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Instructive Endgame

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Artemiev (2636) - Movsesian (2670), 2014
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Black is up two pawns, but the win isn't easy. According to the endgame database, Black has 5 winning continuations, which take from 40 to 42 moves to checkmate the opponent. Sergei played 71...g5? here and drew.

Do you know how to win this endgame?

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Magnus Carlsen Visits Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

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A poster with Magnus Carlsen's signature

On April 8 World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has visited the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, one of the best and most prestigious Russian universities.


The Q & A session with Magnus was hosted by Tina Kandelaki


Magnus played a simul against 13 students of the university and a journalist from RSport


Aisa Imeeva (4th year student, FIDE 2077) was fortunate enough to earn half a point


Sergey Trofimov (graduate student, FIDE 2399 - Kasparov wouldn't have been happy) made a draw as well

The last person to hold Carlsen to a draw was freshman Arman Geivondian (FIDE 2220). All the people who drew Carlsen have received memorable gifts (chessboards with the World Chess Champion's autographs).

The other 10 students and the journalist have lost their matches.

Below you can watch a video from the event:



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Videos from the Russian Team Chess Championship

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Other videos from the Russian Team Chess Championship by Eugene Potemkin can be found on his YouTube channel.

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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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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Videos from the Russian Team Chess Championship

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Eugene Potemkin has recorded lots of videos from the first round of the event. You can find them on his YouTube channel.

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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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Russian Team Chess Championship 2014

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Location: Loo, Russia
Dates: April 7-13
Format: Swiss (7 rounds) in the men's championship; round robin in the women's event
Participants: 14 teams in the male division, 4 in the female section
Time control: 90m/40+30m, 30s per move increment from move 1; no draw offers allowed until move 40


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Will Peter Svidler's Spbchess retain the title? Malakhit, SHSM-Nashe Nasledie and Ugra are serious rivals.

Notable players, (ex)-members of the 2700+ club:
Alexander Grischuk (2777), #6 in the world, Malakhit
Sergey Karjakin (2772), #7, Malakhit
Leinier Dominguez Perez (2757), Cuba, #12, Spbchess
Peter Svidler (2756), #13, Spbchess
Nikita Vitiugov (2747), #17, Spbchess
Ian Nepomniatchi (2732), #22, SHSM-Nashe Nasledie
Peter Leko (2730), Hungary, #23, Malakhit
Dmitry Jakovenko (2724), #26, Ugra
Alexander Morozevich (2722), #29, SHSM-Nashe Nasledie
Gata Kamsky (2714), USA, #32, Ladia
Baadur Jobava (2706), Georgia, #41, Universitet Belorechensk
Sergei Rublevsky (2706), #42, Ugra
Alexei Shirov (2702), Latvia, #44, Malakhit
Vladimir Malakhov (2701), #46, Malakhit
Evgeny Tomashevsky (2697), #50, Ugra
Ernesto Inarkiev (2691), #54, Ugra
Maxim Matlakov (2690), #55, Spbchess
Alexander Riazantsev (2688), #56, Ugra
Alexander Motylev (2685), #59, Malakhit
Denis Khismatullin (2681), #64, Ugra
Evgeny Alekseev (2678), #68, Universitet Belorechensk
Alexey Dreev (2670), #75, Ladia
Sergei Movsesian (2670), Armenia, #76, Spbchess
Boris Grachev (2659), #87, SHSM-Nashe Nasledie
Zahar Efimenko (2657), Ukraine, #88, Spbchess
Viktor Bologan (2649), Moldova, #108, Malakhit
Andrei Volokitin (2647), Ukraine, #111, Ladia

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Last year Natalia Pogonina had the best performance in the women's section (2757, super GM level!) and helped her team Ugra win the Russian Chess Championship. How will this year's event unfold?

Notable players (women, 2400+):
Viktoria Cmilyte (2511),
Lithuania, #13 on the women's rankings, Ugra
Valentina Gunina (2508), #14, SHSM-Nashe Nasledie
Anna Ushenina (2501), Ukraine, #19, Ugra
Natalia Pogonina (2499), #20, Ugra
Anna Zatonskih (2475), USA, #28, Ladia
Alisa Galliamova (2458), inactive, Ladia
Anastacia Bodnaruk (2453), #35, Chigorin Club
Ekaterina Atalik (2442), Turkey, #42, Ladia
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (2424), #51, SHSM-Nashe Nasledie
Alina Kashlinskaya (2423), #53, SHSM-Nashe Nasledie
Elena Zaiatz (2414), #60, Ladia
Nino Batsiashvili (2408), Georgia, #62, Ladia
Baira Kovanova (2404), #66, Ugra

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Blitz w/Commentary 2

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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.

The featured openings are the French Defense (x2), the Benko gambit and the Albin counter-gambit.

Other videos by David:
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Attacking in Chess: Reserves

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GM Ernst Gruenfeld's Chess Tactics

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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All of todays examples are taken from the games of Ernst Gruenfeld (November 21, 1893 April 3, 1962).  One of Europes strongest players and most important opening theoreticians, Gruenfeld had a hypermodern approach to the opening when Black, specializing in the Alekhine Defence and Gruenfeld (!) Defence. With the White pieces he was a thoroughly classical player.  Gruenfeld had an excellent tactical flair, though as we can see below, he was at times a victim of the tactical skill of his opponents!

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Congratulations to Newly-Elected Grandmasters

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The following grandmaster titles were approved at FIDE Presidential  Board meeting in Khanty-Mansyisk on March 29 - April 1:

  GM      
  Haddouche, Mohamed     ALG
  Aghasaryan, Robert     ARM
  Michiels, Bart     BEL
  Maghalashvili, Davit     GEO
  Nigalidze, Gaioz     GEO
  Dvirnyy, Danyyil     ITA
  Bok, Benjamin     NED
  Artemiev, Vladislav     RUS
  Mozharov, Mikhail     RUS
  Stukopin, Andrey     RUS
  Nosenko, Alexander     UKR
         
  WGM      
  Abdumalik, Zhansaya     KAZ
  CONDITIONAL ON RTG      
         
  GM      
  Ankit, R.Rajpara     IND
  Boruchovsky, Avital     ISR
  Troff, Kayden W     USA
  Yang, Darwin     USA
  Vakhidov, Jahongir     UZB

As of today, there are 1451 GMs and 283 WGMs in the world.

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