London Chess Classic – Round 8

Chessdom - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:00

Round eight of the London Chess Classic started slowly with three early draws but then took a dramatic turn of events that changed the nature of the tournament.

Tournament co-leader Fabiano Caruana felt comfortable with his draw believing that a plus two score is needed to at least tie for first. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who needs to score three more tour points than Carlsen, was not thrilled with his draw with the white pieces but still kept his chances open for taking the overall tour title.

The standings were rattled when Magnus Carlsen shockingly blundered a piece then a pawn against Ian Nepomniachtchi who is now in clear first place.

This result also gives Vachier-Lagrave excellent chances to score the necessary points to win the entire tour and even tie for first in London. The chips fell perfectly as tomorrow Nepomniatchi and Vachier-Lagrave are facing off to decide everything.

Magnus Carlsen – Ian Nepomniachtchi 0-1

Just as yesterday, Carlsen chose unorthodox opening moves which transposed into an exchange Slav. The game took a normal turn with White trying to build an attack in an isolated queen pawn position. Carlsen hasn’t been playing his best this entire tournament as it became evident when he missed a tactic which would have given him the advantage.

After Nepomniachtchi reached equality, Carlsen blundered a pawn in a simple tactic. He seemed flustered by his oversight and tried to win the material back, but instead blundered a whole piece and resigned two moves later.

Hikaru Nakamura – Fabiano Caruana ½ – ½

Caruana accepted Nakamura to play a more aggressive opening but instead a long theoretical line of the Nimzo Indian defense was played. The resulting position was a dull endgame but slightly worse for Black.

Caruana thought that perhaps his compatriot wanted to surprise him. Fortunately for him, Caruana was well prepared and had looked at this line before the tournament. Once the bishops came off, there was nothing to play for in the equal rook endgame.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Viswanathan Anand ½ – ½

The Frenchman opted for the Guioco Piano, which has become the fashionable opening at the top level. He made the unusual decision of exchanging his light square bishop for a knight for what he thought would be a strong initiative for him.

Unfortunately, in his ten-move variation he missed that Anand can force him to either repeat the position or retreat with the rook and accept a worse position. The game ended in a draw when he chose the former option.

Wesley So – Sergey Karjakin ½ – ½

The five-hour game did not produce the result needed for Wesley So, who could have been tied for second place with Caruana had he won this game. The American had a slight edge out of the opening but missed a dynamic possibility on move 23, which would have posed some real problems for his opponent.

Optically, White had the advantage due to his strong knight in the endgame, but it was hard to create anything substantial with it. The 56-move battle ended when only a bishop and a pawn were left on the board.

Michael Adams – Levon Aronian ½ – ½

After two long battles and back to back losses, Adams just wanted to get back on the scoreboard and stop the bleeding. He chose the Re1 line in the Berlin leading to a symmetrical position.

Aronian usually plays his favorite Marshall Attack line in the Ruy Lopez, but he felt that it could be just as dry as the Berlin. Neither player was able to put any pressure on their opponent and a draw was agreed by a threefold repetition.

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London Chess Classic to host 2018 Grand Chess Tour Finals

Chessdom - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 21:47

The 2018 Grand Chess Tour will conclude with an exciting new format at the London Chess Classic. The four top‑scoring players will contest a semi-final and final that will determine the overall winner and top 4 places in the 2018 GCT.

The format change has been determined by the GCT Advisory Board and was announced earlier today during the 8th and penultimate round of the London Chess Classic.

The revised 2018 GCT schedule will see the GCT players participating in 3 rapid and blitz events as well as the traditional Sinquefield Cup which will maintain its classical format.

Four players will proceed to the 2018 GCT Finals in London where they will battle for an enhanced GCT Bonus Prize Pool. Each match in London will consist of classical, rapid and blitz games. A play-off for 3rd and 4th will also be played.

The GCT has also confirmed that the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Chess Promotions Ltd, Colliers International France, Vivendi S.A. and Your Next Move™ have all agreed to renew their financial commitments to the tour for 2018. GCT tournaments are therefore confirmed for the cities of Paris, Leuven, St Louis and London in 2018.

The top 3 players from the 2017 GCT tour will automatically qualify for the 2018 GCT Tour players’ roster. The rest of the tour roster will be selected on the basis of URS ratings at January 1, 2018 and average classical FIDE ratings in 2017.

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Skakistiko - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:22

Αύγουστος του 1974, ξενοδοχείο Birger-Jarl στη Στοκχόλμη. Πρώτο παγκόσμιο πρωτάθλημα σκακιστικών υπολογιστών. Ελβετικό τεσσάρων γύρων, με 13 υπολογιστές από 8 χώρες.

Στη φωτογραφία αριστερά ο Αμερικανός Άλαν Μπέισλι χειριστής του υπολογιστή Tech. Υπήρξε εθνικός μετρ στο σκάκι, διακεκριμένος ερευνητής στο ΜΙΤ και αργότερα στο Μπέρκλεϊ αλλά δυστυχώς χάθηκε πολύ νέος από την τοξικοεξάρτηση.
Δεξιά ο Σοβιετικός Μιχαήλ Ντονσκόι, επιστημονικός ήρωας της σοβιετικής εποχής, και εμπνευστής του DISCo (Donskoy’s Interactive Software Company) αναμεταδίδει τις κινήσεις του υπολογιστή Kaissa.

Η Kaissa διέθετε τη μεγαλύτερη βιβλιοθήκη ανοιγμάτων (10.000 θέσεις) την εποχή εκείνη, αλλά δεν μπορούσε να τρέξει στην ICL machine λόγω του διαφορετικού λειτουργικού που είχαν οι Ρώσοι, έτσι οι κινήσεις μεταδίδονταν μέσω τηλεφώνου, από τη Μόσχα στη Στοκχόλμη. Η Kaissa αναδείχθηκε παγκόσμια πρωταθλήτρια υπολογιστών εκείνο το σουηδικό καλοκαίρι.
Περισσότερα για την ιστορία του ωραίου εκείνου υπολογιστή εδώ

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FIDE Newsletter November 2017

FIDE - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 16:13

The final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2017 took place in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) from 16th to 26th of November.

Official website: worldchess.com/gp2017

Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia) won the final tournament of the Grand Prix Series, both scored 5 ½ points.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Alexander Grischuk topped the final standings of the FIDE Grand Prix series to qualify for the 2018 FIDE Candidates Tournament in Berlin.

Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix final standings:
1-2. GM Aronian Levon ARM 2801 and GM Jakovenko Dmitry RUS 2721 - 5.5
3-9. GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2780, GM Ding Liren CHN 2774, GM Svidler Peter RUS 2763, GM Radjabov Teimour AZE 2741, GM Harikrishna P. IND 2738, GM Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2702 and GM Rapport Richard HUN 2692 - 5
10-12.GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2796, GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2707 and GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2683 - 4.5
13-15. GM Giri Anish NED 2762, GM Li Chao B CHN 2741 and GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2705 - 4
16. GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2651 - 3.5
17-18. GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2719 and GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2629 – 3

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FIDE World Junior and Girl under 20 Chess Championship 2017 took place in Tarvisio, Italy from 12th to 26th of November.

