Archive for February, 2014

Mediterranean Flower Chess 2014 LIVE!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The 14th International Chess Festival Mediterranean Flower will take place from 2nd to 8th March at the Chess Club Rijeka in Rijeka, Croatia.

The 10-players round robin event is organized by the Chess Club Draga.

The last year winner IM Eva Repkova had to cancel the participation for personal reasons, but the organizers have securred the presence of Romanian reigning champion IM Cristina-Adela Foisor.

Participants:
IM Foisor Cristina-Adela ROU 2367, WGM Nikolova Adriana BUL 2293, WGM Videnova Iva BUL 2264, WGM Medic Mirjana CRO 2227, WFM Purgar Ivona CRO 2111, WIM Berke Ana CRO 2097, WFM Novak Ksenija SLO 2082, Jacimovic Sara BIH 2017, Ljikar Tamara CRO 1887, Kukic Lora CRO 1882

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Cappelle La Grande 2014 LIVE!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The 30th International Cappelle La Grande is going to take place 1st-8th March, 2014. With more than 150(!) titled players, it will be one of the most significant opens of the year. Top seeded is the 2700 club member GM Ding Liren. His main opponents for the first position will be GMs Viktor Erdos, Eduardo Iturrizaga, Parimarjan Negi, Andrey Sumets, Abhijeet Gupta, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Martyn Kravtsiv, Chanda Sandipan, Alexandr Fier, etc.

Games will be daily live on Chessdom Arena with analysis by the top 3 engines from TCEC – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

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Belgrade WGM chess tournament 2014 LIVE!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The 46th Belgrade WGM chess tournament, dedicated to 8th of March, will take place 01-08 March, 2014. A total of ten players will play a single round robin. Participants are IM Sabrina Vega Gutierrez, WIM Marija Rakic, WGM Andjelija Stojanovic, WIM Belinda Vega Gutierrez, WGM Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska, WGM Irina Chelushkina, WFM Mila Zarkovic, Adela Velikic, WIM Jovana Eric, and IM Svetlana Petrenko.

Games will be daily on Chessdom with triple engine analysis by Houdini, Komodo, and Stockfish, the top engines of TCEC Season 6 competition

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Reykjavik Chess Open 2014 LIVE!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The traditional Reykjavik Open is back with the 2014 edition, that will take place 4th-12th of March. Top seeded is GM Arkadij Naiditsch, and his main competitors are GM Li Chao B, GM Ferenc Berkes, GM Richard Rapport, GM Amin Bassem, GM Erwin L’Ami, GM Gawain Jones, GM Mikhail Kobalia, GM Grzegorz Gajewski, GM Eduardas Rozentalis, GM Robin Van Kampen, GM Nils Grandelius, GM Alejandro Ramirez, GM Eric Hansen, GM Hannes Stefansson, etc.

Expect daily reports on the main pages of Chessdom.com and Chessdom.ru, as well as live games analysis via Chessdom Arena

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Georgian Women’s Championship LIVE!

Friday, February 28th, 2014
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Carlsen with record at the March FIDE rating list, increases distance ahead of competitors

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Official FIDE logoMagnus Carlsen is first on the March FIDE rating list. With 2881 ELO, the World Chess Champion achieves a new historical highest rating, breaking his own previous record of 2872.

At second position is the top seeded player of the Candidates Tournament 2014, Levon Aronian. He gained 4 points to climb to 2830 ELO. With Magnus gaining 11, the distance between the two players increased to 51 points, despite their draw in Zurich Chess 2014.

At positions 3 and 4 are two more participants in the Candidates tournament – Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov. They were inactive during the month of February and maintained their ratings of 2787 and 2785 respectively.

Fabiano Caruana is fifth, gaining two ELO points from his participation in Zurich. Top 10 is completed by Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin, and the first time top 10 entrant Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. His beautiful games in Gibraltar 2014 gave him the needed push to be the 10th highest rated player on the March FIDE rating list.

A notable rising star is Denis Khismatullin who gained 16 points, he highest gain in the period, and joined the 2700 club.

