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Nov? Bor chess corrida – Shirov vs Laznicka match

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012


Nov? Bor chess corrida – Shirov vs Laznicka match

The second annual Nov? Bor GM match, Novoborsk? ?achov? corrida, will start with a “fire on board”. On 1st August a chessboard will be set on fire in front of the town’s Ajeto restaurant as the “glass arena” that is home to GM Viktor L?zni?ka will welcome Alexei Shirov, the Latvian Grandmaster who is considered one of world’s most original chess players and an heir to the incomparable WC Mikhail Tal.

In late 1990s, Shirov was one of world’s top players; in 1998 he won the right to challenge Garry Kasparov for the title of world champion.

The match against Shirov, who is noted for his attacking style, for seeking complications and piece sacrifices, will be a great challenge for the player of the Nov? Bor Extra League team.

“An attacking player with a well thought-out repertoire. Whenever he sees a chance of attack, he doesn’t think twice,” says Viktor L?zni?ka about his opponent, adding a compliment: „You can only wonder whether there has ever been a better dynamic attacker than Alexei in his best years.“

The L?zni?ka-Shirov game statistics are rather scarce: so far the two have met only twice in a classical chess game. The first game, in 2006 in Pamplona, went to the more experienced player, while a year later, at the Karlovy Vary tournament, the Czech player managed to even the score with a win.

After Nadal, the “Asteroid” glass bowl to Shirov, or Laznicka?

The blue Asteroid has already charmed the tennis world. Last year, at the Abu Dhabi tennis exhibition tournament featuring six players from the world’s top ten, the glass trophy created by Lasvit, a Czech glassmaking company, went to the current no. 3, Rafael Nadal.

Thanks to Lasvit, this work of the well-known designer, Jitka Kamencov?-Skuhrav?, will also delight the winner of Novoborsk? ?achov? corrida.

The set of “structural bowls”, glassworks products representing minor planets – asteroids, fragments of space matter – has been formed spontaneously by shaping hot glass without a mould. The whirlwind-like design is meant to evoke the perpetual cycle of dynamic changes of the universe in time and space.

Programme (Ajeto restaurant, Nov? Bor):

The match will take place at the beginning of August. Viktor L?zni?ka and Alexei Shirov will play six classical games (the time control is 40/90 + G/30 with 30 seconds increment per move). The basic format of the Nov? Bor chess week will not change.

Visitors can once again look forward to game commentaries; the games will also be broadcast live over the Internet.

Saturday, August 4th, will see the traditional Fejfar Memorial, a blitz tournament that once again drew a lot of chess enthusiasts last year.

Sunday as the free day will be dedicated to a simultaneous exhibition of GM Alexei Shirov.

1 August 6.00 p.m. – opening ceremony
2 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 1
3 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 2
4 August 9.30 a.m. – Fejfar Memorial (blitz tournament)
4 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 3
5 August 1.00 p.m. – simultaneous exhibition of Alexei Shirov
6 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 4
7 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 5
8 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 6
8 August 8.00 p.m. – closing ceremony

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

Source: Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

The Road to Chess Improvement – Revisited

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

I picked up the “The Road to Chess Improvement” once again and was struck by a thought that this book’s title may be interpreted as the reader’s road to improvement.  That may lead to disappointment as the book does not present the reader with a structured plan of what to do in order to improve their chess.  What it actually is is author’s road to improvement.  The author documents all the ups and down that he had as a chess player.  Those include experiments with different openings and different strategic ideas, as well as playing styles. For example in the beginning of his chess career he did not played many gambits mostly preferring closed openings.  That led to his playing style being somewhat limited. Expanding his opening repertoire later on with the openings that involve sacrifices added to his practical strength.  It is up to the readers to judge how this applies to their chess path. As for myself, I feel more motivated to look at my own games, realizing that I had spent very little time actually analysing them.

Source: chessblogger

2012 Olympics: Chess should be included

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

An excellent article by Lisa Suhay for The CS Monitor, including the quotes from Susan Polgar, a five-time Olympic chess champion with 10 medals.

