Thursday, November 27, 2014

Russian Super Final Championships


Russian Championship Superfinal 2014
Nov 27, 2014

The Russian Championship Superfinal for men and women is taking place from 28th November to 8th December at the Historic and Architectural Complex of the Kazan Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The tournament is organized by the Russian Chess Federation in cooperation with the Charity Foundation Elena and Gennady Timchenko, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan. The total prize fund is 118,000 EUR.

Superfinal is a continuation of the program “Chess in Museums” launched on the initiative of the RCF PresidentAndrei Filatov.

Participants, men:

Peter Svidler (7-times Russian Champion)
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Nikita Vitiugov
Igor Lysyj
Vadim Zvjagintsev
Dmitry Jakovenko
Denis Khismatullin
Boris Grachev
Sergey Karjakin
Alexander Morozevich

Participants, women:

Valentina Gunina
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Natalija Pogonina
Olga Girya
Alina Kashlinskaya
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
Oksana Gritsayeva
Aleksandra Goryachkina
Alisa Galliamova
Anastasia Bodnaruk

Official website

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QATAR Masters OPEN round 1 with many upsets in round 1

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 6 - NM Dana Mackenzie ... and more



Dzindzichashvili on Chess Openings - GM Roman Dzindzichashvili
Posted on November 26,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos. In this video we observe traps, instruction and chess openings, Roman explains that these should only be played 'with good moves' so as to not risk damaging you own position - just in case your opponent sees the trap,  Roman is very keen on accentuating that a trap should not be played without fully considering positional considerations. This analysis features a number of chess opening traps. Roman includes an examination of the concepts of traps[...]

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 6 - NM Dana Mackenzie
Posted on November 24,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Leningrad in the Nimzo! Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 6 - NM Dana Mackenzie, from the ChessLecture series. This game features the Nimzo Indian, Leningrad variation middlegame! The Nimzo Indian late middlegame seems very good for Black, and Dana proves this beyond reasonable doubt. Black will eventually pressure the weak 'c' file with a double or triple battery. Although Black may have to fend off some early initiative, with no weaknesses it[...]

Setting Traps for Your Opponent
Posted on November 21,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. Setting traps for the opponent is very exciting and everybody likes doing it. Traps may have different levels of difficulties. For example, creating threats on the opponent's pieces from a long distance may be a serious trap for beginners, as they control the board quite badly. This is an elementary trap. In the games of experienced players we see much more complicated traps based on combinations, tactical strikes and more. But we have to underst[...]

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 5 - NM Dana Mackenzie
Posted on November 19,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Marshall variation in The French! Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 5 - NM Dana Mackenzie, from the ChessLecture series. All levels of ability will learn from this late middle game - pre endgame transition. The game features the French Defense "Marshall variation", but it's all about the middle game and Dana is keen to show that pieces and players should not be pushed around simply because your opponent has made a threat. Saving lost games is a[...]


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SPF National Open for Boys & Girls in Northern California (A World Youth Qualifier - Over $100K in prizes)


Dear Chess Parents,

We have officially opened registration for the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation's National Open Championship for Girls and Boys. We sincerely invite you to join the SPFNO on February 27th - March 1st, 2015 in San Mateo, California.

In the course of the three-day chess festival, the SPFNO will award qualifications for:

The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls
The FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.
As well as $100,000 in prizes.

In addition to the main event, youth chess players are cordially invited to participate in a simultaneous exhibition against Grandmaster Susan Polgar, a blitz chess championship, A puzzle solving competition and a special breakfast with Susan Polgar. It is our expectation that through the Susan Polgar Foundation's National Open for Girls and Boys, your child will receive personal inspiration as well as lasting memories that will enhance his or her love for chess.

Please mark your calendars now and join us this February 27th - March 1st. We look forward to seeing you in San Mateo.

SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN FOR GIRLS AND BOYS
FEBRUARY 28th AND MARCH 1st


http://www.chessandmusic.com/susanpolgarfoundation

The prestigious annual Susan Polgar National Open Championship was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation to give more opportunities to young chess players in the United States. The SPNOGB is an official qualifying event for the: The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, and the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.

WHEN: 2/28 & 3/1/2015

WHERE: SAN MATEO EVENT CENTER – Free Parking
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403

MAIN EVENT SECTIONS:

U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18* in separate sections for Girls and Boys

Age Cut-Offs

To qualify for an age section the player cannot have reached the age of that section before January 1, 2015.

Example - to qualify for the U14 section the player cannot have reached 14 years of age before January 1, 2015, in other words he/she must be born in 2001 or later.

To qualify for the World Youth places your federation under FIDE must reflect USA otherwise the qualifier spot will go to the next player in line.1st place in each age category will be a wild card representative for the SPICE World Youth Team.

ROUND TIMES: All sections will be G/60 – All players MUST be current USCF Members

2/28/15 * Round 1 @ 9am * Round 2 @ 12:15pm * Round 3 @ 3:30pm

3/1/15 * Round 4 @ 9am * Round 5 @ 12:15pm * Round 6 @ 3:30pm

AWARDS: 3/1/15 @ 6:45pm

Over $100,000 are awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes and scholarships. Trophies go to the top 20 players and top 3 teams in all sections. All other participants will get medals. Trophies will also be awarded to the top players rated under 800 in the U8 sections, the top players rated under 1000 in the U10 sections, the top players rated under 1200 in the U12 sections. the top players rated under 1400 in the U14 sections, the top players rated under 1600 in the U16 sections, and the top players rated under 1800 in the U18 sections.

