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December 2007

Anand will defend his title against Kramnik in Bonn

Posted by on December 30, 2007 in Uncategorized

UEP Promotions announced that Viswanathan Anand will defend his World Chess Champion title against Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn, Germany in 11th-30th October, 2008.

Last December 18th both players signed the contract that will give 1.5 million Euro to the next World Champion.

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Chess players unhappy with changes in rules

Posted by on December 30, 2007 in Uncategorized

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) may have decided to change the format of National A championship and make Elo rating the criteria for an Olympiad berth, but the players’ body is not happy with the twin decisions. “We were not consulted before these decisions were announced. We are not happy with these changes and have informed AICF president (N Srinivasan) and secretary (D V Sundar) about it. We have also sought a meeting with the officials,” a Chess Players Association of India (CPAI) member told TOI on Monday.

In fact, in an email addressed to Srinivasan which is posted on the CPAI website, the players’ body has asked the Federation to revert to the old Swiss League format for National A instead of the proposed all-play-all format. The CPAI is also not happy with the National A being made a closed tournament of 14 players with only 11 qualifiers from National B.

“We agree that only the best players should take part in the Olympiad, but if rating is what they are looking at, then why change the National A format? Because many higher-rated players don’t compete in National A and on the flip side, the winner might not feature in the top-five in the rating list,” the CPAI member said.

When contacted AICF secretary DV Sundar said: “I’m not aware that the players are unhappy with the changes.”
The CPAI feels the Swiss format was a success last season and that they were willing to raise the money and conduct the National A championships for the next three years in the current format.

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Harikrishna second in Carlos Torre Memorial

Posted by on December 27, 2007 in Uncategorized

Grandmaster P Harikrishna finished second in the Carlos Torre Memorial knockout chess tournament after losing to World No. 2 Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine 1-3 in the final in Mexico.

Harikrishna played impressively throughout the event and even beat Ivanchuk in one of the Classical games before he was beaten in the tiebreaker.

Harikrishna started the event with a 1.5-0.5 victory over Gilberto Hernandez of Mexico and drew the second game with difficulty. In the second round, German GM Meier Georg was at the receiving end against the Indian.

In the semifinals I) Grandmaster P Harikrishna finished second in the Carlos Torre Memorial knockout chess tournament after losing to World No. 2 Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine 1-3 in the final in Mexico.

Harikrishna played impressively throughout the event and even beat Ivanchuk in one of the Classical games before he was beaten in the tiebreaker.

Harikrishna started the event with a 1.5-0.5 victory over Gilberto Hernandez of Mexico and drew the second game with difficulty. In the second round, German GM Meier Georg was at the receiving end against the Indian.

In the semifinals, Harikrishna defeated Jesus Nogueiras of Cuba winning the second game in impressive fashion to eventually win by a 0.5-1.5 margin.

In the first game of the final, Harikrishna failed to find his rhythm against Ivanchuk and went down. In the second game the Indian yet again came up with a superlative performance and outplayed the second highest rated player in the world to set the stage for tiebreak games.

However, Ivanchuk’s immense experience in shorter version of the game came in handy as he won both the games.

Speaking about his performance over phone Harikrishna told PTI that he was quite satisfied with his result.

“It was a tough tournament and recently I did not do well in the knockout format in the world cup, I guess this was much better than world cup,” he said.

Harikrishna also stands to gain around 8 points from his performance in Mexico which will take him nearer to the 2700 ELO rating mark. The Indian has a long tour ahead as he will now move to Reggio Emilia in Italy for a high category event and then proceed to play Corus Chess tournament.

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World Cup caps Kamsky’s remarkable return to big time chess

Posted by on December 19, 2007 in Uncategorized

Russian Gata Kamsky capped one of the most remarkable comebacks in world chess by winning the World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk here Sunday.

It catapulted the 34-year-old Russian to the game’s elite level after he drew his fourth and final game to complete a 2.5-1.5 win over Latvian-Born Spaniard Alexei Shirov.

Kamsky, who is now an American citizen won $120,000 and also earned the right to challenge Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria for the World Chess Championships in 2009.

Kamsky twice took sabbatical from chess. He went into retirement after losing to Anatoly Karpov in the World Chess Championship 20-match clash in Elista, Kalmykia,in 1996.

In 1999,he graduated from Brooklyn College and then enrolled himself for a medical degree. But he gave up after a year and then graduated in law.He returned to chess in 1999 to play in the Knockout World Championship event in Las Vegas where he lost to Alexander Khalifman in rapid games after winning one and losing another game in classical format.

Kamsky was then not seen in a public performance till June 2004 when he finished in a tie for first place in the New York Masters. A string of successes in 2006 and 2007 have now marked him out as a challenger for the very top in world chess hierarchy.

In 2005, Kamsky played in the FIDE World Cup Tournament, and qualified for the Candidates Tournament for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007 in May-June 2007. He beat Etienne Bacrot but lost to Boris Gelfand in second round.

But his latest triumph in chess World Cup has brought him back into the frame.

Kamsky did not lose a single game in his march to the title. In the first three rounds, Kamsky beat Ahmed Adly, Boris Avrukh and Kiril Georgiev, all with the score 1.5-0.5. Then he drew his mini-match against Peter Svidler, to beat the Russian 1.5-0.5 in the rapids. In the quarterfinals Ponomariov was Kamsky’s victim, and in the semi-finals it was the end for Magnus Carlsen, both losing 1.5-0.5.

