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How to Avoid Blunders. Chuzhakin's System

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Monday, 01 December 2014

By Evgeny Chuzhakin, Russia
Best FIDE rating: 2222

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A new technique for analyzing positions at the interface of strategy and tactics will considerably improve your playing and prevent you from making blunders.

Why is this system useful for a chess player?

It will considerably reduce the number of blunders, especially combination oversights
It will allow you to play with more confidence and make an efficient use of time because there will be less squares on the board which need your attention
It will instruct you when you should calculate tactical variants and when you can do without it
It will help you find unexpected combinations owing to an simple and efficient algorithm
It will tell you how to arrange your pieces to create tactical threats to your opponent
It will me it easier to search for defense in a poor position
It will show a new positional principle for a better strategic maneuvering
It will reduce the number of variants which you have to calculate to analyze a position or chose a move.

What is new about the system and how is it different from what was known before?

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 December 2014 )

Russian Superfinal 2014: Preview

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Venue: Kazan, Russia
Schedule: November 28 - December 7; rest day on December 3
Format: round robin, 9 rounds
Time control: each players gets 90m/40 moves, 30 minutes for the rest of the game and 30s/move starting from move one
Prize fund: appr. $150,000 total and $108k in the men's event ($25k for 1st); $42k in the women's event ($11k for the 1st place)
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Meet the players:

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Sergey Karjakin
2770 Rating

Dmitry Jakovenko
2745 Top League
Peter Svidler
2743 Russian Superfinal 2013, gold

Nikita Vitiugov
2738 Russian Superfinal 2013, bronze
Alexander Morozevich
2724 Rating
Ian Nepomniachtchi
2714 Russian Superfinal 2013, silver
Igor Lysyj
2686 Top League
Denis Khismatullin
2679 Top League

Boris Grachev
2669 Top League
Vadim Zvjaginsev
2655 Top League

Notable absentees (2700+ only): Grischuk (2795), Kramnik (2760), Andreikin (2717), Tomashevsky (2714), Malakhov (2708).

The oldest participant is 7-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler (38). The youngest player is Ian Nepomniachtchi (24), who won the event in 2010.

Introducing the ladies:

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 November 2014 )

FIDE Youth Chess Olympiad Hosted by Hungary Already Breaks Records

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Monday, 10 November 2014

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Only four months after the Chess Olympiad in Tromso where the greatest chess players of the world competed against each other it is already time to have a look at the best talents of the next generation. In December this year Hungary may organize a Chess Olympiad for the first time, the competition for youth aged under 16 years. The
​e​vent takes place in the city of Győr and with more than a month ​to​ the start the organizers have already confirmed the entries of more participant nations than ever before at any Youth Chess Olympiad. It really seems that the best chess talents of all five continents will be present in Hungary between 12th-22nd December. Awarding the right of organization to Hungary is a clear sign of high international recognition of chess life in the country which is rightly confirmed by the fact that Judit Polgar (who has been leading the FIDE world women's rankings for more than 25 years) has agreed to be the face of the event representing talent and the Hungarian chess traditions all in one person or we could even say legend. By mentioning Judit Polgar let us not forget that after FIDE tightened on a rule that had existed earlier. Participation of girls is now guaranteed. In each team a maximum four of the five team members can be a boy.

The promo video ​of the Youth Chess Olympiad 2014 ​features Judit Polgar, Csaba Balogh,​Olympic Silver medalist, ​Benjamin Gledura who was European Champion of his age group and Kata Karacsonyi who was the first to follow in the footsteps of Judit Polgar to win the National Championship, topping all boys in their age groups.


You can find more information about the FIDE U-16 World Youth Chess Olympiad 2014 on the official website of the event.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 10 November 2014 )

Blitz Chess Tactics

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Monday, 03 November 2014

Black to move, blitz game

1. How should Black proceed?
2. What is the strongest reply for White to Black's move?

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Last Updated ( Monday, 03 November 2014 )

Government Award for Natalia Pogonina

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

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According to the Decree of President of the Russian Federation (October 25, 2014, #680), Natalia Pogonina was awarded the Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", II class for her "large contirbution to physical culture and sports and for high sporting achievements at the XXXXI International Chess Olympiad in Tromso".

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 October 2014 )

Prize from the Governor & Students' Initiation

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Sunday, 05 October 2014

Natalia Pogonina received a special prize for her sport achievements from the Governor of the Saratov region Valery Radaev and became the honorary guest of the ceremony of initiation of students in Saratov. This is a traditional large annual celebration. You can see Natalia sitting in the VIP lounge next to the Governor @ 1:04 of the video:

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 October 2014 )

Blitz with Commentary 4

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Friday, 03 October 2014

By IM David Pruess, USA
Best FIDE rating: 2438

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IM David Pruess commentates on his own blitz games in Caro-Kann and Alekhine:

Other videos by David:
Logic in Complex Openings
Blitz w/Commentary 3
Blitz w/Commentary 2
Blitz w/Commentary
Attacking in Chess: Reserves

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Last Updated ( Friday, 03 October 2014 )

Natalia Pogonina Interviewed by TVC

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Thursday, 02 October 2014

Natalia Pogonina greeted the reporters at her home, showed them some of her rewards and told them about her motivation, playing chess and her hobbies.

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Natalia Pogonina Interviewed by 50 Moves

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Thursday, 02 October 2014

The October 2014 issue of 50 Moves features, among other columns, interviews with:

WGM Natalia Pogonina (member of the Russian women's winning Olympic team)
GM Wang Yue (member of the Chinese men's winning Olympic team)
FM Anton Smirnov, Australian chess prodigy

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 October 2014 )

Bilbao Masters & European Club Cup

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

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Bilbao, Spain is hosting both the Bilbao Masters super tournament and the European Club Cup from September 14 to 20.

The Bilbao Masters Final is the last tournament for Viswanthan Anand before facing Magnus Carlsen in a World Chess Championship match in November in Sochi, Russia.

Double round robin, six players:
Levon Aronian (2804), #2 in the world
Viswanathan Anand (2785), #5
Ruslan Ponomariov (2717), #32
Francisco Vallejo Pons (2712), #38

52 men's and 9 women's teams will be taking part in the European Club Cup. The format is a 7-round swiss. Men's teams have 6 players + 2 reserve ones; women's teams have a 4+1 line-up.

Let's take a look at all the 2700+ participants:

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 September 2014 )
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