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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

Fifty Games of Vishwanathan Anand.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Astana World Rapid and Blitz 2012 (Astana KAZ)

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Rapid Games


 Blitz Games

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Anand believes he will be champion again

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KOLKATA: Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday said he was not interested in thinking who would win the next title but believed that he would do it again.

"I hope it's me. After me, me... what can I say... I am not trying not to think of who is coming next. Because, I am not interested," the chess wizard said when asked who would be the next world champion.

Anand said that he does not believe in numbers when asked if he was looking to emulate Russian legend Garry Kasparov's feat of six titles.

"I only think one championship ahead. I don't think about numbers. This time I was only playing against (Boris) Gelfand, I was not thinking about the fifth (title) or something."

Anand said that he opted out of India's team for the chess Olympiad in Turkey, scheduled from August 27-December 10, as he did not enjoy the format.

"I had issues with the format. It's already been several times that I've done this. I want to concentrate on some other tournaments."

Asked if it's okay for stalwarts like him and Sachin Tendulkar in cricket to opt out willingly, Anand said: "It's not that I want to make a category of stalwarts and then have a special sort of rights. I really don't know what to say about this."

On critics who pointed fingers at his age, the 42-year-old said: "It sounds strange to me and keep on explaining that how a 40 or 42-year-old keeps playing chess. It's a strange phenomenon. If you love the game and you do hard work you will still do well. People may be surprised but you shouldn't have to explain it so much.

"In general, it's not my aim to play chess for them. You play because it gives you joy. As for the critics, the best is just not to pay any attention," Anand said.

"I am wondering at myself. I play each championship in hope that it goes well. I don't try to find explanations of it. I am very glad if I win," he said about his win over Gelfand, a year older to him.

Terming his world championship fight against Gelfand the toughest of all, Anand said, "When I played against Gelfand, I already played two matches. In a way, I had exposed my cards. Gelfand is much too good and sophisticated a player to miss that kind of materials. He simply had some open cards from me to prepare himself effectively.

"I expected him to be difficult and that's how it turned out. He was able to prepare himself well, having got a few open cards from me. He conducted himself exceedingly well. We were trying every game without making any harakiri. Last four games were pretty intense."

Terming 21-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen as one of the fine upcoming talents, Anand said: "He is an amazing talent. He is one you see once or twice in a century. We drew a couple of times in our last meeting."

Famous for his rapid mastery, he said: "It is a help. But when you are playing world championship, tension is a much big factor than your form in the rapid chess."

About his team of seconds that included Kolkata's GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, he said: "We worked extremely hard like every time. But lot of cards were exposed. That's why, it's becoming easier for the opponents. That's the reality we will have to deal with it more and more.

Asked about being together for long, he said: "There are some disadvantages as well. It's the same people, there's limited pool of ideas. But these things, you don't evaluate too much."

The Chennai-based world champion who resides in Malaga, Spain, ranked the European country alongside Brazil of the golden era of Pele as the best sides to have played football.

"I've only seen highlights of Pele's team. Very difficult to compare. They belong to the same category.

"I feel very happy for Spain. They just keep on winning. The final was so one-sided, the difference between Spain and Italy looked so big," the chess maestro said about Spain's victory over Italy in the Euro Championships.

On his one-year-old and three months son Akhil, he said, "At some point, I will leave him near chessboard and see if he's interested or not. I will try to introduce him to lot of things and see which one catches his fancy."

Source : Time Of India

Chess players in celebration mode

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City chess administrators and coaches had every reason to smile on Wednesday as they displayed the dozen medals won by the players at the Asian Youth Chess Championship that concluded early this month at Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka.

Ten-year-old Nutakki Priyanka (Under-10) was the star attraction as she hauled six gold medals in the classic, rapid and blitz divisions in both team and individual segments. Abhilash Reddy (Under-18) and Lasya (Under-16) won team and individual gold in rapid and classic divisions and settled for a bronze each in blitz. “Krishna district players, after many years, scripted an overwhelming show in an international event. I am happy these three players are following in the footsteps of Grand Masters Koneru Humpy and M.R. Lalith Babu,” said Krishna District Chess Association secretary D. Srihari at a felicitation function to the players. Senior coach V.R. Bobba, who coaches Priyanka, felt that the State Government was not offering support to chess by granting cash awards to the achievers. “The representatives of Andhra Pradesh Chess Association are planning to meet Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and submit a memorandum seeking financial help for the achievers”, he said.

