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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

One Antique Game.

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 London Provincial playoff 3pl

Hodges, Albert Beauregard
Brien, Robert Barnett

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 e5 4. Bxc4 exd4 5. exd4 Nf6 6. Nf3 Bd6 7. h3 h6 8.
O-O O-O 9. Nc3 Bf5 10. Be3 Qd7 11. Re1 Nc6 12. a3 a6 13. Bd3 Ne7 14. Rc1 Ng615. Qc2 Bxh3 16. gxh3 Qxh3 17. Bxg6 fxg6 18. Ne5 Bxe5 19. dxe5 Ng4 20. Qe4 Rxf221. Bf4 g5 22. Qh1 Qxh1+ 23. Kxh1 gxf4 24. Nd5 Rxb2

25. Rxc7 Nf2+ 26. Kg1 Nh3+27. Kh1 f3 28. e6 Rg2 29. e7 Nf2# 0-1

Today's Short Game

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Napolean I  ---  Madame D Romusat

Malmaison Castle 1804

1. Nc3 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. e4 f5 4. h3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nc6 6. Nfg5 d5 7. Qh5+ g6 8.Qf3

 Nh6 9. Nf6+ Ke7 10. Nxd5+ Kd6 11. Ne4+ Kxd5 12. Bc4+ Kxc4 13. Qb3+ Kd4 14.Qd3# 1-0

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Chess Olympiad: Indian eves post victory

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IM Tania Sachdev recorded her sixth victory in seven games as the Indian women cruised to a 3-1 victory over lower-ranked Estonia to take the joint fourth spot with 11 points after the seventh round of Chess Olympiad.
Up against a lower-ranked team, the Indians conceded a full point on the fourth board as Soumya Swaminathan continued with her rollercoaster ride here. D Harika defeated Monika Tsiganova on the top board while Mary Ann Gomes had it easy against Triin Narva on the third board. Tania won it against Tatjana Fomina but Regina Narva saved some honour for her team at the expense of Soumya.
The Indian men played out a draw against Argentina. Abhijeet Gupta came back from the jaws of defeat and turned the tables on Sandro Mareco on the fourth board.

Source : DNA 

Today's Short Game.

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(322456) Miles,Anthony J (2580) - Anand,Viswanathan (2555) [E94]

Rome op Rome (8), 1990

1.d4 d6 2.e4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Na6 8.Be3 Qe8 9.h3 exd4 10.Bxd4 Nxe4 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.Qd4+ Nf6 13.Nd5 Qd8 14.Ng5 Re8 15.Nxh7 Re4 16.Qc3 Rxe2 17.Nhxf6 Qh8 18.Ne4+ 1–0

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Andrew Martin: Game of the Day Rd 2 Istanbul Olympiad 2012

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Friday's Opening Blunder

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Hrdina,Karl (1952)
Voesendorf op Voesendorf (4), 09.06.2007

1.d4 c5 2.e3 cxd4 3.exd4 d5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.c3 e6?? 6.Qa4+! Nd7 7.Ne5 Bf5 8.Nxd7 1–0

A Blunder

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(51279) Popovic,Zarko - Broder,Mirko [D52]
Novi Sad Novi Sad (6), 1936

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Qa5 7.Bxf6 Nxf6 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Nd5 10.Qd2 Bb4 11.Rc1 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Ba3 13.Rb1 0–0 14.e4 a6 15.e5 c5 16.0–0 b5 17.Bb3 cxd4 18.Qxd4 Bb7 19.Bc2 Qd8 20.Qg4 Be7 21.Rfd1 Qc7 22.Ng5 Bxg5 23.Qxg5 Qxc3? 24.Bxh7+!! Kxh7 25.Rb3 Qc2 26.Rc1?? [26.Qh5+ Kg8 27.Rh3 f6 28.Qh8+ Kf7 29.Rd7+! Ke8 30.Qxf8+! Kxd7 31.Qd6+ Ke8 32.Qxe6+] 26...Qg6 27.Rh3+ Kg8 28.Qh4 Qxg2# 0–1

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday's Opening Blunder.

