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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Katowice World University Championship


The 13th World University Chess Championship 2014 is in progress in the splendid city of Katowice, center of science, culture, industry, business, trade fair/exhibitions and transportation in the Upper Silesia region and southern Poland.

The 16th most economically powerful city by GDP in the European Union holds the prestigious World University Chess Championship from 18th to 24th August 2014 at the Conference Center (6th floor) of the Park Hotel Diament Katowice.

Six players are on top of the Men’s Tournament after 7 rounds: GM Ivan Bukavshin (Russia), GM Ruiyuan Yu (China), GM Karen Grigoryan (Armenia), GM Jan Bernasek (Czech Republic), GM Aleksandr Shimanov (Russia) and GM Jacek Tomczak (Poland) on 5 points each. They will play in-between each other in the eighth round. Follow the encounters Yu-Shimanov, Bukavshin-Tomczak and Grigoryan-Bernasek LIVE at the Chess Arena

WIM Klaudia Kulon is storming through the Women’s Section. The 22-year-old girl, part of the Polish Olympic Team, is just unstoppable. She has an amazing 7/7 score, adding 62 (!) ELO points to her rating. Klaudia outplayed her main rivals Chinese WGM Yixin Ding (2449) and Mongolian IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul (2410), playing at performance 3055!

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3 consecutive titles for GM Vitaly Kunin at Schwarzacher Open


The 29th Schwarzacher Chess Open 2014 was held at the Ballroom of the Hotel Post in Schwarzach im Pongau, a market town in the Austrian state of Salzburg on 16-23 August 2014.

The German GM Kunin Vitaly became three-peat champion of the Schwarzacher Chess Open, emerging a clear winner for third consecutive year.

The member of Chess Club Royal Salzburg started with perfect 5/5 score and finished with 4 draws in a row. He lifted the trophy and grabbed the first prize of 2.000 €.

The second place was shared in a five-way tie by GM Mladen Palac (Croatia), GM Egor Krivoborodov (Russia),GM Zoran Jovanovic (Croatia), GM Robert Zelcic (Croatia) and FM Bogdan-Daniel Deac (Romania) on 6,5 points each. However, Palac took the silver on superior tie-break score, while Krivoborodov remained third.

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Final standings (top finishers):

1 GM Kunin Vitaly GER 2575 Sk Royal Salzburg 7
2 GM Palac Mladen CRO 2563 Sv Schwarzach 6,5
3 GM Krivoborodov Egor RUS 2507 6,5
4 GM Jovanovic Zoran CRO 2560 Schachverein Wolfsberg 6,5
5 GM Zelcic Robert CRO 2548 Sv Schwarzach 6,5
6 FM Deac Bogdan-Daniel ROU 2394 6,5
7 IM Reich Thomas GER 2396 Sparkasse Jenbach 6
8 IM Kovacevic Blazimir CRO 2463 Spg. Trofaiach-Niklasdorf 6
9 IM Poetsch Hagen GER 2494 Sf 1891 Friedberg 5,5
10 IM Fedorovsky Michael GER 2431 Fc Bayern München E.V. 5,5

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FIDE denied Carlsen's request to delay World Championship match against Anand in Sochi


ФИДЕ отказала Карлсену в переносе даты матча за звание чемпиона мира по шахматам с Анандом
Спорт 21 августа, 12:18 UTC+4

Глава ФИДЕ Кирсан Илюмжинов подчеркнул, что если Карлсен все же не приедет на матч в Сочи, то ему будет засчитано поражение

МОСКВА, 21 августа. /Корр. ИТАР-ТАСС Артем Кузнецов/. Международная шахматная федерация (ФИДЕ) отказала норвежскому гроссмейстеру Магнусу Карлсену в переносе даты проведения матча за звание чемпиона мира с претендентом - индийцем Вишванатаном Анандом, который пройдет в Олимпийской деревне Сочи 7 ноября. Об этом на пресс-конференции в ИТАР-ТАСС сообщил президент ФИДЕ Кирсан Илюмжинов.

Карлсен, ставший чемпионом мира в 2013 году, возглавляет мировой рейтинг шахматистов, а Ананд находится на пятой позиции.

"Я получил письмо от менеджера Карлсена, в котором говорилось о том, возможен ли перенос матча. Хочу подчеркнуть, что вопрос ставился не о месте его проведения, а просто о переносе даты, поэтому не считаю этот вопрос политическим. Однако ФИДЕ уже дала официальный ответ, что перенос невозможен, поскольку этот матч стоит в официальном календаре начиная с прошлого года и его перенос может повлечь нарушение всего соревновательного календаря", - сказал Илюмжинов.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

NY Central Park Chess

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Big challenge ahead for Magnus in St Louis


Sinquefield Cup an opportunity for Magnus Carlsen to emulate past greats
Leonard Barden
The Guardian, Friday 22 August 2014 14.41 EDT

Arguably the strongest tournament in the game’s history starts on Wednesday when the second Sinquefield Cup opens in St Louis. The six players in the double-round event all rank in the top 10, are headed by the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and have an average rating above 2800.

You can follow all the games free and live online from 8pm UK time onwards. The tournament, first prize $100,000, is another step in billionaire Rex Sinquefield’s impressive plan to make his home city into a global chess centre and for the US to regain the status it had in the early seventies when Bobby Fischer surged to the top.

Young talent has been sparked. Samuel Shankland, 22, won a gold medal at the Olympiad with 9/10, while St Louis hosted the 2014 US junior which included Samuel Sevian, who has just scored his third and final grandmaster norm at 13. St Louis has a chess club open every day, is home to two of the top 20 GMs and has the world’s strongest college team at Webster University, coached by Susan Polgar.

For Carlsen the Sinquefield Cup is both a danger and an opportunity. It is a danger because Italy’s ambitious world No3, Fabiano Caruana, at 22 a year younger than the Norwegian, is proving hard to beat in their individual games while the United States’ Hikaru Nakamura covets the crown and will have extra motivation in his home city.

The opportunity is also real as Carlsen will try to dominate the tournament and so match the achievements of the legends Alexander Alekhine in 1930, Fischer in 1971 and Garry Kasparov in their peak years.

Full article here.