Archive for January, 2013

February 2013 FIDE Rating List

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

FIDE have published the official rating list for February 2013 and Magnus Carlsen is ranked at #1 for the 14th consecutive time. Carlsen extended his lead at the top of the ranking to a huge 62 points, thanks to his 10/13 victory at the Tata Steel…

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Find the best continuation

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

White to move. Find the best continuation for white.

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Interview with Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Interview with the member of the Brazilian chess team Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian by Vera Martirosyan for NEWS.am Sport.

It would be very interesting to know about you. You are Armenian. What you can tell about your family. Do you speak Armenian, do you usually visit Armenia?

Yes, I’m very proud to be Armenian and have learnt about our history through my parents (both Armenians, my mother being born in Brazil and my father in Lebanon). And I also studied my whole childhood in an Armenian school we have in Sao Paulo, which is the city I’ve born and still live in. My sister and I learnt the Armenian language at home at the time we were learning Portuguese when growing up.

I’m very happy to speak Armenian, to be able preserve our culture, and also communicate with all the Armenians I meet during tournaments around the world. Many times, in different countries, I had local Armenians inviting me to their houses, having Armenian food and listening to Armenian music, while talking about our beloved nation. They were all very happy to find out my family gives such a big importance on maintaining our values.

I visited Armenia three times, first in 1999 with my father. It was such an amazing experience to be in touch with our ancient history and everything I’ve learned and listened about our country and our heroes. And last time in 2010, for the Pan-Armenian Chess Olympiad.

How did you learn to play chess? Do you remember your first steps?

My uncle is an amateur chess player, and my father learnt the game from him when they were young in Lebanon (my grandparents had to move from Armenia in difficult times).

The story my father tells me is that when I was seven, he saw me building a puzzle with the pieces upside down and thought I had a good memory or could enjoy a game with a lot of thinking and logic, like chess. After that, we used to play one or two games every night when he came back home from his work. I got upset he was beating me every day! After some point, I got really interested and he hired a chess trainer, but it was mostly for fun – only four years later I played in my first Sao Paulo State championship, achieving the 22th place – amazing for me at the time!

In 2010 you became a grandmaster. During this time which is the highest level that you achieved.

Yes, obtaining the most important title in chess was amazing and rewarding after so many years of hard work. Now, in the next FIDE list I will achieve my highest level ever, with 2,552 Elo rating points and with hopes to improve more in the following years.

This year you took part in Wijk aan Zee tournament. What can you tell about this tournament?

It is an amazing festival in the Netherlands that gathers many world top players (like World number 1 and 2 – our dear Levon Aronian, as well as the current world champion), and also talented young stars, not to mention thousands of amateurs. Being there is great not only for playing, but also to be part of everything, and to have the chance to learn something from the absolutely best players in the world. The only problem is tolerating the European winter, never easy for a Brazilian!

What is your goal for this year?

Currently my goal is to achieve the 2,600 Elo-rating mark, which would put me in the 3rd place in the Brazil List (I’m currently ranked 6th), and I want to start that by trying to win the Brazilian Championship which starts on February 25.

Brazil is a country of football. How it is going with chess. Is it popular sport there?

Well, chess is getting more popular everywhere in the world, but it is very hard for any sport here to get the same support that football gets. People hear about chess, but they have no idea who the best players are or how we did in the last Olympiad, because the media doesn’t talk about it, and we simply don’t have a chess culture, unlike many European countries.

That is why many top Brazilian players always have to travel abroad (mostly Europe) to get a chance to play strong tournaments against stronger players, because that’s the only way to improve your level.

Who are Armenian chess players you are in touch with?

I stay in touch with some of them through Internet and I like to spend time with them while being in a tournament, because meeting them always brings an amazing feeling that they’re part of a family that I also belong to. Recently, in the Wijk Aan Zee tournament, I was hanging out with our stars Levon and Sergey.

What can you say about Armenian national chess team? Why did they have this kind of success?

Well, there’s nothing to say, they’re just doing unprecedented things – winning Olympiad after Olympiad with a team which is very strong, but thinking individually. This simply shows incredible team spirit that they have, and that’s not only because of the players and the coach, but I’m sure it is about the strong, fighting and brave Armenian spirit. It is playing a very important role when our players go there and do the supposedly impossible thing over and over again. It’s just a great pride for all of us.

Would you like to play in that team?

Well, it would be simply amazing to be a part of it, one day perhaps.

What is chess for you? It is mathematics or a lifestyle?

Well, whenever I get asked that, my wish is to say that chess is everything – because it just awakens this sort of passion that goes much further than simply mathematics. And technically speaking, the best players are the best not because they are ‘calculating’ all the possibilities all the time, but because they understand the game better than anyone. They know better the patterns and very often they simply ‘feel’ which is the right move, even not being able to explain concretely – this is one of the things which makes this game beautiful. I can say that being a professional chess player is indeed a lifestyle. It makes you learn a lot of different things about life and people.

Are you active in social networks and blogs. You have a blog as far as I know. 

