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03.03.2015 18:25 Anish Giri's world chess championship hopes dented
With big guns Anish Giri and Shak Mamedyarov failing to catch Evgeny Tomashevsky at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi, the world chess championship cycle is wide open. The recently-concluded FIDE Grand Prix at Tbilisi left a dent in the ambitions of several top chess players hoping to qualify for the world championship cycle. Shak Mamedyarov, a world title Candidate in 2013, and Anish Giri, now ensconced in the world top 10, both failed to challenge the runaway winner, Evgeny Tomashevsky. When they played each other, there was no choice but to go all out for the win. The result was of no use to either chess player, but we can still enjoy the game. 8...h5!? breaks just about every established rule of how to play the opening, but there is a tactical justification: If 9. f4 ...
03.03.2015 10:48 Caro Pirc Alekhine
Tiger's Modern
02.03.2015 15:36 Dragon Sicilians
A Dragon Anti-Sicilian?
28.02.2015 17:47 Wesley So overcomes tough opposition to triumph at Bunratty weekender
Ireland’s annual Bunratty chess tournament is only a weekender but it has built an international reputation due to its ability to attract big names and its convivial ambience. Bunratty 2015 last weekend even boasted a world top-10 grandmaster. America’s Wesley So, 21, has shot up the chess ratings and performed well at Wijk last month. Bunratty invited So two years ago when he was still little known and he honoured his commitment although his natural arena now is elite all-play-alls. So was the top seed by a wide margin but still faced tough fights and had a close shave against David Norwood, a GM in his youth who abandoned serious chess to make his fortune in the City. Norwood’s remedy for his ignorance of current opening theory is simple. He opens 1 g3 as White and 1...g6 as Black, and the policy paid off when So tried to ...
24.02.2015 17:09 Chess Gems From Zurich
The Zurich Chess Challenge was a festive six-grandmaster extravaganza played this month in the posh Savoy hotel. The American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura benefitted from the last-minute change in the rules and blitzed his way to win the title. The rules of the chess competition were confusing. Four different time limits were used. Levon Aronian, 32, won the blitz tournament, but it only counted to determine the colors for the most prestigious classical chess event eventually won by Vishy Anand. Vladimir Kramnik, 39, won the rapid chess competition. Nakamura and Anand shared first place after the classical and rapid results were combined. The organizers could have used the blitz tournament results to brake the tie, but they decided to throw the two chess gladiators back into the ring. Nakamura had the last laugh, winning a single blitz playoff game against Anand to ...
21.02.2015 18:15 Magnus Carlsen has record rating but is not as dominant as Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer never achieved 2800, the super-elite chess rating for the very strongest grandmasters. At his 1972 peak during his match with Boris Spassky at Reykjavik Fischer reached 2785, which reflected his record run of 20 consecutive games won and put him 120 points ahead of Spassky. Garry Kasparov did pass 2800 and set a record of 2851 but now 2800 is no longer an Everest to conquer. This week the magic figure has been passed twice. Anish Giri did it when the Dutch 20-year-old won his opening round at the Tbilisi Grand Prix, then Hikaru Nakamura hit 2800 at Zurich, the first American to do so. Giri and Nakamura are only the ninth and 10th to reach the target and the standout figure now is that Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, on 2863, is 50 points clear – not quite Fischer dominance but on the way. The obvious question is ...
19.02.2015 17:31 Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri join FIDE's elite 2,800 club
Fascinating chess matches in Tbilisi and Zurich propel two of the world's best chess players into the top rank of Super GMs. Two new members of the 2800 club were inducted this week. Anish Giri’s defeat of Peter Svidler at Tbilisi and Hikaru Nakamura’s canny demolition of Sergey Karjakin at Zurich propelled them both into the elite group of chess players that have held a rating of over 2800. In both cases, the new ratings are from the live list. To join the official FIDE list at over 2800, they both need to avoid the loss of points before February 28. P. Svidler – A. Giri; Queen’s Gambit Ragozin; 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 ...
18.02.2015 00:40 King Pawn
Interesting top level games
17.02.2015 18:25 Open Sicilians
Uncompromising Sicilian battles!
