Archive for February, 2018

Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player Volume 1

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player Volume 1 by Robert Ris

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Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player is split into three parts: Endgame, Tactical Play and Middlegame Strategy.

The endgame part of the book mostly concentrates on rook endgames. Every player needs to possess the knowledge of some elementary positions. This essential knowledge not only enriches your understanding of the game, but also gives confidence playing endgames in general.

In the subsequent chapters attention will be paid to more practical examples with an extra passed pawn and the importance of the pawn structures. A recurring theme in endgames is the transition into a pawn ending.

In the section on Middlegame Strategy the aim is to make the reader more conscious about some positional aspects of the game.

The final chapter presents the reader with examples from the authors own practice. It should be both fun and instructive to empathize with someone’s else thinking process.

ISBN: 9789492510228 , Paperback, 255 pages, Thinkers Publishing

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Urschel Talks Retirement; CryptoCurrency ‘Chesscoin’ Anyone?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Ex-NFL lineman John Urschel mostly wanted his recent retirement news to pass through the media glare quietly and quickly. Recently, he opened up about his reasoning to Sports Illustrated, and then another feature on Huffington Post talked about th…

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Urschel Talks Retirement, Crypto Currency ‘Chesscoin’ Anyone?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Ex-NFL lineman John Urschel mostly wanted his recent retirement news to pass through the media glare quietly and quickly. Recently, he opened up about his reasoning to Sports Illustrated, and then another feature on Huffington Post talked about th…

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11th Mikhail Tal Memorial

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

The 11th edition of Mikhail Tal Memorial will take place from 1-5th March in the Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow.

Participants:
Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Daniil Dubov (all from Russia), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Viswanathan Anand (India), and Boris Gelfand (Israel).

Daniil Dubov qualified by convincingly winning the preliminary tournament.

The Opening Ceremony will be held on 1st March. Rapid games will be played on March 2-4th, while the blitz tournament (with 4 additional players) will take place on 5th March.

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Carlsen Tops Grenke Chess Classic Field

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Magnus Carlsen’s next big tournament will be the Grenke Chess Classic, held from March 31 to  April 9 in the German cities of Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. Yesterday the field of participants was announced by the organizers.
Another Grenk…

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Carlsen Tops Grenke Field

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Magnus Carlsen’s next big tournament will be the Grenke Chess Classic, held from 31 March to 9 April in Karlsruhe and Baden-Baden. On Sunday, the field of participants was announced by the organizers.
Another Grenke Chess Classic is schedul…

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2018 U.S. and U.S. Women’s Chess Championships Fields Announced

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis For the tenth consecutive year, the Saint Louis Chess Club will host the U.S. Chess Championship and U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. The fields have now been confirmed and fans are sure to see great battles April 17-30, 2018. The 2018 U.S. Championship is an elite national championship event, featuring 12 of the strongest chess players in America. Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for $194,000 in prize money, qualification into the World Championship cycle, and the coveted title of 2018 U.S. Champion.
The team of USA was the winner in the last Olympiad.

2018 U.S. Chess Championship Field

GM Fabiano Caruana 2868 Rating
GM Hikaru Nakamura 2853 Rating
GM Wesley So 2852 U.S. Champion
GM Alex Onischuk 2759 Rating
GM Ray Robson 2731 Rating
GM Sam Shankland 2730 Rating
GM Varuzhan Akobian 2728 Rating
GM Jeffery Xiong 2724 Rating
GM Alex Lenderman 2695 U.S. Open Champion
GM Awonder Liang 2669 U.S. Junior Champion
GM Yaroslav Zherebukh 2717 Wildcard
GM Zviad Izoria 2714 Rating

The 2018 U.S. Women’s Championship is an elite national championship event, featuring 12 of the strongest female chess players in America. Over the course of eleven rounds, these competitors will battle for $100,000 in prize money, qualification into the Women’s World Championship cycle, and the coveted title of 2018 U.S. Women’s Champion.

2018 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship Field
Title First Last Invitational Rating* Qualification Method
GM Irina Krush 2524 Rating
IM Anna Zatonskih 2517 Rating
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 2450 Rating
IM Nazi Paikidze 2434 Rating
WGM Sabina Foisor 2407 U.S. Women’s Champion
WGM Jennifer Yu 2402 Rating
WIM Annie Wang 2373 Rating
FM Maggie Feng 2363 Rating
WGM Anna Sharevich 2361 Rating
IM Dorsa Derakhshani 2321 Wildcard
WIM Akshita Gorti 2317 U.S. Girls’ Junior Champion
IM Rusudan Goletiani 2302 Rating

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Dusan Popovic is the winner in Lugano 2018

Monday, February 19th, 2018

LuganoXII INTERNATIONAL CHESS OPEN OF LUGANO
VICTORY OF THE GM DUSAN POPOVIC

The twelfth edition of Lugano’s International Chess Open took place at the four-star Hotel De La Paix Hotel. GM Dusan Popovic, number 5 of the tournament in his first participation on the shores of Ceresio, won deservedly well with 5pt. out of 6 showing a precise and aggressive game. Second is the Russian GM Evgeny Alekseev with better tie-break from the third GM Boris Chatalbashev (already winner in Lugano in 2015) both with 4,5 points

During the Open there were also three chess side events of great importance such as the simultaneous of last Wednesday supported by the publisher and Italian maestro Valerio Luciani. In the spirit of the event a demonstrative chess lesson was held on Saturday for youngsters where a dozen children aged between 5 and 12 joined.

