World Youth Chess Championship 2014

From September 20 to 29, the city of Durban in South Africa was stage to the World Youth Chess Championship.

Jugend WM 2014959 boys and girls from 78 countries played the eleven rounds of this tournament. 115 boys and girls competed in the category U8. 168 in U10, 185 in U12, 174 in U14, 178 in U16, and 139 in U18.

As expected, South Africa had the largest number of players in the race: A total of 162 chess enthusiasts were honored to participate. Runner-up were the United States with 70 participants. India (51), Russia (34), and China (42) were also well-represented. Compared to other countries, Germany was still amongst the stronger countries with a total of 23 participants.

In the medal statistics, however, Germany ranked only 15th and did not take advantage of its quite large number of contestants. India took home six medals and is therefore the country with the biggest success. Russia followed India with six medals.

Results U8 Boys

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 Makoveev Ilya RUS 1799 9,5 0,5 1576
2 CM Tugstumur Yesuntumur MGL 1612 9,5 0,5 1631
3 CM Mendonca Leon Luke IND 1465 8 1 1446
4 Deng Yu Dong Michael HKG 0 8 1 1562
5 Gukesh Dommaraju IND 1661 8 1 1449

Results U8 Girls

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 Davaakhuu Munkhzul MGL 0 8,5 1 1209
2 Luu Ha Bich Ngoc VIE 0 8,5 0 1266
3 Ezizova Bagul TKM 0 8 0 1178
4 WCM Zvereva Margarita RUS 1632 8 0 1237
5 WCM Eswaran Aksithi USA 0 8 0 1154

Results U10 Boys

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 Nihal Sarin IND 2018 9 0 2075
2 FM Abdusattorov Nodirbek UZB 2128 8,5 0 1928
3 Tsoi Dmitry RUS 2027 8,5 0 1984
4 FM Praggnanandhaa R IND 1836 8 0 1988
5 Dhanush Bharadwaj IND 1888 8 0 1776

Results U10 Girls

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 WFM Divya Deshmukh IND 1607 10 0,5 1867
2 WFM Assaubayeva Bibissara KAZ 1927 10 0,5 1923
3 WFM Asadi Motahare IRI 1726 8 0 1539
4 Song Yuxin CHN 0 8 0 1628
5 Nurgali Nazerke KAZ 1634 7,5 0 1458

Results U12 Boys

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 FM Nguyen Anh Khoi VIE 2208 8,5 0 2241
2 Zarubitski Viachaslau BLR 2130 8,5 0 2213
3 Taghizadeh Rayan USA 2026 8,5 0 2191
4 CM Sargsyan Shant ARM 2077 8,5 0 2058
5 CM Peng David T USA 2011 8 0 2098

Results U12 Girls

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 WFM Yu Jennifer R USA 2043 10 0 2199
2 WFM Solozhenkina Elizaveta RUS 1946 8 0 2003
3 Badelka Olga BLR 2091 8 0 1958
4 WFM Antova Gabriela BUL 1989 7,5 0 1888
5 Priyanka Nutakki IND 1756 7,5 0 1909

Results U14 Boys

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 Liu Yan CHN 2364 9,5 0 2529
2 FM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2326 8,5 0,5 2306
3 FM Costachi Mihnea ROU 2356 8,5 0,5 2405
4 Sarana Alexey RUS 2411 8 1 2421
5 Panchanatham Vignesh USA 2276 8 0 2283

Results U14 Girls

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 WFM Zhou Qiyu CAN 2119 8,5 0,5 2169
2 WFM Kiolbasa Oliwia POL 2094 8,5 0,5 2129
3 WFM Vaishali Ramesh Babu IND 2124 8 0 2098
4 WFM Obolentseva Alexandra RUS 2151 8 0 2061
5 Yuan Ye CHN 2098 8 0 2103

Results U16 Boys

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 IM Pichot Alan ARG 2452 9 0 2595
2 IM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2496 8,5 0 2537
3 FM Bellahcene Bilel FRA 2428 8,5 0 2504
4 FM Rambaldi Francesco ITA 2456 8,5 0 2428
5 IM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2462 8 0 2455

