Rich As A King

Friday, October 24, 2014

24th World Senior Chess Championships 65+ LIVE!

24th World Senior Chess Championships 50+ LIVE!

Chigorin Memorial 2014 LIVE!

Tashkent Grand Prix LIVE!

Brilliant practical tactic


White to move. How should white proceed?

Source: ChessToday.net

SPICE Cup round 6 pairings (5 pm on 10/23/2014)


http://chess-results.com/tnr149389.aspx

SPF National Open for Boys and Girls in Northern California


Dear Chess Parents,

We have officially opened registration for the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation's National Open Championship for Girls and Boys. We sincerely invite you to join the SPFNO on February 27th - March 1st, 2015 in San Mateo, California.

In the course of the three-day chess festival, the SPFNO will award qualifications for:

The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls
The FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.
As well as $100,000 in prizes.

In addition to the main event, youth chess players are cordially invited to participate in a simultaneous exhibition against Grandmaster Susan Polgar, a blitz chess championship, A puzzle solving competition and a special breakfast with Susan Polgar. It is our expectation that through the Susan Polgar Foundation's National Open for Girls and Boys, your child will receive personal inspiration as well as lasting memories that will enhance his or her love for chess.

Please mark your calendars now and join us this February 27th - March 1st. We look forward to seeing you in San Mateo.

SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN FOR GIRLS AND BOYS
FEBRUARY 28th AND MARCH 1st


http://www.chessandmusic.com/susanpolgarfoundation

The prestigious annual Susan Polgar National Open Championship was created in 2006 and is sponsored by the Susan Polgar Foundation to give more opportunities to young chess players in the United States. The SPNOGB is an official qualifying event for the: The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls, and the FIDE World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece.

WHEN: 2/28 & 3/1/2015

WHERE: SAN MATEO EVENT CENTER – Free Parking
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403

MAIN EVENT SECTIONS:

U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18* in separate sections for Girls and Boys

Age Cut-Offs

To qualify for an age section the player cannot have reached the age of that section before January 1, 2015.

Example - to qualify for the U14 section the player cannot have reached 14 years of age before January 1, 2015, in other words he/she must be born in 2001 or later.

To qualify for the World Youth places your federation under FIDE must reflect USA otherwise the qualifier spot will go to the next player in line.1st place in each age category will be a wild card representative for the SPICE World Youth Team.

ROUND TIMES: All sections will be G/60 – All players MUST be current USCF Members

2/28/15 * Round 1 @ 9am * Round 2 @ 12:15pm * Round 3 @ 3:30pm

3/1/15 * Round 4 @ 9am * Round 5 @ 12:15pm * Round 6 @ 3:30pm

AWARDS: 3/1/15 @ 6:45pm

Over $100,000 are awarded in prizes, which include trophies, computers, chess prizes and scholarships. Trophies go to the top 20 players and top 3 teams in all sections. All other participants will get medals. Trophies will also be awarded to the top players rated under 800 in the U8 sections, the top players rated under 1000 in the U10 sections, the top players rated under 1200 in the U12 sections. the top players rated under 1400 in the U14 sections, the top players rated under 1600 in the U16 sections, and the top players rated under 1800 in the U18 sections.

The first place winner in the girls sections will qualify for The Prestigious Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls. The first place winner in sections U8, U10, U12, U14, U16/18 will qualify for the World Youth Chess Championship 2015 in Porto Carras, Greece. Triple Crown Winners (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) will receive $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating*)

* After flight ticket has been purchased, a $1,000 reimbursement check will be sent to the winners.

Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 3 (or 4?) scores count if more than 2 players on a team. A single school with many players cannot create additional teams in the same section. 1 team per section per school.

