Last updated: Saturday 25th April 2015 9:22 pm
- Carlsen leads by half a point from Anand after Round 8 of the Gashimov Memorial
- Kasparov vs Short Rapid/Blitz in Saint Louis 2015
- International Chess Circuit for 2015 launched in St Louis
- Carlsen extends his lead after beating Kramnik in Gashimov Memorial Round 7
- Caruana beats Kramnik in Round 6 of the Gashimov Memorial
2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2015 8
Mark Crowther (Sat Apr 25 18:26:00 2015)
Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen discuss their Round 8 draw. Photo © | http://www.shamkirchess.az
Magnus Carlsen had the better of a draw against Wesley So in the penultimate round of the Gashimov Memorial. The players seemed to conclude black didn't have any real chances to push for a win in their post-mortem.
Viswanathan Anand moved within half a point of Carlsen with a fine win over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Playing the Four Knights Anand followed a suggestion from his second Grzegorz Gajewski to play 7.Ne2 and a complicated struggle ensued. Mamedyarov admitted he missed the strength of 28.Rd5 sacrificing the exchange after which he was worse. Mamedyarov only had seconds to play his 40th move and 40...Rbc8 was probably the decisive error.
Vladimir Kramnik scored a smooth win in a Reti against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Kramnik said he got a nice advantage from the opening and there weren't too many complications in bringing home the full point.
Anish Giri made a misjudgement of his counter play against Michael Adams and by the time he realised white had an unstoppable kingside attack.
Rauf Mamedov and Fabiano Caruana drew an interesting Ruy Lopez which finished in perpetual check.
Round 8 standings: Carlsen 6pts/8, Anand 5.5pts, Caruana, So 4.5pts, Mamedov, Kramnik, Mamedyarov 3.5pts, Giri, Vachier-Lagrave, Adams 3pts.
Round 9 pairings 10am BST (one hour earlier than the other rounds): Mamedyarov-Adams, Caruana-Anand, Carlsen-Mamedov, Vachier-Lagrave-So, Giri-KramnikRead more ....
Kasparov vs Short Rapid/Blitz in Saint Louis 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sat Apr 25 10:50:00 2015)
Garry Kasparov returns to the board to play an exhibition rapid and blitz match against Nigel Short in Saint Louis over the weekend of 25th and 26th April 2015. Play starts at 14:00 local time, 20:00 BST and will see one rapid game followed by four blitz on each day. Read more ....
Grand Chess Tour 2015
Mark Crowther (Fri Apr 24 20:19:00 2015)
Magnus Carlsen to play a new Chess Circuit. | http://www.shamkirchess.az
An International Chess Circuit called the "Grand Chess Tour" for 2015 was launched at a press conference in St Louis on 24th April 2015. There will be three 10 player events, each with $300,000 in prize money. The final total prize money for the series comes to over $1,000,000 with bonuses of $50,000 from each event being paid into a pool for the combined standings. These events are: Norway Chess 15-26 June, the Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis 21st August - 3rd September and the London Chess Classic 3rd-14th December 2015. There are already plans for a 2016 circuit which they hope will include an event in Indonesia, and envisage taking the series global. They've tried to avoid scheduling conflicts.
9 players compete in all three events and an additional wild card player for each tournament (also entitled to points for the series). 8/9 of the players have been announced they are: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura. The invitations were based on top 10 January 2015 rating list. Vladimir Kramnik was invited but declined the invitation because his schedule is already very crowded (three more was too many and he is serious about trying to qualify from the World Cup) but would have liked to play some of them. Maxine Vachier-Lagrave has some scheduling problems in competing in the series but sounded hopeful about playing. Announcement within a week.
Garry Kasparov was involved in its creation and he plays Nigel Short 25th-26th April 2015 in Rapid and Blitz to help launch it. Kasparov is "the man who took the initiative" in its creation and advised the organisers.
Initial news via Tarjei J. Svensen @TarjeiJS on twitter and from
Press conference on 24th April took place at 21:00 BST 15:00 St Louis time.
More news: Chess24.
10th World Teams 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sun Apr 19 23:46:00 2015)
The 10th World Team Championship takes place 18th to 29th April 2015. Read more ....
US Chess Championships 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Mon Apr 13 12:29:00 2015)
The US Chess Championships took place in St Louis 1st to 12th April 2015.Players men: Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Ray Robson, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Onischuk, Daniel Naroditsky, Sam Shankland, Varuzhan Akobian, Timur Gareev, Kayden Troff, Sam Sevian and Conrad Holt. The women's event has Irina Krush, Tatev Abrahamyan, Anna Sharevich etc. Play starts 1pm local time 7pm BST. Top seeds Hikaru Nakamura and Irina Krush took the men's and women's title. Wesley So was controversially defaulted a game after taking inspirational notes to his game vs Var Akobian after warnings about similar messages on his score sheets. I also wonder if we'll look back at this event as Sam Sevian's debut, the 14 year old finished on 50% after winning on time in a position he was only trying to save against Conrad Holt. Games and results. Read more ....
John Watson Book Review 114
IM John Watson (Wed Nov 26 20:12:00 2014)
MChess one of several apps discussed by John Watson. Photo © | http://mchessapp.com/
IM John Watson looks again at more Electronic Publications by MChess, EPlus, Everyman Books, Gambit Studio, ForwardChess, ChessApps and SmartChess and some of the publications within them. Read more ....
The Week in Chess Anniversary 20 years
Mark Crowther (Wed Sep 17 16:20:00 2014)
Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/
The Week in Chess is 20 years old today. The first issue of the magazine was published on Saturday 17th September 1994. In the full article below I give an update from the 1000th issue earlier in the year. I list all 1036 issues so far along with their text and with a donation button to get all the games in ChessBase format. I feel a great sense of achievement in reaching this landmark. I hope that in some small way I've helped players all over the world keep in touch with chess and have access to almost every top class game over that time no matter how rich or poor they are. Now I have to look to the future. I plan to be around a long while. I have some obvious additions I can make to the website that only require some programming but also my personal financial stability has to come to the fore now. Read more ....
Games, results and stories gathered together on one page
15th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Mon Apr 13 12:24:00 2015)
17th Dubai Chess Open 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Fri Apr 10 21:04:00 2015)
Aeroflot Open 2015 Games and Results
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FIDE Women's World Chess Championship KO 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Mon Mar 16 13:21:00 2015)
Schachbundesliga 2014-15 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Sat Mar 14 13:07:00 2015)
133rd Varsity Match 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Mar 10 14:09:00 2015)
Reykjavik Open 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Mar 10 14:00:00 2015)
India-China Summit Match 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Tue Mar 10 13:08:00 2015)
16th European Individual Championship 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Mon Mar 9 12:05:00 2015)
Vladimir Petrov Memorial 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Mon Mar 9 12:04:00 2015)
Tbilisi FIDE Grand Prix 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Fri Feb 27 15:51:00 2015)
7th Batavia Chess Tournament 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Thu Feb 19 21:20:00 2015)
Bunratty Chess Festival 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Thu Feb 19 21:17:00 2015)
Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 Games and Results
Mark Crowther (Thu Feb 19 18:55:00 2015)