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FIDE Youth Chess Olympiad Hosted by Hungary Already Breaks Records

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Monday, 10 November 2014

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Only four months after the Chess Olympiad in Tromso where the greatest chess players of the world competed against each other it is already time to have a look at the best talents of the next generation. In December this year Hungary may organize a Chess Olympiad for the first time, the competition for youth aged under 16 years. The
​e​vent takes place in the city of Győr and with more than a month ​to​ the start the organizers have already confirmed the entries of more participant nations than ever before at any Youth Chess Olympiad. It really seems that the best chess talents of all five continents will be present in Hungary between 12th-22nd December. Awarding the right of organization to Hungary is a clear sign of high international recognition of chess life in the country which is rightly confirmed by the fact that Judit Polgar (who has been leading the FIDE world women's rankings for more than 25 years) has agreed to be the face of the event representing talent and the Hungarian chess traditions all in one person or we could even say legend. By mentioning Judit Polgar let us not forget that after FIDE tightened on a rule that had existed earlier. Participation of girls is now guaranteed. In each team a maximum four of the five team members can be a boy.

The promo video ​of the Youth Chess Olympiad 2014 ​features Judit Polgar, Csaba Balogh,​Olympic Silver medalist, ​Benjamin Gledura who was European Champion of his age group and Kata Karacsonyi who was the first to follow in the footsteps of Judit Polgar to win the National Championship, topping all boys in their age groups.


You can find more information about the FIDE U-16 World Youth Chess Olympiad 2014 on the official website of the event.

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Blitz Chess Tactics

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Monday, 03 November 2014

Black to move, blitz game

1. How should Black proceed?
2. What is the strongest reply for White to Black's move?

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Government Award for Natalia Pogonina

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

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According to the Decree of President of the Russian Federation (October 25, 2014, #680), Natalia Pogonina was awarded the Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", II class for her "large contirbution to physical culture and sports and for high sporting achievements at the XXXXI International Chess Olympiad in Tromso".

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Prize from the Governor & Students' Initiation

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Sunday, 05 October 2014

Natalia Pogonina received a special prize for her sport achievements from the Governor of the Saratov region Valery Radaev and became the honorary guest of the ceremony of initiation of students in Saratov. This is a traditional large annual celebration. You can see Natalia sitting in the VIP lounge next to the Governor @ 1:04 of the video:

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Blitz with Commentary 4

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Friday, 03 October 2014

By IM David Pruess, USA
Best FIDE rating: 2438

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IM David Pruess commentates on his own blitz games in Caro-Kann and Alekhine:

Other videos by David:
Logic in Complex Openings
Blitz w/Commentary 3
Blitz w/Commentary 2
Blitz w/Commentary
Attacking in Chess: Reserves

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Natalia Pogonina Interviewed by TVC

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Thursday, 02 October 2014

Natalia Pogonina greeted the reporters at her home, showed them some of her rewards and told them about her motivation, playing chess and her hobbies.

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Natalia Pogonina Interviewed by 50 Moves

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Thursday, 02 October 2014

The October 2014 issue of 50 Moves features, among other columns, interviews with:

WGM Natalia Pogonina (member of the Russian women's winning Olympic team)
GM Wang Yue (member of the Chinese men's winning Olympic team)
FM Anton Smirnov, Australian chess prodigy

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Bilbao Masters & European Club Cup

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

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Bilbao, Spain is hosting both the Bilbao Masters super tournament and the European Club Cup from September 14 to 20.

The Bilbao Masters Final is the last tournament for Viswanthan Anand before facing Magnus Carlsen in a World Chess Championship match in November in Sochi, Russia.

Double round robin, six players:
Levon Aronian (2804), #2 in the world
Viswanathan Anand (2785), #5
Ruslan Ponomariov (2717), #32
Francisco Vallejo Pons (2712), #38

52 men's and 9 women's teams will be taking part in the European Club Cup. The format is a 7-round swiss. Men's teams have 6 players + 2 reserve ones; women's teams have a 4+1 line-up.

Let's take a look at all the 2700+ participants:

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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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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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