Blondes defeat Brunettes in traditional match

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

The traditional match between ”Blondes” and “Brunettes” took place on 1st April in the restaurant “Carlson” in Moscow.

This time Caissa favored the Blondes who won with the score 48,5:32,5 to take the overall lead 2,5:1,5 in all matches held from 2011.

Grandmaster Valentina Gunina and International Master Maria Fominikh recorded the best individual results of 8,5/9 points each. IM Alina Bivol collected 8 points.

Among the Brunettes GM Marina Guseva excelled to finish with 7 points.

Valentina Gunina

Valentina Gunina

Maria Fominykh

Maria Fominykh

The first match was held in 2011, when the Brunettes won. In 2012 the Blondes struck back. Last year after the fierce fighting the match was tied 50:50.

In parallel with the match there was a children’s tournament, in which the first place was shared by Sasha Bain and Inna Rabinovich. 

At the closing ceremony all participants were handed a bouquet of flowers, and the top three winners in the individual competition were also awarded cash prizes.

Photos by Eldar Mukhametov

Blondes - Brunettes

Group photo

Children's chess tournament

Children’s chess tournament

Blondes - Brunettes

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l’Ami Cruises in Death Match 22, Beats Smeets 17.5-7.5

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

GM Erwin l’Ami began with six consecutive wins in Saturday’s Death Match 22, en route to a convincing 17.5-7.5 win over fellow Dutchman GM Jan Smeets. l’Ami won all three time controls as Smeets scored the lowest number of points in Death Match history.

l’Ami won $ 750 while Smeets took home $ 250.

Both players admitted to being apprehensive about the opening 5+1 segment. “The scary part is the five minute plus one (second),” l’Ami said. “I don’t have any experience with it. It seems kind of long.”

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Match Dominguez – Robson

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

Webster University sophomore GM Ray Robson, the #1 ranked junior in the United States, will take on former World Blitz Champion GM Leinier Dominguez, the 12th ranked player in the world, this Saturday and Sunday in Saint Louis.

The format will be a 10-game match (4 rapid games 25′ 10″ and 6 blitz games 3′ 2″). The match will take place at Webster University Emerson Library.

The arbiter for the match is Mr. Frank Niro, President of Chess Journalists of America.

On Monday, GM Dominguez will review the games of the match, and help train members of Webster University SPICE Chess Team.

Leinier Dominguez

Leinier Dominguez (photo by Anastasya Karlovich)

Ray Robson and Susan Polgar

Ray Robson and Susan Polgar

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22nd Blitz Death Match: L’Ami vs Smeets!

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

It will be hard to top the excitement of Death Match 21, but two Dutch players are going to try. GM Jan Smeets and GM Erwin L’Ami were picked to participate in Death Match 22. The three-hour non-stop blitz and bullet match will take place Saturday, March 22nd at 18:00 CET, noon Eastern (New York time) or 9 a.m. Pacific.

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The Blackjack Death Match – Today!

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Chess News & Events |

Chess.com’s 21st Death Match will have GMs Georg Meier and Imre Balog at the card table on Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Pacific. (GMT – 8) But who brings better cards to the casino?

Meier, FIDE 2636, has a chip lead. Balog, FIDE 2554, arrives as the short stack.

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