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2014-10-01
Swiss Championship celebrates 125th Anniversary
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The Swiss Championships started with a special flavor in the air. The reason is that the Swiss Chess Federation is celebrating its 125th anniversary, a milestone in its seminal existence. Compare this to the US Chess Federation which is 74 years old, or the French which is just over 80. Surrounding the event is a wide range of chess activities, from simuls to an exhibit on Chess and Art.

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2014-10-01
Bobby Fischer's Winning Streaks: 1963 to 1965
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When Fabiano Caruana started the Sinquefield Cup with 7.0/7, the chess world wondered whether this was indeed the best performance ever. Memories of Bobby's Fischer legendary 11.0/11 in the US-Championship 1963/1964 were evoked. But it is little known that Fischer's fantastic victory was only part of a much longer winning streak.

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2014-10-01
Sabino Brunello wins Durban Open Grandmasters Tournament
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Chess South Africa held the 1st Durban Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament at the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa from 20 to 29 September 2014.

The 11-round Swiss event with 84 participants took place concurrently with the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships.

Grandmasters Sabino Brunello from Italy and Sahaj Grover from India shared the first place with 9,0/11 points each. Brunello took the winner’s trophy on better tie-break, but the money prizes were split equally, 1750 EUR to each.

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2014-10-01
Five players share first place in Satka Autumn 2014
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The Annual Women’s Tournament Satka Autumn 2014 was organized by Chess Club “Vertical” on 20-30th September 2014 in Satka, a town on the western slope of the Southern Ural Mountains in Russia. The last year’s winner IM Anastasia Bodnaruk (2434) outplayed the sole leader WGM Elmira Mirzoeva (2233) to share first place with 6,5/9 points. Four more participants had the same score: IM Evgenija Ovod (2325), WFM Dina Belenkaya (2340), WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina (2430) and WGM Elmira Mirzoeva.
2014-10-01
Baku Open: Areshchenko Takes Poisoned Pawn, Inarkiev Victorious
General News  -  Author:  Chess-news.ru
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The ultimate round saw the leaders facing each other over the top two boards. Ernesto Inarkiev and Constantin Lupulescu outplayed their opponents and became the triumphants. No quick draws!
2014-10-01
My Favorite Classic Games, Part 3
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This series is all about the classic games that, as a young teen (15 years of age), affected me in a profound manner. In general, they were positional games since, for a kid that grew up on attacking chess and combinations (12 to 14 years of age), strategic considerations were left behind and, as a result, were alien.
2014-09-30
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Magnus Carlsen tops the October 2014 FIDE ratings with 2863 but Fabiano Caruana, who won 43 points in Saint Louis and Bilbao, climbed to 2844, only 19 points behind the World Champion. Veselin Topalov jumped to third place; the Bulgarian has a 2800-rating for the first time in four years. Anish Giri is the new #7.
2014-09-30
Argentine Alan Pichot crowned world youth chess champion
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Buenos Aires, Sep 30 (IANS) Argentine Alan Pichot was crowned the under-16 world champion after beating Russian Maxim Litvinov during the World Youth Chess Championship in Durban, South Africa. The 16-year-old became the youngest Argentine to achieve this result in the last 22 years, finishing the meet with nine points from 11 games, half more than his closest rivals, reports Xinhua. Pichot ended with nine wins and two losses.
2014-09-30
Canadian WYCC Champion: Qiyu Zhou
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Qiyu Zhou won the World Youth Chess Championship for girls U14 today in Durban, South Africa! She scored 8.5 out of 11, going undefeated (+6 =5 -0). Her score tied her with Oliwia Kiolbasa (Poland), who drew with Qiyu in the 10th round, but Qiyu had better tie-breaks after leading the event since round 3.
2014-09-30
Jennifer Yu Earns Gold in Durban
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Congrats to gold medalist Jennifer Yu, who won the Under 12 Girls section at the World Youth in Durban, South Africa with 10/11. Look for details on Jennifer and our other medals winners in coach GM Ben Finegold's final blog tonight.
2014-09-30
Vietnam’s Anh Khoi claims World Youth Chess title
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Nguyen Anh Khoi won a gold medal in under-12 boys category at the World Youth Chess Championships in South Africa on Monday to became second player owning two youth titles in world's chess history. Earlier, the player from Ho Chi Minh City already bagged a gold at the under-10 championships in Slovenia in 2010. The other player owning two youth title is France’s Etienne Bacrot.
2014-09-30
Nagpur's Divya Deshmukh is World U-10 chess champion
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Nagpur's 8 ½-year-old Divya Deshmukh won her first World crown when she emerged as champ in the under-10 girls' section of the World Youth Chess Championship in Durban, South Africa, on Monday. The No. 13 seed put up a consistent show to earn 9 wins and 2 draws and finish the 11-round-even with 10 points.
2014-09-30
Nihal Sarin , World Chess Champion (under 10)
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Nihal Sarin sister Neha, mother Dr Shijin, grandfather Ommer and grandmother Zeenath share the excitement over Nihal's victory.
2014-09-30
World Youth Chess Championships 2014 – Winners
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The 2014 FIDE World Youth Chess Championships were held on 18-30th September at the International Convention Centre, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The event was organized by the South African Chess Federation under the auspices of FIDE. India is boasting six individual medals – 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze, while representatives of Russia have won one of each medal.
2014-09-30
Isenegger Memorial Study Tourney
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The Swiss composer Samuel Isenegger, who died 50 years ago, specialized in the David vs. Goliath theme of pawns fighting pieces. To commemorate his anniversary the Dutch-Flemish endgame study society ARVES staged a tourney with this motif. The composition judge Yochanan Afek has kindly sent us the entries of the winners – wonderful chess compositions from which we can all learn.
2014-09-30
Reflections of 2014 Sinquefield Cup
General News  -  Author:  The Chess Drum
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Like everyone else I waited in great anticipation for the 2014 Sinquefield Cup… since the first one ended! The excitement was so high in last year’s successful inaugural event that fans were in anticipation of the names being bandied about. The field this year could not have been much better and it was a collective performance that will be remembered for a long time.
2014-09-30
Peter Svidler Q&A: Part 1
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Seven-time Russian Champion Peter Svidler recently spent 90 minutes answering questions from chess24 premium members. Although he prefaced his answers by saying, “people are expecting a lot from someone whose area of expertise is TV and possibly cricket”, there simply isn’t a man in world chess more suited to this formula. We decided, therefore, that it was worth transcribing Peter’s comments almost in full for those who prefer to read rather than watch.

