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Agdestein,Vorotnikov,Burchardt and Gaprindashvili are the winners at European Senior Chess Championship 2018

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

39012882_10155573362772793_6111376138766909440_n1European Senior Chess Championship 2018 took place from 3rd-13th August in Drammen, Norway.
The Championship was played in 9 rounds, Swiss system, with time control 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one, with the total prize fund of the event of 10.000 EUR and top players of each category were awarded with cups and medals.

After 9 played rounds the title of European Senior Chess Champion for category 50+ went to GM Simen Adgestein (NOR, 2576) who became the sole winner of the event with score of 8 points. The second place went to Conny Holst (SWE, 2147) with 7.5 points, while Peter M Gayson (ENG, 2150), Luc Zimmermann (NED, 2184), IM Sandor Biro (ROU, 2193) and Thore Nyboe Jensen (DEN, 2083) tied for the third place, each with 6 points, but thanks to the best tiebreaks Peter M Gayson finished the event with bronze medal.

In women’s section 50+ the first place came to WIM Brigitte Burchardt with 6.5 points who maintained the sole leadership until the end of the event. WFM Olga Birkohlz (GER, 2048) took silver medal with 5.5 points and WFM Sylvia Johnsen (NOR, 1977) took bronze thanks to the better tiebreaks than WIM Annet Wagner-Michel (GER, 2120) and WGM Svetlana Mednikova (RUS, 2110) who reached the same score of 5 points.

In section 65+ the top trio was determined by tiebreaks since GM Vladislav Vorotnikov (RUS, 2445), Askell O Karason (ISL, 2217), IM Nils-Gustaf Renman (SWE, 2348) and Hans Werner Ackermann (GER, 2246) tied for the first place, each with 6.5 points. Eventually according to the tiebreak criteria, Vladislav Vorotnikov took gold, Askell O Karason was second and Nils-Gustaf Renman ended third, while Hans Werner Ackermann finished the event on the 4th place.

The best women player of section 65+ was Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO, 2305) who was crowned as European Senior Women Chess Champion 2018. The second place went to WGM Elena Fatalibekova (RUS, 2181) who reached the same score as Nona Gaprindashvili- 5.5 points, but according to the tiebreaks, she took the silver medal. Third place went to WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO, 1969) who reached 5 points.

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Vajda wins Arad Open 2018

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

bannerThe 11th Arad International Chess Festival is a 9-round Swiss open taking place from 5-12 August 2018 in the Continental Hotel in Arad, Rumania. The event is organised by the Vados Chess Club Arad.
In Group A 254 players took part.
The winner is GM Levente Vajda with 7,5 points out of 9.
Eight players have finished with 7 points. Second place is for GM Imre Balog and third is GM Dimitrios Mastrovasilis.

