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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anand has New Plans for Magnus - World Chess Championship 2014

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Former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand has said he is going to have new plans in place to take on Magnus Carlsen in 2014 in a bid to get his world title back!

Speaking to Indian journalists in New Delhi, the 44-year-old Anand said delay in addressing his errors cost him the World title and it was his decision to stay away from chess, which helped him to recover emotionally and bounce back with a bang.

"I think many errors had cropped up in my approach to play chess. I was becoming reliant on computers and there were some mistakes coming up. I was not oblivious to it but I was not able to address the problem exactly right. I didn't have time to fix anything," Anand, who was to highlight the role of chess in Business Analytics in an NIIT event, said.
"I remembered long back once after the end of an event, me and (Anatoly) Karpov were talking. He mentioned that a player who had a bad tournament will take long time to recover from bad result because he was so much in love with the game and he didn't have something else to take his mind off chess.

"So I decided that it was more important to recover emotionally, after all, a result like this knocks the stuffing out of you. So in December and January, I was trying to avoid chess. There were some tournaments which were unavoidable but most of the time I tried to get away from chess," he said.

Anand said: "May be my opponents didn't focus on me properly or probably I was playing more freely. I had one of my best results in Candidates and I'm playing in World Championship in November.

"I got my confidence back and I am very optimistic now. I know even if I face the same mistakes, I will act now differently," added Anand, who held the World title from 2007 to 2013.

"I was also lucky in a way that since my approach to the match backfired, I didn't get to use lot of my preparations and they were still there which I could carry over to the Candidates," he said.

"I had a short training camp in February. I thought it was enough and it was more important to spend time at home, play with my son and wait for the hunger to come back and when I went to Khanty (Mansiysk), the first game went brilliantly, it was my first win over (Levon) Aronian and it gave a big boost to me," added Anand, a Padma Vibhushan awardee.

Anand says he has a fair idea where he wants to work on before he takes on Carlsen later this year.

"I have a fair bit of idea what I want to change and what I think went wrong. So I have an idea what I want to do. So I will choose my team accordingly. But right now, I don't want to give any details," Anand said.

"Secondly, I'm waiting for the bid. The bidding procedure will finish by the end of this month. So after that we will have an idea of the venue. It is roughly scheduled for November but I just want it to be confirmed," he added.

Asked about his upcoming tournaments, Anand said he will play a lot of rapid events this year.

"At the moment I am scheduled to play in Corsica in May. It is an exhibition event, then there is World Rapid and Blitz Championships (June 15-21) in Dubai and then I have an event in Geneva. I might put in another tournament but it depends on my training schedule. It is all very tentative," he said.

"It is nice to play rapid chess again. Last year, I didn't get to play any rapid event, so it is good. This year, I will compensate for last year," he added.

Asked if it would be a revenge match, Anand said: "Ya, well I will try to take the confidence to the World Chess Championship. It is inevitable that we will remember some aspects of that match but I will try to take it as a fresh match.

"The previous results will obviously have some influence on my thoughts but it will be a different match. I will try to change the course and he is going to anticipate. I will think about what happened and try to give it a different twist this time," he said. (via Chess Magazine Black and White)

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Chess Girl in Wrong-Chair Horror: Name Them!

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Here is a photo by Alina l’Ami during Round 6 at the ongoing Khanty Mansiysk Women's Chess Grand Prix.

You chess trivia question is: Name all the three chess players! Not only did the lady in bright blue earlier sit at the wrong table, but also prepared for the wrong opponent. However, it's fun to see her taking the horror of it all in her stride! You can find the answers here where there's a photo of one of the most disciplined chess stars as well! ;)


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Romain Edouard wins Dubai Chess Open 2014

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Romain Edouard (right) and Anton Korobov of Ukraine in the final round of the 16th Dubai Open Chess Championship on April 15, 2014. Looking on are Dubai Chess Club Mohammad Husseini of Egypt (right) and Deputy Chief Arbiter IA Naji Mohamad Al Radhi of the UAE.

Dubai: French Grandmaster (GM) Romain Edouard, 23, defeated top seed GM Anton Korobov of Ukraine on Tuesday 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 Shaikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup and the top cash prize of $10,000 in the event organised 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.

Grandmaster 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. Visit chess-results.com for results and final standings. (Report via GulfNews.com)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tough-Girl Chess Trivia Photo: Name this former World Champion

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It's time to check your chess history knowledge: Can you name this former Women's World Chess Champion, her country and years of reign?


