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Top GM Secrets Issue #151

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Sunday, 18 January 2015


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Issue #151 of the weekly chess newsletter "Top GM Secrets" has been released.
It is delivered by e-mail on Fridays in both pdf and pgn formats.

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Editorial Preface. Tata Steel Chess. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Vassily Ivanchuk (2715) - GM Loek Van Wely (2667), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Ding Liren (2732) - GM Fabiano Caruana (2820), Tata Steel Chess, 0-1 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. Accelerated Queen's Indian, 3.Nf3 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion.
David vs. Goliath. 23 upsets of the week by Peter Zhdanov, Chief Editor of Pogonina.com.
10 Tactical Puzzles from Recent Games. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Endgame Section. GM Vassily Ivanchuk (2715) - GM Baadur Jobava (2727), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh. GM Ivan Saric (2666) - GM Levon Aronian (2797), Tata Steel Chess, 1/2-1/2 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.
Chess and the City. "Ben Oni", a tribute to the late GM Vugar Gashimov by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493.
Clash of the Titans. Lajos Portisch - Vassily Smyslov, Amsterdam Interzonal 1964, 0-1 annotated by GM Kamil Miton, best FIDE rating - 2655.
Surprise Section/Study. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Solutions to the puzzles from Top GM Secrets #150.

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Natalia Pogonina on the Board of Honor in Saratov

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Sunday, 11 January 2015


Natalia Pogonina has been featured on the Board of Honor in Saratov. You can find her image at the central square of the city.

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Top GM Secrets Issue #150

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Saturday, 10 January 2015


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Issue #150 of the weekly chess newsletter "Top GM Secrets" has been released.
It is delivered by e-mail on Fridays in both pdf and pgn formats.

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Editorial Preface. Hastings Chess Congress, Australian Open, Tata Steel Chess. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Nils Grandelius (2581) - GM Maxim Turov (2591), Rilton Cup, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. IM Miklas Galyas (2428) - GM Maxim Rodshtein (2676), Hastings Masters, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. Accelerated Queen's Indian, 3.f3 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion. NEW
David vs. Goliath. 18 upsets of the week by Peter Zhdanov, Chief Editor of Pogonina.com.
10 Tactical Puzzles from Recent Games. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Endgame Section. GM Sergey Ivanov (2559) - IM Aryan Tari (2485), Rilton Cup, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh. GM Maxim Rodshtein (2676) - GM Keith Arkell (2489), Hastings Masters, 0-1 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.
Chess and the City. "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is "the most talented" of them all?" by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493. NEW
Clash of the Titans. Robert James Fischer - Raymond Allen Weinstein, USA Championship 1960, 1-0 annotated by GM Kamil Miton, best FIDE rating - 2655.
Surprise Section/Study. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Solutions to the puzzles from Top GM Secrets #149.

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Naiditsch Victorious in Basel

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GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2731) didn't rest on his laurels a single day after winning Weihnachtsopen. Instead he went to Basel and claimed the 1st place there as well.
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GM Arkadij Naiditsch
won the "Masters" section of the Basel chess festival. Weihnachtsopen in Zurich. The tournament was held from December January 1 to 5 and featured 80 participants.

The ultimate round turned out to be quite dramatic: GM Rapport (2716) lost a 21-move game with White against GM Pavlovic (2472). As a result, 5 players finished tied for 1st place, but Arkadij's tie-breaker turned out to be the best.

Final standings:
1-5. GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2731), Germany; IM Alexandr Donchenko (2523), Germany; GM Bonelli Itturizaga (2654), Venezuela; IM Matthias Dann (2457), Germany; GM Milos Pavlovic (2472), Serbia - 5.5/7
6-10. IM Rasmus Svane (2507), Germany; GM Benjamin Bok (2572), Germany; GM Yannick Pelletier (2572), Switzerland; IM Felix Graf (2472), Germany; GM Vlastimil Hort (2432), Germany - 5/7
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How Many Games Did Super GMs Play in 2014?

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Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2744), a second of Viswanathan Anand, has become a super GM himself. In 2014 he overtook Maxime Vachier-Lagrave as the most active top player in the world.

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One of the common questions asked by chess fans is: "How many games per year should I play?". While the answer strongly depends on the player's personality and level, it is still worth taking a look at what the leading GMs are doing. We have been monitoring the tournament schedules of the world's top-20 players for the last 5 years and sharing our observations with you.

