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  • Financial Support for GM Lombardy

    Jim West On Chess
    28 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    At a time when he is being portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard in the film Pawn Sacrifice, the real life GM William Lombardy needs your financial support.
  • Claudia's Journey to India Begins

    United States Chess Federation
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    US Girls Junior Champ Claudia Munoz updates CLO readers on her preparation for the 2014 World Junior Chess Championship in Pune, India (October 5-20).
  • Closing ceremony of the World Youth Chess Championship in Durban

    World Chess Federation - FIDE
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    From 18th to 30th of September the World Youth Chess Championships were held in Durban. The championship was organized by the South African Chess Federation. On September 29th the FIDE President arrived to Durban for the closing ceremony. The ceremony was held in the International Congress Center with 940 young chess players from 87 countries. This is the first such tournament on the African continent.  Final StandingsBoys U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/ U16/ U18Girls U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/ U16/ U18The official tournament websiteKirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE PresidentEldo Smart, President of Chess South…
  • FIDE Grand Prix Baku 2014 LIVE!

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    2 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The First Stage of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014-2015 is taking place on 1-15th October 2014 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The games will be live daily at Chessdom with the TCEC top engines Stockfish, Komodo and Houdini. Caruana, Fabiano ITA GM 2801, Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 2789, Nakamura, Hikaru USA GM 2782, Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 2777, Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 2756, Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 2755, Gelfand, Boris ISR GM 2748, Svidler, Peter RUS GM 2732, Andreikin, Dmitry RUS GM 2722, Radjabov, Teimour AZE GM 2717, Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB GM 2706 and Tomashevsky, Evgeny…
  • Serious brain challenge

    Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    White to move. How should White proceed? No computer lines please.k4r2/1p3N1R/1B6/2PQ2Pp/p5r1/P6q/6P1/1n4K1 w - - 0 1Hint: 1.Qxb7+ does NOT work :-)Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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  • Claudia's Journey to India Begins

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    US Girls Junior Champ Claudia Munoz updates CLO readers on her preparation for the 2014 World Junior Chess Championship in Pune, India (October 5-20).
  • GM Maurice Ashley on Sports Radio

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    GM Maurice Ashley talks on sports radio about the Millionaire Chess Open, kicking off next week and why chess has the potential for mass media attention.
  • Yu The Best at World Youth

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Jennifer Yu stole the show at the 2014 World Youth, scoring 10/11 in the Girls U12. GM Ben Finegold annotates her final game, when she already clinched gold. He also presents a wild game featuring Kapil Chandran in the Under 12.
  • Birthdays at the World Youth

    27 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    GM Ben Finegold updates us on the World Youth in Durban, South Africa, including annotated games, medal chances and birthday parties.
  • Becerra Triumphs In Southern Open

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    GM Julio Becerra won the 22nd edition of the Southern Open, held September 19-21 in Orlando. Find key games in the full story.
 
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  • Closing ceremony of the World Youth Chess Championship in Durban

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    From 18th to 30th of September the World Youth Chess Championships were held in Durban. The championship was organized by the South African Chess Federation. On September 29th the FIDE President arrived to Durban for the closing ceremony. The ceremony was held in the International Congress Center with 940 young chess players from 87 countries. This is the first such tournament on the African continent.  Final StandingsBoys U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/ U16/ U18Girls U8/ U10/ U12/ U14/ U16/ U18The official tournament websiteKirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE PresidentEldo Smart, President of Chess South…
  • October 2014 FRL

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:17 am
    FIDE publishes October 2014 FRL FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.
  • The first stage of FIDE GP series 2014-2015 in Baku

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    In a few days FIDE starts the third Grand Prix series 2014-2015 with the first stage to be held in Baku (Azerbaijan) from the 1st until the 15th of October 2014. Back in 2008 it was also the capital of Azerbaijan which hosted the first ever Grand Prix stage and a great deal has changed since then as FIDE has organized 30 Grand Prix tournaments. One only needs to remember that the event six years ago was own by future World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Chinese top player Wang Yue and Vugar Gashimov, one of the leading chess players of Azerbaijan, who tragically passed away in January 2014. Over…
  • The First Russian Chess Museum

    26 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    The opening ceremony of the first Russian chess Museum took place on the 25th of September in Moscow. The ceremony was attended by the President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Press-Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation Mr. Dmitry Peskov, First Deputy Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, President of the Olympic Committee of Russia, Vice-President of the Supervisory Board Mr. Alexandr Zhukov, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, member of the…
  • Enrique Celi: ‘Uruguay is America , Jorge Vega is America'