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Are Girls Bad at Chess? No, but Stereotypes Affect: Scientific American Report

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The Scientific American has published a well-written and surely must-read one on whether girls are bad at chess. The writer, Daisy Grewal holds a BA in psychology from UCLA and a PhD in social psychology from Yale University. She currently works at Stanford University as an applied researcher.

Grewal has built her articles around the premise of stereotypes influencing behaviour and ability. She writes, "Rothgerber and Wolsiefer surveyed 77 girls between the ages of 6 and 11 and found that the girls showed awareness of the stereotype that boys are better at playing chess than girls. The researchers then gathered and analyzed data obtained from the United States Chess Federation (USCF). The data included information about female players from elementary, middle, and high schools who had competed in twelve tournaments. To control for the possibility that all chess players, both male and female, perform worse when playing against a male opponent, the researchers included a comparison group of young male players."
To test for stereotype threat effects, the researchers needed a way to determine whether girls’ chess-playing ability matches up to their actual performance, when playing against boys. Fortunately, the USCF calculates “preratings” that measure the strength of each player, based on their previous chess performance. The researchers used these preratings to determine an expected winning percentage for each game played by a participant. This expected winning percentage was then compared to a player’s actual winning percentage for each game (100% for a win, 50% for a draw, and 0% for a loss). Because the formula for the expected winning percentage takes into account the preratings of both competitors, failure to achieve an expected win cannot be explained simply by having played against a stronger opponent.
The results showed that when playing against a boy, girls were less likely to achieve an expected win. However, this was only true when they were playing moderate or strong (but not weak) male opponents. Since stereotype threat is supposed to be most pronounced in challenging rather than easy situations, it makes sense that the girls were more likely to falter when playing moderately or very challenging opponents but not weaker ones.

You can read the original article at Scientific American.

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10th Asian Schools Chess Championships 2014 in Taipei Aug 23

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The Chinese Taipei Chess Association under the auspices of FIDE and Asian Chess Federation, have the honor to invite all FIDE affiliated Asian National Chess Federations to participate in the 10th Asian Schools Chess Championships 2014 (under-5, under-7, under-9, under-11, under-13, under-15 & under-17 Open and Girls) in Taichung, Taiwan from 23rd August (arrival) to 30th August (departure) 2014.

Invited (official) Players - Every Asian National Chess Federation can register one official player in each category (under 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 & 17 years old, open and girls), totalling a maximum of fourteen (14) invited players. No replacement from other categories can be made in case there is no official player in one category.
Additional Players- All additional players are welcome to participate in the championship. Additional players are responsible for all their own costs

The players must be below the respective age groups on or before 1st January 2014.

The complete registration form must include the surname/s, first name/s, FIDE ID number, FIDE rating and title, and passport number of each player and each accompanying person. The registration form must also include a copy of the passport page with photograph. It must also include the name and telephone/ email/ fax number of the Delegation chief and of the person in charge in the Federation. Both member Registration forms and federation registration form must be filled and returned to the Organizers by the National Federations, no later than 15st July 2014.


For detailed regulations check the official notification.

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Sergey Karjakin: Russia’s Next Chess Sensation

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|The Russia & India report has a nice profile of Sergey Karjakin - Russia's next chess sensation. Enjoy.


Sergey Karyakin, the 24-year-old Russian grandmaster. Source: Vladimir Vyatkin / RIA Novosti

Sergey Karjakin, the 24-year-old Russian Grandmaster born in Simferopol, entered the Guinness Book of World Records at the age of 12. At the 2014 Candidates tournament, which was held in Khanty-Mansiysk, he finished in second place behind former world champion Viswanathan Anand. Karjakin can now regard himself as the third best chess player in the world, behind world champion Magnus Carlsen and Anand.

Unable to live without chess

“I started playing chess when I was a little over five years old,” Karjakin said. “I was at home, watching TV, when I suddenly heard in a commercial: ‘A Pawn becomes a queen.’ I asked my father: ‘What is this about?’ He explained to me that this is about figures in a chess game. He showed me how to play, and I loved it. Once, when I was walking with my mother in Simferopol, we suddenly walked past the Palace of the Pioneers. Mom told me that when I am old enough, I will attend their chess club. A few days later we were once again walking past that place and I asked my Mom: ‘Mom, please, sign me up for that chess club now, I can’t live without chess.’ The coach checked the way I play, and let me sign up for the club, despite the fact that the other guys were much older than me.”

