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2015-03-05
Nepomnianchtchi is a sole leader
General News  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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In Ramada hotel in Jerusalem tension is rising up as the battle on the 23 qualification tickets to the world cup games approaches its decisive moments. Yesterday in the eighth round former European champion Russian Jan Nepomniachtchi took a sole lead with 6.5 points after beating Englishman David Howell whilst all other seven leaders had settled for a draw.

A large group of 13 grandmasters are just half a point behind the leader.
Once again Israeli juniors were the local heroes of the round. Following his sensational round 7 victory on the Armenian GM Hrant Melkumyan, young Ohad Kraus (rated 2190) obtained a winning position once again against a strong grandmaster. It was Robin van Kampen this time who being a pawn down for practically nothing he rushed to offer a draw which was accepted. One would think it was due to the huge rating gap between the two, however Kraus, an orthodox believer explained that it was a fasting day yesterday and he actually hadn’t eaten anything since the day before. His overloaded dinner plate after the round showed indeed that he was pretty hungry. Robin on this part said later: “The draw offer was definitely my best move in this game”…

The great local hero of round eight was nonetheless 14 years old David Gorodetzky (rated 2210) who beat yesterday a second Israeli grandmaster. Earlier in the tournament he had downed Dan Zoler and yesterday he defeated Arthur Kogan in just 23 moves:

David Gorodetzky - Arthur Kogan [B01],Eicc 2015 , 04.03.2015

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Bc4 b5?! 7.Bb3 e6 8.0–0 Be7 9.Re1 0–0? 10.d5! Rd8 11.Bd2! b4 12.dxe6! bxc3 13.exf7+ Kf8 [13...Kh8 14.Bxc3! Rxd1 15.Raxd1 Qc7 16.Ba5+-] 14.Qe2 Qc7 15.Bxc3 Nd5 16.Ng5 Bf5 17.Bxd5 Rxd5 18.Qxe7+ Qxe7 19.Rxe7 Na6 20.Rae1 Rdd8 21.Re8+ Rxe8 22.Bxg7+! Kxg7 23.Rxe8 1–0 An O-la-la miniature!

Another victim of a blitzing attack was a famous Slovenian senior GM. His opponent is a young Dutch GM:

David Klein - Alexander Beliavsky [C41] EICC 2015 , 04.03.2015
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.g3 d5 7.e5 Ng4 8.Bg2 0–0 9.0–0 c5 10.Ndb5 d4 11.Nd5 Nc6 12.f4 Nh6 13.h3 Nf5 14.Kh2 a6 15.Nbc7 Ra7 16.Qe1 b5 17.Qe4 d3 18.cxd3 Nfd4 19.f5 Rxc7? [19...Bxf5 20.Rxf5 Nxf5 21.Qxf5 Rxc7 22.Nxc7 Qxc7=] 20.f6! gxf6?? [20...Bxf6 21.exf6 Re8 22.Qf4 Rd7=] 21.exf6 Bd6 22.Qh4! 1–0

Photo gallery www.eicc2015.com and the facebook page of the European championship
The complete video archive of the Internet live commentary may be found here: https://new.livestream.com/chess
2015-03-04
A crowded lead in the European championship
General News  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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The signal to the start of the seventh round of the European championship in Jerusalem was given yesterday by IA Eliahu Levant, the 87 years old mythological director of Beer- Sheva club, the pioneer who emigrated from St. Petersburg at the early seventies to build up from scratch a chess empire in the capital of the Negev, the southern desert of Israel.

Following multiple draws at the top the lead was reinforced by those who managed to emerge winners in the seventh rounds. Both matches between the leaders Motylev- Nepomnianchtchi; Bartel- Sargissian ended peacefully leaving all four at the lead. However they were joined by the five winners in the sub-top group: Ukrainian Anton Korobov inflicted on Israeli Emil Sutovsky his first defeat in an eventful and exciting battle to return to the lead following a short absence ; Russian Ivan Popov stopped the surprising success of the unknown Israeli Pinkhas Kantraji; German (until not long ago Romania No.1) Liviu- Dieter Nisipeanu downed in a hair-raising encounter Russian Ivan Bukavshin Englishman David Howell beat now Romania No.1 Constantin Lupulescu and Ukrainian Andrei Volokitin defeated Russian Aleksey Goganov. All nine are having 5.5 points.