Of all the unusual sports that should be included in the 2012 Olympics, chess actually has a legitimate claim: This year marks the 85th anniversary of chess being an officially recognized body of sport by the International Olympic Committee.

Any chess parent (me included) will talk your ear off about the benefits of exercising the mind and how curling, the Winter Olympics sport, is just chess on ice. With any sport, you need to have tactics, critical thinking, and quick mental reflexes in play.

The World Chess Olympiad is bigger than the Winter Olympics but smaller than the summer Games in terms of number of nations participating. About 160 nations are expected for the Chess Olympiad set to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on August 27. The youngest competitor is 10 years old.

The first official Olympiad was held in London in 1927. It was intended for inclusion in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, but was not due to difficulties distinguishing between amateur and professional players. So while chess is an IOC recognized sport, the Olympiads have been held separately for the past several decades. During the Bejing Olympics in 2008, there was a failed attempt to merge the games.

Personally, I think the only real obstacle to chess being part of the the Olympic Games is the ability of network TV to cope with coverage and sponsorship. Bob Costas would be learning how to banter about the Alekhine defense and how there’s only one woman on the board and she’s the most powerful piece. By the way, I would pay to watch this.

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Chess players and athletes aren’t as separate as you may think. In fact, some of the biggest names in sport also have game in chess including NBA past and present stars such as Kobe Bryant, the late Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Danny Ainge, Latrell Sprewell, Steve Smith and Jason Williams. And don’t forget former and current tennis players Boris Becker, Anna Kournikova, John McEnroe, Roger Federer, Jennifer Capriati, and Ivan Lendl. There are also professional sports coaches who support or have supported chess: Rick Carlisle of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, former NBA head coach Flip Saunders, and the late Bill Walsh of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.

Harkening back to chess parents, Queen Elizabeth II is an avid player. Perhaps Her Majesty will demonstrate the power of her position both on and off the board by decreeing that the Olympiads merge in future?

Read the full article

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World Champion Anand to Play "Vote Chess" vs the World!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

World Champion Viswanathan Anand will play a match against the World via Chess.com’s “Vote Chess” platform on August 13th 2012 at 10:30 AM PST. Chess.com LLC and Metropolitan Chess, Inc have partnered up to make this amazing event possible.  …

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

World top 15 juniors

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Top 15 juniors

Rk Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2773 15 1992
2 Giri, Anish g NED 2711 7 1994
3 Ding, Liren g CHN 2695 19 1992
4 Negi, Parimarjan g IND 2664 9 1993
5 So, Wesley g PHI 2652 16 1993 Webster University freshman
6 Sjugirov, Sanan g RUS 2635 11 1993
7 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2629 19 1994
8 Zherebukh, Yaroslav g UKR 2629 9 1993
9 Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2620 13 1992
10 Nyzhnyk, Illya g UKR 2619 13 1996
11 Kovalyov, Anton g ARG 2605 9 1992
12 Rapport, Richard g HUN 2605 7 1996
13 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2603 22 1994
14 Robson, Ray g USA 2598 9 1994 Webster University freshman
15 Shimanov, Aleksandr g RUS 2596 19 1992
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Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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Nov? Bor chess corrida – Shirov vs Laznicka match

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The second annual Nov? Bor GM match, Novoborsk? ?achov? corrida, will start with a “fire on board”. On 1st August a chessboard will be set on fire in front of the town’s Ajeto restaurant as the “glass arena” that is home to GM Viktor L?zni?ka will welcome Alexei Shirov, the Latvian Grandmaster who is considered one of world’s most original chess players and an heir to the incomparable WC Mikhail Tal.

In late 1990s, Shirov was one of world’s top players; in 1998 he won the right to challenge Garry Kasparov for the title of world champion.

The match against Shirov, who is noted for his attacking style, for seeking complications and piece sacrifices, will be a great challenge for the player of the Nov? Bor Extra League team.

Alexei Shirov

Alexei Shirov

“An attacking player with a well thought-out repertoire. Whenever he sees a chance of attack, he doesn’t think twice,” says Viktor L?zni?ka about his opponent, adding a compliment: „You can only wonder whether there has ever been a better dynamic attacker than Alexei in his best years.“

The L?zni?ka-Shirov game statistics are rather scarce: so far the two have met only twice in a classical chess game. The first game, in 2006 in Pamplona, went to the more experienced player, while a year later, at the Karlovy Vary tournament, the Czech player managed to even the score with a win.

