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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Clever chess tactic

White to move. How should white proceed?


2014 SPICE Cup - $13,000+ prizes including $5,000 1st prize

2014 SPICE Cup Open

Sponsored by Webster University
and the Susan Polgar Foundation

St. Louis, Missouri
October 21-26, 2014

GM/IM norm opportunity - Minimum rating (FIDE) 2100
Limited to first 50 entries (Free entry to all players FIDE > 2300)

4 IM/GM norms earned in 2012
1 IM performance/2 GM norms earned in 2013

Time Control: G/90 + 30 second increment from move 1

$13,000 guaranteed (up from $11,000 last year)

U/2400 FIDE $500-$250-$125
U/2300 FIDE $500-$250-$125
Top Female $500-$250

October 2014 rating will be used

Limited FREE hotel accommodation (double occupancy) at the Crowne Plaza available to foreign GMs.


Free to all GMs, IMs, WGMs and all FIDE rated players over 2300 (must complete all 9 rounds), if registered by September 30, 2014. $50 later or on site.

$150 to FIDE 2200-2299, $200 to FIDE U-2200 if received by September 30, 2014. Additional $50 later or on site.


Crowne Plaza Clayton Hotel 7750 Carondelet Ave, St Louis, MO 63105 (FREE shuttle from the Lambert–St. Louis International Airport) $109/night, FREE Breakfast/Internet

For reservations guests can call directly to 314-726-5400 or 1-800-439-5719
Group Name is SPICE Cup or on line at Crown Plaza Hotel.
Group Code is SPZ

Send entries to:

Webster University - SPICE
470 E. Lockwood Ave
St. Louis, MO 63119

Questions or registration for titled players: Email: or call 314-246-8075


Tuesday, October 21
5:00 pm - Round 1

Wednesday, October 22
10:00 am - Round 2
5:00 pm - Round 3

Thursday, October 23
10:00 am - Round 4
5:00 pm - Round 5

Friday, October 24
5:00 pm - Round 6

Saturday, October 25
10:00 am - Round 7
5:00 pm - Round 8

Sunday, October 26
10:00 am - Round 9

All Rounds played at the Crowne Plaza Clayton Hotel

Pre-registration list (12 GMs, 5 IMs, 1 WGM, 10 FMs, 17 countries + US) - Limit to ONLY 50 players

Adamson Robby USA FM

Ashwin Jayaram India IM
Banawa Jake PHL FM
Betaneli Alexander USA FM
Boros Denes Hungary GM
Corrales Fidel USA GM
Diamant Andre Brazil GM
Durarbayli Vasif Azerbaijan GM
Kavutskiy Kostya USA FM
Le Liem Vietnam GM
Leon Hoyos Manuel Mexico GM
Li Ruifeng USA FM
Liang Awonder USA FM
Mendoza Luisa Colombia WFM
Naroditsky Daniel USA GM
Neimer Vitaly Israel IM
Nyzhnyk Ilya Ukraine GM
Panjwani Raja Canada IM
Perez Luis Manuel Cuba GM
Piasetski Leon Canada IM
Preotu Razvan Canada FM
Robson Ray USA GM 

Sharevich Anna USA WGM
So Wesley PHL GM
Santarius Erik USA
Tan Justin Australia FM
Vera Reinaldo Cuba GM
Volker James
Wheeler Cameron USA FM
Xiong Jeffrey USA IM 

Unstoppable Caruana

Standings after 4 rounds

1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2801 4

2. Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime g FRA 2768 2

3. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2787 1½
4. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2877 1½
5. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2805 1½
6. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2772 1½

Hou Yifan wins, ties for Women's GP lead

Round 5 results

(MGL) Batchimeg Tuvshintugs vs (CHN) Ju Wenjun [1/2-1/2]
(MGL) Batchimeg Tuvshintugs vs (CHN) Ju Wenjun [1/2-1/2]
(ROU) L'Ami Alina vs (QAT) Zhu Chen [1/2-1/2]
(UZB) Muminova Nafisa vs (UKR) Ushenina Anna [1/2-1/2]
(CHN) Hou Yifan vs (RUS) Kosintseva Tatiana [1-0]
(IND) Harika Dronovalli vs (IND) Koneru Humpy [1/2-1/2]

Caruana wins again, now at +4

In his first big tournament in the US in a long time, Fabiano is making a strong statement by going 4-0 to start the Sinquefield Cup 2014.

