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World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2014: Round 7

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Round 7

The formidable Russian team had been advancing through the tournament at full steam and it seemed as if nothing could take them away from the winning path. The fate of round seven wanted it a bit differently, though. Somewhere around move 40, Goryachkina and Vavulin resigned their second and third board games against Amin and Parham due to inevitable mating threats. In the remaining games the Iranian players had an extra pawn each, but the captain, IM Harandi demanded the top board player Asgarizadeh to offer a draw in order to seal the result. Russia eventually won the last board game but this did not change anything already. Iran won by 2,5 - 1,5!

An interview with Team of Iran, in a moment when the last game was still going on, can be found here.

The fight at the top has tightened as there are three teams in shared lead with 12 points, namely Iran, Russia and India, with Ukraine trailing by just a point. Four other teams have ten points. With three rounds to go, and Caissa seemingly willing to exert her whims, anything can happen... 

Ranking crosstable after Round 7


The football tournament medallists were rewarded with the volumes of the "Judit Polgar teaches chess" trilogy


The football kings in Gyor - the team of Israel


The start of a historic match


The Iranian top board player Ahmad Asgarizadeh sealed the result with a draw in a better position


The intensity of fight is the same all over the playing hall

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Round 3

by WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin


As the tournament advances, matches become more leveled, increasing the probability of upsets. Since this is the second round of what we have baptized the "girl's day" we will take as a reference a match in which the girl's result had a big impact. Favorite 4 Ukraine had to conceal a 2-2 result to the modestly rated Uzbek team. The only win for Uzbekistan was scored on board three by the girl player Bakhora Abdusattorova.


"Rustam Kasimdzhanov is not the only Uzbek World Champion; my young brother Nodirbek won the under 8 World Championship two years ago"



An emotional video review of this match can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsw358UOSGs.

As it becomes customary, the brilliancy prize was awarded shortly before the start of the round. This time, the winner was Murali Khartekeyan of India. For the annotated game click here.


GM Mihail Marin mediating the transfer of the brilliancy prize from WGM Anna Rudolf to IM Murali Khartikeyan of India

WIM Jackie Peng of Canada 2 has been travelling a long way to take part in this Olympiad. From the interview concealed today to WGM Anna Rudolf you will find out that her Olympic carrier is longer than one may suspect. Please check at http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUW82rZEMr-c2lc6GuvN6XTw&v=aGhe01xKHKY.

Ranking crosstable after Round 3





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Congratulations to Andrey Filatov on his birthday

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Dear Andrey Vasilyevich!

I would like to congratulate you on your birthday!

I think it is a big success for both the Russian and world chess and for myself that you having succeeded in business, a few years ago decided to return to your profession and to lead the Russian Chess Federation.

Due to this decision, which coincided, and maybe partly formed the positive trend of coming to Russian Chess big entrepreneurs, successful managers and patrons, our favorite game got a new big strong impulse for the development, and FIDE and RCF got a talented, not indifferent to chess organizer like you.

No doubt that you have a great future in the administration of FIDE, that also means a lot of work and not less responsibility. I wish you an inexhaustible energy, new interesting and useful for the development of chess ideas and good luck in their realization.

I wish you happiness, love and warmth to you and your family!

FIDE President
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

FIDE Ethics Commission meeting in Athens

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The newly elected members of the FIDE Ethics Commission met in Athens from December 12 - 15, 2014. 



The commission members (from left to right on the photograph): Pedro Dominguez Brito, Ion Dobrauteanu, Francois Strydom (chairman), Rajesh Hari Joshi and Willy Iclicki judged more than 15 pending and new cases.

Among the decisions taken was one to publish on the FIDE website its case register and the judgment in each case, and another to meet 3 times a year, if necessary, to avoid long delays in the finalization of cases.

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SportAccord World Mind Games 2014: Basque Winners

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Basque winners

Men

Gold - Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS)
Silver - Radjabov Teimour (AZE)
Bronze - Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA)

Full men basque final ranking


Women

Gold - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Silver - Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS)
Bronze - Zhao Xue (CHN)

Full women basque final ranking



Basque Games Day 1


Ranking crosstable after Round 3

Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict BL RtgØ 1 7 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2801 RUS 4½ 0 3 3 2771 2 9 GM Harikrishna P. 2701 IND 4 0 2 3 2757 3 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2828 RUS 3½ 0 3 3 2768 4 11 GM Radjabov Teimour 2776 AZE 3½ 0 2 3 2807 5 14 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2763 CUB 3½ 0 2 3 2740 6 4 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2728 FRA 3½ 0 2 3 2734 7 3 GM Leko Peter 2773 HUN 3 0 1 3 2771 8 5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2739 AZE 3 0 1 3 2736 9 12 GM Aronian Levon 2813 ARM 3 0 1 3 2733 10 8 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR 3 0 0 3 2781 11 13 GM Wang Yue 2765 CHN 3 0 0 3 2752 12 10 GM Wang Hao 2719 CHN 2½ 0 2 3 2755 13 6 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2684 POL 2½ 0 1 3 2738 14 16 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2811 UKR 2½ 0 0 3 2756 15 1 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2738 UKR 2 0 0 3 2736 16 15 GM Bacrot Etienne 2731 FRA 1 0 0 3 2731
Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict BL RtgØ 1 13 GM Zhao Xue 2485 CHN 5½ 0 5 3 2523 2 1 GM Hou Yifan 2600 CHN 5 0 4 3 2544 3 11 GM Koneru Humpy 2611 IND 4½ 0 4 3 2501 4 16 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2577 RUS 4 0 3 3 2449 5 6 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2547 GEO 3½ 0 3 3 2508 6 2 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2578 BUL 3½ 0 3 3 2505 7 9 GM Muzychuk Anna 2546 UKR 3½ 0 2 3 2478 8 3 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2505 RUS 3 0 3 3 2575 9 10 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 UKR 3 0 3 3 2518 10 12 GM Ju Wenjun 2555 CHN 3 0 3 3 2462 11 4 GM Gunina Valentina 2552 RUS 2½ 0 2 3 2552 12 15 GM Harika Dronavalli 2421 IND 2½ 0 1 3 2528 13 7 GM Cramling Pia 2443 SWE 1½ 0 1 3 2547 14 8 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2407 GEO 1 0 1 3 2543 15 5 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2445 UKR 1 0 1 3 2533 16 14 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2485 GER 1 0 1 3 2483





Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure and so does the Blitz arena for the media worldwide! An exhilarating race is too modestly said, especially when the top players crave for more than they got in the previously played Rapid competition.

Each player handled the three day roller coaster intense emotions the best way they could. The games end up rapidly, but take off a lot of energy. In order to retrieve their calm and forces from one game to another, some players read, others visit the draughts section or play... wee games!

Heading for the stars, Hou Yifan faced her opponents head-on, left behind the rather "disappointing" silver medal from the Rapid and claimed the gold this time, swapping places with Valentina Gunina, who had to content herself as being the 2nd best.
In the men's ring, we witnessed a copy-paste Rapid-Blitz final ranking, with Grischuk holding to gold, followed by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. A for effort for MVL who swam towards the 1st place during these three days of blitz but he got bogged down in the process by the Russian, who is now the proud owner of two (!) shiny gold medals!

Blitz winners


Men
Gold - Grischuk Alexander (RUS)
Silver - Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA)
Bronze - Radjabov Teimour (AZE)

Full men blitz final ranking




Women
Gold - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Silver - Gunina Valentina (RUS)
Bronze - Muzychuk Anna (UKR)

Full women blitz final ranking





Blitz: Day 2

On the board of Blitz, one needs a cool temperament, a rattling feeling for the pieces, speed, reflexes, hand-eye coordination, tremendous mental power, timing and physical dexterity. This looks like an ample list, but it doesn't suffice for creating the winning recipe; true champions achieve their goals and collect their points with the force of character and judgement. Some may argue that luck must be involved for such lightening speed competitions, where 3m+2sec is a rather short time control, so anything and everything can happen. There might be the hand of Caissa in some cases yet the chess players must strike the right balance between speed and quality!

After Day2 of Blitz, we have two clear leaders who succeeded doing so: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, having one point extra on the ranking list, closely followed by Grischuk and Ivanchuk, both with 13/20, and in the women section, Hou Yifan is dominating the pack, enjoying the 1.5 point lead, currently being on 15.5/20.

Ranking Crosstable after Round 20


Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2776 FRA 14 0 11 135.50 10 2 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2819 RUS 13 ½ 10 125.00 10 3 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2720 UKR 13 ½ 10 123.75 10 4 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2866 AZE 11½ 1 11 108.00 10 5 15 GM Aronian Levon 2850 ARM 11½ 1 8 106.25 10 6 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2715 AZE 11 0 8 108.50 10 7 9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2788 RUS 10½ 0 9 102.50 10 8 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2757 ISR 9½ 0 6 88.25 10 9 6 GM Wang Hao 2693 CHN 9 0 6 84.75 10 10 7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2758 UKR 8½ 2 6 79.75 10 11 3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2728 CUB 8½ 2 5 80.00 10 12 14 GM Leko Peter 2694 HUN 8½ 1 4 85.50 10 13 16 GM Harikrishna P. 2728 IND 8 2 5 80.00 10 14 13 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2743 POL 8 ½ 5 78.75 10 15 11 GM Wang Yue 2680 CHN 8 ½ 5 73.25 10 16 5 GM Bacrot Etienne 2739 FRA 7½ 0 5 74.25 10

Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 16 GM Hou Yifan 2662 CHN 15½ 0 14 149.25 10 2 13 GM Gunina Valentina 2582 RUS 14 0 13 124.00 10 3 10 GM Muzychuk Anna 2665 UKR 12 0 11 107.50 10 4 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2479 RUS 11½ 1½ 9 115.25 10 5 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2569 BUL 11½ ½ 7 112.50 10 6 12 GM Harika Dronavalli 2533 IND 11 2 8 87.25 10 7 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2591 GEO 11 0 9 100.50 10 8 8 GM Zhao Xue 2576 CHN 10½ 1 9 98.25 10 9 15 GM Koneru Humpy 2521 IND 10½ 0 6 89.00 10 10 14 GM Ju Wenjun 2469 CHN 9½ 0 7 76.25 10 11 11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2578 RUS 9 1 7 72.50 10 12 3 GM Ushenina Anna 2467 UKR 9 0 6 91.50 10 13 2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2522 GER 8½ 0 6 83.50 10 14 7 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2439 UKR 7 0 4 71.25 10 15 5 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 GEO 6½ 0 3 62.00 10 16 6 GM Cramling Pia 2433 SWE 3 0 1 27.50 10

Blitz: Day 1

Ranking Crosstable after Round 10

Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2720 UKR 7 0 5 35.00 5 2 15 GM Aronian Levon 2850 ARM 7 0 5 31.25 5 3 14 GM Leko Peter 2694 HUN 7 0 4 33.25 5 4 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2866 AZE 6 0 6 26.00 4 5 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2776 FRA 6 0 4 26.50 6 6 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2819 RUS 5½ 1 4 24.75 4 7 6 GM Wang Hao 2693 CHN 5½ 0 4 25.25 5 8 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2715 AZE 5 0 4 24.00 6 9 9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2788 RUS 4½ 0 4 22.50 6 10 16 GM Harikrishna P. 2728 IND 4½ 0 4 20.50 5 11 13 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2743 POL 4½ 0 4 16.50 6 12 3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2728 CUB 4½ 0 3 21.00 4 13 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2757 ISR 4½ 0 3 18.50 4 14 11 GM Wang Yue 2680 CHN 3 1 1 13.50 6 15 7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2758 UKR 3 0 1 17.00 5 16 5 GM Bacrot Etienne 2739 FRA 2½ 0 1 14.50 4

Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 16 GM Hou Yifan 2662 CHN 7 0 6 33.50 5 2 13 GM Gunina Valentina 2582 RUS 6½ 0 6 29.00 6 3 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2591 GEO 6 0 5 31.25 6 4 10 GM Muzychuk Anna 2665 UKR 6 0 5 29.25 6 5 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2569 BUL 6 0 4 28.00 4 6 3 GM Ushenina Anna 2467 UKR 6 0 4 27.25 4 7 14 GM Ju Wenjun 2469 CHN 5½ 0 4 23.75 5 8 15 GM Koneru Humpy 2521 IND 5½ 0 3 23.00 5 9 8 GM Zhao Xue 2576 CHN 5 0 4 27.00 5 10 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2479 RUS 5 0 3 22.00 4 11 11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2578 RUS 4½ 1 4 20.50 6 12 12 GM Harika Dronavalli 2533 IND 4½ 0 3 18.00 6 13 2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2522 GER 4 0 3 17.75 4 14 7 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2439 UKR 3½ 0 2 19.25 5 15 6 GM Cramling Pia 2433 SWE 3 0 1 13.00 5 16 5 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 GEO 2 0 0 10.00 4


The Rapid tournament within the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 is over.