Official website: www.fideacademy.com/wjcc2017

Open section winners:
1st - Aryan Tari (Norway)
2nd - Manuel Petrosyan (Armenia)
3rd - Chithambaram Vr Aravindh (India)

Girls section winners:
1st - Zhansaya Abdulmalik (Kazakhstan)
2nd - Anastasya Paramzina (Russia)
3rd - Jennifer Yu (United States of America)

IM Praggnanandhaa of India did not reach the podium although he received his first GM norm.

237 players from 64 countries participated in the tournament.

Full results of the tournament can be found here. 

World Senior Championship 2017 was held in Acqui Terme, Italy from 6th to 19th of November.

Official website: scaccomattissimo.eu 

For 7th time Italy was hosting the World Senior Chess Championship. After Arco 2001 and 2010, Lignano Sabbiadoro 2005, Arvier 2006, Condino 2009 and Acqui Terme 2015 this year the seniors were invited again to came to the city of Acqui Terme (nearly 20.000 of inhabitants) in northern Italy, between Genova and Torino, 35km in south of better known city of Alessandria.

Organizers are IO Michele Cordara (also organizer of Chess Olympiad 2006) and IO Cristina Pernici Rigo Playing hall: the Convention Center of Acqui Terme.

From 6th till 18th of November 2017 298 players out of 52 countries were playing for the titles of World Champion in the categories “Open +50”, “Women +50”, “Open +65” and “Women +65”.

Open +50

Top favourite GM Julian Granda Zuniga (Peru) had already won the tournament after his victory in round 10. Therefore, in last round he agreed in a quick draw and won the tournament with 9,5 points out of 11 games (8 victories, 3 draws). In the year 1980 the top player from Peru won the WYCC Under 14 in Mexico, and now, 37 years later, he became World Champion in this year’s Senior-championship. What a nice story! One point behind the new World Champion GM Rogelio Antonio (PHI) and GM Eric Prie (FRA) finished on second and third place.

Open +65

GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS) became the new World Champion, half a point in front of 9 players with 8 points. The other medalists are GM Vaisser and GM Jansa.

Women +50

Number one seeded WGM Elvira Berend (LUX) started convincingly with 6,5 out of 7 games, but in penultimate game she lost to WGM Marina Makropoulou (GRE). A very fast draw in last round secured her the first place and the World Champion title. WGM Makropoulou had a bad start of 3 points out of 6 games and then a perfect final with 3 points in the last 3 games. With this result she managed to finish on second place. Bronze medal went to WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS) with 6 points as well. The ladies played only 9 games.

Women +65

The two Georgian players WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili and GM Nona Gaprindashvili dominated the tournament. Both of them scored 7,5 points out of 9 games. Khmiadashvili won the title, as she managed to win against Gaprindashvili in third round. Bronze medal went to WIM Tatiana Titorenko (RUS).

The final standings:

Open +50:
1. GM Julian Granda Zuniga (PER) 9,5
2. GM Rogelio Antonio (PHI) 8,5
3. GM Eric Prie (FRA) 8,5

Open +65:
1. GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (RUS) 8,5
2. GM Anatoly Vaisser (FRA) 8
3. GM Vlastimil Jansa (CZE) 8

Women +50:
1. WGM Elvira Berend (LUX) 7
2. WGM Marina Makropoulou (GRE) 6
3. WGM Galina Strutinskaia (RUS) 6

Women +65:
1. WGM Tamar Khmiadashvili (GEO) 7,5
2. GM Nona Gaprindashvili (GEO) 7,5
3. WIM Tatiana Titorenko (RUS) 6,5

5th European Small Nations Team Chess Championship took place in Andorra la Vella, from 11th-19th November.

Official website: esna.escacsandorra.com

The Champion of the event was determined in the last round. Faroe Islands took a narrow victory in the direct match for the first place played against Andorra, and became the European Small Nations Team Chess Champion for 2017.

Second place went to Monaco, while the third place came to Andorra.

Together with regular prizes, the best players of each board were awarded with special prizes. The special prizes were awarded to: Board 1 - Helgi Dam Ziska (FRA), Board 2 - Tom Weber (LUX), Board 3 - Robert Aloma (AND) and Board 4 - Pierre Gengler (LUX).

European Small Nations annual meeting took place on 18th of November with attendance of all 10 nations.

The Chess Federation of Andorra under the auspices of the ECU organized the event.


Panamerican Junior U20 Chess Championship 2017 was held in San Salvador, El Salvador from 31st of October till 7th of November.

Official website: www.ajedrezenelsalvador.org

Final results for open section:
1 IM Escalante Ramirez Brian Sebas PER
2 IM Acosta Pablo Ismael ARG
3 FM Avila Pavas Santiago COL

Final results for girls section:
1 WIM Barrera Javiera Belen CHI
2 WIM Fuentes Godoy Lilia Ivonne MEX
3 WIM Sanchez Ones Yeny CUB

Asian Amateur Chess Championship 2017 took place in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 23rd till 30th November.

Official website: asianamateurchess2017.com 

Uzbekistan's Bakhiyor Djumaev and Loreshyl Cuizon of the Philippines won the Asian Amateur and Women's Championships, respectively, organized by the Thailand Chess Association 23-30 November 2017 in Chiang Mai under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation.

Kyrgyzstan's Islam Baisynov shared second to fourth places in the Open with Mongolia's Dagii Ganduuga and Philippines Stewart Manaog, all with 7 points with Singapore's Matthew Lau Ende taking fifth place.

The category prizes, best under 2000 went to Nepal's Bhupendra Niraula, best under 1900 to Oman's Salim Issa Ali Shamas, best under 1800 to Mongolia's Amartaivan Erkhembayar, best under 1700 to Malaysia's Teh Wee Zhun and best unnrated to Mongolia's Ganbaatar Batsukh.

In the women's section, Cuizon started very brightly with 5/5, then agreed a short draw in round six after beating her main rival, India's G Sandhya, and then struggled a little with two more draws but then recovered her early energy in the last round to win and take the title thanks to the first tie-break of direct encounter.

While Sandhya was second, her countrymate Gochhikar Aparajita took third place half a point behind on 7/9. Category prizes were awarded to Myanmar's Su Laet Nandar for best under 1900, Malaysia's Fong Mi Yen for best under 1800, Thailand's Sarocha Chuemsakul for best under 1700 and Myanmar's Hnin Pwint Phyu for best unrated.

Rencontres Internationales des Échecs Francophones took place in Hammamet, Tunisia from 27th of October till 5th of November.

1 GM Erald Dervishi 2552 ALB
2 GM Gilles Miralles 2423 FRA
3 GM Thal Abergel 2462 FRA

Full Standings

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Interview with Robert Houdart, author of the champion engine Houdini

Chessdom - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 14:33

Houdini is the winner of Season 10 of the Top Chess Engine Championship. With its gold medal Houdini becomes the engine with most titles in TCEC history. The author of the engine Robert Houdart speaks in an interview with Chessdom.com about the Superfinal of TCEC, Season 10, the future season and a possibility for a match with the new AlphaZero.

TCEC live with analysis / Replay all the games / Video conference with the authors / Twitch TV channel

Congratulations on winning TCEC! Houdini is the TCEC Season 10 champion. How does it feel to become the engine with the highest number of titles in TCEC?

