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Sindarov Likely Becomes ‘New’ 2nd-Youngest GM In History

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

It took 16 years after Sergey Karjakin became a grandmaster at 12 years old for another person to earn chess's highest-title before turning 13.
But now, only four months after Indian prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa became the second 12-ye…

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Clinch it!: How to Convert an Advantage into a Win in Chess

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Clinch it!: How to Convert an Advantage into a Win in Chess
by Cyrus Lakdawala
How good are you at bringing in the full point when you hold a clear advantage or are just plain winning? Pondering this question may well evoke some painful memories. Perhaps the single greatest frustration for club-level chess players is that time and again they see wins turn into draws or even losses.

The reasons for messing up a winning position are by no means just technical. And the rest is a matter of technique? Not likely, in the real world.

Recklessness, collapsing nerves, relaxing instead of preparing yourself for a long and arduous fight, the inability to cope with a small setback or with a busted opponent who has turned into a fearless desperado: based on four decades of teaching chess Cyrus Lakdawala has identified dozens of thought-provoking reasons why we are throwing away points that should be ours.

Lakdawala teaches how to:
— efficiently exploit a development lead
— capitalize on an attack
— identify and convert favorable imbalances
— accumulate strategic advantages
— and other tools to increase your conversion rate.

His examples are compelling, his explanations are captivating and often funny. A recurring theme in this stimulating, instructive and entertaining book is: don’t burden yourself with the toxic task to prove that you are a genius. Just try to win.

Cyrus Lakdawala is an International Master and a former American Open Champion. He has been teaching chess for four decades. Lakdawala is a prolific and widely read author. Chess for Hawks, his earlier book with New In Chess, won the Best Instructional Book Award of the Chess Journalists of America (CJA). In 2018 Lakdawala published How Ulf Beats Black: Ulf Andersson’s Bulletproof Strategic Repertoire for White to universal acclaim.

ISBN: 9789056918019, Paperback, 256 pages, New in Chess


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World Chess Launches Chess Dating App

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Three weeks before the start of the FIDE world championship, organizer World Chess launched chess dating app Mates. Billed as a way to find an opponent for a game of chess, the app came with a press release that doesn't shy away from a sexual conn…

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Together with the Candidates: Budapest 1950 until Berlin 2018

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Together with the Candidates: from Budapest 1950 until Berlin 2018
by Alexey Kuzmin
Elite games, Tests and History
This book is a presentation of the history of all the Candidates Tournaments and matches. However it is also a book of tests and solutions, given in the format of game fragments with detailed comments. All the problems selected by Alexey have been taken from the games of all the Candidates competitions.

Alexey Kuzmin was born in 1963, Moscow Russia. He was the champion of the Central Chess Club of the USSR IN 1985 and Moscow 1986. Having won the round-robin tournament in Managua 1987, he became an IM and earned his GM title in 1995. Alexey was the winner of a number of international competitions and soon entered the top 100 of the world rating list. In 2004 he ended his active playing career.

Alexey has been working as a professional coach more than 30 years. He was the second of the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov during the years of his struggle against Garry Kasparov (1987-1991). Since 1992 he was the appraised coach of the Qatar National team. in 2004, Alexey achieved the “FIDE Senior Trainer” title.

In the period from 2006 until 2015, he worked as a second of GM Alexander Morozevich, the candidate to the World Champion’s title.

This is his second book for ‘Thinkers Publishing’, his first ‘Together with Morozevich’, being regarded as a most remarkable book.

ISBN 9789492510358, Paperback, 280 pages, Thinkers Publishing


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1st FIDE World Team Chess Championship for Disabled 2018

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018


The 1st FIDE World Team Chess Championship for Disabled 2018 started today on 15 October in Wyndham Garden Hotel Dresden, Germany. The event is organized by ZMDI Schachfestival Dresden e. V. under the auspices of FIDE. Dr. Jordan, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee and his team have successfully organized the World Chess Olympiad back in 2008 in Dresden as well as other chess competition of senior and disabled formats in Germany.


The FIDE Observer of the tournament is Thomas Luther.


Here is what he replied to the question “Why do we need competitions for people with disabilities” at the 2nd FIDE World Junior Championship for the Disabled: “Special care for all chess players is a motto of the events for disabled players. They feel supported and understood. Here we have nice playing conditions that help players deal with the complexities of the competition.”

The first edition of the team championship gathered 9 teams from 4 participating federations. Germany is presented with three teams: DGSV 1920 e.V with blind and deaf chess players, Deutschland Jugend and Niedersachsen team with different kinds of disability. Other teams are from Russia (IPCA, Russia Deaf, Russia Women Deaf and Russian Youth Team), Hungarian mixed team with deaf and blind chess players and Polish deaf participants. This year’s competition is marked with two junior teams from Germany and Russia.


The Captains’ meeting was opened by the Chairman of the Organizing Committee Dr. Dirk Jordan who greeted representatives of the teams and introduced the team: Chief Arbiter, Social program coordinator, FIDE Observer and other arbiters.


Chief Arbiter Egmont Poenisch briefed captains on the regulations of the competition.


The team compositions were confirmed and the drawing of lots was conducted.


On the same day the Opening Ceremony took place. It was started by Dr. Dirk Jordan who later on gave the floor to Thomas Luther who warmly greeted the participants and wished them luck.