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    Enrique Celi, delegate of the Uruguayan Chess Federation (FUA) at an international level since 2004, explained that the decision of Uruguay to vote for the Russian Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in the general elections of FIDE was based on the American project related to chess. He said the continent "behaves as a compact block", whose leader is the President of FIDE America, Jorge Vega. "As America has done well with Kirsan, he maintains the block’s confidence, which results in political support", he synthesized, and then summarized: "Uruguay is America, Jorge Vega is America." At the same time, he…
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  • FIDE Grand Prix Baku 2014 LIVE!

    videnova
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The First Stage of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2014-2015 is taking place on 1-15th October 2014 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The games will be live daily at Chessdom with the TCEC top engines Stockfish, Komodo and Houdini. Caruana, Fabiano ITA GM 2801, Grischuk, Alexander RUS GM 2789, Nakamura, Hikaru USA GM 2782, Karjakin, Sergey RUS GM 2777, Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE GM 2756, Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB GM 2755, Gelfand, Boris ISR GM 2748, Svidler, Peter RUS GM 2732, Andreikin, Dmitry RUS GM 2722, Radjabov, Teimour AZE GM 2717, Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB GM 2706 and Tomashevsky, Evgeny…
  • Gull 3 is Caruana’s impersonation in TCEC – Season 7

    videnova
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The new TCEC Season 7 graphic by Santiago Méndez Gull 3 is Fabiano Caruana’s impersonation at the seventh season of the strongest computer competition TCEC. The engine is leading with 7,5 points out of 9 rounds, just like Caruana during the strongest closed tournament ever Sinquefield Cup 2014. Gull scored another victory in the ninth round outplaying Hannibal 1.5×5 with White pieces. Critter 1.6a and Chiron 2 are the nearest followers on 6,5 points, while the reigning TCEC Grand champion Stockfish is on fourth position with 6 points. Right now Stockfish is playing the KIA,…
  • GM Davorin Kuljasevic in the European Parliament

    videnova
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    GM Davorin Kuljasevic was invited inside the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium on 15th September 2014 to deliver a chess lecture and a simultaneous exhibition. The invitation came from the famous Chess Club Europchess, founded in 1972 under the official name “cercle d’échecs des Communautés européennes C.E.C.E”. Such invitations have been a tradition since 1973 when GM O’Kelly delivered a simultaneous exhibition. Former World champions Garry Kasparov and Veselin Topalov are among the many Grandmasters who have accepted the challenge. Croatian GM Davorin Kuljasevic…
  • Abu Dhabi Chess Festival 2014 on DD TV

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    1 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    India’s biggest television network Doordarshan will telecast four exclusive Highlights of the 21st Abu Dhabi Chess Festival 2014 on its DD Sports Channel from 5-8th October. Filmed and Produced by Vijay Kumar the 30 minutes highlights of each episode will be telecast as under: 1st Episode on 5 October from 11pm to 11:30 pm (GMT 18:30hrs to 19:00hrs) 2nd Episode on 6 October from 11pm to 11:30 pm 3rd Episode on 7 October from 11pm to 11:30 pm 4th Episode on 8 October from 11pm to 11:30 pm The Telecast will also be available in 48 countries including parts of Europe, Middle East and South…
  • Laznicka – Rapport match LIVE!

    chessdom
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Two of the most exciting Central European chess players GM Laznicka and GM Rapport are meeting for a match called Novoborska Sachova Corrida. The games will take place at Ajeto restaurant in Nový Bor. A total of six games will be played. Rounds start daily at 16:00 CET More live chess: Baku Grand Prix and final rounds of TCEC stage 1a Official website:
 
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    Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information

  • Serious brain challenge

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    White to move. How should White proceed? No computer lines please.k4r2/1p3N1R/1B6/2PQ2Pp/p5r1/P6q/6P1/1n4K1 w - - 0 1Hint: 1.Qxb7+ does NOT work :-)Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • FIDE Trainers' Seminar in Durban

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    www.fide.comChess Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • SP World Open for Boys and Girls - A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and GirlsOct 31-Nov 1-Nov 2Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, ILOver $100,000 in prizes with scholarships to Webster University!A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!Sections (Boys and Girls each)U18, U16, U14, U12, U10Prizes (Boys and Girls each)U181st place – Webster University Scholarship ($52,000 value)2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizesU16, U14, U12, U101st place – iPad Mini2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes.All sections – trophies to 1st – 8th place and 1st-2nd for school-based teamsRounds and Time Control6R-SS Game-45 w/5-sec…
  • FREE Chess Teaching Guide

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Over 500,000 free copies have been distributed and used in over 130 countries! Free free to download your free copy and share the great game of chess with others.http://webster.edu/documents/spice/chess-training-guide.pdfChess Daily News from Susan Polgar
  • Bb5 Systems to Destroy the Sicilian Defense - GM Damian Lemos ... and more

