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5 Passed pawns – part 2 – ghosts of Karjakin–Eljanov game 6

Friday, October 30th, 2015

History does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme…  (Mark  Twain)

Interestingly the recent 5 passed pawns blog post came about from my internet game where the position was as follows:
DDT3000-hell, ICC 2015
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I now realize this almost exactly mirrors the infamous Karjakin – Eljanov game 6 from round 6 of the Baku World Cup that was played only a couple of weeks before that:
Karjakin-Eljanov, 2015
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If Black plays a6 and b5, the position is almost exactly the same, except that the queenside pawns are shifted 1 file to the right.

Karjakin-Eljanov, 2015 (analysis)
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Source: chessblogger

Christian Gagliardi wins 4th FOA Italian Blitz Qualifier

Friday, October 30th, 2015

CISOThe 4th qualification tournament of Italian Online Blitz Chess Championship took place on October 22nd, 2015, at the FIDE Online platform.

The event was a 9-round Swiss blitz championship with tempo of play 3′ + 2″ and 68 players participated.

ANM Christian Gagliardi emerged a solo winner with 8/9 points, leaving the runner-up, ANM Riccardo Alaimo, half a point behind.

The other players who qualified for the Semifinal are: ANC Marian Tudorache who collected 7 points, Sergio RInaudo, ANM Fabio Imbraguglia, AIM Massimo Tricomi, Andrea Dappiano, AFM/AN3 Fiorinto Cuppone and AN2 ANDREA CRICCA, all with 6.5 points and ANC Andrea Rinaudo, who was the highest places participant with 6 points according to the tiebreak criteria.

FOA Italian Blitz Chess Championship takes place from October 1st to December 11th, 2015. It consists of 8 qualifying tournaments, Semifinal and Final. 10 players from each qualifier continue to the next Stage, so that 80 players take part in the Semifinal. The best 12 will be vying at the Final tournament.

Schedule:
Friday, October 30 2015, 12:05 AM – 5th Qualifier
Thursday, November 5 2015, 9:05 PM – 6th Qualifier
Friday, November 13 2015, 12:05 AM – 7th Qualifier
Thursday, November 19, 2015 9:05 PM – 8th Qualifier
Friday, November 27, 2015 12:05 AM – Semifinal
Friday, December 11 2015 12:05 AM – Final

Regulations

Final standings:

1 ANM Christian Gagliardi 2261 8.0
2 ANM Riccardo Alaimo 1944 7.5
3 ANC Marian Tudorache 1885 7.0
4 Sergio RInaudo 2113 6.5
5 ANM Fabio Imbraguglia 2171 6.5
6 AIM Massimo Tricomi 2027 6.5
7 Andrea Dappiano 2050 6.5
8 AFM/AN3 Fiorinto Cuppone 1581 6.5
9 AN2 ANDREA CRICCA 1908 6.5
10 ANC Andrea Rinaudo 1991 6.0
11 ANC giovanni carini 1989 6.0
12 AIM/AN2 giorgio iachella 1784 6.0
13 mauro scacco 1784 6.0
14 AGM/ANC Paolo Capitelli 1953 6.0
15 AIM/AN1 Roberto Fioretti 1609 6.0
16 AN1 Roberto Sironi 1967 5.5
17 AN1 Andrea Magnavacchi 1827 5.5
18 GAETANO GRASSO 2122 5.5
19 massimo cavaliere 1840 5.5
20 AN2 Luigi Mario Orlando 1740 5.5
21 Luca Ronzano 1825 5.0
22 AN2 Alessandro Culatti Zilli 1769 5.0
23 AFM/AN1 Angel La Rosa 1868 5.0
24 AN3 FABIO COLONETTI 1676 5.0
25 ANC marco ongarelli 2009 5.0
26 AN1 Luca Marani 1878 5.0
27 Alberto Bernabei 1718 5.0
28 AN2 adrian piftor 1652 5.0
29 AN2 Alessandro Franco 1658 5.0
30 AN1 alfred jasimi 1847 4.5
31 AN1 Alessandro Battistelli 1848 4.5
32 AN1 Ciro Vastano 1875 4.5
33 AN2 Simone Panero 1897 4.5
34 AGM/AN2 carlo montorfano 1767 4.5
35 AN3 Michele Marvulli 1437 4.5
36 AN1 Giuseppe Dorati 1627 4.5
37 AN2 franco acciarri 1614 4.5
38 AIM/ANC Mauro Catracchia 1943 4.0
39 ANA matteo vignola 1743 4.0
40 LUIGI SCARCELLI 1636 4.0
41 AN3 veniero de vecchis 1572 4.0
42 AN2 Stefano Colombo 1623 4.0
43 AIM/AN2 Vincenzo Iatrino 1557 4.0
44 AFM Luigi Maria Caggiano 1591 4.0
45 AFM/AN3 Andrea Passarini 1570 4.0
46 AN2 Manuel Scroglieri 1691 3.5
47 ANC Dario Gemma 1980 3.5
48 AN3 Stefano Berna 1715 3.5
49 AN3 Vincenzo Di Fraia 1476 3.5
50 AFM/AN2 Enrico Scola 1550 3.5
51 ANC alessandro luisetto 1800 3.0
52 ANA febo braghieri 1508 3.0
53 AN2 MARIO SERPILLO 1594 3.0
54 AN1 riccardo lombardo 1728 3.0
55 AN2 Dec? luca 1353 3.0
56 ANA Giuseppe Minervini 1080 3.0
57 AN2 Giuseppe Corcione 1364 3.0
58 AN2 MARCO CAGNOTTO 1649 2.5
59 AN1 riccardo parisi 1873 2.5
60 AN1 Luigi Ardu 1753 2.0
61 AN3 giorgio lugaresi 1489 2.0
62 AN1 CLAUDIO ZIVIANI 1848 1.5
63 AN2 MAURO LOCATELLI 1570 1.5
64 AN1 Marco Barbero 2104 1.0
65 AIM/ANA Antonio Fiore 1654 1.0
66 ANA Pierluigi Berna 1504 1.0
67 AN1 Giuseppe Nardella 1756 0.5
68 umberto cardellicchio 1791 0.0

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FIDE World Youth & Cadets Championship 2015 – Round 5

Friday, October 30th, 2015

FIDE World Youth & Cadets Championship 2015 - Round 5

The FIDE World Youth & Cadets Championship 2015 continued with round 5 here in Porto Carras, Halkidiki.

In most of the sections there are single leaders on the top with perfect 5/5 scores:

Open 18 – Mosadeghpour Masoud IRI
Girls 18 – WFM Varshini V IND
Girls 16 – WFM Abdusattorova Bakhora UZB
Open 14 – FM Shevchenko Kirill UKR
Open 12 – FM Abdusattorov Nodirbek UZB
Girls 10 – WFM Divya Deshmukh IND
Girls 8 – Savitha Shri B IND

Some of the younger categories still have two players with the perfect scores:

Girls 12 – Yip Carissa USA and WCM Duran Esma Doga TUR – 5,0 each
Open 10 – FM Praggnanandhaa R IND and Wang Justin USA – 5,0 each
Open 8 – CM Ansat Aldiyar KAZ and CM Dev Shah IND – 5,0 each

There are also two sections with fierce competition where there are larger leading groups:

Open 16 – FM Fawzy Adham EGY, FM Wheeler Cameron USA, FM Santos Ruiz Miguel ESP – 4,5 each
Girls 14 – WFM Vaishali R IND, Badelka Olga BLR and WFM Shuvalova Polina RUS – 4,5 each

Photos of round 5
Gallery 1 / Gallery 2

Replay the games
Open U18Open U16Open U14Open U12Open U10Girls U18Girls U16Girls U14Girls U12Girls U10

Results of round 5
Open U18Open U16Open U14Open U12Open U10 / Open U08 / Girls U18Girls U16Girls U14Girls U12Girls U10 / Girls U08

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So keeps the lead after reaching a tie with Anand

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

In the Iberoamerican Championship, the former champions Bruz?n and Granda are in first position, after Vallejo, who was the favourite, ended with in a tie in his game.