Yes, I have a blog for over 4 years now (ed note http://krikorsm.blogspot.com/) – it is sort of popular in Brazil, but sometimes I’m writing also on Facebook or Twitter to make short statements about my tournament games, when I’m playing. I like to be in touch with the people that follow me, because recently, especially in Brazil, we have developed this big chess audience. Having this kind of recognition gives me a great feeling and also improves the hope that one day chess will have a greater importance among all the sports in Brazil.

Can you share your dreams?

Well, I would be lying if I told you that I never catch myself dreaming of becoming a world champion someday. But being realistic, becoming a professional made me highly competitive. As to chess, I have two dreams – first is to keep on improving constantly and never be satisfied with your results, until you are in fact World Champion (I learned that from an Armenian Chess Trainer once) and the second is to continue enjoying it, and to always have this strong passion for the game. I believe that in the moment you lose that passion, you can still keep on playing professionally, like many do, but things will never be the same, and you will hardly reach your ultimate goals.

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Official new rating record: 2872!

Thursday, January 31st, 2013


Top 100 players http://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=men

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Vitiugov wins Gibraltar playoff

Thursday, January 31st, 2013


Full standings: http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/pairings_results.htm

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Cornell University has a new GM coach

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Ivy League Cornell University has hired a new coach for their chess team. It is no other than former US and World Open Champion GM Alex Yermolinsky!

This is an excellent move by Cornell and it is great for College Chess! Congratulations!

“College chess pioneers at UT-D (Tim Redman) and U. Maryland Baltimore County (Alan Sherman) made scholarships for chess players a reality. But Susan Polgar made college chess into an industry. In my opinion, Susan isn’t given enough credit for what she has accomplished… I am excited to now be part of that industry.” – stated by GM Alex Yermolinsky, new ad hoc chess coach at Cornell University, in a meeting with FN.
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Kosintseva sisters refused to play for Russian National Team

Thursday, January 31st, 2013


Kosintseva sisters refuse to play for the Russian Team The chief coach of the Russian teams, Grandmaster Evgeny Bareev, has revealed in an interview for the RCF website that the Kosintseva sisters won’t play for the national team at the Women’s World Team Championship in Astana (March 2013) because of “psychological incompatibility” with the coach of the women’s team, Grandmaster Sergey Rublevsky. 

Source: ChessToday.net

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Zurich Chess Challenge

Thursday, January 31st, 2013


The World Champion Viswanathan Anand, his most recent challenger Boris Gelfand, the former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and the rising star Fabiano Caruana will be competing in the second Zurich Chess Challenge. From 23 February to 1 March 2013 they will face each other in a double round-robin tournament at the Savoy Hotel, Paradeplatz, Zurich. 

The games will be played with a classical time-control of 2 hours for 40 moves, 1 hour for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes plus a 30-second increment for the remainder of the game. In case of a draw before move 40, an additional exhibition game will be played (result not counting). 

Following on from the 2012 Zurich Chess Challenge, which was a match between Kramnik and Levon Aronian, the main sponsor, Oleg Skvortsov of International Gemological Laboratories, Moscow, is making it possible for another highly attractive event to be staged by the Zurich Chess Club. 

The 2013 tournament marks the sixtieth anniversary of the legendary Candidates Tournament, won by Vassily Smyslov, and will be a highlight of the chess calendar. 

Participants

Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, Elo 2810, #2 on the current World ranking list),
Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2781, #5),
Viswanathan Anand (India, 2772, #7),
Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2740, #16). 

http://www.zurich-cc.com

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February FIDE rating list

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

FIDE logoThe International Chess Federation (FIDE) has published the February rating list. Magnus Carlsen is heading the ratings with record 2872 ELO points. This is 11 points more than his previous record that he achieved in the January rating list. Carlsen achieved the new highest rating ever after convincinly winning Tata Steel 2013.
Second in the rating list, 62 points behind the leader, remains Vladimir Kramnik, who was inactive during the period and maintains the 2810 ELO rating. Third place is for the Olympic Champion Levon Aronian who rises 7 ELO points and is with 2809.

Teimour Radjabov remains 4th with no rating change despite Sergey Karjakin and Viswanathan Anand advancing in the list.

The biggest movement in top 10 was created by Caruana dropping 24 ELO points and sliding down to 13th position.

Highest rating gainer on the list is the US player Timur Gareev, winner of the North American Open.

Exactly 50 players are above 2700 ELO. The average of the top 100 list is at 2703 ELO, which is the same level as July 2012, and two points lower than the highest average from November 2012.

