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GM Karjakin - GM Khenkin annotated by GM Balogh

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Sunday, 15 December 2013
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By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary, FIDE 2648

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A convincing outplaying of the Berlin defence is a tough challenge nowadays.

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London Chess Classic: 1/4-Finals

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Sunday, 15 December 2013


Group 1: Vishy Anand vs. Vladimir Kramnik; Peter Svidler vs. Michael Adams
Group 2: Hikaru Nakamura vs. Nigel Short; Boris Gelfand vs. Fabiano Caruana

Games start at 11 a.m. local time.

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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.

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Anand & Caruana are leading LCC after 4 Rounds

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Both Fabiano Caruana (pictured) and Viswanathan Anand won 3 games and drew 1

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Round 3 results:

Gawain Jones - Judit Polgar 0-1
Hikaru Nakamura - Boris Gelfand 1/2-1/2
Fabiano Caruana - David Howell 1/2-1/2
Emil Sutovsky - Nigel Short 0-1
Andrei Istratescu - Vishy Anand 0-1
Jonathan Rowson - Peter Svidler 0-1
Michael Adams - Luke McShane 1/2-1/2
Matthew Sadler - Vladimir Kramnik 1/2-1/2

Round 4 results:

Judit Polgar - Boris Gelfand 1/2-1/2
David Howell - Nigel Short 0-1
Hikaru Nakamura - Gawain Jones 1-0
Emil Sutovsky - Fabiano Caruana 0-1
Vishy Anand - Luke McShane 1-0
Peter Svidler - Vladimir Kramnik 1-0
Michael Adams - Andrei Istratescu 1-0
Matthew Sadler - Jonathan Rowson 1-0

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GM Ipatov - GM Kramnik annotated by GM Naiditsch

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By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player, FIDE 2737

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It is really difficult to beat a weaker player with Black, especially when White's ambitions are just to hold a draw. In the current game it seems like White already managed to build a "pawn wall" but with a great sacrifice Kramnik breaks White's defence.

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Kramnik, Gelfand, Caruana lead LCC

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Thursday, 12 December 2013




Round 1 results:

Kramnik (2793) - Svidler (2758) 1-0
Caruana (2782) - Sutovsky (2657) 1-0
Gelfand (2777) - Polgar (2693) 1-0
McShane (2684) - Anand (2773) 0-1
Short (2683) - Howell (2640) 1/2-1/2
Istratescu (2670) - Adams (2754) 0-1
Jones (2654) - Nakamura (2786) 1/2-1/2
Rowson (2569) - Sadler (2646) 1-0

Round 2 results:

Kramnik (2793) - Rowson (2569) 1-0
Gelfand (2777) -  Jones (2654) 1-0
Anand (2773) - Adams (2754) 1/2-1/2
Svidler (2758) - Sadler (2646) 1/2-1/2
Polgar (2693) - Nakamura (2786) 0-1
McShane (2684) - Istratescu (2670) 1-0
Short (2683) -  Caruana (2782) 0-1
Howell (2640) - Sutovsky (2657) 1-0

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Chess Tactics

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McShane (2684) - Istratescu (2670), rapid chess, 2013
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a) Attacking tactic. In the position on the diagram Black played ...Rf6. How does White win?
b) Defensive resources. Are there any better ideas for Black than this highly unfortunate Rf6 move?

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Making a Snowman

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Imagine: Chess can be a Win-Win Game

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By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of Pogonina.com

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As the Editor-in-Chief of Pogonina.com, I am acquainted with most of the people who run the leading international chess sites. What strikes me so odd in many of them is superfluous competitiveness and undisguised hostility towards their colleagues. Without giving you the names, here are a few telling phrases that I have heard from the managers of some of the top chess portals:

-          They will never quote our articles, because our news posts are much better than theirs.

-          You wouldnt tolerate someone posting links to a different chess site at Pogonina.com, right?.

-          We are working on our own products, so we wont be publishing anything that promotes competing services.

-          There is no need for the readers to know about other chess projects. Our own site is good enough.


I guess it has much to do with the essence of the game of chess itself. The pie is fixed; there is just one point per match. Either you get it, or your opponent, or its a draw and you split the prize. Hence, many chess entrepreneurs carry over this paradigm into business: they believe that if a person purchases someone elses product, then they wont buy theirs. As a result, they start treating their colleagues with ill-will and trying to harass them in any possible way to make sure they dont get away with a share of the pie.

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Interesting Thoughts of Anand in Defeat

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Wednesday, 11 December 2013
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By GM Daniel Gormally, England, FIDE 2504

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Anand drew wise conclusions from the match.

An interesting interview with Vishy Anand, about his reaction to losing his world championship crown to Magnus Carlsen, can be found here.

I think one of the things that stands out in the match is Carlsen's mature psychological approach to it. He didn't try to change anything, he simply went in with this attitude that I've been dominating by this approach where I don't concentrate on the opening, where my main strengths are displayed in the middlegame and endgame, and that worked very well in the match as well.

The majority of people, when confronted by a wholly new situation, will try to change something. It shows fantastic self-belief that Carlsen did not fall into that trap. I think Anand expected that Carlsen would come very well-prepared in the main-lines; that he would try to take on Anand in the opening phase, but that just didn't happen.

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