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Caruana races to 5/5 and an almost decisive lead in the Sinquefield Cup

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Fabiano Caruana scored his fifth victory in a row and his first over Hikaru Nakamura leaving people trying to remember a run of similar status. Photo ©

Fabiano Caruana scored his fifth victory in a row and his first over Hikaru Nakamura leaving people trying to remember a run of similar status. Photo © | http://uschesschamps.com/live

Fabiano Caruana moved to a perfect 5/5 at the halfway point of the Sinquefield Cup and a 2.5 point lead over Veselin Topalov and Magnus Carlsen. This score leaves him overwhelming favourite to win the event as it's hard to imagine even a sub-par second half costing him first place. Carlsen summed it up that even if he beat him with black, a tall order, it wouldn't be nearly enough.

Caruana wasn't quite as convincing in his win with black against Nakamura as he emerged out of an unusual opening with a disadvantage. However he was playing black and in the middle-game he turned things around completely. This was Caruana's first win against Nakamura having lost three games without a win of his own.

Caruana got an overwhelming position but missed a direct win with 44...Bh4!! and allowed Nakamura significant drawing chances especially with quite serious time trouble but after the faulty 48.f4? (Kf1) from Nakamura, Caruana brought home the point safely enough. Caruana was asked if the rest day might be unwelcome given his run of wins but he said he was "very happy" to see it as he was tired. Caruana said he wasn't doing a lot differently in this tournament. Perhaps his confidence was on the rise and, probably more significantly, he felt the tempo of his play was very good which has meant he has avoided serious time pressure.

Magnus Carlsen recorded his first win and felt his play was much more like his "normal level" today. He chose a rather unusual defence to 1.d4 but by the early middle-game seemed to have equalised. Levon Aronian gave up a pawn for very decent compensation but later his resistance in a difficult position was perhaps not as strong as one might expect, he seems to be in quite poor form here. Carlsen brought home the full point in a rook and pawn ending.

Veselin Topalov got back to 50% with a win in a very sharp Sicilian against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Topalov got a stable advantage leaving Vachier-Lagrave with a horribly passive position and after missing a key idea he resigned in a dreadful position. The resignation was perhaps a little early but there wasn't really much doubt about the result.

The players go into a rest day although I believe there are some publicity events for them to do.

Round 5 Standings: Caruana 5/5, Topalov, Carlsen 2.5, Vachier-Lagrave 2, Aronian, Nakamura 1.5.

Round 6 Tuesday 2pm local time: Nakamura-Aronian, Caruana-Topalov, Carlsen-Vachier-Lagrave

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2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 (Saint Louis USA)
Wed 27th Aug 2014 - Sun 7th Sep 2014 - Official Site - Live

2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014 (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

5th Yaroslav the Wise Rapid 2014

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The 5th Yaroslav the Wise Rapid took place 26th to 27th August 2014. Players: Tomashevsky, Nepomniachtchi, Jakovenko, Potkin, Moiseenko and Motylev play. Ian Nepomniachtchi won with 7.5/10 a point clear of Dmitry Jakovenko. Games and results. Read more ....

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Tue 26th Aug 2014 - Wed 27th Aug 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

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Sharjah Women's Grand Prix 2014 Games and Results

The Sharjah Women's Grand Prix takes place Mon 25th Aug to Sat 6th Sep in Sharjah UAE. This is the final event of the Women's Grand Prix series for 2013-14 and the winner of the entire will qualify for a Women' World Chess Championship match in 2015 The current World Champion Hou Yifan will have to defend her title in an as yet unscheduled knockout event (supposedly in October but no venue has been announced) this year so would need to win this to be certain to be there. Humpy Koneru leads the series by a minimal 5 points from Hou and so only needs to match her to win the series herself, these are the only two players in contention for first place. FIDE WGP Wikipedia entry is excellent with the results and standings/ Read more ....

