Monthly Archives: January 2013

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd3-Rudolf A(HUN)

Here is Anna Rudolf’s rd3 game.

White obtained a Zukertort formation but without having to play a3 and proceeded in typical fashion.

Maze,Sebastien (2546) – Rudolf,Anna (2312)
Zukertort[D05]
Tradewise Gibraltar Masters Gibraltar (3.30), 24.01.2013

Position 1
White has arranged his pieces aggressively. How should white continue now?

White to Play

15..Nf6


Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd5 Standings

Overall Gibraltarchesscongress 2013
Vitiugov and Le Quang Liem share the lead with 5/5.
table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }

Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2705 5
2 GM Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2694 5
3 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 4.5
4 GM Navara David CZE 2710 4.5
5 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2758 4.5
6 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2632 4.5
7 GM Georgiev Kiril BUL 2643 4.5
8 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2650 4.5

Canada
IM Piasetski and Fairbairn both drew to get 2.5/5.
table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }

SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
93 IM Piasetski Leon 2310 CAN 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 2.5
185 Fairbairn Stephen 2021 CAN 0 0 1 1 ½ 2.5
209 Agbabishvili Lali 1954 CAN 0 0 1 0 0 1

Hungary
GM Hoang and Rudolf both lost today.
table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }

SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
52 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2469 HUN 1 1 0 1 0 3
91 WGM Rudolf Anna 2312 HUN 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 2
214 Lochte Szilvia 1923 HUN 0 0 1 0 ½ 1.5

USA
Kamsky and Zatonskih lead the way with 4/5.

table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }

SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
2 GM Kamsky Gata 2740 USA ½ 1 1 1 ½ 4
46 IM Zatonskih Anna 2491 USA 1 1 0 1 1 4
22 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2603 USA 1 1 1 ½ 0 3.5
189 Hutton Jack 2017 USA ½ 0 0 1 0 1.5
226 Kang Leo J 1814 USA ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1

England
GM Jones leads the way with 4.5/5 while Short and Adams follow with 4/5. FM Lyell has 1/5.

table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }

SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
17 GM Jones Gawain C B 2632 ENG 1 1 1 ½ 1 4.5
3 GM Adams Michael 2725 ENG 1 1 1 ½ ½ 4
10 GM Short Nigel D 2690 ENG 1 0 1 1 1 4
34 GM Gordon Stephen J 2533 ENG 1 ½ 1 1 0 3.5
57 IM Zhou Yang-Fan 2439 ENG 1 1 ½ 0 1 3.5
60 IM Trent Lawrence 2429 ENG 1 1 0 1 0 3
63 IM Houska Jovanka 2416 ENG 1 0 1 0 1 3
121 Spence David J 2226 ENG ½ ½ 0 1 1 3
136 Jaunooby Ali R 2178 ENG 0 1 1 0 1 3
73 IM Quillan Gary 2398 ENG 1 0 1 ½ 0 2.5
99 Chapman Terry P D 2292 ENG 1 0 1 ½ 0 2.5
113 FM Storey Charles H 2245 ENG 1 0 1 0 ½ 2.5
162 Cawley Paul F 2113 ENG 0 ½ 1 0 1 2.5
183 WFM Grigoryan Meri 2025 ENG ½ 0 0 1 1 2.5
191 Spanton Tim R 2017 ENG 0 1 0 1 ½ 2.5

Tata Steel 2013 Rd4

Here is GM Rapport’s Rd4 game.

Rapport,R (2621) – Movsesian,S (2688)
Slav Slow 4..a6[D10]
75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (4.4), 15.01.2013

Position 1
There is a massive central confrontation happening. What should white do now?

White to Play

19…Qb8



TCh-AUT 2012-13

Here is a recent game of GM Peter Acs played in the Austrian TCh. White gains a lead in development and manages to get a strong attack against black’s uncastled king.

Acs,Peter (2586) – Neubauer,M (2440)
3…Nd2 a6[C03]
TCh-AUT 2012–13 Graz AUT (6.4), 19.01.2013

Position 1
Black is still uncastled. How should white exploit this?

