified as the winner of the recent Serbian Women’s Championship.

At the 2011 European Team Chess Championship in Porto Carras Miladinovi? was the Team’s coach while Bendera? acted as captain. Bendera? now returns to the role of the player.

Natasa Bojkovic

Natasa Bojkovic

Captain of the Men’s Team GM Bo?ko Abramovi? will announce his lineup immediately after the conclusion of the Serbian Championship which is currently ongoing in Vrnja?ka Banja.

Armenian teams for the Chess Olympiad 2012

Guernsey team for the Chess Olympiad 2012


Practical chess tactic

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Black to move. What is the best continuation for Black.


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Holt Takes 4th Blitz "Death Match"

Monday, April 30th, 2012

This weekend hosted its fourth Blitz Death Match. The two participants — IM Eric Hansen and GM-Elect Conrad Holt — earned their way into the match via a long qualification process that required them to play hundreds of blitz and/or bul…

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Magnus and Levon remain world top 2

Monday, April 30th, 2012

May 2012

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2835 0 1990
2 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2825 3 1982
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 0 1975
4 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2791 4 1969
5 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2784 0 1987
6 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2779 7 1990
7 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 5 1987
8 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2770 26 1992
9 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2769 7 1977
10 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2764 0 1969
11 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2761 0 1983
12 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2752 0 1975
13 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2741 12 1976
14 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2741 0 1974
15 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2738 6 1987
16 Wang, Hao g CHN 2738 6 1989
17 Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2737 5 1986
18 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2736 17 1983
19 Adams, Michael g ENG 2728 9 1971
20 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2727 0 1968
21 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2726 11 1983
22 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2726 8 1985
23 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2725 7 1983
24 Leko, Peter g HUN 2723 6 1979
25 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2721 24 1983
26 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2720 17 1981
27 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2717 20 1987
28 Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2716 30 1971
29 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2716 7 1990
30 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2715 27 1981
31 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2714 18 1985
32 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2713 9 1976
33 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2712 18 1980
34 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2711 8 1982
35 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2711 6 1980
36 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2709 0 1976
37 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2707 16 1985
38 Navara, David g CZE 2706 40 1985
39 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2706 10 1984
40 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2705 9 1965
41 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2704 28 1986
42 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2703 24 1987
43 Le, Quang Liem g VIE 2703 9 1991
44 Li, Chao b g CHN 2703 0 1989
45 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2700 17 1990
46 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2698 36 1985
47 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2698 28 1978
48 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2698 13 1972
49 Akopian, Vladimir g ARM 2697 20 1971
50 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2697 20 1982
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FIDE top 25 women

Monday, April 30th, 2012

May 2012

Rk Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2709 0 1976
2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2623 29 1994
3 Muzychuk, Anna g SLO 2598 18 1990
4 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2589 0 1987
5 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2549 9 1985
6 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2547 11 1987
7 Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2546 13 1989
8 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2532 11 1986
9 Gunina, Valentina m RUS 2530 16 1989
10 Ju, Wenjun wg CHN 2529 20 1991
11 Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2528 16 1985
12 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2521 11 1986
13 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2518 21 1979
14 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2510 19 1978
15 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2508 15 1983
16 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2508 5 1991
17 Khotenashvili, Bela m GEO 2500 20 1988
18 Paehtz, Elisabeth m GER 2491 30 1985
19 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2491 0 1976
20 Danielian, Elina g ARM 2484 11 1978
21 Socko, Monika g POL 2484 8 1978
22 Galliamova, Alisa m RUS 2484 5 1972
23 Ruan, Lufei wg CHN 2483 0 1987
24 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2478 3 1963
25 Atalik, Ekaterina m TUR 2474 0 1982

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750 Years Melaka International Chess Festival Concluded

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The “750 Years Melaka International Chess Festival” was held from 21th April to 30th April 2012 and it offered three major events – the Florencio Campomanes Memorial International Rapid Chess Championship, the Historical Melaka International Chess Championship and the Historical Melaka Challenger Chess Championship with a total prize fund of more than USD 35,000.

The Florencio Campomanes Memorial was the first event for the Festival and it offered a prize fund of USD 20,000. This event was played over 11 rounds using rapid time control of 25 minutes per player per game played to the finish. The first 6 rounds were played on 21st April and the balance 5 rounds were played on 22nd April 2012.

