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Friday, November 21, 2014

World Chess Match Game 9: Carlsen draws 'better prepared' Anand

Hello chess blog friends, World Chess Championship game 9 was a short draw. It might have been a tad frustrating for World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen as he appeared to have come for a rout with White. However, he admitted that Anand was better prepared. 



“You finished so fast today that the journalists didn't yet finish their coffee”, joked Anastasia Karlovich at the start of the press-conference. However, Magnus Carlsen did not pick up her tone:
“I have no idea when your journalists drink coffee.”

Magnus Carlsen chose to avoid any risks considering the pressure and high stakes in the match. The 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov continues to observe the match closely and shares his impressions on twitter:

“Berlin aside, I also learned that this is a dangerous path. Giving up quick draws with white is a betrayal of Kaissa & she does not like it! Carlsen has a lead and only 3 games to go. But if he starts to believe he can coast to the title it is very dangerous psychologically. The last match was already over by now, a blowout. He may feel very uncomfortable pressure in the final games if it is still so close. This is true with any stressful decision. You just want it to be over, to feel relief, and it can overwhelm all your critical thinking.”

Magnus Carlsen: “Yes, it is frustrating when the opponent is better prepared at this point in the match, but it has been the other way around too.”

Of course, it is in Carlsen's favour to steer all games to draw considering he has a one-point lead, but Anand cannot be discounted. The Indian Grandmaster is known to fight with patience until the very last and could strike at any moment on the smallest of weaknesses. Anand is known to have a fantastic theoretical understanding of chess. Carlsen did well not to risk it at all in Game 9 as he could have been saddled with a weaker positional endgame. 

The match goes on as Carlsen keeps lead. Hope you are enjoying all the excitement watching live and tweeting with chess fans around the world during the match. You can replay the game with Chess King.

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World Chess Match Game 8: A Draw, Carlsen Keeps Lead

Hello chess blog friends, World Chess Championship 2014 in Sochi witnessed a draw in Game 8 much to the disappointment of Anand fans. Here is the insightful summary by Vladimir Barsky via the official website. You can replay the game with Chess King.


“Surprised Carlsen is playing such a risky variation. No doubt he analyzed it, but it's hard to account for all White's options”, tweeted Fabiano Caruana. And Nigel Short confessed that he doesn't know 9...Re8, despite 30+ years of experience in this variation. He also enriched the chess literature with a new term – “a typical condom variation: to be used once and thrown away”.

For the fourth time in Sochi the former World Champion started the game with the queen's pawn push. Each time Carlsen responded differently – first with the Gruenfeld, then with the Queen's Gambit, then – with the Queen's Indian. Today Magnus, when it was his turn to make the third move, covered his face with a palm and sat motionless for about five seconds. Then he moved a pawn to d5, pressed the clock, fell down in the chair and closed the eyes, as if being totally exhausted by the effort. After the game the champion explained that his physical shape was not very good in the beginning, but he slowly gained strength over the course of the game. Maybe he just didn't want to repeat the Queen's Gambit, in which he lost the third game? But his coaches convinced him and even gave him a secret weapon!

Anand started to consume time, and when a first critical moment occurred, rejected the most principled but highly risky continuation. Soon a symmetrical ending with two minor pieces for both sides arose, and White had only a symbolic advantage, if anything at all. The position was too simple – no room for traps or errors. On the move 41 Anand offered a draw, and Magnus accepted.

The seven-time Russian champion Peter Svidler presents his view on the eighth game:
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Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona Chess from Nov 28

Hello chess blog friends, here's the latest chess news update via FIDE - On Friday, November 28th, the Chess Tournament 19é Trofeu Internacional (Magistral) Ciutat de Barcelona 2014 will take start. This year the Tournament is organized by the Catalonian Chess Federation and sponsored by Catalonia Hotels, the Barcelona City Hall and the Government (Generalitat) of Catalonia. The Venue of the Turnament is Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864, situated at Roger de Llúria Str., 60 (08009) Barcelona, Spain. Tel: +34 93.272.00.50 

The dates of the tournaments are from November, 28th to December, 2nd, 2014 and the games will start at 16.30. 


