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Chess Olympiad: Round 4 LIVE

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Friday, 31 August 2012

Live games
Video broadcast with commentary

21:26 Thank you for following the broadcast! Have a nice evening!

21:25 Kudos to Wang Hao for the valiant defense. Vladimir Kramnik couldn't penetrate his defense. Russia-China 3-1.

21:16 The Chinese ladies beat Germany 3-1.

21:08 Georgia-Cuba 4-0 (Women).

21:06 Germany holds Azerbaijan to a draw.

21:01 The hard-fought match between the Czech Republic and Russian (women) ended 3-1 in the favorites' favor.

21:00 Ukraine is doing quite impressively. They scored 3 points against Poland.

20:56 Natalia Pogonina wins the 4th game in a row in great style!



20:41 Most of the games are over already. However, some critical matches are still going on.



20:36 Czech Republic crushes Norway 4-0. Carlsen, Hammer, where are you?!

20:29 As far as I can tell, Natalia made a spectacular move. Chess engines don't see it unless you make it on the board! Bf2!!



20:19 Kramnik is still trying to convert his advantage, but Wang Hao is not an easy nut to crack.



20:13 USA-India 2-2. Armenia-Philippines 2.5-1.5. Hungary-Slovakia 3-1.

20:05 Natalia's game is likely to transpose into rook+bishop+h-pawn vs. rook+g6 and f5. Technical difficulties ahead.

19:59 Palau earned half a board point today - congrats!

19:56 Nadezhda Kosintseva outplayed her opponent in time trouble and won!



19:53 Short-Edouard ended in a stalemate.



19:46 Radjabov-Naiditsch 1-0.

19:43 Harikrishna outplayed Kamsky. USA-India will probably be a draw.



19:34 Gupta-Akobian: draw. Nakamura defeated Sasikiran.

19:32 Ponomariov scored with Black against Bartel.

19:25 Grischuk won. Vachier-Lagrave vs. Adams - draw.

19:19 Wang Yue blundered. Grischuk should win his game soon.

19:13 Gunina (2507) drew her game against Nemcova (2276) with White. Actually, a good result if you look at the position. Who would have thought? I hope Valya will score better in the following rounds: she made two draws already and won only one game.

19:07 Time is becoming a major factor on many boards. Some players have like 5-8 minutes left already.

19:01 Was I too optimistic about the chances of Russia against China? Wang Hao seems to have good chances to create a fortress, while Jakovenko made some inaccurate moves, and the position now is rather complicated.

18:49 I like Natalia's decision in the practical sense. Instead of playing with two extra pawns against two bishops, she decides to trade one of the bishops. Then she will have three pawns vs. one on the queenside; the color of the bishops will be the same.

18:46 Garry Kasparov is back. He is usually very swift in evaluating the positions. Takes a glance and says who's winning.

18:39 Russia - Czech Republic. Tania is doing better. Nadia's position is more or less equal. Valya has a somewhat worse ending. Natalia's opponent sacrificed another pawn for activity, very interesting turn of events.

18:32 A few brief evaluations: USA vs. India looks like 2-2; Russia-China 3-1; Azerbaijan-Germany 2-2; France-England 2-2.

18:25 Natalia Pogonina has an extra pawn, but her opponent's pieces are more active. Black also has two bishops.

18:22 Looks like Wang Hao blundered. Kramnik should be able to convert this.

18:19 Sargissian scores for Armenia on board 4 vs. Dimakiling.

18:16 Perpetual check in Paehtz-Yifan, draw.

18:14 Jones-Fressinet, draw.

18:11 Russia vs. China: Jakovenko and Kramnik seem to have very nice positions. Rather balanced on the other boards.

18:05 Kramnik is being interviewed. Says he is always happy to meet his old friends at the Olympiad. Recalls how his international career started at the 1992 Olympiad in Manila. Overall he played 6 Olympiads, earned 3 team gold medals. Says he prefers board points to match points and regrets that the scoring system has been changed. Luck is critical, says Vladimir. Simply being a strong and united team is not enough.

18:00 Exotic hairstyles:



17:48 In the Open section most of the positions are equal or slightly in favor of one of the sides.

17:42 China has a nice advantage vs. Germany on board 4.

17:38 I am concerned about the Russian ladies' positions. Pogonina has an equal endgame. Gunina is even worse. Kosintsevas?

