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Chess Curious: a Marketplace dedicated to Chess

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Safe, Exclusive and All About Chess*

Buying and Selling Chess Stuff is Easy on ChessCurious.com


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Check out and register for ChessCurious.com today. Its probably the best move you can make.

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Final Standings

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Olga Girya (silver), Hou Yifan (gold) and Alexandra Kosteniuk (bronze)
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Final standings:

Rank   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. W n We Rtg+/- Ra Rp
1 GM Hou Yifan 2618 CHN 0 8,5 11 7,38 11 2484 2695
2 WGM Girya Olga 2450 RUS 7 0 7,0 11 4,75 23 2500 2602
3 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527 RUS 0 6,5 11 5,99 5 2493 2558
4 GM Lagno Kateryna 2543 UKR 6 ½ 6,0 11 6,26 -3 2491 2527
5 GM Muzychuk Anna 2560 SLO 6 ½ 6,0 11 6,51 -5 2490 2526
6 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550 GEO 1 5,5 11 6,37 -9 2491 2491
7 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489 BUL 0 5,5 11 5,37 1 2496 2496
8 GM Zhao Xue 2552 CHN 5 ½ 5,0 11 6,38 -14 2490 2454
9 GM Ushenina Anna 2501 UKR 5 ½ 5,0 11 5,57 -6 2495 2459
10 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321 UZB 4 0 4,0 11 2,84 17 2511 2409
11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496 RUS ½ 3,5 11 5,47 -20 2496 2363
12 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340 MGL ½ 3,5 11 3,11 6 2510 2377

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of the top-10 chess tweets from last week - a digest of the most important chess news in one short post.

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 2

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In the first round only Magnus Carlsen managed to beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The other 7 games ended peacefully.

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 2 (starts April 21, 3 p.m. local time).



The pairings & odds for Group B, Round 2




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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Round 10

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Hou Yifan won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansyisk with a round to go
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Round 10 Results
  Name Rtg  Res.    Name Rtg
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527  1 - 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489  ½ - ½ GM Lagno Kateryna 2543
GM Ushenina Anna 2501  ½ - ½ GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Zhao Xue 2552  0 1 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340
WGM Girya Olga 2450  1 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496
GM Muzychuk Anna 2560  ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2618

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 1

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial is a chess super tournament which is currently taking place in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. Group A is comprised of 6 world-class grandmasters and personal friends of Vugar Gashimov (1986 - 2014). Group B is also incredibly strong and features 10 GMs.

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 1 (starts April 20, 3 p.m. local time).



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Saturday's Chess Tactics

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
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Hou, Yifan     Muminova, Nafisa

4th WGP   Khanty-Mansiysk   2014.4.14
 

1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bg2 a6 5.d4 dxc4 6.O-O Nc6 7.Nbd2  Nxd4 8.Nxc4 Bc5 9.Nfe5 O-O 10.Be3 Ba7 11.Rc1 c5 12.Bd2 Nd5 13.e3  Nb5 14.Qe2 Nd6 15.Rfd1 Nxc4 16.Nxc4 b5 17.Ba5 Qe7 18.e4 Nb4 19.Bxb4  cxb4 20.Ne5 Qg5 21.Nc6 e5 22.h4 Qf6 23.b3 a5 24.Rc2 Bb7 25.Nxa7  Rxa7 26.Rc7 Qb6 27.Rdd7 a4 28.Kh2 h6 29.Qe3 Qa6 30.Qc5 axb3

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Chess, beat boxing and art

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Reeps One is an internationally acclaimed, two times UK champion beat boxer. Highly prolific, his insatiable creativity has spilled out into paint and artworks, meticulously drafted. These two worlds collide at the point he tries to notate his musical voice sounds. Harry Yeff says his beat boxing alter ego and all the artistic outpouring reference a misdiagnosis of ADD when he was a child. There's no doubt he has a restless spirit - but he can be still for hours when playing his beloved chess.

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Round 9

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Round 9 Results
  Name Rtg  Res.    Name Rtg
GM Muzychuk Anna 2560  0 1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527
GM Hou Yifan 2618  1 0 WGM Girya Olga 2450
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496  ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2552
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340  ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2501
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550  1 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489
GM Lagno Kateryna 2543  ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321

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Bubba Watson proves that coaching is overrated

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Bubba Watson- a natural talent.

The American Golfer Bubba Watson won his second green jacket in three years yesterday when he won the Masters tournament in Augusta.

The reason that Bubba's story is so fascinating to me is because it's proof that you don't need to have been coached or taught relentless to be good at a game- Bubba is self-taught.

Bubba had a tough upbringing and his mother couldn't afford to pay for coaching lesson's for him, so he taught himself.

This rather reminds me of Magnus Carlsen, who when he first learnt the game of chess, would study alone with a board, without books or a teacher, simply trying to learn the connections between the pieces and some of the secrets of the game.

Of course we don't all have the natural talent of a Bubba Watson or a Magnus Carlsen. But in some situations I think coaching can even be harmful. It can suppress natural ability and try to turn you into some kind of mechanical player, with simply a view to getting better results.

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