The following six internationally recognized Grandmasters will participate in this Round Robin event: 

1) GM Marc Narciso SPAIN (2515) 
2) GM Karen Grigoryan ARMENIA (2591) 
3) GM Li Chao b CHINA (2711) 
4) GM Csaba Balogh HUNGARY (2660) 
5) GM Àlvar Alonso SPAIN ( 2529) 
6) GM Miguel Illescas SPAIN (2602) 

The Tournament reaches category 15 which makes it the strongest tournament in Catalonia, and one of the strongest in Spain. Also it is included in the ACP Tour, as one of the most important events in the Chess World. 

There will be live broadcast of the tournament offered by the Catalonian Chess Federation website: http://directe.escacs.cat/2014/ciutatbarcelona/index.phpand by the prestigious internet chess servers. 

There will be more activities besides the Tournament. GMs Balogh and Illescas will offer interesting lectures. Free entry for everyone. 

There will be yet another two promotional children´s Round Robin tournaments going on there simultaneously. Qualified players are as follows: 

Closed Group Sub-10 
1.Prats Safont, Sergi 
2.Jimenez Muñoz, Nicolas 
3.Moya Nuñez Pau, Salvador 
4.Cespedes Llaverias, Llibert 
5.Castillo Dalmau, Arnau 
6.Travesset Sagré, Jan 

Closed Group Sub -12 
1.Masdemont Serra, Guillem 
2.Harutian, Arthur Willian 
3.Martinez Perez, Sergio 
4.Claramunt Bassegoda, Marcel 
5.Álvarez Albiol, Victor 
6.Sama Salinas, Héctor 

For more information please visit the Tournament link at FCE website, which will be continuously updated: www.escacs.cat
http://escacs.cat/index.php/competicio/ciutat-barcelona/calendari

REGULATIONS


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cool Chess Photo Trivia: Name event, Year!

Hello chess blog friends, this chess trivia photo brings a sweet smile. Did both the players know back then that they would meet in Sochi! Can you name the chess event and the year? This historic chess photo was part of the event press release back then. Click photo to check your answer. The event was won by Anand.




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Play Chess with Nakamura, Aronian: Schein-Friedman Benefit Auction Chess Auction

Hello chess blog friends, this is a cool chess event in the US - Time with Aronian and Nakamura: Schein-Friedman Benefit Auction! FM Aviv Friedman writes at the www.uschess.org



Need a creative holiday gift idea? Find details on an online auction to benefit the Schein-Friedman Scholastic Recognition Project headlined by lessons with Levon Aronian and Hikaru Nakamura. The two super-GMs face each other in a match later this week in Saint Louis. Also up for auction: A private simul by GM Robert Hess and lessons with GMs Ray Robson, Daniel Naroditsky, Kayden Troff, Sam Sevian, Daniel Naroditsky & FM Alisa Melekhina. 


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

World Chess Hall of Fame Call for WW2 Artifacts

Hello chess blog friends, in the summer of 2015, the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) will present an exhibition exploring the history of chess during World War II. We are seeking material related to the effect of war on the world of chess during the period, as well as how chess served as entertainment or therapy for soldiers. Do you have artifacts, photographs, or ephemera related to this subject that may be loaned to the WCHOF for this show or stories that may be shared?If so, please send photographs and descriptions of the objects or a summary of the to Emily Allred, Assistant Curator, at emily.allred@worldchesshof.org or call 314.367.9243 ext. 108 to determine if the material can be used in the exhibition. (USchess.org)



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World Chess Championship Trivia: Identify Photo

Hello chess blog friends, we have a 'vintage' chess trivia question for you - can you identify the players in this chess photo and say what is its significance? Find the answer to the question by clicking on the photo.



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9 Facts about the World Chess Championship (Video)

Hello chess blog friends, it's a rest day at the World Chess Championship today. Magnus Carlsen continues to lead a point ahead of Viswanathan Anand after eight games. Meanwhile, we found this cool video on 9 facts about the world chess championship. Enjoy. Don't forget to send us your favourite chess videos as well.





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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

3 Top Lessons from Anand - Carlsen World Chess Championships!

Hello chess blog friends, Two of the world's best chess players - Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen - are meeting to fight for the top chess title two years in a row. Here are three top lessons every chess fan should gain from these two historic clashes...



