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The London Chess Classic 2015 takes place in England 4th-13th December.
Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Veselin Topalov, Alexander Grischuk, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Michael Adams.

The European Team Chess Championships 2015 took place in Reykjavik (Iceland) 12th-22nd November. Rest day 18th November.
Open: 1. Russia - 15 out of 18, 2. Armenia - 13 (220,5), 3. Hungary - 13 (217), 4. France - 13 (211,5).
Round 9: Hungary-Russia 2-2. Netherlands-France 1.5-2.5. Armenia-Georgia 3-1. Germany-Azerbaijan 2-2. Moldova-Ukraine 1.5-2.5.
Round 8: Russia-Armenia 2-2. France-Georgia 2-2. Azerbaijan-Hungary 0.5-3.5. Netherlands-Latvia 3-1. Germany-Norway 2.5-1.5. Ukraine-Poland 2.5-1.5.
Round 7: France-Russia 1.5-2.5 (Vachier-Lagrave vs Svidler, with counterplay, but then Peter made mistakes and Maxime obtained an advantage after 22.e5 and 23.f4, a draw). Latvia-Azerbaijan 2-2. Georgia-Ukraine 2.5-1.5. Spain-Hungary 1.5-2.5. Poland-Armenia 1-3. Netherlands-England 3-1.
Round 6: Georgia-Russia 1.5-2.5 (Jobava-Grischuk, a draw; Tomashevsky won with 32.Nxf7!). Ukraine-France 1.5-2.5 (Fressinet-Eljanov 1-0). Azerbaijan-Netherlands 2.5-1.5. Armenia-Germany 2.5-1.5. Hungary-Norway 2.5-1.5 (Leko-Carlsen 0-1, Magnus grabbed a pawn; Almasi beat Tari). Italy-Spain 1.5-2.5.
Round 5: Russia-Azerbaijan 2-2. Hungary-Ukraine 1.5-2.5. Spain-France 1-3. Serbia-Georgia 1-3. Germany-England 2.5-1.5. Armenia-Italy 2-2.
Round 4: Ukraine-Russia 1-3 (Ivanchuk lost to Svidler, Nepomniachtchi beat Areshchenko). France-Serbia 2-2. Azerbaijan-Turkey 3.5-0.5 (Naiditsch checkmated Esen). Switzerland-Spain 1-3. England-Armenia 2-2 (Adams beat Aronian). Poland-Hungary 1.5-2.5. Georgia-Croatia 2.5-1.5.
Round 3: Ukraine-Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5. Russia-Spain 2.5-1.5 (Svidler won a pawn vs Vallejo, a draw). France-Hungary 2-2 (Leko had excellent counterplay vs Vachier-Lagrave, a draw). Georgia-Poland 2-2. Serbia-Netherlands 3-1. Croatia-England 2-2. Norway-Armenia 1.5-2.5 (Carlsen grabbed a pawn, but Aronian had good compensation: two bishops, active pieces that can attack on the kingside. Magnus made a mistake 22.Nxb7 and lost).
Round 2: Armenia-France 1.5-2.5. England-Georgia 2-2. Netherlands-Croatia 2-2. Spain-Germany 2.5-1.5. Russia-Greece 3-1. Montenegro-Ukraine 1-3. Azerbaijan-Denmark 3.5-0.5.
Round 1: Turkey-Russia 1-3. Ukraine-Romania 3-1. Slovenia-Azerbaijan 1-3. France-Sweden 3-1 (Edouard beat Hillarp Persson). Italy-England 1-3. Armenia-Iceland 4-0. Moldova-Hungary 2-2.
Russia: Grischuk, Tomashevsky, Svidler, Jakovenko, Nepomniachtchi. Armenia: Aronian, Sargissian, Movsesian, Melkumyan, Grigoryan. Hungary: Almasi, Balogh, Berkes, Leko, Rapport. France: Vachier-Lagrave, Fressinet, Edouard, Bacrot, Tkachiev. Ukraine: Ivanchuk, Eljanov, Kryvoruchko, Areshchenko, Korobov. Azerbaijan: Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Naiditsch, Mamedov, Safarli.
Women: 1. Russia - 17 out of 18 scores, 2. Ukraine - 15, 3. Georgia - 14.
Russia: Kosteniuk, Lagno, Gunina, Goryachkina, Bodnaruk. Russia is the European Team Chess Champion.

