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The 41st World Chess Olympiad 2014 took place in Tromso (Norway) 2nd-14th August. Free Days: 7th and 13th August.
We are the Champions!? Wang Yue of China. Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia, the gold medal, 7.5 out of 9. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.
Olympiad Open. 1. China - 19 out of 22, 2. Hungary, 3. India, 4. Russia, 5. Azerbaijan - 17.
China: Wang Yue, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Ni Hua, Wei Yi.
Round 11: Poland-China 1-3 (Duda got his queen into the rival's camp in the opening and lost a pawn vs Yu, and Ding had a huge advantage in the endgame vs Gajewski, so China will be Champion), Hungary-Ukraine 2-2, Russia-France 2.5-1.5 (Edouard made mistakes 61.Qa7? 66.Bf1?, and Nepomniachtchi won. Kramnik grabbed a pawn in the ending vs Vachier-Lagrave, a draw), Azerbaijan-USA 2.5-1.5 (Mamedyarov had an extra piece vs Nakamura), India-Uzbekistan 3.5-0.5.
Round 10: France-China 1.5-2.5 (Yu beat Fressinet in the endgame), Ukraine-Azerbaijan 2-2, Hungary-Romania 3-1 (Rapport won a queen vs Vajda), Bulgaria-Poland 1.5-2.5, USA-Argentina 2.5-1.5, Serbia-Russia 1.5-2.5 (Kramnik grabbed a pawn vs Ivanisevic and won. Indjic sacrificed a piece vs Karjakin, but lost), Germany-India 1.5-2.5, Netherlands-Uzbekistan 1.5-2.5, Czech Rep-Belarus 2-2, Vietnam-Armenia 2-2.
Round 9: China-Ukraine 2-2, Czech Rep-France 1.5-2.5, Azerbaijan-Romania 2-2, Israel-Hungary 1-3, Bulgaria-Cuba 2.5-1.5, USA-Germany 2-2, Armenia-Serbia 2-2, Russia-Norway2 2.5-1.5.
Round 8: China-Azerbaijan 3-1, Romania-Czech Rep 2-2, Ukraine-Bulgaria 2.5-1.5, France-Poland 2.5-1.5, Germany-Cuba 2-2, India-Armenia 2-2, Hungary-USA 2-2, Russia-Spain 2-2.
Round 7: Cuba-Azerbaijan 1.5-2.5, Czech Rep-Russia 3-1, Serbia-China 0.5-3.5, Bulgaria-Netherlands 3-1, Armenia-Hungary 2-2, France-Georgia 3-1, Norway-Germany 1.5-2.5, USA-Uzbekistan 3.5-0.5, Kazakhstan-Ukraine 0.5-3.5.
Round 6: Azerbaijan-Georgia 3.5-0.5 (A very strange opening in Mamedyarov-Jobava, White was better and won), Serbia-Bulgaria 2-2, Cuba-Kazakhstan 3.5-0.5, Uzbekistan-Russia 1.5-2.5 (Grischuk played a rare move 11.Nb3 in the Bogo-Indian vs Filippov, but then had a strong attack with 20.Ng5! and checkmated with 28.Be6), Bosnia&Herzegovina-France 2-2, Vietnam-Hungary 1-3 (Leko grabbed pawns in the opening vs Le, a draw), England-Armenia 1.5-2.5, USA-Paraguay 3-1, Italy-Norway 1-3 (Carlsen outplayed Caruana in the endgame).
Round 5: Azerbaijan-Serbia 2-2, Russia-Bulgaria 2-2 (Kramnik seized space on the queenside vs Topalov, sacrificed the exchange and won brilliantly), Armenia-Norway 2.5-1.5 (Carlsen played a rare line 5...Na6 in the Slav vs Aronian, Levon had two bishops and grabbed a pawn, but Magnus defended well, a draw), China-Netherlands 1.5-1.5, Ukraine-Uzbekistan 1.5-2.5, Israel-Cuba 1.5-2.5, Canada-USA 2-2.
Round 4: France-Azerbaijan 1.5-2.5 (Mamedyarov beat Vachier-Lagrave), Serbia-Czech Rep 2.5-1.5, Russia-China 2-2 (Kramnik grabbed the exchange vs Wang, a draw), Netherlands-Israel 2-2, Uzbekistan-Germany 2-2, Norway-Poland 2.5-1.5 (Carlsen won with the nice 31.Be6! vs Wojtaszek), RSA-USA 1-3.
