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Andreikin defeated Nepomniatchi in a friendly match: 3.5-2.5

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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 Pogonina.com):

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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Episode 3
Episode 2
Episode 1


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Chess Tactics

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


The Lighthouse

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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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Sunday Puzzle-17
Sunday Puzzle-16
Sunday Puzzle-15
Sunday Puzzle-14
Sunday Puzzle-13
Sunday Puzzle-12
Sunday Puzzle-11
Sunday Puzzle-10

Sunday Puzzle-9
Sunday Puzzle-8
Sunday Puzzle-7
Sunday Puzzle-6
Sunday Puzzle-5
Sunday Puzzle-4
Sunday Puzzle-3
Sunday Puzzle-2
Sunday Puzzle


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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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Magnus Carlsen won Chess Oscar-2011

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

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

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Blitz Chess Tactics

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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
31.
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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FIDE November 2012 Rating list

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This time the FIDE rating list features 50 players above 2700. Notably, Magnus Carlsen is just 4 points shy of breaking Garry Kasparov's record!

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Ex-FIDE World Chess Champion Veselin Topalov shared 1st at London Grand Prix and scored 4.5/6 at European Club Cup to gain 18 rating points overall

Rank Old
Rank
Name Country Title Rating Old
Rating
Games
  1 1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR GM 2848 +5 2843 10
  2 2 Aronian, Levon ARM GM 2815 -6 2821 10
  3 3 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS GM 2795   2795 0
  4 4 Radjabov, Teimour AZE GM 2793 +1 2792 6
5 8 Caruana, Fabiano ITA GM 2786 +14 2772 15
6 7 Anand, Viswanathan IND GM 2775 -5 2780 10
7 6 Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 2775 -5 2780 10
8 13 Topalov, Veselin BUL GM 2769 +18 2751 17
9 12 Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 2764 +12 2752 17
10 14 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 2764 +16 2748 16
11 9 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR GM 2763 -8 2771 18
12 11 Kamsky, Gata USA GM 2762 +7 2755 7
13 5 Nakamura, Hikaru USA GM 2755 -31 2786 18
14 18 Gelfand, Boris ISR GM 2751 +15 2736 16
15 10 Morozevich, Alexander RUS GM 2748 -10 2758 6
  16 16 Svidler, Peter RUS GM 2747   2747 6
17 23 Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS GM 2741 +9 2732 15
18 19 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR GM 2741 +6 2735 15
19 15 Wang, Hao CHN GM 2737 -11 2748 14
20 17 Gashimov, Vugar AZE GM 2737   2737 0
21 22 Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL GM 2734 +1 2733 15
22 21 Leko, Peter HUN GM 2732 -2 2734 17
23 20 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 2726 -8 2734 17
24 28 Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS GM 2725 +5 2720 6
25 30 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS GM 2723 +5 2718 6
26 25 Volokitin, Andrei UKR GM 2722 -2 2724 14
27 29 Shirov, Alexei LAT GM 2716 -2 2718 6
28 24 Giri, Anish NED GM 2715 -15 2730 18
29 33 McShane, Luke J ENG GM 2713   2713 0
30 41 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA GM 2711 +6 2705 10
31 36 Areshchenko, Alexander UKR GM 2711 +1 2710 6
32 27 Adams, Michael ENG GM 2710 -10 2720 17
33 26 Navara, David CZE GM 2710 -12 2722 16
34 35 Cheparinov, Ivan BUL GM 2710   2710 0
35 37 Jobava, Baadur GEO GM 2710   2710 0
36 32 Malakhov, Vladimir RUS GM 2709 -4 2713 10
37 44 Naiditsch, Arkadij GER GM 2708 +4 2704 16
38 45 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS GM 2707 +3 2704 7
39 38 Almasi, Zoltan HUN GM 2707   2707 0
40 31 Bruzon Batista, Lazaro CUB GM 2706 -11 2717 20
41 46 Le, Quang Liem VIE GM 2705 +2 2703 10
42 34 Riazantsev, Alexander RUS GM 2705 -7 2712 6
43 40 Polgar, Judit HUN GM 2705   2705 0
44 49 Fressinet, Laurent FRA GM 2703 +1 2702 5
45 47 Akopian, Vladimir ARM GM 2703   2703 0
46 43 Korobov, Anton UKR GM 2702 -3 2705 16
47 48 Ding, Liren CHN GM 2702   2702 14
48 51 Moiseenko, Alexander UKR GM 2702 +2 2700 7
49 42 Bacrot, Etienne FRA GM 2702 -3 2705 6
50 57 Vitiugov, Nikita RUS GM 2700 +9 2691 6

Biggest gains: Topalov +18, Mamedyarov +16, Gelfand +15, Caruana +14, Grischuk +12
Major setbacks: Nakamura -31, Giri - 15, Navara -12, Wang Hao -11, Bruzon -11, Morozevich -10, Adams -10

Updated list of all-time records

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Guo Qi (born in 1995) earned a whopping 41 rating points last month!