First of all, thank you and the whole TCEC team for making this event possible. The opening selection in all the stages was very good, and we’ve seen some amazing chess games. And the new chat system provided a much better experience than before.
It is a great feeling to win the Top Chess Engine Championship and be the engine with the highest number of titles. I’ve worked non-stop for the past two years to bring Houdini back to the top level, and I’m really happy that this has resulted in a new TCEC title, which is the equivalent of “world champion” status. Before the tournament I expected a close contest between Houdini, Komodo and Stockfish, and that’s exactly what we’ve got.

Why do you believe Houdini won the S10 title?

Houdini was the best all-round tournament engine – with an entertaining style that is able to beat the weaker engines and that is challenging to the other two top engines. That said, just like in a human tournament some luck is needed – things could have gone very differently in Stage 2!

With the new TCEC title you certainly have many new fans joining the Houdini family. How can the fans get Houdini?

The TCEC champion version 6.03 is already available to Houdini users on our official website. I made a point of playing with the release version of the engine, so that all users have direct access to the engine that was playing the different TCEC stages.

Alpha Zero just defeated last year’s champion Stockfish 8. Your opinion on the paper published and the match that took place?

It’s fascinating and amazing, and at the same time very much expected!… We even discussed this during the interview with Nelson and the Komodo authors. It opens entirely new, astonishing possibilities for chess engines! I do hope Google will publish more details about their approach, so that the chess world in general and the computer chess world in particular can benefit from their achievement.

Now that Houdini is the reigning champion, would you issue a challenge for Alpha Zero? Under what conditions?

It’s normally up to the challenger to issue a challenge, not the reigning champion :) A big discussion point about a possible match between a “normal” engine and Alpha Zero would be the hardware to use – how can you make sure that hardware is comparable? If I can run Houdini on 2000 cores it will be a lot stronger than when running on 64 cores…

That said, I’m not sure how Google is viewing their project – is it a research/marketing project (like Deep Blue was for IBM), or do they intend to use Alpha Zero competitively or as an analysis engine available to the general public?

Before a challenge with AlphaZero there are more games at TCEC. The rapid and blitz is already being played. What are your expectations from Houdini there?

Houdini and Komodo will probably be tired after playing 100 games non-stop, that’s a good opportunity for Stockfish to take revenge for missing the Superfinal :) More seriously, it should be a close contest between the top 3, any outcome is possible.

Season 11 is starting after the rapid and blitz. TCEC is becoming a league and Houdini starts in the Premier division. Do you expect more competition besides Komodo and Stockfish for the top spots?

The gap between the top 3 and the rest is quite big, I don’t expect any other engine to bridge it soon. Then again, 16 months ago everybody was talking about the “top 2” and the rest, nobody expected Houdini to make a comeback. Anything can happen, Season 11 should be fascinating!

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Σκακιστικό σεμινάριο

Skakistiko - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:14

Η ιδιαίτερα δραστήρια Σκακιστική Σχολή Γαλανός εδρεύει στην Κυψέλη και σε σύντομο διάστημα από την ίδρυσή της εξελίσσεται σε σκακιστικό κέντρο με πλήθος εκδηλώσεων. Σημαντικό είναι και το σεμινάριο που διοργανώνει, όπου θα διδάξουν οι Έλληνες GM Γιάννης Νικολαΐδης, Χρήστος Μπανίκας και Σπύρος Καπνίσης. Μέσα από τα τρία τυπικά στάδια μιας παρτίδας, το άνοιγμα, το μέσον και το φινάλε θα αναλύσουν μια σειρά από θεμελιώδη σκακιστικά θέματα. Θα υπάρχουν τρία γκρουπ με βάση την δυναμικότητα (1100-1399, 1400-1799, &1800 και άνω) τα οποία θα εναλλάσσουν τους δασκάλους τους μετά από κάθε διδακτική ώρα, εκτός από τις δύο πρώτες ώρες στις οποίες το αντικείμενο θα παραμένει το ίδιο.

Τα μαθήματα θα είναι 4ωρα ανά εβδομάδα (από τις 5 το απόγευμα ως τις 9 το βράδυ τις Κυριακές), θα γίνονται παράλληλα σε τρεις αίθουσες για τρεις Κυριακές κάθε μήνα σε σύνολο 9 Κυριακών από τις 14 Ιανουαρίου μέχρι και τις 18 Μαρτίου. Σύνολο δηλαδή 36 διδακτικές ώρες ενώ το κόστος συμμετοχής είναι 300€.
Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για την ύλη καθώς και λεπτομέρειες για δηλώσεις συμμετοχής μπορείτε να διαβάσετε στο σάιτ της σχολής:galanoschess.gr

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Houdini is TCEC Season 10 champion!

Chessdom - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:53

Houdini, by Robert Houdart, is the winner of Season 10 of the Top Chess Engine Championship. After 96 out of 100 games Houdini has collected 50,5 points to secure the title.

Houdini’s performance up to game 96 was impressive – 14 wins, 9 losses, and 73 draws – making this Superfinal with one of the highest win rates ever. With its gold medal Houdini becomes the engine with most titles in TCEC history. Robert Houdart shared, “I’ve worked non-stop for the past two years to bring Houdini back to the top level, and I’m really happy that this has resulted in a new TCEC title, which is the equivalent of World Champion status.”

Second place in TCEC Season 10 goes for Komodo. It also proved very strong in given positions and was the first to achieve a black win in game 52 and game 80, a feat that was later repeated by Houdini in games 77 and 97 of the match. Komodo had a very slow start of the match, but around the halfway point Komodo started returning games and reduced the score by the end of the match.

Stay tuned for more details and interview

TCEC live with analysis / Replay all the games / Video conference with the authors / Twitch TV channel

Official website of Houdini / Official website of Komodo

TCEC Season 10 rapid and blitz starts tomorrow

The TCEC rapid and blitz, including all engines of S10, starts right after the Superfinal’s last game of the season. The rapid and blitz will handle two additional titles. The current reigning TCEC rapid champion from S9 is Houdini. Replay TCEC S9 rapid games here

The rapid and blitz will be followed by TCEC Season 11. Read more about it here

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London Chess Classic – Round 5

Chessdom - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 04:46

The day before the rest day saw a lot of action in London Chess Classic. Once again, only Fabiano Caruana emerged victorious and extended his lead to a full point.

Magnus Carlsen’s five-and-a-half-hour struggle against Wesley So did not yield the result he was looking for, giving Caruana a full point lead over the rest of the field.

Vachier-Lagrave was the only other player who had significant winning chances, but he did not handle the complications in his game well.

Tomorrow is a rest day which will give the players an opportunity to fully recover from the first half of the event and enter the second half in a new mindset.

Fabiano Caruana vs Viswanathan Anand 1-0

This was an extremely complicated Spanish game with the kings castled on opposite sides. The position was unclear and could have gone either way as both sides were building their attacks with pawn storms. Caruana felt that his position was worse at one point but started to feel more comfortable when he found a clear idea of how to continue.

At the critical moment, Anand blundered and did not enter the endgame because he thought he would get checkmated. The alternative choice favored Caruana whose attack became unstoppable. After his second win in a row, Caruana is now leading by a full point.

Magnus Carlsen – Wesley So ½ – ½

Carlsen achieved a big initiative after the opening and felt like he was winning before time trouble. Once they reached move forty, he felt that much of advantage was gone and he had to start anew. Unfortunately for him, the rook exchange in the opposite color bishop ending that took place during time trouble only helped his opponent’s drawing chances.

