Archive for January, 2016

Tata Steel R11: GM King looks at highlights

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

After a long and grueling competition, the players begin showing signs of fatigue, leading to missed chances, and unexpected saves. Round eleven saw this in the spades, with a significant impact on the standings. GM King analyzes the ending between Carlsen and Hou, as well as the cliffhanger between Caruana and Mamedyarov, and the miracle save by Giri vs Adams. Enjoy the video analysis.

Noticias ChessBase

Gibraltar 04: Ragger and Bacrot take the lead

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

After three rounds eleven players shared the lead with 3.0/3 at the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2016, after four rounds only two remain at the top: Markus Ragger from Austria and Etienne Bacrot from France. Ragger won with White against Anna Muzychuk while Bacrot beat Aleksandra Goryachkina with Black. The other top boards all drew.

Noticias ChessBase

Carlsen’s Lead Back To Half Point Before Final Round In Wijk Aan Zee

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

The Tata Steel Masters tournament is not decided yet. Fabiano Caruana defeated Loek van Wely in the penultimate round and now just half a point behind Magnus Carlsen again.
It is a long tradition in Wijk aan Zee: Loek van Wely playing a sha…

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Magnus Carlsen holds narrow lead over Fabiano Caruana at Wijk aan Zee

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, is bidding for a third successive tournament victory this weekend at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee, following his successes at the London Classic and the Qatar Open. The 25-year-old Norwegian enters the final three rounds, unbeaten on 7/10, although he is only half a point clear of Fabiano Caruana of the US. Carlsen told a recent interviewer that he was trying for a correct balance between risk-taking and sound play and he seems to have got it right. The talking point for many chess fans is less the battle for the lead than the seemingly primitive but crushing attack by which the Chinese prodigy Wei Yi, 16, overran the Czech No1, David Navara. Navara chose the ultra-solid Berlin Wall as his defense and, when the teenager responded by what looked a quiet strategic plan of using his knights to pressure …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

European School Chess Championships 2016

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

The European Chess Union and the International School Chess Union have the honour of inviting all National Chess Federations of the European Chess Union and eligible players to participate in the European School Championships 2016 organised in Kassandra, Halkidiki, Greece from 16-26 June.



The Championship is organized in 12 different age categories: U7, U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17, Boys and Girls separately.

The tournament will be played according to the Swiss System in 9 rounds, with the time control 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 seconds increment per move starting from move one.

The registration deadline is Monday, 18 April 2016. Entries must be sent from the National Federations or the players and returned to the Tournament Director. If the registration form is not forwarded by the Federation a copy must be sent to the National Federation for information and approval.

Kassandra Halkidiki

All the winners in each category get trophies and special prizes, 4-6 place get medals and chess gifts, and there are 10 special as well as 3 team prizes.

The organizers have provided side events during the Championship, such as excursions program, seminars and solving competition.

More information / Tournament Director
Nikos Kalesis – FIDE International Organiser
Tel. (+30) 6938326161
Katerina Tzortzi – Reservation Manager
Tel./Fax (+30) 2641500112, Email:
Official website:

EISCC 2016 Regulations (PDF)


Gibraltar Challengers B 2016 LIVE!

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

The 2016 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival is taking place from January 25th to February 4, at the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar.

The main event consists of many top Grandmasters and can be followed live with analysis here

Morning events start on Monday at 9.45. They are 5-round Swiss events for players rated under 2250 (Challengers) and under 1900 (Amateurs). Rate of play: all the moves in 110 minutes plus 10 seconds per move added from the start. We will be showing LIVE games from Challenger A.

Official website/ Standings and statistics


Tata Steel Rd11: Carlsen beats Hou, Ding in third

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Magnus Carlsen beat Hou Yifan doing what he does best: grinding an endgame until his opponent cracks. This helped him open a one point lead after Caruana failed to make the most of his edge against Mamedyarov. Ding Liren moved into clear third after beating Tomaeshevsky with black. The Challengers is wide open after Dreev leveled with Adhiban. Large illustrated report.

Noticias ChessBase

Carlsen afianza su liderato ganando a Hou

Saturday, January 30th, 2016


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Hou’s Blunder Helps Carlsen Increase Tata Lead

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

World Champion Magnus Carlsen is determined to build off of his fantastic results in the month of December, which included wins in the London Chess Classic and Qatar Masters. The New Year has been treating him well thus far.

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Fritz 15 – 64 bit multiprocessor version (PC-DVD)

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Fritz 15 – 64 bit multiprocessor version (PC-DVD)

New Fritz, new friend
The completely reworked “friend” mode makes Fritz 15 the ideal training partner. During the course of a game, Fritz is able to constantly tailor its level to your playing strength and how much time you are using. The program can give you a sign when a tactical opportunity presents itself or point out typical mistakes to help you improve. Another exciting element is the new evaluation function that analyzes your playing strength throughout the game. Where are your strengths – where are your weaknesses? The opening? Middlegame? Or perhaps the endgame? Fritz 15 gives you an ELO rating for all three phases! You definitely need to see this!

Improve your conversion technique
“I should have won that!” How often have you been frustrated after playing a good game of blitz on that somehow went wrong? Stoke your curiosity and find out what could have been with Fritz 15 – Fritz can now show you what you missed right after the game. You can, of course, also try to find the way to win yourself using the handy exercise function – an approach certain to boost your own conversion technique and playchess ELO!

New author, new engine
Vasik Rajlich is new to the Fritz team. The American shook up the world of computer chess just a few years ago, reaching the top with his program, “Rybka”. He is the author of the new Fritz 15 engine, so there’s no question that it will be one of the world’s strongest!

Excellent overview, better access
If you watch a lot of training videos or work extensively with databases, the revamped database window is something you’ll love. It doesn’t just automatically display all the Fritztrainer or other courses installed on your hard drive, the improved game list also offers enhanced access options and sorting functions – in a manner similar to the original ChessBase software!

One program, many facets
Fritz 15 doesn’t just offer direct access to playchess. com – it also opens the door to the world of the new ChessBase web tools:

  • “On-demand video” – unlimited access to our comprehensive database with training videos on every aspect of the royal game, recorded shows, interviews etc.
  • “Live Database” – access the ChessBase online database with 8 million games
  • “My Games Cloud” – access your server games collection at the click of a mouse!
  • “Training” – test, train, and improve your tactical skills at any time. More than 34,000 training tasks are waiting for you!
  • “Let’s Check” – access our unique analysis database with over 200 million deeply analyzed positions and much more!

Fritz 15 comes with Premium access to the new ChessBase web tools for over six months!

– New 64 Bit –Fritz multiprocessor engine
– Improved 64 Bit- and 32 Bit program interface
– Premium membership to the new ChessBase Accounts and to (six months)
– Database with over 1.5 million games etc.


System requirements
Minimum: Pentium III 1 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Windows 7/8, DirectX9, 256 MB graphics card, DVD-ROM drive, Windows Media Player 9 and Internet access for program activation, access to, Let’s Check and program updates.
Recommended: PC Intel i7 (Quadcore), 4 GB RAM, Windows 8.1/10, DirectX10, 512 MB graphics card, 100% DirectX10-compatible sound card, Windows Media Player 11, DVD-ROM drive and Internet access for program activation, access to, Let’s Check and program updates.

System requirements for ChessBase account
Internet access and current browser, e.g. Chrome, Safari. For Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, Linux.

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