Last updated: Friday 24th October 2014 9:52 am
Tashkent FIDE Grand Prix 2014 3
Mark Crowther (Thu Oct 23 21:44:00 2014)
Baadur Jobava during his press conference with Rustam Kasimdzhanov. Photo © | http://tashkent2014.fide.com
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave kept a half point lead over the field after a draw with Teimour Radjabov in Round 3 of the Tashkent FIDE Grand Prix. Nakamura, Andreikin and Karjakin are half a point behind.
Jobava Baadur won on the black side of a Fort Knox Variation of the French Defence against Rustam Kasimdzhanov after getting the better of the opening. Kasimdzhanov decided he could liquidate to a draw by grabbing a pawn on a7 but missed a fine series of ideas starting with 25...Nd4 and ending with 27...Qd7.
Boris Gelfand felt he got a Benoni with an extra tempo for black, an interesting, playable position. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov also thought it was fine for black but not in Gelfand's style and he was willing to pay the price of that tempo. "Black is, for sure, OK." Mamedyarov went wrong with 16.Rae1 and after 16...Qb6 he returned with 17.Ra1 but he pointed out they lost an hour over this decision "30 minutes for him and 30 minutes for me." They later reached a "for sure, drawn position" in an ending where white had bishop and two pawns for a Rook. It seems in fact that Mamedyarov could have kept perhaps a big advantage after 31.Qb6 but he feared Qg5 which looks dangerous but after 32.Rb1 doesn't seem to be and the black a-pawn drops and white's a-pawn runs. Mamedyarov found one final practical chance sacrificing the exchange for two pawns which required good calculation from both players and in the end Gelfand blundered with 47...Rxg2 instead of 47...Kd6 and suddenly Mamedyarov was queening a pawn.
Teimour Radjabov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave played a long line of theory of the Najdorf Sicilian where they had even studied the endgame in some detail. 27...Qf8 was the novelty taking queens off. White should be better according to Radjabov but in practice black seemed to know what he was doing.
Sergey Karjakin beat Dmitry Jakovenko in a Reti. Jakovenko thought he had a bad position out of the opening after missing the move 7.Nb3 out of his preparation. Later he gave up a pawn to win the bishop pair and probably had enough compensation at some point but it turned out to be more tricky than he expected and he lost the endgame. Later the players wondered if 29...Bxd2 30.Bxd2 Bxc4 31.b6 Ba6 might be sufficient to hold in a bishops of opposite colours ending.
Fabiano Caruana played 15.Nge4, a rare move, in a variation of the Berlin Defence he has played many times before in a game against Dmtry Andreikin. Caruana was highly critical of the accuracy of his play and he couldn't make anything of any advantage he may have had and the game finished in a draw.
Hikaru Nakamura played for a small technical advantage against Anish Giri. Play was very technical and required a lot of accurate calculation. Giri was worried but in the end he managed to simplify to a draw.
Round 3 Standings: 1 Vachier-Lagrave 2.5/3 2-4 Nakamura, Andreikin, Karjakin 2pts 5-8 Radjabov, Giri, Mamedyarov, Jobava 1.5pts 9-11 Caruana, Gelfand, Jakovenko 1pts 12 Kasimdzhanov 0.5pts
Round 4 Pairings Friday 24th October 2014 10am BST: Gelfand-Jakovenko, Vachier-Lagrave-Karjakin, Jobava-Radjabov, Andreikin-Kasimdzhanov, Giri-Caruana, Mamedyarov-NakamuraRead more ....
77th Tata Steel Masters 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Thu Oct 23 13:14:00 2014)
The 77th Tata Steel Tournament takes place 9th- 25th January 2015. The venue is the traditional De Moriaan building in Wijk aan Zee. However two rounds will take place in satellite venues. Round 5 of 15th January takes place in De Rotterdam, the recently opened eye-catching building at the waterfront of the river Meuse in Rotterdam, designed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas. Round 10 on 21st January takes place in the recently renovated press centre Nieuwspoort in The Hague.
World Champion and World Number 1 Magnus Carlsen returns after a year's break. Number two Fabiano Caruana and defending champion Levon Aronian returns. The Masters group also is back to 14 players and 13 rounds and two more players will be added to the list below.
Masters Group players and World Ranking in October: Magnus Carlsen (1), Fabiano Caruana (2), Levon Aronian (5), Anish Giri (7), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (13), Wesley So (14) Ding Liren (22) Vasilly Ivanchuk (24) Teimour Radjabov (25) Ivan Saric (66) Hou Yifan (72) and Loek van Wely (85).
B-Group will be announced in November. Robin van Kampen and Anne Haast (Dutch women' champion) will be playing. Read more ....