SIDE EVENTS:

2/27/15 – 6:30 pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar

2/28/15 -- 5-5:30 pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

– 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

HOTEL: Sofitel San Francisco Bay * Special Room Rate for this tournament $129

Call (650) 598-9000 for reservations 223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City

REGISTRATION FEES:

Main Event – ONLY $45 if registered by 12/10

$60 if registered by 2/1

$80 after 2/1

Polgar Simul - $25 if registered by 12/10/14

$40 if registered by 2/1

$50 after 2/1

Puzzle Competition - $10 if registered by 12/10/14

$15 if registered by 2/1

$20 after 2/1

Blitz Tournament - $10 if registered by 12/10/14

$15 if registered by 2/1

$20 after 2/1

Event Application

Please click on the links to register for each event


Main Event * We do have a sibling discount for multiple children participating in this event, however, we are unable to process automatically process the discount at this time. Please go here to pay online with the sibling discount included

Susan Polgar 25 Board Simul and Q & A Session

2/27/15 – 6:30 pm Q & A and 25 board Simul against GM Susan Polgar

Puzzle Competition

2/28/15 -- 5-5:30 pm Puzzle Competition (one section). Top 10 will get trophies

Blitz Tournament

2/28/15 – 5:45pm Blitz Tournament (one section). Top 10 players will get trophies

Commemorative T-Shirt

If you would rather print out the application, click here. You can mail the application and check to:

The TCAMA
16691 Colonial Trail
Lathrop, CA 95330

Chess Grandmaster and CFP Team Up to Achieve Clients’ Endgame


OCTOBER 21, 2014
Chess Grandmaster and CFP Team Up to Achieve Clients’ Endgame
New book takes strategic approach to winning at investing

"Rich as a King" applies chess strategies to personal finance.

You don’t need to have a Ph.D in economics to be a successful investor, but even a Nobel Prize winner in economics can appreciate the value of viewing investing through the decision-making paradigms of a champion chess player.

Indeed, Nobel Prize laureate in economics, Michael Spence, is just one of a long list of distinguished endorsers of Rich as a King: How the Wisdom of Chess Can Make You a Grandmaster of Investing, already an investment bestseller today, its first day of publication (by Morgan James Publishing).

Co-written by chess grandmaster Susan Polgar and financial advisor Douglas Goldstein, the book takes the reader outside the sometimes alienating or confusing world of stocks and bonds to the excitement of the chessboard to get a more objective view of how to strategically win the game at investing.

As behavioral finance expert Meir Statman says in his endorsement (disclosure: this author is also an endorser) of the book, “We do not see the rivals on the other side of our trades, blind to the likelihood that we are the losers. But we see the rivals on the other side of our chessboards, forcing us to ask whether we are likely to be the losers.”

That point was brought home to Goldstein, an international advisor catering to U.S. and Israel-based clients from his firm’s Jerusalem headquarters, when playing against his child’s chess coach (two of Goldstein’s children were chess champions in Israel, a country that ranks high in international competitions).

“In a post-mortem on a game, [the coach] asked me ‘why didn’t you move your bishop?’ and I said I had another idea of what I was trying to accomplish,” he tells ThinkAdvisor in a phone interview.

After another losing game, the coach (who trained a World Championship contender, among others), said “my bishop was still in a bad place; why didn’t I move it?” Goldstein recalls.

“It was then that I realized that the exact same excuses I gave to my chess coach were the same ones my clients gave to me when I asked why they don’t make changes in portfolios that are underperforming. I saw exact parallels to the world of personal planning.”

Goldstein was not alone. Harvard economist Ken Rogoff (of Rogoff and Reinhart fame), himself a chess grandmaster, noted in his endorsement of the book that “chess players who know little about investing, and investors who know little about chess, will gain fresh insights into both.”

Full article here.

