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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fagernes Chess Open LIVE!

Women's Grand Prix LIVE!

Chess Insider becomes periodical

Due to the large interest in the Chess Insider Candidates magazine, Chessdom has decided to make it a periodical publication. As of today we are happy to announce three new editions of Chess Insider, making it the only daily pdf and pgn magazine in chess.

Chess Insider (April) / Chess Insider (May) / Chess Insider (all games of Carlsen and Anand) / All 3 editions pack

The commentators team will be headed by GM Kuljaseciv and IM Kozhuharov, expect many guest commentators such as GM Bauer, GM Ipatov, GM Arnaudov, WGM Videnova, GM Georgiev, and at least one FIDE top 100 player.

The magazine will be coming daily in pdf and pgn in your email.

Chess Insider: Gashimov Memorial

The Shamkir Chess Tournament, in memory of Vugar Gashimov, is going to be the top Grandmaster event of April. Participants are the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), world #5 Fabiano Caruana (Italy), world #7 Hikaru Nakamura (USA), world #9 Sergey Karjakin (Russia), as well as Azerbaijani grandmasters European champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (world #11) and Teimour Radjabov (world #34).

At least 2 games will be commented daily, chosen by popular demand and quality.

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Chess Insider: Carlsen – Anand 2014

The FIDE World Chess Championship match Carlsen – Anand is coming this November. However, the psychological battle on and off the board has already started.

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Chess Insider: Norway Chess 2014

World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, WCC Candidates Levon Aronian, Vladimir Veselin Topalov, Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler, as well as Alexander Grischuk are the participants of this year’s Norway Chess 2014. Chess Insider will be geared up to bring you the top games with commentary daily.

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Getting out of trouble tactic

White to move. How can White save this position?

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Polgar: A grand comeback

India Today magazine
April 14, 2014

By Susan Polgar

National Champs back to work on and off the board

After winning back to back College Chess Final Four, members of the Webster University Chess Team are back to work on and off the chess board to prepare for next year.

Here are some behind the scene photos of their training at CrossFit 26:

Stefanova talks about chess, including the upcoming election

Antoaneta Stefanova: “It’s my fifth book since I have arrived here and I only brought six with me”

Interview, News

The Bulgarian star received her first chess guidance from her father at the age of 4, and just three years later she already made her name by winning the Sofia Championship. In the twinkling of an eye Antoaneta’s results bore the resemblance to the snowball effect, culminating with her win of the 10th World Women Championship in 2004.

Antoaneta, you are a former Women’s World Champion and have a lot of international experience that many dream of. Where does the Grand Prix rate in terms of importance for you?

Well it is already my third Grand Prix cycle and third one from this cycle. For me it’s very hard somehow for these Grand Prix’s. Ok, I have won everything else in Women’s chess, but somehow in Grand Prix I was once second and once third. I have never won one, but I would really like to do it one day. It is a very strong event and everyone is usually well prepared for it. It is nice to play strong opponents and interesting games.

Bulgaria, has a thing for producing some junior World Champions and adult ones as well. So what support is there for women’s chess in Bulgaria and is there any programs for girls to enter chess?

There are many things that should be improved in chess and especially in women’s chess in Bulgaria because somehow we have always some very talented kids, girls and boys, especially girls who get titles in U8, U10, U12 groups and then somehow they don’t develop to their full potential. I hope it will change but it is a very difficult situation in my country, not only for chess but for all the sports and not only for sports. It’s not so easy and I am sure I am not the only one, who has the ideas on how to improve the situation, but it requires money and since we are not an Olympic sport, we don’t have status of Olympic sport in Bulgaria too. The budget of our Federation doesn’t get enough money and as consequences we don’t have trainers, camps, and enough tournaments. It is a slow process and we are starting to recover a bit because up to 1989, we used to have 30 Open tournaments only in Bulgaria, men, women, children, mixed tournaments and so on. Then for many years we had almost nothing, just one tournament in Plovdiv. We have many events in Bulgaria right now and hopefully we will start producing champions again.

You have notable achievements to your name over your chess career which has spanned for around 30 years. Which do you believe is your most notable achievement except for becoming World Champion and why?

