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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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Georgian Club Championship 2014 LIVE!

Moscow Team Championship 2014

Moscow Team Chess Championship 2014 is taking place from 27th September to 11th October in Russian capital Moscow.

11 teams are playing in a round-robin system. Top seed is the team of “Dvorets” consisting of: GM Ivan Popov(2627), GM Andrey Rychagov (2559), GM Stanislav Novikov (2559), GM Alexei Gavrilov (2489), GM Alexey Kim (2488), GM Alexander Krapivin (2442), IM Alexandr Granovskiy (2288), FM Ivan Yudin (2301), Evgenij Novikov (2156), Alexander Pak (2149), Pavel Voloshin (2099) and Ivan Maslov (2095).

Official website

Checkmate in 3

White to move and check mate in three!

By Shinkman

19 points separate Carlsen and Caruana, Topalov back at 2800

Top 5 women

1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2675 0 1976
2 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2673 17 1994
3 Ju, Wenjun wg CHN 2582 15 1991
4 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2581 11 1987
5 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2570 13 1987

Vidit aims to win World Junior Championship

Vidit Gujarathi set to make October his own
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 - 5:15am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Nashik's chess GM looks forward to winning the world junior championships starting in Pune starting this Sunday

Vidit Gujarathi's rise to the top has been prodigious. At 14, when kids are busy gearing up for their final years in school, Gujarathi has become the first Indian to win the World Youth Chess Championship (U-14) in Vietnam. It didn't stop there. By the time the Nashik resident turned 18, he was India's 30th Grandmaster.

Gujarathi couldn't have asked for a better chance to win something in front of his home crowd as the World Junior Chess Championship beginning on October 5 in Pune.

Ranked sixth in the world junior rankings, Gujarathi will spearhead the Indian challenge in the Open category in a tournament what will see more than 125 players from 45 countries taking part. A special feature of this edition will be that both the Open and Women's section will boast of players featuring in the top hundred in the World and will include six super Grandmasters (Above ELO 2600) apart from Grandmasters and International Masters.

Vladimir Fedoseev (2677) and Alexandra Goryachkina (2430) from Russia are the top seeds in the open and girls categories, respectively.

Home advantage will play a huge rule for Gujarathi but there is something more important that will tell the difference between winning and losing. "It'll be an amazing feeling to play at home with so many people watching you.

But it's home food more than home support that is important. We tend to travel abroad for tournaments and we miss our food more than the support. It also becomes a huge problem for those who are vegetarian. Also, there is no issue of jet lag this time. Such small things go a huge way in deciding how well your tournament pans out," said Gujarathi, who doesn't eat non-veg on select days of the week.

Gujarathi goes into the competition with a feeling of improving his bronze performance at the previous edition in Kocaeli, Turkey. He is motivated enough to make up for his poor show this August at the Abu Dhabi Masters, where he was joint leader going into the final day only to let this lead slip. "I have learnt a lot in this one year. I need to avoid the mistakes I made in Turkey and see to it that a repeat of the Abu Dhabi performance doesn't happen again. I don't have any coach at the moment, so I'm on my own now. I need to be more confident about my opponent's moves and not be caught unawares."

The icing on the cake for Gujarathi is the fact that he will turn 20 just four days after the tournament ends on October 24. Will he celebrate it with a gold medal?

"Certainly it'll be my win here. It's a prestigious tournament with all the chess greats having won it when they were young. Viswanathan Anand won it in 1987, so I can surely add another name to the list. Plus, October has been a very lucky month for me as I achieved my final Grandmaster norm in October 2012 at the Rose Valley Kolkata Open Grandmasters tournament," said Gujarathi.


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Bb5 Systems to Destroy the Sicilian Defense - GM Damian Lemos

How Passed Pawns Can Affect the Game

Posted on September 30,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. Passed pawns are pawns that do not have opposing pawns in front of them on adjacent files. A passed pawn can become a serious advantage as it is quite hard to block. The opponent has to involve his pieces to prevent a passed pawn from promoting. This tactic has obvious weakness, as blocking pieces would become passive and limited to the defensive job. Passed Pawns in the Middle Game A passed pawn may give a very solid advantage in the middle game[...]

