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The Week in Chess

  • Chigorin Memorial 2016 – Games and Results
    The Chigorin Memorial takes place 14th to 24th October 2016.
  • 20th Hoogeveen Chess 2016 – Games and Results
    The 20th Hoogeveen Chess tournament takes place 15th to 22nd October 2016. Two matches, Nigel Short vs Hou Yifan and Ivan Sokolov vs Jorden Van Foreest, take place alongside the open.
  • Amir Timur 680th Anniversary Rapid 2016 – Games and Results
    The Amir Timur 680th Anniversary Rapid takes place in Tashkent 18th to 21st October 2016. Quadruple round robin with Boris Gelfand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Ruslan Ponomariov and Rustam Kasimdzhanov.
  • SPICE Cup Open 2016 – Games and Results
    The SPICE Cup Open takes place 17th to 22nd October 2016. Quang Liem Le, Ray Robson, Jeffery Xiong, Aleksandr Shimanov, Timur Gareyev etc
  • Russian Chess Championship 2016 – Games and Results
    The Russian Chess Championship takes place in Novosibirsk 16th to 28th October 2016. Players: Grischuk, Svidler, Inarkiev, Tomashevsky, Vitiugov,, Jakovenko, Oparin, Fedoseev, Kokarev,, Riazantsev, Goganov and Bocharov play. Alongside is the women’s championship with Kosteniuk, Kashlinskaya, Girya, Pogonina, Galliamova etc.
  • German Schachbundesliga 2016-17 – Games and Results
    The German Schachbundesliga takes place Saturday 15th October 2016 to Monday 1st May 2017. Probably the strongest chess league in the world.
  • 20th Hoogeveen Chess 2016 – Games and Results
    The 20th Hoogeveen Chess tournament takes place 15th to 22nd October 2016. Two matches, Nigel Short vs Hou Yifan and Ivan Sokolov vs Jorden Van Foreest, take place alongside the open.
  • Millionaire Chess 3 2016 – Games and Results
    The Millionaire Chess 3 tournament took place in Atlantic City 6th to 10th October 2016. Dariusz Swiercz beat Gawain Jones 2-0 in the final. Jianchao Zhou beat Emilio Cordova to take third place.
  • Russian Team Rapid and Blitz Championship 2016 – Games and Results
    The Russian Team Rapid and Blitz Championship took place 5th to 7th October 2016. In the men’s event Moscow team SHSM ”Moscow” won the rapid and blitz. ”Yugra” (Khanty) won the women’s rapid and ”VIVO” (St. Petersburg) the blitz.

    Games available from all the events except the women’s blitz for which something seems to have gone desperately wrong as the games bear no relation to the published results (it’s especially noticeable in rounds 6-9 but there are problems everywhere after round 1 eg Anastasia Bodnaruk playing twice in round 2).

  • Oslo Open 2016 – Games and Results
    The Oslo Open took place 30th September to 6th October 2016. Igor Kovalenko won with 8.5/9.
  • Karpov vs Timman match 2016 – Games and Results
    Anatoly Karpov and Jan Timman play a four game match in Murmansk as part of the 4th Basamro International 2016 which includes a junior team tournament.
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi wins the 10th Tal Memorial – 9
    After a tense final round Ian Nepomniachtchi emerged as the winner of the 10th Tal Memorial half a point clear of Anish Giri. At one stage, on the run up to first time control. it was by no means clear that Nepomniachtchi would even be in a tie-break for the title but he held a draw vs Gelfand and Giri misplayed a big advantage and also drew.

    Nepomniachtchi was under severe pressure in his game against Boris Gelfand but most likely 36.f5 and 37.Ne5 were not the best. After this Nepomniachtchi held the draw reasonably comfortably.

    Anish Giri played very enterprising chess and built up a winning advantage against Li Chao at first time control but his 41.Ne3 was careless and allowed Li to get back into the game and hold, Instead 41.Ne1 or even 41.Kf4 were much better. Giri quickly realised his error but it was too late. If he had won there would have been a blitz tie-break with Nepomniachtchi for the title.

