Klaus Bischoff new German Champion in chess

At the German Chess Championship Klaus Bischoff (Elo 2500) prevailed over all other contestants. Title defender Daniel Fridman (Elo 2614) ended up in 9th place. In between the two grandmasters were not only seven other chess players but also 1.0 points.

 

Klaus Bischoff 0.5 points ahead off runner-up

In 9 rounds of the German Chess Championship 2013 in Saarbrucken, Klaus Bischoff gained 6.5 points. Therefore, the experienced chess player ranked first at an advantage of 0.5 points. Bischoff plays for the chess club “Sportfreunde Katernberg 1913” and obtained the individual title in classical chess for the first time, but was able to prevail at several other German Championships such as Blitzchess, Rapid Chess, and in the team category. In the end, the top-favorite player of the event didn’t win the title, but with Klaus Bischoff a popular German player obtained the victory.

 

Felix Graf in 3rd place reaches IM-standard

Seven players at 6.0 points out of 9 rounds rank behind Klaus Bischoff. Grandmaster Rainer Buhmann (SV Hockenheim / Elo 2580) came off 2nd, followed by Felix Graf (FC Bayern München / Elo 2481) who complied with the International Master standard and, unfortunately, very shortly missed the Grandmaster standard. André Oberhofer also reached the IM-standard for the first time. Top-favorite and Champion of 2008 and 2012, Daniel Fridman from the SV Mühlheim-Nord, had to be content with 9th place at 5.5 points. The grandmaster was a member of the German national team that won the European Team Championship in 2011. Between Buhmann and Fridmann, the fourth grandmaster Martin Krämer (Elo 2542) took his place. The player from the chess club “Sportfreunde Berlin 1903” ended up in 5th place.

 

Zoya Schleining ranks 21st

Overall, forty male and two female chess players competed at the 84th German Chess Championship in Saarbrucken. Along with the winners of the State Championships, played in Swiss Tournament System, a few top-rated chess players qualified for participation. After nine rounds, the two female chess players took rank 21 through women’s grandmaster Zoya Schleining (Elo 2377 / 4.5 points) and rank 40 through FIDE master Nadi Jussupov (Elo 2156 / 2.5 points). Herbert Bastian (SV Saarbrucken 1970), who is the current president of the German Chess Association, completed the tournament in 33rd place (Elo 2339 / 3.5 points).

 

Klaus Bischoff

Klaus Bischoff

Picture: wikipedia / Stefan64

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Records & Castling

“You have to castle in the early stage of the match!” – Every chess youngster has either heard this phrase from their coach, read it in some smart publication, or learned it the hard way in an own game of chess. The safety of the king is truly a dogma! But there are exemptions to every rule and today we will try to find out whether or not this applies for castling, too.

Working with information from my own database and several secondary sources, I am searching for records in terms of castling. Castling kingside has actually leveraged some players in the history of chess:

44. 0-0         Mishook, J. – Tenner, O.                       New York, 1923                1 – 0
45. … 0-0     Lamothe, J. – Shebsh, M.                    Novi Sad, 1990                 0 – 1
47. … 0-0     Pasic, H. – Alvarez, T.                          Internet Section, 2004      0 – 1
48. 0-0         Zemerov, V. – Molnar, B.                       HUN-chT2, 1994              1 – 0
48. … 0-0     Nesheweat, M. – Garrison, R.              Detroit-ch, 1994               0 – 1

Surprising are the victories of those who castle in a late stage of the duel! The match between Geoffrey Butler and Ian Clive Rout in Canberra in 1993 seems to be breaking all records, in which White castled after the 66th move and Black even after the 67th! But in this case, the first 60 moves must have been chasing records and a closer look at the positioning seems pointless (I have no information about the authenticity of the duel. The only remarkable things is that the three times position repetition is missing):

