Archive for November, 2014

74th Italian Individual Chess Championship 2014 LIVE!

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
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Qatar Masters LIVE!

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Russian Championship Superfinal (men) 2014 LIVE!

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Can Norway beat Magnus Carlsen?

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Magnus Carlsen MIPTWorld Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will be the main star in an epic three-hour long entertainment show on NRK1 on Sunday 30th November. All Norwegians will have the opportunity to play against the chess king.

Magnus Carlsen recently returned from Sochi, Russia, after winning the World Chess Championship for the second year in a row.

Now he will play against the Norwegian nation through the free app “Kongen av sjakk” (King of Chess) and also against the select group of people in NRK studio.

- “This is a really fun concept and I’m looking forward to be part of it”, Magnus Carlsen said.

Presenters Ingrid Gjessing Linhave and K?re Magnus Bergh will host the live entertainment show “King of chess.”

Expert commentators are Torstein Bae, Heidi R?neid and Ole Rolfsrud. They will also talk about the “fun facts” and statistics will be presented on the big screen.

Magnus is ready for battle. Are you?

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Calculation required

Sunday, November 30th, 2014



Bondar, 2000

White to move. Is this a win, draw, or loss for White?

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FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG) Trainers’ Surveys

Sunday, November 30th, 2014


The FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG) continues with regular publishing of high quality chess training materials (in pdf format in English language) in the form of Trainers’ Surveys, targeted at improving chess understanding.

Please see November 2014 additions: “Playing without castle” and “Timing for the King’s endgame activity” athttp://trainers.fide.com/surveys.html.

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Earl Rosenbloom 1948 – 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Earl Rosenbloom passed away last Sunday. He won the  Manitoba Junior and Manitoba Open.
More later, after I research some old tournaments.

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Myanmar Open – Belous and Short joint winners

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

In the end Englishman Nigel Short and Russian Vladimir Belous were declared joint champions of the Zaw Win Lay Myanmar International Open when both finished equal on points and the tie-break calculation showed two different results when done manually from the official Swiss Manager computer program!

But it was the three rounds after the rest day that changed everything with the results from rounds seven and eight throwing up upset and upset and until the dust finally settled at the end of the long day it was anyone’s guess as to who would eventually emerge the winner.

Belous, Short prize

The third seeded Belous has drawn his games in rounds three, four and five to drop slightly off the leaderboard while Short crashed to a loss in the six round afternoon game of a testing three consecutive days of double rounds against India’s M.R. Venkatesh and it looked like the top seeded Sergei Tiviakov’s win over journeyman Serbian Grandmaster Stefan Djuric to take sole lead put him in the driving seat.

But the Dutch national team stalwart collapsed in unrecognizable fashion in rounds seven and eight after the rest day to completely drop out of contention, afterward admitting to me that he had not only underestimated his opponents and pushed too hard instead of accepting draws but perhaps the rest day should have not been spent seeing even more of Yangon!

After beating Tiviakov, the unfancied Arun Prasad who had played steadily and well throughout was the leader going into the last round and a draw would have been enough to become champion and he initially looked good in his game against Belous, almost certainly winning at one point but he was also visibly nervous throughout, pacing a great deal at the start and at the critical moment his level of play dropped and the Russian player as he had done so very resourcefully in so many of his earlier games, took his chance with open hands.

Arun Prasad

Arun Prasad

The following are the main standings and all the prize winners:

1-2. Short, Belous 7.5/9;
3-7. Nguyen Duc Hoa, Arun Prasad, Venkatesh, Vishnu Prasanna, Tiviakov 7/9;
8-11. Jahongir Vakhidov, Zaw Oo, Fominyh, Djuric 6.5/9;
12-25. Nay Oo Kyaw Tun, Gong, Longsee Uaychai, Myint Han, Wynn Zaw Htun, Lee, Aung Aung Aung Myo Hliang, Zeyar, Htut Htut Than, Saeheng Boonsueb, Kyaw Lin Niang, Tn Tun zaw, Thu Han Soe, Myo Kyaw Hliang 6/9.

IM Nay Oo Kyaw Tun

IM Nay Oo Kyaw Tun

But let’s not forget the Myanmar International Open was renamed the GM Zaw Win Lay Memorial Myanmar International Open Chess Championship due to the sudden and untimely demise of their only Grandmaster who had been in ill health, as evidenced by the name change and the donation of entry fees together with additional sponsorship going the family of the late Zaw Win Lay, a very humble person who burst on the international scene with some stunning performances in 2000 and since then had been a role model for an entire generation of Myanmar players.

The following is his fine effort against Jaan Ehlvest who at one time was ranked No. 3 in the world, and this came after he had drawn FIDE World Champions Anatoly Karpov and Alexander Khalifman in previous rounds.

