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Το Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών 2018 σε ebook από τον Στράτο Γρίβα

Skakistiko - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:03

Σε όλη τη διάρκεια του Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών του Βερολίνου, ενός σπουδαίου τουρνουά για την σκακιστική ιστορία όπως αποδείχθηκε στην εξέλιξή του, ο έλληνας γκρανμέτρ Στράτος Γρίβας δούλευε σκληρά μια υπολογιστική έκδοση, ένα tournament book σε pdf για λογαριασμό της επιτροπής προπονητών της FIDE με στόχο να είναι διαθέσιμo το συντομότερο δυνατό.

Η υπολογιστική έκδοση 204 σελίδων είναι ήδη έτοιμη (καθώς και τα αρχεία pgn/cbv) και στέλνεται δωρεάν στους πιστοποιημένους προπονητές FIDE (FST-FT-FI-NI-DI) που ανήκουν στη δύναμη της ΕΣΟ. Email επικοινωνίας info@chessfed.gr

Βλέποντας το pdf σήμερα το πρωί η αίσθηση είναι πως υπάρχει καλή ισορροπία βαριαντών και κειμένου, αγωνιστικές περιγραφές όλων των γύρων, φωτογραφίες, ακόμα και παραλειπόμενα! Είναι ένα πλήρες βιβλίο από το οποίο ο αναγνώστης διαθέτει μια γερή αναφορά-βάση για το μεγάλο τουρνουά που έγινε στο Βερολίνο.

Με την άδεια του συγγραφέα στην ανάρτηση αυτή μπορείτε να δείτε στον εγκαταστημένο viewer του skakistiko τους γύρους 2&3 του Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών (σελίδες 44-61 του βιβλίου – μετακινείστε με τους δείκτες πάνω αριστερά στην επιφάνεια) ή και να τους κατεβάσετε εδώ

FIDE-TRG - FIDE WC Candidates 2018 - Efstratios Grivas pages 44 - 61
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Ivan Saric is European Champion for 2018

Chessdom - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 21:58

2018 European Championship was held from 17 to 28 March in Batumi.
8 players had 7,5 points out of 10 before the last round. 3 of the games have finished draw.
Croatian GM Ivan Saric defeated David Navara in the last round and won the title with 8,5 points out of 11.
Seven players tied for second with 8 points, best tie-break and second place is for GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek and third is GM Sanan Sjugirov.
Top 23 finishers qualify for the World Cup.

replay the games here

fianl standings 2018 European Championship

1 GM Saric Ivan 2657 8,5
2 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2738 8
3 GM Sjugirov Sanan 2652 8
4 GM Jones Gawain C B 2651 8
5 GM Matlakov Maxim 2707 8
6 GM McShane Luke J 2647 8
7 GM Korobov Anton 2664 8
8 GM Safarli Eltaj 2639 8
9 GM Nabaty Tamir 2690 7,5
10 GM Najer Evgeniy 2683 7,5
GM Demchenko Anton 2672 7,5
12 GM Grandelius Nils 2646 7,5
13 GM Yuffa Daniil 2521 7,5
14 GM Navara David 2737 7,5
15 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2684 7,5
16 GM Hovhannisyan Robert 2601 7,5
17 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2693 7,5
18 GM Bok Benjamin 2622 7,5
19 IM Santos Ruiz Miguel 2488 7,5
20 GM Abasov Nijat 2608 7,5
21 GM Pashikian Arman 2585 7,5
22 GM Sarana Alexey 2577 7,5
23 GM Anton Guijarro David 2647 7,5
GM Parligras Mircea-Emilian 2642 7,5
25 GM Melkumyan Hrant 2664 7,5
26 GM Mamedov Rauf 2709 7,5
27 GM Guseinov Gadir 2646 7,5
28 GM Kobalia Mikhail 2599 7,5
29 GM Savchenko Boris 2550 7,5
30 IM Ferreira Jorge Viterbo 2492 7,5
31 GM Fridman Daniel 2637 7,5
32 GM Shevchenko Kirill 2545 7,5
33 GM Djukic Nikola 2523 7
34 GM Alekseenko Kirill 2609 7
35 GM Gajewski Grzegorz 2588 7
36 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2713 7
37 GM Romanov Evgeny 2619 7
38 GM Paravyan David 2613 7
39 GM Svane Rasmus 2587 7
40 GM Onischuk Vladimir 2632 7
41 GM Sargissian Gabriel 2677 7
42 IM Hakobyan Aram 2497 7
43 GM Erdos Viktor 2627 7
44 IM Nguyen Thai Dai Van 2517 7
45 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2697 7
46 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2685 7
47 GM Motylev Alexander 2669 7
48 FM Esipenko Andrey 2581 7
49 GM Kovalenko Igor 2642 7
50 GM Steinberg Nitzan 2518 7
51 GM Predke Alexandr 2595 6,5
52 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2746 6,5
53 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2600 6,5
54 GM Brkic Ante 2590 6,5
55 GM Piorun Kacper 2653 6,5
56 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2617 6,5
57 GM Dubov Daniil 2701 6,5
58 GM Boruchovsky Avital 2542 6,5
59 GM Martirosyan Haik M. 2586 6,5
60 GM Berkes Ferenc 2671 6,5
61 GM Lupulescu Constantin 2627 6,5
62 GM Smirin Ilia 2594 6,5
63 GM Arutinian David 2536 6,5
64 GM Fedorov Alexei 2559 6,5
65 GM Yilmaz Mustafa 2619 6,5
66 GM Huschenbeth Niclas 2549 6,5
67 GM Zhigalko Sergei 2625 6,5
68 GM Bogner Sebastian 2588 6,5
69 GM Bologan Victor 2600 6,5
70 GM Vocaturo Daniele 2620 6,5
71 GM Stocek Jiri 2567 6,5
72 IM Lobanov Sergei 2468 6,5
73 IM Diermair Andreas 2507 6,5
74 IM Sargsyan Shant 2481 6,5
75 IM Lomasov Semen 2551 6,5
76 GM Movsesian Sergei 2632 6,5
77 GM Stupak Kirill 2541 6,5
78 GM Lenic Luka 2662 6,5
79 GM Sanikidze Tornike 2501 6,5
80 GM Mikaelyan Arman 2486 6,5
81 GM Palac Mladen 2546 6,5
82 GM Postny Evgeny 2579 6,5
83 GM Kantans Toms 2508 6,5
84 IM Santos Latasa Jaime 2549 6,5
85 GM Chigaev Maksim 2560 6,5
86 GM Meier Georg 2648 6,5
87 FM Kacharava Nikolozi 2362 6,5
88 GM Moroni Luca Jr 2559 6,5
89 IM Pavlov Sergey 2485 6,5
90 IM Asadli Vugar 2449 6,5
91 IM Golubka Petro 2503 6,5
92 GM Can Emre 2603 6,5
93 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2481 6,5
94 GM Deac Bogdan-Daniel 2572 6
95 GM Skoberne Jure 2563 6
96 GM Maghalashvili Davit 2508 6
97 GM Lopez Martinez Josep M. 2584 6
98 GM Bartel Mateusz 2609 6
99 GM Gabrielian Artur 2493 6
100 GM Andersen Mads 2605 6
101 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2593 6
102 GM Bosiocic Marin 2611 6
103 GM Ponkratov Pavel 2613 6
104 GM Beliavsky Alexander G 2537 6
105 Oboladze Luka 2318 6
106 IM Beradze Irakli 2464 6
107 GM Martinovic Sasa 2604 6
108 GM Khalifman Alexander 2614 6
109 GM Minasian Artashes 2467 6
110 IM Vavulin Maksim 2583 6
111 GM Baron Tal 2529 6
112 GM Sutovsky Emil 2659 6
113 GM Krasenkow Michal 2644 6
114 GM Donchenko Alexander 2588 6
115 IM Harutyunian Tigran K. 2501 6
116 GM Hracek Zbynek 2589 6
117 GM Petrosyan Manuel 2569 6
118 IM Kantor Gergely 2527 6
119 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra 2491 6
120 IM Kanmazalp Ogulcan 2473 6
121 FM Tutisani Noe 2394 6
122 GM Jojua Davit 2601 6
123 IM Bellaiche Anthony 2485 6
124 GM Kovalev Vladislav 2650 6
125 IM Golubov Saveliy 2495 6
126 IM Moiseenko Vadim 2552 6
127 IM Perunovic Miodrag 2429 6
128 GM Shengelia David 2508 6
129 IM Mindlin Alon 2442 6
130 IM Polivanov Anatoliy 2383 6
131 GM Volokitin Andrei 2639 5,5
132 GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2689 5,5
133 GM Indjic Aleksandar 2623 5,5
134 GM Bindrich Falko 2602 5,5
135 GM Kovchan Alexander 2596 5,5
136 GM Jobava Baadur 2685 5,5
137 GM Kelires Andreas 2523 5,5
138 GM Godena Michele 2505 5,5
139 GM Paichadze Luka 2581 5,5
140 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2655 5,5
141 FM Danielyan Vahe 2331 5,5
142 IM Repka Christopher 2524 5,5
143 GM Neverov Valeriy 2480 5,5
IM Muradli Mahammad 2398 5,5
145 IM Rzayev Bahruz 2390 5,5
146 GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel 2553 5,5
147 IM Flom Gabriel 2493 5,5
148 FM Martynov Roman 2319 5,5
149 GM Solak Dragan 2629 5,5
150 GM Oparin Grigoriy 2622 5,5
151 IM Mirzoev Emil 2403 5,5
152 GM Wagner Dennis 2566 5,5
153 IM Zanan Evgeny 2493 5,5
154 GM Nevednichy Vladislav 2542 5,5
155 IM Gadimbayli Abdulla 2416 5,5
156 IM Arabidze Meri 2369 5,5
157 FM Zarubitski Viachaslau 2425 5,5
158 FM Mgeladze Tamaz 2303 5,5
159 IM Soysal Serkan 2406 5,5
FM Konaplev Anton 2337 5,5
161 Nesterov Arseniy 2388 5,5
162 IM Zavgorodniy Sergiy 2430 5,5
163 GM Matinian Nikita 2514 5,5
164 WGM Girya Olga 2482 5,5
165 IM Erenberg Ariel 2415 5,5
166 IM Korchmar Vasiliy 2411 5,5
167 FM Mirzoyan David 2350 5,5
168 FM Ozen Deniz 2407 5,5
169 FM Schekachikhin Maksim 2406 5,5
170 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2630 5,5
171 CM Olcum Ahmet 2257 5,5
172 FM Janik Igor 2422 5,5
173 GM Ivanisevic Ivan 2587 5,5
174 FM Bernotas Arturs 2436 5,5
175 IM Haria Ravi 2424 5,5
176 FM Pogosyan Stefan 2322 5,5
177 FM Aliyev Ravan 2330 5,5
178 GM Meskovs Nikita 2536 5,5
179 GM Danielian Elina 2413 5,5
180 Mkrtchyan Sargis R. 2224 5,5
181 Lewtak Damian 2370 5,5
182 FM Blohberger Felix 2409 5
183 FM Drori Saar 2420 5
184 IM Sadikhov Ulvi 2477 5
185 IM Pijpers Arthur 2453 5
186 IM Kalashian David 2399 5
187 FM Voit Daria 2382 5
188 WFM Sargsyan Anna M. 2188 5
189 FM Krykun Yuriy 2339 5
190 IM Kriebel Tadeas 2520 5
191 IM Miron Lucian-Costin 2471 5
192 FM Davtyan Artur 2351 5
193 GM Jurcik Marian 2473 5
194 FM Torosyan Norayr 2371 5
195 IM Triapishko Alexandr 2530 5
196 FM Can Isik 2413 5
197 IM Draskovic Luka 2447 5
198 FM Suleymanli Aydin 2210 5
199 IM Schnider Gert 2414 5
200 FM Tifferet Shaked 2274 5
201 FM Eminov Orkhan 2295 5
202 Eynullayev Atilla 2147 5
203 FM Belous Mikhail 2355 5
204 GM Bagaturov Giorgi 2410 5
IM Huber Martin Christian 2372 5
206 FM Petriashvili Nikoloz 2329 5
207 IM Mazur Stefan 2439 5
208 Barseghyan Armen Ar. 2298 5
209 Akhvlediani Irakli 2318 5
210 Simonyan Latush 2111 5
211 Yeremyan Alen 1961 5
212 GM Ruck Robert 2529 4,5
213 GM Firat Burak 2453 4,5
214 Manafov Vugar 2263 4,5
215 IM Berchtenbreiter Max 2414 4,5
216 FM Ahmadzada Ahmad 2283 4,5
217 IM Yankelevich Lev 2437 4,5
218 IM Pechac Jergus 2440 4,5
219 IM Gvetadze Sofio 2308 4,5
220 FM Bosman Michiel 2398 4,5
221 FM Tsoi Dmitry 2347 4,5
222 IM Bashirli Nail 2384 4,5
223 FM Demianjuk Alexander 2313 4,5
224 Qalagashvili Pridon 2153 4,5
225 CM Stukan Martin 2210 4,5
226 FM Assaubayeva Bibisara 2369 4,5
227 Uzunoglu Efe Kerem 2060 4,5
228 GM Sanal Vahap 2543 4,5
229 GM Baghdasaryan Vahe 2431 4,5
230 FM Tate Alan 2399 4,5
231 FM Murzin Volodar 2316 4,5
232 CM Aleksanyan Hrant 2250 4,5
233 Oglaza Oskar 2240 4,5
234 IM Smolin Sergey 2153 4,5
235 FM Tokranovs Dmitrijs 2375 4,5
236 WGM Sandu Mihaela 2289 4,5
237 CM Tsvetkov Andrey 2252 4,5
238 Ismayilov Muhammad 2021 4,5
239 Melkonyan Arshak 2082 4,5
240 Babukhadia Levan 1968 4,5
241 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2659 4
242 Yeritsyan Hayk 2149 4
243 GM Kobo Ori 2500 4
244 GM Ushenina Anna 2423 4
245 Atakishiyev Elmar 1999 4
246 Gokhvat Peter 2248 4
247 FM Vykouk Jan 2445 4
248 CM Yuksel Atilla Koksal 2237 4
249 FM Nuber Blasius 2284 4
250 FM Nikolaidis Konstantinos 2184 4
251 FM Garayev Kanan 2252 4
252 WIM Utiatskaja Irina 2165 4
253 GM Fernandez Daniel H. 2505 4
254 WGM Paramzina Anastasya 2281 4
255 Babazada Khazar 2230 4
256 Qalichava Akaki 1796 4
257 FM Baglan Esat 2341 4
258 FM Gharibyan Mamikon 2312 4
259 Ziroyan David 2080 4
260 FM Eynullayev Altay 2163 4
261 FM Sargissyan Sargis 2284 4
262 Vardanian Hamazasp 2109 4
263 Asatryan Gor 1852 4
264 Soyunlu Narmin 2035 4
265 Naqopia Giorgi 1849 4
266 GM Antipov Mikhail Al. 2616 3,5
267 WGM Mikadze Miranda 2268 3,5
268 IM Sousa Andre Ventura 2417 3,5
269 WFM Kubicka Anna 2235 3,5
270 FM Burnett Andrew 2183 3,5
271 Hakobyan Hovhannes H. 2280 3,5
272 Ahadzade Kanan 1965 3,5
273 WGM Abdulla Khayala 2248 3,5
274 Tarun Kanyamarala 1920 3,5
275 IM Shevelev Arkady 2309 3,5
276 Lomaia Diana 1742 3,5
277 Turan Asim 2024 3,5
278 WFM Kuchava Ana 2149 3,5
279 Trisha Kanyamarala 1956 3,5
280 CM Samadov Read 2099 3,5
281 Gebigke Martin 2132 3,5
282 Shamatava Nikolozi 1570 3,5
283 Morozov Vitalij 2039 3,5
284 Janiashvili Mariami 1987 3,5
285 FM Hayrapetyan Artavazd R. 2370 3
286 Abdullayev Elshad 2168 3
287 IM Abdulov Orkhan 2412 3
288 Henseler Jorgen 2043 3
289 Demircioglu Emre 2285 3
290 CM Suleymanli Suleyman 1763 3
291 Mochalin Faddey 2110 3
292 Martsvalashvili Ruzvelt 1671 3
293 CM Orujov Farid 1770 3
294 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2716 2,5
295 Sahin Ozgun 2201 2,5
296 Day Thomas W 2083 2,5
297 Grinev Boris 2092 2,5
298 Valiyev Shahin 1634 2,5
299 IM Sprenger Jan Michael Dr. 2513 2
300 Tskipurishvili Daviti 1710 2
301 Pipia Ekaterine 1737 2
302 Tsotsonava Elene 1789 2

