U20 Chess World Championship: Yu Yangyi and Aleksandra Goryachkina win

In the boys’ category of the U20 World Championship the favorite player Yu Yangyi prevailed. Aleksandra Goryachkina was again dominant among the girls.

 

118 male and 77 female participants

The Turkish city Kocaeli hosted the world championship for the under 20 year-olds. Under the watchful eyes of Garri Kasparov, U20 World Champion of 1980, 118 boys and 77 fought for the coveted medals. While the outcome in the boys’ division was a neck-and-neck race until the very end, Aleksandra Goryachkina secured her victory in the girl’s division at a one point advantage. The particularly strong players among the boys were mostly from Asia, the strong girls most of all originate from Eastern Europe.

 

Yu Yangyi wins title with 2813-performance

Alexander Ipatov (Elo 2601) hoped to defend the men’s U20 World Championship title as the first chess player ever. At 10.5 points after 13 rounds, the Russian grandmaster, who plays for Turkey now, accomplished a great overall performance like Kasparov and Mamedyarov once did. But Yu Yangyi (Elo 2662) outperformed Ipatov by 0.5 points. At an overall score of 11.0 points after 13 rounds, the Chinese grandmaster obtained 2013’s U20 World Championship title. After 10 rounds, both players were leading the field with an equal score of 8.5. But while Yu Yangyi was able to win the following the two duels, the title defender only achieved two draws.  It is astonishing, how confident the performance of the Chinese was. At a U20 championship, this is barely ever the case and at 11.0 / 13 and a 2813-performance, Yangyi simply overshadowed his competitors. The two top-favorite players are followed by Cori Jorge from Peru (Elo 2587) in 3rd place and Vidit Sangtosh Gujrathi from India (Elo 2565) in 4th place at each 9.5 points.

 

15 year-old Russian wins over 13 year-old Kazakh

The decision in the girls’ division wasn’t as close; the 15 year-old Aleksandra Gorychkina (Elo 2418) secured the title at the U20 World Championship at 10.5 points out of 13 rounds. Behind her ranks Zhansaya Adumalik (Elo 2277), who was seeded in 13th place only. Surprisingly, the 13 year-old Kazakh scored 9.5 points and obtained the silver medal. Adumalik is followed by the top-favorite Russian player Alina Kashlinskaya (Elo 2434) and Mitra Hejazipour (Elo 2256), who both scored 9.0 points.

Yu Yangyi

Yu Yangyi

Picture: Andreas Kontokanis

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Supposed fraud of Jens Kotainy not punished with suspension

After the chess player Jens Kotainy was disqualified at the Sparkassen Chess Meeting in Dortmund (Germany) not too long ago, a decision in his case has been made. The player was accused of fraud by usage of his cell phone, but will not be suspended from chess activities in the future.

 

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doesn’t allow suspension according to GCA

Suspending Kotainy is not an option as the German Chess Association declared. The authorities stated, that the legal circumstances don’t allow the penalty. In a public statement, the President of the German Chess Association, Herbert Bastian, explained that the case had been investigated carefully with the help of a detailed referee report and files of the prosecuting authorities. The case was now closed and the incident will not result in a suspension.

 

The very wording of the statement

As the Court of Arbitration of the German Chess Association stated in an earlier case, a suspension is only possible under the condition of signing an individual declaration of submission following the rule set of the German Chess Association which was not conducted by the organizer. As the tournament was carried out privately, an implied submission cannot be assumed. The issue was reported to the FIDE Ethics Commission which will decide about further actions.

To prevent incidents of this nature, the executive board of the German Chess Association recommends all tournament organizers implement simple measures: Firstly, a general prohibition of electronic devices at tournaments as part of the tournament advertisement and secondly, the obligatory signing of a declaration of submission for the GCA’s system of penalties by all participating chess players. A model text will be published on the website of the German Chess Association shortly and stands ready for download.

