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Chess Week on Twitter

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Wednesday, 07 November 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:

The US Chess Champion seems to be happy with the results of the elections. How about you?

Around the world in a day

Go for 600 million

Ex-FIDE official became a part of the new Georgian government

Friendly match of the Young Champions in Moscow

Ian Nepomniatchi: Finally, I would like to congratulate Dmitry Andreikin for interesting games and a well-deserved victory! :)

Main sensation in Wijk Aan Zee-2013 - Hou Yifan in A group

Old school

Just a few days left until the show starts

What about makeup exams?

Old website, new URL, worth following

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Andreikin defeated Nepomniatchi in a friendly match: 3.5-2.5

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Dmitry Andreikin (left) and Ian Nepomniatchi

Two young super grandmasters clashed in a friendly match of the young champions in Moscow, Russia from October 30 to November 5. Dmitry Andreikin (born in 1990) is rated 2723 and won the Top League and Russian Superfinal in 2012. Ian Nepomniatchi (born in 1990) is rated 2707 and is known as an European Champion'10 and Champion of Russia'10. Dmitry won the match 3.5-2.5, and Ian has published day-by-day commentaries (translated from Russian and brought to you by

Game 1

Today in the International Centre of Chess Education a match of 6 classical time control games between me and Dmitry Andreikin started. In the first game I had White and played very blankly. I had practical chances to draw the game, but failed to do so. Tomorrow I will have the Black pieces.

Game 2

In the second game Andreikin chose a poisonous variation 4.Bf4 in the Gruenfeld and had a slight edge. However, until a certain moment I had been playing quite enterprisingly and managed to equalize. When my position was quite safe, I relaxed and made a move 24...Re8 from general considerations. This could have cost me the game: White regrouped well and obtained a decisive positional advantage (with equal material). In time trouble Dmitry played inaccurately and was distracted by a billboard that fell behind his back. After having made a series of precise moves, I equalized, and the game ended in a draw. The score is 0.5-1.5. I will have White in game 3 tomorrow.

Game 3

On day 3 I had White and was in the mood to strike back. My opponent tried to cool my temper down with a fireproof Caro-Cann defense and a solid continuation 3...c5. I was out of book rather quickly and employed a novelty on move 10 by having developed the bishop to b2. It can hardly be called successful, because Black reached equality with natural developing moves. Later I played adventuruously and castled long, but Dmitry reacted rather well (although not in the best way). A position of dynamic equality with a material imbalance occurred. Alas, the White king became too exposed. I underestimated this factor, avoided a line leading to a draw after a nearly force sequance of moves. Being in trouble, I blundered, although in a relatively lucky way. In the endgame Black had excellent winning chances, but I managed to hold the game in a study-like fashion. Tomorrow is a rest day, and the fourth game will be played on November 3rd.

Game 4

In game 4 I have surprised my opponent with a Slav Defense - it got him thinking after move 3 (!). As a result, Dmitry opted for a rare setup with Qb3, and the game transferred into one of the more or less equal lines in the Carlsbad. By 9.Bg3 White deviated from the well-known variations, after which I equalized and even got a slight edge. In the endgame I had an extra pawn, but my pieces were somewhat passive. My advantage quickly became menacing, but then I started making mediocre moves instead of the strong and natural ones, blundered a pawn, and the game ended in move repetition. Nevertheless, I am glad that most of the game was played by me in a sensible way, which can't be said about the previous games. Maybe the rest day helped me after all. Tomorrow is Game 5, and I will have White.

Game 5

Today in a relatively harmless (for Black) variation of the Queen's gambit I wasn't able to pose any problems before Andreikin: I had a bishop vs. knight, but wasn't able to make use of this advantage. Tomorrow is the final (6th) game, and I will be playing Black.

Game 6

In the final game I was in a must-win situation to avoid losing the match. I decided to choose an offbeat line and provoke my opponent into playing creatively. I have succeeded only partially. Indeed, both of us started improvising rather soon, but White's moves very easier to find due to being very intuitively natural. Also, I couldn't handle the pressure myself: there were no familiar elements in the position by far. Andreikin quickly obtained an advantage and placed his pieces harmoniously and solidly, thus preventing any active plans on my side. White decided not to press too hard (and Black didn't have any choice), so soon an equal endgame was forced. For the first time in the match the game finished earlier than three hours after the start, so, according to the Regulations, we got to play an extra rapid game. I won it rather easily, but the sports significance of this game should not be overestimated. This twist of events reminded me of a quote by Vishy Anand dedicated to a well-known grandmaster: "...he starts to play well, when the tournament is already over...". That's the best way to describe the situation :)

Finally, I would like to congratulate Dmitry Andreikin with interesting games and a well-deserved victory in the match! :)

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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.

This episode is special in two ways. Firstly, an upset with a record 465 points difference. Secondly, Black won 5 games out of 10.

Top-10 upsets:

Dambrauskas (2328) Dadello (1863), 0-1, 465 points

Okkes (2368) Van Foreest (1952), 0-1, 416 points

Flynn (2073) Aguirre (1669), 0-1, 404 points

Bourgeois (1940) Garcia (2325), 1-0, 385 points

Sotelo (1759) Borja (2140), 1-0, 381 points

Amil Meilan (2164) Baudel (1808), 0-1, 356 points

Brem (2112) Pezerovic (2453), 1-0, 341 points

Suchomel (1750) Karhanek (2088), 1-0, 338 points

Vroombout (2243) Mahji (1923), 0-1, 320 points

Burdov (1653) Zdrazil (1942), 1-0, 289 points

Average gap: 370 points ; White won 5 games, Black won 5 games

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Chess Tactics

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Monday, 05 November 2012
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How would you evaluate this position? What is the best continuation for Black?