1 - Physical fitness: Finally, it's there for all chess fans to see. You're not going to be making much headway if you're not fit. Spending more than six hours at a stretch ensuring that your brain still comes up with the best calculations on the board requires stamina and endurance. If you're up against a tenacious opponent, you could well be sitting fighting for every drop of blood. You will need to stay alert all the way just to even eke out a draw. So, get the hind, get, set, go with an exercise regime!

2 - Chess studies: Yes, chess is a whole lot about logic, but look at the huge amount of chess theoretical preparation that goes into a game. Playing chess at the top level, with the clock ticking against you, it's all so important to be armed with the best theoretical preparation of all phases of the game fro opening, middlegame to the endings. Start training then... and, Chess King is cool to begin with.

3 - Believe in yourself: There is no scope for disappointment when it comes to playing chess at tournament level. Whether you blunder, or you lose, you're got to get up right back and go fight again. That is the greatest lesson chess will possibly every teach you. There is no giving up - whether it is Anand losing the title and working hard to win another chance, whether it's Magnus Carlsen losing his lead and coming back to taking the lead again... or, whether it's both blundering and fighting on... That's chess. The show must go and you must fight till the last. Chess makes you a warrior in the best of traditions. Believe in yourself and fight till the last - on the chessboard and off it. Chess is for the brave alone.

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World Chess Match Game 7: Fortress Master Anand unfazed by Carlsen Grind

Hello chess blog friends, former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand knew just what he was doing when he gave away a Bishop for two pawns in Game 7 at the World Chess Championship versus Magnus Carlsen this Monday!

The game marked the second half of the match so Magnus Carlsen got to play two games with White in a row. Magnus stuck to 1.e4 and, since Anand did not try the Sicilian, the game steered into the Berlin with Magnus sticking to theory. 


However, the game tempo did not slow down even after Anand's novelty – clearly such course of events did not surprise Carlsen. White sacrificed a pawn, obtaining very active pieces in return – his rook was on the 7th rank, and the knight settled on f5. Anand thought for 35 minutes on his 31st move and made a very committal decision to sacrifice his bishop for two pawns, intending to set up a fortress. Later at the press conference the former World Champion said he found this plan at the board, although he had seen similar positions successfully defended before.

Carlsen's task was to trade the rooks and keep his two pawns from exchanges. However, it was hard to achieve, as the black rook was not allowing the white knight settling in the centre, while supporting с2-с4 would expose the white king. Eventually Carlsen was forced to put a pawn on c4, because he could not make progress otherwise, but Black advanced his pawn to b5 and activated the king, threatening to exchange all the pawns. Soon Anand managed to simplify the position, achieving a book draw with a rook against a rook and knight.

The World Champion kept playing, trying to utilize minimal practical chances for a win. However, Anand demonstrated the required accuracy, and the game ended in a draw on the 122nd move, just three moves short from breaking the record for the longest World Championship game. The fifth game of the match between Anatoly Karpov and Victor Korchnoi in Baguio, 1978, ended in a draw in the 124th move.

Magnus said at the press conference that he was convinced that there would be a way to win the endgame after black's sacrifice. However, soon he realized that he could not make progress without pushing c4, which gave Black counterplay.

Vishy Anand was asked if it was frustrating to defend for so long. “It is not frustrating if I get a draw in the end”, replied the ex-World Champion.

The score in Carlsen-Anand match is now 4-3 in Carlsen's favor. The eighth game is played on Tuesday, November 18th, at 15:00. Anand has White. Admission is free of charge. The official website of the championship http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/ broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English. (Official website) Replay the game with Chess King.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Vladimir Kramnik Chess School in Russia Soon!

Hello chess blog friends, a chess school named after former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik will start in Russia in about six months. Vladimir Kramnik was quoted by the Russian Chess Federation website:

"This is a very ambitious project. I speak again with the governor of the Krasnodar Territory, Alexander Tkachev. Done in school are children from all over the region, who want to learn to play chess, especially - professionally. There are plans to open six branches. In general, the structure has been created, but, of course, there is still a lot of organizational work."


