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2014-09-02
Gata Kamsky is New York State Champion
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom
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Grandmaster Gata Kamsky convincingly won the 136th Annual New York State Championship that was held from August 29-September 1, 2014, at the Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY.

Kamsky finished first in the main Open section with 5,5/6 points, leaving the nearest followers a full point behind. He earned $1600 for the effort.

The event had 5 sections: Open, Under 2100, Under 1800, Under 1500 and Under 1200. The playing format was 6-round Swiss with the time control 40/110, SD/30, d10.

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2014-09-02
Sharjah 07: They're unstoppable!
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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Both Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan won their games to continue their streak in Sharjah. Ju Wenjun won cleanly against Muminova, and although the World Champion's game was far rockier she achieved her goal regardless. Tuvshintugs drew her game and is the closest to the leaders, but at 1.5 points away she isn't a a serious threat. The Chinese meet tomorrow for a decisive match.

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2014-09-02
Fire, Water and Sport During Sinquefield Rest Day
General News  -  Author:  Chess.com
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The 2014 Sinquefield Cup's lone "rest day" was just a clever name for most of the field. Interviews, althletics and one spectacular artistic exhibit filled the day.

What do you do if you're playing the perfect tournament? GM Fabiano Caruana began the day with interviews, then went swimming.

The world champion, GM Magnus Carlsen, chose a round of golf (he had already played soccer prior to the first day).

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, a devotee of table tennis and follower of tennis' U.S. Open, chose to play tennis with chess club founder Rex Sinquefield and the writer of these words. I can report that his backhand is balky but his speed saves him on many occassions. Pro tip: Attack his second serve.

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2014-09-02
Players promote Bilbao Chess 2014
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Some of the players that will compete at the European Club Cup and the Chess Masters Final, which will be held simultaneously from 14 to 20 September, have lent their image to promote Bilbao Chess 2014. The promotional advert produced by the organizers of both events in order to encourage visitors features Ukrainian GM Ruslan Ponomariov, Spanish GM Francisco Vallejo, and Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov.
2014-09-02
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One of the strongest chess tournaments in Minnesota in recent years was held Saturday and Sunday in the Twin Cities, with a grandmaster ranked 14th in the world winning the event. Filipino GM Wesley So, 20, took clear first with four wins and a draw at the Noel Skelton Open, held at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West hotel in Plymouth.
2014-09-02
The 5 Craziest Places to Play Chess
General News  -  Author:  Chess.com
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Most chess players have found themselves lost deeply in a game, so consumed by the position on the board — or the tactics brewing in their heads — that they all but ignore their surroundings. Usually these games are played in ordinary places — in chess tournaments, at players’ homes, or on Internet chess servers. Sometimes, though, the urge to play chess is so strong, games will spring up in unusual places.
2014-09-02
Journey to the Chess Kingdom: Review
General News  -  Author:  The Chess World
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GM Yuri Averbakh (born February 8, 1922) is the oldest living grandmaster in the world and one of the most renowned writers, coaches, arbiters and players. His book “Journey to the Chess Kingdom” has sold over 1 million copies internationally, but it has never been published in English before. This edition by Chess Evolution has been updated and improved to reflect the state of affairs in the chess world as of year 2014.
2014-09-02
12th EU YOUTH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2014
General News  -  Author:  FIDE
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EU Youth Chess Championship 2014 is underway. The level of the event is very good, competitions are balanced and after four rounds there are just three players with full amount of points. In the category U8 is in the top duo Rajat Makkar (FRA), Jan Wojdak (POL), in U10 trio Valentin Mitev (BUL), Georg Aleksander Pedoson (EST), Theo Ciccoli (FRA), in U12 duo Kirill Chukavin (EST), Tamas Vanczak (HUN), in U14 Viktor Haring (SVK) and in unofficial part of the championship, in U16 Marek Karas (SVK).