Results U16 Girls

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 WFM Unuk Laura SLO 2247 9 0 2287
2 WFM Tsolakidou Stavroula GRE 2250 8,5 0 2224
3 WFM Gazikova Veronika SVK 2134 8 0 2127
4 WFM Mahalakshmi M IND 2048 8 0 2190
5 WFM Monnisha Gajendra IND 2078 8 0 2163

Results U18 Boys

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 IM Bortnyk Olexandr UKR 2505 9,5 0 2711
2 GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2521 9 0 2624
3 IM Henriquez Villagra Cristobal CHI 2466 7,5 0 2480
4 IM Bluebaum Matthias GER 2521 7,5 0 2504
5 FM Studer Noel SUI 2404 7,5 0 2452

Results U18 Girls

Rk.   Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 Rp
1 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2409 10 0 2515
2 WIM Osmanodja Filiz GER 2310 8,5 0 2313
3 WFM Xiao Yiyi CHN 2168 8 0 2211
4 WFM Rodionova Polina RUS 2090 7,5 0 2236
5 Nandhidhaa Pallathur V. IND 2144 7,5 0 2186

The complete statistics can be viewed on

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

European Chess Club Cups Bilbao 2014

From September 14 to 20, the entire Crème de la Crème of international chess gathered in the Spanish city of Bilbao to compete for the European Club Cups as well as for the “Chess Masters Final”. Except for Magnus Carlsen, the entire Top 10 of the world rankings attended.

Bilbao 2014

While Vishy Anand, title defender Levon Aronian, Francisco Vallejo Pons, and Ruslan Ponomariov fought for the he title of Bilbao’s Master in six rounds, another 450 players competed in 60 teams (52 male and 8 female) in the European Chess Club Open and the Women’s European Club Cup.


In the competition for the official title ‘Best European Chess Club’ the teams had to throw in all their energy at instance, as only seven rounds were played in Swiss Tournament System. No surprise then that the world’s top players gathered who all exploited one particular rule in chess: One player may compete for several different European chess clubs during the season. If two or more ‘home teams’ are then represented in the tournament, the player can choose for which one to compete.

The favorite team of the open had been SOCAR Azerbaijan from the very beginning. Staffed with Shakriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Michael Adams (England), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), Wang Hao (China), Anton Korobov (Ukraine), and Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan) the team is strong as well as international and therefore exceeded all expectations at the event. Even though SOCAR owner Mair Mamedov had complained earlier that the seven-round-system was equal to gambling, his team decided all seven competitions in their favor.

Still, the tournament remained suspenseful until the very end: The audience got increasingly tense, when in the final round SOCAR played five ties against SPB Saint Petersburg. The only full point was scored by former World Champion Veselin Topalov which led SOCAR to the overall tournament victory. A small but severe mistake of Peter Svidler in the tie end game with differently colored Bishops was SOCAR’s final triumph. They won the game and the Club Cup with an incredible 100 percent final result.

Topalov obtained the highest result in Bilbao (2922), as he forced not only Svidler but also Morozevich, Navara, and Nakamura to their knees. The 39 year-old is certainly already waiting for the October edition of the FIDE World Rankings.

Another top performance was delivered by Anish Giri who will advance to rank 7 in the world rankings. His coach Vladimir Tukmakov can be proud of himself, as he has also been SOCAR’s coach this season. The success of his mentee and the entire team is a shared success (which is characterized by some smart but extraordinary decisions, such as his choice to prefer Mamedyarov over Topalov and Giri on first board).

The Italian team Obiettivo Risarcimento was also well staffed and prepared when it entered the race: Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana were supported by team mates and top players Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Etienne Bacrot, and Laurent Fressinet.

Caruana fought until the very end for the best performance on first board (2896), but all team endeavors came down to 10th rank only. This is obviously owed to the fact that seven out of eight players performed under their ratings. Nakamura, for instance, played a rather shameful duel against Topalov and failed utterly.

Title defender Novy Bor secured 2nd rank through a clear victory at 4.5:1.5 points against SHSM in seventh round.The Czech Navara was able to prevail over Morozevich, although second would have had the better positioning. A stroke of good fortune that repeated itself in the duel of Harikrishna aginst Dreev.

The bronze medal was obtained by Malakhite that won against Caruana’s team Obiettivo Risarcimento in the final round. On the top-board, the duels of Caruana–Karjakin and Grischuk–Nakamura both ended in draws.

