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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

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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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 9

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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

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Standings after Round 8, group A

1. Carlsen - 5; 2. Caruana - 4.5; 3-5. Nakamura, Karjakin, Radjabov - 4; 6. Mamedyarov - 2.5

Standings after Round 8, group B

1. Eljanov - 5.5; 2-5. Wojtaszek, Motylev, Wang Hao, Bacrot -4.5; 6. Guseinov - 4; 7-8. Abasov, Durarbayli - 3.5; 9. Mamedov - 3; 10. Safarli - 2.5

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 9 (starts April 29, 3 p.m. local time).



The pairings & odds for Group B, Round 9




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Chess Week on Twitter

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Monday, 28 April 2014
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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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Anna Muzychuk is the new Women's World Blitz Chess Champion

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Monday, 28 April 2014


Anna Muzychuk won the Women's World Blitz Chess Championship with two games to go. Interestingly, she was the leader after Day 1, Day 2 and the overall winner. Such a stability is remarkable for blitz chess.

Final standings:

1. Muzychuk A - 23
2. Dzagdnize - 20.5
3. Kosintseva T - 20
4. Zhao Xue - 19.5
5. Stefanova - 18.5
6-7. Paehtz, Gunina - 18
8. Kosteniuk - 17.5
9. Lagno - 17
10. Dronavalli - 16.5
11-13. Muzychuk M, Guseva, Cramling - 16
14-15. Kashlinskaya, Ambartsumova - 15.5
16-18. Zhu Chen, Gaponenko, Goryachkina - 15
19-22. Girya, Ushenina, Ubiennykh, Khotenashvli - 14.5
23-26. Charochkina, Muminova, Krush, Zhukova - 14
27-28. Drozdova, Shaydullina - 12.5
29-30. Batchimeg, Sukhareva - 12
31-32. Sviridova, Bezgodova - 11
33. Fominykh - 7.5
34. Popova - 5.5

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 8

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Monday, 28 April 2014

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Standings after Round 7, group A

1. Carlsen - 4.5; 2. Radjabov - 4; 3-4. Karjakin, Caruana - 3.5; 5. Nakamura - 3; 6. Mamedyarov - 2.5

Standings after Round 7, group B

1-2. Eljanov, Bacrot - 4.5; 3-5. Wojtaszek, Guseinov, Wang Hao - 4; 6. Motylev - 3.5; 7-8. Mamedov, Abasov - 3; 9. Durarbayli - 2.5; 10. Safarli - 2

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 8 (starts April 28, 3 p.m. local time).



The pairings & odds for Group B, Round 8




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Dzagnidze & Muzychuk A are leading Women's Blitz Chess Championship

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Monday, 28 April 2014

Nana Dzagnidze managed to catch up with Anna Muzychuk

Before the final 10 rounds we have the following standings:

1-2. Muzychuk A, Dzagnidze - 15/20
3-4. Zhao Xue, Stefanova - 13
5-6. Dronavalli, Lagno - 12.5
7-8. Kosteniuk, Kosintseva T - 12
9-11. Paehtz, Zhukova, Gunina - 11
12-16. Charochkina, Ubiennykh, Ushenina, Gaponenko, Khotenashvili - 10.5
17-21. Muzychuk M, Guseva, Cramling, Girya, Kashlinskaya - 10
22-23. Ambartsumova, Zhu Chen - 9.5
24-25. Goryachkina, Sukhareva - 9
26-27. Krush, Bezgodova  - 8.5
28-30. Shaydullina, Muminova, Drozdova - 7.5
31-32. Batchimeg, Sviridova - 6.5
33. Fominykh - 5.5
34. Popova - 4.5

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 7

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Saturday, 26 April 2014

Official site of the event

Standings after Round 6, group A

1-2. Radjabov, Carlsen - 3.5; 3-5. Nakamura, Karjakin, Caruana - 3; 6. Mamedyarov - 2

Standings after Round 6, group B

1. Bacrot - 4.5; 2-5. Wojtaszek, Eljanov, Motylev, Guseinov - 3.5; 6. Wang Hao - 3; 7-8. Mamedov, Abasov - 2.5; 9. Durarbayli - 2; 10. Safarli - 1.5

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 7 (starts April 27, 3 p.m. local time).



The pairings & odds for Group B, Round 7




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Anna Muzychuk is leading the Women's World Blitz Championship

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Saturday, 26 April 2014


The Women's World Blitz Chess Championship is taking place in Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia. With 20 more rounds to go Anna Muzychuk is in clear lead with a fantastic score: 9/10.

Standings after Day 1:

1. Muzychuk A - 9/10
2. Stefanova - 7.5
3-5. Dzagnidze, Dronavalli, Gunina - 7
6-8. Lagno, Zhao Xue, Krush - 6.5
9-12. Paehtz, Cramling, Kosteniuk, Gaponenko - 6
13-16. Kosintseva T, Zhu Chen, Charochkina, Muzychuk M - 5.5
17-18. Girya, Bezgodova - 5
19-23. Ambartsumova, Khotenashvili, Muminova, Ushenina, Drozdova - 4.5
24-25. Guseva, Goryachkina - 4
26-28. Ubiennykh, Zhukova, Sviridova - 3.5
29-31. Batchimeg, Sukhareva, Shaydullina - 3
32-33. Kashlinskaya, Popova - 2.5
34. Fominykh - 2

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Saturday's Chess Tactics Training

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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Sydney Open, Austrália, just the other day.  Position after 18 moves.  Black had just played 18Bd7, connecting his Rooks and almost completing his mobilization.  Unfortunately, his sense of danger was not yet connected .

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Kateryna Lagno is the new Women's World Rapid Chess Champion

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Friday, 25 April 2014
The Women's World Rapid Chess Championship was full of drama. Before the final round 5 players were leading the event - Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno, Tatiana Kosintseva, Antoaneta Stefanova and Anna Muzychuk.


The players are waiting for Round 14 to end. Women's tournaments are a pleasure to follow!


In one of the most shocking games of the final round of the championship Valentina Gunina blundered a mate in 1 in an equal position against Kateryna Lagno


This image was taken after the Women's FIDE Grand Prix. Who would have thought that Kateryna and Alexandra would tie for 1st in the Women's World Rapid Chess Championship a few days later? Source: Alexandra's Instagram


The final standings (listed according to the tie-breakers):

1-2. Lagno, Kosteniuk - 10.5/15
3-5. Girya, Stefanova, Muzychuk A - 10
6. Kosintseva T - 9.5
7-12. Ushenina, Krush, Khotenashvili, Zhao Xue, Gunina, Dzagnidze - 8.5
13-14. Gaponenko, Bezgodova - 8
15-21. Kashlinskaya, Guseva, Paehtz, Dronavalli, Goryachkina, Zhu Chen, Cramling - 7.5
22-26. Drozdova, Zhukova, Batchimeg, Muminova, Ambartsumova - 7
27. Muzychuk M - 6.5
28. Fominykh - 6
29-31. Ubiennykh, Charochkina, Shaydullina - 5.5
32. Sukhareva - 5
33. Popova - 4
34. Sviridova - 2

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