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Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015 Games and Results

The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival takes place in Caleta 27th January to 5th February 2015. There is again a very strong field. Leading players: Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Yu Yangyi, Pentala Harikrishna, Richard Rapport, Maxim Matlakov, Ivan Cheparinov, Maxim Rodshtein, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan, Gawain Jones, David Howell, Alexander Motylev, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Romain Edouard, Emil Sutovsky, Mateusz Bartel, B Adhiban, Axel Bachmann, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Simen Agdestein, SP Sethuraman, Daniel Naroditsky, David Anton Guijarro, Aleksandr Lenderman, Viktor Bologan, Saleh Salem, Nils Grandelius etc. Other interesting names include Eric Hansen, Kayden Troff, Pia Cramling, Antoaneta Stefanova, Axel Smith, Irina Krush, John Watson, Read more ....

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015 (Caleta ENG)
Tue 27th Jan 2015 - Thu 5th Feb 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

Gibraltar Masters 2015 (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

Magnus Carlsen wins Tata Steel Masters 2015

77th Tata Steel Masters 2015 13

Carlsen didn't have things all his own way vs Saric in the final round. Photo ©

Carlsen didn't have things all his own way vs Saric in the final round. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com

Magnus Carlsen won the 77th Tata Steel Masters with 9/11 half a point clear of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Wesley So and Liren Ding.

Magnus Carlsen secured a draw in his final round game against Ivan Saric that proved enough for him to take first place alone in the 2015 Tata Steel Masters. Carlsen was not happy with the quality of the final round game where he "just blundered a pawn" he was unhappy with his play even after this but eventually the game swapped down to a dead draw. This is Carlsen's 4th victory in the Wijk aan Zee top group. The 78th Tata Steel Chess takes place 15th to 31st January 2016. Carlsen didn't guarantee a return but thought it "not unlikely".

There were some pluses which Carlsen outlined on twitter as "First tournament win since April, first gain of rating since February, and my longest winning streak ever."

Anish Giri could have caught Carlsen with a final round win over Radoslaw Wojtaszek but instead a complex Gruenfeld traded off to a dull draw. Giri thought at various points he may have had chances but the tactics led to an equal position. Giri has moved to 2797 and 6 in the world and his progress is obvious.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave played perhaps the most impressive game of the day to also share second place. He defeated Fabiano Caruana with a creative pawn sacrifice that almost immediately led to consessions by white. Vachier-Lagrave finished the game with a very nice mating flourish too.

Liren Ding defeated Levon Aronian in a very strange King's Indian. Aronian must have forgotten his preparation because he thought for 15 minutes over 16.g5 which is just losing after 16...Ne8! Aronian extended the game for a very long time but he never came close to recovering.

Wesley So defeated Loek van Wely in a Benoni. It didn't look like Van Wely had much patience to defend and once his aggression finished white simply broke through in the centre.

Baadur Jobava at least finished a catastrophic event for him with a win. It was a very odd game which started as a King's Indian and went into Benko style play. Rajdabov missed the winning sacrifice 20.Nxf3+! and the game looked to be heading for a draw. 46.Rb4? was a bad error (46.Rb3+ first saves the game) and then was practically losing. However Jobava gave Radjabov at least some hope with the crude 50.Nxb2 giving up a piece (50.Nd2 is wining) but 51....Ke7? (51.Bxe5 and if white is still winning it is tricky) led to a white win.

Hou Yifan was better against Vassily Ivanchuk out of the opening but they locked the position up after which a draw was the natural result.

Final Round 13 Standings: 1 Carlsen 9pts, 2-5 Vachier-Lagrave, Giri, So, Ding Liren 8.5pts, 6 Ivanchuk 7.5pts, 7 Caruana 7pts, 8 Radjabov 6pts, 9-10 Wojtaszek, Aronian 5.5pts, 11 Hou Yifan 5pts, 12 Saric 4.5pts, 13 Van Wely 4pts, 14 Jobava 3pts.

In the Challengers group Yi Wei won with 10.5/13 half a point clear of David Navara. Yi Wei has earned a place in the Masters next year.

Next events: Gibraltar Masters 27th Jan to 5th Feb 2015. Topalov, Nakamura, Svidler, Vitiugov, Jakovenko etc

GRENKEChess in Baden-Baden 2nd-9th February 2015. Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Aronian, Adams, Bacrot, Naiditsch, Baramidze

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77th Tata Steel 2015 (Wijk aan Zee NED)
Fri 9th Jan 2015 - Sun 25th Jan 2015 - Official Site - Live

77th Tata Steel GpA (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpA

77th Tata Steel GpB (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpB

90th Hastings Congress 2014-15

90th Hastings Congress 2014-15 Games and Results

Zhao - Edouard Round 6. Photo © Dave Clayton.

