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20th Blitz Death Match Player Announcement

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Here’s a New Year’s treat from – the first Death Match of 2014 is planned! GM Yury Shulman and GM Daniel Fridman will play three hours of blitz and bullet chess live at on Saturday, January 18 at noon Eastern (New York time)…

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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Krishnan Sasikiran is Champion of India

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran became the new Champion of India after winning the Bhavarlal and Kantabai Jain 51st National Premier Chess Championship that was held on 17-30th December in Jalgoan.

Sasikiran concluded the tournament in style, by defeating IM Shyam Nikil for the total score of 10,5/13 points.

Sasikiran’s nearest followers GM Adhiban and GM Lalith Babu were also victorious in the last round to finish the event with 10,0 and 9,5 points respectively.

Krishnan Sasikiran

Krishnan Sasikiran

The Championship was organized by the Jalgoan District Chess Association & Jain Sports Academy. The playing format returned to the round robin with 14 players.

Final standings:

1. GM Sasikiran Krishnan 2666 – 10,5
2. GM Adhiban B. 2569 – 10,0
3. GM Lalith Babu M.R. 2569 – 9,5
4. IM Thejkumar M. S. 2452 – 8,0
5-6. IM Ashwin Jayaram 2487 and GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2462 – 7,0
7-9. IM Debashis Das 2507, IM Stany G.A. 2397 and GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2523 – 5,5
10-11. GM Negi Parimarjan 2671 and IM Shyam Nikil P. 2420 – 5,0
12. IM Akshat Khamparia 2409 – 4,5
13-14. IM Rathnakaran K. 2411 and IM G. Akash 2343 – 4,0


Announcement of the Israel Chess Federation

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Announcement of the Israel Chess Federation


Yesterday the 2013 World Youth concluded in Al Ain, in the U.A.E. with the participation of 1773 players from 171 federations. The Israeli delegation which took part in the event consisted of 5 players and several accompanying persons.

During the event there were several publications and petitions from several institutes and individuals about the fact that the flags of Israel were removed from the relevant tables in the tournament and from the official web as well and replaced by flags of FIDE. We would like to state very clearly that this move was done as a result of our security people’s request and with full cooperation with the local organizers. While we believe that participation of Israeli players in events held in Arabic countries, and vice versa of course, with Israeli flags is very positive and contributing to a good atmosphere, we all realize that such events need security solutions and strict cooperation about.

We cordially appreciate all those who were standing on our rights in what looked like a breach of it but we stress again – this was not a decision or initiative of the U.A.E. authorities but ours and we would like to thank the organizers and FIDE events commission for their cooperation and for the excellent treatment our delegation was met.

Gens Una Sumus

Israel Gelfer
FIDE Vice President

Moshe Slav
Chairman-Israel Chess Federation


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Webster University Dominates at PanAm InterCollegiate Chess Championships

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Webster University Dominates at PanAm Chess Championship

December 31, 2013 12:25 PM

LUBBOCK, Texas (KMOX) – Some local collegians are the toast of the Chess World.

Four students from Webster University check-mated their opponents during the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, dubbed the World Series of chess, in Lubbock, Texas this past weekend.

“We have 42 teams participating, we have most of the Ivy League here like Princeton, Yale, Harvard,” said former Olympic chess champion and Webster’s Coach Susan Polgar.

The tournament finished Monday with Webster placing twice — the “A” team took first, and the “B” team took fourth. More scores

Favorite and chess powerhouse Texas Tech places fifth, but will still advance to the Final Four of College Chess because only one team from each university can participate.

Polgar left Tech for Webster in 2012, bringing every member of Tech’s “A” team with her. Since then, Tech has been trying to rebuild the program from scratch.


