Thursday, 28 April 2016

Chess Digest ( Vol 1 Issue 8)


WORLD 



NORWAY CHESS 2016



The Norway Chess 2016, sponsored by Altibox, is being held in Stavanger from April 18-30. It is a ten player single round robin event and is  one of the strongest events of the first half of 2016.After 6 rounds, Current World Champion Magnus Carlsen is leading the tournament.The Norway Chess 2016 organizers note in a new press release, “The tournament takes great pride in being amongst the top rated chess tournaments in the world and has received a lot of attention by being a unique and different chess tournament.”




On the rest day, the players visited scholastic players at a local science museum, in addition to some friendly competition of "bubble soccer", fencing, and archery.


US CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 - CARUANA AND PAIKIDZE TRIUMPH



Fabiano Caruana won the US Chess Championship held from April 13-26,2016 at Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis by a full point. Wesley So and Hikaru Nakamura drew their final games to ensure they finished in joint second place, qualifying for an 18-round blitz tournament with Garry Kasparov that takes place from April 28-29,2016. Nazi Paikidze’s win in the US Women’s Championship was more dramatic, with pre-round leader Tatev Abrahamyan losing to 15-year-old Ashritha Eswaran, while Paikidze beat Irina Krush with Black.



Alexandra Wiener congratulates Caruana on his US triumph!
As the football cliche goes, it was men against boys in the last round...


BATUMI FIDE WOMEN'S GRAND PRIX



The Georgian Chess Federation, in partnership with the International Chess Federation (FIDE), is organizing the third leg of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix series 2015/2016.A round robin tournament with twelve of the best women players is being held in Batumi from the 19th of April until 2nd of May 2016.The participation of the two former Women's World Champions Maria Muzychuk and Alexandra Kosteniuk is an important part of attraction as well as the participation of 4(!) Georgian top women players : Nana Dzagnidze, Nino Batskiashvili, Bella Khotenashvili and Lela Javakishvili. After 6 rounds,Ukranian GM Anna Muzychuk is in the lead with 4/7 points.



PARLIGRAS IS ROMANIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION AFTER 15 YEARS


The Romanian National Championships were held from April 2-10 2016 in Baile Olanesti, a mountain resort famous for its thermal springs.It was a 51-player, nine round Swiss event with GM Constantin Lupulescu (2624) as the top seed. GM Mircea Parligras, who began as the second seed played sublime chess and won the tournament by a full point with a score of 7.5/9. 



Parligras - "Follow your dreams, and one day they will come true!"


DUBAI OPEN 2016


Dubai is a city known for its energy, optimism and openness to the people from across the globe. The eighteenth edition of Rashid Bin Hamdan Al Maktoum Cup opened on 10 April 2016 night and ended on 19 April 2016 at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club.The tournament established a new record in participation approximately 200 players from 41 countries, including 46 Grandmasters, of which 25 were rated above 2600.England’s Grandmaster Gawain Jones claimed the Dubai Open Chess Tournament after a masterful performance in the final round.



INDIA 



SURYA GANGULY WINS BANGKOK OPEN 2016


The 16th Bangkok Chess Club Open was held in Thailand from April 10-17 with a record 331 players from 43 countries in the Open, Challengers and Blitz tournaments, including 13 Grandmasters. India's Surya Shekhar Ganguly won the tournament finishing ahead in the tiebreaker by the narrowest of margins over Spain's Paco Vallejo. 





ASIAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2016


Approximately 470 young players assembled at Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia for the Asian Youth Chess Championship 2016. The tournament began on 6th April 2016 and came to a close on 14 April 2016 with the Indians scooping up a total of eight medals — three golds, two silvers, and three bronzes.While Divya Deshmukh, Praggnanandhaa R., and Anwesha Mishra dominated their respective categories to win the gold medals, Harshita Guddanti, and Iniyan P. got home the silver medals. Khushi Khandelwal, Aditya Mittal, and Vaishali R. also scored the bronze in their categories.


Team India with their prizes and medals. The winners in the rapid and blitz competitions were also awarded prizes simultaneously with the standard results.

VIDEOS












2016 U.S. Women's Championship: Winner Nazi Paikidze


2016 Altibox Norway Chess: Pentala Harikrishna After Round 6


Norway Chess 2016: Anish Giri After Round 5






MAGNUS SPEAKS WITH THE "DEUTSCHE WELLE"

Three days before the Altibox Norway Chess tournament, Klaudia Prevezanos interviewed Current World Champion Magnus Carlsen for the "Deutsche Welle" and Carlsen talked about computers, his preparation for the Norway Chess tournament, the World Championship, and his relationship to Sergey Karjakin .
http://www.dw.com/en/world-chess-champion-magnus-carlsen-the-computer-never-has-been-an-opponent/a-19186058



THEY SAID IT!



The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move”             (David Bronstein)

“Later, I began to succeed in decisive games. Perhaps because I realized a very simple truth: not only was I worried, but also my opponent”                                     (Mikhail Tal)

“Chess is everything: art, science and sport”                                           (Anatoly Karpov)


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Chess Digest ( Vol 1 Issue 7/MARCH 29-APRIL 4,2016)


WORLD


BMW I8 SUPER-CAR FOR SERGEY KARJAKIN?!


