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Chess.com Month In Review: May 2019

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Hey, chess lovers!
Starting (a little late) this month, we're developing a new good habit and getting louder about recent changes around the site: new features, improvements, and maybe a bug fix here and there.
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Goryachkina, undefeated, maintains her advantage in Kazan

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

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Goryachkina, undefeated, maintains her advantage in Kazan

Anna Muzychuk was not able to stop Aleksandra Goryachkina in the eleventh round of the Women’s Candidates. The sole leader of the tournament made a comfortable draw and is still 2,5 points ahead of the nearest pursuer. Kateryna Lagno drew against Mariya Muzychuk and remains in the second place. The derby between two former World Women’s Champions Tan Zhongyi and Alexandra Kosteniuk ended with a victory of the Chinese player. The Women’s Candidates is a roller-coaster for Tan Zhongyi who collected 4 losses, 3 wins and 4 draws so far. After 106 moves and more than 5 hours of play, Valentina Gunina grabbed the victory.

After 11 rounds Goryachkina leads with 8,5 points, Kateryna Lagno is in second place with 6 points, Mariya and Anna Muzychuk share third place with 5,5 points. Tan Zhongyi is in fifth place with 5 points. Valentina Gunina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, and Nana Dzagnidze have 4,5 points.

Round 9 results:

Aleksandra Goryachkina — Anna Muzychuk | ? — ?
Kateryna Lagno — Mariya Muzychuk | ? — ?

Tan Zhongyi — Alexandra Kosteniuk | 1 — 0
Valentina Gunina — Nana Dzagnidze | 1 — 0

The Grunfeld Defence with g3 was played in the game Aleksandra Goryachkina vs Anna Muzychuk. It seems neither player wanted to take too many risks and as a result, the game petered out to a balanced position. White managed to get a very solid position with a small edge. The leader of the tournament didn’t see any direct way to improve her position significantly and chose to make a comfortable draw. Three rounds to go Goryachkina needs to gain only half a point to become the winner of the tournament.

The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defence appeared in Lagno`s practice for the first time and according to Katerina, it went pretty good for her. ”It was an interesting game and my opponent defended well. Maybe I could have played better somewhere but after 29.Bh6 it should be just equal,” commented the Russian player. Mariya was not sure when her preparation stopped and even though she spent a lot of time in the middle game, she didn’t feel Black was at any danger after 23.a5. The players signed the peace after the first time control.

The Nimzovich Defence happened in the game Tan Zhongyi vs Alexandra Kosteniuk. The critical moment appeared after 14.e5.

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Alexandra relatively quickly answered 14…g6, which turned out to be a fatal mistake for Black. The Russian player didn’t like her position after 14…Nce5 15.Bh7 Kh8 16. Ne5 Ne5 17.Re3 but it looks like Black was doing fine after 17…Nf3! 18.gf f5!

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20.Be8! A very strong move, found by Tan Zhongyi. Bishop is untouchable because of 21. Qd7. The position of Black became hopeless and a few moves later Alexandra resigned.

One of the variations of the English Opening, which later on was transferred into Queen’s Indian Defence, was played in the game Valentina Gunina against Nana Dzagnidze. The longest game of the round was full of fight as both players were choosing the most principal lines. The position was always more or less equal, but both players kept on fighting and in a very complex ending Nana Dzagnidze was the last one to make a mistake.

Friday, June 14th, at 15:00 local time, the twelfth round will be played with the following pairings:

Mariya Muzychuk — Valentina Gunina
Nana Dzagnidze — Alexandra Kosteniuk
Tan Zhongyi — Aleksandra Goryachkina
Anna Muzychuk — Kateryna Lagno

Report: Anastasiya Karlovich

Photo: Eteri Kublashvili & Anastasiya Karlovich

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Chess.com Month in Review: May 2019

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Hey, chess-lovers!
Starting (a little late!) this month, we're developing a new good habit and getting louder about recent changes around the site – new features, improvements, and maybe a bug fix here and there.
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Chess.com Month in Review: May 2019

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Hey, chess-lovers!
Starting (a little late!) this month, we're developing a new good habit and getting louder about recent changes around the site – new features, improvements, and maybe a bug fix here and there.
For good measure, we will also…

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‘Opponents Handing It To Carlsen’ At Norway Chess

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Magnus Carlsen has a chance to win the 2019 Altibox Norway Chess tournament with a round to spare. On Wednesday Levon Aronian defeated Yu Yangyi to take over second place, but he is trailing the leader by two points.
When Aronian joined the…

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Lagno, unable to reduce the gap with Goryachkina

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

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Lagno, unable to reduce the gap with Goryachkina

The central game of the tenth round between the leader Aleksandra Goryachkina and the nearest pursuer Kateryna Lagno finished in a draw. The “miracle” didn’t happen and Goryachkina keeps a comfortable lead in the Women’s Candidates Tournament, with two and a half points over her rival today. In the only decisive game of the round, Alexandra Kosteniuk defeated her teammate Valentina Gunina. Anna Muzychuk played a relatively uneventful draw against Tan Zhongyi, while Mariya Muzychuk got some chances against Nana Dzagnidze but in the end showed the same result as her sister.

After ten rounds, Aleksandra Goryachkina leads with 8 points. Kateryna Lagno is in second place with 5,5 points, Mariya and Anna Muzychuk share third place with 5 points. Nana Dzagnidze and Alexandra Kosteniuk share 5th place with 4,5 points. Tan Zhongyi has 4 points, and Valentina Gunina has 3,5.

