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Anand – Kramnik World Championship starts

Anand – Kramnik World Championship starts

TOI report Click here for live GM Dimitrov annotations More info about Kramnik – Anand The hide and seek game is over. Now is the time for Petroff, Ruy Lopez (Berlin), Catalan opening, Queen’s Gambit Declined, and even Sicilian and Slav on the board. Understandably, for both Anand and Kramnik, this title has immense value. [...]

Anand – Kramnik Bonn 2008

Anand – Kramnik Bonn 2008

World Chess Championship preview by Times of India Click here for live GM Dimitrov annotations More info about Kramnik – Anand There was this strong feeling in chess circles that the world will not be able to free itself from the stranglehold of Ks as the ‘K conveyor belt’ kept churning out stars like Karpov, [...]

The effect of a 12 games Kramnik – Anand match

The effect of a 12 games Kramnik – Anand match

preview by LA Times Click here for live GM Dimitrov annotations More info about Kramnik – Anand The world championship match between champion Viswanathan Anand of India and former champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia begins Tuesday in Bonn, Germany. They will contest 12 games, one of the shortest championships ever, for a purse of 1.5 [...]

Russian Superfinal – Round Eight

Russian Superfinal – Round Eight

Four-time Russian champion Peter Svidler is holding a half point lead after eight rounds of the Russian Superfinal championship. After the furious start, when he won first three games, Svidler made five consecutive draws but is still maintaining short distance ahead of Vitiugov, Timofeev and Alekseev.

Russian Superfinal – Round Six

Russian Superfinal – Round Six

Nikita Vitiugov beat the then-second placed Alexander Lastin in the 5th round of the Russian Superfinal Championship to take over his position on the crosstable. Timofeev, Morozevich and Alekseev were also successful in the same round. The 6th round saw all games drawn and the standings remained the same.

Peter Svidler leading at the Russian Superfinal

Peter Svidler leading at the Russian Superfinal

Three days of heavy fight at the 2008 Russian Superfinal Championship have obviously exhausted the players and most of them quickly drew in the fourth round looking forward to the first rest day (Tuesday, October 7th). The only exception being a 128-moves long struggle in the Queen ending between Alexander Ryazantsev and Nikita Vityugov, which eventually also finished in a draw.

World Minds Sports Games, blitz chess men

World Minds Sports Games, blitz chess men

Mark Paragua is first, GM Wang Yue far behind The men chess event at the World Mind Sports Games was hit harder by the financial crisis. From the initially announced 60 players, 32 have shown up. The three top seeded are the Chinese members of the 2700+ club Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi, and Ni Hua. [...]

World Mind Sports Games, women blitz

World Mind Sports Games, women blitz

results, standings, and photo report by GM Grivas The World Mind Sports Games has started with the first games in the Women Blitz section. There were multiple problems with a Russian sponsor right before the start of the games, however, very strong participants turned up at the competition thanks to a fast FIDE reaction and [...]

Russian Superfinal – Round One

Russian Superfinal – Round One

The defending champion Alexander Morozevich employed Gruenfeld Indian defence against the leading expert for White side, Konstantin Sakaev. Although Sakaev argued in his book “An Expert’s Guide to the 7.Bc4 Gruenfeld” that White achieves edge in this system, he deviated and played Karpov’s 7. Be3.

Campeonato de España Individual Absoluto

Campeonato de España Individual Absoluto

GM José M. López was eliminated in the first round, but the quarterfinal was real massacre when all elo-favored Grandmasters – Illeskas, Khamrakulov, Narciso Dublan and San Segundo – were sent home after tiebreaks. Sah-Mat Lista reports that GM Manuel Rivas was forfeited already after the first game because he refused to subject to anti-doping test.

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