Women’s European Chess Championship 2013: Hoang and Gunina lead the field

At the European Chess Championship of women at Belgrade in Serbia seven rounds have been played so far. Best chances of winning the title are held by a Hungarian and Russian at the moment.

Direct duel between leading players in round eight of the tournament

Thanh Trang Hoang (Elo 2467) from Hungary took the lead at the women’s European Chess Championship 2013 with 6.0 points. Immediately behind her ranks the Russian Valentina Gunina at an equal score but poorer second evaluation. The world’s number 14 was able to obtain six victories in the first seven rounds. Only the Latvian Laura Rogule (Elo 2329) surprisingly defeated Gunina. Thanh Trang Hoang, however, achieved five victories and two ties the European Championship.

Today, the direct duel between the number 14 on the seeding list from Hungary and the number 7 also from Hungary will take place. In case one of them scores a major success at this match, there might be a preliminary decision concerning this year’s European Champion in the women’s division.

Seven players at 5.5 points after seven rounds

Because this continental event is played in a total of eleven rounds, the protagonists still have a far way to go in Belgrade. Therefore, the contemporary number of possible players at the European Championship is still quite high. Behind the leading duo, seven players at once have positioned themselves with chances of winning the title. Each of them at a score of 5.5 points, which is only half a point behind the leading two from Hungary and Russia. The field of these seven is led by Salome Melia (Elo 2428) from Georgia obtaining the highest second evaluation. Along with Melia who is only positioned 25th in the seeding list, three more players from Georgia are present at the tournament – among them seed number 2 Nana Dzagnidze (Elo 2558) – who have a current points account of 5.5 just like two Russians and the top-favorite Anna Muzychuk from Slovenia (Elo 2594).

Seeding list and Elo-rating not always determining criteria in chess

The European Chess Championship 2013 of women in Belgrade shows, that players do not always perform according to their Elo-rating and rank in seeding list. This is not only proven by seed number 24, Salome Melia, who performs much stronger than expected, but also vice-versa by the Ukrainian Kateryna Lagno (Elo 2542) who was positioned 3rd in the seeding list, but now takes rank 24 at only 4.5 points. Even farther behind in recent standings are the numbers 10 and 12 of the FIDE world rankings who were numbers 4 and 5 in the seeding list of the European Championship 2013. While Pia Cramling (Elo 2523) from Sweden takes place 35 at 4.5 points, the championship-dream of Tatiana Kosintseva may have already shattered at 4.0 points on 52nd rank.

Thanh Trang Hoang

Source: wikipedia / karpidis

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

India winner of World Youth U16 Chess Olympics

The junior team from India takes home the title of the World Youth U16 Chess Olympics which were recently carried out in China. The Asians could position themselves ahead of the top-favorite team from Russia.

India prevails over Russian chess junior in top-match

In the end, differences were as low as expected: India obtained the victory in China with 18 points after eight victories and two ties. Russia ranked 2nd having scored 17 points through eight victories, one tie, and also one defeat. In the decisive duel, the second seed Indians prevailed over the top-favorite team from Russia at 2.5:1.5 points. Along with three ties, Ghosh Diptayan (Elo 2473) achieved the only victory in the duel, defeating the Russian Kirill Alekseenko (Elo 2449).

Hungary and China rank behind bronze-medallist Turkey

Chess fans expected a duel for 3rd rank at the World Youth U16 Chess Olympics between Hungary and China, but the numbers three and four in the seeding list ended up on 4th (Hungary, 15 points/25.0) and 5th rank (China 1, 14 points). Surprisingly, the 3rd rank was taken by 7th seed Turkey at 15 points scored in seven victories, one tie, and two defeats as well as a second evaluation of 26.0. The Turkish team achieved a 2:2 tie against India, but lost to the team from China (1:3) and Iran (1.5:2.5) that was positioned 8th in seeding list and actually came off 8th in overall standings.

