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Arriving in New Orleans for the 2012 SPF Nationwide Open for Boys and Girls

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Arriving in New Orleans for the 2012 Susan Polgar Foundation Nationwide Open for Boys and Girls

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ChessBase Magazine 148

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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Anand won the title for his son

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Anand won the title for his son, says Aruna
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 01, 2012

Garry Kasparov had claimed during the World Championship match in Moscow that Viswanathan Anand lacked motivation and the hunger for victory he had shown earlier. But that is not true — Anand was motivated and desperate to win the title. Not for himself. And, certainly not to silence critics, who had been taking potshots because of the slump in his ranking and drought of tournament wins in the lead-up to the World Championship.

The 42-year-old Indian Grandmaster wanted to win the title for his 13-month-old son Akhil, who was with his grandparents in Chennai while Anand slugged it out with Boris Gelfand.

“Anand wanted to win the title for Akhil, so that he could feel proud when we went back to Chennai. Though Akhil is too young to understand the significance of his father’s victory, Anand wanted to desperately win it for him,” Anand’s wife and manager, Aruna, told HT from Moscow. Akhil turned one on April 9.

Aruna has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Anand as the champion has gone about conquering the world. She has been besides him in his hour of glory or gloom, taking care of every need even as Anand concentrated on his game. So much so that, Aruna decided to stay away from her son for three weeks just to ensure that Anand was in the right frame of mind.

“This match was very difficult for Anand as it was his first as a father. It was even tougher for me as I was in Moscow and Akhil was so far away. It was the first time he was not with me and I missed him. We kept motivating each other by looking at Akhil’s photos and videos and by speaking to people at home to know about him,” she added.


Anand was on Thursday presented a special trophy for winning the title, besides a cheque of $1.4m ( Rs. 7.8 crore) and the traditional gold medal by world chess body, Fide. The trophy, a special gift from the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow that hosted the tournament, is a cube made from optical glass with a golden chess crown in the centre.


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Huang Qian and Cramling lead Women’s World Rapid Championship

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Women’s World Rapid Championship

The first 3 rounds of the World Women Chess Rapid Championship 2012 have been completed during the day 1 of the event. In strong competition, including WJCC and European medalist Anna Muzychuk (top seeded), the European Champion IM Valentina Gunina, the World Championship finalist GM Humpy Koneru, the European Silver medalist GM Tatiana Kosintseva, the ex World Champion Anoaneta Stefanova, the US Champion IM Irina Krush, the ex World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, the Armenian number 1 GM Elina Danielian, etc. WGM Qian Huang and GM Pia Cramling are leading the competition with full 3,0/3 points.

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WGM Qian Huang defeated GM Tatiana Kosintseva, GM Zhu Chen, and GM Maia Chiburdanidze, while GM Pia Cramling was victorious against IM Purtseladze, GM Nona Gaprindashvili, and GM Zhao Xue.

The leaders are closely followed by the World Championship finalist GM Koneru, the ex World Champions GM Stefanova and GM Kosteniuk, and the local top performer IM Nino Khurtsidze, all with 2,5/3.

Standings after round 3

1 WGM Huang Qian CHN 2417 3
2 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2478 3
3 GM Koneru Humpy IND 2589 2.5
4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS 2457 2.5
5 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2518 2.5
6 IM Khurtsidze Nino GEO 2456 2.5
7 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2549 2
8 GM Zhu Chen QAT 2491 2
9 GM Lahno Kateryna UKR 2546 2
10 IM Javakhishvili Lela GEO 2449 2
11 IM Mkrtchian Lilit ARM 2449 2
12 IM Gunina Valentina RUS 2530 2
13 GM Chiburdanidze Maia GEO 2500 2
14 IM Kovalevskaya Ekaterina RUS 2417 2
15 IM Ushenina Anna UKR 2454 2
16 Wang Jue CHN 2364 2
17 IM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2456 2
18 WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2430 2
19 WGM Guo Qi CHN 2360 2
20 GM Socko Monika POL 2484 2
21 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2491 2
22 GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO 2547 1.5
23 GM Muzychuk Anna SLO 2598 1.5
24 WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2345 1.5
25 GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2508 1.5
26 IM Gvetadze Sofio GEO 2338 1.5
27 WIM Bezgodova Svetlana RUS 2120 1.5
28 WGM Cori T Deysi PER 2386 1.5
29 WGM Pogonina Natalija RUS 2447 1.5
30 IM Matnadze Ana ESP 2446 1.5
31 GM Zhukova Natalia UKR 2442 1.5
32 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2426 1.5
33 GM Gaprindashvili Nona GEO 2356 1
34 WGM Charkhalashvili Inga GEO 2334 1
35 IM Melia Salome GEO 2410 1
36 IM Klinova Masha ISR 2318 1
37 IM Lomineishvili Maia GEO 2366 1
38 IM Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2500 1
39 IM Gurieli Nino GEO 2329 1
40 GM Danielian Elina ARM 2484 1
41 IM Purtseladze Maka GEO 2348 1
42 WGM Batsiashvili Nino GEO 2436 1
43 GM Kosintseva Tatiana RUS 2532 0.5
44 IM Krush Irina USA 2457 0.5
45 WIM Arabidze Meri GEO 2351 0.5
46 IM Khukhashvili Sopiko GEO 2414 0.5
47 WIM Umudova Nargiz AZE 2231 0.5
48 WIM Mikadze Miranda GEO 2323 0
49 WGM Ding Yixin CHN 2353 0
50 WIM Janjghava Natia GEO 2306 0
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National Championships Round-Up

