Archive for August, 2012

Top Seeds Shine At The Olympiad

Friday, August 31st, 2012

When the going gets tough, the tough get going! After four rounds of the 40th Chess Olympiad, the top four seeds are the only teams to maintain 100% match records.
Top seeds Russia took a crucial 3-1 victory against their dangerous Chinese oppone…

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4 teams remain perfect at the Open Olympiad

Friday, August 31st, 2012


Top 15 teams after 4 rounds

Rk. SNo Team Team Games + = TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 2 Ukraine UKR 4 4 0 0 8 51.0 12.5 18.00
2 4 Hungary HUN 4 4 0 0 8 48.0 11.5 17.00
3 3 Armenia ARM 4 4 0 0 8 46.0 12.0 16.00
4 1 Russia RUS 4 4 0 0 8 40.0 12.0 14.00
5 14 Germany GER 4 3 1 0 7 53.0 12.0 19.00
6 8 France FRA 4 3 1 0 7 50.0 12.0 19.00
7 17 Czech Republic CZE 4 3 1 0 7 50.0 12.0 15.00
8 7 Azerbaijan AZE 4 3 1 0 7 47.5 13.0 16.00
9 29 Argentina ARG 4 3 1 0 7 44.5 10.5 18.00
10 5 United States Of America USA 4 3 1 0 7 44.0 13.0 15.00
11 13 India IND 4 3 1 0 7 44.0 12.0 17.00
12 53 Canada CAN 4 3 1 0 7 41.5 11.5 17.00
13 11 England ENG 4 3 1 0 7 41.0 11.0 17.00
14 19 Croatia CRO 4 3 1 0 7 36.5 10.5 14.00
15 44 Montenegro MNE 4 3 1 0 7 34.5 11.0 14.00

Full standings here.

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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Spectacular matchups in round 5 at the Istanbul Olympiad

Friday, August 31st, 2012


Top team round 5 pairings (Women’s Olympiad)

No. Team Team Pts. MP : MP Pts. Team Team
1 RUS Russia 14 8 : 8 14? France FRA
2 SRB Serbia 13? 7 : 7 12 Bulgaria BUL
3 GRE Greece 11 7 : 7 13 Poland POL
4 GEO Georgia 14 7 : 7 12 Ukraine UKR
5 LAT Latvia 12? 7 : 7 10? Slovakia SVK
6 CHN China 13 7 : 7 12 India IND

Open Olympiad

No. Team Team Pts. MP : MP Pts. Team Team
1 ARM Armenia 12 8 : 8 12? Ukraine UKR
2 HUN Hungary 11? 8 : 8 12 Russia RUS
3 GER Germany 12 7 : 7 11 Montenegro MNE
4 CRO Croatia 10? 7 : 7 12 France FRA
5 USA United States Of America 13 7 : 7 12 Czech Republic CZE
6 CAN Canada 11? 7 : 7 13 Azerbaijan AZE
7 IND India 12 7 : 7 11 England ENG
8 POL Poland 12 6 : 7 10? Argentina ARG

Full pairings here.

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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Excellent Olympiad performance so far by Webster – SPICE GMs

Friday, August 31st, 2012


Webster University – SPICE GMs at the Istanbul Chess Olympiad after 4 rounds (undefeated 11 pts / 14 games):

GM Wesley So (Philippines) 3/4 – Webster U freshman

So Wesley GM 2652 PHI Rp:2777
Rd. SNo Name Rtg FED Rp Pts. Res. Bo.
1 428 Elarbi Abobker 2259 LBA 2198 1.0 s 1 1
2 13 GM Bologan Viktor 2734 MDA 2666 3.0 w ? 1
3 156 GM Jumabayev Rinat 2525 KAZ 2586 2.5 s 1 1
4 1 GM Aronian Levon 2816 ARM 2895 2.5 w ? 1

