Archive for November, 2012

Interview with GM Pablo Lafuente (Argentina)

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Pablo Lafuente started playing from 5 years of age, became an IM at 18 years and GM at 21 years of age. He represented the Argentine team in the Chess Olympiad 2010 at Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, and in the Continental Championships in Mexico in 2011.

A traveling coach, Pablo, 27, moved in to Port Elizabeth, South Africa, recently and spoke briefly to Commonwealth Chess Championships 2012 Press Officer R R Vasudevan.

Welcome Mr Pablo. Briefly tell us about your visit to Apollo Engineering College Commonwealth Chess Championships 2012 in Chennai.

I have participated in the Commonwealth Chess Championships on the last two occasions as a player in New Delhi in India and in Johannesburg in South Africa. My South African student decided to take part in this tournament. He is ten years old, and I was glad to accompany him to India. This is my third trip to India.

Interview with GM Pablo Lafuente

Interview with GM Pablo Lafuente

Argentina and chess are an unique and unlikely combination. Please tell us about it.

I picked up the game from my father, who initiated me into chess. I went up-to high school. I couldn’t attend a few world juniors and I come from a normal middle class family. It is expensive to compete in tournaments, but the game itself is less expensive.

In Argentina, we have chess as a subject in many schools, it is becoming more and more popular. Many kids are attending to chess lessons every day from an early age.

Where does chess stand in Argentina.

Maybe around tenth. It is growing, many kids from all walks of life take up to to chess these days. The politicians have realized that it helps children to play chess. It could be better if they support more, but the Federation needs to do more.

What made you turn into a coach so early in life.

It was mainly because I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing. It might happen when it gets too stressful, it doesn’t mean that I don’t like chess anymore or something like it. It’s just that I have taken a break, I took to coaching as the offer came my way during my play in South Africa. I am now enjoying chess from a different perspective. I am enjoying this experience also.

About shaping your life through chess.

When we look back, I might want to change a few things. I am happy the way it went so far, I have traveled a lot, it helped me a lot to become more mature and had an impact on my character. Of course, chess has helped a lot, but the relationships with friends, people and everything in life plays a part.

Interview with GM Pablo Lafuente

From Buenos Aires to Barcelona to Port Elizabeth. Your journey has been varied and long. What next.

Eight years ago I was in Johannesburg Airport, in transit, on way to India. I was wondering in, as to what I am doing in South Africa, so far away from my home. And now it has become my temporary home.

It’s absolutely impossible to know what will happen next in life. In fact it could be boring to know what would happen in future.

Who is your idol, favorite sports person.

I don’t have anyone like that. But I like Aronian, Kramnik and Anand. I like and enjoy watching their games. You cannot enjoy Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, if you need to choose.

I have preferences, but I try not to let them influence me. I wouldn’t want to take any side, it actually is quite silly to a side. I would rather appreciate both.

About your experience in South Africa.

I am there for an year and half now. I like South Africa, it has great potential for chess. Many kids, almost 2000 kids, took part in the Nationals last year. Also, I am trying to develop some coaching project in different cities in African continent.

About your future programs.

I would be in South Africa for some time, shall keep in touch with the game from there. I am likely to go to smaller towns and popularize chess.

On your visit to Chennai.

This is my first visit to Chennai. Due to continuous rounds, I couldn’t enjoy going about in the city. I plan to stay back for two days after the event and shall look to move around.

About Apollo Engineering College Commonwealth Chess Championships 2012.

I think India is a tough place to compete, from the chess point of view. Also it is tough from human point of view, like poverty etc. This is my third visit to India, and I have learnt a lot. I am surprised when I see that some people have so little, still they are very happy. It is an absolutely amazing experience.

I am happy to see so many chess players taking part in the Commonwealth. I hope in future more countries will participate in the Commonwealth. I have been playing the last two editions, I hope that every Commonwealth country should send at least one player.

It would be really nice to see many many players from all the countries.

Who are your favorite authors.

Indian authors and Bhagavad Gita is one of my favorite book.

On some chess books that impressed you.

A book by Tal and Adamski translated in Spanish called by the name “Attack”. I really enjoyed reading this book.

Tell us something for a beginner and an upcoming chess player.

In order to become a good player, they have to enjoy the game and spend a lot of time in chess. It is extremely vital for them to keep on enjoying what they do. I think it is important for the player to go overseas and play different tournaments. It could be expensive, but it is vital. Also, keep up your motivation all the time.

We wish you the best in your stay here.

