Topalov Wins Norway Chess 2015

norway chess 2015

From June 15 to 27, Norway was stage to one of this year’s chess highlights, the Norway Chess Tournament. They couldn’t have chosen a better pool of participants:

  • Magnus Carlsen. World Champion from Norway and number 1 in world rankings, currently holding an ELO of 2876 points.
  • Visvanathan Anand. Indian former World Champion and current runner-up. Number 2 in worldwide standings at an ELO-rating of 2804 points.
  • Fabiano Caruana. Recent Grand Prix victor and 3rd in world rankings with 2803 ELO points.
  • Hikaru Nakamura. 27 year-old American who ranks 4th in worldwide standings and is current Chess960 World Champion at an ELO of 2799 points.
  • Veselin Topalov. Current number 5 in world rankings. The Bulgarian holds an ELO of 2798 points.
  • Alexander Grischuk. Ranks 6th in international comparison. Holds an ELO of 2780.
  • Anish Giri. Ranked 8th at Gashimov Memorial in April. The 21 year-old ranks 9th in worldwide rankings ar an ELO of 2776 points.
  • Levon Aronian. Armenian with an ELO of 2776 points who currently ranks 10th in international comparison.
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Triple French Champion who was recently defeated by Yi Wei at the City of Leon Masters Tournament. Now 12th in world rankings, 2754 ELO points.
  • Jon Ludvig Hammer. Grandmaster and Norwegian born in 1990 – like Magnus Carlsen. Won the Norwegian National Championship in 2013 and ranks 75th internationally with an ELO of 2665.

*ELO-ratings from May 2015

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The competitors started with a blitz chess tournament on June 15 (3 minutes + 2 seconds, begging at 1st move), the results of which determined the starting positions of the actual tournament.

The prize money fund contained 300,000 US-Dollars, 75,000 of which were reserved for the victor. Ranks two and three were rewarded with 50,000 and 40,000.

Veselin Topalov prevailed with 6.5 out of 9 points after 9 suspenseful rounds over Vishy Anand (6 points) and won the overall tournament. Until the very last round, the two of them fought for the title. Hikaru Nakamura came off 3rd, while Magnus Carlsen, who usually isn’t satisfied with anything other than the gold medal, only ranked 5th at disastrous 3.5 points.

The livestream archive has videos of the individual rounds as well as helpful comments.

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Final Results
Name Rat Fed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Score
1 GM Topalov, Veselin 2798 BUL *  ½  0  ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 1  1st
2 GM Anand, Viswanathan 2804 IND  ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1  2nd 6
3 GM Giri, Anish 2773 NED  1 ½ * ½ ½  ½  ½ ½ 1 ½
4 GM Nakamura, Hikaru 2802 USA  ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½  1 ½ 1  3rd 6
5 GM Carlsen, Magnus 2876 NOR 0 0 ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1  0
6 GM Caruana, Fabiano 2805 ITA  ½ ½  ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 ½ ½ 4
7 GM VachierLagrave, Maxime 2723 FRA  0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1  ½ ½ 4
8 GM Aronian, Levon 2780 ARM  0 ½ ½  0 0 1 0 * ½ ½ 3
9 GM Grischuk, Alexander 2781 RUS  0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½  ½ ½ * 1
10 GM Hammer, Jon Ludvig 2677 NOR 0 0 ½ 0  1 ½ ½ ½  0 * 3

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Pairings and Individual Results Rounds 1 to 9
Results Round 1
Anand Viswanathan  Caruana Fabiano  ½ – ½
Carlsen Magnus  Topalov Veselin  0 – 1
 Giri Anish  Grischuk Alexander  1 – 0
 Nakamura Hikaru  Hammer Jon Ludvig  1 – 0
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  Aronian Levon  1 – 0

 

Results Round 2
Grischuk Alexander  Aronian Levon  ½ – ½
Hammer Jon Ludvig  Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  ½ – ½
 Topalov Veselin  Nakamura Hikaru  ½ – ½
 Caruana Fabiano  Carlsen Magnus  1 – 0
Giri Anish  Anand Viswanathan  ½ – ½

 

Results Round 3
Anand Viswanathan  Grischuk Alexander  ½ – ½
Aronian Levon Hammer Jon Ludvig  ½ – ½
 Carlsen Magnus  Giri Anish  ½ – ½
 Nakamura Hikaru  Caruana Fabiano  1 – 0
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  Topalov Veselin  0 – 1