GM Georg Meier (Germany) 2/3 - Webster U sophomore

Meier Georg GM 2648 GER Rp:2716
Rd. SNo Name Rtg FED Rp Pts. Res. Bo.
2 97 GM Sanikidze Tornike 2585 GEO 2547 2.0 w ? 3
3 260 IM Alavi Seyed Javad 2458 IRI 0 1.0 w 1 2
4 17 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2729 AZE 2709 2.5 s ? 3

GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico) 3/4 – Webster U freshman

Leon Hoyos Manuel GM 2579 MEX Rp:2688
Rd. SNo Name Rtg FED Rp Pts. Res. Bo.
1 468 Blijstra Wim 2206 AHO 1170 0.0 w 1 1
2 79 GM Amin Bassem 2643 EGY 2381 2.0 s 1 1
3 194 GM Djukic Nikola 2523 MNE 2548 2.5 w ? 1
4 109 GM Peralta Fernando 2606 ARG 2183 0.5 s ? 1

GM Ray Robson (USA) 3/3 – Webster U freshman

Robson Ray GM 2598 USA Rp:3122
Rd. SNo Name Rtg FED Rp Pts. Res. Bo.
1 429 FM Mansour Sameer 2244 JOR 2125 1.0 w 1 4
2 320 IM Labeckas Kestutis 2378 LTU 2206 1.5 s 1 4
3 355 IM Ostos Julio 2345 VEN 2380 1.5 w 1 4

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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Interview with Levon Aronian (video)

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Levon Aronian, in conversation with Chessdom.com editor-in-chief Goran Urosevic, shared his thoughts on the Armenian team at the Chess Olympiad. Aronian also praised Wesley So, saying “he is a talented player from a country with great chess culture”.

See a previsions interview of Aronian with Chessdom here.

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More Olympiad Chess Tactic

Friday, August 31st, 2012


Black to move. How should black proceed?

Source: ChessToday.net

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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GM Fontaine joins Agon as Chief of Staff

Friday, August 31st, 2012


Agon Limited appoints chief of staff to administer World Chess
31 August 2012

International chess Grandmaster Robert Fontaine has joined Agon Limited, the rights holder to the World Chess Championship cycle, as chief of staff to founder and chief executive Andrew Paulson.

Mr Fontaine, the six-times under-20 youth champion for France, becomes a principal aide as Mr Paulson implements his strategy to organise and commercialise the ongoing World Chess Championship cycles, starting with the opening Grand Prix for the 2012/2013 cycle at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand in London in September.

Mr Fontaine has won a number of international tournaments over his playing career, including Las Vegas in 2006, Stockholm in 2007 and Paleohora in 2009. He became a Grandmaster in 2002 and a member of the Olympiad chess team in 2004.

He is also known as a presenter for Europe-Echecs, where he interviewed champion players and politicians for video reportage on the world’s leading chess events.

Mr Fontaine said: “I heard about Andrew’s plans to restore chess to its rightful place as a leading global entertainment form, and was extremely interested to see how I could bring my experience to help him realise his ambitions. What Andrew is proposing can only benefit the international chess community through raising the profile of the game and opening up chess to a new generation of players.”

Mr Paulson, the chief executive of Agon, said: “Robert is incredibly well-connected in the chess world, and his experience of interviewing top-ranking Grandmasters and his deep understanding of the complexities of the game will be invaluable as we build up to the start of the next iteration of the world’s most compelling sport.”

On semi-retiring from competitive chess in 2005, Mr Fontaine became a professional chess coach as managing director of the chess club Cannes-Echecs, where he managed a team of ten teaching chess in schools to 4,500 children.

He also introduced chess to the employees of French electricity and gas companies by working with CCAS, the energy industry social fund, to help co-ordinate a scheme that has taught chess to 45,000 people since 2007.

ENDS

About the World Chess Championships:

The World Chess Championship Cycle is the pinnacle of chess and consists of nine events over two years: six Grand Prix tournaments, the Candidates Tournament, the World Cup and the World Championship Match.

The 2012-13 championship cycle will start in London in September with the first Grand Prix, to be hosted at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand from 20 September to 4 October. Succeeding Grand Prix tournaments will be played in Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris and Berlin, and the World Cup will be held in Troms?.

