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2014-08-22
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The round-robin competitions for women are quite rare events in the chess calendar. However one of such starts in three days in Erfurt, Germany. You can find the list of the participants is below.
Bela Khotenashvili (Georgia, 2494)
Lela Javakhishvili (Georgia, 2477)
Shen Yang (China, 2470)
Monika Socko (Poland, 2470)
Elisabeth Paehtz (Germany, 2464)...
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2014-08-22
Carlsen Asked to Postpone WC Match, Ilyumzhinov Refused
General News  -  Author:  Chess-news.ru
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FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov informs he got a letter from Magnus Carlsen's manager Espen Agdestein in which he asks if it's possible to postpone the match.

"I would like to stress that the question was about not the venue of the match but about dates, so I don't consider this question to be political," Itar-Tass quotes Ilyumzhinov. "Nonetheless, FIDE already responded that the postponement of the match is not possible as long as the match is in the official calendar from the last year, so changing of the dates can lead to a mess in the entire competition calendar."
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2014-08-22
Saint Petersburg summer – 2014 International Chess Festival
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom.com
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The International Chess Festival “Saint Petersburg summer – 2014″ is held from 21st August to 1st September 2014 at Park Hotel Krestovskiy in Saint Petersburg, the second largest city in Russia.
The Festival is split into many tournaments:

Tournament A – Rapid Tournament with a hefty prize fund in the amount of 550.000 RUB (nearly 11.500 €)
Tournament B – Amateur Tournament for players rated below 2351
Tournament C - Blitz Tournament for children born 2000 and later
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2014-08-22
GM Vugar Rasulov claims Canakkale Troya Festival 2014
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom.com
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The 22nd Canakkale Troya International Open Chess Tournament was held on 11-18th August in Canakkale, a town and seaport in Turkey on the southern (Asian) coast of the Dardanelles. Azerbaijani GM Vugar Rasulov emerged a clear winner on 8/9 points, leaving the runner-up half a point behind.
2014-08-22
Azarov wins Washington, Sevian scores norm
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase.com
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For 13-year-old Sevian, it would bring him just a breath away from becoming the youngest US player gain the grandmaster title (he would still need to make the rating requirement), whereas for 15-year-old Chandra, he would become the poster boy of Obama's mantra "Yes, you can", as he too became a grandmaster when just five years ago he had been rated just over... 1500 Elo!
2014-08-22
Perfect Score for Melkumyan at Riga Open
General News  -  Author:  Chess.com
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GM Hrant Melkumyan of Armenia is the only player left with a perfect score at the Riga Open, a strong tournament in the Latvian capital that started right after the Tromsø Olympiad. Top seed and local hero GM Alexei Shirov started with a loss but then won four games in a row. The tournament is by far the strongest and biggest classical chess festival in the Baltic region.
2014-08-21
World Junior 2014 launched in Mumbai
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase.com
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After winning the World Junior Chess Championship in 1987 in the Philippines, Viswanathan Anand revisited some fond memories of the event after exactly 27 years. Only this time he is backing the premier event as its Brand Ambassador, and in his own country India. Pune, the land of the Peshwas (Maratha Warriors), is all set to host the tournament from 5th to 20th October at the Hotel Hyatt.
2014-08-21
Mare di Fano – 3rd Summer Chess Festival
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase.com
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While the Olympiad was unfolding in Tromso, several Opens in Europe offered an alternative to players missing the big action. Fano, on the Italian Mediterranean coast, held the third edition of its wonderful Summer Chess Festival, with the playing hall and official hotels only minutes from the beach. Diana Mihajlova sent us a big pictorial report on this delightful chess-and-holiday combination.
2014-08-21
FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah, UAE
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom.com
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The 6th and final tournament of the FIDE Women’s Grand-Prix 2013-2014 will take place from 24th August to 7th September at the world’s largest chess club in Sharjah (UAE).
2014-08-21
FIDE Publishes Grand Prix Dates, Cities
General News  -  Author:  Chess.com
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The four tournaments of the new FIDE Grand Prix series will be held in Baku (Azerbaijan), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Tehran (Iran) and Moscow (Russia). Earlier today the World Chess Federation (FIDE) published the full schedule, with dates and ho...
2014-08-20
GM Nakamura Tries to Prove He is No Stockfish
General News  -  Author:  Chess.com
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"Playing like a machine" has become a compliment lately in the chess world (if not an accusation!). This weekend, a top grandmaster will make it literal. On August 23, world number five GM Hikaru Nakamura will play four games against Stockfish, the current top chess engine. The caveat? He gets the assistance of a weaker program and will use an older computer.
2014-08-20
Obert Internacional d’Escacs Igualada 2014
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom
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The Internacional Tournament d’Escacs Igualada 2014 was held on 19th August at the Teatre Municipal L’Ateneu, 08700 Igualada, Barcelona, Spain. Peruvian players GM Julio Granda Zuniga and IM Filemon Cruz shared the first place with 7,0/8 points each. Granda Zuniga claimed the top prize of 1000 EUR thanks to the better tie-break.
2014-08-20
Ricardo DeGuzman Tops The Field In The Valley
General News  -  Author:  USCF
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IM Ricardo DeGuzman’s long trek to the Central Valley proved to be a trip well timed. The Bay Area master scored 4.5 points after 5 rounds in the 5th Central California Open this August 15-17th in Fresno, winning the $1,300 First prize plus the $100 Bonus Prize for finishing clear first as well.
2014-08-20
Azarov Wins in Washington, Sevian Nabs Final Norm
General News  -  Author:  USCF
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The 3rd Annual Washington International was held from August 9-14 in Rockville, MD. GM Sergei Azarov (BLR) won the A section with a score of 7/9 and took home the $4000 first place prize. A full point behind the winner, six players tied for 2nd: GM Yaroslav Zherebukh, GM Ioan Cristian Chirila, IM Akshat Chandra, IM Samuel Sevian, IM Levan Bregadze, and IM Justin Sarkar.
2014-08-20
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The chief coach of the Russian women's team Sergey Rublevsky told why women's results in team competitions are usually better than in individual tournaments. In addition the coach described the atmosphere inside the Olympic team:
2014-08-20
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Garry Kasparov tweeted he now enjoyes holiday with the family after "very long and tiring FIDE campaign. I didn't win, but my team and I did a lot of good to promote chess," and added he is not going to "abandon our supporters or the many programs we created. Our friends & allies are for life & we keep our promises."
2014-08-20
Drum Interviews @ ’14 Olympiad
General News  -  Author:  The Chess Drum
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The Olympiad is the biennial chess festival attracting players, delegates and enthusiasts far and wide. Its beauty lies in the fact that all of the chess federations have arrived at the venue in many different ways… and in some cases for the first time. The 2014 Olympiad broke a record for entrants with 174 federations represented and was hosted in Tromso, a city of 71,000 inhabitants. While the city appeared completely overwhelmed, the staging ground became an arena of hard-fought competition.