Kateryna Lagno was well prepared against the Caro Kann Defence and, with White, got a comfortable position against Aleksandra Goryachkina out of the opening. According to the Katerina, she felt she had some chances in today’s encounter, but she didn’t go for the principal lines. “I could have chosen more critical moves like Ne5 earlier in the game. At the same time, I always try to play according to a position. There were games where players took too many risks, and we all know what was the end”, said Kateryna Lagno. After a few accurate exchanges, Aleksandra Goryachkina made a confident draw in the rook ending.

Anna Muzychuk didn’t manage to get an edge in the Italian game against Tan Zhongyi. According to Anna, her opponent surprised her with 9…Kh8 and 10…h6, but she could not find the way to improve her position in the middle game and went for numerous exchanges, hoping to create chances in the ending. The position turned to be completely balanced and after 30 moves the game finished in a draw.

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“It looks like we have two different tournaments here. One is for Goryachkina and another one for the rest of the players”, said Anna Muzychuk after the game. She is going to play against the leader tomorrow, in the eleventh round of the Candidates.

In the Rossolimo Variation of the Sicilian defence, playing White, Mariya Muzychuk went for a pawn sacrifice and got quite a dangerous initiative in return. Nana made the typical decision in positions with opposite colour bishops: she decided to give back the extra material to get some counterplay on the kingside. Mariya opted for a Queens exchange and few moves later the game finished in a draw.

Valentina Gunina was surprised by 4.d4 in Ruy Lopez, prepared by Alexandra Kosteniuk, and had to play out of her book from the early stage in the game. She spent much time choosing the right order of moves and had to made critical choices in the time trouble. The former Women’s World Champion developed quite a strong initiative on the kingside. However, her risky decision to castle long could have given good counter chances for Valentina, if she would have played more precisely. Later on, Alexandra consolidated her pieces and converted her advantage with the accurate play.

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Alexandra Kosteniuk chose a patriotic dress with the Russian flag today, celebrating the national holiday – the Day of Russia.

Thursday, June 13th, at 15:00 local time, the eleventh round will be played with the following pairings:

Round 10 results:

Kateryna Lagno — Aleksandra Goryachkina | ? — ?
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Valentina Gunina | 1 — 0
Anna Muzychuk— Tan Zhongyi | ? — ?
Mariya Muzychuk — Nana Dzagnidze | ? — ?

Report: Anastasiya Karlovich

Photos: Eteri Kublashvili & Anastasiya Karlovich

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Junior Speed Chess: Sarana Beats Esipenko

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Making the difference in the three-minute segment, Alexey Sarana defeated Andrey Esipenko 15-12 on Tuesday. The next opponent for Sarana in the Junior Speed Chess Championship will be either Parham Maghsoodloo or Luca Moroni.
It w…

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ADVANCE: Lagno, unable to reduce the gap with Goryachkina

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

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ADVANCE: Lagno, unable to reduce the gap with Goryachkina

The central game of the tenth round between the leader Aleksandra Goryachkina and the nearest pursuer Kateryna Lagno finished in a draw. The “miracle” didn’t happen and Goryachkina keeps a comfortable lead in the Women’s Candidates Tournament, with two and a half points over her rival today. In the only decisive game of the round, Alexandra Kosteniuk defeated her teammate Valentina Gunina. Anna Muzychuk played a relatively uneventful draw against Tan Zhongyi, while Mariya Muzychuk got some chances against Nana Dzagnidze but in the end showed the same result as her sister.

After ten rounds, Aleksandra Goryachkina leads with 8 points. Kateryna Lagno is in second place with 5,5 points, Mariya and Anna Muzychuk share third place with 5 points. Nana Dzagnidze and Alexandra Kosteniuk share 5th place with 4,5 points. Tan Zhongyi has 4 points, and Valentina Gunina has 3,5.

Round 10 results:

Kateryna Lagno — Aleksandra Goryachkina | ? — ?
Alexandra Kosteniuk — Valentina Gunina | 1 — 0
Anna Muzychuk— Tan Zhongyi | ? — ?
Mariya Muzychuk — Nana Dzagnidze | ? — ?

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Junior Speed Chess: Sarana Beats Esipenko 15-12

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Making the difference in the three-minute segment, Alexey Sarana defeated Andrey Esipenko 15-12 on Tuesday. The next opponent for Sarana in the Junior Speed Chess Championship will be either Parham Maghsoodloo or Luca Moroni.
It w…

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FIDE signs a cooperation agreement with Coca-Cola

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

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It is with great satisfaction that we announce today a brand-new cooperation agreement has been signed between FIDE and the Coca-Cola company.

Coca-Cola has a long history of supporting sports, a tradition which dates back nearly a century ago. This company is the longest continuous corporate partner of the IOC (since Amsterdam 1928), and it has helped numerous athletes and Paralympic athletes to achieve their goals.

Working together with world-leading companies for the benefit of chess is one of the main goals for FIDE. This cooperation with Coca-Cola is an honour that presents us with great opportunities to promote our sport. “Chess is not only the most popular of all games, played by millions of people (…). It is also a unique sport that requires a sharp mind, smart strategy and competitive spirit to be the best. These are values that Coca-Cola is proudly committed to supporting”, reads their announcement.

The cooperation between FIDE and Coca-Cola will take off this summer with two pilot projects. The first one will be the Open rapid and blitz tournament that will be held in Riga in July (alongside the Grand Prix), which is set to be the strongest event of the kind in 2019. The second competition that will receive the support of Coca-Cola will be the Polish Team Chess Championship – Extraleague in Silesia, Poland, at the end of August. We will work together to ensure that these are merely the first steps of a long-lasting partnership.

Overview: Coca-Cola and sports
Twitter: @CocaCola

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Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

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