From Ukraine to RussiaKarjakin’s professional growth slowed down for a while, when he, while still a citizen of Ukraine, was faced with the lack of qualified teachers. Already the winner of the 2009 World Chess Olympiad as a part of the Ukrainian team, Karjakin obtained Russian citizenship and moved to Moscow.

Shortly after this event Karjakin’s marriage with Ukrainian chess player Catherine Dolzhikova fell apart. He now has a girlfriend named Galia, who he met at one of his tournaments. Galia is responsible for the grandmaster’s personal site and she is also a professional photographer.

Personal manager and supercomputerAfter moving to Russia, Karjakin’s results went straight uphill. He became the winner of several competitions of the highest category and in 2012 he won the world title in speed chess. About two years ago, Karjakin concluded a long-term sponsorship agreement with Alpari and hired a personal manager.

“It is very important to have a permanent sponsor,” Karjakin said. “For example, to simply buy a computer filled with cutting-edge chess software it will cost about $50,000. Besides this, it is important to contribute to keeping personal mentors and it is desirable to have trainers for physical preparation. Even the simplest training camp with accommodation and meals is very expensive. Alone, on your own prize earnings it will be impossible to upkeep this lifestyle and work pattern. It is easier for Magnus Carlsen – he has a huge number of advertising contracts. All of Norway is ready to work for Magnus.”
Friendship with Carlsen

In May 2013, Karjakin had one of his major victories, winning the super tournament in Stavanger, Norway, which included the ten best players of the world. The Russian grandmaster beat Carlsen, his main rival and host of the competition by just half a point. Six months later Carlsen, the Russian’s peer won the World Championship, beating Anand.

“Those who think that Magnuss and I are bitter rivals are completely wrong,” Karjakin said. “We are only rivals when it comes to the chessboard.. as for life - we are friends. We chat on the internet, communicate on Skype. I remember how once during a tournament in Moscow we went bowling and were out all night. At about 6 a.m. we decided to go home, but Magnus wanted to see what our city looks like. So we went down to the subway station when suddenly a group of guys ran up to us. They scared us a bit at first, but it turned out that they recognized Carlsen and wanted to take a picture with him. The Norwegian was pretty surprised.”

The road aheadDespite Karjakin’s many wins in different super tournaments, chess analysts believed that he was not yet ready to fight for the chess crown. But in Khanty-Mansiysk, the Russian made all the scepticism dissolve. Although he started the tournament on a bad note dropping to second to last place, Karjakin managed to win several times in the second round and eventually finished the competition in second place.

“In Khanty-Mansiysk I myself became fully aware of my potential,” Karjakin said. “I am 24 years old, and two year ago Boris Gelfand won the Candidates tournament while being 43 years old. So I still have everything ahead of me. I have been in the list of the top ten strongest chess players in the world for quite some time and this is a serious indicator of stability. But to be an equal to Carlsen is extremely difficult. His strongest feature is that he almost never makes mistakes, he plays like a machine. Right now I am not able to do the same.”

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Hollywood Star Will Smith supports Maurice Ashley's Millionaire Chess Open

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“I commend Maurice for creating a venue that showcases chess to the world. The Millionaire Chess Open is a fantastic concept that will invigorate current players, and the next generation of Grandmasters.”
— Will Smith
About Millionaire ChessFounded in 2013 by International Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Entrepreneur Amy Lee, Millionaire Chess is the highest-stakes open tournament worldwide with a record setting prize fund. On October 9-13, 2014, thousands of participants will come to Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada to play and hundreds of thousands will watch online. This unprecedented tournament will electrify chess fans worldwide. To learn more about Millionaire Chess, visit www.millionairechess.com. To receive updates on the event, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/millionairechess or on Twitter at: @highstakeschess

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Field, Commentators Set for 2014 U.S. Chess Championships: Back to Saint Louis!

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Once again we are set for the big chess event in the United States - the national chess championships!


Defending champion Gata Kamsky will be there in Saint Louis to defend his title.

SAINT LOUIS, April 14, 2014 -- Next month, the top chess players in the country will meet in Saint Louis to compete for the tile of U.S. Champion and U.S. Women’s Champion.

The fields are set for both the 2014 U.S. Championship and 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship, scheduled to be held simultaneously May 7 through May 20 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL).

