Chess24 Gashimov Memorial

Last updated: Wednesday 23rd April 2014 7:53 am

Nakamura wins Karjakin escapes in Gashimov Memorial Round 3

Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014 3

Mamedyarov lost to Nakamura in Round 3. Photo ©

Mamedyarov lost to Nakamura in Round 3. Photo © | http://shamkirchess.az

Magnus Carlsen still leads the Gashimov Memorial by a point over the rest of the field but it could have been even better as he quickly gained the advantage with black against Sergey Karjakin. Hikaru Nakamura beat Shakhriyar Mamedayarov in a Caro-Kann where Mamedayarov equalised quite quickly but then got much too ambitious and was destroyed by almost perfect play from Nakamura. Teimour Radjabov hasn't played a classical event in six months after a catastrophic post-Candidates 2012 run. This event is probably about regaining some confidence. Radjabov played a variation of the Gruenfeld well understood not to be dangerous for either side with best play and a draw was the result.

Round 3 Standings: Carlsen 2.5pts, Karjakin, Caruana, Radjabov, Nakamura 1.5pts Mamedyarov 0.5pts

Round 4 Pairings: Karjakin-Mamedyarov, Radjabov-Nakamura, Caruana-Carlsen.

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014 (Shamkir AZE)
Sat 19th Apr 2014 - Wed 30th Apr 2014 - Official Site

Vugar Gashimov Mem 2014 (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games A | Live A

Vugar Gashimov Mem B 2014 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games B

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk 2014

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk 2014 Games and Results

Women's world champion Hou Yifan alongside FIDE Press Officer Anastasiya Karlovich at the Khanty-Mansiysk Women's Grand Prix. Photo ©

Women's world champion Hou Yifan alongside FIDE Press Officer Anastasiya Karlovich at the Khanty-Mansiysk Women's Grand Prix. Photo © | http://khantymansiysk2014.fide.com

The FIDE Women's Grand Prix taks place in Khanty-Mansiysk 9th April (Round 1) to 21st April (final round 11), There will be live video commentary in Russian and English. Round 10 Pairings Sun: Kosteniuk-Muminova, Stefanova-Lagno, Ushenina-Dzagnidze, Zhao Xue-Batchimeg, Girya-Kosintseva,T, Muzychuk-Hou Yifan. Games and results. Read more ....

Khanty-Mansiysk Women's Grand Prix 2014 (Khanty-Mansiysk RUS)
Wed 9th Apr 2014 - Mon 21st Apr 2014 - Official Site

Khanty-Mansiysk WGP 2014 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

13th Asian Continental 2014

13th Asian Continental 2014 Games and Results

The 13th Asian Continental Chess Championship takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. 64 men and 32 women players from 21 countries compete. Rustam Top seed is Bu Xiangzhi of China (2699) and compatriot Tan Zhongyi in the women’s (2488). Other well known names Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Negi Parimarjan, Irene Sukandar etc The event is taking place in the plush Sharjah Chess and Cultural Club. The tournament is a 9-round Swiss with $65,000 in cash prizes. The top five players in the Open qualify to the World Cup while the women’s champion advances to the Women’s World Championship. Read more ....

13th Asian Continental 2014 (Sharjah UAE)
Thu 17th Apr 2014 - Fri 25th Apr 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

13th Asian Continental (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

Asian Continental w 2014 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

Intagrand wins the Freestyle Battle 2014

Freestyle Battle 2014 Games

Arno Nickel reports on the conclusion of the Freestyle 2014 chess tournament where games are played with a combination of man and machine play. Players can use unlimited resources: Read Article,

The two month battle of 30 high-skilled Freestyle chess players in an all-play-all online event had started on February 4th and finished in the night to April 11th. Anson Williams from England and his team of helpers behind the nickname 'Intagrand' won the title with 29 points a point clear of maximus. Williams is as close as there is to a veteran in such events winning tournaments as far back as 2007 ( article from the Chess Drum about him here).

Christopher Lutz anaylses the most interesting games here.

Arno Nickel has been promoting this form of chess since 2005 and is a correspondence chess Grandmaster.