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11ο Διεθνές Τουρνουά Τριανδρίας

Skakistiko - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 16:56

Οι Σκακιστικοί Σύλλογοι Τριανδρίας διοργανώνουν το 11ο Διεθνές Open Τριανδρίας από 9 έως 15 Απριλίου στις εγκαταστάσεις της Διεθνούς Έκθεσης Θεσσαλονίκης στο Περίπτερο 6 (Περίπτερο των Εθνών).

Σε έναν ομολογουμένως υπέροχο χώρο φιλοδοξούμε και φέτος να έχουμε ένα ακόμα καλύτερο τουρνουά τόσο αγωνιστικά όσο και οργανωτικά.

Μια διοργάνωση που ξεκίνησε στα θρανία του Γυμνασίου Τούμπας, συνέχισε στο Πολιτιστικό Τούμπας, πήγε στο Πανεπιστήμιο , έκανε το ‘’αγροτικό του ‘’ στο λόφο του Σειχ –Σου και από πέρυσι επέστρεψε στον ιστό της πόλης, στην καρδιά της ΔΕΘ. Εκεί που διοργανωθήκαν οι 2 σκακιστικές Ολυμπιάδες, εκεί που πρωτοείδαμε Κασπάροβ, Κάρποβ, Σπάσκι, εκεί που πολλοί από εμάς κόλλησαν το μικρόβιο του σκακιού.

Χωρισμένο σε 2 γκρουπ δυναμικότητας, με κάτω όριο έλο 1700 για το Α’ γκρουπ, 9 γύροι με ενδιαφέρουσες συμμετοχές έως τώρα (7 GM & 4 IM) και 8 γύρους για το Β’ γκρουπ. Με πλήθος συμμετοχών από 20  χώρες μέχρι σήμερα.

Ζωντανή μετάδοση από το Chess24, ειδικός χώρος για παρακολούθηση των παρτίδων, ελεύθερο πάρκινγκ για όλους εντός της ΔΕΘ και Midnight Blitz 10 γύρων την Πέμπτη 12 Απριλίου στις 23:59.

Έναρξη για το Α’ γκρουπ Δευτέρα 9 Απριλίου και για το Β’ γκρουπ Τρίτη 10 Απριλίου
Δηλώσεις συμμετοχών και λεπτομερείς πληροφορίες στο www.open.pat.gr
Σύνδεσμοι συμμετοχών στα chess-results εδώ
Αφιέρωμα στο προηγούμενο, 10ο τουρνουά, στο parallaximag εδώ.

*** (κείμενο: Στέφανος Καφαντάρης)

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Zurab Azmaiparashvili ticket for ECU elections

Chessdom - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:08

- Zurab Azmaiparashvili announces his ticket for the ECU elections and launches campaign
- A Minister and world-famous organizers join the team
- The campaign platform under the motto “More to be done” was presented and distributed to the journalists

In a crowded press room at the Sheraton hotel in Batumi, ECU President Zurab Azmaiparashvili introduced his ticket for the forthcoming ECU elections to journalists and federation representatives.

ECU Platform (PDF) or read below

After a very successful four-year term at the ECU helm, Zurab Azmaiparashvili is seeking re-election as ECU President. The elections will be held in September 2018 during the World Chess Olympiad in Batumi.

Mr Azmaiparashvili ‘s bid received strong support from the Georgian Chess Federation and its President GM Giorgi Giorgadze, and also from the Georgian Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport, Mr Shalva Gogoladze.

Mr Azmaiparashvili said that he was delighted to announce that Mrs Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Woman Grandmaster and Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia, is joining his ticket. Mrs Reizniece-Ozola stated that she had been impressed by the achievements of the current ECU administration and that she is eager to join the team and help with further progress in “Chess in Schools” programs.

Mr Azmaiparashvili also announced that the Chief Executive of Chess in Schools and Communities and the organiser of the London Chess Classic IM Malcolm Pein as well as the President of the Iceland Chess Federation Mr Gunnar Bjornsson will join his ticket.

