Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Chess Digest ( Vol 1 Issue 11)

WORLD


PRAGGNANANDHAA BECOMES YOUNGEST INTERNATIONAL MASTER EVER!


Houston, we have an IM – and he is ten years and ten months of age!(Age at which children start thinking about their hobbies, this little master has set a world record) Better learn to pronounce this Indian's name: Praggnanandhaa, Pragg-na-nan-dhaa. The 9th KIIT International Chess Festival was held from May 23-30,2016 in Bhubaneswar,Orissa where Praggnanandhaa made his third IM norm, after norms in Cannes and Moscow.

Pot-full of titles!

SHAMKIR CHESS 2016


The “Shamkir Chess 2016” International chess tournament is dedicated to the memory of late Azerbaijani Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov. Held in Shamkir, Azerbaijan from May 25th to June 5th, 2016, the tournament is a 10 player round-robin with a total prize fund of €73,000 and €15,000 for first place. After five rounds of breathtaking chess, Grandmaster Caruana Fabiano is in the lead with 4.5/5 points.


It's only on the football pitch that Caruana's doing the chasing!

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2016


Ernesto Inarkiev was named after Che Guevara and would have made the revolutionary proud for the way he won the 2016 European Championship, finishing in clear first place on an unbeaten 9/11 points. Igor Kovalenko ended brilliantly by beating Fressinet and Goganov to snatch clear silver, while Baadur Jobava took bronze on tiebreaks after beating his “client” Radek Wojtaszek. Ponomariov, Grandelius, Ragger and Howell were among those who missed out on World Cup places.

The tournament saw this stamp issued especially in its honor. 

ASIAN CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016


The 2016 Asian Continental Championship is taking place in the Uzbekistan Hotel, Tashkent from 26 May - 3 June with five places in the World Cup at stake.The tournament's top seed is Vietnam's Grandmaster Le Quang Liem, with rivals including local hero GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Chinese rising star GM Wei Yi. After six rounds, Le Quang Liem and Wei Yi are share the lead with 5/6 points.

The Opening!

ASIAN WOMEN'S CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016


The 2016 Asian Women's Continental Championship is taking place in the Uzbekistan Hotel, Tashkent from 26 May - 3 June. The tournament's top seed is Iran's Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, while the reigning Champion is her compatriot Mitra Hejazipour. WGM Bhakti Kulkarni of India is leading the tournament with 5/6 points after six rounds.

WGM Bhakti Kulkarni

TOP 12 FRENCH TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2016


The 2016 Top 12 French Team Championship is taking place from 28 May to 7 June in Ladoucette Castle, Drancy, France. The 12 best French teams play a single round-robin over 11 rounds, with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, David Navara and many more top players taking part. Each match is played over 8 boards, with teams choosing from a starting list of up to 16 players.Unsurprisingly, Team Clichy, consisting of MVL and Hammer, is leading the tally after four rounds.

 Drancy has since 2008 the label "city flower ".

ANATOLY KARPOV TURNS 65!


When Anatoly Karpov was 11 years old, he was invited to Botvinnik’s chess school. But the “Patriarch” passed a harsh verdict: “The boy has no clue about chess and therefore absolutely no future as a chess player.” Rarely was a judgement about chess talent more wrong — Karpov went on to become the 12th World Chess Champion.He turned 65 on the 23rd of May.

A description of the young Anatoly Karpov by the editor of the Russian chess magazine "64 and former chess trainer Alexander Roshal, who died in 2007. Listen to his tale, recorded by Frederic Friedel. It is priceless.


AMERICAN CONTINENTAL 2016


The 11th American Continental Championship is taking place from 28 May-5 June in the CIFCO Convention Centre in San Salvador, El Salvador. Players from all the American chess federations are competing in this 11-round Swiss open for a $5,000 first prize and four places in the 2017 World Cup.



