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Humpy Koneru convincing in FIDE Women Grand Prix Tashkent

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Grandmaster Humpy Koneru drew Olga Girya in the last round of the FIDE Women Grand Prix in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for the convincing overall victory with 8,0/11 points.

Her closest rival Harika Dronavalli, also from India, was defeated by Zhao Xue.

Kateryna Lagno and Bela Khotenashvili used the opportunity to move ahead to the shared second place by scoring against Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Antoaneta Stefanova respectively.

Local representative Nafisa Muminova concluded the event with a forfeit due to phone ring.

Replay games with computer analysis

Round 11 results:
Girya Olga (RUS) – Koneru Humpy (IND) ?-?
Khotenashvili Bela (GEO) – Stefanova Antoaneta (BUL) 1-0
Muminova Nafisa (UZB) – Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS) 0-1
Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ) – Lagno Kateryna (UKR) 0-1
Wenjun Ju (CHN) – Danielian Elina (ARM) ?-?
Zhao Xue (CHN) – Dronavalli Harika (IND) 1-0

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35 Grandmasters in Indonesia Open Chess Championship

Monday, September 30th, 2013

More than 30 Grandmasters (GM) will take part in the 3rd Indonesia Open Chess Championship, which offers prize money of US$100,000, almost double that of last year’s $55,000.

“To date there are there are 57 foreign participants – including 35 Grandmasters – from 28 countries, who have confirmed their participation in the event, which will be held on Oct. 9-18 at Grand Sahid Hotel, Jakarta,” head of the event’s organizing committee Ita Gayatri told a press conference on Friday.

They include the world’s chess greats of GM Alexander Moiseenko of the Ukraine, GM Nigel Short of the UK, GM Alexey Dreev of Russia and Surya Sekhar Ganguly of India.

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“Our latest woman grandmaster [WGM] Medina Warda Aulia will also take part in this year’s event,” Indonesian Chess Association head Hashim S. Djodjohadikusumo said.

The total score of 7 points from 10 in 13 rounds earned Medina her third WGM norm, after she recorded her first and second norms in Singapore in 2011 and Russia in 2012.

A chess player has to book a set of three WGM norms – defined as a high level of performance in a chess tournament – for a full WGM title, as required by the international chess authority FIDE.

Medina is Indonesia’s youngest player to attain a WGM title. She has done so at the age of 16 years, two months and 16 days.

Irene Kharisma Sukandar, the only other active Indonesian WGM player, achieved the title at the age of 16 years, seven months and 18 days at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany, in 2008

“I hope more Indonesian chess players, including junior players, can take part in this event as this is an event where they can play with the world’s best players,” said Hashim.

He expected that playing with world class chess players could motivate Indonesian chess players and sharpen up their skills.

The Jakarta Post

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Polgar Chess Festival in Budapest

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Garry Kasparov, livestream coverage, thousands of people and huge success at the Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival 2013 in Budapest.

This year Garry Kasparov was the guest of honor of the annual Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival held in the Palace of Arts in Budapest.

The Russian world champion visited many programs at the event and held a presentation on one of his most memorable games, which he played against Anatoly Karpov at the World Chess Championship in Lyon, in 1990.

At the press conference of the event Kasparov recalled his first memories of the Polgar sisters from 1988, when he was playing for the Soviet Union at the Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki, and yet he gave his support to the very young and talented Hungarian women team that included Susan, Sofia and Judit Polgar.

The Polgar sisters became Olympic champions putting an end to the long hegemony of the Soviet female team at the Chess Olympiads. Kasparov called it an obvious sign that right there a new era had started in women chess.

Polgar Chess Festival 2012

Now, 25 years later the Polgar sisters hosted one of the biggest, and as for the variety of programs and performances, the most unique chess festivals in the world. The programs included an international educational conference focusing on the “Chess in School” program, and especially on Judit Polgar’s very own Chess Palace skill-building program that was integrated into the National Curriculum in Hungary this autumn.