Gunnar Bjornsson

ECU General Secretary Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou from Greece and ECU Deputy President Ion-Serban Dobronauteanu of Romania will both continue to serve on the ECU Board as part of the six-member ticket.

Mr Azmaiparashvili also expressed his support of the current Board members GM Adrian Mikhalchishin (SLO), Johann Poecksteiner (AUT), Martin Huba (SVK) and Finnbjorn Vang (FAI) who will continue to serve the ECU Board whether elected individually or serving in other positions in the ECU administration.

Also present at the press conference were representatives of chess federations from Latvia, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Czech Republic, France, Serbia, Poland, Turkey and Belarus as well as members of the 43rd Chess Olympiad Organising Committee.

“More to be done” campaign page on Facebook

Mrs Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Woman Grandmaster and Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia

Mr Shalva Gogoladze, Georgian Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport

Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, Carl Fredrik Johansson and Dana Reizniece-Ozola

ECU Platform 2018-2022 on Scribd

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World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Biel

Chessdom - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 11:17

The 51st edition of the International Chess Festival Biel will be exceptional. The organizing committee has managed to secure the participation of World Champion Magnus Carlsen (NOR)! The ACCENTUS Grand Master Tournament will be stronger than ever.
A reigning World Champion has rarely played in Switzerland. This will happen next summer at the 51st Biel International Chess Festival! Magnus Carlsen has participated in the famous GM Tournament on numerous occasions and even won it twice. But the Norwegian had never come as the World Champion, since he clinched the highest title in 2013.
Following the beautiful jubilee edition in 2017, the organizers managed to raise their standards even more. The main event of the Festival will be held with its traditional system of 6 players facing each other twice. It will witness the return of 5-time winner Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA), actual Nr 5 of the World ranking, and the participation of young Swiss GM Nico Georgiadis, who had excelled last year on the stage of the Congress Hall. The President of the Organizing Committee Peter Bohnenblust states that “The Biel International Chess Festival is delighted with the support of the ACCENTUS Foundation as the main sponsor of the GM Tournament”. The complete field will be communicated at a later stage.
The Festival will be held from July 21, until August 1, 2018 and will feature 10 competitions. As a novelty of this edition, a “Fischer Random Tournament” with long time control will take place from July 23, till 29. All rounds will be played in the morning, so that participants will have the possibility to combine chess and holidays, while occasionally following the games of the World Champion in the afternoon.
Once again, all eyes will be turned toward Biel this summer!

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O2C Doeberl Cup 2018

Chessdom - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:33

Australia’s Premier Grand Prix tournament since 1963! The 2018 edition is held from 29 March to 2 April at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Woden. First prize is 4,000 AUD (~€2,500). Players receive 90 minutes to make 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
In the Premier section are expected around 70 players.
Top seeded are GM Qun Ma, GM Timur Gareyev, GM Deep Sengupta etc…

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

more live chessKarpos Open 2018/XLI Open Internacional Ciudad de San Sebastián/11th Pedro Lezcano Montalvo Memorial

starting list O2C Doeberl Cup 2018

1 GM Ma Qun 2645
2 GM Gareyev Timur 2590
3 GM Sengupta Deep 2579
4 GM Smirnov Anton 2543
5 GM Kunte Abhijit 2499
6 Mu Ke 2450
7 IM Ikeda Junta 2415
8 IM Sukandar Irine Kharisma 2408
9 IM Chapman Mark 2385
10 IM Lane Gary W 2385
11 IM Bjelobrk Igor 2380
12 IM Dale Ari 2374
13 IM Tao Trevor 2366
14 FM Clarke Brandon G I 2362
15 GM Johansen Darryl K 2354
16 IM Solomon Stephen J 2349
17 FM Liu Yi 2322
18 IM Brown Andrew 2278
19 FM Chen Pengyu 2273
20 FM Stojic Dusan 2265
21 FM Puccini Jack 2264
22 FM Song Raymond 2233
23 FM Lam Daniel King-Wai 2215
24 Kargosha Bahman 2211
25 FM Chan Luis 2210
26 Goldsmith Alan D 2179
27 FM Kethro Michael 2170
28 WIM Otgonjargal Sengeravdan 2162
29 Cannon David 2159
30 FM Hu Jason 2157
31 Zulfic Fedja 2156
32 WFM Nguyen Thu Giang 2131
33 Wright Neil S 2110
34 Cameron Alistair 2104
35 Maguire Tom 2096
36 Specht Josh 2094
37 WIM Guo Emma 2092
38 Litchfield Frederick 2054
39 Kuan Julian 2037
40 CM Ng Clive 2036
41 Parle Hughston 2033
42 CM Slater-Jones Tom 2032
43 CM Bhat Vishal 2028
44 CM Prasad Calvin 2024
45 WCM Jiang Zhaoyi 2011
46 Winkelman Albert 2010
47 Lo Willis 2005
48 CM Prasad Lalit 1986
49 Fasakin Oladoyin 1984
50 FM Mallari Donato 1966
51 Yu Sally 1960
52 Gong Noah 1955
53 CM Cabilin Jeff 1948
54 CM Lam Ross 1924
55 Paevskiy Igor 1919
56 CM Bennett Hilton 1911
57 Lai Cyrus Ho-Yeung 1909
58 CM Russell Paul 1897
59 Otawa Yuto 1895
60 Huang Jimmy Ching-Chih 1890
61 CM Slater-Jones Henry 1869
62 Lin Kerry 1851
63 WFM Hardegen Kathryn 1850
64 Renjith Sravan 1849
65 Goh Sean Christian 1837
66 Pigram Daniel 1771

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TCEC Superfinal Stockfish – Houdini starts this Thursday

Chessdom - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:26

TCEC Superfinal poster by Santiago Mendez

Stockfish, the open source engine by Marco Costalba, Joona Kiiski, Gary Linscott and a huge community of contributors, has convincingly won TCEC Premier Division. Stockfish collected 61,0/84 points to secure the gold medal and the right to challenge the current champion Houdini for the TCEC Grand Champion title.

The Superfinal match of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts this Thursday and you can follow the games live on the official site

The reigning champion Houdini by Robert Houdart finished clear second with 54,5/84. It had better performance than the winner against Komodo, but a higher draw rate against lower rated engines.

Both Houdini and Stockfish incurred only a one loss during the Premier division. Stockfish lost a game against the bronze medalist Komodo, while Houdini lost a direct match with Stockfish. Scroll down for the full standings.

More: Defenchess wins TCEC Division 4 / Fritz wins TCEC Division 3 / Jonny wins TCEC Division 2 / Andscacs wins TCEC Division 1 / Stockfish wins TCEC Premier Division / TCEC facebook page

The Superfinal details

The TCEC S11 Superfinal will be 100 games match aka x50 double round robin. This match is played with 50 different openings so that each engine plays both black and white of the same position. The match will be presented with opening 1 used in games 1 and 2, then opening 2 used in games 3 and 4 etc. If the match is theoretically won for one side before game 100, the match will still continue until all 100 games have been played. In the case of a drawn match there will be a rapid match of 16 games with a time control of 25′ + 10″ with random openings selected from earlier in the same Season. In case it is still tied there will be a Blitz match of 8 games with a time control of 3′ + 2″.

The winner of the Superfinal will be crowned the TCEC Grand Champion and will keep this title until there is a winner in the next Superfinal. There is no automatic qualification for the reigning Grand Champion, it will have to go all the way through the next Season for it to be able to defend the title.

Stockfish will have an updated dev version for the Superfinal. The team has added a few extra improvements and are coming in high spirits in a quest for the TCEC Grand Champion title, something that has not been in the hands of Stockfish since Season 9.

Robert Houdart from Houdini has not been able to release a new version for the Superfinal, but still believes in the current title holder, despite recognizing the advance of Stockfish.

The match is relatively short and anything can happen in the 100 games sprint. History has shown that early winners keep their advantage to the end of the match. However, statistics are a different story, the real one will start this Thursday live on the official site

S12 to start after the Superfinal

As TCEC is now a continuous divisions system, S12 is going to start right after the Superfinal. Read more about it here

 

TCEC Premier Division final standings

1. Stockfish 61,0/84
2. Houdini 54,5/84
3. Komodo 51,5/84
4. Fire 42,5/84
5. Chiron 36,0/84
6. Andscacs 35,0/84
7. Fizbo 31,0/84
8. Ginkgo 24,5/84

The big three is dominating the standings again, although every single engine has a different position than last season. Fire is the clear winner of the other contenders, ahead of Chiron and Andscacs, which completed it’s quest to promote and stay in the Premier Division. Fizbo and Ginkgo get relegated, with the status of favorites in First Division.

Assaf Wool from MyTCECexperience provides detailed statistics on the Premier Division.

Draw rate, wins

 

Final draw rate was 61.0% 

Game termination

The three most common game termination causes were:
37.8% - TCEC win rule
36.3% – TCEC draw rule
14.9% – 3-fold repetition

There were no engine crashes in the division, there was one game where the runner software crashed (game 268, Ginkgo – Houdini). The game reached a drawn 6-man position and was manually set as a draw.

Moves per game

 

Median= 60
Average= 69.1

Time per game (hours)
 

Median= 3:00
Average=2:57

Openings

The first double RR was bookless, and a summary of the bookless openings can be found in a previous post. Here I summarize the results of the remaining games, with book sequences by Cato. The first letter of the ECO codes was distributed as follows:
 

If we use the opening ‘family name’ (using format FAMILY_NAME: VARIANT….) the top 3 are:
Sicillian – 58 times
English – 24 times
King’s Indian – 24 times

The opening variant was mostly determined by the book sequence. 96.4% of the game pairs repeated the same ECO code twice, and 87.1% repeated the same opening variant. In all of the game pairs the ECO first letter was the same in both games.

Reverse pairs, wins

Again I’m restricting to the games with book sequences.

There were only 2 game pairs with a 1-1 biased result.

Reverse pairs, same moves  

Here I’m also restricting to the games with book sequences.

Pairs of reverse games diverged very quickly, 51.8% of the pairs diverged immediately after book, 78.6% repeated at most 2 plys.

Artwork by Ali Assiri

TCEC Season 11 logo by Santiago Mendez

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Caruana Wins Berlin Candidates, Will Play for World Championship

FIDE - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 09:46



Caruana Wins Berlin Candidates, Will Play for World Championship

Fabiano Caruana of the United States has won the Candidates tournament in Berlin. With the victory, he earned 95,000 euros and will face Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, in a title match in London in November.