Viktor Laznicka

Viktor Laznicka

After Nadal, the “Asteroid” glass bowl to Shirov, or Laznicka?

The blue Asteroid has already charmed the tennis world. Last year, at the Abu Dhabi tennis exhibition tournament featuring six players from the world’s top ten, the glass trophy created by Lasvit, a Czech glassmaking company, went to the current no. 3, Rafael Nadal.

Thanks to Lasvit, this work of the well-known designer, Jitka Kamencov?-Skuhrav?, will also delight the winner of Novoborsk? ?achov? corrida.

The set of “structural bowls”, glassworks products representing minor planets – asteroids, fragments of space matter – has been formed spontaneously by shaping hot glass without a mould. The whirlwind-like design is meant to evoke the perpetual cycle of dynamic changes of the universe in time and space.

Asteroid Amber

Asteroid Amber

Programme (Ajeto restaurant, Nov? Bor):

The match will take place at the beginning of August. Viktor L?zni?ka and Alexei Shirov will play six classical games (the time control is 40/90 + G/30 with 30 seconds increment per move). The basic format of the Nov? Bor chess week will not change.

Visitors can once again look forward to game commentaries; the games will also be broadcast live over the Internet.

Saturday, August 4th, will see the traditional Fejfar Memorial, a blitz tournament that once again drew a lot of chess enthusiasts last year.

Sunday as the free day will be dedicated to a simultaneous exhibition of GM Alexei Shirov.

1 August 6.00 p.m. – opening ceremony
2 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 1
3 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 2
4 August 9.30 a.m. – Fejfar Memorial (blitz tournament)
4 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 3
5 August 1.00 p.m. – simultaneous exhibition of Alexei Shirov
6 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 4
7 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 5
8 August 4.00 p.m. – game no. 6
8 August 8.00 p.m. – closing ceremony

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World top 50

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

August 2012 top 50

Rk Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2837 0 1990
2 Aronian, Levon g ARM 2816 0 1982
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2797 9 1975
4 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2788 0 1987
5 Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2785 9 1990
6 Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2780 0 1969
7 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2778 0 1987
8 Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2773 15 1992
9 Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2770 0 1977
10 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 2769 0 1969
11 Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2763 0 1983
12 Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2752 0 1975
13 Svidler, Peter g RUS 2749 0 1976
14 Kamsky, Gata g USA 2746 9 1974
15 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2738 0 1968
16 Leko, Peter g HUN 2737 9 1979
17 Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2737 0 1986
18 Bologan, Viktor g MDA 2734 10 1971
19 Ponomariov, Ruslan g UKR 2734 9 1983
20 Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2730 5 1987
21 Jobava, Baadur g GEO 2730 0 1983
22 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2729 8 1985
23 Wang, Hao g CHN 2726 11 1989
24 Dominguez Perez, Leinier g CUB 2725 0 1983
25 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 2722 16 1983
26 Adams, Michael g ENG 2722 10 1971
27 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2717 0 1987
28 Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2715 14 1990
29 Fressinet, Laurent g FRA 2714 0 1981
30 Almasi, Zoltan g HUN 2713 0 1976
31 Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2713 0 1983
32 McShane, Luke J g ENG 2713 0 1984
33 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2712 9 1985
34 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2712 6 1985
35 Giri, Anish g NED 2711 7 1994
36 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro g CUB 2711 0 1982
37 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2709 2 1986
38 Malakhov, Vladimir g RUS 2708 16 1980
39 Sasikiran, Krishnan g IND 2707 0 1981
40 Moiseenko, Alexander g UKR 2706 0 1980
41 Shirov, Alexei g LAT 2706 0 1972
42 Vitiugov, Nikita g RUS 2705 16 1987
43 Nepomniachtchi, Ian g RUS 2704 16 1990
44 Wang, Yue g CHN 2703 5 1987
45 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2698 12 1976
46 Short, Nigel D g ENG 2698 9 1965
47 Movsesian, Sergei g ARM 2698 0 1978
48 Vallejo Pons, Francisco g ESP 2697 0 1982
49 Sokolov, Ivan g NED 2696 13 1968
50 Ding, Liren g CHN 2695 19 1992
Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