Those chess lovers who were not able to attend the festival personally could follow the event via the livestream coverage provided by Ustream. As a very successful program of the festival the children choir of the reference school of the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation performed the Zigzag Chess Song, Judit Polgar’s chess poem, written for her Chess Palace children’s workbook, with music by the famous Hungarian rock band Omega. In the song, the world’s number one female chess player tells a rhyming fairy tale featuring chess figurines, and along the way introduces the fundamentals and the beauty of the game.

The Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival was under the patronage of Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission. In the Generations Chess Clash families took on families in a multi-generational chess competition, sponsored by the European Commission. Each team was composed of a child, a parent and a grandparent.

The closing program and the highlight of the festival was again the Great Simultaneous Exhibition match in which Judit, Susan and Sofia Polgar played simultaneous chess matches on 100 boards against public figures, famous sports stars and artists.

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Caruana & Grischuk Both Lose in GP Round 7

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Fabiano Caruana and Alexander Grischuk, the two players who have so much to gain in? ?‰lancourt, both lost their games in round 7 of? the Grand Prix. On Sunday Caruana went down against Hikaru Nakamura in a Gr??nfeld, where a queen sacrifice didn’…

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Paris FIDE Grand Prix – Round 7

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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Round 7: Bad day for Caruana and Grischuk

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 ? – ? GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2756 12
5 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2772 1 – 0 GM Caruana Fabiano 2779 3
6 GM Gelfand Boris 2764 1 – 0 GM Grischuk Alexander 2785 2
7 GM Giri Anish 2737 ? – ? GM Fressinet Laurent 2708 1
8 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2703 ? – ? GM Wang Hao 2736 11
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2757 ? – ? GM Bacrot Etienne 2723 10

Apart from spectacular moves and well played games, what really makes the spectators’ delight is the permanent change in the classification at the top. Fortunately (for some), the sixth FIDE Grand Prix tournament offered plenty of that so far!

Having reached a joint lead after the pleasant win from yesterday, Caruana suffered a very painful loss against Nakamura, caused by an opening blunder. The American grandmaster displayed the same kind of modesty as after his other win, against Bacrot. He was ‘helped by just one bad move of the opponent‘, that was all.

Full report at the official website.

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Round 6: Caruana and Gelfand in the lead

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2756 ? – ? GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2757 9
10 GM Bacrot Etienne 2723 ? – ? GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2703 8
11 GM Wang Hao 2736 ? – ? GM Giri Anish 2737 7
1 GM Fressinet Laurent 2708 ? – ? GM Gelfand Boris 2764 6
2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2785 ? – ? GM Nakamura Hikaru 2772 5
3 GM Caruana Fabiano 2779 1 – 0 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 4

Black’s excellent statistics in the previous round did not mark the start of a new trend in the second half of the Grand Prix. Although generally speaking White failed to pose big problems, the overall result favours the first player, with a win and five draws.

As the tournament advances, players seem to be less concerned about specific preparation before each game, possibly in an attempt to keep their minds in good working shape. As revealed during the press conferences, many of them were not familiar in depth with the theory and acted rather in the over-the-board play mode. Or was it more of a generalized effect of surprize in the opening?

Full report at the official website.

Full Standings

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Round 5: Black’s day

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Caruana Fabiano 2779 ? – ? GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2756 12
4 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 0 – 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2785 2
5 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2772 ? – ? GM Fressinet Laurent 2708 1
6 GM Gelfand Boris 2764 ? – ? GM Wang Hao 2736 11
7 GM Giri Anish 2737 0 – 1 GM Bacrot Etienne 2723 10
8 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2703 ? – ? GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2757 9

Experienced players know that a day off can radically change one’s tournament fate, for better or for worse, depending on the way he spends it. It is less common though, that a free day may change statistics to such an extent as noticed in the fifth round in Paris. Before yesterday, Black had managed to win only one game, in the fourth round, while White had won six times. Today, both decisive games ended to Black’s favour; quite a diametral change of tendency, is it not?

Full report at the official website.