Webster University dominating performance:

- 3 of the top 6 finishing teams (1st, 4th, and 6th).
- Top 4 individual performers: So (A), Robson (A), Bykhovsky (B), Le (A)
- 7 of the top 12 individual performers: So (A), Robson (A), Bykhovsky (B), Le (A), Corrales (B), Neimer (C), Meier (A)
- All 4 top board prizes: Le (A) tied for 1st on board 1, Bykhovsky (B) 1st on board 2, So (A) 1st on board 3, Robson (A) 1st on board 4

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Dusan Popovic clear first in Donau Open

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Grandmaster Dusan Popovic emerged winner of the 22nd Donau Open that was held on 26-31st December in Aschach an der Donau, Austria.

Popovic defeated WGM Zhansaya Abdumalik in the last round to take a clear first place and the top prize of 1700 EUR. Meanwhile GM Jan Krejci could not make more than a draw against IM Andreas Diermair, finishing on the shared second place.

The event was held in four sections – Open A, Open B (U2000), Open C (U1650) and Open J (youth U12) – and over seven rounds of Swiss system.

Open A final standings:

1. GM Popovic Dusan 2547 SRB – 6
2-7. IM Diermair Andreas 2449 AUT, GM Krejci Jan 2523 CZE, IM Schreiner Peter 2471 AUT, IM Pacher Milan 2451 SVK, GM Neuman Petr 2496 CZE and FM Meskovs Nikita 2431 LAT – 5,5
8-13. IM Jurek Josef 2289 CZE, WIM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2342 KAZ, IM Frowis Georg 2423 AUT, FM Deglmann Ludwig 2349 GER, FM Burlacu Bogdan 2317 ROU and Windhager Hannes 2104 AUT – 5 etc (98 players)


Stellar performance by So

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

So powers Webster U woodpushers to win at Pan American tiff
By Joey Villar ( | Updated December 31, 2013 – 3:02pm

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grandmaster Wesley So downed International Master Max Cornejo to carry Webster U’s Team A to a 3.5-.5 victory of University of Texas at Brownsville and a title sweep of the 2013 Pan American Inter-Collegiate Championship in Lubbock, Texas Tuesday.

For the second straight game, So, 20, wound up with a dangerous pair of bishops against his foe’s galloping knights and nursed a positional advantage before Cornejo ran out of time in a furious endgame scramble in 45 moves of their super-sharp Nimzo-Indian encounter.

So’s Board Three win, spiked by triumphs by fellow GMs Georg Meier and Ray Robson on Boards Two and Four and a draw by Vietnamese Le Quang Liem on top board, sent Webster U to solo first place with a perfect score of six points, a full point clear of University of Baltimore County A and Illinois A.

So’s awesome performance as he took not only the Board Three gold medal but the three-day tournament’s best individual performance with an impressive performance rating of 2894 that should catapult him from 30th in the world with a current rating of 2719 to No. 24 at the start of the year.

“Webster U sophomore GM Wesley So won the best individual performance of the entire PanAm with a 6.0 score. His ranking is now 24th in the world,” said Webster U’s Hungarian coach Susan Polgar, a former women’s world champion.

“Proud of Wesley and everyone at Webster U,” she added.

Another Filipino GM Julio Catalino Sadorra finished with 3.5 points for University of Texas at Dallas, which finished log-jammed at sixth spot.

It was truly a dominating performance for Webster U as four of its other players either finished on top or shared their respective board gold medals, Le and GM Fidel Corrales at Board One, GM Anatoly Bykhhovsky at Board Two and GM Ray Robson at Board Four.

So added his scintillating performance at PanAm as his most recent win after topping five tournaments this year, including a gold medal effort in the Universiade in Kazan, Russia early in the year.

So will now fly to The Netherlands to plunge into action in a bigger, stronger tournament – the Tata Steel Chess slated in January next year in Wijk aan Zee. 


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Video Guide to the Spanish Opening – Repertoire for White

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

I have made quite a few videos about the Spanish Opening, and wrote an eBook “Spanish Opening – Strategy and Tactics” about it that will give you a brief introduction to the Spanish from the White perspective. To give an overall map/overview to the various variations and to show how my videos fit together, I created this guide with diagrams and links to my videos. Now you can quickly find the video for the variation that you are interested in!

