Rich As A King

Monday, October 20, 2014

Not so obvious chess tactic

White to move. What is the best continuation for White?

IX American Continental Classical Championship 2014

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Confident Anand for Sochi

Viswanathan Anand bullish ahead of World Championship
Oct 20, 2014 - T.N. Raghu |

Even the most ardent fan of Viswanathan Anand wouldn’t have expected the Indian chess ace to bounce back so spectacularly after he went down to Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship match in Chennai last year rather tamely.

What is, however, sport without its penchant for a surprise? Anand rolled back the years at the Candidates tournament earlier this year to set up a re-match with Carlsen. The man, who revolutionised chess in India, will be gunning for his sixth world title in the Russian city of Sochi next month. Already a great in the cerebral game, Anand will claim a place in the race for the greatest with an improbable win against the world no. 1.

The Indian super GM spoke to this newspaper on Anand-Carlsen Part II.

Q. There had been some doubts regarding your participation at the Candidates. What motivated you to throw your hat into the ring? Did the chance of challenging Carlsen again in a title match prove to be the clincher?

I wanted to play in Khanty (the venue for the Candidates) because I just wanted to. I didn’t want to chicken out of playing a strong event and testing myself against the best. If you don’t raise the bar for yourself you start accepting mediocrity and as a sportsperson I thought that was unacceptable.

Q. You have accomplished everything in chess. Do you, however, feel there is some unfinished business as far as playing Carlsen is concerned?

If you are ambitious, there is always an unfinished business.

Q. What would be the difference between 2013 and 2014? There is a consensus in chess circles that Part II is going to be more intriguing and entertaining...

I hope to make it true.

Q. You have the tailwind now. After coming out on top of a strong field at the Candidates, you have won the title in your last tournament Bilbao Masters before the world championship. How much importance would you give to your form this year?

I have positive feelings. I enjoyed my play in Khanty and Bilbao. I can say I go to Sochi feeling satisfied.

Q. It seemed that you were biding your time in the Chennai match; waiting for Carlsen to make mistakes. Are you going to adopt an aggressive game plan in Sochi? Can we expect fireworks?

Ask me after Sochi and I hope to have the right answers.

Q. Do you think the inordinate time Carlsen took to sign the contract was a ploy to keep you guessing about your opponent? Even when you played him on your home soil, you didn’t indulge in gamesmanship. Do you sense jitters in Carlsen’s camp?

Since Khanty I was quite certain who I was preparing for. In all the years I have played chess I have almost kept a principle of not getting involved in chess politics. Maybe our understanding of our philosophy teaches us to believe in yourself. So, I only look at myself ....Chess politics hasn’t been my biggest benefactor so I choose not to patronise it. My job is to play and promote chess.

Q. You appeared taut in Chennai. Did the pressure of playing at home get to you? If there is one thing that you could have done differently in 2013, what would it be?

Chennai was a low point and I don’t revisit it. It just went badly and I guess at that point you can’t pretend to be a cheshire cat.

Q. You have gone on record on how much you enjoy playing in Russia. It’s also the country where you won your fifth title after a superb tactical battle with Gelfand. Are you expecting another fine outing in Russia?

That’s the plan.

Q. It’s common knowledge that the newer challenges chess pose keep you going. At the same time, you have demonstrated that the process of preparing and playing a world championship match appeals to you. Are you combining both for the Sochi match?

I’m constantly fascinated by chess. It’s amazing that there is still so much to learn almost every day ... of course I am happy that I was able to qualify for Sochi almost within a few months of Chennai and I did in a very satisfying manner. It makes me quietly confident.

Q. There is a popular opinion that you were at your best against Kramnik at Bonn in 2008. Do you think an Anand of Bonn vintage will be enough to regain the title?

Bonn was a good result no doubt. If I play well I will have my chances.

Q. Is your son Akhil doing better than 2013 in his stress-buster role?

Akhil is doing well. He is in pre-KG, so he has a busy life. It is fun to see him explore and discover life. It’s always special to come back and have him hug you. His smile and laughter on seeing me makes me feel like the most special person in the world and minutes later... he is busy with something else.


Anand & Hou Yifan into the QF in Corsica

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SP World Open for Boys and Girls - A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!

Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls
Oct 31-Nov 1-Nov 2
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, IL

Over $100,000 in prizes with scholarships to Webster University!

A 2015 World Youth Qualifier Event!

Sections (Boys and Girls each)

U18, U16, U14, U12, U10

Prizes (Boys and Girls each)


1st place – Webster University Scholarship ($52,000 value)

2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes

U16, U14, U12, U10

1st place – iPad Mini

2nd – 4th place - $150-100-75 in chess prizes.

All sections – trophies to 1st – 8th place and 1st-2nd for school-based teams

Rounds and Time Control

6R-SS Game-45 w/5-sec delay: Sat-Sun 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm each day.

On-site registration

9:30-10:30am Sat. Limit 2 byes.
Last rd. bye must commit by end of Round 2.

Side Events:

2-hour camp with GM Polgar (Fri 6:00pm)

Puzzle Solving (Sat 6pm)

Simul (Sat 7pm)

Blitz (Sun 9am).

1-day U8 tournament (10:30am - onsite reg 9:30-10am)

Trophies for 1st – 15th place and top 3 school teams
Participation Ribbons for All Players!

Team Rules: Minimum 2 players in same section from same school or feeder school (if feeder school parent / coach must provide proof). Top 2 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.

Site: Hyatt Regency Schaumburg – 1800 E Golf Road – Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Hotel: $89/night – call 847-605-1234 and ask for CHESS rate. Reserve by Oct 11. Free parking.

Entries: If postmarked or online by 10/4 $40; online or postmarked by 10/18 $50,$60 thereafter. Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Simul Side Events EF – $20 each. Camp EF – $40 by 10/4, $50 by 10/18, $60 thereafter and onsite. 1-day scholastic: $30 by 10/18, $40 thereafter and onsite. Credit Cards onsite OK. No checks onsite.

Mail entries to: ChessIQ (payable to) 4957 Oakton Street Suite 113 Skokie, IL 60077. Register online at –

Other info: Boards, sets, and clocks provided. None for skittles. Must use organizer provided equipment. Chess store onsite. November rating supplement used. Questions: (ONLY). On tournament day (ONLY) 847.274.1352

Crushing Black with the King's Gambit - GM Damian Lemos ... and more

Anti-King's Indian & Grunfeld System: The Barry Attack - GM Aaron Summerscale

Anti-King's Indian & Grunfeld System: The Barry Attack - GM Aaron Summerscale
Posted on October 17,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Taming the d-Pawn Sidelines with the Barry Attack! Avoiding Black's favorite lines in the Queen Pawn openings is Aaron's goal in this presentation, and he provides nice moves for White to play to achieve this. He starts  by showing a way to trick KID players into a Pirc, and then continues with delaying e4, choosing Nc3 instead, and demonstrating good White plans in the Barry Attack. Aaron shows that The Barry Attack with Bf4 is logical and a dan[...]

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 2 - NM Dana Mackenzie
Posted on October 15,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Desperado! Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 2 - NM Dana Mackenzie, from the ChessLecture series. Fernandez - Shell, Florida, 2006, is  targeted toward beginner and intermediate ability who are looking to learn about the main line of the Sicilian. Dana continues learning from amateurs and the exciting Sicilian Najdorf, featuring "The English Attack" with Be3, for which Dana gives us a clear and simple plan for White. The middlegame becomes very[...]

Crushing Black with the King's Gambit - GM Damian Lemos
Posted on October 13,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The King's Gambit Accepted Busted? Crushing Black with the King's Gambit Crushing Black with the King's Gambit is the most direct way to attempt to acquire the advantage versus 1…e5 players. GM Lemos promotes the virtues of the most attacking 3rd move namely 3.Bc4 and puts forward a strong argument that is the best 3rd move available in The King's Gambit Accepted. Lemos promotes 3.Bc4 for White allowing Qh4+ and the importance of stopping Black’s[...]

