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My view on the Candidates

The candidates is over and finally we have a new challenger for the world title: Sergey Karjakin. There are and will be many reports in your favorite chess sites on how good his chess was as well as detailed analysis of his games, but in my opinion he simply played his cards better. He had strong nerves to hold when he was pressed, stamina to recover from a loss and ambition to win. Karjakin showed competitive spirit and had a little bit of luck as well. The chess community should be pleased with the winner; Karjakin has been showing top quality chess for some time, extremely well prepared openings, sharp style and hunger for victory. I’m sure he will be a tough contender for Magnus Carlsen and I truly expect a very entertaining match for the world crown.

On the opposite corner was Fabiano Caruana, who could’ve also been a great challenger for Magnus if he had beaten Karjakin in the last round, but the truth is he had an extremely difficult (I don’t want to say impossible) task.… Read more

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Igor Lysyj and Valentina Gunina new russian champions

Igor Lysyj clinched his first russian championship yesterday after drawing his last round game against Boris Grachev in a rather dull game. He finnished with a score of 5.5/9 followed by Dmitry Jakovenko with 5 points.  Ian Nepomniachtchi who in case of winning his last game could have tied in 1st place suffered a painful loss to Nikita Vitiugov, in a very sharp variation of the French defense. Top seed Sergey Karjakin (2770) finnished at the bottom of the table with a final score of 4 points.

Men’s final standings:

  • Igor Lysyj (5.5)
  • Dmitry Jakovenko (5.0)
  • N.Vitiugov, P.Svidler, A. Morozevich, D. Khismatullin,I.Nepomniachtchi (4.5)
  • S. Karjakin, V. Zvjaginsev, B. Grachev (4.0)

Nepomniachtchi’s tweet after the final round.


The women’s superfinal had a dramatic end, with Alisa Galliamova and Valentina Gunina sharing the lead (both with 6 points!) and playing each other in the last round.… Read more

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Lysyj maintains the lead in the Russian Superfinal

Igor Lysyj (2686) maintains the lead by half a point and could become russia’s next champion if he doesn’t lose his game against Boris Grachev. Nepomniachtchi and Jakovenko must win their games in order to catch him up and tie in the 1st place.

Follow this event on: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/7928738/events/3619619 live commentary by Alexander Khalifman.

Standings after Round 8:

  • Igor Lysyj (5.0)
  • Dmitry Jakovenko, Ian Nepomniachtchi (4.5)
  •  Alexander Morozevich, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Denis Khismatullin (4.0)
  • Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin, Nikita Vitiugov, Boris Grachev (3.5)

Round 9 (Final) Pairings:
Boris Grachev – Igor Lysyj
Peter Svidler – Vladimir Zvjagintsev
Alexander Morozevich – Sergey Karjakin
Denis Khismatullin – Dmitry Jakovenko
Ian Nepomniachtchi – Nikita Vitiugov

Official site (Russian)… Read more

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Russian Championship Superfinal 2014

Grandmaster Igor Lysyj (2686) is leading the Russian championship with 4.5 points out of 7. Dmitry Jakovenko (2745) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (2714) are following with 4 points. The event is being great so far and is being broadcasted live on this link http://new.livestream.com/accounts/7928738/events/3619619 with commentary (in english) by Alexander Khalifman.

Standings after round 7:

  • Igor Lysyj (4.5)
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi, Dmitry Jakovenko (4.0)
  • Nikita Vitiugov, Alexander Morozevich, Vadim Zvjagintsev (3.5)
  • Sergey Karjakin, Boris Grachev, Denis Khismatullin, Peter Svidler (3.0)

8th round pairings:
Lysyj – Nepomniachtchi
Vitiugov – Khismatullin
Jakovenko – Morozevich
Karjakin – Svidler
Zviagintsev – GrachevRead more

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