However, fraud through modern technology will never be foreclosed, but the risk for potential offenders will increase immensely. In the meanwhile, Jens Kotainy withdrew his participation at the upcoming German Rapid Chess Championship in Gladenbach. But the case is not closed yet; The Commission for Competitive Sports will decide over the consequences regarding the cooperation with the German Chess Association, especially whether or not Jens Kotainy remains part of the C–cadre. A final decision will be made within the next weeks.

 

Herbert Bastian

President

 

 

Jens Kotainy

Jens Kotainy

Picture: wikipedia/Stefan64

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

How much tactics do people need?

One night recently, I surfed the internet and after several chess-websites I didn’t know, I found the Chess Tactics Server (CTS) http://chess.emrald.net/ which lures chess fans with 36,872 ( !! ) assignments.

 

Tactics 1

 Black’s turn, Black wins

Homan – Fercec, Ljubljana, 1999. 1… Qf3+ 2. Kh1 [2. gxf3 Qxh3 3. Ng3 exf3] 2… Qg4 threatens … Rxh3+ 3. Nh2 Rxh3 4. gxf3 [4. gxh3 Qxh3] 4… exf3 and White surrenders, as the checkmate is inevitable.

0 – 1

 

“That’s got to be something!“ I thought and clicked through the page. Promptly, I had the choice of playing around a little bit as a guest or enjoying the entire collection via login. I logged in and still studying the positioning of the first assignment, a move was made. While I realized it was turn, I had already exceeded the time limit. “Uggh, once again!” Well, after three or four solved assignments, I could only guess the following positioning and took immediate action, as I was frankly under pressure of time. Now I do understand why this particular group of assignments is titled “Good luck!”

 

Tactics 2

 White’s turn, White wins

Sevo – Jakupec, Zagreb, 1992. 1. Rxh6 Kxh6 [1… Bxf5 2. exf5 Rxf5+ 3. Ke3 Kxh6 4. Be4 and White is still about to win] 2. Qh5+ Kxh5 [2… Kg7 3. Qg6+ Kh8 4. Rh1+ Qh7 5. Rxh7#] 3. Rh1+ Kg4 4. Bf3#

 1 – 0

 

Looking at the descriptions of the webpage’s functions, I found out about several provided statistics and that my tactical performance was measured through the Glicko-Rating-System. Is speed interpreted as performance on this website? After the board (that occurred a little too small to me) had built up, 5 to 6 seconds pass and it’s your turn. Now you have 3 (in words: three!) seconds to find the right solution and make the move to gain full score. After another defined period of time (Usually something around 10 seconds), you start losing points.

 

Tactics 3

Black’s turn, Black wins

Gallagher – Huss, Suhr, 1992. 1… Nb4 2. Qe4+ 2. Qxb4 is the same as 2…Rc6 3. Qxb4 Qf5+ 4. Ka1 Qc2 5. Qb3 cxb2+ and Black wins. But Huss continued 1… Rb8 ( ? ) and lost!

 1 – 0

 

 

For all of you who are curious and want to try CTS: I can only recommend a testing phase as a “Guest”. In case you make your own profile, I would suggest activating the options “Break on failure” and “Break on success” which allow you to restudy the positing after an unsuccessful attempt (The other options provide you with one positioning after another which really asked too much from me). Bullet-players might take this as practice, but the rest of us will more than likely be frustrated after a while.

 

Tactics 4

 Black’s turn, Black wins

Osluchow – Nedobara, 1990. 1… Q4+ 2.gxh4 [2. Kxh4 Rxh2#] 2… Re3+ 3. Bf3 Bxe6+ 4. Qxe6 Rxf3#

 0 – 1

 

written by Frank, translated by Birthe

European Club Cup 2013 with world-class casting

When the 29th European Club Cup begins next month, numerous world-class chess players will compete on the Greek island Rhodes to prove their abilities. A look at the current start list gives us closer insight..

 

More than 60 participants signed up already

Several teams from all over Europe have confirmed their participation at this point. The open section of the tournament is already cast with more than 50 chess teams from all parts of Europe, who are eager to compete in the European Club Cup 2013. The event is scheduled to run between October 19th and 27th 2013 and will also have ten teams participating in the women’s category at least. The members of the European teams are partially high-class chess players, so that until now several top-rated players, male and female, are listed for the contest in Rhodes.

