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Riga Technical University Open 2014

Riga Technical University Open 2014 Games and Results

The Riga Technical University Open takes place Fri 15th Aug 2014 - Sun 24th Aug 2014. Alexei Shirov and Richard Rapport are the top seeds. Games and results. Read more ....

Riga Technical University Open 2014 (Riga LAT)
Fri 15th Aug 2014 - Sun 24th Aug 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

Riga Tech Open A 2014 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

21st Abu Dhabi Masters 2014

21st Abu Dhabi Masters 2014 Games and Results

The 21st Abu Dhabi Masters takes place Wed 20th Aug 2014 - Thu 28th Aug 2014. Wang Hao is the top seed. Games and results. Read more ....

21st Abu Dhabi Masters 2014 (Abu Dhabi UAE)
Wed 20th Aug 2014 - Thu 28th Aug 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

21st Abu Dhabi Masters (89 players 9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

89th French Chess Championships 2014

89th French Chess Championships 2014 Games and Results

The 89th French Chess Championships takes place Sun 17th Aug 2014 - Thu 28th Aug 2014. Etienne Bacrot and Laurent Fressinet are the top seeds. Games and results. Read more ....

89th ch-FRA 2014 (Nimes FRA)
Sun 17th Aug 2014 - Thu 28th Aug 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

89th ch-FRA 2014 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games Men | Live Men

ch-FRA w 2014 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1))

ch-FRA Accession 2014 (57 players 11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1))

41st Olympiad Tromso 2014

41st Olympiad Tromso 2014 Games and Results

Fabiano Caruana was defeated by Magnus Carlsen in Round 6. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Fabiano Caruana was defeated by Magnus Carlsen in Round 6. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.nrk.no/sport/apningsseremoni-sjakk-ol-fra-19.30-1.11732266

The 41st Olympiad took place in Tromso, Norway 1st August (Opening Ceremony) to 14th August 2014.

China took their first open title with a convincing performance where they lost just one game in the 11 rounds scoring 8 match wins and 3 draws for 19 points. Their new star Yu Yangyi scored 9.5/11. Four teams tied on 17 points with Hungary taking Silver in Judit Polgar's final event as a professional and India taking a shock bronze medal after a huge 3.5-0.5 win against Uzbekistan. This denied top seeds Russia even the vague compensation of a medal for an inconsistent performance. Azerbaijan also scored 17 points.

Veselin Topalov took board 1 gold ahead of Michael Adams and Anish Giri. On board 2 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietname took gold above Csaba Balogh who did an amazing job for Hungary, he was supposed to be solid but did much better than that. Board 3 was won by Yu Yangyi in a key performance for the winners. Board 4 was won by Nikola Sedlak of Serbia and Board 5 by Sam Shankland of the USA.

The women's Olympiad was won by Russia. New recruit Kateryna Lagno (who the Russian's delayed registering their final team for) had a solid result on top board but scored the key win against Hou Yifan in the decisive match against China. It was Valentina Gunina 8/10 and Alexandra Kosteniuk 7.5/9 who were the core of the side supported by Olga Girya and Natalija Pogonina. Sergei Rublevsky's tough captaincy which led to the Kosintseva sisters quitting seems fully justified. China looked set for gold but they lost the key round 7 clash with Russia. Ukraine took bronze after a slow start.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was reelected as FIDE President in what can only described as a crushing victory against Garry Kasparov 110 votes to 61.

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41st Olympiad 2014 (Tromso NOR)
Fri 1st Aug 2014 - Thu 14th Aug 2014 - Official Site - Results

41st Olympiad 2014 (11 Rds Olym Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Olympiad w 2014 (11 Rds Olym Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

Judit Polgar to retire from professional chess

41st Olympiad Tromso 2014 Polgar Retirement

Judit Polgar in action against Sam Shankland and watched by her sister Susan in Round 8 of the Olympiad. Will this loss be her last professional game? Photo © Paul Truong

Judit Polgar in action against Sam Shankland and watched by her sister Susan in Round 8 of the Olympiad. Will this loss be her last professional game? Photo © Paul Truong | http://tromso2014.no

Judit Polgar is to retire as a professional chess player at the end of the Olympiad. The surprise announcement was made in a brief interview with The Times. Polgar herself was unavailable for comment as she was in preparation for the final round of the Olympiad with her Hungarian team which lies in second place and has a chance for gold in the final round. Polgar has so far contributed as score of 4.5/6 on board 5. It is unclear whether she will play in the final round.

