Archive for June, 2013

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013

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Norwegian Chess Championships

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The 2013 Norwegian Chess Championships are taking place from 29th June to 6th July at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lillehammer.

The start of the Championships coincided with the end of the rapid match between Magnus Carlsen and Borki Predojevic in the same venue.

A total of 488 players are competing in 14 age and rating categories: Elite, Mester, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Senior A, Senior B, Junior A + Junior B, Kadett A, Kadett B, Lilleputt, Miniputt.

The Elite Group is featuring 22 players, top rated are GM Jon Ludvig Hammer 2599, GM Kjetil A. Lie 2532, GM Leif E Johannessen 2520, IM Frode Elsness 2494, IM Frode Olav Olsen Urkedal 2470 and GM Berge ?stenstad 2467.

Tournament results

Radisson Blu Lillehammer Hotel

Radisson Blu Lillehammer Hotel


July 2013 FRL

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

FIDE publishes July 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.
Please note new rating regulations coming into effect from July, 1 2013.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

All the right moves

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

By Boaz Joseph – Surrey North Delta Leader
Published: June 29, 2013 7:00 AM

Tanraj Sohal had just turned five when his parents taught him the rules of chess.

Something clicked, because he was soon not only beating them at their own game, in just a few months, he snagged the Canadian title for his age group.

“I didn’t know much about chess at all in Grade 1,” he recalls.

This year, at the age of 16, he won the Canadian Chess Championship medal in Ottawa May 19-20. It was his eighth win in his age group – he came in third three times in 11 years of competition (and that’s as checkered as his past gets).

The Fleetwood Park Secondary student, who just finished Grade 11, is currently the top player in B.C. in any age group.

With is rising notoriety, is there pressure? Only in that some of his teachers would be happy if he paid more attention to his school work, but a Grade Point Average a whisker under 4.0 will do.

Sohal considers himself a universal player on the chessboard, not too aggressive, not too defensive.

Most wins against strong players are decided late in the game, he says. There’s no way to predict a checkmate early on.

He says playing adults is a bit easier than kids because adults are less imaginative in their game play.

Computers also have their advantages: Record-keeping, as well as no complaints in staying up to play at 1 a.m. every night.

What does Sohal’s future look like?

A career path in medicine like his father is an option – but he’s getting no pressure to do that, he says.

Or he could also carry on with chess, aiming for a Grandmaster title (there’s tough competition overseas).

And of course, no matter which direction he takes in life, there’s always opportunity to build a board the size of a Persian rug in his living room, using his bevy of trophies as chess pieces.

Your move, Tanraj.


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Abu Dhabi to host top chess brains

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Abu Dhabi to host top chess brains

Players from all over the world descend on UAE for 20th festival in capital
By Yasir Abbasher, Senior Reporter
Published: 13:22 June 29, 2013

Abu Dhabi: It is summer, the time for sports that build the brain while other sports that are concerned with building brawn are taking a short rest.

And Abu Dhabi has set an annual date with the world’s best players as they take part in the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival, which in its 20th anniversary year has attracted more than 300 players, men and women, from 29 different countries to compete for the Dh200,000 of cash prizes in its four competitions.

The event, which begins on Sunday, is held under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, and is hosted by the Sofitel Hotel until July 7.

Hussain Abdullah Khory, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chess and Cultural Club (ADCCC) and Chairman of the tournament’s Local Organising Committee, talked to Gulf News about the festival.

What is new this year about the festival?

The success we achieved in past years has attracted more than 300 men and women chess players from around the world to come and compete for the cash prizes, which promotes our country in general and our capital in particular and serves cultural and tourism purposes. And, of course, it helped during the past 20 years in spreading the game and improved the standards of our local players, having competed with the best players in the globe, in particular those who compete in the Masters competition with some famous Grand Masters. We have 29 competitors from 29 different countries who will take part this year’s festival, this shows the extent of our success.

What is new about the competitions?

We have four competitions. The Masters is for players who have an Elo rating of more than 2200 — there are about 60 players already confirmed in this class, including 31 ranked masters. We also have the Open Championship with about 150 players, including some highly ranked players; the Juniors, which is new for the under 15 boys and girls, in which more than 130 have already registered including 10 from outside the UAE; and we have the Blitz competition in addition to an exhibition match that the organisers will decide later.

How about the local participation?

Players from all the chess clubs in the country will take part in the festival except the players of the UAE national team, who left to South Korea last week to take part in the Asian Indoor Games. Leading the local players will be Jasim Abdul Rahman, the holder of the President’s Cup this season, and Ibrahim Al Muhairi, the former UAE champion and winner of a silver medal in the Asian Chess Championships.

Who are the stars of the festival?

