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    Sunday
    Dec202009

    The Daily Update: Malakhov Wins the European Rapid Cup, Plus Korchnoi-Spassky and the Russian Championship

    He cooled off a bit today, but Vladimir Malakhov still had what it took, whenever he was pressed, to win the European Rapid Chess Championship with the great score of 11.5/13. After his 8-0 start yesterday, he drew his first games today and was caught by Michal Krasenkow. No problem: in round 11, he beat him with Black to regain clear first. He drew again in round 12, and at that point the last round pairings looked like this:

    Shirov (10) - Malakhov (10.5)

    Movsesian (10) - Fridman (10)

    Ivanchuk (10) - One year away (9.5)

    The first game to finish was Movsesian - Fridman, which ended in a draw. Shirov was slightly better for most of the game, but Black's a-pawn caused him all sorts of troubles. First he let it reach a4, where it upset the harmony of White's position by driving the queen off of the a2-g8 diagonal, and then it reached a3, fixing the a2 pawn as a weakness. Shirov tried sacrificing the a2 pawn, presumably hoping it would prove poisoned, but it wasn't at all. Malakhov took over the initiative, won a pawn, and converted in the endgame. A few moments later Ivanchuk finished converting an extra pawn in a queen ending and took clear second.

    You can find the final standings here, the round by round pairings and results on the left side of this page, and the last round's games here.

     

    The third game of the Korchnoi-Spassky match was drawn. Korchnoi had the better of the play and pressed, but Spassky's very active defense in the double rook ending saved the day. (I'd even call Spassky's defense a model of how to handle such situations.) Korchnoi thus leads overall 2-1.

     

    In the Russian Championship, here's what happened in round 1:

    Khismatullin - Riazantsev 1-0

    Svidler - Vitiugov ½-½

    Grischuk - Tomashevsky 1-0

    Sjugirov - Alekseev ½-½

    Timofeev - Jakovenko ½-½

    Saturday
    Dec192009

    New Site Toys on the Sidebar

    In the interest of improving your experience with this blog, I've added two widgets at the bottom of my sidebar. One is a contact form, suitable for comments and queries that don't really fit with a given post, and below that is a search box. (It would be even better if it said "Search", but I haven't seen a way to label it yet.) Also, for what I hope is our mutual convenience, I've put a link to my "Buy my books" post at the top of the sidebar.

    Saturday
    Dec192009

    This Week's ChessLecture Show: Tactical Imagination

    A better name would be something like "Switching Directions", but as I forgot to offer the poster a title the blame is mine! The big theme of the presentation is this: we'll often focus on a target or an area, and while it may be right - at least at first - sometimes our focus becomes a blinkered obsession. The examples in this ChessLecture.com presentation show that it's a good idea to be a bit more mentally flexible, and hopefully offer a little help towards that end.

    Saturday
    Dec192009

    The Daily Update: Korchnoi-Spassky, Day 2; European Rapid Championship, Day 1

    Former world champion Boris Spassky got on the scoreboard today against his ancient rival, but only to the tune of half a point. It seemed like a pretty "correct" game, and the upshot is that Viktor Korchnoi leads 1.5-0.5 in this eight game match. (The game and reports can be found here and here.)

    Meanwhile, in Warsaw, Vladimir Malakhov continued his hot play (from the World Cup, in case you've forgotten, where he made it to the tie-breaks in the semi-finals before being eliminated) with an 8-0 start. Seven GMs are a point behind, but the big name guys (Ivanchuk, Shirov, Movsesian and the player who can be #1 in a year or two) are on 6.5. I think there will be five more rounds tomorrow, but I'm not sure. You can explore the tournament site (in Polish) for yourselves.

