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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 1

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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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Rise from Ashes

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

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The change never comes easy.

     If one wants to become a different man, he should rip the old him into pieces and throw them to garbage. You can't become a new man saving in the same time the old you.

     We are all like phoenixes, each of us is capable of rising from our own ashes. The point is that no one burns himself, usually someone does it for us and though we see this someone as the biggest enemy, "someone" makes us the most precious gift one can receive- the chance to reinvent ourselves.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 June 2014 )
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GM Fedoseev - GM Zvjaginsev annotated by GM Balogh

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By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
Best FIDE rating: 2672


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We are in the final round of the Russian Higher league. The tournament, where the first 5 players qualify to the Russian Superfinal, where they join to Kramnik, Grischuk, Karjakin and the other top players. The winner of this game had a guaranteed place there, but draw were not enough for them. My good friend Vadim Zvjaginsev manages to win a brilliant tactical game. The game is full of unusual, but beautiful tactical motifs.

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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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 are proud to present to you, among other upsets, quite a few of GM losses to amateurs:

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Chess Week on Twitter

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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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Sergey Karjakin Won Stavanger-2014

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Saturday, 14 June 2014


Sergey Karjakin won Norway Chess super tournament for the second consecutive year. Congratulations!

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Igor Lysyj and Olga Girya won Russian Top League'2014

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Congratulations to GM Igor Lysyj on winning the Russian Top League-2014!

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The Russian Top League is a strong annual event that serves as a qualifier for the Russian Superfinal. The final field is comprised of 5 winners of the Top League, 3 medalists of the previous year's Superfinal and 2 otherwise highest-rated players.

The Top League'2014 took place in Vladivostok (the city where Natalia was born) from June 3 to 13. In the men's section Igor Lysyj, Vadim Zvyagintsev and Dmitry Jakovenko tied for 1st place with 6.5 points out of 9. Denis Khismatullin and Boris Grachev have qualified for the Superfinal with 6 points and better tie-break scores than their competitors.

In the women's section Olga Girya and Alina Kashlinskaya dominated the field and scored 7.5/9. The other three qualifiers earned only 6 points - Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Oksana Gritsaeva, Aleksandra Goryachkina.

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Norway Chess 2014, Round 9 Odds

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Current standings:

1. Karjakin - 5; 2-3. Carlsen, Caruana - 4.5; 4-6. Topalov, Kramnik, Grischuk - 4; 7-10. Aronian, Svidler, Giri, Agdestein - 3.5

Odds for Round 9, June 13:




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Norway Chess 2014, Round 8 Odds

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014


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Current standings:
1-4. Kramnik, Carlsen, Karjakin, Caruana - 4; 5-6. Agdestein, Grischuk - 3.5; 7-10. Topalov, Aronian, Svidler, Giri - 3.

Odds for Round 8, June 12:




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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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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.

Last week 15 upsets occurred. I have personally seen two of them played out at Nezhmetdinov Memorial:

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