Round 4 results

A once dominated sport by the Soviet Union

Chess / By Shelby Lyman
on August 30, 2014 - 12:01 AM

The recent fourth-place finish of the Russian national team in the World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, reflects the apparently downward spiral of Russian chess since the breakup of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago.

Still dominant, nevertheless, until 2002 – a decade after the Soviet collapse – the Russians have not won a single Olympiad since. In the last five years, the gold medal has gone instead to either Ukraine or Armenia – both former Soviet republics – and most recently to the Chinese, undoubtedly the first of many to come.

What may seem a Russian death knell to many observers is hardly so. Chess still thrives in Russia albeit on an attenuated scale.

In a sense, the immense Russian/Soviet investment in the game before the break-up has served a higher purpose.

Aided in no small part by the worldwide popularization resulting from Bobby Fischer’s appearance on the world scene, and the advent of the Internet and computer chess programs, top-level chess is increasingly ubiquitous and flourishing.

The theory and practices of the so-called Soviet school have transmogrified into a new world chess paradigm transcending all borders.

To the chess aficionado, it is a heady occurrence.

The top 12 grandmasters in the world now include a Norwegian, an Italian, an Indian, a Frenchman, a Cuban and a Filipino – a rich medley of nationalities and chess practice inconceivable only a few decades ago.


Meet the new team members of Webster University - SPICE

New team members of Webster University SPICE program 2014-2015 (L to R):

GM Vasif Durarbayli (AZE) - 2614 FIDE
WFM Luisa Mercado (COL)
WGM Anna Sharevich (BLR)
GM Illia Nyzhnyk (UKR) - 2728 USCF
GM-to-be (4 GM norms) Ashwin Jayaram (IND) - 2608 USCF

Tori Whatley (US)

Returning students

GM Le Quang Liem (Vietnam) - 2800 / Sophomore
GM Wesley So (Philippines) - 2751 / Junior
GM Ray Robson (USA) - 2716 / Junior
GM Georg Meier (Germany) - 2700 / Senior
GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez (Cuba) - 2602 / Junior
GM Manuel Leon Hoyos (Mexico) - 2576 / Junior
GM Andre Diamant (Brazil) - 2534 / Senior
GM Denes Boros (Hungary) - 2530 / Senior

IM Vitaly Neimer (Israel) / Senior
FM Jake Banawa (USA-Philippines) / Grad
WIM Inna Agrest (Sweden) / Grad
Mara Kamphorst (Brazil) / Senior
Paul Truong (US) Sophomore
Reginald Jackson (US) Sophomore

Choosing the Right Move: Candidate moves ... and more

Greatest Games of Chess ever Played

Greatest Games of Chess ever Played
Posted on August 30,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The greatest game of all time! Roman shows us his favorite game - Kasparov versus Kavalek and in his own words it is magnificent! The King's Indian is Kasparov's choice and we see the GM use the Qd8-e8 maneuver before launching with ...f5. Kasparov's amazing Nb4 move initiates deep complications by offering his f4 Knight as a sacrifice. As this game is so short Roman examines some of the sidelines before showing us the remainder of this fascinati[...]

The solid ...a6 Slav - GM James Plaskett
Posted on August 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. James explains The Slav is one of the most respected openings available for Black and he shows us multiple setups for Black before getting to his chosen Slav variation the ...a6 Slav when he gives a nice clear overview of: 5. e3 b5 with Queen Side play 5. g3 dxc4 Catalan style 5. c5 Bf5 6. Qb3 Ra7! Weird but good 5. cxd5 cxd5 When...a6 is useful 5. Ne5 N(b)d7 Solid and good James then goes in to detail of 5.e3 b5 in Oll versus Anand and we see Bl[...]

Mechanical Moves: What to watch out for
Posted on August 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. There are many positions when our next move looks 100% obvious and it seems that there is nothing to think about. These "mechanical moves" are quite often good continuations, and help us to save energy and time during the game since deep calculations are not required. But mechanical moves also contain huge dangers; we can get too relaxed and lose concentration. In such moments we can miss some simple but tricky idea from our opponent, or miss a m[...]

