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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 4

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Harika Dronavalli is sharing 2-4 places with Ju Wenjun and Nana Dzagnidze after Round 4
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 4 results:

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

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 June 2014 )
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 3

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Ju Wenjun caught up with Hou Yifan after Round 3
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 3 results:

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

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 June 2014 )
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GM Caruana - GM Karjakin annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

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


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We are in the last round and Karjakin is the tournament leader with 5/8, followed by Carlsen and Caruana with 4.5/8. In the current game, Caruana maybe got some little advantage out of opening and tried his best to push Black's position to the limit. It seems like White has maybe pushed too hard and suddenly Black got excellent winning chances, which Karjakin converted in a perfect manner. Actually we have to admit that it seems like Karjakin is going to be very soon the contender for the WCC match against Carlsen. Sergey has improved a lot during the last 2 years, he has a huge preparation and just amazing physical shape.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 June 2014 )
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Carlsen Won World Rapid & Blitz Championships

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Magnus Carlsen currently holds all the three WCC titles: classical, rapid and blitz. This is a unique result in the history of chess. All the images in the report are (C) of the official site.

Most of the world's top players participated in the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in Dubai from June 15 to 20. The total prize fund of the event was $400,000 with $40,000 going to the winner of each section.


The medalists of the rapid championship: Magnus Carlsen (Norway, gold, 11/15), Fabiano Caruana (Italy, silver, 10.5), Viswanathan Anand (India, bronze, 10.5). You can view the full standings here.


The medalists of the blitz championship: Magnus Carlsen (Norway, gold, 17/21), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia, silver, 16), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, bronze, 16). Full standings can be viewed here.

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 2

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan is leading the tournament (2/2)
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 2 results:

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

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Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 )
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 1

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Thursday, 19 June 2014
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 1 results:

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

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 )
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Rise from Ashes

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Thursday, 19 June 2014
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By WGM Irina Bulmaga, Romania.
Best FIDE rating: 2410

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The change never comes easy.

     If one wants to become a different man, he should rip the old him into pieces and throw them to garbage. You can't become a new man saving in the same time the old you.

     We are all like phoenixes, each of us is capable of rising from our own ashes. The point is that no one burns himself, usually someone does it for us and though we see this someone as the biggest enemy, "someone" makes us the most precious gift one can receive- the chance to reinvent ourselves.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 June 2014 )
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GM Fedoseev - GM Zvjaginsev annotated by GM Balogh

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014
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By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
Best FIDE rating: 2672


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We are in the final round of the Russian Higher league. The tournament, where the first 5 players qualify to the Russian Superfinal, where they join to Kramnik, Grischuk, Karjakin and the other top players. The winner of this game had a guaranteed place there, but draw were not enough for them. My good friend Vadim Zvjaginsev manages to win a brilliant tactical game. The game is full of unusual, but beautiful tactical motifs.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 June 2014 )
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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 17 June 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.

This week we are proud to present to you, among other upsets, quite a few of GM losses to amateurs:

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Monday, 16 June 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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Last Updated ( Monday, 16 June 2014 )
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