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Studentski Grad Blitz Championship

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

The popular chess club “Studentski Grad” held its annual blitz championship in the central library of the Studenski Grad campus in Belgrade, Serbia.

The club invited its current and former members and supporters. Three players participated through the online platforms from distant Australia, France and Surgut (Ugra) Russia.

After 11 rounds of the Swiss pairings FM Ivan Radivojevic won the tournament with the perfect score. Standings and photos below.

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Final standings:

1. FM Radivojevic Ivan SRB 2390 – 11
2. Baralic Nebojsa SRB 2241 – 8
3. Maksimovic Marko SRB 2206 – 8
4. Prijovic Miroslav SRB 1744 – 7
5. Savic Nenad SRB 0 – 7
6. Milovanovic Milan SRB 0 – 6.5
7. Sretenovic Branko SRB 2088 – 6
8. Grujicic Micun SRB 0 – 6
9. Guduric Cedo SRB 2115 – 6
10. Urosevic Goran SRB 2205 – 6
11. Saric Miroslav SRB 0 – 6
12. Vadleve Laslo SRB 0 – 6
13. Milosevic Marko SRB 0 – 5.5
14. Malesevic Novak SRB 0 – 5.5
15. Popovic Sasa SRB 2082 – 5.5
16. Krpic Dusan SRB 1839 – 5.5
17. Milosevic Danijel SRB 0 – 5
18. Gajic Ivana SRB 0 – 5
19. Rajkovic Dragana SRB 2014 – 5
20. Pavkovic Zoran SRB 0 – 5
21. Sekulic Dragan SRB 0 – 5
22. Goljovic Rade SRB 0 – 4
23. Trajkovic Predrag D SRB 0 – 4
24. Trajkovic Tomica SRB 0 – 3.5
25. Guduric Mihajlo SRB 0 – 1

Tournament winner Ivan Radivojevic (left) in action

Tournament winner Ivan Radivojevic (left) in action

Three pairs of each round were played online

Three pairs of each round were played online

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Dragana Rajkovic Cale made a comeback after hiatus of 10 years

Dragana Rajkovic Cale made a comeback after hiatus of 10 years

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75th Italian Chess Championship 2015 LIVE!

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

The 75th Italian Chess Championship is taking place from November 30 to December 11, 2015, at Grand Hotel Doria, in Milano.

The event is a 12-player single round-robin tournament for the title 2015 Italian Men’s Chess Champion.

Participants: GM Axel Rombaldoni (winner 2014), GM Daniele Vocaturo, GM Sabino Brunello, GM Alberto David, GM Michele Godena, GM Danyyil Dvirnyy, IM Fabrizio Bellia, IM Alessio Valsecchi, IM Giulio Borgo, FM Pier Luigi Basso (Italian Champion Under 20), FM Alessandro Bove, FM Luca Moroni (only 15 years old).

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Myanmar International Open 2015 LIVE!

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

The 2015 Myanmar International Open is taking place from 22-28th November at the Central Hotel, Bogyoke Aung San Road, Yangon.

The event is a 9-round Swiss open tournament with first prize in the amount of US$ 3,000.

Top seed is Russian GM Dmitri Komarov (2517).

Standings and statistics

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Karthikeyan Murali winner of the 2015 India Premier Championship

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

Sixteen year old Karthikeyan Murali of Tamil Nadu was crowned as the national champion, irrespective of the final round loss to IM Arghyadip Das in the ONGC 53rd National Premier Chess Championship, organised by Tiruvarur District Chess Association at Kasi’s Inn, Tiruvarur, today.

Things went in his favour, as Vidit drew his game to be on par with him, each having 8.5 points in the final tally. As direct encounter was the first tiebreak, the tenth round victory by Karthikeyan over Vidit stood in the former’s favour.

Besides winning a purse of two and a half lakh rupees, Karhtikeyan has become an automatic choice for the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku. The 2015 edition of National Premier Championship is his second attempt and for the first time, he has played under the round robin format.

Karthikeyan Murali Is The New Indian Champion

In a tense encounter, Karthikeyan Murali, playing with black pieces, opted for the Pirc defence. Leading the charge with Austrian attack, IM Arghyadip Das of Railways played an attacking game with his rook stationed on seventh rank, supported by his knight. As a result, Karthikeyan had to play with a handicap of having one pawn less in the rook and pawns ending. Clever handling of his rook fetched the lone pawn of Karthikeyan to Arghyadip. Arghyadip’s two connected pawns delivered the verdict in his favour.

When Vidit Santosh Gujrathi enjoyed a slight advantage with two extra pawns in the middle game of a Catalan opening, his opponent M. Shyam Sundar of AAI made a surprise bishop sacrifice offer under time pressure. In the process, Vidit lost the additional pawns and after exchanging the dark coloured bishop, each had two pawns on the board. Both kings were in perfect positions to force a draw after 52 moves. The draw ended the hopes of Vidit to clinch the title, after having led for most part of the championship.