Full Standings

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Round 4: First win for Black

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2756 ? – ? GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2703 8
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2757 1 – 0 GM Giri Anish 2737 7
10 GM Bacrot Etienne 2723 ? – ? GM Gelfand Boris 2764 6
11 GM Wang Hao 2736 ? – ? GM Nakamura Hikaru 2772 5
1 GM Fressinet Laurent 2708 0 – 1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 4
2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2785 ? – ? GM Caruana Fabiano 2779 3

Playing with White has often been referred to as an equivalent of the turn to serve in tennis, but is the right of playing the first move that important really? Looking at the results of the first three rounds in Paris we notice that all the decisive games so far were indeed won by…White!

I believe our hopes for a hard fought tournament are fully justified, those fearing the worse must have relaxed by now, but another intriguing question is looming: will Black win at least one game before the first rest day?

Full report at the official website.

Full standings after Round 4

Round 4 Photo Gallery

Live Games


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Round 3 results:

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2785 ? – ? GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2756 12
3 GM Caruana Fabiano 2779 1 – 0 GM Fressinet Laurent 2708 1
4 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 1 – 0 GM Wang Hao 2736 11
5 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2772 1 – 0 GM Bacrot Etienne 2723 10
6 GM Gelfand Boris 2764 1 – 0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2757 9
7 GM Giri Anish 2737 ? – ? GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2703 8

Things are getting hectic here in Paris. Although the first two rounds had been tense enough, some could have complained about the high drawing rate. The third round had it all: complicated battles and more decisive games than in the previous days taken together, all with the white pieces!

Ever since Capablanca’s sceptical claim that the game of chess is about to be exhausted, chess lovers have been marred by such metaphysical questions: will there be forever room for improvisation, are there other new things under the sun than the well forgotten ones, how many tabula rasa would be left?

Full report at the official website.

Round 3 Photo Gallery

Live Games


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Round 2 results:

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2756 ? – ? GM Giri Anish 2737 7
8 GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2703 ? – ? GM Gelfand Boris 2764 6
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2757 ? – ? GM Nakamura Hikaru 2772 5
10 GM Bacrot Etienne 2723 ? – ? GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 4
11 GM Wang Hao 2736 ? – ? GM Caruana Fabiano 2779 3
1 GM Fressinet Laurent 2708 1 – 0 GM Grischuk Alexander 2785 2

For our limited human powers, chess is practically inexhaustible. If all the players in the World played continuously for all their lives, this would not necessarily mean that they would produce even two identical games. This does not apply to tournament situations though.

From the point of view of the results, the second round in Paris was an identical copy of the first one: five draws and just one decisive game on the last (sixth) board! And once again, this did not at all mean that the day was boring for the spectators. On the contrary, we had some hard fought games and a lot of creative tension.

The pairing system ensures a reasonably fair distribution of colours throughout the tournament. However, things can be a bit chaotic when it comes to games played between the same opponents along the years. The second round offers two suggestive examples of this kind.

Full report at the official website.

Round 2 Photo Gallery

Live Games


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Round 1 results:

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Fressinet Laurent 2708 ? – ? GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2756 12
2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2785 ? – ? GM Wang Hao 2736 11
3 GM Caruana Fabiano 2779 ? – ? GM Bacrot Etienne 2723 10
4 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2731 ? – ? GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2757 9
5 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2772 ? – ? GM Tomashevsky Evgeny 2703 8
6 GM Gelfand Boris 2764 1 – 0 GM Giri Anish 2737 7

Even though we are living in a World of numbers and statistics, the first round results should not deceive us!

True, one decisive game out of six is not much, and some may say we almost did not see any gladiator’s blood flowing. In exchange, the spectacle was worth every single penny, all the games were interesting and hard fought. Draws did not come in easily; we have the extreme case of Nakamura who, with less than a minute on his clock, took big risks in a heroic attempt to avoid a peaceful result.

The pozitive first round spirit is reflected by the attitude of Anish Giri, the only player sho had to drink the bitter cup of defeat. Anish declared himself happy with his play despite the final result in a display of true sportsmanship.

Full report at the official website.