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(12346) Prokes,Ladislav - Zander,Otto [C24]Berlin/Budapest/Prag/Vienna Vienna (6), 1925
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qxd4 Nd6 6.0-0 Nc6 7.Re1+ Ne7 8.Bb3 f6 9.Qd5 g5 10.Nxg5 fxg5 11.Bxg5 h6 12.Nc3 Rh7? [12...Nc4 13.Qxc4] 13.Qg8 hxg5 14.Qxh7 1-0

Puzzle of the day.

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What should be the Black's Next move, When its Queen is under attack?

Thursday's Opening Blunder

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(2563867) Van Lankveld,Wil (1989) - Sprangers,Remco (2204) [C28]
Roosendaal op Roosendaal (5), 21.08.2011
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d3 Bb4 5.Nge2 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.0-0 Be6 8.Ne4 Be7 9.N2g3 Qd7 10.Qh5 Bg4 0-1

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Puzzle of the Day

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White to Play  Mate in three moves

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Botvinnik Memorial 2012

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Romnov -  LagashinBlitz 4m+2s (1.17), 25.08.2012
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 0-0 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 c5 7.e3 Qa5 8.Bxf6 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qxc3+ 10.Nd2 gxf6 11.Rc1 Qa3 12.d5 [12.Ne4 f5 13.Nf6+ Kg7 14.Nh5+ Kh7 15.Bd3 Qa5+ 16.Kf1 Qa3 17.g4 Kh8 18.Qd2 Qb4 19.Qxb4 cxb4 20.gxf5] 12...d6 13.Rb1 exd5 14.cxd5 Bf5 15.e4 Re8 16.Bb5 Re5 17.0-0 Bxe4 18.Qg4+ Bg6 19.Nc4 Qxa2 20.Qc8+ Kg7 21.Rb2 1-0

Monday, August 27, 2012

Chess combination : 87th Chess Competition France 2012 Round 4

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Tkachiev,V (2644) - Istratescu,A (2647) [D27]

87th ch-FRA 2012 Pau FRA (4),

20.Nxf7 anticipating White's next move Rf3 Black has to think. 20...Nd4 21.Rxc8 Rxc8 22.Nd6+ Bxd5 23.Nxc8 Bb7 ( 24.Re8+ Kg7 25.Re7+ Kh8 26.Rxb7 Qe5 27.Rd7 Nf5 28.Nd6 Nxd6 29.Rxd6 Qf4 30.Rxa6 Qf8 31.Ra7 g5 32.Qd7 Qxf2+ 33.Kxf2 gxh4 34.Qxh7#) 1-0

Chess combination : 87th Chess Competition France 2012 Round 3

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(1) Vachier,John (2686) - Lagarde (2505) [A19]
87th Ch-France 2012 Round 3 (3)

White Queen can move to g7 as well as c7 provided the Queen on c6 i deflected. White Bishop on g3 is under attack.  This Queen can be defelcted by Bd5. 24.Bd5 Qb5 25.Qc7+?! [25.Qg7+ Kd8 26.Rxa7 White has sacrificed his rook, Why? Why White  wants to deflect the Black Bishop? Follow the game to find the answer. (26.Qc7+ Ke8 27.Rxa7 Black is forced to take the Rook On a7-square. 27...Bxa7 28.Bd6 Qxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Bd3+ 30.Kg1 Rxf2) 26...Bxa7 27.Qc7+ Ke8 28.Bd6 Here is the strategy of deflecting Black Bishop by sacrifycing Rook lies.  28...Qxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Bd3+ 30.Kg1 Rh7 31.Qc8#] 25...Kf6 26.Be5+ Kg6 27.Bxh8 1-0

Chess Combinations : 87th Chess Competition France 2012 (1)

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Bacrot - Mullon (1)