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Sunday Puzzle-25

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Sunday, 04 November 2012

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

The Lighthouse

Shown are two identical boats, a lighthouse, and a horizon. Can you
rearrange the two boats to show that they carry an identical cargo? 

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Anatoly Karpov won Cap d'Agde

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XII-th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov rarely has a chance to play chess these days. He has a very busy schedule and many non-chess commitments, including his job in the Russian State Duma. Nevertheless, when he does compete, the opponents can't expect an easy time. For example, in June 2012 Anatoly defeated four times US Chess Champion Yasser Seirawan in a match.

Cap d'Agde is a famous rapid tournament with a long history. This year the field consisted mainly of French players, but there were a few notable exceptions.

1. Vassily Ivanchuk (2771), Ukraine
2. Edouard Romaine (2664), France
3. Christian Bauer (2664), France
4. Anatoly Karpov (2616), Russia
5. Marie Sebag (2521), France
5. Ju Wenjun (2498), China
6. Sophie Milliet (2421), France
8. Alekshandra Goryachkina (2384), Russia

In a double-round robin rapid tournament the rating favorite confirmed his status. Also remarkable is Ju Wenjun's performance:

1. Ivanchuk - 11
2. Karpov - 10.5
3. Ju Wenjun - 8.5
4. Edouard - 7
5. Sebag - 6
6. Bauer - 5.5
7. Milliet - 2
8. Goryachkina - 1.5

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Semi-final: Ivanchuk - Ju Wenjun 2-0; Karpov - Edouard 1.5-0.5

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Final: Ivanchuk - Karpov 1-1 in rapid; 2.5-3.5 in blitz (Ivanchuk lost the 6th blitz game on time)

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Create a Clever Caption

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Saturday, 03 November 2012

Can you create a witty caption for this image?

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Magnus Carlsen won Chess Oscar-2011

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Magnus Carlsen with Chess Oscar-2010. Photo (C)

Magnus Carlsen won Chess Oscar, a traditional and prestigious prize awarded by Chess Review-64 magazine on the basis of international voting every year, for the third time in a row.

Here is the top-10:

1. Magnus Carlsen, Norway
2. Boris Gelfand, Israel
3. Levon Aronian, Armenia
4. Peter Svidler, Russia
5. Vladimir Kramnik, Russia
6. Alexander Grischuk, Russia
7. Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukraine
8. Viswanathan Anand, India
9. Alexander Morozevich, Russia
10. Hikaru Nakamura, USA

Source of information - ChessPro

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Blitz Chess Tactics

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Friday, 02 November 2012

Black to move

This tactical puzzle is from a blitz game. Don't expect a very easy answer though!

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Pairings of Women's World Chess Championship (Unofficial)

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Based on the November 1st rating list and the Regulations of the Women's World Chess Championship (November 9 - December 3, Khanty-Mansyuisk, Russia), the pairings are supposed to look like this:

1. Hou Yifan 2606 Ranasinghe, S D 1821
2. Humpy Koneru 2610 Denise Frick 1871
3. Anna Muzychuk 2586 Amina Mezioud 2055
4. Zhao Xue 2565 Natalia Khoudgarian 2138
5. Kateryna Lahno 2553 Mona Khaled 2155
6. Nadezhda Kosintseva 2539 Melissa Castrillon Gomez 2159
7. Viktorija Cmilyte 2524 Ingrid Aliaga Fernandez 2175
8. Marie Sebag 2521 Irina Berezina 2190
9. Valentina Gunina 2517 Gu Xiaobing 2209
10. Pia Cramling 2516 Shayester Ghader Pour 2219
11. Tatiana Kosintseva 2515 Madina Davletbayeva 2220
12. Harika Dronavalli 2512 Soumya Swaminathan 2251
13. Bella Khotenashvili 2504 Maritza Arribas Robaina 2273
14. Alexandra Kosteniuk 2501 Tatev Abrahamyan 2304
15. Ju Wenjun 2501 Atousa Pourkashian 2321
16. Antoaneta Stefanova 2491 Marina Romanko 2355
17. Zhu Chen 2491 Nastassia Ziazulkina 2367
18. Anna Zatonskih 2489 Carolina Lujan 2369
19. Natalia Pogonina 2478 Svetlana Matveeva 2377
20. Mariya Muzychuk 2476 Cristina-Adela Foisor 2383
21. Elina Danielian 2476 Sofiko Khukhashvili 2383
22. Hoang Thanh Trang 2470 Evgenija Ovod 2384
23. Irina Krush 2470 Li Ruofan 2394
24. Alisa Galliamova 2468 Ekaterina Kovalevskaya 2409
25. Olga Girya 2467 Iweta Rajlich 2410
26. Huang Qian 2465 Shen Yang 2413
27. Lilit Mkrtchian 2457 Ketevan Arakhamia 2414
28. Lela Javakhishvili 2455 Anastasia Bodnaruk 2415
29. Elena Dembo 2454 Nino Khurtsidze 2428
30. Anna Ushenina 2452 Cori T Deysi 2429
Natalia Zhukova 2451 Guo Qi 2432
32. Monika Socko 2445 Elmira Skripchenko 2441

In 1/32-final two classical time control games are played to determine the winner. In case of a tie, rapid, then blitz, then Armageddon.

Update: here is an official confirmation

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