Carlsen pressed as much as he could, but the position offered enough resources for So to salvage the half a point. Thanks to his stellar defense, So remained unscathed.

Levon Aronian – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½ – ½

Yesterday, in the postgame interview, Aronian joked that bragging rights against friends need to be earned. Today, he rightfully handed those rights to his opponent. Aronian found himself in a very dangerous position in the middlegame after Vachier-Lagrave played an opening he doesn’t usually play.

The Frenchman sacrificed a pawn to keep his opponent’s king in the center, but felt that, even though he had sufficient compensation, the position was unclear due to his lack of development on the queenside.

Aronian escaped with a draw when, unable to find a better continuation, his opponent decided to repeat the position. This was another frustrating turn of events for Vachier-Lagrave who could have scored at least one full point in either of the last two games.

Michael Adams – Hikaru Nakamura ½ – ½

For the second time in this event, Nakamura opted for one of the most aggressive variations of the Sicilian, the Dragon. Unlike Vachier-Lagrave, who chose the Yugoslav attack against the American in round two, Adams castled on the queenside leading to a more strategic battle.

According to Nakamura, his opponent didn’t play the most accurate line and only he could have been better in the game. Adams also felt that his opponent’s king was safer than his which required cautious play. The game ended in a draw on move thirty-two.

Ian Nepomniachtchi – Sergey Karjakin ½ – ½

In Nepomniachtchi’s’ own words, the game was decided on move five. After playing one of the sharpest lines of the Nimzo Indian, Karjakin surprised his compatriot by recapturing on d5 with a pawn instead of the queen, as he had done against Kasparov during the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz.

Nepomniachtchi was not proud of his choice of exchanging all the pieces, but being caught completely unprepared, he decided not to enter any theoretical discussions over the board. A draw was agreed on move thirty in an equal rook endgame.

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Τέσσερις ώρες

Skakistiko - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 02:50

It’s the end of the world as we know it
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.

Μια εξαιρετικά σημαντική είδηση σαρώνει από χτες όλα τα μεγάλα σάιτ και το ενδιαφέρον της υπερβαίνει κατά πολύ τις κοινές υποθέσεις του σκακιστικού κόσμου. Ο FM Μάικ Κλάιν σε άρθρο του στο chess.com υποστηρίζει πως από χτες το σκάκι άλλαξε για πάντα. Από μόνη της η διαπίστωση θα μπορούσε να θεωρηθεί μια ωραία φτιαγμένη υπερβολή που σκοπεύει να μαζέψει προσοχή και κλικ.
Τα αντικειμενικά γεγονότα όμως μας υποψιάζουν πως δεν είναι και τόσο αυθαίρετος ο αρθογράφος. Ή τουλάχιστον, κι αν δεν είναι έτσι ακριβώς, ο αρθογράφος δεν μπορεί να κατηγορηθεί για άνευ οποιασδήποτε αντικειμενικής σημασίας ρητορική προφητεία. Ας τα παρακαλουθήσουμε συνοπτικά, αλλά εκτενείς και πιστεύω εγκυρότερες πληροφορίες θα διαβάσετε στα λινκ στο τέλος της ανάρτησης:

Το stockfish, το ισχυρότερο κατά παραδοχή σκακιστικό πρόγραμμα του κόσμου, ηττήθηκε από μια μηχανή που παρουσίασε η Google με 28-0 (και 72 ισοπαλίες). Το εντυπωσιακό είναι πως η μηχανή αυτή (AlphaZero) “δεν ήξερε σκάκι” τέσσερις ώρες πριν αρχίσει η αναμέτρηση (ενώ το stockfish “χτίζεται” ασταμάτητα επί πολλά χρόνια, με αφοσίωση ζωής, από πλήθος προγραμματιστών). Ο νέος επισκέπτης δεν πατάει σε κλασικό προγραμματισμό με αλγορίθμους, με σχετικές εκτιμήσεις δυναμικότητας κομματιών στις θέσεις, με δυναμικές εκτιμήσεις για τις πιονοδομές, με βιβλία ανοιγμάτων, με πίνακες φινάλε κ.λπ., αλλά στην Τεχνητή Νοημοσύνη. Το AlphaZero “έμαθε σκάκι” από την αρχή και με την αυτοδιδαχή, σε λιγότερη ώρα από όση καταναλώνει κανείς για να δει τον Άρχοντα των Δαχτυλιδιών, κέρδισε με σαρωτική διαφορά στο σκορ και χωρίς ήττα, την κορυφαία κλασικού προγραμματισμού μηχανή του κόσμου.

Η είδηση φαίνεται πως είναι επαναστατική για την εξέλιξη του σκακιού (ή και για την εξάντλησή του ως παιχνιδιού μη γνωστού αποτελέσματος) αλλά έχει και πολύ μεγαλύτερες προεκτάσεις. Τεχνητή Νοημοσύνη που θα μπορεί να διοικεί πόλεις, ηπείρους, διαστημικές γειτονιές. Βεβαίως πάντα σε σπουδαίες εξελίξεις στην τεχνολογία εγείρονται πολιτικά, φιλοσοφικά και ηθικά ερωτήματα, ακόμη και θεολογικά, συνήθως διογκωμένα και φοβικά. Κρίνει μόνο ο χρόνος και όχι η ασημαντότητα των ατομικών μας προσδοκιών ή στο άλλο άκρο, μελλοντολογικών επιφυλάξεων. Και ζώντας το παρόν δεν υπάρχει ανθρώπινη δυνατότητα να διαχωρίσει κανείς πότε μιλάμε για συμμετρική εξέλιξη και πότε για τομή. Και αν πρόκειται περί τομής, πόση ιστορία πίσω από τη σκηνή έχει πριν εμφανιστεί στο κοινό.

Η εναρκτήρια παρτίδα του ματς Κασπάροβ – Deep Blue, το 1997. Ή όπως διαισθανόμαστε με μεγάλες πιθανότητες, αναμνήσεις από την Εποχή του Χαλκού.

Ενδεικτικοί σύνδεσμοι για πολλές περισσότερες πληροφορίες (δηλώσεις σκακιστών, επιστημόνων, το paper και μερικές από τις παρτίδες):

* Google’s AlphaZero Destroys Stockfish In 100-Game Match – chess.com
* The future is here – AlphaZero learns chess – chessbase.com
* DeepMind’s AlphaZero crushes chess – chess24.com
* Google’s ‘superhuman’ DeepMind AI claims chess crown – BBC
* Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMind’s AlphaZero in four hours – Telegraph
Και αν μου επιτρέπεται, μια προσωπική μικρούλα ανάρτηση χωρίς απαιτήσεις, που είχα γράψει το καλοκαίρι στο φβ, με αφορμή μια είδηση Τεχνητής Νοημοσύνης, την πρόσθεσα σήμερα στην καρτέλα “Στιγμές”.