Caruana, who led going into the last round, closed with a flourish, winning his last game against Alexander Grischuk of Russia. It was the only decisive result of the round.



Caruana finished with nine points, a full point ahead of his closest pursuers. (Each win was worth one point and each draw was worth a half point.) Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan tied for second, each with eight points.

The tournament was organized by World Chess, the commercial partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), the game’s governing body. The total prize fund was 420,000 euros.

The venue for the tournament was Kühlhaus (or “cool house” in English), an industrial building in central Berlin that was built in the early 20th century as a cold-storage facility for fresh produce. Among the principal sponsors of the tournament were PhosAgro, a giant Russian fertilizer company; Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity firm; E.G. Capital Advisors, an investment management company; S.T. Dupont, a global luxury goods maker; Prytek, a venture capital firm; and Isklar, a Norwegian mineral water company.



Tuesday, the ceremonial first move of the round was made by Anatoly Karpov, a Russian ex-world champion, in the game between Kramnik and Mamedyarov.

The tension was high throughout the last round as half the field of eight players still had a chance to win, but only Caruana controlled his fate. With a ticket to the world championship at stake, the players who were still in position to win fought long and hard. The first of those games to finish was between Karjakin and Ding Liren of China.

Karjakin had White and opened with 1 e4. Ding replied 1 … e5 and the game entered the Ruy Lopez. After a series of exchanges by move 15, the position already looked drawish. But neither player could afford or wanted to agree to a draw. Finally, on move 27, Karjakin erred, allowing Ding to break through his position and win a pawn. Karjakin, who is known for his defensive prowess, was initially worried, as he explained in the press conference afterward. But then he realized that he had defensive resources. Indeed, he was able to force the exchange of all the heavy pieces (the queens and both sets of rooks). Though he was then down two pawns, He was able to build a fortress by relocating his knight to e4. From there, there was nothing that Ding could do to break through and they eventually agreed to a draw. That result essentially eliminated both players from contention for first.



Ding, in his first Candidates tournament, finished in clear fourth, with 7.5 points. He was the only player in the competition to go undefeated.

In his game against Kramnik, Mamedyarov had Black. He needed to win to have a realistic chance to overtake Caruana. Kramnik opened with the Catalan and Mamedyarov intentionally chose a risky move (7 … Qd6) in an attempt to shake things up. Kramnik chose not to shy away from a fight and sacrificed a pawn to build up a strong initiative. The position soon became very complicated and sharp.

In the press conference after the game, both players said they looked at some incredible attacking and defensive strategies, but could find no way to tip the balance. Then on move 30, they traded errors and Mamedyarov found a nice resource to defuse the tension. He sacrificed an exchange that left him with a knight and two pawns for a rook in an endgame. Unfortunately for him, it was a dead equal endgame.

Kramnik avoided any possible pitfalls, including one last trick after 52 … Nd6 (53 Bd5? might have lost after 53 … Bd5 54 Kd5 Nf5, because White cannot play 55 Rg6 because of 55 … Kf7 and the rook would have been trapped). When he realized that the game would end in a draw and that he probably would not win the tournament, Mamedyarov buried his face in his hands, obviously distraught to have come so close.

Kramnik, who played enterprisingly throughout, finished with 6.5 points, tied with Grischuk for fifth and sixth places.



The game between Grischuk and Caruana was the last to finish. It stretched on for almost six hours. Caruana had Black and opened with the Petroff (or Russian) Defense as he has had throughout the competition. It is an opening that is considered drawish, but Caruana had had good results with it. Grischuk, who is always a fighter, opted for a slightly offbeat approach, hoping to break through Caruana’s defenses, but Caruana showed that he had prepared well and by move 15, he had a rock-solid position.

At that point, Grischuk initiated a combination that forced a trade of queens and left him with his bishop pair. Chances were still roughly equal, but as the time control approached, Grischuk, who is prone to time pressure, made some errors. By the time the first time control has passed, Caruana had a clear edge. He won a pawn and then guided his extra pawn up the board, combining threats to advance the pawn with threats against Grischuk’s king, which was dangerously exposed.

After the game between Kramnik and Mamedyarov had ended, and Caruana knew he only needed a draw to clinch first, he chose to play on, preferring to play for the win, knowing that there was almost no danger of losing. After nearly 69 moves, he was rewarded with success, as Grischuk resigned in a hopeless position.

The tournament overall was one of the most exciting in memory. There was only one round where there were no decisive results – a very unusual occurrence in top-level competitions.

Caruana had the right mix of enterprising play and good decision-making at crucial moments. He showed what he can do, even under the moments of high stress. He will need those skills when he faces Carlsen for the title.

Karjakin, who started out dreadfully, losing two of his first four games, displayed resourcefulness by storming back to almost grab first, handling the sole loss on Caruana in the process.

Mamedyarov played extremely enterprisingly, taking his chances when they presented themselves and converting them.

Kramnik played the most unusual and creative games, continually entertaining fans with his ideas.

Ding had a few lucky escapes, but was, for the most part, rock-solid, as reflected in his result.

Grischuk, as always, was dangerous, but his time management sabotaged his efforts.



For the other two players in the tournament, Wesley So of the United States and Levon Aronian of Armenia, who finished with six points and 4.5 points, respectively, it is a competition that they will try to put behind them as quickly as possible.

Caruana, who is two years younger than Carlsen, will be a formidable challenger for the title. The two players have faced each other 31 times at slow time controls, with Carlsen winning nine games, losing five, and the rest ending in draws.

At the press conference after the tournament, Caruana was asked if he wanted to send a message to Carlsen ahead of their match. Mentioning that they will be playing each other in a competition in a few days, Caruana said, “Hopefully I can send him a message then.”

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Carlsen – Caruana 2018 is the World Chess Championship

Chessdom - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:18

Carlsen and Caruana in a previous encounter in Wijk Aan Zee

Carlsen – Caruana is the final for the 2018 World Chess Championship. Fabiano Caruana won the Candidates in Berlin after a highly contested battle. The Candidates title gave Caruana a hefty prize of 95 000 eur and the right to challenge the reigning champion Magnus Carlsen.

Replay: Candidates Berlin 2018 / Carlsen – Karjakin 2016 / Carlsen – Anand 2014

More: The Top Chess Engine Championship final Stockfish – Houdini starts on Thursday here

Caruana wins the Candidates 2018

Fabiano Caruana showed excellent form during the whole event. With 4 wins, 1 loss, and 9 draws, Caruana collected 9,0/14 and finished a full point ahead of the other competitors. He started with a win against Wesley So in round 1 and got the lead in round 4 after a victory vs Vladimir Kramnik. Back to back wins against Aronian gave Caruana the first position in the standings before the final round. In a carefully conducted game, observing all the other boards, Caruana went for a secure position, but when he had the chance he attacked, won the game and secured himself a spot in the World Chess Championship match in 2018.

 

Round 1, 10 March 2018 Vladimir Kramnik Alexander Grischuk 1–0 Sergey Karjakin Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 0–1 Levon Aronian Ding Liren ½–½ Fabiano Caruana Wesley So 1–0  

Round 2, 11 March 2018 Alexander Grischuk (0) Wesley So (0) 1–0 Ding Liren (½) Fabiano Caruana (1) ½–½ Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (1) Levon Aronian (½) ½–½ Vladimir Kramnik (1) Sergey Karjakin (0) ½–½  

Round 3, 12 March 2018 Sergey Karjakin (½) Alexander Grischuk (1) ½–½ Levon Aronian (1) Vladimir Kramnik (1½) 0–1 Fabiano Caruana (1½) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (1½) ½–½ Wesley So (0) Ding Liren (1) ½–½  

Round 4, 14 March 2018 Alexander Grischuk (1½) Ding Liren (1½) ½–½ Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2) Wesley So (½) ½–½ Vladimir Kramnik (2½) Fabiano Caruana (2) 0–1 Sergey Karjakin (1) Levon Aronian (1) 0–1  

Round 5, 15 March 2018 Levon Aronian (2) Alexander Grischuk (2) ½–½ Fabiano Caruana (3) Sergey Karjakin (1) ½–½ Wesley So (1) Vladimir Kramnik (2½) ½–½ Ding Liren (2) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2½) ½–½  

Round 6, 16 March 2018 Fabiano Caruana (3½) Alexander Grischuk (2½) ½–½ Wesley So (1½) Levon Aronian (2½) 1–0 Ding Liren (2½) Sergey Karjakin (1½) ½–½ Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (3) Vladimir Kramnik (3) 1–0  

Round 7, 18 March 2018 Alexander Grischuk (3) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (4) ½–½ Vladimir Kramnik (3) Ding Liren (3) ½–½ Sergey Karjakin (2) Wesley So (2½) 1–0 Levon Aronian (2½) Fabiano Caruana (4) 0–1  

Round 8, 19 March 2018 Alexander Grischuk (3½) Vladimir Kramnik (3½) 1–0 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (4½) Sergey Karjakin (3) ½–½ Ding Liren (3½) Levon Aronian (2½) ½–½ Wesley So (2½) Fabiano Caruana (5) ½–½  

Round 9, 20 March 2018 Wesley So (3) Alexander Grischuk (4½) ½–½ Fabiano Caruana (5½) Ding Liren (4) ½–½ Levon Aronian (3) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (5) ½–½ Sergey Karjakin (3½) Vladimir Kramnik (3½) 1–0  

Round 10, 22 March 2018 Alexander Grischuk (5) Sergey Karjakin (4½) ½–½ Vladimir Kramnik (3½) Levon Aronian (3½) 1–0 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (5½) Fabiano Caruana (6) ½–½ Ding Liren (4½) Wesley So (3½) ½–½  

Round 11, 23 March 2018 Ding Liren (5) Alexander Grischuk (5½) ½–½ Wesley So (4) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (6) ½–½ Fabiano Caruana (6½) Vladimir Kramnik (4½) ½–½ Levon Aronian (3½) Sergey Karjakin (5) 0–1  

Round 12, 24 March 2018 Alexander Grischuk (6) Levon Aronian (3½) ½–½ Sergey Karjakin (6) Fabiano Caruana (7) 1–0 Vladimir Kramnik (5) Wesley So (4½) ½–½ Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (6½) Ding Liren (5½) 0–1  

Round 13, 26 March 2018 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (6½) Alexander Grischuk (6½) 1–0 Ding Liren (6½) Vladimir Kramnik (5½) ½–½ Wesley So (5) Sergey Karjakin (7) ½–½ Fabiano Caruana (7) Levon Aronian (4) 1–0  

Round 14, 27 March 2018 Alexander Grischuk (6½) Fabiano Caruana (8) 0-1 Levon Aronian (4) Wesley So (5½) ½–½ Sergey Karjakin (7½) Ding Liren (7) ½–½ Vladimir Kramnik (6) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (7½) ½–½

 

Carlsen – Caruana 2018 World Chess Championship

The World Chess Championship 2018 is an upcoming chess match between the reigning world champion since 2013, Magnus Carlsen, and a challenger to determine the World Chess Champion. The 12 game match, organized by FIDE and its commercial partner Agon, will be played in London between 9 and 28 November 2018.