Alexander Grischuk ‘only’ played a draw against Nakamura, though many refer to it as THE duel of the tournament, that he ended with a performance of no less than 2887 points (Nakamura 2772). Maxime Vachier-Lagrave lost against Malakhite team member Peter Leko (who thus made up fot his tragic defeat by Manuel Bosboom from ‘En Passant’ in round one), and Alexey Shirov put Etienne Bacrot (Obiettivo Risarcimento) in his place. The third victory for the final score of 4.5:1.5 was contributed by Igor Lysyj who prevailed over Kiril Georgiev.

Final Scores

Rk ID Team Fed Games + = Pts MatPnt SB1_MG GamPnt
1 1 SOCAR Azerbaijan AZE 7 7 0 0 14 14 265.5 31
2 5 G-Team Novy Bor CZE 7 6 0 1 12 12 233 32
3 3 Malakhite RUS 7 5 1 1 11 11 197.5 25.5
4 7 Odlar Yourdu AZE 7 4 2 1 10 10 206.5 28
5 9 SG Solingen GER 7 4 2 1 10 10 181 27
6 6 SHSM Nashe Nasledie RUS 7 5 0 2 10 10 178 27.5
7 15 Minsk BLR 7 5 0 2 10 10 176.5 26
8 11 Ladya RUS 7 4 2 1 10 10 164 24
9 4 SPB RUS 7 4 1 2 9 9 203 25.5
10 2 Obiettivo Risarcimento ITA 7 4 1 2 9 9 191 26.5

In total, 52 teams competed. Best German team was SG Solingen on 5th rank. Further German participants: Mülheim Nord on rank 26, SF Berlin on rank 40, and SV Weder Bremen on rank 47.


Gold in the women’s tournament was obtained by team Nona from Batumi, Georgia, that also won all seven competitions. The victory was safe and sound after 6th round when Nona took the lead at 3 points. Nevertheless, they did not slow down in the final round. On the contrary, they prevailed over team SHSM from Russia that was fighting for the silver medal in this very duel. After their defeat, they came off 3rd in overall rankings.

The Georgian girls were even 4 team points ahead off Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo, the team that was rated top-favorite in the event. The names of world champion Yifan Hou,Anna Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, and Almira Skripchenko raised the bar high, but the team was not able to meet the expectations with their verall performance. In the first two rounds, they were utterly defeated by Nona and SHSM. Despite the victories in the last five rounds, they could only obtain the silver medal in the end.

Final Scores

Rk ID Team Fed Games + = Pts MatPnt SB1_MG GamPnt
1 4 Batumi Chess Club “Nona” GEO 7 7 0 0 14 14 108 20.5
2 5 Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo MNC 7 5 0 2 10 10 104 19
3 8 SHSM Nashe Nasledie RUS 7 4 1 2 9 9 97 18
4 1 Ugra RUS 7 4 0 3 8 8 83.5 17
5 6 SC Bad Konigshofen GER 7 3 1 3 7 7 84 16
6 2 Ladya RUS 7 3 0 4 6 6 83 15.5
7 3 Rishon Letzion ISR 7 1 0 6 2 2 16.5 4.5
8 7 Herzliya Chess Club ISR 7 0 0 7 0 0 0 1.5

In the women’s competition another German team ranked 5th: The SC Bad Königshofen.

Chess Masters Final

Chess Masters Final

Multiple World Champion Vishy Anand showed his superiority from the very first moment, when he scored three victories in four rounds. Other than the team victors, he was defeated by Levon Aronian in the final round and therefore couldn’t convince all spectators with his overall performance. There is nothing to do but to wait and see whether this, more than likely, last game before his great world championship duel against Magnus Carlsen has lasting impact when facing the ‘chess prodigy’ in Sochi.

Levon Aronian ranked 2nd in the end and remained only undefeated player of the entire event.

Far off with only 5 points was Ruslan Ponomariov who shared 3rd rank with Paco Vallejo who were equal in live-rating score at 2711.0!