Grischuk Alexander (RUS) became the winner of the tournament, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA) finished in the second place and Bronze medal went to Wang Hao (CHN).



In women section the winners are ranked as follows:

Gold - Gunina Valentina (RUS) 
Silver - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Bronze - Ushenina Anna (UKR)



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Rapid Day1: China and Georgia atop

Ranking after Round 4: Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 14 GM Wang Hao 2719 CHN 3½ 0 2 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2828 RUS 3 0 3 2 GM Aronian Levon 2813 ARM 2½ 0 4 7 GM Wang Yue 2765 CHN 2½ 0 5 9 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2739 AZE 2½ 0 6 6 GM Leko Peter 2773 HUN 2 0 7 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2738 UKR 2 0 8 8 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2763 CUB 2 0 9 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2811 UKR 2 0 10 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2728 FRA 2 0 11 15 GM Harikrishna P. 2701 IND 2 0 12 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2684 POL 1½ ½ 13 4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2801 RUS 1½ ½ 14 13 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR 1 0 15 11 GM Bacrot Etienne 2731 FRA 1 0 16 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 2776 AZE 1 0

Ranking after Round 4: Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2547 GEO 3½ 0 2 2 GM Hou Yifan 2600 CHN 3 0 3 9 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2505 RUS 2½ 0   11 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2485 GER 2½ 0 5 10 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 UKR 2½ 0 6 6 GM Gunina Valentina 2552 RUS 2½ 0 7 8 GM Muzychuk Anna 2546 UKR 2½ 0 8 12 GM Zhao Xue 2485 CHN 2½ 0 9 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2578 BUL 2 0 10 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2407 GEO 1½ 0 11 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2577 RUS 1½ 0 12 15 GM Harika Dronavalli 2421 IND 1½ 0 13 5 GM Ju Wenjun 2555 CHN 1½ 0 14 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2611 IND 1 0 15 14 GM Cramling Pia 2443 SWE 1 0 16 13 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2445 UKR ½ 0
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Beijing in December may bring to mind the image of a cold city with - 5 degrees but with its inhabitants ready to stand snow and fire to successfully fulfil their duties. On this evening's agenda two major activities were red-lettered: the opening ceremony of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 and the technical meeting for the section dedicated to our beloved sport, chess.

Needless to say that the Chinese organizers didn't fail to accomplish what we all had expected: a beautiful opening ceremony, where all the high-end officials and sportsmen were ready to speak and smile into the cameras, followed by a generous dinner-buffet. The evening warmed everybody up and prepared the neurons of our favourite grandmasters to give their best in the first three rounds of tomorrow.


We are proud to have such ambassadors: Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk


In his speech, the SportAccord General Director, the Romanian Vlad Marinescu, highlighted the value of working together



And the first move in the Rapid event was made with the drawing of lots:

In the first round, both highest rated players in the men and women rapid lists will enjoy the white colour: Alexander Grischuk and Koneru Humpy will face Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Tatiana Kosintseva, respectively. The rate of play will be 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, so we can count on many worth following time troubles.

R1 Rapid pairings: men
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 0   0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 9 2 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 0   0 GM Aronian Levon 2 3 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 0   0 GM Bacrot Etienne 11 4 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 0   0 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 4 5 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 0   0 GM Gelfand Boris 13 6 14 GM Wang Hao 0   0 GM Leko Peter 6 7 7 GM Wang Yue 0   0 GM Harikrishna P. 15 8 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 0   0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 8

R1 Rapid pairings: women
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Koneru Humpy 0   0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 9 2 10 GM Ushenina Anna 0   0 GM Hou Yifan 2 3 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 0   0 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 11 4 12 GM Zhao Xue 0   0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 4 5 5 GM Ju Wenjun 0   0 IM Muzychuk Mariya 13 6 14 GM Cramling Pia 0   0 GM Gunina Valentina 6 7 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 0   0 GM Harika Dronavalli 15 8 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 0   0 GM Muzychuk Anna 8
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SportAccord World Mind Games 2014: Basque Games Day1

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Basque Games Day 1

Ranking crosstable after Round 3

Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict BL RtgØ 1 7 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2801 RUS 4½ 0 3 3 2771 2 9 GM Harikrishna P. 2701 IND 4 0 2 3 2757 3 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2828 RUS 3½ 0 3 3 2768 4 11 GM Radjabov Teimour 2776 AZE 3½ 0 2 3 2807 5 14 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2763 CUB 3½ 0 2 3 2740 6 4 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2728 FRA 3½ 0 2 3 2734 7 3 GM Leko Peter 2773 HUN 3 0 1 3 2771 8 5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2739 AZE 3 0 1 3 2736 9 12 GM Aronian Levon 2813 ARM 3 0 1 3 2733 10 8 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR 3 0 0 3 2781 11 13 GM Wang Yue 2765 CHN 3 0 0 3 2752 12 10 GM Wang Hao 2719 CHN 2½ 0 2 3 2755 13 6 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2684 POL 2½ 0 1 3 2738 14 16 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2811 UKR 2½ 0 0 3 2756 15 1 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2738 UKR 2 0 0 3 2736 16 15 GM Bacrot Etienne 2731 FRA 1 0 0 3 2731
Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict BL RtgØ 1 13 GM Zhao Xue 2485 CHN 5½ 0 5 3 2523 2 1 GM Hou Yifan 2600 CHN 5 0 4 3 2544 3 11 GM Koneru Humpy 2611 IND 4½ 0 4 3 2501 4 16 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2577 RUS 4 0 3 3 2449 5 6 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2547 GEO 3½ 0 3 3 2508 6 2 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2578 BUL 3½ 0 3 3 2505 7 9 GM Muzychuk Anna 2546 UKR 3½ 0 2 3 2478 8 3 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2505 RUS 3 0 3 3 2575 9 10 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 UKR 3 0 3 3 2518 10 12 GM Ju Wenjun 2555 CHN 3 0 3 3 2462 11 4 GM Gunina Valentina 2552 RUS 2½ 0 2 3 2552 12 15 GM Harika Dronavalli 2421 IND 2½ 0 1 3 2528 13 7 GM Cramling Pia 2443 SWE 1½ 0 1 3 2547 14 8 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2407 GEO 1 0 1 3 2543 15 5 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2445 UKR 1 0 1 3 2533 16 14 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2485 GER 1 0 1 3 2483





Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure and so does the Blitz arena for the media worldwide! An exhilarating race is too modestly said, especially when the top players crave for more than they got in the previously played Rapid competition.

Each player handled the three day roller coaster intense emotions the best way they could. The games end up rapidly, but take off a lot of energy. In order to retrieve their calm and forces from one game to another, some players read, others visit the draughts section or play... wee games!

Heading for the stars, Hou Yifan faced her opponents head-on, left behind the rather "disappointing" silver medal from the Rapid and claimed the gold this time, swapping places with Valentina Gunina, who had to content herself as being the 2nd best.
In the men's ring, we witnessed a copy-paste Rapid-Blitz final ranking, with Grischuk holding to gold, followed by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. A for effort for MVL who swam towards the 1st place during these three days of blitz but he got bogged down in the process by the Russian, who is now the proud owner of two (!) shiny gold medals!

Blitz winners


Men
Gold - Grischuk Alexander (RUS)
Silver - Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA)
Bronze - Radjabov Teimour (AZE)

Full men blitz final ranking




Women
Gold - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Silver - Gunina Valentina (RUS)
Bronze - Muzychuk Anna (UKR)

Full women blitz final ranking





Blitz: Day 2

On the board of Blitz, one needs a cool temperament, a rattling feeling for the pieces, speed, reflexes, hand-eye coordination, tremendous mental power, timing and physical dexterity. This looks like an ample list, but it doesn't suffice for creating the winning recipe; true champions achieve their goals and collect their points with the force of character and judgement. Some may argue that luck must be involved for such lightening speed competitions, where 3m+2sec is a rather short time control, so anything and everything can happen. There might be the hand of Caissa in some cases yet the chess players must strike the right balance between speed and quality!

After Day2 of Blitz, we have two clear leaders who succeeded doing so: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, having one point extra on the ranking list, closely followed by Grischuk and Ivanchuk, both with 13/20, and in the women section, Hou Yifan is dominating the pack, enjoying the 1.5 point lead, currently being on 15.5/20.

