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SportAccord World Mind Games 2014

SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 Games and Results

The SportAccord World Mind Games took place in Beijing 11th to 17th December 2014. Rapid, blitz and Basque (two games played simultaneously with black and white) chess events. Grischuk, Aronian, Ivanchuk, Nepomniachtchi, Radjabov, Leko etc in the men's section. Alexander Grischuk won the Rapid and Blitz sections but Ian Nepomniachtchi won the final Basque System rapid where players play two games against each other at the same time. Hou Yifan won the Blitz and Basque women's sections and Valentina Gunina the rapid. Read more ....

SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 (Beijing CHN)
Thu 11th Dec 2014 - Wed 17th Dec 2014 - Official Site - Live

SportAccord Rapid 2014 (16 players 7 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:20m+10spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

SportAccord Rapid w 2014 (16 players 7 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:20m+10spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

SportAccord Blitz 2014 (16 players 30 Rds DRR Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Men

SportAccord Blitz w 2014 (16 players 30 Rds DRR Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Women

SportAccord Basque 2014 (16 players 5 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:20m+10spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Basque Men

SportAccord Basque w 2014 (16 players 5 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:20m+10spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Basque Women

Anand wins the sixth London Chess Classic on tie-break

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Viswanathan Anand beat Michael Adams to win the London Chess Classic. Photo © John Saunders.

Viswanathan Anand beat Michael Adams to win the London Chess Classic. Photo © John Saunders. | http://www.londonchessclassic.com

Viswanathan Anand was looking forward to playing a lot of chess in 2015 after he finished the year with a win in the London Chess Classic. He felt his chess form, even in losing to Carlsen, was the best it has been for some time.

Viswanathan Anand defeated Michael Adams in a Berlin Defence with black to win the 6th London Chess Classic on tie-break. Anand had seemed under pressure with computers giving Adams a nice edge out of the opening. 16.c4 and 17.Rd3 are suggested improvements. After 24...b5 Anand's problems were over and Adams had the harder position to play. 28.e6 seems to have been an error and Anand quickly developed an initiative in the knight and pawn ending and won. Adams had good positions in all the game he played but his heavy cold seems to have really affected his play.

Vladimir Kramnik seemed to know more than Anish Giri on the black side of a Catalan and put white under severe pressure but Giri after a rather wild lash out with 26.e4 (in "disgust" at his position) then defended very well and just held the draw. The draw meant allowed Anand to catch them and by virtue of winning the only game with black Anand took the title on tie-break. This ends a period since the start of November where Kramnik has played 60 games at many different time controls including 7 against his opponent today. Kramnik said he was looking forward to a rest and playing in Zuerich in February.

The last game to finish was another complicated Berlin Defence between Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura. At one point Nakamura thought he was checkmating Caruana but missed a simple way out for his opponent. In the end the game was drawn.

Final Standings: 1st Anand 7pts (1 win with black), 2nd Kramnik and Giri (tiebreaks equal) 7pts 4th Nakamura 6pts, 5th Adams 4pts (1 win), 6th Caruana 4pts (no wins).

Gawain Jones takes a one point lead against Romain Edouard into the final game of their match at the start of the Hampstead Chess Congress after another draw in game 5.

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6th London Chess Classic 2014 (London ENG)
Sat 6th Dec 2014 - Sun 14th Dec 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

6th London Classic 2014 (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100m:50+30smp(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

6th London CC Elite Blitz (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC:4m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

6th London CC Match 2014 (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:100m:50+30smp(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Match

London Classic Open 2014 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:105m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Open Games

6th LCC Rapidplay Open (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

6th LCC Pro-Biz Cup 2014 (3 Rds KO Indiv TC:25m+10spm)

6th London Chess Classic 2014

6th London Chess Classic 2014 Games and Results

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.

Saturday 12pm and Sunday sees the event get under way with the super rapid play open where amateurs have the chance to play against the stars. Read more ....

