Archive for July, 2014

Anogia Open 2014 LIVE!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

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Difficult Brain Teaser

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Can you find the right continuation for White?


Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

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Howell and Hawkins tie for 1st at British Championship

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Full standings here:

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

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Chess included as 1 of 7 biggest sports disaster

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Seven sporting disasters
After Brazil’s calamitous World Cup ‘choke’, Jamie Farmer had a go at compiling a list of some other sporting disasters…
Jamie Farmer on Wednesday 30th July 2014

Unless you have been living in a cave you probably heard about that World Cup Semi-Final, you know the one – the most catastrophic World Cup defeat in the history of the competition. Brazil (5 times world champions) were trounced 7-1 in Belo Horizonte by a German team described by leading world experts (aka the BBC’s Match of the Day team) as “a ruthless well oiled machine”. Some described it as a “national humiliation”, others an “unfortunate game of football”. Within seconds of the game ending there were memes, tweets and posts mocking what had been a disaster for Brazilian football. Reports of Christ the Redeemer shaking his fists in rage were unconfirmed.

So that got Cherwell Sport to thinking; was this really the most embarrassing sporting defeat ever? Or have there been worse disasters? In our infinite wisdom, through meticulous research and debate, we have compiled a list of some of the most embarrassing sporting shocks.

1. Lindsey Jacobellis, Winter Olympics 2006.

The name may not be familiar. The incident probably is. Lindsey was cruising the final of the snowboard cross at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, with a 3 second, 47 meter lead over her opponent. The US competitor, in approaching the second jump decided to indulge in a bit of showboating. Attempting a celebratory “method grab” Lindsey managed to unbalance herself and fall, letting her opponent pass her, which meant she had to settle for a silver medal. Embarrassing? Yes. A national humiliation? You decide.

2. Rafael Nadal v Lukas Rosol/ Steve Darcis, Wimbledon 2012 & 2013

Tennis stars frequently lose. With 4 grand slams, a WTP championships and sometimes a bonus Olympic Games to play for, it is truly rare to find someone who wins everything each year. But nobody seems to know how to slip up quite as well as Rafael Nadal. In 2012, Nadal lost to someone who had not advanced beyond the first qualifying round of Wimbledon in 5 years. Lukas Rosol, ranked 100 in the world, dispatched the 14 time grand slam champion in a five set thriller. Reports that tendinitis had affected Nadal’s performance were unconfirmed (although the injury did make him pull out of the London Olympics later that summer). One year later he repeated the feat by losing in the 2013 version of Wimbledon to No 135 Steve Darcis, but this time in straight sets.

3. England v Australia, 2013-14 Ashes series

2013-14 was an odd time for English cricket. Managing to become the number one test team in the world in 2011 and having beaten Australia in the summer of 2013 3-0 at home, everyone was looking forward to another classic winter series. The Aussies had failed to win the ashes since 2007. What followed was not ideal. England lost the series 5-0, only the third Ashes clean sweep in history. The aftermath of the series saw a revamp of the England team – Swann retired, Pietersen was forced out- and now England have dropped to 5th in the world test rankings.

4. Garry Kasparov v Deep Blue, 1997

For those of you who are frightened of a post-apocalyptic society run by robots – this must have seemed like a bit of a watershed moment. Garry Kasparov was the world champion of chess, Deep Blue a supercomputer designed by boffins at IBM. A first game was played in Philedelphia in 1996 which Kasperov won 4-2. In a rematch the next year the computer won 3.5-2.5 although the game was tainted by Kasperov’s claim that the computer cheated. To the amazement of all Kasperov, considered the greatest chess player of all time, had lost to a machine.

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Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

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GM Nakamura, GM So to square off in epic Death Match 28

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Fans of blitz chess, hold on to your hats. The highest-rated Death Match in history is coming to
World number-five GM Hikaru Nakamura and world number-12 GM Wesley So will meet in October’s Death Match 28.
The Death Match will air l…

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Bachmann, nuevo campe?n tras empatar con Korneev

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

El paraguayo Axel Bachmann se adjudic? el V Campeonato Iberoamericano que se ha disputado en Linares tras empatar en la novena jornada con el espa?ol de origen ruso Oleg Korneev en 31 movimientos. Leer

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Howell and Hawkins share first place in British Championship 2014

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
David Howell

GM David Howell

The British Individual Chess Championship 2014 took place from 19-30th July at the Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.