As you have registered by now, Sergey Karjakin won the Candidates Tournament in Moscow, and went home richer by €95,000. But he also received a special prize from the car manufacturer BMW: the super sports car BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid that sells at around $140,000.
Though,https://www.chess.com/ reports :"According to ACP President GM Emil Sutovsky, the BMW i8 is only Karjakin's for one month."



Sergey can now cruise the Russian highways at 250 kmh.


PHILADELPHIA OPEN 2016


The 10th Annual Philadelphia Open was held over the Easter weekend from March 23-27, 2016, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.The Open Section was a 5-day 9-round Swiss tournament with FIDE norms possible. 87 players competed in this group.The 15-years old IM Ruifeng Li and 2014 Serbian champion GM Aleksandar Indjic shared the first place with 7,0/9 points to earn $5225 each. Ruifeng Li took the winner’s trophy and bonus on better tie-break.


APRIL 2016 RATINGS

The star of the newest ratings list is without question Sergey Karjakin, who gained 19 Elo after winning the Candidates Tournament with a point ahead. However, one should not discount the incredible result by Ding Liren who gained 140 Blitz Elo and is now world no.3. Also of note is the drop in 2700 players, now matching the number from 2010.http://en.chessbase.com/post/april-2016-ratings-superb-karjakin-and-ding-liren



Ding Liren gained an incredible 140 Blitz Elo, with 48 games played over two events, including the blitz tournament from the Aeroflot Open, and the IMSA Mindgames. He is now 2875, and in the mix of four players at the top and very little to separate them from each other.

SPICE WINS FINAL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SIXTH TIME IN A ROW

Webster University’s chess team won the College Final Four Championship for the fourth consecutive time. The team finished with 8.5 points to win the tournament over three other universities.Susan Polgar’s Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) headed to New York March 31 to compete for the team’s sixth consecutive Final Four Championship and fourth consecutive championship as Webster’s chess team.The team consisted of Grand Masters Liem Le, Ray Robson, Illya Nyzhnyk, Aleksandr Shimanov, Vasif Durarbayliand Fidel Corrales Jimenez.





INDIA



DOEBERL CUP 2016: GANGULY FINISHES SECOND


Indian Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly finished second in the Doeberl Cup 2016 held from March 24-28 in Canberra, Australia. A total of 59 players competed in this event including 4 Grandmasters and 13 International Masters. Australian IM Morris James walked away with the title.

STRONG INDIAN CONTINGENT AT ASIAN YOUTH


The Asian Youth Championship 2016 will be held from April 6-16 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.India boasts a strong delegation ranging from 6-year old Jack Samuel to 18-year old International Master Krishna Teja N.Many exciting games are expected from the tournament with all the Indian players fighting for the top positions in their respective categories.



INTERVIEWS


KARJAKIN ON HIS CANDIDATES TRIUMPH


Sergey Karjakin is Magnus Carlsen’s challenger for the World Championship title after winning the Moscow Candidates Tournament by a full point.We take a look at some of his comments on the key moments of the tournament, his preparation and his expectations for the match against Carlsen this November.


INTERVIEW WITH THE WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPION


In March Hou Yifan, number one on the women's ranking list, regained the world title, which she had lost when she did not take part in the knock-out World Championship the year before. In an interview with Dagobert Kohlmeyer the World Champion criticises the mode of the Women's World Championship and reveals that her proposals for a different system were made in vain.

JU WENJUN


Ju Wenjun is one of the leading chess players of China. She has participated in many FIDE Grand Prix, finishing second many times. She has won the latest FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Tehran. She is an International Grandmaster, member of the national Chinese team, having won three Olympiads and three World Team Championships in this composition.

MUST READ ARTICLE:


LEARNED HELPLESSNESS IN CHESS

All chess players know the feeling – one or two bad or unexpected losses suddenly turn into a losing streak where nothing seems to go right. What’s going on, and what can we do to get out of that situation? Two Spanish psychologists suggest the concept of “learned helplessness” applies and suggest ways in which to overcome it, including the straightforward approach of solving simple tactical puzzles before a game.



BIOPICS OF GREAT PLAYERS




DOCUMENTARY ABOUT MIKHAIL TAL PREMIERED IN RIGA


The documentary “Mikhail Tal. From a distance.” by the award-winning director Stanislav Tokalov premiered on 31st March at the cinema Splendid Palace in Riga, Latvia.In the film, which includes archive footage and present-day interviews, the author tries to explore the feelings associated with the 8th World Chess Champion.“For me this train – Tal, is a train that rushes, sweeps, passes over us and finally shatters into pieces,” the director said in an interview for rus.lsm.lv



MAGNUS-THE CHESS MOVIE


The film "Magnus" will be aired at the prestigious TriBeCa festival in New York mid April. The 76-minute documentary has been compiled from more than 500 hours of footage shot over a decade.For now we have the trailer.






THEY SAID IT!



“Chess is the gymnasium of the mind”                                                (Blaise Pascal)


"At a chessboard, lies and hypocrisy have no place.The beauty of a chess combination lies in the fact that it is always truthful.The merciless truth, as expressed in chess, will overcome hypocrisy."                                                                                            (Emanuel Lasker)


Help your pieces so they can help you”                                             (Paul Morphy)





Magnus Carlsen while preparing openings...











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