Carlsen, Caruana, Aronian, Giri, So, MVL, Ivanchuk in Tata Steel A


GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2863 1
GM Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2844 2
GM Aronian, Levon ARM 2793 5
GM Giri, Anish NED 2768 7
GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2757 13
GM So, Wesley USA 2755 14
GM Ding, Liren CHN 2730 22
GM Ivanchuk, Vasil UKR 2726 24
GM Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2726 25
GM Saric, Ivan CRO 2678 66
GM Hou, Yifan CHN 2673 72
GM Van Wely, Loek NED 2664 85

Average rating : 2748
Category : 20

FIDE-ratings of October 2014

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 3 - NM Dana Mackenzie ... and more

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 3 - NM Dana Mackenzie



Pawn Chain Configurations: Pawn islands 3
Posted on October 23,2014 By GM Sergey Kasparov in Strategy & Game Review, Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles. The problem of an isolated pawn is surely worth an independent topic and thorough analysis. For a while let's confine our study to a particular case from the creativity of great chess players.  I remind you that generally pawns are strong when placed side by side, backing up and protecting each other. There are exceptions, but exceptions only prove the rule. Viktor Korchnoi is a known expert on French Defense, including the line with an isolated[...]

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 3 - NM Dana Mackenzie
Posted on October 22,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Pre-Endgame! Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 3 - NM Dana Mackenzie, from the ChessLecture series. This lecture is a look at a Scotch late middle game to pre-endgame transition. Beginners and intermediate players will see the power of a 'Passed Pawn Bind' in an imbalanced material situation. The struggle to maintain the Bind is the focus of the video, and at one point White maintains the Bind but is a rook down and striving to win. The Bind is[...]

Pawn Chain Configurations: Pawn islands 2
Posted on October 21,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles. Today, we continue the topic of pawn islands using examples of one simple and one difficult ending. It is often fair to state: "the ending is drawish, but the chances are not equal."  In other words, the struggle is for two results only, and the weakest party still has to work hard for a draw. In my duel against well-known Russian grandmaster (a "terror" of the Apennine Peninsula) we can observe a transformation of advantage.   The number of isla[...]

Crushing White with the Schliemann Gambit
Posted on October 20,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Try busting The Lopez! In this video, we see GM Sam Shankland presenting a repertoire based on meeting 1.e4  e5 for Black  aimed at the club player. Coverage starts after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 when GM Shankland recommends the Schliemann variation, but played in a more classical way, aiming to take advantage of the extra central pawn in the long term instead of seeking immediate confrontation. Sam lets us know the Schliemann is a good opening and why[...]


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

SPICE Cup 2014 Photos


More photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/116302832360230031699/SPICECup2014

3rd Anatoly Karpov Trophy in Cap d’Agde


The 3rd Anatoly Karpov Trophy is running from 23rd October to 25th October 2014 in Cap d’Agde, a Mediterranean resort of the town of Adge in France.

The event is a mixed match of Franco-Russian friendship, in honor of the 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov.

Russia will be represented by GM Valentina Gunina (ELO 2530), member of the 2014 Olympic winner team of Russia, and GM Anatoly Karpov (ELO2623), 12th World Chess Champion, while France will be represented by GM Marie Sebag (ELO 2479), the highest rated French woman, and GM Romain Edouard (ELO 2659), French #3 player.

The first four rounds will be played in rapid format with a time control 25′ + 10″, while the last four rounds will be played with blitz tempo 3′ + 2″. You can see the schedule below.

Thursday 23rd October:
15h – Pairings
17:30h – Opening Ceremony
18h – Round 1 (Rapid)
19:30h – Round 2 (Rapid)
Friday 24th October:
18h – Round 3 (Rapid)
19:30h – Round 4 (Rapid)
Saturday 25th October:
15:30h – Round 1 (Blitz)
16:00h – Round 2 (Blitz)
16:30h – Round 3 (Blitz)
17:00h – Round 4 (Blitz)
19:00h – Closing Ceremony

Official website

3 decisive games in round 3 at Tashkent GP


Round 3 results

2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12
3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1
4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11
5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10
6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9
7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1 - 0 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8

Official website: http://tashkent2014.fide.com

SPICE Cup round 5 results


http://chess-results.com/tnr149389.aspx

2014 SPICE Cup LIVE!