NEZHMETDINOV  RAPID CUP 2016

The 38th Nezhmetdinov Cup started with the rapid tournament that was held on 29-30th May at the Central Chess School in Kazan, Russia. The tournament format was 9-round Swiss with the time control 15 min + 5 sec. Grandmaster Gata Kamsky took a clear first place with 7.5 points in the field of 107 players.

IGOR KURNOSOV MEMORIAL 2016

A rapid tournament dedicated to the memory of Grandmaster Igor Kurnosov was held from 26-28th May at the congress hall of the World Trade Center in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Grandmaster Alexander Grischuk took a clear fist place with 9,0/11 points in the field of 143 players. The stage of the Russian Rapid Grand-Prix was organized by the Russian Chess Federation, Chelyabinsk Chess Federation and Chelyabinsk Sports Ministry.

ICCD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

The 2016 ICCD World Individual Deaf Chess Championships (Men-Ladies-Juniors-Blind-Seniors-Open-Blitz) were held from 17-25th May in Yerevan, Armenia. The Open section saw 2 GMs, 3 IMs and 2 FMs out of the 24 players in which  IMs Duilio Collutiis of Italy won the title with 6.5/9 points.The Women’s Section was a 10 player round robin event with 2 WIM’s in the field where Tatiana Baklanova of Ukraine won with a score of 8/9.


INTERVIEWS


ARRABAL TRANSLATES HOU YIFAN INTERVIEW


Fernando Arrabal Terán is a playwright, screenwriter, film director, novelist and poet, last survivor among the “three avatars of modernism” (New York Times theatre critic Mel Gussow). Arrabal has a strong interest in chess and writes a column on it for the French weekly L’Express. He has reproduced Chessbase's interview depicting Yifan as Joan of Arc and himself as Pan, the mythological Greek shepherd god of the nymphs.


PRAGGNANADHAA RAMESH BABU - "MY AIM IS TO REACH 3000 ELO"


On 29th May 2016, R. Praggnandhaa won his ninth round game at the KIIT International Open, Bhubaneshwar against Al Muthaiah. The win secured him his third IM norm and as he had already surpassed 2400 on the rating list, he became the youngest International Master in the World at the age of ten years and ten months.

VIDEOS







THEY SAID IT!


Without error there can be no brilliancy”                                        (Emanuel Lasker)


Chess is like war on a board”                                                         (Bobby Fischer)


Chess is played with the mind and not with the hands!”                (Renaud and Kahn)












Saturday, 21 May 2016

Chess Digest ( Vol 1 Issue 10)

WORLD


VLADIMIR PUTIN OPENS CHESS SECTION IN SIRIUS CENTER IN SOCHI


On May 10th a new Chess section has opened at the Sirius Educational Center in Sochi. The launch of the project was announced by Chairman of the Center’s Board of Trustees, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, who wished the youngsters and teachers success in mastering the new programme, under which pupils gifted at chess from all around Russia will improve their skills.




EUROPEAN INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016

Ivan Saric who was the sole leader after six rounds at the European Championship held in Gjakova,Kosovo from May 11-24,2016 suffered a setback in round seven and lost against Ernesto Inarkiev. After this win Inarkiev has 6/7 and shares the lead with top seed David Navara, who won a rook ending against Baadur Jobava. Half-a-point behind the leaders follows a group of six players with 5.5/7 each.





DING LIREN WINS AGAINST WESLEY SO


Ding Liren, China's number one and currently number nine on the FIDE Elo-list from 1st May, wants to establish himself firmly among the world's best. To gain more experience against top players, from 4th to 8th May the Chinese Grandmaster played a four-game match against Wesley So, currently number ten in the world. Ding Liren won the match 2.5-1.5.

HASSELBACKEN OPEN 2016

Dozens of GMs, hundreds of players, it was a fitting event to celebrate 150 years of chess passion. The tournament saw it all, with tales of glory, and others of woe. At the very top was Dmitry Andreikin, the no.1, who justified his seed by taking first, together with Indian Adhiban who was second on tiebreak. Not to mention the last round when 11-year-old Nihal Sareen smashed a GM.

