Women International Grandmaster Open in Chennai

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Women International Grandmaster Open in Chennai

Tamil Nadu State Chess Association under the auspices of All India Chess Federation is organizing the Women International Grandmaster Open Tournament on 6-14th November at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Periamet, Chennai.

The tournament is held in celebration of the FIDE World Championship Match 2013 (Sponsored by Government of Tamilnadu).

The playing format will be 11-round Swiss. The total prize fund is 13,000 USD.

Currently 83 players are signed to participate. Top rated are:
WGM Ambartsumova Karina 2320 RUS
WGM Guramishvili Sopiko 2439 GEO
WGM Purtseladze Maka 2374 GEO
WGM Batsiashvili Nino 2406 GEO
WGM Muminova Nafisa 2293 UZB
WGM Ivakhinova Inna 2312 RUS
WGM Mohota Nisha 2283 IND
WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman 2240 IND
WGM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman 2399 IND
WGM Sowmya Swaminathan 2348 IND

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Anand – Carlsen 2013, the coverage preview (#8)

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

fwcm 2013 official logoPrevious read: Anand – Carlsen 2013, Chennai preview (#10)

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The fact that chess is a sport that requires knowledgeable spectators has been an obstacle for the royal game in the past. This situation is rapidly changing, with the entry of internet and different broadcasting methods the game is constantly increasing its audience. Adding the celebrity status of the world N1 rated player Magnus Carlsen, and the recurring success of the World Champion since 2007 Vishwanathan Anand, bring the potential of the World Chess Championship 2013 to new heights.

Only eight days remain to the start of Anand – Carlsen 2013, it is time for the coverage preview.

Info: Official website / Live games / Live games (2) /  Play online at Chessdom Arena

Note: All the action of Carlsen – Anand 2013 will be live daily on Chessdom with computer analysis and commentary by IM Aman Hambleton, IM Tania Sachdev, and GM Vidit Gujrathi (more on the team later).

The coverage in India

Viswanathan Anand is a national hero for the second most populated country in the world. Being undisputed champion since 2007, he has inspired generations of young players to enter the sport. Now, aiming for yet another World Championship title, Anand will be doing it in his home town, Chennai. The expectations in India are at maximum, everyone wants to see his hero competing against the current world star Magnus Carlsen.

That is why every major news channel, newspaper, and media source in India is blasting news on the upcoming World Chess Championsip. The biggest sports channel of DD Sports has started with a few preludes to the match and seeing the interest has decided to acquire the global TV rights of the event. It has a reach of over 100 million people and its free-to-air satellite signal can be seen across large part of Asia and some locations in Europe.

The Indian newspapers are also not falling behind. As a warm up for the match, India’s news agencies include more technical chess data in their articles. Given Anand’s popularity, it is more likely to find references to openings, strategy, and general chess history in his country’s reports. The newspapers often reach key people for interviews, and the bits from them create a dynamic picture of the event. Curious technical details were revealed by The Hindu, as they talked to Bharat Singh Chauhan about some of the technological improvements that will be applied in the match, “The players, along with their teams, will stay on two separate floors. Using two separate elevators for exclusive use, the players will reach the playing hall. The contest will be held in a sound-proof glass cubical…” In an interview for Times of India, the former Anand’s second and former Carlsen helper Peter Heine Nielsen introduced the audience to one more exciting trend – the clash of styles. He said, “Both players are so all-round that what they really care about is the quality of their position. Maybe Magnus prefers longer technical games and Vishy more dynamic positions…”

Some newspapers are looking for the sensation or to add to the hype and sometimes commit factual and historical mistakes, but that is very normal in any large sports event in the world and is mainly due to the desire to bring the most interesting reports about the match.

Indian agencies tend to focus more on chess

Indian agencies tend to focus more on the match details

Norwegian media

Norwegian media are used to covering the success of Magnus Carlsen in the past years. They know his celebrity status quickly generates large viewership and readership both in Scandinavia and around the world. Therefore, the young Norwegian often hits the main pages of mainstream media and baths in the awe of his fans.

As a general rule, all country resources aim for Carlsen camp news in the days before the competition. The visit of Magnus to Chennai was largely covered by local media, as well as the stories about Carlsen bringing his own chef to India.