Ranking Crosstable after Round 20


Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2776 FRA 14 0 11 135.50 10 2 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2819 RUS 13 ½ 10 125.00 10 3 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2720 UKR 13 ½ 10 123.75 10 4 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2866 AZE 11½ 1 11 108.00 10 5 15 GM Aronian Levon 2850 ARM 11½ 1 8 106.25 10 6 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2715 AZE 11 0 8 108.50 10 7 9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2788 RUS 10½ 0 9 102.50 10 8 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2757 ISR 9½ 0 6 88.25 10 9 6 GM Wang Hao 2693 CHN 9 0 6 84.75 10 10 7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2758 UKR 8½ 2 6 79.75 10 11 3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2728 CUB 8½ 2 5 80.00 10 12 14 GM Leko Peter 2694 HUN 8½ 1 4 85.50 10 13 16 GM Harikrishna P. 2728 IND 8 2 5 80.00 10 14 13 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2743 POL 8 ½ 5 78.75 10 15 11 GM Wang Yue 2680 CHN 8 ½ 5 73.25 10 16 5 GM Bacrot Etienne 2739 FRA 7½ 0 5 74.25 10

Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 16 GM Hou Yifan 2662 CHN 15½ 0 14 149.25 10 2 13 GM Gunina Valentina 2582 RUS 14 0 13 124.00 10 3 10 GM Muzychuk Anna 2665 UKR 12 0 11 107.50 10 4 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2479 RUS 11½ 1½ 9 115.25 10 5 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2569 BUL 11½ ½ 7 112.50 10 6 12 GM Harika Dronavalli 2533 IND 11 2 8 87.25 10 7 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2591 GEO 11 0 9 100.50 10 8 8 GM Zhao Xue 2576 CHN 10½ 1 9 98.25 10 9 15 GM Koneru Humpy 2521 IND 10½ 0 6 89.00 10 10 14 GM Ju Wenjun 2469 CHN 9½ 0 7 76.25 10 11 11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2578 RUS 9 1 7 72.50 10 12 3 GM Ushenina Anna 2467 UKR 9 0 6 91.50 10 13 2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2522 GER 8½ 0 6 83.50 10 14 7 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2439 UKR 7 0 4 71.25 10 15 5 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 GEO 6½ 0 3 62.00 10 16 6 GM Cramling Pia 2433 SWE 3 0 1 27.50 10

Blitz: Day 1

Ranking Crosstable after Round 10

Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2720 UKR 7 0 5 35.00 5 2 15 GM Aronian Levon 2850 ARM 7 0 5 31.25 5 3 14 GM Leko Peter 2694 HUN 7 0 4 33.25 5 4 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2866 AZE 6 0 6 26.00 4 5 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2776 FRA 6 0 4 26.50 6 6 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2819 RUS 5½ 1 4 24.75 4 7 6 GM Wang Hao 2693 CHN 5½ 0 4 25.25 5 8 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2715 AZE 5 0 4 24.00 6 9 9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2788 RUS 4½ 0 4 22.50 6 10 16 GM Harikrishna P. 2728 IND 4½ 0 4 20.50 5 11 13 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2743 POL 4½ 0 4 16.50 6 12 3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2728 CUB 4½ 0 3 21.00 4 13 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2757 ISR 4½ 0 3 18.50 4 14 11 GM Wang Yue 2680 CHN 3 1 1 13.50 6 15 7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2758 UKR 3 0 1 17.00 5 16 5 GM Bacrot Etienne 2739 FRA 2½ 0 1 14.50 4

Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 16 GM Hou Yifan 2662 CHN 7 0 6 33.50 5 2 13 GM Gunina Valentina 2582 RUS 6½ 0 6 29.00 6 3 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2591 GEO 6 0 5 31.25 6 4 10 GM Muzychuk Anna 2665 UKR 6 0 5 29.25 6 5 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2569 BUL 6 0 4 28.00 4 6 3 GM Ushenina Anna 2467 UKR 6 0 4 27.25 4 7 14 GM Ju Wenjun 2469 CHN 5½ 0 4 23.75 5 8 15 GM Koneru Humpy 2521 IND 5½ 0 3 23.00 5 9 8 GM Zhao Xue 2576 CHN 5 0 4 27.00 5 10 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2479 RUS 5 0 3 22.00 4 11 11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2578 RUS 4½ 1 4 20.50 6 12 12 GM Harika Dronavalli 2533 IND 4½ 0 3 18.00 6 13 2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2522 GER 4 0 3 17.75 4 14 7 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2439 UKR 3½ 0 2 19.25 5 15 6 GM Cramling Pia 2433 SWE 3 0 1 13.00 5 16 5 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 GEO 2 0 0 10.00 4


The Rapid tournament within the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 is over.

Grischuk Alexander (RUS) became the winner of the tournament, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA) finished in the second place and Bronze medal went to Wang Hao (CHN).



In women section the winners are ranked as follows:

Gold - Gunina Valentina (RUS) 
Silver - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Bronze - Ushenina Anna (UKR)



Official website


Rapid Day1: China and Georgia atop

Ranking after Round 4: Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 14 GM Wang Hao 2719 CHN 3½ 0 2 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2828 RUS 3 0 3 2 GM Aronian Levon 2813 ARM 2½ 0 4 7 GM Wang Yue 2765 CHN 2½ 0 5 9 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2739 AZE 2½ 0 6 6 GM Leko Peter 2773 HUN 2 0 7 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2738 UKR 2 0 8 8 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2763 CUB 2 0 9 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2811 UKR 2 0 10 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2728 FRA 2 0 11 15 GM Harikrishna P. 2701 IND 2 0 12 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2684 POL 1½ ½ 13 4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2801 RUS 1½ ½ 14 13 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR 1 0 15 11 GM Bacrot Etienne 2731 FRA 1 0 16 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 2776 AZE 1 0

Ranking after Round 4: Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2547 GEO 3½ 0 2 2 GM Hou Yifan 2600 CHN 3 0 3 9 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2505 RUS 2½ 0   11 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2485 GER 2½ 0 5 10 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 UKR 2½ 0 6 6 GM Gunina Valentina 2552 RUS 2½ 0 7 8 GM Muzychuk Anna 2546 UKR 2½ 0 8 12 GM Zhao Xue 2485 CHN 2½ 0 9 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2578 BUL 2 0 10 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2407 GEO 1½ 0 11 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2577 RUS 1½ 0 12 15 GM Harika Dronavalli 2421 IND 1½ 0 13 5 GM Ju Wenjun 2555 CHN 1½ 0 14 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2611 IND 1 0 15 14 GM Cramling Pia 2443 SWE 1 0 16 13 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2445 UKR ½ 0
Official website


Beijing in December may bring to mind the image of a cold city with - 5 degrees but with its inhabitants ready to stand snow and fire to successfully fulfil their duties. On this evening's agenda two major activities were red-lettered: the opening ceremony of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 and the technical meeting for the section dedicated to our beloved sport, chess.

Needless to say that the Chinese organizers didn't fail to accomplish what we all had expected: a beautiful opening ceremony, where all the high-end officials and sportsmen were ready to speak and smile into the cameras, followed by a generous dinner-buffet. The evening warmed everybody up and prepared the neurons of our favourite grandmasters to give their best in the first three rounds of tomorrow.


We are proud to have such ambassadors: Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk


In his speech, the SportAccord General Director, the Romanian Vlad Marinescu, highlighted the value of working together



And the first move in the Rapid event was made with the drawing of lots:

In the first round, both highest rated players in the men and women rapid lists will enjoy the white colour: Alexander Grischuk and Koneru Humpy will face Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Tatiana Kosintseva, respectively. The rate of play will be 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, so we can count on many worth following time troubles.

R1 Rapid pairings: men
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 0   0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 9 2 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 0   0 GM Aronian Levon 2 3 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 0   0 GM Bacrot Etienne 11 4 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 0   0 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 4 5 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 0   0 GM Gelfand Boris 13 6 14 GM Wang Hao 0   0 GM Leko Peter 6 7 7 GM Wang Yue 0   0 GM Harikrishna P. 15 8 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 0   0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 8

R1 Rapid pairings: women
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Koneru Humpy 0   0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 9 2 10 GM Ushenina Anna 0   0 GM Hou Yifan 2 3 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 0   0 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 11 4 12 GM Zhao Xue 0   0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 4 5 5 GM Ju Wenjun 0   0 IM Muzychuk Mariya 13 6 14 GM Cramling Pia 0   0 GM Gunina Valentina 6 7 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 0   0 GM Harika Dronavalli 15 8 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 0   0 GM Muzychuk Anna 8
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World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2014: Round 3

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by WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin


As the tournament advances, matches become more leveled, increasing the probability of upsets. Since this is the second round of what we have baptized the "girl's day" we will take as a reference a match in which the girl's result had a big impact. Favorite 4 Ukraine had to conceal a 2-2 result to the modestly rated Uzbek team. The only win for Uzbekistan was scored on board three by the girl player Bakhora Abdusattorova.


"Rustam Kasimdzhanov is not the only Uzbek World Champion; my young brother Nodirbek won the under 8 World Championship two years ago"



An emotional video review of this match can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsw358UOSGs.

As it becomes customary, the brilliancy prize was awarded shortly before the start of the round. This time, the winner was Murali Khartekeyan of India. For the annotated game click here.


GM Mihail Marin mediating the transfer of the brilliancy prize from WGM Anna Rudolf to IM Murali Khartikeyan of India

WIM Jackie Peng of Canada 2 has been travelling a long way to take part in this Olympiad. From the interview concealed today to WGM Anna Rudolf you will find out that her Olympic carrier is longer than one may suspect. Please check at http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUW82rZEMr-c2lc6GuvN6XTw&v=aGhe01xKHKY.

Ranking crosstable after Round 3





Source http://wyco2014.chess.hu/news/

SportAccord World Mind Games 2014: Blitz winners

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Blitz winners

Men
Gold - Grischuk Alexander (RUS)
Silver - Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA)
Bronze - Radjabov Teimour (AZE)

Full men blitz final ranking




Women
Gold - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Silver - Gunina Valentina (RUS)
Bronze - Muzychuk Anna (UKR)

Full women blitz final ranking




Blitz: Day 2

On the board of Blitz, one needs a cool temperament, a rattling feeling for the pieces, speed, reflexes, hand-eye coordination, tremendous mental power, timing and physical dexterity. This looks like an ample list, but it doesn't suffice for creating the winning recipe; true champions achieve their goals and collect their points with the force of character and judgement. Some may argue that luck must be involved for such lightening speed competitions, where 3m+2sec is a rather short time control, so anything and everything can happen. There might be the hand of Caissa in some cases yet the chess players must strike the right balance between speed and quality!

After Day2 of Blitz, we have two clear leaders who succeeded doing so: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, having one point extra on the ranking list, closely followed by Grischuk and Ivanchuk, both with 13/20, and in the women section, Hou Yifan is dominating the pack, enjoying the 1.5 point lead, currently being on 15.5/20.

Ranking Crosstable after Round 20


Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2776 FRA 14 0 11 135.50 10 2 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2819 RUS 13 ½ 10 125.00 10 3 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2720 UKR 13 ½ 10 123.75 10 4 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2866 AZE 11½ 1 11 108.00 10 5 15 GM Aronian Levon 2850 ARM 11½ 1 8 106.25 10 6 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2715 AZE 11 0 8 108.50 10 7 9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2788 RUS 10½ 0 9 102.50 10 8 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2757 ISR 9½ 0 6 88.25 10 9 6 GM Wang Hao 2693 CHN 9 0 6 84.75 10 10 7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2758 UKR 8½ 2 6 79.75 10 11 3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2728 CUB 8½ 2 5 80.00 10 12 14 GM Leko Peter 2694 HUN 8½ 1 4 85.50 10 13 16 GM Harikrishna P. 2728 IND 8 2 5 80.00 10 14 13 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2743 POL 8 ½ 5 78.75 10 15 11 GM Wang Yue 2680 CHN 8 ½ 5 73.25 10 16 5 GM Bacrot Etienne 2739 FRA 7½ 0 5 74.25 10

Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 16 GM Hou Yifan 2662 CHN 15½ 0 14 149.25 10 2 13 GM Gunina Valentina 2582 RUS 14 0 13 124.00 10 3 10 GM Muzychuk Anna 2665 UKR 12 0 11 107.50 10 4 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2479 RUS 11½ 1½ 9 115.25 10 5 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2569 BUL 11½ ½ 7 112.50 10 6 12 GM Harika Dronavalli 2533 IND 11 2 8 87.25 10 7 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2591 GEO 11 0 9 100.50 10 8 8 GM Zhao Xue 2576 CHN 10½ 1 9 98.25 10 9 15 GM Koneru Humpy 2521 IND 10½ 0 6 89.00 10 10 14 GM Ju Wenjun 2469 CHN 9½ 0 7 76.25 10 11 11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2578 RUS 9 1 7 72.50 10 12 3 GM Ushenina Anna 2467 UKR 9 0 6 91.50 10 13 2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2522 GER 8½ 0 6 83.50 10 14 7 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2439 UKR 7 0 4 71.25 10 15 5 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 GEO 6½ 0 3 62.00 10 16 6 GM Cramling Pia 2433 SWE 3 0 1 27.50 10