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The world chess championship crowded some tournaments out of the chess headlines, so by way of a round-up here are the results of three recent national championships.
Czech Chess Championships
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Practical chess tactic

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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Chess trivia

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Can you name this person? He was a very important figure in the chess world.

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Meeting with President of Russia

Thursday, May 31st, 2012



Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Indian chess player and World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and Israeli champion and title contender Boris Gelfand.

On May 30 Moscow hosted the FIDE World Chess Championship final, in which Viswanathan Anand defeated Boris Gelfand, retaining the title of the strongest chess player in the world.


PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, gentlemen. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you.

First of all I want to congratulate both of you on your brilliant results and a great game that I am sure gave great enjoyment to chess fans around the world. It was an equal fight. Of course, Mr Anand scored an important victory and I am happy to congratulate him.

This is not the first time Russia hosts a FIDE world championship. I would like to thank both of you for agreeing to play in Moscow, at the State Tretyakov Gallery.

Both India and Russia, as well as the former Soviet republics, have the leading chess schools in the world. In general, chess and achievements in chess have always been a source of pride for our nation. It is no coincidence that Boris comes from the former Soviet Union, from Minsk. I am flying there tonight so I can pass on your regards to Minsk.

We have a special relationship with India and I am very pleased that an Indian national is today a leading chess player in the world. I very much hope that this will not be the last time you played together and that you will play in this country again, in different cities and not only in Moscow. Such events will certainly help to promote chess, not only in Russia but throughout the world.

I hope that you were happy with the conditions created for you here. As far as I know, you didn’t have any complaints about the organisation of the tournament.

I congratulate you once again.

VISWANATHAN ANAND: Thank you very much.

I have a long connection with the Soviet Union and Russia. In fact, I grew up playing chess in the Soviet Cultural Centre in my hometown.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: So we’ve brought this on ourselves by raising a champion. (Laughter.)

VISWANATHAN ANAND: I’ve been coming to Moscow from the mid-1980s to practice chess and I must admit that I have benefited immensely from interacting with Russian chess players and the school of chess here. I’ve always enjoyed my visits to Russia and this time especially the organisation was superlative.

We played in a very beautiful gallery, the Tretyakov. Overall I would say I enjoyed the Russian hospitality a lot this time.

I would like to thank Mr President for taking the time to meet us. For us, this is a great honour.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Thank you very much for your kind words about Russia. I hope that you will visit Russia and our cities many times in the future. You are the world champion, and I am sure that chess fans, and other people as well, will always enjoy any activities with your participation.

BORIS GELFAND: I grew up in Minsk and every time I came to Moscow I visited the Tretyakov Gallery, a wonderful museum, and I could not even dream that one day I will play in the world championship final in this wonderful museum and a treasury of Russian art.

In recent years, Russia and especially Moscow has once again regained its position as the capital of the chess world. And this match, which I think was the best organised match in chess history, will give a new impetus to the development of chess, because millions of people worldwide watched the game and children will grow up watching these matches.

I am very happy that there were people who took the initiative to hold this match in Moscow, the chess capital city. And the fact that you are meeting with us, Mr President, is evidence that chess is greatly appreciated and loved in Russia. Thank you.

VLADIMIR PUTIN: Boris, I want to add that everything I said to Mr Anand fully applies to you as well. We will always be happy to see you in Russia.

I know that you live in Israel now. We have special relations with this country as well and many immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Russia are now living in Israel. We highly value this potential. I hope to meet with you again both here and in Israel. I have an invitation from the leadership of Israel to visit the country as there is a very good reason. So, I hope we can meet here and in your new home country.

Once again, congratulations to both of you on these remarkable achievements. I think this is the achievement of both players. The competition was intense and equal. The history of chess has seen many different situations, but here you were neck and neck. That is certainly impressive.

Once again, all the best to you both.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Mitropa Cup 2012

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Mitropa Cup 2012 takes place at Solaris Hotels Resort ?ibenik, Croatia, from 30th May to 8th June, 2012.

The following national Chess federations are entitled to take part in the Mitropa Cup 2012 competition:
Men’s selections of: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Women’s selections of: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia.

Mitropa Cup 2012 is played according to FIDE Laws of Chess and the Team Round Robin system of play, with 9 rounds for men’s and 7 rounds for women’s selections.

