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GM Motylev - GM Eljanov annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player
Best FIDE rating: 2737

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We are going to see a very nice positional win by the current European Champion Alexander Motylev, who was also the second of Karjakin for many years. It is a very difficult job to combine your own chess career and having somebody for who you are working most of the time, but it seems like Motylev managed to find the right way.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 )

Nezhmetdinov Memorial-2014

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Rashid Nezhmetdinov
was a legendary attacking Soviet chess player. He also used to hold a master title in checkers.

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Venue: Kazan, Russia
Dates: May 30 - June 8
Format: 9-round swiss open
Time control: 90 m for 40 moves, 30 m for the rest of the game, 30s/move starting from move 1
Official site (in Russian)

So far 24 GMs and 2 WGMs have registered for the Nezhmetdinov Memorial - a stage of the Russian Men's Chess Cup.

Here is a preliminary list of participants rated 2400+:

Player ID Born Fed. Title FIDE rating
Popov, Ivan 4170350 1990 RUS GM 2650
Kokarev, Dmitry 4132181 1982 RUS GM 2628
Andriasian, Zaven 13302000 1989 ARM GM 2611
Timofeev, Artyom 4140419 1985 RUS GM 2603
Bocharov, Dmitry 4138716 1982 RUS GM 2598
Ponkratov, Pavel 4157800 1988 RUS GM 2595
Danin, Alexandre 4144031 1986 RUS GM 2594
Volkov, Sergey 4122763 1974 RUS GM 2584
Fedorov, Alexei 13500465 1972 BLR GM 2574
Frolyanov, Dmitry 4151976 1986 RUS GM 2572
Shariyazdanov, Andrey 4122747 1976 RUS GM 2568
Savchenko, Boris 4147332 1986 RUS GM 2559
Dvoirys, Semen I. 4100379 1958 RUS GM 2557
Ibragimov, Ildar 4102878 1967 USA GM 2557
Mozharov, Mikhail 4189825 1990 RUS GM 2552
Shaposhnikov, Evgeny 4122232 1981 RUS GM 2550
Lintchevski, Daniil 4171055 1990 RUS GM 2546
Yudin, Sergei 4159659 1986 RUS GM 2546
Rychagov, Andrey 4119932 1979 RUS GM 2535
Rozum, Ivan 24104272 1991 RUS IM 2535
Prizant, Jaroslav 4140664 1983 RUS IM 2516
Demidov, Mikhail 4197143 1992 RUS IM 2512
Pogonina, Natalija 4147855 1985 RUS WGM 2501
Gavrilov, Alexei 4104358 1960 RUS GM 2491
Matinian, Nikita 24129100 1992 RUS IM 2478
Kharlov, Andrei 4102185 1968 RUS GM 2477
Galliamova, Alisa 4129725 1972 RUS IM 2466
Kuderinov, Kirill 13701568 1987 KAZ IM 2442
Tunik, Gennady 4101219 1953 RUS GM 2430
Ulko, Jaroslav 4116658 1973 RUS IM 2422
Isajevsky, Anton 4142500 1985 RUS FM 2416
Yagupov, Igor 4113632 1965 RUS GM 2414
Pasiev, Rakhim 24122475 1994 RUS IM 2410
Smirnov, Alexey 4168437 1983 RUS   2407
Yandemirov, Valeri 4102622 1963 RUS GM 2403
Vastrukhin, Oleg 4192770 1991 RUS   2401

Both Natalia Pogonina and Peter Zhdanov will be playing in the tournament, so please don't be surprised if there will be somewhat fewer updates on the site during that period. Chess is a demanding game!

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 May 2014 )

David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014
By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, Editor of

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a similar level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

The past week was relatively upset-free, so we had to lower the standards from the usual 300+ points gap to 250 in order to come up with a top-10. Here are the games:

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 May 2014 )

Jail Chess Cup: Change Your Life

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Monday, 26 May 2014

Must-watch chess commercial.
Thanks to GM Kevin Spraggett for discovering it.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 26 May 2014 )

Chess Week on Twitter

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Monday, 26 May 2014

Bookmark and Share 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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Last Updated ( Monday, 26 May 2014 )

Saturday Chess Tactics

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Saturday, 24 May 2014
By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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GM  Timman,J

Candidates Tournament, 1985. Position before Blacks 30th move. A terrible position for White who, despite having a piece more (for 3 pawns)can hardly move!  Not unsurprisingly, Black has a knock-out blow that forced Timman to resign on the spot!


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Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 May 2014 )

A Little Faith

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Friday, 23 May 2014

By WGM Irina Bulmaga, Romania.
Best FIDE rating: 2410

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Another rainy day has come with some inspiration for a new post. Unlike one must think, it's not another sad text, it is an optimistic one today

As you might have seen, I played an Open in Iasi, in the city where I live the most part of the time. It was a very nice tournament, one which I hope will become traditional.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 23 May 2014 )

Hip-Hop & Chess

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Yet another "hip-hop & chess" video. This time one of the most popular Russian rap groups "Kasta" visits NYC and plays a game against one of the local chess hustlers.

Related reading:
Russian Hip-Hop & Chess
New Chess & Hip-Hop Video

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 )

GM Fressinet - GM Blomqvist annotated by GM Balogh

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Thursday, 22 May 2014
By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
Best FIDE rating: 2672

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The big difference between the two players was telling in this game, but it was still a spectacular win by Fressinet.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 )

Missed Chess Tactics

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Rapid chess. Black to move

White has just grabbed a pawn on b7. Black suddenly gets a change to punish his opponent for being careless. How?

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 May 2014 )
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