HERAKLION OPEN 2016


Grandmaster Dusan Rajkovic from Serbia won the 17th International Heraklion Open that was held from 2-9th March at the Galaxy Hotel, in Heraklion, Greece. The famous veteran (74 years) collected 7,5/9 points, leaving the chasing pack half a point behind.The tournament was organized by the Heraklion OAA, Heraklion CC, Dec.Admin.of Crete and Municipality of Heraklion.99 players competed in the 9-round Swiss tournament.

ABDUMALIK AND KOSTENKO ARE CHAMPIONS OF KAZAKHSTAN


The 2016 Kazakhstan Chess Championships for men and women were held from 3-13th May at the Astana International Hotel in Almaty.The women’s championship was 10-player round robin with top-seeded WGM Zhansaya Abdumalik taking the title with 7/9 points.The men’s section was a 12-player round robin with the average ELO 2449. It was a closely contested tournament with three players sharing the first place with 7,5/11 points each – GMs Petr Kostenko, Rinat Jumabayev and Murtas Kazhgaleyev.Kostenko was declared champion on superior tie-break score.
Abdumalik Zhansaya at the Opening Ceremony of  Women's World Team Chess Championship 2015. 


JULIO GRANDA ZUNIGA WITH CRUSHING SCORE IN LLUCMAJOR OPEN

Peruvian Grandmaster Julio Granda Zuniga completely dominated the 5th Open Internacional de LLucmajor that was held from 8-15th May at the Club Nautico de LLucmajor, Mallorca, Spain.Granda Zuniga finished the event with 8,5/9 points.177 players from 33 countries participated in the tournament. Among them were 25 Grandmasters and 25 International Masters.

WUNSIEDEL FESTIVAL 2016

Grandmaster Grzegorz Gajewski emerged winner of the 10th Wunsiedel Schach-Festival that was held from 5-8th May in Wunsiedel, Germany. Gajewski, who was the second of Viswanathan Anand at #Candidates Tournament, collected 6 points from 7 games to become clear winner of the Master section. There were 142 players in the field.

Grzegorz Gajewski walked every day with Vishy Anand to the tournament hall during the Candidates.


TOM HACKNEY EXHIBITS IN WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME

Chess has always been a topic of artists and painters and some artists were also good players. One of them was Marcel Duchamp, who in the 1920s was one of the strongest players in France and even played in Olympiads. With an exhibition by British artist Tom Hackney the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis now pays tribute to Marcel Duchamp. 

Chess Painting No. 62, Grimme, Luuring, Ree & Krabbe vs. Duchamp, correspondence game, 1961, 2016


INDIA



VISHY ANAND IN OMAN


With an objective to promote chess in the Sultanate, and also among the expatriates, Indian icon #ViswanathanAnand was in Muscat, the capital city of Oman, participating in a series of activities—simultaneous exhibitions, lectures, meetings to promote chess, etc. The six-day trip began on 12th May 2016 and the people of Oman gave him a warm welcome. Anand arrived on an invitation from the International Chess Academy of Oman (ICAO).

Vishy's recent interview with Chessbase India : http://en.chessbase.com/post/vishy-anand-in-oman


HARIKRISHNA PENTALA TURNS 30


He doesn't like to speak much, he prefers to be on the chess board where he can let the moves do the talking. Behind his calm and serene outlook lies intense determination to become the World Champion. Meet the crown prince of Indian chess - #HarikrishnaPentala. The only player from India after Vishy Anand to break into the 2750+ league. And on 10th of May 2016, he turned 30.



ASIAN JUNIOR 2016


The Asian Junior Chess Championship was held from April 3-11,2016 in New Delhi, India.India was the clear favourite among the 12 Asian countries participating in the event.Indian GM Aravindh Chithambaram defeated Nima Javanbakht of Iran in the final round to score 7/9 points to walk away with the title in the boys' section.In the girls' category, Mongolian girl Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh took gold with 7/9 points after defeating the invincible Indian, Vaishali R.