In tomorrows resting day, the champions of the Masters Final will face the difficult challenge of winning school student of 12 years old.

Official website8th Bilbao Masters LIVE6th Ibero-American Championship LIVE

8th Bilbao Masters standings after Round 3:

1. Wesley So (U.S.A) 5 points
2. Anish Giri (Netherlands) 3 points
3. Viswanathan Anand (India) 3 points
4. Liren Ding (China) 1 point

6th Ibero-American Championship standings after Round 4:

1. Bruz?n (Cuba)
2. Granda (Peru) 4 points
3. Vallejo (Spain)
4. Bachmann (Paraguay)
5. Pichot (Argentina)
6. Fier (Brazil) 3,5 points

The third day of Bilbao Chess 2015, which is the last one before tomorrows resting day, has closed in the Final of Masters with a tie between the Dutch Giri, and the Chinese Ding on one hand, and between So and Anand on the other hand. With this last results So keeps being the only one ahead with only three remaining day for the end of such competition, while in the Iberoamerican Championship the six favourite players are already way ahead of the rest, although the two champions of 2006 and 2008, Bruz?n and Granda, are in the lead position and have manages to be the only players that have win 4 of their games.

In the most important match of the day among the Final of Masters, the Philippines origin American and the Indian have fight over the title of provisional lead position. In this match So played with white pieces, and Anand has achieve to tie, because of this So keeps for now his first position in the ranking, although Anand keeps being his shadow two points behind, keeping his good rhythm and with no signs of discouragement after having accomplish three ties in other matches.

The twenty year old So- who is one of the most talented chess masters of the worlds elite as today’s world champion, Magnus Carlsen, has stated- has had a different afternoon that the usual point seeking, in which he has had to change his normal strategy and way of playing in order to get a complicated victory against Anand, a player that never misses the opportunity to attack his opponents strategies when they are disproportionate.

In his other game, and after a couple of mistakes on Ding?s part that have cost him a few pawns, which is a lost that he has been able to recover from, the match has been extended for quite a long time. So for hours the chessboard has been a witness for the strong tactics made by Giri?s pieces in order to trying to defeat the Chinese’s strong defence. Despite the catastrophic error on the Dutch part, the end of the match could only be foreseen as the Russians victory or as a tie. For the match going one way or another, it would be decisive not only position and the quality of the remaining chess pieces on the beard, but also the physical and psychological fight against the two players. Finally, after almost six hour into the game, a tie has been the ending score.

With these results, So still leads the classification with 5 points, followed by Anand and Giri who have three points, and who are at the same time followed by Ding who has 2 points. However Bilbao?s rule, which is the denomination for this tourney score system, gives 3 points for winning, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for loosing, and this system makes possible the score to vary a lot from one day to the next depending on the next round.

In the Iberoamerican Individual Championship, the Spanish Francisco Vallejo, who is the big favourite, has found his first stumble and had tie with Fier, the fierce Brazilian who also aims for the title and whose saying and strategy is “the best defence is a good attack”. This strategy is so far helping the Brazilian to get good scores, and had been a necessary ingredient to get to ties with today’s rival, as well as with the current Iberoamerican Champion, the Paraguayan Axel Bachmann, and the world young 16th runner up Argentinian champion Alan Pichot, who with today’s victory is back on track after the ties he went by yesterday that made him lightly stumble.

However, after tomorrows resting day, and until the last session on Tuesday 3rd of November, the Swedish competition system that pairs up the elite that this six great Latin-American players have formed, will lead to direct confrontational games against themselves, and in which any result is possible.

