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FIDE President met with Russian President Vladimir Putin



Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to discuss the preparations for the World Chess Championship Match, which will be held in Sochi this November.

Vladimir Putin: Good evening, Kirsan Nikolayevich!
Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on your re-election to the office of the President of the World Chess Federation.. Secondly, I would like to discuss the preparations for the organization of the World Chess Championship Match. How do you assess the current situation? Are there any questions to the organizers, some additional suggestions?

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Firstly, taking the opportunity, Vladimir Vladimirovich, let me on behalf of the Presidential Board of the World Chess Federation that unites today 181 countries, thank you for the opportunity to hold the World Championship match in Russia. It is good for FIDE that the Championship will be held in Sochi, in the Olympic village, because one of the main FIDE’s objectives now is to join the Olympic movement, to become a member of the International Olympic Committee. Therefore, it is very important for FIDE, for chess players to play in Sochi.
Thirdly, the match participants are the greatest chess players. The Norwegian 23-years-old Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is called a prodigy, “Fischer of XXI century”. The second Grandmaster is the representative of India, “motherland of chess”, Viswanathan Anand, five-fold World Champion. Two generations, the younger and the older generations of chess will compete for the chess crown in Sochi. The distinctive feature of this match is that chess is a sport which is interesting to follow. Last week FIDE sent its inspectors to Sochi. The most important thing for us is the modern means of telecommunications, as the match will be broadcast online. Tens of millions, and we have had cases where up to 400 millions of people, chess players visited the championship website and the website simply collapsed. Therefore, it is very important to have modern means of communication and fast Internet connection. The FIDE inspectors were satisfied with the preparations.

Vladimir Putin: So, the entire preparation is going well and you do not have any problems.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov:
Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich.

Vladimir Putin: Good.

The video reportage on the Russian Channel One http://www.1tv.ru/news/social/270865

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Tashkent Grand Prix: Round 8



Round 8: Baadur Jobava wins and catches Andreikin and Nakamura


In what was the shortest round in FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent so far, five out of six games finished in a draw but the only decisive game Gelfand-Jobava has changed the situation in the tournament. Baadur Jobava joined Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura at the top. All other games finished in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov are only half a point behind the leaders and the last three rounds will be decisive for the final results of the tournament. The ninth round will start at 2 pm local time on 31st of October.

Round 8 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5

Read full round 8 report here


Round 7: Karjakin and Caruana victorious


Sergey Karjakin defeated Anish Giri in round 7 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent to reverse the negative trend after two consecutive losses.

In the clash between the winners of previous FIDE Grand Prix in Baku, Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand, the Italian star scored a victory that pushed the former world championship challenger to the bottom of the cross-table.

The remaining four games were drawn.

Results and pairings are here, crosstable is here. Visit also the photo gallery and replay the games.

Round 7 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1 - 0 GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 ½ - ½ GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10


Read full round 7 report here


Round 6: Andreikin wins and catches Nakamura at the top of the table


Dmitry Andreikin defeated Sergey Karjakin, who got in huge time trouble, and shares the lead with Hikaru Nakamura, who drew with Fabiano Caruana. In yet another decisive game Rustam Kasimdzhanov got a winning position against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov but after wild complications the game ended in favor of Azeri player. Boris Gelfand luckily escaped in the endgame against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Teimour Radjabov chose to play Berlin Defence with Black pieces this time and hold a draw against Anish Giri after 52 moves. Jobava and Jakovenko drew a very complicated game. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Baadur Jobava share the second place half a point behind the leaders. 

Round 6 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 1 - 0 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4

Read full round 6 report here


Round 5: Hikaru Nakamura takes the lead


As the weather in Tashkent was changing from summer to winter, the tournament situation had also significant changes. After 7 hours of play Hikaru Nakamura defeated Boris Gelfand to replace Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the top of the table. The leader of the first part of the tournament lost against Dmitry Yakovenko, who scored his first victory in the tournament. Baadur Jobava sacrificed a piece and won an exciting game against Sergey Karjakin. Other games Radjabov-Andreikin, Kasimdzhanov-Giri and Caruana-Mamedyarov finished in a draw. Baadur Jobava, Dmitry Andreikin and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave share the second place half a point behind of Hikaru Nakamura.

Round 5 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 1 - 0 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9

Read full round 5 report here


Round 4: All games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave maintains lead


In the longest game of the day Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tried to convert an extra pawn against Sergey Karjakin, but there was no way through and the players settled for a tie.

With all games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave continues to lead the standings with 3 points.

Saturday 25th October is the first rest day.

Results and pairings are here, crosstable is here. Visit also the photo gallery and replay the games.



Andreikin - Kasimdzhanov 1/2-1/2

In the regular variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined white decided to open the center, but this only led to massive exchanges.

Before a contest for the open d-file could occur, the players repeated the moves and signed a draw on move 22.



Gelfand - Jakovenko 1/2-1/2

Another Queen's Gambit Declined, but this time Gelfand's favourite Bf4 line.

Black solved the opening problems relatively easy. He was quick to seize the open a-file and generate counterplay.

White could not take advantage of the e5-outpost and was forced to allow exchange of the pieces. Draw was signed on move 31.



Giri - Caruana 1/2-1/2

This game also leaned towards QGD, but Giri took it to the Catalan setup. Black was able to conveniently open the center and trade the Queens.

After further exchanges, a double rook endgame occurred on the board.

Both sides had the weak pawns, but then the queen's flank was cleared and the players agreed to draw.



Mamedyarov - Nakamura 1/2-1/2

The Exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined on the board, but the two aggressive players didn't wait long before picking the fight.

A nice combination with 14.Nf4 left white with an extra pawn, still black was far from being worse.

Soon Nakamura took the pawn back, provoking Mamedyarov to sacrifice an exchange to collect the queenside pawns.

White got his pawns rolling, but black was up to the task, trading a pair of rooks and establishing counterplay to force white to accept a draw.



Jobava - Radjabov 1/2-1/2

A very entertaining Gruenfeld Indian where black offers to sacrifice two pawns to extend white's center. Jobava preferred to develop the pieces instead.

The resulting position was very interesting, with two white knights battling against two black bishops.

White established a dominant knight on d5, but black was not bothered by this as his pieces had the scope to dance around.

After the queens went off, the players agreed to a draw around the time control.



Vachier-Lagrave - Karjakin 1/2-1/2

A curious Queen's Indian game where black suddenly decided to give up a pawn to have opposite-coloured bishops on the board.

But with the queens and rooks on, there was still lots to play for. The advance of the white pawns left both kings weakened.

At one point Vachier-Lagrave missed the opportunity to win the black g7-pawn.

After lots of maneuvering, white couldn't set his passed pawns in motion and eventually conceded a draw.



Round 3: three decisive games


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave kept his half point lead in round 3 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. He managed to hold a draw with Black against Teimour Radjabov after long defence. Sergey Karjakin outplayed his compatriot Dmitry Jakovenko and shares the second place with Hikaru Nakamura and Dmitry Andreikin, who drew with Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana respectively. Rustam Kasimdzhanov sacrificed a pawn in the opening but lost the thread of the game in a complicated position against Baadur Jobava. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov profited from a mistake in the endgame by Boris Gelfand after 6 hours of play.

Round 3 results     SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1 - 0 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8


Standings after Round 3


Read full Round 3 report here


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sole leader after two rounds


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave became the sole leader in the tournament after defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov. It turned out to be the only decisive game in the second round as all other five encounters finished in a draw. Fabiano Caruana was very close to strike back after his unfortunate start but was held to a draw by Baadur Jobava. Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura were first to finish their game after repeating known line from Anand-Shirov. Anish Giri introduced an interesting novelty in the opening but didn't manage to convert his advantage against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Boris Gelfand and Dmitry Jakovenko could not break through stubborn defenses of their opponents Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov.

Round 2 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2

Read full Round 2 report here


Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave first winners in Grand Prix


Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents today, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fisher, Tigran Petrossian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, Georgian player sacrificed a rook for 3 pawns but blundered in a very complex position being short of time. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unexpectedly lost in the endgame with pawn up against Dmitry Andreikin. Three other games Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Karjakin were drawn. 

Round 1 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 - 1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7




Read full Round 1 report here




The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament's opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international media. From 21st of October till 2nd of November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.



The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome all participants and guests.



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of the country for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.



The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.

Round 1 pairings:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7



First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.



Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained technical details, reminded the key regulations and helped to choose the Appeal Committee.

The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman: Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members: Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbadjan)
Reserves: Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russian)

Official tournament website http://tashkent2014.fide.com/

Tashkent Grand Prix: Round 7



Round 7: Karjakin and Caruana victorious


Sergey Karjakin defeated Anish Giri in round 7 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent to reverse the negative trend after two consecutive losses.

In the clash between the winners of previous FIDE Grand Prix in Baku, Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand, the Italian star scored a victory that pushed the former world championship challenger to the bottom of the cross-table.

The remaining four games were drawn.

Results and pairings are here, crosstable is here. Visit also the photo gallery and replay the games.

Round 7 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1 - 0 GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 ½ - ½ GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10
Read full round 7 report here


Round 6: Andreikin wins and catches Nakamura at the top of the table


Dmitry Andreikin defeated Sergey Karjakin, who got in huge time trouble, and shares the lead with Hikaru Nakamura, who drew with Fabiano Caruana. In yet another decisive game Rustam Kasimdzhanov got a winning position against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov but after wild complications the game ended in favor of Azeri player. Boris Gelfand luckily escaped in the endgame against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Teimour Radjabov chose to play Berlin Defence with Black pieces this time and hold a draw against Anish Giri after 52 moves. Jobava and Jakovenko drew a very complicated game. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Baadur Jobava share the second place half a point behind the leaders. 

Round 6 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 1 - 0 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4

Read full round 6 report here


Round 5: Hikaru Nakamura takes the lead


As the weather in Tashkent was changing from summer to winter, the tournament situation had also significant changes. After 7 hours of play Hikaru Nakamura defeated Boris Gelfand to replace Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the top of the table. The leader of the first part of the tournament lost against Dmitry Yakovenko, who scored his first victory in the tournament. Baadur Jobava sacrificed a piece and won an exciting game against Sergey Karjakin. Other games Radjabov-Andreikin, Kasimdzhanov-Giri and Caruana-Mamedyarov finished in a draw. Baadur Jobava, Dmitry Andreikin and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave share the second place half a point behind of Hikaru Nakamura.

Round 5 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 1 - 0 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9

Read full round 5 report here


Round 4: All games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave maintains lead


In the longest game of the day Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tried to convert an extra pawn against Sergey Karjakin, but there was no way through and the players settled for a tie.

With all games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave continues to lead the standings with 3 points.

Saturday 25th October is the first rest day.

Results and pairings are here, crosstable is here. Visit also the photo gallery and replay the games.



Andreikin - Kasimdzhanov 1/2-1/2

In the regular variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined white decided to open the center, but this only led to massive exchanges.

Before a contest for the open d-file could occur, the players repeated the moves and signed a draw on move 22.



Gelfand - Jakovenko 1/2-1/2

Another Queen's Gambit Declined, but this time Gelfand's favourite Bf4 line.

Black solved the opening problems relatively easy. He was quick to seize the open a-file and generate counterplay.

White could not take advantage of the e5-outpost and was forced to allow exchange of the pieces. Draw was signed on move 31.



Giri - Caruana 1/2-1/2

This game also leaned towards QGD, but Giri took it to the Catalan setup. Black was able to conveniently open the center and trade the Queens.

After further exchanges, a double rook endgame occurred on the board.

Both sides had the weak pawns, but then the queen's flank was cleared and the players agreed to draw.



Mamedyarov - Nakamura 1/2-1/2

The Exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined on the board, but the two aggressive players didn't wait long before picking the fight.

A nice combination with 14.Nf4 left white with an extra pawn, still black was far from being worse.

Soon Nakamura took the pawn back, provoking Mamedyarov to sacrifice an exchange to collect the queenside pawns.

White got his pawns rolling, but black was up to the task, trading a pair of rooks and establishing counterplay to force white to accept a draw.



Jobava - Radjabov 1/2-1/2

A very entertaining Gruenfeld Indian where black offers to sacrifice two pawns to extend white's center. Jobava preferred to develop the pieces instead.

The resulting position was very interesting, with two white knights battling against two black bishops.

White established a dominant knight on d5, but black was not bothered by this as his pieces had the scope to dance around.

After the queens went off, the players agreed to a draw around the time control.



Vachier-Lagrave - Karjakin 1/2-1/2

A curious Queen's Indian game where black suddenly decided to give up a pawn to have opposite-coloured bishops on the board.

But with the queens and rooks on, there was still lots to play for. The advance of the white pawns left both kings weakened.

At one point Vachier-Lagrave missed the opportunity to win the black g7-pawn.

After lots of maneuvering, white couldn't set his passed pawns in motion and eventually conceded a draw.



Round 3: three decisive games


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave kept his half point lead in round 3 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. He managed to hold a draw with Black against Teimour Radjabov after long defence. Sergey Karjakin outplayed his compatriot Dmitry Jakovenko and shares the second place with Hikaru Nakamura and Dmitry Andreikin, who drew with Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana respectively. Rustam Kasimdzhanov sacrificed a pawn in the opening but lost the thread of the game in a complicated position against Baadur Jobava. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov profited from a mistake in the endgame by Boris Gelfand after 6 hours of play.

Round 3 results     SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1 - 0 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8


Standings after Round 3


Read full Round 3 report here


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sole leader after two rounds


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave became the sole leader in the tournament after defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov. It turned out to be the only decisive game in the second round as all other five encounters finished in a draw. Fabiano Caruana was very close to strike back after his unfortunate start but was held to a draw by Baadur Jobava. Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura were first to finish their game after repeating known line from Anand-Shirov. Anish Giri introduced an interesting novelty in the opening but didn't manage to convert his advantage against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Boris Gelfand and Dmitry Jakovenko could not break through stubborn defenses of their opponents Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov.

Round 2 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2

Read full Round 2 report here


Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave first winners in Grand Prix


Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents today, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fisher, Tigran Petrossian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, Georgian player sacrificed a rook for 3 pawns but blundered in a very complex position being short of time. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unexpectedly lost in the endgame with pawn up against Dmitry Andreikin. Three other games Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Karjakin were drawn. 

Round 1 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 - 1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7




Read full Round 1 report here




The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament's opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international media. From 21st of October till 2nd of November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.



The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome all participants and guests.



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of the country for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.



The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.

Round 1 pairings:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7



First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.



Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained technical details, reminded the key regulations and helped to choose the Appeal Committee.

The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman: Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members: Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbadjan)
Reserves: Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russian)

Official tournament website http://tashkent2014.fide.com/

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Tashkent Grand Prix: Round 6



Round 6: Andreikin wins and catches Nakamura at the top of the table


Dmitry Andreikin defeated Sergey Karjakin, who got in huge time trouble, and shares the lead with Hikaru Nakamura, who drew with Fabiano Caruana. In yet another decisive game Rustam Kasimdzhanov got a winning position against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov but after wild complications the game ended in favor of Azeri player. Boris Gelfand luckily escaped in the endgame against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Teimour Radjabov chose to play Berlin Defence with Black pieces this time and hold a draw against Anish Giri after 52 moves. Jobava and Jakovenko drew a very complicated game. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Baadur Jobava share the second place half a point behind the leaders. 

