Archive for October, 2013

Norm hunting at the SPICE CUP

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Beyond the St. Louis Chess Club and the World Chess Hall of Fame in the Central West End, another important contributor to St. Louis’ thriving chess scene is the presence of GM Susan Polgar, one of the most recognizable women in the game and the coach of Webster University’s national championship team. Much can be said about Polgar and her profound impact on chess, but one of a dozen talking points is SPICE – that is, the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence – which focuses on the gap between scholastic and adult chess. One of the program’s highlights is the SPICE Cup, an annually elite event that Webster hosted recently. What keeps the SPICE Cup such a highlight is not just the chess event’s global prestige, but the chance for aspiring chess stars to …

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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November 2013 FRL

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

FIDE publishes November 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 that according to decision of QC taken in Tallin K factor for rapid and blitz rating will be based on the following formula: K=700/n (n – total number of games in a given period played by a player) starting from November, 1 2013.

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Vladislav Artemiev clear first in 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.

Vladislav Artemiev

Vladislav Artemiev

Final standings:

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
26. Shaydullina Sandugach WGM 2207 – 7
27. Khlichkova Tatiana WFM 2299 – 7
28. Siuniakov Igor IM 2284 – 7
29. Shamne Anton 2151 – 7
30. Khegay Dmitriy FM 2302 – 6.5
31. Dubograev Daniil 2205 – 6.5
32. Gontcharov Vladislav 2432 – 6.5
33. Rykov Ivan FM 2323 – 6.5
34. Lavrov Sergey V. 2363 – 6.5
35. Antonenko Vladimir 2216 – 6.5
36. Sozin Stepan 2210 – 6.5
37. Cheremnova Tamara WIM 2251 – 6.5
38. Kozlitin Roman FM 2290 – 6.5
39. Chernov Mikhail 2269 – 6.5
40. Dobrovolskiy Roman 2158 – 6.5
41. Avdeenko Tatiana WFM 2144 – 6.5
42. Oganisian Roman FM 2237 – 6
43. Lomantsov Evgenij 2266 – 6
44. Shukan Alexander 2148 – 6
45. Ubiennykh Ekaterina WIM 2373 – 6
46. Bureev Danila 2002 – 6
47. Karpov Arkadiy 2028 – 6
48. Lipatov Vladislav 1715 – 6
49. Lykov Vasili FM 2163 – 6
50. Buvaltsev Andrey 2048 – 6
51. Pimonov Igor 2052 – 6
52. Bekasov Sergey 2165 – 6
53. Varaksin Michail 2262 – 6
54. Radnaev Anatoly 2031 – 6
55. Lyashenko Anna 2001 – 6
56. Zybina Natalia 2050 – 6
57. Abramov Boris IM 2162 – 6
58. Alimov Alexander 1969 – 6
59. Maleev Pavel 2225 – 5.5
60. Demensky Evgeny 2226 – 5.5
61. Trofimov Sergey IM 2388 – 5.5
62. Bogachev Alexandr 2028 – 5.5
63. Ermakov Jan 2118 – 5.5
64. Kalugin Vladislav 0 – 5.5
65. Seslavin Maxim 1961 – 5.5
66. Emeljashin Yury 2108 – 5.5
67. Fayzullin Ruslan 1907 – 5.5
68. Golovina Darya 1993 – 5.5
69. Guliashvili Liana 1988 – 5.5
70. Kuznetsova Luba WFM 2022 – 5.5
71. Medvedenko Andrey 2035 – 5.5
72. Kosterenko Vladimir 0 – 5.5
73. Filinberg Dmitriy 2297 – 5
74. Belkova Diana 1915 – 5
75. Sorokina Tamara WIM 2080 – 5
76. Bochkarev Semen 1913 – 5
77. Shukan Mikhail 2051 – 5
78. Dolgov Evgeny 0 – 5
79. Emelianov Mikhail 2184 – 5
80. Kamensky Danil 1804 – 5
81. Anokhin Viktor T. 2020 – 5
82. Sukiasyan Artem 1949 – 5
83. Koltsov Vladimir Alex. 2065 – 5
84. Chernyh Pavel 1902 – 5
85. Vorobyova Alyona WCM 1999 – 5
86. Kheyfets Nataliya 1770 – 5
87. Martjushov Vasily 2066 – 5
88. Podshivalin Gennady 2011 – 5
89. Buts Nikita 1939 – 5
90. Spirin Alexandr 1938 – 5
91. Orekhov Mikhail 1759 – 5
92. Popov Yury 2000 – 5
93. Gerasev German 1848 – 4.5
94. Sazonova Anastasia WFM 2045 – 4.5
95. Gorbachev Aleksandr 1890 – 4.5
96. Torbin Vladimir 0 – 4.5
97. Shestakov Valentin 0 – 4.5
98. Tatarnikov Ivan 1780 – 4.5
99. Nuzhdov Vasiliy 1968 – 4.5
100. Sopelnyak Roman 0 – 4
101. Bakhmetov Pavel 1882 – 4
102. Tyatyushkin Danil 1789 – 4
103. Abanin Vladimir 1828 – 4
104. Sinkin Boris 1938 – 4
105. Shilintsev Vladimir 1870 – 4
106. Mezenseva Elena WFM 2039 – 4
107. Zadorina Nadezhda WFM 2103 – 4
108. Kytin Makar 0 – 4
109. Patrin Yury 1804 – 4
110. Chernykh Pavel E. 0 – 4
111. Kitov Viktor 1885 – 4
112. Plotnikov Mikhail 1993 – 4
113. Sedin Viktor 0 – 4
114. Teterina Alyona 0 – 3.5
115. Kosheparova Tatiana 1927 – 3.5
116. Izmailov Anatoly 1937 – 3.5
117. Mikhaylets Timofey 0 – 3.5
118. Korobeynikov Alexandr 1799 – 3.5
119. Kirilov Michael 2241 – 3
120. Buslov Ivan 2099 – 3
121. Kosterenko Anna 0 – 3
122. Islangulov Ruslan 0 – 3
123. Morokov Anatoliy 1769 – 3
124. Tsvetkov Yury 1682 – 3
125. Surunov Arseniy 1694 – 3
126. Schedrin Sergey 0 – 3
127. Dolzhnikov Yuriy 0 – 3
128. Erofeev Pavel 0 – 2.5
129. Krechetov Mikhail 0 – 2


