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Arkadij Naiditsch Won Grenke Classic 2014

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Arkadij Naiditsch defeated former European champion Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu in the very 1st round and went on to win the event
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GM Arkadij Naiditsch won the tradional Grenke Classic super tournament in Baden-Baden, Germany. This year most of the strongest German chess players took part in the round robin. Our congratulations to the winner!

Final standings:

1. GM Naditsch (2715) - 5/7
2-3. GM Baramidze (2599), GM Fridman (2633) - 4
4-6. GM Nisipeanu (2672), IM Bluebaum (2521), GM Meier (2652) - 3.5
7. IM Wagner (2499) - 2.5
8. GM Schlosser (2582) - 2

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Last Updated ( Friday, 12 September 2014 )

GM Caruana - GM Topalov annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

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

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The rise of the new superstar Fabiano Caruana began already a few years ago, but what the only 22-year old Italian is showing in the Sinquefield Cup is just unreal! 7 straight wins in the strongest chess tournament in history! Unbelievable. From a professional point of view I can tell that Caruana is not very lucky and his opponents don't blunder-he is simply playing much better chess. Great preparation, great positional play, great in tactics and precise in converting his advantage, this is what Caruana is showing us in his last games. And in the current game we will see a great example of how good Fabiano Caruana really is. After the opening Black makes a minimal mistake and gets himself in trouble. By playing solid/strong moves White's advantage is getting bigger and bigger and Caruana doesn't miss the moment to finish his opponent with a nice winning strike!

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 )

1 Square Meter

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

By WGM Irina Bulmaga, Romania.
Best FIDE rating: 2410

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Summer ended quite a few days ago, but it feels that it still hasn't left.

What has changed in these 9 days? Hit-nay, no tournaments-nay, late morning coffee- check, game after game-check, white clothes-check, late summer evenings-check :))) So, it is still summer!

Well, on a more serious basis- I am actually playing another tournament, this time- a round-robin in Romania, Braila- "Maria Albulet Memorial". You can check it

It is a nice feeling- playing each game (especially after the Turkish League, where I played only 6 games out of 13).

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 September 2014 )

David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 09 September 2014

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, Editor of

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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.

28 upsets from last week will be featured this time; among them three losses by 2700+ GMs.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 September 2014 )

Fabiano Caruana Won Sinquefield Cup with a Big Margin

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Sunday, 07 September 2014

Fabiano Caruana won all the 5 mini-matches at Sinquefield Cup and scored 8.5/10 - a fantastic result!
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Sinqufield Cup 2014, final standings:
1. Fabiano Caruana - 8.5/10
2. Magnus Carlsen - 5.5
3. Veselin Topalov - 5
4-5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian - 4
6. Hikaru Nakamura - 3

How often do you see someone outdistance the reigning World Champion by 3 points in a 10-round tournament? Fabiano Caruana won 7 games out of 10, lost none and had 2 totally winning positions in 2 of the 3 games he drew. His performance at the Sinquefield Cup has definitely been one of the best ever. Another analogy comes to mind: in 2009 an Nanjing Magnus Carlsen (at that time #4 in the world) also won all the 5 mini-matches and scored 8/10. On the next rating list he rose to #2 and claimed the very top spot in another month. Fabiano Caruana is officially #3 in the world now, although on the live rating list he is a commanding #2, ahead of Levon Aronian by 43 points. Will we see Caruana rise to the very pinnacle soon? Time will show.

Meanwhile, today is September 7 - the deadline for signing the World Chess Championship contract. Vishy Anand has already agreed to playing in Sochi in November 2014. Will Magnus sign the contract, or will Sergey Karjakin have to replace him?