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Η σκακιέρα στα άστρα

Skakistiko - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:33

(φωτ. αρχείου)

Η εκδήλωση που συνδύαζε σκάκι, σύντομη ματιά του σύμπαντος και αστρονομική παρατήρηση με τηλεσκόπιο απευθυνόταν στα παιδιά που προπονούνται στην Σκακιστική Ακαδημία του Σ.Π.Ζ.Κέρκυρας, αλλά τελικά αποδείχτηκε εξίσου ενδιαφέρουσα και γοητευτική και για τους γονείς τους. Η εκδήλωση με τον τίτλο «Η Σκακιέρα στα Αστέρια», έγινε στις 25 Νοεμβρίου. Ξεκίνησε με ομαδικό σκακιστικό τουρνουά για παιδιά του δημοτικού, αλλά και του νηπιαγωγείου. Με την ολοκλήρωση του τουρνουά άρχισε η παρουσίαση της Αστρονομικής Εταιρείας. Τα παιδιά και οι γονείς τους παρακολούθησαν στην οθόνη που είχε στηθεί ένα μαγικό ταξίδι που ξεκίνησε λίγα μέτρα πάνω από το λιμάνι της Κέρκυρας και χανόταν στα βάθη του σύμπαντος, εκατομμύρια έτη φωτός μακριά, περνώντας από πλανήτες, αστερισμούς και μακρινούς γαλαξίες.

Ο Σωκράτης Λινάρδος εξήγησε στα παιδιά με απλό τρόπο το εικονικό ταξίδι στο διάστημα. Ο καιρός βοήθησε και τα παιδιά μετά το τέλος της προβολής και της ομιλίας, μπόρεσαν να δουν από το τηλεσκόπιο που είχαν εγκαταστήσει τα μέλη της Αστρονομικής Εταιρείας σε κατάλληλο σημείο στο λιμάνι στον ξάστερο νυχτερινό ουρανό αυτό που περίμεναν: μια πανοραμική άποψη της σελήνης με ορατές όλες τις λεπτομέρειες της επιφάνειάς της. Η Αστρονομική Εταιρεία και ο Σ.Π.Ζ.Κ. μοιράζονται εδώ και χρόνια την ίδια αίθουσα στο Δημοτικό Θέατρο της Κέρκυρας και σε πολλές περιπτώσεις μέχρι σήμερα έχουν συνεργαστεί προωθώντας την επιστημονική γνώση του σύμπαντος και την ανάπτυξη της κριτικής σκέψης.

Από τον Μάνο Ναθαναήλ

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London Chess Classic – Round 4

Chessdom - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:02

After four rounds, there is finally a clear leader! Fabiano Caruana spilled first blood by defeating Sergey Karjakin in a complicated Sicilian.

At the beginning of London Chess Classic, Caruana said he would be happy to come out unscathed after four games as he had three games with the black pieces. He now stands in an excellent position to win the event with three whites left in the remaining games.

It is ironic that Karjakin is in clear last place now when he could have been leading had he not accepted the draw in a winning position against Aronian yesterday. The rest of the games were combative but ended peacefully.

Sergey Karjakin – Fabiano Caruana 0-1

In the postgame interview, Karjakin admitted that any other opening choice by his opponent would have been better for him as he was completely unprepared. Caruana was out of book after fifteen moves, but, feeling that his opponent had wasted too much time shuffling his pieces, chose the most challenging continuation.

Karjakin never found a way to regroup his scattered pieces and soon found himself down a pawn in a middlegame, which transposed into a down pawn endgame. Caruana converted without any trouble and now sits at the top of the crosstable.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Magnus Carlsen ½ – ½

This was a critical game for the standings of the tour. Currently, Carlsen is leading and is closely followed by Vachier-Lagrave, who must win London to catch or surpass the World Champion. Therefore, a win would have put the Frenchman in an excellent position to claim the Grand Chess Tour title.

Vachier-Lagrave achieved the better position with an extra pawn, but his imprecise decision left made his knight clumsy and allowed his opponent to mobilize his bishops. After Carlsen’s rook became active, it was hard for Vachier-Lagrave to make any progress with his extra pawn and a draw was agreed.

Hikaru Nakamura – Ian Nepomniachtchi ½ – ½

Nepomniachtchi thought that his opponent’s preparation was excellent as he was not prepared to face the 6.g3 line against the Najdorf. He decided to accept an inferior position instead of testing the waters by playing down theoretical lines. Not knowing what to do, he exchanged all the pieces believing that even though white had the advantage, he should have enough to hold the position.

Nakamura pointed out one point in the game where he could have played more solidly and tried to build his position instead of rushing the matter. A draw was agreed when all the pieces except for the bishops came off the board.

Viswanathan Anand – Levon Aronian ½ – ½

Their encounter from the 2014 Candidates Tournament was repeated with a slight modification in the opening by White. Aronian found a way to play his beloved Marshall Gambit, even though his opponent played the anti-Marshall.

Anand had this line prepared and thought he had a solid extra pawn but had a hard time proving anything over the board. Aronian’s piece activity gave him enough compensation for the pawn and a draw was agreed when the thirty move requirement was reached.

Wesley So – Michael Adams ½ – ½

So played the reverse Benko Gambit with the white pieces, sacrificing his pawn for pressure on the queenside. Optically, White’s position looked pleasant even without a pawn, but objectively there was no clear way to gain the advantage. So played the forcing variation winning back the pawn but exchanging most of the pieces, which lead to a drawn endgame.

Official website

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GM Axel Bachmann retires as a professional chess player

Chessdom - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 23:51

Grandmaster Axel Bachmann from Paraguay announced his retirement from chess at the 3rd International Open of Patagonia which finished this Saturday in Neuquen, Argentina.

Bachmann didn’t manage to defend his Champion title at the event which he considers as very important in his chess career, but he used the opportunity to declare his decision in the following notes.

GM Axel Bachmann

“Very special and well organized – the 3rd Patagonia International Open concluded yesterday in Nuenquen, Argentina. I didn’t defend the title from the previous years, but I am more than satisfied with the performance I made here.

Without any doubts, this is very special tournament for me, so I am also going to take an advantage of this event to share with others my important decision: to give an indefinite standing to my career as a professional chess player.

I think it’s time to start and focus on the other areas of life, even though my passion and love for this game, filled with art, still exists. The last two tournaments in my career are going to be the 2017 Paraguayan Championship and the Floripa Open in January, commitments that have already been made.

The years I spent in this artistic sport were fantastic and I have only the words of thanks to this marvelous game – chess.

First, I’d like to thank to my family, who was always an unconditional support throughout my career. I’d like to thank to my beloved wife for being the base of our family, to the Feparaj and the SND for all the support during the recent years, to coaches, friends and people, that in one way or another had an impact on my chess life.

Temporarily retirement from high leveled competitions will allow me to devote more time to teaching – an activity that I enjoy a lot. I hope I will be able to share the knowledge and experiences that I acquired in competitions and during the many hours which I spent working with coaches and colleagues over the years. Do not hesitate to contact me in case you are interested!

Those who came to this point of my announcement know that I write with a little melancholy, but with much more positive energy for what is coming. Let’s go for more!”

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World School Chess Championships 2018

Chessdom - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:57

The World Schools Individual Championships 2018 will be held from 20th to 29th April 2018 in Durres, on the Adriatic coast of Albania, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Albanian Chess Federation.

All member national federations of FIDE and eligible players are invited to participate in the World School Chess Championships 2018 (categories for boys/open and girls under 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 years old).

The games will take place in the conference hall of the 4-star “FAFA Resort” Hotel in Durres, 40 km southwest of Tirana airport, an excellent resort on the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea.

FIDE rated Swiss system will be used with 9 rounds played. The Championships shall be governed by the General Regulations for FIDE Competitions and these Rules. There shall be 6 categories: Under 07, Under 09, Under 11, Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 with separate events for Boys/Open and Girls (in total 12 championships).

