Rich As A King

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

5 second chess tactic

Black to move. How should black proceed?


On a roll

Brian Jerauld
Communications Specialist
Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

SAINT LOUIS (August 31, 2014) -- Apparently, not strong enough.

The 2014 Sinquefield Cup, boasting the strongest field in history with six of the top-nine Grandmasters in the world, has been dominated by just one. At the U.S. super-tournament's halfway point, Italian GM Fabiano Caruana sits far in front with a perfect score -- five points collected from five games -- having consecutively defeated every other player in the field.

In Sunday's fifth round at host venue Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Caruana defeated GM Hikaru Nakamura for his first-ever victory over the American, completing the first cycle of the tournament's double-round robin format. Also winning was World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen, who earned his first victory of the tournament against GM Levon Aronian; as well as Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov, who has shaken off a winless start to find himself tied with Carlsen for second place, with 2.5 points each.

This year's Sinquefield Cup has already provided some incredibly fighting chess, with 10 of its first 15 games ending with decisions. Monday will be a rest day, with play resuming Tuesday afternoon for round 6.


GM Hikaru Nakamura0-1GM Fabiano Caruana
GM Levon Aronian0-1GM Magnus Carlsen
GM Veselin Topalov1-0GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave


Standings After Round 4
1GM Fabiano Caruana28015
2GM Magnus Carlsen 28772.5
2GM Veselin Topalov27722.5
4GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave27682.0
5GM Hikaru Nakamura27871.5
5GM Levon Aronian28051.5


GM Hikaru Nakamura-GM Levon Aronian
GM Fabiano Caruana-GM Veselin Topalov
GM Magnus Carlsen-GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

The 2014 Sinquefield Cup is a 10-round, double round robin tournament that runs through September 7, with each round beginning daily at 2:00 p.m. local time.

So wins Noel Skelton again

One of world's top chess grandmasters wins tournament in Plymouth
Article by: DENNIS J. MCGRATH , Star Tribune
Updated: September 1, 2014 - 1:11 PM

Grandmaster Wesley So went undefeated in the weekend tournament.

One of strongest chess tournaments in Minnesota in recent years was held this weekend in the Twin Cities, with a grandmaster ranked 14th in the world winning the event.

Filipino GM Wesley So, 20, took clear first with four wins and a draw at the Noel Skelton Open, held at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West hotel in Plymouth.

So is rising star in international chess circles, rocketing from 38th in the world a year ago to 12th last month. In the latest world chess rankings for September, he occupies the 14th spot. With a U.S. chess rating of 2781, So is counted among the world’s elite grandmasters known as “super grandmasters.”

So, who is attending Webster University in St. Louis, is working on changing his affiliation from the Philippines to the U.S. Chess Federation, and recently served as a coach for the U.S. team competing in the world Chess Olympiad in Norway.

A second grandmaster who competed in the tournament, Chile’s Mauricio Flores, 23, is attending the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota’s two top players, International Masters Sean Nagle and John Bartholomew acquitted themselves well against the two grandmasters, notching even scores against them. Nagle drew with both GM’s and Bartholomew defeated Flores and then lost to So in the final round to determine the champion.

The event drew over 100 players for the tournament held on Saturday and Sunday.


Hou Yifan & Ju Wenjun dominate Women's GP

Round 8 pairings

12 GM Zhao Xue 2508 - GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2494 10
11 GM Ushenina Anna 2487 - GM Koneru Humpy 2598 9
1 GM Zhu Chen 2461 - GM Harika Dronavalli 2521 8
2 WGM Ju Wenjun 2559 - GM Hou Yifan 2661 7
3 GM Danielian Elina 2490 - WGM Muminova Nafisa 2315 6
4 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2346 - WGM L'ami Alina 2446 5

New Journal of Chess Research seeks book review editor

The Journal of Chess Research is welcoming nominations and self-nominations for the position of book review editor. Under the guidance of Managing Editor, Frank A. Niro, the new quarterly journal will release a preview issue at a celebration in St. Louis on October 26, 2014.