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Hou Yifan Wins FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013-2014

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Sunday, 07 September 2014

Hou Yifan tied for first place with Ju Wenjun at Sharjah and won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Series
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Sharjah, final standings:

1-2. Ju Wenjun, Hou Yifan - 8.5/11
3-6. Harika Dronavalli, Zhao Xue, Anna Ushenina, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg - 6.5
7. Koneru Humpy - 5.5
8. Elina Danielian - 5
9. Tatiana Kosinseva - 4.5
10. Zhu Chen - 3.5
11. Nafisa Muminova - 3
12. Alina L'Ami - 1.5

Hou Yifan is just a few points shy of overcoming Judit Polgar on the women's live rating list. The Women's World Chess Champion won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Series 2013-2014. Now she will either face the winner of the Women's World Chess Championship-2014 for the title, or, if she defends her crown in October, she will play Humpy Koneru, who finished 2nd in the Grand Prix. You can check out the final standings here.

The Women's World Chess Championship is scheduled for October 11-31, but the venue is still unknown. This is highly unfortunate for the participants who can't book tickets in advance and prepare well enough & have to decline other invitations for the sake of a tournament which might not even happen .

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 September 2014 )

Monika Socko Won GM Tournament in Erfurt

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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Stephan Oliver Platz reports from Erfurt/Germany

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Part I of the report

When GM Monika Socko started with two consecutive losses, nobody thought that she would win the Erfurt tournament, but she did! After 9 rounds she had scored 6 1/2 points winning 6 of the next 7 games with only one draw. Former leader GM Bela Khotenashvili from Georgia came in second with 6 points. In her last game against Tatyana Melamed she missed a promising continuation and the game finally ended in a draw.

IM Shen Yang from China had the chance to achieve a GM norm and catch up with Monika Socko, but in the last round she was defeated by Russian IM Anastasia Bodnaruk while IM Lela Javakishvili and IM Elisabeth Paehtz drew their game. As a result Shen Yang, Lela Javakhishvili and Elisabeth Paehtz had 5 1/2 points each and shared the prizes for 3rd - 5th place. According to tiebreak rules Shen Yang ranks as 3rd, Lela Javakishvili as 4th and Elisabeth Paehtz as 5th in the cross table.

For Anastasia Bodnaruk the tournament had begun terribly with 1 out of 4. At a common supper with the organizers and other players on Wednesday evening she was in a bad mood, kept silent most of the time, but from the next day on a different Anastasia showed up winning three games in a row. In round 8 she lost against Bela Khotenashvili, but won her last game against Shen Yang and became 6th with 5 out of 9, only half a point behind the trio on 3rd - 5th place. IM Lilit Mkrtchian scored 3 1/2 points, followed by GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (3 points), WGM Tatyana Melamed (3) and IM Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska (1 1/2).

Left to right: Monika Socko, Bela Khotenashvili, Shen Yang, Lela Javakhishvili and Elisabeth Paehtz.

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Hou Yifan & Ju Wenjun Lead in Sharjah

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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan have 6.5/8 so far
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Standings after Round 8:

1-2. Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun - 6.5/8
3. Tuvshintugs Batchimeg - 5.5
4-6. Anna Ushenina, Harika Dronavalli, Elina Danielian - 4.5
7-8. Zhao Xue, Tatiana Kosintseva - 4
9. Humpy Koneru - 3.5
10. Nafisa Muminova - 2
11. Zhu Chen  -1.5
12. Alina L'Ami  - 1

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Pairings & odds for Round 9:

Based on Peter Zhdanov's ChessBet model

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 September 2014 )

FIDE September 2014 Rating List

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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The # of 2700+ players is 47.

Anish Giri (2758), Ding Liren (2754), Bu Xiangzhi (2722), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2736), Richard Rapport (2713) have improved their personal top ratings. Olympic champion Yu Yangyi (2700) has entered the 2700+ club for the first time. Congratulations!

Updated list of all-time chess rating records

Yu Yangyi, the world's most recent 2700+ GM
August was a remarkable month for the Chinese players: they won the Chess Olympiad and gained lots of rating points

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 August 2014 )

GM Saric - GM Carlsen annotated by GM Balogh

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Saturday, 30 August 2014
By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
Best FIDE rating: 2672

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Carlsen played a dubious opening and got convincingly beaten by the Croatian grandmaster.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 August 2014 )
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