In tomorrows resting day, the four Champions of Masters Final will not have the opportunity to relax completely, because leaded by Anand, they will all face a game against 12 and 14 year old kids who will have the chance to win against them. The game will take place in Bego?azpi School, which is the first school in the Basque region that introduces chess as a class in their academic curriculum program.

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Minsk ready for European Rapid & Blitz Championships 2015

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

MinskThe National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus, the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus and Belarus Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union organize the European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2015, from 17-21 December, 2015, in Minsk, Belarus.

The tournament venue will be Sports Palace,  Pr. Pobeditelei, 4, Minsk, Belarus.

The European Individual Blitz Chess Championship is held on 18th December, 2015. It will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 paired rounds, with the time control 3 minutes game  + 2  seconds per move starting from the first move.

So far 127 players have registered, and the first seed is the defending champion GM David Navara (CZE 2806).

European Blitz Chess Championship list of participants

Total prize fund is EUR 10,300, with main prizes: EUR 7,650 and special prizes: EUR 2,650.

The European Individual Rapid Chess Championship is held on 19-21 December, 2015.

143 players have registered in Rapid Championship so far, and the top seed is GM Sergey Movsesian (ARM 2724). The defending champion is Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

European Rapid Chess Championship list of participants

Rapid Championship will be played according to the Swiss system, in 11 rounds, with the time control 15 minutes game  + 10 seconds per move starting from the first move.

Total prize fund is EUR 20,120, with main prizes: EUR 16,250 and special prizes: EUR 3,870.

Both Championships are open to all players representing Chess Federations which are ECU members (FIDE zones 1.1. to 1.10), regardless of their title and rating. There is no limit to the number of participants per federation.

Applications must be sent to the email address chessminsk2015@yandex.ru after 1 September 2015.
The registration deadline is 20 November 2015. The application shall state the player’s first name and surname, FIDE rating and birth date.

The Chief Arbiter is IA Andrzej Filipowicz (POL).

All the information are available on the official website of the championship: http://champ.openchess.by/en/

Office phone: + 375 17 328 63 37

Tournament Director: Nikolai Zarubitsky
E-mail: nik_zar@tut.by
Phone: + 375 29 713 61 62

Regulations can be found below or here

European Blitz 2015 (PDF)

European Rapid 2015 (PDF)

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Bilbao: Ding Liren Saves R vs RB Ending After 174 Moves

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The third round of the Bilbao Masters Final saw two more draws. In one of them, Ding Liren saved a R vs RB endgame against Anish Giri in a game that lasted 174 moves.
With two draws the standings didn’t change in the third round i…

Source: Chess.com – Play. Learn. Share.

Press Release of the FIDE President

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

official logo

28 October 2015

Moscow

Press release of the President of World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

At the 86th FIDE Congress held in Abu Dhabi (UAE) this year, the FIDE Vice President, President of Russian Chess Federation, Mr. Andrey Filatov made a proposal for me to run for the FIFA President’s office. I promised to consider the proposal while many domestic and foreign mass media got interested in this news, expanding the scale of discussions, full of encouragement and critical reviews of my address. I am making no secret of the fact that such a proposal did not surprise me; by that time, as the head of one of the major sports federations, I followed the situation concerning my colleagues in FIFA, saw their problems and calculated various ways to overcome the crisis. The change of authorities in any structure is a painful process and it demands that all people involved in it, show their best qualities: patience, attention to their colleagues, adherence to principles and honesty in the battle. I treat all candidates for the FIFA President’s office with due respect. All of them are talented people, with proper experience in management and they all know the game from within. I wish them all the success. I am flattered that some mass media called me “an experienced sports manager who also has football experience”. I do not exclude the possibility that I could be of benefit to the football world, but then at the FIDE Congress, I saw the proposal mainly as the possibility to further popularize chess.

As a result, the goal is accomplished, chess is a topic in the context of football, and our favorite game started attracting additional interest from sports amateurs, representatives of business circles and mass media. Recently I have visited a great number of countries, where I have held discussions also with the presidents of the national football federations, heads of clubs and famous players, such as Pele.

