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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Vishy Anand Chess Trivia: What Trophy is That?

Hello chess blog friends, for all fans of former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand of India - the chess trivia question today: What trophy is he holding?




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4 Top Chess Downloads for Chess Beginners!

Hello chess blog friends, are you looking for some chess downloads as gifts for chess beginners in your life? Check out these four top recommendations from www.chesskingtraining.com -


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World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen plays 'Flick Chess' in Office! (Video)

Hello chess blog friends, so this is what the World Chess Champion does in his office - play flick chess with his manager Espen Agdestein! Check out the video uploaded by Magnus Carlsen! Can you figure out the rules :)









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Hastings Chess Congress (Dec 29) receives Kowitz Family Foundation Grant for Young Talent

Hello chess blog friends, the 90th edition of the Hastings Chess Congress (Dec 29 - Jan 6) has received £6,000 from the Kowitz Family Foundation in conjunction with Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC). This generous gesture is offered primarily to further the interests of junior chess. It is intended to inspire young players, to encourage new players and to provide opportunities for existing players to reach their chess potential. In addition the profile of both Hastings Congress and Hastings Borough will be enhanced.



A spokesperson for the Kowitz Family Foundation said “The Foundation is pleased to support the Hastings International Chess Congress and more specifically junior chess players in Hastings. The town has an astonishing historic legacy in the game of chess and we hope this donation will help revive interest in the Congress among local spectators and junior competitors alike and draw chess enthusiasts from far and wide.”

£500 will be given to Sussex Junior Chess Association who are holding their annual Junior Congress in Hastings on 4th January 2015. Additions to the Congress programme will appear as soon as confirmed. These are expected to include coaching sessions and additional funding for young players in the Masters. The funding will also help further involvement with local junior schools’ chess activities.

CSC is a registed charity whose mission is to give every primary schoolchild in the country the chance to learn how to play chess. The charity was formed in 2010 but has already taught over 40,000 children. This year CSC will deliver chess to 25,000 children in 250 schools across 56 boroughs in England and Wales. The charity provides schools with chess sets, a chess curriculum, teacher training and a weekly visit from a chess tutor.

Find out more details at the official website.

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SportAccord World Mind Games Chess 2014: Russia #1 Alexander Grischuk wins Double Gold

Hello chess blog friends, as you know the chess section of the SportAccord World Mind Games is on in Beijing. Two sections have been completed and the Russians have ruled particularly Alexander Grischuk who has won gold in both the blitz and rapid section of the men's events. 

GM Alexander Grischuk

Playing some fantastic and focused chess this past week, Russia's top-rated Alexander Grischuk picked up the double gold with east. In the blitz list, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France picked up the silver and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan earned the bronze. In the women's section, reigning women's world chess champion Hou Yifan of China earned the gold, silver going to Valentina Gunina of Russia and Anna Muzychuk of Ukrained got the bronze. 

The Russian flag was flying high in the rapid section as well. Grischuk Alexander (RUS) became the winner of the tournament, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA) finished in the second place and Bronze medal went to Wang Hao (CHN). In the women's section of the rapid, the gold went to Gunina Valentina (RUS), silver to Hou Yifan (CHN) and bronze to Ushenina Anna (UKR). 

The Basque chess event is now being played in Beijing that has the opponents play two games in each round - one with white and one with black against the same opponent. You can follow all the action live at the official website.

ABOUT WORLD MIND GAMES

SportAccord World Mind Games is a multi-sport event centred on the gymnasium of the mind and highlighting the great value of the mind sports. The 2014 edition will take place from 11-17 December. As well as the first, second and third editions in 2011, 2012, and 2013 the event includes five mind sports of great popularity and influence worldwide - Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi (Chinese Chess). The event is a showcase of some top-level mind games performances with the world's best players. The Cultural and Social Programme is an integral part of the event and through a series of activities, it aims at increasing and improving mind sports' influence and practice in schools. 

In addition, an online tournament extends the event's reach to the worldwide audience. Mind Games are spread and known throughout the world since ancient times and their educational values are widely recognised. They combine the fun of playing games and the enhancement of concentration, logic, memory, mathematics, literacy, learning skills, decision making and socialising skills, etc. Ever more countries and regions integrate the mind sports as an important part of their education programmes. Mind sports suit well a wide range of people not only in terms of age; these sports can be equally played by people with certain physical disability. 