Round 6 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 1 - 0 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4

Read full round 6 report here


Round 5: Hikaru Nakamura takes the lead


As the weather in Tashkent was changing from summer to winter, the tournament situation had also significant changes. After 7 hours of play Hikaru Nakamura defeated Boris Gelfand to replace Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the top of the table. The leader of the first part of the tournament lost against Dmitry Yakovenko, who scored his first victory in the tournament. Baadur Jobava sacrificed a piece and won an exciting game against Sergey Karjakin. Other games Radjabov-Andreikin, Kasimdzhanov-Giri and Caruana-Mamedyarov finished in a draw. Baadur Jobava, Dmitry Andreikin and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave share the second place half a point behind of Hikaru Nakamura.

Round 5 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 1 - 0 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9

Read full round 5 report here


Round 4: All games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave maintains lead


In the longest game of the day Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tried to convert an extra pawn against Sergey Karjakin, but there was no way through and the players settled for a tie.

With all games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave continues to lead the standings with 3 points.

Saturday 25th October is the first rest day.

Results and pairings are here, crosstable is here. Visit also the photo gallery and replay the games.



Andreikin - Kasimdzhanov 1/2-1/2

In the regular variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined white decided to open the center, but this only led to massive exchanges.

Before a contest for the open d-file could occur, the players repeated the moves and signed a draw on move 22.



Gelfand - Jakovenko 1/2-1/2

Another Queen's Gambit Declined, but this time Gelfand's favourite Bf4 line.

Black solved the opening problems relatively easy. He was quick to seize the open a-file and generate counterplay.

White could not take advantage of the e5-outpost and was forced to allow exchange of the pieces. Draw was signed on move 31.



Giri - Caruana 1/2-1/2

This game also leaned towards QGD, but Giri took it to the Catalan setup. Black was able to conveniently open the center and trade the Queens.

After further exchanges, a double rook endgame occurred on the board.

Both sides had the weak pawns, but then the queen's flank was cleared and the players agreed to draw.



Mamedyarov - Nakamura 1/2-1/2

The Exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined on the board, but the two aggressive players didn't wait long before picking the fight.

A nice combination with 14.Nf4 left white with an extra pawn, still black was far from being worse.

Soon Nakamura took the pawn back, provoking Mamedyarov to sacrifice an exchange to collect the queenside pawns.

White got his pawns rolling, but black was up to the task, trading a pair of rooks and establishing counterplay to force white to accept a draw.



Jobava - Radjabov 1/2-1/2

A very entertaining Gruenfeld Indian where black offers to sacrifice two pawns to extend white's center. Jobava preferred to develop the pieces instead.

The resulting position was very interesting, with two white knights battling against two black bishops.

White established a dominant knight on d5, but black was not bothered by this as his pieces had the scope to dance around.

After the queens went off, the players agreed to a draw around the time control.



Vachier-Lagrave - Karjakin 1/2-1/2

A curious Queen's Indian game where black suddenly decided to give up a pawn to have opposite-coloured bishops on the board.

But with the queens and rooks on, there was still lots to play for. The advance of the white pawns left both kings weakened.

At one point Vachier-Lagrave missed the opportunity to win the black g7-pawn.

After lots of maneuvering, white couldn't set his passed pawns in motion and eventually conceded a draw.



Round 3: three decisive games


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave kept his half point lead in round 3 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. He managed to hold a draw with Black against Teimour Radjabov after long defence. Sergey Karjakin outplayed his compatriot Dmitry Jakovenko and shares the second place with Hikaru Nakamura and Dmitry Andreikin, who drew with Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana respectively. Rustam Kasimdzhanov sacrificed a pawn in the opening but lost the thread of the game in a complicated position against Baadur Jobava. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov profited from a mistake in the endgame by Boris Gelfand after 6 hours of play.

Round 3 results     SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1 - 0 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8


Standings after Round 3


Read full Round 3 report here


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sole leader after two rounds


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave became the sole leader in the tournament after defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov. It turned out to be the only decisive game in the second round as all other five encounters finished in a draw. Fabiano Caruana was very close to strike back after his unfortunate start but was held to a draw by Baadur Jobava. Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura were first to finish their game after repeating known line from Anand-Shirov. Anish Giri introduced an interesting novelty in the opening but didn't manage to convert his advantage against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Boris Gelfand and Dmitry Jakovenko could not break through stubborn defenses of their opponents Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov.

Round 2 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2

Read full Round 2 report here


Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave first winners in Grand Prix


Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents today, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fisher, Tigran Petrossian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, Georgian player sacrificed a rook for 3 pawns but blundered in a very complex position being short of time. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unexpectedly lost in the endgame with pawn up against Dmitry Andreikin. Three other games Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Karjakin were drawn. 

Round 1 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 - 1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7




Read full Round 1 report here




The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament's opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international media. From 21st of October till 2nd of November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.



The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome all participants and guests.



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of the country for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.



The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.

Round 1 pairings:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7



First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.



Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained technical details, reminded the key regulations and helped to choose the Appeal Committee.

The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman: Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members: Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbadjan)
Reserves: Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russian)

Official tournament website http://tashkent2014.fide.com/

Tashkent Grand Prix: Round 5



Round 5: Hikaru Nakamura takes the lead


As the weather in Tashkent was changing from summer to winter, the tournament situation had also significant changes. After 7 hours of play Hikaru Nakamura defeated Boris Gelfand to replace Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the top of the table. The leader of the first part of the tournament lost against Dmitry Yakovenko, who scored his first victory in the tournament. Baadur Jobava sacrificed a piece and won an exciting game against Sergey Karjakin. Other games Radjabov-Andreikin, Kasimdzhanov-Giri and Caruana-Mamedyarov finished in a draw. Baadur Jobava, Dmitry Andreikin and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave share the second place half a point behind of Hikaru Nakamura.

Round 5 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 1 - 0 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9

Read full round 5 report here


Round 4: All games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave maintains lead


In the longest game of the day Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tried to convert an extra pawn against Sergey Karjakin, but there was no way through and the players settled for a tie.

With all games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave continues to lead the standings with 3 points.

Saturday 25th October is the first rest day.

Results and pairings are here, crosstable is here. Visit also the photo gallery and replay the games.



Andreikin - Kasimdzhanov 1/2-1/2

In the regular variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined white decided to open the center, but this only led to massive exchanges.

Before a contest for the open d-file could occur, the players repeated the moves and signed a draw on move 22.



Gelfand - Jakovenko 1/2-1/2

Another Queen's Gambit Declined, but this time Gelfand's favourite Bf4 line.

Black solved the opening problems relatively easy. He was quick to seize the open a-file and generate counterplay.

White could not take advantage of the e5-outpost and was forced to allow exchange of the pieces. Draw was signed on move 31.



Giri - Caruana 1/2-1/2

This game also leaned towards QGD, but Giri took it to the Catalan setup. Black was able to conveniently open the center and trade the Queens.

After further exchanges, a double rook endgame occurred on the board.

Both sides had the weak pawns, but then the queen's flank was cleared and the players agreed to draw.



Mamedyarov - Nakamura 1/2-1/2

The Exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined on the board, but the two aggressive players didn't wait long before picking the fight.

A nice combination with 14.Nf4 left white with an extra pawn, still black was far from being worse.

Soon Nakamura took the pawn back, provoking Mamedyarov to sacrifice an exchange to collect the queenside pawns.

White got his pawns rolling, but black was up to the task, trading a pair of rooks and establishing counterplay to force white to accept a draw.



Jobava - Radjabov 1/2-1/2

A very entertaining Gruenfeld Indian where black offers to sacrifice two pawns to extend white's center. Jobava preferred to develop the pieces instead.

The resulting position was very interesting, with two white knights battling against two black bishops.

White established a dominant knight on d5, but black was not bothered by this as his pieces had the scope to dance around.

After the queens went off, the players agreed to a draw around the time control.



Vachier-Lagrave - Karjakin 1/2-1/2

A curious Queen's Indian game where black suddenly decided to give up a pawn to have opposite-coloured bishops on the board.

But with the queens and rooks on, there was still lots to play for. The advance of the white pawns left both kings weakened.

At one point Vachier-Lagrave missed the opportunity to win the black g7-pawn.

After lots of maneuvering, white couldn't set his passed pawns in motion and eventually conceded a draw.



Round 3: three decisive games


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave kept his half point lead in round 3 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. He managed to hold a draw with Black against Teimour Radjabov after long defence. Sergey Karjakin outplayed his compatriot Dmitry Jakovenko and shares the second place with Hikaru Nakamura and Dmitry Andreikin, who drew with Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana respectively. Rustam Kasimdzhanov sacrificed a pawn in the opening but lost the thread of the game in a complicated position against Baadur Jobava. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov profited from a mistake in the endgame by Boris Gelfand after 6 hours of play.

Round 3 results     SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1 - 0 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8


Standings after Round 3


Read full Round 3 report here


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sole leader after two rounds


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave became the sole leader in the tournament after defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov. It turned out to be the only decisive game in the second round as all other five encounters finished in a draw. Fabiano Caruana was very close to strike back after his unfortunate start but was held to a draw by Baadur Jobava. Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura were first to finish their game after repeating known line from Anand-Shirov. Anish Giri introduced an interesting novelty in the opening but didn't manage to convert his advantage against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Boris Gelfand and Dmitry Jakovenko could not break through stubborn defenses of their opponents Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov.

Round 2 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2

Read full Round 2 report here


Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave first winners in Grand Prix


Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents today, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fisher, Tigran Petrossian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, Georgian player sacrificed a rook for 3 pawns but blundered in a very complex position being short of time. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unexpectedly lost in the endgame with pawn up against Dmitry Andreikin. Three other games Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Karjakin were drawn. 

Round 1 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 - 1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7




Read full Round 1 report here




The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament's opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international media. From 21st of October till 2nd of November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.



The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome all participants and guests.



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of the country for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.



The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.

Round 1 pairings:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7



First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.



Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained technical details, reminded the key regulations and helped to choose the Appeal Committee.

The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman: Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members: Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbadjan)
Reserves: Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russian)

Official tournament website http://tashkent2014.fide.com/

Tashkent Grand Prix: Round 4



Round 4: All games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave maintains lead


In the longest game of the day Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tried to convert an extra pawn against Sergey Karjakin, but there was no way through and the players settled for a tie.

With all games drawn, Vachier-Lagrave continues to lead the standings with 3 points.

Saturday 25th October is the first rest day.

Results and pairings are here, crosstable is here. Visit also the photo gallery and replay the games.



Andreikin - Kasimdzhanov 1/2-1/2

In the regular variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined white decided to open the center, but this only led to massive exchanges.

Before a contest for the open d-file could occur, the players repeated the moves and signed a draw on move 22.



Gelfand - Jakovenko 1/2-1/2

Another Queen's Gambit Declined, but this time Gelfand's favourite Bf4 line.

Black solved the opening problems relatively easy. He was quick to seize the open a-file and generate counterplay.

White could not take advantage of the e5-outpost and was forced to allow exchange of the pieces. Draw was signed on move 31.



Giri - Caruana 1/2-1/2

This game also leaned towards QGD, but Giri took it to the Catalan setup. Black was able to conveniently open the center and trade the Queens.

After further exchanges, a double rook endgame occurred on the board.

Both sides had the weak pawns, but then the queen's flank was cleared and the players agreed to draw.



Mamedyarov - Nakamura 1/2-1/2

The Exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined on the board, but the two aggressive players didn't wait long before picking the fight.

A nice combination with 14.Nf4 left white with an extra pawn, still black was far from being worse.

Soon Nakamura took the pawn back, provoking Mamedyarov to sacrifice an exchange to collect the queenside pawns.

White got his pawns rolling, but black was up to the task, trading a pair of rooks and establishing counterplay to force white to accept a draw.



Jobava - Radjabov 1/2-1/2

A very entertaining Gruenfeld Indian where black offers to sacrifice two pawns to extend white's center. Jobava preferred to develop the pieces instead.

The resulting position was very interesting, with two white knights battling against two black bishops.

White established a dominant knight on d5, but black was not bothered by this as his pieces had the scope to dance around.

After the queens went off, the players agreed to a draw around the time control.



Vachier-Lagrave - Karjakin 1/2-1/2

A curious Queen's Indian game where black suddenly decided to give up a pawn to have opposite-coloured bishops on the board.

But with the queens and rooks on, there was still lots to play for. The advance of the white pawns left both kings weakened.

At one point Vachier-Lagrave missed the opportunity to win the black g7-pawn.

After lots of maneuvering, white couldn't set his passed pawns in motion and eventually conceded a draw.



Round 3: three decisive games


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave kept his half point lead in round 3 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. He managed to hold a draw with Black against Teimour Radjabov after long defence. Sergey Karjakin outplayed his compatriot Dmitry Jakovenko and shares the second place with Hikaru Nakamura and Dmitry Andreikin, who drew with Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana respectively. Rustam Kasimdzhanov sacrificed a pawn in the opening but lost the thread of the game in a complicated position against Baadur Jobava. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov profited from a mistake in the endgame by Boris Gelfand after 6 hours of play.

Round 3 results     SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1 - 0 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8


Standings after Round 3


Read full Round 3 report here


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sole leader after two rounds


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave became the sole leader in the tournament after defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov. It turned out to be the only decisive game in the second round as all other five encounters finished in a draw. Fabiano Caruana was very close to strike back after his unfortunate start but was held to a draw by Baadur Jobava. Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura were first to finish their game after repeating known line from Anand-Shirov. Anish Giri introduced an interesting novelty in the opening but didn't manage to convert his advantage against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Boris Gelfand and Dmitry Jakovenko could not break through stubborn defenses of their opponents Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov.

Round 2 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2

Read full Round 2 report here


Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave first winners in Grand Prix


Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents today, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fisher, Tigran Petrossian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, Georgian player sacrificed a rook for 3 pawns but blundered in a very complex position being short of time. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unexpectedly lost in the endgame with pawn up against Dmitry Andreikin. Three other games Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Karjakin were drawn. 

Round 1 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 - 1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7




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The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament's opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international media. From 21st of October till 2nd of November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.



The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome all participants and guests.



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of the country for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.



The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.

Round 1 pairings:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7



First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.



Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained technical details, reminded the key regulations and helped to choose the Appeal Committee.

The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman: Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members: Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbadjan)
Reserves: Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russian)

Official tournament website http://tashkent2014.fide.com/

Tashkent Grand Prix: Round 3



Round 3: three decisive games


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave kept his half point lead in round 3 of the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. He managed to hold a draw with Black against Teimour Radjabov after long defence. Sergey Karjakin outplayed his compatriot Dmitry Jakovenko and shares the second place with Hikaru Nakamura and Dmitry Andreikin, who drew with Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana respectively. Rustam Kasimdzhanov sacrificed a pawn in the opening but lost the thread of the game in a complicated position against Baadur Jobava. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov profited from a mistake in the endgame by Boris Gelfand after 6 hours of play.