Each federation is represented by a team of four players and one reserve for men’s section and two women players and one reserve for women’s section and one team captain.
The overall team list consists of 5 players in men’s selection and 3 women players in women’s selection.

Mitropa Cup 2012

The final ranking is determined according to the higher number of match points. Tie Break 1: match points (2 for wins, 1 for draws, 0 for losses). Tie Break 2: points (game points). Tie Break 3: the results of the teams in the same point group according to the number of match points.

The first three teams of the final ranking will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals.

Last year winners were Germany (Men) and Italy (Women).

Tournament director is IO Ervin Sindik. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament is IA Nenad Doric, his deputy is FA Robert Dabo-Peranic. The organizer is Croatian Chess Federation.

Team Compositions – category Men:

1. France (RtgAvg:2444 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 IM Housieaux David 2452 FRA
2 GM Libiszewski Fabien 2495 FRA
3 IM Aguettaz Maxime 2443 FRA
4 FM Dubessay Bastien 2384 FRA

2. Switzerland (RtgAvg:2386 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 IM Zueger Beat 2413 SUI
2 IM Sermier Guillaume 2411 SUI
3 FM Botta Gabriele 2365 SUI
4 FM Rosenthal Jonathan 2325 SUI
5 IM Lombard Andre 2353 SUI

3. Slovenia (RtgAvg:2570 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 GM Lenic Luka 2632 SLO
2 GM Sebenik Matej 2573 SLO
3 GM Borisek Jure 2539 SLO
4 GM Skoberne Jure 2535 SLO

4. Germany (RtgAvg:2475 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 GM Huschenbeth Niclas 2521 GER
2 FM Bluebaum Matthias 2428 GER
3 FM Wagner Dennis 2424 GER
4 IM Zelbel Patrick 2377 GER
5 GM Boensch Uwe 2528 GER

5. Hungary (RtgAvg:2584 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 GM Erdos Viktor 2624 HUN
2 GM Rapport Richard 2577 HUN
3 GM Banusz Tamas 2582 HUN
4 GM Papp Gabor 2552 HUN
5 FM Fodor Tamas Jr 2502 HUN

6. Slovakia (RtgAvg:2424 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 IM Jurcik Marian 2491 SVK
2 IM Pacher Milan 2440 SVK
3 IM Mazur Stefan 2391 SVK
4 FM Straka Jozef 2373 SVK
5 GM Plachetka Jan 2366 SVK

7. Italy (RtgAvg:2537 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 GM Brunello Sabino 2592 ITA
2 GM Godena Michele 2521 ITA
3 IM Rombaldoni Denis 2520 ITA
4 IM Dvirnyy Daniyyl 2515 ITA
5 IM Shytaj Luca 2496 ITA

8. Czech Republic (RtgAvg:2499 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 GM Cvek Robert 2563 CZE
2 IM Plat Vojtech 2485 CZE
3 IM Simacek Pavel 2460 CZE
4 IM Biolek Richard Jr 2412 CZE
5 GM Haba Petr 2486 CZE

9. Croatia (RtgAvg:2539 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 GM Bosiocic Marin 2555 CRO
2 GM Kuljasevic Davorin 2574 CRO
3 GM Saric Ante 2513 CRO
4 IM Doric Darko 2513 CRO
5 GM Martinovic Sasa 2504 CRO

10. Austria (RtgAvg:2445 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 GM Shengelia David 2551 AUT
2 IM Kreisl Robert 2398 AUT
3 IM Neubauer Martin 2415 AUT
4 IM Diermair Andreas 2414 AUT
5 IM Froewis Georg 2363 AUT

Team Compositions – category Women:

1. Croatia (RtgAvg:2217 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 WGM Medic Mirjana 2241 CRO
2 WFM Berke Ana 2153 CRO
3 WIM Macek Vlasta 2193 CRO

2. Austria (RtgAvg:2074 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 Schnegg Anna-Lena 2084 AUT
2 WFM Novkovic Julia 2063 AUT
3 Froewis Annika 1989 AUT

3. Czech Republic (RtgAvg:2077 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 WFM Mareckova Martina 2089 CZE
2 WFM Miturova Magdalena 2064 CZE

4. Slovakia (RtgAvg:2105 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 WFM Motycakova Monika 2121 SVK
2 Edes Zsofia 2088 SVK

5. Slovenia (RtgAvg:2253 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 WGM Krivec Jana 2251 SLO
2 WIM Rozic Vesna 2254 SLO

6. Italy (RtgAvg:2337 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 IM Sedina Elena 2337 ITA
2 IM Zimina Olga 2336 ITA
3 WIM Brunello Marina 2267 ITA

7. Germany (RtgAvg:2124 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 WFM Bochis Julia 2145 GER
2 Schmidt Jade 2103 GER

8. Hungary (RtgAvg:2152 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
1 WIM Varga Klara 2193 HUN
2 WFM Bea Boglarka 2110 HUN