GM Richard Bitoon and IM Oliver Dimakiling, both from Philippines, shared the first place with 8.5/11 points each in the very strong field with 15 Grandmasters and 12 International Masters. 69 players from 14 countries took participation.

The next two events, the Historical Melaka International Chess Championship and the Historical Melaka Challenger Chess Championship, run concurrently from 23rd April until 30th April 2012. Both events were played over 9 rounds using classical time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds increment per move per player per game from move one.

The International section was open to all players of any playing strength whilst the Challenger section was open only to players with a FIDE rating of 1999 and below. The International section offered a prize fund of RM 40,000 (about USD 13,000) whilst the Challenger section offered a prize fund of RM 10,000 (USD 3,300).

GM Attila Czebe from Hungary convincingly won the International section by collecting 7.5/9 points and leaving the nearest followers point and a half behind. Czebe defeated three fellow Grandmasters in the course of the tournament. 36 players competed, full standings bellow.

GM Attila CzebeGM Attila Czebe

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Indonesian duo Endang Andrian and Gatot Suyono tied the first place in the Challenger section with 7.5/9 points each. 58 players participated, full standings bellow.

The official venue for the Festival was the Hang Tuah World Heritage Hotel Melaka located right in the heart of the City of Melaka, a stone’s throw away from many historical landmarks and museums, shopping malls, interesting attractions, eateries and popular night spots.

This international chess event was jointly organized by the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF), the Melaka State Government and the Melaka State Foundation.

Official website

Historical Melaka International – Final Standings (top finishers):

1 GM Czebe Attila HUN 2477 – 7.5
2 GM Laxman R R IND 2415 – 6
3 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2461 – 6
4 IM Karthikeyan P IND 2414 – 6
5 GM Romero Holmes Alfonso ESP 2501 – 6
6 Yeoh Li Tian MAS 2204 – 6
7 GM Bitoon Richard PHI 2455 – 5.5
8 GM Fominyh Alexander RUS 2488 – 5.5
9 GM Arun Prasad S IND 2517 – 5.5
10 IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2343 – 5.5
11 IM Rathnakaran K IND 2410 – 5
12 IM Nolte Rolando PHI 2456 – 5
13 FM Djuraev Sokhib TJK 2377 – 5
14 IM Mas Hafizulhelmi MAS 2377 – 5
15 FM Hamdani Rudin INA 2322 – 5
16 Zulkipli Zaidan MAS 2066 – 5
17 Nayan Ahmad Fadzil MAS 2072 – 5

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Human Chess Program Prevents Harlem Kids From Becoming Gang Pawns

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Human Chess Program Prevents Harlem Kids From Becoming Gang Pawns
April 30, 2012 8:12am
By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

Standing on the opposite sides of a life-sized chess board, Maurice Campbell, 10 and Jhiana Evans, 11, fifth-graders at P.S. 36 in Harlem, rattled off commands that sent their classmates scurrying to white or black squares.

“Knight to F3,” said Campbell who was wearing a white shirt with the letter K for king.

“Pawn takes E5,” said Evans, wearing a white t-shirt with Q for queen.

Both had only a rudimentary understanding of the game before participating in Chess Lords, a human interactive chess program where kids learn by acting as pieces on a chess board.

But since joining the team, founded by Anthonyquiame Jackson-Bey, the students have improved their critical thinking skills, discipline and mathematical understanding — in addition to a host of other benefits.

Many of the kids at P.S. 36 are from the nearby Manhattanville and Grant Houses where a long-time rivalry has occasionally turned deadly. On September 11, 2011, Murry Bergtraum High School senior basketball star Tyshana “Chicken” Murphy was gunned down over what police think was a feud between the two public housing complexes.

By starting with kids in the second grade, Jackson-Bey, 33, hopes to nip any notion of a rivalry in the bud.

“This shows they can work together, that there is so much more than their feuds,” said Jackson-Bey who grew up in Grant Houses and is an alumni of P.S. 36. “There’s more than limiting yourself to the corner or the block.”

The chess program started in October when Jackson-Bey, who was an assistant teacher at another after-school program, told his aunt Shereen Jackson, P.S. 36′s vice parent teacher association president about the educational programs he was developing in order to branch out on his own with his company, the non-profit Bey Foundation.

“It’s a way to bring the two developments back together,” said Jackson. “We’ve had issues but never to the extent to the passing of a child. We said we have to do something.”

