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Thursday, October 30, 2014

41st National Women Premier Chess Championship 2014 LIVE!

2014 Chess World Cup Zonal 3.5 LIVE!

Classic chess tactic

It is a puzzle by Troitsky. How do you assess this position. It is White to move.

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Jobava wins and catches Andreikin and Nakamura

In what was the shortest round in FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent so far, five out of six games finished in a draw but the only decisive game Gelfand-Jobava has changed the situation in the tournament. Baadur Jobava joined Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura at the top. All other games finished in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov are only half a point behind the leaders and the last three rounds will be decisive for the final results of the tournament. The ninth round will start at 2 pm local time on 31st of October.

Caruana 1/2 – 1/2 Kasimdzhanov

A very quiet line of Queen's Gambit Accepted, where White exchanged Queens at very early stage of the game after 7.dc5. Normally White has good chances to get some advantage in this line, but today it was not the case, and Rustam achieved very pleasant position. Perhaps, Fabiano should not enter tactical complications after 21.Nc6, which looks as inaccuracy. Resulting endgame with Rooks and opposite-coloured Bishops was already better for Black. With an extra pawn former world champion pressed for a win, but Caruana hold a draw.

Giri 1/2–1/2 Jakovenko

Both players followed steps of the game Bacrot-Nisipeanu, 2013, until move 22. In that game White played 22.Rd7, and only then Anish deviated with 22.Qd3. This move basically did not change anything, though. Right after the opening Black went for unbalanced posistion after exchanging his Queen for Rook, Bishop, and pawn in an attempt to build a fortress. Dmitry Jakovenko successfully did so and it's very difficult to indicate any serious improvement of White's play in this endgame.

Nakamura 1/2–1/2 Radjabov

Radjabov surprised Hikaru with his opening choice ( Ragozin variation of Queen' Gambit ), and White avoided principle continuations. Queens left the board very quickly, and Teimour did not experience any problem whatsoever. Another quiet draw of this peaceful round.

Andreikin 1/2-1/2 Vachier-Lagrave

Andreikin tried a new idea 12.Bc4!? ( 12. Be2 was tried in a blitz game between Eljanov and Aronian) in Maxime's favorite Grunfeld defence. French player could not remember his home preparation but confidentally sacrificed a pawn by playing 14...c5! Black got a pair of Bishops and activity as a compenstation for a small material deficit, and probably Dmitry felt it would be too risky for him to avoid a repetion of moves.

Mamedyarov 1/2 – 1/2 Karjakin

An impressive example of Karjakin's home preparation! Increasingly popular 4.f3 line of Nimzo-Indian defence with extremely sharp and messy position arised from the opening. Sergey was following his homework and played quickly, trying to put some extra pressure on his opponent. At some point White had Rook and a very strong pawn pair d-e for two Knights. Even though Black's position looked terribly dangerous, but powerful Sergey's defensive moves 25...cd5! 26...Na6! and especially 35...Nf4!! let Shahriyar no choice but to force a draw.

Gelfand 0-1 Jobava.

The only decisive game of the round eight. As usually, Baadur deviated from main theory by choosing 1...e6 and 2...b6 and Boris played an opening very agressively! It seems 8.Qg4 gave Black good conter play. 14.Qg3?! is a serious inaccuracy (14.Qg2! was better). With a tactical trick 14...Ndf6! Black created a strong pressure on the Kingside, forcing White Knight to h3, where it was completely misplaced. Baadur continued to play energetically, posing one problem after another, and in time-trouble White's position collpased...Great game from Baadur Jobava, who caught up with Andreikin and Nakamura on the top.

Padmini Rout leads Indian Women's Championship

Nyzhnyk clear 1st at SPICE Cup

Illya Nyzhnyk wins Spice Cup 2014
by Sagar Shah

10/29/2014 – SPICE stands for Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence, and has made Webster University in St. Louis, USA, a hotbed of chess talent. Players from all over the globe play and study there, and the participants of the Spice Cup 2014 showed high international standard. The event was won by former child prodigy Illya Nyzhnyk, now a ripe 18 year of age.

