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All decisive results in Biel’s second round

46th Biel International Chess FestivalAfter an opening day with three exciting draws, we enjoyed three decisive results in the second round. Two of these games finished with wins for the player that was leading the black pieces. Etienne Bacrot, Alexander Moiseenko and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are now the early leaders of the event. With such a fighting spirit, they will need to keep their winning ways if they want to take home the winner’s trophy.

In today’s games we saw both tactical struggle and great technique. It is very refreshing to see the variety of styles shown by these players: from Moiseenko’s cold-blooded play to Vachier-Lagrave’s aggressive repertoire with black.

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The first decisive result of the tournament was Alexander Moiseenko’s win with black over Richard Rapport. The Ukrainian took advantage of his rival’s mistakes in time trouble to get the full point after 38 moves of play. The Hungarian got in trouble right after the opening and could not handle the pressure with the clock ticking down dangerously.

Rapport answered to Moiseenko’s Sicilian with a quick Bb5, giving up the pair of bishops in exchange of quick activity against the black king. This was enough to prevent the monarch from castling. Moiseenko did not remain passive and replied with strong actions on the kingside. His pair of bishops was the key factor later when he got to totally dominate the board and force Rapport to resign.

Rappor t- Moiseenko

Rappor t- Moiseenko

Etienne Bacrot has always been a principled player that goes for small advantages from the opening in order to show his great technique to defeat his opponents. The young Chinese Ding Liren was not patient enough today and ended up falling against Bacrot’s style.

Ding Liren played the second King’s Indian Defense at this event, but this was not a very lucky decision for him today. Bacrot played positionally keeping a healthy pawn structure throughout the game. It seemed like the struggle would go for the long haul with the closed central position, but the Chinese blundered on move 30 and allowed his opponent to get a winning advantage. The French GM showed his class and converted the full point until move 43.

Nepomniachtchi - Bacrot

Nepomniachtchi – Bacrot

A very long fight was seen in the game Ian NepomniachtchiMaxime Vachier-Lagrave. The French got his first point with his pet defense, the Gruenfeld. This point is very important for the standings because it was achieved with the black pieces. This also might be good news for the chess fans because Nepomniachtchi is known for his fighting style with both colors; he will probably go all-in in the next rounds.

As soon as move 10, the computer disagrees with the Russian’s decision to play e3. This might be because he was not prepared for this line, or that he wanted to dazzle his opponent with a strange choice. From then on, Vachier-Lagrave handled the initiative masterfully, increasing the pressure gradually until getting to an endgame with a pawn up. Nepomniachtchi gave up on move 62 when the French is about to exchange bishops and convert his advantage easily.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

24.07.2013 14:00: Round 3
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Etienne Bacrot
Alexander Moiseenko - Ian Nepomniachtchi
Ding Liren - Richard Rapport

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Tue, 23 Jul 2013 23:21:57 +0000
Second Anand vs World Match Ends Undecided
Last Sunday World Champion Viswanathan Anand played a match against the World via's “Vote Chess” platform. Unfortunately the game could not be finished due to technical problems, but the Indian legend did join ...
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:21:16 -0700
Beijing GP: Karjakin Maintains Lead, Grischuk Now Second
In the fifth round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Beijing, Sergey Karjakin maintained his half point lead after drawing his black game with Boris Gelfand. There's a new number two: Alexander Grischuk, who beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with the white piece...
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:14:59 -0700
More Chess News from Nepal: Madan Krishna Kayastha Wins NECOS Tournament
Chess Blog for Latest Chess News and Trivia (c) 2013

Hi everyone, 
More chess news from Nepal coming your way: Madan Krishna Kayastha of Golden Gate International College claimed the NECOS second Nationwide FIDE Rating Chess Tournament title here today.

Despite losing the 10th and final round to 1996-rated fellow collegemate and Candidate Master Rupesh Jaiswal, the 2092-rated Madan clinched the trophy after former Nepal champion Punya Man Karmacharya lost to Krishna Thapa of Gajurmukhi Chess Club.