The 2012-13 Candidates, a double round-robin tournament among eight players, will take place in London in March next year. The winner of the Candidates will play the reigning World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand, in the World Championship Match in November 2013.

The long-term commercial rights for the World Chess Championship Cycle were accorded to Agon, founded by the media entrepreneur Andrew Paulson, by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in February 2012. Mr Paulson is negotiating with commercial brand partners to sponsor the tournaments, allowing him to increase the prize fund to 5.5 million euros and to significantly expand the media coverage of the sport, with interactive broadcast on smartphones, tablets and online supplementing the highlights coverage on global television networks.

The design agency Pentagram has been hired to create new branding and design for
the cycle. There are an estimated 605 million chess players around the world, with enthusiasts including Sergey Brin, George Soros, Bill Gates and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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Chess trivia

Friday, August 31st, 2012


Can you name this strong player?

Chess daily news from Susan Polgar

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GM Robert Fontaine joins Agon as chief of staff to Andrew Paulson

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Press release: International chess Grandmaster Robert Fontaine has joined Agon Limited, the rights holder to the World Chess Championship cycle, as chief of staff to founder and chief executive Andrew Paulson.

Mr Fontaine, the six-times under-20 youth champion for France, becomes a principal aide as Mr Paulson implements his strategy to organise and commercialise the ongoing World Chess Championship cycles, starting with the opening Grand Prix for the 2012/2013 cycle at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand in London in September.

Mr Fontaine has won a number of international tournaments over his playing career, including Las Vegas in 2006, Stockholm in 2007 and Paleohora in 2009. He became a Grandmaster in 2002 and a member of the Olympiad chess team in 2004.

He is also known as a presenter for Europe-Echecs, where he interviewed champion players and politicians for video reportage on the world’s leading chess events.

Robert Fontaine

Robert Fontaine

Mr Fontaine said: “I heard about Andrew’s plans to restore chess to its rightful place as a leading global entertainment form, and was extremely interested to see how I could bring my experience to help him realise his ambitions. What Andrew is proposing can only benefit the international chess community through raising the profile of the game and opening up chess to a new generation of players.”

Mr Paulson, the chief executive of Agon, said: “Robert is incredibly well-connected in the chess world, and his experience of interviewing top-ranking Grandmasters and his deep understanding of the complexities of the game will be invaluable as we build up to the start of the next iteration of the world’s most compelling sport.”

On semi-retiring from competitive chess in 2005, Mr Fontaine became a professional chess coach as managing director of the chess club Cannes-Echecs, where he managed a team of ten teaching chess in schools to 4,500 children.

He also introduced chess to the employees of French electricity and gas companies by working with CCAS, the energy industry social fund, to help co-ordinate a scheme that has taught chess to 45,000 people since 2007.

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40th Chess Olympiad Istanbul Round 4 2012 – 4

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The 40th Chess Olympiad Istanbul Round 4 started at 1pm local time on Friday 31st August.

Live Video
Pairings
Live Games Official.

Leading Round 4 Pairings Men for Friday: USA vs IND,
RUS vs CHN,
AZE vs GER,
FRA vs ENG,
PHI 1.5-2.5 ARM,
UKR vs POL,
SVK vs HUN,
CZE vs NOR,
CAN vs MGL,
ARG vs MEX.

Games by leading players to look out for in Round 4.
Nakamura 1-0 Sasikiran, Harikrishna 1-0 Kamsky, Kramnik vs Wang Hao, Wang Yue 0-1 Grischuk,
Radjabov 1-0 Naiditsch, Vachier 1/2 Adams, Edouard 1/2 Short, So 1/2 Aronian Armenia win the match thanks to a Sargissian win on board 4,
Ivanchuk 1-0 Wojtaszek, Eid 0-1 Topalov, Gelfand vs Kazhgaleyev, Vl Georgiev 1/2 Shirov,
Ivan Morovic 1/2 Caruana.

Source: The Week in Chess

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