 

Socar from Azerbaijan with six Top-20-players

Competitors in the open category are for instance the world’s number 4 Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785), number 8 Sergey Karjakin (Elo 2772), and number 18 Alexander Morozevich (Elo 2739) who plays for the Russian Club Malachite and, by the way, is seeded 2nd. The seeding list of teams is lead by the Azerbaijani team Socar. Socar is cast with the world’s number 5 Fabiano Caruana from Italy (Elo 2779), number 7 Shakriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan (Elo 2775), number 10 Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria (Elo 2769), number 16 Gata Kamsky from the United States (Elo 2741), number 19 Anish Giri from the Netherlands (Elo 2737), and number 20 Wang Hao from China (Elo 2736). At the moment it seems unlikely that the Azerbaijani club will not win the tournament in Rhodes. The list of international chess celebrities can be enlarged with the names Hikari Nakamura, Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez, and many others.

 

Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan participates

Likewise, the women’s category of the European Club Cup 2013 is cast with several leading chess players of the world. One of them is the new – and former – Chess World Champion Hou Yifan. The 19 year-old lines up for the top-favorite team in the women’s category – the Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo. Next to the young woman who ranks 2nd in worldwide rankings, the Indian Humpy Koneru (Elo 2607), the Slovenian Anna Muzychuk (Elo 2585), and Pia Cramling from Sweden (Elo 2515) are memebers of the favored team.

 

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov . Wikipedia . Stefan64

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

Picture: Wikipedia / Stefan64

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Hou Yifan: Player’s profile of the new Chess World Champion

After the chess player Hou Yifan from China was able to regain the crown in women’s chess, we will take a closer look at the remarkable career of the 19 year-old chess talent whose name is written 侯逸凡 in

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Hou Yifan: Early successes among girls and boys

On February 27th 1994, Hou Yifan was born in Xinghua which is located in the Chinese province Jiangsu. In her early years already, the little girl achieved major successes such as the gold medal at the U10 World Championship in 2003. While she won in the girls division, she was able to rank 3rd among the participating boys. In 2007, she established a new record in China: At only 13 years old, she won the Chinese women’s national championship. Therefore, she made history as the youngest championship victress of all times. Also, she won the Atatürk International Women Masters in Istanbul in May 2008 with a score of 7.0 points out of 9 matches. In August 2008, the shared 3rd rank at the U20 Junior World Championship followed – as a 14 year-old among male juniors! The same year, Yifan participated at the Chess Olympics as a top-rated member of the Chinese women’s national team and scored 7.5 points out of 11 rounds.

 

Youngest title holder of the general grandmaster title

In September 2008, Hou Yifan earned the general grandmaster title. She reached the third standard at 14 years, 6 months, and 2 days old at the Women’s World Championship. Before, she already held the women’s grandmaster title and was then the youngest title holder of the general grandmaster title so far. Therefore, she replaced Wesley as youngest title holder, but was ‘interrupted’ by Anish Giri in February 2009. In Gibraltar, she scored 8.0 points out of 10 duels at the Tradewise Chess Festival, but then lost the tournament victory to the Englishman Nigel Short after two blitzchess duels. At thei very tournament, Hou Yifan achieved a success against the best female chess player of the world, Judith Polgar.

 

Hou Yifan’s successes at the Chess World Championship

At the Women’s Chess World Championship, Hou Yifan achieved early successes: In 2007, she made it to finals, but was then defeated by Alexandra Kostenjuk at 1.5:2.5 points. Two years later, a triumph in the Turkish city Antakya followed when Yifan beat her fellow countrywomen Ruan Lufei at 5:3 and became 13th Chess World Champion of women – as well a the youngest world champion of all times. The year after that, the title defence in Tirana followed against the Indian Koneru Humpy at 5.5:2.5 points. At the World Championship 2012 in the Russian city Chanty-Mansujsk that was carried out in knock-out-system, Yifan sensationally failed against Monika Socko and dropped out. Instead, Anna Ushenina became World Champion, who in September 2013 hopelessly lost to Hou Yifan at the world championship in Taizhou at 1.5:5.5 points.

