Archive for April, 2014

Sharp eye chess tactic

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014



Black to move. How should black proceed?

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Major initiative for Women’s Chess (Asia)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


On behalf of the FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM), it is my pleasure to announce a new world class initiative to promote and further women’s chess. It is co-sponsored by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, WOM, Webster University, and the Susan Polgar Foundation.

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7595-new-initiative-between-fide-and-wom.html

As part of this “Chess for Girls” project, there will be two events this summer. The first one will take place at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland, June 22 -29, followed by a second one in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, July 1-8.

The schedule for the “Chess for Girls Asia” event in Ho Chi Minh City:

July 1 Arrival Day
July 2-5 Training sessions
July 6-7 Rapid competition
July 7 Closing ceremony at 5pm
July 8 Departure

Housing (based on double occupancy with another participant) and meals will be complimentary for all invited participants in a four star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Meals will be provided starting with dinner on July 1st and end with lunch on July 8th.

Parents (or other accompanying persons) may join, but will have to pay for their own expenses. That cost will be $100/day for the hotel + 3 meals, a total of $700 for the week.

Ten of the top young talents from around the world are invited for each of the two events. For the event in Ho Chi Minh City, only top girls from Asia will be invited, based on the April 2014 Top Girls’ rating list, with the restriction that only one player per federation is invited (other than the host federation).

Also a nominee from the host federations plus a “wild card” participant will be invited.

The idea is to raise the playing level of the elite young female talent. First, a four-day training session will take place with former World Champion Susan Polgar (and her team), followed by a 2-day round-robin competition in Rapid Chess G/15 10.

Prizes:

1st 2,000 EUR
2nd 1,250 EUR
3rd 750 EUR
4th 500 EUR
5th 400 EUR
6th 300 EUR
7th 250 EUR
200 EUR each for the remaining participants

The 10 invitees are:

Guo CHN 2452
Abdumalik KAZ 2379
Padmini IND 2354
Medina INA 2332
Nguyen VIE 2312
Khademalsharieh IRI 2292
Enkhtuul MON 2260
Camacho PHI 2214
Kurbonboeva UZB 2195
Atabayeva TKM 2074

Invitees need to confirm their participation by May 15.

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Major initiative for Women’s Chess (Europe)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

On behalf of the FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM), it is my pleasure to announce a new world class initiative to promote and further women’s chess. It is co-sponsored by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, WOM, Webster University, and the Susan Polgar Foundation.

http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7595-new-initiative-between-fide-and-wom.html

As part of this “Chess for Girls” project, there will be two events this summer. The first one will take place at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland, June 22 -29, followed by a second one in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam July 1-8.

The schedule for the Geneva “Chess for Girls Europe” event will be:

June 22 Arrival Day
June 23 – 26 Training sessions
June 27-28 Rapid competition
June 28 Closing Ceremony 5pm
June 29 Departure

Housing (based on double occupancy with another participant) and meals will be complimentary for all invited participants at Webster University’s campus in Geneva. Meals will be provided starting with dinner on the 22nd and end with lunch on the 29th.

Parents (or other accompanying persons) may join (and share room with their daughters), but will have to pay for their own expenses. That cost will be: Sfr 120 (or about 100 EUR)/day including 3 meals a day, a total of about 700 EUR for the week.

Ten of the top young talents from around the world are invited for each of the two events. For the event in Geneva, only top girls from Europe will be invited, based on the April 2014 Top Girls’ rating list, with the restriction that only one player per federation is invited (other than the host federation).

Also a nominee from the host federations plus a “wild card” participant will be invited.

The idea is to raise the playing level of the elite young female talent. First, a four-day training session will take place with former World Champion Susan Polgar (and her team), followed by a 2-day round-robin competition in Rapid Chess G/15 10.

Prizes:

1st 2,000 EUR
2nd 1,250 EUR
3rd 750 EUR
4th 500 EUR
5th 400 EUR
6th 300 EUR
7th 250 EUR
200 EUR each for the remaining participants

The invitees are:

Goryachkina RUS 2423
Ziaziulkina BLR 2407
Arabidze GEO 2406
Shvayger ISR 2330
Schut NED 2313
Baciu MDA 2294
Brunello ITA 2281
Aranaz ESP 2279
Foisor ROU 2274
Osmanodia GER 2269

Invitees need to confirm their participation by May 15.

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Stockfish wins another Stage of TCEC – Season 6, Rybka is out of competition

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

stockfishStockfish 4, modification 080414 wins another Stage of the strongest computer competition TCEC – Season 6

Top seeded engine has 21/27 points after the penultimate round of Thoresen Chess Engines Competition Season 6 – Stage 3, leaving the next contender Komodo 1217 full 3 points behind.

Komodo 1217 is second with 18/27, while Houdini 4 is third with 17.5/27 and they move on to the next Stage with certainty.

