Team Chess World Championship 2013: Ukraine strong, Russia struggles

After three out of nine rounds of the Team World Championship 2013 in Antalya, the Ukraine is clearly leading the field. The Russian team is struggling despite all expectations.


Ukraine with three victories out of three duels

Alexander Moiseenko

The Ukraine is the only team remaining with a clean slate at the Team Chess World Championship 2013. The Eastern

Europeans were able to win all three duels so far. The 2.5:1.5 victory against the United States in the opening stage of the tournament is followed by triumphs in rounds two and three against China (2.5:1.5) and the European Team Champion from Azerbaijan (2.5:1.5) who just recently secured the Championship title in Istanbul, despite the absence of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In the match against China, the Ukraine was successful through Vassily Ivanchuk (ELO 2731) who won against Li Chao (ELO 2679) and Anton Korobov (ELO 2713) who beat Ding Liren (ELO 2711). On the other hand, Yuriy Kryvoruchko (ELO 2701) was defeated by Wang Yue (ELO 2725). In the match against Azerbaijan, Alexander Moiseenko (ELO 2709) was able to score the decisive point against Vasif Durarbayli (ELO 2559). While the Ukraine is leading the field with a score of 6 points, Armenia is currently the runner-up with 5 points. The Armenians played a 2:2 draw against Russia in the top-duel in the opening stage, but were able to prevail over Egypt (3:1) and the United States (2.5:1.5). In the match against the USA, the world’s number 2, Levon Aronian (ELO 2801), scored a victory against Hikaru Nakamura (ELO 2786).


Top-favorite team from Russia only at midfield spot

Russia was one of the two top-favorite teams in Antalya but is having a hard time proving its strengths. After the 2:2 draw against Armenia, Russia was defeated by The United States at 1:3. Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (ELO 2793) had to admit defeat to US-American Hikaru Nakamura (ELO 2786), while Nikita Vitiugov (ELO 2741) had no chance against Robson Ray (ELO 2613). Russia is now three points short to front runner Ukraine and ranks 5th after 3 rounds. Ahead off Russia rank Azerbaijan in 3rd place at 4 points and the German team in 4th place at also 4 points. The German’s early success against Egypt was repeated against the home team from Turkey (3:1). Hereby, Georg Meier (ELO 2623) and the German top-player Arkadij Naiditsch contributed to the victory. However, in round 3 they were defeated by the Netherlands at 1.5:2.5 points, as Igor Khenkin (ELO 2612) was inferior to Giri Anish (ELO 2731). Naiditsch achieved at least a draw against L’ami Erwin (ELO 2648).


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written by Michael, translated by Birthe


Team Chess World Championship 2013 in Turkey

After Magnus Carlsen recently dethroned the previous Chess World Champion Visvanathan Anand and Azerbaijan was announced new European Team Chess Champion, the world is preparing for the next highlight in matters of chess: The Team World Championship 2013 in the Turkish city Antalya.


Russia and Armenia are top-favorites


Ten teams will be competing in the 2013 edition of the World Team Championship of Men. Among the evenly strong participants, Russia and Armenia are the favorite teams. The Russian formation, consisting of Vladimir Kramnik (Elo 2793), Sergey Karjakin (Elo 2756), Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Elo 2721), and Nikita Vitiugov (Elo 2741), should not be underestimated, even if they had to comply with a 2:2 draw against Armenia on the first day. However, the Armenian team is also cast well with players such as Sergei Movsesian (Elo 2700), Vladimit Akopian (Elo 2681), Gabriel Sargissian (Elo 2676), and Tigran Petrosian (Elo 2660) under the lead of top-rated player Levon Aronian (Elo 2801) who currently ranks 2nd in worldwide standings.


