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Sunday Puzzle-60

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Sunday, 04 May 2014
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Puzzle courtesy of Barry R. Clarke, columnist for The Daily Telegraph and international puzzle expert
For more puzzles check out his book "Mathematical Puzzles and Curiosities" on Amazon


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The Beauty Contest
 


 
 
 
 
Contestant
House name
Occupation
1
Miss Myafare
Wyewurry
Sheep shearer
2
Miss Slapinum
Duncheatin
Mud wrestler
3
Mrs Nookie
Outasugar
Bullfighter
 






Cut-throat Close had a bad reputation for crime and violence so the residents decided to organize a beauty contest to try to raise the community spirit. Unfortunately, as one might expect, there was some mischief when the results were recorded. Although each item was in the correct column, one column had three items correctly positioned, one had just one item correct and one had no item correct. Police Officer Wazzup had to sort out the muddle and subsequently discovered the following facts.
 
(1)   Either Miss Slapinum or Miss Myafare were at neither Wyewurry nor Duncheatin.
(2)   Mrs Nookie was not first.
(3)   The bullfighter came just before Miss Myafare.
   
Can you give the correct contestant, house name and occupation for each position?

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GM Rapport - GM Laznicka annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Saturday, 03 May 2014

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


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We are in the 8th round of the Neckar Open. Both players are leading the event with a great score of 6.5/7. One thing I have to add is that it is the biggest traditional open in Germany, with over 700 participants and a lot of Top GMs. It is also a very hard open to play in because of the daily double rounds, so sometimes you get a 10hours chess playing day.

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GM Hou Yifan's Notable Games

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Friday, 02 May 2014

By CM Tryfon Gavriel, England
Best FIDE rating: 2250




CM Tryfon Gavriel aka Kingscrusher commentates on Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan's recent games from the Khanty Mansyisk Grand Prix.

Other videos by Kingscrusher:
WGM Natalia Pogonina's notable games - Part II
WGM Natalia Pogonina's notable games - Part I
Playlist of Natalia's games (11 videos)

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Friday's Chess Tactics

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
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The examples below are all taken from the recently completed Coimbra International Open. Good luck! Solutions later.

IM  Butkiewicz, Luk

Pinho, Paulo

BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!

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Chess Tactics

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Dvirnyy (2560) - Piscopo (2409), Italian Championship, 2014
Black to move
FEN: 6k1/ppb2pp1/2nr3p/PQ3P2/8/3R1N1q/1P2PP1P/5RK1 b - - 0 26


a) What is the best continuation for Black?
b) How would you evaluate the position on the diagram? Why?

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Magnus Carlsen Wins Vugar Gashimov Memorial'2014

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Participants of groups A & B of Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014
Official site of the event

Magnus Carlsen defeated Fabiano Caruana in the final round to finish in clear first. Interestingly enough, he has still lost 1.2 rating points.

Final Standings, Group A
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Earlier we have also reported on the results of the B group.

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GM Nakamura - GM Mamedyarov annotated by GM Balogh

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Thursday, 01 May 2014
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By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
Best FIDE rating: 2672


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Both players had a bad start after losing to Carlsen and drawing their other game. Nakamura and Mamedyarov were eager to come back in the tournament. A sharp fight was to be expected.

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FIDE May 2014 Rating List

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014


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The # of 2700+ players has increased from 46 to 47 as compared to April 2014.

Magnus Carlsen has set another all-time record: 2882. Alexander Grischuk (2792) and Leinier Dominguez-Perez (2768) have improved their personal top ratings. Richard Rapport (2701) has entered the 2700+ club for the first time. Congratulations!

Updated list of all-time chess rating records

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 10

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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Official site of the event

Standings after Round 9, group A

1-2. Carlsen, Caruana - 5.5; 3-5. Nakamura, Karjakin, Radjabov - 4.5; 6. Mamedyarov - 2.5

Final standings, group B

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

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, final round (starts April 30, 1:30 p.m. local time).



Based on Peter Zhdanov's ChessBet model

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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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