Chess Major League Germany: OSG Baden-Baden already aiming for championship title

During the first weekend of the new season of the German Chess Major League, the OSG Baden-Baden made clear they are the top-favorite team. The title defender climbed to the top of the ranking after the first two game days.

Two clear victories for German Champion OSG Baden-Baden

The current German Champion in chess was the only team achieving two victories at the opening weekend of the season. First, the prevailed over SK Turm Emsdetten at 6.5:1.5, and then beat Schachfreunde Katernberg at 6:2 points. The The OSG Baden-Baden is followed by six teams with an equal score of 3 points, among them, as expected, Solingen and Eppingen, who both have chances on the runner-up position. After two game days, the closest follower behind Baden-Baden is the SV Griesheim with a 6.5:1.5 victory against SK König Tegel and a 4:4 draw against

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Schachfreunde Berlin. The promoted team Bayern München from Munich – despite playing on home turf – and Trier had to concede two defeats each.


Rustem Dautob and Philipp Schlosser with two victories at season-opening weekend

Arkadij Naiditsch

Although the OSG Baden-Baden by far didn’t play in best line-up, the team was able to won the first duels of the 2013 / 2014 season easily. Philipp Schlosser and Rustem Dautov both secured two victories at the first double-game-day. Furthermore, Etienne Barcot defeated Anish Giri, while Arkadij Naiditsch and Sergei Movsesian scored one victory and one draw. Ivan Farago was the only player of runner-up Griesheim achieving two victories in one weekend. Behind the top-duo rank SC Eppingen (with Pendyala Harikrishna), SV MÜlheim Nord (with David Navara), Hamberuger SK, SG Solingen (with Markus Ragger), and Schachfreunde Berlin at each 3 points after one victory and one draw.


FC Bayern München defeated twice

The SG Trier had to concede two defeats at the opening weekend, against Hamburger SK (3:5) and Werder Bermen (3.5:4.5). Recently promoted FC Bayern München from Munich took no advantage from playing on home turf and was also defeated twice. After a 2:6 defeat by SV Mülheim Nord and 2.5:5.5 against SV Wattenscheid, the team from Bavaria remains in bottom rank. A 4:4 draw was the result of the duel between SC Viernheim and SK König Tegel, the two teams threatened of relegation.


Picture: Frank Hoppe

written by Michael, translated by Birthe


Sharpen the view for tactical moves!

Tartakower once said “Mistakes are already there, they just have to be made”. Combinations on the chess board also seem to create themselves, are often overlooked, and later discovered during analysis. Just like in today’s first example, in which Schauwecker missed his lucky shot..

Taktik 1Black’s turn, Black wins

Brunner – Schauwecker, 1992. An episode of the Zurich Team Championship: 1…Rxf1+ 2.Rxf1 Qxh2+ 3.Kxh2 Nxf1+ But that never happened; Black strayed off the past before the positioning the diagram and lost the duel



The late ones aren’t always punished; sometimes the second best way may still be good enough, like this positioning proves: White is in favorable position played Qf2-f5 and later on won.

Taktik 2

What great move did White miss?

Huss – Pandavos, 1984. He missed, that the simply move 1. Qf4 would have won much faster than e.g. 1…Qxf4 2. Rxh6+ Qxh6 3. Rg8 and checkmate.



Happy ever after? Well, training the mind’s eye and the strategic vision is certainly a way! But factors like insecurity, fear, or inner paralysis should not be underestimated, especially when the pressure of winning a won duel becomes unbearable. Speaking generally, any template game can hamper creativity or even hide the obvious.

Taktik 3

“Do not castle, even though you can!“  is what you’d tell Black (on the move) in this duel. Why?

The positioning arose out of a Scottish match after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Sc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Qg6 7. Nd2 Sf6 8. Qc2 and after 8… 0 – 0 ?? Black loses a chessman because of the tactical advantage of e7: 9. Nxc6 Bxe3 10. Ne7+. And there he comes again: Master Tartakower! Simple speculation for an opponent’s mistake would rather degrade the outcome of the duel to a fortuitous matter. Luckily, this is not the way to go in chess. But without eagle eye no game!



Taktik 4Black moves to g5 – a severe mistake?