The highest-ranked player is Grand Master Igor Kumosov from Russia, followed by GM Andrei Istratescu from France and GM Zahar Efimenko from Ukraine. We also have GM Essam Al Jindi, the champion of Africa from Egypt, GM G.N. Gopal from India, in addition to Woman Grand Master (WGM) Monica Ruiz from Spain and WGM Shayesthe Ghader Pour from Iran, to name but a few from the Masters competition only.

What is the format of competition?

We apply the Swiss system of competition, especially in the Masters, with 90 minutes for each player to finish his/her moves and a 30-second bonus for each move according to the Fisher format. The competition will be over nine rounds.

Anything more?

I would like to express our pride in registering such unprecedented success in the registration of the different competitions and that players from all the continents are keen to take part in the festival. We are grateful to the unlimited support of our leaders, to the sector of youth and sports in the country in general and to the chess game in particular, and we thank the officials of the UAE Chess Federation for their cooperation and help and to the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for their support and assistance.


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What is genius?

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Chess / By Shelby Lyman
on June 29, 2013 – 8:08 AM

What is genius? It is an edifice built of solitude. Our inner spirit drives it forth.

So it was with the young Boris Spassky, who recounted, as in a dream, his first sight of the gleaming tables and chess pieces at a pavilion in Finland Bay, north of Leningrad.

And with the young Bobby Fischer encountering his first love, chess.

It is passion married to wonder. It is a voyage of discovery.

Einstein with usual honesty and clarity said, “I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.”

Genius discovers a world large or small. Cosmic or 64 small squares, a universe in itself.

So Bobby saw and fell in love.

He contested his sister, Joan, on the tiny plastic set from a candy store. Mom and pop got their few cents, Bobby entered a new world.

Joan tired of the sport.

But Bobby had no doubts.

He played both sides, seeking out its secrets.

He discovered and built on them, astonishing himself and the rest.

In a demonstration of precocity – extraordinary for its time – Fischer became a grandmaster at the age of 15 years and 6 months.

Although his career was sadly short, no chess player has been more dominant in his time.


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Pacific Southwest Open

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The Pacific Southwest Open is scheduled to take place on July 5-7 at the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport.

Concurrently, the Pacific Southwest Scholastic will be held on July 6th. The events will be played in the Catalina and Laguna Meeting Rooms of the hotel.

The tournament format is six-round Swiss, with the time control 40/2, SD/1, d/5, in five sections.

The prize fund is 10,000 USD, based on 165 entries, but 80% of each prize is guaranteed.

Open: $$1700-750-400-300-200, U2400 400, U2200 700-300-200
Premier (under 2000): $$750-300-200-100
Amateur (Under 1800): $$750-300- 200-100
Reserve (Under 1600): $$750-300-200-100
Booster (Under 1400/unrated): $$400-200-100, U1200 150, Unr 150.

Entry Fee: $99 by 05/20, $105 by 06/25 $109 at door. GM/IM free, $99 from prize. Booster (U1400) section Entry Fee: $80 by 05/20, $87 by 06/25, $95 door.

Official website

Radisson LAX

Radisson LAX


Inarkiev Wins Higher League, Qualifies for 2014 Tal Memorial

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

On Saturday Ernesto Inarkiev won the Russian Championship Higher League in Yekaterinenburg. This tournament served as a qualifier for the Russian Championship Super Final, which will be held later this year. Ian Nepomniachtchi, Alexander Moty…

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Practical tactic

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

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Magnus Carlsen edges Borki Predojevic in rapid match

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

The world’s top rated player Magnus Carlsen faced Grandmaster Borki Predojevic from Bosnia & Herzegovina in a four games rapid match in Lillehammer this Friday and Saturday (28-29th June).

The match was played at the Radisson Blu Lillehammer Hotel, and with the rapid time control 25 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.

In the first game Predojevic started cautiously with white and soon run into a passive position, but later he succeeded in trading all the pieces and holding a draw in the Rook endgame.

Magnus Carlsen London R13

Magnus Carlsen

In the second game Carlsen was pressing with white, but his opponent obtained sufficient counterplay with the far-advanced d-pawn. Another Rook endgame and another draw.

In the third game Predojevic played Alapin Sicilian with white. The Queens quickly went off and Black even obtained a slight structural plus. After lots of maneuvering and probing, Black finally muscled his opponent into a lost ending.

In the final game another Queen-less opening and yet again the Norwegian was pushing for advantage. Predojevic, however, defended tenaciously and eventually salvaged a draw with moves repetition.

Magnus Carlsen won the match with the final score 2,5-1,5 (one win, three draws).

Borki Predojevic

Borki Predojevic

The match has been initiated by Steinar Bryn, who is both a chess player and Senior adviser at The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer, where he mainly works on peace projects in the Balkan region.

The rapid match in Lillehammer coincides with this year’s Norwegian chess championship starting on Saturday 29th.

Download the pgn file from TWIC