The first place winner in the girls sections will qualify for The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls. The first place winner in sections U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18 will qualify for the World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece. Triple Crown Winners (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) will receive $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating*)

* After flight ticket has been purchased, a $1,000 reimbursement check will be sent to the winners.

Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 3 (or 4?) scores count if more than 2 players on a team. A single school with many players cannot create additional teams in the same section. 1 team per section per school.

SIDE EVENTS:

2/27/15 – 6:30 pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar

2/28/15 -- 5-5:30 pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

– 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

HOTEL: Sofitel San Francisco Bay * Special Room Rate for this tournament $129

Call (650) 598-9000 for reservations 223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City

REGISTRATION FEES:

Main Event – ONLY $45 if registered by 12/10

$60 if registered by 2/1

$80 after 2/1

Polgar Simul - $25 if registered by 12/10/14

$40 if registered by 2/1

$50 after 2/1

Puzzle Competition - $10 if registered by 12/10/14

$15 if registered by 2/1

$20 after 2/1

Blitz Tournament - $10 if registered by 12/10/14

$15 if registered by 2/1

$20 after 2/1

Event Application

Please click on the links to register for each event


Main Event * We do have a sibling discount for multiple children participating in this event, however, we are unable to process automatically process the discount at this time. Please go here to pay online with the sibling discount included

Susan Polgar 25 Board Simul and Q & A Session

2/27/15 – 6:30 pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar

Puzzle Competition

2/28/15 -- 5-5:30 pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

Blitz Tournament

2/28/15 – 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Top 10 players will get trophies

Commemorative T-Shirt

If you would rather print out the application, click here. You can mail the application and check to:

The TCAMA
16691 Colonial Trail
Lathrop, CA 95330

3 way tie for the lead at Italian Championship after 4 rounds


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Carlsen: Why am I playing this match?


After Game 2, I asked myself 'why am I playing this match,' says Carlsen
Nov 26, 2014 14:14 IST

There were times during the World Chess Championship match in Sochi, when it looked like Viswanathan Anand had a chance; a chance to regain the crown. But then Magnus Carlsen got his act together and from that point on, there was only one man who could win the title. There was no competition.

After Anand leveled the match by winning game three, Carlsen is his own words wasn't playing 'very high quality chess.' It was allowing him to hold on but Anand was clearly coming out well and creating the better opportunities.

In an interview with Mint, Carlsen revealed how he got a little overconfident after his win in Game 2 of the match.

"That’s when some thoughts started to creep into my mind and I was asking myself, ‘why am I playing this match?’ I was kind of drifting away from the match when Anand quickly sprang back with a brilliant win in the third game," he said.

He got back in his groove soon enough but he went on to admit that maintaining his intensity proved to be difficult because of the format. There were also concerns about his ability to concentrate for long periods. But he got through all of that to retain the world crown.

Source: http://www.firstpost.com

Kravtsiv wins Vasylyshyn Memorial 2014


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FIDE World Schools Chess Championships 2015 in Thailand


FIDE World Schools Chess Championships 2015
Nov 26, 2014

The ASEAN Chess Academy, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Thailand Chess Association have the honour of inviting all federations and eligible players for the World Schools Individual Chess Championships 2015 to be organised in Pattaya, Thailand from 6th May (arrival) to 15th May (departure) 2015.

There shall be 6 categories; namely Under-07, Under-09 Under-11, Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 with separate events for Open and Girls.

Entitled to participate are players who shall not have reached the age of 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 before 1 January 2015:
Under-07: Born before 1 January 2008;
Under-09: Born before 1 January 2006;
Under-11: Born before 1 January 2004;
Under-13: Born before 1 January 2002;
Under-15: Born before 1 January 2000;
Under-17: Born before 1 January 1998.

Where possible, each category shall be conducted in the Swiss System of 9 rounds. Each player shall have 90 minutes for 40 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game with the addition of 30 seconds per move starting from the first move.

The Playing Venue & Official Hotel shall be the Dusit Thani Pattaya, a beach resort in Pattaya town which is about 45 minutes drive from the international airport.

The following have a personal right and are entitled to participate provided they fulfill the age condition:
- The Champions of the World Schools Championships 2014
- The Continental Schools Champions 2014

FIDE member federations & FIDE-endorsed Chess Academies shall have the right to send as many players as they wish.

Before the beginning of the first round, a list of the prizes to be awarded to at least the 10 highest placed participants, including special prizes shall be published together with the rules for their award. The Organizer shall also award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the players taking the first three places in each event.

For Under-13, Under-15 & Under-17 categories, finishing first equal up to 3 players shall be awarded the FM/WFM title. The Silver & Bronze Medal winners shall be awarded the CM/WCM title.

For Under-07, Under-09 & Under-11 categories, finishing first equal up to 3 players or Silver & Bronze Medal winners shall be awarded the CM/WCM title.

Download full Regulations (PDF)