Ashritha Eswaran, 13, received the final wildcard invitation to the U.S. Women’s Championship to round out the fields.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that each of these prestigious events will be held in Saint Louis. The opening ceremony takes place on May 7, and the first round for both events will kick off at 1 p.m. Central on May 8.

The 2014 U.S. Championship will feature a 12-player round robin and a guaranteed prize fund of $172,000. In addition, the CCSCSL again will sponsor the “$64K Fischer Prize,” to be awarded to anyone that scores a perfect 11-0 in the U.S. Championship, in honor of Bobby Fischer’s result at the 1963-64 U.S. Championship.

GM Hikaru Nakamura declined his invitation to play in this year’s event, citing his desire to prepare for and compete against the world’s elite as he prepares for a run at the next Candidate’s cycle.

Tony Rich, executive director of the CCSCSL, said the competition will be fierce.

“Any one of these players has a shot at the title this year,” Rich said.

The complete list of players, and their current USCF ratings, for the 2014 U.S. Championship is as follows:

GM Gata Kamsky (2778)
GM Timur Gareev (2751)
GM Alex Onischuk (2751)
GM Varuzhan Akobian (2732)
GM Sergey Erenburg (2717)
GM Ray Robson (2714)
GM Sam Shankland (2698)
GM Alex Lenderman (2693)
GM Alejandro Ramirez (2679)
GM Mac Molner (2634)
GM Daniel Naroditsky (2632)
GM Josh Friedel (2599)


The 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship will feature 10 players and a guaranteed prize fund of $72,000. IM Irina Krush looks to defend her U.S. Women’s Championship crown. The field for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship is as follows:

GM Irina Krush (2548)
IM Anna Zatonskih (2526)
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan (2475)
WGM Camilla Baginskaite (2358)
WIM Iryna Zenyuk (2352)
WGM Sabina Foisor (2303)
WIM Viktorija Ni (2302)
WGM Katerina Nemcova (2297)
FM Alisa Melekhina (2251)
NM Ashritha Eswaran (2231)

“The U.S. Women’s Championship features seasoned veterans along with some exciting new faces as well,” Rich said. “I’m excited the Chess Club gets to showcase so many inspiring role models for Saint Louis area students.”

The well-established commentary team of GM Maurice Ashley, GM Yasser Seirawan and WGM Jennifer Shahade will once again offer Internet viewers live play-by-play and analysis for each round of the event. GM Robert Hess will join GM Ben Finegold to provide commentary for the live audience in Saint Louis.

Carol Jarecki will serve as the chief arbiter for both events.

Check www.uschesschamps.com for the latest updates, full player bios, info about past U.S. Championships and news about the top players in the U.S.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Philadelphia Chess Open April 16-20

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8th Philadelphia Chess Open
April 16-20, 2014The 8th Annual Philadelphia Open will be held over the Easter week from April 16-20, 2014, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The event has a $80,000 prize fund, based on 500 entries, with $60,000 minimum guaranteed!

The event has 7 sections: Open, Under 2200, Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600, Under 1300 and Under 1000/Unrated.

The Open Section will be a 9-round event held over 5-days (April 16-20). GM and IM norms possible!

The Under 2200-Under 1000 sections are 7-round events with 4-day (April 17-20), 3-day (April 18-20) or 2-day (April 19-20) schedules to play in.

Tournament Information: Sections, schedules, entry fees, prize funds, hotel info, etc.

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World Chess Champion Fashionista - Identify Her!

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Can you identify this chess champion fashionista? This photo was shot by Ren Yang. You can find an interview and more photos at this link. You can also find fashion photos of another world chess champion at www.chesspics.com!




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Armenia Chess Talent Levon Aronian Learns Tango

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The world's strongest chess players are multi-faceted and talented chess people. That is why chess is so cool!


World No. 2 and Armenia's strongest chess player Levon Aronian is learning the tango!

Aronian has tweeted about his new hobby along with the update that he would be leading July 9-13 the summer chess camp in the city of Glendale, California.

