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Nakamura vs Aronian Match 2014

Nakamura vs Aronian Match 2014 Games and Results

Hikaru Nakamura and Levon Aronian played a match of 4 classical games (tied 2-2) and 16 blitz games Nakamura won 9.5-6.5 to take the match, in Saint Louis 21st to 25th November 2014. Read more ....

Nakamura vs Aronian Match 2014 (Saint Louis USA)
Fri 21st Nov 2014 - Tue 25th Nov 2014 - Official Site

Nakamura vs Aronian Match (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

Nakamura vs Aronian Blitz (2 players 16 Rds Match Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

World Chess Championship closing ceremony: Putin speaks and Carlsen receives his prizes

World Chess Championship 2014 Closing Ceremony

Carlsen said thankyou to his hosts, family, helpers, cook and doctor in a speech where you could hear he had a sore throat. Photo ©

Carlsen said thankyou to his hosts, family, helpers, cook and doctor in a speech where you could hear he had a sore throat. Photo © |

The closing ceremony of the World Chess Championship took place in Sochi on Tuesday 25th November. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin attended the match for the first time and gave a speech on the match.

The prizes were awarded to the players by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov rather than Vladimir Putin. Ilyumzhinov's main announcement was that the next World Championship match in 2016 would be in the United States of America. Earlier in an interview with VG's correspondent Nora Thorp Bjornstad Ilya Merenzon of AGON said "We have our hearts set on North America" (she also got a comment from Putin later where he said "Carlsen is a genius").

Both players received huge heavy solid silver medals (Carlsen's gold plated). Carlsen in addition received the traditional wreath and a wonderful cup. Carlsen made a short thankyou speach and the sore throat and cold he'd been hinting at during the match was obvious.

Carlsen talked about his teams in his successes of 2013 and 2014 in interview with Anastasiya Karlovich on the morning of the closing ceremony (see embeded link below).

This time it was Michael Adams (for the human touch), Laurent Fressinet and Jon Ludvig Hammer, all working in Norway in Kragero. Peter Heine Nielsen was Carlsen's man in Sochi and Carlsen also revealed he talked to Kasparov before the match (as one of the few people he could learn from) and that during the match Kasparov gave suggestions to Nielsen. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Vladimir Potkin (working in Sochi on Nepomniachtchi's preparation for the Russian Superfinal) also helped Carlsen. Carlsen also mentioned Pavel Eljanov's help for Chennai 2013.

"He has been a one of the very top players himself so he adds the human perspective." Carlsen on Adams.

Carlsen revealed he started the match very confidently but the loss in game three set him back and he only really recovered his balance when he had two whites in a row in the middle of the match. He also said that if in game 6 Anand had taken his chance the match would have been different.

There was also a very interesting Caruana interview on the match where he was critical of some of Anand's opening choices and also unhappy with the World Championship cycle and FIDE. He said he was not alone in these opinions.

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World Chess Championship 2014 (Sochi RUS)
Fri 7th Nov 2014 - Fri 28th Nov 2014 - Official Site

WCh 2014 (2 players 12 Rds Match Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

Russian Championship Superfinal 2014

Russian Championship Superfinal 2014 Games and Results

The Russian Championship Superfinal for men and women takes place 28th November to 7th December 2014, rest day 3rd December rest day.

Men: 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.

Games and results. Read more ....

67th ch-RUS Superfinal 2014 (Kazan RUS)
Thu 27th Nov 2014 - Mon 8th Dec 2014 - Official Site - Live

67th ch-RUS 2014 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv )

ch-RUS Superfinal w 2014 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv )

Qatar Masters Open 2014

Qatar Masters Open 2014 Games and Results

The Qatar Masters Open takes place 26th November (round 1) to 4th December 2014. There is a very strong field with Vladimir Kramnik playing his first open since 1993 (both of those world championship qualifiers). Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Pentala Harikrishna,Baadur Jobava, Pavel Eljanov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Bu Xiangzhi, Yuriy Kryvoruchko etc 154 players. Games and results. Read more ....

