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Capablanca Memorial, Round 3 Odds

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The 49th Capablanca Memorial is taking place in Havana, Cuba from May 8 to 18. The Elite group is comprised of Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768, Cuba), Vassily Ivanchuk (2753, Ukraine), Wesley So (2731, Philippines), Francisco Vallejo (2700, Spain), Zoltan Almasi (2693, Hungary) and Lazaro Bruzon (2682, Cuba).

There is also a Premier group (10 GMs/IMs) and an Open tournament.

Round 1 results of the Elite group:

Wesley So (2731) - Lazaro Bruzon Batista (2682), 1/2-1/2
Francisco Vallejo Pons (2700) - Zoltan Almasi (2693), 1/2-1/2
Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768) - Vassily Ivanchuk (2753), 1/2-1/2

Round 2 results of the Elite group:

Lazaro Bruzon Batista (2682) - Vassily Ivanchuk (2753), 1/2-1/2
Zoltan Almasi (2693) - Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768), 1/2-1/2
Wesley So (2731) - Francisco Vallejo Pons (2700), 1-0

Pairings and odds for Round 3:

Based on Peter Zhdanov's ChessBet model

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GM Carlsen - GM Caruana annotated by GM Naiditsch

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By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player
Best FIDE rating: 2737

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We are in the last round of the Gashimov Memorial. Both Carlsen and Caruana had 5.5/9 at this moment, so this was the game for the first place. After a not very ambitious opening, White managed to complicate the game anyhow. First it looked like Magnus should be on the right road to the tournament win, but I think that in the middle game Caruana had good chances to be perfectly fine. After the mistake 20...f5? and the great 28.e3! and 29.Rd3! Magnus left no more chances for survival to his opponent though.

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A Year in the Life of a Chess Grandmaster

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Thursday, 08 May 2014

By GM Davor Palo, Denmark
FIDE rating: 2562

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Hello folks.
It took me about a year to get back, but better late than never, right
Last time I wrote about my experience of getting back to elite chess after a long break and more.
Having notched up my first Danish Champion crown, it was a real pleasure to do it. Actually the same tournament this year has recently finished, and I skipped as I was unhappy about the conditions. Instead I did some work as a second, helping one of the players!
This win was probably the biggest for me - winning the Player of The Year award in Denmark. I didn't really think about this stuff until Jens Kristiansen suddenly drew my attention to the fact!
In fact I took part in a closed GM tournament in Aarhus to prepare for the championship (sounds silly, I know) and the result was nothing to complain about.
The performance of the Spaniard Jose Cuenca Jimenez was even more impressive, cause in spite of losing to both me and Maksimenko he scored a GM norm!
In our game I actually produced a novelty:

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Magnus Carlsen Comments on Vugar Gashimov Memorial'2014

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Magnus Carlsen gives an in-depth discussion on his experience at Shamkir Chess 2014, Gashimov Memorial in Baku. Join Magnus and his manager, Espen Agdestein for a discussion on what caused his 2 losses and other insights.

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GM Mamedyarov - GM Carlsen annotated by GM Balogh

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By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
Best FIDE rating: 2672

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The players arrived in different moods to this game. Carlsen had just unexpectedly lost two games in a row, while after a bad start Mamedyarov won a nice game against Caruana...

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014
By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, Editor of

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a similar level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

This week we have 18 featured games:

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Chess Cash Kings-2013: the Highest-Earning Chess Players in the World

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Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Viswanathan Anand (India) at the World Chess Championship Match-2013

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The idea of creating a live rating list of the prize money winnings of top GMs was suggested some years ago by Editor Peter Zhdanov. Making these financial details publicly available, he suggested, was a crucial step towards transforming chess into a mainstream sport and making it more popular. The first list was published in 2012, the second has just been compiled.

Annual money rankings are available for many reputable sports. For example, there are lists by Forbes:

  • The World's Highest-Paid Tennis Players Novak Djokovic has steamrolled the competition on the ATP Tour in 2011. He started the year with a 43-match winning streak and has racked up 57 wins against just two losses en route to his nine tournament titles this year. His year-to-date prize money is more than the combined total of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

  • Baseball's Highest-Paid Players 2014 Five years ago, four players made at least $20 million in salary. This season 22 players from 11 different clubs will earn at least $20 million. The highest-paid player in terms of cash received from salary and endorsements is Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies. Howard is in the third year of a five-year, $125 million contract extension he signed in 2010.

