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Humpy Koneru Wins Skolkovo FIDE Grand Prix

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Not women's world champion Ju Wenjun (China) but Humpy Koneru (India) ended up winning the Women's Grand Prix in Skolkovo, Russia. Humpy took over the lead in the ninth round and didn't let go.
The Indian grandmaster scored 8 points ou…

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FIDE Chess World Cup: Xiong Knocks Out Duda; Radjabov Eliminates Mamedyarov

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

After eliminating Anish Giri, 18-year-old Jeffery Xiong scored another upset at the FIDE World Cup as he knocked out 18th seed Jan-Krzysztof Duda in an epic tiebreak on Sunday. In the all-Azerbaijani match it was Teimour Radjabov who eliminated Sh…

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Nepomniachtchi, So, Svidler Eliminated From FIDE Chess World Cup

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

Three big names were eliminated on the second day of the FIDE World Cup's fourth round. Wesley So and Peter Svidler only drew their games where they needed a win, while Ian Nepomniachtchi lost after a draw on Saturday. Leinier Domin…

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FIDE Chess World Cup: Dominguez, So, Svidler, Xiong Start With Losses

Friday, September 20th, 2019

The first day of the FIDE World Cup fourth round saw four decisive games, all won by White: Jan-Krzysztof Duda beat Jeffery Xiong; Alexander Grischuk beat Leinier Dominguez; Maxime Vachier-Lagrave …

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Chess : Jeffery Xiong aims to emulate Bobby Fischer after beating No 2 seed

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Jeffery Xiong eliminated Anish Giri, the No 2 seed from the Netherlands, at the $1.6m World Chess Cup in Siberia this week and the Texan, 18, now has an outside chance to emulate the legendary Bobby Fischer by becoming a world title candidate as a teenager. The 128-player knock-out at Khanty-Mansiysk reaches its round of 16 this weekend, and the chess superpowers Russia, USA and China provide more than half the survivors. In contrast, India, who began with 10 qualifiers and high hopes, saw them all knocked out by the third round, while the three Englishmen Michael Adams, Gawain Jones and Luke McShane failed to survive beyond round two. McShane was closest, but needing a speed win to take his eight-game marathon against Daniil Yuffa into sudden death Armageddon, he missed a fleeting chance at move 81 to trap the Russian’s venturesome …

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Ju Wenjun Leads 1st Leg As FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Begins

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Women's world champion Ju Wenjun tops the first Women's Grand Prix of 2019 with three rounds to go. The event is the first of four GP legs and is taking place in Skolkovo, Russia.
The current women's world championship cycle is in its final stag…

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Ju Wenjun wins again, Humpy Koneru follows suit

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

s WGP Skolkovo

The leader of the tournament Ju Wenjun (2576) scored an important victory in the 7th round, with the Black pieces, against Valentina Gunina (2502). In a Neo-Catalan Defense, the World Champion solved the problem of c8 bishop in the early stage of the opening, managed to demolish white’s centre with the well-known c5 idea, and soon achieved equality. Black took control of the central open columns and that allowed her, first to gain a pawn, and then to launch a decisive attack against Gunina’s king.

Humpy Koneru (2560) defeated Antoaneta Stefanova (2491) in the Exchange Variation of the Gruenfeld. The Indian Grandmaster came out from the opening with a little edge, and little by little she improved her position. Stefanova decided to sacrifice an exchange in order to create some counterplay, but this left her king very exposed. As a result, the former World Champion got trapped in a mating net later on. With this win, Humpy jumps to the clear second position; she is just half-point behind the leader Ju Wenjun.

It was a good day for the Indian players since Harika Dronavalli (2503) also won against Pia Cramling (2478) in 70 moves. The former world number one female player lost many tempi with her queen, while her king was still placed in the centre. Harika rapidly opened the position and went for a typical set up with an isolated central pawn, but in which she had control of the open columns and diagonals. Cramling followed the textbook and blocked the pawn with her knight; she then managed exchange rooks and kept bishop and knight against Harika’s pair of bishops. The position equalized, but then Pia became ambitious and decided to break through with 58…f5, an advance that got her in trouble. She lost a pawn, and Harika quickly took the opportunity and grabbed the whole point, inflicting the third consecutive defeat to the Swedish legend.

The sharp Kmoch Variation of the Nimzo Indian Defense was played in the game between Alina Kashlinskaya (2487) and Alexandra Kosteniuk (2495). In a double-edged position, Kashlinskaya sacrificed an exchange to get rid of one of Kosteniuk’s knights, which had penetrated her position. It was probably the right decision in order to play for a win, but a few moves later, 38.Bd4 instead of 38.Nd4 turned the tables and allowed Kosteniuk to launch a decisive counterattack.

The World Champion Challenger Aleksandra Goryanchkina (2564) chose the Fianchetto Defence against Marie Sebag‘s Ruy Lopez. Sebag obtained a slightly better position out of the opening, forcing Goryachkina to play with precision. The game came down to an equal endgame, and the players shook hands on the move 41, adding half a point to their scores.

The clash between Elisabeth Paethz (2479) and Kateryna Lagno (2545) turned out to be the shortest game of the event. A very sharp variation of  Tarrasch Defence arose on the board, but both players seemed to be following their preparation, maybe all the way up to the final position. The game ended in a perpetual check, in just 25 moves.

Standings after 7 rounds:

 Koneru, Humpy
5 2560 
 Goryachkina, Aleksandra
4? 2564 
 Lagno, Kateryna
4? 2545 
 Paehtz, Elisabeth
4 2479 
 Gunina, Valentina
3? 2502 
 Harika, Dronavalli
3? 2503 
 Kosteniuk, Alexandra
3? 2495 
 Sebag, Marie
2? 2450 
 Kashlinskaya, Alina
2 2487 
 Stefanova, Antoaneta
2 2491 
 Cramling, Pia
1? 2487 

The eighth-round will be played on September 19, at 3 pm local time (GMT +3).

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Text: Keti Tsatsalashvili
Photos: David Llada 

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

FIDE Chess World Cup: Xiong Sends Giri Home

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The tiebreaks of the FIDE World Cup's third round saw a major upset as the 31st seed Jeffery Xiong (USA) knocked out the second seed, Anish Giri (Netherlands). Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) managed to send home the higher rated Vladislav Artem…

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FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Tickets Now Available

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The time has come to book your ticket to watch the live stages of the FIDE World Fischer Random Championship.
To buy tickets to the FIDE World Fischer Random Championship, visit the official site here.
The venue for the semifinals and final wi…

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Comment on 3rd Casual Blitz Chess Tournament by joao

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Final Results after 9 rounds

1- Jochen, 8.5 points
2- Madara, 7 points
3- Orry, 6.5 points
4- Angel, 6 points
5- Mike, 4.5 points
6- Edison, 4.5 points
7- Conrad, 4 points
8- Rada, 2.5 points
9- Oskar, 1.5 points
10- Clive, 0 points

Source: The Week in Chess