Thinking outside the.. BOARD!

This time of the year, the fading summer certainly unicare vardenafil leaves some space and the possibility to think outside the 64 squares of the chess board.. Why not put aside the bulky strategy books, step into safe distance from instructive books, and push complicated endgames to the back of our minds? I assure you, there are other striking board games!

 

Back 1

Black’s turn, Black wins

Gheorghiu – Liu Wenze, Chess Olympics Luzern 1982. 1…Qg1+ and despite the advantage in chessmen, there is no defence left to prevent the checkmate in the next move: 2.Kxg1 Re1#

 

0 – 1

 

One of my favorite board games is Backgammon. Most people consider this another ole’ dice game. The connoisseurs among us know, Backgammon is a game with a lot of tactical demand, calculation, fun, and compared to chess, an unfamiliar pace. Who isn’t yet familiar with the rules, will be able to understand in a matter of minutes and can get started – against an inexperienced opponent one might have the chance on a few extra points. Thanks to the dice, there is a large element of fortuitousness, causing the determination to be relentlessly swiped off the board.

While one can constantly gain advantages in chess and achieve visible results with the adequate technique, Backgammon is a little trickier, as the entire construct might break down by a single unfavorable number of points on the dice. One man’s joy, the other man’s sorrow? Well, expertise and skills are just as important in Backgammon as they are in chess; and most times, the experienced player wins in a whole set of games (catchword: Doubling Cube!).

 

Back 2

Black’s turn, Black win’s

Torre – Timman, 1982. 1…Nf3+ Kg2 (1…exf3 2. Qxf1+ Kxf1 3. Bh3+ Kg1 4. Re1#) 2. Qxf1+ Kxf1 3. Bh3#

0 – 1

 

Especially during fall season, an evening spent by the board can be delightful. Did you know the word Backgammon is a compound of the Greek word Agon (meaning ‘Battle’) and the Latin word Alea (meaning ‘dice game’)?

 

Back 3

Black’s turn, Black wins

Schmidt – Abramovic, 1983. 1…Nd1 and White can’t prevent severe consequences..

1 – 0

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Go, on the contrary, has a characteristic very similar to chess: The task is to conquer large areas on the board and to embed these successfully and permanently. Sounds easy, but is still quite difficult to achieve. The rule set is not overly complicated – as in chess, players ought to work on “Laws and Regularities”, to recognize and to practise them. Beginners are advised to start with the 9×9 version (professionals play on 19×19 boards) and should not be shy to compete against stronger opponents. Go is usually a past time game and was described by World Champion Emanuel Lasker (in “Board Games of the People”) as a game with logic, more continuous than in chess, superior in simplicity and no inferior in leverage of phantasy..

 

Back 4

White’s turn, White wins

Hazai – Györkös, 1984. 1.Rxf7+ Kxf7 2. Qh7+ Ke8 3. Bg6+ Kd8 4. Rxd5+ exd5 5. Qg8+ Ke7 (5…Kd7 6. Qxd5+ Ke7 7. Qf7+ Kd8 8. Qe8#) 6. Qf7+

 

1 – 0

Minaret! A mosque’s tower is the patron of this tricky and, compared to Chess or Go, rather quick game. Each player participating in this Arab strategy game has 12 gaming pieces (each 4 with large, medium, and small diameter). The game begins with an empty 5×5 board, on which the players place the pieces after one another. All marks on the board are connected with each other like a net, inserted or drawn. Gaming pieces may be placed on empty marks on the board, but also on opponents’ pieces (bearing in mind that only a smaller piece can be http://clomidgeneric-pharmacy.net/ placed on another). Goal is, to build a tower out of three pieces, different in size, all stacked on one mark of the board, or to obtain three pieces of an opponent, which can be done by smaller winning position.

Surely, we are missing Checkers, Chinese Checkers, or the all time classic Ludo, but our space in this category is limited.. Alright then, lights out, candles lit, and get to the boards!

written by Frank, translated by Birthe

Anatoly Karpov still successful

One of the best chess players of all time is doubtlessly Anatoly Karpov. The Classic Chess and FIDE World Champion currently proves his high-level abilities in France.