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Final standings

1 Vajda Levente 7,5
2 Balog Imre 7
3 Mastrovasilis Dimitrios 7
4 Costachi Mihnea 7
5 Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 7
6 Jianu Vlad-Cristian 7
7 Tarlev Konstantin 7
8 Georgescu Tiberiu-Marian 7
9 Baratosi Daniel 7
10 Stany G.A. 6,5
11 Georgiev Kiril 6,5
12 Aczel Gergely 6,5
13 Roubalik Jakub 6,5
14 David Alexandru-Vasile 6,5
15 Womacka Mathias 6,5
16 Soltanici Ruslan 6,5
17 Petrisor Adrian-Marian 6,5
18 Secheres Adrian-Simion 6,5
19 Banzea Alexandru-Bogdan 6,5
20 Bogdan Dan 6,5
21 Peptan Corina-Isabela 6,5
22 Martian Dragos-Daniel 6,5
23 Antal Gergely 6
24 Gavrilescu David 6
25 Miron Lucian-Costin 6
26 Filip Lucian-Ioan 6
27 Macovei Andrei 6
28 Swayams Mishra 6
29 Tomici Stefan 6
30 Posedaru Bogdan 6
31 Toma Radu-Cristian 6
32 Cioara Andrei-Nestor 6
33 Velickovic Sasa 6
34 Terbe Julianna 6
35 Ileana George 6
36 Balla Tamas-Kristof 6
37 Ciorica Mihai-Vlad 6
38 Tiba Vladyslav 6
39 David Bogdan-Emanuel 6
40 Sanduleac Vasile 5,5
41 Vrencian Lehel 5,5
42 Farkas Gabor 5,5
43 Zawadzka Jolanta 5,5
44 Gilea Lucian 5,5
45 Nastase Robert-Paul 5,5
46 Kelly Ladislau-Endre 5,5
47 Trifan Andrei Ioan 5,5
48 Yordanov Lachezar 5,5
49 Cvetkovic Srdjan 5,5
50 Zubcu Vlad-George 5,5
51 Ghimpu Samuel-Timotei 5,5
52 Dinu Dumitru-Daniel 5,5
53 Weinzettl Ernst 5,5
54 Dobre Claudiu-Cristian 5,5
55 Bai Adelard 5,5
56 Ciorgovean Iustin 5,5
57 Stoleriu George 5,5
58 Abramovic Bosko 5,5
59 Talu Mircea 5,5
60 Vachylia Andrii 5,5
61 Visanescu Daria-Ioana 5,5
62 Vujacic Borivoje 5,5
63 Mozes Ervin 5,5
64 Gheorghiu Calin 5,5
65 Geiger Alex-Emanuel 5,5
66 Bonte Arghir 5,5
67 Pisu Robert-Daniel 5,5
68 Dumitru Matei-Ioan 5,5
69 Daianu Cristian-Clement 5,5
70 Stepanencu Nicodim-Cosmin 5,5
71 Chima Radu-Niculin 5,5
72 Vasiesiu Victor 5,5
73 Samu Sorin-Mihai 5,5
74 Virag Balint 5,5
75 Rusan Paul-Cristian 5,5
76 Kutnik Alexandru-Francisc 5,5
77 Cosman Andreea-Marioara 5,5
78 Lupu Ovidiu-Jean 5,5
79 Abramciuc Marius 5
80 Patrascu Catalin-Lucian 5
81 Isfan Ioan-Marius 5
82 Ursan Petru-Sebastian 5
83 Florescu Codrut-Constantin 5
84 Nicora Cristi 5
85 Stanca Adrian 5
86 Calin Alexandru 5
87 Miloi Pavel-Dan 5
88 Magold Victor 5
89 Coca Cristi-Iulian 5
90 Cerbulenco Liviu 5
91 Mogirzan Matei-Valeriu 5
92 Craciun Alexandru-Emilian 5
93 Ungureanu Sandu 5
94 Aciu Malina-Andreea 5
95 Ursente Tudor-Alexandru 5
96 Leszko Bence 5
97 Palii Alex 5
98 Bucur Denisa-Andreea 5
99 Bejan Sergiu 5
100 Baciu Anca-Otilia 5
101 Gratze Michael 5
102 Ion Dragos-Cosmin 5
103 Panainte Andreea-Bianca 5
104 Kersten Julian 5
105 Balan Bogdan 5
106 Bonciu David 5
107 Anghel Iulian-Mihai 5
108 Badelita Beniamin 5
109 Dinca Ovidiu 5
110 Alboni Denis-Dean 5
111 Andronescu Madalin 5
112 Mircov Nicola-Alexandar 4,5
113 Creanga Robert-Ionut 4,5
114 Geher Koppany 4,5
115 Scripcaru George-Daniel 4,5
116 Plugaru Rares 4,5
117 Mihai Cristian 4,5
118 Paraschiv Paul-Alexandru 4,5
119 Solcanean Serghei 4,5
120 Pislariu Stefanel-Vasilica 4,5
121 Pop Laurentius Dr. 4,5
122 Tablan Matei-Christian 4,5
123 Reyes Acevedo Ismael 4,5
124 Secrieru Andrei-Cristian 4,5
125 Baciu Radu-George 4,5
126 Voiteanu Gabriel 4,5
