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Danzhou-2014, Round 1

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014


The 5th edition of Danzou super tournament is underway in China (June 25 - July 5, round robin). Previously only Chinese players used to participate in it, but this time ex-FIDE World Chess Champion Ruslan Ponomariov and German #1 player Arkadij Naiditsch have been invited as well. Notable absentees are Wang Hao (2729), Wang Yue (2713) and Li Chao (2711). Could it be a qualification event for the upcoming Chess Olympiad in Norway? Who knows.

The time control is 90m/40 moves, another 30m added after move 40, 30s/move increment starting from move one. The official prize fund is 320,000 yuan (roughly $50,000).

Round 1 results:

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

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 5

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Hou Yifan is leading the tournament (4.5/5), while Ju Wenjun and Nana Dzagnidze (pictured) are at 4/5
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 5 results:

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

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 June 2014 )
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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 24 June 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.

The World Blitz Chess Championship has produced quite a few upsets, including Kryvoruchko (2707) - Omar (2366), 0-1. However, only 8 out of the 23 featured games were played there. Other David vs. Goliath encounters took place at tournaments with a standard time control.

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Monday, 23 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, 23 June 2014 )
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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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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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