Round 3 results     SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 1 - 0 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 ½ - ½ GM Giri, Anish 2768 1 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 ½ - ½ GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 0 - 1 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 7 GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 1 - 0 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8
Standings after Round 3


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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sole leader after two rounds


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave became the sole leader in the tournament after defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov. It turned out to be the only decisive game in the second round as all other five encounters finished in a draw. Fabiano Caruana was very close to strike back after his unfortunate start but was held to a draw by Baadur Jobava. Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura were first to finish their game after repeating known line from Anand-Shirov. Anish Giri introduced an interesting novelty in the opening but didn't manage to convert his advantage against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Boris Gelfand and Dmitry Jakovenko could not break through stubborn defenses of their opponents Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov.

Round 2 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2

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Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave first winners in Grand Prix


Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents today, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fisher, Tigran Petrossian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, Georgian player sacrificed a rook for 3 pawns but blundered in a very complex position being short of time. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unexpectedly lost in the endgame with pawn up against Dmitry Andreikin. Three other games Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Karjakin were drawn. 

Round 1 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 - 1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7




Read full Round 1 report here




The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament's opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international media. From 21st of October till 2nd of November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.



The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome all participants and guests.



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of the country for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.



The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.

Round 1 pairings:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7



First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.



Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained technical details, reminded the key regulations and helped to choose the Appeal Committee.

The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman: Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members: Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbadjan)
Reserves: Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russian)

Official tournament website http://tashkent2014.fide.com/

Tashkent Grand Prix: Round 2



Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sole leader after two rounds


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave became the sole leader in the tournament after defeating Rustam Kasimdzhanov. It turned out to be the only decisive game in the second round as all other five encounters finished in a draw. Fabiano Caruana was very close to strike back after his unfortunate start but was held to a draw by Baadur Jobava. Dmitry Andreikin and Hikaru Nakamura were first to finish their game after repeating known line from Anand-Shirov. Anish Giri introduced an interesting novelty in the opening but didn't manage to convert his advantage against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Boris Gelfand and Dmitry Jakovenko could not break through stubborn defenses of their opponents Sergey Karjakin and Teimour Radjabov.

Round 2 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 12 GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7 8 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 ½ - ½ GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 6 9 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 1 - 0 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 5 10 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 ½ - ½ GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 4 11 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 ½ - ½ GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 3 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 2

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Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave first winners in Grand Prix


Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents today, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fisher, Tigran Petrossian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, Georgian player sacrificed a rook for 3 pawns but blundered in a very complex position being short of time. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unexpectedly lost in the endgame with pawn up against Dmitry Andreikin. Three other games Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Karjakin were drawn. 

Round 1 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 - 1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7




Read full Round 1 report here




The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament's opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international media. From 21st of October till 2nd of November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.



The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome all participants and guests.



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of the country for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.



The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.

Round 1 pairings:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7



First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.



Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained technical details, reminded the key regulations and helped to choose the Appeal Committee.

The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman: Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members: Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbadjan)
Reserves: Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russian)

Official tournament website http://tashkent2014.fide.com/

FIDE President visits the new chess school in Tashkent



On 20th of October before the opening ceremony of Grand Prix in Tashkent, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, together with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Adham Ilkhamovich Ikramov, Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov and First Deputy Minister of Sport Muradzhan Bakievich Aliyev visited the new specialized youth chess school recently opened in the center of Tashkent. The school includes training rooms, playing halls, dining room and other facilities.






Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Adham Ilkhamovich Ikramov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Tashkent Grand Prix: Round 1



Round 1: Andreikin, Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave first winners in Grand Prix


Dmitry Andreikin, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated their opponents today, perhaps, inspired by the great Champions Bobby Fisher, Tigran Petrossian and Mikahil Tal (whose portraits are on the background of the photo from the opening ceremony). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave started the Grand Prix series with victory over the top seed of the tournament Fabiano Caruana. In a “must see” game Nakamura vs Jobava, Georgian player sacrificed a rook for 3 pawns but blundered in a very complex position being short of time. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov unexpectedly lost in the endgame with pawn up against Dmitry Andreikin. Three other games Giri-Gelfand, Kasimdzhanov-Jakovenko, Radjabov-Karjakin were drawn. 

Round 1 results
    SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 ½ - ½ GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 0 - 1 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 1 - 0 GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 0 - 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 ½ - ½ GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 ½ - ½ GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7




Read full Round 1 report here




The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament's opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international media. From 21st of October till 2nd of November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.



The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome all participants and guests.



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of the country for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.



The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.

Round 1 pairings:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7



First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.



Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained technical details, reminded the key regulations and helped to choose the Appeal Committee.

The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman: Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members: Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbadjan)
Reserves: Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russian)

Official tournament website http://tashkent2014.fide.com/

The second stage of GP series has started in Tashkent




The second stage of FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 was officially opened on Monday evening at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Tashkent. The tournament's opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international media. From 21st of October till 2nd of November over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The tournament follows the first stage which recently finished in the capital of Azerbaijan. Fabiano Caruano (ITA) and Boris Gelfand (ISR) tied for the first place in Baku Grand Prix and are the leaders in the third GP series.



The opening ceremony started with speeches. The Chairman of the Chess Federation of Uzbekistan Alisher Saidabbasovich Sultanov took the floor to welcome all participants and guests.



FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the government of the country for their huge support and decisive contribution into development of chess.



The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev conducted the ceremony of drawing of lots. Each participant was proposed to choose one of the 12 bottles of cognac with the number inside of each. By coincidence the name of the cognac “Filatov” turned to be same as the name of the President of Russian Chess Federation Andrey Filatov and this fact has not escaped the attention of players.

Round 1 pairings:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo. 1 GM Giri, Anish 2768 - GM Gelfand, Boris 2748 12 2 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2764 - GM Andreikin, Dmitry 2722 11 3 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2764 - GM Jobava, Baadur 2717 10 4 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2844 - GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2757 9 5 GM Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 2706 - GM Jakovenko, Dmitry 2747 8 6 GM Radjabov, Teimour 2726 - GM Karjakin, Sergey 2767 7



First symbolic moves were made by former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.



Before the opening ceremony the technical meeting took place. The Chief Arbiter of the tournament IA Husan Turdialiev and FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg explained technical details, reminded the key regulations and helped to choose the Appeal Committee.

The composition of the Appeals Committee in Tashkent 2014 FIDE Grand Prix will be:
Chairman: Javier Ochoa de Echaguen (Spain)
Members: Boris Gelfand (Israel), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbadjan)
Reserves: Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), Sergei Karjakin (Russian)

Official tournament website http://tashkent2014.fide.com/

Winners of World Junior Chess Championship 2014



Lu Shanglai of China won the World Junior Chess title by defeating Aleksander Indjic of Serbia.

In the girls section Aleksandra Goryachkina had successfully defended her title with a round to spare yesterday.

LU SHANGLAI OF CHINA WINS WORLD JUNIOR TITLE

PADMINI FINISHES FOURTH AND VIDIT IS PLACED FIFTH

http://www.worldjuniorchess2014.com/


ANIRUDDHA DESHPANDE - CHAIRMAN, ORGANISING COMMITTEE, WORLD JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP, VENKATRAMA RAJA - PRESIDENT AICF, ALEKSANDRA GORYACHKINA, HER EXCELLENCY, EX PRESIDENT OF INDIA, SMT PRATIBHA PATIL, LU SHANGLEI, ASHOK JAIN, PRESIDENT-MCA AND RAVINDRA DONGRE, CHAIRMAN, MAHARASHTRA CHESS ASSOCIATION AT THE GRAND FINALE OF LIC WORLD JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 IN PUNE.

Intense, exciting tussles on the top boards yielded just one decisive result - Lu Shanglei of China defeating Aleksander Indjic of Serbia, which was enough to crown him the World Junior Chess title at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. In the final 13th round, the race for the title was wide open with four players Wei Yi of China, Duda Jan-Krzysztof of Poland, Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia and Lu Shangleiu, in contention for the title as all were overnight joint leaders with 9 points.

There was a four way tie from second to fourth position where Wei Yi of China secured Silver, Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia bagged bronze while Duda Jan Krzysztof was a trifle unfortunate to go without a medal, finishing fourth after the resolution of the tie-break by the Bucholz system. All four players had scored 9.5 points. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi was the best Indian finisher with 9 points and was placed fifth. Shardul Gagare was the best performer from Maharashtra and was awarded the Pune Mayor Cup in the Open section.

In the Girls section 16-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina had successfully defended her title with a round to spare yesterday and today 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. Rucha Pujari was the winner of the Pune Mayor’s Trophy for Girls as the best performer from Maharashtra.. Today Padmini scored a quick victory over Marina Brunello of Italy. Srija Seshadri had scored 8/11 but lost the last two rounds to finish tenth.

Both Lu Shanglei and Aleksandra Goryachkina earned a qualification slot for the World Cup 2015 for Open and Women respectively. The World Cup is a part of the World Championship Cycle. Both players also received a cash Prize of Rs 1,50000 each. The silver Medalists were richer by RS 100000 each and the bronze medallists by Rs 50000.

This 13 round gruelling Swiss League event was sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone were the Associate sponsors. There were 132 players from 51 countries in fray while the Girls section had 77 players.

The encounters between Wei and Krzysztof was a hard fought Italian game lasting 57 moves before fizzling into a draw. Top seed Fedoseev could not also make much headway and had to settle for a draw after 40 moves. Shanglei opted for the Dutch Defence against Indjic and appeared heading for trouble in the initial stages with Indjic playing positively and aggressively. However White lost way, failed to keep the momentum, did not castle and watched helplessly as Black’s pieces (Knight, queen and rook ) infiltrated decisively to weave a check-mating net.

Final standings:

Open: 1. Lu Shanglei (China) 10 points; 2. Wei Yi (China) 9.5 (106.5 Bucholz), 3. Vladimir Fedoseev (Russia) 9.5 (105.5 Bucholz), 4. Dida Jan-Krzysztof (Poland) 9.5 (99.5 Bucholz), 5. Vidit Gujrathi (India) 9 (94.5 Bucholz), 6. Kamil Dragun (Poland) 9 (92.5 Bucholz), 7. Srinath Narayanan (India) 9 (91.5 Bucholz), 8. Murali Karthikeyan (India) 9 (85.5 Bucholz), 9. Diptayan Ghosh (India) 8.5 (97 Bucholz), 10. Bai Jinshi (China) 8.5 (95.5 Bucholz).

Girls: 1. Aleksandra Goryachkina (Russia) 11 points, 2. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) 9.5 (98.5 Bucholz), 3. Ann Chumpitaz (Peru) 9.5 (97 Bucholz), 4. Padmini Rout (India) 9, 5. Zhai Mo (China) 8.5 (95.5 Bucholz), 6. Anna Iwanow (Poland) 8.5 (95 Bucholz), 7. Sabina Ibrahimova (Azerbaijan) 8.5 (92 BUcholz), 8. Meri Arabidze (Georgia) 8.5 (89.5 Bucholz), 9. Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva (Uzbekistan) 8.5 (81 Bucholz), 10. Srija Seshadri (India) 8 (91 Bucholz).

Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Wei Yi (Chn) 9.5 drew Duda Jan-Krzysztof ( Pol) - 9.5 ; Kamil Dragun (Pol)-9 drew Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus) - 9.5; Aleksander Indjic (Srb)-8 lost to Lu Shanglei (Chn)-10 ; Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (9) bt Quinten Ducarmon (Ned) - 8 ; Jorge Cori (Per)-8 lost to Karthikeyan M (9 ); Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-8 lost to N Srinath-9 ; Bai Jinshi (Chn)-8.5 drew Gosh Diptayan-8.5; Benjamin Bok (8.5) bt AryanTari (8); Robin Van Kampen (Ned)-8.5 bt Aravindh Chitharambaram (7.5); Prasanna Raghuram Rao (8) drew Karen Grigoryan (Arm)-8

Girls Section

Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus) - 11 drew Anna Iwanow (Pol)-8.5; Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-9.5 drew Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva (Uzb)-8.5; Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)-9.5 bt Srija Seshadri -8 ; Padmini Rout (9) bt Marina Brunello (Ita); Daria Pushtovoitova (Rus)-7.5 lost to Arabidze Meri (Geo); Irina Petrukhina (Rus) 7.5- lost to Zhai Mo (Chn)-8.5 ; Ivana Maria Furtado-7.5 lost to Sabina Ibrahimova-8.5; Ni Shiqun (Chn)-8 bt Mahalakshmi M- 7.5; P V Nandhidhaa-7 lost to Maria Gevorgyan (Arm)-8 ; Monisha G K -7 lost to Joana Gelip (Rou)-8

Round 12

ALEKSANDRA GORYACHKINA WINS WORLD JUNIOR GIRLS TITLE WITH A ROUND TO SPARE

The Russians were not ready to be dismissed by the Chinese and rose to the occasion in the 12thand penultimate round of the LIC World junior Chess championship which is in the concluding stages at Hotel Hyatt in Pune. Alexandra Goryachkina scored a thumping Grand Double, successfully defending her title which she won at Turkey last year with a round to spare in the Girls section by defeating Srija Seshadri.

Her compatriot Vladimir Fedoseev, the top seed opened the doors towards the title in the open section to keep the contest alive just when the Chinese appeared to be running away with the title. In an exciting tussle on the top board, Fedoseev defeated sole leader Wei Yi to share joint leader status.


VLADIMIR FEDOSEEV FROM RUSSIA  DEFEATED WEI YI OF CHINA

Goryachkina has tallied a whopping 10.5 points and maintained a clean slate. Ann Chumpitaz of Peru is trailing in second place with 9 points, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh follows next with 8.5 points and Padmini Rout, Srija Seshadri along with three others are bunched together with 8 points. Tomorrow, on Sunday the final round will commence at 10.00 AM. 


ALEKSANDRA GORYACHKINA FROM RUSSIA MAKING A MOVE AGAINST SRIJA SESHADRI FROM INDIA. ALEKSANDRA WON THE GAME AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

In the Open section there is a four way tie at the top with Fedoseev, Wei, Lu Shanglei of China and Duda Jan-Krzysztof of Poland all totalling 9 points each. Kamil Dragun of Poland follows next with 8.5 points while Vidit Santosh Gujrathi along with eight others has scored 8 points each.

From the Indian angle, Padmini Rout, our best medal hope conceded another draw to Anna Iwanow, making things more difficult for her. Padmini opting for the Modern Defence had to split point despite an extra pawn in a rook and bishop each ending after 52 moves and has logged 8 points Fedoseev after an indifferent first half has been working his way steadily up the points ladder and today capitalized on an opening inaccuracy by We Yi to score a smooth victory. Fedoseev however modestly said” It was a bad day for Wei as he made a mistake in the opening variation”. Wei adopted the Grunfeld Defene but got into a severely cramped position after some dubious queen and pawn moves on the 11th and 12th turn. Thereafter in a desperate bid to gain some counter-play, he tried to attack on the Kingside but Fedoseev played sensible and simple chess, first advancing his passed pawn in the centre to seventh rank and then accepting the queen offer of his opponent for a rook and two minor pieces. Left with hardly any play on board Wei resigned on the 35th move.