When the school had difficulty getting funding together, Jackson-Bey offered to do the after school program for free.

The program started out with fourth and fifth graders and was so well-liked that they expanded it to second and third graders with the older kids serving as mentors.

The chess lessons have already started to translate into life lessons.

“It helps me in school. If I see another person bullying another person I try to protect them,” said Campbell. “I can be like a knight, rook or bishop.”

Students have also started to identify with the pieces.

“I like the queen because it can protect other pieces,” said Caralyne Suarez, 10, a fifth-grader. “When I’m at home I feel like the queen. I can tell my brother what to do. I feel like I have more power.”

During one drill, Jackson-Bey emphasized individual thinking skills. Each student on the two teams had to call out a move. When one third grade student couldn’t decide what piece to move and became agitated, an older girl grabbed his hand and calmed him.

“The first thing I hope to see is better decision-making. I want them to take the time to think about what will happen if I make this move. What will be the consequences?” said Jackson-Bey.

“They have to learn to have a plan and that the first plan you have may not be the one you end up with. There will be obstacles.”

Chess Lords currently meets five days a week and Jackson-Bey eventually hopes to expand it to other schools and create a tournament with up to 128 kids. He also has created 20 other educational programs leveraging everything from sign language to photography to help teach kids skills.

“it feels good because I’m in my community and I’m making a difference,” said Jackson-Bey.

Principal Cynthia Mullins-Simmons said in-class math test scores have gotten better and she’s seen student concentration and pride increase.

“One parent told me she was in Riverside Park with her son and he just went over and started giving direction to two older gentlemen playing chess,” said Mullins-Simmons. “They asked where he learned to play, and he said P.S. 36.”

Evans said learning to play chess has been a great experience. She plans to continue playing even after she graduates in June and moves on to middle school.

If she were a chess piece, she said, she’d be the queen.

“What I love about the queen is she is strong, she’s powerful,” said Evans. “She can go anywhere she wants.”


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$25,000 Frank Gehry-Designed Chess Set

Monday, April 30th, 2012

$25,000 Frank Gehry-Designed Chess Set

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ChessFest gives youth a thinking competition

Monday, April 30th, 2012

ChessFest gives youth a thinking competition
By Brett Ellis

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012 11:05 am

Like a lot of fourth-grade boys, Karson Martin of Fremont enjoys playing baseball and football.

Karson, though, also enjoys competing in a different type of contest.

And he’s not alone.

Karson was one of nearly 90 youngsters who gathered at Midland University’s Event Center on Saturday for the second-annual Fremont ChessFest.

“I just like competing and having fun,” said Karson, a member of the chess club at Howard Elementary. “It still gives you the competition, but with your mind.”

Will Mitchell, one of the event’s organizers, said 89 children competed on Saturday, up from 55 at last year’s ChessFest.

“My instincts would tell me that they are getting the word out to their friends that this is a tournament to participate in,” Mitchell said. “It’s something that feels like it’s a special event and it’s their special day.”

Along with the chess, participants and their families had the chance to play on a giant chess board in the Event Center lobby. There also was face painting and concessions.

Another unique aspect of ChessFest was the fact that parents were able to watch their children compete through the lobby window or walkways surrounding the gym floor.

Fremonter Mindy Coover used that opportunity to watch her 8-year-old daughter, Moriah, compete.

“She’s a very smart girl, and if she keeps at it the tenacity of it is going to take her far in school,” Coover said. “It teaches them the critical thinking part because there’s so many different moves for each chess piece.”

Lisa Mendlik served as a judge Saturday for seventh- and eighth-graders and was impressed by the large turnout and the skill level of the players.

Mendlik, who leads a chess club at Archbishop Bergan Catholic Elementary, also liked the fact that the tournament gave the players a chance to see new faces.

“That’s the fun part is that they get to meet kids from other schools in town plus out-of-town kids,” Mendlik said. “That’s the neat thing is they get to play other people. Chess club gets them started and then this branches out from that.”

Mitchell is hopeful that events like ChessFest will prompt more schools to offer chess clubs. Other chess events have been held throughout the school year and Mitchell said there will be summer chess opportunities on Sundays starting May 20 at Keene Memorial Library.

“The problem isn’t finding enthusiasm among kids; the struggle is always to find adults who are able to sponsor a group,” Mitchell said. “If you have one adult in a school who will have a chess club, you’ll have easily 20 kids immediately.”

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