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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.

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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

Related materials:
"Journey to the Chess Kingdom" reviewed by Natalia Pogonina

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 February 2015 )
 

Top GM Secrets Issue #152

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Monday, 26 January 2015


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Issue #152 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. Tata Steel Chess, Grenke Chess Classic and Gibraltar Open. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Levon Aronian (2797) - GM Baadur Jobava (2727), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Fabiano Caruana (2820) - GM Magnus Carlsen (2862), Tata Steel Chess, 0-1 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. Accelerated Queen's Indian, 3.Nc3 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion.
David vs. Goliath. 22 upsets of the week by Peter Zhdanov, Chief Editor of Pogonina.com. Featured player - Francisco Restuccia.
10 Tactical Puzzles from Recent Games. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Endgame Section. GM Teimour Radjabov (2734) - GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2744), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh. GM Ivan Saric (2666) - GM Luke Van Wely (2667), Tata Steel Chess, 1/2-1/2 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.
Chess and the City. "Chess superstitions and their obvious drawbacks" by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493.
Clash of the Titans. Aaron Nimzowitsch - Rudolf Spielmann, San Sebastian 1912, 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 #151.

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

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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.

Table of Contents

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.

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

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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.

Table of Contents

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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Tuesday, 06 January 2015

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
et al.

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How Many Games Did Super GMs Play in 2014?

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Monday, 05 January 2015

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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