 

Anatoly Karpov leads at ‘Karpov Trophy’

Anatoly Karpov

At present, the ‘Karpov Trophy’ is carried out in Cap d’Agde in France. The Russian grandmaster, who still holds an Elo-rating of 2619 and therefore ranks among the Top 200 of the FIDE World Rankings, did not miss the chance of participating in the tournament himself. After Anatoly Karpov had obtained the ‘Karpov Trophy’ in the previous year, he is on course of victory yet again. With the end of the 8th out of 14 rounds he is clearly in the

lead and has pretty much reached quarter-finals of the Knock-Out Phase already.

 

Despite business and politics, Karpov still plays outstandingly

While the 62 year-old 12th Chess World Champion is mainly active in business and politics these days, it seems, he has never forgotten anything in matters of chess. In the first 8 rounds of the tournament in Cap d’Agde, Karpov scored 7.0 points through five victories and two draws. In rapid chess, he beat Etienne Bacrot (Elo 2730), Yannick Pelletier (Elo 2578), and Xue Zhao (Elo 2579) and achieved a draw against Vassily Ivanchuk (Elo 2733). With his score of 7.0 points, the Russian grandmaster clearly leads the field, ahead off Bacrot (5.0), Mariya Muzychuk (4.5 / Elo 2491), and Pelletier (also 4.5). The best four out of eight players will reach the Knock-Out Phase. Other participants are Marie Sebag (Elo 2510) and Nino Maisuradze (Elo 2032), whose chances at the ‘Karpiv Trophy’ are rather small. The final decision of this chess event will be made on November 2nd 2013.

 

Picture: Rodrigo Fernández

 

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

Wesley So wins Univé Chess Tournament in Hoogeveen

Having prevailed over three opponents, the Philippine grandmaster Wesley So clearly won the Univé Chess Tournament in the Dutch city Hoogeveen.

 

Wesley So not top-favorite in Hoogeveen

Wesely So

Overall, four chess players competed at the chess tournament in the Netherlands, at which Michael Adams (Elo 2753) started as the top-rated player. The Englishman is 13th in worldwide rankings and most recently won the top-cast Sparkassen Tournament in the German city Dortmund. Wesley So, on the other hand, is only 41st on a worldwide scale and holds a current Elo-rating of 2706 points. Further competitors in Hoogeveen were Loek Van Wely (Elo 2693 / 55th) and Robin van Kampen (Elo 2607 / 218th). Matches were played in a double round of everybody against everybody.

 

Michael Adams 1.5 points behind Wesley So

After a total of 6 rounds, Wesley So superiorly won through; at 4.5 points out of the 6 rounds, he was 1.5 points ahead off top-favorite player Michael Adams. While the Briton achieved one victory and four draws and had to comply with one defeat, So won three duels and scored three draws at the chess tournament in Hoogeveen. Van Kampen came off 3rd, having achieved one victory, four draws, and one defeat – like Adams. Loek Van Wely took the bottom rank after three draws and three defeats with an overall score of 1.5 points.

 

Maxim Rodshtein wins Open Tournament

Hoogeveen also hosted an Open Tournament with 77 contestants, who played 9 rounds. Hereby, the grandmaster Maxim Rodshtein (Elo 2664) secured the victory. As the player with the highest Elo-rating at the tournament, he scored 7.5 points and triumphed over runner-up Viktor Moskalenko (Elo 2520) from Spain, who scored 7.0 points. Local player Erwin L’ami (Elo 2645) came off 3rd with also 7.0 points. Best German player was grandmaster Felix Levin (Elo 2480) at 6.0 points in 7th place.

 

Picture: Stefan64

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

 

European Club Cup 2013: Novy Bar with sensational victory

With an unexpected outcome, the European Club Cup weekend 20 tadalafil 2013 on the Greek island Rhodes came to an end. The top-favorite team Socar from Azerbaijan did not win the title as was predicted before; instead, the Czech team Novy Bar triumphed.