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. Ne5 Ne4 3. Nc4 Na6 4. Nba3 Nb4 5. Nb5 Nc5 6. Nd4 Nd5 7. Ne5 Nb6 8. Nf5 Ne6 9. Ng4 Na4 10. Nh4 Nd4 11. Ne5 Ne6 12. Ng4 Nec5 13. Nf3 Ne4 14. Nd4 Nd6 15. Ne5 Nc5 16. Nef3 Nce4 17. Nb3 Nc4 18. Nbd4 Na5 19. Nh4 Nc6 20. Nhf3 Nf6 21. Nf5 Ng8 22. Ne3 Nh6 23. Nd5 Nb8 24. Nc3 Na6 25. Ng1 Nf5 26. Nh3 Nc5 27. Nb1 Na4 28. Na3 Nh4 29. Nc4 Ng6 30. Ng1 Nf4 31. Na3 Nb6 32. Nb1 Nbd5 33. Nf3 Nf6 34. Nc3 Ne6 35. Nb1 Nf4 36. Nd4 Ne4 37. Nf3 Nc5 38. Nh4 Nh5 39. Nf3 Nf6 40. Ng1 Na6 41. Nf3 Nb8 42. Ng1 Ng8 43. d4 Nf6 44. Nf3 Nc6 45. Ng5 Nd5 46. Nh3 Nb6 47. Ng5 Nc4 48. Ne4 Nd6 49. Ned2 Nc4 50. Nf3 Nb4 51. Ng5 Nd5 52. Ne6 Nde3 53. Nc3 Nd6 54. Nb1 Ndc4 55. Ng5 Na5 56. Nf3 Ng4 57. Nh4 Nh6 58. Nf3 Nc6 59. Nfd2 Nb8 60. Nf3 Ng8 61. Ng1 d5 62. c4 dxc4 63. Nf3 Nf6 64. e3 Bg4 65. Bxc4 e6 66. O-O Bd6 67. Nc3 O-O 68. h3 Bh5 69. a3 Nc6 70. b4 e5 71. dxe5 Nxe5 72. Be2 Nxf3+ 73. Bxf3 Bxf3 74. Qxf3 Be5 75. Rd1 Qe7 76. Bb2 c6 1/2 –1/2

Rochade 1

 

Positioing after 61st (!) move

 

When castling queenside there are almost as many examples:

43. … 0-0-0    Popowitsch – Iwanow                     New York, 1983                0-1
44. … 0-0-0   Soeterboek – v.d. Hejden                 Niederlande, 1981            0-1
46. … 0-0-0    Mitenkov – Strukov                          RUS-Cup03, 1999            0-1
48. … 0-0-0    Somogyi – Black                             New York, 2002                0-1

Similarly impressive is the smooth result of who forgot (?) to perform the dual-move of the king in the opening stage of the match. And after all, there may be an even more brutal way of castling! Checkmate by castling? It is possible – and now the five most “beautiful” examples follow:

 

Seuss – Hurme, WchT U26 (Australien – Finnland), 1969.

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. e5 Nfd7 7. h4 c5 8. h5 cxd4 9. Qxd4 dxe5 10. Qf2 Re8 11. hxg6 hxg6 12. Qh4 Nf8 13. fxe5 Nc6 14. Bh6 f6 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Qh8+ Kf7 17. Bc4+ Be6 18. Ng5+ fxg5 19. O-O# 1 – 0

Rochade 2

Positioning after 18… fxg5

 

Lindenthal – Pfefferle, Baden-ch AT Donaueschingen, 1985.

1. d4 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f3 e6 5. Be3 Bb4 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 g5 8. Bg3 Nh5 9. Be5 f6 10. fxe4 Nf4 11. Bxf4 gxf4 12. Qh5+ Ke7 13. a3 Bxc3+ 14. bxc3 Nd7 15. Qf3 Qf8 16. Qxf4 e5 17. Qh4 Rg8 18. Nf3 Kd6 19. Rd1 c6 20. dxe5+ Kc7 21. exf6 Nxf6 22. Qf4+ Kb6 23. Rb1+ Ka5 24. Qe5+ c5 25. Rb5+ Ka4 26. Rxc5 b6 27. Qd4+ Kxa3 28. Qb4+ Ka2 29. Bc4+ Ka1 30. O-O# 1 – 0

Rochade 3

Positioning after 29… Ka1

 

Azarnousha – Trube, Troisdorf, 2001.

1. e4 e5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Bd3 Bc5 4. Nf3 d6 5. O-O Bg4 6. a3 Nc6 7. b4 Bb6 8. Qa4 Bxf3 9. gxf3 Nh5 10. c5 Nf4 11. Rd1 Qg5+ 12. Kf1 Qg2+ 13. Ke1 Nxd3+ 14. Ke2 Nf4+ 15. Ke3 dxc5 16. bxc5 Bxc5+ 17. d4 exd4+ 18. Rxd4 Ne6 19. Bb2 Nexd4 20. Bxd4 Bxd4+ 21. Kd3 Qxf3+ 22. Kc4 Qe2+ 23. Kd5 O-O-O# 0 – 1

Rochade 4

Positioning after 23… Kd5

 

Capo Vidal – Gonzalez Chavez, Central America-ch U20, 2001.

