Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Chess Digest ( Vol 1 Issue 6/MARCH 22-28,2016)


WORLD


CANDIDATES 2016


Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana went into the final round of the Candidates tied for first, with Caruana needing to win with black to qualify. That was not to be – Sergey mated his opponent in a Sicilian Rauzer in 42 moves. Anand drew Svidler, Giri-Topalov and Nakamura-Aronian were also drawn. 
So Sergey Karjakin is the Challenger for the World Championship in November.
Initially,Sergey was not considered one of the favourites going into the eight Grandmaster event,but showed his great skill by losing only one game to finish alone first with 8.5/14 points.
Veselin Topalov was a distant last.The Bulgarian commented, “I don’t have a problem to accept that my time is probably gone"







ALTIBOX NORWAY 2016 QUALIFIER



The Altibox Norway Chess Qualifier took place from 23-26th March 2016, during Easter Chess Festival in Fagernes.GM Nils Grandelius took clear first place after getting the best score in both the classical and rapid parts of the tournament.The Swedish grandmaster is now qualified for the super tournament Altibox Norway Chess from 18th -24th April 2016 in Stavanger. The other participants are Carlsen, Kramnik, Giri, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Topalov, Karjakin, Eljanov and Harikrishna.



NATIONAL AZERBAIJAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2016



Grandmaster Eltaj Safarli and Woman Grandmaster Narmin Kazimova are crowned chess champions of Azerbaijan for 2016 after convincingly winning their respective sections in the Azerbaijan Championship held from March 15-23.Safarli collected 8,0/9 points leaving the nearest followers point and a half behind. GM Nijat Abasov is second (on tie-break) and FM Nail Bashirli is third. Kazimova also scored 8,0/9 points and the nearest opposition was full two points behind. WFM Aydan Hojjatova is second and WGM Gulnar Mammadova is third.





DIEGO SALAZAR REMOVED FROM POST OF FRENCH CHESS FEDERATION PRESIDENT


The General Assembly of the French Chess Federation that was held on 26th March voted to remove Diego Salazar from the post of the President, The Chess & Strategy reports.First the President’s report has been rejected with 635 votes against, 290 for and 57 abstentions. The financial report was rejected with similar majority 656 against, 173 for, 185 abstentions.After the break for consultations, the Assembly voted the impeachment of President Salazar with big majority: 623 in favor, 92 abstentions, 303 against. An early election will be held in September 2016.




INDIA



VISWANATHAN ANAND IN CANDIDATES


It is said that the game of chess is getting younger and younger every day. But here is a 46-year-old person who not only fought for the top places in a grueling event like the Candidates, but was matching blow for blow against opponents nearly half his age. Vishy Anand provided us with some edge of the seat entertainment at the Moscow Candidates, finishing with 7.5/14 and a respectable third place. 

“Bit of a roller coaster. I had some very good moments. In the end third is a good result, but I think I spoilt some really good chances. It could just have been a dream tournament. Then again you cannot pick and choose – you cannot just keep the wins and say the losses shouldn’t have happened. Mixed feelings but at least I will go back with something positive”, this is how Vishy Anand described his experience at the Candidates 2016. Truly, it was a complete roller coaster not only for him but for all the millions of his fans back home who were eagerly following each and every move of the fourteen games that he played at the event.






THE ASIAN NATIONS CUP 2016


The Asian Nations Cup Chess Championship began on 28th March,2016 at the Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan Hotel with 20 countries competing for the right to represent Asia in the World Chess Team Championship. Team India, led by top coaches R.B. Ramesh and Vishal Sareen, are obvious contenders for the title in both the men's and women's section, but we are facing the great wall of China, the country that remains the overwhelming favourite.





INTERVIEWS THIS WEEK



CHINESE GM WANG HAO


Every prodigy has their story, how they started, what took them to chess, and more. In this profile and interview, the elite Chinese player Wang Hao is revealed to the readers, from his first steps as a youngster in a country where western chess is a distant third to Go or Chinese Chess, to his fantastic leaps as he became a grandmaster almost overnight.In the second part of the profile of Wang Hao, the 26-year-old player shares his dire predictions of the future of classical chess, and his opinion of Magnus Carlsen's play. He also goes into detail on his passion for Manga, and his recommendations, as well as eclectic reading tastes from modern fantasy such as The Witcher to literary giants like Yukio Mishima.