The Chess European Club Cups 2015 took place in Skopje (Macedonia) 17th-25th October. 7 round Swiss.
Open: 1. Siberia - 13 out of 14 scores, 2. SOCAR - 11 (239), 3. Medny Vsadnik - 11 (199.5), 4. Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova - 11 (199).
Round 7: Siberia-Padova 3-3 (Vachier-Li 1-0, Wang-Bacrot 1-0), Medny-SOCAR 3-3 (Adams-Matlakov 1-0, Rodshtein-Mamedyarov 1-0), BeerSheva-Alkaloid 1.5-4.5.
Round 6: Alkaloid-Siberia 2.5-3.5 (Kramnik grabbed two pawns and beat Ivanchuk, Kryvoruchko-Wang 1-0, Li-Andreikin 1-0), SOCAR-NovyBor 3.5-2.5, SHSM-Padova 2.5-3.5, Odlar-Medny 1.5-4.5.
Round 5: Siberia-SOCAR 3.5-2.5 (Kramnik sacrificed the exchange to attack, had a huge advantage and beat Topalov, Grischuk beat Caruana, Adams-Li 1-0), Padova-Alkaloid 3.5-2.5 (Leko beat Ivanchuk).
Siberia (Nsk): Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Wang Yue, Li Chao, Anton Korobov, Dmitry Kokarev, Dmitry Bocharov. SOCAR: Fabiano Caruana, Veselin Topalov, Anish Giri, Michael Adams, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Rauf Mamedov, Eltaj Safarli. Obiettivo Risarcimento Padova: Peter Leko, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Etienne Bacrot, Michele Godena, Daniele Vocaturo, Danyyil Dvirnyy. Medny Vsadnik SPb: Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Nikita Vitiugov, Maxim Matlakov, Maxim Rodshtein, Vladimir Fedoseev, Ildar Khairullin, Ivan Saric.
Women: 1. Nona - 14 out of 14 scores, 2. Gambit Asseko See - 11, 3. Ugra - 10.

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Women's World Chess Championship 2015 Knock-Out, Sochi 2015

Openings Clubs

New ideas in various chess openings.
New! The refutation of the Modern Benoni Defence!
Edouard, Romain (2632) - Hillarp Persson, Tiger (2539) [A67], European Team Chess Championship, Reykjavik (1) 2015. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 20.11.2015

Svidler, Peter (2727) - Karjakin, Sergey (2762) [C00], World Chess Cup, Baku (7.1) 2015. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 13.11.2015

Nakamura, Hikaru (2816) - Le Quang Liem (2697) [D30], Millionaire Chess KO Final, Las Vegas 2015. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 21.10.2015

Korobov, Anton (2700) - Sutovsky, Emil (2635) [E60], Karpov Tournament, Poikovsky (7) 2015. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 11.10.2015

Leko, Peter (2707) - Goganov, Aleksey (2603) [C18], World Chess Cup, Baku (1) 2015. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 14.09.2015

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (2731) - Nakamura, Hikaru (2814) [A65], Sinquefield Cup, Saint Louis (4) 2015. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 29.08.2015

Svidler, Peter (2739) - Khismatullin, Denis (2642) [B23], Russian Championship Super Final, Chita (4) 2015. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 18.08.2015

The Stem Game of the Evans Gambit: Evans, William Davies - McDonnell, Alexander [C51], London 1829. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 14.08.2015

Best Chess Players And Games Of Month 2000-2004

Philosophy And Psychology Of Chess Struggle

Theoreticians know all. The Slav Classic, the pressure on the centre, two weaknesses and a fighting spirit (by Boris Schipkov, 21.02.2012)

How To Play Against A Novelty (by Boris Schipkov, 17.11.2005)

Enlightenment (My precious)
A Marvellous Combination Of The XX Century (by Boris Schipkov, 21.05.2005)

Time trouble?! Zeitnot!
Paehtz, Thomas Sr (2450) - Schipkov, Boris [D36], Miskolc open 1989 (Notes by Boris Schipkov, 21.12.2003)

A real sacrifice
Peric, Slavisa (2345) - Schipkov, Boris (2355) [D17], Kecskemet 1992. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 10.02.2013


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Reviews Of Chess Events

The Review of Chess Events for 2014 (WCC match Carlsen-Anand, 41st World Chess Olympiad, Candidates)

The review of chess events for 2013 (WCC match Anand-Carlsen, Candidates, World Cup)

