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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, Editor of

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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.

Over 35 chess sensations happened last week. Take a look:

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Sharjah, Round 1

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Batchimeg Tuvshintugs defeated Humpy Koneru, one of the two contenders for overall win in the Grand Prix series
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Round 1 results:

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Pairings & odds for Round 2:

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Monday, 25 August 2014

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FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Sharjah

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Venue: Sharjah, UAE
Schedule: August 24 - September 7. Rest days on August 29 and September 3.
Format: round robin, 12 players
Participants: Hou Yifan (2661), Koneru Humpy (2598), Ju Wenjun (2559), Harika Dronavalli (2521), Zhao Xue (2508), Tatiana Kosintseva (2494), Elina Danielian (2490), Anna Ushenina (2487), Zhu Chen (2461), Alina L'Ami (2446), Tuvshintugs Batchimeg (2346), Nafisa Muminova (2315).
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The final stage of the FIDE Women's 2013-2014 Grand Prix will be a race between Koneru Humpy (370 points) and Hou Yifan (365 points). Only they still have a shot at winning the Grand Prix. The winner of the Grand Prix will challenge the 2014 Women's World Chess champion in a 10-game match. Should the Grand Prix winner be the 2014 World Champion, the Grand Prix runner-up will play the 2015 championship.

Round 1 pairings and odds:

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Apart from prize money awarded to all the participants the winner of the Grand Prix Series will also receive a special luxururious trophy

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Last Updated ( Monday, 25 August 2014 )

GM Carlsen - GM Naiditsch annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Friday, 22 August 2014

By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player
Best FIDE rating: 2737

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GM Arkadij Naiditsch scored a decisive win against World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen to seal the match victory vs. Norway for the German team. Today Arkadij annotates the instructive endgame which occurred in the encounter.

View the game or check out the "text + diagrams" version below.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 August 2014 )

Interview with Chess Champion Natalia Pogonina

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014
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Natalia Pogonina has recently been interviewed by the blog StartUpTown:

How did you enjoy the Chess Olympiad and why didnt you play every round?

Hi! I have enjoyed Tromso a lot, from the friendly people to beautiful sceneries and the chess fever which is now taking place in Norway. Observing chess being broadcast on national TV every day for hours, plenty of chess merchandize in the shops and chess boards being offered at any bar was definitely pleasant for me. However, the organization of the Chess Olympiad itself left a lot to be desired. I dont want to go into details, but it is enough to point out that two chess players/participants died during the Olympiad2014. This is very sad.

I guess you were referring to a particular day when I didnt play, right? Its up to the captains to decide which line-up to choose for a particular match. This time I participated in 7 out of 11 rounds, although I would have certainly liked to play more and was always eager to compete.

Obviously, it was amazing to win the Chess Olympiad for the third time in a row. We have a fantastic team, and I am happy that we managed to perform so well.

Natalia in Tromso

At the Chess Olympiad in Tromso. Norway has become a chess country thanks to World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsens achievements

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 August 2014 )

Vladimir Putin Congratulates Russian Women's Chess Team

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Vladimir Putin greeting Boris Gelfand and Viswanathan Anand, the participants of the 2012 World Chess Championship Match in Moscow

According to Itar-Tass:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the Russian women team with the victory at the 2014 FIDE Chess Olympiad in Norways Tromso, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

The president has sent a congratulatory telegram to members and coaches of the Russian womens chess team, which won the gold of the Chess Olympiad in Norway, Peskov said.

Notably, Dmitry Peskov is the Head of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Chess Federation. Other members are elite politicians, businessmen, artists, media moguls, et al.


President of the Russian Federation. Notice by telegraph. Moscow, Gogol Boulevard, 14/1, Russian Chess Federation.

To Russian women's chess team: O.A. Girya, V.E. Gunina, A.K.Kosteniuk, E.A.Lagno, N.A.Pogonina

Dear Olga Alexandrovna, Valentina Evgenyevna, Alexandra Konstantinovna, Ekaterina Alexandrovna, Natalia Andreevna!

I heartily congratulate you on your triumph at the international Chess Olympiad in Tromso.

I am happy that our national team won the most prestigious cup in the chess community for the third time in a row, thus upholding the victorious traditions of our chess school. This remarkable achievement is a well-deserved reward for your mastery,  self-control and a truly fighting spirit. I wish you further successes and all the best!

V. Putin

5:41 p.m., August 16, 2014

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Chess Review - Final Report from the Chess Olympiad

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Monday, 18 August 2014

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Press Conference in Moscow

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Sergei Rublevsky (coach), Natalia Pogonina, Olga Girya, Andrei Filatov (RCF President)

Upon arriving to Moscow from Tromso, the women's Olympic chess champions were invited to participate in a large press conference attended by most of the leading Russian TV channels. Below you can find some of the reports.

Channel One
Russia 1 (starts at 45:15)
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Last Updated ( Monday, 18 August 2014 ) Natalia Pogonina is the Prettiest Female Chess Player in the World

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Sunday, 17 August 2014 selected Natalia Pogonina for the "girl of the day" category once again. The tweet says: "The most beautiful female chess player in the world is called Natalia Pogonina. Check out a large gallery of her images at our site".

The Russian women's chess team has also been recently featured in this nomination.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 August 2014 )
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