 

February FIDE rating list

1  Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2872
2  Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2810
3  Aronian, Levon  ARM 2809
4  Radjabov, Teimour  AZE 2793
5  Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2786
6  Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2780
7  Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2771
8  Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2767
9  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2766
10  Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2764
11  Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2758
12  Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2758
13  Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2757
14  Svidler, Peter  RUS 2747
15  Leko, Peter  HUN 2744
16  Wang, Hao  CHN 2743
17  Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2740
18  Kamsky, Gata  USA 2740
19  Gashimov, Vugar  AZE 2737
20  Jakovenko, Dmitry  RUS 2734
21  Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2733
22  Andreikin, Dmitry  RUS 2727
23  Adams, Michael  ENG 2725
24  Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2723
25  Giri, Anish  NED 2722
26  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  RUS 2722
27  Volokitin, Andrei  UKR 2722
28  Areshchenko, Alexander  UKR 2720
29  Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER 2716
30  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  FRA 2715
31  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  POL 2710
32  Navara, David  CZE 2710
33  Shirov, Alexei  LAT 2709
34  Cheparinov, Ivan  BUL 2709
35  Ding, Liren  CHN 2709
36  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2709
37  Malakhov, Vladimir  RUS 2709
38  Bruzon Batista, Lazaro  CUB 2707
39  Wang, Yue  CHN 2706
40  Fressinet, Laurent  FRA 2706
41  Harikrishna, P.  IND 2705
42  Le, Quang Liem  VIE 2705
43  Riazantsev, Alexander  RUS 2705
44  Bacrot, Etienne  FRA 2704
45  Akopian, Vladimir  ARM 2704
46  Moiseenko, Alexander  UKR 2703
47  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  RUS 2703
48  Korobov, Anton  UKR 2702
49  Berkes, Ferenc  HUN 2702
50  Jobava, Baadur  GEO 2702
51  McShane, Luke J  ENG 2698
52  Efimenko, Zahar  UKR 2696
53  Polgar, Judit  HUN 2696
54  Movsesian, Sergei  ARM 2695
55  Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS 2695
56  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2694
57  Vitiugov, Nikita  RUS 2694
58  Grachev, Boris  RUS 2693
59  Short, Nigel D  ENG 2690
60  Almasi, Zoltan  HUN 2689
61  Inarkiev, Ernesto  RUS 2688
62  Rublevsky, Sergei  RUS 2688
63  Yu, Yangyi  CHN 2688
64  Li, Chao b  CHN 2686
65  Van Wely, Loek  NED 2684
66  So, Wesley  PHI 2684
67  Sutovsky, Emil  ISR 2684
68  Gareev, Timur  USA 2682
69  Bologan, Viktor  MDA 2681
70  Edouard, Romain  FRA 2680
71  Eljanov, Pavel  UKR 2678
72  Sasikiran, Krishnan  IND 2677
73  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU 2677
74  Motylev, Alexander  RUS 2676
75  Bu, Xiangzhi  CHN 2675
76  Gyimesi, Zoltan  HUN 2674
77  Laznicka, Viktor  CZE 2674
78  Fridman, Daniel  GER 2667
79  Kryvoruchko, Yuriy  UKR 2666
80  Sargissian, Gabriel  ARM 2666
81  Potkin, Vladimir  RUS 2665
82  Petrosian, Tigran L.  ARM 2663
83  Onischuk, Alexander  USA 2663
84  Gharamian, Tigran  FRA 2661
85  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  RUS 2658
86  Istratescu, Andrei  FRA 2657
87  Zhigalko, Sergei  BLR 2656
88  Nielsen, Peter Heine  DEN 2656
89  Khismatullin, Denis  RUS 2655
90  Ragger, Markus  AUT 2655
91  Smirin, Ilia  ISR 2654
92  Dreev, Aleksey  RUS 2654
93  Matlakov, Maxim  RUS 2653
94  Filippov, Anton  UZB 2652
95  Kobalia, Mikhail  RUS 2652
96  Mamedov, Rauf  AZE 2651
97  Tiviakov, Sergei  NED 2650
98  Khairullin, Ildar  RUS 2650
99  Tkachiev, Vladislav  FRA 2650
100  Kurnosov, Igor  RUS 2649

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Peter Heine Nielsen joins Magnus Carlsen team for the Candidates Matches

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Eirik Gullaksen of BergenSjakk pointed to an article on VG.no which announces that the famous Danish Grandmaster Peter Heine Nielsen will be one of Magnus Carlsen’s seconds in the Candidates Matches in London.

Carlsen’s manager Espen Agdestein says that the two will spend a couple of weeks in the Canary Islands to prepare Carlsen for perhaps the most important tournament so far in his career.

Carlsen and Nielsen have been working together on and off since 2004, but the reigning World Champion Vishy Anand has always been Nielsen’s main employer.

GM Peter Heine Nielsen

GM Peter Heine Nielsen

Espen Agdestein clarified that if Norwegian wins the Candidates to face Vishy Anand for the title match, they would not be able to have Nielsen in the team:
“We could not have Peter. He has worked with Anand for so long, and even if there are no legal problems, it would not be good in moral sense. Peter is therefore not going to be with us on the preparations if we ever have World Championship match” – says Agdestein.

At the same time the status of Ian Nepomniachtchi remains a mystery. For the recent London Chess Classic Norwegians insisted that Nepomniachtchi arrives to London because “Magnus got used to preparing with Ian and there is the much needed “chemistry” during the work”.

It was also said that the London Chess Classic should be the final test for Magnus-Ian cooperation before the Candidates Tournament in March.

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

But Agdestein is now reluctant to announce the names of other seconds in the team. He only said that “We want people who are 100 percent motivated and and it is hardly appropriate to compete with the Russian players on the best Russian resources.”

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