Final Scores

 Rank  Name Points
1. Viswanathan Anand 11
2. Levon Aronian 10
3/4. Ruslan Ponomariov 5
3/4. Vallejo Pons 5


More details and further results can be viewed on the official website:

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

15 Facts About Check You Probably Didn’t Know

Chess players have always been somewhat accused of being smarty-pants. In order to feed on the slightly annoying smartness Chessimo will acquaint you with 15 interesting facts about checkmate today that will definitely be news to your partner in conversation.


+ In 1935, Elias Canetti, Nobel laureate of literature, wrote the novel UTO DA FE. A guy named Fischer is the main character who wants nothing more than becoming chess world champion. Coincidence or visionary gift?

+ Napoleon’s last will? Taking out his heart after his death and safely storing it in a chess table.

+ The German player Dr. Emanuel Lasker was undefeated chess world champion for 27 years and still holds the world record for this accomplishment.

+ In 1902, the first game of radio chess was carried out. The participants were passengers of two cruise ships that were sailing the Atlantic Ocean 70 miles apart from each other. Unfortunately, the duel was never finished, as the radio equipment used for transmitting the game were needed for navigation purposes.

+ The number of possible chess duels is 10 to the power of 1070.5. To play each and every possible duel the entire world population of 7.2 billion people would have to play twenty duels a day for three years straight.

+ Niaz Murshed from Bangladesh is the youngest player in the history of checkmate to win a national championship. He was 12 years old back then (1979).

+ Russia prohibited blind-simultaneous chess games in 1930, as the government was afraid it might cause mental illness.

+ In 1922, Jose Capablanca played against 103 opponents. One duel ended in a draw, all others he won.

+ The first American telegraph was used to carry out a chess tournament between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore via telegram in 1844.

+ Alexander Alekhine had a drink too much before the great the world championship final of 1935 and lost the game. Two years later he had another chance on winning the title, stuck with milk this time, and took home the trophy.

+ According to the legend, the Indian inventor of checkmate was asked by his king what he wanted as a reward for his endeavors. He answered: “Give me grain. Place one grain kernel on the first square, two kernels on the second square, and continue to double the amount of kernels for every square – until you have reached the 64th square.” The King was surprised at first about this supposed modesty. After he gave it a second thought and calculated the total number of grain kernels, he came to know that he would have to give the man 18,446,744,073,709,551,615 kernels. An amount that would be enough to cover all of England in a 12 meter layer of grain.

+ Anatoly Karpov became the first and only world champion in 1975 who did not have to fight for his title. His opponent Bobby Fischer refused to attend the competition.

+ After Billiard, in 1886 checkmate became the second sport discipline in which world championships were carried out.

+ Brooke Shields, Hollywood celebrity known from ‘The Ble Lagoon’ and ‘Quantum Leap’, became member of the World Championship Organization Committee in 1990.

+ 1980 in the Spanish Vigo: Francisco R. Torres Trois needed 2 hours and 20 minutes for one move that made history as the slowest move ever. Who could blame dim – the number of his possible moves was two.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe





The Best Chess Variations | Part 2

Chess VariationsYou are looking for changes in playing tactics and are tired of playing only classical chess all the time? Beginning today, Chessimo will introduce you to five interesting variations of classical checkmate, one every month. You can easily try them out at home and will still practice all fundamental skills for progress in your classical variations.

In Part 1 we focused on Chess960 / Fischer Random Chess, Casablanca Chess, Andernach-Chess, Nuclear Chess, and Soccer Chess. Today, we have another five variations for you to try out.

1. Maharajah Chess

The variation Maharajah treats the two opponents differently: While White plays with all chess pieces in accordance with the usual rule set, Black can only use the King and, depending on the player’s skill level, three (professional) or six (beginner) Pawns. These are lined up on the d, e, and f lines, and expanding to the b and g line in the case of a beginner playing. The specialty:  Black can always perform two moves in a row, in which the King may even move beyond checkmate, if it is not checkmated after the second move. Black may also give check in the first of its two moves and finally checkmate the White King in the second move. Furthermore, Black may checkmate White with its King.

2. Crowded Chess

Usual chess set and positions, all usual moves are allowed. The specialty: Both players are allowed to move every single one of his chess pieces once during his turn.  In other words, one player can make up to sixteen moves in one turn, though is not forced to move every singly chess piece. The variation creates extraordinary positioning that encourages the players to engage in the game with especially farsighted thinking.