Well I hope my best achievement is still to come, but it was always nice to win the European Championship or the World Championship. For me though it brings me pleasure for every game I win. I don’t think so much in general terms like best achievement, best game ever or best tournament. I try to play chess, enjoy it and of course if I win, I enjoy it more.

You played in the Men’s team for Bulgaria during Istanbul Olympiad in 2000. Do you believe this was a historic moment for chess in Bulgaria and if so why?

Well, yeah because we have a very strong men’s team and of course I was honoured to be invited to play for the team. Unfortunately, we didn’t do so well and ok there was discussion about later Olympiads whether I should play with men or women. It makes such a big difference for the women’s team if I am not there then the men’s team. Also, we have a very nice atmosphere in the women’s team, we are all friends and it is difficult to leave your friends to go play with the guys. It was a nice and useful experience to play in the men’s team but I am not sure, if I was invited, I would play or not. Probably I would say yes because it’s a very strong opposition for me. It is important for me to fight for first place or for medals so if they decided that it was better for me to play for the men’s team I would, but I think my participation is much more important in the women’s team.

Something many people might know and that is you are a member of the Women’s Commission of FIDE (WOM). Could you tell me about some of the activities that have happened and that are planned for Women by the Commission?

Well, you can get the entire program which is published on the FIDE website ( I believe it is very important that we make all these Trainers and Arbiters seminars for ladies. So as you know in most countries, they try to develop chess for men and there isn’t so much attention paid to women’s chess in regards to women’s arbiters and trainers. What we try to do is to show chess is something you can use as your profession even if you are female.

This leads me onto my next question. With the FIDE elections happening this year, have you seen anything in the programs of Kirsan and Garry Kasparov in promoting women’s chess?

Well of course I respect very much Garry who was a great chess player and great world champion, but I somehow have some doubts that he thinks a lot about women’s chess or at least I didn’t see anything in the program or never heard him speaking about women’s chess. Well as for Kirsan, he has proved over the years that he takes care of men’s and women’s chess. He has introduced many things for women because before he was President there were no Grand Prix’s, world championship cycle was different and with Kirsan as President, the situation has improved a lot for women’s chess. I believe he is doing his best and things are improving for us.

You have mentioned in one of your press conferences that you like to go to the gym, watch movies, and drink coffee with friends for relaxation. So what movies do you like to watch and books do you like reading?

Actually I like reading and it’s my fifth book since I have arrived here and I only brought six with me. This one I should probably take really slow but I like to read everything. During tournaments I don’t like to read really serious literature and the one I am reading now is Stephen King and before I was reading Geoffrey Archer. I like to read mostly the popular stuff and thrillers. As for movies I don’t bring them with me but I am just watching what is available on TV. Here they have the Fox Channel and I am watching the Castle and things like that and it’s good to take your mind of things.

Music is something I know you like Antoaneta. So what is your favourite type of music to get you into the mood to feel happy?

I am into rock music usually but ok, I also like Latin music a lot and lately I am listening to a lot of Brazilian music. I am listening to anything like Michel Telo, Shakira, Rihanna. Before I used to be more into the Doors, U2 or whatever, but it depends on my mood.

Thank you for having a chat to the press and we wish you all the best for the remainder of the tournament.

Thank you

By Jamie Kenmure

Chess should be taught in primary schools for vast benefits

Chess 'should be compulsory in primary schools'

The former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers calls for chess to be introduced in all state primary schools to boost children’s concentration levels

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor
2:45PM BST 16 Apr 2014

Pupils as young as seven should be given compulsory lessons in chess amid claims it boosts concentration levels, numeracy and reading comprehension, according to a teachers’ leader.

Primary schools should give all pupils at least one term’s worth of chess in an attempt to get them interested in the game at a young age, it was claimed.

Hank Roberts, former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said Britain was one of the few European countries that failed to recognise chess as a sport or fund a proper “in-school programme”.

He insisted the game was hugely popular in private schools but too many in the state system failed to offer it to pupils.

Research has shown that the game – which is already part of the curriculum in some nations – can dramatically improve pupils’ levels of concentration, boost problem-solving skills and develop their thought processes.

It is also claimed that chess can boost numeracy levels with knock-on benefits across other subjects, including reading.

