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A Little Faith

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Friday, 23 May 2014

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

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Another rainy day has come with some inspiration for a new post. Unlike one must think, it's not another sad text, it is an optimistic one today

    
As you might have seen, I played an Open in Iasi, in the city where I live the most part of the time. It was a very nice tournament, one which I hope will become traditional.

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Hip-Hop & Chess

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Thursday, 22 May 2014


Yet another "hip-hop & chess" video. This time one of the most popular Russian rap groups "Kasta" visits NYC and plays a game against one of the local chess hustlers.

Related reading:
Russian Hip-Hop & Chess
New Chess & Hip-Hop Video

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 )
 

GM Fressinet - GM Blomqvist annotated by GM Balogh

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Thursday, 22 May 2014
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By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
Best FIDE rating: 2672


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The big difference between the two players was telling in this game, but it was still a spectacular win by Fressinet.

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Missed Chess Tactics

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Rapid chess. Black to move

White has just grabbed a pawn on b7. Black suddenly gets a change to punish his opponent for being careless. How?

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Alexander Morozevich Won Poikovsky-2014

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014


Alexander Morozevich won Poikovsky-2014 super tournament undefeated.

Earlier Chairman of the Russian Chess Federation has confirmed in an interview to R-Sport that Alexander Grischuk (2792, #3 on the world on the live ratings), Vladimir Kramnik (2783, #6), Sergei Karjakin (2771.4, #9) and Peter Svidler (2753, #12) will be playing for Russia at the Chess Olympiad in Tromso in August. According to the ratings, the most likely candidates for the remaining 5th spot on the team are Nikita Vitiugov (2742, #18), Dmitry Jakovenko (2735.7, #21), Alexander Morozevich (2731.3, #22), Ian Nepomniactchi (2730, #23) and Dmitry Andreikin (2722, #30). It will be a hard choice to make!

The final table is courtesy of the official site:

(Players) (Fed) (Rtg) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Score) TB Perf. +/-
1 Morozevich, Alexander RUS Flag of Russia 2719 Chess figure ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 6.0/9   2817 +12
2 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS Flag of Russia 2730 ½ Chess figure ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5.5/9   2774 +6
3-4 Bacrot, Etienne FRA Flag of France 2721 ½ ½ Chess figure ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 5.0/9 22.25 2735 +2
3-4 Shirov, Alexei LAT Flag of Latvia 2703 ½ ½ ½ Chess figure ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5.0/9 22.25 2737 +4
5-8 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS Flag of Russia 2735 ½ 1 ½ ½ Chess figure 0 0 1 ½ ½ 4.5/9 20.75 2695 -5
5-8 Motylev, Alexander RUS Flag of Russia 2687 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 Chess figure ½ 0 1 ½ 4.5/9 19.00 2700 +2
5-8 Saric, Ivan CRO Flag of Croatia 2666 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ Chess figure 0 1 1 4.5/9 17.75 2702 +5
5-8 Bologan, Viktor MDA Flag of Moldova 2655 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 Chess figure 1 1 4.5/9 17.00 2703 +6
9 Eljanov, Pavel UKR Flag of Ukraine 2732 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 Chess figure 1 3.5/9   2617 -15
10 Sutovsky, Emil ISR  Flag of Israel 2642 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 Chess figure 2.0/9   2488 -17

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 20 May 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.

This week we have found 12 upsets, including two losses of 2600+ GMs to players rated over 300 points below them.
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Poikovsky, Round 9 Odds

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Official site (in Russian)

XV-th tournament dedicated to Anatoly Karpov is taking place in Poikovsky, Russia.

This year's participants are: Ian Nepomniatchi (2735, Russia), Pavel Eljanov (2732, Ukraine), Dmitry Jakovenko (2730, Russia), Etienne Bacrot (2721, France), Alexander Morozevich (2719, Russia), Alexei Shirov (2703, Latvia), Alexander Motylev (2687, Russia), Ivan Saric (2666, Croatia), Viktor Bologan (2655, Moldova), Emil Sutovsky (2642, Israel).

