The match that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the first Karpov vs Kasparov World Championship match in 1984-85 has started.
Garry Kasparov started with two quick wins against eternal rival Anatoly Karpov. Karpov lost the first game in 24 moves, when he ran out of time; and the second ended in 28 moves after a fierce kingside attack by Kasparov.
Karpov, Ana. (2619) – Kasparov, G. (2812) [D72]
Match Valencia ESP (1), 2009.09.22
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nb6 7. Ne2 c5 8. d5 O-O 9. O-O e6 10. Nbc3 Na6 11. h3 exd5 12. exd5 Nc4 13. b3 Nd6 14. Bf4 b6 15. Qd2 Bb7 16. Rad1 Nc7 17. g4 Qd7 18. a4 f5 19. g5 Rad8 20. Bg3 f4 21. Nxf4 Nf5 22. Nb5 Nxb5 23. axb5 Nd4 24. Ne6 0 – 1 (view game)
Kasparov, G. (2812) – Karpov, Ana. (2619) [D31]
Match Valencia ESP (2), 2009.09.22
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 c6 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bxd6 Qxd6 8. e3 Ne7 9. Bd3 Nd7 10. Nge2 h6 11. O-O O-O 12. a3 a5 13. Rad1 b6 14. e4 dxe4 15. Nxe4 Qb8 16. N2c3 Ba6 17. Bxa6 Rxa6 18. d5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 cxd5 20. Rxd5 Ra7 21. Qd2 Nc5 22. Nf6+ gxf6 23. Qxh6 f5 24. Qg5+ Kh8 25. Qf6+ Kg8 26. Rxf5 Ne4 27. Qh4 Re8 28. Rh5 f5 1 – 0 (view game)
Last september the 7th, the world knew one of the most shocking new of the year. The 18-years-old chess star, and ranked 4th in the world, Magnus Carlsen, has the living chess legend Garry Kasparov as his personal trainer.
The objective is as simple as audacious: make Magnus the world’s number one in the course of the coming year.
Now a scheduled training session between Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen was the perfect ocassion to meet the press.
There is no doubt that Carlsen is on the way.
The II Grand Slam Final Chess Masters 2009 took place in Bilbao from September 6th to September 12th. The particularity of this tournament is that the games are played in a glass cube placed in the central square of Bilbao (Plaza Nueva).
Four players were competing: Sergey Karjakin (first place at Wijk ann Zee), Alexander Grischuk (first place at Ciudad de Linares), Alexei Shirov (first place at Sofia) and Levon Aronian (second-place at Nanking).
The games were played at a rate of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes to finish the game, with 10 extra seconds per move from move number 41.
Levon Aronian drawn the two games of the last round, and with a 2919 performance, is the winner of this tournament. The final standings are: L. Aronian 13 pts., A. Grischuk 8 pts., S. Karjakin 7 pts. and A. Shirov 3 pts.