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Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 SPICE Cup LIVE!

SPICE Cup round 8 pairings

SPICE Cup round 7 results

All games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave maintains lead at Tashkent Grand Prix

All games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave maintains lead 

In the longest game of the day Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tried to convert an extra pawn against Sergey Karjakin, but there was no way through and the players settled for a tie.

With all games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave continues to lead the standings with 3 points.

Saturday 25th October is the first rest day.

Results and pairings are here, crosstable is here. Visit also the photo gallery and replay the games.

Andreikin - Kasimdzhanov 1/2-1/2

In the regular variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined white decided to open the center, but this only led to massive exchanges.

Before a contest for the open d-file could occur, the players repeated the moves and signed a draw on move 22.

Gelfand - Jakovenko 1/2-1/2

Another Queen's Gambit Declined, but this time Gelfand's favourite Bf4 line.

Black solved the opening problems relatively easy. He was quick to seize the open a-file and generate counterplay.

White could not take advantage of the e5-outpost and was forced to allow exchange of the pieces. Draw was signed on move 31.

Giri - Caruana 1/2-1/2

This game also leaned towards QGD, but Giri took it to the Catalan setup. Black was able to conveniently open the center and trade the Queens.

After further exchanges, a double rook endgame occurred on the board.

Both sides had the weak pawns, but then the queen's flank was cleared and the players agreed to draw.

Mamedyarov - Nakamura 1/2-1/2

The Exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined on the board, but the two aggressive players didn't wait long before picking the fight.

A nice combination with 14.Nf4 left white with an extra pawn, still black was far from being worse.

Soon Nakamura took the pawn back, provoking Mamedyarov to sacrifice an exchange to collect the queenside pawns.

White got his pawns rolling, but black was up to the task, trading a pair of rooks and establishing counterplay to force white to accept a draw.

Jobava - Radjabov 1/2-1/2

A very entertaining Gruenfeld Indian where black offers to sacrifice two pawns to extend white's center. Jobava preferred to develop the pieces instead.

The resulting position was very interesting, with two white knights battling against two black bishops.

White established a dominant knight on d5, but black was not bothered by this as his pieces had the scope to dance around.

After the queens went off, the players agreed to a draw around the time control.

Vachier-Lagrave - Karjakin 1/2-1/2

A curious Queen's Indian game where black suddenly decided to give up a pawn to have opposite-coloured bishops on the board.

But with the queens and rooks on, there was still lots to play for. The advance of the white pawns left both kings weakened.

At one point Vachier-Lagrave missed the opportunity to win the black g7-pawn.

After lots of maneuvering, white couldn't set his passed pawns in motion and eventually conceded a draw.

Anand: "I'm looking forward to Sochi with positive feelings"

Chennai was a low point in my career: Viswanathan Anand
Susan Ninan, TNN | Oct 25, 2014, 10.02 AM IST

CHENNAI: The battle lines are drawn and cautious optimism is the watchword. With less than a fortnight to go for the world title rematch in Sochi, Viswanathan Anand will be looking to avenge his loss to Magnus Carlsen at home last year. Taking time off from preparation in the run-up to the match on Friday, Anand opens up to TOI in a freewheeling chat. Excerpts:

Yet another world title match awaits you, how easy or difficult is it to tell yourself that this one is different?

I don't really think in those terms. I am just thinking about Sochi and getting ready for it.

Carlsen recently said that he will be banking on the fact that he knows your style of play a lot better now. What bearing do you think the familiarity factor will have on this match?

Each match is different and has a chemistry of its own - whether both players want sharp positions, tactical ones or want to keep the tension for the later rounds. It's very difficult to foresee how it will turn out. You have some basic ideas on what he would do and you prepare for that. I think we have spent enough time across the table to know each other well.

Do you think that with time and experience, a player's approach tends to veer more towards himself?

Not at all. You play an opponent. The way I played (Vladimir) Kramnik I couldn't have played (Vesselin) Topalov. Stylistically they are different. Understanding of positions is different. Experience teaches you to go deeper into your opponents head, heart and soul.