INDIAN GM ABHIJEET GUPTA


26-year-old GM Abhijeet Gupta tasted a resounding success recently when he won the extremely strong Reykjavik Open 2016 in Iceland. And this is not the first time he is stamping his class by winning a strong Open. He has done this time and again.The Indian, the last one to win a World Junior for our country, granted ChessBase India a crisp interview, where he details his approach to chess, his career and more.




VIDEOS THIS WEEK



Sergey Karjakin wins the FIDE Candidates Tournament by Chess.com


FIDE Candidates Tournament:Fabiano Caruana after the final round by Chess.com


Karjakin-Caruana, Candidates Chss 2016 : Analysis by Robin Van Kampen












THEY SAID IT!



Some part of a mistake is always correct”                                   (Savielly Tartakover)



Excellence at Chess is one mark of a scheming mind”             (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)



Chess is a forcing house where the fruits of character can ripen more fully than in life
                                                                                                  (Edward Morgan Foster)




This is a picture from the year 2006 of the players who will play against each other in New York this December.Can you guess?!!
                           



Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Chess Digest ( Vol 1 Issue 5/MARCH 15-21,2016)


WORLD


CANDIDATES


With a major victory against Aronian in the ninth round on Monday, Vishy Anand joined Karjakin at the top position in the Candidates tournament in Moscow. At the end of three rounds, Levon Aronian (Armenia), Viswanathan Anand (India) and Sergey Karjakin (Russia) were in the lead. Sergey Karjakin became the sole leader after round 4 by defeating Vishy Anand with the help of a highly interesting novelty.This remained the case until Aronian defeated Hikaru Nakamura(USA) in a dramatic encounter in the sixth round to share the lead with Sergey. Vishy also won his sixth round match against Peter Svidler(Russia) in a fast-paced kingside attack.In the 7th round,all games were drawn except that of the two tailenders, Nakamura and Topalov,which was won by the American.The 8th round of the tournament marked the beginning of the second half of the tournament. Caruana beat his compatriot Nakamura when both launched attacks against the enemy kings. It is still anybody's guess as to who would take on the defending Champion Magnus Carlsen this November. 





EXHIBITION OPENED IN MOSCOW


Photo exhibition “The Moscow Gambit” opened on Thursday at the history museum Gorky Park as part of the Candidates Tournament program.The well-known Moscow veteran 90-year-old Ivan Slyusarenko and top Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi opened the event. 



The exhibition is presenting the 100 years of chess culture in the Russian capital.


ROMANIAN INTERNATIONAL OPEN 2016


The Romanian International Open 2016 is being held from March 16-23 in Alba Iulia, one of the most beautiful cities of Transylvania.There are 34 participants from 8 countries, with an average rating of 2352.Eleven Grandmasters are participating of whom the top seed GM Istratescu Andrei,GM Nevednichy Vladislav and IM Deac Bogdan-Daniel are leading with 5/7 points. 


MID-AMERICA OPEN 2016


The 20th Annual Mid-America Open was held from March 18-20 in St. Louis,Missouri.The main open section had 57 participants.GM Alexandr Shimanov took a clear first place with 4.5/5 points to claim the top prize of $2100.The total prize fund was $20,000.


BOBBY FISCHER'S SECOND LOMBARDY FACES EVICTION


The New York Times has a big story on William Lombardy, a former catholic priest and strong chess Grandmaster, who coached and seconded Bobby Fischer from the age of eleven to the World Championship in 1972. Lombardy, now 78, faces eviction from his apartment in New York, over rent arrears that he hotly disputes. 


William James Lombardy is an American chess Grandmaster, chess writer, teacher, and a former Catholic priest.



INDIA



INDIAN SUCCESS IN ICELAND


The Reykjavik Open has finished, and the big Indian delegation, comprising all of exactly two players, was incredibly successful! GM Abhijeet Gupta crowned himself as the winner of the 2016 edition of this prestigious open on top of Andreikin and Cheparinov. Meanwhile IM Tania Sachdev bagged not only the best woman's prize, but also her second GM norm.