6th London Chess Classic 2014 (London ENG)
Sat 6th Dec 2014 - Sun 14th Dec 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

6th London Classic 2014 (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100m:50+30smp(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

6th London CC Elite Blitz (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC:4m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

6th London CC Match 2014 (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:100m:50+30smp(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Match

London Classic Open 2014 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:105m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Open Games

6th LCC Rapidplay Open (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

6th LCC Pro-Biz Cup 2014 (3 Rds KO Indiv TC:25m+10spm)

Qatar Masters Open 2014

Qatar Masters Open 2014 Games and Results

The Qatar Masters Open took place 26th November (round 1) to 4th December 2014. Yu Yangyi beat top seeds Anish Giri and Vladimir Kramnik in the final two rounds to take clear first place half a point clear of both of them. Vladimir Kramnik played his first open since 1993 (both of those world championship qualifiers). Other leading players were Anish Giri, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Pentala Harikrishna,Baadur Jobava, Pavel Eljanov, Arkadij Naiditsch, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Bu Xiangzhi, Yuriy Kryvoruchko etc 154 players. The organisers are already planning for next year and hope to secure 10 of the top 20 players in the world. Games and results. Read more ....

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

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

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 ) - Games in PGN: Games Men

ch-RUS Superfinal w 2014 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games Women

NRK Carlsen vs Norway TV 2014

NRK Carlsen vs Norway TV 2014 Games and Results

Carlsen receives a birthday present and a cake on his 24th birthday. Photo ©

Carlsen receives a birthday present and a cake on his 24th birthday. Photo © | http://www.nrk.no/kultur/kongen-av-sjakk-1.12022711

Magnus Carlsen played an exhibition event on the NRK TV channel in Norway. There main game was Norway vs Carlsen. There were some technical problems early on which meant later moves were played in turbo mode (about 30 seconds a move) and the Norway position collapsed rapidly. Carlsen started 7 other simultaneous games against teams including the family Carlsen, chess juniors, politicians, journalists, members of the public etc. I believe some of these may have been better games and become available later. November 30th was also Magnus Carlsen's birthday and he was presented with a cake and a present of a framed cartoon of him with Donald Duck. Read more ....

NRK Carlsen vs Norway TV 2014 (Oslo NOR)
Sun 30th Nov 2014 - Sun 30th Nov 2014 - Official Site

NRK Carlsen vs Norway TV (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games

Kasparov beats Habu in Tokyo Chess Exhibition 2014

Kasparov plays Habu in Tokyo Exhibition 2014 Games and Results

Kasparov working hard during the second game of his exhibition match vs shogi champion Habu. Photo ©

Kasparov working hard during the second game of his exhibition match vs shogi champion Habu. Photo © | live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv199645929

Garry Kasparov played an exhibition event in Tokyo sponsored by Dwango and shown on Nicovideo on November 28th 2014. Kasparov played against the shogi champion and chess FM Yoshiharu Habu in advance of the latter's computer shogi exhibitions. Kasparov won both 25 minute plus 10 seconds a move games but admitted he had "everything to lose" in achieving the expected result. There is a video replay available on the official site in Japanese but Kasparov gives his answers in English (registration required). Kasparov demonstrated one of the games, talked about computers, shogi and Carlsen amongst other subjects. Games below. Read more ....

Dwango Habu vs Kasparov Match 2014 (Tokyo JPN)
Fri 28th Nov 2014 - Fri 28th Nov 2014 - Official Site

Dwango Habu vs Kasparov m (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games

John Watson Book Review #114 More on Electronic Publishing

John Watson Book Review 114

MChess one of several apps discussed by John Watson. Photo ©

MChess one of several apps discussed by John Watson. Photo © | http://mchessapp.com/

IM John Watson looks again at more Electronic Publications by MChess, EPlus, Everyman Books, Gambit Studio, ForwardChess, ChessApps and SmartChess and some of the publications within them. Read more ....

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

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 © | http://direkte.vg.no/studio/vgsporten

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

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 © | http://sochi2014.fide.com

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 © | http://www.tashir-chess.com/en/

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 © | 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 ....

Tournaments for Friday 19th December 2014 combined with links to official website, live coverage and PGN file
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WebLivePGN
Live Games now here
World Youth U16 OlympiadGyorHUN13:008
Other events today
Australasian Masters IMMelbourneAUS7
Australasian Masters GMMelbourneAUS7
ch-Africa 2014WindhoekNAM13:006
3rd Al Ain Chess ClassicAl-AinUAE14:001
17th Padova Open 2014PadovaITA14:007
66th ch-Montenegro 2014PodgoricaMNE14:3010
Hampstead Int Open 2014LondonENG15:005
Zadar Open A 2014ZadarCRO15:008
Zadar Open B 2014ZadarCRO15:008
XXIV Elgoibar GM 2014ElgoibarESP15:009
Sunway Sitges Open 2014SitgesESP16:007
26th Carlos Torre MemMeridaMEX17:003
ch-PAR 2014AsuncionPAR20:0011
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