Zhao - Edouard Round 6. Photo © Dave Clayton. | http://www.hastingschess.com

The 90th Hastings Congress took place Mon 29th Dec 2014 - Tue 6th Jan 2015. :Leading players in the Masters group were: Maxim Rodshtein, Romain Edouard, Aleksander Mista, Alexandr Fier etc but it was Zhao Jun who dominated scoring 8/9 undefeated. Read more ....

90th Hastings Congress 2014-15 (Hastings ENG)
Mon 29th Dec 2014 - Tue 6th Jan 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

Hastings Masters 2014-15 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

44th Rilton Cup 2014-15

44th Rilton Cup 2014-15 Games and Results

The 44th Rilton Cup took place Mon 29th Dec 2014Tue 6th Jan 2015. Leading players: Ilia Smirin, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Evgeny Romanov, Aleksey Goganov, Michal Krasenkow etc. Jon Ludvig Hammer edged out Tiger Hillarp Persson on tie-break after both scored 7/9. Read more ....

44th Rilton Cup 2014-15 (Stockholm SWE)
Sat 27th Dec 2014 - Mon 5th Jan 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

44th Rilton Cup 2014-15 (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Australian Open 2015

Australian Open 2015 Games and Results

The Australian Open takes place Fri 2nd Jan 2015Sun 11th Jan 2015. Ni Hua, Kazhgaleyev, Zhao Zong-Yuan and David Smerdon are the top seeds. Read more ....

Australian Open 2015 (Sydney AUS)
Fri 2nd Jan 2015 - Sun 11th Jan 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

Australian Open 2015 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Nutcracker Match of the Generations 2014

Nutcracker Match of the Generations 2014 Games and Results

The Nutcracker Match of the Generations took place 20th to 25th December 2014 in Moscow. A Scheveningen chess tournament with a team of experienced "Kings" (Leko, Shirov, Dreev and Morozevich) took on a team of younger players "Princes" (Artemiev, Fedoseev, Dubov and Oparin). Started with 4 days of Classical games which was tied. There were then 8 rounds of rapid chess. The teams were tied going into the final round when Peter Leko won the only decisive game to win the match for the Kings team. Read more ....

Nutcracker Match of the Generations 2014 (Moscow RUS)
Fri 19th Dec 2014 - Fri 26th Dec 2014 - Official Site - Live

Nutcracker Classical 2014 (4 players 4 Rds Schev Team TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

Nutcracker Rapid 2014 (8 players 8 Rds Schev Team TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014

European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014 Games and Results

The European Rapid and Blitz Championships took place in Wroclaw 19th to 21st December 2014. David Navara took the blitz title and Jan-Krzysztof Duda the rapid. Games and results now available. Read more ....

European Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014 (Wroclaw POL)
Fri 19th Dec 2014 - Sun 21st Dec 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

European Rapid 2014 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games Rapid

European Blitz 2014 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

3rd Al Ain Chess Classic 2014

3rd Al Ain Chess Classic 2014 Games and Results

The 3rd Al Ain Chess Classic took place 19th to 27th December 2014. Leading players: Kryvoruchko, Kuzubov, Zhigalko, Areshchenko, Mamedov, Petrosian, Sokolov, Shankland, etc Gaioz Nigalidze edged out Tigran L. Petrosian, Vladimir Onischuk and Sergei Zhigalko after all scored 7/9. Read more ....

3rd Al Ain Chess Classic 2014 (Al-Ain UAE)
Thu 18th Dec 2014 - Sat 27th Dec 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

3rd Al Ain Chess Classic (9 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

3rd Al Ain Chess Rapid (74 players 7 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:10m+5spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

John Watson Book Review #114 More on Electronic Publishing

John Watson Book Review 114

MChess one of several apps discussed by John Watson. Photo ©

MChess one of several apps discussed by John Watson. Photo © | http://mchessapp.com/

IM John Watson looks again at more Electronic Publications by MChess, EPlus, Everyman Books, Gambit Studio, ForwardChess, ChessApps and SmartChess and some of the publications within them. Read more ....

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 ....

Tournaments for Thursday 29th January 2015 combined with links to official website, live coverage and PGN file
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Gibraltar Masters 2015CaletaENG14:003
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