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Monday, December 15, 2014

World Chess Champion Trivia: Identify this Dutch GM!

Hello chess blog friends, this world chess champion beat Alexander Alekhine this day (December 15) in 1935 to earn the top title. He was a Dutch Grandmaster, mathematician and also served as FIDE president. Can you identify him?




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GM Timur Gareyev wins American Chess Open 2014

Hello chess blog friends, the American Chess Open 2014 has been won by GM Timur Gareyev at Doubletree in Orange, California, according to a nice report via USChess.org. The detailed report is by Randy Hough.

The 274 players (plus five reentries) enjoyed eight rounds of chess in the comfortable ballroom, a welcome change from the last two years when the scholastic tournament preempted the prime space. That event was switched to the previous weekend, drawing 342 juniors. In the 43-player Open section, GM Timur Gareyev of Las Vegas again came out on top, scoring 7-1 to lap the field by a point. (Last year GM Mac Molner, who didn't play this time, tied for first.) The strong field included four GMs and four IMs.


Aldama and Abrahamyan drew, leaving the former tied for second with Peters and Panopio (who took Under 2450 honors). The group at 5½ included Abrahamyan, young FM Vignesh Panthananam (with a last round half point bye) and another Filipino master, Hamed Nouri, whose woefully unrepresentative USCF was wisely replaced by the organizers with a 2377 seed (FIDE rating plus 50). Among the five pointers, Mike Zaloznyy took Under 2300 laurels. Abrahamyan, with her teammate and student Robert Shlyantenko. also tied for the Mixed Doubles prize.
The Under 2200 prize was split by two players with 6½. Young WFM Agata Bykovtsev is an experienced international player, and her rating reached...2199. Her dedicated mother Rita has endured many three hour drives back to Santa Barbara, but a nice prize check must have made this one sweeter. The other 6 ½ pointer, Kenneth Odeh, actually won five games and drew one, but had to take two byes the last day because of his aviation job.

In Under 2000 (the largest, with 63 players), young Derek Zhang of Washington State downed former master Brian Zavodnik in the last round to take clear first. Derek tied for Under 1800 two years ago – we like to see progress! 



Two local players, James Williams and young Cory Chen, tallied 6½ to split Under 1800 laurels. Locals also prevailed with 6½ in Under 1600, as Jesus Barraza and Pio Reyes tied for first. The Under 1400 went better for visitors, with Ricardo Lara Jr. of Arizona and Varun Kumar of Washington State joining local Leo De Vera at – you guessed it – 6½. It's a rare year when none of the class winners equals the Open champion's score!

The teams that tied Abrahamyan/Shlyakhtenko for Mixed Doubles were siblings Queena and Tim Deng (whose parents, Ben Deng and Sarah Lu, are leading local coaches) and Gabriel Sam and Kaitlyn Chu. Panopio took the 49 player Blitz ahead of Gareyev, and Laylo partially redeemed himself by tying with local master Eduardo Ortiz in the 26 player Action (hardly the only dropout from the main event to participate).

The Chess Palace crew (aka the Ong family: seven present, though two had to return to their college studies Sunday night) kept a variety of plates spinning in the air – pairings, presence on the playing floor, coordinating the videos and lectures (IM Jeremy Silman was the great hit as usual), selling books and merchandise, and handing out a variety of gifts to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Almost $27,000 was paid out in prizes, all plus scores got gift certificates, and place winners received medals as well as moola. Several players received special recognition, including 92-year-old Dave Hartman and Dr. Leo Raterman, the only participant who took part in the inaugural tournament in 1965.


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European Individual Chess Championships 2015 in Jerusalem Feb 23

Hello chess blog friends, the European Individual Chess Championship 2015 will be held in Jerusalem – the capital of Israel, from February 23 (day of arrival) until March 9 (day of departure) 2015. The tournament will be held at the Jerusalem Ramada Hotel, which will also be its official accommodating hotel.

The organizer of the Championship is Jerusalem Municipality together with the Israel Chess Federation, under the auspices of the European Chess Union.


Online Registration
The updated Official Invitation can be downloaded below.
European Individual Chess Championship 2015


Also the 15th European Senior Chess Championship for Men and Women will be held in Eretria, Greece, from 28th April untill 8th May, 2015. The official venue is he conference center of the 4-star “Eretria Village” Hotel, which is near the ancient city of Eretria.