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Complex Endgames - GM Bryan SmithComplex Endgames - GM Bryan SmithPosted on October 01,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Try this if your final phase needs help. Complex Endgames by GM Bryan Smith, from The ChessLecture series. This lecture follows a game between two strong Russian Grandmasters, which features the Sicilian Richter Rauzer a sharp sub-opening of the Sicilian. Bryan examines the consequences of moving your king twice in the early stages of the game and then analyzes the…
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    Wholesale Chess: Latest News

  • New Product Videos

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    We wanted to let all of our customers know – as you may have noticed – that we’ve updated several product videos and added a lot more! Our goal is to make sure you clearly understand our products before you make your purchase; no one likes to buy something if they’re not sure about whether or not it's what they need. With that in mind, if you have questions as you browse the site, be sure to watch the included videos, as they may answer any questions or concerns you have.From the classic vinyl boards and plastic tournament chess sets to high-end wooden pieces and boards, as well as…
  • Answers to the Ultimate Chess Quiz

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    SPOILER ALERT! -- ANSWERS TO THE CHESS QUIZ! Here are the answers to the ultimate chess quiz written by Bill Wall. Answers: 1. Manuel Aaron was India's first International Master, in 1961. 2. Viswanathan Anand was India's first Grandmaster, in 1987. 3. In 1995, Robert Smeltzer played the most USCF games in one year - 2,266 games. 4. Michael Adams was the youngest player to win the British Chess Championship at 17. 5. Bobby Fischer was the youngest player to win the US Chess Championship at 14 in 1957/58. 6. Hikaru Nakamura was the 2nd youngest player to win the US Chess Championship at 16 in…
  • Chess Quiz: Test Your Chess Knowledge

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Think you know a lot about chess and chess history? Here's the ultimate chess quiz for long-time chess lovers created by Bill Wall. Good luck - you're going to need it! 1. Who was India's first International Master? 2. Who was India's first Grandmaster? 3. Who played the most USCF rated games in one year? 4. Who was the youngest player to win the British Chess Championship? 5. Who was the youngest player to win the US Chess Championship? 6. Who was the second youngest player to win the US Chess Championship? 7. Who was the first <!--more-->Indonesian Grandmaster? 8. Who was Norway's…
  • When Should I Start Teaching Chess to My Child?

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Written by Laura Sherman of YourChessCoach.com Many parents wonder when they should dust off the old chess board in the attic and introduce the game of kings and queens to their child. I would venture to guess most parents wait too long. In our household I started teaching our son when he was 4. The lessons were very short and fun, many occurred on the beach. As he learned more and more of the basics the lessons became longer and longer. Now that he is 5 and has more experience we can go 45 minutes without a problem. He has also played in two chess tournaments which lasted over 1 hour. Since…
  • At the Chess Board

    9 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Written by guest author Greg Delaney for Wholesale Chess. There are countless human experiences that can and do teach us something about ourselves and how we think, feel, and behave. Little did I know when I was drawn back to the game in 2005, how profoundly revealing of oneself the game of chess can be. Since chess reduces the element of chance to a minimum, what happens at the chess board approximates truth perhaps as closely as we human beings can experience it. Chess is not all about memorization and calculation and technique, although these functions are all part of the game. I have…
 
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  • Final conclusion

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    What this blog lacks is a final conclusion. I will provide one now. There are things in life that one can call "unfinished business". In my life I had two which stood out: fishing and playing chess.I hardly caught any fish when I started to experiment with fishing.It took me 25 years to get the hang of it. At the moment I understood how to do it and started to catch lots and lots of fish, I abandoned fishing. Since I don't like fishing. Experimenting and finding out  how it works was a definite challenge, but when the challenge was over, it was finished. I never touched an angling rod…
  • The initiative

    12 Sep 2013 | 12:32 pm
    Writing in english again is somewhat uneasy. I feel rusty both write- and chesswise. I did read a few old posts of mine. Especially this one caught my attention. I never really put the ideas from that post into practice. But pruning branches and  excluding move orders based on reasoning about the initiative is a great idea. I will experiment with it. All other ideas failed, so there is nothing to loose.I did a little test with solving an old high rated problemset. It turns out that most of the times I remember the moves, not the diagrams. Since the initiative is much more important than…
  • Chess comes in waves

    11 Sep 2013 | 5:23 pm
    I haven't posted for a while. But the new season has started, so I will try to pick it up again. First I will have to read some old stuff to see where I'm standing right now. See you around.
  • Seeing everything as new