19...Qf4? [19...Nd3+ 20.Qxd3 a) 20.Bxd3 Qf3; b) 20.Kd2 Qf4+ 21.Kxd3 (21.Ne3 Nxf2 22.Raf1 Ba6) 21...Nc5+ 22.Kc3 b4#; 20...bxc4 21.Nxc4 Qf4 22.Qe3 Ba6 23.Qxf4 exf4] 20.Ne3 Ra6 21.Ng2 Rxd6 22.Nxf4 exf4 23.Bxb5 1-0

Chess Combinations : 87th Chess Competition- France 2012 (1)

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Mullon, J - Maze , S

Everything is crowdy and seems to be like a traffic jam in the Mumbai city. Black has one knight extra but is less by two pawns.  Further White's d4 pawn is weak since it is attacked by the Black's Bishop and KNight. Once this Pawn is captured the pawn on e5 too becomes weak. This way Black gets a way to come out of the traffic jam. Can White do something to maintain the traffic jam?  41.Be3 defended the weak pawn.Whites next forced move will be f4-f5 since there is no other candidate move. Another move is a3 but it will give chance to black to create  a passed pawn by bxa3. 41...g5! Since White has no option other then to move White Bishop. White has another move ie. Kc2 But this too will weaken the d4-pawn. 42.Bf2 [42.Bxg5; 42.Kc2; 42.a4 bxa3] 42...Nxe5+ White cannot take Black Knight since its Bishop on f2 is undefended.  43.Ke2 Nc6 44.Ke3 Bxd4+ 45.Kf3 Ne5+ 46.Kg2 Bxf2 47.Kxf2 Nxg4+ 48.Kf3 Ne5+ 49.Kf2 g4 50.Ke3 g3 51.Ke2 d4 52.Kf1 d3 53.Ke1 Kf5 54.a4 g2 55.Kf2 Ng4+ 56.Kg1 d2 57.Kxg2 d1Q 58.a5 Qc2+ 59.Kg3 Qf2+ 60.Kh3 Qh2# Line

Tuesday's Improve Your Endgame.

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1... Rf1 (1... Rf7 2. Rc7) (1... Rf5 2. d7 Rf8 3. Rc8) (1... Rg8+ 2. Kf4 Rf8+ 3. Ke4 Ra8 4. Kd4 Ra4+ 5. Kc3 Ra8 6. Kb4) 2. Rc8 Rg1+ 3. Kf3 Rf1+ 4. Ke2

1... Rg8+ 2. Kh5 Kf5 

1. Ke3 (1. e6 Re8 (1... Rh3+ 2. Kc2 Rh8 3. e7 Re8 4. Kd3) 2. e7 Kd6 3. Kc4 Rc8+ (3... Kc6 4. Re6+ Kd7 5. Kd5 Kc7 6. Ke5) 4. Kb5 Rb8+ 5. Ka6 Kd7 (5... Re8 6.
Kb7 Kd7 7. d5 Kd6 8. Re2 Kd7 9. Re6) 6. Ka7 Re8 7. Kb7 Kd6 8. d5 Kd7 (8... Kxd5 9. Kc7) 9. Re6 Rh8 10. e8=Q+) 1... Rh4 (1... Rf8 2. Rc1) 2. Kf3 Ke6 3. Re4 Rh8 (3... Rh1 4. Rf4) 4. Rf4 Kd5 (4... Rh6 5. Ke4) 5. Kg4 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Puzzle of the day

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How many moves will White Knight take to jump to d5-square? And What will be its Route?

Sunday's Improve Your Middle Game.

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(14) Winawar - Chigorin
Warsaw 1882, 26.08.2012

White controls the g7 file and a1-h8 diagonal creating a weakness at g7-square. Black's f3-pawn is weak at the same time a7-g1 diagonal as well as d7-h3 diagonal is controled by Black. Black knows its own weaknesses designs the strategy. As a Black player The first idea comes to the mind is capturing the white pawn on f3 is the best move. But the pawn is defended by the White Queen on c3. Black has to deflect this queen or to capture it. White's Knight at e4-square is ready to jump to f6-square.  1...Bd4! 2.Qxd4 Qxf3+ 3.Rg2 Bh3 4.Rag1 Re8 5.Qc3

Bxg2+ 6.Rxg2 Rxe4 7.Qxf3 Re1+ 8.Rg1 Rxg1+ 9.Kxg1 Rxf3
It is well said that one who knows its own weakness is wise. White was unaware of its weakness at f3. 0-1

Friday, August 24, 2012

Mikhail Botvinnik Memorial 2012.

