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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Women's GP round 8 results

Round 8 results

12 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527 ½ - ½ GM Lagno Kateryna 2543 10
11 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321 0 – 1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550 9
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489 ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340 8
2 GM Ushenina Anna 2501 1-0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496 7
3 GM Zhao Xue 2552 ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2618 6
4 WGM Girya Olga 2450 1-0 GM Muzychuk Anna 2560 5

Tromsø Chess Olympiad signs KPMG as main partner

Chess Olympiad Tromsø 2014 announced that KPMG has become one of the main partners of the Chess Olympiad to take place in Tromsø in the first half of August.

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services in 155 countries worldwide.

Børge Robertsen, Managing Director of Tromsø Chess Olympiad 2014, commented on the move:

We are extremely satisfied to be able to enter into a broad collaboration with a national player such as KPMG. KPMG shares many of the values that the Chess Olympiad represents and consequently fits very well as one of our main partners. We are pleased that KPMG wishes to help us create chess fever in Norway in the lead-up to the actual Chess Olympiad. This agreement brings great joy to both parties.

That was backed up by Stein-Ragnar Nordeng, CEO of KPMG:

Chess is a sport that focuses on characteristics such as strategic thinking, future focus and the ability to see solutions to complex problems. These are characteristics that fit well with KPMG’s business and as a result we believe it’s extremely nice to be one of the main partners of the Chess Olympiad and the largest sporting event in Norway in 2014.

In the lead-up to the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, KPMG will, in cooperation with the Norwegian Chess Federation, organise a nationwide chess tournament for amateurs – the KPMG Chess Competition 2014. Students and companies in various towns and cities throughout the country will be able to challenge each other.

The winners from campuses and corporate tournaments will meet in the grand final of the KPMG Chess Competition, which will be held in Tromsø in August during the Chess Olympiad.

Olympiad budget lacking NOK 15 million

Despite taking major companies, such are SpareBank 1 Nord-Norge, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, andNRK, on board as sponsors and partners, the Olympiad budget is still NOK 15 million (EUR 1,8 million) short, thelocal reported.

The article states that “Critical shortage of funds in the Chess Olympiad has led the Board to discuss disaster scenarios”.

Kjetil Robertsen, Director of Tromsø in 2014, said that the Board evaluated which costs could be cut in case of a need. He assured that the event will not be moved from Tromsø to Oslo, as it was speculated.

Chairman Hans Olav Karde said that the organization is forced to seek increased state aid – “We have asked the state for about 15 million in additional funding”.

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National Champs back to work on and off the board

After winning back to back College Chess Final Four, members of the Webster University Chess Team are back to work on and off the chess board to prepare for next year.

Here are some behind the scene photos of their training at CrossFit 26:

Chess Insider becomes periodical

Due to the large interest in the Chess Insider Candidates magazine, Chessdom has decided to make it a periodical publication. As of today we are happy to announce three new editions of Chess Insider, making it the only daily pdf and pgn magazine in chess.

Chess Insider (April) / Chess Insider (May) / Chess Insider (all games of Carlsen and Anand) / All 3 editions pack

The commentators team will be headed by GM Kuljaseciv and IM Kozhuharov, expect many guest commentators such as GM Bauer, GM Ipatov, GM Arnaudov, WGM Videnova, GM Georgiev, and at least one FIDE top 100 player.

The magazine will be coming daily in pdf and pgn in your email.

Chess Insider: Gashimov Memorial

The Shamkir Chess Tournament, in memory of Vugar Gashimov, is going to be the top Grandmaster event of April. Participants are the reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), world #5 Fabiano Caruana (Italy), world #7 Hikaru Nakamura (USA), world #9 Sergey Karjakin (Russia), as well as Azerbaijani grandmasters European champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (world #11) and Teimour Radjabov (world #34).

At least 2 games will be commented daily, chosen by popular demand and quality.

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Chess Insider: Carlsen – Anand 2014

The FIDE World Chess Championship match Carlsen – Anand is coming this November. However, the psychological battle on and off the board has already started.

Receive ALL games that Carlsen or Anand play until and during the match with GM commentary. The Chess Insider will cover all before, during, and after the match, with expert commentators and guest interviews.

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Chess Insider: Norway Chess 2014

World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, WCC Candidates Levon Aronian, Vladimir Veselin Topalov, Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler, as well as Alexander Grischuk are the participants of this year’s Norway Chess 2014. Chess Insider will be geared up to bring you the top games with commentary daily.

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You can get all three new editions of Chess Insider (Gashimov Memorial, Carlsen – Anand, and Norway Chess) with guaranteed 100+ commented games, daily expert opinions, and a discount in just a click:

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Getting out of trouble tactic

White to move. How can White save this position?

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Stamma, 1792

Polgar: A grand comeback

India Today magazine
April 14, 2014

By Susan Polgar

Stefanova talks about chess, including the upcoming election

Antoaneta Stefanova: “It’s my fifth book since I have arrived here and I only brought six with me”

Interview, News

The Bulgarian star received her first chess guidance from her father at the age of 4, and just three years later she already made her name by winning the Sofia Championship. In the twinkling of an eye Antoaneta’s results bore the resemblance to the snowball effect, culminating with her win of the 10th World Women Championship in 2004.