The Championship is open to all players representing ECU Chess Federations who have been born in the year 1965 or earlier. There is also no limit in the number of participants per federation. Applications have to be sent by the National Federations or to be approved by the National Federations.

The Championship will be played in two categories: category SENIOR 50+ and category SENIOR 65+, Men and Women separately. If there are less than 10 participants in the category 65+ then there will be only one Women tournament under category 50+ with separate prizes. If in total the Women participants are less than 10 they will play in the Open tournaments with separate prizes.


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London Chess Classic - Cool Video

Hello chess blog friends, here's a cool chess video by Ketevan Kantaria edited by Evgeny Surov via www.chess-news.ru. You can still get the chess flavour of the season even if you missed being in London this December. Enjoy!
 


 


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Buddhika Amarasinghe is Asia Amateur Chess Champion; Baimurzin Aitkazy is Asia Senior Chess Champion

Hello chess blog friends, some chess news from Asia - Buddhika Amarasinghe of Sri Lanka has won the Asian Amateur Chess Championship 2014 and Baimurzin Aitkazy of Kazakhstan has won the Asian Senior Chess Championship 2014.


The Asian Amateur and Senior Championships 2014 was held from 5th to 12th December 2014 at the beautiful Citrus Resort Hotel. On behalf of the Asian Chess Federation, the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka organized the event. Ten Countries, Brunei, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, UAE with Sri Lanka participated in the events.

Osheen De Silva and PD Senanayake tied with 7 points at the Asian Amateur Championship and Osheen won the Boronze medal with better tie breaker. Play offs were conducted for finding the Asian Amateur Women and Unrated prizes. Sri Lanka Women’s National Champion Dasuni Hansika Mendis won the Championship convincingly. Naduni Abeywardena of Sri Lanka won the Silver Medal while Miyuni Kavinya Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka won the Bronze Medal. Young Dinithi Panchali Rathnayake, Women Candidate Master from Sri Lanka won the unrated category while Nihaya Ahmed from Maldives won the Silver Medal. Himya Ibrahim won the bronze in unrated category.

FIDE Master Sawadkuhi Massoud of Iran won the second place with 7 points. But, on the regulations he opted for the Asian Senior over 65 years Chess Championships, but he also opted for the second place cash Award. Ismail Ahmed, 6.5 points of Malaysia won the 3rd place but awarded the silver due to Mr. Massoud opted for Gold in over 65 event. Women Candidate Master Mrs. Helan Miligran with 6 points opted the Bronze medal instead of the Asian Senior Women Championship with another hope of a title. TDR Pieris of Sri Lanka tied with Ms Milligan but had to be 4th on the tie breaker. Abdulla Ibrahim and Ahmed Naeem, both from Maldives won the Silver and Bronze Medals of the Asian Senior Championships 2014 respectively. (News input via FIDE)


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Vishy Anand wins London Chess Classic 2014 on Tiebreak

Hello chess blog friends, the London Chess Classic 2014 has concluded with former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand winning the event on tiebreak. Vishy Anand won the 6th London Chess Classic on tie-break from Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri after defeating Mickey Adams with the black pieces in the final round on Sunday.

Final scores in tie-break order: 1 Anand 7, 2 Kramnik 7, 3 Giri 7, 4 Nakamura 6, 5 Adams 4, 6 Caruana 4.Vishy Anand has won the London Chess Classic Super-Six Tournament ahead of Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri on tiebreak.
  

Photo: Official website

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

9Queens Family Chess Fun Event Dec 19

Hello chess blog friends, just a quick chess update about a special chess event in Tucson, Arizona - It's the Friday Family Fun Knight at Bookmans! 6:00pm - 8:00pm | 6230 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, 85712

9 Queens is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through chess by making the game fun, exciting, and accessible.

WHAT IS 9 QUEENS?
9 Queens is a 501c3, nonprofit organization dedicated to empowerment through chess. Founded by Jennifer Shahade and Jean Hoffman in 2008, 9 Queens offers a range of free chess programs and workshops in Tucson, Arizona.