March FIDE rating list

1  Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2881
2  Aronian, Levon  ARM 2830
3  Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2787
4  Topalov, Veselin  BUL 2785
5  Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2783
6  Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2777
7  Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2772
8  Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2770
9  Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2766
10  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  FRA 2758
11  Svidler, Peter  RUS 2758
12  Dominguez Perez, Leinier  CUB 2757
13  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE 2757
14  Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2753
15  Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2753
16  Adams, Michael  ENG 2751
17  Vitiugov, Nikita  RUS 2747
18  Giri, Anish  NED 2745
19  Bacrot, Etienne  FRA 2739
20  So, Wesley  PHI 2738
21  Wang, Hao  CHN 2734
22  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  RUS 2732
23  Leko, Peter  HUN 2730
24  Eljanov, Pavel  UKR 2723
25  Jakovenko, Dmitry  RUS 2723
26  Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2722
27  Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR 2721
28  Korobov, Anton  UKR 2719
29  Ding, Liren  CHN 2717
30  Malakhov, Vladimir  RUS 2717
31  Wang, Yue  CHN 2717
32  Jobava, Baadur  GEO 2716
33  Harikrishna, P.  IND 2714
34  Khismatullin, Denis  RUS 2714
35  Shirov, Alexei  LAT 2713
36  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw  POL 2713
37  Radjabov, Teimour  AZE 2713
38  Moiseenko, Alexander  UKR 2712
39  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  RUS 2711
40  Kamsky, Gata  USA 2709
41  Fressinet, Laurent  FRA 2709
42  Andreikin, Dmitry  RUS 2709
43  Le, Quang Liem  VIE 2709
44  Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER 2706
45  Kryvoruchko, Yuriy  UKR 2706
46  Rublevsky, Sergei  RUS 2706
47  Areshchenko, Alexander  UKR 2705
48  Almasi, Zoltan  HUN 2704
49  Li, Chao b  CHN 2700
50  Navara, David  CZE 2700
51  Bu, Xiangzhi  CHN 2699
52  Inarkiev, Ernesto  RUS 2698
53  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  ESP 2697
54  Matlakov, Maxim  RUS 2695
55  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  ROU 2695
56  Polgar, Judit  HUN 2693
57  Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS 2692
58  Rodshtein, Maxim  ISR 2691
59  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  UZB 2690
60  Riazantsev, Alexander  RUS 2689
61  Berkes, Ferenc  HUN 2687
62  Van Wely, Loek  NED 2684
63  McShane, Luke J  ENG 2683
64  Akopian, Vladimir  ARM 2682
65  Rapport, Richard  HUN 2681
66  Cheparinov, Ivan  BUL 2681
67  Laznicka, Viktor  CZE 2681
68  Granda Zuniga, Julio E  PER 2680
69  Dreev, Aleksey  RUS 2679
70  Onischuk, Alexander  USA 2679
71  Bruzon Batista, Lazaro  CUB 2678
72  Movsesian, Sergei  ARM 2678
73  Sargissian, Gabriel  ARM 2676
74  Sasikiran, Krishnan  IND 2676
75  Grachev, Boris  RUS 2675
76  Short, Nigel D  ENG 2674
77  Volokitin, Andrei  UKR 2674
78  Istratescu, Andrei  FRA 2672
79  Zhigalko, Sergei  BLR 2671
80  Edouard, Romain  FRA 2670
81  Yu, Yangyi  CHN 2664
82  Bartel, Mateusz  POL 2662
83  Saric, Ivan  CRO 2661
84  Mamedov, Rauf  AZE 2660
85  Ni, Hua  CHN 2658
86  Khairullin, Ildar  RUS 2657
87  Efimenko, Zahar  UKR 2657
88  Amin, Bassem  EGY 2657
89  Motylev, Alexander  RUS 2656
90  Safarli, Eltaj  AZE 2656
91  Gharamian, Tigran  FRA 2655
92  Lysyj, Igor  RUS 2655
93  Socko, Bartosz  POL 2654
94  Lenic, Luka  SLO 2654
95  Erdos, Viktor  HUN 2654
96  Sjugirov, Sanan  RUS 2653
97  Nielsen, Peter Heine  DEN 2653
98  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  RUS 2653
99  Sutovsky, Emil  ISR 2652
100  Tiviakov, Sergei  NED 2651
101  Balogh, Csaba  HUN 2651
102  Jones, Gawain C B  ENG 2651

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March 2014 FRL

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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FIDE publishes March 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

FIDE President in Nicaragua

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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On February 25-26 the FIDE President arrived on a working visit to Nicaragua where he met with the President of NOC Emmett Lang Salmeron. President Ilyumzhinov told about FIDE’s activities, its main objectives and programmes and the efforts that the FIDE is undertaking to become a part of the Olympic family, he addressed to Mr. Salmeron to support this endeavor. Mr. Emmett Salmeron, who is the Head of the Olympic National Committees of Central America, promised not only to support this idea but also he intends to discuss this issue at the forthcoming meeting with the IOC President Mr. Thomas Bach. At the meeting also present were Mr. Jorge Vega, Continental President for Americas, Guy Jose Bendana-Guerrero, President of Nicaragua CF, Berik Balgabaev, FIDE President’s Assistant, Victor Popovich and Ilya Nesterov, officials of the Russian Embassy in Managua. The meeting was followed by the press conference.

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After NOC the FIDE President visited the Chess Academy, named after him, where he met with the leadership of Nicaragua CF. The Presidents played chess before having a long and detailed discussion on how to overcome the problems of chess development in Nicaragua, cooperation between FIDE and the country’s national federation.

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Mr. Bendana-Guerrero also suggested to introduce a new title – National Master. He believes that it will help to raise the interest to the game in poor chess developed countries. A more detailed suggestion will be sent to FIDE office for its consideration at the PB meeting.