Round 3: Armenia-France 1.5-2.5 (A sharp fight in the King's Indian Saemisch in Aronian-Vachier, a draw, 22.Rf3 was better to keep an extra piece), USA-Netherlands 1.5-2.5 (Kamsky played the Dutch vs Dutchman L'Ami and seized the open c-file, but lost), Germany-England 2-2, Poland-Cuba 2-2, Italy-India 2-2, FYROM-Russia 0-4 (Svidler attacked), Hungary-China 1.5-2.5.
Round 2: Russia-Qatar 3.5-0.5 (Al-Tamimi-Nepomniachtchi draw), Norway2-Ukraine 2-2, France-Mongolia 4-0, Australia-Armenia 1-3, Hungary-Venezuela 2.5-1.5, Colombia-USA 1-3, China-Albania 3.5-0.5.
Round 1: Jordan-Russia 0-4 (Grischuk won in 16 moves), Ukraine-Tunisia 4-0, Zambia-France 0-4, Armenia-Japan 4-0 (Japan could have drawn: Kojima could have won, Averbukh had an advantage), Algeria-Hungary 0-4, USA-Uganda 4-0, Norway-Yemen 2.5-1.5.
Olympiad Women. 1. Russia - 20 out of 22, 2. China, 3. Ukraine - 18.
Russia: Kateryna Lagno, Valentina Gunina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Olga Girya, Natalija Pogonina.
Round 11: Russia-Bulgaria 2.5-1.5, Ukraine-China 2-2, Georgia-Germany 4-0, Armenia-Spain 2.5-1.5.
Round 10: Ukraine-Russia 2.5-1.5, China-Spain 2-2, Germany-Romania 2.5-1.5, Georgia-Poland 3-1.
Round 9: Armenia-Russia 1.5-2.5, France-China 0.5-3.5, India-Ukraine 1.5-2.5, Spain-Argentina 3.5-0.5.
Round 8: Russia-Hungary 3.5-0.5, China-Poland 3-1, France-USA 2.5-1.5, Ukraine-Georgia 2.5-1.5.
Round 7: Russia-China 3-1, Poland-France 2-2, Georgia-Serbia 3-1, Kazakhstan-Ukraine 1-3.
Round 6: China-Hungary 3-1, Serbia-Russia 0.5-3.5, Georgia-Latvia 3-1, Ukraine-Bulgaria 3-1.
Round 5: Indonesia-China 0.5-3.5, Hungary-Iran 2.5-1.5, Russia-Georgia 2.5-1.5, Serbia-Ukraine 3-1.
Round 4: China-Azerbaijan 3.5-0.5, Germany-Russia 1.5-2.5, Netherlands-Georgia 2-2, Ukraine-Turkey 3-1.
Round 3: USA-China 1-3, Russia-France 2.5-1.5, Spain-Ukraine 2-2, Georgia-Italy 3.5-0.5.
Round 2: China-Venezuela 4-0, Brazil-Russia 0-4, Ukraine-Australia 3-1, Montenegro-Georgia 1-3.
Round 1: IBCA-China 0-4, Russia-Jordan 4-0, Luxembourg-Ukraine 0-4, Georgia-Kyrgyzstan 4-0.
Open Teams: Russia (Kramnik), Ukraine (Ivanchuk), France (Vachier-Lagrave), Hungary (Leko, Almasi), Armenia (Aronian), United States of America (Nakamura), China (Wang), Azerbaijan (Mamedyarov), Norway (Carlsen), Germany (Naiditsch), Italy (Caruana).
Olympiad Women: China (Hou Yifan), Russia (Kosteniuk), Ukraine (Muzychuk), Georgia (Dzagnidze), India (Harika), USA (Krush), Germany (Paehtz).
Site: http://chess-results.com/tnr140380, https://chess24.com/en/olympiad2014
The Czech Open 2014 took place in Pardubice 18th-26th July.
1. Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu - 7.5/9, 2-4. S. Arun Prasad, Antonios Pavlidis, Kirill Alekseenko - 7.