The former World Chess Champion said the chess school is likely to be functional in about six months. The former world champion mentioned that the school would be possible by support and collective effort of a strong and committed team which was already working hard. Kramnik also said, not just chess coaches from the region, but those from outside would also be invited as guest lecturers at the chess school.


So, do we have more Russian world champions coming now soon from the Krasnodar region? Best wishes to GM Vladimir Kramnik with his chess school project.


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World Chess Match Game 6: Knight's Betrayal hits Anand, Carlsen wins to Lead

Hello chess blog friends, Round 6 will go down at the World Chess Championship 2014 will go down in chess history for possibly the wrong reason! Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand failed to accept 'the gift' of a blunder from reigning champion Magnus Carlsen!


“When you don't expect a gift you don't look for it,” said a disappointed Anand at the press conference after the sixth game. The pressure of the world title match took it's toll and that is why, also, chess will forever remain human no matter how much computers come into play in training. 


There have been blunders at World Championship matches before for example, Garry Kasparov in his 11th game of the 1985 match against Anatoly Karpov.

For Magnus Carlsen, one other upside of the game was that Anand chose a passive line in the Sicilian, but it was a solid and tricky setup. Carlsen was rattled by his own error, but his only feeling was relief when Anand returned the favour. 

Peter Svidler, in his commentary said, " Many people think the main problem of the 4…а6 Sicilian is 5.Bd3. However, in that line White often must play for mate in order to get any advantage. Unfortunately (I played this position as Black a lot, so I am obviously biased), White indeed gives mate fairly often. However, this is not Carlsen's way of playing chess, so he went for 5.с4, and the endgame that occurred at the board is one of the main lines."

"After the 25th move there was a short break in the broadcasting. Sopiko and I turned the microphones off, and suddenly 26.Kd2 appeared on the monitors. I didn't even cover it in the analysis, because this was obviously a huge mistake – White loses two pawns with checks! Okay, he will pick up the h6 pawn, but his position will be ruined. I began to wave hands to the directors to turn off the ads and let us back on air, but in less than 20 seconds Black replied with 26…a4. At that moment I didn't understand anything at all."

Naturally, after playing 26.Kd2 Magnus immediately realized the problem. In general allowing the pawn to a3 is not a good idea for White, so he is supposed to meet a4 with a3. However, Magnus knew he cannot gamble anymore, and immediately moved the king from d2 to e2. Vishy played 27…а3 and probably asked himself why Magnus did not block his pawn. The answer popped up instantly, and after that continuing the game for Vishy was incredibly hard. What a terrible situation – you barely holding an inferior position and suddenly miss a chance to win! If Vishy responded correctly, White had no real resources to defend. The game would move to a technical stage of converting a huge advantage, and Vishy is very good at it, too, writes Vladimir Barsky in his report at the official website.

Magnus Carlsen leads the match 3.5 - 2.5 after six games. You can continue to watch the very exciting world chess championship match live on the official website. Replay Game 6 with Chess King.


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

World Chess Match Game 5 Drawn: Carlsen, Anand both 2.5

Hello chess blog friends, the World Chess Championship 2014 is evenly poised with both Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand at 2.5 each after Game 5 was drawn. The main stage in Sochi ended with a draw, but there was excitement elsewhere - Russian chess juniors got prizes and the talented Shakhriyar Mamedyarov bulldozed his way to winning the Tal Chess Memorial which was held in Sochi over two days in blitz format. The Tal Chess Memorial is expected to be back in classical format, in Sochi, next year. Alexander Grischuk was second.


Shakhriyar shared his championship match impressions with RCF's Eteri Kublashvili:
“I think the third game was very important. Exactly such victory Anand missed in Chennai. He is a different person in Sochi, and I think the match will be very tense. Anand's play also proves it. Actually, he played quite well this year, while Carlsen, in my opinion, did not. So this is going to be an exciting match. I will not be surprised in Anand wins.”