 

Results Round 4
 Alexander Grischuk Hammer Jon Ludvig  1 – 0
 Topalov Veselin Aronian Levon  1 – 0
 Caruana Fabiano  Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  ½ – ½
 Giri Anish  Nakamura Hikaru  ½ – ½
 Anand Viswanathan  Carlsen Magnus  1 – 0

 

Results Round 5
 Aronian Levon  Caruana Fabiano  1 – 0
 Carlsen Magnus  Grischuk Alexander  1 – 0
 Hammer Jon Ludvig  Topalov Veselin  0 – 1
 Nakamura Hikaru  Anand Viswanathan  ½ – ½
 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  Giri Anish  ½ – ½

 

Results Round 6
 Grischuk Alexander  Topalov Veselin  0 – 1
 Caruana Fabiano  Hammer Jon Ludvig  ½ – ½
 Giri Anish  Aronian Levon  ½ – ½
 Anand Viswanathan  Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  1 – 0
 Carlsen Magnus  Nakamura Hikaru ½ – ½

 

Results Round 7
Aronian Levon  Anand Viswanathan  ½ – ½
 Hammer Jon Ludvig  Giri Anish  ½ – ½
 Nakamura Hikaru  Grischuk Alexander  ½ – ½
 Topalov Veselin  Caruana Fabiano  ½ – ½
 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime  Carlsen Magnus  ½ – ½

 

Results Round 8
 Grischuk Alexander  Caruana Fabiano  ½ – ½
 Giri Anish  Topalov Veselin  1 – 0
 Anand Viswanathan  Hammer Jon Ludvig  1 – 0
 Carlsen Magnus  Aronian Levon  1 – 0
 Nakamura Hikaru  Vachier-Lagrave Maxim  ½ – ½

 

Results Round 9
 Vachier-Lagrave Maxim  Grischuk, Alexander  ½ – ½
 Aronian Levon  Nakamura Hikaru  0 – 1
 Hammer Jon Ludvig  Carlsen Magnus  1 – 0
 Topalov Veselin  Anand Viswanathan ½ – ½
 Caruana Fabiano  Giri Anish  ½ – ½

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Find official reports and summaries on the official tournament website.

Carlsen Beats Anand at Gashimov Memorial

Gashimov Memorial 2015

Shamkir, Azerbaijan, was stage to the Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2015 from April 16 to 26. The declared top-players of the world of chess gathered to compete:

Magnus Carlsen (ELO 2863)
Fabiano Caruana (ELO 2803)
Visvanathan Anand (ELO 2791)
Anish Giri (ELO 2790)
Wesley So (ELO 2788)
Vladimir Kramnik (ELO 2783)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (ELO 2762)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (ELO 2754)
Michael Adams (ELO 2746)
Rauf Mamedov (ELO 2651)

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The tournament was played in 45 duels in 9 rounds.

Carlsen and Anand were the only players to remain undefeated throughout the entire event and may proudly report an enhancement of 13 points in their ELO-Live-ratings.

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Final Results After 9 Rounds
Rank Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts Vict
1 Carlsen Magnus 2863 NOR 1 ½ 1 ½ 1  1 *  1 ½ ½  7 5
2 Anand Viswanathan 2791 IND  ½ 1 ½ * 1 ½ ½  ½ ½ 1  6 3
3 So Wesley 2788 USA  ½ * 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1  5 3
4 Caruana Fabiano 2802 ITA 1 1 ½ ½ ½ * 0  ½ ½ ½  5 2
5 Kramnik Vladimir 2783 RUS *  ½ ½  ½  0 0 0 1 ½ 1  4 2
6 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 AZE 1 ½ ½ 0 *  ½ 0  ½ ½ ½  4 1
7 Adams Michael 2746 ENG 0  0  ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 *  3.5  1
8 Giri Anish 2790 NED ½  0  ½ ½ ½  ½ ½ ½ * 0  3.5  0
9 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 FRA 0 ½  ½ ½ ½  ½ 0 * ½ ½  3.5  0
10 Mamedov Rauf 2651 AZE  ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 0  ½ ½ ½  3.5 0

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Pairings & Individual Results