Data for years 2009-2013

Please read further to view the statistics for year 2014:


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Naiditsch Won Weihnachtsopen

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GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2731) scored 6.5/7 in Weihnachtsopen and performed at 2855 level
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GM Arkadij Naiditsch
won the "Masters" section of Weihnachtsopen in Zurich. The tournament was held from December 26 to 30 and featured 117 participants, including 14 GMs and 34 other titled players. Congratulations!

A special mention goes to the first chess coach of Magnus Carlsen, IM Ringdal Hansen Torbjørn. He took the third place.

Final standings:
1. GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2713), Germany, 6.5/7
2. GM Laszlo Gonda (2542), Hungary, 6/7
3-5. IM Ringdal Hansen Torbjorn (2470), Norway; GM Georg Meier (2640), Germany; GM Richard Rapport (2716), Hungary - 5.5/7
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Podium Shuffle - Round 10 Report

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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

None of the three teams having ensured a medal the night before maintained its position after the dramatic tenth round.

Top-seed India defeated the ambitious team of Turkey with 3-1 in a match without draws while a reborn Russian squad crushed Ukraine by 3,5-0,5.


The winning handshake


India's main scorer, Aravindh Chithambaram, was the first one to win today


The reborn and highly motivated Russian team managed to finish just one step away from their maximal goal

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Putting all on the Winning Card - Round 9 Report

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The results of the ninth round brought up an unusual situation: the medalists are known already, but their order is yet to be decided by the last round.

India defeated Romania with 2,5-1,5 after a relatively "dry" match with just one decisive game. Russia beat Germany by the same score, but their first board lost while the last two brought the decisive victories. Just like in the previous round, Iran's score against Poland 1 (3,5-0,5) is typical for the start of the tournament and not for the decisive days.



Iran and India remain in shared lead with 16 points, trailed by Russia by one point. The gap between Russia and the rest of the field is of three points, preventing any other team from reaching the podium.

There is an important detail, though: Iran's second tie-break is by five (!) points better than India's. For the Irani players the last round strategy is clear: a match victory by the smallest margin would ensure the gold medals. India should also go for a win in order to avoid being caught by Russia and be ready to overtake Iran if they stumble. For different reasons, Russians should play at full strength, too: the third place is secured already and they could improve their placement if something will go wrong for the leaders.

Summing up, we can expect that the virtual medalists will put everything on one card: the victory!


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A Legend Among Prodigies - Round 8 Report

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Saturday, 20 December 2014



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The eighth round started under almost perfect circumstances of equality. The three leaders had played their direct encounters already, with a puzzling result: Russia beat India, India beat Iran and, in order to close the circle, Iran beat Russia. Therefore, all leading teams faced opponents with lower number of points in the eighth round.

In the top match India crushed Ukraine with a surprising 3,5-0,5 while Iran defeated Serbia with a perfect score: 4-0!! Such results are typical for the first rounds, not for the decisive phase of the tournament...

The Russian players did not seem to completely recover from the shock of yesterday and content themselves with a 2-2 against Turkey.

India and Iran are leading with 14 points, followed by Russia with 13 and Romania with 12. The ninth round schedules the top matches India-Romania and Iran-Poland.

As reported in "The visit of the immortals", Judit Polgar attended the tournament.


The Immortals rooting for the Hungarian team

Here is the interview Judit concealed to one of the hosts:



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The Visit of the Immortals

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Saturday, 20 December 2014



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After the eighth round started, a very special event took place at the tournament venue: a press conference with the participation of three outstanding Olympic champions. Chess Olympic champion Judit Polgar (the strongest female player ever), water polo Olympic champion Dr. Tamas Farago and wrestling Olympic champion Dr. Csaba Hegedus.



These three sportive personalities belong to a very narrow circle known in Hungary as The club of the Immortals, limited to a number of 21. New members are accepted only if one of the old ones passes away. Little wonder that the event attracted a large number of spectators.



Over more than one and a half hour, the special guests answered to the moderator's and the public's questions, offering a unique insight into the World of top performance, speaking about their hopes and fears, achievements and failures, strengths and weaknesses, but above all about their hard work to reach the highest sportive peaks.



Judit Polgar: "Even though chess is an individual sport, you need to have a "team" helping you. I was lucky to be the last born sister of the family and received a lot of help and encouragement from Susan and Sofia".

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