Four Victories in other duels of the first rounds

Four other pairings of the first round of the Team World Championship 2013 in Antalya ended with victories. The German team was able to prevail over Egypt with 2.5:1.5 points. The only defeat the Germans had to admit to was surprisingly the team’s top player Arkadij Naiditsch (Elo 2727) against Samy Shoker (ELO 2500), while Georg Meier (Elo 2623) won over Abdel Razik Khaled (Elo 2450) and David Baramidze (Elo 2614) over Armin Bassem (Elo 2652). The home team from Turkey was not successful against Azerbaijan in the opening stage of the tournament and finished the first duel at 1.5:2.5 to Azerbaijan’s favor, whose top-player Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Elo 2757) was not present. The decisive point for 2013’s European Champion secured Nidjat Mamedov (Elo 2616) with a victory against Mustafa Yilmaz (Elo 2577) on the 3rd board.


Ukraine beats USA in opening stage of World Championship 2013

The Ukraine and Germany faced each other in the second top-rated match of the day. The Eastern Europeans were able to prevail at 2.5:1.5 points. The decisive point was contributed by Anton Korobov (Elo 2713) who won over Gata Kamsky (Elo 2721). Also, there were three draws between Vassily Ivanchuk (Elo 2731) and Hikaru Nakamura (Elo 2786), Alexander Moissenko (Elo 2709) and Alexander Onischuk (Elo 2672), and Yuriy Kryvoruchko (Elo 2701) and Varuzhan Akobian (Elo 2625). In the fifth duel of the first round, China was able to defeat the Netherlands at 2.5:1.5 points.


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written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Chess Honorary President: Magnus Carlsen is not the best chess player

The Honorary President of the German Chess Association, Robert K. von Weizsäcker, criticized the new Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen. In his home country, the young chess talent is also called “The Mozart of Chess”, but he cannot enthuse the son of the former German national coach.


Robert von Weizsäcker: Disappointing World Championship

Robert K. von Weizsäcker

In an interview with a Northern German broadcasting station, Weizsäcker declared his displeasure. After the triumph of the 22 year-old Magnus Carlsen in Chennai, the Honorary President of the German Chess Association said: “I have never witnessed a World Championship as boring as the one that just took place. Carlsen won because he is the better sportsman, not because he is the better chess player.” It is known that the world’s number 1, Magnus Carlsen, prevailed over the title defender Visvanathan Anand, who had been Chess World Champion since 2010, at a final score of 6.5:3.5 points. In Chennai, Carlsen secured victories in three duels, while seven further duels ended in draws. The previous World Champion Anand was not able to decide a single match of the World Championship 2013 to his favor.


Vladimir Kramnik is said to have a better general understanding of chess than Carlsen

When glancing at the pure expertise, Magnus Carlsen is not the best chess player in the world according to the German Honorary President. The former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik from Russia is supposedly superior to the Norwegian. “Carlsen keeps playing and playing, and forces his opponent who is 20 years older than him to play 4 or 5 hours. The bottom line is that the positioning has to end in a draw; but he continues to play and waits out Anand.” He claims that with this strategy Magnus Carlsen became the new World Champion. He simply waited for mistakes of the former World Champion Anand. “From a chess point of view, this is not a convincing performance. He did not outperform him; he simply didn’t make mistakes, waited, and then took his chance.”


According to von Weizsäcker, Carlsen plays like a computer: cold hearted and soullessly

In an analysis of the Chess World Championship 2013 the Honorary President of the German Chess Association takes it even one step further: The Norwegian is alleged to play like a computer, cold hearted and soullessly. “It would be interesting to know how he would score against a chess computer.” On the other hand, the former German national coach Uwe Bönsch, views the situation a little differently; on he said: “I consider Magnus Carlsen a worthy successor of Bobby Fischer and Garri Kasparov. He is a World Champion who will be able to defend his title over many years.”


Picture: Frank Hoppe

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Magus Carlsen is new Chess World Champion

The Norwegian Magnus Carlsen is new World Champion in chess. The world’s number 1 prevailed in Chennai at 6.3:3.5 points over title defender Visvanathan Anand, who had been holding viagra sildenafil citrate the title since 2010 and was now dethroned.


