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European Club Cup 2014

European Club Cup 2014 Games and Results

The European Club Cup took place in Bilbao 14th to 20th of September. It took place alongside the Bilbao Masters. Some top teams included: SOCAR Azerbaijan Giri, Korobov, Wang Hao, Topalov, Radjabov, Mammedyarov, Safarli and Adams. Obiettivo Risarcimento Caruana, Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave, Bacrot, Fressinet, etc, SHSM (Moscow) Morozevich, Nepomniachtchi, Grachev, Dubov, Najer, Popov, Potkin, Dreev. SPB (Saint-Petersburg) Svidler, Leinier Dominguez, Vitiugov, Movsesian, Matlakov etc. MALAKHITE Grischuk, Karjakin, Leko, Shirov, Motylev, Malakhov, Lysyj, Bologan. Games and results. SOCAR Azerbaijan won with a perfect score on 7/7. G-Team Novy Bor won 6 of their 7 matches. Malakhite finished 3rd. Games and results. Read more ....

30th European Club Cup 2014 (Bilbao ESP)
Fri 12th Sep 2014 - Sat 20th Sep 2014 - Official Site

30th ECC Open 2014 (7 Rds EurC Club TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

ECC Women 2014 (37 players 7 Rds League Club TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women | Women Live

Bilbao Chess Masters Final 2014

Bilbao Chess Masters Final 2014 Games and Results

Players answer questions in Bilbao. Photo © David Kaufmann.

Players answer questions in Bilbao. Photo © David Kaufmann. | http://chesslive.com/blog/bilbao-da-la-bienvenida-a-la-lite-del-ajedrez

The Bilbao Chess Masters Final took place 14th to 20th September 2014. Viswanathan Anand played his last event before challenging Carlsen in Sochi in November. Levon Aronian, Ruslan Ponomariov and Paco Vallejo made up the field. 4 players 6 rounds. Took place alongside the European Club Cup. Games and results. Viswanathan Anand won due to the scoring method of 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw. He scored 11/18. Aronian defeated him in the last round but only finished on 10 points. Ponomariov and Vallejo tied for third after all tie-break systems were exhausted. Read more ....

VII Grand Slam Masters Final 2014 (Bilbao ESP)
Fri 12th Sep 2014 - Sat 20th Sep 2014 - Official Site

7th Grand Slam Masters (4 players 6 Rds DRR Indiv TC:90m:60m+10spm(41)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

20 years of The Week in Chess

The Week in Chess Anniversary 20 years

Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo ©

Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/

The Week in Chess is 20 years old today. The first issue of the magazine was published on Saturday 17th September 1994. In the full article below I give an update from the 1000th issue earlier in the year. I list all 1036 issues so far along with their text and with a donation button to get all the games in ChessBase format. I feel a great sense of achievement in reaching this landmark. I hope that in some small way I've helped players all over the world keep in touch with chess and have access to almost every top class game over that time no matter how rich or poor they are. Now I have to look to the future. I plan to be around a long while. I have some obvious additions I can make to the website that only require some programming but also my personal financial stability has to come to the fore now. Read more ....

2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014

2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014

Fabiano Caruana's final win in his seven game winning start was against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Photo ©

Fabiano Caruana's final win in his seven game winning start was against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Photo © | http://uschesschamps.com/live

The 2nd Sinquefield Cup took place 27th August to 7th September 2014. Fabiano Caruana scored the result of his career so far winning with 8.5/10 winning his first 7 games. Magnus Carlsen finished second. There was a final chess960 match won by Hikaru Nakamura 3.5-2.5 against Levon Aronian. The PGN file may work with your software but if it doesn't recognise the format then castling breaks the games. All my stories, games and results in this section Read more ....