Blitz: Day 1

Ranking Crosstable after Round 10

Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2720 UKR 7 0 5 35.00 5 2 15 GM Aronian Levon 2850 ARM 7 0 5 31.25 5 3 14 GM Leko Peter 2694 HUN 7 0 4 33.25 5 4 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2866 AZE 6 0 6 26.00 4 5 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2776 FRA 6 0 4 26.50 6 6 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2819 RUS 5½ 1 4 24.75 4 7 6 GM Wang Hao 2693 CHN 5½ 0 4 25.25 5 8 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2715 AZE 5 0 4 24.00 6 9 9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2788 RUS 4½ 0 4 22.50 6 10 16 GM Harikrishna P. 2728 IND 4½ 0 4 20.50 5 11 13 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2743 POL 4½ 0 4 16.50 6 12 3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2728 CUB 4½ 0 3 21.00 4 13 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2757 ISR 4½ 0 3 18.50 4 14 11 GM Wang Yue 2680 CHN 3 1 1 13.50 6 15 7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2758 UKR 3 0 1 17.00 5 16 5 GM Bacrot Etienne 2739 FRA 2½ 0 1 14.50 4

Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 16 GM Hou Yifan 2662 CHN 7 0 6 33.50 5 2 13 GM Gunina Valentina 2582 RUS 6½ 0 6 29.00 6 3 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2591 GEO 6 0 5 31.25 6 4 10 GM Muzychuk Anna 2665 UKR 6 0 5 29.25 6 5 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2569 BUL 6 0 4 28.00 4 6 3 GM Ushenina Anna 2467 UKR 6 0 4 27.25 4 7 14 GM Ju Wenjun 2469 CHN 5½ 0 4 23.75 5 8 15 GM Koneru Humpy 2521 IND 5½ 0 3 23.00 5 9 8 GM Zhao Xue 2576 CHN 5 0 4 27.00 5 10 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2479 RUS 5 0 3 22.00 4 11 11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2578 RUS 4½ 1 4 20.50 6 12 12 GM Harika Dronavalli 2533 IND 4½ 0 3 18.00 6 13 2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2522 GER 4 0 3 17.75 4 14 7 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2439 UKR 3½ 0 2 19.25 5 15 6 GM Cramling Pia 2433 SWE 3 0 1 13.00 5 16 5 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 GEO 2 0 0 10.00 4


The Rapid tournament within the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 is over.

Grischuk Alexander (RUS) became the winner of the tournament, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA) finished in the second place and Bronze medal went to Wang Hao (CHN).



In women section the winners are ranked as follows:

Gold - Gunina Valentina (RUS) 
Silver - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Bronze - Ushenina Anna (UKR)



Official website


Rapid Day1: China and Georgia atop

Ranking after Round 4: Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 14 GM Wang Hao 2719 CHN 3½ 0 2 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2828 RUS 3 0 3 2 GM Aronian Levon 2813 ARM 2½ 0 4 7 GM Wang Yue 2765 CHN 2½ 0 5 9 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2739 AZE 2½ 0 6 6 GM Leko Peter 2773 HUN 2 0 7 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2738 UKR 2 0 8 8 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2763 CUB 2 0 9 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2811 UKR 2 0 10 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2728 FRA 2 0 11 15 GM Harikrishna P. 2701 IND 2 0 12 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2684 POL 1½ ½ 13 4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2801 RUS 1½ ½ 14 13 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR 1 0 15 11 GM Bacrot Etienne 2731 FRA 1 0 16 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 2776 AZE 1 0

Ranking after Round 4: Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2547 GEO 3½ 0 2 2 GM Hou Yifan 2600 CHN 3 0 3 9 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2505 RUS 2½ 0   11 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2485 GER 2½ 0 5 10 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 UKR 2½ 0 6 6 GM Gunina Valentina 2552 RUS 2½ 0 7 8 GM Muzychuk Anna 2546 UKR 2½ 0 8 12 GM Zhao Xue 2485 CHN 2½ 0 9 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2578 BUL 2 0 10 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2407 GEO 1½ 0 11 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2577 RUS 1½ 0 12 15 GM Harika Dronavalli 2421 IND 1½ 0 13 5 GM Ju Wenjun 2555 CHN 1½ 0 14 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2611 IND 1 0 15 14 GM Cramling Pia 2443 SWE 1 0 16 13 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2445 UKR ½ 0
Official website


Beijing in December may bring to mind the image of a cold city with - 5 degrees but with its inhabitants ready to stand snow and fire to successfully fulfil their duties. On this evening's agenda two major activities were red-lettered: the opening ceremony of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 and the technical meeting for the section dedicated to our beloved sport, chess.

Needless to say that the Chinese organizers didn't fail to accomplish what we all had expected: a beautiful opening ceremony, where all the high-end officials and sportsmen were ready to speak and smile into the cameras, followed by a generous dinner-buffet. The evening warmed everybody up and prepared the neurons of our favourite grandmasters to give their best in the first three rounds of tomorrow.


We are proud to have such ambassadors: Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk


In his speech, the SportAccord General Director, the Romanian Vlad Marinescu, highlighted the value of working together



And the first move in the Rapid event was made with the drawing of lots:

In the first round, both highest rated players in the men and women rapid lists will enjoy the white colour: Alexander Grischuk and Koneru Humpy will face Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Tatiana Kosintseva, respectively. The rate of play will be 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, so we can count on many worth following time troubles.

R1 Rapid pairings: men
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 0   0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 9 2 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 0   0 GM Aronian Levon 2 3 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 0   0 GM Bacrot Etienne 11 4 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 0   0 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 4 5 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 0   0 GM Gelfand Boris 13 6 14 GM Wang Hao 0   0 GM Leko Peter 6 7 7 GM Wang Yue 0   0 GM Harikrishna P. 15 8 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 0   0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 8

R1 Rapid pairings: women
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Koneru Humpy 0   0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 9 2 10 GM Ushenina Anna 0   0 GM Hou Yifan 2 3 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 0   0 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 11 4 12 GM Zhao Xue 0   0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 4 5 5 GM Ju Wenjun 0   0 IM Muzychuk Mariya 13 6 14 GM Cramling Pia 0   0 GM Gunina Valentina 6 7 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 0   0 GM Harika Dronavalli 15 8 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 0   0 GM Muzychuk Anna 8
Official website

SportAccord World Mind Games 2014: Blitz Day 2

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Blitz: Day 2

Ranking Crosstable after Round 20

Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2776 FRA 14 0 11 135.50 10 2 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2819 RUS 13 ½ 10 125.00 10 3 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2720 UKR 13 ½ 10 123.75 10 4 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2866 AZE 11½ 1 11 108.00 10 5 15 GM Aronian Levon 2850 ARM 11½ 1 8 106.25 10 6 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2715 AZE 11 0 8 108.50 10 7 9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2788 RUS 10½ 0 9 102.50 10 8 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2757 ISR 9½ 0 6 88.25 10 9 6 GM Wang Hao 2693 CHN 9 0 6 84.75 10 10 7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2758 UKR 8½ 2 6 79.75 10 11 3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2728 CUB 8½ 2 5 80.00 10 12 14 GM Leko Peter 2694 HUN 8½ 1 4 85.50 10 13 16 GM Harikrishna P. 2728 IND 8 2 5 80.00 10 14 13 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2743 POL 8 ½ 5 78.75 10 15 11 GM Wang Yue 2680 CHN 8 ½ 5 73.25 10 16 5 GM Bacrot Etienne 2739 FRA 7½ 0 5 74.25 10

Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 16 GM Hou Yifan 2662 CHN 15½ 0 14 149.25 10 2 13 GM Gunina Valentina 2582 RUS 14 0 13 124.00 10 3 10 GM Muzychuk Anna 2665 UKR 12 0 11 107.50 10 4 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2479 RUS 11½ 1½ 9 115.25 10 5 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2569 BUL 11½ ½ 7 112.50 10 6 12 GM Harika Dronavalli 2533 IND 11 2 8 87.25 10 7 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2591 GEO 11 0 9 100.50 10 8 8 GM Zhao Xue 2576 CHN 10½ 1 9 98.25 10 9 15 GM Koneru Humpy 2521 IND 10½ 0 6 89.00 10 10 14 GM Ju Wenjun 2469 CHN 9½ 0 7 76.25 10 11 11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2578 RUS 9 1 7 72.50 10 12 3 GM Ushenina Anna 2467 UKR 9 0 6 91.50 10 13 2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2522 GER 8½ 0 6 83.50 10 14 7 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2439 UKR 7 0 4 71.25 10 15 5 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 GEO 6½ 0 3 62.00 10 16 6 GM Cramling Pia 2433 SWE 3 0 1 27.50 10

Blitz: Day 1

Ranking Crosstable after Round 10

Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2720 UKR 7 0 5 35.00 5 2 15 GM Aronian Levon 2850 ARM 7 0 5 31.25 5 3 14 GM Leko Peter 2694 HUN 7 0 4 33.25 5 4 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2866 AZE 6 0 6 26.00 4 5 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2776 FRA 6 0 4 26.50 6 6 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2819 RUS 5½ 1 4 24.75 4 7 6 GM Wang Hao 2693 CHN 5½ 0 4 25.25 5 8 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2715 AZE 5 0 4 24.00 6 9 9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2788 RUS 4½ 0 4 22.50 6 10 16 GM Harikrishna P. 2728 IND 4½ 0 4 20.50 5 11 13 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2743 POL 4½ 0 4 16.50 6 12 3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2728 CUB 4½ 0 3 21.00 4 13 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2757 ISR 4½ 0 3 18.50 4 14 11 GM Wang Yue 2680 CHN 3 1 1 13.50 6 15 7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2758 UKR 3 0 1 17.00 5 16 5 GM Bacrot Etienne 2739 FRA 2½ 0 1 14.50 4

Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 16 GM Hou Yifan 2662 CHN 7 0 6 33.50 5 2 13 GM Gunina Valentina 2582 RUS 6½ 0 6 29.00 6 3 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2591 GEO 6 0 5 31.25 6 4 10 GM Muzychuk Anna 2665 UKR 6 0 5 29.25 6 5 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2569 BUL 6 0 4 28.00 4 6 3 GM Ushenina Anna 2467 UKR 6 0 4 27.25 4 7 14 GM Ju Wenjun 2469 CHN 5½ 0 4 23.75 5 8 15 GM Koneru Humpy 2521 IND 5½ 0 3 23.00 5 9 8 GM Zhao Xue 2576 CHN 5 0 4 27.00 5 10 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2479 RUS 5 0 3 22.00 4 11 11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2578 RUS 4½ 1 4 20.50 6 12 12 GM Harika Dronavalli 2533 IND 4½ 0 3 18.00 6 13 2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2522 GER 4 0 3 17.75 4 14 7 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2439 UKR 3½ 0 2 19.25 5 15 6 GM Cramling Pia 2433 SWE 3 0 1 13.00 5 16 5 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 GEO 2 0 0 10.00 4


The Rapid tournament within the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 is over.

Grischuk Alexander (RUS) became the winner of the tournament, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA) finished in the second place and Bronze medal went to Wang Hao (CHN).