Draw in 10th rounds decided to Magnus Carlsen’s cialis tadalafil favor

Magnus Carlsen-3

After the 22 year-old was able to win two duels in previous rounds, he beat Anand in the 9th round on Thursday and therefore made a preliminary decision with 6:3 points. Yesterday’s duel ended in another draw, the 7th draw of the series of duels, which meant the victory of Magnus Carlsen with the final score of 6.5:3.5. The draw on Friday was final after 65 moves. Carlsen played the last duel with the white chessmen and didn’t give Anand the slightest chance of forming threats on the board. On the other hand, Carlsen missed a great chance when not taking advantage of Anand’s mistake after about two hours of playing. After 4 hours and 45 minutes, the two opponents tadalafil switched their pieces so that only the two kings remained on the chess board and a checkmate was can fish oil be taken with plavix impossible.


Magnus Carlsen – a risk-seeking player

Magnus Carlsen’s victory in Chennai was more than deserved, as the young Norwegian was definitely the chancier and more stable player. The title defender Visvanathan Anand did make several unexpected mistakes which in the end led to Carlsen’s triumph. Many observers of the World Championship 2013 had the impression that Anand seemed tired and at some points didn’t challenge Carlsen enough. At least, he received a consolation prize of $980,000, while Magnus Carlsen’s prize money amounted to 1.57 million US-Dollars. Inexplicable to many observers of the scenario remain the severe mistakes of Anand in the duels 5, 6, and 9 which contributed to Carlsen’s victory. The Indian did plavix generic not achieve a single win at the Chess World Championship 2013 in his home country. The Norwegian is now the second youngest World Champion in the history of chess. Only the Russian player Garri Kasparov was a few months younger when he won the Chess World Championship 1985.


Carlsen didn’t offer Anand draw in final duel

To Magnus Carlsen the victory of the Chess World Championship 2013 is an early birthday gift; he celebrates his 23rd birthday on November 30th. After his triumph, the young Norwegian said: “I am very happy about winning the championship. It was tough, but it feels good. Visvanathan Anand is one of the greatest players in the history of chess. It was an honor to play against him.” During the last duel on Friday, Carlsen had many chances to offer Anand the draw, which he didn’t, as that would have been the championship’s final decision.


Picture: Frans Peeters

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Azerbaijan and Ukraine become European Chess Champions 2013

Overshadowed by the Chess World Championship 2013 between Visvanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, the European Team Chess Championship took place during the past days. In the men’s category, Azerbaijan came off winner in Warsaw, while the Ukraine prevailed at the women’s competition.


Azerbaijan stops France

Teimour Radjabov

In the men’s category, it looked like France was going to secure the victory of the European Chess Championship 2013 in Warsaw, as Etienne Bacrot (Elo 2749) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Elo 2742) performed remarkably for the team that was seeded 3rd. Still, the French had to comply with draws in rounds 7 and 8, and over and above that, were defeated by Russia in the final round at 1.5:2.5 points. Azerbaijan, on the contrary, achieved two draws and beat Greece. Thus, the Azerbaijani team won the European Championship 2013 and became successor of Germany, the surprise winner of 2011. In the end, Azerbaijan, at 14.0 points, was ahead off France and the two other top-favorite teams from Russia and Armenia, who all ended the championship in Warsaw with 13.0 points. Members of the Azerbaijani team are amongst others Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Elo 2757) and Teimour Radjabov (Elo 2715), for Russia played Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785), Peter Svidler (Elo 2752) and Dmitry Andreikin (Elo 2710), and for Armenia the world’s number 2 Levon Aronian (Elo 2801).


German men with disappointing results, German women with solid performance

Elisabeth Paehtz

From all members of the German team, the only strong player was top-class player Arkadij Naiditsch (Elo 2727) with an outstanding result of 5.5 points out of 7 duels. The other German competitors ended the tournament with rather disappointing results. Despite the 10th place on the seeding list, the German team scored only 9.0 points and therefore took a weak 20th place. Strong performances, on the other hand, were delivered by Georgia and Greece, who came off 6th and 7th at 12.0 and 11.0 points. Other than the German men, the German women played a satisfying tournament in Warsaw. The team was seeded 7th and at 11.0 points actually came off 7th in overall standings. The team’s most successful contributer of points was top-rated player Elisabeth Paehtz (Elo 2449) with 5.0 points out of 8 duels.