The event was an 11-round Swiss Open, including 59 participants.

GM David Howell and IM Jonathan Hawkins share first place on 8,5 points each. Hawkins was undefeated throughout the whole tournament, however Howell prevailed on superior tie-break score and took the gold.

Third place was shared in a six-way tie by GM Nicholas Pert, GM Mark Hebden, GM John Emms, GM Keith Arkel, IM Richard Pert and Ravi Haria on 7,5/11 points each.

Official website / Replay the games with analysis

Top standings after 11 rounds:

1 GM Howell David W L 4NCL Wood Green 8.5 ENG M 2650
2 IM Hawkins, Jonathan Consett 8.5 ENG M 2516 2621
3 GM Pert, Nicholas Sandhurst 7.5 ENG M 2564
4 GM Hebden, Mark L 4NCL Guildford 7.5 ENG M 2554
5 GM Emms, John M 4NCL Wood Green 7.5 ENG M 2456
6 GM Arkell, Keith C Stourbridge 7.5 ENG M 2433
7 IM Pert, Richard G Wood Green 7.5 ENG M 2430
8 Haria, Ravi Haberdashers 7.5 ENG M 2202
9 IM Fernandez, Daniel Howard 7.0 SIN M 2396
10 FM Storey, Charles H Jesmond 7.0 ENG M 2241
11 IM Zhou, Yang-Fan 4NCL Guildford 6.5 ENG M 2475
12 GM Williams, Simon K Drunken Knights 6.5 ENG M 2462
13 GM Ward, Chris G 4NCL Wood Green 6.5 ENG M 2422
14 FM Tan, Justin Woodbridge Scho 6.5 AUS M 2375
15 FM Jackson, James P ChessMates 6.5 ENG M 2320
16 Harvey, Marcus R Witney 6.5 ENG M 2287
17 FM Lewis, Andrew P Ilford 6.5 ENG M 2286
18 Kett, Tim North Cardiff 6.5 WLS M 2270
19 Fernandez, Michael Marple 6.5 ENG M 2029 etc


Tromso Chess Olympiad – Need To Know

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Tromso 2014 logoThe organizing committee of the Tromso Chess Olympiad has issued a brochure with the basic information that visitors need to know before and on arrival.


We strongly recommend exchange of Euro and U.S. dollars to Norwegian currency (NOK) prior to departure – or at Norway’s international airport, Gardermoen.

On arrival in Troms? there will be limited opportunities for currency exchange. The only place that to exchange foreign currency to NOK in Troms? is the main post office (Posten). Please note that the post office only accepts Euro and U.S. dollars.


In spite of its location so far north, Troms? enjoys a moderate oceanic climate. From May 20 to July 22, the city is graced by the Midnight Sun and daylight around the clock. It then gets gradually darker every night – but you will still get to experience those bright summer nights in August.

Arrival at Oslo Airport

A Chess Olympiad crew will welcome and guide you at Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Please remember to pick up your luggage for custom clearance, and check in again for Troms? (TOS).

Our team will show you where to go. They will meet you outside the custom clearance area, so you will find them after you have picked up your luggage.

Arrival at Troms? Airport

On arrival at Troms? Airport all participants will be welcomed and guided by our friendly local hosts. The Chess Olympiad will also have an Information stand in the arrival area, which will provide help with practical questions.
Furthermore, we offer free shuttle bus service from the airport to all accommodation venues. We will guide you about which bus to take and give you a complete bus schedule for the Olympiad.

Lost or delayed luggage

The security company Securitas handles all lost and found property at the airport, and can be contacted by phone: (+47) 670 34 506.

Objects found on board will be handled by the respective airline. If your luggage is delayed or damaged, please contact the airline you traveled with as soon as possible.

Check-in at hotels

Please note that all the hotels in Troms? will ask for a credit card before check-in. This is standard hotel procedure, and will cover expenses that aren’t paid in advance by the organizer or the federation. It will be sufficient if the Head of Delegation or another federation official uses one credit card for this purpose.