Akopian – Ponomariov, FIDE Grand Prix 2002. Certainly a mistake! The move 1…g5 was supposed to allow approaching the kingside, as the half-closed and stable center offered no advantage. Unfortunately, the other side of the board held a threat: 2.Nc5 made defending the bishop and defeating the attacker impossible! After 2….dxc5 3.Rxd7 h6, Black was awarded for not seeing: sporadic, weak pawns on the queenside, a poorly positioned bishop, and on top of that, an unwanted guest..


written by Frank, translated by Birthe


Peter Svidler and Valentina Gunina Russian National Champions

When it comes to chess, Russia is one of the most important countries in the world. In the largest of all countries, the new national masters were determined and Peter Svidler and Valentina Gunina prevailed.


Svilder won in play-off

Peter Svidler

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As expected, the men’s tournament of the national championship was cast exceptionally cialis well. For that reason, it was no surprise that a play-off match had to decide the overall victor. Ian Nepomniatchi (Elo 2702 / 45th in world rankings) and Peter Svidler (2740 / 17th) had each scored 6.5 points out of 9 duels and fought the final play-off match for the championship propecia class action lawsuit title. In the end, Svilder prevailed over Nepomnuatschi in two duels in the Russian city Nizhny Novgorod and therefore secured the Russian Super Final 2013. For the seventh time in his career, the grandmaster from St. Petersberg was announced Russian National Champion.


Thrilling final round at Russian National Championship

In the last official round of the event, Peter Svidler achieved a draw against Sergey Karjakin (2763 / 10th), while Nepomniatchi prevailed over former world champion Vladimir Kramnik (2796 / 2nd). The world’s number 2 scored a total of 5.5 points at the Russian National Championship and ranked 4th behind Nikita Vitiugov (2729 / 24th). Kramnik is followed by Dmitry Andreikin (2706 / 40th) in 5th place, while Sergey Karjakin ranked 6th at 4.5 points, after one victory, seven draws, and one defeat.


Valentina Gunina wins title with five victories and four draws

In the women’s category of the Russian National Championship in Nizhny Novgorod, Valentina Gunina came off first. The number 14 of the world rankings (Elo 2506) scored 7.0 points out of 9 matches with five victories and four draws. The former chess world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk (2495 / 20th) ranked 2nd with a score of 6.5 points and missed her chance on a propecia reviews play-off duel against the top-favorite, as she played a draw. The top-favorite Tatiana Kosintseva (2515 / 11th) played a rather disappointing tournament and ended up in 7th rank. After five draws and three defeats she had a score 3.5 points only.


Picutre: Soboky

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Levon Aronian wins Chess Masters Final in Bilbao

At the world-class tournament Chess Masters Final in Bilbao, the top-favorite player prevailed. The world’s number 2, Levon Aronian from Armenia, secured the title in the Spanish Basque region.


Levon Aronian top-favorite among four participants

Levon Aronian-1

Four chess world-class chess players were invited to the 6th edition of the Chess Masters Final in Bilbao. At an Elo of 2795 points and in runner-up position in world-rankings, Levon Aronain was rated top-favorite player of the event. The other three players were Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan (Elo 2759 / 11th), Dortmund-winner Michael Adams from England (Elo 2753 /

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13th), and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave from France (Elo 2742 / 16th).

Therefore, this year’s edition of the Chess Masters Final in the Basque region was only plaed in six rounds.


Levon Aronian undefeated at Chess Masters Final

This year in Bilbao, Levon Aronian scored two victories and four draws. In the overall rating he obtained 10 points, as the winners receive 3 points for their victories – just like in soccer – and 1 point for a draw. In the end, Michael Adams came off 2nd at 9 points. The Englishman was able to obtain two victories and three draws, but was defeated by Aronian. Each 5 points were scored by Mamedyarov (3rd) and Vachier-Lagrave (4th). In summary, this means that Aronian made a strong 2871 performance, while Adams’ amounts to 2823.


Decisive match in round 5: Victory over Michael Adams

After the first three rounds it seemed, that the Armenian favorite would have to cede the victory to Michael Adams, who led the field of the world-class tournament at 5 points at half-time. However, in round five, Levon Aronian decided the entire event to his favor by defeating Michael Adams. The Englishman ended up in 2nd place after winning against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the final round, in which Aronian and Mamedyarov shared the points.


Picture: Frederic Friedel

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

German Chess Major League 2013 / 2014 started this past weekend

Last weekend, the 2013 / 2014 season of the German Chess Major League began. Opening matches were staged in Berlin, Bremen, Emsdetten, and Munich.


