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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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Congratulations to Newly-Elected Grandmasters

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Friday, 29 August 2014

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

  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  
  Dimitrijevic, Aleksandra BIH  
  Fomina, Tatyana EST  
  Duisenova, Madina KAZ  
  Enkhtuul, Altanulzii MGL  
  Seps, Monika SUI  
  Nguyen, Thi Mai Hung VIE

Guidarelli, Laurent FRA  
Akbaev, Kazbek RUS  

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

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Last Updated ( Friday, 29 August 2014 )

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

Women's live chess ratings

Pairings & odds for Round 5:

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Last Updated ( Friday, 29 August 2014 )

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
Blitz w/Commentary
Attacking in Chess: Reserves

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Shen Yang and Bela Khotenashvili in the lead @ Erfurt

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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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Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 )

Book Review by Natalia Pogonina: "Journey to the Chess Kingdom"

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

By WGM Natalia Pogonina
Best FIDE rating: 2508

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Journey to the Chess Kingdom, 2014

Publisher: Chess Evolution

Authors: GM Yuri Averbakh, Mikhail Beilin
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978-83-934656-6-8
Pages: 284
Language: English

Cover price: $26.99/19.99
Available at: Chess Evolution site

Look and feel

GM Arkadij Naiditsch presented a copy of Journey to the Chess Kingdom to me during the recent Chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The cover and illustrations are quite attractive and stand out in a positive way among the popular chess board on the cover designs. The diagrams are neat-looking and the paper is glossy and nice to touch. Overall, the book has a positive aura and feels inviting to read.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 August 2014 )

Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Sharjah, Round 2

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Ju Wenjun has been steadily gaining rating points lately
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Round 2 results:

Women's live chess ratings

Pairings & odds for Round 3:

Based on Peter Zhdanov's ChessBet model

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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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.

Over 35 chess sensations happened last week. Take a look:

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