I am sure that the partnership relationships will contribute to the solution of problems and the further development of two of the most popular sports on the planet.

Gens una sumus!
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Press release (Russian)

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Press release of the FIDE President

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

official logo

28 October 2015

Moscow

Press release of the President of World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

At the 86th FIDE Congress held in Abu Dhabi (UAE) this year, the FIDE Vice President, President of Russian Chess Federation, Mr. Andrey Filatov made a proposal for me to run for the FIFA President’s office. I promised to consider the proposal while many domestic and foreign mass media got interested in this news, expanding the scale of discussions, full of encouragement and critical reviews of my address. I am making no secret of the fact that such a proposal did not surprise me; by that time, as the head of one of the major sports federations, I followed the situation concerning my colleagues in FIFA, saw their problems and calculated various ways to overcome the crisis. The change of authorities in any structure is a painful process and it demands that all people involved in it, show their best qualities: patience, attention to their colleagues, adherence to principles and honesty in the battle. I treat all candidates for the FIFA President’s office with due respect. All of them are talented people, with proper experience in management and they all know the game from within. I wish them all the success. I am flattered that some mass media called me “an experienced sports manager who also has football experience”. I do not exclude the possibility that I could be of benefit to the football world, but then at the FIDE Congress, I saw the proposal mainly as the possibility to further popularize chess.

As a result, the goal is accomplished, chess is a topic in the context of football, and our favorite game started attracting additional interest from sports amateurs, representatives of business circles and mass media. Recently I have visited a great number of countries, where I have held discussions also with the presidents of the national football federations, heads of clubs and famous players, such as Pele.

I am sure that the partnership relationships will contribute to the solution of problems and the further development of two of the most popular sports on the planet.

Gens una sumus!
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Press release (Russian)

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Press release from the FIDE President

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

official logo

28 October 2015

Moscow

Press release on the President of World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

At the 86th FIDE Congress held in Abu Dhabi (UAE) this year, the FIDE Vice President, President of Russian Chess Federation, Mr. Andrey Filatov made a proposal for me to run for the FIFA President’s office. I promised to consider the proposal while many domestic and foreign mass media got interested in this news, expanding the scale of discussions, full of encouragement and critical reviews of my address. I am making no secret of the fact that such a proposal did not surprise me; by that time, as the head of one of the major sports federations, I followed the situation concerning my colleagues in FIFA, saw their problems and calculated various ways to overcome the crisis. The change of authorities in any structure is a painful process and it demands that all people involved in it, show their best qualities: patience, attention to their colleagues, adherence to principles and honesty in the battle. I treat all candidates for the FIFA President’s office with due respect. All of them are talented people, with proper experience in management and they all know the game from within. I wish them all the success. I am flattered that some mass media called me “an experienced sports manager who also has football experience”. I do not exclude the possibility that I could be of benefit to the football world, but then at the FIDE Congress, I saw the proposal mainly as the possibility to further popularize chess.

As a result, the goal is accomplished, chess is a topic in the context of football, and our favorite game started attracting additional interest from sports amateurs, representatives of business circles and mass media. Recently I have visited a great number of countries, where I have held discussions also with the presidents of the national football federations, heads of clubs and famous players, such as Pele.

I am sure that the partnership relationships will contribute to the solution of problems and the further development of two of the most popular sports on the planet.

Gens una sumus!
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona 2015 LIVE!

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The 2015 Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona Chess Tournament is taking place from November 4-8, at Fabra i Coats, in Barcelona, Spain.

The event is a 6 player round-robin tournament organized by Catalan Chess Federation and supported by Barcelona City Hall.

GM Alexander Morozevich, GM Csaba BaloghGM Karen Grigoryan, GM Axel BachmannGM Narciso Dublan and IM Hipolito Asis Gargatagli are vying for the first prize in the amount of 2,000 EUR.

Official website/ Standings and statisticsMagistral Ciutat de Barcelona 2014

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