Thank you.

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Kamsky loses again, Caruana & Karjakin lead Tashkent

Friday, November 30th, 2012

 
Round 8 results

Alexander Morozevich – Wang Hao ?-? 
Boris Gelfand – Leinier Dominguez Perez ?-? 
Fabiano Caruana – Sergey Karjakin ?-? 
Gata Kamsky – Peter Leko 0-1 
Peter Svidler – Rustam Kasimdzhanov ?-? 
Shakriyar Mamedyarov – Ruslan Ponomariov ?-?

Standings after 8 rounds

1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2786 ITA 5 
2 GM Karjakin Sergey 2775 RUS 5 

3 GM Morozevich Alexander 2748 RUS 4? 
4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2764 AZE 4? 
5 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2696 UZB 4? 
6 GM Leko Peter 2732 HUN 4? 

7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2741 UKR 4 
8 GM Svidler Peter 2747 RUS 4 
9 GM Wang Hao 2737 CHN 4 

10 GM Gelfand Boris 2751 ISR 3 

11 GM Kamsky Gata 2762 USA 2? 
12 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2726 CUB 2?

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Two World Champions Too Young to Drive

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The United States has two new world chess champions: Kayden Troff of Utah and Samuel Sevian of California. Neither has reached his 15th birthday. They won their titles at the World Youth Championship in Slovenia, which ended Monday. Kayden, who was born in 1998, is the under-14 champion, and Samuel, who will turn 12 next month, won the under-12 title. Cameron Wheeler, another Californian, took the under-12 silver on tiebreakers. And in the under-8 section, Christopher Shen of Ohio won the bronze. Before 2005, only three Americans had won titles. But the United States’ chess record has improved in recent years. Gold medalists have included Alex Lenderman (the under-16 champion in 2005), Daniel Naroditsky …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

December 2012 FRL

Friday, November 30th, 2012

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FIDE publishes December 2012 FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Mark Glukhovsky: Women players are very beautiful

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The chief editor of the 64-Chess Review tells about online video coverage of the World Championship.

– This is the sixth tournament that we broadcast online this year, however, this time I was much more nervous, because we are showing women’s chess! It’s such a big responsibility! We all know what to expect from men grandmasters, but showing women is a completely different story.

In addition, this is the first event when we have commentary in three languages: Russian, English and Chinese. Organizing it was quite difficult, but this was a very sensible decision, because there were many players from China. Ju Wenjun was eliminated in the semifinal, and the share of Chinese viewers dropped significantly, but before that we had a certain number of visitors…

– Perhaps Chinese chess fans are not accustomed to follow chess tournaments like that?

– We don’t know much about internet in China, have no detailed information about the audience, broadband availability, etc. And we know even less about popularity of chess in China. The only bit of information comes from our commentator Peng Zhaoqin, who said that a day before the last round of the 2012 Chess Olympiad, when both Chinese teams had winning chances, the largest Chinese newspapers covered the event extensively.

– Mark, tell us about the commentators and the technical part of the coverage.

– With pleasure! Our Chinese-speaking commentator is grandmaster Peng Zhaoqin, she lives in Amsterdam and works from there. Our engineers worked hard to make it possible. GM Sergey Shipov comments in Russian, he is very popular among Russian-speaking viewers and is a very good ambassador of chess. Our English-speaking commentator is Alexander Khalifman, an outstanding player and former World Champion. Our cooperation started at the candidates matches in Kazan.

The commentators are working hard, and it is not an easy job. Until the second game of the final match they worked 5-6 hours every day, and only that short draw gave them a small break. I am very thankful for their excellent work.

The biggest problem is gathering statistical information about our internet audience. We offered our broadcast to all major chess sites to deliver it to as many chess fans as possible. For example, if you got used to watching chess on ChessBase, you don’t have to go to our site. We collecting this data from our partners, although with a slight delay. Yesterday we crossed the mark of half a million viewers. I am not saying these are all unique viewers, because people often use different devices to follow our broadcasts, like different computers and mobile phones, but the number of unique viewers is definitely hundreds of thousands, not tens of thousands. Another valuable statistic is the average time of watching, which is almost an hour. It is very important, because during this hour we also have time to show ads of our sponsors and organizers.

– Mark, you said you had certain worries before the championship. What do you think about it now? How attractive and telegenic are women players?

