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2013 SPICE Cup Open – $11,000 guaranteed

Sunday, March 31st, 2013


2013 SPICE Cup Open 
Sponsored by Webster University 
and the Susan Polgar Foundation

St. Louis, Missouri
October 15-19, 2013 

GM/IM norm opportunity – Minimum rating (FIDE) 2100 
Limited to first 50 entries  

4 IM/GM norms were earned last year: http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com

PRIZES: $11,000 guaranteed 

$4,000-$2,000-$1,500-$1,000-$500
U/2400 FIDE $500-$250-$125
U/2300 FIDE $500-$250-$125
top female $250

October 2013 rating will be used

ENTRY FEES: 

Free to all GMs, IMs, WGMs and all FIDE rated players over 2300 (must complete all 9 rounds), if registered by September 30, 2013. $50 later or on site.

$100 to others if received by September 30, 2013. $150 later or on site.

VENUE: 

Crown Plaza Clayton Hotel 7750 Carondelet Ave, St Louis, MO 63105 (FREE shuttle from the Lambert–St. Louis International Airport) $109/night, FREE Breakfast/Internet

Send entries to

Webster University – SPICE

470 E. Lockwood Ave 
St. Louis, MO 63119

Questions? Email: spice@webster.edu or call 314-246-8075
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One game for all the marbles

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

The Candidates Tournament 2013 in London continued Sunday with round 13 matches. Kramnik and Gelfand played a “human” game of chess, with lots of maneuvering and probing. 

Kramnik gradually increased the pressure and obtained advantage, but in an erratic time trouble he weakened the king with 37.f3 and could not find anything better than to split the point.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Teimour Radjabov in a game that was simply amazing, a truly breathtaking moment of the Candidates! The match started with a 4.Qc2 Nimzo Indian, but the Norwegian quickly began looking for unconventional play, in order to have chances for a full point with black. 

Candidates London 2013 news / Pairings / Live games

Previous reports: Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3 / Round 4 / Round 5 / Round 6 / Round 7 / Round 8 / Round 9 / Round 10 / Round 11 / Round 12

Radjabov chose the safe moves and managed to find precision in time trouble, stirring the game to an equal game. Carlsen kept on looking for chances, in a position where in any other tournament and any other situation we would have certainly seen a “Grandmaster draw”. 

His effort started paying off on move 64, when with a4 White created a permanent weakness that became a target for the rest of the play. In time trouble Radjabov kept on defending wisely for many moves, but Calsen’s diligent efforts were waring off his opponents clock and mental strength, until finally Radjabov committed the fatal mistake 80.Nc4.

Heading into the final round Kramnik and Carlsen are on 8,5/13 points each, leaving the nearest followers point and a half behind.

It is important to note that in the case of equal scores in the last game, Carlsen would be declared winner and world championship challenger thanks to the better tie-break – a greater number of wins. 

In the last round Carlsen is white against Peter Svidler, while Kramnik is black against Vassily Ivanchuk.

Exactly Svidler beat Ivanchuk today, after the Ukrainian flagged once again, albeit in an already lost position.

Alexander Grischuk and Levon Aronian played a mix of the Slav and Gruenfeld defence, but the game was balanced throughout. All the queenside pawns were taken off the board and the game ended in a draw by repetition shortly before the time control.

Round 13 standings:

1. GM Carlsen Magnus NOR 2872 – 8.5
2. GM Kramnik Vladimir RUS 2810 – 8.5
3. GM Svidler Peter RUS 2747 – 7
4. GM Aronian Levon ARM 2809 – 7
5. GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2740 – 6
6. GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2764 – 6
7. GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2757 – 5
8. GM Radjabov Teimour AZE 2793 – 4

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

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Carlsen and Kramnik neck to neck at Candidates Tournament in London

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

The Candidates Tournament 2013 in London continued Sunday with round 13 matches. Kramnik and Gelfand played a “human” game of chess, with lots of maneuvering and probing.

Kramnik gradually increased the pressure and obtained advantage, but in an erratic time trouble he weakened the king with 37.f3 and could not find anything better than to split the point.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Teimour Radjabov in a game that was simply amazing, a truly breathtaking moment of the Candidates! The match started with a 4.Qc2 Nimzo Indian, but the Norwegian quickly began looking for unconventional play, in order to have chances for a full point with black.

Candidates London 2013 news / Pairings / Live games

Previous reports: Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3 / Round 4 / Round 5 / Round 6 / Round 7 / Round 8 / Round 9 / Round 10 / Round 11 / Round 12

Magnus Carlsen London R13

Radjabov chose the safe moves and managed to find precision in time trouble, stirring the game to an equal game. Carlsen kept on looking for chances, in a position where in any other tournament and any other situation we would have certainly seen a “Grandmaster draw”.

