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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Carlsen - Anand game 11 LIVE Video Commentary!

Welcome to Carlsen - Anand Sochi World Championship game 11 LIVE Commentary

Thanks for joining me. After 10 games, the score is 5.5 - 4.5 in favor of Magnus. This is crunch time for both players. For Anand, a loss and the match is over. A draw means that he will have white in the final game. For Magnus, a loss means the big momentum will shift to Anand. Nerves will definitely come into play.

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We will select some of the most interesting questions and answer them on the air.

Here are the rules of the match:

The Match is played over a maximum of twelve games and the winner of the match shall be the first player to score 6.5 points or more. If the scores are level after the twelve games, after a new drawing of colors, four tie-break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move. In case the match is still drawn, a match of 2 games shall be played with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment after each move. In case of a level score, another 2-game match will be played to determine a winner. If still there is no winner after 5 such matches (total 10 games), one sudden-death game will be played.

Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that there are so much pressure on both players, regardless if leading or trailing by 1 point. They know that every move will be dissected by millions of fans at home till eternity. Nerves will definitely be in play today.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 Berlin again. Both sides are playing it safe.

8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. h3 Bd7 The idea of this move is to move is to move his King to the Queenside instead of the Kingside last in past games.

10. Nc3 h6 11. b3 Kc8 12. Bb2 c5 Anand pulled a surprise with 12...c5. Usually, black doesn't play c5 when Knight is on c3 as it allows Nd5. Magnus started to think after 12...c5. Even though this move has been played before, it is not a common choice.

13. Rad1 b6 Anand responded immediately. It is very obvious that team Anand prepared this. Anand is trying this idea in the Berlin for the 1st time in this match. This is a mind game on his part to surprise Magnus. Berlin is not a concrete opening. Both sides have a number of plans to choose from. Black's idea is to put his King on b7 and Bishop on c6. White can put both rooks on d1 and e1, and Knight on d5. Almost every reasonable move has been tried by white here.

14. Rfe1 Anand has a number of choices here. However, once white played Rfe1, no longer a good idea to play Bc6 as it allows e6. Therefore, Be6 makes more sense.

14...Be6 A possible threat is c4 to get rid of his double pawn. 

15. Nd5 g5 Anand is still in his home prep as he played very quickly. In the Berlin, white allows black to have the Bishop pair in exchange for some space advantage. In addition, black has double c pawn and lost the right to castle. These are the trade offs.

16. c4 Black can logically put his King on b7 and other Bishop on g7. White still has space advantage but black is fine. a5 a4 idea is also playable for Anand. Even though it gives Anand some comfort to know that he looked at this at home, there are so many ways to play the Berlin. This is a very rich opening.

16...Kb7 as expected. Even though Queens are off the board, it does not mean that it's heading toward a draw. Plenty of play left. Magnus is taking a lot of time. There are so many plans for white, and he knows that this game is very important.

17. Kh2 Not a move I considered. The idea is his King can go to g3 after g4 to chase the knight away. 17...Ne7 is logical for Anand. Anand needs to create some kind of counter play, most likely on the queenside.

17...a5 You can expect Magnus to block the pawn break with 18. a4.

18. a4 Ne7 Now I expect Magnus to continue the idea of g4.

Magnus played 19. g4 as I discussed earlier. He doesn't want to allow Anand to open up the position.

19. Ng6 It is important for both players to be very patient in the Berlin, especially given the importance of this game.

20. Kg3 as expected. He is patiently maneuvering his pieces to block everything while keeping his space advantage.

20...Be7  Anand is willing to give up one of his Bishops. He's connecting his Rooks to prepare for Ra to d8. However, if white takes the Bishop, it will lead to Bishops on opposite colors. 2 ideas for white, to relocate Knight to e3 then f5, or to d2 then e4. White can also take the Bishop on e7. Many ideas for Magnus.

21. Nd2 as discussed above. Taking on e7 would have meant Magnus is content to draw. He doesn't :) Some may think the Berlin is boring. But the players don't care. Their job is to retain/win back the title and not please fans. Anand can get one of his Rooks to d8 now.