127 Ciungan Diana-Alexandra 4,5
128 Panc Samuel 4,5
129 Craciun Ovidiu 4,5
130 Lolici Iselin-Amanda 4,5
131 Sarighioleanu Sebastian-Laurenti 4,5
132 Bobocea Laurentiu-Vlad 4,5
133 Zaim Marian 4,5
134 Ciocani Iosif 4,5
135 Ambru Dan-Calin 4,5
136 Vilcu Matei-Stefan 4,5
137 Kristofori Attila 4,5
138 Cirjan Daniel 4,5
139 Sandor Tamas 4,5
140 Panush Viktor 4,5
141 Bulgaru Daniel-Alexandru 4,5
142 Balla David 4,5
143 Parasca Claudiu 4,5
144 Carasca Bogdan-Petru 4
145 Dobrin Ionut-Alexandru 4
146 Obada Ema 4
147 Georgescu Cristian 4
148 Morariu Daniel 4
149 Filip Andrei (L.) 4
150 Pragai Rares-Alexandru 4
151 Verbin Valentina 4
152 Albu George 4
153 Baibarac Niculae 4
154 Rata Anamaria 4
155 Paraschiv Petronela-Alexandra 4
156 Pelin Ana-Maria 4
157 Marin Irina-Luiza 4
158 Zlatariu Marin 4
159 Bartha Andrei 4
160 Maier Marius-Alin 4
161 Joo Janos 4
162 Guiu Lorena-Malina 4
163 Fugulyan Grigore 4
164 Tat Alin-Sebastian 4
165 Cucu Ioan-Mircea 4
166 Nan Adrian-Florin 4
167 Balaban-Voia Alexandru 4
168 Mihalache Paul-Stelian 4
169 Georgieva Emilia 4
170 Popa Andrada 4
171 Tampea Radu 4
172 Maruntis Patrik-Robert 4
173 Matei Stefan-Razvan 4
174 Togan Teodor-Bogdan 4
175 Dragoi Tudor 4
176 Mihai Florin 4
177 Koloditsova Renata 4
178 Olah Laszlo Istvan 4
179 Martinenco Sergiu 4
180 Popa-Matei Viorel-Ovidiu 4
181 Balan Briana-Cleopatra 4
182 Cerovic Danilo 3,5
183 Toma Andreica Alin 3,5
184 Craciun Bianca 3,5
185 Magold Filip 3,5
186 Butusina Samuel 3,5
187 Cristocea Gabriela 3,5
188 Terbe Peter 3,5
189 Pirvulescu Adrian 3,5
190 Motiu Victor 3,5
191 Denes Attila-Norbert 3,5
192 Patru Alexandra-Ioana 3,5
193 Schiopu Andreea-Alexandra 3,5
194 Simion Nicolae 3,5
195 Oltean Cristian-Daniel 3,5
196 Geher Laszlo 3,5
197 Antal Andrei 3,5
198 Indre Alexandru-Claudiu 3,5
199 Moroianu George 3,5
200 Brosman Alexandru 3,5
201 Cotruta Alexandru-Mihai 3,5
202 Soki Viktor-Patrick 3,5
203 Cretu Sorin-Alexandru 3,5
204 Farkas Lorinc 3,5
205 Secrieru Maria-Georgiana 3,5
206 Parpalac Vadim 3,5
207 Olariu Luca-Stefan 3
208 Rujan Rodel-Marinel 3
209 Bichiceanu Dan-Radu 3
210 Conciatu Dan Atanasie 3
211 Bran Horatiu 3
212 Manitcaia Alina 3
213 Ciobanu Sebastian-Stefan 3
214 Covaci Stefan 3
215 Terek Gyula 3
216 Andries Ionut-Stelian 3
217 Saioc David 3
218 Craciun Dorian-Raul 3
219 Lup Constantin-Ionel 3
220 Sandor Levente 3
221 Dragoi Gabriel-Fabius 3
222 Colompar Ladislau-Alexandru 3
223 Carasca Andrei-Pavel 3
224 Chereches Marius-Calin 3
225 Buzuriu Razvan-Florin 3
226 Mehedeniuc Stefan 3
227 Iucu Mihai 3
228 Orz Stefania-Ramona 3
229 Izsak Andrei 3
230 Coroian Sebastian-Dumitru 2,5
231 Hirsu Adrian 2,5
232 Oprisoni Gratian-Doru 2,5
233 Afloarei Jenica 2,5
234 Arion Ilie 2,5
235 Buliga Nelu 2,5
236 Porcoleanu Doina-Olga 2,5
237 Murg Gheorghe 2,5
238 Cazan Andrei 2,5
239 Cimpean Dragos-Lucian 2,5
240 Moroianu Stefan 2,5
241 Pirvan Maria 2,5
242 Tus Oana-Camelia 2,5
243 Popescu Silvestru-Sorin 2
244 Bogdan Andrada-Ioana 2
245 Balaban Dan-Petru 2
246 Denes Csaba-Antal 2
247 Juravle Stefan 2
248 Varga Iulia-Roxana 2
249 Haulica Ioan 1,5
250 Martinenco Nicolae 1,5
251 Tus Ioan-Paul 1,5
252 Varga Sonia-Francesca 1
253 Ionita Gheorghe 1
254 Dicu Razvan-Stefan 1

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Nakamura, Mamedyarov Lead As St. Louis Turns To Blitz

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

There's a good chance you can name a world elite sprinter, and there's some chance you can even name a marathoner. But when it comes to middle-distance runners, not many are eponymous.
Ditto for chess.
Classical chess ratings are scrutinized t…

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Announcing The New Computer Chess Championship

Monday, August 13th, 2018

NOTE: This event is currently in testing. The first official event will begin during the week of August 20. 
The Chess.com Computer Chess Championship is back with a new, always-on format and more chess engines as Chess.com makes a major in…

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Hovhannisyan wins Riga Open 2018

Monday, August 13th, 2018

rtu_open_2018_web8th international chess festival „Riga Technical University Open 2018” took place on August 6th – 12th in already traditional venue – international exhibition centre “Kipsala”.
In the A group 260 players took part.
The winner is GM Robert Hovhannisyan with 7,5 points out of 9 and better tie-break from the second placed GM Manuel Petrosyan.
Seven players have made 7 points and third place goes to GM Alexandr Predke.

Final standings

1 Hovhannisyan Robert 7,5
2 Petrosyan Manuel 7,5
3 Predke Alexandr 7
4 Kovalenko Igor 7
5 Svane Rasmus 7
6 Esipenko Andrey 7
7 Laurusas Tomas 7
8 Annaberdiev Meilis 7
9 Lobanov Sergei 7
10 Meshkovs Nikita 6,5
11 Kreisl Robert 6,5
12 Pultinevicius Paulius 6,5
13 Schroeder Jan-Christian 6,5
14 Smirin Ilia 6,5
15 Maiorov Nikita 6,5
16 Korchmar Vasiliy 6,5
17 Gokerkan Cem Kaan 6,5
18 Garriga Cazorla Pere 6,5
19 Kjartansson Gudmundur 6,5
20 Gorodetzky David 6,5
21 Donchenko Alexander 6
22 Carlsson Pontus 6
23 Ter-Sahakyan Samvel 6
24 Ruiz Castillo Joshua Daniel 6
25 Krupenski Juri 6
26 Stocek Jiri 6
27 Yankelevich Lev 6
28 Pechac Jergus 6
29 Thybo Jesper Sondergaard 6
30 Pavlov Sergey 6
31 Zakhartsov Viacheslav V. 6
32 Dragnev Valentin 6
33 Samolins Vitalijs 6
34 Kulaots Kaido 6
35 Seyb Alexander 6
36 Bluebaum Matthias 6
37 Merry Alan B 6
38 Leenhouts Koen 6
39 Martin Julian 6
40 Miedema David 6
41 Lagunow Raphael 6
42 Pershin Denis 6
43 Berzinsh Roland 6
44 Hansen Mads 6
45 Pogosyan Stefan 6
46 Shishkov Andrei 5,5
47 Sinz Bernhard 5,5
48 Repka Christopher 5,5
49 Sirosh Ilja 5,5
50 Quillan Gary 5,5
51 Bernotas Arturs 5,5
52 Sawlin Leonid 5,5
53 Gorbatov Alexej 5,5
54 Oboladze Luka 5,5
55 Haria Ravi 5,5
56 Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 5,5
57 Fenil Shah 5,5
58 Sergienko Sergey 5,5
59 Priyanka Nutakki 5,5
60 Krykun Yuriy 5,5
61 Seeman Tarvo 5,5
62 Anurag Mhamal 5,5
63 Makoveev Ilya 5,5
64 Krivonosov Oleg 5,5
65 Cruz Lledo Pablo 5,5
66 Rostgaard Tobias Valentin 5,5
67 Solozhenkina Elizaveta 5,5
68 Petrov Dmitri 5,5
69 Kaczur Florian 5
70 Mierins Eriks 5
71 Vaishali R 5
72 Kollars Dmitrij 5
73 Praggnanandhaa R 5
74 Thogersen Rasmus 5
75 Kukk Sander 5
76 Hedman Erik 5
77 Valner Uku 5
78 Narva Mai 5
79 Povilaitis Tomas 5
80 Jablonicky Martin 5
81 Mishuchkov Nikolai M. 5
82 Faibisovich Vadim Z 5
83 Chekletsov Ilya 5
84 Stauskas Lukas 5
85 Duzhakov Ilya 5
86 Vicas Marijus 5
87 Vovk Ilja 5
88 Dordzhieva Dinara 5
89 Nikitenko Mihail 5
90 Jackson James P 5
91 Tanriverdi Enes 5
92 Stark Lars 5
93 Adocchio Giampiero Dr. 5
94 Saulespurens Valdis 5
95 Kerem Halil Ozgun 5
96 Gurvich Vitaly 5
97 Schekachikhin Maksim 5
98 Rietze Clemens 5
99 Ungurs Edgars 5
100 Osis Renars 5
101 Kretainis Kristaps 5
102 Korolev Alexandr 5
103 Kulkarni Rakesh 5
104 Gudovskis Konstantins 5