In the Bf4 variation of Queen’s Gambit by GM elect Swapnil Dhopade of Railways, the double bishop advantage of Neelotpal Das of PSPB failed to generate any advantage to him in the end game. Swapnil’s light coloured bishop and knight combined effectively and his three chain pawns on the king side paved way for Swapnil to post a win in 60 moves.

Rathnakaran of Railways had a resounding win over PSPB grandmaster MR Venkatesh in a Sicilian defence adopted by the latter, to push him into sixth rank, a criterion to be included in the Indian team for various tournaments.

SP Sethuraman’s title chances vanished in the air, when he had to concede a draw to Railways international master P. Karthikeyan in 30 moves of a Closed Ruy Lopez opening.

After scoring a meagre half a point in five rounds, IM P. Shyaam Nikhil of Tamil Nadu found his touch to outwit Telangana’s K. Praneeth Surya in the Moscow variation of Sicilian defence. Shyaam tried to checkmate Praneeth by repeated knight sacrifice offers. Though Praneeth did not accept them, it culminated in the loss of two pawns to him. Shyaam needed 46 moves to win the game.

Twice national champion Abhijit Kunte of PSPB split the point with his team mate Deep Sengupta, when Kunte had a bishop and Deep had a knight with five pawns each on the board.

Shri Rajesh Saxena, Chief Manager (HR), Cauvery Asset, Karaikkal, was the chief guest and distributed the prizes in the presence of Sri V. Hariharan, Hon. Secretary of All India Chess Federation.

Final standings:

1-2. GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2498 and GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2651 – 8.5
3. GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2651 – 8
4. IM Karthikeyan P. IND 2441 – 7.5
5. IM Das Arghyadip IND 2456 – 7
6-8. IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2447, FM K. Praneeth Surya IND 2413 and GM Shyam Sundar M. IND 2481 – 6.5
9-10. GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2515 and GM Neelotpal Das IND 2475 – 6
11-12. GM Sengupta Deep IND 2589 and IM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2497 – 5.5
13-14. IM Shyaamnikhil P IND 2436 and GM Venkatesh M.R. IND 2464 – 4.5

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Draw for London Chess Classic published

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

The draw for the highly anticipated London Chess Classic, which is just one week away now, was performed by Tournament Director Malcolm Pein and Deputy Arbiter David Sedgwick with the pupils of Marion Richardson Primary School on Monday 23rd November.

This year’s London Chess Classic promises to be the most exciting to date, as it constitutes the final leg of the inaugural Grand Chess Tour. With both World Champion Magnus Carlsen and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand in attendance – alongside 8 other world class players – the LCC will be the strongest tournament ever held in the UK.

Draw for London Chess Classic published

Draw and Pairings

In accordance with the arrangements notified in St Louis, the colours were reversed from the Sinquefield Cup, with Michael Adams playing the opposite colours to Sinquefield Cup wild card Wesley So.

The players were placed in two groups of five. Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play five games with the white pieces and were randomly allocated numbers 1-5. Michael Adams, Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri and Hikaru Nakamura will play five games with the black pieces and were randomly allocated numbers 6-10.

The results of the draw were as follows:

1. Veselin Topalov
2. Alexander Grischuk
3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
4. Fabiano Caruana
5. Viswanathan Anand
6. Michael Adams
7. Levon Aronian
8. Magnus Carlsen
9. Hikaru Nakamura
10. Anish Giri

Fiona Steil-Antoni
Press Officer
Email: press@londonchessclassic.com
Website: www.londonchessclassic.com
Twitter: @LondonChess2015

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Komodo is triple champion, wins the Top Chess Engine Championship 2015!

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

TCEC Season 7 SuperfinalKomodo is the Grand champion of the 2015 edition of the Top Chess Engine Championship! It won the gold medal in the strongest match in Chess history after defeating Stockfish in the Season 8 Superfinal.

Komodo dominated the match and secured the title five games before the end of the hundred games marathon. It started with a victory in game 1 and later increased the difference by winning game 13. Stockfish managed to pull one back in game 36, but from then on it was Komodo’s show – it won games 38, 46, 72, 78, 83, and 86 to make a 8-1 difference. Despite Stockfish returning one game by winning game 88, Komodo secured the victory with score 50.5 – 44.5 after 95 games.

Komodo also proved dominant in earlier stages of the competition. It won Stage 1a, then easily cruised through Stage 2. In Stage 3 it gave the first warning to its main opponent by winning with a two points difference.

With this Season’s victory, Komodo successfully defended its title from TCEC Season 7 and together with the victory from TCEC Season 5 Komodo is now triple champion of TCEC. That makes it the engine with most titles in Top Chess Engine Championship, together with Houdini which won Seasons 1,2, and 4. Stockfish is the only other engine that has a title from the competition.

Season 8 was also very successful for the organizers of the event – Chessdom.com and ChessArena.com. The official website registered about 1 million unique sessions for the event, a 25% increase over the previous season.