In women section the winners are ranked as follows:

Gold - Gunina Valentina (RUS) 
Silver - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Bronze - Ushenina Anna (UKR)



Official website


Rapid Day1: China and Georgia atop

Ranking after Round 4: Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 14 GM Wang Hao 2719 CHN 3½ 0 2 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2828 RUS 3 0 3 2 GM Aronian Levon 2813 ARM 2½ 0 4 7 GM Wang Yue 2765 CHN 2½ 0 5 9 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2739 AZE 2½ 0 6 6 GM Leko Peter 2773 HUN 2 0 7 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2738 UKR 2 0 8 8 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2763 CUB 2 0 9 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2811 UKR 2 0 10 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2728 FRA 2 0 11 15 GM Harikrishna P. 2701 IND 2 0 12 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2684 POL 1½ ½ 13 4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2801 RUS 1½ ½ 14 13 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR 1 0 15 11 GM Bacrot Etienne 2731 FRA 1 0 16 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 2776 AZE 1 0

Ranking after Round 4: Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2547 GEO 3½ 0 2 2 GM Hou Yifan 2600 CHN 3 0 3 9 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2505 RUS 2½ 0   11 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2485 GER 2½ 0 5 10 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 UKR 2½ 0 6 6 GM Gunina Valentina 2552 RUS 2½ 0 7 8 GM Muzychuk Anna 2546 UKR 2½ 0 8 12 GM Zhao Xue 2485 CHN 2½ 0 9 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2578 BUL 2 0 10 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2407 GEO 1½ 0 11 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2577 RUS 1½ 0 12 15 GM Harika Dronavalli 2421 IND 1½ 0 13 5 GM Ju Wenjun 2555 CHN 1½ 0 14 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2611 IND 1 0 15 14 GM Cramling Pia 2443 SWE 1 0 16 13 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2445 UKR ½ 0
Official website


Beijing in December may bring to mind the image of a cold city with - 5 degrees but with its inhabitants ready to stand snow and fire to successfully fulfil their duties. On this evening's agenda two major activities were red-lettered: the opening ceremony of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 and the technical meeting for the section dedicated to our beloved sport, chess.

Needless to say that the Chinese organizers didn't fail to accomplish what we all had expected: a beautiful opening ceremony, where all the high-end officials and sportsmen were ready to speak and smile into the cameras, followed by a generous dinner-buffet. The evening warmed everybody up and prepared the neurons of our favourite grandmasters to give their best in the first three rounds of tomorrow.


We are proud to have such ambassadors: Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk


In his speech, the SportAccord General Director, the Romanian Vlad Marinescu, highlighted the value of working together



And the first move in the Rapid event was made with the drawing of lots:

In the first round, both highest rated players in the men and women rapid lists will enjoy the white colour: Alexander Grischuk and Koneru Humpy will face Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Tatiana Kosintseva, respectively. The rate of play will be 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, so we can count on many worth following time troubles.

R1 Rapid pairings: men
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 0   0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 9 2 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 0   0 GM Aronian Levon 2 3 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 0   0 GM Bacrot Etienne 11 4 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 0   0 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 4 5 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 0   0 GM Gelfand Boris 13 6 14 GM Wang Hao 0   0 GM Leko Peter 6 7 7 GM Wang Yue 0   0 GM Harikrishna P. 15 8 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 0   0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 8

R1 Rapid pairings: women
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Koneru Humpy 0   0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 9 2 10 GM Ushenina Anna 0   0 GM Hou Yifan 2 3 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 0   0 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 11 4 12 GM Zhao Xue 0   0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 4 5 5 GM Ju Wenjun 0   0 IM Muzychuk Mariya 13 6 14 GM Cramling Pia 0   0 GM Gunina Valentina 6 7 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 0   0 GM Harika Dronavalli 15 8 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 0   0 GM Muzychuk Anna 8
Official website

SportAccord World Mind Games 2014: Blitz Day 1

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Blitz: Day 1

Ranking Crosstable after Round 10

Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2720 UKR 7 0 5 35.00 5 2 15 GM Aronian Levon 2850 ARM 7 0 5 31.25 5 3 14 GM Leko Peter 2694 HUN 7 0 4 33.25 5 4 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2866 AZE 6 0 6 26.00 4 5 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2776 FRA 6 0 4 26.50 6 6 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2819 RUS 5½ 1 4 24.75 4 7 6 GM Wang Hao 2693 CHN 5½ 0 4 25.25 5 8 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2715 AZE 5 0 4 24.00 6 9 9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2788 RUS 4½ 0 4 22.50 6 10 16 GM Harikrishna P. 2728 IND 4½ 0 4 20.50 5 11 13 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2743 POL 4½ 0 4 16.50 6 12 3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2728 CUB 4½ 0 3 21.00 4 13 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2757 ISR 4½ 0 3 18.50 4 14 11 GM Wang Yue 2680 CHN 3 1 1 13.50 6 15 7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2758 UKR 3 0 1 17.00 5 16 5 GM Bacrot Etienne 2739 FRA 2½ 0 1 14.50 4

Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL 1 16 GM Hou Yifan 2662 CHN 7 0 6 33.50 5 2 13 GM Gunina Valentina 2582 RUS 6½ 0 6 29.00 6 3 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2591 GEO 6 0 5 31.25 6 4 10 GM Muzychuk Anna 2665 UKR 6 0 5 29.25 6 5 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2569 BUL 6 0 4 28.00 4 6 3 GM Ushenina Anna 2467 UKR 6 0 4 27.25 4 7 14 GM Ju Wenjun 2469 CHN 5½ 0 4 23.75 5 8 15 GM Koneru Humpy 2521 IND 5½ 0 3 23.00 5 9 8 GM Zhao Xue 2576 CHN 5 0 4 27.00 5 10 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2479 RUS 5 0 3 22.00 4 11 11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2578 RUS 4½ 1 4 20.50 6 12 12 GM Harika Dronavalli 2533 IND 4½ 0 3 18.00 6 13 2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2522 GER 4 0 3 17.75 4 14 7 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2439 UKR 3½ 0 2 19.25 5 15 6 GM Cramling Pia 2433 SWE 3 0 1 13.00 5 16 5 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 GEO 2 0 0 10.00 4


The Rapid tournament within the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 is over.

Grischuk Alexander (RUS) became the winner of the tournament, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA) finished in the second place and Bronze medal went to Wang Hao (CHN).



In women section the winners are ranked as follows:

Gold - Gunina Valentina (RUS) 
Silver - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Bronze - Ushenina Anna (UKR)



Official website


Rapid Day1: China and Georgia atop

Ranking after Round 4: Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 14 GM Wang Hao 2719 CHN 3½ 0 2 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2828 RUS 3 0 3 2 GM Aronian Levon 2813 ARM 2½ 0 4 7 GM Wang Yue 2765 CHN 2½ 0 5 9 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2739 AZE 2½ 0 6 6 GM Leko Peter 2773 HUN 2 0 7 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2738 UKR 2 0 8 8 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2763 CUB 2 0 9 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2811 UKR 2 0 10 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2728 FRA 2 0 11 15 GM Harikrishna P. 2701 IND 2 0 12 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2684 POL 1½ ½ 13 4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2801 RUS 1½ ½ 14 13 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR 1 0 15 11 GM Bacrot Etienne 2731 FRA 1 0 16 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 2776 AZE 1 0

Ranking after Round 4: Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2547 GEO 3½ 0 2 2 GM Hou Yifan 2600 CHN 3 0 3 9 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2505 RUS 2½ 0   11 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2485 GER 2½ 0 5 10 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 UKR 2½ 0 6 6 GM Gunina Valentina 2552 RUS 2½ 0 7 8 GM Muzychuk Anna 2546 UKR 2½ 0 8 12 GM Zhao Xue 2485 CHN 2½ 0 9 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2578 BUL 2 0 10 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2407 GEO 1½ 0 11 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2577 RUS 1½ 0 12 15 GM Harika Dronavalli 2421 IND 1½ 0 13 5 GM Ju Wenjun 2555 CHN 1½ 0 14 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2611 IND 1 0 15 14 GM Cramling Pia 2443 SWE 1 0 16 13 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2445 UKR ½ 0
Official website


Beijing in December may bring to mind the image of a cold city with - 5 degrees but with its inhabitants ready to stand snow and fire to successfully fulfil their duties. On this evening's agenda two major activities were red-lettered: the opening ceremony of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 and the technical meeting for the section dedicated to our beloved sport, chess.

Needless to say that the Chinese organizers didn't fail to accomplish what we all had expected: a beautiful opening ceremony, where all the high-end officials and sportsmen were ready to speak and smile into the cameras, followed by a generous dinner-buffet. The evening warmed everybody up and prepared the neurons of our favourite grandmasters to give their best in the first three rounds of tomorrow.


We are proud to have such ambassadors: Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk


In his speech, the SportAccord General Director, the Romanian Vlad Marinescu, highlighted the value of working together



And the first move in the Rapid event was made with the drawing of lots:

In the first round, both highest rated players in the men and women rapid lists will enjoy the white colour: Alexander Grischuk and Koneru Humpy will face Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Tatiana Kosintseva, respectively. The rate of play will be 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, so we can count on many worth following time troubles.

R1 Rapid pairings: men
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 0   0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 9 2 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 0   0 GM Aronian Levon 2 3 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 0   0 GM Bacrot Etienne 11 4 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 0   0 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 4 5 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 0   0 GM Gelfand Boris 13 6 14 GM Wang Hao 0   0 GM Leko Peter 6 7 7 GM Wang Yue 0   0 GM Harikrishna P. 15 8 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 0   0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 8

R1 Rapid pairings: women
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Koneru Humpy 0   0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 9 2 10 GM Ushenina Anna 0   0 GM Hou Yifan 2 3 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 0   0 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 11 4 12 GM Zhao Xue 0   0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 4 5 5 GM Ju Wenjun 0   0 IM Muzychuk Mariya 13 6 14 GM Cramling Pia 0   0 GM Gunina Valentina 6 7 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 0   0 GM Harika Dronavalli 15 8 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 0   0 GM Muzychuk Anna 8
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SportAccord World Mind Games 2014: Rapid winners

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The Rapid tournament within the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 is over.

Grischuk Alexander (RUS) became the winner of the tournament, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA) finished in the second place and Bronze medal went to Wang Hao (CHN).



In women section the winners are ranked as follows:

Gold - Ushenina Anna (UKR)
Silver - Hou Yifan (CHN)
Bronze - Gunina Valentina (RUS)



Official website


Rapid Day1: China and Georgia atop

Ranking after Round 4: Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 14 GM Wang Hao 2719 CHN 3½ 0 2 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2828 RUS 3 0 3 2 GM Aronian Levon 2813 ARM 2½ 0 4 7 GM Wang Yue 2765 CHN 2½ 0 5 9 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2739 AZE 2½ 0 6 6 GM Leko Peter 2773 HUN 2 0 7 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2738 UKR 2 0 8 8 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2763 CUB 2 0 9 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2811 UKR 2 0 10 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2728 FRA 2 0 11 15 GM Harikrishna P. 2701 IND 2 0 12 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2684 POL 1½ ½ 13 4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2801 RUS 1½ ½ 14 13 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR 1 0 15 11 GM Bacrot Etienne 2731 FRA 1 0 16 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 2776 AZE 1 0

Ranking after Round 4: Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2547 GEO 3½ 0 2 2 GM Hou Yifan 2600 CHN 3 0 3 9 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2505 RUS 2½ 0   11 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2485 GER 2½ 0 5 10 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 UKR 2½ 0 6 6 GM Gunina Valentina 2552 RUS 2½ 0 7 8 GM Muzychuk Anna 2546 UKR 2½ 0 8 12 GM Zhao Xue 2485 CHN 2½ 0 9 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2578 BUL 2 0 10 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2407 GEO 1½ 0 11 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2577 RUS 1½ 0 12 15 GM Harika Dronavalli 2421 IND 1½ 0 13 5 GM Ju Wenjun 2555 CHN 1½ 0 14 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2611 IND 1 0 15 14 GM Cramling Pia 2443 SWE 1 0 16 13 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2445 UKR ½ 0
Official website


Beijing in December may bring to mind the image of a cold city with - 5 degrees but with its inhabitants ready to stand snow and fire to successfully fulfil their duties. On this evening's agenda two major activities were red-lettered: the opening ceremony of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 and the technical meeting for the section dedicated to our beloved sport, chess.

