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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

World Amateur Chess Championship 2015 in Greece April 13

Hello chess blog friends, amateur chess is big in its own rights around the world and is not applied to chess players rated below 2000. The latest tournament announcement by FIDE is about the World Amateur Chess Championships for 2015.

The World Amateur Chess Championships will be held in Porto Carras, Halkidiki, Greece on the northern coast of the Aegean Sea. The dates are 13 April (arrivals, technical meeting) to 22 April 2015 (departures). Entitled to participate are all players from national chess federations who have a FIDE rating below 2000 at the start of the event and have had such a rating for at least 2 years prior to 1 January 2015. They must not hold any title above CM (WCM).

The games will take place in the conference center of the 5-star Porto Carras Grand Resort, on the Sithonia peninsula of Halkidiki, 100 km south of Thessaloniki airport. Porto Carras is an excellent holiday destination, surrounded by pure natural beauty and sandy beaches on the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea.


REGULATIONS (pdf)
Registration: Entries must be sent by 27 February 2015 to the email fidewacc2015@gmail.com or to the fax number (+30) 2641500112.

Tournament Director
FIDE IO Nikos Kalesis: 
Tel. (+30) 6938326161
Fax (+30) 2641500112 
Email: fidewacc2015@gmail.com

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Chess Fan Video: Brothers mix Chess with Basketball!

Hello chess blog friends, here's a cool chess fan video on chess and basketball 'created' by two brothers - one loves chess and the other loves basketball! We're not sure how exactly the rules work, but plenty of running out there. Go for it. Enjoy. Don't forget to send us chess videos you like!







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Russian Chess Superfinal 2014 begins Nov 28

Hello chess blog friends, the Russian Chess Superfinal 2014 is set to be played in Kazan from November 28 to December 7. It's going to be a strong field:
Open: Peter Svidler, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Nikita Vitiugov, Igor Lysyj, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Dmitry Jakovenko, Denis Khismatullin, Boris Grachev , Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Morozevich
Women: Valentine Gunina, Alexandra Kosteniuk ,Natalia Pogonina , Olga Girya, Alina Kashlinskaya, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya Oksana Gritsaeva, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alisa Galliamova and Anastasia Bodnaruk.
 

This is the 67th edition of the tournament for men and 64th for women. The venue will be the beautiful State Historical and Architectural Museum of Fine Arts of the Republic of Tatarstan. The venue has been chosen as part of the special programme 'Chess in Museums' implemented by the Russian Chess Federation and the 
Charitable Foundation Elena and Gennady Timchenko. The Russian chess superfinal is always a very special chess event as it is the strongest tournament in the strongest chess country of the world!

Start of 1-8 rounds at 15.00 Moscow time, on December 7 last tour will begin at 13.00 Moscow time.
The prize fund will be 7 million roubles. 

You can view the games live via the Russian Chess Federation website link

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Strongest Chess Open Ever - Qatar Masters Chess begins in Doha

Hello chess blog friends, the Qatar Chess Masters - strongest chess open tournament ever - has begun in the beautiful city of Doha with Anish Giri as top seed and three former world chess champions in attendance - Vladimir Kramnik, Antoaneta Stefanova, Zhu Chen.

The official opening ceremony took place on November 25th in the Al Manar Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Hotel Doha, the official venue of the tournament. The ceremony was attended by the State Minister Sheikh Saoud bin Khaled bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar Chess Federation President and Honored FIDE Vise-PresidentMr. Khalifa Al-Hitmi, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros.Co. Board Chairman Mr. Osama Abdullah Abdul Ghani, Qatar Insurance Group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ali Al Fadala, Qatar Chess Federation General Secretary and Tournament DirectorGM Mohamed Al-Medaihki and other honored guests.


After a National anthem and a short speech by Mr. Khalifa Al-Hitmi followed by an animated movie about history of chess, the ceremony of drawing of lots was conducted.



Chief Arbiter Panagiotis Nicolopoulos invited the first-seeded Anish Giri tochoose the color for the odd-numbered players in the first round. First game in Qatar Masters Open the Dutch GM will play against Mikhail Antipov from Russia with White pieces.

After the opening ceremony a short technical meeting was held, where page Chief Arbiter announced principal points of the regulations, and players chose the Appeals Committee members: Chairman Khalifa Al-Hitmi, members GM Stefanova Antoaneta GM and Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, reserved member GM Zhu Chen.

The first round has begun and you can watch it at the official website live. (Report inputs via Maria Emelianova, photos by official photographers Dmitry Rukhletskiy and Maria Emelianova.)