Ukraine dominates women’s category of European Chess Championship 2013

The women’s competition was clearly dominated by the top-favorite team from the Ukraine. This Eastern European team was cast with Kateryna Lagno, former Individual Chess World Champion Anna Ushenina, and Mariya Muzychuk, and prevailed with 12.0 points. The silver medal was obtained by the Russian team, seeded 2nd, which was led by the two grandmasters Valentina Gunina and Alexandra Kosteniuk. Poland, playing on home turf, won the bronze medal (both at 14.0 points).


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written by Michael, translated by Birthe


Chess World Championship 2013: Magnus Carlsen close to championship

At the Chess World Championship in Chennai, 8 out of 12 rounds have been played already. Challenger Magnus Carlsen gets closer to dethroning title defender Visvanathan Anand.


5:3 lead after victories in rounds 5 and 6

Magnus Carlsen

The preliminary decision in favor of the world’s number 1 from Norway (Elo 2870) was made after duels 5 and 6. Magnus Carlsen was able to prevail over Visvanathan Anand and secured a 4:2 lead after four draws in the previous rounds. In the meanwhile, duels 7 and 8 were played in India in which title defender Anand (Elo 2775) was not able to strike back. Therefore, the current score after 8 out of 12 duels of the World Championship in Chennai is 5:3 to Carlsen’s favor. The 22 year-old is facing another milestone and the greatest success in his career and might just celebrate his 23rd birthday on November 30th as the new Chess World Champion.


8th duel ends in draw after only 33 moves

Yesterday’s duel between Anand and Carlsen was the 8th match of the Championship and truly a reflection of several earlier matches. All draws of prior rounds were rather tiresome, and surprisingly the 43 year-old title defender played a tight game, even though his backlog should indicate otherwise. Many observers of the Chess World Championship 2013 assume that Anand has already resigned and given up on the title defence. According to a contrary assumption, the Indian is trying to focus on the two remaining matches, which he will play with the white chessmen. Anyway, the 8th duel ended in a draw after only 75 minutes and 33 moves. Thus, Carlsen is only 1.5 points – or three draws – away from the title.


World Championship is scheduled to last until November 26th

Viswanathan Anand

The World Championship is planned to end with the 12th duel on November 26th 2013. At the moment though, many factors indicate an early end. The prize money of the championship amounts to $2.55 million, which is about 1.89 million Euros. Even before the duels started, Magnus Carlsen received a payment of $100,000 , as he has to compete in Anand’s home country India. If the World Championship ends after 12 duels, the victor gets to take home 60 percent of the prize money, while the loser receives the remaining 40 percent. In case of a tie-break, which seems unlikely at the moment, the prize money is shared 55:45 percent.


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written by Michael, translated by Birthe

European Team Chess Championship 2013: France and Ukraine remain in lead

At the European Team Championship 2013 in Warsaw, the French team was able to remain dominant. In the women’s competition, the Ukraine had to comply with the first draw in the top match but is still on first place.


France prevails over surprise team from Greece

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

In round 6 of the European Team Chess Championship 2013 in Warsaw, vardenafil hydrochloride the two leading teams from France and Greece (seeds 3 and 15) met for the top match in the men’s competition. In the end, the top-favorite from France prevailed shortly at 2.5:1.5 points. vardenafil With three draws against Ioannis Papaioannou (Elo 2639), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Elo 2742) won the decisive point. At 11.0 points France is now head of the list, followed by Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani team, lead by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, was listed 6th in the seeding list and clearly defeated Georgia, 14th in seeding list, at a score of 3:1. Therefore, Azerbaijan has a point account of 10.0 points at the moment and takes rank 2 in overall standings. In 3rd place are now the top-favorite Russians, after a 2.5:1.5 match against Rumania and 9.0 points. The German team, the surprise title defender, won 3:1 against Lithuania, and at 6.0 point ranks 22nd at the European Team Chess Championship 2013.