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Opening Ceremony

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Already before the start of any Formula 1 race, one can feel the latent tension from the way the drivers race their motors with the cars immobile yet. Is a similar feeling to be expected when we speak about a different kind of Grand Prix competitions, such as the Paris 2013 chess tournament?

At first sight, the general picture displayed by the opening ceremony and the technical meeting suggest a negative answer. It was more like a high class and refined spectacle, rather than an anticipation of ruthless fight!

These events were hosted by an absolutely superb hall, Chapelle de la Villedieu, and the audience was honoured by the presence of the FIDE President, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Deputy Director General on Economy and Finance of “GC “Titan” (tournament sponsor) – Svetlana Titova , the Vice President of the urban community of St. Quentin, Alexandra Rosetti and the FFE President, Diego Salazar.

One could hardly guess the gladiators’ spirit lying inside the elegant 12 players, all dressed in suit and tie!

Full report here

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Tashkent Women’s Grand Prix – Round 10

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 ? – ? WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 ? – ? WGM Girya Olga 2439 10
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 1 – 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 ? – ? IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 0 – 1 GM Zhao Xue 2579 7
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 1 – 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 6

In the tenth round Indian players Humpy Koneru (on the right) and Harika Dronavalli (left) were celebrating victories over Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Nafisa Muminova respectively. Before the last round Humpy is leading with 7? points while Harika has 6?. Kateryna Lagno and Bela Khotenashvili on the press conference looked quite satisfied with a peace and are now sharing third to fourth with 6 points each. Zhao Xue outplayed the former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova although her compatriot Ju Wenjun was close to a catastrophe with another former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, but managed to get a half-point. Chinese are now sharing sixth to seventh with 5? points each, followed by Olga Girya, which has 5 after a draw with Elina Danielian.

For the full standings table please kindly visit this section.

Pictures of the 10th round and press conferences are in the Photo Gallery.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


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SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 0 – 1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 0 – 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 1 – 0 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 1 – 0 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 0 – 1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 1
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 ? – ? WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11

In spite of loss to Bela Khotenashvili, Humpy Koneru is still leading by a full point, as Kateryna Lagno and Harika Dronavalli were defeated by Zhao Xue and Alexandra Kosteniuk respectively. Elina Danielian and Antoaneta Stefanova both scored their second full points by winning against Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Nafisa Muminova accordingly. The only one draw was signed between Olga Girya and Ju Wenjun.

For the current standings table please kindly visit this section.

Pictures of the 9th round are in the Photo Gallery.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


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SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 0 – 1 WGM Girya Olga 2439 10
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 ? – ? WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 ? – ? IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 1 – 0 GM Zhao Xue 2579 7
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 ? – ? WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 6
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 ? – ? GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5

The eights round didn’t bring any major changes to the leading group as Humpy Koneru outplayed Zhao Xue and increased her leading to one point. Harika Dronavalli and Kateryna Lagno drew against Antoaneta Stefanova and Nafisa Muminova accordingly to keep sharing second place. Ju Wenjun and Bela Khotenashvili also signed a peace with Guliskhan Nakhbayeba and Elina Danielian to stay on fourth to fifth places. In the Russian derby Olga Girya managed to score a point against Alexandra Kosteniuk.

The full standings table you can find here.

Pictures of the 8th round are available in the Photo Gallery.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 7

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Round 7: Black side revenges, Koneru is back to sole lead

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 ? – ? GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 ? – ? GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 0 – 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 0 – 1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 1
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 0 – 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 0 – 1 WGM Girya Olga 2439 10

Without any doubts, the seventh round of the Grand Prix has happened to be the most exciting round here so far. Besides the theoretical clash of the leaders Harika Dronavalli and Kateryna Lagno, which finished with an early rather logical draw, non of the games had a predictable result. And after the principal battle of two former world champions Antoaneta Stefanova and Alexandra Kosteniuk has finished in a draw with a plenty of mistakes from both sides, the one could have thought “OK, that was very exciting”. But then we found ourselves watching how the lowest-rated Nafisa Muminova creates a crucial attack on the king of the leader, top-seeded Humpy Koneru. However, the experience and steel nerves of the Indian has helped her to stay back and outplay Uzbek to once again get her sole leadership.