In contrast Jorge Cori of Peru impressive in the first half, has been steadily losing way and today was upset by Duda Jan-Krzysztof of Poland.

One more round is remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)-9 bt Wei Yi (Chn)-9; Lu Shanglei (Chn)-9 drew Kamil Dragun (Pol)-8.5; Duda Jan-Krzysztof (Pol)-9 bt Jorge Cori (Per)-9; Karthikeyan M-8 drew Vidit Santosh Gujrathi-8 ; Quinten Ducarmon (Ned)-8 drew Aleksander Indjic (Srb)-8; Aryan Tari (Nor)-8 drew Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-8 ; Ankit Rajpara-7.5 drew Bai Jinshi (Chn)-7.5; Aravindh Chithambaram-7.5 drew Benjamin Bok-7.5 ; Karen Grigoriyan (Arm)-7.5 drew Anurag Mhamal-7.5 ; N Srinath-8 bt Vladislav Kovalev (Blr)-7; Diptayan Ghosh -7.5 drew Borya Ider (Fra)-7.5

Girls Section

Aleksandra Goryachkin (Rus)-10.5 bt Srija Seshadri-8 ; Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-7.5 bt Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-9 ; Meri Arabidze(Geo)-7.5 lost to Sarasadat Khademalshaarieh (Iri)-8.5 ; Anna Iwanow (Pol)-8 drew Padmini Rout-8 ; Marina Brunello (Ita)-8 bt Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-7.5 ; Zhai Mo (Chn)-7.5 drew Ivana Maria Furtado-7.5 ; Ioana Gelip (Rou)-7 lost to Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva (Uzb)-8; Nguyen Thi Mai (Vie)-7 drew G K Monnisha-7


Round 11

VIDIT GUJRATHI COVERS SOME GROUND WITH A VICTORY, WEI YI IN SOLE LEAD

ALEKSANDRA GORYACHKINA IN SIGHT OF THE TITLE

BAD DAY FOR INDIA

Wei Yi of China continued his merciless march towards the title with a comprehensive victory over Karen Grigoryan of Armenia in the 11th round of the World Junior Chess Championship being played at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. His compatriot Lu Shanglei who had been matching pace with him was held to a draw by Griogriy Oparin of Russia. Wei is the sole leader now with a tally of 9 points while Shanglei is the sole occupant of the second spot with 8.5 points.


WEI YI OF CHINA MAKING A MOVE AGAINST GRIGORYAN KAREN FROM ARMENIA. WEI YI DEFEATED KAREN AND TOPS THE POINTS TALLY

Kamil Dragun and Duda Jan-Krzysztof of Poland defeated Aravindh Chithambaram and Irakali Beradze respectively to move up to third spot with 8 points each. In fact the Indians were at the receiving end on the top boards with top seed Vladimir Fedoseev outplaying Diptayan Ghosh and Jorge Cori scoring over Ankit Rajpara to also tally 8 points apiece.

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi who had been bogged down, covered some ground by defeating Christopher Repka of Slovakia in a miniature lasting 20 moves to total 7.5 points . Karthikeyan Murali defeated Balazs Csonka to also tally 7.5 points , the highest by Indians . Incidentally there are 7 players with 7.5 points each to their credit.

In the Girls section, top seed and defending Champion Aleksandra Goryachkina also looks unstoppable as she has built up a sizeable 1.5 point lead over the next placed Srija Seshadri of India and Ann Chumpitaz of Peru. Goryachkiina defeated Zhai Mo of China today and has tallied 9.5 points. Padmini Rout was held to a draw by Chumpitaz while Srija scored over P V Nandhidhaa.”

Grigoryan opting for the Petroff Defence perhaps was an indication of his mind-set for this defence has become a popular weapon with Black to enhance drawing chances at the higher level of the game. However Wei who has been in tremendous form, played simply and effectively to capitalize on his extra pawn and positional advantage by exchanging pieces to reach a winning queen and pawn ending. Grigoryan resigned on the 33rd move when Wei threatened to march his pawn to the queening square. 


ALEKSANDRA GORYACHKINA FROM RUSSIA MAKING A MOVE AGAINST ZHAI MO FROM CHINA

The Queen’s Gambit game between Dragun and Aravindh had interesting moments in the Opening stages with the former’s King literally pulled out into the open after the early exchange of queens. Interestingly Dragun’s King walked back to the castled position even as Aravindh failed to maintain the balance of the game. Dragun kept improving his position and after the transposition into the rook pawn ending, the King again walked onto the queen-side to escort his two passed pawn and sealed the game in his favour after 51 moves.

Two more rounds are remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Wei Yi (Chn)-9 bt Grigoriyan Karen (Arm)-7 ; Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-7.5 drew Lu Shanglei (Chn)-8.5 ; Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)-8 bt Diptayan Ghosh-7 ; Jorge Cori (Per) Ankit Rajpara ; Irakli Beradze (Geo )7 lost to Duda Jan Krzysztof (Pol)-8 ; Bai Jinshi (Chn) Aleksander Indjic (Srb); Kamil Dragun (Pol)-8 bt Aravindh Chithambaram-7 ; Vidit Santosh Gujrathi-7.5 bt Christopher Repka (Svk)-6.5; Aryan Tari (Nor )-7.5 bt Mikhail Atipov (Rus)-6.5; Karthikeyan M-7.5 bt Balazs Csonka (Hun)-6.5 ; Borya Ider (Fra)-7 drew Ulvi Bajarani (Aze)-7 ; Benjamin Bok-7 bt (Phi) S L Narayanan-6

Girls Section

Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus)-9.5 bt Zhai Mo (Chn)-7 ; Padmini Rout-7.5 drew Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-8 ; Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-7.5 drew Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)-7.5 ; Srija Seshadri-8 bt P V Nandhidhaa-6.5 ; Irina Petrukhina (Rus)-6.5 lost to Meri Arabidze (Geo)-7.5; Anna Iwanow (Pol)-7.5 bt Maria Gevorgyan (Arm)-6.5 ; Mona Khaled (Egy)-6.5 lost to Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-7.5; Jodilyn Jan Fronda(Phi)-6.5 drew Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie)-6.5 ; Marina Brunello (Ita)-7 bt Vaishali R-6 ; Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva (Uzb)-7 bt Rucha Pujari-6 ; Ivana Maria Furtado-7 bt Tianlu Gu (Chn)-6



Round 10

ANKIT RAJPARA DEFEATS NARAYANAN

The Chinese duo Lu Shanglei and Wei Yi emphatically exhibited rising Chess power by scoring convincing victories over Russians, Vladimir Fedoseev, the top seed in fray here and Mikhail Antipov in the 10th round of the LIC World Junior Chess Championship at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. These victories ensured that the Chinese maintained their joint leader status with 8 points each. Aravindh Chithambaram, Ankit Rajpara and Diptayan Ghosh along with 10 other foreigners are trailing in second place with 7 points each.

In the Girls section, top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina who had shot into sole lead, enhanced her lead with the shortest victory in this edition of the World junior defeating Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran in just 10 moves. India’s strong contender for the title, Padmini Rout slipped back farther with a draw against Meri Arabidze of Georgia. Aleksandra has now tallied 8.5 points and Ann Chumpitaz of Peru is trailing a point behind in second position. Padmini Rout, Srija Seshadri along with five overseas players are bunched together in third place with 7 points each.

From the Indian angle, the day belonged to rising talented teenager Aravindh Chithambaram who showcased his defensive skills and perseverance in wriggling out of an inferior position against super GM Jorge Cori of Peru to split the point. S L Narayanan after making a GM norm yesterday ended on the losing side against Ankit Rajpara in an English game which lasted 44 moves.


Ankit Rajpara defeated S L Narayanan at the on going LIC World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

Playing against the Sicilian defence adopted by Cori, Aravindh castled on the queen-side and spent the early part of the game trying to repulse an attack on his King. Cori did not castle and spent his time and effort in enhancing his advantage. By the 45th turn a loss loomed large for Aravindh as his pieces were pushed back and they lacked co-ordination. However a blunder by Cori on the 45th turn in the form of a knight move had Aravindh immediately retaliating with a tactical stroke which earned him a pawn and better square for his pieces. The table turned to such an extent that Aravindh appeared better by the 67th turn but the players decided to call it a day on the 77th move by repeating their moves. An exhausted Arvind later confessed “ I am mentally unable to understand the hidden aspects in this position as the game was so complex but it was really bad for me in the middle-game.

Sarasadat appeared to lose way in the Opening stages of a Queen’s Gambit against Aleksandra on the 9th move itself. A move later, landing in an inferior position, the Iranian preferred to resign rather than continue in agony and almost rushed out of the tournament hall in tears.

Three more rounds are remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Lu Shanglei (Chn)-8 bt Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)-7 ; Mikhail Antipov (Rus)-6.5 lost to Wei Yi (Chn)-8; Aravindh Chithambaram-7 drew Jorge Cori (Per)-7 ; Karen Grigoriya (Arm)-7 drew Bai Jinshi(Chn)-7; Diptayan Ghosh-7 drew Kamil Dragun (Pol)-7 ; Duda Jan-Krzysztof (Pol)-7 bt Paulo Bersamina (Phi)-6 ; Indjic Aleksander (Srb)-7 bt Sayantan Das-6 ; S L Narayanan-6 lost to Ankit Rajpara-7 ; Christopher Repka (Svk)-6.5 drew M Karthikeyan-6.5 : Prasanna Rao-6 lost to Irakali Beradze (Geo)-7 ; Vidit Santosh Gujrathi-6.5 bt Linus Johansson (Swe)-5.5.

Girls Section

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri) - 7 lost to Aleksandra Goryachikina (Rus)-8.5; Zhai Mo (Chn)-7 drew Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-7 ; Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-7.5 bt Anna Iwanow (Pol)- 6.5; Meri Arabidze (Geo)-6.5 drew Padmini Rout-7; P V Nandhidhaa-6.5 drew Irina Petrukhina (Rus)-6.5 ; Ioana Gelip (Rou)-6 lost to Srija Seshadri-7; Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie)-6 drew Janelle Mae Frayna (Phi)-6 ; Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)- Varshini V ; Rucha Pujari Ivana Maria Furtado ; Maria Gevorgyan (Arm) Michelle Catherina ; Jodilyn Jan Fronda Madhurima Shekhar ; Pratyusha Bodda - 5 lost to Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva (Uzb)-6 ; Supreeta Potluri -6 bt Tea Gucci (Ita).


Round 9

GOOD DAY FOR INDIA - S L NARAYANAN EARNS GM NORM, P V NANDHIDHAA COMPLETES WIM TITLE REQUIREMENTS AND PADMINI ROUT BOUNCES BACK WITH A VICTORY

16-year-old S L Narayanan has easily been the pick of the Indian players in display at the World Junior Chess Championship in progress at Hotel Hyatt Pune. In the 9th round today Narayanan today held compatriot and fourth seed Vidit Santosh Gujrathi to a draw and earned his first GM norm. In the Girls section, 18-year-old P V Nandhidhaa defeated Pratyusha Bodda in a dramatic way to make her third WIM norm and complete the requirements for her WIM title. Incidentally Pratyusha also made her WIM norm.

“My IM title was confirmed last month and this is my first GM norm” said the shy and soft spoken Narayanan while Nandhidhaa was visibly excited and gushed “ I made my first two norms in 2011 and 2012 and then missed making my final norm on seven occasions. Today I was very lucky as my opponent blundered on the last move in a dead draw position.”

On the top board Aleksandra Goryachkina defeated Ann Chumpitaz of Peru to shoot into sole lead with 7.5 points. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is trailing half a point behind while Padmini, Dari Pustovoitova, Zhai Mo, Ann Chumpitaz and Anna Iwanow are bunched together with 6.5 points. Daria Pustovoitova also earned a WIM norm.

In the Open section the top board encounter between the two Chinese players Wei Ye and Lu Shanglei ended in a draw while top seed Fedoseev scored a victory over overnight joint leader Karen Grigoryan. Wei, Lu and Fedoseev are jointly leading with 7 points each. Eight players including Diptayan Ghosh and Aravindha Chithambaram of India are trailing just half a point behind the leaders.

The encounter between Bai Jinshi and Mikhail Antipov was one of the first ones to end in a draw. Jinshi with this draw has earned a 9 round Swiss League GM norm.

If Mae FraynaJanelle hoped to shock her opponent Padmini Rout with her choice of the ‘Alekhine Defence’ (which very rarely makes an appearance these days) on the very first move, then it was an effort wasted. “ I had done my homework and realized she experiments with different Openings and to a certain extent I was expecting this Opening” smiled Padmini after shrugging off yesterday’s loss and bouncing back with a victory.

Padmini Rout won a pawn in a tactical skirmish on the 20th turn which also saw the exchange of queens. Thereafter a flurry of exchanges followed and it appeared that despite an extra pawn, Padmini would really have to toil for a victory. Mae however failed to play accurately and ended on the losing side after 45 moves. In a thrilling encounter between Anna Iwanow and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh in a Spanish Opening, Anna surprisingly sacrificed a bishop for a couple of pawns in the early stages of the Opening. Thereafter she tried to whip up a whirlwind attack even as both Kings stayed on their original squares without castling. Sarasadat’s Kingside pawns were totally shattered but her queen, rook and bishop pair then launched a counter-offensive to win the game after 25 moves. “ After the Opening inaccuracy, there was nothing much to do to win the game” said Sarasadat.

Four more rounds are remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Wei Yi (Chn)-7 drew Lu Shanglei (Chn)-7 ; Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)- 7 bt GM Karen Grigoryan (Arm)-6.5; Jorge Cori (Per)-6.5 drew Diptayan Ghosh-6.5 ; Bai Jinshi (Chn)-6.5 drew Mikhail Antipov (Rus)-6.5 ; Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-6 drew Prasanna Rao-6 ; Kamil Dragun (Pol)-6.5 bt N Srinath-5.5 ; Linus Johansson (Swe)-5.5 lost to Aravindh Chidhambaram-6.5 ; Aryan Tari (Nor)-5.5 lost to Paulo Bersamina-6.5 ; S L Narayanan-6 drew Vidit Santosh Gujrathi-6 ; Tadeas Kriebel (Cze)-6 bt Robin Van Kampen (Ned)-5 ; Anurag Mhamal-5 lost to Duda Jan-Krzysztof (Pol)-6; Ankit Rajpara-6 bt Ege Koksal (Tur)-5 ; M Karthikeyan-6 bt Rajdeep Sarkar-5; Ritviz Parab-5 lost to Quinten Ducarmon (Ned)-6

Girls Section

Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-6.5 lost to Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus)-7.5; Anna Iwanow (Pol)-6.5 lost to Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)-7 ; Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-6.5 bt Ioana Gelip (Rou)- 6 ; Mo Zhai (Chn)-6.5 bt Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-5.5 ; Padmini Rout -6.5 bt Mae Frayna Janelle (Phi)-5.5; Tea Gueci (Ita)-5 lost to Meri Arabidze (Geo)-6 ; Michelle Catherina-5.5 drew Nguyen Thi Mai Hung-5.5 ; Srija Seshadri-6 bt Marina Brunello (Ita)-5 ; IrinaPetrukhina (Rus) Vlada Sviridova (Rus); Nandhidhaa P V -6 bt Pratyusha Bodda- 5 ; Ivana Maria Furtado-5.5 drew Madhurima Shekhar-5.5 ; Varshini V-5.5 drew Cyrielle MonPeurt (Fra)-5.5.