Entitled to participate in each category are:
Under 07: Players born on or after 1 January 2011,
Under 09: Players born on or after 1 January 2009,
Under 11: Players born on or after 1 January 2007,
Under 13: Players born on or after 1 January 2005,
Under 15: Players born on or after 1 January 2003,
Under 17: Players born on or after 1 January 2001.

FIDE member federations & FIDE-endorsed Chess Academies shall have the right to send as many players as they wish, registered only through the National federation.

Players with personal rights of qualification, according to FIDE handbook D.04.08 article 4, are entitled to free board and lodging for 9 nights sharing a double room.

The Organizer shall award trophies to the players taking the first three places in each event. The Organizer shall also award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the players taking the first three places in each event. Trophies for 1st place and medals are awarded after applying tie-breaks.

For Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 categories, finishing first equal up to 3 players shall be awarded the FM/WFM title. The Silver & Bronze Medal winners shall be awarded the CM/WCM title.

For Under-07, Under-09 and Under-11 categories, finishing first equal up to 3 players or Silver & Bronze Medal winners shall be awarded the CM/WCM title.

As per FIDE regulations, all players and accompanying persons must be accredited and stay at the Official Hotel of the event. Bookings and accreditation are possible only through the tournament office.

School Chess Teachers, Arbiters and Trainers Seminars will be held from 27 to 29 April 2018.

Contact information:
Tournament Director & FIDE International Organiser: Mr Nikos Kalesis
Tournament Manager & ACF General Secretary: Mrs Majlinda Pilinci
Email: info@durres2018.com
Official Website: www.durres2018.com

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Ρωσικές ιστορίες

Skakistiko - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:34

Ο παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής των προπολεμικών ετών Μαξ Όιβε υποδέχεται την πτήση που έρχεται από τη Μόσχα στο διεθνές αεροδρόμιο Σκίπχολ του Άμστερνταμ και τον παγκόσμιο πρωταθλητή Ανατόλι Κάρποβ ο οποίος παρά την θερμοκρασία εσωτερικού χώρου φορά ακόμη το τυπικό ρώσικο γούνινο καπελάκι του. Δεν αποκλείεται και ως κατάθεση συμβολισμού. Μέρες του 1976, με τη σκιά του Φίσερ πολύ κοντινή στην ιστορία που δεν ήταν ακόμη ιστορία.

Ο Πολ Κέρες αριστερά και ο Σαλό Φλορ δεξιά σε φωτογραφία κατά τη διάρκεια του “Μεγάλου Τουρνουά Προπόνησης”, στο Λένινγκραντ το 1939. Ο Φλορ ήταν τότε από τους ισχυρότερους παίκτες του κόσμου και μόλις είχε βρει καταφύγιο στη Σοβιετική Ένωση μετά την κατάληψη της γενέτειράς του Τσεχοσλοβακίας από τη Γερμανία, αφού ήταν Εβραίος. Οι Ρώσοι διέθεταν ήδη πολλούς παίκτες κορυφής, ο Αλιέχιν ήταν παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής αλλά ερχόμενος από άλλη εποχή και όχι ο καλύτερος του κόσμου, αλλά και η προσθήκη του Φλορ ήταν σημαντική. Μερικά χρόνια αργότερα ο Φλορ υποχώρησε πολύ σε αποτελεσματικότητα στα κορυφαία τουρνουά αλλά η συνεισφορά του στο σκάκι συνεχίστηκε: έγινε ένας από τους πιο αξιόλογους προπονητές και αναλυτές – και του Μποτβίνικ. Φωτ. chesspro.ru

“Θέλουμε ειρήνη”. Πολιτικό σύνθημα του σοβιετικού κράτους στην περίοδο που άρχιζε ο ψυχρός πόλεμος. Στην σκοπιμότητά του, όπως και κάθε σύνθημα που εκπορεύεται από κεντρική εξουσία, ας πούμε πως χωρούσε νερό. Εδώ στο εξώφυλλο του τεύχους Νοεμβρίου 1951 του γνωστού περιοδικού “Σκάκι στη Σοβιετική Ένωση” που μεγάλωσε γενιές σκακιστών – και στην Ελλάδα όταν η σκακιστική πληροφορία ήταν λιγοστή. Μερικοί έμαθαν και στοιχειώδη ρωσικά: το αλφάβητο, τις ονομασίες των κομματιών, τους συμβολισμούς της ρωσικής σκακιστικής γραφής. Λείψανα παλιών τευχών (μαζί με τα “64”) συναντάς καμιά φορά Κυριακές πρωί στα διασυλλογικά, σε ντουλάπια σκακιστικών συλλόγων, εκεί που φυλάσσονται τα χρονόμετρα, τα δελτία και τα φύλλα αγώνα.

Ο Ανατόλι Κάρποβ φτάνει με αυτοκίνητο στον Οίκο των Ενώσεων στο κέντρο της Μόσχας. Εκεί διεξάγεται το ματς για το παγκόσμιο πρωτάθλημα όπου ο πρωταθλητής αντιμετωπίζει τον διεκδικητή Γκάρι Κασπάροβ, 1984/5. Φωτ. Μπ. Ντολματόβσκι.

“Συμμετέχει στο ομαδικό πρωτάθλημα νέων Σοβιετικής Ένωσης. Λέγεται Μπόρις Σπάσκι, είναι 14 ετών και έρχεται από το Λένινγκραντ” (“Σκάκι στη Σοβιετική Ένωση” τεύχος 10/1951).

Η καλλιτεχνικά εξπρεσιονιστική μορφή που σταμάτησαν και συζήτησαν μαζί της οι θεατές μεγάλου τουρνουά στη Μόσχα κατά την έξοδό τους, την δεκαετία του 1960, ήταν ο γκρανμέτρ Αλεξέι Σουέτιν. (φωτ. chesspro.ru).

Ο Μιχαήλ Μποτβίνικ και ο πρέσβης της Σοβιετικής Ένωσης στην Ολλανδία Β. Βαλκόφ, στη Χάγη το 1948, λίγες μέρες πριν αρχίσει το ιστορικό τουρνουά των “5” που θα αναδείκνυε τον παγκόσμιο πρωταθλητή, τίτλος που χήρευε μετά τον αιφνίδιο και μοναχικό θάνατο του Αλιέχιν σε θέρετρο στην Πορτογαλία, το 1946.

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Italian Chess Championship 2017

Chessdom - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 02:20

The 77th edition of the Italian Chess Championship takes place in Cosenza, Italy, from 28th November to 11th December and consist of three simultaneously played events:

- Italian Chess Championship
- Italian Chess Championship for Women
- Italian Junior Chess Championship

All events are played in Presso Italiana Hotels, as the playing venue of the Championships.

Italian Chess Championship 2017 is held from from 28th November to 11th December with participation of 11 players. The event is played in 11 rounds by Robin Round system.

Among the participants are 4 Italian national players: Sabino Brunello, Danyyil Dvirnyy, Godena Michele, Luca Moroni, as well as top grandmasters and talented youngsters: David Alberto, Garcia Palermo Carlos, Genocchio Daniele, Gilevych Artem, Sonis Francesko, Stella Andrea and Valsecchi Alessio.

