Archive for October, 2013

Carlsen leads Anand by 95 pts in final rating list prior to WC

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


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Hou Yifan climbs rating chart

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Top 10 female players, November 2013 rating list (www.fide.com)

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Carlsen plays to win EVERY game!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


Carlsen plays every game to win: Harikrishna

Archiman Bhaduri, TNN | Nov 1, 2013, 01.21 AM IST

KOLKATA: Pentala Harikrishna emerged as one of the top chess talents of the country when he became the youngest-ever GM from India at the age of 15 beating Anand’s record of 16.

The record was subsequently broken by Parimarjan Negi, but Hari became only the second Indian after Anand to win the world junior championship in 2004. The India No 2 told TOI about his expectations from the Anand-Carlsen World Championship match.

Excerpts

How eagerly are you looking forward to the World Championship match? As a chess player what do you expect?

The match has generated huge interest not only in the chess fraternity but among the general public also. The fact that the World No1 is playing the current world champion has given rise to great expectations. It can be labeled as a match between two generations. I have not seen such a huge difference of age, characters and styles of play of two players taking part in the championship match.

How do you rate the two players?

They are very different from each other if you compare their style of play in general tournaments. I will say Carlsen is very difficult to beat. He usually plays positions where he has the control of the game. He plays every game to win and his technique is his best quality. On the other side, Anand is very sharp and feels at home in dynamic positions. However I consider his best quality is his adaptability. He can change his style rapidly and plays on opponents’ weakness, something that was evident in the last three World Championship matches.

There’s a feeling in the chess fraternity Anand will start as an underdog in this match. Do you think this will be Anand’s toughest World Championship match?

I do not think Anand is the underdog. He has performed poorly in recent past due to which everyone is saying he is in poor form. But it does not work that way. It’s his form during the match that will count. Kramnik, Topalov and Gelfand were all tough opponents to beat.

However, it is true Carlsen is much tougher than them as he is much younger and highly motivated. There is another important difference this time. Anand used to know all the previous three challengers very well as they were from his generation. But Carlsen is a representative of GenNext, something that Anand is not too familiar with.

According to you, what are Anand’s and Carlsen’s plus points?

In case of Anand, I think it is his opening preparation. He is very good in open and dynamicpositions. He can play positional as well as tactical positions. In case of Carlsen, he is highly motivated to become a world champion at a young age. His plus is that he always plays for a win!

Do you think Chennai will give Anand any home advantage?

Anand has won all his previous world championship matches outside India. So I do not think Chennai will give him any added advantage. I don’t see how it will change if they played in a Chennai hotel or in another hotel in some other country. Chess is played indoors!

Suppose you are in the team of seconds, what strategy would you recommend for the players?

I am not in the team of seconds. I am just waiting to see some great games.

What is your view about the illness clause being included for this match?

I think it is a fair clause. There is lot of unnecessary importance given to this clause. I think more importance should have been given to the incident when disclosure of Chennai’s bid for the Anand-Gelfand match last time helped Moscow bid higher. Then it was decided FIDE will give a chance to Chennai to host the next World Championship match. If I am not wrong Chennai was awarded the match without bidding. I found that’s more interesting. I don’t see any need to make a big issue out of illness clause, which by the way I think won’t be put to use!!

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Karpov finished 2 pts ahead of the field at Cap d’Agde

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


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Women International Grandmaster Open in Chennai

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


Tamil Nadu State Chess Association under the auspices of All India Chess Federation is organizing the Women International Grandmaster Open Tournament on 6-14th November at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Periamet, Chennai.

The tournament is held in celebration of the FIDE World Championship Match 2013 (Sponsored by Government of Tamilnadu).

The playing format will be 11-round Swiss. The total prize fund is 13,000 USD.

Currently 83 players are signed to participate. Top rated are:

WGM Ambartsumova Karina 2320 RUS
WGM Guramishvili Sopiko 2439 GEO
WGM Purtseladze Maka 2374 GEO
WGM Batsiashvili Nino 2406 GEO
WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 UZB
WGM Ivakhinova Inna 2312 RUS
WGM Mohota Nisha 2283 IND
WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman 2240 IND
WGM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman 2399 IND
WGM Sowmya Swaminathan 2348 IND

Tournament website

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15 year old Artemiev wins Kustov Memorial

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


The 15-years old IM Vladislav Artemiev emerged clear winner of the Kustov Memorial that was held on 25-27th October at the Culture Center in Novokuznetsk, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia.

The tournament was dedicated to memory of B.A.Kustov, the first President of Novokuznetsk Chess Federation. The playing format was 11 round Swiss with the time control 15?+10”.

The tournament is valid for the Rapid Grand Prix 2013 – Cup of Russia.

The reigning Russian Junior Champion Artemiev (from Omsk) completed the event with 9,5/11 points, leaving the second-placed GM Vladimir Belous half a point behind.