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Τελευταίος γύρος σήμερα στο Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών 2018

Skakistiko - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:22


UPDATE ώρα 23:30: Ο Φαμπιάνο Καρουάνα (ΗΠΑ, 26 ετών, φωτ. Νίκη Ρήγα) κέρδισε το Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών. Σύντομη περιγραφή του 14ου γύρου και ο πίνακας με την τελική βαθμολογία εδώ


Φωτ. από τον 13ο γύρο του Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών της Νίκης Ρήγα. Πάνω από 300, από όλους τους γύρους, στο φάκελο της Νίκης στο Flickr εδώ

Σήμερα στις 4 μ.μ. ο τελευταίος γύρος (14ος) που απομένει για να ολοκληρωθεί το Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών που γίνεται στο Βερολίνο. Στο ενδεχόμενο απόλυτης ισοβαθμίας στην κορυφή θα ακολουθήσουν αύριο αγώνες μπαράζ μειωμένου χρόνου σκέψης. Απίθανο σενάριο όμως γιατί τα κριτήρια ισοβαθμίας θα αναδείξουν νικητή απόψε, ανάλυση εδώ

Η βαθμολογία μετά τον 13ο γύρο: 1. Καρουάνα 8 β. 2-3. Μαμεντιάροβ, Καριάκιν 7.5 β. 4. Ντιγκ Λίρεν 7 β. 5. Γκριστσούκ 6.5 β. 6. Κράμνικ 6 β. 7. Σο 5.5 β. 8. Αρονιάν 4 β.

Το ενδιαφέρον για τον σκακιστικό κόσμο είναι τεράστιο. Ο πρώτος, θα αντιμετωπίσει το φθινόπωρο τον Μάγκνους Κάρλσεν στο ματς για τον παγκόσμιο τίτλο. Ομολογουμένως και παικτικά/αγωνιστικά είναι ένα τουρνουά που θα μείνει στη σκακιστική ιστορία ως ένα από τα πιο ανταγωνιστικά με συνεχείς ανατροπές και παρτίδες που δεν θα ξεχαστούν.

Σκοπός του ποστ εδώ είναι να δώσει και μερικά ακόμη λινκ που θα βοηθήσουν τον επισκέπτη για την καλύτερη επισκόπηση των αγώνων:

Το επίσημο σάιτ: https://worldchess.com/berlin/

* Αναλυμένες παρτίδες από τον Ντάνιελ Κινγκ (διάρκεια του κάθε βίντεο 15-20 λεπτά) εδώ

* Η παρτίδα της ημέρας από τον Πίτερ Σβίντλερ (διάρκεια των βίντεο 30-40 λεπτά) και οι λάιβ αναλύσεις όλων των γύρων των Γιαν Γκούσταφσον και Πίτερ Σβίντελρ (διάρκεια των βίντεο 5-6 ώρες) από το chess24 στο youtube εδώ

* Οι επισκοπήσεις της Chessbase εδώ

* Οι επισκοπήσεις του chess.com και πολλές αναλύσεις παρτίδων από τον Μπόικοβ εδώ

* Όλες οι παρτίδες στον online viewer του Μαρκ Κρόουθερ στο The Week in Chess εδώ

* Το αρχείο pgn των παρτίδων εδώ

Η πρώτη ανάρτηση του skakistiko με τους έως τώρα σχολιασμούς επισκεπτών εδώ

***Το σημερινό πρόγραμμα του τελευταίου γύρου:
Γκριστσούκ 6.5 – Καρουάνα 8

Καριάκιν 7.5 – Ντιγκ Λίρεν 7
Κράμνικ 6 – Μαμεντιάροβ 7.5
Και οι τρεις πιο πάνω παρτίδες θα κρίνουν την κατάταξη στην κορυφή.
και η μόνη παρτίδα χωρίς ενδιαφέρον για την πρωτιά Αρονιάν 4 – Σο 5.5.

Ζωντανή μετάδοση με ενσωμάτωση ελεύθερου κώδικα από το chess24.com:


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Round 13: Caruana Leads Berlin Candidates With a Round to Go

FIDE - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 09:50



After Another Crazy and Dramatic Day, Caruana Leads Berlin Candidates With a Round to Go


Whoever ends up winning the tournament, the 2018 Candidates in Berlin is going to go down as one of the most exciting in memory.

One round after two unexpected losses upended the standings in the fight for first, two more decisive results in Round 13 on Monday rejiggered the leaderboard again.

Fabiano Caruana of the United States beat Levon Aronian of Armenia to once again climb to the top of the standings. At the same time, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan downed Alexander Grischuk of Russia, thereby knocking Grischuk out of the fight for first, while keeping Mamedyarov in the hunt.

With one round to play, Caruana has 8 points, Mamedyarov and Sergey Karjakin of Russia are tied for second, each with 7.5 points, and Ding Liren of China has 7 points. The four competitors all mathematically have a shot at winning the tournament, though Caruana is the only one who controls his fate.

The situation is almost a reversal of the one in the 2016 Candidates in Moscow. Then, Caruana had to beat Karjakin in the final round in order to win the tournament, but Karjakin prevailed.



In the final round on Tuesday, Caruana will play Grischuk, Mamedyarov will face Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, a former world champion, and Karjakin will play Ding.

There are multiple scenarios for who could win. Caruana will take first if he beats Grischuk, or he draws and neither Karjakin nor Mamedyarov win.

Karjakin can win if he beats Ding and neither Mamedyarov or Caruana wins, as Karjakin has better tie-breaks than Caruana.

Mamedyarov can win if he beats Kramnik and Caruana does not win, or if he draws his game, Caruana loses and Karjakin and Ding draw their game.

Ding can win only if he beats Karjakin, Caruana loses and Mamedyarov does not win.

The winner will take home 95,000 euros, but more importantly, he will earn the right to play Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, in a title match in London this November.

The tournament is being organized by World Chess, the commercial partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), the game’s governing body. The total prize fund is 420,000 euros.

The venue for the tournament is Kühlhaus (or “cool house” in English), an industrial building in central Berlin that was built in the early 20th century as a cold-storage facility for fresh produce. Among the principal sponsors of the tournament are PhosAgro, a giant Russian fertilizer company; Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity firm; E.G. Capital Advisors, an investment management company; S.T. Dupont, a global luxury goods maker; Prytek, a venture capital firm; and Isklar, a Norwegian mineral water company.



The most important game of the round turned out to be between Caruana and Aronian. Caruana, who had White, opened with 1 e4. The game headed down the path of the Ruy Lopez, or Spanish, opening and, like other players before him, Caruana did not allow Aronian to play the Marshall Gambit (at which he is an acknowledged expert), instead opting for an anti-Marshall system beginning with 8 d3.

The game became a slow, strategic struggle with each player trying to probe for weaknesses. Unfortunately for Aronian, he has had a miserable tournament – quite probably his worst in more than a decade. When things are not going right, every decision seems to be fraught and difficult and a player can become somewhat desperate. Aronian sacrificed a piece for nebulous counterplay, and within a few moves, he was already losing ground. He also got into severe time pressure, and then the mistakes started to pile up. Though Aronian had sacrificed a piece to expose Caruana’s king, Aronian’s was the one that was soon in trouble. Caruana finished up with a nice attack and Aronian resigned, as he faced mate.

It was his sixth loss of the tournament and third in the last four rounds and left him at four points and in last place.



The game between Mamedyarov and Grischuk was balanced and symmetrical for the longest time. By move 17, the only thing separating the players was that Mamedyarov had his bishop pair and Grischuk, who was Black, had a knight and a bishop. The game became a little unbalanced after an exchange of rooks on b5, but the most likely result still seemed to be a draw. But as the time control approached, Grischuk, who was in time pressure, as usual, made a big error, taking Mamedyarov’s pawn on b5 with his knight, therebly walking into a pin. More importantly, his pieces were now stranded on the queenside. Mamedyarov suddenly had a lightning attack on Grischuk’s king. In an extraordinary situation, Grischuk was actually able to promote a pawn to get second queen and promptly resigned, as he could not stop Mamedyarov from also promoting and mating his king.

Grischuk now has 6.5 points, eliminating him from contention for first place.



Karjakin had Black against Wesley So of the United States. The opening was a heavily analyzed variation of the Queen’s Gambit. By move 15, the queens and a set of bishops had already been exchanged and the game seemed to be heading for a draw. Though the game continued until move 39, neither player ever had any real chances to win and the players agreed to a draw.

So now has 5.5 points, and is in seventh place.



The other game between Ding and Kramnik was exciting, despite ending in a draw. Indeed, as has been true a few times during the competition, Ding was fortunate not to lose. He had White and chose the English (1 c4). Kramnik countered with a form of the Hedgehog Defense (pawns on a6, b6, d6, and e6), allowing Ding to achieve a Maroczy Bind (pawns on c4 and e4). Such positions are complicated and usually revolve around whether White can restrain efforts by Black to free his position while punching holes in his defenses.

Ding’s decision to push b4 and b5 was risky, as it left him with weaknesses on the queenside. Indeed, Ding overlooked the danger and after a nice finesse by Kramnik (20 … Bg2, 21 … Ra3!, and 22 … Qa8), White was behind in material. But Kramnik still had to play precisely to win, and, instead, he got a bit careless with 30 … Nfg4 instead of 30 … Re7. A few moves later, Ding was able to force a trade of queens while also eliminating all but the last of Kramnik’s pawns. While Kramnik still had a slight advantage, it was not enough with the reduced material on the board. On move 47, the players agreed to a draw after repeating moves.