Top match: Werder Bremen against SG Solingen

The opening of the German chess season 2013 / 2014 took place on Saturday, October 12th 2013; second game day was on Sunday. The organizers scheduled many interesting duels in the opening stage of the season, of which one match is particularly of interest: Werder Bremen faced the SG Solingen class action lawsuit on accutane on their home turf one the first possible date. Both teams are equally strong, which guaranteed an exciting game day. The duel of the Hamburger SK and SG Trier was also scheduled for Saturday in Bremen. On Sunday, the SG Solingen – rated favorite team – fought the Hamburger SK, while Trier was expected to lose against Bremen.


Demotion duels in Berlin

OSG Baden Baden

Interesting games were not only be expected in Bremen, but also at the ‘Hotel am Borsigturm’ in Berlin-Tegel. Here, the SK König Tegel had to compete against the SV Griesheim, while the SF Berlin challenged the SC Viernheim. One day later, on Sunday, the viagra forum promoted teams SC Viernheim and SK König Tegel as well as the SV Griesheim and SF Berlin faced each other. The team losing both matches of the opening weekend has a hard season ahead. In the cafeteria of the Marienschule Emsdetten, title defender OSG Baden-Baden played against the home team SK Turm Emsdetten on Saturday and against SF Katernberg on Sunday. The fourth team competing in Emsdetten is the SV Hockenheim.

Returnees of Bayern Munich generic propecia for sale with home turf advantage on first game weekend

After two years of absence in the German Chess Major League, the Bavarian chess club Bayern München is back in the race. In Munich, at the Hotel Rilano, Bayern faced opponents from the SV Mülheim Nord, SV Wattenscheid, and SC Eppingen. Especially the duel between SV Mülheim Bord and SC Eppingen promised cialis online top-class entertainment.


Picture: Andreas Kontokanis

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Animalistic Chess

The tiny and disliked mosquito led me to the animalistic path of today’s chat. Whether the constant buzzing or the unstoppable itchiness after a successful sting, the little beastie leaves behind a long-lasting impression. Even the gentle contemporaries among us can be knocked off balance, when experiencing the continuous threat of being stung. Oh well, the never-ending threats. How many players have gotten tangled up in the jungle of defence and were stung all over.. ?


How does White sting in the Black king’s position?

Animal 1


White’s turn, White wins

R. Vasquez – Warlick, Chess Olympics 1998. The eye-catcher 1. Bb5+ decies in White’s favor. The consequences: 1… Kxb5 2. Rab1+ Kc4 (2… Kc5 3. Qxb6+ Kc4 4. Qb4#) 3. Rb4+ Kxc3 4. Qa3+ Kc2 5. Qd3# or 5. Qd1#

1 – 0



From high in the air, the vulture observes his territory. He is a quite observer, patiently revolves around the potential prey, and waits for his feast. A fallen figure is not able to strike back anymore, so that air attack can be performed uninterruptedly.


Which square is Black targeting?

Animal 2


Black’s turn, Black wins

Demidenko – Blauert, First Saturday 1997. 1… Re1 and the predator may feast on h2 or g1.

1 – 0



The royal game calls fort he King of all animals: The lion has impeccable elegance, along with strength and determination. His domain is the open savannah and the necessity is to strike quickly but not brutally; the gigantic cat sneaks up on its prey quietly and strikes in an unexpected moment.


With the right killer instinct you can take down the Black king! Are you a lion?

Animal 3


White’s turn, White wins

B. Miljanic – M. Markovic, Yugoslavian team-ch 1997. 1. Neg5+ Would you have chosen the Knight, too? 1… fxg5 2. Nxg5+ Kxh6 3. Qxh8+ Kxg5 4. Qh4+ Kf5 5. Be4# or 5. Bh3#

 0 – 1



Who am I?

I tend to escape peoples’ notice easily, because I know how to hide and to adjust to surroundings. Overlook the little details that may reveal my identity and it will be fatal for you. I am an eager hunter and will hide my intentions from the first move: the chameleon!


Which figure did Black pay too little attention to?

Animal 4


 White’s turn, White wins

Mkrtschjan – Vilar, Chess Olympics 1998. 1. Rxg6+ Kxg6 2. Qxe6+ Qxe6 3. Rxe6

1 – 0


See you next Thursday 🙂

Written by Frank, translated by Birthe

Garry Kasparov new FIDE President?

At the FIDE Congress in the Estonian city Tallinn, Garry Kasparov caused a stir once again; the former World Champion is one of the best chess players the world has ever seen and wants to continue his career as the president of the World Chess Federation FIDE.