Site: http://www.czechopen.net/en/, http://chess-results.com/tnr139745
The Biel International 2014 Chess Festival took place in Switzerland 14th-24th July.
1. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 6 out of 10, 2. Radoslaw Wojtaszek - 5.5, 3-5. Pentala Harikrishna, Anish Giri, Hou Yifan - 5, 6. Alexander Motylev - 3.5.
Biel International 2014 Chess Festival. Rounds 7-10: Games
Biel International 2014 Chess Festival. Rounds 4-6: Games
Biel International 2014 Chess Festival. Rounds 1-3: Games
Games BICFG 2014 (30, pgn)
The ACP Golden Classic 2014 chess tournament took place in Bergamo (Italy) 12th-20th July.
1. Wesley So - 4.5, 2. Baadur Jobava - 3.5, 3-4. Zoltan Almasi, Emil Sutovsky - 3, 5-6. Sabino Brunello, Daniele Vocaturo - 2.5, 7. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 2.
ACP Golden Classic, Bergamo 2014. Round 7: Games
ACP Golden Classic, Bergamo 2014. Rounds 4-6: Games
ACP Golden Classic, Bergamo 2014. Rounds 2-3: Games
ACP Golden Classic, Bergamo 2014. Round 1: Games
Games ACPGC 2014 (21, pgn)
The Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2014 took place in Dortmund (Germany) 12th-20th July.
1. Fabiano Caruana - 5.5, 2-3. Peter Leko, Georg Meier - 4, 4-5. Arkadij Naiditsch, Michael Adams - 3.5, 6. Ruslan Ponomariov - 3, 7. Vladimir Kramnik - 2.5, 8. David Baramidze - 2.
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2014. Round 7: Games
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2014. Round 6: Games
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2014. Round 5: Games
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2014. Round 4: Games
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2014. Round 3: Games
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2014. Round 2: Games
Round 1: Meier beat Kramnik. The Dutch Defence in Baramidze-Caruana 0-1 and Leko-Ponomariov 1/2.
Sparkassen Chess Meeting, Dortmund 2014. Round 1: Games
Games SCM 2014 (28, pgn)
The European Individual Women's Chess Championship 2014 took place in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) 5th-18th July. 1. Valentina Gunina - 9 out of 11; 2. Tatiana Kosintseva - 8.5; 3-4. Melia Salome, Mariya Muzychuk - 8. Valentina Gunina of Russia is the new European Women's Chess Champion.
The Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Lopota tournament took place in Georgia 19th June - 1st July. Free Days 23rd and 28th June.
1. Hou Yifan - 9, 2-3. Ju Wenjun, Elina Danielian - 7, 4. Nana Dzagnidze - 6.5, 5-6. Antoaneta Stefanova, Harika Dronavalli - 6, 7-9. Anna Muzychuk, Humpy Koneru, Alexandra Kosteniuk - 5.5, 10. Zhao Xue - 3.5, 11. Bela Khotenashvili - 3, 12. Nafisa Muminova - 1.5.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Lopota tournament. Rounds 10-11: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Lopota tournament. Rounds 7-9: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Lopota tournament. Rounds 4-6: Games
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Lopota tournament. Rounds 1-3: Games
Games CWGPL 2014 (66, pgn)
The World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2014 took place in Dubai (UAE) 15th-20th June.
Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura and Viswanathan Anand at the Opening ceremony. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich
Blitz: 1. Magnus Carlsen - 17/21, 2. Ian Nepomniachtchi, 3. Hikaru Nakamura - 16.
Magnus Carlsen is World Blitz Chess Champion.
World Blitz Chess Championship 2014: Games of Magnus Carlsen
Rapid: 1. Magnus Carlsen - 11/15, 2. Fabiano Caruana, 3. Viswanathan Anand, 4. Levon Aronian, 5. Alexander Morozevich - 10.5.
Magnus Carlsen is World Rapid Chess Champion. In round 12 Anand beat Carlsen, but then Carlsen beat Yu and Grischuk.
World Rapid Chess Championship, Dubai 2014: Games of Magnus Carlsen
World Rapid Chess Championship 2014, Day 2 and Day 3: Photos
Opening Ceremony and Day 1 of the World Rapid Chess Championship, Dubai 2014: Photos
Rapid and Blitz No.1 Hikaru Nakamura, World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Le Quang Liem.