Current standings
: 1-2. Morozevich, Jakovenko - 5.5/8; 3-4. Saric, Shirov - 4.5; 5-6. Bacrot, Motylev - 4; 7-8. Nepomniachtchi, Bologan - 3.5; 9. Eljanov - 3; 10.Sutovsky - 2.

Round 8 results:

Ivan Saric (2666) - Alexander Motylev (2687), 1/2-1/2
Alexei Shirov (2703) - Viktor Bologan (2655), 1-0
Emil Sutovsky (2642) - Pavel Eljanov (2732), 0-1
Alexander Morozevich (2719) - Ian Nepomniachtchi (2735), 1/2-1/2
Dmitry Jakovenko (2730) - Etienne Bacrot (2721), 1/2-1/2

Odds for Round 9, May 20:





Based on Peter Zhdanov's ChessBet model

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Wesley So won the Capablanca Memorial

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Wesley So has reached #15 in the world on the live ratings after the victory in Havana

The final standings:


Rank

Name

Elo

FED

1

2

3

4

5

6

Pts

SB

Koya

1

Wesley So

2731

PHI

**

½½

½1

½½

30.50

2

Lazaro Bruzon

2682

CUB

½½

**

½½

½½

½1

½½

26.75

2

3

Leinier Dominguez

2768

CUB

½0

½½

**

½½

½½

5

24.00

4

Zoltan Almasi

2693

HUN

½½

½½

**

½0

22.00

5

Francisco Vallejo

2700

ESP

½0

½1

**

21.25

6

Vassily Ivanchuk

2753

UKR

½½

½½

½½

**

4

21.50

3

 

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Sunday Puzzle-61

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Sunday, 18 May 2014
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Puzzle courtesy of Barry R. Clarke, columnist for The Daily Telegraph and international puzzle expert
For more puzzles check out his book "Mathematical Puzzles and Curiosities" on Amazon


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The Interrogation


As Shaky Sheilah entered the interview room, her four interrogators (called Drat, Bounder, Cad, Arbuthnot; pipe smoker, cigarette smoker, cigar smoker and non-smoker in an unknown order) sat behind the oak table polishing their questions. Sheilah mentally numbered them from one to four, left to right, and noted the following facts.
 
(1)   The pipe smoker sat immediately to the right of Bounder.
(2)   Cad did not smoke cigarettes.
(3)   The cigarette smoker sat immediately to the left of Arbuthnot.
(4)   Cad was not the cigar smoker.
(5)   The cigar smoker sat immediately to the left of the cigarette smoker.
(6)   The cigar smoker was neither second nor third.
 
If no interrogator had two different smoking habits, can you find the name and smoking habit for each position?

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Poikovsky, Round 8 Odds

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Official site (in Russian)

XV-th tournament dedicated to Anatoly Karpov is taking place in Poikovsky, Russia.

This year's participants are: Ian Nepomniatchi (2735, Russia), Pavel Eljanov (2732, Ukraine), Dmitry Jakovenko (2730, Russia), Etienne Bacrot (2721, France), Alexander Morozevich (2719, Russia), Alexei Shirov (2703, Latvia), Alexander Motylev (2687, Russia), Ivan Saric (2666, Croatia), Viktor Bologan (2655, Moldova), Emil Sutovsky (2642, Israel).

Current standings
: 1-2. Morozevich, Jakovenko - 5/7; 3. Saric - 4;  4-7. Shirov, Bacrot, Bologan, Motylev - 3.5; 8.Nepomniachtchi - 3; 9-10. Eljanov, Sutovsky - 2.

Round 7 results:

Etienne Bacrot (2721) - Alexander Morozevich (2719), 1/2-1/2
Dmitry Jakovenko (2730) - Ivan Saric (2666), 1-0
Viktor Bologan (2655) - Alexander Motylev (2687), 1-0
Ian Nepomniachtchi (2735) - Emil Sutovsky (2642), 1/2-1/2
Pavel Eljanov (2732) - Alexei Shirov (2703), 1/2-1/2

Odds for Round 8, May 19:





Based on Peter Zhdanov's ChessBet model

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