1. d4 Sf6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 e5 4. dxe5 Ng8 5. exd6 Bxd6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. Bg5 Nc6 8. g3 Bg4 9. Bg2 Qe7 10. h3 Be6 11. Nd4 Nxd4 12. Qxd4 O-O-O 13. Qxa7 Bb4 14. Bxb7+ Kd7 15. Qa4+ Kd6 16. Bf4+ Kc5 17. Qb5+ Kd4 18. e3+ Kd3 19. O-O-O# 1 – 0

Rochade 5

Positioning after 18… Kd3

 

Vlassov – Wirig, EU-ch Internet qual, 2003.

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nc3 Qb6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bd3 Bxd3 7. Qxd3 Qa6 8. Qxa6 Nxa6 9. a3 c5 10. Be3 h6 11. Nb5 Kd7 12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. b4 a6 14. Nc3 Ne4 15. Nxe4 dxe4 16. Nd2 a5 17. Nc4 Kc6 18. Nxa5+ Kd5 19. Bf4 g5 20. O-O-O# 1 – 0

Rochade 6

written by Frank, translated by Birthe

Sergej Karjakin wins Blitz Chess tournament in Moscow

The Russian grandmaster Sergej Karjakin has proved his remarkable skills once more at a chess event in his home country. The number 8 of the world (Elo 2772) won a well-cast Blitz Chess tournament in Moscow.

 

About 150 participants in rain, thunder & lightning

The traditional Chess Festival in Moscow almost fell victim to terrible weather. But a number of tents allowed the players to play their matches at the open air event that was interrupted by rain, thunder and lightning. The 67th edition of the tournament was carried out in Krasnaya Presnya Parkv in the Russian capital. Around 150 players participated and the contest drew in a crowd of chess fans to cheer for their favorites. The duela were fought under the supervision of former FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in six different categories. Galina Strutinskaya, for instance, won the category of women’s veterans and Vladimir Voevodin the came off first in the men’s veterans category.

 

Daria Charochkina winner among women

The victory of the women’s division at the Moscow Blitz Chess Tournament was obtained by Daria Charochkina. With the absence of the Blitz Chess World Champion Valentina Gunina, Charochkina dominated the event. In the end, she was 2.5 points ahead off Olga Girya in 2nd place. Rank 3 was taken by Karina Ambartsumova.

 

Sergej Karjakin winner in men’s division

The main event of men at the 67th championship in Moscow was certainly dominated by the top-favorite. The number 8 of the world, Sergej Karjakin (Elo 2772) was able to win the tournament at 14.5 out of 19 possible points. Therefore, the Russian grandmaster was able to supplant Alexander Riazantsev to 2nd place. The 48th in world rankings (Elo 2700) was nly one point behind Karjakin in the final account. Vladimir Malakhov came off 3rd at the event. The number 40 in the FIDE World Rankings (Elo 2707) had 13 points at the end of the Blitz Chess tournament which was cast outstandingly. Especially the victor Sergej Karjakin proved his qualities at the championship.

 

Anna Ushenina: Player’s profile of the Chess World Champion

As the Women’s Chess World Championship in China begins today, we will take a minute to introduce you to the current World Champion Anna Ushenina.

 

First great achievements at Ukrainian Youth Championships

Anna Ushenina was born August 30th 1985 in the Ukrainian city Charkiv. In 1997 already, she achieved her first success when she became the Ukrainian U12 Champion. The title in Kiev was followed by the U14 Championships in 1998 and 1999. In 2002, she finally won the Championship of the under 20 year-old players in the women’s division. The same year, Ushenina was crowned European Champion with the U18 national team of the Ukraine and obtained silver in the individual competition. In 2001, the young talent became Women’s International master (WIM) and ascended to Women’s Grand master (WGM) in 2003. Since 2007 Anna Ushenina holds the title International Master of men which was given to her by the World Chess Federation FIDE.