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Robby Kevlishvili is the winner in 78th Noteboom Tournament

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Noteboom The 78th Noteboom Tournament was a 6-round Swiss tournament took place from 16-18 February 2018 in Oegstgeest, Netherlands.
90 players took part in the tournament.
In the end 4 people made 5 points out of 6.
The best tie-break had IM Robby Kevlishvili, followed by GM Benjamin Bok and GM Petar Arnaudov. All of them managed to win their final games.

Replay the games here

1 Kevlishvili, Robby (IM) 5.0
2 Bok, Benjamin (GM) 5.0
3 Arnaudov, Petar (GM) 5.0
4 Pruijssers, R. (GM) 5.0
5 Nikolic, Predrag (GM) 4.5
6 Heltzel, Joost 4.5
7 Ducarmon, Quinten (IM) 4.0
8 Meegen, Ruud van 4.0
9 Werf, Mark van der (IM) 4.0
10 Zwirs, Nico 4.0 M
11 Kollen, Zyon (FM) 4.0
12 Kerstens, Dennis 4.0
13 Ketel, Raoul van (FM) 4.0
14 Brouwer, Dennis 4.0
15 Lenaerts, Lennert (FM) 4.0
16 Oudewaal, Vincent 4.0
17 Wissen, Michiel van 4.0
18 Bekker, Stefan (FM) 4.0
19 Ratsma, Rosa 4.0
20 Bakker, Guido 4.0
21 Bekedam, Tyro 4.0
22 Velden, Bram van der 4.0
23 Dael, Siem van (FM) 4.0
24 Schippers, Maurice 3.5
25 Clemens, Adrian (FM) 3.5
26 Rijn, Giel van 3.5
27 Baselmans, Luuk 3.5
28 Leusden, Dennis van 3.5
29 Straver, Robert 3.5
30 Zon, Stef van der 3.5
31 Hilwerda, Jonas 3.5
32 Zoun, Rogier 3.5
33 IJzermans, Cees 3.0
34 Schouten, Jordy 3.0
35 Tabak, Stefan (FM) 3.0
36 Heemskerk, Wim (FM) 3.0
37 Becx, C?sar (FM) 3.0
38 Woestenburg, Jochem 3.0
39 Termeulen, Albert 3.0
40 Damen, Jip 3.0
41 Maters, Arthur 3.0
42 Ramer, Milan 3.0
43 Leij, Arjan van der 3.0
44 Roorda, Thijs 3.0
45 Jongste, David 3.0
46 Bauer, Jelle 3.0
47 Ratsma, Midas 3.0
48 Roon, Sjoerd van 2.5
49 Polak, Alexander 2.5
50 Hellenberg, Jan 2.5
51 Zetten, Maarten van 2.5
52 Kathstede, Gerd 2.5
53 Cornelisse, Ticho 2.5
54 Da Ces, Philippe 2.5
55 Iolis, Oleg 2.5
56 Dijkhuis, Oele 2.5
57 Bergh, Ben van den 2.5
58 Vries, Emma de 2.5
59 Selman, Ercan 2.5
60 Gevers, Ernst 2.5
61 Zevenhuizen, Dani?l 2.5
62 Wilschut, Peter 2.5
63 Pham, Khoi 2.5
65 Wichtrup,Jan-Louis 2.5
66 Leertouwer, Joris 2.5
67 Versporten, Wim 2.5
68 Bulthuis, Jelle 2.5
69 P?rez Garcia, Hebert 2.0
70 Roebers, Eline 2.0
71 Schoehuis, Erik 2.0
72 Steen, Jan Aart van der 2.0
73 Elgersma, Onno 2.0
74 Roebers, Jan (FM) 2.0
75 Kok, Ivo 2.0
76 Frans, Richard 2.0
77 Oosterom, Erik 1.5
78 Hacken, Jos ten 1.5
79 Vreugdenhil, Frans 1.5
80 Leezer, Roel 1.5
81 Mienis, Dennis 1.5
82 Pietrow, Andrzej 1.5
83 Dunnen, Lola den 1.5
84 Brockmann, Fabian 1.5
85 Doolaard, Floris 1.5
86 Marel, Bert van der 1.0
87 Hagendijk, Klaas 1.0
88 Vent, Rens de 1.0
89 Casteleijn, Diederick

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10th Batavia Chess Tournament

Monday, February 19th, 2018

BataviaThe 10th dMP Batavia Chess Tournament takes place from Thursday, February 22nd to Sunday, March 4th, 2018 in Caf? Batavia 1920, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The games will start each day at 14:00 hrs. The final round starts at 12.00 hrs. Wednesday, February 28th is a rest day.

Admission to the playing hall in Cafe Batavia is free.
The cafe is located opposite the Amsterdam Central Station.

The Batavia Chess Tournament is a 10-player all-play-all event. The rate of play is 40 moves in 90 minutes plus 30 minutes for all remaining moves with 30 seconds per move added from the start.
The games are FIDE rated and gives players the opportunity to earn grandmaster and international master norms.

Participants
1. GM Ivan Sokolov 2567
2. GM Alexandr Fier (BRA) 2544
3. GM Friso Nijboer 2510
4. IM Miguel Santos Ruiz (SPA) 2505
5. IM Robby Kevlishvili 2469
6. IM Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) 2459
7. IM Anna Zatonskih (USA) 2447
8. IM Thomas Beerdsen 2445
9. FM Liam Vrolijk 2427
10. IM Manuel Bosboom 2403

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish

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