Elina Danielian was celebrating her first victory in the tournament as she forced Zhao Xue to blunder in an uncomfortable position after exchange sacrifice by Armenian. Ju Wenjun was stronger than Bela Khotenashvili to share with her the fourth place in the current standings.

But “the sweetest treat” of the evening was the long battle of Guliskhan Nakhbayeva against Olga Girya, where Russian in over 100 moves managed to convert a nearly equal endgame in her favor.

Pictures of the 7th round and press conferences are available in the Photo Gallery.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


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Round 6: Lagno advances to the top

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 1 – 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 0 – 1 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 1 – 0 GM Zhao Xue 2579 7
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 ? – ? WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 6
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 ? – ? GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 1 – 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4

Kateryna Lagno enters the second half of FIDE Grand Prix in a good mood as she outplayed Antoaneta Stefanova to catch up the Indian leaders Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli, who have signed a peace in their principal battle. Another national derby was an upset for Zhao Xue to Ju Wenjun having quite comfortable position after the opening. Alexandra Kosteniuk and Bela Khotenashvili won their games against Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Olga Girya, while Nafisa Muminova drew against Elina Danielian.

After six rounds Koneru, Dronavalli and Lagno are leading with 4.5 points, Knotenashvili is half a point behind, Zhao has 3.5.

Full standings table you can find here.

Pictures of the 6th round and press conferences are in the Photo Gallery.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


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Round 5: Tough day for Black

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 1 – 0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 ? – ? GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 1 – 0 GM Danielian Elina 2470 1
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 1 – 0 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 1 – 0 WGM Girya Olga 2439 10
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 1 – 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9

The fifth round of Women’s Grand Prix in Tashkent appeared to be lucky for the white side as five of the six games finished in favor of those who made the first move, and Antoaneta Stefanova managed to make a draw with the leader Humpy Koneru despite the Indian had a slightly better position. Harika Dronavalli outplayed Elina Danielian to catch up her compatriot with 4 points, Kateryna Lagno and Zhao Xue are half-point behind them after beating Alexandra Kosteniuk and Olga Girya. Bela Khotenashvili has “+1″ after defeating Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, and we have to point out a triumph of Nafisa Muminova over Ju Wenjun, which moved the leader of Uzbek female team to the middle of the standings table.

Pictures of the 5th round and press-conferences.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 4

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The fourth round didn’t change anything in the group of leaders: Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli drew with Kateryna Lagno and Ju Wenjun accordingly, another Chinese Zhao Xue was lucky to save the game against Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, and Elina Danielian couldn’t get anything from the position with well defending Antoaneta Stefanova and also signed a piece. Russian players Alexandra Kosteniuk and Olga Girya managed to score the first full point each by winning their games against Bela Khotenashvili and Nafisa Muminova.

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 1 – 0 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 ? - ? GM Zhao Xue 2579 7
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 1 – 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 6
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 ? – ? GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 ? – ? GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 ? - ? GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3

Before the first free day Humpy Koneru is the sole leader with 3.5 points out of 4, Harika Dronavalli has 3, Zhao Xue and Kateryna Lagno – 2.5.

The full standings table is avaliable here

Pictures of the 4th round and press-conferences.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 3

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SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 1 – 0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 1 – 0 GM Danielian Elina 2470 1
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 0 – 1 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 0 – 1 WGM Girya Olga 2439 10
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 1 – 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9
7 GM Zhao Xue 2579 0 – 1 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8

In the third round all the games were resultative. Indian players Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli quite confidently won their games with white pieces against Russians Alexandra Kosteniuk and Olga Girya accordingly. Humpy became the sole leader with 3 points, Harika is half-point behind her. Bela Khotenashvili overplayed Zhao Xue to join her on 3rd place together with Kateryna Lagno, who managed to score a point against Elina Danielian.

Antoaneta Stefanova lost control on the game in a completely winning situation against Ju Wenjun, and the Chinese used this mistake to outplay and join Bulgarian with 50 percent of points.

