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Chess events to follow

There are plenty of chess tournaments to follow these days, starting with the much awaited final match of Women’s World Championship between Mariya Muzychuk (2526) (Ukraine) and Natalia Pogonina (2456) (Russia). It will be a 4 games match to decide the winner.

Pogonina looking forward to it ūüôā

CBcOKskU0AAAvs8The Muzychuck sisters after Mariya (left) reached the finals.
Picture by Anastasiya Karlovich (@NastiaKarlovich)

Aeroflot Open 2015

The Grandmasters Daniil Dubov (2627) (RUS) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (2714) (RUS) are leading the Aeroflot Open with 5 points out of 6. ¬†There has been just as much fighting chess as lazy draws under 15 moves in this tournament.… Read more

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Muzychuck’s (Mariya) killer sequence

The women world championship is almost on its final knockout stage with 8 players fighting to adavance to semi finals. In yesterday’s round (GM) Mariya Muzychuk (2526) beat the favorite (GM) Humpy Koneru (2581) in 29 moves of a Scotch opening.

muzychukm01(GM) Mariya Muzychuk (2526)

Position after 25.Nxg5:

Muzychuk-KoneruBlack is a pawn up, however his pieces on the queenside are temporaly out of play and what’s most important, away from the kingside. So we can say that white has material superiority on the kingside with three pieces attacking the black king, the threat of Qh4 has to be stopped but how? There is only one acceptable move for black and that is 25…Rd1!¬†it is good idea to trade the enemy’s pieces when you are under pressure. Without the white rook on e1 Qh4 isn’t a deadly threat anymore because at least the black king can scape f8-e7. A possible continuation is 26.Bf1 Rxe1 27.Qxe1 Qa3!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

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Igor Lysyj

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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