Bb5 Systems to Destroy the Sicilian Defense - GM Damian Lemos

Posted on September 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Sicilian squeeze! This DVD (part 2 of 2) covers Bb5 Systems against The Sicilian Defense with an emphasis on the core White strategies involving immediate and sometimes unprovoked Bxc6! Lemos shows the following analysis and concepts; Part 1: 2…d6 3.Bb5+ A look at 3…Nd7 4.a4! The position is still good for White without a4 as White can still do his traditional plan of Qe1-h4. 3…Nd7 4.a4! N(g)f6 5.d3 e6 6.f4 Be7 with 7.Nf3 and a nice King side[...]

Alekhine Defence - FM Chris Dunworth

Posted on September 26,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Fast Knight development! British FIDE Master Chris Dunworth, an expert in the Alekhine Defence, lets us in to the crazy Horse world of 1.e4 Nf6. Chris starts by showing us that allowing a massive center is okay, as Black can undermine it and still have a strong defensive position. Then he outlines the 3 main White responses before showing us basic ideas for both sides and the current theoretical status of each of the critical moves. The 4 Paw[...]

Prophylactic play: Block your opponent

Posted on September 25,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. The idea of chess prophylaxis is to destroy your opponent's plans. Prophylactic moves are not specifically intended just for improving one's position, but also for preventing the opponent from improving his own. "Do not always be thinking of attack! Moves that safeguard your position are often far more prudent." - Aron Nimzowitsch. Very often, we get overexcited by our own plans and attacking ideas, and forget that the opponent also exists. This[...] is a producer of thousands of free chess articles and free chess videos by FIDE chess masters. They recently released the renowned Empire Chess series that has been taking the chess world by storm. Please consider checking out their chess blog and chess shop with tons of free updated previews.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1st world title for Nihal

Nihal wins world chess event
October 1, 2014

Nihal Sarin, class V student of Devamatha CMI Public School, Thrissur, has won the World Chess Championship held at Durban in South Africa from September 18 to 29. Nihal is the first player from the State to win a world chess title.

He won in the ‘under-10 class’ of the championship, playing against the world first seed from Uzbekistan. Nihal had won the ‘Under-10 blitz title’ at the World Youth Championship in Al Ain on December 29. He was the gold medal winner in the ‘rapid’ and ‘blitz’ categories in the Asian Chess Championship at Uzbekistan. — Staff Reporter


Closing ceremony of the World Youth Chess Championship in Durban

From 18th to 30th of September the World Youth Chess Championships were held in Durban. The championship was organized by the South African Chess Federation. On September 29th the FIDE President arrived to Durban for the closing ceremony. The ceremony was held in the International Congress Center with 940 young chess players from 87 countries. This is the first such tournament on the African continent.

Final Standings

Boys U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/ U16/ U18

Girls U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/ U16/ U18

The official tournament website

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE President

Eldo Smart, President of Chess South Africa

With the representatives of the South Africa Chess Federation

Under 18 category winners - girls

1st place - Dinara Saduakassova KAZ
2nd place - Filiz Osmanodja GER
3rd place - Xiao Yiyi CHN

Under 18 category winners - boys

1st place - Olexandr Bortnyk UKR
2nd place - Suri Vaibhav IND
3rd place - Henriquez Villagra Cristobal CHI

The official tournament website

Divya Deshmukh wins Gold in South Africa

Nagpur's Divya Deshmukh is World U-10 chess champion
Amit Sampat, TNN | Sep 30, 2014, 01.49 PM IST

NAGPUR: Nagpur's 8 ½-year-old Divya Deshmukh won her first World crown when she emerged as champ in the under-10 girls' section of the World Youth Chess Championship in Durban, South Africa, on Monday. The No. 13 seed put up a consistent show to earn 9 wins and 2 draws and finish the 11-round-even with 10 points.