All major newspapers like Nettavisen, Aftenposten, Dagbladet are preparing major coverage of Anand – Carlsen 2013 itself. There will be daily reports from  Chennai, but also live coverage as well with broadcast and commentary. (more about this later on Chessdom)

International media

No self respecting sports edition will miss the Anand – Carlsen 2013 clash. News about the upcoming encounter are to be found in (at least) 55 countries so far. Guardian, The Economist, Zeit, Marca, NY Times, Washington Times, The Asian Age, Zee News, The Independent, Business Standard, BusinessWorld, Telegraph, Prensa Latina, El Pais, etc. all have had their previews of the match.

Asia news hype on the success of Anand and his reign since 2007.They tend to underline the historic praise that Anand has gotten so far, and the chance to reach the status of “greatest in modern chess history” with a victory in Chennai. Interestingly, the articles often contain bits of information about local heroes and their view on the upcoming match. The growth of chess around Asia is also a recurring topic, viewing the massive and growing as popularity competitions organized on the continent.

Western agencies tend to focus more on Carlsen’s persona, his quick rise to the top and his active roles outside the chessboard. The Guardian interviewed the Norwegian and mentioned more than once the fact that he makes a good salary with his profession: “Unusually for a chess player he makes more than £1m a year in sponsorship, and he doesn’t seem to mind performing stunts as part of his contractual obligations, such as the blindfold simultaneous games”. A very important observation of an ongoing process – nowadays hundreds of chess players are making a living out of chess, the professional calendar of FIDE is full to the maximum with well paid competitions, we often see players complaining about not getting rest, and the financial stability of the World Championship backed with 2,55M guaranteed prize fund. Being a chess player has changed radically in the past few years and suddenly has become a financially attractive profession.

The Guardian also made the logical comparison between Magnus Carlsen and Bobby Fischer, as they both reached the very top despite not belonging to a chess-oriented country. When asked about this, Carlsen shows his good sense of humor: “I’m only 22, so there is still plenty of time for the crazy”.

Western media praises Carlsen's roles outside the chessboard

Western media praises Carlsen’s roles in and outside the chessboard

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13th International Sautron Open

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The 13th edition of the International Open Ville de Sautron is taking place from October 26th to November 2nd on the Espace Phelippes Beaulieux.

It is a 9-round Swiss open with a time control of 90 minutes for the first 40 moves plus 30 minutes to finish the game and 30 seconds increments per move.

The prizes for the first five places are as follows: 1 600 Euros / 1 100 / 800 / 500.

First seeds are Israeli GM Michael Roiz, Russian GM Vladimir Burmakin, Israeli GM Boris Avrukh and French GM Jean Pierre Le-Roux. A total of 6 grandmasters and 8 international masters are participating.

Official website

Espace Phelippes Beaulieux

Espace Phelippes Beaulieux

Participants:

1 g ROIZ Michael 2614 F ISR
2 g BURMAKIN Vladimir 2581 F RUS
3 g AVRUKH Boris 2576 F ISR
4 g LE ROUX Jean-Pierre 2571 F FRA
5 LAGARDE Maxime 2523 F FRA
6 m KOZIAK Vitali 2481 F UKR
7 g KASPAROV Sergey 2480 F BLR
8 m BAILET Pierre 2474 F FRA
9 m HAUB Thorsten Michael 2455 F GER
10 g DRASKO Milan 2451 F MNE
11 m RIFF Jean-Noel 2445 F FRA
12 m TERRIEUX Kevin 2415 F FRA
13 m NGUYEN Chi-Minh 2389 F FRA
14 f IDER Borya 2377 F FRA
15 m LEJARRE Ludovic 2371 F FRA
16 f MIGOT Tangi 2354 F FRA
17 m BEDOUIN Xavier 2345 F FRA
18 DELORME Alban 2283 F FRA
19 f LE QUANG Kim 2246 F BEL
20 DUBOUE Peio 2239 F FRA
21 m PERIC Slavisa 2199 F SRB
22 f CROUAN Stephane 2180 F FRA
23 LE GOFF Ronan 2179 F FRA
24 ff NAVROTESCU Andreea-Cristiana 2151 F FRA
25 MALASSAGNE Raphael 2137 F FRA
26 PEYRE Thomas 2136 F FRA
27 GOUPIL Arnaud 2134 F FRA
28 HUTOIS Mickael 2126 F FRA
29 GALLANT Aurelien 2124 F FRA
30 RICHARD Emma 2118 F FRA
31 ff HAUSSERNOT Cecile 2097 F FRA
32 DUBOIS Pierre 2097 F FRA
33 RATE Bruno 2096 F FRA
34 NORMAND Vincent 2076 F FRA
35 NOBLET Renald 2057 F FRA
36 PICARD Remi 2050 F FRA
37 PIROTAIS Jerome 2044 F FRA
38 BURRI Quentin 2043 F FRA
39 BOURGOIS Bastien 2026 F FRA
40 PRIMEL Dominique 2020 F FRA
41 CADERON Michel 2010 F FRA
42 MUNKHBAYAR Janjaadorj 2009 F MGL
43 GAYON Benoit 1995 F FRA
44 LE GALLO Frederic 1992 F FRA
45 SARRAZIN Christian 1983 F FRA
46 COIFFAIT Pierre-Basile 1970 F FRA
47 TOUCHEFEU Aurelien 1968 F FRA
48 SCHMOUCHKOVITCH Michel 1965 F FRA
49 JULIEN Jules-Alois 1965 F FRA
50 LE PEN Steven 1957 F FRA
51 ILLIEN Jean-Marc 1956 F FRA
52 ROUSSEL Glenn 1944 F FRA
53 BADELKA Olga 1895 F BLR
54 EUGENE Floryan 1895 F FRA
55 TROUVE Guillaume 1888 F FRA
56 GINOVART Axel 1881 F FRA
57 LETERTRE Arnaud 1864 F FRA
58 BIHARI Pascal 1846 F FRA
59 MOYON Pascal 1839 F FRA
60 PASCOT Jean 1838 F FRA
61 COENT Yann 1835 F FRA
62 AUBRY Justin 1834 F FRA
63 RUHLMANN Helene 1814 F FRA
64 BRISSON Pascal 1803 F FRA
65 MERCIER Jean-Loup 1802 F FRA
66 CHARGELEGUE Thomas 1802 F FRA
67 MIDY Robin 1796 F FRA
68 HOCQUARD Herve 1793 F FRA
69 MALLET Gregoire 1790 N FRA
70 DAVY Bruno 1782 F FRA
71 DUVAL Claire 1779 F FRA
72 DARRIEUX Thomas 1779 F FRA
73 DANIEL Jean-Claude 1778 F FRA
74 DELTOUR Quentin 1773 F FRA
75 COIFFAIT Casimir 1770 F FRA
76 GRANDI Paul 1768 F FRA
77 SALGUES Michel 1752 F FRA
78 BERANGER Thierry 1747 F FRA
79 DESCHAMPS Quentin 1746 F FRA
80 FRETEL Didier 1743 F FRA
81 NOUHAUD Laurent 1741 F FRA
82 LE GOUELLEC Marc 1736 F FRA
83 COUCHET Renaud 1735 F FRA
84 VAN MULDER Eric 1734 F FRA
85 LEFEVRE Bernard 1731 F FRA
86 JUBIN Thierry 1719 F FRA
87 PERRIER Jean-Francois 1715 F FRA
88 DUVAL Michel 1713 F FRA
89 MELIN Georges 1712 F FRA
90 SECHER Daniel 1701 F FRA
91 TEMPLIER Benoit 1700 F FRA
92 LEMERCIER Patrick 1682 F FRA
93 AUDOUBERT Jean 1680 F FRA
94 VIEL Jean-Marc 1677 F FRA
95 GARAY Louis 1674 F FRA
96 BROIN Christian 1671 F FRA
97 LE BIHAN Alison 1669 F FRA
98 COLLINET Nicolas 1656 F FRA
99 ROUSSEL Simon 1653 F FRA
100 LEMOINE Sylvain 1646 F FRA
101 DE HARGUES Remi 1638 F FRA
102 BOUSSEFFA Sadok 1631 F FRA
103 COLAS Bruno 1620 F FRA
104 GAUTIER Paul 1616 F FRA
105 METAIREAU Patrice 1611 F FRA
106 EQUEY Daniel 1609 F FRA
107 SOMMERIA Christian 1608 F FRA
108 PILLE Edouard 1604 F FRA
109 DELAFENETRE Franck 1600 N FRA
110 OLLIVIER Clemence 1593 F FRA
111 LE BIHAN Baptiste 1590 F FRA
112 ROUAULT Michel 1584 F FRA
113 TESSIER Victor 1582 F FRA
114 BEZY Bernard 1573 F FRA
115 LE COZ Yannick 1567 F FRA
116 TERRAZZONI Claire 1564 F FRA
117 MACHIELS Etienne 1553 F FRA
118 BRECHET Michel 1553 F FRA
119 FALLA Damien 1543 F FRA
120 BARBOT Michel 1538 F FRA
121 BLEAU Adrien 1530 F FRA
122 MARTINI Lionel 1529 F FRA
123 LEBEDEL Marc 1528 F FRA
124 RETAILLEAU Elise 1525 F FRA
125 NORMAND Josselin 1521 F FRA
126 RAGOT GAUFRETEAU Maelyss 1503 F FRA
127 SAUCOURT Charles 1499 F FRA
128 GINOVART Camille 1497 F FRA
129 GREGOIRE Roxanne 1493 F FRA
130 MARCHAIS Paul 1479 F FRA
131 MAISONNEUVE Lionel 1478 F FRA
132 FERMEN Guy 1477 F FRA
133 LUCAS Arthur 1477 F FRA
134 BILLON Tanguy 1475 F FRA
135 MARUEJOLS Paul 1474 F FRA
136 GUYON Sophie 1470 F FRA
137 DESCAMPS Serge 1464 F FRA
138 GAZAGNES Jacques 1460 F FRA
139 GAUDIN Roger 1453 F FRA
140 RUHLMANN Anne 1447 F FRA
141 RUHLMANN Dominique 1440 N FRA
142 MARCHAIS Antoine 1438 F FRA
143 CAGNEAUX Eric 1431 F FRA
144 BOURDEAUX Gabin 1431 F FRA
145 DELAFENETRE Alexandre 1429 F FRA
146 BEGAUD Jean Baptiste 1420 N FRA
147 WENDLING Robin 1414 F FRA
148 BRICAGE Yann 1411 F FRA
149 KOLLAR Romain 1411 F FRA
150 BARRE Laurent 1405 F FRA
151 DORE Vincent 1400 N FRA
152 ROBLIN Alain 1389 F FRA
153 RINEAU Nathan 1383 F FRA
154 POLLET Thomas 1380 N FRA
155 MORIN Luc 1370 N FRA
156 LE MAREC Loic 1370 N FRA
157 BICHON Maryse 1356 F FRA
158 TUDOR Raphael 1349 F FRA
159 KOLISSO Bernardin 1345 F FRA
160 BILIEN Theo 1343 F FRA
161 GILBERT Fabien 1332 F FRA
162 GESTIN Arthur 1329 F FRA
163 DUBOUE Camille 1301 F FRA
164 SAUCOURT Nathan 1292 F FRA
165 MARTIN Dimitri 1280 N FRA
166 BOULART Emilie 1280 F FRA
167 BOURDEAUX Angele 1276 F FRA
168 DURAND Pierre 1267 F FRA
169 COUCHET Ambroise 1210 N FRA
170 DESCHAMPS Luc 1200 N FRA
171 VANDERVORST Jean-Philippe 1100 N FRA

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Panama Chess Open Starting

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The 3rd Panama Chess Open is starting today at 19h local at the Salón Corotu, Hotel Central Park in Ciudad de Panamá.

The tournament will be played over nine rounds of Swiss system with accelerated pairings and continues until 5th November.

The total prize fund is $ 10,000. Top prizes are $ 2500-1500-1000-500-400-300-200-100.

The additional events include lectures, seminars, simultaneous exhibitions and blitz tournament with $ 1000 in prizes.

Last year winner GM Eric Hansen will not defend the title because he is currently playing in Magistral Ciudad de Barcelona.

Panama City

Panama City

The tournament is organized by Jose Carrillo Pujol and chief arbiter is Barbara Lopez Chavez.

Tournament website

Participants:

1 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2699
2 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2665
3 GM Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo CUB 2610
4 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2603
5 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2601
6 GM Cori Jorge PER 2587
7 IM Obregon Rivero Juan Carlos CUB 2536
8 GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri CUB 2523
9 GM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel CUB 2519
10 IM Otero Acosta Diasmany CUB 2516
11 IM Gomez Garrido Camilo Ernesto CUB 2504
12 IM Hevia Alejano Carlos Antonio CUB 2498
13 GM Alvarez Pedraza Aramis CUB 2490
14 IM Jimenez Fraga Pedro Alejandro CUB 2461
15 IM Delgado Ramos Hector CUB 2460
16 IM Escobar Forero Alder COL 2455
17 IM Gonzalez Bernal CRC 2454
18 GM Vera Gonzalez-Quevedo Reynald CUB 2446
19 IM Ynojosa Felix Jose VEN 2439
20 WGM Cori T. Deysi PER 2433
21 IM Gomez Ledo Roberto Carlos CUB 2426
22 IM Prasca Sosa Rafael VEN 2419
23 FM Ruiz Sanchez Orlen CUB 2409
24 IM Juarez Flores Carlos A. GUA 2407
25 IM Ruiz C Joshua D COL 2400
26 IM Davila Carlos NCA 2333
27 IM Arias Lemmys A. ESA 2329
28 IM Vilela De Acuna Jose Luis CUB 2323
29 WGM Arribas Robaina Maritza CUB 2313
30 IM Baules Jorge PAN 2311
31 WGM Pina Vega Sulennis CUB 2298
32 IM Ostos Julio VEN 2295
33 IM Estrada Nieto Julian MEX 2276
34 WGM Marrero Lopez Yaniet CUB 2274
35 WIM Llaudy Pupo Lisandra CUB 2269
36 IM Gascon Jose Rafael VEN 2268
37 IM Pazos Gambarrotti Plinio ECU 2263
38 Aguilar Andres ARG 2259
39 Zambrano Alexander VEN 2258
40 Guerrero Andres VEN 2245
41 FM Barros Rivadeneira Cristhian ECU 2243
42 FM Ruiz Aguilar Pablo Alexander COL 2239
43 Carvajal Gorgona Jonathan CRC 2239
44 Martinez Reyes Pedro Ramon VEN 2235
45 WIM Miranda Llanes Yerisbel CUB 2224
46 IM Sanchez Castillo Sarai VEN 2212
47 Brizuela Ronald VEN 2212
48 Ortiz Marcos NCA 2208
49 IM Gutierrez Herrera Jose Antoni COL 2204
50 FM Chinchilla Miranda Eugenio CRC 2191
51 Picado Jorge NCA 2183
52 WIM Fleites Marti Yuleikys CUB 2181
53 IM Lorenzana Wilson Estuardo GUA 2178
54 FM Guevara Martin NCA 2171
55 FM Juarez Flores Gustavo E. GUA 2166
56 Ferrara Alexis ARG 2166
57 Saucedo Ivan PAN 2162
58 IM Madrigal Mariano NCA 2152
59 CM Aizpurua Patrick PAN 2149
60 FM Sanchez Jorge PAN 2137
61 FM Pilarte Rene NCA 2132
62 WGM Frometa Castillo Zirka CUB 2128
63 Fabrega Enrique PAN 2123
64 IM Pinero Carlos VEN 2122
65 FM Arosemena Jorge Luis PAN 2121
66 Gavarrete Nahum HON 2120
67 WIM Fandino Reyes Roquelina CUB 2115
68 Crespo Hidalgo Carlos ECU 2113
69 Barria Blass PAN 2108
70 FM Esquivel Luis PAN 2094
71 WFM Gutierrez Leonela VEN 2079
72 Bermudes Eduardo COL 2077
73 Bonilla Felix PAN 2072
74 Giron David GUA 2069
75 Sanchez German Alexander VEN 2064
76 Madrid Gilberto PAN 2046
77 Cantilo-Paz Agustin PAN 2044
78 WIM Mazariegos Silvia Carolina GUA 2042