Levon Aronian is an Armenian chess Grandmaster. On the May 2012 FIDE list, he was ranked number two in the world and had an Elo rating of 2825, making him the third highest rated player in history. Aronian won the Chess World Cup 2005. He has a rich haul of chess prizes, was declared the best sportsman of Armenia in 2005 and was awarded the title of "Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia" in 2009.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Flashback Chess in London: Video Montage Gambit Chess Rooms

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Here is a lovely chess video montage of photos taken at Gambit Chess Rooms, London, during the lunch hour. Good long shot of the room showing men eating lunch and playing chess. Enjoy!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Zone 1.10/1st European Small Nations Chess Championship in Cyprus April 21-30

Hello Chess Blog friends,

The Cyprus Chess Federation and FIDE Zone 1.10, with the support of ECU and the FIDE Events Commission, are hosting the Zone 1.10/ the 1st European Small Nations Individual Chess Championship.

Tournament SystemThe event will be a twelve-player round-robin event and all players will be hosted on a full board basis in Larnaca, Cyprus.
Each member Federation is invited to send one player as its representative.
The host Federation will have 2 players and the 12th player will be selected from the top 3 players of the Zone.
The Tournament Director is Mr Paris Klerides (General Secretary of the Cyprus Chess Federation). For each player 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.
The winner of the Zone Championship will be one of FIDE president nominations for FIDE World Cup 2015.

The City of LarnakaLarnaka is a place where past and present blend magically into a delightful mosaic of sun and culture. It is a Mediterranean destination which amazes every visitor with its diversity and special atmosphere! With a history of 10.000 years, Larnaka is the gateway to Cyprus and a magical blend of old and new. From its traditional architecture, authentic taverns and local handicrafts to its cultural sites and religious monuments, old Larnaka is an evocative glimpse into a Cyprus past. The unique thing about Larnaka is that since it has been the crossroad of many civilizations it still depicts a mixture of eastern and western culture and such evidence is scattered all across the area.

New and modern Larnaka harmoniously intertwines with the elements of ancient Kition and offers the cosmopolitan visitor beautiful sandy beaches, a bustling promenade lined with cafes and restaurants, brand-name shopping, advanced infrastructure and every conceivable amenity. With almost guaranteed sunshine every day, Larnaka is an exciting all-year round destination which offers various cultural events, numerous attractions, activities and leisure options which are all very close by. *Official website

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Photo Chess Trivia: Can you Really Name this Young, Talented GM?

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Here's a talented young Grandmaster who has set many a heart aflutter in his country... nay, worldwide! Can you really name him? ;) No we won't tell you the answer just yet.


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Annual Glenwood Invitational Chess Tournament for Kids held

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Chess players from all township elementary schools were invited to participate in the fifth annual Glenwood Invitational Chess Tournament on March 15.

The tournament had two sections: Section One was for kindergarten through second grade and Section Two for third through fifth grade. In total 94 students representing all five elementary schools participated. There were 50 players in section one and 44 players played in section two, and trophies were given to the top five finalists in each section while medals were given to the sixth to tenth place winners.

In Section One, all five places were won by second grade students. The first place went to Yash Adlakha from Glenwood School, while second place went to Brandon Wang from Deerfield School and Aiden Lu from Glenwood won third place. South Mountain School second grader Eli Rosenblatt came in at fourth place and Hartshorn School's Shreyas Hariharan came in fifth place out of fifty players.

In Section Two, Michael Chen, a third grader from Deerfield School, won first place, while Henry Siegel, a fourth grader from South Mountain, came in second. Third graders Ethan Itkis from Deerfield and Warren Bu from Glenwood came in third and fourth place. They were followed by Deerfield fifth grader Joshua Warner.

This tournament is conducted annually by Glenwood school and organized by principal David Jasin and parent volunteers Shyamala Shanmugadas and Kevin Kade. (See more at: http://www.northjersey.com)


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Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta grabs solo lead in Dubai Open Chess Championship

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Former Dubai Chess Open Champion GM Abhijeet Gupta of India grabbed solo lead of the 16th Dubai Open Chess Championship at the Dubai Chess Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Gupta beat giant killer International Master Hatim Al-Hadarani of Yemen to be alone with 4 points out of as many rounds.

Gupta turned back Al-Hadarani’s pet opening, the Colle System. The Indian GM transposed to a Rook and pawn ending and threatened to advance his pawns to force resignation on the 28th move.

In the race for $50,000 in cash prizes, six players are bunched together in second slot with 3.5 points each, namely GMs Edouard Romain of France, Zaven Andriasian of Armenia, Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela, Constantin Lupulescu of Romania, Axel Bachmann of Paraguay and Anuar Ismagambetov of Kazakhstan.

Lupulescu crushed the Dutch Defense of GM Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh in 36 moves. Andriasin used the English opening and gained the Rook for Bishop exchange to force resignation on the 63rd move.