105 Cherepov Alexej 5
106 Wenninger Philipp 5
107 Haubro Martin 5
108 Chekletsov Egor 5
109 Marzano Carlo 5
110 Manafov Vugar 4,5
111 Chukavin Kirill 4,5
112 Bluebaum Karl-Ernst 4,5
113 Chibukhchyan Erik 4,5
114 Lapshun Yury 4,5
115 Kuznecovs Nikita 4,5
116 Holland James P 4,5
117 Jacobs Florian 4,5
118 Semjonovs Ilja 4,5
119 Lahav Michal 4,5
120 Player Edmund C 4,5
121 Arnold Max 4,5
122 Jazdanovs Aleksandrs 4,5
123 Hjelmas Lars 4,5
124 Sorensen Hampus 4,5
125 Smirnova Ekaterina 4,5
126 Modler Andreas Dr. 4,5
127 Seyhanoglu Deniz 4,5
128 Zhukov Anton 4,5
129 Breivik Lars 4,5
130 Zatonskih V. 4,5
131 Juknis Paulius 4,5
132 Saveliev Alexei 4,5
133 Moksh Amit Doshi 4,5
134 Bashkansky Naomi 4,5
135 Linsenmeyer Mario 4,5
136 Sinitsina Anastassia 4,5
137 Gretarsson Helgi Ass 4,5
138 Gorozhankina Julia 4,5
139 Gower Sam 4,5
140 Laustsen Lars 4,5
141 Severina Maria 4,5
142 Ozguner Hakki Ata 4,5
143 Haavamae Henrik 4,5
144 Zukauskas Arnas Povilas 4,5
145 Kholopov Alexander A. 4,5
146 Sucikova Svetlana 4,5
147 Chernyak Viktoria 4,5
148 Gokcek Kursat Bugra 4,5
149 Polatel Ali 4,5
150 Leonova Ameliya 4,5
151 Poysti Nathanael 4,5
152 Efremov Vladislav 4,5
153 Gorodetzky Matan 4
154 Martinkus Rolandas 4
155 Huber Philipp 4
156 Akesson Ralf 4
157 Isik Alparslan 4
158 Rogule Laura 4
159 Narva Jaan 4
160 Pulkkinen Kari 4
161 Stewart Ashley 4
162 Buiza Prieto Eihartze 4
163 Dedebas Emre Emin 4
164 French Max 4
165 Suez-Panama Gilles 4
166 Rasa Gints 4
167 Borisovsky Dmitry 4
168 Ghazarian Kirk 4
169 House Glenn L 4
170 Volotovsky Kirill 4
171 Henriksen Geir I 4
172 Sanchez Ruesga Hector 4
173 Narva Triin 4
174 Emdin Mark 4
175 Pogan Nikolas 4
176 Ivanov Platon-Jaan 4
177 Titov Alexander 4
178 Bekasovs Rihards 4
179 Chittka Julius 4
180 Otikova Elina 4
181 Atkinson Paul 4
182 Etxagibel Larranaga Asier 4
183 Lakuntza Plazaola Asier. 4
184 Konguvel Ponnuswamy 4
185 Leidorf Sebastian 4
186 Hrbek Stepan 4
187 Ungure Liga 4
188 Garabetyan Arno 4
189 Sarbay Aleksandr 4
190 Farmani Anosheh Yasha 4
191 Hund Sarah 4
192 Kusenkova Natallia 3,5
193 Nilssen Ellen Fredericia 3,5
194 Bolsakovs Vadims 3,5
195 Nair Sanjeev 3,5
196 Tsiganova Monika 3,5
197 Meessen Rudolf 3,5
198 Alquist Erik 3,5
199 Lumiste Rene 3,5
200 Zhuravlev Stepan 3,5
201 Golubovskis Maksims 3,5
202 Papadimitriou Loukas 3,5
203 Tishova Svetlana 3,5
204 Brikers Aleksandrs 3,5
205 Makka Ioulia 3,5
206 Plueg Andreas 3,5
207 Krustkalns Kristaps 3,5
208 Uibokant Mathias Robert 3,5
209 Horobrijs Daniils 3,5
210 Ludvigsen Frode 3,5
211 Stepanyan Eva 3,5
212 Maza Lopez De Los M. Santiago 3,5
213 Yapar Nedim 3,5
214 Poulos Georgios 3,5
215 Luessmann Thomas 3
216 Issakainen Ari 3
217 Agafonov Yuri Dr 3
218 Lochte Thomas 3
219 Limanovska Elizabete 3
220 Kolasa Pjotrs 3
221 Polyakov Fedor 3
222 Parhomenko Margarita 3
223 Kaliadzich Maryia 3
224 Korchagin Oleg 3
225 Gula Julian 3
226 Tromp Paul 3
227 Valantiejus Vaidotas 3
228 Krumina Linda 3
229 Krupa Miroslav 3
230 Zhou Aiden 3
231 Jayaram R. 3
232 Bluebaum Johanna 3
233 Montero Campuzano Rafael 3
234 Mitskevich Yauheniya 3
235 Dhruv Easwar 3
236 Mitrandzas Athanasios 3
237 Di Candia Roberto 3
238 Schulze Andreas 2,5
239 Brown Thomas 2,5
240 Vaskevicius Augustas 2,5
241 Said Oliver 2,5
242 Fathallah Joe 2,5
243 Batashevs Arsens 2,5
244 Stasans Aivars 2,5
245 Jarabek Milan 2,5
246 Schmitt Carsten 2,5
247 Waffenschmidt Joachim 2,5
248 Danielmeier Ralf 2
249 Kuhn Ulf 2
250 Petrovs Jaroslavs 2
251 Borondo Garcia Raul 2
252 Tomte Asbjorn 2
253 Vitins Janis 2
254 Francois-Haugrin Said 2
255 Dathie Jean-Francois 1,5
256 Bourgeois William 1,5
257 Suhanovskis Sergejs 1
258 Jacobs Oliver 1
259 Knecht Guntram 0
260 Thakur Akash 0