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Round 8

A DAY OF UPSETS AS INDIANS LOSE WAY ON TOP BOARDS

Anna Iwanow of Poland, Chumpitaz Ann of Peru and Goryachkina Aleksandra from Russia are jointly leading the 77 player event with 6.5 points each.

Padmini Rout’s unbeaten stint was spoiled by top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia much to the disappointment of the Indian camp in the 8th round of the LIC World Junior Girls Chess Championship which continued after a day’s rest at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. In the Girls section, Daria Pustovoitova lost to Anna Iwanow of Poland. Anna Iwanow of Poland, Chumpitaz Ann of Peru and Goryachkina Aleksandra from Russia are jointly leading the 77 player event with 6.5 points each. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is trailing the leader by half a point while Padmini remains on 5.5 points.

In fact, collectively it was not a good outing for Indians playing on top boards as Ivana Maria Furtado also ended on the losing side against third seed Sarasadat Khademalsharieh. Rucha Pujari, Shweta Gole. Sakshi Chitalange and Pv Nandhidhaa all ended on the losing side.

In the Open section sole leader Jorge Cori was upset by Karen Grigoryan of Armenia while Lu Shanglei of China defeated higher rated Benjamin Bok of Netherland. S L Narayanan who had been going great guns ended on the losing side against third seed Wei Yi of China after maintaining a balance for most part of the game. Karen, Wei and Shanglei have emerged joint leaders with 6.5 points each. Cori, Vladimir Fedoseev, Mikhail Antipov, Diptayan Ghosh and Bai Jinshi are trailing just half a point behind the leaders. 


Wei Yi from China (Left) defeated India's Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan at the on-going LIC World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

Padmini mishandled the Stonewall variation of the Dutch Defence against Goryachkina and the Russians rooks, queen and knight were soon threatening a major offensive on the King-side, right from the early middle-game stages. Padmini’s queen and rook were virtually out of play stranded on the queenside and her castle was broken. A wrong central pawn push on the 25th turn by Padmini suddenly opened up the gates towards her King and Goryachkina crashed through to pocket the point after 34 moves. 


Goryachkina Aleksandra from Russia (Left) defeated India's Padmini Rout (Right) at the on-going LIC World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

Five more rounds are remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Narayanan opted for the Caro-Kann Defence against Wei Yi and played solidly to keep the position even in the middle-game. After the transposition to the ending where each player had a knight and rook, a draw loomed large but Narayanan lost a couple of pawns on the way and ended on the losing side after 79 moves.

Vidit Gujrathi was one of the early finishers scoring a rapid 34 move victory over Matej Blazeka of Croatia.


Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Karen Grigoryan (Arm)-6.5 bt Jorge Cori (Per)-6 ; Wei Yi (Chn)-6.5 bt S L Narayanan-5.5 ; Lu Shanglei (Chn)-6.5 bt Benjamin Bok (Ned)-5; Quinten Ducarmon (Ned)-5 lost to Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)-6; Aravindh Chithambaram-5.5 drew Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-5.5; Mikhail Antipov (Rus)-6 bt Anurag Mhamal-5; Diptayan Ghosh-6 bt Tadeas Kriebel (Cze)-5; Ulvi Bajarani (Aze)-5 lost to Bai Jinshi (Chn)-6; Aleksander Indjic (Srb)-5 drew Linus Johanson (Swe)-5.5 ; VladislavKovalev (Blr)-5 drew Ben Artzi Ido (Isr)-5; Shardul Gagare-4.5 lost to Kamil Dragun (Pol)-5.5; Balazs Csonka (Hun)-5 drew Ankit Rajpara-5; Prasanna Raghuraman -5.5 bt Prince Bajaj-4.5 ; Rajdeep Sarkar-5 drew Sayantan Das-5; N Niranjan-4.5 lost to N Srinath-5.5; Vidit Santosh Gujrathi -5 bt Matej Blazeka (Cro)-4.

Girls Section

Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus)-6.5 bt Padmini Rout-5.5 ; Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-5.5 lost to Anna Iwanow (Pol)-6.5; Marina Brunello (Ita)-5 lost to Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-6.5; Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)- 6 bt Ivana Maria Furtado-5 ; Ioana Gelip (Rou)-6 bt P V Nandhidhaa-6 ; Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie)-5 drew Srija Seshadri-5 ; Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-5.5 bt Rucha Pujari-4.5 ; Irina Petrukhina (Rus) Varshini V; Mae Frayna Janelle (Phi)-5.5 bt ShwetaGole-4.5; Meri Arabidze (Geo)-5 bt Sakshi Chitlange-5 ; Pratyusha Bodda-5 bt Mila Zarkovic (Cro)-4


Round 7: ANURAG MHAMAL SHOCKS SECOND SEED ROBIN VAN KAMPEN

In the most sensational result of the day Goa based Anurag Mhamal defeated second seed Robin Van Kampen of Netherland in the dying stages of the game. Battling in a minus position against the Sicilian defence, Anurag was delighted when Kampen in severe time trouble blundered and resigned on the 47th move when his bishop got trapped.


He is not a GM yet, nor does his Rating reflect his strength but S L Narayanan hailing from Kerala has undoubtedly been the most impressive Indian face in the LIC World Junior Chess Championship which has reached the halfway stage at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. In the seventh round Narayanan (2420) drew against GM Lu Shanglei (2533) of China and has logged highest points amongst the Indians in fray.

However Jorge Cori of Peru shot into sole lead with 6 points after defeating Mikhail Antipov of Russia while Lu, Narayanan, Wei Yi of China and Karen Grigoryan of Armenia are trailing in second place with 5.5 points each. In the Girls section Padmini Rout, Aleksandra Goryachkina and Daria Pustovoitova of Russia, Ann Chumpitaz of Peru and Anna Iwanow of Poland are jointly leading with 5.5 points each.

In the Girls section, the tough contest between overnight joint leaders Padmini and Daria of Russia ended with the honours shared after a hard fought 68 moves where Padmini was always on the troubled, defending side.’ It was a very tough game to defend and a mistake by my opponent helped in salvaging a draw” said Padmini.

Top seed and defending Champion Aleksandra Goryachkina defeated compatriot Mae Frayna Janelle to total 5.5 points. Ivana Maria Furtado of India defeated Monisha Gk and has scored 5 points.

The 13 round gruelling event is sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors. It was a setback as Sahaj Grover ended on the losing side against higher rated Karen Grigoryan of Armenia. Monday is a rest day for the event and the 8th round will be played on Tuesday.

The Queen’s Gambit Opening between Narayanan and Lu was a rather sedate affair where the Chinese did not waste any opportunity in exchanging pieces. By the 20th turn the game had already transposed into an ending with a light squared bishop, a rook and six pawns each. Thereafter it was an interesting duel in the ending where both players exhibited ambition of trying to probe for a win. However with both playing solidly, slowly the pawns and pieces were exchanged and a draw sealed on the 53rd move with just the Kings standing on board. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, the highest rated player in fray had to settle for another draw against Irakli Beradze of Georgia and with just 4 points in his kitty needs to score heavily in the remaining rounds to be in contention for a medal.


India's Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna making a move aginst Lu Shanglei from China. The game ended in a draw.


Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Jorge Cori (Per)-6 Bt Mikhail Antiipov (Rus)-5; S L Narayanan-5.5 Lu Shanglei (Chn)-5.5; Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-5 drew Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)-5; Aryan Tari (Nor)-4.5 lost to Wei Yi (Chn)-5.5; Benjamin Bok (Ned)-5 bt Ulvi Bajarani (Aze)-5 ; Sahaj Grover-4.5 lost to Karen Grigoryan (Arm)-5.5; Vladislav Kovalev (Blr)-4.5 drew Bai Jinshi (Chn)-4.5; Anurag Mhamal-5 bt Robin Van Kampen (Ned)-4; Tadeas Kriebel (Cze)-5 bt Duda Jan Krzysztof (Pol)-4 ; Harsha Bharathkoti-4 lost to Diptayan Ghosh-5 ; Aravindh Chithambaram ​- 5 ​Ufuk Arat (Tur)

Girls Section

Padmini Rout-5.5 drew Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-5.5; Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus)-5.5 bt Mae Frayna Janelle (Rus)-4.5; Nandhshaa Pv-5 drew Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)-5; Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-5.5 bt Mo Zhai (Chn)-4.5; Anna Iwanow-5.5 bt (Pol) Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-4.5; Rucha Pujari-4.5 drew Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie)-4.5; Marina Brunello (Ita)-5 bt Pratyusha Bodda-4; Srija SeshadriIrina-4.5 drew Petrukhina (Rus)-4.5; Maria Ivana Furtado-5 bt Monisha Gk-5.


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ROUND 1: VIDIT OFF TO A FLYING START

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi got off to a flying start by quickly winning the first round of the World Junior Chess Championship which commenced at Hotel Hyatt, Pune today. The long 13-round gruelling event sponsored by LIC kicked off with 137 players from 50 countries and 78 participants in the Girls Category. The co-sponsors for this event are Amanora, Everstone, Jain Irrigation, ONGC with a substantial financial assistance from Government of Maharashtra. Second seed Robin Van Kampen also quickly won his game against Jan Rindlisbacher of Switzerland with Black pieces in 28 moves after adopting the Sicilian Defence.

FM Rakesh Kumar Jena rated 2164 created a flutter when he held higher rated and 10th seed GM Grigoryan of Russia to a draw after 30 moves of a Sicilian Defence. Vidit the fourth seed was pitted against compatriot Ritviz Parab rated 71st with the Black pieces and opted for a super sharp – Sicilian defence against the King Pawn Opening. “I had decided to play aggressively and am happy that my gamble played off as I managed to get an advantageous position early on” beamed Vidit after the game. A tentative and timid pawn push in the centre on the 15th turn by Ritviz had Vidit immediately pushing his pawn more boldly in the centre to get advantage. Another wrong queen move on the next turn had Vidit smelling victory and his queen, rook and knight soon swung into action to decide the game in his favour after 23 moves.

Iranian player FM Amir Kousarania (2331) missed his flight and hence was not paired in the first round. He will begin his campaign from the second round.

In the Girls section WIM Zhao Mo of China defeated WFM San Diego Marie Antoinette.


Indian top seeded Vidit Gujrathi planning a move at the on-going World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune


Fedoseev Vladimir, the top seeded player from Russia  at the on-going World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune


Aleksandra Goryachkina from Russia, top ranking player in the girls category at the on-going World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

Official tournament website

At a glittering ceremony at Hotel Hyatt, attended by eminent dignitaries from the sporting, entertainment and corporate world, the World Junior Chess Championship (WJCC) 2014 was declared open in Pune. Mr S K Roy, Chairman, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) inaugurated the event in the presence of Robert Zsifkovits - Official FIDE representative, Mr Ashok Jain, President, Maharashtra Chess Association (MCA), Mr Aniruddha Deshpande, Vice President, MCA and Chairman WJCC Organising Committee, Mr Jairaj Pathak, Former President, Maharashtra Chess Association. The tournament will be played from 6th October to 19th October and will be conducted in the Swiss League format, comprising of 13 rounds with one round scheduled each day.





















Vidit Gujrathi, Mr. Ashok Jain, President - MCA, Mr. Neeraj Agarwal, Executive Director - LIC of India, Justice Mahadevan, Mr. Aniruddha Deshpande, VP - MCA, Chairman - WJCC Organizing Committee, Mr. S. K Roy, Chairman - LIC of India, Bharat Singh Chauhan, CEO - AICF, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Mr. Jairaj Pathak, Former President MCA making the first move to mark the inauguration of World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

More than 135 players in the open category and over 75 girls from over 45 countries will battle it out for the coveted title of World Junior Champion and World Junior Girls Champion respectively and stake the sole qualifying slot in both sections for the forthcoming World Cup which is part of the World Championship Cycle. The winners would also take home cash prize of Rs 6,00,000 (Six Lakhs). As a special recognition, the best Indian performer in both the sections will be presented with the Pune Mayor’s trophy. Apart from the titles, there will be GM, IM, WGM and WIM norms at stake for players performing creditably to meet the technical requirements.

The Chief Guest of the function S K Roy, Chairman, LIC speaking on the occasion said, “I am thankful to Maharashtra Chess Association for inviting me to inaugurate this prestigious tournament. The game of chess has its origin in India and the country has produced many Champions who have won international accolades. I can see a future World Champion in each one of you and would like to wish every participant all the very best for this tournament. Life Insurance Corporation of India is proud to be associated with this championship and we would like to extend our wishes to the organizers of this tournament in making this event, a grand success.”

Mr Ashok Jain, said, “It is indeed a moment of great pride for me and my entire team to organize this Championship for the first time in Maharashtra. MCA has been carrying out various initiatives for the development of the game of chess in the State. We have initiated the novel Maharashtra Chess League (MCL), the first Chess League in the country which has been a big hit in both its editions. MCA has also introduced the ‘Chess In Schools’ (CIS), another initiative to introduce chess at the grass roots. Currently there are 186 schools with about 9500 students enrolled in the programme and the target is to reach out to 500 schools and about 50,000 students in the next couple of years. I am sure that these initiatives will go a long way in creating more and more awareness for the game of chess in the State and the country and assist in producing many more Champions. I wish you all luck and encourage you to play good quality and competitive chess.”

Addressing the gathering, Mr Aniruddha Deshpande, said, “I welcome all the dignitaries, officials, coaches and players to the city of Pune. Apart from academics, Pune has also become an important centre for major sporting activities in India and chess has a rich tradition and culture in our city. The city has produced many a champions and I am sure that this championship will provide an ideal platform for our players to interact and get exposed to global talent. I would like to thank the Government of Maharashtra and all our sponsors for their support to this tournament. Our entire team is highly elated and charged up at organizing this grand championship and would like to assure you that we will leave no stone unturned in making this championship truly memorable and a grand success.”

The WJCC-2014 is being jointly organized by the MCA and Pune District Chess Circle (PDCC) under the auspices of AICF (All India Chess Federation) and FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs, World Chess Federation). The organizing committee of WJCC-2014 comprises prominent chess players and key personalities of various Chess Associations namely Ashok Jain, Ravindra Dongre, Zone President of World Chess Federation (FIDE) and, Treasurer, AICF and, Chairman of MCA, Siddharth Mayur, Vice President of the PDCC, Niranjan Godbole, Secretary of PDCC, Chess Grand Master Abhijt Kunte, Prakash Kunte and Moreshwar Bhagwat.

International Conference Chess in Schools in Yerevan



From 16 to 18 October, 2014, an International Conference “Chess in Schools” was held in Yerevan, Armenia, organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), as well as the Armenian Chess Federation and the Chess Academy of Armenia, in cooperation with the Armenian State Pedagogical University named after Khachatur Abovyan.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and President of the Republic of Armenia, President of the Armenian Chess federation, Serzh Sargsyan welcomed the participants of the conference.

