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40th Chess Olympiad Istanbul Round 3 2012 – 3

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The 40th Chess Olympiad Istanbul Round 3 started at 1pm local time on Thursday 30th August. Live VideoPairingsLive Games Official.

Some key games Vachier beat Topalov which won France the match against Bulgaria, Aronian beat Vallejo in the only decisive game of the Armenian win over Spain, Kramnik drew with Shirov in Russia’s narrow win against Latvia and Ivanchuk drew with Gelfand in Ukraine’s narrow win against Israel which turned completely turned around late on after Ponomariov came back to win from a lost position.

Leading results: Round 3 Men:
SVK 2-2 BIH,
VEN ½-3½ USA,
FAI ½-3½ AZE,
FRA 2½-1½ BUL,
ENG 3-1 CUB,
UKR 2½-1½ ISR,
ARM 2½-1½ ESP,
SLO 1-3 IND,
IRI 0-4 GER,
ROU 1-3 CHN,
KAZ 0-4 PHI,
ARG 2-2 CAN,
RUS 2½-1½ LAT,
HUN 3-1 SUI,
MEX 2-2 MNE,
POL 3-1 CHI

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

Initial file of top 14 matches from men’s round 3 available for viewing and download below.

Source: The Week in Chess

The Week in Chess and the London Chess Centre end their 14 year sponsorship agreement – Announcement

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Week in Chess website and weekly on-line magazine and game file collecting together
the leading games and results is created and edited by Mark Crowther. The London
Chess Centre particularly through Malcolm Pein has sponsored and encouraged its production since 1998.
This agreement has now come to an end although both sides will continue to cooperate for some time.

“14 years is a very long time in the life of the internet and chess has seen many positive changes.
I have been working incredibly hard on the TWIC website and updating the way that the magazine has been compiled
since 2009. Whilst I’ve very much enjoyed increasing the amount of reporting on chess I’ve been doing,
the additional work has also become unsustainable in the long term. I’ve managed to keep
the weekly TWIC magazine games service free for all these years but in this economic climate
I’ve got to look to make the best living I can. I think perhaps there has been the perception
that TWIC was a bigger and better financed website than it actually was. A few thousand
subscribers would enable TWIC to continue and become better, I will no doubt soon see
if there is an appetite for that. It has been frustrating to see the London Chess Centre and myself
get relatively little benefit from the production of the magazine while various commercial services
have used it as a starting point for their paid for products.

In the end I decided that I needed to take stock and see what direction my working life should take
which could even be away from chess and more towards other types of internet site. It could be that
I work on many different smaller projects. TWIC will continue in some form at a new
address www.theweekinchess.com shortly. I must place on record my gratitude to Malcolm Pein for his support
over the years and I think I learned quite a bit from him too.”

Mark Crowther 29th August 2012

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Source: The Week in Chess

40th Chess Olympiad Istanbul Round 2 2012 – 2

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The 40th Chess Olympiad Istanbul Round 2 started at 2pm local time on Wednesday 29th August. Live VideoPairingsLive Games Official.

Sorry for the lack of updates this afternoon. Been working on the round 1 games. Men’s and women’s both done. Added top 20 matches from the round 2 Men’s section now.

Men’s Pairings:
QAT 0-4 UKR,
USA 3.5-0.5 LTU,
AZE3.5-0.5 IRL,
PER 0.5-3.5 FRA,
IND 3-1 TUR16,
CUB 3.5-0.5 ICSC,
CRC 0-4 POL,
GRE 1-3 RUS,
CHN 3.5-0.5 ITA,
ENG 2.5-1.5 BRA,
GER 2.5-1.5 GEO,
TUR 2-2 CZE,
ESP 2.5-1.5 BLR,
UZB 2-2 CRO,
SRB 2-2 SWE.

The main stories of the day were that Ukraine won 3-1 against Qatar but Vassily Ivanchuk blundered to lose on top board which could be important for the rest of the event. The USA battered Lithuania 3.5-0.5 with Nakamura grinding out a marathon win against Malisauskas on top board. Azerbaijan, India, France, Cuba, Poland all won. Russia already down the standings beat Greece only 3-1. I’m not sure Karjakin impressed anyone with his extremely short draw with black against a player he outrated by over 160 points. Indeed I don’t think this draw with black, win with white approach will be enough to get them gold. China smashed Italy 3.5-0.5 with even their star Fabiano Caruana getting beaten on top board. England beat Brazil thanks to a win for Short over Fier. A Naiditsch win for Germany and Illescas win for Spain got them narrow victories today. I’ll see if I can get some games at some point.

Source: The Week in Chess

40th Chess Olympiad Istanbul Round 1 2012 – 1

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The 40th Chess Olympiad Istanbul Round 1 started at 3:22 local time. Some updates below. Live VideoPairingsLive Games Official.