The SPICE Cup 2014 was held from the 21st to 26th October 2014 in Saint Louis, Missouri. The event was sponsored by the Webster University along with Susan Polgar Foundation.

The two sponsors for the event are the Webster University along with the initiative SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence), which relocated in February 2012 from Texas University to Webster University, along with all the members of the reigning National Collegiate Chess team. The two have formed a deadly duo: ever since they joined hands the Webster Chess team has been ranked number one in Division College Chess and it has never relinquished its top billing.

It was natural that when their own university was sponsoring the event, the top Webster players would play in it. Hence, the Spice Cup 2014 kicked off with a 2700 player being the top seed: GM Le Quang Liem (2706). GM Ray Robson with a rating of 2628 was the second seed of the event.

The tournament was a nine round Swiss event with a time control of 90 minutes plus 30 second increment from move one. There were double rounds on three days, which made the tournament quite a hectic one. The best part about the tournament was that it boasted an extremely strong line-up of young players, like Vasif Durarbayli, Illya Nyzhnyk, Daniel Naroditsky, Kayden Troff and many more. There were just 50 players, but amongst them were twelve GMs, nine IMs and 16 FMs. Only a handful of players in the tournament were untitled. The average rating of the event was 2296. These statistics just show how strong the event was.

Full article here.

16 year old Safal Bora (IM norm), 15 year old Razvan Preotu (GM norm), Kostya Kavutskiy (IM norm)

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Beating all the Anti-Sicilian Systems - GM Chris Ward ... and more

The French Defense for White - GM Jesse Kraai

The French Defense for White - GM Jesse Kraai
Posted on October 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Is Tarrasch better than Winawer, practically, if the knight can then go to f3? Creative moves can be played in The Tarrasch French Defense for White, and Jesse starts with examining a great piece sacrifice that would 'liberate White's discomfort' in a popular and trendy line of the Tarrasch...g5 variation. The video is targeted toward advanced players and the main focus is about how the d2 knight can improve its position, but Jesse is also keen t[...]

The Direct Attack to the King
Posted on October 28,2014 By FM Kevin Trujillo in Strategy & Game Review, Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. The quickest route to win in chess is checkmate. Amateurs commit the mistake of attacking the king in every single position, even when it is against the nature of the position. It is crucial to understand when it is possible to make a direct attack on the king and when isn't. The most effective way to attack is when the opponent has not castled and when one has development advantage. It is necessary to have higher piece mobility in the area when[...]

GM Crushing Attacks by GM Maxim Dlugy
Posted on October 27,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Tal - Learn to attack like him! GM Crushing Attacks by GM Maxim Dlugy. This video on attack by GM Maxim Dlugy shows us the following: How to attack well and avoid pitfalls when attacking. How to find reasons why an attack should be launched. Tal versus Fischer 1951 Candidates. KID is played by Fischer – Tal plays classical 7.d5 although current theory prefers 7.0-0 then Be3. Explanation of Black KID ideas in this game such as …a6/…b5   or Qe8 to[...]

Beating all the Anti-Sicilian Systems - GM Chris Ward
Posted on October 24,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Anti-Sicilians Busted? In this video, Chris deals with beating all the anti-Sicilian systems. He starts out with the Sicilian Wing Gambit and shows us one of the shortest ever GM games to persuade us to not fear White's play. Then he shows how to deal with the Smith Morra Gambit when he suggests just taking it to play e6/Nc6/Qc7 and Ng4, with dangerous threats that include a mating trap! Chris demonstrates a few GM games that turn out very we[...] is a producer of thousands of free chess articles and free chess videos by FIDE chess masters. They recently released the renowned Empire Chess series that has been taking the chess world by storm. Please consider checking out their chess blog and chess shop with tons of free updated previews.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GM Lagarde and IM Koziak lead Sautron Open 2014

The 14th Sautron Chess Open 2014 is taking place from 25th October to 1st November 2014 in Sautron, a commune in the Loire-Atlantique département in western France.

