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Poikovsky, Round 5 Odds

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XV-th tournament dedicated to Anatoly Karpov is taking place in Poikovsky, Russia.

This year's participants are: Ian Nepomniatchi (2735, Russia), Pavel Eljanov (2732, Ukraine), Dmitry Jakovenko (2730, Russia), Etienne Bacrot (2721, France), Alexander Morozevich (2719, Russia), Alexei Shirov (2703, Latvia), Alexander Motylev (2687, Russia), Ivan Saric (2666, Croatia), Viktor Bologan (2655, Moldova), Emil Sutovsky (2642, Israel).

Current standings
: 1-2. Morozevich, Saric - 3.5/4; 3. Jakovenko - 2.5; 4-6. Shirov, Bacrot, Nepomniachtchi - 2; 7-8.Eljanov, Motylev - 1.5; 9. Sutovsky - 1; 10. Bologan - 0.5

Round 4 results:

Ivan Saric (2666) - Pavel Eljanov (2732), 1-0
Viktor Bologan (2655) - Ian Nepomniachtchi (2735), 0-1
Alexander Motylev (2687) - Etienne Bacrot (2721), 1/2-1/2
Alexei Shirov (2703) - Dmitry Jakovenko (2730), 1/2-1/2
Emil Sutovsky (2642) - Alexander Morozevich (2719), 0-1

Odds for Round 5, May 15:





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Chess Week on Twitter

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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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Poikovsky, Round 4 Odds

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

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XV-th tournament dedicated to Anatoly Karpov is taking place in Poikovsky, Russia.

This year's participants are: Ian Nepomniatchi (2735, Russia), Pavel Eljanov (2732, Ukraine), Dmitry Jakovenko (2730, Russia), Etienne Bacrot (2721, France), Alexander Morozevich (2719, Russia), Alexei Shirov (2703, Latvia), Alexander Motylev (2687, Russia), Ivan Saric (2666, Croatia), Viktor Bologan (2655, Moldova), Emil Sutovsky (2642, Israel).

Current standings
: 1-2. Morozevich, Saric - 2.5/3; 3. Jakovenko - 2; 4-6. Shirov, Bacrot, Eljanov - 1.5; 7-9. Sutovsky, Nepomniachtchi, Motylev - 1; 10. Bologan - 0.5

Round 3 results:

Emil Sutovsky (2642) - Ivan Saric (2666), 0-1
Alexander Morozevich (2719) - Alexei Shirov (2703), 1/2-1/2
Dmitry Jakovenko (2730) - Alexander Motylev (2687), 1/2-1/2
Etienne Bacrot (2721) - Viktor Bologan (2655), 1/2-1/2
Ian Nepomniachtchi (2735) - Pavel Eljanov (2732), 1/2-1/2

Odds for Round 4, May 14:





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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

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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.

This week we have only 13 games to present to you. However, in three of them 2500+ players lost their matches, including a win for a 2000+ amateur over a 2600+ grandmaster in rapid chess. Check it out:

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Capablanca Memorial, Round 6 Odds

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

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The 49th Capablanca Memorial is taking place in Havana, Cuba from May 8 to 18. The Elite group is comprised of Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768, Cuba), Vassily Ivanchuk (2753, Ukraine), Wesley So (2731, Philippines), Francisco Vallejo (2700, Spain), Zoltan Almasi (2693, Hungary) and Lazaro Bruzon (2682, Cuba).

There is also a Premier group (10 GMs/IMs) and an Open tournament.

Current standings in the Elite group: 1. So - 3.5; 2. Dominguez - 3; 3-4. Almasi, Bruzon - 2.5; 5. Vallejo - 2; 6. Ivanchuk - 1.5.

Round 5 results of the Elite group:

Zoltan Almasi (2693) - Wesley So (2731), 0-1
Vassily Ivanchuk (2753) - Francisco Vallejo Pons (2700), 0-1
Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768) - Lazaro Bruzon Batista (2682), 1/2-1/2

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The Best Chess Games Played in 2013

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Monday, 12 May 2014

By WGM Natalia Pogonina, Russia
FIDE rating: 2501


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Every year ChessPro publishes a hit list of the best chess games. It is compiled in the following way:

1. Every month IM Maxim Notkin chooses a short list of notable games and sends them over to some of the well-known GM/IMs. After their vote a monthly hit list if published.
2. At the end of the year the best of the best games are presented to the experts once again. They are asked to pick their top-10.
3. A final hit list is published by ChessPro after collecting all the scores from all the experts.