17:37



17:21 Michalchishin: "At the European Championship Armenia was playing against Germany, not a strong team which has no team spirit at all, yet they lost" - what was that?!

17:18 Michalchishin: women are very predictable, you know what the other girl will play. With men it is completely different. Says that in the men's section it is very important to choose the right opening and the optimal team composition (taking into account the previous scores of the players). Women's chess is more dependent on psychology, he thinks.

17:14 Petrosian says that Armenia is very strong both chesswise and in terms of team spirit. Also thanks Movsesian for having joined the team and having helped win the last World Championship.

17:12 Michalchishin is talking about how important it is for a chess coach to be well-educated in pedagogics and psychology, not only chess. Says that special seminars are held to compensate for the lack of qualified professionals.

17:06 Press conference of two well-known chess coaches and grandmasters, Adrian Michalchishin and Arshak Petrosian:



17:00 The Russian boards so far:



16:46 Russia vs. China, the central match of the day:



16:42 China-Germany:



16:33 Amenia vs. Philippines. Very interesting match-up: So - Aronian. Wesley is known for being able to upset super grandmasters.



16:29 Germany vs. Azerbaijan:



16:22 India (alas, without Anand) vs. USA:



16:16 I believe that it is very important for everyone to support their own players. The predictions that some experts make, and the constant repetition by GM Sergey Shipov that China is the strongest team in the women's section are irritating. First of all, Russia is the reigning Olympic champion. Secondly, this looks like an inferiority complex to me. Let's just see how the tournament goes without labeling certain teams as champions in advance.

16:13 Russia vs. Czech Republic:



16:07



16:02 With just one reserve player the team captains don't have much space for maneuvering. If one of the team members is ill, exhausted or in a bad chess form, everyone else has to play.

15:49 Yesterday a "Chess in Education" press conference took place at the Olympiad. FIDE is actively trying to introduce chess into the school curriculum all over the world.



11:22 The board pairings are up. You can check them out here.

10:40 Natalia Pogonina and Alexandra Kosteniuk are by far the most popular female chess players on Twitter. You can follow either Natalia, or Alexandra, or both.



10:00 Three bogatyrs: Kramnik, Grischuk, Karjakin. In the history of chess only 6 players managed to reach the empyreal mark of 2800+ FIDE. Kramnik is one of them. The record belongs to Garry Kasparov (2851, Jan. 2000), but everyone is expecting that the amazing Norwegean Magnus Carlsen will break it soon.

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9:45 In the modern world one can easily order books or software online. However, choosing it in real life is a much more pleasant experience:

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9:35 Jokes aside! Only 13 teams in the Open section have 6/6 match points. Even less - 8 teams - in the women's event. Today we can expect a number of exciting match-ups. The central confrontation is Russia (#1) vs. China (#6). In July the reserve team of Russia defeated the main team of China, but that doesn't mean much. China is a very powerful team. Pair #2 is France (#8) - England (#11). Don't let me get into the history of the relationships between these two great European countries, and I don't mean chess. Of course, USA (#5) - India (#13) will also be followed very closely.
 

Pairings of the leaders in the Open section:

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The ladies from Germany (#9) were very close to beating Georgia (#3) yesterday. Will they be able to repeat their achievement vs. China (#1) today? This is the match of the day in the Women's section. Russia (#2) is facing the Czech Republic (#23) - a solid team, but definitely not on par with the reigning Olympic champions. Interestingly enough, the Czech team also features sisters - Olsarovas. They are just like Kosintsevas, but rated about 300 rating points lower.
 

Leaders in the women's section:

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The games begin at 4 p.m. Moscow time.

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Chess Olympiad: Round 3 LIVE

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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Live games
Video broadcast with commentary
 
21:52 Tatiana Kosintseva drew her game. Finally. 108 moves. Russia-Mongolia 3.5-0.5. Thanks for watching the online and see you tomorrow!

21:48 We can already say that in the Open section all the main favorites won their matches. On the contrary, in the Women's Olympiad China, Georgia and Ukraine lost a match point each. Oh...and United States drew Uzbekistan!

21:40 Armenia-Spain: 2.5-1.5

21:37 Tatiana Kosintseva's game should be a draw, but let's wait a bit...

21:34 Amazing! Georgia saves the match in the women's section. 2-2 vs Germany.

21:29 China is also on a roll. They defeated Romania 3-1.