3.Coin Chess

This variation begins with placing a coin in the square e4. The usual set of rules applies. Both players always move a chess piece and the coin during their turn. The coin must move into the same direction and distance as the chosen piece. One can only perform moves that allow the coin to stay on the board, on a free square. The coin is always moved prior to the chess piece, so that the piece can be placed on the coin’s previous position; but not vice versa. Loser is who can perform no further legitimate move.

4. Robbers‘ Chess

In Robbers‘ Chess there is neither giving chess nor checkmating. The King is treated like every other chess piece which allows the players to turn their Pawns into Kings. It is the games declared goal to first lose all pieces. Every move is under obligation of capture – meaning that one must eliminate a figure if he has the opportunity to.

5. Follow Up Chess

With every move one must cover the very square that the opponent just left unoccupied after his move. Only if doing so is absolutely impossible, a player may choose a “free” move. It is allowed to move the own King into checkmate or leave it there – a clever move if the opponent is then forced to move a figure onto a recently left square. Follow Up Chess requires a high degree of farsighted thinking. Sequences of moves that are well thought though, can trigger a chain reaction of scoring, and at the same time, one small mistake can lead to quick loss of the entire duel.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

European Amateur Chess Championship 2014

The Greek island Evia was host of two events from August 26 to September 2: The European Chess Union cleverly combined this year’s edition of the European Amateur Chess Championship and the 1st International Eritrea Open 2014 and brought together chess enthusiasts in a breath-taking scenery.

Stage of the events: The four-star hotel “Eritrea Village” on the island of Evia

Stage of the events: The four-star hotel “Eritrea Village” on the island of Evia

Eligible to the tournament were all players registered with one of Europe’s national chess federations who were holding an ELO-rating of less than 2,000 points at the beginning of the tournament and whose ratings haven’t exceeded the 2,000 point mark since January 2012. Furthermore, they were not to hold a title higher than CM. Nine rounds were played in Swiss Tournament System. The time limit per player was set at 90 minutes for 40 moves, plus 30 minutes, plus 30” counted from the first move.

The first three ranks in both men’s and women’s categories were rewarded with free tickets to participate in next year’s European Amateur Chess Championship as well as free board and lodging, under the condition that the players are still eligible to participate in accordance with the tournament’s conditions. On top of that, the victor got to take home 1,000 Euro prize money; the remaining 2,000 Euro were split up between the higher ranks.

Fifty players from twelve countries competed: 29 from Greece // 4 from Russia // each 3 from Albania, Belgium, and Rumania // 2 from Germany // and each 1 from Cyprus, England, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Turkey.

The Turk Ari Kiremitciyan obtained first rank with 8 points in his account. At only 21 years old, he prevailed over the experienced German player Laszlo Nagy (54) who came off second, half a point short of Kiremitciyan. The Greek player Vasilios Papasimakopoulous (U20) was closely behind him at 7 points.

We would like to point out the remarkable performance of nine year-old Daniel Dardha from Belgium who ranked 10th in overall standings. Chapeau!

The first 20 ranks as follows

Rank Name Nationality Rating Points
1 Kiremitciyan Ari TUR 1854 8
2 Nagy Laszlo GER 1966 7,5
3 Papasimakopoulos Vasilios GRE 1939 7
4 Veleshnja Ajet ALB 1995 6
5 Veleshnja Zino ALB 1685 6
6 Vasileiou Ioannis GRE 0 6
7 Koutsogiannopoulou Theodora GRE 1855 6
8 Liberman Alexander RUS 1971 6
9 Pahidis Konstantinos GRE 1714 5,5
10 Dardha Daniel BEL 1623 5,5
11 Belardinelli Franco ITA 1873 5,5
12 Head Louise ENG 1801 5,5
13 Litras Iosif GRE 1750 5,5
14 Bardis Harilaos-Panagiotis GRE 1340 5,5
15 Chetina Elizaveta RUS 1954 5,5
16 Pavlis Antonios GRE 1839 5,5
17 Schlenter Ruediger GER 1945 5
18 Wlogalski Olivier BEL 1895 5
19 Bellos Vasilios GRE 1526 5
20 Bessarab Vsevolod RUS 1844 5

The complete version of the finals rankings and additional information can be viewed on the International Chess Results Server.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe