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Clever chess tactic

Sunday, August 31st, 2014


White to move. How should white proceed?

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Khotenashvili leads Erfurt Woman Grandmaster Tournament 2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014


The 3. International Erfurt Women Grandmaster Tournament takes place on 24-31st August 2014 at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Erfurt, a capital city of the German Federal State of Thuringia.

Georgian GM Bela Khotenashvili is a sole leader with 4,5 points out of 6 rounds. She won against GM Monika Socko(Poland), IM Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska (Germany) and IM Yang Shen (China) and drew the rest of her games.

IM Yang Shen and Georgian IM Lela Javakhishvili share second place on 4 points.

Official website

Standings after 6 rounds:

1 GM Khotenashvili Bela w GEO 2494 4,5
2 IM Shen Yang w CHN 2470 4
3 IM Javakhishvili Lela w GEO 2477 4
4 IM P?htz Elisabeth w GER 2464 3,5
5 GM Socko Monika w POL 2470 3,5
6 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia w RUS 2434 3
7 WGM Melamed Tetyana w GER 2364 2,5
8 IM Mkrtchian Lilit w ARM 2453 2,5
9 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan w SCO 2394 1,5
10 IM Kachiani-Gersinska Ketino w GER 2361 1

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Caruana Streak Continues at Sinquefield, Now 4-0

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Round four of the 2014 Sinquefield Cup produced slightly more solid play from four players, but it was just another day at the office for GM Fabiano Caruana.
By notching the day’s only win, he moved to 4-0, increased his lead to two full points,…

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European Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships 2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014


The 14th European Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships (U8-U18) are set to take place on 12-17th November at the Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia.

The organizers of the Championship are the European Chess Union and Estonian Chess Federation.

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is an internationally renowned tourist destination with the exceptionally complete and well-preserved medieval Old Town next to modern gems of architecture and many other attractions.

Accommodation will be provided on the full board basis in Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel. Special offers regarding accommodation for the participants will be available on the official website of the tournament http://www.maleliit.ee/eu2014

The entry from can be downloaded from the organizer’s website: http://www.maleliit.ee/eu2014. It must be filled in by the national federation and sent to the following E-mail address: eyrapid2014@gmail.com not later than September 12, 2014. This date is the registration deadline. After that, federations will not be able to register or modify any registrations.



Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel

Competitions:

1) 14th Individual European Championship – Rapid
9 rounds according to the Swiss System, 15 minutes + 10 sec per player
Categories: boys and girls U8 (born in 2006 or later), U10 (born in 2004 or later), U12 (born in 2002 or later), U14 (born in 2000 or later), U16 (born in 1998 or later), U18 (born in 1996 or later)
Entry fee: 20 EUR per participant

2) 13th European Rapid Cup – Rapid Superfinal
Two categories, boys and girls.
The best players in each category of Individual European Youth Championships – Rapid 2014, may enter Rapid Super Final (three best players in each of the categories – 14, 16 and
18, two best players in each of the categories – 8, 10 and 12, as well as the representative of the organizer).
These players (altogether 16) – separate boys and girls, will play matches in 4 rounds (knock – out system) according to special regulations.
Prizes in cash: 1. = 400 €, 2. = 300 €, 3. = 200 €, 4. = 100 €

3) 14th Team European Championships – Rapid
Three categories: U10, U14 and U18.
Teams are composed of 3 boys + 1 girl and two reserve players.
One team may have players from maximum two National Federations;
7 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 10 minutes + 5 sec per player
Entry fee: 5 EUR per participant

4) 14th Individual European Championships – Blitz
Three categories: under 10, under 14 and under 18 separate for boys and girls.
9 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 3 minutes + 2 sec per player
Entry fee: 5 EUR per participant

5) 13th European Championship in solving chess problems
Three categories: U10, U14 and U18;

The total prize fund for all events will be 8.000 EUR in goods, and 2.000 EUR in cash.

Participants can get all necessary information on the official tournament website http://www.maleliit.ee/eu2014/ or by mail: eyrapid2014@gmail.com

For any additional information please contact:
Estonian Chess Federation
e-mail: maleliit@maleliit.ee
phone +372 50 98456

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World Schools Chess Championships 2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014


The International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Brazilian Chess Federation (CBX), the Minas Gerais Chess Federation (FMX), the System X Schools Chess and Degraus Education System have the honor to announce the X World Schools Chess Championships 2014(Individual) to be held in Brazil, in the city of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais state, between November 26 and December 4, 2014.

Entitled to participate are players (Boys & Girls) at their respective categories:
Under 07: Born after January 1, 2007
Under 09: Born after January 1, 2005
Under 11: Born after January 1, 2003
Under 13: Born after January 1, 2001
Under 15: Born after January 1, 1999
Under 17: Born after January 1, 1997

Game System: Swiss – 9 rounds.
Time control: 90 minutes per player for 40 moves and 30 min for the rest of the game, with the addition of 30 seconds per move from the first move.

The winner in each boy’s category will be acclaimed FIDE Chess Schools – World Champion 2014, and the winner in each female category will be acclaimed FIDE Chess Schools – Female World Champion 2014. According to the FIDE Regulations, all champions will receive the title of FIDE Candidate Master.

The three schools with the highest score, considering the accumulation of points of their students (best 5 results of each federation or school), receive trophies of School World Champion of Schools Chess, Second place and Third place.

Entries must be made by emailing comitemundial@ligax.com.br with copy to ai.elciomourao@gmail.com. The deadline for registration is October 28, 2014.

Tournament website

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Caruana wins again, now at +4

Sunday, August 31st, 2014


In his first big tournament in the US in a long time, Fabiano is making a strong statement by going 4-0 to start the Sinquefield Cup 2014.

Round 4 results

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A once dominated sport by the Soviet Union

Saturday, August 30th, 2014


Chess / By Shelby Lyman
on August 30, 2014 – 12:01 AM

The recent fourth-place finish of the Russian national team in the World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, reflects the apparently downward spiral of Russian chess since the breakup of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago.

Still dominant, nevertheless, until 2002 – a decade after the Soviet collapse – the Russians have not won a single Olympiad since. In the last five years, the gold medal has gone instead to either Ukraine or Armenia – both former Soviet republics – and most recently to the Chinese, undoubtedly the first of many to come.

What may seem a Russian death knell to many observers is hardly so. Chess still thrives in Russia albeit on an attenuated scale.

In a sense, the immense Russian/Soviet investment in the game before the break-up has served a higher purpose.

Aided in no small part by the worldwide popularization resulting from Bobby Fischer’s appearance on the world scene, and the advent of the Internet and computer chess programs, top-level chess is increasingly ubiquitous and flourishing.

The theory and practices of the so-called Soviet school have transmogrified into a new world chess paradigm transcending all borders.

To the chess aficionado, it is a heady occurrence.

The top 12 grandmasters in the world now include a Norwegian, an Italian, an Indian, a Frenchman, a Cuban and a Filipino – a rich medley of nationalities and chess practice inconceivable only a few decades ago.

Source: http://www.buffalonews.com

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Fressinet Wins French Championship

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

After such a great start of 5.5/6 it could hardly go wrong: GM Laurent Fressinet won the French Championship in Nimes on Thursday, finishing on 8.5/11. Second came GM Etienne Bacrot, a point behind, followed by GM Romain Edouard who…

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Sinquefield Cup 2014 LIVE!

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
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Caruana vs Aronian, Carlsen vs Topalov in St Louis

Saturday, August 30th, 2014


Round 4 pairings

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Magnus Carlsen – GM Veselin Topalov
GM Fabiano Caruana – GM Levon Aronian

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