    16 Mar 2013 | 5:13 pm
    Say, there is a big tree in my garden. It casts a lot of shadow, so it makes my house ïnside very dark. At one day, I decide to chop it down because I got so annoyed to have to put on the lights by day, even in the summer. After a good night of sleep, I have forgotten that I did chop the tree and why I did it. When I wake up, I look in the garden and I start to rave: "which idiot has chopped my tree while I was asleep? When I now sit in the garden it will be too hot for me since there is no shadow!"This happens when you see everything always as "new". When you don't see the relation between…
  • ATH 1900 Fide estimated

    13 Mar 2013 | 8:02 am
    In about 11 months my FIDE estimated rating at CT has risen from 1844 to 1900 today. Most of this has been realized the past 7 months, when I started with my new method of making diagrams and memorizing limited amounts of high rated tactical problems. As you might have noticed I made a detour for two months or so with endgames during this time.In fact, I might be somewhat underrated even. Since I wasn't aware that the FIDE estimated which is calculated during standard tactics makes use of the time I spend on a problem. I have the habit to go to the mall or to watch the telly while the clock…
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    Jim West On Chess

  • Marshall Sunday Game/60 9/28/2014

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    On Sunday, I won this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf VariationJim West (USCF 2200) - Dennis Li (USCF 1954), Marshall Chess Club 9/28/20141.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.f4 Nc5 9.f5 e5 10.Nde2 Nxb3 11.axb3 Be7 12.Bg5 Nd7 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.O-O Nf6 15.Nd5 Qd8 16.Nec3 b517.Nxb5 O-O 18.Nxf6+ Qxf6 19.Nc7 Ra7 20.Nd5 Qd8 21.f6 g6 22.Qd2 Kh8 23.Qe3 Rb7 24.Qh6 Rg8 25.Ne7 Rxe7 26.fxe7 Qxe7 27.Rf2 f5 28.Qd2 f4 29.Rd1 Rd8 30.c4 Bg4 31.Re1 g5 32.Qa5 Bc8 33.Qc3 g434.Rxf4 Qg7 35.Rf2 h5 36.Ref1 Be6 37.Qe3 h4 38.Rf6 Bg8…
  • Macauley Peterson at Marshall CC Tonight

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Macauley Peterson is an award winning chess journalist.  He was voted 2008 "Chess Journalist of the Year" by the Chess Journalists of America.  His written work has appeared in Chess Life (United States), Chess Life Online (United States), New in Chess (Netherlands), 64 (Russia), Chess (United Kingdom), and elsewhere.In 2006, he completed work as an editor on Adam Nemett's independent feature film The Instrument, which appeared at the 2005 Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles and was part of the New Filmmakers series at New York's Anthology Film Archives; and he has…
  • Marshall Saturday Game/45 9/27/2014

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    On Saturday, I drew a couple of games with the PCG in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round One: Philidor Counter GambitBryan Quick (USCF 1808) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 9/27/20141.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.dxe5 fxe4 5.Ng5 d5 6.e6 Bc5 7.Nf7 Qf6 8.Qe2 Bxe6 9.Nxh8 Nc6 10.c3 O-O-O 11.Nd2 Ne5 12.Nb3 Nd3+ 13.Kd2 Bxf2 14.Nd4 Bxd4 15.cxd4 Qxd4 16.Qe3 Qxe3+ 17.Kxe3 Nxc1 18.Rxc1 Nf6 19.Kd4 Rxh8 20.Be2 c6 21.b4 Bg4 22.Rhe1 Bxe2 23.Rxe2 a6 24.a4 Kb8 25.b5 axb5 26.axb5 cxb5 27.Rb1 Rc8 28.Rxb5 Rc4+ 29.Ke5 Rc730.h3 h5 31.Rb4 Re7+ 32.Kd4 Rd7 33.Rc2 Rc7 34.Ra2 Re7 35.Re2 Rd7…
  • Financial Support for GM Lombardy

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:18 am
    At a time when he is being portrayed by Peter Sarsgaard in the film Pawn Sacrifice, the real life GM William Lombardy needs your financial support.
  • Pix from Sunday Game/45 9/21/2014

    27 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    On Sunday, I photographed the players in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club. 
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  • Illingworth GM Hunting in Hungary

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:52 am
    UPDATE (16 Sep): Max scored 3.5 from the last 4 rounds of his event. Thus, he not only won that tournament but also gained himself a GM norm!(Original text below)International master Max Illingworth, who starred for Australia at the Tromsø Olympiad last month, is extending his European stint in the hunt for another GM norm. And obviously in the process, hopefully, also raise his rating ever closer to that magic 2500.Max is currently in the First Saturday GM event in Hungary. After 5 rounds there, the Sydneysider is undefeated on 3.5 points. With 4 rounds to go, he'll be desperately needing…
  • Carlsen Will Play in Sochi