    Saturday
    Dec192009

    The Russian Championship "Superfinal" Starts Tomorrow

    The Russian Championship Superfinal, which is to say the Russian Championship, runs from the 20th to the 29th with the following participants:

    Peter Svidler (2754)

    Dmitry Jakovenko (2736)

    Alexander Grischuk (2736)

    Evgeny Alekseev (2715)

    Evgeny Tomashevsky (2708)

    Nikolai Vitiugov (2694)

    Alexander Riasantsev (2661)

    Artyom Timofeev (2651)

    Denis Khismatullin (2643)

    Sanan Sjugirov (2612)

     

    It should be a fun event!

     

    Saturday
    Dec192009

    Another New Event: The European Rapid Championship

    This two day event occurs this very weekend, in Warsaw. Top players include Gashimov, Ivanchuk, Shirov and World Cup semi-finalist Malakhov. The tournament website is here, while a perhaps slightly cocky interview with Gashimov can be read here. (At least the title is cocky. With all due credit to a man who has surpassed his countrymen Rajdabov and Mamedyarov and jumped to a very impressive #7 in the world ratings, it's hard to take seriously the implied claim that he'll pass the younger, higher-rated, Kasparov-trained Carlsen. [Assuming you think his passing people like Aronian and the three champs will be some sort of cakewalk.] On the other hand, it's probably fruitful for him to have that attitude, no matter if the belief itself is likely, possible, or an outright delusion.)

    Friday
    Dec182009

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: Alekhine-van Mindeno, Part 1

    Analyzing complicated games and positions isn't just good for you, it's fun! So for this week's show, I took a position from a famous simul game between Alekhine and van Mindeno, where Black was supposed to have a defense to Alekhine's rapidly developing kingside attack, and spent about half an hour analyzing it on spec.

    Did I get it right? See for yourself - or rather, try to determine that for yourself! Flipping on the engine would give you a quick answer, but it would be pretty pointless. So join in the challenge, and see what you can find on your own, and work out any errors that I might have made. Next week, I'll present the finished product: what happened in the game, what the best defense was, and what I got wrong. For now, though, let's keep it on the level of purely human efforts!

    The show can be seen here, free of charge and available on-demand for the next month or so.

    Friday
    Dec182009

    The Latest Korchnoi-Spassky Match is Underway

    These two great old rivals, 78-year-old Viktor Korchnoi and 72-year-old former World Champion Boris Spassky, are playing what is at least the fourth match of their illustrious rivalry. The first two were the most important: a Candidates Final won by Spassky in 1968 and another Candidates Final won by Korchnoi in 1977. In 1999 they played a surprisingly bloodthirsty rapid match (won by Korchnoi with a +4 -2 =4 score), and now they're at it again.

    It's an eight game match, and you can find more information, along with the games (downloadable in PGN or available on a replayable board) here. Korchnoi won game 1.

    Wednesday
    Dec162009

    Chess Books for Sale

    In part to save the lives of the people living below me, lest they be crushed under the weight of my chess and other books, it's time to do a little house cleaning and clear out some of my stuff. I plan to add other titles from time to time, but the current list of books for sale can be found here.

    Wednesday
    Dec162009

    This Week's ChessBase Show: The Best of Levenfish

    Grigory Levenfish was one of the best players in the world in the 1930s, and as such excelled in all phases of the game. Many of us know of him for his line against the Dragon Sicilian (6.f4), and others know of his famous co-authored work on rook endings with Vassily Smyslov. But he was just as great a player as a theoretician - enough to win the Soviet Championship twice and to draw a match with Mikhail Botvinnik.

    That he is relatively unknown as a player nowadays is a pity, but we will endeavor to take at least a small step toward fixing that this week. In our ChessBase show tonight (9 p.m. ET Wednesday night = 3 a.m. CET Thursday morning), we will present some highlights from his great career, demonstrating his abilities as a tactician and as a technician. I'd normally make some comment here that the tactics will entertain and the endgames instruct, but I think you'll find the whole thing entertaining! (And instructive, too, but we're aiming to entertain.)

    To tune in, log on to the Playchess server at the hour given above, go to the Broadcast room and find "Levenfish Games" under the Games tab. Hope to see you there!