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Carlsen holds a draw with black in game 10 to move closer to retaining his world title

World Chess Championship 2014 10

Carlsen and Anand discuss the draw afterwards. Photo ©

Carlsen and Anand discuss the draw afterwards. Photo © |

The tenth game of the World Chess Championship in Sochi, Russia was drawn in 32 moves in an equal position. Viswanathan Anand again played 1.d4 and Magnus Carlsen returned the Gruenfeld Defence he tried in game one.

Anand played the Russian Variation and tried a line one of his known seconds Radoslaw Wojtaszek tried against Ruslan Ponomariov in 2012. Carlsen seemed to be ready for this. Both players were rather cagey about talking of the early stages of the game as there is clearly room for future investigation of the line.

Carlsen played 14...Ne4 quite quickly but after 15.Nxe4 he took quite some time to reply. 15...Rxe4 certainly looks tempting but instead Carlsen eventually replied with 15...Bxe4 after which Anand started to think. 16...Qf6 was the point Anand felt comfortable discussing the game and Carlsen admitted that at first he thought he was out of difficulties until he started to properly consider the position after 19.Ng5.

Anand praised 19...Bd4 as precise, 24.Rd2 was criticised by both players (although Anand didn't really offer alternatives) and Carlsen said he felt comfortable after 24...Re8 taking the e-file, 26...Be5 was where Anand stopped discussing the game, after this move the game headed quickly to a draw.

The feeling during the game was that Anand did have the better chances and perhaps more testing continuations will be found in analysis.

So Carlsen survives one of the two games with black he needs to draw to retain his title. It's generally held that if an elite player wants to draw with white he can do so, we'll have to wait and see whether Carlsen wants to press for more during Sunday's game 11 where he has his final game with the white pieces.

Rest day Saturday.

"You just have to keep trying." Anand

Score Carlsen 5.5 - Anand 4.5.

Sunday 23rd November 2014. Game 11 Carlsen vs Anand. If Carlsen were to win this game he would win the whole match.

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World Chess Championship 2014 (Sochi RUS)
Fri 7th Nov 2014 - Fri 28th Nov 2014 - Official Site

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Nakamura vs Aronian Match 2014

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Hikaru Nakamura and Levon Aronian play a match of 4 classical games and 16 blitz games in Saint Louis 21st to 25th November 2014. Sessions start 2pm local time, 8pm GMT. Read more ....

Nakamura vs Aronian Match 2014 (Saint Louis USA)
Fri 21st Nov 2014 - Tue 25th Nov 2014 - Official Site

Nakamura vs Aronian Match (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

Nakamura vs Aronian Blitz (2 players 16 Rds Match Indiv TC:3m+2spm)

Tal Memorial Blitz 2014

Tal Memorial Blitz 2014 Games and Results

Shakhriyar's day 1 win against Grischuk turned out to be crucial in the end. Grischuk did win the return on day 2. Photo ©

Shakhriyar's day 1 win against Grischuk turned out to be crucial in the end. Grischuk did win the return on day 2. Photo © |

The Tal Memorial Blitz took place 13th-14th November 2014. The event was on the rest day before and morning of game 5 of the World Chess Championship match in Sochi. $100,000 in prizes, $20,000 first place. Players: Kramnik, Karjakin, Svidler, Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi, Tomashevsky, Morozevich, Inarkiev, Kosteniuk, Gelfand, Leko, Mamedyarov.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the title with 16/22 by half a point from Alexander Grischuk. Mamedaraov scored 10/11 on the first day and only 6/11 the second and had to win the final round against Sergey Karjakin (who scored well on day 2) to take the title. Grischuk too couldn't quite match his 8/11 on the first day scoring 7.5/11 on day two. Games and final standings. Read more ....

Tal Memorial Blitz 2014 (Sochi RUS)
Thu 13th Nov 2014 - Fri 14th Nov 2014 - Official Site - Live

Tal Memorial Blitz 2014 (12 players 22 Rds DRR Indiv TC:4m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games

83rd Ukrainian Championship 2014

83rd Ukrainian Championship 2014 Games and Results

The 83rd Ukrainian Championship takes place in Lviv 11th to 22nd November 2014. A strong field with Ivanchuk, Eljanov, Ponomariov, Moiseenko, Korobov, Kuzubov, Kryvoruchko, Areshchenko, Bogdanovich, Zubarev, Zubov and Kovchan. The women's championship started a couple of days later. Read more ....

ch-UKR 2014 (Lviv UKR)
Tue 11th Nov 2014 - Sat 22nd Nov 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

ch-UKR 2014 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

ch-UKR w 2014 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women | Live Women

Tigran Petrosian Memorial 2014

Tigran Petrosian Memorial 2014 Games and Results

Aronian chooses his number. Photo ©

Aronian chooses his number. Photo © |

The Petrosian Memorial took place in Moscow 3rd to 11th November 2014.

Alexander Grischuk won with 5.5/7 quickly drawing his final game with white against his closest rival Vladimir Kramnik who seemed to be back to his usual self after a disappointing year following the Candidates. Games and results. Read more ....

Petrosian Memorial 2014 (Moscow RUS)
Mon 3rd Nov 2014 - Tue 11th Nov 2014 - Official Site

Petrosian Memorial 2014 (8 players 7 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

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 © |

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 ....

Tournaments for Sunday 23rd November 2014 combined with links to official website, live coverage and PGN file
EventSiteFEDUK TimeRd
Live Games now here
Russian Cup Final 2014Khanty-MansiyskRUS10:004.1
WCh 2014SochiRUS12:0011
CCSCSL Nov IM 2014Saint LouisUSA16:005
CCSCSL Nov GM 2014Saint LouisUSA16:005
Nakamura vs Aronian MatchSaint LouisUSA20:003
CCSCSL Nov GM 2014Saint LouisUSA23:006
CCSCSL Nov IM 2014Saint LouisUSA23:006
Other events today
Heusenstamm Schloss OpenHeusenstammGER08:006
TCh-CZE 1 Liga ZapadPragueCZE09:003
TCh-CZE 1 Liga VychodPragueCZE09:003
TCh-AUT 2014-15AustriaAUT09:004
TCh-SVK 2014-15BratislavaSVK09:004
MSI Academy Final OpenLondonENG10:309
Sharjah Open 2014SharjahUAE11:009
2nd Srefidensi MastersParamariboSUR12:304
Kings Tournament ROU-CHNBaznaROU13:001
1st German Masters FrauenDresdenGER13:007
85th ch-GER 2014Verden an der AllerGER14:003
11th Vasylyshyn GMLvivUKR14:006
11th Vasylyshyn IMLvivUKR14:006
Heusenstamm Schloss OpenHeusenstammGER14:007
XXX Lower Silesia CupLegnicaPOL14:305
2nd Srefidensi MastersParamariboSUR19:005

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