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Gambit Killer by Ivan Salgado Lopez

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Gambit Killer by Ivan Salgado Lopez
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From the Preface
“In the beginning, books were the place where you could find information. We did not have the Internet, so a place was required to store information in case we needed to check something.

Things have changed dramatically over the years. Every year, the amount of information increases. It’s impossible to know everything, because we don’t have the time or the ability to store all the information in our heads.

Chess is, after all, a game. It’s important to find the best moves. You don’t need to know everything about chess; what you need to know is the right things! Th is is why children now learn the game more quickly – they get the right information. Even if they don’t know many things, they have the right patterns in their heads!

This is my first goal in this book. I want to give you ONLY the information that you need, no more, no less. Of course, this was not an easy task, but I tried my best. Another thing I consider important is how the information is organized. The same information can be presented in many diff erent ways; sometimes we will understand it perfectly, sometimes not. In my opinion, it is very important that a chess book should follow pedagogical principles to improve the learning process! I therefore decided to separate the material as follows:

1. Introduction. Before entering the main lines, I think it is a good idea to show you some basics about the line. If I give you loads of lines, and you haven’t met the line before, everything will be much more diffi cult.

2. Historical games. When we were kids, we loved stories. Let’s go back to those times. I will show you some games I consider important; I will show you chess patterns. If you remember them, it will be much easier for you to understand what follows.

3. One page of theory. How can you know what to do if you don’t know where you’re going? On this page I will show you briefl y the path we will follow later.