 

From the Ukrainian Women’s Championship to World Championship medallist

In 2005, Anna Ushenina won the Ukrainian Women’s Championship in Aluschta for the first time. Also, she triumphed at the Chess Olympics 2006 in Turin at the reserve board. Over and above that, the ranked 2nd at the Chess Olympics 2008 in German (Dresden), playing on 3rd board for the Ukrainian team. The same year, Ushenina was able to win the bronze medal at the Women’s European Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Overall, she played four Women’s European Championships from 2005 to 2011 with the Ukrainian national team and won two gold medals individually. At the team World Championship 2009 she finally played on the top board of the Ukrainians who ranked 3rd in the end. Another 3rd rank was obtained by Anna Ushenina and her team at the European Team Championship 2009 as well as at the Chess Olympics 2012 in Istanbul. The Ukrainian women’s national team celebrated their greatest success so far at the World Team Championship in Astana at which Ushenina and her team won gold, while the 28 year-old herself won individual silver.

 

World Championship title in 2012 biggest success

Anna Ushenina’s greatest achievement so far was without doubts the victory at the Women’s Chess World Championship 2012. She had barely qualified for the event and still surprised the world of chess. At first, she was able to prevail over Deysi Cori, Anna Muzychuk, Natalja Pogonina, Nadeshda Kossinzewa, and Ju Wenjun at the tournament in the Russian city Chanty-Mansijsk and in December 2012 finally won the final game against Antoaneta Stefanove who was the World Champion in 2004. Therefore, Anna Ushenina became the 14th female World Champion in chess.

 

Anna Ushenina 2

Anna Ushenina

Picture: Andreas Kontokanis

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Chess World Championship of Women starts this week

On Tuesday, September 10th 2013, the Chess World Championship in the women’s division in Taizhou, China will begin. Anna Ushenina from the Ukraine will try to defend her title against the former Chinese World Champion Hou Yifan.

19 year-old Hou Yifan wants to regain Championship title

The Chess World Championship of women will run until Septeber 28th. The 28 year-old World Champion Anna Ushenina will try to triumph again, but will be given a hard time by the 19 year-old former World Champion Hou Yifan who wants to take the home advantage to depose the Ukrainian. Yifan was the World Champion from 2010 until 2012. Since the young Chinese won the overall rating of the FIDE in 2011/12, she obtained the right to challenge Anna Ushenina. Looking at the current FIDE rankings, the challenger and former World Champion is definitely the favorite in this duel. At an Elo of 2609, Yifan Hou ist he number 2 in worldwide standings of the FIDE, while Anna Ushenina (Elo 2500) takes only rank 17.

 

Anna Ushenina sensationally Chess World Champion in 2012

The Ukrainian had sensationally obtained the title last year. On December 1st, she defeated the previous year’s title holder, Antoaneta Stefanova, in the Russian city Chanty Mansijsk at the tournament-like World Championship. Therefore, Ushenina became the 14th female Chess World Champion, although she almost didn’t make it to the world-class tournament the years before. Back then, she held the same Elo-rating as the best German player Elisabeth Pähtz, but had played more matches at the key date and thus qualified for the World Championship, at which she triumphed in the end. Anna Ushenina is the first Ukrainian to ever win the Women’s World Championship.

 

The playing mode of the World Championship

The Women’s Chess World Championship is played with 90 minutes time for consideration of the 40 permitted moves. Afterwards, there are 30 extra minutes and a bonus of 30 seconds per move. At a score of 5:5, a 25 minute tie-break will be played and on September 28th at the latest, the new female Chess World

Champion will be crowned. Overall, there are €200,000 prize money of which the victress will receive 60 percent. In case of a tournament extension, the prize money is shared in a 55:45 percent proportion.

 

Anna Ushenina

Anna Ushenina

Picture: flickr.com/Andreas Kontokanis

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

German Chess Championship 2013 in Saarbrücken

The 84th edition of the German Chess Championship is scheduled for the upcoming weekend. Until September 15th, the best of Germany’s chess players can be found in the state capital.

Two-time German Champion Daniel Fridman top-favorite player

Four grandmasters will be attending the 84th German Chess Championship in Saarbrücken. Among them is Daniel Fridman (Elo 2614) who is the top-rated candidate at the event. The title-defender obtained the victory in the previous year and also in 2008. Fridman plays for the Chess Club SV Mühlheim-Nord and is not only known from Major League Chess, but also from being a member of the German national team with which he won the European Championship in 2011. In 2001 already, Daniel Fridman became grandmaster and since 2006 his Elo-rating has constantly been higher than 2600 points. The grandmasters Rainer Buhmann (SV Hockenheim, Elo 2580) and Martin Krämer (Berlin, Elo 2542) also have good chances on winning the trophy; but there might just be a surprise victor at the German Chess Championship 2013.