The educational institutions were not keen on promotion of chess, he alleged. “Earlier, the schools used to come forward and sponsor events and players, but now-a-days barring a few the other schools are not showing interest,” he lamented.

Priyanka will be taking part in the world championships to be held at Slovenia in the month of November. Slovenia tourney will be tough as the best of players from the world would take part. She has to fine-tune her skills and also add new moves and strategies to her arsenal, said Mr. Bobba, who was a private coach of Grand Master P. Harikrishna also in his formative years.

Lasya, a student of Nalanda Vidya Niketan, said that she was pursuing karate along with chess and would be achieving her black belt early next year. “My ultimate goal is to become a Grand Master and win the world championship,” said a confident Lasya.

Global Chess Academy director Sk. Khasim, parents of the players and coaches took part in the function.

Source :  The Hindu

Wednesday's Chess Opening Blunders.

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Fauer Arnaud
O'Kelly Alberic
Liege (Blegium) 1934

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. Bxc6+ bxc6 6. d4 f6 7. Nc3 Rb8 8. Qd3 Ne7 9. Be3 Rxb2  10. dxe5 fxe5 11. Nxe5 $3 dxe5  12. Qxd8+ Kxd8 13. O-O-O+ 

Efremov Dmitry
Migov Vladimir
Cor (Russia) 1988

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. Nc3 f5 6. exf5 Bxf5 7. O-O Bd3 8.Re1 e4 9. Re3 Be7 10. Ne1 Bg5 11. Rh3 Nge7  12. Qh5+ Ng6 13. Qxg6+ hxg6 14. Rxh8+ Ke7 15. Rxd8 

Ivan Attilla
Schmidt Rainer
Budapest (Hungery) 1988

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. c3 f5 6. d4 fxe4 7. Nxe5 Bd7  (
7... dxe5 8. Qh5+ Ke7 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Bg5+ Nf6 11. dxe5 Qd5 12. Bh4) 8. Nxd7 Qxd7 9. d5 *

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tuesday's Improve your End Game.

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The Coordination of Rooks and a Bishop.

1. Qb4 It is the Excellent Move. If Black Queen takes the White Queen then the Black pawn on e5 becomes undefended and is captured by White's dark Bishop. The Coordination of the Rooks and Bishop then takes the control of the game.
R8c5 (1... Qxb4 2. Bxe5+ Kxh7 3. Rh3+ Kg6 4. Rf6+ Kg5 5. Rg3+ Kh5 6. Rf5+ Kh6
7. Bf4+ Kh7 8. Rh5#) 2. Rf8+ Qxf8 (2... Kxh7 3. Qxe4+ Kg7 4. Rg8+ Kxg8 5. Qg6+ Qg7 6. Qe8+ Qf8 7. Rg3+ Kh7 8. Qg6+ Kh8 9. Bxe5+ Qf6 10. Bxf6#) (2... Kg7 3. h8=Q+ Kg6 4. Qxe4+ Kg5 5. Rg3#) 3. Bxe5+ Qg7 4. Bxg7+ Kxg7 5. Qd4+ Kxh7 6.
Qxe4+ Kh6 7. Qe6+ Kh7 8. Rh3+ Kg7 9. Rg3+ Kf8 10. Rg8

White has to activate its Bishop. The Black's Bishop is defended by the queenand if the queen is deflected then White will be able to capture the BlackBishop on d4 and check. 1. Qxf7  Qxf7 A forced move. 2. Bxd4+ Qg7 3. Bxg7+(3. Rxg7 Re7 (3... Re5) (3... Rb4) 4. Rxe7+ Kg8 5. Rg7+ Kh8 6. Rg6#) 3... Kg8 4. Bxb2+ Ng6

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chess Olympiad in Turkey.

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Chess Olympiad in turkey is scheduled from Aug. 27 to Dec. 10. Five time world champion vishnathan anand would not be a part of India's team. The Indian Team will be K. Sasikiran, P. Harikrishna, G. N. Gopal, Parimanjan Negi, abhijit Gupta. Koneru Humpy, who was not a part of the last edition 2010, will be a women's team member along with D. Harika, Tania Sachdev, Eesha Karavade and Mary Ann Gomes.

