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Open Can Picafort

As the year is almost coming to an end, so is our competition season. And what better place to play the last tournament of the year than a warm island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea? That being said, we packed our bags once again and headed for Mallorca.

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We see land! Arriving in the sunny and warm Mallorca

The tournament took place in the tourist resort of Can Picafort, from 15th to 22nd of November. The venue was the 3 star hotel Ferrer Concord, the “oldest” of the Ferrer Hotels group. Situated right across the beach, with pool, jacuzzi and sauna inside the hotel and access to the group’s gym and spa in the Janeiro Ferrer Hotel, we can say that our hosts did everything they could to make our stay as pleasant as possible.

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A little welcome note

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An open invitation to enjoy the sun on the beachfront sun lounger

The organizers seem to have thought about everything, as most of the rounds started at 8 o’clock… in the evening!… Read more

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World Team Championship starts today!

The World Team Championship starts today in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia. The tournament will take place at the Golden Palace Tsakhkadzor Hotel.

Ten countries: Russia, China, Hungary, India, USA, Egypt, Ukraine, Armenia, Cuba, Israel will play a 9-round round-robin system. Each team is composed by 4 players, 1 reserve player and one team captain.

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Teams composition:

Russia / 2760:
Grischuk, A (2794)
Karjakin,S (2757)
Tomashevsky, E (2745)
Jakovenko, D (2745)
Vitiugov, N (2736)

China / 2715:
Ding, L (2751)
Yu,Y (2724)
Bu Xiangzhi (2681)
Wei Yi (2703)
Wang Chen (2531)

Hungary / 2693:
Leko,P (2713)
Erdos,V (2612)
Almasi,Z (2698)
Rapport,R (2710)
Balogh,C (2651)

Armenia / 2691:
Aronian,L (2770)
Sargissian,G (2674)
Movsesian,S (2665)
Akopian,V (2656)
Melkumyan,H (2651)

India / 2662:
Harikrishna,P (2731)
Sethuraman S.P (2634)
Sasikiran Krishnan (2654)
Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (2630)
Sengupta Deep (2576)

USA / 2647:
Shankland Samuel L (2661)
Lenderman Aleksandr (2617)
Onischuk Alexander (2665)
Akobian Varuzhan (2622)
Naroditsky Daniel (2640)

Egypt / 2548:
Amin Bassem (2634)
Shoker Samy (2482)
Ezat Mohamed (2479)
Adly Ahmed (2595)
Farahat Ali (2389)

Ukraine / 2719:
Ponomariov Ruslan (2713)
Ivanchuk Vassily (2731)
Eljanov Pavel (2733)
Kryvoruchko Yuriy (2686)
Moiseenko Alexander (2697)

Cuba / 2665:
Dominguez Perez Leinier (2729)
Bruzon Batista Lazaro (2691)
Quesada Perez Yuniesky (2629)
Ortiz Suarez Isan Reynaldo (2612)
Gonzalez Vidal Yuri (2552)

Israel / 2676:
Gelfand Boris (2747)
Sutovsky Emil (2628)
Smirin Ilia (2652)
Rodshtein Maxim (2667)
Postny Evgeny (2636)

Official website of the tournament.Read more

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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 🙂

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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