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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014
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By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, Editor of Pogonina.com

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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.

Over 30 chess sensations have happened last week. Take a look:

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European Women's Chess Championship-2014

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Venue: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Dates: July 5-18
Format: Swiss, 11 rounds
Time control: 90m/40 moves + 30m until the end of the game with a 30s increment per move, starting from move one.
Participants: 118

Top-10 players:

Nana Dzagnidze, 2541, Georgia
Mariya Muzychuk, 2521, Ukraine
Natalia Pogonina, 2508, Russia
Valentina Gunina, 2501, Russia
Olga Girya, 2493, Russia
Hoang Thanh Trang, 2490, Hungary - reigning champion
Antoaneta Stefanova, 2488, Bulgaria
Tatiana Kosintseva, 2476, Russia
Lela Javakhishvili, 2474, Georgia
Monika Socko, 2462, Poland

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Women's Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 10

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Elina Danielian has an impressive performance so far: 6.5/10 and +22.7 rating points
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 10 results:

Antoaneta Stefanova (2488) - Bela Khotenashvili (2518), 1/2-1/2
Humpy Koneru (2613) - Nafisa Muminova (2332), 1-0
Zhao Xue (2538) - Elina Danielian (2460), 0-1
Hou Yifan (2629) - Alexandra Kosteniuk (2532), 1/2-1/2
Ju Wenjun (2532) - Anna Muzychuk (2561), 1-0
Nana Dzagnidze (2540) - Harika Dronavalli (2503), 1/2-1/2

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Danzhou-2014, Round 5

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Yu Yangyi was one of the three winners of Round 5

Round 5 results:

Bu Xiangzhi (2693) - Zhao Jun (2603), 1-0
Wey Yi (2634) - Arkadij Naiditsch (2705), 1/2-1/2
Ruslan Ponomariov (2723) - Ding Liren (2714) , 1/2-1/2
Zhou Weiqi (2601) - Xiu Deshun (2550) , 1-0
Yu Yangyi (2675) - Ma Qun (2609), 1-0

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 9

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Nafisa Muminova won her first game at the tournament
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 9 results:

Nana Dzagnidze (2540) - Antoaneta Stefanova (2488), 0-1
Harika Dronavalli (2503) - Ju Wenjun (2532), 1/2-1/2
Anna Muzychuk (2561) - Hou Yifan (2629), 0-1
Alexandra Kosteniuk (2532) - Zhao Xue (2538), 1/2-1/2
Elina Danielian (2460) - Humpy Koneru (2613), 1-0
Nafisa Muminova (2332) - Bela Khotenashvili (2518), 1-0

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of the top-10 chess tweets from last week - a digest of the most important chess news in one short post.


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Danzhou-2014, Round 4

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Arkadij Naiditsch leads Danzhou-2014 after 4 rounds

Round 4 results:

Zhao Jun (2603) - Yu Yangyi (2675), 0-1
Ma Qun (2609) - Zhou Weiqi (2601), 1-0
Xiu Deshun (2550) - Ruslan Ponomariov (2723) , 0-1
Ding Liren (2714) - Wey Yi (2634), 1/2-1/2
Arkadij Naiditsch (2705) - Bu Xiangzhi (2693), 1-0

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Magnus Carlsen on Winning Rapid World Chess Championship

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Saturday, 28 June 2014


Magnus Carlsen sits down with his manager, Espen Agdestein, to discuss the results of the World Rapid Championship. Learn about Magnus' thoughts during the chess tournament and his view on his games.

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 8

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Friday, 27 June 2014

Antoaneta Stefanova won her R8 game and has 4/8 points now
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 8 results:

Antoaneta Stefanova (2488) - Nafisa Muminova (2332), 1-0
Bela Khotenashvili (2518) - Elina Danielian (2460) , 1/2-1/2
Humpy Koneru (2613) - Alexandra Kosteniuk (2532), 1/2-1/2
Zhao Xue (2538) - Anna Muzychuk (2561), 1/2-1/2
Hou Yifan (2629) - Harika Dronavalli (2503), 1/2-1/2
Ju Wenjun (2532) - Nana Dzagnidze (2540), 1/2-1/2

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Gigantic Suitcase

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By WGM Irina Bulmaga, Romania.
Best FIDE rating: 2410

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A great period will start for me soon, one which I can't wait to begin!

I haven't played chess so much lately, my last tournament was somewhere in the middle of May... I was caught with lots of exams at University (don't mean to gloat- but I passed all of them and now-I'm officially in my last year of Uni ).

A difficult task is now to be solved- how to pack a suitcase for 2 months? :))) I will go to the EIWCC in Plovdiv on the 4th of July, then a little vacation in Greece, after that- Olympiad and Turkish League, and I will be back home in September The difficult part about it is that the Olympiad will be held in Norway, Tromsø, where it's more an early spring than a real summer in August.

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