Divya had earlier shot into the limelight when she won the Asian Schools Championship (rapid and standard) in 2012 and the U-10 Asian blitz event earlier this year. In 2013, Divya became the world's youngest woman Fide Master.

In her only reaction to TOI via her mother, the Bhavan's student, said, "I am very happy to win my first World championship gold medal for India."

Daughter of gynaecologists Namrata and Jitendra Deshmukh, Divya's first call after the triumph was to her elder sister Arya. Delighted with Divya's triumph, Namrata said, "Divya is feeling great, it's yet to sink in."

The credit for Divya's triumph goes to city's Gurpreet Singh Maras, her second coach after Rahul Joshi. Though Gurpreet was unable to accompany Divya to Durban, he explained everything online to her.

"Her 5th round tie against top seed Assaubayeva Bibissara of Kazakhstan was the toughest. Playing with black bits, Divya held her higher ranked rival to a 46-move draw. After studying Bibissara's previous games, I suggested some moves to Divya. On Bibissara's Queens Pawn opening Divya played the Kings Indian defence and got a pawn up in the 22nd move but Bibissara managed well thereafter."

The last round game against seed No. 9 Nurgali Nazerke was also tough but "Divya played it safe to emerge victorious", added Maras. The game lasted 67 moves.

Divya and Bibissara tied with 10 points each but a better progressive tie-break score gave the Indian the title.

Divya, who has Elo rating of 1607 points, opened with a win over China's Jiang Tiantian and then posted victories over Koksa Jelena, No 4 seed Zeng Sheena of USA and No. 5 seed WFM Asadi Motahare from Iran.

In the next rounds, Divya outclassed Rakshitta Ravi, No 7 seed Garifullina Leya of Russia, WCM Caglar Sila, Song Yuxin and No 12 seed Chinese Wen Yili. The final game against Kazakhstan's Nurgali Nazerke lasted 67 moves.

Secretary of All India Chess Federation (AICF) V Hariharan praised Divya's efforts. "She is improving every year," he said.

Another Indian player too won a title with Kerala's Nihal Sarin triumphing in the U-10 boys category. Overall in 12 categories, India also brought home 2 silvers and bronzes each.

Delhi's GM Vaibhav Suri in U-18 and Chennai's IM Aravindh Chithambaram in U-16 got silvers. The bronze medal winners include Mendonca Leon Luke in U-8 and WFM Vaishali Ramesh Babu in the U-14 girls' section.


GM Solodovnichenko wins 6th Vasteras Open 2014

GM Solodovnichenko claims 6th Vasteras Open 2014

The 6th edition of Västerås Open was played on 26-28th September 2014 in Växhuset, Viktor Larssons plats, in Västerås, a city in central Sweden.

The event was played in 8 rounds, 4 games with a rapid time control 15′ + 5″ and 4 games with the classic 90′ + 30″. 259 players from 13 different countries took part in the event (Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine).

Ukrainian GM Yuri Solodovnichenko emerged a clear winner on 7,5/8 points and took the first prize of 12.000 SEK (nearly 1.300 €).

IM Aryan Tari (Norway) and IM Jonathan Westerberg (Sweden) shared second place on 7 points, but the 15-year-old talented Norwegian took the silver on superior tie-break score. You can see the full standings below.

Official website

Final standings (top finishers):

1 GM Solodovnichenko Yuri 7,5
2 IM Tari Aryan 7
3 IM Westerberg Jonathan 7
4 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger 6,5
5 IM Smith Axel 6,5
6 GM Semcesen Daniel 6,5
7 Olsson Krister 6,5
8 GM Kunin Vitaly 6
9 FM Andersson Tommy 6
10 GM Blomqvist Erik 6
11 GM Karlsson Lars 6
12 FM Hedman Erik 6
13 GM Berg Emanuel 6
14 FM Lindgren Philip 6
15 FM Borsuk Jurij 6
16 IM Moen Andreas 6
17 Persson Mats 6
18 Lindborg Petter 6
19 IM Ornstein Axel 6
20 Backman Andreas 6
21 GM Åkesson Ralf 5,5
22 Hansen Lars 5,5
23 FM Norberg Johan 5,5
24 GM Ernst Thomas 5,5
25 FM Kockum Anton Frisk 5,5
26 Wengholm Anders 5,5
27 FM Bergström Peter 5,5
28 Adler Bo 5,5
29 Nordebrink Johan 5,5
30 Drugge Patrick 5,5
31 GM Johannessen Leif Erlend 5,5
32 FM Eriksson Anders 5,5
33 FM Henriksson Johan 5,5
34 Lissäng Christopher 5,5
35 FM Livner Anders 5,5