The daily sensation was the victory of the unknown young Israeli player Ohad Kraus on Armenian GM Hrant Melkumian who is almost 500 rating points higher! Things are expected to become even more complicated in the forthcoming rounds as the race for the 23 qualification tickets to the world cup and for the prize fund of 120,000 Euros is about to enter its decisive stage. Top encounters of the eighth round are: Nepomniachtchi- Howell; Nisipeanu- Korobov; Sargissian- Volokitin; Popov- Motylev and Bartel-Eljanov .The games are to start Wednesday at 15.00.and to be transmitted by the official website www.eicc2015.com

Note: More photos in the gallery of the official website as well as the facebook page of the tournament. If you find it difficult to identify the portraits you wish to use please send a query to me and I will try to be back to you with the names as fast as possible.
2015-03-03
The lead is overtaken in the European Championship
General News  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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The European championship is half way to go and business start warming up with not less than four decisive games on the top five boards. Moreover, the proud Ukrainian leader Anton Korobov was finally beaten falling victim to an excellent preparation of his opponent, the former European champion Ian Nepomniachtchi. Three of his runners up were also defeated for the first time: the top seed Czech David Navara by Polish Mateusz Bartel; Ukrainian Yuri Vovk by the current European champion Alexander Motylev and Polish Robert Kempinski by Armenian Gabriel Sargissian.

Only one top game between the Russian Evgeny Najer and Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov ended in a draw. The best Israeli players so far are GMs Ilya Smirin and Emil Sutovsky and the highly surprising untitled Pinchas Kantraji who beat another former European champion, Croatian Zdenko Kozul. Young Israelis Ariel Erenberg and Ohad Kraus astonished by beating GM Gil Popilski and IM Sergey Chekhov.

After the sixth round there are four players at the lead: Nepomniachtchi, Motylev, Sargissian and Bartel with 5 points each ahead of 26 players with 4.5 each.