White to Play

18…Be7



Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd4 Standings

Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd4 Standings Gibraltarchesscongress Results
Four players remain with perfect scores.
table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }

Rk. Name Rtg Pts.
1 GM Le Quang Liem 2705 4
2 GM Vitiugov Nikita 2694 4
3 GM Swiercz Dariusz 2627 4
4 GM Iturrizaga Eduardo 2650 4
5 GM Adams Michael 2725 3.5
6 GM Yu Yangyi 2688 3.5
GM Al-Sayed Mohammed 2507 3.5
8 IM Teran Alvarez Ismael 2399 3.5
9 GM Jones Gawain C B 2632 3.5
10 GM Navara David 2710 3.5
11 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2603 3.5
12 GM Kamsky Gata 2740 3.5
GM Tkachiev Vladislav 2650 3.5
14 GM Georgiev Kiril 2643 3.5
15 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2758 3.5
16 GM Sandipan Chanda 2590 3.5
17 GM Jakubiec Artur 2518 3.5
18 IM Melia Salome 2403 3.5
19 IM Ibarra Jerez Jose Carlos 2538 3.5
20 GM Felgaer Ruben 2557 3.5
21 GM Gordon Stephen J 2533 3.5

Canada
Fairburn won his second game in a row for 2/4.
table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }

SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 Pts.
93 IM Piasetski Leon 2310 CAN 1 0 ½ ½ 2
185 Fairbairn Stephen 2021 CAN 0 0 1 1 2
209 Agbabishvili Lali 1954 CAN 0 0 1 0 1

Hungary
GM Hoang returned to her winning ways and is now at 3/4.
table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }

SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 Pts.
52 GM Hoang Thanh Trang 2469 HUN 1 1 0 1 3
91 WGM Rudolf Anna 2312 HUN 1 ½ 0 ½ 2
214 Lochte Szilvia 1923 HUN 0 0 1 0 1

USA
Kamsky and Ehlvest lead the way with 3.5/4.

table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; }

SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 Pts.
2 GM Kamsky Gata 2740 USA ½ 1 1 1 3.5
22 GM Ehlvest Jaan 2603 USA 1 1 1 ½ 3.5
46 IM Zatonskih Anna 2491 USA 1 1 0 1 3
189 Hutton Jack 2017 USA ½ 0 0 1 1.5
226 Kang Leo J 1814 USA ½ 0 ½ 0 1

England(Partial)
Adams, Jones and Gordon lead the English group with 3.5/4.

IM Houska Jovanka

SNo Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 Pts.
3 GM Adams Michael 2725 ENG 1 1 1 ½ 3.5
17 GM Jones Gawain C B 2632 ENG 1 1 1 ½ 3.5
34 GM Gordon Stephen J 2533 ENG 1 ½ 1 1 3.5
10 GM Short Nigel D 2690 ENG 1 0 1 1 3
60 IM Trent Lawrence 2429 ENG 1 1 0 1 3
57 IM Zhou Yang-Fan 2439 ENG 1 1 ½ 0 2.5
73 IM Quillan Gary 2398 ENG 1 0 1 ½ 2.5
99 Chapman Terry P D 2292 ENG 1 0 1 ½ 2.5
63 IM Houska Jovanka 2416 ENG 1 0 1 0 2
113 FM Storey Charles H 2245 ENG 1 0 1 0 2
121 Spence David J 2226 ENG ½ ½ 0 1 2
136 Jaunooby Ali R 2178 ENG 0 1 1 0 2
149 CM Walton Alan J 2153 ENG 0 1 0 1 2
150 Burrows Martin P 2153 ENG 0 1 0 1 2
191 Spanton Tim R 2017 ENG 0 1 0 1 2
211 Tranter Stephen 1938 ENG ½ ½ 1 0 2
234 Ramdewar Ishan 1658 ENG 0 1 1 0 2

2nd Margaret Prince Celebration Chess Tournament 2013

2nd Margaret Prince Celebration Chess Tournament 2013 TheChessdrum
Story by Allan Herbert, Barbados Chess Federation

Jamaica Woman National Champion, Krishna Gray, won her final two matches to capture 1st place the as the curtain fell on the 2nd Margaret Prince Celebration Chess Tournament which was played over the weekend at The Chess Centre in Cavans Lane.

Krishna Gray of Jamaica accepting her 1st place award.
Photos by Barbados Chess Federation.

