Monday, November 10, 2008

World Chess Game

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Is this not the most important chess game ever?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Bilbao Final Masters in Spain

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Leading the Super Grand Masters is of course Viswanathand Anand from India followed by Vassilly Ivanchuck from Ukrain, by the way congratulations Chucky for winning yet again another major tournament the Worlds Largest Blitz Tournament in honor of the late Mikhial Tal from Russia that has just finished. Then we have Magnus Carlsen from Norway, Vesilin Topalov from Russia, Teimour Radjabov and Levon Aronian. This event is held in a most spectacular part of the Basque country filled with old and new architecture. The winners of all elite tournaments from the year are playing here. Magnus Carlsen from Norway has taken the lead from Vesilin Topalov from Russia who is now in second spot. The 17 year old prodigy is the unofficial World Chess Champion as I type this segment, way to go Magnus.

Magnus Carlsen Vs Levon Aronian 1.0
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Vassily Ivanchuk vs Viswanathan Anand 1/2 1/2
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Veselin Topalov Vs Teimour Radjabov 1/2-1/2
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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Tal Memorial 2008

The world's "largest" blitz tournament

Vladimir Kramnik, Vassily Ivanchuk, the World Chess Championship semi-finalist Gata Kamsky, the 2007 World Championship participant Boris Gelfand and the 2007 World Cup finalist Alexei Shirov, Alexander Morozevich, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Leko, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Evgeny Alekseev to play. Tal's Cup, the world's "largest" blitz tournament will take place on 29-30 August. Total prize fund is US$100.000 USD.

1. Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2788 2½ 3019
2. Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2781 2 2842
3. Leko, Peter HUN 2741 2 2882

The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal

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Kramnik-Shirov Round One
Shirov-Kamsky Round Two
Morozevich-Kramnik Round Three

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

Mainz Classic 2008

After the first half of the 13. GRENKELEASING Rapid World Championship Anand and Carlsen share the lead with 2 points each, followed by Morozevich with 1.5 and Judit Polgar with 0.5.

Rybka, the program developed by Vasik Raijlich, won the 4th Livingston Chess960 Computer World Championship. After four tough games against the German program Shredder, programmed by Stefan Meyer-Kahlen from Germany, the American program won with only a narrow margin: 2,5-1,5.

Game of the Day Round One

Game of the Day Round Two

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Road To the Top

This is a post I sent to Dylan Loeb MaClain of the New York Times just the other day, and Mr Maclain wrote back explaining with great clarity his views on the World Chess Championships situation.

Dylan Loeb McClain, You wrote: Biel is part of the “First” grand prix tournament in a series to select a challenger for the world championship in 2010. Is there a list of this series you talk of. I am sure it has already been finalized or do you think it could change? Magnus Carlsen almost looked sad when I heard him give an interview and said that it will take him three years to become World Chess Champion. My goodness he is only points away from taking the First Place just slightly behind V. Anand. I would like to hear your view what I seem to believe a very long road indeed to the top!
— Posted by Steven Nicholls

Mr. Nicholls,
If you clink on the link which says "grand prix tournament" it will take you to a story that lists the six grand prix events. The next one begins Wednesday in Sochi, Russia, although evidently Carlsen will not be playing in it as he is right now competing in Biel, Switzerland, and then goes to Mainz, Germany, for another event.
Of course, Carlsen only needs to play in three grand prix events as the best three results will be used to calculate the winner of the series.
According to the World Chess Federation (which has been known in the past, to put it nicely, to be somewhat whimsical about adhering to previously announced rules), the winner of the series will play the winner of the 2009 World Cup in 2010. The winner of that match will play a match against the world champion for the title.
That would mean that Carlsen, should he emerge as the challenger, could do no sooner than slightly more than two years from now, when he will be about to turn 20.
Is that too long? Not necessarily. The system that was used from the 1950’s through 1993 was a three-year cycle between championship matches. That may seem long, but during the intervening period there were a series of tournaments and matches that were a rigorous test so that it was clear that the challenger who emerged really deserved a shot at the title. The length of time between championship matches also served to heighten the tension and build-up to the championship match, making them all that more special.
The problem today is that the federation keeps changing the rules, making it hard for any but the most hard-core fans to understand or to follow. That discourages sponsorship interest and reduces commercial appeal. I don’t think having a grand prix series where the winner faces the winner of the world cup in a match with that winner going on to a championship match is a bad system. It would just be nice if the federation stuck to that system as opposed to changing it again in another year which, based on its past track record, it probably will do.
By the way, I am a bit of purist (or maybe I should say traditionalist) and I think that having a world championship match (preferably of at least 16 games) is the proper format for choosing a champion. I think that the world championship tournaments that Viswanathan Anand of India won last year and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria won in 2005 are not quite as good a measure for selecting a champion.
I hope I answered your questions and gave you some insight into what I think. Let me know if I overlooked something.
— Posted by Dylan Loeb McClain

Here is information in regards to the second grand prix tournament The tournament will run July 30 - August 15, with thirteen rounds and two rest days - the standard schedule for all six tournaments. Live Games

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

International Chess Festival Biel 2008

I listened in on GM Magnus Carlsen being interviewed about the Sophia rule. Magnus said that he thought it was ok but at Beil it was not mandatory because it was a place very well known for fighting chess! Magnus also went on to say that it will take him about three years to make it to the top place in the world as chess champion! Hum is this because of the confusing bureaucratic rules and laws that are made by Fide? What is your opinion? If there is a fork in the road then I say take it!