At this time, the journal is seeking an experienced academic scholar who is well-connected in the chess community to edit the book review section. Although previous editing experience is helpful, it is not essential. The successful candidate will have full responsibility for selecting books to review, identifying reviewers, and ensuring that there are one or two book reviews, as space allows, in each issue of the Journal of Chess Research.

The term will begin January 1, 2015, providing time for a smooth and comfortable transition as well as sufficient time for input from the international editorial and advisory boards. For nominations, provide name and contact information (preferably e-mail address); for self-nominations, please send a brief (2 paragraphs) letter of interest outlining your interest, your C.V., and a writing sample - with subject heading “Scholarly Book Review Editor” - to the Managing Editor: All nominations are due by September 30, 2014.

This is a part-time position. Compensation for this position is negotiable within the range that is common for academic journals of this type.

The Journal of Chess Research will be published in Lexington, Kentucky, and distributed to university libraries, academicians, chess players, researchers and other interested parties both in printed and electronic formats. Please visit for more information concerning journal content.

Each issue is intended to contribute broadly to awareness and understanding of the impact of chess on human development, psychology, cognition, philosophy, sociology, aging, business strategy, education and technology. Manuscripts that make strong empirical and theoretical contributions to the field of chess-related research are invited from scholars throughout the academic community, both in the United States and abroad, and will not be tied to any particular discipline, level of analysis or national context.

The Editorial Board, consisting of distinguished educators and physicians from five different countries, will review all articles in advance in order to ensure that contributions to the field meet rigorous academic standards, exhibit technical competence by researchers and topical relevance.

Literature reviews will be accepted, at least initially, to generate a meaningful overview of the current status of chess research on a variety of topics such as chess in education, chess and mathematics, chess and cognitive development, chess and self esteem, chess and Alzheimer’s Disease, etc. Articles not previously available in English may also be accepted, if appropriate.

Relevant articles between eight and twenty-five pages that conform to the style guidelines contained in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (APA-6) will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

All papers will be reviewed by the Editorial Board and notifications of acceptance will be made to the authors within 30 days of submission. Following acceptance, authors will be given an additional 15 days to submit a final manuscript. Deadlines for receipt of manuscripts for upcoming issues are as follows: Winter 2015 - November 7, 2014; Spring 2015 – February 6, 2015; Summer 2015 – May 8, 2015; Fall 2015 – August 7, 2015.

Manuscripts should be attached in a Microsoft Word document and transmitted via e-mail - with the subject heading “Journal of Chess Research” - to the Managing Editor: Charts and images should be compatible with Adobe Design Standard CS6 software such as InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. The Journal of Chess Research will be available in both print and digital formats.

For subscription information, please consult the International Society for Chess Research website:

Complete list of Journal of Chess Research Editorial Board members (updated 9/1/14):

William M. Bart, PhD, University of Minnesota
Jana M. Bellin, MD/WGM, Sandwell General Hospital (England)
Arthur Bowman, PhD, Norfolk State University
Ian Brooks, PhD, University of Illinois
Christopher Chabris, PhD, Union College
George A. Dean, MD, University of Michigan
Robert Ferguson, PhD, American Chess School
Fernand Gobet, PhD, University of Liverpool (England)
Guillermo Isidron, MD, University of Havana (Cuba)
Gyorgy Kende, DMS, National University of Public Service (Hungary)
Kenneth A. Kiewra, PhD, University of Nebraska
Danny Kopec, PhD/IM, Brooklyn College
Tamara V. Korenman, PhD, Saint Xavier University
Yona Kosashvili, MD/GM, University of Tel Aviv (Israel)
Peter Maher, PhD, Webster University
Alexander Matros, PhD/IM, University of South Carolina
Joseph G. Ponterotto, PhD, Fordham University
Kenneth W. Regan, PhD/IM, SUNY Buffalo
Alexey Root, PhD/WIM, University of Texas at Dallas
Graham D. Rowles, PhD, University of Kentucky
Loren Schmidt, PhD/FM, Heritage University
Julian Z. Schuster, PhD, Webster University
Balint Sztaray, PhD, University of the Pacific
Martha Underwood, PhD, University of Arizona
Ravi Varadhan, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Complete list of Journal of Chess Research Advisory Board members (updated 9/1/14):