Anti-Flank Openings (Old Indian System) - IM Andrew Martin
Posted on October 10,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Tune in to Anti-Flank Openings! In this video, we see Andy playing Black and effectively being  broken against a Flank Opening  in his favorite Old Indian Defense - where White neglects central pawn occupation in favor of quick expansion on the Queen side to achieve an excellent position. Thereby, Andy shows the need for effective measures against Flank Opening play. He then analyses King vs. Martin, where Andy deals effectively with a Flank Open[...] 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.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Houdini 4 vs Komodo 8: battle of titans at the Top Computer Chess Championship

Stage 1b of the Top Computer Chess Championship (TCEC) is currently underway and there is little surprise: Houdini 4 and Komodo 8 are clearly dominating the field. After 10 rounds Houdini has the amazing 9,5/10, closely followed by Komodo with 9,0/10.

A total of 13 rounds are played and the winner of the Stage can be decided today in a decisive direct encounter. Houdini will take on the new upgraded Komodo 8 with the white pieces in a game starting at 11:00 CET at the official website. Update: win prizes by predicting the outcome of the game

The intrigue will continue through the day as only seven engines will qualify for the next stage and currently five – Spark, The Baron, Crafty, Senpai, and Junior – are battling for the last qualification spots.

The central game of the day remains Houdini 4 vs Komodo 8 live at 11:00 CET

More on TCEC: Official website / Participants / Reports for Stage 1a after Round 1, Round 3, Round 5, Round 7, Round 8, Round 9, Round 10, Round 11

History: Komodo wins TCEC Season 5 / Stockfish wins Season 6/ Gull wins Stage 1a

Lu Shanglei crowned World Junior Champ

Chess: Shanglei crowned world junior champion
Monday, 20 October 2014 - 7:44am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Lu Shanglei of China won the World Junior Chess title in Pune on Sunday after defeating Aleksander Indjic of Serbia in the last round. There was a three-way tie for the second position with Wei Yi of china,

Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia and Dida Jan Krzysztof of Poland finishing on 9.5 points each. However, Yi finished second under the Bucholz rating system to bag silver while Fedoseev won bronze. Vidit Gujrathi was the best Indian finisher with 9 points and was placed fifth.

In the girls section, 16-year-old Alexandra Goryachkina successfully defended her title with a round to spare on Saturday and settled for a short draw against Anna Iwanova to raise her points tally to 11. Ann Chumpitaz of Peru also drew against Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva while Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran defeated Srija Seshadri of India to bag the bronze, both tallying 9.5 points each.

After the tie-breaks Sarasadat secured the silver medal and Chumpitaz had to settle for the bronze. Padmini Rout was the best Indian finisher with 9 points and was placed fourth.

Both Shanglei and Goryachkina earned a qualification slot for the World Cup 2015 for Open and Women, respectively.

Open (top 10): 1. L Shanglei (CHN, 10), 2. W Yi (CHN, 9.5, 106.5 Bucholz), 3. V Fedoseev (RUS, 9.5, 105.5 Bucholz), 4. D Jan-Krzysztof (POL, 9.5, 99.5 Bucholz), 5. V Gujrathi (IND, 9, 94.5 Bucholz), 6. K Dragun (POL, 9, 92.5 Bucholz), 7. S Narayanan (IND, 9, 91.5 Bucholz), 8. M Karthikeyan (IND, 9, 85.5 Bucholz), 9. Diptayan Ghosh (IND, 8.5, 97 Bucholz), 10. Bai Jinshi (CHN, 8.5, 95.5 Bucholz).

Girls (top 5): 1. A Goryachkina (RUS, 11), 2. S Khademalsharieh (IRN, 9.5), 3. A Chumpitaz (PER, 9.5), 4. P Rout (IND, 9), 5. Z Mo (CHN, 8.5)


World Championship: Different venue - Different results

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Anand All Over Again
Sunday, October 19, 2014
(Published in print: Sunday, October 19, 2014)

Life and chess have much in common.

The king is dead. A new king is appointed and the struggle for supremacy begins anew.

It is the “eternal return,” or in the illustrious patois of Yogi Berra, “deja vu all over again.”

A year ago, Magnus Carlsen won the coveted world chess championship from Viswanathan Anand. Next month he’ll be defending the title against — you guessed it — the very same Indian grandmaster.

From the perspective of last year — Carlsen clobbered him by a 61/2 — 31/2 score — the defeat seemed the unequivocal end of the 43-year-old grandmaster’s championship aspirations.