Turkey has already hosted a Chess Olympiad in 2000 again is Istanbul among with more than 100 international tournaments in the last eight years including 3 European Individual Championships, 2 European Club Cups, 3 World Junior Championships, 1 World Youth Championship, 1 European Youth Championship, 4 Under 16 Children’s Chess Olympiad among many others.
The number of the members of the federation has increased from 3.000 to 255.000 in about eight years with an increasing number of titled chess players. There are also some major successes among which Ekaterina Atalık’s European Individual title in 2006, Mikhail Gurevich’s participation to the World Cup and the Candidates Matches for Mexico 2007, Kübra Öztürk’s two consecutive European Under16 titles in 2006, 2007 and silver medal in the World Junior Ch., Cemil Can Ali Marandi’s European Under 10 title among many other youth and junior titles.
Ali Nihat Yazıcı, the president of the Turkish Chess Federation was the leader of the boom is now also Vice President of FIDE, respected among international circles and known as one of the most dynamic organizers in the chess world.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Negi held by Rijnaarts in Leiden chess tourney

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Grandmaster and Asian champion Parimarjan Negi suffered a setback drawing with Sjef Rijnaarts of Holland in the second round of the sixth edition of Leiden International chess tournament.

After scoring an easy victory in the opener, Negi, the second youngest Grandmaster ever, fell prey to some finely crafted manoeuvres by Rijnaarts after missing out on an advantageous position earlier.

The draw left the second seeded Negi on 1.5 points and he is now in joint 14th position in the nine-round tournament.

Grandmaster S Kidambi managed to win his second game on the trot to be among 13 leaders after the second round. Local hopeful Vincent Blom could not match the wily Indian who played with white pieces.

In the shocker of the day, top seed German Grandmaster Igor Khenkin lost to Alexander Van Beek of Holland. It was a cracker of a game in which fortunes fluctuated a few times and Van Beek had the final say.

With top two seeds dropping points, Predrag Nikolic of Bosnia, Bartosz Socko of Poland and David Howell of England emerged as the front runners with seven rounds still to come.

Amongst other Indians in the fray, Grandmaster S Arun Prasad played out a draw with Nathanael Spaan of Holland while GM M R Lalith Babu opened his account at the expense of Rudolf Kat, also of Holland.

Lalith Babu had lost the opening round when he failed to spot a simple tactic against Harmen Van Halderen, rated more than 400 points below him.

Negi faced an off-beat Sicilian as white but was soon on known paths as he executed a king side attack according to the demand of the position.

Rijnaarts had the option of defending a bad position or hunt for the counter active measures and he chose the latter by sacrificing a central pawn. It was a superior position for Negi which, on an average day, his fans would have expected him to convert.

A slight inaccuracy brought Rijnaarts back into the contention and his 24th move was clear indication that the game was headed for a draw. The peace was signed vide perpetual checks 11 moves later.

Like Negi, Arun Prasad was also held to a draw by a player rated more than 300 points below him. Nathanael Spaan was the beneficiary of a half point after doing the hard work in the Sozin variation of the Sicilian defense.

Playing black, Arun Prasad felt the heat and decided to play it safe. The result was a draw in 29 moves through repetition of moves.

Important and Indian results round 2 (Indians unless specified): Alexander Van Beek (Ned, 2) beat Igor Khenkin (Ger, 1); Parimarjan Negi (1.5) drew with Sjef Rijnaarts (Ned, 1.5); Julian Van Overdam (Ned, 1) lost to Predrag Nikolic (Bih, 2); Bartosz Socko (Pol, 2) beat Vladimir Zakhartsov (Rus, 1); Berthold Rabus (Ger, 1) lost to David Howell (Eng, 2); Evgeny Vorobiov (Rus, 2) beat Erik Van der Raaf (Ned, 1); Nathanael Spaan (Ned, 1.5) drew with S Arun Prasad (1.5); Benjamin Bok (Ned, 2) beat Olga Vrublevskaya (Rus, 1); S Kidambi (2) beat Vincent Blom (Ned, 1); M R Lalith Babu (1) beat Rudolf Kat (Ned, 0).

Source  : thehindu.com

CHESS: Team Kenya prepares for world olympiad.

