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GM Bacrot vs. GM Aronian: Remarkable Turnaround

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Monday, 25 November 2013
By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada, FIDE 2544
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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GM Bacrot, E (2749) GM Aronian, L (2801)

Round 8 (France vs Armenia)

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 O-O 6.e3 Nbd7 7.c5 c6 8.h3 b6 9.b4 a5 10.a3 h6 11.Qc1 Bb7 12.Bd3 Qc8 13.O-O Ba6 14.Bxa6 Rxa6 15.Qc2 Qb7 16.Rab1 axb4 17.axb4 Ra3 18.Rfc1 bxc5 19.bxc5 Qa6 20.Ne1 Ra8 21.Qb2 Qc8 22.Qb7 Qxb7 23.Rxb7 Bd8 24.Bc7 Bxc7 25.Rxc7 R8a6 26.Nd3 Rb3 27.Ne5 Nxe5 28.dxe5 Raa3

White is somewhat better, no doubt, but   Aronian is not without counterplay.  It appears the best White can do is force a Rook and Pawn ending a pawn up, but with  drawish tendencies:  29. exf6! Rxc3 30. Rxc3 Rxc3 31. Rc8!+ Kh7 32. fxg7 Kxg7 33. Rxc6

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Last Updated ( Monday, 25 November 2013 )

World Team Chess Championship 2013

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

The World Team Chess Championship'2013 will take place in Antalya, Turkey from November 24th to December 6th.

The format is a round robin, 9 rounds.

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The participants:

1. Russia (Chess Olympiad'2012, silver), average rating of top-4 players: 2769

Vladimir Kramnik (2793)
Alexander Grischuk (2785)
Sergey Karjakin (2756)
Ian Nepomniatchi (2721)
Nikita Vitiugov (2741)

2. Ukraine (Chess Olympiad'2012, bronze), average rating of top-4 players: 2718

Vassily Ivanchuk (2731)
Alexander Moiseenko (2709)
Alexander Areschenko (2720)
Anton Korobov (2713)
Yuriy Kryvoruchko (2701)

3. Armenia (winners of Chess Olympiad'2012 and World Team Chess Championship'2011), average rating of top-4 players: 2715

Levon Aronian (2801)
Sergei Movsesian (2700)
Vladimir Akopian (2681)
Gabriel Sargissian (2676)
Tigran L. Petrosian (2660)

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 November 2013 )

Congratulations, GM Bela Khotenashvili!

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Saturday, 23 November 2013
Congratulations to Bela Khotenashvili from Georgia on becoming the 31st woman in the history of chess to earn the GM title. Each GM title for women is a serious step towards attaining gender equality in the game.

Here is the complete list:

1978 Gaprindashvili

1984 Chiburdanidze

1991 Polgar Susan, Xie Jun

1992 Polgar Judit, Cramling

2001 Zhu Chen

2002 Humpy, Stefanova

2004 Kosteniuk, Peng

2007 Hoang Thanh, Lahno, Xu Yuhua

2008 Dzagnidze, Sebag, Socko, Zhao Xue

2009 Arakhamia-Grant, Hou Yifan, Kosintseva Tatiana

2010 Cmilyte, Zhukova, Danielian

2011 Kosintseva Nadezhda, Dronavalli

2012 Muzychuk Anna, Ushenina

2013 Gunina, Krush, Khotenashvili

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

GM Naiditsch - GM Socko Annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

GM Arkadi Naiditsch (2727) led the German Team at ETCC'13 and won a prize on first board with a spectacular 2854 peformance


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We are in the second round. The pairing system of the tournament is quite random, so it is impossible to predict who is playing who and why!? We got the team Poland I ( Poland has 3 teams participating).

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2013 )

Magnus Carlsen is the New World Chess Champion

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Magnus Carlsen defeated Viswanathan Anand quite convincingly with a 6.5-3.5 score: 3 wins, 5 draws, 0 losses. Hence, from now on he will be known as the XVI World Chess Champion. Magnus is scheduled to defend his title in 2014, November 5-24.

Viswanathan Anand will be competing in the Candidates Tournament in 2014, March 12-30. You can start voting on who the winner of the event is going to be: take a look at the bottom of the left sidebar of

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Congratulations are starting to pour in:

A new king has emerged in the chess kingdom. Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen on an impressive victory in the match!

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Last Updated ( Friday, 22 November 2013 )

David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Thursday, 21 November 2013
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.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 November 2013 )

Carlsen leads Anand 6-3

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

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Viswanathan Anand switched to 1.d4 in the 9th game and obtained a promising double-edged position. White had a fearsome kingside attack going, while Black secured a serious trump in the form of a protected passed pawn on b3. Anand has spent close to 40 minutes making up his mind at the critical moment. He went for an interesting continuation, but blundered with Nf1 (instead of Bf1 with an unclear position). The game will certainly be analyzed in detail in the future, but so far we can say that Magnus has defended quite well and has earned a critical point.

The match will end tomorrow, unless Anand wins a game. In the case of a draw Magnus will be rated 2872. If Carlsen wins, he will break the all-time chess rating record.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 November 2013 )

Anand-Carlsen Borefest Continues

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013
By GM Daniel Gormally, England, FIDE 2504

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Anand - such a disappointment

It was desperately disappointing today to see that Anand, two points behind, has virtually given up on the match.

When he needed to win games, to sharpen the fight, he chose the Berlin defence.

It seems to me that Anand is already resigned to his fate, and although he may be intending to make a fight of the last few games, I very much doubt he'll change his overall negative strategy.

Such a shame.

However, something a friend of mine pointed out to me before the World Championship Match may be significant.

Anand is booked to play the London Classic which starts only a few days after the World championship match. So far Carlsen is yet to accept- he may well be intending to celebrate his win.

This is a tip in itself as to who the overall of this match will be, as surely the winner of the match will be too tied down in media obligations, for example I expect Carlsen to be doing the American chat show tour after the match, assuming he wins.

Maybe I'm being harsh, but the fact that Anand agreed to play the London Classic, and Carlsen did not, suggests to me that Anand already resigned himself to losing his title before the match even began.

Bonus from a demotivator dedicated to both Carlsen and Anand playing the Berlin in the match -

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 November 2013 )

Azerbaijan and Ukraine win European Team Chess Championship

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The European Team Chess Championship predictably remained in the shadow of the World Chess Championship Match. 38 teams (including 142 GMs) participated in the Open section. 32 teams (13 GMs and 41 WGMs) took part in the Women's tournament.

The winners of the women's championship:

Ukraine (1st seed) is now the reigning World & European Team Chess Champion: Kateryna Lagno, Anna Ushenina, Mariya Muzychuk, Natalia Zhukova, Inna Gaponenko

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 November 2013 )

World Chess Championship Match: Game 7 Drawn

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Monday, 18 November 2013
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In game 7 Magnus Carlsen played another Berlin Defence and drew comfortably in 32 moves. Neither side was taking any particular risks. Obviously, such a scenario suits the Challenger, who had Black and a 2 points advantage. Is the World Champion trying to stop the bleeding before going all-in, or has he given up trying to perform a comeback? The remaining 5 rounds (or less) will show.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 18 November 2013 )
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