But Anand surprised everyone.

He recovered and qualified, a few months later, to play the return match.

Despite the comeback, a reasonable prediction would be a hands down victory again for Carlsen who is two decades younger.

But who can say with assurance, given Anand’s talent and fortitude?

The event will be held in Sochi, Russia, from Nov. 7-28.

The recent last-minute arrangements left the players a couple of months to prepare — a limited time by historical chess standards.

Wary of instability in the region, Carlsen wavered before signing to play. Sochi is a few hundred miles from the recently annexed Crimean peninsula and the unsettled regions of Eastern Ukraine.


2014 SPICE Cup / Registration list

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

PRIZES: $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

(2014 SPICE Cup Trophy)

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:

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470 E. Lockwood Ave
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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 - Limit to ONLY 50 players

Please send me an email if you registered but not see your name on the list below:

Ashwin Jayaram India IM 2468
Banawa Jake PHL FM 2306
Banawa Joel USA FM 2360
Betaneli Alexander USA FM 2265
Bora Safal USA 2342
Boros Denes Hungary GM 2468
Cervantes Thalia Cuba WCM 1868
Chandra Akshat USA IM 2488
Checa Nicolas USA 2213
Chiang Sarah USA WFM 2015
Corrales Fidel USA GM 2532
Durarbayli Vasif Azerbaijan GM 2624

Eckert Doug USA FM 2228
Ghatti Sanjay USA 2024
Gurevich Daniel USA FM 2314
Hendrickson Nolan USA 2211
Inumerable Florentino USA 2101
Jung Hans Canada FM 2149
Kannappan Priyadharshan India IM 2460
Kaufman Raymond USA IM 2341
Kavutskiy Kostya USA FM 2307
Keaton Kiewra USA IM 2393
Kjartansson Guðmundur Iceland IM 2439
Langer Michael USA FM 2168
Larson Matthew USA 2182
Le Liem Vietnam GM 2706
Leon Hoyos Manuel Mexico GM 2512

Li Ruifeng USA FM 2365
Liang Awonder USA FM 2253
Mendoza Luisa Columbia WFM 1982
Naroditsky Daniel USA GM 2601
Neimer Vitaly Israel IM 2344
Nyzhnyk Ilya Ukraine GM 2613
Preotu Razvan Canada FM 2391
Pressman Leif USA FM 2301
Recuero Guerra David Spain IM 2424
Richter Alex USA 2016
Robson Ray USA GM 2628
Rosenthal Nicholas USA 2074
Sanches Ruiz Cuba IM 2429
Santarius Erik USA 2329
Sevian Samuel USA IM 2473
Shankar Gauri India FM 2296
Tan Justin Australia FM 2346
Troff Kayden USA GM 2532
Vera Reinaldo Cuba GM 2449

Vibbert Sean USA FM 2302
Voelker James USA 2159
Xiong Jeffrey USA IM 2470
Young Angelo PHI IM 2315


So Wesley PHL GM 2755
Shutzman Tom USA 2063
Diamant Andre Brazil GM 2465
Sharevich Anna USA WGM 2249 


Goryachkina wins World Girls Championship by 1.5 point

Full standings:

13th seed Lu Shanglei wins World Junior Championship

Full standings here:

Anand's take about the upcoming World Championship match in Sochi

I'm Where I'm Because of Chess, it Fascinates Me: Anand

By Ashok Venugopal
Published: 19th October 2014 06:09 AM

CHENNAI: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand is gearing up for the world championship match with Magnus Carlsen to be held in Sochi in November. After losing his crown to the Norwegian in Chennai last year, Anand wanted to take a break. But the Candidates win has rekindled his zest and at the moment, he is raring to go. Unlike last year, Anand has spread out his tournaments leading up to Sochi. At the moment, he is playing in Corsica. The Lightening Kid believes he is well prepared this time, game-wise and mentally. He has gained 21.8 rating points in the last eight months and is sixth in rankings.


Your build-up so far has been great. What do you need to turn the tables on Carlsen?

Till now, I’m happy with the way my chess has been since the Candidates. This match will be a different test and I hope to play optimum chess in Sochi.

Fabiano Caruana is one who does well against Carlsen. Do you think you can take a leaf out of the Italian’s book?