For Gray, going into the penultimate round on a four way tie with Former Barbados Woman Champion, Corrine Howard, Martinique Woman Champion,Camille Sauveur and Maria Thomas, her win against Woman Candidate Master Sheena Ramsay, a former Barbados Woman Champion, was the last real hurdle standing between her and the tournament title.
Gray then comfortably dispatched Guadeloupe’s National Woman Champion Michelle Duboue in the final round to secure 1st place with 5½ points and repeat for Jamaica the performance of her compatriot Woman FIDE Master Deborah Richards who won the inaugural Margaret Prince Celebration back in 2009.(more)

Bronx Center for Science and Math Chess Team(USA)

Bronx Center for Science and Math Chess Team (Full story see Bronx-chess-team-goes-for-gold)
Another Success in the U.S.

The Bronx Center for Science and Math chess team, with Principal Edward Tom

The chess team at the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics doesn’t have the storied chess legacy of, say, Edward R. Murrow High School, which has won several state and national championships and received ample media coverage over the years. But, after claiming the 12th grade national team title in December, Bronx Center is quickly establishing a reputation and will be one of the teams to beat at this weekend’s citywide championship in Manhattan.

“Coming off of a win I want our team to still be hot, still be on fire,” said Tae Kim, a senior and one of four nationally ranked players on the Bronx Center team.
“I was, like, daydreaming in class thinking about competition,” said Matheu Jefferson, also a senior. “You never get tired of winning, but at some point your appetite grows for it.”
Jefferson helped found Bronx Center’s first competitive chess team at the end of his sophomore year. The team only started playing tournaments last school year, and now has its sights set on more titles and recruiting players to create a lasting program.
Along with Kim and Jefferson, three of the team’s other players are also seniors: Antonio Castelan, Aleem Griffiths and Jonathan Hidalgo. They have just one underclassman on board, Justus Williams, who is a freshman. He is a chess master and was featured in the documentary Brooklyn Castle. Williams and others on his team learned chess starting at a young age through the program Chess in the Schools.
The players say they’ve planted a seed at Bronx Center, and now they want to leave a legacy.
“We want our school to continue to be strong in chess,” said Hidalgo. “We want our school to be known.”(more)

TCh-AUT 2012-13 GM Ribli(HUN)

Here is an instructive game from veteran GM Ribli who grinds out a long R-R ending that is a theoretical draw but still is worth playing out.

GM Ribli,Zoltan(HUN)

Ribli,Z (2554) – Sebenik,M (2543)
Semi-Tarrasch [D41]
TCh-AUT 2012–13 Graz AUT (5.2), 18.01.2013

Positon 1
Black is a pawn down but kept the rook active. The kingside pawns have been arranged optimally after 35..h5 so if white tries to advance with h3/g4 black will trade off a pair of pawns with …hg and the draw will be one step closer.

How should white start the winning attempt off?

White to Play

35…h5


Position 2
The defense is going as planned for black. The queenside pawns have been liquidated and now a set of kingside pawns will be liquidated. White advanced on the kingside and after 42.g4 hg, white must decide how to recapture. 

What do you suggest?

White to Play

42..hg


Position 3
Black has been defending stubbornly for 87 moves now. What should black do now?

  • 88…Ke5 activating the king and attacking the e4 pawn
  • 88…Rg1+ forcing the king to retreat or go to the h-file and be marooned
  • Something else


Black to Play

88.Kg4


Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd2

The London System can be tricky to face. Here is GM Hoang’s rd2 win with the London System.

GM Hoang,Thanh Trang(HUN)

Hoang,Thanh Trang (2469) – Olhovik,Andrei (2246)
London System 2.Bf4[D02]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (2.45), 23.01.2013

Position 1
Black has just played 26…Kf7 to defend the queen. How should white continue?

White to Play

26…Kf7


Gibraltar Tradewise 2013

Here is Mark Lyell’s rd2 game. Lyell built up a fabulous position but unfortunately allows white to slip away.

FM Lyell,Mark(ENG)

Poetsch,Hagen (2437) – Lyell,Mark (2235)
Caro-Kann Advance 3…c5[B12]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013 (2.52), 23.01.2013

Position 1

Black to Play

20.f4