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41st Olympiad Tromso 2014

41st Olympiad Tromso 2014 Games and Results

Fabiano Caruana was defeated by Magnus Carlsen in Round 6. Photo © Georgios Souleidis.

Fabiano Caruana was defeated by Magnus Carlsen in Round 6. Photo © Georgios Souleidis. | http://www.nrk.no/sport/apningsseremoni-sjakk-ol-fra-19.30-1.11732266

The 41st Olympiad took place in Tromso, Norway 1st August (Opening Ceremony) to 14th August 2014.

China took their first open title with a convincing performance where they lost just one game in the 11 rounds scoring 8 match wins and 3 draws for 19 points. Their new star Yu Yangyi scored 9.5/11. Four teams tied on 17 points with Hungary taking Silver in Judit Polgar's final event as a professional and India taking a shock bronze medal after a huge 3.5-0.5 win against Uzbekistan. This denied top seeds Russia even the vague compensation of a medal for an inconsistent performance. Azerbaijan also scored 17 points.

Veselin Topalov took board 1 gold ahead of Michael Adams and Anish Giri. On board 2 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietname took gold above Csaba Balogh who did an amazing job for Hungary, he was supposed to be solid but did much better than that. Board 3 was won by Yu Yangyi in a key performance for the winners. Board 4 was won by Nikola Sedlak of Serbia and Board 5 by Sam Shankland of the USA.

The women's Olympiad was won by Russia. New recruit Kateryna Lagno (who the Russian's delayed registering their final team for) had a solid result on top board but scored the key win against Hou Yifan in the decisive match against China. It was Valentina Gunina 8/10 and Alexandra Kosteniuk 7.5/9 who were the core of the side supported by Olga Girya and Natalija Pogonina. Sergei Rublevsky's tough captaincy which led to the Kosintseva sisters quitting seems fully justified. China looked set for gold but they lost the key round 7 clash with Russia. Ukraine took bronze after a slow start.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was reelected as FIDE President in what can only described as a crushing victory against Garry Kasparov 110 votes to 61.

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41st Olympiad 2014 (Tromso NOR)
Fri 1st Aug 2014 - Thu 14th Aug 2014 - Official Site - Results

41st Olympiad 2014 (11 Rds Olym Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Olympiad w 2014 (11 Rds Olym Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

Russia state Olympiad exclusion of their women's team unlawful

Tromso Chess Olympiad 2014 Russian Women's Team

The Russian Chess Federation (RCF) has set out their position that the exclusion of their women's team is unlawful. The Tromso Chess Organisers had set out their reasons for exclusion in a letter to FIDE published on the official website. The reason given was that Russia had failed to register their team list on June 1st according to FIDE regulation 3.71 (read full regulations). Their letter mentions the costs of allowing late registered teams to play and that seems to have been their motivation for taking the action. Russia state that the penalty missing the June 1st (two month) deadline carries at most a small fine as set out in 3.7.2. The difference in interpretation really comes down to how you view the word "must" in the regulation but there is no clear penalty mentioned. Russia further state that this deadline has proved unimportant in the past and hasn't resulted in exclusion.

The whole delay in submitting the women's team was due to problems in the transfer of Kateryna Lagno from the Ukraine to Russian team (unsurprisingly the Ukraine Chess Federation were not in the mood to be helpful in the transfer of their best player to a main rival and registered her for their team, her transfer was completed on 11th July with €20,000 being paid to the Ukraine chess federation as compensation. Interesting article on transferring Federations in other sports). After realising that the transfer would drag on Russians finally submitted an incomplete team on June 16th (they asked for permission to postpone submission on June 4th) a step I'm sure they wish they done before June 1st in retrospect. Below are the two documents they released on 18th July. More background in a chess24 article on the story :

The regulations in question:

3.7 Submission of team lists

3.7.1 Not later than two (PB '98) months before the start of the tournament, every Federation that has entered must notify the following details to the Administrator:

(a) name and initials of the Chief of Delegation;

(b) name and initials of the team captain;

(c) name of each team member (one first name in full, initials of additional first names, surname);

(d) FIDE rating of team members (according to the most recent FIDE rating list);

(e) any information required in connection with visas.

