Last updated: Tuesday 27th September 2016 9:46 am
10th Tal Memorial 2016 1
Mark Crowther (Mon Sep 26 21:28:00 2016)
The first round of the Tal Memorial was overshadowed by the announcement of the passing of legendary trainer Mark Dvoretsky and started with a minute of silence.
Ian Nepomniachtchi was the only winner of the day when he used the Scotch to beat Evgeny Tomashevsky very quickly. The opening cannot have been a surprise but Tomashevsky took a lot of time in getting a bad position and resigned in 23 moves.
Peter Svidler seemed to have slightly the worse of the opening battle against Vladimir Kramnik but this provoked Kramnik into too violent a readction and after 18.Bxg5 sacrificing a piece to open up Kramnik's king-side Svidler had a huge advantage. Svidler just couldn't put Kramnik away and allowed his opponent back into the game, 44...Rxf5 left all three results in play and they drew in 66 moves.
The remaining games were less interesting. Anish Giri got a pleasant plus against Viswanathan Anand but the former champion defended well, Levon Aronian looked to have a little something out of the opening but the sequence 17.Rxc8 (probably not best) Rxc8 18.Bxd5 Kd6! at least equalised. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and his opponent Li Chao were both 10 minutes late, arriving together, but it was Mamedyarov as white who lost the time. They simplified to a draw fairly quickly.
Round 1 Standings: Nepomniachtchi 1pt, Aronian, Li, Mamedyarov, Anand, Gelfand, Giri, Svidler, Kramnik 0.5pts, Tomashevsky 0pts.
Round 2 1pm BST Tuesday 27th September: Kramnik-Li, Anand-Mamedyarov, Gelfand-Giri, Tomashevsky-Aronian, Svidler-Nepomniachtchi.Read more ....
Magnus Carlsen Play Live Challenge 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Mon Sep 26 15:25:00 2016)
Magnus being introduced at the start of play. Photo @copy; | http://www.vg.no/sport/magnus-carlsen/carlsen-spilte-mot-11-personer-samtidig-slo-alle-i-loepet-av-47-min/a/23801413/
Magnus Carlsen was in New York on Thursday September 22nd to play a simultaneous exhibition against 11 players who used the Play Magnus app. Carlsen and the players have 30 minutes each. Event in the Liberty Science Centre. The studio guests included Fabiano Caruana, Jon Ludvig Hammer and Paul Hoffman. Contestants: Vedic Panda age 16 USA, Jed Sloan age 8 USA (replaced Moshe Inoyatov age 22 USA), Isaac Wiebe age 22 Canada, Polina Karelina age 15 Bahamas, Soeren Marx age 19 Germany, Gustav Gudbrandsen age 52 Norway, Emil Hartveit age 27 Norway, Michael Dimitriadis age 50 Austria, Ivet Sala Samarra age 16 Spain and Andrew Grojean (a Ruy Lopez, game now available) age 26 USA, Ben Berkowitz GER
You can watch via the VG website or using the embedded viewer below. Start time was 22nd September 11:30am EST 16:30BST 17:30CET. Carlsen won all the games in 47 minutes. All games now available for viewing. Read more ....
Baku Open 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Mon Sep 26 13:39:00 2016)
The Baku Open took place 18th to 26th September 2016. Stanislav Bogdanovich won with 7.5/9. Read more ....
Mark Crowther (Sat Sep 17 18:39:00 2016)
Mark Crowther of TWIC at home on 17th September. Photo © | http://theweekinchess.com/
The Week in Chess is 22 years old today. The first issue of the magazine was published on Saturday 17th September 1994. Every week I produce a magazine listing the results and major news stories in professional and strong amateur chess of the previous week and more importantly a game file to go with it. With this anniversary I wanted to remind people that I do rely in part on donations to keep this work going.
While I cover the leading events daily on TWIC, it's the weekly game files to which I devote the most attention and time. With tens of thousands of downloads of the TWIC PGN and newer ChessBase format files each month I have no reason to suppose that it isn't the most important thing I do.
I do primary work on all the games working from the original sources. For instance I identify the players in an event, process the games against this list adding their rating, trying normalise the names and finally add the player's FIDEid to the PGN.
I have no wish to directly charge for this service but the website and my work does need to be paid for. Advertising and donations have been the way I have supported myself and the site in the last few years. I would ask if you do use the TWIC game files weekly or very regularly, particularly if you're a professional, to consider making a donation every year to support the work if you can afford to do so.
I have offered my personal game file of all the TWIC issues in ChessBase format to those who donate over £30 for some time (and can convert this file to PGN for those who want it in this format). There are over 1.9 million games at the moment in there and this has gone down pretty well.
Below are various Paypal links for donation and also a full up to date listing of TWIC issues with links to all the texts, later game files and the numbers of games and stories in each issue.
Mark Crowther 17th September 2016.Read more ....
42nd World Chess Olympiad 2016 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Sep 13 14:48:00 2016)
The 42nd World Chess Olympiad took place in Baku 1st to 14th September 2016. 11 rounds. All games and standings. The USA won their first title since 1976 on tie-break from Ukraine both scored 20 points. Russia took clear 3rd. on 18 points. India finished 4th and World Champion Magnus Carlsen's team Norway finished 5th. In the Women's Olympiad China won on 20 points ahead of Poland and Ukraine on 17 points. Defending champions Russia finished fourth on 16 points level with India, USA, Vietnam, Azerbaijan and Israel. Read more ....
|Live Games now here|
|10th Tal Mem 2016||Moscow||RUS||13:00||2|
|TCh-ESP Div Honor 2016||Monzon||ESP||15:30||2|
|Other events today|
|Sept Lviv Tradition IM||Lviv||UKR||09:00||2|
|Satka Autumn 2016||Satka||RUS||10:00||7|
|TCh-GEO Club 2016||Lagodekhi||GEO||12:00||6|
|Sept Lviv Tradition IM||Lviv||UKR||14:00||3|
|TCh-SRB Premier 2016||Kragujevac||SRB||15:00||6|
|TCh-SRB Premier w 2016||Kragujevac||SRB||15:00||6|
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