The review of chess events for 2012 (40th Chess Olympiad, WCC match Anand-Gelfand)

The review of chess events for 2011 (Candidates Matches, World Cup)

The review of chess events for 2010 (39th Chess Olympiad, WCC match Anand-Topalov)

The review of chess events for 2009 (World Cup)

Chess And Fiction

2013: I see Google develops Google Glass. It is interesting that I described in 2008 in my unpublished science fiction novel "Svetly put'" (that was used without my permission and partly stole by infamous writer V. Pelevin, the publishing house Eksmo and others) the powerful computer glasses. The competitors of the Google - Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Baidu (Baidu Eye), Olympus, Valve, Samsung and LG - also develops various wearable computers with a head-mounted displays. If a corporation donates me some money, then I could give the pages of my novel where I wrote about the computer glasses and what people did with it, and with augmented reality. Or I could sell the pages. Probably they could be useful for development, elaboration, advertising and promotion of such computer glasses.

Peter I, Napoleon I, Ivan IV the Terrible, Tamerlan, Frederick II, Philip II, Henry I did not play golf, tennis, football or hockey. They played chess, enjoying their rest time, developing the abilities and joining the world culture.
The Game of Kings. Chaining the times (by Boris Schipkov, 5.05.2003)

Nabokov's Luzhin and his prototypes. Disclosing the mystery

Chess And Music

Two games of Francois-Andre Danican Philidor. By Boris Schipkov, 17.11.2012

Paul Morphy and Gioacchino Rossini (2000)

Chess, Cinema and Painting

The film "Leviathan", directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev from Novosibirsk, Siberia, wins the Golden Globe Award 2015! "Leviathan" is the Best Foreign Language Film.

Mona Lisa Chess Superstar and the game of Marcel Duchamp. By Boris Schipkov. 5.03.2012

New pictures 24.02.2012

Chess And Software

The Truth About the Decisive Game Between Deep Blue and Garry Kasparov, New York 1997, Game 6. By Boris Schipkov, 20.10.2013

The epic trilogy - Dutch Defence by Boris Schipkov (CD-ROMs, ChessBase)
Critics's Voices on the Dutch Defence trilogy by Boris Schipkov


For the first time in history Hou Yifan outstrips Judit Polgar in FIDE Rating List, March 2015. Hou Yifan is No.1 female chess player
FIDE Rating, Standard Top 100 Women March 2015

Russia leads in the number of rated chess players
Secrets of the January 2015 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 8.01.2015)

A new record: Magnus Carlsen has the highest Elo rating in the world of all time, 2882 in May 2014 FIDE Rating List
FIDE Rating, May 2014, Top 100 Players

A new record: Magnus Carlsen has the highest Elo rating in the world of all time, 2881 in March 2014 FIDE Rating List
FIDE Rating, March 2014, Top 102

Germany leads in the number of rated chess players
Secrets of the January 2014 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 9.01.2014)

A new record: Magnus Carlsen has the highest Elo rating in the world of all time, 2872 in February 2013 FIDE Rating List
FIDE Rating, February 2013, Top 100

Germany leads in the number of players with ratings. The greatest increase in the number of players was in India.
Secrets of the January 2013 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 7.01.2013)

Germany leads in the number of players with rating. The greatest increase in the number of players was in Spain.
Secrets of the January 2012 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 7.01.2012)
Secrets of the January 2008 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 11.02.2008)
Secrets of the July 2007 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 12.08.2007)
Secrets of the January 2007 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 11.02.2007)
There are more than 1000 chess grandmasters in the World.
Secrets of the July 2006 FIDE Rating List (by Boris Schipkov, 15.08.2006)


We will fly to Mars in XXI century. We must fly.

Cosmos and Stars (by Boris Schipkov, 12.04.2006)

Space (Soyuz-9) - Earth (Control Center) [D20], Radio Match 1970 (by Boris Schipkov, 15.04.2006)

Extracts From Old Chess Papers.

The chess newspaper "64" for September, 1938. Photos by Boris Schipkov. 26.12.2013

The chess magazine "L'Italia Scacchistica" for September, 1933. Photos by Boris Schipkov. 3.02.2012

The review 5 numbers of the newspaper "64" for December, 1937 (28.01.2004)
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Philidor is my friend, Alekhine is my friend, but my greatest friend is truth.
Boris Ruslanovich Schipkov

Photos: Novosibirsk and Siberia

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