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    Thursday
    Sep012011

    World Cup 2011: Round 2, Day 2

    Today was an especially good day for Etienne Bacrot, Francisco Vallejo Pons, and Ruben Felgaer as they each bounced back from losses on day 1 of the second round (to Anton Filippov, Lazaro Bruzon Batista, and Yaroslav Zherebukh respectively) 2 to win today and force tiebreaks. For Vallejo it must have been especially sweet, given his spectacular collapse in the first game. (Ironically, in this game too he wound up a pawn in a rook and knight ending, but this time the normal result came to pass.)

    All of the other day 1 winners maintained or increased their lead. There were two 2-0 winners: Alexander Morozevich (over Alexandr Fier) and, most notably, Vladimir Potkin, who won again over Alexei Shirov. As for day 2 winners not already mentioned, that group consists of Gata Kamsky (over Rustam Kasimdzhanov - good news for U.S. fans), David Navara (over Alexander Onischuk - bad news for U.S. fans), Abhijeet Gupta (over Sam Shankland - still more bad news for the U.S. contingent), Baadur Jobava (over Radoslaw Wojtaszek - more bad news for Anand's seconds [see Kamsky-Kasimdzhanov, above]), Fabiano Caruana ([send him back!] over Yuri Drozdovskij), Zahar Efimenko (over Ferenc Berkes) and last but not least, Judit Polgar over Sergei Movsesian.

    Here are the tiebreak matches we'll get to enjoy tomorrow (the higher-rated player is listed first):

    • Karjakin - So
    • Mamedyarov - Fridman
    • Grischuk - Feller
    • Ponomariov - Ni Hua
    • Svidler - Nguyen
    • Vallejo - Bruzon
    • Vachier-Lagrave - Bu Xiangzhi
    • Lysyj - Ivanov
    • Moiseenko - Inarkiev
    • Adams - Nielsen
    • Nepomniachtchi - Riazantsev
    • Bacrot - Filippov
    • Zherebukh - Felgaer

    After tomorrow, we'll be down to the final 32.

    Links: Official site (with excellent live video coverage, still available in scrollable replay) here; Wikipedia brackets here. No annotated games from me today, but among the interesting action I'd commend readers to have a look at the entertaining Shirov-Potkin game and the nice finishing attack by Polgar against Movsesian.

    Friday
    Apr082011

    This Week's ChessVideos Show: Polgar at the European Championship

    Judit Polgar recently tied for third in the European Championship, coming third on tiebreak, and along the way played (and won) some very interesting games. I had suggested in an earlier post that I wanted to have a look at those games, and have now done so.

    This week's ChessVideos show looks at four pretty different sorts of wins from her play there. There's a win in a probably drawn ending; that demonstrates her tactical alertness. There are a couple of remarkable attacking games, both involving long-term sacrifices. Finally, there's also a delicate bishop ending demonstrating that she's not just a crazy attacker. Like any elite GM, she can play any phase of the game at a high level.

    The show is here, and as always it's available for free and on-demand for the next month or so (free registration required, if you haven't already done it).

    Monday
    Nov222010

    Polgar Wins Blitz(ish) Event in Mexico

    More here. It was a four-player knockout in Mexico City, Mexico with Veselin Topalov, Vassily Ivanchuk, Judit Polgar and Mexican GM (and occasional Ivanchuk second) Manuel Leon Hoyos. This was part of a broader festival that included simuls by Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov along with seminars and other activities.

    In this rapid/blitz event (10 minutes per game, with 5 second increments after each move) Polgar scraped by Ivanchuk 2.5-1.5 with a bit of good fortune in one semi-final, while Topalov easily dismissed Leon Hoyos 3.5-.5 in the other. In the final, Polgar needed neither luck nor feisty perseverance as she dismantled Topalov 3.5-.5, and she finished the match by crushing him in a King's Gambit.

    It may not have been "real" chess, but it's still one of the best results of her career and especially of her recent career, which has been pretty spotty as she has spent much more time as a stay-at-home mom.

    Friday
    Sep102010

    Carlsen Beats the World

    The G-STAR RAW World Chess Challenge has finished, and Magnus Carlsen easily dispatched the world team led by Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Judit Polgar. The World played a King's Indian, and against the Fianchetto Variation they quickly got confused. On move 7 Polgar recommended 7...e5, which won out over the more topical 7...a6 chosen by Nakamura and Vachier-Lagrave, and it was clear that they really weren't familiar and comfortable with the line. Definitely a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. White was much already much better in the opening, and already lost by move 17. Carlsen rolled, and the only drama was when the World team would resign.

    I'll post the game, with some notes, later today.

    Friday
    Apr232010

    A Rapid Polgar-Navara Match is Underway

    ...and it's not pretty if you're a David Navara fan! He drew game one, but since then Judit Polgar has treated him like her personal piñata, winning four games in a row. Game six is underway now - you can watch it live here, and replay the other games there too. Polgar has already clinched match victory, but since they're playing the unnecessary sixth game now, they'll surely play the unnecessary 7th and 8th games tomorrow to wrap it up.

    Polgar hasn't played very much the past few years, and when she has her results have been spotty. Maybe this is a sign she's working hard again, or if not maybe it will encourage her to do so and play more often.

    Saturday
    Feb272010

    Polgar Wins the Sicilian Theme Match in an Armageddon Game

    Mea culpa! I thought the match ended in a 2-2 tie, but it turns out Judit Polgar and Gregory Kaidanov had a blitz playoff. Games 5 and 6 repeated the usual pattern, with White winning both games - first Kaidanov, then Polgar. Finally, they went to an Armaggedon game (Kaidanov had White and six minutes, Polgar Black, five minutes and draw-odds.) Polgar won the game and thus the match.

    I'd provide or link to the games, but I haven't found them. If someone else succeeds, please give the URL in the comments.

    Friday
    Feb262010

    Polgar Wins Game 4, Draws Match with Kaidanov

    With her (convincing) win in game 4, Judit Polgar drew her Sicilian theme match with Gregory Kaidanov. All four games were entertaining and won by White, and they make the prospect of subsequent theme events attractive. (These kinds of events used to happen with some regularity in the early 20th century, but apart from correspondence chess very rarely nowadays.) Here's the final game of the match.

    Thursday
    Feb252010

    Kaidanov-Polgar, Game 3: Kaidanov Wins

    Their 4-game Sicilian theme match has been very exciting so far, and their third game is no exception. You can replay it here.

    Tuesday
    Feb232010

    Polgar-Kaidanov, Game 2: Polgar Wins, Ties Match

    Here's the game, here's the web page, and here (below) is a video on the first game.

     

    Monday
    Feb222010

    Other Events: Kaidanov-Polgar and Movsesian-Swiercz

    Linares may be the main event, but it isn't the only show in town. To single out just two events, there's an online match between Gregory Kaidanov and Judit Polgar and a match between Sergei Movsesian and young (15 or 16) Polish GM Dariusz Swiercz (HT on the latter to Kajetan Wandowicz).

    You can replay the first game of the first match and the first two games of the second match here.