Zaw Win Lay-Jaan Ehlvest
Round 9, Japfa Classic, Bali, Indonesia
22 April 2000

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be2 Nd7 6.O-O Qc7 7.Be3 Ngf6 8.h3 O-O 9.Qd2 b5 10.a3 Bb7 11.Nh2 a6 12.Ng4 c5 13.f3 Nh5 14.Rfe1 Nb6 15.Bf2 Kh8 16.Rad1 Rad8 17.Bf1 Bc8 18.Qe3 cxd4 19.Rxd4 Be6 20.e5 Nc8 21.f4 dxe5 22.Rxd8 Rxd8 23.fxe5 Rd7 24.a4 bxa4 25.Bxa6 a3 26.Nb5 Qc6 27.Bxc8 Qxc8 28.Nxa3 Qb7 29.c4 h6 30.b3 g5 31.Nb5 Nf4 32.Qe4 Qxe4 33.Rxe4 h5 34.Nh2 Bf5 35.Re1 Nd3 36.Rd1 Nxf2 37.Rxd7 Nxh3+ 38.gxh3 Bxd7 39.Nf3 Kg8 40.e6 Bxe6 41.Nxg5 Bd7 42.h4 f5 43.Nc7 Bd4+ 44.Kf1 e5 45.Nd5 Kg7 46.b4 f4 47.Ke2 Bg4+ 48.Kf1 f3 49.c5 Kg6 50.c6 f2 51.b5 Kh6 52.Nf6 Bd1 53.Nfe4 Ba4 54.Nf7+ Kg6 55.Nfd6 Bb6 56.Nxf2 Kf6 57.c7 Bxc7 58.Ne8+ Ke7 59.Nxc7 Kd7 60.b6 Kc6 61.Nd5 Bb3 62.Nd3 1-0

Gong vs Tiviakov

My personal thanks to Maung Maung Lwin for inviting me to Yangon for the second time, this time to serve as Chief Arbiter in a very memorable event and I was very honoured to have the opportunity to join in a celebration of the life of their greatest ever player.

Report by IA Peter Long

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Jack Boardman – 1930 – 2014

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Jack Boardman passed away in October.  The obituary indicates that he was President of one of our associations; Keith Czarny seems to think that was in the 80′s. 
I met Jack at the old Winnipeg Chess Club (on Selkirk), probably around 1973 or so.

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The next generation of Anand

Sunday, November 30th, 2014


India’s chess culture
Vishwanathan Anand has made chess India’s sport
Business Standard Editorial Comment | New Delhi
November 29, 2014
Last Updated at 21:45 IST

India’s first Grandmaster and former world chess champion, Viswanathan Anand, recently lost a world championship match against Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Chess is a young person’s game, requiring mental plasticity and physical energy. Although Anand has no plans to retire, he turns 46 in December. This match may have been his last realistic chance at regaining the world title.

The Chennai resident has the unique distinction of having won and defended the title successfully in three different formats. He first challenged Garry Kasparov (unsuccessfully) way back in 1995, when Carlsen was four years old. At that time, India had just two Grandmasters (the highest title in chess). There are now 36 Indian Grandmasters, eight women GMs and 60 International Masters. At the Tromso Olympiad in August this year, the Indian men’s squad won the bronze medal in the Open section where 172 nations were competing. The women’s team was also in the running for medals though it ultimately came tenth.

Koneru Humpy has been a challenger for the world women’s title. At world junior, and age-group levels, many Indians have won medals. At the World Youth Chess Championships in Durban in September for instance, Indians picked up six medals, including two golds. This was the largest haul by any country. The chess pyramid also has a broad base. India has the largest active chess population with over 43,000 players registered as having played a tournament in the last 12 months. The vast majority of those players are young and many are still in school.

Remarkably, this happened without much government support or recognition. If ever an individual could be said to have inspired an entire sporting movement, Anand did. Chess is perceived to be a healthy intellectual exercise largely because Anand coupled stunning success to his own brand of unassuming sportsmanship. The internet-infotech revolution was a force multiplier. The game has always fascinated mathematicians and programmers: information theorist Claude Shannon calculated that the number of possible positions exceeds the number of atoms in the universe. This makes it difficult to programme the search or prune the process for finding good moves. By the mid-1990s, Moore’s Law (computer power doubles roughly every three years) helped make a dent in the necessary massive calculations. That turned chess programmes and databases into world beaters. The internet also made it possible to play strong, geographically-dispersed opposition. Strong engines and online play have helped talented Indians hone their skills in ways that earlier generations could not.

The apex sports body, the All India Chess Federation or AICF is well-funded and efficient. There is a good domestic circuit with over Rs 4 crore disbursed as prize money in domestic tournaments in 2013. Most large cities have clubs and coaching. The AICF has seen its share of controversies, like other sports federations (N Srinivasan, the ousted chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India was the president of AICF between 2001 and 2011). At one stage, the sports ministry even debarred official funding to chess. That has changed. There is now some government support. Several public sector enterprises and public sector banks also hire players on respective sports quotas. But most of the support has come from the private sector with many sponsors expressing interest because of the excellent brand image.

Many talented young Indians nurture ambitions of making it to the very top. The biggest barrier to any such ambitions was always mental. It was considered utterly impossible for an “outsider” from a nation with no “chess culture” to break through and be part of an elite group. Anand shattered that preconception. He has the satisfaction of knowing that there are a bunch of teenagers and pre-teenagers who would like to emulate him.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com

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