17.02.2015 17:52 Chess is a wonderful game, but it’s no life coach
Chess is to be made a compulsory subject in Spanish schools. There is cross-party agreement that the move is a good one, with the Socialist party MP who proposed it claiming the game “improves memory and strategic capacity, teaches students to make decisions under high pressure and develops concentration”. Spain will not be the first country to build chess into the curriculum. Armenia long ago made it a core subject, with startling results for its national chess strength – they have won three of the past five Olympiads, an amazing result for so small a nation pitted against the might of chess superpowers such as Russia, China and the US. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov wrote a book, How Life Imitates Chess, arguing that chess is an “ideal instrument” for developing effective decision-making. “What am I lacking? What are ...
15.02.2015 21:56 French Defence
Winawer and Classical this month
15.02.2015 14:08 Queen's Gambit, Slav
The QGA is a good practical weapon
14.02.2015 18:34 Magnus Carlsen pushed all the way by Arkadij Naiditsch at Grenke Classic
Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion, scored another tournament victory this week in the Grenke Classic at Baden-Baden, Germany, but it could hardly have been closer. Carlsen tied with the German No1, Arkadij Naiditsch, who won their individual game and had also beaten the Norwegian at the 2014 ...
13.02.2015 18:12 Spain to teach chess in schools
Introducing chess as a compulsory subject in school is one of the precious few issues that all Spanish political parties seem to agree on. A non-binding resolution discussed in Congress on Wednesday met with rare support from almost everyone in the room. The congressional education committee is “a...
11.02.2015 17:56 Nakamura rocks Gibraltar, reclaims top U.S. rating slot in chess
Top-ranked U.S. GM Hikaru Nakamura rules the Rock, having just won this year's edition of the strong Tradewise Gibraltar open chess tournament on the British Mediterranean outpost with an 8½-1½ score. Nakamura, now being challenged by rising GM Wesley So as the top-rated American chess player, did...
11.02.2015 17:54 GRENKE Chess Classic goes down to the wire as Magnus Carlsen lets superior position slip
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen goes into a play-off at Baden-Baden after being held to a draw by Etienne Bacrot. The 3rd GRENKE Chess Classic at Baden-Baden went to a play-off, as the leaders at start of play, Magnus Carlsen and Arkady Naiditsch, spoilt superior positions in the seventh and fin...
10.02.2015 17:10 King's Indian
Another bloodthirsty month!
08.02.2015 19:49 English, Flank
You never quite know when your opening work will bear fruit!
08.02.2015 17:53 Wei Yi breaks Magnus Carlsen's rating record at Tradewise Gibraltar
Tradewise Gibraltar has become a byword for quality fields, smooth organisation and generous prize funds, plus a fine venue at the Caleta Hotel, and its 2015 version this week maintained its high status. Gibraltar 2015 began two days after the big Dutch chess event at Wijk aan Zee ended rather than ...
06.02.2015 22:25 Daring Defences
Important developments in the Grunfeld Defence
04.02.2015 21:56 Anti-Sicilians
Continuing our investigation of an Anti-Sicilian repertoire
04.02.2015 17:46 How David Howell hung on for a draw against Super GM Hikaru Nakamura to go second at the Gibraltar Masters
England international David Howell exploits a superior pawn structure against US number 1 Hikaru Nakamura at the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. David Howell is in second place after seven rounds at the 13th Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. The England international scored a magnificent win over the Chines...
03.02.2015 22:52 d-Pawn Specials
A d-Pawn Specials pearl!
01.02.2015 18:09 Magnus Carlsen generation on top of world chess after Tata Steel Wijk
The Magnus Carlsen generation has stormed to the top of international chess. Norway’s world chess champion won the elite Tata Steel Wijk tournament last week with 9/13, while half a point behind him were four grandmasters from China, France, the Netherlands and United States, all under 25. And fir...
30.01.2015 17:19 Carlsen Wins Dutch Chess Fest
Rising young chess stars, falling legends, deflated chess computers, clumsy soccer games, brilliant attacks, a commentator faux-pas, chess hungry spectators, windy beaches -- all this was present during the Tata Steel traditional chess tournament (Jan. 9-25) in the coastal Dutch town of Wijk aan Zee...
28.01.2015 18:47 Magnus Carlsen streaks to win in first major chess tourney of 2015
Remarkably, his last chess tournament win came April, but world chess champion Magnus Carlsen was back in a familiar place — first — at the just-concluded Tata Steel Masters chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, the first elite super GM gathering of the year. Riding a midtournament six-...
