Archive for August, 2018

Harika Dronavalli’s Wonderful Wedding

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Through western eyes, any Indian wedding is special. GM Harika Dronavalli's wedding with Karteek Chandra on August 19 was truly special indeed, and two Chess.com reporters were among the lucky ones attending.
GM Humpy Koneru hasn't pla…

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

Harika Dronavalli’s Magical Marriage

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Through western eyes, any Indian wedding is special. GM Harika Dronavalli's wedding with Karteek Chandra on August 19 was truly special indeed, and two Chess.com reporters were among the lucky ones attending.
GM Humpy Koneru hasn't pla…

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

Chiron and Ethereal lead TCEC First Division

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

After the first double round robin of TCEC’s First Division, Chiron and Ethereal are sharing the lead with a convincing lead ahead of opposition. Bot have 9,5/14, leaving Fizbo full two points behind.

More about S13 of TCEC: Official website of TCEC / Test beta GUI for TCEC / Full participants list / Leela Chess Zero wins TCEC Div 4 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 3 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 2

Chiron chess

Chiron, the current Italian Computer Chess Champion, plays with a special S13 version at TCEC. After stability issues last season, it has come to the new season stronger than ever. With the extra ELO points it seems ready to climb to the Premier Division and stay there. Chiron itself is a unique engine using special detection of pawn blockages. Chiron can instantly detect and correctly score as draw most of the positions with dynamic or static pawn structures. Many engines, even the strongest ones, will score some positions with incorrect high values, but Chiron’s code for detection has been developed following the rules described by Omid David in his paper “Blockage Detection in Pawn Endgames”. This feature doesn’t make Chiron stronger, yet it is interesting for analysis and could avoid Chiron to enter a draw endgame thinking it could be won. You can get your copy of Chiron and enjoy its unique style at the official website of the engine

Ethereal, the youngest engine in the field and the second strongest open source project after Stockfish, is still the favorite in the division. Despite losing a direct match to Chiron, it plays convincing chess, squeezing advantages from dry positions. Greatly influenced by Crafty, Stockfish, TSCP, MadChess, and Fruit, the chess engine by Andrew Grant won convincingly Division 2 and is dubbed by many a favorite to attack the 4th position or more at this edition of TCEC. Visit the official GitHub webpage of the project

TCEC First Division standings after 14 rounds

1. Chiron S13 – 9,5/14
2. Ethereal 9,5/14
3. Fizbo 7,5/14
4. ChessBrainVB 6,5/14
5. Fritz 6,5/14
6. Laser 6,0/14
7. Booot 5,5/14
8. Jonny 5,0/14

Chessdom

89th FIDE Congress: Deadline for Delegates passed

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

official logo

FIDE informs that the deadline for Presidents of each member federation to inform FIDE Secretariat of any changes to be made on the published list of delegates for the General Assembly in Batumi, Georgia, was over at 17.00 Athens time today.

We would like to thank all federations Presidents who contacted us.

 

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Del Rio and Vega and the winners at the Spanish Championship 2018

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

40287378_2052074641770231_4791286969332137984_oThe 2018 Spanish Championship is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 20-28 August in Linares, Spain. The winner receives € 3,000 and the title of Spanish Champion, while the highest-scoring female player becomes the Spanish Women’s Champion. The tournament also serves as a qualifier for Spain in the European Championships.

125 players took part in the tournament.
After 9 rounds four players have finished with 7 points.
The winner is GM Gabriel Del Rio with the best tie-break.
Second is GM Jose Fernando Cuenca Jimenez, and third is Hipolito Asis Gargatagli.

The best woman was IM Sabrina Vega, who took the title with 6 points and better tie-break from IM Ana Matnadze.