Academic Board of the conference:
- GM Smbat Lputian, Vice-President of the Armenian Chess Federation, Founder and President of the Chess Academy of Armenia
- Ruben Aghuzumtsyan, PhD in Psychology, Professor, Head of Chair of Psychology of Management, Public Administration Academy of RA
- Vladimir Karapetyan, Doctor of Psychological Sciences, Professor of Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan
- Heghine Khachatryan, Docent of Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan
- Hasmik Khalapyan, Doctor of Philosophy in History, Academic Director of Armenian Virtual College
- Samvel Misakyan, Methodologist, Mathematician, Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan
- Kristine Tanajyan, Sociologist, Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan


The opening session of the conference with a great number of the participants


Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education & Science of Republic of Armenia


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Serzh Sargsyan, President of Republic of Armenia, President of the Armenian Chess Federation


Ruben Aghuzumtsyan, PhD in Psychology, Prof., Head of Chair of Psychology of Management, Public Administration Academy of Republic of Armenia


Samvel Misakyan, Methodologist, Prof. of the Chair of Chess & Sports, Armenian State Pedagogical University after Khachatur Abovyan


Rector of the university Prof. Ruben Mirzakhanyan presented a doctoral gown to the FIDE President who was awarded with the title of Doctor of the Armenian State Pedagogical University named after Kh. Abovyan.


Another remarkable event was the opening of the chess club in Yerevan


GM Levon Aronian cutting the ribbon

Conference official website www.iccs.chessacademy.am

World Junior Chess Championship 2014: Round 10



Round 10

ANKIT RAJPARA DEFEATS NARAYANAN

The Chinese duo Lu Shanglei and Wei Yi emphatically exhibited rising Chess power by scoring convincing victories over Russians, Vladimir Fedoseev, the top seed in fray here and Mikhail Antipov in the 10th round of the LIC World Junior Chess Championship at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. These victories ensured that the Chinese maintained their joint leader status with 8 points each. Aravindh Chithambaram, Ankit Rajpara and Diptayan Ghosh along with 10 other foreigners are trailing in second place with 7 points each.

In the Girls section, top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina who had shot into sole lead, enhanced her lead with the shortest victory in this edition of the World junior defeating Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran in just 10 moves. India’s strong contender for the title, Padmini Rout slipped back farther with a draw against Meri Arabidze of Georgia. Aleksandra has now tallied 8.5 points and Ann Chumpitaz of Peru is trailing a point behind in second position. Padmini Rout, Srija Seshadri along with five overseas players are bunched together in third place with 7 points each.

From the Indian angle, the day belonged to rising talented teenager Aravindh Chithambaram who showcased his defensive skills and perseverance in wriggling out of an inferior position against super GM Jorge Cori of Peru to split the point. S L Narayanan after making a GM norm yesterday ended on the losing side against Ankit Rajpara in an English game which lasted 44 moves.


Ankit Rajpara defeated S L Narayanan at the on going LIC World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

Playing against the Sicilian defence adopted by Cori, Aravindh castled on the queen-side and spent the early part of the game trying to repulse an attack on his King. Cori did not castle and spent his time and effort in enhancing his advantage. By the 45th turn a loss loomed large for Aravindh as his pieces were pushed back and they lacked co-ordination. However a blunder by Cori on the 45th turn in the form of a knight move had Aravindh immediately retaliating with a tactical stroke which earned him a pawn and better square for his pieces. The table turned to such an extent that Aravindh appeared better by the 67th turn but the players decided to call it a day on the 77th move by repeating their moves. An exhausted Arvind later confessed “ I am mentally unable to understand the hidden aspects in this position as the game was so complex but it was really bad for me in the middle-game.

Sarasadat appeared to lose way in the Opening stages of a Queen’s Gambit against Aleksandra on the 9th move itself. A move later, landing in an inferior position, the Iranian preferred to resign rather than continue in agony and almost rushed out of the tournament hall in tears.

Three more rounds are remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Lu Shanglei (Chn)-8 bt Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)-7 ; Mikhail Antipov (Rus)-6.5 lost to Wei Yi (Chn)-8; Aravindh Chithambaram-7 drew Jorge Cori (Per)-7 ; Karen Grigoriya (Arm)-7 drew Bai Jinshi(Chn)-7; Diptayan Ghosh-7 drew Kamil Dragun (Pol)-7 ; Duda Jan-Krzysztof (Pol)-7 bt Paulo Bersamina (Phi)-6 ; Indjic Aleksander (Srb)-7 bt Sayantan Das-6 ; S L Narayanan-6 lost to Ankit Rajpara-7 ; Christopher Repka (Svk)-6.5 drew M Karthikeyan-6.5 : Prasanna Rao-6 lost to Irakali Beradze (Geo)-7 ; Vidit Santosh Gujrathi-6.5 bt Linus Johansson (Swe)-5.5.

Girls Section

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri) - 7 lost to Aleksandra Goryachikina (Rus)-8.5; Zhai Mo (Chn)-7 drew Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-7 ; Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-7.5 bt Anna Iwanow (Pol)- 6.5; Meri Arabidze (Geo)-6.5 drew Padmini Rout-7; P V Nandhidhaa-6.5 drew Irina Petrukhina (Rus)-6.5 ; Ioana Gelip (Rou)-6 lost to Srija Seshadri-7; Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie)-6 drew Janelle Mae Frayna (Phi)-6 ; Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)- Varshini V ; Rucha Pujari Ivana Maria Furtado ; Maria Gevorgyan (Arm) Michelle Catherina ; Jodilyn Jan Fronda Madhurima Shekhar ; Pratyusha Bodda - 5 lost to Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva (Uzb)-6 ; Supreeta Potluri -6 bt Tea Gucci (Ita).


Round 9

GOOD DAY FOR INDIA - S L NARAYANAN EARNS GM NORM, P V NANDHIDHAA COMPLETES WIM TITLE REQUIREMENTS AND PADMINI ROUT BOUNCES BACK WITH A VICTORY

16-year-old S L Narayanan has easily been the pick of the Indian players in display at the World Junior Chess Championship in progress at Hotel Hyatt Pune. In the 9th round today Narayanan today held compatriot and fourth seed Vidit Santosh Gujrathi to a draw and earned his first GM norm. In the Girls section, 18-year-old P V Nandhidhaa defeated Pratyusha Bodda in a dramatic way to make her third WIM norm and complete the requirements for her WIM title. Incidentally Pratyusha also made her WIM norm.

“My IM title was confirmed last month and this is my first GM norm” said the shy and soft spoken Narayanan while Nandhidhaa was visibly excited and gushed “ I made my first two norms in 2011 and 2012 and then missed making my final norm on seven occasions. Today I was very lucky as my opponent blundered on the last move in a dead draw position.”

On the top board Aleksandra Goryachkina defeated Ann Chumpitaz of Peru to shoot into sole lead with 7.5 points. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is trailing half a point behind while Padmini, Dari Pustovoitova, Zhai Mo, Ann Chumpitaz and Anna Iwanow are bunched together with 6.5 points. Daria Pustovoitova also earned a WIM norm.

In the Open section the top board encounter between the two Chinese players Wei Ye and Lu Shanglei ended in a draw while top seed Fedoseev scored a victory over overnight joint leader Karen Grigoryan. Wei, Lu and Fedoseev are jointly leading with 7 points each. Eight players including Diptayan Ghosh and Aravindha Chithambaram of India are trailing just half a point behind the leaders.

The encounter between Bai Jinshi and Mikhail Antipov was one of the first ones to end in a draw. Jinshi with this draw has earned a 9 round Swiss League GM norm.

If Mae FraynaJanelle hoped to shock her opponent Padmini Rout with her choice of the ‘Alekhine Defence’ (which very rarely makes an appearance these days) on the very first move, then it was an effort wasted. “ I had done my homework and realized she experiments with different Openings and to a certain extent I was expecting this Opening” smiled Padmini after shrugging off yesterday’s loss and bouncing back with a victory.

Padmini Rout won a pawn in a tactical skirmish on the 20th turn which also saw the exchange of queens. Thereafter a flurry of exchanges followed and it appeared that despite an extra pawn, Padmini would really have to toil for a victory. Mae however failed to play accurately and ended on the losing side after 45 moves. In a thrilling encounter between Anna Iwanow and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh in a Spanish Opening, Anna surprisingly sacrificed a bishop for a couple of pawns in the early stages of the Opening. Thereafter she tried to whip up a whirlwind attack even as both Kings stayed on their original squares without castling. Sarasadat’s Kingside pawns were totally shattered but her queen, rook and bishop pair then launched a counter-offensive to win the game after 25 moves. “ After the Opening inaccuracy, there was nothing much to do to win the game” said Sarasadat.

Four more rounds are remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Wei Yi (Chn)-7 drew Lu Shanglei (Chn)-7 ; Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)- 7 bt GM Karen Grigoryan (Arm)-6.5; Jorge Cori (Per)-6.5 drew Diptayan Ghosh-6.5 ; Bai Jinshi (Chn)-6.5 drew Mikhail Antipov (Rus)-6.5 ; Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-6 drew Prasanna Rao-6 ; Kamil Dragun (Pol)-6.5 bt N Srinath-5.5 ; Linus Johansson (Swe)-5.5 lost to Aravindh Chidhambaram-6.5 ; Aryan Tari (Nor)-5.5 lost to Paulo Bersamina-6.5 ; S L Narayanan-6 drew Vidit Santosh Gujrathi-6 ; Tadeas Kriebel (Cze)-6 bt Robin Van Kampen (Ned)-5 ; Anurag Mhamal-5 lost to Duda Jan-Krzysztof (Pol)-6; Ankit Rajpara-6 bt Ege Koksal (Tur)-5 ; M Karthikeyan-6 bt Rajdeep Sarkar-5; Ritviz Parab-5 lost to Quinten Ducarmon (Ned)-6

Girls Section

Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-6.5 lost to Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus)-7.5; Anna Iwanow (Pol)-6.5 lost to Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)-7 ; Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-6.5 bt Ioana Gelip (Rou)- 6 ; Mo Zhai (Chn)-6.5 bt Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-5.5 ; Padmini Rout -6.5 bt Mae Frayna Janelle (Phi)-5.5; Tea Gueci (Ita)-5 lost to Meri Arabidze (Geo)-6 ; Michelle Catherina-5.5 drew Nguyen Thi Mai Hung-5.5 ; Srija Seshadri-6 bt Marina Brunello (Ita)-5 ; IrinaPetrukhina (Rus) Vlada Sviridova (Rus); Nandhidhaa P V -6 bt Pratyusha Bodda- 5 ; Ivana Maria Furtado-5.5 drew Madhurima Shekhar-5.5 ; Varshini V-5.5 drew Cyrielle MonPeurt (Fra)-5.5.

Official tournament website

Round 8

A DAY OF UPSETS AS INDIANS LOSE WAY ON TOP BOARDS

Anna Iwanow of Poland, Chumpitaz Ann of Peru and Goryachkina Aleksandra from Russia are jointly leading the 77 player event with 6.5 points each.

Padmini Rout’s unbeaten stint was spoiled by top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia much to the disappointment of the Indian camp in the 8th round of the LIC World Junior Girls Chess Championship which continued after a day’s rest at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. In the Girls section, Daria Pustovoitova lost to Anna Iwanow of Poland. Anna Iwanow of Poland, Chumpitaz Ann of Peru and Goryachkina Aleksandra from Russia are jointly leading the 77 player event with 6.5 points each. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is trailing the leader by half a point while Padmini remains on 5.5 points.

In fact, collectively it was not a good outing for Indians playing on top boards as Ivana Maria Furtado also ended on the losing side against third seed Sarasadat Khademalsharieh. Rucha Pujari, Shweta Gole. Sakshi Chitalange and Pv Nandhidhaa all ended on the losing side.

In the Open section sole leader Jorge Cori was upset by Karen Grigoryan of Armenia while Lu Shanglei of China defeated higher rated Benjamin Bok of Netherland. S L Narayanan who had been going great guns ended on the losing side against third seed Wei Yi of China after maintaining a balance for most part of the game. Karen, Wei and Shanglei have emerged joint leaders with 6.5 points each. Cori, Vladimir Fedoseev, Mikhail Antipov, Diptayan Ghosh and Bai Jinshi are trailing just half a point behind the leaders. 


Wei Yi from China (Left) defeated India's Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan at the on-going LIC World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

Padmini mishandled the Stonewall variation of the Dutch Defence against Goryachkina and the Russians rooks, queen and knight were soon threatening a major offensive on the King-side, right from the early middle-game stages. Padmini’s queen and rook were virtually out of play stranded on the queenside and her castle was broken. A wrong central pawn push on the 25th turn by Padmini suddenly opened up the gates towards her King and Goryachkina crashed through to pocket the point after 34 moves. 


Goryachkina Aleksandra from Russia (Left) defeated India's Padmini Rout (Right) at the on-going LIC World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

Five more rounds are remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Narayanan opted for the Caro-Kann Defence against Wei Yi and played solidly to keep the position even in the middle-game. After the transposition to the ending where each player had a knight and rook, a draw loomed large but Narayanan lost a couple of pawns on the way and ended on the losing side after 79 moves.

Vidit Gujrathi was one of the early finishers scoring a rapid 34 move victory over Matej Blazeka of Croatia.


Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Karen Grigoryan (Arm)-6.5 bt Jorge Cori (Per)-6 ; Wei Yi (Chn)-6.5 bt S L Narayanan-5.5 ; Lu Shanglei (Chn)-6.5 bt Benjamin Bok (Ned)-5; Quinten Ducarmon (Ned)-5 lost to Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)-6; Aravindh Chithambaram-5.5 drew Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-5.5; Mikhail Antipov (Rus)-6 bt Anurag Mhamal-5; Diptayan Ghosh-6 bt Tadeas Kriebel (Cze)-5; Ulvi Bajarani (Aze)-5 lost to Bai Jinshi (Chn)-6; Aleksander Indjic (Srb)-5 drew Linus Johanson (Swe)-5.5 ; VladislavKovalev (Blr)-5 drew Ben Artzi Ido (Isr)-5; Shardul Gagare-4.5 lost to Kamil Dragun (Pol)-5.5; Balazs Csonka (Hun)-5 drew Ankit Rajpara-5; Prasanna Raghuraman -5.5 bt Prince Bajaj-4.5 ; Rajdeep Sarkar-5 drew Sayantan Das-5; N Niranjan-4.5 lost to N Srinath-5.5; Vidit Santosh Gujrathi -5 bt Matej Blazeka (Cro)-4.

Girls Section

Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus)-6.5 bt Padmini Rout-5.5 ; Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-5.5 lost to Anna Iwanow (Pol)-6.5; Marina Brunello (Ita)-5 lost to Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-6.5; Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)- 6 bt Ivana Maria Furtado-5 ; Ioana Gelip (Rou)-6 bt P V Nandhidhaa-6 ; Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie)-5 drew Srija Seshadri-5 ; Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-5.5 bt Rucha Pujari-4.5 ; Irina Petrukhina (Rus) Varshini V; Mae Frayna Janelle (Phi)-5.5 bt ShwetaGole-4.5; Meri Arabidze (Geo)-5 bt Sakshi Chitlange-5 ; Pratyusha Bodda-5 bt Mila Zarkovic (Cro)-4


Round 7: ANURAG MHAMAL SHOCKS SECOND SEED ROBIN VAN KAMPEN

In the most sensational result of the day Goa based Anurag Mhamal defeated second seed Robin Van Kampen of Netherland in the dying stages of the game. Battling in a minus position against the Sicilian defence, Anurag was delighted when Kampen in severe time trouble blundered and resigned on the 47th move when his bishop got trapped.