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European Club Championship without German Champion

The top-rated teams of this year’s Club Cup were Socar from Azerbaijan and Malachite from Russia. Members of Socar were amongst others Fabiano Caruana (Elo 2779), Veselin Topalov (Elo 2771), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Elo 2759), Anish Giri (Elo 2749), and Gata Kamsky (Elo 2725). Malachite was cast with Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2786), Sergey Karjakin (Elo 2762), and Alexander Morozevich (Elo 2734), along with other team members. The German Club Champion OSG Baden-Baden was not present in Rhodes, instead three weaker clubs participated, of which the SG Solingen achieved the best result and ranked 23rd. The other two German teams, Eppingen and Mülheim-Nord, came off 48th and 49th out of 53 competing teams. Overall, 28 European chess associations sent their teams to the European Club Cup 2013 in Rhodes; club from Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland were missing.

 

Preliminary decision in round 6 – victory of Novy Bar against Socar

Viktor Laznicka

The early decision about the tournament victory was made in the 6th of 7 rounds, time course of the interaction between tadalafil and nitrates when Novy Bar and Socar faced each other in direct duel. The question wasn’t if Azerbaijan would win against the Czech Republic, but rather how high the final score would be. Instead, and to everybody’s surprise, Novy Bar defeated Socar, as David http://clomidgeneric-pharmacy.net/ Navara (Elo 2703) beat Fabioano Caruana, Radoslav Wojtaszek (Elo 2698) prevailed over Topalov and Kamsky was defeated by Viktor Laznicka (Elo 2666, Picture). Along with three victories on the top-boards, the Czech achieved another draw and at 3.5:2.5 points won the entire duel. In the end, Novy Bar secured the victory at the European Club Cup 2013 with 6.5 points out of sildenafil generic 7 rounds. The Czech team is followed by Malachite from Russia with 6.0 points, Socar, Clichy Echecs 92 from France and St.Petersburg from Russia at each 5.5 points.

 

Monte Carlo wins women’s tournament

On the contrary, there were fewer surprises in the women’s division of the European Club Cup 2013. The team members of Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo, Yifan Hou (Elo 2621), Humpy Koneru (Elo 2607), Anna Muzychuk (Elo 2560), Pia Cramling (Elo 2515), and Almira Skripchenko (Elo 2441) won all 7 duels and were therefore clearly ahead of the runner-up Ugra from Russia at 5.0 points. Ugra is followed by SHSM Nache Nasledie (4.5 points). The Austrian team from Pamhagen placed 11th – out of 11 participating teams – and scored only 0.5 points.

 

Picture: Stefan64

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

Chess Candidates’ Tournament 2014 in Chanty-Mansijsk

Next year’s edition of the Candidates’ Tournament in chess will be hosted by the Russian city Chanty-Mansijsk. This decision is not a surprise and was now announced by the Chess World Federation FIDE.

 

Chanty-Mansijsk only candidate for tournament

Magnus Carlsen-1

As the last duel of the Chess World Championship between Anand and Carlsen will be fought out in two weeks, the FIDE finally announced details about the Candidates’ Tournament 2014. The event will be hosted by the Siberian city Chanty-Mansijsk and is scheduled for March 12th to 30th. Therefore, another chess highlight will be carried out at this important place, at which many other important chess tournaments have been held before. Several World Cups and even one edition of the Chess Olympics took place in the Russian city. Now, the Candidates’ Tournament 2014 is coming up, which will be fought in 14 rounds. All of the eight participants will compete against the others twice. In the end, Russia was the only candidate for hosting the event, after Bulgaria withdrew the candidacy of the city Kozloduy.