Site: http://dubai2014wrb.com/, http://chess-results.com/tnr137973, http://chess-results.com/tnr138146
The CEZ trophy 2014 match Nakamura vs Navara took place in Prague (Czech Republic) 7th-11th June.
David Navara - Hikaru Nakamura 0.5-3.5. Hikaru Nakamura won the trophy.
The CEZ trophy 2014 match Hikaru Nakamura vs David Navara: Games
The Norway Chess 2014 tournament took place in Stavanger 2nd-13th June. Blitz - 2nd June. Free Days: 6th and 11th June.
Pairings and Results of the Norway Chess, Stavanger 2014
1. Sergey Karjakin - 6, 2. Magnus Carlsen - 5.5, 3. Alexander Grischuk - 5, 4-5. Fabiano Caruana, Veselin Topalov - 4.5, 6-9. Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler, Anish Giri, Vladimir Kramnik - 4, 10. Simen Agdestein - 3.5.
Norway Chess, Stavanger 2014. Results and Games with Commentary
Games NC 2014 (45, pgn)
Blitz: 1. Carlsen 7.5, 2. Aronian 6.5, 3-4. Grischuk, Karjakin 5.5, 5. Svidler 5, 6. Giri 4.5, 7-8. Kramnik, Caruana 3.5, 9. Topalov 2, 10. Agdestein 1.5.
The US Chess Championships 2014 took place in Saint Louis, United States, May 7th-20th.
Playoffs: Lenderman-Akobian 0-1. Final: Gata Kamsky - Varuzhan Akobian 1.5-0.5. Gata Kamsky is US Chess Champion.
US Chess Championship 2014, Saint Louis. Playoffs: Games
1-3. Gata Kamsky, Varuzhan Akobian, Aleksandr Lenderman - 7, 4-5. Sam Shankland, Daniel Naroditsky - 6, 6-8. Alex Onischuk, Ray Robson, Josh Friedel - 5.5, 9-10. Sergey Erenburg, Timur Gareev - 4.5, 11. Alejandro Ramirez - 4, 12. Mackenzie Molner - 3.5.
US Chess Championship 2014, Saint Louis. Rounds 9-11: Games
US Chess Championship 2014, Saint Louis. Rounds 5-8: Games
US Chess Championship 2014, Saint Louis. Rounds 1-4: Games
Games USCC 2014 (69, pgn)
The Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir Chess 2014 took place in Azerbaijan 20th-30th April. Free Day - 25th April.
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 6.5/10, 2. Fabiano Caruana - 5.5, 3-5. Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karjakin - 5, 6. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 3.
Pairings and Results of the Vugar Gashimov Chess Memorial 2014
Shamkir Chess 2014, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Results and Games with Commentary
Games SCGM 2014 (30, pgn)
The Women's World Blitz Chess Championship 2014 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) 26th-28th April.
1. Anna Muzychuk - 23/30, 2. Nana Dzagnidze - 20.5, 3. Tatiana Kosintseva - 20.
The Women's World Rapid Chess Championship 2014 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) 23th-25th April.
1-2. Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk - 10.5/15, 3-5. Olga Girya, Antoaneta Stefanova, Anna Muzychuk - 10.
The Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament took place in Russia 8th-21st April. Free Days 13th and 18th April.