Chinese player at Elo of 1901 surprised with ten victories

From the beginning, the best individual player of the World Youth U16 Chess Olympics in China was expected to be the local Wei Yi with an Elo of 2557 points. Yet, the only grandmaster of the tournament could not win all duels. On the contrary, Yi scored 8.0 points out of ten duels. Therefore, he only placed 7th on the ranking list of the best individual players. Wang Yukun was announced best individual player of the entire event instead. At an Elo-rating of only 1901, the young player from the QD No. 2 Middle School ZY chess club won all ten duels and among others defeated the Czech Matyas Marek (Elo 2042), The Georgian Nika Ghvamberia (Elo 2047), and Arthur Shen from the United States (Elo 2286). Overall, 72 teams of teenagers under sixteen from 26 national chess associations took place in the World Youth Chess Olympics.

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Israel new European Champion in Senior Chess

At the 15th European Senior Chess Championship in Dresden (Germany) the team from Israel came off first. At only third highest average Elo-rating, the team prevailed over the two favorites from Russia and Belarus.

Russia and Belarus behind

With the average Elo of 2385 Israel was able to win seven matches and draw two duels at the European Championship in Dresden. Overall, Israel obtained a score of 16:2 points and therefore beat the favorite teams from Belarus at 15:3 points (6 wins, 3 ties) and Russia with 14:4 points (6 wins, 2 ties, 1 defeat). With this performance the Byelorussian and Russian teams, that started with the highest Elo-ratings at the tournament of 2427 and 2420, lie behind this year’s championship winner from Israel. In the women’s division, the Russian team prevailed over Germany as predicted.

Norresundby surprises with 4th rank at Senior Chess Championship

The German men’s team A ended the 15th European Senior Chess Championship on their home turf on 8th rank only with 12:6 points and 21.0 board-points. Due to a favorable seeding list position in 4th place and an average Elo of 2345 points, a few German chess fans even hoped for a triumph of their seniors in Dresden. Instead, the team from Norresundby caused a big stir: At an Elo-rating of 2160 and only 22nd position in seeding lists, the Scandinavians scored five victories, three ties, and only one defeat. Therefore, Norresundby took 4th rank in overall standings, followed by St. Petersburg, Hessen 1, and Italy. Only then, Germany A joins the list, having obtained five victories, but also two ties and two defeats.

Israel’s grandmasters triumph over Russian grandmasters

Overall, 71 team from 16 nations were present at the 15th European Senior Chess Championship in Germany. Among them were several grandmasters, whereby the Byelorussian team already had two of them – Viacheslav Dydyshko (Elo 2512) and Viktor Kupreichik (Elo 2443). Still, their participation did not lead to the great success. Israel also had two grandmasters lining up, particularly concerning Leonid Gofshtein, who in the end helped triumph over Belarus and Russia. With three grandmasters, the Russian team only earned 3rd place at the event. A direct duel between Israel and Russia ended in 2:2 tie, while Belarus scored 2.5:1.5 points against Russia. But, the Byelorussians had to deal with a 2:2 against Israel and another against Sweden. The Byelorussian and Russian teams each only accomplished a score of 2:2 in duels against the German team from Hessen.

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Alexandra Konstantinova Kostenjuk: First female master in chess in Switzerland

Once more, Alexandra Konstantinova Kostenjuk changed chess history. The former World Champions of women is now the first female to win the title Swiss Master in Chess.

Play-off against IM Ralph Buss determines winner

It took a whole 113 years for the first woman to come off winner at the Swiss National Championship. In 2013 finally, Alexandra Kostenjuk, who originates from Perm in Russia, overcame all obstacles and lead the field at the tournament. Kostenjuk is not like any other chess player; she held the title of the 12th Chess World Champion of women from 2008 until 2010. By now, she holds dual citizenship for both Russia and Switzerland and prevailed over the International Master Ralph Buss at 2:0 points in the final match. Both players had scored 6.5 points in 9 rounds, but in a play-off the 29 year-old Alexandra Konstantinova Kostenjuk defeated her male opponent and therefore made history.