Final standings

1 Del Rio De Angelis, Salvador G. 7.0
2 Cuenca Jimenez, Jose Fernando 7.0
3 Asis Gargatagli, Hipolito 7.0
4 Aroshidze, Levan 7.0
5 Perez Candelario, Manuel 6.5
6 Teran Alvarez, Ismael 6.5
7 Espinosa Aranda, Angel 6.5
8 Tejedor Fuente, Enrique 6.5
9 Merario Alarcon, Andres 6.5
10 Garriga Cazorla, Pere 6.5
11 Santos Ruiz, Miguel 6.0
12 Santos Latasa, Jaime 6.0
13 Cruz Lledo, Pablo 6.0
14 Ladron De Guevara Pinto, Paolo 6.0
15 Anton Guijarro, David 6.0
16 Serarols Mabras, Bernat 6.0
17 Vega Gutierrez, Sabrina 6.0
18 Domingo Nunez, Ruben 6.0
19 Ayats Llobera, Gerard 6.0
20 Lianes Garcia, Marcos 6.0
21 Arizmendi Martinez, Julen Luis 6.0
22 Sanchez Aller, Fernando 6.0
23 Matnadze, Ana 6.0
24 Diaz Castro, Ismael 6.0
25 Moreno Ruiz, Javier 5.5
26 Domingo Nunez, Alejandro 5.5
27 Huerga Leache, Mikel 5.5
28 Alshameary Puente, Ismael 5.5
29 Suarez Uriel, Adrian 5.5
30 Montero Melendez, Rafael 5.5
31 Tudela Corbalan, Carlos 5.5
32 Alvarez Fernandez, Enrique 5.5
33 Kolotilina, Liudmila 5.5
34 Esquivias Quintero, Luis Manuel 5.5
35 Garza Marco, Sergio 5.0
36 Bernabeu Lopez, Carlos Javier 5.0
37 Orantes Taboada, Francisco 5.0
38 Balbuena Fuentes, Mario 5.0
39 Garcia Garcia, Adrian Antonio 5.0
40 Lopez Varela, Pablo 5.0
41 Sanchez Jerez, Emilio Miguel 5.0
42 Gomez Sanjuan, Hector Fernando 5.0
43 Roldan Marques, Daniel 5.0
44 Galiana Fernandez, Adrian 5.0
45 Garcia Vicente, Nieves 5.0
46 Moral Garcia, Serafin 5.0
47 Silva Rodriguez, Fernando 5.0
48 Sanchez Vigon, David 5.0
49 Sole Pijuan, Ferran 5.0
50 Diaz Castro, Sergio 5.0
51 Cruz Ramirez, Nauzet 5.0
52 Jimenez Bernal, Francisco 5.0
53 Romero Romero, Sebastian 5.0
54 Cuevas Fernandez, Jose Alberto 5.0
55 Alvarez Morales, Miguel 5.0
56 Ruiz Casado, Francisco Javier 5.0
57 Rodriguez Perez, Angel Mariano 4.5
58 Garcia Romero, Benjamin Abel 4.5
59 Arroyo Rodriguez, Jesus 4.5
60 Vergara Anton, Diego 4.5
61 Blazquez Gomez, Juan Carlos 4.5
62 Blazquez Gomez, Miguel 4.5
63 Samuel Lares, Jairo 4.5
64 Perez Perez, Gabriel 4.5
65 Ortin Blanco, Ainhoa 4.5
66 De La Pena Garcia, Blanca 4.5
67 Rodriguez Del Cerro, Ricardo 4.5
68 Sobrino Forte, Alvaro 4.5
69 Salgado Lopez, Ivan 4.0
70 Castellanos Gomez, Alejandro 4.0
71 Calzetta Ruiz, Monica 4.0
72 Jimenez De La Torre, Jose A. 4.0
73 Pablos Tenrero, Raquel 4.0
74 Sosa Suarez, Carla Cristina 4.0
75 Comellas Martos, Lidia 4.0
76 Maranon Canton, Antonio 4.0
77 Porta Tovar, Guillem 4.0
78 Gomez Ligero, Sergio 4.0
79 Ramos Saavedra, Mario 4.0
80 Perez Beltran, Salvador 4.0
81 Rodriguez Redondo, Adhara 4.0
82 Badillo Ramos, Steve 4.0
83 Amoros Moran, Jose Joaquin 4.0
84 Fernandez Montero, Francisco M. 4.0
85 Gonzalez Guedes, Iyan 4.0
86 Diaz Rodriguez, Jose Antonio 3.5
87 Alvarez Serrano, Carlos 3.5
88 Carretero Ortiz, Francisco 3.5
89 Gil Quilez, Sonia 3.5
90 Gonzalez Garcia, Francisco 3.5
91 Ucles Lirola, Moises 3.5
92 Antunez Munoz, Ines 3.5
93 Serrano Garcia, Luis 3.5
94 Vazquez Pino, Miguel A. 3.5
95 Anillo Fernandez, Isabel Maria 3.5
96 Gonzalez del Campo, Diego 3.5
97 Rascon Jato, Daniel 3.5
98 Mohamed Garcia, Ismael 3.5
99 Vara Soler, Luis 3.5
100 Montero Melendez, Juan 3.5
101 Suriol Peinado, Alberto 3.5
102 Lopez Guerrero, Jose Miguel 3.0
103 Argibay Fontan, Santiago 3.0
104 Cesar Maestre, Bernardo 3.0
105 Pomet Polo, Celia 3.0
106 Rios Gallardo, Guillermo 3.0
107 Arnaiz Yanes, Miguel Angel 3.0
108 Garcia Gomez, Jose Manuel 3.0
109 Rodriguez Perez, Marta 3.0
110 Fernandez Cantalapiedra, Isabel 3.0
111 Fernandez Garcia, Francisco Jose 2.5
112 De la Fuente de la Fuente, Alba 2.5
113 Vicens Company, Maria Antonia 2.5
114 Fernandez Checa, Manuel 2.5
115 Torralbo Lopez, Manuel Jesus 2.5
116 Fernandez Calzada, Juan A. 2.5
117 Burgos Olmos, Mario 2.0
118 Gomez Fernandez, Alfredo 2.0
119 Perdigones Gomez, Mercedes 2.0
120 Cordero Infante, Ivan 2.0
121 Gonzalez Lopez, Francisco Jesus 1.0
122 Redondo Terron, Eva 1.0
123 Malia Ramirez, Jose 1.0
124 Acebal Muniz, Maria Concepcion 1.0
125 Sanchez Elena, Lucia 0.0