1. Hou Yifan - 8.5/11, 2. Olga Girya - 7, 3. Alexandra Kosteniuk - 6.5, 4-5. Kateryna Lagno, Anna Muzychuk - 6, 6-7. Nana Dzagnidze, Antoaneta Stefanova - 5.5, 8-9. Zhao Xue, Anna Ushenina - 5, 10. Nafisa Muminova - 4, 11-12. Tatiana Kosintseva, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg - 3.5.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 11: Games
Round 11: Hou Yifan played vs Alexandra Kosteniuk, a rare opening. A draw.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 10: Games
Round 10: Anna Muzychuk vs Hou Yifan, a quick draw by repetition.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 9: Games
Round 9: Hou Yifan attacked on the kingside, won the queen and the game vs Olga Girya, the Sicilian Defence.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 8: Games
Round 8: Hou Yifan played the rare line 1.c4 b6 2.Nc3 e6 vs Zhao Xue, a draw.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 7: Games
Round 7: Hou Yifan beat Anna Ushenina in the rook endgame, the Sicilian Defence.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 6: Games
Round 6: Hou Yifan played the unusual opening 1.d4 b6 2.c4 e6 vs Antoaneta Stefanova, a draw.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 5: Games
Round 5: Great! Hou Yifan sacrificed a pawn, then a queen to checkmate Nafisa Muminova, The Catalan Opening.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 4: Games
Round 4: Hou Yifan sacrificed the exchange vs Kateryna Lagno in the Modern Benoni Defence, a draw by repetition.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 3: Games
Round 3: Hou Yifan sacrificed a rook with the powerful 21.Rxf5! to attack and beat Nana Dzagnidze in 24 moves, the Sicilian Defence.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 2: Games
Round 2: Hou Yifan attacked in the centre with the strong 13...d5! and crushed Tuvshintugs Batchimeg in 22 moves, the Nimzo-Indian Defence.
Chess Women's Grand Prix 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk tournament. Round 1: Games
Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan beat Tatiana Kosintseva in Round 1, the English Opening.
Games CWGPHM 2014 (66, pgn)
The Russian Team Championships 2014 took place in Loo, Sochi, Krasnodar Kray 7th-14th April.
1. "Malachite" - 12; 2. "Nashe Nasledie" - 11; 3. St. Petersburg Chess Fed - 10 (24); 4. University Belorechensk - 10 (23).
"Malachite": Karjakin, Grischuk, Leko, Shirov, Malakhov, Motylev, Lysyj, Bologan.
Karjakin, Grischuk, Svidler, Vitiugov, Nepomniachtchi, Jakovenko, Morozevich, Leko, Kamsky, Shirov, Motylev, Jobava, Malakhov.
The Candidates Tournament 2014 took place in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) 12th-30th March. 1. Viswanathan Anand - 8.5; 2. Sergey Karjakin - 7.5; 3-5. Vladimir Kramnik, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Dmitry Andreikin - 7; 6-7. Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler - 6.5; 8. Veselin Topalov - 6. Viswanathan Anand will play vs Magnus Carlsen in November 2014 in WCC.
Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Andreikin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Veselin Topalov. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.
Pairings and Results of the Chess Candidates Tournament 2014
FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament 2014. Results and games with commentary
Games CT 2014 (56, pgn)
The games - 10:00 am CET, 5:00 am EDT, 16:00 Nsk. Time control: 120 minutes for 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15
minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move from move 61. The winner will play vs Magnus Carlsen in November 2014.
The European Individual Chess Championship 2014 took place in Yerevan (Armenia) 3rd-14th March. The games - 12:00 pm CET, 6:00 am EST, 18:00 Nsk.
1. Alexander Motylev - 9/11; 2-9. David Anton Guijarro, Vladimir Fedoseev, Dragan Solak, Pavel Eljanov, Constantin Lupulescu, David Navara, Ivan Saric, Igor Lysyj - 8.
Etienne Bacrot, Pavel Eljanov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Anton Korobov, Vladimir Malakhov, Baadur Jobava, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Alexander Moiseenko, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Laurent Fressinet, Zoltan Almasi, David Navara, and Judit Polgar.
Site: http://www.eicc2014.am/, http://chess-results.com/tnr123081
Open Festival da Uva Rapid, 8th-9th March 2014: 1. Magnus Carlsen - 8.5/9, 2-3. Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian, Gilberto Milos - 8.
Magnus Carlsen in Brazil 2014: Chess Games
Four Player Chess Rapid Knockout took place in Caxias do Sul 7th March 2014, Final: Magnus Carlsen - Gilberto Milos 2-0. The game Carlsen, Magnus (2881) - Rodriguez Vila, Andres 1-0.
Magnus Carlsen wins the Recreio da Juventude rapid tournament in Caxias do Sul (Brazil), 6th March 2014: 1. Magnus Carlsen, 2. Gilberto Milos, 3. Andres Rodriguez Vila, 4. Rafael Leitao.
The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2014 took place in Gibraltar 28th January - 6th February.
1-3. Cheparinov, Ivanchuk, Vitiugov - 8/10. Tiebreak Semifinal: Ivanchuk-Vitiugov 1-3. Final: Cheparinov-Vitiugov 1.5-0.5.