21:26 USA-Venezuela: 3.5-0.5

21:25 England-Cuba: 3-1

21:20 Omg! What is going on in Georgia-Germany? The German ladies seemed to be winning 3.5-0.5, but now...

21:17 Russia-Latvia is officially 2.5-1.5

21:13 Veselin Topalov resigned against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. France-Bulgaria: 2.5-1.5.

21:05 One can only imagine how tired the players are by now. Play chess if you want to be smart and slim!

20:58 Ukraine defeats Israel in a critical match-up: 2.5-1.5

20:48 Ponomariov has steel nerves. First he was lost against Rodshtein. Then the position became equal, and the GM from Israel offered a draw. Ruslan calmly outplayed him, 0-1!

20:44 Hou Yifan beats Kateryna Lahno and saves the day for China: 2-2



20:42 Germany-Iran: 4-0!

20:35 Guess who has just logged on to follow the broadcast?



20:24 Surprised to hear that India has boards with them, not only laptop. I actually appreciate it, but it's a rare approach nowadays...

20:18 India won an important match vs. Armenia (2.5-1.5) and is now giving a press conference:



20:09 Ukraine-Israel is a thriller. Did Rodshtein blow away his win?



19:57 Russia-Mongolia: 3-0 so far. Kosintseva T. is still playing Munguntuul.

19:53 Robson and Onischuk won. Kamsky has a complicated position, but seems to be better too.

19:46 Natalia Pogonina had just 1 minute left. She still found a nice bishop sacrifice and played d2!



19:35 Russia will probably beat Latvia 2.5-1.5.

19:30 A draw between Ju Wenjun and Natalia Zhukova. Mariya Muzychuk defeated Zhao Xue. The other two games are still going on, but so far Ukraine seems to be heading for a 2.5-1.5 score!

19:26 Nadezhda Kosintseva has two extra exchanges for a pawn:



19:22 My prediction is 3.5-0.5 in Russia-Mongolia (women).

19:19 Ivanchuk-Gelfand: draw.

19:13 Bulgaria vs. France. You can see ex-FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov thinking hard:



19:10 Finally found the broadcast of the women's games at another website. Kosteniuk won! Pogonina has a serious advantage. The Kosintseva sisters has an edge too.

19:04 England vs. Cuba: looks like a tie so far.

18:57 I can see that Ilya Levitov, Head of the Russian Chess Federation and FIDE Vice-President, has written an open letter to Ali Nihat Yazici regarding Evgeny Surov, Chief Editor of Chess-News.ru

18:55 Azerbiajan-Faroe Islands looks like 3-1 to me atm.

18:48 Surprisingly, Ukraine seems to have very bad positions on two boards against Israel.

18:46 USA-Venezuela: so far expecting 3-1 in USA's favor.

18:40 Ukraine - China: I'd say that White has +/= in all the games. Very tense match.

18:35 So far Russia doesn't have any real advantage against Latvia.

18:28 Sorry. It looks like the orgnanizers aren't the only ones who are having technical problems.

Bator Sambuev used to be a Russian GM. Now he is a Canadian star:



18:05 Both Kosintseva sisters are playing today. A rare case of two sisters being top-10 players in the world:



18:00 One more glance at the Russian positions:



17:44 The G-spot: Germany vs. Georgia:



17:33 Hou Yifan is applying the Chinese proprietary ointment. Natalia has tried it a few years ago; told me that it has a serious impact on the thinking processes, enhances one's consciousness. She decided not to experiment with it anymore:



17:30 GM Sergey Shipov is discussing outfits and uniforms. Both I and Natalia have the official uniforms of Team Russia. I don't wear sports clothes in daily life, but this is an exception.

17:24 I guess the relay of the women's boards is broken again. The clocks are inadequate.

17:13 Ukraine - China:



17:07 This year there is also a Fantasy Olympiad contest. I don't know the full results, but the organizers have informed us today that Sergey Karjakin, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Natalia Pogonina are the top picks for their boards.

17:03 While the top grandmasters are lazily recalling their analyzes, Angola won two games against Burundi.

16:58 Is Alexandra Kosteniuk's home preparation really that deep? The clocks say that she has blitzed out 19 moves without thinking.

16:52 The higest-rated player at the Olympiad, Levon Aronian, is dating Arianne Caoili from Australia. Did he also borrow her t-shirt?