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Botvinnik Memorial 2012 is starting form tommorow 24th Aug 2012 in St, Petersburg, a city of Russia. This is a bonanza for the chess lovers. It will end on 02nd Sept 2012.  St. Petersburg is the home city of Mikhail Botvinnik formerly it was Liningrad.

The Prize fund of the M. Botvinnik Memorial is 700000 rubbles from Which 100000 are for the winner.

The time control of the tournament is 90 min for 40 moves, 30 seconds increment per move from move 1. No draw offer can be made before move 41. A total of 9 rounds with Swiss system will played, 

WEBSITE  : Botvinnik Memorial 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday's Puzzle of the Day

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What is the White's Best Move?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Monday's Puzzle of the Day.

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Black Has only a king and White has everything. You have to spot how many ways White can Give Check to the Black King? Which one will be the worst check?

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Tatiana Kosintseva – Natalia Pogonina Annotated by Kingkrusher

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Tuesday's Improve your Endgame.

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Sunday's Middlegame Strategy.

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87th Chess French Championship 2012 : First Round

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

65th Ch-Rus Moscow Russia 2012

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Svetozar Gligoric; tactician never won world title; at 89

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NEW YORK - Svetozar Gligoric - a chess grandmaster who was considered one of the greatest players of the 20th century but who never won the world championship, in one instance losing a chance to play for the title by executing a fatally impulsive move in response to critics who found his match boring - died Tuesday in Belgrade. He was 89.

The World Chess Federation confirmed the death on its website.

Mr. Gligoric was patrician and gentlemanly in his bearing, but was a dynamo at the chess board and was one of the most successful and respected players in the world in the 1950s and ’60s, winning dozens of tournaments.

He won the Yugoslavian championship a record 12 times from 1947 to 1971 and played for Yugoslavia in the biennial Chess Olympiad 15 times, leading the team to the gold medal in 1950, ahead of the powerful Soviets.

He was among the finalists to challenge the world champion three times, but came up short. In the 1953 tournament in Switzerland to pick the challenger, he finished 13th out of 15 players. Six years later, in Yugoslavia, he tied with Bobby Fischer for fifth out of eight players.

And in 1968, after the format had been changed to a series of matches, he lost in the quarterfinals to Mikhail Tal, a former world champion. Mr. Gligoric took the early lead in that match, which was held in Belgrade, where he lived for most of his life. But, as he later wrote, he unwisely switched strategies in the sixth game and lost after reading criticism in newspapers that the games were boring. That proved to be the turning point in the match, and he went on to lose two more games.

Mr. Gligoric’s tournament opponents included Max Euwe, who in 1935 became the fifth world champion, and Viswanathan Anand, the current titleholder. Among the champions he beat, all at least twice, were Euwe, Tal, Fischer, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, and Tigran Petrosian.

Mr. Gligoric favored ambitious but risky openings. He pioneered and championed systems of moves, some of which are named for him, in many popular openings.

Unlike some players - notably Tal, who tried to unsettle their opponents - Mr. Gligoric avoided psychological tactics. He adhered to the game’s fundamental principles and said he never worried about which opponent he would face. That assertion was echoed in the title of his autobiography, ‘‘I Play Against Pieces’’ (2002).

Svetozar Gligoric was born in Belgrade, in what is now Serbia. His father, Dragoje, was poor and died when Mr. Gligoric was 9. Mr. Gligoric learned to play chess when he was 11 and made his first set of pieces by carving wine corks. He was a master by 16, which was then considered young to accomplish such a feat.