His effort started paying off on move 64, when with a4 White created a permanent weakness that became a target for the rest of the play. In time trouble Radjabov kept on defending wisely for many moves, but Calsen’s diligent efforts were waring off his opponents clock and mental strength, until finally Radjabov committed the fatal mistake 80.Nc4.

Heading into the final round Kramnik and Carlsen are on 8,5/13 points each, leaving the nearest followers point and a half behind.

Kramnik - Gelfand London R13

It is important to note that in the case of equal scores in the last game, Carlsen would be declared winner and world championship challenger thanks to the better tie-break – a greater number of wins.

In the last round Carlsen is white against Peter Svidler, while Kramnik is black against Vassily Ivanchuk.

Exactly Svidler beat Ivanchuk today, after the Ukrainian flagged once again, albeit in an already lost position.

Alexander Grischuk and Levon Aronian played a mix of the Slav and Gruenfeld defence, but the game was balanced throughout. All the queenside pawns were taken off the board and the game ended in a draw by repetition shortly before the time control.

Peter Svidler London R13

Round 13 standings:
1. GM Carlsen Magnus NOR 2872 – 8.5
2. GM Kramnik Vladimir RUS 2810 – 8.5
3. GM Svidler Peter RUS 2747 – 7
4. GM Aronian Levon ARM 2809 – 7
5. GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2740 – 6
6. GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2764 – 6
7. GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2757 – 5
8. GM Radjabov Teimour AZE 2793 – 4

Round 14 pairings:
GM Carlsen Magnus 2872 – GM Svidler Peter 2747
GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2757 – GM Kramnik Vladimir 2810
GM Gelfand Boris 2740 – GM Grischuk Alexander 2764
GM Aronian Levon 2809 – GM Radjabov Teimour 2793

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Latest Videos and Updates from OnlineChessLessons.NET

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Latest Video From OCL – Dominate the Benko Gambit

Empire Chess DVD Series is Here! 

Posted on February 24, 2013 by William in Non-Chess related Hello fans. I’m glad to announce the Empire Chess DVD Series is here. We will have Volumes 1 -5 available for download within the next 48 hours with Volumes 6 – 10 coming out within the next 3 weeks. VOLUMES 1 – 10 ARE ALL AVAILABLE IN BOTH DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL FORM. By the end of this year we should have nearly 50 Volumes in our series by all of your favorite Grandmasters including GM [...]

Dominate the Benko Gambit by GM Damien Lemos 

Posted on March 29, 2013 by GM Damien Lemos in All Articles w/ Videos, Chess Openings, Strategy & Game Review Grandmaster Damien Lemos has frequently employed the Benko Gambit with black against 1. d4, achieving notable success at the highest levels of competitive chess. The Benko Gambit is a fascinating chess opening where black sacrifices a pawn very early in the opening to obtain active piece play and long-lasting positional compensation in the form of open files on the A and B files. The true value of this video lies in Damien’s unusual ability to [...]

The Psycho Sveshnikov with GM Michal Krasenkow 

Posted on March 27, 2013 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Chess Openings, Strategy & Game Review The Sveshnikov is one of the most dynamic possibilities in the Sicilian Defense, as very early in the opening black makes permanent positional concessions in exchange for strong piece activity in the center. GM Michal Krasenkow (FIDE 2643) is a very strong Grandmaster who has achieved outstanding tournament results with the Sicilian Sveshnikov, and in the below chess video excerpt from the Empire Chess DVD ?The Psycho Sveshnikov? the experienced GM explains basic tactical and [...]

Winning King Pawn Openings for White by Gregory Kaidanov 

Posted on March 25, 2013 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Chess Openings, Strategy & Game Review GM Gregory Kaidanov is one of the most experienced and highly regarded chess trainers on the planet today, having earned the IM title in 1987 and the GM title in 1988. In the below chess video excerpt from the Empire Chess DVD ?Stomping the Italian Opening and Sidelines?, GM Kaidanov breaks down a very interesting sideline for black against the Evans Gambit where black refuses to accept the gambit and prefers a more solid set-up [...]

