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European Chess Club Cup - Round 2

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On day 2 there were still numerous technical glitches: some of the boards weren't being relayed; others were showing wrong moves or mixed-up names. For example, in the Monte Carlo-AVS match board 3 was initially a clone of board 2, while board 4 had the moves from board 3. This confused the commentators and spectators a lot.

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Ashdod-Ugra 3.5-2.5. Ivanchuk scored against Jakovenko; Ashdod won the second match in a row

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G-Team Novy Bor vs. Economist SGSEU, 2.5-3.5. Bartel-Tomashevsky 0-1 was the key game

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SHSM-64 vs. OSG Baden-Baden. Gelfand defeated Adams, but Giri lost to Naiditsch. The match was a tie

Full results

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Women's World Champion Hou Yifan earned a critical point by defeating X-th Women's World Chess Champion Antoaneta Stefanova

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Natalia Pogonina missed a couple of promising continuations against Pia Cramling and had to defend a rook endgame down a pawn. This was the fourth game between Natalia and Pia, all drawn.

The team from Monte Carlo reversed last year's performance vs. AVS: 2.5-1.5 instead of 1.5-2.5. Surprisingly, Ugra defeated another strong team - Mika.

Round 2 on 2012/10/12 at 15:00
Bo. 8   SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg - 5   Chigorin Club Rtg 2 : 2
1.1 GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490 - IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425 ½ - ½
1.2 IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405 - WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244 ½ - ½
1.3 WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368 - WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266 0 - 1
1.4 IM Savina, Anastasia 2303 -   Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173 1 - 0
Bo. 6   Rishon Le-Zion Rtg - 4   Ashdod Rtg 1 : 3
2.1 WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162 - IM Klinova, Masha 2324 ½ - ½
2.2   Reprun, Nadejda 2143 - WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240 0 - 1
2.3   Federovski, Adi 1829 - WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087 0 - 1
2.4   Lahav, Michal 1732 - WFM Dotan, Valeria 2064 ½ - ½
Bo. 7   Ugra Rtg - 3   Mika Rtg 2½:1½
3.1 WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408 - GM Danielian, Elina 2476 0 - 1
3.2 WGM Girya, Olga 2454 - GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512 1 - 0
3.3 IM Romanko, Marina 2365 - IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456 ½ - ½
3.4 WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361 - IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444 1 - 0
Bo. 1   Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo Rtg - 2   AVS Rtg 2½:1½
4.1 GM Hou, Yifan 2605 - GM Stefanova, Antoaneta 2493 1 - 0
4.2 GM Koneru, Humpy 2607 - GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551 ½ - ½
4.3 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587 - GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528 ½ - ½
4.4 GM Cramling, Pia 2514 - WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476 ½ - ½


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Chess Tactics

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Pridorozhni (2539) - Caspi (2451), 2012
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European Chess Club Cup - Round 1

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The first round of the European Chess Club Cup was extremely exciting chess-wise and very disappointing in the organizational sense: only a few boards were relayed properly, while most of the games hadn't been featured at all. Hopefully, this will be fixed in the subsequent rounds.

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A typical reaction of the spectators

In the Open section all the main rating favorites won their matches convincingly...except for the #1 seed, SOCAR!

Round 1 on 2012/10/11 at 15:00
Bo. 1   SOCAR Azerbaijan Rtg - 9   Ashdod Rtg 2½:3½
1.1 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2792 - GM Ivanchuk, Vassily 2771 ½ - ½
1.2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2748 - GM Volokitin, Andrei 2724 0 - 1
1.3 GM Topalov, Veselin 2751 - GM Eljanov, Pavel 2681 0 - 1
1.4 GM Grischuk, Alexander 2752 - GM Smirin, Ilia 2638 ½ - ½
1.5 GM Kamsky, Gata 2755 - GM Romanov, Evgeny 2611 1 - 0
1.6 GM Sutovsky, Emil 2685 - GM Avrukh, Boris 2585 ½ - ½

Full results

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XII-th Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk defeated XIII-th Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan as Black, but it was not enough - Monaco still prevailed

In the women's tournament the reigning champion AVS suffered a sensational defeat at the hands of Ugra. At the beginning of the round the clocks of the players turned out to be not operational - the organizers forgot about the batteries...