Do you agree with the perception that it is hard to beat you when it comes to knowledge about the game?

Like I said, I don't think of perceptions and opinions. If you play well you can almost handle all facets. Carlsen does show tenacity in end games.

What have been your takeaways from last year's match against Carlsen?

Chennai was a low point in my career. As far as I'm concerned, I played badly and lost and then was able to win the Candidates to play a match within a year. Both in Khanty and Bilbao I was happy with my chess. So I'm looking forward to Sochi with positive feelings.

How safe do you feel with your exhaustive preparation?

Thanks for thinking it's exhaustive. Preparation gives you confidence to go out and play. But a match preparation is almost the pillar on which you base your match play.

What's your idea of a break from chess in the run-up to a big match?

I spend time with my son Akhil. We have our pet sports of pillow fighting and jumping into a tree house. Watching Terminator never fails to fire me up.

Shabalov and Shankland lead American Continental Classical Championship after 9 rounds

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Carlsen and Hou Yifan to compete at Tata Steel A

Reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will take on some of his biggest competitors at the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament from 9-25 January, 2015.

Current world number two and rising star of the chess world Fabiano Caruana, and winner of the 2014 Tata Steel Chess Tournament Levon Aronian will both play at the tournament.

They will be joined by Women’s World Chess Champion Hou Yifan and Dutch players Anish Giri and Loek van Wely.

The tournament will take place in its traditional location of Wijk aan Zee, but will also visit other prestigious Dutch venues with satellite events in Rotterdam and The Hague.

On 15 January the 5th round of the Tata Steel Masters will take 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.

And on 21 January, the 10th round of the Tata Steel Masters will take place in the recently renovated press centre Nieuwspoort in The Hague.

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is one of the most important events in the chess calendar. The tournament brings together the world’s leading chess players and the most passionate amateurs with its grandmaster groups and amateur events.

The world-famous tournament has two main player groups, each with 14 players. They are known as the Tata Steel Masters and the Tata Steel Challengers. Both groups attract world class players and online spectators from across the globe.

Tata Steel Masters participants:

Carlsen Magnus NOR 2863
Caruana Fabiano ITA 2844
Aronian Levon ARM 2793
Giri Anish NED 2768
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2757
So Wesley USA 2755
Ding Liren CHN 2730
Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2726
Radjabov Teimour AZE 2726
Saric Ivan CRO 2678
Hou Yifan CHN 2673
Van Wely Loek NED 2664

Average rating: 2748
Category: 20
FIDE ratings of October 2014

ACP and Tata Steel Chess announce cooperation

Official website

Chigorin Memorial 2014 LIVE!

24th World Senior Chess Championships 50+ LIVE!

24th World Senior Chess Championships 65+ LIVE!

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SPICE Cup round 7 pairings

Pawn Chain Configurations: Pawn islands 3 ... and more

Beating all the Anti-Sicilian Systems - GM Chris Ward

Beating all the Anti-Sicilian Systems - GM Chris Ward

Posted on October 24,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Anti-Sicilians Busted? In this video, Chris deals with beating all the anti-Sicilian systems. He starts out with the Sicilian Wing Gambit and shows us one of the shortest ever GM games to persuade us to not fear White's play. Then he shows how to deal with the Smith Morra Gambit when he suggests just taking it to play e6/Nc6/Qc7 and Ng4, with dangerous threats that include a mating trap! Chris demonstrates a few GM games that turn out very we[...]

Pawn Chain Configurations: Pawn islands 3

Posted on October 23,2014 By GM Sergey Kasparov in Strategy & Game Review, Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles. The problem of an isolated pawn is surely worth an independent topic and thorough analysis. For a while let's confine our study to a particular case from the creativity of great chess players. I remind you that generally pawns are strong when placed side by side, backing up and protecting each other. There are exceptions, but exceptions only prove the rule. Viktor Korchnoi is a known expert on French Defense, including the line with an isolated[...]