The Maharashtra government has released a grant of Rs 50 lakh for the World Junior Chess Championship, to be held at Pune from October 5 to 20. The cheque was formally handed over to grandmaster Abhijit Kunte by Padmakar Valvi, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, a release said today.
2014-09-02
India Widens Lead By 4550
General News  -  Author:  AICF
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Indian widened the lead over the main European nations of France, Russia, Spain and Germany in number of FIDE Rated players in the September 2014 rating list published by FIDE. India jumped to 42752, while France climbed to 38202.
2014-09-02
GM Alexandr Fier winner of Open Internacional de Sants
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The 16th Open Internacional de Sants, Hostafrancs & Bordeta was held on 22-30th August at the Auditoridel Centre Cívic de les Cotxeres de Sants, 79 Sants St in Barcelona, Spain. Grandmaster Alexandr Fier from Brazil emerged sole winner of the Group A with 8,5/10 points to claim the top prize of 2500 EUR.
2014-09-02
Dresden Open 2014 - the winner's account (part 2/2)
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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After a very unexpected win, ahead of fourteen grandmasters, IM Sagar Shah has detailed the entire experience for the readers, recounting the moments worth cheering, to the scares of his life. It wasn't all smooth sailing, as he recounts the harrowing experience of nearly losing a won game against top seed Ferenc Berkes due to a finger fehler! Find out what happened.
2014-09-01
Sinquefield 05: Is he human!?
Press Reports  -  Author:  Chessbase
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He must be, because Caruana finally made his first mistake of the tournament - but not one that mattered. His position was so crushing against Nakamura that the Italian won his fifth game in a row anyways and goes into half-time with a 2.5 point lead, +25 rating points, and an incalculable performance. Topalov beat MVL to join Carlsen in second as he beat Aronian.
2014-09-01
Round 6: Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan improved their lead
Press Reports  -  Author:  Tournament website
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In the sixth round of the Women Grand Prix in Sharjah both Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan won their games against Alina L’Ami and Anna Ushenina respectivly. It was a lucky day for the Chinese players as the third participant from China Zhao Xue also won today. She defeated Humpy Koneru, who suffered the third loss in the tournament and has very few chances to catch Hou Yifan. After sixth rounds World Champion has increased the distance to 3 points.
2014-09-01
"Chess Is..."
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A montage of event footage that shows why Saint Louis is the chess capitol of the United States!
2014-09-01
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Next month, more than 500 chess players from 39 countries will arrive at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas to compete in a tournament with the biggest prize fund in chess history — $1 million. And despite all of the players paying at least $1,000 each in entry fees, the tournament organizers will almost certainly lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.
2014-09-01
A Simple Endgame That Nobody Can Play Correctly!
General News  -  Author:  Chess.com
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You cannot be a really strong chess player unless you know how to play endgames. This simple statement was a cornerstone of the Soviet school of chess. There was even a well known Russian chess saying: "С молодёжью - в эндшпиль!" -- which can be roughly translated as "when you play against a youngster, go straight to an endgame!"
2014-09-01
September 2014 ratings: Chinese Gold
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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To describe August as having been a busy month for ratings would be a huge understatement. The Olympiads at Tromso ensured a massive amount of games for almost all the top players, and the few who were not representing their countries, kept busy otherwise. The Chinese Gold for the men was historic, and was thanks to incredible results by Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi. Read the summaries.
2014-08-31
September 2014 FRL
General News  -  Author:  FIDE
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FIDE publishes September 2014 FRL FIDE Rating List. The list of top players is published at Top lists page of FIDE ratings website. All players can check new ratings at the main page of FIDE ratings website.
2014-08-31
Sinquefield 04: Fight for second already?
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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The leader of the tournament is not saying it, but it is in everybody's mind: has the Sinquefield Cup 2014 turned into a battle for second place? Caruana continues to crush the opposition, today playing a beautiful game against Aronian, inflicting the Armenian's second loss in a row. Second place is currently held by Vachier-Lagrave half a point ahead of the rest.
2014-08-31
Round 5: two Chinese Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun at the top
Press Reports  -  Author:  Tournament website
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There were two decisive games and four draws in the fifth round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah. The sole leader after four rounds, Ju Wenjun, was the first one to finish her game. Her opponent Batchimeg Tuvshintugs decided not to check her luck today and the players repeated the moves in the middle game. Elina Danielian relatively quickly outplayed Zhao Xue, while World Champion Hou Yifan defeated Tatiana Kosintseva after long and complex fight.

Magnus Carlsen's manager Espen Agdestein commented on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's decision to extend the deadline for Magnus to decide his participation in the world championship match. According to Agdestein this changes little because the team asked FIDE president to postpone the decision making till September 17. "This just means that he has to think about this the whole tournament, so I don't see it as a particularly good improvement," Agestein told chess24.com.
2014-08-31
Zbigniew Pakleza of Poland wins Scacco Bratto Open
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom
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The 31st International Chess Festival Conca Della Presolana was held from 20-28th August at the Centro Sportivo Comunale in Castione della Presolana, Bratto, Italy. The Master section had 48 participants. IM Zbigniew Pakleza from Poland took a clear first place with 7,0/9 points to claim a GM norm and top prize of 1500 EUR.
2014-08-30
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FIDE publishes the list of players who have been selected to participate in the SportAccord Mind Games 2014.
2014-08-30
Sinquefield 03: Couldn't be better!
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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The Sinquefield Cup simply could not be better... at least this is true for both the spectators and for Fabiano Caruana! With three decisive and exciting games today the action over the board was thrilling in every board. MVL cleanly beat Aronian, Topalov's game against Nakamura could have swung either way at any point while Carlsen's piece sacrifice against Caruana backfired!
2014-08-30
Ilyumzhinov Extends Contract Deadline for World Championship
General News  -  Author:  Chess.com
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FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has extended the deadline for the players' contracts for the world championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand until September 7, 2014. This was mentioned on Facebook by GM Emil Sutovsky, the president of the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP).
2014-08-30
Dresden Open 2014 - the winner's account (part 1/2)
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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Usually reporters don't win tournaments. That is left to the strong grandmasters who spend their time studying deep opening novelties or extremely complicated endgames. The job of the writer is to contact them and interview them after the games. But sometimes the reporters themselves will actually win, and when they do you get an incomparable personalized report.
2014-08-30
Their proudest moment in Chess Olympiad history
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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China won Gold, India Bronze – who can doubt that these are the super-powers of chess in the coming decades? India, which started as 19th seed, won their first ever medal, which led to national celebrations. Niklesh Jain caught up with the players back home and did short interviews with each of them. You will enjoy his big pictorial report – appropriately in English and in Hindi.
2014-08-30
Chess becoming increasingly popular in Abyei Area
General News  -  Author:  Radio Tamazuj
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The two-player board game chess is becoming a popular pastime in the disputed Abyei Area between Sudan and South Sudan are increasingly turning to. “Chess is rapidly becoming one of the most popular ways for people in Abyei to spend their spare time,” reports Abyei Today newsletter. “Chess clubs are attracting more members, and are appealing for help with funding and resources.”
2014-08-30
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