Spanish Opening – Overview
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5

This move characterizes the Spanish Opening.

3. … a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O

243 Black’s first big decision is on move 5, he can choose between the classical lines, and the two sharp alternatives – the Moeller Variation, and the Open Variation.

5. … Be7

( 5. … Nxe4 This is the Open variation where Black accepts the challenge and takes the unprotected pawn. 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6
244 In the Open Variation Black also obtains active piece placement, but here he pays for it with pawn weaknesses. Regardless of whether the game opens up, or the pawn structure becomes fixed – Black will have some difficulties equalizing, as both sample games illustrate: 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 d4
( It is a common mistake to exchange the white bishop too soon, as the following game illustrates: 10. … Nxb3?! 11. Nxb3 Be7 12. Nfd4! Nxd4 13. cxd4 O-O 14. Be3 Rc8 15. Rc1 c6 16. Nc5 Bxc5 17. Rxc5 a5 18. Qc2 Bd7 19. f4 f5 20. Rf3 Qe7 21. Bd2 a4 22. Bb4 and White exerted strong pressure in Jiganchine,R-Trotchanovich,P/ Keres 2007, 1-0 )
11. Bxe6 Nxe6 12. cxd4 Ncxd4 13. a4! Be7 14. Nxd4 Nxd4 15. Ne4 Ne6 16. Be3 O-O 17. f4 and White won in Karpov,A-Korchnoi,V/Merano 1981 )
( 5. … b5 6. Bb3 Bc5
This is the Moeller – Black develops the bishop to an active position, where it can become a target. The bishop will also be missing on the d8-h4 diagonal, so White’s tries for advantage involve Bg5, as the sample game shows: 7. a4 Rb8 8. axb5 axb5 9. c3 d6 10. d4 Bb6 11. h3 O-O 12. Re1 Bb7 13. Na3 exd4 14. cxd4 Na5 15. Bc2 b4 16. Nb1 c5 17. Bg5 h6 18. Bh4 b3 19. Bxb3 g5 20. Nxg5 hxg5 21. Bxg5 and White had a strong attack in Hracek,Z-Shirov,A/Germany 1997, 1-0 )

6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5

( 9. … Bb7 10. d4 Re8 11. Nbd2 Bf8 246 This is the Zaitsev variation where Black puts a lot of pressure on the ‘e4′ pawn; against this I recommend shutting down the center on move 12 with d4-d5. When Black undermines it by c7-c6 – White plays for occupying the d5 square, or tries to use the power of his bishop on the a2-g8 diagonal. 12. d5 Nb8 13. Nf1 Nbd7 14. N3h2 Nc5 (Allowing the white bishop to remain on b3 is rather dangerous: 14. … c6 15. dxc6 Bxc6 16. Bg5 Qc7 17. Qf3 Qb7 18. Ng3 d5 19. Ng4 dxe4 20. Qf5 with attack in Kovacevic, A-Gligoric,S/Niksic 1997, 1-0 )
15. Bc2 c6 16. b4 Ncd7 17. dxc6 Bxc6 and White started to fight for the ‘d5′ square in Anand,V-Kasimdzhanov,R/Mainz 2007, 1-0 )

