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Parliamentary Games - Head of Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov Playing Chess

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The traditional Parliamentary Games have started in Moscow. Deputies from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are competing in football, mini-football, table tennis, badminton and chess. On the videos you can see the Head of the Russian Olympic Comittee and chief deputy of the Chairman of the Russian State Duma Alexander Zhukov playing as White. Alexander is known as a proficient chess player and is now a top-level official in the Russian Chess Federation. Earlier (from 2003 to 2009) he used to be the federation's President.

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

Quote of the week

Chess epidemic: studying Russian


Mixed emotions regarding the Grand Prix


Congratulations to Mariya Muzychuk

Chess press

Topalov, Gelfand and Mamedyarov scored 7/11 at FIDE Grand Prix in London

New details about Boris Spassky's flight from France to Russia

Jakovenko is leading the Poikovsky tournament

Caruana is in the lead so far at San Paulo-Bilbao

Another attempt to promote chess in schools


Have we missed some of the best tweets? You can contribute to our next top-10 stories chart by retweeting the post you like and adding @Pogonina to the message so that we can see it.

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Topalov, Gelfand, Mamedyarov win FIDE Grand Prix in London

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The first stage of the new FIDE Grand Prix took place in London from September 21st to October 3rd. Here are the results:



According to the regulations, the GP ranking points will be shared equally between Topalov, Gelfand, Mamedyarov.
The two winners of the GP series (don't confuse it with this stage) will become World Chess Championship candidates.

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Interview with Boris Spassky: "I have to start from scratch"

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Earlier we reported on how Boris Spassky had to flee from France to Russia. Later it seemed like the situation was controversial, because his sister and son commented on the events using the term "abduction".

Above you can see an interview with Boris Spassky for WhyChess.com. Briefly speaking, Boris says he is now feeling better, following chess events and hoping to hold a chess training session for kids soon. He also mentions that a certain sponsor is supporting him and paying for the medical treatment. Talking about his relatives, the ex-World Chess Champion says he doesn't understand their motives. According to him, his sister started to try to participate in things she has no idea about, and there is a distance between him and his son. They don't communicate. Boris confirmed once again that he hasn't been abducted, but decided to return to Russia himself. In part this decision was based on the fact that, in his opinion, he was treated badly by the medical institution in France. Additionally, he mentioned that some of his private belongings have been sold without his consent. When asked if another woman had played a role in his trip to Russia, Boris started making jokes and saying there is always a woman involved.

Also, Boris philosophically says that we are all mortal and can make mistakes. He refrains from making direct accusations and underscores that he is not looking for conflicts with anybody. When he came to France in 1976, he had to start from scratch. Now, he says, the time has come to start from scratch in Russia.

P.S. The final phrase of the interview: "I was suffering a lot when Fischer died".

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Chess Tactics

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Rakhmangulova (2254) - Lahno (2542), 2012
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Black is clearly dominating and has many threats. How should White react?

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Muzychuk M., Lahno and Ushenina win Ukrainian Women's Chess Championship

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Mariya Muzychuk vs. Anna Ushenina

It's been a long time since the Ukrainian Women's Chess Championship has attracted all the top players. This year was a pleasant exception.

Here is the tournament table:

 1 Gritsayeva, Oksana         UKR WFM 2319 14104652  4.0 2384  9  4   +0.29

  2 Lahno, Kateryna            UKR GM  2542 14109336  6.5 2359  9  6.5 -0.07

  3 Andrenko, Irina            UKR WIM 2228 14118270  3.0 2394  9  3   +0.40

  4 Kononenko, Tatiana         UKR IM  2374 14102358  3.5 2378  9  3.5 -0.96

  5 Muzychuk, Mariya           UKR IM  2466 14114550  6.5 2368  9  6.5 +0.83

  6 Ushenina, Anna             UKR IM  2433 14110911  6.5 2371  9  6.5 +1.28

  7 Dolzhykova, Kateryna       UKR WIM 2313 14113414  2.0 2385  9  2   -1.67

  8 Rakhmangulova, Anastasiya  UKR WIM 2254 14117479  2.5 2391  9  2.5 -0.43

  9 Zhukova, Natalia           UKR GM  2442 14101513  5.5 2370  9  5.5 +0.17

 10 Gaponenko, Inna            UKR IM  2404 14101181  5.0 2375  9  5   +0.16



There were no tie-break matches, so the winners were determined according to the SB score. Mariya Muzychuk won the gold medal, Kateryna Lahno - silver, Anna Ushenina - bronze. Mariya and Kateryna will soon be playing in the European Club Cup for the reigning champion AVS along with Natalia Pogonina, Antoaneta Stefanova and Viktoria Cmilyte.

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Chess Insight from GM Pavel Maletin

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Grandmaster Pavel Maletin

Highest FIDE rating: 2636, current - 2587


Editors note: GM Pavel Maletin kindly agreed to publish the analyses of his games at Pogonina.com. This way he is following Mikhail Botvinniks advice to masters comment on your games in public and accept critique in order to improve. The author hopes that his notes will be interesting to you. Any chess feedback is welcome!

The following game fragment is from a game against Inarkiev. Ernesto is a rather strong chess player in general (about 2700 FIDE - Pogonina.com) who performs very well against me. Before this game the score was 3.5-0.5 in his favor, and I had White in all the games. However, this game didn't change much: I had White again and drew.


 
 

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Chess Olympiad 2012: Spirit of Champions

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In Part II I described a rather tough period for our team: we made three draws. This allowed China to take the lead by one match point. What could we hope for? Win all our matches, while China loses at least a point? This scenario was not very likely, because they had already played all the main competitors. Also, the tie-break system was rather unusual. Instead of considering board points, the Sonneborn-Berger system was used. It is calculated as the sum of products of the match scores against your opponents by their match points (excluding the team that scored worst of all). Obviously, the more your individual points you score against other teams and the better they perform, the higher your teams SB score will be.


The final 2-3 rounds are usually decisive. This was also the case at the Chess Olympiad12. As I have already mentioned, by this point most people thought it was over China would win. We decided to try to do our best anyway and fight until the end.
 

Round 8: Russia vs. India and China vs. France. Koneru Humpy missed the third Olympiad in a row, so the Indian team was seriously weakened. France was also playing without Marie Sebag. I had a rest day, but couldnt take advantage of it and relax due to my following of the live games and cheering for my friends.
 

Surprisingly, the match against India, a strong team, went really smoothly and well. The Kosintseva sisters quickly equalized with Black. Alexandra Kosteniuk uncorked an opening novelty and won. Valentina Gunina elegantly defeated Eshi Karavade in the endgame. We won the match 3-1 and managed to save a lot of energy.


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Chess Tactics

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Grischuk (2754) - Gelfand (2738), 2012
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This is a critical position of today's game. Black grabbed a pawn (Qd2). Can White strike back?

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Chess TV - New Episode

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Latest chess news brought to you by our friends from Sweden.

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