Archive for March, 2016

Chess instruction in schools: A quantitative review

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Does chess in school make children smarter? In this review of the available evidence, Giovanni Sala and Fernand Gobet show that chess instruction in schools provides some moderate effects, especially in boosting children’s cognitive and mathematical skills. Ultimately, it is shown that while providing measurable benefits, the more one studies the greater the results.

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Carifta Chess Championships 2016 – Final Report

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The US Virgin Islands Chess Federation was the host for the 2016 edition of the CARIFTA Chess Championships. The tournament has now finished and winners in each of the sections are as follows:

The under 12 section saw it come to the last round and with CM Nathan Smith of the Bahamas winning with almost a picket fence score of 6.5/7. The girls section came down to the final round with results needing to go the way of the players to decide who would win the title and in the end Azaria Johnson of Jamaica won with 4/7 with a win in the final round.

In the under 16 section Alan-Safar Ramoutar who won the under section only need a draw in the final round to secure the title but decide to win and finish with a score of 6/7. The girls section came down to the top girls in points playing each other and they had a draw to finish on 4.5/7. It was in the end awarded to WCM Catherine Kaslan of Suriname who on countback ahead of WCM Adani Clark of Jamaica, her final round opponent.

Barbados team in 1st place overall

Barbados team in 1st place overall

The top group, the under 20’s, which consisted of 5 females out of 11 players, almost 50% which is an excellent turnout for female participation, saw FM Orlando Husbands of Barbados win with a picket fence of 7/7. The girls section was won by WCM Annelaine Jacobs of Aruba ahead of local Hazel Acosta of US Virgin Islands on countback.

As reported, Margaret Murphy the organiser and President of the USVICF was very pleased with the turnout and that everyone said it was the best tournament they had attended.

Final standings can be found here: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr213892.aspx?lan=1&art=4&wi=821

Photos by Ulrike Vogel, report by Jamie Kenmure

Aruba team in 2nd place overall

Aruba team in 2nd place overall

Suriname team in 3rd place overall

Suriname team in 3rd place overall

Heads of delegation of federations with President of USVICF Margaret Murphy

Heads of delegation of federations with President of USVICF Margaret Murphy

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Chess players from Liberia score first points in official competitions

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

africaThe FIDE Zonal 4.4 Chess Championships are being held in Accra, Ghana. Round 1 got underway and saw all the favourites win except for on boards 12 and 15 where the unrated players from Liberia upset their opponents with a win.

As mentioned in the first report on the zonal championship, Liberia is new member to FIDE with provisional status at the moment and waiting for general assembly approval. So the players that scored a win were Haji Kiadii Charles on board 12 with the black pieces. The other player having a win was Thomas Saah on board 15 with the white pieces.

Round two already sees some very tough match ups with the battle of the 2 IM’s on board 3 and most of the top seeds playing each other already. It’s good to see there were no draws in the first round and fighting spirit was shown. The women’s section still has not started but I have contacted one of the arbiter’s of the event and he has confirmed that the date is still not confirmed. More news to come.

Jamie Kenmure

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Looking back: Abhijeet Gupta in Reykjavik 2016

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

With more than 230 participants and many top grandmasters the Reykjavik Open boasted a strong field. The Harpa Hall, where the tournament was played, was another attraction: the summer smile of GM Abhijeet Gupta and IM Tania Sachdev in the inconsistent cold of the Icelandic capital. In this first part of our in-depth round-up, we bring you an illustrated report with the comments of Abhijeet himself.

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Matthias Bl?baum wins GRENKE Chess Open

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

587 players used the Easter holidays to play in the GRENKE Chess Open in Karlsruhe, Germany. The huge open attracted five grandmasters with a rating of 2700+ and 21 2600+ grandmasters. But in the end the young German GM Matthias Bl?baum (Elo 2605) left all favorites behind. With 7.5/9 he shared first place with five other players and won on tie-break.

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CHESS Magazine – April 2016

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

CHESS Magazine – April 2016
CHEATS! Junior Tay takes a look at the players that go to extraordinary lengths to win

Magazine, 60 pages

UK’s most popular CHESS Magazine – established 1935! All the regular features of the UK’s best-selling CHESS magazine plus more! In this issue:

  • 60 Seconds with – WIM Natasha Regan
  • Another for Hikaru! – Hikaru Nakamura continued his fine run of form in Zurich
  • Beer & Blitz – A rather special memorial blitz event took place at the Kings Head
  • The Show Rolls On – Guildford and Cheddleton kept up the gallop at February’s 4NCL
  • Aspects of Exchanging – Some useful advice from Steve Giddins, focussing on 3 openings
  • Recent ‘Cheating Controversies’ – Junior Tay on some recent rather unsavoury incidents
  • No Second Chance – James Essinger on why writers have it easier than chess-players
  • Memories of Miles – Charles Higgie looks back on his student days in Sheffield
  • The Girls at the Terafinal – Mike Basman on the play of some more rising young stars

Plus all the regular features such as: How Good is Your Chess?, Saunders on Chess, Find the Winning Moves, Never Mind the Grandmasters, Studies, Home & Overseas News, Calendar and Book Reviews.

DOWNLOAD THE GAMES FROM THIS ISSUE: PGN FORMAT | CBV FORMAT
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The post CHESS Magazine – April 2016 appeared first on Chess.co.uk.

Source: The Week in Chess

Karjakin Wins Candidates’ 1st Prize And A BMW

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Besides the 95,000 Euro first prize, Sergey Karjakin received a BMW sports car at the end of the Candidates’ Tournament’s closing ceremony.
The closing ceremony of the FIDE Candidates’ Tournament was held a day after the tournament end…

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

Asian Nations Cup 2016 (Women) LIVE!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Asian Nations Chess Cup 2016 is taking place March 28 – April 5 in UAE. Here are the live games from the women section of the event, for the men section visit this live broadcast

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Asian Nations Chess Cup LIVE!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Asian Nations Chess Cup 2016 is taking place March 28 – April 5 in UAE. It features top Grandmasters including GM Bu Xiangzhi, GM Wang Yue, GM Adhiban, GM Wei Yi, GM S.P. Sethuraman, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, GM Sasikiran Krishnan, GM Lu Shanglei, GM Salem A.R. Saleh, GM Zhou Jianchao, GM Rinat Jumabayev, GM Murtas Kazhgaleyev, GM Anuar Ismagambetov, GM Eshan Ghaem Maghami, GM Rustam Khusnutdinov, etc.

The tournament is organized by the UAE Chess Federation under the auspices of the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Asian Chess Federation. Live games will be daily on Chessdom.com with computer analysis by the top TCEC engines.

Databases released by Grandmasters: Play against the Slav – by GM Kuljasevic / New: GM Kiril Georgiev full repertoire on the Berlin / King’s Indian and Catalan – by GM Delchev/ Repertoire against 1.d4 – by GM Chatalbashev/ Play against the Gruenfeld – by GM Arnaudov/ Paramount Chess Database – the most complete tool on the market

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Speelman: How will Karjakin fare against Carlsen?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

After a fortnight and a bit of ferocious combat we can now congratulate Sergey Karjakin on becoming Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger. It’s been a roller coaster ride of wildly swinging emotions and will certainly merit much examination in retrospect. GM Speelman looks at it not only from a historical point of view, but also from personal experience as a player and as a second.

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