Accreditation desk

All participants have to be accredited in order to access the playing area – please collect your accreditation at the Accreditation desk.

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, first floor
(see map in the centre of the Info bulletin)
Opening hours:
30 July: 10:00-18:00
31 July: 10:00-21:00
1-2 August: 09:00-21:00

See further opening hours in the Info bulletin (PDF, 47MB)

Information offices

Our Information offices will help with any questions and provide various kinds of practical information.

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel and Chess Olympiad Arena
(see map in the centre of the Info bulletin)

Phone: (+47) 971 39 753.

Opening hours at Radisson Blu Hotel:
30 July: 10:00-18:00
31 July: 10:00-21:00
1-14 August: 09:00-22:00

Arena information desk:
2-12 August: 13:00-21:00

See further opening hours in the Info bulletin

Opening ceremony

Accredited players, captains, trainers and delegates are allowed entry to the opening ceremony (as well as the closing ceremony).

The opening ceremony takes place on August 1 at 19:30 at Skarphallen, located in Heilovegen 19, nearby the Scandic Hotel.

The Chess Olympiad will provide free shuttle buses from Prostneset to Skarphallen on the ceremony dates. Please see complete bus schedule at your hotel, or at the Information office at Radisson Blu Hotel.


Breaking the Coaching Mold

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

The 3 Percent: Women Coaching Men
By Kate Hoit | Contributor | 27 June 2014
US Department of State

Fewer women coach today than 40 years ago. While the majority of women’s sports teams in the U.S. are coached by men, only 3 percent of men’s teams are coached by women, according to Brooklyn College researchers. This disparity doesn’t surprise Susan Polgar, a Hungarian-born American chess grandmaster who coaches Webster University’s chess team — ranked Number 1 in the U.S. She is the only woman collegiate chess coach.

“When I first started out in chess I was asked, ‘How could any woman go on to become a grandmaster?’” said Polgar. “How could a woman coach a Division 1 team?”

Polgar was raised to believe that “geniuses are made, not born.” Her father was intent to teach her mathematics when she was just a toddler, but around this time she stumbled upon a chess set. He taught Polgar the basics, until she began to beat him.

At 4, Polgar entered and won her first competition. Too short to reach the tabletop, she spent the first years of her career propped up on telephone books or pillows to reach the chess board. She went on to win championship titles and Olympic medals, and she became the first woman to earn the title of grandmaster.

Polgar took the lessons she learned in a male-dominated sport into the world of coaching. Her 15-person team, comprising mostly international male students, studies a trove of 7 million games. They train together in a large room or one-on-one with Polgar.

“Throughout my career, I’ve worked with only male coaches, none of which are as strong as Susan,” said Wesley So, who became a grandmaster at age 14. “She teaches us the importance of discipline, physical stamina, psychological thinking — all of which have helped our team succeed.”

From repetitive drills to dissecting opponents’ moves, Polgar requires players to come prepared for any match. Year after year, Webster’s chess team has won championships. Nine students are grandmasters, and one female player has been named woman international master.

Gender stereotypes are hard to shake off. Some male athletes are afraid of losing to a woman. Aspiring women coaches are up against the belief that a lack of experience and a failure to play sports, like football, to the same standards as a man make them unable to coach. The pool of applicants for leadership positions in sports needs to grow larger. “Just because it has never been done before, doesn’t mean it’s impossible,” said Polgar.

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Song soars with dramatic Cadet chess victory

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

It came down to one game for all the marbles in the final round of the U.S. Cadet Chess Championship in Rockville, Maryland, last week, with co-leaders Edward Song of Michigan and Kapil Chandran of Connecticut paired against each other. Song, who relinquished the lead with a painful loss the previous round, rebounded with a nice win to take the title in a tournament featuring some of the country’s best chess players younger than 16. FM Cameron Wheeler of California and NM Christopher Gu of Rhode Island finished a half-point behind the winner at 6-3, with Chandran and FM Ruifeng Li of Texas tied for fourth at 5?-3?. The big drama was in the final round, but the new Cadet champ’s most dominating performance came in his Round 5 demolition of …

Source: GameKnot online chess news