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In Managua President Ilyumzhinov also met with the Russian Ambassador to Nicaragua Mr. Nikolai Vladimir, President of Costa Rica CF Mr. Mauricio Castro, and Vice President of Panama CF Mr. Jose Carrillo.
Also the FIDE President met with the Executive Director of the Sport Institute of Nicaragua Mr. Marlon Torres. President Ilyumzhinov informed on his meetings with Presidents of NOC and chess federation of Nicaragua, and the Russian Ambassador to Nicaragua Mr. Nikolai Vladimir.

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In particular at the meeting was also discussed the idea of Russian Ambassador to review the possibility of making Nicaragua a regional center for retraining the Arbiters and Trainers, and sending the student for studying at the Russian State Academy of Physical Culture. Another important issue discussed by both sides was the CiS programme. The head of Nicaraguan sport is ready to render assistance in this matter.

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

10 second chess tactic

Friday, February 28th, 2014


White to move. How should white proceed?

Source: ChessToday.net

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Chess Prodigies – A Look At The Phenomenon

Friday, February 28th, 2014


By Chess Coach William Stewart (FIDE 2234, USCF 2256)
Will’s original article on chess prodigies available here.

Why are some kids so good at chess? How do some chess prodigies that are barely 8,7 or even 6 years old manage to play chess at a master level with little formal chess coaching? How have they managed to accelerate their intellectual development in this specific field at such an exceptional rate? How can we learn from these prodigies and their secrets that we can use to teach better chess to all children? It is difficult to determine exactly which cultural, biological, and/or environmental factor plays the greatest role in this phenomenon.

Samuel Reshevsky, Bobby Fischer & More …


 
8 yr-old Reshevsky dominates simul

In the early 20th century, Samuel Reshevsky began dominating simultaneous exhibitions against experienced masters before he turned 10. In 1958, Bobby Fischer won the US Championship when he was only 14. Yet these achievements have been overshadowed by the increasing number of child prodigies who are becoming the dominant force in the changing face of modern chess. The term chess prodigy traditionally referred to a young master who was competing on equal footing with experienced professionals, however in the 21st century a true prodigy must be a junior that is capable of competing for the World Championship in the near future.

Natural Intelligence or Cultural/Environmental Factors (A look at the Polgar sisters)



Human’s haven’t evolved too much in the last 100 years so we must look to cultural and environmental factors to explain this type of elite specialization. Well before having children, Laszlo Polgar wrote Bring Up Genius! where he explained “Genius equals work and fortunate circumstances” and “Geniuses are made, not born”. Laszlo went on to prove his theory by raising three exceptional female chess players – Susan Polgar achieved the GM title at 21, Judit Polgar at 15, and sister Sofia is a strong IM. While Laszlo certainly maintains an above-average IQ, biological predisposition alone cannot explain these results. The Polgar sisters developed their impressive chess skills in a favorable environment conducive to very diligent, hard work.

Lots of Tutoring or Naturally Gifted? – The 10,000 Hour Rule

The article Developing Young Chess Masters: What are the Best Moves? by Kiewra & O’Connor presents a detailed study confirming hard work and a positive environment are necessary requisites to create genius in chess. Referring to young chess masters, they state “These youngsters, on average, practiced chess about 20 hours per week for eight years before attaining master status. Even if they were born with incredible gifts, it still required about 8,000 practice hours to realize those gifts.” That doesn’t quite meet the criteria for Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 Hour Rule”, however this estimate certainly comes close. Practice alone is not enough, it must occur in a favorable environment to achieve optimal results. The article also discusses the financial investment parents make “Most spend about $5,000 – $10,000 annually on lessons, tournament registrations, travel, and materials.” While it is not 100% mandatory for success, nearly all rising chess masters had been working with titled players for multiple years prior to exemplary achievement.

Effect of Technology on Chess Prodigies
While improvements in genius creation techniques have raised the global Prodigy Per Capita (PPC?!) rate and parents have become more financially and emotionally supportive of their rising stars, there is one more significant factor in this equation – technology. Google Translate wasn’t available in the 50s and 60s, so Fischer taught himself how to read Russian so that he could study recently published games and annotations in Russian chess magazines. Not only does Chessbase 11 with the Mega Update maintain a database of nearly 5 million games, you can use 4 different and highly powerful chess engines (simultaneously!) to analyze technical perfection. The invention of the internet and relevant technologies have made information sharing immediate, and the development of young chess players has been exponentially impacted.

No Substitute For Hard Work

There are a plethora of contributing factors to the development of chess genius at a comparatively young age – and that “young age” is decreasing daily. Biological predisposition and technology have definitely accelerated the learning curve, however an intensively favorable environment yields the most effective results. The true secret to success is theoretically simple yet operationally difficult: Long Hours of Hard Work.

For the Original Article on Chess Prodigies please visit William’s Website

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