WHY ARE THEY CALLED 9 QUEENS?
In chess, the queen is the most powerful piece on the board. Although every player begins the game with only one queen, every pawn has the potential to become a queen. In theory, it is possible to transform all 8 pawns into queens, thus creating a position in which there are 9 queens on the board. 9 Queens is a metaphor for the all too often unrealized capacity to empower all children through chess.

MISSION
9 Queens is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through chess by making the game fun, exciting, and accessible. We offer free chess education programs specifically designed to promote critical thinking skills, academic performance, and self-confidence. Our mission is to use chess as a tool to motivate, empower, and engage under-served and under-represented populations to realize their potential and achieve academic and personal success.



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World Schools Chess 2015 in Thailand May 6

Hello chess blog friends, the world schools chess championship 2015 is going to take place in Thailand. The ASEAN Chess Academy, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Thailand Chess Association are 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 & RulesThe Championships shall be governed by the General Regulations for FIDE Competitions and these Rules.

Participation
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.

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 on or after 1 January 2008;
Under-09: Born on or after 1 January 2006;
Under-11: Born on or after 1 January 2004;
Under-13: Born on or after 1 January 2002;
Under-15: Born on or after 1 January 2000;
Under-17: Born on or after 1 January 1998.

The following have a personal right and are entitled to participate provided they fulfil the condition above:-

- The Champions of the World Schools Championships 2014
- The Continental Schools Champions 2014.2/5
- FIDE member federations & FIDE-endorsed Chess Academies shall have the right to send as many players as they wish.

For more details check the FIDE link.

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Warm Smiles in Cold London Chess Trivia: Name the former World Chess Champions

Hello chess blog friends, this lovely photo is by Kathy Kantariya at the London Chess Classic. You can find more photos by her at Chess News. First, our trivia question: This photo was taken at the London Chess Classic - Can you name the two former world chess champions greeting each other with warm smiles before their game?




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India National Chess R7: Sengupta, Sethuraman, Lalith Babu in Joint Lead

Hello chess blog friends, the Indian national chess championship is on the southern city of Kottayam where seven rounds have been played - GMs Sethuraman and Lalith Babu won their games to join Deep Sengupta to be in joint lead on Friday. 

Although all three of them are leading with 4.5 points, it is Sethuraman who is having an edge since he has played one game less than the other two.

In the fourth place on four points is Sahaj Grover who won two back to back games. However, Deepan Chakkravarthy who is also on four points had played one game less and could use that to bridge the gap on the leaders. Sethuraman exploited the exposed black king of Deep to win a rook for bishop with a discovered check to win the game in 48 moves.

Sahaj Grover won a pawn and pushed Kunte into a zugzwang to win the game in 42 moves. In another decisive game, Laxman played passively and lost a pawn. Lalith Babu cashed on the extra material to win with ease and move into joint lead.

Six rounds remain to be played in this 13-player all-play-all. The event comes to a close on December 18, 2014.

The results (round seven): P Shyam Nikil (TN) 3 bt V.A.V. Rajesh (TN) 1.5; P Karthikeyan (Rly) 3.5 drew with Vidit Gujrathi (PSPB) 3.5; Sahaj Grover (Rly) 4 bt Abhijit Kunte (PSPB) 3; R.R. Laxman (Rly) 2 lost to M.R. Lalith Babu (PSPB) 4.5; Swayams Mishra (Odi) 2 bt P.D.S. Girinath (Rly) 2; S.P. Sethuraman (PSPB) 4.5 bt Deep Sengupta (PSPB) 4.5; J Deepan Chakkravarthy (Rly) 4 – bye.

(Report via All India Chess Federation)


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Six Chess Endgames for Tournament Players by GM Ben Finegold (Video)

Hello chess blog friends, Grandmaster Ben Finegold utilizes king position and passed pawns in the "Chess Endings for Tournament Players" class. This video is, of course, from the St Louis Chess Club. Enjoy! 






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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Super-Cool Maurice Ashley Chess Documentary Project: You can Help make it Happen!

Hello chess blog friends, this Chess Blog post is about a special chess star - Maurice Ashley. Award-winning director/producer Jeffrey Plunkett and his talented team has completed the first part of the documentary 'Pushing Wood'. 
  