 

The competitors of the Candidates’ Tournament 2014

Most of the eight participants of the Candidates’ http://clomidgeneric-pharmacy.net/ Tournament 2014 have been chosen already. The next spot will be given to the loser of the World Championship between Anand and Carlsen. Through outstanding ratings, Levon Aronian from Armenia and Sergey Karjakin from Russia have qualified for partcicpation. Furthermore, the two Russians Dmitry Andreikin and http://plavixpharmacy-generic.org/ Vladimir Kramnik secured their qualification through the World Cup. Additionally, the two top-ranked of the Grand Prix Rating 2012 levitra vardenafil / 2013, http://clomidgeneric-pharmacy.net/ Veselin Topalov from Bulgaria and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan, made the squad. Lastly, the organizer of the Candidates’ Tournament will announce the eighth participant via Wild Card. Great chances on the last spot have Alexander Grischuk and Boris Gelfand.

 

Picture: flickr.com / Frans Peeters

 

written by Michael, translated buy tadalafil by Birthe

Battle of the Titans

Two titans of tournament chess in their everlasting battle for the crown will face each other in Chennai in November.  In contrast to the latest Hollywood remake, there is no new edition of the battle between good & bad and I don’t see either of the protagonists in the character of Zeus or Hades..

It’s barely a surprise to anyone, that – analogous to the eternal Gods – two contemporary legends fight in a virtual arena, even though their charismatic appearance will not be taken account of by chess players such as Fischer, Karpov, or Kasparov. Anterior duels for the crown were a matter of patience, as many weeks passed, or even months, until a decision was made. In an age, marked by rapid developments, the question about the young generation of the Olympus remains. Some say Magnus Carlsen owns the future: Maybe in a few weeks already?

 

Titan I

 How does White continue, concerning the weak base row?

M. Carlsen – E. Sipke, 2004. Of course, moving the rook to d6 is unthinkable due to Qe1 with early checkmate. The right way to continue: 1.Rg3+Rg6 2.Qe5+ Kxf7 3.Qf5+ and now Black may choose, how fast he likes to go down: 3…Rf6 (3…Ke8 4. Re3+ Kd8 5. Qxf8 Kc7 6. Qf7+ +-) 4.Qd7#

1 – 0

 

What about the “fair sex”? Let’s take another close look at the script: In a manner of speaking, there is a Half-Goddess in the world of chess – Judith Polgar –, whose legitimate successor hasn’t yet been chosen. As the mother of two, she has a secure place in the Olympus and in many little exhibition fights in the past, she has shown her credo of uncompromisingly fought out duels.

 

Titan II

 White’s turn, White wins

J. Polgar – Skembris, 1994. Inventively taking advantage of the overload on the d-row with 1…Bd5. Beating the Bishop by means of 1… Rd5 is taboo because of 2. Qxe6+ Qd7 3. Qyd7+ and White is in advantage.   As there is no other defence and the loss of a chessman is inevitable, White scores the whole point.

Fortunately, there is no Hades in the battles on the 64 squares, but ancient Gods, such as Boris Gelfand – a chess titan, who crossed sharp blades in the 80s – may knock on the door every once in a while.

 

Titan III

 Black’s turn, Black wins

W. Jakubenja – B. Gelfand, Minsk, 1980. By 1…Nxb2 the entire fortress is shattered. 2. Kxb2. 2. Nxd5 Bxd5 3. Kxb2 caused no relief because of 3…Bc4. 2…Bxa3 3. Kb3 Beating 3. Kxa3 leaves behind ruins in the kingdom after 3…Qxc3+ 4. Ka2 Qxh3. There is no rescue and White resigns: 3…Qa5 19. Rb1 Nc5+.

The Germans are fairly pleased with Niklas Huschenbeth, an aspiring hero with the heart of a fighter, but still far from the Olympus. But we all started small…

 

Titan IV

 How did White manage to hold the fort?

N. Huschenbeth – R. Swinkels, German Major League, 2008. While b1 is still under control, the Black heavyweights are already on the little defence on a2.  White continues with 1.Nf8+ and therefore saves the duel, because 1…Rxf8, like the duel continued 2. Qc7+ Kh8 3. Qe5+ Kh7 4. Qc7+ Kg8 5. Qc4+, is sufficient for perpetual check. ½: After 1….Kg8 the King can’t escape his fate: 2. Qe6+ Kxf8 3. Qf6+ Kg8 4. Qxg6+ Kf8 5. Qf6+ The King cannot move onto the e-row from out of the corner, as he might be checkmated then.

