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Candidates'2014, Round 2 Odds

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Round 2 starts March 14, 15:00 local time (Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia).
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Round 2 results:

Kramnik - Karjakin 1-0
Svidler - Andreikin 1-0
Topalov - Anand 1/2-1/2
Aronian - Mamedyarov 1-0

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Candidates'2014, Round 1 Odds

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014
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Round 1 starts March 13, 15:00 local time (Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia).
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Results: Anand - Aronian 1-0; other games drawn.

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GM Khismatullin - GM Golod annotated by GM Balogh

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014
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By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
Best FIDE rating: 2672


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A new player arrived in the 2700+ club. Dennis Khismatullin from Russia is a great fighter, who pushes all the games until the end.

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World Chess Championship Candidates Starts Tomorrow

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014
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By GM Daniel Gormally, England.
Best rating: FIDE 2573


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Vishy Anand- is the old king now the kingmaker?

And should be very exciting. This is the tournament that will establish the first challenger to the young Norwegian superstar, 23 year old world champion Magnus Carlsen.

The favourite is Levon Aronian, who is the world number two and has a big lead in rating over the next obvious choice of the pundits, Vladimir Kramnik.

Now of course favourites don't always win, but Aronian and Carlsen seem so far clear of the rest of the chess elite that whatever the outcome here I would be amazed if they didn't meet in a match at some point.  It reminds me of the days of the Kasparov-Karpov matches, when regardless of what happened in the meanwhile, you just knew they were heading for confrontation over the board.

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Happy Birthday, Natalia!

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Natalia Pogonina has a birthday today. This is an "official" holiday, so we are taking a day off!

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Instructive Endgame

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Fedoseev (2641) - Wojtaszek (2713), 2014
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This is a position from a game played in Round 6 of the European Individual Chess Championship. Win or draw?

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GM Bobras - GM Anand annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Saturday, 08 March 2014

By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player, best FIDE rating - 2737

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It is never easy to beat a Grandmaster who wants to make a draw with White, even if you are an ex World Champion. Clearly, in case of a match of 4 games the outcome would be easy to guess, but in a single game at 10 in the morning anything might happen!

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Thursday, 06 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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A Geopolitical Game of Chess

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Thursday, 06 March 2014

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Yerevan

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Wednesday, 05 March 2014

By WGM Irina Bulmaga, Romania.
Best FIDE rating: 2410

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Here I am , in Yerevan- at the European Individual Chess Championship- the tournament that opens this year's chess season for me.

I like playing the Men's Europeans, as it is the strongest tournament I play every year and there is absolutely no pressure on me, though it doesn't mean that I don't put some by myself

I've missed chess, as I haven't played for two and a half months and the trip to Yerevan has been a very awaited one. It is my first time in Armenia and I like it- everything has been great so far- the food, the hotel, the receipt. I hope that it will continue this way

The first round starts March 3 at 3 pm local time. Here is the official site, where you can find all the information about the tournament, as well as the live games and photo reports. I expect to have a very strong opponentin Round 1 , as I am nr.167 out of 259.

I hope to play some good games and to show my best chess!

Romania is represented by 7 players here:

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