Round 1 on 2012/10/11 at 15:00
Bo. 1   Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo Rtg - 8   SHSM-Nashe Nasledie Rtg 2½:1½
1.1 GM Hou, Yifan 2605 - GM Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2490 0 - 1
1.2 GM Koneru, Humpy 2607 - IM Gunina, Valentina 2514 1 - 0
1.3 GM Muzychuk, Anna 2587 - IM Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 2405 ½ - ½
1.4 GM Cramling, Pia 2514 - WGM Kashlinskaya, Alina 2368 1 - 0
Bo. 2   AVS Rtg - 7   Ugra Rtg 1½:2½
2.1 GM Lahno, Kateryna 2551 - WGM Kovanova, Baira 2408 1 - 0
2.2 GM Cmilyte, Viktorija 2528 - WGM Girya, Olga 2454 0 - 1
2.3 WGM Pogonina, Natalija 2476 - IM Romanko, Marina 2365 ½ - ½
2.4 IM Muzychuk, Mariya 2474 - WGM Shadrina, Tatiana 2361 0 - 1
Bo. 3   Mika Rtg - 6   Rishon Le-Zion Rtg 3 : 1
3.1 GM Danielian, Elina 2476 - WIM Efroimski, Marsel 2162 ½ - ½
3.2 GM Harika, Dronavalli 2512 -   Reprun, Nadejda 2143 ½ - ½
3.3 IM Mkrtchian, Lilit 2456 -   Vardi, Shlomit 2010 1 - 0
3.4 IM Javakhishvili, Lela 2444 -   Lahav, Michal 1732 1 - 0
Bo. 4   Ashdod Rtg - 5   Chigorin Club Rtg 2½:1½
4.1 IM Klinova, Masha 2324 - IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2425 ½ - ½
4.2 IM Borsuk, Angela 2260 - WIM Bronnikova, Elizaveta 2244 ½ - ½
4.3 WIM Vasiliev, Olga 2240 - WIM Ivkina, Olga 2266 1 - 0
4.4 WIM Tsifanskaya, Ludmila A 2087 -   Ivanova-Skripova, Tatiana 2173 ½ - ½

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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:

Happy birthday, Levon and Ruslan!


Chinese Chess League: very strong, but not enough coverage in the press

The European Club Cup has started

Chess-boxing in London

Monetizing chess services

Alexander Evdokimov: My 6-year old niece is practising music, gymnastics and chess. Only chess studies are free (local junior chess school). Thinking how to fix this shortcoming :)))

Does your country have a national chess day?


Strong rapid tournament in St. Petersburg

Football & chess go well together

All hail the new World Correspondence Chess Champion!

Another tournament victory for the European Chess Champion'12


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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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by Candidate Master Peter Zhdanov

In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

Here is last week's top ten:

1. Hansen (1861) Sousa (2232), 1-0 371 points difference

2-3. Vega Guttierez (2364) Alonso Valiente (2049), 0-1 ; Gronnestad (1981) vs. Arvola (2296), 1-0 315 points

4. Bucur (2025) Lupu (2284), 1-0 259 points

5. Hole (2366) Solodovnichenko (2602), 1-0 236 points

6. Djokic (2401) Zajic (2212), 0-1 189 points

7. Barbuleanu (1886) Anuta (2064), 1-0 178 points

8. Besseling (2183) Borm (2357), 1-0 174 points

9. Rosenthal (2016) Mu (2185), 1-0 169 points

10. Patil (2197) Suvrajit (2362), 1-0 165 points

Largest gap - 371 points. Average gap - 237 points

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European Club Cup 2012

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Venue: Eilat, Israel
Dates: October 10 - 18, 2012
Format: Team Swiss, 7 rounds
Team composition: 6 main players + 2 reserve in the open section; 4 players + 1 reserve in the women's section
The games start at 5 p.m. Moscow time, except for the final round (12:30 Moscow time), October 11-18
Defending champions: St. Petersburg Chess Federation (Open); AVS (Women)

2700+ players (as of October 2012, some notable has-beens not included) taking part:

Teimour Radjabov, 2792, SOCAR, Azerbaijan, #4 in the world
Hikaru Nakamura, 2778, Obiettivo Risarcimento, Italy, #5
Vassily Ivanchuk, 2771, Ashdod, Israel, #9
Alexander Morozevich, 2758, Economist SGSEU, Russia, #10
Gata Kamsky, 2755, SOCAR, Azerbaijan, #11
Alexander Grischuk, 2752, SOCAR, Azerbaijan, #12
Veselin Topalov, 2751, SOCAR, Azerbaijan, #13
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 2748, SOCAR, Azerbaijan, #14
Wang Hao, 2748, SHSM-64, Russia, #15
Peter Svidler, 2747, St. Petersburg Chess Federation, Russia, #16
Vugar Gashimov, 2737, Ashdod, Israel, #17
Boris Gelfand, 2736, SHSM-64, Russia, #18
Ruslan Ponomariov, 2735, Tomsk-400, Russia, #19
Leinier Dominguez Perez, 2734, St. Petersburg Chess Federation, #20
Peter Leko, 2734, #21, SHSM-64, #21
Rodoslaw Wojtaszek, 2733, G-Team Novy Bor, Czech Republic, #22
Dmitry Jakovenko, 2732, Ugra, Russia, #23
Anish Giri, 2730, SHSM-64, Russia, #24
David Navara, 2722, G-Team Novy Bor, Czech Republic, #26
Michael Adams, 2720, OSG Baden-Baden e.V., Germany, #27
Evgeny Tomashevsky, 2720, Economist SGSEU, Russia, #28
Alexei Shirov, 2718, Ugra, Russia, #29
Dmitry Andreikin, 2718, Economist SGSEU, Russia, #30
Vladimir Malakhov, 2713, Ugra, Russia, #32
Alexander Riazantsev, 2712, SHSM-64, Russia, #34
Alexander Areschenko, 2710, Tomsk-400, #36
Etienne Bacrot, 2704, OSG Baden-Baden e.V., Germany, #42
Anton Korobov, 2704, Ugra, Russia, #43
Arkadij Naiditsch, 2704, OSG Baden-Baden e.V., Germany, #44
Ian Nepomniatchi, 2704, Economist SGSEU, Russia, #45
Alexander Moiseenko, 2700, Economist SGSEU, Russia, #51

Women's section, 2450+:


Koneru Humpy, 2607, Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo, Monako, #2
Hou Yifan, 2605, Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo, Monako, #3
Anny Muzychuk, 2587, Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo, Monako, #4
Nana Dzagdnize, 2555, Mika, Armenia, #5
Kateryna Lahno, 2551, AVS, Russia, #7
Viktoria Cmilyte, 2528, AVS, Russia, #9
Pia Cramling, 2514, Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo, Monako, #13
Harika Dronavalli, 2512, Mika, Armenia, #14
Antoaneta Stefanova, 2493, AVS, Russia, #19
Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2491, SHSM-Nashe Nasledie, Russia, #21
Elina Danielian, 2476, Mika, Armenia, #23
Natalia Pogonina, 2476, AVS, Russia, #24
Mariya Muzychuk, 2475, AVS, Russia, #25
Lilit Mkrtchian, 2456, Mika, Armenia, #34
Olga Girya, 2454, Ugra, Russia, #36

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Game Analysis

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by Natalia Pogonina for her
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Analyzing your games is one of the main ways of improving in chess. During this procedure you will be able to pinpoint the typical mistakes, as well as weaknesses & strengths. Your games are your business card in the world of chess.
 

Each person has his own approach to game analysis. Nevertheless, there are some common traits. When communicating with other chess players, I often learn new interesting ideas. The article offers some of the methods for you to consider.
 

There are two types of analysis preliminary and deep. The first type is performed right after the game has been played, before the next round. The second one takes place after the end of the tournament.

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Chess Tactics

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Ni Hua (2671) - Negi (2658), 2012
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Dmitry Jakovenko won Karpov's tournament in Poikovsky

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Dmitry Jakovenko is having an excellent year - he became the European Chess Champion, qualified for the Russian national team and won team silver and board gold at the Chess Olympiad. Another success for him is the victory at XIII-th Poikovsky super tournament dedicated to Anatoly Karpov.

Final standings:

1. Dmitry Jakovenko, Russia, 2724: 6/9
2. Ruslan Ponomariov, Ukraine, 2729: 5.5
3-4. Alexander Motylev, Russia, 2658 & Radoslaw Wojtasjzek, Poland, 2713: 5
5. Wang Yue, China, 2691: 4.5
6-9. Sergey Rublevsky, Russia, 2693 & Viorel Bologan, Moldova, 2712 & Lazaro Bruzon, Cuba, 2713 & Alexander Onischuk, USA, 2672 - 4
10. Nigel Short, England, 2698 - 3

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Sunday Puzzle-23

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Play on Words


At Gamblers Synonymous there was a game in progress. The words 'fear (4 letters), 'alarm (5 letters), 'afraid (6 letters) and 'frightened (10 letters) were written on four pieces of paper and surreptitiously sealed in four envelopes, one word to each envelope. Sid and Sally took it in turns to randomly choose an envelope, viewing their chosen word immediately after selection without showing the other person. The game ended when each had two words, and the winner was declared to be the one with the greater total of letters (e.g. 'alarm and 'afraid total 11). 

In the game, Sally went first, but straight after her selection, she received inside information as to which envelope contained the word 'afraid. Being the second largest word this was certainly to her advantage. She decided to select this envelope on her second turn should it still be available after Sids first turn. 

Replaying this scenario many times, should her expected word total be less than Sids, more than Sids, or the same, and why?
 

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