16:50 It is not hard to guess which city is Gata Kamsky's favorite one:

16:40 Spain vs. Armenia:



16:33 The Russian boards:



16:24 Vassily Ivanchuk is pondering his move blindfoldedly:

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16:18 Kramnik vs. Shirov, classical chess: +15 -11 =27. Ivanchuk vs. Gelfand, classical chess: +11 -8 =37 (data: ChessGames.com)

16:03 Party time!

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Chess Olympiad: Round 2 LIVE

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

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Live games
Video broadcast with commentary
 
21:50 All the favorites won their matches again. Thanks for following the online!

21:49
Vidmantas blundered in what seemed to be a dead drawn endgame. USA-Lithuania 3.5-0.5

21:45
Nakamura's game is still going on.

21:30 China-Italy: 3.5-0.5 (Open)

21:27
Four queens on the board in Naka's game:

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21:13 Valentina Gunina drew her game. Russia-Brazil: 3.5-0.5

21:10
FM Griffitz earned a draw vs. Mamedov. Azerbaijan-Ireland: 3.5-0.5

21:05
Chess genius Vassily Ivanchuk lost to Al-Modiakhi. Ukraine-Qatar: 3-1.

20:59
Russia punished Greece for two hasty draws with White. Grischuk won; the final score is 3-1.

20:54
Don't judge Naka's positions by his facial expression:

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20:48
China-Sweden: 4-0 (Women's section)

20:42
Natalia won: White either loses a bishop, or gets checkmated in 1:

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20:37
A short friendly post-mortem in the Pogonina game.

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20:22
Relay of the women's games has been broken for the last hour or so.

20:17
A girl named Vanessa is a princess" - rhymes GM Sergei Shipov:

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20:15
France-Peru: 3.5-0.5

20:05 The European Team Champions from Germany defeated Georgia 2.5-1.5

20:03
Lithuania vs. USA:

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20:00
Spain defeated Belarus 2.5-1.5 (Iljescas managed to beat Teterev)

19:53 Turkey - Czech Republic: 2-2

19:45
Mamedyarov and Gusseinov score for Azerbaijan in the match against Ireland.

19:40 Vanessa Feliciano Ebert is giving Valentina Gunina a hard time. Here is her FIDE profile.

19:35
Caruana is shaking his head...

19:25 Jakovenko won. Aronian's opponent had a solid position, but then blundered terribly. Can you find the winning move for White?

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19:16 Alexandra Kosteniuk capitalized on her opponent's blunders and scored for Russia!

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19:15
Ukraine knocked-out two of the opponents already (Eljanov and Moiseenko scored):

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19:10
The Russia vs. Brazil match is keeping me nervous. Where is the move relay?

19:00 Wang Hao seems to have an edge in the endgame against Caruana.

18:57
The Greek grandmaster offered a draw to Kramnik. Vladimir agreed.

18:55 Susan calls herself a strong advocate of Fischer Random, because modern chess, in her opinion, requires too much home preparation and deep computer analysis.

18:46 Susan says that women's chess has a lot of potential and predicts a bright future for it.

18:36 Susan Polgar, ex-Women's World Chess Champion and Head of the FIDE Women Commission, press conference:

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18:28
Nadezhda Kosintseva is calculating lines on Valentina Gunina's board. The Brazilian beauty has a good position.

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18:23
The main dish of the day: Wang Hao vs. Caruana:

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18:15
Alexandra Kosteniuk has a crazy position:

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18:00
Ukraine: Moiseenko will be up a pawn. Volokitin has an extra exchange, but Black has two bishops and some compensation.

17:58
Nakamura's position looks risky. Don't see any real advantage for Team USA so far.

17:45 A very interesting double-edged position:

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17:42
Looks like Kramnik is going to sacrifice a queen!

17:27 Brazil vs. Russia: hot or not?

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17:26
Jakovenko has a nice position against Kotronias. The same can be said about Nadezhda Kosintseva. All the other Russian positions are close to equality.

17:22
The broadcast is indeed much better today. Kudos to the organizers!

17:10
Kramnik is a legendary player. In case you haven't seen those posts, check out the humorous facts about him:
Post 1
Post 2

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17:00
Team Russia has left the boards:

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16:55 A lovely bug. Natalia's opponent doesn't look like a girl:

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16:48
Don't forget to press the "flip" button to view the games from the perspective of your favorite players

16:39
Banikas played rather unambitiously as White and made a draw in 15 moves against Sergey Karjakin:

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16:25
Georgia (left) used to be the dominant force in women's chess back in the USSR and later on. Until China came along...

