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Last updated: Saturday 25th April 2015 9:22 pm

Carlsen leads by half a point from Anand after Round 8 of the Gashimov Memorial

2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2015 8

Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen discuss their Round 8 draw. Photo ©

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-Kramnik

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2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2015 (Shamkir AZE)
Fri 17th Apr 2015 - Sun 26th Apr 2015 - Official Site

Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

Kasparov vs Short Rapid/Blitz in Saint Louis 2015

Kasparov vs Short Rapid/Blitz in Saint Louis 2015 Games and Results

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 ....

Legends Match Kasparov vs Short 2015 (Saint Louis USA)
Sat 25th Apr 2015 - Sun 26th Apr 2015 - Official Site - Live

Legends Rapid Match 2015 (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:25m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games | Live Rapid

Legends Blitz Match 2015 (2 players 8 Rds Match Indiv TC:5m+3spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games | Live Blitz

International Chess Circuit for 2015 launched in St Louis

Grand Chess Tour 2015

Magnus Carlsen to play a new Chess Circuit.

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

TV2 who will broadcast the Norwegian tournament

Press conference on 24th April took place at 21:00 BST 15:00 St Louis time.

More news: Chess24.

The twitter address for the event is https://twitter.com/GrandChessTour. The website will be http://www.grandchesstour.com/ very shortly. Read more ....

10th World Teams 2015

10th World Teams 2015 Games and Results

The 10th World Team Championship takes place 18th to 29th April 2015. Read more ....

10th World Teams 2015 (Tsaghkadzor ARM)
Sat 18th Apr 2015 - Wed 29th Apr 2015 - Official Site - Results

10th World Teams 2015 (9 Rds WTeams Team TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games | Live

US Chess Championships 2015

US Chess Championships 2015 Games and Results

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 ....

ch-USA 2015 (Saint Louis USA)
Wed 1st Apr 2015 - Tue 14th Apr 2015 - Official Site - Live

ch-USA 2015 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Men

ch-USA w 2015 (12 players 11 Rds SRR Indiv TC:90m:30m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games Women

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 Saturday 25th April 2015 combined with links to official website, live coverage and PGN file
EventSiteFEDUK TimeRd
WebLivePGN
Live Games now here
Legends Blitz Match 2015Saint LouisUSA1
Legends Blitz Match 2015Saint LouisUSA2
Legends Blitz Match 2015Saint LouisUSA3
Legends Blitz Match 2015Saint LouisUSA4
Women's World Teams 2015ChengduCHN08:006
Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015ShamkirAZE11:008
10th World Teams 2015TsaghkadzorARM12:006
Legends Rapid Match 2015Saint LouisUSA20:001
Other events today
ch-SRB w 2015VrbasSRB8
ch-SRB 2015VrbasSRB8
Dutch League 2014-15NetherlandsNED9
ch-MGL w 2015Ulan BatorMGL01:0010
ch-MGL 2015Ulan BatorMGL01:0011
ch-VIE 2015Ho Chi Minh CityVIE02:3011
ch-VIE w 2015Ho Chi Minh CityVIE02:309
ch-MGL 2015Ulan BatorMGL07:0012
TCh-ISR 2015IsraelISR08:0010
64th ch-BUL w 2015PlevenBUL11:308
79th ch-BUL 2015PlevenBUL11:308
ch-RUS Juniors 2015LooRUS13:005
ch-RUS Girls 2015LooRUS13:005
ch-ROU 2015Calimanesti-CaciulataROU13:008
ch-ROU w 2015Calimanesti-CaciulataROU13:008
4th TchEuro Small NationSaint Peter PortGCI13:009
12th V. Nabokov Mem GMKyivUKR14:005
12th V. Nabokov Mem IMKyivUKR14:005
65th ch-GRE 2015Hydra TownGRE14:305
38th ch-GRE w 2015Hydra TownGRE14:305

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