22...Rhd8 23. Ne4 Bf8 White still has space advantage but Black is absolutely fine. Both players are pleased with the position. This is like a heavyweight boxing match. The players are jabbing. It is going the distance, no knockout punch yet.

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SPF National Open for Boys and Girls in Northern California (A World Youth Qualifier - Over $100K in prizes)

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.


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.

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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*)

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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

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Setting Traps for Your Opponent ... and more

Setting Traps for Your Opponent

Posted on November 21,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. Setting traps for the opponent is very exciting and everybody likes doing it. Traps may have different levels of difficulties. For example, creating threats on the opponent's pieces from a long distance may be a serious trap for beginners, as they control the board quite badly. This is an elementary trap. In the games of experienced players we see much more complicated traps based on combinations, tactical strikes and more. But we have to underst[...]

Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 5 - NM Dana Mackenzie

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Posted on November 18,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. A pawn is advanced if it enters the opponent's territory, i.e. reaches the fifth or higher rank. Advanced pawns can be very powerful weapons that are often underestimated by inexperienced players. Examples of Advanced Pawns in Play First of all, we have to understand that the advanced pawn is not necessarily a passed pawn. In the first example, an advanced pawn is blocked by the opponent's. So, it looks as though the g5 and h6 pawns are giving so[...]

An Opening Repertoire for the Attacking Player - IM Valeri Lilov

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

TEDx talk in St Louis

My TEDx talk in St Louis. Unfortunately, I had a bad cold. I hope you can hear me clearly :)

Sevian becomes the youngest GM in US history

GM-elect Sam Sevian (3 GM norms) just beat IM Gorovets to break the 2500 rating barrier to officially become the youngest GM in US history! Congratulations to Sam!

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Anand - Carlsen update after 10 games

World Chess Championship 2014 Game 11, Carlsen vs Anand
By Naveen Ullal
November 22, 2014 09:51 GMT

Round 11 of the 2014 World Chess Championship between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand will take place at the Main Media Center in Sochi on Sunday.


Carlsen is just one win away from winning the World Chess Championship for the second year in a row. The Norwegian still leads 5.5-4.5 with two more games remaining in this year's tournament in Sochi.

The World No 1 will be playing with white pieces and has a fair advantage to seal the title on Sunday. Anand needs to avoid defeat and win the final game in order to level the score. The Indian chess Grandmaster had a very good chance to win the previous round on Friday.

However, Carlsen managed to hold his position while playing black in game 10 and pushed for a draw. Anand did try to put early pressure on the defending champion and had the game in his favour.

But the 44-year-old was unable to convert the game into a win as both players agreed to a draw after the 32nd move. No player has won with black in the 2014 World Chess Championship and the odds do not favour Anand to win game 11.

The five-time world champions' experience could come prove vital and with the rest day on Saturday, Anand could push for a win in the 11th round.

What They Say

Magnus Carlsen: "It is not the worst situation to be in right now. I haven't had too many interesting positions with black. But we had a good game today."

Viswanathan Anand: "I know I have to play. We know the score and the situation. But I am still there."

What Experts Say

Susan Polgar: "The fans need to consider Anand's position before criticizing for not going 'nuts' during the game. If he risks too much and loses, the match is basically over. Not an easy position or decision to make. It is easy for many fans at home with computer engines and nothing at stake to scream for him to go 'nuts'."


Magnus leads 5.5 - 4.5 with 2 to go

The Tenth Game of the World Championship Match Ended in a Draw. Magnus Carlsen Leads the Match 5.5-4.5

November 21, 2014 - The tenth game of the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Viswanathan Anand (India) was played on November 21st in the Main Media Center in Sochi. The Indian grandmaster had White.

As usual in his white games, Vishy Anand started with the d-pawn advance. Magnus Carlsen responded by returning to the roots – he already employed the Gruenfeld defense in the first game on November 8th. A distinguishing feature of this double-edged opening is that White has a variety of promising choices, but if he gets carried away and plays inaccurately, he may face problems. In order to play the Gruenfeld successfully as Black one needs to remember many complicated and lengthy variations against each White's plan.