 

Written by Frank, translated by Birthe

First Chess World Championship for handicapped chess players

Dresden is now hosting the first Chess World Championship for players, who are physically handicapped. Until October 29th, participants will compete in the categories “Physically Handicapped”, “Blind Players”, and “Deaf Players”.

 

72 participants from three continents

Schach

For this special event, 72 players from Europe, Asia, and Africa have travelled to Germany. Most of these originate from Europe, of which many players are German. The winner is expected to be from Russia, as the largest country of the world has, by far, the most competitors in the tournament. Over and above that, the seeding list is led by no less than seven Russian players. The greatest chance on the victory has Andrei Obodchuk (Elo 2414), followed by Alexey Pakhomov (Elo 2377) and Dmitrij Scerbin (Elo 2369). Germany hopes for a strong performance of Artur Kevorkov (Elo 2212), who is seeded 11th, while previously advertised Thomas Kuther will not be present at all.

 

Top-favorites begin tournament with victories

In the first of seven rounds, mostly the top-favorite players prevailed. Andrei Obodchuk defeated Georges Vasquez and the number 33 of the seeding list from France (Elo 2013) in short duels. Dmitrij Scerbin also achieved a victory over fellow countryman Yury Alchindi (35th / Elo 1997), whereas Pakhomov only played a draw against the German Michael Gründer (34th / Elo 2009). Artur Kevorkov was able to beat Ilja Markov (43rd / Elo 1917) from Russia.

 

Dresden with experience in tournaments for handicapped players

For the Chess World Championship of Handicapped to be carried out in Dresden is not coincidence. The Eastern German city has hosted several events for disabled chess players, such as the World Games for Disabled, which were first set up in 2011 and have quickly become the official World Championship for people with disabilities. The longest journey travelled chess players from India: Nine players from the country of the Chess World Champion Anand have lined up in Dresden.

 

Picture: flickr.com/ Jack Pearce

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

Peter Svidler: Player’s Profile of the Russian Chess Champion

For a long time Peter Svidler has been part of the world’s chess elite. Especially after his recent victory of the Russian National Championship, it is time to take a closer look at the grandmaster.

 

Two times World Champion of U18 category

Peter Svidler

On June 17th 1976 Pjotr Weniaminowitsch Swidler was born in St. Petersburg, which was still called Leningrad at his time of birth. At 6 years old he was taught to play chess and as a 17 year-old teenager he first won the World Championship of the under 18 year-olds. One year later, he repeatedly triumphed at this event. In between these first two milestones of his career, Svidler was awarded with the grandmaster title of the FIDE. In 1994, the Russian grandmaster was able to win the Russian National Championship for the first time, which he repeated another six times during the last decade; the last victory just recently. In the German Chess Major League, the Russian plays for the current Champion OSG Baden-Baden.

 

Several tournament victories during career

During his career, Peter Svidler (Elo 2740) has achieved many successes, such as tournament victories in Tilburg (1997), in Dortmund (1998 & 2006), in Biel / Bienne (2000), in Moscow (2003) and in Gibraltar (2008). The greatest success of the world’s number 17 is the triumph at the Chess World Cup 2011 in Chanty-Mansijsk. Also, since 1994, Svidler has lined up for his home country Russia in the Chess Olympics eight times. In 2001, he made it to semi-finals of the FIDE Chess World Championship in Moscow, but was defeated by the final winner Ruslan Ponomarjow at 1.5:2.5 points. Lastly, he was the runner-up at the FIDE World Championship 2005 in Argentina in and ranked 5th at the World Championship 2007 in Mexico.

 

Three times World Champion in Chess960

The Russian grandmaster is an enthusiastic representative of Chess960. At the annually carried out World Championship in Main, he replaced Péter Lékó as the World Champion in 2003 and successfully defended his title the following two years. In 2006, however, he was superseded by Levon Aronian. Furthermore, he became European Team Champion with the Russian national team at Crete in 2007, at which he was rated top-favorite player. In 7 duels he scored 6.0 points. Peter Svidler will most certainly continue his career with farther successes, as he showed us with his great performance at the Russian National Championship in 2013.