The Women’s Italian Chess Championship has started at the same place on 2nd December with participation of 8 top Italian female players, representatives: Gueci Tea, Di Benedetto Desiree, Zimina Olga, Brunello Marina, Sedina Elena, together with Movileanu Daniela, Santeramo Alessia Carmen and Palma Maria. The event is played in 7 rounds, Robin Round system.

Italian Chess Championship for Juniors (U20) takes place from 2nd-9th December and is played in 7 rounds. 8 players compete for the title: Lodici Lorenzo, Zamengo Fulvio, Barp Alberto, Carnicelli Valerio, Formento Paolo, Montilli Vincenzo, Belli Giorgio and Di Benedetto Edoardo.

The time control of each event is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, with addition of 20 minutes from the 41st move, +15 minutes added on the 60th move till the end of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the move one.

The total prize fund of the events is 23.000 EUR (Italian Chess Championship: 14.000 EUR, Italian Chess Championship for Women: 4.500 EUR , Italian Junior Chess Championship: 4.500 EUR). Top three players will be awarded with trophies, while all the participants will be rewarded with medals.

Top three ranked players on the Italian Chess Championship will be invited to participate the European Individual Chess Championship 2018 with all expenses taken by the Italian Chess Federation.

All the games are transmitted live and can be followed through the Official Website of the Championship.

The event is organized by the Italian Chess Federation.

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London Chess Classic – Round 3

Chessdom - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 23:38

Round three of the London Chess Classic did not bring any decisive results, but it was not for the lack of effort.

Levon Aronian gave everyone hope by predicting that in an effort to win, at one point, someone will play something complicated, blunder and lose their game. It could have very well been him today were it not for a well-timed draw offer during his opponent’s time trouble in a completely lost position. It was a disappointing result for Karjakin who could have been leading the tournament.

There is still a lot of chess to be played, especially tomorrow when Grand Chess Tour leader, Magnus Carlsen, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who is in second place, will square off.

Hikaru Nakamura – Wesley So ½ – ½

Nakamura repeated the game he played against Boris Gelfand at Tata Steel Tournament in 2014 until move 10. After giving up the bishop pair, So sacrificed a pawn to go into an opposite color bishop middlegame. He felt that decision would give him better drawing chances rather than leaving his opponent with the two bishops aiming at his king.

After some precise moves, So won his pawn back and a draw was agreed after most pieces were exchanged.

Ian Nepomniachtchi – Fabiano Caruana ½ – ½

Nepomniachtchi played reverse Pirc with the white and was able to gain the bishop pair in the middle game. Caruana had a very active position and a strong knight in the center of the board, minimizing the potential of his opponent’s bishops.

Nepomniachtchi wasn’t able to find a way to improve the position and the players agreed to a draw right before trading into an opposite color bishop endgame.

Michael Adams – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ½ – ½

Vachier-Lagrave played his beloved Najdorf, but Adams chose the less challenging 3.Bb5 instead of entering the theoretical lines of the open Sicilian. The players entered a double rook endgame, where the Frenchman had an extra pawn but had to trade off one of his opponent’s active rooks.

The resulting rook endgame with four pawns against 3 pawns on one side of the board offered Vachier-Lagrave some practical chances but the pawn structure made the Englishman’s defense easy. A draw was agreed when Vachier-Lagrave accepted the rook sacrifice, which ended the game in a stalemate.

Magnus Carlsen – Viswanathan Anand ½ – ½

It was the first time Carlsen had the white pieces in a classical game against Anand since their World Championship Match in 2014!

The World Champion played the Catalan, sacrificing a pawn for activity since Black has problems finishing his development in that line. Carlsen played a rarer line, but Anand knew “the recipe.”

At some point, Anand felt like he had consolidated his position enough to even start playing for the advantage, but beating Carlsen is no easy task. After finding some precise moves, the game started drifting toward the draw territory, which was agreed on move 31.

Levon Aronian – Sergey Karjakin ½ – ½

This was definitely the most exciting game of the round, which should have ended with a decisive result. Aronian sacrificed a pawn in the middle game in an attempt punish his opponent’s risky play on the kingside. However, he did not have a direct attack while his opponent’s plan was easier.

Aronian took too many risks and found himself in a lost position. He only managed to salvage the half a point when he offered a draw after making a decisive mistake on move 31. Karjakin had less than two minutes on his clock and agreed to a draw after he failed to find the winning idea.

Official website

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Field for Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2018 complete

Chessdom - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:00

Reigning European champion Maxim Matlakov (Russia) and his countryman Dmitry Gordievsky will participate in the 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January.

Matlakov will participate in the Tata Steel Masters and Gordievsky in the Tata Steel Challengers. They have earned their invitations because of their ranking in the ACP competition. The field of participants of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament is now complete.

Both the reigning world champion (Magnus Carlsen) as well as the new junior world champion (his countryman Aryan Tari) will participate in Wijk aan Zee. The best female grandmaster, Hou Yifan, will also participate.

The 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament will take place in Wijk aan Zee from 12 – 28 January 2018. As part of Tata Steel Chess On Tour the Tata Steel Masters will play a round in Beeld en Geluid in Hilversum on Wednesday 17 January and a round in the Academiegebouw of Groningen University on Wednesday 24 January. All matches, including the ones in Hilversum and Groningen, are open to the public free of charge.

Debut in Wijk aan Zee

Matlakov and Gordievsky will debut in Wijk aan Zee. Matlakov (26) ranks 23rd on the world list. The biggest success of his career so far was winning the European championship in Minsk earlier this year.

His countryman Gordievsky (21) is still relatively unknown in the West. He became grandmaster earlier this year and has won the Moscow Open, finishing ahead of strong grandmasters like Kamsky, Khismatullin en Grachev.

Tata Steel Masters (name/country/rating/world rank)

Magnus Carlsen Norway 2837 1
Shakhryar Mamedyarov Azerbaijan 2799 3
Fabiano Caruana USA 2799 4
Wesley So USA 2788 6
Vladimir Kramnik Russia 2787 7
Viswanathan Anand India 2782 8
Peter Svidler Russia 2765 12
Sergey Karjakin Russia 2760 13
Anish Giri Netherlands 2752 14
Wei Yi China 2743 19
Maxim Matlakov Russia 2735 23
Hou Yifan China 2680 64
Adhiban Baskaran India 2655 95
Gawain Jones England 2654 96

Average rating: 2753

Tata Steel Challengers

Vidit Gujrathi India 1994 2715
Bassem Amin Egypt 1988 2689
Michal Krasenkow Poland 1963 2671
Anton Korobov Ukraine 1985 2652
Matthias Blübaum Germany 1997 2642
Erwin l’Ami Netherlands 1985 2634
Jeffery Xiong USA 2000 2634
Jorden van Foreest Netherlands 1999 2629
Dmitry Gordievsky Russia 1996 2610
Benjamin Bok Netherlands 1995 2601
Aryan Tari Norway 1999 2593
Harika Dronavalli India 1991 2504
Olga Girya Russia 1991 2484
Lucas van Foreest Netherlands 2001 2481

Average rating: 2610

Official website

For information about the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, go to: www.tatasteelchess.com.

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World Schools Chess Championship 2018

FIDE - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:45

The World Schools Individual Championships 2018 wil be held from 20th to 29th April 2018 in Durres, on the Adriatic coast of Albania, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and the Albanian Chess Federation.