Needless to say that the Chinese organizers didn't fail to accomplish what we all had expected: a beautiful opening ceremony, where all the high-end officials and sportsmen were ready to speak and smile into the cameras, followed by a generous dinner-buffet. The evening warmed everybody up and prepared the neurons of our favourite grandmasters to give their best in the first three rounds of tomorrow.


We are proud to have such ambassadors: Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk


In his speech, the SportAccord General Director, the Romanian Vlad Marinescu, highlighted the value of working together



And the first move in the Rapid event was made with the drawing of lots:

In the first round, both highest rated players in the men and women rapid lists will enjoy the white colour: Alexander Grischuk and Koneru Humpy will face Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Tatiana Kosintseva, respectively. The rate of play will be 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, so we can count on many worth following time troubles.

R1 Rapid pairings: men
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 0   0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 9 2 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 0   0 GM Aronian Levon 2 3 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 0   0 GM Bacrot Etienne 11 4 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 0   0 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 4 5 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 0   0 GM Gelfand Boris 13 6 14 GM Wang Hao 0   0 GM Leko Peter 6 7 7 GM Wang Yue 0   0 GM Harikrishna P. 15 8 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 0   0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 8

R1 Rapid pairings: women
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Koneru Humpy 0   0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 9 2 10 GM Ushenina Anna 0   0 GM Hou Yifan 2 3 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 0   0 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 11 4 12 GM Zhao Xue 0   0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 4 5 5 GM Ju Wenjun 0   0 IM Muzychuk Mariya 13 6 14 GM Cramling Pia 0   0 GM Gunina Valentina 6 7 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 0   0 GM Harika Dronavalli 15 8 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 0   0 GM Muzychuk Anna 8
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SportAccord World Mind Games 2014: Day 1 of Rapid

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Rapid Day1: China and Georgia atop

Ranking after Round 4: Men

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 14 GM Wang Hao 2719 CHN 3½ 0 2 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 2828 RUS 3 0 3 2 GM Aronian Levon 2813 ARM 2½ 0 4 7 GM Wang Yue 2765 CHN 2½ 0 5 9 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2739 AZE 2½ 0 6 6 GM Leko Peter 2773 HUN 2 0 7 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2738 UKR 2 0 8 8 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2763 CUB 2 0 9 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2811 UKR 2 0 10 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2728 FRA 2 0 11 15 GM Harikrishna P. 2701 IND 2 0 12 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2684 POL 1½ ½ 13 4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2801 RUS 1½ ½ 14 13 GM Gelfand Boris 2719 ISR 1 0 15 11 GM Bacrot Etienne 2731 FRA 1 0 16 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 2776 AZE 1 0

Ranking after Round 4: Women

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. 1 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2547 GEO 3½ 0 2 2 GM Hou Yifan 2600 CHN 3 0 3 9 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2505 RUS 2½ 0   11 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2485 GER 2½ 0 5 10 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 UKR 2½ 0 6 6 GM Gunina Valentina 2552 RUS 2½ 0 7 8 GM Muzychuk Anna 2546 UKR 2½ 0 8 12 GM Zhao Xue 2485 CHN 2½ 0 9 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2578 BUL 2 0 10 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2407 GEO 1½ 0 11 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2577 RUS 1½ 0 12 15 GM Harika Dronavalli 2421 IND 1½ 0 13 5 GM Ju Wenjun 2555 CHN 1½ 0 14 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2611 IND 1 0 15 14 GM Cramling Pia 2443 SWE 1 0 16 13 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2445 UKR ½ 0
Official website


Beijing in December may bring to mind the image of a cold city with - 5 degrees but with its inhabitants ready to stand snow and fire to successfully fulfil their duties. On this evening's agenda two major activities were red-lettered: the opening ceremony of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 and the technical meeting for the section dedicated to our beloved sport, chess.

Needless to say that the Chinese organizers didn't fail to accomplish what we all had expected: a beautiful opening ceremony, where all the high-end officials and sportsmen were ready to speak and smile into the cameras, followed by a generous dinner-buffet. The evening warmed everybody up and prepared the neurons of our favourite grandmasters to give their best in the first three rounds of tomorrow.


We are proud to have such ambassadors: Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk


In his speech, the SportAccord General Director, the Romanian Vlad Marinescu, highlighted the value of working together



And the first move in the Rapid event was made with the drawing of lots:

In the first round, both highest rated players in the men and women rapid lists will enjoy the white colour: Alexander Grischuk and Koneru Humpy will face Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Tatiana Kosintseva, respectively. The rate of play will be 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, so we can count on many worth following time troubles.

R1 Rapid pairings: men
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 0   0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 9 2 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 0   0 GM Aronian Levon 2 3 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 0   0 GM Bacrot Etienne 11 4 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 0   0 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 4 5 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 0   0 GM Gelfand Boris 13 6 14 GM Wang Hao 0   0 GM Leko Peter 6 7 7 GM Wang Yue 0   0 GM Harikrishna P. 15 8 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 0   0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 8

R1 Rapid pairings: women
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Koneru Humpy 0   0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 9 2 10 GM Ushenina Anna 0   0 GM Hou Yifan 2 3 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 0   0 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 11 4 12 GM Zhao Xue 0   0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 4 5 5 GM Ju Wenjun 0   0 IM Muzychuk Mariya 13 6 14 GM Cramling Pia 0   0 GM Gunina Valentina 6 7 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 0   0 GM Harika Dronavalli 15 8 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 0   0 GM Muzychuk Anna 8
Official website

SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 opens in Beijing, China

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Beijing in December may bring to mind the image of a cold city with -5 degrees but with its inhabitants ready to stand snow and fire to successfully fulfil their duties. On this evening's agenda two major activities were red-lettered: the opening ceremony of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 and the technical meeting for the section dedicated to our beloved sport, chess.

Needless to say that the Chinese organizers didn't fail to accomplish what we all had expected: a beautiful opening ceremony, where all the high-end officials and sportsmen were ready to speak and smile into the cameras, followed by a generous dinner-buffet. The evening warmed everybody up and prepared the neurons of our favourite grandmasters to give their best in the first three rounds of tomorrow.


We are proud to have such ambassadors: Hou Yifan and Alexandra Kosteniuk


In his speech, the SportAccord General Director, the Romanian Vlad Marinescu, highlighted the value of working together



And the first move in the Rapid event was made with the drawing of lots:

In the first round, both highest rated players in the men and women rapid lists will enjoy the white colour: Alexander Grischuk and Koneru Humpy will face Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Tatiana Kosintseva, respectively. The rate of play will be 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, so we can count on many worth following time troubles.

R1 Rapid pairings: men
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Grischuk Alexander 0   0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 9 2 10 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 0   0 GM Aronian Levon 2 3 3 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 0   0 GM Bacrot Etienne 11 4 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 0   0 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 4 5 5 GM Radjabov Teimour 0   0 GM Gelfand Boris 13 6 14 GM Wang Hao 0   0 GM Leko Peter 6 7 7 GM Wang Yue 0   0 GM Harikrishna P. 15 8 16 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 0   0 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 8

R1 Rapid pairings: women
Bo. SNo.   Name Pts Res. Pts   Name SNo. 1 1 GM Koneru Humpy 0   0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 9 2 10 GM Ushenina Anna 0   0 GM Hou Yifan 2 3 3 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 0   0 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 11 4 12 GM Zhao Xue 0   0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 4 5 5 GM Ju Wenjun 0   0 IM Muzychuk Mariya 13 6 14 GM Cramling Pia 0   0 GM Gunina Valentina 6 7 7 GM Dzagnidze Nana 0   0 GM Harika Dronavalli 15 8 16 GM Khotenashvili Bela 0   0 GM Muzychuk Anna 8
Official website

New Policy towards Federations in Arrears

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As was approved by the Presidential Board in Sochi, there will be a new procedure regarding Federations more than six months in arrears.

The present policy is that every six months at 30th June and 31st December, those countries that are deemed by the Treasurer to be more than six months in arrears, have services withdrawn and their players not listed on the FIDE website, until the arrears are paid.

The new policy, which comes into immediate effect, is that on 31st December the Treasurer lists on the FIDE website those countries that are deemed to be over six months in arrears. Until the arrears have been paid off, players from these Federations cannot participate in any FIDE events that are under the aegis of a) the World Championship & Olympiad Commission or Events Commission, b) Continental competitions that provide qualifiers to any of the aforesaid competitions. Their names will still be listed on the FIDE website.

Anti-Cheating Guidelines

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Anti-Cheating Guidelines prepared by the FIDE/ACP Anti-Cheating Committee and approved by the FIDE Presidential Board in Sochi (November 2014)

Inadvertently an old draft has been published.

The final document can be found here.

The approved document contains the first list of recommendation from the Committee, prepared in co-operation with the Rules, Abiters, Ethics and other FIDE Commissions. It contains several measures to prevent cheating, among them new recommendations and instructions for arbiters, a new system to follow games  and find computer cheating and a new set of punishments.

FIDE President in Kazan

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On November 27, the FIDE President arrived to Kazan, Russia, where he participated in the opening ceremony of the Russian Championship Finals. The opening ceremony was held in the Kazan City Hall. At the ceremony, also present were Mintimer Shaimiev, the Tatarstan State Advisor, Senior Advisor to FIDE President, Igor Levitin, Advisor to the President of Russia, Anatoly Karpov, the 12th World Chess Champion, and Maria Morozova, the General Director of the Timchenko Foundation.


FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov


Igor Levitin, Advisor to the President of Russia

World Amateur Chess Championship 2015

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The World Amateur Chess Championships will be held in Porto Carras, Halkidiki, Greece on the northern coast of the Aegean Sea. The dates are 13 April (arrivals, technical meeting) to 22 April 2015 (departures).

REGULATIONS (pdf)


Registration: Entries must be sent by 27 February 2015 to the email fidewacc2015@gmail.com or to the fax number (+30) 2641500112.

Tournament Director
FIDE IO Nikos Kalesis:
Tel. (+30) 6938326161
Fax (+30) 2641500112
Email: fidewacc2015@gmail.com
Website: http://worldamateur2015.fide.com/

Closing Ceremony of the World Chess Championship Match

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Vladimir Putin took part in the closing ceremony of the 2014 match to determine the World Chess Champion.

The President congratulated the Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen on his victory over the Indian chess player Viswanathan Anand.

After the ceremony, Vladimir Putin spoke to the finalists.

The match to determine the World Chess Champion was held in Sochi on November 7-23.


PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN:

Friends, I would first like to congratulate Magnus Carlsen on his victory. Congratulations! This victory allows you to retain the title of World Chess Champion.

I would also like to thank Viswanathan Anand for the wonderful game we will all remember.