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1st Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1-0 GM Adams Michael 2746 10
2 GM So Wesley 2788 1-0 GM Giri Anish 2790 9
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6

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2nd Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 ½-½ GM So Wesley 2788 2

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3rd Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM So Wesley 2788 1-0 GM Adams Michael 2746 10
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 ½-½ GM Giri Anish 2790 9
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 0-1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7

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4th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4
2 GM So Wesley 2788 1-0 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3

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5th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Adams Michael 2746 10
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 1-0 GM So Wesley 2788 2
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 1-0 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 ½-½ GM Giri Anish 2790 9
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8

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6th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 ½-½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 0-1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
2 GM So Wesley 2788 ½-½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4

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7th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 1-0 GM Adams Michael 2746 10
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 1-0 GM So Wesley 2788 2
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM Giri Anish 2790 9

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8th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
10 GM Adams Michael 2746 1-0 GM Giri Anish 2790 9
1 GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1-0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 8
2 GM So Wesley 2788 ½-½ GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 7
3 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 ½-½ GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 6
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 1-0 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 5

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9th Round

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg SNo.
5 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2754 ½-½ GM Adams Michael 2746 10
6 GM Caruana Fabiano 2802 ½-½ GM Anand Viswanathan 2791 4
7 GM Carlsen Magnus 2863 1-0 GM Mamedov Rauf 2651 3
8 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2762 ½-½ GM So Wesley 2788 2
9 GM Giri Anish 2790 ½-½ GM Kramnik Vladimir 2783 1

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Pictures, videos, and detailed game sheets are available on the official tournament website:

https://www.shamkirchess.az

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

The World’s 20 Best Chess Players

magnus carlsenThe official FIDE world rankings have already undergone significant changes this year.

While Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana persistently hold out on first and second rank, Hikaru Nakamura has leaped forward due to his recent successes like the third rank at the Zurich Chess Challenge. Certainly worth recognition when considering that he only barely stayed in the Top 10 in the January rakings (9th). His predecessor as the world’s third, Alexander Grischuk, was expelled to 5th place from which he ousted Visvanathan Anand. The vice World Champion now has to comply with 6th rank.

Cursed by his fate is Radoslav Voitaszek who fell back five ranks since the beginning of the year and brings up the rear now. Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, and Dmitry Andreikin have even completely vanished from the Top 20.

David Navara, Liren Ding, and Evgeny Tomashevsky, on the other hand, have reason to celebrate. The three of them have just arrived in the world’s Top 20! Tomashevsky gained a remarkable 29 ELO-points this year, after he had proved his abilities at the 3rd Grand Prix tournament last week. The Chinese number one, Liren Ding, advanced from 22nd to 19th rank in January and made it to 15th rank now that he performed well at the Tata Steel Tournament. David Navara is literally rocking the ongoing European Championship and has already prevailed over Rui, Parligras, Shimanov, Potkin, and Kempinsky. Not a bad count after eight rounds. It remains to be seen how the final results of this championship and the Reykjavik Open in mid-March affect merry go-round of the world’s Top 20.

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Current Ranking

Rank

Name

Title

Country

Rating

Change

B-Year

1

Magnus Carlsen

G

NOR

2863

1990

2

Fabiano Caruana

G

ITA

2802

1992

3

Hikaru Nakamura

G

USA

2798

↑ (9)

1987

4

Veselin Topalov

G

BUL

2798

1975

5

Alexander Grischuk

G

RUS

2794

↓ (3)

1983

6

Viswanathan Anand

G

IND

2791

↓ (5)

1969

7

Anish Giri

G

NED

2790

1994

8

Wesley So

G

PHI

2788

↑ (10)

1993

9

Vladimir  Kramnik

G

RUS

2783

↓ (8)

1975

10

Levon Aronian

G

ARM

2770

↓ (6)

1982

11

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

G

FRA

2765

1990

12

Sergey Karjakin

G

RUS

2757

1990

13

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

G

AZE

2756

1985

14

David Navara

G

CZR

2750

↑ (23)

1985

15

Ding Liren

G

CHN

2749

↑ (22)

1992

16

Boris Gelfand

G

ISR

2747

↓ (14)

1968

17

Evgeny  Tomashevsky

G

RUS

2745

↑ (31)

1987

18

Michael Adams

G

ENG

2745

1971

19

Dmitry Jakovenko

G

RUS

2742

↑ (20)

1983

20

Radoslaw Wojtaszek

G

POL

2738

↓ (15)

1987

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Magnus Carlsen prevails at Tata Steel Tournament

Tata Steel TournamentOne of the major highlights among the world-class chess tournaments is the Tata Steel Tournament in Vijk aan Zee.

