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Läs de 11 kommentarernaDet rapporteras för lite om damschack i Tidskrift för Schack menar Susanna Berg på sin blogg Schackelina.blogg.se. Bakgrunden till detta är ett beslut om att ta bort damspalten i TfS. Vad säger läsarna? Borde det finnas en damspalt i Sveriges enda schacktidskrift? Lägg din ja- eller nej-röst genom att klicka en gång i omröstningsspalten på höger sida.









Läs de 5 kommentarernaVärldsmästaren Tan Zhongyi har i Shandong-provinsen i norra Kina blivit hedrad med en belöning på 100.000 yuan och en värdefull safir från det berömda företaget Jingzhi. Tan Zhongyi erkänner att det var en överraskning att vinna VM för damer men har lovat att jobba ännu hårdare framöver för mer framgångsrika resultat. Det är redan två kinesiskor på 10-bästa-listan och en till är alltså på ingång. Många spår att Kina är det nya framtidslandet i europeiskt schack om några år, både på damsidan och herrsidan. Det går att läsa mer på Chessdom.    









KommenteraLund Chess Academy's auction is now in progress and will end on March 10. 229 lots will go under the hammer. Many interesting bibliographies, tournament books, magazines and other issues are present at this auction. Valerio Luciani's auction is now in progress and will end TODAY on March 2. Take a look and make your move! Best regards Lund Chess Academy









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Dear Chess friends.
Our member Valerio Luciani's auction is now in progress and will end on March 2. It contains 139 lots, mostly magazines, but also it offers a huge list of chess cancels. You ought to take a look. Best regards Lund Chess Academy










KommenteraPia Cramling blev oförtjänt knockad i det femte särspelspartiet men successiva snabbschackpartier genererar en ofattbar press när det gäller ständiga omställningar. Jämför med att spela ett klassiskt parti om dagen som innebär en helt annan rytm i dygnsprogrammet. Det har enligt vissa källor heller inte varit optimalt med support. Allt detta är mycket tråkigt för de som önskade henne en VM-titel och det finns inte någon som matchar hennes erfarenheter. I de fyra första partierna och den största delen av det femte partiet hade Cramling full kontroll på sin motståndare. I det fjärde snabbschackpartiet spelade hon Stein-inspirerat med den sicilianska muren av bönder på d6, e6, f6 och f7 ackompanjerad av löparparet. Det blev ingen vinst i det partiet men en dynamisk remi med mersmak. Cramling kommer att få fler chanser att bli världsmästare och vi ser fram emot detta.









KommenteraIdag, söndag, den mest populära dagen för den intresserade publiken, kan man följa VM-spelet mellan bland andra Pia Cramling och Alexandra Kosteniuk. Det första särspelspartiet (de två första klassiska partierna slutade med två remier) inleds kl. 12.30 och kan följas här med stormästarkommentarer av rutinerade GM Evgenij Mirosnichenko.









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Karel Mokry's auction is now in progress and will end tomorrow on February 16. You should take a look! Many interesting items. Best regards Lund Chess Academy










Läs de 5 kommentarernaMissa inte WFM Susanna Bergs inlägg på sin blogg Schackelina.blogg.se i högerspalten där hon tar upp tre andra schacksidor, nämligen Schacksnack, Schack.se och larsgrahn.blogspot.com. Hon gör positiva jämförelser och diskuterar den fantasilösa latmaskfrasen "Hou Yifan har valt att inte försvara sin titel." Av en tillfällighet använde sig alla tre sidor av denna fras samtidigt. Huvudfrågan är om det kan anses vara ett plagiat att kopiera denna fras? Vad säger läsarna?









Nov 19

När detta skrivs har det spelats fem ronder i lag EM i Reykjavik. Mitt gamla hemland som har 13 stormästare har två lag i öppen klass. Laget Iceland Legends ligger i skrivande stund före det isländska landslaget och Danmark! Laget består av: 1. Helgi Ólafsson född 1956 stormästare 1985, Jóhann Hjartarson född 1963 stormästare 1985, Jón Loftur Árnason född 1960 stormästare 1986, Margeir Pétursson född 1960 stormästare 1986 och Friðrik Ólafsson född 1935 stormästare 1958. De fyra förstnämnda är alla födda i Reykjavik och började spela schack efter matchen 1972. Alla utom Helgi har en universitetsutbildning och har gjort civil karriär. Helgi är proffs medan de andra får betraktas som mycket glada amatörer. ”De fyras gäng” – det vill säga Helgi, Jóhann, Jón och Margeir – uppnådde flera ofattbara framgångar i schack OS. I Dubai 1986 kom det isländska laget på femte plats bland 108 lag. Islands andre stormästare Guðmundur Sigurjónsson född 1947 stormästare 1975 ingick i laget. I Novi Sad 1990 kom laget på åttonde plats (108 lag) och återigen en bragd i Manilla 1992. Då blev det en sjätte plats bland 104 deltagande lag.