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16:22 Vladimir Kramnik is facing his proprietary weapon - the Catalan:

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16:15 Ukraine vs. Qatar. Vassily Ivanchuk makes an appearance:

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Chess-News.ru Banned from Covering the Olympiad

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Pogonina.com editor Peter Zhdanov

Chess-News.ru, one of the leading chess websites in the world, was banned from covering the Chess Olympiad in Turkey. According to its chief editor Evgeny Surov, when he tried to obtain an accreditation for the event, he received a rather rude letter stating that he is not a journalist and he had better not come to Turkey at all.

Evgeny decided to travel there at his own risk. However, according to his own statement, when he attempted to enter the playing hall, the organizers didn't offer him a badge, and the guards virtually kicked him out of the playing hall. Later during the press conference Turkish Chess President Ali Nihat Yazichi mentioned that the playing hall must be free from "people who should not even be there". According to Evgeny Surov, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov promised he would try to resolve the matter peacefully, but, obviously, this hasn't been done.

Frankly speaking, I don't know the exact reason for the conflict. Some say it's about Chess News covering the Atalik case; others point out that it all started from allegedly illegally copying moves from the Turkish Chess Federation website and releasing an article in 2011 that not all the teams will be able to come to the Women's World Chess Championship in Turkey. In his short interview for ChessVibes Ali made a vague statement, one of the interpretations of which could be that Chess News is trying to blackmail the organizers by threatening to write something negative about the event...


What unites Evgeny Surov and Viktor Korchnoi? Both are severe, but just

Adding a personal touch. I have known Evgeny Surov for quite a few years. He is a passionate chess lover, an esteemed professional and a very liberal and critical-minded person. While many websites are posting glossy reports and praises, Evgeny is always looking into the essence of things and interviewing people about the most urgent and unspoken matters. In my opinion, it is unacceptable to prevent one of the leading chess journalists from working just on the basis of some personal feuds. Injustice done to one is injustice to all. I strongly believe in freedom of speech and want to support my friend and colleague.

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Style Check

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Normally top grandmasters are only compared on the basis of their ratings. Pogonina.com introduces a new humourous weekly poll where we will be choosing all sorts of criteria, a new one every week. Of course, the players will also be different each time.

This week's battle: two well-known super grandmasters born in 1990: Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniatchi.
Criteria: style.

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Magnus Carlsen                                                                    Ian Nepomniatchi
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Make your choice!

Who is more stylish looking?

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Sharing this post is appreciated. The more people respond, the more interesting the result!

UPDATE: Ian Nepomniatchi won the contest with a small margin:

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Chess Olympiad: Round 1 LIVE

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Live games
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21:35 While there were some local sensations on individual boards, all the rating favorites won their matches. Hope you have enjoyed the first day of the Olympiad!

21:25 FM William Puntier had Evgeny Tomashevsky (2730) on the ropes, but the game ended peacefully. Yuri Dokhoian joined the post-mortem and patted Evgeny on the back to support him:

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21:20
Natalia Pogonina contacted me via Skype and said that she likes our live broadcast. Hope you are enjoying it too!

21:18 Wang Yue escaped: draw. Tomashevsky is desperately trying to flag his opponent.

21:05 The playing hall is almost empty now, but a few interesting games are still happening.

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20:54
Wang Yue (China), one of the most solid players in the world, is under pressure from his Zambian opponent.

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20:45
The official website says that Belarus is losing to Panama 0-3. I guess it's the other way around.

20:33 IM Jomo Pitterson (2221), Jamaica, beats GM Matej Sebenik (2552), Slovenia. Upset of the day in terms of rating difference?

20:28 Women's tournament: Ukraine - El Salvador 3.5-0.5. India - Macedonia 4-0. Poland - Dominican Republic: 4-0.

20:23
Andrei Obodchuk (2399) has a few World Champion titles among disabled chess players. Today he won as Black against the ACP President Emil Sutovsky (2687)!

20:20 Russia beats Bolivia 4-0. China defeates Bangladesh 4-0. In the women's tournament, of course.

20:15  Grandmaster Yuri Dokhoian, Russian team's coach, grabbed a chair to watch the game of his protege:

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20:10 USA - Jordan, 4-0. Azerbaijan - Luxembourg: 4-0.