Indian Summer in the Icelandic Capital!



ALL-INDIA PUBLIC SECTOR CHESS TOURNAMENT 2016


Hosted by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. at Mysuru the All-India Public Sector Chess Tournament 2016 was held from 14-18 March 2016. Almost all of India's top players are employed by the petroleum companies and they were present to represent their teams in this six-team round-robin contest held with the time control of 45 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move one.The tournament was won by Team ONGC, represented by manager D.V. Prasad, Krishnan Sasikiran, Vidit Gujrathi, Koneru Humpy, Deep Sengupta and Neelotpal Das.


YOUNG STAR-DEV SHAH


Just eight, but this budding Mumbai chess prodigy Dev Shah exhibits the promise to make it to India's chess elite one day. Though he had been playing quite well for some time, it was his Silver medal in the U-8 World Youth Chess Championship in Greece which forced the Indian chess circuit to sit up and take notice of this Class III student.


Proud of his picks!


INTERVIEWS


KIDS INTERVIEW MAGNUS CARLSEN


In February Magnus Carlsen was in Hamburg, Germany to play a simul. Henrike and Luis, two young chess players were invited by "Dein Spiegel", a magazine for children between the age of 8 and 14, to interview the World Champion. They used the chance to ask unusual and open questions, e.g. whether Carlsen cries after losing a game or why chess is better than the Gameboy.





GIRI : "MAGNUS AND I ARE VERY CLOSE IN TERMS OF STYLE"


Anish Giri, the world no. 4 and the youngest player in the 2016 Candidates Tournament, is only one point off the lead with five rounds to go and still has a real chance of qualifying for a World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen. So far, though, he’s mainly attracted criticism for a super-solid approach that has led to nine draws in nine games. What does Anish himself think about his style? He talked about it in a long interview before the event.



VIDEOS THIS WEEK



Fide Candidates : Fabiano Caruana by Chess.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM1J-cZQrZI


GM Joel Benjamin's Game of the Week by Internet Chess Club
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wjx5cxCOF-Q


Candidates Chess,Analysis : Nakamura vs Topalov by Chess24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_GkWnoAkV0



THEY SAID IT


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)



“Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine”                                                                                                 (Spielmann)


A player surprised is half beaten”                                                          (Proverb) 





By Jose Diaz


Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Chess Digest ( Vol 1 Issue 4/MARCH 8-14,2016)


WORLD


CANDIDATES


After three rounds, Levon Aronian (Armenia), Viswanathan Anand (India)
and Sergey Karjakin(Russia) are in the lead.Vishy started off with a flyer by winning against Topalov in the first round. In the second round, Nakamura lost to Karjakin and then Topalov allowed Aronian to join the leaders after the third round as he was not able to cope with excellent opening preparation by the Armenian.
Beforehand, more or less anyone could win the Candidates' Tournament but today it looks like we are down to seven potential winners. It might be somewhat early to say so, but Veselin Topalov does seem to lack the form to emerge victoriously at the end of this month.Perhaps he is simply not too comfortable being in Russia. Ever since #Toiletgate, the scandal during his 2006 world championship match with Vladimir Kramnik, the relation between the Danailov/Topalov camp and the Russian chess scene has been tense. 



The first move was made by the Russian U9 Champion on the 14th.


"I think it will be one of the three: Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin - that’s what I would say. Everything else is pure guesswork." Magnus Carlsen,the current World Champion on who would be his challenger.



WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP


It was certainly a curious match in terms of openings choices, with neither player opting for their pet Sicilians... until the last match. In a do or die situation, Mariya Muzychuk knew that a symmetrical opening held little hope, and chose the Classical Sicilian. After a lengthy and fascinating battle on both wings, Hou Yifan emerged victorious and is the new World Champion.


Hou Yifan undergoing a metal detector test before the final game. 