Adams, Vachier-Lagrave, Ivanchuk, Vitiugov, Eljanov, Tomashevsky, Kamsky, Harikrishna, Navara.
The Crushing Defeat in the Opening: the Chess Game Kevin Spraggett vs Nigel Short, Gibraltar Masters 2014.
The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 took place in Switzerland 29th January - 4th February.
Total Classical + Rapid: 1. Magnus Carlsen - 10, 2-3. Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian - 9, 4. Hikaru Nakamura - 7.5, 5. Viswanathan Anand - 5, 6. Boris Gelfand - 4.5. World Champion Magnus Carlsen wins the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014.
Rapid: 1. Caruana - 4, 2. Nakamura - 3.5, 3. Aronian - 3, 4. Carlsen - 2, 5. Gelfand - 1.5, 6. Anand - 1. Time control Rapid: 15 minutes with an increment of 10 seconds per move for each player. Carlsen beat Gelfand in 24 moves, lost to Aronian and Caruana. Nakamura beat Anand in 26 moves.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Rapid Games
Classical: 1. Carlsen - 8 (4), 2. Aronian - 6 (3), 3. Caruana - 5 (2.5), 4-5. Nakamura, Anand - 4 (2), 6. Gelfand - 3 (1.5). Two points for a win, one point for a draw. Time control: 40 moves in 120 minutes, then 20 moves in 60 minutes, rest of game - 15 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.
Round 5: Anand-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game. A quick draw in 40 moves.
Caruana-Aronian 1-0. The Spanish Game.
Nakamura-Gelfand 1/2. The Sicilian Defense.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 5 Games
Round 4: Carlsen-Caruana 1-0. Magnus had slightly better chances in the Spanish Game, sacrificed the exchange with 22.Rxf7! to fight for a win. Great! Probably 28.Qf6 was stronger.
Aronian-Nakamura 1-0. The King's Indian Defense. Levon produced a novelty, 13.Nfd4, had an advantage with 18.Bd2. Better were 21.Nc3 or 21.g4.
Gelfand-Anand 0-1. The Slav Defense. Better was 19.h5.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 4 Games
Round 3: Nakamura-Carlsen 0-1. A sharp fight in the Nimzo-Indian Defense. 14...c5 was a novelty, but Hikaru attacked on the kingside with 15.g4 and obtained a big advantage, could have won with 26.hxg6, then with 30.gxf7, or 37.Qf1 b5 38.Rxh7. After Nakamura's mistakes 37.d6?, 39.Nc4? and 40.Qh5? Magnus Carlsen got a huge edge in the endgame, because he had 5 pawns vs a knight.
Aronian-Gelfand 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defense. With equality.
Caruana-Anand 1/2. The Slav Defense. Fabiano had two bishops.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 3 Games
Round 2: Carlsen-Aronian 1/2. The English Opening. A theoretical duel, 15.Qe2 is a novelty. Perpetual check.
Anand-Nakamura 0-1. The Spanish Game. The Exchange Variation. Anand launched an attack on the queenside with a4-a5, but did not play the strong 15.a6!. Hikaru couterattacked with a knight sacrifice 15...Nxh3!. What a game!
Gelfand-Caruana 1/2. The Dutch Defense. White seized space on the queenside with b2-b4, but Black quickly equalized.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 2 Games
Round 1: Carlsen-Gelfand 1-0. The Gruenfeld Defense. Magnus sacrificed the g4-pawn with 15.g4.
Aronian-Anand 1-0. The English Opening. Levon took the slight initiative on the queenside. Anand sacrificed a bishop with 22...Bxe4.
Nakamura-Caruana 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defense. Hikaru played a novelty, 16.Bh6, but Fabiano had good counterplay.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 1 Games
Games ZCC 2014 (47, pgn)
Blitz (29th January): 1-2. Carlsen, Aronian - 3, 3-5. Nakamura, Caruana, Anand - 2.5, 6. Gelfand - 1.5. Time control Blitz: 4 minutes + 2 seconds per move for each player. Carlsen lost to Caruana in 35 moves, beat Anand in 21 moves and Nakamura in 40.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, All Blitz Games
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Boris Gelfand, Viswanathan Anand.