Vishy Anand did not repeat the quiet maneuver Bc1-d2, as in the first game, and went for 5.Qb3 – a plan invented by the Soviet grandmaster Viacheslav Ragozin in the 30s of the previous century. The opening theory of this variation is now very broad and deep. The players followed a game played by Anand's coach grandmaster Wojtaszek until Carlsen demonstrated a novelty on the move 15.

In a complex ending that arose in a few moves White had an advantage due to the bishop pair and a strong passed pawn on d6. However, Carlsen solidified the center with his bishop, then seized an open file with his rook, and subsequently traded off the opponent's passer. The position became equal, and a draw was agreed on the move 32.

Vishy Anand said 19...Bd4 was very precise. He also mentioned that 24.Rfe1 instead of 24.Rd2 could be better, but he didn't like that black knight land on c6.

Magnus Carlsen: “With two bishops White had some pressure, but I am not certain if it was enough for anything more than a draw.”

The match score is now 5.5-4.5 in Carlsen's favor. The eleventh game is played on Sunday, November 23rd at 15:00 local time. Magnus Carlsen plays White. Admission is free of charge. The official website of the championship broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English.

The World Chess Championship match consists of 12 games with a classical time control: 120 minutes for 40 moves, then 60 minutes for 20 moves, and then 15 minutes plus 30 second per move until the end of the game. If the match is tied, a tiebreak will be played on November 27th.

The 2014 Chess Championship match between incumbent champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Vishy Anand will take place between November 7 and 28 in Sochi, Russia. The World Chess Championship is the most followed event in the world of chess. There are about 600 million chess players all over the world, with such well-known enthusiasts as Sergey Brin, George Soros, Bill Gates and Mikhail Gorbachev.

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For more information:
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2014 4th quarter FIDE PB: List of Decisions

Presidential Board 2014
7-10 November 2014
Sochi, Russia

4PB-2014/1. To approve an extra FIDE credit card for the frequent travels of PB members.

4PB-2014/2. To approve FEGADE (Federation Gabonaise des Echecs) as representing Gabon in FIDE.

4PB-2014/3. To approve the amended Regulations for the registration and licensing of players.

4PB-2014/4.To approve the QC recommendations for the new title Applications.

4PB-2014/5. To approve the report of the Arbiters Commission and the title applications.

4PB-2014/6. To appoint Mr. Freeman, Mr. Gelfer and Mr. Bastian as a Sub-Committee to advise the Presidential Board on dealing with appeals for Arbiters.

4PB-2014/7. To approve the Trainers Academies except for the Prodigy Chess Academy.

4PB-2014/8. To decrease the maximum handling fee for FIDE Academies to send trainees to FIDE events to 100 euro.

4PB-2014/9. To approve the Trainer’s Commission report and the new titles, except of the budget.

4PB-2014/11. To approve the structure and details of diploma certification of FSCL (FIDE School Chess Leader), FSCT (FIDE School Chess Teacher) and the associated national federation structures.

4PB-2014/12. To approve the implementation of a FSCC (FIDE Schools Chess Challenge).

4PB-2014/13. To approve the project for a World Youth Chess Games for Disabled.

4PB-2014/14. To approve the Anti-Doping Regulations coming into force January 1st 2015.

4PB-2014/15. To approve the report of the Ethics Commission.

4PB-2014/16. To approve the IO title applications.

4PB-2014/17. To approve the principles of Chess Journalism.

4PB-2014/18. To approve the report of the Anti-Cheating Commission.

4PB-2014/19. To insert penalty in the Grand Prix tournaments contracts in case of late payments.

4PB-2014/20. To approve the extension of the signing period for the 2018 Chess Olympiad contract till the end of February 2015.

4PB-2014/21. To change the dates for the World Junior and Girls U-20 Championship 2015 in Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-16 September 2015.

4PB-2014/22. To organise the World Cities in odd years.

4PB-2014/24. To award the title of FIDE Honorary Member to Victor Kortchnoi and Fridrik Olafsson.

4PB-2014/25. To approve and sign an Agreement with Russian league of bookmakers’ companies against match-fixing.