 

42 participants play in nine rounds

The winners of each State Championship as well as a few top-players have qualified to compete in Saarbrücken. Overall, 42 participants will fight for the titles. The tournament is played in Swiss Tournament System in nine rounds. One of the most interesting contestants is certainly Herbert Bastian who is the current president of the German Chess Association. The twenty-times State Champion will be in teaching duties in the mornings, but will be part of the competition in the afternoons. The only women participating are the woman grandmasters Zoya Schleining and the FIDE Champion Nadia Jussupov.

 

First edition of German Chess Championship in 1861

The history regarding the German Chess Championship began in 1861 with the launching of the West-German Chess Championship. After the German Chess Association was founded in 1877, the international German Chess Championship was carried out since 1879. During the following years, the rule-setting of the contest was modified constantly. But for many years now, the winners of each State Championship have qualified to participate.

 

Daniel Fridman

Daniel Fridman

Picture: Andreas Kontokanis

Written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

Interesting facts about castling

The former World Champion Emanuel Lasker almost proved with his popular and extraordinary move that castling is not only a safety-move:

1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 Sf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Bxf6 Bxf6 6. e4 fxe4 7. Nxe4 b6 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. Ne5 0-0 10. Qh5 Qe7 11. Qxh7 Kxh7 12. Nxf6+ Kh6 13. Neg4+ Kg5 14. h4+ Kf4 15. g3+ Kf3 16. Be2+ Kg2 17. Rh2+ Kg1 18. Kd2 Checkmate

 

Castling 1

Positioning after 17… Kg1, 18. 0-0-0 also Checkmate

Lasker, E. – Thomas, G., London, 1912. 1 – 0

 

 

Odd and very popular is Kortschnois’ moment of weakness in the 21st duel of the Chess World Championship 1974 against Karpov, when he asked the referee after the move 17… Rxd5 (See diagram) whether or not it is legitimate to castle next move, as his rook is in danger. To his advantage, this move is absolutely legitimate and after 18. 0-0 Rxc4 19. f4 Karpov resigned.

 

Castling 2

 

The duel Heidenfeld – Kerins, Dublin, 1973 never really made it into the big databases of this world. White castled twice during the match, which resulted in a double tactical problem. The moves were not very helpful; white loses:

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Be3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Nf3 Qb6 8. Qd2 c4 9. Be2 Na5 10. 0 – 0 f5 11. Ng5 Be7 12. g4 Bxg5 13. fxg5 Nf8 14. gxf5 exf5 15. Bf3 Be6 16. Qg2    0 – 0 – 0 17. Na3 Ng6 18. Qd2 f4 19. Bf2 Bh3 20. Rfb1 Bf5 21. Nc2 h6 22. gxh6 Rxh6 23. Nb4 Qe6 24. Qe2 Ne7 25. b3 Qg6+ 26. Kf1 Bxb1 27. bxc4 dxc4 28. Qb2 Bd3+ 29. Ke1 Be4 30. Qe2 Bxf3 31. Qxf3 Rxh2 32. d5 Qf5 33. 0 – 0 – 0 Rh3 34. Qe2 Rxc3+ 35. Kb2 Rh3 36. d6 Nec6 37. Nxc6 Nxc6 38. e6 Qe5+ 39. Qxe5 Nxe5 40. d7+ Nxd7                        0 – 1 

Odd and amusing things around the tactical castling also happen in Problem Chess which eventually even influenced the rule-setting of the FIDE (http://www.fide.com). Tim Krabbé, who calls himself responsible for the “Chess Diary” (http://www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess2/diary.htm), knew how to make a stir with the book “Schach Besonderheiten” (ECON, 1987, ISBN 3-612-20306-1; describing special features of chess) in the 1980s. With authorization of the author this positioning celebrates a little comeback – of course in account of copyrights.