He is not a GM yet, nor does his Rating reflect his strength but S L Narayanan hailing from Kerala has undoubtedly been the most impressive Indian face in the LIC World Junior Chess Championship which has reached the halfway stage at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. In the seventh round Narayanan (2420) drew against GM Lu Shanglei (2533) of China and has logged highest points amongst the Indians in fray.

However Jorge Cori of Peru shot into sole lead with 6 points after defeating Mikhail Antipov of Russia while Lu, Narayanan, Wei Yi of China and Karen Grigoryan of Armenia are trailing in second place with 5.5 points each. In the Girls section Padmini Rout, Aleksandra Goryachkina and Daria Pustovoitova of Russia, Ann Chumpitaz of Peru and Anna Iwanow of Poland are jointly leading with 5.5 points each.

In the Girls section, the tough contest between overnight joint leaders Padmini and Daria of Russia ended with the honours shared after a hard fought 68 moves where Padmini was always on the troubled, defending side.’ It was a very tough game to defend and a mistake by my opponent helped in salvaging a draw” said Padmini.

Top seed and defending Champion Aleksandra Goryachkina defeated compatriot Mae Frayna Janelle to total 5.5 points. Ivana Maria Furtado of India defeated Monisha Gk and has scored 5 points.

The 13 round gruelling event is sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors. It was a setback as Sahaj Grover ended on the losing side against higher rated Karen Grigoryan of Armenia. Monday is a rest day for the event and the 8th round will be played on Tuesday.

The Queen’s Gambit Opening between Narayanan and Lu was a rather sedate affair where the Chinese did not waste any opportunity in exchanging pieces. By the 20th turn the game had already transposed into an ending with a light squared bishop, a rook and six pawns each. Thereafter it was an interesting duel in the ending where both players exhibited ambition of trying to probe for a win. However with both playing solidly, slowly the pawns and pieces were exchanged and a draw sealed on the 53rd move with just the Kings standing on board. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, the highest rated player in fray had to settle for another draw against Irakli Beradze of Georgia and with just 4 points in his kitty needs to score heavily in the remaining rounds to be in contention for a medal.


India's Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna making a move aginst Lu Shanglei from China. The game ended in a draw.


Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Jorge Cori (Per)-6 Bt Mikhail Antiipov (Rus)-5; S L Narayanan-5.5 Lu Shanglei (Chn)-5.5; Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-5 drew Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)-5; Aryan Tari (Nor)-4.5 lost to Wei Yi (Chn)-5.5; Benjamin Bok (Ned)-5 bt Ulvi Bajarani (Aze)-5 ; Sahaj Grover-4.5 lost to Karen Grigoryan (Arm)-5.5; Vladislav Kovalev (Blr)-4.5 drew Bai Jinshi (Chn)-4.5; Anurag Mhamal-5 bt Robin Van Kampen (Ned)-4; Tadeas Kriebel (Cze)-5 bt Duda Jan Krzysztof (Pol)-4 ; Harsha Bharathkoti-4 lost to Diptayan Ghosh-5 ; Aravindh Chithambaram ​- 5 ​Ufuk Arat (Tur)

Girls Section

Padmini Rout-5.5 drew Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-5.5; Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus)-5.5 bt Mae Frayna Janelle (Rus)-4.5; Nandhshaa Pv-5 drew Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)-5; Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-5.5 bt Mo Zhai (Chn)-4.5; Anna Iwanow-5.5 bt (Pol) Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-4.5; Rucha Pujari-4.5 drew Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie)-4.5; Marina Brunello (Ita)-5 bt Pratyusha Bodda-4; Srija SeshadriIrina-4.5 drew Petrukhina (Rus)-4.5; Maria Ivana Furtado-5 bt Monisha Gk-5.


Official tournament website



ROUND 1: VIDIT OFF TO A FLYING START

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi got off to a flying start by quickly winning the first round of the World Junior Chess Championship which commenced at Hotel Hyatt, Pune today. The long 13-round gruelling event sponsored by LIC kicked off with 137 players from 50 countries and 78 participants in the Girls Category. The co-sponsors for this event are Amanora, Everstone, Jain Irrigation, ONGC with a substantial financial assistance from Government of Maharashtra. Second seed Robin Van Kampen also quickly won his game against Jan Rindlisbacher of Switzerland with Black pieces in 28 moves after adopting the Sicilian Defence.

FM Rakesh Kumar Jena rated 2164 created a flutter when he held higher rated and 10th seed GM Grigoryan of Russia to a draw after 30 moves of a Sicilian Defence. Vidit the fourth seed was pitted against compatriot Ritviz Parab rated 71st with the Black pieces and opted for a super sharp – Sicilian defence against the King Pawn Opening. “I had decided to play aggressively and am happy that my gamble played off as I managed to get an advantageous position early on” beamed Vidit after the game. A tentative and timid pawn push in the centre on the 15th turn by Ritviz had Vidit immediately pushing his pawn more boldly in the centre to get advantage. Another wrong queen move on the next turn had Vidit smelling victory and his queen, rook and knight soon swung into action to decide the game in his favour after 23 moves.

Iranian player FM Amir Kousarania (2331) missed his flight and hence was not paired in the first round. He will begin his campaign from the second round.

In the Girls section WIM Zhao Mo of China defeated WFM San Diego Marie Antoinette.


Indian top seeded Vidit Gujrathi planning a move at the on-going World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune


Fedoseev Vladimir, the top seeded player from Russia  at the on-going World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune


Aleksandra Goryachkina from Russia, top ranking player in the girls category at the on-going World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

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At a glittering ceremony at Hotel Hyatt, attended by eminent dignitaries from the sporting, entertainment and corporate world, the World Junior Chess Championship (WJCC) 2014 was declared open in Pune. Mr S K Roy, Chairman, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) inaugurated the event in the presence of Robert Zsifkovits - Official FIDE representative, Mr Ashok Jain, President, Maharashtra Chess Association (MCA), Mr Aniruddha Deshpande, Vice President, MCA and Chairman WJCC Organising Committee, Mr Jairaj Pathak, Former President, Maharashtra Chess Association. The tournament will be played from 6th October to 19th October and will be conducted in the Swiss League format, comprising of 13 rounds with one round scheduled each day.





















Vidit Gujrathi, Mr. Ashok Jain, President - MCA, Mr. Neeraj Agarwal, Executive Director - LIC of India, Justice Mahadevan, Mr. Aniruddha Deshpande, VP - MCA, Chairman - WJCC Organizing Committee, Mr. S. K Roy, Chairman - LIC of India, Bharat Singh Chauhan, CEO - AICF, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Mr. Jairaj Pathak, Former President MCA making the first move to mark the inauguration of World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

More than 135 players in the open category and over 75 girls from over 45 countries will battle it out for the coveted title of World Junior Champion and World Junior Girls Champion respectively and stake the sole qualifying slot in both sections for the forthcoming World Cup which is part of the World Championship Cycle. The winners would also take home cash prize of Rs 6,00,000 (Six Lakhs). As a special recognition, the best Indian performer in both the sections will be presented with the Pune Mayor’s trophy. Apart from the titles, there will be GM, IM, WGM and WIM norms at stake for players performing creditably to meet the technical requirements.

The Chief Guest of the function S K Roy, Chairman, LIC speaking on the occasion said, “I am thankful to Maharashtra Chess Association for inviting me to inaugurate this prestigious tournament. The game of chess has its origin in India and the country has produced many Champions who have won international accolades. I can see a future World Champion in each one of you and would like to wish every participant all the very best for this tournament. Life Insurance Corporation of India is proud to be associated with this championship and we would like to extend our wishes to the organizers of this tournament in making this event, a grand success.”

Mr Ashok Jain, said, “It is indeed a moment of great pride for me and my entire team to organize this Championship for the first time in Maharashtra. MCA has been carrying out various initiatives for the development of the game of chess in the State. We have initiated the novel Maharashtra Chess League (MCL), the first Chess League in the country which has been a big hit in both its editions. MCA has also introduced the ‘Chess In Schools’ (CIS), another initiative to introduce chess at the grass roots. Currently there are 186 schools with about 9500 students enrolled in the programme and the target is to reach out to 500 schools and about 50,000 students in the next couple of years. I am sure that these initiatives will go a long way in creating more and more awareness for the game of chess in the State and the country and assist in producing many more Champions. I wish you all luck and encourage you to play good quality and competitive chess.”

Addressing the gathering, Mr Aniruddha Deshpande, said, “I welcome all the dignitaries, officials, coaches and players to the city of Pune. Apart from academics, Pune has also become an important centre for major sporting activities in India and chess has a rich tradition and culture in our city. The city has produced many a champions and I am sure that this championship will provide an ideal platform for our players to interact and get exposed to global talent. I would like to thank the Government of Maharashtra and all our sponsors for their support to this tournament. Our entire team is highly elated and charged up at organizing this grand championship and would like to assure you that we will leave no stone unturned in making this championship truly memorable and a grand success.”

The WJCC-2014 is being jointly organized by the MCA and Pune District Chess Circle (PDCC) under the auspices of AICF (All India Chess Federation) and FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs, World Chess Federation). The organizing committee of WJCC-2014 comprises prominent chess players and key personalities of various Chess Associations namely Ashok Jain, Ravindra Dongre, Zone President of World Chess Federation (FIDE) and, Treasurer, AICF and, Chairman of MCA, Siddharth Mayur, Vice President of the PDCC, Niranjan Godbole, Secretary of PDCC, Chess Grand Master Abhijt Kunte, Prakash Kunte and Moreshwar Bhagwat.

World Junior Chess Championship 2014: Round 9



Round 9

GOOD DAY FOR INDIA - S L NARAYANAN EARNS GM NORM, P V NANDHIDHAA COMPLETES WIM TITLE REQUIREMENTS AND PADMINI ROUT BOUNCES BACK WITH A VICTORY

16-year-old S L Narayanan has easily been the pick of the Indian players in display at the World Junior Chess Championship in progress at Hotel Hyatt Pune. In the 9th round today Narayanan today held compatriot and fourth seed Vidit Santosh Gujrathi to a draw and earned his first GM norm. In the Girls section, 18-year-old P V Nandhidhaa defeated Pratyusha Bodda in a dramatic way to make her third WIM norm and complete the requirements for her WIM title. Incidentally Pratyusha also made her WIM norm.

“My IM title was confirmed last month and this is my first GM norm” said the shy and soft spoken Narayanan while Nandhidhaa was visibly excited and gushed “ I made my first two norms in 2011 and 2012 and then missed making my final norm on seven occasions. Today I was very lucky as my opponent blundered on the last move in a dead draw position.”

On the top board Aleksandra Goryachkina defeated Ann Chumpitaz of Peru to shoot into sole lead with 7.5 points. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is trailing half a point behind while Padmini, Dari Pustovoitova, Zhai Mo, Ann Chumpitaz and Anna Iwanow are bunched together with 6.5 points. Daria Pustovoitova also earned a WIM norm.

In the Open section the top board encounter between the two Chinese players Wei Ye and Lu Shanglei ended in a draw while top seed Fedoseev scored a victory over overnight joint leader Karen Grigoryan. Wei, Lu and Fedoseev are jointly leading with 7 points each. Eight players including Diptayan Ghosh and Aravindha Chithambaram of India are trailing just half a point behind the leaders.

The encounter between Bai Jinshi and Mikhail Antipov was one of the first ones to end in a draw. Jinshi with this draw has earned a 9 round Swiss League GM norm.

If Mae FraynaJanelle hoped to shock her opponent Padmini Rout with her choice of the ‘Alekhine Defence’ (which very rarely makes an appearance these days) on the very first move, then it was an effort wasted. “ I had done my homework and realized she experiments with different Openings and to a certain extent I was expecting this Opening” smiled Padmini after shrugging off yesterday’s loss and bouncing back with a victory.

Padmini Rout won a pawn in a tactical skirmish on the 20th turn which also saw the exchange of queens. Thereafter a flurry of exchanges followed and it appeared that despite an extra pawn, Padmini would really have to toil for a victory. Mae however failed to play accurately and ended on the losing side after 45 moves. In a thrilling encounter between Anna Iwanow and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh in a Spanish Opening, Anna surprisingly sacrificed a bishop for a couple of pawns in the early stages of the Opening. Thereafter she tried to whip up a whirlwind attack even as both Kings stayed on their original squares without castling. Sarasadat’s Kingside pawns were totally shattered but her queen, rook and bishop pair then launched a counter-offensive to win the game after 25 moves. “ After the Opening inaccuracy, there was nothing much to do to win the game” said Sarasadat.

Four more rounds are remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Wei Yi (Chn)-7 drew Lu Shanglei (Chn)-7 ; Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)- 7 bt GM Karen Grigoryan (Arm)-6.5; Jorge Cori (Per)-6.5 drew Diptayan Ghosh-6.5 ; Bai Jinshi (Chn)-6.5 drew Mikhail Antipov (Rus)-6.5 ; Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-6 drew Prasanna Rao-6 ; Kamil Dragun (Pol)-6.5 bt N Srinath-5.5 ; Linus Johansson (Swe)-5.5 lost to Aravindh Chidhambaram-6.5 ; Aryan Tari (Nor)-5.5 lost to Paulo Bersamina-6.5 ; S L Narayanan-6 drew Vidit Santosh Gujrathi-6 ; Tadeas Kriebel (Cze)-6 bt Robin Van Kampen (Ned)-5 ; Anurag Mhamal-5 lost to Duda Jan-Krzysztof (Pol)-6; Ankit Rajpara-6 bt Ege Koksal (Tur)-5 ; M Karthikeyan-6 bt Rajdeep Sarkar-5; Ritviz Parab-5 lost to Quinten Ducarmon (Ned)-6

Girls Section

Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-6.5 lost to Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus)-7.5; Anna Iwanow (Pol)-6.5 lost to Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)-7 ; Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-6.5 bt Ioana Gelip (Rou)- 6 ; Mo Zhai (Chn)-6.5 bt Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-5.5 ; Padmini Rout -6.5 bt Mae Frayna Janelle (Phi)-5.5; Tea Gueci (Ita)-5 lost to Meri Arabidze (Geo)-6 ; Michelle Catherina-5.5 drew Nguyen Thi Mai Hung-5.5 ; Srija Seshadri-6 bt Marina Brunello (Ita)-5 ; IrinaPetrukhina (Rus) Vlada Sviridova (Rus); Nandhidhaa P V -6 bt Pratyusha Bodda- 5 ; Ivana Maria Furtado-5.5 drew Madhurima Shekhar-5.5 ; Varshini V-5.5 drew Cyrielle MonPeurt (Fra)-5.5.