But figures suggest that fewer than one-in-10 pupils in state schools currently get access to chess at school, placing them at a disadvantage compared with privately-educated peers.

In a motion submitted to ATL’s annual conference in Manchester, Mr Roberts called on the government to give more funding to the charity Chess in Schools and Communities to provide lessons in state schools, despite the award of almost £700,000 last year.

He also suggested chess “should be compulsory at around seven”.

“They could be given a few timetabled lessons for a term or even half-a-term, and then chess clubs afterwards, once everyone has been given a taste for it,” he said.

Mr Roberts added: “Chess covers or comes into many areas of the curriculum. It’s not just about kings, queens, rooks etc, it’s about quadrants and coordinates, thinking strategically, foreseeing consequences. It’s about lines and angles, weighing options and making decisions.

“It’s about teaching patience. Researchers have showed the children that can wait and get a bigger reward, rather than consume an immediate but smaller reward, do better in school and in later life.”

Last year, the Education Endowment Foundation – a Government-funded charity established to help boost standards among poor pupils – announced the award of a £689,000 grant to help spread the game in state primary schools.

The funding was handed to Chess in Schools and Communities to stage special lessons in primaries across Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester.

It allows pupils to spend an hour a week on chess over 30 weeks, learning how to play the game and developing thinking and problem-solving skills through chess. Chess clubs will also be established in the schools.


Chess Queen Hou Yifan continues to lead Women's GP by a full point after 7 rounds

50 Years of Tal-Botvinnik - GM Jesse Kraai ... and more

Insights into The French Defense - GM Jesse Kraai

Insights into The French Defense - GM Jesse Kraai
Posted on April 16,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The French has many secrets! Below you'll find a YouTube promotion of Insights into The French Defense - GM Jesse Kraai (ChessLecture). Jesse examines his own game in Kraai vs. Finegold - the Game features the French Defense McCutcheon Variation. He looks at how Black is okay even when it moves his King-side Rook early which even prevents Black from Castling. There is also a good spot of analysis on 5.exd5 exd5 6. Qf3 in the McCutcheon. Jesse rec[...]

Refuting the Greco Gambit by GM Mikhalevski
Posted on April 14,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos. The Greco Gambit resembles a delayed King's Gambit in that white opens with 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. f4!? in an attempt to catch black off guard and take him out of normal preparation as this line is definitely not very popular or well-known. However, the Greco Gambit is extremely aggressive and leads by nature to very complicated positions early in the opening. While black can certainly navigate his way through the danger of this hyper-aggressive[...]

50 Years of Tal-Botvinnik - GM Jesse Kraai
Posted on April 11,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, Classic Games (Pre 2010). This DVD YouTube promotion is of 50 Years of Tal-Botvinnik by GM Jesse Kraai (ChessLecture). We see game 7 of The Botvinnik - Tal Match, featuring The Caro Kann Main Line. Jesse is keen to show the merits of a pre-endgame and a 'material exchange of 'Rook and Pawn' for 'Bishop & Knight' in the endgame and the many important considerations of this type of endgame. The 4 DVDs that make up 50 Years of Tal-Botvinnik can be digested by a cross ra[...]

An Answer to the Scandinavian Defense - GM Bryan Smith
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Marija Rakic leads Chess Ladies Vienna

Ten participants are competing in the Chess Ladies Vienna round-robin tournament, in Vienna, Austria from 12th to 20th April, 2014.

The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes till the end of the game + 30 sec per move from the beginning of the game.

WIM Marija Rakic is leading with 3/4, followed by WFM Katharina Newrkla, who has also scored 3 points.

WFM Daiva Batyte, WMK Lisa Hapala, Annika Frowis, WFM Veronika Exler, WFM Laima Domarkaite and WFM Katharina Newrkla are fighting to achieve a WIM norm, for which 6 points out of 9 rounds are enough.