 

Castling 3

 

Checkmate in three moves, T. Krabbé, “Schaakbulletin” 1972

  1. e7

With the threat of 2. e8Q+ followed by 3. Qe2 Checkmate. Main variants:

a)      1.. gxf3 2. e8Q+ Kd3. 0 – 0 – 0 Checkmate

b)      1.. Kxf3 2. e8R! (2. e8Q? Kg2!) and now:

  1. 2.. d4 3. 0 – 0 Checkmate
  2. 2.. Kg2 3. 0 – 0 – 0 Checkmate

 

“You are curious what 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 means? This is the “Pam-Krabbé-Castling” (My friend Max Pam came up with the name) – a new move, legitimate according to the FIDE rule-setting [note: status of 1985]: ‘from his original place, the king is moved two squares over towards the rook (here to e3), after that the rook of moved over the king to the neighboring square (here e2).’

All other conditions are taken into account: Neither the king nor the rook e8 have been moved before, e4 is mastered by Black, the rook only skips it. This combination has caused heated discussions among the Belgian and Dutch chess columns which, unfortunately, were against the Pam-Krabbé-Castling: The FIDE rule-setting doesn’t refer to this a rook in 1st rank but a rook in same rank. This hasn’t always been expressed quite so clearly. Many old works relate to the castling rule 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 as completely legal.” (T. Krabbé, 1985)
The current rules of the FIDE provide the following explanation in Article 3.8a, ii:

“The king is transferred from its original square two squares towards the rook, then that rook is transferred to the square the king has just crossed.”

 

written by Frank, translated by Birthe

 

Player’s profile of Vladimir Kramnik, the winner of the Chess World Cup 2013

For the first time in his career, Vladimir Kramnik obtained the coveted trophy at the Chess World Cup. Therefore,

we will take a look at the professional development of the world’s 3rd best chess player, according to the FIDE World Rankings. The Russian grandmaster is a former world champion and has celebrated many triumphs ever since.

 

The first years in Kramnik’s career

On June 25th 1975, Vladimir Borissovitsch Kramnik was born in Tuapse, close to the Black Sea. At only four years old, his parents who originate from the region Krasnodar taught him how to play chess. Another four years later, the young chess talent won the Adult Chess Championship of Tuapse. As an eleven year-old boy, he obtained the master candidate title. Kramnik participated in the first international event in Aguadilla in 1989 when he competed at the U14 Youth World Championship. At this tournament in Puerto Rico he won the silver medal and ranked immediately behind Vesselin Topalov. Later on, he triumphed at the U18 Youth World Championship in Brazil and became World Champion with the Russian Students team when he was 16 years old. He played the first and second set and won both duels. The real breakthrough followed in 1992 with victories in Dortmund, Gausdal, Chalkidiki, and in Manila at the 30th Chess Olympics at which he scored 8.5 points out of 9 matches. Kramnik won team gold as well as individual gold.

 

World Champion in 2000

As a member of the Russian national team, Vladimir Kramnik won the European Team Championship in 1992 with 6.0 points out of 7 rounds. That very year, he received the grandmaster title from the FIDE World Chess Federation. While the following years were marked with many setbacks, there were a few major tournament victories in Dortmund, Belgrade, Dos Hermanas, Moscow, Linares, and Wijk aan Zee. His chess career reached its peak in 2000, when Kramnik obtained the 13th Classical World Championship in London. Kramnik remained undefeated throughout the entire duel against his fellow countryman Garri Kasparov at won at 8.5:6.5 points. The match consisted of two victories to Kramnik’s favor and thirteen draws.

 

Anand takes over championship title in 2007

After numerous tournament victories, the defence of the world championship title followed. Vladimir Kramnik fought against Peter Leko who, in the end, was defeated narrowly. After ten draws, both players were able to win two duels which allowed Kramnik at 7:7 points successfully defend his championship title. The next year, Kramnik had to deal with many major defeats and had to take a break from playing chess in the first half of 2006, as he suffers from rheumatism. After further tournament victories, a reunion in matters of the Chess World Championship was scheduled in October 2006, when Vladimir Kramnik had to face the FIDE World Champion Vesselin Topalov. During the partially scandalous match, Kramnik was accused of manipulation by the counterpart, but still prevailed in a tie-break (2.5:1.5) after a score of 6:6 points in the regular matches. In 2007, Kramnik lost his championship title to the world’s number 1 Visvanathan Anand in the robin tournament. The year after that, he also lost the return match in Bonn. In the past years, Vladimir Kramnik has obtained many more victories at events such as the Dortmund Chess Days, the Tal Memorial in Moscow, Zurich, London, Bilbao, Baku, and lastly the Chess World Cup 2013.