Qatar Masters Open 2014 (Doha QAT)
Tue 25th Nov 2014 - Fri 5th Dec 2014 - Official Site

qatmast14 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv )

Tal Memorial Blitz 2014

Tal Memorial Blitz 2014 Games and Results

Shakhriyar's day 1 win against Grischuk turned out to be crucial in the end. Grischuk did win the return on day 2. Photo ©

Shakhriyar's day 1 win against Grischuk turned out to be crucial in the end. Grischuk did win the return on day 2. Photo © |

The Tal Memorial Blitz took place 13th-14th November 2014. The event was on the rest day before and morning of game 5 of the World Chess Championship match in Sochi. $100,000 in prizes, $20,000 first place. Players: Kramnik, Karjakin, Svidler, Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi, Tomashevsky, Morozevich, Inarkiev, Kosteniuk, Gelfand, Leko, Mamedyarov.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the title with 16/22 by half a point from Alexander Grischuk. Mamedaraov scored 10/11 on the first day and only 6/11 the second and had to win the final round against Sergey Karjakin (who scored well on day 2) to take the title. Grischuk too couldn't quite match his 8/11 on the first day scoring 7.5/11 on day two. Games and final standings. Read more ....

Tal Memorial Blitz 2014 (Sochi RUS)
Thu 13th Nov 2014 - Fri 14th Nov 2014 - Official Site - Live

Tal Memorial Blitz 2014 (12 players 22 Rds DRR Indiv TC:4m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games

83rd Ukrainian Championship 2014

83rd Ukrainian Championship 2014 Games and Results

The 83rd Ukrainian Championship takes place in Lviv 11th to 22nd November 2014. A strong field with Ivanchuk, Eljanov, Ponomariov, Moiseenko, Korobov, Kuzubov, Kryvoruchko, Areshchenko, Bogdanovich, Zubarev, Zubov and Kovchan. The women's championship started a couple of days later. Read more ....

ch-UKR 2014 (Lviv UKR)
Tue 11th Nov 2014 - Sat 22nd Nov 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

ch-UKR 2014 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games

ch-UKR w 2014 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

Tigran Petrosian Memorial 2014

Tigran Petrosian Memorial 2014 Games and Results

Aronian chooses his number. Photo ©

Aronian chooses his number. Photo © |

The Petrosian Memorial took place in Moscow 3rd to 11th November 2014.

Alexander Grischuk won with 5.5/7 quickly drawing his final game with white against his closest rival Vladimir Kramnik who seemed to be back to his usual self after a disappointing year following the Candidates. Games and results. Read more ....

Petrosian Memorial 2014 (Moscow RUS)
Mon 3rd Nov 2014 - Tue 11th Nov 2014 - Official Site

Petrosian Memorial 2014 (8 players 7 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

20 years of The Week in Chess

The Week in Chess Anniversary 20 years

Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo ©

Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo © |

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 ....

Tournaments for Tuesday 25th November 2014 combined with links to official website, live coverage and PGN file
EventSiteFEDUK TimeRd
Live Games now here
WCh 2014SochiRUS12:0012
Kings Tournament ROU-CHNBaznaROU13:003
74th ch-ITA 2014BoscotrecaseITA14:003
CCSCSL Nov IM 2014Saint LouisUSA16:009
CCSCSL Nov GM 2014Saint LouisUSA16:009
Other events today
UT Dallas Fall FIDE OpenRichardsonUSA7
UT Dallas Fall FIDE OpenRichardsonUSA8
Zaw Win Lay Myanmar OpenYangonMYA03:303
11th Vasylyshyn IMLvivUKR08:009
1st German Masters FrauenDresdenGER09:009
Zaw Win Lay Myanmar OpenYangonMYA10:004
2nd Srefidensi MastersParamariboSUR12:308
85th ch-GER 2014Verden an der AllerGER14:005
38th Tenkes Cup 2014HarkanyHUN14:006
11th Vasylyshyn GMLvivUKR14:008
11th Vasylyshyn IMLvivUKR14:008
XXX Lower Silesia CupLegnicaPOL14:308
Baltic Zonal Vilnius 2014VilniusLTU15:0010
Pilsen Open 2014PlzenCZE15:003
28th Belgrade Trophy 2014BelgradeSRB16:002
8th Figueira da Foz OpenFigueira da FozPOR18:304
Nakamura vs Aronian BlitzSaint LouisUSA20:001-16

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