INTERVIEWS



MAGNUS CARLSEN-"I THINK I'LL ENJOY CHESS TO THE DAY I DIE"


This Friday #MagnusCarlsen streamed a live Q&A session on Facebook, during which he answered questions from fans. The 28-minute interview saw Magnus talk about his rivalry with Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri, the impact of computers, how books influenced him while he was growing up and much more. 


DMITRY ANDREIKIN


Dmitry Andreikin won the Hasselbacken Open last weekend with an unbeaten 7.5/9, but the 26-year-old Russian remains an enigma. Born in 1990, like Magnus Carlsen and so many other top players, and gifted enough to become World Junior Champion, Russian Champion and a World Cup runner-up, he’s gone long periods playing barely a game. In a recent interview he talked about his chess career so far, what he needs to change and how he sees chess in general.

Dmitry Andreikin with his family.



BHARAT SINGH CHAUHAN

#BharatSinghChauhan is a noted International Organiser and the President of Delhi Chess Association. He is also the CEO of the All India Chess Federation (AICF), Deputy President of the Asian Chess Federation, Chairman of the Commonwealth Chess Association, and the Chairman of the FIDE Technical Commission. To the chess players in India, he is better known as the organiser of the best tournament in India in terms of quality and the prize fund. ChessBase India did an in-depth interview with Mr. Chauhan, who talked about chess in India, the work of AICF in developing chess, his ideas of making chess richer and spectator friendly, nurturing of young talents, entrepreneurship, the economics of chess, chess in schools programme, and more.  http://chessbase.in/news/the-bsc-interview-01/

UPCOMING EVENTS


CHICAGO OPEN 2016


The 25th Annual Chicago Open will be held over Memorial Day weekend from May 26-30, 2016, at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, Illinois.The event has 8 sections.The Open Section is a 5-day tournament with FIDE norms possible. 

GRANDMASTER TOURNAMENT ODISHA

The 9th KIIT International Chess Festival will be held from May 23-30,2016 in Bhubaneswar,Orissa. The event has three sections and the total prize fund is 19 lakh rupees (nearly USD 28000).


VIDEOS



THEY SAID IT!

Life is like a game of Chess, changing with each move”                            (Chinese proverb)

Without error there can be no brilliancy”                                                     (Emanuel Lasker)

Could we look into the head of a Chess player, we should see there a whole world of feelings, images, ideas, emotion and passion”                                            (Alfred Binet)


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Chess Digest ( Vol 1 Issue 9)

WORLD

CARLSEN WINS NORWAY CHESS 2016



Current World Champion Magnus Carlsen won the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament 2016 held in Stavanger from April 18-30,2016.After seven rounds Magnus Carlsen looked almost certain to win the tournament, but then he lost against Levon Aronian in round eight, endangering his tournament win. But things went his way in round nine. Aronian drew against Pentala Harikrishna while Carlsen defeated Pavel Eljanov to win Norway Chess for the first time.

A beaming Carlsen with his family(file photo).




BATUMI FIDE WOMEN'S GRAND PRIX

For a long time the players in the Women's Grand Prix in Batumi all snatched points from each other and the lead changed all the time. Until Valentina Gunina took countermeasures: She simply won all her games! In the second last round,she defeated Zhao Xue and jumped to 7.0/10, one-and-half points more than her closest rival, and thus won the tournament with one round to go.In the last round,Zhao Xue again lost to Former Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, who went on to take the silver with 6.5/11 points.


A handshake before the decisive game: Valentina Gunina vs. Zhao Xue



TASHKENT OPEN 2016


Grandmaster Farrukh Amonatov from Tajikistan took the winner’s trophy in the 10th Tashkent Open – Memorial of Georgy Agzamov held from 18-26th April at the Shodlik Palace in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, after edging the European Blitz Champion Rauf Mamedov on tie-break.The two players finished on 7,5/9 points each.