Choosing the Right Move: Candidate moves
Posted on August 28,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. What does the process of making a move consist of? For the experienced player it is much more complex then it first appears. Every position offers plenty of continuations, but we first need the discipline and patience to not hurry and to wisely find all the reasonable opportunities, instead of quickly making the first most natural move. Players who prefer quick play often miss the strongest continuations. The best move should be chosen from a "pa[...] is a producer of thousands of free chess articles and free chess videos by FIDE chess masters. They recently released the renowned Empire Chess series that has been taking the chess world by storm. Please consider checking out their chess blog and chess shop with tons of free updated previews.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Chess in schools in Florida?

Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculum
FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:06am EDT

(Reuters) - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-year-olds in one of Florida's largest school districts furrow their brows as they plot moves toward a checkmate.

It isn't just play. The chess games are part of a weekly lesson given to all 34,000 second- and third-graders in Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-biggest district in the nation, in one of the largest such curriculum experiments in the country.

"Chess is the means to an end," said Mark Strauss, Broward's director of school performance and accountability, explaining that it teaches analytical skills disguised as a game.

"To a child, learning is not work," he added. "The act of sitting and filling in a bubble sheet is work."

The initiative builds on growing numbers of school-age children playing chess in the United States. Along with Florida, thousands of students in New York City and Chicago are learning chess in school, also taught in major districts in Texas, Michigan and Washington state, among others.

From pre-school through college, scholastic memberships in the United States Chess Federation have increased for the past two years, officials say. Players under the age of 20 make up about 60 percent of the leading national chess organization.

"The more kids that are playing, the more people take notice," said Marley Kaplan, president and chief executive of Chess in the Schools in New York City, whose program has reached a half-million children in high-poverty schools since 1986.


Khotenashvili leads Erfurt Woman Grandmaster Tournament 2014

The 3. International Erfurt Women Grandmaster Tournament takes place on 24-31st August 2014 at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Erfurt, a capital city of the German Federal State of Thuringia.

Georgian GM Bela Khotenashvili is a sole leader with 4,5 points out of 6 rounds. She won against GM Monika Socko(Poland), IM Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska (Germany) and IM Yang Shen (China) and drew the rest of her games.

IM Yang Shen and Georgian IM Lela Javakhishvili share second place on 4 points.

Official website

Standings after 6 rounds:

1 GM Khotenashvili Bela w GEO 2494 4,5
2 IM Shen Yang w CHN 2470 4
3 IM Javakhishvili Lela w GEO 2477 4
4 IM Pähtz Elisabeth w GER 2464 3,5
5 GM Socko Monika w POL 2470 3,5
6 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia w RUS 2434 3
7 WGM Melamed Tetyana w GER 2364 2,5
8 IM Mkrtchian Lilit w ARM 2453 2,5
9 GM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan w SCO 2394 1,5
10 IM Kachiani-Gersinska Ketino w GER 2361 1

European Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships 2014

The 14th European Youth Rapid & Blitz Championships (U8-U18) are set to take place on 12-17th November at the Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia.

The organizers of the Championship are the European Chess Union and Estonian Chess Federation.

Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It is an internationally renowned tourist destination with the exceptionally complete and well-preserved medieval Old Town next to modern gems of architecture and many other attractions.

Accommodation will be provided on the full board basis in Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel. Special offers regarding accommodation for the participants will be available on the official website of the tournament

The entry from can be downloaded from the organizer’s website: It must be filled in by the national federation and sent to the following E-mail address: not later than September 12, 2014. This date is the registration deadline. After that, federations will not be able to register or modify any registrations.

Meriton Grand Conference & Spa Hotel


1) 14th Individual European Championship – Rapid
9 rounds according to the Swiss System, 15 minutes + 10 sec per player
Categories: boys and girls U8 (born in 2006 or later), U10 (born in 2004 or later), U12 (born in 2002 or later), U14 (born in 2000 or later), U16 (born in 1998 or later), U18 (born in 1996 or later)
Entry fee: 20 EUR per participant

2) 13th European Rapid Cup – Rapid Superfinal
Two categories, boys and girls.
The best players in each category of Individual European Youth Championships – Rapid 2014, may enter Rapid Super Final (three best players in each of the categories – 14, 16 and
18, two best players in each of the categories – 8, 10 and 12, as well as the representative of the organizer).
These players (altogether 16) – separate boys and girls, will play matches in 4 rounds (knock – out system) according to special regulations.
Prizes in cash: 1. = 400 €, 2. = 300 €, 3. = 200 €, 4. = 100 €