The other games among the leaders were hard fought draws. Romain essayed the Queen’s Gambit Declined against Axel Bachmann to draw in 53 moves. Iturrizaga used the Sicilian Defense against Ismagambetov and forced a draw by three time repetition of position on the 50th move.

There were no games on Friday. On Saturday, Gupta plays White against Edouard Romain. In other top matches Bachman faces Lupulescu, Iturrizaga plays Andriasian and Istratescu goes up against Ismagambetov.

Games are scheduled 5:30 pm daily except on the rest day, Friday, when there will be a blitz tournament. The strong field includes 38 Grandmasters and 8 Woman Grandmasters, 16 International Masters, 3 Woman International Masters, 10 FIDE Masters and 5 Woman FIDE Masters.

Cash prizes shall be awarded the top 16 places with a top prize of $10,000 for the champion. Special prizes shall be awarded to Arab players and ladies, local players and club players.

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Ukraine declares Chess as Social Initiative of the Year at Annual Sports Event

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The All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation "Chess for Children" was declared "Social Initiative of the Year" at the national award ceremony “Sport Stars – 2013” in Ukraine.
On the 6th of April 2014 the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was celebrated for the first time in Ukraine. The Day was launched at the General Assembly of the United Nations on the 23rd of August 2013. To celebrate this day in April 2014 the Sport Committee of Ukraine organized festive ceremony “Sport Stars of the Year” for awarding the best sport personalities in 2013. 
In the nomination “Social Initiative of the Year" the winner became the All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation "Chess for Children". The Founder and President of the Foundation WIM Olena Boytsun received an award and expressed confidence that the UCF “Chess for Children” together with the Sport Committee of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Chess Federation will continue to implement the projects of the charitable program in the future. Olena also empasized the great work for popularization of sport in Ukraine that is done by the President of the Sport Committee Ilya Shevlyak and his team.

Honorary guests of the ceremony were the President of the Sport Committee of Ukraine Ilya Shevlyak, the First Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport Andrei Vyshnyak, the President of the National Paralympic Committee Valery Sushkevych, Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee Viktor Korzh, famous athletes and sport managers. The ceremony took place at the National Olympic Area in Kyiv.




The All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation “Chess for Children” was founded in Ukraine in November 2012 by WIM Olena Boytsun. The primary purpose of the Foundation activity is to discover the potential of every child through engaging children into a game of chess and to promote chess and healthy lifestyle in the society. In 2013 the Foundation ran 7 projects and implemented 20 events all over Ukraine.

The following projects can be outlined in particular:

The project “Chess Ukraine” supports establishing new chess clubs and schools all over Ukraine as well as providing consultations, chess equipment and literature etc. The cooperation with the regional centers in order to develop children chess in the regions is also part of the project activities. The greatest attention is attracted by a new modern chess club and chess school for children in Krivoy Rog. It was launched in 2013 with the support of the UCF "Chess for Children”. Currently, the school has more than 200 children. At the local art square near the club the highest in the world 5 meter tall chess marble piece is situated.

The “Chess Holiday” project suggests that the Foundation organizes entertaining festivals and events for popularization of chess in the community. For example, in July 2013 the Chess Day Celebration together with the Ukrainian Chess Federation and the Sport Committee of Ukraine took place. During the event young chess players had a chance to show their knowledge of the game of chess by solving quizzes and chess problems, playing blitz games and so on. All together in 2013 the Foundation “Chess for Children” organized 8 chess holidays in Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk and Krivoy Rog.

The project “Award named after Evgeniy Sozonov” is the private national annual award that was established by the Foundation in 2013 with the aim of supporting talented children aged between 10 to 15 years old, who show good results in both chess and school studies. In 2013 the Award was provided for the first time and the winner became Karina Skorobagatko (13 years, Kyiv). In total 38 applications from all over Ukraine was received. In order to announce the establishment of the Award named after Evgeniy Sozonov and to popularize chess in Ukraine in April 2013 the first female advanced chess match was played in Kyiv between the 12th Women World Champion GM Anna Ushenina and the President of the “Chess for Children” Foundation WIM Olena Boytsun. The match ended in a draw and attracted a lot of interest from the community and press.