20:07 Oswaldo Zambrana (2471) beats Sergei Movsesian (2698). This is a sensation! Official result: Armenia-Bolivia 3:1.

20:00 Two-times World Blitz Chess Champion Alexander Grischuk won his game. What about Evgeny Tomashevsky? He has two light pieces for a rook and two pawns.

19:55 Officlal result: Ukraine, the reigning Olympic Champion, beats Iraq 4-0.

19:50 Dmitry Jakovenko and Sergey Karjakin won!

19:46 The relay seems to be half-broken again.

19:36 I didn't see the actual moves, but the way the kings are standing on the board means that Natalia Pogonina is the first player to score for Team Russia!



19:32 The best female chess player in the history of chess, Judit Polgar (2698), won her game against Andrei Maznitsin (2283). As you remember, she is playing in the Open section against men.

19:28 I took a look at the Russian positions. Should I get a coffee, or something more efficient?

19:18
Some players are already in severe time trouble. If the clocks are accurate, Natalia Pogonina's opponent has two minutes for 20 moves.

19:14 Gata Kamsky scores for USA, Shakhriar Mamedyarov - for Azerbaijan. Tigran Petrosian (Armenia) also won his game.

19:07 It is always nice to take one more look at the Russian women's team:

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19:00 Alexandr Moiseenko (2706) vs. Salih Aka Ali Salih (2282), 1-0. FMs have a tough time playing super grandmasters.

18:55
I don't like the position of the ex-European Chess Champion Evgeny Tomashevsky...

18:52
Pavel Eljanov (2693) vs. Ali A Hussein (2343), 1-0. You can follow Pavel on Twitter.

18:47 Azerbaijan: advantage on three boards. Safarli is slightly worse as White.

18:37 Ukraine (Open): Movsesian and Eljanov should win their games.

18:30 Armenia (Open): Petrosian has a large advantage. More or less balanced fights on the other boards.

18:22 Ex-FIDE World Chess Champion Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) is nervously patting his hair:

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18:15 The Chinese women's team is doing rather impressively. Meanwhile, Russia vs. Bolivia is a rather tense match. The games will be decided later, in the endgame and closer to time trouble.

18:00 The press conference is still going on. Meanwhile, I have briefly checked the positions. The tough is tougher than might have been expected. There are no decisive games on the top boards yet.

17:50
The President of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat Yazichi says he is counting on Turkey to win a medal in the 2016 Olympiad!

17:38 FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, press conference:

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Russian Superfinal & London Olympics

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Part I of the story dealt with the first five rounds of the championship. I wasthe leader with 4/5, and among my pursuers were Olga Girya and Alisa Galliamova, whom I was to face in the rounds to come.
 

During the rest day I decided to take a ferry ride on the Moscow river. It was hot, so in the evening I discovered that my skin, especially cheeks and knees, became sunburnt. So, no more skirts for me, but at least the impressions from the trip have more than compensated for this disadvantage. Alas, at some point I noticed that the batteries in my camera were low, so I didnt get to make pictures. However, here is part of the bridge right next to the hotel:

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Round 6 was rather challenging. I made the wrong choice in the opening and ended up in a tricky position. Alisa didnt make use of some of the chances, and the game ended in a draw.


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Theory of Success in Life Applied to Chess

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Candidate master Peter Zhdanov's article for ChessBase

What are the factors that define success? How does one become successful in life in general and in chess in particular? Peter Zhdanov explains KPIs (key performance indicators) used to measure success and seeks to apply them to the game we all love. By objectively evaluating all the components described in his article, you can create your own plan of becoming a successful person.

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Guess the Players-72

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Can you name these two great chess players?

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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:

Sergey Karjakin has a new sponsor (Alpari) and a new personal website
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Sergey Karjakin: I can finally tell you about my main sponsor Alpari at sergey-karyakin.com

An unexpected tactical bite? Kasparov was cleared of charges
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Laios Portisch had 20 Chess Olympiad appearances; Eugenio Torre breaks the record
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How high were the stakes?
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Universal cure
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Anticipating the Chess Olympiad
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Berik Balgabaev: Tomorrow the 40th World Chess Olympiad begins. 158 national federations are participating! The 83rd FIDE Congress will also take place there.

Congrats to the veterans!
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Oops, I did it again
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Man-up!
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Results of the Junior European Chess Championship

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Chess News: All the results of the Junior European Championship: eycc2012.eu

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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