Antoaneta, you are a former Women’s World Champion and have a lot of international experience that many dream of. Where does the Grand Prix rate in terms of importance for you?

Well it is already my third Grand Prix cycle and third one from this cycle. For me it’s very hard somehow for these Grand Prix’s. Ok, I have won everything else in Women’s chess, but somehow in Grand Prix I was once second and once third. I have never won one, but I would really like to do it one day. It is a very strong event and everyone is usually well prepared for it. It is nice to play strong opponents and interesting games.

Bulgaria, has a thing for producing some junior World Champions and adult ones as well. So what support is there for women’s chess in Bulgaria and is there any programs for girls to enter chess?

There are many things that should be improved in chess and especially in women’s chess in Bulgaria because somehow we have always some very talented kids, girls and boys, especially girls who get titles in U8, U10, U12 groups and then somehow they don’t develop to their full potential. I hope it will change but it is a very difficult situation in my country, not only for chess but for all the sports and not only for sports. It’s not so easy and I am sure I am not the only one, who has the ideas on how to improve the situation, but it requires money and since we are not an Olympic sport, we don’t have status of Olympic sport in Bulgaria too. The budget of our Federation doesn’t get enough money and as consequences we don’t have trainers, camps, and enough tournaments. It is a slow process and we are starting to recover a bit because up to 1989, we used to have 30 Open tournaments only in Bulgaria, men, women, children, mixed tournaments and so on. Then for many years we had almost nothing, just one tournament in Plovdiv. We have many events in Bulgaria right now and hopefully we will start producing champions again.

You have notable achievements to your name over your chess career which has spanned for around 30 years. Which do you believe is your most notable achievement except for becoming World Champion and why?

Well I hope my best achievement is still to come, but it was always nice to win the European Championship or the World Championship. For me though it brings me pleasure for every game I win. I don’t think so much in general terms like best achievement, best game ever or best tournament. I try to play chess, enjoy it and of course if I win, I enjoy it more.

You played in the Men’s team for Bulgaria during Istanbul Olympiad in 2000. Do you believe this was a historic moment for chess in Bulgaria and if so why?

Well, yeah because we have a very strong men’s team and of course I was honoured to be invited to play for the team. Unfortunately, we didn’t do so well and ok there was discussion about later Olympiads whether I should play with men or women. It makes such a big difference for the women’s team if I am not there then the men’s team. Also, we have a very nice atmosphere in the women’s team, we are all friends and it is difficult to leave your friends to go play with the guys. It was a nice and useful experience to play in the men’s team but I am not sure, if I was invited, I would play or not. Probably I would say yes because it’s a very strong opposition for me. It is important for me to fight for first place or for medals so if they decided that it was better for me to play for the men’s team I would, but I think my participation is much more important in the women’s team.

Something many people might know and that is you are a member of the Women’s Commission of FIDE (WOM). Could you tell me about some of the activities that have happened and that are planned for Women by the Commission?

Well, you can get the entire program which is published on the FIDE website ( I believe it is very important that we make all these Trainers and Arbiters seminars for ladies. So as you know in most countries, they try to develop chess for men and there isn’t so much attention paid to women’s chess in regards to women’s arbiters and trainers. What we try to do is to show chess is something you can use as your profession even if you are female.

This leads me onto my next question. With the FIDE elections happening this year, have you seen anything in the programs of Kirsan and Garry Kasparov in promoting women’s chess?

Well of course I respect very much Garry who was a great chess player and great world champion, but I somehow have some doubts that he thinks a lot about women’s chess or at least I didn’t see anything in the program or never heard him speaking about women’s chess. Well as for Kirsan, he has proved over the years that he takes care of men’s and women’s chess. He has introduced many things for women because before he was President there were no Grand Prix’s, world championship cycle was different and with Kirsan as President, the situation has improved a lot for women’s chess. I believe he is doing his best and things are improving for us.

You have mentioned in one of your press conferences that you like to go to the gym, watch movies, and drink coffee with friends for relaxation. So what movies do you like to watch and books do you like reading?

Actually I like reading and it’s my fifth book since I have arrived here and I only brought six with me. This one I should probably take really slow but I like to read everything. During tournaments I don’t like to read really serious literature and the one I am reading now is Stephen King and before I was reading Geoffrey Archer. I like to read mostly the popular stuff and thrillers. As for movies I don’t bring them with me but I am just watching what is available on TV. Here they have the Fox Channel and I am watching the Castle and things like that and it’s good to take your mind of things.

Music is something I know you like Antoaneta. So what is your favourite type of music to get you into the mood to feel happy?

I am into rock music usually but ok, I also like Latin music a lot and lately I am listening to a lot of Brazilian music. I am listening to anything like Michel Telo, Shakira, Rihanna. Before I used to be more into the Doors, U2 or whatever, but it depends on my mood.