Madan Krishna, who went to the final round as an undefeated player, accumulated 8.5 points to win a cash prize of Rs 50,000. Despite tying on eight points with Rupesh, the 2022-rated Krishna finished second on Sonneborn-Berger tie-break system and took home Rs 30,000, while Rupesh received Rs 18,000.

The 2104-rated FIDE Master Bilam Lal Shrestha finished fourth with 7.5 points after playing a draw with former Nepal champion Surbir Lama, a 2050-rated from Golden Gate, in the final round. Likewise, 2012-rated Niraj Niraula of Jhapa finished sixth with a win over former Nepal champion Badri Lal Nepal, the 2131-rated top seed rounding up one of his worst outings with a loss. Punya Man and 1945-rated Prakash Nepal of Jhapa, who beat 2002-rated Ganesh Man Duwal today, finished on seventh and eighth spots respectively.

Dharam Bahadur Lama (1974), FM Sujendra Prasad Shrestha (1925), Janardan Shrestha (2025), Naveen Tandukar (1974), Prem Krishna Maharjan (1979) and Shyam Sundar Shrestha (1924) secured top 14 spots with seven points each, while 1881-rated Bibek Thing ended up on 15th spot with 6.5 points.

Other winners included Binita Kapali (women), Nabin Jaiswal (college), Lava Kumar Shrestha (above -60yrs) and Nabaraj Humagain (unrated). Likewise, Rajendra Langwa (Mechi), Mani Raj Dangi (Koshi), Nabin Kumar Chaudhary (Sagarmatha), Himal Lama (Janakpur), Shyam Lal Das (Narayani), Bhagawati Prasad Sharma (Bagmati), Mohan Singh Pradhan (Gandaki), DB Karki (Dhaulagiri), Saurav Pradhan (Lumbini), Uttam Reule (Bheri), Dirgha Raj Joshi (Seti) and Bhim Dutta Pandey (Mahakali) were declared the zone winner.

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Sat, 06 Jul 2013 20:57:00 +0000
Nepal Chess News: Tough Fights at NECOS Open
12th Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess Blog for Latest Chess News and Trivia (c) 2013

Hi everyone, 
KATHMANDU: Top players suffered shock defeats as former Nepal national chess champion Punya Man Karmacharya was in the pack of 12 to share third round lead in the NECOS second Nationwide FIDE Rating Chess Tournament with three points here at the Multipurpose Martial Arts Centre today.

Top seeded Badri Lal Nepali, 2131-rated former Nepal champion, lost his third round match against 1947-rated Bhagawati Prasad Sharma, while 1945-rated Prakash Nepal defeated 2050-rated another former Nepal champion Surbir Lama. The shock defeats of former Nepal champions continued when 1974-rated Naveen Tandukar suffered a loss at the hands of 1688-rated Bikram Dhwoj Shrestha.

Defending champion Ganesh Man Duwal suffered back-to-back defeat after the 2002-rated veteran lost to 1761-rated Deepak Maharjan in the second round before being beaten by 1574-rated Mohan Singh Pradhan in the third.

Sharing the third-round lead with Punya Man were Bhagawati, Prakash, Madan Krishna Kayastha (2092), Krishna Thapa (2022), Niraj Niraula (2012), Sudip Bajracharya (1917), Kamal Shrestha (1881), Rajan Puri (1977), Bibek Thing (1881), Dharam Bahadur Lama (1974), Purna Raj Khadka (1969) and Bhuwaneshwor Chaudhary (1777). FIDE Master Bilam Lal Shrestha missed on a chance to share the lead and was at the second spot with 2.5 points after playing a draw with 1820-rated Laba Kumar Shrestha in the second round.

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Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:53:00 +0000
Humpy Koneru Wins Second Grand Prix in Armenia
Humpy Koneru emerged as the winner of the FIDE Grand Prix which finished today in Dilijan, Armenia. The Indian finished a point ahead of Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) and Anna Muzychuk (Slovenia). The latter tops the standings in the Grand Prix after t...
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:14:26 -0700
Boris Gelfand Wins 8th Tal Chess Memorial, Magnus Carlsen Second, Fabiano Caruana Third
12th Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess Blog for Latest Chess News and Trivia (c) 2013

Hi everyone, 

Boris Gelfand was declared sole winner of the Tal Memorial on Sunday in Moscow. The Israeli Grandmaster had an undefeated performance of +3; two of his wins were achieved with the black pieces. This great run put Gelfand back in the top-10 at the live ratings list; he is 9th after gaining 18 points in this event. Defending champion Magnus Carlsen recovered from his loss against Caruana in the third round to finish sole second with 5.5/9 points.