The battle for the fourth place is bitter. Only the top 4 will move on to Stage 4, where the engines will play a hexadeca round robin and the openings will be chosen randomly per pair so that each engine will play both sides of the same opening against each other.

Critter 1.6a, Gull A228 and Fire 3.1 will be fighting for only one place. Stay tuned to the last round and figure out who will be the one to take the key fourth spot.

Rybka 4.1 and Shredded 12 will be out of TCEC for the current Season, because their points are not enough to continue to Stage 4.

TCEC Stage 3 final games/ Replay the games in the Archive mode

Standings after 27 rounds:

1 Stockfish 080414 (3135) 21.0
2 Komodo 1217 (3133) 18.0
3 Houdini 4 (3132) 17.5
4 Critter 1.6a (3031) 12.5
5 Gull A228 (3021) 12.5
6 Fire 3.1 (3096) 12.0
7 Rybka 4.1 (3087) 10.5
8 Shredder 12 (2921) 4.0

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4th Dhamso International Chess Festival 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


The 4th edition of Dhamso International Chess Festival is taking place from 29th April to 5th May, 2014 at Thomas De Silva Memorial Auditorium, Dharmasoka College, in Ambalandoga, a coastal town of Sri Lanka, famous for its ancient devil masks and devil dancers.

The tournament is organized by The Old Boys’ Chess Association of Dharmasoka College, Ambalandoga, in collaboration with Sri Lanka Chess Federation and FIDE with a 9-round Swiss format and a total prize of nearly Rs 400,000 – in cash awards.

Follow the live games with analysis

For more information, visit the official website.

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World Senior Team Chess Championship 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


The FIDE World Senior Team Chess Championship 2014 is scheduled to take place on 12-22nd July at the Vilnius Town Hall, Did?ioji g. 31, LT-01128 Vilnius, Lithuania.

The Championship will consist of three sections:


- Section 1: Open tournament for teams with players 50+ (no restriction);
- Section 2: Open tournament for teams with players 65+; (if less than 10 teams are registered for this section, they will be merged into Section 1 with separate ranking and prizes); Women players may play in the open tournaments;
- Section 3: Tournament for women’s teams with players 50+; (if less than 8 women’s teams are registered for Section 3, they will be merged into Section 2 (or Section 1) with separate ranking and prizes).

The tournament format is 9-round Swiss system with the time control 90 min/40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 seconds for each move from the first move.

Each team will consist of 5 players (4 boards + 1 optional reserve). Players are eligible provided they are aged 50 (65) by 31 December.

All members of the team have to be from the same national federation. The tournament will be open for any number of teams from the same national federation.

The total prize fund is 7000 EUR (if games are played in all Sections). The prize fund may be increased if more than 40 teams register for the tournament.

- Section 1: Open tournament for teams with players 50+ (no restriction)
1st prize gold medals 1300 EUR per team
2nd prize silver medals 900 EUR per team
3rd prize bronze medals 700 EUR per team
4th prize diplomas 600 EUR per team
5th prize diplomas 500 EUR per team
The prize fund will be available if there are at least 10 teams

- Section 2: Open tournament for teams with players 65+
1st prize gold medals 700 EUR per team
2nd prize silver medals 500 EUR per team
3rd prize bronze medals 300 EUR per team
The prize fund will be available if there are at least 4 teams

- Section 3: Tournament for women’s teams with players 50+
1st prize gold medals 700 EUR per team
2nd prize silver medals 500 EUR per team
3rd prize bronze medals 300 EUR per team
The prize fund will be available if there are at least 4 teams

The chief arbiter is IA Almog Burstein.

Social programme: Social programme will be organized for all participants and guests according to their request. Registration for sightseeing tours and other social events will be available before the beginning of each round.

Information: For more information contact the organizer by the following email registration@kaunaschess.org or by telephone +370 620 68487 (in Lithuanian, English, or Russian).

Official website
www.vilnius2014.com

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Magnus wins Gashimov Memorial, Caruana second

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


http://www.shamkirchess.az

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New Poll – How Do You Prefer to Study Chess?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Since I am always curious about how other players study the game in this day and age, I created a new poll to vote on this. Please leave a comment if your answer is not among the options!

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Source: chessblogger

Carlsen Beats Caruana in Final Round, Wins Shamkir Chess 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

On Wednesday Magnus Carlsen won the first edition of the Shamkir Chess tournament in Azerbaijan. In the last round the world champion defeated Fabiano Caruana with the white pieces to finish clear first, with a score of 6.5/9. Serge…

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The importance of College Chess

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


Paul Truong, coach of the Webster chess team and Director of Marketing & PR for SPICE, just made the following statement regarding the recent big surge in interest in College Chess. Due to space limitation, he decided to have it posted here and provided a link for readers of the Washington Post and FOX Sports:

First of all, kudos to Mike Rosenwald, the author of this article, and Louis Ojeda, Jr., author of this article for covering a very interesting issue.