The project “Chess Competitions” aims at organizing and supporting chess competitions among children in Ukraine as well as providing possibilities for participation in tournaments. In September 2013 in Dnipropetrovsk the chess tournament “Cup of the UCF “Chess for Children” took place. The event brought together 125 participants 14 year old and younger from all over Ukraine. The winners of the event as well as winners in many different categories received prizes and gifts from the Foundation, for example, tablets and e-books. In November 2013 96 players from Ukraine competed in the Ukrainian National Championship among children chess schools and clubs. The winning teams brought for their schools valuable gifts, including laptops and digital cameras.

The "Literary chess" project of the Foundation develops and distributes free books to children with the rules of the game of chess, made in an entertaining style, in order to engage children to play chess. In 2013 the Foundation took part at the Lviv Book Forum and the Frankfurter Book Exhibition with the presentation of the book “Babish Gilzi plays chess” by Olena Boytsun.

The Charitable program of the All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation for 2013-2015 can be found at http://chessforchildren.org or at the web-site of the Ukrainian Chess Federation http://ukrchess.org.ua (the English version of the program will follow during April 2014). (FIDE)


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Magnus Carlsen gives away 3 Draws at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Chess Simul

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World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen visited Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) on April 8 and conducted a 13-board simul. Three students Aisa Imeeva, Sergei Trofimov and Arman Geyvondyan tied with the World No. 1, reports the official website.

The organisers, Runa Capital fund, Phystech-Union and Sberbank Technologies, had invited the World Champion to mark a new stage in the development of IT cluster at MIPT. 


Magnus Carlsen said playing the game itself was inspiration enough for him and he would consider something else when he feels probably it is the time not to play chess any more, but "fortunately, so far I have had no problems."

The simul was commented by GM Sergei and Carlsen had to give away three draws. 

Magnus Carlsen praised the players and said though they lacked experience, it was not easy to escape as they played very well in the middlegame. But they could not take the game all the way to victory as that comes from experience. 

Photo report about Magnus Carlsen's visit to the MIPT available at link.

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Dubai Chess Open 2014 Round 3: Six Players in Joint Lead

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Indian Grandmasters Grover Sahaj vs. Abhijeet Gupta (right)

Former Dubai Chess Open champion GM Abhijeet Gupta of India and five other Grandmasters share the lead with perfect scores after three rounds of the 16th Dubai Open Chess Championship at the Dubai Chess Club in Dubai, UAE.

Gupta crushed the Nimzo Indian defense of compatriot GM Grover Sahaj in 58 moves to register 3 points in a tie for the lead with GMs Edouard Romain of France, Alex Bachmann of Paraguay, Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela and Anuar Ismagambetov of Kazakhstan, and FM Hatim Al-Hadarani of Yemen.

Romain used the Queen’s Gambit Accepted to turn back GM Pavel Kotsur of Kazakhstan in 46 moves. Ismagambetov beat GM Baseem Amin of Egypt in 42 moves of a Ruy Lopez game. Iturrizaga smashed the King’s Indian Defense of GM Pontus Carlsson of Sweden in 35 moves. Bachmann needed only 29 moves of a Catalan opening to beat untitled 15-year-old V. Karthik of India.

FIDE Master Hatim Al-Hadarani of Yemen continued his giant killing ways. Al-Hadarani used the Colle System to penetrate with his major artillery and threaten mate against GM Rinat Jumabayev of Kazakhstan in 32 moves. Al-Hadarani had beaten GM Goran Dizdar of Croatia in the previous round.

Eighteen players follow with 2-1/2 points each in the race for $50,000 in cash prizes. A total of 143 players from 39 countries are competing in the 9-round Swiss system tournament.

Games are scheduled 5:30 pm daily except on the rest day, Friday, when there will be a blitz tournament. The strong field includes 38 Grandmasters and 8 Woman Grandmasters, 16 International Masters, 3 Woman International Masters, 10 FIDE Masters and 5 Woman FIDE Masters.

The tournament is scheduled until 16th April at the Dubai Culture and Chess Club. Top boards are broadcast live at the Dubai Chess Club web site with photo gallery, games download and links to video coverage on Youtube for rounds one, two and three. See results and standings in chess-results.com.

The clash of leaders in the next round pit GM Edouard Romain against GM Axel Bachmann, GM Ismagambetov vs. GM Iturrizaga and FM Al-Hadarani against GM Gupta.

Cash prizes shall be awarded the top 16 places with a top prize of $10,000 for the champion. Special prizes shall be awarded to Arab players and ladies, local players and club players, and for the blitz tournament. (FIDE)


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