When he was 17, his mother, Ljubica, died, and Mr. Gligoric, an only child, was taken in by Niko Miljanic, a professor who knew him through chess.

During World War II, Mr. Gligoric joined guerrilla fighters battling the Axis powers and was eventually promoted to captain in the resistance forces.

He resumed his chess career after the war, became an international master in 1950, and, a year later, earned the game’s highest title, grandmaster. The Yugoslavian government declared him the country’s best athlete of 1958.

Mr. Gligoric supplemented his chess earnings by writing chess books. He also wrote articles for newspapers and magazines, although not always about chess. His best-known book was ‘‘Fischer vs. Spassky: The Chess Match of the Century,’’ about the 1972 world championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. The book, published by Simon & Schuster in 1973, has sold more than 400,000 copies.

Mr. Gligoric’s wife of 47 years, Danica, died in 1994.

In David Levy’s book ‘‘Gligoric’s Best Games 1945-1970’’ (1972), he quoted Tal as saying that Mr. ­Gligoric ‘‘has his favorite sort of positions, and when he manages to get them, he creates textbook ­examples of how to handle them.’’

‘‘Nor does it matter what the class of opposition is when he has such positions,’’ Tal added. ‘‘The people who have been on the receiving end in such cases form a picture gallery of the kings of chess.’’

Courstesy  : Boston.com

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Riga Technical University Open 2012

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Riga Technical University in Latvia wiil be the venue for chess festival of the Second Chess Open. It will include two classical time control tournaments and one blitz chess tournament. The tournament will start from August 6 and the closing ceremony will be on 12 August.

The Guaranteed Prize fund for the second edition of the chess festival is 7500 EUR. First Prize for the tournament A is guaranteed to be 1410 EUR, Special prizes for women, juniors, seniors and rating prizes.

Tournament A  : Swiss System 9 round which open for all players.

Tournament B  :  Swiss System in 9 rounds from August 9-12/  it will be open fro the players with ELO below 2150

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

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Sunday's Improve Your Middle Game.

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(10) Karpov,An (2725) - Portisch,L (2630) [E18]Tilburg 46/734, 1988
[Karpov,An; Zaitsev,I]52.Rf3!+- Qb7 [52...Be5 53.Nxe5 dxe5 54.Qb2 Ra4 55.Qxe5+ Kg8 56.Rb3 and white wins.] 53.Rxf6 If King captures the rook then White will play Qb2+ to for Rook and King and recaptures the Black rook. And then the Black loses. 53...Qb5 [53...Kxf6 54.Qc3+ Kg5 55.f4+ Kxf4 56.Qg3+ Kxe4 57.Qf3#] 54.Qc3 Qf1+ 55.Kg3 Qg1+ 56.Kh4 1-0

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sunday's Improve Your Middle Game

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In this position the weakest spots for white are b2 and c3.The fall of c3-pawn would lead to further losses for White.  12...c4! 13.Bc2? [13.Bxc4 bxc3 14.bxc3 Rc8 can be very awkward for white because 15.Bd3 Nxd5] 13...b3 14.Bd1 Nc5 15.Bxf6 exf6 After this slightly unusual recapture e4 is a weakness, and we have a good reason why black did not give a check on d3. 16.Be2 Re8 17.Bxc4 Nxe4 18.Nxe4 Rxe4+ 19.Be2 Qe8 20.Nd4 f5 21.Nc6 Bh6 22.Qd1 a5 23.Kf1 Rxe2! Taking over the initiative and the two bishops. White seems to be lost here.

