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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

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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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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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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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European Team Chess Championship 2013 in Warsaw

While almost the entire world of chess has all attention in Chennai at the moment to witness the World Championship duel of Anand and Carlsen, we will focus on the European Team Championship 2013. Before we will provide detailed information about the battle for the World Championship title, let us take a closer look at the teams that will participate in Warsaw from today on.

 

Germany surprisingly title defender at European Championship

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From a German viewpoint, the European Team Championship is of high interest. The German team is the title defending team in Poland, after they had unexpectedly won the 2011 edition of the championship in Porto Carras. However, another victory at the event is rather unlikely, as the German team, again, starts in an outsider position in the fight for the title – just like in Greece in 2011. According to the seeding list, the German team is only in 10th place.

 

Russia and Armenia are top-favorites

A look at the list of participants shows that especially the teams from Russia and Armenia are rated as top-favorites. The Russian team has an average Elo of 2747 points, the list being led by Alexander Grischuk (Elo 2785), Peter Svidler (Elo 2752), and Alexander Morozevich (Elo 2727). Armenia, on the other hand, will be represented by Levon Aronian (Elo 2801) and Sergei Movesesian (Elo 2700) amongst others. The average Elo-rating of the Armenian team amounts to 2715 points. The title defending team from Germany has an average Elo of 2644 to offer and is headed by the German number 1, Arkadij Naiditsch (Elo 2727 – at an all-time peak!!). The team is completed by Georg Meier (Elo 2623), David Baramidze (Elo 2614), Igor Khenkin (Elo 2612), and Daniel Fridman (Elo 2600).

 

Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia are top-favorites in women’s division

In the women’s tournament of the 2013 European Team Championship, the teams from the Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia are considered to have the greatest chances on winning the title. The Ukrainian women have an average Elo of 2498 and are led by Kateryna Lagno (Elo 2542), Anna Ushenina (Elo 2492), and Mariya Muzychuk (Elo 2491). Russia and Georgia have averages of each 2491 points with players such as Alexandra Kosteniuk (Elo 2510) and Valentina Gunina (Elo 2509) for Russia and Nana Dzagnidze (Elo2556) and Bela Khotenashvili (Elo 2524) for Georgia. Rank 4 on the seeding list is takes by Poland, followed by Germany with an Elo averaging at 2390 points. The German women’s team is cast with Elisabeth Paehtz (Elo 2449), Zoya Schleining (Elo 2379), Tatjana Melamed (Elo 2367), Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska (Elo 2365), and Marta Michna (Elo 2357).

 

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European Club Cup 2013: Novy Bar with sensational victory

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

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European Club Championship without German Champion

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

 

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

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

 

Monte Carlo wins women’s tournament

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

 

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Chess Candidates’ Tournament 2014 in Chanty-Mansijsk

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

 

Chanty-Mansijsk only candidate for tournament

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

 

The competitors of the Candidates’ Tournament 2014

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

 

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First Chess World Championship for handicapped chess players

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

 

72 participants from three continents

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

 

Top-favorites begin tournament with victories

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

 

Dresden with experience in tournaments for handicapped players

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

 

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written by Michael, translated by Birthe

 

Fabiano Caruana wins King’s Tournament

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

 

Fabiano Caruana ahead off Wang Hao

Fabiano Caruana

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

 

Wang Hao in 2nd place at King’s Tournament

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

 

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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.

 

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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

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U20 Chess World Championship: Yu Yangyi and Aleksandra Goryachkina win

In the boys’ category of the U20 World Championship the favorite player Yu Yangyi prevailed. Aleksandra Goryachkina was again dominant among the girls.

 

118 male and 77 female participants

The Turkish city Kocaeli hosted the world championship for the under 20 year-olds. Under the watchful eyes of Garri Kasparov, U20 World Champion of 1980, 118 boys and 77 fought for the coveted medals. While the outcome in the boys’ division was a neck-and-neck race until the very end, Aleksandra Goryachkina secured her victory in the girl’s division at a one point advantage. The particularly strong players among the boys were mostly from Asia, the strong girls most of all originate from Eastern Europe.

 

Yu Yangyi wins title with 2813-performance

Alexander Ipatov (Elo 2601) hoped to defend the men’s U20 World Championship title as the first chess player ever. At 10.5 points after 13 rounds, the Russian grandmaster, who plays for Turkey now, accomplished a great overall performance like Kasparov and Mamedyarov once did. But Yu Yangyi (Elo 2662) outperformed Ipatov by 0.5 points. At an overall score of 11.0 points after 13 rounds, the Chinese grandmaster obtained 2013’s U20 World Championship title. After 10 rounds, both players were leading the field with an equal score of 8.5. But while Yu Yangyi was able to win the following the two duels, the title defender only achieved two draws.  It is astonishing, how confident the performance of the Chinese was. At a U20 championship, this is barely ever the case and at 11.0 / 13 and a 2813-performance, Yangyi simply overshadowed his competitors. The two top-favorite players are followed by Cori Jorge from Peru (Elo 2587) in 3rd place and Vidit Sangtosh Gujrathi from India (Elo 2565) in 4th place at each 9.5 points.

 

15 year-old Russian wins over 13 year-old Kazakh

The decision in the girls’ division wasn’t as close; the 15 year-old Aleksandra Gorychkina (Elo 2418) secured the title at the U20 World Championship at 10.5 points out of 13 rounds. Behind her ranks Zhansaya Adumalik (Elo 2277), who was seeded in 13th place only. Surprisingly, the 13 year-old Kazakh scored 9.5 points and obtained the silver medal. Adumalik is followed by the top-favorite Russian player Alina Kashlinskaya (Elo 2434) and Mitra Hejazipour (Elo 2256), who both scored 9.0 points.

Yu Yangyi

Yu Yangyi

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written by Michael, translated by Birthe