    The only decisive game of the day saw Shakhriyar Mamedyarov beat Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik had equalised but in trying to press for more he overpressed and Mamedyarov finished the game with some very accurate play on the run up to first time control.

    Viswanthan Anand and Levon Aronian drew in a Giuoco Pianissimo. Evgeny Tomashevsky eventually got a small edge in the London System vs the King’s Indian against Peter Svidler but it was never enough to turn into something more substantial.

    Final Round 9 standings: Nepomniachtchi 6pts, Giri 5.5pts, Aronian, Anand 5pts, Svidler, Li, Kramnik, Mamedyarov 4.5pts, Tomashevsky 3.5pts, Gelfand 2pts.

  • Russian Rapid and Blitz Championship 2016 – Games and Results
    The Russian Rapid and Blitz Championship took place in Sochi 2nd to 4th October. It was immediately followed by team events at the same time controls. Dmitry Andreikin won the rapid event and Vladislav Artemiev the blitz. Alexandra Kosteniuk won the women’s rapid title and Anastasia Bodnaruk the women’s blitz.
  • All games drawn against in Tal Memorial Round 8 – 8
    Leader Ian Nepomniachtchi drew with Viswanathan Anand in an original English Opening which ended in repetition in 29 moves.

    Second placed Anish Giri draw with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a Giuoco Pianissimo where they traded to a draw in 40 moves.

    Vladimir Kramnik got a small stable advantage against Evgeny Tomashevsky in a quiet King’s Indian Attack style position where he eventually won a pawn. Kramnik tried for a very long time before having to concede the draw on move 108.

    Peter Svidler didn’t get much of an edge in a 3.Bb5 Sicilian against Boris Gelfand and was drawn in 29 moves. Levon Aronian had a small edge against Li Chao but it didn’t look enough for a win. Draw in 60 moves.

    Round 8 Standings: Nepomniachtchi 5.5pts/8, Giri 5pts, Aronian, Kramnik, Anand 4.5pts, Svidler, Li Chao 4pts, Mamedyarov 3.5pts, Tomashevsky 3pts, Gelfand 1.5pts

    Play starts two hours earlier for the final round 9. 1pm local time 11am UK time.

    Final Round 9 pairings: Thursday 6th Oct. Mamedyarov-Kramnik, Li Chao-Giri, Anand-Aronian, Gelfand-Nepomniachtchi, Tomashevsky-Svidler.

  • All drawn in Tal Memorial Round 7 – 7
    The first day after the final rest day saw all the games drawn. This meant Ian Nepomniachtchi leading on 5/7 half a point clear of Anish Giri.

    Ian Nepomniachtchi held a draw with the Gruenfeld with black against Li Chao. 6.Na4 used to be a way to avoid theory but there seemed to be a long line of theory played here.

    Anish Giri was outprepared by Vladimir Kramnik whose Queen’s Gambit with black led to total equality.

    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov didn’t get any advantage against Levon Aronian and they reached a drawn King and Pawn Endgame.

    Boris Gelfand played very solidly with white against Evgeny Tomashevsky and the game was drawn in 26 moves. Gelfand had to bring to an end his 5 game losing streak in any way he could. The rest of the event will be about damage limitation.

    Viswanathan Anand pressed a little bit with an Anti-Marshall Ruy Lopez but Peter Svidler held comfortably enough in the final game to finish.