77th Tata Steel 2015 (Wijk aan Zee NED)
Fri 9th Jan 2015 - Sun 25th Jan 2015 - Official Site
77th Tata Steel GpA (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1))
18th Corsican Circuit 2014 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Wed Oct 22 17:11:00 2014)
The 18th Corsican Circuit took place 18th-22nd Oct 2014. A rapid open qualified for a knockout event with Viswanathan Anand and Hou Yifan. Anand was knocked out by Sergey Fedorchuk 1.5-0.5 in the Semi-final after having won all his previous games. Hou Yifan survived an armageddon tie-break to beat Robert Ruck and reach the final All the games were in Bastia. The final in Ajaccio on the 22nd was won 2-0 by Hou Yifan over Fedorchuk. Read more ....
World Juniors 2014 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Oct 19 19:36:00 2014)
The World Junior Chess Championships took place in Pune, India 6th to 19th October 2014. Top seeds in the open: Vladimir Fedoseev, Robin Van Kampen, Wei Yi, Vidit Gujrathi. Jorge Cori, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Benjamin Bok, Karen H. Grigoryan etc. In the Girls event Aleksandra Goryachkina and Meri Arabidze are the top seeds. Games and results. Lu Shanglei of China took the title with 10/13 half a point clear of his compatriot Wei Yi who edged out top seed Vladimir Fedoseev who took bronze on tie-break from Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia dominated the Girls event winning with 11/13 one and half points clear of Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran and Ann Chumpitaz of Peru. Read more ....
Schachbundesliga 2014-15 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Oct 19 19:06:00 2014)
The very strong German Schachbundesliga takes place Sat 18th Oct 2014 to Sun 12th Apr 2015. Games and standings on this page. Read more ....
American Continental 2014 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Oct 19 19:02:00 2014)
The American Continental Championship takes place in Praia da Pipa in Brazil. Games and results daily at http://chess-results.com/tnr147485.aspx and reports from Luis Rodi at: http://xadrezdiarionews.blogspot.com.br/. Top seeds: Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Jukio Granda Zuniga, Axel Bachmann, Rafael Leitao, Sam Shankland, Emilio Cordova, Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez etc Read more ....
18th Unive Chess 2014 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Fri Oct 17 11:19:00 2014)
The 18th Unive Chess tournament takes place 11th to 18th October 2014. The main events are 6 game matches Anish Giri vs Alexei Shirov and Baadur Jobava vs Jan Timman. These start Sunday. Alongside is the traditional open. Play starts 2pm local time 1pm UK time. Read more ....
Unive Giri-Shirov m 2014 (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games
Unive Timman-Jobava 2014 (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games
18th Unive Open 2014 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games
Baku FIDE Grand Prix 2014 11
Mark Crowther (Tue Oct 14 17:28:00 2014)
Caruana in action in the final round against Tomashevsky. Shared first with Gelfand in spite of being very disappointed with his play. Photo © | http://baku2014.fide.com
Boris Gelfand and Fabiano Caruana shared first place in the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku. Gelfand was satisfied with this result but pointed out he will have to follow it with two more good results in the series, Caruana said "I can't say it's bad to tie for first." but was really disatisfied with the level of his play.
Peter Svidler tried to surprise Boris Gelfand in a sideline of the Najdorf Sicilian "The moment I realised Boris is not surprised by this my hopes of getting anything diminished greatly" and indeed Svidler thought he had to be careful to steer the game to a draw.
Fabiano Caruana had a sharp struggle in a Ruy Lopez against Evgeny Tomashevsky where towards the end it seemed he might stand slightly worse. Tomashevsky himself pointed out that +1 against a field where he was the lowest rated player was a good result and in the final position where he accepted a draw he couldn't think of any ideas. Caruana's full assessment below and game annotated in the PGN.
The only winner today was Alexander Grischuk who took advantage of Leinier Dominguez' collapse in form to eventually score a victory but only after the position was not very good for him. Grischuk scored 3/4 in the final rounds, it was a turn around that occurred when he "moved to the hotel with windows". Detailed quote below and game annotated in the PGN.
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was faced with a very sharp Queen's Gambit Accepted from Rustam Kasimdzhanov. This led to a very interesting struggle and a draw. I compiled a detailed set of notes in the PGN from their comments.
Teimour Radjabov tried to follow in Mamedyarov's footsteps with his choice of anti-King's Indian weapon against Hikaru Nakamura but he didn't quite get it right and the game quickly traded to a draw. According to Mamedyarov he should have tried 15.f4 not 15.b4.
Dmitry Andreikin finished the event with a rather disappointing draw against Sergey Karjakin. Karjakin traded into an ending that could have been nasty for him but 29.Kf3? (29.f4!) lost the advantage as he missed the 29...Ra8 30...Rd8 regrouping that relieved the pressure.