Kostenjuk double master in Swiss chess

This year’s Swiss Championship can only hardly be surpassed in tension: In the last round, both Kostenjuk and Buss only achieved a tie, so that grandmaster Joe Gallagher achieving a victory could join up the two. As the Buchholtz-third Gallagher ended up with the bronze medal in the men’s division. In the women’s category, Kostenjuk logically obtained gold, while WFM Laura Stoeri won silver and WGM Barbara Hund bronze.

Kostenjuk grandmaster since 20 years-old

Alexandra Konstantinova Kostenjuk was born April 23rd in Perm which is located in Russia. In 2004, she earned the grandmaster title and has a current Elo-rating of 2489. Her rating peaked in April 2006 at 2540 points. From 2008 until 2010 she was the 12th female chess World Champions and takes rank 21 in the current FIDE world rankings of women. The Russian is married to her manager Juan Diego Garces Montoya, through whom she attained the Swiss citizenship.

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Treacherous King – Some History III

.. For a last time, let’s check out what the kings on the chess board are up to!

King I

Perlasca – Grassi, 1901. No, this combination does not originate from Shuffle-Chess. White should make a move – now! 1. Qxe8+ Kxe8 2. Nd4+ Kf8 [2…Kd8 leads to the immediate checkmate 3. Rg8#] 3. Re8+ Kxe8 4. Rg8+ Ke7 5. Nf5#

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How can one improve their Elo-rating

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or reach new standards without much effort? That’s easy! One simply has to come up with a non-existing chess tournament and pretends to have participated. The supposed results then enhance your rating! This method has been buried in oblivion lastly, but was applied (unsuccessfully) at the “Kali – Cup” in Hungary (2004) and at the “Memorial Heroes of Chernobyl” (2005)..

King II

Landau – List, 1937. A proper kick from the side makes the white king tumble, until he falls.. 1. Rh3 along with the threat of Rxh2+ ! [2. g3 Rxh2+ 3. Kxh2 Qxg3+ 4. Kh1 Qh3#; 2. Rxf2 Qd1+ and the checkmate is inevitable] 2.. Qg3 3. Qh4 Qxh2#

And black triumphs!

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Alexander Crişan is a business man and had the idea of tampering the system: He tried to buy tournaments (duels were never made public) in order to boost his Elo-rating beyond 2600 points and to simultaneously reach the current Top 50 players in the world (2001). When Crişan came to compete at a grandmaster tournament and scored only half a point out of nine rounds, people got suspicious and consulted an investigation committee which announced the denial of title and rating. This has still not been performed, as a commercial solution from the FIDE is assumed..

King III

Rico – Ballbé, 1955. A chess game can’t be a wild dance? 1. Bc5+ Qxc5 2. Rg8+ Kf7 [2.. Kxg8 3. Qxg6+ checkmate in next move] 3. Qxg6+ Ke6 4. f7+ .. and the king is left with two more moves until his dancing shoes stick to the dancefloor!

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Eventually, the masters of combination and problem friends caused this scenario: Until 1992, the age of large computer databases Gerhard Stadelmaier and Raimondas Senkus could delude the problem-chess-world with plagiarized compositions. For 21 of these 35 compositions a post-processing of the Albert-Collection could be proven – The investigation was compounded by mirroring and twisting.

Even more impudent was Claus-Peter Schoschies in 2004 when he claimed his participation in a chess-composition-solution-tournament. Being crowned Sportsman of the Year by the Ostsee-Newspaper (Germany) was at the expense of losing all fame and the €6,000 prize money for a supposed trip to Athens. Neither names not the organization of the tournament were known in the world of problem-chess..