PUSHING WOOD - a feature documentary

Director/producer Jeffrey Plunkett says, "If you've watched our intro video, you know we've already shot the first part of the story but we need your help to keep this project rolling... We're hoping to raise $50,000 so that we can finish shooting. That would include going to Brooklyn to explore Maurice's formative years (his daughter Nia has already told us some great stories) and following him on his roadshow of pitch meetings in the run-up to his second Vegas event. 
"In addition, we're hoping to continue shooting with some of the great folks we met in Vegas: Wesley, Timur, Alejandro, as well as some of the commentators. I also want to shoot at the US Championships this spring which will be held -- where else??? -- in my chess-loving hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.
"The money we raise will help cover other production costs, too (expensive ones) like licensing archival film from the Fischer-Spassky showdown in '72. We're trying to keep the budget tight, but filmmaking ain't cheap, especially when we're committed to keeping the production values high." Jeff is supported by a highly qualified and talented team which includes Andrew McAllister as producer/editor and Michael Lockridge as director of photography.  It is indeed a super-cool chess documentary project and you can help make it succeed.



Chess changed his life. Now he's changing chess.



Maurice's passion for chess is personal. He remembers growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, and being embarrassed to go to school because his family didn't have enough money to buy him shoes. At 12, he moved to Brooklyn with his mother, and fell in love with chess soon after. It transformed his life. Against the odds, he became the game's first black grandmaster. He went on to play professionally, traveling to tournaments around the world. He became one of the sport's best-known commentators and promoters. He's written books and given lectures. He's taught in New York, in the jungles of Belize, in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. He's become a Joint Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center and MIT's Media Lab exploring ways that technology can spread chess education. He knows that chess can be a vehicle for change. But with so little money in the game, there are few opportunities for kids to pursue careers in chess. He wants to change that.



Front and center in Pushing Wood is today's culture of competitive chess, a culture unlike any other in sports, one that demands endless preparation, induces endless psychological stress, and pays very little. In Vegas, we explore what a life in chess is like with grandmasters Cristian Chirila, Alejandro Ramirez, Wesley So, and Timur Gareev. 


Contribute now for the project on Indiegogo.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

India National Chess: Deep Sengupta Leads after R6

Hello chess blog friends, one of the strongest national chess championships is being played in India. Deep Sengupta has beaten IM Swayams Mishra to take the lead with 4.5 points after six rounds. The former under-12 world chess champion forged ahead even as overnight joint leaders MR Lalith Babu lost to Sahaj Grover and SP Sethuraman had a rest day. GM Deepan Chakkaravarthy is trailing by half a point. 
 


The thirteen player round robin tournament has an average of 2487, a category 10 event. Deep was slow and steady in developing his pieces against IM Swayams Mishra of Odisha in Slav defence game. After gaining an exchange Deep’s march past of the a- pawn towards eighth rank prompted Swayms to resign the game. Young Delhi grandmaster Sahaj Grover was in his elements, when he over powered GM Lalith Babu of PSPB in a Queens Indian defence game. Playing White, Lalith broke open his opponent’s king side, preventing Sahaj from castling. Sahaj retaliated by sacrificing a bishop to tear open Lalith’s king side. Lalith resigned on 34th move, realising the danger of getting checkmated. 

In a Kings Indian defence, Deepan sacrificed his bishop to obtain a better position on the king side, leading to a chain if three connected pawns at the centre, against VAV Rajesh of TN. Rajesh had to forego his queen for a rook. Rajesh fought valiantly in a rook and pawns vs queen ending, but in vain. Deeapn triumphed after 79 moves.

Two-time national champion GM Abhijit Kunte beat P. Karthikeyan in just 20 moves. Former under-14 world chess champion Vidit Santosh Gujrathi had to be content with a draw against IM P. Shyam Nikil in a Grunfeld defence in 35 moves. 
RR Laxman and PDS GIrinath agreed to a quick draw. Tomorrow is a rest day. 



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For Chess Club Players, GMs: Save $35 on Chess King Tactics Combo

Hello chess blog friends, a nice chess deal for you today. This is about a nice combo that you can download right now and save $35 as well!

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Indian Chess Golden Girl: Who's She?

Hello chess blog friends, can you identify this golden girl of Indian chess? She's not only one of the strongest women chess players in the world, but has also been Women's World Vice-Champion! Another Hint: She's right now in Beijing and this photo was taken by Alina L'Ami.




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