Archive for January, 2013

February 2013 FRL

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

FIDE publishes February 2013 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

Gibraltar final round LIVE!

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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Gibraltar: la novena ronda

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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Reportaje multimedia de Leontxo n° 9: Jueces y castigo

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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Hiarcs holds Houdini 3 to a draw

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

TCEC round 2 is complete, and once again the chess engines bring a great show for the audience. A total of 11 decisive games, most of which won by black, and only five draws, made the second round of TCEC Stage 1 exciting.

The central news of the round is the first “wrong” step by Houdini. The chess world expects the 3192 ELO version of Houdini 3 to steamroll any opposition ahead. However, that proved difficult in the game against Hiarcs 14.0b. The engines played a Nimzo Indian with 4.Qc2 (part 2, part 3, part 4) and Hiarcs never really encountered problems on the white side of the 53 moves game that finished in a draw.

Rybka continued the unlucky run in TCEC, after being held to a draw in round 1 it could not beat Equinox 1.65 despite having the advantage for most of the game.

The biggest surprise of the round was the victory with black of Exchess, rated 2686, against Minkochess, rated 2851. The Baron chess engine also achieved a favorable draw as black against Crafty. Scroll down for all results of round 2.
Only four engines remain perfect after round 2 – Gull II, Critter 1.6a, Chiron 1.5, and Stockfish 2.31.


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TCEC round 2 results


Arasan 15.1 2692  - Nebula 2.0b 2421 1_0
Crafty 23.5 2771  - The Baron 3.34b 2551 ?-?
Danasah 5.0 2502  - Octochess 4741 2694 0-1
Gaviota 0.86b3 2705  - Scorpio 2.75 2792 0-1
Gull II 3084  - Spike 1.4 2926 1_0
Hannibal 1.3 2955  - Critter 1.6a 3105 0-1
Hiarcs 14.0b 2972  - Houdini 3.0 3192 ?-?
Junior 13.3 2897  - Chiron 1.5 2990 0-1
Komodo 4534 3128  - Shredder 12.0 2961 ?-?
Minkochess 1.3 2851  - Exchess 6.71b 2686 0-1
Prodeo 1.83c 2639  - Nemo 1.01b 2862 0-1
Protector 1.5b2 2921  - Stockfish 2.31 3088 0-1
Rodent 0.17 2613  - Dirty 190113 2743 1_0
Rybka 4.1 3095  - Equinox 1.65 3071 ?-?
Texel 1.01 2791  - Redqueen 1.13 2621 1_0
Vitruvius 1.19 3071  - Quazar 0.4 2906 ?-?


Interview with Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

GM Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian

Interview with the member of the Brazilian chess team Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian by Vera Martirosyan for 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 – 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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Checkmate tactic

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

White to move and checkmate in 5.

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One game for all the marbles, 10 still in contention in Gibraltar

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Full pairings for the final round:

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Master Class with Ivanchuk in Gibraltar

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
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7th Georgy Agzamov Memorial in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The 7th International Chess Tournament, dedicated to the memory of Georgy Agzamov, the first grandmaster of Uzbekistan, will be held in Tashkent from April 13th (arrival) till April 23rd (departure).

The general management of the competition is carried out by the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan (UCF), in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan.

The official hotel of the tournament is “Shodlik Palace”. The playing format is 9-round Swiss.

The UCF will consider all the applications and selectively, upon a compulsory preliminary agreement, accepts 10 Grandmasters on the following conditions:

- Chess players with ELO rating 2650 and above are provided with a full-board single room and return of airfare (1-month, economy class) not exceeding 800 US dollars.

- Chess players with ELO rating 2600-2649 are provided with a full-board single room and return of travel expenses not exceeding 400 US dollars.

- Chess players with ELO rating 2550-2599 are provided with a place in a double room with full-board.

In addition, UCF reserves the right to accept chess players with outstanding achievements and merits on special conditions.

The general prize fund is 20 000 US dollars

1st place – 4 000 US dollars
2nd place – 3 000 US dollars
3rd place – 2 000 US dollars
4th place – 1 500 US dollars
5th place – 1 000 US dollars
6th place – 800 US dollars
7th place – 700 US dollars
8th place – 500 US dollars
9th place – 400 US dollars
10th place – 300 US dollars
11th place – 200 US dollars
12th place – 200 US dollars
Total: 14 600 US dollars

Special prizes:

Women, if not less than 10 participants:

1st place – 1 000 US dollars
2nd place – 500 US dollars
3rd place – 300 US dollars
Total: 1 800 US dollars

Juniors under 20:

1st place – 500 US dollars
2nd place – 300 US dollars
3rd place – 200 US dollars
Total: 1 000 US dollars


1st place – 500 US dollars
2nd place – 300 US dollars
3rd place – 200 US dollars
Total: 1 000 US dollars

Contact details:

Phone: (+998-71) 241-15-44
Fax: (+998-71) 241-35-01

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