Archive for May, 2013

6th Mumbai Mayor International Chess Tournament

Friday, May 31st, 2013

In the 6th Mumbai Mayor International Chess Tournament 2013 hosted by The National Sports Club of India and co-sponsored by LIC of India, GM Babujian Levon (ELO 2488) of Armenia and GM Pantsulaia Levan (ELO 2563) of Georgia are leading with 4 points at the end of 4th round in the indoor stadium of National Sports Club of India.

GM Babujian Levon upsets his fellow countrymen 3rd seed GM Andriasian Zaven (ELO 2608). Zaven played Rosolimo variation of Sicilian Defense where he exchanged his bishop on ‘c6?. On 35th move Zaven offered his Rook for a pawn and a knight, to get a central passed pawn.

But Levon played excellently by placing both of his Rooks on 7th rank forcing to exchange one of the Rook, thus gaining clear advantage and the game in 50 moves.

The game of English opening played between top seed GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil (ELO 2645) of Georgia and the GM Papin Vasily (ELO 2552) of Russia ended in quick draw after 12 moves.

On 3rd table GM Pantsulaia Levan opted for Reti opening against IM Rahul Sangma (ELO 2382) of Railways. On 20th move Rahul exchanged his Queen and opted for equal endgame. But on 22nd move Levan forced him to give his Rook for the Knight and won the game 42 moves.

In the 3rd round which concluded late in the evening yesterday saw 2 stunning upsets.

Indian IM B S Shivananda defeated 4th seed GM Gagunashvili Merab creating a sensation.

IM Aditya Udeshi of Mumbai missed a chance to beat the 2nd seed and Bhubaneswar Tournament Champion GM Amonatov Farrukh. Aditya was having 2 pawns more than Farrukh in the end game but due to 3 times repetition of position the game ended in a draw.

In the Under 2100 as many as 87 players are leading in the pool of 403 players with 2 points after the end of 2 rounds.

Tomorrow there are 2 rounds from 10-2 and 4-8.

Report by Vitthal Madhav

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June 2013 Fide Rating List

Friday, May 31st, 2013

FIDE have published the official rating list for June 2013.
Magnus Carlsen, Lev Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik are still the top 3 ranked players, all in the 2800 Elo+ club.
World champion Vishy Anand climbs back to #4 in the world after some impr…

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US Junior Closed Championship 2013

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The 10-player field has been set for the 2013 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, scheduled to be held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) June 13-23.

The top Juniors in the nation will meet in Saint Louis with more than $10,000 at stake and an invitation to the 2014 U.S. Championship at stake.

The Junior Closed Championship is the most prestigious tournament in the nation for the country’s top players under the age of 21. This marks the fourth consecutive year this event is being held at the CCSCSL.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL)

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL)

Meet the Field:

1. IM Daniel Naroditsky 2538 Rating
2. IM Victor Shen 2511 Rating
3. NM Robert Perez 2510 Rating
4. IM Kayden Troff 2505 Rating
5. FM Jeffrey Xiong 2483 Rating
6. FM Yian Liou 2469 Rating
7. FM Sam Sevian 2467 Rating
8. FM Atulya Shetty 2446 Wildcard
9. FM Luke Harmon-Vellotti 2434 Wildcard
10. WFM Sarah Chiang 2238 U.S. Open Invitation

*Ratings are based on the April USCF supplement

Karthik Ramachandran, the winner of the 2012 U.S. Junior Open, was ineligible to play in the 2013 U.S Junior Closed due to age restrictions, so the invitation was extended to WFM Sarah Chiang, the second-place finisher. Chiang is coming off her first-ever U.S. Women’s Championship appearance, which was held in Saint Louis in May.

Kayden Troff and Sam Sevian also have recent big-tournament exposure, both having acquitted themselves nicely at the 2013 U.S. Championship, also held in Saint Louis in May.

The opening ceremony and player’s meeting will take place on June 13, and the first round of play will begin at 1 p.m. CT on June 14.