No doubt there will be plenty of interviews after the round finishes. With her retirement she brings to an end an "educational experiment" which saw Judit and her three sisters all become exceptional players in a generally male dominated game.

Judit Polgar reached a career high of 2735 and world number #8 in 2005. At that point her highly tactical style had matured into a stronger all round game. Shortly afterwards Polgar took some time off to raise her family and although her initial return was promising she is quoted as saying her concentration at the board is in decline. Recently her focus has switched to writing books on her career and the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation.

Earlier in the Olympiad Judit Polgar was asked about the possibility of a match against Hou Yifan at a point I guess she already knew she would retire, she was non-committal without ruling it out. With the right money I guess it still wouldn't be out of the question but would really have to be this year. Hou defeated Polgar in their only game together in Gilbraltar 2012 and it was already clear it was only a matter of time before Hou became the women's number one. Now the baton has definitely passed to her.

There will be time enough to celebrate the career of the greatest ever women's player. It seems to me Judit Polgar didn't see playing was about women competing on an equal basis but that gender shouldn't make a difference at all.

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41st Olympiad 2014 (Tromso NOR)
Fri 1st Aug 2014 - Thu 14th Aug 2014 - Official Site - Results

41st Olympiad 2014 (11 Rds Olym Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Olympiad w 2014 (11 Rds Olym Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

101st British Chess Championships 2014

101st British Chess Championships 2014 Games and Results

The 101st British Chess Championships took place in Aberystwyth 19th to 30th July 2014. Jonathan Hawkins and David Howell shared the title scoring 8.5/11. There was no tie-break scheduled this year. I imagine the proximity to the Olympiad factored into the decision, probably to reduce the length of the event by a day. Read more ....

101st British Chess Championships 2014 (Aberystwyth WLS)
Sat 19th Jul 2014 - Sat 2nd Aug 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

101st ch-GBR 2014 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

51st Canadian Open Championship 2014

51st Canadian Open Championship 2014 Games and Results

The 51st Canadian Open Championship took place 19th to 26th July 2014. Sergei Tiviakov won in an Armageddon tie-break to edge out Robin Van Kampen and Ehsan Ghaem Maghami on tie-break after all scored 6.5/9. The Armageddon was just for the trophy - the money was split evenly. It is possible these tie-break games will become available as they were videod. Tiviakov got a bye in the first round (best tie-break) beating Ehsan Ghaem Maghami who beat Van Kampen in the first round. Games and videos available below. Read more ....

51st Canadian Open Championship 2014 (Montreal CAN)
Sat 19th Jul 2014 - Sat 26th Jul 2014 - Official Site

51st Canadian Open 2014 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

51st Canadian Open KO (3 players 2 Rds KO Indiv TC:6mvs5m Armageddon) - Games in PGN: Armageddon

Politiken Cup 2014

Politiken Cup 2014 Games and Results

The Politiken Cup took place in Helsingor, Denmark Mon 21st to Tue 29th July 2014,. Bu Xiangzhi won with 9/10 a point clear of Gawain Jones, Maxim Matlakov, Maxim Rodshtein and Parimarjan Negi. Games and final standings here. Read more ....

Politiken Cup 2014 (Helsingor DEN)
Mon 21st Jul 2014 - Tue 29th Jul 2014 - Official Site - Results

Politiken Cup 2014 (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

47th Biel Chess Festival 2014

47th Biel Chess Festival 2014 Games and Results

The 47th Biel Chess Festival took place 14th to 25th July 2014. The main GM tournament was the Hans Suri Memorial. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave survived a late wobble to win the event with 6/10 half a point clear of Radoslaw Wojtaszek. Read more ....

47th Biel Chess Festival 2014 (Biel SUI)
Mon 14th Jul 2014 - Fri 25th Jul 2014 - Official Site

Hans Suri Mem 2014 (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games

47th Biel Master Open (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Open Games

2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial 2014

2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial 2014 Games and Results

Svidler against Gelfand in game 2 of their rapid match. Photo ©

Svidler against Gelfand in game 2 of their rapid match. Photo © | http://www.jeruchess.com/GideonJaphet2014/GelfandSvidler.aspx?lan=en

The 2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial took place in Jerusalem 16th to 24th July 2014. There was an international open won by Alexandr Kaspi with 7/9. Peter Svidler beat Boris Gelfand 5-3 in an 8 game rapid match. Games and Results. Read more ....