79 Fuentes Adrian PAN 2039
80 WIM De Armas Perez Acela CUB 2036
81 Leon Orlando PAN 2032
82 CM Mathews Cesar PAN 2031
83 Fiora Emilio ARG 2030
84 Diaz Hector PAN 2023
85 Perdomo Araujo Angel Eduardo VEN 2017
86 Ramirez Arroyo Joan Emmanuel CRC 2015
87 Massari Salvador VEN 2013
88 Hernandez Erick ESA 2007
89 Zapata Hincapie Jhon Alexande COL 2007
90 Jimenez Esquivel Greivin CRC 1991
91 WCM Hernandez Zaida VEN 1983
92 Cardenas Carbajal Nilson HON 1975
93 Padilla Alvaro PAN 1971
94 Arosemena Franklin Alberto PAN 1954
95 WCM Barria Raisa PAN 1951
96 Acuna Monteverde Pablo VEN 1943
97 Osorio Jose Eustaquio Hatem BRA 1934
98 Solorzano Andres HON 1920
99 Tortolero Cesar VEN 1920
100 Montoya Cristian CRC 1911
101 Quiroz Michael PAN 1907
102 Munoz M. Alberto Noel PAN 1902
103 Murillo Gonzalez Carlos E CRC 1901
104 Benitez Delgado Josep Maria ESP 1897
105 Valarezzo Ricard Pedro ESP 1895
106 Acevedo Mendez Lisseth CRC 1889
107 WIM Sotomayor Villatoro Silvi GUA 1872
108 Herrera Benjamin PAN 1856
109 WCM Gonzalez Yaribeth PAN 1838
110 Flores C. Ruben Guillermo PAN 1838
111 Martinez Randall VEN 1829
112 Sun Chin Robert Patrick PAN 1820
113 Vergara Demostenes PAN 1816
114 Chen Felipe PAN 1807
115 Riera Jose PAN 1804
116 Aragon Aviles Sandra COL 1789
117 Lombardo Elias PAN 1789
118 Mejia Donaldo NCA 1784
119 Nunez Gonzalez Neeshmy CRC 1782
120 Munoz Nelson PAN 1765
121 Quintero Gabriel PAN 1756
122 Mcnally C. Bernardo PAN 1742
123 WCM Ortiz Katherine Berenice HON 1733
124 CM Vargas Rogelio PAN 1729
125 Sanjur Crescencio PAN 1715
126 WCM Munoz Alba PAN 1685
127 Carrasco Brandon PAN 1655
128 Romero Kries Mario Andres CHI 1641
129 Quiroga Walter Gonzalo BOL 1557
130 Aguilar Edward PAN 0
131 Alvarado Castro Francisco CRC 0
132 Alvarado Castro Jeaustin CRC 0
133 Arteaga Calixto VEN 0
134 Chaluja Jose Antonio PAN 0
135 Corrales Mario PAN 0
136 Flores Varela Federico CRC 0
137 Guerra Rodolfo PAN 0
138 Guzman Hidalgo Nicolas CRC 0
139 Hay Mario PAN 0
140 Herrera Boschini Gabriel CRC 0
141 Herrera Diego PAN 0
142 Jenkins Esteban PAN 0
143 Laffaurie Yaneth PAN 0
144 Lobo Antonio PAN 0
145 Lopez Bustos David CRC 0
146 Machaj Castillero Miguel Ange PAN 0
147 Monge Marin Ernesto CRC 0
148 Neira Carlos PAN 0
149 Pilarte Mario NCA 0
150 Pineda Fatima PAN 0
151 Rivera Jose Alexis CRC 0
152 Roriguez Alvarez Vidal VEN 0
153 Rosas Ramiro PAN 0
154 Rosenstock Gelber Samuel CRC 0
155 Samaniego Milciades PAN 0
156 Sandoval Raymundo PAN 0
157 Solano Saltachin Carlos Andre CRC 0
158 Solis Isaac CRC 0
159 Vander Hans Carlos PAN 0
160 Yepes Alejandro PAN 0

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Anand in Die Zeit: “Go there, sit down, play well”

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

In ten days from now, Anand-Carlsen will take off in Chennai — you will hardly have missed that! This particular chess event is so big, that many mainstream media are posting preview articles. One of these is the major German newspaper Die Zeit, who on Tuesday published an interview with the defending champion Vishy Anand, who speaks about his preparation.

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Big lead for Karpov at “Trophée Karpov” in Cap d’Agde

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Last year he won the tournament named after himself, and he’s doing well again this year: Anatoly Karpov! The 12th World Champion tops the leaderboard after eight rounds at the Karpov Trophy rapid tournament in Cap d’Agde, France. The other players are Vassily Ivanchuk, Etienne Bacrot, Yannick Pelletier, Mariya Muzychuk, Nino Maisuradze, Zhao Xue and Marie Sebag.

Anatoly Karpov | Photo courtesy of the organizers

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