Vietnam next Golden boy

Vietnam wins gold at World Youth Chess Championship 2014
Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014, Posted at: 14:08(GMT+7)

Nguyen Anh Khoi from Ho Chi Minh City bagged a gold medal in the U12 boys’ event at the World Youth Chess Championship 2014 held in Durban, South Africa.

After 11 matches, Anh Khoi, seeded fifth for his Elo rating of 2208, defeated his rivals with 8.5 points and higher sub-indexes to win the championship title.

Khoi also won the championship title for U8 boys at the same tournament in 2012.

Luu Ha Bich Ngoc (No. 31 seed) also from Ho Chi Minh City brought home a silver medal with 8.5 points in the U8 girls’ category.

The event was held from September 20-29 with the participation of approximately 1,000 chess masters from around the world. The players compete in 11 rounds based on the Swiss system for boy and girl competitions in six different age group categories of U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18.


Kasparov blasted European & American leaders for their policies

Garry Kasparov: Putin is 'the most dangerous man' in the world and a bigger threat to the U.S. than the Islamic State

By Bianna Golodryga
4 hours ago
Yahoo News

Arguably the world's best chess player ever, Garry Kasparov is on a new mission. He hopes to convince the world that the biggest threat to global unrest is not the Islamic State, al-Qaida or North Korea. Instead it is Vladimir Putin, Russia's president from 2000 to 2008 and then again from 2012 to today.

In an interview with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, Kasparov outlined his reasons for believing that Putin should be what keeps the world up at night. He chided President Barack Obama for being too late in addressing Putin's aggression in Ukraine — ultimately annexing Crimea. And while he views the president's speech at the United Nations— calling Russia's invasion into Ukraine and ideology of "might makes right" backward —he still believes that actions speak louder than words. Kasparov has extremely harsh words for what he views as European indifference to Putin's actions, and he compares the world's complacency with the lead-up to World War II.

Kasparov calls the Islamic State militant group (also known as ISIL and ISIS) a diversion for the world to focus on. He finds it hypocritical that the U.S. and other Western allies have agreed to supply Syrian rebels opposed to IS, while refusing Ukraine's similar request.

Regarding the current sanctions imposed on Russia, Kasparov believes that at some point they will hurt not only the Russian economy, but also Putin and his inner circle. However, for that to happen, he believes the sanctions will have to be in place through at least March 2015. He adds that Putin will use Russia's vast supply of natural gas as leverage ahead of what he calls the "upcoming cold winter," threatening to shut down supplies to Europe and other former Soviet republics and satellite nations. Kasparov fears that the threat will be enough to persuade an easing of sanctions. He also believes Putin is telling his inner circle of Russia's richest and most powerful business leaders, who are facing the ramifications of stiff sanctions that the western governments "will blink. As before, they will capitulate. We'll get what we need." Kasparov believes that Putin is calling the world's bluff. "He is playing poker while everyone else is playing chess."

Kasparov, who once expressed interest in running in the 2008 presidential race and who has in recent years become an anti-Putin activist, avoided the question of whether or not he would seek public office. Instead his response was a sobering one: "We should forget about power in Russia changing hands throughout the election process. I'm afraid it will be not a very lawful process and it may eventually end up with the collapse of the country."

His political views have affected his professional career and aspirations. Just last month Kasparov lost his bid for the presidency of the World Chess Federation, to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov...

Full article here.