– Now I started to worry even more! Women players are very beautiful, so showing them on TV is a huge responsibility for our directors and operators. Kasimdzhanov, Aronian or Ivanchuk do not care about their appearance on TV, but girl do care, even if they don’t think about it at the board. I hope we managed to bring women’s chess closer to chess fans, to show them unique beauty of Harika, amazing willpower of Antoaneta Stefanova, mysterious stare of Marie Sebag… I can continue forever. Women players are very beautiful these days, and I hope to match their good looks with artistic quality of our broadcasts someday.

– This format of multimedia broadcast is used for the second time in Khanty-Mansiysk. Are you planning to make any changes to it?

– Of course, we made a lot of progress since the latest World Cup, and will continue improving our product at the next tournaments. The general scheme will stay the same, as it is very natural: we show the player and comment on the game. However, we can make it more interactive by adding an opportunity to communicate with the commentator. We are working on it right now. We also consider adding the computer evaluation. One can find it elsewhere, though, so I don’t know how useful it will be. But we are constantly looking for different ways of improving our coverage and will add some features in future.

– How can one make women’s chess more popular?

– I think chess in general is on the right track. However, women’s chess is yet to find its niche in global sports. Most people view it as a weaker version of chess. In tennis, for example, women are much weaker than men, but women tennis is equally popular. 

Objective strength of play is less important, correct positioning is the key. I have no idea what would be the correct positioning for women’s chess, but we don’t even use the most straightforward idea of demonstrating the beauty of our players, which is widely used in more successful sports.

There are many good-looking girls in chess, and they are capable of thinking very beautifully, too. This is a very simple idea, and I hope our broadcasts are doing a good job of promoting it. Our cameras allow to watch the show just like you could do if you were in the playing hall. However, it must be a two-way traffic: the participants should also take viewers into account.

– How is the 64 magazine doing?

– This is always a hot issue by the end of each year. We hope to be able to keep bringing the magazine to our readers, but… I don’t want to sound too pessimistic, but I can’t guarantee right now that our magazine survives. The only thing I can guarantee is that the 12th issue of 2012 will be published with the new World Champion’s face on the cover!

Source: http://chess2012.ugrasport.com/?p=3189

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AICF-AAI Cup: Delhi to host strongest ever chess meet in India

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Having successfully organised numerous national and international events in the past, the national capital will now play host to the strongest ever chess event in the country – the Rs 12 lakh prize money AICF-AAI Cup

The six-player double round-robin format category-18 tournament will be played at the Airport Authority Club here from December 20-30. All players, with an average rating of over 2675 ELO rating points, would play each other twice – once with white pieces and once with black. 

“New Delhi has not witnessed such a big event since the World Championship preliminaries in 2000 and I am sure that chess lovers would throng to the Club to watch some of the best players in world in action” said Mr. V.P Agarwal, Chairman Airport Authority of India. 

“AAI spends annually 4cr in promoting sports and supporting talents. This tournament is the maximum rated tournament and we are proud to be associated with it,” he added.


This is the second edition of the AICF-AAI Cup, which was a category-17 event last year. The tournament was won by Fabiano Caruana of Italy in its inaugural edition and the player has subsequently moved into the top-10 of the FIDE world ranking.

AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan said, “the list of players for this tournament is the best line up India have ever seen and we are expecting very tough competition in the ten days of the tournament.”

This year’s star attraction of the tournament would be GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland, who is better known among Indian chess circle as one of the second of Viswanathan Anand in his two successful world championship campaign, said Mr Bharat Sing Chauhan, Secretary of the All India Chess Federation.  (Wesley So unfortunately could not participate because he will represent Webster University at the PanAm Intercollegiate Championship)

Wojtaszek is himself a top-50 player in the world and would be looking to add valuable rating points to his tally in New Delhi. Leading the charge of challengers against him would be GM Anton Korobov of Ukraine, who boasts of a 2700+ rating and Russia’s in-form player GM Evgeny Alekseev

Former national champion GM K Sasikiran would lead the Indian challenge with 2008 World champion GM Abhijeet Gupta and world’s second youngest Grandmaster and reigning Asian champion Parimarjan Negi completing the line up.


“It is a great achievement for Indian chess that an event of such a stature is happening in India. Personally I am thrilled to be part of the tournament and would do my best to keep the title in the country after the 10 rounds of competition,” said the local boy, Parimarjan Negi

“I haven’t had great performances in the last few months starting with the Olympiad. For the amount of preparations that have gone into it, I haven’t played well. So this tournament would be the right opportunity for me to stage a comeback of sorts and get back to winning ways,” he added.