 

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

Hou Yifan from China again Chess World Champion in women’s division

As expected by many observers the Chinese player Hou Yifan regained the championship title in women’s chess. Though her victory was assumed, no one would have thought of the duel against title defender Anna Ushenina to be quite accutane during the summer so monotonous.

 

Hou Yifan wins clearly at 5.5:1.5

Initially, the duel was supposed to be fought in ten individual matches. But the Chinese Hou Yifan decided the duel in the Chinese city http://propeciageneric-online.com/ Taizhou to her favor after only seven matches. The 19 year-old obtained four victories in the seven matches and was therefore unbeatably ahead at 5.5:1.5 points. The title defender Anna Ushenina, who sensationally won the championship title last year, was hopelessly defeated; she only scored three draws. Thus, the Women’s Chess World Championship 2013 was an unequivocal matter. Hou Yifan (Elo 2609) is currently the runner-up in the FIDE world rankings of women, while the 28 year-old Anna Ushenina from the Ukraine (Elo 2500) ranks 17th.

19 year-old Chinese world champion from 2010 to 2012

The 19 year-old Hou Yifan was already women’s world champion from 2010 to 2012, until she surprisingly had to pass on the championship title to the Ukrainian Anna Ushenina who came off winner at the last championship that was carried out in tournament system. As Yifan won the FIDE Grand Prix overall ratings of the season 2011/2012, she earned the right to challenge Ushenina. With her victory, the 19 year-old won €120,000; Anna Ushenina still received €80,000.

 

Hou Yifan second best chess player behind Judith Polgar

Even though Hou Yifan again obtained the championship title in women’s chess, she is still only the second best female chess player of the world, as Judith Polgar beyond dispute has been the best chess player among women. However, the Hungarian hasn’t played against women in quite a while as she prefers duels against men. At this point, a direct comparison between the two would be more than interesting. At the Gibraltar Open in the past year, the two already faced each other in a duel in which Hou Yifan remained dominant.

 

Yifan Hou

Hou Yifan

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written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

Chess Grand Prix 2012 / 2013: Final Showdown in Paris

Starting tomorrow, September 21st 2013, all eyes of the chess world are turned towards Paris. Until October 5th, the French capital is hosting the last event of the Chess Grand Prix Series 2012/2013 of the FIDE.

 

Karjakin, Radjabov, and Svidler won’t compete in Paris

After the competitions in London, Tashkent, Zug (instead of Lisbon), Thessaloniki (instead of Madrid), and Beijing (instead of Berlin) the final station of the FIDE Chess World Cup 2012/2013 is now Paris. Every tournament is cast with 12 world-class chess players of which each may participate in 4 contests. As a few players withdrew their participation, 23 professionals lined up for the Chess World Cup. Due to the absence of Karjakin, Radjabov, and Svidler, substitute players Tomashevsky, Fressinet, and Bacrot will be participating in Paris. Bacrot was part of the Thessaloniki tournament already.

 

Veselin Topalov has clear overall lead

There are three players with the potential of winning the FIDE Chess Grand Prix Series who could be the first successors of the first FIDE Grand Prix victor Levon Aronian (2008 – 2010). Firstly, the currently leading Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria has chances on winning the title – even though he played all four of his tournaments and won’t be competing in Paris. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is in 2nd place of the overall standings, but will be absent as well. Topalov, at 410 points, is 20 points ahead off the Azerbaijani. Secondly, Alexander Grischuk from Russia and, thirdly, Fabiano Caruana from Italy can still win the title. Grischuk currently holds 315 points, while Caruana has 305. To win the Grand Prix 2012/2013 both grandmasters have to at least come off 3rd in Paris, on conditions that the other doesn’t rank any higher.