Peter Svidler shared his opinion on the game:“Today I worked in a commentary booth with Ian Nepomniachtchi, and the players made us look fools in the end! For at least 15 minutes we talked about how unpleasant this ending is for black, when there is a white pawn on a2 and black pawn on b6. We explained in detail that if you remove all the rooks, it might be simply hopeless for black, and even with a single pair of rooks defending is tough. So we thought Vishy will play it on for at least two hours, and paused to have a snack. However, as soon as we left the booth, Vishy traded the queenside pawns! This came as a big surprise for us, however, Anand surely calculated everything and decided that black consolidates, and white's winning chances are non-existent.

Magnus Carlsen did push and push for long to eke out any advantage from the long-drawn endgame, but Anand stood his ground and stuck to safe play instead of taking any risks. The show moves on to Game 6 being played on Saturday. Magnus has White in both Games 6 and 7. Watch all the action live at the official website. You can replay Game 5 with Chess King.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Chess in Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Video

Hello chess blog friends, it's time to relax and wait for Game 6 at the World Chess Championship 2014 in Sochi. Game 5 was a draw today. So, meanwhile, a sweet video from the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Mysteries. Enjoy!

 






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World Senior Chess Champions - Zurab Sturua, Anatoly Vaisser and Svetlana Mednikova, Nona Gaprindashvili

Hello chess blog friends, the senior world chess championships 2014 have concluded in Greece with four new world chess champions in the senior category - 

GMs Zurab Sturua (Georgia) and Anatoly Vaisser (France) are the new World Chess Champions for the senior categories 50+ and 65+ respectively while WIM Svetlana Mednikova (Russia) and the legendary GM Nona Gaprindashvili (Georgia) are the new World Champions for the senior women categories 50+ and 65+ respectively.
 



In the Seniors 50+, GM Zurab Sturua tied with GM Keith Arkell by scoring 8.5 points in 11 rounds and had better tie-breaks.

In the Seniors 65+, GM Anatoly Vassier scored 8 points and also had better tie-breaks over the other three tied players (GM Yuri Balashov, GM Viktor Kupreichik, IM Herman Van Riemsdijk).

In the women categories 50+ and 65+, both WIM Svetlana Mednikova (8.5 points) and GM Nona Gaprindashvili (8 points) won clearly their world titles.

The 24th FIDE World Senior Championships took place at the Olympus Riviera of Katerini in Greece, with the participation of 163 players from 40 countries and a prize fund of €20.000 for the winners. Next year's senior world chess championships wll be held in Acqui Terme, Italy!

The 24th FIDE World Senior Chess Championships at the Olympus Riviera of Katerini in Greece began with the participation of 163 players from 40 countries and a prize fund of €20.000 for the winners!

The event was held under excellent playing conditions in the conference center of the 5-star "Mediterranean Village" resort hotel. Top names playing included famous GMs such as John Nunn (ENG), Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO), Mark Hebden (ENG), Anatoly Vaisser (FRA), Zurab Sturua (GEO), Klaus Bischoff (GER), Karen Movsziszian (ARM), Keith Arkell (ENG), Evgeny Vasiukov (RUS), Yuri Balashov (RUS), Viktor Kupreichik (BLR), Mihai Suba (ROU), Jens Kristiansen (DEN) and many others.

Find lots of photographs at the official website.

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World Schools Individual Chess Championships 2015 in Thailand May 15

Hello chess blog friends,
The ASEAN Chess Academy, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Thailand Chess Association have the honour of inviting all federations and eligible players for the World Schools Individual Chess Championships 2015 to be organised in Pattaya, Thailand from 6th May (arrival) to 15th May (departure) 2015.

General Regulations & Rules

1. The Championships shall be governed by the General Regulations for FIDE 
Competitions and these Rules.
Participation
2. There shall be 6 categories; namely Under-07, Under-09 Under-11, Under-13, Under-
15 and Under-17 with separate events for Open and Girls.
3. Entitled to participate are players who shall not have reached the age of 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 
17 before 1 January 2015:-
Under-07: Born before 1 January 2008;
Under-09: Born before 1 January 2006;
Under-11: Born before 1 January 2004;
Under-13: Born before 1 January 2002;
Under-15: Born before 1 January 2000;
Under-17: Born before 1 January 1998.
4. The following have a personal right and are entitled to participate provided they fulfil 
the condition of Rule 3 above:-
4.1 The Champions of the World Schools Championships 2014
4.2 The Continental Schools Champions 2014.2/5
5. FIDE member federations & FIDE-endorsed Chess Academies shall have the right to 
send as many players as they wish.
System & Schedule
6. Time control: Each player shall have 90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes for the 
rest of the game with the addition of 30 seconds per move starting from the first move.
7. Where possible, each category shall be conducted in the Swiss System of 9 rounds.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

World Chess Champions Trivia Photo: Name Russian Chess Stars a Generation Apart!

