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Why banning draws completely might not be such a bad idea

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Thursday, 24 April 2014
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By GM Daniel Gormally, England.
Best rating: FIDE 2573


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Nick Pert- deserved winner at Sunningdale.


I just played a tournament in Sunningdale and in the last round, I lost my nerve.

The situation was as follows- I was playing Nick Pert, with him leading the tournament with 6.5/8 while I was in clear second with 6/8.

No one else could catch him so a draw would suffice for him to clinch outright first. I had to win. This wasn't a great situation for me for several reasons:

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Last Updated ( Friday, 25 April 2014 )
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GM Korobov - GM Edouard annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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


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We are in the last round of Dubai Open. Korobov is on 6/8 and Edouard is leading with a fantastic score of 7/8. For Korobov the deal is easy, win or nothing, which doesn't make the game easier to play for Edouard, who can be sure that his oponent will try everything to win.

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 5

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Official site of the event

Standings after Round 4, group A

1-2. Carlsen, Caruana - 2.5; 3-5. Nakamura, Karjakin, Radjabov - 2; 6. Mamedyarov - 1

Standings after Round 4, group B

1. Bacrot - 3; 2-3. Eljanov, Wojtaszek; 4-7. Motylev, Guseinov, Abasov, Mamedov - 2; 8-9. Safarli, Wang Hao - 1.5; 10. Durarbayli - 1

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 5 (starts April 24, 3 p.m. local time).



The pairings & odds for Group B, Round 5




Based on Peter Zhdanov's ChessBet model

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 April 2014 )
 

Tatiana Kosintseva Leads Women's Rapid Chess Championship

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Tatiana Kosintseva in in clear 1st place after Day 1

The Women's Rapid Chess Championship is taking place in Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia.

Natalia Pogonina made the following comments on the event on Twitter:




After 5 rounds we have the following standings:

1. Kosintseva Tatiana - 4.5/5
2-4. Lagno, Kosteniuk, Muzychuk Maria - 4
5-7. Girya, Dzagnidze, Ushenina - 3.5
8-12. Krush, Paehtz, Zhao Xue, Muzychuk Anna , Stefanova - 3
13-21. Fominykh, Dronavalli, Charochkina, Ubiennykh, Khotenashvili, Guseva, Muminova, Gaponenko, Cramling - 2.5
22-28. Drozdova, Goryachkina, Gunina, Zhu Chen, Kashlinskaya, Zhukova, Batchmeg - 2
29-31. Popova, Ambartsumova, Sukhareva - 1.5
32-33. Bezgodova, Shaydullina - 1
34. Sviridova - 0

10 more rounds will be played on Days 2 & 3.

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 4

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Official site of the event

Standings after Round 3, group A

1. Carlsen - 2.5; 2-5. Nakamura, Karjakin, Radjabov, Caruana - 1.5; 6. Mamedyarov - 0.5

Standings after Round 3, group B

1. Bacrot - 2.5; 2. Eljanov - 2; 3-8. Wojtaszek, Motylev, Safarli, Wang Hao, Abasov - 1.5; 9-10. Mamedov, Durarbayli - 1

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 4 (starts April 23, 3 p.m. local time).



The pairings & odds for Group B, Round 4




Based on Peter Zhdanov's ChessBet model

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 April 2014 )
 

Attack & Defense

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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Rapport (2698) - Laznicka (2673), Neckar Open, 2014
White to move
FEN: 2kr1br1/Bp5p/2q1n3/4pp2/3p4/1QP3PP/PP3P2/RN3RK1 w - - 0 21

1. What is Black's main threat? How should White react?
2. In the game White played a natural developing move 21.Nd2? and resigned two moves later. How does Black win after 21.Nd2 ?

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 April 2014 )
 

David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, Editor of Pogonina.com

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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 previous week was quite remarkable: we will both witness super GMs losing games to master-level players and see a 13-year old Mongolian boy rated in the 1800s defeat four considerably stronger opponents rated 2507, 2374, 2232 and 2219.

Check out all the 27 games:

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 April 2014 )
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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


Whether you are a professional chess player, enthusiast and just starting out ChessCurious.com is the marketplace for you.

Thats right. Unlike other eCommerce communities that tailor to everything and everyone, ChessCurious is the one place to find, buy and sell anything related to Chess. Were a safe and secure community marketplace where all types of Chess lovers buy and sell to each other. So, whether youre selling or buying Chess boards, custom made sets, chess books, specific pieces and so much more, ChessCurious.com is the place filled with chess products.

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

*Disclaimer: this post is an advertisement of one of our chess partners. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Pogonina.com Team.


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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 April 2014 )
 

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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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 April 2014 )
 

Chess Week on Twitter

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Monday, 21 April 2014
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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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Last Updated ( Monday, 21 April 2014 )
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