This match between the two strongest grandmasters of the planet has truly become the focal point of the entire world chess championship. Millions of chess fans from all over the world followed it. As I have just been told, this was about 2 million people in over 100 countries every day. I am certain that the honest and fierce struggle of two equal and respectable players has met the expectations of millions of fans across the globe.

Chess is fairly considered an important part of world culture. In Russia it has traditionally enjoyed special respect.

We are happy and proud that the Olympic city of Sochi hosted the decisive match for the world chess crown.

This city is filled with a festive atmosphere of sports and competition, and the participants in this match have demonstrated the same qualities as the Olympic athletes did during the Winter Olympics.

The match to determine the World Chess Champion will definitely serve to further develop chess in Russia and the world at large.

We in Russia have a special love for chess. Let me remind you that this country gave the world ten champions.

We have about 540 thousand people doing this sport, while the number of those who like to spend their free time over a game of chess runs into millions.

Once again, my congratulations to Magnus Carlsen on his outstanding victory! I wish you success!

Thank you for your attention. I would like to ask the President of the World Chess Federation to present the awards.


Source: http://eng.kremlin.ru/



Magnus Carlsen wins the World Championship Match

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Magnus Carlsen wins the World Championship Match after game 11.

Game 11: Carlsen 1 - Anand 0

The overall score after the game 11 is Carlsen 6.5 - Anand 4.5.


Game 10

The tenth game of the Carlsen-Anand Match ended in a draw.

The overall score after the tenth game is Carlsen 5.5 - Anand 4.5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The match score is now 5.5-4.5 in Carlsen's favor. The eleventh game is played on Sunday, November 23rd at 15:00 local time. Magnus Carlsen plays White. Admission is free of charge. The official website of the championship http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/ broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English.

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


www.sochi2014.fide.com/


Game 9

The ninth game of the Carlsen-Anand Match ended in a draw.

The overall score after the ninth game is Carlsen 5 - Anand 4.

The ninth game of the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Viswanathan Anand (India) was played on November 20th in the Main Media Center in Sochi. The World Champion had White.

The players went for the Berlin Variation of the Ruy Lopez, the same opening that occurred in the seventh game. That game ended in a draw on 122nd move, and Anand was on the ropes for the most part of it. This time the scenario was completely different.

The Norwegian deviated from the seventh game on the move 11. Apparently he was confident the opponent analyzed their previous game carefully and will make a draw with ease. However, his new move also did not surprise Anand, who demonstrated a paradoxical idea: he developed the light-squared bishop to a6 first, provoking an active centralizing move of the white knight, and modestly retreated the bishop from a6 to b7 on the next move.

At first glance such waste of a tempo looked like a complete ignorance to the opening principle of not moving the same piece twice. Black was still undeveloped and his king was stuck in the center. According to the same general principles White opened the central files immediately in order to get to the enemy king, however Anand turned out really well prepared for such course of events. His king was surprisingly secure, while the pieces quickly joined the action. Carlsen realized that White has no opening advantage, and if the game continues, Black can seize the initiative thanks to his bishop pair. Therefore White utilized an opportunity to force a draw by perpetual.

Magnus Carlsen acknowledged that his opponent was better prepared in the opening and added: “Always better to be able to press with White, but draw is okay with the current score in the match”.

Vishy Anand: “An easy draw with Black is good for confidence, I just have to press harder with White”.

The match score is now 5-4 in Carlsen's favor. The tenth game is played on Friday, November 21st at 15:00 local time. Viswanathan Anand plays White. Admission is free of charge. The official website of the championship www.sochi2014.fide.com broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English.


Game 8

The eighth game of the Carlsen-Anand Match ended in a draw.

The overall score after the eighth game is Carlsen 4.5 - Anand 3.5.



The eighth game of the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Viswanathan Anand (India) was played on November 18th in the Main Media Center in Sochi. The former champion had White.

So far the players demonstrate exceptional devotion to their first move – Magnus Carlsen begins all his games with the king's pawn advance, while Vishy Anand prefers to push the queen's pawn. This time the Norwegian grandmaster responded by the Queen's Gambit, but on the move 6 deviated from the variation that occurred in the third game. In that game Carlsen failed to solve his opening problems, and Anand eventually won.

The line played by Magnus is considered quite risky and did not occur at the highest level for a while. However, the World Champion prepared a strong novelty that will probably lead to a re-evaluation of the whole variation. Anand consumed a lot of time in the opening, but did not find obvious flaws in Black's setup, and rejected the most ambitious plan connected with castling long. In the subsequent game he also went for the safest options without creating too much trouble for his opponent. Naturally, Anand took for granted that his opponent carefully analyzed everything at home. During the early phase of the game Carlsen almost did not think on his moves. For most of the game White had an hour less on the clocks than Black.

Following mass exchanges, a minor piece opening with a symbolic advantage to White arose. Magnus Carlsen demonstrated a certain degree of accuracy, and a draw was agreed on the move 41.

Vishy Anand: “I didn't get much from this one, but there are still two games with white pieces.”

According to Magnus Carlsen, he was not in the best physical shape early in the game, but got some energy later. Answering about the doping test (that takes place today), the World Champion was sarcastic: “Doping control is always a nice surprise.”

A seniors rapid tournament funded by the Russian Chess Federation finished today in the V. Dvorkovich Saloon, which is open in the Main Media Center during the match. A well-known trainer Alexander Zakharov (Rostov-on-Don) took the first place with 8 out of 9.

The score of Carlsen-Anand is now 4.5-3.5 in the champion's favor. Tomorrow, November 19th, is a rest day. The ninth game is played on Thursday, November 20th, at 15:00 local time. Magnus Carlsen has White.

Admission is free of charge. The official website of the championship http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/ broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English.

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

Game 7

The seventh game of the Carlsen-Anand Match ended in a draw.

The overall score after the seventh game is Carlsen 4 - Anand 3.



The seventh game of the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Viswanathan Anand (India) was played on November 17th in the Main Media Center in Sochi. This game started a second half of the match, and, according to the regulations, the players played with the same color as in the sixth game. Thus, the World Champion had White.

For the fourth time in this match Magnus opened the game with е2-е4. Vishy Anand rejected the Sicilian defence, in which he had suffered a loss two days before, and replied by 1…е5. The Ruy Lopez had already occurred in the Sochi match, but this time Carlsen did not avoid the principled theoretical discussion in the Berlin Variation. For the first 25 moves the players followed Giri-Radjabov game, played just two weeks before at the FIDE Grand Prix in Tashkent. That game ended in a draw, however, the computer shows that White's play could be improved. We did not have a chance to see what Carlsen prepared, because the ex-World champion was first to deviate.

However, the game tempo did not slow down even after Anand's novelty – clearly such course of events did not surprise Carlsen. White sacrificed a pawn, obtaining very active pieces in return – his rook was on the 7th rank, and the knight settled on f5. Anand thought for 35 minutes on his 31st move and made a very committal decision to sacrifice his bishop for two pawns, intending to set up a fortress. Later at the press conference the former World Champion said he found this plan at the board, although he had seen similar positions successfully defended before.

Carlsen's task was to trade the rooks and keep his two pawns from exchanges. However, it was hard to achieve, as the black rook was not allowing the white knight settling in the centre, while supporting с2-с4 would expose the white king. Eventually Carlsen was forced to put a pawn on c4, because he could not make progress otherwise, but Black advanced his pawn to b5 and activated the king, threatening to exchange all the pawns. Soon Anand managed to simplify the position, achieving a book draw with a rook against a rook and knight.

The World Champion kept playing, trying to utilize minimal practical chances for a win. However, Anand demonstrated the required accuracy, and the game ended in a draw on the 122nd move, just three moves short from breaking the record for the longest World Championship game. The fifth game of the match between Anatoly Karpov and Victor Korchnoi in Baguio, 1978, ended in a draw in the 124th move.

Magnus said at the press conference that he was convinced that there would be a way to win the endgame after black's sacrifice. However, soon he realized that he could not make progress without pushing c4, which gave Black counterplay.

Vishy Anand was asked if it was frustrating to defend for so long. “It is not frustrating if I get a draw in the end”, replied the ex-World Champion.

The score in Carlsen-Anand match is now 4-3 in Carlsen's favor. The eighth game is played on Tuesday, November 18th, at 15:00. Anand has White. Admission is free of charge. The official website of the championship http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/ broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English.


Game 6: Carlsen — Anand   1 - 0

The overall score after the sixth game is Anand 2.5 - Carlsen 3.5



The sixth game of the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Viswanathan Anand (India) was played on November 15th in the Main Media Center in Sochi. The World Champion had White.

Carlsen was true to himself and opened the game with е2-е4. Anand went for the Sicilian defense with 2…е6, like in the game four. This time Carlsen did not deviate from the main theory, and soon the players arrived at the fashionable position of the Kan Sicilian. White can handle it in many different ways – either launch a direct attack, or use a more positional approach. The World Champion opted for the latter, allowing Black to develop his minor pieces quickly and create some pressure against White's center.

As it often happens in games with early tension, it continued with multiple exchanges, and transposed to an ending with a small advantage to White. Anand maneuvered skilfully and created a tricky defensive setup: White could win a pawn on almost every move, but Black would gain sufficient counterplay every time.

Carlsen continued to strengthen his position, but suddenly committed a blunder on the move 26, giving Anand a chance to deliver a simple tactical blow, collecting two pawns. Anand, however, did not notice this chance and made an indifferent move fairly quickly. The World Champion lifted his head, found that his blunder was forgiven, and lowered his head again for about 10 seconds. At this very moment Anand realized their mutual errors, and it was a tough mental blow for him.

The rest of the game was played very accurately by Magnus, while Anand did not defend perfectly, and his position was ruined even before the time control. The World Champion won the game and took the lead in the match.

Vishy Anand: “When you don't expect a gift, you don't look for it”.

According to Magnus Carlsen, if 26…Nxe5 was played, the World Championship match might have been lost for him. After the blunder Anand started to play less confidently – the missed chance clearly affected his morale. The ex-World Champion agreed with this assessment.

Thus, the score in Carlsen-Anand match is now 3.5-2.5 in Carlsen's favor. Sunday, November 16th is a day off. The seventh game is played on November 17th at 15.00. According to the regulations, the players don't change color of their pieces in the 7th game, so Magnus Carlsen once again plays White. Admission is free of charge. The official website of the championship http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/ broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English.


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Game 5

The Fifth Game of the Carlsen-Anand Match Ended in a Draw.

The Match Score Remains Tied – 2.5-2.5


The fifth game of the World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Viswanathan Anand (India) was played on November 14th in the Main Media Center in Sochi. The Indian grandmaster had White.



Arkady Dvorkovich, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister and the chairman of the organizing committee made a symbolic first move. Later during the press conference Mr. Dvorkovich expressed his gratitude towards those who prepared and carried out the match. “We are grateful to the Russian Chess Federation, the leadership of Krasnodar Krai, and our business partners – Summa Group, Gazprom, Fosagro company, Togliattiazot and others. We also thank our information sponsors and all media covering the match”, underscored the Deputy Prime Minister.

For the third time in this match Vishy Anand started the game with a queen's pawn advance. Magnus Carlsen changed his opening again, this time opting for the Queen's Indian defense. Interestingly, we are yet to see the same opening twice in this match.