It is a hotly anticipated new TV series exploring the early Batman universe. And ahead of Gotham's première on U.S. network Fox next month, new stills from the show promise an intriguing glimpse at the motley crew of characters who go on to both help and hinder the eventual Caped Crusader. A particularly dramatic shot features Jada Pinkett Smith playing chess as gangster Fish Mooney - her short hair styled with bright red tips, with long fingernails and sleeveless scarlet dress.
2014-08-20
The geometry of expertise
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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Chess is a widely used model of human expertise. Chess experts can quickly recognize candidate moves and correctly recall a chess position much better than novices: they “see” the board differently. Two Argentinian scientists, Maria Juliana Leone and Mariano Sigman, have hypothesized that the internal representation of the board depends on the chess skill. Academic report.
2014-08-19
Bower's Gen Con 2014 Bonanza: Yamie Chess Interview
Video (YouTube)  -  Author:  YouTube
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I get the low down on Yamie Chess from Jennifer Shahade.
2014-08-19
Grigoryan wins Badalona Open
General News  -  Author:  Chessbase
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The Badalona Open 2014 was held from 2nd to 10th August 2014. It was a fairly strong tournament with an average rating of 2160. There were 85 participants and among them six GMs and 15 IMs. It was won by GM Karen Grigoryan (2595) from Armenia, who took home his prize money and a beautiful painting. Big pictorial report by Sagar Shah from his last tournament in the Catalan circuit.
2014-08-19
In Memoriam: GM Dragoljub Ćirić
Passed Away  -  Author:  Chessdom
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Belgrade Chess Union has the sad duty to inform that Grandmaster Dragoljub Ćirić passed away at the age of 80. Ćirić was born in Novi Sad in 1935 and already as a 10-years old boy made a debut for the senior team of Čačak Chess Club.
2014-08-19
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The Norwegian Chess Federation (NCF), one of the organizers of the World Chess Olympiad in the Norwegian city of Tromsø, has apologized to the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) and Russian national team for the situation that occurred one week prior to the start of the Olympiad in which the Russian women’s national team was not permitted to take part in the competition.

The chief coach of the Ukrainian me's team told about the problems the team is facing:"The main problem is that the super talented players are leaving us," xport.ua quotes Oleksandr Sulypa. "Yaroslav Zherebukh moved to US for studying, Ilya Nizhnyk from Vinnytsia also entered college in Texas.
2014-08-19
After the Olympiad
General News  -  Author:  Chess.com
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Two chess players died on the last day of the Olympiad. Also on the last day, Garry Kasparov published a statement regarding the FIDE Presidential elections. He lost to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who was congratulated by none other than Vladimir Putin.
2014-08-18
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Ukrainian national teams were met by xsport journalists at the airport. Namely, Natalia Zhukova who won individual gold on the 4th board gave a short interview. According to Natalia the women's team (which finished third) could show a better result if all of the members of the team were in an optimal shape.
2014-08-18
David Fitzsimons wins Summer Prague Open
General News  -  Author:  Irish Chess Union
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Elm Mount's FM David Fitzsimons (pictured with the trophy) made Irish chess history on 16th August 2014 by winning the inaugural Summer Prague Open with an unbeaten score of 7½/9.
2014-08-18
FM Robert Veleski claims Topusko Open 2014
General News  -  Author:  Chessdom
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The Amateur Chess Tournament Open Topusko 2014 was organized by Chess Society Sisak, Chess Union of Sisak Moslavina County and TEOS Zagreb at the Grand Hall of Hotel Toplica in Topusko, a spa town in Croatia on 8-15th August 2014.Macedonian FM Robert Veleski emerged a clear winner on 8/9 points, gaining the first prize of 4.000 HRK and adding 52 (!) ELO points to his rating.
2014-08-18
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2014-08-18
August Debut for Lalith
General News  -  Author:  The New Indian Express
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It was his maiden Chess Olympiad and MR Lalith Babu was part of the men’s team that created history at Tromso in Norway by clinching their first-ever bronze medal. “I felt very happy to be part of the Indian team. In fact, it is the dream of every chess player to participate in an Olympiad.

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