 

The winners of previous stations of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012/2013

The first tournament of the Chess Grand Prix 2012/2013 was hosted in Londonin September 2012, in which Topalov prevailed over Gelfand and Mamedyarov. In November 2012, the tournament in Tashkent followed – Karjakin won, followed by Wang Hao and Morozevich. The next station was Zug in April which was obtained by the BulgarianTopalov who was able to beat Nakamura (USA) and Ponomariov (Ukraine). The month after that, at the tournament in Thessaloniki, the Cuban Dominguez triumphed and ranked ahead off Caruana and Kamsky (USA). The Azerbaijani Mamedyarov won the last tournament in Beijing, Grischuk followed in 2nd and Topalov in 3rd place.

 

Veselin Topalov

Veselin Topalov

Picture: flickr.com/Frans Peeters

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Insights from Kreuzberg, Berlin

Who issues an instruction to who has always been a difficult topic. In Germany, the year 1882 marked a new direction through the new empowerment of the public administration sector. An argument in the well known urban district ‘Kreuzberg’ in Berlin triggered the reformation. A monument, constructed sixty years earlier, was threatened to be overbuilt. The Berlin Police Department tried to forestall this by releasing a public regulation which upset the owner of the vacant lot who filed complaint and in the end won the court proceedings.

 

The following diagram Black directs White’s task. But how?

 

Kreuzberg 1

 Black’s turn, Black wins

L. Spasov – Kr. Georgiev, 1983. 1…Be3 The bishop may not be moved, as checkmating through the queen will sacrifice the rook. 2. fex3 after 2… Qh3+ leads to the checkmate. 2.Nc2 Qf3 and game over. Does the reader find a way of defence for Black?

 

The complaint was processed by the Prussian Supreme Court for administrative matters which passed a guiding judgement. After all, the claimant’s victory was a milestone in ending the absolute police state. From that moment on, the tasks of the police force was limited to the prevention and soling of illegal activities. The organization of social life on the other hand was now out of their control.

 

Full knowledge of the successful offense is advantageous in the following task:

 

Kreuzberg 2

 White’s turn, White wins

Mischto – Klosa, 1955. 1. Qh7+ Kxh7 2. Rxg7+ Kh8 (2… Kh6 3. R1g6#) 3. Rg8+ Kh7 4. R1g7+ Kh6 5. Rg6+ Kh7 6. R8g7+ Kh8 7. Rh6#

1 – 0

 

Monika Galambfalvy from Vienna (Elo around 1700 back then) had to learn how fast the conditions change in chess the hard way: She was the bronze medallist of the national championship in 2005 and therefore belonged to the squad that had unexpected visitors on a random Sunday morning.

 

The white king may also receive unexpected visitor soon – how does he get through despite the defence?

 

Kreuzberg 3

Black’s turn, Black wins

Gusti – Nutrizio, 1958. 1… Rd1+! 2. Qxd1 (2. Kxd1 Qd4+ 3. Ke1 [3. Bd2 Nxf2+ 4. Ke1 Nd3+] 3… Qxf2+ 4. Kd1 Rd8+ 5. Kc2 Nc5+ 6. Kb2 Nd3+) 2… Qc3+ 3. Bd2 Nxd2 4. Qxd2 Qxa1+ 5. Qd1 Qxa3

0 – 1

 

The unexpected visit was paid by the Austrian Anti Doping Committee that demanded 75 milliliters of her urine. As Galambfalvy was stressed out by a sick daughter and a broken boiler, she did not comply with their request. The amateur chess player was obviously not familiar with the consequnces of her denial. With one call of the chess association the next day she was informed about the accusation of being a doping case. Was she rather a victim?! Mind the notation signs.. During the following hearing the player proved the situation and could not even guess the extent of the sentence. The verdict consisted of a (frowned upon) two-year suspension of the 72nd in women’s national rankings.

 

White literally arrested the black king in this diagram. What moves were made?

Kreuzberg 4

 White’s turn, White wins

Van Weersel – Visschedijk, Rotterdam, 2000. 1. Qxf8+ and game over! You don’t believe it? Feel free to check yourself 🙂

written by Frank, translated by Birthe

 

 

World’s number 1 Magnus Carlsen wins Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis

Few weeks before the world championship in chess begins, the challenger performs at his best. The Norwegian player, who wants to take Visvanathan Anand’s world championship title, recently won a world-class tournament in St. Louis.