The 9-round Swiss event gathered 187 players from 13 different countries (Algeria, Belarus, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mongolia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine), including 4 GMs, 13 IMs and 10 FMs.

French GM Maxime Lagarde (2566) and Ukrainian IM Vitali Koziak (2456) lead with 4.5/5 points, followed by French IM Kevin Terrieux (2409), German IM Michael Thorsten Haub (2444), French IM Borya Ider (2394), Belarusian GM Nikita Maiorov (2583), French IM Quentin Loiseau (2354), French IM Xavier Bedouin (2324),Romanian IM Dragos-Nicolae Dumitrache (2413) and French IM Kamran Shirazi (2367) on 4 points each. You can find the top standings on the bottom of the page.

The surprise of the tournament is 11-year-old Ruben Harutyunyan, rated only 1782 Elo FIDE. The young star is currently thirteenth with 3.5/5 points, winning against Patrick Lemercier (1662), Guillaume Nicolas (2009), FM Alexandre Bouget (2315) and drawing against IM Xavier Bedouin (2324). He was defeated only by the leader IM Vitali Koziak in the fifth round of the event. However, Harutyunyan’s performance so far has been way beyond the expectation – 2192.

Official website/ LIVE games with analysis

Battle of the generations

The battle of the generations “Shchelkunchik-2014″ Chess Tournament is organized by the Russian Chess Federation, businessman Oleg Skvortsov and Chess Support Fund on 19-25th December 2014.

The Pre-New Year’s tournament will be held in Moscow Central Chess House to gather “Kings” and “Princes”.

The team of the “Kings” will consist of the experienced GM Peter Leko (2731), GM Alexander Morozevich (2724), GM Alexei Shirov (2691) and GM Alexey Dreev (2654), while their opponents the “Princes” prodigies GM Vladislav Artemiev (2666), GM Vladimir Fedoseev (2661), GM Daniil Dubov (2627) and GM Grigoriy Oparin (2552).

Everyone of the kings will have to play against each one of the princes one classical game (20-23rd December) and two rapid games (24-25th December). The tempo of play for the classical games will be 120 minutes for 40 moves plus 60 minutes for 20 moves plus 15 minutes for the rest of the games plus 30 seconds increment starting from move sixty-one, while the rapid games will be played with a time control 25′ + 10″.

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Moscow Open - 11th International RSSU Chess Cup

The 2015 Moscow Open - 11th International RSSU Chess Cup is scheduled to take place from 29th Januarya to 9th February in Moscow, Russia.


Registration of participants until 15th January
Arrival of foreign participants January 29 (children), January 30 (adults)
Required accreditation of the participants of the festival January 29 from 10.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m. – children
January 30 from 10.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m. – adults

Opening ceremony 31st January 15.00 p.m. 30th January, 10:00 a.m.
1st Round 31st January, 16.00 p.m. 30th January, 11.00 a.m.
2nd Round 1st February,16.00 p.m. 31st January, 10.30 p.m.
3rd Round 2nd February, 16.00 p.m. 1st February, 10.30 p.m.
4th Round 3rd February, 16.00 p.m. 2nd February 10.30 p.m.
5th Round 4th February, 16.00 p.m. 3rd February, 10.30 p.m.
6th Round 5th February, 16.00 p.m. 4th February, 10.30 p.m.
7th Round 6th February,16.00 p.m. 5th February, 10.30 p.m.
8th Round 7th February, 16.00 p.m. 6th February, 10.30 p.m.
9th Round 8th February, 16.00 p.m. 7th February, 10.30 p.m.
Closing ceremony 8th February, 18.00 p.m. 7th February, 16.00 p.m.

