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Tbilisi FIDE Grand Prix 2015

Tbilisi FIDE Grand Prix 2015 Games and Results

The Tbilisi FIDE Grand Prix took place 15th February (Round 1) to 27th February 2015. Players: Alexander Grischuk, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Andreikin, Dmitry Jakovenko, Teimour Radjabov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Evgeny Tomashevsky, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Baadur Jobava. The favourites Anish Giri and Alexander Grischuk both had disappointing results. The event was dominated by Evgeny Tomashevsky scoring 8/11 a point and a half clear of Dmitry Jakovenko. Tomashevsky goes to the top of the Grand Prix standings and will also play the final event in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 13th to 27th May 2015. It seems likely Tomashevsky, Caruana, Nakamura and maybe Gelfand and Jakovenko will fight it out for the two Candidates places. Karjakin, Grischuk and Giri will no doubt have to win the event to have any chance at all of qualifying by this route. Mamedyarov currently stands second but he will inevitably be overtaken in the final tournament. FIDE Grand Prix Wiki page. Read more ....

Tbilisi FIDE Grand Prix 2015 (Tbilisi GEO)
Sat 14th Feb 2015 - Sat 28th Feb 2015 - Official Site - Live

Tbilisi FIDE Grand Prix (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

16th European Individual Championship 2015

16th European Individual Championship 2015 Games and Results

The 16th European Individual Championship takes place in Jerusalem 23rd February to 8th March 2015. Leading players: David Navara, Nikita Vitiugov, Pavel Eljanov, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Etienne Bacrot, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Maxim Matlakov, Alexander Moiseenko, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Alexander Riazantsev, Anton Korobov etc Read more ....

16th European Individual Championship 2015 (Jerusalem ISR)
Mon 23rd Feb 2015 - Sun 8th Mar 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015 (11 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

7th Batavia Chess Tournament 2015

7th Batavia Chess Tournament 2015 Games and Results

The 7th Batavia Chess Tournament takes place 20th February to 1st March 2015. The event started with a blitz. 10 player 9 round all-play-all. Players: Dimitri Reinderman, Andreas Heimann, Roland Schmaltz, Jorden van Foreest, Daniel Gormally, Stef Soors, Lars Ootes, Nico Zwirs, Etienne Goudriaan and Robby Kevlishvili. Read more ....

7th Batavia Chess 2015 (Amsterdam NED)
Fri 20th Feb 2015 - Sun 1st Mar 2015 - Official Site - Live

7th Batavia GM 2015 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

7th Batavia Blitz 2015 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games Blitz

Bunratty Chess Festival 2015

Bunratty Chess Festival 2015 Games and Results

The Bunratty Chess Festival consists of a 9 round GM norm tournament and the main Masters which takes place 20th to 22nd February 2015 with Wesley So, Gawain Jones, Nigel Short etc. Games and results. Read more ....

Bunratty Chess Festival 2015 (Bunratty IRL)
Fri 20th Feb 2015 - Sun 22nd Feb 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

Bunratty Masters 2015 (6 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:90m+15spm) - Games in PGN: Masters Games

Bunratty Classic 2015 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m+15spm) - Games in PGN: Games Classic

Zurich Chess Challenge 2015

Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 Games and Results

Karjakin and Anand in their final rapid game. Photo ©

Karjakin and Anand in their final rapid game. Photo © | http://www.zurich-cc.com/

The Zurich Chess Challenge took place 13th to 19th February 2015. Six top players played blitz, classical then finally rapid chess. Players: Kramnik, Nakamura, Anand, Caruana, Aronian and Karjakin. Chess legend Korchnoi plays Uhlmann in a four game rapid match too.

Viswanathan Anand edged out Hikaru Nakamura on tie-break after the latter caught him after a successful rapid on the final day but a final single Armageddon game was played and Anand lost badly as white. Thus Nakamura won the event.

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4th Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 (Zurich SUI)
Fri 13th Feb 2015 - Thu 19th Feb 2015 - Official Site

4th Zurich CC Classical (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games Classical

4th Zurich CC TB (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv TC:5m:vs:4m) - Games in PGN: Games TB

4th Zurich CC Rapid (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games Rapid

4th Zurich CC Blitz (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:4m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games

Korchnoi-Uhlmann Rapid (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:25m+20spm) - Games in PGN: Veterans

Carlsen wins GRENKE Classic after armageddon tie-break

3rd GRENKE Chess Classic 2015 7 and Tie-break

Carlsen and Naiditsch in their tie-break match. Photo ©

Carlsen and Naiditsch in their tie-break match. Photo © | http://grenkechessclassic.de/en/

Magnus Carlsen won the 3rd GRENKE Classic after winning a final decisive tie-break game against Arkadij Naiditsch. They had exchanged wins in the rapid tie-break games, two draws in blitz before Carlsen had white and had to win the final game. Both players had winning chances earlier in the day during the final round 7 which would have given first place outright. Fabiano Caruana missed a chance to join them in a final tie-break when he missed a sharp chance against David Baramidze. Michael Adams defeated Viswanathan Anand after his grinding away in a rook ending was rewarded with a serious error.

Final Standings: Carlsen (1st after TB) and Naiditsch 4.5/7, Caruana, Adams 4pts, Bacrot, Aronian 3.5pts, Anand 2.5pts, Baramidze 1.5pts.

Next major tournaments Zurich 13th Feb and Tbilisi Grand Prix 14th Feb. Read more ....