 

Picture: Soboky

 

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Chess aboard a train: Vlastimil Hort wins five day tournament

For the third time, chess players from all around the world boarded a train to participate in a five day tournament. Of all players, the Czech grandmaster Vlastimil Hort won the gold medal.

 

Departing in Prague, passing through Germany and Austria, and back to Prague

Schach im Zug

Overall, 87 chess players competed in this extraordinary chess event which’s point of departure was the Czech capital Prague. On the first day, the train took the railway to Regensburg in Germany. After further stops in Innsbruck, Salzburg, and Český Krumlov the journey ended again in Prague. During the five day trip through Czech, German, and Austrian landscapes, eleven round were played in Swiss Tournament System. The 3rd edition of this event was organized by the Chess Association of Prague and the Czech Railway Company.

 

Participants from almost all around the world

The contest was played in rapid chess duels with a playing time of 20 minutes + 10 seconds per move. All of the duels were carried out on board the travelling train. Amongst the participants were several chess players from the Czech Republic and Germany, but also from the United States, the Netherlands, Sweden, Scotland, England, Switzerland, Slovakia, Luxemburg, France, Poland, Mexico, and Brazil. Some of these players were title holders, two of them even grandmasters.

 

Vlastimil Hort: Top-favorite player wins title

One of these grandmasters, in the end, won the train-tournament: Vlasimil Hort. The Czech grandmaster holds a current Elo-rating of 2439 points and won the contest with 8.5 points out of 11 rounds. Therefore, he narrowly beat the US-American Alex Cherniack (Elo 2249), who also scored 8.5 points. Behind Cherniack follow three competitors at 8.0 points, of which the Czech Pavel Benco (Elo 2183), originally seeded in 15th place, ranked 3rd. In 4th place is Thomas Höpfl (Elo 2308), originally seeded  in 4th, who ended up being the best German player at the event. The runner-up of the seeding list and second grandmaster, Jan Plachetka (Elo 2362), achieved a disappointing 11th rank only. The Slovakian scored 7.0 points out of 11 rounds.

 

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Fabiano Caruana wins King’s Tournament

Recently, the Italian grandmaster Fabiano Caruana won the well-cast King’s Tournament in Bucharest. Due to a weak performance in the final match, Caruana, one again, missed his chance on breaking the 2800 hurdle in his Elo-rating.

 

Fabiano Caruana ahead off Wang Hao

Fabiano Caruana

The number of participants at the 7th edition of the King’s Tournament in Bucharest amounted to five players, who all had to compete against each other twice. In the end, Fabiano Caruana secured the victory with 5.0 points out of 8 duels. Along with three victories, he achieved four draws, and was defeated once. The match lost to Wang Hao was the decisive reason for not breaking the 2800 points Elo-rating. Instead, he holds a current rating of 2792.2 points, which is much higher than his measured performance of 2779 points in the world rankings. The second match against Hao ended in a draw. Fabiano Caruana achieved one victory and one draw in all other matches against the remaining contestants at the King’s Tournament in Bucharest.

 

Wang Hao in 2nd place at King’s Tournament

The Chinese player Wang Hao (Elo 2733) finished the chess event in Bucharest on 2nd rank. Next to his success and draw against the world’s number 6 and final winner, he obtained one more victory and 4 draws throughout the tournament, and therefore scored 4.5 points. Hao, 20th in world rankings, came off 2nd at the tournament in Rumania, ahead off Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (73rd/2674) at 4.0 points. Nisipeanu is followed by Teimour Radjabov from Azerbaijan (27th/ 2732) with 4.0 points and Ruslan Ponomariov from Ukraine. Ponomariov currently holds an Elo-rating of 2751 and ranks 14th in worldwide standings, but was only able to achieve 3.0 points out of six draws and two defeats.

 

Picture: wikipedia / Stefan64

written by Michael, translated by Birthe