The IPCA President Svetlana Gerasimova thanked the organizers for the unique opportunity for all disabled chess players to compete in the World Team competition for the world chess title.


The magic show by famous magician Andreas Roethig was to continue the Opening Ceremony. It made the start of the event special.


The first round started right after the Opening ceremony. The former World Chess Champion for the Disabled IM Andrey Obodchuk of Russia, the current World Junior Chess Champion for the Disabled FM Ilia Lipilin of Russia, the President of IPCA Svetlana Gerasimova and other strong chess players are going to make the first moves.


We will keep you posted!

Photos courtesy by Karsten Wieland

Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

European Chess Club Cup: Carlsen 4.3 Points Ahead Of Caruana

Monday, October 15th, 2018

After drawing two games in a row at the European Club Cup, Magnus Carlsen's lead over Fabiano Caruana in the live ratings has decreased to just 4.3 points. Novy Bor and Padova lead the championship after four rounds.
It shouldn't be the mai…

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Pairings for FIDE Women’s World Championship 2018

Monday, October 15th, 2018

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FIDE announces the first round pairings for the forthcoming Women’s World Championship to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from 1st to 25th November 2018.

Round 1

Ju Wenjun (CHN) 1-64 Hardegen Kathryn (AUS)
Humpy Koneru (IND) 2-63 Toubal Hayat (ALG)
Lagno Kateryna (RUS) 3-62 February Jesse Nikki (RSA)
Muzychuk Anna (UKR) 4-61 Hamid Rani (BAN)
Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS) 5-60 Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza (PUR)
Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS) 6-59 Ouellet, Maili-Jade (CAN)
Muzychuk Mariya (UKR) 7-58 Wafa Shahenda (EGY)
Tan Zhongyi (CHN) 8-57 Sun Fanghui (CHN)
Gunina Valentina (RUS) 9-56 Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y (PER)
Paehtz Elisabeth (GER) 10-55 Alinasab Mobina (IRI)
Dzagnidze Nana (GEO) 11-54 Miranda Llanes, Yerisbel (CUB)
Harika Dronavalli (IND) 12-53 Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO)
Stefanova Antoaneta (BUL) 13-52 Foisor Sabina-Francesca (USA)
Pogonina Natalija (RUS) 14-51 Kuilkarni Bhakthid (IND)
Abdumalik Zhansaya (KAZ) 15-50 Padmini Rout (IND)
Batsiashvili Nino (GEO) 16-49 Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan (SCO)
Girya Olga (RUS) 17-48 Zhai Mo (CHN)
Zhao Xue (CHN) 18-47 Lujan, Carolina (ARG)
Javakhishvili Lela (GEO) 19-46 Zhu Jineer (CHN)
Saduakassova Dinara (KAZ) 20-45 Matnadze Ana (ESP)
Khotenashvili Bela (GEO) 21-44 Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE)
Lei Tingjie (CHN) 22-43 Gara Anita (HUN)
Socko Monika (POL) 23-42 Shvayger Yuliya (ISR)
Ushenina Anna (UKR) 24-41 Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM)
Kashlinskaya Alina (RUS) 25-40 Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim (UZB)
Atalik Ekaterina (TUR) 26-39 Cori T., Deysi (PER)
Galliamova Alisa (RUS) 27-38 Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ)
Ni Shiqun (CHN) 28-37 Zhukova Natalia (UKR)
Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS) 29-36 Vega Gutierrez Sabrina (ESP)
Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) 30-35 Danielian Elina (ARM)
Zawadzka Jolanta (POL) 31-34 Nechaeva (Guseva) Marina (RUS)
Krush Irina (USA) 32-33 Gaponenko Inna (UKR)

Round 2

1-32   2-31
16-17   15-18
8-25   7-26
9-24   10-23
4-29   3-30
13-20   14-19
5-28   6-27
12-21   11-22

Round 3

1-16   2-15
8-9   7-10
4-13   3-14
5-12   6-11

Round 4

1-8   2-7
4-5   3-6

Round 5

1-4   2-3

Round 6


Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE

Carlsen Starts With Win At European Club Cup

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Magnus Carlsen is active at the European Club Cup, where he started with a win against Vladimir Potkin in round two. Earlier in the week, Carlsen had some PR activities and spoke about his match with Fabiano Caruana.
The European Club Cup is und…

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Chess : Magnus Carlsen’s No 1 ranking under pressure at European Club Cup

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

The European Club Cup, which has just begun in Halkidiki, northern Greece, is Magnus Carlsen’s final warm-up before the Norwegian’s world title defence against America’s Fabiano Caruana starts in London on 9 November. It will be a much sterner test for Carlsen than he would have expected. His world No 1 ranking, held without a break since July 2011, will be at risk if he has any serious setbacks. The chess event’s seventh and final round is on Thursday 18 October. Caruana’s Chess Olympiad victories against Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand, published here in the last two weeks, advanced his rating to 2832 against Carlsen’s 2839. Any Carlsen draws in Greece will lose rating points; any defeat will put him on the brink of dropping to No 2. Could it happen? The world No 3, Shak Mamedyarov, who leads a Baku squad which is …

Source: GameKnot online chess news

The Olympiad Tiebreaks Have To Change, Grandmasters Say

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Both the Open and Women sections of the Batumi Olympiad were decided by tiebreaks. Like just about every two years, this led to criticism on chess forums. According to grandmasters Peter Heine Nielsen and David Smerdon, the time has come to actual…

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