NewsThe CEZ trophy 2013 match Hou vs Navara took place in Prague (Czech Republic) 11th-14th June. Hou Yifan - David Navara: 2-2 (1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2) Blitz: 1-1, Armageddon: Navara-Hou 0-1. Hou Yifan won the trophy 4-3.
The international chess rapid tournament Sberbank Open 2013 took place in Kiev (Ukraine) June 5th-7th.
BBC News, 31 May 2013. The Machine: Stage set for Kasparov v Deep Blue chess thriller
The Norway Chess 2013 tournament took place in Sandnes and Stavanger 8th-18th May. Blitz - 7th May. Free Days: 11th and 16th May.
The European Individual Chess Championship 2013 took place in Legnica (Poland) 5th-16th May.
The US Chess Championships 2013 took place in Saint Louis, United States, May 2nd-13th.
The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Renova 2013 Zug tournament took place in Switzerland 18th-30th April. Free Days 22nd and 27th April.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Crosstable and Results
Round 11: Topalov-Karjakin 1-0, a real battle in Benoni, time trouble. Nakamura-Caruana 1/2, White's pieces stood slightly better. Ponomariov-Morozevich 1/2, a quick draw by perpetual check.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 11 and Closing Ceremony: Games and Photos
Round 10: Caruana-Topalov 0-1, the Sicilian, Black grabbed a pawn. Mamedyarov-Nakamura 0-1, Hikaru attacked on the queenside with pawns in the Slav. Karjakin-Kamsky 0-1, White seized the center, better was 41.Qf3 with perpetual.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 10: Games and Photos
Round 9: Topalov-Mamedyarov 1/2, a theoretical duel in the Caro-Kann, the same position Karjakin-Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar took 15...exf5, perpetual check. Nakamura-Morozevich 1-0, the Modern Benoni, Alexander took the initiative on the queenside, but made mistakes and lost. Radjabov-Ponomariov 1-0, QGA, in an equal position Ruslan blundered 40...Bxf4?. Kamsky-Caruana 0-1, Fabiano attacked the white king with his queen and rook.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 9: Games and Photos - Chess Pieces -
Round 8: Ponomariov-Nakamura 1/2, the Sicilian, 17.f4 was a novelty, but Hikaru seized the centre with 24...e5 and 27...d5 and had somewhat better chances. Morozevich-Topalov 0-1, White had more weaknesses in the endgame. Karjakin-Giri 1/2, a sharp fight in the King's Indian Saemisch, two knights v rook+pawn, a draw by repetition. Caruana-Leko 1/2, the Spanish, Fabiano placed the bishop... on b1, white pawns c2, d3 and e4.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 8: Games and Photos
Round 7: Kamsky-Morozevich 1-0, the Sicilian, a complex position, better was 19...Ne5 - the knight in the centre. Topalov-Ponomariov 1/2, the Nimzo-Indian, Ruslan got the better chances due to the strong c4-pawn. Karjakin-Kasimdzhanov 1/2, the Scotch, two rooks v rook+bishop+pawn in the endgame, a quick draw. Nakamura-Radjabov 1/2, the Sicilian, probably theory.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 7: Games and Photos
Round 6: Ponomariov-Kamsky 1-0, the Nimzo-Indian, Ruslan attacked with 29.d5 and 34.h5. Kasimdzhanov-Nakamura 0-1, Rustam played his queen in the opening, attacked on the queenside with b4 and a4, but riskily gave a piece, and Hikaru counterattacked. Caruana-Karjakin 1/2, Fabiano took on c6 in the Spanish, 5.Bxc6, had an extra pawn, but after several funny moves (42.d6, 43.d7) Sergey could have won with 48...Rd1+ 49.Kg2 Qe2.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 6: Games and Photos
Round 5: Giri-Morozevich 0-1. Leko-Ponomariov 1/2, the Bogo-Indian. Karjakin-Mamedyarov 1-0 Notes by Boris Schipkov, a theoretical duel in the Caro-Kann, Sergey sacrificed a knight 16.Nxh6+! to storm the kingside, won thanks to his home preparation. Kamsky outplayed Radjabov in the rook endgame 1-0. Caruana-Kasimdzhanov 1-0, the Carlsbad QGD. Topalov-Nakamura 1-0, the rare line of the Spanish.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 5: Games and Photos - Lake Zug -