    Round 7 standings: Nepomniachtchi 5pts/7, Giri 4.5pts, Aronian, Kramnik, Anand 4pts, Svidler, Li Chao 3.5pts, Mamedyarov 3pts, Tomashevsky 2.5pts, Gelfand 1pt

    Round 8 pairings Wednesday 5th Oct 2016: Kramnik-Tomashevsky, Svidler-Gelfand, Nepomniachtchi-Anand, Aronian-Li, Giri-Mamedyarov

  • Nepomniachtchi takes the lead in the Tal Memorial after 6 rounds – 6
    Ian Nepomniachtchi leads the Tal Memorial going into the final rest day on Monday. Nepomniachtchi beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in a topical Giuoco Pianissimo. Nepomniachtchi sacrificed a pawn for sharp play and more than enough compensation. Mamedyarov’s position gradually went downhill and he was eventually tried to create a fortress in a rook and pawns vs queen and pawns endgame but it proved impossible.

    The former leader Anish Giri was beaten by Levon Aronian in an English. The players put their finger on 10…Qd7? as the start of Giri’s troubles and black’s position was thoroughly unpleasant very quickly. Giri thought he should have resisted better but good suggestions for him are hard to come by.

    Boris Gelfand lost his 5th game in a row. Vladimir Kramnik took him on in a sharp Najdorf with the white pieces and was able to execute powerful preparation as far as 21.Qf2 (Kramnik said he thought 11…Rc8 was not the best choice of variation for black and 17…b4 was a mistake). Kramnik quickly took the game into a winning endgame. There has been plenty of sympathy from follow players for Gelfand’s plight, but of course no mercy.

    Peter Svidler played a reversed Blumenfeld Gambit against Li Chao and onto new territory very quickly. Li Chao should have strongly considered 7…c5 and his 8…c6 (rather than 8…e5 with complications) proved to be a serious error which left him very short of development. After 19.Rb7 Svidler expected a quick win but he was taken all the way to an endgame without really surrendering his huge advantage. Svidler won on move 42.

    Evgeny Tomashevsky maybe got a small edge against Viswanathan Anand but it was far too little to turn into a win. Draw in 49 moves.

    Round 6 standings: Nepomniachtchi 4.5pts/6, Giri 4pts, Aronian, Kramnik, Anand 3.5pts, Svidler, Li Chao 3pts, Mamedyarov 2.5pts, Tomashevsky 2pts, Gelfand 0.5pts

    Rest day Monday.

    Round 7 pairings Tuesday 4th Oct 2016: Giri-Kramnik, Mamedyarov-Aronian, Li Chao-Nepomniachtchi, Anand-Svidler, Gelfand-Tomashevsky.

  • Anish Giri retains the lead after Tal Memorial Round 5 – 5
    Anish Giri had to be satisfied with a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi in a Gruenfeld Russian System. 22.Rc1 was new to the elite level. Giri was a little unhappy he didn’t make more of his edge but had to make do with an extra pawn in a Rook and Pawn endgame which could have been tricky but Nepomniachtchi’s technique was excellent.

    Viswanathan Anand came armed with a novelty 15.Ne4! in the Rossolimo Sicilian, improving over a previous game of his opponent Boris Gelfand. Anand then executed an excellent long term plan to dominate the dark squares. Anand then gave up his bishop so he had four pawns for a bishop with a pair of rooks also. The endgame doesn’t look savable and Anand won in 58 moves.

    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov tried an anti-Gruenfeld system against Peter Svidler he’d previously used against Fabiano Caruana. Svidler however gradually took the advantage and was annoyed he chose 32…Bxe6 rather than 32…Kh9 which allowed Mamedyarov to trade into a holdable endgame.

    Li Chao against Evgeny Tomashevsky was a Nimzo-Indian that converted to a closed Benoni structure where black held comfortably enough.

    The final game to finish was an English between Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik. They reached a rook and pawn endgame where Aronian had an extra pawn but not many winning chances.