Kramnik has six points and is in sixth place.

The final round is Tuesday at 3 PM, local Berlin time. It should be tense and exciting and as close to a must watch event as the chess world can get. The tournament can be watched live at www.worldchess.com, the official site of the World Championship.

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Polar Capital Open 2018 live

Chessdom - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:18

The 2018 Polar Capital is a 9-round Swiss Open taking place from 31 March to 7 April in Jersey. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment from move one.

Live games with analysis will be provided daily on Chessdom.com with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

more live chessO2C Doeberl Cup 2018/Grenke Chess Classic 2018

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Joel Kevin Quispe Cori and Ann Chumpitaz are champions of Peru for 2018

Chessdom - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 14:41

Peru Individual Championships were held from 21 to 25 March in Lima.

In the Open section 84 players took part.
After 9 rounds the winner is IM Joel Kevin Quispe Cori with 7,5 points.
Four players have finished with 7 points,. Second place is for FM Eduardo Jose Alcantara Martinez, third is IM Renato Terry.

In the Women Championship 31 players took part.
Four players have finished with 6,5 points out of 9.
The winner is WIM Ann Chumpitaz, followed by WFM Elizab Paula Bustamante Paredes and WFM Aleyla Hilario.

full standings Peru Championship 2018

1 IM Cori Quispe Kevin Joel 2454 7,5
2 FM Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo 2520 7
3 IM Terry Renato 2496 7
4 IM Vera Siguenas Deivy 2494 7
5 Palacios Efrain 2053 7
6 GM Cruz Cristhian 2567 6,5
7 Pena Morales Hugo 2202 6,5
8 IM Leiva Giuseppe 2410 6
9 FM Principe Alexander 2293 6
10 Soto Dextre Elmer 2186 6
11 Flores Quillas Diego Saul Rodri 2005 6
12 Gomez Huaraya Jesus Miguel 1931 6
13 Rojas Steven 1963 6
14 WGM Cori T. Deysi 2397 5,5
15 Delgado Romero Marco 2270 5,5
16 FM Quinones Cesar 2223 5,5
17 Espinoza Pacheco Aldryn Leo 2020 5,5
18 Ccerhuayo Escobedo Mels Leopold 1828 5,5
19 Mamani Ulises 2064 5,5
20 FM Soriano Quispe Ivan Excen 2089 5,5
21 Gomez Gonzales Cristofer Syan 1840 5,5
22 Hepler Ramirez Narayana 1873 5,5
23 Bustamante Wilfredo 1843 5,5
24 Caja Cruz Gabriel 1757 5,5
25 Guzman Miraval Christian Andre 1773 5
26 Perez Christopher 1906 5
27 Luque Willy 2027 5
28 Rodriguez Tinco Percy 1831 5
29 Flores Aedo Alexander Oliver M 1868 5
30 Caja Alarcon Gianpier 1578 5
31 Garcia Toledo Pedro 2011 4,5
32 Quiroz Cristian 2074 4,5
33 Martinez Miguel Angel 1634 4,5
34 Quispe Limo Josue Arnaldo 1690 4,5
35 Orosco Torres Johann Miguel 1766 4,5
36 Vanini Bruno 2004 4,5
37 Romani Carlos 1768 4,5
38 CM Alvarado Zamora Albert 1766 4,5
39 Saenz Ivan 1865 4,5
40 Noriega Miguel 1880 4,5
41 Guevara Jose 1876 4,5
42 Salvador Solorzano Enrique Jona 1793 4,5
43 Castaneda Luis 1786 4,5
44 Pizzardo Salvador 1864 4,5
45 Araoz Andrade Ivan Alexander 1782 4,5
46 Sinti Pio Jesus Moises 1551 4,5
47 IM Fernandez Fernando 2447 4
48 Santiago Vilca Lito Gustavo 1784 4
49 Cespedes Torres Jose Mart 1744 4
50 Torres Regalado Manuel Alejandr 0 4
51 CM Navarro Ariza Justin Jeshua 1706 4
52 Valverde Massoni Luis Huberto 1509 4
53 Ramos Castro Aldair 1890 3,5
54 Condori Corimayhua Daniel Artur 0 3,5
55 Cutimbo Chavez Jose Luis 1760 3,5
56 Tamayo Valencia Felix Francisco 1714 3,5
57 Reque Chafloque Anthony 1505 3,5
58 Varillas Jimenez Ivan 1647 3,5
59 Paiva Benites Felix Raul 1630 3,5
60 Bonifacio Torres Lider Edu 0 3,5
61 Diaz Montalvo William Jose 0 3,5
62 AIM Garceran Izquierdo Ruben 1709 3
63 Ruiz Cerda Guillermo Alejandro 1740 3
64 Lopez Dante 2106 3
65 Bedoya Rosales Luis 1890 3
66 Alferez Alonso 0 3
67 Guardamino Cajo Martin 1290 3
68 Laguna Aguirre Franco 0 3
69 Nunez Taype Alexander Gregory 1385 3
70 Martinez Sedamanos Enrique 1660 3
71 Ramirez Mori Angel Farid 0 3
72 Alvarado Mendoza Juan Jose 1842 2,5
73 Pimentel Delgado Fabricio 1439 2,5
74 Cuya Zevallos Andrew Francisco 1235 2,5
75 Ludena Calderon Leandro Jose 1135 2,5
76 Vizcarra Quispe Jhael 1739 2
77 Cardenas Chavez Victor Manuel 1773 2
78 Chavez Bautista Lennin Alfredo 1190 2
79 Contreras Sulca Josue Carlo 1370 1,5
80 San Juan Morocho Omar Alonzo 1043 1,5
81 FM Gonzalez Mesa Daniel 1994 1
Narva Mallqui Miguel 1961 1
83 Huerta Davilla Boris Nazareno 1676 1
84 Sirvas Mendizabal Arian Emmanue 1220 0

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Ζωντανή Μετάδοση των γύρων 11-14 του Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών

Skakistiko - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 00:05

2 γύροι απομένουν για να ολοκληρωθεί το Τουρνουά των Διεκδικητών που γίνεται στο Βερολίνο. Το ενδιαφέρον για τον σκακιστικό κόσμο είναι τεράστιο και κορυφώνεται τώρα προς το τέλος. Ο πρώτος, θα αντιμετωπίσει το φθινόπωρο τον Μάγκνους Κάρλσεν για τον παγκόσμιο τίτλο.
Η βαθμολογία μετά τον 12ο γύρο: 1-2. Καριάκιν, Καρουάνα 7 β. 3-5. Ντιγκ Λίρεν, Γκριστσούκ, Μαμεντιάροβ 6.5 β.  6. Κράμνικ 5.5 β. 7. Σο 5 β. 8. Αρονιάν 4 β.

Μέχρι τη λήξη του τουρνουά θα υπάρχει ενσωματωμένο το παράθυρο ζωντανής μετάδοσης του chess24.com στο πάνω μέρος της κεντρικής μας σελίδας για όση ώρα θα διαρκούν οι παρτίδες (23&24/3, 26&27/3,  ώρα έναρξης 16:00).

Το επίσημο σάιτ:https://worldchess.com/berlin/
Η ανάρτηση του skakistiko για σχολιασμό εδώ



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Berlin Candidates Tournament Is Up for Grabs as Leaders Lose in Round 12

FIDE - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 09:10



Berlin Candidates Tournament Is Up for Grabs as Leaders Lose in Round 12


Throw the script out the window: The Candidates tournament in Berlin is once again a wide-open contest.

Saturday, in Round 12, the two players who had been leading for the last several rounds, Fabiano Caruana of the United States and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan, both lost, to Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Ding Liren of China, respectively.

Karjakin’s win allowed him to overtake Caruana. They are now tied for first, with seven points apiece. Liren, who registered his first decisive result of the tournament, is tied with Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk of Russia, a half point behind the leaders.

With two rounds to go, all five players have a legitimate shot at first place. At stake is 95,000 euros, but, more importantly, the winner will earn the right to play Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, in a title match in London this November.

The tournament is being organized by World Chess, the commercial partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), the game’s governing body. The total prize fund is 420,000 euros.

The competition features eight players. In addition to the five players at the top of the leaderboard , the tournament includes Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, Wesley So of the United States, and Levon Aronian of Armenia. The format is a double round-robin, with each player facing all the other competitors twice, once with each color.

The venue for the tournament is Kühlhaus (or “cool house” in English), an industrial building in central Berlin that was built in the early 20th century as a cold-storage facility for fresh produce. Among the principal sponsors of the tournament are PhosAgro, a giant Russian fertilizer company; Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity firm; E.G. Capital Advisors, an investment management company; S.T. Dupont, a global luxury goods maker; Prytek, a venture capital firm; and Isklar, a Norwegian mineral water company.



Saturday, the ceremonial first move of the round was made by Dr. Robert von Weiszäcker, an economics professor at Munich University of Technology, a former President of the German Chess Federation. Dr. Weiszäcker is also the son of Richard von Weiszäcker, a former president of Germany.

Karjakin had White against Caruana and opened with 1 e4. Caruana chose the Petroff (also known as the Russian) Defense, which he had successfully employed earlier in the tournament. The defense has a reputation for producing draws and also of giving Black no problems in equalizing. Indeed, after 15 moves, Caruana had a very good position. On move 17, Karjakin made an interesting and slightly surprising decision: he sacrificed an exchange to win a center pawn. Though Karjakin was now down slightly in material, his light-squared bishop was powerfully anchored at d5, giving him equal chances.

Still, Caruana may have become over-optimistic. He started to take risks, playing 23 … g5, which created structural weaknesses in his position. A few moves later, he lost a second pawn. Though material was now theoretically equal, Karjakin’s pieces were better coordinated and his light-squared bishop was very powerful, giving him a clear edge. Karjakin methodically improved his position and manufactured a passed pawn on the kingside. Though Caruana was able to stop that, it was at the cost of another pawn on the queenside. That was too much. After 48 moves, he resigned, as he could no longer hold back all of Karjakin’s pawns.



Caruana’s loss opened the door for Mamedyarov to take the lead if he could beat Ding, against whom he had White. Early on, Ding allowed Mamedyarov to take control of the center, but Ding was able to castle early and had no weaknesses to attack. After 13 moves, Mamedyarov had a small edge because of his greater control of space in the center. But then he began to drift, seemingly unable to come up with a plan. Meanwhile, Ding began to advance his queenside pawns, where he had a two-versus-one majority. Mamedyarov may have underestimated the danger.