Round 4: Nakamura-Kamsky 1/2, the Slav 3...g6, Gata took 8...dxc4 and advanced 9...b5, Hikaru had a slight advantage, grabbed a pawn. Kasimdzhanov-Topalov 1/2, a theoretical duel in the King's Indian, Rustam sacrificed the knight with 13.Nf5!, better was 22.Qe8. Radjabov-Leko 1/2, Teimour had the better pawn structure. All games ended in draws.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 4: Games and Photos
Round 3: Caruana and Morozevich traded pieces in the Spanish. Giri-Radjabov 1/2, a quick draw by repetition in the Catalan. Leko-Nakamura 1/2, a theoretical duel in the French, Peter grabbed a pawn in the endgame. All games ended in draws.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 3: Games and Photos
Round 2: Nakamura-Giri 1/2, the Bogo-Indian, Hikaru chose the rare 5.Nbxd2 and 6.g3, Anish played 8...e5, with counterplay, but then Hikaru seized space with 21.b4 and enjoyed a slight advantage. Morozevich attacked on the kingside with the wild h4-h5 in the Gruenfeld vs Mamedyarov, a draw. Kamsky took the initiative on the queen's wing vs Kasimdzhanov, however Rustam defended well, won two pawns and the game. Topalov made a mistake, a dubious novelty, 14.Bb4, in the Ragozin Defence vs Leko, Peter had an edge, but 39...Bf7 and 40...Qg6 were bad, so Veselin got the better chances and won.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 2: Games and Photos - Red and Black -
Round 1: A theoretical duel in Caruana-Radjabov 1-0, the Spanish, 10.Na4 was a novelty, Fabiano won. Leko had a small edge vs Kamsky, a draw. Karjakin-Nakamura 1/2, with equality, then Hikaru got the slightly better chances, tried to win the endgame.
World Chess Grand Prix, Zug 2013. Round 1: Games and Photos
The Alekhine Memorial 2013 International Chess Super-Tournament took place in Paris (France) 20th-26th April and in St. Petersburg (Russia) 27th April - 1st May. Free Days 26th-27th April.
The World Chess Candidates 2013 took place in London (England) 14th March - 1st April. A dramatic tournament.
Carlsen has won the Candidates on tie-break thanks to the higher number of wins: he has 5 wins, Kramnik has 4 wins.
In the first half of the Candidates Tournament Carlsen scored 5/7 and Aronian scored 5 out of 7.
In the second half of the Candidates Tournament Kramnik scored 5/7 and Svidler scored 4.5 out of 7.
World Chess Candidates Tournament 2013. Pairings, Results, Crosstable and Photos
Before the Candidates Tournament 2013. Surprising Statistics: Vassily Ivanchuk has plus 13 against other players, Magnus Carlsen has only plus 12, Vladimir Kramnik leads with plus 22. By Boris Schipkov, 9.03.2013.
The Russian Team Championships 2013 took place in Loo, Sochi, Krasnodar Kray 6th-14th April.
The Women's World Chess Team Championship 2013 took place in Astana (Kazakhstan) 3rd-12th March.
Russia-China 2-2, China-Ukraine 1-3, Russia-Georgia 2-2, Georgia-Ukraine 1-3, USA-Russia 2.5-1.5, Ukraine-USA 2.5-1.5, Russia-Ukraine 2-2, China-India 2.5-1.5.
The closing ceremony. Ukraine wins the title of the Women's World Chess Team Champion.
The Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 took place in Switzerland 23rd February - 1st March.
Round 6: Anand-Kramnik 1-0. Spanish. A sharp game. Vladimir had a pawn on d3, tried to attack on the king's wing with ...Nh5, then made a mistake, 21...Qb8, so Anand grabbed two pieces for a rook with a small combination and won.
Caruana-Gelfand 1-0. Catalan or Bogo-Indian. Fabiano produced a novelty 16.Qc2 with a slight edge, in Gajewski-Yu Yangyi, Reykjavik Open 2013 was 16.Rc1 with a quick draw. Then Caruana grabbed the d5 pawn, won the ending with only one extra pawn. An excellent result!
Round 5: Kramnik-Caruana 1/2. Reversed Modern Benoni (why not 1.b4!?). Probably White equalized in the opening. In the middlegame Vladimir stormed on the kingside with g4-g5, and Fabiano decided to sacrifice the exchange for one pawn, so after all Kramnik got the better chances. In the end 39.Rf3 and 42...Rd2 were stronger. Perpetual check.