Once again, fourteen celebrities of the chess scene with an average ELO-rating of 2746 points gathered to fight duels at an extraordinarily sophisticated level. Along with Magnus Carlsen attended talents like Fabio Caruana, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Radoslav Voitaszek, Teimour Radjabov, Liren Ding, Baadur Jobava, Vasil Ivanchuk, Yifan Hou, Loek Van Wely, and Ivan Saric. From January 10, 2015 to today afternoon they proved their skills in thirteen rounds at the 77th edition of the Tata Steel Tournament.

Little surprising was Magnus Carlsen’s victory with 9 out of 13 points. His opponents, however, were following up closely: Vachier-Lagrave as well as Giri, Ding, and So scored 8.5 points and ranked shortly behind him in the final standings. Especially Vachier-Lagrave became a threat to the current World Champion. If Carlsen wouldn’t have scored his last half of a point in the final round, the Frenchman would have taken home the trophy.

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Final Rankings
Name Score Rating TPR Nationality
1 Carlsen, M. 9.0 / 13 2862 2878 NOR
2 Vachier-Lagrave, M. 8.5 / 13 2757 2855 FRA
3 Giri, A. 8.5 / 13 2784 2853 NED
4 So, W. 8.5 / 13 2762 2854 USA
5 Ding, L. 8.5 / 13 2732 2857 CHN
6 Ivanchuk, V. 7.5 / 13 2715 2805 UKR
7 Caruana, F. 7.0 / 13 2820 2769 ITA
8 Radjabov, T. 6.0 / 13 2734 2718 AZE
9 Wojtaszek, R. 5.5 / 13 2744 2689 POL
10 Aronian, L. 5.5 / 13 2797 2685 ARM
11 Hou, Y. 5.0 / 13 2673 2664 CHN
12 Saric, I. 4.5 / 13 2666 2642 CRO
13 Van Wely, L. 4.0 / 13 2667 2611 NED
14 Jobava, B. 3.0 / 13 2727 2536 GEO