Final standings (top finishers):

1. Artemiev Vladislav IM 2595 – 9.5

2. Belous Vladimir GM 2552 – 9


3. Aleksandrov Aleksej GM 2528 – 8.5


4. Belozerov Andrei GM 2578 – 8
5. Bocharov Dmitry GM 2598 – 8
6. Volkov Sergey GM 2631 – 8
7. Dvoirys Semen I. GM 2518 – 8
8. Jumabayev Rinat GM 2598 – 8
9. Fatkhutdinov Gafiyat FM 2358 – 8
10. Yuffa Daniil FM 2433 – 8
11. Shinkevich Vitaly IM 2473 – 8


12. Gutov Andrey GM 2400 – 7.5
13. Nevostrujev Vladimir GM 2480 – 7.5
14. Yudin Sergei GM 2635 – 7.5
15. Vlassov Nikolai IM 2441 – 7.5
16. Iskusnyh Sergei GM 2513 – 7.5
17. Lavrov Maxim IM 2374 – 7.5
18. Bublei Pavel FM 2328 – 7.5


19. Tsydypov Zhamsaran FM 2485 – 7
20. Sergeev Albert IM 2318 – 7
21. Onischuk Vladimir GM 2666 – 7
22. Bayev Alexander IM 2394 – 7
23. Piskunov Alexandr FM 2306 – 7
24. Sitnikov Dmitrij IM 2504 – 7
25. Kuznesov Andrei FM 2241 – 7

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USCL Week 10 Wrapup

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Week 10 of the United States Chess League (USCL), the last of the regular season, ended with most teams pretty much where they began. Several historical highs and lows were set along the way. Players did not end the season quietly as 27 of the 32 …

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The Lightning Kid

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


The lightning kid who learnt to win match-play battles

Archiman Bhaduri, TNN | Oct 31, 2013, 02.46 AM IST

It was the autumn of 1986 and Praveen Thipsaywas the biggest thing in Indian chess. He was aspiring to be the first Grandmaster from India and there was a lot of anticipation around the Nationals that year.

There was a rider though. Fide (the regulating body) had changed the rule and a player had to complete 40 moves in two hours instead of 210 minutes, and most was finding it tough to cope. But a 16-year-old from Chennai was doing it easy — what the others couldn’t finish in 120 minutes,V Anand was doing in 20.

The fidgety teenager, biting his nails, had enough time to spare, to walk around the arena and survey the others’ boards, while his rivals buckled under time pressure. Anand, obviously, went on to win the title.

By 1987, he was the world junior champion, and by the time Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989 against Pakistan, the lightning kid had become India’s first GM.

The careers of these two Indian superstars panned out in similar fashion over the next two decades -there’s a remarkable coincidence that both Tendulkar and Anand will be playing two of the most crucial series of their lives simultaneously in November.

If Anand wins the World Chess Championship beating the World No. 1 who is 20 years his junior, the chess fraternity will hail him as the greatest champion ever along side Garry Kasparov.

Winning his sixth title, he would then establish his writ over the game for a duration that would nearly rival the period when Kasparov was the undisputed numero uno. But if Anand loses, it may become difficult for him to make a comeback and stake a claim to the world title.

Anand, just like Carlsen today, was a brilliant tournament player in the beginning of his career, when he used to beat the likes of Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov in one-off games. But camethe Matchplay format, where a player had to take on the same opponent through a series of games over a long period of time, Anand was found wanting.

For instance, in 1991, he had no clue how to counter Karpov in the quarterfinal while in the 1995 final, despite initial resistance against Kasparov, he was eventually thrashed by the Russian super GM.

In fact, he did not win a title in the Matchplay format till 2008. All his major victories came either in tournament or round robin format. It was around this time that Anand understood that if he had to earn the real respect of the chess world, he had to beat his rivals in Matchplay.

Anand, too, began curbing his natural all-out attacking instinct. “He used to frustrate his opponents with his speed in the initial years. But slowly he changed,” GM Dibyendu Barua, Anand’s contemporary, said.

Anand also understood the need to have a closed group of seconds who would work with him. Thus came the likes of Pieter Nielsen, Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Radoslaw Wojtaszek on board as Anand prepared for the 2008 face-off against Garry Kasparov-slayer Kramnik, who was the favourite.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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Anand – Carlsen 2013, the coverage preview

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


The fact that chess is a sport that requires knowledgeable spectators has been an obstacle for the royal game in the past. This situation is rapidly changing, with the entry of internet and different broadcasting methods the game is constantly increasing its audience. Adding the celebrity status of the world N1 rated player Magnus Carlsen, and the recurring success of the World Champion since 2007 Vishwanathan Anand, bring the potential of the World Chess Championship 2013 to new heights.

Only eight days remain to the start of Anand – Carlsen 2013, it is time for the coverage preview.

Info: Official website / Live games / Live games (2) / Play online at Chessdom Arena

Note: All the action of Carlsen – Anand 2013 will be live daily on Chessdom with computer analysis and commentary by IM Aman Hambleton, IM Tania Sachdev, and GM Vidit Gujrathi (more on the team later).