Grandmaster Lev Alburt, New York, NY, author, chess teacher, former U.S. Champion
Ms. Amy Bowllan, B.S. Concordia University, NYC, Emmy winning journalist
Dr. Neil Charness, Florida State University, active researcher on chess and aging issues
FIDE Master Leontxo Garcia, Madrid, Spain, respected chess journalist
Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas, Athens, Greece, FIDE Trainer’s Commission
Prof. Manuel Guillermo Nieto, Colombia (SA) Sch. of Engineering, International Arbiter
Grandmaster Susan Polgar, Webster University, former women’s World Champion
Grandmaster Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, former U.S. Champ

Monday, September 01, 2014

47 players over 2700 in September rating list

SP World Open for Boys and Girls - A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!

Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls
Oct 31-Nov 1-Nov 2
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, IL

Over $100,000 in prizes with scholarships to Webster University!

A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!

Sections (Boys and Girls each)

U18, U16, U14, U12, U10

Prizes (Boys and Girls each)


1st place – Webster University Scholarship ($52,000 value)

2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes

U16, U14, U12, U10

1st place – iPad Mini

2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes.

All sections – trophies to 1st – 8th place and 1st-2nd for school-based teams

Rounds and Time Control

6R-SS Game-45 w/5-sec delay: Sat-Sun 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm each day.

On-site registration

9:30-10:30am Sat. Limit 2 byes.
Last rd. bye must commit by end of Round 2.

Side Events:

2-hour camp with GM Polgar (Fri 6:00pm)

Puzzle Solving (Sat 6pm)

Simul (Sat 7pm)

Blitz (Sun 9am).

1-day U8 tournament (10:30am - onsite reg 9:30-10am)

Trophies for 1st – 15th place and top 3 school teams
Participation Ribbons for All Players!

Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 2 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.

Site: Hyatt Regency Schaumburg – 1800 E Golf Road – Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Hotel: $89/night – call 847-605-1234 and ask for CHESS rate. Reserve by Oct 11. Free parking.

Entries: If postmarked or online by 10/4 $40; online or postmarked by 10/18 $50,$60 thereafter. Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Simul Side Events EF – $20 each. Camp EF – $40 by 10/4, $50 by 10/18, $60 thereafter and onsite. 1-day scholastic: $30 by 10/18, $40 thereafter and onsite. Credit Cards onsite OK. No checks onsite.

Mail entries to: ChessIQ (payable to) 4957 Oakton Street Suite 113 Skokie, IL 60077. Register online at –

Other info: Boards, sets, and clocks provided. None for skittles. Must use organizer provided equipment. Chess store onsite. November rating supplement used. Questions: (ONLY). On tournament day (ONLY) 847.274.1352

Lisbon Christmas International Chess Open

Lisbon Christmas International Chess Open
From 26th to 30th December 2014
Rules / information:

1 - Organization / Sponsership / Support

The Portugal Chess Academy promotes the tournament sponsored by DAUD Consors and supported by Real Hotels, Portuguese Chess Federation and Chess Association of Lisbon

2 - Place of the Tournament and Accomodation:
Hotel Real Palácio *****
Av. Tomás Ribeiro, 115 | 1050-228 Lisboa
GPS - Latitude: 38º43'55.77''N | Longitude: 9º09'02.76''W

2.1 – Accomodation:
Hotel Real Parque ****
Av. Luís Bivar, 67 |1069-146 Lisboa-Portugal
GPS - Latitude: 38º44'0.3732''N Longitude: -9º09'0.6762''W

3 – Schedule:
26/12 – 15.00 h – Reception / 16.30 h – Round 1
27/12 – 10,00 h – Round 2 / 16,30 h – Round 3
28/12 – 10,00 h – Round 4 / 16.30 h – Round 5
29/12 – 10,00 h – Round 6 / 16.30 h – Round 7
30/12 – 09,00 h – Round 8 / 15,30 h – Round 9 / Close Tournament (30m after the last match)

Download the Regulations to see more details

World Mind Games 2014

Melkumyan and Rapport topped Riga Technical University Open 2014

The 4th International Chess Festival Riga Technical University Open was held on 15-24th August 2014 in the Latvian capital Riga.