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Freestyle Battle 2014 (Infinity INT)
Tue 4th Feb 2014 - Fri 11th Apr 2014 - Official Site

Freestyle Battle 2014 (30 players 29 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m+15spm) - Games in PGN: Games

John Watson Book Review #110: Repertoires in the Age of Carlsen

John Watson Book Review 110

A Cunning Chess Opening Repertoire for White by Graham Burgess

A Cunning Chess Opening Repertoire for White by Graham Burgess | http://www,theweekinchess.com

John Watson reviews A Cunning Repertoire for White (Gambit) by Graham Burgess which was released first on Kindle and which I (MC) have been attempting to adopt for a few months now. There is now a physical book too. John Watson also wrote a white repertoire book for Gambit starting with 1.d4 but advocating 2.c4 rather than the 2.Nf3 used in this book and he compares their approaches. Read more ....

16th Dubai Open 2014

16th Dubai Open 2014 Games and Results

The 16th Dubai Open takes place 7th to 17th April 2014. Leading players: Anton Korobov, Vladimir Akopian, Romain Edouard, Andrei Istratescu, Constantin Lupulescu, Csaba Balogh, Gawain C B Jones, Yuriy Kuzubov, Bassem Amin, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli etc. Games and results. Read more ....

16th Dubai Chess Open 2014 (Dubai UAE)
Mon 7th Apr 2014 - Thu 17th Apr 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

16th Dubai Chess Open (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Russian Team Championship 2014

Russian Team Championship 2014 Games and Results

The Russian Team Championships take place in Loo, in the Krasnodar region with round 1 7th April 2014, 7 rounds finishing on 13th April. There are only 13 teams as Rostov PHMB had to withdraw at the last minute due to financial problems. Leading players include: Grischuk, Karjakin, Svidler, Vitiugov, Nepomniachtchi, Jakovenko, Morozevich, Leko, Shirov, Jobava, Bologan etc Read more ....

Russian Team Championship 2014 (Loo RUS)
Mon 7th Apr 2014 - Mon 14th Apr 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

21st TCh-RUS 2014 (7 Rds League Club TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Men

16th TCh-RUS w 2014 (20 players 6 Rds League Club ) - Games in PGN: Games Women

College Chess Final Four 2014

College Chess Final Four 2014 Games and Results

The US College Chess Final Four takes place in the New York Athletic Club. The event is rather strong with players such as Quang Liem Le, Wesley So (who lost drastically with white in round 2 against Kore Akshayraj), Fidel Corrales Jimenez (finally US registered), Yaroslav Zherebukh, Elshan Moradiabadi, Georg Meier and Ray Robson. Read more ....

College Final Four 2014 (New York USA)
Sat 5th Apr 2014 - Sun 6th Apr 2014 - Official Site - Live

College Final Four 2014 (16 players 3 Rds League Club TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

1000 issues and a 20th year for TWIC

The Week in Chess Anniversary 1000

Me on the day of the 1000th issue. Photo © Mark Crowther

Me on the day of the 1000th issue. Photo © Mark Crowther | http://www.theweekinchess.com

An article on the occasion of the 1000th issue of TWIC outlining a short history, thanks to the many people who've helped and where I think the future may lay both for myself and the magazine. I really hope to be around in some form or another for a long time. I would welcome suggestions for improvements to the website and the magazine.

You can view the first issue here I will try and put the text of all 1000 issues up over the next few weeks and will for a start make my personal ChessBase file of all the issues available for sale. People should email me personally about that.

Read TWIC 1000, PGN file for issue 1000 and ChessBase file for issue 1000.

If you would like to support TWIC then you can do so via PayPal:

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Tournaments for Wednesday 23rd April 2014 combined with links to official website, live coverage and PGN file
EventSiteFEDUK TimeRd
WebLivePGN
Live Games now here
Vugar Gashimov Mem 2014ShamkirAZE11:004
13th Asian ContinentalSharjahUAE12:007
Other events today
Sydney International OpenSydneyAUS01:001
Sydney International OpenSydneyAUS07:002
Zonal 1.10 2014LarnakaCYP08:302
World Rapid Women 2014Khanty-MansiyskRUS10:001
World Rapid Women 2014Khanty-MansiyskRUS10:002
World Rapid Women 2014Khanty-MansiyskRUS10:003
World Rapid Women 2014Khanty-MansiyskRUS10:004
Vugar Gashimov Mem B 2014ShamkirAZE11:004
Asian Continental w 2014SharjahUAE12:007
ch-RUS Junior 2014LooRUS12:008
ch-RUS Girls 2014LooRUS12:008
Zonal 1.10 2014LarnakaCYP15:003

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