The best Russian in the competition ended up being the lowest-rated, Dmitry Andreikin. The national champion drew eight of his games and defeated Vladimir Kramnik. Andreikin shared 3rd-5th places with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Fabiano Caruana. The young Italian jumped to third place in the live ratings list, and is four points away from the 2800-mark.

The eventual champion arrived to his last game with a draw in mind. His rival, Vladimir Kramnik, did not have a good event and was not likely to push too hard with white, as he was probably expecting to finish the tournament as soon as possible, rest and think about his next compromises. This forecast was accurate as their game was the first one to finish. The experienced strategists split the point in 25 moves.

Gelfand left the playing hall and went on to wait for the result in the game of his closest follower, favorite Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian also had the black pieces, and faced Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. This game was a totally different affair, as the players went into a sharp middlegame. Gelfand must have been relieved to see that the Azerbaijani was in the driver seat in the middle of the complications, but it is impossible to write-off Carlsen even in the worst situations. This time, the Israeli finished on top as the game ended in a draw in 33 moves.
Boris Gelfand with his trophy

The only decisive game of the day was the win of Alexander Morozevich over Hikaru Nakamura. This was Morozevich’s only victory of the event and Nakamura’s third straight loss. The American had a performance full of ups and downs, as he only drew one game, won four and lost four. He seemed in good shape to win the tournament after the sixth round, when he was sole leader and only had Gelfand close behind.

The game was a sharp Queen’s Gambit Accepted where Morozevich chose very complicated lines at the critical moments. The American was left with a healthier pawn structure while black had the bishop pair and a dangerous passed c-pawn. However, the decisive factor in the end was Morozevich’s control of the open h-file. Nakamura sacrificed an exchange to free himself but the material disadvantage was impossible to overcome later. The American resigned on move 49.
Fabiano Caruana and Dmitry Andreikin drew their last round game in 41 moves of a Ruy Lopez. Both players finished on +1 which might be considered more successful for the Russian. Caruana comes from playing the Grand Prix in Thessaloniki and, with two good results in these two events, he rose to third place in the live ratings lists, thanks to an impressive gain of 22 points in the last period. The Italian was not very satisfied with his play in the event, but said that his result was not bad, and that he got it with a little bit of luck.

Sergey Karjakin and Viswanathan Anand signed a rather quick draw in a Sicilian. The world champion’s performance was below par, as he lost three games, something that is very rare for the Indian. The young Russian finished on -1 and was probably expecting a better result in the tournament. (Text: Eteri Kublashvili)

Final Standings:
1 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2755 6
2 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2864 5˝
3 Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2774 5
4 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2753 5
5 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2713 5
6 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2784 4˝
7 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2782 4
8 Morozevich, Alexander RUS 2760 3˝
9 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2786 3˝
10 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2803 3
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Mon, 24 Jun 2013 06:13:00 +0000
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10 Seconds with Tony Buzan

Tony Buzan (of mind maps/memory fame) is the subject of an ‘official biography’ by Raymond Keene. Don Cherry probes Buzan on a couple of Keene’s claims about himself in the book.

Don: Keene writes that he was ‘twice the winner of the Oscar for world’s best writer on chess’. What’s that?

Tony: I don’t remember.

Don: And that he is ‘the Chairman of the English Chess Association’. What’s that?

Tony: Sorry, my mind’s gone blank.

To unblank it, Tony may wish to read Cuttings.
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:28:27 +0000
Magnus Carlsen Breaks Kasparov's Record at the London Chess Classic
On Monday, the Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen, 22, won the London Chess Classic in grand style, breaking Garry Kasparov's 13-year-old rating record by 10 points. "Pretty cool," Magnus described the biggest achievement of his chess career.

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