Abundo to run for FIDE Secretary General Post

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Abundo to run for FIDE sec-gen post
Posted at 10/31/2013 3:14 PM | Updated as of 10/31/2013 3:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Asian Chess Federation (ACF) deputy vice president Casto “Toti” Abundo will run for the post of secretary general of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) under the ticket of incumbent president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is seeking a sixth straight term as head of the world chess body.

A prot?g? and confidante of the late FIDE president Florencio Campomanes, the 63-year-old Abundo will be opposing current FIDE secretary general Ignatius Leong of Singapore, who has gone over to Ilyumzhinov’s rival, former world champion Gary Kasparov.

“Kirsan invited me to run under his ticket, so I graciously accepted his offer,” Abundo said. “I am very active in Asia so I will be in his group as the representative of Asia.”

With Abundo as his FIDE executive director and trusted ally from 1982 to 1995, Campomanes is credited for his aggressive promotion of chess that led to the phenomenal growth of the sport. FIDE now boasts 158 member federations.

The FIDE polls are scheduled in August next year in Tromso, Norway, coinciding with the World Chess Olympiad.

As a top official of the ACF, Abundo pointed to the 12 international chess tournaments that he has brought to country, including this year’s Manny Pacquiao Cup, the Asian Zonals and the just-concluded Asian Cities chessfest won by host Tagaytay.

Abundo also cited the accomplishments of Ilyumzhinov in boosting Philippines chess, such as organizing the Campomanes Memorial international tournament in tribute to the late Filipino FIDE head.

“As far as what is good for the Philippine chess, everybody knows that the Philippine chess is first in my heart,” Abundo said. “If I had the position as FIDE secretary general, then I can even bring world events (to the country) and not only Asian championships.

“I am banking on the entire Philippine chess community in supporting my candidacy.”

He and Asia’s first Grandmaster, Eugene Torre, recently paid a courtesy call on Philippine Sports Commission Richie Garcia, who whole-heartedly endorsed Abundo’s candidacy.

“Of course, I support Abundo’s candidacy. I think it is about time we have somebody else in FIDE,” Garcia said. “It is always an honor whenever we have a Filipino representing us in an international federation. I wish Toti all the luck.”

Abundo was upset that Leong had defected to the Kasparov camp, considering what the FIDE president had done for him.

“For the past 10 years, Leong has used the FIDE office with Kirsan’s support in visiting all the Asian cities,” he noted. “It is unfair that he now leaves the womb that created him.”

During the FIDE general assembly held last October 6 in Talinn, Estonia, Abundo publicly criticized Leong “for sitting beside Ilyumzhinov on the presidential table after openly betraying the incumbent by declaring his allegiance to the other side. It was very unethical. Even Kasparov’s supporters said this was very wrong.”