Visit the TCEC official website / Replay all games of Season 8 / Read about Komodo’s victory in Season 7 / Read about Komodo’s victory in Season 5

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Official Superfinal poster by Santiago Mendez

Official Superfinal posters by Santiago Mendez (https://www.behance.net/SantiagoMendez)

Top Chess Engine Competition Season 8 poster

Top Chess Engine Competition Season 8 poster

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2nd Austrian Bundesliga 2015/2016

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

The 2nd Austrian Team Chess Championship 2015/2016 is taking place from October 17, 2015, to April 10, 2016.

Twelve teams are competing in round-robin format to decide the winner.

Top seed is ASV? Pamhagen, headed by Slovakian GMs Jan Markos and Peter Michalik.

Official website

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Heusenstamm Sparkassen Open 2015 LIVE!

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

The Heusenstamm Sparkassen Open 2015 is taking place from November 26-29, in Heusenstamm, Germany.

The event is a 7-round Swiss open tournament with first prize in the amount of 1,000 EUR.

Top seed is GM Konstantin Landa (2625) from Russia.

Official website/ Standings and statistics

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FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess – Simul with Antoaneta Stefanova

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The 10th Women’s World Chess Champion and 2002 European Women’s Chess Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria will hold a simultaneous exhibition in Nis, Serbia, on Saturday, 28th November, 2015.

Her visit to Nis is organized and sponsored by FIDE and Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM) in interest of popularization of chess for young girls.

One day program consists of reception in the City Hall of Nis, lecture and the simul on 20 boards against talented girls from Nis.

The technical organizers of the simul are Chess Federation of Central Serbia, Chess Federation of Nis County and City Chess Federation of Nis.

Antoaneta Stefanova

Antoaneta Stefanova

Antoaneta Stefanova visit to Nis

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53rd India National Premier Chess Championship – Round 12

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Sixteen year old Karthikeyan Murali of Tamil Nadu emerged sole leader with 8.5 points beating Swapnil Dhopade of Railways in the twelfth and penultimate round of the ONGC 53rd National Premier Chess Championship, organised by Tiruvarur District Chess Association at Kasi’s Inn, Tiruvarur, today.

An intense fight is on the cards tomorrow, as the trio Karthikeyan Murali, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi and defending champion SP Sethuraman of PSPB have theoretical chances to win the title.

Vidit could make a draw only today to reach 8 points and Sethuraman came back into reckoning by collecting 7.5 points. Karthikeyan Murali has an edge over the other two as he needs only a draw to clinch the title.

53rd India National Premier Chess Championship - Round 12

In the advanced variation against the Caro Kann defence by Swapnil Dhopade of Railways, former under 16 world champion played a steady middle game to get advantage slowly. Swapnil lost his knight to prevent Karthikeyan’s a- file pawn moving to eighth rank. Karthikeyan dashed the hopes of Swapnil in the rook and bishop vs rook end game, with each having one pawn.

Vidit employed Grunfeld defence against former under 12 world champion Deep Sengupta, also from PSPB. Though Vidit won two pawns, he had to struggle to obtain a superior position, because of Deep’s two well placed bishops in the open position against Vidit’s two knights. Vidit fought tooth and nail in the exciting end game, witnessed by a large crowd, but Deep had a strong defence to force a draw.

The third successive win by defending champion SP Sethuraman has put him back into the contention for title. In the reversed Kings Indian defence against team mate and grandmaster MR Venkatesh, Sethuraman’s two knights played havoc at the opponent’s ranks, leading to win a pawn and exchange also. Once the queens were traded, Sethuraman’s win became a reality.

Praneeth Surya of Telangana could not repeat the form he exhibited in earlier rounds and went down meekly to IM K Rathnakaran of Railways, who played the French defence. After castling on the long side, Rathnakaran made in road into the enemy’s camp, by pushing the king side pawns rapidly. Controlling the h- file with queen and rook, Rathnakaran destroyed Praneeth’s king side by mopping all the pawns off. It took just 33 moves for Rathnakaran to decimate Praneeth.

GM Neelotpal Das of PSPB was cruising comfortably, after his opponent Abhijit Kunte gave up his knight to break open the former’s king side. Disaster struck, when Neelotpal missed a winning combination and donated the point to Kunte.

Loss of two pawns in the middle game by IM P. Shyaam Nikhil of Tamil Nadu enabled GM M Shyam Sundar of AAI to register a comfortable win in a game of English opening.

The Kings Indian attack by IM P. Karthikeyan of Railways against his team mate IM Arghyadip Das ended in a passive draw after the formal 25 moves.

Round 12 standings:

1. GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2498 – 8.5
2. GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2651 – 8
3. GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2651 – 7.5
4. IM Karthikeyan P. IND 2441 – 7
5. FM K. Praneeth Surya IND 2413 – 6.5
6-8. GM Neelotpal Das IND 2475, GM Shyam Sundar M. IND 2481 and IM Das Arghyadip IND 2456 – 6
9-10. GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2515 and IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2447 – 5.5
11. GM Sengupta Deep IND 2589 – 5
12-13. GM Venkatesh M.R. IND 2464 and IM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2497 – 4.5
14. IM Shyaamnikhil P IND 2436 – 3.5

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