Gold for Yu and Goryachkina at World Juniors

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Gold for Yu and Goryachkina at World Juniors

Yu Yangyi of China and Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia won the gold medals at the World Junior Championship which concluded Thursday, September 26th. Title holder Alexander Ipatov (Turkey) won silver and Santosh Gujrathi Vidit of India took bronze. In the Girls category, the second place went to Zhansaya Abdulmalik (Kazakhstan) and Alina Kashlinskaya (Russia) took the third place.

All photos courtesy of the Turkish Chess Federation

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Polgar Chess Festival in Budapest

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Garry Kasparov, livestream coverage, thousands of people and huge success at the Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival 2013 in Budapest.

This year Garry Kasparov was the guest of honor of the annual Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival held in the Palace of Arts in Budapest.

The Russian world champion visited many programs at the event and held a presentation on one of his most memorable games, which he played against Anatoly Karpov at the World Chess Championship in Lyon, in 1990.

At the press conference of the event Kasparov recalled his first memories of the Polgar sisters from 1988, when he was playing for the Soviet Union at the Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki, and yet he gave his support to the very young and talented Hungarian women team that included Susan, Sofia and Judit Polgar.

The Polgar sisters became Olympic champions putting an end to the long hegemony of the Soviet female team at the Chess Olympiads. Kasparov called it an obvious sign that right there a new era had started in women chess.

Polgar Chess Festival 2012

Now, 25 years later the Polgar sisters hosted one of the biggest, and as for the variety of programs and performances, the most unique chess festivals in the world. The programs included an international educational conference focusing on the “Chess in School” program, and especially on Judit Polgar’s very own Chess Palace skill-building program that was integrated into the National Curriculum in Hungary this autumn.

Those chess lovers who were not able to attend the festival personally could follow the event via the livestream coverage provided by Ustream. As a very successful program of the festival the children choir of the reference school of the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation performed the Zigzag Chess Song, Judit Polgar’s chess poem, written for her Chess Palace children’s workbook, with music by the famous Hungarian rock band Omega. In the song, the world’s number one female chess player tells a rhyming fairy tale featuring chess figurines, and along the way introduces the fundamentals and the beauty of the game.

The Aquaprofit-Polgar Chess Festival was under the patronage of Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission. In the Generations Chess Clash families took on families in a multi-generational chess competition, sponsored by the European Commission. Each team was composed of a child, a parent and a grandparent.

The closing program and the highlight of the festival was again the Great Simultaneous Exhibition match in which Judit, Susan and Sofia Polgar played simultaneous chess matches on 100 boards against public figures, famous sports stars and artists.

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Hiarcs leads, Stockfish, Komodo, Gull catch up and share second at TCEC

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TCEC by Martin Thoresen is the top world computer chess competition, now at Stage 2 with 19 engines

TCEC by Martin Thoresen is the top world computer chess competition, now at Stage 2 with 19 engines

Hiarcs continues dominating the second stage of the top computer chess championship TCEC. Hiarcs is clear first with 5,0/7, despite losing it’s 7th round game against Stage 1 winner Bouquet.

The chasing pack used the opportunity to catch up with the leader. Stockfish needed only 55 moves to defeat Naum, while Komodo won a 144 moves thriller against Critter. It was Gull that missed to join the leader, after drawing with Shredder. Stockfish, Komodo, Gull now share the second position with 4,5/7, and Stockfish has a direct match with white against Harcs in the next round.

The top seeded Houdini won against Junior, but still cannot lift off and shares 9th-11th with Rybka and Naum. Watch the live games here / Visit the official website

 

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Standings after round 7

Engine ELO Points
1 Hiarcs 2979 5
2 Stockfish 3098 4.5
3 Gull 3063 4.5
4 Komodo 3086 4.5
5 Bouquet 1.8a 3069 4
6 Shredder 2942 4
7 Critter 1.6a 3072 4
8 Spike 2921 4
9 Naum 2978 3.5
10 Rybka 3092 3.5
11 Houdini 3146 3.5
12 Spark 2889 3
13 Jonny 2789 2.5
14 Exchess 7.15b 2702 2.5
15 Equinox 3051 2
16 Onno 2834 2
17 Toga II 2857 2
18 Tornado 2830 2
19 Junior 2913 2

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