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Results of Rounds
Round 1 – Saturday the 10th
Radjabov, T. – Van Wely, L. ½-½
Ivanchuk, V. – Jobava, B. 1-0
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Hou, Y. 1-0
Ding, L. – Caruana, F. 0-1
Saric, I. – Aronian, L. ½-½
Giri, A. – Carlsen, M. ½-½
So, W. – Wojtaszek, R. ½-½
Round 2 – Sunday the 11th
Van Wely, L. – Wojtaszek, R. ½-½
Carlsen, M. – So, W. ½-½
Aronian, L. – Giri, A. ½-½
Caruana, F. – Saric, I. 1-0
Hou, Y. – Ding, L. 0-1
Jobava, B. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. ½-½
Radjabov, T. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
Round 3 – Monday the 12th
Ivanchuk, V. – Van Wely, L. 1-0
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Radjabov, T. ½-½
Ding, L. – Jobava, B. 1-0
Saric, I. – Hou, Y. ½-½
Giri, A. – Caruana, F. ½-½
So, W. – Aronian, L. 1-0
Wojtaszek, R. – Carlsen, M. 1-0
Round 4 – Tuesday the 13th
Van Wely, L. – Carlsen, M. 0-1
Aronian, L. – Wojtaszek, R. ½-½
Caruana, F. – So, W. ½-½
Hou, Y. – Giri, A. ½-½
Jobava, B. – Saric, I. 0-1
Radjabov, T. – Ding, L. 0-1
Ivanchuk, V. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. 1-0
Round 5 – Thursday the 15th
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Van Wely, L. ½-½
Ding, L. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
Saric, I. – Radjabov, T. 0-1
Giri, A. – Jobava, B. 1-0
So, W. – Hou, Y. ½-½
Wojtaszek, R. – Caruana, F. 1-0
Carlsen, M. – Aronian, L. 1-0
Round 6 – Friday the 16th
Van Wely, L. – Aronian, L. ½-½
Caruana, F. – Carlsen, M. 0-1
Hou, Y. – Wojtaszek, R. ½-½
Jobava, B. – So, W. 0-1
Radjabov, T. – Giri, A. ½-½
Ivanchuk, V. – Saric, I. ½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Ding, L. 1-0
Round 7 – Saturday the 17th
Ding, L. – Van Wely, L. 1-0
Saric, I. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. 0-1
Giri, A. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
So, W. – Radjabov, T. ½-½
Wojtaszek, R. – Jobava, B. 0-1
Carlsen, M. – Hou, Y. 1-0
Aronian, L. – Caruana, F. ½-½
Round 8 – Sunday the 18th
Van Wely, L. – Caruana, F. 0-1
Hou, Y. – Aronian, L. ½-½
Jobava, B. – Carlsen, M. 0-1
Radjabov, T. – Wojtaszek, R. 1-0
Ivanchuk, V. – So, W. 0-1
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Giri, A. 1-0
Ding, L. – Saric, I. 1-0
Round 9 – Tuesday the 20th
Saric, I. – Van Wely, L. ½-½
Giri, A. – Ding, L. 1-0
So, W. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. ½-½
Wojtaszek, R. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
Carlsen, M. – Radjabov, T. 1-0
Aronian, L. – Jobava, B. 1-0
Caruana, F. – Hou, Y. ½-½
Round 10 – Wednesday the 21st
Van Wely, L. – Hou, Y. 1-0
Jobava, B. – Caruana, F. 0-1
Radjabov, T. – Aronian, L. ½-½
Ivanchuk, V. – Carlsen, M. ½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Wojtaszek, R. ½-½
Ding, L. – So, W. ½-½
Saric, I. – Giri, A. 0-1
Round 11 – Friday the 23rd
Giri, A. – Van Wely, L. 1-0
So, W. – Saric, I. 1-0
Wojtaszek, R. – Ding, L. 0-1
Carlsen, M. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. ½-½
Aronian, L. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
Caruana, F. – Radjabov, T. ½-½
Hou, Y. – Jobava, B. 1-0
Round 12 – Saturday the 24th
Van Wely, L. – Jobava, B. ½-½
Radjabov, T. – Hou, Y. ½-½
Ivanchuk, V. – Caruana, F. ½-½
Vachier-Lagrave, M. – Aronian, L. ½-½
Ding, L. – Carlsen, M. ½-½
Saric, I. – Wojtaszek, R. 1-0
Giri, A. – So, W. 1-0
Round 13 – Sunday the 25th
So, W. – Van Wely, L. 1-0
Wojtaszek, R. – Giri, A. ½-½
Carlsen, M. – Saric, I. ½-½
Aronian, L. – Ding, L. 0-1
Caruana, F. – Vachier-Lagrave, M. 0-1
Hou, Y. – Ivanchuk, V. ½-½
Jobava, B. – Radjabov, T. 1-0

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As obvious in the individual round results, only Voitaszek managed to prevail over Carlsen in Round 3 (52nd move).

Liren Ding seized the opportunity in the Netherlands and fought his way up the international ELO-rankings of the world’s best chess players. By now, he has reached a well-deserved 14th rank, while Giri and So were able to move to the Top 20 due to their great performances at the Tata Steel Tournament.

Find videos worth watching of all rounds on the official website:

http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament/video/nr/13

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

World Championship 2014: Carlsen Remains Undefeated

World Championship 2014

After Carlsen was only one point ahead at half time on November 16, the head-to-head race between the current World Champion and challenger, the Indian predecessor Visvanathan Anand, remained suspenseful for another four rounds.

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Carlsen was not able to achieve another victory until the 11th round, which was his third victory in the entire tournament (while Anand prevailed once). He was therefore in favor at 6.5:4.5 and was announced victor ahead of schedule.

See summary of duels 1 to 6 here.
Summary of duels 7 to 11:

With almost six and a half hours, Duel No. 7 makes history as the longest match of the World Championship 2014. Vishy player, yet again, the Berlin Defense of the Spanish duel. Up to the 24th move it was an exact replica of Giri and Radjabov’s duel at the Grand Prix Series. Carlsen persistently aimed for victory but Anand was concentrated and his defense enduring. In the end game with Rook and Knight against Rook, Carlsen was still not ready to give up on his intention. Only in the 122nd move he agreed to a draw. If the two would have played three more moves, they would have achieved a new World Championship record.

