Archive for December, 2013

Karpov vs Timman!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

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Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

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January 2014 FRL

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

FIDE publishes January 2014 FRL 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.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

World Youth Championship: The champions

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

It was a grueling tournament, and hard fought by all, from chess’s youngest competitors, to those coming of age. A couple of players had secured their places on the topmost step of their pantheon, but for most it was all down to the last round, when the players decided their fates. Garry Kasparov showed up to inspire the children, and FIDE issued a statement on the Israeli flag issue.

Noticias ChessBase

Working trip to UAE, Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013


FIDE President had a working trip to the UAE and held a meeting with Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development which was held in Abu Dhabi. The Parties discussed issues of mutual cooperation and noted that chess is now more promoted in the UAE. This is why it was decided to open a regional FIDE office in the Chess Palace in Sharjah and this decision was supported by the leader of the emirate. The traditional Dubai Open tournaments has now become the most important chess event in the country. However a special place in history has been taken by the World Youth Chess Championships 2013 in Al Ain, which gathered together a record number of participants – 1800 chess players from more than 100 countries of the world. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan with great delight accepted an invitation from Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to visit the closing ceremony of the event.




Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Brilliant endgame improvement

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

White to move and win. How should White proceed?

4k2r/5R1p/4K3/7p/8/8/8/8 w k – 0 1

Pogosiants, 1977

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

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Webster dominates, Texas Tech takes 5th

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Tech takes fifth in World Series of chess
Posted: December 30, 2013 – 7:36pm

Texas Tech will advance to the Final Four of College Chess, despite placing fifth in the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship.

Lubbock hosted the championship, dubbed the World Series of chess, at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center Friday, Dec. 27 through Monday, Dec. 30.

Tech coach Alex Onischuk said the team accomplished its main priority of advancing, but that the tournament as a whole was “not so easy.”

Webster University, led by former Tech coach Susan Polgar, placed twice in the top five — the “A” team took first, and the “B” team took fourth.

Since only one team from each school can advance to the final four, Tech’s No. 5 A team is eligible.

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

“They wanted to perform well, especially here,” he said of Polgar’s team. “We just look at the strongest team, and we prepare accordingly. Whether it’s Webster or NYU or some other university, it doesn’t matter.”

The A teams from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and the University of Illinois will also advance to the final four, placing second and third, respectively. Forty-two teams competed in the tournament from schools such as Yale University, Columbia University and the University of Texas at Dallas.

According to Al Lawrence, program director for Tech chess, the failure of UTD and the University of Texas at Brownsville to advance to the final four is a big upset in the world of chess.

“Three of the top programs in the country come from Texas — UTD, UTB and Texas Tech,” Lawrence said.

Teams from each school played four individual games for six rounds. Winning a game gave a school one point, drawing resulted in half a point, losing meant no points. To win a round, a school needed at least 2.5 points.

Initially, pairings were made randomly, but schools were matched according to skill level as the tournament progressed.

The final four will be held in April in New York, Lawrence said.


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Antonio wins rapid chess

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Grandmaster Rogelio Antonio Jr. ended the year with a bang by winning the National Rapid chess championship Sunday at the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) dining hall.

Fresh from his silver and bronze medal finish in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, Antonio finished the tournament with 7.5 points and pocketed the cash prize of P10,000.

Antonio also finished fourth behind champion Ronald Dableo in the blitz event.

Bitoon and untitled Jerard Docena tied at second with similar seven points but Bitoon took the honor based on higher tiebreak. They received P4,000 each plus chess equipment.

Jedara Docena ruled the women’s division with seven points. Enrica Villa was second on a higher tie break against Loraine Salinas after the two finished with identical 6.5 points.

Docena’s victory foiled Woman FIDE master Cherry Ann Mejia from winning back-to-back after the 18-year-old junior BS psychology student at La Salle earlier ruled the blitz. She landed fourth with six points.

“The big turnout of participants showed chess is getting popular in the country,” said GM and tournament director Jayson Gonzales.

Daryl Unix Samantila topped the kiddies division with nine points. Julius Gonzales finished second with 7.5 and Israelito Rilloraza third with 6.5 points. (Clyde Mariano)


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Rousing welcome after winning World Youth

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Saina Salonika gets a rousing welcome after her arrival in Odisha
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bhubaneswar: Saina Salonika gets a rousing welcome here on Monday, on her arrival after bagging World Youth Chess Championship under-10 title held at UAE on December 28. CM Naveen Patnaik congratulate Saina and wished her a bright future.

Saina’s achievement has made the State proud and she represents a new generation of Odia’s who strive hard to prove themselves in different fields, said Governor SC Jamir in his congratulatory massage and wished her a bright future.

It should be noted that in the 11th round, Saina forced to shear the points with WFM Asadi Motahara of IRI and scored nine points and topped the point table. Saina started the meet with 14th rank, she registered seven win, four draw and finished the meet at top. Altogether 140 players including nine girls from India participated in the ten-day-long meet which inaugurated on December 18.