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Magnus turns 22 today!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Happy Birthday to the Norwegian Chess Prince Magnus Carlsen! He turns 22 today!

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

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Ushenina self destructed as Stefanova forced tiebreaks

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Ushenina self destructed in game 4 by playing passively to draw instead of her usual confident style. This was a serious mistake and she lost badly after a series of bad moves. 

This was the same mistake made by Sebag against Stefanova in earlier rounds. It is understandable that Ushenina was nervous and she did not want to take risk. But it was not a good strategy.

The players will continue tomorrow with rapid / blitz / Armageddon tiebreaks. Credit has to be given to Stefanova for bringing her clutch A game.

White: Antoaneta Stefanova
Black: Anna Ushenina
Date: Fri Nov 30 2012
Result: 1-0

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O dxc4 9. Bxc4 b5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. a3 a5 12. e4 e5 13. Rd1 Qc7 14. h3 Rfe8 15. Be3 exd4 16. Nxd4 Bh2+ 17. Kh1 Bf4 18. Bxf4 Qxf4 19. Nce2 Qb8 20. Ng3 Ne5 21. Bf1 Rc8 22. Ndf5 Rc7 23. Qc3 Rd7 24. f4 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Ng6 26. Nh6+ gxh6 27. Qxf6 Qf8 28. Nf5 c5 29. Bxb5 Bxe4 30. Nd6 Rd8 31. Rd2 Bb1 32. Nxf7 Rxd2 33. Nxh6+ 1-0
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AICF-AAI Cup: Delhi to host strongest ever chess meet in India

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Having successfully organised numerous national and international events in the past, the national capital will now play host to the strongest ever chess event in the country – the Rs 12 lakh prize money AICF-AAI Cup.

The six-player double round-robin format category-18 tournament will be played at the Airport Authority Club here from December 20-30. All players, with an average rating of over 2675 ELO rating points, would play each other twice – once with white pieces and once with black.

“New Delhi has not witnessed such a big event since the World Championship preliminaries in 2000 and I am sure that chess lovers would throng to the Club to watch some of the best players in world in action” said Mr. V.P Agarwal, Chairman Airport Authority of India.

“AAI spends annually 4cr in promoting sports and supporting talents. This tournament is the maximum rated tournament and we are proud to be associated with it,” he added.

AICF-AAI Cup press conference

AICF-AAI Cup press conference

This is the second edition of the AICF-AAI Cup, which was a category-17 event last year. The tournament was won by Fabiano Caruana of Italy in its inaugural edition and the player has subsequently moved into the top-10 of the FIDE world ranking.

AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan said, “the list of players for this tournament is the best line up India have ever seen and we are expecting very tough competition in the ten days of the tournament.”

This year’s star attraction of the tournament would be GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland, who is better known among Indian chess circle as one of the second of Viswanathan Anand in his two successful world championship campaign, said Mr Bharat Sing Chauhan, Secretary of the All India Chess Federation.

Wojtaszek is himself a top-50 player in the world and would be looking to add valuable rating points to his tally in New Delhi. Leading the charge of challengers against him would be GM Anton Korobov of Ukraine, who boasts of a 2700+ rating and Russia’s in-form player GM Evgeny Alekseev.

Former national champion GM K Sasikiran would lead the Indian challenge with 2008 World champion GM Abhijeet Gupta and world’s second youngest Grandmaster and reigning Asian champion Parimarjan Negi completing the line up.

Parimarjan Negi talking to journalists

Parimarjan Negi talking to journalists

“It is a great achievement for Indian chess that an event of such a stature is happening in India. Personally I am thrilled to be part of the tournament and would do my best to keep the title in the country after the 10 rounds of competition,” said the local boy, Parimarjan Negi.

“I haven’t had great performances in the last few months starting with the Olympiad. For the amount of preparations that have gone into it, I haven’t played well. So this tournament would be the right opportunity for me to stage a comeback of sorts and get back to winning ways,” he added.

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CALENDAR 2013-2014 UPDATE

Friday, November 30th, 2012

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The 2013-14 Calendar is published after consultation from the respective organisers and Continental Associations.

The Calendar Administration Regulations have been published since 2010. Nevertheless, we have been accommodating the requests from organisers when they wanted to change their dates/venues. With effect from 1 January 2013, we will strictly observe the Regulations and penalties shall be implemented for any infringement.

Ignatius Leong
Calendar Administrator &
FIDE General Secretary

FIDE Calendar 2013-2014

FIDE Calendar Administration Regulations

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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