Replay the games here

Standings after 4 rounds:

1. WIM Rakic Marija 2292 SRB 3
2. WFM Newrkla Katharina 2181 AUT 3
3. WIM Varga Klara 2255 HUN 2,5
4. WFM Domarkaite Laima 2154 LTU 2,5
5. WFM Exler Veronika 2139 AUT 2
6. WIM Mira Helene 2069 AUT 2
7. WIM Djukic Sandra 2181 SRB 1,5
8. Fröwis Annika 2025 AUT 1,5
9. WMK Hapala Lisa 2063 AUT 1,5
10.WFM Batyte Daiva 2154 LTU 0,5

Interview with the winner of Dubai Open

Romain Edouard wins Dubai Open

Round 9

French GM Romain Edouard, 23, defeated top seed GM Anton Korobov of Ukraine yesterday to win the 16th Dubai Open Chess Championship alone in first place, undefeated with an impressive 8 points out of 9 rounds. Edouard won the Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup and the top cash prize of $10,000 in the event organized by the Dubai Chess Club in Dubai, UAE.

The Frenchman played the Black side of a Queen’s Pawn game and sacrificed the exchange of a Rook for Knight on the 30th move to expose his opponent’s castled King. Faced with a mating net, Korobov resigned two moves later.

Erstwhile leader GM Abhijeet Gupta of India lost to GM Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela. Gupta used the Gruenfeld defense but was squeezed in as Iturrizaga maintained the initiative of the White pieces and controlled the center files. Gupta was forced to exchange Queens on the 22nd move and lost two pawns which proved crucial in the endgame where he resigned on the 51st move. The win gave Iturrizaga a total of 7 points and a share of 2nd and 3rd places.

GM Yuriy Kozubov of Ukraine extracted revenge against Russian GM Aleksandr Rakhmanov to finish in a tie Iturrizaga at 7 points each. Kuzubov crushed the Modern Defense of Rakhmanov in 58 moves. The Ukrainian created passed pawns on both wings and managed to promote his pawn to a Queen when the Russian resigned on the 58th move.

Gupta finished in a tie for 4th to 9th places at 6.5 points each together with GMs Zaven Andriasian and Tigran L. Petrosian of Armenia, Hrvoje Stevic of Croatia, Andrei Istratescu of France and Gawai Jones of England. Andriasian beat GM Anuar Ismagambetov of Kazakhstan, Petrosian outplayed IM Ebrahim Ahmadinia of Iran, Stevic and Jones drew with each other while Istratescu won over Pontus Carlsson of Sweden.

Nineteen other players trail with 6 points each to share in the spoils of the $50,000 total prize fund, namely Korobov Anton of Ukraine, Rakhmanov Aleksandr or Russia, Akopian Vladimir of Armenia, Kotsur Pavel and Petr Kostenko of Kazakhstan, Balogh Csaba of Hungary, Rahman Ziaur of Bangladesh, Brkic Ante and Jankovic Alojzije of Croatia, Ghaem Maghami Ehsan of Iran, Solak Dragan of Turkey, Shyam Sundar and Babu Lalith of India, Bogner Sebastian and IM Nico Georgiadis of Switzerland, Amin Bassem of Egypt, Iordachescu Viorel of Moldova, Mchedlishvili Mikheil of Georgia, Stojanovic Mihajlo of Serbia.

A total of 148 players from 39 countries participated in the 16th Dubai Open Chess Championship including 38 GMs and 8 WGMs, 16 IMs, 3 WIMs, 10 FMs and 5 WFMs. Since its inception in 1999, the Dubai Open has been considered one of the major Swiss open tournaments in the chess world. Top boards were broadcast live on the Dubai Chess Club web site where viewers may download games and photos and find links to round by round video coverage on Youtube. for results and final standings.

International Bad Ragazer Oster-Open 2014

International Bad Ragazer Oster-Open 2014

The 9th International Bad Ragazer Oster-Open is set to take place on 17-20th April at the Saal des Mehrzweckgebäudes in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.

Currently 108 players are registered to take part in the 7-round Swiss event. Top prizes are CHF 1000, 700, 500, 400, 300.

Last year winner was GM Viesturs Meijers

Participants (top seeds):

1 GM Sergeev Vladimir UKR 2457
2 IM Pezerovic Edin GER 2424
3 GM Paehtz Thomas GER 2375
4 FM Vulevic Vjekoslav MNE 2350
5 FM Botta Gabriele SUI 2338

Interview with GM Kiril Georgiev

Bulgarian Grandmaster Kiril Georgiev recently won the incredibly strong Karpos Open Tournament in Skopje. WGM Iva Videnova interviewed the winner for Chessdom.