In the beginning of the 8th Duel, Carlsen made very clear that he took Anand’s thorough preparation seriously. He opened with an aggressive Queen’s gambit variation. Carlsen thwarted the challenger’s plans with an unexpected 9th move.. Re8 that Anand knew no reasonable reaction to. After exchange of Queens and Rooks, the duel continued without further surprises and led to a balanced end game with no winning opportunities for either of the two players. They agreed to a draw after the 41st move.

The first ten moves of the 9th Duel were a repetition of the 7th match. Neither of the two chess talents seemed to be enthusiastic for another six and a half hour long duel. Carlsen decided to deviate from the previous match and made an unusual 11th move (Ke2) which left Anand unimpressed. He was obviously well prepared, responded with an attack engineered by Kramnik and disturbed Carlsen’s strategy. The Norwegian pressured Anand into a draw with a set of three positioning repetitions. After only 20 moves and one hour game time, this duel was over quickly.

Duel No. 10 was dominated by Anand’s attempts to make up for lost chances. With the Grunfeld-Indian variation he gave Carlsen a hard time and was in favorable positioning for a while. Carlsen once again proved that he is worth the honors of holding the World Championship title and kept a good track of the moves on the board which helped him find solid solutions to balance the duel again. After three hours, the match ended in a draw and Carlsen kept the lead at 5.5:4.5 points.

After four racking hours, Carlsen finally secured the third victory in the 11th Duel. The “prodigy” of chess enhanced his advantage to 2 points and took home the World Championship title for another year – preliminary to schedule. Anand was in an unusual risk-seeking mood during the entire duel but the optimism was his fatality that caused him yet another World Championship defeat. This year, however, he will certainly not become target of ridicule and mockery. Carlsen was, after all, the dominant player but Anand was in much better shape than last year and contributed to an extremely exciting World Championship on world-class level.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

World Championship 2014: Carlsen in the lead at half time

Since November 8, 2014 Sochi has been the stage of the chess event of the year: World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his predecessor and challenger Visvanathan Anand are once again battling for the title.

Sochi 2014

While Magnus Carlsen won all twelve rounds last year and Vishy was hopelessly inferior, this year’s competition is a whole different story and a head-to-head race.

Vishy already had already proven the end of the temporary struggle when impressively prevailing at the Candidates’ Tournament in March, the victory at which qualified him for the World Championship. Back then, there were few skeptical observers who predicted a repetition of the devastating defeat of last year’s tournament and had probably hoped for another player challenging Carlsen.

But during the last few days, the Indian has seriously proven the strength to challenge the current World Champion. On world class level the two are fighting a suspenseful tournament and Vishy has not allowed Carlsen to take the upper hand which is certainly owed to the thorough preparation.

Thus, the two both scored half a point at their draw in Round 1 on November 8. Anand played the White pieces and chose a clever opening, offering opportunities for both players. Carlsen promptly took his chances and maneuvered into a great positioning with the Grunfeld-Indian defense which left Anand stuck in perpetual check.

After opening the tournament with a tie, Carlsen really wanted to score his first full point in Round 2. With a lot of force he carried through with his desire to win and opened with the Spanish Duel while he was frankly unimpressed by Anand’s Berlin defense. Anand, on the other hand, got increasingly nervous and made a fatal mistake in the 34th move. Shortly after, he resigned.

In Round 3, Anand could finally show how extraordinarily detailed and precise his overall preparation was; he played the White pieces again and immediately moved his passed pawn to C7. He created a particularly complex positioning which was hardly manageable if not explicitly prepared for. At the Bilbao Masters, Aronian and Adams played a similar duel which Anand significantly enhanced to confuse Carlsen – with great success. Carlsen resigned and the two were equal in score again (1.5:1.5).

Carlsen played white in the 4th Round. Anand invited to the Sicilian Paulsen Variation and it would have definitely been interesting to see the tricks he had prepared, but Carlsen declined and chose to play an unusual side variation. Probably out of fear to become victim of Anand’s brilliant preparation again. After five hours and perpetual check, the two agreed to a tie.