4. The theory. You know some history, you know the patterns, now it’s time to know the good moves! I have tried to show you the most important lines. Of course everything was checked with a computer, so normally you can trust my analysis, although I’m a human and can make mistakes!

5. Understand it! In some variations, we will get typical middlegames where the concrete lines are not so important. Here I would like to check some positions more deeply, so that if you get them, you will have a clear plan.

6. Complete games and try it! I have given some model games and exercises which you can solve or not. Th e idea of these exercises is that you don’t just follow a game passively. At some point, I will ask you something and you should be ready to answer!

It would be easy for me to provide you only with opening knowledge, but you probably wouldn’t understand most of it, so this book will be your trainer. I will not only teach you how to kill these gambits, I will teach you middlegame and endgame principles; I will teach you why some moves are better from a practical point of view, no matter what the engine says; I will tell you some funny stories from time to time, just to make the book more interesting.

Most of the opening information was ready a year ago, but I have been checking and adding to it constantly. The result is the book you have in your hands right now.”

ISBN 9789492510266, Paperback, 208 pages, Thinkers Publishing

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Plat wins Kavala Open 2018

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Kavala

Kavala

The 27th Kavala International Open is a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 5-11 August 208 at the Foyer of Prefecture Amphitheatre in Kavala, Greece and is organized by the Kavala Chess Club and East Macedonia & Thrace Chess Union.

In the Group A 133 players took part.
The winner is GM Vojtech Plat with 7,5 points out of 9.
Three players have made 7 points. Second place is for IM Radoslav Dimitrov and third for IM Martin Petrov.

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Final standings

1 Plat Vojtech 7,5
2 Dimitrov Radoslav 7
3 Petrov Martin 7
4 Lin Chen 7
5 Theodorou Nikolas 6,5
6 Kelires Andreas 6,5
7 Megalios Konstantinos 6,5
8 Neelotpal Das 6,5
9 Hasangatin Ramil 6,5
10 Quparadze Giga 6,5
11 Danielian Elina 6,5
12 Giannoulakis Lampros 6
13 Ni Shiqun 6
14 Kourkoulos-Arditis Stamatis 6
15 Tsakiris Haralambos 6
16 Nikolaou Spiridon 6
17 Nevednichy Vladislav 6
18 Iljin Artem 6
19 Mu Ke 6
20 Bulmaga Irina 6
21 Schitco Ivan 6
22 Maghalashvili Davit 5,5
23 Kanakaris Georgios 5,5
24 Ambartsumova Karina 5,5
25 Charkhalashvili Inga 5,5
26 Ivanov Sergey 5,5
27 Papadopoulos Nikolaos 5,5
28 Sandalakis Angelos 5,5
29 Skaperdas Kostantinos 5,5
30 Ladopoulos Dimitrios 5,5
31 Isaakidis Alexandros 5,5
32 Kosmidis Ioannis 5,5
33 Gouloutis Nikolaos 5,5
34 Kouskoutis Georgios-Alexandros 5,5
35 Tetepoulidis Ioannis 5,5
36 Iskos Alexandros 5
Loutragotis Dimitrios 5
38 Kakushadze Ilia 5
39 Avramidou Anastasia 5
40 Markelova Lubov 5
41 Beliotis Georgios 5
42 Naoum Spyridon 5
43 Tsolakidou Stavroula 5
44 Bednarek Sylwester 5
45 Prince Bajaj 5
46 Samakas Anastasios 5
47 Stathopoulos Ioannis 5
48 Markidis Konstantinos 5
49 Grigoriadis Alexandros 5
50 Alexakis Georgios 5
51 Papasimakopoulos Alexandros 5
52 Mavrikakis Georgios 5
53 Hrisomalis Theodoros 5
Konstantinidis Konstantinos 5
55 Atanasov Margarit 5
56 Grigoriadis Mihail 4,5
57 Dorfanis Ilarion 4,5
58 Papadopoulos Georgios 4,5
59 Pezelj Novak 4,5
60 Trimitzios Petros 4,5
61 Kalogridakis Georgios 4,5
62 Vafiadis Kleanthis 4,5
63 Ballas Kleon-Evangelos 4,5
64 Zisiadis Dimitrios 4,5
65 Stratigos Spiros 4,5
66 Koroglou Viktor 4,5
67 Liu Manli 4,5
68 Sourgkounis Angelos 4,5
69 Mashinskaya Iulia 4,5
70 Gulie Cosmin 4,5
71 Terziev Dimo 4,5
72 Gavriil Odysseas-Panagiotis 4,5
73 Alexakis Dimitris 4
74 Papakonstantinou Dimitrios 4
75 Konstantelias Konstantinos 4
76 Vlassis Georgios 4
77 Apostolakakis Konstantinos 4
78 Georgiadis Nikolaos Xant 4
79 Stefan Victor 4
80 Sotiropoulos Anastasios-Theohar 4
81 Androutsopoulos-Agiotatos Vasil 4
82 Vardakas Grigorios 4
83 Theoharidis Georgios 4
84 Leftheriotis Alexandros 4
85 Triantafilidis Mihail 4
86 Papacharitonos Chariton 4
87 Avgoustis Panagiotis 4
88 Gaspar David 4
89 Cukanovic Petar 4
90 Androni Konstantina 4
91 Skiadopoulos Nikolaos 4
92 Sidiropoulos Nikolaos 4
93 Stefanou Dimitrios 4
94 Liodakis Konstantinos-Spyros 3,5
95 Dolgun Can 3,5
96 Kazakos Markos 3,5
97 Kasioumis Vasilios 3,5
98 Vatkali Dimitra 3,5
99 Loutragotis Paraskevas Pantelei 3,5
100 Deligiannis Paraskevas 3,5
101 Caliskan Seha 3,5
102 Sideris Nikiforos 3,5
103 Ragios Konstantinos 3,5
104 Papageorgiou Ioannis 3,5
105 Tsarsitalidis Konstantinos 3,5
106 Tsivelekidou Evgenia 3,5
107 Mastrovasilis Athanasios 3
108 Kokkalis Haralabos 3
109 Papadopoulos Panayotis 3
110 Koutlas Nikolaos 3
111 Andronis Vasilios 3
112 Misyura Ilya 3
113 Nikolic Vojkan 3
114 Paterakis Emmanouil 3
115 Koutsidi Amalia 3
116 Simonics Peter 3
117 Stamatis Ioannis 3
118 Rahmanidis Petros 3
119 Samaridis Konstantinos 3
120 Gronsfeld Stefan 3
121 Stamatiou Rodolfos 3
122 Kirilov Ivaylo 3
123 Mihailidou Magdalini 3
124 Kouta Antonia 2,5
125 Georgitsi Antigoni 2,5
126 Louka Magdalini 2
127 Emmer Adam 2
128 Serefidou Despina 2
129 Pasoglou Ekaterini 2
130 Kontos Alexandros K 2
131 Groapa Aurelian 2
132 Lagaras Stylianos 1,5
133 Bastianou Chrysoula 0,5