Women's top-50 didn't change much:

Rank Old
Rank
Name Country Title Rating Old
Rating
Games
  1 1 Polgar, Judit HUN GM 2705   2705 0
  2 2 Koneru, Humpy IND GM 2610 +3 2607 7
  3 3 Hou, Yifan CHN GM 2606 +1 2605 6
  4 4 Muzychuk, Anna SLO GM 2586 -1 2587 6
  5 5 Zhao, Xue CHN GM 2565   2565 4
  6 6 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO GM 2555   2555 0
  7 7 Lahno, Kateryna UKR GM 2553 +2 2551 15
  8 8 Kosintseva, Nadezhda RUS GM 2539   2539 0
  9 9 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU GM 2524 -4 2528 6
  10 10 Sebag, Marie FRA GM 2521   2521 0
11 12 Gunina, Valentina RUS IM 2517 +3 2514 10
12 13 Cramling, Pia SWE GM 2516 +2 2514 6
13 11 Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS GM 2515   2515 0
  14 14 Harika, Dronavalli IND GM 2512   2512 7
  15 15 Khotenashvili, Bela GEO IM 2504   2504 0
16 21 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS GM 2501 +11 2490 6
17 18 Ju, Wenjun CHN WGM 2501 +3 2498 4
18 16 Ruan, Lufei CHN WGM 2501   2501 0
  19 19 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL GM 2491 -2 2493 5
  20 20 Zhu, Chen QAT GM 2491   2491 0
21 17 Zatonskih, Anna USA IM 2489 -10 2499 11
  22 22 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER IM 2482   2482 0
23 24 Pogonina, Natalija RUS WGM 2478 +2 2476 5
24 25 Muzychuk, Mariya UKR IM 2476 +2 2474 15
25 23 Danielian, Elina ARM GM 2476   2476 7
26 27 Hoang, Thanh Trang HUN GM 2470   2470 9
27 26 Krush, Irina USA IM 2470   2470 4
  28 28 Galliamova, Alisa RUS IM 2468   2468 0
29 36 Girya, Olga RUS WGM 2467 +13 2454 12
30 29 Huang, Qian CHN WGM 2465 -1 2466 4
31 30 Xu, Yuhua CHN GM 2465   2465 0
32 31 Tan, Zhongyi CHN WGM 2464   2464 4
  33 33 Atalik, Ekaterina TUR IM 2461 +3 2458 7
  34 34 Mkrtchian, Lilit ARM IM 2457 +1 2456 7
35 40 Javakhishvili, Lela GEO IM 2455 +11 2444 11
36 35 Dembo, Yelena GRE IM 2454   2454 0
37 32 Munguntuul, Batkhuyag MGL IM 2453 -6 2459 4
38 42 Ushenina, Anna UKR IM 2452 +13 2439 9
39 38 Zhukova, Natalia UKR GM 2451 +2 2449 9
40 37 Hunt, Harriet V ENG IM 2450   2450 0
41 43 Peptan, Corina-Isabela ROU IM 2447 +10 2437 6
42 39 Socko, Monika POL GM 2445   2445 0
43 41 Moser, Eva AUT IM 2443   2443 0
  44 44 Skripchenko, Almira FRA IM 2441 +4 2437 3
45 73 Guo, Qi CHN WGM 2432 +41 2391 13
46 52 Cori T., Deysi PER WGM 2429 +18 2411 21
47 46 Khurtsidze, Nino GEO IM 2428 -2 2430 9
  48 48 Zaiatz, Elena RUS IM 2427   2427 0
49 45 Ding, Yixin CHN WGM 2426 -5 2431 4
50 75 Pham, Le Thao Nguyen VIE WGM 2425 +38 2387 13

Biggest gains: Guo +41, Pham +38, Cori +18, Girya +13, Ushenina +13, Kosteniuk +11, Javakhishvili +11, Peptan +10
Severe losses: Zatonskih -10

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