After Round 5, the two remained equal in score. Anand opened with the Queen’s Pawn – no surprise. The developed a game that, in this very constellation, only Carlsen experienced before. He played quickly and secure calmness, while Anand needed increasingly more thinking time for his moves. Halfway through the match, Anand was slightly ahead through sacrificing his Knight but stood no chance against Carlsen’s excellent training. They agreed to another tie at the 39th move. The result after Round 6: 2.5:2.5.

Right in time for half time, Carlsen finally managed to take the lead. In Round 6 he decided the duel in his own favor, before taking a rest day on Saturday. Especially unfortunate for Anand: Carlsen made a crucial mistake at the 26th move which would have granted him a winning position. Anand simply overlooked this opportunity, and at the 38th move Carlsen had managed to take over and force Anand into resignation.

After six out of twelve duels, the score is now 3.5:2.5 in Magnus Carlsen’s favor. But still, everything is possible for both players – it will certainly remain suspenseful.

You can watch Round 7 live right now at: http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/live-games/

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship 2014

Magnus CarlsenStage of this year’s FIDE World Championship of Rapid and Blitz Chess was Dubai; Scheduled from June 15th to 20th and with 126 participants from 44 countries. Amongst them were Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Vishy Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Grischuk, Sergej Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Boris Gelfand, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. tadalafil To mention only a few of the world class participants. Carlsen is certainly the top of the list in the classical rankings of the FIDE, but the number one in matters of Rapid and Blitz Chess is another player: Hikaru Nakamura. Shortly after the event’s opening ceremony on Sunday evening Carlsen admitted: “It is a strange feeling not be seeded first: It bothers me a little and I will change it!”

Rapid Chess (15 minutes plus 10sec/move) was played Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Blitz Chess (3 minutes plus 2sec/move) Thursday and Friday.

Head-to-head race in Rapid Chess

On Wednesday evening the chess world knew that Carlsen’s words were not only an empty threat: The Norwegian obtained 11 out of 15 points. He was therefore awarded with the gold medal, 40,000 USD prize money and the title World clomid online Champion in Rapid Chess. Only half a point short were Caruana, Anand, Aronian, and Morozevich who rank in this exact order. All of them got their share of 24,000 USD out of the total amount of 400,000 USD prize money.

Last, not least

The Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi gave Magnus Carlsen a hard time in Blitz Chess. Until the very last (21st) round the two fought a tough battle for 1st place. In the end, Carlsen prevailed with a one point advantage (16 points) and secured his second title. The former Blitz Chess World Champion Hikaru Nakamura also scored 15 points and ranked 3rd. Vishy Anand, who has the honor of challenging Magnus Carlsen sildenafil cost per pill in the World Championship duel of classical chess, collected only 12.5 points and completed the tournament on rank 6.

Carlsen once again managed to continue his sequence of successes. He impressed the world of chess but not himself – he expects no less than the very best of himself. Carlsen states he is http://sildenafilviagra-pharmacy.net/ capable of accomplishing anything. And right now he is on the right path of convincing us of his brilliance.

 

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Chess World Championship 2014: What is to be expected of Visvanathan Anand?

Viswanathan Anand‘Vishy’ Anand is the one who prevailed at this year’s Candidates’ Tournament and has now the honor to be the challenger of Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship duel. Anand is exactly that World Champion who was able to defend his title from 2007 until 2013. Last year, Carlsen literally made his predecessor look old. After being dethroned, Visvanathan Anand honestly talked about his drop in performance and admitted to his shortcomings. In interviews he told us that he had been suffering from sleepless nights and difficulties to concentrate during the period of the tournament and referred to his opponent Carlsen as “almost the worst thing that could have happened to him”.

Anand’s self-confidence had been dented before the World Championship duel, as he had to comply with several bitter defeats in previous tournaments. His stable playing style was set off balance. Ironically, Anand’s weaknesses were Carlsen’s strengths. Anand made mistakes in harmless positioning and ruined all his chances with one fatal move. Mistakes that he would have never made in his early years. After Anand began talking about altered priorities and stated that his life wasn’t evolving only around chess anymore, most expected a silent withdrawal after the lost World Championship duel.

At the Candidates’ Tournament followed the great surprise: Anand stood out with a remarkable performance. Shortly before, the public had even doubted his attendance and, out of the blue, in the first duel against Aronian he showed the world what the ‘Tiger of Madras’ was still capable of. Not only did he appear well prepared, but also physically fitter than a few months before. The tournament became one of his best in years, and more than deserved he secured the victory as the only undefeated player at the event. Respect and recognition were expressed to him after his victory. On the other hand, he earned skepticism and amazement, as the merciless defeat in his home town Chennai is still a matter of discussion in the world of chess.