Grandmasters Yasser Seirawan and Ben Finegold will provide live play-by-play commentary for each round of the event. Spectators are welcome to watch the commentary live at the Saint Louis Chess Club or online at www.USChessChamps.com.

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Mumbai Mayor International Chess Tournament – Round 4

Friday, May 31st, 2013

In the 6th Mumbai Mayor International Chess Tournament 2013 hosted by The National Sports Club of India and co-sponsored by LIC of India, GM Babujian Levon (ELO 2488) of Armenia and GM Pantsulaia Levan (ELO 2563) of Georgia are leading with 4 points at the end of 4th round in the indoor stadium of National Sports Club of India.

GM Babujian Levon upsets his fellow countrymen 3rd seed GM Andriasian Zaven (ELO 2608). Zaven played Rosolimo variation of Sicilian Defense where he exchanged his bishop on ‘c6′. On 35th move Zaven offered his Rook for a pawn and a knight, to get a central passed pawn.

But Levon played excellently by placing both of his Rooks on 7th rank forcing to exchange one of the Rook, thus gaining clear advantage and the game in 50 moves.

GM Babujian Levon

GM Babujian Levon

The game of English opening played between top seed GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil (ELO 2645) of Georgia and the GM Papin Vasily (ELO 2552) of Russia ended in quick draw after 12 moves.

On 3rd table GM Pantsulaia Levan opted for Reti opening against IM Rahul Sangma (ELO 2382) of Railways. On 20th move Rahul exchanged his Queen and opted for equal endgame. But on 22nd move Levan forced him to give his Rook for the Knight and won the game 42 moves.

In the 3rd round which concluded late in the evening yesterday saw 2 stunning upsets.

Indian IM B S Shivananda defeated 4th seed GM Gagunashvili Merab creating a sensation.

IM Aditya Udeshi of Mumbai missed a chance to beat the 2nd seed and Bhubaneswar Tournament Champion GM Amonatov Farrukh. Aditya was having 2 pawns more than Farrukh in the end game but due to 3 times repetition of position the game ended in a draw.

In the Under 2100 as many as 87 players are leading in the pool of 403 players with 2 points after the end of 2 rounds.

Tomorrow there are 2 rounds from 10-2 and 4-8.

Report by Vitthal Madhav

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A Petrov Classic

Friday, May 31st, 2013


White to move. How should White proceed?

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Ding Liren Wins 4th Danzhou Masters

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The? 4th Danzhou Tournament was won by Ding Liren with an undefeated score of 7/9 points.
The 10-player single round-robin competition was held from from 20-29 May in? Hainan Danzhou and featured an impressive line-up of Chinese Grandmasters.
Bu…

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June 2013 FIDE Rating List

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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FIDE publishes June 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

I like chess because it is fun

Friday, May 31st, 2013


More than 300 students take part in 18th annual UCS chess tournament
Published: Friday, May 31, 2013

More than 300 students battled over the boards recently during the annual UCS chess tournament.

The students played five, 40-minute games in nine different grade-level sections in what turned out to be the largest chess tournament in the competition’s 18-year history.

“I like chess because it is fun,” said Roberts Elementary fifth-grader Reese Preston. “You really need to think hard.”

The chess tournament — one of the largest in the area — is sponsored annually to give students the opportunity have fun in a local competition, according to organizer and Roberts teacher Scott Burnham.

“Chess is important because it has been confirmed to raise a player’s IQ, improve standardized test scores, increase math ability, advance reading levels, foster problem-solving ability and most importantly teaches consequences through touch chess,” Burnham said. “Plus it is a life-long game that can be enjoyed anywhere in the world.”

While the majority of players came from Utica Community Schools, students traveled from Canton, Novi, St. Clair Shores, Lake Orion and Oxford to participate.

Players won awards in two areas. Medals were awarded based on the number of wins (gold for all five wins, silver for four or 4.5 wins, and bronze for three or 3.5 wins). Trophies were awarded to the top players in each section.