In the international matches players are having equal potential. It is easy to make draw in the top boards, but if you want to win you have to things differently. I fought with all determination to convert the draw matches to win, said Saina Salonika. She is the second Odisha girls claimed this title. Earlier in 2008, WGM Padmini Rout bagged world championship title in U-14 category. Earlier, Saina bagged champion trophies in Asian School Chess Championship held at Colombo, Sri-lanka from 6th to 12th December 2010, Commonwealth Chess Championship 2012 in the Under-10 Girl category held at Chennai from 22nd November to 1st December.

In U-9 categories, she grabbed gold medals in Asian School Chess Championship 2012 and Asian School Blitz Chess Championship at Delhi. In the U-8 category she received bronze medal in the World Youth Chess Championship at Caldas Novas, Brazil from 17th to 27th November 2011. Among others her father Ganeswar Jena, coach SR Patnaik, Manoj Panigrahi, Subhasis Patnaik, assistant director of Sports and Youth Services Department Akhila Das and OSD Gyana Ranjan Parida were present. 


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40 Years Ago…

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

some future blogger won a chess tournament (1973 Winnipeg High School Chess Tournament) . How time flies !

From the Winnipeg Free Press, December 31, 1973

( I originally posted this 5 years ago, but decided to update it, because
a) It is the 40th anniversary
b) John Remillard has provided some long lost information
c) I am posting the games )

I was quite fortunate that the best player that year, Jeff Babb, was upset by Chris Cooley sometime in a middle round. Thus I didn’t have to play Jeff, and I beat Cooley in the 8th and final round. I scored 6.5 -1.5 (3 draws) and if I recall correctly I won the trophy on tiebreak over CooleyPaul O’Leary and Jeff Babb. I also seem to recall there were over 80 players (84 apparently from the clipping below).

According to my recopied scoresheets there were 3 rounds on each of the 27th and 28th, 2 rounds on the 29th. The draws were with the still active John Remillard and Richard Lindsay, and J. Bradford.
I do remember Eric Jefferson giving me a ride from Tec Voc to the Free Press (which was on Carlton then ) for the photos.

I have posted the games here.

I had been playing seriously for about 2 years – (of interest my scorebook shows that I just returned from the the Santa Claus Open in Hibbing, MN – I caught a ride with several other local players – more on that later) starting sometime in Grade 9 after getting tired of being the victim of Scholar’s Mate on the odd occasion that someone brought out the board.
I recall having studied Reuben Fine’s ‘Basic Chess Endings’, and playing over games from Keene’s ‘Flank Openings’.

John’s team from St. Paul’s had the highest team score – I don’t recall how the team score was determined, it may have been the total of the top 4 players.

 Below are the individual results (scores, tiebreak) – players from the same school did not play each other.
I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but hats off to the TD. It couldn’t have been easy doing the pairings.

Source: Chess Manitoba

Wojtaszek wins Zurich Christmas Open

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The 37th Zurich Christmas Open took place on 26-30th December at the Crowne Plaza Z?rich in Zurich, Switzerland.

The 7-round Master Tournament, for players rated over 2000, had 118 participants. Polish Grandmaster Radoslaw Wojtaszek took a clear first place with 6,0/7 points to claim the top prize of CHF 5000.

Wojtaszek signed an important last-round win against GM Ivan Popov, while the overnight co-leader Igor Kovalenko could not achieve more than a draw and remained on the shared 2nd place.

The General Tournament (U2050) with 229 participants was also held over 7 rounds of Swiss system. Martin Schweighoffer of Uster emerged sole winner with 6,5/7 points to take the top prize of CHF 1000.

The total prize money of both tournaments exceeded CHF 30,000.

The next tournament in Switzerland is Hilton Basel Chess Festival which is starting on 1st January 2014 in Basel.

Tournament website

Master Tournament final standings (top finishers):

1 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw POL 2711 – 6
2 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2643 – 5.5
3 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2648 – 5.5
4 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2648 – 5.5
5 GM Bogner Sebastian SUI 2558 – 5.5
6 GM Gallagher Joseph SUI 2495 – 5.5
7 GM Van Kampen Robin NED 2601 – 5
8 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2649 – 5
9 GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2698 – 5
10 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2669 – 5
11 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2554 – 5
12 GM Sengupta Deep IND 2570 – 5
13 GM Sebenik Matej SLO 2496 – 5
14 GM Turner Matthew J SCO 2509 – 5
15 GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2581 – 5
16 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2422 – 5
17 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2542 – 5
18 GM Bauer Christian FRA 2630 – 4.5
19 GM Popov Ivan RUS 2644 – 4.5
20 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2572 – 4.5
21 GM Pelletier Yannick SUI 2576 – 4.5
22 WGM Bartel Marta POL 2306 – 4.5
23 IM Mozharov Mikhail RUS 2535 – 4.5
24 FM Gloor Roger SUI 2335 – 4.5
25 WGM Doluhanova Evgeniya UKR 2350 – 4.5
26 Turci Stefano ITA 2219 – 4.5
27 Kaczmarczyk Dennis GER 2361 – 4.5
28 GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2553 – 4.5
29 WGM Schneider Veronika HUN 2273 – 4.5
30 GM Pikula Dejan SRB 2499 – 4.5

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