Chessdom

Caruana Wins Playoff, Earns Grand Chess Tour Finals Spot

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

London calling, again. This time, it's a double chess "clash" for Fabiano Caruana.
Earlier this year he won the Candidates' Tournament to qualify for November's world championship. Now, he will be back in London in December for the Grand Chess T…

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

Caruana Wins Playoff, Earns Final Grand Chess Tour Finals Seat

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

London calling, again. This time, it's a double chess "Clash" for Fabiano Caruana.
Earlier this year he won the Candidates' Tournament to qualify for November's world championship. Now, he will return, or perhaps just stick around, until Decembe…

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

Vachier-Lagrave To Play Komodo In Man-vs-Machine Odds Chess

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will be the next opponent for the Komodo Monte Carlo engine as France's top grandmaster will play the computer in an odds match on Sept. 5.
Watch the man-vs-machine event live on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 12 p.m. PDT (3 p.m. E…

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

Sinquefield Cup Recap – Round 9

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

unnamedThe tradition of no repeat winners in the Sinquefield Cup ended in the most unexpected fashion. At the end of the day, there were three winners! Fabiano Caruana, Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian tied for first place, while Caruana also tied for fourth place in the Grand Chess Tour standings with Wesley So. According to the rules, one of the players would have to be eliminated by a drawing of lots in a three-way tie, meaning that Caruana could potentially play two tiebreaks: One for the Sinquefield Cup and another for the Grand Chess Tour. The three players decided that they would rather share the title than have one of the players eliminated from participating in playoffs due to random chance. Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave qualified for the Grand Chess Tour Finals, while Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So will battle it out tomorrow for their ticket to the finale in London.

So vs Caruana ? – ?

Caruana once again chose the Petroff Defense, which keeps serving him quite well. His countryman made the strange decision of not playing a more aggressive system, and odd choice considering he needed to a win to secure his spot in the Grand Chess Tour finals. Caruana had no trouble drawing the game and thus securing at least a tie for first place.

Aronian vs Grischuk 1-0
unnamed (1)
Coming into the round, both players were half a point behind the leader. Levon Aronian thought his opponent was in a more vulnerable situation, because he needed a win to qualify to the finals, while Aronian only needed a draw. The psychological warfare played a significant role, as Aronian decided to play a risky sacrifice in order to take advantage of his opponent’s looming time trouble. After Grischuk moved, Aronian instantly sacrificed a rook, surprising the fans and commentators alike. Then he simply took a confident stroll away from the board. Grischuk was clearly caught off guard and was not able to play with precision while low on time. Aronian won the game in fantastic style, thus securing a tie with Caruana.

Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-0

There were no fireworks in this game, but it was a trademark Carlsen win. Historically, the World Champion has been a difficult opponent for Nakamura; their lifetime score is 12-1 in favor of Carlsen, not counting the draws. The game was quite balanced throughout until the American made the dubious decision of giving up a pawn in the endgame. Perhaps he thought that he had a fortress, but Carlsen has famously declared that he doesn’t believe in fortresses. The 97 move struggle eventually ended in Carlsen’s favor, propelling Magnus into a tie for first, while coincidentally helping So tie for fourth place with Caruana in the Grand Chess Tour standings.

Anand vs Mamedyarov ? – ?

The former World Champion ended the tournament with nine draws. Mamedyarov was another player who was chasing the leader by half a point, but never had a chance to play for a win with the black pieces. At the end of their long, theoretical battle, Anand had a slight edge with the white pieces but was not able to create real winning chances.

Karjakin vs Vachier-Lagrave ? – ?

The Russian Grandmaster’s nightmare tournament finally came to an end when he managed to eke out a draw in a torturous endgame. First he was down one pawn in a rook and bishop ending, and finally was down two in a rook endgame. Nevertheless, the minister of defense held on to the bitter end, forcing the Frenchman to surrender a half point after a long struggle. While Maxime might have been disappointed to not win this one, qualifying for the final in London will certainly ease his woes. As for Karjakin, the draw ensured that he was not alone in the cellar, as it was just enough to catch Hikaru on three points.

Chessdom

Carlsen, Caruana, Aronian All Earn Sinquefield Cup Titles As Playoff Nixed

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

–This is a developing story. Games, analysis, photos, interviews with players, and a behind-the-scenes video of the playoff discussion will all be added here later–
First there was a two-man playoff. Then a three-man playoff. Then, no playoff …

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

Search
Categories