3.7.2 Late notification of team particulars shall be accepted up to 20 hours before the start of Round 1 (PB '98), but subject to a late submission fee of 100 euros per name.

You can also read the RCF's official legal letter to the organisers in PDF.

RCF President Andrey Filatov says that legal action is likely to establish a precedent "to prevent such situations from arising in the future"

UPDATE 21st July:

The Olympiad organisers whilst standing by their interpretation of the regulations say teams are "permitted to register their respective teams, as they would have been on June 1." Olympiad organisers statement in full.

Reaction of Russian Chess Federation via VG Sporten newspaper. In Norwegian..

"We are of course delighted that Tromso has taken this sensible decision", Mark Glukhovsky, Chairman of the Russian Chess Federation, told VG.

"We have a very good women's team and it was important for us that they could be allowed to participate."

VG - The Russian Chess Federation obtained advice from top lawyers on the case, and in a letter to Tromso in 2014 threatened to sue.

"Given the economic problems that Tromso has had, is it better that they use this money to arrange a nice Olympiad than to defend themselves in court, " says Glukhovsky.

VG - So now you are happy?

"We are of course very pleased that this has resolved itself."

VG: The nine countries that are now allowed to participate Russia (women's national team), Afghanistan, Gabon, Pakistan, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Oman.

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41st Olympiad 2014 (Tromso NOR)
Fri 1st Aug 2014 - Thu 14th Aug 2014 - Official Site - Results

41st Olympiad 2014 (11 Rds Olym Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

Olympiad w 2014 (11 Rds Olym Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

John Watson Book Review #113 King's Indian Part 2

John Watson Book Review 113

John Watson takes the King's Indian Moderized by Dejan Bojkov as the starting point to look at a huge new literature. Photo ©

John Watson takes the King's Indian Moderized by Dejan Bojkov as the starting point to look at a huge new literature. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/

Part two of John Watson's review of King's Indian literature taking as his starting point Dejan Bojkov's King's Indian Modernized:. Read Part 1 of John Watson's Book review on the King's Indian.

Systems covered: Makogonov/Bagirov Systems, Saemisch Variation and Main Line (Orthodox). Read more ....

John Watson Book Review #112 King's Indian Part I

John Watson Book Review 113

John Watson takes the King's Indian Moderized by Dejan Bojkov as the starting point to look at a huge new literature. Photo ©

John Watson takes the King's Indian Moderized by Dejan Bojkov as the starting point to look at a huge new literature. Photo © | http://www.theweekinchess.com/

IM John Watson looks at new King's Indian literature. Watson takes as his starting point Dejan Bojkov's Modernized: The King's Indian Defense "as a sort of lead-in to the discussion of several variations, but also compare selected lines from other works".

Watson not only examines detailed works but also suggestions in more general repertoire books.

This is a huge review and this is the first part of two. Read more ....

1000 issues and a 20th year for TWIC

The Week in Chess Anniversary 1000

Me on the day of the 1000th issue. Photo © Mark Crowther

Me on the day of the 1000th issue. Photo © Mark Crowther | http://www.theweekinchess.com

An article on the occasion of the 1000th issue of TWIC outlining a short history, thanks to the many people who've helped and where I think the future may lay both for myself and the magazine. I really hope to be around in some form or another for a long time. I would welcome suggestions for improvements to the website and the magazine.

You can view the first issue here I will try and put the text of all 1000 issues up over the next few weeks and will for a start make my personal ChessBase file of all the issues available for sale. People should email me personally about that.

Read TWIC 1000, PGN file for issue 1000 and ChessBase file for issue 1000.

If you would like to support TWIC then you can do so via PayPal:

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