Thank you for having a chat to the press and we wish you all the best for the remainder of the tournament.

Thank you

By Jamie Kenmure

Chess should be taught in primary schools for vast benefits

Chess 'should be compulsory in primary schools'

The former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers calls for chess to be introduced in all state primary schools to boost children’s concentration levels

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor
2:45PM BST 16 Apr 2014

Pupils as young as seven should be given compulsory lessons in chess amid claims it boosts concentration levels, numeracy and reading comprehension, according to a teachers’ leader.

Primary schools should give all pupils at least one term’s worth of chess in an attempt to get them interested in the game at a young age, it was claimed.

Hank Roberts, former president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said Britain was one of the few European countries that failed to recognise chess as a sport or fund a proper “in-school programme”.

He insisted the game was hugely popular in private schools but too many in the state system failed to offer it to pupils.

Research has shown that the game – which is already part of the curriculum in some nations – can dramatically improve pupils’ levels of concentration, boost problem-solving skills and develop their thought processes.

It is also claimed that chess can boost numeracy levels with knock-on benefits across other subjects, including reading.

But figures suggest that fewer than one-in-10 pupils in state schools currently get access to chess at school, placing them at a disadvantage compared with privately-educated peers.

In a motion submitted to ATL’s annual conference in Manchester, Mr Roberts called on the government to give more funding to the charity Chess in Schools and Communities to provide lessons in state schools, despite the award of almost £700,000 last year.

He also suggested chess “should be compulsory at around seven”.

“They could be given a few timetabled lessons for a term or even half-a-term, and then chess clubs afterwards, once everyone has been given a taste for it,” he said.

Mr Roberts added: “Chess covers or comes into many areas of the curriculum. It’s not just about kings, queens, rooks etc, it’s about quadrants and coordinates, thinking strategically, foreseeing consequences. It’s about lines and angles, weighing options and making decisions.

“It’s about teaching patience. Researchers have showed the children that can wait and get a bigger reward, rather than consume an immediate but smaller reward, do better in school and in later life.”

Last year, the Education Endowment Foundation – a Government-funded charity established to help boost standards among poor pupils – announced the award of a £689,000 grant to help spread the game in state primary schools.

The funding was handed to Chess in Schools and Communities to stage special lessons in primaries across Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester.

It allows pupils to spend an hour a week on chess over 30 weeks, learning how to play the game and developing thinking and problem-solving skills through chess. Chess clubs will also be established in the schools.


Chess Queen Hou Yifan continues to lead Women's GP by a full point after 7 rounds

50 Years of Tal-Botvinnik - GM Jesse Kraai ... and more

Insights into The French Defense - GM Jesse Kraai

Insights into The French Defense - GM Jesse Kraai
Posted on April 16,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The French has many secrets! Below you'll find a YouTube promotion of Insights into The French Defense - GM Jesse Kraai (ChessLecture). Jesse examines his own game in Kraai vs. Finegold - the Game features the French Defense McCutcheon Variation. He looks at how Black is okay even when it moves his King-side Rook early which even prevents Black from Castling. There is also a good spot of analysis on 5.exd5 exd5 6. Qf3 in the McCutcheon. Jesse rec[...]

Refuting the Greco Gambit by GM Mikhalevski
Posted on April 14,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos. The Greco Gambit resembles a delayed King's Gambit in that white opens with 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. f4!? in an attempt to catch black off guard and take him out of normal preparation as this line is definitely not very popular or well-known. However, the Greco Gambit is extremely aggressive and leads by nature to very complicated positions early in the opening. While black can certainly navigate his way through the danger of this hyper-aggressive[...]

50 Years of Tal-Botvinnik - GM Jesse Kraai
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An Answer to the Scandinavian Defense - GM Bryan Smith
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Marija Rakic leads Chess Ladies Vienna

Ten participants are competing in the Chess Ladies Vienna round-robin tournament, in Vienna, Austria from 12th to 20th April, 2014.

The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes till the end of the game + 30 sec per move from the beginning of the game.

WIM Marija Rakic is leading with 3/4, followed by WFM Katharina Newrkla, who has also scored 3 points.

WFM Daiva Batyte, WMK Lisa Hapala, Annika Frowis, WFM Veronika Exler, WFM Laima Domarkaite and WFM Katharina Newrkla are fighting to achieve a WIM norm, for which 6 points out of 9 rounds are enough.

Replay the games here

Standings after 4 rounds:

1. WIM Rakic Marija 2292 SRB 3
2. WFM Newrkla Katharina 2181 AUT 3
3. WIM Varga Klara 2255 HUN 2,5
4. WFM Domarkaite Laima 2154 LTU 2,5
5. WFM Exler Veronika 2139 AUT 2
6. WIM Mira Helene 2069 AUT 2
7. WIM Djukic Sandra 2181 SRB 1,5
8. Fröwis Annika 2025 AUT 1,5
9. WMK Hapala Lisa 2063 AUT 1,5
10.WFM Batyte Daiva 2154 LTU 0,5

Interview with the winner of Dubai Open