Stomping the Sicilian Defense by Sam Shankland 

Posted on March 22, 2013 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Chess Openings, Strategy & Game Review GM Sam Shankland is a leading expert in the Sicilian Defense, bringing years of experience in this complicated opening system with both colors. In the below chess video excerpt from the Empire Chess DVD ?Stomping the Sicilian Defense?, GM Shankland reviews a tense encounter between current World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and the young Super-GM Teimour Radjabov – played at the Linares Chess Festival of 2009. In the full chess DVD, GM Shankland reviews 7 [...] OnlineChessLessons.NET Empire Chess Series is available in their Online Chess Shop.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

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Candidates Tournament Round 13

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

There was a very tense atmosphere in round 13 of the London Candidates Tournament – the penultimate day of the competition.?  Both Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen were absolutely determined to win their games against Boris Gelfand and Teim…

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It’s a two-man race to face the Tiger of Madras

Sunday, March 31st, 2013


Official website: http://london2013.fide.com

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Luck, skill, or both?

Sunday, March 31st, 2013


Round 14 results
 
GM Radjabov Teimour 2793 0 – 1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2872 
GM Grischuk Alexander 2764 ? – ? GM Aronian Levon 2809 
GM Kramnik Vladimir 2810 ? – ? GM Gelfand Boris 2740 
GM Svidler Peter 2747 1 – 0 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2757 

Official website: http://london2013.fide.com

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13 year old Norwegian scores GM norm

Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Aryan Tari (13): Photo: Bj?rn Berg Johansen
Aryan Tari (13): Photo: Bj?rn Berg Johansen

13 year old Norwegian Aryan Tari made a sensational result in the Open Norwegian Championship scoring a GM norm before ever having made any IM norms.

The 13 year old, FIDE rated at 2293 on the March list, is considered to be maybe the greatest chess talents in the country since Magnus Carlsen. His best result in Youth Championship is 5th in World U12. Last year he became the youngest ever Norwegian Junior U20 champion having just turned 13 years.

In the Open Norwegian Championship, Aryan was ranked as 23rd, but finished at 7th place with 6 out of 9 points. Along the way the 13 year old, with parents originating from Iran, scored full points against Norwegian #2 GM Jon Ludvig Hammer (2629), National team member IM Frode Urkedal (2470) and Serbian GM Misa Pap (2511).

Aryan Tari is leading the group of Norwegian chess talents who is selected to be on one of Norway’s three teams in the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Troms?.

Source: http://festival.sjakkweb.no

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9-Year-Old Breaks Record for Youngest U.S. Master

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

A 9-year-old from Madison, Wis., became the youngest chess master in American history last weekend when his rating passed 2,200 after he won two games at the Midwest Open Team Chess Festival in Dayton, Ohio. The boy, Awonder Liang, broke the record set in 2010 by Samuel Sevian of California, who was less than a month older when he achieved the master rank. The game that earned Liang the honor was against Ben Weaver, a master. In the top diagram, Liang captured a pawn because of persistent mating threats against Weaver’s king. The game went 22 … Bc5 23 Qb3 Qd7 24 Ne4 Be3 25 Nf6 gf6 26 Rc8 Bf2 27 Kf2 Rc8. Weaver should then have played 28 h3. But instead the game continued 28 Rf4 Rd8, and Weaver blundered by …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

2013 MB Championship Update

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

 Kevin Gentes has informed that he will not be pariticipating.
Therefore, the next player on the list is Leor Wasserman
Confirmed Participants in seeding order  (based on CFC rating at Dec 31, 2012) :

1. Trevor Vincent   CFC  2353
2. Kevin Li     CFC 2224
3. Jeff Babb   CFC 2198
4. Arvin Dawa   CFC 2176
5. Nilo Moncal   CFC 2165
6. Jason Repa   CFC 2148
7. Aron Kaptsan   CFC 2040
8, Leor Wasserman CFC 1962

1st Round – Quarterfinal Match Pairings

Vincent-Wasserman
Li-Kaptsan
Babb-Repa
Dawa-Moncal

Format
8 player single knockout (same format as 2011, 2012 year)(ratings at end of 2011 will be used for pairings – 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, etc.
3 levels (quarter-final, semi-final, final) of 2 game matches.

 
Time Control.
Last year we gave a players a choice to play  G/110 to allow play on Tuesdays. At least two matches were played at that time control. However, the default time control is  G/90 + 30 second increment per move..
 (G/110 could be played on Tuesdays alongside the TNT; G/90 + 30 increment would be played on arranged weekend dates)
 

Tiebreaks
2 games at Tiebreaks at G – 25 plus 10 second increment
If tied – after 2 games – 2 more games at this time control.

If still tied – 2 game sets at 3 2 until a winner is determined

Matches to be played at player’s convenience (they will submit
dates they are available)

Dates proposed for completion of Matches: approximately
Round 1 – by middle of May
Round 2 – by early June
Final – By end of June

If your pairing partner agrees to play earlier, go for it.
CFC Membership required – will be CFC and FIDE rated.
 No entry fee.

Source: Chess Manitoba

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