All in all, 65 trophies were handed out with 133 medals awarded.

Source:  http://www.sourcenewspapers.com

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The Machine: Stage set for Kasparov v Deep Blue chess thriller

Friday, May 31st, 2013

The ground-breaking chess battle between Garry Kasparov and computer Deep Blue in 1997 was a pivotal moment in the relationship between man and technology. Matt Charman’s new play The Machine explores the human drama at its centre. “I didn’t want to write a play that was just about chess,” admits Matt Charman in his gambit. “In fact, the chess is almost the least important part of the play.” Charman’s The Machine, which has its world premiere at Manchester International Festival in July, focuses on the two human geniuses behind one of the world’s most controversial chess matches. On one side was Russian world chess champion Garry Kasparov. On the other, IBM’s Deep Blue super-computer, whose chief architect was Taiwan-born Feng-Hsiung Hsu. Deep Blue beat Kasparov over …

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Why chess is important in school

Friday, May 31st, 2013

‘Failing’ Portland school takes pride in chess team
Posted: May 30. 2013 12:16AM
Last modified: May 30. 2013 1:34AM

East End Community School, which recently received an ‘F’ from the LePage administration, takes pride in beating higher-graded opponents.

Written by Leslie Bridgers, Staff Writer
PORTLAND – Mick Fennessy’s collar was still wet from the last match.

The fourth-grader from East End Community School had easily eliminated his first two opponents using a strategy, called “fried liver attack,” that he learned on YouTube.

But it hadn’t worked the third time, and when he started losing pieces, he chewed his T-shirt until he had a checkmate.

“My heart was racing,” he said before taking on his final opponent.

The chess tournament Wednesday at the East End school was the first competition for its two-year-old team. The opposing teams, from Falmouth Elementary School and Ocean Avenue Elementary School in Portland, started their chess programs around the same time.

At East End, the team grew popular quickly, said coach Ben Monaghan.

“It’ll be a beautiful day out and they all show up,” he said of the team’s after-school practices.

Students who aren’t on the team but want to learn to play chess can go to classes before school.

Principal Marcia Gendron said chess is among several enrichment programs, including technology exploration and theater, that help students learn to think and motivate them in the classroom.

“They have lots and lots of opportunities to practice and be successful beyond academic learning, which is more reflective of what 21st-century learning will be for our students,” she said.

More than, say, a standardized test?

“It’s another way to measure student growth and success,” Gendron said of the chess tournament.

She wouldn’t comment on the fact that East End – a school that got an F last month from the Maine Department of Education – was competing against Falmouth Elementary, a school that got an A in the grading system introduced by Gov. Paul LePage, which is based largely on test scores.

Ocean Avenue Elementary received a C.

On Wednesday, about 60 students from the three schools, in second through fifth grades, sat on both sides of fold-out tables lined up in the school’s cafeteria while parents watched from the periphery.

The students were arranged by skill level, with the better players sitting near the stage, where another table held a gold cup surrounded by medals for each student from the winning school.

They played four 25-minute rounds, swapping seats and tallying their wins in between.

Going into the final round, East End was leading, followed by Falmouth, then Ocean Avenue. Mick Fennessy was undefeated.

Sitting across from his Ocean Avenue opponent, Mick stared at the chessboard with his pinky in his mouth. He wiggled his legs, which were crossed at the ankles.

His mother knew that he had to go to the bathroom — and that he’d never get up from the game.

“He’s competitive like crazy,” Nola Fennessy said.

Before Mick could claim victory, time ran out.

He clenched his fists and held them to his head when it was called.

“I see checkmate,” said the frustrated 10-year-old.

But his team didn’t need the win.

When the final scores were written on the posterboard, the East End chess players threw up their hands and cheered.

Mick held the trophy above his head as his teammates surrounded him onstage, where they posed for pictures.

“East End rocks!” they screamed.

Coach Monaghan couldn’t help himself.

“And LePage called it a failing school,” he said.

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