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Anand did well to qualify, but he won't win the rematch

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Tuesday, 01 April 2014
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By GM Daniel Gormally, England.
Best rating: FIDE 2573


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The Tiger from Madras deserves his shot at Carlsen.

Form is temporary, class is permanent.

This might be a much laboured cliché, but it has rarely been more relevant than when applied to the recently completed candidates and Vishy Anand's remarkable comeback to earn himself another shot at the World Champion who deposed him, Magnus Carlsen.

When I was younger Anand was my favourite player. His smooth positional style was easy to understand, and being a bit of a tactician myself, his ability to grasp any sudden opportunity that could come along was instructive and inspiring.

I recall watching him in London playing Dreev in the semi-final of a PCA rapidplay in the early nineties; although he lost that match, his incredible talent was awe-inspiring to witness. In fact he lost on time in a winning position when desperately trying to queen a pawn; the best move but totally impractical. Perfectionism to the end.

I say "was" my favourite player, because of late Vishy's play has been much more considered, and at times almost tedious, when compared to his halcyon days of the nineties and early 2000's. Perhaps the burden of the title was weighing too heavily on his shoulders.

In any case that burden has gone now, and he was able to play with total freedom in the candidates, in total contrast to his rivals.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2014 )
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FIDE April 2014 Rating List

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Monday, 31 March 2014


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The number of players rated 2700+ has decreased from 50 to 46. The most notable result is Vishy Anand's impressive victory in the Candidates tournament. The rating boost has taken him to the #3 spot on the rating list.

Pentala Harikrishna (2726) and Li Chao (2711) have set personal records in April.

Updated list of all-time chess rating records

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Last Updated ( Monday, 31 March 2014 )
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Candidates'2014, Round 14 Odds

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Sunday, 30 March 2014
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Round 14 starts March 30, 15:00 local time (Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia).
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Round 14 results:
Aronian - Karjakin 0-1
Other games drawn

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Magnus Carlsen on the Candidates: Part II

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Saturday, 29 March 2014


World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen shares his impressions of the tournament after R12.
What is his prediction for the outcome of the event? Watch the video and find out!

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 March 2014 )
 

Candidates'2014, Round 13 Odds

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Friday, 28 March 2014
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Round 13 starts March 29, 15:00 local time (Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia).
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Round 13 results:
Andreikin - Aronian 1-0
Kramnik - Topalov 1-0
Karjakin - Anand 1/2-1/2
Svidler - Mamedyarov 1/2-1/2

Congratulations to Viswanathan Anand on winning the Candidates tournament and earning the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the crown!

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 March 2014 )
 

Blitz w/Commentary

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

By IM David Pruess, USA
Best FIDE rating: 2438

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IM David Pruess plays a few blitz games & analyzes them, paying special attention to the key moments.
See how your chess thinking compares to that of a master.

Previous videos by David:
Attacking in Chess: Reserves

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 March 2014 )
 

Candidates'2014, Round 12 Odds

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
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Round 12 starts March 27, 15:00 local time (Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia).
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Round 12 results:
Topalov - Svidler: 1-0
Other games drawn

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GM Mamedyarov - GM Svidler annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

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


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After a horrible start of 0.5/3, Mamedyarov made his come back into the tournament with his 2 White wins over Andreikin and Svidler. In the current game, I guess both players were quickly out of theory and the game got pretty messy, but in the complications Svidler made a terrible blunder with 24...h6, after which the game was practically lost.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 March 2014 )
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Candidates'2014, Round 11 Odds

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014
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Round 11 starts March 26, 15:00 local time (Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia).
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Round 11 results:

All games drawn.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 March 2014 )
 

David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 25 March 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.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 March 2014 )
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