NAJER WINS AEROFLOT OPEN,GELFAND IS SILVER


After a hectic sprint in the final round, several players were content to secure their places in the standings, while others fought for more. Among the latter was top-seed GM Boris Gelfand, whose tie for first place with GM Evgeny Najer depended on a last-round win, which he pulled off, and a bit of luck. In third was Polish GM Bartel Mateusz.



GM WANG HAO WINS HD-BANK CUP


The 6th HDBank Cup 2016 took place from 8-13th March in Vietnam.The event was a 9-round Swiss open tournament with an average Elo rating of 2350. Chinese player GM Wang Hao emerged a solo winner in competition of 71 players from 12 different countries. He scored 8/9 points and played at Elo performance of 2889 to lift the trophy.




 WIth Wang Hao in Al-Ain Classic in December 2015,which he won with a round to spare.I never miss a chance of getting clicked with champions!



INDIA



REYKJAVIK OPEN



The 31st Reykjavik Open is underway in the Icelandic capital.With more than 230 participants and many top grandmasters ,it boasts of a strong field. The Harpa Hall, where the tournament is played, is another attraction. After eight of ten rounds GM Abhijeet Gupta of India is leading with 7/8.Half a point behind follow GM Nils Grandelius and GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar.
Both the Indian players,Abhijeet Gupta and Tania Sachdev, are showcasing great skills with some extraordinary play.With a score of 6/8, IM Tania Sachdev should be hoping to make it to the top-10.


YOUNG STAR-DIVYA DESHMUKH


At a tender age of 11,this girl from Maharashtra already has many International medals to her credit (including the World U-10 Championship title).In the 8th Chennai Open Grandmaster Tournament,she defeated many senior players with her magnificent play and gained a whopping 130 Elo Points. Like other Indian young prodigies,she too is going to be an attention grabber in the coming years.




I have seen her rejecting draw offers even in dead draw positions!




VIDEOS THIS WEEK


Chess Candidates' Tournament 2016: Round 3 Games Analyzed

ChessCenter: FIDE Candidates Starts with Controversy


FIDE Candidates 2016 - GM Alex Yermolinsky Recaps Round 2 for chessclub.com

THEY SAID IT!

That’s what Chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one”  Bobby Fischer

Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one knows in advance which half” (Jan Timman)

When in doubt... play Chess!” (Tevis)





Tuesday, 8 March 2016


Chess Digest ( Vol 1 Issue 3/MARCH 1-7,2016)



WORLD


AEROFLOT OPEN 2016

In the 13th edition of the Aeroflot Open 2016 being held in Moscow (Feb 29-March 10)five players(GM Bartel Mateusz,GM Fedoseev Vladimir,GM Najer Evgeniy,GM Matlakov Maxim,GM Gelfand Boris) are  leading with 5.0/7 and a pack of 15 players on 4.5/5 follow them after seven rounds.With two more rounds to go,lets see if the top seed GM Boris Gelfand is able to walk away with the championship.


WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

On March 2nd, 2016 the first game of Women’s World Chess Championship Match started between the current World Champion Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine and Challenger Hou Yifan of China (former World Champion 2010-2012, 2013-2015) in Lviv, Ukraine. Mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovyi and one of the most promissing young players of Ukraine 6-year-old Kalyna Furmanova inaugarated the Championship by making the first move, e2-e4, with the white pieces.By winning the second game,Hou Yifan now leads 2.5:1.5 with six games to go.


Radiant Smiles!



AMERICAN CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Campeonato Continental Femenino, the American Continental Women's Championship, took place from 19th to 29th February and was played in Lima, the capital of Peru. After some tense moments rating favorite and Peruvian celebrity Deysi Cori won with 7.5/9.



ANDREY FILATOV IS AWARDED LEGION OF HONOR

On March 2, 2016, His Excellency Mr. Jean-Maurice Ripert, Ambassador of France in Russia, presented Andrey Filatov, President of the Russian Chess Federation, with the Legion of Honor. The award ceremony took place in the building of the first chess museum in Russia, located at 14 Boulevard Gogol in Moscow, where dignitaries were present in great pomp.