Standings After Round Three:

1. Carlsen,Magnus GM 2775 NOR 2.5
2. Alekseev,Evgeny GM 2708 RUS 2.0
3. Onischuk,Alexander GM 2670 USA 2.0
4. Dominguez,Leinier GM 2708 CUB 1.5
5. Bacrot,Etienne GM 2691 FRA 0.5
6. Pelletier,Yannick GM 2569 SUI 0.5

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Monday, July 14, 2008


The FIDE Presidential Board has approved the list of qualifiers and the schedule of the World Women's Championship 2008, to be held in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria (Russian Federation), from 28 August to 18 September with a prize fund of $450,000 USD.

I the webmaster fear for the safety of the women playing chess in such an unstable volatile area of Russia! WARNING Please do not search for photos of this place on the internet! This is not a political statement but one of great concern for our women chess players.

My opinion is that chess ought to be played in a neutral country free of any conflict that could cause distress. Your views and opinions are more than welcome. Russian travel warnings before the war.

Round One Pairings
1 1-64 Xu, Yuhua (CHN) Solomons, Anzel (RSA)
2 2-63 Koneru, Humpy (IND) Alaa El Din, Yorsa (EGY)
3 3-62 Hou, Yifan (CHN) Khaled, Mona (EGY)
4 4-61 Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL) Zapata, Karen (PER)
5 5-60 Cramling, Pia (SWE) Sanchez Castillo, Sarai (VEN)
6 6-59 Sebag, Marie (FRA) Gasik, Anna (POL)
7 7-58 Zhao, Xue (CHN) Zuriel, Marisa (ARG)
8 8-57 Kosintseva, Tatjana (RUS) Muminova, Nafisa (UZB)
9 9-56 Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS) Pourkashiyan, Atousa (IRI)
10 10-55 Cmilyte, Viktorija (LTU) Golubenko, Valentina (CRO)
11 11-54 Muzychuk, Anna (SLO) Velcheva, Maria (BUL)
12 12-53 Ruan, Lufei (CHN) Zakurdjaeva, Irina (RUS)
13 13-52 Zhukova, Natalia (UKR) Rohonyan, Katherine (USA)
14 14-51 Chiburdanidze, Maya (GEO) Nguyen, Thi Thanh An (VIE)
15 15-50 Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN) Arribas Robaina, Maritza (CUB)
16 16-49 Paehtz, Elisabeth (GER) Kadimova, Ilaha (AZE)
17 17-48 Ushenina, Anna (UKR) Le Thanh Tu (VIE)
18 18-47 Socko, Monika (POL) Foisor, Sabina-Francesca (ROM)
19 19-46 Krush, Irina (USA) Sedina, Elena (ITA)
20 20-45 Gaponenko, Inna (UKR) Zhang Jilin (CHN)
21 21-44 Javakhishvili, Lela (GEO) Amura, Claudia (ARG)
22 22-43 Harika, Dronavalli (IND) Nebolsina, Vera (RUS)
23 23-42 Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS) Mohota, Nisha (IND)
24 24-41 Korbut, Ekaterina (RUS) Gvetadze, Sopio (GEO)
25 25-40 Zatonskih, Anna (USA) Bosboom Lanchava, Tea (NED)
26 26-39 Shen, Yang (CHN) Kachiani-Gersinska, Ketino (GER)
27 27-38 Mkrtchian, Lilit (ARM) Moser, Eva (AUT)
28 28-37 Tania, Sachdev (IND) Tan Zongyi (CHN)
29 29-36 Bojkovic, Natasa (SRB) Ju, Wenjun (CHN)
30 30-35 Rajlich, Iweta (POL) Mongontuul, Bathuyang (MGL)
31 31-34 Lomineishvili, Maia (GEO) Khukhashvili, Sopiko (GEO)
32 32-33 Khurtsidze, Nino (GEO) Matveeva, Svetlana (RUS)

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

The World Chess Championship 2008

The World Chess Championship 2008 will be a match between the World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand, who won the World Chess Championship 2007 in Mexico City, and the previous World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik was granted this rematch by a special FIDE rule that accorded special privileges to him, and former FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov, following the reunification of the title in 2006.
The match will take place in Bonn, Germany, between 14 October and 2 November 2008.

· When: From October 11 - 30, 2008
· Where: Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn
· Overall Prize fund: 1,5 Million Euro
· Patron: German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück
· Main sponsor: Evonik Industries AG

I will be bringing you live coverage with photos from a friend in Germany who will be attending the event. There is only 5 years difference between them. Anand is 37 years of age and Kramnik is 32 years of age. The issue with Kramnik at the moment is that his biorhythms show his intuitive status as very low indeed.

Anand and Kramnik are two of four players in the history of chess to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list, (the first being Kasparov).
Quiz:Who is the other one?

List of chess games between Anand and Kramnik

FIDE rating card for Viswanathan Anand
FIDE rating card for Vladimir Kramnik

History of Viswanathan Anand
History of Vladimir Kramnik

Game One
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Game Five
Game Six
Game Seven

We might be seeing a premature ending to this World chess Championships with Viswanathan Anand the worlds number one from India taking a huge lead in this exciting but strange event. In game seven Game Seven is the Slav Defense it seems that e4 is working in favour for Anand? Way to go Anand.


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