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Masters Challenge Biel Round 1

– The Masters Challenge in Biel this year is featuring Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Peter Svidler. They play a match of rapid and classical games. Today is round one of the classical games. Daniel King is analysing live starting at 5pm CEST. View the whole schedule!

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Complete Nimzo-Indian Powerbook 2016

We have included the whole E00-E59 complex in our “Complete Nimzo-Indian Powerbook 2016”. It is based, e.g., on 45 000 games from the Mega database and 4000 correspondence games. The lion’s share is made up of the 245 000 games from the engine room.

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Queen's Gambit Declined Powerbook 2016

For the Queen's Gambit Declined Powerbook we once again used above all high grade material: 90 000 games from Mega and from correspondence chess, but these are of high quality. Added to that are 410 000 games from the engine room on playchess.com.

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The Semi-Slav

The Semi-Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6) can arise via various moveorders, has decided World Championships, and is one of Black’s most fascinating replies to 1 d4. Nielsen explains in detail what this openign is all about.

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The Black Lion - an aggressive version of the Philidor Defense

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Power Play 23: A Repertoire for black with the Queen's Gambit Declined

On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black with the QGD. The repertoire is demonstrated in 10 stem games, covering all White’s major systems: 5 Bg5, 5 Bf4, and the Exchange Variation.

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Power Play 24: A repertoire for black against the Catalan

On this DVD Grandmaster Daniel King offers you a repertoire for Black against the Catalan, based around maintaining the rock of a pawn on d5. Keeping central control ultimately gives Black good chances to launch an attack against the enemy king.

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Grischuk wins World Blitz Championship

7/10/2012 – He was leading after fifteen rounds of the big double round robin. On the second day Alexander Grischuk played +7, =5, –3. His closest rivals, from places 2-4, did not score as well, but the player in fifth came very close to catching him. Magnus Carlsen won won ten games, drew two and lost three, with a sterling 2883 performance. That brought him within half a point of the winner. Full video reports.
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World blitz and rapid chess championship

The Official World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships are being held from July 1-11, 2012, in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. It is worth noting that the Rapid Chess Championship is a first in the history of FIDE! The top ten players of the current FIDE rating list have the right to take part in the championships. The total prize fund is US $400,000. Qualifiers are held prior to the finals, with three winners taking part in the finals. In addition two Kazakhstani grandmasters were nominated: Pavel Kotsur and Rinat Dzhumabayev in blitz. Tiebreak rules for first place: (a) results between the players involved; (b) number of wins; (c) Sonneborn-Berger score; (d) Sudden death game: 5 min vs 4 min.

Final day blitz

The tournament leader, after the first day, Alexander Girischuk (above), won seven games on the second, drew five and lost three (to Le Quang, Carlsen and Svidler). The second placed Dmitry Andreikin won, drew and lost five games each, while Vassily Ivanchuk, who was in third place, spoilt all his chances with a +4, =3, –8 disaster. Andreikin dropped to fifth and Ivanchuk to ninth on the table.

Sergey Karjakin (above), winner of the Rapid Chess Championship, won six games, drew six and lost three, moving to place three on the final table.

But of course all eyes were on the rating list favourite, Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian won ten games, drew two and lost three, with a sterling 2883 performance, which was even better than Grischuk's 2807 on day two of the blitz. Here are the stats of the leading players after round 15, and how they progressed to the end of the tournament.

 
R15
Rank
Wins
Draws
Loss
R30
Rank
Alexander Grischuk
10.5
1
7
5
3
20.0
1
Dmitry Andreikin
9.5
2
5
5
5
17.0
5
Vassily Ivanchuk
9.5
3
4
3
8
15.0
9
Sergey Karjakin
9.5
4
6
6
3
18.5
3
Magnus Carlsen
8.5
5
10
2
3
19.5
2

Final standings (after thirty rounds of play)

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Video stream of all the action

You can watch the live stream as it was recorded during the first day of the Blitz. Each of the videos is 50 minutes long. The first gives you visual impression of the players in action (unfortunately sometimes with the table flags obscuring the view of the board). In the second you can follow the moves, with commentary by GM Robert Fountaine. The first video includes the closing ceremony.


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The games of the Finals will be broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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