By move 32, the tide had turned. Mamedyarov’s center pawns had not budged, while Ding’s queenside pawns were advancing rapidly. Mamedyarov was able to infiltrate Ding’s position with his queen, but it proved to be optically more dangerous than it was in reality. Ding simply manufactured a passed pawn by 35 … b3 and then 36 … a3. By the time Mamedyarov tried to get his center pawns moving with 38 d5, it was too late. A few moves later, he resigned, as he was down too much material and his counterattack was not potent enough.

While the other two games were drawn and were not as important to the standings, they were hard fought nonetheless.



In one of them, Kramnik had White against So. The opening was an exchange Queen’s Gambit Declined, a system that has become more popular in recent years. The opening can be very complicated and, indeed, the players were soon involved in a complex tactical struggle. Both seemed to be well prepared. By move 18, a fascinating position had arisen: Kramnik had sacrificed a piece for three connected passed pawns on the kingside. It was clearly a dangerous situation for So.

Kramnik began to push his pawns forward, but his missed some of his best moves. In particular, exchanging his light-squared bishop for So’s knight with 20 Ba6 was not as good as 20 Rae1. So was eventually obliged to give up a piece, but he won two of Kramnik’s pawns for it, after which material was balanced again. Kramnik still had the initiative, but So had just enough resources to maintain the balance. The players agreed to a draw after 42 moves in a dynamically balanced position.

Kramnik now has 5.5 points and is alone in sixth, while So is a half point further back.



Grischuk versus Aronian was also a tough fight. Grischuk had White and opened with 1 e4. Aronian headed for the Marshall Gambit in the Ruy Lopez Defense, but Grischuk avoided it by employing the anti-Marshall move 8 d3. After that, the game became a complicated strategic struggle, which is very common in the structures arising from the Ruy Lopez.

By move 25, after most of the minor pieces and several pawns had been exchanged, the position was considerably simpler and chances were roughly equal. White had control of d5 and a ready target in Black’s backward d pawn, but the half open f file and Black’s pressure against White’s e pawn from his light-squared bishop gave him full compensation for a slight space disadvantage. After several more exchanges, most of the remaining weaknesses in both positions had been eliminated. The game continued to move 54, but there were no real winning chances for either player and they agreed to a draw.

Aronian now has four points and remains in last place.

Sunday is a rest day. Round 13, the penultimate round, will be Monday at 3 PM, local Berlin time. The tournament can be watched live at www.worldchess.com, the official site of the World Championship.

It looks like the tournament will come down to the wire.

Round 12 Photo Gallery

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La regina degli scacchi

Skakistiko - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 00:09

Η ταινία είναι ιταλική, παραγωγής 2001, την είδε περιορισμένος αριθμών θεατών στις αίθουσες, διεθνή καριέρα δεν έκανε, όμως έχει σκακιστικό ενδιαφέρον. Άλλωστε τότε δεν υπήρχε στην επικαιρότητα ο Φαμπιάνο Καρουάνα, μόλις έκανε τα πρώτα του βήματα στην Αμερική. Στην πρώτη φωτογραφία, από όπου φτιάχτηκε και η αφίσα, η σκακιέρα φαίνεται κάπως καθαρά, είναι σωστά τοποθετημένη, ωστόσο η θέση της παρτίδας είναι μάλλον αφύσικη, με έναν λευκό βασιλιά που έχει προχωρήσει στο μέσον της παρτίδας, ατρόμητος, στο τετράγωνο ε5. Βέβαια μπορεί να είναι συνειδητός γενναίος συμβολισμός για τις ικανότητες της ηρωίδας.

Ο τίτλος, μεταφράζεται στα ελληνικά: «Η βασίλισσα του σκακιού». Μια 17χρονη Ιταλίδα είναι φαινόμενο στο σκάκι. Στις πρώτες σκηνές, την βλέπουμε να εκπλήσσει σε ένα τουρνουά με εννιά άνδρες αντιπάλους, όλους μεγαλύτερους σε ηλικία. Η Μαρία Αντέλε κατάγεται από εύπορη οικογένεια. Ο πατέρας της, καθηγητής στο πανεπιστήμιο, λατρεύει τις όπερες του Ροσίνι και ενισχύει όσο μπορεί την προσπάθεια που κάνει η κόρη του στο σκάκι. Το παιχνίδι, περνάει συνέχεια εν είδει λάιτ μοτίβ στην αφηγηματική ανάπτυξη, ενώ παρακολουθούμε τους νυχτερινούς εφιάλτες που βασανίζουν την κοπέλα από τη στιγμή που ανακαλύπτει σε ένα ξεχασμένο γράμμα πως είναι υιοθετημένο παιδί. Στη συνέχεια, η ηρωίδα βυθίζεται στην περιπέτεια της αναζήτησης της φυσικής της μητέρας. Το σενάριο υπακούει σε πολυφορεμένες μελό φόρμες, εν τούτοις, παρ’ όλη την πλήρη εμπορική αποτυχία της ταινίας, οι κριτικές δεν υπήρξαν άσχημες. Σκηνοθέτης ο Κλαούντιο Φλόριο, ενώ τον κεντρικό ρόλο της μικρής σκακίστριας υποδύεται η Μπαρμπόρα Μπομπολόβα (που κατάγεται από τη Σλοβακία και στην πραγματικότητα ήταν 26 ετών).

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Round 11: Top of the Leaderboard Is Again Unchanged After Draws at Berlin Candidates Tournament

FIDE - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 08:36



Top of the Leaderboard Is Again Unchanged After Draws at Berlin Candidates Tournament


Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk drew their games in Round 11 of the Candidates tournament in Berlin, allowing them to retain their positions at the top of the leaderboard. Caruana, an American, continues to lead, now with seven points, followed by Mamedyarov, who is from Azerbaijan and has 6.5, and Grischuk, a Russian, who has six.

Grischuk now has company in third place as a compatriot, Sergey Karjakin, beat Levon Aronian to also move to six points.

There are still three rounds to play, so the tournament is far from decided, but the four players at the top would seem to be the only ones who still realistically have a chance at first.

First place is worth 95,000 euros, but, more importantly, the winner will earn the right to play Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, in a title match in London this November.

The tournament is being organized by World Chess, the commercial partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), the game’s governing body. The total prize fund is 420,000 euros.

The competition features eight players. In addition to Caruana, Mamedyarov, Grischuk, Karjakin, and Aronian, there is also Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, Ding Liren of China, and Wesley So of the United States. The format is a double round-robin, with each player facing all the other competitors twice, once with each color.

The venue for the tournament is Kühlhaus (or “cool house” in English), an industrial building in central Berlin that was built in the early 20th century as a cold-storage facility for fresh produce. Among the principal sponsors of the tournament are PhosAgro, a giant Russian fertilizer company; Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity firm; E.G. Capital Advisors, an investment management company; S.T. Dupont, a global luxury goods maker; Prytek, a venture capital firm; and Isklar, a Norwegian mineral water company.



The ceremonial first move of the round was made by Richard Lutz, chairman of Deutsche Bahn, the giant German railway company.

Caruana had White against Kramnik. The opening was a bit unusual as Caruana broke early in the center and Kramnik temporarily sacrificed a pawn that led to a quick exchange of queens. Caruana was able to force Kramnik to exchange a bishop for a knight, so only Caruana had his bishop pair, but he also had doubled pawns on the queenside. Both players probed a bit for weaknesses, but neither was ever in any danger. Gradually pieces were exchanged until there were only kings and pawns and there was no way for either side to manufacture a passed pawn, so the players agreed to a draw.

Kramnik has five points, two behind Caruana.



Mamedyarov faced So, with the Black pieces. The opening was a Catalan, which has been one of the most popular systems in the tournament. So eventually won a pawn, but it allowed an ending with bishops of opposite colors, which often leads to a draw. That was true in this game, as the players could not make any progress in the endgame.

So has 4.5 points and is in second to last place, 2.5 points behind Caruana.



Aronian had White against Karjakin. The opening was yet another Catalan. Aronian was able to establish a pawn on e5, giving a slight edge. The pawn eventually moved to d6 after an exchange of pieces, but the pawn was well blocked and it was a potential weakness as well as a potential strength. Karjakin brought up his king to assist and gradually encircled the pawn. Oddly, it was not the first to fall; instead Aronian lost his a pawn in an effort to keep the d pawn alive. Eventually, the d pawn fell as well. From that point, it was only a matter of time before Karjakin was able to consolidate his position. Aronian played on long after the position had become hopeless, perhaps out of frustration at how the tournament has gone for him. The loss was his sixth of the competition and he is in last place, with 3.5 points.



The most frustrated player of the day had to be Ding, and the luckiest was clearly Grischuk, who escaped with a draw when he was dead lost earlier in their game. Ding had White and achieved a comfortable edge out of the opening when Grischuk allowed Ding to seize control of the center. Grischuk did not castle because he was afraid of a kingside attack, but his king was caught in the center and Ding enterprisingly sacrificed two pawns to open lines of attack against it. Grischuk was soon in deep trouble. He made several errors, and after 26… Rc8? (instead of 26… Bg5), Ding had an overwhelming attack. After 28… Bd5, Ding only had to play 29 Nd8 and the game would have been all but over. Instead, he played 29 Nf4.

Ding still had a large advantage, but over the next several moves, he made several more inaccurate moves, slowly dissipating his edge. By the first time control, Ding had clearly lost the thread of the game and, after a series of exchanges relieved Grischuk’s remaining problems, chances were more or less equal. The game dragged on for 96 moves and more than seven hours before it was finally drawn.

Ding has drawn all his games and is alone in fifth, with 5.5 points.

Round 12 is Saturday at 3 PM, local Berlin time. The tournament can be watched live at www.worldchess.com, the official site of the World Championship.

Round 11 Photo Gallery

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17ο Πανελλήνιο Πρωτάθλημα Λύσης Προβλημάτων – και το πρώτο με διεθνή συμμετοχή

Skakistiko - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:04


O 7 φορές παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής στη λύση προβλημάτων Πιότρ Μούρτζια – Πολωνία- σε διευκρινήσεις για θέματα διαγωνισμού προβλημάτων που είχε γίνει ως παράλληλη εκδήλωση του διεθνούς τουρνουά της Ικαρίας – φωτ. Μαριάννα Στεφανίδη.

