Archive for May, 2016

Sergey Karjakin has much to prove before clash with Magnus Carlsen

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are both eager for action as the Norwegian and the Russian limber up for their world title match in November but it is Karjakin who has the headaches due to poor form after blundering his queen in an even position on Friday afternoon against Anish Giri, the world No8 from the Netherlands. He fought on for 68 moves until another blunder led to mate. After this debacle Carlsen’s challenger will be desperate to get back on the winning trail on Saturday, when he meets India’s Pentala Harikrishna, the joint leader of the elite chess tournament at Shamkir, Azerbaijan. Karjakin is still ranked only No9 globally despite his victory in the Moscow candidates tournament which decided Carlsen’s challenger, and his recent performance at the Russian team event in Sochi was a low-key 1/3 total. He lost to …

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Shamkir Round five: The Steamrollers

Monday, May 30th, 2016

On a normal day, we would be reporting on Anish Giri’s fabulous performance: He is on 4.0/5, is gaining enough rating points to put him back on 2800, is clear fourth in the World by now a fair marging, and yet today is not a normal day. Fabiano Caruana has even more points as he has won again, this time against Radjabov, and has now climbed back to World numero dos!

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If you want to get better in chess…

Monday, May 30th, 2016

The new ChessBase Magazine (#172) is out and again contains a wealth of material. One focus of this issue is the Candidates Tournament in Moscow – top players analyse the most exciting games. The magazine also contains lots of detailed opening surveys which help you to study, deepen and broaden your opening repertoire. To get better and to score more points.

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Caruana On A Rampage, Giri Keeps Winning Too

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Fabiano Caruana is blasting through the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. On Monday he beat another Azerbaijani grandmaster: Teimour Radjabov. Anish Giri kept the pace as he won his third game, against Eltaj Safarli. A …

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Deadline for submission of title applications for 87th FIDE Congress

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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Elista FIDE Office informs all National Chess Federations of the deadline of 6 July 2016 for submission of GM, IM, WGM, WIM, IA, FA and IO title applications to be considered at the 87th FIDE Congress 2016.

The title applications received after this date will be surcharged 50% and those arriving during the Congress will be charged a 100% supplement.

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

FIDE Grand-Prix 2016-2017 Announcement

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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FIDE Grand-Prix 2016-2017 Announcement

FIDE announces the first qualifiers for the Grand-Prix 2016-2017, from which the first two (2) winners will advance to the FIDE Candidates Tournament of the World Chess Championship Cycle 2017-2018:

01. Carlsen, Magnus (NOR, World Champion)
02. Anand, Wiswanathan (IND, World Ch. runner-up 2014)
03. Karjakin, Sergey (RUS, World Cup winner 2015)
04. Svidler, Peter (RUS, World Cup runner-up 2015)
05. Giri, Anish (NED, World Cup semi-finalist 2015)
06. Eljanov, Pavel (UKR, World Cup semi-finalist 2015)
07. Nakamura, Hikaru (USA, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)
08. Caruana, Fabiano (USA, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)
09. Topalov, Veselin (BUL, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)
10. Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)
11. Aronian, Levon (ARM, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)
12. So, Wesley (USA, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)
13. Ding, Liren (CHN, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)
14. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)
15. Tomashevsky, Evgeny (RUS, ACP Tour qualifier)

The first three (3) reserves in case of replacements needed:

01. Grischuk, Alexander (RUS, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)
02. Li, Chao (CHN, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)
03. Harikrishna, P (IND, Average 12m Std Ratings 6/2015 to 5/2016)

The schedule of the four (4) FIDE Grand-Prix events is the following, in venues to be announced soon:

a.) 12 – 23 October 2016 / GP tournament 1
b.) 10 – 21 February 2017 / GP tournament 2
c.) 11 – 22 May 2017 / GP tournament 3
d.) 5 – 16 July 2017 / GP tournament 4

In total 24 players will participate, 15 qualifiers listed above as per regulations plus 9 nominees from the organiser AGON (to be announced). Each player will play in 3 tournaments and all his results will be taken into account for the overall final standings of the Grand-Prix. FIDE will soon publish the exact venues and the player’s participation documents to be signed. The full regulations of the Grand Prix 2016-2017 can be downloaded from the FIDE website here:
http://fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=31&view=article

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Asian Continental starts with dreams and hopes

Monday, May 30th, 2016

The Uzbekistan Chess Federation on behalf of Asian Chess Federation and FIDE is hosting the Asian Continental Chess Championships. Atstake are five places in the World Cup for the Open section, and one spot in the Women World Championship. Top seeds are Le Quang Liem, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, and Wei Yi, but the field is chock full of prodigies ready to make waves. An illustrated report.

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Four players with perfect score at EIWCC 2016

Monday, May 30th, 2016

The 17th European Women’s Individual Chess Championship takes place from 26th May to 8th June at the complex Comandor-Amiral in Mamaia, Romania.

The Championship is organized by the Romanian Chess Federation, “Mind Games & Events” Sports Association, under the auspices of European Chess Union.

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After three rounds of the competition four players emerged as leaders with maximum score: IM Ekatarina Atalik (TUR 2408), WGM Zeinab Mamedjarova (AZE 2236), IM Inna Gaponenko (UKR 2415) and WIM Yuliya Shvayger (ISR 2415).

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These four defeated their opponents in round 3 and took advantage of the peaceful outcomes on the top three boards.

The first seed GM Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL 2507) is back in business after defeating Turkish representative WGM Kubra Ozturk (2226), while the third seed WGM Natalija Pogonina (RUS 2490) cannot be happy with only 2/3.

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IM Daria Charochkina (RUS 2362) defeated the 6th seed IM Nino Batsiashvili (GEO 2476), and her compatriot IM Salome Melia (2409) lost to WGM Gunay Mammadzada (AZE 2318).

Results

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Standings after round 3:

1-4  Atalik, Mamedjarova, Gaponenko and Shvayger – 3 points

5-17 Socko, Arabidze, Goryachkina, Paehtz, Houska, Kursova, Khurtsidze, Stefanova, Arakhamia-Grant, Zimina, Foisor, Mammadzada and Charochkina – 2.5 points, etc.

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Top pairings of round 4 are:

Gaponenko vs Atalik, Mamedjarova vs Shvayger, Stefanova vs Arakhamia-Grant, Paehtz vs Charochkina, Goryachkina vs Zimina, etc.

Round 4 is on schedule on Monday 30th May at 3.00 pm Romanian time.

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2016 Shamkir Rd4: Caruana storms to 3.5/4

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

After four rounds, it is beginning to look like a one-man show, with yet another win for Fabiano Caruana as he defeated Rauf Mamedov with black, taking his score to 3.5/4 and his live rating to world no.2 at 2814. was outplayed by Anish Giri and lost in 27 moves. We bring you a full report of an incredibly important fourth round.

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Caruana Moves To 3.5/4 In Shamkir, Giri Close Behind

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Fabiano Caruana won again and moved to 3.5/4 at the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. Today he beat Rauf Mamedov as Black. Anish Giri however is close behind as he won his second game, against Pentala Harikrishna.
Full report to fol…

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