2nd Gideon Japhet Memorial Open 2014 (Jerusalem ISR)
Wed 16th Jul 2014 - Thu 24th Jul 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

Gelfand-Svidler Rapid (2 players 8 Rds Match Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games

2nd Gideon Japhet Mem Op (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Russia state Olympiad exclusion of their women's team unlawful

Tromso Chess Olympiad 2014 Russian Women's Team

The Russian Chess Federation (RCF) has set out their position that the exclusion of their women's team is unlawful. The Tromso Chess Organisers had set out their reasons for exclusion in a letter to FIDE published on the official website. The reason given was that Russia had failed to register their team list on June 1st according to FIDE regulation 3.71 (read full regulations). Their letter mentions the costs of allowing late registered teams to play and that seems to have been their motivation for taking the action. Russia state that the penalty missing the June 1st (two month) deadline carries at most a small fine as set out in 3.7.2. The difference in interpretation really comes down to how you view the word "must" in the regulation but there is no clear penalty mentioned. Russia further state that this deadline has proved unimportant in the past and hasn't resulted in exclusion.

The whole delay in submitting the women's team was due to problems in the transfer of Kateryna Lagno from the Ukraine to Russian team (unsurprisingly the Ukraine Chess Federation were not in the mood to be helpful in the transfer of their best player to a main rival and registered her for their team, her transfer was completed on 11th July with €20,000 being paid to the Ukraine chess federation as compensation. Interesting article on transferring Federations in other sports). After realising that the transfer would drag on Russians finally submitted an incomplete team on June 16th (they asked for permission to postpone submission on June 4th) a step I'm sure they wish they done before June 1st in retrospect. Below are the two documents they released on 18th July. More background in a chess24 article on the story :

The regulations in question:

3.7 Submission of team lists

3.7.1 Not later than two (PB '98) months before the start of the tournament, every Federation that has entered must notify the following details to the Administrator:

(a) name and initials of the Chief of Delegation;

(b) name and initials of the team captain;

(c) name of each team member (one first name in full, initials of additional first names, surname);

(d) FIDE rating of team members (according to the most recent FIDE rating list);

(e) any information required in connection with visas.

3.7.2 Late notification of team particulars shall be accepted up to 20 hours before the start of Round 1 (PB '98), but subject to a late submission fee of 100 euros per name.

You can also read the RCF's official legal letter to the organisers in PDF.

RCF President Andrey Filatov says that legal action is likely to establish a precedent "to prevent such situations from arising in the future"

UPDATE 21st July:

The Olympiad organisers whilst standing by their interpretation of the regulations say teams are "permitted to register their respective teams, as they would have been on June 1." Olympiad organisers statement in full.

Reaction of Russian Chess Federation via VG Sporten newspaper. In Norwegian..

"We are of course delighted that Tromso has taken this sensible decision", Mark Glukhovsky, Chairman of the Russian Chess Federation, told VG.

"We have a very good women's team and it was important for us that they could be allowed to participate."

VG - The Russian Chess Federation obtained advice from top lawyers on the case, and in a letter to Tromso in 2014 threatened to sue.

"Given the economic problems that Tromso has had, is it better that they use this money to arrange a nice Olympiad than to defend themselves in court, " says Glukhovsky.

VG - So now you are happy?

"We are of course very pleased that this has resolved itself."

VG: The nine countries that are now allowed to participate Russia (women's national team), Afghanistan, Gabon, Pakistan, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Oman.

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41st Olympiad 2014 (Tromso NOR)
Fri 1st Aug 2014 - Thu 14th Aug 2014 - Official Site - Results

41st Olympiad 2014 (11 Rds Olym Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Olympiad w 2014 (11 Rds Olym Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

ACP Golden Classic 2014

ACP Golden Classic 2014 Games and Results

The ACP Golden Classic took place in Bergamo 12th to 20th July 2014. Players: Wesley So, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Baadur Jobava, Zoltan Almasi, Emil Sutovsky, Daniele Vocaturo and Sabino Brunello. Wesley So continued his recent fine form winning the event with 4.5/6. Read more ....

ACP Golden Classic 2014 (Bergamo ITA)
Sat 12th Jul 2014 - Sun 20th Jul 2014 - Official Site - Live

ACP Golden Classic 2014 (8 players 7 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games

42nd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2014

42nd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2014 Games and Results

The 42nd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place 12th to 20th July 2014. Players: Caruana, Kramnik, Adams, Leko, Ponomariov, Naiditsch and Georg Meier. Games and results. Fabiano Caruana dominated the event scoring to 5.5/7. He will move to number 3 in the world and take his rating over 2800. Peter Leko and Georg Meier finished tied for second on 4/7. Vladimir Kramnik's poor post-Candidates form continued with a horrible 2.5/7 score. Read more ....