Mr Gianpietro Pagnoncelli, President of Italian Chess Federation since 2005, has kindly agreed to an interview with Chessdom.com.
2014-09-30
GM Solodovnichenko claims 6th Vasteras Open 2014
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The 6th edition of Västerås Open was played on 26-28th September 2014 in Växhuset, Viktor Larssons plats, in Västerås, a city in central Sweden. Ukrainian GM Yuri Solodovnichenko emerged a clear winner on 7,5/8 points and took the first prize of 12.000 SEK (nearly 1.300 €).
2014-09-30
The 9 Chess GIFs You Have to See
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GIFs are a fun and quick way to share an animated image. These animations are short and soundless, so they do not require the viewer to invest as much time and attention as full videos.It’s no surprise that GIF animations are some of the most popular content on the Internet. As chess fans, you’ve probably seen or shared a few chess GIFs to your friends or family as a way of appreciating the game we all love. Here’s a collection of our nine favorite chess GIF animations.
2014-09-29
Round11-World Youth Chess Championships 2014
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2014-09-29
WYCC Gold Medal Game
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Going in to the final round, Canada's Qiyu Zhou was tied for 1st with Oliwia Kiolbasa from Poland with 8/10. They had played to a draw in round 10. If both players won or drew, they would be tied for first and the title would be decided by tie-breaks. At the start of the round all three of their tie-breaks were equal. So if they were tied at the end of the round (e.g. if both won or drew) the title would be determined by the Bucholtz system.
2014-09-29
WYCC 2014: The sprint to the finish
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For one player, Dinara Saduakassova, the gold is decided, as she crushed her Girls Under-18 rivals a round in advance, but for others, it will all be decided in the final round. Some will be between two or three dominant forces, and others will be a mad sprint to the end, such as the Boys Under-16 where six have claims on the gold. Once more we bring a wonderful pictorial.
2014-09-29
Album 61
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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In 2012 Boris Gelfand reached the peak of his career by playing against Anand for the World Championship. He narrowly lost the match in the rapid-tie-break. Gelfand's father has meticulously recorded the career of his son in 61 photo albums. These pictures inspired the documentary "Album 61" which now is shown at the Filmfest Hamburg in Germany.
2014-09-29
Experts about match Carlsen-Anand (Updated)
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Soon after announcing that it had secured the TV rights for the FIDE World Chess Championship Match Carlsen-Anand, Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.no got in touch with several experts to ask their opinion. Magnus Carlsen’s former trainer GM Simen Agdestein believes that – “It is more difficult for Carlsen this time. Anand is the challenger and not under the same pressure as last year.”
2014-09-29
The Journal of Chess Research
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Dr. Robert Ferguson of Bradford is among the 25 international researchers and educators recently chosen to serve on the editorial board for The Journal of Chess Research. The journal is the first international scholarly journal that focuses on research related to the game of chess across all academic disciplines.
2014-09-29
IM Sagar Shah - How to Improve at Chess
General News  -  Author:  The Chess World
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Today I have interviewed a 24 year old IM from India, Sagar Shah (2468 ELO), and asked him 10 questions about improving at chess. Sagar has suggested a few things that will be very important for those seeking to make progress at chess. He shared his own insights about training at chess, and suggested a couple of good chess reads that helped his game.
2014-09-29
How to Spot the "Invisible" Pin
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Pins are very popular and powerful chess weapons, and I am sure you've used them in dozens of your own games. If you just started playing chess and never heard about pins, I strongly recommend you check the Tactics Trainer. But even if you are a true expert of chess pins, you still might wonder, what in the world is the "invisible" pin? Well, in order to explain this very tricky kind of a pin, let me start with a traditional pin.
2014-09-28
Round10- World Youth Chess Championships 2014
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2014-09-28
China vs. Russia (1): Battle of the chess schools
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China’s victory in the recent Olympiad in Tromsø was the icing on the cake for the country’s powerful and well-structured chess school. For the Russian men’s team, meanwhile, it was another inglorious chapter in their recent history, as they failed to make it onto the podium. Here at chess24 we decided to compare both schools, looking at the success they’ve already achieved and taking a look at their major future talents.

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