Chessdom: Kiril, congratulations for winning Karpos Open, one of the strongest open tournaments in Europe. Would you share your impressions?

Kiril Georgiev: Thank you! This was the fourth edition of Karpos Open and it gathered more than 250 players, including 55 elite Grandmasters. The prize fund was increased to 25,000 EUR, thanks to Karpos Municipality and its mayor Stefche Jakimovski.

I started with 3.5/5. Although I had an advantage in three of my “White” games, they all ended in a draw. In the key fourth round I played against my compatriot IM Sasho Nikolov, he caught me unprepared in the variation we’ve played and I got into a difficult position in 30 moves. Luckily, the mutual time trouble helped me and I managed to win.
My play in the next fifth round against IM Batuhan Dastan was excellent and I expected to win after 40 moves, but my opponent found a fantastic pawn sacrifice, exchanging queens and entering a theoretically drawn rook endgame.

Chessdom: You finished with the remarkable 4 out of 4! What is the recipe?

Kiril Georgiev: After this “slow start” I had few points (only 3.5/5) and even less tie-breaks. That’s why I decided to play step by step, trying to take the maximum of every game.

The marvelous victory, sacrificing a bishop and a rook against GM Mircea Parligras in the seventh round was very important for me!

The next game was extremely tense, I was on the edge of the precipice, but my opponent got into a time trouble and missed his advantage, playing 25.exd5. Later on, he missed to draw the game, as well.

The Spanish GM Ivan Salgado was leading with 6.5/7 and he seemed to be sure in his tournament victory, but a loss against GM Andrey Vovk in the eighth round changed the situation. Suddenly, the battle for the first place sharpened. Vovk got first with 7/8 before the last round, while I was sharing second place in a 4-way tie with Salgado, GM Robert Markus and GM Anton Guijarro.

I decided to play the final game till the very end and after many adventures, I managed to win. Guijarro lost against GM Eduardo Iturrizaga, thus only I and Salgado had chances for the first place. Fortunately for me, Salgado drew a winning endgame, otherwise he would be first.

Thus, after lots of fight and luck on my side, I managed to win Karpos Open with 7.5/9.

Chessdom: Many players, having black pieces, try to “dry” the game and finish equal, but it seems like you play for win in every game. How do you get into the fighting mood? Is there something special?

Kiril Georgiev: I always play for a win, I’m used to fight and even in this tournament four of my victories were with black pieces.

Chessdom: It is your second win of Karpos Open. Which title is more valuable for you and which victory you find the most remarkable in your chess career?

Kiril Georgiev: Yes, I was victorious in Karpos Open 2012. I had 6.5/7 and after drawing in the last two rounds remained first. This edition of the tournament was much stronger, but I appreciate both of my victories.

I’ve been first in many open tournaments, Grandmaster round-robins and team championships, but my best achievement is being a part of World’s Top-100 Players List for 30 years. In 1993 I was even in World’s Top-10 for Men. My career of an active player is still going on and I hope that many successful tournaments are still ahead.

Chessdom: You are an active player, taking part in many chess events, but how often do you usually train when you are at home? Can you describe one training day?

Kiril Georgiev: I train regularly, almost on a daily basis, following the strongest chess tournaments. I don’t have any constant program, sometimes I work 3-4 hours, but sometimes I miss a whole day.

Chessdom: We are familiar with your brilliant endgame technique. How would you determine your style of play, as a positional, or as a tactical one?

Kiril Georgiev: I think I have a universal chess style, playing good in every stage of the game – opening, middlegame and endgame. I realize my weaknesses and I try to cope with them. One of the best ways is playing blitz on the internet, training different aspects of my game.

Chessdom: Which time control suits you best, blitz, rapid or classical chess?

Kiril Georgiev: I have had great success in the last blitz and rapid tournaments. I love classical chess, but I think that the time control must be restricted to 4 hours per game. Nowadays, every club player with ELO rating higher than 2000 knows their variations until move 15th-20th and I find unnecessary to spend more than 4 hours on a game.

Chessdom: Thank you for the interview and good luck in your next tournaments!

Kiril Georgiev: Thank you!