WORLD AMATEUR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016

The World Amateur Chess Championships 2016 took place from 19-27th April, 2016, in Halkidiki, Greece on the northern coast of the Aegean Sea.The total prize fund was 9000 EUR.The U2300 section had 43 participants. Zhuban Bigabylov (Kazakhstan) and Toomas Valgmae (Estonia) shared the first place with 7,5/9 points each.Bigabylov was declared champion on better tie-break score.The U2000 section had 64 participants. The 21-years old Khulan Enkhsaikhan from Mongolia is the new champion with 7,5/9 points.The U1700 section had 45 participants. The 15-years old Jatin S N from India is the convincing winner with 8,5 points.




LJILJA DRLJEVIC IS SERBIAN WOMEN'S CHAMPION

The Serbian Women’s Chess Championship took place from 20-28th April at Hotel Šumarice in Kragujevac.Ten players with the average elo 2160 competed in the round robin tournament.WIM Ljilja Drljevic, member of chess club Radnički-Bone Ćuprija, cruised to the victory and her first national title despite the loss in the first round.

                                 

GM VIKTOR GAVRIKOV PASSES AWAY

The 1985 USSR chess champion GM Viktor Gavrikov has passed away this April 27th in a hospital in Burgas at the age of 59.Since 2015 he was part of the Modern Chess Magazine team, where he wrote brilliant articles including How To Play Against Isolated Queen’s Pawn – Lessons From Russian Chess School, Sicilian pawn structures, and many others.



WEI YI AND GUO QI  ARE CHINESE CHAMPIONS 2016


The Chinese Championships 2016 took place from 17th to 28th April and were played in Xinghua. Most of the top Chinese players were absent but with an Elo-average of 2586 the tournament was strong. Elo-favorite Wei Yi still cruised to a smooth victory. He did not lose a single game and won with 7.5/11. New Chinese Women's Champion is Guo Qi. She scored 8.0/11.

INDIA


A RESPECTABLE 50 PER CENT FOR HARIKRISHNA IN NORWAY

India No.2 Harikrishna Pentala is just seven points away from Viswanathan Anand in the live Elo list. With a rating of 2763 it was extremely important for Hari to prove that he could fight it out with the absolute elite players in the world. And he did pretty well. He scored 4.5/9 points with wins over Anish Giri and Li Chao in the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament held from April 18-30 in Stavanger. Indian fans will be looking for more such appearances by Hari so that his experience of playing at this level can match his undeniable talent. 





SYNA OPEN 2016

The SYNA International Open turned out to be a double delight for Maharashtra as the leading light from the state IM Anup Deshmukh finished second while GM Swapnil Dhopade was first.The much awaited SYNA Open 2016 kicked off on the 24th of April in the SYNA International school, Katni, Madhya Pradesh. The event lasted for six days till 29th April,2016.


INTERVIEWS



HARIKRISHNA PENTALA

India number two Pentala Harikrishna played in one of the strongest Round Robin tournaments of his career - The Altibox Norway Chess 2016. He performed very well scoring 4.5/9. In this interview he speaks about his tournament, how he prepared himself, what went wrong, how he fought back and how did he find Markus Ragger as his second.And what about his Elo race with Vishy Anand? Well, it is not so important is his straightforward reply!


BORIS GELFAND


In the first part of the interview with Boris Gelfand he spoke about the opening, middlegame, endgame, books he loved, focusing on chess. In the second part Boris tells us about his World Championship Match, how his family supports him, and when a player should think about going professional. He has extremely useful advice for parents of chess kids, and by the end of the article you will learn how to make beetroot salad with prunes and walnuts!




VIDEOS








THEY SAID IT!


“The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake”
                                                                                                               (Savielly Tartakover)

We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for sacrifices is part of a Chessplayer’s nature”                                                                             (Rudolf Spielman)                  
The chessboard is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the Universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature and the player on the other side is hidden from us”                                                                                                    (Thomas Huxley)