25.01.2015 16:54 Late surge carries Magnus Carlsen to brink of victory at Wijk aan Zee
Magnus Carlsen is on the brink of victory this weekend at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee. Norway’s world chess champion, 24, began the Dutch elite chess tournament slowly but then hit a purple patch of six consecutive wins which shot him into the overall lead with three games to go. After 10 of the 13 ro...
23.01.2015 22:21 Saemisch eBook
King's Indian subscribers can now download the new-style playable Saemisch eBook, with over 180 annotated games!
23.01.2015 18:00 Magnus Carlsen's charge halted by Tata's old master Vassily Ivanchuk
Eccentric Russian Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk brings a halt to Magnus Carlsen’s impressive run at the 2015 Tata Steel chess tournament. Magnus Carlsen’s winning run was halted by the veteran Vassily Ivanchuk at Tata Steel. The chess tournament decamped to the Mauritshuis art museum in The Hague...
22.01.2015 14:01 King's Gambit eBook
1 e4 e5 subscribers can now download the new-style playable King's Gambit eBook, with over 100 annotated games!
20.01.2015 17:45 Ivanchuk takes charge: Ukrainian Grandmaster is surprise leader at Tata Steel chess
The eccentric Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk moves into the lead at the 2015 Tata Steel chess as Magnus Carlsen also wins. Vassily Ivanchuk was the surprise leader going into the rest day at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee. The Ukrainian is the oldest player in the field, but reached 3.5/4 with a smooth victory...
18.01.2015 16:32 Magnus Carlsen shows class under pressure from rivals at Wijk aan Zee
The world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, made a bad start even before the first pawn was pushed at Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee this week, before recovering strongly. Dancers performed at the opening ceremony, then the grandmasters chose a dancer whose dress concealed a pairing number. The Norwegian, 24...
15.01.2015 17:04 Master of the attack: a look back at a Yugoslav Grandmaster's dangerous line against the Sicilian
Yugoslav chess Grandmaster Dragoljub Velimirovic was a superb tactician who invented a line against the Sicilian that is still going strong. Here it is in action. The Yugoslav Grandmaster Dragoljub Velimirovic invented a line against the Sicilian Scheveningen 40 years ago that has stood the test of ...
13.01.2015 18:01 Caruana in cruise control: Fab shows he is Magnus Carlsen's main threat at Tata Steel chess
World number 2 Fabiano Caruana takes the lead at the Tata Steel chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee with a second win as Carlsen draws with Wesley So. Fabiano Caruana continued to show why he is regarded as the main threat to world chess champion Magnus Carlsen as he took the lead at Tata Wijk aan Zee ...
13.01.2015 13:46 Budapest Gambit eBook
Daring Defences subscribers can now download the new-style playable Budapest Gambit eBook, with over 130 annotated games!
10.01.2015 17:16 Fabiano Caruana leads new generation vying to challenge Magnus Carlsen
Norway’s world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, is only 24 so after defeating the best players of the older generation, India’s Vishy Anand and Russia’s Vlad Kramnik, his crown might be thought to be secure for a while – but far from it. Carlsen’s title is targeted by Italy’s world No2, F...
10.01.2015 17:16 Zhao Jun conquers Hastings: Chinese grandmaster wins world's oldest chess congress
Chinese GM Zhao Jun secured the draw he needed to win the Hastings Chess Congress to finish on 8/9, a full point clear of the field. GM Zhao Jun of China was a comfortable winner at Hastings after an uneventful last-round draw with GM Alexander Fier of Brazil took him to 8/9, a full point clear of t...
10.01.2015 17:02 Modern Benoni eBook
Nimzo and Benoni subscribers can now download the new-style playable Modern Benoni eBook!
08.01.2015 17:07 40 Years of Spectacular Chess
In 1975, the organizers of the traditional chess tournament in the Dutch coastal town of Wijk aan Zee inaugurated a prize for the most spectacular game. They expected breathtaking encounters, griping contests, and some glamour and charm. Throughout the four decades many grandmasters were rewarded fo...
05.01.2015 18:19 Opening novelty: Cuba move a boon for chess
It probably didn't factor into his decision, but President Obama's recent diplomatic breakthrough with Cuba could have the side benefit of re-establishing normal relations with one of the world's great chess-playing cultures, a country with a rich history in the game that has long punched above its ...

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