Hello chess blog friends, there is something so charming about Russian chess stars that it goes from generation to generation and we exhult in their magic. Here is a lovely photo tweeted by the official twitter account for the Carlsen - Anand World Chess Championship 2014 currently on in Sochi. This photo was taken before the opening ceremony. Can you name the two world chess champions... of course a generation apart?




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World Chess Match Game 4: Carlsen - Anand Sweat Out a Draw

Hello chess blog friends, Game 4 at the World Chess Championship 2014 in Sochi - Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand - ended in a draw. It was a tenacious game where both the players explored the depth of each other's chess expertise so much so that the audience went home a satisfied and exhausted despite the draw!



We have this entertaining overview of Game 4 from the official website by Vladimir Barsky. You can replay the game with Chess King - your partner in super-strong chess learning and training.

Pillow fight on a minefield“Vishy looks bored, I think he wants to play a pillow fight with Akhil”, – joked in his twitter grandmaster Anish Giri while the fourth game was nearing its peaceful conclusion, but Carlsen kept looking for microscopic chances to continue the struggle. Recently the former world champion said in an interview about playing with his baby son, and the young Dutchman referred to it.

The second half of the fourth game also looks like a pillow fight, especially after Carlsen blundered (according to him) 24…Be5 followed by trading the dark-squared bishops. However, pay attention to Anand's confession: “The position was very complex, but I was not worried at any particular moment, except when I had to find 41...Qd2.” It means the game remained reasonably tense until the very end, and only when Black avoided the last mine, Magnus resigned himself to a draw and soon gave the perpetual.

Such quiet and seemingly undistinguished games often contain many hidden nuances. That's why it is always interesting to listen to a professional, who often encountered both participants at the board – Peter Svidler.

“A very curious game, and the opening choice is quite curious from both sides. Not that Vishy never played the Paulsen, but recently he tends to play the Najdorf. It means 2…e6 3.g3already tells us that both players did a lot of work before the match, and neither wants to give the other one an easy life. 3.g3 suggests that Magnus expected 2…е6. 3.g3 occurs at the high level with certain frequency, but this is of course not the most popular line. Vishy reacted in a cunning way, and I am pleased to have guessed some of his moves right during the live commentary. Black's idea is to play Bg4 and Qd7 before castling, which makes it is hard to chase the g4-bishop away. I like this idea. The game proceeded to an unclear position that looked quite playable for Black. I didn't see any reasons to strive to equalize it. Maybe my assessment was wrong, or maybe Vishy resigned himself to the force of habit, but he recaptured on d5 with the bishop instead of the pawn. I wasn't even sure who stands better after 21…cxd5. Maybe there were tactical reasons for 21…Bxd5, but I didn't see any during the game.

After 22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.Qd3 Black's position turned to be somewhat unpleasant. Not bad, but playing White was clearly more comfortable, and Black could never get any counterplay. Vishy was forced to play defensively, but he always was and still is an outstanding defender. All his decisions (and you have to make decisions against Magnus, there is never an automatic draw against him) were very reasonable. When the queen endgame arose, I told Sopiko, let's have a coffee break, and the game might be over by the time we finish. But actually if Black responded to 41.Qxf7 with 41…Qc3+, his position after 42.Ke4 could become extremely unpleasant. In a way Vishy was lucky to pass the time control already, so he had time to dig into the position and realize all the problems behind the most natural response. After 41…Qd2!Black seems to hold.”

A curious game indeed. For me the most interesting part is 21.cxd5 Bxd5. One could keep the bishop on е4 and live behind it like behind a wall, but Anand obviously had other thoughts.21…Bxd5 is an attempt to make a draw, so he clearly didn't like his position. Maybe there were other reasons, which I cannot guess.

