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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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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

For More Details  Log in  :  http://www.sahafederacija.lv/?p=1846 

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