Last updated: Thursday 12th December 2013 7:47 am
5th London Chess Classic 2013 Day 1
Mark Crowther (Wed Dec 11 22:27:00 2013)
Stage at the London Chess Classic. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill | http://raymorris-hill.smugmug.com
The first day of the 5th London Chess Classic Super 16 rapid which started on Wednesday 11th December has already identified the early favourites for the whole event.
Group A looks wide open with Viswanathan Anand turning around a lost position against Luke McShane in round 1 and drawing with Adams in Round 2 and Luke McShane beating Andrei Istratescu who looks likely to suffer as he also lost to Adams. Anand, Adams and McShane look set for a close battle.
In Group B Vladimir Kramnik won a fluctuating struggle against Peter Svidler in the first round whilst Jonathan Rowson did the same against Matthew Sadler. Kramnik crushed Rowson in game two whilst Svidler took perpetual check against Sadler. I guess if Svidler hits form he and Kramnik will go through.
In Group C Boris Gelfand beat Judit Polgar and Gawain Jones whilst Hikaru Nakamura drew with black against Jones and then ground down Judit Polgar. I can't see beyond Nakamura and Gelfand, Jones has an outside chance but Polgar's other interests have seen her chess decline alarmingly.
Group D saw Fabiano Caruana take control with crushing wins against Emil Sutovsky and Nigel Short. David Howell survived terrible time trouble to beat Emil Sutovsky. Caruana to go through and the other place is wide open with the other players not really making their case just yet.
Games and tables below. Read more ....
5th London Chess Classic (London ENG)
Sat 7th Dec 2013 - Sun 15th Dec 2013 - Official Site
5th Classic KO 2013 (8 players 3 Rds KO Indiv TC:25m+10spm)
Classic Women Inv (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1))
John Watson Book Reviews 107
Mark Crowther (Mon Dec 9 21:36:00 2013)
Chess Praxis Electronic edition. Photo © | http://eplusbooks.com
John Watson returns with his first review of an electronic chess book, Robert Sherwood's translation of Chess Praxis by Aron Nimzowitsch.
Watson starts with a discussion of various eformats whether they be PDF files, or based on ChessBase or PGN formats. He then looks at the features of the newer e+chess app, and at the new e+books version of Chess Praxis. More reviews should follow soon.Read more ....
Battle of the Generations 2013 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Dec 8 14:46:00 2013)
Alexei Shirov live on chesstv. Photo © | http://chesstv.cpom
The Battle of the Generations match in Moscow took place 2nd to 8th December 2013 between Daniil Dubov and Alexei Shirov. 6 game match commentated in Russian by Sergei Shipov. The experienced Shirov had far too much for Dubov winning the match 5-1. There were additional blitz games following the draws in rounds 1 and 6, Dubov won one game and drew the other in each of these blitz sessions. Read more ....
World Team Chess Championship 2013 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Thu Dec 5 15:24:00 2013)
The World Team Chess Championship took place in Antalya, Turkey 26th November to 5th December 2013. 10 nations competed, they were the defending champions, the top 3 from previous Olympiad, the 4 Continental Champions, organising FED team and FIDE Presidential nomination, Leading players competing included Aronian, Kramnik, Nakamura, Grischuk, Karjakin, Vitiugov, Giri, Ivanchuk etc. 10 teams: Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, China, USA, Netherlands, Azerbaijan, Germany, Turkey and Egypt. Russia regained the title won in 2010 by a point from China and Ukraine and were made to work hard by Egypt in the final round although a draw would also have done on tie-break.
Top Board performers Bd1 Aronian 6/8 75% 2896 Bd2 Korobov 5.5/8, Bd3 Fridman 4.5/7, Bd4 Nepomniachtchi 5.5/7, Bd5 Akobian 4/6.
Final Standings: 1 RUS 15, 2 CHN 14, 3 UKR 14, 4 USA 10, 5 ARM 10, 6 NED 9,7 GER 8, 8 AZE 7, 9 TUR 3, 10 EGY 0
FIDE World Chess Championship Anand-Carlsen 2013 Closing ceremony
Mark Crowther (Mon Nov 25 17:52:00 2013)
Prize giving with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms J Jayalalitha, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Magnus Carlsen. Photo © | http://chennai2013.fide.com
Magnus Carlsen was crowned World Chess Champion in a 15 minute ceremony on Monday 25th November 2013. 500 people attended the closing ceremony where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms J Jayalalitha handed over the winner's wreath (always a great touch I feel) and trophy to Magnus Carlsen. alongside FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Former champion Viswanathan Anand received a beautiful silver salver before Carlsen was presented with an extremely spectacular and heavy winner's trophy.
Below some news of an interesting Carlsen interview, his revelation he didn't have any seconds in Chennai and 2014 schedule.Read more ....
Schachbundesliga 2013-14 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sat Nov 23 12:57:00 2013)
The Schachbundesliga 2013-14 season takes place 12th October 2013 to 6th April 2014. Probably the strongest national league see many of the best players in the world compete. Multiple winners Baden-Baden defend their title. 2nd weekend 23rd-24th November 2013. Read more ....
European Team Championships Warsaw 2013 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Nov 17 20:15:00 2013)
The European Team Championships both open and women's events took place in Warsaw 8th to 17th November 2013. Leading players: Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Michael Adams, Peter Svidler, Etienne Bacrot, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Alexander Morozevich etc The men's event was won by Azerbaijan with 14/18 a point clear of France, Russia and Armenia, a total of 38 teams competed. In the women's event Ukraine took clear first with 15/18 a point clear of Russia and hosts Poland in a field of 32 teams. All the games now available along with the detailed final standings. Read more ....
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