The event was a 9-round Swiss Open with a guaranteed first prize in the amount of 3.000 €. 212 players from 36 different countries took part in the tournament, including 35 GMs, 34 IMs, 3 WGMs and 4 WIMs.

The Armenian GM Hrant Melkumyan and the young Hungarian prodigy GM Richard Rapport shared first place on 7,5 points.

Six players tied for the third place on 7 points each: GM Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli (Venezuela), GM Daniel Naroditsky (USA), GM Boris Savchenko (Russia), GM Tamas Banusz (Hungary) and GM Daniel Fridman (Germany). However, Iturrizaga took the bronze on superior tie-break score.

Official website

Replay the games with analysis

Final standings:
1 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2655 7,5
2 GM Rapport Richard HUN 2704 7,5 

3 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2653 7
4 GM Naroditsky Daniel USA 2587 7
5 GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2596 7
6 GM Banusz Tamas HUN 2585 7
7 GM Fridman Daniel GER 2639 7
8 IM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2467 7 

9 GM Bok Benjamin NED 2587 6,5
10 GM Molner Mackenzie USA 2509 6,5
11 GM Boruchovsky Avital ISR 2483 6,5
12 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2604 6,5
13 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2595 6,5
14 GM Werle Jan NED 2511 6,5
15 GM Danin Alexandre RUS 2572 6,5
16 IM Steinberg Nitzan ISR 2420 6,5
17 GM Baron Tal ISR 2519 6,5 

18 GM Kovalenko Igor LAT 2650 6
19 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2527 6
20 GM Oparin Grigoriy RUS 2546 6
21 GM Yemelin Vasily RUS 2573 6
22 GM Neiksans Arturs LAT 2572 6
23 Sarana Alexey RUS 2341 6
24 GM Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2508 6
25 IM Swayams Mishra IND 2479 6
26 IM Krivonosov Oleg LAT 2442 6
27 FM Ben Artzi Ido ISR 2395 6
28 IM Vavulin Maksim RUS 2425 6
29 IM Ris Robert NED 2408 6
30 GM Gavrilov Alexei RUS 2505 6
31 IM Kantans Toms LAT 2496 6
32 GM Fedorov Alexei BLR 2562 6
33 GM Erdos Viktor HUN 2638 6
34 IM Pileckis Emilis LTU 2447 6
35 GM Prohaszka Peter HUN 2595 6
36 IM Laurusas Tomas LTU 2435 6 

37 IM Biolek Richard Jr. CZE 2438 5,5
38 GM Kulaots Kaido EST 2567 5,5
39 Stremavicius Titas LTU 2359 5,5
40 GM Shirov Alexei LAT 2709 5,5
41 GM Popilski Gil ISR 2494 5,5
42 FM Meskovs Nikita LAT 2441 5,5
43 FM Khatoev Eduard RUS 2417 5,5
44 IM Franco Alonso Alejandro ESP 2471 5,5
45 FM Schoorl Rob NED 2334 5,5
46 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2524 5,5
47 FM Kobo Ori ISR 2365 5,5
48 FM Loetscher Roland SUI 2414 5,5
49 GM Rombaldoni Axel ITA 2507 5,5
50 IM Nakar Eylon ISR 2434 5,5