This November, we can look forward to a new edition of this duel. When Anand fought over the World Championship title for the first time in 1995 in the 107th floor of the World Trade Center, Carlsen was only four years old and had never held a chess piece in his hands. Twenty-one years of training and experience separate the two chess legends. However, this also means twenty-one years of physical and mental age.

One thing is clear: This year’s World Championship will be nerve wrecking. Anand is currently in perfect shape and has made a promising appearance since his last performance. Whether the defeat in 2013 will motivate him to peak in performance or leaves him in paralyzing anxiety when facing Carlsen again remains to be seen.

Even though Magnus Carlsen is in worldwide hype at the moment – many fans wish the sympathetic Indian, who is fluent in numerous languages (including German) and engaged in several social projects, the victory from the bottom of their hearts.

Picture: Spiegel.de

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

 

 

New Elo Ratinglist

Once again, Magnus Carlsen has surpassed his own record with his current ELO-rating of 2881 points. Levon Aronian is the only other player exceeding the 2800 mark. Judith Polgar remains in the top position in the women’s category. Arkadij Naiditsch, Elisabeth Pähtz, Matthias Blühbaum, and Rasmus Svane (Juniors), as well as Filiz Osmanodja and Hanna-Marie Klek (girls) are best German players.

Exactly 50 players are currently classified as Super Grandmasters which are Grandmasters with ELO-ratings of 2700 points and above. To become part of the Top 100, one has to have an ELO of 2651 at the moment. With his new rating of 2881, Magnus Carlsen has again raised the bar and surpassed his own record of 2872 points in February 2014.

Magnus Carlsen’s deviation from the average ELO-rating of the Top 100 (2703) now amounts to 178 points. In July 2000, the very beginning of FIDE statistics, Kasparov held an ELO of 2849 points, being 195 above the average of 2644 points at that point in time. Without wanting to degrade Carlsen’s performance; Kasparov’s advantage towards the Top players of the early 2000s was slightly larger than Carlsen’s is today.

Behind Carlsen follows Levon Aronian who is the only other player with an ELO-rating of over 2800 points. Aronian also enhanced his performance indicator by several points.

Best German player continues to be Arkadij Naiditsch who suffered from a short period of crisis. Although he had to sacrifice a few points, he is still above the 2700 mark. Naiditsch is the only German player among the Top 100.

 

Go to current ratinglist

 

 

written by Philipp, translated by Birthe

Lily Cole – Queen with big heart and bright mind

In their new advertising campaign, the jeans brand G-Star Raw attracts with the model Lily Cole. Our reporter interviewed the 26 year-old about checkmate, beauty ideals, and social projects.

Lily Cole

The Dada artist Marcel Duchamp considers the game pure poetry, Stefan Zweig used it in his greatest of novelettes, and Lenin was dreadfully tempted by it:

Chess – or the question whether we can determine our own fate with intelligence or are helplessly left to destiny – has fascinated philosophers, artists, and scholars since the Medieval Times. Pope John Paul II even thought of it as the true reflection of life.

Now, the Dutch exclusive jeans brand G-Star Raw is attempting to make the Game of Kings the center of attention of their new Spring/Summer campaign. For that matter, they have recruited two heavy weights of chess: Magnus Carlsen (23) who became World Champion in November 2013, and the British top model Lily Cole (26).

Lily Cole is no easy competitor for the Norwegian chess talent. The unconventional beauty has proved at an early stage that she effortlessly crosses boundaries and switches roles arbitrarily. Whether in the role of Tiffany & Co’s advertisement icon, actress in several movies, model for Prada and Chanel, cover girl of Vogue and Playboy or environmental activist and entrepreneur – the ginger graduate of the elite university Cambridge was reasonably elected “Face of the Future” by an influential New York magazine in 2005.

Just recently, with the blessing of Wikipedia-founder Jimmy Wales, she called into life the website impossible.com that promotes the idea of helping people in need for free. Whoever is still hoping to find a neighbor to help put together furniture or is just looking for good advice can find selfless helpers on her website.

Picture: Picture Alliance / Photoshoot

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