The Festival 2015 Consists of Eight Tournaments

Tournament A Men’s Cup of Russia Stage (price fund is 1500 000 RR, first place is 500 000 RR)
Tournament B Women’s Cup of Russia Stage (price fund is 800 000 RR, first place is 300 000 RR)
Tournament C Amateurs’ Cup of RSSU ( players under 2300, price fund is 500 000 RR, first place is 80 000 RR)
Tournament D Veterans’ Cup of RSSU (men 1954, women 1959,price fund is 300 000 RR, first place is 40 000 RR)
Tournament E World Cup Chess Composition (price fund is 200 000 RR, first place is 40 000 RR)
Tournament F Students-grandmasters’ Cup of RSSU (men, price fund is 250 000 RR, first place is 80 000 RR)
Tournament G Students-grandmasters’ Cup of RSSU (women, price fund is 250 000 RR, first place is 80 000 RR)
Tournament H School Champions’ Cup of RSSU (8 prices - complimentary hotel with meals for winners in each age categories for participation in World School Chess Champi¬onship in Thailand, April 2015)

Training courses for coaches, referees and organizers are holding during the Festival under the auspices of the Russian Chess Federation and FIDE (Russian lan¬guage with translation in English).

The total prize fund of the Festival is 4,3 million rubles

Time Control, Financial Regulations and Prizes

Tournaments A, B, D, F, G (except tournament C, E, H) played on the classical scheme (one match per day) with the time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes with an in¬crement of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first move. In tournaments C and H - 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move, starting from the first move. For being late for the tour, more than 30 minutes, is putting the defeat. In this case, the opponent is putting “+”, the latecomer is putting “-”.
In case of equal points, prizes are not divided (one player can receive only one prize - the highest). Places are determined by:
a) in tournaments under the Swiss system (A, B, C, D, H): 1) the Buchholz rating system; 2) number of wins; 3) “Performance” rating system; 4) the result of a personal competition;
b) in tournaments with a round-robin system (F, G): 1) the result of a personal competition; 2) by the Sonneborn-Berger rating system; 3) number of wins; 4) the number of matches, played with black
.For tournament E will be special time-control and rules.
To get the prize the participant must score at least 50% of points (excluding round-robin tournaments).
All prizes are the subjects of taxation in accordance with the legislation of the Rus¬sian Federation (Russian citizens the deduction of income tax rate is 13%, for foreign citizen’s tax deduction is 30%).
If the winner is missing at the close ceremony of the festival or not in compliance with the dress code, the prizes are not given and will not be sent.

Tournament fee

Men’s Cup of Russia Stage - A
The value of the fee depends on the FIDE rating on the payment date
more than 2600 without a fee
2500-2599 1000
2400-2499 1500
2300-2399 2000
2200-2299 5000
2100-2199 7000
less than 2100 and without a rating 10000
Women’s Cup of Russia Stage - B
The value of the fee depends on the FIDE rating on the payment date
more than 2400 without a fee
2300-2399 1000
2200-2299 1500
2100-2199 2000
2000-2099 2500
1900-1999 3000
less than 1900 and without a rating 4000
Amateurs’ Cup of RSSU - C
The value of the fee depends on the FIDE rating on the payment date
2250-2299 1000
2200-2249 1500
2100-2199 2000
2000-2099 2500
1900-1999 3500
less than 1900 and without a rating 4500

Hotel Reservation

Applications for accommodation are accepted until January 11, 2015 on the festival web¬site (“Registration Form”).
Hotel “Тourist” is located in three minutes’ walk from RSSU. Single/Double room “Standard” costs 1400 rubles per room per day, Single/Double room “Comfort” - 1500 rubles per room per day.

Visa Support

Visa support is provided to all foreign chess players, who have addressed to the Organizing Committee before 15th December 2013. For subsequent treatment of the Organizing Committee it is not responsible for obtaining visas.


Tournament Director: Alexander KOSTYEV
Mob. + 7 903 796 41 76
Registration and the hotel reservation:
Questions on the hotel reservation:
Moscow Chess Federation:

Jobava, Andreikin, Nakamura lead Tashkent Grand Prix

African Individual Chess Championships 2014

Namibia Chess Federation (NCF) is inviting eligible players from all African Chess Federations affiliated to the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to participate in the2014 African Individual Chess Championships (AICC) to be held at the Safari Court Hotel & Conference Centre, Windhoek, Namibia, from December 12th (arrival) to December 23rd, 2014 (departure).