His performance in St Loius is an all-time great moment. He does have a good style against Magnus. All of us are looking at Fabiano and learning a lot.

The chess world believes it will be a much closer match because of your stupendous comeback and the pressure being on the Norwegian....

I don’t really reflect on what the chess world thinks or says. The only opinion that matters is the one that you have. Because only your opinion helps your confidence. But I definitely will go to Sochi with a lot of positive feelings.

Carlsen suffered three defeats in the space of a month, losing to Naiditsch, Saric and Caruana. How do you assess his form?

A world championship match brings out a different player. Carlsen will be a different player at Sochi.

Are you satisfied with your preparations?

I am satisfied with the work we have done and now, we are just waiting to get started.

Unlike last year, you have chosen to play many tournaments before the world championship. Was it a conscious effort?

In 2013 also I played many events in the first half of the year with mixed results. This year, I planned it a bit differently.

Have you changed your team of seconds? How have they responded to this new challenge?

Yes there have been changes on all fronts and in my mind.

Are you contemplating any change in your style of play to surprise Carlsen?

If it’s a novelty, can’t give it away in an interview. I can say that like in my five championship victories, I am quite confident.

Starting with Candidates, you have won many tournaments. Which win was most satisfying?

The Candidates win was most satisfying. I played a group of best and highly motivated players and was able to keep a steady lead throughout. My play was smooth and I was in my style.

Last time, many attributed the age difference to your defeat. Do you think this time age will be a factor?

It’s about playing good chess or otherwise. When you play well, all factors play to your advantage. When you play badly, the same reasons become disadvantages. I wake up each morning and I think today what am I going to work on. As long as I wake up each morning, waiting to work on chess, nothing else is an issue. I am where I am because of chess, it fascinates me. I still want to learn more.

Do you think playing in Russia would mean less pressure?

Playing in India was never an issue. Like I said, when you have a bad result, you can’t suddenly shift the reason to the location or place.

Having played in Russia a lot, would you have an advantage as far as conditions go, compared to Carlsen?

I enjoy playing in any country. Russia is a sense of pride as the audience are by far the most knowledgeable. In 2001, I played against Tkachiev and the audience broke out in applause during the game. That’s the depth of knowledge. Many prominent people in Russia are good chess players. I always feel very special to play in front of such an exalted audience. I only have to worry about my play, my wife is the manager, she takes care of everything else. My seconds take care of my preparation. So with my team, we don’t mind playing in any country.

Carlsen said last year it was time for him to teach you chess. In Russia, will you have a point to prove?

I don’t read what my opponents say about me. I’ve always believed and maybe my Indian upbringing comes in here, if you believe in yourself, you don’t need to chide your opponent or talk about your greatness. People understand it without you having to say it.

The prize money is lesser this time round. Is that a concern?

We are going to play in a few weeks. The concern is just the chess .

You will miss Diwali with your family. Your thoughts on that?

We did celebrate Diwali before I left. Akhil (son) and me lit a few lamps and drew some Diwali sparklers. Aruna made a few sweets. As a sportsperson, you miss a lot on family functions. We celebrate all functions we can, like on Akhil’s first birthday, I was on Skype to blow the candle and sing.

Will your family be there in Russia?

Aruna will be there. Akhil has school!

Any message for your fans?

Thanks for all your wishes. Happy Diwali to all of you. I look forward to all your support in Sochi.


Saint Louis Thanksgiving Open

Saint Louis Thanksgiving Open

Monday, 20 October 2014 00:25

Saint Louis Thanksgiving Open & ALS Benefit will take place from 7-9th November at the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland Ave. Saint Louis, MO 63108.

The five-round Swiss event will offer a guaranteed prize fund of $4,000
3 Sections: Open, U1800, U1400

- Open Section: (FIDE Rated) $1000-$600-$400-$300. U2300: $250-$150. U2000: $125-$100
- Under 1800 Section: $250-$200-$125
- U1400 Section: $200-$150-$100
- Winner of each Section qualifies for 2015 Club Championship

Ent: 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, or online at Info: 314-361-CHESS

Entry Fee:
Open Section- $ 50.00
U1800 Section- $ 50.00
U1400 Section- $ 50.00