EU Youth Chess Championship 2014 is underway. The level of the event is very good, competitions are balanced and after four rounds there are just three players with full amount of points. In the category U8 is in the top duo Rajat Makkar (FRA), Jan Wojdak (POL), in U10 trio Valentin Mitev (BUL), Georg Aleksander Pedoson (EST), Theo Ciccoli (FRA), in U12 duo Kirill Chukavin (EST), Tamas Vanczak (HUN), in U14 Viktor Haring (SVK) and in unofficial part of the championship, in U16 Marek Karas (SVK). Since beautiful and combative games are seen, the organizers award best games in each category with prize every day. After the first four rounds Vladislav Nazarov (EST), Timothe Razafindratsima (FRA), Petya Karaivanova (BUL), Matei-Pavel Dumitrescu (ROU), Theo Ciccoli (FRA), Tomas Brnusak (SVK), Georg Aleksander Pedoson (EST), Kristina Subjakova (SVK), Camille Ginovart (FRA), Tamas Vanczak (HUN), Gabriela Antova (BUL), Tomi Kugappi (FIN), Kirill Chukavin (EST), Viktoria Radeva (BUL), Viktor Haring (SVK), Roman Orlov (EST), Kai Pannwitz (SCO), Marek Karas (SVK), Natalie Kanakova (CZE) and Lennart Koehn (SCO) have been awarded.

Additional programme started on Saturday with simultaneous game with IM Pavel Simacek (CZE, 2473). IM Simacek won with score 13:3. Michael Ifalore (ENG) and Gabija Simkunaite (LTU) had beaten the international master and a draw had been managed by Ema Pociute (LTU) and Sara Simalcikova (SVK). Among others leisure time activities, participants of this tournament mostly visit and use swimming pool, bowling, table tennis and enjoying the beauty of the nature in surroundings.

All games are transmitted on-line, so the parents and trainers either at home or present in the hotel can watch their charges. For present viewers 24 games is projected in hotel hall on two screens.

All information about the event, including results, online games, photos, etc. can be found at

Ing. Zdenek Fiala
Director of the championship
Chessclub Svetla nad Sazavou

5 out of 5 start at Sinquefield Cup

Fabiano Caruana amazed the chess world with his performance in the first half of Sinquefield Cup 2014. The Italian-American player starter the strongest ever closed championship with a perfect 5 out of 5, defeating every single opponent in the event.

With his achievement Caruana emulates the start ofIvanchuk at Mtel Masters and is chasing the unprecedented sweep of 6,0/6 of Fischer in Candidates events.

Before the tournament Caruana shared to be aiming for 5,0 or 5,5 points and he has practically completed his goal. A higher goal is certainly now in place, as the rating difference between Caruana and Carlsen is melting. They started 69 ELO points apart, now Carlsen stands at 2864 ELO and Caruana at 2826 ELO, thus with a difference of only 38 points.

Carlsen himself is in a mini-slump came to an end yesterday, not without the help of Levon Aronian who misplayed the endgame. If you are following closely the World Champion do not forget to take your copy of Chess Insider pdf magazine Sinquefield edition with GM commentary of Carlsen’s games. It is only available as part of Carlsen – Anand package where subscribers have already received ALL games of Carlsen from Shamkir, Norway Chess, the Olympiad, as well as Anand’s games from Candidates, the coming Bilbao Masters, and of course the World Chess Championship 2014.

World Junior set for India

Maharashtra Government Releases Rs 50 Lakh Grant for World Juniors
Published: 01st September 2014 05:29 PM

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government has released a grant of Rs 50 lakh for the World Junior Chess Championship, to be held at Pune from October 5 to 20.

The cheque was formally handed over to grandmaster Abhijit Kunte by Padmakar Valvi, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, a release said today.

Organising committee chairman Aniruddha Deshpande thanked the government for the funds.

"Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had earlier agreed to be the Chief Patron of the championship during a meeting with Vishwanathan Anand and officials of Maharashtra Chess Association.

"He had also assured to extend full support from his Government for this tournament. We are extremely thankful to him and his team for this grant which will go a long way in successful conduct of the championship," said Deshpande.

"This event is being held for the first time in Maharashtra," he added.

The tournament is being jointly organised by Maharashtra Chess Association and Pune district Chess Circle under the auspices of All India Chess Federation and world governing body for the game FIDE.

Two hundred and fifty players from 50 countries, including Grandmasters and International Masters, are expected to play in the 15-day event.


Naroditsky hits rating milestone

Big congrats to Daniel Naroditsky, who just broke the 2600 FIDE mark! Well done!

FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah, UAE LIVE!