The judges of the "Best game of the year-2013" contest were:

Alexander Grischuk, Dmitry Jakovenko, Nikita Vitiugov, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexander Motylev, Alexander Riazantsev, Sergey Rublevsky, David Navara, Sergei Movsesian, Miguel Iljeskas, Valentina Gunina, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Tatiana, Kosintseva, Natalia Pogonina, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Viktoria Cmilyte, Natalia Zhukova, Olga Alexandrova, Igor Lysyj, Evgenij Najer, Vladimir Potkin, Adrian Mikhalchishin, Mikhail Krasenkow, Mikhail Prusikin, Maxim Matlakov, Alexander Shimanov, Alexei Goganov, Sergei Ivanov, Evgeny Miroshnichenko, Vitaly Golod, Andrei Zontakh, Pavel Maletin, Artem Timofeev, Mikhail Kobalia, Ruslan Scherbakov, Alexey Korotylev, Vladimir Barskij, Dmitry Kryakvin, Sergey Zagrebelny, Evgeny Gleizerov, Konstantin Landa, Konstantin Sakaev.

Here is my version of the top-10 chess games played in 2013:


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Capablanca Memorial, Round 5 Odds

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Monday, 12 May 2014

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The 49th Capablanca Memorial is taking place in Havana, Cuba from May 8 to 18. The Elite group is comprised of Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768, Cuba), Vassily Ivanchuk (2753, Ukraine), Wesley So (2731, Philippines), Francisco Vallejo (2700, Spain), Zoltan Almasi (2693, Hungary) and Lazaro Bruzon (2682, Cuba).

There is also a Premier group (10 GMs/IMs) and an Open tournament.

Current standings in the Elite group: 1-3. Dominguez, Almasi, So - 2.5; 4. Bruzon - 2; 5. Ivanchuk - 1.5; 6.Vallejo - 1

Round 4 results of the Elite group:

Lazaro Bruzon Batista (2682) - Zoltan Almasi (2693), 1/2-1/2
Wesley So (2731) - Vassily Ivanchuk (2753), 1/2-1/2
Francisco Vallejo Pons (2700) - Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768), 0-1

Pairings and odds for Round 5:



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Poikovsky, Round 3 Odds

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Monday, 12 May 2014

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XV-th tournament dedicated to Anatoly Karpov is taking place in Poikovsky, Russia.

This year's participants are: Ian Nepomniatchi (2735, Russia), Pavel Eljanov (2732, Ukraine), Dmitry Jakovenko (2730, Russia), Etienne Bacrot (2721, France), Alexander Morozevich (2719, Russia), Alexei Shirov (2703, Latvia), Alexander Motylev (2687, Russia), Ivan Saric (2666, Croatia), Viktor Bologan (2655, Moldova), Emil Sutovsky (2642, Israel).

Round 1 results:

Alexei Shirov (2703) - Ivan Saric (2666), 1/2-1/2
Emil Sutovsky (2642) - Alexander Motylev (2687), 1/2-1/2
Alexander Morozevich (2719) - Viktor Bologan (2655), 1-0
Dmitry Jakovenko (2730) - Pavel Eljanov (2732), 1/2-1/2
Etienne Bacrot (2721) - Ian Nepomniachtchi (2735), 1/2-1/2

Round 2 results:

Ivan Saric (2666) - Ian Nepomniachtchi (2735), 1-0
Pavel Eljanov (2732) - Etienne Bacrot (2721), 1/2-1/2
Viktor Bologan (2655) - Dmitry Jakovenko (2730), 0-1
Alexander Motylev (2687) - Alexander Morozevich (2719), 0-1
Alexei Shirov (2703) - Emil Sutovsky (2642), 1/2-1/2

Odds for Round 3, May 13:





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Capablanca Memorial, Round 4 Odds

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

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The 49th Capablanca Memorial is taking place in Havana, Cuba from May 8 to 18. The Elite group is comprised of Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768, Cuba), Vassily Ivanchuk (2753, Ukraine), Wesley So (2731, Philippines), Francisco Vallejo (2700, Spain), Zoltan Almasi (2693, Hungary) and Lazaro Bruzon (2682, Cuba).

There is also a Premier group (10 GMs/IMs) and an Open tournament.

Round 3 results of the Elite group:

Francisco Vallejo Pons (2700) - Lazaro Bruzon Batista (2682), 1/2-1/2
Leinier Dominguez Perez (2768) - Wesley So (2731), 1/2-1/2
Vassily Ivanchuk (2753) - Zoltan Almasi (2693), 0-1

Pairings and odds for Round 4:



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Saturday's 5-second Tactics

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
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GM  Wojtaszek, Radoslaw-


Lublin international tournament yesterday.  Position after 27 moves. White castled Queenside in the opening and then both sides advanced their pawns.  It was a race, but then Black made a serious imprecision and that gave the Polish superstar the advantage.  Here in the position above, Black is holding on by a thread. White now has the opportunity to put Black awaydo you see it?

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!

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