King IV

Schein – Waisman, 1962. Precise calculating is necessary! .. Qxh3+ 2. Kxh3 Rh6+ 3. Kg4 [3. Kg2 Rh2#] 3.. Nh2+ 4. Kg5 Rh3 5. Rf3 h6+ 6. Kg6 Nxf3 and white can only delay the inevitable: Rf6 gives the checkmate.

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Not all serious, but for all chess-lovers: “How to cheat at chess?” from William Roland Hartston, who enlightens the reader about everything they have always wanted to know but never dared to ask. Who absolutely can’t stay away, is recommended to read Simon Lovell’s “How to cheat at everything!” 🙂

written by Frank, translated by Birthe

World Youth U16 Chess Olympics in China have begun

Despite all modern free time activities and the broad range of gadgets such as tablets and smartphones, chess remains a popular pastime for young people. Proof for this is the large crowd attending the World Youth U16 Olympics in chess which are currently carried out in Beijing.

72 teams from 26 countries line up in Beijing

The promoters of this major event for chess juniors have reported a heavy rush of participants. Overall, 72 teams from 26 associations travelled to China to compete in the World Youth Olympics of teenagers under 16. Among the participants are even 40 players with titles. The tournament is organized and carried out at the Chongqing Yucai Middle School.

Players from all corners of the earth participating

A glance at the field of participants shows that at the U16 World Olympics indeed teenagers from all over the world participate. Obviously, Chinese participants outweigh all other competing groups at the event, but also other Asian teams such as India and South Korea take part of the tournament. Europe is represented by England, Sweden, Georgia, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Turkey, and Russia – German-speaking teams cannot be found in Beijing this time. While South Africa is the only team from the African continent, many teams from Australia have lined up. Also, American teams from the United States of America and Chile have come to participate in the World Youth U16 Olympics.

Chinese grandmaster Wie Yi leads the field

When observing the competitors, one quickly notices the partaking of several very strong players at the U16 tournament. This regards to Wie Yi from China in particular: The chess player not only has an Elo-rating of 2557, but is also the only grandmaster among the participants. Also, the Russians Vladislav Artemyev (Elo 2554) and Grigory Oparin (ELO 2497) and the Indian Ghosh Diptayan (Elo 2497) and many other players show the impressive strengths of chess juniors from all over the world – even in times of PlayStation, xbox and others.

 written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Chess World Cup 2013: the pairing is set

One of the highlights of chess tournaments in 2013 is undoubtedly the World Cup for which recently the pairing was drawn. The event is scheduled to run between August 10th and September 5th.

128 players line up at the FIDE World Cup 2013

In total, 128 of the best players in the world will participate in the Chess World Cup 2013 that will be carried out in Tromsø, Norway. Duels are fought in knock-out system. Although 128 world-class players qualified for the tournament, not all of the will be participating. Out of all qualified, it is Magnus Carlsen who will not compete at this major event in his home country. Also, the current World Champion Visvanathan Anand from India has cancelled his attendance. Thirdly, Veselin Topalov will not be part of the tournament. Other than that, all chess celebrities have confirmed their participation.

No German player at the FIDE World Cup 2013

From the German standpoint a glance at the attendance list is unpleasant: The only player to be able to participate theoretically is Arkadij Naiditsch who is number 34 in worldwide rankings, but will not be in Tromsø for the event. While also no Swiss player will line up at the World Cup 2013, the Austrian Markus Ragger is the only player attending from German-speaking grounds. Ragger is positioned 64th in worldwide rankings and takes position 49 in the seeding list. In first round, the Austrian will compete against number 81 of the seeding list – the Russian Ivan Popov – according to the recent drawings. If Markus Ragger defeats Popov, Nikita Vitiugov who is 17th on the list and also from Russia will be his opponent in the second round.