- African players holding the title of GM, WGM or WIM have a personal right to enter the tournament.
- Each National Federation can enter a maximum of 3 players for the Open Championship and 3 for the Women’s Championship. This does not include the players qualifying under Clause 2.1.
- The African Chess Confederation President also has the right to nominate players.
- All entries must be registered with the Namibia Chess Federation.

Tournament Regulations:
- It is intended that the Championships will be played in accordance with FIDE regulations as a 9 Round Swiss System tournament.
- Time control will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, follow ed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one (1 ).
- The games will be played using DGT clocks; and pairing will be published on
- Swiss Manager will be used for the Championship, and players from the same Federation will not be paired together in the last round.
- Draw offers are not allowed before Black’s 30th move.


In case of a tie for the over-all winner or other places, the tie will be broken as follows:
a) By the results between the players involved in the tie;
b) Buchholz, the highest number wins;
c) Number of wins, the highest number wins;
d) Number of wins by black, the highest wins;
e) The highest rating.

Titles Awards:

The winner in the Open Section will be awarded the International Master (IM) title whilst the winner in the Women’s Section will be awarded the Woman International Master (WIM) title.

Other titles will be awarded depending in accordance with FIDE title requirements.

Main Prizes:

Open / Women
1st Prize US$ 6,000 / US$ 3,000
2nd Prize US$ 4,000 / US$ 2,000
3rd Prize US$ 3,000 / US$ 1,500
4th Prize US$ 2,000 / US$ 1,000
5th Prize US$ 1,500 / US$ 750
6th Prize US$ 1,000 / US$ 500
7th Prize US$ 750
8th US$ 500

The total cash prizes amount to USD 27,500

Qualification for 2015 FIDE African Grand Prix Circuit:

- The 2014 African Individual Chess Championships is also a qualification event for the 2015 African Chess Confederation Grand Prix Circuit.
- The top three placed players in each section will qualify for the 2015 African Chess Confederation Grand Prix Circuit.

Organiser’s Contacts:

President of Namibian Chess Federation: Otto Z. Nakapunda
Mobile: +264812116463

Tournament Director
Mobile: +264814699070

African Countries affiliated to FIDE:

1. Algeria 2. Angola 3. Botswana 4. Burkina Faso 5. Burundi 6. Cameroon 7. Central African Republic 8. Comoros Islands 9. Congo 10. Cote d’Ivoire 11. Egypt 12. Ethiopia 13. Gabon 14. Gambia 15. Ghana 16. Kenya 17. Lesotho 18. Libya 19. Madagascar 20. Malawi 21. Mali 22. Mauritania 23. Mauritius 24. Morocco 25. Mozambique 26. Namibia 27. Nigeria 28. Rwanda 29. Sao Tome and Principe 30. Senegal 31. Seychelles 32. Sierra Leone 33. Somalia 34. South Africa 35. Sudan 36. Swaziland 37. Tanzania 38. Togo 39. Tunisia 40. Uganda 41. Zambia 42. Zimbabwe

Download full Regulations (PDF)

On behalf of the Namibia Chess Federation I look forward to your valued presence at this premier Continental chess event.

Yours Sincerely,
Otto Z. Nakapunda
President, Namibian Chess Federation

Jobava scores lone win in round 8 at Tashkent GP

Round 8 results

Giri, Anish vs Jakovenko, Dmitry [1/2-1/2]
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar vs Karjakin, Sergey [1/2-1/2]
Nakamura, Hikaru vs Radjabov, Teimour [1/2-1/2]
Caruana, Fabiano vs Kasimdzhanov, Rustam [1/2-1/2]
Gelfand, Boris vs Jobava, Baadur [0-1]
Andreikin, Dmitry vs Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime [1/2-1/2]

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