Garry Kasparov wants to reform FIDE and improve financial situation

Garry Kasparov

Kasparov officially announced his candidacy in Tallinn and at the same time introduced his candidacy team. The next president of the FIDE will be elected at the Congress of the World Chess Federation in 2014 during the Chess Olympics in the Norwegian city Tromsø. In his speech, Kasparov advertised the idea of breathing new life into the organization, which includes more economic stability. The corresponding program he calls “Six Winning Moves”. The youngest Chess World Champion of 1985 wants to replace his fellow countryman Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who has been the head of the organization for 18 years now. Last one to try was Anatoli Karpow in 2012. Nominated by the German Chess Association, the former Russian World Champion had to resign in September 2010 at 55:95 votes to Ilyumzhinov’s favor.


Garry Kasparov’s team

The team of Garry Kasparov, who has hit the headlines as an opposition politician in Russia in the past years, has several interesting members: First of all, two possible investors stand out among the team members of the former World Champion from 1985 to 2000. These are the US-American chess patron Rex Sinquefield, who has made a name for himself as the investor of the US Chess Championships and several other tournaments, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Hamed from the United Arab Emirates. Al Hamed is the famous owner of shopping malls and hotels such as the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Hotels in Dubai or the Sheraton Khalidiya Hotels in Abu Dhabi. Above that, he initiated a program which aims to introduce chess at schools in the Emirates. Furthermore, the Belgian Jan Callewaert, cofounder and president of the “Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe”, Ignatius Leong, current FIDE secretary-general, and the South African Afrika Msimang, president of the “Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa”, are members of Garry Kasparov’s team.


Picture: Owen Williams

written by Michael, translated by Birthe


Veselin Topalpv: Player’s Profile of the FIDE Grand Prix 2012 / 2013 winner

The winner of the 2012 / 2013 edition of the FIDE Grand Prix was not among the top-favorites for the tournament victory. But still, the 15th FIDE World Champion prevailed over all other participants and therefore secured a ticket to the Candidates’ Tournament in 2014. The series of our players’ profiles will be extended with the Bulgarian grandmaster today.

Veselin Topalov with longest winning streak in 1996

Veselin Topalov

In the Bulgarian city Russe on March 15th 1975, Wesselin Topalow was born the son of an economist and a doctor. At the age of seven, the boy learned playing the game of chess and made quick progress. During his teenage years, he was able to obtain the U14 World Championship 1989 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. An important year in Topalov’s career war the year 1992, when he played numerous tournaments in Spain, accompanied by his manager Silvio Danailow, and traveled a distance of more than 25,000 kilometers. This very year, Veselin Topalov was also rewarded with the FIDE grandmaster title. Another great year for the Bulgarian was 1996, in which he had the longest winning streak of his career. Partially interrupted, he won tournaments in Madrid, Amsterdam, León, Novgorod, Vienna, and Dos Hermanas.


Veselin Topalov becomes 15th FIDE World Champion in 2005

The year 2005 is another meaningful year in the history of the professional chess player: In January, he ranked 3rd at one of the most prominent tournaments in Wijk aan Zee, after he was able to checkmate the current World Champion Vladimir Kramnik playing Black in only twenty moves! In February, the victory of the chess tournament in Linares followed, before Topalov won the M-Tel Masters in Sofia at which, again, he defeated Kramnik playing Black. On top of that, in 2005 in San Luis

(Argentina), Veselin Topalov became the 15th FIDE World Champion in the history of chess. At this tournament, he was able to secure the victory one round before finals. One year later, a compromise duel against the Classic Chess World Champion Vladimir Kramnik was arranged. Kramnik won in a 1.5:2.5 tie-break in rapid chess, after the duel’s score in 2006 in Elista was even at 6:6.


Narrow defeat at world championship duel against Anand in 2010

Throughout the following years, Veselin Topalov won another series of tournaments such as in Wijk aan Zee (2006 & 2007), the M-Tel Masters in Sofia (2006 & 2007), or the Finals Chess Masters in Bilbao (2008). In 2009 finally, Topalov was allowed to compete at the Candidates’ Tournament due to his World Championship title of 2005. He was able to beat Gata Kamsky at 4.5:2.5 in Sofia, but in April 2010 – also in Sofia – he lost the duel against the current Chess World Champion Visvanathan Anand at 6.5:5.5 points. At 2011’s Candidates’ Tournament for the 2012 World Championship, the Bulgarian dropped out after quarter-finals in which he lost 1.5:2.5 to Gata Kamsy.


Picture: Andreas Kontokanis


written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Chess Grand Prix 2012 / 2013: Caruana and Gelfand win in Paris, Topalov leads overall standings

The last event of the Chess Grand Prix Series 2012 / 2013 took place in Paris. Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand share 1st place, but both missed their chances on the best two ranks of the overall standings which would have meant the qualification for 2014’s Candidates’ Tournament.