Quarter-finals between Caruana and Gelfand possible

The top-listed player and runner-up in worldwide standings from Armenia – Levon Aronian – will meet the putative weakest player Mikhail Markov from Kirgizstan in the first round of the Chess World Cup 2013. In case all favorite players will prevail in the preliminary rounds, it is possible for Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand to come together in quarter-finals. Another interesting duel should the match of the two Russians Alexander Grischuk and Sergey Karjakin. The supposed final game would then be cast with Levon Aronian and Fabiano Caruana.. But until then, 126 duels will have to be carried out at the Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø.

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Chinese chess players dominate 27th Universade in Kasan

Clearly, the matches of the female students at the 27th Universade in Kasan, Russia were dominated by the Chinese. Therefore, all three medals went to the country of the middle. In the men’s category titles and medals were distributed more evenly.

Zhao Xue undefeated in nine rounds

The Chinese grandmaster Xue Zhao (Elo 2553) was in remarkable shape at the event;

in all nine duels at the Universade in Kasan the Chinese remained undefeated. Along with six victories she claimed three ties and scored 7.5 points overall. This outstanding performance was rewarded with gold. The silver and bronze medals were also obtained by Chinese students who each scored 7.0 points. Wenjun Ju (Elo 2531) came off second on the podium, while Zhongyi Tan (Elo 2478) ended up in third place. Tan is followed by the two Russians Anastasia Savina (Elo 2368) and Anastasia Bodnaruk (Elo 2440).

Striking matches in men’s category

The chess tournament at the world games of students in Russia was a very tight race in the men’s division. In the end, nine (!!) grandmasters at 6.5 points led the field. To finally make out the ranking and victor several sub-ratings had to be consulted. The final winner is Wesley So (Elo 2708) from the Philippines who shared the podium with the Armenian Zaven Andriasian (Elo 2620) and the Chinese Chao Lo (Elo 2686). The best domestic player was Maxim Matlakov who ended up on 5th rank. After all, the in chess predominant Russians were not so lucky at this international tournament.

German chess player Manuela Mader ranks 21st

The Universade in Kasan was attended by male and female students of 46 nations. However, only one player from Germany participated in the event: Manuela Mader (Elo 2212). At 5.5 points she obtained a solid 21st rank after being positioned 28th in the seeding list. Switzerland sent four male players and two female players to the world games of students. The best result was achieved by Camille De Secroux (Elo 2118) who ranked 44th among the competition.

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

71 chess teams at the European Senior Team Championship 2013

Upcoming Saturday the next highlight in the chess world is coming up in Dresden, Germany. Scheduled from July 20th to 28th, the 15th European Senior Team Championship will be cast with 71 teams from all over Europe.

Participants from 16 nations

The 71 teams lining up at the championship originate from 16 countries according to the European Chess Union. Not only will numerous German Teams participate, but also many others from Northern-Europe. The quantity as well as quality of teams can be highlighted in this event,

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as the European Senior Championship has excellent reputation. Especially the two top-favorite teams from Belarus and title-defender Russia stand out with Elos averaging at 2427 and 2420. The Eastern-European teams are followed by Israel and Germany A at averages of 2385 and 2360 points. St. Petersburg is the first team competing not being a national team. The Chess Club Heidenau is placed very last – in 71st place – at the 15th European Senior Team Championship with an average Elo of 1520 points.

Several grandmasters at the Senior Championship

At the event in Dresden, Germany, quite a few grandmasters line up. The player with the highest Elo-rating can be found in the top-team from Belarus. Viacheslav Dydyshko (Elo 2512) is Belarus’ best player, along with grandmaster Viktor Kupreichik (Elo 2443). Besides, Russia has three grandmaster participating, Israel two and Germany A still one. The German grandmaster is Wolfgang Uhlmann (Elo 2340), who lines up for the hosting country with his teammates Bodo Schmidt (Elo 2379), Jürgen Haakert (Elo 2385), and Clemens Werner (Elo 2337). Further grandmasters from Finland and Italy will compete from July 20th until 28th at the European Senior Team Championship.

