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

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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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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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FIDE September 2014 Rating List

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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!

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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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GM Saric - GM Carlsen annotated by GM Balogh

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Saturday, 30 August 2014
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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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Congratulations to Newly-Elected Grandmasters

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The following grandmaster titles were approved at FIDE ongress meeting in Tromso on August 4-15:

  GM    
  Zilka, Stepan CZE  
  Glud, Jakob Vang DEN  
  Shoker, Samy EGY  
  Arribas Lopez, Angel ESP  
  Riff, Jean-Noel FRA  
  Bromberger, Stefan GER  
  Stern, Rene GER  
  Dambacher, Martijn NED  
  Rozum, Ivan RUS  
  Bagrationi, Alexander UKR  
  Bernadskiy, Vitaliy UKR  
  Nguyen, Huynh Minh Huy VIE  
  WGM    
  Dimitrijevic, Aleksandra BIH  
  Fomina, Tatyana EST  
  Duisenova, Madina KAZ  
  Enkhtuul, Altanulzii MGL  
  Seps, Monika SUI  
  Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung VIE

 CONDITIONAL ON RTG  
GM    
Guidarelli, Laurent FRA  
Akbaev, Kazbek RUS  

As of today, there are 1459 GMs and 284 WGMs in the world.

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Ian Nepomniachtchi Won Tournament of Champions in Yaroslavl

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The main event of the Yaroslavl-2014 festival in Russia was the 'Tournament of Champions". Six European Chess Champions took part in a double round robin: Alexander Motylev (2014 Champion, Russia), Alexander Moiseenko (2013, Ukraine), Dmitry Jakovenko (2012, Russia), Vladimir Potkin (2011, Russia) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (2010, Russia). The time control was 15m/game and 10s/move starting from move one. The tournament was organized in a history museum as part of the program 'Chess in museums".

Final standings:

1. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 7.5
2. Dmitry Jakovenko - 6.5
3. Evgeny Tomashevsky - 5.5
4-6. Vladimir Potkin, Alexander Motylev, Alexander Moiseenko - 3.5

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Ju Wenjun Leads Sharjah after 4 Rounds

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Women's World Chess ChampionHou Yifan defeated her main rival Humpy Koneru in Round 4
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Standings after Round 4:

1. Ju Wenjun - 3.5/4
2-5. Hou Yifan, Anna Ushenina, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg, Harika Dronavalli - 3
6. Tatiana Kosintseva - 2.5
7. Zhao Xue - 2
8-9. Elina Danielian, Humpy Koneru - 1.5
10. Nafisa Muminova - 1
11-12. Zhu Chen, Alina L'Ami - 0

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Logic in Complex Openings

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By IM David Pruess, USA
Best FIDE rating: 2438

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IM David Pruess commentates on the game between GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave at Sinquefield Cup.



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

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Shen Yang and Bela Khotenashvili in the lead @ Erfurt

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Stephan Oliver Platz reports from Erfurt/Germany

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Four rounds have been played in the international women's grandmaster tournament in Erfurt. GM Bela Khotenashvili from Georgia and IM Shen Yang from China are in the lead with 3 points, followed by IM Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany) and IM Lela Javakhishvili (Georgia), both 2 1/2. Three players have 2 points: WGM Tatyana Melamed (Germany), IM Lilit Mkrtchian (Armenia) and GM Monika Socko (Poland). GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (Scotland, 1 1/2), IM Anastasia Bodnaruk (Russia, 1) and IM Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska (Germany, 1/2) have scored under 50%. But five rounds are still to go and a lot can happen during the next few days. With an average ELO rating of 2438 the event is the strongest women's chess tournament that has ever taken place in Germany. For a GM norm 6.5 points out of 9 must be reached.

Two other interesting competitions are taking place in Erfurt: an international women's junior tournament with young players from Norway, Switzerland, Turkey and Germany and the open international German women's chess championship. In the junior tournament Edit Machlik (Norway) is in the lead with 3 1/2 points, followed by Tran My Linh (Germany) and WFM Alisa Frey (Germany), 3 points. Teodora Rogozenko (Germany) and Monika Machlik (Norway) have scored 2 points. The other participants are Sarah Hund (Switerland, 1 1/2), Fiona Sieber (Germany, 1 1/2), Alina Zahn (1 1/2), WCM Nezihe Ezgi Menzi (Turkey, 1) and Josefine Heinemann (Germany, 1). In the open international German women's chess championship Christina Winterholler and Anastasia Erofeev from Germany are leading with 3 1/2 out of 4 ahead of four players with 3 points each: Lena Georgescu (Switzerland), Nguyen Ha Than (Germany), Daria Shmarina (Russia) and Madita Mönster (Germany). The 24 participants must play 9 rounds (Swiss system). It is very remarkable that six very young girls are competing for the title, the youngest being seven year old Anouk Lorenz (born in 2006).


The participants of the international women's grandmaster tournament and of the international women's junior tournament in Erfurt during the opening ceremony on Sunday, August 24th. The tournament will last until August, 31st.


Anouk Lorenz is the youngest participant competing in the open international German women's chess championship 2014.

In this first report I'll focus on two games for which the winners were awarded a special brilliancy prize:

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