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A Queen Trapped in an Empty Hall - Round 4 Report

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

Round four was already a day of direct encounters between the favourites.

The top match between the main favourite India and the local young heroes, Hungary, was one of the most dramatic so far. After four hours the Hungarians were in the lead with 1,5-0,5 but the remaining two games went wrong for them and India won with 2,5-1,5. You can find out more in the interview with Kende Antal:

By defeating Romania with the same score Russia joined India in the lead. These are the only two teams with a perfect score and they will inevitably meet tomorrow.

Uzbekistan continues to deliver surprises by drawing again with a much higher rated team - this time with Canada 1.

The last match to end was Georgia - Ukraine. At the score of 1,5-1,5 the game Matviishen - Ghvamberia seemed to continue forever. On move 99 the white queen was trapped on an almost empty board and in a practically deserted playing hall, sealing Georgia's match win over their higher ranked opponents.

The brilliancy contest jury had a hard time choosing between two valuable third round games. In the end the Solomonic solution was taken to award two prizes for the same round.

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Gyor Youth under-16 Olympiad 2014 - Round Three Report

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Monday, 15 December 2014

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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

As the tournament advances, matches become more leveled, increasing the probability of upsets. Since this is the second round of what we have baptized the "girl's day" we will take as a reference a match in which the girl's result had a big impact. Favorite 4 Ukraine had to conceal a 2-2 result to the modestly rated Uzbek team. The only win for Uzbekistan was scored on board three by the girl player Bakhora Abdusattorova.

 "Rustam Kasimdzhanov is not the only Uzbek World Champion; my young brother Nodirbek won the under 8 World Championship two years ago"

Brother and sister in action

An emotional video review of this match:


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Gyor Youth under-16 Olympiad 2014 - Round Two Report

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Monday, 15 December 2014

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WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

The second round had an early start at 10:00 since this was a day with double rounds. Many teams continued including their girls in the formation so we decided to make this the "girls' day". As you may notice, this largely influenced our picture selection and videos.

From a symbolical point of view, the most interesting match of the round was Russia - China.

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The 2nd Round Brilliancy Prize - Murali Karthikeyan of India

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

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The Indian International Master deserved his prize for the beautiful win against Mihail Nikitenko of Belarus, played in a neo-romantic style.

You do not see three piece sacrifices in one game too frequently!

Murali Karthikeyan receiving his prize from WGM Anna Rudolf before the start of the third round

Scheweningen Sicilian

Murali Karthikeyan (2497) - Mihail Nikitenko (2379)

World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2014 Gyor round 4, 14.12.2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.a4 e6 7.Be2 b6 8.Bf3 Nfd7 9.00 Bb7 10.e5

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Gyor Youth under-16 Olympiad 2014 - Round One Report

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

The tournament caravan has been put into motion... It happened with the sweetest feelings since all the participants received a small surprise present - Turo Rudi, a traditional Hungarian cottage cheese stick covered with chocolate!

The first round ended without big upsets, so we will focus on some visual impressions. You are also kindly invited to check our round video report

and the interviews with two grandmasters, Lubomir Ftacnik

and Gergely Szabo

- you may be surprised to see which teams they are coaching here!

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World Youth U16 Olympiad - Day 0 - Opening Ceremony

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

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Magnus Carlsen on the World Chess Championship

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Wednesday, 03 December 2014

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen delivers a round-by-round overview of his WCC match against Viswanathan Anand in Sochi.

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How to Avoid Blunders. Chuzhakin's System

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Monday, 01 December 2014

By Evgeny Chuzhakin, Russia
Best FIDE rating: 2222

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A new technique for analyzing positions at the interface of strategy and tactics will considerably improve your playing and prevent you from making blunders.

Why is this system useful for a chess player?

It will considerably reduce the number of blunders, especially combination oversights
It will allow you to play with more confidence and make an efficient use of time because there will be less squares on the board which need your attention
It will instruct you when you should calculate tactical variants and when you can do without it
It will help you find unexpected combinations owing to an simple and efficient algorithm
It will tell you how to arrange your pieces to create tactical threats to your opponent
It will me it easier to search for defense in a poor position
It will show a new positional principle for a better strategic maneuvering
It will reduce the number of variants which you have to calculate to analyze a position or chose a move.

What is new about the system and how is it different from what was known before?

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Russian Superfinal 2014: Preview

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Venue: Kazan, Russia
Schedule: November 28 - December 7; rest day on December 3
Format: round robin, 9 rounds
Time control: each players gets 90m/40 moves, 30 minutes for the rest of the game and 30s/move starting from move one
Prize fund: appr. $150,000 total and $108k in the men's event ($25k for 1st); $42k in the women's event ($11k for the 1st place)
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Meet the players:

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Sergey Karjakin
2770 Rating

Dmitry Jakovenko
2745 Top League
Peter Svidler
2743 Russian Superfinal 2013, gold

Nikita Vitiugov
2738 Russian Superfinal 2013, bronze
Alexander Morozevich
2724 Rating
Ian Nepomniachtchi
2714 Russian Superfinal 2013, silver
Igor Lysyj
2686 Top League
Denis Khismatullin
2679 Top League

Boris Grachev
2669 Top League
Vadim Zvjaginsev
2655 Top League

Notable absentees (2700+ only): Grischuk (2795), Kramnik (2760), Andreikin (2717), Tomashevsky (2714), Malakhov (2708).

The oldest participant is 7-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler (38). The youngest player is Ian Nepomniachtchi (24), who won the event in 2010.

Introducing the ladies:

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 November 2014 )

FIDE Youth Chess Olympiad Hosted by Hungary Already Breaks Records

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Monday, 10 November 2014

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Only four months after the Chess Olympiad in Tromso where the greatest chess players of the world competed against each other it is already time to have a look at the best talents of the next generation. In December this year Hungary may organize a Chess Olympiad for the first time, the competition for youth aged under 16 years. The
​e​vent takes place in the city of Győr and with more than a month ​to​ the start the organizers have already confirmed the entries of more participant nations than ever before at any Youth Chess Olympiad. It really seems that the best chess talents of all five continents will be present in Hungary between 12th-22nd December. Awarding the right of organization to Hungary is a clear sign of high international recognition of chess life in the country which is rightly confirmed by the fact that Judit Polgar (who has been leading the FIDE world women's rankings for more than 25 years) has agreed to be the face of the event representing talent and the Hungarian chess traditions all in one person or we could even say legend. By mentioning Judit Polgar let us not forget that after FIDE tightened on a rule that had existed earlier. Participation of girls is now guaranteed. In each team a maximum four of the five team members can be a boy.

The promo video ​of the Youth Chess Olympiad 2014 ​features Judit Polgar, Csaba Balogh,​Olympic Silver medalist, ​Benjamin Gledura who was European Champion of his age group and Kata Karacsonyi who was the first to follow in the footsteps of Judit Polgar to win the National Championship, topping all boys in their age groups.


You can find more information about the FIDE U-16 World Youth Chess Olympiad 2014 on the official website of the event.

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