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London Chess Classic – Round 2

Chessdom - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:14

No blood was spilled during round two of the London Chess Classic, however, many of the games were combative.

Early in the round there were several enterprising middlegame positions which looked promising; yet, bringing the full point home is an extremely daunting task as all the players are extremely good defenders.

The fighting spirit the players showcased today demonstrates that everyone is eager to play until the very end in the hopes of scoring a victory.

The tournament has settled into its normal routine as the playing venue has returned to its permanent location at the Olympia Convention Center. The rest of the tournament promises to be full of exciting games.

Sergey Karjakin – Magnus Carlsen ½ – ½

The World Champion’s opening showed that he clearly came to fight. He opted for the lesser known but aggressive 9…g5 in the Giuoco Piano. Karjakin was familiar with the line, as a fellow Russian player Maxim Matlakov had won a nice game with the black pieces in that line. Karjakin played a novelty and the position became very sharp.

Carlsen admitted that he wanted to play aggressively but went for the endgame at the first opportunity. Karjakin had one opportunity where he could have tried to play for the advantage; but, once the moment passed, Carlsen held the equality and drew the game without any obstacles.

Fabiano Caruana – Levon Aronian ½ – ½

Caruana repeated the same line Nepomniachtchi played against Aronian yesterday. The Armenian deviated on move 15 with an idea that Caruana was familiar with but hadn’t had chance to analyze thoroughly before the game. Black achieved a structurally superior position, but White’s active pieces did not allow him to create any chances.

Aronian was quite pleased with his result as he had to play the first two games with the black pieces. Caruana was also not displeased, as he has three blacks in the first four games and just wanted to weather the storm.

Wesley So – Ian Nepomniachtchi ½ – ½

The opening of this game was very unusual but transposed into a King’s Indian-like structure. For a while, this was set to be the first decisive result of the round as So had a nice advantage. Unfortunately, he misplayed the position, moving his knights to the kingside, instead of blockading his opponent’s bishop.

In a double-edged position, the players decided to end the matter with a threefold repetition instead of taking unnecessary risks.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Hikaru Nakamura ½ – ½

This game promised fireworks when Nakamura chose to play the Dragon, a sharp line of the Sicilian which isn’t used very often at the high levels. It was a line he had prepared against the Frenchman during the last stop of the Grand Prix in a must win situation.

Vachier-Lagrave was surprised by his opponent, but Nakamura himself forgot the line and played an inaccuracy, handing the advantage to his opponent. Instead of keeping the pieces on the board to maintain his advantage, Vachier-Lagrave played a forcing line which lead to a rood ending where he had an extra pawn. With an extremely good defense, Nakamura was able to salvage the half a point.

Viswanathan Anand – Michael Adams ½ – ½

These two chess giants have been battling it out for decades. Thirty-eight of their classical games have ended in a draw and this was no exception. In the quietest and most classical game of the round, Anand felt that his position was better but never managed to get anything out of it.

In the endgame, Anand had the superior minor piece and more activity; however, his opponent’s passive defense was enough to hold the draw. Anand felt like he was better but never managed to get anything out of it.

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Το 11ο Kings στη μνήμη της Πολιχρονιάντε

Skakistiko - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 19:09

Ένα ιδιαίτερο σκακιστικό φεστιβάλ ολοκληρώθηκε στη Ρουμανία. Επρόκειτο για το 11ο Kings Tournament που αυτή τη φορά ήταν αφιερωμένο στη μνήμη της WGM Ελιζαμπέτα Πολιχρονιάντε που πέθανε το 2016, σε ηλικία 80 ετών. Η Πολιχρονιάντε εμπνεύστηκε τη διοργάνωση σε μια εποχή που το σκάκι της Ρουμανίας δεν ήταν παραγωγικό σε διεθνείς διοργανώσεις κύρους, είχε την ιδέα και βρήκε τους πόρους. Ο Μ. Πέτερσον στο άρθρο του στο σάιτ της chessbase θυμάται τη πολυπρωταθλήτρια Ρουμανίας σαν μια γενναιόδωρη στη συμπεριφορά, αξιαγάπητη και φιλική γυναίκα την οποία γνώρισε το 2011 που ήταν προσκεκλημένη επισκέπτρια στο Βέικ ααν Ζέι, στην Ολλανδία. Και συμπληρώνει πως η αγάπη της για το σκάκι βρήκε το πιο χρήσιμο παράθυρο στο ευρύ κοινό μιας και επί πολλά χρόνια ήταν η παρουσιάστρια σαββατιάτικης σκακιστικής εκπομπής στην κρατική τηλεόραση της χώρας της. Ανάλογες ευγενικές αναμνήσεις έχουν οι έλληνες σκακιστές και σκακίστριες από παλιές διοργανώσεις στην Ελλάδα που η Πολιχρονιάντε μετείχε ως παίκτρια: Βαλκανιάδες, τουρνουά Ακρόπολις.

Η Πολιχρονιάντε θα αισθανόταν πολύ ευτυχής με την πρόσφατη διοργάνωση. Δεν ήταν απλώς ένα τουρνουά που η μνήμη της τιμήθηκε στον τίτλο. Στην αίθουσα κυριαρχούσε μια ωραία χαμογελαστή φωτογραφία της με κόκκινο σακάκι και κάθε μέρα βρίσκονταν εκεί φίλοι, παλιοί συνεργάτες και μαθητές σχολείων.

Στις εκδηλώσεις προσκλήθηκε ο 12ος παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής Ανατόλι Κάρποβ (φωτ.) και κέρδισε σε σιμουλτανέ και τους 16 αντιπάλους χωρίς την παραμικρή δυσκολία. Ο Μ. Πέτερσον αναφέρει πως ο Κάρποβ ήταν σε καλή φόρμα, με μεγάλη σιγουριά για τις κινήσεις του, ενώ οι αντίπαλοί του ήταν σχετικά καλής δυναμικότητας.

Επίσης διοργανώθηκε πολυπληθές μαθητικό τουρνουά όπου τα παιδιά που διακρίθηκαν απόκτησαν το δικαίωμα συμμετοχής σε μικρό σιμουλτανέ που έδωσαν ο Βασίλι Ιβαντσούκ και η Άννα Μούζιτσουκ. 

Στις καθαρά αγωνιστικές παραμέτρους, το πιο ενδιαφέρον ήταν ένα τουρνουά ράπιντ, πουλ διπλών συναντήσεων, που μετείχαν οι gm  Ιβαντσούκ, Καριάκιν, Βέι Γι και Ντέας. Το κέρδισε ο Ιβαντσούκ με 4/6. Το αντίστοιχο τουρνουά μπλιτς, με τους ίδιους συμμετέχοντες, κέρδισε πάλι ο Ουκρανός. Τη μνήμη της παλιάς φίλης Πολιχρονιάντε τίμησαν, ερχόμενες στη Ρουμανία, και πολύ γνωστές διεθνώς σκακίστριες, η Πία Κράμλινκ και Ελίζαμπετ Πατζ που μετείχαν σε αντίστοιχες διοργανώσεις γρήγορου χρόνου με γυναίκες συμμετέχουσες.

Εκτενές αφιέρωμα με πολλές φωτογραφίες, παρτίδες και άλλες αναφορές στη διοργάνωση σε άρθρο της chessbase εδώ

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