 

Vladimir Kramnik

Vladimir Borissovitsch Kramnik

Picture: wikipedia.de/ steenslag

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Vladimir Kramnik wins Chess World Cup 2013

The Chess World Cup 2013 in the Norwegian city Tromsø endet with the victory of the grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik. In the final game, the Russian prevailed over his fellow countryman Dmitri Andreikin.

 

Victory in first duel was followed by three draws

In the very first duel of the final round at the World Cup, Vladimir Kramnik (Elo 2794) was able to defeat his opponent Dmitri Andreikin (Elo 2709). The three following rounds each endet in a draw. In the end, Kramnik triumphed at 2.5:1.5 points and won $120,000 prize money along with the trophy, while the defeated Andreikin still received $80,000. Both chess players have qualified for the Candidates’ Tournament in 2014.

 

Vladimir Kramnik with little challenges only

Vladimir Kramnik is currently in 3rd place of the FIDE World Rankings and in Tromsø started as one of the top-favorite candidates. The Russian grandmaster happened not to face a single Top 10 player of the world rankings at the Chess World Cup in Norway. The highest rated player whom he played against was Vassily Ivanchuk (Elo 2731). The number 19 in seeding list was Kramnik’s opponent in the round of the last 16. Potential competitors such as Fabiano Caruana or Levon Aronian dropped out rounds earlier.

 

Dmitri Andreikin eliminated three fellow countrymen

Since the round before quarterfinals Dmitri Andreikin faced strong opponents. In his last remaining matches, four other Russian players were set to fight against the number 36 of the world. In these battles, Andreikin defeated the number 5 of the seeding list – Sergey Karjakin – at 3:1. Furthermore, he beat Peter Svidler in quarterfinals, who is not only number 13 worldwide, but also the title defender of the event. Having prevailed over Svidler at 2.5:1.5 points, he preceded his success in semi-finals against Evegeny Tomashevsky who had outperformed the top-favorite player Levon Aronian until Vladimir Kramnik beat him in the final game and thus left him in 2nd place.

 

Vladimir Kramnik

Picture: wikipedia / Vladimir Kramnik

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

FIDE Chess World Rankings: Kramnik and Adams advance in ranking list

The World Chess Federation FIDE has released the world rankings for September 2013. Among others, Vladimir Kramnik and Michael Adams took a leap forward.

 

Kramnik among Top 3 of the world’s best chess players

In the men’s division, the World Championship challenger Magnus Carlsen is still in the leading position. In the beginning of the month, the Norwegian still holds an unaltered Elo-rating of 2862 and therefore remains number 1 of the world ahead off the Armenian Levon Aronian at an Elo of 2813. Aronian is now followed by Vladimir Kramnik who advanced his ranking from 5th to 3rd place and his Elo-rating from 2784 to 2794 points. The Russian grandmaster replaces the prior 3rd place Fabiano Caruana who was downgraded from 2796 to 2779 points and now takes rank 5 behind Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785) who remains in 4th place. As is known, Vladimir Kramnik is a current finalist in the Chess World Cup 2013.

 

Michael Adams improves eight ranks in FIDE World Rankings

A very clear upgrade in the world rankings was accomplished by Michael Adams. The Englishman received an enhancement from 2740 to 2761 points after his great success in Dortmund. Thus, Adams advances from rank 18 to 12 of the FIDE World Rankings. The German player Arkadij Naiditsch was also able to improve his positioning; he holds and unmodified Elo-rating of 2710 points and still moved up three ranks onto 32nd place. Over and above that, Pentala Harikrishna significantly improved his performance from August to September. The Indian was able to precede 13 ranks in August and even 17 in September, as his Elo-rating increased from 2696 to 2703 points. Harikrishna ranks 35th now and is therefore ahead off the current finalist of the Chess World Cup, Dmitry Andreikin, whose Elo-rating was levelled down from 2716 to 2709 points.

 

European Champion in women’s division from Hungary took leap forward

Other than the rankings in the men’s division, the top of the women’s placement remains the same. The Hungarian Judith Polgar (Elo 2696) ranks ahead off Yifan Hou from China (Elo 2609) and Humpy Koneru from India (Elo 2607). As expected, the new European Champion Thanh Trang Hoang took a great leap forward in the ranking list. Hoang improved her Elo from 2467 to 2493 and thus advanced 10 positions onto 21st place.

 

Michael Adams

Michael Adams

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written by Michael, translated by Birthe