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Women's World Chess Championship, 1/8-final

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Sunday, 22 March 2015


Venue: Sochi, Russia
Schedule: March 16 - April 7
Format: knock-out, 64 participants, 6 rounds
Prize fund: $450,000
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In the 1/32-final Natalia Pogonina defeated Guo Qi 1.5-0.5.
In the 1/16-final Natalia knocked out Ju Wenjun 1.5-0.5.
1/8-final: Natalia Pogonina vs. Marie Sebag.

                   

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Women's World Chess Championship, Round 2

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Venue: Sochi, Russia
Schedule: March 16 - April 7
Format: knock-out, 64 participants, 6 rounds
Prize fund: $450,000
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In the first round Natalia Pogonina defeated Guo Qi 1.5-0.5. In the 1/16-final Natalia will be facing Ju Wenjun.

                   

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Women's World Chess Championship, Round 1, Game 2

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015


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Women's World Chess Championship-2015

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Thursday, 12 March 2015


Venue: Sochi, Russia
Schedule: March 16 - April 7
Format: knock-out, 64 participants, 6 rounds
Prize fund: $450,000
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In the first round of all the 32 match-ups we will be focusing our primary attention on the duel between the reigning Olympic Women's Chess Champion Natalia Pogonina and the World Girl Junior Champion (2012) Guo Qi.

 

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Happy 30th Birthday to Natalia!

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Monday, 09 March 2015


Congratulations to Natalia Pogonina on her 30th birthday!

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Top GM Secrets Issue #157

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Monday, 02 March 2015


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Issue #157 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.

Table of Contents

Editorial Preface. 3rd Anniversary of Top GM Secrets. FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi. European Chess Championship. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Evgeny Tomashevsky (2716) - GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov (2705), FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Radjabov Teimour (2731) - GM Alexander Grischuk (2810), FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dc 3.e4 b5 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion.
David vs. Goliath David vs. Goliath. 13 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 Aleksander Mista (2597) - GM Viktor Erdos (2615), German Bundesliga, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2775) - GM Evgeny Tomashevsky (2716), FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi, 0-1 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
Chess and the City. "This pen is cursed..." by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493.
Clash of the Titans. Jose Raul Capablanca - Dawid Janowski, New York Rice 1916 , 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 #156.

Attention: the "Play GM Arkadij Naiditsch for Free" special offer is still on.

You can find more information about the "Top GM Secrets" newsletter and the subscription options at Chess-Newsletter.com.

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Play GM Arkadij Naiditsch for Free

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Thursday, 19 February 2015


At Grenke Chess Classic-2015 the German #1 Arkadij Naiditsch defeated the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in classical chess, drew the rapid and blitz mini-matches 1-1 each and succumbed only with Black in Armageddon. Now you have a special opportunity to experience a similar challenge and to face GM Arkadij Naiditsch in a two-game blitz match. Free of charge!

Conditions of the Match

In one game you get White against GM Naiditsch; in the other you play Black.
The time control is 5 minutes/game for each of the opponents.
Venue: Chess.com, PlayChess, ICC, or any other major chess site of your choice.
Cost of participation: FREE for winners of the Top GM Secrets lottery (see below).

Eligibility for the Top GM Secrets Lottery

On March 15 a drawing of lots will be held among all the active subscribers of Top GM Secrets. Three prizes will be offered. The winner may either claim the prize for himself/herself, or transfer it to a different person. Basically, each subscription valid on March 15 is a lottery ticket, so the more subscriptions you and your friends possess, the higher the chances of winning one or more of the prizes. The winners will be announced in the March 21 issue of Top GM Secrets.

Good luck!
 

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Top GM Secrets Issue #154

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015


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Issue #154 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.

Table of Contents

Editorial Preface. Grenke Chess Classic, Gibraltar Open and Moscow Open. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM David Baramidze (2594) - GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2706), Grenke Chess Classic, 0-1 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Baskaran Adhiban (2630) - GM Hikaru Nakamura (2776), Gibraltar Masters, 0-1 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
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 Arkadij Naiditsch (2706) - GM Magnus Carlsen (2865), Grenke Chess Classic, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Tomi Nyback (2603) - GM Arik Braun (2549), Bundesliga, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
Chess and the City. "The battle of the sexes at the Gibraltar Chess Festival" by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493.
Clash of the Titans. Rashid Nezhmetdinov - Mikhail Tal, USSR Championship, 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 #153.

You can find more information about the "Top GM Secrets" newsletter and the subscription options at Chess-Newsletter.com.

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Grenke Classic Decided in Armageddon

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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The final round of Grenke Classic has been dramatic enough: Naiditsch had a promising position against Aronian; Carlsen was winning against Bacrot and Caruana could have scored against Baramidze. However, all the three encounters ended peacefully, thus leading to a playoff between the German #1 Arkadij Naiditsch and the World Chess Champion in classical, rapid and blitz chess Magnus Carlsen.

The tie-breaks turned out to be a thriller: Carlsen and Naiditsch traded blows in rapid chess and drew both blitz games. Only in Armageddon Carlsen (White) managed to defeat Naiditsch (Black). Still, Arkadij won their classical chess duel at Grenke, so such a result overall is a fantastic achievement for him.

Final standings:

Rank SNr Name Elo FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Points Wins
1 6 GM Carlsen Magnus 2865 NOR * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4½ 3
2 5 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2706 GER 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4½ 2
3 4 GM Adams Michael 2738 ENG 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4 2
4 1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2811 ITA ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 4 1
5 3 GM Aronian Levon 2777 ARM ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 3½ 1
6 2 GM Bacrot Etienne 2711 FRA ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 3½ 0
7 8 GM Anand Viswanathan 2797 IND 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 2½ 1
8 7 GM Baramidze David 2594 GER 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1½ 0

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Happy 93rd Birthday, Yuri Averbakh!

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Saturday, 07 February 2015


GM Yuri Averbakh turns 93 today. We wish the Russian maestro a happy birthday and many more years of loyal service to Caissa!

Oldest Living GMs in the World

1. Yuri Averbakh (February 8, 1922), Russia
2. Mark Taimanov (February 7, 1926), Russia
3. Pal Benko (July 14, 1928), USA
4. Arthur Bisguier (October 8, 1929), USA
5. Aleksandar Matanovic (May 23, 1930), Serbia
6. Nikolai Krogius (July 22, 1930), Russia
7. Viktor Korchnoi (March 23, 1931), Switzerland
8. Anatoly Lein (March 28, 1931), USA
9. Arturo Pomar Salamanca (September 1, 1931), Spain
10. Juraj Nikolac (April 22, 1932), Croatia

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