Secondly, I would like to correct a few big misconceptions about College Chess, budgets, and recruiting, etc.

As I have pointed out to Mike in an email, the secret of building a national championship team has little to do with an arms race. As a Head Coach, Susan Polgar has led her teams to four consecutive Final Four Championship wins. The first victory came as her team was the Cinderella team, with the smallest budget, and by far the lowest ranked team. No team had ever won the Final Four being the bottom seed until her team did it in April 2011.

So how did they win? Hard work, team work, good strategy, and good coaching! She knows how to coach and how to motivate her players. Her players respect her and they will always fight hard for her.

She is labeled as the most controversial chess coach. Why? Because she sets very high standards for her students, and constantly challenges them to achieve these goals! She demands that her student players focus on their school work. The average GPA of the national championship team is around 3.6 or 3.7, with multiple players with 4.0. She insists that they work out physically to stay in shape and enhance stamina. Many members of her team do CrossFit, and all of them pay attention to fitness. She also asks her players to volunteer in the community, conduct themselves professionally on and off the board, respect one another, stay out of trouble, and be productive global citizens. Some think that is too much to ask. She disagrees.

Today, many universities have world class coaches such as Onischuk, Macieja, Yermolinsky, Milovanovic, etc. Being the only female coach in a division I men’s chess team (and perhaps in any men’s division I sports), Susan has to work much harder to prove that she belongs on the elite level. She hopes to pave the way for other women in sports. Therefore, she knows that her every move will be severely scrutinized by doubters and sexist individuals. Being a pioneer is never an easy task.

As for the size of the budgets and scholarships, this is another major misconception. For an example, as the author has pointed out, UMBC provides full tuition and a $15,000-a-year food and housing stipend for their fellows. That is quite a bit more than Webster and there is no way we can match that. The size of chess teams from UT Dallas, Texas Tech, and UT Brownsville, etc. are all bigger than Webster. Webster provides academic and need-based scholarships. Members of the chess team qualify for these types of scholarships just as any other students.

To compare budgets between various chess programs is like apples and oranges. Some programs count office space, utilities, office supplies, and other various miscellaneous expenditures as a part of their budgets while others do not. Some programs are under various Deans / Provosts. Therefore, some of their budgets are a part of another department. As the famous saying by Mark Twain: “There are lies, damned lies and statistics.”

Another completely false narrative is the reason why Webster University chess team is ranked #1 in the country and won the last two Final Four is because all members of her Texas Tech team left with her. This is completely false and can easily be debunked. The clear fact is 4 of the 5 top members of the Webster University National Championship team were freshmen (Grandmasters Wesley So of the Philippines, Ray Robson of the US, Manuel Leon Hoyos of Mexico, and Fidel Corrales of Cuba). This year, grandmaster Le Quang Liem of Vietnam also came to Webster as a freshman. Only 1 of the top 5 players transferred from Texas Tech was a sophomore after spending one year there.

These top level players were heavily recruited by other universities, including many of our rivals. So why did they choose to come to Webster? They did not choose Webster because of better scholarships. This is demonstratively false. These players chose Webster because of the reputation of the coach, just like Nick Saban of Alabama football or Mike Mike Krzyzewski of Duke basketball. These players want to learn and play for the best. Simple as that! None of them has ever heard of Webster until the chess program was announced.

Two of her players won world titles last year. Le Quang Liem became the World Blitz Champion and Wesley So won the World University Championship. 3 of her players qualified for the World Cup. 8 of her players are Olympians from 8 different countries. This is unprecedented. When Wesley So came to Webster University in August 2012, he was ranked 99 in the world. After a little more than a year training with Susan, he shot up to #18, while winning 11 big events in span of around 8 months. This is why there is a long list of students wanting to train with the Head Coach of Webster.

So what is the bottom line? Webster University is a small global private tier one university in St. Louis with students from all 50 states and 148 countries around the world. They offer excellent education but they do not have the billions of endowment as some other big universities. They obviously could not match the financial numbers of other giant schools. But the top administrators at Webster University, President Stroble and Provost Schuster made a compelling pitch to why Susan Polgar and her SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) program should relocate to Webster in the Summer of 2012. They understood the value which a top level chess program can bring to any institution in major publicity, image building, and recruiting, etc. They also understood the importance of chess in education and in the global market. Susan agreed. That is why she picked Webster over others, and for less money.

A few weeks ago, Susan co-taught a credit course at Webster with Professor O’Bannon: SPICE’ing up Business Strategy with Chess. It was a huge success with big turnout. She is working with several Deans and Professors to incorporate chess into various grad/undergrad courses. This is just the beginning of the new revolution, chess in higher education and the real business world.

In my humble opinion, winning national championships is great but it is a secondary thing. Giving young deserving students a great education, on and off the chess board, and building characters, are much more important. And this is what Webster University and SPICE is all about!

Paul Truong
Director of Marketing & PR
Coach of the Chess Team
Webster University

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