Two women’s teams participating

Over and above, two mere women’s teams will be part of the championship in Dresden. These teams are from Russia and Germany, of which the Russian team is predicted to perform much better. The Russian women’s team is positioned 12th so far. The German women will start off of 47th place at the event. We are looking forward to nine rounds of striking matches in the women’s category!

written by MIchael, translated by Birthe

Treacherous King – Some History II

King 1King – Beldjanin, 1962. Isn’t this an easy victory for white? 1.Qxe5. Yes!! 1.. Qxe5 2.Rd8+ Ke7 3.Re8# “Keeping it simple” is clearly what this combination is suggesting. A request one should definitely comply after calculating the current setup on the board.

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Böblingen, Germany, 1999. “Checkmate in eight moves!“ shouts the amateur player Clemens Allwermann at the opponent, the grandmaster Sergej Kalinitschev, in the very last round of the duel. He responded to the disbelieving smile by saying: “Don’t smile, check for yourself!” to heat the situation even further. The amateur player (German Rating of 1925 back then) had earned a shared first place at 7.5 out of 9 points and an overall performance of more then 2630 Elo points. Allwermann was accused of scamming with the support of Fritz 5.32 and all duels could be reconstructed identically with computer aid. Supposedly, the moves were communicated by mini-headphones. At the following tournament in Bad Wörishofen, Germany, he obtained 4.5 points which are adequate to his performance. In the beginning of 2000, the Prosecuting Authorities Stuttgart in Germany gave up their investigations regarding prize money obtained by fraud due to lack of evidence. In consequence, the Bavarian Chess Association expelled Allwermann from the organization.

King 2Blanc – Baron, 1979. The usage of all possible aids quickly helps white to win the duel. 1. Bxh6 gxh6 2. Ne7+ Kh8 3. Rf8+ Qxf8 [3…Nxf8 is not an option: 4. Qg8#] 4. Kg6+ Kg7 5. Nxf8+ Kxf8 6. Qg6. White cannot win until this last move!

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Lampertheim, Germany, 2002. The pedagogue Wolfgang Siegler repeatedly disappeared from the chessboard at the Open, although his turn was up. This odd behavior was followed by astounding moves on the board. Suspicious tournament participants called in referees to follow the suspect to the bathroom. A glance under the bathroom door caused the ref to wonder about the unusual foot position that made usual usage of a toilet impossible. Therefore, he sneaked up the dash-panel and caught Siegler while cheating with a handheld-computer and immediately suspended him from the event.

 King 3

Speelman – Liu, 1981. Slight fare from China, bon appétit! 1.. Re2 2. Qxe2 Bxg5+ 3. Ne3 [3. Kd1 results in immediate checkmate 3.. Qb1#] 3.. Qb1+ 4. Kd2 Qxh1 .. And the loan goes back with interest and compound interest ..

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April, 2004. Many international top-players participated in the online tournament ACP and fought for prize money of $5,000. The tournament announcements explicitly forbid any illegitimate aids, but still, the players Ghaem Maghami (Iran) and Arkadij Naiditsch (Germany) were suspended from the tournament due to the usage of computers. The German Chess Association frowned upon this behavior.

King 4

Haik – Skembris, 1981. Quick! 1. Rxf6 gxf6 2. Qh6 Re7 [2.. Qe7 3.Nxf6+ Kh8 4. Nxe8 and black can be sure to win the party] 3. Nxf6+ Kh8 4. Ne8! The defence is destroyed for good: 4.. Rxe8 5. Rf7 and over; 4.. Nxg6 5. Rf8+ Nxf8 6. Qxf8# and 4.. Qxe8.makes the game come to the same end. Game Over!

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December, 2006. The Indian player Umakant Sharma enhanced his Elo from 1930 to incredibly high 2484 within a year and a half and was therefore banned from any further activities by the Indian Chess Association for a total of ten years. It was clearly proven that he hid a Bluetooth-receiver in his cap at a tournament in New Delhi.

 written by Frank, translated by Birthe