    7 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    And it's on!After days of uncertainty, the World Championship match between Carlsen and Anand is finally set to happen after the defending title holder signed the contract. It has been a pleasure signing autographs for the fans in St. Louis. After the tournament I found the time for 1 more pic.twitter.com/wRELuTPko1— Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) September 7, 2014 No doubt many will be relieved, happy that a potential split in world chess has been averted. On the other hand, FIDE will be quite satisfied by the outcome; they can carry on business-as-usual. Others, particularly the average…
  • Japan's First International Master

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    As far as chess news go this is hardly up there with Caruana's incredible 5/5 at the ongoing Sinquefield Cup, Carlsen possibly losing the world championship title by default or whatever else is happening in the world of chess. But since I am in the country, I might as well mention this little bit of news.Japan is set to gain its first ever international master - Nanjo Ryosuke. News was broken by FM Shinya Kojima over on his blog. The irony, of course, is that FM Kojima himself was once touted as possibly Japan's first IM!Obviously, Nanjo-san is not the first ethnic Japanese to achieve the…
  • Another Split in World Chess?

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    This is what I like to see, a World Champion who’s prepared to throw his weight around.Magnus Carlsen is, for now, dragging his feet over the re-match against Anand that is slated for November. The Norwegian and his team have to date not signed the contract papers, queried the suitability of the venue, asked for more prize money and also raised questions about media coverage.This is good. For if there’s anyone who really ought to do more to, at least, ruffle FIDE’s feathers – it’s the numero uno, the World Champ. How is the world body supposed to react?Already there is speculation…
  • Levon Aronian's Preparation

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    GM Levon Aronian just tweeted this. Beach selfie from South Carolina. Sinquefield Cup starting tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/Ik9R2MunHW— Levon Aronian (@LevAronian) August 25, 2014 The world number two spent the weekend in South Carolina. He and Arianne are on their way to St Louis where Levon will play in the Sinquefield Cup.I imagine that the other participants are busy in front of their computers looking for that next big novelty. Between that and Aronian's prep method, I know exactly which one I prefer. After all, if you're world number 2 you can probably afford a bit of a frolick in the…
 
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  • Mind-Blowing Endgame

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    30 Sep 2014 | 8:53 pm
    I know that games played against my computer aren’t the most interesting topic in the world, but recently I had an endgame against Shredder that blew my mind. I learned something new and I think you will, too. Let’s start on move 88, when the computer played a move that totally shocked me. (Parenthetical remark — the computer’s strength was set at 2114, not at full strength.) FEN: Q7/P6p/2K3p1/8/8/3kb3/5p2/8 b – - 0 88 Position after 88. Kc6. Black to move. Here I was expecting Black to play 88. … f1Q 89. Qd8+ Kc2 90. a1Q Qc4+, which I thought was likely to…
  • (Off-topic) Fun time-waster

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    27 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Today I discovered a fun new computer game — new to me, that is — called Fantastic Contraption 2. I had a great time with it, because it allows more creativity and originality than any other computer game I’ve played (besides chess, of course!). Most puzzle-type games have only one solution, or they may have more than one but they are still more or less the same in some way. Fantastic Contraption is a physics-based game, where you are supposed to design a mechanism to transport an object from one place to another. You have a few tools at your disposal: powered wheels,…
  • If Only Magnus Read My Blog…

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    24 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    It’s extremely thrilling when the World Champion plays your favorite opening. However, it’s somewhat less than thrilling when he loses with it. So it was both exciting and discouraging to read that Magnus Carlsen had played the Bird Variation of the Ruy Lopez last month at the Olympiad and had been upset by a player rated 200 points below him. I guess maybe I should be happy because if he had won, then everybody would start playing the Bird and I would suddenly have to learn a lot of new theory. Since he lost, the universal conclusion of the commentators seems to have been,…
  • Comments are Back Online!

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    18 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Today I finally had a chance to dig around in the hidden areas of my blog… hidden even to me… and I figured out how to restore the comments. Not only the feature for posting new comments, but also the archive of all the old comments. Hooray! Feel free to take this opportunity to comment on anything. Did you like the premiere of The Red Band Society last night? What do you think of using the Elo rating system for football teams? While the comments were down, I got one interesting comment via e-mail from Ladia Jirasek, whom I played against at the state championship earlier this…
  • How to Draw Your Computer in Just 211 Moves