42nd Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2014 (Dortmund GER)
Sat 12th Jul 2014 - Sun 20th Jul 2014 - Official Site - Live

42nd GM 2014 (8 players 7 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games

Helmut-Kohls-Turnier 2014 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv )

Dortmund Open A 2014 (59 players 9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1))

15th European Individual Women's Championship 2014

15th European Individual Women's Championship 2014 Games and Results

The 15th European Individual Women's Championship took place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria 6th-17th July 2014. Nana Dzagnidze, Mariya Muzychuk, Natalija Pogonina, Valentina, Olga Girya etc. Valentina Gunina took clear first place with 8/11 half a point clear of Tatiana Kosintseva. Games and final standings. Read more ....

15th European Individual Womens Championship 2014 (Plovdiv BUL)
Sat 5th Jul 2014 - Tue 8th Jul 2014 - Official Site

15th ch-EUR w 2014 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Dutch Chess Championship 2014

Dutch Chess Championship 2014 Games and Results

The Dutch Chess Championship took place in Amsterdam 6th to 13th July 2014. Both men's and women's championships were 8 player 7 round all-play-all tournaments. Players: Loek Van Wely, Sergei Tiviakov, Erwin L'Ami, Robin Van Kampen, Dimitri Reinderman, Benjamin Bok, Wouter Spoelman and Sipke Ernst. Loek van Wely beat Sergei Tiviakov 2-0 in a blitz tie-break after both scored 4.5/7. Read more ....

ch-NED 2014 (Amsterdam NED)
Sat 5th Jul 2014 - Sun 13th Jul 2014 - Official Site

ch-NED 2014 (8 players 7 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games Men

ch-NED w 2014 (8 players 7 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games Women

ch-NED TB 2014 (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:5m+3spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz TB Games

John Watson Book Review #113 King's Indian Part 2

John Watson Book Review 113

John Watson takes the King's Indian Moderized by Dejan Bojkov as the starting point to look at a huge new literature. Photo ©

John Watson takes the King's Indian Moderized by Dejan Bojkov as the starting point to look at a huge new literature. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/

Part two of John Watson's review of King's Indian literature taking as his starting point Dejan Bojkov's King's Indian Modernized:. Read Part 1 of John Watson's Book review on the King's Indian.

Systems covered: Makogonov/Bagirov Systems, Saemisch Variation and Main Line (Orthodox). Read more ....

Star Mixed Pair International Chengdu 2014

Star Mixed Pair International Chengdu 2014 Games and Results

The Star Mixed Pairs International chess tournament took place in Chengdu, China 6th to 9th 2014. This tournament saw 6 pairs of Men and Women play a 6 round all-play-all rapid (unsure of the time control) Teams: 1) Xu, Yuhua:Yu, Shaoteng 2) Maric, Alisa:Ye, Jiangchuan 3) Zhu, Chen:Seirawan, Yasser 4) Liu, Shilan:Xie, Jun 5) Hou Yifan:Short, Nigel D 6) Chiburdanidze, Maia:Jussupow, Artur. Nigel Short and Hou Yifan were favourites to win after being paired together but as Short said afterwards "Basically we blew it yesterday with a collective collapse of concentration against Yasser Seirawan and Zhu Chen, turning a clearly better position into a dead lost one in the space of about two minutes (and half a dozen moves)." They finished 3rd behind the teams of Zhu, Chen/Yasser Seirawan and Xu Yuhua/Yu Shaoteng both finishing on 4/5. Read more ....

Star Mixed Pair Chess 2014 (Chengdu CHN)
Sat 5th Jul 2014 - Wed 9th Jul 2014 - Official Site - Live

Star Mixed Pair 2014 (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games

John Watson Book Review #112 King's Indian Part I

John Watson Book Review 113

John Watson takes the King's Indian Moderized by Dejan Bojkov as the starting point to look at a huge new literature. Photo ©

John Watson takes the King's Indian Moderized by Dejan Bojkov as the starting point to look at a huge new literature. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/

IM John Watson looks at new King's Indian literature. Watson takes as his starting point Dejan Bojkov's Modernized: The King's Indian Defense "as a sort of lead-in to the discussion of several variations, but also compare selected lines from other works".

Watson not only examines detailed works but also suggestions in more general repertoire books.

This is a huge review and this is the first part of two. Read more ....

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.

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