Finally Nafisa Muminova cheered up the Uzbek supporters by beating her long-time opponent at the Asian tournaments Guliskhan Nakhbayeva from Kazakhstan.

Pictures from the third round and press-conference.

Tournament standings

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


Round 2

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Round 2: Humpy Koneru and Zhao Xue take the lead

Three of six games in the second round ended up in quick (but not quiet) draws: Ju Wenjun didn’t find a winning move against Kateryna Lagno, Olga Girya had a minimum advantage against Antoaneta Stefanova, which was not enough for an active play, and Harika Dronavalli got a comfortable position with Guliskhan Nakhbayeva, and the game logically went to a half-point.

Two rating-leaders of Tashkent Grand Prix managed to take the lead both winning with black pieces: Zhao Xue outplayed Alexandra Kosteniuk and Humpy Koneru again had the longest but successful battle – today against Elina Danielian.

The novice of the Grand Prix Nafisa Muminova overplayed Bela Khotenashvili in the opening but couldn’t find a winning move and blundered in a time trouble.

Round 2 results

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 0 – 1 GM Zhao Xue 2579 7
8 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 1 – 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 6
9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 ? – ? GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 5
10 WGM Girya Olga 2439 ? – ? GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 4
11 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 ? – ? GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 3
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 0 – 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 2

Pictures from the second round and press-conference.

Tournament standings

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


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Round 1: Time Trouble

The first game of Women’s Grand Prix in Tashkent became quite tough for the players. Three hours after the first move was made by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the game of Nafisa Muminova and Zhao Xue, most of the battles just reached the middle-games.
Four participants managed to score their first points in the tournament: top-seeded Humpy Koneru won the longest battle against Ju Wenjun, Antoaneta Stefanova and Zhao Xue outplayed the newcomers of the Grand Prix Series Guliskhan Nakhbayeva and Nafisa Muminova accordingly, and Harika Dronavalli succeeded against Bela Khotenashvili. The games Elina Danielian against Alexandra Kosteniuk and Kateryna Lagno versus Olga Girya ended up in draws.

Round 1 results

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Danielian Elina 2470 ? – ? GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2495 12
2 GM Koneru Humpy 2607 1 – 0 WGM Ju Wenjun 2535 11
3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 ? – ? WGM Girya Olga 2439 10
4 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2496 1 – 0 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan 2307 9
5 GM Dronavalli Harika 2475 1 – 0 IM Khotenashvili Bela 2514 8
6 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 0 – 1 GM Zhao Xue 2579 7

Standings

Pictures from the first round and press-conference.

Full report is available at http://tashkent2013.fide.com/


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The opening ceremony of the third leg of FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2013-2014 took place at the beautiful Gallery of Fine Art on the 17th of September. The event was attended by many honored guests such as the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Minhozhiddin Hozhimatov, the First Deputy Minister of Sports of Uzbekistan Zhasur Akramov, the Head of the Administration of Sports Rashid Talipov, the Head of the Administration of Olympic reserve Kamil Bayazitov, the Head of The State Committee for Communication, Informatization and Telecommunication Technologies of the Republic of Uzbekistan Hurshid Mirzahidov and many others. The Chairperson of Fund Forum’s Board of Trustees Gulnara Karimova couldn’t be present at the ceremony but passed her warmest welcome for the participants and expressed the hope to the future of the Fund Forum’s cooperation with the World Chess Federation.

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The ceremony started with the national dance showed by the young charming girls of “Sabo” ensemble.

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The classical song of Andrea Bocelli performed by the Honored Artist of Uzbekistan Ramiz Usmanov and laureate of the festival of young artists “Yangi avlod 2006″ Shirin Mamatova made the perfect ambience in the hall of the Art Gallery.

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The FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is happy about the tradition of organizing tournaments in Tashkent, and pointed that FIDE is planning to organize lots of even bigger events in the capital of Uzbekistan.

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Honored guests of the opening ceremony.