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For the pairings visit this page.


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Play Alongside World Chess Champions: Bid Last Date Nov 29

Hello chess blog friends, the 6th London Chess Classic will run from (6-14 December 2014 along with several wonderful parallel chess events as always! One of them could have you play alongside world chess champions.

Pro-Biz Cup - 9 December 2014, Olympia Conference Centre
A unique chance to play chess alongside world champions!


The 2014 London Chess Classic features a doubles chess rapidplay knock-out tournament in which eight super-GMs – the Super Six, Fabiano Caruana, Vishy Anand, Vlad Kramnik, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura and Mickey Adams, plus leading English grandmasters Nigel Short and Gawain Jones – partner top business leaders in competition for the prestigious Pro-Biz Cup currently held by Barclays Bank. Now what we are looking for are their doubles partners!
 


The first partnership which will compete in the 2014 Pro-Biz Cup has already been settled: Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward (left of picture) will play alongside English grandmaster Gawain Jones (right of picture) and the two are currently preparing themselves for the fray. The race is now on to match the other seven top chess players with partners from the world of business. For anyone interested in taking part, they can apply via a form on the website. There is field in the form which allows you to state your preferred partner – so bid quickly and generously to secure the super-grandmaster of your choice! All proceeds from this fun mini-tournament go to the Chess in School and Communities charity.

Doubles Chess Competition format: knock-out rapidplay with 25 minutes for each two-player team. In doubles chess, the four players each make a move in turn on the same board, hence the two players of a team play alternate moves without conferring. A new rule this year allows teams to take two one-minute time-outs in order to confer during a game. Play takes place in the auditorium. The three rounds are webcast at 10.45, 12.00 and 14.00.

All proceeds from this fun mini-tournament go to the Chess in School and Communities charity. Interested business people should register their interest and bid for a player via the form on the website.

Sir Clive Woodward is a rugby union international. After coaching club teams from 1990, he became England rugby coach in 1997 at a time when the game was transforming from amateur to professional status. Under Sir Clive’s management, England went on to win the Six Nation’s Grand Slam in in 2003 and the Rugby World Cup later the same year, beating the hosts and holders Australia in the final. To date, this is the only time that a European rugby team has won the sport’s most prestigious competition. Sir Clive has an interest in chess and how it can improve performance in sport, business and life.

Pro-Biz Cup page | Register a bid for the Pro-Biz Cup | Video of the 2013 London Chess Classic Pro-Biz Cup |

Find more deails at the official website of the London Chess Classic.

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US Chess Record: Sam Sevian Youngest US Grandmaster at 13!

Hello chess blog friends, s chess record is specially for the US. A nice report by Brian Jerauld on the youngest-ever Grandmaster in US history. Can you guess who held that record before him?

Sevian, 13, Youngest-Ever American Grandmaster
Report via USChess.org

The 13-year-old Sam Sevian -- or, for history’s sake: 13 years, 10 months and 27 days-old Sam Sevian -- just dropped the bar on one of America’s highest records.
 


On Saturday night at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Sevian toppled International Master Andrei Gorovets in the fourth round of the Club’s invitational norm event -- for a win that proved far less-important than the moment. The rating boost he received from the victory, his fourth-consecutive win of the event, pushed Sevian past a FIDE 2500 rating, notching the last requirement needed to achieve chess’ most-elite title.

Sevian set the new record for the youngest American Grandmaster in history, besting the record previously set by Webster University star Ray Robson by nearly a full year. Sevian had already achieved all of his necessary Grandmaster norms, his third coming at the Washington International earlier this year, and needed only for his rating to crest FIDE’s necessary watermark to earn the elite title. The completion of all requirements immediately dubbed Sevian as “GM-elect,” with the official title to be approved at the next FIDE Congress.

Setting a special footnote to the moment was the presence of GM Hikaru Nakamura, also at the CCSCSL for a headlining match against World No. 4 GM Levon Aronian. Nakamura was a previous holder of the record Sevian now owns, lifting it from the legendary Bobby Fischer by three months.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Magnus Carlsen retains World Chess Title with Win in Dramatic Game 11

Hello chess blog friends, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen retains his world title by beating five-time champion Viswanathan Anand in Sochi today. Carlsen won the 11th game to take his total to 6.5 in the 12-game match despite Anand putting up a gutsy, valiant fight. Ultimately, it were the nerves that mattered as they do in such a high-voltage match. Anand admitted that his nerves cracked first and Carlen could hold himself to take home the title second time in a row. Anand scored 4.5 in the match including a win in Game 3, Carlsen had won Game 2. The other games were drawn.
  
Game 11: Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich

Anand had the pressure going choosing to play a sharp line in the Berlin and got out of the opening with plenty of scope for a ballistic attack, but he overestimated his chances on the Queenside, went for a faulty exchange sacrifice and could not handle the passed, connected pawns whose power backfired. Carlsen, known to calculate long and hard, found the 'only move' step after step to win the dramatic Game 11 after 27. ...Rb4. 

In the post-game press conference, Anand was all praise for his opponent. Carlsen said he and his team enjoyed their stay in Sochi. Both the players held separate press conferences today which you can replay at the official website along with all the game videos and press conferences.

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FIDE World Chess Championship Carlsen-Anand 2014
The FIDE World Chess Championship match between defending champion Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Viswanathan Anand was held from November 7 (and was to run until November 27, 2014) in Olympic Media Center located in the Adler City District of Sochi, Imeretinsky Valley, on the Black Sea.
The match included twelve games, with time controls of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. The first person to score 6.5 was to be declared the champion. A tiebreak of faster-time control games would have been held in case of equal scores by both the players after 12 games.

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Frasier Season 3 Episode 18 'Chess Pains' Video

Hello chess blog friends, here's a cool chess episode for all Frasier fans. Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee (as Grub Street Productions) in association with Grammnet (2004) and Paramount Network Television. Enjoy the video:






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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chess Queen Kosteniuk Official Ambassador SportAccord World Mind Games

Hello chess blog friends, 

Two ambassadors per World Mind Games discipline to take centrestage in Beijing

Every sport needs a hero- one who the youngsters can look up to. And SportAccord is proud to present the 10 ambassadors for the 2014 edition of the World Mind Games to be held in Beijing in China from the 11th to the 17th of December. Representing the best practices in their respective sports discipline, the following ambassadors would be the faces of their respective sports at the World Mind Games this year.
 


CHESS
International ambassador - Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk
Chinese ambassador - Wenjun Ju

BRIDGE
International ambassador - Fulvio Fantoni
Chinese ambassador - Wang Wenfei

DRAUGHTS
International ambassador - Viktoriya Motrichiko
Chinese ambassador - Ala Tenghua

GO
International ambassador - Hajin Lee
Chinese ambassador - Jiaxi Tuo

XIANGQI
International ambassador - Hok Him Wong
Chinese ambassador - Sinan Tang

The SportAccord World Mind Games ambassador programme is a step taken towards increasing the profiles of the constituent member sports at the annual event. Chosen carefully by the international federations, the ambassadors are the representatives of their respective sports, tasked with helping reach out to a wider audience of mind sports. Also part of their responsibility is community outreach at the World Mind Games, where they are supposed to conduct sports clinics with young children, inspiring them to consider the pursuit of mind sports through informal and formal means.

Each sport has 2 ambassadors, one international and the other Chinese. The purpose of this classification is to ensure that the appeal of each sports does not remain restricted to either the international or the domestic audience.

Some like Fantoni have fulfilled this role in the past, and speaking of his nomination as the international bridge ambassador again, Fantoni said,"After a very positive and interesting experience in the 2013 World Mind Games, I am ready to promote the sport and the event anew."

Full details of the SportAccord World Mind Games ambassadors can be found here.
 
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World Chess Champion Legends Trivia: Name them!

Hello chess blog friends, here's a most memorable world chess championship photo - can you name the event and, of course, the legends?





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$100,000 Chess Showdown - Nakamura vs Aronian in St Louis

Hello chess blog friends, there's a superstrong chess event taking place in St Louis, US. On Friday began a chess match between two of the world’s chess heavyweights.
 


The United States’ super Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura is set to square off against GM Levon Aronian, the World No. 4, in the Showdown in Saint Louis, a five-round contest for the lion’s share of a $100,000 purse. The special head-to-head exhibition will include four classical games of chess and a final round featuring 16 games of Blitz. The event will run from Friday, Nov. 21 to Tuesday, Nov. 25, with each round’s first move made at 2:00 p.m. daily.

Nakamura, the top American player ranked No. 9 in the world according to FIDE’s November 2014 rating list, is in the hunt for his first Candidates Tournament appearance and today holds second place, halfway through the 2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix cycle. Aronian, a veteran to the world ranks, has long-been regarded as the main rival to World Champion Magnus Carlsen and reached his career-peak rating of 2830 earlier this year. Along with providing both players with elite head-to-head match experience, the Showdown in Saint Louis will also settle the score from the players’ last meeting: drawing twice at the 2014 Sinquefield Cup in the U.S. Capital of Chess last September.