3rd GRENKE Chess Classic 2015 (Baden Baden GER)
Mon 2nd Feb 2015 - Mon 9th Feb 2015 - Official Site - Live

3rd GRENKE Chess Classic (8 players 7 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

3rd GRENKE Classic TB (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:10m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Games TB

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015 Games and Results

The Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival took place in Caleta 27th January to 5th February 2015. There was again a very strong field. Leading players: Veselin Topalov, Hikaru Nakamura, Peter Svidler, Nikita Vitiugov, Dmitry Jakovenko, Yu Yangyi, Pentala Harikrishna, Richard Rapport, Maxim Matlakov, Ivan Cheparinov, Maxim Rodshtein, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan, Gawain Jones, David Howell, Alexander Motylev, Eduardo Iturrizaga Bonelli, Romain Edouard, Emil Sutovsky, Mateusz Bartel, B Adhiban, Axel Bachmann, Ivan Salgado Lopez, Simen Agdestein, SP Sethuraman, Daniel Naroditsky, David Anton Guijarro, Aleksandr Lenderman, Viktor Bologan, Saleh Salem, Nils Grandelius etc. Other interesting names include Eric Hansen, Kayden Troff, Pia Cramling, Antoaneta Stefanova, Axel Smith, Irina Krush, John Watson,

Hikaru Nakamura won the event with an undefeated 8.5/11. Half a point behind was David Howell after he hung on for a draw against Hou Yifan (who took the women's prize and a share of 3rd) in the final round. Read more ....

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015 (Caleta ENG)
Tue 27th Jan 2015 - Thu 5th Feb 2015 - Official Site - Results - Live

Gibraltar Masters 2015 (10 Rds Swiss Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Magnus Carlsen wins Tata Steel Masters 2015

77th Tata Steel Masters 2015 13

Carlsen didn't have things all his own way vs Saric in the final round. Photo ©

Carlsen didn't have things all his own way vs Saric in the final round. Photo © | http://www.tatasteelchess.com

Magnus Carlsen won the 77th Tata Steel Masters with 9/11 half a point clear of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Wesley So and Liren Ding.

Magnus Carlsen secured a draw in his final round game against Ivan Saric that proved enough for him to take first place alone in the 2015 Tata Steel Masters. Carlsen was not happy with the quality of the final round game where he "just blundered a pawn" he was unhappy with his play even after this but eventually the game swapped down to a dead draw. This is Carlsen's 4th victory in the Wijk aan Zee top group. The 78th Tata Steel Chess takes place 15th to 31st January 2016. Carlsen didn't guarantee a return but thought it "not unlikely".

There were some pluses which Carlsen outlined on twitter as "First tournament win since April, first gain of rating since February, and my longest winning streak ever."

Anish Giri could have caught Carlsen with a final round win over Radoslaw Wojtaszek but instead a complex Gruenfeld traded off to a dull draw. Giri thought at various points he may have had chances but the tactics led to an equal position. Giri has moved to 2797 and 6 in the world and his progress is obvious.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave played perhaps the most impressive game of the day to also share second place. He defeated Fabiano Caruana with a creative pawn sacrifice that almost immediately led to consessions by white. Vachier-Lagrave finished the game with a very nice mating flourish too.

Liren Ding defeated Levon Aronian in a very strange King's Indian. Aronian must have forgotten his preparation because he thought for 15 minutes over 16.g5 which is just losing after 16...Ne8! Aronian extended the game for a very long time but he never came close to recovering.

Wesley So defeated Loek van Wely in a Benoni. It didn't look like Van Wely had much patience to defend and once his aggression finished white simply broke through in the centre.

Baadur Jobava at least finished a catastrophic event for him with a win. It was a very odd game which started as a King's Indian and went into Benko style play. Rajdabov missed the winning sacrifice 20.Nxf3+! and the game looked to be heading for a draw. 46.Rb4? was a bad error (46.Rb3+ first saves the game) and then was practically losing. However Jobava gave Radjabov at least some hope with the crude 50.Nxb2 giving up a piece (50.Nd2 is wining) but 51....Ke7? (51.Bxe5 and if white is still winning it is tricky) led to a white win.

Hou Yifan was better against Vassily Ivanchuk out of the opening but they locked the position up after which a draw was the natural result.

Final Round 13 Standings: 1 Carlsen 9pts, 2-5 Vachier-Lagrave, Giri, So, Ding Liren 8.5pts, 6 Ivanchuk 7.5pts, 7 Caruana 7pts, 8 Radjabov 6pts, 9-10 Wojtaszek, Aronian 5.5pts, 11 Hou Yifan 5pts, 12 Saric 4.5pts, 13 Van Wely 4pts, 14 Jobava 3pts.

In the Challengers group Yi Wei won with 10.5/13 half a point clear of David Navara. Yi Wei has earned a place in the Masters next year.

Next events: Gibraltar Masters 27th Jan to 5th Feb 2015. Topalov, Nakamura, Svidler, Vitiugov, Jakovenko etc

GRENKEChess in Baden-Baden 2nd-9th February 2015. Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Aronian, Adams, Bacrot, Naiditsch, Baramidze

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77th Tata Steel 2015 (Wijk aan Zee NED)
Fri 9th Jan 2015 - Sun 25th Jan 2015 - Official Site - Live

77th Tata Steel GpA (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpA

77th Tata Steel GpB (14 players 13 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games GpB

John Watson Book Review #114 More on Electronic Publishing

John Watson Book Review 114

MChess one of several apps discussed by John Watson. Photo ©

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 ....

20 years of The Week in Chess

The Week in Chess Anniversary 20 years

Mark Crowther on the 20th Anniversary of TWIC on Wednesday September 17th 2014. Photo ©

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 ....

Tournaments for Monday 2nd March 2015 combined with links to official website, live coverage and PGN file
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31st Cappelle Open 2015Cappelle la GrandeFRA08:003
16th ch-EUR Indiv 2015JerusalemISR13:006
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World Senior Teams +50DresdenGER08:307
World Senior Teams +65DresdenGER08:307

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