The opening moves were played quickly – obviously, both players paid close attention to this line during the preparation. The first critical moment arose on the move 17, when Anand had a choice: to push his passed pawn forward or to exchange it. The former is riskier, because an advanced pawn can also turn into a weakness. The ex-World Champion decided to exchange it, aiming only at a minimal advantage. He indeed obtained a slight plus, because his bishop was superior to the opponent's knight. However, the material was very limited, so a draw looked very likely.

On the move 27 Anand could avoid further simplifications, maintaining slight pressure. However, after serious thought he decided that his winning chances are negligible in any case, and went for a quick draw.

The score of the Carlsen-Anand match remains tied – 2.5-2.5. The sixth game is played on Saturday, November 15th at 15:00 local time. Magnus Carlsen has White. Admission is free of charge. The official website of the championship http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/  broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English.

Game 4

Magnus Carlsen 0.5  - 0.5 Viswanathan Anand

The match score is still even – 2-2

The fourth game of the FIDE World Chess Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand was played in the Main Media Center in Sochi on November, 12th. The World Champion had White.

Carlsen started the game with 1.e4, same as in the second game of the Match. Anand deviated from the Ruy Lopez and went for an opening considered more aggressive – the Sicilian. Judging by the speed of White's play, Magnus was prepared for this course of events. On the move 3 he opted for a modest, but poisonous plan with the kingside fianchetto. With this move White does not claim an opening advantage, putting more emphasize on the middlegame. Such strategy often brought success to the World Champion, who is justly considered one of the best technicians of modern chess.

The opening choice of his opponent did not surprise Anand. Black had a wide choice of plans, but the former champion quickly made up his mind. A standard situation with an isolated pawn on d5 arose, in return Black obtained good piece play. In a few moves in a dynamically equal position Anand faced a choice: a more active move, trying to seize the initiative, or a more passive one, leading to a slightly worse position. He went for the latter.

After multiple exchanges Black was left with weak pawns on the queenside, but utilizing it was difficult for White, because his own king needed protection. As usual, the World Champion kept playing as long as he had the slightest chance, but Anand was accurate, and the players agreed to a draw on the move 47.



At the press-conference Magnus Carlsen said that the last two games have been pretty bad and he has to improve. Answering about differences between this match and their first match in Chennai, he joked: “In Chennai after four games the score was 2-2, here also the score is 2-2, so there is no difference”.

Vishy Anand: “The position was very complex, but I was not worried at any particular moment, except when I had to find 41...Qd2”.

The match score remains even – 2-2. Thursday, November 13th is a day off. The fifth game is played on Friday, November 14th, Anand plays White. Admission is free of charge. The official website of the championship http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/ broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English.

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

Tomorrow the V. Dvorkovich Saloon in the Main Media Center in Sochi hosts the Tal Memorial blitz tournament. It is a two-day double round round-robin with $100,000 prize fund, attended by 12 super grandmasters: Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Alexander Morozevich, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexandra Kosteniuk (all – Russia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Peter Leko (Hungary), and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan). The live broadcasting can be found at the official site http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/.


Game 3

The score is now tied 1.5-1.5

The third game of the World Chess Championship match between the World Champion Magnus Carlsen and former World Champion Vishwanathan Anand was played in the Main Media Center in Sochi on November, 11th. The Indian grandmaster had White.

Magnus Carlsen decided not to continue the opening discussion in the Gruenfeld defense and went for the classic Queen's Gambit. The players entered a fashionable line, in which White develops his bishop to f4 and advances a pawn to c5 rather early. The former World Champion Alexander Khalifman commented the opening stage as follows:



– The 7…Nh5 is considered a safer continuation, planning to get rid of the dark-squared bishops. 7…с6, as Magnus played, allows a dangerous forced line: White sacrifices a pawn and creates a strong passed pawn on c7. I analyzed this variation extensively, and concluded that Black barely holds, often on various tactical tricks.

The first 16 or 17 moves were played very fast, but then the champion slowed down considerably. Clearly, he mixed up something and could not demonstrate his home analysis properly. The time on his clock was running out, and his position kept deteriorating. Anand played very precisely and obtained a significant advantage. His 26.Rc6! was particularly strong. After this move Carlsen started to worry about losing the game. He tried to complicate things, but Anand avoided all the traps and converted his advantage into a full point. This is a first victory of Anand against Carlsen in a classical game in the last four years.

Peter Svidler shared his thoughts about this game:

– Vishy got an advantage and very accurately turned it into a victory. It was noticeable that he tried hard not to rush things and not to look at the clock at all. A very important victory by Anand! The match basically starts over.

The match score is now tied – 1.5-1.5. The fourth game is played on Wednesday, November 12th, the World Champion has White. Admission is free of charge; spectators have an opportunity to follow a live grandmaster commentary or to play speed chess with a unique chess robot, developed by Konstantin Kosteniuk. The official website of the championship http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/ broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English.

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Game 2

Magnus Carlsen 1 - 0 Viswanathan Anand


The second game of the World Chess Championship match between the champion Magnus Carlsen and the former champion Vishwanathan Anand took place in the Main Media Center in Sochi on November 9th. The Norwegian grandmaster played White.

In the opening Magnus Carlsen showed a new idea aimed against the Berlin variation, which is currently the most dreadful line for those who like to start the game with е2-е4. Vishy Anand successfully rearranged his pieces and obtained a solid and safe position. However, such course of events apparently made Anand too relaxed, as later the Indian started making superficial and inaccurate moves. The World Champion found a very energetic plan – he transferred the queenside rook on the kingside and created a direct attack against the king.

White's strategy looked very straightforward and obvious, but it turned out difficult for Black to parry the threats. At the press-conference Anand blamed his 18th move and suggested 18…Qf7 instead, pushing the opponent's queen away from its strong position. Carlsen agreed with him, saying he did not obtain much out of the opening apart from slight initiative. However, after 19.Rg3 he already was quite optimistic.

The computer considers Black's 20th move a nearly decisive error, as after it Anand was forced to defend a hopeless position. However, the only defense (20…Kh8) looks very unnatural for a human player. During the subsequent game Anand could defend more tenaciously, but the problems he had to solve were severe in any case. The World Champion converted his advantage in a calm manner, without forcing the events.

The match score is currently 1.5-0.5 in Carlsen's favor. Monday, November 10th is a day off. Both players said they will relax and do some sport.



The third game is played on Tuesday, November 11th. Vishy Anand has White. Admission is free of charge; spectators have an opportunity to follow a live grandmaster commentary or to play speed chess with a unique chess robot, developed by Konstantin Kosteniuk. The official website of the championship http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/ broadcasts live grandmaster commentary in Russian and English.

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

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Game 1

Magnus Carlsen 1/2  - 1/2 Viswanathan Anand 

The first game of the World Chess Championship between the World Champion Magnus Carlsen and the contender and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand was played in the Main Media Center in Sochi on November 8th, 2014. The Indian grandmaster played White. Igor Levitin, the adviser of the Russian President, made a symbolic first move.

Facing the queen's pawn advance, Magnus Carlsen opted for the double-edged Gruenfeld defense, which often leads to very sharp positions with active piece play. Vishy Anand, however, preferred a quieter plan, playing a modest, but rather poisonous continuation, where he prepared a new idea. The World Champion consumed a lot of time, but was unable to completely equalize in the opening.

As usual, Carlsen defended very tenaciously and successfully rearranged his pieces. Trying to maintain the evaporating initiative, Anand rejected trading the queens with an equal ending, but overestimated his chances. Black managed to trade White's strong bishop and got an advantage – Carlsen had a better pawn structure, and his king was safer.

As Anand confessed at the press conference after the game, he even started to worry about losing. White's position was getting worse, and on the 42nd move Carlsen had a strong maneuver that could create White serious problems. However, the World Champion missed it. Anand secured his king, transferred the queen to the center and forced a draw with a perpetual check.

The second game is played on Sunday, November 9th. Magnus Carlsen has White. The admission is free of charge; spectators have an opportunity to follow a live grandmaster commentary or to play speed chess with a unique chess robot, developed by Konstantin Kosteniuk. The V. Dvorkovich Saloon is already open, too; today it hosted the first round of the junior Tournament of champion and a simul of the Olympiad champion Olga Girya.

The official website of the championship http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/  broadcasts live grandmaster commentary by Sergey Shipov and Alexandra Kosteniuk (in Russian) and Peter Svidler and Sopiko Guramishvili (in English).

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



The 2014 FIDE World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand started today at the Olympic Media Center in Sochi.
The ceremonial first move was made by the adviser of the Russian President Igor Levitin, in the presence of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

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The official opening ceremony of the World Chess Championship match between the reigning champion Magnus Calsen (Norway) and the challenger and former World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) took place at the Congress Hall of the Radisson Blu hotel in Sochi on November 7th, 2014.

The ceremony was attended by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Russian Chess Federation President Andrey Filatov, the adviser of the Russian President Igor Levitin, former World Champions Boris Spassky, Nona Gaprindashvili, Anatoly Karpov, Alexander Khalifman, Zhu Chen, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russian deputy minister of sports Pavel Kolobkov, and other officials and famous chess players. Russian People's Artist Sergey Makovetsky and Alexandra Kosteniuk were hosts of the ceremony.



Igor Levitin read out the welcome address of the Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“Russia deserves the honour of holding this important and prestigious event. Our country has won wide recognition for its chess school and has extensive experience at holding events of this level, all the more so as this championship match is taking place in Sochi, which hosted the Winter Olympics earlier this year.

I am confident that Sochi’s developed sports, transport and tourism infrastructure and the traditional hospitality of its residents will ensure that this event takes place at the highest standard and will enable the competitors – Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand – to demonstrate the full measure of their skill and ability to find original solutions to the most complex tasks and show that they are worthy rivals in this battle for the chess world’s crown.” 

Read full welcome address of the Russian President Vladimir Putin (RUS)



Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on behalf of the FIDE Presidential Board (the International Chess Federation unites 181 countries) sent greetings to the guests of the championship. He revealed a rich competitive and cultural agenda during the championship – the Tal Memorial grandmaster blitz tournament, junior Tournament of champions, master-classes, simultaneous displays, etc. In the end Mr. Ilyumzhinov wished good luck to the match participants and expressed hope for brilliant and exciting games.

Igor Levitin awarded the Russian players with state decorations. The order “For Merit to the Fatherland” of the 1st class was given to Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalia Pogonina received this order of the 2nd class. Olga Girya and Sergey Rublevsky received Honorary Mentions of the Russian President. These players and the Russian women's team coach got their awards for winning the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway as well as for their contribution to chess development in our country.

After the mime show “Dance of chess queens” the Chief Arbiter of the match Andrzej Filipowicz (Poland) called for the drawing of lots. Vishy Anand will have the white pieces in the first game. The first move of the World Chess Championship match will be played tomorrow, November 8th, at 3 pm local time.



The grandmasters will play 12 games with classical time control: 120 minutes for 40 moves, then 60 minutes for 20 moves, and then 15 minutes plus 30 seconds per move for the rest of the game. If the match is tied, the tie-break with quick time controls will take place on November 27th.

The ceremony was concluded with the concert of a singer Tina Kuznetsova and the Jazz Quartet of People's Artist of Russia Igor Butman.

More photos from the opening ceremony

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FIDE President met with Dmitry Peskov

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On November 21 the FIDE President met with Dmitry Peskov, the Head of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation, Press Secretary of the Russian President. Both sides discussed chess development is Russia, the World Chess Championship Match which is currently taking place in Sochi, and the bilateral cooperation between FIDE and Russian Chess Federation.

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