2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 (Saint Louis USA)
Wed 27th Aug 2014 - Sun 7th Sep 2014 - Official Site - Live

2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Sinquefield Ultimate Move (8 players 4 Rds KO Indiv TC:15m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Exhibition

Sinquefield Chess 960 m (2 players 6 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games 960

Carlsen will defend his world title in Sochi against Anand in November

World Chess Championship 2014 Carlsen signs

Magnus Carlsen signs the contract to play Anand. Photo ©

Magnus Carlsen signs the contract to play Anand. Photo © | https://twitter.com/MagnusCarlsen/status/508638286248968192/photo/1

Magnus Carlsen announced that he has signed up to defend his World Chess Championship title. Carlsen did so via a mildly cryptic tweet with a photo showing him putting pen to paper. The World Championship match takes place in Sochi, Russia, 7th to 28th November.

Magnus Carlsen @MagnusCarlsen on twitter "It has been a pleasure signing autographs for the fans in St. Louis. After the tournament I found the time for 1 more"

All the indiciations coming out of the Carlsen camp seemed to suggest he had decided not to go to Sochi due to a combination of political and contractual issues but as VG Sport reported "Magnus Carlsen took the decision at the last minute, but now it is clear: he has signed the World Championship contract from FIDE and will play World Championship match against Anand."

VG Sport has a reported the signing in detail including a photo of the contract being faxed. FIDE confirmed that they received the contract and the match will take place in Sochi.

"Magnus plays the World Championship. He wants to play. He is world champion in chess. He wants to defend his title." Espen Agdestein Carlsen's manager.

Why so long? Espen Agdestein "We do not think it has taken so long. It was not until during the Olympiad that it was clear when the match would be played and we've spent the time until now to make the decision. It was a difficult choice." Agdestein confirmed that the decision was made at the last minute but that they'd been talking about it for some time. The unstable political situation meant they had to talk to their ministry. It seems in the end Carlsen just wanted to defend his title.

"There are only two months to match - it's small, but it is probably good. Magnus is pleased to have signed and now he's going to focus on being in absolute top form when the match starts - it is in fact a real effort."

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John Watson Book Review #113 King's Indian Part 2

John Watson Book Review 113

John Watson takes the King's Indian Moderized by Dejan Bojkov as the starting point to look at a huge new literature. Photo ©

John Watson takes the King's Indian Moderized by Dejan Bojkov as the starting point to look at a huge new literature. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/

Part two of John Watson's review of King's Indian literature taking as his starting point Dejan Bojkov's King's Indian Modernized:. Read Part 1 of John Watson's Book review on the King's Indian.

Systems covered: Makogonov/Bagirov Systems, Saemisch Variation and Main Line (Orthodox). Read more ....

1000 issues and a 20th year for TWIC

The Week in Chess Anniversary 1000

Me on the day of the 1000th issue. Photo © Mark Crowther

Me on the day of the 1000th issue. Photo © Mark Crowther | http://www.theweekinchess.com

An article on the occasion of the 1000th issue of TWIC outlining a short history, thanks to the many people who've helped and where I think the future may lay both for myself and the magazine. I really hope to be around in some form or another for a long time. I would welcome suggestions for improvements to the website and the magazine.

You can view the first issue here I will try and put the text of all 1000 issues up over the next few weeks and will for a start make my personal ChessBase file of all the issues available for sale. People should email me personally about that.

Read TWIC 1000, PGN file for issue 1000 and ChessBase file for issue 1000.

If you would like to support TWIC then you can do so via PayPal:

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Tournaments for Saturday 20th September 2014 combined with links to official website, live coverage and PGN file
EventSiteFEDUK TimeRd
WebLivePGN
Live Games now here
7th Grand Slam MastersBilbaoESP14:006
ECC Women 2014BilbaoESP14:007
30th ECC Open 2014BilbaoESP14:007
Other events today
TCh-ARG Superior 2014Villa MartelliARG4
11th Malaysian Open 2014Kuala LumpurMAS02:007
11th Malaysian Open 2014Kuala LumpurMAS08:008
64th TCh-BUL Men 2014Sunny BeachBUL13:302
Durban Open 2014DurbanRSA15:001
World Youth Boys U18 2014DurbanRSA15:001
TCh-Central Serbia 2014KraljevoSRB15:0010
II Azuqueca Chess ClassicAzuqueca de HenaresESP15:308

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