  • The NFL's Highest-Paid Players 2013 Drew Brees leads the way as the NFLs top earner between June 2012 and June 2013 with $51 million. Brees signed a five-year, $100 million contract extension last summer with the New Orleans Saints that included a $37 million signing bonus and a $3 million salary for the 2012 season.

  • The NHL's Highest-Paid players 2013 Sidney Crosby earns $12 million in salary this season from the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is the not the biggest salary in the game, but Sid the Kid remains the NHLs most marketable player resulting in endorsement and memorabilia income of $4.5 million. His total earnings, including off-ice income, of $16.5 million makes Crosby the NHLs highest-paid player.

  • The World's Best-Paid Soccer Players David Beckham made $44 million as a product pitchman in 2012, the best year in his career in terms of commercial endorsements. Lionel Messi score 91 goals in all competitions last year, and Barcelona will pay the Argentine $21.2 million a year to make him the highest on-the-pitch earner.

  • Nascar's Highest-Paid Drivers 2014 Nascar driver salaries have been shaved in recent years with fewer dollars available as sponsors cut back on their financial commitments to teams. Drivers that once made $4-6 million in salary are getting re-signed to deals for $3 million in some cases. Licensing and endorsement money has also dried up for all but the very elite drivers. Endorsement deals that once paid $500,000 a clip are now $250,000 and many have disappeared completely.

There is even an
all-time poker money list (Antoio Esfandairi leads with US $26 million). Unfortunately, this is not the case with chess, where financial data is scarce, and secretly handing out fees in envelopes is still a widespread practice.

In September 2010
a column by Natalia Pogonina was dedicated to the possible sources of income of chess players and estimates of their earnings. The idea of creating a live rating list of prize money winnings was suggested by Peter Zhdanov in an article published by ChessBase in January 2012. The key message of the latter publication was that making the financial details publicly available is a crucial step towards transforming chess into a mainstream sport and making the game more popular. In February 2013 the Chess Cash Kings 2012 list was published. This is the second issue of the list, featuring data for the year 2013.

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Sunday Puzzle-60

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Sunday, 04 May 2014
Puzzle courtesy of Barry R. Clarke, columnist for The Daily Telegraph and international puzzle expert
For more puzzles check out his book "Mathematical Puzzles and Curiosities" on Amazon

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The Beauty Contest

House name
Miss Myafare
Sheep shearer
Miss Slapinum
Mud wrestler
Mrs Nookie

Cut-throat Close had a bad reputation for crime and violence so the residents decided to organize a beauty contest to try to raise the community spirit. Unfortunately, as one might expect, there was some mischief when the results were recorded. Although each item was in the correct column, one column had three items correctly positioned, one had just one item correct and one had no item correct. Police Officer Wazzup had to sort out the muddle and subsequently discovered the following facts.
(1)   Either Miss Slapinum or Miss Myafare were at neither Wyewurry nor Duncheatin.
(2)   Mrs Nookie was not first.
(3)   The bullfighter came just before Miss Myafare.
Can you give the correct contestant, house name and occupation for each position?

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GM Rapport - GM Laznicka annotated by GM Naiditsch

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By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player
Best FIDE rating: 2737

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We are in the 8th round of the Neckar Open. Both players are leading the event with a great score of 6.5/7. One thing I have to add is that it is the biggest traditional open in Germany, with over 700 participants and a lot of Top GMs. It is also a very hard open to play in because of the daily double rounds, so sometimes you get a 10hours chess playing day.

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GM Hou Yifan's Notable Games

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By CM Tryfon Gavriel, England
Best FIDE rating: 2250

CM Tryfon Gavriel aka Kingscrusher commentates on Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan's recent games from the Khanty Mansyisk Grand Prix.

Other videos by Kingscrusher:
WGM Natalia Pogonina's notable games - Part II
WGM Natalia Pogonina's notable games - Part I
Playlist of Natalia's games (11 videos)

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