“I (also) said that it was very wrong for the other side to start campaigning this early. FIDE rules says that you must declare three months before the election. To do so one year ahead is very disruptive,” he stressed.


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Carlsen in Die Zeit: "I am not disciplined"

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The Anand-Carlsen match starts in less than nine days. Besides the online interview with Vishy Anand, the major German newspaper Die Zeit also published something about his opponent Magnus Carlsen this week. It’s not available online but you can f…

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Anand – Carlsen 2013, the coverage preview (#8)

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

fwcm 2013 official logoPrevious read: Anand – Carlsen 2013, Chennai preview (#10)

Previous read: Anand – Carlsen 2013, seconds preview (#9)

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 Championsip. The biggest sports channel of DD Sports has started with a few preludes to the match and 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.

Indian agencies tend to focus more on chess

Indian agencies tend to focus more on the match details

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”.

Western media praises Carlsen's roles outside the chessboard

Western media praises Carlsen’s roles in and outside the chessboard


Brilliant chess tactic!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Carlsen’s Meteoric Rise To The Top

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

A period of phenomenal success

October 31, 2013
Updated: October 31, 2013 01:46 IST

The penultimate part of the Carlsen series plots his ascent to World No.1 as a teenager

It’s said that appetite improves during the meal, and Magnus Carlsen was proving the adage right. With every taste of success, he grew hungrier. The New Year’s Day of 2008 saw him ranked 13th in the World with a rating of 2733. But he would have a special reason to rejoice at the end of the month.

Carlsen was back at Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, for the Corus tournament. Eager to make amends for the fiasco on his debut — he went without a victory in 13 games — the previous January, Carlsen came well prepared after being made part of the strongest field assembled by the organisers.

What followed was Carlsen’s finest performance, reinforcing his place among the chess elite. He tied for the top place with Levon Aronian by scoring eight points. His list of five victims included Vladimir Kramnik and Judit Polgar. One of his two losses came against a third-placed Viswanathan Anand.

Carlsen performed at the level of 2,830 — almost 100 points above his rating. “Before the tournament, I thought if I could score 50 per cent, it would not be a bad result. I wasn’t expecting to win, of course, and sharing of first place was a pleasant surprise to me,” said a modest Carlsen.

By this time it was clear that Carlsen was perfecting his positional understanding, and the technique to play simple positions, especially in the endgame. Gone was the eagerness to get into sharp, exciting positions and brilliant finishes. Instead, it was more businesslike execution of what he discovered as “playable” positions.

From the success at Corus, Carlsen arrived to take on an even stronger field at the Morelia-Linares super tournament. In this hand-picked eight-player field, Carlsen finished second behind Anand. He posted five victories, including two against former World champion Veselin Topalov and once over Vassily Ivanchuk. Again, one of his three losses came against Anand. Creditably, Carlsen had performed 75 points above his rating — a performance that would launch him into the top-10 in the next publication of the rankings.

After Corus and Morelia-Linares, noted Russian chess journalist Yuri Vasiliev wrote: “Magnus, this little mongoose, rising sharply and swiftly over the board when he needs to grasp the nape of another cobra, is the new super-hero!”

It was apt enough a metaphor for the 17-year-old’s dynamic and uncompromising play. These successes earned Carlsen 32 rating points from 27 games. That meant that when the rankings were announced in April, he had jumped to fifth spot with a rating of 2765 — at the age of 17 years and four months.

Later that month, Carlsen started as the ‘rating favourite’ in the 14-player Grand Prix at Baku, where he eventually became part of a three-way tie for honours. For the rest of the year, Carlsen progressed at a slower pace and climbed only one more rung in the world rankings. However, the chess world knew it was only a matter of time before Carlsen scaled ‘Peak 2800’.

For the better part of 2009, the 18-year-old trained with Garry Kasparov. What followed was a path-breaking performance in the Nanjing Pearls Spring event in China. In a double round-robin format, Carlsen destroyed the six-player field by scoring 8/10. He defeated everyone in the draw at least once, and performed at a whopping 3002.

The performance saw Carlsen catapult to the second spot in World ranking with a rating of 2801 — at 18 years and 11 months, the youngest among the five players at that point of time to ever breach the 2800-mark.

His pursuit for the World No.1 spot continued when he finished tied-second behind Kramnik in the super strong Tal memorial tournament in Moscow. Carlsen left the city after winning the World blitz title finishing three points ahead of Anand.

Carlsen then dominated the year-ending London Classic. He defeated Kramnik in the opener and maintained his lead to claim the title.

By taking his rating to 2810, as on January 1, 2010, Carlsen seized the World No.1 spot from Topalov, becoming the youngest to reach the summit at 19 years and one month.


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