Den levande legenden Friðrik Ólafsson gjorde hade sitt Nordiska genombrott 1953 när han blev Nordisk mästare i Esbjerg 1953. Sitt internationella genombrottet fick han 1958 i Portoroz. Han berättar om sitt parti mot Fischer för 57 år sedan:

The Fatal Sisters Were Favourable

In the Interzonal Tournament in Portoroz 1958 I could not have chosen a better beginning, scoring a win against Szabo in the first round, draws against Pachman, Matanovic, and Filip in the next three followed by wins against Cardoso and Gligoric in the 5th and 6th rounds. The score against Gligoric, true enough, was marked with luck – having the inferior position and under heavy time pressure I laid a trap for him which he fell into — but in tournaments it is the wins that count and not how they are obtained. The result after 6 rounds was therefore promising with 4,5 points and sharing places 1-2 when I fell into a bad habit of losing to the “lesser prophets” in the tournament, perhaps setting the limit too high. My losses to Neikirch in the 7th and Rossetto in the 9th rounds had the effect that I had to exert all my energy against “the stronger ones” and was successful beyond hope. In the 11th round I defeated the child prodigy, Bobby Fischer, and in rounds 13 and 14 Averbach and Larsen met with the same fate. This success in this part of the tournament put me on my feet again and I managed to steer my course to the end. True enough, I almost ruined everything by my loss against Sherwin in the semi-final round, but the Fatal Sisters were favourable to me and the win against de Greiff in the final round “floated” me to the Candidate Tournament. This game was drawish at one time in the game , but it depended on the outcome of it whether I would “get in” or would have to compete for the 6th place along with 5 others. I did not like too much the idea of having to take part in a competition of that kind, and near the end of the game I managed to get the better of my opponent, whereupon the gleam of hope in ten expectant eyes was extinguished.

Here follows my game against Fischer which is one of the most eventful ones that I have ever played in my days. The sacrifice of the exchange in the opening is more based on feeling than exact calculations, the evolution of the game, however, shows this to be fully justified. The many weak points created in the black position proved too much for Fischer, and he never manages to organize his defence. The end is interesting.

Olafsson, Fridrik – Fischer, Robert, James [D38]
Portoroz (izt) (11), 1958

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.d4 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.e3 Nc6 9.Rc1 c4 10.Be2 Be6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Nd2 Be7

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13.b3 g5 14.Bg3 Ba3 15.Rc2 Nb4 16.bxc4 Nxc2 17.Qxc2 dxc4 18.Nb5 Bb4 19.Nc7 Bxd2 20.Nxe6 fxe6

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21.Bxc4 Qe8 22.Qxd2 Ne4 23.Qd3 Nxg3 24.hxg3 Rf6 25.Qe4 Rc8 26.Bb3 Qd7 27.Rd1 Re8 28.f4 Qh7 29.Qe5 Qf5

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30.g4 Qxe5 31.dxe5 Rf7 32.f5 Rc7 33.Rd6 Rc5 34.Bxe6+ Kf8 35.Bb3 Rcxe5 36.Rxh6 Rxe3 37.Rg6 R8e4 38.Rxg5 Rg3 39.Rg8+ Ke7 40.g5 Re2 41.Bd5 Kd6 42.Bf3 Rxa2 43.f6 Ke6 44.Re8+ 1-0

Olafsson vs Fischer, Bled 1961 (Källa: den isländska schacktidskriften SKÁK)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Nov 11
Här publiceras en artikel på det engelska språket om Bobby Fischer Center signerad Gunnar Finnlaugsson. Han har även haft vänligheten att bifoga en teckning som relaterar till mjölk och schack då han själv är mejeriingenjör och jobbat i över 30 år på Alfa Laval och Tetra Pak i Lund. Finnlaugsson är född i Selfoss på Island och där finns numera Fischers grav och ett museum som Finnlaugsson varit med om att sponsra och bygga upp. Här följer artikeln i sin helhet:
The story how the Soviets lost the most extraordinary Chess Match of All Time in Reykjavik 1972 has been fascinating. But first, why does chess have such high status in Iceland with only 0.3 million inhabitants ?