CHESS TO ENJOY:THE CAFE BATAVIA TOURNAMENT

The Batavia tournament in the Batavia Café in Amsterdam celebrates Dutch coffeehouse chess culture. In the eighth edition of the tournament, which took place from 18th to 28th February 2016, ten players - a good mix of talent and experience - took part to play a nine-game round robin. The three grandmasters,GM Sabino Brunello from Italy, GM Friso Nijbour from the Netherlands and Danish GM Lars Schandorff held their own against the younger generation and took the first three places.


Back in the days Max Euwe, who in 1935 became World Champion, played 
his very first tournament in such a café. 




FOLLOW THESE:


REYKJAVIK OPEN 2016

The Reykjavik Open 2016 will be held for the 31st time from 8-16th March, 2016, in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm. concert hall, in Reykjavik, Iceland.246 players are registered to take part, among them being four members of the 2700-club.



CANDIDATES

This 14-round event, which determines the next Challenger to Magnus Carlsen's title, will take place in Moscow from March 10–30.The 2016 Candidates will see eight players, including six of the World’s top-ten rated grandmasters, representing six countries, taking part.


Magnus Carlsen will play the winner of the Candidates Tournament in New York in a 12-game match that starts on November 11th.




INDIA



MAGNUS CARLSEN AND VISHY ANAND CLASH AGAIN

Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand played two World Championship matches and in 2016 they will meet again: in the Bilbao Chess Grand Slam Masters Final 2016, a six-player round-robin that will take place from 20th to 30th July. Hikaru Nakamura also confirmed to play and thus it will be one of the strongest and most prestigious tournaments of the year.



HARIKRISHNA ENTERS NORWAY CHESS 2016

The Norway Chess 2016, sponsored by Altibox, is scheduled to take place in Stavanger from April 18-30. It is going to be a ten player single round robin event.Six of the names had been released in January: the World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), the ex world champions Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Anish Giri (Netherlands), and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France).On 6th March, the Altibox announced a new website design on its facebook page and the header image reveals three more players: World Cup winner Sergey Karjakin, Pentala Harikrishna and Pavel Eljanov.



YOUNG INDIAN STAR-PRAGGNANANDHAA R

Praggnanandhaa,the 10-year-old prodigy from South India picked up his first IM Norm at the 30th Festival International des Jeux de Cannes which was held from Feb 24-Feb 28.It was a nine-round swiss event with 79 titled players out of the total 111 in the A-group with 19 Grandmasters.
This two-time World Youth Champion(U-8 & U-10) is going to be a treat to watch in the coming year.





He is simply amazing!!




MUST READ INTERVIEWS




BORIS SPASSKY:"I'M WAGING A WAR"

The 10th World Chess Champion Boris Spassky has always been one of the most eloquent men in chess, and although the 79-year-old now struggles to move too far from his Moscow apartment little else seems to have changed. In a new interview he discusses an acrimonious divorce, the portrayal of himself and Bobby Fischer in the film Pawn Sacrifice, what really happened during the 1972 match (was one of his seconds a US spy?), his encounters with Viktor Korchnoi and much more.
(https://chess24.com/en/read/news/boris-spassky-i-m-waging-a-war)



LEVON ARONIAN:"THEY WROTE ME OFF"

Levon Aronian sneaked into the 2016 Candidates Tournament at the last possible opportunity, failing to qualify but gaining the wild card of the Armenian sponsors. In a new interview he talks about his desire to exploit that opportunity and prove he’s the best, while he also discusses his early days when people had given up on his chances of ever becoming a top player.
(https://chess24.com/en/read/news/levon-aronian-they-wrote-me-off)





VIDEOS THIS WEEK

GM Joel Benjamin's Game Of the Week for Chessclub.com (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPgrcTuR12o)

NM Heisman's "Improve Your Chess" at Chessclub.com (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgqfv-ZLcWc)

GM Yermolinsky's "Every Russian Schoolboy Knows!" at Chessclub.com (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw3n-Y7r6p4)

GM Ronen Har-Zvi's Greatest Hits! - Mikhail Botvinnik #2 - at Chessclub.com (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34tz39pNXAw)


THEY SAID IT!

Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events”--Benjamin Franklin

“The hardest game to win is a won game”--Emanuel Lasker