Surprises Tomashevsky held by William Puntier. Sergei Movsesian beaten by Oswaldo Zambrana. Looking through the results I see Tze Meng Mok beat Loek van Wely.

I’ve produced a file of the top 52 games in the round 1 draw the remaining games should appear tomorrow.

FIDE have got good broadcasts going in the last few Olympiads but they haven’t cracked the biennial round 1 problems.

Men’s Olympiad top results: DOM 0.5- 3.5 RUS, UKR 4-0 IRQ, BOL 1-3 ARM, HUN 3-1 KGZ, JOR 0-4 USA, CHN 3.5-0.5 ZAM, LUX 0-4 AZE, FRA 4-0 ZIM, MAS 1.5-2.5 NED, AND 0.5 -3.5 ENG, WLS 0-4 IND.

Source: The Week in Chess

40th Chess Olympiad Opens in Istanbul – Opening Ceremony

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Opening Ceremony for the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul took place on Monday 27th August 2012. Turkish music and dance was celebrated. The flags of the nations were brought in. The head of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nizhat Yazici highlighted the progress in Turkish Junior Chess since 2000 when they last hosted the Olympiad. He thanked the Turkish Ministry of Youth and Sport who he said supplied 90% of the budget and supported Turkey’s bid for the 2020 Olympics. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov speaking mostly in English praised Yazici’s leadership. Suat Kilic the Youth and Sport minister condemned killing and terrorism in the wake of a recent attack a point probably lost on most of the international audience. There was an athletes oath sworn, standard in the Olympics but maybe new to chess. There was a final draw for colours before the large audience filed out. Links: Official site, Facebook Page, http://www.chesstv.com/ have Russian and English commentary by the team that brought the excellent Tal Memorial and World Championship coverage. ChessDom are a media partner. Chess Results have the pairings. A reminder that my local chess Federation Yorkshire has a Fantasy Olympiad Team competition.

Source: The Week in Chess

40th Chess Olympiad Istanbul 2012 – Games and Results

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The 40th Chess Olympiad takes place in Istanbul, Turkey 27th August (Opening 28th R1) to 9th September 2012. Play starts 15:00 local time, 13:00 BST. Elo favourites Russia haven’t won the title since 2002, defending champions Ukraine and Armenia are all close to full strength. World number 1 Magnus Carlsen will not be playing and rather shockingly the 2014 hosts Norway can’t find the money to field an any way representative team. England with Adams, Jones and Short are about as strong as could be expected given that McShane is only a part time player. http://fantasychessteam.com/ is a prediction competition and Yorkshire Chess have a handy Olympiad Preview

Source: The Week in Chess

87th French Chess Championship 2012 – Games and Results

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The French Chess Championships for men and women took place in Pau 13th to 25th August 2012.
Romain Edouard, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Etienne Bacrot and Christian Bauer all had 7/10 going into the final round. However then there was the shock news of the death of Christian Bauer’s 4 month old child. On the proposal of the players the 11th and final round was cancelled. Edouard, Vachier and Bacrot were to play off for the title on Saturday but on further reflection it was decided that all 4 players should share the title.

Source: The Week in Chess

Garry Kasparov found not guilty of unlawful protest – Not Guilty

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov has been found not guilty of “unlawful protest” in a court appearance on 24th August just a week after his arrest whilst being interviewed outside the Pussy Riot trial on Friday 17th August, Ilya Mouzykantskii
@ilyamuz

Summer Contributing Reporter with @nytimes in Moscow was in court tweeting during the verdict. He initially reported a guilty verdict as the judge was hard to hear but then it became clear that the judge was highly critical of the prosecution case. In particular the police testimony on the timeline was directly contradicted by video evidence. Mig Greengard was also tweeting and was obviously pleased however he said that the “Bigger issue is whether or not prosecutors will go forward with absurd ‘biting’ case against Kasparov, which is a serious criminal charge.”
Kasparov will comment shortly on his Facebook page.

Source: The Week in Chess

Clarke wins the 2012 Delancey UK Chess Challenge – Final

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Brandon Clarke won the 2012 Delancey UK Chess Challenge
after victory in a speed chess playoff over Jean-Luc Weller.
Tournament founder IM Michael Basman favours the three points for a
win system and the pair ended with five wins and a draw for a score
of 16/18, ahead of William Foo on 15/18. In the last round, Clark
defeated Adam A Taylor and Weller overcame Richard Weaving.

Source: The Week in Chess

Cecil at the Olympiad

Friday, August 31st, 2012
Cecil Rosner has sent a couple of pictures from the early days of the Chess Olympics
Registration

Chow time

Source: Chess Manitoba

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