The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2014 took place in Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands) January 10th - 26th. Games: January 11-13, 15, 17-19, 21, 23, 25, 26.
1. Levon Aronian - 8, 2-3. Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin - 6.5, 4-6. Fabiano Caruana, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Wesley So - 6, 7. Pentala Harikrishna - 5.5, 8-9. Loek van Wely, Hikaru Nakamura - 5, 10. Boris Gelfand - 4.5, 11-12. Richard Rapport, Arkadij Naiditsch - 3.5.
Round 11: Aronian obtained a small advantage in the Dutch vs van Wely, but Loek counterattacked on the kingside and won after Levon's mistake 38.exf4?.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 11: Chess Games
Round 10: Dominguez had a slight edge in the Spanish vs Aronian, but Levon sacrificed a pawn in the center with the strong 20...e4! and took the initiative on the kingside, then on the queenside, and won.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 10: Chess Games
Round 9: Aronian obtained a small advantage vs Karjakin, won a pawn and the game.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 9: Chess Games
Round 8: Aronian equalized in the Catalan vs Giri, a draw in the rook endgame.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 8: Chess Games
Round 7: Nakamura seized space on the kingside with h4 and g4 in the Sicilian Defence vs Van Wely, and Loek successfully attacked on this weak kingside. The Force was with you, Loek.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 7: Chess Games
Round 6: Aronian outplayed So in a rare line. Nakamura produced a novelty in the Berlin Spanish, 14...h5, vs Dominguez, but then lost the exchange, a draw after mistakes.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 6: Chess Games
Round 5: Nakamura-Karjakin 1/2. Sergey had counterplay in the Nimzo-Indian Defence, but the position was complicated. A draw by perpetual check.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 5: Chess Games
Round 4: Aronian had a small advantage vs Nakamura in the King's Indian and endgame, the novelty 20...gxf3 by Hikaru. Better was 34.Nxb7, winning. But Levon won after the bad 40...Kd7?.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 4: Chess Games
Round 3: Rapport had a development advantage vs Aronian, but the endgame was drawn.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 3: Chess Games
Round 2: Aronian obtained a small advantage, grabbed a pawn and won vs Caruana, who played a novelty, 9...Nd7. So had a slight edge vs Nakamura, a draw.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 2: Chess Games
Round 1: Nakamura produced a novelty, 20.Bf2, vs Naiditsch, Khalifman played 20.Bg3 vs Lutz in 2000, then Naiditsch sacrificed a knight and lost. Caruana attacked on the kingside and beat Gelfand.
Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Wijk aan Zee 2014, Round 1: Chess Games
Games TS 2014 (66, pgn)
The New Zealand Chess Championship 2014 was held in Auckland 2nd-12th January.
1. Wang, Pu Chen - 7.5 out of 9; 2. Dive, Russell - 7; 3. Ker, Anthony - 6.
The Hastings Chess Congress 2013-2014 took place in England 28th December 2013 - 5th January 2014.
1-7. Mchedlishvili, Mikheil; Khenkin, Igor; Ma, Qun; Hebden, Mark; Vakhidov, Jahongir; Sarkar, Justin; Radovanovic, Jovica - 6.5 out of 9 scores.
The Senator Max Gutmann Memorial 2013-2014 GM tournament was held in Augsburg (Germany) 27th December 2013 - 4th January 2014. Eva Moser earned her first Grandmaster norm.
1. Eva Moser - 7.5 out of 9; 2. Michael Prusikin - 7; 3. Petar Arnaudov - 6.
An amazing game, Arnaudov, Petar - Moser, Eva 0-1. Five queens on the board!
The Groningen Chess Festival 2013 took place in the Netherlands 21st-30th December. The match Jan Timman - Anatoly Karpov 1.5-2.5.
Chess Games of the match Jan Timman against Anatoly Karpov 2013.
Open A: 1-4. Andriasian, Zaven; L'Ami, Erwin, Bok, Benjamin, Ernst, Sipke - 7/9.
The Zurich Christmas Chess Open 2013 was held in Switzerland 26th-30th December. 1. Wojtaszek Radoslaw - 6 out of 7, 2-6. Kovalenko Igor, Balogh Csaba, Georgiev Kiril, Bogner Sebastian, Gallagher Joseph - 5.5.
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