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Chess Week on Twitter

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Thursday, 11 October 2012 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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Tuesday, 09 October 2012
by Natalia Pogonina for her Tuesday column

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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Monday, 08 October 2012
Ni Hua (2671) - Negi (2658), 2012
White to move

What is the best continuation for White?

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Dmitry Jakovenko won Karpov's tournament in Poikovsky

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Sunday, 07 October 2012
Photo by Evgeny Vashenyak,

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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Sunday, 07 October 2012
Puzzle courtesy of Barry R. Clarke, columnist for The Daily Telegraph and international puzzle expert

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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Participants of World Women's Chess Championship-2012

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Saturday, 06 October 2012

The FIDE Women's World Chess Championship will take place in Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia from November 9 to December 3. It is a knock-out event with 64 players participating:

a) From World Womens Championships 2010-2011:
01. Hou, Yifan (CHN) World Champion
02. Koneru, Humpy (IND) World Champion Finalist 2011
03. Zhao Xue (CHN) World Championship Semi finals 2010

b) World Girl Junior Champions 2010-2011:
04. Muzychuk, Anna (SLO)
05. Cori T Deysi (PER)

c) Rating List average 7/2011 & 1/2012:
06. Gunina, Valentina (RUS)
07. Galliamova, Alisa (RUS)
08. Zhu, Chen (QAT)
09. Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS)
10. Skripchenko, Almira (FRA)
11. Ushenina, Anna (UKR)

d) 28 players from European Womens Championships 2010 & 2011
12. Cramling, Pia (SWE) (2010)
13. Cmilyte, Viktorija (LTU)
14. Socko Monika (POL)
15. Sebag, Marie (FRA)
16. Kosintseva Tatiana (RUS)
17. Zhukova Natalia (UKR)
18. Dembo Elena (GRE)
19. Stefanova Antoaneta (BUL)
20. Kosintseva Nadezhda (RUS)
21. Muzychuk Mariya (UKR)
22. Rajlich Iweta (POL)
23. Ziaziulkina Nastassia (BLR)
24. Kovalevskaya Ekaterina (RUS)
25. Khurtsidze Nino (GEO)
26. Danielian, Elina (ARM) (2011)
27. Matveeva, Svetlana (RUS)
28. Khotenashvili, Bela (GEO)
29. Lahno, Kateryna (UKR)
30. Javakhishvili, Lela (GEO)
31. Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan (SCO)
32. Foisor, Cristina-Adela (ROU)
33. Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS)
34. Pogonina Natalija (RUS)
35. Ovod Evgenija (RUS)
36. Romanko Marina (RUS)
37. Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN)
38. Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM)
39. Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO)

e) 8 players from Americas
40. Arribas Robaina, Maritza (CUB) (Continental)
41. Zatonskih, Anna (USA) (Zonal 2.1)
42. Abrahamyan, Tatev (USA) (Zonal 2.1)
43. Krush, Irina (USA) (Zonal 2.1)
44. Khoudgarian, Natalia (CAN) (Zonal 2.2)
45. Castrillon Gomez, Melissa (COL) (Zonal 2.3)
46. Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid (PER) (Zonal 2.4)
47. Lujan, Carolina (ARG) (Zonal 2.5)

f) 12 players from Asia/Oceania
48. Pourkashiyan, Atousa (IRI) (Continental 2010)
49. Harika, Dronavalli (IND) (Continental 2011)
50. Ghader Pour, Shayesteh (IRI) (Zonal 3.1)
51. Ranasinghe, S D (SRI) (Zonal 3.2)
52. Li, Ruofan (SIN) (Zonal 3.3)
53. Davletbayeva, Madina (KAZ) (Zonal 3.4)
54. Ju Wenjun (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
55. Shen Yang (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
56. Huang Qian (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
57. Gu Xiaobing (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
58. Berezina, Irina (AUS) (Zonal 3.6)
59. Soumya, Swaminathan (IND) (Zonal 3.7)

g) 3 players from African Womens Championship 2011
60. Mona, Khaled (EGY)
61. Mezioud, Amina (ALG)
62. Frick, Denise (RSA)

h) 2 nominees of the FIDE President
63. Guo Qi (CHN)
64. Olga Girya (RUS)

While quality matters more than quantity, here is some statistics on which countries the players are representing:

Russia - 12
China - 7
Georgia, Ukraine - 4
India, USA - 3
France, Peru, Poland, Armenia, Iran - 2
Slovenia, Qatar, Sweden, Lithuania, Greece, Bulgaria, Belarus, Scotland, Roumania, Hungary, Cuba, Canada, Colombia, Argentina, Sri-Lanka, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Australia, Egypt, Algeria, South Africa - 1

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Ron Langeveld from Netherlands is the New World Chess Correspondence Champion

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Friday, 05 October 2012

The 26th World Correspondence Chess Championship is coming to an end. ICGM Ron Langeveld (rated #4 in the world on the ICCF list) won the event in advance - congratulations.

Here is the tournament table, pay special attention to the number of draws, a product of the computer engine era.

Ron A. H. Langeveld was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands on October 10, 1966. He has an university degree in Business administration from the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus university) and works as a systems engineer for a company that sells insurance software. His hobbies include correspondence chess, photography, traveling and hiking. (Source)

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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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