Shirov went down 1.5 – 2.5 in the four-game final, which meant Kamsky did not lose once in his sixteen regular and two rapid games. After drawing the first game, Kamsky won the second and drew the third. In the fourth, Kamsky avoided Shirov’s Sveshnikov and instead chose a solid variation of the Rossolimo. They drew in 34 moves

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Kamsky holds Shirov in first game of chess World Cup final

Posted by on December 15, 2007 in Uncategorized

Gata Kamsky, who left professional chess to pursue a career in medicine is now on the threshold of completing a great comeback, as he drew the first game of the chess World Cup final with Alexei Shirov, Latvian-born Spaniard here.The game began in Breyer system of the Spanish Opening and Kamsky was never in any trouble as the game lasted 42 moves Thursday.Kamsky, who quit chess in the mid-1990s, returned to the game only in 2004 and has shown tremendous progress and is now looking to enter the top 10 once again.

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Valeriy Aveskulov is the 2007 Ukrainian Champion

Posted by on December 15, 2007 in Uncategorized

He is 21 years old, has played since he was five, won multiple youth medals and received his GM title a year ago. Now Valeriy Aveskulov has won the 76th Ukrainian Chess Championship.

Top players Ivanchuk, Karjakin, Ponomariov and Moiseenko, were absent, but still Valeriy had to compete with 19 other GMs. He finished sole winner with 6.5/9 points.

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Shirov and Kamsky Head to Final

Posted by on December 12, 2007 in Uncategorized

Alexei Shirov defeated Sergey Karjakin in the World Cup semifinals tiebreaker, so Shirov advances to meet Gata Kamsky in the four-game final, which begins on Thursday at 5 AM EST.

If Gata wins against Shirov in the finals, he will win the 1st prize of 120,000$ and play Topalov in a match in 2008. In 2009, the winner of that match will play the winner of a match between Anand and Kramnik.

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Speed Chess

Posted by on December 4, 2007 in Uncategorized

Speed chess, which is the norm if you play on the internet, now also has a higher over-the-board status due to Fide’s World Blitz Cup in Moscow last month. Vasily Ivanchuk beat the world champion, Vishy Anand, in the final round to take the title with 25.5/38. In the first game below Anand fell into an opening trap (10…Bd6!) while in the other Black finds his queen trapped.

This weekend it is back to the serious stuff with the World Cup, a 128-player knock-out, under way in Siberia. Nigel Short was eliminated in the first round, while Michael Adams is in action today, live on the internet, in round three. He will need all his pedigree as a former finalist to reach the later stages. The World Cup winner and Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov are scheduled to play a match to decide the next title challenger to Anand or Kramnik.

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V Kramnik v V Anand

1 Nf3 Nf6 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 d5 4 cxd5 cxd5 5 d4 Nc6 6 Bf4 a6 7 Rc1 Bf5 8 e3 Rc8 9 Be2 e6 10 0-0 Be7? 11 Qb3! Na5 12 Qa4+ Nc6 13 Bxa6! Ra8 14 Bxb7 Rxa4 15 Bxc6+ Kf8 16 Nxa4 Ne4 17 Bb7 Nd6 18 Bxd6 Qxd6 19 Rc6! Qd7 20 Rc8+ Rd8 21 Ne5 1-0

V Ivanchuk v A Shirov

1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 g6 3 Bf4 Bg7 4 e3 d6 5 h3 c5 6 c3 Qb6 7 Qc1 cxd4 8 exd4 Nd5 9 Bh2 Bn6? 10 Qxh6 Qxb2 11 Bc4 Qxa1 12 0-0 Be6 13 Qd2 b5 14 Bxb5+ Nd7 15 c4 Rb8 16 cxd5 Rxb5 17 Nc3 1-0

Alex Chernin v Vladimir Kramnik, Moscow 1996. Play went 1 Bxf6 Rxf6 2 Rxf6 Bxf6 3 Qe4 g6 4 Qxe6. White missed a chance to defeat the future world champion. Can you do better?

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Chess master Kasparov decries Russia ballot “rape”

Posted by on December 3, 2007 in Uncategorized

Former world chess champion and opposition leader Garry Kasparov accused Russian authorities of “raping the whole electoral system” with numerous instances of irregularities in Sunday’s parliamentary election.

Speaking to a crowd of mostly foreign reporters after casting a protest vote, Kasparov said the opposition had evidence of ballot-stuffing and of threats to hospital patients and state workers unless they voted for pro-Kremlin parties.

President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party is widely expected to win a huge majority in Sunday’s elections for a new State Duma (lower house of parliament).

Pro-Western parties, marginalised after an eight-year oil boom which has created a host of billionaires and a growing middle class, are not expected to win any seats.

“They are not just rigging the vote, they are raping the whole electoral system,” Kasparov said. “These elections are a reminder of Soviet elections when there was no choice.”

Later at a book signing, he predicted Kremlin authoritarianism would cause a “deepening crisis” in Russia, ending in an “economic collapse no less serious than what we saw in 1991 (when the Soviet Union collapsed)”.

“Putin is going to have a hard time trying to rule like Stalin and live like Abramovich,” Kasparov said, referring to London-based oil magnate Roman Abramovich, estimated by Forbes to be Russia’s richest man with $18 billion.

The opposition has repeatedly complained that numerous changes to electoral rules, government dominance of the media and heavy use of state resources to promote United Russia have made the campaign one-sided.

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Former Russian world chess champion Kasparov freed from jail

Posted by on December 2, 2007 in Uncategorized

Russia’s former world chess champion and the opposition United Civil Front leader, Garry Kasparov, was freed from jail Thursday after being held for five days for organizing an illegal rally.

“He was released slightly earlier than we expected,” a member of his movement was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

Kasparov was arrested in central Moscow on Saturday while leading a march of opposition group The Other Russia, which comprises the People’s Patriotic Union, led by former premier Mikhail Kasyanov, the banned National Bolshevik Party, headed by writer Eduard Limonov, and Kasparov’s United Civil Front.

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