Women’s competition: Ukraine plays draw against Georgia

In the 6th round of the women’s competition, the Ukraine was not the duel’s victor for the first time. After five victories in a row, the Ukrainian women now played a 2:2 draw against Georgia, which is listed 3rd at the moment. While Anna Ushenina was successful once again and Mariya Muzychuk was also able to defeat her opponent, Natalia Zhukova lost to Lela Javakhisvilli and Kateryna Lagno was defeated by Nana Dzagnidze. The top-favorite team from the Ukraine remains top of the list at 11.0 points, Georgia, with 9.0 points, follows in 3rd place – consistent with their rank in the seeding list. In between is the Armenian team – originally seeded 6th – which just won against Spain with a 3.5:0.5 score.

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Seeded in 2nd, the Russian women achieved a 2:2 draw against the home team from Warsaw in the 6th round of the tournament. Valentina Gunina had to admit defeat to Monika Socko, while Olga Girya prevailed over Joanna Majdan-Gajewska. Russia ranks 6th with 8.0 points, while the Polish team is in 4th place at the moment. The German team was surprisingly beat by Poland III with a final score of 1.5:2.5. Therefore, Elicabeth Paehtz and team members fall behind on rank 12 out of 32, although they were rated 5th in seeding list.


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written by Michael, translated by Birthe

European Chess Championship 2013: France and Ukraine with chances on title

While the Chess World Championship 2013 between Anand and Carlsen is the center of attention these days, Warsaw is hosting the European Team Championship with top-class competitors. After five rounds it is final that current European Champion Germany has no chance on winning medals.


France leads in men’s category of European Chess Championship in Warsaw

Etienne Bacrot

In five rounds of the European Chess Championship 2013 in Warsaw, the German men’s national team has only scored 4.0 points. The team that was seeded 10th, is only on rank 25 out of 38 participating teams. Germany was only able to prevail over Israel in the opening stage and obtained two draws against Spain and Poland. The German team was defeated by Georgia and England. After five rounds, the Championship is dominated by France with an average Elo-rating of 2695 points. The French team was 3rd in seeding list and currently holds a score of 9.0 points. Therefore, the French team of Etienne Bacrot and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave is one point short of the trio. Seeded in 6th place, the team from Azerbaijan with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov ranks 4th at the moment. Surprisingly, Greece ascended to rank 2 (seeded 15th) and Georgia to rank 3 (seeded 14th). On the contrary, Russia has only obtained 7.0 points so far and ranks 7th, while Armenia, number 2 in seeding list, only ranks 10th at 7.0 points.


Ukraine dominant in women’s category of European Chess Championship 2013

The women’s competition has left us little surprised so far. The top-cast Ukrainian team leads the field at 10.0 points and remains undefeated. Kateryna Lagno, Anna Ushenina and their team mates have won all duels at the championship so far. Lagno and Ushenina each won four matches and achieved one draw. The Ukraine is followed by number 3 of the seeding list – Georgia – at 8.0 points. The Russian women, seeded 2nd, and the German women, seeded 5th, have obtained 7.0 points each and rank 5th and 7th at the moment.


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written by Michael, translated by Birthe


Chess World Championship 2013: Anand and Carlsen at three draws

At the Chess World Championship 2013 in Chennai, neither of the two chess players has been able to secure a victory in the first three matches. After three draws the current score is 1.5:1.5.


Two boring first rounds

Viswanathan Anand

Especially in the first two duels the World Champion Visvanathan Anand (Elo 2775) and World’s Number 1 Magnus Carlsen (Elo 2870) took it slow, so that quick draws were pre-programmed. At the press conference later on, Carlsen was even in the mood of joking around. The Norwegian was asked how he would spend the day off which scheduled in between duels 2 and 3. The world’s number 1 answered he had to recover from these first two exhausting duels.