The coverage in India

Viswanathan Anand is a national hero for the second most populated country in the world. Being undisputed champion since 2007, he has inspired generations of young players to enter the sport. Now, aiming for yet another World Championship title, Anand will be doing it in his home town, Chennai. The expectations in India are at maximum, everyone wants to see his hero competing against the current world star Magnus Carlsen.

That is why every major news channel, newspaper, and media source in India is blasting news on the upcoming World Chess Championship. The biggest sports channel of DD Sports has started with a few preludes to the matchand seeing the interest has decided to acquire the global TV rights of the event. It has a reach of over 100 million people and its free-to-air satellite signal can be seen across large part of Asia and some locations in Europe.

The Indian newspapers are also not falling behind. As a warm up for the match, India’s news agencies include more technical chess data in their articles. Given Anand’s popularity, it is more likely to find references to openings, strategy, and general chess history in his country’s reports. The newspapers often reach key people for interviews, and the bits from them create a dynamic picture of the event. Curious technical details were revealed by The Hindu, as they talked to Bharat Singh Chauhan about some of the technological improvements that will be applied in the match, “The players, along with their teams, will stay on two separate floors. Using two separate elevators for exclusive use, the players will reach the playing hall. The contest will be held in a sound-proof glass cubical…” In an interview for Times of India, the former Anand’s second and former Carlsen helper Peter Heine Nielsen introduced the audience to one more exciting trend – the clash of styles. He said, “Both players are so all-round that what they really care about is the quality of their position. Maybe Magnus prefers longer technical games and Vishy more dynamic positions…”

Some newspapers are looking for the sensation or to add to the hype and sometimes commit factual and historical mistakes, but that is very normal in any large sports event in the world and is mainly due to the desire to bring the most interesting reports about the match.

Norwegian media

Norwegian media are used to covering the success of Magnus Carlsen in the past years. They know his celebrity status quickly generates large viewership and readership both in Scandinavia and around the world. Therefore, the young Norwegian often hits the main pages of mainstream media and baths in the awe of his fans.

As a general rule, all country resources aim for Carlsen camp news in the days before the competition. The visit of Magnus to Chennai was largely covered by local media, as well as the stories about Carlsen bringing his own chef to India.

All major newspapers like Nettavisen, Aftenposten, Dagbladet are preparing major coverage of Anand – Carlsen 2013 itself. There will be daily reports from Chennai, but also live coverage as well with broadcast and commentary. (more about this later on Chessdom)

International media

No self respecting sports edition will miss the Anand – Carlsen 2013 clash. News about the upcoming encounter are to be found in (at least) 55 countries so far. Guardian, The Economist, Zeit, Marca, NY Times, Washington Times, The Asian Age, Zee News, The Independent, Business Standard, BusinessWorld, Telegraph, Prensa Latina, El Pais, etc. all have had their previews of the match.

Asia news hype on the success of Anand and his reign since 2007.They tend to underline the historic praise that Anand has gotten so far, and the chance to reach the status of “greatest in modern chess history” with a victory in Chennai. Interestingly, the articles often contain bits of information about local heroes and their view on the upcoming match. The growth of chess around Asia is also a recurring topic, viewing the massive and growing as popularity competitions organized on the continent.

Western agencies tend to focus more on Carlsen’s persona, his quick rise to the top and his active roles outside the chessboard. The Guardian interviewed the Norwegian and mentioned more than once the fact that he makes a good salary with his profession: “Unusually for a chess player he makes more than ?1m a year in sponsorship, and he doesn’t seem to mind performing stunts as part of his contractual obligations, such as the blindfold simultaneous games”. A very important observation of an ongoing process – nowadays hundreds of chess players are making a living out of chess, the professional calendar of FIDE is full to the maximum with well paid competitions, we often see players complaining about not getting rest, and the financial stability of the World Championship backed with 2,55M guaranteed prize fund. Being a chess player has changed radically in the past few years and suddenly has become a financially attractive profession.

The Guardian also made the logical comparison between Magnus Carlsen and Bobby Fischer, as they both reached the very top despite not belonging to a chess-oriented country. When asked about this, Carlsen shows his good sense of humor: “I’m only 22, so there is still plenty of time for the crazy”.

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Women International Grandmaster Open in Chennai

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Women International Grandmaster Open in Chennai

Tamil Nadu State Chess Association under the auspices of All India Chess Federation is organizing the Women International Grandmaster Open Tournament on 6-14th November at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Periamet, Chennai.

The tournament is held in celebration of the FIDE World Championship Match 2013 (Sponsored by Government of Tamilnadu).

The playing format will be 11-round Swiss. The total prize fund is 13,000 USD.

Currently 83 players are signed to participate. Top rated are:
WGM Ambartsumova Karina 2320 RUS
WGM Guramishvili Sopiko 2439 GEO
WGM Purtseladze Maka 2374 GEO
WGM Batsiashvili Nino 2406 GEO
WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 UZB
WGM Ivakhinova Inna 2312 RUS
WGM Mohota Nisha 2283 IND
WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman 2240 IND
WGM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman 2399 IND
WGM Sowmya Swaminathan 2348 IND

Tournament website

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