The 7th round will start Tuesday in Ramada hotel in Jerusalem. The summit meetings Motylev- Nepomnianchtchi and Bartel- Sargissian are naturally at the focus. All games, results, photos and reports may be found in the official website: www.eicc2015.com
2015-03-02
Major upsets in the European championship
General News  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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Three major upsets were scored in the fifth round of the European championship when three experienced grandmasters were beaten once again by young Israeli players. Israeli Alex Khuzman by Omer Reshef, another Israeli Dan Zoler by Matan Gorodetsky (more than 300 Elo points lower) and Russian Mikhail Antipov by Jonathan Bakalchuk (more than 250 points lower)
2015-03-01
Murmansk winner 1st Basamro Chess Match
General News  -  Author:  Website organisation
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Centrale Bibliotheek Rotterdam. After a heavy fight and some technical improvisations the Murmansk-team decisively won the 1st Basamro internetmatch
2015-03-01
What's Your Dream Team
General News  -  Author:  YouTube
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US Chess Scoop at the World Amateur: What's Your Dream Team
2015-03-01
A Sole Leader after four rounds
General News  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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The special guest of the fourth round in the European chess championship in Jerusalem was yesterday no other than Mikhael Tal who was given the honor to hit the gong for starting the games.
2015-02-27
Five at the lead in the European championship
General News  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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The second round of the European chess championship in Jerusalem already brought together a great deal of the 112 participating grandmasters and therefore no sensational upsets were witnessed, at least not of the kind we saw in round one. In the end of round two 25 GMs and a single IM were on perfect score. Russian GM Alexander Motylev, the current European champion, won both his games by then however the other six past champions already dropped half a point each.
2015-02-25
A Stunning opening in Jerusalem Opening and Round one report
General News  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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As expected, the highest rated players in such a field already met fairly strong opposition as early as in the first round. While the first four favourites in the initial rating list (Navara, Vitiugov, Eljanov and Nepomniatchi) managed to score a first full point, the remaining two 2700+ players, Spain’s No.1 Vllejo-Pons and France No.2 Bacrot had to settle for a draw against former Israeli champion GM Yehuda Grunfeld and Swiss IM Richard Forster respectively.
2015-02-22
First Saturday PGN-files
General News  -  Author:  Laszlo Nagy
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I send you hereby some pgn files, the work of IM Jovanovic Dusan (SRB).
2015-02-21
The European championship -press release
General News  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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Next Monday, February 23rd, the European Individual Chess Championship 2015 will be officially opened in Ramada hotel in Jerusalem
2015-02-13
7th Batavia Tournament, 20 February – 1 March 2015
General News  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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The 7th Batavia Chess Tournament takes place from Friday, February 20th to Sunday, March 1st, 2015 in Café Batavia 1920, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The games will start each day at 14:00 hrs. The final round starts at 12.00 hrs. Wednesday, February 25th is a rest day.
2015-02-08
Information about dates and kinds of tournaments
General News  -  Author:  Jan Mazuch
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The recent and undeniable chess swell felt around the nation rises to serve one epic event: the fight for the American throne.
2015-02-02
‘Carlsen is a psychologist’
News  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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2015-01-28
The Queen with "The Queen"
News  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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The world chess champion Hou Yifan was pleasantly surprised by Dutch chess ambassador Hans Bohm during the prizegiving of Tata Steel tournament last Sunday in Wijk aan Zee.
2015-01-27
Tata 2015
Tournaments  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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2015-01-25
Carlsen wins Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2015
Tournaments  -  Author:  Tournament organisation
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Magnus Carlsen has won the 77th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, with a half-point lead. It is his 4th win in Wijk aan Zee.
2015-01-23
Tata on tour
Tournaments  -  Author:  Newsaboutchess
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2015-01-22
Jerusalem is awaiting the seniors!
Tournaments  -  Author:  Yochanan Afek
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2015-01-13
ARVES Solving in Wijk aan Zee 2015
General News  -  Author:  Tournament organisation
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The sixth international ARVES Study solving Day will be held on Saturday, January 24th 2015 in De Moriaan Dorpsduinen 4, 1949 EG Wijk aan Zee (the venue of the world famous Tata Steel tournament)
2015-01-13
Sensational victory Dutch women’s champion
General News  -  Author:  Tournament organisation
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Anne Haast has caused a sensation in the Tata Steel Challengers by beating Dutch chess legend Jan Timman this afternoon
2015-01-10
Singer opens 1st round Tata Steel Chess Tournament
General News  -  Author:  Tournament organisation
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Famous Dutch singer Nick Schilder, a real chess aficionado, has opened the 1st round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee this afternoon.
2015-01-09
Big match on Saturday: Giri versus world champion Carlsen
General News  -  Author:  Tournament organisation
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Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Hou Yifan (China), the two chess world champions stood on the podium together at the opening of the 77th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament at Tata Steel in IJmuiden this afternoon. They were joined by the 12 other grandmasters of the Tata Steel Masters, among which Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri.
2015-01-09
Prelude to opening Tata Steel Chess Tournament
General News  -  Author:  Tournament organisation
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The Erasmiaans Gymnasium from Rotterdam and the Stedelijk Gymnasium from Leiden have won the national finals of the Dutch Chess Championship for Secondary Schools in Wijk aan Zee this afternoon.
2015-01-08
Je Suis Charlie
General News  -  Author:  Kees Schrijvers
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2015-01-08
Playing scheme Tata Steel Challengers
General News  -  Author:  Tournament organisation
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The playing scheme of the Tata Steel Challengers for the 77th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament was made public this evening, during an informal meeting of grandmasters from the Tata Steel Masters and Tata Steel Challengers in Wijk aan Zee. Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian were among those present.
2015-01-07
Special chess train Dutch Rail
General News  -  Author:  Tournament organisation
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A special Dutch Rail chess train travelled between The Hague Central Station and Venlo today. Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri and Dutch national women’s champion Anne Haast were on board.
2015-01-06
Tata Steel Chess Tournament about to start
General News  -  Author:  Tournament organisation
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Wijk aan Zee is preparing for the start of the 77th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday 9 January. The first round commences on Saturday 10 January.
2015-01-04
A tribute to IM Manuel Bosboom
General News  -  Author:  Herman Grooten
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One of the most creative players that I know is IM Manuel Bosboom. He is one of those chess players of which you can say that he has an authentic way of thinking.

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