Boris Gelfand mit Anand

Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand at 7.0 points each

Before the last round even started tension was in the air, as Caruana and Gelfand led the field at each 6.5 points. In order to qualify for the Candidates’ Tournament through the FIDE Grand Prix 2012 / 2013, Caruana (Elo 2779) would have been required to be the only winner of Paris. But in the deciding duel, the Italian was only able to achieve a draw against Leinier Dominguez Perez (Elo 2757) and therefore had to share the gold medal with Boris Gelfand (Elo 2764), whose match against Ruslan Ponomariov (Elo 2756) ended in a draw also. Both scored 7.0 points throughout the tournament.


Nakamura and Bacrot cannot pass by

The winners at the French capital remained the “only” two victors of the event and owe their thanks to two other players. The grandmasters Hikaru Nakamura (Elo 2772) and Etienne Bacrot (Elo 2723) both ended their final games in draws and thus shared rank 3 at 6.5 points. The US-American faced Anish Giri (Elo 2737) in his last duel, while the Frenchman played against Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785).


Veselin Topalov overall winner of the Grand Prix 2012 / 2013

The overall victory of the FIDE Grand Prix 2012 / 2013 was obtained by a player who wasn’t even present in Paris. Veselin Topalov (Elo 2752) defended the lead at 410 points out of his best three tournaments. The Bulgarian grandmaster won the tournaments in London (October 2012) and Zug (May 2013) and ranked 3rd in Beijing in July this year. Runner-up in overall standings is Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who was also absent in Paris. The Azerbaijani grandmaster has scored 390 points through a shared victory in London, a successful performance in Beijing, and a 5th rank in Tashkent last December. To qualify for the Candidates’ Tournament in 2014, Fabiano Caruana needed to be the only winner of the last tournament in Paris which would have set him on 2nd rank in overall standings. Through the shared 1st rank in Paris, 4th rank in Zug in May, and 2nd rank in Thessaloniki in June, the Italian obtains 380 points – 10 points behind Mamedyarov – and therefore ranks 3rd in overall standings.


Picture shows Boris Gelfand and Visvanathan Anand, Source: Rodrigo Fernández

written by Michael, translated by Birthe

Humpy Koneru: Player’s profile of the Indian Chess Grandmaster

This season of the FIDE Chess Grand Prix is certainly dominated by one player: Humpy Koneru. It is time for us to take a closer look at the Indian grandmaster.


Early successes at Youth World Championships

Humpy Koneru was born March 31st 1987 in Gudivada, a place close to Vijayawada in India. Originally, her name was Hampi Koneru, but her parents decided to rename the little girl. Humpy learned chess at only five years old with her father K. Ashok as her coach. He actually gave up his job as a chemistry teacher to be able to support his daughter without distraction. In her teenage years, Humpy Koneru was extremely successful. She won the Youth World Championship for girls in the category U10 in Cannes 1997 and U12 in Oropesa del Mar 1998. Two years later, she won the U14 category in the exact same city. In 2001, the Indian became Youth World Champion in the U20 category in Athens at only 14 years! Also, she triumphed at the British Championships 2000 and 2002, at which chess players from the Commonwealth compete.


Grandmaster title of men at 15 years

When Humpy Koneru was honored with the grandmaster title of women in 2001, she was 14 years old. Only one year later, the FIDE World Chess Federation awarded the 15 year-old Indian with the grandmaster title of the men’s division. At the World Championship in 2004, the 17 year-old teenager competed until semi-finals, but dropped out then. Furthermore, she obtained the North-Ural-Cup in 2005 after she had defeated the World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova in Krasnoturjinsk. Again, she made it to the semi-finals of the Women’s World Championship in 2008 in the Russian city Nalchik, but her opponent Hou Yifan secured the victory after tie-break.


Victress at FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2011 / 2012

Humpy Koneru

Humpy Koneru celebrated successes especially at the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix. In March 2009 in Istanbul, she was able to decide the contest to her favor at 8.5 points out of 11 rounds. In overall standings of the 2011 / 2012 series, Koneru came off 2nd behind the Chinese World Champion Yifan Hou. If the Chinese hadn’t unexpectedly lost her title to the Ukrainian Anna Ushenina in 2012, Humpy Koneru would have been the challenger at the – very boring – Chess World Championship 2013. Currently, the Indian ranks 3rd in the women’s worldwide rankings at an Elo of 2607.


written by Michael, translated by Birthe