    Round 5 Standings: 1st Giri 4pts/5, 2nd Nepomniachtchi 3.5pts 3rd-4th Anand, Li Chao3pts 5th-7th Kramnik, Aronian, Mamedyarov 2.5pts, 8th Svidler 2pts 9th Tomashevsky 1.5pts 10th Gelfand 0.5pts

    Round 6 pairings: 1pm UK time Sunday 2nd Oct 2016: Kramnik-Gelfand, Tomashevsky-Anand, Svidler-Li, Nepomniachtchi-Mamedyarov, Aronian-Giri

  • IoM Masters 2016 – Games and Results
    The IoM Masters took place 1st to 9th October 2016. A very strong field includef Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Michael Adams, Pavel Eljanov, Wang Hao, Alexei Shirov, Hou Yifan… 132 players. Pavel Eljanov won on tie-break from Fabiano Caruana after both scored 7.5/9.
  • Giri leads the Tal Memorial after beating Svidler in Round 4 – 4
    Anish Giri won his third game in a row to take the sole lead of the Tal Memorial with 3.5/4 after beating Peter Svidler. Svidler played an English inviting complications with 14. Qb3 Nc7 15. Qb6 which didn’t turn out in his favour especially after missing the shot 17…Nxe2! Although Giri was a pawn up it was far from easy to convert but also a pretty miserable defensive task and 49.Kf3 seems to have been the decisive mistake.

    Ian Nepomniachtchi missed a fleeting chance to reach 3.5 points with 16.Re1 Ng4 17.Qf3 as his opponent Levon Aronian pointed out after the game. Aronian was probably a little better but allowing the trade of rooks meant he had to find the accurate 36…b6 to secure the draw.

    Boris Gelfand is obviously in bad form and he lost another game today, this time against Li Chao. 12…Nc2 was a novelty from Li giving up a pawn for dynamic play and after 19.Bb5?! Gelfand was already worse and just a few moves later he was forced to give up Queen and Pawn for Rook and Knight and went on to lose.

    Vladimir Kramnik beat Viswanathan Anand in a Giuoco Piano, an opening his opponent had been using a lot himself. Kramnik broke through with an attack with all his pieces in the heart of his opponent’s position and eventually picked up three pawns in consecutive moves to win the game.

    Shakhriyar Mamedyarov got a little too aggressive in his attempt to punish the struggling Evgeny Tomashevsky and was close to lost but in the end Tomashevsky couldn’t make his Bishop and Knight vs Rook advantage count.

    Round 4 standings: Giri 3.5pts/4 Nepomniachtchi 3pts, Li Chao 2.5pts, Anand, Kramnik, Aronian, Mamedyarov 2pts Svidler 1.5pts, Tomashevsky 1pt, Gelfand 0.5pts.

    Round 5 pairings: Aronian-Kramnik, Giri-Nepomniachtchi, Mamedyarov-Svidler, Li-Tomashevsky, Anand-Gelfand

  • Giri and Nepomniachtchi lead the Tal Memorial after 3 rounds – 3
    Anish Giri and Ian Nepomniachtchi lead the Tal Memorial with 2.5/3 after they both won in round 3.

    Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Vladimir Kramnik in an English. Kramnik had more or less equalised when he blundered with 36…Bxf2? (36…Nxf2=) and lost two pieces for a rook. Kramnik couldn’t save the resulting endgame.

    Boris Gelfand grabbed a hot b2 pawn on the black side of a Moscow Variation Semi-Slav and his position quickly became difficult and then impossible after the wild 23…g5. It’s possible the computer suggestion of 20…Bf6 was the only way to hold his position without serious disadvantage.

    Anish Giri ground down Evgeny Tomashevsky from the smallest of edges in the endgame. The game started as a London System vs the Queen’s Indian.

    Aronian and Svidler drew a sharp Gruenfeld Li Chao and Anand drew in a Nimzo-Dutch.

    Round 3 standings: Nepomniachtchi, Giri 2.5pts/3, Anand 2pts, Svidler, Li Chao, Aronian, Mamedyarov 1.5pts, Kramnik 1pt, Tomashevsky, Gelfand 0.5pts

    Round 4 Friday 30th Sept 1pm UK time: Kramnik-Anand, Gelfand-Li, Tomashevsky-Mamedyatov, Svidler-Giri, Nepomniachtchi-Aronian

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