Final standings: 1-2 Gelfand, Caruana 6.5pts (155 Grand Prix points) 3-7 Tomashevsky, Nakamura, Grischuk, Karjakin, Svidler 6pts (82 Grand Prix points) 8 Radjabov 5.5pts (50 Grand Prix points) 9-10 Mamedyarov, Kasimdzhanov 5pts (35 Grand Prix points) 11 Andreikin 4.5pts (20 Grand Prix points) 12 Dominguez 3pts (10 Grand Prix points)
Next Grand Prix starts in exactly 1 week's time in Tashkent. Round times likely to be the same as in Baku, same time zone.
Below quotes and link to the PGN file with three games annotated with the player comments in quite a lot of detail.Read more ....
Millionaire Chess 2014 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Oct 14 11:04:00 2014)
Wesley So just after beating Ray Robson. Photo © | http://millionairechess.com/
The Millionaire Chess tournament took place in Las Vegas 9th to 13th October 2014. American razzmatazz and a million dollar prize fund. Leading players Wesley So, Bu Xiangxi, Le Quang Liem, Yu Yangyi, Rauf Mamedov, Aleksey Dreev were at the top of the draw. Wesley So won the title beating Zhou,Jianchao 3-1 in the semi-finals and Ray Robson 1.5-0.5 in the final. Read more ....
Millionaire Chess Op 2014 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:120m+30m) - Games in PGN: Games
Millionaire Chess KO 2014 (4 players 2 Rds KO Indiv TC:25m+5spm) - Games in PGN: KO Games
Millionaire Chess TB 2014 (4 players 3 Rds SRR Indiv TC:25m+5spm) - Games in PGN: Games TB
PokerStars IoM Masters 2014 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Oct 12 20:40:00 2014)
The PokerStars IoM Masters took place 4th to 12th October 2014. Leading players: Michael Adams, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Laurent Fressinet, Gabriel Sargissian, Julio E Granda Zuniga, Sergei Tiviakov, Gawain C B Jones, David W L Howell, Nigel D Short, Abhijeet Gupta, Daniel Fridman, Mihail Marin, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Alon Greenfeld, Mark L Hebden, Jonathan Hawkins, Anatoly Vaisser, etc. Games and results. Nigel Short fell out of the top 100 in September but made a quick return with an impressive victory with 7.5/9 a point clear of the field. On Short's twitter account he commented "Nice to be back in the top 100 (85th) after briefly exiting for the 1st time in 30 years. I am ecstatic. So pleased with my result. Actually I would have contented just to stop the rot. But I know I can play well when not distracted." Read more ....
PokerStars IoM Masters (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games
PokerStars Major 2014 (7 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1))
PokerStars Minor 2014 (7 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1))
6th London Chess Classic 2014 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sat Oct 4 15:08:00 2014)
The 6th London Chess Classic takes place at Olympia 6th to 14th December 2014. There will be a rapid tournament followed by a five round classical event. The "Super Six" will be Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Kramnik and Michael Adams. This will be a container for stories, games and results. Read more ....
6th London Chess Classic 2014 (London ENG)
Sat 6th Dec 2014 - Sun 14th Dec 2014 - Official Site
6th London Classic 2014 (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61))
1st LCC Rapidplay Open (10 Rds Swiss Indiv )
London Classic Open 2014 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1))
The Week in Chess Anniversary 20 years
Mark Crowther (Wed Sep 17 16:20:00 2014)
Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/
The Week in Chess is 20 years old today. The first issue of the magazine was published on Saturday 17th September 1994. In the full article below I give an update from the 1000th issue earlier in the year. I list all 1036 issues so far along with their text and with a donation button to get all the games in ChessBase format. I feel a great sense of achievement in reaching this landmark. I hope that in some small way I've helped players all over the world keep in touch with chess and have access to almost every top class game over that time no matter how rich or poor they are. Now I have to look to the future. I plan to be around a long while. I have some obvious additions I can make to the website that only require some programming but also my personal financial stability has to come to the fore now. Read more ....
John Watson Book Review 113
Mark Crowther (Thu Jul 10 20:19:00 2014)
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 ....
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|Chigorin Memorial 2014||St Petersburg||RUS||14:00||7|
|Other events today|
|12th Cap D'Agde Open 2014||Cap d'Agde||FRA||09:00||8|
|24th EY BU14 2014||Batumi||GEO||12:00||6|
|24th EY BU18 2014||Batumi||GEO||12:00||6|
|24th EY GU16 2014||Batumi||GEO||12:00||6|
|24th EY BU16 2014||Batumi||GEO||12:00||6|
|24th EY GU18 2014||Batumi||GEO||12:00||6|
|Hradec Kralove Open 2014||Hradec Kralove||CZE||15:00||8|
|Lichtenrader Herbst 2014||Berlin||GER||16:00||7|
|3rd Karpov Trophy Rapid||Cap d'Agde||FRA||17:00||3|
|3rd Karpov Trophy Rapid||Cap d'Agde||FRA||18:30||4|
|American Continental 2014||Praia da Pipa||BRA||22:00||9|
|SPICE Cup Open 2014||Saint Louis||USA||23:00||6|
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