3/18/2014 – It was one for the record books, as Alexander Motylev finished his peerless tournament with a fantastic 9.0/11 and 2872 performance, for the most dominant win ever of the championship. No less incredible was the second-place finish by 19-year-old David Anton Guijarro, ranked 99th, and the bronze by teeenager Vladimir Fedoseev. Artemiev qualified at the last minute after an epic battle.
3/18/2014 – The Chinese National Championship returns to Xinghua. Despite the absence of some key names, mainly Wang Yue and Wang Hao, the tournament is still a very strong round robin. Yu Yangyi has taken an early lead with 4.5/6 but is closely followed by Wei Yi and Ding Liren. The Women's section is being dominated by a 16-year-old who has a performance of over 2700...
3/17/2014 – With three out of four games being exciting and unusual battles, the Candidates tournament is certainly living up to expectation. Armenia's number one Aronian tricked Svidler, who was better prepared in the opening. After a series of mistakes in an endgame Aronian won. Mamedyarov took advantage of a time trouble blunder for his first victory. Report and analysis.
3/17/2014 – A Berlin based group of professional filmmakers is planning a chess documentary as a crowdfunding film project. It is intended to "show how much the crazy chess world has to do with life itself," and the producers will travel to Iceland and to "City Chess" in Kalmykia. To complete the project they need €23,000 (of which 1,210 has been pledged). You can help with financing and ideas.
3/17/2014 – A top-level chess game is like a beautiful sculpture, chiseled from rock and polished to perfection. But: the unique thing about this creation is that there were two sculptors working on the same product! The two have two different processes of chiseling and two different conceptual ways of thinking. It makes the final product more complicated and conflicting – as the Rd.3 game Svidler-Kramnik shows.
3/16/2014 – In this issue of ChessBase Magazine GM Mihail Marin draws an interesting parallel between the Anand-Carlsen match in Chennai and Kasparov-Kramnik, London 2000. It was Kramnik who first used the Berlin Defence that had not been seen at this level since the days of Lasker and Capablanca. Prof Nagesh Havanur tells us what we can learn about it in ChessBase Magazine 158. Review.
3/15/2014 – Any pundits and fans still with questions on Anand's chances in the event, saw them answered with his round three win as he beat Mamedyarov handily to take sole lead with 2.5/3. Though other games drew, they were all thrilling battles, with a very special note to Kramnik's incredible defense against Svidler as he produced a timeless masterpiece. Analysis of today's round.
3/15/2014 – The Candidates tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk seems to be charged with drama (just 50% draws so far). We have been providing full reports and GM analysis on the evening of the game. We would also like to add some didactic comments by chess trainers and writers, whose views are often helpful for chess fans who are still struggling to understand basic concepts.
3/14/2014 – It has been a fantastic event, and after a a bit of elbowing and shoving at the top, a single leader emerged. Alexander Motylev has not only kept the lead, but brought down every one of his would-be challengers, opening a full point lead once more with 8.5/10 and one round to go. Leading the group behind, is 19-year-old Vladimir Fedoseev followed by Turkish Dragan Solak. Illustrated report.
3/14/2014 – After a somewhat hesitant opening round, the second round clearly set the race in motion. The only draw of the day was Anand-Topalov, ending in bare kings, while Aronian was winning after 14 moves when Mamedyarov missed a tactic winning his queen. Andreikin lost to Svidler after a miscalculation, but the game of the day was Kramnik's impressive win over Karjakin. Report with GM commentary.
4/23/2014 – The Shamkir Chess tournament is held in memory to the great Vugar Gashimov. From April 20th to 30th some of the world's strongest players (Carlsen, Caruana, Karjakin, Nakamura, Mamedyarov and Radjabov) compete for the victory. Daniel King is analysing live at 12.30 pm. Entry fee: 50 Ducats, Premium free!
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