10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2

247 Black is at the crossroads.

12. … Nc6

( 12. … cxd4 is the main line, immediately initiating play along the ‘c’ file. 12…Bd7 is the most popular alternative. 13. cxd4 Bb7 14. d5 Rac8 15. Bd3 Nd7 16. Nf1 Nc5 17. Ng3 Nxd3 18. Qxd3 Qc2? 19. Qxc2 Rxc2 20. Nf5 Re8 21. b3 Bc8 22. Nxe7+ Rxe7 23. Be3 Nb7 24. Bb6 Re8 25. Rec1 Re2 26. Rc7 248 and White won due to his domination on the ‘c’ file in Aseev,K-Sturua,Z/Lvov 1985, 1-0)
( 12. … Bd7 Temporarily maintains tension in the center. 13. Nf1 Rfe8
( 13. … cxd4 14. cxd4 Rac8 15. Ne3 Nc6 16. d5 Nb4 17. Bb1 a5 18. a3 Na6 19. b4 g6 20. Bd2 axb4 21. axb4 Qb7 22. Bd3 Nc7 23. Nc2 Nh5 24. Be3 Ra8 25. Qd2 1-0 Tal,M-Hjartarson,J/ Reykjavik 1987, 1-0 )
14. Ne3 g6 15. dxe5 dxe5 16. Nh2 Rad8 17. Qf3 Be6 18. Nhg4 Nxg4 19. hxg4 Qc6 20. g5 Nc4 21. Ng4 Bxg4 22. Qxg4 f6?! 23. gxf6 Bxf6 24. a4 +/- Fischer – Unzicker, 1959, 1-0 )

13. d5 Nd8 14. a4 Rb8


15. axb5

( 15. b4 is Geller’s interpretation of this line: previously White would first exchange on b5, but that would give Black a better chance of fighting for the ‘a’ file. 15. … c4 16. Nf1 Ne8 17. axb5 axb5 18. N3h2 +=
( 18. Ng3 g6 19. Nh2 Ng7 20. Rf1 Bd7?! 21. f4 Bh4 22. Qf3 f5 23. fxe5 dxe5 24. exf5 Bxg3 25. Qxg3 Nxf5 26. Qf2 Nb7 27. Ng4 h5 28. Ra6! hxg4 29. Rxg6+ Ng7 30. Rxg7+ and Black was mated in Nunn,J-Short,N/Brussels 1986, 1-0 )
18. … f5? 19. exf5 Bxf5 20. Bxf5 Rxf5 21. Be3 Rf8 22. Nf3 +/- Geller,E-Smyslov,V/Palma de Mallorca, 1970, 1-0 )

15. … axb5 16. b4 Nb7 17. Nf1 Bd7 18. Be3 Ra8 19. Qd2 Rfc8 20. Bd3 g6 21. Ng3 Bf8 22. Ra2 c4 23. Bb1 Qd8 24. Ba7 Ne8 25. Bc2 Nc7 26. Rea1 Qe7 27. Bb1 Be8 28. Ne2 Nd8 29. Nh2 Bg7 30. f4 f6 31. f5 g5 32. Bc2 Bf7 33. Ng3 Nb7 34. Bd1 h6 35. Bh5

250 with a dominating position for White in Karpov,A-Unzicker,W, Nice 1974


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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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Eight-way tie for first place in North American Open in Las Vegas

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The 23rd Annual North American Open was held on 26-30th December at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The event had 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250.

The Open Section was a 9-round Swiss event with 78 participants held over 5-days (December 26-30).

There was a huge tie for the first place as eight players finished the tournament with 6,5/9 points each. GM Giorgi Kacheishvili won the $300 bonus for the best tie-break score on the top of $2660 regular prize.

Open section final standings:

1-8. GM Giorgi Kacheishvili 2578 NY, GM Yi Wei 2604 CHN, GM Sergey Erenburg 2625 VA, GM Timur Gareev 2650 CA, GM Aleksandr Shimanov 2650 RUS, GM Varuzhan Akobian 2625 KS, GM Aleksandr Lenderman 2549 NY and IM Chen Wang 2503 CHN – 6.5 ($2660 each)
9-13. GM Sam Shankland 2602 CA, IM Joshua Ruiz 2391 COL, GM Enrico Sevillano 2485 GM, FM Razvan Preotu 2330 ON and IM Artiom Samsonkin 2413 ON – 6.0 etc

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Bally’s Casino Resort