At the press conference Magnus Carlsen said the last two games have been bad and he has to improve. Answering the question about the difference between Chennai and this match, the World Champion made a joke: “In Chennai after four games the score was 2-2, here also the score is 2-2, so there is no difference!”


Be there for the live broadcast of Game 5 on Friday in Sochi at the official website. Viswanathan Anand plays with White.

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Tal Chess Memorial as two-day Superpowered Blitz in Sochi

Hello chess blog friends, the Tal Chess Memorial is being held as a blitz chess tournament this year on the sidelines of the World Chess Championship 2014 in Sochi. According to the Russian Chess Federation website, the players are: Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Eugene Tomashevsky, Alexander Morozevich, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexandra Kosteniuk (all - Russia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Peter Leko (Hungary) and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan).

This year's Tal Chess Memorial features a double round-robin format held over two days - November 13 and 14 with a time-control of four minutes per game with a two second increment per move. The prize fund is US $100 000. 

The Tal Memorial is a chess tournament played in Moscow each year since 2006, to honour the memory of former World Champion Mikhail Tal (1936–1992). It is usually played in the first half of November, with many of the world's strongest players competing. The first three editions all reached Category XX (overall Elo average 2735).

The commentators are GM Alexander Khalifman and WGM Sopiko Guramishvili. 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tashir Chess: Alexander Grischuk wins Title, Joins 2800 Club

Hello chess blog friends, top-rated Russian chess talent GM Alexander Grischuk has won the International Tashir Chess Memorial organised in honour of the legendaryTigran Petrosian. The final round was played at the Novotel Moscow City Hotel last evening. 



GM Alexander Grischuk, who had led the tournament for some rounds, drew with former World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik to win the title. Grischuk took the title with a score of 5.5 in 7 rounds. The “+4” score permitted Alexander to join the “2800+ elite club” in the FIDE ratings.

Vladimir Kramnik finished second with 4.5 points to his credit.
The third place went to Boris Gelfand, who defeated Peter Leko with White in the final round and scored 4 points. Players had exchanged most of their pieces early in the game, and the main struggle took place in the pawn endgame, in which White gradually outplayed his opponent.

Levon Aronian, who scored the same number of points as Boris Gelfand, took the fourth place as his tiebreak indicators were worse. Black developed an attack en masse against the enemy king and, after the attack itself had ended, obtained a better endgame. In the bishop endgame the Armenian grandmaster outplayed his Russian vis-à-vis.

Alexander Morozevich obtained a promising position as White against Ding Liren but committed an inaccuracy after which all his advantage gradually vanished. The Russian player had sacrificed a pawn, but that was enough only for forcing a draw by perpetual check.

Results of round 7: A. Grischuk – V. Kramnik 1/2, E. Inarkiev – L. Aronian 0-1, B. Gelfand – P. Leko 1-0, A. Morozevich – Ding Liren 1/2

Final standings: 1. A. Grischuk – 5.5, 2. V. Kramnik (both from Russia) – 4.5, 3. B. Gelfand (Israel), 4. L. Aronian (Armenia) – 4. 5. Ding Liren (People’s Republic of China) – 3.5, 6. P. Leko (Hungary) – 2.5, 7-8. A. Morozevich, E. Inarkiev (both from Russia) – 2.

On the same night the closing ceremony of the International TASHIR Chess Tournament in Memory of Tigran Petrosian took place. The attendees were: the President of the ROC Alexander Zhukov, Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Igor Levitin, the President of the TASHIR group of companies Samvel Carapetian, the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of the RCF Andrey Filatov, 12th chess world champion Anatoly Karpov, the President of CCIFR Emmanuel Quidet, Director General of CCIFR, Vice-President of the RCF Pavel Shinsky and many others.

After the official part was over, a memorial Tigran Petrosian evening was held where a film about the 9th champion of the world was demonstrated. After that the 12th world champion Anatoly Karpov, a well-known chessplayer and the Armenian National Coach Arshak B. Petrosian, one of the participants of the International TASHIR Chess Tournament in Memory of Tigran Petrosian Levon Aronian and a well-known chess journalist Stanislav Zhelezny shared their memories of Tigran Vartanovich. (FIDE)


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