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    14 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Now that we’ve looked at my recent tournament games, the only other new games to show you are my pathetic games against the computer. These sometimes have a morbid fascination to them. Nevertheless, I do sometimes learn something interesting, or at least see something amusing. Last week I played a 211-move (!) game against Shredder that came down to an endgame that ought to be in a book somewhere. But first, let’s see how we got there… Shredder was set at a rating of about 2100 for this game, not at full strength. We were playing at a time control of game in 10 moves, except…
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  • Tomb of Emperor Qin Huang's Grandmother Discovered

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    From The International Business Times Online, which contains many more photographs of artefacts from the tomb: China: Ancient Tomb of First Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Grandmother Discovered in Xi'an By Mary-Ann Russon September 11, 2014 11:57 BST A huge ancient tomb belonging to the grandmother of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang has been found in Xi'an during excavations to expand the
  • Israeli Spies Infiltrating Archaeology to Turn the Pyramids Jewish

    14 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    This is absolutely hilarious, except it was not published (as far as I can tell) on April Fool's day.  Only goes to show, you can fool some of the people ALL of the time.  Are all fundy Muslims brainwashed (just like fundy Christians)?  Read it and laugh, and then weep for the state of appalling ignorance and prejudice in the world today, for it is bullshit like this that makes people kill each
  • Women in Ancient Egypt

    14 Sep 2014 | 3:38 pm
    From the Biblical Archaeological Society (BAR) online -- if you don't subscribe to Shanks' excellent magazine, I urge you to do so!  The article that I've copied the text from contains several more images than included here, so please visit BAR (click on link in title to article) and check them out, they are fascinating and flesh out the context and article.  This story presents an interesting
  • Hales Corners Chess Challenge XX!!!

    7 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Hola darlings! Time is flying by!  Please mark your calendars:  October 18, 2014!!!!  Hales Corners Chess Challenge XX, hosted by the Southwest Chess Club, will be taking place at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The Challenges are held two times a year, and now up to tournament twenty.  Goddesschess has been funding special prizes for the chessplayers in these events since
  • Labor Day Memories

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Hola darlings! First of all, HAPPY LABOR DAY to all of us who work so hard doing what we do, whether we work inside the home or outside the home - or do both! It's all good, and it's all worth more than we make in pay, for damn sure! Labor is under attack today in the United States and it's so sad. We're trying to fight back, but we're outgunned and out-moneyed and out-propagandaed. 2011:
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  • Test your chess: daily chess puzzle

    allanbeard
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    White to play and win   allanbeard v King David, Playchess 3 min, April 2013 Solution 1 Qe1!! a5 2 Qg1!! and the queen enters, with one defence being 2…Kc8 3 Be6+- Black has other defences, such as 1….c5 2 Bd5! . If Black makes a 'pass' move, because of the back rank mate threat oif white plays 2 Qa5, then white has time for (eg 1…h6) 2 h3!! and then 3 Qg1!!   Posted with Blogsy
  • NESA October G/30 d5 (National Chess Day), 10/11/14 1:30-5:30 PM, 10/12/14 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

    xenophon98
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Fellow Chess-Players,       Announcing the following tournament: —————————————————————————————————————————————————– NESA October G/30 d5 (in celebration of National Chess Day), Nicholas Sterling (United States Chess Federation Tournament Director) Saturday 10/11/14, Registration 12:00-1:30…
  • What I Learned Today 9/26/2014

    bluesageacademy
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Today I continued to work on the rough draft of my 9/11 oral history essay. I got a lot of responses, and so that makes it REALLY long but good. Before I started, I organized my essay by clumping similar responses together. The steps of writing are pre-writing (brainstorming), drafting, editing, and revising. I’m at the drafting step. I had to solve a glitch in my code for my Java computer programming class. That’s my elective. They helped me find my mistake, but I lost a bunch of code I have to redo. I also worked on my Cub Scout achievements. I chose to work on my chess belt…
  • Chess Cake

    esmedreaming
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Continuing with baking through the Great British Bake Off 2012 book. Chess Cake For the sponge you will need: 350g of unsalted butter 350g of caster sugar 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 6 eggs 50g of cocoa powder 4 tablespoon of milk For the white chocolate ganache you will need: 175g of white chocolate, chopped 125ml of whipping cream 50g of unsalted butter For the dark chocolate ganache you will need: 300g of dark chocolate, chopped 300ml whipping cream 2 piping bags with a 1.5cm plain tube 3 x 20cm cake tins Recipe Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 Make the sponge by creaming the butter then…
  • Jacksonville City Championship

    Steven
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    What: Jacksonville City Championship 2014 When: Saturday, November 1, 2014 Location: University of North Florida Student Union 3rd Floor Time: Registration 10:30 am – 11:00 am Rds: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:45 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:15 pm. Lunch: 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Ends: 8:00 pm Prizes: First place prize guaranteed $250. Other prizes will be based on number of entries. Under prizes will be awarded depending on rating make-up of participants. EF: $35 ($30 entry + $5 donation to JCC). $10 less for UNF students/faculty (must show ID). USCF membership required (may renew on-site). Bring own sets…
 
