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Odds for Round 3 of World Team Chess Championship

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Thursday, 28 November 2013


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Turkey vs. Egypt



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GM Salgado Lopez - GM Balogh annotated by GM Balogh

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GM Csaba Balogh (2630) had an impressive 2767 performance playing for Hungary on Board 2 at European Team Chess Championship'13. Photo: ETCC2013.com

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I managed to win a nice game in the European Team Championship.


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Odds for Round 2 of World Team Chess Championship

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013


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Egypt vs. Armenia


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Magnus Carlsen Interviewed by Chess TV

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013


Worth watching.

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Playing Blitz Chess Online & All the Computer Cheats

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013
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By GM Daniel Gormally, England, FIDE 2504

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The future of chess - robot trashes man


The other day I was playing on Chess.com, against some guy whose name I won't mention here.

Anyway the guy is trouncing me, and during the middle of the game, a pop-up message appears, from an admin called Eric.

He asks me "do you find something suspicious about your opponent?" to which I replied, "yeah he's obviously a computer"

I mean this was 12 at night and it had been a long day, so I was probably easy to smash me up in any case.. but it was fairly obvious from the way he was playing that he was using a computer.

It wasn't so much that he was playing well, it was more a case of the way he was playing. There's a noticeable difference between the way a computer plays and a human, not just in strength but in the type of moves they tend to play. I've played against engines a great deal so I find these kind of cheats easy to spot. They play inhuman moves. Anyway I looked this guy up on FIDE and not only did he not have a title, he didn't even have a rating. I'm not saying I'm some sort of blitz genius, I'm an O.K. player for my rating, nothing more, but very few unrated players would be able to win a game against me, let alone beat me game after game.

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Odds for Round 1 of World Team Chess Championship

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013


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Germany vs. Egypt


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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

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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Chess Tactics

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Fedorovsky (2382) - Jaracz (2502), 2013
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How would you evaluate this position? What happens if Black plays Ndb4?

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GM Bacrot vs. GM Aronian: Remarkable Turnaround

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Monday, 25 November 2013
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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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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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