Before the match in 1972 Iceland had a national hero in Friðrik Olafsson. Having in mind that Iceland was a Danish colony until 1944, Iceland was a very young republic in 1953 when Friðrik won the Nordic Chess Championship in Esbjerg, Denmark. At that time all the strongest chess players in the Nordic countries participated. The following has been translated from Skakbladet:

“The island of Saga has, as previously mentioned, obtained the last two titles, and there was a justified wish to reclaim the title for the continent. Although Friðrik´s strength was well-known, the belief was that one of the more experienced players would win the title. The first round followed that plan; Axel Nielsen beat the Icelander. But then he started a race with six victories in a row, in a surprising and mature style, to finalize with a draw, one win, one draw (to secure the tournament win before the last round! He had the better position against Vestöl) and one win: 9 out of 10! A finish which has only a few examples in chess history – for instance Alekhine in San Remo 1930 and Kotov in Saltsjöbaden 1952. The new Nordic Champion doubtlessly deserved his victory. His play was of a high international class. His approach was exact and sharp. The interplay between the pieces was exemplary and devoided of unnecessary complications. He  played on small advantages and had a beautiful and simple treatment of the endgame and – when it was necessary – an elegant execution of attack with well-aimed combinations. With the exception of his loss in the first round, he never had a lost position. He worked enormously and utilized his time to the last second. Friðrik was highly praised by his competitors.”

It was Baldur Möller who won the Nordic titles in Örebro Sweden 1948 and Reykjavik 1950.

 

The first time the name of Robert James Fischer was mentioned in SKÁK was when Bobby at the age of 13 defeated Donald Byrne in great style. At 14 he won both the US junior and senior championship , at 15 he became the youngest ever candidate taking fifth place in Portoroz. Our hero Friðrik shared fifth place with Bobby.

Why did the match 1972 take place in Reykjavik ? The living legends Guðmundur G Þorarinsson and Friðrik Olafsson have given the following explanation: Iceland is located between the two superpowers USA and USSR so why not play on neutral ground in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? The diplomatic effort started after Bobby’s victory over Petrosian in Argentina 1971. Friðrik travelled to Moscow and played in a strong tournament. Together with the Icelandic ambassador he convinced Spassky and the Soviet sport committee that Iceland would be the best alternative. In the background were Guðmundur G Þorarinsson and Johann Þorir Jonsson. When Max Euwe asked for the list from both parties the Soviets always had Iceland as first choice. Fischer was very popular in Yugoslavia and wanted to play there. After long and complicated negotiations Iceland got the whole match. ”Only a hard working and stubborn young man like Guðmundur could organise such a match” wrote the legendary Danish grandmaster Bent Larsen in his excellent book on the match.

Fischer won the match and went back to the US. After his death in January 2008 several books have been published, mainly in the US. Some has published long theoretical investigations about Bobby’s mental health,  copies of his personal things. It is obvious that several people in the US were waiting for Bobby’s death to be able to benefit on his story.

The Center in Selfoss is concentrating on the most fascinating chess player in history and his story 1972 as well as his exile in Iceland 2005 to 2008.

When the stalemate occurred in Japan the Icelandic chess lovers helped him out. Davið Oddsson from Selfoss was foreign minister in 2005 and the Icelandic parliament gave Fischer Icelandic Citizenship. Good move by Davið !

Fischer’s grave is in Laugardælir is only few hundred meters from Selfoss.

During his last years in Iceland Fischer visited Laugardælir several times. He liked the quiet environment and the good food like skyr, fresh milk and delious salmon from the nearby river Ölfusá. The 11th of July 2012 was the 40 years anniversary of the start of the match and a contract was signed with building contractor Sigfus Kristinsson, the owner of the old bank building in the heart of Selfoss. Austurvegur is part of the ringroad. The whole second floor of 140 m2 has been renowated and opened in july 2013 as the first chess museum in the Nordic countries! Aldis Sigfusdottir is the manager of the center. Bobby Fischer Center is also a clubhouse for the local chessclub. During summer it is open for visitors. A group of local pensioners are working as guides. During winter tournaments are organised as well as chess lessons with Helgi Olafsson and others. The board includes grandmasters Johann Hjartarson and Helgi Olafsson as well as local people. Ingimundur Sigurmundsson in Selfoss is the chairman of the board.

The author of these lines is registered as the founder of the center. List of all volunteers and supporters would be too long, but here are a few names: Guðni Agustsson, Guðmundur G Þorarinsson, Friðrik Ólafsson, Einar S Einarsson, Rikharður Sveinsson, Guðmundur Buason, Magnus Matthiasson, Bjarni Harðarson, Kjartan Björnsson, Edgar Guðmundsson, Calle Erlandsson, Guðmundur Geir Gunnarsson, Björvin S Guðmundsson and Helgi Olafsson.

The home page is fischersetur.is. More information is to be found at skak.is. A  visit can be recommended! Selfoss is only 54 km in the south east from Reykjavik.