Rich As A King

Friday, October 24, 2014

2014 SPICE Cup LIVE!

2014 SPICE Cup photos

Round by round SPICE Cup photos:

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

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

OIBM Bad Wiessee 2014

OIBM Bad Wiessee 2014
Thursday, 23 October 2014 03:26

The 18. Offene Internationale Bayerische Schachmeisterschaft will take place from 25th October to 2nd November at the Wandelhalle in Bad Wiessee, Germany.

The tournament format is 9-round Swiss with the time control 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, plus 30 sec. increment from the first move.

The organizers guarantee participation of at least 20 Grandmasters. The upper limit of participants (470) is reached and the registrations are closed.

Top prizes are EUR 2.500, 2.000, 1.500, 1.000, 900 etc

Official website

6th Korbach Open 2014

The 6th Korbach Open 2014 is taking place on 23-26th October 2014 in Korbach, Germany.

The event is split into three tournaments: Open A (7-round Swiss tournament, open to all), Open B (7-round Swiss open for players rated below 2000 DWZ) and Open C (7-round Swiss tournament for players under 1400 DWZ).

The main prizes in Open A will be awarded as follows: 700 €/ 550 €/ 350 €/ 200 €/ 100 €.

Top seeded are German IM Hagen Poetsch (2504), Serbian GM Misa Pap (2476) and Hungarian GM Attila Czebe(2428).

Tournament Director Christopher Kearns
Tel.: 0157-87655270
Tournament Director Wolfgang Käding
Tel.: 0163-6989267

Official website

Tashkent GP round 4 results

Round 4 results

Gelfand, Boris vs Jakovenko, Dmitry [1/2-1/2]
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime vs Karjakin, Sergey [1/2-1/2]
Jobava, Baadur vs Radjabov, Teimour [1/2-1/2]
Andreikin, Dmitry vs Kasimdzhanov, Rustam [1/2-1/2]
Giri, Anish vs Caruana, Fabiano [1/2-1/2]
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar vs Nakamura, Hikaru [1/2-1/2]

24th World Senior Chess Championships 65+ LIVE!

24th World Senior Chess Championships 50+ LIVE!

Chigorin Memorial 2014 LIVE!

Tashkent Grand Prix LIVE!

Brilliant practical tactic

White to move. How should white proceed?


SPICE Cup round 6 pairings (5 pm on 10/23/2014)

SPF National Open for Boys and Girls in Northern California

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.


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

1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403


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.


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


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:

16691 Colonial Trail
Lathrop, CA 95330

Chess Grandmaster and CFP Team Up to Achieve Clients’ Endgame

OCTOBER 21, 2014
Chess Grandmaster and CFP Team Up to Achieve Clients’ Endgame
New book takes strategic approach to winning at investing

"Rich as a King" applies chess strategies to personal finance.

You don’t need to have a Ph.D in economics to be a successful investor, but even a Nobel Prize winner in economics can appreciate the value of viewing investing through the decision-making paradigms of a champion chess player.

Indeed, Nobel Prize laureate in economics, Michael Spence, is just one of a long list of distinguished endorsers of Rich as a King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You a Grandmaster of Investing, already an investment bestseller today, its first day of publication (by Morgan James Publishing).

Co-written by chess grandmaster Susan Polgar and financial advisor Douglas Goldstein, the book takes the reader outside the sometimes alienating or confusing world of stocks and bonds to the excitement of the chessboard to get a more objective view of how to strategically win the game at investing.

As behavioral finance expert Meir Statman says in his endorsement (disclosure: this author is also an endorser) of the book, “We do not see the rivals on the other side of our trades, blind to the likelihood that we are the losers. But we see the rivals on the other side of our chessboards, forcing us to ask whether we are likely to be the losers.”

That point was brought home to Goldstein, an international advisor catering to U.S. and Israel-based clients from his firm’s Jerusalem headquarters, when playing against his child’s chess coach (two of Goldstein’s children were chess champions in Israel, a country that ranks high in international competitions).

“In a post-mortem on a game, [the coach] asked me ‘why didn’t you move your bishop?’ and I said I had another idea of what I was trying to accomplish,” he tells ThinkAdvisor in a phone interview.

After another losing game, the coach (who trained a World Championship contender, among others), said “my bishop was still in a bad place; why didn’t I move it?” Goldstein recalls.

“It was then that I realized that the exact same excuses I gave to my chess coach were the same ones my clients gave to me when I asked why they don’t make changes in portfolios that are underperforming. I saw exact parallels to the world of personal planning.”

Goldstein was not alone. Harvard economist Ken Rogoff (of Rogoff and Reinhart fame), himself a chess grandmaster, noted in his endorsement of the book that “chess players who know little about investing, and investors who know little about chess, will gain fresh insights into both.”

Full article here.