 

Four leading players of the world participating

The Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis was a tournament with only a small starting field which was extraordinarily strong. Only four players participated in the event. Next to the world’s number 1 from Norway Magnus Carlsen (Elo 2862), the runner-up Levon Aronian (Elo 2813), and the two best US-American players Hikaru Nakamura (9th / Elo 2772) and Gata Kamsky (16th / Elo 2741) were invited. The tournament was played in six rounds, so that each player faced the same opponent twice. The four players shared prize money that amounted to $170,000 of which the winner received $70,000, the runner-up $50,000, the 3rd $30,000, and the 4th $20,000.

 

Magnus Carlsen wins with one point advantage

In the end, the favorite player Magnus Carlsen triumphed at 4.5 points out of 6 duels. Second place was taken by Nakamura with a score of 3.5 out of six rounds. Levon Aronian had to be content with 3rd rank with only 2.5 points. At the bottom of the ranking was, as expected, Gata Kamsky. With three draws and three defeats he only gained 1.5 points.

 

The duels of St. Louis in detail

Magnus Carlsen put in full power from the first duel and instantly came off winner in the match against Gata Kamsky, while Nakamura surprisingly prevailed over the World’s number 2 from Armenia in his first duel. In the second round, Carlsen and Aronian met for the top-duel of the event which ended in a draw and Nakamura beat his fellow countryman. The third round ended in two draws, just like the fifth. In between, Carlsen again won against Gata Kamsky, while Aronian won the return match against Nakamura. In the final round of the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, the matches of the world’s two best players, according to the FIDE world rankings, ended in a draw as well as the duel between the two best American players.

 

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

Picture: flickr.com / Frans Peeters

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Alexander Grischuk wins Rapid Chess Tournament ACP Cup in Riga

Recently, Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785) obtained another big tournament victory: The Russian chess player prevailed over 15 grandmasters and rapid chess professionals at the international ACP Cup in the Lithuanian city Riga.

 

16 participants competed for $75,000 prize money

The ACP Cup in Riga was carried out by the Association of Chess Professionals for the first time. The 16 contestants of the four-day tournament originated from Latvia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Poland, France, and the Ukraine. The prize money amounted to $75,000. Next to the victor Alexander Grischuk, the very popular players Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (7th worldwide / Elo 2775), Peter Svidler (15th / Elo 2746), Alexander Moiseenko (41st / Elo 2706), Alexander Morozevich (18th / Elo 2739), Vassily Ivanchuk (22nd / Elo 2731), and ten other players participated.

 

Tournament in Knock-Out System

The rapid chess tournamrnt in Riga was played in Knock-Out-System. In the first round, the world’s number 4 Alexander Grischuk prevailed over Laurent Fressinet (38th / Elo 2708) at 3:1 points, while Alexander Morozevich (0.5:1.5 against Ruslan Ponomariov) as well as Alexander Moiseenko (0.5:1.5 against Ian Nepomniachtchi) dropped out. In quarterfinals of the ACP Cup 2013 in Riga Alexander Grischuk dominated the duel against Radoslav Wojtaszek (47th / Elo 2701) with 2:0 points. In the round of the last eight of the rapid chess tournament, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov lost to Ruslan Ponomariov at 0:2 points.

 

Alexander Grischuk wins against Peter Svidler and Ian Nepomniachtchi

In semi-finals, Alexander Grischuk faced his fellow countryman Peter Svidler and triumphed at 1.5:0.5 points. The second match of the semi-finals, Ian Nepomniachtchi (29th /Elo 2717) scored a 3:1 success against Ponomariov (14th / Elo 2756). The final match was meant to be a striking match: the two regular matches ended in draws and the following blitz chess matches were each obtained by Nepomniachtchi and Grischuk. The final decision was made during match number five in which Grischuk prevailed. Therefore, the Russian grandmaster did not only win the duel in Riga but also the entire ACP Cup 2013.

 

Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Grischuk

Picture: flickr.com / Andreas Kontokanis

written by Michael, translated by Birthe