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Round 8

A DAY OF UPSETS AS INDIANS LOSE WAY ON TOP BOARDS

Anna Iwanow of Poland, Chumpitaz Ann of Peru and Goryachkina Aleksandra from Russia are jointly leading the 77 player event with 6.5 points each.

Padmini Rout’s unbeaten stint was spoiled by top seed Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia much to the disappointment of the Indian camp in the 8th round of the LIC World Junior Girls Chess Championship which continued after a day’s rest at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. In the Girls section, Daria Pustovoitova lost to Anna Iwanow of Poland. Anna Iwanow of Poland, Chumpitaz Ann of Peru and Goryachkina Aleksandra from Russia are jointly leading the 77 player event with 6.5 points each. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh is trailing the leader by half a point while Padmini remains on 5.5 points.

In fact, collectively it was not a good outing for Indians playing on top boards as Ivana Maria Furtado also ended on the losing side against third seed Sarasadat Khademalsharieh. Rucha Pujari, Shweta Gole. Sakshi Chitalange and Pv Nandhidhaa all ended on the losing side.

In the Open section sole leader Jorge Cori was upset by Karen Grigoryan of Armenia while Lu Shanglei of China defeated higher rated Benjamin Bok of Netherland. S L Narayanan who had been going great guns ended on the losing side against third seed Wei Yi of China after maintaining a balance for most part of the game. Karen, Wei and Shanglei have emerged joint leaders with 6.5 points each. Cori, Vladimir Fedoseev, Mikhail Antipov, Diptayan Ghosh and Bai Jinshi are trailing just half a point behind the leaders. 


Wei Yi from China (Left) defeated India's Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan at the on-going LIC World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

Padmini mishandled the Stonewall variation of the Dutch Defence against Goryachkina and the Russians rooks, queen and knight were soon threatening a major offensive on the King-side, right from the early middle-game stages. Padmini’s queen and rook were virtually out of play stranded on the queenside and her castle was broken. A wrong central pawn push on the 25th turn by Padmini suddenly opened up the gates towards her King and Goryachkina crashed through to pocket the point after 34 moves. 


Goryachkina Aleksandra from Russia (Left) defeated India's Padmini Rout (Right) at the on-going LIC World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

Five more rounds are remaining in this 13 round gruelling event sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors.

Narayanan opted for the Caro-Kann Defence against Wei Yi and played solidly to keep the position even in the middle-game. After the transposition to the ending where each player had a knight and rook, a draw loomed large but Narayanan lost a couple of pawns on the way and ended on the losing side after 79 moves.

Vidit Gujrathi was one of the early finishers scoring a rapid 34 move victory over Matej Blazeka of Croatia.


Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Karen Grigoryan (Arm)-6.5 bt Jorge Cori (Per)-6 ; Wei Yi (Chn)-6.5 bt S L Narayanan-5.5 ; Lu Shanglei (Chn)-6.5 bt Benjamin Bok (Ned)-5; Quinten Ducarmon (Ned)-5 lost to Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)-6; Aravindh Chithambaram-5.5 drew Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-5.5; Mikhail Antipov (Rus)-6 bt Anurag Mhamal-5; Diptayan Ghosh-6 bt Tadeas Kriebel (Cze)-5; Ulvi Bajarani (Aze)-5 lost to Bai Jinshi (Chn)-6; Aleksander Indjic (Srb)-5 drew Linus Johanson (Swe)-5.5 ; VladislavKovalev (Blr)-5 drew Ben Artzi Ido (Isr)-5; Shardul Gagare-4.5 lost to Kamil Dragun (Pol)-5.5; Balazs Csonka (Hun)-5 drew Ankit Rajpara-5; Prasanna Raghuraman -5.5 bt Prince Bajaj-4.5 ; Rajdeep Sarkar-5 drew Sayantan Das-5; N Niranjan-4.5 lost to N Srinath-5.5; Vidit Santosh Gujrathi -5 bt Matej Blazeka (Cro)-4.

Girls Section

Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus)-6.5 bt Padmini Rout-5.5 ; Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-5.5 lost to Anna Iwanow (Pol)-6.5; Marina Brunello (Ita)-5 lost to Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-6.5; Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)- 6 bt Ivana Maria Furtado-5 ; Ioana Gelip (Rou)-6 bt P V Nandhidhaa-6 ; Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie)-5 drew Srija Seshadri-5 ; Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-5.5 bt Rucha Pujari-4.5 ; Irina Petrukhina (Rus) Varshini V; Mae Frayna Janelle (Phi)-5.5 bt ShwetaGole-4.5; Meri Arabidze (Geo)-5 bt Sakshi Chitlange-5 ; Pratyusha Bodda-5 bt Mila Zarkovic (Cro)-4


Round 7: ANURAG MHAMAL SHOCKS SECOND SEED ROBIN VAN KAMPEN

In the most sensational result of the day Goa based Anurag Mhamal defeated second seed Robin Van Kampen of Netherland in the dying stages of the game. Battling in a minus position against the Sicilian defence, Anurag was delighted when Kampen in severe time trouble blundered and resigned on the 47th move when his bishop got trapped.


He is not a GM yet, nor does his Rating reflect his strength but S L Narayanan hailing from Kerala has undoubtedly been the most impressive Indian face in the LIC World Junior Chess Championship which has reached the halfway stage at Hotel Hyatt, Pune. In the seventh round Narayanan (2420) drew against GM Lu Shanglei (2533) of China and has logged highest points amongst the Indians in fray.

However Jorge Cori of Peru shot into sole lead with 6 points after defeating Mikhail Antipov of Russia while Lu, Narayanan, Wei Yi of China and Karen Grigoryan of Armenia are trailing in second place with 5.5 points each. In the Girls section Padmini Rout, Aleksandra Goryachkina and Daria Pustovoitova of Russia, Ann Chumpitaz of Peru and Anna Iwanow of Poland are jointly leading with 5.5 points each.

In the Girls section, the tough contest between overnight joint leaders Padmini and Daria of Russia ended with the honours shared after a hard fought 68 moves where Padmini was always on the troubled, defending side.’ It was a very tough game to defend and a mistake by my opponent helped in salvaging a draw” said Padmini.

Top seed and defending Champion Aleksandra Goryachkina defeated compatriot Mae Frayna Janelle to total 5.5 points. Ivana Maria Furtado of India defeated Monisha Gk and has scored 5 points.

The 13 round gruelling event is sponsored by LIC and Government of Maharashtra and Amanora, ONGC, Jain Irrigation and Everstone are the Associate sponsors. It was a setback as Sahaj Grover ended on the losing side against higher rated Karen Grigoryan of Armenia. Monday is a rest day for the event and the 8th round will be played on Tuesday.

The Queen’s Gambit Opening between Narayanan and Lu was a rather sedate affair where the Chinese did not waste any opportunity in exchanging pieces. By the 20th turn the game had already transposed into an ending with a light squared bishop, a rook and six pawns each. Thereafter it was an interesting duel in the ending where both players exhibited ambition of trying to probe for a win. However with both playing solidly, slowly the pawns and pieces were exchanged and a draw sealed on the 53rd move with just the Kings standing on board. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, the highest rated player in fray had to settle for another draw against Irakli Beradze of Georgia and with just 4 points in his kitty needs to score heavily in the remaining rounds to be in contention for a medal.


India's Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna making a move aginst Lu Shanglei from China. The game ended in a draw.


Important Results of Open section (Indians unless specified)

Jorge Cori (Per)-6 Bt Mikhail Antiipov (Rus)-5; S L Narayanan-5.5 Lu Shanglei (Chn)-5.5; Grigoriy Oparin (Rus)-5 drew Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus)-5; Aryan Tari (Nor)-4.5 lost to Wei Yi (Chn)-5.5; Benjamin Bok (Ned)-5 bt Ulvi Bajarani (Aze)-5 ; Sahaj Grover-4.5 lost to Karen Grigoryan (Arm)-5.5; Vladislav Kovalev (Blr)-4.5 drew Bai Jinshi (Chn)-4.5; Anurag Mhamal-5 bt Robin Van Kampen (Ned)-4; Tadeas Kriebel (Cze)-5 bt Duda Jan Krzysztof (Pol)-4 ; Harsha Bharathkoti-4 lost to Diptayan Ghosh-5 ; Aravindh Chithambaram ​- 5 ​Ufuk Arat (Tur)

Girls Section

Padmini Rout-5.5 drew Daria Pustovoitova (Rus)-5.5; Aleksandra Goryachkina (Rus)-5.5 bt Mae Frayna Janelle (Rus)-4.5; Nandhshaa Pv-5 drew Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iri)-5; Ann Chumpitaz (Per)-5.5 bt Mo Zhai (Chn)-4.5; Anna Iwanow-5.5 bt (Pol) Sabina Ibrahimova (Aze)-4.5; Rucha Pujari-4.5 drew Nguyen Thi Mai Hung (Vie)-4.5; Marina Brunello (Ita)-5 bt Pratyusha Bodda-4; Srija SeshadriIrina-4.5 drew Petrukhina (Rus)-4.5; Maria Ivana Furtado-5 bt Monisha Gk-5.


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ROUND 1: VIDIT OFF TO A FLYING START

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi got off to a flying start by quickly winning the first round of the World Junior Chess Championship which commenced at Hotel Hyatt, Pune today. The long 13-round gruelling event sponsored by LIC kicked off with 137 players from 50 countries and 78 participants in the Girls Category. The co-sponsors for this event are Amanora, Everstone, Jain Irrigation, ONGC with a substantial financial assistance from Government of Maharashtra. Second seed Robin Van Kampen also quickly won his game against Jan Rindlisbacher of Switzerland with Black pieces in 28 moves after adopting the Sicilian Defence.

FM Rakesh Kumar Jena rated 2164 created a flutter when he held higher rated and 10th seed GM Grigoryan of Russia to a draw after 30 moves of a Sicilian Defence. Vidit the fourth seed was pitted against compatriot Ritviz Parab rated 71st with the Black pieces and opted for a super sharp – Sicilian defence against the King Pawn Opening. “I had decided to play aggressively and am happy that my gamble played off as I managed to get an advantageous position early on” beamed Vidit after the game. A tentative and timid pawn push in the centre on the 15th turn by Ritviz had Vidit immediately pushing his pawn more boldly in the centre to get advantage. Another wrong queen move on the next turn had Vidit smelling victory and his queen, rook and knight soon swung into action to decide the game in his favour after 23 moves.

Iranian player FM Amir Kousarania (2331) missed his flight and hence was not paired in the first round. He will begin his campaign from the second round.

In the Girls section WIM Zhao Mo of China defeated WFM San Diego Marie Antoinette.


Indian top seeded Vidit Gujrathi planning a move at the on-going World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune


Fedoseev Vladimir, the top seeded player from Russia  at the on-going World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune


Aleksandra Goryachkina from Russia, top ranking player in the girls category at the on-going World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

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At a glittering ceremony at Hotel Hyatt, attended by eminent dignitaries from the sporting, entertainment and corporate world, the World Junior Chess Championship (WJCC) 2014 was declared open in Pune. Mr S K Roy, Chairman, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) inaugurated the event in the presence of Robert Zsifkovits - Official FIDE representative, Mr Ashok Jain, President, Maharashtra Chess Association (MCA), Mr Aniruddha Deshpande, Vice President, MCA and Chairman WJCC Organising Committee, Mr Jairaj Pathak, Former President, Maharashtra Chess Association. The tournament will be played from 6th October to 19th October and will be conducted in the Swiss League format, comprising of 13 rounds with one round scheduled each day.





















Vidit Gujrathi, Mr. Ashok Jain, President - MCA, Mr. Neeraj Agarwal, Executive Director - LIC of India, Justice Mahadevan, Mr. Aniruddha Deshpande, VP - MCA, Chairman - WJCC Organizing Committee, Mr. S. K Roy, Chairman - LIC of India, Bharat Singh Chauhan, CEO - AICF, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Mr. Jairaj Pathak, Former President MCA making the first move to mark the inauguration of World Junior Chess Championship 2014 in Pune

More than 135 players in the open category and over 75 girls from over 45 countries will battle it out for the coveted title of World Junior Champion and World Junior Girls Champion respectively and stake the sole qualifying slot in both sections for the forthcoming World Cup which is part of the World Championship Cycle. The winners would also take home cash prize of Rs 6,00,000 (Six Lakhs). As a special recognition, the best Indian performer in both the sections will be presented with the Pune Mayor’s trophy. Apart from the titles, there will be GM, IM, WGM and WIM norms at stake for players performing creditably to meet the technical requirements.

The Chief Guest of the function S K Roy, Chairman, LIC speaking on the occasion said, “I am thankful to Maharashtra Chess Association for inviting me to inaugurate this prestigious tournament. The game of chess has its origin in India and the country has produced many Champions who have won international accolades. I can see a future World Champion in each one of you and would like to wish every participant all the very best for this tournament. Life Insurance Corporation of India is proud to be associated with this championship and we would like to extend our wishes to the organizers of this tournament in making this event, a grand success.”

Mr Ashok Jain, said, “It is indeed a moment of great pride for me and my entire team to organize this Championship for the first time in Maharashtra. MCA has been carrying out various initiatives for the development of the game of chess in the State. We have initiated the novel Maharashtra Chess League (MCL), the first Chess League in the country which has been a big hit in both its editions. MCA has also introduced the ‘Chess In Schools’ (CIS), another initiative to introduce chess at the grass roots. Currently there are 186 schools with about 9500 students enrolled in the programme and the target is to reach out to 500 schools and about 50,000 students in the next couple of years. I am sure that these initiatives will go a long way in creating more and more awareness for the game of chess in the State and the country and assist in producing many more Champions. I wish you all luck and encourage you to play good quality and competitive chess.”

Addressing the gathering, Mr Aniruddha Deshpande, said, “I welcome all the dignitaries, officials, coaches and players to the city of Pune. Apart from academics, Pune has also become an important centre for major sporting activities in India and chess has a rich tradition and culture in our city. The city has produced many a champions and I am sure that this championship will provide an ideal platform for our players to interact and get exposed to global talent. I would like to thank the Government of Maharashtra and all our sponsors for their support to this tournament. Our entire team is highly elated and charged up at organizing this grand championship and would like to assure you that we will leave no stone unturned in making this championship truly memorable and a grand success.”

The WJCC-2014 is being jointly organized by the MCA and Pune District Chess Circle (PDCC) under the auspices of AICF (All India Chess Federation) and FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs, World Chess Federation). The organizing committee of WJCC-2014 comprises prominent chess players and key personalities of various Chess Associations namely Ashok Jain, Ravindra Dongre, Zone President of World Chess Federation (FIDE) and, Treasurer, AICF and, Chairman of MCA, Siddharth Mayur, Vice President of the PDCC, Niranjan Godbole, Secretary of PDCC, Chess Grand Master Abhijt Kunte, Prakash Kunte and Moreshwar Bhagwat.

Grand Prix Announcement




In accordance with the Grand Prix contractual terms, FIDE announces the change of the third leg of the Grand Prix series to Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. The dates remain exactly the same as announced in FIDE Calendar.

The representative for the new host city is GM Baadur Jobava who replaces GM Ghaem Maghami with his complete playing schedule.

The table below highlights the participation of each player.

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