Anand with winning chance in third duel of Chess World Championship 2013

Magnus Carlsen

Even though the Norwegian made that comment jokingly, it seemed that both candidates, Magnus Carlsen and Visvanathan Anand, had recovered perfectly from the previous matches, as both chess players played a rather interesting third match yesterday at the Chess World Championshp in Chennai. Magnus Carlsen played White, like in the first game, and opened the match with 1.Nf3, while Anand responded with his first move to 2. g6. For quite a while, moves from the popular Reti-Opening followed, until the World Champion finally deviated from this classic strategy by moving 11.Nd4. The course of the game even gave the title defender the chance in securing the first victory, as he was positioned much better on the board. However, the Norwegian was able to find his way back into the duel and achieved a draw. At least, the third duel of the World Championship 2013 had, for the first time, some excitement to offer.


Further course of World Championship 2013 in Chennai

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Accordingly, answers at the following press conference were given. Anand presented himself as a satisfied World Championship candidate, even had a couple of jokes ready for the journalists. Magnus Carlsen, on the other hand, seemed disappointed. After the first duel was played in 16 moves and the second in 25, the third duel ended in a positional draw after 51 moves. There is not much time left for the two grandmasters to analyze their own game, as the fourth duel is scheduled for today.


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written by Michael, translated by Birthe


Who will be Chess World Champion 2013 – Visvanathan Anand or Magnus Carlsen?

During the next days, all eyes of the chess world will be on Chennai at the Bay of Bengal. In the city at the east coast of South India, the title defender Visvanathan Anand and the world’s number 1 Magnus Carlsen will fight for the World Championship title. Quite a few experts expect the Norwegian to dethrone the current title holder.


First duel of Anand and Carlsen on Saturday, November 9th 2013

Viswanathan Anand

After the official opening ceremony of the Chess World Championship 2013 took place yesterday, the first duel between Visvanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen will be carried out tomorrow, on November 9th. In the first duel, challenger Carlsen will begin playing White. Overall, 12 duels are scheduled until November 26th. In case the two are equal in score at 6:6 points after the regular matches, a tie-break will decide the new Chess World Champion on November 28th. Theoretically speaking, the new World Champion could be already determined on November 18th, for which one of the two players must win at 6.5:0.5 points.


Rules and regulations of the Chess World Championship 2013

The championship is played with classical thinking time. The first 40 moves must be made within a time frame of 120 minutes, the following 20 in 60 minutes and 15 minutes remain for the rest of the duel, for which the 30 second rule applies after the 61st move. Whoever reaches a score of 6.5 points first, will be new Chess World Champion.  If Anand and Carlsen are equal in points after twelve duels, colors will be drawn and reassigned and a tie-break of four duels in rapid chess (25 minutes + 10 seconds) will be played. If there is still no winner after the rapid chess duels, two blitz chess duels are to follow (5 minutes + 3 seconds). For the case, that still no winner is crowned, there will be sets of two blitz chess duels until a new title holder is determined – or until ten blitz matches have been played. After that, the final round will be a sudden-death-duel.


Visvanathan Anand World Champion since 2007

Magnus Carlsen

The Indian Visvanathan Anand has been World Champion since 2007, holds an Elo-rating of 2775 points and therefore ranks 8th in worldwide standings. The 22 year-old challenger Magnus Carlsen, on the other hand, is the number 1 in worldwide rankings with an Elo of 2870. Through the victory of the Candidates’ Tournament in London in March he qualified for the World Championship. In London, he scored 8.5 points, just like Vladimr Kramnik, but achieved more victories throughout the tournament than the Russian. Until now, Anand and Carlsen faced each other in 29 duels, of which 20 ended in draws. Anand was able to win 6 matches, while the Norwegian prevailed only 3 times over the Indian World Champion.


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written by Michael, translated by Birthe