3) 14th Team European Championships – Rapid
Three categories: U10, U14 and U18.
Teams are composed of 3 boys + 1 girl and two reserve players.
One team may have players from maximum two National Federations;
7 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 10 minutes + 5 sec per player
Entry fee: 5 EUR per participant

4) 14th Individual European Championships – Blitz
Three categories: under 10, under 14 and under 18 separate for boys and girls.
9 rounds played according to the Swiss System, 3 minutes + 2 sec per player
Entry fee: 5 EUR per participant

5) 13th European Championship in solving chess problems
Three categories: U10, U14 and U18;

The total prize fund for all events will be 8.000 EUR in goods, and 2.000 EUR in cash.

Participants can get all necessary information on the official tournament website or by mail:

For any additional information please contact:
Estonian Chess Federation
phone +372 50 98456

World Schools Chess Championships 2014

The International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Brazilian Chess Federation (CBX), the Minas Gerais Chess Federation (FMX), the System X Schools Chess and Degraus Education System have the honor to announce the X World Schools Chess Championships 2014(Individual) to be held in Brazil, in the city of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais state, between November 26 and December 4, 2014.

Entitled to participate are players (Boys & Girls) at their respective categories:
Under 07: Born after January 1, 2007
Under 09: Born after January 1, 2005
Under 11: Born after January 1, 2003
Under 13: Born after January 1, 2001
Under 15: Born after January 1, 1999
Under 17: Born after January 1, 1997

Game System: Swiss – 9 rounds.
Time control: 90 minutes per player for 40 moves and 30 min for the rest of the game, with the addition of 30 seconds per move from the first move.

The winner in each boy’s category will be acclaimed FIDE Chess Schools – World Champion 2014, and the winner in each female category will be acclaimed FIDE Chess Schools – Female World Champion 2014. According to the FIDE Regulations, all champions will receive the title of FIDE Candidate Master.

The three schools with the highest score, considering the accumulation of points of their students (best 5 results of each federation or school), receive trophies of School World Champion of Schools Chess, Second place and Third place.

Entries must be made by emailing with copy to The deadline for registration is October 28, 2014.

Tournament website

Sinquefield Cup 2014 LIVE!

Caruana vs Aronian, Carlsen vs Topalov in St Louis

Round 4 pairings

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Magnus Carlsen - GM Veselin Topalov
GM Fabiano Caruana - GM Levon Aronian

Commanding lead for Fabiano in St Louis

Brian Jerauld
Communications Specialist
Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

SAINT LOUIS (August 29, 2014) -- Three rounds, three wins and a commanding lead: Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana has been unstopped in the 2014 Sinquefield Cup.

The “lowest” rated players in the field, GMs Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave -- officially, the eighth and ninth-best players on earth -- earned full points in Friday’s third round, while the top-two players on the globe suffered defeat. GMs Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian entered the weekend with a loss each, sending them backward in a strongest-ever field that features two world champions, current and former -- and both in the cellar.

Showing no effects to the magnitude is Caruana, who knocked off the current champion Carlsen on Friday to take a 1.5-point lead over the field after three perfect rounds.


GM Veselin Topalov 1 - 0 GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 1 - 0 GM Levon Aronian
GM Magnus Carlsen 0 - 1 GM Fabiano Caruana



1 GM Fabiano Caruana 2801 3
2 GM Levon Aronian 2805 1.5
3 GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2768 1.5
4 GM Magnus Carlsen 2877 1
5 GM Hikaru Nakamura 2787 1
6 GM Veselin Topalov 2772 1


GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Magnus Carlsen - GM Veselin Topalov
GM Fabiano Caruana - GM Levon Aronian

The 2014 Sinquefield Cup is a 10-round, double round robin tournament that runs through September 7, with each round beginning daily at 2:00 p.m. local time. Monday, September 1 will be a rest day.

Last year’s Sinquefield Cup, which featured Carlsen, Aronian, Nakamura and American No. 2 Gata Kamsky, became the strongest tournament ever held on U.S. soil. The 2014 player field features six of the top-ten players in the world and averages a historical 2802 rating. The winner will take home $100,000.