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St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Day 2: Caruana In Stasis As Shark Pool Grows

Monday, August 13th, 2018

If chess had off-board-betting facilities, today would have ended with tickets strewn over the floor. It was that unpredictable in day two of America's chess capital.
GM Fabiano Caruana still leads the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz by two p…

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St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Day Two: Caruana In Stasis As Shark Pool Grows

Monday, August 13th, 2018

If chess had off-doard-betting facilities, today would have ended with tickets strewn over the floor. It was that unpredictable in day two of America's chess capital.
GM Fabiano Caruana still leads the 2018 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz by two p…

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

Ethereal chess engine leads TCEC Div 3 convincingly

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Ethereal is an engine by Andrew Grant which was first released officially in 2016. In the beginning of of 2018 it entered Season 11 of TCEC and just a few months later won TCEC Div 4. While that looked at a minor success at the time, those who read the interview of Andrew Grant knew something big is coming from this 21 year ambitious University of Maryland, Baltimore county college student.

Now just three months later, Ethereal is showing muscles in Division 3 of TCEC, where in the company of two neural networks and a couple of established engines Ethereal is the clear leader with 5,5/6, well ahead of opposition. It looks certain that the engine is going to storm through Division 3 and will dare to aspire going all the way to the Premier Division

The prestigious CCRL rating list by Graham Banks puts Ethereal as the second best open source engine, right after Stockfish. In an interview with TCEC’s openings expert Nelson Hernandez, Andrew Grant believes his engine is currently 4th or 5th in the world. Here is the full interview with Ethereal’s author.

Interview with Andrew Grant, author of Ethereal

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