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  • BCC: HARRY LYMAN MEMORIAL // LAST HURRAH ?? // REMEMBERING A BENEFACTOR OF CHESS //

    Steve Stepak
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUBHARRY LYMAN MEMORIAL$1,000 GUARANTEEDIN 4 SECTIONSOPEN // U2100 // U1950 // U1650SEPTEMBER 20, 2014NM Harry Lyman, a gentleman and amentor to us all.BCC PLAYING HALL, SOMERVILLE MABCC PLAYING HALL, YWCA, BOSTONBCC HOSTS ASPIS PRIZEBCC YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN UNIONBOYLSTON STREET, BOSTON MAFrank Ferdinand, Harvard '34, BCC Day Manager
  • BCC SEPTEMBER GRAND PRIX // MASTERS PREVAIL // KIDS PREDOMINATE // GODIN / TERRIE 1ST // STEVEN LEE / BOSHEN LI U1800 // 23 PLAYERS //

    Steve Stepak
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    LAST SUMMER GRAND PRIX FOR 2014IN 2 SECTIONSOPENPre-game DiscussionNM Hal Terrie listens to NM Eric Godin tell his story.NM Eric Godin plays accurately with black vs 10 yr oldSuraj Ramanathan, just back from a 2 month stay in thecountry of his parents: the area around Chennai, India,home of former World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand.Eric scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd place with NM Hal Terrie.Suraj scored 1.5 points good for +3 to 1802 rating. Bravo, Suraj![Suraj is 29th on the list of 10 yr olds in the USA.]NM Hal Terrie plays white vs Howard Goldowsky.Hal scored 3.5 points to…
  • 12 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm

    Robert Oresick
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Harry Lyman MemorialHarry Lyman was the dean of New England chessand the soul of the Boylston Chess Club.Don't miss his memorial tournament on Saturday, Sept. 20,  with a $1000 prize fund (b/30).  Harry Lyman Memorial Event Organizer: The Boylston Chess Foundation  Visit Organizer Website Event Location: Boylston Chess Club, 240B Elm Street, Suite B9, Somerville, MA 02144   Event Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 Time Control: 4SS; G/60; d5. Rounds Time: 10:00, 12:40, 3:00, 5:15 Byes: Maximum 2 byes; 1/2 bye in the last round must be declared…
  • Becoming a Grandmaster

    Ken Ho
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some time ago, a friend from high school who blogs about various topics (as do I) pointed me to his entry on chess. In it, he mentioned me, and I was surprised to discover that I had...become a Grandmaster. Wow, that was easy, and here I spent all that time studying chess trying to get there the hard way.I explained to my friend that I was rather far from being a master, much less a Grandmaster. No doubt "Grandmaster" makes better copy than "Class A player" (a level I have yet to regain after falling from grace again). My friend said he would edit his entry to correct the error, but I have…
  • BCC GRAND PRIX SEPTEMBER // CHESS // FUN // FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY // SATURDAY // 9/13/2014 // 60/SD

    Steve Stepak
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    NOTE: EARLY SCHEDULING OF THE SEPTEMBER GRAND PRIXTHIS SATURDAY: 9/13/2014REGISTER EARLY FOR DISCOUNTBCC SEPTEMBER GRAND PRIX: PRESS HERE FOR DETAILSCOMPETITIVE CHESS AT ITS BEST IN A FRIENDLYENVIRONMENTBoys and Girls, Women and Men play in the BCC GPBCC GRAND PRIX 2014 // PRIZE CATEGORY LEADERSU2400: NM Hal Terrie 11 pointsNM Siddharth Arun 8NM Avraam Pismennyy 3U2200: Nithin Kavi 16 pointsAndrew Hoy/Carissa Yip 8Arthur Tang/Yang Dai 5.5U2000: Jason Tang 14 pointsRobert Neale 11.5Aashish Welling/Brandon Wu 9U1800: Steve Stepak 17.5 pointsDavid Martin 12Harold Dondis 10U1600: William…
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  • Pump Up My Rating? II

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I got my first Elo rating in September 2011, right after Benasque. Nine games in Spain, four at e2e4’s Gatwick Open in June and another 4 at the Sunningdale Major in May saw me come out at 2049.I’d actually I played 12 games in those last two events, but even before I had a rating I had begun running up a big plus score in games that didn’t count - a habit that led to my Elo DWP? post last February. Anyhoo 2049 was not a bad start at all, I thought.Within three months I had shipped 130 points.The day the January 2012 rating list came out I made a vow: I might have just dipped below…
  • Ray Could Play XV

