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Ju Wenjun Leads Sharjah after 4 Rounds

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Women's World Chess ChampionHou Yifan defeated her main rival Humpy Koneru in Round 4
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Standings after Round 4:

1. Ju Wenjun - 3.5/4
2-5. Hou Yifan, Anna Ushenina, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg, Harika Dronavalli - 3
6. Tatiana Kosintseva - 2.5
7. Zhao Xue - 2
8-9. Elina Danielian, Humpy Koneru - 1.5
10. Nafisa Muminova - 1
11-12. Zhu Chen, Alina L'Ami - 0

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Logic in Complex Openings

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Friday, 29 August 2014

By IM David Pruess, USA
Best FIDE rating: 2438

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IM David Pruess commentates on the game between GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave at Sinquefield Cup.



Other videos by David:
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Shen Yang and Bela Khotenashvili in the lead @ Erfurt

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Stephan Oliver Platz reports from Erfurt/Germany

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Four rounds have been played in the international women's grandmaster tournament in Erfurt. GM Bela Khotenashvili from Georgia and IM Shen Yang from China are in the lead with 3 points, followed by IM Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany) and IM Lela Javakhishvili (Georgia), both 2 1/2. Three players have 2 points: WGM Tatyana Melamed (Germany), IM Lilit Mkrtchian (Armenia) and GM Monika Socko (Poland). GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (Scotland, 1 1/2), IM Anastasia Bodnaruk (Russia, 1) and IM Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska (Germany, 1/2) have scored under 50%. But five rounds are still to go and a lot can happen during the next few days. With an average ELO rating of 2438 the event is the strongest women's chess tournament that has ever taken place in Germany. For a GM norm 6.5 points out of 9 must be reached.

Two other interesting competitions are taking place in Erfurt: an international women's junior tournament with young players from Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Germany and the open international German women's chess championship. In the junior tournament Edit Machlik (Norway) is in the lead with 3 1/2 points, followed by Tran My Linh (Germany) and WFM Alisa Frey (Germany), 3 points. Teodora Rogozenko (Germany) and Monika Machlik (Norway) have scored 2 points. The other participants are Sarah Hund (Switerland, 1 1/2), Fiona Sieber (Germany, 1 1/2), Alina Zahn (1 1/2), WCM Nezihe Ezgi Menzi (Turkey, 1) and Josefine Heinemann (Germany, 1). In the open international German women's chess championship Christina Winterholler and Anastasia Erofeev from Germany are leading with 3 1/2 out of 4 ahead of four players with 3 points each: Lena Georgescu (Switzerland), Nguyen Ha Than (Germany), Daria Shmarina (Russia) and Madita Mönster (Germany). The 24 participants must play 9 rounds (Swiss system). It is very remarkable that six very young girls are competing for the title, the youngest being seven year old Anouk Lorenz (born in 2006).


The participants of the international women's grandmaster tournament and of the international women's junior tournament in Erfurt during the opening ceremony on Sunday, August 24th. The tournament will last until August, 31st.


Anouk Lorenz is the youngest participant competing in the open international German women's chess championship 2014.

In this first report I'll focus on two games for which the winners were awarded a special brilliancy prize:

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Book Review by Natalia Pogonina: "Journey to the Chess Kingdom"

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

By WGM Natalia Pogonina
Best FIDE rating: 2508


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Journey to the Chess Kingdom, 2014


Publisher: Chess Evolution

Authors: GM Yuri Averbakh, Mikhail Beilin
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978-83-934656-6-8
Pages: 284
Language: English

Cover price: $26.99/19.99
Available at: Chess Evolution site


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GM Arkadij Naiditsch presented a copy of Journey to the Chess Kingdom to me during the recent Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The cover and illustrations are quite attractive and stand out in a positive way among the popular chess board on the cover designs. The diagrams are neat-looking and the paper is glossy and nice to touch. Overall, the book has a positive aura and feels inviting to read.

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Sharjah, Round 2

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Ju Wenjun has been steadily gaining rating points lately
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Round 2 results:



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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

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 35 chess sensations happened last week. Take a look:

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Sharjah, Round 1

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Batchimeg Tuvshintugs defeated Humpy Koneru, one of the two contenders for overall win in the Grand Prix series
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Round 1 results:



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Chess Week on Twitter

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Monday, 25 August 2014
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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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FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Sharjah

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Sunday, 24 August 2014


Venue: Sharjah, UAE
Schedule: August 24 - September 7. Rest days on August 29 and September 3.
Format: round robin, 12 players
Participants: Hou Yifan (2661), Koneru Humpy (2598), Ju Wenjun (2559), Harika Dronavalli (2521), Zhao Xue (2508), Tatiana Kosintseva (2494), Elina Danielian (2490), Anna Ushenina (2487), Zhu Chen (2461), Alina L'Ami (2446), Tuvshintugs Batchimeg (2346), Nafisa Muminova (2315).
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The final stage of the FIDE Women's 2013-2014 Grand Prix will be a race between Koneru Humpy (370 points) and Hou Yifan (365 points). Only they still have a shot at winning the Grand Prix. The winner of the Grand Prix will challenge the 2014 Women's World Chess champion in a 10-game match. Should the Grand Prix winner be the 2014 World Champion, the Grand Prix runner-up will play the 2015 championship.

Round 1 pairings and odds:




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Apart from prize money awarded to all the participants the winner of the Grand Prix Series will also receive a special luxururious trophy

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GM Carlsen - GM Naiditsch annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Friday, 22 August 2014

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


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GM Arkadij Naiditsch scored a decisive win against World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen to seal the match victory vs. Norway for the German team. Today Arkadij annotates the instructive endgame which occurred in the encounter.

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