Friday, July 20, 2012

One billion chess players by 2018 – World Chess Federation

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July 20 is celebrated as the International Day of Chess. The holiday was initiated by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). On this day, different themed events and competitions are being held under the auspices of FIDE. On this day, multi-board chess matches are held even in places of detention.
Six hundred million people out of seven billion of the planet’s population play chess. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), believes that it is not enough. In an exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia, he explained that he was planning to increase the number of chess players in the world to one billion in the next five years. “I have set the task to increase the number of chess players in the world from 600 million to one billion people in the next five-six years. Our motto is ‘one billion clever people’. Why have I declared this? The reason for everything that is going on in the world right now - by that I mean wars, conflicts, financial and political crises - does not lie in the fact that there is not enough money, gold, oil or gas. And certainly not in the fact that people are so angry with each other. The reason is that the states, the systems are ruled by short-sighted people who have come into politics by accident. If we increase the number of chess players to one billion people, the critical mass will increase too. For people belonging to this critical mass, the probability of them becoming members of parliaments, mayors, ministers, presidents, and kings is much higher. And thus the number of future incorrect decisions will decrease.”

Chess is being introduced into the school curriculum. What effect can it produce?

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: In 1993, as the President of Kalmykia, I introduced chess into schools on an optional basis. After a year it was noticed that, in those schools where children were taught to play chess, discipline and school results improved. I was five years old when I learned to play chess. Chess trains our brain and develops both the left and right hemispheres. It is no coincidence that Mikhail Botvinnik, the world chess champion, used to say that chess was a synthesis of science, culture and sport.

What is happening to chess in Russia?

KI: Chess is popular in Russia now, especially with children. When I introduced chess in the schools of Kalmykia, many of my colleagues - governors and presidents of republics - supported this idea. In Moscow, chess is developing well. Recently, I was invited to one of Moscow’s kindergartens, where three-year-old children are learning to play chess. Children become more attentive. There is a principle in chess: think first, and then make your move.

Do you know of such cases in history when politicians invited chess players to make some political decisions?

KI: I was 15 years old when I became the champion of Kalmykia in chess among adults. And I became a member of the Young Communist League City Committee. When in the army, I was the champion of the North Caucasus district, and our Party Committee used to invite me to participate in solving political issues. Janos Kadar, the head of Hungary, was a chess player. He was making decisions at the country level. 

Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister, while viewing somebody for a job in the government, was in the habit of asking “Do you play chess or not?” He knew that a chess player can calculate several moves ahead. Before signing a decree or adopting a law, every politician must calculate how it is going to work, and how people are going to react to it. Therefore, it is desirable for politicians to train their brains, and play chess.

In the past, chess players could only rely on their own brains while preparing for competitions, and now they can’t do without computers. Is there a threat that technology is going to replace human brains?

KI: Scientists and science fiction writers have already written that one fine day a computer brain would seize power over mankind. We have already reached the level where a program begins to make original moves. Why was man able to beat a computer at chess? Because he used to make an unconventional move, and the computer was taken aback. Now, computers begin to think unconventionally, and this is progress. But when a man is playing with a man, he is not using a computer. In this case human brains are competing. But a person needs to develop, and his brains should develop too.

Today a chess boom can be observed in many countries of the world. And programs of developing and disseminating this ancient game are accepted at the state levels. Even in Mongolia, where chess has never been too popular, two international tournaments have already been held. Chess is taught in schools in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Latin American countries. At the beginning of every academic year, the President of Uruguay presents every first former with a mini-computer containing a chess program. In China, children are taught to play chess in kindergartens from the age of five.

Source : The voice of Russia

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chess king Viswanathan Anand to be Adda guest on Thursday.

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This May, Viswanathan Anand extended his five-year reign as the undisputed World Chess Champion after defeating Israel’s Boris Gelfand in a hard fought contest.

Having won his fifth world title and the coveted Chess Oscar six times, he has arguably better championed the cause of the sport in India than anybody else - as of this month, India has four players in the top 100 in chess. Recently, Anand also offered his services to Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Kerala in their efforts to promote chess at the school level.

On Thursday, a select audience in the Capital will get an opportunity to interact with Anand at the latest edition of Express Adda, involving conversations with people at the epicentre of change. Previous guests have included Sheila Dikshit, Omar Abdullah, Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria.

He will be in conversation with Indian Express Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta.

A recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the first sportsperson to receive the Padma Vibhushan, Anand will be talking about the challenges that lie ahead of him and the future of the sport in the country, as well as fatherhood and how it has changed his outlook on chess, on splitting time between India and his second home in Spain, and on his interests outside the 64 squares.

Source : The Indian Express

Monday, July 16, 2012

Negi finishes second in Leiden International Chess.

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LEIDEN: Grandmaster and Asian champion Parimarjan Negi outclassed Benjamin Bok of the Netherlands in the ninth and final round to finish sole second in the Leiden International chess tournament.

Having lost to David Howell of England in the previous round, the Delhi-based GM came out firing on all cylinders against Bok who proved no match and lost rather tamely after being subjected to a king-side attack.

Negi ended with seven points out of possible nine and is going to add some points to his growing ELO rating.

Howell, meanwhile annexed the title after a fighting draw with Predrag Nikolic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final round. The English Grandmaster finished with an impressive 7.5 points.

Indian Grandmasters S Arun Prasad and M R Lalith Babu finished in a six way tie for the third place. Bartosz Socko of Poland, Evgeny Vorobiov of Russia, Csaba Horvath of Hungary and Nikolic were the other four players who scored 6.5 points apiece.

As the tie was resolved, Arun Prasad finished sixth while Babu was declared eighth. The other Indian GM S Kidambi had to be content with 5.5 points and finished 17th in the final ranking.

Negi was at his attacking best against Benjamin Bok and the disparity in class showed in this encounter. Bok went for the Berlin defense as black and Negi went for principled closed Ruy Lopez that was giving him many points off late.

The middle game featured routine manoeuvres with Bok consuming more time on his clock and giving Negi a chance to conduct a king side attack.

Source  : Times of India

Saturday, July 14, 2012

40 Years Ago, a Match Took the World by Storm

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The World Chess Championship match between Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union and Bobby Fischer of the United States - played in Iceland against the backdrop of the cold war and often called the match of the century - began 40 years ago last week.

Position after 19 … bc5; click to replay
The showdown itself led to an explosion of interest in the game, and when Fischer won the title he became an international celebrity outside of the chess world.

The same cannot be said for the current world champion, Viswanathan Anand of India. Yet judging by the number of clubs, school programs and Web sites that are devoted to chess, the game has never been more popular.

In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of children belong to chess clubs, and hundreds of schools have made the game part of their curriculums. And last year, in Armenia, chess became a compulsory subject in all primary schools.

Modern chess has also produced its own celebrity: Magnus Carlsen, 21, a Norwegian who, while not the world champion, is ranked No. 1 by the World Chess Federation.

Carlsen is the best player since Fischer who is not from Eastern Europe, and the news media has been paying attention to his rise. He was featured this year on “60 Minutes” and was profiled in Time magazine in 2010 and in The New Yorker in 2011. He also has been a spokesman and a model for the G-Star Raw clothing line.

Carlsen will not get a chance to take the world championship until 2014, when Anand will have to defend his title against the player who wins the Candidates’ Matches. Those matches will begin in London next March, and Carlsen is the favorite.

He has already claimed one world championship at a fast time control, capturing the blitz title in Moscow in 2009. But last weekend, at a tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan, he missed adding the rapid chess title to his list of honors. He finished second to Sergey Karjakin, 22, although Carlsen had defeated him in a Round 10 match.

In that game, Carlsen sidestepped the main line of the Berlin Defense with 4 d4, hoping to unsettle Karjakin. That did not work, and chances were equal for most of the game.

Carlsen’s opening came after Karjakin played 41 ... Bd4, when 41 ... a5 would have been better. He did not play 49 ... Rh5 because 50 Ke6 would have given Carlsen an even more decisive advantage.

Karjakin blundered again with 53 ... Rc4. If he had played 53 ... Bf6, it would probably have been good enough to achieve a draw. He resigned after 58 Rf8 because he would not have been able to stop Carlsen from promoting a pawn after 58 ... Kf8 59 h7 Re5 60 fe5 Kg7 61 e6

Source : The New York Times

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