Gelfand-Anand 1/2. Catalan. Black attacked on the queenside with ...c5-c4, then White gave his rook for a knight and 2 pawns and made a draw.
Round 4: Anand-Caruana 0-1. Spanish or Ruy Lopez. A complex struggle. Anand tried to attack on the c-file with 19.c4. Fabiano equalized with 27...d5, Anand sacrificed the exchange, but the position was good for Black.
Gelfand-Kramnik 1/2. Catalan. White seized the centre with 18.e4, Black played 18...Nc4 with a wild game, then stormed with a knight sacrifice 22...Nxf2. Unclear.
Garry Kasparov, a special guest in rounds 3 and 4, commented games together with Yannick Pelletier and Werner Hug and took part in the analysis.
Round 3: Caruana-Kramnik 1/2. Modern Benoni. An interesting fight for the e4 square. Rook+pawn vs bishop+knight.
Anand-Gelfand 1/2. Sicilian. Anand had an extra pawn.
Round 2: Kramnik-Anand 1/2. Reti, Catalan. Vladimir had only slight pressure on the queenside.
Gelfand-Caruana 1/2. Notes by Boris Schipkov. Gruenfeld 3.f3 d5. The position was about equal. But in the ending 35...Bg4 was stronger, with a big advantage for Black.
Round 1: Caruana-Anand 1/2. Notes by Boris Schipkov, 24.02.2013. Sicilian. Anand equalized with 22...d5. Then Fabiano made more mistakes, better was 30.f3, but he could have made a draw by repetition with 38.Qd8 Qe6. Anand had two extra pawns, a small edge.
Kramnik-Gelfand 1/2. Notes by Boris Schipkov. 1.Nf3 c5 2.b3 (Fischer played 1.b3 and 3.Nf3, 4.e3, 5.Bb5), I think also interesting is 1.b4, the Orangutan, because Magnus Carlsen and other players from Candidates 2013 must spend time for a rare opening in this case. Vladimir had a small edge, however the endgame was drawish.
Blitz (22nd February): 1. Caruana - 5/6, 2. Kramnik - 4, 3-4. Gelfand, Anand - 1.5.
Games (12, pgn)
The Cappelle la Grande Open 2013 took place in France 23rd February - 2nd March. 564 players.
The Reykjavik Open 2013 took place in Iceland 19th - 27th February. 227 players.
The GRENKE Chess Classic Baden-Baden 2013 took place in Germany 7th-17th February.
In round 10 Anand outplayed Naiditsch in the rook endgame and won the tournament. After the game Anand said: "These rook endings are very, very tricky. You have to play them incredibly precisely".
In round 9 World Champion Anand used a novelty in the Russian Game against Fridman, 20.Ra2, astonished the rival with the strong 22.Bg4, took the exchange and won. Meier produced a novelty 11.b3 in the Bogo-Indian Defence and got a small advantage in the endgame, then Naiditsch made funny mistakes 25...Na8?, 28...Rh5?, so Georg could trap White's rook with 33.Nf5 and beat Arkadij easily. Michael Adams attacked on the king's wing after the excellent knight manoeuvre 44...Ne5-g4-f2+ to defeat Fabiano Caruana.
In round 8 Naiditsch stormed on the kingside, but Caruana played well and won with the king's manoeuvre from g8 to d4.
In round 7 Georg Meier grabbed a pawn and won against Daniel Fridman.
In round 6 Arkadij Naiditsch beat Daniel Fridman with a nice knight sacrifice in the King's Indian.
In round 4 Naiditsch had an advantage against Meier in the Slav, then Georg could have made a draw, but lost.
In round 3 Caruana correctly sacrificed the exchange versus Naiditsch, but then made mistakes and Arkadij could have won with 32...Qxg3, time trouble. So Fabiano won with his two knights with 38.Nf4.
In round 2 Arkadij Naiditsch beat Michael Adams in 79 moves after a wild fight.
In round 1 Fabiano Caruana sacrificed a pawn in the French Defence to attack Black's king and won against Georg Meier.
Games (30, pgn)
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The Aeroflot Open 2013 rapid and blitz tournaments took place 12th-17th February in Moscow (Russia).
The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2013 took place in Gibraltar 22nd - 31st January.
The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2013 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 12th - 27th.
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