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CHESS: Team Kenya prepares for world olympiad

Written By:Buckley Fedha,    Posted: Sun, Jul 08, 2012

Sharanya started playing chess at the age of 8 years from January 2010.
The Kenyan men and women teams to the 40th edition of the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, which were selected late last month, have begun a seven week training session before traveling to Turkey for the global event.

The Kenya ladies chess team, coached by 7-time Olympian and veteran John Mukabi, made their debut to the world event in 2004 in Calvia Mallorca, Spain.

The men's team is the same that represented Kenya in last year's 10th All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.

It comprised Olympiad debutants and the fast improving Mehul Gohil and Hinga Githinji, former Olympians Joseph Atwoli (one time Olympian), FIDE Master and 3-time Olympian Martin Gateri and veteran Benjamin Magana.

They will be trained by Kenya's strongest player, American-born Peter Gilruth.

The ladies team comprises Woman Candidate Master Jane Wambugu, 2-time Olympian Gloria Jumba, the new kid on the block and reigning Kenya National Junior Girls under 10 years champion Sharanya Kishan, one-time Olympians Isabelle Asiema and Rehema Khimulu.

Isabelle was the previous youngest player to represent Kenya at the age of 12 at the 2006 Turin Olympiad in Italy. Gloria, Rehema and Isabelle were also in Maputo last year.

The impressive Sharanya who is 9 years old started playing chess at the age of 8 years from January 2010.

She represented Kenya in the Girls Under 8 years category at the World School Chess Championships 2010 in Greece securing 6 points from 11 games.

She again represented Kenya in the Girls Under 9 years category at the World School Chess Championships 2011 in Poland managing a score of 5.5 points from 9 matches.

Kishan also represented the country in the African Youth Chess Championships in Lusaka, Zambia finishing 2nd in the Girls Under 10 years category winning 8 out of her 9 matches.

This promises to be the best prepared teams ever for the world showcase.

Kenya has participated in the bi-enniel World Chess Olympiad since 1980 but missed out in the 1992 event in Manila, Philippines, the 1994 championship in Moscow, Russia and the 1996 event in Yerevan, Armenia due to financial constraints.

The team will head to Turkey later next month before the event kicks off 27th of next month.

Source : Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

2nd Polugaevsky Memorial 2012 End Game.

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(8) Shomoev,Anton (2582) - Sviridova,Vlada (2115) [D11]2nd Polugaevsky Mem Samara RUS (1.8), 05.07.2012

66.Kc5) 66...Kxf4 [ 66...Kg4 67.Rb4 Kh4 68.Kc6 Kg4) 66...Ke4 67.Rb4+ Kf5 68.Kd6 Rf8 69.b8Q Rxb8 70.Rxb8 Kxf4 71.Rb4+ Kf3 72.Kc5 Ke3 73.Kd5 Kd2 74.Rb3 Kc1 75.Kd4 Kd2 76.Rd3+ Ke2 77.Ke4 Kf2 78.Ra3 Ke2 79.Ra2+ Kd1 80.Ke3 Kc1 81.Kd3  ...Kb1 82.Rc2 Ka1 83.Kc3 Kb1 84.Kb3 Ka1 85.Rc1#) 66...Rd8 67.b8Q Rxb8 68.Rxb8 Kxf4 69.Kd4 Kf5 70.Rb6 Kf4 71.Rb5 Kf3 72.Rf5+ Kg4 73.Ke4 Kg3 74.Rc5 Kf2 75.Rc2+ Ke1 76.Ke3 Kf1 77.Re2 Kg1 78.Kd4 Kf1 79.Kd3 Kg1 80.Ra2 Kh1 81.Ke3  ...Kg1 82.Kf3 Kh1 83.Kg3 Kg1 84.Ra1# ) 66...Rh8 67.b8Q Rxb8 68.Rxb8 Kxf4 69.Rb4+ Kf3 70.Kd4 Kf4 71.Rb5 Kf3 72.Rf5+ Ke2 73.Rf6 Kd2 74.Rf2+ Ke1 75.Rb2 Kd1 76.Ke3 Kc1 77.Rd2 Kb1 78.Kd4 Kc1 79.Kc3 Kb1 80.Rd1+ Ka2 81.Rd6 ...Kb1 82.Ra6 Kc1 83.Ra1#  ] 67.Kd6 Rh8 68.b8Q Rxb8 69.Rxb8 Kf3 70.Kd5 Kf4 71.Rb4+ Ke3 72.Rb2 Kd3 73.Rb3+ Kc2 74.Rh3 Kd1 75.Kd4 Ke2 76.Rh2+ Kf3 77.Rb2 Kg3 78.Ke3 Kg4 79.Rb5 Kg3 80.Rg5+ Kh2 81.Kf3 9 1-0