GM HIKARU NAKAMURA vs. GM LEVON ARONIAN, SHOWDOWN IN SAINT LOUIS
Friday, November 21, 2:00 p.m.
Classical Round 1
Saturday, November 22, 2:00 p.m.
Classical Round 2
Sunday, November 23, 2:00 p.m.
Classical Round 3
Monday, November 24, 2:00 p.m.
Classical Round 4
Tuesday, November 25, 2:00 p.m.
Blitz Round (16 games, one every 15 minutes)

Alongside the Showdown are two specialized invitational tournaments designed for up-and-coming players attempting to earn chess’ elite master titles: International Master and, the superior, Grandmaster. The 2014 GM/IM Invitational events are two 10-player, round-robin tournaments designed to award title “norms,” or superior performances required by FIDE for player titles.

Of special focus in the GM norm event is Samuel Sevian and Ashwin Jayaram, two players who have already collected three Grandmaster norms and need just a handful of rating points to pass the necessary FIDE watermark of 2500. If Sevian clears the mark, the 13-year-old will become the youngest American Grandmaster in the history of chess.

The Showdown in Saint Louis will be streamed live in its entirety on www.uschesschamps.com, featuring live play-by-play commentary and analysis from the renowned commentary team of GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Live spectators may take in all the action as it unfolds in the upstairs tournament hall of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, with admission free-of-charge for annual, monthly and day members.


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Blindfold Chess - How to Master it Video


Hello chess blog friends, we found this very nice chess fan video on learning blindfold chess. This video presented in a can't-be-shorter format shows you a very effective way to master blindfold chess.







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World Chess Match Sochi 2014 G10 Drawn: Can Anand force Tiebreak in two Games?

Hello chess blog friends, in tennis terminology you could say World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen is on match-point. Carlsen leads the World Chess Championship after 10 games 5.5 - 4.5 against Viswanathan Anand. Saturday being a rest day, Games 11 and 12 will be played on Sunday and Monday. Carlsen could win Game 11 and retain his title or even draw both the last two games to remain World Chess Champion. Vishy Anand has to win one game to draw level and draw one game to force a tiebreak. Of course, if Anand wins both the last two games, he becomes the World Champion.




Before we talk about the Game 10 draw - here are the tiebreak rules:The Match is played over a maximum of twelve games and the winner of the match shall be the first player to score 6.5 points or more. If the scores are level after the twelve games, after a new drawing of colors, four tie-break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move. In case the match is still drawn, a match of 2 games shall be played with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment after each move. In case of a level score, another 2-game match will be played to determine a winner. If still there is no winner after 5 such matches (total 10 games), one sudden-death game will be played.

Meanwhile, Game 10 was drawn in 32 with Anand unable to do much with Magnus Carlsen's Gruenfeld Defence as in Game 1. Anand played the Russian Variation though both players said at the press conference that the position needs to be further studied and evaluated. You can replay the game with Chess King.



Score Carlsen 5.5 - Anand 4.5.Sunday 23rd November 2014. Game 11 Carlsen vs Anand. If Carlsen were to win this game he would win the whole match.
The seven-time Russian champion Peter Svidler shared his thoughts about the game:
“Unfortunately they didn't go for my pet line in Gruenfeld, so I was little bit unsure about the correct move orders and stuff. I play 7…а6 and haven't played 7…Na6 for quite a while, so my book knowledge is a bit outdated. However, we discussed the opening with Ian Nepomniachtchi, who also analyzed it at home and with computer. Carlsen showed an interesting new idea 15…Bxe4, which can be critically tested only by 16.d6 instead of 16.Qс1. Probably they either missed or underestimated the drawing tendencies after Black's strong reply 16…Qf6!

Later it felt like Vishy had some microscopic pressure, but a slightest inaccuracy from White, and the game immediately became dead even. We were a bit surprised by 24.Rd2 – first of all, one can even play 24.а3, but the strongest is 24.Rfe1 – the а2-pawn is not so crucial, so we can ask Black a couple of concrete questions first. Yes, after 24…Nc6 White's advantage is not easy to prove, but without the e-file it becomes simply impossible. When Vishy realized it, he quickly forced a draw, otherwise White could end up being worse. Of course, there was 26.g3, preventing 26…Be5, but it is hard to believe White can squeeze anything of it.”

You can read a nice report by Vladimir Barsky at the official website as well.

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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

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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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