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Odds for Round 8 of World Team Chess Championship

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013


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Egypt vs. Azerbaijan


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Losing Your Motivation

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By GM Daniel Gormally, England, FIDE 2504

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Victor Korchnoi- matured with age, but for most it's a different experience.

Why do chessplayers get weaker? There are a number of explanations for why chessplayers decline with age, but one of the primary reasons is a loss of motivation. In fact I'd say that was the main reason why most grandmasters tend to have a good career for 15-20 years or so, but then fade away to almost nothing. They lose their mojo.

Take Vishy Anand as an example. Ok I've picked on Vishy more than enough over the last few weeks in this blog, so I have no wish to do so again, but it's clear he's lost motivation.

Compare him to Boris Gelfand. Historically Vishy has been regarded as the stronger of the two. But now is that the case? Boris seems highly motivated over the last few years, to prove himself, but it's easy to see that by comparison, Vishy has lost something. Desire. If they played a match now, my money would be on Boris.

And it's not so difficult to understand why that might be. Vishy has achieved everything that can be done in chess. He's been world champion, he's won many tournaments. What more is there to prove?

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Odds for Round 7 of World Team Chess Championship

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Tuesday, 03 December 2013


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Ukraine vs. Egypt



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Gunina Wins Rapid Tournament in Berlin

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Stephan Oliver Platz reports from Berlin, Germany

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Valentina Gunina (left) and Elisabeth Paehtz during the 1st game of the final


On Thursday, November 28th, 2013, a women's rapid chess tournament was organized by the newspaper "Neues Deutschland" in Berlin. The participants were 4 top players from Russia, Norway and Germany: GM Valentina Gunina (Russia) who had to defend her title from the same event last year, WGM Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany) who had been second in 2012, WGM Marta Michna (Germany) and WIM Silje Bjerke (Norway). In a first stage they had two play against each other with 10 minutes per game plus increment. Valentina Gunina won all three games and came out clear first ahead of Elisabeth Paehtz (2.0) and Marta Michna (1.0).

This meant that Valentina and Elisabeth had to play the final and Marta and Silje had to play for 3rd place. In this second stage two games were played with 15 minutes per game plus increment.

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Chess Week on Twitter: 2-Year Anniversary

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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. This episode is special, because it's a 2-year anniversary of the project!

In case you are wondering: Natalia Pogonina (@Pogonina) has joined Twitter on May 12, 2009 - way before it became trendy.

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Odds for Round 6 of World Team Chess Championship

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Monday, 02 December 2013


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Egypt vs. China



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5-second Tactics from St. Louis

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada, FIDE 2544
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  Bykhovsky, Anatoly

IM  Panjwani,Raja


From St. Louis just this week.  Position after 21 moves of play.  With energetic play Raja has developed a strong initiative.  The extra Pawn for Black is irrelevant at this point of the game as Blacks development is less than ideal.  White finds a clever idea to exploit the awkward position of the Black Queen.

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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Sunday Puzzle-57

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Puzzle courtesy of Barry R. Clarke, columnist for The Daily Telegraph and international puzzle expert
For more puzzles check out his book "Mathematical Puzzles and Curiosities" on Amazon


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Order in Class

A class of nine pupils sat at desks arranged in three rows and three columns. Viewed from the front of the class, Oliver sat somewhere behind and in the same column as Ursula, who sat one row behind and one column to the left of George. Colin and Maggie sat at opposite ends of the same row, Colin being leftmost. George sat in the same row as Ivan while Tina sat one row behind and one column to the right of Norman.


Where was Peter sitting and what was he studying?

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Chess Tactics

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Gordievsky (2448) - Jumabaev (2561), 2013
Black to move


In the position on the diagram Black bravely sacrificed a queen (Qa1) and eventually won.
a) Try to calculate the lines after Qa1 and evaluate the situation.
b) Was there an even better move than Qa1? Finding the solution probably won't be easy.

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Odds for Round 5 of World Team Chess Championship

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Saturday, 30 November 2013


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Netherlands vs. Egypt



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