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    White to playKeene - Polak, Erlangan 1968I was planning to move on from RDK, but since I boobed last time around (RCP XIV: Pretty Good Year), I thought I should do one more that most definitely is an ISE.So, Black’s just gone … Qa6-a7. Ray to play."I spent half an hour considering this sacrifice … ", our man writes in Flank Openings (his notes to the game are also available for free here), "a primarily strategic offer based on the weakness of Black's pawns and the isolated position of his queen."Half an hour well spent, it turns out. The "!?" Keene appends to his move suggests he…
  • Bad book covers XXXII

    27 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    Positional Attacks, Johnson, Lulu, 2014[Bad book covers index]
  • Pump up my Rating?

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I might not have scored a floating chessboard for my birthday last week, but I did at least get a couple of chess books. One of them being Axel Smith’s highly regarded Pump Up Your Rating.The first question on picking up a book with a title like PUYR is simply this: why?I played at Coulsdon a few weeks back. It wasn’t a tremendously successful weekend for me. This fact I was able to ponder at some length on the Sunday afternoon as I was on the bus back to Streatham early doors after taking a brief but thorough spannering in the final round.The previous time I'd played a weekend…
  • A Year on the Circuit III

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Golders Green Open, August 2014White to playJMGB v Chris Rice, Golders Green Open (3), August 2014A BORP? decision for me here. How to recapture on c5?Take with the rook then try to swap the a and b pawns to play against c6 or take with the b-pawn and play against b7? Both options seemed plausible to me at first glance. Fortunately I had some help when making the decision.When thinking about my move I remembered the Larsen-Donner Master Game rook ending (SMA#21) and realised that taking with the pawn would give me a similar queenside pawn configuration. I also recalled Keith Arkell’s…
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  • Risk Required…. R. Driver lecture, 17 Sep 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    David Rittenhouse was unable to present his lecture this evening….so stay tuned for NEXT Wednesday for the conclusion of his 6 part Caro-Kann lecture. GM Daniel Naroditsky has written an article on chess.com dated September 12, 2014 with the title, “How to Win Equal Positions.”   This lecture will borrow freely and heavily upon GM Naroditsky’s writing.  Thank you GM Naroditsky! Risk Required The post Risk Required…. R. Driver lecture, 17 Sep 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Wright Brothers Open 2014 Advance Registrations

    DCC Chess Queen
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Please note ratings indicated may NOT the rating used for this tournament – October ratings WILL be used for the Wright Brothers Open. THREE DAY SCHEDULE: OPEN Ben Li (2294) Will Sedlar (2202) James Mills (2201) Maggie Feng (2186)  BYE RD 1 Blake Baumgartner (2087) Luke Xie (2062)  BYE RD 1 John Miller (2046) Lewis Sanders (1977) Anagh Kulkarni (1973)  BYE RD 4 Jason Wang (1919) Gregg Stark (1900) Michael Penway (1855) Nolan Song (1699) David Guehl (1690) TaraGanesh Yeluguri (1619) PREMIER (U1800) Monish Yeluguri (1723) David Rutherford (1723) James T. Lake (1600) Elton Cao (1579)…
  • Part V of the Caro-Kann – Fantasy Variation … Lecture by D. Rittenhouse 10 Sep 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Welcome to the Caro-Kann lecture series….  This evening (10 Sep 2014), David Rittenhouse presents part V:   Caro-Kann System Part V The post Part V of the Caro-Kann – Fantasy Variation … Lecture by D. Rittenhouse 10 Sep 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Caro-Kann Part IV – Lecture David Rittenhouse 27 Aug 2014

    DCC Chess Queen
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    ..and the saga continues…..   Caro-Kann System Part IV Caro-Kann Exchange Variation-1 to go with Part IV The post Caro-Kann Part IV – Lecture David Rittenhouse 27 Aug 2014 appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Advance Registrations for the 2014 Ohio Chess Congress

    DCC Chess Queen
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:11 am
    Unless player specifies otherwise, rating dictates section….. If OCA membership is not current, please renew your membership online by going to the Ohio Chess Association website….There is a direct link to PayPal. Do drop us a line at dcc.18W5@sbcglobal.net and let us know your OCA membership is current after you renew. Thanks! OPEN Will Sedlar (2246)  Note:  OCA membership required William Wright (2240) Yuri Barnakov (2231)  Note: OCA membership required John Stopa (2227) Note: OCA check received with membership – thanks! Alan Casden (2225) Maggie Feng (2205) Tom Britt…
 
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