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FIDE Prezident Kirsan Ilyumzhinov with Minister of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan Minhozhiddin Hozhimatov before making the first move of the tournament

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The Chief Arbiter and Organizer of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of 12 national hats with the number inside of each.

Pairings of the first round: 

1

Danielian Elina

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Kosteniuk Alexandra

2

Koneru Humpy

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Ju Wenjun

3

Lagno Kateryna

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Girya Olga

4

Stefanova Antoaneta

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Nakhbayeva Guliskhan

5

Dronavalli Harika

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Khotenashvili Bela

6

Muminova Nafisa

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Zhao Xue

The tournament will be held from September 17th to October 1st, with each round scheduled to start at 2 pm local time (10 a.m. European time) at the Gallery of Fine Art. The players will have 2 days off on September 22d and September 27th. Average rating of event is 2479.

Many young Uzbek chess players and rising stars, students, a lot of media representatives, guests from the Ministry, Olympic Committee, universities of Uzbekistan, members of junior national team, diplomats and Ministry of Foreign affairs representatives – all the guests showed how much people in Tashkent love and admire chess and promised a great future to this uniting and inspiring sport in Uzbekistan.

Organizing Committee:

Husan Turdialiev – Chief Arbiter

Olga Sabirova – Executive Director of Uzbekistan Chess Federation

Abdukahhar Abduhalikov – Tournament Arbiter

Gulbahor Musaeva – Accountant of Uzbekistan Chess Federation

Rustamzhon Mamatkulov – Governor of the Tournament

Tahmina Turdialieva – Tournament Arbiter

Irina Gevorgyan – Tournament Arbiter

Eldar Gafurov – Deputy Chairman of Uzbekistan Chess Federation

Bahodir Umurzakov – Deputy Chairman  of Uzbekistan Chess Federation

 

Appeals Committee:

Casto Abundo – Chairman of Appeals Committee

 

Members of Appeals Committee

Antoaneta Stefanova

Kateryna Lagno

 

Reserve of Appeals Committee

Alexandra Kosteniuk

Humpy Koneru

By WFM Maria Emelianova

Official website http://tashkent2013.fide.com/

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Hiarcs leads, Stockfish, Komodo, Gull catch up and share second at TCEC

Sunday, September 29th, 2013
TCEC by Martin Thoresen is the top world computer chess competition, now at Stage 2 with 19 engines

TCEC by Martin Thoresen is the top world computer chess competition, now at Stage 2 with 19 engines

Hiarcs continues dominating the second stage of the top computer chess championship TCEC. Hiarcs is clear first with 5,0/7, despite losing it’s 7th round game against Stage 1 winner Bouquet.

The chasing pack used the opportunity to catch up with the leader. Stockfish needed only 55 moves to defeat Naum, while Komodo won a 144 moves thriller against Critter. It was Gull that missed to join the leader, after drawing with Shredder. Stockfish, Komodo, Gull now share the second position with 4,5/7, and Stockfish has a direct match with white against Harcs in the next round.

The top seeded Houdini won against Junior, but still cannot lift off and shares 9th-11th with Rybka and Naum. Watch the live games here / Visit the official website

 

Replay the games of Stage 1 / See the current live gameFull list of participants / Information / Play online at Chessdom Arena

 

Standings after round 7

Engine ELO Points
1 Hiarcs 2979 5
2 Stockfish 3098 4.5
3 Gull 3063 4.5
4 Komodo 3086 4.5
5 Bouquet 1.8a 3069 4
6 Shredder 2942 4
7 Critter 1.6a 3072 4
8 Spike 2921 4
9 Naum 2978 3.5
10 Rybka 3092 3.5
11 Houdini 3146 3.5
12 Spark 2889 3
13 Jonny 2789 2.5
14 Exchess 7.15b 2702 2.5
15 Equinox 3051 2
16 Onno 2834 2
17 Toga II 2857 2
18 Tornado 2830 2
19 Junior 2913 2

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Sunday classic chess tactic

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

White to move. How should White proceed?

Tartakower, Saviely – Winter, William (Hastings, 1935)

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