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Fabiano Caruana visited CONI

Fabiano Caruana visited CONI
Nov 24, 2014

Top Italian chess Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana visited the Italian Olympic Sport Committee (CONI) in Roma, where he met CONI President Mr Giovanni Malagò.

Also present in the meeting were Fabiano’s parents, Santina and Luigi, CONI General Secretary Mr Roberto Fabbricini, and the President of the Italian Chess Federation Mr Gianpietro Pagnoncelli.

The topic of the meeting was development of chess in Italy.

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Carlsen defiantly clung on

Carlsen Stays King as Vishy loses Nerve
By Express News Service
Published: 24th November 2014 06:18 AM

SOCHI: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand’s bid to wrestle back the lost crown ended on Sunday, as he conceded the 11th game of the finale to Magnus Carlsen. Trailing by a point, the Chennai star needed a win to stay afloat in the 12-game engagement, but again frittered away an early advantage for the Norwegian to emphatically retain the silverware he had snatched from Anand last year.

Anand himself offered the sharpest prognosis for his defeat with black pieces. “My nerves were the first to crack. His nerves held up. He was more stable. I have to admit he is a better player,” he said after the match.

Anand also regretted his decision to sacrifice a rook for a minor piece. “It was a bad gamble, and I got punished,” he said.

Unlike the Chennai duel, where the 44-year-old Indian’s game had looked staid, Anand seemed positive and refreshed in Sochi, especially in openings.

Both seemed on an even keel, as Anand responded promptly to restore parity. He even had an upper hand in certain junctures, only to squander inexplicably. The brain-freeze in the sixth game might haunt him for years. Carlsen erred, so too did Anand, who was made to rue for it as the former came back and clinched it.

Though Anand was stable in the next four games, he couldn’t force the win that would have made the match a thriller. Instead, Carlsen defiantly clung on.

Leading to the final two games, the pressure was mounting on both. “Every move made by both players will be dissected by millions of fans for eternity. This is the moment of truth. 99% of the people at home can’t understand the pressure they are going through at this moment,” tweeted ex-women’s world champion and commentator Susan Polgar.


A big thank you

About 175,000 of you joined me each day during the Sochi World Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand. I would like to thank ALL of you for being a part of my daily LIVE commentary on twitter, blog, and facebook. It was a pleasure sharing my love of chess with you. Thanks for your big support!

Now let me share with you my commentating philosophy for this World Championship and past events. Since I have taught students of all levels, from absolute beginners to 2750+, over the years, I understand different levels of chess.

I never assume that everyone understands everything. So I explain it in a simple way for everyone to understand. I also made a conscious effort to share the game/match psychology, game plans, and behind the scene approach which came from personal experience. I also want to stay engaged with the fans. I want the fans to have a unique understanding and feel of World Championship play.

My job is to be objective and point out the good, bad & ugly about all moves or game plans & not taking sides. This was how I approached doing commentary for this match and past events. Now you know the secrets :)

Carlsen: Today was one of the toughest days of all

Magnus Carlsen Repeats at World Chess Championship
3:39 pm ET
Nov 23, 2014
Wall Street Journal

After Sunday’s eleventh game of the 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship in Sochi, Russia—a repeat victory for title-holder Magnus Carlsen—the Norwegian looked worn, flashing both the mental fatigue of a two-week fight and emotional joy of victory.

“Today was one of the toughest days of all,” said a raspy Carlsen, “but I’m so happy I was able to push through.”

The critical move in the penultimate game of the match came when challenger Viswanathan Anand, in desperate need of a victory, sacrificed his rook (27 …Rb4) in a bold—yet ultimately ineffective—maneuver. Soon, and with a knowing glance, Anand offered his hand in resignation to Carlsen. “I played it quite forcefully and he didn’t have any chances,” said Carlsen, who won the match 6.5 – 4.5 (best-of-twelve).

Last year, playing in Anand’s native Chennai, India, Carlsen needed just 10 games to unseat his opponent, whose shaky play was uncharacteristic of the four-time defending champion.

But Anand played better in this year’s match. Carlsen struck first, in game 2, after an Anand blunder allowed Carlsen’s queen to seal a winning position. “My nerves were the first to crack,” said Anand.

Anand hit right back with a win in game 3 that showcased his ample preparation in the Queens Gambit Declined. It was Anand’s first victory against Carlsen in championship play.

Full article here.

Advanced Pawns: An underestimated weapon ... and more

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[...]

Advanced Pawns: An underestimated weapon

Posted on November 18,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. A pawn is advanced if it enters the opponent's territory, i.e. reaches the fifth or higher rank. Advanced pawns can be very powerful weapons that are often underestimated by inexperienced players. Examples of Advanced Pawns in Play First of all, we have to understand that the advanced pawn is not necessarily a passed pawn. In the first example, an advanced pawn is blocked by the opponent's. So, it looks as though the g5 and h6 pawns are giving so[...]

An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player - IM Valeri Lilov

Posted on November 17,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Tired of a normal opening repertoire? What about this! IM Valeri Lilov gives a good overview of the Sicilian Dragon, fabled for its sharpness and complexity. The presenter takes this opening head on and looks at a very sharp and popular variation of the Dragon, and clinically dissects its complexity in little chunks, Valeri also explains which lines are popular and which are not. Beginners will find this opening analysis fascinating while interme[...] 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.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

SPF National Open for Boys and 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.


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

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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

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

$15 if registered by 2/1

$20 after 2/1

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$15 if registered by 2/1

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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

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Anand: I have to admit that he was better

Magnus Carlsen Won the 11th Game of the Match and Secured the Title with One Game to Spare. The Final Score is 6.5-4.5 in Carlsen's Favor

November 23, 2014 - The eleventh game of the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Viswanathan Anand (India) was played on November 23rd in the Main Media Center in Sochi. Magnus Carlsen had White.

For the sixth time in this match the champion opened the game with е2-е4. The players continued the theoretical discussion in the Berlin variation, however, this time Anand chose a different 9th move, evacuating his king on the queenside and opting for a more aggressive game. In this line Black attempts to connect rooks as soon as possible, and sometimes can seize the initiative, if he neutralizes White's pressure in the center.

The former champion demonstrated a new and interesting idea – he carried out g7-g5 in order to stop White's pawn advance of the kingside, not worrying about the weakened square on f6. Black successfully solved his opening problems, and when the World Champion got somewhat carried away maneuvering his knights, Anand made a nice break b6-b5, sacrificing a pawn for the initiative. The champion declined the offer and switched to defending.

The critical moment occurred on the move 26. After a lengthy consideration Anand decided that quiet play does not give Black enough winning chances, and sacrificed an exchange, obtaining a dangerous passed pawn on the queenside in return. Generally this sacrifice is typical in similar positions, however in this position it was refuted tactically. Carlsen broke through in the center and invaded the 7th rank with his rook, forcing Black to defend. The World Champion was very precise during the technical stage, and on the move 45 Vishy Anand congratulated his opponent on winning the match.

The grandmasters agreed that the match was very tense. Vishy Anand said that “Magnus is very strong and I have to admit that he was better. My nerves gave up first, and psychologically Magnus was holding up well.”

Magnus Carlsen: “Anand played better than in previous match and this time he really pushed me.” He also said he is very happy with the way the match was organized, and his whole team was treated well.

Magnus Carlsen won the match 6.5-4.5 and held the title.

The World Chess Championship is the most followed event in the world of chess. There are about 600 million chess players all over the world, with such well-known enthusiasts as Sergey Brin, George Soros, Bill Gates and Mikhail Gorbachev.

For more information:
Masha Kunica
Media, World Chess Championship

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