Ο διαγωνισμός θα πραγματοποιηθεί το Σάββατο 14 Απριλίου 2018 το απόγευμα (5.00-9.30 μμ). Θα ακολουθήσει σύντομη τελετή λήξης στις 10.00 μμ.

Η διοργάνωση είναι μέρος του Grand Prix της Παγκόσμιας Ομοσπονδίας Καλλιτεχνικού Σκακιού (WFCC) και  θα αξιολογηθεί για διεθνή βαθμό αξιολόγησης (Elo).

Χώρος το ξενοδοχείο GALAXY στον Άλιμο, Λεωφόρος Ποσειδώνος 39 & Καλαμακίου χάρτης

Πρόσβαση: α] Με αυτοκίνητο (σχετικά δύσκολο παρκάρισμα) β] Με Τραμ (Στάση «Καλαμάκι») γ] Με Λεωφορεία Α1, Β1 κλπ (Στάση 3η Καλαμακίου).

Θα διεξαχθούν δύο γύροι διάρκειας δύο ωρών ο καθένας, με διάλειμμα μισής ώρας μεταξύ τους. Κάθε γύρος περιλαμβάνει 6 προβλήματα προς λύση: Ένα ορθόδοξο 2 κινήσεων, ένα ορθόδοξο 3 κινήσεων, μία σπουδή, ένα ορθόδοξο >3 κινήσεων, ένα βοηθητικό και ένα αντίστροφο.

Για πρώτη φορά θα έχουμε και διεθνή συμμετοχή. Συγκεκριμένα θα πάρουν μέρος ο 7 φορές Παγκόσμιος Πρωταθλητής Πολωνός Γκρανμέτρ Piotr Murdzia και οι Διεθνείς Μετρ Dmitry Pletnev (Ρωσία) και Marek Kolcak (Σλοβακία).

Ο Πιοτρ Μούρτζια θα δώσει και διάλεξη-σεμινάριο το πρωί της ίδιας μέρας (11.00-13.30) στο χώρο αυτό.

Ο πρώτος στη γενική κατάταξη βραβεύεται με κύπελλο, οι δύο επόμενοι με μετάλλια. Θα υπάρξουν και χρηματικά έπαθλα (100, 70 και 50 ευρώ αντίστοιχα).

Ο πρώτος Έλληνας στην κατάταξη ανακηρύσσεται Πρωταθλητής Ελλάδας 2018 και βραβεύεται με κύπελλο, οι δύο επόμενοι με μετάλλια.

Διευκρινίσεις, πληροφορίες και δηλώσεις συμμετοχής στον θεματοθέτη και κριτή κ. Ιωάννη Γαρουφαλίδη, τηλ. 6938792281, email: ggaroufalidis@yahoo.gr

Η Επιτροπή θέλει να ευχαριστήσει θερμά το Δήμο Αλίμου και την Ελληνική Σκακιστική Ομοσπονδία για τη βοήθειά τους.

 

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Round 10: Standings Virtually Unchanged After Clash of Leaders at Berlin Candidates Tournament

FIDE - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:01


Standings Virtually Unchanged After Clash of Leaders at Berlin Candidates Tournament

Fabiano Caruana, the leader of the Candidates tournament in Berlin, faced Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, his closest pursuer in Round 10 and came away with a draw. With the other players near the top of the crosstable also drawing their games, the standings remained virtually unchanged.

Caruana, an American, leads with 6.5 points, followed by Mamedyarov, who is from Azerbaijan and has 6 points, and then Alexander Grischuk of Russia, who has 5.5 points. (Each win is worth one point and each draw is worth a half point.)

The Candidates is being organized by World Chess, the commercial partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), the game’s governing body. The prize fund is 420,000 euros. The winner will receive 95,000 euros, but, more importantly, he will earn the right to play Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, in a title match in London this November.

Eight players are competing for the right to face Carlsen. In addition to Caruana, Mamedyarov and Grischuk, they include Sergey Karjakin and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, Ding Liren of China, Wesley So of the United States, and Levon Aronian of Armenia. The format is a double round-robin, with each player facing all the other competitors twice, once with each color.

The venue for the tournament is Kühlhaus (or “cool house” in English), an industrial building in central Berlin that was built in the early 20th century as a cold-storage facility for fresh produce. Among the principal sponsors of the tournament are PhosAgro, a giant Russian fertilizer company; Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity firm; E.G. Capital Advisors, an investment management company; S.T. Dupont, a global luxury goods maker; Prytek, a venture capital firm; and Isklar, a Norwegian mineral water company.



Felix Magath, a well known former footballer and football manager, made the ceremonial first move in the game between Mamedyarov and Caruana. Mamedyarov had White and chose the Catalan opening. The position became very sharp as Mamedyarov traded his light-squared bishop to break up Caruana’s pawns and also win a pawn. But that strategy caused Mamedyarov to fall behind in his development. Though he was able to force a series of trades, he was not able to free his queenside pieces. Eventually, he had no choice but to give up an exchange. The chances for both players remained dynamically balanced, as Caruana’s pawns were too weak to defend. In the endgame, Caruana found a way to force simplifications that easily led to draw, preserving his lead in the tournament.



The game between Grischuk, who had White, and Karjakin was also a Catalan. Grischuk did not obtain any sort of edge in the opening and then, with 20 Bc3, he allowed Karjakin to force a series of exchanges, leading to an equal endgame. The game ended in a draw after 28 moves as the players repeated the position.

Karjakin has five points, tied with Ding for fourth place.



The only decisive result of the day was a victory of Kramnik over Aronian. It has been a disappointing and perplexing tournament for both players, as they were both expected to contend for first place, but have fallen well off the pace. Thursday, Kramnik, who had White, opened with the Giuoco Piano, which normally does not really pose many problems for Black. Indeed, Aronian had no trouble getting a very good position.

The one imbalance on the board was that a trade of bishops on e3 opened the f file for White. Kramnik used that to build up pressure by putting his rooks on the file. He managed to create some threats, but Aronian carefully paried them – for a while. His 25 … Be6 was dangerous, as it allowed Kramnik to sacrifice an exchange on f6, ripping open the pawn position around Aronian’s king. Aronian navigated the complexities well, but he was on a razor’s edge and had to play accurately. On his last move, he finally blundered. Instead of 36 … Rg7, he played 36 … Qc7, allowing Kramnik a winning mating attack with 37 Ne8. Aronian resigned on the spot.

After losing four games in six rounds, the victory gave Kramnik a bit of redemption. He now has 4.5 points, built on a remarkable record as seven of his ten games have ended decisively. For Aronian, it was his fifth loss of the competition. He now sits alone in last, with 3.5 points.



In the other game of the round, Ding faced with So with the White pieces. So sacrificed a pawn out of the opening for the initiative and Ding had to be a little careful. But he avoided any real trouble because of a clever counterattacking idea (16 Bg5! And if 16 … f6 17 Qb3 Kh8 18 Qf7, and it would be Black who would have had to be careful). After an exchange of queens and rooks, the game quickly simplified. The players agreed to a draw after 31 moves in a position with equal chances for both sides.

So now has four points, while Ding has drawn every game of the tournament. If he somehow draws his last four games, he would duplicate the feat of Anish Giri of the Netherlands in the 2016 Candidates tournament in Moscow.

Round 11 is Friday at 3 PM, local Berlin time. The tournament can be watched live at www.worldchess.com, the official site of the World Championship.

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2nd Sharjah Masters

Chessdom - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:34

The 2018 Sharjah Masters is a 9-round Swiss Open taking place from 12-19 April at the Sharjah Chess & Culture Club in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The prize pool is $60,000, with $15,000 for first prize. Players receive 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one.
Top seeded players are GM Yi Wei, GM Hao Wang, Yuriy Kryvoruchko etc…

Live games with analysis will be provided daily on Chessdom.com with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

starting list 2nd Sharjah Masters

1 GM Wei Yi 2734
2 GM Wang Hao 2713
3 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy 2705
4 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2701
5 GM Artemiev Vladislav 2697
6 GM Amin Bassem 2696
7 GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2689
8 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2685
9 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2655
10 GM Jones Gawain C B 2651
11 GM Adhiban B. 2650
12 GM Kovalev Vladislav 2650
13 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2649
14 GM Grandelius Nils 2646
15 GM Guseinov Gadir 2646
16 GM Adly Ahmed 2643
17 GM Safarli Eltaj 2639
18 GM Mareco Sandro 2635
19 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo 2624
20 GM Jumabayev Rinat 2614
21 GM Maghsoodloo Parham 2601
22 IM Tabatabaei M.Amin 2592
23 GM Narayanan.S.L 2575
24 IM Firouzja Alireza 2558
25 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2530
26 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 2526
27 IM Abdusattorov Nodirbek 2518
28 GM Gagare Shardul 2510
29 GM Haddouche Mohamed 2506
30 IM Vignesh N R 2475
31 GM Grivas Efstratios 2468
32 IM Iniyan P 2460
33 IM Sindarov Javokhir 2431
34 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2427
35 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M 2425
36 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2424
37 Arjun Kalyan 2397
38 FM Rajdeep Sarkar 2393
39 IM Sidhant Mohapatra 2382
40 FM Sadhwani Raunak 2369
41 Pranav V 2333
42 Raahul V S 2305
43 WGM Hejazipour Mitra 2304
44 WIM Srija Seshadri 2264
45 FM Anand Nadar 2262
46 Ashwath R. 2250
47 FM Mohannad Farhan 2242
48 Aradhya Garg 2218
49 CM Aditya Mittal 2206
50 Ajay Karthikeyan 2127
51 WIM Maroroa Sue 2102
52 WCM Song Yuxin 2067
53 Balasubramaniam H 2060
54 CM Mullick Raahil 2053
55 WIM Gagare Shalmali 2027
56 Krithigga K 2003
57 CM Bharath Subramaniyam H 1997
58 WCM Kakulidis Ellen 1979
59 AIM Trisha Kanyamarala 1956
60 Priyanka Nutakki 1956
61 Shanya Mishra 1922
62 AGM Tarun Kanyamarala 1920
63 Mahitosh Dey 1913
64 Ali Abdulaziz 1877
65 El Fazari Mohamed Amin 1793
66 Reyes Danilo G. 1667
67 AIM Sidharth Balaji Sridharan 1566
68 Mahajan Ayush 1560

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