(6) Gabrielian,Artur (2594) - Mirzaev,Aziz (2154) [C02]2nd Polugaevsky Mem Samara RUS (1.6), 05.07.2012
42.Ra6 42...Qb8 [ 42...Kb8 43.Rdb6+ Rb7 44.Rxa7 Rxg3+ 45.fxg3 Rxb6 46.Qxf7 Rb1+ 47.Kg2 Rg1+ 48.Kxg1 ) 42...Rc1+ 43.Kh2 Qxa6 44.Rxa6 Rg4 45.Qa8+ Kc7 46.Qa7+ Kc8 47.Rb6 Rh1+ 48.Kxh1 Rh4+ 49.gxh4) 42...Rd8 43.Rxa7 Rc1+ 44.Kg2 ) 42...h5 43.Rxa7 Rxa7 44.Rb6 h4 45.Qc6+ Rc7 46.Qa8+ Kd7 47.Qxg8 Rc1+ 48.Kg2 h3+ 49.Kxh3 Rh1+ 50.Kg2 Rd1 51.Qxf7+ Kc8 52.Qxe6+ Kc7 53.Qc6+  ] 43.Rdb6 Rc1+ 44.Kg2 Qa7 45.Rxa7 Kd8 46.Rxf7 Rxg3+ 47.fxg3 Rc2+ 48.Kh3 1-0

Sunday's Improve your middle game.

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1.Ng5 [1.Bd2 a6 2.Rfc1 Nb8 3.b4 Bxf3 4.gxf3 Nc6 5.Rab1 Qb6 6.Bc3 Rfc8 7.b5 axb5 8.Bxb5 Black missed the trick 22---Nxe5.] 1...Bxg5 2.Qxg5 Bg6 It is a basic principle that when you have a Bishop pair try to maintain it. 3.Be2 The White pawn on d4 is not defended and Black can exploit the situation by by hitting at the base of a pawn chain. Can Black attack the d4 pawn? 3...Nb8 The Knight on c6 hits the base pawn d4. It also controls the hole b4 as well as the move Na5 can be followed by Nb3 or Nc4.  4.Qxd8 Rxd8 5.a5 Nc6 6.Be3 a6 7.Rfc1 Rac8 8.h4 Nb4 9.Rc3 Line

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Eight-year-old making rapid strides in chess

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Eight-year-old making rapid strides in chess

By Namita Handa

Ananya Gupta is just like any other eight-year-old, who spends most of her morning in school, afternoon finishing her homework and in playing a sport in the evening. But unlike other girls of her age, she has already written herself into history by excelling in a cerebral sport, chess.

She has an outstanding Elo rating of 1431, making her the highest ranked chess girl in Mumbai among eight-year olds, second in Maharashtra, and fourth in India. The FIDE (world chess body) released the official rating list on July 1 2012 on www.fide.com.

Ananya took to the game when she was just four. “I would go to my friends’ house where we had chess classes. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to pursue it seriously,” said the student of DY Patil School.

Soon, she was being coached by South Mumbai Chess Academy’s senior trainer, G Nagesh. She is already participating in active chess tourneys across the country. “Last month, I played in the first PP Savani Fide International Rating Chess Tournament in Surat where I had defeated two rated players. I was also awarded the best in the U-8 category,” said Ananya.

Now, she is participating in the Maharashtra State U-11 Chess Championship in Nagpur. Ananya surprised the top-seed Aashna Gajaria of Mumbai, beating her in 37 moves in round three.
Chess, she says, runs in the family. “My father would also play chess during his childhood,” Ananya said. What is more, her father has never beaten her in chess, she reveals proudly. “I’m much better than him,” she chuckled, adding that aggression is in her style.“I always like to attack. Chess is a mind game. Moves are the only way to scare your opponents.”

For now, she’s eager to maintain her chess rating. “I must ensure I hold on to my rating,” said the eight-year-old.

Source : dnaindia.com