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 3 - NM Dana Mackenzie

Posted on October 22,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Pre-Endgame! Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 3 - NM Dana Mackenzie, from the ChessLecture series. This lecture is a look at a Scotch late middle game to pre-endgame transition. Beginners and intermediate players will see the power of a 'Passed Pawn Bind' in an imbalanced material situation. The struggle to maintain the Bind is the focus of the video, and at one point White maintains the Bind but is a rook down and striving to win. The Bind is[...]

Pawn Chain Configurations: Pawn islands 2

Posted on October 21,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles. Today, we continue the topic of pawn islands using examples of one simple and one difficult ending. It is often fair to state: "the ending is drawish, but the chances are not equal." In other words, the struggle is for two results only, and the weakest party still has to work hard for a draw. In my duel against well-known Russian grandmaster (a "terror" of the Apennine Peninsula) we can observe a transformation of advantage. The number of isla[...] is a producer of thousands of free chess articles and free chess videos by FIDE chess masters. They recently released the renowned Empire Chess series that has been taking the chess world by storm. Please consider checking out their chess blog and chess shop with tons of free updated previews.

Friday, October 24, 2014

24th World Senior Chess Championships

The 2014 FIDE World Senior Chess Championships will be held from 23 October to 5 November in the conference center of “Mediterranean Village” in Katerini, Olympus Riviera, Greece

In accordance with the FIDE tournament rules, the Championship will be played in two categories: one for those who shall have reached the age of 50 (category SENIOR 50+), and one for those who shall have reached the age of 65 (category SENIOR 65+) by December 31st of the year in which the tournament will commence.

In each age category an Open and a Women’s competition is organized.

The FIDE World Senior Chess Championships shall be played in 11 rounds following the Swiss System. Time control is 40 moves in 90 minutes and 30 minutes to the end of the game. Each player will also receive 30 seconds for each move played. Default time at the start of all rounds is 30 minutes.

Total prize fund is 20.000 euros. Money prizes will be equally shared among players tied with the same score.

Official website

All players (top players):

1. GM Nunn John D M ENG 2602 S50
2. GM Hebden Mark L ENG 2540 S50
3. GM Vaisser Anatoly FRA 2531 S65
4. GM Sturua Zurab GEO 2523 S50
5. GM Sveshnikov Evgeny LAT 2517 S50
6. GM Bischoff Klaus GER 2504 S50
7. GM Movsziszian Karen ARM 2487 S50
8. IM Kalegin Evgenij RUS 2474 S50
9. IM Zhelnin Vladimir V RUS 2471 S65
10. GM Arkell Keith C ENG 2450 S50
11. GM Vasiukov Evgeni RUS 2448 S65
12. GM Balashov Yuri S RUS 2429 S65
13. IM Bruno Fabio ITA 2422 S50
14. GM Kristiansen Jens DEN 2405 S50
15. GM Kupreichik Viktor D BLR 2405 S65
16. GM Suba Mihai ROU 2341 S65
17. IM Rooze Jan BEL 2341 S65
18. IM Van Riemsdijk Herman C. BRA 2339 S65
19. IM Barle Janez SLO 2338 S50
20. IM Shvedchikov Anatoli I. RUS 2331 S65
21. IM Zakharov Alexander RUS 2331 S65
22. IM Klundt Klaus GER 2325 S65
23. IM Stepovoj Vladimir RUS 2323 S50
24. GM Bouaziz Slim TUN 2321 S50
25. IM Pritchett Craig W SCO 2315 S65
26. GM Pushkov Nikolai RUS 2306 S65
27. FM Chapman Terry P D ENG 2304 S50
28. GM Gaprindashvili Nona GEO 2299 w S65
29. FM Heinig Wolfram Dr. GER 2296 S50
30. IM Shevelev Arkady ISR 2295 S50
31. IM Polajzer Danilo SLO 2294 S50
32. IM Filipenko Alexander V RUS 2292 S65
33. WGM Strutinskaia Galina RUS 2287 w S50
34. Wahlbom Magnus SWE 2283 S65
35. GM Malinin Vasily B. RUS 2280 S50