Source: Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

Muzychuk passed Hou Yifan as #2 in the world

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

August 2012 top 20

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2698 12 1976
2 Muzychuk, Anna g SLO 2606 0 1990
3 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2603 22 1994
4 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2593 11 1987
5 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2549 22 1985
6 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2547 0 1987
7 Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2542 11 1989
8 Kosintseva, Tatiana g RUS 2530 0 1986
9 Ju, Wenjun wg CHN 2528 22 1991
10 Kosintseva, Nadezhda g RUS 2524 11 1985
11 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2521 0 1986
12 Cmilyte, Viktorija g LTU 2520 13 1983
13 Zatonskih, Anna m USA 2512 0 1978
14 Khotenashvili, Bela m GEO 2509 16 1988
15 Gunina, Valentina m RUS 2507 18 1989
16 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2503 16 1963
17 Harika, Dronavalli g IND 2503 13 1991
18 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2502 18 1979
19 Ruan, Lufei wg CHN 2492 11 1987
20 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2491 0 1976
Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

Source: Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

2012 Olympics: Chess should be included – for players and parents

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012


2012 Olympics: Chess should be included – for players and parents

Chess isn’t included in the list of events for the 2012 Olympics, though as an officially-recognized sport, it should be. Like other sports, chess attracts driven players and supportive parents to world competitions.

By Lisa Suhay, Correspondent / July 31, 2012

Of all the unusual sports that should be included in the 2012 Olympics, chess actually has a legitimate claim: This year marks the 85th anniversary of chess being an officially recognized body of sport by the International Olympic Committee.

That’s right. Chess is a sport, complete with an Olympiad and chess parents.

Any chess parent (me included) will talk your ear off about the benefits of exercising the mind and how curling, the Winter Olympics sport, is just chess on ice. With any sport, you need to have tactics, critical thinking, and quick mental reflexes in play.

The World Chess Olympiad is bigger than the Winter Olympics but smaller than the summer Games in terms of number of nations participating. About 160 nations are expected for the Chess Olympiad set to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on August 27. The youngest competitor is 10 years old.

The first official Olympiad was held in London in 1927. It was intended for inclusion in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, but was not due to difficulties distinguishing between amateur and professional players. So while chess is an IOC recognized sport, the Olympiads have been held separately for the past several decades. During the Bejing Olympics in 2008, there was a failed attempt to merge the games.

Personally, I think the only real obstacle to chess being part of the the Olympic Games is the ability of network TV to cope with coverage and sponsorship. Bob Costas would be learning how to banter about the Alekhine defense and how there’s only one woman on the board and she’s the most powerful piece. By the way, I would pay to watch this.

I called my friend Susan Polgar, a five-time Olympic chess champion with 10 medals (five gold, four silver, and one bronze), to ask her if chess parents are as intense as other sports parents. Ms. Polgar won her first world title at age 12 and an Olympic gold in 1988 when she was 19. She won her last gold in 2004 at 35. She is undefeated in Olympic competition.

Zsuzsanna Polg?r is a Hungarian-American chess player, who was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. She lived in New York for 13 years, Texas for five years, and now lives in St. Louis, Mo., where she heads the chess program at Webster University.

Polgar has seen the sport from both athlete and parent perspectives. She is both the mother of chess-playing sons and daughter to parents who raised her and her two sisters to be champions.

Full article here.

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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Webster SPICE titled players roster

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012


August 2012 ratings

Name USCF FIDE
GM Wesley So 2699 2652
GM Georg Meier 2698 2648
GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez na 2612
GM Ray Robson 2671 2598
GM Manuel Leon Hoyos 2632 2579
GM Anatoly Bykhovsky 2653 2527
GM Denes Boros 2531 2485
GM Andre Diamant 2527 2473
IM Vitaly Neimer 2406 2373
FM Jake Banawa 2366 2300
WIM Inna Agrest na 2214
Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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